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Monday, April 30, 2012

Android 4.0 ICS for Samsung GALAXY S II (I9100G) Now Available in Some Regions

 Android 4.0 ICS for Samsung GALAXY S II (I9100G) Now Available in Some Regions

Samsung is still struggling to push the long-awaited Ice Cream Sandwich update for some of the less popular Galaxy family smartphones.

Samsung GALAXY S II (I9100G)
Image Credits: Samsung GALAXY S II (I9100G)

Given the fact that it took the South Korean company more than several months to release the Android 4.0 update for Galaxy S II devices, it won’t come as a surprise if the rest of the Galaxy devices that were promised the same updated won’t be getting it until later this year.

However, it appears that this will not be the case for the Galaxy S II (I9100G), which is a different variant of the standard Galaxy S II (I9100). In fact, the only difference between the two smartphones is the processor.

While the Galaxy S II (I9100) is equipped with a dual-core Exynos processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, the Galaxy S II (I9100G) packs a 1.2 GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4430 CPU, which is complemented by a PowerVR SGX540 graphics processing unit.

Samsung Galaxy S II (I9100G) was launched on the market with Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread out of the box. Up until recently, it was unclear whether this version of Galaxy S II could receive an Ice Cream Sandwich.

Fortunately, Android 4.0 ICS is now available for download in some regions. According to the folks over at GSMArena the update is now slowly rolled out globally, so more countries might get it in the following weeks.

Currently, there have been reports on the availability of the update coming from Pakistan and Australia. Keep in mind that Android 4.0 ICS for Galaxy S II (I9100G) is only available via Samsung Kies desktop software.

Galaxy S II (I9100G) owners who did not receive the update yet might want to wait a few more days until Samsung deploys it in additional countries.

Those who already upgraded their smartphone might want to leave their comments, along with their location.

Acer App Updates Iconia Tab A500/501 to Android 4.0

Acer App Updates Iconia Tab A500/501 to Android 4.0
If you've been waiting for that Ice Cream Sandwich update, but your Acer Iconia Tab A500, or A501, still hasn't received it, you're in luck.

Acer App Updates Iconia Tab A500/501 to Android 4.0

Apparently, the operating system isn't getting upgraded properly, so Acer made a special app that would take care of the problem.

The video embedded above is all the walkthrough you need. Alas, we can't say for sure what the App actually does or why the OTA (over-the-air) update doesn't work without it.

All we've got is "application software is required for the ICS upgrade. Please download."

It may be that the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS will never arrive on its own, or it will (eventually), but this small program just speeds up the process.

Either way, go get it and bask in the greatness of the latest tablet OS from Google.

Samsung and Apple to Settle Squabble on May 21/22

 Samsung and Apple to Settle Squabble on May 21/22
After months and months of almost constant tensions, and several clashes in court, Samsung and Apple have finally chosen when they will meet and try to bury the metaphorical hatchet, officially anyway.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Image Credit: samsung

That Apple and Samsung have decided to try and stop their ongoing fights is something we learned about earlier this month.

Now, though, we finally have an actual date and place for when and where the momentous event is to take place: May 21/22, 2012, in San Francisco, California.

The Chief Executive Officers of both companies and the general counsel will discuss the matter, while Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero presides over the gathering.

We should probably try to summarize the history of this whole debacle.

Apple and Samsung used to be quite at peace with each other, until the latter released the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Almost immediately, the former cried foul, saying that it was an iPad rip-off, and scored a quick victory in Australia, banning it.

The decision was eventually overturned, but not before Apple filed similar patent infringement claims in other parts of the world. Meanwhile, Samsung initiated some lawsuits of its own, related to 3G patents for the most part.

We kept up with the different courtroom sagas as best we could, presenting both Samsung's and Apple's points of view, for all the good it did.

In the end, nothing really came of anything either of them did, so they had to choose between spending or not spending money on lawsuits that will probably complete long after the products fought over disappear from the market.

Keep in mind, though, that while talks are definitely set for next month, there is no guarantee that anything will come of them. We, of course, hope for a resolution, but all the accusations thrown around up to now have left a mark that isn't likely to disappear any time soon.

Samsung’s First Windows Phone 8 to Sport Galaxy S3 Hardware

Samsung’s First Windows Phone 8 to Sport Galaxy S3 Hardware
South Korean mobile phone maker Samsung is nearing the release of a new Android-based flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S3, which could be the foundation for the designing of the next Windows Phone devices.
Samsung Focus S - Samsung’s First Windows Phone 8 to Sport Galaxy S III Hardware
Image Credit: Samsung

Rumor has it that the vendor plans on releasing Windows Phone 8 devices soon, maybe before the end of this year, and that it could use Galaxy S3’s hardware as the basis for these.

No official confirmation on the matter has emerged thus far, but a recent article on wp-life claims that the info comes from a source familiar with Samsung’s plans.

The first Windows Phone 8 device from Samsung could arrive as Samsung Focus S II, and should be a high-end successor for the original Focus S.

With Windows Phone 8, Microsoft reportedly made dramatic changes to its mobile platform, designing it to fit more powerful hardware than before.

Thus, Samsung will be able to use Galaxy S3’s hardware to build Windows Phones that will deliver performance similar with that of high-end Android devices.

The rumored specs list of Focus S II includes a 4.7-inch HD touchscreen display, complemented by either a dual-core or a quad-core application processor, depending on the market on which the phone will be released.

Additionally, the device will pack a 12-megapixel photo snapper on the back, complemented by a 2MP camera on the front, for video calling.

Other features of the device would include NFC capabilities, support for LTE connectivity, a dedicated camera button, better Photo Studio, and Samsung Cloud Support.

The smartphone would reportedly feature a similar design with the one available on Galaxy S III, though the Windows Phone logo and buttons would feature a different layout.

Three of the largest wireless carriers in the United States should receive the device, namely AT&T, Sprint and Verizon. T-Mobile might launch it as well, but no plans on the matter have been confirmed until now.

