For some reason I was under the mistaken impression that, like most other Android devices, the HTC Thunderbolt would get much less ink after it was released. After all, we’ve got dual-core whats-its and Tegra 2 thingamabobs on the horizon, and everyone is much more interested in those, right? It seems that, for many people, LTE is a pretty big deal, and an LTE phone is an even bigger deal.I’ll be honest, the speed offered up by a mostly empty LTE network is a thing of jaw-dropping amazement when you hold it in your hand. The trade-off for that kind of power? Wretched battery life. This isn’t new, either. The HTC Evo 4G, the first of HTC’s devices to operate on a “4G” network was offered up nearly a year ago with a very similar design to the Thunderbolt. The primary difference, aside from a better kickstand, is that the Thunderbolt does not have the ability to turn off the LTE radio to conserve battery life like the EVO does for Wi-Max. Or does it?It didn’t take long after the Thunderbolt was released for some kind of root/superuser access to be found. Once that happened, LTE on/off would be one of the first things done, right beside dumping all the excess app baggage. The Android market was quickly littered with “Root Only” LTE on/off switches, and anyone who has used a Thunderbolt in an area with no LTE will tell you that the battery life is tremendously better without it.One of these developers, however, stepped out and informed us that very little actually had to be done to get this feature, since it was there all along. Justin Case, an android hacker and modder, discovered that a switch to disable LTE was written right into the OS, but had been removed from view. According to Mr. Case, it took all of 4 lines of code to re-activate the switch and make it a separate app for access. The alterations to the code can be found on his public GitHub to see exactly how he accomplished this.This is the kind of event that leaves me in crazy conspiracy theorist mode. Did Verizon have this disabled intentionally? Earlier this week I published an extended review of the Thunderbolt where I witnessed the messy handoff from 3G to LTE, is this the quick fix to ensure that the handoff was well hidden? Or is this just another example of HTC’s sloppy “UI enhancements” covering up an important feature with Sense UI?For whatever reason, it’s not there, and thanks to developers like TeamAndIRC there’s a fix in the Market, and I am told that it will soon be accompanied by a widget for non-root users.
artluxury travelstreet arttrain travel Luxury travel operator Belmond has launched a new concept in luxury rail travel with the unveiling of ‘Art in Motion’, a rolling canvas commissioned to adorn the carriages of the Eastern & Oriental Express. Singapore-based street artist Rajesh Kumar has been commissioned to create the art work, which will remain on the train until 28 April 2017.Giving new meaning to ‘Art in Motion’, Belmond has worked with creative experts to curate a fully sensory experience that includes collaborating with leading mixologists ‘Cocktail Professor’ on an innovative new cocktail menu, and world-class DJ & music producer, Mr Has, for a contemporary soundscape as well as introducing a relaxed dress code of ‘tropical elegance’.Arnaud Champenois, SVP brand & marketing said “Eastern & Oriental Express is an icon of luxury travel in Asia; the colonial carriages have always evoked the spirit of the golden age of travel and today, as we look to our future heritage, we are revealing a contemporary new look and feel in partnership with some of Asia’s leading creative talent.”Emerging artist Rajesh Kumar will create the one of a kind artwork – The Koi Pond, which depicts the joy of travel, movement and the coming together of friends and family.“The Koi Pond has always been something I have been fascinated about. Throughout my journey, it had made me feel like a koi fish in a pond. The colours and vibrancy of the fish and the water that displays emotions in many and felt it would beautifully represent Eastern & Oriental Express in aspects of luxurious travels.”The new cocktail menu takes guests on a sensory journey along the train’s route. Combining modern techniques with classic cocktail etiquette and imaginative presentation, new signature cocktails include ‘Mist of the rice paddies’ created to evoke the aroma of the mist at sunrise over the paddy fields during harvest, and ‘Malay Jungle’ using fresh natural botanicals for a green, fresh and full of life and healthy drink.Music is essential to creating the right atmosphere and so Belmond has collaborated with producer and DJ Mr Has to curate a soundscape that sets a timeless pace and tone for the train – combining live recordings of cool jazz with uplifting future classics and deep grooves. Singapore-based Mr Has is an award-winning music DJ and champion of electric sound – the creative brief for Eastern & Oriental Express is to bring this contemporary sound into a classical environment inspiring an atmosphere of modern nostalgia.Eastern & Oriental Express travels between Singapore and Bangkok on 2 and 3 night journeys from January to April and September to December carrying up to 82 passengers in all en-suite cabins.