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Four indie games set to strike it big on Android

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Indie game development is where many of the most exciting Android games come from nowadays. Sure, we all love big releases from Electronic Arts, Sega, and the like. But so many today’s most popular mobile games (including Flappy Bird) came from small development studios or even individual creators.

We caught wind of several exciting indie games during the recent Apps World event in San Francisco. Let’s Duel is a motion-controlled sword fighting game that you can get right now. In the near future, we’ll also be playing the eccentric and beautiful running game Mr. Runner 2, a match-3 game with actual controllable characters called Puzzle Raiders, and Zato – a slashing game starring a blind swordsman. See them in action after the break.

    



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CyanogenMod discontinues development on 4.3 and will focus mainly on KitKat 4.4

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Upon the official release of CM 10.2, the CM team has announced that they will cease development of CM 10.2 and mainly focus on CM 11 (KitKat). They will still provide nightlies and updates for 10.2, but will mainly just be bug fixes rather than new feature implementations.

While Jelly Bean is still alive in the CM world, the ICS branch will officially be retired and no longer continued.

source: CM 

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CyanogenMod SecureSMS messaging currently in “active development”

Koushik Dutta hasn’t offered anything specific in terms of when the SecureSMS option would be available for CyanogenMod users, however he has recently confirmed that progress is still being made. Coming by way of a recent status update, Dutta has said SecureSMS is “still in active development.” There also appears to have been another person brought on to continue development.

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Dutta has said that Moxie Marlinspike has “taken over development” on this project. For those not familiar with that name, he is responsible for an app called Text Secure. This app is currently available for Android users and can be found in the Google Play Store. The TextSecure app is free to download and free to use and arrives with the promise of being able to offer encryption your text messages over the air and on your phone.

Basically, this app will encrypt all messages locally (which should help if your phone is lost or stolen) and also encrypts those messages as they go out over-the-air to protect them in transit. That said, while we know Marlinspike has been brought on to continue development of the SecureSMS app for CyanogenMod, we are still in need of many of the specifics. We have seen details stating that it would be a standalone app and that it will be able to encrypt your messages so prying eyes will not be able to see them.

With that, while we are curious to see the full functionality once this arrives, this appears to be just one of the many secure SMS options in development at the moment. Earlier in the week we mentioned another called Heml.is, which is currently in development with plans to launch for both Android and iOS.

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Unity drops licensing fee on game engine for mobile developers

Unity drops licensing fee on game engine for mobile developers

Indie developers have been able to take advantage of a free version of the Unity engine for desktop game development some time now, and starting today they can extend that development to mobile games at no added cost. The company’s confirmed that it’s dropping the $800 licensing fee for its Android and iOS build options, with BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8 development also promised to be moving to a free option in the “coming months.”

As Unity CEO David Helgason explained at the Unite Nordic conference earlier today, the company has been hoping to make the move “for what seems like forever,” with his ultimate goal being to push the “democratisation of game development further than ever before.” He further explains in a blog post that the new option comes with “no strings attached, no royalties and no license fees,” apart from the prior rules that require large companies to use the paid version of Unity. As for those who’ve recently paid up for the mobile engine only to find it now free, Helgason says they can expect to hear from him in the next two weeks with an offer of discounts on future purchases.

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Unity drops licensing fee on game engine for mobile developers

Unity drops licensing fee on game engine for mobile developers

Indie developers have been able to take advantage of a free version of the Unity engine for desktop game development some time now, and starting today they can extend that development to mobile games at no added cost. The company’s confirmed that it’s dropping the $800 licensing fee for its Android and iOS build options, with BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8 development also promised to be moving to a free option in the “coming months.”

As Unity CEO David Helgason explained at the Unite Nordic conference earlier today, the company has been hoping to make the move “for what seems like forever,” with his ultimate goal being to push the “democratisation of game development further than ever before.” He further explains in a blog post that the new option comes with “no strings attached, no royalties and no license fees,” apart from the prior rules that require large companies to use the paid version of Unity. As for those who’ve recently paid up for the mobile engine only to find it now free, Helgason says they can expect to hear from him in the next two weeks with an offer of discounts on future purchases.

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AllThingsD: No native BlackBerry 10 Instagram app in sight

AllThingsD: No native BlackBerry 10 Instagram app in sight

The mobile OS that needs more big name apps to tether their wagons to insure a boost in user adoption is less one key photography app. According to AllThingsD, there is no native Instagram app in development for BB10 handsets — at least for the foreseeable future. Quoting sources close to the popular social / photo filtering app, the report goes on to say that future development is also uncertain. Of course, the outfit is working on an Android port that will be usable on BlackBerry’s latest, but with significant compromises to user experience to come as the cost of admission. The new operating system did secure native support from Facebook, Foursquare, LinkedIn and Twitter at launch.

