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2 years ago

Kaspersky Mobile Security Lite now available on the Android Market

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You see stories everywhere saying how insecure and malware ridden Android is, most of which are just sensationalism and FUD.  The fact is that Android is very much like Windows, where developers (and unsavory types) can write software that you install without it being poured over and approved.  This means some of it will be malware -- them's the breaks and there's not much that can be done about it.  Paranoid users will just not install any third party applications, savvy users will research every piece of code they install, and normal users can use a mobile security app like Kaspersky Lab's latest offering, Mobile Security Lite.

It has the malware scanning you hear so much about, but it also has some other -- possibly more important -- features baked in.  SMS and call filtering are a must have for some (including yours truly) and anti-theft tools are almost a must have when we keep so much personal information on our Android phones.  Kaspersky Mobile Security Lite offers both in addition to malware scanning, which makes it worth a second look.  Many of us use apps that block random callers and texts, and having a solution baked in to an all-in-one security app is a great idea.  Add in the ability to track your phone via GPS, and remote lock and wipe it when you find out it's not in your pocket or purse where it belongs, then make it free -- that's a recipe for success.

We're going to have a closer look at this one, and if you're looking for a mobile security solution you should as well.  Find the download link and press release after the break.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S 'Value Pack' saga continues - new leak shows face unlock and more

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A new leaked firmware for the Samsung Galaxy S (i9000) has the mark of the fabled "Value Pack" written all over it.  For those not following along at home and wondering what the hell we're talking about, it all started when Samsung's Korean language blog Samsung Tomorrow said that the Galaxy S would not be getting Ice Cream Sandwich.  Then we heard that Samsung was reconsidering their decision, and looking into updating the Galaxy S with ICS.  Fast forward a few days, and we hear that Samsung has decided to offer a "Value Pack" consisting of some features from ICS backported to Gingerbread for the Galaxy S.  Then (you knew this was coming) Samsung told the folks at The Next Web that there was no such thing in the works for the Galaxy S.

Then the "Value Pack" ROM leaked out, and here we are. 

It's Android 2.3.6, firmware XXJVU, built December 29, 2011.  Feature-wise, it has some new goodies:

  • Galaxy Note Lockscreen
  • Galaxy S2 Photo Editor
  • Better camera that can snap stills while shooting video
  • Fast auto-rotation
  • Face unlock

If you're on the hacker update path, hit the links below and get your "not a value pack" ROM.  If you're not the hacker type (and we wouldn't blame you) there's no telling exactly what -- if any -- update you'll be seeing.

Source: SamMobile; More: XDA-Developers

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2 years ago

Asus UK confirming ICS update for original Transformer coming soon

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Asus UK have taken to their Facebook page to let us all know the state of their Ice Cream Sandwich update for the original Transformer. To cut a long story short, it's good news. 

They're confirming the update is incoming, although exact date is still TBC. What they have said is that they're working hard on getting the OTA update out as soon as possible after the Jan. 12 launch with the Transformer Prime

Source: Asus UK

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2 years ago

Android Resolutions: Resolve to put the phone down and talk to someone

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You know what?  We've come a long way when we're talking about smartphones.  I remember carrying an old BlackBerry pager to check my work e-mail, and back then I would have never imagined having something like an Android phone that was bright, colorful, and filled with fun stuff to keep me occupied.  I love how far we've come, and the nerd in me can't wait to see what's next.  But I see a trend that's a little disturbing, and I'm sure you guys see it too -- people getting so involved in what's happening on the 4-inch screen in their hands they forget about what might be going on around them.  Which leads me to our final Android resolution.

Resolve to put the phone down and talk to people

It sure is fun to play Fruit Ninja, and I can't wait to see what Google+ has to say about the GOP primary in New Hampshire.  And when I hear that sound telling me I have a new DM in Twitter, well, I've got to jump on that, right?  Wrong.  My grouchy neighbor or the retired gentlemen I eat breakfast with at the truck stop would love to talk about politics, and I can think of plenty of fun games I could play with my wife that don't involve slashing watermelons on a touchscreen.  And that tweet that just came in?  It will be there when I'm finished.  Playing Words with Friends isn't nearly as fun as sharing real words with real friends.  Don't be that guy at the party, sitting alone and texting someone miles away when people are right there, ready to be real with you.

