How to root the Sony Tablet P and S

How to root the Sony Tablet P and S

Liwen Guo  Mar. 11, 2012 at 14:30

Sony's rather unique tablets – the dual-screen Tablet P and drop-shaped Tablet S – haven't quite taken off, but since they're based on Android, you can do with them pretty much whatever you want.

That is, if you've got root access. Luckily, the Tablet P was just recently rooted, and the method is pretty easy.

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How does the HTC One X stack up against the Galaxy Nexus? (from MWC 2012)

How does the HTC One X stack up against the Galaxy Nexus? (from MWC 2012)

Liwen Guo  Mar. 1, 2012 at 23:56

With a new simplified range of devices, HTC is looking to steal back some marketshare from its rivals, especially after a pretty lackluster fourth quarter that ended a two-year growth streak. The One X is the flagship of the three new Android smartphones HTC has introduced at MWC, and and while it is pretty impressive on its own, how does it stack up against the Galaxy Nexus?

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Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPad released

Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPad released

Liwen Guo  Mar. 1, 2012 at 10:00

Adobe has released Photoshop Touch for the iPad during Mobile World Congress, three months after the Photoshop Touch for Android became available.

As the tablet version of Adobe's popular Photoshop software, it allows you to use layers, apply effects, touch up photos, and more.

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Nokia Lumia 610 hands on: Tango performance lag is almost non-existent (from MWC 2012)

Nokia Lumia 610 hands on: Tango performance lag is almost non-existent (from MWC 2012)

Liwen Guo  Feb. 29, 2012 at 18:30

With the newest Windows Phone version, codenamed Tango, Microsoft has lowered the hardware requirements. 800MHz processors, down from 1GHz, and 256MB RAM, down from 512MB, are the new baselines.

Thus far there have been two phones with these specifications: the Nokia Lumia 610 and ZTE Orbit. Hitting a lower price point means expanding the potential market for Windows Phones, but has the budget specification come at the cost of performance? We got our hands on the Nokia Lumia 610 to find out.

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Mozilla’s Boot2Gecko hands on, a viable smartphone platform? (from MWC 2012)

Mozilla’s Boot2Gecko hands on, a viable smartphone platform? (from MWC 2012)

Liwen Guo  Feb. 29, 2012 at 17:30

It's incredibly hard to establish a new smartphone OS, especially now.

Android and iOS are clearly dominating the market, and Windows Phone is more or less on track to establish itself as the third platform behind those two – so, is there still room for a fourth player?

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Free stuff! (that's actually useful)

Liwen Guo  Feb. 28, 2012 at 23:33

Free stuff! (that's actually useful)

As is the case with trade shows, you get all sorts of free stuff... like brand new smartphones, tablets and so on. Well, no, but rather all kinds of not so useful things. Or at least that's what Lewis got.

And me? I was at the Nokia press conference on Monday, for which I got up at 6AM... and was nicely rewarded. Besides getting to see Stephen Elop and other high Nokia and Microsoft executives in person (really exciting, especially if you've been reading and writing about them as much as I do), the nice people from Nokia were giving out some free stuff as well. But, you know, actually useful stuff.

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Skype for Windows Phone beta available

A beta version of the long-expected Skype client for Windows Phone has been released. It can do all the basic stuff you'd expect, such as chatting and calling other Skype users and of course any regular phone number.

Video calling works as well, and will fall back on the rear camera for those Windows Phone devices without a front-facing camera (which is most of them right now).

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HTC promises Windows Phone 8 devices (from MWC 2012)

HTC promises Windows Phone 8 devices (from MWC 2012)

Liwen Guo  Feb. 28, 2012 at 17:15

HTC's product chief officer Kouji Kodera has revealed some new tidbits about the company's Windows Phone plans for the year at Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona.

And while for now all the focus is on the the One range of Android smartphones the Taiwanese firm has just announced, HTC has confirmed it also plans to be one of the leading players on the Windows Phone 8 Apollo platform when it launches later this year.

