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3 years ago

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen refiles suit against Google, others

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Google is no stranger to lawsuits, and they will have yet another on their hands it appears. Paul Allen, the Co-Founder (and least spoken about) of Microsoft filed an amended lawsuit against Google, and 10 other companies including Apple, Yahoo and Facebook, for allegedly infringing on patents involving how notifications are delivered to the end-user.

The lawsuit --which was thrown out last week before being refiled -- specifically targets Android and how it handles notifications such as text messages and instant messages. Paul Allen allegedly owns patents that allow for "unobtrusive on-screen alerts," which is arguably what Android provides by way of the notification bar. We won't be surprised if this turns into another long drawn-out legal dispute that eventually gets settled out of court, or dropped completely. Will this affect how Android delivers notifications in the future? Share your thoughts in the comments! [via PCMag]

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3 years ago

Game Dev Story on sale today for $1.20

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The highly addicting Game Dev Story by Kariosoft is on sale today, and only today, in the Android Market for the super awesome low price of $1.20. That's 75% off for those of you keeping tabs. The game is a management sim that puts you into the shoes of a start-up video game developer company. From there, you'll hire people, train them, get contract work, and ultimately -- create your own gaming IP. Heck, you could even pull a Mr. Trump, and fire your whole staff.

And since we like the game so much, we even want all of your iPhone buddies to know about it. It is also on sale in the iTunes App Store for $0.99. Video after the break. [GameSetWatch via Joystiq]

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3 years ago

Photo of the year: CrackBerry Kevin versus the giant Motorola Android robot

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Having taken this picture at the Las Vegas Convention Center, I can assure you that the robot didn't flinch. And Kevin's knee healed after a few months. [via]

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3 years ago

Droid Incredible Case Review: Seidio Innocase Rugged holster combo

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The Seidio Innocase Rugged holster combo is a case for the Droid Incredible that would be more accurately described as a tank than as a case. The case itself has three separate layers: the Seidio Innocase II case goes around your phone first and is then itself encapsulated inside a thick rubber lining and a rigid plastic skeleton shell. This by itself would be a case worthy of respect, but Seidio has gone even farther by including a set of screen protectors and a holster to keep the entire thing strapped to your belt or waist. 

The great thing about this case is that it can really be used as three separate cases. The Seidio Innocase II is a great thin case in its own right, and there is nothing preventing you from simply using it as your daily in-pocket case to keep the phone from getting scratches. Adding the rubber and stiff plastic layers creates a much more durable case, which would offer much better protection from drops. Using the holster makes sure your phone is within easy access on your hip and would be great for someone who needs quick and constant access to their phone. The screen in turned inward when held in the holster by a slide-locking clip, so you have no worries about your phone falling off the holster. Considering the versatility, this is a great buy for someone who may want a super rugged and durable case but is not sure they would want to carry their phone in it at all times.

Our very own Jerry Hildenbrand reviewed this very case for the Evo 4G and shot a great video showing you how to assemble this monster step-by-step. Check out his review for the video and check out more pictures of the Droid Incredible version past the break. The Seidio Innocase Rugged holster combo for the Verizon Droid Incredible will run you $49.99 in the Android Central Store.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: TuneIn Radio

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There's no shortage of Internet radio apps out there. There are so many, in fact, that I once ran out of music while testing a few for a roundup. Yes, there are more Internet radio apps than there is music on the Internet. Go figure.

But the reason I keep coming back to TuneIn Radio is simple -- local stations. There are times I want to listen to local public radio, be it for the news, or local music, or just because. And TuneIn Radio has my local public radio station -- WUWF, for those of you stalking from home. It also has private local stations, too.

The app itself is pretty foolproof. Fire it up, chose "Local Radio" and it determines where you are through some sort of black magic (or any of your phones location services, we gather) and gives you a few options. Plus, you get all sorts of Internet radio stations, too.

Are there better Internet radio stations? Perhaps. But TuneIn Radio's worked very well for me. And at the low, low cost of FREE, the price is right. Give it a shot. More screenies and download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Your favorite stories of 2010

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What a year it's been, eh? Think back. We started with the announcement of the Nexus One and Android 2.1, and we're closing out the year with the announcement of Android 2.3 Gingerbread and the prospects of dual-core processors and Honeycomb on the horizon.

But let's take a few moments to look back on 2010 -- namely, your favorite stories of the year. What follows are our top reviews and top stories of the year, as trafficked by you guys. And it's a pretty good list if we do say so ourselves. Check it out after the break.

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3 years ago

New hardware GPS fix emerges for Samsung Vibrant

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By now, we are all aware of the GPS issues that have plagued the Galaxy S series of phones since release. In that time, several supposed fixes have emerged, including one directly from Samsung. How effective these methods have been isn't exactly clear as they have all had mixed results. Now, a more direct -- albeit complicated and risky -- method for fixing your GPS issues on the Vibrant has emerged over at XDA Developers, with relatively high success.

This method involves actually altering the internal components of the phone, particularly the GPS antenna and it contacts. You will also need to be running the JI6 modem or later, and your phone will have needed to be manufactured prior to October.  Let us be very clear that this method involves breaking the Vibrant down completely.

*Be advised that this method can will void your warranty, and if you goof anything up you will likely brick your phone permanently.*

If you feel comfortable with this after adhering to this warning, head over to the source link for the full instructions at your own risk! [XDA Developers] Thanks, r3g!

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson Android slider leaks out, successor to the X10 Mini Pro?

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It appears another device has slipped out of the Sony Ericsson camp. The above Android 2.3 loaded slider has now turned up in China where it is rumored to be the successor to the X10 Mini Pro. Specs you say? How about a 1GHz chip with an Adreno 205 GPU that pushes 42.5fp via Neocore. All of which is powering a 3-inch 320 x 480 multitouch LCD. When put to the test Quadrant benchmarks at 1,553 was the final analysis. Aside from that info not much else is really known about the mysterious slider but if you dig Sony Ericsson devices, hit the break for one more shot. [IT168 via Xperia10.net]

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3 years ago

New device renders show off the Motorola Cliq 2

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Fans of the Motorola Cliq (there are a few, I know it!) now have something to look forward to if you were wondering if there ever would be a second generation of the device. New renders have popped up showing off the Motorola Cliq 2, which is expected to launch at CES with a release shortly after. The device itself doesn't stray too far off from the original when it comes to specs, meaning it's nice but nothing to write home about:

  • Full QWERTY slide out keyboard
  • 5MP camera with LED Flash
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Wi-Fi B/G/N
  • aGPS

It's also been mentioned that Wi-Fi calling may be in the cards as well as a new version of MotoBlur to run it all. No confirmation on what Android OS it will be running, but if we had to take a guess, we'd give it FroYo out the gates with an update possible later. That "Honeycomb" keyboard is rather misleading, we think. [CellPhoneSignal]

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3 years ago

HTC Evo Shift 4G breaks cover again, with a Jan 9 sale date

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We already knew the Evo Shift 4G was coming, and it was priced at $150 (on contract).  We also had it on good authority that it was coming on Jan 9, but now we're sure -- thanks to the Shack.  In an upcoming sale ad, we see that the Evo Shift 4G will indeed be $149.99 after a two-year agreement and this price is good, starting Jan 9.  Not much else is left to the imagination, so we just have to play the waiting game -- which you can do with the rest of us in the Evo Shift 4G forums.  Hit the break for the full page ad.  Thanks anon!

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