Karucifer

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About Karucifer

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  • Location London, UK
  • Interests Warranty-voiding gadgeteer. The android-powered toaster is WIP. Systems Architect and Technologist.

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  1. Karucifer added a topic in Android News   

    The Nokia Windows Phone 8 Event Liveblog
    We've all read the rumours and seen various leaked press shots of 'Phi' (Lumia 920) and 'Arrow' (Lumia 820) - the first Nokia Windows Phone 8 devices.

    The liveblog starts at 10am EDT (3pm BST).





    Nokia September 2012 Launch Event LiveBlog

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  2. Karucifer added a item in Windows Phone   

    The Nokia Windows Phone 8 Event Liveblog
    We've all read the rumours and seen various leaked press shots of 'Phi' (Lumia 920) and 'Arrow' (Lumia 820) - the first Nokia Windows Phone 8 devices.

    The liveblog starts at 10am EDT (3pm BST).





    Nokia September 2012 Launch Event LiveBlog
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  3. Karucifer added a item in Editorial   

    Want to write for us?
    It's time for us to expand the news and content teams.

    So, what are we looking for?

    Strong written english
    This is essential. It's ok if english isn't your first language, it's not if we have to rewrite all your posts. If your writing isn't of a high standard, your work will likely end up not being posted. Nobody wants that :(

    Good understanding of mobile tech and an attention to detail
    Know the areas you want to write about, know the sources and strive for accuracy. If you currently only read two sites, finding subjects to cover on slow days is going to be hard going.

    Have an opinion
    We're not interested in just regurgitating the front page content of our competitors. You need to be able to understand what things mean, put it in context and share your thoughts with our readers.

    Regular contribution
    While this isn't a job, it isn't without its rewards. As a result, we ask that all applicants are able to post on average 5 times a week. News posts don't have to be thousands of words, in most cases a couple of hundred will suffice.

    Technologies
    Although we're primarily seen as an Android and Windows Phone site, we're not adverse to coverage of other technologies. If you think you've got something to contribute on iOS for example, we're interested in hearing from you.

    Impartiality
    We can't accept writers who work with/for the vendors we write about or their partners, 'advertorial' is not ok. If you have a relationship with any of the organisations we cover in the news, we probably can't offer you a spot on the team.

    How to apply:
    Complete the form here. Answer all the questions you can, if you ignore a field don't be offended if we ignore your application.
    Be patient! Reviewing applications takes time, if you pester us for a response you might not get the answer you were hoping for :) We would expect to get back to everyone within a week of closing the application process.

    Questions?
    The quickest way to get a response is via Twitter.
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  4. Karucifer added a topic in Android News   

    Max Payne Mobile finally arrives on Android
    Originally due for release on April 26th, subsequently delayed and then assmed AWOL, Rockstar have finally released the Android conversion of the original Max Payne to Google Play.

    For only $2.99 (or £2.32 in real money) you can pick up the orignal bullet-time shooter, complete with the cheesy one liners and from what we can tell original untouched visuals from 2001.

    Be warned, the app is a bit of a heavyweight. The initial download while tiny (<50MB) requires additional 1.25GB in game files downloaded before you can begin playing. We're assuming that Rockstar have taken up Google on the increased file size downloads direct from the Google play servers as although the downloads are large, they were also speedy despite the huge numbers already purchased and downloading.

    Device compatibility for the launch day of a Rockstar title isn't bad, with most modern handsets listed. The S3 is absent from the list but we're happy to report it installs and runs without a hitch.

    Source: Max Payne (Play Store)

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  5. Karucifer added a item in Android   

    Max Payne Mobile finally arrives on Android
    Originally due for release on April 26th, subsequently delayed and then assmed AWOL, Rockstar have finally released the Android conversion of the original Max Payne to Google Play.

    For only $2.99 (or £2.32 in real money) you can pick up the orignal bullet-time shooter, complete with the cheesy one liners and from what we can tell original untouched visuals from 2001.

