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4 years ago

Sony Xperia Z has its own lockscreen bypass bug

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Sony's Xperia Z is joining the ranks of the iPhone and Galaxy S3 today with some tinkering that has exposed a security flaw in the lockscreen of the device. According to Scott Reed, who found the flaw on his personal Xperia Z, the lockscreen bypass only takes a few easy steps and allows full access to the device. That's a bit further than some other recent lockscreen bugs will get you, and is certainly troubling. Sony has supposedly fixed the bug that led to some Xperia Z devices randomly bricking themselves, and now they've got another fun bug to fix on their hands.

It's always a good idea to keep your phone in your sight if it has some sensitive data on it, but you may want to be extra careful until this bug is fixed up. If you want to see the flaw in action, stick around after the break for a video of Scott doing it on his device.

Source: GSMArena

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Archos GamePad

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A couple months back, at CES 2013, we first had a look at the Archos GamePad. It's an awesome idea that fills a hole in mobile gaming -- we need good controls. The GamePad solves this by having everything you expect to see in a game controller built into the frame of a 7-inch tablet. You have dual-joysticks, directional buttons, A,B,X,Y buttons, start and select, and a pair of buttons on the left and right shoulders. This sounds like just the ticket for some of today's big, immersive games -- I'm looking right at you Ravensword: Shadowlands.

The hardware itself, both inside and out, is nothing to write home about. A dual-core A9 with a Mali MP4 GPU won't exactly get spec junkies up and moving, and the device itself is 100-percent plastic. While that will make it nice and light to hold while playing games, it certainly makes the thing feel a little cheap. The good news is that the price tag reflects this, and the GamePad will only set you back about $180.

The GamePad does more than play games, as it's basically a 7-inch tablet at heart. It runs Android 4.1.1, with very little customization done to the standard stock build of Android. But my first impressions are that it's not a very good 7-inch tablet. It seems a bit sluggish, but I'll reserve judgment here until I get everything signed in and set up. I won't hold back about the screen though -- it's terrible. You can watch movies and look at pictures on the GamePad, but you won't want to. The resolution (1024 x 600) makes things look pixilated, and the viewing angle is atrocious. The good news is that the GPU won't have to work very hard to drive the low-res screen while playing games.

I'm really looking forward to gaming on it. The controls feel excellent, and the placement is perfect. You can see a quick look at it all after the break, and after I give it the old college try I'll post a more thorough review. In the meantime, head into the forums with any questions you might have, and I'll do my best to answer them.

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4 years ago

OpenTable update brings Foodspotting photos to restaurant listings

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Restaurant reservation booking service OpenTable has just update its Android app to include images on restaurant listings from popular service Foodspotting. If you'll recall back to January, OpenTable purchased Foodspotting (which has its own app) in a natural combination of two dining-based services. Well it didn't take long to integrate the services, as now restaurant listings will show foodspotting images from other diners.

For now, if you want to participate in Foodspotting by adding your own images, you'll still need to download the Foodspotting app. We could imagine at some point in the future both apps (and services) will completely combine, but for now they're at least integrating at one point. Grab a download of the updated OpenTable app from the Play Store link above.

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4 years ago

PAC-MAN + Tournaments arrives for free on Google Play

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For the first time ever, Namco Bandai has released a completely free version of PAC-MAN, and it's exclusively available on Google Play. PAC-MAN + Tournaments offers a full-featured free-to-play version of the original game, along with a new "tournaments" feature, which lets you play online against others on new stages each week. The game also has new never before seen mazes available for purchase, along with online leaderboards and achievements.

Namco Bandai also says that it plans on releasing Google Play-exclusive downloadable content in the future as well. The game is of course free to download in the Play Store, so if you're looking to take a trip down memory lane head to the link at the top of this post.

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4 years ago

LTE model Chromebook Pixel to ship in early April

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Google has updated the Play Store device page for the LTE-enabled Chromebook Pixel, and it tells us that orders should ship out by April 8. The upgraded model offers 64GB of internal storage, as well as 100MB of free Verizon LTE service per month, Users can contact Verizon for additional use, and if things haven't changed from previous Chromebooks, you can get a monthly no contract plan or a standard LTE device data plan.

The Pixel isn't cheap. Wifi only models are $1299, and the LTE version checks in at $1449. They also aren't for everyone, as Chrome OS is an entirely different animal from the Windows, Mac, or Linux operating system you're probably used to. To learn more about the strengths and weaknesses of Chrome OS, and more about the Pixel itself, be sure to check out our review

Source: Google Play. Thanks, everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

How to set up your HTC One

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You've got a number of options to transfer data from your old phone to your new HTC One

So you've unwrapped your shiny new HTC One and you're ready to get up and running. In this article we'll help guide you through the process of getting your accounts and preferences in order, in addition to showing you around the new home screen dynamic.

