Hundreds of years ago, whoever controlled the ports of the world controlled the empire. In the Android world, ports rule once again -- in particular, a developer named Hashcode's port of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to the Amazon Kindle Fire totally rules.
After releasing the operating system source code yesterday, Google announced that those who have Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ devices will be able to update their handsets to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean starting today.
Users will be prompted with an alert about the update over the next few days.
New Android 4.1 features include a faster user experience, improved Voice Search, and more expansive notifications.
Other products that have a Jelly Bean update in their midst include: the Galaxy Nexus, the Nexus S, the Motorola Xoom, and the Nexus 7 tablet, which will ship natively with Android 4.1 later … Read more
Synology announced today that version 4.1 of its DiskStation Manager (DSM) operating system (firmware) for DiskStation NAS servers, such as the DS1511+ or the DS712+, is now in beta state. This means the final update will be available in a month or so.
DSM has been one of the main reasons why Synology NAS servers are the best among network-attached storage devices, thanks to its vast amount of features and robust and easy-to-use interface.
The new version offers some major additional features to the already feature-rich OS, including a Video Station and mobile apps for Windows Phone 7. The … Read more
Consumers eyeing Google's new Nexus 7 tablet now have another choice of retailer.
Staples announced yesterday that it will carry both models of the new tablet -- the 8GB version for $199 and the 16GB edition for $249.
The Nexus 7 is currently available for preorder through the Staples Web site, an offer good until July 11.
Staples expects to ship the tablet between July 12 and July 17. Consumers can opt to have the tablet delivered to their homes or to their nearest Staples store. Either way, shipping is free.
Potential buyers who'd like to play with … Read more
In a sweet treat for modders and developers, Google has released the source code for Android 4.1, aka Jelly Bean.
The source code for the latest version of Google's mobile operating system was released today as part of the Android Open Source Project, Jean-Baptiste M. "JBQ" Queru, lead engineer on the project, said in a company blog post.
"We recommend that you create new clients, even if you're working in the master branch," Queru said. "It'll make your clients smaller and faster to sync."
In addition, he noted that proprietary … Read more
Last month we got our first look at Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and all of its buttery goodness. With plenty of new features coming to the latest release of Android, there are some smaller tweaks that haven't seen a whole lot of discussion.
One of those tweaks is the capability to disable notifications for a particular app. This will come in handy if you have an app that's overloading you with notifications, with no setting in the app to disable them. But now you can do it at the OS level in Android 4.1.
You may … Read more
The rumored Samsung Galaxy Note successor is now expected to debut in late August at the annual IFA conference, according to MK Business News. Citing unnamed sources close to the publication, the next phone/tablet hybrid will reportedly run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and feature a larger display.
Whispers of a bigger, faster Galaxy Note surfaced a few weeks with rumors of a 5.5-inch, 1,680x1,050-pixel display and an Exynos 5250 dual-core processor running at 1.7GHz. The MK Business News report from today says that the handset may also include a 12-megapixel camera, up from the … Read more
Google Now is the Mountain View, Calif.-based monolith's apparent answer to Apple's Siri -- a voice assistant that responds to requests for information and other commands, while also trying to anticipate what bits of data you might want by digging into your search history and other interactions with the Googleverse. It's a buzz-worthy feature available only on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which is only on Google's new Nexus 7 tablet and some lucky updated Galaxy Nexus phones.
At least, that was the only way to get it a week ago.
It didn't take long for the community on the XDA developers forum to come up with a port to bring Google Now to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich devices, with one caveat -- you need to have a rooted device running an Android 4.0 AOSP ROM like CyanagenMod. In other words, if you're running Ice Cream Sandwich on an unrooted phone from the one of the carriers, it's not going to work for you.… Read more
The world is annoyed with Facebook, but I'm stressed out over zombies:
Last week, Facebook automaticly changed the email address displayed in profiles to be the Facebook email that no one uses. Well the drama doesn't end there. Some smartphones that sync contacts with Facebook have auto-updated address book info with Facebook emails. Do yourself (and your friends) a favor and make sure the right email is listed in your profile. If you think you're missing emails because of this change-up, click on Messages in the left-hand column, then click on Other. That's where Facebook hides … Read more
Between Microsoft Office and other programs that come preinstalled on most Windows machines, Microsoft tends to dominate the market when it comes to the programs that we use the most. That doesn't stop competitors from presenting alternatives, though. SSuite Office - Advanced Edition is a surprisingly comprehensive collection of programs, with not only office software but also games, an e-mail client, a graphics editor, and much more. The programs are somewhat clunky and dated-looking, but we suppose that if you're not too demanding, they could be a viable option.
SSuite Office opens with a small menu interface that … Read more