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Progressive blog for the Central Savannah River Area.

Month: June, 2016

Lumia 1520 gets Windows 10 – at long last!


Redmond, Wash. and Dallas — If you have the Microsoft Lumia 1520, there’s a new update American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T) released.

Per AT&T’s support page:

Update summary
Effective June 23, 2016, Microsoft and AT&T released a new Windows 10 update for the Nokia Lumia 1520. To download the update, you must download and install the Windows 10 Upgrade Advisor app from the Windows app store. The update will be available for download via Firmware Over The Air (FOTA). A Wi-Fi connection is required for the update.

Software update includes
Windows 10 operating system
Built-in Applications – photos, maps, messaging, music, video and more.
Cortana – personal assistant
Improved multi-task and organize capability for improved productivity
OneDrive – online storage
Secureboot – supports quick and secure reboot
Windows Defender – malicious malware protection
Windows Store – for access to hundreds of thousands of applications.

Just like with the Icon users on Thursday, the users of the Lumia 1520 must download the Upgrade Advisor before doing anything else.  Then, check the Enable Windows 10 Upgrade box, and then following the instructions from there.

After that, you should be able to download build 10586.107. You will need to check for updates again to get the latest build, 10586.420.

The Lumia 1520 is the only Lumia from the x2x series that will get Windows 10. Despite its number, the Lumia Icon (also known as the Lumia 929) is part of the Lumia x3x series.


The Microsoft Lumia Icon will receive Windows 10 at noon Thursday


Redmond, Wash. and Basking Ridge, N.J. — Thursday is the big day for Microsoft Lumia 929 (Icon) owners!

Announced not too long ago by Verizon and spotted by a reader of Windows related blogs, Big Red confirmed they will put out an over the air update for the device at noon Eastern Daylight Time Thursday.

From Verizon

Microsoft Lumia Icon Software Update

Verizon Wireless is pleased to announce a software update for your device. This software update has been tested to help optimize device performance, resolve known issues and apply the latest security patches.

Before you download:

    • Connect your device to a Wi-Fi network, or make sure it has a strong Verizon Wireless network connection.
  • Ensure your battery is fully charged before starting the software update.

Current Software Update Benefits

Verizon Wireless is pleased to announce a new software update from Microsoft for select Windows smartphones.

Windows 10 Mobile is full of new features and improvements. To learn more about Windows 10 Mobile for your smartphone please visit:

To learn more about how to upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile please visit

Next steps and additional links:

Please allow additional time for the apps on your device to continue to download after the software update.

To get ready for the very important update, you need to download the Windows 10 Upgrade Advisor.   The update won’t be a standard Phone Update check as it’s going through that app. After you get the official update you will need to check the Upgrade Advisor app again for another over-the-air update as the Lumia Icon should go right to build 10586.420, but it will upgrade to the May Update, 10586.318, before that.

SCETV, run by conservative extremists, airing a sandwich show instead of Trapped


Columbia — South Carolina hates women.

That’s the clear message being sent – not just from Nikki Haley and Lee Bright – but also from the state’s very own public broadcasting station that’s overrun with ultraconservative donors.

The most useless group of PBS affiliates in the history of the US will air Sandwiches That You Will Like instead of Trapped, the latter of which an outright majority of South Carolinians wanted to watch, at 22:00 Monday (photo of DirecTV guide above).

And not one person at SCETV is talking about their immoral decision.

Let them hear it from you.

Send them tweets at @SCETV and call their office at 737-3200 and demand that they air Trapped or else you will no longer donate to SCETV!

Update at 22:03: WCES-HD, one of the 46 low-band VHF stations nationwide and a Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) affiliate, is also refusing to air Trapped on Monday night. They instead will air The Queen’s Castle. Image of guide is via my Alcatel Fierce XL with Windows 10. Tweet to GPB and ask them why are they allowing local stations to preempt Trapped.


UPDATE at 14:18: It’s come to our attention that Savannah’s WVAN, the local GPB affiliate for Allendale, Bulloch, Hampton, Jenkins and Screven counties, is also refusing to air Trapped. Like WCES, WVAN will air The Queen’s Castle at 22:00 Monday. Screenshot of guide via Zap2It:


H/T @TrappedDoc

Here are the mugshots of Brock Turner law enforcement didn’t want you to see

Santa Clara, Calif. — It took a while, but after #NoMugshot trended on Twitter in light of the rape conviction of Brock Turner, two were delivered after 16 months.

Amelia McDonell-Parry, the editor-in-chief of the Frisky and a contributor to the Investigation Discovery (ID) blog, tore apart the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department and the Stanford University Department of Public Safety for not posting the mug when he was arrested on January 18, 2015 for raping a co-ed.

