Holga brings its retro, rotary, filter phone case to the Galaxy S II

Holga caseWe get it. Really, we do — photo filters fun. We also get that sometimes an app just isn’t gonna cut it. You want quick access to double, triple or even quadruple image lenses as well as colored overlays. Well, iPhone 4 and 4S owners had their prayers answered in mid November a Holga case, now Android fans have their own version — provided those Android fans own a Galaxy S II. If you don’t mind adding some bulk to your super-svelte super-phone head on over to the source link to get your own rotary-style lens case for the somewhat reasonable price of .

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10 Predictions for 2012

As we head swiftly into the new year, Livven gave us a look into the past 12 months for XDA. The tech world at large has had a great year, and there doesn’t seems to be any signs of next year slowing down. With that in mind, Azrienoch and I have put together 10 predictions for the next year of tech.

10 – The Samsung Galaxy S III will not, contrary to many rumors, have 3D.  Not only would 3D technology increase Samsung’s precious device thickness, but the technology itself has a long way to go before overcoming the pitfalls it found in the LG Optimus 3D and HTC EVO 3D.  We’d be surprised if a single mobile device bearing 3D pops into the lineup of even the remotest of companies in 2012.

9 – HTC will become the first truly GPL-compliant major Android manufacturer, following their recent move to unlock bootloaders previously locked by carrier demand, and their release of every available device’s source code.  This means that the Android kernel source code is released the same day as the Android device.  After that, either Sony Ericsson, Motorola, or Samsung will make the commitment next.  Both Samsung and Sony Ericsson are close to GPL compliance now, and when Google’s purchase of Motorola is complete, Google will see to that schedule.  On that note, Motorola will also begin unlocking bootloaders with the backing of Google.

8 – In the wake of lawsuits against Carrier IQ and the manufacturers and carriers who used it, Carrier IQ will go bankrupt.  They may attempt a change in their company name, but Carrier IQ stocks will continue to plummet.  Researchers and developers will begin work looking into Motricity, Verizon’s analytics and diagnostic equivalent to Carrier IQ, but the reaction to whatever is found won’t be as devastating.

7 – Apple will achieve minor victories against Android manufacturers for patents currently in suit.  Depending on the changes to Android that come with the conclusion of Oracle’s lawsuit, Apple will file suits against Google directly, either out of desperation or emboldened by those minor victories, already mentioned.

6 – Research In Motion ceases to exist as anything but a service provider. This outcome may or may not be pushed over the edge by a couple of RIM executives getting drunk, breaking into prison, breaking out again, and jaywalking across every intersection they can find before being arrested for defacing a twenty dollar bill.

5 – HTC will produce the Jellybean Nexus phone, using an OMAP processor.  Scoring points with developers by unlocking bootloaders and achieving GPL compliance, switching from Qualcomm to OMAP on their Sense phones, and Samsung occupied with creating the Nexus tablet, will all play into Google’s decision to contract HTC with the next Nexus phone.

4 – Sometime in mid 2012, Microsoft will release their highly anticipated attempt to revolutionize their OS with Windows 8. Whether or not it will be the wunderkind Microsoft hopes it will be has yet to be seen, but what it will do for sure is create a unified look and feel to all if their products. With users on PCs and Xbox 360s adopting to MetroUI, Windows Phone will be a comforting visual counterpart and cause a serious increase in sales. MetroUI support for cross platform functionality will mean a serious dedication to Windows Phone apps as well.

3 – As companies notice the growing disdain for carriers and contracts across the US and Canada, services like Republic Wireless will either grow a serious following or force the carriers to eliminate 3 year agreements and return Unlimited data. A happy accident of this   situation will be a carrier-released, 100% CyanogenMod phone.

2 – Oracle and Google will continue to battle throughout 2012. It will become clear that neither organization is interested in a settlement or compromise. By the time Google finally wins, Android will be the last major project using Java, forcing Oracle to sell Java to Google.

1 – Samsung will leverage their existing relationship with Intel and Microsoft from the Windows 8 tablet to gain favor with Google to make a Google approved Tablet with an ATOM processor. This “Nexus Tablet” will be the first x86 Android Tablet, likely sporting Jellybean.


On behalf of all the staff at XDA, we’d like to wish everyone a safe and happy New Year!


TechnoBuffalo’s 15 predictions for 2012

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In an industry that evolves so quickly, it’s difficult to divine what will happen next. Nevertheless, I thought I might offer my thoughts on what the new year might bring us. Without further ado, I present my 15 predictions for 2012.

1 .Windows Phone will gain steam, gathering enough momentum through a large marketing blitz and the Nokia partnership. Consumers will realize that there are more than two choices, and Windows Phone will hit 7% market share.

2. Amazon will release a 10-inch tablet to compete with the iPad. It will be called the Inferno, Conflagration or Wildfire.