Windows Phone 8 was long rumored to be an impressive update to the current Windows Phone flavor. It should prove highly popular, especially if loaded on such hardware.

Samsung Galaxy S3 to Sport a 4.8’’ Screen, New Photo Unveils

Samsung Galaxy S3 to Sport a 4.8’’ Screen, New Photo Unveils
Samsung Galaxy S3, the next generation high-end Android smartphone from the South Korean mobile phone maker, is expected to arrive on shelves with a large, 4.8-inch touchscreen display, the latest reports on the matter suggest

Alleged Galaxy S3 leaked photo
Image Credit: Know Your Mobile

The info arrives via a leaked image with what appears to be the final design of Samsung’s new flagship device, but no official confirmation on this is yet available.

According to the photo that an “anonymous tipster” sent to Know Your Mobile, the smartphone will sport a 130mm body, while its screen will be 4.8 inches in size.

Previously leaked images with the phone suggested that it won’t sport hardware buttons on the front, the same as on Galaxy Nexus.

In fact, the handset itself appears to resemble the latest Google phone out there, powered by the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.

The leading mobile phone maker is determined to make the new device official as soon as next week, during an Unpacked event set for May 3rd.

As the announcement date approaches, more and more details on what the phone could sport started to emerge.

Thus, we can expect Samsung’s Galaxy S3 to feature a 1.5GHz quad-core application processor in addition to the said 4.8-inch Super AMOLED MIPI display, along with support for HSPA+ 21Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps.

Alleged Galaxy S3 to Sport a 4.8’’ Screen New Photo Unveils

Moreover, the device should sport an 8-megapixel photo snapper on the back, with autofocus and LED flash, capable of recording videos in full HD resolution.

Specific info on this handset will be released in the next few days, so stay tuned to learn more on what Samsung decided to pack it with.

In the meantime, however, have a look at the aforementioned leaked image with the device to make an idea of what it might look like, but take it with a grain of salt until the official unveiling is made.

Image Credit: Know Your Mobile

Download Samba 3.6.5 Fixes Security Issue

 Download Samba 3.6.5
Samba, a component that seamlessly integrates Linux/Unix servers and desktops into Active Directory environments using the winbind daemon, is now at version 3.6.5.

Download Samba 3.6.5 Fixes Security Issue
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Samba 3.6.5 is just a simple maintenance release, as it's only meant to fix a security issue. According to the developers, Samba versions 3.4.x to 3.6.4 were affected by a vulnerability that allows arbitrary users to modify privileges on a file server.

Samba 3.6.5 Available for Download
This is a security release in order to address
CVE-2012-2111 (Incorrect permission checks when granting/removing
privileges can compromise file server security).

o CVE-2012-2111:
Samba 3.4.x to 3.6.4 are affected by a
vulnerability that allows arbitrary users
to modify privileges on a file server.

Changes since 3.6.4:

o Jeremy Allison
* Fix incorrect permission checks when granting/removing
privileges (CVE-2012-2111).

Download Samba 3.6.5

Security checks were incorrectly applied to the Local Security Authority (LSA) remote proceedure calls (RPC) CreateAccount, OpenAccount, AddAccountRights and RemoveAccountRights allowing any authenticated user to modify the privileges database.

This vulnerability was reported by Ivano Cristofolini and the fix was made by Jeremy Allison, which repaired the incorrect permission checks when granting/removing privileges.

All users have been advised to upgrade as soon as possible!

Download Linux Kernel 3.4 RC5

 Linux kernel 3.4 RC5 is now available for download and testing!
Linus Torvalds announced yesterday, April 29th, that the fifth Release Candidate of the upcoming Linux 3.4 kernel is available for download and testing.

Download Linux Kernel 3.4 RC5

Linux Kernel 3.4 RC5 includes 50% driver updates, 20% arch. fixes, 15% filesystem improvements (Btrfs and NFS), 5% networking updates, as well as random bugfixes.

"And like -rc4, quite a bit of the changes came in on Friday (with some more coming in yesterday). And we haven't been calming down, quite the reverse. -rc5 has almost 50% more commits than -rc4 had. Not good."

"That said, I don't think there is anything hugely scary there." - said Linus Torvalds in the email announcement.

Download Linux Kernel 3.4 RC5 :

3.4-rc5 2012-04-29 [Full Source] [Patch] [View Patch]

 Remember that this is a development release and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended to be used for testing purposes only.

Installing Ubuntu Wikipedia Lens for Unity

Today we are introducing the Ubuntu Wikipedia Lens for the Unity interface - Install Now!

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The Ubuntu Wikipedia Lens is a very useful Unity Launcher plugin that allows users to search Wikipedia directly from Unity Dash.

To install the Unity Wikipedia Lens plugin in your Ubuntu operating system, open a terminal window (hit the CTRL+ALT+T key combination) and paste the following commands (one by one, hitting Enter after each one):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:scopes-packagers/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install unity-lens-wikipedia

You will also need to restart your session after the installation.

Download Quickoffice Pro and Quickoffice Pro HD

Quickoffice Pro and Pro HD for Android Devices Updated with Keyboard Shortcuts and More

Quickoffice updated both its Android applications with lots of new features and improvements. The Pro HD version now comes with keyboard shortcut for tablet users, along with a laser pointer for presentations.

Download Quickoffice Pro and Pro HD for Android Devices Updated with Keyboard Shortcuts and More

Create, Edit and Share Microsoft® Office files!

WHAT’S NEW in VERSION 5.5 (more in What’s New section) :
✔ NEW: Quickword now has Spell Check!
✔ NEW: Annotate PDF files at no additional cost!
✔ NEW: Delete, move and resize charts in Quicksheet!
✔ NEW: Create bulleted and numbered lists in Quickpoint!
✔ NEW: Create, edit, and delete tables in Quickword!
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR TABLET USERS: For the best experience, please purchase Quickoffice Pro HD rather than this phone-optimized version.

In addition, the advanced PDF annotation tool has been improved and now allows users to draw directly on files, highlight texts, insert shapes and edit comments.

