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Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet gets CWM-based Touch Recovery

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Last week the [#protected_0#] smartphone got its first taste of root, which also included a custom recovery. Now it’s the turn of its Xperia Z2 Tablet sibling to received its own touch-friendly custom recovery based on the popular CWM.

Recoveries are an important part of the Android experience, whether you stick to your manufacturer’s firmware but more so if you go the custom ROM route. Of course, all Android phones come with their own stock recovery, but those are pretty limited in what they can accomplish. Custom recoveries are like gateways to another Android experience, allowing users to install custom ROMs or even gain root access.

By large, one of the oldest and most popular recovery around is ClockworkMod or CWM from Koushi “Koush” Dutta. But though CWM has been long in the game, there was a point in time that it wasn’t exactly fast in adopting new features. This led to other recoveries, such as the Team Win Recovery Project or TWRP, rising up with new features like using the touchscreen for interaction. Eventually, however, a touch-enabled CWM recovery came into being, and that is what has made its way to the Xperia Z2 Tablet.

Getting this CWM-based touch recovery on the tablet is relatively easy, but does have a few prerequisites. First, it requires an unlocked bootloader. Sony has been quite good at directly providing such methods, but the still new Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet are still not on the officially supported devices list. The process also requires that the smartphone runs the stock Sony Android 4.4.2 ROM. But most importantly, this current recovery only supports the WiFi-only version of the device, particularly model SGP511. Once all those requirements are met, it’s just a matter of a few fastboot commands before you can start on a journey of a more liberated Android experience on the tablet.

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Prizes, Prizes, Prizes: Gravity Snipe giving away an iPod touch and More

Winter Park, Florida – What is better than a free iOS game? A free iOS game that gives you the chance to win an iPod touch, Apple TV, or 0 iTunes gift card! In order to spread the word about the recent release of Gravity Snipe, Monkey First Games has decided that they should reward those who give the game a try. Starting today, players of the iOS game Gravity Snipe will have a chance to win some pretty awesome prizes. Players will have the chance to win one of three prize:

* iPod touch
* Apple TV
* 0 iTunes Gift Card

Entry into the contest is completely free and only requires players to perform a few small tasks. To enter into the contest simply do the following:

* Download Gravity Snipe for iOS
* Follow @GravitySnipe on Twitter
* Share a screenshot of your new High Score on “Extreme” mode with the hashtag #GravitySnipe on Twitter

That is all that is needed to enter! Each tweet with screenshots of high scores and the hashtag #GravitySnipe will get you one entry into the contest. The promotion will be running until March 31st, 2014 when the three winners will be selected at random from the pool of entries.

Gravity Snipe is the adventure of a Flappy Bird trying to avoid a ton of pipes that seem to come from nowhere. It is both fun and challenging.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
* Requires iOS 7.0 or later
* This app is optimized for iPhone 5
* 14.0 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Gravity Snipe 1.2 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. This is a great opportunity to get some free swag simply by playing a game. Download today!

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Monkey First Games was founded in 2012 by Brandon Lassiter. Now operating in Winter Park, Florida, Monkey Fist Games creates casual and social games for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Copyright (C) 2014 Monkey First Games. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, iPod touch, and Mac are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

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LG LifeBand Touch leaked in new image, could be the rumored LG fitness tracker

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Last week we learned of several reports from the Korean media that suggested that LG was working on two new wearable devices: a smartwatch by the name of G Arch and a fitness tracker called the G Health. At the time we had little to go on, besides the claim that the two devices would be unveiled at CES 2014.

Now thanks to famed leaker @evleaks, we might just have the first look at LG’s attempt to create a fitness tracking band. Taking to Twitter, @evleaks released the image seen above alongside a very brief description, “LG Lifeband Touch.” Unfortunately, no other details were divulged.

Considering the LG Health name always sounded a bit odd to us, it seems more likely that IF this is a legit product, the final name will actually be the Lifeband Touch. Aside from that, we can guess that it will have some sort of “touch” functionality and will probably compete directly with products like the FuelBand+, FitBand and Samsung’s own rumored fitness tracker.

