Posts Tagged ‘operating system’
  • Vive la resistance: PS3 hacker “Geohot” announces PS3’s “Other OS” option is back!
    by Mike
    Posted April 7th, 2010 at 4:55 pm
    It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand the basic problem that knee jerk reactions cause. In the case of Sony and the axing of the other os option for "fat" PS3's in the recent 3.21 update, Sony simply took the easy route out. Instead of embracing or merely patching the hole that allowed such a hack to be performed, they banned the option to install Linux outright. Now, the debate as to how useful it was given the PS3's limited resources isn't...up for debate. The simple fact is...
  • Windows 7 Service Pack 1 hits the interwebs…unofficially. [Leak]
    by Mike
    Posted April 7th, 2010 at 12:11 am
    Feeling like getting your hands (and inner computer parts) dirty this late late evening/early morning and just so happen to run Redmond's latest and greatest OS? Then you may want to stop that non-stop clicking for just a moment so you can take in this in: Windows 7 Service Pack 1 has been leaked. Right. So what's so great about it that we all need to stop drop and download? Nothing really. At least nothing immediately noticeable. I know, big let down. The build number of this particula...
  • Verizon Palm Pre get’s cut deep — Now $49.99 w/ 2yr. contract.
    by Mike
    Posted April 1st, 2010 at 12:42 am
    In the market for a webOS device? What about kicking it up a notch to a more "mature" version of webOS in the form of a Palm Pre+ or Pixi+ ? If you had any reservations because of the price, drop it. Verizon is either feeling the webOS love or they have warehouse upon warehouse chock full of these things. Either way they're dead set on moving as many webOS devices as possible. Don't believe me? Well then, ask yourself if they are in fact aren't desperate to sell sell sell, why would they f...
  • OS X 10.6.3 released. Start yer downloads!
    by Mike
    Posted March 29th, 2010 at 12:56 pm
    And just like that folks... We've seen 10.6.3 updates getting pushed to devs what seems like for months now with no official release. Whatever the holdup was appears to be fixed now as 10.6.3 is finally readily available for the masses to consume. The updates are fairly robust and include a shmorgusboard of bug fixes and performance enhancements. If you're the type that lives and dies by the version number, it's in your best interest to get a leg up on it pretty quick. Get the download an...
  • Google to put the stop sticks on Android fragmentation, to begin releasing system apps and components via Android Market.
    by Mike
    Posted March 29th, 2010 at 12:09 pm
    Engadget got a nice little tip whilst visiting the CITA events this past week. For Android users, dealing with fragmentation across different carriers and manufacturers can be infuriating. It's a legitimate concern really. 'Till this day, you can still find Android 1.5 or 1.6 being rolled out on "new" phones. It's a slap in the consumers' face though, and quite honestly, disgusting that carriers and manufacturers alike can't get their ducks in a row. But Google apparently has a fix. In ...
  • WinPhone 7 and the disappearing background apps…
    by Mike
    Posted March 15th, 2010 at 8:49 pm
    So what do you think? Generally it's good practice to ask the mind bending, cortex tickling question at the end. You know, saving the best for last. But I figured I'd switch it up. WinPhone 7 is a dramatic departure from Windows Mobile in every way. It's appearance, functionality, features, and overall usability have all been given huge boosts. So much so that even I, a long time WinMo hater have seen the light at the end of Microsoft's tunnel. It's not all happy endings though. As the ti...
  • Moto DROID *officially* getting Live Wallpapers with 2.1 update!
    by Mike
    Posted March 6th, 2010 at 11:06 pm
    Moto DROID owners who aren't necessarily into the "underground" world of modding, hacking, and custom ROM's were no doubt a bit disgruntled when finding out the 2.1 update would not be as nifty super cool as the Nexus One's special flavor of Flan (2.1). Adding to the anger, Motorola missed the February-ish time frame that 2.1 for the DROID was supposed to drop. On the subject of Live Wallpapers, the general consensus was that the DROID simply lacked the needed muscle to get the job done smooth...
  • PuppyArcade to make multi-faceted gamers’ dreams come true. CD-based OS for playing old games.
    by Mike
    Posted March 2nd, 2010 at 8:18 am
    Running a modern Crysis-like game at 1920 x 1200 is no doubt a thrill if you have the required hardware to do so. But for all the eye candy that bombards gamers today, sometimes a "simpler life" is being sought out. The good 'ol days of gaming with graphics measured in bits instead of MHz or RAM allotment cater as some would call it, to a more "real" or enjoyable sense of gaming. Getting this classic fix in the modern age has been made possible thanks to countless emulators and ROMs. But the...
