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In March of last year, Google’s Larry Page announced that Andy Rubin was stepping away from the Android team at Google to work on making super smart robots. The move was a bit of a surprise, since he co-founded the operating system that has now taken over the smartphone world. But hey, people need change some times, and that’s apparently what Andy was looking for.
Today he is officially leaving Google. According to the Wall Street Journal, Rubin is “starting an incubator for start-ups interested in building technology-hardware products.”
One of the best parts of Cyanogen Mod 11 is the all new Theme Chooser. This theme chooser allows you to apply your perfect custom look. You can mix and match parts from your favorite themes. One of my favorite new themes for the new Cm11 theme chooser is the "reNu Lust Red" theme by BIGDX. This theme is the complete package. You get a blacked out red SystemUI, new app icons, blacked out gapps and system apps, new wallpaper, new bootanimation and more! The video above is a full review of what you will get with this great theme!
Doodle is a super unique and fun theme chooser theme. This theme will only work with the theme engine found in Cyanogen Mod 11 and will not work with custom launchers. Doodle brings the design of a hand colored theme. It actually looks like elements were themed with a color crayons. Included in this theme are themed SystemUI, Settings, Icons, Keyboard, Fonts, Lockscreen, Wallpaper, Loading Spinners, Boot Animations, Ringtones/Alarms/Notifications, and more themed elements are soon to come. Head to the Play Link below to grab this theme for only .99.
According to some developers Verizon is getting ready to release an OTA update. Some users are actually posting screen shots of their devices giving the update notification. According to them it is uncertain as to whether or not this will patch the current BUMP bootloader and recovery install method. More than likely it will patch up this exploit. If you have not already unlocked your bootloader you will want to go ahead and do that. You can actually block this update.
Dial ##3328873, then enter 000000 for the service code, then uncheck the ota-dm mode to prevent any future OTA updates.
Today is the big day. Verizon has finally released the Droid Turbo, but if you have not had a chance to pick up the new device, or you aren't planning on purchasing a new phone for a while, but would still like a taste of the new Droid you can now download and install the Droid Turbo Wallpapers. Maybe you are just a person who likes to change the look of your device on a regular basis. The Droid Turbo Wallpapers are a great way to do this. They are each super high quality 2k images! Head to the link below for the download.
AOKP had quite a long run as the 2nd most popular rom. They were second only to CyanogenMod for several months. They gained their popularity with innovative features and endless customization options. While they have seen a small decline in popularity, they are still releasing regular releases, and they still support just about every device under the sun with an unlocked bootloader. Their nightlies are not released every night, but tend to be a bit more stable. The latest nightly was released October 18th and does add a few new features. The main feature that has been added is an option to double tap the notification bar to turn off the screen. The new nightly also brings improvements in the Theme manager, button backlight customization options, a soft reboot feature, and camera manual focus. Head to the link below for the full changelog and download links.
[Editors Note: Here's an interesting Off-Topic story for you guys today. Microsoft just released a new wearable fitness device called the Microsoft Band. The coolest thing about this device (and the reason we are sharing it here) is that it has full cross platform compatibility. That means whether you are on a Windows Phone, an iPhone or an Android phone, you can pair up with and use this intriguing fitness smartwatch.]
Microsoft has released their very first fitness band and it is quite the piece of tech. The band has a built-in GPS tracker to monitor your movements and a novel UV sensor so that you can keep track of your exposure to sunlight. Some other cool and useful features involve a skin temperature monitor and a heart rate sensor that use an optical sensor which are far more accurate than the audio sensors attached to many other bands.
Keep in mind the Microsoft Band is much more than just a fitness band. It incorporates a whole slew of features that you’d expect in a smartwatch and builds them right into the band. Features such as Twitter, Facebook, Calendar, Weather, and stock tracking are all integrated into this well built piece of tech.. Microsoft has taken the bold step of making the Band compatible with devices running Android 4.3 and 4.4, iPhones running iOS 7.1 and later, and of course Windows Phone 8.1 users. Users connecting it to a Windows 8.1 smartphone get the added bonus of Cortana integration. How do you like those apples...
The latest Rovio Angry Birds crossover game is available now. This one crosses over in two ways. One, this one is an Angry Birds: Transformers tie-in to that franchise. Two, this is a Sonic-style platformer game instead of the usual physics based, catapult style of previous Angry Birds games. Here's a full description taken from the Google Play Store,
Angry Birds and Transformers collide in this action-packed, 3D shoot ‘em up adventure! The EggSpark has transformed the eggs into crazed robots who are destroying Piggy Island, but who can stop them?! Autobirds, ROLL OUT!
Have you ever seen an alien robot Angry Bird? Enter the AUTOBIRDS! This brave band of heroes features Red as Optimus Prime, Chuck as Bumblebee and… well you’ll meet the rest soon. They’ve got lasers and they turn into cars. Plus they have arms and legs – that’s a first!
But the courageous Autobirds can’t save Piggy Island on their own – to stop the EggBots they’ll need to join forces with their arch rivals the DECEPTIHOGS (like Decepticons only smellier). Can these bitter enemies team up and put aside their differences? Yeah right...
*NOTE: Angry Birds Transformers is completely free to play, but there are optional in-app purchases available.
COLLECT! Unlock a roster of heroes (and villains) with unique attacks and abilities!
DESTROY! Leave the slingshot at home – this time you have some SERIOUS firepower!
Even though Samsung's recent quarterly numbers were abysmal, their stock actually soared by 4.5%. That is only because the estimates were worse than the final results. Still, looking at these results you know that Samsung executives must be sweating bullets right now. The company's profits for Q3 tanked by 60% on the year down to $3.9 billion, and its revenue back-pedaled 20% to $44.6 billion. Ouch! If that's better than what analysts' estimated, then the outlook must have been very grim.
The main reason that Sammy has been so hammered the past few quarters is two-fold. One, Apple has stepped up their game and has been rapidly stealing marketshare back from Samsung, especially with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. This is putting extra pressure on Samsung at the high-end. The second factor bashing away at Samsung comes from the low-end market. Chinese manufacturers like Xiaomi, Huawei and others have been trouncing Samsung in the cheap phone arena where Sammy previously thrived.
It seems like a "perfect storm" of anti-Samsung tactical competition is weakening their position across the globe. Their are some analysts out there suggesting that Samsung is facing a "nightmare scenario." They are even comparing Samsung's precipitous drop to that of HTC or Nokia, both previous examples of former tech titans who were once the king of the hill, but are now struggling to survive (or got gobbled up in the case of Nokia). While it is highly unlikely that Samsung...