Download Quickoffice Pro and Quickoffice Pro HD

Developers also introduced spell check for multiple languages, such as English, French, Italian, German and Spanish. More fonts have been added, along with the option to edit line spacing.

Other changes include improved PowerPoint features and Excel new abilities, including the option to move, resize and delete charts.

Quickoffice Pro and Quickoffice Pro HD are now available for download via Google Play store for 14.99 USD and 19.99 USD, respectively. They should be fully compatible with all devices running Android 2.0 and up.

Download Quickoffice Pro and Quickoffice Pro HD v 5.5

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UbiSlate 7+ and 7C - Cheap Android Tablets with Yahoo Services

 Datawind Launches Two Cheap Android Tablets with Yahoo Services, UbiSlate 7+ and 7C
Datawind, the company that manufactures the cheapest Android tablet on the market, the Aakash, has just announced the upcoming availability of two new affordable slates.

Datawind Launches Two Cheap Android Tablets with Yahoo Services, UbiSlate 7+ and 7C

Dubbed UbiSlate 7+ and 7C, both tablets will come pre-loaded with Yahoo services due to a partnership with Yahoo India.

There's more to this as Datawind has teamed up with Indian carrier Aircel to offer UbiSlate owners 2GB of GPRS data for only Rs 100 (2 USD or 1.5 EUR) per month.

It will be interesting to see when exactly Datawind will be released these two tablets on the market, especially given the fact that the company is still struggling to deliver the promised Aakash tablets in some important regions across India.

Anyway, it appears that both UbiSlate 7+ and UbiSlate 7C will be powered by Google's Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system. However, it's unclear if the slates will provide access to Google Play store.

These tablets have not been designed with quality or performance in mind, instead these products rely on their low price in order to sell. Which is why Indian customers who are looking to purchase an Android tablet should not expect any fancy specs that would make these tablets stand out.

For example, UbiSlate 7+ and UbiSlate 7C are equipped with an 800 MHz single core processor and only 256MB of RAM. In addition, the former comes with 2GB of internal memory, whereas the latter packs 4GB onboard memory.

Each tablet features GPRS (both SIM and phone capability) and Wi-Fi support, and sport a 7-inch display with 800 x 480 pixels resolution. Still, the UbiSlate 7+ comes with a resistive touchscreen, while the UbiSlate 7C features a capacitive display.

Last but not least, each tablet embeds a high-capacity 3200 mAh Li-Ion battery, which are meant to provide 180 minutes of continuous usage time. MicroUSB and and USB port are included as well.

Sprint Readying Software Fix for Galaxy Nexus Data Connectivity Issue

 Sprint Readying Software Fix for Galaxy Nexus Data Connectivity Issue

It looks like customers who purchased Sprint's Galaxy Nexus made a bad investment. Apparently, some users who bought the phone are affected by an annoying issue that does not allows them to connect to Sprint's 3G network.

sprint Galaxy Nexus

Since the issue has been discovered affected users have been given replacements at local Sprint store, but as of lately the carrier advises its customers to wait a few more days as a fix for the problem is already in the works.

This has been recently confirmed by a Sprint forum moderator: “Sprint/Samsung are aware of this problem and will be releasing a software update to resolve the issue. Can't commit to a date yet, but they are trying really hard to get it released early next week. Sorry for your troubles.”

We're not sure when exactly Sprint and Samsung will be able to push the promised fix, so stay tuned for more updates on the subject.

White Motorola i867w Goes Official via Nextel

 White Motorola i867w Goes Official in Brazil via Nextel
Motorola and Nextel launched the i867 PTT phone in Brazil back in March. It appears that phone had some success both companies decided to release a new color version for the this Android smartphones.

White Motorola i867w
Image credits: Motorola Mobility

Dubbed Motorola i867w, the white-themed variant of i867 is now available for purchase for a suggested retail price of R$ 899 (495 USD or 375 EUR).

Those who don't mind being tied by long term contract can get the smartphone for only R$ 499 (275 USD or 210 EUR) with a data plan via Nextel.

Motorola i867w combines PTT (Push-to-Talk) capabilities with the powerful features offered by Google's Android operating system.

Aside from these advantages, the Motorola i867w comes pre-loaded with Nextel Email application, enabling access to email accounts and messaging in real time.

According to Nextel, the application allows users to check up to ten personal email accounts and one corporate account with calendar.

In addition, the smartphone comes with SWYPE, which makes it easier for users to text. The phone has two microphones with noise cancellation technology making all conversations clearer in noisy environments.

The i867w features Wi-Fi support and sports a 3.1-inch capacitive touchscreen dsiplay. There's also a 3-megapixel camera on the back, as well as microSD card slot for memory expansion (up to 32GB, 2GB memory card). MP3 Player, Bluetooth stereo technology, 3.5 mm headphone jack and are included as well.

Last but not least, the smartphone provides access to more than 500,000 applications and game via Google Play store, formerly known as Android Market.

The Motorola i867w has a differentiated design that combines elegance with rapid communication. Whether you choose the i867 for work, play, or both, the Motorola i867 lets you manage it all with best-in-class PTT and Android mobile technology,” said Wagner Mendonça, iDEN sales director, Motorola Mobility Brazil

Android 4.0 ICS Update Roadmap and New Device Launch Dates Leak - T-Mobile USA

T-Mobile USA - Android 4.0 ICS Update Roadmap and New Device Launch Dates Leak
While Google continues to blame carriers for delaying the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade for the devices in their portfolios, some of them have tried to offer approximate time frames for the release of the updates.

Android 4.0 ICS Update Roadmap and New Device Launch Dates Leak - T-Mobile USA
Image Credit: TmoNews

However, most of them are still mum on the subject, probably because they're thinking that customers will switch to new devices that come with Ice Cream Sandwich platform out of the box.

This might be one of the reasons, but there might be others who will probably never be made publicly known.

