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.
Friday, January 27, 2012
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.
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."
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
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 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.
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
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.
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
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."
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
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!
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 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
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.
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.
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
Microsoft announced at CES yesterday, during their final keynote that Kinect for Windows will be officially available from February 1.
Monday, January 9, 2012
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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!
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