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Ubuntu Touch developer preview now available for download and installation

A couple days removed from offering a first look at Ubunutu Touch for tablets, Canonical has launched a developer preview of the new mobile OS. Designed to play nice with Android development phones, the linux-based Ubuntu Touch features support for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10. But if you are thinking about moving to the operating system as a daily driver, take note of the “developer preview” tag.

As the build is being released with development for the platform in mind, it does not support the full range of functions  you would get from a fully-baked smartphone experience. The software is described as “very new and unfinished.”

Still, if you are tempted to take a look, take heed. Installing Ubuntu Touch will wipe your device of all data. You will want to be sure to make a proper backup in advance. Check out complete details on device compatibility as well as installation instructions at the source link below.

[via Ubuntu | Thanks, Ethan!]

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Dandy Startup Crowdsources App Ideas, Funding, Development, And Publishing, In Closed Beta For Now

dandySo, you’ve got an idea for the best app never to hit Android, and you know it’ll take the world by storm once you get it published. There’s just one problem: you don’t know Java from an Indonesian island. You could quit your job, shop around for investors, hire programming talent, and try to make it on your own. Or you could submit your app idea to Dandy and let the people decide.

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The beta service has a funding capability, but that’s where the similarities to Kickstarter stop. Prospective app makers submit their idea, which then gets voted on by Dandy members.

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Tweet Lanes Twitter app goes open source

The Tweet Lanes Twitter app originally launched back in July 2012. The interesting part here, the app launched with quite a bit of hype, both from the developer and from the users. The app touted itself as being “Pure Twitter” and “Pure Android” and there was little to disagree with as it was a solid app. The bad news arrived later on when the developer, Chris Lacy, decided to stop active development on the app.

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We should point out though, Lacy didn’t just decide on a whim to stop development. He stopped active development because given Twitter’s 100k user token limit, he couldn’t see a real future with the app. As someone that had been a Tweet Lanes user, I would be lying if I were to say there was not some disappointment. Still, it was understandable. Lacy did say at the time that he would take care of bugs and other issues, however active development was done.

Since then the app appears to have been sitting. As of today though, we have a bit of Tweet Lanes related news — the app has been handed over to the open source community. Lacy has said that just because he is no longer actively developing the app, development doesn’t have to stop. In fact, as of today he has “released the source code for everything.” In addition to releasing the code, he has also committed to “syncing with the master branch and releasing a signed version of the app to the Play Store a few times a week.”

But from this point, he needs the help of the community. Lacy has put out a call to arms looking for volunteers. Specifically, he is looking for a lead dev and a community manager. Anyway, while we are not sure what this means for the future of the app, it does give a bit of a silver lining for those who found themselves having a difficult time finding a replacement Twitter app. Of course, we suppose with the abundance of available Twitter apps, it should have been fairly easy to find a replacement.

[via Chris Lacy on Google+]

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[Off-Topic] New PlayStation 4 Controller Spotted?

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Sony is coming very close to announcing the next generation PlayStation, and the buzz has already spread like crazy. Today the supposed controller was spotted on Destructoid, or at least a prototype of what it could look like. The controller is also connected to what seems to be an early development version of the new gaming console. It does not look too much different from previous PlayStation controllers, which is a good thing, since they seemed to have gotten it right the first time around. There is a blank spot on the middle, and I wonder if some kind of touchpad technology might be fitted to the new controller. Probably not, but I guess we will find out on February 20th when the new console will be unveiled. I know this article is not Android related, but the Android community is full of gamers so why not get excited for this. Let us know what you guys think.

Source: Engadget

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Intel introduces Lexington development platform for smartphones in emerging markets

Intel has no shortage of announcements at this week’s CES, having already brought forth an all-new line of Atom-based processors. While that particular announcement only really applied to tablets, the company has gone further with the introduction of its Lexington platform.

The new development platform is aimed to provide a solid foundation for smartphones in emerging markets. Built from the ground-up with optimization for Android in mind, the new platform can support clock speeds of up to 1.2GHz with the company’s hyper-threading technology. Smartphone manufacturers who utilize this chipset can provide 1080p video encoding and decoding, burst picture taking at 7fps and HSPA+ data speeds all at a relatively low price point. In terms of graphics, the new SoC uses PowerVR’s all-new SGX 540 GPU,which should provide buttery-smooth graphics rendering. Other features like WiDi streaming and an FM radio tuner are also built in.

No release date has been mentioned, though Intel has promised handsets from the likes of Acer, Lava and Safaricom.

For all of our CES 2013 coverage, visit our official CES 2013 Hub.

Source: Engadget

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Intel introduces Lexington development platform for smartphones in emerging markets

Intel has no shortage of announcements at this week’s CES, having already brought forth an all-new line of Atom-based processors. While that particular announcement only really applied to tablets, the company has gone further with the introduction of its Lexington platform.

