We’ve already seen a number of part leaks from the upcoming “iPhone 6s”, and a source has now provided MacRumors with several photos and videos showing how those parts can be combined to build a partially functioning iPhone. Specifically, the new photos and videos reveal an iPhone 6s logic board and display assembly paired with a number of iPhone 6 components such as the rear shell and battery to create a device that starts up enough to be able to display a screen showing a gear icon.
The video shows the device booted to the gear screen and then opened, showing the various iPhone 6s and 6 components laid out and connected inside the rear shell. Several components such as the rear camera are missing, but there are enough parts present to deliver data to the iPhone 6s display.
One heavily rumored feature for the iPhone 6s is support for Force Touch, allowing the device to sense how hard the user is pressing on the display and activate differential controls depending on how much pressure is being applied. While the partially booting phone does not prove Force Touch support is present, there are some definite differences from the iPhone 6 such as the shielding on the rear of the display being glued in place rather than screwed in.
Loveshack Entertainment brought a unique puzzler called FRAMED to iOS back in 2014, and the game has since won numerous awards for its beautiful artwork, in-depth story and original gameplay style. Up until now, it’s only been available on iOS devices, but that’s changing soon. The developers have just announced that FRAMED will make its way to the Google Play Store this Thursday, August 27th.
FRAMED is one of the more unique mobile games to come out in the last year or so. You play as someone who is, ahem, framed, and must escape from law enforcement. Your character will run through a series of comic book-style panels, and it’s your job to rearrange each panel to keep the main character safe. By moving each panel around, you’ll be able to change the outcome of the story. To get a better idea of the game’s premise, make sure to check out the trailer attached above.
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FRAMED is available in the App Store for $4.99, which I’m assuming will be the price when the game launches on Android in a few days. This may seem like a steep price for a mobile game, but we’re sure most folks familiar with the title will be happy to spend a few bucks.
Rooting a phone is naturally your best option if you’re looking to unleash the full potential of your Android device. However, rooting doesn’t come without a few downsides.
For one, when you root your phone, you’re putting full trust in the root method’s developer not to have included harmful code or backdoor access. After all, rooting a phone is a process that, by its nature, must bypass any security measures that the device’s manufacturer put into place, exposing your phone to any number of potential compromises. Fortunately the developer community for Android is generally helpful and full of good will, so in practice this sort of dirty dealing has been rare in our experience. Nevertheless, the fact that there are thousands of active developers working on so many different devices makes this a legitimate concern.
The good news is that the Android operating system has advanced considerably since its infancy, and many users are finding that they no longer need to root their phones to unlock the capabilities they want to take advantage of. Here’s are some of our favorite ‘hacks’ that you can pull off with an unrooted phone even though they seem off the beaten trail. None of them are quite as exciting or advanced as you’d get with a root app, but some of these ‘hacks’ are still pretty cool ways to do more with your phone.
Create Custom Widgets
Widgets are a great way to use the capabilities of certain apps right from the convenience of your home screen. Unfortunately, you tend to be limited by the imagination and aesthetic sensibilities of a given app’s developer. If you want to make your home screen really reflective of your own taste and personality, try downloading an app like Beautiful Widgets to give your phone a more personal touch. You can also set up shortcuts that keep you from having to navigate the same familiar menus time and time again.
Game Killer is a hack tool that lets users hack a variety of games without needing to root. The app has seen regular updates since its creation, and it currently has around eight hundred games in its database. Unlocking cheats and mods for these games is as simple as downloading the app and selecting the hacks you want to use.
First, simply download the Game Killer .apk from their website. Game Killer isn’t accessible from the Google Play Store, so you’ll need to make sure to enable “Unknown Sources” on the Security menu of your phone’s settings. It’s probably not a bad idea to check out the tutorial and FAQ that Game Killer has provided. Since Game Killer contains data relevant to close to a thousand games, it’s a pretty hefty app. You might want to download it via a wifi network rather than use your mobile data.
