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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Online Payment Processing – PayPal Accepts Payments on Facebook

Popular social programming I mean social networking website FaceBook has partnered with online payment processing provider PayPal. Actually, these two corporations partnered last year, but I digress back to this blog post. Since last year Facebook users could make payments to merchants via PayPal.

Now, Facebook users will be able to send each other money via PayPal messenger. For whatever reason this feature is only available on Apple’s iOS operating system. You will be able to send money with PayPal or request money.

All of this can occur within Facebook messenger. This feature is coming soon to the Android operating system. No word when this feature will become available to desktop and laptop Facebook users.

“We’re excited today to announce an expansion of our relationship with Facebook with the addition of PayPal as a funding source for peer-to-peer (P2P) payments, right in Messenger. People will have the option to send and request money using their PayPal account, and this integration in Messenger is starting to roll out to U.S. consumers today.”

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A support robot will also be a feature of this unique perhaps online payment processing system. However, Apple will have a similar payment feature via messages, called Apple pay cash in messages. Perhaps Facebook and PayPal are just trying to upstage.

I do not know, but I do not believe in coincidences. Facebook and PayPal made this announcement right before Apple was to launch a similar feature. Facebook has supported in application payments for awhile using PayPal.

However, this is the first time that Facebook users will be able to send each other money. Facebook claims that 2.5 million users have already connected their Facebook accounts with their PayPal accounts. You must have Facebook messenger enabled.

Click on a Facebook friend that you want to send or receive money from. Click on the dollar sign within circle icon. A “send money to anyone” window will pop up.

Click on “Next”. You will see two tabs in the next screen. Choose “Pay” to pay someone using PayPal or click on “Request” tab to request money via PayPal.

Enter in the amount you wish to send or receive. You can add a note stipulating what this transaction is for. These payment transactions are allegedly secure and encrypted.

Android Phone Privacy – Now Taken Seriously by OnePlus

As you may now already OnePlus was recently exposed for NOT taking Android phone privacy seriously. Due to public pressure perhaps, a staff member from OnePlus responded on their forums. An initial response from individuals at OnePlus did not go over to well perhaps.

Some consumers want an apology or at least an admission of guilt. I was not able to find an official acknowledgement anywhere on OnePlus.net. A staff member posted on their forums about how they collect analytics data for their Oxygen operating system.

Personally, as a computer technician I do NOT consider collecting International Mobile Equipment Identity, Media Access Control address, and private telephone numbers analytics collection. I consider this eves dropping, spying, sticking your nose where it does not belong, etc. Anyways, a staff member by the name of Carl, whos title on their forums is as the co-founder of OnePlus chimed in about their nefarious data collection.

He claims that OnePlus via their OxygenOS gathers data for two reasons. Number one, to gather analytics to create a better user experience with OxygenOS. Number two, so that this corporation can better understand how their smart devices behave.

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Carl, claims that they, meaning OnePlus are now taking Android phone privacy seriously. He explains that they collect some device information for “after-sales support”. Why in the fuck would this corporation need IMEI, MAC address, and personal phone numbers for after sales support?

Also, Carl claims that none of this data is sold or given to third parties. As a solution, this company beginning by the end of October will force all phones running Oxygen operating system to have a prompt in the setup wizard to allow you to opt out of their user experience program. If you do NOT want to wait for this to occur, you can disable a “user experience program” by going to “Settings” then choose “Advanced”.

In an advanced menu you can toggle off “Join user experience program”. Now moving forward this OnePlus company will include a terms of service agreement explaining further their data analytics process. Also, Carl claims that OnePlus will no longer collect MAC addresses, telephone numbers, and wifi information.

This forum post did NOT mention whether or NOT OnePlus would gather International Mobile Equipment Identity information.

Ransomware Encrypted Files – by DoubleLocker on Android

ESET North America security researchers have identified a new ransomware on Android operating system. They have named this ransomware encrypted files DoubleLocker. This wicked ransomware not only encrypts all your data on your Android device, but also locks your device.

