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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Tuloy and Byahe with Noel Cabangon


Get the chance for you and a friend to win FREE TICKETS and watch Noel Cabangon perform live at the Music Museum on September 28, 2012, plus an autographed poster of the concert! Click on this poster to read the full mechanics!


Mechanics:
1. Like the official Philippine Educational Theater Association fan page.

2. Share this promo poster from the Philippine Theater Association fan page to your Facebook wall and tell us why you and a friend should win the free tickets to Noel Cabangon’s Tuloy ang Byahe concert. Don’t forget to click the star(✩) button on your Facebook wall to highlight the poster, and set the privacy setting to Public.

3. The shared promo poster with most number of likes will win two (2) tickets to Noel Cabangon's Tuloy ang Byahe Concert in Music Museum on September 28, plus an autographed concert poster.

4. Contest runs from September 03(Monday) until 5PM of September 06(Thursday). Announcement of winner will be on September 07(Friday).

Call for Short Films

Call for Short Films

Alab seeks for new revolutionaries - men and women who dare to use change to incite change.

Alab calls on young aspiring filmmakers aged 15 to 30 years old to submit short films that dwell on the issues of human rights.


Mechanics

All entries shall be in line the human rights theme of the Active Vista Film Festival.

Film entries must not exceed 15 minutes. Any entry beyond the length requirement would be disqualified. An individual may submit as many entries as possible.

Entries must be independently produced and not produced by commercial producers. Entries should not have been commercially shown.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Essay Writing


Pinoy Stories

Be at the Saguijo Cafe + Bar Events tomorrow as Pinoy Stories launches their new album!!

NVIDIA Rolls Out GeForce 306.23 WHQL Drivers

For Nvidia Users, there's an update on the graphics driver for extra performance in some games like Batman Arkham City, Battlefield 3, Sleeping Dogs, etc.

Following launches of its GeForce GTX 660 and GTX 650 graphics processors earlier this day, NVIDIA released the latest stable version of its GeForce driver suite. GeForce 306.23 WHQL was released for Windows 7/Vista and Windows XP. This is NVIDIA's first WHQL-signed driver launch after GeForce GTX 660 Ti was launched last month. Hence, it includes official support for GeForce GTX 660 Ti, GeForce GTX 660, and GeForce GTX 650. The company also notified that the next WHQL-signed drivers will remove support for legacy GeForce GPUs such as 6-series and 7-series.

GeForce 306.23 WHQL also adds GPU and game-specific performance improvements. Along with the latest patch by its developer, Total War: Shogun 2 will see up to 60% performance improvement with GeForce GTX 680. Performance is also significantly improved for games such as Batman: Arkham City, Dragon Age II, STALKER: Call of Pripyat, and Battlefield 3 (in SLI). SLI profiles were added or improved for a large number of games. The drivers provide early support for applications built with CUDA 5 Preview.

A list of changes follows.

GPU Support
•Adds support for GeForce GTX 660 Ti, GeForce GTX 660, and GeForce GTX 650.
•Legacy Support Notification: GeForce 6-series and GeForce 7-series GPUs will be moved to legacy support after GeForce R304 drivers. GeForce R310 drivers (the next major family of drivers) will not support these products.
Performance Boost – Increases performance for GeForce 400/500/600 Series GPUs in several PC games vs. GeForce 301.42WHQL-certified drivers. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration:

GeForce GTX 680:
•Up to 18% in Batman: Arkham City
•Up to 15% in Dragon Age II
•Up to 10% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
•Up to 60% in Total War: Shogun 2 (fixes performance issue with latest game patch)
GeForce GTX 560:
•Up to 14% inBatman: Arkham City
•Up to 5% in Battlefield 3with SLI
•Up to 4% in Dragon Age II
•Up to 8% in The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kingswith SLI
•Up to 7% in Lost Planet 2
NVIDIA SLI Technology – Adds or updates the following SLI profiles:
•Alan Wake's American Nightmare – added
•Borderlands 2 – added
•Darksiders 2 – added
•End of Nations - added
•F1 2011 – updated
•F1 2012 – added
•Final Fantasy XIV – updated
•Nexuiz - added
•Orcs Must Die! 2 – added
•PlanetSide 2 - updated
•Saints Row: The Third – updated
•Shogun 2: Total War – updated
•Sleeping Dogs – added
•Spec Ops: The Line - added
•The Secret World - updated
•Torchlight II - added
•Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Future Soldier - added
•Tornado Force - added
•Tribes: Ascend – updated
Other Profile Updates
•Added NVIDIA Control Panel antialiasing support for Diablo III
•Added NVIDIA Control Panel antialiasing support for L.A. Noire
•Added NVIDIA Control Panel antialiasing support for Rayman Origins
•Disabled FXAA for several Windows programs like Media Player and Movie Maker.
NVIDIA CUDA
•Includes support for applications built using CUDA 5 Preview or earlier version of the CUDA Toolkit.

