evasi0n iOS 6.1 untethered jailbreak out

February 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Apple, News, Smartphones, Tablets

Jailbreaks for iOS devices have been around since the original iPhone came out, and with the recent slew of release of iOS devices, it was only a matter of time before the new jailbreaks were out. Sure enough, a few days after iOS 6.1 was released worldwide, the latest jailbreak, dubbed ‘evasi0n‘ is out.

Available for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows, the evasi0n jailbreak brings an untethered solution for all your iOS 6.1 running devices, meaning you don’t have to connect your iOS device to your computer every time you reboot it.

The evasi0n jailbreak works for iPhone 5, 4, 4S, 3GS, iPad Mini, iPad 1, 2, 3 and 4 plus iPod Touch 3rd, 4th and 5th generation running iOS 6.1.

HTC One X+ Review

February 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Reviews, Smartphones, Spotlight

When the HTC One X came out last year, it was hailed as one of the must-have Android phones on the market. A solidly built phone with decent specs that was marred by occasional lags and an average battery life. Of course more high-end Android phones have come out since then, so in an attempt to remind users about the One X, HTC have released the One X+ with a refreshed battery and sporting the latest version of Android.

Build quality & design

The One X+ looks exactly like the One X, with the exception of the color. The One X+ comes in a sleek black body that’s been treated in a soft plastic that feels a little rubbery. It makes it a bit easier to hold in your hand, but I did find at times the phone almost slipped out of my hand because it was so smooth.

Similar to the One X, the One X+ features very few physical buttons, with the exception of the power button at the top and a volume rocker on the side. There’s a small slot at the top which you have to eject with a paper clip in order to insert your SIM card, which is great if you have something to eject it with in the first place. At the back is the 8MP camera and LED flash, as well as the HTC and beats audio logos.

Specifications

Spec-wise, the One X+ is a minor upgrade from the One X. The phone sports a 1.7GHz quad-core chip, 64GB of internal storage and a supposedly improved battery. While the upgrades may seem minor, it’s clearly evident when using the phone and in benchmarks what a marked improvement these new specs are.

Benchmarks & Performance

When it comes down to performance, the One X+ pretty much eliminates the lag that we experienced in the original One X. Applications launch pretty much instantly, and there was zero problems with running multiple apps in the background. The phone runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean flawlessly, and no matter what app your throw at it, the One X+ is able to hold its own.

Screen and Touch Interface

The 4.7-inch screen is certainly large and crisp, but might be a bit cumbersome for some to use with one hand (hello Galaxy Note!). The 1,280 x 720 resolution is the same from the One X, and while not as high-res as other Android phones on the market, it still is great for watching video content.

As this is an HTC phone, the standard Android interface has been replaced by HTC’s Sense UI, which features plenty of smooth transitions and a handful of widgets to help you navigate around the phone. There are also HTC apps for streaming media with compatible hardware such as HTC Media Link HD. There’s the Friend Stream app for keeping up to date with your social media networks, as well as Dropbox and even a curious Mirror app.

Camera

The camera on the HTC One X+ is as good as the original, taking pictures in a fraction of a second. While there’s no hardware button for the camera, it’s deliciously simple to just tap the screen to take a barrage of photos in a blink of an eye. Photos came out crisp and clear, with plenty of detail, and you can customize various elements of your photos such as sharpness and contrast. You can also shoot video in full HD in 30fps, and even the front-facing camera has had a slight boost to 1.6MP instead of 1.3MP.

Sound and Call quality

Audio on the One X+ is great, and with headphones the beats audio really brings music alive. There were hardly any dropped calls, and both parties could be heard clearly at all times. The speakerphone on the One X+ is also quite loud, though I have to note that music takes a bit of a hit as the beats audio only works if you’ve got headphones plugged in.

