Google Android Operating System – Tracks You Via Cell Phone Tower

Google Android operating system has been tracking smart phones via cell phone towers. This has been occurring since early January of two thousand seventeen. What makes this even more perplexing is that Google Android operating system users with location services disabled, have been tracked as well.

As a matter of fact even individuals with Google Android operating system devices without Subscriber Identification Module installed. Your location information has been sent back to Google servers. You must have an Internet connection for this to occur.

Local cell phone tower data has been transmitted back to Google since early January of two thousand seventeen. Individuals at Google have admitted this practice. They claim that this practice of collecting cell tower location data will stop by the end of this month.


“In January of this year, we began looking into using Cell ID codes as an additional signal to further improve the speed and performance of message delivery. However, we never incorporated Cell ID into our network sync system, so that data was immediately discarded, and we updated it to no longer request Cell ID.”

Google Spokesperson

Why would gathering location information via local cell phone towers improve speed and performance of message delivery? Google did NOT notify any of their device users, including myself, that this type of data was collected. I happen to have an HTC 626s Desire Android running marshmallow operating system.

Individuals at Google claim that this company does not use this data for their own purposes. Even if you were to restore your Google Android operating system back to factory, this data would be sent back to Google. As of this blog post creation, there is no way to disable this feature, until Google shuts off this data collection later this month.

For now, you have to disable Wifi so that no data is sent back to Google headquarters. Also, you could power off your Google Android device, and then take out the battery. Since Google failed to notify anyone of this data collection you were not allowed to opt out of this practice.

One Plus Release Date – For 5T Smartphone

The One Plus release date for the OnePlus 5T smartphone is November twenty first two thousand seventeen. This smart device retails at $499. This device comes with dual cameras.

One 16 megapixel and one 20 megapixel camera. The body of this smartphone is made out of aluminum. You get an 18:9 Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode display.

The Google Android operating system installed on this device os OnePlus's oxygen operating system. Qualcomm's 835 Snapdragon processor powers this device. This OnePlus 5T supports two Subscriber Identity Modules.

You can connect to two networks at the same time. OnePlus claims that you can charge thiw smartphone in 30 minutes and have enough battery life for the entire day. Sales begin for the One Plus release date for the 5T on November 21, 2017.

This device comes with up to eight gigabytes of Ramdom Access Memory and one hundred twenty eight gigabytes of storage space. The operating system shipped with these devices is OnePlus Oxygen operating system based off of Google Android Nougat 7.1.1.

Apples New Phone – iPhone X Face ID Not Effective Security

Apples new phone the iPhone X has a security feature called Face IDentification. This security feature is designed to thart unauthorized access to this device. However, security firm Bkav Corporation has debunked this alleged security feature.

This security measure tecnology uses Artificial Intelligence learning to secure your Apple iPhone X. However, Bkav Corporation created a mask that circumvented this security feature. This security company knew how Apple's Artificial Intelligence works.

Also, in two thousand eight this company was the first to prove that facial IDentification recognition is not proper security for laptops. This company created a mask that according to them was not as difficult to create as most people think. Also, Bkav Corporation claims that really you only need to create half of a persons face in order to circumvent Apple's Face IDentification technology.

This company used the following in order to bypass Apple's Face IDentification feature.

* popular 3d printer
* handmade artist nose
* 2d printing
* hand made skin

This mask cost approximately one hundred fifty United States dollars. Bkev Corporation claims they started making this mask on November fifth two thousand seventeen. It took them approximately six days to Circumvent the Apples new phone the iPhone X.

Bkav Corporation claims that fingerprint security is the best biometric technology. I have never used biometric technology to secure any device. I have tested finger print technology with an older International Business Machines laptop.

I would NOT dream of using facial recognition to secure a device. Perhaps that is because I am not really that obsessed with securing computers and dumb devices, I mean smart devices. It is interesting that this company has known that facial recognition is not reliable enough to provide security and yet you have a billion dollar corporation rolling out this technology in Apples new phone the iPhone X.

Google Pixel 2 – Bluetooth Headphones Not Working Bug

The Google Pixel 2 has been nothing short of a disaster since its release to some endusers. Another problem has creeped up with this dumb device, er I mean smart device. You see many owners of the Google Pixel 2 are complaining that they are unable to use bluetooth headphones with Google assistant.

Support personnel over at Google are aware of this problem and are allegedly working on a fix. Current patches for other problems with the Google Pixel 2 will not fix this bug. Coincedentally, although I do NOT always believe in coincidences, Google is releasing their Pixel Buds which retail at $159 with possible free shipping.

Pre-orders of the Pixel Buds will arrive in the next week or two. I do NOT know if the Pixel Buds will work via bluetooth with Google Assistant. Allegedly, one person with Google Pixel Buds also is having this problem.