Source:<click here for link>

Blade and Soul MMORPG

NCsoft today revealed that it is bringing hit Korean MMORPG Blade & Soul to Western markets and sent two trailers along to introduce the game to its new intended audience.


Blade & Soul is a martial-arts focused Asian fantasy MMO under development by NCsoft's Team Bloodlust. The game has reached a concurrent-user peak of 230,000 players already in Korea, putting it solidly in the territory of other Korean hits like Tera and Aion.

The action looks good, and the Qing Gong ("light body") movement makes us want to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon around every game. As soon as NCsoft has a Western release date, we'll let you know.

Source: <click here for link>

Indiependensya Forums

IN INDIEPENDENSYA:

Two short forums on history of national resistance in film, as well as women, imperialism and cultural resistance, will be held on SEPTEMBER 17 (1PM) and SEPTEMBER 18 (6PM), respectively. On Sept. 17, resource person will be UP College of Mass Communication Dean Rolando Tolentino, while on Sept. 18, Prof. Sarah Raymundo and Ms. Monique Wilson will speak.

See you there! Films (and forums) for free! Film festival for freedom!

Baling Book Drive and Fundraising

Today, Friday. September 14th. The whole of 154 Maginhawa compound in cooperation with Blacksoup Art Cafe and Camera Cart Photography Studio is holding a book fair plus concert tonight 6pm. It's a fundraising activity for a friend who has cancer. Entrance fee is 200 bucks w/ free refreshments. Everyone is invited!

iPhone 101


Think Big: The 1st Mompreneur Summit

This will happen on September 15, 2012, Saturday, from 9am to 4pm at the Hotel Intercontinental in Makati City. More info at http://mompreneurmanila.com/2012/08/think-big-the-1st-mompreneur-summit/

WHEN Workshop Series


Blog Weekend Bootcamp

Jumpstart your blogging career by joining the 1st Blog Weekend Bootcamp. Get the chance to learn from the best!

Hurry and grab your tickets now. http://blogweekendbootcamp.eventbrite.com/

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Counter-Strike :Global Offensive


The counter-strike series haven't really changed much since it first came out in 1999. And the game sticks to its core elements even in its newest update, Counter Strike: Global Offensive.


Long time CS players fans will both rejoice and be disappointed with the fact that the gameplay and mechanics are still the same. While it's great to know that not a lot has changed and familiarity is comfortable, there's also a lack of fresh innovation. There are only a few new weapons. Plus, out of the sixteen maps, 8 are recycled from previous versions in the series, such as Dust, Dust 2, Office, Italy, Aztec and etc.

But then, there are a few new updates. Firstly, the visuals have gotten an upgrade, giving you updated visuals of maps, characters, and weapons. There are also two new gameplay modes -- Arms Race and Domination. In Arms Race you have unlimited lives and you receive a new weapon after every kill.

Domination, on the other hand, is when the terrorists plant a bomb at the bomb site, or either side can eliminate all opposing players to win the match. You only have one life, so you better be careful and have a strategy else be prepared to watch your mates in the spectator screen.

CS: GO is great for old timers and newbies alike, but then on a sidenote, it provides little reason for fans to upgrade.

