Monday, September 30, 2013

Most of Nexus 5 specs revealed

LG Nexus 5 have been the hot topic of the rumor mill for quite some time now and it looks like all the peepers' hard work has finally paid off.

The guys over at were able to get there hands on a log file of Android 4.4 KitKat and then had to dug through the 133 thousand lines of the log file. But the result of this work was probably worth it as they were able to see some specifications of the LG Nexus 5, also known as LG D820 and HammerHead).

The phone, expectedly, is powered by a Snapdragon 800 chipset with 2 GB RAM, 4.97" 1080p screen with 442 ppi pixel density and 16 GB storage space (on the one whose log file was leaked). The phone was running Android 4.4 KitKat (with KRS74H build number). It is supposed to come with an 8 MP back snapper and 1.2 MP front one. Whether or not the device will ship with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) is still a mystery but the chances are against it.

LG Nexus 5 will pack a dual-band Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac support, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and GPS (with GLONASS) support - the full connectivity suite. The device whose log file was leaked featured North American LTE support but most likely a European should come out as well. Although the log files do not mention battery capacity or device size but FCC listings point it to have a 2300 mAh battery and 131.9mm tall and 68.2 mm wide footprint.

Nexus devices are always a hit majorly because of amazing update support and core Android experience. The device is supposed to be unveiled on 31 October.
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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Apple releases iOS 7.0.2 to fix some bugs

Apple started seeding iOS 7 about a week ago but as soon as the OS went public, a vulnerability was discovered which, when exploited, was able to give unauthorized access to iOS 7 running devices. Apple already acknowledged that bug and now it has started seeding iOS 7.0.2 to address the security flaw.

The bug in iOS 7 allowed illegal access to the device and thus letting the intruder get access to messages, email, photos and social network profiles of the owner of the device. Apart from fixing this bug, the Greek keyboard has also been added to the OS. You can download the IPSW file for your respective device(s) by clicking here.
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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Android 4.4 KitKat screenshots revealed

As it turned out a couple of days ago, the next Android iteration will be Android 4.4 KitKat instead of the previously rumored Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. But there was no information about what it will look like or the changes Google will do to the OS. The first leak, in the string of leaks about to come from the rumor mill, is out.

The leak comes courtesy of guys over at 9to5google. The pictures reveal a new lighter coloring scheme in the phone app's dialer. In the messaging app, the controls are being showed to be moved to the top right corner instead of bottom side based setup, much like the ones in iOS. The leaked screen shots also reveal a lighter colored status bar icons as well. Have a look at the screen captures to see for yourself.

Android 4.4 KitKat is expected to be unveiled alongside of Nexus 5 in the second half of October and by the looks of it Google is thinking of some element redesign and rethinking the placements of certain icons.
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Microsoft unveils Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro

Microsoft has not been able to do much when it comes to the smartphone and tablet industry. Although Windows Phone 8 was a step in the right direction, Microsoft still needs to try and do everything to get the attention of the buyers. To give its buyers better and newer choices, Microsoft has just released two new tablets - Microsoft Surface 2 and Microsoft Surface 2 Pro.

Microsoft Surface 2

The first of the set is the Microsoft Surface 2 - the successor to the original and not-so-successful Surface tablet. The slate is now thinner, lighter and faster. It is powered by the latest Nvidia Tegra 4 chipset which features a 1.7 GHz Quad Core Cortex A 15 processor and a whopping 72 core GeForce GPU. It has 2 gigs of RAM in addition to that. Apart from this, the display has got a major upgrade. It is now a 10.6" 1080p display with 5-point multi touch support. According to Microsoft, Surface 2 now has a better battery life (10 hours of video playback and 7-15 hours of standby), upto 4x performance, 5x better camera and the bus and wi-fi speeds are also twice then before.

It has the standard suite of connectivity options with some things in addition to it. It features a wi-fi a/b/g/n support, Bluetooth 4.0, microSD slot card support, 3.5 mm audio jack, HDMI port and even an USD 3.0 port. It has a 5MP snapper at its back and a 1/3" sensor size 3.5 MP front camera and both with 1080p shooting capabilities. It also features a better 2-stage kickstage.

Microsoft is offering its customer 1 year of free international calls over Skype, 200 GB of SkyDrive storage with instant sync and Microsoft Office 2013 RT edition consisting of Word, Excel, OneNote and Outlook with the all Magnesium tablet.

