If you aren’t here in Orlando for BlackBerry World 2012, don’t worry because there is plenty of coverage coming your way. Tomorrow at 9am ET you can watch along with us as RIM will be streaming the keynote iive once again, and the Crack Team will be live blogging as well. As RIM CEO Thorsten Heins takes the stage for his first BlackBerry World, we’ll most likely see a good amount of BlackBerry 10 and hopefully a surprise or two along the way. So block off your calendar and tune in Tuesday starting at 9am ET (we’ll post a link to the live stream as soon as we have one).
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With phones being released the world over, the same hardware often ends up running various different firmware revisions in different regions. And if a root method wasn’t specifically tailored for your specific firmware, you may experience issues when trying to root.
For example, certain users of the HTC Sensation XL using some Asian and European firmwares cannot achieve root with the current standard rooting method. While this is definitely not the fault of the developers who initially rooted the device, it does cause some problems for our international friends looking for functional root access.
When there’s a will, there’s a way—and that’s the attitude XDA Senior Member shingers5 brings with a secondary root method that should work for Sensation XL firmwares that do not currently have the root love. The method starts out as most HTC root methods do nowadays with the unlocking of the bootloader using HTCDev and flashing a custom recovery. The difference being that instead of flashing the usual method to gain root access, users are instead to flash SuperSU, created by XDA Elite Recognized Developer and Senior Moderator Chainfire.
This alternate method is still considered experimental, but others have had luck in the thread. Anyone looking to try it out should do so with the appropriate caution that comes with using an experimental procedure, and provide feedback as well.
If the current root exploit isn’t working for you, check out the original thread for the alternative method, download links, and more.
Visa Europe is muscling in on the European mobile payments game with V.me. The online service will allow you to store cards from different agencies (including American Express) for payments online and at NFC-enabled cash registers. It is expected to arrive in the UK, Spain and France in the Autumn, but it’ll sadly be too late for it to gain any traction, since we’ll have worked out how to glue PayTag stickers to our forehead by then.
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The numbers are in and it’s quite obvious – people are not quite ready to move beyond the Angry Birds franchise anytime soon. Finnish game developer Rovio took to twitter to proclaim quite a hefty milestone for their latest game, Angry Birds Space. According to them, the game has racked up 50 million downloads in the first 35 days. To be clear, this is across multiple platforms, including Android, iOS, BlackBerry, and PC. Nevertheless it’s one heck of a figure and one that should be commended.
…the fastest growing mobile game yet and breaking all our previous records. This has been simply amazing, and the whole Rovio team is thrilled to see such a fantastic reception for the game. We extend our deepest gratitude to all fans of Angry Birds everywhere…We just launched the first free update for Angry Birds Space, with plenty more surprises in stock.
Looking ahead, Rovio is already teasing something “bigger” for fans.
There’s only one conclusion to draw: something even bigger is on its way! Stay tuned and keep flinging those Birds!
Anyone here anxious to find out what’s coming from the Angry Birds series?
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So you’ve procured yourself HTC’s new super slim, 4.7-inch halo phone: the One X. By now, you probably have the device set up just the way you like it: applications configured, widgets in place and Adele ringtone set. But there’s just something else left to do, isn’t there? If (like some of us) you’re a smartphone user who just can’t leave well enough alone, you’ll be excited to learn that a build of Cyanogenmod 9 for the Uno Equis has been made available via the MoDaCo forums. The ROM will deliver that stock Android experience, and all those CM9 accoutrements, to those that don’t fancy the panache of Sense 4.0. The forum post does caution that the One’s camera, and hotspot functionality, aren’t currently working, so interested parties best proceed with caution. If all that doesn’t phase you, grab a cup of coffee, get the Android SDK all warmed up and take this ROM for a spin!
Cyanogenmod 9 struts its stuff on HTC’s One X originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 30 Apr 2012 10:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Getting an Android tablet for the first time can be an overwhelming experience. Of course, users going to get an Android tablet already know that and accept the challenge, but that doesn’t stop users from having those first day jitters. Thankfully, XDA is not only a place of development, but also a place to learn for many users—especially ones new to Android itself.
Now, Amazon Kindle Fire owners have a great place to get started thanks to XDA Senior Member kinfauns, who wrote a tutorial that explains the basics of Android development and the Kindle Fire. The guide, which is a pretty long but rewarding read, runs users through a number of both Kindle Fire specific terminology and universal Android terminology. A list of the things that are explained include:
What is stock? What is rooting? What is a ROM?
What is a bootloader? What is a recovery?
What is fastboot? What is adb?
