Change of direction for dorkfiles

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.

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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]

Android Deals: Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 for $279, super savings on super hero movies, and more

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If you’re in the market for a new tablet, today’s deals might be for you. The savings start with the Galaxy Tab Pro but they don’t end there. Deals abound on plenty of apps and games as well as music and movies to help round out the month of July. Speaking of rounding out the month, you’ll want to check back Friday as we’ve got some big news and even bigger deals coming your way in the very near future. For now, all deals below were active as of the time of posting. Act quickly, they won’t last forever.

Hardware & Accessories

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Get the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 for $279.99 at Best Buy, though you will have to make it all the way to checkout to reveal this deep discount. Normally priced around $329 for the 16GB WiFi-only model, this deal sees $50 knocked off the standard price. [Best Buy]

Snag a refurbished ASUS MeMo Pad for $64.99 at Newegg. Not the most amazing tablet by any means, but it’s a killer deal for this aging 7-inch Android slate. A savings of over 50%. [Newegg]

Save $80 on Beats by Dre Wireless On-Ear headphones as part of eBay’s Daily Deals. These headphones normally go for an asking price closer to $300, but now you can keep some cash in the wallet and still snag a pair of great sounding Bluetooth wireless headphones that pair perfectly with your Android smartphone. [eBay]

Apps & Games

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The folks at Runtastic have knocked down the pricing on several of their fitness-oriented apps. If you are feeling a bit more sedentary, perhaps you can take advantage of great savings on KING OF FIGHTERS as wells as Sprinkle Islands.

Apps

  • Cameringo – $0.99
  • Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder – $1.99 (was $3.99)
  • Math Formula Wizard – Amazon Free App of the Day
  • Runtastic Heart Rate PRO – $0.99 (was $1.99)
  • Runtastic Sit-Ups PRO – $1.19 (was $2.99)

Games

  • Dr. Panda’s Restaurant 2 – $0.99 (was $2.99)
  • House of 1000 Doors – $0.99 (was $2.99)
  • KING OF FIGHTERS ’97 – $1.99 (was $3.99)
  • RPG Record of Agarest War – $7.40 (was $14.99)
  • Sprinkle Islands – $0.99 (was $1.99)

Music & Media

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Google has a solid selection of super hero flicks to help ease us out of ComicCon weekend. Also, there are some great deals to be had on classic albums at both Amazon and Google Play.

Music Singles

  • Black Widow – Iggy Azalea ($0.69)
  • Forerunner Foray – Lese Majesty (Google Play Free Song of the Week)
  • To The Side – Sir Michael Rocks (Free)
  • Wasted – Tiesto ($0.69)

Music Albums

  • 16 Biggest Hits – Willie Nelson ($5.00)
  • Corazon – Santana ($6.99)
  • Diploid Love – Brody Dalle ($6.99)
  • Madonna – Madonna ($3.99)
  • Stockholm – Chrissy Hynde ($6.99)
  • Thriller – Michael Jackson ($5.00)

Movies

  • Man of Steel ($6.99)
  • The Amazing Spider-Man ($7.99)
  • The Dark Knight Rises ($6.99)

TV Shows

  • 24 (Season 8, $13.99)
  • Manhattan (S1E1, Free)
  • Rush (S1E1, Free)
  • The Dead Files (S5E1, Free)

[Find any great deals not included here? Be sure to send them our way or share in the comments below!]

5 hilarious Android phone pranks that are completely harmless [VIDEO]

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If you’re like me you find great joy in pulling pranks on your friends. When a perfectly planned and executed prank comes together it is a thing of beauty. Nowadays everyone is carrying a device that is chock full of pranking potential. Of course I’m talking about smartphones, in particular those running Android. The possibilities are as limitless as your imagination, but here are 5 of my favorites to get you started.

Your friends and loved ones are now targets. The first step to any good phone prank is to find an unattended phone without a security lock. Let the pranking begin.

Contacts Switcheroo

One of the oldest phone tricks in the book is a prank that I call Contacts Switcheroo. In this prank you will trick your target into calling or texting the wrong person. All you’re going to do is change the phone number of your target’s most used contact to someone they might not want to call or text. Here is one mischievous example that could prove to be very embarrassing to your target.

  • Open the People or Contacts app
  • Copy the phone number for their most contacted friend
  • Now find their mom or dad
  • Change their parents phone number to the number you copied
  • Make sure to save!
  • Now when your target goes to call or text their parents they will instead be talking to a friend. The real embarrassing results of this prank will come if your target does a lot of texting. They could accidentally send an embarrassing text to their friend, like “can you pick up some Pepto, I have diarrhea.” This is just one example of how you can use this prank.

    TalkBack and Big Text

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    This prank will drive your target crazy, and is hilarious for you to watch as it happens. Android has some very handy options for people with disabilities in the Accessibility settings. For the purpose of this prank we will be using these options to annoy your target. Every time your target touches something on the screen, or they get a notification, a voice will narrate it. On top of that we will also make all of the text gigantic. This is going to be great.

  • Go to Settings > Accessibility
  • Scroll down and check the box next to “Large text”
  • Scroll back up and tap on “TalkBalk.” Flip the switch in the upper right to “on”
  • Tap “OK” on the pop-up screen (a tutorial may show you how to use TalkBack mode)
  • Back out of the Settings so your target has no idea how to turn this off*
  • Now sit back and watch as your target tries to figure out how the heck to use their phone. Every single tap they make will be politely narrated for your enjoyment.

    *In order to navigate in TalkBack mode you will need to tap once to highlight and then double-tap to actually select something. To scroll you need to use two fingers.

    Cracked Screen

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    Nothing is worse than cracking the screen on your smartphone. We can use the tragedy of a cracked screen to make an awesome prank. Next time your target so much as touches their device it will look like a nasty crack has ruined it. The best part about this prank is a simple app will do all the work for us.

  • Open the Play Store and search for “cracked screen”
  • Download “Crack Your Screen Prank“
  • Open the app and go into the settings
  • Check the box next to “Touch to Crack”
  • Tap “Back” and then “Ready!”
  • Go back to the homescreen and lock the device
  • Next time your target picks up their phone the screen will crack when they touch the screen. Explain to them that sometimes screens just randomly crack. There isn’t much they can do, but try shaking the phone.

    Fake Battery Charging Apps

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    The last two pranks work if you know someone who is extremely gullible or a young child. These two apps will make your target think they can charge their phone by simply setting it in the sun or shaking vigorously. Of course neither of these things will work, and your target will eventually realize that. With egg on their face.

    This prank is all about the set up and your ability to act. It works best if your target is already low on battery and they are complaining. Here’s what to do:

    • Tell them about this cool new app that can charge a phone with the sun or by shaking it
    • Once you sell them on the idea, or they want proof, ask for their phone and download one of the apps below

    Google Play: Android Solar Charger | Shake to Charge

    The Android Solar Charger app will actually use the light sensor to show if the phone is in sunlight. After you install the app hand it back to your target and tell them to hold it up to the sun or a window. Watch as they see the bar go up and they begin to believe it is working. Try to stifle your laughter.

    The Shake to Charge app will show how much battery is currently available. Hand the phone back to your target so they can shake it. Once they start shaking the battery will animate to show that the device is charging. Sit back and watch them tire out and then check the real battery level to see it has not changed at all. Tell them to try harder.

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    There is nothing better than a good prank. Hopefully this list will create an outbreak of Android pranking in your group of friends. Be sure to let us know if you successfully pull off one of these pranks. But remember, every good prank comes with retaliation. Watch your back. What is your favorite prank to use when someone leaves their phone unattended? Have you ever been pranked? Let us know!