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3 years ago

Google Street View updated with new imagery for 13 countries

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Google has updated the imagery for Street View in 13 of their Street View countries, making for the biggest update of this kind.  Images for places in Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Romania, South Africa, Taiwan, Japan, the United States, and the United Kingdom have been updated (I notice Germany is noticeably absent) with new high-res panoramic images.

Street view is fun to play with on a computer or Android device.  The above image is where the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Horn of Africa meet at Cape Agulhas, South Africa.  I'll likely never be able to find the time or money to get there, but I can at least imagine I were there right from my Android phone.  Using Street View is easy as pie.  Make sure you have it installed (we've got a download link after the break), open Google Maps and find a location then zoom in close enough to see its pop-up description.  Then click the arrow on the description and choose Street View.  It's a 360-degree view, so be sure to use your fingers to rotate around, and you can drag your "pin" along roads and paths.  Not every place will have Street View enabled, so move your map pin around a bit until you pick one up.  Google has a few great suggestions (including Cape Agulhas) at the source link, be sure to check them out!

Source: Google Lat-Long blog

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3 years ago

OfficeMax releases first full-service mobile print center application

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OfficeMax has announced a new Android application that ties directly into all of their printing solutions direct from your device. The app allows you to print documents, images, emails and anything you may have in Google Docs. In addition to all of that, if you've placed previous past Print Center orders you can also access those on the go.

“OfficeMax listened to our ‘road warrior’ customers who need to print on-the-go and often feel their documents are trapped on their phones,” said Jeff Haddon, Mobile Marketing Manager for OfficeMax. “With hundreds of in-store print centers across the country, we designed the Mobile Print Center by OfficeMax app to bring our print services to a mobile audience.”

Mobile print center will also allow you to customize your print orders however you like including paper size, color, binding and more. Plus, if you wish -- you can opt in for text message alerts so that you know when your order has been completed and what the total cost will be. If you're looking for more info, the press release and download link can be found after the break.    

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Archos 35 Home Connect and Smart Home Phone

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Tablets were the main focus of Archos' recent London press event, but also in attendance were two more unusual Android devices -- the Archos 35 Smart Home Phone and Archos 35 Home Connect, both running Android 2.2 Froyo. The former is exactly what it sounds like -- an old-fashioned home phone based around smartphone hardware and software. The latter is a home entertainment hub, internet radio and media player combined into one device.

Join us after the jump to find out what we thought of both devices, and be sure to check out our coverage of Archos' new G9 series tablets if you haven't already.

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3 years ago

LG Optimus 3D launching in certain Carphone Warehouse stores in UK this Friday

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While web-based customers and those living out in the sticks will have to wait until July 7 to get their hands on the European LG Optimus 3D, the Carphone Warehouse says that if you're prepared to make the trip to an actual, physical store in the UK, you could get your hands on one even sooner. Today the retailer announced a list of 20 Carphone stores and four Best Buy stores that'll begin selling LG's stereoscopic powerhouse this Friday, July 1.

Join us after the jump for the full list of stores across the UK which will sell you a Optimus 3D this Friday, and be sure to check out our review of the North American Optimus 3D if you haven't already.

Source: Eurodroid

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3 years ago

Android 2.3 Gingerbread now available for the Three UK HTC Desire HD

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Despite the fact that it is coming over a month later then that of the unlocked versions available in the UK, the HTC Desire HD on the Three UK was seemingly held back from getting its Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for a while. No matter, its here now and ready to be installed -- If you've not got the notification as of yet, you can check for system updates and you should find the Gingerbread OTA ready for download.

Source: Eurodroid; Thanks, Galfert!

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3 years ago

HTC Status gets official on AT&T

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It's official, folks. The HTC ChaCha -- aka the "Facebook phone" -- will launch on AT&T this summer as the "Status." Pricing and exact availability were not announced.

