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NVIDIA announces “Project Shield”, a portable, all-in-one gaming device

NVIDIA just showed a video at their CES press conference introducing an interesting product known as “Project Shield”. Project Shield is a portable, all-in-one gaming device that basically looks like a gaming controller with an HD screen built in. The device uses NVIDIA’s newly announced Tegra 4 processor and boasts a 5-inch HD touch screen (1280 x 720 at 294 dpi) that opens up like a clam shell. NVIDIA is boasting that the product’s rechargeable batteries will last an amazing 38 hours and will power some high quality speakers that are “on par” with Jambox and other mobile speaker competitors. It can download and play games from Google Play and TegraZone, but it can also be used as a wireless game streamer to a nearby PC that’s equipped with a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 GPU or higher. The device also has a micro SD slot, an HDMI output, one USB port, and an 1/8-inch audio jack. As of now the device is in the beta testing stage and currently runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.  We don’t know anything about pricing or release dates, but we will keep you posted as things develop. Keep checking all of our CES posts for more interesting info.  If you want to read all the juicy details about Project Shield, check out the press release after the break.

NVIDIA Untethers Gaming With Project SHIELD
Sunday, January 6, 2013

CES — NVIDIA today announced Project SHIELD, a gaming portable for open platforms, designed for gamers who yearn to play when, where and how they want.
Created with the philosophy that gaming should be open and flexible, Project SHIELD flawlessly plays both Android and PC titles. As a pure Android device, it gives access to any game on Google Play. And as a wireless receiver and controller, it can stream games from a PC powered by NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX GPUs, accessing titles on its STEAM game library from anywhere in the home.

“Project SHIELD was created by NVIDIA engineers who love to game and imagined a new way to play,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder and chief executive officer at NVIDIA. “We were inspired by a vision that the rise of mobile and cloud technologies will free us from our boxes, letting us game anywhere, on any screen. We imagined a device that would do for games what the iPod and Kindle have done for music and books, letting us play in a cool new way. We hope other gamers love SHIELD as much as we do.”

Project SHIELD combines the advanced processing power of NVIDIA Tegra® 4, breakthrough game-speed Wi-Fi technology and stunning HD video and audio built into a console-grade controller. It can be used to play on its own integrated screen or on a big screen, and on the couch or on the go.

Tegra 4 at Its Heart
At the core of Project SHIELD is the world’s fastest mobile processor, the new NVIDIA Tegra 4, which delivers enormous power from its custom 72-core GeForce GPU and the first quad-core application of ARM’s most advanced CPU core, the Cortex-A15. These, combined with its battery-saver core and energy-saving PRISM 2 technology, deliver hours of gameplay on a single charge.

Windows and Android Games
Windows and Android are the world’s most successful computing platforms, with massive ecosystems of system and software developers. While not specifically designed for gaming, both open platforms have drawn gamers by the millions. Project SHIELD is designed to allow them to enjoy Android and Windows games in a new, exciting way.

Project SHIELD can instantly download Android games, including Android-optimized titles available on NVIDIA’s TegraZone™ game store, which has already delivered more than 6 million downloads to gamers. It can also be used as a wireless game receiver to a nearby PC equipped with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 GPU or higher.

Console-Grade Controller
Project SHIELD’s ergonomic controller was built for the gamer who wants ultimate control and precision.

Retinal Gaming Display
Brilliant gameplay and video are provided by Project SHIELD’s integrated 5-inch, 1280×720 HD retinal multitouch display, with 294 dpi. Plus, Tegra 4 with Direct Touch technology gives it touch responsiveness that is a more consistent, accurate and smooth-flowing touch input experience than a standard touch device.

Tuned Port, Bass Reflex Portable Speaker System
Deep, rich audio is critical for a great gaming experience. And Project SHIELD provides fidelity and dynamic range never before available on a portable device, through its custom, bass reflex, tuned port audio system — with twice the low-frequency output of high-end laptops.

Project SHIELD can also access Android apps such as Hulu, Netflix and Slacker Radio, so users can enjoy their movies and music anywhere without expensive, clumsy wired or wireless speakers.

Support by Leading Industry Analyst
Patrick Moorhead, president and lead analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, said: “The market has waited years for a breakthrough gaming device that offers the flexibility, quality and total enjoyment of Project SHIELD. Few companies other than NVIDIA have the vision, guts and deep gaming experience to have pulled this off.”

Support by Leading Game Developers
Yves Guillemot, co-founder and chief executive officer of Ubisoft, said: “Ubisoft is always excited about new hardware developments, and Project SHIELD promises to bring both mobile and PC gamers a great new gaming experience. Seeing the PC version of Assassin’s Creed III run on the device is a great example of this, and further strengthens Ubisoft’s long-standing relationship with NVIDIA.”

Mark Rein, vice president and co-founder of Epic Games, said: “With Project SHIELD, NVIDIA brings an uncompromising, high-performance console experience to mobile devices. Amazing games including Real Boxing and Hawken, which utilize the latest Unreal Engine technology, look fantastic on Project SHIELD. This is just the beginning, and we’re truly excited to see what more Unreal Engine developers will do with so much horsepower in such a compact gaming device.”

Bill Wagner, chief production officer at Meteor Entertainment, said: “Coming from the openness of a PC platform, we love how accessible Project SHIELD is, and the flexibility it gives gamers everywhere. Project SHIELD gives us the cutting-edge ability to bring a huge free-to-play PC game like Hawken to the handheld gaming audience.”

Support by Broader Industry
“Shadowgun and Dead Trigger showed how Tegra can redefine mobile gaming on Android. Project SHIELD’s performance has allowed us to bring an even better experience with Dead Trigger 2, debuting first on Tegra 4 devices. Our fans are going to love it.”
- Marek Rabas, chief executive officer of MADFINGER Games

“Project SHIELD has changed how we approach mobile game development. Tegra 4 helped us create Bloodsword — a new game debuting with the highest resolution textures, graphics and shading we’ve ever seen on a portable device.”
- Seunghee Do, co-founder at OneQ Soft

“We are very excited to be part of Project SHIELD, and are quite amazed by the gaming potential of this device. Project SHIELD is by far the fastest mobile device we’ve worked on and it lets us put console quality graphics on a handheld device.”
- Stine Waern, chief executive officer at Ravn Studio AS

“Thanks to Project SHIELD’s performance, we’re able to use the same quality textures and shaders in Rochard as on the PC version. We’re super excited to bring Rochard to Project SHIELD, the first time it’s ever been playable on a mobile device.”
- Jan Achrenius, chief executive officer at Recoil Games

“Put simply, Project SHIELD is an amazing leap forward, enabling us to create console-quality visuals previously unthinkable on a mobile platform.”
- Arden Aspinall, chief executive officer and project lead at TickTock Games Ltd.

