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3 years ago

Official TED app for Android now available with streaming video and audio

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Many people draw inspiration from a lot of different areas in the world. Looking to gather up those inspired thinkers is the TED Talks conferences that have been happening globally since 1984. Whether you're looking to hear Bill Gates talk about energy or Steve Jobs talk about how to live your life before you die or even how Jamie Oliver thinks you should teach every kid about food - there is something for everyone in the content available from TED.

That content has now been all wrapped up in an Android app available now in the Android Market. Sticking to basics with design, TED has rolled out their app all while keeping a pretty straightforward Ice Cream Sandwich layout within. While the app does look basic, it certainly does deliver on the content. You can stream audio and video as well as search for anything you may be interested in with ease or if you're not looking for any talks specifically, you can just check out what's popular and browse through the content that way.

TED is available as a free download, and will work on Android tablets as well as phones. If you're looking for some inspiration, jump on past the break and grab the download. Thanks, Derek!

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3 years ago

Adobe Flash Player for Android updated with security fixes

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When Adobe said they wouldn't be developing Flash Player for Android to work with any new versions, they also promised to keep the current version up-to-date with critical fixes and security patches. Once again, they show us that they really mean what they say, and there's another update for Flash in the Android Market. The fixes include events for handling a crash would could lead to code execution, which means potential is there for someone to hijack your system. Adobe is usually pretty good about patching these things before the get exploited, and there are no known instances in the wild of attackers using these methods to compromise Android devices. 

To learn more about what was fixed, have a look at the Adobe Security Bulletin dated March 5. You'll find the Market link after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC One Series, Galaxy Note battery life [From the Forums]

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With Mobile World Congress all said and done with for yet, another year we'll be returning to our regularly scheduled broadcasting from now on. Which of course, means bring you the best of the best Android content. If you missed out on anything from the weekend, get yourself caught and don't be afraid to join us all in the Android Central forums.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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3 years ago

Google opens Android Market to oversized apps – 50MB limit upped to 4GB

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Tired of quickly snagging a game only to learn you still have another 200MB (or worse) to go in a separate download? Following through on a promise made at its 2011 developer conference, Google's just made the Android Market a whole lot more friendly to oversized applications, upping the maximum file size from 50 megabytes to 4 gigabytes -- a 7,900 percent increase.

Most Android apps are far smaller than even the previous 50MB limit, though, so there's a good chance you'll never notice the difference. For more intensive applications -- 3D games, for example -- the extra downloads will be able to come from Google's servers, which is good for devs. Users won't actually have to (or be able to, for that matter) download a full 4 gigabytes in one sitting, as the extra downloads will be broken up into 2GB chunks, but the total size will be reflected in the Android Market.

The updated code is available now in the Android SDK Manager, so look for this to start hitting the Market any day.

Source: Android Developer Blog

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3 years ago

Android Central weekly photo contest: Food

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We're all back home and settled in from Mobile World Congress, and it's time to kick off another weekly photo contest! The subject this week is something near and dear to my heart, and inspired by +Michael Ceriello when we asked what you guys and gals wanted to see. We're talking about food.

Grab your Android phones, head into the kitchen or out to your favorite resturant and show us some delicious eats. The prize this week is a vehicle mount for your phone (or a universal model) from ShopAndroid.com. Perfect for heading out to the grocery store or eatery to feed yourself, and maybe listening to some tunes or trying a new route with Google Maps turn-by-turn navigation on the way.

The rules, as always:

  • You gotta use an Android phone or tablet. 
  • One picture per person.
  • You need to tell us the name of the device used to take the pic, any special photo app used, and your name (or psudeonym) so we can give proper credit.
  • Send the picture (as an attachment) and info to pics@androidcentral.com by Friday evening your local time to qualify.

We'll pick the best and announce the winner Sunday on the blog. Good luck everyone!

 

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3 years ago

Editorial: Privacy is paramount, but enough with the inquisitions already

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Oy vey! According to a report from Reuters (via Phonescoop), U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., has called for the Federal Trade Commission to investigate "reports that applications on the Apple Inc and Google Inc mobile systems steal private photos and contacts and post them online without consent."

OK, folks. Let's see if we can't explain this again. There was a report in the New York Times that exposed a flaw in iOS that lets applications have full access to an iPhone or iPad's Camera Roll (the equivalent of the Android "Gallery") if said application has access to GPS location. It's not that apps can't have access to images, it's just that the way they're going about it here is in violation of the iOS terms of service, and Apple's fixing it, as it does with other bugs. And as we've previously told you, it has absolutely nothing to do with Android.

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3 years ago

Google mobile site adds section for recent place searches

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Google is continuing to build on its mobile search experience with the launch of a new section for recently-searched places on its mobile homepage. If you've got Web History enabled in your Google Account, you'll now see an additional option -- "Recent" -- when you visit Google.com on your Android or iOS device.

