samcaplat

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My name is Sam Caplat and I bash things into computers and good looking stuff comes out... apparently.

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Sam Caplat · Feb 20, 2012 at 07:00 pm · 193 comments

Meet the Team Covering Mobile World Congress

With Mobile World Congress less than a week away, questions are already flying around about what's being announced. The most notable of which, what will Samsung announce if its not the Galaxy S III, are the Huawei Diamond rumours true, and will HTC have ended its lawsuit with Vivid Entertainment? It's no easy task covering events, producing countless videos and photos away from a quiet and controlled environment, but we don't want you feeling left out. During the week of...

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Sam Caplat · Feb 20, 2012 at 03:00 pm · 1,619 comments

Samsung Galaxy Note Review

The Galaxy Note isn't short on power. It's also not short, well, in general. With the device featuring a 5.3" HD Super AMOLED 1280x800 display, that puts it a step higher than the Galaxy Nexus. But with all the hype from Samsung and their avid fans, does it live up to expectations? For this review I'm using the European variant, which has a different button arrangement on the bottom of the device. Hardware When I first held the Note, it reminded...

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Sam Caplat · Jan 30, 2012 at 03:00 pm · 7 comments

Motorola Announced Droid RAZR with Unlocked Bootloader

You asked for it, they promised, failed to deliver, got shouted at, and now it's coming. Motorola just announced the release of their European Droid RAZR variant, with a US version coming later. The variant allows for the user to unlock the bootloader through MOTODEV, their global developer network. Motorola went on to say "In the coming months, we also plan to introduce an unlockable developer device in the United States [...] Stay tuned to Motorola’s Developer site for additional info." Motorola evidently...

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Sam Caplat · Jan 27, 2012 at 01:00 pm · 331 comments

Meet ACTA, the Global Threat

ACTA, Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, is another bill which tramples all over your civil liberties. The Internet is having a hard time fighting off bills that threaten creativity, like PIPA and SOPA, but now something far worse has come to play. In October 2007, the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan decided to branch together and negotiate a bill to tackle intellectual property and copyright infringement. Yesterday, all 21 states of the EU, including the UK, signed onto ACTA. As of October...

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Sam Caplat · Dec 29, 2011 at 10:30 am · 1 comment

Lawsuits Are Out of Hand, Stop Being Gutless

The mobile tech industry saw its share of lawsuits this year. Some hit very close to home. CarrierIQ believed XDA-Developers’ own TrevE stole their product by critically displaying their unprotected, confidential documents. This case was dropped, but it’s not the last time we’ll see unjust lawsuits. So, I’m frustrated. You don’t threaten critics. You don’t send a bill to competitors just because they’re making money that you think you should have made. It’s wrong. And stupid. XDA never has. We...

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Sam Caplat · Dec 9, 2011 at 09:15 am · 8 comments

Ice Cream Sandwich CM9 Progress Revealed

Cyanogen has been hard at work to bring you the perfect customisation of the latest Android iteration, Ice Cream Sandwich. Almost a month ago the team announced their two month hardcore-development period to put the basic framework in place for ICS to work. They're succeeding mainly with OMAP4, MSM8660/7x30 and Exynos-based handsets, so if you own those look forward to trying CM9 first. Support has also been boasted for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and ASUS Transformer. Despite issues developing the new...

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Sam Caplat · Nov 29, 2011 at 07:16 pm · 20 comments

Nexus S and Galaxy S i9000 Get CM9 Alpha

The Cyanogen team need no introduction when it comes to Android ports that work. Ice Cream Sandwich has been designed to run on phones and tablets natively, so its potential to be more successful than CM7 is a given. With this idea in mind, two weeks ago the Cyanogen team pulled a rock across the entrance of their cave and began work on CM9, stating they would be “back in 2 months”. Despite the Honeycomb project (CM8) being discontinued, the team...

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Sam Caplat · Nov 28, 2011 at 08:22 am · 563 comments

Ice Cream Sandwich Ports Progress Report

Ice Cream Sandwich ports are highly sought after, given the hype and price of the phone that runs it. However, providing there is support behind development, there is every chance you can run it on your device. This article is here to list the current ICS ports on our most popular  forums and their individual stages in progress. Should your device not be listed below, you can always visit your device's development forum on XDA and search for any ROMs...

