Archive for the ‘Smartphones’ Category
Just the other day we saw a beautiful budget iPhone backing that we’re hoping is real, and now we’re catching a glimpse of its colorful twin. Same sweet design, same heap of skepticism, but we just love imagining an incoming family of these colored bad boys. Read more
Android offers a wide variety of advanced customization options, but that’s only scratching the surface of everything you can do with Google’s open source operating system. With root access you can get down to the system level and tweak things to your liking, even going so far as completely replacing the OS.
This is not an operation for the faint of heart, though. Rooting your device will probably void the warranty and could potentially leave your device in a nonfunctional state. Take extreme care before proceeding. If you need help deciding what to do, let’s go over the benefits of rooting. Read more
Those of you who rent or drive different cars might appreciate a new patent filing from the folks at Apple.
A newly published patent application highlights a method to change key controls and functions in certain types of cars through stored settings on your iPhone.
Published Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, a patent application called “Automatic configuration of self-configurable environments” describes a way to adjust key controls in different cars via your iPhone.
Some cars can automatically “remember” how you adjust the seat, move the mirrors, and raise or lower the steering wheel. In these cases, a press of a button restores those controls to your desired position. But when you plop into the driver’s seat of a different car, you have to again fuss with the seat, mirrors, and other controls to set them properly.
In Apple’s proposed invention, you could store the preferring settings for your car on your iPhone and then carry them over to a different automobile, such as a rented model or a new purchase.
As described in the patent:
A user could allow their phone to learn configuration preferences from the user’s personal automobile, and when the user visits another automobile, such as when renting a car, or buying a new car, those configuration preferences could be imported into the visited automobile and used to automatically configure the automobile according to the imported preferences. Such preferences could include seat orientation, radio preferences (especially satellite radio), climate control preferences, and minor orientation preferences.
Apple would naturally need to work with automakers to implement this type of technology. So, as interesting as the concept sounds, it’s unlikely to be just around the corner. Still, the company seems to be making headway in teaming up with carmakers, recently promising better support for certain iOS features and apps on your dashboard.
It might pay to be more careful about where you juice up your phone–because a team of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have put… Read…
The bug that allowed fake chargers to hack your iPhone has finally been fixed by Apple. Good! But you won’t get the software fix until iOS 7. Apple was alerted of the security hole earlier this year and the hack was demonstrated at the Black Hat hacking convention on Wednesday.
Apple told Reuters that the fix had actually been issued in the latest beta of iOS 7, which means non-developers aka regular people will have to wait until iOS 7 is officially released to get patched up.
The way the hack worked was through a custom built charger equipped with a Linux computer. Sounds fancy! And it is! But it’s also potentially very dangerous, as the charger could infect the phone with viruses that could give hackers remote control of the phone and the ability to steal sensitive information. But we don’t have to worry about that anymore! Well, we still have to be sort of careful what we stick into our iPhone until iOS 7 comes out. [Reuters]
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