Decapitated

Decapitated "650 Php" Early Bird tickets available at the following events this coming Saturday, September 15, 2012
* BKB Bar - Nuclear Brutal Punishment Party
* Inggos Bar - Rakista Jam
For ticket reservations text 09152951095 or call 02 8190010

UP Panel Discussion Series

As part of our 50th Anniversary Celebration, the UP Philosophical Society invites you to the first installment of our Golden Anniversary Panel Discussion Series on "Philosophy and the Social Sciences" tomorrow, 1:00-4:00pm at PH400, Guest speaker would be Prof. Paolo Bolanos, Ph.D, UST Department of Philosophy Chair.

See you!

Take Control

Only 1 day left to submit your photos, ladies! Starting tomorrow, you can also begin to rally your friends to vote for your entry by clicking the "like" button on your post. The voting period is until September 28, 2012 only. https://apps.facebook.com/livethealife/main.php

Cherry Mobile Robinsons Place Malate Now Open

Cherry Mobile Android Corner Store now open at Robinsons Place Malate Level 3, Midtown Wing. Dropby this weekend (Sept. 14 to 16) to avail of exciting promos and freebies.

Opening Promo:
SMARTPHONE:
Candy @ P1,999 only
Orbit @ P2,499 only
W900 @ P5,999 only
Magnum 2X @ P8,999 only
TABLET:
Cherry Pad Paladin @ P3,999 only
Supreme @ P9,999 only

Level Up Sale at Cherry Mobile Stores

Mag LEVEL-UP NA! For only P799 pesos, Ang Camera phone mo, may bluetooth pa! Promo is from September 14-16 2012 only. Available in all Cherry Mobile stores, kiosks and accredited dealers nationwide.

Social Good Summit is on September 22

Join #iPHLgood: The Social Good Summit in Manila on September 22, 2012, 3pm at the Fuller Hall of the Asian Institue of Management.

Take note that you have to reserve a slot via Eventbrite to get in! Click here: http://bit.ly/iPHLgood.

Uchusentai Noizi


2nd Ultimate Taste Test

Buy 5 tickets, get 1 free!

This very limited offer is only valid for today until Saturday (until tickets last)., so hurry up and get your tickets NOW!

Foss is Green


Search For The Singing Police


Calling all police men and women who are still active in service and have the voice to be named as the Grand Champion in the Search for Singing Police.

Eliminations at SM City Clark is on September 19, 2012, 4pm at The Event Centre.

Get A Chance To Meet Alodia and Ashley

See you this Saturday after Showtime, at the "Best of Anime" event in SMX, MoA, 4-6pm @ the Wheatgrass C.A.N. booth! ♥

To be part of the 100 exclusive participants, please read mechanics on the poster. Looking forward to meeting you guys! :D

Bluetooth and Wi-Fi


Ice Cream Weekday Sale


Networking Night


Korean Film Festival Schedules




Rock Da Quad


10 Things We Love About The iPhone 5

The newest iPhone at a glance (with a nifty infographic)!

The proposed 2013 National Government Budget.


iPhone 10


Is Selling Pre-Owned Games Considered Piracy?


Piracy is unauthorized duplication of patented merchandise, but buying second hand legit games is not Piracy.

Buying and selling second hand games is legal. Check online and you'll see similar items for sale, there are per-owned games. I've bought and sold games for a bargain. Game developers just don't like it because they won't earn from it. The only thing they can do is tie the hard copy game to your account. 
1 disk 1 console policy?

If this stupidity will come true, expect another video game crash for people will stop buying video games and they will shift to a more feasible hobby...I hope that will not happen.

I dare the next gen console to implement this, they'll dig their own graves.

Second hand = piracy on game, I still think that the intention of game developers is to sell their games per individual player. You can stretch that to, probably your family member, girlfriend, etc. But if you sell the game to others, the second hand buyer of the game committed an offense equal to piracy to the eyes of the developer. Think about it, if you pass around a single copy of a game, sell it as second hand after installation to a million player, you think that would be OK to the game dev?

But since there's no law about it, that is why lately multiplayer games are becoming popular, or similar online gaming. That way, they can tie the game to our accounts, increasing the number of individual sales.

One of the rights of an owner is the right to dispose his property whenever he wants to. If you cannot dispose your property, then chances are it is not your property. For me it is not piracy to sell second hand games because you are just exercising your right as an owner of the game to dispose it when you please. To limit such disposition of the game is equal to frustrating one's right to own that physical copy of the game.

