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How to easily root an Android device

Rooting is the Android equivalent of jailbreaking, a means of unlocking the operating system so you can install unapproved apps, deleted unwanted bloatware, update the OS, replace the firmware, overclock (or underclock) the processor, customize anything and so on.<p>Of course, for the average user, …

About - Zilla online magazine

<b>Who we are</b><br>Zilla is an online magazine dedicated to design, trends and inspiration. Its mission is to fuel your creativity and inspire you on a daily …

2014 Kia Soul

Sole survivor.<p>The Honda Element is history, Toyota blew it when it overinflated its second Scion xB, and the screwy Nissan Cube was never in the game. The 21st-century “box car” wars have effectively ended, and it’s the Kia Soul that has emerged victorious. The new, second-generation 2014 version …

Watch Aussie try to pay parking ticket in coins

A man in Adelaide, Australia was understandably perturbed after getting a $60 parking ticket. Rather than just pay his fine and carry on with the day, he opted to make life difficult for the folks at the Adelaide City Council, by giving them $60 in nickels to count through. Not the nicest gesture …

Could Big-SUV Boom Hint At Fruits Of U.S. 'Energy Security'?

Full-size SUVs rather suddenly are notching some of the biggest sales increases in the sizzling U.S. market these days, at least on a percentage basis.<p>And with Americans’ growing sense of “energy security” because of burgeoning domestic gasoline supplies, and prices that are moderating somewhat, …

Apple is Way Ahead but I'm Staying with Android

Apple is still way ahead of the rest of the industry. <i>Particularly</i> in how it introduces new products.<p>I’m pretty disappointed that Tim Cook doesn’t talk about the role of mobile in bringing us the future. He has the tools sitting right in front of him to do that, with the new motion sensor in the …

Samsung Reveals The Galaxy Note 3, The Slimmer And Lighter Evolution Of The Phablet

Samsung’s big Unpacked Episode 2 event is underway, and as expected, the company has used the venue to announce the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone. The Note is the original phablet, and the new version continues the tradition of big screen gadgets best-suited for big-handed people.<p>The new Galaxy Note 3 …

Sony introduces new wireless speaker and noise-canceling headphones

With the launch of its new flagship phone, the Xperia Z1 (and a slew of other products), Sony has had its hands full at IFA. But the day is still young, and there are accessories yet to be launched, like a new Bluetooth wireless speaker and a set of premium noise-canceling headphones. The …

Samsung shows off 98-, 110-inch Ultra HDTVs at IFA 2013, teases 4K OLED

At Samsung's press conference it's bringing some of those extra large Ultra HD TVs it promised at CES, and mentioned something even more tantalizing: a 4K OLED. Unfortunately that last one did not make an appearance on stage (check after the break for a couple of pictures of the 55-incher), however …

Tesla is optimistically going ahead with taking orders in China

On Wednesday (Aug. 21), Tesla Motors officially started taking orders in mainland China. It announced the milestone on the new must-have for any company doing business there—a Sina Weibo account.<p>Tesla has been riding a high since it announced earlier this year it had taken over 300 orders for its …

The bar that won't let you in unless you're a Facebook friend

There are some sentences you never expect to hear.<p>One of those is: "I'm leaving you for a 4'9" circus performer."<p>Another is: "Facebook is the best bouncer I've ever had."<p>Yet these words reportedly emerged from the mouth of Tony Mannor, the owner of Finnegan's Irish Pub & Restaurant in Stockton, …

Elon Musk just started building a real 'Iron Man' laboratory

The SpaceX founder plans to unveil gesture-based system next week<p>SpaceX and Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk has often been compared to a real life version of Tony Stark, aka Iron Man. Director Jon Favreau has openly said that Musk inspired his depiction of Stark in the first <i>Iron Man</i> film, and both …

LG's 55-inch curved OLED TV hits Germany for 8,999 euros this week

Following its availability at several Best Buy locations across the US, LG's 55-inch curved OLED TV is finally making its way to Europe. The company today announced that it'll arrive in Germany this week for 8,999 euros (roughly $12,000), with wider availability and pricing set to be announced in …

OontZ Angle Ultra-Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker $40 shipped

Amazon has the OontZ Angle Ultra-Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker by Cambridge SoundWorks for only $39.99 shipped. That’s $20 less than anywhere else and 43% off the list price of $70. Amazon’s customers also gave the Oontz 4.5/5 stars with good reviews.<p>The Oontz features a 10 hour rechargeable …

