Yesterday, we discussed the second part of our tech giants coming to the west series with Huawei. What people may not know, however, is that Huawei owns a company by the name of HiSilicon. Hisilicon's processor department may not be the most popular in the west but their technology is impressive, with year on year improvements being easily seen. In the coming years, manufacturers such as Qualcomm may have to face the fact that there are other companies just as able...
CyanogenMod Compiler Now Builds CM with a GUI
XDA Recognized Developer lithid-cm has dropped a bombshell on CM users and kangers everywhere with the release of the newest CyanogenMod Compiler, or ‘CMC.’ Similar to what we wrote about a little over a year ago, this release helps users build CyanogenMod from source. However, the first-party CMC differs from other alternatives by offering a GUI for compiling customized CyanogenMod builds for any supported device.
This impressive piece of software runs on Ubuntu. The new GUI allows users to select a device, a branch to build, a theme to incorporate, languages, and a host of other settings. This makes it easy for anyone to build the latest CyanogenMod firmware from source, and that’s pretty awesome. The original command line version is still available, for users who prefer that method.
If you’d like to check it out and have a working Debian/Ubuntu installation, check out the release thread. The project is open source, and links to the code are provided in the original post. As always, it should be noted that flashing a ROM should only be attempted if you know what you are doing and have backed up your device. Don’t forget to thank lithid-cm for all the hard work it took to build these utilities, and most of all for sharing the source with the community!
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TapDeck which has just entered beta, is a smart wallpaper app that allows you to change to a random wallpaper by simply double tapping your screen. After selecting images you like from a selection, your wallpapers will be chosen based on similar images from Flickr, Imgur, Reddit and Wikipedia. If you see one you like, simply swipe up and you will see information relevant to the image. After spending a day with this app it is clear that it is still...