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’”

Commodore makes new computer with very old-looking hardware

There’s something unabashedly cool about retro technology, and when it comes to computers it doesn’t get more retro than the Commodore 64. That’s why Commodore USA is recreating the very classic computer casing but this time with very modern hardware.

Citing “overwhelming demand from former Commodore users worldwide,” the company is creating an “exact replica of the original beige chassis Commodore C64.” Except this time it has 4 GB of DDR3 memory, a one terabyte hard drive, HDMI compatibility, an Intel Atom 525 CPU and Nvidia Ion2 graphics. It also packs in six USB ports, a 6-in-1 media card reader, and an optional Blu-ray Disc drive. This ain’t your granddaddy’s Commodore 64!

Enthusiasts out there have become legendary for merging old and new technologies to create extremely unique and captivating pieces of hardware. But it’s not often that a company actually goes back to its roots and devotes resources to recreating a look that by all standards is completely outdated.


There’s something unabashedly cool about retro technology, and when it comes to computers it doesn’t get more retro than the Commodore 64. That’s why Commodore USA is recreating the very classic computer casing but this time with very modern hardware.

Citing “overwhelming demand from former Commodore users worldwide,” the company is creating an “exact replica of the original beige chassis Commodore C64.” Except this time it has 4 GB of DDR3 memory, a one terabyte hard drive, HDMI compatibility, an Intel Atom 525 CPU and Nvidia Ion2 graphics. It also packs in six USB ports, a 6-in-1 media card reader, and an optional Blu-ray Disc drive. This ain’t your granddaddy’s Commodore 64!

Enthusiasts out there have become legendary for merging old and new technologies to create extremely unique and captivating pieces of hardware. But it’s not often that a company actually goes back to its roots and devotes resources to recreating a look that by all standards is completely outdated. Leer más “Commodore makes new computer with very old-looking hardware”

Coca-Cola gets easier to ‘like’ via Facebook RFID tag

If you’re a teenager buzzing from gallons of Coca-Cola, you might find there just aren’t enough hours in the day to make all the Facebook posts you’d like.

So the marketing agency for a ‘pop-up’ three-day amusement park in Israel has come up with a way of making it quicker.

Edologic issued visitors to the Coca-Cola Village Amusement Park with RFID bracelets as they went in, which were programmed with the teenagers’ Facebook details.

If the kids liked a particular ride or activity, they just swiped the bracelet past an RFID reader to post a ‘like’ on Facebook. They could also swipe the park’s official photographers to ensure that photos were uploaded to the Coca-Cola Village Facebook page with their faces already tagged.


Emma Woollacott

If you’re a teenager buzzing from gallons of Coca-Cola, you might find there just aren’t enough hours in the day to make all the Facebook posts you’d like.

So the marketing agency for a ‘pop-up’ three-day amusement park in Israel has come up with a way of making it quicker.

Edologic issued visitors to the Coca-Cola Village Amusement Park with RFID bracelets as they went in, which were programmed with the teenagers’ Facebook details.

If the kids liked a particular ride or activity, they just swiped the bracelet past an RFID reader to post a ‘like’ on Facebook. They could also swipe the park’s official photographers to ensure that photos were uploaded to the Coca-Cola Village Facebook page with their faces already tagged. Leer más “Coca-Cola gets easier to ‘like’ via Facebook RFID tag”

US Navy outlines cyber-security strategy

Navy Chief Information Officer Robert Carey has outlined several possible approaches to improving cyber-security within the sea branch of the US armed forces.

According to Carey, industry, academia, military, civilians and contractors must work as a team towards a “singular” purpose: to operate and defend the Department’s networks against attack, while enabling access to information for those who require it.

“Defenders [must be] trained as attackers. While I know this is done in small pockets, it has yet to become doctrine throughout the Department,” he explained in an official blog post.

US Navy outlines cyber-security strategy”We need to ensure that our network defenders possess the same skills and knowledge as our attackers. Our goal should be to break down the barriers between the defenders and the red teams. After all, we are all on the same team.”

However, Carey acknowledged that a multi-pronged approach was necessary – as “no one tool” was capable of “carrying” the day.

“[Indeed], different proprietary tools produce non-interoperable solutions, which produce exploitable gaps in our defenses.

“[As such], the Department’s tools must be smartly integrated into a defensive suite, using automation where appropriate so that we can, in fact, defend at Internet speeds.”


Aharon Etengoff

Navy Chief Information Officer Robert Carey has outlined several possible approaches to improving cyber-security within the sea branch of the US armed forces.

According to Carey, industry, academia, military, civilians and contractors must work as a team towards a “singular” purpose: to operate and defend the Department’s networks against attack, while enabling access to information for those who require it.

“Defenders [must be] trained as attackers. While I know this is done in small pockets, it has yet to become doctrine throughout the Department,” he explained in an official blog post.

US Navy outlines cyber-security strategy“We need to ensure that our network defenders possess the same skills and knowledge as our attackers. Our goal should be to break down the barriers between the defenders and the red teams. After all, we are all on the same team.”

However, Carey acknowledged that a multi-pronged approach was necessary – as “no one tool” was capable of “carrying” the day.

“[Indeed], different proprietary tools produce non-interoperable solutions, which produce exploitable gaps in our defenses.

“[As such], the Department’s tools must be smartly integrated into a defensive suite, using automation where appropriate so that we can, in fact, defend at Internet speeds.” Leer más “US Navy outlines cyber-security strategy”

Intel optimizes netbooks with dual-core Atom chip

Intel’s latest dual-core, mobile Atom processor is hitting store shelves today in netbooks designed by a number of OEMs, including Acer, Asus, Fujitsu, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, MSI and Toshiba.

