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Samsung releases the source code for the Galaxy S II ICS kernel

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If you like running custom ROMs on your Galaxy S II or even better creating those yourself, you’d be glad to know that Samsung just released the source code for its ICS kernel of its yet-to-be-replaced flagship.

The code of the updated kernel that started seeding last week (that we also reviewed in detail) is now available to download from the Samsung servers. This will enable the indie dev community to create more elaborate mods, using the official Samsung drivers and even pieces of the code when need occurs. Read more »

Apple plans to spend $45 billion on dividend and share buyback programs

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Just before Apple’s conference call on deciding the course of action for its enormous mountain of cash, the company announced its plans to initiate a dividend and share repurchase programs.

In the fourth quarter of the fiscal 2012, starting July 1, Apple will initiate a quarterly dividend of $2.65 per share. Not only that, but the guys over at Cupertino will set aside $10 billion for a share repurchasing program, starting September 30. Read more »

Chipset head-to-head: the new iPad battles the Transformer Prime

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The first direct comparisons of the Tegra 3 found on the ASUS Transformer Prime and the Apple A5X chip found in the new iPad have surfaced.

And what better way to test out these robust tablets than with a gaming comparison? Read more »

Galaxy Note helps solving crimes in this fan-made short movie

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Samsung does a great of job of constantly flooding the internet with as many Galaxy Note ads as possible. This not only raises awareness of their product, but also, it seems, inspires creatives around the world to do their own short movies highlighting the Note’s features.

And that’s exactly what this couple has done. They’ve shot a short Galaxy Note piece, which is not only clever, but really well made and put together. Dare I say it’s even better than some of Samsung’s own ads? Check it out and decide for yourselves.

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Untethered jailbreak for the new iPad is on the way

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Stefen Esser a.k.a. i0n1c needed less than a day to do untethered jailbreak on the new iPad. Quite expectedly, the new Apple tablet was jailbroken a few hours after release, but this is the first working untethered solution.

Here is the video proof: Read more »

Newest update to Google Play Store adds review sorting and listing of all previously downloaded apps

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Google has released another update to the recently updated Google Play Store app on Android, which takes the version number to 3.5.15. Among the list of changes is the ability to sort user reviews and view all your previously downloaded apps, both of which were available on the Play Store website for a while now.

The review sorting feature lets you sort user reviews for an app by the most helpful first or newest first. You can now also choose to view reviews for the latest version of the app and also reviews for just the handset that you use. This will be incredibly useful in separating all the useless reviews from the ones that actually matter to you and your device. Read more »

The PirateBay planning on taking its servers to the sky

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Some of you may have noticed that the infamous torrent hosting website – The PirateBay – went down yesterday for a few hours, creating quite a bit of panic among those who wear an eye-patch and a wooden leg. Thankfully for them, though, the site wasn’t taken down by the law as they feared and was just down for a bit of maintenance.

When it came back online, however, it had some interesting bit of information to share. It seems now the people at TPB are looking at hosting their servers up in the air, to make them that much more difficult to take down. Read more »

Apple will shed light on plans for its $100 billion cash reserve tomorrow

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Apple’s intentions towards its cash reserve of around $100 billion have been been the talk of the business world for quite some time now. Thankfully, we are going to find out more about the company’s “discussions concerning its cash balance” tomorrow, in a conference call hosted by its CEO Tim Cook, and Peter Oppenheimer – the giant’s CFO.

The conference call will be held at 9AM Eastern Time (GMT-4) tomorrow morning – a good half hour before the opening of the stock exchanges in the United States. Read more »

Demystifying the new iPad name

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The new iPad launch event was more or less what everyone expected. The air was so thick with rumors before the launch that almost nothing that was announced managed to surprise anyone. Except that one thing that no one saw coming, and that was a new name. Almost everyone and his dog was betting on the new iPad being called the iPad 3 and as such a lot of people were actually disappointed that it wasn’t called that (never mind the fact that it makes absolutely no different to the product at all).

Even here at GSMArena were were quite baffled initially as to why Apple would choose to name their third generation product same as the first one and, at least as far as the name is concerned, place it behind the second generation model. But after a little bit of pondering, a few explanations started to come to my mind. Read more »

CyanogenMod disables default root access with CyanogenMod 9

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Up until now, CyanogenMod ROMs were released with root access available by default. But this had become a cause for concern over time; making root access available meant giving apps complete access to your device and thus putting yourself at a security risk.

So in order to take care of this situation, the CyanogenMod team has decided to disable root access over USB from CyanogenMod 9 onwards. Read more »

New Apple iPad hands-on video is ready, check it out

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As you know, yesterday we welcomed the new iPad in our office and we are already hard at work putting Apple’s latest and greatest slate through its paces.

To make the wait until the full review is complete easier to bear, we gave you an overview of our first impressions, garnished with live shots on the device and camera samples yesterday, and now we have something else for you – a hands-on video. Read more »

Qualcomm provides Adreno 2xx GPU binaries for Android 4.0

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One of the problems with porting Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich over to old Snapdragon S1 based devices, such as the Nexus One and the HTC HD2, is the lack of GPU binaries. Because of this, initial releases of ICS ROMs for these devices did not support GPU-accelerated UI.

Later, however, developers figured out a way to enable GPU acceleration on these devices but the performance was still less than ideal. Now to make the lives of these developers and all those people out there who run custom ICS ROMs on these older Snapdragon phones easier, Qualcomm has decided to lend a helping hand in the form of GPU binaries for the Adreno 2xx series of GPU. Read more »

Cut the Rope: Experiments finally arrives on Android

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The highly popular ‘Cut the Rope’ game has been available on Android for a while now. But it’s next version, ‘Cut the Rope: Experiments’ has been an iOS exclusive since launch. But not any more, because developer Zeptolab has announced on its Facebook profile that the game is now coming to Android.

For the time being, ‘Cut the Rope: Experiments’ is only available on the Amazon Appstore for the Kindle Fire for $0.99 but it is expected shortly on the Google Play Store as well (Zeptolab says Saturday but I still can’t see it on the store). Read more »

The new iPad 3 is here, we get a taste

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Look at what just arrived at our doorstep!

That’s right, we got our hands on the new iPad 3! Join us as we take a closer look… Read more »

Dual-SIM Android coming to town – Gigabyte GSmart G1355 gets in front of our camera

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Android is solidifying itself as the most versatile smartphone OS of all times. It ships into all sorts of form factors, display sizes, price ranges and as of lately, there’s even a dual-SIM variety.

We give you the Gigabyte GSmart G1355 – a dual-SIM smartphone with the very attracting $285 price tag contract-free. Read more »