Lost In Mobile

Shaun McGill

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Lost In Mobile is the continuation of PDA-247 which, under various names, provided news, reviews and commentary on the mobile world for 10 years.

I have been writing about the mobile industry, mobile products, apps and everything else in between and beyond for more than 10 years, and currently write freelance for Imagine Publishing and also undertake one-off projects upon request.

I welcome your comments and thoughts and if you want to get in touch, please do so via the email address or phone number above.

Thanks for stopping by.

Shaun McGill

Apple's one-click tool to remove the U2 album

To remove this album:
    Go to http://itunes.com/soi-remove.
    Click Remove Album to confirm you'd like to remove the album from your account.
    Sign in with the Apple ID and password you use to buy from the iTunes Store.
    You'll see a confirmation message that the album has been removed from your account.
If you downloaded the songs to iTunes on your Mac or PC or to the Music app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you'll need to delete them manually.

Nice of Apple to offer an easy way to remove the album, but I maintain that it should not have been added to user's libraries in the first place. As it happens, I listened to a few tracks from the album the other day and it is, as expected, truly awful.

My watch is for...

My watch is for quickly glancing at the time and date. My phone is for talking, texting and a quick glance at my calendar, my tablet is for everything else and any computer attached to a printer is for printing.

Wise words from Vincent.

Google's new 2 hour return window

After purchasing an app or game on Google Play, you can return it within two hours for a full refund.
If the two-hour return period has passed, we recommend contacting the app developer directly. You can find an app developer’s contact information listed on an app or game’s detail page on Google Play.
Return an app or game within two hours of purchase
On your device
  1. Open the Google Play Store app.
  2. Touch the Play Store icon > My Apps.
  3. Select the app or game you'd like to return.
  4. Select Refund.

Two hours is a perfectly reasonable length of time for app refunds, and is also precisely 2 hours longer than Apple offers.

Will Google really ban Android Forums from Google Play?

Google has been cracking down on Android spam lately, but they’ve been doing a miserable job, and the latest debacle puts yours truly – more specifically Android Forums - directly under Google’s shoe as they stomp recklessly through the Google Play Store like robotic bounty hunters.
The automated email, titled “14-day Notification: Violation of the Android branding guidelines”, explains that if we do not comply in 2 weeks, our app will be removed from the Google Play Store. The violation? Using the word Android. The demand? Rename our app... More at Phandroid.

The main problem in a situation like this is finding a Google human to speak to from what I have heard in the past.