Change of direction for dorkfiles

Change is coming

As we progress into the world of tomorrow we plan to evolve and take the next step on making dorkfiles your goto site for tools, apps, tricks and tips ranging from ripping a blu ray disc to flashing a google android rom to your device.

Rather then gathering developers and having them release roms exclusive to dorkfiles we have since decided that we will offer ROMS, mods and so on from everywhere, no more limits we are removing the clique from dorkfiles and making things more accessible to everyone.

For those of you wondering about the roms, we will continue to host the current set of roms just for the fact many people still download them everyday so we consider them active on this website.

 

We wish you well and hope you will join us on the re outfitting of dork files.

Sharp Aquos Crystal officially announced for Sprint; $239 off-contract

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Yesterday we learned of the Sharp Aquos Crystal, the latest smartphone by the Japanese company. It’s an edge-to-edge smartphone with a border so thin it almost doesn’t look real. But it is real, and it’s headed to Sprint here in the United States. In case you missed the specs rodeo yesterday here’s a quick recap:

  • 5-inch edge-to-edge HD display
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • Sprint Spark LTE
  • 8MP rear-facing and 1.2MP front-facing cameras
  • HD Voice
  • Embedded 2,040mAh battery
  • 1.2GHz quad-core processor
  • 1.5GB of ram and 8GB of internal storage
  • Harman’s Clari-Fi audio technology

Nothing terribly exciting going on there, but for the $239 Sprint is looking to sell it for (that’s $10 per month with $0 down on Sprint’s Easy Pay upgrade program) you can’t ask for a whole ton. Sharp may not be the most solid name in the phone industry, but the company has established itself as a pretty good electronics OEM over the years and it’s nice to see them finally breaking into the United States wireless market.

Now let’s just hope the bigger, more powerful sibling Sharp Aquos Crystal X will follow right behind it. No release date details for the Aquos Crystal just yet, but you can bet we’ll be passing that info along as soon as we get it. We’re in New York City to test the thing out for ourselves so stay tuned to Phandroid if you’re looking for some hands-on coverage.

ASUS begins teasing smart watch announcement for IFA

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We weren’t sure how accurate reports of ASUS wanting to bring a new smart watch were, but it appears they were spot on if the Taiwanese company’s latest Tweet is anything to go by. A new teaser posted to their account shows the following caption atop a shadowy watch figure:

Time has been transformed, and we have changed.

It’s a quote by Khalil Gibran, a Lebanese artist and poet. We’re not sure if the origin of said quote is relevant to whatever smart watch ASUS will unveil, but there it is anyway. If rumors are to be believed, ASUS will employ Android Wear for their software needs. That’s not too surprising considering they were named as one of the first Android Wear partners back when the platform was first unveiled.

From what we can tell the smart watch will boast a square-ish aspect ratio with rounded corners, though that’s all we can gleam from the teaser. For software we can expect ASUS to line up with Google’s mandate that prohibits OEMs from deeply customizing Android, so there shouldn’t be many surprises on that front.

ASUS has been known to undercut their competitors in terms of price in various arenas, including tablets, notebook computers and even computer monitors. We certainly hope they’ll look to do the same with their Android Wear smart watch. The unveiling happens September 3rd in Berlin at IFA, so be sure to wake up nice and early to get all the details if it’s something you’ve been anticipating.

Link Bubble 1.3.0 update brings Android Wear support, Pro version now 50% off for a limited time

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Link Bubble is one of the best apps to happen to Android in a long time and today, a new update is adding some fun new functionality to the app. Android Wear users (or future ones) will be happy to find the popup web browser now supports Android Wear in version 1.3.0 — but not exactly how you’d think.

Link Bubble screenshots

Link Bubble has no intention of offering a full web browsing experience on wearables. Instead — once it’s been enabled in the app’s settings — Link Bubble will merely skim out the necessary text found in a webpage, displaying it as a handy little card on your smartwatch. It’s much the same way Android Wear handles lengthy emails. Link Bubble Android Wear cards only offer 2 actions with the ability to close the bubble (tab) on your phone, or open it.

There are other improvements found in the update as well, items like enhanced notification controls (hide or collapse bubbles), better support for Android L Developer Preview, a weird new animation (we don’t like it), and an improved incognito mode. If this sounds like another great app you’d like to throw on your LG G Watch or Samsung Gear Live, you have yet another reason to buy: Link Bubble Pro is now 50% off for a limited time. Download links provided below.

Link Bubble (Playboard) | Link Bubble (Play Store)

Link Bubble Pro (Playboard) | Link Bubble Pro (Play Store)

Instagram launches Snapchat-like Bolt, not yet available in the US

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After leaking out ahead of time via an in-app banner ad, Facebook-owned Instagram is finally ready to reveal their latest project: Bolt. Joining the current trend in mobile messaging apps, Bolt looks to take on heavy weights like Snapchat, while stealing the best ideas from apps like Taptalk.

The app looks to offer a way for quickly messaging friends with photos without the down time. In fact, things are handled so quickly, the app effectively replaces the shutter button with the face of your friends you’d like to share a photo with. There’s no way to share the same photo with multiple people, meaning you’d have to snap a whole new picture using the in-app camera (no gallery uploads allowed). Video is done by simply holding on your friend’s face/shutter button.

Once a received photo is viewed, it’s gone forever. One particularly neat feature is the ability to “undo” a sent photo by quickly shaking your phone after a photo has been taken. This should help avoid any embarrassment should you have accidentally tapped the wrong person’s face with your junk exposed. Also interesting is accounts use your actual phone number — not your Instagram or Facebook account — meaning you should be able to quickly access everyone in your contacts.

The app is seeing an official soft launch today and where we’d like to offer you guys a hands on or images, unfortunately this release is only available to Singapore, South Africa, and New Zealand. Instagram says they want to make sure they can scale things accordingly in other parts of the globe first, where 65% of their user base currently resides.

A few weeks back, we saw a survery showing only a very small percentage of Instagram users taking advantage of their newly rolled out Direct Messaging feature. We’re not sure how well everyone will take to Bolt, but in the search for that next best thing, you can’t really fault them for trying.

Download on Google Play: Bolt

[TechCrunch]