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From: sylvester801/26/2012 4:04:55 PM
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SwitchMe Lets You Swap Between Multiple Android Profiles On A Single (Rooted) Device
[New App] SwitchMe Lets You Swap Between Multiple Android Profiles On A Single (Rooted) Device
Posted by Eric Ravenscraft in Applications, News

If there's one thing that the desktop world has that Android desperately needs, it's multiple user support. A shared Windows machine or a Mac both support multiple user profiles on a single device. While this isn't that big of a deal on phones, tablet users might find it unsettling passing around a shared device tied directly to their all-knowing Google account. Enter SwitchMe,an app to help alleviate the uncertainty. This root app allows users to boot into multiple profiles within a single ROM.

This app is for rooted users only.



The app creates a sandbox for individual profiles, including applications, settings, and data that are stored on the device and loaded when logging in. A user could use this functionality to create public profiles for family use, to isolate a power user profile so others aren't slowed down by a ton of background processes, or simply as a sandbox for testing apps.



If you're interested in playing around with the app, we'd recommend first hitting up the XDA thread here for the requisite warnings and instructions before hitting the widget below to grab it from the Market.The free version allows for two profiles with no password protection, so you'll have to shell out a couple bucks if you want the whole shebang.

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To: sinclap who wrote (16136)1/26/2012 4:30:13 PM
From: rnsmth
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Say what you want sinclap.

Write what you like

You have been trashing Apple for years and years and I suspect you will continue to regardless of what Apple does or does not do.

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From: Cogito1/26/2012 4:41:28 PM
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Interesting note about Walmart Stores. Given that the thread header refers to Walmart, I thought I'd post it.

"Apple’s revenues, while massive, are nothing compared to a company like Walmart, which reported $109.5 billion in revenue last quarter. BUT that $109.5 billion only turned into $3.3 billion of actual income for the quarter. In other words, Walmart has more than double the revenues of Apple, but Apple has more than four times the profits of Walmart."

from techcrunch.com

Which might explain why the market it assigns Apple a higher value.

Have a nice day!

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From: Cogito1/26/2012 5:33:43 PM
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>>Nokia fails to eat into Apple's sales, profit plunges 73%<<

Commentary on Nokia's quarter:

vancouversun.com

An excerpt:

The world's largest cellphone maker by volume unveiled a year ago a major strategy shift to Microsoft Corp software for its smartphones in an attempt to challenge Apple and Google Inc's Android. But Apple's phones in particular have proved far more popular.

Apple reported earlier this week sales of 37 million iPhones for the December quarter. Nokia has sold over 1 million Windows 'Lumia' Phones, since its launch in mid-November.

"It is more than some were expecting, but it's not going to worry Apple or Google," said analyst Nick Dillon from research firm Ovum.

Nokia said it expected its phone business' underlying earnings to be around breakeven in the first quarter, well below analysts' forecasts, with sales falling more than usual in the seasonally weaker quarter.

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For those who don't know, that part I bolded above is what it looks like when a company issues a warning. They're warning earnings will be below analysts' estimates.

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From: rnsmth1/26/2012 6:06:53 PM
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Motorola Mobility Q4 In Line With Warning; Deal Close Soon

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Motorola Mobility reported Q4 results that were in line with the financial warning the company issued earlier in January.

As pre-announced, the company posted revenue of $3.4 billion, and shipped 10.5 million mobile devices, including 5.3 million smartphones. (That was in a quarter, by the way, when Nokia shipped 19.6 million smartphones, including a little over 1 million Windows-based Lumia phones, and Apple shipped 37 million iPhones.)

The company noted that it sold 200,000 tablets in the quarter, and 1 million for all of 2011.

The company also said that it expects its pending acquisition by Google for $12.5 billion should be completed early in the year, pending clearance from the U.S. Department of Justice, the European Commission, and various other countries, including Canada, Israel, Russia, Taiwan and Turkey.

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To: sylvester80 who wrote (16133)1/26/2012 6:21:08 PM
From: pyslent
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"Mawston says the firm’s numbers do incorporate Apple’s blowout fourth-quarter results issued Tuesday. They don’t include any indications from Samsung Electronics or Amazon.com about their sales of Android-based tablets in the period ended December."

You interpret this passage to mean that Android shipped 10.5 million tablets in the holiday quarter without the inclusion of Amazon or Samsung's shipments? That'd be hilarious if it weren't so pathetic. Let's see, Motorola shipped 200k tablets and Asus guided to 600k for the holiday quarter, so who do you think accounted for the other 9.7 million Android tablets? Sorry, it doesn't pass the laugh test.

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To: sylvester80 who wrote (16133)1/26/2012 8:01:09 PM
From: zax
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Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012
Should consumers boycott Apple?



