If you have accepted the update to Android 4.4.4 SU6-7 no the Motorola Droid Ultra you will be happy to know that there is now a root method for your current build. This method is said to be dangerous but does deliver results. It has been tested and is known to work on the Droid Mini, Droid Maxx, and Droid Ultra. This does require that you have RSD-Lite, Motorola drivers, the SU6-7 firmware, some various files, and an edited XML file. This method also requires an enormous amount of patience since it can take anywhere from 30-45 minutes to complete. If you are up to this daunting task and really need root on your device head to the link below for the full guide and download links.
If you just picked up a Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge you will want to hurry up and get a stinking case on that thing. It has Gorilla 4 glass on both the front and the back. While Gorilla Glass 4 is pretty durable corning has stated that it does still shatter when dropped on rough surfaces at least 20% of the time during their in lab testing. It is always better to be safe than sorry. If you are looking for some quality cases on the cheap you are in luck. Poweradd is currently having a $2 per case fire sale.
USE Code VAO7O7KV at checkout (code is good for one case only so you will need to make multiple orders for multiple cases.) Shipping is free with amazon prime or orders of $35 or more!
I had a geek out moment this afternoon when I saw that the original creator of the snake game would be releasing an updated version for Android. It brought me back to the days of sitting in class sneaking out my phone, and playing this simple yet addictive game. Now days kids are encouraged to bring their smartphones to school.
Most of you can probably say that snake was the very first game you played on a phone. Over 400 million Nokia devices shipped out with the game preinstalled. Snake Rewind will bring those feelings of nostalgia as you navigate around the screen chasing after endless flowers while avoiding your tail. The basic premiss of the game hasn't changed, but the graphics and audio are all new! This game may not stand up to the high intensity games of today, but it will be worth the download on nostalgia alone.
Why did I have to purchase my Note 4 on release day!!! Well the reason why is that I am a tech fanatic who has to have all the latest stuff as soon as it is available. If you have been considering purchasing the Note 4 Samsung has just sweetened the pot in a big way. For a limited time they will be giving away 4 limited edition Marvel's Avengers cases when you purchase a Note 4. You read that right this is not a contest or sweepstake this is with every purchase while supplies last. Purchases in the US and Puerto Rico between May 4th and June 1st will be eligible to receive the cases. There are only 4,300 sets of cases available. Cases include a Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America. These cases are worth $200, but you better believe they will be listed on ebay for well over $1000. The cases are actually nothing special, just run of the mill snap on plastic cases. The cases probably won't offer protection other than scratch protection, but the designs are what excites me. If you happen to buy a new Galaxy Note 4 and get these cases please send me some!
Everyone loves a new phone. The only bummer when buying a new phone is getting it all set up. This used to be a major headache on earlier versions of Android and even spurred apps like Titanium backup which allowed you to backup your phone's apps and data, transfer that info to an sdcard and then restore on your new device. The only issue with apps like Titanium backup is that they require root. Android 5.0 has some makes restoring data a little bit easier for devices that have built in NFC. The only drawback is that Android's restore service only works for data that has been backed up in the cloud.
Samsung has just released their backup and restore solution which will make restoring all the data from your old phone over to your new Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge painless. Of course it will even work to go from a Galaxy device to any other device as well. One of the standout features here is that it will even restore data and apps from iOS devices to your new Android device! To move your files over to your new device just download the app to your old phone, once it grabs all information it will give you pairing instructions.
On iOS devices you will to grab the desktop version of Smart Switch to grab data from itunes or icloud. The desktop app then prepares files for your Samsung device and gives you instructions to transfer them over. Whether coming from Android or iOS you...
Every year we look forward to what Google will reveal via their I/O conference. There is a possibility we could see Android M at I/O as well as more android wear devices.
Milkshake, M&M, Moon pie, whatever M will become I hope it fixes the issues that have plagued lollipop devices.
If you had Google's ear what would you want to see in Android M?
With a swath of new flagship devices ignoring the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor in favor of something else, it's no wonder that there is speculation across the web that it proves the rumors that the chipset has an overheating problem. This is obviously a source of consternation at Qualcomm, as its VP of marketing Tim McDonough, had some choice words to say about the rumors. Here's what McDonough shared,
He added, "Why was someone spreading false information about the 810? Our point of view is that those rumours happened with the LG G Flex 2 and Qualcomm 810 being first to market with the premium-tier application processor. Then somebody decided to put out some false rumours about that, which is unfortunate but sometimes that’s how business is done. That has forced us to spend a lot of time addressing the false rumours.”
McDonough also pointed out,
McDonough also posed the simple question “who stands to gain from the rumour?”...
Here at HQ we are pretty excited about the new Powerwall from Tesla Energy that was just announced last week, but that doesn't mean there aren't some negatives to the new tech. Some new details have come to light suggesting the initial version will not be quite as disruptive as originally thought.
First, Tesla's solar energy company, Solar City isn't ready to endorse the Powerwall for use with their systems yet. Apparently, this first iteration wasn't designed to offer anything useful to Solar City customers because existing regulations allow users to sell unused energy back to the power companies. This means that the economics of the Powerwall simply do not yet make sense when used with the Solar City solar energy technology.
The second detail which throws a bit of shade on the Powerwall is that only the smaller 7kWh is designed for everyday use. According to reports, the 10kWh version isn't designed to go through more than about 50 charging cycles a year. The only advantage of this version of the Powerwall for folks with the Solar City tech would be as a battery backup device.
Of course, for the average homeowner who does not have a solar panel setup for their home, the 7kWr Powerwall is still an affordable way to lower energy costs, it's simply ironic that Elon Musk's own Solar City solar power tech company isn't ready to use the...
The Goat Simulator is an awesome success story because it combines comedic creativity in a package that was easy to make. In fact, many of the "bugs" in the game where intentionally left because they added to the hilarity offered by the crazy things you can do with your goat.
Of course, because of the runaway success of the game, you had to know the developers would come out with an add-on to the "soon-to-be-franchise." This expansion takes the goat to a new low quite literally... It's called GoatZ and your beloved Goat is now a zombie who must consumer people to live! Imagine the horror and the comedic gold!
GoatZ will hit Steam tomorrow, May 7th, for Windows, Mac, and Linux. It will also come to Android and iOS as a standalone game for $4.99 (the same price as the original Goat Simulator).
Folks who signed up to be notified when Project Fi becomes available may have just received positive news in their email inboxes today. Google sent out the first batch of invites. While this will be welcome news for many, there is one caveat that could be a deal-breaker for many. There are a number of limitations on the new service which only kick in if you are porting your current Google Voice number. Here's the skinny on the list of features that are not supported if you port your Google Voice number,
Making and receiving calls using Google Talk, Google Voice apps, or Obihai devices
You won’t be able to use Google Voice for texting or visual voicemail
Text, voicemail and call history is no longer saved in Google Voice
If you already turned on Google Voice text messages and voicemails in Hangouts, they will continue to be available only in Hangouts
Certain Google Voice settings aren’t available: spam filtering, call recording, call switch, conference calling on the fly, caller ID (incoming), and outgoing caller ID (anonymous Caller ID).
As part of signing up for Project Fi, Google Voice apps and the website won’t be available.
To be clear, many of these features are already built-in to the Project Fi service, so you aren't necessarily losing all of this. Still, it's a head scratcher why Google is having this issue. We will keep you posted with more details as they arrive.