According to engadget (citing TouchPal as well as an internal source), HTC aims to replace Swype with TouchPal as the default input method in upcoming devices, including the new HTC One M9. The official TouchPal Twitter account also tweeted the engadget article about this, further confirming the move. What prompted this move? The CEO of CooTek, the company behind TouchPal, says it's because of their better contextual prediction and language support. If you actually look at the supported languages, you'll...
No Root For Verizon Galaxy S III, Petition Started
The first three U.S. Variants of the Galaxy S III were all rooted the same way. Odin flash an insecure kernel, flash custom recovery, flash Superuser, and profit. With the Verizon Galaxy S III lagging behind the rest, many users had hoped that it would be rooted in the same manner when it was finally released—if not for the fact that the other three variants were rooted that way, then because Samsung hasn’t shipped a locked down device in recent memory. Apparently, Verizon has pulled a Motorola and locked the device down, making it impervious to the traditional root methods.
The problem was first documented by XDA Senior Member AdamLange in his thread that would have been a root tutorial. After several failed attempts at flashing the insecure kernel via Odin, AdamLange and others came to the conclusion that Verizon had slipped in a security check that prevented unsigned boot and recovery images from being flashed via Odin. Given that this is the method all the other Galaxy S III variants use to obtian root, this presents a big problem.
While there will likely be a workaround to this problem as there was for those stubborn HTC devices, that doesn’t mean that users aren’t angry. With work being done to find a workaround in AdamLange’s thread, XDA Recognized Developer incubus26jc has gone another route by starting a petition.
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Many people are under the impression that once Apple finally launches its smartwatch, the market for wearables will suddenly become mainstream and be taken to the next level. Taking an idea that already exists and making it incredibly successful isn't something new to Apple, but does the Apple Watch have what it takes? The wearable hasn't even shipped yet, but has already won multiple awards and has been featured on numerous fashion magazine covers. Do you think the Apple Watch will be a huge success? Let us know your thoughts.
The smartphone landscape is drastically changing its focus. What was once a North-America-centric monopoly of high-specification phones is now merely an afterimage of the past. The meat of the game is elsewhere now; emerging markets looking for good bang-for-buck are what OEMs are increasingly aiming towards, and in this new game the old players must adapt-or-die. Xiaomi has grown at one of the most notable rates in the industry, leading it to become the world's most valuable start-up; and its...