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One of the biggest standout features of the new Cyanogen Mod 11 is the new CM screencast app. It allows you to capture your screen in video form. This can be particularly helpful if you are troubleshooting your device. You can take a screencast of what exactly the device is doing. This will also be great for app reviews. There are all kinds of other great uses for this app. The only trouble is that you have to be running the Rom in order to use the app... that is until now. Jared "TheSmokingAndroid" has pulled the apk and uploaded it to the interwebs. Head to the link below for the download.
Samsung posted a blog on their SamsungKnox website earlier that directly addresses the CF-Autoroot Root method by developer "ChainfireXDA". They didn't really tell us anything that we didn't already know. They explained the CF-AutoRoot process and how it flashes a modified recovery.img and cache.img, then boots into the modified recovery to flash SuperSU, before flashing the stock image, and cleaning the cache. They then go on to explain that since the root method uses a custom recovery.img it will burn the efuse and permanently mark the device as modified. The reason given is to protect enterprise data while a phone is rooted. While they don't say the root method is "The Devil", they also don't sing it's praises. What surprised me the most is that Samsung decided to include links to CF-AutoRoot. It would be nice to see a reversible efuse for root users. An efuse that would repair itself when a device is unrooted, or atleast a knox status of unmodified. For the full blog post head to the link below.
Hyperdrive has become one of the most stable and reliable custom Roms for the Verizon variant of the Galaxy S4. While some developers have already moved onto other devices like the Note 3, developer "Sbreen94" is still pumping out builds for the Galaxy S4. One of the best parts of the Hyperdrive rom series is the fact that it is based on TouchWiz meaning you can maintain all of the TW functionality that came with your device. Hyperdrive Release 11 is based on the latest and greatest version of Android for the VZW S4 4.3 JB TW I545VRUEMJ7, and it includes the Talexop Stock Kernel. The custom aroma installer allows you to make this rom feel as much like AOSP or as much like TouchWiz as you like. Hyperdrive is also one of the most customizable roms available for the Galaxy S4 currently.
Some key features of the Hyperdrive rom include Full Galaxy Note 3 UI and features, Hyperdrive tweaks (a huge collection of customizable tweaks), Hyperdrive HUB (download apps, toggle themes, keyboard skins, kernels, fonts, full themes), Hyperdrive OTA brings the latest updates over the air, Hyperdrive Papers Custom HD wallpapers, Hyperdrive Settings (custom remapped settings layout), Hyperdrive extended 10 way toggleable power menu, Custom HypeRed, HypeBlue, and Stock themes, and much much more! Head to the source link below for the download.
Dec 11, 2013 - 4:25 PM - by dgstorm
Spotify previously only offered free music streaming services to Windows PC and Mac OS customers, but that changed today. Spotify officially announced free music streaming to mobile users as well. Previously, if you were a mobile users you had to pay a $10 premium to get music streaming on your iPhone or Android device. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said during the announcement that “Mobile users listen to music on shuffle. In order for Spotify to really go mobile, we made this new product free.”
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Dec 11, 2013 - 12:11 PM - by dgstorm
Sprint's rush to upgrade their WiMAX network to 4G LTE has not been without some hiccups. They recently took some hits to their previously stellar customer service reputation due to network issues caused by their expansion. Despite these setbacks, Sprint's CEO Dan Hesse is confident that 2014 will be a breakout banner year for the carrier. He made it clear that their network enhancements, including the newly launched Tri-Band LTE Sprint Spark in Chicago will put them ahead of their competitors. Hesse compared the Sprint network rollout to the three little pigs, suggesting that Sprint is building a house of bricks while everyone else is building houses of sticks and straw.
Hesse also shared that Sprint is taking a long view approach to their growth, trading initial short-term difficulties for long-term gains. He said,
He also shared,
"We will see churn get worse as we build Network Vision. And then it starts to improve and will improve to a level that is much better than where we started when it's over. So we have to go through the short term pain to reach the long term gain."