Out Of The Comics, Into Reality: Jet Pack Moves Closer To Market

From Buck Rogers to James Bond, we all have a pretty concrete mental image of a jet pack — a motorized backpack with little handles in front and smoke shooting out of the back.<p>The New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft Co. doesn't just think it's turned the jet pack of your imagination into a reality. …

The Genius of Whisper, the Massively Popular App You Haven't Heard Of

It's anonymous. It's ephemeral. It's PostSecret optimized like FarmVille.<p>I have a secret to tell you: There is a mobile app you've probably never heard of that gets 2.5 <i>billion</i> page views a month, substantially more than all of CNN. It's called Whisper, and the youths just love it.<p>Here's how it …

The Most Important Part Of The Next iPhone Announcement Won't Be The Next iPhone

It seems like Apple will continue its pattern of releasing an "S" model phone as it does every other year. The "S" models always look like the last model but have some internal improvements like a faster processor and better camera. Don't expect a radical new design or a larger screen.<p>But we …

iOS

3-D printing booms, triggers rush for patents

It printed a gun that shot six times before falling apart. It crafted jewelry, custom prosthetics and spare machine parts. And, perhaps unbelievably, it spit out living embryonic cells.<p>3-D printing, limited only by our imagination, is undergoing a patent boom. Goldman Sachs recently cited 3-D …

Samsung's smartwatch to be unveiled Sept. 4, report says

The Samsung smartwatch will be unveiled in early September, according to a report this week.<p>SamMobile, a website that covers Samsung news, reports that it has confirmed that the South Korean tech giant will unveil its rumored device on Sept. 4.<p>The unveiling will take place at the IFA annual …

Why were women finally added to 'Call of Duty: Ghosts' multiplayer?

Yesterday, <i>Call of Duty: Ghosts</i> introduced the first playable female characters ever featured in <i>Call of Duty's</i> multiplayer campaign. The change, Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg tells <i>Polygon</i>, has long been one of the most requested features in the game: "If I had a billboard chart of requests, this …

Here's Why You'll Be Hooked On Wearables By This Time Next Year

I bought a Fitbit Flex about a week ago.<p>In case you haven’t heard of it, Fitbit is one of these “wearable computing” companies. It’s a small little device that sits in a rubber wrist band which you wear all day and night.<p>There are other wearable computing devices for your wrist including the …

The Shocking Stats About Who’s Really Starting Companies In America

Fully a third of venture-backed companies that went public between 2006 and 2012 had at least one immigrant founder at the helm. Arianna Huffington and other prominent entrepreneurs on why the U.S. needs to get creative about immigration policy.<p>What do Google’s Sergey Brin, eBay’s Pierre Omidyar, …

Two new experiments help blaze the trail toward quantum computing with teleportation

Scientists are a little bit closer to faster computing and better encryption after two experiments discovered the first ways to reliably use quantum …

Apple bought Matcha because it “found the answer” with its recommendation algorithm

Following reports earlier this week that Apple had acquired video aggregation and discovery service Matcha, TechCrunch claims today that its sources have provided a bit more info on the motivation behind the acquisition. While noting that the purchase price was actually closer to $10-$15 million …

Watch SpaceX rocket lift off, hover, return to launch pad in key test

In the test, which was about a minute long at the company’s facilities in McGregor, Texas, The rocket fires up its engines, blasts off, and then hovers in the air – swaying from side to side.<p>For months, the company has been completing a series of successful, low-altitude tests of the test vehicle …

After Initially Locking Down Funds, PayPal Relents And Gives GlassUp Access To Indiegogo Cash

The GlassUp, an ambitious Indiegogo project that wanted to take the concept of Glass and make it more about passive consumption of content than about privacy-treading recording, video and photography, was in danger of losing a full third of its funding earlier today due to a PayPal rule, but is now …

Meet The Dread Pirate Roberts, The Man Behind Booming Black Market Drug Website Silk Road

An entrepreneur as professionally careful as the Dread Pirate Roberts doesn’t trust instant messaging services. Forget phones or Skype. At one point during our eight-month preinterview courtship, I offer to meet him at an undisclosed location outside the United States. “Meeting in person is out of …

AOL Makes the Biggest Buy of the Tim Armstrong Era: $405 Million for Adap.TV

Tim Armstrong hasn’t bought anything for a couple years. Now he has made his biggest purchase since taking over AOL in 2009: AOL is buying Web video …

AdTech

With older model iPhone and iPad ban on the line, Apple finds favor in Washington

When the Obama administration decided to reverse a ban on certain older models of iPhone and iPads (s aapl) on Saturday, it did something the White …