The new development platform is aimed to provide a solid foundation for smartphones in emerging markets. Built from the ground-up with optimization for Android in mind, the new platform can support clock speeds of up to 1.2GHz with the company’s hyper-threading technology. Smartphone manufacturers who utilize this chipset can provide 1080p video encoding and decoding, burst picture taking at 7fps and HSPA+ data speeds all at a relatively low price point. In terms of graphics, the new SoC uses PowerVR’s all-new SGX 540 GPU,which should provide buttery-smooth graphics rendering. Other features like WiDi streaming and an FM radio tuner are also built in.

No release date has been mentioned, though Intel has promised handsets from the likes of Acer, Lava and Safaricom.

For all of our CES 2013 coverage, visit our official CES 2013 Hub.

Source: Engadget

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Intel introduces Lexington development platform for smartphones in emerging markets

Intel has no shortage of announcements at this week’s CES, having already brought forth an all-new line of Atom-based processors. While that particular announcement only really applied to tablets, the company has gone further with the introduction of its Lexington platform.

The new development platform is aimed to provide a solid foundation for smartphones in emerging markets. Built from the ground-up with optimization for Android in mind, the new platform can support clock speeds of up to 1.2GHz with the company’s hyper-threading technology. Smartphone manufacturers who utilize this chipset can provide 1080p video encoding and decoding, burst picture taking at 7fps and HSPA+ data speeds all at a relatively low price point. In terms of graphics, the new SoC uses PowerVR’s all-new SGX 540 GPU,which should provide buttery-smooth graphics rendering. Other features like WiDi streaming and an FM radio tuner are also built in.

No release date has been mentioned, though Intel has promised handsets from the likes of Acer, Lava and Safaricom.

For all of our CES 2013 coverage, visit our official CES 2013 Hub.

Source: Engadget

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Qualcomm and AT&T team up to bring ‘internet of things’ devices to the mainstream

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While we’re accustomed to the buzzphrase “internet of things“, AT&T and Qualcomm want to talk about the “internet of everything.” In short, it’s pairing up to offer a development platform that uses the latter’s Gobi 3G modems and the former’s wireless internet which will be used to test new applications. The duo are expecting developers to get their hands on the kit in the second quarter of the year, which probably means we’ll be bombarded with intelligent refrigerators and cars at next year’s CES.

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[CES 2013] NVIDIA Reveals Early Project Shield Titles: Blood Sword, ARMA, Real Boxing, Rochard, And More

armatactics_on_project_shield_v2NVIDIA’s jaw-dropping Tegra 4 and Project Shield demos showed off a lot of impressive hardware, but any gamer will tell you: it’s all about the games themselves. To that end, they’ve revealed a few of the games currently in development and set to take advantage of both the Tegra 4 and Shield’s console-style controls. We’ve already seen Madfinger’s Dead Trigger 2, but on the shiny new Shield website, there are brief glimpses of other titles.

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Blood Sword: Sword of Ruin

First up is Blood Sword: Sword of Ruin. This is the first time we’ve seen the game, but based on the screenshot, it seems to be a Devil May Cry-type fantasy hack-and-slash action title.  This one should make good use of the controller.

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[CES 2013] NVIDIA Reveals Early Project Shield Titles: Blood Sword, ARMA, Real Boxing, Rochard, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Don’t forget to sign up for Droid World in San Francisco this February

With CES looming (our team is headed out to Vegas as early as tomorrow!) it’s hard to realize that anything will be going on afterward, but don’t forget that February will yield a lot of great events. One of those events is Droid World, a natural extension of Apps World where developers will converge to speak about the exciting and challenging world of mobile application development for Android.

The event will feature a lot of key speakers and panelists, and a few new folks have been added to the list of those you’ll want to lend an ear to once they take the stage at the Moscone Center starting February 7th. Folks like Tom Chavez, a NOOK Developer Evangelist for Barnes & Noble, will be on hand, as well as Android Developers Cookbook author Jim Steele, Comcast’s Eric Schrag and more.

Everything will be discussed, from the business aspects of application development right down to the nitty, gritty manipulation of code itself. There will be two days of workshops which will be free to attend for anyone interested, so if you can make your way to San Francisco and are interested in development for the biggest mobile platform there is, then there’s no reason you should miss it. Be sure to head to the Droid World site for more information and to register for what is sure to be a great time in Silicon Valley.

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Healthy Wealthy nWise Debuts On iPad To Bolster New Year Resolutions

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As part of their continuing growth strategy and their drive to empower and improve , Healthy Wealthy nWise Magazine releases the iPad version of their publication today. The online mag brings the experience and insight of dozens of leading growth and development experts during a time of year when people refocus their priorities and strengthen their resolve to improve their well-being.

The digital-only magazine centers on helping to create success, freedom, balance and passion for life – issues that are on the forefront of everyone’s mind at the start of the New Year.

According to USA.gov 12 of the 14 most persistent resolutions are commitments to improving health, improving financial situation and increasing personal growth. These include simple promises to get fit, eat better, lose weight and moderate drinking and smoking. The list also includes vows to manage stress, to pursue traveling and to get better financial footing through savings, debt management or a better job, usually complemented by getting a better education.