Bear in mind that some developers might take a strong position against you using Game Killer, since the app subverts elements of game design and gives you the ability to do things that many players would consider cheating. If the game you’re looking to modify is an offline app, then you probably don’t have anything to worry about. However, if you’re playing an online multiplayer game like Clash of Clans, know that if you’re caught using Game Killer your account could very well be suspended.
Once your phone has Game Killer installed, tap the icon to start up the app. Once the game list finishes loading, tap the button that reads “Hack Android Games Without Root.” (Makes sense, right?)
The next screen will show the list of supported games. From here, you can scroll to the game you want to modify or use the search feature. Once you select your game, a new menu will pop up that displays all the cheats available for that game. These will vary widely depending on the kind of game you’re wanting to modify, but they can range from unlocking features and levels to unlimited gold.
Choose all the modifications that you want to use and then hit the “Hack” icon at the bottom of the menu.
You’re done! Game Killer will launch the modified version of the app you selected with the cheats you chose in effect. Enjoy your infinite wealth in godmode, you dirty, dirty cheater!
Use “Edge Display” on your Android
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge came with the Edge Display, a way of indicating notifications by illuminating the pixels on the beveled edge of the screen. Everyone quickly agreed that this was the absolute sexiest way to receive notifications imaginable, but the S6 Edge’s unique shape made the full Edge Display effect impossible to replicate on other devices.
Fortunately, you no longer have to languish in the uncool wasteland of LED notifications. An app called Edge Color Notifications creates a pair of sidebars on the edge of your screen that very closely replicates Edge Display. Sure, it’s not perfect since your non-S6 Edge phone probably doesn’t have a screen that wraps around the edges of your device, but it’s a pretty close second.
Download the app and start receiving notifications in a much slicker way.
Remotely Control Your Desktop Computer
Google’s Remote Desktop app makes using your Android to control your PC from anywhere a breeze. You don’t have to install any heavy software, and setup is so fast that you can be up and running in less than ten minutes. Heck, maybe even five minutes if you’re good at multitasking. There are two halves to this installation process. On one hand, you need to install and configure the Chrome app on your PC. On the other, you have to get the Android App from the Google Play store.
It’s a flexible process, but let’s start with the PC side of things. First, download the Chrome Remote Desktop app in the Chrome Store. Once the app is installed, the interface will guide you through a chain of prompts. Just follow the instructions and grant the app the permissions it needs, and you’ll be good to go in no time.
After Chrome Remote Desktop is installed, you will be prompted to provide a 6-digit PIN. Remember this number because you will need it to access your computer from your Android device.
Speaking of your Android device, go grab that thing and let’s get the other half of this process finished off. On your phone, download the Chrome Remote Desktop app in the Play Store. No complications here; just install the app, open it up, tap the name of the computer you just configured, and then enter the PIN you created.
Boom. You can now control your PC using your phone from anywhere.
Record Your Screen
For a long time, recording video of an Android screen was something of a hassle. However, Android 5.0 Lollipop added screen recording API capabilities, so developers have been able to create much more stable screen recording apps.
One of these apps is AZ Screen Recorder. This app is lean, customizable, and has additional features such as a countdown timer that work together to make recording your screen a very pain-free experience. It integrates with the phone’s camera and you can even draw on the screen during videos. While other screen recording apps only offer basic recording functionality, AZ Screen Recorder lets you edit and trim videos right inside the application.
Downsides, you ask? Well, since this app leans on the new API, you’re out of luck if you don’t have Lollipop.
Play Old Games with an Emulator
Revisit your old favorite games by downloading an emulator. Having an N64 in your pocket isn’t much more than a novelty unless you invest in a physical controller for it, but Gameboy games and SNES/NES games run like a dream on Android.
I’m currently replaying through Pokemon and you better believe my Charizard was so overpowered by the time I got to Misty that her Starmie didn’t even stand a chance. Type disadvantage means nothing when you grind your team leader into a living god that feasts on the souls of a thousand unprepared Pidgeys.
