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Comment Re:Very smart of them, if tru (Score 2) 211

Battery state is now considered private, personal confidential information also? Hey, my battery is at 78% right now, what are you going to do with that information?

This has nothing to do with poor software design. Any application should be notified when the phone is entering a low power state, or a power saving state, so that the application can disable certain high-power features if the programmers decided to add that feature. Maybe Uber doesn't need a constant GPS feed until you're actually ordering, for example, but it's nice to have that position information if your battery is fine.

There is nothing wrong with checking the battery state but they don't need to send the data back to their servers to put the phone in low power mode.

Comment Re:How hard is it...? (Score 2) 190

The problem is that the rules of English are backwards here.

John's = it belongs to John. it's != it belongs to "it".

Why that is, I don't know, but it's true. I assume it's to distinguish from "it is" and "belongs to it" because you don't have the same problem with "John is" being "John's".

An easy way to remember is that "his" and "her" don't have apostrophes either, just like "its".

Comment Re:Play store not the only source (Score 1) 337

Some apps from the play store require you to be signed into your google account to check their license. If you remove your google account from the device then after a few days the app will complain that it can't verify the license. I've had it happen a few times. Logging back into the play store, which adds the google account back, generally fixes it. I don't think it is true for all apps, looks like it is up to the developer if they want to check the license through google play or not. I don't know if removing the play store app itself has the same affect. I suspect things will work as long as you're logged into your google account.

Senators To Examine Exclusive Handset Deals 234

narramissic writes "Based on a request that a group of rural operators sent asking the FCC to examine the practice of handset exclusivity, four members of the Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet sent a letter to the FCC expressing their concern. Small operators, like U.S. Cellular argue (PDF) that 'exclusive handset contracts divide wireless customers into haves and have nots.' But nationwide operators, including Verizon, maintain (PDF) that 'in the absence of exclusivity agreements, wireless carriers would have less incentive to develop and promote innovative handsets.' The Commerce Committee expects to hold a hearing on the issue tomorrow."

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