The folks over at Xda Developers have done it again. They have managed to root the Motorola Droid 2, only after two weeks of its launch. Users who are interested in rooting their Droid 2, need to have adb and the required drivers from Motorola installed. Users need to key in lots of command from adb to root their Droid 2. Rooting a phone allows users to remove all the crapware which an operator loads on the phone. It also provides the users with Wi-Fi and USB tethering for free.
Hopefully, the Motorola Droid 2 will now soon get the Clockwork Mod recovery and Custom ROMs. However, the locked down bootloader on the device is surely going to give the developers some sleepless night. The Motorola Droid 2 is the successor to the highly popular Droid. The original Droid was and still is a popular phone among the modding community due to its unlocked bootloader.
Here is the link on how to root your Droid 2.
The Apple iPhone 4 allows its users to make video calls over Wi-Fi to any iPhone 4 owner. At the time of the launch of the iPhone 4, Apple dubbed this technology as FaceTime and called it revolutionary. The iPhone 4 was the first iPhone from Apple to feature video calling. Sadly, the ability to make video calls only over Wi-Fi was a huge disappointment for many. Currently, users can make a FaceTime video call only using the phone number of the other user.
However, in iOS 4.1 Beta 3 Apple has added an option to call users using their email id as well. The inclusion of this feature suggests that the next generation iPod Touch from Apple will feature a front-facing camera for video calling.
Hopefully, this also means that the next generation iPad will feature a camera for FaceTime as well.
Tata Teleservices Limited has announced the launch of the new Tata Photon Wi-Fi Router. It allows you to connect multiple devices to a single device and connect to the internet using Wi-Fi through a single internet connection. It offers broadband Internet access speeds up to 3.1 MBps.
The Tata Photon Wi-Fi Router also comes with a RJ45 Ethernet port which allows you to connect the device to your PC. You can instantly access your internet connection on your Wi-Fi enabled smartphone, laptop or tablet.
It will be available in Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Bangalore at an introductory price of Rs. 4999.
TTSL has always believed in introducing innovative products and solutions in the telecom industry, with the objective continually upgrading the telecom experience of our subscribers. Our latest offering – Tata Photon Wi-Fi Pocket Router -reaffirms that commitment, making connectivity easy and relevant for a cross-section of user categories. This portable device marks a breakthrough in the Wi-Fi space and is yet another first-of-its-kind product in the country,he added.” said Mr. Anil Sardana, Managing Director of Tata Teleservices Limited.
Source: TTSL Press release
Most of the Motorola Droid owners must be happy with their phone getting the Android 2.2 update soon. Android 2.2 brings with it tons of speed improvements, and some new notable features including native tethering, and mobile hotspot. Users who were hoping to enjoy these 2 new features on their Droid are sadly out of luck.
Verizon has confirmed that the Motorola Droid lacks the hardware to support mobile hotspot, and tethering. The official Verizon spokesperson said that :
The Droid by Motorola doesn’t have [the] hardware to support a Mobile Hotspot. With tethering there is no Connection on the PC side that will allow you to tether the device so the answer is that option isn’t part of this update.
The Android 2.2 (Froyo) update for the Motorola Droid will begin in the upcoming few weeks. Motorola and Verizon have already released the software update for a small test group. However, users should keep in mind that many users are already using Wi-Fi tethering and USB tethering on their Droid by hacking it.
Along with the BlackBerry Torch 9800, RIM also announced the BlackBerry 6. Yes, the name of the operating system has changed from BlackBerry OS 6 to just BlackBerry 6. The new OS from RIM is more touch-friendly and features more eye-candy than any of its previous iterations. The new OS includes universal search, an all-new web-kit based HTML5 web browser, and social networking integration.
The new OS also integrates Wi-Fi music syncing. Users can view and sync their entire iTunes or Windows Media Player library right from their smartphone. There is also a brand new Podcast, and a YouTube application. RIM also promised that the BlackBerry Bold 9700, Bold 9650, and the Pearl 3G will get the BlackBerry 6 update in the coming months.
The BlackBerry 6 will make its debut on the Torch 9800, which is scheduled to release on 12 August.
Apple has just released four new advertisements for the iPhone 4. All the four advertisements lay special emphasis on the FaceTime feature of the phone. FaceTime allows users to make video calls on their iPhone 4 using a Wi-Fi network. All the four ads are 31 seconds long, and instead of concentrating on the specs on the phone, they try to connect with the human emotions.
