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2 years ago

Motorola Atrix HD hands-on and initial review

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It's been a while since I got a chance to review a Motorola phone, and I think the Atrix HD is going to be a great way to reacquaint myself. The moment you put it in your hands, you remember just how well Motorola builds their phones. Everything feels solid, looks good, and this puppy is Fast (with the capital F). 

Blur has been redesigned to go with Ice Cream Sandwich, and my first impression is that they've really come a long way with it. This Blur is not something i would hate to use, and I've already found something I wish my own phone could do -- gestures to open a quick-view panel for things like unread messages, favorite contacts, or your inbox. Swipe up from the home screen icon and you're presented with a handy pop-up with pertinent information. Well done Motorola.

Of course, it takes more than an hour to determine everything we like, and don't like about a phone. We like to share our first impressions (were we haven't been jaded or enamored by anything just yet) and we know a lot of you guys and girls are itching for some info about this one. 

Hit the break to see a short video and a couple pictures, and fill the forums with questions you need answered in our full review!

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2 years ago

IMDb app for Android updated with recommendations, check-ins and more

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The Internet Movie Database has updated their Android app with a bunch of new features.

  • Sharing – check in on Facebook & Twitter to share what you’re watching
  • Recommendations – discover other titles you might be interested in
  • Mobile IMDb message boards – join in the discussion on your Android phone or tablet
  • Filming locations & soundtracks – learn even more about the movies you love
  • Similar titles – discover new movies and TV shows
  • Metacritic – now see both the IMDb user rating of a title as well as how the film critics scored it
  • Amazon login – log in using your Amazon account

This is all in addition to the usual stuff, like looking up movie information, watching trailers, rating shows, checking the top charts, and perusing through interesting trivia. At the low, low price of free, it's hard to go wrong. 

Are there any great movies coming out this summer that you're really looking forward to? The last big updates were geared towards tablet layout and HD video, but are there any other features out there that could complete your movie-watching experience? Maybe real-time actor commentary like IntoNow offers?

Download: IMDb

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2 years ago

Jelly Bean feature: A more functional notification drop-down [video]

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Google took its first steps towards redesigning the Android notification tray in Ice Cream Sandwich, and in the latest version, 4.1 Jelly Bean, it's taken things a step further, creating truly informative and interactive notification entries that border on widget-like levels of interactivity. In addition to the standard icon-and-label combo we're used to from earlier Android versions, many Jelly Bean-compatible notifications can be expanded by dragging down with a two-finger gesture. For example, if you've got an IM notification, you can swipe down with two fingers to view the first few lines of the message.

In addition, you'll find that notifications from many Google apps now feature buttons that allow you to perform certain tasks without entering the app. Google Calendar events, for instance, include a button to snooze the event (you can still swipe it away to dismiss it). And after capturing a screenshot, there's a handy "Share" button that you can use to send it via social networks, or any other sharing app you have installed.

Gmail is where I find this feature most useful, though. Swiping down on a Gmail notifications in Jelly Bean allows you to view a list of subject lines and senders, assuming you've got multiple messages waiting. Or alternatively, if there's just one, you can view the sender, subject line, and the first several lines of the message -- more than enough to work out if it's worth jumping into the app to respond. It's a great way to take advantage of the extra visual real estate offered by the Nexus 7, and looks good on the Galaxy Nexus too, assuming you're not already drowning in notifications.

We've got a brief video showing of all these features after the break. Also be sure to check out the rest of our Jelly Bean feature articles.

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2 years ago

AT&T Galaxy Note ICS kernel source code released, CyanogenMod 9 nightlies begin

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Samsung has been busy pushing out all sorts of updates lately and now they've gone ahead and updated their open source page with the AT&T Galaxy Note ICS kernel. Of course, this doesn't mean a whole lot to everyday users but it'll certainly be something beneficial for ROM developers out there including CyanogenMod. If you're looking to grab the source for your own reasons you'll find the link below to the Samsung Open Source page.

Source: Samsung, CyanogenMod ; G+

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2 years ago

NBC bringing the London 2012 Olympics to Android with the release of two new apps

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With the London 2012 Olympic stage now all set, millions of people around the world will be tuned in to see who takes home the gold. To ensure a wide range of coverage, NBC and Adobe have teamed up to bring two new apps to Android that will help folks on to go take in what will amount to over 3,500 hours of content covering 32 sports and every one of the 302 medal events. The two apps, NBC Olympics and NBC Olympics Live Extra, are both available for free right now but there are some differences between the two that you'll need to be aware of.

  • NBC Olympics - NBC Olympics app will be the home for everything else Olympics, including short-form highlights, event schedules, TV and online listings, results, athlete profiles, columns and the new Primetime Companion feature.
  • NBC Olympics Live Extra - The NBC Olympics Live Extra app will live stream every athletic competition for the first time ever. NBC Olympics Live Extra will also live stream the Olympic content that airs on the four NBCU cable channels -- NBC Sports Network, MSNBC, CNBC and Bravo and as such, requires an account from existing cable, satellite and telco providers to gain fill access.

