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4 years ago

HTC One X launching April 5, says O2 UK

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HTC told us that its new One series of phones would be available within 60 days of MWC, but we didn't expect to see them quite this soon. British network O2 has let slip that it's due to stock the HTC One X starting April 5, just three weeks from today.

Responding to a Twitter question about tariffs for the One X, the network tweeted, "we're not due to get the HTC until 5th April so no decision on tariffs yet." Alongside the One X, O2 plans to stock the mid-range One S and the entry-level One V, though no information on launch dates for those phones was offered. In addition, the other major UK networks aren't offering any more specifics -- T-Mobile UK says it'll stock the One X sometime in April, while Three, Vodafone and Orange simply list it as "coming soon."

The One X is HTC's flagship smartphone for 2012, with a 4.7-inch 720p screen, a quad-core Tegra 3 CPU, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a brand new version of HTC Sense. For more info, check out our hands-on coverage from MWC, and our second look video from last week.

Source: @O2; via: SoMobile

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4 years ago

Amazon Prime Instant Video adds content from Discovery, TLC, Animal Planet and more

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For a while now, Amazon has slowly been adding content partners to their Amazon Prime Instant Video service and the most recent announcement makes way for plenty more. With agreements now in place with Discovery Communications, shows such as Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs, TLC’s Say Yes To The Dress and Animal Planet’s Whale Wars, will all be available for viewing on any device with access to the services, including the Kindle Fire.

“Discovery Communications has always been a leader in creating entertaining and enlightening programming for the entire family,” said Brad Beale, director of video content acquisition for Amazon. “With the addition of this great content from Discovery Communications, Prime customers now have more than 17,000 titles to choose from when watching Prime Instant Video—that’s in addition to the more than 120,000 titles that are offered to all customers for purchase or rent on Amazon Instant Video.”

With earlier content deals bringing ABC Disney, Viacom and 20th Century Fox to the mix, Amazon is really starting to add some additional value for the $79 a year you pay for Amazon Prime.

Source: Amazon

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4 years ago

Tank Riders [Android Game Review]

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

Tank Riders, you had such promise. You look beautiful, you run incredibly well, and you involve tanks. Tanks, I say! Made in the same vein as many a game before you, you offered an unprecedented level of eye candy and polish that truly made me proud to say you were on Android.

Then I tried to play you.

Man, on a tablet, those controls are rough. For starters, let's notice that the virtual joystick remains completely hidden until you decide to move it. Once you know it's there, there's no problem. The first time I tried to play, though, I was wildly moving my fingers across the screen, trying to get some sort of response. Finally, I landed on the joystick.

The virtual joystick is about as good (or bad) as any other one I've used. Move your finger, the tank moves. Because there's nothing physical, you run the risk of stretching your hand out too far, accidentally moving off of the joystick, and leaving yourself a sitting duck until you reorient your thumb. Pretty stock stuff.

The aiming, however, is atrocious. With your left hand permanently locked on the left side of the screen (you know, to control your tank), all your aiming has to be done with the right hand. If you only had to shoot to the right, that'd be fine. Sometimes you have to shoot to the left, though. That involves an awkward crossover (not unlike when you start beginning piano), covers up your screen with your arms, and generally ruins any fun you were previously having.

Maybe I'm inept. Perhaps I lack some sort of basic arm-crossing gene that renders me helpless in the wake of such a challenge, and that's why I was unsuccessful. Regardless, that one glaring issue was so large, it sullied the entire gameplay experience for me.

If you think you've got what I don't, Tank Riders is $1.99 in the Google Play Store. We've got download links after the break.

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4 years ago

Beatbox by Beats now available for $399

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If you've got a few hundred dollars burning a hole in your pocket and would love to get some Beats Audio sound playing in your house instead of just in headphones, this may be what you were looking for. The Beatbox by Dre is a high quality portable speaker that allows you to stream music from your Android device via Bluetooth. Unfortunately, priced at $399 it does make it something that is not practical for everyone, but if you really love music and the quality that Beats offers, you will want to check this out. So, will you be grabbing one of these, or would you rather a more moderately priced alternative?

Buy: Beatbox by Dre

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4 years ago

HTC Vivid Ice Cream Sandwich update starting to trickle out, dialer trick appears to help it along

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A quick heads up to all you folks with the HTC Vivid. Word in our HTC Vivid forums is that the Android 4.0.3 update is starting to push out. And even better is that you're able to force the push by dialing *#*#682#*#*. It looks like it's a slightly newer version that the update that leaked a week or so ago (that's as good a reminder as any that "leaked" doesn't mean "official"), so it's got that going for it.

(Update: AT&T tells us that there's no update officially being pushed yet.)

You'll also be updated to Sense 3.6. It's not quite as sexy as the new Sense 4 in the HTC One line, but it's a nice happy medium.

So get your download on, and hit the link below for more from folks who have already updated.

