Search Engine Indexing: Alexa takes out reviews

If you are a web designer-developer you have heard of Alexa. Alexa is in a way a premium version of Google Analytics. It also provides you with a detailed statistical data of your website.

One of the features that it had was “reviews”. You were able to review other websites that were ranked in the Alexa system. This is no secret but if you had an account with Alexa and had your domains added to your Alexa account and you ended up reviewing other websites your ranking would improve significantly. For example if I left a positive review for and I would see my personal domains get bumped. Alexa will of course deny such a practice but it was evident that it would “help” to leave positive reviews for other domains.

The other issue is that there were services that provided for $ to leave positive reviews for your website. Of course again, that would improve your Alexa ranking even further versus if you left positive reviews yourself.

Alexa has finally decided to take “reviews” out of the equation. If you go on any website under the reviews section you will receive a message that the feature was retired.

There are of course other methods of manipulating Alexa’s rating system, I shall leave that for another article.

Blacklist for stolen phones in effect (Canada’s first)

The Canadian Cell Phone “blacklist” database has been created a while ago, but it was never implemented by any of the Canadian telecoms. Needless to say the technology has been used in various countries such as U.S. and U.K.

Blackberry if you recall had been using this technology in their own eco-system for many years. What they would do is disable any of the core service such as BBM, and email. Therefore, you were only able to use anything that wasn’t Blackberry service related. They did this particularly with Demo models and did implement stolen blackberries to be included in the database as well.

Why did all the telecoms agree and decided to share the current database. It’s possible due to the rise of robberies in the Greater Toronto Area particularly Rogers stores there was a consensus to kick-start the database.

What’s in included in the database?

IMEI which every handset has. You can check your IMEI by typing *#06#.

Therefore, if you are planning on purchasing a used or new handset, now you can check online if it has been “blacklisted“. Click here

If you are unable to go on the internet to check the IMEI, the easiest way to check is to pop in a SIM correlating to the cell phone. If you are unable to make a phone call the chances are your cell phone was blacklisted.

UPDATE: Its important to note that the database DOES NOT include any of the phones stolen prior to September 30, 2013.

iMessage for Android

iMessage for Android

iMessage for Android iMessage Description

There was no word about it anywhere, iSheep followers were stunned, what happened you ask? iMessage for Android was released by Apple. Wait, no it wasn’t by Apple, it was by a guy named Daniel Zweigart (Alias?). What he did is pretty remarkable. He took what I could only assume propitiatory code, rewrote it, created his own server (in China of course), created valid handshakes, and got iMessage to function with individual Apple logins. Pretty impressive. The only problem is, the information is floating back and forth on a server located in China and so is your Apple login information.

How does it look aesthetically, well its remarkably familiar to those who have used iOS before:

iMessage Aesthetically

Thus far the reviews have been either fantastic or awful within the Android community:

iMessage Android Reviews

If you have used the application I would suggest to reset your Apple password, I would even go as far in saying to remove the application from your handset.

How long will the application be on the Google Play store is difficult to say. I’m actually shocked its still there.

iMessage for Android

UPDATE: As of 6:00 PM (EST) the app is no longer available on the Google Play Store.

Canada Spectrum Auctions 700 MHz band

Today is the day where the mobile applications must apply to be part of the auction which takes place January 14, 2014. The applicants must submit beneficial ownership, associated entities information along 5% deposit which could be in the millions.

The word is Wind Mobile, Telus, Bell and Rogers are currently the only players in the auction. The hope is that there will be a foreign entity involved. As you may recal Verizon was the early entrant who backed out after they staked into Vodafone.

We won’t find out who the players are until October 22, 2013 who the entrants are, unless they somehow leak it. On November 8, 2013 we should know the actual publication of final list of qualified bidders.

Even if a foreign entity does win an auction, builds a telecom, and then finally starts to roll out the service, we will not see any discount and they will submerge as the other 3 (Bell, Telus, Rogers).


  • less towers required to cover the required space vs. other bands
  • penetrates objects such as walls easier vs. other bands
  • compatible with 4G


My Thoughts: Apple iPhone 5C Pricing (Canadian)

I’m honestly a bit confused. The point of releasing iPhone 5C was to complete with cheaper Android models. Looking at website the 5C will be sold for $599.00. Essentially are there any cheap Android handsets that cost $600.00? It sounds to me that its priced too high to appeal to the “other” consumer. If you are going to spend $600.00 to begin with, whats an additional $120.00 to get the proper iPhone 5S? (iPhone 5S is listed at $719)

True Apple Fanboys will continue to purchase the high end product, iPhone 5C was supposed to be for “everyone else”. I doubt people will buy it for a mere $600.00.

I wasn’t going to speak about the specifications, but thus far it appears that 5C is a cheaper version of the original iPhone 5. Therefore, you are better off purchasing a brand new (or used) iPhone 5.

My current assumption as you gather by the short notes above is that Apple completely missed the mark on the pricing of the iPhone 5C.

The true price point should have been $399.00.

