Thursday, November 29, 2012


The reports and analysis for Blackfriday sales are out. According to analysts at IBM, of all the online transactions, iDevices lead the charge with 18.5% compared to 5.5% of Android. This analysis also reveals some insights about Android OS's version-wise distribution. Although Gingerbread is still ahead of all(probably because all low-end android smartphones support only gingerbread and they account for most Android based shipments), ICS is catching up. Jelly Bean is quite behind and older versions of Android are gradually fading away.


NetApplications has come up with a chart, as usual, to show the internet usage, based on device-based browser hits data, for the last two years. It says that the king is still the iPad but when it comes to phones Android is starting to catch up with iPhone based internet usage. Its noteworthy in a way because iPhones were always considered to be internet friendly devices(Apple always touted about that in there Keynotes) but i guess Android is leveling the field.


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State of a 2 month old coverless iPhone 5

Everybody who hasn't been in the cave for last 2.5 months know that this beautiful piece of work, iPhone 5, is a scratch magnet. But people at Gizmodo wanted an exact measurement of how much this phone wears out in regular usage over a period of month.

Gizmodo's Sam Biddle decided to compare two black iPhone 5 after there use over a period of two months to find out exactly how much difference does owning a case for this piece of art makes. As it turns out, quite a much.


Both the iPhones were used like regular phones - tossed in bags with keys, pant pockets and weren't much meticulously taken care of. White version is also prone to scratches but due to its color they aren't much noticeable. iPhone which was used with the case looks like a newly bought one - its all like it should be, like Apple wants it to look. But the iPhone without the case has blemishes and scratches, scratches that are deep enough to show what iPhone is actually made of - Aluminium. Each corner has some defect now and it looks like a thoroughly used iPhone.


Although this may not really matter. To be true, every phone shows wear and tear with time and it should never be expected to look, after some time, the way it looked on Day 1. This expectation only causes you sadness when your phone gets its first scratch or a bump. But hey, that's just my opinion. Many people want to keep their phones like a new born baby and that's their call.

In the end, Scratch-phobes beware before buying an iPhone 5 or get a good looking case.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Microsoft already working on Windows 8 update


We recently reported about the changes Windows Phone 7.8 might have and a possibility that Microsoft may be planning on Windows Phone 7.9 update for the WP7 adapters. Now, there is a new piece of information coming our way. According to latest reports, Microsoft is working on an update to Windows Phone 8, Apollo +. It is supposed to be '.1' update and will be adding some missing features such as VPN support and option for OTA updates. It is also to going to solve some very irksome wi-fi connection bugs that many users have reported.


We are expecting to find out more about Apollo + in the eagerly awaited and upcoming Mobile World Congress 2013.

Apparently, Microsoft din't have enough time to incorporate some features, such as a notification center, and hence they have been missing from the OS. Although these are expected to roll-out gradually in coming updates but due to the poor planning Microsoft Windows Phone 8 has surely scored some negative points in the charts of reviewers and users.
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Nexus 4,7 and 10 get Android 4.2.1

Asus Nexus 7 got Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) update with the release of LG Nexus 4 and Samsung Nexus 10 two weeks ago and very soon users found out a bug which wouldn't let December appear in Contacts app. Well, the bug has been squashed by the Google Developers with the release of 4.2.1 update which is seeding globally.


The update weighs just 1.1 MB through OTA and fixes the Bluetooth issues many users were experiencing addition to the re-appearance of December in Contacts app.
If you din't get the notification automatically, you can update the device manually - it should be there.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Changes in iOS 6.1

Although Apple's iOS 6.1 isn't officially out yet for the general public but Apple has released its Developer-only beta version. So, i thought of giving normal users a sneak-peak to what they might get when Apple eventually launches the public version and everyone upgrades. So, lets get to it after a break.



I am going to feature three major updates that have been spotted as of now only, but you can always have a look at the complete change-log from Apple by clicking here.

Now, lets have a look at the major three.


