As my original Samsung Galaxy Nexus now has a Multi-Crack Screen I decided to upgrade to the latest and greatest. Now the LG Nexus 5 may not be the best top of the line phone that’s out there, as the Galaxy S4 and other latest tech phones do have a bit higher rating, however nothing can beat the Nexus 5 when it comes to being PURE Android. It’s the reason I only get the Google’s Nexus line of phones, they are 100% Pure Android. This means no Manufacturer or Carrier “BloatWare” and no special proprietary customizations.
Quite a while back I noticed a new symbol on my bank card, it looked similar to the RSS logo you’d usually find on a website. I already knew what it meant, and knew what was coming. Shortly after I noticed merchants with debit machine carrying the same symbol, my worst fears had been confirmed. A few weeks ago, I decided to test it out to see if my fears were really as bad as I thought, or if I was just over reacting. My fears were indeed as bad as I thought they were. I had purchased a coffee at local Timmies (Tim Hortons), but instead of inserting my card, and putting in my pin, I simply pressed my card up against the screen, and read the feedback… Approved. No pin entry, no security, it just took my payment.
So my phone updated to 4.3 the other day, didn’t notice much of a change except for the fact my phone was no longer rooted. This was a bit of a pain as quite a few of my apps require root. Take for instance Hola, a program used to fool the internet into believing you come from a different IP so that you can unlock sites like Netflix, Hulu, and Space. Hola, in order to function the way it is supposed to needs root access. Now some can argue that you don’t need root and can use the VPN method of connecting, well if you had ever tried the rooted way, you would know why VPN isn’t the best way to go.
Considered Normal? has finally got its own app. 2 actually. The first one (downloaded by scanning the QR Code to the left) was created with Conduit’s Mobile App builder and by far looks the best of all wysiwyg (read “what you see is what you get”) creators out there. Its makes versions available for iOS (iPhones), Android, and Windows Mobile. However the downside to the app is the free account only allows 25 installs, which is very limited. The interface for the app builder is very robust offering several plugins and options, the one I used was the RSS feed reader which allows me to stream my blog tot he app along with push notifications.