Friday, January 27, 2012

Rooting exemption to the DMCA set to expire, EFF fights for permanent solution

Did you know that your right to root your Android phone is actually protected by U.S. copyright law? It’s true. In a 2010 revision to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the US Copyright Office granted an exemption that made modifying copyrighted software legal for the purposes of unlocking phones. This was mostly aimed at the iPhone (as Apple was trying to establish a legal precedent for suing its own customers at the time) but the exemption applies to any cell phone, including all Android phones sold in the United States. There’s just one problem: the exemption wasn’t permanent, and it’s set to expire later this year.

The EU and 22 member states sign the controversial ACTA ‘Internet surveillance’ treaty

22 European Union states, and the EU itself, have signed the controversial ACTA treaty, which critics say could lead to severe restrictions on freedom and civil liberties online.

Motorola Mobility sues Apple in the US over six products including the iPhone 4S

Motorola Mobility has sued Apple over various wireless patent violations by six of its products including the iPhone 4S, reports Retuers. The suit was filed in a Florida court and exercises patents related to antenna technology and more.

Anonyupload site not endorsed by Anonymous

A few days ago, it looked like the hacker group Anonymous was planning to launch a file sharing web site, Anonyupload, that would try to take the place of the recently shut down Megaupload. Now it looks like the site isn't being endorsed or run by the main Anonymous group after all. On Tuesday, the AnonOps Twitter site posted up a new message: "We have NO affiliation with this site, and by the looks of it, this is a SCAM."

HP announces Open WebOS 1.0, available by September

Well that was fast. HP today announced how developers will be getting access to the WebOS code that they're all after, according to The Verge. HP says that WebOS will be renamed to "Open WebOS 1.0" to mark the first open source release, and the company is making available the Enyo application framework code today to developers.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Apple losing the patent war against Android

It's not secret that Steve Jobs hated Google's Android operating system. He was quoted in his biography as saying,

New Android 4.0.3 leak by Samsung for SGS2: I9100XXLP6

Another leak by Sammobile, this time, version I9100XXLP6, and this is how you can install it. Before the instructions, I want to remark that this version is still an Alpha Release and it's not recommended for daily use. According to Samsung, the final release will be released in Q1 2012 (in 1 or 2 months). So no more talk, let's start!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The untethered Absinthe jailbreak for iPhone 4S and iPad 2 is available

The Chronic Dev Team has announced that its latest tool, the Absinthe A5 jailbreak for iPhone 4S and iPad 2 devices, is available. The tool is designed to perform an untethered jailbreak on those A5-equipped devices.

Is Anonymous launching its own Megaupload site?

Anonymous went on a big cyber attack spree last week, shutting down a number of major government and entertainment trade group web sites in retaliation over the US government's shut down of the Megaupload file sharing web site. Now it appears that Anonymous, or at least a sub-section of the hacker group, wants to launch a file sharing site of their own.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Fileserve closes reward program, terminates accounts

It really is becoming a horror story for file-sharing websites these past couple of days, as yet another website has begun partially shutting down its services. While there is no current indication on their website, Fileserve has begun suspending user accounts and has closed their affiliate program. Many users are reporting that when they sign in to their accounts they are informed that their account has been disabled due to violations of their Terms and Conditions.

Filesonic gets scared, closes file-sharing service

Following the recent US government takedown of MegaUpload for allegedly facilitating copyright infringement, amongst other claims, popular file-sharing website Filesonic has now disabled its file-sharing functionality. The only thing that users of the site can do now is access the files that they personally have uploaded, leaving the site as less of a file-sharing service and more of a personal storage bank.

Friday, January 20, 2012

SOPA Withdrawn: Lamar Smith Pulls Controversial Web Anti-Piracy Bill

Lamar Smith, The Texas Congressman whose proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) prompted dozens of websites to go dark or run protest messages this week said Friday he is pulling the measure from consideration "until there is wider agreement on a solution."

SOPA and PIPA votes in Congress delayed

Just two days after the Wednesday blackouts of thousands of web sites to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA), the US Senate and the US House of Representatives have announced they will delay the votes of both bills.

CyanogenMod App Store already in development

Days ago, we saw that CyanogenMod and ClockworkMod Recovery developer Koushik Dutta was talking up the possibility of a specially-built app store for CyanogenMod, which would happily welcome all the apps that for one reason or another have gotten the boot from the Android Market. Koush showed off just that on his Google+ page, where he posed the original question: you can see an extremely early screenshot of the submission page for the “CyanogenMod App Store” below. The screenshot is hosted on the web site for ClockworkMod Recovery and ClockworkMod Tether, both of which Koush maintains himself.

Larry Page: Google+ now has 90 million users with 60% daily engagement

Google’s Larry Page has announced that Google+ now has 90 million users globally, doubling the number from three months ago. Page also said that G+ has a 60% ‘daily engagement’ rate. This came as a part of Google’s Q4 and fiscal year 2011 financial reports.