    Be warned, the app is a bit of a heavyweight. The initial download while tiny (<50MB) requires additional 1.25GB in game files downloaded before you can begin playing. We're assuming that Rockstar have taken up Google on the increased file size downloads direct from the Google play servers as although the downloads are large, they were also speedy despite the huge numbers already purchased and downloading.

    Device compatibility for the launch day of a Rockstar title isn't bad, with most modern handsets listed. The S3 is absent from the list but we're happy to report it installs and runs without a hitch.

    Source: Max Payne (Play Store)
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  6. Karucifer added a topic in Android News   

    #askmodaco - Samsung Galaxy S III
    It&#39;s launch day and we&#39;ve got our Galaxy S III here to answer all your questions&#33; <br />
    <br />
    If you&#39;ve got something you want to ask either leave a comment or ask me via twitter @karucifer tagged #askmodaco.<br />
    <br />


    <br />
    <br />
    (questions will be slightly re-worded when several people ask the same thing)<br />
    <br />
    Q. Does the S III feel well built? (via twitter)<br />
    A. Build quality is great, the device feels very sturdy and solid in the hand.<br />
    <br />
    Q. Does it fit in the hand ok because of the size? Does it look like it will scratch easily? (via twitter)<br />
    A. I&#39;ve been using a One X for the past couple of months, physically it&#39;s no bigger but it sits in the hand better due to the shape of the back and sides. The screen is Gorilla Glass 2, so pretty durable, as to the plastics it&#39;s hard to say this early on.<br />
    <br />
    Q. How long does a cold boot take? (via twitter)<br />
    A. 5 seconds to the Samsung animation, 14 seconds to the unlock screen in total.<br />
    <br />
    Q. How is battery life &amp; can the battery be easily replaced?<br />
    A. Only time will tell on battery life, but yes the battery is removable so you can carry a spare.<br />
    <br />
    Q. How does the screen stand up to the One X? (via twitter)<br />
    A. The auto-brightness is a little too agressive, as standard the One X appears slightly brighter, but compared at similar brightness levels they&#39;re on a par. Marginally better viewing angles on the One X, although that&#39;s not a factor unless you use the phone at extreme angles.<br />
    <br />
    Q. Is the camera as quick as the One X, particularly in burst mode? (via twitter)<br />
    A. If anything it&#39;s marginally quicker, shutter speeds appear to be faster too from the brief motion tests I&#39;ve done. Can give a definitive answer later once the One X is wiped to give a like-for-like comparison.<br />
    <br />
    Q. Is the Notification LED the same as the Galaxy Nexus? (via twitter)<br />
    A. It is multi-colour, but they&#39;ve re-situated it to the top-left corner above the screen.<br />
    <br />
    Q. Is the SG3 screen same spec as the GN as per reports? Or does anything look better apart from slight size bump? (via twitter)<br />
    A. It&#39;s a definite improvement, the slight noise noticeable in solid greys is gone.<br />
    <br />
    Q. How are you finding going back to physical/capacitive buttons after using softkeys on the GN? (via twitter)<br />
    A. The virtual keys are the one thing I really miss, having used the One X for a few months I&#39;m used to capacitive again but the way HTC implemented them was pretty horrible. The dedicated row of virtual keys for the missing menu button was pretty ugly. As capacitive keys go, they&#39;re ok and the hardware button is nice to have.<br />
    <br />
    Q. Does the SG3 take Micro-Sim or the larger normal size Sim? (via twitter)<br />
    A. The Galaxy S III uses a Micro-SIM<br />
    <br />
    Q. Does the GSIII support UMA/Orange Signal Boost? (via twitter)<br />
    A. Signal-boost is a feature on operator-only devices, this handset is a SIM-unlocked unit so we can&#39;t confirm the status of UMA at present.<br />
    <br />
    Q. Will it fit in the pockets of my jeans or shorts? <br />
    A. It&#39;s the same size as the One X pretty much, I&#39;m carrying it in a front jeans pocket at the moment with no issue.<br />
    <br />
    Q. What&#39;s in the box? (via twitter)<br />
    A. A pretty standard fare; handset, battery, charger, UK plug, USB cable, handsfree headset, replacement ear pieces for the headset, quick start guide and warranty.<br />
    <br />