Anyway, after Sprint came forward with a short statement a few days ago, in which the carrier confirms some of its devices will receive the long-awaited Android 4.0 ICS update by the end of the year, we've got new info about the other US-based carriers.

The folks over at TmoNews managed to get their hands on a T-Mobile USA internal document that confirms Android 4.0 ICS updates are coming for three devices in the next few weeks.

In addition, the document contains release dates for several low- and mid-end handsets that will launched in the next few months.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Download Lubuntu 12.04

 Download Lubuntu 12.04
The Lubuntu project started in March 2009, with the purpose of creating a lighter and less resource demanding alternative to the Xubuntu operating system, using the LXDE desktop environment. The ultimate goal of this project is to join the ranks of Kubuntu and Xubuntu, and become an officially supported derivative of Ubuntu.

Download Lubuntu 12.04

The objective of the Lubuntu project is to create a variant of Ubuntu that is lighter, less resource hungry and more energy-efficient by using lightweight applications and LXDE, The Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment, as its default GUI.

The target user group for this flavor of the Ubuntu OS will be either those users who might not be proficient in using command-line tools or those users who might not have enough resources for all the bells and whistles of the "full-featured" mainstream distribution.

Lubuntu 12.04 now uses Lightdm as the display manager, with the default GTK greeter, has a new software center optimized for it, and the artwork was updated.

Please note that 12.04 will not be an LTS (5 year support), but a 'standard' release, supported for 18 months. This is simply due the fact there is insufficient 'man-power' to commit to 5 years of support. 

System Requirements 
A Pentium II or Celeron system with 128 MB of RAM is probably a bottom-line configuration that may yield slow yet usable system with Lubuntu. It should be possible to install and run Lubuntu with less memory, but the result will likely not be suitable for practical use.

Download Lubuntu 12.04:

Quick links for direct Downloads of the latest version:
For almost all PCs. This includes most machines with Intel/AMD/etc type processors and almost all computers that run Microsoft Windows, as well as newer Apple Macintosh systems based on Intel processors. Choose this if you are at all unsure.
Choose this to take full advantage of computers based on the AMD64 or EM64T architecture (e.g., Athlon64, Opteron, EM64T Xeon, Core 2). If you have a non-64-bit processor made by AMD, or if you need full support for 32-bit code, use the Intel x86 images instead.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Download Dropbox 1.4.0

Download Dropbox 1.4.0 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Mobile
Dropbox 1.4.0 does not introduce too many features. In fact, the list of modifications comprises only two entries, one of them relating to photo importing.

Download Dropbox 1.4.0 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Mobile
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This feature has been available in the Experimental version of the file sync application for some time now, and it went through numerous refinements in order to become ready for the wider Dropbox audience. Its purpose is to facilitate importing of photos straight from cameras, phones or SD cards.

Simply put, with the new Dropbox you can automatically upload media files (images and video) from a very wide range of camera models as well as smartphones or tablets. Other good news is that you get 500MB of extra free space for your first automatic upload, and earn as much as 3GB as you upload media.

What's New in This Release:

· Importing of photos from cameras, phones, and SD cards.
· Batch upload/download of files.

Download Dropbox 1.4.0
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Download Ubuntu Rescue Remix 12.04

 Download Ubuntu Rescue Remix 12.04
Andrew Zajac announced the availability for download of the Ubuntu Rescue Remix 12.04 operating system, now based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin).

Download Ubuntu Rescue Remix 12.04
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Ubuntu Rescue Remix 12.04 provides a robust yet lean system for data recovery and forensics that can run on computers with low hardware configurations.

Ubuntu-Rescue-Remix features a full command-line environment with the newest versions of the most powerful free/libre open-source data recovery software including GNU ddrescue, Photorec, The Sleuth Kit, Gnu-fdisk and Clamav.

Among the new features added to the distribution there’s the new “ddrutility”, a new tool written by Scott Dwyer to identify files affected by unrecoverable blocks on a disk image.

Users can choose to install a metapackage that will provide the data recovery and forensics toolkit onto your current Ubuntu Desktop system. Keep in mind that the tools themselves will still work only in a terminal.

The toolkit can also be installed on a live USB Ubuntu desktop with persistent data. To do so boot into your USB system and add the following archive to your software channels, in a terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:arzajac/ppa
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:scott-dwyer/ddrutility
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-rescue-remix-tools

What's New in This Release:

· This release of Ubuntu-Rescue-Remix features up-to-date versions of the most powerful free/libre open-source data recovery software including GNU ddrescue version 1.10, Photorec, LVM2, etc... 

Download BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac OS X

Download BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac OS X

Research In Motion has released an improved version of the BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Macintosh users, adding improved support for BlackBerry PlayBook tablets, as well as for the new BlackBerry Curve 9220.

Download BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac OS X
Image Credit: RIM

The BlackBerry Desktop Software now supports tablets running BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0.1, as well as the new BlackBerry Curve 9220, RIM has confirmed.

That’s pretty much it for the new additions, as the rest of the change log mentions nothing but fixes.

For instance, the BlackBerry Desktop Software didn't prompt users to disconnect and then reconnect their smartphone or BlackBerry PlayBook tablet after a forced upgrade of the Desktop Software. Now it does, RIM assures customers.

Users who had the “Automatically import media” option enabled have seen the BlackBerry Desktop Software become unresponsive in case they disconnected the smartphone during an automatic import from the media card.

Not that you’re supposed to do that, but just in case you do, the app continues to work properly now, thanks to this update.

Backup & restore is also fixed. RIM explains: “Previously, the BlackBerry Desktop Software displayed the wrong error message when you tried to back up your smartphone or tablet data and the backup file was larger than the space available in the backup folder.”

Finally, the release notes mention a problem involving smartphones with built-in memory. Previously, users couldn't restore a media file that contained a square bracket in the file name. In the latest version of BlackBerry Desktop Manager, they can.

In addition to managing devices, BlackBerry Desktop Manager can be used to track several smartphones or tablets, as well as update the OS on each one.

