RIM CEO Reveals A Switch to Android Was Seriously Considered

Thorsten Heins, the CEO of RIM, made some controversial and stunning headlines during an interview conducted on Thursday. According to Telegraph, Heins openly admitted that RIM will not be able to keep up with Apple and Samsung with out outside help. While it’s always surprising to hear CEO’s admit something like that, you almost can’t blame him considering the market shares that both Apple and Samsung currently dominate. It’s no secret that RIM has been substantially slipping these past couple of years, and I can’t see the company rising back up with out some sort of help regardless of how the success of Blackberry 10 plays out.

If that wasn’t shocking enough for you, Heins also admitted that the company was seriously considering switching to the Android platform. While they took it into consideration, they ultimately decided against it. According to Heins:


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Real Racing 3 Trailer is Out, and It Looks Good

Racing fans should take a look at this video, EA and FireMonkeys Studio have put up a pre-alpha trailer for the upcoming Real racing 3, and the visuals look fantastic.

They haven’t actually announced it for Android yet, but since both Real Racing and Real Racing 2 have made their way to Android, it’s a safe bet that Real Racing 3 will be as well. Video after the break.
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Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G Now Available from MetroPCS

If you’ve been asking for a Samsung Droid Charge, but for whatever reason don’t like Verizon, today is your day. MetroPCS has announced the renamed but otherwise unchanged Droid Charge as the Galaxy S Lightray 4G, and it’s available now. The phone features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen, an 8 MP camera, a 1ghz processor, and a free 16GB MicroSD card thrown in as well.
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How to easily bypass Android liveness check [Video]

 

As much as I love Android, I’ve always felt the face unlock feature that was introduced in Ice Cream Sandwich is more of a gimmick than anything. While it’s cool to show off to non-Android users, it isn’t practical and can be bypassed rather easily if one were to try. In my opinion, using the pattern or pin unlock system provides a faster and safer way to lock your phone from others.

In Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Google developers attempted to make the face unlock feature more secure by adding a “liveness check” feature. The problem with face unlock was that one could easily use a picture of the person to unlock the phone. With liveness check enabled, the owner is required to blink for the phone to unlock. This adds another element into the security of face unlock which fixes the issue of simply using ones picture.

Of course, it never takes too long before people figure out a way to bypass that as well. The YouTube video below, uploaded by idaka82, shows a group of guys quickly showing you how to do just that. They simply took a picture and hastily photo-shopped his eyes so that it looks like he’s blinking. Then by transitioning the original and edited photo simultaneously, it gives the effect it’s blinking.

Needless to say, while it can be done rather quickly, it does take a bit of effort. Nonetheless, I’ll always suggest Android users to stick with the pattern or pin unlock system if you wish to secure your phone.

You can head over to the video after the break!


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Official Samsung Invite for Event on August 15th points to Galaxy Note 10.1

We were already saving the date of August 15th, but we just received the official invite from Samsung. It appears a tablet is the focal point for the event and will most likely be the Galaxy Note 10.1. It was unveiled in February, but has been tweaked with a quad-core CPU and a new S Pen holder. You can already order the 4G HSPA+ version from Negri Electronics for $750, but this event will most likely be the introduction of the WiFi-only version for the U.S.

Verizon Stores All Set To Offer Wireless Charging Kits For Samsung Galaxy S III Smartphone

 

Life is about to get just a little sweeter for owners of the Verizon variant of the Galaxy S III smartphone. Fresh off reports of third party wireless charging kits being on the way, the gang at PhoneArena obtained some confidential information indicating Verizon’s flavor of the device has a wireless charging kit on the way. The wireless charging kit will include a special Sammy and Verizon-branded back cover for $39 and a charging station that will be marked down to $50. All in all, it will run you a hair under 90 bones in order to have access to the cool feature of the device.

So what say you Verizon Galaxy S III owners, you folks getting this not-quite-official accessory?

source: PhoneArena

Samsung won’t be able use footage from ’2001: A Space Odyssey’ as evidence in trial against Apple

I’m no lawyer, but what’s the deal with Judge Lucy Koh? First she rules that Samsung is unable to use evidence that clearly shows they were working on designs that resembled the iPhone back in 2006, and now she ruled that Samsung can’t use footage from the movie, “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

As you know “2001: A Space Odyssey” features a tablet well before the iPad was even thought of let alone designed. I assume the reason why Koh keeps refusing these exhibits is because this case isn’t about refuting Apple’s patents. It’s on whether Samsung infringed on them or not. The fact that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office should have or shouldn’t have granted these patents is not on the table.

source: allthingsd

 

Call Of Duty: Black Ops Zombies now available exclusively on Sony Xperia smartphones for 30 days

Glu Mobile just announced that Call Of Duty: Black Ops Zombies is now available for Android. Unfortunately unless you have a Sony Xperia smartphone, you won’t be able to play it for 30 days.

Priced at $6.99, gamers can play solo or join a team of up to 4 players via Wi-Fi to destroy zombies using a variety of weapons. There’s also a CoD point system available in single-player mode. It includes six tiers of in-app purchasing options to choose from.

“We’re delighted to bring the blockbuster Call of Duty® franchise to Android smartphones and Xperia for the first time.  And what better way to make this introduction than with the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies,” said Tim Harrison, Head of Content Marketing and Strategy at Sony Mobile. “There’s nothing else in this world or the underworld like Call of Duty.  We can’t wait to unleash Zombies to our fans.”

Full press release, download links, and a few more screen shots after the break


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Google Cracking Down On Malware In Play Store, Throws The Gauntlet Down At Indie Developers In The Process

 

While malware seems to be a rampant problem in the world of Android, Google has taken extraordinary measures to ensure smartphone and tablet users are not affected by corrupt apps. So with that, Google has heard the cries and angst from affected Play Store users and is now fighting back— except it’s now fighting back against small, independent developers in addition to the untrusted ones. Google recently introduced stricter terms and conditions into its Developer Distribution Agreement, which allows it to maintain better order in its Play Store. As a catch however—  Google’s automated crackdown also affects small developers such as Cory Trese by sending individuals like Trease automated emails, informing him that he is violating the spam provisions of the new developer terms and conditions.

A belief of Google’s attacks on devs like Trease may have to do with a simple fact: his app gets updated frequently— almost too frequently. The only catch is that it’s just pure speculation— there’s no concrete reason for Google’s newfound threat nor is Google responding to Trease and his brother. Nevertheless, Android users of all certainly have something to look forward to with the much-needed control and order of the Play Store in order to make the overall user experience better for all. But at the same time, Google will need to be careful with what type of precedent it intends to set if it does go after talented and innocent indie developers.

source: Wired UK

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 in stock and shipping from Negri Electronics

If you have been anxiously awaiting your chance to get your hands on the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, Negri Electronics has just what you need. Earlier today, Negri took to Twitter and effectively announced they had shipped pre-orders via a question for followers about receipt of tracking numbers. This followed a tweet yesterday in which Negri posted a picture of one of the units they had in hand.

The news gets even better. A visit to the Negri Electronics web site reveals availability as “In Stock” for $749.50. I’m not sure how fast they are turning orders around, but if they get right on it and you select express shipping, you could possibly have the device in your hands tomorrow.

source: Negri Electronics