If you are a Galaxy S owner who is getting tired of waiting for the Android 2.2 upgrade, Samsung has this to say – they are working towards ensuring a reliable and simple upgrade process and that tests in this regard are underway. In a tweet posted on the Samsung USA accounts, the company spokesperson has noted,
“We want Galaxy S owners to have simple/reliable upgrade. We r running tests due to complexity/unique functionality.”
Of course, this tweet does nothing to reassure users that an upgrade is soon on the way. But it at least acknowledges the fact that certain issues are keeping Samsung from rolling out an update soon enough. But that sounds pretty weird considering that rooted Galaxy S owners have had FroYo seamlessly running on their handsets for quite a while now.
We will only hope Samsung can keep up to their promise and deliver the goods shortly.
Those of you who need to jailbreak one of the latest generation iDevices like iPhone 4 or iPod Touch 4G would have to be running a tethered jailbreak solution (the untethered version is still under testing). The iPhone Dev team have just added a bit of sophistication to this tool by introducing a one-click support to the software. Using this latest version, you may bypass the several screens that one may come across while tethered booting.
The one-click jailbreak tool offers a few command line arguments that can perform tasks such as
-j to ask redsn0w to “Just boot now”
-i <filename> to specify your reference IPSW
-o for old-bootrom iPod touch 2G and iPhone 3GS
-b <filename> to specify your own boot logo png
Do note that you will need a copy of RedSn0w
(the tethered version) and IPSW on your hard drive. You can find the relevant files for download as well as the instructions on the Dev Team blog by clicking here
A spyshot of the Best Buy inventory system has once again revealed the imminent arrival of Palm Pre 2 on Verizon to the American market. It may be recalled that a Palm Pre 2 running on Verizon made its way to an eBay auction last month only to be pulled soon after.
The latest revelation also comes with details of price and other details. The Palm Pre 2 is expected to be available at $499.99 – and that’s without the contractual obligations. Of course, Verizon is expected to offer subsidized prices in return for a two year contract. Interestingly, the screenshot also provides a launch date that is set for December 30 that, quite evidently, didn’t happen. It is not clear if the launch itself has been delayed at the last moment or if this is simply a placeholder text waiting to be modified when details are finalized.
In any case, what is evident is that the Palm Pre 2 is coming soon to the American market that should be happy news for readers from this region.
How much money does Apple make from the App Store? This is a question that gets asked pretty often. Cupertino has said in the past that they do not make significant profit from the App Store and most of the revenues only help in keeping the servers running.
But according to a new report from Citibank, Apple should be expecting revenues close to $2 billion in 2011. This is for a period that is expected to see terrific growth in app usage. Citibank estimates the total value of the app market to grow from $4 billion in 2010 to $27 billion in 2012.
What this means is that Apple could be expecting a significant profit line from the App Store for the first time this year. While the company does not reveal its revenues from particular properties, we do expect Steve Jobs to make an announcement about the App Store becoming cash positive in one of the media events next year.
Wikipedia has just ended their month and a half long fundraising efforts. The website now has a massive ‘Thank You‘ banner noting that this was “shortest fundraiser” the organization has ever had.
What’s more, 2011 is also the tenth year since Jimmy Wales started Wikipedia as a community project. The website is now the fifth most visited website on the internet and though its traffic rivals those from the likes of Google and Facebook, the not-for-profit group only has close to 50 people on its payroll.
Jimmy Wales has listed out some interesting statistics about the latest fundraiser
- Over 500,000 donations to the Wikimedia Foundation.
- Almost 130,000 donations to the local Wikimedia chapters world-wide.
- Two of the largest fundraising days in Wikipedia history.
- Average donation size: about $22.
Though Wikipedia may no longer be actively seeking donations from its website visitors, interested people may still make their donations by visiting this link.
Over the past couple of weeks, a number of revelations have been made with respect to the next generation iPad. These include the possible inclusion of a wide-range speaker on the rear bottom of the device, tapered sides and flatter rear and camera slots on the front and rear of the device.
These speculations have come through third party accessory pictures that were posted on Chinese eCommerce website Alibaba.com. In addition to this, folks at 9to5Mac too had published iPad 2 case mold drawings that gave us a much more complete picture of the forthcoming device. Until now these remained just rumors that carried little or no credibility.
However, it now appears these feature speculations were indeed correct. Apple or one of their partners seemed to have contacted all websites that had taken a lead in publishing these photos and demanded these images be pulled. Subsequently, 9to5Mac and Alibaba among others have pulled the images that they had posted on their websites. 9to5Mac have updated their earlier post with a message that reads,
“we’ve been told (not so nicely) to remove those mold drawings because they are the property of someone else. We’ve complied.”
Meanwhile, FullChance Industrial Co., who reportedly have partnered with Hon Hai for the manufacture of the accessories have revealed that the published images are “extremely accurate“. So there you go. In case you had any doubt about what the next generation iPad would look like, you just had your answer.
Yet another bug with the iPhone alarm. A number of iPhone users seem to have overslept on New Year’s day thanks to a bug in the alarm app that has caused non-recurring one-off alarms to malfunction. Users have complained that their alarms failed to ring in at the scheduled time since moving into the new year. There is a workaround for the time being – set the alarm in recurring mode which however means you will have to disable it after you wake up in order to stop the alarm from ringing again the next day.
For what it’s worth, reports note that the bug only works if the phone clock actually ticks over from 11:59 PM on December 31 to 00:00 on January 1. Also, the bug seems to autocorrect itself after January 3. This means it is just a minor hassle for those of you looking to set alarms for January 1.
Did you notice this iPhone bug? Tell us in the comments.