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3 years ago

Google rolls out Live Transit Updates for Maps

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Starting today, users of Google Maps (desktop and mobile versions) will be able to see live transit updates, informing them if their ride is actually going to show up on time. Google's managed to make this magic happen by partnering with transit agencies in four US cities and two in Europe.

If you're living in Boston; Portland, Ore.; San Diego; San Francisco; Madrid; or Turin, Italy; you'll be able to take advantage of this service immediately.

Getting live data is as easy as clicking on a transit station or planning a transit route with Google Maps. Pretty cool, no?

If you live in a launch city, hop on your app and let us know how it performs. I'm sure this will be nothing but a boon to those who rely on public transit in their everyday lives.

Source: Google Mobile Blog

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3 years ago

HTC Sensation now available to pre-order at Carphone Warehouse

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Right now Vodafone is the only network in the UK that's able to hook you up with a shiny new HTC Sensation. But that's about to change, as the Carphone Warehouse has begun listing the device for pre-order on contracts with rival carriers O2 and Orange.

The cheapest way to get a free Sensation through Carphone is currently on a £40 per month, 24-month contract with Orange. Cheaper or shorter contracts will see you paying between £30 and £380 for the phone itself. Hit the source link for a complete list of Sensation contract options (after checking out our full review of the phone, of course).

Source: Carphone Warehouse

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3 years ago

Nook Touch root instructions now available

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Looking to root your new Barnes & Noble Nook Touch? (And maybe play a little Angry Birds?) Instructions are now available for us mere mortals. You'll need the Nook Touch (of course), a microSD card (128MB or larger) that you're willing to sacrifice to the rooting process, a computer, Wifi connection and a program to write disk images. In other words -- it's pretty much the same as rooting the Nook Color, eh?

This will most definitely void your warranty, of course. But you're not exactly the type of person who worries about that, are you? (And for $139 a pop, it's not that big a deal.) Full deets are at the source link.

Instructions: Nook Devs; via The-eBook-Reader; Thanks, Xenowolf!

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3 years ago

Verizon prepping fix for ThunderBolt reboots, scheduled for next few weeks

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The bad news: If your HTC ThunderBolt is still suffering from reboots following last month's update, well, you're just going to have to live with it. According to the internal memo we just received, Verizon's got no short-term help for you. The good news: A fix indeed is on the way -- hey, we told you HTC and Verizon were on the case -- and it's scheduled for release in the second half of June.

If the reboots really are that bad (ie if you complain enough), Verizon apparently will fork over a "new" phone (as in "certified like-new replacement"), which is darn nice of them. But either way, an update is coming, folks.

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Vodafone UK abandons plans to sell Galaxy Tab 10.1v, will stock new, slimmer Tab 10.1 instead

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Vodafone UK has announced that it's abandoning its plans to offer the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v, instead opting sell its slimmer, lighter sibling -- the "new" Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Confused? The 10.1v is the new name for the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 that was unveiled shortly before Mobile World Congress, only to be trumped by a redesigned model a couple of months later. The heavier, bulkier 10.1v was due to be sold exclusively through Vodafone (hence the "V"), but it now seems that in the UK at least, this will not be the case.

Vodafone confirmed the change in an email to customers who had pre-registered for updates on the 10.1v's availability, but did not give any details of pricing or availability for the new Tab 10.1.

Source: Vodafone UK

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3 years ago

Android 2.3 Gingerbread coming to the Cellcom Galaxy S and Milestone X

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Cellcom -- a regional carrier out of Wisconsin is getting bringing some Android 2.3 love to their line up of devices. They confirmation came from Samsung and Motorola as noted on their Facebook page:

Android 2.3( Gingerbread) Update: We have been informed by Motorola that the Milestone X & by Samsung that the Galaxy S Showcase will both be getting an update to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). At this time there have not been testing timelines established, so we do not have any indication as to when the updates will be available.
 