Battery Life & Heat Levels

The battery life of the original One X was one of concern – many users reported that halfway through the day they were running for their phone chargers. Sadly, it seems that even though the battery has been beefed up slightly in the One X+, it still faces battery issues seen in the original because of the amped up processor. With a full charge at 8am, I was seeing a red battery indicator by about 6pm, and with no charger in sight I had to sadly see the phone die right in front of me.

Heat levels is another area of concern for the One X+. When playing Dead Space, I first noticed the unit getting slightly warm, but after just 10 minutes of playing the game, the back of the phone got uncomfortably hot and I had to quit playing. With everyday usage the phone won’t get too warm, but if you start pushing the processor, prepare to have some rather toasty fingers.

Conclusion

So does the HTC One X+ warrant your attention? It’s certainly not as snazzy as say the Google Nexus 4 or any of the recent Samsung lineup, but it’s still a decent Android phone that looks good and works fairly well. It’s not worth upgrading if you currently own the HTC One X, but apart from that it’s a decent Android phone that offers a great Jelly Bean experience.

Blackberry Z10 UAE sales have been “solid” so far

February 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Articles, News

UAE is one of the first markets to get the new Z10 device on February 10th, and there’s no surprise that almost every retailer as well as service provider is actively taking pre-orders for the phone (with some online retailers selling it for exuberantly high prices). But the results have been expectedly positive in this region.

AllThingsD.com reports that analysts at Jefferies & Co. say that the Z10 has had a ‘solid’ start in the UAE market in terms of sales along with Canada, but it hasn’t been able to eclipse the UK which has been a great dominant market for the Blackberry with many users lining up for the launch. The white version of the phone has been a particularly impressive seller and has sold out in most markets.

Here’s the company’s mixed bag of a Super Bowl commercial that aired this week:

Did you pre-order your device yet?

New 3DMark available for Windows

February 5, 2013 by  
Filed under News

Futuremark today (finally) released a new version of 3DMark for Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. Following the current trend of ditching numbering conventions, Futuremark is calling this new version simply ’3DMark’.

The benchmark tool contains three demos: ‘Fire Strike’, which is designed to run on high-end DirectX 11 PCs; ‘Cloud Gate’ supports DirectX 10 graphics cards; while ‘Ice Storm’ is made for the lower-end DirectX 9 cards.

As usual, there is a free version available where users can run all three demos and compare their results with other users online. For more functionality, users can buy an Advanced Edition of 3DMark, which allows users to run each benchmark individually, and also bundles an ‘extreme’ version of the ‘Fire Strike’ demo. The special edition also offers interactive graphics, and the ability to save the results offline. It cost $24.99; Steam is offering it for 25% for a week.

There is also the 3DMark Professional Edition for the deep pocketed among us (or for companies, more like). This $995 version adds an image quality tool, command line automation, and an option to save results offline and export them as XML file.

Unfortunately, there is no word on a Mac or Linux version, however Futuremark has only said that Windows RT (why?), Android, and iOS versions are in the works.

Huawei reveals new Windows Phone for Africa

February 5, 2013 by  
Filed under News

Microsoft and Huawei today revealed a new smartphone designed specifically for launch in Africa. The phone, dubbed the Huawei 4Afrika, will be the first in a series of devices designed for Microsoft’s 4Afrika initiative, which aims to bring technology to the continent in more affordable means.

The phone is geared towards students, small businesses, developers, and first-time smartphone owners residing in Angola, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, and South Africa.

Spec-wise, the phone will be an offshoot of the Huawei Ascend W1, and features “a 4-inch 480 x 800 display, dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor, front and rear-facing cameras, and 4GB of internal storage—all squeezed into a 10 millimeter-thin case.” The phones will run Windows Phone 8 and come preloaded with customized apps built by African developers.

“We believe there has never been a better time to invest in Africa and that access to technology—particularly cloud services and smart devices—can and will serve as a great accelerator for African competitiveness,” said Jean-Philippe Courtois, president of Microsoft International. It’s a market that’s rapidly evolving and in need of strong support from tech giants, so hopefully Microsoft’s 4Afrika initiative will pay off in the long run.

(via windows Phone blog)

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