This Ultimate Toolbox helps customize your Android ROMs




 

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Software modders know all too well that customizing an Android ROM can be a time consuming process – even for veteran users.

Fortunately, Despotovski01 of XDA Devs has coded the aptly named Ultimate Toolbox Pro to help fellow Android enthusiasts simplify their quest for the perfect mod.

As FallenWriter of XDA Devs notes, this utility helps eliminate the more tedious steps involved in customizing a ROM.

Key features include:

* Update.zip creator
* Update.zip signer
* Flash kernels
* Flash recovery images   >>> Leer más “This Ultimate Toolbox helps customize your Android ROMs

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Microsoft shifts bloggers to WordPress

In another ‘if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em’ move, Microsoft’s director of Windows Live product development Dharmesh Mehta says: “Rather than having Windows Live invest in a competing blogging service, we decided the best thing we could do for our customers was to give them a great blogging solution through WordPress.com.”

WordPress is claimed to power over 8.5 percent of the web, and is used on over 26 million sites and seen by over 250 million people every month. Live Spaces, by contrast, has around 30 million active users.


Microsoft‘s abandoning its Live Spaces blogging platform following a deal with WordPress that will see its 30 million users move to the Automattic platform.

In another ‘if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em’ move, Microsoft’s director of Windows Live product development Dharmesh Mehta says: “Rather than having Windows Live invest in a competing blogging service, we decided the best thing we could do for our customers was to give them a great blogging solution through WordPress.com.”

WordPress is claimed to power over 8.5 percent of the web, and is used on over 26 million sites and seen by over 250 million people every month. Live Spaces, by contrast, has around 30 million active users. Leer más “Microsoft shifts bloggers to WordPress”

JetBlue brings Wifi to its full fleet

JetBlue Airways has become the latest airline to introduce Wifi on all its planes, meaning there’s one less place for us all to hide from work.

The airline’s full fleet of over 160 planes will get inflight broadband from mid-2012, following a deal with satellite company ViaSat.

“In just the three years since we launched BetaBlue, the first commercial aircraft with simple messaging capability, technology has advanced by generations,” said CEO Dave Barger.

“Rather than invest in current technology, designed to transmit broadcast video and audio, we elected to partner with ViaSat to create broadband functionality worthy of today’s interactive personal technology needs.”

Unlike many of its competitors, JetBlue isn’t using Aircell’s Gogo technology; instead, the system uses ViaSat’s advanced Ka-band satellites. Under the arrangement, ViaSat will provide Ka-band antenna components and SurfBeam 2 modems for installation on the airline’s EMBRAER E190 and Airbus A320 aircraft, along with two-way transmission bandwidth services using the WildBlue-1 and ViaSat-1 satellites.


Emma Woollacott | http://www.tgdaily.com

JetBlue Airways has become the latest airline to introduce Wifi on all its planes, meaning there’s one less place for us all to hide from work.

The airline’s full fleet of over 160 planes will get inflight broadband from mid-2012, following a deal with satellite company ViaSat.

“In just the three years since we launched BetaBlue, the first commercial aircraft with simple messaging capability, technology has advanced by generations,” said CEO Dave Barger.

“Rather than invest in current technology, designed to transmit broadcast video and audio, we elected to partner with ViaSat to create broadband functionality worthy of today’s interactive personal technology needs.”

Unlike many of its competitors, JetBlue isn’t using Aircell‘s Gogo technology; instead, the system uses ViaSat’s advanced Ka-band satellites. Under the arrangement, ViaSat will provide Ka-band antenna components and SurfBeam 2 modems for installation on the airline’s EMBRAER E190 and Airbus A320 aircraft, along with two-way transmission bandwidth services using the WildBlue-1 and ViaSat-1 satellites. Leer más “JetBlue brings Wifi to its full fleet”

USB 3.0 to begin hitting critical mass in 2011

The adoption of USB 3.0 is expected to begin hitting critical mass in 2011, with NEC on track to ship at least 20 million next-gen xHCI controllers by the end of 2010.

“The high-rate of SuperSpeed adoption illustrates that USB 3.0 is a thriving and advanced ecosystem. It is already driving and creating a new generation of devices and components,” USB-IF president and chairman Jeff Ravencraft told TG Daily at IDF 2010.

“You know, just one year ago you could count the number of the number of certified USB 3.0 products on a single hand. But now we already have 120 certified and hitting the market. Of course, there are many, many more in the pipeline pending certification.”


Aharon Etengoff | //tgdaily.com

The adoption of USB 3.0 is expected to begin hitting critical mass in 2011, with NEC on track to ship at least 20 million next-gen xHCI controllers by the end of 2010.

“The high-rate of SuperSpeed adoption illustrates that USB 3.0 is a thriving and advanced ecosystem. It is already driving and creating a new generation of devices and components,” USB-IF president and chairman Jeff Ravencraft told TG Daily at IDF 2010.

“You know, just one year ago you could count the number of the number of certified USB 3.0 products on a single hand. But now we already have 120 certified and hitting the market. Of course, there are many, many more in the pipeline pending certification.”