Keep in mind that LG has yet to confirm whether or not it is even planning to release such a device, so take all of this with a grain of salt. We’ve reached out to LG for further comment on the Lifeband Touch, and will update if/when we hear back. Either way, we’re likely to know more sometime between the 7th and 10th of January at CES.

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Android shown to be out of touch when it comes to OS updates

It’s the concern so many Android users have: when will my phone be upgraded to the newest version? As Android fans, we want to know that we will at least see the newest Android version soon after launch. While we don’t expect to see our HTC or Samsung device carry the latest flavor of Android the same day as a Nexus device, we don’t want to get left behind, either.

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It seems that’s just what happens though, as OEMs and carriers choose not to support legacy models, instead “asking” us to upgrade. For some, that’s just not possible. For others, the change is unwelcome. For iOS, it doesn’t seem to matter. A new report shows that while the Android space remains fragmented, iOS devices — even those older ones — are widely supported with the same OS upgrade as newer devices, and at the same time.

This can be taken a number of ways. On one hand, Apple controls both the OS and hardware, so it’s easy for them to push out updates and support all devices. It’s a bit like Google with their Nexus brand. Though when Android 4.4 launched, the Galaxy Nexus was famously noted as being unsupported, with differing reasons as to why. Was it really some mysterious 18-month cycle, or the fact that Texas Instruments was no longer supporting the hardware in the device?

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It gets even more confusing when we examine other OEMs and their offerings. The chart, pictured above, tracks OEMs and their various handsets through the life cycle. It shows how the manufacturer and/or carrier stop supporting the device, and the trend we see is that after a year or so it is simply left behind the curve. Android continues on, and if we want the latest and greatest Android has to offer, we’re to upgrade or languish… and upgrading doesn’t solve the problem all the time, either.

Perhaps more troubling is that, upon launch, many devices are already behind. The flagship Galaxy S3, for example, was never on the current Android page. The HTC One was, for a few months, but hasn’t been since. Only Nexus devices have a better showing than the rest, but the Galaxy Nexus calls that track record into question moving forward.

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Conversely, we look to the iPhone, and see that all devices are supporting the current OS all the time. It is only recently that the iPhone 3GS — older than any Android device on the chart — began to slip off the map. Perhaps more troubling for us is the time it takes to get updates to Android devices, as the chart below demonstrates. While things like TouchWiz or Sense confuse the issue, that’s the responsibility of each manufacturer to readily support Android updates on their devices, and consumers shouldn’t pay the price for their choice. We like to blame carriers, but each carrier has the iPhone, and there seem to be no issues with updates there.

We hope Android 4.4 fixes fragmentation, but in reality, it will probably only change the appearance of it. On paper, we’ll all be on one version, but Android 4.4 has a lot of moving parts that OEMs can choose to utilize or not. The most obvious example is the Google Now launcher on the Nexus 5, which hasn’t made its way to other Nexus hardware, a choice made by Google. All Nexus devices are — or will be soon — on Android 4.4, but the experience changes from device to device. Is that actually solving the problem, or just the perception of it?

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Simply Contacts 1.0 for iPhone – Stay in touch with your world

London, United Kingdom – Think Code Release Ltd today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of their brand-new app Simply Contacts 1.0 for iPhone and iPod touch. Simply Contacts is a whole new experience for everyone who needs to get the most out of their contacts. Its simple and clean user interface makes it the fastest, user-friendly contacts manager.

In just one screen you are able to search and sort your contacts, as well as phone, chat, FaceTime, email, message, share, and so much more.

Key App Features:
* Powerful and smart contacts manager
* Quick access to all supported actions
* Easily recognize contacts by their photos
* Advanced search and sorting capabilities
* View, edit and add new contacts
* Favorite contacts for easy access
* Customizable double tap action
* Shake to switch between styles
* Short name and nicknames support
* Sharing using vCard or AirDrop
* Simple and clean user interface
* Optimized for iOS 7

Device Requirements:
* Compatible with iPhone and iPod touch
* iOS 7.0 or later
* 3.0 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Simply Contacts 1.0 is priced at .99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category.

