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2 years ago

Asus EeePad Transformer update making its rounds, fixes app backup issues

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We've heard some runblings of a new update expected for the ASUS EeePad Transformer since the last one apparently broke a few things but there was never any mention of an ETA for it. Now is apparently the time though, as quite few people are starting to get an update labeled " 8.6.5.19-20111107" on their devices.

We've done some digging around and for the most part it just appears to be bug fixes but one welcomed change I'm sure is that the Backup app is now working again. Spot any other changes? If so let us know but for now -- go ahead and check for updates if you're unrooted, you may find it there waiting for you.

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2 years ago

Verizon LTE coming to Roanoke on Nov. 17; Indiana, Penn., in December

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Verizon LTE will be coming soon to a couple new locations -- Roanoke, Virginia and Indiana Pennsylvania.  On November 17 they flip the switch in Roanoke, which will bring wireless broadband to downtown, Smith Mountain Lake, Christiansburg, Radford City, Buena Vista City, Lexington City and Rockbridge.  While it's a fairly large population center by southern Virginia standards (about 300,000 people), it's a pretty isolated metro area, and blanketing the whole community (as well as nearby Virginia Tech and the town of Blacksburg last September) is quite a trick.  Well done Verizon.

Not far behind their counterparts to the south, Indiana Pennsylvania (another fairly small college town -- do we see a trend?) will get the LTE treatment on December 15, covering Indiana, White Township, the Indiana University of PA campus, Homer City and Blairsville.  Again we see high speed mobile broadband being brought to places we would have never imagined having it two or three years ago.  Remember the next time you're paying that expensive Verizon bill -- they are actively investing that money back into their network, so your shiny Galaxy Nexus stays fast as hell in more places.  Can't fault anyone for that type of business strategy.

More: Verizon; MarketWatch

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2 years ago

Dailymotion Video Stream app announced for Android

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There is a lot of streaming video services out there these days aside from Youtube. One of the more popular ones is Dailymotion. While Dailymotion has had a web launcher app available for quite some time now, they've gone ahead and scrapped all previous versions and released Dailymotion Video Stream -- essentially, a full fledged Android app offering all of what you would expect.

A new UI is now in place, users can share videos with ease and make use of the new customizable dashboard. Plus, add channels, playlists and user search making it easier to find the content you really want.

Dailymotion Video Stream is available now in the Android Market, you'll find the download link and the full press release beyond the break. Give it go and feel free to leave some comments -- I've used the app in the past but always found it rather buggy and hopefully v2.0 will fix that.

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2 years ago

Motorola seeking out beta testers for a Motorola Electrify update

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For those of you on U.S. Cellular with a Motorola Electrify, now is possibly your chance to get in on some beta testing of the next software update for the device. Motorola is seeking out 200 U.S. Cellular customers with an Electirfy as noted on the Motorola Owners Forums:

Motorola and US Celluar are happy to announce a future pre-release* opportunity for MOTOROLA ELECTRIFY, before it is officially released to all customers. We are recruiting 200 Electrify owners to test and provide feedback on future updates.

This registration period will be open until we receive our limit of qualified applicants. Note that you must be a member of the Motorola Owners' Forums to register. If you're interested in testing and want to take part, just join our community now and then fill out the short Motorola Feedback Network registration form.  When specific opportunities become available you will receive additional info via email to register for a particular Electrify opportunity.

Please note that registering with the Motorola Feedback Network will not guarantee you'll be among those testing the software update as testers will be chosen on a first-come, first-served basis, and on valid registration responses. Selected users will receive additional information to prepare for the update via email when the trial begins.

* Motorola Software Pre-Releases are final software checks, with a limited group of users, before upgrades/updates are provided to the general public. Software tested may be no different than what other users receive, once testing is complete.

With that informarion readily available, safe to say an update will be coming for the Motorola Electrify eventually. What's not mentioned however is what the update actually is -- any guesses?

Source: Motorola
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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note review

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As 2011 draws to a close, we’ve started to see a convergence of Android phones and tablets. Honeycomb-powered tablets are available in more form factors than ever before, and smartphones are growing larger still, with 4.3- to 4.7-inch devices quickly becoming the norm. Combine that with the phone and tablet software lines being reunited in Ice Cream Sandwich, and you start to see a landscape in which there’s very little separating a large Android smartphone from a small Android tablet.

The Galaxy Note is a device which Samsung is positioning between the traditional smartphone and tablet spaces. You can make calls on it, but you’ve also got a beastly dual-core Exynos chip inside, along with Sammy’s bleeding-edge HD SuperAMOLED display tech. The manufacturer’s also included a capacitive, pressure-sensitive stylus, dubbed the “S Pen”, with optimizations for pen input throughout the software. But despite the wealth of high-end tech, is there room in the market (and your pocket) for a 5.3-inch smartphone? Read on to find out what we thought of the Samsung Galaxy Note.