This ransomware misuses Android accessibility services via a banking trojan. However, DoubleLocker does not obtain your banking credentials and stealing your money. Instead this ransomware encrypts your device data, locks your device, and then requests a ransom payment.

This ransomware also has the ability to change your Personal Identification Number, locking you out of your device.

“Given its banking malware roots, DoubleLocker may well be turned into what could be called ransom-bankers. Two-stage malware that first tries to wipe your bank or PayPal account and subsequently locks your device and data to request a ransom… Speculation aside, we spotted a test version of such a ransom-banker in the wild as long ago as May, 2017,”

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Lukáš Štefanko ESET security researcher

This ransomware encrypted files DoubleLocker is distributed via a phony Adobe Flash Player. Compromised websites are used to spread this fake software. This software once installed uses the Google Play service to obtain administrator rights permissions without your approval.

This ransomware hijacks the Home button, so that each time you click the Home button, the ransomware is activated. Once the DoubleLocker ransomware is activated then your Personal Identification Number is changed. You must then pay a ransom in order for this PIN to get changed by the perpetrators and your device unlocked.

Adding insult to injury perhaps, a second ransom is neccessary. Your Android device then suffers ransomware encrypted files via Advanced Encryption Standard algorithm. Again you must pay a ransom so that the perpetrators can decrypt your data.

This ransom costs around fifty dollars and you are warned you must pay within twenty four hours. There are security solutions that you can install on your Android to protect yourself from DoubleLocker. You can remove DoubleLocker by resetting your device back to factory.

However, you will loose your data, but unless you pay the ransom, you won’t be able to recover your data anyways.

Android Phone Privacy – Invaded by OnePlus?

Is your Android phone privacy being invaded by OnePlus? OnePlus a subsidiary of OPPO Electronics Incorporated has been obtaining quite a bit of data from owners of their smartphone devices. To some they have been collecting too much information about you, the end user.

Developer Christopher Moore noticed strange network activity from his OnePlus device. That phone was sending quite a bit of data to open.oneplus.net. This domain is actually legitimate and owned by OnePlus.

Christopher was able to decrypt this data and found out that quite a bit of private information was being sent to this server. Each time that phone was locked, unlocked, and restarted, a timestamp log was sent to open.oneplus.net.

“the phone’s IMEI(s), phone numbers, MAC addresses, mobile network(s) names and IMSI prefixes, as well as my wireless network ESSID and BSSID and, of course, the phone’s serial number.”

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This is quite the information grab, even for a smartphone provider. This server also collects logged information about your application activity. For whatever reason OnePlus is collecting information about when and why you open and use an application on their smartphones.

A representative from OnePlus claims that an end user can disable this arbitrage of data collection. They released a statement to AndroidPolice.com.

“We securely transmit analytics in two different streams over HTTPS to an Amazon server. The first stream is usage analytics, which we collect in order for us to more precisely fine tune our software according to user behavior. This transmission of usage activity can be turned off by navigating to ‘Settings’ -> ‘Advanced’ -> ‘Join user experience program’.

The second stream is device information, which we collect to provide better after-sales support.”

That is an interesting way to define spying, at least to me. If it is indeed true that you can turn off all that evesdropping, then at least you have that option. Another option is to uninstall OnePlus Device Manager.

Finally, you could obviously stop using your OnePlus device.

Apple iPhone Battery Replacement – For Model 4S A1387

As a computer repair technician, sometimes I get other requests. For example one of my customers wanted me to diagnose her Apple iPhone 4S smart phone. I could only get this device to power on and work one time.

I had discharged and then charged this battery. However, I could not get this device to start up properly again. After researching this on the Internet, I concluded that an Apple iPhone battery replacement was in order.

There are two screws that you need to remove from the bottom. You will not be able to remove the back cover without removing these screws. After you remove these screws then you will be able to remove the back cover.