With all these regional carriers getting ready to roll out Android 2.3, it all kind of makes you wonder what, exactly takes the big boys so long in their approval processes but alas, we've been down that road a good many times before and it's an argument that has no end.

Source: Facebook; Thanks, Aaron!

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3 years ago

TouchWiz on the Samsung Galaxy Tab rears its head

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We already knew TouchWiz would be a separate download for the Galaxy Tab 10.1, but when the update eventually arrives, this is what we're expecting to be part of the download. Keep in mind this is on a Galaxy Tab 8.9 (and it's a developer unit), but Samsung probably isn't going to completely revise TouchWiz for Tablets between now and launch.

It looks like we're still packing the Associated Press widget, picture frame, date/time, weather, stock quotes, and the like. Kudos to Sammy for not completely butchering Honeycomb in order to leave their lasting mark. The TouchWiz notification area looks pretty slick, as well.

One of the more interesting additions is the "mini apps tray" which looks like it could definitely lead to more legal posturing between Samsung and Apple, but I digress. Aside from the look of it, though, the functionality seems awesome.

So how do Samsung's TouchWiz additions strike you? Useful and slick, or unnecessary bloat? Does this compel anyone to get a Galaxy Tab or not get one? Let us know. We're listening.

Source: YouTube

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3 years ago

HTC support statements show possible Sensation unlock path

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HTC may be preparing software updates for the Sensation which will unlock its bootloader, if a new "stock" answer from customer support representatives proves to be accurate. Several XDA forum users have reported receiving the following from HTC support reps in response to questions about the Sensation's bootloader.

"We are currently developing new bootloader unlocked software for your phone. HTC is still committed to allowing our customers to unlock the bootloaders if they wish, however we are still implementing the policy and many updates were already finalized prior to our change in policy. We apologize for the inconvenience, but be assured that we are working on a solution for our customers and our commitment has not changed. Please stay tuned to our official channels for ongoing updates on how we will be implementing this policy. Thank you for your patience."

This looks to be the first indication that certain HTC phones that ship with locked bootloaders may be officially unlocked by the manufacturer, following its recent change of heart.

As we said, this appears to be a stock response, as multiple users have received this same statement, word-for-word, from HTC support. While this is a promising development, it's probably a little early to be breaking out the bubbly -- we're not expecting an update anytime soon, and it's still not clear which other HTC phones will be joining the Sensation in having their bootloaders officially unlocked.

Source: XDA

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3 years ago

OpenFeint launches GameFeed, a cross-platform news feed

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OpenFeint announced today that they have developed and launched GameFeed, a cross platform news ticker that features real-time updates from other players in your OpenFeint network.  Using GameFeed, developers can deliver news that is directly related to the game you're playing, while you're playing it.  A quote from Jason Citron, OpenFeint founder and CEO sums it up nicely:

GameFeed connects people by taking a simple act, like finishing a level or posting a high score, and turning it into a meaningful, cross platform shared experience.

OpenFeint is the largest mobile gaming network, and a big part of the success can be attributed to their quick embrace of the Android platform.  We all know that cross-platform social gaming is more fun, simply because the user base is much larger.  Many of the people on my OpenFeint friends list are using iOS devices, and a few even use both iOS and Android.  Bringing things like realtime leader board updates can only make it better.  Hopefully, we'll be seeing some games with GameFeed enabled soon.  The full press release is after the break.

More information: OpenFeint

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3 years ago

Desert racer Cracking Sands coming to Xperia Play

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Following up on yesterday's E3 game announcements, Sony Ericsson sends word today that desert racing title Cracking Sands will be making its way to the Xperia Play later this year. Developed by Polarbit, the game combines frantic desert racing with heavy weaponry and power-ups. Sony Ericsson is promising more gaming announcements over the next few days, as additional Xperia Play exclusives are revealed.

Join us after the break for an early look at Cracking Sands' gameplay.

Source: Sony Ericsson Product Blog

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