A family member has been afflicted.
I’ve spent the past month between hospitals.
This is in addition to the IRL Complications that have prevented me from updating this blog regularly.
Updating of this blog will continue to be irregular and with fewer updates until the entire situation improves.
By the way, I lightly used the Nexus 9 again yesterday. I still like it. It also had the keyboard cover. US$129 for that keyboard case is highway robbery. And I couldn’t get it to work with the tablet. But I could type on it, which surprised me.
Note: This post was published on March 11th. It will remain a sticky until circumstances change one way or the other.
Continuing our Android 5.0, Lollipop rollout: Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
We’re also pretty excited to confirm that Xperia T2 Ultra and Xperia C3 will also receive Lollipop… stay tuned, as we’ll be sharing more on timings soon.
Wow. That is really a fundamental shift in thinking at Sony and I give them a great deal of credit for it. They’d usually abandon T2 Ultra users. It’s basically a clearance item at Best Buy for half its original price. Instead, they’ve given people a reason to want it now.
But there’s a new review in Africa.
The Sero 8 Pro ships with Android 4.4, but the introduction of obnoxious, full-sized movie, app recommendation and social widgets on three homescreens is a travesty. The movie app simply collates movies and TV episodes for you to watch (albeit more obscure titles), while the social widget aggregates Instagram photos and the app recommendation widget is self-explanatory.
It’s one thing to introduce obnoxious widgets, but it’s another thing to make these widgets uninstallable though. I tried holding down on these widgets to bring up a removal option but to no avail. I then went into the app manager and disabled the widget, then remove the empty widget box. I still couldn’t use the empty screen for anything else though. It turns out that the option to disable these screens is buried under “widgets” and then “custom”. And you still can’t actually remove the apps anyway.
In fact, the Sero 8 Pro has a ton of bloatware/installed apps anyway, such as two simple games (Burger and Bubble Blast 2), Vevo (this one is uninstallable), DU Speed Booster, HiShare, the MoboGenie app store, Netflix (which isn’t available here yet so counts as bloatware for now), Playboard, Spotify (same as Netflix), theScore, Umano and WPS Office.
Tomorrow (March 31, 2015) Xiaomi will announce a bunch of products. Some with the Xiaomi brand, some from other companies.
This is the final banner and the five codes for tomorrow:
NSSJ – CXB – DDS – TZC – AA
Same-day update: Some good sleuthing at GizmoChina. They believe the “TZC” isn’t code at all but part of the model number for a new Bluetooth-connected scale Xiaomi will introduce. If that’s the case, no one ever had a chance at decoding what Xiaomi claimed was a code. We’ll know tomorrow.
Tim Cook: Pro-discrimination ‘religious freedom’ laws are dangerous
Our message, to people around the country and around the world, is this: Apple is open. Open to everyone, regardless of where they come from, what they look like, how they worship or who they love. Regardless of what the law might allow in Indiana or Arkansas, we will never tolerate discrimination.
I’ll repeat what I wrote earlier:
An Apple Store is the most welcoming business I’ve ever been in.
Last night, the American TV newsmagazine, 60 Minutes, aired a remarkable two-part report about a Phase I trial at Duke University. They’ve developed a modified polio virus that has seen some success in treating glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer.
In the lab, this oncolytic virus has also worked against lung, pancreatic, colorectal, and other solid-mass malignancies.
The video is available at this page. If the video is geo-restricted, just scroll down to read the illustrated transcript. There’s also the producer’s notebook at this page.
Interestingly, this was also reported by ABC News back in 2013. These reports tend to pass by people until it becomes personal.
Targeting Cancer with Genetically Engineered Poliovirus (PVS-RIPO)
My interest in this phone continues. What’s not like with it still being US$99 at MetroPCS?
What hasn’t been to like are the attitudes of ZTE and T-Mobile/MetroPCS. The bootloader is locked. ZTE/T-Mobile won’t allow people to unlock it.
There’s been no root (one developer was working on it, succeeded, then met with a series of personal crises — along with harassment from impatient children at XDA — that prevented further work).
While an unlocked bootloader is probably out of the question (until ZTE and T-Mobile regain their sanity), it seems that achieving root is getting closer.
Those with Linux/coding experience can witness the work in progress at XDA Developers starting here.
If this gets made into an APK that allows easy root, it’d be fantastic. Without an unlocked bootloader, I’m not sure that any custom ROMs would be possible. But still, apps that require root to perform magic would be possible and that would greatly increase the value and usefulness of the phone.
ZTE Zmax Update
ZTE Zmax Gets A Review
ZTE Zmax Now US$199.99
Google Books PDF Test: ZTE Zmax
ZTE Zmax: AnTuTu 5.1 Test
ZTE Zmax: Size Comparison
ZTE Announces US$250 5.7-Inch Phone