Firefox Beta for Android Released

Not sure if this is common knowledge or not, but the Firefox Beta for Android was released today.

This is a very nice app for only being a beta release.  You can add some very cool add-ons and the interface is crisp and clean.  The file size is smaller than the Dolphin HD browser, but still large at over 14mb.

Get your copy by going to

Sync your desktop and Mobile.

Customize: Install Add-ons

Search: Use the Awesome Bar and type less.

Firefox for Android: You’re Invited

Firefox Beta for Android

Nielsen Android Mobile App

Looks like Nielsen just released a Mobile App on the Android Market. You know Nielsen, it is the company that provides television and radio ratings. They want to give you prizes to install their app that allows them to collect data from your phone. I saw this ad when visiting a mobile phone website. I would never install this app, but here are some of the details:

Details from the Android App Market:

Download this small, secure app to join Nielsen Mobile and win prizes while sharing the mobile future.

How it works (Source: Nielsen site)

In order for us to report accurate data to the mobile industry, we use Nielsen’s trusted measurement software to measure the normal activity of your phone (or other mobile device). All you do is either download the software or change some settings on your device and use it how you typically would-that’s it! The software is undetectable and will not affect your phone’s performance or battery life.

* To join, start by clicking here or on the Join Now link above.
* On the Join Now page, we will ask you to enter basic information about yourself and will confirm your device is supported by our measurement software. You will also be prompted to create a username and password, which will allow you to make future changes to your profile.
* Once you have completed your profile, Android and Windows Mobile users will be sent an SMS to the mobile phone number you provided as part of the profile. You then click on the link in the SMS to download and install the measurement software. This download takes less than a minute, and the software will not affect your phone’s performance or battery life.

If you’re an Apple device user, you don’t have to install software – instead, you’ll receive an e-mail with instructions on how to set various settings on your device (depending on your device, this may require installing a profile). Whether you install our software or change your settings, you’ll allow us to measure the applications you use and websites you visit for the purpose of anonymous measurement only. We will never release your personal information to third parties for marketing purposes (click here for complete details on the Membership Agreement).

After completing the install, you may be prompted to restart your mobile device. Once you have completed the install, you will be an active member of Nielsen’s Mobile Panel and will be eligible for the monthly incentive.

What Kind of Data Do They Collect (Source: Nielsen site)

Q. What type of data is being collected?

A. The application measures general usage of your phone. For example, we collect information on:

* the type, name and use of applications and games
* the address and content of the websites you visit
* the date and duration of the websites you visit
* the date, time and duration of phone calls, but not details on the phone numbers you call or receive calls from
* the date, time and duration of phone calls, but not details on the phone numbers you call or receive calls from
* the date, time and short codes or phone numbers that you send text/picture messages to or receive text/picture messages from
* the battery and network performance of your phone, including signal quality readings, wireless protocol and information on failed calls
* the file names, types and files sizes on your phone, but not the contents of the files
* Periodic measurement of your location through GPS (if this functionality is available on your device)

We do not listen to or record any of your phone calls. We also do not examine, store or record any of the content of text or picture messages you send or receive. In addition, we cannot and do not read any of the contents of your other files or email messages.


Wow, seems like tons of data to give up for a prize that amounts to UP TO $50 a year.

You need to sign-up via PC at

Search the Android Market using the term: nielsen

Netflix does customers right

Netflix – Doing the Customers Right!

Several Gadget Whore Team members have devices that connect to Netflix’s Instant Streaming Service.   The other day we were testing the new Netflix software for the Playstation 3 and we were hit with connection problems.  We attempted connecting several times, but it just said try again later.  We didn’t think too much about it and it worked when we tried to connect later in the day.

Netflix does customers right

Netflix Does Customers Right!

It appears that Netflix was having service issues, so they are offering a 3% credit to all customers who were connected to the service when the outage took place. It makes you feel better as a customer when a company apologizes and tries to make things better. A 3% credit isn’t huge, but its good that Netflix cared about customer satisfaction enough to offer it. It makes you feel better as a customer when a company apologizes and tries to make things better.

Google Tv – Trying To Get Around the Hulu Block

  1. Download the latest release
  2. On your GoogleTV type into the search bar (on the Logitech Revue you find this by clicking the magnifying glass on the bottom, left of the keyboard). This will bring you to the page that discovers your PlayOn PC. You should bookmark this page for easy access (on the Logitech Revue, you can bookmark a page by pressing the star-shaped icon button on the bottom, right of the keyboard).
  3. You can now navigate PlayOn via the touchpad on the keyboard. Sit back, relax, and enjoy your favorite show.

Known issues: The back button on the keyboard will work, however the play and pause buttons on the keyboard will not work. You will need to use the on-screen controller for those trick-play features which you can get by using the trackpad to move the cursor over the bottom of the screen.


The Logitech Revue Google TV unit detects DLNA Media Servers like Twonky (for the PC & MAC), Tversity(PC) and Windows Media Player 11(PC).   The Sony Blu ray Internet TV device(powered by Google TV) is also listed as a DLNA Certified device that should detect the same media servers.


DLNA Certified

We tested another work around to get Hulu to play on the Google TV.  It almost seemed like too much effort at this point, but i was told about PlayOn’s Digital Media Server ($79.99) and decided to download the 14 day free trial.

We first tested the software on a Play Station 3 and the Nintendo Wii Entertainment systems and it worked flawlessly.  We did test the software and installed it on a Windows Vista machine, so that was a problem of its own.  We don’t like to use Vista machines, but it was the only thing available at the time of testing. The Notebook that we tested was “hardwired” into the router.

Testing on the Google TV didn’t go as smooth as we wanted it to, but it honestly could have been the our computer.

Here are the steps to play content from a media server on your Sony Blu Ray Internet TV device.

Go to the Applications list and select the Media Player.

Click the list button on the remote and select your device.

Select HULU from the items menu.

A HULU file folder system comes up and you can select the category type to view.

We selected TV Shows.

Sort by category.

It didn’t work for us.  A message that “There are no items to display”

came up.  Will someone do us a favor and test this method of connect to HULU on their Google TV device?

UPDATE: We found out that we did have internet connectivity problems when we tested this on the Google TV. Stay tuned for updates, we plan to test it tomorrow while we still have our testing unit.

UPDATE 2: We concluded our PlayOn software tests and the results are in.  The Sony Internet TV Blu ray player does not work with the PlayOn software.  It shows empty folders when you browse. We researched the DNLA Certification and it only lists JPEG images in the certification documentation.

UPDATE 3:  Okay, it is right there on the specifications page on the Sony site that it only supports DLNA for PHOTO.  Sucks!!!!!!!