A leaked pre-release version of Facebook Home has been released on Modaco forums, ahead of the planned 12th April Play Store release date (also the release date for the HTC First ‘Facebook phone’). Modaco says this pre-release version works on a range of devices including the Nexus 4 phone and Nexus 7 tablet.
This pre-release version is pulled from a leaked HTC First ROM and seems to be very buggy and incomplete. We could not get the ‘Chat Heads’ working, but it’s interesting to have a play with to see what Facebook has in store for us later this week.
Paul over at Modaco gives these instructions on how to get the APK’s working:
In order to use the leak, you need an Android device with a maximum resolution of 1280×768 and the ability to completely uninstall your existing Facebook app. This is important, as the leaked APKs are re-signed and can’t just be installed over the top of an existing installation. This will automatically exclude some devices which have Facebook installed in the base ROM. If you’re on a Nexus device you’re good! Even if you do have Facebook in ROM, provided you are rooted there are workarounds – i’ll detail these in the comments. If you have any problems installing post below and i’ll help if I can.
Download these 3 file to get Facebook Home before the rest of the world does, simply install all 3 and you’re set (bear in mind you do so at your own risk!):
Vodafone have announced that they have begun to take pre-orders for the hotly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S4.
Great news for the people who have been waiting for the brand new Samsung Galaxy S4 and now that it is now available to pre-order, you can do so with Vodafone, one of the UK’s strongest networks.
The new Galaxy S4 has a touchscreen that detects your finger when it is hovering over the screen, this displays additional preview information. The new Galaxy also automatically pauses videos when you away from the screen.
It also includes new features such as an app that uses all the sensors on the phone that will monitor your well-being . The Galaxy S4 also has an 13MP resolution camera
A Chinese forum have got hold a Samsung prototype which they think is the hotly anticipated Galaxy S4. Samsung have a launch event this Thursday with a high probability they will announce the next flagship in their Galaxy S range.
The pictures on 52Samsung show a 5-inch smartphone with styling very similar to the Galaxy SIII and it comes complete with a physical oblong home button and glossy plastic back.
The ‘GS4′ shown in the forum is supposedly customised for local carrier Unicom and has the model number: GT-I9502. It has a 1080p display, runs Android 4.2.1 and has a 1.8GHz processor (maybe a Exynos Octa 5410, an eight-core processor with four A15 cores for power and four A7 cores for power efficiency?) with 2GB of RAM. The leaked Samsung also has a powerful PowerVR SGX 544MP graphics chip which match up with recent leaks.
Apple have won the latest patent infringement lawsuit on Thursday in court, which found the iPhone maker did not unlawfully use Samsung technology.
Samsung’s argument was that Apple infringed on three individual patents that relates to processing and transmitting data on 3G mobile networks. After hearing all the evidence the court judged that all three claims were invalid.
This is just one of the cases between the two companies in various parts of the world, competition in the marketplace (as well as the courts) is fierce, Apple and Samsung account for one in every two smartphones sold worldwide.
Samsung said it was ‘disappointed’ by the court’s decision.
“Upon a thorough review of the judgment we will decide whether to file an appeal,” a spokeswoman said.
Apple so far have declined to comment to us.
Although Samsung lost this time, they have won a legal victory over its rival last year when a British judge ruled that its Galaxy tablet should not be blocked from sale in Britain.
If you are in the market for a SIM-only plan and visit EE’s website you may be surprised to see a range of SIM-only deals ready for 4G phones. EE originally planned to release their iteration of SIM-only earlier this month but due to network testing and stress tests they decided to delay for 2 weeks.
Starting at £21 and a 12 month commitment you get unlimited calls and texts with 500MB of 4G data, rising up to £36 (12 month contract) for 5GB of 4G data with unlimited calls and texts. EE’s 4G SIM-only is £15 cheaper than handset based contract but remember you don’t get a subsidised phone. EE are not currently offering the highest tier deal which offers 8GB of data on SIM-only
4G SIM-only is available to buy on a 12 month contract online from EE’s website and via EE’s telesales department. EE say that SIM-only will be available from their retail stores “soon”.
All around the world supplies of the Nexus 4 seem to have depleted. From the UK all the way to the United States of America stock of both 8GB and 16GB version ran out within minutes. Some users reported to have ordered 4 phones due to a fault on Google’s Play Store, others have said that they added the Nexus 4 to their baskets and upon trying to pay for it, the phone magically vanished.