More information is available at shield.nvidia.com.

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How to improve video quality on Sprint LG Optimus G

LG Optimus G comes packed with 13-megapixel camera sensor (8MP in some markets). While still shots taken by its snapper are quite impressive, the video recording might come a little short of what’s expected from the sensor that promises 1080p@30fps quality. Surely, it wouldn’t hurt to know some workaround that could help improve the quality a bit.

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It’s a good thing there are thousands of third-party developers out there who work several hours finding ways how to make things better. That said here is one workaround shared by an XDA developer who identified himself with a username _Epic.

Disclaimer: This workaround to improve the quality of video recording of LG Optimus G’s camera involves having to edit or alter a certain system file. There are possibilities that it may cause problems to the device. If you are willing to take that risk, it’s on you. However, you can neither blame The Droid Guy nor the developer for any damages this short guide may cause to your device.

Overview

To improve the video recording of LG Optimus G, the owner needs to edit some lines or replace a system file called media_profiles.xml. The developer behind this workaround said some values inside the file have been changed. Here are some changes done:

1) Increased 1080p bitrate to 20mbps

2) Increase audio bitrate to 320kbps for both 720p and 1080p

3) Changed audio channels to 2 for 1080p

4) Doubled the image decoding memory cap to 40mb

5) Increased all image encoding quality values to 100

If you’re okay with these values, then there nothing more to do than to download the custom file (media_profiles.xml).

Just before you take the first step, make sure you have created a Nandroid backup of your current ROM so you can always revert to your previous working system.

Guide

Step 1: Download media_profiles.xml (link here) and copy it into the root directory of your device’s internal memory.

Step 2: Using a file browser like ES File Explorer or Root Explorer, move/copy the xml file to the /system/etc folder.

Step 3: Ensure your system is mounted RW (you can find the option “mount system read write“).

Step 4: Once you copied media_profiles.xml into /system/etc folder, you will be prompted to confirm if you want to overwrite the existing file. Just choose Yes.

Reportedly, there is a noticeable difference between using the stock media profiles xml file and the custom one. For some, it is worth the risk but what do you think of it?

[source: XDA Developers]

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SwiftKey Flow Beta Updated To 4.0.0.61

SwiftKey’s take on the swipe keyboard, SwiftKey Flow, has been in public beta for about a month now.  An updated beta was all but guaranteed as the version it replaces, 4.0.0.54, had a limited license for use set to expire January 7, 2013.  Today’s release, 4.0.0.61, has a relatively short limited license, expiring on January 30, 2013, and comes with a host of improvements. The short beta window could be an indication SwiftKey is nearing the end of beta testing or is at least prepared to quickly launch another updated version.

The update brings performance and battery improvements and addresses a few bugs causing force closing and memory leaks. It will also allow for “flow” in landscape on tablets. Hit the source to see the full change log and download the update. I’ve been using it for weeks and have been very happy. Go get it!

Source: SwiftKey

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SwiftKey Flow Beta Updated To 4.0.0.61

SwiftKey’s take on the swipe keyboard, SwiftKey Flow, has been in public beta for about a month now.  An updated beta was all but guaranteed as the version it replaces, 4.0.0.54, had a limited license for use set to expire January 7, 2013.  Today’s release, 4.0.0.61, has a relatively short limited license, expiring on January 30, 2013, and comes with a host of improvements. The short beta window could be an indication SwiftKey is nearing the end of beta testing or is at least prepared to quickly launch another updated version.

The update brings performance and battery improvements and addresses a few bugs causing force closing and memory leaks. It will also allow for “flow” in landscape on tablets. Hit the source to see the full change log and download the update. I’ve been using it for weeks and have been very happy. Go get it!

Source: SwiftKey

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Featured Android App Review: Floating YouTube Popup Video [Utilities]

If you’ve been secretly jealous of your friends showing off their Samsung Popup Player or their LG Q Slide or if you simply want to be able to multitask while watching YouTube videos, then you need to check out Floating YouTube Popup Video by Sud Software. It’s actually already better than the Q Slide since you can actually watch YouTube videos with it. Just install the app and pick your YouTube video of choice. Then hit the share link and tap the “Floating YouTube Video” icon and bingo, the video will appear on your homescreen as a popup. You are free to do anything you want while watching the video with full sound. You can browse web pages, read/respond to emails, play a game, or just about anything you want to do. You can even resize the video by dragging a corner. If part of the video is in your way of something you’re reading, no problem, just drag it somewhere else. It couldn’t be easier as you can see in my hands on video after the break

Click here to view the embedded video.

Floating YouTube Popup Video is absolutely Free so give it a shot by hitting one of the download links below. As always, let me know what you think.

FEATURES

  • Watch YouTube videos while using your device for other purposes
  • Full Featured Video Player with common Video Player Controls (Play, Pause, Stop, Rewind, etc).
  • Easy to use
  • Free
  • Seamlessly draggable YouTube popup video player to anywhere on the screen
  • Re-sizeable YouTube Video Player
  • Full audio and complete volume control from YouTube, even when the screen of your device is off

STEPS TO USE APPLICATION:

  1. Launch Android’s YouTube App
  2. Navigate to the Video you want to Play in YouTube
  3. While in the YouTube app, Select Menu, then Options and then Share
  4. Select Floating YouTube Popup Player
  5. Enjoy Watching the Movie in the fully interactive Video Player

 

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Google Play Magazines offers free digital versions to print subscribers

Google Play Magazines offers free digital versions to print subscribers

Google Play’s magazine subscriptions have always, sadly, existed separate from a publications print offerings. Meaning, even if you already had the paper edition of Beer Advocate delivered to your home, you still had to cough up for the digital version. That’s finally changed, however, which should make many magazine hounds quite happy. Now when you select a new periodical, you’ll be offered the standard monthly and yearly subscription options, along with the new “free for print subscribers.” You’ll need to verify your subscription before Google will allow you to download issues, but that’s one less barrier to entry for those looking to dip their toes in the digital magazine pool. For a bit more info check out the source link.

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Got Money In The Cayman Islands? SpotCayman Helps You Find It And More

SpotCayman  
Developer: Conch Pearl Media Inc.  
Price: free   Download

Looking through the app store for a useful app to a destination can be daunting. With a slew of apps touting to be the most definitive and comprehensive it can be a real pain to download an app and see that it has very minimal information and lots of generic pictures. Conch Pearl Media Inc, the developers of the SpotCayman app for the Cayman Islands, guarantees you that this won’t happen when you download their app. With over 300 MB of information, every user is going to have all of the information they need with just a few taps.