The Microsoft Surface 2 is expected to hit the shelves on October 22 with two storage options of 32 GB and 64 GB available for 449$ and 549$ respectively.

Microsoft Surface 2 Pro

The surface Pro has got a proper upgrade as well. It now runs on an Intel Core i5 processor which runs at 1.6 GHz (2.6GHz in turbo mode), Intel HD Graphics 4400 and 4GB or 8GB (depending on your choice) LPDDR3 RAM. It uses the screen same as that of Microsoft Surface 2. According to Microsoft people, Pro 2 has 20% better performance, 50% faster graphics, 75% better battery life and 50% better color accuracy when compared to previous generation Pro tablet. It has support for pen-input and the Surface Pen in included in the retail package.

It has the same connectivity suite as that of Microsoft Surface 2 with an addition of a miniDisplay support. Unlike Surface 2, its snappers are 720p and not 1080p but it does feature stereo speakers. The new 2-stage kickstand is present here as well.

Microsoft will be giving the 1 year international calls over Skype and 200 GB SkyDrive storage for 2 years with this slate as well and a one month free trial of Microsoft Office 365.

Surface 2 Pro will also hit shelves on October 2 along with Surface 2. It will be available in 4 storage options - 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB. The 64 GB model costs 899$, 128 GB one costs 999$, 256 GB one costs 1299$ and the 512 GB model costs 1799$. These are the price of 4GB RAM version but if you want 8 GB RAM in your slate you need to throw in extra 100 bucks.
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Apple starts seeding iOS 7 to the general public

When Apple announced iOS 7 back in June, everyone was wondering when would they be able to get their hands on the brand new OS and when Apple released beta many were able to get their hands on it without even being a developer but those who couldn't, and even those who could, were waiting eagerly for the public release to come. On September 10, during its Town Hall event, Apple announced that general public can start downloading and using iOS 7 from 18 September, 2 days before the release of iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. The wait is now over!

iOS 7 is the major redesign in the world of iOS since the launch of the operating system. The whole UI has been transformed from skewed to flat and their is a fresh bunch of animations going on as well. For more info on the changes in iOS 7, click here.

The public release, as usual, is same as iOS 7 GM Seed that was seeded by Apple 6 days ago. It is free from some of the very annoying UI bugs that iOS 7 Betas suffered from. You can download IPSW (iPhone SoftWare) from here to keep it for a rainy day.
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Friday, September 13, 2013

Windows Phone 8.1 notification center image leaked

Windows Phone users have been craving for Notification Center in the OS forever now and the pain became more aggravated after even Apple users got it through iOS 5. Since then the rumor mill is abuzz that Microsoft is preparing for it but it hasn't been confirmed...yet.

Sometime back it was tipped that Microsoft is indeed planning to bring the changes about in the OS but there hasn't been any information, whatsoever, confirming the same. But now an image of the Notifications tile representing Windows Phone's notification center have leaked and started making rounds on the internet.

The tiling on the homescreen of Windows Phone UI was originally supposed to act as a notification center but it is very easy to miss out on notifications when you virtually unlimited number of tiles to look after. The update to feature this is supposed to be called Windows Phone 8.1 instead of GDR3, which was tipped to feature it originally.

While Windows Phone 8.1 is still farther into the future, GDR3 will be released in the meantime and as such leaks are pre-assumed to be taken with a pinch of salt, only Microsoft knows what's coming up next for Windows Phone users.
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Sony's Xpera Z1 is the new flagship device with an amazing 20.7 MP snapper at its back but an Android device may be useless for many without a root available for it. The device was announced not so long ago and hasn't yet hit the market but developers have already started to crack the code and find their ways in.

To root the phone, all you need is tool called 360-root and although it is in chinese, you can't get it wrong because of its simplicity. All you need to do to get your Sony Xperia Z1 rooted is download and run the software, connect your device via a USB cable and hit root in the software and you're done. For those who still want to get things cleared and can not read Mandarin, you can head over to XDA-Developers Forum.

The best part is that this is not the only option available in the market. A similar tool, named VRoot, is also present at your rescue but it is in Chinese too.