Just as we first saw announced at Mobile World Congress in February, the Status sports deep integration with Facebook -- deeper than you're used to now on Android. It gets some help from that Facebook button you see at the bottom of the keyboard, which gives you one-touch access for sharing images, links, your status (thus the name), news, etc. And it glows when you're doing something that you can post with the button, so there's no confusion.

The Status also has a modified version of Sense 3.0  (you're going to love that lockscreen.)

Other tech specs:

  • Platform: Android™ 2.3 + HTC Sense
  • Display: 2.6-inch touch screen with 480 x 320 resolution
  • Network: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 UMTS/HSDPA 850/1900
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM
  • Processor: MSM7227, 800 MHz
  • Battery: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery, 1250 mAh
  • Camera resolution: 5 MP main camera with autofocus, VGA  front-facing camera

More: HTC Status on Facebook

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3 years ago

Fieldrunners HD coming to Android this Thursday

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One of the most popular games on the iOS platform is getting ready to make the jump to Android and they're planning to do so in a very big way. Yes, Fieldrunners HD goes live in the Android Market this Thursday and for the first 24 hours it will be only 99 cents. As noted in the press release, Subatomic Studios is looking to bring Fieldrunners HD to a whole new group of players:

“Bringing Fieldrunners HD to Android is a great opportunity for us to reach out to a whole group of people that may have not had the chance to play our game yet,” says Leo Montenegro, Creative Director of Subatomic Studios.  “We really wanted to craft an amazing experience for Android users, so we updated all of the artwork - everything is now in high definition and this is the first time we've done that on a mobile phone.  So, I hope all you Android owners take this opportunity to pick up this fantastic Tower Defense game at a discounted price!”

We'll be getting a look at Fieldrunners HD once released. You all can jump on past the break for a teaser image and the full press release from Subatomic Studios.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Bedside Mode Widget

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A good night's rest is something never to be discounted, and developer JoPs is here to ensure you sleep uninterrupted -- next to your phone at least -- though the night with Bedside Mode widget.  It's a simple switch widget like we've seen before and with the tap of a finger, you can essentially turn your phone into a digital clock.  This widget gives you the ability to:

  • Turn off Wifi
  • Turn off Bluetooth
  • Turn off radios (with filter options)
  • Choose a sound profile
  • Stop account syncing
  • Display digital clock

With those options to choose from in the configuration menu, it'll allow you to tailor your sleep to your own specifications.  Just don't forget to flick the switch again when you wake up!

Bedside Mode widget is available in the Android Market for about $1.  Download links and some more screenshots after the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G for Verizon now available for pre-order

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While many folks have already snapped up their WiFi-only Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1's like they were going out of style, others have been holding out for the 3G/4G equipped version that's soon-to-be released from Verizon. If you're among those who held out, you can now hit up the Verizon site to place your pre-order for either a 16GB or 32GB version coming in your choice of color be it black or grey.

When it comes to pricing you'll be expected to fork over $529.99 for the 16GB and $629.99 for the 32GB. You'll also be required to sign up for a new two-year contract with a fitting data plan. They are as follows:

  • $20 for 1GB
  • $35 for 3GB
  • $50 for 5GB
  • $80 for 10GB

As it stands right now, orders are showing as being ready to ship in 4-6 weeks -- which may seem like and eternity if you've waited this long already. Hit the source link below for the full details.

Source: Verizon; Thanks, Chris!

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3 years ago

AT&T Status in the wild ... looks like an HTC ChaCha in the wild

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What do you get when you take an HTC ChaCha, slap on an AT&T logo and take a picture? (That's a trick question.) What you see above is a leaked shot of what's rumored to be called the AT&T Status (that's the ChaCha's name on Telus, so it's looking more likely now). And it appears, for all intents and purposes, to be relatively unchanged from the HTC ChaCha we've been eying since Mobile World Congress some four and a half months ago.

Still no word on when the so-called "Faceboook phone" will be announced, or how much it'll cost.

Source: BGR

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