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Rajesh is a 19 year old nerd, currently pursuing B.Com Hons from Bhawanipore college in Kolkata, India. He loves everything tech, especially Android. You can follow him on twitter @ePandu or mail to him at [email protected]

Jailbreak iPhone 4/iPad/iPod Touch Running iOS 4.3.3

It was just a couple of days ago that Apple released iOS 4.3.3 to the general public. The new version of iOS was mainly aimed at fixing the location tracking bug, and battery life improvements.

Thankfully, Apple did not patch the i01nic’s exploit used in iOS 4.3.x to jailbreak it. Now, the iPhone Dev. Team has updated ported over the exploit code to iOS 4.3.3, and incorporated it in their application – redsn0w.

This means, iDevice owners running iOS 4.3.3 can jailbreak it by using redsn0w. iOS 4.3.3 supports iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 1, iPad 2, Apple TV 2G and the iPod Touch 3G/4G. Except for the iPad 2, all other iDevices can be jailbroken using the latest version of redsn0w.

Pwnage Tool – Mac counterpart of redsn0w has also been updated by the iPhone Dev. team. Verizon iPhone 4 owners, running iOS 4.2.8 need to use the latest version of snowbreeze, to jailbreak their handset.

iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 owners who have unlocked their handset using ultrasn0w, are recommended to stay away from this jailbreak. By upgrading to iOS 4.3.3, they may loose their unlock.

 

T-Mobile G2X Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Leaks!

On the first day of this month, Chris Ziegler over at This Is My Next gave us a small preview of the upcoming Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the T-Mobile G2X. He managed to get the Gingerbread update on his handset, via PaulOBrien.

Sadly, at that time the Gingerbread leak was not made public by Paul or by Chris.

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Today, it’s a different story though. Paul has gone ahead and released the Android 2.3 Gingerbread leaked update for the T-Mobile G2X in an update.zip format. The leak has no major bugs and issues, and there is a high possibility of it becoming an official release.

Early reports suggest that the overall phone performance and responsiveness have improved, considerably. The scrolling performance, and touch sensitivity of the screen have been improved as well. The custom Camera interface by LG as seen in Android 2.2 FroYo, has been replaced with stock Gingerbread camera UI.

Sadly, the Gingerbread version is 2.3.3, which means video call via Google talk is a no go!

Interested G2X owners can head over to this thread over at MoDaCo forums to download the Gingerbread leak for their handset. The update.zip is pre-rooted as well!

Samsung And AT&T Announce The Infuse 4G

Samsung and AT&T have gone ahead and finally announced the Samsung Infuse 4G.

The Samsung Infuse 4G was first shown at CES, and since then both the companies have been mum about it. The Infuse 4G sports a mammoth 4.5-inch Super-AMOLED+ screen, with WVGA (800×480) resolution.

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The handset will also be the thinnest ‘4G’ branded handset available on the AT&T network, measuring only 8.99mm thick. The Infuse 4G sports a 1.2GHz Hummingbird processor, along with 512MB of RAM and a microSD card slot (2GB card pre-installed).

The back of the handset sports an 8MP camera with an LED flash, which is capable of recording videos in 720p HD resolution. There is also a 1.3MP camera in the front.   The usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS, Proximity Sensor, and a 3.5mm audio jack are also present.

Sadly, the Infuse 4G runs on Android 2.2 FroYo, with Samsung’s TouchWIZ UI on top of it.   The handset will also come with a special version of Angry Birds pre-installed with some hidden levels.

The Samsung Infuse 4G will be available at all AT&T stores from May 15, for $199.99 on a two-year contract.

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Sony Ericsson Announces The Xperia Mini And The Xperia Mini Pro Handsets

Sony Ericsson has just announced the Xperia Mini and the Xperia Min Pro, at their on-going event in London. The Xperia Mini is the smallest phone ever to record videos in HD 720p resolution.

