iOS Game Center Hacked Through Cydia App HackCenter

iOS Game CenterWhen   came out, one of the most interesting things to be introduced was the Game Center. Game Center provided game developers with a centralized way to track scores and show top scorers for any game that integrated with it.

Now, each and every user who plays games on their or would definitely want to be on the top of the list so that they can brag about it to their friends. However, that required users to be exceptionally well at games they played.

Now, you can put all those efforts aside thanks to a new app in Cydia store called Hack Center. This new app allows users to submit any score to the Game Center. So you can easily beat anyone at the top of the league with this app and then brag about it to everyone.

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This app will only work on jailbroken iPhone which has the Cydia app installed. Considering the number of jailbroken iPhone’s out there, it will now be really hard to trust all those Game Center top scorer listings any more. You can watch a video of the HackCenter app in action below (courtesy 9to5Mac). Click here if you can’t watch the video.

Would you prefer to cheat your way and add a fake score using HackCenter? Would you be able to trust the Game Center score boards anymore? Do let me know through your comments.

Voodoo Sound Takes Your Galaxy S Music Quality To Another Level

The Samsung Galaxy S series of handsets have been selling like hot cakes all over the world. However, the phones have their share of issues including poor GPS signal and lag’ or stalling’ issue. The modding community at XDA came up with many different lag fixes’ but all these fixes had one issue or another.

However, one of the most talented developers in the Samsung Galaxy S modding scene Supercurio completely fixed the lag issue with his Voodoo kernel‘. Now, supercurio has come up with another awesome mod for the Galaxy S series of handsets Voodoo sound. The Galaxy S handsets are using a Wolfson WM8994 Sound CODEC which is one of the best audio chipsets for smartphones.

However, Samsung did not take the full advantage of the CODEC and wrote a badly coded driver for the chip, which is typical of them. Being a music junkie that supercurio is- he started working on improving the music quality of the Galaxy S devices.

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The result Voodoo sound. He released the first version of the mod a few days ago. The first version of Voodoo sound allows users to increase the analog’ sound level by using the Voodoo App. By increasing the analog’ sound level, users will get the best SNR (Signal-to-Noise Ratio) and the lowest hiss possible while playing music on their phone.

Along with this, the first version of Voodoo sound also improves the FM audio quality and the bass on the Galaxy S by a huge margin.

I will suggest all Galaxy S owners to try out the Voodoo sound mod. They simply need to flash any kernel out there for the Galaxy S which has the Voodoo sound patch integrated. They can find tons of tutorials over at the XDA forums on how to flash a kernel on the Galaxy S.

Nokia N8 PR1.1 Firmware Leaks

Last year, Nokia launched its first Symbian^3 based handset the Nokia N8. The phone was heavily criticized for its poor web-browser, outdated UI and its disastrous text input system. Nokia had promised that they will release a new firmware for the N8 in January or early February which will improve some of the heavily criticized aspects of the phone.

Now, reports are coming in that the PR1.1 (v13.015) firmware for the N8 is under the final stages of testing before being rolled out to the public.

However, some folks over at the DailyMobile.se forums have managed to get their hands on this upcoming firmware for the N8. The PR1.1 firmware was listed on NaviFirm from where many users downloaded and flashed it on their N8. One user has even posted a video of the firmware in action on the N8.

Here is the video of PR1.1 firmware running on the Nokia N8-:

Users who flashed the firmware on their handset are reporting an improved browser performance and a more responsive music player. The overall performance of the handset and the RAM management have also improved. The Gallery app on the phone also seems to work a bit smoothly now.

Even though the browser performance has improved, it still crashes intermittently. Readers can also find a video of the browser speed test on the Nokia N8 running PR1.1 firmware here.

Nokia has promised more changes for the N8 including UI updates along with a web browser and text input overhaul in the upcoming firmware updates.

Best Mobile Apps Of the Week for iOS, Android and Symbian – #5

Welcome to the fifth edition of Best Mobile Apps of the Week for iOS, Symbian and Android. In this edition of Best Mobile Apps of the Week (BMATW), we will introduce our readers to a very slick RSS app for iOS, a new Launcher for Android and a painting application for Symbian devices.

Below are the featured mobile apps of the week for iOS, Symbian and Android:

ADWLauncher EX (Android)

AD Launcher EX is the paid version of the highly popular ADW Launcher. The paid version of the app offers some nice features over the free version including some crazily awesome animations. The app also includes four different kinds of App drawers including 3D and a 4D one.

Below is a video demonstrating all the features of ADWLauncher EX:

In fact, ADWLauncher EX is so good that it has forced me to change loyalties from LauncherPro. To know more about ADWLauncher EX, readers can read our full review here. The app is downloadable from the Android Market for $3.50.

Pulse (iOS)

Pulse is one of the best looking RSS readers available for iOS. The app has a UI unlike any other feed reader out there.   The app shows a picture of the webpage and the heading of the post.

Below is a screenshot of how Pulse looks -:

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Pulse brings in only the ‘bare essentials’ of an article by stripping the post from other irrelevant stuffs like advertisements, images etc. The app also includes some nifty features like Offline sync, Easy Share and News Discovery. iOS users can download Pulse for free from the App Store.

Pulse is also available on the Android Market for free.