SpotCayman has over 200 restaurants to choose from, over 55 wifi hotspots, all in Cayman, shopping, island attractions, tours, doctors, banks, churches, car rental agencies, grocery stores, gas, liquor stores and the list goes on. They are full of information for your stay in the Cayman Islands. Further, they have a in their app that works like the most popular search engines on the internet.

Lisa Butcher, President of Conch Pearl Media Inc. says, “With thousands of spots in our app, far surpassing our competition, this allows a user easy accessibility to all of them. We have an advanced search capability that allows you to search by district, name, phone number, address or even keywords. This is where the power really is in SpotCayman. Search anything from vegetarian, gluten free, budget restaurant, water view restaurant, seafood, webcam, news, breakfast, banks, events, dive sites, gyms, the list is endless and our search engine provides you with all of the results you need. No other app for the Cayman Islands incorporates keywords like SpotCayman.”

Additionally, SpotCayman is the only app for the Cayman Islands who has implemented exclusive technology that allows it to update with new spots and exclusive content daily. Conch Pearl Media can add a place or make a change in less than 5 minutes, without submitting to the app store.

SpotCayman maps have street detail! They are the ONLY app for the Cayman Islands with this feature. Users can map one spot or map hundreds at the same time on Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac or Little Cayman. Users can also view a location and see their location with GPS tracking capability. All maps are available both online and offline and all are zoomable. When they say they upgraded for iOS 6 – they really did!

Lisa noted that one of the main features of mobile app development is to make sure the user can utilize all of the features on their iOS device. “If a user has their location settings on, they want to be able to see where they are and where they are going! If the maps don’t have street names and details, the app is going to be useless to the user. It is important to note that apps are not website regurgitation – they are the new revolution of information and functionality.”

The SpotCayman app is not affiliated with any organizations, nor do they provide bias commentary or reviews in the app about any business. They do not have a vested interest in any business in Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac or Little Cayman. All businesses have been put into the app for free and are randomly listed, each time, without any favouritism to maximize discoverability.

Features:
* Telephone a Spot with just a single tap (on iPhone) to make inquiries or reservations
* Go to the website of a Spot with just a single tap for more information
* Send quick and easy emails to a Spot directly with one tap
* Easily save the Spots you are most interested in to your “Favourites” for quick access later

Avoid expensive roaming fees:
SpotCayman works online and offline. All content can be viewed instantly, from anywhere, without an internet connection – even the maps. Compare the size of SpotCayman to other apps, there is a reason SpotCayman is over 300 MB.

SpotCayman 2.0 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Travel category.

Watch the Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exS1JmcAnS4

“Got Money In The Cayman Islands? SpotCayman Helps You Find It And More” originally appeared on AppCraver.com.

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Featured Android App Review: Floating YouTube Popup Video [Utilities]

If you’ve been secretly jealous of your friends showing off their Samsung Popup Player or their LG Q Slide or if you simply want to be able to multitask while watching YouTube videos, then you need to check out Floating YouTube Popup Video by Sud Software. It’s actually already better than the Q Slide since you can actually watch YouTube videos with it. Just install the app and pick your YouTube video of choice. Then hit the share link and tap the “Floating YouTube Video” icon and bingo, the video will appear on your homescreen as a popup. You are free to do anything you want while watching the video with full sound. You can browse web pages, read/respond to emails, play a game, or just about anything you want to do. You can even resize the video by dragging a corner. If part of the video is in your way of something you’re reading, no problem, just drag it somewhere else. It couldn’t be easier as you can see in my hands on video after the break

Click here to view the embedded video.

Floating YouTube Popup Video is absolutely Free so give it a shot by hitting one of the download links below. As always, let me know what you think.

FEATURES

  • Watch YouTube videos while using your device for other purposes
  • Full Featured Video Player with common Video Player Controls (Play, Pause, Stop, Rewind, etc).
  • Easy to use
  • Free
  • Seamlessly draggable YouTube popup video player to anywhere on the screen
  • Re-sizeable YouTube Video Player
  • Full audio and complete volume control from YouTube, even when the screen of your device is off

STEPS TO USE APPLICATION:

  1. Launch Android’s YouTube App
  2. Navigate to the Video you want to Play in YouTube
  3. While in the YouTube app, Select Menu, then Options and then Share
  4. Select Floating YouTube Popup Player
  5. Enjoy Watching the Movie in the fully interactive Video Player

 

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SwiftKey Flow Beta Updated To v4.0.0.61

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SwiftKey Flow Beta, which came out just a month ago, has received its first major update since release. Version 4.0.0.61 brings some significant changes, along with a massive changelog (well, it’s a things-to-be-aware-of / known issues log, too). More important to you, though, is probably where and how to download it. Here’s the smartphone version, and here’s the tablet version. Now, for the log:

SwiftKey Flow Beta 4.0.0.61 changelog

  • Flow-through-space autocommit: if you flow-through space but mess up your last word, all the prior words will be inserted (instead of losing all the words)
  • Flow in landscape on tablets (not on split layout with numpad)
  • Battery usage improved (when flowing and when not in use)
  • Performance of flowing and tapping improved
  • Longpress of bottom-right (smiley/enter) button now works
  • Fixed some force close issues
  • Fixed some memory leaks
  • Predictions not lost when changing keyboard layout (e.g to symbols)
  • Fixed DOuble CApitalization issue

Things to be aware of:

  • Flowing currently only works in fields where you see the prediction bar: in fields that have their own prediction or completion there is no prediction bar and therefore no Flow (e.g.

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SwiftKey Flow Beta Updated To v4.0.0.61 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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New SwiftKey Flow beta available

Folks in the SwiftKey Flow beta will want to check their emails as chances are you’ll find a nice email letting you know a new beta version is available. Nothing groundbreaking or exciting will be found here, but the barrel of bug fixes and improvements will be sure to make any beta user happy. The list of what’s changed is rather long so let’s jump right into it:

  • Flow-through-space autocommit: if you flow-through space but mess up your last word, all the prior words will be inserted (instead of losing all the words)
  • Flow in landscape on tablets (not on split layout with numpad)
  • Battery usage improved (when flowing and when not in use)
  • Performance of flowing and tapping improved
  • Longpress of bottom-right (smiley/enter) button now works
  • Fixed some force close issues
  • Fixed some memory leaks
  • Predictions not lost when changing keyboard layout (e.g to symbols)
  • Fixed DOuble CApitalization issue

Of course, this is still a beta and there are still some glaring issues. The folks at SwiftKey have already identified some issues that are still being worked on, including the personalization service continuing to run when not in use, a lingering flow trail at the end of words, enlarged prediction text on LDPI devices and more. You can find the full list over at SwiftKey’s site if you’re curious to know what else might not be working right just yet.

