News: CyanogenMod 6.0 arrives, Gmail Priority Inbox, Sprint Epic 4G released, Android LVL tips


  • CyanogenMod-6.0, first stable Android 2.2 based CyanogenMod distribution, is released for the following phones: Nexus One, Motorola Droid, HTC EVO, HTC Desire, HTC Incredible, HTC Hero (GSM/CDMA), HTC Dream (T-Mobile G1), HTC Magic, HTC Aria, MT3G Slide. Find a version for your phone here. CyanogenMod is a free, community built distribution of Android 2.2 (Froyo) which greatly extends the capabilities of your phone. List of changes in CyanogenMod-6.0.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab presented at the IFA conference in Berlin. First impressions from Android and Me and Tim Bray.
  • In response to a recently published article on how to disable Android LVL (License Verification Library) check, Android Developers blog published must read tips for any paid Android app developer on making LVL  related code more secure: code obfuscation, modifying the license library, making your application tamper-resistant and offloading license validation to a trusted server.
  • DROID Incredible gets Android 2.2 update.
  • Samsung Epic 4G is now available from Sprint. Sprint’s variation of Samsung Galaxy S line includes slide-out hardware keyboard, dual cameras, LED flash and 4G. The phone currently runs on Android 2.1, although it is expected to be upgraded to 2.2 soon.

  • Gmail introduces Priority Inbox: an inbox for your most important emails.
  • Get more out of calling in Gmail: call screening, switching calls between Gmail and other phones, recording incoming calls, click to dial with the Chrome Extension.
  • Chrome browser turns 2 and first stable build of Chrome 6 is released.
  • Arstechnica: No longer a hobby? $99 Apple TV drops storage, integrates Netflix.

Interesting articles:

  • New York Times: Four Useful Google Docs Tricks - group editing, language translation, OCR and editing of scanned documents, self-updating spreadsheets.
  • Telegraph: Netflix lets its staff take as much holiday as they want, whenever they want – and it works. 128-page presentation by Netflix: Reference Guide on our Freedom & Responsibility Culture.
  • Article by Vivek Wadhwa about ageism - Silicon Valley’s Dark Secret: It’s All About Age. Dave Winer nods in agreement: What they say about age is true.
  • Luke Hutchison: Carpal Tunnel? Maybe not, it’s probably your shoulders (Everything I have learned about RSI).
  • Fred Wilson:  What A CEO Does - “A CEO does only three things. Sets the overall vision and strategy of the company and communicates it to all stakeholders. Recruits, hires, and retains the very best talent for the company. Makes sure there is always enough cash in the bank. CEO should delegate all other tasks to his or her team.
  • Techcrunch: Y Combinator’s Biggest Demo Day Yet Draws Throng Of Investors.
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