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3 years ago

Cellular South to pair Xoom WiFi with free-on-contract MiFi

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Cellular South has made it official that it will be selling the Motorola Xoom WiFi along with a MiFi, the latter of which you can get free if you sign up for a data contract. Yup, totally called it

The Xoom itself will be the standard $599, so if you live in an area with good Cellular South coverage, this deal might actually be better than getting the 3G Xoom on-contract from Verizon as you can easily share the MiFi data connection with other devices.  They aren't quite ready to sell you the combo just yet, but hopefully it will be available soon. Check out the press release past the break. [Cellular South]

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3 years ago

Google to have independent reviews of privacy procedures every two years

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Remember all that buzz that Google Buzz brought -- along with the controversy over privacy? Well, the good folks at Google recognized that things probably could have been handled better, and they're going to make sure of that.

Google has finally reached an agreement with the FTC and as a result of everything that has happened they will now be having independent reviews of their privacy procedures every two years. Users will have to give an affirmation consent before a change can be made to how their personal information is used. [Google Blog]

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3 years ago

HTC gives its Flyer tablet an official 6-minute video

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The HTC Flyer (see our hands-on at Mobile World Congress and with the Wifi-only version coming to Best Buy) is one of the most anticipated Android tablets, with its aluminum unibody design or the Scribe system that lets you write on just about anything. So whether you are a HTC fan, someone looking at getting a new tablet, or just like all things Android, be sure to check out HTC's official promo video after the break, and see just how incredible the Flyer is. [HTC YouTube]

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3 years ago

Another custom in-dash installation of a Motorola Xoom [from the forums]

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A couple of weeks back we saw one of our forums members make their own custom Motorola Xoom car dock, and others have been inspired to do the same. Android Central forums user buurin has taken the mount to the next level, putting it on a pivoting mount and connecting it to an amp under the drivers seat, with a volume knob next to the emergency brake. Check it all out in the forums! [Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Phil talks tablets, Nook Color hackery, on Denver's KWGN-TV

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Our very own Phil Nickinson has been quite a busy man, pumping out news, heading down to CTIA to bring us all the coverage, talking tablets with our sister sites, and now hitting TV. As we all know, the Nook Color is a pretty amazing little e-reader turned tablet, and a local TV station out of Denver took to making it a known fact.

“They want to see what people can do with their products. They don't mind a little bit of hackery,” Phil said

Phil is joined by Tim Stevens of Engadget to talk about the Nook Color, and how it is the most affordable Android tablet on the market currently. Check out the video after the break, and hit up our Nook Color forums for all the instructions. [KWGN]

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3 years ago

PlayStation emulator PSX4Droid pulled from the Android Market

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Back when PSX4Droid was initially announced a lot of users were pleased to of have had a PlayStation emulator arrive on the scene. Here we are now, many months later and we're getting a Sony Ericsson built device with PlayStation gaming capabilities built right. I'm guessing at the time no one thought that would happen but indeed, it has.

Now, with Sony Ericsson Xperia Play arriving on the scene it appears as though some emulators are being removed from the Android Market with Google citing "Content Policy violation" as the reasoning and some folks wondering if Sony is really behind their removal. Google however, only offered a short statement on the matter:

"We remove apps from Android Market that violate our policies."

We're not ready to blame Sony for this, however, Zodttd, the developer behind PSX4Droid, has quickly asserted he is under that impression while others blame improper GPL License use as the reason. Be it suspicious timing, GPL license issues or just plain bad luck -- other emulators of the same nature still remain in the Android Market namely, FPSe. That begs the question what the deal was with PSX4Droid? [Twitter; via PocketGamer, Engadget, Mobiputing and JoyStiq]

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3 years ago

Mobiado & Aston Martin partner to show what a high-end phone looks like

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Have you ever wondered what an extremely high-end and rather revolutionary Android device would look like? Well, pretty much everything you could dream it to be was done by Mobiado when they constructed the CPT002 in conjunction with Aston Martin. The device, while still only a concept, has a sapphire crystal capacitive touchscreen that sits between two platinum bars. These platinum bars hold the processor, battery, SIM card slot and all the other goodies. The device will also act as a proximity fob, and will allow you to lock and unlock your car when you are close to the vehicle with the device. Pretty interesting to see what can be done when the limit is the sky, and people get creative. [Mobiado via AutoBlog]

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod 7 RC4 hits; brings big fix for all devices

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Only just a few days ago we saw RC3 of CyanogenMod7 rolling out, and today they are releasing RC4. Since RC2 we have seen mainly bug fixes in each update, but this time they have brought a big fix for Open GL (EGL specifically) from the AOSP. Additionally, the Nook Color version has gained hardware acceleration, but unfortunately the Nexus One still may have the call audio bug, and the EVO still has minor GPS issues. Enough of the jabbering, get to downloading, hit up ROM Manager, or CyanogenMod to get your download started. [CyanogenMod]

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3 years ago

VZ Navigator for the HTC Merge shows up in Android Market

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The HTC Merge has sure spent a lot of time in the spotlight, once emerging with Verizon branding, then heading its way to Alltel, and now more confusion to the pot. In the Android Market has surfaced the VZ Navigator for Merge application, which would be the HTC Merge specific version, as we have seen with other devices as well. Things get even more interesting when we have a look at Verizon's exclusive Indycar Mobile app page, where the Merge is listed alongside other known, newish devices that should be seeing the app soon. Could it be, could the HTC Merge be coming to Verizon after all? We have no release information, or if this is a goof up, but the VZ Navigator application appears to have just been released today. [Android Market] Thanks, David!

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3 years ago

Samsung Continuum ROM Clean Continuum DL17 [From the Forums]

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The Samsung Continuum gets an awesome treat from Android Central forums adviser and ROM developer Adrynalyne with his Clean Continuum DL17 ROM.  Samsung Fascinate users should be familiar with Adrynalyne's work, and they'll all tell you it's great.  This has carried over to the Continuum.  The short list of features:

  • Deodexed, Debloated, DeBinged, and mostly, DeTouchwizzed.
  • Visual voice mail is gone, voice mail button in the dialer now opens Google Voice.
  • Verizon Wireless carrier banner replaced.
  • Messaging app will not longer do multi-part messages, but instead converts to MMS automatically once the 160 character mark is hit.
  • GPS has been tweaked.
  • ADW Launcher installed as default

Adrynalyne says that while this is an early beta, it still should be perfectly stable.  It's great to see the Android community at work on phones that don't have the spotlight, and if you're rocking a Continuum you owe it to yourself to have a look.  Check it out in the forums.  Thanks, Adrynalyne, for the hard work!

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