Nom du Keyboard writes: After the Pandora personal information tracking fiasco (I wondered why that app always started every time I rebooted, even when I hadn't used it for weeks), and now having yet another app (today it's Layar) ask in its latest update for access to even more personal information that it absolutely doesn't need to do its job, I'd like to know: Can I make my Android phone just outright lie to these applications that don't need this personal information to start with? After all, it is MY phone.
Nom du Keyboard writes: I'm wondering if it is possible to pre-erase my SDHC card for my camera for better performance? At the moment in continuous shooting mode I can shoot 3 fps for the first 3 seconds in raw mode (9 images total) after which the rate drops to 1/fps until the SanDisk Extreme III goes full, or my battery goes empty. Can I improve my write speed by pre-erasing the card so that the flash memory doesn't need to perform a block erase before writing, and if so, then how? I don't believe that the Format command in the camera does this because it competes very quickly each time I use it. I'm surprised that more isn't said about erasing flash memory on file deletions for better write performance later.
Nom du Keyboard writes: For Ask Slashdot: Where are the 4G phones? I'm overdue for a subsidized upgrade with Verizon, who claims that they'll have their 4G (LTE) rollout in 20-25 cities by September. Even if my city isn't on the initial list I still don't want to get locked into a 3G phone for the next 2 years with 4G so close — but I can't find a single 4G phone on offer and Verizon tech support refuses to discuss them under order from above. My wife wants to upgrade soon (okay, yesterday after they screwed up her RAZR) and wants us to go far a 2-for-1 deal. Fine, but where is the phone that I want to own for the next 2 years from any carrier?