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You could search the web for hours on end for the perfect wallpaper, or you could create your very own. To create your own artistic wallpaper you need expensive software like PhotoShop and tons of photo editing experience, or you could just grab the Tholotis-Blur app from the Play Store! Tholotis is a very simple app that does exactly what the name implies. "Tholotis" is a transliteration for a Greek word meaning Blur. Tholotis allows you to select an image, then slide your finger across the Blur slider and the dim slider to change add the desired effect for the perfect wallpaper. Head to the Play Store link below for the download.
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Mar 11, 2014 - 3:38 PM - by dgstorm
We've heard some inklings of rumors in the past suggesting that Asus might be getting into the smartwatch game. The newest info comes from the source. Asus CEO Jonney Shih announced last month that the company is considering getting into the wearables market. Shih recently shed new light on this potential during an event conducted by the National Taiwan University. He indicated that Asus plans to be very aggressive on pricing to make it much more affordable than other offerings in the market currently. He also added that the device would use gesture and voice guided navigation. Here's a quote with a few more details,
What do you guys think? Can the makers of the Nexus 7 create a compelling and affordably priced smartwatch?
New information regarding the smartwatch states that it would work with customizable hand movements and voice commands. ”There would be more natural user interfaces such as voice or movement controls, although more breakthroughs are needed in these areas,” Shih said during an event conducted by the National Taiwan University.
It is unclear as to how Asus will include this functionality. To provide an always-on listening mode on the Moto X, Motorola has included an additional low power processor dedicated to listening for voice commands. Asus might use a similar technology, but needs to figure out how to integrate it in a device that has one-tenth of the battery life of a mobile device.
Another issue that Asus faces is that of pricing, but Shih mentioned that it will not be an issue. He said that the smartwatch will be launched with “attractive prices” and that Asus will target the wearable segment aggressively, which means that the smartwatch may just be the first wearable device from the Taiwanese manufacturer this year.
Hperdrive is one of the most customizable roms available for the Galaxy S4 among other devices. The latest update for the 3 supported variants of the Galaxy S4 include Galaxy S5 features! The S5 won't be here until April but you can get a taste of the new device now on your S4. There are also various Note 3 features included. You will get the same awesome performance and battery life that you have come to expect with the Hyperdrive series of roms. This Rom does double duty as you can flash this with an unlocked bootloader with custom recovery, or you can flash this with a locked bootloader and SafeStrap. Not all developers support both.
This Rom is based on I545VRUEMK2, and built on Android 4.3 with Touchwiz. This rom uses the Talexop 4.3 v1.3 Stock Kernel. Custom Aroma Installer means that you will be able to include the apps and features that you want and really make this rom your very own. Hyperdrive installs prerooted with busybox, and is deodexed and zipaligned. Knox has been fully removed. Custom features include Hyperdrive Tweaks 2.0 (huge collection of customizable tweaks and options for your phone), Hyperdrive HUB (download and customize your phone with apps, animations, wallpapers, keyboard skins, fonts, full themes, helpful links for your phone), Hyperdrive OTA, Hyperdrive wallpapers, Hyperdrive PIE (Pie controls with added functionality), Hyperdrive file manager, Hyperdrive color control, choice of stock or hyperdrive theme, extended power menu, 30 custom notifications panel quick settings, unlocked tethering provision, muted boot sound, and much more! You can grab this rom from the link below.
We have seen a number of leaks from some pretty credible sources on the upcoming HTC One M8. So far we have seen benchmark results, several photos, and even a lackluster review video. What have we learned? HTC is definitely working on the sequel to one of their best selling flagships ever! Leaks have shown two cameras, a slightly updated chassis, and on screen buttons. We have also seen leaked images in three different colors gold, silver, and grey. These leaks have been pretty solid. The leaked review video that has flooded youtube caused the creator's parents to lose their jobs. If that isn't credible I'm not sure what is. The device that we have seen so far could possibly be an early pre release version. Today retail dummy phones have shown up on Ebay. The seller calls these dummy units "Retail/Cellular Phone Shop displays". He is calling the phone an "HTC One 2" could this be the official name of the phone? He also states that these dummy phones are the exact weight, size and materials of the real phone, although he doesn't list the materials. These Dummy units are coming from China. I could imagine a factory worker sneaking a few out. Could this be solid evidence as to the true design of the next Htc One, or should we take this with a grain of salt?
