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3 years ago

Yahoo! Mail for Android requiring off-Market update [update -- Yahoo has fixed]

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From the department of things that really suck: Yahoo! Mail for Android is prompting users to upgrade to version 1.2.0.  Normally we all love updates, but this time Yahoo is forcing users to download and install this update from outside the Android Market.  Users who fail to accept and install the update from mobildl.zenfs.com are unable to use Yahoo! Mail on their phones or tablets.  We've reached out to Yahoo for a response, especially since AT&T users are out in the cold -- unless they use the Android Central Sideload Wonder Machine that is -- and if they respond we'll update accordingly.

We get it -- Yahoo and Google are competitors.  But this only serves to alienate your users, Yahoo.  Here's hoping you care enough about them to get this righted. Thanks Matthew for the heads-up!

Update from Yahoo! Mail for Android's Market page:

"IMPORTANT! A pre-release alpha version update was accidentally published on OCT 25th. If you downloaded this broken non-market version, please remove from your device and reinstall 1.0.4 from the Market"

So there you go, it was all a slip of the finger, err mouse.  Uninstall and reinstall from the Market and you're set.  I take back all those evil thoughts.

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3 years ago

Dell reportedly to release Android version of the Venue Pro

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Word on the street today is that Dell is working on an Android version of the Venue Pro, the Windows Phone 7 vertical slider coming on T-Mobile. That's all well and good, and what's one more Android smartphone, when it comes down to it?

But I was at the Windows Phone 7 launch and had my hands all over the Venue Pro. And while it's a pretty cool phone, it's also pretty top-heavy when the keyboard's open. And speaking of the keyboard, it's pretty small and pretty cramped. So let's not get too excited just yet. And then there's the bad taste in our mouths left over from the Streak launching with Android 1.6 and the Aero launching with Android 1.5. So pardon us if we're not over the moon. But, still, we'd rather see it than not. [PC World]

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3 years ago

Hide yo kids - hide yo wives -- Antoine DodsonSex Offender Tracker app

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This is either the funniest thing you'll see today -- or it's the most offensive. But every so often an internet video goes so viral that the rest of the world simply cannot ignore it. And sometimes the stars, or subjects of these videos become so popular and so recognized, that they're launched into a some minor realm of celebrity status.  And that's exactly what has happened to Antoine Dodson.

Cautious parents will get what might be their first introduction to Augmented Reality with Sex Offender Tracker.  Published four days ago to the Android market, Sex Offender Tracker uses your device's camera, and GPS in conjunction with the compass to provide you with real-time data about your surroundings, and in this case, the residence of sex offenders.

Although anybody can dig through the online sex offender registry any time of day, some feel this app may be an invasion of privacy, saying this app makes it much too easy to locate the names and homes of registered sex offenders. Then there's the $1.99 price tag, which will put off a bunch of you, we know.

Watch Antoine Dodson do his thing, and get download links, after the jump. [via BGR]

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3 years ago

Best Buy Mobile begins preselling Galaxy Tab & Huawei Ideos Tablet S7

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Future Samsung Galaxy Tab and Huawei Ideos Tablet S7 owners can get one step closer to their device today, as Best Buy Mobile has just began preselling these slick new Android tablets.

Although Verizon Wireless and Sprint are launching their Galaxy Tabs a few days apart from each other, you can lighten your bank account by $599 today at your local Best Buy. 

If the Galaxy Tab's price tag and data plan are priced out of your price range, the WiFi-only Huawei Ideos Tablet S7 will also release sometime in November as well, at a much more affordable $299.  [Best Buy]

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3 years ago

More evidence that PayPal payments are coming to the Android Market

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It's been kind of an poorly kept secret that the Android Market is about to accept PayPal for purchasing apps -- and the official announcement is likely this week at PayPal's dev conference in San Francisco. But with a little Firebug trickery, the Android Market Developer's Console can out the news today, and that's what you see above. Google will automatically move the payments to your Google Checkout account, which is darn helpful. Thanks, Al!

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3 years ago

Lumigon announces the Lumigon T1; Bang & Olufsen tech inside

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Lumigon, a Scandinavian cell phone manufacturer, is bringing out the Lumigon T1. This smartphone sports a 3.5-inch WVGA touchscreen, HDMI out, 5MP camera with flash, and 1GHZ processor. As for the UI, the aluminum phone will be running Froyo with Lumigon's P-GUI software on board. 

Now you may be looking at this little device and saying, "Okay? Another slab smartphone powered by Android. What else is new these days?" Valid thought, but this baby rocks -- literally -- Bang & Olufsen audio technology. Bang & Olufsen is an audio company that produces and manufactures high quality audio speakers and receivers. If you can understand Danish, make the jump to see the Lumigon T1 in action. If you can't understand Danish, make the jump anyway. [Mobil.nu via Phone Arena, Unwired View]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile LG Optimus T available Nov. 3 for $29.99 after contract, rebate

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T-Mobile announced this afternoon that the LG Optimus T (see our hands-on here) will be available Nov. 3 for a mere $29.99. That'll be after two-year contract and a $50 rebate, of course, but you can't really beat that price, even for a low-end Android smartphone. We still don't know all of the under-the-hood details, but a 3.2-megapixel camera is there, plus a 2GB microSd card. [T-Mobile Facebook]

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3 years ago

Samsung giving away Galaxy Tabs via Twitter

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The Galaxy Tab is on the verge of being released everywhere in the U.S., and Samsung wants to give away seven of them before the madness begins. 

Here are the rules:

  • The contest runs from today (Oct. 25) through Nov. 8
  • Between now and then, head to the Samsung Mobile U.S. Twitter account: @samsungmobileUS
  • Follow the account and Tweet responses to questions that are asked, as well as the hashtag #WINGALAXYTAB
  • If you're picked, you will win a Galaxy Tab on the carrier of your choice

Good luck, and let us know if you're one of the lucky winners! 

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3 years ago

Logitech Revue gets torn apart for your viewing pleasure

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The Logitech Revue just came out, but it couldn't fend off the prying hands of the iFixit gang for long. After a disassembly that they rated 8 out of 10 (with 10 being easiest to open and repair), iFixit discovered a couple hardware specs that Logitech had not announced yet. Namely, the Google TV device is running off a 1.2GHz Intel Atom processor, 1GB of RAM, and has 5GB of NAND flash memory. These specs compare pretty favorably to the new Apple TV, leaving us to wonder why Logitech couldn't get that $299 price down to make it an impulse-buy for consumers. Any early adopters looking to tinker with their Revue should check out the step-by-step guide past the link, along with a detailed list of the hardware Logitech is using (hint: it shares a component with the Kin Two!). [iFixit

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Comet poses with the LG Optimus T

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The T-Mobile Comet has finally broken cover -- and it's ready for its close up. This entry-level Android device was once known as the Huawei Ideos. The Comet is dated for Nov. 3, and is promising to ship with Froyo. But don't dismiss this phone right away. If your somebody who's not one for OEMs putting their own UI flavor in their phones -- rejoice, for this phone will ship with plain ol' stock vanilla Android. Click the source link to see the Comet sized up next to the LG Optimus T. [TmoNews]

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