The only companies that have the elusive Nexus 4 in stock in the UK are O2 and Carphone Warehouse. O2 are selling them on contract or £399 SIM free with a mandatory £10 top up. Carphone Warehouse on the other hand are only selling it with an 18 month or 24 month contract with a free phone from £31 per month.
When visiting the Nexus 4 Carphone Warehouse order page, you are greeted with 2 colour options, black and white. The two colour options have separate webpages. Notice the end of each web address which state the ‘colour code’ of the device.
To order the black version you have to visit: http://www.carphonewarehouse.com/mobiles/mobile-phones/LG-NEXUS_4?colourCode=BLACK
To order the white version(?) you have to visit: http://www.carphonewarehouse.com/mobiles/mobile-phones/LG-NEXUS_4?colourCode=WHITE
You may want to take this information with a pinch of salt but if you cast your minds back a few weeks, Carphone Warehouse leaked the Nexus 4 before Google could announce it at their 29th October Playground event (which eventually was cancelled due to hurricane Sandy). On the leaked webpage there is only mention of a black Nexus, but when we revisit the webpage there are two colour options.
Carephone Warehouse is the largest mobile phone store in the UK and regularly get ‘exclusives’ of devices. Sometimes if you want a certain handset which is not available via your network, they are the people to visit. The great thing about them is that all their devices come unlocked and usually unbranded.
We’re all eager to get our grubby mitts on the Nexus 4 but Google doesn’t want to take our money. Thousands of people around the world are constantly hitting F5 on the Play Store Nexus 4 page waiting for the order page to show up.
Here in the UK, O2 have got the exclusive for one month and launched sales of the handset at their store in the O2 Arena in London at 8am today.
The first 50 people in line to purchase the Nexus 4 will get a free LG TV but they may have been left disappointed at the £399 price tag for the 16GB version on pay as you go. The 16GB Nexus 4 will be £279 directly through Google.
Juan Marquez (@jmquez) was one of the Nexus faithful who braved the cold weather to stand in line at the O2 store, he was also one of the first people in the world to own a retail Nexus 4. Being the the gentleman he is, posted up a picture of his unboxed Nexus.
Follow him on Twitter to find out more about this ever elusive handset.
Today we’re taking a look at the new iPad mini, which is a smaller iPad. The new version has a 7.9 inch display versus the 9.7 inch display of the iPad 2, 3rd generation and now 4th generation iPad.
The display is lower in resolution; it’s 1024 by 768, which is the same resolution as the original iPad and the iPad 2.
It’s got two colours: there’s a black version which looks kind of like the black of the iPhone 5 and then a white/silver version. The black coating actually has this weird reflective quality, sometimes it looks a little bit blue, I must say, it looks very cool. (more…)
The Nokia Lumia 920, launching this month in Europe and USA. It’s a new flagship phone running Windows Phone 8 and it is sort of a second coming for both Microsoft and Nokia.
The first thing you will notice when you pick up the phone is that it is massive. It’s a really, really big phone, its heavy (it clocks in at 185 grams) which is more than 50% heavier than the iPhone 5. There are a couple of reasons for it to be so big, first because it has wireless conductive charging on the back and second is that it has a Pureview camera. (more…)
Apple just announced latest product, drum roll please… the iPad Mini. As the name suggests, it’s a smaller version of the iPad tablet with a screen that measures 7.9 inches. Apparently it “isn’t just a shrunken-down iPad, it’s an entirely new design.”
The iPad Mini comes in both black and white, the screen has a resolution of 1024 x 768 (it has the same resolution as the original iPad and iPad 2) with a 4:3 aspect ratio, which gives it a size advantage over it’s 7-inch competitors. It is only 7.2mm thick with an aluminum shell, which makes it 53 percent lighter and significantly thinner than the 4th generation iPad.
The iPad mini has a fast dual-core Apple A5 processor, optional LTE, a 5-megapixel iSight camera, 802.11n Wi-Fi, the new Lightning connector. Apple also claim that the iPad Mini will have an amazing 10-hour battery life. Basically, this is a giant, new generation iPod touch, with a bigger screen.
We’re not complaining though, as an iPod Touch beats many phones with it’s class leading browser and nearly 250,000 apps but only time will tell if this will be a market beater. We have a feeling it will!
Some researchers in the United States have developed an application for Android called UltraReset. Using the NFC chip in an Android phone. The app reads an Oyster cards balance and then allows you to write data (add credit) back to the card, increasing the balance to get more free rides.
The company that created the app, Intrepidus Group, demonstrated the application at the EUSecWest security conference in Amsterdam. The hack was demonstrated in the New Jersey and San Francisco subway system and can possibly be implemented here in UK’s London Underground on their Oyster cards.
