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Cut the Rope now available for Android

The hit iOS game Cut The Rope is finally available for Android users. For now, it is exclusive to GetJar – it will be available on other app markets soon. The game is free but includes ads on some of the menu screens.

Cut the Rope menu screenThe game involves cutting ropes (surprisingly!) in order to collect stars and feed the monster. Later levels include other devices to make the puzzles trickier. So far I’m really enjoying the game, having never played the iOS version.

Cut the Rope - level one

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AlphaRev X public beta now open

After a great deal of anticipation, the AlphaRev team have opened up the beta of AlphaRev X to the public. AlphaRev X allows users of certain HTC phones (including the Desire and Wildfire) to change their phone from S-ON to S-OFF. This in turn allows users to root their phone, install a custom recovery tool and install custom ROMs.

I tried the process using my HTC Wildfire, and am happy to report that everything worked without any problems at all. My Wildfire is now running CyanogenMod, a customised Gingerbread distribution. It is now running much quicker than it was under the stock Froyo firmware and I’m much happier with the responsiveness of the phone.

Wildfire About screen

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Glastonbury Festival app now available for Android

The official Glastonbury Festival app is now available for download from the Android Market.

Glastonbury app home pageDeveloped by Orange, it will allow festival goers to receive up-to-date news, use an interactive map (complete with GPS locating to find out where you are on site, which could be a godsend if you’re a newbie!) and perhaps best of all, find out the times that acts go on stage and create a personalised planner showing all of your clashes.

Glastonbury app planner
I’m sure using this app for any length of time will kill my battery, but it’ll be handy to have this kind of information easily accessible!

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RomKitchen now updated with Gingerbread

Doc and Stefunel have updated RomKitchen with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). This means that Galaxy S and Optimus 2X owners can now create custom ROMs to load onto their phones. Having a custom ROM means you can remove all of the bloat that operators like to fill your phone with, leaving more free space and hopefully running a little quicker.

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Android OS process using high CPU on Samsung Galaxy S running Gingerbread

Since upgrading my Galaxy S to Gingerbread (Android v2.3), I’ve encountered a bug where CPU usage suddenly goes through the roof and the battery drains much faster than usual. There is a thread on XDA where this problem has been investigated and unfortunately it seems to be a problem that can only be permanently fixed by Samsung.

A temporary fix which is mentioned on that thread is to use Titanium Backup (pro version) to clear the data for ‘Samsung Account’ and ‘Software Update’ and then freeze both of them (or backup and delete if you don’t have the pro version). However, I found that after doing this the problem still occurs.

I’m currently managing this problem using Watchdog Task Manager Lite. I have it setup to monitor all CPU processes, and it alerts me whenever a process uses over 20%. Some processes do this legitimately (such as the music player) but you can whitelist those. The process that seems to be the cause of this issue is ‘suspend’. Here is a screenshot of the culprit being caught:

Watchdog Task Manager Lite finding the suspend processWhen an alert is received for this, I reboot my phone, which clears the problem (until the next time, anyway). It’s not an ideal solution by any means but at least now I have it monitored it can be solved quickly. I just hope an update is released to fix this.