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Sep

How to SIM Unlock the HTC One (M8) for free with S-OFF


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The HTC One (M8) is easily one of the best smartphones of 2014 and even figures to compete with the new crop of devices as the year winds down.  Available through a variety of carriers, it’s one of the highest rated handsets of the last few years.

What happens, though, when you decide to switch wireless providers? Do you have to toss that HTC One (M8) aside or sell it to someone else? Hardly! You can SIM unlock that beloved Android and take it with you to another carrier, or Un-carrier. Once you SIM unlock the phone you can take it from one GSM network to another without any hassle or long-term commitments.

There are a number of ways in which you can SIM unlock the HTC One (M8), some of which are free and painless. Others, might take a bit of work to achieve or potentially void your warranty. Here one method in which you might be interested. Note that you can also do the same for other HTC devices, such as the recently announced Desire 816.

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You’ll need to fill out a short form that captures your email address and IMEI number but there haven’t been instances of privacy concerns. It’s worth pointing out that while this one is free it can and will void your warranty.

  1. Gain S-OFF on your HTC One (M8) (instructions)
  2. Head to SIEEMPI and fill out the form (email address, phone model, and IMEI)
  3. You will receive a unique file for your HTC One (M8) via email
  4. Download the config.dat file in root folder of your microSD card
  5. Reboot into bootloader mode (press and hold volume down + power buttons)
  6. In bootloader mode use the volume keys to highlight SIMLock, press the power button and the config.dat file will be applied
  7. Follow screen prompts, reboot your handset
  8. Insert nanoSIM card from another service provider into the phone

Don’t want to bother with all of the configuration and manual steps of the aforementioned method? There are other ways to go about this, including HTC SIM Unlock. As a paid alternative, this is a pain-free way of getting to the same finish line. Better yet, it keeps your warranty in effect and is done in less time!

There are certainly other methods to SIM unlock your HTC handset; these are only two of the options. Have you encountered an alternative to either of these? Which way do you prefer to go about it? Leave a comment below with your findings!


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13
Sep

VIPole Secure Messenger Review


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In a world where the topic of security is becoming so mainstream now, privacy and the content that is on our devices is an ever growing concern, even for the average user. Security used to be something that the techies worried about, curating scenarios and encrypting data to safeguard themselves from the threats they were aware of. But, with so many high profile security breaches ranging from businesses to celebrities, everyone has begun to take note of just how secure their data is.

VIPole Secure Messenger aims to take care of your privacy by offering secure communications whether that be instant messages, group chats, voice calls, or even video calls by strongly encrypting them so intermediary third parties cannot view the contents.

VIPole offers a whole range of features for the security conscious by allowing you to make free voice and video calls via the VIPole platform encrypted end-to-end to other VIPole users.

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VIPole Secure Messenger is a free app, but it has different types of accounts: Free, Professional and Business, offering tiered plans and varying feature-set for different user needs. The free version of the App will see the most essential features available providing strong end-to-end encryption, with the professional version offering some enhanced security extensions such as editing and deleting the message history, auto logout, fake secret phrase, auto delete messages, and encrypted data storage to name a few.

1With an easy to use interface, adding your contacts is a breeze, only requiring you to have their VIPole unique ID. The communication options once your contact list is populated will have you exchanging media or video calling within minutes, all securely encrypted.

VIPole removes the need for complex software with endless security options and deals with all the encryption mechanisms and backend processing seamlessly, leaving the user to concentrate on an unobtrusive messaging experience.

Setting up a conversation is a breeze, and VIPole also offers a password manager built-in to the App to help keep your passwords safe and secure. VIPole are even transparent about the backend encyrption, ensuing confidence in the App with industry leading AES-256 and RSA-3072 algorithms used for the journey leaving you absolutely confidence your data is secure.

