The HTC One M10 is expected to be launched only weeks after the Galaxy S7 and LG G5 which will both be announced in a few weeks at MWC. This doesn't mean that we won't be seeing plenty of leaks about this device leading up to the event. The king of leaks Evan Blass has posted an image of what he says is the HTC One M10.
In the image we can see a few things. First we see no HTC logo on the front which is what we have come to expect from the M series devices. The shape of the phone is very reminiscent of the HTC one A9 which was thought to look very much like an iPhone clone. We see a notification light under the single speaker (gone are the dual front facing speakers, possibly in favor of the rear speakers of the A9). You can see great placement of the power button and volume rockers on the right side of the phone. The power button on the M9 was midway down the phone which was a bit awkward. Lastly you can see a fingerprint/home button below the screen. Evan also leaked the specs of the device. He says it will feature a 5.1" QHD AMOLED display, snapdragon 820 processor, and 4GB of ram.
This story makes my blood boil and I don't even carry an iPhone! Apple has decided that they want full control of iPhone repairs. There have been mom and pop iPhone repair shops since the beginning of the iPhone. Now those shops could possibly go out of business.
Apple is issuing an update which checks for original parts. If your iPhone has been serviced and the repair shop used a part that was not sold to them by apple your phone instantly brick showing "Error 53". Your data on the phone is wiped and the device is rendered useless. There is no way to fix this so not only do you lose all your data for good, you now have to go an buy a new phone. If you receive this error Apple will apparently replace the phone for roughly $300. This is on top of whatever you paid to have your phone fixed the first time.
This should be illegal. Car manufacturers can not insist that you only use their parts. How would you feel if dell built a kill switch into your computer which would go off if you decided to use Kingston memory instead of Dell memory?! Apparently the error has been an issue with phones that have had the home button replaced. Apple's explanation is that a 3rd party fingerprint scanner could be malicious and could compromise the customer's security.
A recent survey showed that the number 3 most feared thing in the USA is death, number 1 is public speaking. This means that more people would rather die than speak in public! Google cardboard has been good for all sorts of entertainment, but now it can be used to help you overcome the fear of speaking in public.
Public Speaking for Cardboard is an app that throws you up on stage in front of a crowd. There are two venues one smaller venue with a similarly sized crowd and a second larger venue with several dozen people. The venues each have a screen that you can use to show slides. There is even a timer which shows you how long you have been speaking.
This is a great alternative to talking to yourself in a mirror, practicing in front of family, or imagining the audience is all in their underwear. Grab this app from the link below.
A few weeks ago Google included a patch in their security update which blocked all rooted devices from using Android Pay. It even blocked those devices that were using Xposed Mods. There is apparently a way to bypass the "SafteyNet" checks placed into the latest updates. "jgummerson" posted the method which is as follows.
If you are rooted and would like to use Android Pay give this a try and report back here with your results!
All the old school phone hackers remember when the only custom recovery option available was Clock Work Mod Recovery. Upon arrival it mostly used the volume keys and power button, or the physical navigation buttons to select options in the recovery. Something really bad started to happen. Some people were bricking their phones, and could boot into CWM Recovery but their physical buttons were broke or defective and they weren't able to navigate within the recovery.
DeesTroy and team came up with an excellent solution. Their custom recovery focused on touch. Yes TWRP was realeased about the same time that Koush came out with a touch version of CWM recovery, but TWRP was much more intuitive. TWRP featured large buttons that were hard to miss where as CWM recovery still featured the tiny text that you would have to frustratingly try to touch perfectly, but would end up touching the wrong option.
We are several years past the release of the original TWRP recovery. Yesterday the recovery was updated to 3.0.0. The update is a major overhaul of the recovery. It includes an all new theme, true terminal emulator, language translation, flashing of sparse images, adopted storage support, reworked graphics, SuperSU prompt won't be displayed if on marshmallow, and more! As you can see this was a pretty major update. Head to the link below to grab the update for your phone.
Here's a decent deal alert for your friends or family looking to score a factory unlocked Nexus 5X 16GB. Some folks on eBay have the phone on sale for just $279.99. Considering all of the features you get in this package, this is a pretty good deal. It is especially good if you are looking for a device that works on Google's Project Fi network.
Folks in Turkey who own the Sony Xperia Z5 can wake up this morning to some tasty Marshmallow madness. Sony started pushing out the Android 6.0/Marshmallow update in that region. There's no word when the rollout will start pushing to other Xperia Z5 devices internationally, but we expect it won't take too long.
Sidenote - this update is only for the Xperia Z5 standard. The Compact and Premium have not received it at the time of this post.
While some of the features they keep adding to the Amazon Echo may be only mildly useful, the fact that Amazon keeps piling on more features to an already large variety of capabilities is what really stands out. The latest example is that you can now order an Uber Ride using "Alexa."
Once you have added Amazon Alexa under the "Skills" tab of your Uber app (and setup your address), you can then simply make any of several requests and the Echo will automatically order you an Uber driver. The possible phrases include, "get me an Uber," "request me a ride," and "call me a ride," amongst other options.
Interestingly, you can even ask the Echo to keep tabs on your Uber ride by asking, "Alexa, how far away is my Uber?" Impressive!
There's a big battle going on behind the scenes, and the prize for the fight is NFL streaming rights. According to the latest report, the National Football League is shopping digital streaming rights for their Thursday Night Football games.
Supposedly some of the heaviest hitters in the world are negotiating to control these rights. The players in this arena are none other than Verizon, Google, Amazon & Apple (and there may be others). Here's a quote with some additional detail,
"On Monday, the NFL announced two-year TV broadcast deals with CBS and NBC to divvy up the Thursday matches, with each network securing rights to five. CBS for the last two seasons had rights to eight “Thursday Night Football” games.
In announcing the TV deals, the league said it is “in active discussions with prospective digital partners” for global over-the-top streaming rights to the same games.
The NFL didn’t say what companies those were, but multiple sources say Apple, Amazon, Google and Verizon Communications are among the players expected to put in bids for the marquee property. The “Thursday Night Football” digital rights could be sold to more than one distributor, and the league is considering a variety of scenarios, including potentially mixing in games played overseas, according to one source familiar with the talks."
None of these four tech titans would respond with any comments from the media on this subject, which is unsurprising. It will be...
I can not say that I ever owned a Galaxy S2. When the first Galaxy S and the Galaxy S2 came out i just wasn't really feeling the devices. At that time I was heavily a part of team Moto! Touchwiz just seemed very laggy and i wasn't impressed.
I am impressed however that developers were able to get Android 6.0.1 on a devices that are more than likely laying in a landfill somewhere at this point. If you have a Galaxy S2 it is probably in a drawer. Just for the simple fact that you can you may want to extract that S2 from that drawer and install CM13! Grab the rom from the link below.