However, many consumers are unable to get third party headphones to work with Google assistant. One of Google's explanations for why some headsets won't work via bluetooth on the Pixel 2 is that headsets must be bluetooth 5.0 compatible. Apparently the Google Pixel 2 is shipped with bluetooth 5.0.

Why their device is NOT backwards compatible with earlier versions of bluetooth is beyond me. The Google Pixel 2 also ships with the latest Google Android operating system Oreo. Some consumers claim that Google Assistant will work with but the phone was NOT locked and screen was on.

We shall see if and when Google releases a patch to fix this issue. As of this blog post creation, team Google has NOT released a patch. Finally, this is NOT the only problem with the Google Pixel 2.

Some consumers have reported that they were shipped a Google Pixel 2 smart device without an operating system installed. You cannot make this information up. I do NOT own a Google made Android and I do NOT use Google Assistant.

T Mobile 4G LTE Bands – Include Gigabit Speeds

T Mobile 4G LTE Bands now include Gigabit speeds. T-Mobile USA Incorporated announced that 430 of their markets will now have access to this Long Term Evolution advanced technology. Customers must possess Snapdragon gigabit Long Term Evolution advanced modems in their smartphone devices.

Actually, T-Mobile USA Incorporated has expanded to more than 930 markets with their Long Term Evolution Advanced technology. However, for now only 430 markets are capable of receiving one gigabit speeds. You can possibly double your current speeds on T-Mobile's network.

This Long Term Evolution Advanced technology uses three speed boosting techniques to accomplish this task.

* carrier aggregation
* four times multiple input multiple output
* two hundred fifty six quadrature amplitude modulation

“This is what I’m talking about when I say T-Mobile has America’s best unlimited network and the only one purpose built for unlimited. Not only do we have a nationwide LTE footprint that’s every bit as broad as the Duopoly’s, and the fastest according to multiple third parties -- it also keeps getting faster. Gigabit Class LTE technology is part of the secret sauce behind our success – and why others are struggling under the weight of unlimited – and we’re only continuing to advance with LAA on the horizon.”

Neville Ray
T-Mobile Chief Technology Officer

What all this means is that you could possibly obtain gigabit speeds on your smart device over the T-Mobile network. You have to have a compatible device with this Snapdragon modem technology. Also, T-Mobile customers may have their bandwidth throttled if they reach their 50 gigabytes of data usage per month.

Live demonstrations were performed using this Long Term Evolution advanced technology.

* 3d virtual reality streaming
* cloud storage file access
* television and movie file downloads

The Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy Note8, Moto Z2 Force Edition, and LG V30 were used for this live demonstration. These smartphones incorporate Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform X16 Long Term Evolution chipset.

Razer USA Ltd – Release Razer Phone a Gaming Smartphone

Razer USA Ltd has released their first ever smartphone. Since this is a gaming company it is a smartphone designed for gaming. They have named this device perhaps apropos, the Razer Phone.

This includes a 5.7 inch quad High Definition screen at 120 Hz. This display supports up to 1440 x 2560 pixels. The display is made out of corning gorilla glass.

This Razer Phone comes with eight gigabytes of Random Access Memory. You will receive sixty four gigabytes of internal storage space. An external MicroSD card slot allows up to a two terabyte MicroSD card.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor has eight cores. This smartphone actually has two rear facing cameras. One is thirteen megapixels while the second one is twelve megapixels.

An eight megapixel front facing camera is included as well. This device supports 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac wireless connections. Bluetooth 4.2 is also supported.

Weighing in at one hundred ninety seven grams, this Razer Phone includes a four thousand milliamp hours lithium ion battery. This smartphone is designed for gaming. You can register to reserve this Raze Phone and become one of the first ones to own this device.

You must include your first name, last name, country, and an email address. Razer USA Ltd is including free shipping as of the time of this blog post creation. You must order a Razer Phone from the Razer Store to receive this offer.

This Razer Phone does NOT include a 3.5 millimeter head phone jack. This device will cost six hundred ninety nine dollars $699 in the United States. Although, the official Razer Phone web page does NOT list a price yet.

This device is available for pre-order right now and allegedly will officially become available November seventeen two thousand seventeen for sale. There are three accessories listed on the sales page. Two covers and one wireless ear phones.

What is The Latest iOS Update – Version 11.1

What is the latest iOS update you ask? Apple Incorporated released iOS update version 11.1 on October thirty one two thousand seventeen. Eight security issues have been addressed and mitigated in this version of iOS.

* coretext denial of service
* kernel memor corruption
* messages lock screen issue
* siri lock screen permissions
* streamingzip system file permissions
* ulkit secure text characters revealed
* webkit memory corruption issues
* wifi key reinstallation attacks

The first seven security fixes are compatible with iPhone 5s and later, iPad Air and later, and iPod touch sixth generation. The last security fix for Key Reinstallation Attacks or KRACK is compatible with iPhone seven and later, and iPad Professional 9.7 inch, early 2016, and later.