But you may argue that we are talking about software here. Exactly my point because, as far as I am concerned, software are like houses too or cars or toys for that matter since these all belong to the same classification: personal properties. To create an exception in favor of software will be absurd since how do we classify it now if obviously it can be appropriated as well, and be subjected of our dominion, like the rest of the properties that we know of. For a software not to be a property, it must be outside the commerce of man which is obviously not the case.

I may understand your argument if you say that the effect of selling a second hand game, in the eyes of the developer, is similar to that of piracy. But to equate the act of selling a second hand game to piracy is too premature a conclusion and is very damaging especially to those who just can't afford to buy a full priced game but nevertheless still want to convey a message to the developers that they appreciate their work.

I think there's a difference on our treatment of the word "piracy". I may be wrong in that I am stretching it too far. But I think, we really have to treat software differently from tangible properties. Exactly why we have licenses that's open source software, which you are free to share and modify, and some that are not.

When you buy software, you're not buying it as a property, you are paying for the rights to use the software. Its not like "I'm fed up with Windows 7, here's my disc at half the prize, and I'll just install Ubuntu from now on", it doesn't work like that. In essence, you are buying a legitimate copy by purchasing from legitimate sources, but the "legal aspect" of the game ends with you. The next person buying the second hand game may own your legitimate copy, but doesn't own it legally, as he did not pay for its rights from the game developer.

Also, lets think about it like this. There's DRM free games, with no activation. Example is Torchlight II (to be released on the 20th, yay!). You pay $20 and you may download the game from the developers site. Question, if you've had enough of the game, can you sell that as second hand? I can burn it to a disc and sell it, its a legit copy anyway. The guy who buys it can sell it afterwards, and again and again. How does this differ from someone who downloaded a torrent copy?

Why do you call downloading a game that you did not pay for as piracy? Those games that you bought from Quiapo, or downloaded from a torrent site, but if you paid for the second hand copy,  should you call that legit?

For me, if you reproduce it that's piracy but if you sell your copy while losing all of your rights to use or destroy it, it's still legit. Let me finish my point by saying that it's better if we just agree to disagree instead since both sides have really valid points.These views can make for a good thesis topic, and we could probe about it deeper on both valid points.
 

Ainol Novo 7 Fire Review


Specifications:

AMLogic-M6 1.5GHz Dual-Core CPU with Mali400 400MHz Dual-Core GPU
7" 1280x800 HD-Resolution IPS with 5-Touch Capacitive Screen
2.0MP Front-Facing and 5.0MP Rear-Facing Camera with LED Flash
Wi-Fi B/G/N, Bluetooth 2.1, Accelerometer, Light Sensor and G-Sensor
1GB DDR3 RAM, 16GB Storage with microSD Slot upto 32GB
5000mAh 3.7V Battery Capacity, Magnesium-Aluminum Alloy Shell
Pre-installed Google PlayStore and other Essential Applications
Android OS 4.0.4 IceCreamSandwich.


Performance Benchmark:

 Additional Improvements:

--HD Resolution IPS Screen - as discussed above, its really great and comparable to other expensive brands, text are much clearer, images are very vivid making the Novo7 Fire suitable for reading e-Books or Magazines and watching HD Movies. You can even use the Tablet outdoor, thanks to its IPS Screen technology which other expensive brands also use. However, don't expect too much as it doesn't have Super AMOLED screen that defy the Sunlight. Around 30% view-able @ maximum brightness under the Sun is still good though.

--5000mAh Battery Capacity - much larger than any other 7" China brands has to offer. A fully charged battery could last 7hrs of Wi-Fi Browsing, Video Playing, and Gaming under optimum settings.

--Bluetooth 2.1 - most Ainol fans has found answers to their request. Now Ainol included a built-in Bluetooth 2.1 to their Novo7 Fire. Users can now use Bluetooth Headset for listening musics, or browse your Mobile Phones and PC to copy its content and vise-versa.

--Light Sensor - this feature auto-adjust the Tablet's brightness depending on the environment. Quite a good feature to have.

