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EVO Owners Benchmark 10 Custom ROMs, 1 Stock ROM

This has got to be one of the most useful things I’ve seen in my tenure here, although I may be biased because I own an EVO. XDA forum member nief1313 is in the (very slow) process of compiling the results of testing and benchmarking a ton of EVO ROMs. When I say a ton, I mean 11:

  1. Stock Froyo
  2. CyanogenMod 6 RC2
  3. DamageControl 3.5
  4. Fresh EVO 3.1.0.1
  5. BakedSnack 1.2.5
  6. Burnt Droid 1.0
  7. EViO 2 Series v1.0.2
  8. EViO 2 Series v1.1
  9. Ava-FroyoV3RevA
  10. OMJ’s v2.1
  11. FroYo Fusion 2.3

Quite the comprehensive list, and a popular one at that: as I write this, there 27 people are viewing the spreadsheet.

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EXCLUSIVE: enTourage Releases Kernel Source For The eDGe - AndroidPolice & Co Release Root Instructions

Those of you who actually managed to get your hands on an enTourage eDGe dualbook ebook reader/tablet/notepad device thingy (it's been in low supply lately) and have been waiting for it to be rooted just got your wish. Colin O'Dell and myself with the help of Sean and Jamezelle were able to root the eDGe, with full adb access.

How We Did It

No exploit or hack was needed. We were able to decipher the developer's debug password and use it to enable adb, which just so happens to be running as root.

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SysAdmin Series #7: Remote Desktop Access with VNC Clients

In the final installment of the SysAdmin Series, I’m going to cover some tools to access a remote system’s desktop using VNC (Virtual Network Computing) clients.

I’ll admit that as a sysadmin, I don’t personally have a lot of use for VNC as almost all of the systems I need to access remotely are text-only systems, and I use a simple SSH client for that work. However, I know some sysadmins who rely on VNC clients to do some work on graphical interfaces when being at a terminal isn’t possible.

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New Features And Fixes In The EVO 4G Froyo Update - Which One Is Your Favorite? [+Poll]

Well, the last few days have been pretty crazy, haven't they? Froyo OTAs hit on 2 major phones, one by one. First, on Monday, the final Froyo version came out for the EVO 4G, and today we saw Verizon's 2.2 show up as well.

Now that the dust has settled a bit, I'd like to take a step back and describe some of the EVO 4G specific Froyo fixes and features we've been seeing on our EVOs.

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[Tutorial] How To Wirelessly Transfer Files To/From Your Android Phone And Your Windows PC

This tutorial will show you how to access your phone’s storage for transfers to and fro over your local WiFi network. We will install FTP (File Transfer Protocol) server software on the phone then mount it as a network drive on a Windows PC. Your phone and PC must be connected to the same network.

1. Install SwiFTP

market

SwiFTP can be downloaded freely from the market. It is a small application which allows your phone to act as an FTP server.

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Review: XDAndroid Allows You To Run Android Froyo On Your WinMo HTC Phone

Still holding onto that HTC Windows Mobile phone? Love the hardware, but hate the OS? Well, you’re in luck, because the enterprising hackers over at XDAndroid.com have developed a version of Android 2.2 (Froyo) that you run from your SD card.

Currently, this version runs on the following HTC phones:

  • Raphael (Touch Pro)
  • Fuze
  • Diamond
  • Blackstone
  • Topaz
  • Rhodium.

Getting Started With XDAndroid

To run XDANDROID, simply download the appropriate version of Android 2.2 (Froyo) for your phone to your computer, extract the files, and copy them to your phone’s sd card.

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[Deals] T-Mobile MyTouch 3G Now FREE ($0.00) With Upgrade Or New 2-Year Contract

This doesn’t need much explaining. If you start a new T-Mobile 2 year contract or upgrade and extend your current service contract, you can get the MyTouch 3G for nothing, nada, zilch. Got a frugal friend or family member looking for a cheap smartphone? Look no further. Just check out T-Mobile’s online store page.

tmmt3g

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2x Tips: A Brilliantly Easy Way To Generate QR Codes In A Split Second... And An Even More Brilliant Way To Do It Even Faster

In today's Android-enabled world, QR codes play quite an important role because, face it, who wants to type that long, pesky URL on your phone's keyboard when you can just quickly scan an image and have the URL decoded in a split second?

Why do I say with such confidence that QR codes are now a commodity? Have a look at this awesome chart AppBrain posted yesterday. See Barcode Scanner, whose primary purpose is to scan QR codes?

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Updated: HTC EVO 4G, Hero, Incredible Owners, Here's A Battery Tip For You: 2 Extra 1500mAh Batteries + Battery Charger For $10, AndroidPolice Tested And Approved

EVO 4G is notorious for its battery problems - they've been plaguing the phone since before it even came out. I personally don't think the battery life is too drastically different from the Hero, for instance, but it's still pretty bad. Chances are that if you want to last through the day, you won't.

Update #1: These fit the HTC Hero too! (Thanks to @xMPoly for the tip)
Update #2: Fit the Droid Incredible perfectly as well!
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[Lava Hot] AT&T Samsung Captivate Deal: $0. That's Right - Free, As LetsTalk.com Beats Out All Competition Yet Again

LetsTalk.com, an A+ BBB accredited online mobile phone store, killed it earlier this month when they announced their prices on T-Mobile's Samsung Vibrant and Motorola Droid X, beating out all competition.

With AT&T's newly released Samsung Captivate (Vibrant's 3-day younger brother), LetsTalk.com has outdone everyone else yet again - this is the best deal on Captivate you'll be able to find anywhere, offline or online:

  • free (as in $0), for both new accounts and upgrades, after $200 in instant discounts
  • free shipping
  • 2 year activation required, as usual

AT&T Samsung Captivate Deal: $0. That's Right - Free, As LetsTalk.com Beats Out All Competition Yet Again

Other Deals Compared

Hard to beat this deal, really:

Specs

For those looking for quick specs, here's a recap:

  • 1GHz Hummingbird processor
  • a gorgeous 4" Super AMOLED
  • a 5MP camera with 720p HD video recording
  • 16GB internal storage
  • DLNA certified
  • comes with the Swype keyboard pre-installed
  • Android 2.1 Eclair
  • 4.5oz
  • 9.9mm
  • 1500mAh battery

So now, who's up for a free Captivate?

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