Don’t go searching the Play Store for the app as the Intrepidus does not intend to release it but they have put out a tweaked version, called UltraCardTester, which will allow you to test their local subway system’s security. You won’t be able to rewrite your subway card balance, but you can let the transit people know that their system might be insecure.
Google has sent out invites to an event they have planned for 29th October 2012. Google’s event will be held a week after the Apple and Microsoft launch flagship products.
To be held in New York and to be streamed on YouTube, the invitation (pictured above) gives us no clues on what will be revealed. There has been rumours that Google plan to release a line of Nexus phones and even a $99 tablet. Only time will tell, though, so remember to catch the event on www.youtube.com/android.
With the recently released iPhone 5 and iOS6 we were greeted with 200+ new features some of which Apple invented [/sarcasm]. Some of these include in-house maps, Facebook integration, Video calls over 3G and a panoramic camera to name a few.
One of the great features that Apple neglected to tell you about is IFA or ‘identifier for advertisers’ to us common folk. This is a random, anonymous number is assigned to each user and their device. This number is sent back to Apple and then shared to advertisers so they can target you with a host of adverts tailored to your needs. IFAs cannot identify you personally but they do provide data about your browsing and purchasing habits.
Apple may have forgotten to mention this new feature when they launched the ‘what’s new’ page but thankfully you can switch this neat new feature off. In order to turn of tracking follow the guide below:
Touch the ‘Settings’ icon
Navigate to ‘General’
Then go to ‘About’
Now go to ‘Advertising’
Go to ‘Limit Ad Tracking’
Switch it to ON
By default this is set to OFF, this means you have not limited ad tracking. ON means ad tracking is OFF. Good luck!
In this day and age, kids as young as 11 have Internet enabled phones. Parents are happy to buy their offspring a mobile phone but they are not aware of the dangers and pitfalls they can encounter on a Mobile Internet Device.
Parents give in to their child’s needs and often think that they can trust their children to police themselves online but as always, there is a degree of risk. Thankfully there are a number of tools to protect your child online.
Facebook, Twitter and Blackberry Messenger are what parents think their child uses but as the Internet is open, they will be able to access x-rated content, dating sites and chat sites.
Phones 4u have created a dedicated website to help guide parents through the available tools at network and device level. There is advice about content filtering, cyber bullying, social networking and tracking. There is also parental control sections for each network allowing you to make an informed decision on which network to sign up to. Click n the source link fr more info.
The tug and pull between Apple and Samsung never seems to cease. Even though Apple is one of Samsung’s customers, it didn’t stop them from hiring one of their top chip designers, Jim Mergard. Mergard is known throughout the chip making industry, he originally moved to Samsung from AMD after a long career there. According to the Wall Street Journal he is leaving to work for Apple.
For Samsung and Apple, chip design has become a priority. While Samsung is known expert in memory technology, they have vowed to become more of a goliath in developing microprocessors. Apple has also been recruiting chip designers to help it gain world domination with its mobile devices. Both companies use technology from ARM (they;re the ones who created the MALI-400 found in the Galaxy S2).
As Steve Jobs quite beautifully put it “Good artists copy, great artists steal. And we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas”.
Apple’s big boss Tim Cook has visited the Foxconn factory where the iPhone production takes place, the said factory is being accused of improper labour practices. Recently at the iPhone 5 factory there has been a mass walk out due to quality control guidelines, this in turn has effected iPhone 5 delivery dates around the world.
Cook is in China to meet the talks with Vice President Li Keqiang, he will also meet Beijing’s mayor and the final stop on his closely guarded itiniery is a visit to an Apple Store.
Foxconn produces the iPhone and iPad and is a major part of Apple’s global plan, but due to worker suicides and tough working conditions, not everything is going to plan.
China, is the worlds biggest market for mobile phones and it’s also Apple’s number 2 customer after America.
The guys over at Clove are usually the first to list sim-free handsets on their website and just a few hours after the official announcement by Samsung in Germany, true to faith, there is already a pre-order page for the Samsung Galaxy S3 mini up.
According to Clove, the mini iteration of the Galaxy S3 will set you back £298.80 which isn’t too bad for a dual core phone. Shame about the screen which although is a 4 incher comes in at a measly 800×480 resolution.
The specs the same as what we reported ealier in the day with no major differences. The Galaxy S3 mini will launch with 2 colours, blue and white, the same colours as the Galaxy S3.
As the S3 mini is a mid range phone expect it get it free on a 18 month contract.