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Google Chromecast Exploited and Rooted, Taking Photos with the Proximity Sensor on Xperia Z – XDA Developer TV

The just-released Chromecast device has a secure boot exploit and has been rooted. That and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week's news is an article about the new Android 4.3 update process and news about taking photos with the proximity sensor on...

Increase Productivity while YouTubing with Popup Player

Over the years, we've featured various floating apps of different kinds on the XDA Portal. We've even featured a library to help developers incorporate floating app functionality into their own creations. After all, one need only try a floating app to realize that this class of app enables a far greater degree of multitasking than...

CyanogenMod Team Introduces Nemesis Stage 1: Focal

Coinciding with the release of Android 4.3 and and an updated stock camera, stage one of the CyanogenMod team's top secret "Project Nemesis" was finally unveiled on July 26.  According to the development group's weekly wrap-up on www.cyanogenmod.org, the goal of this project is to bring users the best custom operating experience possible. As such,...

Confessions of Newly Hired Developers – XDA Developer TV

Continuing on the general topic of yesterday’s video about the Practices of Practical Developers or what they did to get started doing development, XDA Developer TV Producer Jayce now gets some more information from them. Sometimes when you ask people about how they got from a starting developer to the creator of many apps, they will...

Chromecast Secure Boot Exploit and Root

The Google Chromecast is shaping up to be quite a popular device. Largely due to its price point, adoption of Google's latest media streamer has been so high as to exhaust Google's free Netflix promotion. As exciting as the new device is, it's hard to disagree that the included feature set could be a bit better. However,...

Help Your Less Tech Savvy Friends with Zikk Remote Setup

We've all done it before... You know, served as tech support for our friends and family. After all, there's no reason not to. What use is knowing about technology if you can't help others use it more effectively? Whatever your intentions, circumstances often make helping others with their tech needs a bit more difficult than they...

Daydream Screen Saver for Pre-Jelly Bean Devices

While the Internet is still recovering from the excitement that came from the release of Android 4.3, Android's 4.2 Jelly Bean upgrade this past October ushered in many new features. One of these features was Daydream, a pseudo-screen saver for your mobile device that could display certain items after some period of inactivity. Ideally, we'd all be...

Take Photos with the Proximity Sensor on the Sony Xperia Z

Taking pictures underwater is probably something that not many people have attempted. Of course, not only are the physical and hardware limitations preventing people from doing so, expect for a select 'few' devices, but physics tells us that capacitive touch screens will have a hard time registering any taps and swipes when under water. A physical...

Practices of Practical Developers – XDA Developer TV

A lot of people have an idea for the next great app. Some people even do research into what building an app actually takes. They contact people, they read up on the forums, they even watch XDA Developer TV. However, very few actually follow through and become App Developers. In today’s episode, XDA Developer TV Producer...

Read Build.prop Values from Your App without Root

We've featured plenty of tools in the past that allow an end-user to modify his or her own build.prop. We've also featured a set of tools for app developers to incorporate that allow applications to modify the file. These (obviously) all require root access, as you're modifying system settings. However, to date we haven't featured a...

Remove Buttons with the Puzzle Game Buttons and Scissors

Tired of common puzzle games? Think you've basically tried every type there is? Well, you'd likely be mistaken, as XDA Forum Member knutson created a pretty unique new game called Buttons and Scissors. It's sort of like Connect 4, but with (you guessed it) buttons and scissors. Differing from the aforementioned Connect 4, only two buttons required to...

Sony Explains Improved Software Update Process for 4.3

Roughly two years ago, Sony Developer World released a story that outlined the process of pushing out an Ice Cream Sandwich-based firmware upgrade for the Xperia line, from source code release to software upgrade. Back then, the process consisted of OEMs waiting for source code release, at which time all of the work would begin. This...