--Improved Wi-Fi Antenna - one major update from the Wi-Fi antenna that were also used on Ainol Novo7 Aurora-2. It now has Aluminum Foil placed on the Wi-Fi metal antenna which was missing on Novo7 Aurora-2, result; poor Wi-Fi range. Novo7 Fire's Wi-Fi should now perform lot better with its improved Wi-Fi antenna.

The Cons:

--Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 - Android OS ICS-4.0.4 isn't bad, but Google Nexus 7 showed us how good Jelly Bean 4.1 experience is and made us to crave for that Android OS be installed on our Android Tablets. Ainol doesn't have such great support when it comes to latest firmware, other China brands especially Tablets with Rockchip RK3066 CPU offers stable Jelly Bean 4.1 as stock firmware.

--Minor Overheating - like we mentioned above, this could be fix by an optimized kernel on Ainol's future release firmware. Leaving the tablet at default Normal CPU mode is recommended.

--No built-in GPS & 3G - well, this isn't expected on such cheap device like these China Tablets. Including this feature would make the Ainol Novo7 Fire a complete Tablet a normal users could have. It does support External 3G using several list of USB-3G Dongles via OTG-cable.

 User Experience - Video Review:




Ainol Novo 7 Crystal


AINOL NOVO 7 CRYSTAL. Jelly bean for $139.

Engadget news:  <click here for link>

Interesting MODs for Nexus 7

Bobclock D3 clock widget


Completely Internal OTG Mod
<click here for link>

Nexus 7 internal sd card
<click here for link>

Nexus7 UMTS-Stick extern working(broadband stick)
<click here for link>
<click here for link> - developer

[Mod] Make/Receive Free Phone Calls! {V3} [Now Easier!]
<click here for link>

Nexus Wallpapers by Radu Neda
http://www.mediafire.com/?qgj2lq13ecdbw5z


*credit of image goes to multo, TPC

Free Sottocopy Services


SEPT 18-21 | PHYSCI 1/F | 8AM-11AM

Filipino Freethinkers-UPLB will provide free SOTTOCOPY services to students! Sulitin na ang libreng paxerox! :-)

For student orgs, you may advertise with us! Just contact us through (Ryan) 09153707740 or uplb@filipinofreethinkers.org.

Korean Film Festival


Victims of EA


Handy infographic on EA.

This does not include yet Pandemic Studios (developer of Star Wars Battlefront, Saboteur, Mercenaries) that was shitdown last  2009.

I think Criterion, DICE at BIoware are the only remaining from the list.

EA visceral games makers of Deadspace is still good. :)

Funny EA divided Bioware into 5 studios. xD

EA Bioware—focuses on creating multiplatform, role-playing, MMO and strategy games.

BioWare Edmonton
BioWare Austin
BioWare Montreal
BioWare Mythic (formerly Mythic Entertainment)
BioWare Victory (formerly Victory Games)

Victory is the former EA LA the developer of C&C games, its now just a brand of Bioware to cover up their former name.

However, Westwood Studios were the ones that created C&C games. It was bought by EA in 1998, tthen closed in 2003. That was why there was EA LA from 2003 until 2010. Then it became Victory Games, until 2011 it became Bioware Victory.

And Westwood Studios was the pioneer of "modern" RTS with Dune II. They inspired Blizzard to create Warcraft (their prior game was The Lost Vikings). Then eventually the Command & Conquer games were born. And the game Command & Conquer: Red Alert featured one of the most iconic songs of PC gaming history: Hell March.

Piracy helps a big deal on killing those devs as well.

GeForce GTX 660 and GeForce GTX 650 Launching


The launch of the new cards – GeForce GTX 660 and GeForce GTX 650 is today, 13th September.


The GTX 660 (non-Ti) is based on the GK106 core architecture which packs 960 cores and a 2GB GDDR5 (192-bit) memory. Core clock is maintained at 980/1033MHz and 6008MHz for memory. TDP is rated at 140W and card requires a single 6-Pin connector for power.


The GTX 650 on the other hand is based on the GK107 core architecture which already exists on the GT 640 GPU however this version while packing the same 384 cores runs faster at 1058MHz core and 5GHz memory clocks. The card has a TDP of 75W due to which the board requires a 6 Pin connector to boot. The GTX 660 cost $229 while the GTX 650 cost $149.