Mar 11, 2014 - 1:18 PM - by dgstorm
Without sharing any details just yet, Rovio has teased yet another Angry Birds game. Whether this one is a spinoff with different gameplay elements or is simply another direct sequel in the seemingly endless series is yet to be revealed. This one will obviously have a medieval theme "coloring" it, as is evidenced by the Angry Bird in a suit of armor in the video.
Interestingly, the game will be soft-launched in Australia, Canada and New Zealand before anywhere else, and other countries will be named later. Perhaps it is a direct sequel and they are launching it in areas of the world which have not been overly saturated with the game previously?
What do you think? Excited for another game? Bored to indifference? Or, downright sick of this series?
Mar 11, 2014 - 1:10 PM - by dgstorm
According to the latest intel on the LG G3, their new flagship coming later this year will include a 2K Display (2,560×1,440 screen resolution). On top of that it appears that it will be water and dust-proof (resistant), just like the Sony Xperia Z2 and the Samsung Galaxy S5. Furthermore, there is speculation that one of the model numbers for the device will be the LG D850 which will be going to AT&T.
In a separate rumor, there is also word that a D851 model will be coming as well as a VS985. The second model number shown is rumored to be heading to Verizon. On top of this intel there is speculation that the phone will have a 5.5-inch display and a 13MP camera.
That's quite a few rumors for LG's next flagship. Which of these are you most looking forward to?
Mar 11, 2014 - 10:43 AM - by dgstorm
The Chinese smartphone OEM ZTE is trying to get us to notice their newest flagship product by using exotic materials for the outer casing, and they have our attention. The included pics showcase a gorgeous device, which supposedly uses a Nano Molding Technology (NMT). This NMT tech combines the metal and plastic by molding them together.
There has been no word on any other specs, nor when the device will launch, but we will keep an eye out for more info. In the mean-time... sound off what you think of ZTE's design? If the internals are good, would this device draw your interest?
Mar 11, 2014 - 10:27 AM - by dgstorm
Here's a story that might exacerbate your potentially diminishing faith in humanity. At the very least you might be disgusted at how people simply don't take responsibility for their actions these days. A woman named Ilana Imber-Gluck is suing Google because her son racked up a "whopping" [sarcasm] $65.95 of in-app purchases with the game Marvel Run Jump Smash. She is suing Google in a northern California court on behalf of herself and "all others similarly situated."
Her main point of contention is that there is a 30-minute window after downloading an app, in which the user - regardless of who that user might be - can activate in-app purchases without a password. Obviously, because the Google Play Store keeps your credit card on file, this "window of opportunity" allows the children of parents to potentially grab their device and rack up a huge bill before the parent has a chance to stop it. The problem comes because some games are free apps (which don't need a password), yet Google's account setup registers this as a "purchase" which attaches the ability to use the stored credit card info for in-app purchases without any password restriction.
Of course, the real wrinkle here is that this 30-minute window will exist only if the password check was previously disabled by the user, which had to have been done by the mom. Here's a quote with a few more details,
As you can see, the password situation could probably use some tweaking by Google, but the issue is a relatively minor one. Furthermore, users themselves should probably pay more attention to what options they choose for their apps to balance personal convenience and security. In this instance, it seems that Imber-Gluck is using the court system to address a grievance which could have been handled in other ways. It also seems she is avoiding taking responsibility for her own action (or inaction).
At the moment the 30-minute window can be avoided by going into the Settings menu of the Google Play Store and checking the option to "use password to restrict purchases." That will force the user to input their password, even for in-app purchases on a newly-downloaded game. In fact, this is the default behavior for Google Play - Imber-Gluck must have disabled it herself through the menu or one of the in-app purchase popup dialogs in order to open up the 30-minute window.
The core question of the suit may come down to whether or not this option is made clear to parents, and how much responsibility they have to understand the systems they and their children are using versus how much responsibility Google has to protect its users from possibly unwanted purchases. Developers should keep a close eye on this one, since forcing a password check for each and every purchase could alter the dynamics of Play Store and in-app purchases.
BTW... here's a link to the Google Play Store to check out the game for those interested: Google Play Store - Marvel Run Jump Smash
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