Disclaimer: Before rooting, do read up on what you are trying to do and what are the risks of the process and the result. Also know beforehand if the process is worth the risk and what to do in case you brick your device.
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Apple releases iOS 7 Grand Master seed

Yesterday Apple announced the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C during its event and they also mentioned the fact that iOS 7 will be shipping to general public on September 18 and thus it was speculated that they will release the Grand Master Seed of the iOS to the developers very soon. And they have done that!

Apple has taken this opportunity to get rid of as many bugs as possible specially the UI ones that creeped the previous betas as this is going to become the public release on September 18 until and unless Apple spots a major flaw or has to do a major change at the 11th hour.

Note:- While Beta releases have always been available only to developers (which requires a 99$ / year paid account), you can click here to find out how to install iOS 7 GM Seed on your iDevice.
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Install iOS 7 Beta without being an Apple Developer

Apple recently announced iOS 7 and many users have cheered up since then as Apple answered many prayers of their fans and improved themselves as well while doing it. And, like a tradition, there are many enthusiasts who want to get their hands on the beta versions of the latest and greatest (this time it is actually the greatest) iOS to which Apple grants access only to registered developer account holders which costs 99$ annually. But since Apple stopped all softwares from accessing UDIDs since iOS 6.1, beta version can be installed by anyone fairly easily now.

Note: This method works for all the iDevices that are compatible with iOS 7 - iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod 5th generation, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4 and iPad Mini.

Lets have a look at how to do this.

Step 1: Connect your compatible iPhone or iPod to your computer. Open iTunes and using that backup your information.
Note: Use Windows' Contacts folder to get hold of your synced Contacts and make a copy of your photos and videos as you will have to loose them to get iOS 7 beta.

Step 2: Download the latest possible iOS 6 (iOS 6.1.4 for iPhone 5 and iOS 6.1.3 for rest) IPSW from here.

Step 3: In iTunes, click on your iDevice and in the Summary page, click on Restore iPhone... option while holding Shift key (Alt key if you are on Mac). This will open a browse window using which browse to the IPSW downloaded in Step 2 and click on Restore.

Step 4: After the update, set it up as a new device and go to the home screen of your device after going through the various activation steps.

Step 5: Download the respective iOS 7 Beta file (windows users can click here to know how to access .dmg files) for your iDevice from one of the following links.

Update [26.06.2013] - The links have been updated to iOS 7 Beta 2 download links and iPad links have been added to the list as well. Also, all the links have been updated to .IPSW file links.

Update [09.07.2013] - The links have been updated to iOS 7 Beta 3 download links.

Update [30.07.2013] - The links have been updated to iOS 7 Beta 4 download links.

Update [07.08.2013] - The links have been updated to iOS 7 Beta 5 download links.

Update [17.08.2013] - The links have been updated to iOS 7 Beta 6 download links.

Update [11.09.2013] - The links have been updated to iOS 7 GM Seed links.

Step 6: Now again click on your iDevice in iTunes and click on Check for update button while holding Shift (Alt key if you are on Mac) key down in the Summary page.

Now it will again open a window for you to browse like in Step 3. Use this to direct it to the iOS 7 Beta IPSW file you have downloaded in Step 5 for your iDevice.

Now just let it roll. As soon as the process is done, you will have iOS 7 Beta installed and working on your iDevice. Please note that this is a pre-release version and only a beta. So it is not for the faint of hearts and you should go ahead with this process at your own risk as this is still prone to random freezes and restarts.

Video Tutorial

Since the steps after doing the clean install, i.e. after step 3, can be confusing for many people, a video tutorial video has been upload to our channel. Please have a look in order to get rid of any confusion what so ever.

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Apple announces iPhone 5S with bells and whistles

Apple always releases an iPhone with 'S' at the end of it once every couple of years and thus, this year, the Cupertino giant was expected to announce iPhone 5S too apart from iPhone 5C during today's event which took place at their Cupertino Headquarters and they have done just that.

As it can be seen, iPhone 5S looks exactly as iPhone 5 used to look like but don't get fooled as Apple has taught it some clever new tricks on the new side to set it apart from the crowd.

It now comes with the new A7 processing unit which is supposed to double the processing and graphics power when compared to its predecessor, iPhone 5. The biggest change in case of CPU is that Apple has become the first company in the world with the new iPhone 5S to incoporate a 64-bit processing CPU into their smartphone. It also supports OpenGL | ES 3.0.