From the BlinkFeed home screen reader to new app drawer setup, there's a lot to get to grips with before you even look at the more advanced stuff. And even more important is the addition of a number of ways to move your data from your old phone to your new HTC One. You can even parse an old iTunes backup to get your stuff off the iPhone and onto your new Android phone.

Check past the break for our walkthrough of your first hour or so with HTC Sense 5 on the new HTC One.

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4 years ago

Evernote 5 available in the Play Store with updated UI, camera, and shortcuts

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Evernote users will be happy to see that their favorite note taking app has received a large update today, bumping it up to version 5.0. Along with a minor face lift to the user interface, shortcuts are now available that let you quickly access notes, notebooks, and tags. For those that like taking pictures of their notes, the redesigned camera now automatically adjusts photo contrast and shadows for maximum legibility in Page Camera mode. Batch shooting has also been added to the new camera, letting users add multiple pictures to a single note. The new version also brings integration of the Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskine. Premium users get Document Search, which adds all attached office docs, spreadsheets, and presentations to the universal search.

Grab the update using the Play Store link above. The official developer's change log, along with pictures and videos of Evernote 5's new features, can be found at the source link below.

Source: Evernote

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4 years ago

Nexus 7 now available in India directly from the Play Store

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The Nexus 7 has just appeared for sale on the Google Play store in India, with a shipping date of April 5. There hasn't been any official announcement to our knowledge, but a couple of quick people on Twitter found it as soon as it went live in the store -- and it doesn't get much more official than that. If you're in India, you can add it to your cart for Rs. 15,999 (about $295) and have it shipped "by April 5, 2013".

Even though the Nexus 7 may seem like old news to those of us who have had easy access to them for several months, it's a huge deal to see Google finally selling Nexus devices directly to India. Google has been making huge efforts to expand Android's presence in the country, which has been growing its mobile and smartphone usage dramatically over the last year.

Thanks, @sandeepnargund and @atulalvenkar!

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4 years ago

Google+ app gets redesigned feed, new sharing options

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Snapseed photo filters, other editing tools included in the iOS update

Google today announced an update to its Android and iOS Google+ applications, with a number of new features.

First off, you'll notice that your feed looks a bit different. You get more text before you have to tap through -- definitely a good change. And tapping a photo or video or link now takes you straight to the page to watch the video, view the pic in a lightbox, or to the linked site. Google also says that image previews are now shown full frame. Also, the +1 and share buttons have been moved. Comments scroll through the bottom as well. Good changes, all.

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4 years ago

The Conduit HD hauls first-person shooting from the Wii to Project SHIELD

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NVIDIA had a huge presence at PAX East 2013, and one of the big titles they were showing off on Project SHIELD was Conduit. This was a game that was originally launched on Wii a few years ago, and they've since managed to port the sci-fi first-person shooter over to Android.

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4 years ago

We're live from GDC in San Francisco!

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The show season's just heating up, and we're live this week from sunny (or is it soggy? Or foggy? Whatever -- just wait 10 minutes) San Francisco for the Game Developers Conference, otherwise known as GDC. Full Mobile Nations coverage is in effect here, with Simon Sage rocking things for Android Central, Rene Ritchie hitting things up for iMore, and Paul Acevedo for WPCentral

The coverage starts now, Now, NOW! Get ready for more gaming gamage than should legally be allowed by law!

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4 years ago

Breach and Clear to bring tactical SWAT-style action to Android

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Breach and Clear was a hidden gem at PAX East 2013. This upcoming indie tactical combat game for Android and iOS promises deep strategic gameplay and high customizability in a free to play format. Players guide an elite police force through tense scenarios where even the slightest wrong move can have deadly consequences. The early build we played at PAX ran really well, considering how early in development it is. Some of the guys working at Gun Media on this title have done some fine AAA games, including Call of Duty, which bodes well for the final product. 

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4 years ago

Debug 11: Don Melton and WebKit

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Don Melton, former Engineering Director of Internet Technologies at Apple, talks to Guy and Rene about open-sourcing Mozilla, building Nautilus, creating WebKit -- the rendering engine now used by the Android browser, Chrome browser, and ChromeOS -- teaching bears to dance, and cleaning cusses from code bases.

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4 years ago

Lightning Launcher: More customizations than you can shake a stick at

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One of the great features of Android is the ability to change launchers, and within that category the ability to go completely off the rails with customization -- Lightning Launcher is one of those options. It's going to take some work, but the incredible set of controls and changes you can make with this launcher may be worth it if you're motivated. Best of all, it's free as well.

Stick around with us after the break and see how far the customization can go with Lightning Launcher -- users looking for a basic launcher with a few extra perks need not apply.

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