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3 years ago

Photoshop fail: Honeycomb on the PlayBook

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It's happened to the best of us: you're up too late at the White Castle with your friends, when you remember you've got some mad homework due the next day. You rush home, heart pounding, and hop on the computer. After a hurried five minutes on Photoshop, you glance at your masterpiece, and pleased, go to bed.

I can only assume that's what took place with this latest gaffe, as I'm not sure there's any plans to have Honeycomb booting on the PlayBook anytime soon. Maybe the graphic artists at MacMall heard about the PlayBook running Android apps and assumed that was the only way?

We may never know. Thanks, John!

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3 years ago

ASUS EeePad Transformer sneaks onto military Exchange Online Store a tad early

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Read our full ASUS EeePad Transformer review

Here's the deal regarding online availability of the ASUS EeePad Transformer: Like we told you last week, it'll be available starting tomorrow at a handful of online retailers. (See the full list here.) And when we say "tomorrow," we definitely mean April 26, and ASUS confirmed as much, saying the product pages shouldn't be live before then. A quick reminder on official pricing: $399 for the 16GB version, $499 for the 32GB version, and another $149 for the keyboard dock.

Oh, but that picture you see above? That's from the military Exchange Online Store, which apparently already has the Transformer up for grabs as Android Central reader Danon points out. So if you have access to AAFES and have a hankering for that 10.1-inch Transformer and can't wait a few more hours, get to ordering. That's an order. (See what we did there?) A couple more pics are after the break. [AAFES] Thanks, Danon!

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3 years ago

SugarSync unveils latest update, frees you from wires (and thinking)

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Users of the popular SugarSync Android app should be on the lookout for a new update that introduces all sorts of automated cloud-syncing options.

They call it AutoSync, and in a nutshell, this is what it does for you:

  • Free your mobile photos – Liberate all those great mobile photos you’ve taken from your device, without ever having to think about it. AutoSync automatically backs them up and syncs them to your computer at pre-set intervals.
  • Make your device more productive – No more emailing files to yourself to ensure you have the right version. Be productive from your device, and rest assured that the latest version will be automatically saved to the cloud and to your computers.
  • Keep your mobile photos/memories safe – Even in the case of a lost device, you can be sure that your photos and memories are safe. AutoSync has been backing them up and syncing them in the background.
  • Say goodbye to the hassle of wires and cables – Many users resist syncing and downloading photos and folders from their mobile devices simply because it is too complex and time consuming. Put the wires away, and let AutoSync take care of the rest.

Download link and full presser are after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Systerac Memory Cleaner

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We like easy around here.  Too much of what we do every day is far from easy, so when something comes along that does what it's supposed to do without a lot of futzing around, we're gonna share it with you guys.  Systerac Memory Cleaner fits the bill nicely.  What it does -- and all it does -- is clean up the cache from things like the browser with a single click.  That means it's a great way to free up some space on your phone when and if you need to.

The free version only cleans browser and search cache, and oddly enough that's what I like about it the most.  No settings to fool with and you can zap that browser cache away with a click.  The browser on Android, or any other mobile device (or even your computer) stores a lot of data that you may never need again.  That data can build up, and we all know there are times when we'd rather have 10 or 20 MB of space back instead of having application cache eating it up.  Systerac Memory Cleaner can clear it all out for you, no root needed, no digging in app settings.  The app is 84k in size, and can be moved to the SD card.  Sounds like a very fair trade.

Some of us might want something with a few more settings instead of just a simple click and clean.  The Pro (read paid) version cleans up just about everything that can be safely cleaned -- and again without needing root permissions.  Market cache, cache from any app, Maps, call logs, it does it all, and includes a simple widget for one click access.  Of course there are other apps out there that do the same thing, but the paid version is only €0.50, or about $0.72 US -- we like saving money almost as much as easy.  It works with any Android device running 1.6 or higher, and doesn't have any screwey permissions.  Give it a look -- the link to the free version and a couple screen shots are after the break.

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3 years ago

Yes, the ASUS EeePad Transformer has GPS in the United States

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Read our complete ASUS EeePad Transformer Review

Dunno how or why these rumors get started, but let's squash 'em right now. Yes, the U.S. version of the ASUS EeePad Transformer -- which goes on sale here in the states tomorrow -- has GPS. We've used it. It works. And we went so far as to mention in our full review a week ago. And in the specs list.