Healthy Wealthy nWise provides a wealth of expert advice and instruction on health and wellness, careers and business, money and finance, spirituality and mind science and personal empowerment. The magazine does this through the contributions of industry giants such as Dr. Stephen R. Covey, Jack Canfield, Les Brown, Eckhart Tolle, Larry Winget and dozens of other “Real Life Legends”.

Readers gain specialized insight into actually keeping their promises for the new year, as well as comprehension of what keeps us from meeting our yearly goals. In addition to its 160,000 online subscribers, this year the magazine will bring its powerful messages to iPad users as well. It’s an emerging market that increasingly favors the magazine’s simple, uncluttered, intuitive format.

The health and fitness focus by itself already has sizeable potential in the app market. Some of the best New Year’s apps this year according to Mashable, Yahoo! and iMore are centered on fitness. That’s because half of resolutions this year (again) are centered on watching your weight and getting more exercise.

But the personal development content is where the magazine really shines. According to Prof. Peter Herman of the University of Toronto most New Year’s resolutions fail because of unrealistic goals and the failure to “calibrate your ambitions to your abilities.”

Another reason is that people often bite off more than they can chew. Resolutions are often focused on drastic changes and thus set up for drastic failures. Dr. Stephen Covey, author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People emphasizes starting small. Setting small achievable goals leads to successes. Says Dr. Covey, “You can build on this with other small promises and enlarge your victory until you establish healthy habits for your life.”

Healthy Wealthy nWise provides consistent, valuable inspiration and direction on how to create realistic goals and build those small successes into healthy habits. Even more, readers are educated by industry experts on how to break other barriers to success and keep the momentum of improving their personal development – part of the 10-year mission of this digital publication.

Ric Thompson, co-founder and CMO of Healthy Wealthy nWise explains enthusiastically about the magazine’s app debut. “New Year’s is about fresh starts but it’s also about new perspectives. Being able to see things more clearly allows us to re-evaluate what we truly want in life. Sometimes that’s all we need to find success. We hope that bringing the magazine to the iPad will help many more people find that success too.”

Over 100 million iPad users will have a choice of purchasing single issues of Healthy Wealthy nWise or taking a monthly subscription. The magazine offers a free first issue for monthly subscriptions, available through the iTunes store.

Healthy Wealthy nWise 2.7.5 is free and available worldwide through the App Store in the Lifestyle category.

“Healthy Wealthy nWise Debuts On iPad To Bolster New Year Resolutions” originally appeared on AppCraver.com.

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Want to learn basic Android programming? The Linux Foundation wants to help

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The fine people at the Linux Foundation have started a little project that deserves some attention — some tutorials teaching beginning Android programming. So far things are pretty basic, but the beginning is always the best place to start. They have the basics of setting up a development environment covered, and will get you on your way to writing your first Android app.

Android is Linux after all, and it's great to see the traditional desktop users excited about Android and jumping in to make it better. While you won't learn how to build the next Angry Birds game, you will get some pointers and basic information that leads you on the road to building something of your very own. Remember, everyone started at the beginning. If you've got the inclination, hit the source link to get started.

Source: The Linux Foundation

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How To Get Started Programming Android (Part 1): Introduction

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So you want to get started programming Android, eh? Welcome to the party then! Android is a great place to start your mobile development carrier simply because of how open the platform is and how easy it is to get started. Before you get started on this journey though, there are a few things you need to know.

Android is based off of Java, so it would be very helpful if you already knew the Java programming language, or at least some of it. If you are proficient in C++, C# or any other programming language, you should have no trouble trying to grasp Android. Now if you’re a young developer that wants to get into developing apps, it is highly recommended that you start learning a different programming language like Java. Sure, there are numerous books out there that will teach Android, but they all request that you know a little Java, proficiency in Java or they don’t say anything and just expect that you know Java (or some other programming language).

In my own experience, learning Java and then jumping into Android was a lot easier than just trying to dive into Android head first. It’s essentially building a foundation for yourself to later build upon that foundation, so to speak.

The other thing you need to know is that books are your friend. Sure, there are a few online resources, but I personally think its best to go out and purchase a book to teach yourself Android. It has all of the information you need right in one place and most of the books contain projects for you to do at the end of each chapter, which, as you know, helps retain a lot of knowledge.

Now, if you’re looking for an easier way to learn Java (so that you can easily learn Android) and have a little bit of money to spend, you might want to consider taking an online Java course with O’Reilly. If you’ve never thought that you couldn’t program before, going through a course with one of their instructors will get you programming in no time. The best part is that you can take the course at your own pace instead of having scheduled lecture times and etc. Another great part about taking Java courses through O’Reilly is that after your courses you can even get a certificate (albeit that does cost extra money)!

