Android and openness is something we talk about all the time, but the recent developments in the industry point towards inherent flaws with this very premise. Be it from bloggers, political institutions or corporations, Android is seemingly not open enough. The “War on Openness” is ironically becoming an open war, where many players are increasing their stakes and scope to try and land a bigger hold - or at the very least, restrict Google’s - on what is the world’s...
WindowBreak Project Interop-Unlocks Samsung Devices, More In The Future
Recognized developer Jaxbot, who’s previously brought us Themes for WP7, has found a new exploit which easily interop-unlocks Samsung devices for free, compared to the $99 required for the official App Hub or $9 for the homebrew ChevronWP7. However, his solution doesn’t work for Nokia and HTC devices yet, which is why he’s started a thread so other developers can join in the development process.
Basically, the exploit consists in downloading a ZIP that is automatically unzipped not into a random subfolder of \Application Data\Microsoft\Zipview\, but rather a parent directory – in this case, \provxml\. This works by creating a folder in the ZIP file that’s called ../../../../provxml, with each ../ going up one directory. The catch here is that devices from Nokia and HTC block the writing of some of that \provxml\ stuff into the registry.
Now please, keep in mind this is very much a development project, a work-in-progress, before continuing to the forum thread. Promise us you won’t post anything that is not development-related, okay?
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Smartphone cameras have advanced so tremendously over the past few years that they have almost completely replaced point and shoot digital cameras for the most of us. Furthermore, since our smartphones are always with us, the majority of us end up taking tons of photos throughout the lifespan of our devices. But what happens to all the old photos you take? Do you store them on an external hard-drive or keep them backed up to an online cloud service like Flickr? Let us know what your favorite way of storing old photos is and why.
Before the release of Android 5.0 Lollipop, the Holo Design guidelines served as the official reference for Android design, right from IceCream Sandwich to KitKat. However, updates to the guidelines were few and far between, leading to a lack of synchronization between Android design and current UI/UX trends. Google seems to have learned from their mistake the last time around, and earlier this week, a significant update was released for the Material Design guidelines, marking the second revision in less...