iPhone and iPad getting rid of youtube? Not really

Tons of headlines floating around the web yesterday included “youtube no longer on iOS 6” “youtube done” etc. Well guess what? Youtube will still be on iOS. It just will no longer be pre-installed on it so you will need to download the app the from the app store. So, you will now need to go into iTunes App Store and download Google’s youtube app.

Now what was the cause of all the headlines? Well to those who understand the google/apple rival we know that apple lost the the license to keep putting youtube pre installed on their OS. Whether google refused to renew or apple chose not to renew is something only they know at this point. Either way, everyone still gets youtube.

Tethering and Verizon: Yes you can now download free tethering apps legally:)

First, what is tethering? Tethering is the ability to take the 3G/4G internet on your phone and use it on your PC. So if you are somewhere where there is no wifi but would like to connect to the internet on your laptop, just use your phones internet on your computer.

Just yesterday it was announced that the FCC has told verizon that it can no longer block apps from the Google Play store that allow people to tether their phones to the computer. Why was verizon blocking them? Because Verizon offered its own service that did this which of course was $20-$30 a month (I cannot recall actual price but it was around there). So now you can download those apps and use them for free. Yay!

Now notice I did not mention apple but only google. Apple has complete control of their app store and blocks these app, so iPhone users are out of luck for now. The only way to do this with your iPhone is to jailbreak it.

So what are these apps I speak of? The most popular is probably PdaNet. This app offers both a free and paid version. The free version will allow you to connect to any website for free unless it is an HTTPS site, meaning you cannot connect to your email. If you pay $15 you will be able to connect. So feel free to download and use. You no longer have to worry about getting in trouble, however, please watch your data usage if you do not have the unlimited plan.

For detailed info about the FCC ruling see here

One of the best Android Apps: Airdroid

This is an app I have written about before and one that I use quite often. I just saw this write up on airdroid and thought I would post it. For those who are unfamiliar with this app here is what it does:

The app connects your PC/Mac to your phone. So in one click, you can transfer photos, music, files, or anything from your computer to your phone and vice versa. Its a very useful and cool app. And its FREE! Anyway, here is the write up: http://phandroid.com/2012/07/22/uniquely-android-airdroid/

Here is a link to the app in the Google Play store: Airdroid

How is Google Chrome doing on iOS?

It has 1.5% of the market share. The thing is, its only been available for a few weeks and its already grown that much. Will Safari stay king on iOS though? My guess is yes. Most people will not download another browser when safari comes with the iPhone/iPad. I do not even download browsers either and just use the default on my Android device although maybe I should change.


Google’s new android OS Jellybean being released into the wild

I am excited as my galaxy nexus will be one of the first phones updated. Here is the latest on the rollout:

“Google announced Tuesday that its Jelly Bean rollout has begun, and Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ devices are the first to upgrade. Owners of that device, which runs on AT&T and T-Mobile, can expect to receive update alerts over the next several days, according to a Google+ post announcing the Android 4.1 push. Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, Motorola Xoom and Nexus 7 owners will be up next, Google says” – Source

Galaxy Nexus News

Two major things happened today:

Judge denies Samsung’s request to lift ban on GNex

Galaxy Nexus pulled from Google Play Store

What does this mean? The Gnex might not be for sale at carriers soon and my phone might be worth a lot of money. Apple really needs to stop with the patents. Already there is a call in the tech industry to boycott Apple. For instance here is the boycott apple facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boycott-Apple/350260026008 and here is the boycott on Google+ http://www.i-programmer.info/news/155-social-media/4440-boycottapple.html