3. Samsung takes advantage of Open Source webOS and puts it in washing machines.

4. Research in Motion will be acquired, sold off in pieces, or shrivel up and die. But not before chewing through the head of the coffin with their bare teeth and uttering "it’s just not fair . . . ".

5. Nintendo will license the its first game for iOS. It will not be Mario.

6. Apple will sell more iPad 3’s in the first month than the number of Ice Cream Sandwich tablets sold the entire year.

7. T-Mobile will be acquired, sold off in pieces, or shrivel up and die. But not before attempting to seduce Verizon Wireless, with a billion dollar fall-through penalty buried deep in the 738-page agreement.

8. Apple will not release multiple versions of the iPad, not a 7-inch nor a separate HD version.

9. The iPad 3 will feature a quad-core processor and have a high resolution display.

10. Total smartphone market share will hit 40%. Hipsters become the most passive-aggressive defenders of flip-phones as a younger generation grows up that has probably never heard of them.

11. Amazon will release a phone. It will be called the Kindlette, Spark or Flame.

12. Verizon will release 7 Droid-branded devices in the span of 4 weeks. At least half will feature a machine gun or chainsaw in the advertisement.

13. The number of Android activations will plateau in May, while iOS will see a bump in numbers due to a refreshed iPhone and iPod Touch in the fall.

14. The first 1080p smartphone display will be teased to the public by November. Windows Phone will still only support WVGA.

15. The iPhone 5 will have LTE. Only AT&T will brand it as LTE+, and announce it as the World’s First 5G Phone.

What do you think? What are YOUR predictions for 2012?

Want to root your PlayBook? You still can – downgrade your OS today!

DingleBerry now an option again

With the release of OS (Beta), Research In Motion successfully plugged the security hole that DingleBerry 2.11 used to gain root access to the BlackBerry PlayBook. What’s more, Research In Motion also broke the Android Market by disabling Accounts & sync in the version of the Android operating system that runs– on top of the PlayBook’s OS. Even if you managed to jailbreak .6149, the Android Market – the most visible benefit of rooting – wouldn’t work.

The issue boils down to the fact that OS (beta) is no longer available for downloading. If you somehow had access to this version of the operating system, you’d be able to both root your PlayBook and access the Android Market. Now, the folks over at OpenSourceBB have come up with a rather clever way making that version of the OS available again. They’ve even put up a top-notch guide to accomplishing this feat.

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cTrix forges Atari 2600 and guitar together, mesmerizes nerds (video)

If you’re going to rock out, you might as well do so with a video game console from the ’70s as the core of your guitar. In fact, this is precisely what modder cTrix has done with his gATARI2600. In his configuration, he’s able to write and play new music through an Atari 2600 by using an EPROM programmer (a software application he wrote) and daughterboards to feed the new music back through the instrument. The gATARI also features equalizer and flange pedals, a track selector, and whammy bars that allow the player to switch tracks and make changes on the fly. No details have been posted as to how to make your own just yet, but click past the break to watch cTrix jam both thoroughly and effectively at Blip Fest 2011 in Japan.

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Insert Coin: A look back at ten top projects from 2011

2011 has been a tremendous year for tech — Amazon launched a 0 Android tablet, AT&T and Verizon continued their LTE expansion, Apple killed off the Mac mini’s SuperDrive and Samsung introduced a well-received killer 5.3-inch smartphone. But tiny tech startups made their mark as well, proving that you don’t need an enormous R&D budget to spur innovation. Still, development isn’t free, and unless your social circle includes eager investors, seed money has been traditionally hard to come by.

For many of this year’s indie devs, crowdfunding sites have been the answer, with Kickstarter leading the pack. We’ve seen an enormous variety of projects — including a deluge of duds and plenty more semi-redundant iPhone accessories — but a few treasures soared above the swill to be featured in our Insert Coin series, with many of those meeting their funding goals and even making their way into the hands of consumers. Now, as 2011 draws to a close, we’ve gone through this past year’s projects to single out our top ten, and they’re waiting for your consideration just past the break.

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Google Health’s New Year’s Resolution is to cease to exist, countdown begins to save your data

Back in June, Google announced that it would be ‘retiring’ Health effective January 1, 2012. Now, everything appears to be on-track for the shutdown, with Google sending out a final reminder to Health customers earlier today. You have until the stroke of midnight to access the service or port your data to a competitor — after which point you’ll no longer be able to view information saved to your account, though it’ll remain available to download in .zip format for another year. Want to know more? Hit up the source link for the Google Health FAQ.

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Michelle’s most-used BlackBerry apps of 2011

Michelle's most-used BlackBerry apps of 2011

One of the bad things about being a procrastinator and putting off doing this post: some of my most used apps have already been covered. I’m going to need you guys to all pretend you didn’t already read Adam, Bla1ze, Ryan, or Joseph‘s lists and it will all seem new. Lots of people complain that BlackBerry just doesn’t have any apps, and while we are missing some that would be nice to have, I think there are plenty out there to make use of.