Apple's profits may have soared last quarter, with revenue up 74% (to $46.3 billion), but I wonder how celebratory they feel in Cupertino as reports emerge about the company's business practices, specifically how it keeps production costs low so that it can " make a 60%, 70% margin per phone" sold?

In the last few days, the New York Times has published bombshell reports (" How the U.S. Lost Out on iPhone Work," " In China, Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad") that expose the appalling working conditions at the Foxconn plant in Shenzhen, China, where Apple's products are made. Here's an excerpt describing the troubling environment:

[T]he workers assembling iPhones, iPads and other devices often labor in harsh conditions, according to employees inside those plants, worker advocates and documents published by companies themselves. Problems are as varied as onerous work environments and serious -- sometimes deadly -- safety problems.

Employees work excessive overtime, in some cases seven days a week, and live in crowded dorms. Some say they stand so long that their legs swell until they can hardly walk. Under-age workers have helped build Apple's products, and the company's suppliers have improperly disposed of hazardous waste and falsified records, according to company reports and advocacy groups that, within China, are often considered reliable, independent monitors.

More troubling, the groups say, is some suppliers' disregard for workers' health. Two years ago, 137 workers at an Apple supplier in eastern China were injured after they were ordered to use a poisonous chemical to clean iPhone screens. Within seven months last year, two explosions at iPad factories, including in Chengdu, killed four people and injured 77. Before those blasts, Apple had been alerted to hazardous conditions inside the Chengdu plant, according to a Chinese group that published that warning.

It should be noted:

--Apple is not alone among electronic companies employing Foxconn and other such plants.

--Apple has responded to scrutiny over workplace conditions by disclosing names of suppliers and manufacturing partners.

--If the New York Times' anonymous sources are to be trusted, Apple execs don't seem to care how the work gets done so long as it's fast and cheap. Here are two unabashed (and nameless) quotes from the New York Times stories:

"The speed and flexibility is breathtaking," the executive said. "There's no American plant that can match that." […]

"We shouldn't be criticized for using Chinese workers," a current Apple executive said. "The U.S. has stopped producing people with the skills we need."

They should have just come out and said they'd rather not abide by U.S. regulations that protect worker rights -- regulations that would slow down productivity and increase costs. ("By some estimates, each iPhone includes $190 in hardware costs, $10 in Chinese labor," Scott Tong said on Wednesday's "Marketplace.")

Earlier this month "This American Life" dedicated an entire episode to the issue of human rights abuses taking place at Foxconn. On the program, Mike Daisey performed from his one-man show, " The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs," in which he shares his experience from Shenzhen, where he went with the intention of learning about the people who made his beloved Apple products. Here's an excerpt of his heartbreaking findings:

While I'm in-country, a worker at Foxconn dies after working a 34-hour shift. I wish I could say that's exceptional, but it's happened before. I only mention it because it actually happened while I was there.

And I go to the dormitories. I'm a valuable potential future customer. They will show me anything I ask to see. The dormitories are cement cubes, 12-foot by 12-foot. And in that space there are 13 beds, 14 beds. I count 15 beds. They're stacked up like Jenga puzzle pieces all the way up to the ceiling. The space between them is so narrow, none of us would actually fit in them. They have to slide into them like coffins.

There are cameras in the rooms. There are cameras in the hallways. There are cameras everywhere. And why wouldn't there be? You know, when we dream of a future where the regulations are washed away and the corporations are finally free to sail above us, you don't have to dream about some sci-fi dystopian Blade Runner/1984bull [BLEEP]. You can go to Shenzhen tomorrow. They're making your crap that way today.

When I leave the factory, as I can feel myself being rewritten from the inside out, the way I see everything is starting to change. I keep thinking, how often do we wish more things were handmade? Oh, we talk about that all the time, don't we? "I wish it was like the old days. I wish things had that human touch." But that's not true. There are more handmade things now than there have ever been in the history of the world.

Everything is handmade. I know. I have been there. I have seen the workers laying in parts thinner than human hair. One after another after another. Everything is handmade.

Beyond the working conditions, Daisey also sheds light on an environment in which people live in fear and are eventually disposable. "And so when you start working at 15 or 16, by the time you are 26, 27, your hands are ruined," he says. "And when they are truly ruined, once they will not do anything further, you know what we do with a defective part in a machine that makes machine. We throw it away." And there's no one to protect workers, he goes on, in this "fascist country run by thugs."

"It's barbaric," the Daily Beast'sDan Lyons says bluntly. And it's up to us, the consumers, to do something about it rather than turn a blind eye. He writes:

As the Times article points out, this isn't just Apple. It's every company. It's every product we use. It's our entire way of life, built on the backs of people who are being treated in ways that we would not allow ourselves or our countrymen to be treated.