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Based in London, Think Code Release Ltd is committed to providing innovative and quality software solutions for users demanding reliable, user friendly and well-supported products. Their apps, Simply Contacts, London Lines & Stations, Bookshelves and Bookshelves Lite, are available in the App Store. Copyright (C) 2009-2013 Think Code Release Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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Apparently any animal anatomy can be registered to work with Touch ID…

 Apparently any animal anatomy can be registered to work with Touch ID...

Touch ID is Apple’s new fingerprint identity sensor, though it turns out it’ll print far more than just your fingers. Since the iPhone 5s launched yesterday, the internet has gotten a hold of it and used it on pretty much any body part you can imagine – and a few you probably don’t want to imagine – whether human or other animal.

Basically, if it’s capacitive and has ridges, arches, or whorls, it can be registered and then used to unlock and authorize Touch ID. That includes toes, nipples, dog paws, and… yeah, right back to that stuff you probably don’t want to imagine.

What does this mean in terms of security? Not much. Your neighbors nipple or the Monkey’s Paw in the glove compartment can’t just randomly access your new iPhone. Not unless you – or someone else – registers them with your device first. So rest easy, keep it classy…

And make sure you get to your new iPhone before your cat does…

Source: Half of YouTube, apparently.

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Alcatel One Touch Idol S and Idol Mini quietly unveiled

Alcatel has unveiled two additional smartphones. These latest models include the One Touch Idol S and Idol Mini and both have quietly appeared on the Alcatel website. That said, Alcatel has shared some images and detailed the specs, however there isn’t anything in terms of when and where we can expect these models to be available.

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Not to mention, there is nothing in regards to any pricing. Putting that aside, how about we get into the specs beginning with the One Touch Idol S. This one is pictured above and will arrive with specs to include a 4.7-inch IPS HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 and powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor.

The handset will also have 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot along with a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and 8 megapixel rear-facing camera. The Idol S will also have the basics such as WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Alcatel will have the Idol S in a variety of colors to include slate, fresh rose and cherry red.

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Shifting over to the Idol Mini and we find a handset that will be sporting a 4.3-inch FWVGA display at 854 x 480. This one will be powered by a dual-core 1.3GHz processor paired with 512MB of RAM. The storage will vary on this handset. The single SIM model will have 4GB of storage and the dual-SIM model will have 8GB. Both will have a microSD card slot for additional storage.

Otherwise, the Idol Mini will also have WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS along with a VGA quality front-facing camera and 5 megapixel rear-facing camera. The Idol Mini will be running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and be available in slate, silver and cranberry pink.

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Coffee Lovers Magazine now available on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch

Seattle, Washington – Coffee Lovers Magazine is all about the love and experience of coffee – about the lifestyle inherent in the local cafe, and in having coffee with friends. We bring to you cool videos about coffee, reviews of coffee, coffee machines and tools, interviews with folks in the coffee industry, and much more through the digital newsstand experience on the iPad and iPhone.

Coffee Lovers Magazine is a digital periodical publication, available as an app through Apple’s Newsstand on iTunes. The magazine features helpful articles, videos, art, stories, interviews, photos, and more, designed for anyone who identifies as a lover of coffee.

There is a big gap between the common experience of coffee (through chain coffee shops and grocery stores) and the world of speciality coffee. Coffee Lovers Magazine attempts to provide a bridge between those worlds, for people who love coffee but may not be familiar with the nuances of coffee and how enriching the experience can be. The newest version, which brings the magazine to the iPhone, has increased the reach of the magazine by over 65% – providing an easy to read, enjoyable magazine experience on more devices.

The magazine has been reaching coffee lovers on their iPads in over 100 countries around the world, and now reaches even further by coming to the iPhone and iPod touch.

