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2 years ago

MIPS Tablet promises 7 inches of Ice Cream Sandwich for $99

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Cheap Android tablets are nothing new, but Sunyvale, Calif., company MIPS Technologies looks to be one of the first out of the gate with a cheap Ice Cream Sandwich tablet. The first version is launching as a 7-incher -- 8- and 9-inch tablets are on the way. It's running a 1GHz MIPS-Based XBurst CPU with a Vivante GC860 GPU has the usual Wifi, Bluetooth, HDMI and microSD features.

We've generally been less than impressed by most every cheap Android tablet we've seen. You usually do get what you pay for when it comes to this sort of thing. But MIPS' press release also includes a quote from Android's Andy Rubin, who said:

“I’m thrilled to see the entrance of MIPS-Based Android 4.0 tablets into the market. Low cost, high performance tablets are a big win for mobile consumers and a strong illustration of how Android’s openness drives innovation and competition for the benefit of consumers around the world.” 

It's being touted as retailing for less than $100. In fact, it's $99. And we just paid $66 in shipping. We'll just have to see when we get our hands on the MIPS whether it's worth even that much. Full presser's after the break. 

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2 years ago

'Scrubs' to live on as an Android app, hits Market Dec. 14

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The TV series "Scrubs" was killed off in 2010, but it's apparently being resurrected as an Android game. The usual cast of characters and forced jokes are there, and the developer's describing it thusly:

"Scrubs" is a hidden object game inspired by the TV series of the same name. As a young intern the player appears in the well-known "Sacred Heart" and meets all the familiar characters from this great sitcom. He will be involved in an intricate detective story and have to save the reputation of the hospital. Plenty of mini games will help you feel like a real doctor and operate with the medical tools such as scalpels, syringes etc.

"Scrubs" contains many riddles and puzzles, stylish black humor, dozens of awards and unusual twist for hidden object genre gameplay. At the start of every level a game location is generated, objects change their positions and unique level tasks are created. It means that even when users replay completed levels these locations will be new and unfamiliar. A great way to hugely increase the fun and replayability of the game.

Can't say we're waiting on pins and IV needles for this one. But if you're a "Scrubs" fan, look for it to hit the Market on Dec. 14. 

We've got pics and demo video after the break.

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2 years ago

Monday Brief: December 5, 2011

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2 years ago

900MHz frequency seen having its way with Galaxy Nexus bootloader

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

The mystery of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus' 900MHz bug continues. Sort of. We've just been sent this video of the Galaxy Nexus volume buttons being affected by a nearby 900MHz signal while the Galaxy Neuxs is in the bootloader. The Galaxy Nexus in question is said to have had the recent update that fixes the 900MHz wonkiness while Android is running, but you can clearly see the strangeness here in the bootloader.

Those of us in the states will have a hard time reproducing this, of course, since we're not exactly crawling in 900MHz EDGE. (Or in the Galaxy Nexus, for that matter.) And while it's an interesting-looking bug, we're not sure how overly concerned we are about this lingering issue. Maybe it'll be fixed with uploaded bootloader code. But if not, maybe just keep your 900MHz phones a inch away from your Galaxy Nexus.

Thanks, Jeremy! 

More: Galaxy Nexus forums

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2 years ago

Verizon Galaxy Nexus accessories (with pricing) pictured [from the forums]

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Jephanie, a smart member here at AC bought a couple Galaxy Nexus accessories from his Verizon store, and was kind enough to share the pictures and pricing with us all.  The "Power and protection package" consists of a black case and holster, a universal car charger with USB slot, and three screen protectors for $49.97.  The "Spare battery charging kit" (and this one looks to be a real winner) has a spare 1850mAh battery, a stand-alone battery charger, and a micro-USB Y-cable so you can charge both the spare battery and your Galaxy Nexus at the same time in the same place.  List price on the spare battery kit is $39.99.  Both of these look like very nice accessories for the LTE Galaxy Nexus, and jephanie is ready to roll as soon as Verizon turns this one loose.  Hit the break for another picture of each, and visit the link below for close-ups and discussion.  Be sure to give jephanie a big thanks for sharing with us all!

Verizon Galaxy Nexus forums

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2 years ago

AT&T's LG Nitro HD, white Samsung Skyrocket available now

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One new smartphone and another revamped are now available from AT&T. First up is the LG Nitro HD, the carrier's version of the LG Optimus HD. It sports a 720p display and has AT&T's new LTE high-speed data. The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket -- AT&T's LTE version of the Galaxy S II (and scaled up to 4.5 inches) -- also is now available in white.

The Nitro HD is going for $249.99 on contract, as is the Skyrocket.

More: AT&T (Nitro HD, Skyrocket)

 

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2 years ago

Girls Gone Gadgets 02: 2011 gadget gift guide

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Ashley and Georgia stab hate at the Playstation Vita's proprietary memory sticks, talk after-date communication protocols and keeping your timeline clean, get challenged by the CrackBerry Nation, and give their holiday device, accessory, and app picks! This is Girls Gone Gadgets!

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2 years ago

CarrierIQ -- a Q&A

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A little light reading for a fine fall Sunday. What is CarrierIQ, what's all the fuss about, and what can be done?

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