You can update your device either over a wireless connection or via the iTunes software. It is recommended you plugin your device into a wall outlet, while performing this upgrade. Also, it is recommended that you backup your device with iCloud or iTunes, before you attempt this upgrade.

If you are prompted with a message that states an update is available, then you would click on install now. Also, you can manually check for this iOS 11.1 update by clicking on "Settings" then "General" then "Software Update". Click on "Download and install".

Tap on "Install" once the Apple iOS 11.1 download completes. If you are having problems installing via a wireless connection you can install iOS 11.1 with iTunes. Also, you can choose this option if you are on a metered connection and want to limit your bandwidth usage.

You can install the most recent version of iTunes on your computer. Now connect your Apple device to your computer. Launch iTunes and select your appropriate device.

Click on summary, then click on "Check for Update". Click on "Download and Update". You may be prompted for a pass code and or to free up space.

Verizon Data Cap – Lifted With $10 Charge Per Line

Verizon Wireless announced a way for "unlimited" plan customers to lift their Verizon data cap. Starting November third two thousand seventeen, customers will be able to pay ten dollars to lift data useage bandwidth throttling instituted by Verizon Wireless a few months ago. Approximately, two months ago Verizon Wireless split their unlimited data plans into two seperate tiers.

One plan allowed 1080p video on tablets and 720p on smart devices. Their other plan only allowed 480p streaming. You can lift this restriction with a ten dollar per month additional payment.

However, this restriction will get lifted only per line. If you have multiple lines then you would have to pay ten dollars per each line you want this data throttling restriction lifted. For ten dollars you will be able to stream video up to 4K quality.

Just this year, in February, Verizon Wireless did NOT have such ridiculous data restrictions. Verizon is currently the most expensive provider when compared to the other three largest wireless providers. Now they expect you to pay an additional ten dollars per month to enjoy video quality that most other providers include as part of their monthly fee.

Amazon Delivery Policy – Includes Delivery When Your Not Home

Amazon.com Incorporated now includes delivery when your not home with their Amazon delivery policy. Amazon is rolling out their Amazon key in home kit. I order from Amazon now and then and quite frankly this service creeps me out.

This kit includes a cloud camera to spy on you I mean provide security. Also, included is a smart lock. Amazon, will enter your home and deliver your package when your not there.

Amazon delivery drivers will obtain a code that expires. They will enter your home, drop off your package and then are supposed to lock your premise. The camera is supposed to videograph your deliveries.

Even if I received quite a few Amazon deliveries, I would never allow anyone into my premises without me being present. You will also receive email notifications of your delivery. You and those authorized get access to your home with this smart lock.

Only those with a code will be able to open up the smart lock and get access to your house key. Amazon is charging a whopping two hundred forty nine dollars for this device. Although, they claim you will receive a free installation by qualified technician.

This service is only available in select cities for Amazon prime members. The included smart cam takes 1080p video and even has night vision. You can keep your current dead bolt and keys or replace them.

Amazon claims that you can install this kit yourself by downloading an application to your smart device. Also, you get notified each time someone enters or exits your door. You can even lock and unlock your door from your smart device.

I can't imagine this service will succeed. To me it is too ripe for abuse. I can just see the headlines when somebody gets their home robbed because of this service.

Google Pixel XL Screen – Burn in Problem May Require Recall

Good old Google up to no good again perhaps. This time there are two major flaws with their recently released Google Pixel two XL. The first flaw is discoloration with the display.

When in lower light, you can see grainy textures and muddy colors with these brand new Androids. This issue only affects the Google Pixel two six inch XL screen, and not the smaller five inch screen that comes with the pixel two. Google Incorporated claims that they are looking into this issue.

This is NOT even the tip of the iceberg, when it comes to problems with this Google Pixel XL screen. Not only do these screens have strange discoloration at times, but now there is a burn in problem with some of these devices. Burn in problems were first noticed in older school Cathode Ray Tube style computer monitors.

This is why screen savers were first created. You would leave your computer on over night and walk back to a burn in image on your monitor. Many times this was permanent.

Fast forward to current technology and you would think this type of problem would NOT be an issue. Google claims they are investigating this problem. These dumb devices, err I mean smart devices are made with Plastic Organic Light Emitting Diode.

The Pixel 2 XL screen has been designed with an advanced POLED technology, including QHD+ resolution, wide color gamut, and high contrast ratio for natural and beautiful colors and renderings. We put all of our products through extensive quality testing before launch and in the manufacturing of every unit. We are actively investigating this report.

These screens can become susceptible to burn in. However, generally it takes months or even years for this to occur. There are numerous reports that these screen burn ins are occuring within a week.

Troublesome to say the least. There is another possibility that these burn in symptoms are just a ghosting problem, that usually clears up by itself. However, real burn in is permanent.

Is Google going to finally admit a mistake? Are they going to issue refunds, returns, exchanges, or a recall? We shall see how this Google Pixel XL screen problem plays out.