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Bizarre photo shoot of Galaxy Nexus

Some things on the Internet simply cannot be logically explained. Like this photo shoot from a Live Journal blog by Russian user “strenger”.

Metallica Releases 'Beyond Magnetic' Digital EP

Metallica celebrated its 30th anniversary as a band last week, performing four shows at the Fillmore Theatre in San Francisco, CA, exclusively for members of their fan club, the Metallica Club.

Cherri Bomb: This Is the End of Control

If you've seen "The Runaways" (K-Stew 4eva), you know the story of the boundary-breaking all-girl '70s rockers. But Los Angeles' Cherri Bomb, a femme quartet with the same penchant for ripping through power chords

How To: Setup Google Now on HTC one X Asian Version

Since the Jelly Bean update has been released for HTC one X international version, especially Asian model, many of us can’t use the Google Now features as the US or UK locale wasn’t present on our ROMs.

Surface™ by Microsoft

The Surface is the first tablet computer, designed by Microsoft itself. It has powerful specs and is made from high-quality materials in order to rival the best products out there in this category.

December 10, 2012

How To: Setup Google Now on HTC one X Asian Version

Since the Jelly Bean update has been released for HTC one X international version, especially Asian model, many of us can’t use the Google Now features as the US or UK locale wasn’t present on our ROMs.

Here’s a simple setup guide to bypass the native locale in your HTC one X or any Asian smartphone with Jelly Bean installed (untried on other brand or maker).

  1. HTC one X running on Android 4.1.1 (3.14.707.24)
  2. Adjust your Google account privacy settings
  3. Install Set Locale and Language from Play Store

How to get Jelly Bean on HTC one X?

Go to phone settings > About > Software Updates > Check now. Install the latest updates from HTC server.

Setup and adjust your Google account privacy settings.

  • Enable Web History
  • Enable Location Sharing

Download and install Set Locale and Language from Play Store.

After install, launch the program to set the system locale to English US or UK, then save.

Launch Google Now by press and hold the home button.

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More guides: XDA, Android Authority

Hope this helps. Leave your comment if you are successful using this tips.

July 17, 2012

Cherri Bomb: This Is the End of Control

cherri bombIf you've seen "The Runaways" (K-Stew 4eva), you know the story of the boundary-breaking all-girl '70s rockers. But Los Angeles' Cherri Bomb, a femme quartet with the same penchant for ripping through power chords, drew their name from not from the Runaways' "Cherry Bomb" but the Carrie Borzillo-Vrenna book Cherry Bomb: The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Better Flirt, a Tougher Chick, and a Hotter Girlfriend--and to Living Life Like a Rock Star, which became their own personal girls-in-rock-who-rock manual. Either way, Cherri Bomb's living up to the name. The band made a splash with last year's Stark EP on Hollywood Records in October, but that was just a warm-up: Their debut album, This Is the End of Control, premiered on May 15, 2012.

The band cites Garbage, Foo Fighters and My Chemical Romance as influences, and their wrecking-ball riffs definitely wave a flannel flag. But their spectacular style is pure old-school rock 'n' roll: all-black outfits, bold hair and badass boots. Singer Julia Pierce sounds as hard-core as she looks, channelling Stone Temple Pilots' Scott Weiland on "Spin" and showing off a breathier, softer side on "Mirror Mirror."

The young group's already hit the road with some of their heroes, opening for the Foos in Germany and playing dates with the Smashing Pumpkins. But Cherri Bomb are determined to be their own thing: "What if I say I'm not like the others?" Pierce sings on "The Pretender." If they keep rocking this hard, we'd say plenty of others will be following their lead.

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Source: MTV Buzz

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 Now in Malaysia

asus-transformer-pad-infinity-2Once again, Asus delivers a complete package with its Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 Android tablet. The long-awaited Infinity maintains the slim, stylish, multipurpose tradition of its predecessor, the Asus Transformer Prime, while bringing an improved Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and a 1920-by-1200-pixel display along for the ride. This tablet blasts ahead of the pack to establish itself as the best-performing Android tablet we've seen to date, on all of our metrics except battery life.

The Infinity has some minor physical difference changes from the Prime. Asus moved the volume rocker from the top left edge (when held in horizontal orientation) to the upper edge, at at right. The Micro-HDMI port moved lower along the left edge, and below the Micro-HDMI port now sits the headphone jack (a more convenient location as compared with the Prime's upper right edge location).

The Infinity comes loaded with Android 4.03 Ice Cream Sandwich, 1GB of DDR3 memory operating at 1600MHz (an improvement over the type of memory used on the Prime), and a quad-core 1.6GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 T33 processor. When in single-core operation, the new Tegra operates at 1.7GHz. By comparison, the Prime's Tegra 3 processor operates at 1.3GHz for two to four cores and at 1.4GHz when a single core is in use; for its part, the processor in the Acer Iconia Tab A700 runs at 1.3GHz/1.2GHz.

Elsewhere, Asus has made a few other evolutionary improvements. Like the Prime, the Infinity has a rear 8-megapixel camera, but now the camera has a slightly wider aperture for low-light shooting--f2.2 instead of the Prime's f2.4. Asus updated the camera software, too, as well as the sensor and flash; but in my casual shooting the benefits of these enhancements were minor in low-light and daylight shooting. In side-by-side comparisons, I preferred the images captured by the Infinity; the colour and clarity was simply better than the Prime. (Another note: The high-res display made it easier to capture images, too.) The front-facing camera has been updated from 1.2 megapixels to 2 megapixels, so you can now obtain high-definition video chat.

asus-transformer-pad-infinityAsus retains some of its now-standard Android customization features, including a custom keyboard that includes white keys with black text and a number row, and a control panel for quick access to the tablet's power settings, display controls, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles, rotation lock, and other settings.