    <br />
    <br />
    <br />
    Q. Does it have Roboto as a font option and how is the inbuilt speaker? (via twitter)<br />
    A. Robot isn&#39;t one of the selectable fonts as standard. The built in speaker is fine from the limited testing I&#39;ve done so far. Will do a proper comparison with the One X, Galaxy S II, Galaxy Nexus and Lumia 800 a little later on.<br />
    <br />
    Q. Quad core Exynos or Snapdragon? Does it sport NFC? (via twitter)<br />
    A. This unit is the Exynos Quad, yes it&#39;s NFC enabled (and tested with the One X)<br />
    <br />
    Q. What is the UK device product code? (via twitter)<br />
    A. The usual trick to get product codes isn&#39;t working (*2767*4387264636#) but we should be able to get this via Odin later.<br />
    <br />
    Q. Can you change the lockscreen shortcuts on the GS3? (via twitter)<br />
    A. Yes, it&#39;s in Settings -&gt; Security here:<br />
    <br />


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    http://www.modaco.com/content/uploads/gallery/album_65/gallery_372_65_97274.png][/lightbox]<br />
    <br />
    We&#39;re going to continue answering your questions for the remainder of the day, the review is already underway and we hope to be able to share our findings with you soon.<br />
    <br />
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  7. Karucifer added a item in Android   

    #askmodaco - Samsung Galaxy S III
    It's launch day and we've got our Galaxy S III here to answer all your questions!

    If you've got something you want to ask either leave a comment or ask me via twitter @karucifer tagged #askmodaco.





    (questions will be slightly re-worded when several people ask the same thing)

    Q. Does the S III feel well built? (via twitter)
    A. Build quality is great, the device feels very sturdy and solid in the hand.

    Q. Does it fit in the hand ok because of the size? Does it look like it will scratch easily? (via twitter)
    A. I've been using a One X for the past couple of months, physically it's no bigger but it sits in the hand better due to the shape of the back and sides. The screen is Gorilla Glass 2, so pretty durable, as to the plastics it's hard to say this early on.

    Q. How long does a cold boot take? (via twitter)
    A. 5 seconds to the Samsung animation, 14 seconds to the unlock screen in total.

    Q. How is battery life & can the battery be easily replaced?
    A. Only time will tell on battery life, but yes the battery is removable so you can carry a spare.

    Q. How does the screen stand up to the One X? (via twitter)
    A. The auto-brightness is a little too agressive, as standard the One X appears slightly brighter, but compared at similar brightness levels they're on a par. Marginally better viewing angles on the One X, although that's not a factor unless you use the phone at extreme angles.

    Q. Is the camera as quick as the One X, particularly in burst mode? (via twitter)
    A. If anything it's marginally quicker, shutter speeds appear to be faster too from the brief motion tests I've done. Can give a definitive answer later once the One X is wiped to give a like-for-like comparison.

    Q. Is the Notification LED the same as the Galaxy Nexus? (via twitter)
    A. It is multi-colour, but they've re-situated it to the top-left corner above the screen.

    Q. Is the SG3 screen same spec as the GN as per reports? Or does anything look better apart from slight size bump? (via twitter)
    A. It's a definite improvement, the slight noise noticeable in solid greys is gone.

    Q. How are you finding going back to physical/capacitive buttons after using softkeys on the GN? (via twitter)
    A. The virtual keys are the one thing I really miss, having used the One X for a few months I'm used to capacitive again but the way HTC implemented them was pretty horrible. The dedicated row of virtual keys for the missing menu button was pretty ugly. As capacitive keys go, they're ok and the hardware button is nice to have.

    Q. Does the SG3 take Micro-Sim or the larger normal size Sim? (via twitter)
    A. The Galaxy S III uses a Micro-SIM

    Q. Does the GSIII support UMA/Orange Signal Boost? (via twitter)
    A. Signal-boost is a feature on operator-only devices, this handset is a SIM-unlocked unit so we can't confirm the status of UMA at present.