Regardless of all of that, you may not want to learn Java and just go head first into the world of Android. That’s fine too, but keep in mind that it’s a difficult road if you don’t have a foundation to build off of.

In the next tutorial, we’ll be listing out a few free resources that you can grab to start your journey programming Android which will also show you how to set up the Android development tools on your computer. Granted, we’ll be teaching you to set up the Android development tools in a later tutorial, but it doesn’t hurt to have a second reference, eh?

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Google Glass update

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Google isn’t just a search engine company. They do a lot of R&D stuff and one of the most intriguing projects they are working on right now has to be the Project Glass program. Project Glass is a research and development program by Google to develop an augmented realityhead-mounted display (HMD). Basically, Project Glass aims to deliver smartphone like functionality to user’s eyes directly via an eyewear while interacting using natural language voice commands.

As of now, Project Glass is being developed at Google X Lab, which is also working on other fascinating technologies such as self-driving cars. Google had previously showed off a video rendering the functionalities such a device could deliver, but since then nothing much has been heard from Google about the same. Project Glass was one of the most interesting announcements of 2012, and it surely deserves that kind of attention because that’s exactly what sci-fi movies predict future to be like. Wearable computers are not so distant, and after several months of silence, we have got an update on Google Glass from an official source.

The update comes from Babak Parviz, who spoke to Spectrum IEEE about the project. If you don’t know who he is, in 2010, Babak Parviz was a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Washington when Google recruited him to work on wearable-computing technologies and lead its Google Glass project.
Parviz brings us good news, and the news is that Google is indeed working hard in order to perfect the hardware and software of the device, and as the search engine giant promised at the Google I/O 2012, they will be shipping the wearable computer to developers in early 2013. The developer’s version (Google Glass Explorer Edition) will cost $1500 USD whereas consumer version is expected to ship later this year.

This is what Parviz had to say:
“We constantly try out new ideas of how this platform can be used. There’s a lot of experimentation going on at all times in Google,” Parviz said. “We’re also trying to make the platform more robust. This includes making the hardware more robust and the software more robust, so we can ship it to developers early this year.”

Other interesting information which the Project Glass chief revealed was that Google has no plans of bringing ads to the wearable computer at the moment. It’s a bit surprising since ads brings most of the revenue to Google, but according to Parviz, Augmented Reality is also a bit out of focus, though Google will certainly think of some way to derive profit out of this device when it is available on a mass scale.

Parviz revealed that in its current form, the device has a touch pad which will allow users to input data easily, while Google is also working hard on polishing the voice commands and head gestures. Google may also include calling functionality in the device, which is pretty interesting. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comment section below.

Source: IEEE Spectrum

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Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean Slim Bean ROM for ASUS Transformer TF300T now available [Tutorial]

Asus Transformer with model number TF300T has recently received an unofficial Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean update through Slim Bean custom ROM. While fully functional, there could still be a few bugs and hardware issues with the custom ROM considering it’s still in its Beta 1 stage and still under development. Developers behind its existence, however, said the following are among the features this super lightweight Jelly Bean ROM offers: gesture typing, lock-screen widget, multi-user support, improved Google Now, photo sphere, miracast display, new daydream feature, new quick settings option, new camera app, and many more.

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This tutorial, however, are intended for people who are willing to take the risk of flashing unofficial ROMs and mods into their devices. If you are one of those, then continue reading as we will guide you through on how to install Slim Bean ROM Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean ROM into your ASUS Transformer TF300T. Otherwise, wait for the official update that might come in the following months.

Pre-requisites/Reminders

  1. Backup all data inside your tablet including your contact, SMS messages, files, videos, music, etc. [How to backup data in any Android device]
  2. The bootloader should already been unlocked prior to this process.
  3. Make sure your device is rooted and that you have installed ClockworkMod Recovery. [How to Install ClockworkMod Recovery in any Android device]
  4. Enable USB Debugging in your device.
  5. Your device should, at least, have 80% battery left. Otherwise, we advise you to charge it before taking the first step of this process.

Files to Download

  1. Slim Bean Beta 1 ROM based on Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean for ASUS Transformer TF300T [LINK HERE]
  2. Google Apps for this build [LINK HERE]

Step-by-step Tutorial

Step 1: Download the files specified above. These are zipped files but you don’t have to extract them; just save them in your computer as you will be copying it later into your device.

Step 2: Connect your Transformer TF300T to your computer using the USB data cable that came with the device when you purchased it.

Step 3: Copy the packages into your device’s internal memory. Make sure to save them in the root directory so ClockworkMod Recovery can detect them during the process.

Step 4: After you’ve copied the files, disconnect your device from your computer and turn it off.

Step 5: Boot your device into recovery mode by pressing and holding Power and Volume Up buttons until the message “Press Vol. Up to enter RCK (5s)” appears. You need to press Volume Up in less than 5 seconds to enter recovery mode successfully. Otherwise, you’ll have to repeat this step.

