A new feature could be coming to CynaogenMod in the near future that strengthens personal privacy with a single checkbox. It's called Run in Incognito Mode, and it's being developed by Cyanogen himself, Steve Kondik. It's a simple feature that could change how comfortable you are with your apps.
For consumers, NFC is an extremely useful tool for making like easier. It can be used for everything from simple task automation to quick Bluetooth pairing and tap-to-pay transactions. For developers, it can be a way to bring new life to an application, create something different, or just simplify an existing offering. Of course, in order to incorporate any newly adopted technology into an application, the developer has to learn the ins and outs, as well as any limitations that could cause issues.
If you're one such dev looking to learn how to use NFC in your app, we've teamed up with Wrox to offer 10 copies of Professional NFC Application Development for Android.
Another day, another Good Guy Google announcement (even if it was yesterday): everyone's favorite search giant just announced that it's really tired of mobile web pages that do this (click, read, sympathize immediately).
If you really don't want to click that link (you should, it's hilarious), allow me to explain. Ever notice how when you search the web on your smartphone, and you click a search result for a specific page or section of a website, sometimes it'll just throw you back to the mobile homepage, with no respect to the page you actually asked for? Of course you have. It's happened to everyone, and it's absolutely infuriating, especially if the page you're looking for isn't even available on the mobile site.
It's been a full seven months since Google last updated its Blogger app, but the time has not been wasted. The new version ushers in a larger interface tailored for tablets. Improvements to the compose screen should also make poking out posts easier on that larger display.
The tablet interface is not drastically different from the mobile version, so it's a tad baffling why this update took so long to surface. The improvements listed in the latest version are nice; there just aren't that many of them.
What's in this version:
- Tablet support
- Improved compose screen - WYSIWYG editor for existing posts
- Performance improvements
- Minor bug fixes
Blogger supports both creating new posts from scratch and editing posts that have been already published.
Can you remember that incredibly mediocre Stargate-branded Infinity Blade clone? Good. Now, can you forget it? A much better alternative for nostalgic fans just went live in the Play Store. Stargate SG-1: Unleashed (Episode 1) fits into the general action genre, set in the universe of the expansive TV series. While the game itself doesn't look like much, it does get one thing right: the main characters (Colonel O'Neill, Colonel Carter, Teal'c, and Dr. Jackson) are all voiced by their original actors from the TV show. It's the first time the main cast has been reunited since 2008.
The game was released on iOS back in March - when it comes to late releases on Android, three months isn't too bad.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 has won some ardent fans since its release, but AT&T just announced a new variant for those who want a little LTE with their S Pen. AT&T even put together a handy video showing off some of the Note 8.0's features.
This is the same Note 8.0 we've seen before, but with the LTE radio and (presumably) some AT&T apps built-in. The Note 8.0 runs Android 4.1, has a 1.6 GHz quad-core Exynos chip, 4,600mAh battery, 16GB of storage (with microSD card slot), and a 1280x800 LCD screen.
AT&T is being coy about the price and release date, saying only that it will be available in the coming weeks.
Developers take note: Samsung is getting some more source code out the door, but it's just one device this time. The kernel source for AT&T's version of the Galaxy S4 is out, and it's up for grabs at Samsung's open source site.
Kernel source for a few other variants of Samsung's flagship have already been posted. In fact, this development means T-Mobile is the only major carrier whose GS4 hasn't joined the open source club. It's a strange world when Verizon, Sprint, and now AT&T devices have kernel sources posted before T-Mobile.
The AT&T GS4 kernel source is available on the page linked below.
It's that time again. AT&T has been busy adding and upgrading several markets with high-speed LTE. This round of upgrades seems to focus a bit more attention to the Northeast, particularly in the New York and New Jersey areas. Still, quite a few other locations are popping up around the country. With most new spots checking in with populations below 100,000 people, and some below the 10k mark, AT&T is closing in on its target to finish covering the United States with LTE by the end of this year.
- Camden, AR
- El Dorado-Magnolia, AR
- Prescott, AZ
- Flagstaff-Sedona, AZ
- Quad Cities, IL & IA
- Sterling, IL
- Duluth-Superior, MN
- Kinston, NC
- Southern New Jersey Shore Points, NJ
- Auburn, NY
- Cortland, NY
- Seneca Falls, NY
- Dayton, OH
- Astoria, OR
- Berwick, PA
- Brookings, SD
- Watertown, SD
- Salinas, CA (Carmel Valley)
- Jackson, MS (Leake & Nashoba Counties)
- Reno, NV (along I-80 connection and Spanish Springs)
- Oswego, NY
- New York City, NY (Sussex County)
- Northern Madison County, NY (Oneida City, Canastota, Lenox, Sullivan, and many connecting highways)
- Wilkes-Barre, PA (Scranton, Clarks Summit, Harveys Lake)
If you find yourself spending time in these areas, go forth and enjoy some speedy streaming music, fast-loading web pages, and smooth video chats.
We're starting to wonder if Samsung will have anything left to announce at the London event next week - they've made three new phones and two new tablets official in the small amount of time since the event was scheduled. The latest is the Galaxy S4 Zoom, an update to both the never-ending string of Galaxy S4 variants and last year's Galaxy Camera that's been caught in the wild already. This time around, the device is a phone first: the S4 Zoom has smartphone capabilities as well as pretty respectable point-and-shoot specs.
On the phone side of things, the S4 Zoom shares quite a lot with the Galaxy S4 Mini, including a 4.3-inch 960x540 screen (super AMOLED), a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor (which may be slightly altered by market), and both 3G and LTE versions.