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Google's Nexus 7 has been rooted, overclocked and flashed with custom ROM, all before its official release

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 10, 2012 3:31 am

Before the sure-fire-hit $199 tablet from Google and ASUS hits, the Nexus 7, the tablet has been overclocked, flashed with a custom ROM, rooted and replaced with a full tablet user interface (UI). 'FadedLite', a member of the XDA-developers forum posted some instructions on how to do the rooting.




But, it seems that rooting the Nexus 7 isn't as easy as previous smart devices, as the Nexus 7 features a locked bootloader. We all know that things like this can usually be overcome, with experienced developers trying their hand on the Nexus 7, provided they have sdk, can use adb as well as fastboot, and have debugging on the Nexus 7. They'd also need to download Su and CWM.


Overclocking on the Nexus 7 is impressive already, ramping up to 1.5GHz thanks to a kernel build from zaventh. The kernel does sport other features such as voltage tweaks, and support for init.d. The kernel is insecure, which is to be expected in its early days. User 'jcarrz1' offers an "enhanced" Android Jelly Bean experience with a custom ROM. This custom ROM sports init.d support, Zip alignment, a host file that blocks ads, the Aroma installer, Busybox, the Nexus 7 boot animation, an uncluttered appearance, the removal of some unnecessary apps, and enhanced speed.

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LG are working on a quad-core smartphone, also sports a 10-megapixel camera

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 10, 2012 2:08 am

It seems as though LG wants to claw their way back up that smartphone winning mountain, with their first quad-core smartphone arriving in the form of the Optimus 4X LTE this month, but there is a follow-up coming soon that should also impress. This device is said to have a camera that beats the Optimus' 8-megapixel rear-snapper.




A report from The Chosunilbo says that LG Electronics chairman Koo Bon-moo has direct input into the planning and development of the as-yet-unnamed device, which is due to his dissatisfaction that the mobile-making division of LG has not taken full advantage of technology produced by fellow LG subsidiaries.


What makes Bon-moo's blood boil is that parts from LG Display, LG Chem and LG Innotek are featured by numerous LG competitors, including Apple, but last year, the LG Electronics chief said to have pointed out that LG is not "making enough" of the technology. Recent smartphone industry data from Strategy Analytics revealed that LG hold just 3.7-percent of the industry-wide shipments, with Samsung taking 30.6-percent, and Apple with 24.1-percent.

AMD's dual-GPU Radeon HD 7990 to arrive in July, would be a very limited edition

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 9, 2012 10:15 am

AMD's dual-GPU Radeon HD 7990 has been quite elusive until now, but "New Zealand" is now rumored to be hitting sometime late this month. It will sport two Tahiti XT GPUs and 6GB of GDDR5 memory, with special editions of the 7990 reaching an amazing 12GB of RAM on-board.




VR-Zone cites some of their sources saying that the boards are being sampled right now, with it all ramping up to a product launch before the end of the month. Pricing is one of the details that has been left out for now, and AMD are known to change pricing at the last minute.


Do you think we need a Radeon HD 7990? So there can be more broken 3DMark records? The only time these bad boys would really stretch their legs is for multi-monitor gaming, or when games really ramp up their graphics engines in the near-future, hopefully. I would love to see what one of the 12GB cards could do, CrossFired up with another HD 7990 12GB card, on 6 screens, oh the pants-wetting would be glorious.

7.85-inch iPad to go into production at Foxconn Brazil in September

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 9, 2012 9:40 am

Rumors of a 7.85-inch iPad have been coming in thick and fast, with the latest news to crawl down the spider web of the Internet over the weekend is that Foxconn's Brazil-based plant will start production of a 7.85-inch iPad this coming September.




Japanese blog Macotakara has reported:


According to Chinese reliable source, the tablet called iPad mini will be produced in Brazil, however production test to collect data for new cutting machine is already done in China. Source said that, production phase of this tablet will be started since September, and this tablet should be shipped until holiday season, but announcement will not be so soon.

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Guess who's back? GALAXY Nexus is back, on the Google Play store

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 9, 2012 9:00 am

Google's Play store saw the disappearance of Samsung's GALAXY Nexus smartphone off of their virtual shelves last week, but it has made its triumphant return. The injunction to stop the Nexus from being sold was awaiting a response to four reported violations of patents.