Re-configure Navigation Buttons
Home2 Shortcut is a brilliant little app that lets you re-assign new shortcuts to the navigation buttons that appear at the bottom of your phone’s screen. With Home2 Shortcut, you can easily configure your home button, for instance, to launch a specific app when you tap it twice. I’ve discovered that the app I use the most is Google Play Music, so assigning that as a shortcut was a no-brainer for me.
Use IFTTT to Automate your Settings
In the past, Tasker was your best bet for turning your phone into a completely automatic machine that dynamically adapted to your surroundings. Although Tasker remains the most powerful option available–especially for users with programming experience–IFTTT offers many similar functions in a much more user-friendly package.
For instance, I frequently forget to turn my Android wifi back on when I get back to my house, so I have an IFTTT recipe that turns on my wifi whenever I come home. It’s not complicated, but it saves me precious mobile data.
Since IFTTT links up to so many different “channels” and services, your imagination is your only limit when it comes to concocting creative recipes. Make an account and IFTTT will recommend some pre-configured recipes for you. After using these for a little while, you’ll probably want to start crafting your own to suit your specific needs.
The Android operating system has come a long way in terms of what it’s capable of accomplishing without modification. While increased security features are making devices more difficult to root, this downside is offset by the incredible degree of freedom you can achieve with an Android device right out of the box. Things that would have previously required complicated modification are now as easy as installing an app and tapping a few settings.
These are our favorite rootless Android “hacks.” If you’ve got some more useful ones, let us know in the comments!
Link Bubble has gone through a ton of changes lately, most notably a few weeks ago when app creator Chris Lacy announced the browser was getting some new, unnamed owners. It’s looking like the app is going through some more changes, as the new developers, who are now operating under the name Link Bubble in the Play Store, have just announced that the Link Bubble browser is now a completely free application.
There’s now only one Link Bubble application available for download from the Play Store. It’s completely free and comes with all of the benefits only Pro users used to be able to access. This means that everyone now has access to themes based on a website’s color, article mode, and access to an infinite number of bubbles at one time.
Now that the app is free, the new owners are offering refunds if you’ve purchased the Pro version of the app since its acquisition on August 4th, 2015. If you’d like a refund, email email@example.com with your transaction ID and the developers will get back to you. Unfortunately due to a lack of purchase data, the new owners aren’t able to refund orders that fall before this date.
As for the future of Link Bubble, the new owners say they’re focusing on better performance, bug fixes and customer satisfaction/support, followed by additional web browsing and navigation features.
This is certainly good news for the app’s future. The developers have really hit the ground running since purchasing Link Bubble, and it seems like they show no sign of stopping. If you haven’t yet, head to the Google Play Store link below to upgrade to the latest version.
Wrapping your head around the planet’s economic activity isn’t easy, even if you study economics for a living. However, Harvard’s Owen Cornec (he of WikiGalaxy fame) believes he can help. He built the Globe of Economic Complexity, a web-based map that lets you explore Earth’s economic relationships through 3D “confetti.” It looks more than a little psychedelic, but it’s incredibly detailed. You’ll not only see the range of exports in a given country, but their volumes, their destinations and the intricate connections between products. Frankly, it could be helpful even if you’re outside of academia — it can provide important context for news stories and otherwise explain machinations that would normally remain confusing.
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Translogic heads to St. Cloud, MN to hit the dirt bike trails with X Games champion “Monster” Mike Schultz. In 2008, Schultz had a snowmobiling accident that required the amputation of his left leg. Now, as president of BioDapt he’s developed the Moto Knee, a prosthetic leg specifically designed for extreme sports performance.Translogic heads to St. Cloud, MN to hit the dirt bike trails with X Games champion “Monster” Mike Schultz. In 2008, Schultz had a snowmobiling accident that required the amputation of his left leg. Now, as president of BioDapt he’s developed the Moto Knee, a prosthetic leg specifically designed for extreme sports performance.
“With racing, I was always really into the suspension components,” said Schultz. “I looked at my leg as a suspension component.”
The Moto Knee utilizes a Fox mountain bike shock and lightweight aluminum pylon to withstand the demands of various extreme sports.
