Several months ago, Google asked people to share their plans if they had the Google Glass. From those answers, the company chose several thousand “Explorers” who’ll get to try on the Glass. Now that Google Glass is several months away from hitting the market, these Explorers have had their time to check out the product and hands-on reviews have already started to come in. But for those who weren’t lucky enough to be an Explorer, Google has come up with a short how-to video on how the Glass works.
In a nutshell, the Google Glass is comprised of a miniature computer, a camera, a wireless link and a battery. The device looks like a skewed eyeglass that doesn’t have glasses. It has a tiny display screen that can be activated via voice or finger gestures. The display screen can be adjusted manually just like a rear-view mirror and the Glass’ touchpad is the piece that runs from the temple to the ear. Activating it just requires a touch and once the wearer sees the display screen, he or she can swipe the touch pad to access different cards like one that shows the time, the weather, your personal calendar and so on. To get more information, one simply taps the touch pad. For those who don’t feel like tapping the touch-sensitive temple piece, they can tilt their head up to activate the screen and speak aloud the commands or instructions on the glass.
People wearing the Google Glass can take photos or shoot videos which they can immediately broadcast. However, the fact still remains that the Glass gives no indication whether or not the camera is active and recording so the security concerns remain.
Only a few days are left before the new Samsung Galaxy S4 finally hits several US carriers. At this early stage, the upcoming flagship device that is Qualcomm Snapdragon-based now gets a rooting method meant for future owners who just love to tinker with their devices.
There are several reasons why users would like to root their Android devices. The most common reason involves accessibility to the whole file system that is fully supported with admin rights. Gaining access would then lead further to boot image customization, full phone backup, and full blown Linux distro installation.
There are only a few steps involved in rooting the Galaxy S4. The first thing that one must do is to download the MotoChopper zip file and extract all of its contents. Make sure that you have installed the newest Samsung USB drivers and you have enabled the USB Debugging mode if you are using Windows. Afterwards, you should connect your device to your computer through USB. The extracted directory should then be navigated wherein you can execute either “run.bat” (Windows) or “run.sh” (OS X and Linux). Lastly, the ADB connection should be approved.
Users must be aware that rooting a device poses certain risks which can be irreparable and may not be covered with warranty. If you think that rooting is the best thing to do, try to at least wait till your warranty expires. More details to see here.
Facebook has just wrapped up introducing the Facebook Home, and where better to host this big event than in the company’s home in Menlo Park, California. The event was spearheaded by Facebook founder and driving force Mark Zuckerberg who spent several minutes discussing the new application layer before giving the floor to his colleagues. Aside from unveiling the Facebook Home, the company also showed off the HTC First, a handset that comes with Facebook Home already pre-installed.
Facebook Home is an application that is integrated with the Android system. In essence, it’s a skin similar to HTC’s Sense and Samsung’s Touchwiz. Once it is successfully downloaded, any Android device will be incorporated with its 4 essential features – Apps, Cover feed, Chat Heads and Notifications.
The Apps feature has its own distinct drawer. Tapping the bottom of the screen will give you three choices, Apps, Messenger and the last app used while swiping up shows all your apps like Instagram and Google maps. On the other hand, the Facebook Home cover feed changes the lock and home screen of the handset and shows events or activities that your friends have done recently. It’s very similar to the cover feed in a regular Facebook page. Chat heads makes it possible for you to continue chatting with friends and family even when other apps are in use. As the name implies, a head with your friend’s face pops up when someone sends you a message. You’re always within reach whether you’re browsing the web or checking your email. The last major feature is Notifications. It’s similar to the Cover feed except more personal and direct.
Facebook Home and Facebook Messenger can downloaded from Google Play on April 12. However, the application will only work on selected Android handsets like the Galaxy Note II, the One X, One X+ and Samsung’s Galaxy S3. The HTC One and the Galaxy S4 will also support Home when it rolls-out. Facebook Home isn’t ready for tablets yet but the app will reach tablets in a few months. As previously mentioned Zuckerberg’s team also showcased the HTC First, a handset the company worked closely with HTC to develop. AT & T will be offering the device exclusively starting on April 12 and will be carrying a price tag of $ 99.99.
While it is on pre-order basis and beyond the reach of the public in general, Samsung Galaxy S IV is already tinkered by those from the XDA-Developers. It will be easy for anyone who gets to hold the Samsung’s latest smartphone to tinker with the device once he becomes familiar with the rooting procedures now provided online either in video or via a forum. But the usual warning stays, that only those who are already versed with the rooting techniques should be the one to do the necessary software change.
For now, only the Exynos 5 Octa 8-core variant can be rooted while those still to hit the shores of UK and US possessed of the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 are still uncertain about rooting. However, even with the custom ROMs now being offered the model still has some capability to minimize the rooting process. Those from the regions outside of UK and US will have to take in the 8-core version along with the rooting system or guide to satisfy their curiosity or just mess with their units to suit their software tastes and preferences.
It follows that the rooting is incomplete as far as Samsung Galaxy S IV is concerned since only the Oct 8-core is affected. Rooting smartphones is intended to bypass the units’ limitations and allow users to install powerful software they desire.
Apple users were up in arms when it was disclosed that hackers were able to get pass the iPhone’s Passcode. However, it seems like Samsung also has the same problem. While it’s a given that every company knows the importance of ensuring the safety of their clients’ personal information, the fact that Samsung handsets are used by more than 40 million people makes this a catastrophe waiting to happen.
While the bug is similar to the one plaguing iPhones as it also makes it possible for hackers to bypass the lock-screen, it differs in the sense that it takes advantage of the smart phone’s emergency call feature. Once the hacker gets pass the locked screen, data like contact information, message history, photos and videos becomes vulnerable.
The complete Full Screen Bypass has been explained quite thoroughly in several sites. In a nutshell, what a hacker does is to press the Emergency Call, then the Emergency Contacts. After that, the Home button is pressed once and then the Power button is pressed twice. Timing is everything here as the buttons have to be pressed quickly and in order. Some users who have tried the hack said that it was quite challenging and patience is needed. However, I’m pretty that wouldn’t be enough to dissuade hackers and those with dubious characters.
Luckily, Samsung is fully aware of the problem and, in an official statement that has been recently released, are now working on a fix. In the meantime, users should be more mindful not to leave their smart phones lying unattended.
It’s notable to say the exploit is currently working on Galaxy S III handsets only.