AMP wrote:

As I was researching this article, I noticed that none of the news articles about the case were accompanied by Brock Turner’s mugshot, instead using photos of him provided by Stanford University, culled from Turner’s social-media profiles, or pictures taken during trial. Digging a little deeper, I was surprised to discover that Brock Turner’s mug shot does not exist online at all, and seemingly was never released to the public by either the Stanford University Department of Public Safety, which arrested Turner; or the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department, which booked him. (Others have noticed this as well, using the hashtag #NoMugShot on Twitter.) Given that Turner was not underage at the time of his arrest, and was subsequently charged and prosecuted, it’s unusual that his mug shot photo has never been made public.

It’s unclear why Brock Turner’s mug shot has been withheld for the last 16+ months since his arrest. But the investigation is over now, and he has been charged, prosecuted, and found guilty of the crimes he was arrested for, and in theory, any such exemption no longer applies.

Anyways, they relented about 17:00 EDT Monday and released a duo of mugshots. The one on the left is from Sunday, January 18, 2015. The one on the right is from Thursday, June 2.

ID Crimefeed

This video shows why cops should be aggressively enforcing speed limit laws and ticketing anyone who goes 0.05 mph above the posted speed limits

Fort Gibson, Okla. — Earlier this week, a teenage couple were victims of an intentional hit-and-run crash along a trunk highway, Oklahoma 62, in Muskogee County.

The video above shows the young driver was making a pass on the slower driver in a car. Both cars were in the proper lanes.

The man, 18, and his 17-year-old girlfriend, were driving westbound on Highway 62 Saturday night towards Muskogee when a pickup truck came up behind them. The teens say the driver hit their car in a pit-maneuver style, forcing the car across two lanes.

“It was terrifying. I don’t remember what I was thinking, but it was just scary,” said the male victim.

Eventually the teens’ car hit the guardrail on the opposite side of the lane.

They received injuries from the airbag but otherwise were not seriously hurt.

The Muskogee Police Office is looking for the truck driver, who is believed to be between 27 and 33 years old.

“There’s thousands and thousands of people on Facebook that have seen and are looking for this guy, so I’m really feeling hopeful about it all,” said the female victim.

The problem is that many jurisdictions refuse to enforce the speed limit laws. And among the few that actually do, they allow for some kind of buffer.

It’s way past time to start enforcing the speed limit laws – with no buffers.

Microsoft releases Windows 10 for the Lumia 640 and Lumia 735

Microsoft Lumia 735

Redmond, Wash. — If you’re on American Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T) Mobility or Verizon Wireless, two phones released at this time last year are getting Windows 10.

The AT&T version of the Microsoft Lumia 640 and the RM-1041 version of the Lumia 735 has been confirmed by Microsoft to get Windows 10.  The update should tentatively go live any moment now.


Right now, it is unknown whether the two phones will be receiving build 10586.338 or 10586.420, the latter of which is being tested internally by Microsoft. It is also not known when the Cricket, MetroPCS and T-Mobile variants of the Lumia 640, or the RM-1063 variant of the Microsoft Lumia 640 XL for that matter, will get the awesome Windows 10 update.

As far as the carriers that are holding up the updates go, this is why Microsoft decided to release the operating system updates on Windows 10 on their own – without AT&T, Verizon or T-Mobile.

New policy: REAL MIDDLE NAMES are REQUIRED if sending any story or requesting interviews from Facebook, Instagram, or email

After over seven years of debating, any story you send as newsworthy over Facebook, Outlook, Instagram, phone call or text message (Messaging for Windows, IMessage for the IPhone and Messenger for Android phones) for posting on Aiken Area Progressive will require all people to disclose their real middle names on the aforementioned services.

That policy is also in effect for all interviews on those mediums.

Additionally, we will only accept submissions in private messages.

This policy was originally slated to go into effect on March 18, 2009, but was delayed for further studies about names and cyberharassment.

To reduce harassment, we will no longer accept submissions on any pages/accounts on Facebook or Instagram where anyone besides the sender(s) and receiver(s) can see the submission(s).

Thanks for your understanding.

Jovan, administrator at Aiken Area Progressive

D-Day on spectrum buyout: Will FCC approve T-Mobile’s purchase of Cavalier and Continuum 700 spectrum?

Washington, DC — It’s decision day for the Federal Communications Commission.

Around the week of January 29, T-Mobile came to a deal with Cavalier Communications and Continuum 700 to buy out their 700 MHz spectrum. This deal wasn’t disclosed in public until around March 18.

This deal with Cavalier and Continuum is extremely important because it would not only allow for indoor penetration across the entire 23-county CSRA, it would also peg T-Mobile as solely having the second largest (and perhaps the largest) LTE network in the US, toppling Verizon, who was toppled by AT&T last year from having the largest LTE footprint in the States.

Currently, T-Mobile is tied with Verizon for the second largest LTE network with 308 million POPs. AT&T’s LTE network has roughly 308.014 million POPs.

Here’s the full documentation from the FCC, filed by T-Mobile on April 27, below the fold:
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