Extremely fast smartphone with a beautiful screen, and a thin, light chassis considering the screen size. Pen input works well.


A 5.3-inch device will be too big for most. Note-taking focus could limit it to a niche market.



If you can get over (or even embrace) the Note's size, you'll find it's a powerful device with some unique functionality that you won't find on any other smartphone.

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2 years ago

Key meets Kevlar on Droid RAZR

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Kevlar, as law enforcement and military personnnel have known for quite some time, is a hell of a thing, stopping bullets and saving lives. So what's it doing on the back of a smartphone? In the case of the Motorola Droid RAZR, it's serving as a pretty cool spec, and it looks darn good, too.

No, we're not going to shoot the RAZR. Pretty sure it'll lose that battle. And while it's not completely scratch-proof, it does stand up to a pretty decent amount of pressure.

Check out our complete unscientific video after the break.

Read our complete Droid RAZR review!

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2 years ago

Boulder Dash on Android? Oh, hell, yes!

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It's 1984 all over again, folks, and not in the scary way. The original Boulder Dash has come to the Android Market, bringing with it not one but five games (four accessible via in-app upgrades). It's got all of the classic Boulder Dash creatures and features, original retro graphics for the last three cave backs (new graphics for the first two), and ties into OpenFeint so you can compete against your friends.

Boulder Dash for Android is 99 cents for a limited time; we've got download links and demo video after the break.

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2 years ago

Google's Matias Duarte details Android's new 'Roboto' font

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At the heart of Android 4.0 is the Roboto font. More important than even hardware -- which as we all know too well iterates every few months or so -- this is the building block for Ice Cream Sandwich. And whether you're a flourishing font nerd or just have a casual interest in what goes into the best mobile operating system in the world, it'd behoove you to give Matias Duarte's excellent explanation of why Android moved from the Droid font, how they designed it, and how it's going to impact you on a daily basis. It's a fascinating look into the design evolution of Android.

Read: Hello Roboto on Google+

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2 years ago

Taptu announces three exclusive Nook Color apps -- Taptu Fashion, Taptu Food, and Taptu Lifestyle

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Taptu, the folks behind the popular news reader that lets you "DJ" your news, has announced three exclusive RSS feed apps for the Nook Color -- Taptu Fashion, Taptu Food, and Taptu Lifestyle.  Each comes pre-loaded with content, and have over 200,000 streams from major media publications, social media sites, websites and blogs to add into the mix and personalize each.  Taptu Fashion features content in the StreamStore from Fashionista, Jak & Jil, Nitrolicious and the Style Rookie, among others.  Taptu Food works the same way, including content from recipes and restaurant reviews to celebrity chef social media feeds with tasty content provided by sites such as Epicurious, Eater, Food Network and Saveur.  Taptu Lifestyle covers subjects such as parenting, do-it-yourself projects, travel, beauty, health and fitness, holiday entertaining and green living from popular sources like Jezebel, Parenting and Daily Candy

Taptu also allows you to sync feeds from Google Reader, and offers the inclusion of Facebook and Twitter timelines to make it a one-stop news outlet.  With support for tools like Instapaper and Read it Later, as well as dark and light themes to make for easy viewing, it's a well designed app that is worth far more than the asking price -- free.  You can find download links below, and after the break are pictures showing a bit more detail and the press release.

Download Taptu Fashion from the B&N store

Download Taptu Food from the B&N store

Download Taptu Lifestyle from the B&N store

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2 years ago

HD Widgets expanded for phones and 7-inch tablets

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The folks behind HD Widgets have expanded their sexy widget collection, and now include support for phones and 7-inch tablets.  On the phone side, support is now available for hdpi phones (like the Samsung Nexus S pictured above) and mdpi phones (like the LG Optimus One, also pictured).  Everything you love about HD Widgets for your Honeycomb tablet  still remains -- tons of customization options, colorful backgrounds, in-depth weather forecasts, and a bevy of widget sizes and configurations -- things have just been scaled for the smaller screen.  Having put them through the ringer on an assortment of devices ranging from the mundane to the exotic, the folks at Cloud.TV have done a great job.  Everything works as expected, looks great, and lets me know if I need to take an umbrella with me -- even on crazy SDK ports of Ice Cream SandwichJosh is hard at work with a worthy review of the new build, in the meantime you can grab it from the Android Market (devices running Android 2.1 and higher) for a measly $1.99 at the link after the break.

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