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2 years ago

Mobile Mouse Pro now available for Android

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If you've just got to use your phone as a desktop trackpad, it's time to check out Mobile Mouse Pro. The popular iOS app (we really hate having to type that) has just been released for Android. And for $2.99 (that's a bit steep, eh?) your device will serve as a fully functioning trackpad, with full Windows compatability and everything. Give it a shot. Download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Gingerbread kernel source for the Samsung Epic 4G now available

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Samsung has released the kernel source code (and other GPL bits of code for open-source software) for the D700, which we all know and love as the Epic 4G.  Does this mean a stable Gingerbread build is imminent? We have no idea, but we do know that the many of you guys who have long forgotten about the official update path should now have even better custom ROM's to flash, and developers can carry on doing what they do independently from Samsung and Sprint.  That's why we love open-source software.  If you're a kernel developer, or think now would be a good time to start, grab it from the source link (search for D700).

Source: Samsung; Thanks, rocket321!

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2 years ago

Android 101: A little privacy in the YouTube app

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Go ahead, admit it: You've probably searched Youtube for something you'd prefer nobody know about. Nyan Cat. Teletubbies. Justin Bieber. The iPhone. Hey, we won't judge.

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2 years ago

MP3 purchases from Google are 'close,' Rubin says

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So we didn't see any updates to Google Music this week like so many of us had hoped there would be. But Andy Rubin has said that Google is "close" to being able to offer a bona fide MP3 store. 

Speaking at the AsiaD conference, he recognised the lack of such content as a key "missing ingredient" in the attempts to lure people away from the Apple and iTunes ecosystem. He also said that Google would not be following "the 99-cent model" but that their pricing would "have a little twist - it will have a little Google in it." Let's hope for some subscriptions, eh?

Not much detail to go on, but it looks as though Google could be about to turn a corner. They're said to have inked a deal with EMI, with negotiations continuing with Universal, Sony Music and Warner Music. 

Source: The Guardian

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2 years ago

Verizon Wireless LTE goes live in 22 new cities today, more to come on November 17

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In case you've already forgotten Verizon's announcement last month on the next batch of markets to receive LTE, the following areas are official live beginning today:

  • Fort Myers, FL (LTE currently is available in the airport)
  • Buffalo/Niagara, NY
  • Sioux City, IA
  • Terre Haute, IN
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Birmingham, AL (The footprint will also extend out I-65 North to Cullman, I-59 North to Springville, I-20 East to Moody, Highway 280 East to Harpersville, I-65 South to Calera, I-59 West to Bessemer and Highway 78 West to Jasper.)
  • Santa Fe, NM
  • Evansville, IN
  • Bloomington, Bedford and Mitchcell, IN
  • South Bend, Mishawaka, Granger, Elkhart, and Goshen, IN
  • Green Bay, WI
  • Modesto, CA
  • Stockton, CA
  • Hagerstown and Western Maryland
  • Expansion in Los Angeles and San Diego

Verizon also announced today that they will light up the following markets on Thursday, November 17:

  • Little Rock, AR 
  • Savannah, GA
  • Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, IA
  • Lexington, KY
  • Kansas City and Springfield, MO
  • Lincoln, NE
  • Orange County, NY
  • Greater Providence, RI
  • Rapid City, SD
  • Roanoke, VA
  • Appleton, WI
  • Expansions in Louisville, KY, Grand Rapids, MI, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, Pittsburgh, PA, and Nashville, TN

That LTE-powered Galaxy Nexus just got a heck of a lot more attractive for you guys, didn't it?

Source: Verizon Wireless

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2 years ago

Sprint announces the Motorola Admiral, coming Oct. 23 for 99

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Sprint has finally announced the Android-based Motorola Admiral, one of its new Direct Connect phones. It'll be available in stores Oct. 23 for $99 on contract and after $50 rebate, and in all Sprint channels on Nov. 13.

The mil-spec phone (meaning you'll have to work hard to break the thing) features a 3.1-inch VGA touchscreen, 1.2GHz processor and Android 2.3, with a front-facing QWERTY keyboard. Other specs include:

  • 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video capture, flash and 4x zoom
  • Quickoffice
  • 3G Mobile Hotspot capability supporting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously
  • 802.11 b/g/n
  • 4GB internal memory, plus microSD card
  • Dprint Direct Connect
  • Group Connect
  • NextMail

Source: Sprint

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2 years ago

Who needs Siri? We apparently have Pocket Stalin

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Also from the Dead Dictator series:

  • Digital Secretary Saddam
  • The Mussolini Messenger
  • Navigate! with Napoleon
  • Francisco Franco's Guide to Spanish Cuisine
  • Gadhafi's Group Chat (too soon?)

And coming soon:

  • Find It! with Fidel Castro
  • Hugo Chavez's Filling Station Locator

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2 years ago

Let the skulls fly across your screen with Halloween Skulls Live Wallpaper

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With Halloween rapidly approaching it is time to get in the spirit and spice up your device with a little Halloween flavor. One of the many fun features of Android is the ability to run live wallpapers, and what better way to show a little bit of Halloween fun than to have some skulls flying across the screen, and some cobwebs? This live wallpaper, like most others that offer options to customize the speed, direction, and size of the objects will set you back only 99 cents, but that's a small price to pay to get in the spirit. Hit the break for download links.

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2 years ago

Sony Ericsson planning to bring ICS to 2011 Xperia line

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We've already heard HTC's thoughts on Ice Cream Sandwich, and now Sony Ericsson has revealed its plans for the next version of Android. According to a statement on the manufacturer's Dutch Facebook page, SE plans to bring Android 4.0 to its 2011 Xperia line, which includes phones like the Xperia Arc and Xperia Play.

Here's a translation of the statement from Sony Ericsson Nederland --

We are planning to upgrade our 2011 Xperia smartphone portfolio to the next Android platform, following Gingerbread 2.3.4. The official Sony Ericsson communication about software upgrades will always be what my international colleagues publish on our Blog: http://blogs.sonyericsson.com/

So great news for owners of those devices, and proof that SE wasn't kidding when it promised to step up its game back in January. Looks like we'll be avoiding a repeat of last year's unpleasantness.

Source: Sony Ericsson Nederland; via: Geeky Gadgets

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2 years ago

Poll: Do you still incorrectly believe that megapixels are everything?

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See what we did there? Look, we're not saying anything new here, but we have a feeling we're going to have to keep saying it over and over. Megapixels -- i.e. resolution -- aren't everything when it comes to camera quality. Image size, yes. Image quality, no. There are other factors at play.

Hopefully you saw the demo during the Galaxy Nexus launch. Shot by Google's Romain Guy -- whos's certainly no slouch with a full SLR, if you've ever seen his other work -- it's an incredible example shot a new smartphone. You can see an extended version at the source link below.

No, megapixels aren't everything. When you see that one phone (whether it's the Galaxy Nexus or something else) has fewer megapixels than another, it doesn't necessarily mean that the camera will be "worse." It just means that it doesn't shoot in as high a resolution, and you might not be able to make a 4-foot poster out of the thing. Get a real camera for that.

Source: +Romain Guy; More: Galaxy Nexus forums

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