You might want to use a plastic pick, similar to a guitar pick to loosen the cover. You do NOT necessarily want to use a screw driver or other metal device because you may end up scratching this smart phone. Flip the phone so that back cover is visable.

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Push the back cover upwards and away from yourself. The cover will slide off. This Apple iPhone 4S came with an Li-ion battery.

There are two really small screws to the bottom left of this battery that you have to remove, in order to take out a small attachment. You do not want to loose this attachment. Now you can take a plastic or other type of tool that won’t scratch up this battery.

This battery was glued onto the back side. Slowly, loosen the battery and glue with your plastic tool. Eventually, the battery will loosen enough so that you can take it out.

The battery connection now pops out too, because you removed a cover piece earlier. Now all you have to do is install the replacement battery. You have two really small screws and small attachment to tighten.

Do not forget the two larger bottom screws. You do NOT want the back cover to come off. You have just completed a Apple iPhone battery replacement for model 4S A1387.

Latest T Mobile Phones – Pixel 2 Get 50 Percent Back Deal

T-Mobile USA Incorporated has announced a deal on their latest T Mobile phones. You can get up to fifty percent off your Google Pixel 2 smartphone. You must bring your device from another carrier.

This offer applies to both Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. This is a limited time offer from T-Mobile. However, at the time of this blog post creation, T-Mobile did NOT announce an expiration date.

You will get up to fifty percent off the manufacturer’s suggested retail price for a Pixel 2 64 gigabyte model. You will receive a prepaid card. You must add a T-Mobile one or simple choice unlimited plan in order to receive this offer.

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T-Mobile stipulates that you can bring your Google Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL from Verizon, to obtain this deal. If you are a new customer you will need to add a qualifying line order. Existing T-Mobile customers will need to add a line on a qualifying plan.

Another item required is proof of purchase. Then you will receive via snail mail a prepaid Mastercard. You can receive this offer anywhere T-Mobile conducts business, including online. You can even receive this deal on back ordered devices.

You have thirty days after registering, adding a rate plan, and receiving your phone, to obtain this fifty percent back offer. You must be the first owner of this device. If you purchased this device from Amazon, Craigslist, eBay, etc. and you are not the original owner, then you won’t be able to obtain this deal.

LG Industries – LG V30 Smartphone

LG industries also known as Lucky Goldstar has released their LG V30 smartphone. You can now purchase this device on three seperate carriers. The LG V30 is one of latest T Mobile phones, AT&T Business, and Verizon business. This is the world’s first 600 MHZ device.

This device will support Long Term Evolution gigabit speeds. This smartphone includes a six inch oled screen. When purchasing this device from T-Mobile you must also obtain a SIM starter kit.

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This latest T Mobile phones is priced at $800. You can make an $80 down payment, and then pay $30 per month for twenty four months from T-Mobile. You can actually edit and share audio and video from this device.

AT&T Business is charging $809 for the same smartphone. You can make $27 monthly payments instead of a one time payment. They list this phone as being available for shipping October 10 – 12 two thousand seventeen.

This smartphone comes with a front five megapixel camera and a rear facing thirteen megapixel camera. With AT&T Business this device includes Wi-Fi calling, high definition voice, video calling, advanced messaging, etc. This LG V30 comes with an octacore processor.

In other words this smartphone has eight cores. AT&T ships this phone with Google Android Nougat operating system. You get four gigabytes of random access memory, up to sixty four gigabytes of internal memory, and up to two terabytes microSD memory.

Verizon business lists this LG V30 for $840. Also, you can pay $35 per month instead of a one time payment. Verizon business is shipping this device with Google Android Nougat 7.1.2 operating system.

You might want to check out the three afore mentioned links to check out specifications from these three service providers. You may need to purchase an expandable MicroSD memory card. If you register your LG V30 smartphone you will get a two year limited warranty.