This gives you a scrollable list of places you've searched for on Google within the past 24 hours, providing quick access to phone numbers, map directions and other pertinent information. It's a pretty neat new feature that we're sure will save a few people some time and effort. And if you're creeped out by the fact that Google has a list of places you might be going to, you can get rid of it by disabling Web History in your Google Account.

Right now it seems the new feature is live in the U.S. only, but international users can get to it by loading up www.google.com/?gl=us in their mobile browsers.

Source: Google Mobile Blog

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3 years ago

ADT 17 and SDK tools r17 now in third beta, bring new tools and bug-fixes to developers

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Anyone doing development for Android (or any software platform) knows that good tools are the most important part of the whole process. We've seen that the Android team has been hard at work to improve development and debugging tools, and they're still at it. The ADT plugin for Eclipse and the SDK tools/platform-tools have a major upgrade underway, and are at the third beta preview. Developers will enjoy the changes, which includes big things like a new version of ProGuard (more info here), as well as minor changes like being able to export a screenshot from the layout editor. We've got the full list of changes after the break, and if you're developing any sort of application for Android with Eclipse, you should give it a look.

But there's one big change that is going to be uber-helpful to the average Android hacker/modder -- detailed network usage of any application. The new DDMS tool will give data for network traffic, both in and out, on any device running Android 4.0.3 or higher. The graph updates in real-time, and in addition to being a great way for app developers to see how their app is utilizing network sockets, it will be able to help debug just what apps on your phone are eating up your data. No more guessing which app is stuck and constantly uploading, just plug your phone in and use the new DDMS tool to find out exactly what is going on. Knowing is half the battle.

If you want to try the new tools, you won't be able to download them via the SDK manager, but manual installation is easy enough, and you'll find full instructions at the source link below.

Source: Android Tools Project

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3 years ago

Preview of WhitePages social caller ID app for Android

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One pleasant little tidbit to roll out of Mobile World Congress 2012 was an upcoming app from WhitePages. They're expanding their standard caller ID features to a bunch of social network tie-ins, so you can see LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter updates of whoever's calling as they're calling. It can even pull in weather for where they're calling from, and offer a link to any web headlines about them. Once the call's over, you can view some extremely detailed stats on how often you call people, how long your calls last, and how text messages factor in. Of course, you'll need to have these people in your address book already. 

Now, this might not necessarily be much of anything new; RIM bought a whole company, Gist, that did something like this, and we're starting to see a more social-savvy address book emerge on PlayBook 2.0. As far as caller ID specifically goes, HTC did some similarly clever stuff, like pointing out if it was a caller's birthday. It seems to me the biggest thing WhitePages could do with this is provide a ton of information on incoming callers who aren't already in your address book - it could be both creepy and awesome. 

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3 years ago

LG Optimus Vu now available in Korea

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LG's answer to the Galaxy Note, the LG Optimus Vu, is now available in South Korea on the SK Telecom and LG U+ networks. The Optimus Vu combines a 5-inch 1024x768 IPS display with capacitive pen input and a thin chassis design reminiscent of the LG Prada 3.0. It's also got a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm chip inside, along with 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage and an 8MP camera. You also get the usual combination of Android 2.3 Gingerbread and LG's own UI layer, and during our time with the Vu at Mobile World Congress, we found its software to be a little uninspiring compared to Samsung's competing device.

LG is hoping to tempt early adopters with a free case and extra battery for the first 20,000 people to pick up the Optimus Vu on both LG U+ and SK Telecom.

No information is available as to when (or even if) the Optimus Vu will see any kind of broader international release, but Koreans can pick it up now for 999,900 won (~$890). We're going to go ahead and assume that's the unsubsidized price.

If you want to find out more about the Optimus Vu, check out our hands-on report from MWC.

Source: LG Newsroom; via: FoneArena

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3 years ago

Samsung announces Galaxy Player 70 Plus, a 5-inch PMP for Korea

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Adding to its line-up of Galaxy Player personal media players, Samsung has today announced the Galaxy Player 70 Plus for the Korean Market. The Player 70 Plus is a 5-inch device powered by a 1GHz dual-core CPU, running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Samsung's TouchWiz UI. Other specs include a WVGA (800x480) TFT LCD display, microSD card and Wifi support, a 5-megapixel camera and a hefty 2500mAh battery. It also has the ability to receive Korean terrestrial TV transmissions broadcast over T-DMB.

Like just about every PMP released these days, it packs fairly up-to-date smartphone tech without the ability to make calls or use cellular data (and the associated monthly bill). The Galaxy Player 70 Plus will retail for 399,000 won (~$350) with 16GB of storage, or 469,000 won (~$410) with 32GB. Head over to the source link for the full press release (in Korean), along with pictures of people who are cooler than you enjoying the Galaxy Player 70 Plus.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow; via: UnwiredView

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3 years ago

AccuWeather Android app gets push severe weather notifications

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AccuWeather today announced that it has updated its Android application to push severe weather alerts to your phone. That's a big deal, because it means you won't actually have to check the app to get an alert -- it'll be sent to your notification bar, which means you'll see it sooner. And as we've unfortunately seen again in the past week, having a few extra minutes to take cover before a storm hits can be a life-or-death difference. 