Preloaded apps include Polaris Office, SuperNote, App Backup, App Locker, Asus Sync, MyNet (for streaming 1080p content across a network), and Asus Webstorage (with 8GB of free storage space for the "lifetime" of the unit, up from the Prime's one-year of free unlimited storage followed by paid storage).

The Transformer Pad Infinity comes in two variants – 32GB and 64GB. Both are Wi-Fi only and there’s no word on whether ASUS will bring in the 3G version. The 64GB retails for RM2,599 and is available now. Meanwhile the 32GB (RRP RM2,199) will be available somewhere in August. The price includes the ASUS Mobile Dock that packs a full-featured QWERTY keyboard and additional battery. Unfortunately, Malaysian did not have the option to purchase the tablet separately as the US and European consumers.

The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 takes over from its predecessor as the top Android tablet available. You get high performance mixed with high style, and you don't have to make a lot of sacrifices to get both. Other tablets--including the Prime, which is expected to drop in price once this model gets into the market--may provide better value, but no other Android tablet will give you the full package that the Infinity does.

Source: PC World, Video from Tablet News.

June 20, 2012

Surface™ by Microsoft

surface by microsoftThe Surface is the first tablet computer, designed by Microsoft itself. It has powerful specs and is made from high-quality materials in order to rival the best products out there in this category. The fact that it's going to run Windows RT or Windows 8 suggest that it'll be a lot more capable than the mobile OS-running tablets of today.

Surface for Windows RT tablet
  • Processor: NVIDIA Tegra-based ARM chip
  • Weight: 676 grams
  • Thickness: 9.3 millimetres
  • Display: 10.6-inch Clear Type HD capacitive touch panel
  • Battery: 31.5Wh
  • I/O: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2x2 MIMO antennae
  • Software: Windows RT + Office Home & Student 2013 RT
  • Accessories: Touch Cover, Type Cover, VaporMg Case & Stand
  • Capacity: 32GB / 64GB
  • Availability: "Around" the Windows 8 launch (fall 2012)
  • Pricing: To be determined
Surface for Windows 8 Pro tablet
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 (Ivy Bridge)
  • Weight: 903 grams
  • Thickness: 13.5 millimetres
  • Display: 10.6-inch Clear Type Full HD (1080p) capacitive touch panel
  • Battery: 42Wh
  • I/O: microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini Display Port, 2x2 MIMO antennae
  • Software: Windows 8 Pro
  • Accessories: Touch Cover, Type Cover, VaporMg Case & Stand, Pen with Palm Block
  • Capacity: 64GB / 128GB
  • Availability: "Three months after" the Windows 8 launch this fall
  • Pricing: To be determined

Essentially broken down into two specific models, the first Surface is going to be powered by Intel’s 22nm Ivy Bridge chips to give prospective owners that untouched “full Windows” experience. Conversely, the second model of the Surface is going to rely on an ARM chipset and it’ll be running the Windows RT experience. Of course, the Windows RT version of the Surface manages to be a tantalizing piece of hardware as it features a 10.6” Clear Type HD display with Gorilla Glass, weighs 676 grams, 9.3mm thin, microSD card slot, PVD finish, kickstand, and available in 32GB or 64GB capacities. Oh yeah, did we mention that it’s dubbed as the first PC with a magnesium case?

As for the beefier Intel-based Surface tablets, the differences include the fact that they’ll be running the full Windows 8 Pro experience, weighs in at 1.9lbs, thickness of 13.5mm, and they will be available in 64GB or 129GB storage capacities. Additionally, this Intel version will provide digital ink support thanks to the aid of a stylus (pen), which conveniently tucks away into the tablet’s body via magnets.

surface by microsoftAs we’ve seen with Apple’s Smart Covers for the iPad, they offer additional functionality, but Microsoft decided to kick it up just a notch with their take on it. Basically, the optional Touch and Type cover for the Surface, which sizes up at a mere 3mm thin, is a pressure sensitive cover that doubles as a fully functioning keyboard and track pad. And of course, the optional accessories for it include Touch Covers that are merely skins for the Touch and Type cover – so you won’t dirty up the keyboard with your greasy fingers.

Naturally, Microsoft really managed to bring the big guns to its last-minute event in Los Angeles, but surely enough, it’s something that’s compelling and enticing to behold. Honestly, the Microsoft Surface will make some people forget about these killer looking ultra books that are on the market. Furthermore, the Surface is being stamped with Microsoft’s name and recognizable Windows logo – though, they’re not necessarily “manufacturing” it. In terms of pricing, however, Microsoft was a teeny bit reluctant in giving us firm price points for its Surface tablets. On one hand, they’re going to be competitively priced to put them in line to other ARM-based or Intel ultra book-like laptops, but either way, it’s still unknown at this point. Lastly, availability is still pretty much up in the air for the moment, but as we get closer to that, pricing will also be made known.

 

Source: Microsoft, PhoneArena, Engadget