Jason Gislason, USA – “Great coffee magazine – I love reading this magazine. It is obvious that the editor loves coffee. He presents a very balanced selection of articles ranging from the experience of coffee/coffee culture to technical aspects of brewing and growth. I expect this magazine to grow in popularity and to get even better over time. Enjoy a great coffee experience with Coffee Lovers Magazine. I do!”

tattoo57, New Zealand – “Best coffee mag on planet – You need to have this mag. If you are a coffee lover this is for you. I thought I was a coffee expert until I discovered it. Wonderful content, dedicated coffee lovers, I now know more with each issue. Keep it up guys!”

Irish Aus, Australia – “Wow great mag – I am a coffee lover too much really! This mag has it all, great info, plus really like the videos and the quality photos. Keep it up.”

Device Requirements:
* iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch and iPad
* Requires iOS 5.0 or later
* 17.2 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Coffee Lovers Magazine (v4.0.1) is a monthly publication – with monthly issues available for individual purchase for .99. Monthly subscription is available for .99 per month – with a 7 day free trial available when you first subscribe. The magazine also features occasional special issues for subscribers only, which are included in the subscription. The app is Free to download and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Food & Drink category.

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JR Mobile LLC is a marketing consulting firm based out of Seattle, Washington, by Joseph Robertson in 2012. JR Mobile works with small local businesses, helping them reach customers where they are – on their mobile devices. As part of this effort, JR Mobile expanded to digital publishing with Coffee Lovers Magazine in December 2012 – both taking advantage of the incredible opportunity for reaching people, and to be able to offer the same service to clients. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2013 JR Mobile LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

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Images of the Oppo N1 surface, along with more information on the rear touch panel

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After first breaking the news of the Oppo N1 and its new camera technology that is expected to compete against the likes of the Galaxy Camera and the upcoming Sony Honami, the company itself posted a teaser of the imminent arrival of the device and its highly-anticipated feature, a rear touch panel. Today, a couple of images of the smartphone have surfaced online on Weibo, along with a leaked image courtesy of EvLeaks, giving us a look at what to expect.

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As you can see, the images show the white version of the device, with a large display and a slim form factor. It looks like all the navigation buttons are going to be on-screen, and we can also see that there are no buttons on the right side of the device, with the bottom housing the microphone, speaker, microUSB port, and headphone jack.

Of course, it’s a little disappointing that an image of the rear of the device, which is expected to feature the new N-lens 13MP camera and touch panel, aren’t available. But, the company has posted a chart on its Weibo page showcasing some of the capabilities of the touch panel, which include swiping through pages, scrolling, change songs, full camera control, along with other user-defined functions as well.

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We now know what the Oppo N1 looks like, and at least some of the functionality of the rear touch panel, but we’ll still have to wait to find out exactly what the specifications of the device are. With the Oppo N1 being launched in September, stay tuned as we find out more!

What are your thoughts? What do you think of the design of the Oppo N1? Is the rear touch panel going to be a useful feature? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Google Chrome Canary gets touch controls added in latest software update

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If you’re the type of person who likes to touch first and ask questions later, don’t worry, we’re not here to judge you. Instead, we’re here to let you know about the latest and most interesting changes Google made to an experimental fork of its world-famous Chrome browser, called Google Chrome Canary.

In the latest Chrome Canary software update, touch-centric software features have been added. These new touch control features are bound to make the browser even more user-friendly across all platforms — at least for those who view gestures such as swiping to be more convenient than simply clicking on traditional buttons for navigation.

Speaking of swiping, the new touch controls include left and right swiping to move backward and forward through web pages. Pinch-to-zoom and on-screen keyboards are also part of the overall feature-set.

What else is there to enjoy about the latest version of Google Chrome Canary? Well, according to the official Chrome Canary page, there’s the standard Chrome browser’s speed, simplicity, security, privacy, and customization. Since it can be downloaded for free by all users of devices running Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP, the only thing that stands in your way is the short amount of time it takes to install it yourself.

Check out the source link below and you can get a chance to try it out right now. As long as you have a compatible device with a touch-enabled screen or monitor, that is.

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