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Ubuntu Mobile OS Announced, Android Compatible OS Coming in 2013

If Apple iOS, Google Android, Microsoft Windows Phone, Blackberry OS, Symbian, Mozilla Mobile OS, Nokia MeeGo and Sailfish does not satisfy your need for the perfect, most hackable and customizable mobile operating system, here is an exciting "open-source" candidate with some promising features from the leading Linux distribution - Ubuntu.

Ubuntu's developer Canonical has announced their entry into the smartphone business with first public glimpses and features of upcoming Ubuntu for Phones. The Linux-based operating system will offer users an seamless experience on Desktop, PC and Mobile with some exciting features and an "android compatible kernel" so existing Google Android users can simply install and use Ubuntu on their phones. While Ubuntu for Phones will be available in 2013 for users to install on existing hardware, handsets powered by the OS will hit shelves in 2014. Canonical released an extensive video preview and this looks really promising - have a look yourself below.

Ubuntu Phone OS

Chinese Installous Alternative Lets Users Pirate Paid Apple AppStore Apps Without Requiring Jailbreak

Shutdown of Apple iOS piracy service Installous seems to be a short lived relief for App developers as a new Chinese application is suddenly in limelight offering an "easy-to-use" alternative for "Installous" - and the kicker is that now the device does not even have to be jailbreaked in order to use this one.

The Windows desktop application and iOS application offered by Chinese startup named kuiayong enables any user to simply plug-in and download paid AppStore applications for free, no matter which iOS version and whether jailbroken or not.

Installous alternative is here
kuiayong pirated appstore

Popular Apple AppStore Piracy Website and iOS Application Apptrackr and Installous Shuts Down...

hackulousHackulous - the development team behind the Apptrackr website and Installous iOS application which have been one of the most popular sources to get pirated paid apps published on Apple's App Store announced closure of there services with immediate effect.

The website now shows the following notice and Installous app displays : "Outdated version. Installous will now terminate" or "API Error. API unavailable." followed by an forced quit.

hackulous shutdown notice

Solution for iPhone iTunes Activation Error With Baseband 6.15

Hactivating an Apple iPhone can be a tricky business specially when your iPhone 3G/3GS is having the "iPad 6.15" baseband for retaining software unlock. After, repeated failed attempts to have an Apple iPhone 3GS running iOS 4.0 with baseband 6.15 hactivate using custom IPSW and redsn0w the following worked for me.

iPhone 3G at activation screen
hactivation

Fix for iTunes firmware restore Error Code 1600

With all the IPSW firmware versions, various Apple devices and a variety of tools for jailbreaking the whole process becomes very confusing. While working with custom firmwares and jailbreaking one must follow the correct sequence of steps with right tools and software versions, otherwise iTunes throws an error and the device gets locked down in a restore or DFU loop.

One such often encountered error while restoring an custom IPSW file using iTunes is - "An unknown error occurred (Error 1600)." as shown below.

IPSW restore error 1600

Boombot REX - The Ultraportable, Weather Proof and Versatile Wireless Speaker you all were waiting for....

boombotIf you are looking for an ultra-portable, wireless 2.1 speaker system having ruggedized industrial design with some excellent audio engineering Boombot REX is for you.

San Francisco startup Boombotix announced the Boombot REX, a Bluetooth ultraportable speaker in a rugged package with Bluetooth control, a microphone, and a built-in clip 2 weeks ago. In less than a week, they are funded 200%. The co-founders who are both techsavvy skiers and cyclists, founded Boombotix to create an alternative to headphones that was easy to transport and could bear any weather condition and everyday pitfalls. “We rethought how the portable speaker should be, and by doing so we focused tremendously on the feel of the product- from the size to the texture to the tuning of the audio so one can actually feel the sound while the device is in the palm of their hand.

Speaker

The Boombot REX is housed in an rugged ABS shell built to withstand all conditions in a sophisticated package,” says Chris McKleroy, co-founder of Boombotix. REX is has a ruggedized, IP53 water resistant shell that fits in the palm of your hand. Built-in clip allows you to clip the speakers on your jacket, backpack, belt or anything you like, thus you can take it where ever you go with ease. Additionally, the Boombot REX offers Siri-compatible speakerphone functionality; the speaker can be used for phone calls in the harshest locations- without taking your mobile device out of your pocket.

Invisible Air Umbrella is surely going to attract attention for you...

Imagine the Oomph factor of holding an invisible umbrella which repels rain-drops using invisible Air, suitably named The Air Umbrella the gadget is an electronic device which creates an “air curtain” to repel raindrops.

The power of the air pushed and thus the size of the protection canopy can be manually adjusted, after usage the air-stick can be retracted to fit conveniently in your bag or pocket. Another advantage is that you don’t need to worry about having a dripping wet object around indoors.

Sailfish OS - Could this be the an Real alternative to iPhone and Android ?

When a giant like Microsoft has a very little effect on the war between Pepsi and Coca-Cola of cellphone operating-systems - Apple iOS and Google Android. What can one expect from a new mobile OS which claims to offer the very first real alternatives to these operating system. Watch the Sailfish OS video demonstration below and decide for yourself.

Jolla Sailfish OS

Connecting to internet using an EVDO modem on Linux

EVDOEVDO is the 3G internet access technology for CDMA platform, the Evolution-Data Optimized(EVDO) technology offers mobile broadband speeds upto 3.1 Mbit/s.

I have been providing internet access to my Raspberry Pi via an TP-Link WiFi 3G Router, however we can directly connect a GSM/EVDO 3G dongle to any Linux computer and make it act like a WiFi access point using Linux utilities like WICD Network Manager. Configuring a EVDO modem to work on Linux can get a bit tricky, here is a simple to follow howto guide on setting things up.

WVDIAL EVDO

Best Methods to Backup the Raspberry Pi SD Card

Once fully configured according to your custom needs it's a good idea to create an raw image backup of your Raspberry Pi SD Card setup, once backed-up a user simply need to re-image the card in-case the underlying operating-system or filesystem gets corrupted. There are various methods to backup and restore the Raspberry Pi SD card, we reviewed all and here are the best options to get the task completed in shortest time with smallest file-size.

The most widely used Windows utility for RAW image backups and restores Win32 Disc Imager is an easy to use option but the resulting file-size is bigger as it is uncompressed, using any popular compression format results in smaller backup size as shown below. However, this approach consumes more time and requires manual efforts twice.

Win32 Disk Imager
SD Card Backup
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