Steve Kondik, founder of CyanogenMod, seeks to protect Android devices with a system wide ‘Incognito Mode’

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I’m sure by now most of you are familiar with the recent news of the NSA scandal and what we once thought was private data now being accessed by the government. Obviously this doesn’t sit well with most and with smartphones being in most people’s pockets nowadays the threat of your data being exposed is dangerous. Steve Kondik, the founder of the popular 3rd party custom Android ROM CyanogenMod is figuring out a way to give Android an “incognito mode” so that it ensures no personal data can be leaked. Per Kondik:

I’m working on a new feature that will hopefully make it’s way into CM. It’s called “Run in Incognito Mode”. It’s a simple privacy feature designed to help you keep your personal data under control.

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Google Glass gets dissected and disassembled


The second you get your beloved Google Glass, the first thing you do is tear it apart and see what’s inside, right? Well, not really of course, but the guys over at catwig did just that for all of us to see. They literally took the whole thing apart all the way down to the optics. If you’re curious to see what’s inside Glass then you don’t want to miss this. Be sure to hit up the source link below for more pictures and a detailed write up on what they discovered.

source: catwig

Thanks Josh!

Rumor: Android 5.0 to arrive by October; Optimized for devices with at least 512MB of RAM


This is absolutely just a rumor, but it seems as if some are pinning October to be the launch month for the next iteration of Android (Key Lime Pie). This isn’t too far from my initial guess of November considering Google tends to release a new Nexus device alongside a new operating system around mid to late Fall. Nonetheless the sources also mention that Google plans on making Android 5.0 optimized to work fluidly on lesser powerful devices with 512MB of RAM.

I think this is great as it shouldn’t take a quad-core beast for Android to be completely smooth, look at the iPhone and Windows Phone for example. Either way lets just wait and see what the big G has in store for us Android fans in the next couple of months leading towards fall.

source: HDBlog

How to use any song you want with HTC Video Highlights


HTC Video Highlights is probably the best feature I have seen on a smartphone in a long time, but nothing is perfect. If you utilize Zoe and Video Highlights as often as I do, you probably have gotten a little bored of the music. I tend to use only a couple of the filter effects, which means the same song over and over and over. Don’t get me wrong, they are good jingles, but it would be nice to be able to use whatever song you want. I am sure HTC will either offer more songs and/or the ability to use your own stuff in the future, but that might not be for a while. In the meantime, I came up with two very simple solutions to change the song on your Video Highlights to whatever you want. Don’t worry, you don’t need any elaborate desktop editing software. In fact, you can do it all from your phone. Hit the break to get started.

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Samsung finally comes to its senses and is expected to feature an aluminum body for the Galaxy S 5



If you truly know Samsung, then you’re probably well aware at its stubborn reluctance to shy away from cheap, outdated and stale designs¬†premium materials and constructing a revolutionary build for its flagship devices. However, it may appear that Samsung will finally make some major changes by introducing some quality materials and even a new design direction for the build of its next Galaxy S (Galaxy S 5) smartphone. Reports from various insiders indicate Samsung is currently working on a new “Design 3.0″ language (possibly teased in other upcoming flagships, mind you), which signifies a completely new direction for Sammy and brings a new-found “freshness” to the popular line of smartphones. Complimenting the new design is possibly the introduction of aluminum materials for the build of the upcoming phone. Taking a page from competitors like the iPhone, HTC One and Xperia Z smartphones, Samsung will take aim to make the smartphone body as attractive on the outside as its guts on the inside by incorporating an aluminum unibody form factor for the smartphone.

Of course there are some questions to Samsung’s new intention for its upcoming golden ticket of a device. Will the aluminum body add some unnecessary weight? Are we going to see the last of a removable battery? Can we expect some sort of scratch-resistant material? Hopefully we’ll get a better idea of what to expect as we approach 2014.

source: Android GS

August release date rumored for HTC One Mini


With the success of the HTC One helping reverse some troubling financial results for HTC, the company is now engaging in a strategy similar to Samsung’s in releasing versions of their top of the line device for certain target markets. The newest device that appears to be headed to market from HTC is the HTC One Mini, a smaller version of their flagship, that sources indicate should be available in August. The HTC One Mini will come equipped with a smaller 4.3-inch display running at 720p and a less powerful processor. However, it will bring design cues similar to its larger sibling, HTC’s Sense 5 overlay, and a camera incorporating UltraPixel technology.

The move by HTC will enable it to compete against the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini and iPhone devices for buyers who are interested in smartphones that don’t come with large screens like the HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S 4. HTC has declined to comment regarding the leaked news of an August release date for the new device.

source: Bloomberg

Now you see it… now you don’t: Verizon pulls latest Galaxy S III update due to massive connectivity and battery issues


For those of you that may be affected, it’s recommended that you call Verizon and try to obtain a replacement device immediately. On the flipside— those of you who haven’t received the new build just yet, DON’T update just yet until a new fix has been put in place. Just saying.

source: Droid-Life


Crayon Physics Deluxe makes its way to the Play Store


Up until now, Crayon Physics Deluxe was only available on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, iOS, and the PC, but it just landed in the Play Store for any Android device 2.2 or higher. This one is a 2D physics puzzle game. Imagine if your drawings could be magically transformed into real objects. That’s exactly what Crayon Physics is all about. You will use your S Pen, stylus, or finger to replicate a crayon to guide a red ball to touch a yellow star. You do this by drawing the solution. You might draw a bridge, a ramp, or even a pulley system.¬†It is your artistic vision that will solve the puzzles.

It’s priced at $2.99, which is much cheaper than what’s offered on iOS. Hit the break for screenshots and download links.

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Asphalt 8: Airborne officially on its way to Android devices


Racing fanatics rejoice as Gameloft has officially taken the wraps off of its latest installment of the Asphalt series— Asphalt 8: Airborne. This latest games comes jam-packed with all sorts of goodies, starting with the insane graphics engine powering the game. The new graphics brings not only a higher number of frames per second, but the game also brings some new maps in locales like London and Tokyo with new terrain and cool effects like new slow-mo crashes or sweet flares from the exhaust pipes of the various vehicles out there. Complimenting the cool features some slick multiplayer modes that utilize both online and offline play, ensuring tons of awesome replay value.

So now that the game has been announced, it’s only a matter of time before we see it land in the Play Store. Gameloft confirmed Asphalt 8 is due for a summer release and will cost a hair under a buck. Considering summer is right around the corner, it’s not a bad wait fortunately— but while you do wait, check out full trailer vid below to get a better idea of how the game will look upon its arrival.


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