Jimmy McGee · Jun 1, 2013 at 11:00 am · 40 comments

Job Interview Prep: Salary Negotiations Part 3 – XDA Developer TV

Continuing his series about Job interviews, XDA Developer TV Producer Jayce talks about the biggest unknown to most people in the job process: salary negotiation.  He’s already given you resume tips, talked about dealing with the phone screen, and how to ace the main interview. Now he talks about getting the pay you want. In today’s episode, Jayce interviews Rachel Finan, a recruiter at Hays Recruiting, about salary negotiations. Rachel gives some tips about how to negotiate your salary. Jayce then...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 1, 2013 at 05:30 am · 2 comments

Getting Started with Windows 8 App Development

For the thousands of our readers still in school, summer break is either about to begin or has already begun. As such, there will almost certainly be much more free time at your disposal with which to learn development. And even for those not about to regain their freedom due to the lessening vice grip of academia, there's always something to be said about learning the basics of development. In your spare time, why not pick up a little bit...

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Will Verduzco · May 31, 2013 at 08:00 pm · 5 comments

Seamlessly Synchronize Your Notes with Easy Cloud Notes

Ever since Google Keep was released some time ago, it has become an everyday staple for many users. And who's to blame them. The application is simple, east-to-use, and has an aesthetic and efficient interface. However, one potential complaint that some may have with Keep is that it relies on Google's cloud to store its notes and allow you to access them across devices. While Google is widely considered to be the best and the most reliable personal cloud solution,...

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Jimmy McGee · May 31, 2013 at 03:00 pm · 2 comments

Unofficial CWM for Ouya, CASUAL Root and Recovery for AT&T Galaxy S4, MotoACTV Development Active – XDA Developer TV

An unofficial build of ClockworkMod Recovery has been released for the Android-powered Ouya game console. That and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is an article about using CASUAL to root and install TWRP on on your AT&T Samsung Galaxy S 4 easily and news about development on the Motorola MotoACTV. Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin gave us video...

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Will Verduzco · May 31, 2013 at 10:00 am · 5 comments

USB Mass Storage App for Recent Samsung Devices

Not many feature omissions have drawn as much ire in recent memory as the lack of USB Mass Storage. While Media Transfer Protocol has numerous advantages such as safer removal and simultaneous access from both your computer and mobile device, it's just not quite the same as directly mounting your device as standard USB storage. This is on top of the hoops that non-Windows users have to go through to access the storage in the first place. Thankfully, there's no...

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Samantha · May 31, 2013 at 05:00 am · 2 comments

Wake Up with AlarMe, the Weather-Based Alarm

A weather-based alarm is quite an interesting and practical innovation. It's an idea you'll most definitely appreciate if you've ever driven the car to work, only to be stuck in traffic for 20 minutes when you could have walked or ridden on a fine sunny day. It's similarly useful when you wake up just to see snow blocking the driveway and the road, leaving you unable to get to where you need to go. Well, since XDA Forum Member Mdk001 was growing...

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Mike Szczys · May 30, 2013 at 10:30 pm · 4 comments

Doing More with the ActionBar

I love the look and functionality of the ActionBar. I find my thumb has more dexterity at the top of the screen than it does at the bottom when I'm holding my phone with one hand. And so I'm happy to see that the interface is evolving while retaining that valued real estate. Play Music is one app that show off that evolution. The app allows you to see the background at the top of the page, but then fades...

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Mike Szczys · May 30, 2013 at 05:30 pm · 1 comment

Using Internal/Hidden Classes of the Android API

Pssst... over here. Yeah, did you know about the Hidden Android Classes? Shhh... it's a secret. They let you do stuff you otherwise couldn't. You can read internal data, like the text message database stored on a phone. You can also gain lower level access to the hardware in order to extend your app's access to things like the touchscreen input values, or WiFi radio usage. To get your hands on that kind of contraband, you'll need to do some...

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Jimmy McGee · May 30, 2013 at 01:00 pm · 9 comments

XDA Roundtable Highlights: Casetop Interview with Johnny Andrus – XDA Developer TV

Here at XDA, we are a community of developers and power users. XDA's history and purpose is based on a long standing sharing of knowledge, ideas, creations, and opinions. XDA is a place where you can learn to do just about anything for your mobile device, sometimes to the detriment of your warranty. Recently, a new creation has come to our attention. This creation, called Casetop, promises to turn any smartphone into a laptop. XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan interviews...

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Conan Troutman · May 30, 2013 at 08:00 am · 2 comments

Did You Spot XDA FSM / RD Zacthespack’s App at Google I/O?

For most of us, Google I/O is probably beginning to feel like a distant memory---perhaps less so for those lucky enough to be browsing on your shiny new Chromebook Pixels. We're all aware by now of the big stories from this years conference, but among all that was something that was of great interest to us here on the Portal, which you might not have noticed. One of the sessions put on by Google was titled Voiding Your Warranty: Hacking Glass, the...

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Conan Troutman · May 30, 2013 at 03:00 am · no comments

Floating Notifications Lets You Manage Your Alerts with Ease

Accessing your notifications is already pretty simple and requires little more than a swipe down from the top of the screen, unless of course you prefer to run applications in full screen or make use of some kind of extended desktop option. In these situations, it can often mean moving away from the app you are currently using which can be a nuisance. There are a few ways around this. I'm sure that by now you're familiar with Halo, the...

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Samantha · May 29, 2013 at 08:30 pm · 2 comments

Active Development for the Motorola MotoACTV

"Wait, what is the Motorola MotoACTV? Doesn't sound very familiar." Unbeknownst to many, the MotoACTV is an interesting device released by Motorola all the way back in 2011 that acts as a part-time watch, and a part-time fitness tracker. With Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS support, it also interestingly came with Android Gingerbread, thus making it a standout device among its smartwatch peers, and even more so with the active development going on behind it. XDA Recognized Developer ClearD came up with a...

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Samantha · May 29, 2013 at 03:00 pm · no comments

Create Your Very Own Boot Animations

If you've already taken a look at the boot animation utility featuring 400 different animations for your Android device, but haven't seen anything that catches your eye, you may want to create your very own boot animation. If this is the case, you may want to check out XDA Senior Member ayushrox's guide on how to do so. A guide written for Windows Users, it lays down the foundations by explaining just exactly what a boot animation is, what it consists...

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Jimmy McGee · May 29, 2013 at 10:30 am · 22 comments

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S 4 Unboxed the XDA Way – XDA Developer TV

Recently, XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler tore apart and hacked up a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. The large device was quite a show, but sometimes it is more exciting to see the inside of a smaller device. How do they fit so much power in such a small space. So using his powers of hackery, AdamOutler is taking apart the AT&T Galaxy S 4. After tearing down and Unboxing the XDA Way, he continues by giving a tour of the device's...

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Will Verduzco · May 29, 2013 at 06:30 am · 8 comments

Looking to Improve the Sound Quality on Your Smartphone?

With all of the (often pointless) sound "tweaks" out there, it's easy to forget that the true sonic upgrades will almost invariably come from output hardware rather than software. And while some software tweaks do actually make a marked improvement on sound quality without sabotaging clarity and neutrality (Elite Recognized Developer Supercurio's Voodoo Sound and the HRTF functionality in DSPManager come to mind), much of the software tweaks are are just glorified bass-heavy equalizers (*cough*Beats*cough*) that would make any true...

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