Nippon Announces New ‘Invisible Glass’ – Removes Annoying Glare

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Booyah! What you see above is the possible future for our beloved smartphones and tablets - for all technology with screens for that matter!

What you are looking at is two variations of glass, the left being untreated and glare ridden, while the right, treated and virtually glare free. This new technology called “invisible glass” was developed by Nippon Electric Glass and hopefully device manufacturers team up with these geniuses sometime in the near future.

Studies show that regular glass reflects 8 percent of all light while the remaining 92 percent passes directly through it. This new “invisible glass” creates a huge difference and only reflects 0.5 percent of light, rendering the surface virtually glare-free. The glass is constructed with over 30 layers of special film on each side, each layer measured in mere nanometers. » Read the rest

Motorola Devices Receive Possible Permanent Root

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A new root method for Motorola devices has shown up on the interweb claiming that it may be a permanent solution. There is still the possibility that Moto will patch this method closed in future updates but if you are already rooted you might as well give it a try. It should only take a matter of minutes to complete and will work on most Motorola devices including the Bionic, Droid 3 and Droid X. Before you can start you need to be rooted and in case you aren’t, the directions can be found here. Once you have root you will just need to change a few lines in your “mount_ext3.sh” file using Root Explorer. Hit the break for full instructions. » Read the rest

Cellphone battery takes ten minutes to reach full charge (Video)

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It’s a shame that with all the great advancements in smartphone technology these days we are limited to the amount of time we can actually spend enjoying the devices due to poor battery life. Manufacturers have spent millions of dollars trying to develop phones to be as thin as possible and yet we buy extended batteries that only make them thicker. It’s not like we all have the time to charge our phones for three hours in the middle of the day just to be sure we don’t run out of juice before the evening drive home. Companies have long been trying to solve this issue by not focusing on how long the battery lasts, but how long it takes to reach a full charge.

NTT DoCoMo in Japan has successfully created a battery that lasts the normal amount of time yet only takes a fraction of the usual 3 hour time to reach a full charge. By increasing the charging amperage by 10%, they have managed to create a system that will recharge itself in only ten minutes. NTT DoCoMo claims that this battery is market ready, but has concern that such a rapid charge will ultimately reduce the overall life span.

Although not a perfect solution just yet, it seems they have a great idea in the works. I would much rather buy a new battery every three months over having to worry about finding an outlet every 4-5 hours. What about you? Is this a solution you could live with? Or do you prefer the extra bulk of an extended battery? Leave your comments below.

Video after the break.

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China’s HTC Sensation Will Be The First To Receive ST-Ericsson’s NovaThor SoC

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We know what you’re thinking.  This is just an HTC Sensation which we’ve all seen and heard of before.  Well, not quite.  What you don’t notice is primarily under the hood.  Dubbed the Sensation Z710t, it’s sporting the new ST Ericsson NovaThor SoC (System on a chip).  In addition to the new platform, the handset will sport a 1 GHz Nova A9500 dual-core application processor accompanied with the Thor M6718 mobile connectivity capabilities with carriers utilizing TD-SCDMA technology.  Those using the handset should experience extremely fast speeds with this combination of technology.  As far as the exterior goes, the device remains the same with a 4.3-inch qHD display, 8 meg camera and Sense UI.  As soon as we receive word on pricing, you’ll be the first to know.  Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments below.  Hit the break for the full press release and to get a better understanding of ST-Ericsson’s new platform.

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Motorola Xoom 4G LTE upgrade now officially available

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The wait is finally over! Motorola Xoom owners can now upgrade their tablet to the blazing fast speeds of 4G LTE. Beginning today, you can send in your device for the free upgrade and expect to have it back within six business days. I know it’s no fun being without your tab for almost a week, but will be worth the wait since 4G connectivity is a vast improvement over 3G speeds. I highly recommend the upgrade and it’s free!

If you have already signed up on Verizon’s website for email alerts you should check your inbox. Reports say the notice has already been sent out. If you haven’t received a notification yet be sure to check your junk/spam inbox for details on how to get 4G’d. If you haven’t signed up for the alerts head to Verizon’s website for complete instructions on how to get your upgrade.

If you have been waiting for the pre-baked 4G version of the Xoom it will be launching on October 13th for $499.