Repeat: The ASUS EeePad Transformer has GPS. And it works just fine. Carry on.

Update: We've removed ASUS' official statement because it was causing more confusion. here's the deal:

  • GPS works with Wifi on.
  • GPS works with Wifi off.
  • GPS works after a reboot and Wifi still off.

Any other questions?

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3 years ago

Allow app installs from 'unknown sources'

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There comes a time in every Android user's life where you want to install an app not found in the Android Market. If it's your first time, you're greeted with, "For security, your phone is set to block installation of applications not obtained from the Android Market" message as you try to install.

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3 years ago

Politico app hits Android, mobile news users cheer

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If there's one thing us Android users are pegged to love, it's choice. If you fit that mold (and be real, who doesn't?), and you love to consume news from your mobile device, you'll be pleased to know Politico has unleashed their mobile app to the masses.

The app itself is pretty fast, once it's loaded. I sat on the initial loading screen for a good 15 to 20 seconds as everything was loaded up. But once you're past that, you're greeted with an attractive interface and absolutely no lag whatsoever when selecting a story to read.

The app is also free (in price) and free of ads, so it's definitely worth picking up if you're a reader of Politico. And if you prefer your news from somewhere else, there's always CNN, USA Today, MSNBC, NPR, New York Times and Fox News.

Download link's after the break. [from the Android Central Application Forums]

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3 years ago

Another Galaxy S II commercial from Samsung appears, this time touting thinness

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Samsung has been on a tear recently with its commercials for the upcoming Galaxy S II and now another one has hit YouTube. This one focuses on the thinness of the device, particularly that its small enough to fit under a door. It is pretty impressive that Samsung has been able to include the high end specs inside a device that is 8.49mm thick. 

Enough talking though, see it for yourself after the break! [YouTube]

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3 years ago

Nook Color updated to Version 1.2, gets Froyo, apps, e-mail and more

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Barnes & Noble's uber-popular Nook Color e-reader (which also doubles as a better-than-average Android tablet) is getting its official upgrade to version 1.2.0 this week. It's pushing out over the air, or you can install it manually. Here's what's new:

  • Access to shop a broad collection of popular NOOK Apps™ to enjoy great games, stay up to date on news and weather, and more
  • Full-featured free email to check and send web-based email (i.e., Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, AOL) all from one in-box
  • NOOK Color’s update to Android OS 2.2/Froyo offers system improvements, browser performance and a more complete Web experience giving customers access to enjoy even more video, interactive and animated content. NOOK Color now includes support for Adobe® Flash® Player
  • NOOK Kids™ exciting new Read and Play titles that bring animation, activities and stories together
  • NOOK Books Enhanced offer in-page video and audio in a growing number of titles
  • Enhancements to magazine navigation making it easier to enjoy even more of the growing selection of magazines in NOOK Newsstand
  • NOOK Friends™ (beta) to see your friends’ reading activities, swap books with LendMe™, share recommendations and discover new titles

So the big things here? Froyo, of course, and apps. But don't mistake this update for bringing Android Market access. You'll be downloading apps from Barnes & Noble. Market access is still going to require some hackery, which we're more than happy to show you in the Android Central Forums.

So look for the update to push out this week. Or if you want to install it manually (we just did), instructions are after the break. [Barnes & Noble] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Lenovo said to be bringing Honeycomb tablet with keyboard dock, pen input

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Anybody have a hankering for another Android 3.0 tablet/laptop combo? The ASUS EeePad Transformer (read our full review) is already out in Europe and is headed to the United States this week. And hot on its heels this summer may be the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet.

Looking at the listed specs, it's pretty similar to the Transformer. It's got a 10.1-inch IPS display, Android 3.0 Honeycomb powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, USB ports, SD card reader, microUSB, HDMI, Wifi and 3G versions, and "keyboard booklet and cradle." Same as the Transformer. And like ASUS' set, the ThinkPad Tablet will come in 16GB and 32GB  versions -- and add on a 64GB versions for the serious PowerPoint players. It's also touting some serious enterprise-friendly Cisco security software, which the new Samsung devices will be sporting as well. But, wait, there's more. The ThinkPad Tablet also will have a pen input a la the HTC Flyer.

We're going to withhold judgment on the keyboard dock until it's official and we get to see it. But if leaked images are any indication, it looks seriously clunky compared to the EeePad Transformer. We'll just have to see. Check out more pics and deets at the source link. [This is My Next]

 

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