USB 3.0 to begin hitting critical mass in 2011According to Ravencraft, both the industry and consumers worldwide are more than ready for USB 3.0 – which offers an impressive 10x performance increase over the previous iteration of the platform.

“The new standard is allowing OEMs to manufacture a fresh wave of devices that take advantage of SuperSpeed’s minimized wait time and optimized power efficiency. I would also like to note that USB 3.0 uses only 1/3 of the power compared to USB 2 – and of course, the standard is fully backwards compatible.

“In addition, we are already seeing advances in USB 3.0-based graphics technology by companies like SMSC which recently began sampling its ViewSpan product that allows users to easily connect multiple displays to both desktops and mobile PCs.” Leer más “USB 3.0 to begin hitting critical mass in 2011”

Palm introduces webOS 2.0

Palm has finally released a beta version of its webOS 2.0 SDK. The latest iteration of the operating system boasts some really sweet features, so come on in and check them out!

Yes, we’re talking advanced multi-tasking, universal search, Synergy and (seriously) slick HTML 5 enhancements.

Although its too early to say for certain, it certainly seems as if Palm is gearing up to seriously challenge Apple (iOs), Google (Android) and RIM (Blackberry) with a really tricked-out OS and accompanying UI.

Palm introduces webOS 2.0 Interested? Check out some of these highlights, you won’t be disappointed.


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Palm has finally released a beta version of its webOS 2.0 SDK. The latest iteration of the operating system boasts some really sweet features, so come on in and check them out!

Yes, we’re talking advanced multi-tasking, universal search, Synergy and (seriously) slick HTML 5 enhancements.

Although its too early to say for certain, it certainly seems as if Palm is gearing up to seriously challenge Apple (iOs), Google (Android) and RIM (Blackberry) with a really tricked-out OS and accompanying UI.

Palm introduces webOS 2.0 Interested? Check out some of these highlights, you won’t be disappointed.

Stacks: Next-gen multi-tasking

WebOS 2.0 takes multi-tasking to the next level by grouping related “cards” (or apps) in stacks, reducing clutter and making it easier to move quickly between tasks.

For example, webOS 2.0 automatically stacks cards for you when it makes sense, and you can also drag and drop cards to manage stacks yourself.

Just Type: Quick Actions

Simply start an email, create a message, update your status, search your favorite websites — all without having to launch a single app. Leer más “Palm introduces webOS 2.0”

Gmail phone calling tallies a million calls in 24 hours

Google’s intriguing new service that allows users to place phone calls directly from Gmail is apparently a hit. At least, it was intriguing enough to log more than a million calls in its first day.
The real question is how many of those were just “novelty” calls from people wanting to try out the new service, and how many of those initial users will be repeat users?

Rolled out earlier this week, Gmail was updated with a new feature that lets users use a headset or microphone to place phone calls to any number in the US and Canada for free. International calls are also available for a small per-minute fee.


Google‘s intriguing new service that allows users to place phone calls directly from Gmail is apparently a hit. At least, it was intriguing enough to log more than a million calls in its first day.
The real question is how many of those were just “novelty” calls from people wanting to try out the new service, and how many of those initial users will be repeat users?

Rolled out earlier this week, Gmail was updated with a new feature that lets users use a headset or microphone to place phone calls to any number in the US and Canada for free. International calls are also available for a small per-minute fee. Leer más “Gmail phone calling tallies a million calls in 24 hours”

Tobacco firms ‘may be illicitly advertising on YouTube’

A New Zealand researcher is claiming that the tobacco industry may be using YouTube to push its products surreptitiously.

Dr George Thomson of the University of Otago says that despite vehement denials and a voluntary industry agreement, tobacco companies may be uploading videos with pro-smoking content.

YouTube says it doesn’t accept paid-for tobacco advertising, but it doesn’t ban smoking related content.

Thomson searched through the first 20 pages of video clips containing any reference to five tobacco brands – Marlboro and L&M, marketed by Philip Morris; Benson and Hedges, marketed by both British American Tobacco and Gallagher; and Winston and Mild Seven, marketed by Japan Tobacco and Reynolds.


A New Zealand researcher is claiming that the tobacco industry may be using YouTube to push its products surreptitiously.

Dr George Thomson of the University of Otago says that despite vehement denials and a voluntary industry agreement, tobacco companies may be uploading videos with pro-smoking content.

YouTube says it doesn’t accept paid-for tobacco advertising, but it doesn’t ban smoking related content.

Thomson searched through the first 20 pages of video clips containing any reference to five tobacco brands – Marlboro and L&M, marketed by Philip Morris; Benson and Hedges, marketed by both British American Tobacco and Gallagher; and Winston and Mild Seven, marketed by Japan Tobacco and Reynolds.

The team analyzed 163 clips altogether – and say more than 20 appeared to be “very professionally made”.

Almost three quarters of the content found was classified as pro-tobacco, with less than four percent classified as anti.Seventy percent of the clips contained brand images of people smoking branded tobacco products, and most had brand content or the brand name actually in the title. Leer más “Tobacco firms ‘may be illicitly advertising on YouTube’”