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Enable WiFi/USB/Bluetooth network tethering on your HTC EVO 4G LTE

by: Bams SadewoJune 22, 2012

Black or white model – the latter possibly out soon – owners of HTC EVO 4G LTE won’t be able to use WiFi tethering on their device without having to resort to some creative solution, preferably one that doesn’t require paying an additional monthly fee to Sprint. Last we checked, the mobile hotspot plan costs $20 a month for 2GB and $50 for 6GB of data.

The same goes when trying to use some good old USB or Bluetooth network tethering, which is normally impossible due to carrier’s restriction. Fortunately, the task is but a simple one for the tinkerers at themikmik.com, who devised a method later shared on XDA-developers.

For those who are rather skilled, you can [...]

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iPhone to Galaxy S3 switch made easy by Samsung with free Easy Phone Sync app

by: Chris SmithJune 22, 2012

Even though the U.S. launch has been fumbled by carriers and Samsung so far, the Galaxy S3 is rolling out in more and more markets as we speak and the South Korean Android maker is trying to make the most of its 2012 Android flagship handset.

Pocket-lint reports that Samsung is especially interested in accommodating the needs of current iPhone owners who may consider switching to Android, or more specifically, to a brand new Galaxy S3.

One of the obstacles smartphone fans can encounter when deciding to move from one mobile platform to another is the difficult process of accessing their digital content purchased on the old platform and [...]

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HTC’s next flagship, the One XXL, gets its specs revealed in leaked screenshot

by: LucianJune 22, 2012

HTC is working on a new flagship One device, presumably called One XXL. The name of the device might lead you to believe that it’s that Galaxy Note competitor that we heard about. Indeed, One XXL would’ve been a well suited name for a HTC-made phablet, but it seems that the device is actually an upgrade to the HTC One X (or One XL on AT&T and Bell).

The new One XXL can be called a next-gen device, seeing how it will have a quad-core S4 Pro SoC, with Adreno 320 GPU, and 2 GB of RAM, although the rest of the specs are not that new. You get the same 720p display (not that it should be any higher) and an 8MP rear-facing camera, which, if it would take [...]

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XP Mod Launcher makes Android look and work like Windows XP

by: LucianJune 22, 2012

What’s this? Windows XP on your Android device?

Well, not quite, it’s XP Mod Launcher. A team of developers called team.fluxion have taken upon themselves the very complex challenge of making Android look exactly like Windows XP. So, in effect, it’s a mod, or a more advanced launcher for your phone or tablet, that replicates the XP experience down to the smallest detail.

Users can go and explore through folders by using the appropriate (Android) apps. You can even copy, cut and paste stuff on it, much like you would in a real XP environment.  Of course, the XP mod for Android mostly concerns the interface, as the back-end stuff is still handled [...]

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Droid RAZR, RAZR Maxx Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade official

by: Chris SmithJune 22, 2012

After a rollercoaster ride made of various Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade rumors for the Motorola Droid RAZR and RAZR Maxx, we can finally confirm that the two Android handsets will get Android 4.0.4 in the following days.

Verizon has posted software upgrade instructions for the handsets on its website, and you should prepare your RAZR version for the upcoming over-the-air (OTA) download. The carrier details two ways of getting the OTA upgrade: OTA User Initiated and OTA Server Initiated.

OTA User Initiated From the Home screen, tap the Menu Key > tap Settings > About phone > System updates > Download. Once the download has [...]
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Intel buys 1,700 Wi-Fi, 3G and LTE patents from Interdigital

by: LucianJune 22, 2012

Intel has seen the chaos created by the patents wars in the mobile world, so it seems that, instead of waiting to get burned like the others got, they decided to prepare ahead, by building a competitive patent arsenal.

Intel is purchasing 1,700 patents related to Wi-Fi, 3G, and LTE technologies, from Interdigital, a company from which Google recently bought some patents as well. Intel paid $375 million for the whole bunch, which seems like a low price, considering that recently, 1,000 mobile related patents went for $1 billion.

Intel is no stranger to developing wireless technologies. They’ve been pushing Wi-Fi since its inception with their Centrino [...]

 

AT&T officially confirms delayed release of Samsung Galaxy S3

by: Ankit BanerjeeJune 22, 2012

Well, it hasn’t been a good week for Samsung Galaxy S3 fans in North America. It all started with Samsung announcing that the Canadian release of the device will be delayed to June 27, with T-Mobile and Sprint also confirming a few days back a delay in the release of the device, other than in certain cases. The delay is, of course, for the same reason – issues with “overwhelming demand” and limited supply.

Yesterday, there was a report that stated that AT&T may be joining the bandwagon as well, and we now have official confirmation of the same. According to a statement received by The Verge, due to supply constraints, some AT&T customers [...]

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[Poll] Windows Phone 8 features – are you impressed?

by: Chris SmithJune 21, 2012

After unveiling Microsoft Surface a few days ago, the company’s first Windows-based tablet, Microsoft on Thursday introduced Windows Phone 8 during the Windows Phone 8 Summit event. Alongside the recently announced iOS 6, WP8 will the main adversary of Android Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean. That’s why we’re going to take a look at the main 8 features of WP8, as presented by Microsoft’s engineers and see what this next-gen mobile platform will have to offer.

After that, we invite you to answer our newest poll – are you impressed with Windows Phone 8?

Before we delve into the main Windows Phone 8 [...]

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Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus [video]

by: ClaytonJune 21, 2012

After initially choosing Android over IOS, one must then decide which Android phone suits them the most. Whittling down your choice can be tedious, as you will be presented with a large number of phones from a large number of manufacturers. Looking to pick up a high-end Android handset manufactured by Samsung? You’ll be faced with purchasing one of Sammy’s three recent creations- the Galaxy Nexus, the Galaxy S2, or the Galaxy S3.

Today we will be pitting the flagship Galaxy Nexus against the spec-heavy Galaxy S3. Now, it is a given that the GS3 is a newer, more powerful phone than the Galaxy Nexus. But, for all you Android lovers [...]

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AMD and Intel reveal the direction of CPU development

by: Gary SimsJune 21, 2012

The humble central processing unit (CPU) has been powering our computing devices for decades and the changes and innovations seen over the years have been nothing but astounding. But the big CPU companies aren’t resting on their laurels. Recently AMD and Intel have made announcements which give us a tantalizing taste of what could be to come. First up, AMD has announced that it will start including ARM Cortex-A5 CPUs inside of its x86 APUs (Accelerated Processing Units). AMD coined the term APU for a single piece of silicon – known as system-on-a-chip (SoC) – which contain more than just a CPU. The current AMD APUs contain an x86-based CPU plus an integrated GPU. [...]

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