  1. Apple Maps

By this heading most of you may have thought that Apple has updated its faulty maps and corrected all the accuracy and data issues it is having since its launch. But that demand will be on the wishlist only as of now and isn't being answered. Instead Apple has just put a very prominent 'Report a Problem' button in the Maps UI which can be revealed by pulling the corner tab(in a curtain raising type fashion). This tab takes users to a windows to report any kind of issues you have with the app. Everyone expected a maps update, but seeing Apple moving in right direction is not a bad thing after all.


2. Lockscreen Music Controls

Apple has changed its 'Aqua UI' of lockscreen music controls to its new slider and spread out buttons, matching to the way they are displayed in its native Music App.


3. SIRI update

Siri, Apple's virutal assistant app, now shows an option to purchase movie tickets through Fandango as a new functionality in addition to the option of locating cinemas and showing movie schedules. Of course, this is US-only for now but its good to see Apple is expanding Siri's horizon, which is now present on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Mini and iPod Touch 5th generation.


These are the major changes spotted by the users and developers on iOS 6.1. Of course, developers can have fun with the new juicy APIs and find out about them by clicking here.

We will keep you updated about any other changes Apple seeds in its next beta. Also, when it comes out we advise you to keep your distance from it if you want to hold on to your jailbreak. Do tell us your views about this by leaving a comment, we'll be interested in hearing from you.

Update [05.02.2013] = iOS 6.1 has now been released along with iOS 6.x untethered jailbreak, evasi0n.
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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Hacktivating and Unlocking an iPhone


iPhone has always been an iconic smartphone. But the icon comes with a price. Many of us know that carrier locked phones are subsidized but you need a carrier sim and connection to activate and use such phones. But as we all also know, there is always a solution to every problem. So, here i am with the problem and its solution.


If any of you might have tried to activate a carrier-locked iPhone with another carrier's sim, you must be familiar with this is error message  For those who do not know, let me inform you that Apple's Servers DO NOT let you even activate a carrier-locked iPhone without the carrier's working sim and this is the error message you get.

So, to unlock the iPhone so that you can use any carrier's sim on it we need to get past this error message. This process is know as hacktivating.

So, first lets see how to do that. Although it may sound a big thing but its actually very easy.

Step 1: Insert any sim in the iPhone and switch it ON. You'll see the error message now.

Step 2: To hacktivate you need to jailbreak the iPhone right here only. If you were thinking of doing something without jailbreak then you should the Software Unlock Utility used in this tutorial also needs a jailbroken iPhone. To know how to jailbreak, have a look at iOS 6.x Untethered Jailbreak if you are on iOS6 and Jailbreak iOS 5.1.1 if you are on iOS5 or lower.

Now, when the device will boot, it will show the no SIM Card Inserted error for just a moment and then it will let you see the home-screen of your iPhone. Here you go, you have hacktivated your iPhone and bypassed the activation error.


But you have just bypassed the activation screen and a "No SIM Card Installed" error still sits on your screen.


To make it go away so that iPhone can recognize your SIM we need to unlock the iPhone.

Note: You need to have wi-fi connection to be able to go through with the unlock process because it requires internet connection.

So, lets have a look at it.

Step 1: Go to the settings menu of your iPhone and connect it to a wi-fi connection or hotspot.


A symbol like this should be sitting in your iPhone's status bar at the top after successfully latching on to the wi-fi network.

Step 2: Click on the Cydia icon on your home-screen and let it load and reload its sources.


Step 3: Click on search and then type ultrasn0w in it. You can click on any of the three links that comes up but I chose to click the first one.


Step 4: Now, click on Install in the top-right corner and then Confirm at the very same place.


Step 5: Now it will download the small package and reload the data. Then it will show 'Reboot the Device', click on it and let your iPhone reboot.

Step 6: Now, when your device re-boots you will have an unlocked iPhone. But after rebooting, you may again get NO Sim Card Installed error. All you need to do now is take out the SIM tray and again put it in. You should get the following on-screen notification now.

Voila!!


For iOS 6 users only

But, iOS 6 users won't be getting this. There is an issue with ultrasn0w as of now which is yet to be fixed but a solution is already out.

After you are done with Step 5 above, follow these steps.

Step 5.1 : Go to Cydia again and then go to manage tab. Then click on Sources.