I could only see VIPole being enhanced further by offering a form of kill switch to completely erase all stored files and communications within the App for instant deletion of content within a single click, partnered with a tamper protection mechanism which could be paired with face recognition for undisputed security control.

VIPole Secure Messenger is available for free in the Google Play Store for Android now, and you can download it here.


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13
Sep

iPhone 6, Moto 360 review and other stories you might’ve missed


Even if you do live under a rock, you probably heard that Apple unveiled a larger-sized iPhone and its first wearable. But that’s not all we have on deck this weekend — we reviewed the Moto 360, investigated the benefits of using dash cams and more! Read on for Engadget’s news highlights from the last seven days. Oh, and be sure to subscribe to our Flipboard magazine!

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13
Sep

Motorola to offer Moto X “Pure Edition” unlocked, without carrier enhancements


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Motorola may be about to embrace the Nexus program on an unbranded “pure edition” Moto X device. Whilst the actual Moto X isn’t a hundred miles away from stock Android, it technically isn’t vanilla Android, but the Moto X Pure Edition will be 100% stock Android through-and-through.

It’ll be sold directly through Google Play, be unlocked, and unbranded, and free to enjoy speedy updates that the Nexus devices have always enjoyed.

Motorola say the device will be available later in September, with the website still saying coming soon.

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13
Sep

IRL: Living with Withings’ Pulse O2 fitness tracker


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Last year, Withings released the Pulse, a Fitbit-esque activity tracker that clipped to your waistband. Its party trick was an optical heart rate monitor built into the back that helped it stand a little taller than its rivals. I reviewed it and liked it, but my feeling then, as now, is that the mainstream will never think a belt-worn pedometer is the best wearable technology can offer. My point was that it’s far too easy to leave the unit on another pair of trousers pants, losing days’ worth of data at a time.

Then, the company surprised us all by rolling out the Pulse O2, which retains the original’s styling and features but can now monitor your blood oxygen levels as well as your heart rate. To me, this seemed like gilding the lily when the company had far more important issues to deal with — like the flaking paint job on the rubber belt clip which perished far too easily in 2013.

It turned out, however, someone at Withings had been checking off my complaints for the second-generation hardware: the matte paint job doesn’t start to scrape off after the first week of use, the optical sensor is more reliable and the belt clip is a little sturdier. None of this really makes the Pulse O2 a worthwhile purchase if, like me, you’re not in love with the idea of a stubby pedometer attached to your waist.

That’s where the new wristband comes in.

The original Pulse shipped with a cloth armband specifically designed to be worn while asleep. This year’s model comes with a rubber-and-metal affair where the hardware neatly slides into a protective clip. Aside from the color (my model is blue, clashing with the all-black Pulse), the band turned out to be this device’s saving grace.

Because the Pulse’s algorithms are rock-solid, it refuses to be gamed, so it won’t pick up additional steps no matter how hard you flail your limbs around. The optical sensor is much more responsive, and the blood oxygenation information is, if I’m honest, a neat trick that did make me briefly obsessed with my own breathing.

There are downsides, like the fact that you have to press the button seven times to see the time, which is at an odd orientation, making the Pulse useless as a watch. That’s why it lived on my right wrist, with the Pebble retaining its position on the left. Useful, but it has made me look like the worst strain of Prize Silicon Valley Dickhead.

Withings has also been spending a lot of time refining its Health Mate app, causing it to improve immeasurably compared to the original companion software shipped with its first smart weighing scales. Now, it’ll offer up detailed — no, ultra-detailed — statistics on your vital signs, as well as pulse monitoring from your iOS device’s camera, which is a handy feature if you’re lying in bed and can’t be bothered to get the device from your bedside table.

I’ve started to recommend the Pulse O2 to people looking for their first fitness wearable precisely because it’s the best example of the form factor you can buy right now. But, really, what Withings is showing here is its potential, and now that it’s announced the Activité fitness tracker watch in the shape of an old-school Swiss watch, I’m seriously hopeful we could be on the cusp of a whole new fitness-tracking revolution.

