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Jun 19, 2013

Use Port Forwarding in Chrome to Push Localhost Pages to a Mobile Device

Google is sharing an interesting way of using port forwarding in Chrome. Port forwarding is an experimental feature useful when doing remote debugging on a mobile device, for example.

With remote debugging, developers can see how a page looks on the mobile device, but use the desktop Chrome tools to debug it. A problem is trying to do the same with a local file on your computer. In the early stages of development at least, it's much easier to simply load a file you're working on locally in Chrome rather than put it on a web server. Even using a local web server is easier and faster. Being able to push that file to a mobile device while continuing to work on it locally is quite useful. Developer Umar Hansa has figured out a way of doing this with port forwarding and the Chrome to Phone extension.

First, he pushed the localhost URL to the mobile device. The page doesn't load, obviously, but you can debug it remotely all the same. Then he mapped out a specific port on the localhost on the mobile device to the localhost on the desktop, making it possible to view pages ran locally on the computer without knowing its actual IP address.

Chrome Port Forwarding
Image credits to Umar Hansa

Sony C6903 Certified in Indonesia, Might Arrive as Xperia ZU

It appears that Sony is about to launch another high-tier Android smartphone in the coming week, the Xperia ZU, also known as Xperia Z Ultra (Togari).

XperiaBlog reports the smartphone has been recently spotted at the Indonesian Postel website under the codename C6903. Unfortunately, we can’t tell for sure that Sony C6903 is the rumored Xperia ZU, as the Japanese company has yet to reveal any official details on the upcoming device.

According to the latest hearsay, Sony Xperia ZU should arrive with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system out of the box and a huge 6.4-inch capacitive touchscreen display. In addition, the smartphone is expected to feature 2GB of RAM, as well as an enhanced 8-megapixel photo snapper on the back. Stay tuned for more updates on the matter.

Sony C6903 spotted at POSTEL
Image credits to Postel Indonesia

Nokia Announcement Hints at 41-Megapixel Smartphone Reveal on July 11

Rumors has it Nokia plans to launch its next Windows Phone flagship smartphone on July 11 in New York, United States.

The Finnish company has already invited local media to join the launch event, but no additional details on what could be revealed next month have been disclosed yet. However, the latest blog posted on the Nokia Conversations site hints to a possible reveal of a smartphone that boasts an impressive 41-megapixel camera. According to this post, Conversations readers have “41 million reasons” they should be interested in the July 11 event.

Apparently, Nokia plans to stream the even live on Lumia devices, as well as on PC, and watchers will be able to join in live conversations. The company invites fans to fill out the list of reasons they should “zoom in” on July 11 by adding comments on the Conversations blog. More details are available here.

Nokia Conversations ad
Image credits to Nokia

Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition Shows Up on eBay, Priced at $850/€635

Samsung announced the Galaxy S4 Google Edition will be released on the market on June 28, but it appears the phone is now available for purchase on eBay.

As Phonearena points out, the factory unlocked Samsung Galaxy S4 16GB Google Edition can now be pre-ordered via eBay for no less than $850/€635 outright. Check it out here. According to the seller, shipping is guaranteed on June 28, the same date Samsung confirmed will make the Galaxy S4 Google Edition available on the market. It is also worth mentioning that buyers will have to pay a $60 USPS Express Mail International Flat Rate Envelope to receive the smartphone anywhere on the globe.

The unlocked version of Samsung Galaxy S4 Google edition features penta-band 4G LTE support, as well as quad-band 3G.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition
Image credits to ebay

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