Google Project Fi data-only SIM cards support goes live

Google Project Fi is still alive and kicking, even if it is not as involved in promoting itself as you’d think. Google’s cellular service is impressing its few subscribers and it recently released support for data-only mobile devices (this includes tablets and other devices which receive data).       The Project Fi team is working on bringing data-only SIMs to everyone who wants mobile Internet connections on their tablets by using a mobile connection as intermediary. This form of connectivity could in turn be shared with other tablets that can connect to the Internet when they are offered access.   Existing Project Fi subscribers can get a data-only SIM for free so if you have a Fi account you can check it and order a SIM for yourself. If you are not part of the program but you are interested in this offering, you can head over to Google’s Fi to sign up and you will have to wait to receive an official invitation. For now, you can only order a data-only SIM card. When you activate it, you will be able to share data to anyone. Keep in mind that a data-only SIM will share the same data budget with an existing mobile phone data plan.   Useful details you need to know if you want a data-only SIM from project Fi:   Eligibility: You can add another device by ordering a data-only SIM as long as you have service activated with Project Fi. Cost: Compatible devices share the same data budget as […]

Ghostery – the privacy browser that keeps ad networks and trackers at bay

Ghostery is just the piece of software you need to keep you safe on the internet. Usually, when you browse, buy and click, you share some of your information on ad networks, be it through Facebook, Google or other social media and click-bait links, because everyone is looking for your activity and ways to get your money in the end. With this Privacy Browser, you can learn more about data collection companies and you can block them from tracking your activity.       Ghostery is a fully functional web browser that you can configure to browse the mobile web with better load times and more privacy. When you load a page, the little ghost icon on the address bar will allow you to see how many ad trackers you can find on the said page. Thus, you can decide which to block and which to let do their work, or you can whitelist the site altogether.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKzyifAvC_U     While using the browser, you can contribute data about trackers and let devs work on them with sites and companies. The devs track trackers instead of tracking you!   [googleplay url=”https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ghostery.android.ghostery”]

Android L to enable data ecryption in order to protect customers

Android L is closer to us than ever and it seems that Washington Post received a glimpse of what is to come from Google itself! It appears that devices shipping with Android L will be having default encrypted disks – the move is a step forward in preventing law enforcement from obtaining information from smartphones and tablets without the owner’s consent. This change will allow Google to avoid certain ethical and legal questions when it comes to search warrants issued against devices. Considering the fact that they will not be able to provide tools that can be used to access encrypted data on devices this means they cannot be compelled to do it either. What automatic encryption will do is protect devices from law enforcement or hacker access without authorization. This does not stop law enforcement officers from raiding your cloud stored data though. Full-disk encryption is available on Android devices since 2011, but it was not enabled by default and most users have not enabled it themselves. This implementation is extremely helpful and efficient and it would not affect battery life or device performance. New Android devices shipping with the L release will have encryption turned on but it is yet unclear if existing devices will be encrypted automatically after they are updated to the Android L OS. Source: Washington Post   [wdsm_ad id=”1484″ class=” ” ]

T-Mobile quadruples Simple Starter data plan to 2 GB for $5 extra a month

T-Mobile is quadrupling its data plan for $5 extra per month starting September 3rd. Sprint and T-Mobile are always in a war of prices, services and quality and this time T-Mobile is trying to get ahead on all aspects by enlarging its Simple Starter Plan Data allotment… at a price, of course! For $5 extra a month, customers will get an upgrade from 500 MB to 2 GB of LTE data. This limited-time offer will debut on September 3rd and it does not interfere with the Simple Choice Plan, which is supposed to remain the same. Why would you choose a $50 plan when you can pay $45 for twice the LTE data? The answer is rather simple: with the Simple Choice Plan, you get unlimited data with the reduced speeds after 1 GB and unlimited music streaming from certain music services that don’t count against the plan. With the Simple Starter, the data service gets cut off after you finished your allocated 2 GB of data and you cannot access free music and tethering. Sprint has just introduced a $60 plan with unlimited data and T-Mobile reached out to its clients with a similar offer. We shall see which proves to be the more popular offer.  Source: T Mobile [wdsm_ad id=”1484″ class=” ” ]