Clearly NBC's goal here was to provide the most comprehensive coverage for the Olympics as possible and the apps do look pretty awesome. If you're looking to take in the Olympics on the go, you'll find the links below along with the press release. If you're a Samsung Galaxy S III owner in Europe, don't forget to grab your free Eurosport subscription.

Downloads: NBC Olympics, NBC Olympics Live Extra

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2 years ago

Amazing Alex review - fun, but far from new

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Rovio broke out of their Angry Birds shell today with a game called Amazing Alex. Once upon a time it was known as Casey's Contraptions, until Rovio gobbled up the developer, chewed on it for a few months, and spat out this physics title for Android and iOS. 

Anyone that had played The Incredible Machine back in the day will know the drill. Every level, players are given a simple objective, like knocking over a pile of books, or getting a bowling ball into a basket. Various obstacles are already in place, and players are provided with a limited toolbox of extras to build a Rube Goldberg-style machine and achieve the objective. The main appeal is that all of those objects act as you would expect - scissors close when touched, billiard balls bounce less than tennis balls, balloons float, and so on. The three stars in every level act as secondary objectives, which players can earn by knocking objects into them. 

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2 years ago

Futurama Head-in-a-jar Creator lands on Android

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Good news, everyone! Comedy Central has released an Android version of their Futurama Head-in-a-Jar Creator with a few new additions. As we all know, only the most prestigious individuals have their heads pickled in the future, and with  this app, you can be counted among them. 

Users can pick a wide variety of human, alien and robot heads (sorry, no Android heads), and decorate them with different eyes, noses, hair, and accessories. Once decorated, the head's name can be engraved on an elegant plaque mounted below, and the scene can be wrapped up with an appropriate background. Final products can be attached to native contacts for some great caller ID images, shared over Facebook and Twitter, or stored locally  for use as a wallpaper. All of your creations are displayed in a handsome head museum complete with categorized sections for future perusal. 

Though you may be tempted to tell Comedy Central to shut up and take your money, the app is free - just be warned that there is very limited device compatibility right now. So far we're only seeing it work on the Nexus 7, but leave a comment and let us know if it works on your Android device! 

Download: Futurama Head-in-a-Jar CrALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD

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2 years ago

White HTC EVO 4G LTE coming to Sprint on July 15

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An internal document suggested that a white HTC EVO 4G LTE (see our review) would be coming to Sprint July 15th. We now have an official announcement from Sprint that confirms that rumor. The only color that's been available thus far has been black.

The white version will be available in stores and online for $199.99 with a 2-year contract.

A lot has happened since May, so if you don't remember all of the specifics of the HTC EVO 4G LTE, it boasts:

  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • 4.7-inch HD Super LCD display
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • NFC
  • 8MP rear camera
  • 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • 16GB ROM
  • 1GB RAM
  • Supports microSD

So if you've been waiting for the white version, it's only a matter of days before you can pick one up. If you plan buy one or are wondering how others like it, visit our HTC EVO 4G LTE Forum. Please see the press release after the break.

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2 years ago

Sprint Epic 4G Touch getting Ice Cream Sandwich starting today

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Remember how a couple days ago we broke the news that the Sprint Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch would be getting Ice Cream Sandwich starting today? Well, guess what. It's getting Ice Cream Sandwich starting today. Sprint's made it official that the update will be rolling out over the air. Here's what's new:

  • A refined, evolved user interface that is simple, beautiful and useful
  • Face Unlock: use state-of-the-art facial recognition technology to unlock your phone with a smile
  • Redesigned camera which introduces panorama mode, effects like silly faces and background replacement, and a powerful photo editor
  • Android Beam™: quickly share web pages, apps, contacts and YouTube™ videos with your friends by simply tapping two Near Field Communication (NFC)-enabled phones together
  • Web browser now lets you sync Google Chrome™ bookmarks, request full desktop versions of sites, see your open tabs in a new layout and even store web pages for offline reading
  • People: browse friends, family and coworkers, see their photos in high-resolution and check their latest status updates from Google+
  • Improved keyboard with incredibly accurate typing, an inline spell checker and improved copy and paste support
  • New Calendar app that lets you add events quickly, sync with Google Calendar™ or Microsoft Exchange and even pinch to adjust your calendar display
  • Redesigned Gmail™ app that now lets you swipe between conversations to catch up quickly, and search for emails even without a data connection
  • Google+ integration that lets you hangout and video chat with up to 10 friends using your front-facing camera

Look for it to push out any time now, or dive into the settings to start the update manually.

Source: Sprint

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2 years ago

Sam's Club taking Nexus 7 preorders, but does it actually know when it's shipping?

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Just a quick heads up that Sam's Club is now taking preorders for the Google Nexus 7 tablet. You know, our new favorite tablet. Prices are in line with Google Play, at up to $249 for the 16GB version (which we'd recommend getting).

But here's the thing: Sam's Club's listing July 17-20 as possible shipping dates. All other third-party retailers' dates have fallen through. (Not that we ever really though they were right in the first place.) Just something to be aware of. The official Google Play listing still has it shipping in 1 to 2 weeks, and that's the one we're keeping an eye on.

Source: Sam's Club; thanks to everyone who's sent this in

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