Android

Magzet to reinvent the audio jack using magnets

Don't you just hate it when you're intently listening to your music while walking on your treadmill, when suddenly, something startles you and you pull your earphones and your phone drops onto a hard surface? Or you're playing a game on your laptop, your phone rings, and you hurriedly unplug your earphones from your laptop, only to have the audio jack stuck or damaged? A new Kickstarter project wants to bring a solution to problems like that, using the powers of magnets.

Samsung to launch foldable smartphones next year

Flip-phones are nothing new. I remember having a gold Motorola RAZR in 2007 which I sold just after a week because battery would only last for four hours on standby use. It was one pretty and classy mobile phone but was also very useless. I won't mind getting any Motorola phone now but if I were to buy a flip smartphone, I think I'd go for Samsung.

Project Ara gets a radiation sensor

We have talked several times about the Project Ara smartphone that has modules that can be added and removed from the device itself to give the phone new capabilities as needed. A Russian company called Intersoft has presented its first modules at the second Ara developers conference.

Pay with OpenTable now ready for Android

OpenTable has been making restaurant reservations easier and faster especially since it was added to Google Glass last year and with the recent update released only last month. Well, the app's development team is adding another new feature that allows mobile payments. Pay with OpenTable is now available for download so you can reserve and pay for your dinner right on your Android smartphone.

Your phone may be exposed to ‘Android Installer Hijacking’

In an open ecosystem like Android OS, bugs and malware will continue to exist, as long as there is precious personal data to mine and people with malicious intent to take advantage of the security holes in the OS. Palo Alto Network’s Unit 42 has just released an announcement of what a vulnerability it calls “Android Installer Hijacking”, which may be present in almost half of Android devices out there.

Turn on your Moto X flashlight by chopping the air

Admit it, you've always wanted to do something "magical" when you swish your smartphone in the air, like unleash a light saber or maim your enemy with it or something. Well, you still won't get an actual weapon, but if you own a 2014 edition of the Moto X, you can actually do something cool with it. A new feature allows you to open your smartphone's flashlight with just a few martial arts-style gestures.

Facebook takes you on a trip down memory lane with On This Day

A lot of people are still on a nostalgia kick as evidenced by a lot of #ThrowbackThursday #FlashbackFriday #SentimentalSaturday posts that we see on various social media. Facebook is getting in on the action by announcing their newest feature called On This Day, which will give you a glimpse of what you were doing (or rather sharing) the years past. This can be both good news and bad news, depending on what you were doing years ago.

Video, images of rumored HTC One M9 Plus leaks

Well, it looks like HTC is not done yet – or at least, that’s what these leaked images and this video is supposed to make us think. After the launch of their new flagship, the gaudy HTC One M9, rumors have not died down about a bigger version of the flagship phone – not quite to phablet sizes, but a 5.2-inch “HTC One M9 Plus”. Will we actually see this phone hit the market?

Root script for LG G3, other LG models, Lollipop and KitKat

Holla! This is great news for those of you… err, those of us (this writer is a rabid LG fan) who are having problems getting root access to Lollipop versions of the LG G3 and other older LG models like the G2. As you know, root access is the gateway to tweaking your device, so for those who want to squeeze every last feature out of their phones “no root access” just won’t cut it. Well, rejoice with me all of you – the Android gods of XDA have just delivered an “all LG” rooting script.
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