Posts tagged with: hack
  • by | March 11, 2014 12:03 PM

    Even at launch, there was nothing humble about the HTC HD2. With the largest screen ever grafted onto a smartphone, the first-of-its-kind Qualcomm Scorpion SoC, and the heaviest skin ever crafted for a Windows Mobile device (here called "HTC Sense" for the first time), the HD2 was a behemoth – the biggest spec beast ever devised. It married the touch-and-go simplicity of the iPhone with the power of WinMo 6 to produce the best Microsoft-powered smartphone anyone could ask for ... and back in 2009, there was no shortage of asking, with the device selling out repeatedly over its initial ...

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  • by | February 7, 2014 4:20 PM

    The Galaxy Gear is a really interesting and fun wearable, but it only works with a select few devices. Only a couple of Samsung phones and phablets are currently supported, but what if you've got another phone? In general, you're out of luck, but thanks to some tinkering by some pretty talented folks, if you've got a Nexus 5 and a bit of patience, you might just able to use your Galaxy Gear with the Nexus 5. This work-around (dare we call it a "hack"?) has been around for a few weeks, but we couldn't get it working. We weren't alone. Now, however, two of the files needed have been ...

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  • by | January 20, 2014 7:25 AM

    I've been a T-Mobile customer for well over a decade. Since I picked up my T-Mobile G1 (way back in the day) I've been a happy user of both the carrier and Android as a platform. As time progressed I loved the ability to tether other devices to my smartphone and use some of my 5GB of data on a tablet or laptop. I was never a heavy user of tethered data, and only used it when WiFi wasn't an option. Then T-Mobile tried to tell everyone that "tethered data" was somehow different from "device data" and phones bearing the T-Mobile brand forced users to purchase a separate tethering plan. ...

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  • by | December 17, 2012 1:57 PM

    Whenever we think about computing speed we usually limit ourselves to Gigahertz -- how fast the processor is that's crunching all the data inside our devices. The number of cores and the architecture of the chip obviously have some bearing, but we can't change those without buying a new device that includes the latest and greatest chip inside it. When we want to speed up our current smartphones and tablets, our minds turn to overclocking: running the chip faster than the device manufacturer intended it to run. You can also "over-volt" your processor, which supplies it with more power ...

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  • by | December 12, 2012 10:47 AM

    Updated: Alternate method to flash from a custom Recovery Image, and video showing the final result. Android Jelly Bean brought with it a whole new way to search and get up-to-date and location relevant information: Google Now. Search results are fast, beautiful, and usually pretty accurate. When compared against Apple's Siri, Google Now wins in many regards. The bad news? Officially Google Now is only available on tablets and smartphones running Google's latest operating systems (4.1 and 4.2). Sure, there are ways to hack the feature in, we even reported on one such method back in July. ...

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  • by | October 31, 2012 3:56 PM

    Android 4.2, "a new flavor of Jelly Bean", was announced earlier this week, with it comes a new Camera and Gallery app that let you take advantage of Google's Street View technology by enabling you to take quick-and-easy 360-degree, immersive panoramas. Before we get started, these files are leaks, they're not supported, and you're assuming the risk of something going terribly wrong. However, if want to give it a try, you're in luck! Here's what you're going to need: A rooted phone or tablet running Android 4.1.x Jelly Bean (some custom ROMs seems to work better than others) Root ...

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  • by | July 12, 2012 8:02 AM

    So far most of what people are saying about Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is not only favorable but down-right complimentary. Comments like "Buttery Smooth", and "super-fast" pepper articles detailing the changes to Google's latest operating system. I can't say that I disagree. However, not all news is good news. We know that Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 owners already have access to Jelly Bean (or will within the next several days) and even the Nexus S and Motorola Xoom will be getting some Jelly Bean attention in a little while. But what about everyone else? What about those who have devices ...

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