The tool also lets you transfers your settings to a new smartphone, synchronize your calendar or charge the device.

System requirements include Mac OS X v10.5.8 and above, a BlackBerry Device running Software v4.2 or higher, and iTunes v7.7.1 or later.

Download the Latest OS X Drivers for HP and Samsung Printers

 Download the Latest OS X Drivers for HP and Samsung Printers
Apple has published two Support notes online documenting HP Printer Drivers v.2.9 OS X and Samsung Printer Drivers v2.4 for OS X - two freely-downloadable packages that make your Mac compatible with the latest printers and scanners from those hardware vendors.

Download the Latest OS X Drivers for HP and Samsung Printers
Image Credit: Apple

Talking about the hefty HP Printer Drivers v.2.9 OS X weighing 524.8 MB, Apple states: “This download includes the latest HP printing and scanning software for OS X Lion and Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard.”

The Samsung Printer Drivers v2.4 is a 28.9 MB package that includes “the latest Samsung printing and scanning software for OS X Lion and Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard.”

Both printer drivers are localized in Deutsch, English, Français, Español, Italiano, Nederlands, Dansk, Norsk Bokmål, Polski, Português, Português Brasileiro, Pусский, Suomi, Svensk, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

System Requirements include Mac OS X v10.6 or later and OS X Lion.

HP Printer Drivers is a software package that contains the most recent release of the HP scanning and printing drivers that will work on Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Mac OS X Lion.

You have the possibility to see which printer models are affected by this software HERE.

What's New in This Release:
Includes the latest Samsung printing and scanning software for OS X Lion and Mac OS vX 10.6.

“OS X Lion & Mac OS X v10.6 provide third-party software for printers and scanners via Software Update,” Apple states in a separate Support article documenting Printer and scanner software for OS X Lion and OS X Snow Leopard.

“Simply connect the printer or scanner to the Mac. If software is needed and available, it will be automatically downloaded as part of the creation of the printer/scanner queue,” says the company.

The Cupertino computer giant advises customers to run Software Update before connecting a printer or scanner (if they haven’t done so recently), in order to update the Mac's database on what software is available.

To see a list of all the printer and scanner drivers supplied by Software Update visit Apple here and use your browser's Find feature (search-in-page) to look for a specific name or model number.

BlackBerry 10 Prototype Live Pictures Leak

 First BlackBerry 10 Prototype Live Pictures Leak

Although BlackBerry continues to lose market share to Android and iOS, Research In Motion (RIM) promised it will offer those developers who did not switched sides yet, a glimpse of what's to come.

First BlackBerry 10 Prototype Live Pictures Leak
Image Credit: CrackBerry

Basically, RIM tries to keep developers to its side by giving them a BlackBerry prototype smartphone that would run a modified version of PlayBook operating system.

These devices will be given to those developers who will attend to BlackBerry 10 Jam, at BlackBerry World 2012. This is a 3-day event, which is set to take place between 1-3 May, in Orlando, Florida.

Well, it appears that the first live pictures of the said device have just been spotted on CrackBerry forums, two days before the event's opening.

Even though RIM was pretty clear and stated that this is only a prototype device, which is meant to offer developers the chance to get acquainted with the company's next generation operating system.

This means that it's the software that matters and not the actual spec sheet and design of the product, especially given the fact that RIM announced it won't be able to come forward with any new BlackBerry 10 device until fall.

Moreover, one of company's rep confirmed for CNET that RIM won't be unveiling any BlackBerry 10 hardware. Obviously, hardware is an important part of a product, but lately we've seen that software matter at least as much as the electronics inside.

RIM's only chance to survive is BlackBerry 10 platform, which is why the company wants to make sure it's a success by allowing developers to have a first look on their work.

It's almost sure the feedback received will help RIM make some changes and improve BlackBerry 10, but it might not be enough for the company if they plan to release the first devices to run the next generation operating system only in October.

New Leak Confirms Android 4.0 ICS Rollouts for HTC Rezound, DROID RAZR/RAZR MAXX

 New Leak Confirms Android 4.0 ICS Rollouts for HTC Rezound, DROID RAZR/RAZR MAXX Coming in May

Although we reported that Verizon might start the Android 4.0 ICS rollout for Motorola XOOM 3G/4G on April 23, it looks like something or someone stopped this from happening.

New Leak Confirms Android 4.0 ICS Rollouts for HTC Rezound, DROID RAZR/RAZR MAXX
Image credits: Reddit

One week ago a Reddit user published a Verizon internal document which mentioned that the carrier is currently testing Ice Cream Sandwich for Motorola 3G/4G and plans to release it on April 23.

Obviously that didn’t happened, and we’re not sure why. However, the same document listed the HTC Rezound as eligible for an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade for May 9.

Even though we’re inclined to believe that this won’t happen either, it looks like HTC Rezound owner might be in for a nice surprise.

There’s a new document leaked online by another Reddit user that goes by the name for DroidTosser. He managed to grab a screenshot of Verizon’s update schedule for almost all devices from the carrier’s portfolio, and was kind enough to share this information.

According to this document, HTC Rezound is still expected to receive the long-awaited Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on May 9. The update will be pushed OTA (over the air), probably in stages.

There is good news for Motorola DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX owners as well. Verizon’s upgrading roadmap mentions that these two smartphones will be getting the Ice Cream Sandwich updates on May 21.

Prior to releasing the updates, HTC Rezound and Motorola DROID RAZR/RAZR MAXX are expected to finish their soak tests on May 7 and May 17, respectively.

The bad news, as we mentioned earlier, is that for whatever reasons Verizon decided that Android 4.0 ICS testing for Motorola XOOM 3G/4G must be put on hold.

Unfortunately, we can’t be sure if Verizon will be able to release these updates as scheduled, so we suggest those who are anxiously waiting to upgrade their devices to wait for the official announcements. Stay tuned for more updates on the matter.

