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1 year ago

Sony Xperia Tablet S hands-on preview

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Sony announced its Xperia Tablet S today at IFA in Berlin, Germany, and we were on hand to take the new ICS-powered tab for a spin. At the new Sony booth, we found a slimmer, sleeker successor to last year's Tablet S, with a Tegra 3 CPU and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich running the show. Sony's also re-vamped its tablet UI, incorporating elements from its smartphone UX, and building features like windows apps on top of ICS. We've also got a full complement of Sony Entertainment Network content, including PlayStation support and a new Walkman music player.

Check out some quick first impressions in the post above. We'll have more later this week as part of our continuing IFA 2012 coverage.

More from the day's developments in Germany at our IFA 2012 portal

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1 year ago

Falcon review - a sharp, customizable Twitter home screen widget

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Falcon is a really great homescreen widget for Twitter. It follows closely in line with the Android design guidelines while still having its own distinct style.  The widget is fully resizable and offers a handful of solid color choices and layouts. It still carries a beta tag, so Falcon is totally free, but still a work-in-progress.

The full complement of standard functions are available, including replying, retweeting (both native and quoted), favoriting, and sharing tweets via the system-wide menu. Conversations are threaded, though the tweets within the thread don’t have in-line reply/retweet/favorite controls, which is occasionally an issue.

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1 year ago

Watch the entire Samsung Mobile Unpacked event from IFA

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Perhaps you caught our coverage of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, or the Samsung Galaxy Camera, or our liveblog of the Unpacked straight from the source in Berlin. If you want to watch the entire event, though, here it is, in living color. Check it out after the break.

More: Our complete IFA 2012 coverage

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1 year ago

Hey, look - another Nexus 7 commercial

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Pretty much looks like my kids, actually.

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1 year ago

Cricket's Muve Music service will be bundled with all Android plans starting September 2nd

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Back in January, Cricket announced that its music service, Muve Music, surpassed 500,000 users. That number is about to increase as the wireless provider announced that the service will now come bundled with all of its Android plans.

The new package takes effect September 2nd, so any Android plan purchased from Cricket after that will come with Muze Music.  It's a pretty good deal, especially considering the fact that the cheapest plans start at $50/month.

If you're a Cricket customer and have been considering Muve Music but haven't yet pulled the trigger, a good time to try it out is after Sept. 2. Full press release after the break.

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1 year ago

CyanogenMod 9.1 stable builds going out with SimplyTapp NFC integration

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If you're looking to give CyanogenMod 9.1 a go, you'll find something new built into the ROM's. As noted on the CyanogenMod blog, CyanogenMod 9.1 compatible devices with NFC will bring integration with Tapp powered by SimplyTapp. The joint partnership was born back at the beginning of CyanogenMod 9 and is now being introduced to allow payments from your smartphone with just a tap:

  • To Sign-up – flash CM9.1 on your NFC capable device, and get the Tapp app
  • Costs – It is between $0 and $5 to get an NFC card. That all depends on the card or cards you select.
  • Cards supported – At the moment you can sign up for a Tapp Anywhere Card (like a gift card with a fixed balance), CyanogenMod Tapp Card (Reloadable), as well as various store cards (depending on location).
  • Security – Card credentials are stored in the cloud and enabled to the point-of-sale via standard security mechanisms. By evolving from the plastic card model, this keeps your credentials (aka payment information) secure, accessible by only you, and only when you need them.

Supported devices include Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S (4G), Samsung Galaxy S2 and pretty much any other devices supported by CyanogenMod 9.1 with NFC. Stable builds of CyanogenMod 9.1 are rolling out right now, so if you're interested in learning more about SimplyTapp or testing out CyanogenMod 9.1, you'll find the links below.

Source: CM Blog, Download CM 9.1

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1 year ago

Qmadix Snap-On Cover and holster review - two kickstands and modern style

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The Qmadix snap-on cover is a slim snap-on case with a sharp style and a kickstand that supports your device in either landscape or portrait orientation. It comes with a snug-fitting slide-out holster that has a nice felt interior to protect the screen and a lockable clip to use it as a kickstand as well.

The open front face limits a lot of the protection the Qmadix snap-on case has to offer. Sure, the rear is fine, but the corners are a bit of a toss-up, and the top and bottom are completely open. that said, the major utility you’re getting from the Qmadix shell are a cool look and a kickstand (unless, for some reason, you’re really interested in keeping the rear of your device in pristine condition).

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1 year ago

Audiobooks.com launches new Android app, offers all you can eat for a small fee

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If you dig audio books over their other physical and digital counterparts, then you might be interested to know audiobooks.com has now launched a new app for their customers. The app is available as a free download from the Google Play Store but in order to make full use of it, you'll need to sign up for a subscription.

Luckily, Audiobooks gives you a free trial to start off with offering an 'all you can eat' selection of audio books for 7 days wherein after that time, you'll be liable to pay $25/mnth. You can stream audio books from the app, your computer and more importantly there is a no hassle cancelation policy that goes along with it. Don't like it, cancel any time.

Learn more about Audiobooks.com

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1 year ago

Google Maps updated to v6.11.1, runs short on changelog information

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The latest Google Maps update has now appeared in the Google Play Store and shows the app has been bumped up to v6.11.1. After the last update, many HTC Rezound users had issues and were forced to downgrade to an earlier version so this might be a fix for that given Google hasn't really posted a changelog for it as of yet. In fact, it looks like they simply reworded the last one:

  • See borders of cities, postal codes, and more highlighted on search.
  • Browse a day-by-day display of where you've been using location history.
  • Improved transit information layer and added the ability to browse by mode of transportation.

If you happened to have any issues with the older build, go ahead and give this one a shot and see if there is any changes. We'll keep an eye on the changelog and see if Google adjusts it in anyway and update if necessary.

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1 year ago

Samsung officially announces the Galaxy Camera

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We're live at Samsung Unpacked from Berlin, Germany, where Samsung has officially unveiled their latest smart device, the Samsung Galaxy Camera powered by Android. 

Spec wise we're looking at a 4.8 inch HD SuperLCD display, Touchwiz Nature UX based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Cellular data is also on board in 3G and 4G varieties -- a data plan will be required, as well as WiFi connectivity, with a big push around sharing your content. The Galaxy Camera also has WiFi Direct capabilities, allowing local sharing with other Galaxy Cameras and compatible smartphones. 

But, the Galaxy Camera isn't just an Android device. It's a camera. On that front, we're looking at a 21x optical zoom, and a 23mm wide angle lens. 

Samsung has built in some interesting looking software too centered around editing and managing all your captured content. Best Group Pose for example, allows you to take continuous shots, and the camera will recognise the faces in the pictures, and then let the user choose their favorites to compile the best overall shot. Samsung have promised 35 built in editing features. 

Once editing is out of the way, Samsung has included on-device management tools to keep everything organized. Images can be searched for by time and location, and automatic cloud backup is also built in. Additionally, the Galaxy Camera  through its Smart Content Manager can create and manage folders, and will offer suggestions on which photos you should delete based on overall image quality. 

The Galaxy Camera will be released to market during Q4 2012, although pricing hasn't yet been announced. Additionally there will be a choice of two colors available for the Galaxy Camera, white and black. Keep it locked to AC for continuing coverage of the event, and hands on reports with the device. 

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