In no particular order, my most used BlackBerry apps are:


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Factory reset for the BlackBerry PlayBook (also fixes bricked devices)

Desktop Software error - this is normal and expected 

There are a number of reasons to give your BlackBerry PlayBook a "factory" reset. Chief among them: preparing your BlackBerry for rooting, downgrading your OS, and fixing a bricked/nuked tablet. It’s fairly obvious when your BlackBerry tablet has bricked. Is your BlackBerry Playbook continuously rebooting? Does the LED double-flash when turned off? Like flash flash pause? Can’t use your BlackBerry tablet? Yep, it sounds like you’ve got yourself a bricked PlayBook. It’s easy to fix.

Before beginning, I should note that this process will completely wipe all of the data from your PlayBook. If you’re planning on downgrading the OS or rooting your PlayBook, you should first create a backup of your tablet’s contents. Personally, I skip this step because none of the data on my device is irreplaceable. If your situation is otherwise, make sure you make a backup copy. Of course, if your PlayBook is bricked, I hope you already made backups, because there’s no way to recover that data at this point. Sorry.

To reset your PlayBook, you’ll need the latest version of BlackBerry Desktop Software, a micro USB cable, a computer, and – of course – your PlayBook. Start Desktop Software on your computer and turn off your PlayBook. Yes, turn it off. Use the USB cable to connect your PlayBook to the computer and wait. After a moment, you should get an error message saying Desktop Software cannot connect to your PlayBook.

Click the "Update" button that’s in the middle of the other two buttons, follow the on-screen instructions, and wait. Desktop Software will take care of downloading the OS and installing it to your PlayBook. The process could take up to an hour; make sure you keep your PlayBook connected until told it is safe to disconnect. Once finished, you’ll be required to choose languages, set the time, sign in with your BlackBerry ID, and make final updates to the operating system – just like you did when you first received your tablet. After you’re done, you’ll once again have a working BlackBerry PlayBook.

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Review: BlackBerry J-Series Extra Battery Charger Bundle for Bold 9900/9930

Want to win a BlackBerry J-Series Extra Battery Charger Bundle for the Bold 9900 from CrackBerry.com? Keep reading for contest details.

Extra Battery Charging Bundle for the Bold 9900/9930

I finally got myself a Bold 9900 a few weeks ago, and to my surprise (as with many others) the battery life didn’t stand up to what I am used to with BlackBerry. On the plus side, BlackBerry users can always carry an extra battery and swap it out when necessary. But sometimes just getting an extra battery isn’t enough. You would have to charge both batteries via your BlackBerry, and that could be time consuming and annoying. And frankly, I am too lazy for that. So instead of just grabbing an extra battery, I decided to go with the BlackBerry J-Series Extra Battery Charger Bundle, which includes a standalone battery charger. It was a wise decision.

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Skype gifts NYC with NYE WiFi, so you can miss the ball drop while Skyping the ball drop

Those kind folk at Skype already served up plenty of glorious WiFi waves across US airports this Christmas, and now it’s New York City’s turn. From noon on the 31st until January 1st, if you spy a “Skype WiFi” network, those tasty bytes are yours for the taking. The VoIP don has teamed up with WiFi provider Towerstream for the give-away, and recommends you load-up on the latest version of its famous software to make sure you don’t miss out. If you pack an iDevice, then it’s the Skype WiFi app you’ll be wanting updated in the lead up to midnight. Just make sure you don’t miss that kiss, just for a festive freebie.

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SOPA: Who’s in and who’s out?

By now we’re sure you’re aware that SOPA is more than just a tomato-based noodle soup. The Stop Online Piracy Act’s been stirring controversy with its intentions, and it’ll most likely continue in this path until we hear a final decision. GoDaddy wasn’t shy — before retracting — about its support for the bill, and things have changed drastically since we first heard some of the “top dogs” express their feelings. But who else is behind it, who’s got your back, and who’s had a change of heart? The answers await you after the break.

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Some Fun: Google Failed To Deliver Android-Controlled Lightbulbs

Back in May, at its annual Google I/O conference, the search giant apparently showed off a pretty cool initiative: dubbed Android@Home, it would provide a framework to automate home appliances and control them via an Android device. Say, a game changing the lighting to fit the mood, thermostats turning off the heater based on calendar appointments, but you could also manually control your oven, washing machine, alarm clock etc. using your Android smartphone or tablet from the sofa.

To get this thing started, Google originally announced that it had partenered with Lighting Science Group to bring an Android@Home LED lightbulb, the one pictured at the side, at the end of this year. Unless they meant the very end – that is, this December 31 – it seems like they haven’t kept their promise. There haven’t been any other announcements in this regard since the conference either.

Google also declined to comment when asked by TechCrunch on the current status of the lightbulbs, but considering the buzz Google drummed up for Android@Home, it seems unlikely that they’d abandon it – at least we hope so.