Step 6: It is strongly advised you make Nandroid backup of your current ROM so you can always restore it when things don’t end up the way you want. Select Backup and Restore => Backup to do so.

Step 7: Perform a full data wipe. Select Wipe Data/Factory Reset => Yes.

Step 8: You are now ready to install Slim Bean ROM: select Install zip from SD card => Choose zip from SD card and browse through the root directory of your device’s internal memory where you saved the packages. Look for Slim Bean ROM package. Wait for a few minutes for the installation to complete.

Step 9: You are now ready to install Google Apps: Install zip from SD card => Choose zip from SD card but this time choose Google apps package and wait for a minute or two.

Step 10: Now go back to recovery main menu and select Reboot System Now. It may take longer than usual for your device to boot up normally but you have to wait until it’s fully active before you use it.

Your ASUS Transformer is now running Android 4.2.1 via Slim Bean ROM. The development of this custom ROM is still underway that there could be more updates to be released soon.

Just in case you want to go back to your previous ROM, you just have to boot your device into recovery mode and select Backup and Restore => Restore and browse through your device’s internal memory and look for your previous ROM.

You can neither blame The Droid Guy nor developers behind this ROM for possible damages this tutorial may cause. It’s on you if you update your device or not, but you have to know it’s risky especially for people who don’t have sufficient knowledge in flashing custom ROMs.

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StarCraft May Soon Run On Android

One of the best real time strategy games created is StarCraft. Despite the fact that this title was first released in 1998 for the Windows PC platform a lot of people still play this game. Proof of its popularity is that in South Korea the best StarCraft gamers that compete in tournaments are treated like celebrities.

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You may soon be able to play StarCraft Brood War on your Android device as development is ongoing to make you use touch based controls to play the game. There is actually a way to play StarCraft on Android however it involves using an N64 emulator which lets you control the game using a digital joystick. The result is a laggy, messy game that will only frustrate you.

The new way to play the game is by the use of Winulator. This relatively new app, which by the way is not an emulator, allows you to run Windows API alongside ARM friendly code on your device storage. This is done with the the help of a tool called the Windows Converter Helper which converts Windows/x86-ready EXE and DLL files of any program into an ARM readable code.

As seen on the YouTube video Brood War is running on an Android device and at full speed too. If you’re excited about this and want to test it out you still can’t since it is not completed yet. This is still a work in progress which still requires some tweaking.

If you’re looking for a strategy game which you can play using Winulator you can check out Caesar III which already works. You’ll need to get Winulator on Google Play first (there’s a free and paid version) then get a copy of Caesar III. Since this is not a normal Android game installing it on your device is going to be different with the instructions provided here.

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Ubuntu For Android to Be Launched January 2?

If you head out over to the Ubuntu homepage you will see a countdown timer prominently displayed at the center. This timer reaches zero on January 2 and the only clue given is the tagline that says “So close, you can almost touch it”. While we could speculate as to what this really is the sure thing is that Canonical, the company overseeing Ubuntu’s development, will be launching a new product which will be officially announced when the timer reaches zero.

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What could the product be? Judging from the tagline it’s going to involve a touch based feature. The company might be announcing a touch based operating system which will operate on various devices. Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth announced earlier this year that a cross-device operating system was being developed and is expected to be released in 2014. This means that any possibility for an Ubuntu Smartphone or Tablet being announced is out of the question as of now.

One likely probability is that the company will be making an announcement regarding Ubuntu for Android. This project of the company which was demoed earlier this year on a Motorola Atrix 2 seems to be  a stop gap measure until the full touch based OS will be released.

Here’s how it works. Your smartphone will still be running on Android. When your device is docked it will launch the full Ubuntu experience which will appear on a connected external monitor. As soon as you take out the dock your smartphone will revert back to the Android system.

With only hours away until the company makes an announcement a lot of people are eagerly awaiting what they have in store for us.

Ubuntu is an operating system that is based on the Debian Linux distribution. It was first released in 2004 and follows a six month release pattern. The current version of the OS is 12.10 Quantal Quetzal which was released last October.

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Autumn Walk now out for Android

We’ve said this before to mass derision and howls of confused protest from the youth, but there aren’t many more enjoyable games around on Android than last year’s Winter Walk, a clever little touch game illuminated by fantastic dialogue and a superb retro design approach.

Now there’s a sequel. Autumn Walk has just arrived on the Play Store, offering a more advanced form of weather battling, this time including a faithful hound assistant that hinders your relaxed gait. He runs away, he stops wakling. Don’t let the lead snap is the core concept of this game.

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Autumn Walk is free, but from following the maker’s fascinating development blog we understand there are some in-app purchases in there to unlock alternate costumes and other things. We shall be buying all of them out of a sense of duty to support such awesomeness.

Autumn Walk is on the Play Store here. It’s all we’ll be taking about for the next week, so you’d better get it.

