Well, with source code and root firmly in hand, it was only a matter of time before someone got a custom ROM up and running on the Fire. Of course, the first contestant for your hacked Kindle dollar is the reliable, and damn-near ubiquitous CM7. XDA Developers Forum member JackpotClavin posted a pair of images showing the Gingerbread-based ROM booted up on his 7-inch Amazon tablet. He isn’t offering the code for download yet, primarily because there are still a host of bugs to work out — including a severely mixed up touch panel thats about 90-degrees out of sync with actual display. On the plus side, it does appear that WiFi is working. We suppose if you’re impatient you can join the frothing masses begging Clavin to release the code.
A Chinese company throwing French around in its product names? Right, that’s Lenovo for you. Oddities aside, it looks as if the LePhone will soon have LeCompany — Lenovo will be pushing out its first smart TV in the first quarter of 2012. The simply-titled LeTV will be an internet-connected display, but outside of that, hardly anything else is being made public. There are no launch regions specified, nor a screen size. We’re presuming it’ll attempt to tie into the greater “Lenovo Cloud,” which will purportedly be similar to services already offered by the likes of Apple and Google, though users will be granted access to 200GB at first. Can’t imagine too many folks opting for a Lenovo desktop, laptop, smartphone and television, but hey — ecosystems are indeed all the rage these days.
While Sony confirmed that the PS Vita will be able to dive into the PSP’s back-catalog from launch, it looks like it’ll miss out on anything pre-millennium. An updated page from the PS Vita’s Japanese site has backed up rumors that PSOne Classics and other “archive games” won’t be available when the quad-core console arrives in Asian stores next month. However, it’s not all bad news for anyone hoping to relive those jaggy-edged gaming triumphs of the late 90′s — the official response adds that plans for older titles will be announced in due course.
Google’s already put its stamp on the great outdoors, what with its Street View fleet chronicling the well-trodden ways of our world for Maps. Which is precisely why Mountain View’s turning its attention inward for that next, great navigation innovation, as it attempts to chart a course through the wilds of indoor spaces. Hitting the Android Market in the U.S. and Japan today, the company’s ever-popular app gets a full version bump to 6.0, bringing with it the inclusion of retail and airport floor plans.
Many N9 users are still waiting to receive the PR1.1 update from Nokia, which officially began rolling out last week, but one lucky individual is already dabbling with what’s next from Espoo. After viewing the handful of screenshots, it’s obvious that PR1.2 will provide a number of enhancements for photo enthusiasts. For instance, the camera application sports a refined interface with all flash options visible at once. There’s also facial recognition in the gallery, along with support for color profiles in the display options. Additionally, users can now manage apps from the application menu, and keen-eyed observers will likely notice the re-styled buttons. We’ve also been told to expect changes to the N9′s default font, Nokia Pure Text, which we can only assume will make its arrival with PR1.2.
While Honda doesn’t have any plans to bring the carbon fiber-laced CR-Z Mugen RR to production, the company has announced that buyers in the UK will have the chance to pick up a quicker version of the hybrid hatchback. The Honda CR-Z iCF will boast a little over 172 horsepower thanks to some wrenching by Mugen Euro. The base 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine packs a centrifugal supercharger along with an intercooler and a remapped ECU. As a result, the dash to 60 miles per hour takes just 6.1 seconds. For reference, the base CR-Z hobbles to the same speed in well over nine seconds. About time!
The Honda CR-Z comes from the factory with 122 horsepower, which is only adequate for hustling the 2,657-pound hybrid around town. The additional 50 ponies in the iCF should make the machine plenty entertaining, and Honda says that the vehicle’s three drive modes have been maintained for the best fuel economy possible. Will we see something similar on our shores? Don’t hold your breath.