Ultimately the blame lies not with Apple and other electronics companies -- but with us, the consumers.

And ultimately we are the ones who must demand change.

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From: rnsmth1/26/2012 8:01:29 PM
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Analyst says Samsung only sold 32 million smartphones in the quarter

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To: rnsmth who wrote (16144)1/26/2012 8:25:47 PM
From: rnsmth
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Smartphone Sales

Samsung probably sold about 32 million smartphones in the fourth quarter, according to an estimate from Dongbu Securities Co., helped by Galaxy devices. Apple said Jan. 24 it sold a record 37 million iPhones in a three-month period ended in December, helping the company report quarterly profit that more than doubled.

bloomberg.com

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To: sinclap who wrote (16136)1/26/2012 10:39:15 PM
From: zax
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How Siri is ruining your cellphone service
By Paul Farhi, Thursday, January 26, 7:16 PM

Paul Farhi covers media for The Post.

washingtonpost.com

Like a few million other people this past holiday season, we bought an iPhone 4S, with its much-hyped Siri feature. The vocal interface allows users to speak all kinds of commands into the phone (“What’s the weather in San Francisco?”) and get answers from a sultry-voiced robot/concierge.

We’ve used Siri to get directions, to make hands-free mobile calls and to fetch answers to trivia questions. Sometimes we just goof on Siri. “Siri, do you love me?” my daughter asked the other day. (Siri’s heartbreaking response: “I am not capable of love.”) Most ways you look at it, Siri is pretty magical.

But not in every way. Siri’s dirty little secret is that she’s a bandwidth guzzler, the digital equivalent of a 10-miles-per-gallon Hummer H1.

To make your wish her command, Siri floods your cell network with a stream of data; her responses require a similarly large flow in return. A study published this month by Arieso, an Atlanta firm that specializes in mobile networks, found that the Siri-equipped iPhone 4S uses twice as much data as does the plain old iPhone 4 and nearly three times as much as does the iPhone 3G. The new phone requires far more data than most other advanced smartphones, which are pretty data-intensive themselves, The Post has reported.

In all, Arieso says that the Siri-equipped iPhone 4S “appears to unleash data consumption behaviors that have no precedent.”

Under most circumstances, this would seem to be someone else’s problem. Cellphone contracts are “tiered” so that those who use a network more than others pay more for the privilege. You want to ask Siri silly questions? Go to town — but you (or, in this case, I) will get the bill at the end of the month. By the same logic, a customer who wants better service on an airline can pay for it by buying a first-class ticket. The marketplace provides.

Except on the data skyway, it’s not that simple. Cell and data networks are like any common resource; they have limits. And once they hit their limit, regardless of which group is using its share and then some, there’s no more to go around.

This means that Siri’s data-hogging ways are a problem for more than just those willing to foot the bill. As networks become congested, everyone’s service deteriorates. Private desire becomes a public issue. Calls are dropped or never completed; Internet access slows. First-class airline passengers don’t really compromise service for those in coach. But bandwidth hogs do.

The obvious response to this kind of traffic jam is to build more roads. Indeed, for years, cellphone companies and other network operators have expanded carrying capacity; they’ll undoubtedly continue to do so as long as demand is there.

But those kinds of infrastructure improvements aren’t limitless, either; no matter how many cell towers we throw up, sooner or later we’ll bump up against the rigid limits of the electromagnetic spectrum, the invisible frequencies over which all electronic communications move. And building new capacity isn’t cheap. Everyone — not just the first-class passengers — ends up paying for it. So prepare for higher cellphone bills.

And in the meantime? Prepare to sit and wait. That call to Grandma might not get through until the congestion clears.

Other alternatives might be less palatable, especially to anyone who wants immediate downloading gratification. We could stay off the grid or utilize fewer data-intensive functions. Or we could put some traffic cops on the beat to regulate our data demands and limit the traffic snarls and bottlenecks.

In any case, we’ll run out of capacity soon enough. The government’s top airwaves cop, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, has long warned about a looming “spectrum crunch.” If the United States can’t free up more bandwidth for mobile uses, more people than just cellphone users would be inconvenienced, he warns. The lack of new capacity, he says, would threaten U.S. jobs in the telecom industry and stifle technical progress.

Trouble is, like beachfront property, there is only so much spectrum to go around. All of the various parts of the airwaves are spoken for, whether auctioned by the government to high bidders over the past 15 years or given away back when radio and TV were the newest consumer technologies.

The only way to free up some now is to reshuffle the lineup, moving older users (say, over-the-air TV and radio stations and government agencies) to another part of the band in favor of the up-and-coming hot shots. Of course, that kind of change is disruptive. A massive political battle looms, pitting the haves against the want-mores.

What to do? Maybe we should ask the roadhog herself. Hey, Siri: Can we all learn to share?



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