Verizon Galaxy S5 Bounty for Root Tops $3,000 in One Night

Every time a new device is released and then rooted or unlocked, it’s probably safe to assume that the carriers and manufacturers are simply learning from those exploits, patching them, and then making it even harder the next time around for developers to get busy. Thus is more than likely the case with the new Samsung Galaxy S5. We have seen some international units receive root, but a couple of the carrier variants, including the model from Verizon, hasn’t been as lucky. So what happens when a phone hasn’t been rooted and the tinkering community gets antsy? A bounty is born, of course.  (more…)

Walk and Work at the Same Time With Nameless ROM’s “On-The-Go” Mode

Admit it – at some point, you have tried to use your phone and walk at the same time. It’s a behavior that every smartphone owner probably engages in at some point or another, but really shouldn’t; it’s rude at the least, and can be downright dangerous at the worst.

For those who can’t seem to momentarily avert their eyes from their smartphone, though, there are apps and features that aim to make simultaneous walking and working a bit less precarious. One the coolest implementations we have seen is from the makers of Nameless ROM. Called On-The-Go-Mode, it uses transparency and camera data to keep you aware of where you are walking.  (more…)

Koush Updates Mirror Beta App With Android Mirroring to Chromecast, Only Rooted Nexus 5 Supported

It seems like Chromecast is finally getting kicked off in terms of development, with developers using the SDK left and right to update their apps to support the HDMI dongle. What we’ve all been waiting for, though, is native Android mirroring to Chromecast similar to Apple’s AirPlay feature for iOS. It looks like we’re now one step closer, with famed developer Koushik Dutta having updated his Mirror app to support the streaming stick in a very beta way.

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Android 4.4.2 Firmware Leaked for Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 on AT&T

For those among us who just can’t want any longer for an official rollout of Kit Kat to the Galaxy S4 or Galaxy Note 3 on AT&T, firmware has been leaked through XDA that will allow you to run Android 4.4.2 on your device before it is shipped out to the general public. And while flashing unreleased firmware can sometimes be dangerous for your device, the feedback so far on the forum is all good except for one random reboot bug for the GS4 which appears when watching videos. Besides that, both firmware packages seem quite stable.  (more…)