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2 years ago

HTC Sensation Accessories Roundup

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The best accessories for your HTC Sensation

Upon getting your HTC Sensation you might wonder what additional accessories may be beneficial for you and your device. What style case? Replacement or extended battery? Car charger or wall charger?  These are all pretty common questions, and we're here to help you make those decisions on accessories for the HTC Sensation a breeze.

Before we begin, let's look at the top four best selling HTC Sensation accessories:

Check past the break for our full roundup on the hottest HTC Sensation accessories.

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2 years ago

TouchPad Android port project fizzles, but not quite dead

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Let's hope the recent upheaval in the TouchDroid realm -- that's the endeavor to get Android properly ported onto the nearly extinct HP TouchPad -- doesn't completely derail the project, but things have looked better, folks. There's been some back and forth about code, and some milk spilled, apparently. But there's also the video you see above, which walks you through booting a very alpha build of Android on the TouchPad.

Again: Very alpha. As in, 99 percent of you (and us) have no business trying this, even if you happen to have a TouchPad. In fact, if you manage to sit through this entire video, you're better men and women than we are. This is low-level stuff, and we're perfectly happy kibitzing this one. More deets are at the links below, and let's hope things get started again eventually.

Source: TouchDroid 1, 2

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2 years ago

Android App Review: HD Widgets

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It seems us Android folk can't live without our widgets. Be it Beautiful, Android Pro, or any other that doesn't come to mind, they're one of the more aesthetically pleasing and practical parts to being on Google's team. For those who're always looking for the best clock and weather combo on a tablet (a title usually defaulted to Beautiful Widgets), say hello to the newest kid on the block, HD Widgets.

HD Widgets is a tablet-only app that looks to bring some of the visual beauty and slickness most people are accustomed to from Beautiful Widgets. Everything is optimized for the tablet's larger screen, and the results really speak for themselves.

HD Widgets comes with a large selection of sizes to choose from, ranging from full screen to header, half-page, and even weather by itself. Some options also have a "small" choice, as well, which usually means the clock isn't taller than the rest of the widget.

There's also a pretty good selection of clocks to choose from, although the extent is mostly what color and what kind of frame. There's a couple of options as far as font, but if you're not interested in either a traditional digital clock font of a Sense clock, you might be wise to look elsewhere. You can also opt for shortcuts instead of the weather, which includes airplane mode, wi-fi, Bluetooth, screen rotation, and brightness. To top it off, you also get to pick the background.

Once you've got your widget customized and placed, you needn't worry about anything else. It'll automatically determine your location (in my case, via wi-fi), and you're good to go. If you're curious about the weather, you can tap the weather icon, and similar to Beautiful Widgets, a full screen weather detail is brought up.

This is where HD Widgets really shines, as it can fully take advantage of the tablet's large screen. Large weather icons are bright and gorgeous, and you're shown really detailed information like sunrise and sunset as well as wind direction and pressure. Your weekly forecast is there, too, with icons and temperatures, just like you'd expect. It's good looking, plain and simple.

The only downside of HD Widgets as of now is that you can't download user-made clocks or weather icons, but honestly, with how slick the built-in icons are, I'm not sure you need to. And even then, that's my only complaint. Fortunately, the developers have their emails public and are taking feature requests and ideas, so I know what I'm going to say.

HD Widgets is only $1.99 for now (an introductory price of ~40% off), so if you're rocking a tablet and looking for some absolutely stunning widgets, I'd hope on this sooner rather than later. It's an excellent app that looks like it's only got room to grow, and two bucks isn't bad at all.

We've got download links and more pictures (like way more) after the break.

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2 years ago

Rumored LTE phone hits the FCC with LTE (hint: It's the HTC Vigor)

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Sometimes the FCC gives you juicy nuggets, and other times it just confirms what you already know. This is the latter, with the HTC PH98100 -- otherwise known as the HTC Vigor, which is headed to Verizon in all likelihood -- getting its testing on for the feds. Not much else to glean here, other than an LTE radio is confirmed, but have at it.

Source: FCC

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2 years ago

Sprint announces Fantasy Football Fanatic Sprint ID pack

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Sprint has announced a brand new Sprint ID pack aimed at fantasy football lovers. The Fantasy Football Fanatic pack will give you essential apps that will help get you through the season. The pack contains news apps, fantasy apps, podcast apps and even the popular Facebook alternative FriendCaster so you can smack talk with your friends.

Apps included in the pack are:

The app is free and can be accessed from Sprint now. If this list doesn't completely satisfy you, check out our Essential Apps for the 2011 Football Season.