And remember: if you download a beta, well, you’re a beta tester. If you notice something that’s not already on the known issues list then leave some feedback. If everyone does their part then it’s easier on the developers, which means we get a stable version faster, and in turn means everyone can ride off into the sunset as happily as the happiest man ever could. Grab your download here for smartphones, and here if you want to install it on your tablet).

[via SwiftKey]

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Facebook Releases Pages Manager for Android, Currently Unavailable for Download Though

If you currently manage any Pages on Facebook, you have no doubt come to the realization that you are unable to properly care for them through the native Facebook app for Android. That has now changed, kind of.  Facebook has released Pages Manager to Google Play, but it is currently unavailable for download. No word [...]

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SwiftKey Flow Beta Updated To 4.0.0.61

SwiftKey’s take on the swipe keyboard, SwiftKey Flow, has been in public beta for about a month now.  An updated beta was all but guaranteed as the version it replaces, 4.0.0.54, had a limited license for use set to expire January 7, 2013.  Today’s release, 4.0.0.61, has a relatively short limited license, expiring on January 30, 2013, and comes with a host of improvements. The short beta window could be an indication SwiftKey is nearing the end of beta testing or is at least prepared to quickly launch another updated version.

The update brings performance and battery improvements and addresses a few bugs causing force closing and memory leaks. It will also allow for “flow” in landscape on tablets. Hit the source to see the full change log and download the update. I’ve been using it for weeks and have been very happy. Go get it!

Source: SwiftKey

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Facebook pages manager app for Android launches, sort of

Facebook Pages Manager

Looks like Facebook might finally be about to make available its "Facebook Pages Manager" application for Android, which, as the name implies, will let those with Facebook Pages manage said pages with the app. It's sitting there in Google Play, only we can't download it yet in the states. And neither can our pals in the UK.

The app's description reads:

Manage all the Pages you admin, wherever you are. Helps Facebook Page admins connect with their audience and keep up with activity on multiple Pages.

 

  • Post new updates and photos and respond to comments as your Pages
  • View and reply to private messages sent to your Page
  • Get notifications about new activity on your Pages right away
  • View your latest Pages Insights

A few people have managed to leave star ratings, and a couple of (not so helpful) reviews. For our part, the listing shows it's incompatible with every one of our devices, so this is pretty much a placeholder at the moment.

Figure an announcement is coming any time now.

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Official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for LG Optimus Black P970 now available [How to]

The official LG Optimus Black P970 Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update, dubbed as Android 4.0 V30B, is now available to most of the users in European countries. While third-party developers have been developing custom ROMs for this device and have released several firmware based on Android 4.0, many would still want to use the official firmware especially the ones who are not into taking greater risks in flashing unofficial ROMs.

It will, for sure, be made available to other regions as the roll out has already been started. However, LG didn’t release a roadmap as what country is going to receive the update next and when. For owners who can’t possibly wait for it, there is a manual way to update LG Optimus Black P970 with the official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Continue reading below as we will walk you through every step of the way.

Reminders

  1. It is strongly advised you backup all your data including your contacts, internet settings, SMS messages, videos, files, etc. We have our separate guide on how to backup an Android device.
  2. Disable your antivirus and other security apps installed in your device to prevent interference from them.
  3. Enable USB Debugging in your device: Settings => Applications => Development => USB Debugging.

Step-by-step Tutorial

Step 1: You will need to download KDZ file to start with the process. This is an executable file that contains all necessary files needed for this update. Depending on your connection, the download may take a little more time because it reaches up to 333MB in size.

Step 2: Open the application and set Type and Phone Mode to choose the correct .kdz file in your computer.

Step 3: After the software is launched, you just have to wait until the update process is completed. It may take, at least, 5 minutes to have the update installed.

Step 4: Once the process is completed, check the version of your device’s firmware to confirm whether it was successful or not: Settings => About Phone.

There are two most common issues reported by owners who recently updated: the device doesn’t boot up or doesn’t show the home screen. The common workaround is to take the battery out and re-insert it then reboot. It should work this time.

For now, there is no information whether or not LG Optimus Black will receive Android 4.1/4.2 Jelly Bean updates. So while this update is ICS only, it is not bad at all.

[source: XDA]

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Archos TV Connect Brings Android To Your Existing HDTV

The great thing about the Android ecosystem is that there are literally hundreds of thousands of apps available for you to download at the Google Play store. If you find the display of your smartphone a bit too small for running these apps then you can always run them on a tablet. But what if you still find the display of a tablet small? Archos, a French consumer electronic company, might just have the solution for you as they bring in the Archos TV Connect.

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The Archos TV Connect basically allows you to make your existing TV into a smart TV by bringing in Android to it. This device is basically a box with hardware in it that enables you to run Android. It has its own ARM based processor, RAM, and storage space as well. The included TV touch remote allows you to control your TV just like a tablet or smartphone by swiping and zooming.

Archos TV Connect Specifications

  • Storage: 8 GB Flash expandable via micro SDHC Slot up to 32 GB
  • Operating system: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Processor: 1.5 GHz Smart Multi Core processor
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Interfaces: HD camera, Micro USB port, USB host port, Mini HDMI output, Ethernet, Micro SD slot
  • Communication: Wi-Fi
  • Miscellaneous: LED notification, Microphone, Front camera
  • Dimensions:235 x 105 x 34 mm

An interesting feature that comes with this device is the camera and microphone. The company says that you will be able to make Skype calls through your TV. Since it is a Google certified device you will have full access to Google Play. You might need to expand the internal 8 GB of memory though if you’re planning on installing tons of apps.

Gamers will also notice that the TV Touch Remote has a gaming like configuration. This will be interesting to check out and see how well it fares when playing actual games.

The Archos TV Connect will be available this coming February 2013 and will be priced at $129.99. It’s also going to make an appearance at CES so stay tuned for our updates on it.

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Pong Galaxy puts Out-of-this-World Spin on Retro Classic Pong Game

Pong Galaxy  
Developer: Martin Ysa  
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Gamers of all ages who want to experience the retro classic pong – but in a fun, exciting and out-of-this-world way – can now download the super-addictive new app Pong Galaxy.

Created by Apptouch Games, Pong Galaxy invites gamers to enjoy thrilling, fast-paced pong action, and put their quick-thinking skills and rapid reflexes to the test. The app’s storyline focuses on Lt. Max Blaster, an aerial combat specialist who, with the help of his sidekick Commander Clint, wages ferocious battles with evil and hostile aliens. Each battle earns the duo XP points, which can be used to upgrade their ship with ultra-powerful cannons and other weapons.

In addition, Pong Galaxy features superb graphics that are optimized for the Retina display, and exciting sound effects that totally immerse gamers into the non-stop action. And speaking of action, the app’s mode lets gamers challenge and compete with friends to see who has what it takes to save the galaxy. Or, gamers who want to go alone can choose “History” mode where they face a series of stages, or the tougher “Full Combat” mode where they face more hostile aliens and civilizations.

