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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Server Density

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Server Density, from Boxed Ice, is just the app all you server administrators out there have been waiting for to take your monitoring out on the road. Sure, you could wait for the boss to call you in the middle of the night because he can't get an e-mail that he absolutely must have at 3:00 AM, but it's so much more impressive to be awake when that call comes in and to tell him that you're already on it. Server Density is a client-server software set designed to take the guess work out of server monitoring.

Let's dive into it more after the break.

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3 years ago

Accessory review: Radius Atomic Bass aluminum earphones

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Man, do these radius Atomic Bass earphones pack a punch!  I consider myself an armchair audiophile -- I can tell the difference between what sounds good, and what doesn't sound good, but want the audio hardware to do the work without having to fiddle around with settings.  We all know that most smartphones are lacking in the deep bass department, and Android phones are no exception. This can be helped a lot, with the right headphone design.  The radius set has an impedance rating of 32 ohms, versus a standard set of earphones at 16 ohms.  This allows lower power devices (like Android phones) to drive them easier, creating more sound at much less power loss.  Then you factor in the angled design that seals well in any ear -- thanks to the three sets of different sized earcaps, and you simply get better sound.

They're also built pretty well.  The earphone body is solid aluminum, the earcaps are very soft silicone, and the wiring is rubber coated right down to the gold plated plug.  The U-shape wiring design is perfect for keeping your phone in your shirt pocket (remember when you used to do that Evo 4G and Droid X users?) or on your desk.  I wouldn't hesitate to recommend these to anyone.  You can grab a set of radius Atomic Bass earphones in several colors, for $29.95 in the Android Central store.  Full specs and a set of pictures of the set after the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung Fascinate, Xperia X10 in white at Best Buy Mobile, preorder today!

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If there's one thing we love to do, it's parade white phones around our iPhone 4-wielding friends (who are still waiting for their white whale). And we've got an couple of new white Android devices coming to Best Buy Mobile.

First up is the Verizon Samsung Fascinate -- with its new white paint job. We're told will go for $150 on contract. Then there's the AT&T Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, also in white, which will go for $100 after contract. The Dell Streak will run you $300 on contract. (For you folks looking out for the new Windows Phone 7 devices, the AT&T HTC Surround will go for $200.)

As you can see in the picture, the availability dates are Oct. 24 for the white Fascinate, X10 and Streak, and Nov. 8 for the Surround (which is AT&T said it would be available). You can preorder today for $50.

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3 years ago

Tweetdeck Twitter app out of beta, officially available in the Android Market

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Tweetdeck -- one of the most popular Android Twitter clients -- has wrapped up a two-month beta test period and is now available in the Android Market. It's a free app, has widgets and basically is a big ball of Twitter awesomeness. Check out TweetDeck's official demo after the break, where you can also find download links.  [TweetDeck]

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3 years ago

Samsung releases Froyo update source code for the Galaxy S

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We brought you a leaked internal letter saying it was coming, and now, Samsung has released the source code for the Froyo update to the Galaxy S. For those of you with carrier-branded versions of the Galaxy S -- that'd be the T-Mobile Vibrant, AT&T Captivate, Sprint Epic 4G and Verizon Fascinate -- and stick with official updates, well, you're going to have to wait a bit. For if you don't mind flashing and what-not, it means Froyo is upon you. You can find the update at Sammy's Open Source Release Center (search for I9000). [Samsung Open Source Release Center; more discussion at XDA Developers] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

T-Mobile: What G2 update?

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T-Mobile has issued a statement over the supposed rollout of an update to the G2 that enables Wifi calling and tethering: "What update?" OK, that's the translation. What T-Mobile actually told Phonescoop was this:

"Wi-Fi Calling and tethering/Wi-Fi sharing are not currently supported on the T-Mobile G2. T-Mobile knows these features are important to consumers and we're working to deliver them to G2 users in the future. We have nothing further to announce at this time."

In other words, yeah, a couple of people seem to have gotten the update. That's how these things work. A few may get it as a test, and the rest of us have to wait. And wait we shall. [Phonescoop]

More in the T-Mobile G2 forums

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3 years ago

Dell halting Android 2.1 updates for Streak, focusing on Android 2.2

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Dell has decided to stop the Android 2.1 update for the Streak and instead focus on Android 2.2. There are some Streak owners who have been enjoying a Froyo port, but the official update has always been centered around Eclair. 

This is good news for those that are waiting for the official update as it would have likely taken Dell longer to update to 2.1, then refocus for 2.2. They're being smart about this update; now if they could just release a device with the current OS, we'd all be happy. [Streaksmart]

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3 years ago

Nexus One finally gets FM radio, thanks to CyanogenMod, MIUI

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Video may have killed the radio star, but Cyanogen and the fellows behind the MIUI ROM have revived it for the Nexus One -- the code for the FM radio hardware that's inside the Nexus One has been merged into CyanogenMod and can now be tested by the public at large (that's you and I) in the nightly builds. Do note that nightly builds are the bleeding edge and likely have bugs in them (they're nightly compilations of code and not necessarily a finished release-ready ROM).

What most interests me here is that this is all code written from scratch by the geniuses behind the MIUI ROM, and uses nothing proprietary from HTC.  Gives me a big warm and fuzzy FOSS (Free Open Source Software) feeling inside.  That's open.  That's Android. [CyanogenMod github]

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3 years ago

Tweetdeck beta shows interesting stats on devices, OS version

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Tweetdeck has become rather popular in the Android world since it began its beta a few months back. And the developers are giving us a peek at who's using what device and which version of Android -- including custom mods. They have had nearly 40,000 beta testers to date, which have tweeted from almost every Android device in existence.

Top device? Let's just say it's not a U.S. version (and there are obvious geographical influences at work). And top OS is -- thankfully -- Froyo. Full breakdown at the source link, folks. [via Tweetdeck]

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3 years ago

Sony intros Sony Internet TV -- Google TV powered sets and Blu-ray player

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Sony just took the wraps off its Google TV line, and it's a double shot. If having everything bundled together into one sleek unit is your style, Sony is offering Internet TV models starting at just $599.99 for a full 1080p HD 24-inch model, going up the ladder to the top of the line 46-inch version for $1399.99.  They all have full LED backlighting, a picture-in-picture style system Sony is calling Dual View, and are being powered by Intel processors.

If a component-style setup is your thing, you can grab the Internet TV Blu-ray player for $399.99. It's also powered by Intel, offers built in WiFi, and support for Sony's Dual View technology. 

Both Television sets and the Blu-ray player will be available for purchase on Oct 16 at Sony Style, and followed "shortly" by Best Buy.  You can read the full press release after the break. [Sony]

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