Despite the silly name, Samsung’s Milk Music service1 seems like a handy thing to have. It offers unlimited ad-free streaming of hundreds of music stations with the ability to create and refine your own stations. However, it’s only for Samsung phones.
If you have root access, there’s a way around that and it’s not even very hard.
You’re going to need a capable file manager with root support. Total Commander2 is good, as is Root Explorer3. First, find and back up your build.prop file in the /system directory (it can be restored later). Now open the build.prop and find the product,brand, and manufacturer lines.
If you are using a Nexus 5, for example, those lines read ‘Nexus 5′ and ‘Google.’ It will be different for every phone. Edit the lines to read as follows.
Samsung isn’t plugging into any deep, dark services in its devices to make Milk work it just checks the build.prop. Go ahead and grab the APK mirrored below and install it, then reboot.
You’ll be able to stream music just fine, but not log into a Samsung account for syncing stations.
Because this is US only, you’ll need a US VPN if using Milk in another country.
File name: com.samsung.mdl.radio-1.0.176956.apk
I know that there are moments in life when nothing seems to go your way, and you wished that you would receive a break. Well, the Grants would have felt that way too, when John Grant s mother, Anthea, breathed her last without having written down her Apple ID as well as password somewhere. After all, who would have thought that it would amount to a rather grievous matter?
While Anthea did ensure that she bequeathed her iPad to her family in her will, her family who do not have her Apple ID and password, are hence unable to make use of the iPad. Basically, her iPad has now ended up as a rather large sized paperweight. Is there a way out of this conundrum?
The late Anthea s family did try to figure out that Apple might have a heart, as they have provided Apple with her death certificate, will and solicitor s letter, but Apple has made life rather difficult for them.
In fact, Cupertino did mentioned that there is one more thing which was required, and that would be a court order in order to prove that she was the owner of the iPad when she was still alive. Ridiculous, don t you think so?
Josh has mentioned to BBC Radio 5 live s Victoria Derbyshire, All we want is the iPad to work In this situation who are they protecting? Apparently, Apple s security measures that are in place were meant to assist customers in protecting lost or stolen devices, but in this matter, the spirit of the law should be obeyed, and not the letter of the law.
Josh continued, We obviously couldn t get written permission because mum had died. So my brother has been back and forth with Apple, they re asking for some kind of proof that he can have the iPad. We ve provided the death certificate, will and solicitor s letter but it wasn t enough.
They ve now asked for a court order to prove that mum was the owner of the iPad and the iTunes account.
It s going to have to go through our solicitor and he charges 200 an hour so it s a bit of a false economy.
For prospective customers or current customers, buying a used phone is one way to save money, but it was usually a hassle to check definitively whether phones were free and clear of any outstanding obligations before purchase, especially those from Verizon and Sprint. To solve that issue, Sprint has stepped up1 with another company in Recipero to roll out a new tool called CheckMend.
CheckMend maintains a global database of stolen phone serial numbers and all Sprint stores will check the serial number of used cell phones against CheckMend s database to determine if they are stolen before being traded in under its recycling programs. Devices listed as stolen cannot and will not be activated on Sprint s network and Sprint will also submit the serial number of any Sprint device reported lost or stolen by customers to CheckMend to further improve the database s accuracy.
As CheckMend is also available online, prospective and current customers can use it to check the validity of a used phone s serial number before they purchase it, and the tool can also be used by law enforcement to assist in recovery efforts for stolen devices.
Sprint supports the national device registry for stolen devices along with the other major carriers and will be the first national carrier to roll out such a tool for customers.