Scribble Away (Symbian)

Scribble Away for Symbian OS is a simple painting tool. Even though simple’, the app has all the basic painting features covered including the canvas type and even allows users to share their paintings on popular social networking sites. A simple but definitely a fun filed time killing application.

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Scribble away is available for all the touch based phones from Nokia running on Symbian S60v5 or Symbian^3. Symbian users can download the app from here.

Ultrasn0w Permanently Unlocks The iPhone 3G On Baseband 06.15

Here is some good news and possibly some bad news for 3G users. According to @MuscleNerd’s tweet, the Ultrasn0w unlock for baseband 06.15 will be permanent.

Because there’s no 4.3 beta for iPhone3G, it’s effectively unlocked for life via the 06.15 ultrasn0w unlock

However, here is the bad news. This means that iPhone 3G users will not get the iOS 4.3 update and will possibly be locked out of any future updates coming from Apple too.

The iPhone 3G was launched around 3 years ago, so it makes sense for Apple to remove support for the device considering that they might launch the iPhone 5 this year.

So have fun with your unlocked for life iPhone 3G but don’t expect any new goodies from Apple.

Researchers Put The iPhone Audio Port To Proper Use

Researchers at the University of Michigan have been working away at putting the 3.5mm audio port on the iPhone to many other uses other than playing music, including the ability to display EKG readings on the 3.5″ Retina Display. While this isn’t one of the first products we’ve seen that extends the functionality of an iPhone using the audio port, it certainly is one of the most interesting. The code for interfacing with the “HiJack” is free, open source and available under the BSD licensing scheme. The research team has advised that they will be reviewing project proposal ideas and providing 20 project-taskers with hardware in order to develop and continue research.

This project provides developers, DIY’ers and other researchers access to external hardware without going through the Dock Connector API and without jailbreaking the device, all for the extremely cheap (if done in large volumes) price of $2.34 for the hardware.

Apple App Store To Serve Up 10 Billion Downloads Soon

If you’re one for trumpeting numbers, you ought to know that according to the flip-clock counter that Apple has put up, presumably indicating the number of downloads and not an interval clock, the App Store is soon to hit the 10 billion mark. That’s 10 billion downloads, no word on it being unique downloads, re-purchases or previously downloaded material or if there’s any other number fudging going on, but it is what it is. To commemorate such a glorious event, Apple is giving users the chance to win a $10,000 USD iTunes gift card. Download the ten billionth app for your chance to win. Of course, if you don’t own an Apple device capable of accessing the App Store, you can simply fill out an entry form for your chance to win – no downloads or purchases necessary and you can actually submit it a maximum of 25 times per day.

Good luck to any readers who enter!

Ovi Store Receives Fit And Finish Update

Let’s face it, the Ovi Store might not really stack up to some of the offerings from the competition, fortunately, the folks at Nokia are working away at making it a better experience for users. Today, the Ovi Store got a small update that polishes things up just a bit more by adding the much needed feature of spelling correction. Text input on a mobile device can be a bit finicky, by using intelligent search correction, the Ovi Store can correct your spelling and search for the most relevant item you are looking for.

The update also brings the addition of Hindi and Arabic languages to the S40 client, which also receives an update that packages up a brand new UI that makes it easier for users to locate and download apps, games, themes and music. The updates are live now and are a welcomed addition to the growing Ovi Store. Visit the Nokia Ovi Blog for the official word.

Nokia’s AT&T X7 Gets Pictured

More pictures of the Nokia X7 have surfaced over at Pocketnow. This time around, a full “360” style image shows off the 4 speaker grilles and the 8 megapixel camera along with the dual LED flash. The AT&T logo sits loud and proud on the front upper portion of the X7, which is a clear indication that this music-centric device should be headed to the big blue carrier soon.

Unlike the N8 and E7, the X7 lacks an HDMI-out port but continues along with the same styling and design cues and seems to forgo a user-accessible battery for the sealed, monoblock aluminium body instead. The pictures indicate a volume rocker and dedicated camera key on the right side, both the SIM card slot and microSD card slot are covered by hard doors on the left side of the device, the bottom is bare save for a tiny microphone hole and the top houses the microUSB charge/sync port, a 3.5mm headphone jack and what looks to be an angular power button.

Although the X7 shares extremely similar internals at the E7 and N8, it has a newer and updated version of Symbian^3 as indicative of the 4 home screens available to the user. No word of a price or launch date on this yet, but sporting a carrier logo means it might be in the final stages of testing.

LG Optimus 2X Quadrant Benchmark Score

LG announced the Optimus 2X last month. The Optimus 2X was the first phone announced from any manufacturer which is based on the highly anticipated Nvidia Tegra 2 platform. Nearly all the upcoming handsets and tablets from all major manufacturers will be based on the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform.

However, as much as we have heard about the Tegra 2 platform no company has provided us with raw benchmarks of the device, until now that is.

Thanks to Tech Bloggr, we have got a video of Quadrant in action of the LG Optimus 2X-:

LG Optimus 2X Quadrant Benchmark

Here is the link to the video for all our feed readers.

As seen from the video above, the Optimus 2X literally blows the competition away. The phone scores a whopping 2391 in the Quadrant benchmark. However, we should keep in mind that the Quadrant app has still not been optimized for dual-core processors.

The app still sees the dual-core Tegra 2 processor as a single core one.   Once an updated version of the app comes out, we expect these numbers to improve.

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