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How to Update Your Rooted Nexus to the next version of Android Without Losing Any Data

Posted by Ken S. on June 8, 2014 in Android, Google, Nexus, Root, Smart Phones |

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With the Recent release of 4.4.3 and yesterdays release of 4.4.4 for Nexus devices, all of you Nexus 5 owners running fully stock software will be getting a notification to apply the patch soon, but what about those of us with rooted phones?

The over-the-air update that comes directly from Google will not install on a rooted phone. The script that it uses to patch your OS to the newer version performs a check that will abort installation if any changes to the system partition are detected. And since the Superuser binaries are installed on the system partition, rooted phones cannot pass this checkpoint.

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The real-life hacking behind Watch Dogs’ virtual world

Posted by Ken S. on May 23, 2014 in Gaming |

It starts out simply. One day, you’re scrolling through the Naval Criminal Investigative Service database, identifying a perp’s body when an alert flashes red on your monitor. “INTRUSION DETECTED,” it screams. You’re getting hacked and there’s only one solution: Call your bumbling partner over and have him join you at the keyboard. The two of you frantically bang out rapid-fire key sequences as random program windows flash onscreen. The hacker’s getting further and further into the system. Your partner’s never seen code like this before and his usual tricks to combat it aren’t working. That’s when the display goes dead and your silver fox of a boss saves the day by pulling the power plug of your workstation.

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Reports of Apple buying display company LuxVue hints at iWatch?

Posted by Ken S. on May 5, 2014 in Apple, General Tech |
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This iWatch concept by Todd Hamilton shows what the mythical device could look like. But with reports of Apple buying a display technology company could it go from concept to reality? Source: toddham.com Source: Supplied

TALK of an Apple iWatch has been pumping through the internet gossip pipes for some time but now we might have been given the strongest signal yet this gadget could be coming our way.

According to industry insiders, Apple has made a move to snap up LuxVue, a developer of micro-LED displays.

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What you need to know to keep the Feds out of your phone

Posted by Ken S. on April 29, 2014 in General Tech, Security, Smart Phones, Technology |

Riots And Looting Continues Across London

If you’re arrested for overdue speeding tickets, is it acceptable for the police to search the phone on your person? How about if you’re arrested for drug trafficking? In the eyes of the law, there is no difference: If you’re arrested, you’re arrested, whatever the crime. Isn’t that an invasion of privacy? That depends on your interpretation of the US Constitution’s Fourth Amendment, which states:

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

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Hands On With the OnePlus One

Posted by Ken S. on April 26, 2014 in Android, Smart Phones |

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The new OnePlus One phablet promises a Galaxy S5-class experience for a mere $299. We check out an early model.

It’s promising, that’s for sure. The new OnePlus One smartphone has been bubbling through social media for a few weeks now, helped by a slow drip of official details and the buzz behind its cult CynaogenMod 11S Android operating system. With specs similar to the Samsung Galaxy S5, a price under $300 unlocked, and LTE on the AT&T and T-Mobile networks, the OnePlus One could shock the entire Android market.

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Is Google+ the Walking Dead???

Posted by Ken S. on April 24, 2014 in Android, General Tech, Google |

Google+ Is Walking Dead

Today, Google’s Vic Gundotra announced that he would be leaving the company after eight years. The first obvious question is where this leaves Google+, Gundotra’s baby and primary project for the past several of those years.

What we’re hearing from multiple sources is that Google+ will no longer be considered a product, but a platform — essentially ending its competition with other social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

A Google representative has vehemently denied these claims. “Today’s news has no impact on our Google+ strategy — we have an incredibly talented team that will continue to build great user experiences across Google+, Hangouts and Photos.”

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Teen trends, really what are they thinking??!!

Posted by Ken S. on April 24, 2014 in Fun, Humor |

What happens when the media goes crazy about teen trends

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An afternoon with the Fire TV

Posted by Ken S. on April 7, 2014 in Amazon, General Tech |

We came away relatively impressed with the Fire TV during our brief hands-on. But we all know that units set up specifically for press demonstrations are hardly the best indicator of how a device will function in the real world. So we immediately went back to our lair and began putting the newest kid on the streaming block through its paces. Once away from the carefully controlled demonstration area, it became clear that the Fire TV is more of a mixed bag — and still tied to its Android/Google TV roots — than Amazon would like you to believe.

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The biggest stories of 2013: Console wars, Bitcoin’s boom and the NSA’s very bad year

Posted by Ken S. on January 1, 2014 in General Infomation, General Tech |

2013 was a bust! Or so we’ve been told. Whether you follow that line of thinking or reflect on the last 363 days in a more optimistic light, it’s clear the year wasn’t all big breakthroughs and great triumphs. This was the year of government surveillance revelations, fallen giants and lackluster product releases. But it was also the year Netflix took on the studios, patent reform became a real priority in DC and two new game consoles hit the scene. No, we won’t be riding our hoverboards into the sunset at the close of 2013, but the stories that rocked the industry had a profound impact not only on technology, but also on society as a whole. So let’s raise those half-empty glasses and make a toast as we recap the year that was: Here’s to the glassholes!

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Nexus 5 review: the best phone $350 can buy

Posted by Ken S. on November 5, 2013 in Android, Google, Smart Phones |

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When you’re shopping for a smartphone, what do you expect to get for less than $400 without a contract? Certainly not a top-of-the-line device, right? Until recently, that kind of price has been reserved for devices that were mid-range at best, or entry-level at worst. Ever since the gorgeous and powerful Nexus 4 came out last year for $300 on the Play Store, however, it’s been clear Google is trying to give the high-end, $600-plus Android flagships a run for their money. Now the company’s back with the Nexus 5, a power user’s dream that sells for $350 and features some of the same specs you’d expect to see in a top-shelf device.

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