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13
Sep

iPhone 6 Begins Shipping to Customers for Sept 19th Delivery


Apple begin accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 6 on Friday, September 12th. The first of those orders are beginning to ship to customers. Verizon sent notices to customers today with tracking numbers for their early orders.

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Despite the early shipping, FedEx will hold shipments for simultaneous delivery on launch day — Friday, September 19th. Despite the coordinated effort, some new iPhones may slip through and arrive a day early or so.

Readers on our forums are tracking their shipments and order status in various threads:

The “I just bought/ordered/shipped/received my new iPhone 6/6 Plus” thread
iPhone 6 & 6 Plus Sprint Pre-Order Thread!
T-Mobile.com preorder thread
ATT Pre-order status
VZW Order Status Thread
UK iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Thread




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13
Sep

When ‘Super Smash Bros.’ hits Wii U, you’ll be able to control it with a 3DS


If you need another method of controlling Super Smash Bros whenever it actually releases for Wii U, Nintendo apparently has you covered. Spotted by a Japanese gamer on Twitter and IGN (the handheld version is already out in the East), the 3DS version offers the option to connect the portable to Nintendo’s HD console to exchange customized characters. What’s more, there’s a menu saying that you “can use it as a controller,” too — perfect for any future couch-based tournaments, we’d imagine. Granted, you’ll almost assuredly have to own the game on both platforms for this to happen, but what Nintendo fan wouldn’t anyway? We’ve reached out to Nintendo for confirmation on the matter and will update this post should we hear back.

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Source: Kyle McLain (Twitter)

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13
Sep

Wallaby gets Android Wear support



Wallaby Financial is a mobile and web-based credit card service. Company’s Wallaby app was updated and it now supports Android Wear devices. Talking about wearables, Wallaby services are available on Google Glass, Samsung Tizen devices and Pebble as well. As of this Android Wear update, you can now activate voice commands via your Android Wear… Read more »

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13
Sep

DARPA’s jetpack will help soldiers run faster, stronger (video)


We’ve seen several attempts at making jetpacks that fly, but over at Arizona State University, a team is developing one for those who prefer staying closer to the ground. The DARPA-funded project (naturally) is called 4MM or 4 minute mile, and it aims to develop a jetpack that can provide soldiers that extra boost needed to run a full mile within four minutes. Sure, soldiers are physically fit, but the jetpack will make sure each one can do a 4-minute mile, even if they’re not particularly fast runners, and even if they’re carrying heavy equipment and armor.

Thus far, testers have been shaving seconds off their running time even while carrying the 11-pound jetpack, though the ASU researchers still have a ways to go to achieve their goal. Since being able to move fast without much rest can save your life in the battlefield, Harvard’s Soft Exosuit inventors should totally get together with these ASU researchers to make the ultimate getaway suit.

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Via: IGN

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13
Sep

Early details emerge for LG G Flex 2


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LG G Flex was introduced in October 2013. That was definitely an experimental device which either people loved or hated. It didn’t exactly have top of the line specs and many people hated the 6-inch 720p display the device was sporting. It seems like LG is preparing to launch G Flex’s successor, though this time it will come with a higher resolution display.

Gizbot reports that LG India’s executive said that the G Flex 2 will have a sub-6″ screen and the display resolution will be higher than in the original version. So it’s either 1080p or QHD display, I don’t even want to guess which one will LG use. They used the QHD panel in their latest G3 flagship, perhaps they decide to do the same thing with this device. We’ll let you know as soon as we hear more details about this.

LG India executive didn’t say anything about a launch date of this device. If I have to guess, I’d say we’ll see it launch in South Korea sometime in the next two months, but who knows. Do / did you own the original LG G Flex by any chance?

Source: Gizbot
Via: Phone Arena

Side note: featured image shows LG G Flex, not LG G Flex 2.


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