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egzthunder1 · Apr 25, 2013

Never Forget to Charge Your Phone Again with AC Socket

Ever since the days of Windows Mobile, we have had features available on our devices that we pretty much have taken for granted. This includes things like applications for taking down notes, setting calendar events, alarms, and many others are things that we have lived with for many years. Because of this, not too many improvements are done to said features as they essentially do everything we expect of them---and they do it well. We have some developers out there...

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egzthunder1 · Apr 14, 2013

Control Your Computer from Your Mobile with Monect

One of the key advancements in the mobile industry is the fact that people want to break away from the chains of a desktop (and even laptop) computer. Not having to carry 5-7 lbs of tech on your back is always an interesting point to consider when deciding what you want to get for work/play. However, since our devices are not (yet) fully capable of replacing our computers, the best thing we can do is try to utilize what we have and...

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egzthunder1 · Mar 28, 2013

Defend Your Battery with Wakelock Detector

As our devices become more powerful, larger, and are filled with more and more software from the manufacturers (bloatware and some spyware); some things tend to take a hit that tend to make our experiences with our devices rather short lived. The battery is about the only thing in the entire technological salad that comprises our mobile devices that does not keep up with the rest. In this day and age, you will see similar sized batteries (in terms of...

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Former Writer · Nov 15, 2012

Android 4.2 Quick Settings Lookalike for the Galaxy S III

A couple weeks ago, we brought you an overview of Android 4.2. The renovated OS includes some pretty exciting features like Photosphere, multiple user profiles, and TV connect. One feature that was mentioned was quick settings. For those who haven't heard yet, quick settings is akin to HTC's quick settings. It's a separate page in the notification pull down that gives you quick access to a myriad of settings and toggles. Now, Samsung Galaxy S III I9300, or any device...

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egzthunder1 · Oct 4, 2012

Add Physics to your Homescreen with Node

We have featured several LiveWallpapers on the Portal in the past---everything from Mario dashing through the different worlds in his game and Tetris pieces falling and accommodating themselves to Androids falling on your screen and bouncing around as you move your device. However from time to time, we come across some wallpapers so interesting that they deserve attention. XDA Forum Member suffick released a few LWPs on XDA recently. And his latest addition Node is a physics-lover's must have. The premise of...

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egzthunder1 · Sep 21, 2012

Let Your Fingers do the Running in ShadowRun

We have seen some rather unique concepts on XDA when it comes to indie games. Everything from seeing who can scan the largest number of BT devices to fighting virtual zombies invading your city in a pseudo-AR fashion. After all, slinging birds at pigs can get monotonous after a while. Because of this, seeing new concepts such as that presented in Shadowrun by XDA member eyeballgames is refreshing to say the least. Have you ever used your fingers to pretend that you...

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Former Writer · Jun 12, 2012

Holo Launcher Brings ICS Styling to Gingerbread and Froyo

With many devices getting official and unofficial updates to Ice Cream Sandwich, there are still a lot of devices that haven't. While some may eventually receive ICS, a good deal will unfortunately be left in the cold. The good news, however, is that Gingerbread and Froyo users can still have some ICS goodness in the form of a launcher that emulates the look and feel of the stock ICS launcher. Meet Holo Launcher by XDA Senior Member mobint. Developed to mimic...

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Jimmy McGee · May 27, 2012

Play with Your Food with Garden Troopers

If you are looking for a recipe for fun, XDA Forum Member Dimmerg has a recommendation for you.  He recommends that you try his Garden Troopers dish. To make this delicious dish Dimmerg has made the following recipe. Ingredients 1 (16 ounce) package frozen yogurt 2 large tomatoes, diced 2 large cucumber, peeled and diced 2 game modes, sliced 5 difficulties, julienned 10 game fields, raised and dried A handful of entertainment Directions In a large bowl combine tomatoes, cucumbers, frozen yogurt...

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Will Verduzco · May 8, 2012

Samsung Blaze 4G Modem May Increase Transfer Speed on Sidekick 4G

While the device has its own home on our forums, the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G has been forgotten by many in favor of the more eye catching flagships from both Samsung and HTC. However, there are still many users out there using the device as their daily driver. While it may lack the speed and amazing screen of the above devices, it still offers a decently fast 1 GHz Hummingbird processor and a capable slide-out keyboard for the more messaging-centric users. However,...

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Former Writer · Apr 23, 2012

Desire HD, G2, Desire Z, and MyTouch 4G Froyo Downgrade

The trend over the last month or so on XDA has been getting a number of devices downgraded so they can get to a bootloader that can still be unlocked with S-Off. Those devices are, of course, almost all HTC devices ever since the release of HTCDev, which unlocks the bootloader while maintaining S-On. In the march of obtaining S-Off, a few devices have already had a contingency plan in place to get users down to a software version that can...

