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Enable Software Buttons on Any Galaxy S III Running CM10

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While they don’t offer any additional functionality over capacitive buttons, the software buttons that first appeared in Honeycomb and continued to Jelly Bean have become rather popular. They’re not only a modifiable novelty, but with screens as large as they are, giving up a little screen real estate for the software buttons isn’t exactly a big deal. Now, the Samsung Galaxy S III and its US variants running CM10 can have their software buttons enabled with a single mod.

The original thread was started by XDA Recognized Developer graffixnyc to bring the software buttons to the international Galaxy S III. However, XDA Forum Member NemesisRE took it a step further and developed a mod that b. . . READ ON »

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Take a Sneak Peak at Sprint’s LTE and Improved 3G Speed

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Sprint customers have been listening to rumors of 4g LTE from as early as last Spring. The rumor turned into announcement just a few short months ago via Dan Hesse himself, announced for Q2 of 2012. Now, there are definite signs of life as customers can now see Sprint LTE being used in the wild.

Thanks to a sneak peak thread posted by XDA Senior Member mazook998, Sprint customers can check out some of the improved speeds customers can expect once Sprint’s new network goes live via speed tests on YouTube.

In the thread, you’ll find 2 links that go to YouTube videos. One for a couple of speed tests for the LTE and one for the speed tests on the “improved 3g”. The YouTube videos show over 40Mbps dow. . . READ ON »

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Sprint Announces Two New LTE-Enabled Android Devices

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If you’ve been following the LTE-wars, you know that Sprint has decided to diversify beyond WiMax by building a LTE network. Today, Sprint has announced its first two LTE devices, both of which run Android. The first ought to be familiar: the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. It’ll be the same Galaxy Nexus that we already know (with a 1.2GHz TI OMAP CPU, 1GB of RAM, and a 720p S-AMOLED HD display), except that it’ll come pre-loaded with Google Wallet. Then we have the new LG Viper, which will also ship with a 1.2GHz CPU and 1GB of RAM, but a lower-resolution 4″ WVGA Nova display. It also has Google Wallet pre-installed, and thus a NFC chip. The Viper is made from eco-friendly materials, like recycl. . . READ ON »

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Al Franken’s Pursuit of “Carrier IQ”

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December 14, the deadline Senator Al Franken gave to answer his questions about Carrier IQ, came and went.  Now the responses are public.  Franken also questioned FBI director Robert Mueller in the Senate Judiciary Committee about the FBI’s collection of information specifically obtained from Carrier IQ’s software.  Thankfully, Franken was not satisfied by the answers he received in either inquiry.  From Franken’s press release, which includes companies’ responses,

“I appreciate the responses I received, but I’m still very troubled by what’s going on,” said Sen. Franken. “People have a fundamental right to control their private information. After reading the companie

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LTE on Sprint? Maybe someday…

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There was a time where I would gladly jump ship to another carrier to get the best phone out there. I switched back and forth every couple of months it seemed. For me, I settled down when the G1 came out, stayed on T-Mobile though the Nexus One and the Nexus S. But then, I was given a new reason to jump ship. Verizon Wireless launched 4GLTE in my area, and that was all the reason I needed. A faster network is a vital thing in a world with multitasking, streaming content, and “the cloud” on our devices. In the US, the faster network surge started with Sprint and their WiMax network. Much of the HTC EVO’s success is often attributed to Sprint’s WiMax network. Sprint deciced earlier this year to maint. . . READ ON »

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More on Carrier IQ

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This article intends to extrapolate the implications of egzthunder1’s article on Carrier IQ, and to comment on the responses by Carrier IQ, HTC, and Sprint, given in Russell Holly’s article on Geek.com.

The point–short, sweet, and at the beginning of the article–is that we do not get to choose whether this information is collected.  Or who sees it.  Authorized employees only?  Marketing and polling firms?  Law enforcement?  All rhetorical questions, because we don’t know.

To be clear, the “information” I’m talking about are the Android intents logged by Carrier IQ, discovered by TrevE, which include your location, when you open an app and what app you open, what media you . . . READ ON »

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