Posts Tagged ‘os’
  • Google Phone’s on again/off again relationship with our souls…
    by Mike
    Posted November 30th, 2009 at 10:21 am
    For every site you find on the internet telling of a so called "Google Phone" -- the ultimate Android phone according to Google's own tastes -- one can find just as many if not more sites debunking such rumors with the most popular reasoning being that Google would hurt 3rd party partners. Because of this, we'll never see a Google Phone straight from Google. They don't make hardware. Or do they? Gizmodo received a hot tip that points even harder to Google releasing a slab of hardware on thei...
  • Moto Droid battery mysteriously draining? Check those background processes.
    by Mike
    Posted November 16th, 2009 at 4:22 am
    The beauty of the Android platform is the ability to multi-task. Multi-tasking is a feature that such clever yet "not quite there" ideas such as Push Notifications just can't compete with. On the Moto Droid, some people have been experiencing rather quick battery discharge times. Some unfamiliar with the platform or device may instantly credit it towards the processor juggling several apps at once in the background. But the real case is that it isn't exactly multiple apps in the background, ...
  • At launch, Sony Xperia X10 will only support 65k colors. Android 1.6 to blame.
    by Mike
    Posted November 12th, 2009 at 4:29 pm
    Oh the horror. Sony has been teasing us for days on end with Xperia 10 slideshows and videos of a UI that is simply gorgeous and now we come to find out that it's only capable of 65k colors. Before you get too upset and cancel your date with Rachel, you must know that this is a limitation with Android 1.6 that is scheduled to ship on the device at launch -- not the hardware itself. The OS simply can't make use of all the hardware stuffed under the X10's hood. There is hope. Android 2.0 ...
  • Crawl inside the skin of Snow Leopard [Hidden features]
    by Mike
    Posted November 6th, 2009 at 1:17 pm
    I'm a tinkerer by heart. I love to fine tune my gadgets and software until they break -- then I do it all over again. Nature of the beast I guess. Mac OS X has usually been a rather simple more simplistic OS in that without help from 3rd parties, it is generally pretty involved to make any system tweaks. It doesn't matter if you actually don't know how or don't have time, I'm sure if a solution existed to drastically reduce your time spent tweaking you'd be all for it. What about something ...
  • HTC “Book” UI coming to a smartphone near you?
    by Mike
    Posted October 30th, 2009 at 12:01 pm
    Companies get ideas, services, and products patented everyday. If it's an idea, they may never even implement or use it in any current or future products. They're protecting themselves. Because of this, we can't take every patent we see literally or as if it is "set in stone" but instead more as "suggestions" as what could be coming in the future. With touchscreen's the new "it" feature on dumbphones, featurephones, and smartphones alike, distinguishing yourself from the playing field that...
  • HTC saying “No thank you” to Android 1.6. Hello hotness to 2.0?
    by Mike
    Posted October 28th, 2009 at 1:31 pm
    HTC's current lack or recognition for Android 1.6 (Donut) has left many HTC users feeling hurt and unloved. Even though Cupcake/1.6 doesn't bring anything that earth shattering, Android people love their updates. Almost as much as CrackBerry users. So it is understandable that a lack of 1.6 love could cause some problems. Take comfort in knowing that it is for the greater good.... An email between a slightly disgruntled HTC Hero user and an HTC European CSR: Dear HTC customer, Thank...
  • Android 2.0 (Eclair) gets the “official” treatment.
    by Mike
    Posted October 27th, 2009 at 1:24 pm
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  • CyanogenMOD back with 4.2.1 stable release
    by Mike
    Posted October 27th, 2009 at 10:38 am
    Looking back but a mere month ago, hearing the word "CyanogenMOD" meant sadness and sorrow as it was at that time Google sent Mr "Mod a cease-and-desist order because of his Android tinkering. Thankfully a common ground was reached and Cyanogen could continue on pleasing many Android tinkers across the world. To mark the anniversary, a new stable release of CyanogenMOD, ver. 4.2.1 has been released. Different from other versions however, this one will lack all of the Google branded/Google Exp...
  • Sony Xperia X3 X10 “Infinity” coming out party goes down November 3rd.
    by Mike
    Posted October 26th, 2009 at 8:31 pm
    The Sony Xperia X3 is so far my favorite device leading into the end of the year. While the X1 and X2 were pretty sweet devices, the fact that it was running WinMo pretty much killed it for me. However, with Android and a tweaked UI dubbed "Rachel" coming on the X3, this latest Sony device has got my attention front and center. Hmm, now about that X3 moniker, well, not even a couple a days ago, the X3 became the X10. Why skip so many numbers? No idea. Not exactly sure what kool-aid Sony is...
  • 7″ C-motech “Mangrove” tablet a 1GHz Snapdragon MID
    by Mike
    Posted October 25th, 2009 at 11:27 am
    Living the life as a mobile internet tablet is full of obscurity and not knowing exactly what your purpose in life is. I mean, smartphones are small and powerful, easily able to slip into a pocket. Laptops are small computers that also have copious amounts of power on board (mid-higher end anyway) and are also relatively portable. Tablets and MID on the other hand are sort of stuck in a never ending limbo as they're way to big to be categorized as a smartphone and often too underpowered and...
  • What is this mysterious Windows branded laptop on 30 Rock?
    by Mike
    Posted October 24th, 2009 at 9:06 pm
    Eagle eyes by Chris from MobileWhack caught a seemingly average laptop being used on the show 30 Rock. On closer inspection however we can see what appears to be a glowing Windows logo. Microsoft doesn't make hardware in regards to actual computers. So what is it? A simple one-off made for the show or some slick skin/sticker? Most likely. I've noticed myself that Macs, particularly Macbook Pro's are becoming increasingly more common in TV commercials. Is Microsoft following Apple's lead...
  • BlackBerry Storm getting legit 5.0 upgrade this Sunday, October 25th.
    by Mike
    Posted October 24th, 2009 at 10:30 am
    While not much can be done to save the not so greatness that plagues the first gen BlackBerry Storm, those looking to ride out the storm (no pun intended) and continue on with their trusty device have a few fixes coming their way this Sunday, October 25th. It is on this magnificent day that RIM will officially release the OS 5.0 upgrade. For CrackBerry fanatics needing a more specific number, note this OS as 5.0.0.328. Besides some subtle UI tweaks here and there, users can expect to see thre...
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