“Now I use it for dirt bikes and snow mobiles, mountain biking and road biking, downhill skiing, snowboarding.” said Schultz.
Watch as host Jonathon Buckley tries to keep up with “Monster” Mike and fellow Moto Knee user Dylan Apuli on the trail.
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Samsung showed off its forthcoming Gear S2 smartwatch pretty extensively a few weeks ago at its event introducing the Galaxy Note 5, but now we’re getting a look at the device that isn’t just a render. VP for Samsung design Dennis Miloseski posted an image of the Gear S2 today to his Instagram feed, simply saying that he’s “giving the Gear S2 a test drive.” We have to say that it’s even more attractive looking in an actual photo than it was in the renders Samsung showed off — it’s too early to tell, but it could be a strong contender for the best-looking smartwatch thus far. (Too bad it’s running Tizen.) If that doesn’t deter you, we should hear more about the Gear S2 at IFA 2015, which kicks off in early September.
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Despite quickly taking over the top spot for smartwatches, the Apple Watch has not been the roaring success some may have hoped for. Manufacturers of Android-based smartwatches have already discovered this truth, that the wearables market has not yet caught on fire, as shown by poor results for 2014 sales when only 4.6 million units were shipped. Nevertheless, several companies are preparing to introduce a new wave of smartwatches at the IFA 2015 show next week in Berlin, including ASUS, Huawei, LG and Motorola, with a heavy focus on the use of Android Wear for the operating system.
Google’s Android Wear has been on the market since 2014, but it is really only since the Apple Watch launch that the company had something to benchmark against in terms of delivering a superior user experience. The only other alternatives prior to that were solutions like Samsung’s Tizen that ran on their Gear devices or even the WebOS used by LG on the LG Watch Urbane, although these were very similar to what Android Wear was able to offer.
Strategy Analytics’ Neil Mawston has noted that “Apple Watch has clearly raised the bar for the global smartwatch industry. The ball is now in the court of rivals, like Samsung, to respond.”
Amongst the devices expected to be unveiled or put on greater display next week are the successor to the LG Watch Urbane, the new Huawei smartwatch, the ASUS ZenWatch 2, the next version of the Motorola Moto 360, and the Samsung Gear S2. Other companies will likely have something to offer for the wearables market as well.
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LG was earlier rumored to release a premium device during the second half of 2015, but new information now says that idea was never on the table.
LG president Cho Joon Ho during a meeting with the press said that the company never said anything about a “super premium” smartphone, however, Ho did say they were planning devices for the “medium and low-priced smartphone markets” in China and India.
“I predict that LG Electronics will improve this situation by releasing new models after end of September that can correspond to these markets,” Ho said.
The “Super Premium” device rumors could have instead been in relation to an LG-made Nexus, but it seems like something straight from LG is off the tables, since they’ll be focused on lower-end devices in China and India.
Either way, we’ll no doubt see LG’s usual yearly flagship refresh in addition to the rumored LG-made Nexus device soon.
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Ahead of its September 3 launch at the IFA trade show in Berlin, Samsung has fully revealed the design of its much anticipated smartwatch, the Gear S2. As part of the company’s latest teaser, a Samsung executive has posted an image of the wearable on his Instagram account showing off the Gear S2 in its full glory.
In this image, Samsung Design America’s Head Dennis Miloseski appears to be wearing the Gear S2, which we have already seen in a number of promos earlier teased by the Taiwanese company.
Miloseski, who is also heading Samsung Mobile UXCA, wrote in his Instagram post, “Giving the new Samsung Gear S2 a test drive. #samsung #watch #wearable #nextlevel.”
If you are curious about the wearable’s internal specifications, you may have to wait for its official release next month, but rumors have been suggesting that the smartwatch will feature a 360×360 display, a dual-core Exynos 3472 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, 768MB of RAM, 4GB of storage and 250 mAh battery. Rumors are also rife that the Gear S2 could come with a nano SIM card slot in addition to a host of sensors including accelerometer, barometer and a heart rate monitor. On the software front, it is likely to run a special version of Tizen.
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