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LG Optimus 4X HD finally rooted, you can try it right now

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It certainly took longer than usual, but the LG Optimus 4X HD defenses are finally breached and you can now gain root access to its system. A guy called qaz753 from the all-conquering XDA-developers community did the trick and was kind enough to share the magic with the rest of the 4X HD owners.

The method is a bit more complicated than on some other smartphones, but luckily there’s a step-by-step tutorial courtesy of our tipster that should be quite easy to follow. Read more »

Apple’s court documents compare iOS icons with Samsung’s TouchWiz, show the striking similarities

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One of the good things about the Apple vs. Samsung legal kerfuffle is that it has often resulted in a lot of interesting and never before seen information leaking to the public through court document.

The latest document from Monday’s trial does not show something new but asserts what we have already seen before. That Samsung took heavy inspiration from Apple’s iOS for the TouchWiz UI. Read more »

Acer CEO advises Microsoft against making tablets, tells them they’re no good at it

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Acer’s CEO JT Wang has some words of wisdom for Microsoft and they involve telling them not to enter the tablet market, which is exactly what Microsoft plans to do with the Surface.

While everyone assumed that Microsoft’s decision to enter the hardware manufacturing business will not go down well with their OEM partners, these companies were strangely quiet initially. That is until now, when the reality of the situation seems to have slowly dawned upon them and Acer is the first one to take a shot at Microsoft. Read more »

‘Nina’ takes voice assistants a step further

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Nuance, the developer behind Dragon Naturally Speaking and many other voice operated technologies in consumer electronics, has created a voice-activated personal assistant which uses biometrics to uniquely identify a specific user.

This means that you’ll be able to tell your phone to do all sorts of things requiring secure identification by simply talking to your phone. Read more »

Korean Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 source code released

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The source code for the Korean Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 has been released and is now available for download.

This means that developers can now start developing custom ROMs for the newly announced 10.1″ slate. Read more »

Quad-core Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 finally lands in our office, shows what its capable of

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 got off to a rocky start after its official announcement at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year, after which it returned to the company’s R&D drawing board for a specs overhaul.

And several months later, here it is – the brand new Galaxy Note 10.1 with more powerful innards ready to take over the tablet scene. Or so it thinks. Read more »

AT&T will discontinue its 2G service in 2017, you probably won’t notice

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You may have heard already – AT&T is planning on shutting down its 2G network, GSM voice, GPRS/EDGE data and all. It won’t happen for a long, long time so no need to rush to the store if you don’t have a 3G-enabled smartphone – the shut down is planned for January 1, 2017.

What does that mean for regular users? Not too much for sure. AT&T estimates that only 12% of their postpaid customers still use 2G phones. Virtually all new phones (except a few sub $50 SIM-free featurephones) support 3G, but it won’t matter – how likely are you to keep the phone you have now for 4-5 more years? I wonder if it’s even necessary to wait that long. Read more »

This is how you can circumvent the Face Unlock in Android 4.1

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When Google introduced the Face Unlock feature in Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, it was quickly proven to be a failure due to the ease with which you could bypass it using a photograph.

With Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, Google added the option to make the user blink so as to avoid being duped by a simple photograph. But as it turns out, even that can be bypassed by using a digital image of the user and a simple trick using an image editor. Read more »

Screenshots of WhatsApp for Windows Phone leak

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You may be aware of the fact that the WhatsApp app was recently pulled from the Windows Marketplace as the developers are working on a new version of the multi-platform IM application.

Now, Windows Phone Daily has managed to snag some screenshots of what seems like the Windows 8 version of the application. These screenshots were obtained from the WhatsApp media page in a folder called Apollo. Read more »

Upcoming Sense 4.1 gets leaked, said to dramatically improve performance

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The HTC Sense 4.0 UI on the new One X was a major improvement over the previous versions of the UI. HTC had toned down some of their previous design choices, which made the UI look more polished. But the performance was still lagging behind stock Ice Cream Sandwich UI and it can be seen while scrolling through homescreens and application drawer.

Thankfully, things are about to change when the next version of Sense UI hits the One X. The folks at Geeksaber have managed to get their hands on a leaked ROM containing the Sense 4.1 update and are saying that it makes a dramatic improvement to the performance. Read more »

‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ for iOS and Android game review

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‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ is an iOS and Android game that’s based roughly on the events in the 2012 movie of the same name. This version of the game came out around the same time as the PC and console version, but has different story and missions and has been developed by Gameloft instead of Activision.

Although this game has been available for a while now, it often appears in the top charts on both the App Store as well as the Google Play store. So we decided to give it a try and see just how amazing ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ really is. Read more »

Angry Birds Space Red Planet update coming this fall, teaser trailer confirms

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Rovio is hard at work on an update to its Angry Birds Space game. The update is simply called “Red Planet”, and is pretty suggestive as to what it will contain.

Back in June, Angry Birds Space marked its 100th milion download, so it’s only logical for Rovio to build on the title’s success. The company also issued a teaser video for the update, which, naturally, doesn’t reveal much. Read more »

Dolphin Browser for Android undergoes an update, shakes off the HD part of its name

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Dolphin Browser HD, as it was formerly known, is now called just Dolphin Browser.

Responsible for the change is the new update 8.7 of the app, which doesn’t only alter the popular Android web browser’s name, but brings quite a few new features to the table. Read more »

Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies hits the Google Play store as Sony Xperia exclusive

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Dead Trigger is no longer the go-to zombie shooter with impressive graphics in the Google Play store, people. Glu Mobile have released Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies for Android, thus making choice for the genre lovers more difficult.

The new member of the Call of Duty franchise will be exclusive to Sony Xperia smartphones for its first month of availability. Read more »

Steve Jobs was allegedly “very receptive” to the idea about a 7-inch iPad

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Well, this comes as a personal surprise to me. After publicly mocking 7-inch slates at one of Apple’s earning calls, it seems Steve Jobs after all, approved of the smaller-sized tablets. This came out as part of the evidence, presented in court in the heated Apple vs. Samsung trial.

I’ve long dismissed all rumors of a 7-inch iPad Mini (iNotepad or whatever else it may be called), based solely on this past public statement by Steve Jobs that 7-inchers were no good. Period.

Well, it seems that the good old sport might have had a change of heart in his last months. Read more »