The Xperia Mini features a 3-inch HVGA (320×480) screen with BRAVIA display engine. The handset is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8255 processor, and packs 512MB of RAM.

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The back of the Mini sports a 5MP camera with Auto-Focus and LED flash, which is capable of recording videos in 720p HD resolution. The usual arrays of features and sensors GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, FM Radio, Accelerometer, eCompass, and a 3.5mm audio port are also present. Sony Ericsson claims that the battery life of the Mini is up to 30% better than its predecessor the X10 Mini.

The Xperia Mini Pro is exactly like the Xperia Mini, except that it sports a side slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The handset is labeled as a Compact QWERTY messenger’ from Sony Ericsson.

Both the handsets run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with Sony Ericsson’s proprietary UI on top of it. The company has also revised the four corner UI menu, originally found in the Xperia X10 Mini/Mini Pro.

The Mini/Mini Pro will be available in a bunch of colors including blue, dark pink, white and black. The handset will be available in retail stores all over the world by August. Here is the link to the press release.

Vodafone U.K. Rolling Out Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update For Desire HD

It was just yesterday that we reported about HTC rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Desire HD and the Incredible S.

However, the update was being rolled out only for the unbranded Desire HD and Incredible S handsets, in Europe.

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Today, Vodafone U.K. has announced that they have started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Vodafone branded Desire HD, in the U.K.

Here is the update change-log via Android Community :

  • Enhancements to the user interface (simpler and slicker)
  • New Android Keyboard,   with easy copy/paste feature
  • Improved Power Management
  • Internet Calling support
  • Multiple Camera Management (front and back)

Ironically, the Desire HD lacks a front camera, so I wonder what the Multiple Camera Management’ feature will do.

The update is an OTA one, and users are recommended to use Wi-Fi to download the update. The update will be rolled out to all Desire HD owners within the next few weeks.

Hopefully, other carries will follow Vodafone U.K. steps, and release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Desire HD.

iOS 4.3.3 IPSW Direct Download Links

Apple has just released iOS 4.3.3 for the iPod Touch 3G/4G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and the iPad 1/2. This new version of iOS is mainly aimed at clearing all the location data of a user, which the OS saves by default.

The location data of a user is cleared, once a user turns off the location sharing option.

Here is the iOS 4.3.3 change-log via BGR :

  • Location database will no longer be backed up to iTunes
  • Location database size will be reduced
  • When Location Services are turned off, location database will be deleted entirely
  • Battery life will improve
  • iPod bug fixes

iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone owners can update their iDevice to iOS 4.3.3, by connecting to their PC/Mac and firing up the latest version of iTunes (10.2.2). Alternatively, iPad 1 owners can download the iOS 4.3.3 IPSW file from here, while iPad 2 (Wi-Fi) owners should click here.

iPad 2 Wi-Fi+3G owners can click here, and iPad 2 owners using the tablet under the Verizon network, should click here to download the iOS 4.3.3 IPSW file. iPhone 4 (AT&T) owners should head over to this link, while iPod Touch 4G owners should click on this link. Owners of Verizon iPhone 4 should click here, whereas iPod Touch 3G owners should click here to download iOS 4.3.3 IPSW file.

After downloading the required file, users should click on the Check for updates’ button, whilst keeping the Shift key pressed and  selectthe IPSW file, they just downloaded to update.

HTC Desire HD And Incredible S Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now!

HTC has started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for two of their handsets – the Desire HD and the Incredible S.

The company has kept its promise of rolling out the Android 2.3 update within the first few weeks of its release for the Incredible S, and in early Q2 for the Desire HD.

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The software update for the Desire HD carries the version number 2.36.405.5, while the Incredible S software update has the version number 2.12.405.7. The Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for both the handsets sis being rolled out as an OTA (Over-The-Air) one. Desire HD and Incredible S owners can manually check for the software update by going to Menu-> Settings-> About Phone and selecting the ‘Check for updates’ option.