What is a bootmode? What is a bootloop?
What is a brick (hard-brick / soft-brick / unbrick)?
How do I unbrick my Kindle Fire?
Each section explains each concept very well and gives users links to the Kindle Fire development threads they pertain to. For first time Android users, new Kindle owners and even some intermediate users looking for a refresher course will all find a wealth of information in this overview. Additionally, for those who are looking for help can not only find a little info on how to fix, but the thread they can use to actually fix it. It’s a win win situation.
For more details, check out the original thread.
Alienware is crossing the Ivy Bridge, less than a week since announcing its refreshed family of gaming laptops. Intel’s latest hardware will now lend itself to all three models, the M14x (from 00) M17x (starting at 00) and M18x (from 00), replacing the existing Sandy Bridge architecture in the models we saw earlier this month. Starting with the smallest, the M14x will be powered by an Intel Core i7-3820QM (up to 2.7GHz), while larger models will get their processors nudged up to the 2.9 GHz Core i7-3920XM (M17x) and 2.9GHz Core i7-3920XM (M18x). Alienware reckons these new additions will lend a 15 percent increase to the rigs’ performance (depending on use), augmenting improvements seen with new PCI Express 3.0 support, mSATA cached storage and the latest generation of NVIDIA graphics. Dell’s now ready to take your order — alongside a mind-boggling number of customization options — at the source link below.
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Alienware’s new gaming laptops get matching Ivy Bridge processors originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 30 Apr 2012 10:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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We’ll stop just short of quoting Top Gun here, but if it’s speed you crave, these next thousands of words could have you emptying your wallet. How’s that for an opening line? To be honest, it’s been quite some time since any of us Engadget editors booted up a brand new device and immediately let loose a stream of expletives — all expressing unbridled delight, of course. Such was the beginning of our meet-cute with Acer’s Iconia Tab A510, the company’s first Tegra 3 slate, and the second to ship with Ice Cream Sandwich.
Apart from that 1280 x 800 TFT LCD display, this 10-incher looks, feels and performs nothing like its predecessor, the A500. Turbocharged with that quad-core CPU and 1GB of RAM, this Android 4.0 tablet joins a crowded category with a generous 32GB in built-in storage and a reasonable 0 price tag to match. So, does that excellence lose its luster with more extensive use? Is your money better spent on any of the other umpteen tablets running ICS? Will the lack of a higher-quality display prove too much of a con for your exquisite tech tastes? Follow on as we probe the A510 for answers.
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Acer Iconia Tab A510 review originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 30 Apr 2012 10:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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A pair of companies developing their own commercial space shuttles are presumably trying to flatten their hair after some rigorous wind tunnel testing. First up, Blue Origin, founded by Jeff Bezos (the guy behind Amazon), which has largely quiet on its efforts to shuttle astronauts to the International Space Station. Its Space Vehicle setup will plump for a biconic shape (seen above), with a flattened side and a split flap. According to Blue Origin’s president, Rob Meyerson, the shape allows greater volume than traditional designs, but forgo the “weight penalty” of winged craft. Compared to earlier capsules, the Space Vehicle’s shape, with its fuselage flap to generate lift, should also give it better control on re-entry to earth.
Juggling for wind tunnel time, Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser has also been blasted with smoke to test its own air resistance credentials. Its module would lauch from the top of the rocket, and glide (as much as anything that costs this much can) back to earth like NASA’s own space shuttles. The Dream Chaser is planning its first flight for this fall. You can check out its more traditional take on the future of space travel after the break — and decide which of the two you’ll want sending your children to the mines.
[Picture credit: Blue Origin, SNC]
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If you’re a Windows Media Center fan and have been drooling over the treats Ceton showed off at CES like its mobile companion apps (whether on WP7 or other platforms like iPhone and Android) and Echo extender we’ve got good news and better news. The good news is that the apps have been rebranded simply as Ceton Companion Apps and they will be available for all Windows Media Center 7 users when they launch, spreading their guides, file browsing and remote DVR management options throughout the land. The better news is that you’ll be able to get your hands on the apps and / or Echo extender relatively soon, since there are beta tests coming soon for both. While the app beta is planned to start May 25th on all of the previously listed platforms, the Echo extender will be a paid beta where users can keep the hardware once its over. More details on the latter should be available soon, for now interested users should hit the link below to get on the list or check out an… interesting promo video embedded after the break.
Continue reading Ceton’s Media Center mobile apps are for all, app and Echo extender beta signups open now
Ceton’s Media Center mobile apps are for all, app and Echo extender beta signups open now originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 30 Apr 2012 09:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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