I have been using CyanogenMod ever since the days of old, you know? The days when CM had its own app in the market for updates? The major reason is because of the tenacity this team employs while working, it’s all about excellence and passion– which is carried over into its development of the latest CM ROM for the Verizon Galaxy S III smartphone. Well, as of yesterday, a new
insecure bootloader can be flashed to the device, which helps in making things much easier than before. In light of this, the CM team has posted a new release of CM10 (alpha) that will be paired with the new bootloader. Users of the alpha build can expect better 4G connections and some other bug fixes as well on their Galaxy S III phones.
I will stress that this is an
alpha build and may not be suitable for a daily driver because of potential bugs or issues, but if you are an early adopter, then jump on in! Make sure to report your findings in the comments!
Normally, when an app gets an update, you have to re-download the whole app from the Play Store to get the latest version. This isn’t a big deal if you’re just updating a small 2MB app, but when the app is huge, it’s annoying.
To speed things along, Google announced Smart Updates at Google I/O last June, which reduces what you need to download to just the updated portion, or the delta. We’ve been waiting for this since the announcement, and today it looks like Google enabled the feature in the Play Store.
Smart Updates seem to have been implemented on the server side, meaning you don’t need to have the latest 3.8.15 version of the Play Store installed to reap the benefits. The folks over at Android Police ran some tests and noticed that today’s Instagram update, for example, only needed to install 3MB out of the total 13MB. That’s a 10MB savings. Not bad!
Hit the source link to check out videos of some other smart app update examples.
source: android police
Android novelties are a necessity for any die-hard fan, but Android-shaped ice cubes? That takes things to a whole new level. This new 8-piece ice cube tray will put your Android allegiance on display for all to see. With one of these cubes, your beverage will immediately transform into a little slice of robot heaven.
According to the listing, the ice cube tray is labeled as “coming soon”, so you can’t actually place your order quite yet. Although, when Christmas rolls around, don’t say you couldn’t find anything to get for the Android-loving friend of yours.
Source: Android Foundry
With the Big Android BBQ 2012 just a little over a couple months away, organizers have announced the initial list of speakers. More announcements regarding other speakers are promised for the future. The speakers included in today’s announcement are:
Every day seems to bring more drama to the Apple vs Samsung trial. Apple filed a 75-page briefing that covered 22 potential rebuttal witnesses they could possibly call after Samsung finishes presenting their arguments. Judge Lucy Koh was thoroughly disgusted, and when the jury was out of the courtroom, she asked why they would present such a lengthy document “when unless you’re smoking crack you know these witnesses aren’t going to be called!”
I knew they were smoking crack all along, didn’t you? Of course Apple attorney William Lee denied it by saying, “First, your honor, I’m not smoking crack. I can promise you that.” Then they agreed to trim it down and attorney Michael Jacobs said that they didn’t mean to burden the court. He also believed they would be able to run through all the witnesses in the given time, and that some of the witnesses were Samsung’s. Koh became even more frustrated and told the parties that the conversation would come at the expense of their trial time. She said, “I’m billing time because you all are being unreasonable.”
The bottomline for Judge Koh is that she wants the trial to end by next Tuesday and I highly doubt Samsung or Apple will be able to prolong this debacle any longer.
Sony was pleased to announce today that they have been recognized once again for their green efforts. The European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) recognized the Sony Xperia P as their European Green Smart Phone 2012-2013. EISA is an industry body featuring 50 tech-focused magazines from 19 countries.
Sony’s award for the Xperia P follows last year’s award for green smart phones granted to the Sony Xperia Mini. In reviewing this year’s winner, EISA noted Sony’s efforts to reduce power consumption through technologies like Sony’s WhiteMagic. WhiteMagic can increase the brightness of the screen even when in power save mode and reduces backlight power consumption by up to 50%. Other steps undertaken by Sony include minimal packaging, electronic-only user manuals, and limitations on power consumption by chargers. These efforts came about even as Sony, and other smart phone manufacturers, continue the march toward larger screens and batteries that last longer.
During the past couple months, Google has announced some improvements to the Google Wallet app in an effort to drive its adoption. Announced during Google I/O, one of the improvements was a Save to Wallet API that could be used in one of two ways – saving offers or saving payment card information. Earlier this month, in conjunction with moving card data storage to the cloud on Google servers, they also enabled the ability to use any major debit or credit card.