But, it was back a little over 24 hours later. The Nexus is important for Google to keep going into the future, as its their lead device for Ice Cream Sandwich. Although the device won't ship for another three-to-four weeks, it should be running a version of ICS that doesn't infringe on the patents Apple were throwing the injunction orders at them over.


Are you looking forward to grabbing a Nexus from the Play store?

Samsung GALAXY S III takes the battery life trophy, according to Which? test labs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 9, 2012 8:22 am

Smart devices may be getting faster, better, thinner and all that, but battery life is (to me) the most important aspect of any smart device, especially a smartphone. I hate having to charge my phone during the day, and I can't wait to get to the point where we're charging these things for week-long use.




Well, Which? test labs, who insist they are completely independent of any manufacturer, magazine, or website, have compared some of the latest and greatest smart phones such as Samsung's GALAXY S III, HTC One X, Sony Xperia S, Apple's iPhone 4S, and more, as well as the average 101 mobile phones they previously tested, and compared them under medium 3G receiption levels to get a realistic estimate of real-world usage.


The results of this are very interesting, Samsung's GALAXY S III smashes it out of the ball part with 726 minutes of calling, equivalent to a 12-hour session. HTC's One X was second with 635 minutes and Apple's iPhone 4S came in at fourth, with just 467 minutes of call time.

TSMC is still confident in their 28nm manufacturing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 9, 2012 7:14 am

Last week, there were reports that United Microelectronics Corp (UMC) had won a contract with Qualcomm that would see them producing Snapdragon S4 chips. This would've been bad for TSMC, as it would be at their expense since they'd have lost the contract.




Considering TSMC is the world's largest contract chip-maker, they're losing contract to companies like Samsung and UMC. It looks as though Samsung is producing Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 chips, using their 28nm manufacturing process.


It has been reported that Qualcomm's decision to switch from TSMC to Samsung isn't due to production quality, but quantity. Qualcomm doesn't seem to be confident with TSMC's ability to keep up with demand, but TSMC still believes that their 28nm manufacturing process is among the best. A TMSC spokesperson has chimed in with:


We do not comment on business with clients. We're confident in our leadership status in 28-nm and will fulfill customers' demands in the fourth quarter.

Thecus increase TopPower warranty to five years

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 9, 2012 6:28 am

Thecus have just announced that their new line of NAS products, the TopPower series, will come with a 5-year warranty. This makes them a much more of a future-proof purchase, considering the warranty is a great 5 years.




The Thecus N6850, N8850 and N10850 (6, 8 and 10-bay NAS) are already on the market, sporting Intel Pentium, Core and Xeon processors, accordingly. The Thecus TopPower series are designed to bring the supreme rackmount performance and storage capacity, to the tower format.


Featuring touch panels and sleek design, and now their 5-year warranty, how could you miss out? The 3 devices are also even more future-proof, sporting the ability to be upgraded with a 10GbE PCI-e card, it will cover all of your storage and speed needs.

Samsung will release a Windows RT-based tablet in October

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 9, 2012 5:38 am

With Microsoft making the decision to make their own hardware may have upset other OEMs, Samsung are still going full steam ahead on releasing a smart device based on Windows RT and it will be released in October.




The Windows RT-based tablet from Samsung will sport an ARM-based processor, and has now opened up a new avenue of business for the company, since they're now supporting Windows 8 and Windows RT-based devices. The move is sure to help Samsung have more devices on offer, with multiple OSs to choose from, to combat their main competitor, Apple.


Windows RT is set to become the first mainstream OS from Microsoft built for touch-screen devices that works on energy-efficient chips that are usually bound for smartphones. Most traditional desktop and notebook PCs run x86-based processors.

RIM's BlackBerry App World sees 3 billion downloads milestone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 9, 2012 4:45 am

Research in Motion may be experiencing all sorts of hurt in the market, but they are still here and still a player in this market and today they've reached a milestone for their BlackBerry App World. If you don't already know, BlackBerry App World is RIM's application store, like the App Store, or Google Play.




They've reached the milestone of enjoying three billion downloads since it launched back in 2009, with nearly a billion of those downloads in the last six months alone. Of course, these numbers aren't anywhere near the explosive numbers Apple and Google enjoy.


Considering Apple passed the 25 billion downloads mark this year, with these numbers constantly rising. RIM also says that these 3 billion downloads include theme and wallpaper apps, productivity apps, games and more. But, its still a milestone.

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