“The retro classic game pong will always hold a special place in all of our hearts, because for many people around the world, it was one of the very first games that they fell in love with,” commented Martin Ysa of Apptouch Games. “Pong Galaxy helps rekindle that nostalgic love, and introduces a whole new generation of gamers to fun and exciting pong action – with an out-of-this-world twist!”

The fun and exciting new way to experience the retro classic pong, Pong Galaxy 1.0 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.

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“Pong Galaxy puts Out-of-this-World Spin on Retro Classic Pong Game” originally appeared on AppCraver.com.

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What makes my Android so effing ‘Hot’?

Though, all gadgets generate heat, sometimes things get too scorching inside your pockets. You start feeling the heat even more vehemently, when you feel your $500 gig literally ‘burning a hole’ in your pocket. That, unfortunately, is not a turn-on.

With the growing popularity of Android in the smartphone market, and lots of people whining about the ‘heat-down-under’, we thought to give them a reality check on what makes their Android so ‘hot’ and how can they undo it.android_eyeballs_close_feature

First things first: What makes my Android so hot?

Frankly speaking, a moderate amount of heat is unavoidable and normal for any electronic gadget. The heat is actually emancipated from the phone’s battery which is discharging at an unexpectedly faster rate. When you multi-task, play games, or surf web for a prolonged duration, the processor draws more than normal power from the battery.

The abrupt drainage of battery not only makes the device uncomfortable in hands, but also shortens the battery-life- something which you would want to avoid at all cost. Here are some of the activities to keep a check on:

Excessive Gaming: Though we all relish the savory endless runs on our canny smartphones, it’s time to loosen your fingers up. Sadly, the only way to cut down the over-heating of your phone is to cut down the duration of your gaming sessions. If only, our smartphones were big enough to inhibit a cooling fan, only then it would have been acceptable to be glued to smartphones- twisting, turning and dodging along the runs. However, the sore reality is that games utilize the highest resources on your phone. So, if you’re gaming all-day-long, there’s no way to kill the heat.

Prolonged Browsing: Next to excessive gaming, comes web browsing. Though smartphone browsers are light-weight, websites with lots of flash content can nearly choke up phone’s processor. Also, as browsing requires an active 3G/ 4G/ Wi-Fi connection, a lot of battery gets quenched in supporting wireless high-speed data transfers. While a little browsing on the phone is acceptable, and most of the times- unavoidable, we would suggest you to spare some trivial web tasks for your laptop/desktop.

Brightness Levels: Everything that glitters is not gold. While people always want their phones to be ‘glowing with grace’, there’s a tail end to that. The screen brightness is the biggest battery soaker. Just go to Settings-> Battery and see what’s draining more than 50% of your battery life. The equation is simple then. More battery consumption implies more heat.

Spoiler alert (Malicious apps): You won’t even know if these fluffy little bastards have subjugated your droid and are reporting every activity of yours to their esteemed master. Might seem a little extravagant and asinine, but it’s the sore truth. Android malware is spreading at an astonishing pace. According to an articulated report, it’s growing haphazardly at a yearly rate of 580 %. While there’s nothing you can do to avoid the threat (as some of these apps are hosted on Play Store itself), make sure you do not download apps from untrusted providers. Also, keep a check on the network activities and the background activities of installed apps. If you’re experiencing severe heating after installing a particular app, uninstall the app right away. To prevent the outbreak of malicious apps, install top-notch ant-virus software like AVG Antivirus or Lookout Mobile Security.

Okay, I get it. So, how do I cool things off?

You, of course, cannot renounce from playing games or surfing web to keep a check on that ever deescalating battery level. However, here’s what can do to keep a check on those calefaction-levels.

Turn-off background apps

There’s no tangible way of turning down the heat, when you have dozens of background apps churning up the processor cores. There are lots of apps which are poorly written- or perhaps- cunningly written to eat up the CPU power. Hence, make sure you keep a check on the background apps. You can monitor the apps using the default Task manager, or if you wish to gain more stringent control, you can download the amazing Watchdog app from Play Store.

Turn-off unwanted settings

Simply turn off all those settings which you hardly-or-never use. For example, don’t have your GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth on all the time. Do not use the “vibrate” function. Get rid of that larger-than-life “Live Wallpaper”. Also, if possible, use 2G networks for continuous online connectivity. You can create a 2G/3G toggle switch using a well-crafted app called Tasker. (Syncing on 2G network in background would save immense amount of battery, as continuous 3G connectivity do have a tendency to turn your device into a toast)

Simply turn it off

Just like you need rest after a long tiring day, your phone needs some rest, too. It might sound crazy but why can’t you switch your phone off when you doze off to sleep? Don’t tell me it’s because of that damn alarm. Your phone would shriek even when it’s switched off. So, you can always switch it off when you go to bed. Also, when you’re in a meeting, and you’re damn sure you won’t be able to take/make calls, why not turn it off?

Turning your phone off not only cools the temperature down but also reduces the number of battery-cycles in a year. The equation for battery cycles is simple. The more you drain your battery, the lesser capacity it would be able to hold. According to a survey, an average Li-ion battery loses 30% of its original power after 300 discharge cycles. The less the number of discharges your battery procures, the more prolonged is its battery life. Besides, it also allows your phone to breathe for a while. Unlike our computers, smartphones run all day long.  They also need some breathing space. Switching your phone off when it’s not in use is always a good, straight-forward strategy to prevent your device from over-heating.

 

Leave your gadget alone while it’s charging

Don’t stick your fingers on your droid while they’re “feeding”. No one likes being disturbed.  When the phone is recharging, it’s actually pumping the DC power into the battery. When you play games or browse web while your phone is charging, you’re actually slowing down the charging process. And it’s obvious- if your phone takes more time to recharge, it would dissipate more heat to compensate for the loss. So, next time you put your gadget in charging, leave it alone. Let it rejuvenate itself. Give it some time to replenish itself, and you would see for yourself how fast and fun it can be then.

Clean your phone

Though this remedy might seem a bit outlandish, it can definitely improve your phone’s performance. Over a period time, dust infiltrates your device and starts accumulating on phone’s external sockets. Accumulation of dust particles can really slow things up and degrade the performance of your device. Hence, clean your device with a soft cloth, and keep the external areas as clean as possible.

Don’t choke her up

If your phone is itching in your pocket, take her out. Do not let her choke inside. Sometimes, installing a fancy back-cover/case prevents the heat from getting emancipated from the device. Avoid installing such flaps. If you have a case for your device, remove it and give your device some breathing space.

