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3 years ago

HTC Droid DNA update now live, start mashing that button

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We just got word that the Droid DNA update we talked about a few days ago is now rolling out over the air, ready to sneak into your phone and fix some bugs. The 104MB update brings the DNA to software version 2.04.605.2 710RD, and has quite the change log:

  • User can load videos on HuluPlus
  • Improvements to Hotspot connectivity have been made
  • Improvements to Audio Quality for wired headsets and earpieces have been made
  • Bluetooth connectivity and volume level for specific models have been improved
  • Enhanced reliability and stability of the Contacts List have been made
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity has been improved
  • Improvements to default browser for zooming capability have been made
  • Incoming messages display with the correct timestamp
  • Enhanced Recent Apps functionality has been improved

It's worth mentioning that rooted users will want to hold off and suss it all out before they click the OK button. If you've received the update, holler in the comments to let everyone know how it's working out for you.

Via: XDA; Thanks Tamara!

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3 years ago

Jelly Bean update for the Bell Galaxy S II now rolling out

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The Android 4.1.2 update is now pushing out for the Bell branded Samsung Galaxy S II (GT-I9100M). Users can either update via Kies, or wait for the OTA which is rolling out in phases to handsets as of today. The change log reads very nicely:

  • Improved performance from Project Butter
  • Full User Interface Revamp (Same UI as of the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II)
  • TouchWiz Nature UX
  • Samsung’s S Cloud services
  • Improved Camera features
  • New Lockscreen With Many Customization Options
  • New Features like Direct Call, Smart Stay and Pop-up Play
  • New Widgets (From Galaxy S III)
  • 2 Home screen modes
  • New Notification bar With More Notification Toggles
  • Google Now

It looks like the update should breathe some new life into one of 2011's most popular smart phones. Shout out in the comments if you've seen it or updated via Kies.

Source: SamMobile

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3 years ago

Google rolls out Nexus 4 retail locator

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Google this afternoon set up a Google Map deal where you can find retail locations that carry the Nexus 4. That's good. And long overdue. The one catch is that you can't actually tell if your nearest store has any in stock. You'll need to call ahead (or just show up, we suppose) to find out.

The other thing is that right now the only brick-and-mortar place to buy a Nexus 4 is T-Mobile. So basically you're looking at T-Mobile locations. But we have a feeling that Google setting up a proper retail search perhaps is a sign of things to come. Best Buy? Radio Shack? Let's hope we see them -- and other retail outlets -- added soon.

More: Google Nexus 4 retailer search

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3 years ago

Falcon Pro adds support for DashClock Widget

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The Falcon Pro Twitter app got an update today, adding the ability to copy tweets and fixing a few bugs. More interesting, perhaps, is the addition of support for DashClock Widget, which we're very quickly falling in love with.

The Falcon Pro extension for DashClock Widgets lets you see how many unread tweets you have from your lock screen. The usefulness of such a feature is debatable, but Falcon Pro is one of the first major applications we've seen add an extension for the open-source DashClock. And chances are we'll see more soon enough.

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3 years ago

Android 4.2.2 factory images now available for Nexus devices

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Following the recent OTA roll-out, Android 4.2.2 factory images are now available for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (Wifi-only and 3G), Nexus 10 and GSM Galaxy Nexus ("yakju" and "takju" variants). As always, the files contain a complete backup of the base Android firmware for these devices. That means they allow experienced users to restore their devices back to stock, vanilla Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, which might be of use if you've managed to screw something up by flashing a custom ROM or allowing a root app to run amok. They're also one of the options open to folks who've not yet taken the 4.2.2 update and want to set things up from scratch.

Grab 'em directly from Google's developer site at the link below.

Source: Google Developers

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z to be publically demoed at UK retailer ahead of release

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Ever since the 5-inch Sony Xperia Z debuted back in Las Vegas at CES, a lot of folks have been eager to get their hands on one and try it out. That includes certain members of the AC staff that didn't make the trip to Vegas. Thankfully -- in the UK at least -- there's a way to play with the Xperia Z before its general release thanks to a high street retailer. 

Starting tomorrow, Feb 15, Phones4U will be displaying demo units of the Xperia Z at more than 300 of their retail locations for eager consumers to try before they think about parting with their hard earned. The Xperia Z will then be available at the retailer starting Feb 28 and will be available free on a two-year contract starting at £36. Additionally, the first 1000 pre-orders will receive a pair of Sony MDR-1R headphones which themselves retail at Sony for £299.

I know where I'm headed tomorrow now, and if you happen to do the same in the coming days, be sure to jump into the forums and let us know what you think. Full press release can be found after the break. 

More: Hands on with the Sony Xperia Z

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3 years ago

MOO rolls its own tagging app, but NFC business cards still MIA

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MOO's NFC-enabled business cards still aren't available to the public just yet (we've got a tester version we like to flash around at parties and such), but the company today gave word that it's rolled its own NFC-tagging app.

The interface is simple enough. You can link to a web site, map, social networks, phone numbers and vCards, as well as read and reset what's on your MOO NFC card. 

Now we just need some cards to tech up our wallets, and we're good to go.

More: MOO

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3 years ago

Archos officially announces Platinum line of tablets, on sale beginning in February

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First seen in the wild back at CES in Las Vegas, the Archos Platinum line of tablets has now been officially announced, dated and priced. The range of three slates -- the 80, 97 and 116 -- will range between 8 and 11.6 inches in size and pack some pretty premium looking specs for a less than premium price. 