We now have our first example of these efforts coming together. Today, Google announced the addition of Save to Wallet for Discover Card accounts. This makes it really easy for users to add the card to their Google Wallet following a simple three step process:
- Visit discover.com/googlewallet and sign in
- Click “Add Your Card”
- Sign into your Google account
No need to look up or type in account numbers. All you have to do is hit a button on the web site, just like Google said it would work when they first announced it.
Any one out there using Google Wallet?
source: Google Commerce Blog
A Kickstarter project out of Toronto called Ubi (ubiquitous computer) recently reached its funding goal for a small Android-powered computer that plugs directly into a power socket. The device is packed with sensors and connects to the local Wi-Fi network so it can push notifications about the room’s conditions such as lighting, temperature, sound, movement and even humidity to your smartphone. In addition, the device has a full-sized USB port, headphone jack, RF and Bluetooth capabilities for added connectivity. There’s even an LED light and speakers built in. Ubi doesn’t have earth shattering specs, but it’s still a decent amount of power and includes an 800MHz processor with 1GB of RAM,
will ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and will have its own app ecosystem that will launch with the device. Here are some of the features you can expect when the device ships:
The all popular donut and coffee shop Dunkin’ Donuts have released their mobile app that they hope will give their customers a better experience with them. It’s an app that allows you to process payments, send virtual gift cards, look up store locations and lets you check out the menu and nutritional facts. Here’s what the app can offer you:
- Purchase, manage, and reload a Dunkin’ Donuts Card: Guests can purchase a new mobile Dunkin’ Donuts Card (selecting from multiple designs for many occasions), add money to an existing card, and view all previous card transactions. The Dunkin’ Mobile App supports American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and PayPal.
- Pay right from the app using a virtual Dunkin’ Donuts Card: Guests can purchase Dunkin’ Donuts products with the Dunkin’ App by simply tapping the mobile Dunkin’ Donuts Card and presenting the screen to the crew member to be scanned. Balances are updated immediately after purchase.
- Send an mGift: Dunkin’ Donuts Cards can be sent to friends, family, or colleagues via email, text, or Facebook. Dunkin’ Donuts is now the only national coffee retailer to offer people all of these options for sending an mGift. Dunkin’ Donuts Cards can be sent in denominations between $2 and $100.
- Locate the nearest Dunkin’ Donuts: A detailed restaurant locator makes it easy to find directions to and information about local Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants, including store hours, in-store Wi-Fi, drive-thru availability, and more.
- Find nutritional information: The Dunkin’ App makes nutritional facts available for guests’ favorite Dunkin’ Donuts menu items.
- Link to Dunkin’ Donuts’ social media communities: Dunkin’ Donuts is actively engaged within leading social media channels, with more than 6.8 million Facebook fans and 160,000 Twitter followers. Easy links to “Like” Dunkin’ Donuts on Facebook or follow @DunkinDonuts on Twitter can be found in the “Social” section of the Dunkin’ App.
This has certainly made me want some donuts now. Anyone else? Hit up the QR code and download link below to get it for yourselves!
Google Play Store Download
Remember the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze Q? This slide out physical QWERTY device was due to be out by August 15th, and while that has obviously gone and passed by, the device has been delayed and ultimately renamed by T-Mobile. Perhaps T-Mobile thought the Galaxy S Blaze Q was too ridiculous of a name? Well folks, the phone has been renamed to…. Wait for it…. The Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G. I’m sure you’re thinking what I’m thinking, it’s not any better is it? Either way, the phone has been indefinitely delayed and no word as to when it will become officially available.
Let’s keep in mind that if we do put aside the odd name, it’s still going to be the most powerful physical slide out QWERTY device yet to date. If you’ve forgotten the specs, you can expect a 1.5 GHz dual-core S4 Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, a 720p (1280 x 720) display, and Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Here’s my long shot wish; Perhaps T-Mobile and Samsung is delaying the release in hopes to have it launch with Android 4.1 TouchWiz Jelly Bean instead of ICS? I know, it’s a long shot that is probably far from the truth. But it would be nice, wouldn’t it?
Confusing name apart, any of you guys interested in this device? I know physical QWERTY’s haven’t died out just yet.