We tend to get wrapped up in our own little Android world, when the great big world is busy and filled with something new and different all the time.  Going through life with your nose stuck in your smartphone only makes sure you miss a lot of cool stuff in the real world.  Let's all try a little experiment, if only for an hour or two.  Put your phone in your pocket, get in your car and go to the park and feed some ducks.  Or grab a carload of friends and go tubing.  Or spend a quiet morning fishing and enjoying the sounds and sights of Mother Nature.  Talk to your family a bit more, talk to your friends a bit more.  See if you enjoyed your time in the real world better than you would have enjoyed it had you spent it on Facebook.

I'm betting you will.

Read all of our Android resolutions

Choose an Android ResolutionResolve to leave better comments in the Android MarketResolve to be hands-free in the carResolve to help thy fellow Android neighborResolve to spend more in the Android MarketResolve to love the phone you're with

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2 years ago

Toshiba outlines what they're showing off at CES

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We're almost there folks, CES 2012. Toshiba will also be there, and they've taken the opportunity to give a little preview of what to expect from them at this years show.

As has been leaked earlier in the week, they will be showing off "the worlds thinnest and lightest 10.1 inch tablet." The translation is a little ropey, but we're also seeing mention of Organic EL panel and the word "waterproof" also crops up. Hit the source link for more.

Source: Toshiba(translated)

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2 years ago

Pantech Element poster spied in AT&T store, coming for $300?

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We're all expecting to see the Pantech Element shown off at CES this week, but as this image sent to Engadget shows, AT&T seems all set to be selling the tablet soon. 

The AT&T store in question appears to have received their marketing a few days early and were a little keen in getting it out on display. Some of the specs and pricing were also on display which are in line with the earlier reports. LTE, Android 3.2, 16GB of memory, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 5MP rear camera with 1080p video recording, and a 2MP front-facing camera. Price, $300 on a new two year deal, $450 off contract. Availability is slated for the week of January 15.  

Oh, and it is waterproof, more or less. 

Source: Engadget

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2 years ago

Dropbox bugfix update available in the Market now

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Dropbox recently got a pretty big update and some nice ICS optimizations, but it seems there were some issues reported within the app. Today sees an update land in the Market for bug fixes and a fix for an issue surrounding some file types refusing to open. Hit the link after the break to grab the update. 

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2 years ago

Kogeto brings panoramic video to Android with the iCONIC

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We've seen our fair share of camera enhancements over the past years, but most of them seem to focus on the still camera end instead of the video camera, until Kogeto. At CES Kogeto is planned to officially announce the Kogeto iCONIC which is an attachment that allows the device to capture panoramic video. Unfortunately the iCONIC is releasing initially for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and more devices to follow, as long as they capture 1080P video. Previously only available for the Apple iPhone it is great to see the expansion, and we look to getting our hands-on time with one of these in Las Vegas!

Source: Engadget

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2 years ago

A look back at CES 2011 as we head on into CES 2012

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This year, as we are getting ready to kick off CES 2012 -- we figured it would be a good idea to take a quick look back at some of the events from 2011. A retrospect, if you will -- to see where some of the bigger announcement of last year ended up, how well they did and what we may be looking at for 2012.

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2 years ago

Samsung bringing Airplay competitor SwipeIt to CES

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Love or hate Apple products, the AirPlay feature is an excellent way of sharing your mobile content on your TV. In a not overly surprising move, Samsung are keen to get in on this and are set to show of their SwipeIt application at CES

Operation is set to be as simple as Airplay. If you're watching something on your mobile device, hit a button and voila; it's on your TV. 

The application started being pushed out by Samsung on New Year's Day to all their internet connected TVs. The mobile application was pushed out to the Android Market a couple of days later, albeit very low key. The listing is referenced to MOVL who built it for Samsung. 

While Apple's alternative requires an all Apple lineup to utilise, SwipeIt will work with any Android device as our graphic below indicates. This is great news for anyone who owns a Samsung SmartTV but prefers a different brand of mobile device. Download links are after the break.

Source: @akumar overflow

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