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  • The Galaxy S IV isn’t even out yet, but it’s rooted

    For those lucky enough to own a Galaxy S IV, which would be practically no-one as the phone is only up for preorder, you’ll be happy to know that Samsung’s mammoth phone can now be rooted. XDA-developers.com has released a rooted ROM and instructions for hacking the S IV and, as per usual, any modifications done to your phone are down at your own risk. Do not destroy that which you cannot control. This root will only work on the Exynos 5 Octa 8-core version of the S IV, the GT-I9500. Visit the page, with download links and instructions here.  Androidauthority.com points out that most...

  • Steve Jobs may have approved the designs for both upcoming iPhones

    According to the San Francisco Examiner, the next two iPhones may have been approved by the late Steve Jobs. During a talk on mobile phone thefts, San Francisco district attorney George Gascón said that he was told by Apple that the next two iPhones “preceded Tim Cook.” Gascón was in discussions with Apple’s government liaison. So if Jobs had his hand in upcoming iPhones, there’s a lot we can expect, and eliminate. This means that at least two decent phones were introduced before October 2011, the month of Jobs death. All of the below is purely speculative, but is in line...

  • China to launch ‘Smartisan’ a new and heavily revamped Android OS

    When it comes to mobile OSes, we’re seemingly stuck in the past. Smartisan wants to shake this all up, with a “more appealing look, enhanced icons, a smaller four-by-three grid and hundreds of other simple modifications,” according to Engadget. There’s a very in-depth look into Smartisan, a two-hour video in fact that can be viewed below: A brief history: Smartisan was developed by Luo Yonghao, a well-known Chinese blogger, entrepreneur and consumer advocate. Yonghao said that Smartisan would “shame all manufacturers with its revolutionary user experience”. Let’s see if his prediction came true. As for the name, Yonghao changed it...

  • The 5 worst fake smartphones

    I find it difficult to justify the existence of any of these fakes smartphones. I believe in quality products for the money we spend on Android’s, iPhones, BlackBerry’s, HTC’s and others. How many people are tricked into thinking that they’ve just purchased an iPhone 5 or a Galaxy S IV, only to end up with an iPoo 5S in the box? Not many I hope, and these are some of the worst offending fake smartphones I could find, so try to avoid these. My advice, if it seems too cheap online to be real, it’s a fake. MTK6575 STAR i9300...

  • Bioshock Infinite review: the sky’s the limit

    As Bioshock Infinite came to an end and the screen faded to black, I blinked in stunned silence, wiped the drool from the corners of my mouth and, quite literally, checked to see if my jaw was still in place. This is a spoiler-free review, so enjoy. You enter this strange world knowing that it will all end eventually, somehow. But not like this. The manner in which Infinite closes is reminiscent of an operatic symphony complete with visual delights and aural pleasures that probe your grey matter and delight your senses. Your eyes and ears will be mesmerised by...

  • Corsair Vengeance M65 mouse review: super-sensitive

    Corsair’s range of peripherals just gets bigger and bigger, and it’s now adding a new raft of updates to its Vengeance line of gaming goodies. We’re big fans of the Vengeance range, from its excellent headsets and mech-switch keyboards to its rock solid gaming mice, and now the boards and rodents are getting a five added to their names. Starting with the Vengeance M65, you’d be forgiven for wondering what the fuss was about – Corsair has done nothing to change the design. It’s shaped exactly like the original Vengeance M60, so it’s built around a sturdy metal base, with adjustable weights...

  • Leap Motion Controller now Linux compatible

    Leap, the Kinect-like motion controller for PC now supports Linux, says Ubuntuvibes. Leap Motion Dev, one of Leap’s twitter accounts sent this message to it’s Linux fans earlier this week. #leapmotion SDK build 0.7.6 is now available. #leapdev‘s: Linux is now supported, finger tracking has been improved. ow.ly/jrdEL — Leap Motion Dev (@LeapMotionDev) March 26, 2013   Improved finger tracking, always a good thing. The official support log has added details regarding the Linux update: Beta release of the Leap Linux SDK for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, 12.10, or newer. It’s early, but we’d love your feedback and support in bringing our software to this...

  • Google Glass to be assembled in the US [report]

    According to the Financial Times Google Glass, the wearable computer, will be developed in the US. More accurately, the US division of the Foxconn plant in Santa Clara, California. The report says that this will be a limited production run, with only a few thousand units being produced on a weekly basis. Google had a similar plan with its ill-fated Nexus Q, which was the first US produced Google product. But we feel as if Google Glass will make more of a significant impact. What wasn’t made clear in the report, is if the initial US production run will shift to...

  • Nexus 4 hands on review: Google got it right

    I’ve had all of the Nexus devices (except for the tablets, so if anyone has a 7 for me…) and I’ve enjoyed them all, and after only a short time with my shiny new Nexus 4, I have to admit, I’m rather smitten. It pains me to admit though, that until I turned on the 4 for the first time, I didn’t know what Android should feel like. You’ve read all of the Nexus 4 reviews, you’ve been told about the stunning design, the weird hologram which is black when tilted on the back of the device. You’ve also read...

  • One-fifth of all BlackBerry Z10 apps are Android ports

    Wondering why so many apps in BlackBerry World seem like shoddy ports? It’s because one out of five BlackBerry apps is really an Android app, says Martyn Mallick, BlackBerry’s vice president for global alliances and business development. Shortcuts like this are one of the reason for people’s lack of trust in the new BB Z10. According to AllThingsD, 20% of the 100 000 apps on BlackBerry World are straight Android ports. According to Mallick, it’s all down to what the users want. “We give them a very nice on-ramp to get onto the platform, our users deserve to have great...

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