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Latest Kindle Fire devices have high-security bootloader, workaround methods may be tricky

The new Amazon Kindle Frie devices announced last week look to be coming to market with bad news for developers. An XDA contributor has spoken to fellow developers about the new Kindle Fire devices, and according to them the devices’ bootloaders are locked up very tight with techniques used for “HS,” or high-security, devices.

The technique is apparently similar to the Nook Tablet’s encryption, and while that device quickly received a workaround at the hands of the development community the Kindle Fire might be a lot more tricky. You see, the Nook Tablet’s workaround used an exploit that used the external SD card as an alternate boot device.

With the Kindle Fire’s lack of a memory card you can already see where the frustrations will set in. Fret not, though, as community discussions have already gone underway between developers to see what can be done about circumventing this unfortunate security. Whether or not they actually find something, however, remains to be seen. [Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

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Motorola’s RAZR HD LTE coming ‘exclusively’ to Rogers in Canada later this fall

Motorola's RAZR HD LTE coming 'exclusively' to Rogers in Canada later this fall

Amidst all the exciting chaos from yesterday’s events, Canadian availability of Motorola’s newfangled RAZR HD were wistfully lost. Fret not, however, as the Google-owned outfit has let it be known that its recently announced 4.7-inch slab will be coming to Canada as an exclusive to Rogers — not to mention with a slightly tweaked moniker. The RAZR HD LTE — as it’ll be known in Great White North territory — is still the same unit we got our grubby paws on, meaning you’ll have the same 8.4mm thin body, 2,500mAh battery, dual-core, 1.5GHz S4 CPU and, naturally, that trademark Kevlar backing found on the RAZR family. There’s no word yet on how much folks will have to shell out once it hits Canadian shelves “this fall,” but there is a registration page open for anyone interested in being kept in the loop — link to that is just down below.

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Motorola’s RAZR HD LTE coming ‘exclusively’ to Rogers in Canada later this fall originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 06 Sep 2012 13:14:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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T-Mobile Galaxy S III pricing plans revealed, and they aren’t exactly ‘cheap’

TMobile Galaxy S III pricing plans revealed, and they aren't exactly 'cheap'

Not interested in paying $200 on contract for a new Galaxy S III over at Sprint / AT&T? Fret not, lost souls — T-Mobile USA will soon be willing to sell you one for more. Much more. We just landed our hands on an internal pricing sheet for the forthcoming Android superphone, with the 16GB model listed at $229.99 on a Value Plan contract, or $279.99 (after $50 mail-in rebate, no less) on a Classic Plan contract. Those on the latter can snag it for $449.99 if you’re eligible for an early upgrade, while those who’d rather not extend their contractual relationship can pay $629.99 for a (still carrier locked) off-contract handset. The notice also states that no sales can occur prior to June 21st (that’s tomorrow, folks!), but of course, it’ll be even later if you aren’t in one of those “top 29 markets.”

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T-Mobile Galaxy S III pricing plans revealed, and they aren’t exactly ‘cheap’ originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 20 Jun 2012 15:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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GTA III Comes to Android For Its 10th Anniverssary


Listen up GTA’ers. GTA III has finally landed on Android. Rockstar Games has released Grand Theft Auto 3 to the market, in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the game. This isn’t a remake, it’s the real deal, just optimized for play on touch screen devices. I wasted no time this morning downloading it and giving it a quick one over on my 10.1 Tab. It looks awesome. Not ground-shaking graphics, but cool nonetheless.

Rockstar did a fantastic job of bringing this to Android. Controls are a little weird, but then again I’m used to having a controller in my hands playing this game. Fret not though, Rockstar did think of that while making it and the game does support a USB controller as long as your device does. Hit up the QR code or the Market link for quick access to the game. Let us know in the comments, if you plan on picking it up. Is this your first time playing it or are you just getting it for the nostalgia of having it?


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Blackberry Bold 9790 cleared for landing in Canada, Roger(s)

RIM’s reduced re-imagining of the Bold 9930 is barely out of the starting blocks, but Canadian carrier Rogers is promising to have the Bold 9790 ready for the native BB faithful before the end of the holiday season. It combines a 2.44-inch capacitive touchscreen with a fret style keyboard and a 1GHz processor. There’s nothing more specific on release dates and prices just yet, but we’re hoping the diminuitive screen and slightly less premium build will translate to a reduced price tag. Doors to manual and cross-check.