Apple has also put in a whole new M7 motion processing chip which measures the accelerometer, compass, and gyroscope readings which means it can easily tell if you are walking, driving, at rest etc which turn means that iPhone 5S can support a whole new generation of motion, health and fitness applications like Nike+ Move Apple showcased during its presentation. 

In Camera department, although Apple has kept the camera at 8 MP but they have done some changes to make the whole experience a better one. First of all, they have changed the aperture size from F2.4 in iPhone 5 to F2.2 in this one which in turn means 15% increase in surface area that it can cover in a single photograph. Then they have changed the size of pixels to 1.5 microns as bigger pixels and bigger aperture contribute to a better photograph in conditions of challenging light. Secondly, Apple has introduced, what they are calling, a "True Tone" flash for the new iPhone 5S. Instead of a single white colored flash, Apple has incorporated iPhone 5S with dual flash - one being of colder hue and the other having a warmer, amber tone. When a user exploits the feature of flash, instead of just one cold flash iPhone 5S balances between both the flashes depending on the tone of the environment which results in photos of better colors and tones.

To showcase the effectiveness of this new feature, Apple compared two photos of similar subject and conditions side by side and the skin tone and contrast is definitely much better with the "True Tone" feature.

As you must have noticed, Apple has also taught iPhone 5S how to handle automatic Image stabilization. The way it works is it takes multiple photos, combines them for light levels, but picks the one with best qualities of contrast and color tones. iPhone 5S also supports slo-mo feature for the first time. It takes HD (720p) videos at 120 fps. It also has a new burst mode with capabilities of 10 fps shooting and the iPhone compares each of them in real time and suggests you to keep the one it thinks is best of the lot. The Panorama feature has got a facelift as well. It would reach up to 28MP as before but now the exposure settings will adjust automatically as you pan with the phone instead of being fixed on the initial values liked it used to happen in the iPhone 5.

Now comes the department of security in which, by the way, Apple has now left every other company behind by incorporating fingerprint sensor based locking feature coined as "Touch ID". The sensor is embedded into the Home Button, as it was speculated, and is 170 microns thin, senses 500 ppi and scans your sub-epidermal skin layers. Certainly, the Touch ID feature allows you to log in to your device much more easily and it can be used to buy apps in iTunes, instead of the password, as well. Also, a single device can be set up to have successfully authentication with more then one fingerprints and the best thing is these fingerprints are encrypted and stored into the A7 processor - there is no storage on the device or in the cloud - which should make it next to impossible to crack. As expected, this feature is only exclusive to the iPhone 5S. It has a "detection ring" fashioned out of sapphire crystal which turns on the Touch ID sensor when required.

It is being claimed to have better battery life then iPhone 5. Also, it now comes with the largest support for LTE bands all over the world so that it can support all the carriers, even the ones going with TD-LTE like in India and Chine. To know more about the bands iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C support, click here. It will ship with iOS 7 which is supposed to be available from September 18 for people to download. iPhone 5S will come in 3 colors - white, space grey and the golden one as well.

This progressive piece of beauty will retail for 199$ for the 16 GB version, 299$ for the 32 GB version and 399 $ for the 64 GB version. The contract-free prices are yet to be revealed. It will go up for pre-order along with its sibling, iPhone 5C, on September 13 and be in market on September 20. For the first wave of retail availabiliy, Apple has decided upon USA, U.K., Japan, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany and Hong Kong but they are targeting to reach more then 100 countries by the end of this calender year. Also, as expected, iPhone 5 has been discontinued along with iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S is now being offered for free of cost with the contract in a 8 GB version.

So, as it turns out, Apple has come up with some pretty neat and useful new features with this new iPhone which also give it a new sense of uniqueness in the smartphone world. Although only time will tell the place it will make in the hearts of the consumers all around the world but its safe to say Apple has done an amazing job in luring the people towards itself with some pretty nifty new features.
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Apple makes iPhone 5C an official thing

Apple's iPhones have always been loved and hated but price has always been a strong factor in the hate department. Every year tech world used to come up with a dream of cheaper iPhone but this year it looked more like a reality then a dream. After all the buzzing in the rumor mill and such a long string of speculations, Apple has finally done it. In today's event, Apple has made iPhone 5C an official thing.

As rumored and said by Johny Ive in the product video, this is an "unapologetically plastic" iPhone. It is full of colors as expected and it comes complete with wallpapers of the same colors as the hardware.