Source: HTC Vivid forum

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4 years ago

Amazon Appstore turns 1, celebrates with a week of app deals

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Crazy to think that a year ago this week the Amazon Appstore launched on Android devices. Over the past year Amazon has given away tons of great applications for free as part of their Free App of the Day promotion, and given developers yet another way to market their apps. Since we know not every device out there has access to the Google Play Market, the Amazon Appstore is an awesome alternative.

What kind of birthday celebration would it be without some great presents, right? Well Amazon will begin with a single app today, two apps tomorrow, three the following, until the week is over. These applications will consist of extremely popular titles such as Fruit Ninja, Wolfram Alpha, Splashtop Remote Desktop, Dr. Seuss’s The Shape of Me and many more, all at 67 percent off.

“Customers have used the Amazon Appstore to test drive and buy millions of apps and games for their Kindle Fire and other Android devices in the first year alone,” said Aaron Rubenson, director of Amazon Appstore for Android. “To thank customers for shopping with us, we worked closely with our developers to offer special discounts on some of the most popular apps all week long.”

Be sure to keep your eyes on the Amazon Appstore, and celebrate with them by picking up some great apps for great price.

Source: Amazon; more: Amazon Appstore

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4 years ago

Angry Birds take to the track in this weekends Australian Grand Prix

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Ever wondered just how far the power of the Angry Birds franchise would take it? Forget space, Angry Birds are now heading to the racetrack.

Finnish Formula 1 driver Heikki Kovalainen -- fellow countryman to developers Rovio -- has unveiled his new helmet design as part of the partnership with Rovio prior to this weekends Australian Grand Prix. The partnership between Kovalainen and Rovio also includes a range of co-branded merchandise and a forthcoming web game.

This one certainly stands out from the crowd. You can see Heikki's creation this weekend by tuning into the Australian Grand Prix when coverage starts from Friday. 

The question truly remains. Where else can Angry Birds go to?

Source: Heikki Kovalainen

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4 years ago

HTC One V sighted in black and purple

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If you're considering HTC's new entry-level phone, the One V, but weren't blown away by the charcoal-colored version on show at MWC, maybe the black and purple flavors will be to your liking. Two new renders of the HTC One V have emerged on Japanese site Blog of Mobile, showing the ICS-powered 3.7-incher in the two new colors you see above.

Of all three new HTC devices, there's no question that we've seen the least of the One V. No-one's seen a working handset just yet, and the demo units we saw at MWC couldn't be powered on. However, we're big fans of the iconic design first introduced by the Legend back in 2010, and we're curious to see how this thing looks after it's been dunked in.... whatever you dunk a slab of aluminum in to make it look like that.

Source: Blog of Mobile; via: UnwiredView

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4 years ago

Archos now shipping G9 Turbo 'ICS' edition with latest software pre-loaded

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In addition to updating its current G9 tablet line-up to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Archos has debuted two new "ICS" edition G9 Turbo tablets, with slightly different storage configurations, at slightly tweaked price points. As a result, Archos' first Google-certified Android tablet range is gaining three new SKUs.

First up is the Archos 80 G9 Turbo ICS, which comes with a 1.5GHz CPU, an 8-inch screen and Android 4.0. It's available for £200 (~$310) with 8GB of flash storage or £240 (~$380) for 16GB. There's also the equally clumsy-sounding Archos 101 G9 Turbo ICS, which offers similar specs on a 10-inch display -- that's yours for £270 (~$425) with 16GB of storage.

So, while all G9 tablets should upgrade to ICS out of the box, at least you won't have to do any downloading or waiting if you pick up either of Archos's new tabs. If you've dropped any cash on Archos' latest tablets, be sure to hit the comments and let us know how you're getting on.

Source: Archos; via: Eurodroid

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note in white on 1SaleADay for $579

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It's not very often that I'll use the word "deal" when something costs $579, but the Samsung Galaxy Note is an exception. If you've been looking for one, and prefer an unlocked world version over the AT&T version, now is you chance to save a bit of cash and pick it up in white. 

Source: 1SaleADay. Thanks, Robert!

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4 years ago

HTC EVO 3D hboot rollback method found, but not for the timid

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As many an EVO 3D user will tell you, the 1.5 hboot that came with the latest update has been a bit of a thorn in the side of Android hackers. That may soon be coming to an end, and users at XDA -Developers have found a method to roll back to an earlier version that is a bit more development friendly. But everything isn't rosy just yet.

The current method is pretty tricky on paper. You need to use Linux, and there's lots of critical timing and other things to go wrong. There's also a question about the data connection afterwards to keep you from diving in feet-first. Give the folks working on this one a bit more time and they'll likely have a handle on things -- that's what they do. We just wanted to share the news for those who've been waiting. Hit the source link for all the gory details.

Source: XDA-Developers. Thanks, Cody!