Step 5.2: Click on Edit in top right corner and then add in top left corner.


Step 5.3: Type repo.insanelyi.com and click on Add Source. When it gives you an error click on Add anyway and let the process complete.


Step 5.4: Go to Search tab of Cydia and type ultrasn0w fixer for 6.0 .


Step 5.5: Click on it. Then click on Install and then on Confirm.


Step 5.6: When Reboot the Device appears, click on it.

Now you can move on to Step 6 as well.

Step 6: Now, when your device re-boots you will have an unlocked iPhone. But after rebooting, you may again get NO Sim Card Installed error. All you need to do now is take out the SIM tray and again put it in. You should get the following on-screen notification now.

Voila!!


So, there you go. Now you have an unlocked iPhone. You should know that if you update or restore you iOS firmware, you will loose the unlock and you will have to start the whole process from square one.
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

In weeks we may get Windows 7.8, Windows 7.9 in works


It looks like Nokia doesn't want to keep the Windows Phone 7.8 under the wraps anymore. "Head of Nokia Asia Pacific Developer" suggests that we might have the update before we previously thought.

Microsoft, in Apple fashion, never announced a solid launch date for the much-anticipated Windows Phone 7.8 update which caused all this rumor flow.

Well, nobody gets benefit from crying over the past so moving on, according to recent reports, Windows Phone 7.8 was RTMed and that is the reason why smartphone world is buzzing with the word that it might roll-out within few weeks. This came not long after the leaking of Nokia's in-house training document which had details on the changes it will be having.

Now, if that wasn't enough for you, a rumor, which originated from Nokia Germany, indicates that Windows Phone 7.9 is in works too. If that is true, it will be a very pleasant surprise from Microsoft. We all know that Microsoft promised at-least 18 months support for Windows 8 platform, but knowing that it hasn't forgotten about early adapters of Windows Phone OS is kinda nice thing to know.


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Tuesday, November 20, 2012



It wasn't much time before that we learned about Windows Phone 7.8 being released in Q1 of 2013 and here now we have a piece of news that there has been a Nokia Document leak containing some information about Windows Phone 7.8's new features.

As we all know, Microsoft promised a Windows Phone 8-like lock screen with customisable tiles but there is more according the leaked Nokia document which apparently is the in-house training document.

The lock screen is supposed to be customisable and user can choose an app to update the lock screen periodically. It sounds familliar to Windows Phone 8's Live Apps Service.


The new OS will also have a MP3 editor which lets you make ringtones out of songs and also there will be 20 system colors in total now. Although Internet Explorer's security will be updates, but Windows Phone 7.8 users won't be getting a taste of speedy IE10.

Also, OEMs(atleast Nokia) will be adding there own touch to the OS. For example, Nokia will be adding Data Transfer Over Bluetooth facility for non-DRM protected media.

We all also know that sometime back Windows Phone Italy let slip some features of Windows Phone 7.8 while replying to a question from a fan.


The list included 'Rooms'(which Microsoft itself informed about) and something called 'Clubs' which has been assumed to be referring to Xbox Music, Rooms and Smart Glass services.

Here is a list that may help you summarise the differences between Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.8.


Well, we all know rumors are to be taken with a pinch of salt always, and such rumors should be taken with a big one but who knows it maybe the lucky one that comes out to be true :)
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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Taliban reveals its PR mailing list


Guess, what just happened. Taliban, yes you read it right, by mistake revealed its whole PR mailing list.

Taliban spokesperson Qari Mohammad Yousef Ahmadi doesn't know the difference between CC(Carbon Copy) and BCC(Blind Carbon Copy) options of E-mail, apparently. This fortunate mishap has resulted in leaking of entire PR mailing list of the group consisting of over 400 email addresses of journalists, members of governments, activists and academics.


To say it in easier terms, Taliban has accidentally given up names of journalists and some much more important people that DID NOT want it to be known that the list has their names on it. There has already been extensive report and analysis by ABC News on the matter. 
This is what the analysis says:
Ahmadi regularly sends out emails to people in his PR mailing list about the groups' recent "activities" but this time he decided to forward an email he received from Zabihullah Mujahid and instead of putting the list in BCC column, he put it in CC column resulting in the leak.

