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Thekstategeek is new and improved. TECHTOIT.COM

January 29, 2011 Leave a comment

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“Two is better than one,” featuring the HTC HD2

January 26, 2011 Leave a comment

All Taylor Swift and Apple references aside, some fellas over at XDA have discovered a way to dual-boot your HTC HD2 with Android and Windows Phone 7. According to gencaslan, a developer at the XDA forums, the following few steps will allow you to enjoy the beautiful dual functionality on your device in no time. (Video below.)

To prepare for the process, gather the following:

The tutorial can be found amongst the XDA forums here.

As with all hacking activities, there is the possibility that you will completely fry your device. So play at your own risk. However, the results usually outweigh the scary process.

[Source: XDA, WPCentral]

"Two is better than one," featuring the HTC HD2

January 26, 2011 Leave a comment

All Taylor Swift and Apple references aside, some fellas over at XDA have discovered a way to dual-boot your HTC HD2 with Android and Windows Phone 7. According to gencaslan, a developer at the XDA forums, the following few steps will allow you to enjoy the beautiful dual functionality on your device in no time. (Video below.)

To prepare for the process, gather the following:

The tutorial can be found amongst the XDA forums here.

As with all hacking activities, there is the possibility that you will completely fry your device. So play at your own risk. However, the results usually outweigh the scary process.

[Source: XDA, WPCentral]

App Store hits 10,000,000,000 downloads

January 23, 2011 Leave a comment

As of yesterday, January 22, 2011, Apple’s App Store has hit 10,000,000,000 downloads. That is a crap-ton of individual apps downloaded from their application directory. Leading up to this epic sale, Apple has been promoting a campaign on their website with a countdown until the 10 billionth app was downloaded. The owner of the 10 billionth app was promised a $10,000 iTunes giftcard and if it was a photo app, MacPhun promised an additional $1,000 gift card (or $5,000 for their app FC Photo Studio). Unfortunately for Gail Davis of Orpington, Kent, UK, it was neither of these. Davis purchased Paper Glider, a free app that engages the gamer in some finger-flicking fun.

10,000,000,000 apps… that’s an incredible feat. Think of it like this, there were more apps downloaded from the App Store than there are people on the entire planet. The Android Market is at 2,750,800,000, and moving at a pace of 1,000 apps every 9 seconds ,while the App Store is at a much faster rate of 1,000 apps every 3 seconds. Sorry Android, just another place where you have fallen short compared to the corporate behemoth.

[Source: Apple]

Flip phone concept composed of three displays, design by student in Denmark

January 20, 2011 Leave a comment

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I can describe the new Flip concept phone in three words. Sexy as hell. It’s innovative, it’s elegant and it’s sleek. It’s everything smartphones of today aren’t, and yet it’s simple. Composed of three Super AMOLED displays encased in Gorilla Glass and linked together with steel mesh, it’s industrial luster can captivate even the most skeptical smartphone user. Designer Kristian Ulrich Larsen (who’s website is here) states the idea behind it:

After the introduction of the smartphone, the industrial design of the devices has converged into all looking more or less the same. Due to touchbased interaction every smart phone device is now a flat rectangle with a screen on it, making it difficult for both the user and the manufacturer to differentiate the devices from each other. This phone is trying to change that. The unique form and unique way of interacting with it, is supposed to set it apart from other phones, but more importantly, its supposed to add value for the user, making the experience of using a smartphone even more exciting and engaging. The phone has 3 screen that can be transformed in different ways depending on what the user wants to do with it. Having 3 screens on a phone opens up a number of possibilities in dealing with the content on the device. Because people no longer only use their phone as a communication device. Its more and more used for things we usually use our laptops for, but with the limited screen real estate on phones, there are still boundaries for what you can do. But with the ability to expand your content onto multiple screens or having multiple apps running on separate screens, it’s possible for the user to do a lot more productive, and creative things.

And with his theme obviously being creativity, he created the following video for the device entitled “What is being creative?” It truly is amazing. He captures the very essence of creativity in a measly 2 minutes and 22 seconds.

Oh yea, and it’s an Android device.

[Source: Idkul, SlashGear]

3D Disney Phone to be released in Japan

January 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Disney Mobile has ceased to exist here stateside, but thrives overseas in the Asian market. As Disney’s first foray into the smartphone industry, they have decided to release the 3D Sharp Galapagos 003SH as their first handset with Mickey branding. The handheld will indeed be a 3D smartphone and shows that Disney is excited to promote the new dimension of mobile media. Despite Steve Jobs’ position on the company’s board of directors, Disney has decided to preload the device with Android instead of Jobs’ iOS. Essentially the software is a Disneyfied version of Froyo with a Disney email address, exclusive content, and optional custom Disney-themed cases. Disney, through Pixar, already has a deep gallery of 3D material to release for the device, including both games and movies. Although the “Disney Phone” will not be coming stateside (it will be released in Japan later this month)… the 3D Sharp Galapagos 003SH is slated for release later this year, without the Disney branding. It is rumored that there will be 3D Disney media available for download when it comes to US shores.

Non-Disney 003SH

[Sources: Engadget, PocketNow]

Frozen treats anyone?

January 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Android Ice Cream – I kid you not. The next installment to Google’s Android OS (possibly 2.4?) is dubbed Ice Cream, and ironically it has a summer target release date. Last week Google officially released Android 3.0 Honeycomb (a tablet exclusive operating system) amongst the CES craziness (although it wasn’t like no one knew). Honeycomb will grace us with its presence on Motorola’s Xoom tablet when it is shipped this Spring… but Google tried to pull a fast one on us.

A Sony Ericsson Xperia device was seen running Android 2.4 on the showroom floor which got the rumor mill churning. Rikard Skogberg wrote in the SE blog that the number was an error and a misconfiguration and it was nothing to get excited about… yet that doesn’t stop us. Pocket-Lint (an odd name) cites multiple sources “familiar with the matter” that Google has Ice Cream down for a June/July release and will announce it at its I/O conference in May. Google has said in the past that it focuses on two major releases per year and Ice Cream paired with Honeycomb in January would comply with this agenda.

Fun fact of the day? All of Android’s OS updates have been in alphabetical order and names after desserts. Check out the table above for more information on each individual update since Android’s birth in early 2009.

The latest news came from TechCrunch, Jason Kincaid (writer for TechCrunch) heard firsthand from Andy Rubin (Android chief) that the next Android OS update will be called Ice Cream Sandwich. Why is that? Google creates a sculpture of the latest Android-flavored dessert to place out front of their HQ, and it would be too hard to differentiate between Froyo (frozen yogurt) and Ice Cream. Ha! Once again, I kid you not.

[Sources: Wired, TechCrunch, Android Community]