It has the same Apple A6 processing unit and 4" retina display as iPhone 5 had and has the same 8 megapixel camera as well but Apple has increased the size of each pixel to 1.9 micron which should result in better low light photos. Also the front camera has FaceTime HD now. Also for the first time, iPhone 5C now also supports 5 GHz Wi-Fi frequency apart from the normal 2.4 GHz one. It comes with BlueTooth 4.0 on board but Apple is yet to incorporate NFC in any of its devices. It has new LTE chips with additional bands then iPhone 5 which supports almost every band being used by carriers all around the world and supports speeds of upto 100 mbps. To know more about LTE bands iPhone 5S can support, have a look here.

The biggest thing that Apple has introduced with iPhone 5C is the choice of colors and thank to god that Apple hasn't used any cheesy names for the colors. They have kept it simple - White, Blue, Green, Yellow and Pink. Also, because it is not a normal plastic but a poly-carbonate one (like Nokia used to have in their top of the line Lumia phones), its strength shouldn't be of an issue and it takes care of the problem of the iPhones looking cheap as well. iPhone 5C is also supposed to have a better battery life then iPhone 5 on which it is based.

iPhone 5C will retail at 99$ for the 16 GB version and 199$ for the 32 GB version with a 2-year contract. Contract-free prices. Apple will start taking pre-orders along with the carriers from 13 September and a week later, on 20 September, iPhone 5C will be released in the retail outfits as well. In the first wave of availability, USA, U.K., Japan, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany and Hong Kong will be the ones getting it but Apple is targeting more then 100 countries by the end of this calender year.
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iOS 7 will start shipping on September 18

As expected, Apple's event for today is live and they are doing all kinds of announcements about statistics and new launches. Since iOS 7's announcement back at WWDC 2013, all kinds of speculation about its launch date have been going on and after all the rumors, it looked like everyone agreed on the 16 September date for it but as it turns out, Apple has proved everyone wrong.

As Apple has just announced, they will start seeding iOS 7 to the world for free on September 18 which means that the new iPhone duo should be in market sometime soon after that.

iOS 7 will be available for iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4 and iPod Touch 5th generation users as soon as it starts seeding. Stay tuned for more updates!
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iPhone 5C seen in a short video

Today is the day Apple will be announcing the new iPhone 5S and most probably iPhone 5C as well, the new cheaper version which is supposed to replace the iPhone 5 in the line-up. Although details and photos about iPhone 5C have already been leaked, this is the first time a video featuring its working model has come to the light before the announcement.

It was recognized as iPhone 5C because of the presence of plastic body. As with all leaks, this should be taken with a pinch of salt but the truth will be revealed by Apple today as they are supposed to announce this alongside with iPhone 5S in today's event that is scheduled to happened at 10:00 AM PST which means around 10:30 PM IST.
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Friday, September 6, 2013

Get Windows 8 Apps for free

Many people have had some distance from Windows 8 since its release because of all the confusion it brings with itself but lately, due to the push from Microsoft, the usage of Windows 8 has increased. One of the new features that Windows 8 brings is the presence of an application store which has paid as well as free apps and, as you might have already guessed, most of the goods ones are paid. But you need not worry as there is always a solution for every problem.

Note: This method works for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. It can not be used if you are using Windows 8 RT or the preview version of Windows 8.1.

Lets see how to get premium (paid) Windows 8 application for free.

Step 1: First you need to decide on the application you want to get free. For the purpose of this tutorial,  a premium facebook app has been used.

Step 2: Now after you have got the installed successfully message, download the token generator by clicking here and extract from the zip file. In the folder, go to the sub folder which corresponds to your OS architecture (32-bit or 64-bit) and install the token generator. Then in the installation folder, go to anyCpu folder and then open the tokens extractor by double clicking on it.

Step 3: Now, in the TokensExtractor, search for the application you want the crack for.

Now, in the right side pane, click on Crack It and Et Voila, your application has now been cracked and can now be used as if you purchased it - without any restrictions whatsoever.

Here is a video guide to help you through the process.

Disclaimer: TheSmartHacks or the author does not support software piracy. Piracy is like stealing a person’s hard earned money. But some softwares are ridiculously high priced and so full versions of such are being given for free. These full version softwares are only for those people who do not have enough money and cannot afford to spend more money on the software than spent on the hardware. If you really like the software then I would recommend you to buy it.
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