Author: Alexander Udalov

TABLETS
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ASUS Transformer Prime: Locked Bootloader Causes Uproar

The fine folks at XDA-Developers report that ASUS has chosen to lock a bootloader on its flagship tablet, the Eee Pad Transformer Prime. This is extremely sad news for all the tinkerers who were hoping to get Ice Cream Sandwich on this powerful tablet currently running a lightly customized stock ASUS Android 3.2 (Honeycomb).

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How To Increase Kindle Fire Silk Speed

One thing is trying to improve the performance of the Silk browser, but its just mind blowing how attempting to “improve” it would cause a Fire user such grief that they would easily choose an alternative browser, like side-loaded Opera Mobile with its hardware accelerated Web page rendering. More radical ways of accelerating Web browsing experiences for the Amazon Kindle Fire could be offered by flashing an Ice Cream Sandwich based custom ROMs on Fire, thus rooting it. That is, when these ROMs would be available for public consumption.

Apple
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The 2011 iPhone 5 Rumor Collection And Prediction Wrap Up

Apple in its iPhone design has a success stories that have had a tremendous impact on what the company’s next phone designs might look like. In other words, most probably, you won’t see a QWERTY keyboard, or a slider as a design target for the iPhone 5. What is highly expected though, is a screen size of over 4″, or even 4.3″ diagonally.

Apple
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Getting Siri On The iPhone 4

Siri functionality has gained enormous popularity since day one of its appearance on the iPhone 4s. For “some reason”, the Siri service is not officially available for the owners of original iPhone 4.

Android
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Can Apple Earn $10 From Every Android Device Sold?

Today’s estimate of what Apple can gain from such settlement deals is about $10 of royalties per Android device. What will happen with this revenue tomorrow, when manufacturers will be actively cleaning their devices from last signs of disputed technologies is anybody’s guess.

Mobiles
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GSM Phones Vulnerable To Hijacking, GSMA Unconcerned

According to a Berlin-based research agency, flaws in the widely used GSM wireless technology could allow hackers to gain remote control of phones and instruct them to send text messages or make calls. The Reuters source of this information is Karsten Nohl, head of Berlin-based Security Research Labs.

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Samsung Galaxy S III Going 3D?

According to an article in Korean ETnews, that is retold by Phandroid, the Samsung Galaxy S III may sport a 3D-capable screen. There were several wishful renderings of Samsung’s new flagship phone swirling around in the Internet recently, all of them were mildly dismissed by Samsung.

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Consequences Of Android’s “Openness”

rguments of both analysts tend to agree that the openness of Android as its strong point is suddenly nowhere to be found when business and market considerations prevail. Sure, from a business standpoint, it really doesn’t matter what platform and development models are used in a given product: it’s an impact of a product itself that has an importance.

IPAD
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Untethered A4 Jailbreak For IOS 5 Released

The untether is for iOS 5.0.1 on iPhone3GS, iPhone4, iPhone4-CDMA, iPad1, iPod touch 3G, iPod touch 4G. If you have one of those devices and are not on 5.0.1 yet, update now! The SHSH window is still open for 5.0.1 If you unlock via ultrasn0w or gevey, make sure you only get to 5.0.1 via a custom IPSW! See the guides at places like iClarified.com if you don’t know how. Once you’re at 5.0.1, use the latest redsn0w 0.9.10 to both jailbreak and untether.

Mobiles
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Huawei MediaPad Gets ICS

Phandroid has leaked pictures apparently showing that Huawei is working on putting Ice Cream Sandwich on their MediaPad (branded at T-Mobile as Springboard, between $180 and $250 on contract, $450 without).

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Kindle Fire Runs Ice Cream Sandwich

It was an early Ice Cream Sandwich build demoed at Liliputing couple of days ago. Since then, the development efforts were concentrated on elimination of serious flaws of this ‘pre-alpha’ build of ICS by JackpotClavin

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Kindle Fire Rooted Again: How To Instructions

It was expected sooner than later, but now it’s become reality. By hard work and determination of Android Police’s own in-house hacker named (appropriately) Justin Case and helpers like Vashypooh, Trevor Eckhart, and IOMoster of TeamWin, the rooting of Amazon’s Kindle Fire has become possible once again.

google
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Google’s Nexus Tablet

Google’s Eric Shmidt has reportedly said that a Google-branded tablet might be launched in the first six months of 2012. The tablet plans were mentioned during an interview with Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. Schmidt’s quote could mean many things.

