Samsung: 10 Million Galaxy Notes Sold Worldwide

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Some exciting news came from yesterday’s Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 launch event where the company briefly announced they’ve sold more than 10 million Galaxy Note smartphones worldwide. The original Note made its debut in late October 2011 in Europe before making its way to the U.S. in February. To be honest with you, when Samsung announced the Note, I didn’t think it would be the first phone, greater then 5 inches, to have the success it did. It certainly has taken the mobile world by surprise!

Just to give you an idea of the momentum, it was only four months ago that Samsung announced they had sold 5 million Notes. The surge of sales to 10 million units is no doubt a combination of its launch here in the States and continued promotion throughout the Olympic Games. Samsung is expected to launch a successor to the original device at their pre-IFA press conference on August 29th in Berlin, Germany. The new version is rumored to have an even larger screen, and a bump to a quad-core CPU. Personally, after using the Note for the weekend, I welcome a newer, larger, and faster version! What about you?

 

Samsung HM5100 Bluetooth S Pen Makes a Surprise Debut in our Galaxy Note 10.1 ‘Press Kit’

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The standard S pen you have come to know and love is already a pretty cool utility for your Galaxy Note. Add Bluetooth, a microphone, and a mini speaker to the equation and voila, you get the new “BT S Pen (HM1500).” The device had no introductions at yesterday’s Galaxy Note 10.1 event, no lime light, and no demos on stage, it was simply placed neatly in our “press kit” as a surprise, and surprised we were! » Read the rest

Easily Crack Android’s Pattern Unlock, No Root Required

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Hey modders, devs, and hackers! You know how you keep that “USB Debugging” option checked in settings? Sure, it’s useful when you need to root a device or test an app you’re developing, but you might want to consider unchecking it when not using it.

XDA developer M.Sabra says that anyone with a little ADB knowledge can easily hack Android’s pattern unlock, essentially getting access to your entire device. Apparently it’s not that difficult to do either. Root isn’t even required.

We won’t go into detail here on how to do it, but hit the source link to find out how easily your phone can get hacked if you lose it. Don’t believe your pattern gives you total protection.

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Google+ Update Improves Hangouts And More

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It’s obvious that Google is taking social networking seriously judging by its continual improvement of Google+. The most recent update to the Google+ app improves Hangouts for mobile. You can now join Hangouts on Air from your mobile device, and teens can now create and join Hangouts. Also, the app now contains a grey shortcut bar at the top for quick access to your circles, sharing, and other options. This makes sharing posts more efficient. Photo view also gets a little love by gaining a floating timestamp, and abuse reporting has been added for Events. Here’s the full list of what’s new from the Play Store page.

What’s in this version:

  • Teens can now create and join Hangouts from mobile
  • Join Hangouts on Air from mobile
  • Floating timestamp in photos view
  • Shortcuts for post creation
  • Ability to report abuse in Events

Get the update from the Play Store link or QR code below.

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Hands on with Adobe Photoshop Touch on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – Part 2 – Drawing a Portrait [Video]

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After Roy got his picture taken and edited on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 this afternoon at the Samsung launch event, it was my turn to pose for a portrait. Samsung had about 4 stations with artists for drawing portraits, and I was lucky enough to get a chance to get in on one. I have the utmost respect for people who can draw freely, and I was thoroughly impressed. This was all done utilizing the Adobe Photoshop Touch app that comes pre-installed on the Note 10.1. Again it’s S Pen optimized so there is no shortage of things you can do with this app. If you can imagine it, you can probably do it.

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Google set to release Google Maps app update, adds public transit improvements

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On the Google Lat Long blog, Google Maps Software Engineer Christopher Van Der Westhuizen announced a pending update to the Google Maps for Android app. Over the years, Google has amassed a huge database of public transit information. They have now collected information on schedules from around the world covering over 1 million stops. The systems are located in over 500 cities, including places like New York City, London, Tokyo and Sydney. Today’s announcement includes improvements for accessing this data on mobile devices. » Read the rest

The inevitable has happened, Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S III’s bootloader has been unlocked

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The second I saw this story on the XDA thread, I envisioned many Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III users giving Verizon the proverbial middle finger. This locked bootloader issue with Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S III has certainly made a full circle. It started off with many angry customers when Verizon formally announced that the bootloader will be locked on their Galaxy S III, but soon after there was hope as a couple of miss-informed Verizon and Samsung reps told various people that an update for the S III would be out soon that would unlock the bootloader. Verizon quickly denied that rumor and left us all with the hopes of XDA soon finding a way to crack Verizon’s lock on the bootloader.

Well folks, that day has come as the XDA developer by the name of AdamOutler has released instructions on how to unlock your Verizon Galaxy S III’s bootloader. Before I give you all the instructions, it’s important to first read AdamOutler’s precautionary statement first:

Let me make this clear. If Samsung updates your device’s bootloaders, using this tool could potentially brick your device. Once you apply this, never accept a factory update without first flashing the Odin Packages in the Original Post of this thread. As a general rule, you want to be the last guy to apply any Samsung update. Run custom. 

As of the date of this posting, this works great on Linux and it should work wonderfully on Mac too. If you’re using Windows, I recommend downloading Windows Ubuntu Installer(WUBI) to install Ubuntu from within Windows. 

First you’ll need to download the file needed for this:

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Hands on with Adobe Photoshop Touch on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – Part 1 – Editing a Picture [Video]

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We’ve seen a lot of demos, but rarely do we actually get to be part of them. Today Samsung was showing off the prowess of the Galaxy Note 10.1, and specifically the Adobe Photoshop Touch app that comes pre-installed. It also happens to be S Pen optimized so you can really push it to the limits. They took a picture of our own Roy Alugbue and cropped him out, added a background, and made various adjustments. There’s no shortage of things you can do with this tab.

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Stay tune for part 2 because yours truly poses for a portrait.

 

Verizon to reach 75% of US population with addition of 34 new 4G LTE cities on August 16th

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Verizon continues to march toward their goal of having 400 markets with 4G LTE access before the end of 2012. They are very close to reaching their goal as they announced today the official addition of 34 new markets. Along with these new markets, Verizon is expanding their 4G LTE service in 38 existing markets. With these additions, Verizon is now up to 371 markets with 4G LTE capability, more 4G coverage “than all other U.S. wireless providers combined” and they claim to now cover 75% of the US population. Hit the break for the full press release from Verizon Wireless, including the list of cities. » Read the rest

Get your hands on some great games with Humble Bundle for Android 3 [Video]

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Humble Bundle for Android 3 is here and bring us some great indie games. If you’re not familiar with how a Humble Bundle works, you’re able to “donate” any amount of money wish to for the bundle of games they’re offering. The main purpose of this is for most of the proceeds to go into charity. What’s even better is you can control how much of your donation goes into charity, the developers and a tip to the Humble Bundle crew. Curious to see what games you’ll be receiving? Here’s a list:

  • Fieldrunners
  • BIT.TRIP BEAT
  • SpaceChem
  • Uplink
  • Spirits* (This can be unlocked if you spend more than the average, which is currently at $6.05)

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