We hope you have never made that mistake. But if you have let me jot down the difference for you. CC is used to mail copies of mails to secondary recipients. BCC does the same except recipients can't see each others name or email addresses. So, if you want to protect your recipients, use BCC.

I just hope no one clicked on the noble "Reply to All" button.
On a serious note, if i were on that list, i'd surely be worried.

Lets hope, Taliban learns from this mistake. :P
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Friday, November 16, 2012

Nokia rebrands its mapping service

Stephen Elop,CEO of Nokia, announced in the San Francisco event that Nokia is re-branding its mapping service and from now on it will be called Nokia HERE. The service is gonna remain same mostly but with added pinch of some cool new features.


There are 4 major new features.

  • Collections
          This feature lets you save your favorite locations in your Nokia account and lets you then access them
          and quickly jump to them on any device you log on using the Nokia account. It is similar to starring
          service of google maps.

  • 3D View
          This feature lets you view 3D view of key and popular locations in the world and is similar to Flyover
          Mode of Apple maps. As a matter of fact, the data supplier for Nokia HERE's 3D maps is C3
          Technologies which is also the supplier for Apple's Flyover Mode.

  • Street View
          Nokia is also incorporating Google Maps-like Street View to its new maps. It has accomplished this
          by acquiring a street mapping company called Earthmine.


  • Maps Editor
          This is a rather interesting one. Nokia HERE lets users edit the names of places and streets, even the
          traffic information, for other users to see. Nokia though this to be necessary in order to make its maps
          much more accurate relative to ever-changing real-world data.


But the best part isn't either of these. The best part is that Nokia is going to launch an app for its HERE service across all platforms,be it iOS,Android, Windows Phone or Symbian.Windows Phone and Symbian will be having integration as they have had before.Also, the iOS version includes turn-by-turn guidance and public transportation information. So, iOS 6 users can now cheer up a bit. According to sources, Nokia's app is ready and is waiting Apple's approval. Nokia will also be giving HERE SDK to Android OEMs so they can integrate within there own apps. A web app for Mozilla's upcoming Firefox OS is also in the works.

I guess Nokia is in a very good mood these days :)

Meanwhile, you can check the service by going to here.com or here.net .
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Q1-2013 might see the rollout of Windows Phone 7.8

Everybody is busy in getting ready for Windows Phone 8 devices building an opinion, a bad one or a good one is their own choice. And there are some who adapted for Windows Phone 7 and are now grinding about the fact that they won't be getting Windows Phone 8. But Microsoft already announced a consolation for this by promising to give "Windows Phone 8 like" experience through Windows Phone 7.8 .



Microsoft itself hasn't announced anything yet, but Windows Phone Brasil may have mumbled some great news.
According to Windows Phone Brasil's official twitter account, Microsoft might begin Windows Phone 7.8 rollout in Q1 of 2013. Of course, this may only be true for Brasil but we all know Microsoft won't take long for the global rollout after that.


So, that means we won't be able to play around with WP 7.8 until the next year but lets hope Q1 2013 means January 2013 instead of March 2013.
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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Rovio Launches Angry Birds Star Wars

I know everyone likes the Angry Birds game where you hit the BAD piggies. SO, to supposedly take it to the next level Rovio has launched Angry Birds' next iteration named as Angry Birds Star Wars. The game is available for download on iOS, OSX, Android and Windows Phone platforms.


The game costs 0.99$ for iPhone but 2.99$ for its bigger sibling, iPad. As usual, Android has two versions : A free ad-supported version being called Standard version and other 2.99$ paid HD version, which in quality does not look much different then Standard version. Also, Windows Phone 8 store has priced it, as it does usually, identically to iPhone store at 0.99$ . It is costliest of the lot on Mac OSX at 4.99$.

