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Apr 14, 2013

New Leaked Screenshots Confirm Windows 8.1 Build 9374

While Microsoft revealed that Blue is only an internal designation for the company's “future set of plans,” new screenshots that reached the web a couple of hours ago confirm that the Redmond-based technology giant has almost completed the development of the first preview version.

These fresh screenshots published by Microsoft Portal do not provide any new details, but they do confirm that Windows 8.1 Pro Preview is currently tested by select partners, which could be an indication that a public beta is indeed in the pipeline for a June release. According to some previous reports, Microsoft might launch the first beta version of Windows 8.1 this summer, most likely at the BUILD developer conference in June, as this could be the perfect occasion to get in touch with developers and collect feedback.

As for the final release, Microsoft might introduce it in August or September, almost two months after the unveiling of the preview build.

Windows 8.1 Pro Preview is currently tested by select partners
Image credits to Microsoft Portal

Pantech Vega Iron IM-A870 Photos and Specs Emerges

One of the smartphones that South Korean mobile phone maker Pantech is expected to make official in the not too distant future is the Pantech IM-A870, now rumored to arrive on shelves as Vega Iron.

The handset has already emerged only in benchmarks and at various certification forums, and should become official as soon as April 18, new reports on the matter suggest. The mobile phone is expected to hit the market with some appealing hardware specifications packed inside, capable of competing with high-end devices such as Samsung Galaxy S4 and LG Optimus G Pro, it seems. Apparently, Pantech has already confirmed the upcoming launch on April 18, though no specific info on its hardware specs have been officially unveiled. The guys over at Daum, however, have managed to learn more on the matter, and report that the new device will feature a 5-inch screen capable of delivering a full HD resolution, and that it will be powered by a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor. Furthermore, the device is expected to arrive on shelves with 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel photo snapper on the back, and a 2150 mAh battery. Vega Iron runs under Google's Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.

Other specs of the Pantech Vega Iron IM-A870 include LTE connectivity, WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC, and a smaller body when compared to Galaxy S4 (it measures 136.3 x 67.7 x 8.8 mm, while Samsung’s smartphone measures 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm), UnwiredView reports. These specs appear to have been confirmed by another website, vegaviet, which also came up with a series of allegedly leaked press photos with the device, which show that it might be launched in both Black and White flavors. The handset in these images features a square design, and seems to fit the teaser image that Daum has published, though it still remains to be seen whether this is indeed the real smartphone or not. Everything will be made official in a matter of days, so stay tuned to learn the news.

Pantech Vega Iron IM-A870
Images credits to vegaviet

Pantech Vega Iron IM-A870
Images credits to daum

Download Facebook Home APK for Unsupported Devices

The Facebook Home APK leaked online a few hours after the official application hit Google Play. This is extremely useful for all Android users out there, as Facebook only made it available in the United States.

However, the folks at Modaco extracted the Facebook Home APK file and made it available for all those in other countries than the US. But what about Android enthusiasts who own unsupported devices. For those who don't know yet, Facebook Home is only compatible with several devices, such as HTC One, HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Note II and Samsung Galaxy S4.

Well, that won't be a problem as Paul O'Brian of Modaco found a way to patch the files necessary to run Facebook Home on unsupported devices and made it available for download. For more details on how to download and install this APK file head over to Modaco.

Facebook Home for Android
Image credits to Facebook

Facebook Home APK File Now Available for Download

Within hours after Facebook Home has been launched on Google Play, the extracted APK file of the application has been published online.

As expected, Facebook released its launcher on April 12, but the application is only available for a limited number of smartphones and it can only be installed by US users. Fortunately, the Paul O'Brien from Modaco managed to extract the APK file, so that other Android users who do not live in the United States can download and install it. Before attempting to install Facebook Home make sure you have the latest version of Facebook and Facebook Messenger applications already on the device.

Keep in mind that this APK file will only work on the following devices: HTC One, HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Note II and Samsung Galaxy S4. For more details on how to install and download the Facebook Home APK file head over to the original thread.

Facebook Home supported devices
Image  credits to Facebook

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