I know what you are going to say. People won’t buy the expensive version if it was that much cheaper. I disagree, as I previously stated the Apple fans will continue to purchase the high end product and with a price point of $400.00 you would get “everyone” else to buy into it.

Only time will tell, but I don’t foresee iPhone 5C a hot seller.

Rogers Trade-Up Program (cash for your phone)

Ever wanted to avoid or and just go to your local Rogers store and trade your old phone for cash. Now you can. Of course the trade-in value is not as high as you would get on the website mentioned above, however there are no hassles. As long as the screen is responsive, the phone powers up and it actually works, you will get the cash.


Some common devices/prices:

Rogers iPhone 4 (16GB) = $90.00

Rogers iPhone 4S (16GB) = $185.00

Rogers iPhone 5 (16GB) = $280.00

Samsung S4 = $160.00

Blackberry Z10 = $150.00

Blackberry Q10 = $170.00

Retrieving deleted images/photos on iOS device ISSUE

With an iOS device (such as: iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPad Retina, iPad 2, iPad Mini) I haven’t had issues retrieving Contacts, Calendars, Messages, Message attachments, call history, notes, voice memos, and bookmarks. However, photos is a different story. If a photo has been deleted from an iOS device and then further photos are taken, the photo appears to be gone forever. I could be wrong, but thus far I don’t see a temporary flash storage for the photos. Even though the photo is skipped in the naming process (ie. img_1001.JPG, img_1003.JPG), its permanently overwritten by the following photo that is taken by the device. I have tried every data retrieving technique used on flash drives, and the data is just not there.

Drop a comment if you have figured out a technique to retrieve deleted photos from an iOS device.

Wireless Wars Rogers, Bell, Telus

Has anyone observed wireless priced plans on August 7 vs. August 8? Lets say that in one day data dropped from 6gb to 500mb and voice stayed the same. Oh and the price somewhat stayed the same. Why the change? Well it’s a tactic used by the big 3 telco’s to stick it to CRTC for lowering 3 year plans to 2 year max and by not allowing the big 3 to bid on the upcoming spectrum. Who got screwed? In the end the consumer did of course. Nothing new there.

What’s frustrating is that if you look at Bell Mobility website vs. Rogers wireless the pricing and the offering changed on the same day. Do the telecoms sit in one room and decide what they will offer? Isn’t that somewhat price fixing? I assume its legal, gas stations have been doing the same for decades.

Best part is the website Fair For Canada, it’s a complete joke full of lies and deception. Guess what, all 3 telecoms were in on the website as well.

In conclusion, I doubt that Verizon would lower the priced plans but at least it’s an alternative choice to the big 3, and my hope is that they don’t sit in the same room to decide what prices they will offer the following day.

Rogers wireless offering as of August 22, 2013


Bell mobility offering as of August 22, 2013



Facebook wall post exploit

I’m sure everyone by now has read or heard about the wall post exploit where the a man from India posted on Mark Zuckerberg‘s wall without being authorized as his friend. The exploit has been patched up, however below you will see how easy it was executed. Is your information safe?

What this exploit is about
When you make a new status on Facebook, the default value of making a status is set to your profile. By changing a single value, you will be able to make a post on any wall you want.

Step 1
Open Facebook, write a status message but don’t submit it.

Step 2
Open the profile you wish to make a post on, and copy the username, or ID, right after the part. Example:
Copy zuck and put it after this URL: ->

Step 3
Go back to your Facebook status, and open Google Developer (F12) or Inspect Element (Firefox) and click on the status

Step 4
Scroll up, till you find an input-tag with name set to “xhpc_targetid”. It looks like this:

input type=”hidden” autocomplete=”off” name=”xhpc_targetid” value=”12345″

Step 5
Go back to the tab you opened before, and copy the ID.

In that case, the ID would be 4.

Step 6
Go back to your Facebook status, and replace the value=”xxx” (from step 4) to your new ID. Example:

input type=”hidden” autocomplete=”off” name=”xhpc_targetid” value=”12345″

changed to:

input type=”hidden” autocomplete=”off” name=”xhpc_targetid” value=”4″

Once that is done, all you need to do now is press “Post”. Your post will now be posted on the target’s Facebook wall!


Porting Issues (FreePhoneLine/Fongo) to Rogers

Rogers Wireless Home Phone porting at first seemed easy. It took about 5 days for the number to be ported. I was porting a number that is originally from FreePhoneLine/Fongo to Rogers. After the number did get finally ported the first issue was that any phone call that came from FreePhoneLine/Fongo would not go through and there was a mysterious message saying “The number you have reached is not in service”. But with that same ported number I was able to call FreePhoneLine/Fongo numbers.

The support at FreePhoneLine/Fongo was pretty good. Took about 10 emails, and about 8 hours or so, and the problem was on their end. The main switch was fixed and I was able to call from FreePhoneLine/Fongo to the newly ported number that was at Rogers now.

New Problem: If you call the ported number from Skype, you will get that same message “the number you have reached is not in service”.

Not sure who to contact for that issue. I did speak with Rogers and they did do a number refresh, but that didn’t do anything (except reset my answering machine).