Intel spokesperson Suzy Ramirez told TG Daily that the next-gen chip would enable “new levels” of support for applications such as games, Adobe Flash and video streaming sites like YouTube and Hulu.


Aharon Etengoff

Intel’s latest dual-core, mobile Atom processor is hitting store shelves today in netbooks designed by a number of OEMs, including Acer, Asus, Fujitsu, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, MSI and Toshiba.

Intel spokesperson Suzy Ramirez told TG Daily that the next-gen chip would enable “new levels” of support for applications such as games, Adobe Flash and video streaming sites like YouTube and Hulu. Leer más “Intel optimizes netbooks with dual-core Atom chip”

Software searches for faces online

A new program will soon be released which can scan social networks for pictures of particular individuals.

Israeli company face.com has been testing a product which works by scanning a face and matching the relative positions of eyes, nose and mouth to photos that it reckons could be of the same person. It’s claimed to have 90 percent accuracy.

It’s not dissimilar to the search features in Google’s Picasa – but with the rather notable difference that it performs this search online.

The service is ringing alarm bells among privacy campaigners.


Emma Woollacott

A new program will soon be released which can scan social networks for pictures of particular individuals.

Israeli company face.com has been testing a product which works by scanning a face and matching the relative positions of eyes, nose and mouth to photos that it reckons could be of the same person. It’s claimed to have 90 percent accuracy.

It’s not dissimilar to the search features in Google‘s Picasa – but with the rather notable difference that it performs this search online.

The service is ringing alarm bells among privacy campaigners. Leer más “Software searches for faces online”

New Jeep Wranglers get USB interface, reworked interiors

Automotive group Chrysler has shown off what new features will be incorporated into the 2011 Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited models, which include a completely overhauled and technologically updated interior.

Automotive group Chrysler has shown off what new features will be incorporated into the 2011 Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited models, which include a completely overhauled and technologically updated interior.

One of the best features included in most minivans has made its way to the Jeep line – built-in radio controls from the steering wheel. The new wheel console also allows drivers to operate a connect cell phone.

The dashboard has been updated with a USB interface and a specific port for 12-volt power devices. Production of the new models is currently underway.

“While retaining unmatched, legendary capability, the 2011 Jeep Wrangler boasts an all-new interior that delivers a host of comfort, convenience and versatility features,” said Jeep CEO Mike Manley.


Mark Raby

Automotive group Chrysler has shown off what new features will be incorporated into the 2011 Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited models, which include a completely overhauled and technologically updated interior.

Automotive group Chrysler has shown off what new features will be incorporated into the 2011 Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited models, which include a completely overhauled and technologically updated interior.

One of the best features included in most minivans has made its way to the Jeep line – built-in radio controls from the steering wheel. The new wheel console also allows drivers to operate a connect cell phone.

The dashboard has been updated with a USB interface and a specific port for 12-volt power devices. Production of the new models is currently underway.

“While retaining unmatched, legendary capability, the 2011 Jeep Wrangler boasts an all-new interior that delivers a host of comfort, convenience and versatility features,” said Jeep CEO Mike Manley. Leer más “New Jeep Wranglers get USB interface, reworked interiors”

Mutated Microsoft mouse spotted in the wild

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A mutated Microsoft mouse – which bears a distinct resemblance to Quasimodo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame – has been spotted scampering around a German online store.

According to Notebooksbilliger and Engadget, the Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse arches its rather formidable hump for “comfortable” use, while packing flat for convenient transport.

The Quasimodo mouse also features touch-scrolling, a battery indicator, a 2.4GHz (USB) nano transceiver and the ability to track on most surfaces.


STARR KESHET

A mutated Microsoft mouse – which bears a distinct resemblance to Quasimodo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame – has been spotted scampering around a German online store.

According to Notebooksbilliger and Engadget, the Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse arches its rather formidable hump for “comfortable” use, while packing flat for convenient transport.

The Quasimodo mouse also features touch-scrolling, a battery indicator, a 2.4GHz (USB) nano transceiver and the ability to track on most surfaces.

Mutated Microsoft mouse spotted in the wild Leer más “Mutated Microsoft mouse spotted in the wild”

How to run multiple browsers without installs

If so, you may want to check out a free app from Spoon which allows users to simultaneously run at least four browsers – IE9, FF 4, Chrome 5 and Safari 5 – without the hassle of loading each one.

In addition, the utility can now launch applications from within Chrome and Opera.

How to run multiple=”The Browser Sandbox is a great resource for Web developers and IT managers interested in testing upcoming Web browsers and technologies such as IE 9 and HTML5 without the problems associated with installing a new browser on their desktop,” Spoon CEO Kenji Obata told TG Daily in an e-mailed statement.

“It allows software publishers and enterprises to deliver desktop applications instantly to any user with a Web browser. Spoon apps run in isolated ‘sandboxes,’ enabling multiple applications to run side-by-side without conflicts, dependencies, or modifications to the host PC.”


By Aharon Etengoff

Have you ever wanted to run multiple browsers on your PC

but couldn’t be bothered to install more than one or two?

If so, you may want to check out a free app from Spoon which allows users to simultaneously run at least four browsers – IE9, FF 4, Chrome 5 and Safari 5 – without the hassle of loading each one.

In addition, the utility can now launch applications from within Chrome and Opera.

How to run multiple=“The Browser Sandbox is a great resource for Web developers and IT managers interested in testing upcoming Web browsers and technologies such as IE 9 and HTML5 without the problems associated with installing a new browser on their desktop,” Spoon CEO Kenji Obata told TG Daily in an e-mailed statement.

“It allows software publishers and enterprises to deliver desktop applications instantly to any user with a Web browser. Spoon apps run in isolated ‘sandboxes,’ enabling multiple applications to run side-by-side without conflicts, dependencies, or modifications to the host PC.” Leer más “How to run multiple browsers without installs”