Sony LT29i Hayabusa With Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Sony LT29i Hayabusa with 1.5 GHz Dual-Core CPU and 13MP Camera Arrives in June

Sony’s 2012 Android roadmap leaked earlier this year, but aside from the Xperia S, P and U, none of the devices listed have been announced yet.

Sony LT29i Hayabusa With Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Image credits: PhoneArena

Although we’ve already got several leaks on various Sony models that will probably make their debut by the end of the year, nothing has been confirmed yet.

One such device is the Sony LT29i Hayabusa, which will presumably be the company’s new Android flagship smartphone. The phone was initially slated for a July release, but rumor has it that the device will be released one month earlier, in June.

According to the guys over at PhoneArena, the LT29i Hayabusa boasts an impressive 4.55-inch HD Reality capacitive touchscreen display. The phone will be powered by an equally impressive 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor.

Another selling point of Sony’s top-tier device will probably be the 13-megapixel rear photo snapper, which features the innovative “HDR Video” function, improving low-light performance, autofocus, LED flash and full HD (1080p) video recording.

The phone will be only 7mm thin, though it will pack a high-capacity 2200 mAh Li-Ion battery, which will hopefully provide a longer autonomy.

In the same piece of news, Sony plans to introduce the Hayabusa in the States as well. The phone will be exclusively launched through AT&T with the codename Sony LT28at. Unlike the LT29i version, the carrier-bounded variant will come with LTE support.

Obviously, both versions will be powered by Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, possibly integrated with some sort of Sony Timescape user interface.

No word on whether or not Sony will release both models around the same timeframe, or AT&T customers will have to wait a few more weeks or months in order to be able to get the Sony LT29i / LT28at.

Download Ubuntu Cloud Live 12.04

 Download Ubuntu Cloud Live 12.04
Ubuntu Cloud Live 12.04, a distribution based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS that's packing all the necessary tools to deploy your own, private, secret and Live cloud environment, is available from Canonical.

Download Ubuntu Cloud Live 12.04

Ubuntu Cloud 12.04 Live distribution has been launched by Canonical on April 27th, 2012. For some obscure reason, the Ubuntu Cloud Live doesn't get as much attention as the other distributions.

According to Canonical, the new version of Ubuntu Cloud Live 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) requires less user interaction for initial setup and brings both Keystone and Dashboard into the fold.

The Ubuntu Cloud Live Linux distribution is designed to simplify the process of building and managing an internal cloud server for businesses of any size, thereby enabling companies to create their own self-service infrastructure.

Ubuntu Cloud comprises installation options for Ubuntu Cloud Infrastructure and Ubuntu Cloud Guest, all from within Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS.

Service orchestration with Juju
With Juju, the service orchestration tool from the Ubuntu project, deployment instructions for cloud services can be stored in charms that can be used, stored and shared. We call it Devops Distilled

Download Ubuntu Cloud Live 12.04 - Service orchestration with Juju

New GALAXY S3 Pictured, the Final Design?

 New “Dummy” GALAXY S3 Pictured, It Looks Closer to the Final Design
Rumors on the upcoming release of the Samsung Galaxy S3 continue to spice up our lives almost every day.

Alleged Samsung Galaxy S3 - New “Dummy” GALAXY S III Pictured, It Looks Closer to the Final Design

Aside from the numerous leaks on the phone’s specs sheet, there’s also quite an impressive gallery of alleged Galaxy S III that’s been fueled by “trusted source.”

However, it appears that Samsung is safeguarding the design of its “next Galaxy” smartphone fiercely as the company has been reportedly using generic boxes for testing purposes, in order to keep the final design of its flagship device secret.

Although we already know that all photos that have been lately leaked online are simply showing some of these test sample units, which have nothing to do with the final version of the Galaxy S III, at least we get to learn the phone’s specs sheet and its capabilities.

We’ve already seen a couple of Galaxy S III variants, so bear with us for one more photo of the alleged “next Galaxy” smartphone, which is set to be unveiled on May 3, in London.

The guys over at PhoneArena recently received an image from one of their tipsters who claims this is the highly-anticipated Samsung Galaxy S III.

Unlike any of the previous photos, this one seems to be in line with the sketch spotted in the official manual leaked yesterday.

The purported Galaxy S III device shown in this photo features a physical home button and two capacitive touchscreen keys.

The home button is a hot subject for Samsung fans as some of them would prefer that the company launches a Galaxy S III with only on-screen button, while others would like to see the phone featuring a physical button.

Even though there’s no telling exactly what the Galaxy S III will look like, the device in the latest photo might seem awfully close to the final design.

Download Ubuntu Studio 12.04 LTS

 Download Ubuntu Studio 12.04 LTS
Ubuntu Studio 12.04 is also an LTS (Long Term Support) release, but supported for only three years, until April 2015.

Download Ubuntu Studio 12.04 LTS

"Due to overwhelming improvements during this development cycle, the The Ubuntu Studio Team is very proud and excited to have users experience Ubuntu Studio 12.04 LTS and provide feedback. We look forward to hearing from you." - was stated on the official release notes.

iPhone 5 "Spotted" By Enthusiasts in WWDC 2012 Logo

iPhone 5 "Spotted" By Enthusiasts in WWDC 2012 Logo

There’s a five (5) in the WWDC 2012 Apple logo if you look from just the right angle, many Apple enthusiasts agree.

WWDC 2012 Apple logo

However, by connecting the squares you also get a two (2), and even an eight (8) if you look at the bigger picture.

Despite the fact that Apple does hide clues in its logos occasionally, we have every reason to believe this is nothing more than simple speculation coming from people who love Apple products a tad too much.

So much that they’ll see an iPhone in everything, pretty much like those people who see the Virgin Mary in their coffee dregs.

Not to say there isn’t an offset chance Apple will announce its new iPhone at the WWDC 12 opening keynote, but the chances are so slim it’s not even worth bothering our heads with it. Here’s why.

Apple’s press release confirming the time and place for this year’s developer conference specifically mentions all of the major activities surrounding iOS and Mac OS. And that’s pretty much it - no hardware stuff. Just software!