The first ad is about a girl getting a really short haircut, while the second ad is about a guy becoming a grandfather, and his son a dad.
Check out these two ads below :
The third advertisement is about a dad trying to bring a smile to his daughter’s face by singing a song to her-:
The fourth and the last video is about a wife telling her husband that he is going to become a dad-:
According to me, all the four ads are definitely very touching. Do let me know by dropping in a comment on what do you guys think about these ads?
Last year before the Apple’s Rock n’ Roll event occurred there was a rumor that Apple will be releasing the next generation iPod Touch sporting a 2MP camera at its back. Instead, Apple released the new iPod Nano(s) with a camera. Now rumors have again cropped up that the next generation iPod Touch will be sporting a 5MP camera at its back. The next generation of the device will also be able to recording videos in 720p HD resolution.
The device will also feature an accelerometer and a gyroscope which will help in taking gaming to the next level on the iPod Touch. According to the slides of a presentation from John Lewis, it is also expected that the next generation iPod Touch will feature FaceTime. This also indicates that the device will have a front facing camera. FaceTime allows users to make video calls over Wi-Fi.
Apple is expected to release the next generation of iPods, and iPod Touch in the month of September. The source of this news is John Lewis, who is one of the biggest retailers in Britain.
HTC along with Sprint have just released an Over-The Air (OTA) software update for the 4G handset EVO 4G. The software update weighs in at 21.43MB, and mostly fixes bugs. The OTA software fix version number is 1.47.651.1. No official change log about the software fix is available as of now though.
Reports suggest that the software fix is mainly for improving the Wi-Fi performance of the device. It might be possible that the software update will also enable the Wi-Fi 802.11n hardware inside the EVO 4G. The HTC EVO 4G is the first phone in the market to feature 4G. Along with this, the 4.3-inch TFT LCD and the 1 GHz Snapdragon processor make the device a monster in its own right. The EVO 4G also has an 8MP camera at the back, and a mini-HDMI out port.
The only downside of the phone, other than its huge size, is the poor battery life. Maybe this software update will also improve the battery life of the phone?
The French National Commission on Computing and Liberty (CNIL) has finally confirmed that data captured by Google Street View cars had usernames and passwords. This puts Google at a high level of scrutiny and Google has been criticized widely for this.
Google, which started to collect data to improve its location service also collected private user data and tried to cover it up by making up stuff like “it was collecting only fragments of data” and other tech jargon to confuse people. Though, we know the better of these claims.
This investigation has laid the foundation for many further investigations to be carried out in Spain and Germany. Germany in particularly, has not been very friendly to Google and Google should gear up for some serious allegations.
Google has a database from thirty such countries and most countries, when came to know of this, asked Google to delete the data. Some others though, wanted Google to keep the data and investigate into it.
Google should be extra careful from now on. No wonder it has made life easier for all, though, this has also earned it scrutinizers who are much more interested in what goes on behind the scene.
The WWDC Wi-Fi mishap has brought Steve Jobs and Apple a lot of embarrassment and has sent people all over the world out on a treasure hunt to find the cause for this. Earlier, it was believed that the number of Wi-Fi hotspots in the room was so high that the iPhone 4 could not fetch that list. Though recently, experts are of the opinion that it can as well be a real problem with the iPhone itself.
Experts believe that this is a pre-release version of iPhone 4 OS. That, coupled with some Wi-Fi driver issues caused the Wi-Fi problem at WWDC. Glenn Fleishman at Ars Technica investigated into this and talked to Phil Belanger in the process. Phil Belanger is a renowned network expert. Phil Kearney, who happens to be an ex-Apple employee, was also contacted by Ars in this matter, was of the same opinion as Phil Belanger. This was indeed a driver problem.
The availability of multiple networks was surely a valid reason as it caused a huge congestion in the wireless network in that room. Though, given the power of a Mi-Fi network (being used at large in the room), it was not a powerful enough congestion to stop all communication!
Ars makes a roundup of the situation by pointing out that both the 3GS and 4G were in close proximity eliminating chances of any blind spot in a network. iPhone 4, powered by the improved 802.11n Wi-Fi chip was expected to perform better than the 802.11b powered devices. The blame clearly falls on the iPhone 4 OS Wi-Fi driver.
On a final thought, now that the cause of the Wi-Fi failure is public, iPhone 4 OS should soon get a better Wi-Fi driver that works.