These are the international prices, expect a variation in Philippine prices.


Gaming performance of both GPUs can be seen here.


Choose your weapon

Discover the new GeForce GTX 660 and GeForce GTX 650 graphics card
NVIDIA in a new era of gaming:

The new GeForce GTX graphics cards with NVIDIA kepler technology are the fastest and powerful graphic cards all times, Until now, graphics card performance level on this only for hard-core gaming fans. But now everything is different.

Now the Kepler family comes to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 with these graphics cards – the weapon of choice for gamers – and the powerful low-cost GeForce GTX 650 graphics card. Choose your weapon and fire away.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Mocha Playboy Philippines September 2012 Issue

THE MOCHA GIRLS: POP FEMME FATALE

The femme fatales prove to be steady with the ever-changing local pop scene. The Mocha Girls have all the trappings of a pop act, but beyond the seamless and fiercely feminine image is a thrust that goes beyond the rhythm of the local sphere. The girls are out to preach sexual freedom, urging debate and exploring self-empowerment as they go.

Science Brewery


MindBurst presents Science Brewery, an extraordinary concoction of talk and workshops to fire up your minds!

Join us as we celebrate science month on September 23, Sunday, ONLY at The Mind Museum!

The Problem with Toolkits


Most common errors that we've encountered in the international forums are done thru the use of toolkits.


Google has always intended users to utilize the images and platform tools for everyone that is why it is available for all. The problem with toolkits is that it is not always updated and people who use it rarely read the FAQs. They may have the same procedure but some developers of these toolkits update them very late and people have already used the incorrect method. True that it's a one click guide but then the danger lies in the long run. Too many posts have already been seen with the lines, "help my nexus won't turn on. I used this and that toolkit...". That's what we need to avoid.

Using fastboot and adb method is actually very simple and you don't need to be a developer in order to learn the process. One particular example is someone used the toolkit method and got an update. Whatever he did he couldn't get the update to install successfully. It was because of the cwm that was installed. It could have been easily fixed by bringing back a file like recovery_from_boot.p and reboot in order to get the stock recovery but the toolkit deleted that file so you need to flash again. Had the person know how to use fastboot, he could have easily solved it in one step. However, since he does not, he had to either look for a cwm flashable stock recovery or reflash the full rom again. He could not find the latter so he had to undergo the process of backing up and restoring all of his data. This is what I'm trying to avoid for users of Nexus devices.

Check out this thread in xda: <click here for link>

It wouldn't hurt to know the process in playing around with your phone/tablet. Nexus units have actually the easiest and most accessible internals and a few command lines will not hurt. At least you learn in the long run.

This is the method i've been using since nexus one days.

I've been using Nexus gadgets for quite some time and have always followed this method. In case anyone is interested, let me share.

How to flash factory images to you Nexus 7 using manual or adb/fastboot method and root(optional)

Files needed:
1. Asus usb drivers: <click here for link>
UND: <click here for link>
2. Factory images from google developer site: <click here for link>
JB 4.1.1 <click here for link>
3. Fastboot and adb files: <click here for link>
4. For root(optional)
SuperSU: <click here for link>
CWM: <click here for link>

Instructions:
1. Create a folder in your desktop and name it "nexus7"
2. Download the drivers and extract in the folder "nexus7"
3. Download the JB 4.1.1 image and extract in the folder "nexus7". The first extraction would show another zip file in that so also extract it in the "nexus7" folder.
4. Download the fastboot and adb files and extract also in the "nexus7" folder
5. Download the optional root files needed and also place in the "nexus7" folder

At this point check the "nexus7" folder and see if you have:
a folder named usb_driver_r06_windows
a folder named universal_naked_driver_xxxxx
4 files that say "adb" in the beginning and 2 files that say "fastboot"
5 files that end in .img
If you plan to root, there should also be the files "cwm-xxxxxxx.zip and touch recovery 5.img" in the folder
some additional files that we don't need for this but it's better that all are inside

