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Sony Releases Xperia SmartTags App in Android Market

Sunday 19th of February 2012 /
We first reported about Sony’s SmartTags last month, and it looks as though the official SmartTag  app is now available in the Android Market. This is not currently all that useful since you need to have a set of SmartTags and a compatible NFC-enabled phone. Right now, Sony’s SmartTag site lists the Xperia S as the only compatible phone, though it seems it does work on a Nexus S (see the video below) and presumably on any NFC-capable device, such as the Galaxy Nexus.The market page explains how SmartTags can be used://You can trigger many things at once to start the exact behaviors you want on your NFC phone by reading Xperia™ SmartTags. For example, when you nudge a tag embedded with Bedroom scenario with your phone, the sound, Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi will be turned off at once. SmartTags have ready-to-use profiles each with a pre-defined set of actions. Profiles include Home, Car and Bedroom.The concept could prove very useful when there are more NFC phones available. I can even envision SmartTags in public places, such as a restaurant, where scanning it with your p

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Bootloader-locked Sony Xperia Z now can be rooted - Android Authority

Wednesday 13th of March 2013 /
Do you have a version of the Sony Xperia Z that features a locked bootloader? We feel for you, and we have some good news. XDA forum member goroh_kun has found an exploit that will grant root level access on a bootloader-locked Xperia Z.Sony has recently become much more involved in the developer community, so it might surprise you that some versions have a locked bootloader, but Sony has to work with the carrier's wishes, too. Those without a bootloader-locked Sony Xperia Z handset have been able to root their handsets since mid-February, but not everyone out there has been so lucky.So how do you root your locked handset? The steps are actually pretty easy from the sounds of it, but there are a few small problems that seem affect the Z after using the method. For example, some reports say NFC doesn't work after applying the exploit, but there is an easy fix: delete the /data/usf directory and it will work again.To get started you can either manually follow the directions found on the XDA Developers forum or you can make use of the Root MANY ANDROID! script from XDA develop

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Samsung Galaxy S II official: dual-core 1GHz CPU, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus

Sunday 13th of February 2011 /
The Successor to the super successful Galaxy line of phones the Galaxy S II is officially upon us. Samsung announced the new device during their Mobile World Conference press event. It features a 4.27-inch 800 x 480 Super Amoled plus display, an 8 megapixel camera with 1080p video recording along with a front facing 2 megapixel camera.  It will launch with Gingerbread and feature an updated Samsung TouchWiz 4.0 UI, and will feature integrated NFC support.The Galaxy S II is the thinnest smartphone ever announced at 8.49mm thick, it is even thinner than the upcoming Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc’s thinnest measurements by 0.2mm.  This is also the first device to use Samsung’s just introduced Exynos 4210 dual core processor. We will finally be able to see how it stacks up against the Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core beast.The new TouchWiz 4.0 Skin running on Gingerbread though not a purge Google experience is definitely an improvement on all previous TouchWiz devices.  A new feature implemented is Samsung’s Game Hub which will go against Sony’s PlayStation suite. It ad

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