    Q. Will it fit in the pockets of my jeans or shorts?
    A. It's the same size as the One X pretty much, I'm carrying it in a front jeans pocket at the moment with no issue.

    Q. What's in the box? (via twitter)
    A. A pretty standard fare; handset, battery, charger, UK plug, USB cable, handsfree headset, replacement ear pieces for the headset, quick start guide and warranty.






    Q. Does it have Roboto as a font option and how is the inbuilt speaker? (via twitter)
    A. Robot isn't one of the selectable fonts as standard. The built in speaker is fine from the limited testing I've done so far. Will do a proper comparison with the One X, Galaxy S II, Galaxy Nexus and Lumia 800 a little later on.

    Q. Quad core Exynos or Snapdragon? Does it sport NFC? (via twitter)
    A. This unit is the Exynos Quad, yes it's NFC enabled (and tested with the One X)

    Q. What is the UK device product code? (via twitter)
    A. The usual trick to get product codes isn't working (*2767*4387264636#) but we should be able to get this via Odin later.

    Q. Can you change the lockscreen shortcuts on the GS3? (via twitter)
    A. Yes, it's in Settings -> Security here:



    [lightbox
    http://www.modaco.com/content/uploads/gallery/album_65/gallery_372_65_97274.png][/lightbox]

    We're going to continue answering your questions for the remainder of the day, the review is already underway and we hope to be able to share our findings with you soon.
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  8. Karucifer added a topic in Android News   

    Max Payne Mobile for Android AWOL?
    Four weeks ago we shared the unfortunate news that Max Payne Mobile for Android had been delayed by "about a week", following a tweet from Rockstar.

    So where is it? Have they announced another delay? What's going on?

    The short version? Stony silence - never a good sign.

    The PR/marketing folk manning the official RockstarGames account are happy to chat if you want to discuss the new release, Max Payne 3, but enquiries about Max Payne for Android are flatly ignored.

    I'd like to think that they've had a breakthrough and are working diligently on compatibility for an even broader range of devices than first intended, but it's much more likely that significant issues have been found following the issues which dogged the launch of GTA 3 towards the end of last year.

    We've contacted Rockstar directly to try and get an update. In the meantime, if you're looking for a gaming fix, may we suggest checking out the list of 56 titles discounted in the 'Because We May' sale?

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  9. Karucifer added a item in Android   

    Max Payne Mobile for Android AWOL?
    Four weeks ago we shared the unfortunate news that Max Payne Mobile for Android had been delayed by "about a week", following a tweet from Rockstar.

    So where is it? Have they announced another delay? What's going on?

    The short version? Stony silence - never a good sign.

    The PR/marketing folk manning the official RockstarGames account are happy to chat if you want to discuss the new release, Max Payne 3, but enquiries about Max Payne for Android are flatly ignored.

    I'd like to think that they've had a breakthrough and are working diligently on compatibility for an even broader range of devices than first intended, but it's much more likely that significant issues have been found following the issues which dogged the launch of GTA 3 towards the end of last year.

    We've contacted Rockstar directly to try and get an update. In the meantime, if you're looking for a gaming fix, may we suggest checking out the list of 56 titles discounted in the 'Because We May' sale?
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  10. Karucifer added a post in a topic RIM: We'll keep our crown jewel (BBM) to ourselves thanks very much   

    I'm not sure crown jewel is the right term for BBM, I can think of several others which are more fitting - albeit inappropriate to post :-P
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  11. Karucifer added a post in a topic Dexim's 'Visible G' cable lights up your charging   

    I had a horrible experience with these, cable was returned several times before giving up.

    Each time the unit which lights the EL emitted a whining noise, irrespective of the device it was connected to. Fingers crossed it was an issue with a particular batch rather than a general flaw.
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  12. Karucifer added a topic in Windows News   

    Skype Beta for WP7 Released
    Originally touted for around the time Mango release, Skype for Windows Phone finally sees a launch today, albeit in beta form.