  • HTC HD2 not getting WinPhone 7 upgrade after all?
    by Mike
    Posted March 1st, 2010 at 7:53 am
    The hands down best WinMo phone out there is the HTC HD2. With it's massive screen and blazing fast 1GHz Snapdragon processor means even lowly WinMo 6.x runs like a dream (most of the time). With Windows Phone 7 on the map now however, the HD2 has lost some luster, especially considering the hardware that's in the pipeline that will showcase WinPhone 7. And then, rumors of a WinPhone 7 upgrade for the HD2 made it's rounds to the relief of many HD2 owners, solidifying at least a few more months...
  • About that amazing Nexus One display…
    by Mike
    Posted February 22nd, 2010 at 1:34 pm
    If you still feel that your Nexus One is the king of crop as far as smartphone displays are concerned, you may not want to read this. (Spoiler alert: N1 display isn't so hot!) Care for more info? Right, cheerio then. Looking at the picture above, one can easily see the difference between the top (iPhone 3GS) and bottom (N1) displays -- the latter looks like junk. It looks like junk if you know what you're looking for that is. That striping non-sense is called banding, and it's a good ...
  • The “Android SIM”: CPU, OS, and 1GB of memory on a tiny, hot-swappable card.
    by Dirk
    Posted February 18th, 2010 at 4:52 pm
    Smartphones have the ability of usually being fairly customizable on the users' end, allowing various configuration changes and other software tweaks. The biggest reason that such tinkering catches on however is generally dependent on the OS and hardware inside. Because of that, the ability to customize a device varies from handheld to handheld. But what if the typical notion of a smartphone were removed from the traditional plastic shell and shrunken down into a card no bigger than your stan...
  • WinPhone 7 dev policies leaked!
    by Mike
    Posted February 18th, 2010 at 6:58 am
    Worried that Windows Phone 7 won't let you play with multiple apps at once a la Apple? Well, if the leaked Windows Phone 7 development policies are anything to go by, there may be some hope. According to dev policies, "preemptive" backgrounding will be enabled. However, apps must pass through an app submission and provisioning process for further scrutiny -- fruit anyone? Much like the Zune environment which the Windows Phone 7 OS pulls from, Silverlight, XNA, and .NET Compact Framewor...
  • Samsung Wave’s Snapdragon 3D performance 4x better than “other” Snapdragon CPU’s?
    by Mike
    Posted February 17th, 2010 at 6:16 am
    The processor everyone wants right now is Snapdragon. With meager power requirements considering it's 1+GHz speeds, it's not hard to see why. So far, the more prominent phones to have received the speedy chip have been the WinMo powered Touch HD 2 and the N1. Both equally fast phones for sure. But Samsung's recently announced "Wave" smartphone could put them all to shame, not necessarily raw CPU speeds considered, but buy graphics performance. In the image above, you can see the CPU and G...
  • Microsoft Pure and Turtle Mobile Phones (Project Pink) early specs revealed: You had me until the “Windows 6 CE” verbiage…
    by Mike
    Posted February 16th, 2010 at 7:17 am
    As much as I and I'm sure many of you like to drool over the highest quality smartphones, not everyone wants, needs, or can afford such lavish expenditures. For such individuals, more mid to lower-range smartphones with a basic web browser, full qwerty, and decent email support are enough. It looked as if the much lauded "Project Pink" handsets from Microsoft (dubbed the Pure and Turtle) were going to be quite the hot ticket item for lower-end smartphone sales -- and then I read the spec sheet...
  • Motorola “largely focused on Android for the time being”.
    by Mike
    Posted February 15th, 2010 at 2:01 pm
    While the rest of the consumer world is all excited about Windows Phone 7's announcement and revealing today, Motorola doesn't seem to be falling into the hype just yet. If you looked at any of the event recaps, you'll notice that when hardware partners were highlighted, long time Windows Mobile backer -- Motorola -- was no where to be seen. When Motorola was questioned directly on their Windows Phone 7 adoption, a Motorola spokesperson had only this to say: We value our long-standing relat...
  • Windows Phone 7: Everything you (almost) want to know!
    by Mike
    Posted February 15th, 2010 at 10:32 am
    Today hold's host to what is quite possibly one of the biggest, most important releases for Microsoft in the companies history. Yes, Windows 7 for the desktop was a much needed (and now successful) revelation, moving users from the gut-wrenching experience that Vista bestowed upon the company. On the mobile front however, Microsoft has been lagging for several years now. So for all intents and purposes, Microsoft needs Windows Mobile (now renamed) Phone 7 to be a slam dunk and then some. Wit...
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