The latest version of Android OS will bring with it a new keyboard, better copy-paste method, speed improvements and a new black theme. Sadly, the Gingerbread version being rolled out by HTC is Android 2.3.3. This means that Incredible S owners won’t be able to use the front-facing camera to make video calls via GTalk.

The Desire Z and the original Desire are the next in line to receive their Gingerbread love. The Android 2.3 updates for these handsets are expected to be rolled out by early June.

Apple iMacs Refreshed With Faster Processors, Thunderbolt Port And FaceTime HD Camera

Apple has just updated their beautiful iMacs with the latest cutting-edge hardware from Intel and AMD graphics cards, FaceTime HD camera and a Thunderbolt port.

The newer iMacs still comes with a 21.5-inch and 27-inch screen, with an IPS LCD screen like its predecessor.

The base model of the newer gen iMac comes with a quad-core Core i5 processor, AMD Radeon HD 6750M, 4GB RAM and 500GB HDD. The top of the line 21.5-inch iMac comes with a 2.7 GHz Core i5 processor, 1TB HDD and an AMD Radeon HD 6770M with 1GB memory.

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The base model of the 27-inch iMac comes has the exact same specs as the top of the line 21.5-inch iMac. The top of the line 27-inch iMac features a faster 3.1GHz Core i5 quad-core processor, and a slightly powerful AMD Radeon HD 6970M graphics card.

The base model of the 21.5-inch costs $1,199, while the lowest rung 27-inch iMac costs $1,699. The top of the line 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac’s cost $1,499 and $1,999, respectively. All the new iMac now feature a Thunderbolt port and a FaceTime HD camera, which were earlier seen on the newer gen MacBook Pro(s).

Users who want more performance, can easily customize their iMac to their wish, and can include SSDs with up to 256GB of storage and up to 16GB of RAM. Readers interested in purchasing the newer gen iMacs should head over to Apple Store.

Another Motorola Droid X Android 2.3 Gingerbread Software Update Leaks!

It was during the middle of last month, that the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Droid X leaked on the Internet.

The Gingerbread OTA build which leaked was pretty stable, and brought with it a new version of Moto Blur, along with some performance improvements. Now, the folks over at MyDroidWorld have got their hands on another Android 2.3 Gingerbread software update for the Droid X. The new software carries the build number 4.5.591.

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Droid X owners, who flashed this software update on their handset, reported no visible changes. It looks like this software update mainly contains some bug fixes and under the hood changes. The new Gingerbread leak can also be rooted easily using Gingerbreak.

It may very well be possible, that this Android 2.3 Gingerbread software update leak will soon be officially released by Verizon and Motorola, to all Droid X owners.

However, the impatient Droid X owners should head over to this thread to download the leaked Gingerbread update. A de-odexed version of the same is available for download as well.

LG Optimus 2X/T-Mobile G2X Gets CyanogenMod 7!

The LG Optimus 2X or the T-Mobile G2X is the current favorite phone of the CyanogenMod team. In fact, Cyanogen himself uses this phone. All this, just because the handset does not have a locked boot loader.

The Cyanogen team has already started working on bringing CyanogenMod 7 to the Optimus 2x and the G2X. The CM team has even started cooking out CM7 based nightly ROMs for the handsets.

Since this is a nightly ROM, Optimus 2X and G2X owners should keep in mind that there will be some bugs and issues with the ROM.

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CyanogenMod is the best AOSP based Custom ROM out there. In its latest version, the ROM is based on Android 2.3.x Gingerbread, and packs some useful features like Profile Support, Theme Manager and DSP Manager.

The LG Optimus 2X/G2X is the most powerful phone to be supported by the CyanogenMod team until now. Hopefully, the CM team will also support the upcoming dual-core monster the Samsung Galaxy S II. It has already been confirmed that the Galaxy S II will have an unlocked boot loader.

Interested Optimus 2X/G2X owners should head over to this link to download CM7 nightly ROM for their handset. For more information about CM7 on the LG Optimus 2X/G2X, users should head over to this thread.