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3 years ago

Google Voice and gmail problems, 8pen keyboard, PowerAmp [From the forums]

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We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but somebody's gotta do it. Today we lead off with a couple of not-so-good situations we're all dealing with:

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3 years ago

Twicca twitter client updated to v0.8.8

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Fans of Twicca will be pleased to know the latest update is now available in the Android market. While the change log isn't exactly huge, it's nice to see that Twicca is still being improved. The update, which puts Twicca at v0.8.8 fixes a local trends bug as well as some url adjustments for new Twitter and Twitter.jp. If you're a fan of Twicca be sure to update and if you're interested in learning more, check out our quick-app review.

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3 years ago

Preparation for the Dalightly Saving Time switch

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As North America prepares to "fall back" from Daylight Saving Time (and that's the correct name for it, by the way) at 2 a.m. local time Sunday morning, we need to make sure everything is ready to go -- including our Android phones.

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3 years ago

Gmail not syncing? You're not alone

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We were kicking this around last night, but it's not going away. A number of you -- and us -- are having problems with getting gmail to properly sync with our phones. Obviously, that's bad. The good news is that Google's on the case, saying "We're currently looking into this issue, and I'll report back here with any findings."

"Here" would be the Google support forums, and the thread in question is three pages long as of this writing. What about you guys? Still seeing issues? [Google]

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3 years ago

Sharp bringing glasses-free 3D 'Galapagos' phone to Japan

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One of the greatest limitations with current 3D technology is the requirement of glasses to make the effect work. The Nintendo 3DS was a smash hit at E3 this year, and now Sharp is looking to bring the same basic technology to the smartphone. The Sharp Galapagos comes packed with Android 2.2, 512 MB of RAM, and a 3.8-inch screen capable of displaying 3D images and video sans glasses.

The lineup of seven launch games includes the likes of Resident Evil: Degeneration, Mega Man, and Ghosts n' Goblins. The phone will also be able to play 3D movies, which may be the bigger selling point. The phone does not yet have a release date, but we do know it will be launching on carrier Softbank Japan. [Softbank Japan (in Japanese) via Kotaku] Thanks, David!

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3 years ago

Mobile Nanny monitoring software now available in the Android Market

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These days being a parent isn’t always easy. Sometimes, parents need a little help with monitoring the actions of their children be it to keep them safe or just to keep a better watch on their daily activities. A new application, Mobile Nanny from Retina X Studios, is looking for help parents out in such cases by offering a complete monitoring, filtering and restriction solution for Android.

With Mobile Nanny installed, parents can now login to an online interface which gives direct access to any given device in which the application is installed. Parents can then effectively monitor and review such things as text messages, calls, web sites visited and even pictures taken with the device and even set up time based calling, app usage schedules. Mobile Nanny is available now in the Android Market but it does have a subscription-based price attached to it. For one year's worth of service, you'll be looking at $49.97. You can read the full press release after the break.

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid X spotted on 'How I Met your Mother'

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Anyone happen to watch How I Met Your Mother the other night? Of course you did, it's a great show. If you somehow missed it though, then you also missed the showing of the Motorola Droid X.  Seems like these days you really can't turn on the TV without catching a glimpse of one Android device or another in a show. It's a beautiful thing to see. Have you spotted any Android devices on any shows you are watching? If so, drop us a line and let us know which show. Thanks to Bob from Cleveland!

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3 years ago

LG Optimus S available Sunday on Sprint

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The LG Optimus S, a solid, entry-level offering from Sprint, will be available on Sunday.

The Optimus S sports:

  • Android 2.2 (Froyo)
  • 3.2-inch screen
  • 3.2MP camera
  • microSD card slot (up to 32GB)
  • Mobile hotspot capability

It will only be available in Charcoal on Sunday; if you want the Purple version you'll have to wait until November 21st. The Optimus S is a low-end offering that is aimed at consumers transitioning to their first smartphone. Here is a quote from LG:

“LG partnered with Sprint to deliver a handset that would empower first-time smartphone users to discover the changing mobile phone marketplace.”

The phone will be $49.99 with a 2-year contract (after a $100 mail-in rebate). If you've been waiting for the Optimus S, the wait is over on Sunday. [Sprint]

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid Pro pricing: $179 with contract, rebate

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Remember how we brought you the Motorola Droid Pro launch date but were left wondering what it would cost? Wonder no more. Your cost, after two-year contract and $100 rebate, will be $179.99. A one-year deal will be $249.99 when all is said and done, and off-contract will be $479.99. All in all, not bad for a phone with a 1GHz processor, full QWERTY keyboard and the ability to work overseas.

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3 years ago

Vox brings its VoIP services to Android via Nimbuzz

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VoX Communications is partnering with Nimbuzz to bring their popular cloud-based VoIP network to Android devices in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico.

 For a monthly fee, VoX will provide you with a calling plan as well as a real U.S., Canadian, or Puerto Rican phone number with no contract required.  This phone number would allow you to call anyone in the US, Canada or Puerto Rico over your WiFi or 3G connection by using the free Nimbuzz VoIP applications without paying your carrier any international long distance rates or a costly unlimited plan.

VoX offers three "Domestic" plans:

  • Pay as you go: $4.95/Month @ $.05/Min
  • Mobile Out 500: $9.95/Month  @ 500 included minutes, $.05/Min overage
  • Mobile Out Unlimited: $24.95/Month
  • International pricing is also available here.

 If you're interested in signing up for an account, and want to know how to link it to your Nimbuzz application, check out the official VoX website.

And because this application works entirely over data, it will work on any Android device with the Nimbuzz app installed, like a tablet.  Throw in some Google Voice for texting, and you can have that 7 inch smartphone you always wanted.  Via [IntoMobile]

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