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Jolla’s Sailfish OS Gets the Hands-On Treatment

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Nokia’s promising looking MeeGo platform was ditched once and for all when the Finns got too focused on Windows Phone 7, thanks largely to the entry of Stephen Elop. The MeeGo platform was an evolution of Maemo which featured on handsets like the N900. The last known MeeGo handset was the Nokia N9 and the N950 (developer version). Sadly, the device saw very limited sales and that was because the smartphone wasn’t launched in the UK, U.S or major Asian countries, because Nokia was looking to launch the Lumia 800 right about then. But whoever managed to get their hands on the device were instant fans of the smartphone and the all touch UI. And since the development for the platform stopped, a few ex-Nokia developers decided to form their own company called Jolla which would rejuvenate the platform with a new OS called Sailfish. Very little has been known about the OS, except for a few scanty images, but now the folks at Engadget have managed to get some hands on time with the smartphone and it certainly looks promising. The fact that the OS is shown off on a Nokia N950 should hardly come as a surprise as these developers have been working with this smartphone for quite a while now.

The platform comes with support for true multitasking which shows us a small preview of the minimized app on the homescreen. Several of the platform’s features were shown off in the video, right from multi-tasking to deep customization, the Sailfish OS can handle it all. The OS has been designed in a way that the certain parts of the user interface changes according to the wallpaper you set, now that’s a neat touch. Shortcuts on the lockscreen can be arranged nicely as well. It’s obviously a work in progress, so not everything is perfect just yet. Most of the features remind heavily of MeeGo, especially the all swipe gestures. There’s no doubt that the gang has some creativity and it would go a long way in shaping the future for the OS.

The folks at Jolla have made the Sailfish SDK public so that the developers can have a brief look at the OS and pass on suggestions if any. Plenty of these features have been displayed in the hands on video, so make sure you catch that. All in all, it’s good to see ex-Nokia employees quick to act and bring an OS to the fore. Although it’s still in its developmental stages, it won’t take long to attract users. However, we fear if projects like these will remain merely as an experiment as there’s hardly any room for a new platform to make way into the market. Those who were impressed by the Nokia N9 and the MeeGo Harmattan OS, would certainly take a liking to Jolla’s new offering.

Source: Engadget
Via: GSM Arena

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Samsung reportedly launching Tizen-based phones on NTT DoCoMo in 2013

According to Japan’s Daily Yomiuri, NTT DoCoMo is parterning with Samsung to develop phones running the open-source Tizen operating system, with the first handsets reaching the market next year. According to the Yomiuri, other mobile carriers are also getting behind the development of Tizen because they “fear the hegemony” of Apple and Google. We’ve heard about Tizen as far back as September of 2011 — this Linux-based (and Intel-backed) software came about when Nokia’s MeeGo OS bit the dust, and we’ve already seen evidence of a Tizen-based Galaxy S III.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 receives CyanogenMod 10.1 nightliest

Some of the first CyanogenMod 10.1 nightlies for tablets are rolling out this morning, and it’s Samsung’s classic Galaxy Tab 10.1 line that is getting the love. The base Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, the WiFi variant, the Verizon variant, the T-Mobile variant and the revised Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v are all invited to this party.

It’s great to think that we’re close to 2013 and these 2011 devices are still receiving ample support from the great development community surrounding Android. CyanogenMod 10.1 features the absolute latest version of Jelly Bean in Android 4.2, and with that we’ll be getting new things like user accounts, a new settings toggle function, lock-screen widgets and more.

Most of the files are right around 156MB, though the 10.1v variant will be a little easier on bandwidth at about 121MB. Before you dive in and die in Jelly Bean heaven, be sure to remember that nightlies are not meant to be perfect. Often times than not they’re stable enough for most people to be daily drivers, but until these ROMs hit release candidate status nothing is guaranteed to work.

As such, the CyanogenMod team doesn’t like it when you report bugs at this stage, and it definitely doesn’t like it when you ask for an ETA on more stable versions. As long as you know that your device is your responsibility and that there is a chance you’ll run into some critical bugs then don’t hesitate in getting the download from the ROM’s official mirrors. Find it at the source link ahead.

[CyanogenMod Downloads, thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

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Bill Gates’ successor and Microsoft research boss to retire in 2014

craig-mundie-microsoftThe security and research chief of Microsoft, Craig Mundie, will be retiring sooner than expected in 2014.

Mundie has been with the American tech giant for 20 years and was given the responsibility by Bill Gates to oversee the company’s security program as well as its Research and Development department.

Gates handpicked Mundie before he retired and relinquished his day-to-day responsibility in 2008.

Before Mundie will retire, he will act as a senior adviser to the current company chief, Steve Ballmer.

Following his appointment by Microsfot co-founder Bill Gates, Mundie helmed Microsoft’s Research, Trustworthy Computing Program, and technology policy groups. His position gave him the power to decide what areas Microsoft needs to improve software security and where to allocate bugdet for research.