Source: Sprint; Fantasy Football Fanatics Sprint ID

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2 years ago

Android App Review: Media Converter

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Media Converter is a versatile application for converting videos, audio, images, documents, and e-books on the go. The app is easy to use. Simply select what category of media you are converting, choose the file and what format you want to convert it to, and click submit. With almost 50 different file types you can convert your files to in six different categories,  there is sure to be a solution for your needs. The speed of conversion was surprisingly fast, at least faster than I was expecting, and since everything is uploaded and converted in the cloud, your battery doesn't feel a strain.

Supported file types:

  • VIDEOS: Convert nearly any format to 3GP, 3G2, FLV, MKV, MP4, MPEG-2, OGG, WEBM, or WMV.
  • AUDIO: Convert nearly any audio format to MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA, AAC, FLAC, M4A, or MMF.
  • IMAGES: Convert nearly any format to JPG, PNG, BMP, EPS, GIF, HDR, EXR, SVG, TGA, TIFF, WBMP, or WEBP.
  • DOCUMENTS: Convert just about anything to PDF, DOC, TXT, ODT, FLASH, or HTML.
  • EBOOKS: Convert ebooks between many formats such as EPUB, MOBI, PDF, LRF, FB2, LIT, PDB, TCR.
  • ARCHIVES: Convert files to archives, or convert between archive formats! Supports ZIP, BZ2, 7Z, and GZ.

I didn't have a problem converting any of the files I threw at Media Converter, but there are some important things you'll want to take note of. First of all, you have to be connected to the internet to convert anything. Files get uploaded to the cloud, converted, then downloaded back onto your device. Also, files must be under 100mb, and DRM and password protected files can't be converted. Also, to select files from your device, Media Converter will prompt you to download and install a free app called OI File Manager, otherwise you can only select files from your picture, video, and music galleries. With all that said, if you are looking for a versatile file converter, Media Converter is worth a look and is available for $3.99 in the Android Market.

Download links and screenshots are after the break.

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2 years ago

Android Central Podcast Ep. 70

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Audio-only stream below

The Motorola Droid Bionic is finally here! No, really! It is! We have one! Plus, we stop using exclamation points and talk about a slew of new Sony Ericsson hardware, plus your e-mails and voicemails. And we celebrate our 100,000th Twitter follower. Listen in!

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2 years ago

Droid Bionic teardown reveals smartphone parts, screws

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Can't have a high-profile launch without a high-profile teardown, and the folks at iFixit have done their thing with the Motorola Droid Bionic. There's really nothing of any great surprise in here, though it's certainly confirmed that there's 16GB of internal storage (it's a SanDisk SDIN4C2-16G chip, if you must know), even if you can't access it all.

Hit the link below for more breakdown pr0n.

Source: iFixit

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2 years ago

Court rules in favor of Apple, upholds ban on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales in Germany

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In another blow for Samsung, a German court has ruled in favor of Apple, upholding its ban on sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the country. Samsung had appealed the original Aug. 9 ruling, which ordered the company to remove the German retail edition of the tablet from shelves across the European Union. Judge Johanna Brueckner-Hofmann denied this appeal on grounds of infringement on intellectual property: The Galaxy Tab 10.1's front, the court ruled, is too close in appearance to that of the iPad 2, and Apple's "minimalistic design isn't the only technical solution to make a tablet computer." The ruling has nothing to do with patented technology and is only applicable to sales within Germany due to the court's limited jurisdiction. Samsung has said it will once again appeal the decision, claiming that the ruling "restricts design innovation and progress in the industry." 

Source: Bloomberg

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2 years ago

The Droid Bionic has 16GB of internal storage, but you can't have it all

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Read our Droid Bionic Review

We're already getting angry e-mails over this one. Just about every spec sheet everywhere on the Motorola Droid Bionic states that it has 16GB of on-board storage in addition to a 16GB microSD card. And that's true. But you don't get to play with it all.

Because of the way things are partitioned, and because the operating system takes up some of that internal storage, you won't actually see 16GB of internal storage if you look at the phone's settings. Instead, you have about 3.5GB of "application storage," which is where apps install by default. Then you have 8GB of "Internal storage," on which you can save photos, movies, music, etc. Apps also can store data here as well, so you'll likely see it decrease over time. Then you have the 16GB microSD card that comes pre-installed. (It can be increased to a 32GB card.)

So, realistically, you have 27.5GB of user-accessible storage memory, and not 32GB as you might think looking at the spec sheets.

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