5. Turn on your tablet and go to settings - developers options and turn on usb debugging
6. connect your tablet to the pc. at this point you may need to manually install the drivers using device manager. some pc's would automatically do it but if you are prompted, do it manually and point to the folder on your desktop inside the "nexus7" folder named usb_driver_r06xxx
7. if all goes well, open a command prompt
8. navigate to the folder on your desktop. normally, commands for that is "cd desktop" then press enter then "cd nexus7" then enter
9. type "adb devices". there should be a prompt showing the serial number of the device if successful. if no serial number is shown, that means the drivers did not install properly. go to device manager of your pc to check and verify
10. type "adb reboot bootloader". this would make your tablet go into bootloader or fastboot mode. this is with the android figure and on top of the screen you see the word "START"
11. at this point the pc would prompt again for usb recognition so you need to install the naked drivers. do the same manual method as in number 6 but point it to the folder universal_naked_driver_xxxxx
12. type "fastboot devices" if successful, just like in number 9, there should be a serial number on the pc screen. if no serial number appears, driver installation for fastboot mode failed so you need to redo number 11. easiest way to start again is to simply remove the cabe from the tablet and reinsert

when all above has been met, you have passed the most difficult part in flashing. most people have issues with driver recognition and stop there so they never learn how to properly flash.

13. type "fastboot oem unlock". this unlocks your bootloader so you can flash images. this procedure will wipe out your device. if your device is already unlocked, (you see a lock icon in the Google logo when turning on your device) skip this step
14. your tablet will verify if you want to unlock the bootloader. navigate with volume buttons and choose yes with power button. the phone will reboot to the same interface but the very last line at the bottom will show the word "UNLOCKED"
14a. if at this point you only want to root and not flash the system files, skip 15-25.
15. type "fastboot reboot-bootloader"
16. type "fastboot flash bootloader bootloader-grouper-3.34.img"
17. type "fastboot reboot-bootloader"
18. type "fastboot flash system system.img"
19. type "fastboot flash userdata userdata.img"
20. type "fastboot flash boot boot.img"
21. type "fastboot flash recovery recovery.img"
22. type "fastboot erase cache"
23. type "fastboot reboot-bootloader"
24. (optional) type "fastboot oem lock". i mentioned optional because if you need to unlock again, all data will be erased. i personally do not lock it unless i need to bring back a nexus gadget for warranty. i suggest not locking as well but it will be a matter of choice.
25. type "fastboot reboot"

You are now done and you can start set up. I suggest also that after the initial boot, you do a factory reset because there is a bug in the nexus 7 when restoring to factory state that the storage of the 16gb version shows only 8gb total. A factory reset will bring it back to 16gb.

For rooting:
1. Copy the file "cwm-xxxxxxxx.zip" to your virtual sdcard. a simple copy-paste would do
2. Assuming you came from step 14 above, you'd still be in the bootloader mode so just type "fastboot boot touch recovery 5.img" on the terminal in your pc. If you are coming from a fresh boot, simply turn off the device, hold volume up and down and press power in order to access bootloader mode.
3. type "fastboot boot touch recovery 5.img"
4. Your phone interface should now show the touch recovery image with the option to "install zip from sdcard", touch on that and choose zip from sd card. You'd see the cwm file you copy pasted and click on it. Follow the prompts and after which use the power button to go back to the main menu then hit Reboot. You're done. 

*credits to multo, TPC

Raspberry Pi Model B Revision 2.0

Good news guys.... RPI model b rev 2 will be manufactured in UK not in China.

Based on what I've read, from the very start they really planned on producing the Raspberry Pi in the UK but at that time they couldn't find a company who could do it, that's why they decided to have it manufactured from China.

EA Tried to Buy Valve for $1 Billion


EA sought to buy Valve for $1 billion

http://www.gamespot.com/news/ea-sought-to-buy-valve-for-1-billion-report-6394880
FIFA and Battlefield publisher Electronic Arts has reportedly been making a play to purchase Half-Life and Portal studio Valve. The New York Times reports that EA has sought to purchase the firm for years, valuing the company at well over $1 billion.
Interesting part in the article
“Gabe Newell says company would rather “disintegrate” than sell out.”
Typical EA, buying out a good company. Buti na lang hindi approve kay Gabe.

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