The range will all share some common specs, including a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU with 8-core GPU, 2GB of RAM, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, microSD card and microHDMI support as well as front and rear cameras. From this common ground, each tablet in the range has an IPS display of differing resolutions, including one that goes toe-to-toe with the iPad's Retina Display. 

First up is the 80 Platinum, and as the name suggests is the 8-inch variant. This comes with a 1024x768 resolution display, and will cost just £179/$199 when it goes on sale sometime this month. The 116 Platinum is the pretty massive 11.6-inch tablet, with a display resolution of 1920x1080. This one won't be available until April, and is priced at £299/$349

It's perhaps though the 97, the 9.7-inch sibling that sits between these two, that is the most interesting. The 97 Platinum houses a whopping 2048x1536 resolution display, which as we found during our brief hands on at CES, is absolutely stunning. The 97 Platinum will also be available sometime this month, for the very reasonable price of just £249/$299. While the screen might not be quite as high-res as the Nexus 10, it is a decent bit cheaper. The full press release can be found after the break.

More: Hands on with the Archos Platinum tablets

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3 years ago

US Cellular adding LTE markets in Nebraska, California, Kansas

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US Cellular today announced new LTE service in a several cities in several states. Specifically, 4G LTE service is being added to:

  • Lincoln, Neb.
  • Omaha, Neb.
  • Manhattan, Kan.
  • Eureka, Calif.
  • Ukiah, Calif.

Existing 4G LTE service will expand in in a number of other states, the operator said.

Source: US Cellular

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3 years ago

IRS2Go: gets the job done, but doesn't look very good doing it

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We hate to remind you of this, but it may be time to start thinking about filing your taxes. April may seem so far away, but there's no downside to thinking about these things early. If you're thinking about starting to prepare for filing your taxes, a good place to start is probably the IRS2Go app, which is published by the IRS to help Americans get through the much-bemoaned task.

Read on past the break for a quick look at what the IRS2Go app has to offer this year.

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3 years ago

Semi-pro tip: With Android 4.2.2 here, your Android SDK might need updating

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Chances are if you're a serious Android developer you keep your Android SDK updated on a regular basis. But there are many of us who need it just for basic command-line work and don't bother with regular updates. Nothing really wrong with that. 

But Android 4.2.2 brings about a new security feature in regards to USB debugging. Whereas before all you had to do was plug in your phone and go (and maybe deal with drivers if you're a Windows user), now there's a gatekeeper on the phone side that you have to acknowledge before any connection can be made. That's what you see above. You have to accept the RSA key on your phone or tablet before anything can flow between the device via the ADB (the Android Debug Bridge). That's an added layer of security, and it's a good thing.

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3 years ago

Qualcomm details Quick Charge 1.0, available on more than 70 devices

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Exisiting technology helps supported devices charge up to 40 percent faster

Qualcomm today in a blog post detailed a feature we haven't talked much about -- Quick Charge 1.0. It's part of a Snapdragon-powered phone's power management and, on paper, allows it to "charge up to 40 percent faster than older phones."

It's all done with existing USB hardware on supported phones -- nothing new to buy. So if you've noticed that a Snapdragon-powered phone you bought in 2012 is charging faster than one from 2011, Quick Charge 1.0 is part of the reason why.

We've got a list of supported devices after the break, and be sure to hit the source link for Qualcomm's full post.

Source: Qualcomm

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3 years ago

ZEN and TECH 50: Fitness month nutrition special!

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Georgia and Rene are joined by Android Central's Phil Nickinson to talk Mobile Nations Fitness Month and the benefits of good nutrition. From crazy schedules to family and work stresses to modern technology, we break down the habits, challenges, and importance of eating right and feeling great!

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3 years ago

Google Now now incorporates Google Doodles

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A nice little treat this morning -- Google Now is now pulling in Google Doodles following yesterday's update. Whereas those of us outside of major metro areas would see a stock image, we're now seeing the same as you would on Google.com. (That any different for those of you in a big city? Let us know.) Today's Doodle is a cool Ferris Wheel deal that when viewed on the desktop turns into an animated Valentine's Day thing complete with odd couple and cartoon -- just check it out for yourself.

It's about time Android got a taste of one of the more quirky -- and excellent -- Google does on a daily basis. Huzzah!

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3 years ago

Trailer debuts for 'The Internship,' shot on location at Mountain View

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By now you've likely heard of a forthcoming movie, The Internship, starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson that sees Google at it's core. The trailer for the flick, set for release this summer, has debuted, and looks to be a hilarious take on life on the Mountain View complex. 

Vaughn and Wilson play 2 out of work salesmen who apply for internships at Google. It may be a comedy, but The Internship actually had many scenes shot on the actual Google campus, with full support from the company. 

Speaking to UK newspaper, The Sun, director Shawn Levy says that capturing the culture of working at Mountain View was very important, and that Google has been most co-operative:

It's been a really interesting partnership in my production and Google where... it's not like I have to do everything they want in the script, it's very much still a comedy and a narrative, but trying to get the culture of Google right has been a big part of the work we have done.

We've a little while to wait until release, set for June in the US, but for now enjoy the trailer as we all continue to wonder what working at Google is really like. 

via The Sun

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