Don’t throw your phone- here, there, everywhere

Most of us have that annoying habit of throwing our smartphone- here, there, and everywhere. While this may seem innocuous, it isn’t. If you leave your smartphone in places like your car’s dashboard or in the proximity of any electronic gadget, you’re inattentively trying to roast your device up. Don’t do that. Make sure you keep your device in a safe place to prevent it from over-heating.

So that’s it. That’s pretty much everything you can do to prevent the temperatures from flaring up. Though I have tried to encircle almost every perspective on Android heating, we would always love to hear from you. If you have any more questions, just shoot them up in the comments section below.

Here are answers to some of the questions which were mailed to us by our readers.

‘Rooting your droid’ improves battery performance and cools things off. Is that true?

Yes, rooting your Android can definitely improve the battery performance and thereby, scale down the heat. By rooting your device, you gain administrator level privileges and you can choose to delegate those permissions to apps. You can remove stock apps, under-clock CPU, and even shut-down unwanted device features. With an app called Set CPU, you can configure your processor to maintain its calmness when the temperature goes beyond certain threshold levels. So, yes, if you’re a techie, and looking to enhance your gadget’s battery life, rooting is definitely the way to go. While rooting is no rocket-science, it’s important to know what you’re doing when you are getting your hands dirty. Here’s our complete walkthrough guide on rooting, which would be a good place to start.

If everything has to do with the battery, would replacing my battery solve things up?

If the phone is getting too hot to handle and eventually trips off, it’s time for you to get a new battery. If you drain your battery every 1-2 days, you should get yourself a new battery every year. Not only would it increase the back-up time of your phone, but it would also improve the performance of your device and lower the heat levels. However, the best way to avoid frequent battery replacements and over-heating is to just follow the simple steps enlisted in this guide.

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Featured Android Game Review: Ant Raid [Arcade & Action]

HeroCraft has a new one out and it’s a dandy. It’s called Ant Raid and it’s basically a battle in the garden. You play the ants and you need to take out armies of bees, snails, and other insects. This game was already a hit on iOS devices, but now it’s available in the Google Play Store for your enjoyment. The initial levels are quite easy, but it gets difficult in a hurry.

Each level is in a different surrounding and you’re given a certain number of ants. As other insects approach, your job is to send some or all of the ants to take out each enemy. You do this by tapping on the screen and a circle appears. As you hold your finger the circle will get larger. The ants that are within that circle will be the ones that attack. Now you just tap where you want to send them. Sounds easy right? Well at first it is, but then things get a little more interesting in that you will have to use some of your leftover ants to rescue other ants. You will also need to figure out how many ants you really need to take out a particular enemy in order to conserve your leftovers for the next enemy. Each insect is different, some are fast, and others are bigger and/or stronger.

As you progress, you will also get other powers like the ability to take on colors from fallen enemies like blue and red. Blue will make you invulnerable and red will make you faster. You will also be able to use lightning to squash insects by simply taping your finger on them. Sounds easy, but you will get penalized if you miss them.

You can advance to the next level by surviving the enemies, which will yield you a minimum of one star. The better you do at accomplishing the task the more stars you will get. You can get up to three stars, but what’s cool is that you can see if you’re in the running for the three stars. At the beginning of each round, you are given three stars (shown at the top left), but as you progress, the stars will be removed if you’re not playing up to par (or shall I say above par). If the story mode isn’t your thing, you can play the survival mode, but you will have to complete chapter 1 in the story mode (15 levels) in order to unlock it. In survival mode you simply play until your colony is destroyed, which makes it more arcade style.

Right now Herocraft has Ant Raid on sale for a a launch price of 99-cents, so grab it now and give it a shot. As always, let me know what you think. Check out the video trailer and download links below.

Features

  • GORGEOUS GRAPHICS! - Feast your eyes on high-definition 3D graphics and animations.
  • OFF-THE-WALL STORYLINE! - Experience an epic tale through animated cut-scenes featuring quirky characters and unexpected twists.
  • EASY-TO-GRASP CONTROLS AND UNIQUE GAMEPLAY! - Enjoy responsive and intuitive touch controls. Taste the fresh blend of action, arcade and strategy.
  • ENDLESS GAMEPLAY! - Challenge your friends and the rest of the world in four dynamic Survival modes.
  • AWESOME SOUNDTRACK! - Indulge your ears with an original soundtrack and crazy sound effects.

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Featured Android Game Review: Ant Raid [Arcade & Action]

HeroCraft has a new one out and it’s a dandy. It’s called Ant Raid and it’s basically a battle in the garden. You play the ants and you need to take out armies of bees, snails, and other insects. This game was already a hit on iOS devices, but now it’s available in the Google Play Store for your enjoyment. The initial levels are quite easy, but it gets difficult in a hurry.

Each level is in a different surrounding and you’re given a certain number of ants. As other insects approach, your job is to send some or all of the ants to take out each enemy. You do this by tapping on the screen and a circle appears. As you hold your finger the circle will get larger. The ants that are within that circle will be the ones that attack. Now you just tap where you want to send them. Sounds easy right? Well at first it is, but then things get a little more interesting in that you will have to use some of your leftover ants to rescue other ants. You will also need to figure out how many ants you really need to take out a particular enemy in order to conserve your leftovers for the next enemy. Each insect is different, some are fast, and others are bigger and/or stronger.

As you progress, you will also get other powers like the ability to take on colors from fallen enemies like blue and red. Blue will make you invulnerable and red will make you faster. You will also be able to use lightning to squash insects by simply taping your finger on them. Sounds easy, but you will get penalized if you miss them.

You can advance to the next level by surviving the enemies, which will yield you a minimum of one star. The better you do at accomplishing the task the more stars you will get. You can get up to three stars, but what’s cool is that you can see if you’re in the running for the three stars. At the beginning of each round, you are given three stars (shown at the top left), but as you progress, the stars will be removed if you’re not playing up to par (or shall I say above par). If the story mode isn’t your thing, you can play the survival mode, but you will have to complete chapter 1 in the story mode (15 levels) in order to unlock it. In survival mode you simply play until your colony is destroyed, which makes it more arcade style.

Right now Herocraft has Ant Raid on sale for a a launch price of 99-cents, so grab it now and give it a shot. As always, let me know what you think. Check out the video trailer and download links below.

Features

  • GORGEOUS GRAPHICS! - Feast your eyes on high-definition 3D graphics and animations.
  • OFF-THE-WALL STORYLINE! - Experience an epic tale through animated cut-scenes featuring quirky characters and unexpected twists.
  • EASY-TO-GRASP CONTROLS AND UNIQUE GAMEPLAY! - Enjoy responsive and intuitive touch controls. Taste the fresh blend of action, arcade and strategy.
  • ENDLESS GAMEPLAY! - Challenge your friends and the rest of the world in four dynamic Survival modes.
  • AWESOME SOUNDTRACK! - Indulge your ears with an original soundtrack and crazy sound effects.