Megaupload charged with piracy, shut down

One of the worlds most popular file sharing websites -- Megaupload -- who had been in the news recently for their controversial song featuring many famous artists, has been shut down by federal prosecutors in the United States.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Apple files a design related lawsuit against 10 Samsung phones, 5 tablets in Germany

Apple has filed yet another lawsuit against Samsung in Germany, this time exercising design rights against 10 of the Korean giant’s smartphones, reports Bloomberg. The suit has been filed in the Dusseldorf Regional Court and is based on design rights that Apple holds in Europe.

BurritoRoot 2 Gives Root Access Back To Kindle Fire Users After 6.2.2 Update

As I told you before Amazon has pushed out another root-breaking firmware update, bringing the Kindle Fire's firmware up to version 6.2.2. Now, if you want to root your device, BurritoRoot 2 does the work. 

Amazon Kindle Fire's Firmware Update (To 6.2.2) Breaks Root, Adds Full-Screen Browsing

In a familiar turn of events, Amazon has pushed out another root-breaking firmware update, bringing the Kindle Fire's firmware up to version 6.2.2.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

New Android 4.0.3 leak by Samsung for SGS2: I9100XXLP2

Another week another release, Sammobile is making us happy once again with a newer version, I9100XXLP2, and this is how you can install it. Before the instructions, I want to remark that this version is still an Alpha Release and it's not recommended for daily use. According to Samsung, the final release will be released in Q1 2012 (in 1 or 2 months). So no more talk, let's start!

Google Account Authentication Using Your Phone

How do you login to your Google account on a computer you don't trust? When you type your username and password, a keylogger could capture them and save them. If you have a phone or a tablet with you, there's a better way:

Monday, January 16, 2012

The White House’s SOPA response: Fight online piracy, but don’t undermine the Internet

The anti-SOPA movement has been gaining momentum in recent months, and The White House has now officially responded to two petitions – Stop the E-PARASITE Act online petition and Veto the SOPA bill and other future bills that threaten to diminish the free flow of information, which it is required to do if it receives 25,000 signatures within 30 days of the petition being initiated.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Google+ Hangouts get a facelift, now includes screensharing

After the revamp of its search, Google keeps rolling out updates for its Google+ products. Today, Hangouts get a refresh and includes a feature asked for by many, screensharing. The feature was only previously available under “Hangouts with Extras” and has joined the main product.

Google Search got whole lot more social, with Google+ features and more

After introducing various social features into its search engine over the years, ramping up launches since the release of its new social network Google+, Google has announced it will begin introducing three new features to help connect users to their social networking profiles.

How to install Samsung I9100XXKPA Android 4.0 ICS on a Samsung Galaxy S 2

After my last week's post about the leaked version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (I9100XXKP8), Sammobile is making us happy again with a newer version, I9100XXKPA, and this is how you can install it. Before the instructions, I want to remark that this version is still an Alpha Release and it's not recommended for daily use. According to Samsung, the final release will be released in Q1 2012 (in 1 or 2 months). So no more talk, let's start!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Kinect for Windows now available for pre-order, asks you not to use the Xbox version

Microsoft announced at CES yesterday, during their final keynote that Kinect for Windows will be officially available from February 1.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Boycott SOPA: The Android app that identifies products sold by SOPA-backing companies

The anti-SOPA movement has been gathering pace, helped by online campaigns to boycott supporting companies by hitting them where it hurts — their bank accounts.

Samsung Galaxy S "Value Pack" Update Leaked – Brings Minor UI Changes, Face Unlock, And More

It's been a rather wild ride for Samsung Galaxy S users regarding a possible update to Android 4.0. First, Samsung, issued a statement saying that they could not update their former flagship phone. After a community outcry, however, they responded with a different possibility - a "Value Pack" update, one that would include some key features from Ice Cream Sandwich (such as Face Unlock) but which would still be based on Gingerbread. Samsung later decided to not go through with the Value Pack update.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Early, buggy build of Android 4.0 for Kindle Fire now available

The Amazon Kindle Fire ships with a custom version of Google Android which is designed to work with Amazon’s music, movie, book, and app stores. But people have been replacing the official Kindle Fire software with custom versions of Android almost as long as the tablet has been available — and now the tools are available for anyone to install an early build of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on the tablet.

Sony Ericsson Releases Alpha ICS ROM For Certain Unlocked Xperia Devices

Sony Ericsson has a clear stance on the Android dev community: one love. In what is, apparently, a first for the company, an alpha ROM of its in-development Ice Cream Sandwich port is available for install across a trio of unlocked Xperia devices -- the Arc S, Neo V and Ray. 