If a severe weather alert is enacted in your area, you'll get a notification, and your phone will vibrate, too.

“Proactively alerting our users that severe weather is in their forecast is very important to us,”  Pascal Racheneur, AccuWeather Vice President of Interactive Media, said in a press release. “Pushed severe weather alerts are another way that we can give you immediate access to your local and up-to-date weather conditions. In addition to pushed severe weather alerts, we added lifestyle forecasts – special weather forecasts for specific hobbies or activities such as, travel and sports, and forecasts that impact specific health conditions, such as asthma and migraines.” 

AccuWeather cooked a few other improvements into this update, including detailed hourly forecasts, a new lifestyle section, in-app purchasing for an upgrade to AccuWeather Platinum, UI updated for consistency, and you can now exit the app.

We've got download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the rest of ZTE's Android phones at MWC, including two quad-core devices

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The last batch of devices we looked at from ZTE at Mobile World Congress included two quad-core devices, and a few lower-end ones. At the top of the heap was the PF112. It has a 4.5-inch 1080 x 720 display, an 8 megapixel camera on the back, and it's running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (just like everything else ZTE announced). Down a notch is the Era, which has a 4.3-inch 960 x 540 screen, but keeps the 8 megapixel camera and quad-core 1.3 GHz processor. The Mimosa X is about on par with a 1.2 GHz processor, a 4.3-inch 960 x 540 display, and again, keeping the 8 megapixel camera. On the wireless side, it supports 7.2 MBps HSPA. 

The other two phones are on the lower end of the value chain. The Acqua has a 1 GHz processor, and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread (with an ICS update due in June), sports a 4-inch 800 x 480 display, and a 5 megapixel camera. Finally, there's the Kis, which has a 3.5-inch 480 x 320 display, and is powered by an 800 MHz processor and 512 MB of RAM. Unfortunately, the unit I was playing with at the show wasn't booting up, so there wasn't much to say about the software. 

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3 years ago

HTC Desktop Docking Station for EVO 3D [Android Accessory Review]

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For every HTC EVO 3D owner who yearns for the best desktop dock, know that the jivest hepcats are sporting the official HTC Desktop Docking Station for the EVO 3D.

Designed with the HTC build quality you've come to know and love, the HTC Desktop Dock for the EVO 3D gives you the most attractive, space-friendly, and viewing angle-efficient dock you could ever hope for.

The dock itself is pretty no-frills; you've got a video button, a port for your phone to dock into, and a microUSB port on the back. Fortunately, the minimalist approach doesn't detract from the experience of using it. It's shiny, glossy, and black, but best of all, it works.

 

Once you've got the phone plugged into the dock, you can sync between your computer and phone (just like with the standard USB cable), or, if you're using the MHL adapter, you can watch media on your attached HDTV, straight from the phone.

Say you just want to use your phone as a desk clock, or perhaps you want to play a game or two while you're docked up. The dock puts your phone at the absolutely perfect angle for anything you could ever hope to do, and the best part, it's all hands-free. (Fruit Ninja has never been easier.)

If you're worried about the dock sliding around all willy-nilly, don't! HTC loves you and placed four rubber feet on the bottom, giving you all the grip and security you'll need, so no phones will go flying. (I promise.)

As far as desktop docks go, this one is definitely the tops. Sure, there's no extra slot to charge an extra battery at the same time, but when you get this one, you know you're getting quality, and that's something worth investing in.

More pictures are after the break.

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3 years ago

Domino's Pizza USA [Android App Review]

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Ordering pizza is important. Pizza is the everyman's food, and without it, countless people wouldn't know what to eat at birthday parties, late night gaming sessions, or when they're just hanging out with friends.

Giving people the easiest, most seamless way to order said pizza hasn't always been a priority for the Android faithful, but now there is change, thanks to the Domino's Pizza USA app. (There's also a killer promotion for a free Android phone, too!)

The Domino's Pizza USA application is the standard by which all pizza ordering apps should be held. It's clean, visually appealing, and incredibly easy to navigate. All the options you could ever dream of are there for you to use, be it extra cheese, more pepperoni, or something else on the menu that isn't pizza at all! With everything just a single tap away, you'll wonder how you ever called in an order in the era before smartphones.

Once your order is complete, you're taken to one final confirmation screen to review your options, and if everything looks good, you move to the checkout screen to input your payment information. This is pretty standard stuff, but the fact it all looks so good and works so well keeps me singing its praises. (And you will, too.)

Perhaps the coolest part of the app is the pizza tracker, which lets you follow the progress of your pizza all from your phone, as soon as you've placed your order. With each passing second, your excitement will grow, as you watch your order blossom from a few bits of data into a hot, delicious pizza, on its way to your domain.

If all of this pizza talk has got you hungry and salivating, we've got download links after the break.

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