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Facebook alternative “Facedroid” gets an update, adds phone-optimized layout

Before Facebook released their native Android app, the official Facebook app was pretty clunky and junky. Several alternative apps tried to fill that void and provide a good Facebook experience built specifically for Android. One of those apps was Facedroid, which had lots of functionality and a pretty solid design. The only problem was that up until now, Facedroid was only optimized for tablets, meaning that those with a smartphone could not even download the app. Well, today things are changing; Facedroid developers have released an update with a new layout optimized for smartphone screens, so now you can get your one handed Facebook action on. The phone layout is currently in beta, so expect a few minor bugs while the developers work to make things more stable. Also of note, is that the app is currently on sale for just $0.99! Use the QR code or download link if you want to try it out.

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Nova Launcher updated to version 2.0 with several new features

Just last month we completed some testing of launcher apps on tablets to replace what users may have received on their devices. Among our favorites was Nova Launcher, which just got an update to version 2.0 in the Google Play Store. Nova Launcher‘s developer, TeslaCoil Software, has included several new features in this latest version with many of them being available in the free version.

For the Prime version, users can select a custom icon size and use swipe actions on any desktop icon. Both versions of Nova Launcher get custom wallpaper cropping, an increased grid size, an infinitely scrolling drawer, an alphabetically listed app drawer option, and a small icons option for the dock. Under the hood, the launcher promises lower memory usage, better scrolling performance, an “aggressive desktop setting” to keep track of running apps, and various other fixes, optimizations and tuning.

If you want to give Nova Launcher a try, use one of the download links below.

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Facebook alternative “Facedroid” gets an update, adds phone-optimized layout

Before Facebook released their native Android app, the official Facebook app was pretty clunky and junky. Several alternative apps tried to fill that void and provide a good Facebook experience built specifically for Android. One of those apps was Facedroid, which had lots of functionality and a pretty solid design. The only problem was that up until now, Facedroid was only optimized for tablets, meaning that those with a smartphone could not even download the app. Well, today things are changing; Facedroid developers have released an update with a new layout optimized for smartphone screens, so now you can get your one handed Facebook action on. The phone layout is currently in beta, so expect a few minor bugs while the developers work to make things more stable. Also of note, is that the app is currently on sale for just $0.99! Use the QR code or download link if you want to try it out.

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Nova Launcher updated to version 2.0 with several new features

Just last month we completed some testing of launcher apps on tablets to replace what users may have received on their devices. Among our favorites was Nova Launcher, which just got an update to version 2.0 in the Google Play Store. Nova Launcher‘s developer, TeslaCoil Software, has included several new features in this latest version with many of them being available in the free version.

For the Prime version, users can select a custom icon size and use swipe actions on any desktop icon. Both versions of Nova Launcher get custom wallpaper cropping, an increased grid size, an infinitely scrolling drawer, an alphabetically listed app drawer option, and a small icons option for the dock. Under the hood, the launcher promises lower memory usage, better scrolling performance, an “aggressive desktop setting” to keep track of running apps, and various other fixes, optimizations and tuning.

If you want to give Nova Launcher a try, use one of the download links below.

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GymPact launches for Android just in time to help with those resolutions

Coming as what would seem perfect timing for all of those who vowed to get back into the gym this year, the GymPact app is now available in the Google Play Store. The app free to download and aimed at those who need some extra encouragement in getting to the gym and also those who like to be rewarded for following though on their commitment.

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GymPact comes with the promise of helping to motivate you to workout with the promise of cash rewards, paid for by non-exercisers. And while we cannot say that will work for everyone, the folks at GymPact said they helped their users succeed on 86% of the workouts they committed to do in 2012.

The basic is that you check-in using the GymPact app. In fact the number one listed feature is the ability to check in, and out of your gym. In addition, GymPact allows users to share their workouts and rewards, keep track of and manage week-by-week pacts, see the total workouts and earned rewards and even import GPS-verified activities from RunKeeper.

All said and done, by making and sticking to a pact, you may be able to earn a few extra bucks. As you can see from the above image, going to the gym 3 days a week can score you a little over $2. And sure, that is not all that much in terms of cash, but at the very least it will probably pay for a Starbucks every so often.

[via GymPact]

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Flurry claims 50 million Android and iOS device activations during Christmas week

Christmas Day and the week immediately following it are obviously always going to be big for new device activations, but today we’re finding out that the final week in December might just have been the biggest on record for iOS and Android. That’s according to analytics firm Flurry, which said today that iOS and Android device activations for Christmas week topped a whopping 50 million. Looks like a bunch of people picked up a shiny new tablet of smartphone in the final week of 2012.

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Flurry doesn’t offer a breakdown of how many of those 50 million activations were iOS and how many were Android, but we imagine that there were a significant number of activations for each platform. Of course, this influx of new devices also means a jump in the number of app downloads, with Flurry saying that app downloads across both platforms topped 1.76 billion in the week following Christmas day.

That certainly isn’t anything to scoff at, especially when the average for the weeks before Christmas only came in 1.07 billion. That data formed the baseline for the month of December, so the number of app downloads for the final week of the month topped that baseline by 65%. Not bad at all.

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Flurry was also kind enough to break down app downloads by country. Unsurprisingly, the US topped the chart, with 604 million app downloads during the holiday week. China came in second, due to the fact that even though Christmas isn’t celebrated in that country, there are still quite a few smartphones and tablets in the hands of consumers there. Other countries that do celebrate Christmas moved up the chart in comparison to non-holiday weeks, which isn’t all that surprising to see.

Moving forward, Flurry expects that these one billion download weeks will become the norm. It also expects two billion download weeks to be commonplace in Q4 2013, so the smartphone and tablet markets will continue to grow throughout the year. Be sure to take a few minutes and check out Flurry’s full report, as it makes for an interesting read!

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SoundGecko reads your RSS feed to you in stunning clarity [VIDEO]

As I’m not a driver (not even infrequently — I just don’t drive) I rarely find the urge to download text-to-speech apps. Most tend to be cumbersome, ugly and sound like the deep, ghastly bellows of a horse, but SoundGecko is offering an option that just might have the right combination of easy, fast and pleasant to compel yours truly to “listen” to more of the news.

SoundGecko allows you to set up a number of RSS feeds which can be delivered to your devices as audio clips without much fuss. New feed items are automatically converted to audio and synced to your phone for quick and easy listening whenever you get ready to sit down and digest your news for the day.

