Posts From Sam Caplat

Sam Caplat
Sam Caplat

My name is Sam Caplat and I bash things into computers and good looking stuff comes out... apparently.

Samsung Galaxy Note Review

The Galaxy Note isn't short on power. It's also not short, well, in general. With the device featuring a 5.3" HD Super AMOLED 1280x800 display, that puts it a step higher than the Galaxy Nexus. But with all the hype from Samsung and their avid fans, does it live up to expectations? For this review I'm...

Meet ACTA, the Global Threat

ACTA, Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, is another bill which tramples all over your civil liberties. The Internet is having a hard time fighting off bills that threaten creativity, like PIPA and SOPA, but now something far worse has come to play.In October 2007, the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan decided to branch together and...

Lawsuits Are Out of Hand, Stop Being Gutless

The mobile tech industry saw its share of lawsuits this year. Some hit very close to home. CarrierIQ believed XDA-Developers’ own TrevE stole their product by critically displaying their unprotected, confidential documents. This case was dropped, but it’s not the last time we’ll see unjust lawsuits.So, I’m frustrated. You don’t threaten critics. You don’t send...

Ice Cream Sandwich CM9 Progress Revealed

Cyanogen has been hard at work to bring you the perfect customisation of the latest Android iteration, Ice Cream Sandwich. Almost a month ago the team announced their two month hardcore-development period to put the basic framework in place for ICS to work. They're succeeding mainly with OMAP4, MSM8660/7x30 and Exynos-based handsets, so if you own...

Ice Cream Sandwich Ports Progress Report

Ice Cream Sandwich ports are highly sought after, given the hype and price of the phone that runs it. However, providing there is support behind development, there is every chance you can run it on your device. This article is here to list the current ICS ports on our most popular  forums and their individual...

GPL Compliance or No Compliance At All

This is an open letter to HTC. They took a big step toward showing they actually care about customers by starting HTCdev--as opposed to not caring, making terrible phones, and brushing off complaints about how terrible they are, making them anyway. HTCdev is HTC’s initiative to connect and work with the developing community. It shows...

HTC Edge: World’s First Quad-Core Smartphone?

Technology isn’t fast enough. At least, this is the impression I get when asking users what they’d like to see from their various hardware. We’re a power-hungry community obsessed with making our technology faster and faster, and never concluding it’s meeting our speed-greed.With this knowledge, it comes as no surprise HTC might be working on...

Ice Cream Sandwich Ported to the Samsung Galaxy S

Ice Cream Sandwich is taking the limelight in development. Recently ported to the Nexus S, many are curious and excited to know which device is next. ASUS said their “aim is to bring the latest Android update to the Eee Pad Series.”  Motorola’s Droid RAZR, Droid Bionic, and XOOM are definitely getting the update, and...

ASUS Transformer Boasts a 500Gb Hard Drive

A thing of fairytale, the idea of 500Gb storage on a tablet. Especially on any device we own, it's something no one has seen or heard of, only complained about.The ASUS Transformer, for me, really is the peak of progression. It was the product we, in the technology community, had been waiting for for a very...

BREAKING: Ice Cream Sandwich Leaked on Nexus S?

Update: Evidence has surfaced that implies that this is indeed Ice Cream Sandwich.This is (most likely a) fake. Leaks are always too coincidental. Apple lost an iPhone prototype in a bar, twice, and we sure as heck didn't believe it was real the first time.The idea of someone lucky enough to purchase a Nexus...

Protect Your Apps with FingerPrint Scanner SDK

This is a speculative development. It technically doesn't go anywhere, however, it has the potential to be amazing and fully supported with the right kind of developers behind it. A few days ago, AuthenTec, an international development company, released the SDK for fingerprint scanning technology on all Android smartphones. At first, the thread really didn't...

Monitor Your Battery Drain on Standby with DrainGuard

Recently, I've been trying to gauge how reliable my Nexus S battery is. Guessing averages and predicting the time until you lose your electronic life line is all well and good when you take into account how rubbish the stock Android battery-usage app is. However, there is no excuse to not waid through XDA-Developers and...