Google has always been famous for their hidden Easter eggs in not only a lot of their products, but in their search engine as well. I’ve always loved the “do a barrel roll” Easter egg, which is an obvious reference to the classic game, Star Fox 64— try it out for yourself.
In September 1998, the Internet changed forever, as Google search went live to the public. Now, a new Easter egg from Google will give you a great sense of nostalgia— search “Google in 1998,” and you’ll get a fully functional Google search engine from 1998.
Check it out now and see what we mean! It’s pretty awesome.
When CyanogenMod reorganized itself as a new company (Cyanogen Inc.), one of their main goals was to make sure their product was extremely easy to install so that it doesn’t have to be limited only to those that have experience with flashing. That’s why Cyanogen is trying to release a Cyanogen Installer which will let you quickly get the software on your device in no time at all.
To get this project off the ground, Cyanogen has started a beta-testing program for testers willing to try it out. However, this isn’t your basic sign-up list— you have to meet the following criteria to be selected.
- A camera to record yourself doing the installation
- Have a supported device (maguro, crespo, toro, toroplus, grouper, flo, mako, manta, skyrocket, hercules, i9100, i9300, d2att, d2spr, d2tmo, jfltexx, quincyatt, quincytmo, t0ltetmo, m7ul)
- Submit bug reports and feedback
If you meet all of this criteria, go to Koushik Dutta’s Google+ post (source link) to let him know you’re interested.
Source: +Koushik Dutta
If you’re a CyanogenMod user, you’re probably familiar with their cLock widget. The widget that allows you to display the time, basic weather information, and upcoming calendar appointments on your lock screen has made its way to the Play Store under the name “Chronus.” It’s a pretty sleekly designed widget that is a free download.
You can download the widget through the link after the break.
Many of you have probably used Ookla’s Speedtest.net app in the past. The app, which allows users to verify promised speeds for devices and troubleshoo, and then share their results, has been updated to version 3.0. With the update comes a completely new UI, an improved testing engine, and a map that displays the location of each of your tests.
The full list of new features is:
– Completely revamped interface optimized for latest-generation phones
– Improved testing engine to better measure modern connection speeds
– Ability to remove ads for $0.99
– Map display for each test in results history
– Other various bug fixes and improvements
– Upcoming features:
Improved tablet support, more language localizations and improved result sharing
You can download the update through the link after the break. Read more
Google Search’s update to 2.8.7 includes a few more things than the change log originally said. The hotword has been changed to “OK Google,” and it’s now possible to use that hotword from search results, not just the standard search screen. To enable the new hotword features once you have version 2.8.7 of Google Search, head to Settings -> Voice -> Language -> Offline Speech Recognition, then download the language pack update. You might need to force close and reopen Search for it to start working.
This is brand new, and it’s still being determined whether it will work for all phones. For Android Police, it worked on their Nexus 7, Nexus 4, and Galaxy Nexus, but didn’t work on their Note 2. US English is the only language supported for “OK Google” at this point.
Source: Android Police
LG has created yet another video to go along with the launch of the LG G2. While the other was focused on the actual design process for their flagship device, LG opted for a little bit of comedy to show off a very important feature. In this case, a chicken doing plenty of adventurous activities with a camera on its head is used to “inspire” the G2’s optical image stabilizer camera. Hit the break for the full video.
While the HTC One Max will likely pack a fingerprint scanner on its massive body, that may not be the device to look out for. According to ePrice‘s sources, the next HTC Butterfly will be the Taiwanese manufacturer’s “true ace.” The specifications for the rumored device seem to be showing that this is very much a high-end device. Much like the LG G2, the Butterly 2 is believed to have a 5.2-inch Full HD screen. To protect all of those inches will be a waterproof design. And to really make it a beast, HTC is most likely going to use the all-new Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor that is also found in current and upcoming flagships like the G2 and Galaxy Note 3.
The first generation HTC Butterfly was available in Japan and other Asian markets, as well as in the United States as the Droid DNA on Verizon. The refresh of the original device was the Butterfly S, but that never made it beyond Asian markets. While HTC could release this new device in the United States, it is highly unlikely due to the HTC One brand being marketed heavily in North America.
Source: ePrice (Korean)
Yesterday we learned that Samsung would be implementing region specific SIM locks on future devices. Today, UK Mobile Review uncovered a way to avoid SIM locking with the Galaxy Note 3. The most important thing you need to do is activate the device with a SIM from the same region in which you bought the handset. After your Galaxy Note 3 is activated using the proper regional SIM, the ‘regional SIM lock’ will be removed, and it will be free to use on other carriers in other regions. If you activate your Galaxy Note 3 with a SIM not in the same region you bought your device, it will be locked down to that region and will not work elsewhere. For example, if you purchase the Galaxy Note 3 in the United States, you’ll have to activate it using a SIM card from a U.S. carrier in order to ensure your device remains unlocked and useable in other regions.
So what are your options if you have a foreign SIM? Well, you will have two options. The first is purchasing an unlock code for your specific country. After inputting the code for your country, the choice is yours as to which carrier you want to use. If you don’t want to do that, you can go to a Samsung service center and see if they will unlock it. Hit the break for the full statement from Samsung.