Created by startup 121cast, SoundGecko uses an accurate text-to-speech engine that allows the conversation to flow as if you’re listening to a report from an actual radio broadcast. You can still hear the odd robotic nuance of a digitized voice every now and then, but I never had to rewind to catch a word I couldn’t understand. I was more impressed with the fact that it could accurately pronounce my name than anything else.

The service can be had for free, but there are some limitations. You’ll only get to add one custom feed, you’ll only get up to 4,000 words per article read to you and you’ll only get to listen to 30 articles per day. The 4,000 words per article limit won’t be an issue for most (believe me, most articles don’t go anywhere near that amount of words), but the other two limitations require a monthly subscription to lift.

Usually $7.95 a month, SoundGecko’s premium service will allow you to add up to 100 different custom feeds, listen to an unlimited amount of articles per day and will read up to 30,000 words per article. The insane 30,000 word limit will be more useful for those wanting to read long manuals, whitepapers and other such documents in PDF form as the service does support that (simply email the document to yourself).

If you act fast, though, you can get locked into the service for just $2.95 per month, and SoundGecko gives you its word that you’ll never be asked to pay more than that. It’s a limited time holiday special so this offer might expire very, very soon. Give it a shot, and be sure to download the app from the Google Play Store to take it with you on the go. Be sure to take a look at our quick hands-on video above.

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Facebook alternative “Facedroid” gets an update, adds phone-optimized layout

Before Facebook released their native Android app, the official Facebook app was pretty clunky and junky. Several alternative apps tried to fill that void and provide a good Facebook experience built specifically for Android. One of those apps was Facedroid, which had lots of functionality and a pretty solid design. The only problem was that up until now, Facedroid was only optimized for tablets, meaning that those with a smartphone could not even download the app. Well, today things are changing; Facedroid developers have released an update with a new layout optimized for smartphone screens, so now you can get your one handed Facebook action on. The phone layout is currently in beta, so expect a few minor bugs while the developers work to make things more stable. Also of note, is that the app is currently on sale for just $0.99! Use the QR code or download link if you want to try it out.

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Galaxy Tab 10.1 P7510 CyanogenMod 10.1 Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean ROM now available [Tutorial]

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with model number P7510 is among the few Android tablets that recently received good treatment from CyanogenMod team of developers. The CyanogenMod 10.1 Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean ROM has been made available for download a few days ago for people who want to take the risk of flashing unofficial ROMs and mods into their device to take advantage of features that stock ROMs never offer, or at least, be one of the few to enjoy the goodness of v4.2.1 version of Android. Here is our step-by-step guide on how to install CM 10.1 Android 4.2.1 JellyBean ROM into your Galaxy Tab 10.1 P7510.

Pre-requisites/Reminders

  1. To be safe, there should be, at least 80 percent of battery left in your device but it is advisable to fully-charge it before flashing this ROM. Probability is your device will be bricked if it powers out during the installation.
  2. Your device’s bootloader should have been unlocked. Also make sure your device is rooted. Here is our guide on how to root your Android device.
  3. Clockworkmod Recovery should be installed in your device as you will be using it to flash this custom ROM. Here’s how you install CWM Recovery.
  4. Make sure you have made a backup of all your data in your device’s internal memory. Backing up data is easier than you think, here’s our guide.
  5. Enable USB Debugging in your device.

Disclaimer: You cannot blame The Droid Guy or XDA Developers for possible damages caused by this tutorial. All ROMs and mods used in this guide are credited to their developers.

Files to Download

  1. CyanogenMod 10.1 Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean ROM [LINK HERE]
  2. Google Apps for this build [LINK HERE]

Step-by-step Tutorial

Step 1: Download all packages specified above and save both in your computer. Don’t extract them, just save them in a directory you can easily remember and access.

Step 2: Connect your Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 P7510 to your computer using the USB data cable.

Step 3: Copy both packages into your device’s internal memory but make sure you save them in the root directory and NOT in any folder. This is to make them detectable by ClockworkMod Recovery.

Step 4: After copying those files, you may now disconnect your device from your computer and turn it off.

Step 5: Boot your Galaxy Tab 10.1 into recovery mode. You can do so by pressing and holding both Volume Up and Power buttons simultaneously. Continue doing this until you see Tab 10.1 logo on screen then release the Power button but keep holding the Volume Up button.

Step 6: Once inside the recovery mode, it is imperative you make a Nandroid backup of your current ROM so you can always revert to it if things don’t work as expected or if you don’t like the custom ROM. Choose Backup and Restore => Backup. After doing so, go back to main recovery menu.

Step 7: You need to do a full data wipe, select Wipe Data/Factory Reset => Yes. This process may take a few minutes so you need to wait a bit before it’s completed.

Step 8: You may now install CM 10.1 Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean ROM: choose Install zip from SD Card => Choose zip from SD Card and browse through your internal memory’s root directory and select the CM 10.1 package. Wait until the installation is complete.

Step 9: Choose Install zip from SD Card => Choose zip from SD Card again but this time choose Google Apps package to install necessary Google applications.

Step 10: You may now reboot your device and wait until it’s fully active before you use it. Go back to main menu and select Reboot System Now.

Your device is now running CyanogenMod 10.1 based on Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean ROM. Do let us know if this works for you.

[source: XDA Developers]

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Facebook alternative “Facedroid” gets an update, adds phone-optimized layout

Before Facebook released their native Android app, the official Facebook app was pretty clunky and junky. Several alternative apps tried to fill that void and provide a good Facebook experience built specifically for Android. One of those apps was Facedroid, which had lots of functionality and a pretty solid design. The only problem was that up until now, Facedroid was only optimized for tablets, meaning that those with a smartphone could not even download the app. Well, today things are changing; Facedroid developers have released an update with a new layout optimized for smartphone screens, so now you can get your one handed Facebook action on. The phone layout is currently in beta, so expect a few minor bugs while the developers work to make things more stable. Also of note, is that the app is currently on sale for just $0.99! Use the QR code or download link if you want to try it out.

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Nova Launcher updated to version 2.0 with several new features

Just last month we completed some testing of launcher apps on tablets to replace what users may have received on their devices. Among our favorites was Nova Launcher, which just got an update to version 2.0 in the Google Play Store. Nova Launcher‘s developer, TeslaCoil Software, has included several new features in this latest version with many of them being available in the free version.

For the Prime version, users can select a custom icon size and use swipe actions on any desktop icon. Both versions of Nova Launcher get custom wallpaper cropping, an increased grid size, an infinitely scrolling drawer, an alphabetically listed app drawer option, and a small icons option for the dock. Under the hood, the launcher promises lower memory usage, better scrolling performance, an “aggressive desktop setting” to keep track of running apps, and various other fixes, optimizations and tuning.

If you want to give Nova Launcher a try, use one of the download links below.

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