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Orange gets Intel ‘Santa Clara’ phone with Medfield chip (from MWC 2012)

Orange gets Intel ‘Santa Clara’ phone with Medfield chip (from MWC 2012)

Liwen Guo  Feb. 28, 2012 at 14:45

Intel is apparently desperate enough that, in order to get a foothold in the mobile market, it's now letting carriers rebrand its Medfield reference device shown off at CES. Or that's at least what Orange will be doing.

Destined for the UK and France, the Orange 'Santa Clara' (a codename which is going to be replaced at launch) is one of the first smartphones to come with an Intel x86-based processor, the Atom Z2460 clocked at 1.6GHz

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Google pretty much confirms Android Jelly Bean name (from MWC 2012)

Google pretty much confirms Android Jelly Bean name (from MWC 2012)

Liwen Guo  Feb. 28, 2012 at 14:15

Not that there were any reasons to doubt that Jelly Bean was indeed the name of the next Android version after Ice Cream Sandwich – or can you think of another good dessert that begins with J? – but now Google has quite literally spilled the beans.

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Nokia Lumia 610 runs Windows Phone Tango, costs less than £200 (from MWC 2012)

Nokia Lumia 610 runs Windows Phone Tango, costs less than £200 (from MWC 2012)

Liwen Guo  Feb. 27, 2012 at 13:36

Nokia's Lumia Windows Phone line is already surprisingly diversified, with the unibody Lumia 800 and 900 catering to the high-end market, while the everyman's Lumia 710 is intended to shift more volume.

Well, apparently Nokia just can't get enough of that volume, and the new Lumia 610 is a direct result of that craving.

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The Nokia 808 PureView camera has 41 megapixels! (from MWC 2012)

The Nokia 808 PureView camera has 41 megapixels! (from MWC 2012)

Liwen Guo  Feb. 27, 2012 at 12:40

No, you didn't read that wrong. The Nokia N8 was already impressive enough with its 12MP camera and fantastic image quality, but its successor - the Nokia 808 PureView - ups the game considerably and more than triples the camera resolution.

So, where's the catch? Well, for one, the Nokia 808 PureView still utilizes Symbian, which simply isn't competitive with other modern operating systems. A Windows Phone version would be the obvious solution, but it seems like Nokia (and possibly Microsoft, due to limitations in Mango) aren't quite ready for that yet.

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Nokia Lumia 900 goes international sans LTE, adds white version (from MWC 2012)

Nokia Lumia 900 goes international sans LTE, adds white version (from MWC 2012)

Liwen Guo  Feb. 27, 2012 at 12:23

Since the Nokia Lumia 900 was introduced as an AT&T-exclusive in the US, there have been various rumors swirling around as to when and how the Lumia 800's bigger Windows Phone brother is going international. Some claimed it'd be named Lumia 910, indicating an upgraded 12MP camera compared to the 8 megapixels on the 900 – but turns out they were all wrong.

The Nokia Lumia 900 is coming as an HSPA+ device to markets outside of the US, and is identical to the AT&T version in all other respects. As an added bonus, there will also be a white version, just like with the Nokia Lumia 800.

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Play more Android games using a PS3 controller

Play more Android games using a PS3 controller

Liwen Guo  Feb. 23, 2012 at 20:53

To regular readers, this topic should sound familar – we've previously shown you how to use a PS3 controller to play Android games. As a quick refresher, many smartphone games rely on on-screen buttons, which is a bit problematic since touching the screen invariably obscures the view. As such, modders have found a way to map those emulated buttons to the Sixaxis controller of Sony's PlayStation 3.

But wait... mapping... that sounds pretty complicated, right? In fact, it is, because for this mod to work, you have to create a special profile for every game, since every game has a different button layout. So, to keep your gaming needs satisfied, here's an update that adds three more games to the supported list.

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Official ASUS Transformer Prime bootloader unlock released

After hackers discovered in January that the bootloader on the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime was locked and encrypted, a huge outrage ensued – and ASUS quickly backed down, promising to develop an officially sanctioned unlock tool. It has now made good on that promise and released the tool to the public

To fully take advantage of an unlocked bootloader, however, you'll need some special software known as a recovery, which can allow you to flash custom ROMs and backup your data, among other things. The most popular custom recovery, by far, is ClockwordMod, and it was promptly ported to the Transformer Prime soon after the unlock tool became.