Blackberry Bold 9790 cleared for landing in Canada, Roger(s) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 17 Nov 2011 08:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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BlackBerry Bold 9790 hands-on (video)

Since its launch earlier today, the Bold 9790 has been a device of curious beginnings. For a start, RIM selected Indonesia for the smartphone’s launch event and first availability — it won’t be reach stores here until early 2012, which is an interesting move by the manufacturer to reflect its globalized market. Then, of course, there was the strangely familiar nature of the BB OS 7 handset itself. At first glance, it looked like a lower-end Curve 9360 that had been confusingly dressed up to look more like its flagship brother, the Bold 9900/9930. However, now that we’ve had some hands-on time with it, it’s clear that this first impression is unfair. The 9790 is a solid installment in the Baby Bold tradition, which takes some of the 9900′s best attributes, like the touchscreen and ‘fret style’ angled keys, and whittles them down into a more pocket-friendly 2.44-inch form factor, which — RIM hints — “may be slightly cheaper” to the end user. It’s also true that this shrinkage comes with some sacrifices, such as a slightly slower 1GHz processor, a lower 360 x 480 resolution and a plastic construction. You’ll find a hands-on video and more initial impressions right after the break.

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BlackBerry Bold 9790 hands-on (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 15 Nov 2011 13:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung Galaxy Z: Galaxy S II’s ‘affordable little brother’ now ready for pre-order

Been lusting after the Galaxy S II, but aren’t willing to break the bank? We hear you, and apparently Samsung does too. Up for pre-order today, on the Swedish arm of Three, is the Galaxy Z — billed as a more affordable spawn from its Korean progenitor. The Gingerbread-toting handset will sport a 4.2-inch Super Clear LCD, 1GHz dual core processor (rumored to be Tegra 2), and 8GB of onboard storage, extensible with microSD. Fret not camera junkies, also present is a 5 megapixel sensor plus flash and “HD” video recording. All that stands between you and this little Galaxy, are 4,000 kronor (about $630) and your undying love of Swedish meatballs.

Samsung Galaxy Z: Galaxy S II’s ‘affordable little brother’ now ready for pre-order originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 01 Jul 2011 05:10:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Acer Iconia Tab Going For $380 On eBay

Were you one of the unfortunate people not to win the Acer Inconia tablet we gave away a few weeks ago? Well don’t fret, eBay has them for only $380. That’s a pretty darn good deal for a 10.1″ Honeycomb boasting beast of a tablet. Buy Cheers Brandon and massror!

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The Wait Is Finally Over For Samsung Fascinate Owners: Froyo Update Is Ready


All that time Fascinate owners spent waiting for Froyo has not been in vain – your day is finally coming. Officially announced by VZW via Twitter, all the frozen goodness that you can handle should start rolling your way first thing tomorrow. Assuming that it’s handled the same way that past VZW updates have been, this update should drop in stages, so be sure to leave us a comment when you get yours.


For more info on the goodies that this update will bring, check out the VZW Support Center.

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LG Optimus V Hands-On and Unboxing [SUPER CUTE!]

Take a peek at this, an Android phone that’s basically free, runs Android 2.2.1, and wont take up more than a tiny wallet’s worth of space in your pocket. This is the LG Optimus V, the other-toned relative of the LG Optimus U which we’ve already taken a look at a few months ago. This phone is surprisingly similar, it’s hardware essentially exactly the same save for the coloring (this one’s black where that one’s blue,) with a spiffy new box made to be sold off the shelves in stores all day long.

First Impressions

The box that this phone comes in lets us know what we’re in store for – a phone that although might have been an OK experience when we saw it carried on US Cellular (Optimus U), is now a rock and roll super experience made to kick its brothers and sisters all around the town. Inside the box we get a few books so we know what we’re dealing with, a few cords just incase we didn’t have them already, and a spiffy handset that, if you’re new to Android, might totally impress you with its power in such a small package.

This isn’t the type of phone you upgrade to if you’ve already used an Android product. Instead, it’s the perfect package to be given to a person who’s used feature phones their whole life, or maybe even someone who’s never used a cellphone before! It’s hardware is extremely simple to understand, and the Android system inside is free from too many frills, making the whole situation free of fret.


Take a look at the unboxing of this phone to see what sort of experience the folks at Virgin Mobile are presenting to you. This isn’t your everyday carrier package that’s meant to be held under the counter while the salespeople do the talking, no way! This is a package that almost swallows the phone whole it’s so loud and expressive. Slashes and blasts of color here and there and every little bit of information you’d ever want on the phone printed on the outside of the package.

Does the phone live up to the whirlwind of pop-art presence? If the LG Optimus U was any indication, it totally depends on what you’re expecting. If you expected a full fantastic top of the line experience with the U, you’ll be sorely disappointed. If you expected a fully functioning but somewhat limited in scope by its screen size and tiny processor – you’ll be in for a treat!

Check out the video and the pics and prepare yourself for a full review soon!



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