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Galaxy Nexus JellyBean Downloads

The stock Google Galaxy Nexus JellyBean images are now available for download. This is for both the Takju & Yakju builds. They can be found here (this includes the Nexus S as well)

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Galaxy Nexus Sales Prohibited?

With Apple’s monolithic mindset of litigate don’t innovate recently got the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Google’s development phone) added to the never ending list of common features that make up a phone (my way of putting it) all sales were halted in the USA. But did this action extend to Australia? (I don’t know the answer to this) I noticed that currently there’s no option to purchase a Galaxy Nexus from the Telstra Shop Online, so does this meanthat the injunction applied here?

 

If so then how long has it been since the US law or the US patent office dictated Australian law?

Well I’m confused šŸ˜

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Galaxy Nexus Day 3

Well on Tuesday (5th June) I finally got my mitts on the Galaxy Nexus (i9250) This now brings about retirement of my HTC Desire (A8183) this was my launching into the world that is Android! and once my contract was up I knew that I wantedĀ the development phone from this point forward.

Ice Cream Sandwich is a nice layout from that I’mĀ used to with earlier versions of Android 2.1 – 2.3 and as I’ve used Cyanogenmod for about the last 18 months I prefer the native android look and feel over the stock version of HTC Sense that originally came with the Desire. The Nexus had a slightly modified release of ICS 4.02 (Telstra customised with Australian English) that I replace with the current (at the time of writing) 4.04 development build of YakjuĀ and I’ve added SuperSUĀ (root)

One of the main issues with the HTC Desire was its lack of storage space (a total of 148Mb with stock Hboot) but now with the Nexus that’s no an issue as it has a comfortable 13Gb to play with. The only part that I didn’t realise was the lack of an SDcard slot, but I don’t see that I’ll need to add more storage to it anyway.

With the lack of any hardware buttons this gives a nice smooth appearance but I was at a small loss as I tended to use the optical pointer, so I’ve found myself floundering a little if I need to change the cursor or place but I soon learnt that by holding you finger down on the screen you get an arrow that you can the move about any text. This will take a little getting used to but I suppose I was a little spoilt with that feature on the Desire!

So after only having the nexus for 3 days I’m very happy with it! You can expect more posts about my journey with the Nexus as I discover new things. At this point I’m sticking with Jakju, but I will no doubt experiment with other custom roms in the future… šŸ™‚

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Trial use of WPGplus

One of the frustrating things about Google+ is the lack of an API for developers to be able to write 3rd party plugins for either posting to or reading from Google+

It’s been a while now since I last checked on WordPress.org to see if there’s been any progress with a plugin for posting from WordPress to Google+ and to my surprise I stumbled across WPGplus

I’m not sure if it’s going to be suitable just yet, but at this point it looks like the only solution. So this post will be my first at using it (WPGplus) so let’s see how it fares!Ā  šŸ˜‰

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Google Ad-Sense be no more!

Today I haveĀ receivedĀ notice that my Google Ad-Sense account has been suspended due to a breech of terms. I first applied for Google Ad-sense back in 2008 when I first setup this blog (October 2008) during this time I’ve had Google’s Ad-Sense ads only on my blog using a WordPress plug in called All in One Adsense and YPNThis plugin simply places the ads within your blog and I would have thought that it was compliant. So the only thing that must have been wrong was a setting in theĀ configuration of the Ad-Sense channels, that I setup way back in 2008!

Here’s a copy of the email received to advise me of the breech of terms…

Hello,

We continually review all publishers according to our program policies (Ā https://www.google.com/support/adsense/bin/answer.py?answer=48182&stc=aspe-3pp-enĀ ) and Terms and Conditions (Ā https://www.google.com/adsense/localized-terms?&stc=aspe-3tc-enĀ ). During a recent review of your account, our specialists found that it was not in compliance with our policies.

WEBMASTER GUIDELINES: Publishers may not place Google ads on pages that violate Googleā€™s webmaster quality guidelines (http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=35769#quality). While we’ve included the following excerpts from these guidelines, we recommend that you take the time to review them in their entirety.

* Make pages for users, not for search engines.
* Don’t employ cloaking or sneaky redirects.
* Don’t load pages with irrelevant words.
* Don’t create multiple pages, subdomains, or domains with substantially duplicate content.
* Don’t participate in link schemes designed to increase your site’s ranking or PageRank.
* Avoid “doorway” pages created just for search engines, or other “cookie cutter” approaches such as affiliate programs with little or no original content.
* Avoid tricks intended to improve search engine rankings. A good rule of thumb is whether you’d feel comfortable explaining what you’ve done to a website that competes with you. Another useful test is to ask, “Does this help my users? Would I do this if search engines didn’t exist?”
* If your site participates in an affiliate program, make sure that your site adds value. Provide unique and relevant content that gives users a reason to visit your site first.

As a result, your AdSense account has been disabled.

Additionally, as stated in our Terms and Conditions, publishers who have breached this agreement may not receive further payment. The earnings on your account will be returned to the affected advertisers. Please note that this step was taken in an effort to protect the interests of our AdWords advertisers, and to maintain the quality of the AdSense program.

Thank you for your understanding.

Sincerely,

The Google AdSense Team

I’ve attempted to review my Ad-Sense settings but I can no longerĀ accessĀ the admin panel and it looks like the decision is final

So as a result there will no longer be any ads on my site! The last time I checked the balance of revenue, it was around the $55Ā dollarĀ ($AUD) mark, I wonder if theĀ strength of the Australian dollar has something to do with it! (just joking) However I must say that to get aĀ suspensionĀ notice without any warning is not the best approach either, because then I could have reviewed the claimed breech and done something to fix it. Another thing that springs to mind is that I wasn’t generating much traffic so maybe that was a contributing factor (?) Anyway it’s done now, so Google Ad-Sense be no more!