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Design your own Live Tiles on your Windows Phone with WizTiles

Design your own Live Tiles on your Windows Phone with WizTiles

Liwen Guo  Feb. 21, 2012 at 17:30

The only customization options you have in Windows Phone 7, are, by default, pretty limited: You can choose between black and white backgrounds, and several different colors that are used throughout the system, for example on your homescreen. It all does look pretty nice, depending on your taste, but if you crave to customize the look of the Live Tiles a bit more, beyond different color options, you might want to give WizTiles a try.

With WizTiles, you can not only choose from several included themes, but take any picture and apply it to your tiles, like a wallpaper on steroids.

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ContactPrivacy protects your iOS address book from social and rogue apps

ContactPrivacy protects your iOS address book from social and rogue apps

Liwen Guo  Feb. 19, 2012 at 20:56

After a developer discovered that the social network Path, which is available exclusively through its iOS app, was automatically uploading your address book with all contact data to its servers, there's been a big outcry over the issue of address book privacy. Since then. several other popular social networking apps have also been found to be accessing the address book on iOS without the user's explicit permission, such as Foursquare, Instagram and Twitter, but most – including Path, whose CEO has even publicly apologized – have now received updates that ask the user before transmitting private contact data.

However, this does not prevent other sloppily coded or even malicious apps from doing just that – instead, you'll have to rely on a little jailbreak tweak called ContactPrivacy to block access to your address book from third-party apps.

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Video shows Windows Mobile 6.1 running on Windows Phone 7 HTC HD7

Video shows Windows Mobile 6.1 running on Windows Phone 7 HTC HD7

Liwen Guo  Feb. 18, 2012 at 20:30

While Windows Phone 7 has now more or less established itself as the 'third' ecosystem in the smartphone space, there was a time before it. Before Metro – and even before iOS and Android were available. For the better part of the last decade, Windows Mobile was one of the biggest smartphone platforms out there, among the admittedly few people that were already using smartphones in the early 2000s.

Its interface may now seem clunky and, frankly, unusable, but at the time it was a very powerful OS that brought over many of the concepts of desktop Windows. It was also extremely customizable, and had a thriving modding community – which is exactly why we're pretty excited to see Windows Mobile 6.1 running on an HTC HD7, a Windows Phone 7 device.

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Power button wearing out? Swipe to turn on your HTC EVO 3D

Power button wearing out? Swipe to turn on your HTC EVO 3D

Liwen Guo  Feb. 11, 2012 at 20:30

One of the places where the obsessive design and engineering that went into the iPhone becomes obvious is its home button. It certainly is not perfect, as many people prefer to have an additional back button, but it does have a big advantage: since it is a 'hard' button (as opposed to 'soft' touch buttons) and slightly recessed, it gives you physical feedback when pressed without being easy to activate accidentally.

Why does that matter? By combining those two properties, it can be used to turn on the screen on Apple's iOS devices, instead of reaching for the power button. While many Android devices also come with hard buttons, they can't be used to turn on the screen by default – and even though you can change that using various mods, they may activate accidentally. Newer Android devices, on the other hand, often include capacitive buttons that naturally aren't suited for this kind of usage. However, that does not mean that you're stuck with the power button for good, thanks to a mod for the HTC EVO 3D that allows you to turn it on and off with a simple swipe!

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Kindle Fire gets MIUI Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich port

Kindle Fire gets MIUI Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich port

Liwen Guo  Feb. 10, 2012 at 20:56

Amazon has outfitted its Kindle Fire tablet with a completely modified Android version built on top of Gingerbread, which replaces all Google services with the online retailer's own offerings. While that arguably provides a better experience for those invested in the Amazon ecosystem, many people prefer a 'real' Android build free of Amazon's shackles, one that can access all apps from the Android Market and provides all the functionality you would expect from a proper Android device.

Thus, it is not surprising that hackers have managed to port several stock Android versions to the Kindle Fire, such as the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. There are even ports of MIUI, an extremely popular custom ROM with design cues from iOS and Samsung's TouchWiz interface. But what if those two came together – a MIUI Ice Cream Sandwich ROM?

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