    The app supports video, audio and IM on a limited range of hardware, specifically:


    Lumia 800
    Lumia 710
    Samsung Focus S
    Samsung Focus Flash
    HTC Titan
    HTC Radar

    As the screenshots show, Skype have stuck with the standard metro layouts and done little besides, makes you wonder what's been holding them up in getting a release out the door :lol:





    Source: Skype Blog, Marketplace

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  13. Karucifer added a item in Android   

    MoDaCo AppStarter!
    Found an app on the Android Market which was just released and does something particularly cool/innovative/noteworthy?

    Are you a developer who just released a new application that you think is in some way unique or distinctive?

    We want to hear all about it in our new weekly competition: MoDaCo AppStarter
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  14. Karucifer added a topic in Android News   

    MoDaCo AppStarter
    Ok, it's not quite what it sounds, but the premise isn't a million miles away.<br />
    <br />
    Rather than have people pitch to fund the development of their apps, we thought we'd give developers launching new apps a platform for promotion. The more indie and innovative the better. Rough around the edges is ok providing they're unique and more importantly interesting.<br />
    <br />
    So, here's how it's going to work. Every Friday at midday, we'll throw up a new AppStarter post and over the next 7 days accept nominations of applications which have been released in the previous 14.<br />
    <br />
    The team will then go off and investigate said apps, maybe contact the developer(s) and price-permitting test them before naming the MoDaCo AppStarter of the week the following Monday.<br />
    <br />
    Users and developers alike are welcome to submit apps, although if you're a developer we expect you to be up-front about the fact.<br />
    <br />
    Any app which wins the coveted 'AppStarter of the Week' will be permanently recorded here, which will over time hopefully develop into an list of gems and curios for anyone who wants to tinker with something that's a little different.<br />
    <br />
    What's in it for you?<br />
    That's where it gets interesting. If you're the first person to recommend an app to us and it's the app we select, then we've a few prizes in mind, including subscriptions, to free apps, merch and a few cooler rewards that money just can't buy. Some of it will boil down to what you already have, others will be down to where you are in the world.<br />
    <br />
    Let's just say we'll make it worth your while ;-)<br />
    <br />
    The Rules
    The applications have to have been released to market in the 2 weeks prior to the date of each post.<br />
    Developers and any related third parties must disclose their connection to the app.<br />
    In the event two users nominate the same winning app, the user who submitted first is considered winner.<br />
    A valid Market URL must be provided unless the app isn't available on Google Play.<br />
    Interested? Get nominating!<br /> <br />
    <iframe src="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/embeddedform?formkey=dEVsQ1h2NzRWanVUelpHS1NDX2FFY1E6MQ" width="760" height="808" frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0">Loading...</iframe><br />
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  15. Karucifer added a item in Android   

    MoDaCo AppStarter
    Ok, it's not quite what it sounds, but the premise isn't a million miles away.

    Rather than have people pitch to fund the development of their apps, we thought we'd give developers launching new apps a platform for promotion. The more indie and innovative the better. Rough around the edges is ok providing they're unique and more importantly interesting.

    So, here's how it's going to work. Every Friday at midday, we'll throw up a new AppStarter post and over the next 7 days accept nominations of applications which have been released in the previous 14.

    The team will then go off and investigate said apps, maybe contact the developer(s) and price-permitting test them before naming the MoDaCo AppStarter of the week the following Monday.

    Users and developers alike are welcome to submit apps, although if you're a developer we expect you to be up-front about the fact.

    Any app which wins the coveted 'AppStarter of the Week' will be permanently recorded here, which will over time hopefully develop into an list of gems and curios for anyone who wants to tinker with something that's a little different.

    What's in it for you?
    That's where it gets interesting. If you're the first person to recommend an app to us and it's the app we select, then we've a few prizes in mind, including subscriptions, to free apps, merch and a few cooler rewards that money just can't buy. Some of it will boil down to what you already have, others will be down to where you are in the world.

    Let's just say we'll make it worth your while ;-)

    The Rules
    The applications have to have been released to market in the 2 weeks prior to the date of each post.
    Developers and any related third parties must disclose their connection to the app.
    In the event two users nominate the same winning app, the user who submitted first is considered winner.
    A valid Market URL must be provided unless the app isn't available on Google Play.
    Interested? Get nominating!
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