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4 years ago

Manage location data in the pictures you take [privacy and security]

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Here's a security and privacy tip that many of us forget about, yet is really easy to manage -- geo-location data in the pictures you take with your Android phone. Modern digital cameras that have a way to capture GPS data (that means your Android phone or tablet) can attach location data to pictures using the Exif (Exchangeable image file format) standard. The Exif standard attaches metadata tags to pictures, sounds, and video to keep track of things like song titles, video length, and camera model. It also has a slot for latitude and longitude coordinates from your GPS receiver. 

Attaching GPS metadata to the pictures you take can be handy, and there are reasons people would want to do it. Having the date, time and location embedded in a picture means never forgetting where and when you took it, and you can use services like Panoramio to place your pictures on a map overlay. Having a location fixed to an image has many legitimate, and fun, uses.

But many times we don't want someone else to know the precise GPS location of a picture we've taken. "Little Timmy's first day at summer camp" would make a great picture to share on Facebook or Google+, but do we want some stranger to know where little Timmy is sleeping this week? It's a scary world out there, full of people with bad intentions. Nobody will blame you if you err on the side of caution.

It matters, because it's not just apps that can access this data. Download a picture from your (or a friends) online albums somewhere. After you have it saved, right click it (Windows) and look at all the properties. If the picture is geo-tagged, you'll get GPS coordinates within a few feet of where the camera was when it was taken. There are even programs and websites that spit out the location data of images, and not everyone who uses these can be trusted. Thankfully, turning location tagging on and off is really easy.

You'll find a spot in the settings of your camera app (stock or a custom app from the Google Play store) that will say location or geo-tag. Poke around a bit, it's in different places depending on your phone's firmware or the app you're using, but it's there. When that setting is on, your GPS will turn on and the coordinates will be saved with the image data. When it's off, neither will happen.

Take control of these sorts of settings, and keep yourself safer on the Internet. 

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4 years ago

Latest 'Galaxy S III' render looks no more genuine than the last two

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Another week, another Galaxy S III rumor. This time it's a new purported render of the still unannounced device, which has been sent to PhoneArena​ by way of an anonymous tipster. We've seen a couple of purported images of the mythical phone over the past few months, and both have turned out to be mock-ups or fabrications. On account of a few major inconsistencies in this latest image, we're gonna call foul here, too. If you take a closer look at the image, you'll see awkwardly large fonts, icons from an older version of TouchWiz and copy-pasted Galaxy Nexus notification bar and software buttons. That's before you even get to the reference to an event in Paris which Samsung has already denied has anything to do with the Galaxy S III.

Hold tight, folks -- we'll have a new flagship phone from Samsung before too long, but for the moment we're almost certain this isn't it. The official line from Sammy remains that the successor to the Galaxy S II will be revealed at an event during the first half of the year.

Source: PhoneArena

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4 years ago

LG Optimus V getting a security update, will likely block rooting

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The LG Optimus V has an update waiting for it, you might have received a text message from Virgin about it. The update offers a security fix "that will protect your handset from security vulnerabilities that may occur either through a remote attacker’s access attempt or through a 3rd party application’s ability to access code that could be used to exploit data on the handset". They even provide a link to the National Vulnerability Database on their FAQ page, making it look very official and serious.

You'll have to download the update and install it manually via your computer (see the source links for details), and you won't have a new version of Android to play with when you're done, unfortunately. But security patches are the types of updates that are truly important, so it's good to see them.

In all likelihood, these exploits being patched will kill the current root methods. Rumor has it that this is the only reason for the update, but rumors are rumors. In any case, if you're riding the root train on your Optimus V (and with the dev team we have in the forums, who could blame you?) you should probably skip this one until those same developers say differently. For everyone else, see the links for more details.

Source: Virgin Mobile USA; via Android Central forums

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid Pro soak test to begin shortly?

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A reader let us in on a message from Moto Matt about an upcoming soak test for the Motorola Droid Pro. It's the standard Motorola Feedback Network invite to participate, in case you've not seen one it looks a little like this:

Hi,

Thanks for joining the Motorola Feedback Network. We are inviting owners of the Motorola Droid Pro on Verizon to participate in an early preview of a new software release, and provide feedback. If you are not currently using a

Droid Pro, please excuse and ignore this email.

Click this link to take a short enrollment survey if you wish to take part.

Note that you must be a member in good standing of the Motorola Owners'
Forums to be included. The registration window is can close without notice so please respond as quickly as possible.

This is a confidential test under the terms of the Motorola Feedback Network. Do not post any details or information about this on any public sites.

Thanks -- please understand that start times are always fluid. We ask for your patience if you register but don't hear from us right away.

Matt

Motorola Owners’ Forums
Motorola Feedback Network

Motorola like to carefully and slowly roll things out for testing, and if all goes well everyone should have access to an update shortly after. It's a smart method, and prevents problems with OTA's like we've seen in the past.

As for the update? The Droid Pro isn't on any short list to get Ice Cream Sandwich, so we imagine it will be a maintenance release with fixes for bugs, which can be just as important. We'll post further details as we uncover them, in the meantime hit the forums to discuss!

Thanks, anon!

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