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BurritoRoot For Kindle Fire

Justin Case also dares to challenge Amazon that ‘just in case’ Amazon would try to ‘fix’ the feature, his current root exploit is based upon, he has another root exploit he feels he would be compelled to release.

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Windows 8 To Have Picture Gesture Passwords

finger gestures on a sensor screen. On legacy devices, like signing off your purchase, or a receipt, it’s similar to a digital signature. But this time, in Windows 8, it’s more fun, even if Microsoft Developers’ blog puts a lot of serious calculations and figures behind it.

MOTOROLLA
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Pre-Alpha Build of ICS on original Motorola Droid A855

This is a very early custom build of CyanogenMod 9 (Android 4.0.3 out of Android Open Source Project) that didn’t get its own fork at CyanogenMod repositaries just yet. Adventurous users and fans of the original Motorola Droid may get a first glimpse of ICS goodness on their phones by using a download link here. Make sure to follow the discussion at XDA-Developers if you read this news late, as the new builds pop up constantly.

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BlackBerry 10

Jonathan S. Geller of BGR quoting unnamed sources at Research In Motion, paints a very troubling picture about the development of RIM’s new BlackBerry 10 OS, new phones and the overall state of the company.

Mobile Apps
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Amazon Stops Hiding eReader Apps

In its AppStore, Amazon chose to never show its competion’s eReaders apps: Wattpad’s, Kobo’ reader, and Bluefire ePUB and PDF reader. After some talks of Amazon and Wattpad, the alternative eReaders now showing in the Amazon’s collection of apps, apparently available to download to Amazon Kindle Fires.

TABLETS
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Ubuntu Running On NOOK Tablet

It looks like more of a proof of a principle than anything useful for an ordinary NOOK Tablet user. ARM port of Ubuntu smaller distribution made by AdamOutler and Loglud of XDA-Developers’ fame runs on NOOK Tablet since December 9 already

TABLETS
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Silent OTA Kindle Fire Update Breaks Root

It was reported at XDA-Developers forum yesterday that the OTA (OTA=Over-The-Air) update for the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet to its 6.2.1 version of firmware has killed its rooting procedure, a so called SuperOneClick. It’s worth mentioning that rooting in itself is not the real target for all those tinkerers at XDA-Developers and elsewhere. It’s just a tool that facilitates running alternative firmware on the Fire, namely CyanogenMod 7 and coming CyanogenMod 9 (based on Android Open Source Project for Ice Cream Sandwich). It improves handling the device in its sideloading mode, and, conversely, sideloading some system apps might take rooting and superuser privileges essential.

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Skype Gives Free WiFi at Airports To Holiday Season Travelers

For this holiday season, starting on Deceber 21st and ending on December 27th, Skype is giving away one free hour of WiFi access at more than 50 major airports in US. Holiday travelers may bide their time with their WiFi-capable devices within these airports, be it just a casual checking of emails, or browsing latest news at MobileMag.

TABLETS
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2011 Hacker Tablet Guide: TouchPads, Fire’s and Playbooks Rooted

In this past year, tablets have dominated sales over e-readers. Estimates are made that Amazon Kindle Fire has sold over 2 million units, and Barnes & Noble has sold a million of its NOOK Tablet. Both vendors were also successful in selling their previous models at the discounted prices. However, you shouldn’t forget another very popular tablet — the HP Touchpad, fire sales of which were bringing over 700,000 tablets in the hands of eager customers. Then, as the numbers of RIM Blackberry Playbooks sold at similar numbers to HP’s Touchpad, the popularity of having a well rounded more powerful device has grown significantly.

Apple
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Apple’s 2880×1800 MacBook Pro Rumored For Release In Q2 Of 2012

According to DigiTimes, supply chain sources claim that Apple is readying a new MacBook Pro with whooping  2880×1800 screen for Q2 of 2012. A 2880×1800 pixel display would have a density of about 220 pixels per inch at a 15.4″ size, which is double the density of the current default 1440×900 display. New MacBooks may come […]