Galaxy Nexus Ads by including Siri and iPhone 4S

It seems that it is customary for the giant Samsung decided to mock or attack the competition in the field of mobile devices, such as cases in which the latest announcement to publicize the Samsung Galaxy S2 (and another one), iPhone fans queue length clone of the smaller mobile screen without 4G connectivity and lower (such as the expressed in the video). Well this time the turn of the new Galaxy Nexus will be publicized through the television in China, because of this, the first smartphone that comes with the release of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, will soon be sold in the country.

Samsung steals girl from Apple’s ad for its own. Watch…

Considering Apple and Samsung’s recent battles, this is rather amusing.

Two ads, both featuring the same little girl with seemingly equal passions for both the iPhone 4S and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab. Each to their own I suppose…

Google buys 217 more patents from IBM

Google apparently sees a lot of value in IBM's patent portfolio, and Big Blue is apparently happy to sell them off: Google just bought 217 patents from IBM, following its two purchases totaling over two thousand patents last summer. 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Sinde Law brings SOPA-like restrictions to Spain

The Spanish government has passed legislation aimed at cracking down on websites illegally sharing digital content. Called the Sinde Law, it will create a new government commission that Spanish right holders can engage when they feel that a site is illegally distributing their content. 

IBM's five predictions for next five years in tech

Every year, IBM takes a step back to look at the bigger picture of how technology is developing, and changing the world in which we live. By examining trends in business, society and in technology itself, the company sets out to predict technological innovations that it believes will change our lives within the next five years.

Samsung adds new charges to case against Apple in Germany

Samsung has bulked up its legal case against Apple in Germany after it filed claims over four new patents, that’s following the initial telecom standards-based charges that were filed in April this year.

How to install CyanogenMod 9 Android 4.0 on a Samsung Galaxy S 2

Well, I installed the leaked version of Ice Cream Sandwich for my Samsung Galaxy S 2 as told you in this post, but I saw that is wasn't that stable and I decided to look CM9 as somebody suggested in XDA-Developers. I installed it and I must say that the version doesn't look like and alpha release, it's very stable and I'm using it as my daily driver, let me tell you how to install it.

How to install Samsung's Android 4.0 ICS on a Samsung Galaxy S 2

After the post yesterday about the new rom, I decided to give ICS a go, and this is how I did it. Before the instructions, i want to remark that this version is still an Alpha Release and it's not recommended for daily use. According to Samsung, the final release will be released in Q1 2012 (in 1 or 2 months). So no more talk, let's start!

How To Easily Root The Amazon Kindle, Regardless Of Its Software Version

On the historic date of December 20th, 2011, Amazon pushed out software version 6.2.1 to its Kindle Fire. The update was fairly minor -- its main additions had to do with improved scrolling and WiFi passwords -- but it brought about one devastating change: it broke all previous methods of root.

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. Go Daddy 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. 

All About SOPA, the Bill That Wants to Cripple Your Internet

SOPA, or the Stop Online Piracy Act, is another one of those bills that sounds like it's going to do something mildly positive but, in reality, has serious potential to negatively change the internet as we know it. It puts power in the hands of the entertainment industry to censor sites that allegedly "engage in, enable or facilitate" copyright infringement. This language vague enough to encompass sites you use every day, like Twitter and Facebook, making SOPA a serious problem. Here's how it works and what you can do about it.

BT says Android violates six of their US patents

The number of international court battles, by multiple companies, against the Android operating system gained another participant as British Telecom has filed suit in Delaware court claiming Google's mobile operating system violates a number of BT's patents. The UK company is asking billions of dollars, an injunction, and could result in Google needing to pay royalties to BT for every Android handset. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S 2: 2 New Android 4.0.1 and 4.0.3 roms!

After 2 CUSTOM ROM in early December from Samsung, Samsung has finally started making official ROMs for the Galaxy S II based on Android 4.0.1 and 4.0.3.

Google Chrome gets personal with sign in support for multiple users

If you’ve ever used someone else’s computer, you know how frustrating it can be to not have all of your bookmarks and information to surf the web with. Equally frustrating is setting up a new computer and forgetting to export all of those bookmarks and settings.

Apple brings iTunes Store to Brazil, Latin America

Apple is extending its sphere of influence south of the equator, with the launch of the iTunes Store in Brazil and a whole slew of Latin American countries. According to Cupertino, the platform will launch with a catalog of over 20 million songs, from both Brazilian and international artists, as well as a selection of more than 1,000 films for rent or purchase. Also included in today's release are users in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela. Find more details in the full PR, after the break.

Back to action!

First, I just want to wish you a happy 2012 for all of you out there. Back here, in the blog, I want to start posting news again, but in this month that I was away, I left some good news or information that would be nice to share, I promise you, i won't share that many, just the ones I feel are important. So, no more talk here, Let's start!