The 5 seemingly embedded in the WWDC logo - apple

“We have a great WWDC planned this year and can’t wait to share the latest news about iOS and OS X Mountain Lion with developers,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The iOS platform has created an entirely new industry with fantastic opportunities for developers across the country and around the world.”

Apple typically doesn’t lay out its roadmap when they’re preparing to announce something big. Whenever Apple announces a major new product or refresh, the press invites generally say “let’s talk iPhone,” or “back to the Mac.”

After all, it’s misleading to suggest a complete focus on software and then BOOM! iPhone 5. Not that it wouldn’t impress people, we have to agree.

And there’s a slim chance Apple will announce some new hardware at the opening keynote. But there’s a bigger chance those will be the new Macs, not the new iPhone.

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Image credits: apple

Download Linux kernel 3.3.4

Download Linux kernel 3.3.4 
Linux kernel 3.3.4 includes the usual ARM updates, lots of new drivers, some EXT4 and Btrfs filesystem improvements, and other fixes.

"I'm announcing the release of the 3.3.4 kernel. All users of the 3.3 kernel series must upgrade.

"The updated 3.3.y git tree can be found at: git:// linux-3.3.y and can be browsed at the normal git web browser:;a=summary" - said Greg KH in the email announcement.

What's New in This Release:

· Support for bigger block sizes in EXT4;
· Faster scrubbing, detailed corruption messages, automatic backup of tree roots, and manual inspection of metadata in Btrfs;
· Process bandwith controller;
· Support for the Hexagon architecture;
· Thin provisioning and recursive snapshots in the Device Mapper;
· I/O-less dirty throttling, reduce filesystem writeback from page reclaim;
· TCP Proportional Rate Reduction;
· Improved live profiling tool "perf top";
· Cross memory attach.

As usual, the Linux kernel 3.3.4 is a must-grab update for all users of the Linux 3.3 kernel stable series. Therefore, upgrade as soon as possible!

Download Linux kernel 3.3.4

Download AMD Catalyst Display Driver 12.4.

Fresh AMD Catalyst 12.4 Drivers for Download
Here we go again, with a new revision of the Catalyst display drivers for your Radeon graphics cards. The 12.4 Catalyst is available for desktop configurations and notebook cards as well, and you can choose your suitable download link at the end of this post.

 Download AMD Catalyst Display Driver 12.4.

This new Catalyst revision brings the long-awaited Windows XP support for the new Radeon HD 7900, HD 7800 and HD 7700 series cards. So as of now, those guys still running XP and thinking about buying one of these new graphics cards will be able to enjoy the modern technology.

Super Sampling Anti-Aliasing (SSAA) and Morphological Anti-Aliasing (MLAA) features have received many improvements, but SSAA will not work with DirectX 10 and 11 applications without native anti-aliasing in-game support, therefore attempting to force it through the Catalyst Control Center will fail.

On the other hand, the MLAA now works up to 80% faster, while the texture filtering underwent improvements for DirectX 9, 10 ad 11, and better quality textures are now available with no negative impact on performance.

For a list of games receiving fixes with the Catalyst 12.4, please read the detailed descriptions in the download pages for your specific driver. No Windows 8 support has been announced with 12.4, but the future versions are most likely to include this OS.

Download Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Ultimate Edition for Mac

Download Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Ultimate Edition for Mac
Deus Ex: Human Revolution has finally arrived in the Mac App Store thanks to Feral Interactive Ltd., whose engineers have ported this cyberpunk-themed stealth/science fiction action role-playing video game to OS X in the form of an “Ultimate Edition”.

Download Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Ultimate Edition for Mac
Image credits: Feral Interactive

As confirmed by Feral earlier this month, the Ultimate Edition features the Explosive Mission and Tactical Enhancement packs, as well as The Missing Link DLC.

The game’s plot says that “When former SWAT commander Adam Jensen is forced to undergo cybernetic augmentation, he discovers that the boundary between man and machine is a point of no return.”

It continues with references to a global conspiracy, FPS role-playing action, stealth, hacking and social interaction, and your vital role in determining the course of human evolution. In other words, this game has everything a gamer could ask for.

“In a world where amoral corporations market biomechanical modifications and those who protest against them are silenced, only those who adapt survive. Discover the true potential of your augmentations and manipulate Adam’s body into your perfect machine,” the description reads.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution - The Ultimate Edition requires Mac OS X 10.7.3 or later, a 2.0 GHz Intel Mac with a minimum 4GB RAM, roughly 17GB of free hard disk space, and a graphics card with 256MB VRAM.

According to Feral, some graphic cards will not be supported by Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Ultimate Edition, including the ATI X1xxx series, ATI HD2xxx series, NVIDIA 9400, NVIDIA 7xxx series, NVIDIA 320M, Intel HD3000 and the Intel GMA series.

US customers visiting the Mac App Store to buy Deus Ex: Human Revolution - The Ultimate Edition will have to shell out $49.99. The game costs £34.99 in the UK, and €39.99 in the rest of Europe.

Those who don’t want to buy from Apple’s Mac App Store can grab the game from Feral Interactive online.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Pod2g Needs You to Vote - Release JB Now, or Wait for iOS 6

Pod2g Needs You to Vote - Release JB Now, or Wait for iOS 6
Pod2g is asking his followers to cast their vote and answer the following question: “Shall we hold off the jailbreak for iOS 6?”

Pod2g Needs You to Vote - Release JB Now, or Wait for iOS 6
Image credits: Chronic Dev Team

A few days ago, the internationally-known hacker going by the Twitter handle @Pod2g said in a tweet that he was not rushing his jailbreak out. iDevice owners desperately want the hack, but Pod2g (and fellow hackers) will have to work double duty when iOS 6 comes out.

So he’s trying to assess just how badly people want his latest exploits implemented in Greenpois0n (Absinthe), Corona, Redsn0w, PwnageTool, and all the other jailbreak solutions you can think of. The poll can be found here.