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Inductive Charging Brought to Samsung Galaxy S Courtesy of Modder…With No Voided Warranty

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If you’re looking for some real mod-fu, check out the inductive charging mod that a fellow name Qian Qin performed on his Samsung Galaxy S. Qin was looking to get inductive charging going on his Galaxy S, so he decided to go out and purchase a Palm Pre inductive battery cover and Touchstone base for his modding needs. His stipulations for the mod were that it couldn’t be outwardly visible and it couldn’t void his warranty. Low and behold, the man succeeded, by implanting the Palm Pre inductive charging chip in the back cover of the Galaxy S, leading a wire from the chip to the charging port, and using the microSD mount as a ground point. Qin then posted a visual representation of his modding skills via YouTube. Check out the video below and let us know what you think in the comments!

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Tricked Out Sensation 4G Looks Good In Chrome

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While most Android customization comes from software modifications, every now and then someone brings up a cool way to make your phone’s hardware look even better. Paul white has managed to find a rather simple way to polish the back of the HTC Sensation 4G to get a cool, futuristic chrome look. If that’s not your cup of tea, he also explains how you can get a brushed metal look. The process is actually incredibly simple and his guide to doing it contains a lot of pictures for your visual learners. Even though it’s low risk, modding the outside of your phone can still lead to problems if you aren’t careful. Regardless, I have to say I’m kind of jealous that nothing like this has been done for the Evo. It just looks cool.

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Nook2Android Seeks to Simplify the Upgrade to 2.3 Gingerbread on the Nook Color

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Until recently, owners of the Nook Color have resorted to various third-party modifications in order to turn their devices into a true tablet. Not so anymore.

Seeking to capitalize on these hacks’ popularity , the company Nook2Android hopes to simplify a process that can, and often will, brick your device if done improperly.

For a paltry $35, one can treat themself to the latest 2.3 Gingerbread in its entirety. This includes full a/b/g/n wifi, the Android Market, Gmail, Facebook, Pandora, and more. It’s as easy as turning off the Nook, inserting the 8GB SD card pre-loaded with all the necessary software, and turning it back on again. Even better, should you decide to change your mind, it’s every bit as easy to uninstall.

Better yet, the company legitimately sells their product through Amazon, even offering a 14-day return policy. The few reviews already present, are positive.

Sure, it isn’t free, and it takes some of the fun from hacking the device yourself. However, for your everyday user, it’s a great way to enter the world of Android at a fraction of the cost of owning a real tablet.

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Android-Controlled RC Car “Blue Drone” Launches for just $59

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You may remember the remote-controlled AR Drone from several months ago, the relatively inexpensive helicopter capable of remote control via Android, iOS, Bada, and Symbian devices. That idea has sparked the interest of many such projects, including one such car – capable of control via (almost) every Android device on the market today.

The BlueDrone Team intends to release an RC car following the same model as the AR Drone: release a prototype, judge public interest, and manufacture accordingly. One can “buy in” for a small sum of $59, and add to the team’s production costs via Kickstarter. If the team’s goals are met, you’ll get a scale-model of the RC car, and the app needed to control it. If not, you’ll get your money back.

The RC uses class 2.1 bluetooth, so you’ll get roughly a 30ft range while lasting as long as three hours, full-throttle. This is an excellent price and a great deal, as the price will likely increase once this goes live (and it will). Check out the video after the break, and leave your comments below!

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Enable USB host mode on the Motorola XOOM

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So you have a Motorola XOOM and you need more then the 32GB of on board storage. You could use the SD card slot, but that is not enabled yet. What do you do? If you have rooted your XOOM you can enable USB hosting which will give you the ability to hook up a flash drive or use a USB keyboard.

Your XOOM must be rooted If you have not rooted your XOOM yet, you can follow the directions here.

You will also need an OTG Cable.

Instructions as from the source:

Very similar to rooting the device. Extract the img file from the ZIP above, and place it in the same folder as your adb and fastboot binaries. Then, run this:

  • adb reboot bootloader – (reboots into the bootloader)
  • fastboot flash boot rootboot.usbdisk.img - (which loads the new boot.img onto the system)
  • fastboot reboot- (Reboots the device)

Lastly — using adb or root explorer, you need to alter your /etc/vold.fstab by adding this line to it: dev_mount usbdisk /mnt/usbdisk auto /devices/platform/tegra-ehci

This tells VOLD where to mount the device, when it’s plugged in. After the change, you need to reboot. The altered boot.img adds a folder called /usbdisk, so that way if you connect a USB thumb drive using the cable I linked to above, it will automount the thumb drive and you can access files. I tested this with an HP 125W FAT32 8GB thumb drive, and it worked without an issue. The only caveat I can think of is that YMMV on thumb drives – some might require more power than the Xoom can supply.

[via slatedroid.com by androidcentral.com]