He indicated that while the subscriber losses during this difficult phase were inevitable, they are also predictable and will turn around quickly in the future. Hesse added, “We believe that what we are building is something that is worth waiting for.”
“This is personally painful for me. We have worked so hard to improve customer satisfaction. ”What’s been frustrating is when we come out with something like ‘unlimited data for life,’ and then we have network issues. Unfortunately, we have to go through this hard period of time, so we face a headwind that our competitors don’t have.”
It's easy to admire his confidence and optimism. What do you guys think? Can Sprint really turn things around next year? Their "Unlimited for Life" plans are actually the least expensive option of any of the carriers, including T-Mobile's "Uncarrier" initiative. It also happens to be the only truly unlimited option available. Additionally, with the help of their new parent company, Softbank, Sprint now has a great deal more "chips on the table" to bet with. This could give them the leverage they need to make good on these plans. Share your perspective on Sprint's strategy.
Dec 11, 2013 - 11:23 AM - by dgstorm
We have a Padfone double-hitter for you today. First up, the new Asus Padfone Mini was just officially announced. Here's a breakdown of specs:
- Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
- 4.3 inch smartphone (qHD display) with a 7 inch (1280 x 800) tablet dock
- Dual SIM capabilities for the phone
- Quad-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
- 1GB of RAM
- 16GB of Storage
- MicroSD card support
- 8MP rear camera with Hi-Light Mode (for shooting in dark environments)
- 1,500 mAh battery
- The tablet dock comes with a 2,200 mAh battery, which can charge the smartphone too
It will launch in the US, Europe and other Asian markets, but prices and a concrete time-frame have not yet been announced.
The second Padfone news for today is an official announcement from ASUS CEO Jerry Shen. At the end of an interview with Engadget, Chen indicated that the next generation version of the Padfone Infinity will be coming to the United States. He said that Asus was working with a "big operator" in the States to bring the device here. He didn't specify whether that "big operator" was a mobile carrier or simply a third party retailer, but we will share more intel when it becomes available.
Dec 11, 2013 - 10:53 AM - by dgstorm
Previously we reported that Nokia had been working on an Android phone prototype before Microsoft decided to swoop in and buy the company. For a while since the announcement of the deal between Microsoft and Nokia there has been media speculation of some sort of "conspiracy" suggesting that former Microsoft employee turned Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop, had been working with Microsoft to devalue Nokia so that Microsoft could buy it up at a cheaper price. A new report now suggests that the opposite might have been true. Apparently, Nokia share-holders really wanted Microsoft to save the floundering phone OEM and did everything they could to instigate the sale.
In fact, if this report is true, the Nokia Android prototypes were a a "scare tactic" designed to spur Microsoft into getting off the fence. This low-end Nokia Android device was codenamed Normandy and was simply developed as leverage to facilitate the merger. Here's a quote with more of the details,
The above pic of the Nokia Android Normandy was leaked recently by the famed leaker @evleaks, which gives us the first real glimpse of the device. What do you guys think? Is it possible all of this maneuvering between the two companies was planned by Nokia rather than Microsoft?
Normandy may be the device that Nokia used to bludgeon Microsoft into buying both smartphone and feature phone operations.
Once Nokia had reached the decision to unload its smartphone unit, it was crucial for the company to also find a simultaneous buyer for the low-end feature phone unit. Only that way could Nokia start getting aggressive on pressing its patent claims on rival handset vendors. Exiting phone business completely meant Nokia no longer needed cross-licensing deals that dilute its IP revenue.
Since feature phones face the possibility of imminent sales collapse sometime in 2014 or 2015, finding a buyer for only the budget phone unit was always going to be extremely hard, if not impossible. That meant Microsoft was the only plausible buyer for the low-end handsets.
Normandy may have been a weapon. It may have been the strategic threat used to demonstrate to Microsoft that Nokia was on track to begin Android phone adoption if Microsoft would not play ball.