After playing it for a while before writing this post, i can say with confidence that it IS NOT any different from Angry Birds Space and sometimes it feels as if only background has been changed which makes it not all that exciting. Of course, everyone is entitled to their own opinion and i plan to play further too to find if my initial impressions are true or not. Also, i will make a post if i find anything worth noting in the game or anything new at all.

iOS : iPhone | iPad
Android : Standard | HD
OSX
Windows Phone 8




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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Is Microsoft working on a Xbox Surface Tablet?

Microsoft recently announced the 10" RT tablets line and now reports are coming that it is working on a 7" tablet with the name of Xbox Surface. The difference between this one and past ones is that this one has been built for one purpose, gaming.


According to The Verge, Microsoft is working on a 7" tablet made specifically for purpose of gaming. As per the reports, Microsoft is using an ARM processor with a high-bandwidth RAM, although the specifications can be altered for Intel's SoC. The device is supposed to be running neither on Windows 8 nor Windows RT, instead a custom Windows Kernel based OS similar to the software of Xbox Console.

To those getting confused, it is neither Xbox 720 or the next generation of Xbox console which we have been hearing about for quite a long time.The presence of the Xbox branding may feel interesting at first, but in the end it IS a 7" tablet, a segment in which gaming has already been pioneered by Apple and its store. Even Google PlayStore has rushed quite ahead of the competing UIs. Apple Store and Google PlayStore have gained such a massive lead that it even makes PS Vita moot to an extent.
But still, we can always hope for a game changing innovation from Microsoft's Sillicon Valley office.:)




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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

US iPhone 5 unlocked pricing shows up


As of now, apple store only lets you buy an iPhone 5 in locked formed i.e. carrier locked to any one of the carriers it supports.


Although it has not changed officially but when you search for 'iphone 5 unlocked' on apple.com or apple store, search results give the official pricing of Factory Unlocked iPhone 5.




So, the prices have been unveiled to be 649$ for 16 GB, 749$ for 32 GB and 849$ for 64GB. I guess they are about right as they are exactly similar to those of Factory Unlocked iPhone 4S before iPhone 5 was launched. Although, European prices are about £30 hiked.


So how many are going to go for it. Drop us a comment to let us know your opinion :)


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Sunday, November 4, 2012

How to Install Dreamboard on your iPhone



I know what you guys are thinking. Photoshop. Or maybe some wallpaper. Or maybe trick.
No guys, this is working HTC Sense with working widgets and animated wallpapers. And no its not a port. I know what you are thinking, "How to do it?"! Well, that's what this post answers.

So guys, lets go for it.

The prerequisite for all this trickery is an app called DreamBoard which will enable us to apply this very elaborate theme. DreamBoard is a much more advanced alternative to WinterBoard, that many of the jailbreakers are familiar to.

So now lets see how to get DreamBoard on your iDevice.

Step 1: As most of you must have guessed, you need a jailbroken iDevice to move ahead. If you dont have a jailbroken iDevice, you can head over to this guide (For iOS 5.1.1 users) or this one (for iOS 6 users).

Step 2: Now lets click on the jailbreakers' best friend, the Cydia app. Let it download and reload its sources.


Step 3: Now go to the Search tab and type DreamBoard.  There are 4 repositories hosting DreamBoard and you can select anyone of them. I chose to go with the first.


Step 4: Click on Install on top-right corner and then confirm at the very same place.


Step 5: Let this install. Its a 12MB download(with all of its auxiliaries included) so make sure you have at-least that much data download available. Also, as it can take sometime either set your auto-lock to never for the app install or keep touching the screen so that it doesn't sleep. If screen sleeps in the midst of the download process, it will fail and you will have to do all-over again.


Step 6: Now in the end it will ask to Restart SpringBoard. Click on it and let reload.

Now, you will see a D shaped icon of DreamBoard on one of your scroll-able screens.


There you go, you now have DreamBoard installed in your iDevice.
Now, click on DreamBoard icon and you will see a complimentary theme called Endroid. YES, you guessed it right. This is the theme that will make your iDevice have a layer of HTC Sense UI.


The best part about DreamBoard is that out there are tons of very cool themes which can be downloaded using Cydia and applied through DreamBoard  And you can come back to normal iOS UI anytime you want by clicking on Default theme.




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