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Windows 8 To Have Picture Gesture Passwords

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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.

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Pre-Alpha Build of ICS on original Motorola Droid A855

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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

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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.

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Amazon Stops Hiding eReader Apps

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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.

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Ubuntu Running On NOOK Tablet

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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

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Silent OTA Kindle Fire Update Breaks Root

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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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