Thursday, September 30, 2010

Google Phone Gallery

If you're in the market for a new smartphone or just checking out all the new devices that are hitting your carrier, you'll notice that smartphones comes in as many different flavors as candy bars. There are many great brands from the Blackberry to the iPhone. My favorite for many reasons is the Android powered phones. If you Android is more flavor also, then Google has released a database or site that you can check them all out on.

You can filter by carrier and/or manufacturer. You are also able to sort by release, alphabetical order and do side by side comparisons. One thing that I immediately noticed was that the list was glaringly short. It appears as Google is only listing devices currently in production. So if you're a bargain shopper like I am and don't mind getting the last generation smartphone, this list will do little to help you.

Hopefully in the future Google will redraft the database to include older smartphones but if you're looking for the latest and greatest, Google's new website is as good a place to start as any.

Google Phone Gallery

Friday, September 17, 2010

[Tuturial] PS3 Media Server On Ubuntu

Some people fail to realize that not everyone in the world is using Windows. I know crazy, huh?  Also some people who may want to make the switch from Windows to Ubuntu want insurance that they'll be able to get everything up and running again.  Well for you PS3 owners, getting media to it couldn't be any easier.

[Opinion] Budget Game: Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

I'm a recent convert from the Xbox 360 to the PS3.  With that I have to rebuild my library of game titles which anyone who has shopped for the now generation games can tell you is no cheap matter.  I'm going to start reporting here budget and discounted PS3 titles that I've found that may not be the latest hype but are still great games to have and play.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Samsung Vibrant GPS Fix Files Leaked

Many owners of the Samsung Vibrant might have noticed that their GPS is either sub par or plain doesn't work worth a damn. Frankencat over at XDA took the GPS files from the recently leaked Samsung Vibrant firmware and put it in a nice little easy to flash zip file for us.

Samsung Vibrant Inaccurate Battery Icon Fix

It seems that the Samsung Vibrant's battery icon is inaccurate which can be annoying when your down to your last bit of juice and your phone cuts off due to wrong battery reading. 

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Samsung Vibrant ROMs

When it comes to Android, no one can argue that HTC rules the hen house as for as hardware goes.  This has sparked a huge following of Android developers and ROMs cookers for the better part of 2 years now.  With this support making ROMs for HTC and getting them flashed to your device as become easy as well... pie.

With the emergence of the Samsung Galaxy S line of phones there is now a new set of devices for developers to learn and create great content for.  But this comes with a learning curve which equals to us faithful Samsung Galaxy owners time.

Not to worry though because eugene373 over at XDA has created some great roms to get us started.  These roms include the Vibrant# roms and Vibrant Hybrid roms. I've tried both and say that they are very good.  The Vibrant# roms are a mixed compilation of the stock Samsung TouchWiz UI and stock Google where as the Vibrant Hybrid rom is much more stock Google Android UI.  I personally recommend the Vibrant Hybrid rom if your trying to get your Galaxy i9000, Captivate, or Vibrant more to a stock Android feel.  There's also speed boost that I noticed in this rom.

If Eugene's Roms aren't your cup of tea then you should probably wait on CyanogenMod to release their Samsung compatible roms.  CyanogenMod by far is the most popular rom developer for Android and the quality and benefits of their roms proves why.  I will try to keep you guys updated on the release of that rom but until then check eugene373 out and don't forget to support him. You can follow him on twitter at Eugene_373. 

Convert Videos For Your Android or iPhone With Linux Easily

For you Linux and specifically Ubuntu users out there here's a nice little app that will take care of your video converting needs.