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Jimmy McGee · Apr 12, 2012

Quickly Count Change With QuickChange

A penny saved is a penny earned, that is unless Canada follows through with its threat to stop producing the Canadian penny. If you are like most people, when you do use cash and you get change, you often don't like carrying it around. Some throw it in random places. Others unload their pockets every night into a single jar. A solution exists either way. XDA Forum Member NickAVV offers you version 3.0 of his QuickChange application. In the words...

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Jimmy McGee · Apr 11, 2012

Swapp Your Cards with Card Swapp

Are you often multitasking while synergizing with the C-suite to maximize the ROI of the SEO implementation of your web presence? Do you mow through your piles of RFPs before COB? Do you have heated debates regarding the use of double-declining versus straight-line deprecation of capital improvement assets? Most importantly, are you tired of lugging around paper business cards while networking? If your brain didn't melt from the questions above, XDA Forum Member sharpwitz may have a solution for you....

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egzthunder1 · Mar 23, 2012

Eat All the Pearls Before Time Runs Out with Frenzy Fugu Fish

One cannot help but to love games on devices which make use of the sensors loaded in them. Who can forget the ever popular Teeter where you needed to balance and direct a ball through a maze filled with obstacles like holes, walls, and uneven floors? If you have not seen too many of these and are simply tired of slicing fruits and veggies and tossing birds or other cute and fluffy animals across a screen, then you should take...

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egzthunder1 · Mar 8, 2012

Enjoy your Favorite Anti-Root Apps Without Losing Root Completely

Normal development efforts around these parts tend to include hours upon hours of people trying to bypass securities added to our devices. The exploits found are normally turned into either temp or permanent roots for Android devices, and this happens to grant people with added functionality on their devices, the ability to run several apps that require root access, and much more. However, as everything in life, there are trade-offs. For instance, there are some apps and services that will...

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mic_888 · Dec 28, 2011

Get Your Ball On With Blobby Volleyball

The number of quality Android games has slowly been increasing and here is a new one from developers and XDA members AppsOn. Blobby Volleyball is a great volleyball game with dynamic gameplay and friendly controls. Features of the game include: Versus Mode - three levels of difficulty bots. Angry Mode - try to score as many points as you can with angry bot without losing a point. Mirror Mode - try to score as many points as you can controlling...

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mic_888 · Dec 13, 2011

Benchmark Your Android Device With M3D Benchmark

If you are interested in understanding how much your Android device can handle 3D games and apps, take a look at the M3D Benchmark application posted by XDA forum member sadegh1993. Developed by knight93, the Benchmark is created with the Unity 3D game engine and is based on OpenGL ES 2.0 showing that your device can handle advanced rendering techniques such as rendering bump maps. The XDA member would like some help from XDA members to submit your average FPS and also your...

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mic_888 · Dec 12, 2011

Use Your Xperia Play GamePad On the OnLive Service With OnLive Helper

Xperia Play owners who want to be able to use the gamepad to play games using the OnLive Service should check out OnLive Helper  by XDA Senior Member hatcyl. The app should however work with any phone (not just the Xperia Play) and users can create their own custom profiles or use community created ones. No root is required, and to enable the app, you must change the Input Method Service to 'OnLive Helper'. Users can have the input method screen...

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mic_888 · Dec 7, 2011

PDroid – The Better Privacy Protection

If you're the sort of of person that is concerned about access to your private data when downloading and installing applications on your Android device, be it from the official Andorid Market or not, you might be interested in XDA forum member svyat's application. PDroid allows control over access for any installed application to your private data. This includes: Device ID (IMEI/MEID/ESN) Subscriber ID (IMSI) SIM Serial (ICCID) Phone and mailbox number Incoming call number Outgoing call number GPS location...

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mic_888 · Dec 5, 2011

Protect Your Data With Wifi Protector Wireless Security

For those of you who are worried about certain tools that sniff your data and prevent you from accessing a wifi network, you can defend yourself with this simple app from XDA forum member gurkedev. Wifi Protector is an Android security app especially designed to detect and prevent ARP poisoning attacks against your phone in Wifi networks. The app runs a service on your Android device that continuously monitors network-related parameters. When abnormal behaviour is detected, an alarm is triggered....

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azrienoch · Nov 9, 2011

Moving Forward with Hewlett Packard’s GPL Violation

The last time we talked about HP, I presented more evidence that the four known Touchpad devices purchased running Android 2.2 came directly from HP’s production line.  Since then, Green, a kernel developer for the Cyanogenmod Touchpad team, was busy working with Ben Maskell of the law firm Roetzel & Andress.  Ben Maskell contacted us with a copy of the letter sent Monday, 8 November to HP’s Open Source Program Director, Philip Robb.  I produce the CliffNotes version here, but...

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