It's not often I look at a product or service and say "I really really hope this isn't real, and it's an elaborate fake". Alas, this day has come. It's time for a look at something which cropped up on my radar today, namely a service called FileThis. I won't do them the search-engine-ranking honor of providing a direct link to their site, but a quick search will find them, and their app on the Play Store and iTunes store....
Today is a big day for the XDA-Developers community. We’re officially launching our first sister site, iPhone-Developers.com. We created this site because many members requested to have an iPhone section on XDA, and we wanted to oblige these requests in some way. But instead of putting iPhone development within the XDA forums, we decided to launch a separate site with a separate server and a separate admin (that’s Arbre), ensuring that we don’t clutter XDA (we know the forum index is already long enough!) or slow the site due to increased traffic.
While iPhone-Developers and XDA-Developers are separate sites, XDA members can instantly copy their important account data to iPhone-Developers by hitting the “Import XDA Account” button in the upper right corner of the new site. All XDA usernames are reserved on iPhone-Developers, so there is no chance of someone taking your username.
We’re not exactly sure what will become of iPhone-Developers, as these things tend to take on a life of their own (as was the case with XDA many years ago). Currently, it serves as a fantastic resource for discussion of app development and Jailbreaking–the site offers app reviews, a terrific Jailbraking wizard, and a variety of how-to guides. We hope that iPhone-Developers will do for the iOS world what XDA has done for Android and Windows Phone, and we invite you to take a look at the site and make a few posts in the forums.
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More and more smartphone manufacturers have been moving towards on-screen buttons, with Google really pushing for it over the physical button alternative. However, there are still a few OEMs (we're looking at you, Samsung) that have preferred to keep things a bit more traditional. Tell us which way you prefer and why.
While there are frequent unexplained changes and pushes to Google's AOSP repositories, an interesting-looking new branch has been pushed out recently, called "master-soong". Taking a look at the changes made to the manifest repository (which is used to specify the repositories to be downloaded when building Android), it appears there are some new repositories making an appearance. Of note here are new prebuilt repositories for Go, and Ninja. Go is a programming language, created by Google, which compiles to produce...