Dec 11, 2013 - 10:13 AM - by dgstorm
The next game in the Angry Birds universe just hit the Google Play Store and is available for free. It's called Angry Birds Go!, and this one is a kart racer rather than the typical Angry Birds fare. You can race downhill as either the Angry Birds or the Pigs. Keep in mind that this is one of those games where in-app purchases are how it makes its revenue, just in case that matters to you.
Here's a quote from the Google Play Description,
Here's a link to the Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...ybirdsgo&hl=en
Welcome to downhill racing on Piggy Island! Feel the rush as you fling those freewheeling birds and piggies down the track at breakneck speed – with plenty of twists and turns in a thrilling race to the finish line! But beware! Look out for hazardous roads, mischievous opponents riding your tail and special powers to put the race leader behind the pack. Plus, go from soapbox car to supercar by upgrading your ride! Ready…Set…Angry Birds Go!
FIRST-EVER 3D ANGRY BIRDS WORLD! See the birds and pigs from every angle as Piggy Island comes alive in this rich and colorful 3D world!
RACE AS THE BIRDS OR PIGS! Jump behind the wheel and race as Red, Chuck, Terence, Stella, King Pig, Moustache Pig and many other favorites!
MASTER THE TRACKS! Plenty of racetracks, stunt roads, air courses and off-road races – each throwing big and unexpected challenges your way!
AWESOME SPECIAL POWERS! Smash your opponents off the road and take that winning position thanks to unique special powers for each character!
MANY GAME MODES! Test your skills with super-fun and surprising game modes: Race, Time Boom, Fruit Splat, Champion Chase and Mega Match!
UPGRADE YOUR RIDE! From a homemade soapbox car to a super-fly supercar, with tons of karts and awesome ways to upgrade – yours to earn or purchase!
MUCH MORE TO COME! The race has only just begun – so look out for many more fun things coming your way!
TELEPODS! A groundbreaking new way to play! Now teleport your favorite characters into the race by placing your Angry Birds Go! TELEPODS* figures on your device’s camera!
~~~ToonsTV READY TO GO! The home of the hugely popular Angry Birds Toons animated series, plus many other top-quality videos!
*Availability varies by country. Angry Birds Go! Telepods sold separately and are compatible with select mobile devices. See the full list of supported devices from Hasbro: Angry Birds GO! | Angry Birds Toys - Telepods & Jenga Games | Hasbro
Important Message for Parents
This game may include:
- Direct links to social networking websites that are intended for an audience over the age of 13.
- Direct links to the internet that can take players away from the game with the potential to browse any web page.
- Advertising of Rovio products and also products from select partners.
- The option to make in-app purchases. The bill payer should always be consulted beforehand.
This application may require internet connectivity and subsequent data transfer charges may apply. After the initial download, additional content will be downloaded and this may lead to further data transfer charges.
This game includes paid commercial content from select partners.
Dec 10, 2013 - 4:03 PM - by dgstorm
Ahh, Verizon... how we appreciate your consistency. The Big Red version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 just received a new update. Happily, it fixes quite a few bugs which needed squashing. Sadly, it also adds a hot pocket of new Verizon bloatware to the device as well.
Here's a breakdown of the bug fixes:
- Incoming call displays Picture Me on screen when using Call Waiting
- Handwriting data entry issue for email and SMS messages has been resolved
- Email sync issue has been fixed and connectivity has been improved
- Bluetooth Audio continues after a call is finished
- Mobile Hotspot reliability has been improved
- Samsung keyboard crash issue has been resolved
- Notification Panel responsiveness has been improved
- Connectivity and sound quality improved
Here's a list of the new bloatware:
- New MyInfoZone widget
- VMware app
- An updated version of the Verizon Support & Protection app
- The Verizon Cloud app
Well... at least we can appreciate their desire to take care of those nagging little issues and improve a few features.
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