For the “release” option, Pod2g notes that if he was to publish his jailbreak now, he would burn a total of 5 exploits. Those who believe iOS 6 is going to be a challenge can vote the opposite and keep the exploits untouched by Apple. There’s also a third option in the poll “Where's my bottle of beer?” for those who can’t make up their mind.

At the time of this writing, there were 3675 (57%) votes in favor of the release, 2516 (39%) against it, and 201 (3%) were undecided. Users can change their vote at any time.

Naturally, fellow hacker Grant Paul (@chpwn on Twitter) agrees with Pod2g that burning five exploits with this jailbreak is not the way to go. Apple will patch all of them in iOS 6, and the hackers will need to start from scratch to jailbreak again.

@pod2g Holding off has never once worked before, so I'll go with ‘no’. Luckily, that's also what most people will choose,” Grant Paul wrote on Twitter. Pod2g immediately replied saying, “@chpwn hey. Your vote counts for 10,000.”

The only jailbreak solution for iOS 5.1 and A5 processors is currently tethered, meaning the user needs to jailbreak again when his / her device reboots. Pod2g and his hacking friends are looking to release an “untetheredjailbreak solution, and one that works well on the newest A5X processors too.

Download Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin)

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) Officially Released - Download Now!

Dubbed Precise Pangolin, the new Ubuntu 12.04 operating system is the 16th release of the Ubuntu OS and it will be supported for five (yes, 5) years on both desktops and servers.

Download Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin)

Powered by Linux kernel 3.2 and the GNOME 3.4 desktop environment, with the powerful and greatly improved Unity interface on top of it, the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) release brings overall improvements, updated apps, and new features.

Kaspersky: Apple Is 10 Years Behind Microsoft in Security

 Kaspersky: Apple Is 10 Years Behind Microsoft in Security
Eugene Kaspersky says Apple needs to wake up and smell the roses. Security has become a top priority for the Cupertino giant, and it should act accordingly, considers the security expert.

Eugene Kaspersky: Apple Is 10 Years Behind Microsoft in Security
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Russian security firm Kaspersky Lab has been heavily involved in the discussions regarding the Flashback Trojan targeting Apple’s Mac OS X in the past few months.

It was only recently that a botnet managed to infect hundreds of thousands of machines, prompting action from Apple and major security vendors worldwide. Kaspersky, for its part, documented the findings, analyzed the risk level, and issued malware removal tools.

However, it’s the engineers at Apple who have to be most vigilant starting now.

“I think [Apple] are ten years behind Microsoft in terms of security,” Kaspersky told CBR in an interview.

“For many years I’ve been saying that from a security point of view there is no big difference between Mac and Windows. It’s always been possible to develop Mac malware, but this one was a bit different. For example it was asking questions about being installed on the system and, using vulnerabilities, it was able to get to the user mode without any alarms.”

Kaspersky says Apple needs to buckle up and prepare for a bumpy ride filled with “updates, security patches and so on.”

“We now expect to see more and more because cyber criminals learn from success and this was the first successful one. They will understand very soon that they have the same problems Microsoft had ten or 12 years ago,” he said.

The Kaspersky Lab boss expects Apple to make drastic changes in their update cycles and product refreshes.

“They will have to make changes in terms of the cycle of updates and so on and will be forced to invest more into their security audits for the software,” he said, pointing out to Microsoft’s situation after incidents like Blaster and various worms that infected millions of computers.

“They had to do a lot of work to check the code to find mistakes and vulnerabilities. Now it’s time for Apple [to do that],” said Kaspersky.

Official Android 4.0 ICS for Samsung Epic 4G Touch Leaks

Official Android 4.0 ICS for Samsung Epic 4G Touch Leaks
Although Sprint recently confirmed it would deploy an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for Samsung Epic 4G Touch devices by the end of the year, owners might as well root their phones and install the latest version of Google’s platform that has just leaked online.

Official Android 4.0 ICS for Samsung Epic 4G Touch Leaks

The folks over at XDA Developers have just uploaded an official Android 4.0 ICS ROM for the Epic 4G Touch. There are two releases of the same FD24 build, but one provides a full restore that resets the phone, whereas the other preserves all user data.

Keep in mind that you will need to disable any PIN code that you might have previously set for your phone. Don’t forget to install Samsung USB/Android driver if it’s necessary.

For more details on how to download and install Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (build number FD24) head over to the original thread.

Nikon D600 DSLR Camera Rumored

Nikon D600 DSLR Camera Rumored
Even though it supposedly doesn't have enough D800 cameras to go around, Nikon is reportedly preparing a sort of successor/sibling to it.

Nikon D600 DSLR Camera

Nikon Rumors says that a DSLR camera called D600 will appear sooner or later.

It will be an “entry-level” full frame camera, but that doesn't mean the price will be all that low compared to the D800 (around $3,000 / 2,898 Euro).

Alas, the specs are only partially known, and the sensor is not among them.

Still, even learning of the dual SD card slots, the Auto DX crop mode and in-camera RAW editor is better than nothing.

GPS integration may be present as well, but no HDR will be available, nor an external battery grip.

The report suggests that shipments will begin at some point during this summer (2012).

Android 4.0 ICS for Samsung Galaxy S II - Telstra

Telstra Rolls Out Android 4.0 ICS for Samsung Galaxy S II
Aussie Android fans rejoice as Telstra has just confirmed Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is now available for Samsung Galaxy S II owners.

Android 4.0 ICS for Samsung Galaxy S II - Telstra

Keep in mind that the update has just been released so you might experience abysmal download speeds. It’s also important to understand that this update will only work on Galaxy S II models and not Galaxy S II 4G.

There are two ways to get the update on the phone. Firstly, Galaxy S II owners will get a notification on their phones asking to update.

Simply follow the steps to download and install Android 4.0 ICS. Users can also check manually for the update by going to Settings / About Phone / Software Update.

The second option requires users to install the latest version of Samsung Kies desktop software on their PCs and connect the Galaxy S II via a USB cable. As soon as the phone is connected, a message should popup on the monitor asking users to do the update.