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Sam Caplat · Nov 22, 2011 at 04:00 pm · 257 comments

HTC Posts Kernel Source Code for Rezound, Amaze, Explorer, and Desire S

I wrote an article two days ago slating HTCdev and their tardiness in GPL compliance. I was harsh and unforgiving, and quite right too. We’re not here to play devil's advocate or apologise on their behalf. The article listed phones the kernel source code hadn’t been published for. Some devices remain unpublished, but a small collection have been published today, including the Rezound, Amaze, Explorer, and Desire S. Well done, HTC, hopefully we'll see full GPL compliance soon. Please visit...

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Sam Caplat · Nov 21, 2011 at 12:00 am · 254 comments

GPL Compliance or No Compliance At All

This is an open letter to HTC. They took a big step toward showing they actually care about customers by starting HTCdev--as opposed to not caring, making terrible phones, and brushing off complaints about how terrible they are, making them anyway. HTCdev is HTC’s initiative to connect and work with the developing community. It shows they want to be involved, want to listen, and want to improve their products and user experience as a whole--more than I can say for...

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Sam Caplat · Nov 15, 2011 at 02:14 pm · 208 comments

Sony Ericsson to Upgrade 2011 Models to ICS

Ice Cream Sandwich has been a product of epic shoving-down-throat proportions, and we’re about to shove it some more. The Sony Ericsson Blog announced today the manufacturer will be working on merging their own Android experience with the new 4.0 iteration on their 2011 “portfolio”. “2011 Xperia Portfolio” refers to the following products: Xperia arc and arc S, Xperia PLAY, Xperia neo and neo V, Xperia mini and mini pro, Xperia pro, Xperia active, Xperia ray as well as Sony...

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Sam Caplat · Nov 7, 2011 at 03:02 pm · 32 comments

HTC Edge: World’s First Quad-Core Smartphone?

Technology isn’t fast enough. At least, this is the impression I get when asking users what they’d like to see from their various hardware. We’re a power-hungry community obsessed with making our technology faster and faster, and never concluding it’s meeting our speed-greed. With this knowledge, it comes as no surprise HTC might be working on their first-ever quad-core smartphone (and perhaps the first-ever in the entire industry). The phone, dubbed the HTC Edge, is rumored to have four 1.5GHz...

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Sam Caplat · Oct 29, 2011 at 06:00 pm · 314 comments

Ice Cream Sandwich Ported to the Samsung Galaxy S

Ice Cream Sandwich is taking the limelight in development. Recently ported to the Nexus S, many are curious and excited to know which device is next. ASUS said their “aim is to bring the latest Android update to the Eee Pad Series.”  Motorola’s Droid RAZR, Droid Bionic, and XOOM are definitely getting the update, and they will announce more “devices for ICS 6 weeks after Google releases the final version of it.” If you’re looking to get a new device...

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Sam Caplat · Oct 18, 2011 at 01:35 pm · 204 comments

ICS and Galaxy Nexus Specs, Images and Announcement

The Nexus family is an addiction for me. It always was. The Nexus S was my first smartphone.  The Galaxy Nexus, to me, is like an iPhone 5 to Apple fanboys--except, before we knew Apple wouldn’t release it, destroying a year of pointless anticipation. I gloated about that.  But like an iPhone fanboy, I don’t care if the next Nexus is rubbish, I need it now. The Nexus S remains one of my favourite phones, followed closely by its predecessor,...

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Sam Caplat · Oct 3, 2011 at 08:55 am · 7 comments

ASUS Transformer Boasts a 500Gb Hard Drive

A thing of fairytale, the idea of 500Gb storage on a tablet. Especially on any device we own, it's something no one has seen or heard of, only complained about. The ASUS Transformer, for me, really is the peak of progression. It was the product we, in the technology community, had been waiting for for a very long time, and didn't expect to see it rising over the horizon. The Transformer as a whole is comparable to a Macbook Air or...

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