Eric Rudder will now handle these responsibilities. Rudder was the former chief technical strategy officer of Microsoft.

In his current capacity as senior adviser to Ballmer, Mundie will be working with the company CEO on “key strategic projects”  within the company, and will act as a liaison between Microsoft and the government and other businesses “on technology policy, regulation and standards”, based on his autobiography posted on the website of Microsoft.

According to the Seattle Times, Mundie’s recent role is part of Ballmer’s strategy to bring in a new team that can help transform Microsoft into a competitive giant in the web- and mobile-centered industry today.

Mr Mundie is the second high ranking officer to vacate their position in less than a month’s time.

Two men chosen by Bill Gates to handle the technical responsibilities of the company will no longer be at Microsoft. After Gates announced in 2006 that he would be leaving Microsoft, he picked Ray Ozzie, a respected software programmer to handle his role as “chief software architect”. Ozzie left Microsoft two years ago.

Mundie became associated with Microsoft in 1992 and has worked in several of the company’s projects that include interactive TV, videogames, and mobile software. He also played significant roles at the company in government regulatory policy, and in software and internet security.

“I look forward to working with Eric on a broader scope of the company’s businesses and partnering closely with Craig on the company’s future opportunities,” Ballmer was quoted saying in his memo.

Last November saw the company’s head of Windows division, Steven Sinofsky, leaving the company without prior announcement. His resignation came after Windows 8, the newest operating system of Microsoft that has its eye on the lucrative mobile industry,  was launched.

Sinofsky was the supposed to be the public face of the new operating system and it was expected that he would stay to continue the development of the software and its other future versions.

source: bbc

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How to Install Official CyanogenMod 10.1 AOSP 4.2.1 JellyBean on Nexus 7 3G

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The official CyanogenMod 10.1 AOSP 4.2.1 Jelly Bean custom ROM for Nexus 7 has finally been released after weeks and weeks of development. We have seen all efforts done by developers to release a much stable version so, all credits go to them. Of course, together with the release of this ROM is a rough guide that Android enthusiasts can follow to install it successfully into their devices. However, the developer disclosed there are still some things that don’t work after the installation of the ROM including the following:

  • Bluetooth (& bt-tethering)
  • Wifi tethering (use an external app, e.g. WiFi
  • Tether for Root Users)
  • USB-tethering (use an external app)
  • FM radio

Rest assured the development continues and a more stable build may be released a few days from now. If you think you live without the abovementioned functionality and wishes to try what CM10.1 has in store for Nexus 7 3G, here’s a guide to walk you through the installation process.

Pre-requisites

  1. Your device must be rooted. Here’s our guide on how to rood Android devices.
  2. Make a backup of all your important data including your SMS, contacts and files. [Guide]
  3. Download CM10.1 AOSP JB package from here. [Link]
  4. Download Google Apps from here. [Link]
  5. Make sure you have sufficient battery left; at least, 50% is advisable.

Disclaimer: You cannot blame The Droid Guy or XDA Developers if something goes wrong with your device after the process. It is advised only owners who have vast knowledge on how to flash custom ROMs to their devices should continue with this process. At the end of the day, the decision is yours whether to flash this ROM or not.

Important Note: Make sure you install Tilapia Recovery first to avoid “Status 7″ errors. XDA Developers have a better way to do this. Just follow this link.

Quick Step-by-step Tutorial

Assuming you have installed necessary drivers for Nexus 7 on your computer, it is just a quick process. Otherwise, take a little time installing them before you do the first step.

Step 1: Connect your Nexus 7 to your computer using the USB data cable and wait until it is fully detected. Copy the packages into your internal memory.

Step 2: Boot your Nexus 7 into recovery mode by pressing and holding Power, Volume Up and Volume Down buttons until you can see Android robot lying on its back. Once in recovery mode, use volume keys to navigate and Power button to select.

Step 3: Now flash the CM10.1 JellyBean package by navigating to the directory inside your device’s internal memory and choosing the zip package.

Step 4: Do step 3 once again but this time choose Google Apps package.

Step 5: Reboot your device and wait until it becomes fully active before using it.

Now, enjoy the new custom ROM. The development is still ongoing and updates will be posted here as soon as developers release new updates.

[credits to: XDA Developers]

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OUYA developer Android gaming consoles now shipping

The long awaited Kickstarter-funded OUYA gaming console is finally upon us. Well, some of us at least. The team behind the Android based gaming cube has announced that units have begun shipping, keeping on schedule with its December 28th target date. The first batch is slated to arrive in the hands of eager developers by January 10th, which should give around four months of exclusivity before the consumer edition drops sometime in March or April.

Unlike other high profile Kickstarter projects, the OUYA team has managed to stay on schedule with its aggressive development strategy. Just four months after ending its massive funding campaign, OUYA is already on its way to thousands of backers, something that can be appreciated considering the astronomical $8.5 million raised.

Source: LaptopMag

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