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2 years ago

Google Maps adds service alerts for the London Underground

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The London Underground is chaotic and delay-prone at the best of times, and with thousands descending on London this summer for the Olympics, it's going to be busier than ever. Fortunately Google's stepped in to ease your Tube-related woes, by adding service alerts for the Underground to Google Maps.

It's all part of Google Maps' live transit updates feature, which launched last June in a handful of cities, mostly in the U.S. From today, London Underground passengers will be able to get similar notifications showing any problems or delays that may affect their journey -- these can be found by selecting an individual station, or planning a journey on the Underground through Google Maps, as you'll see above. Live transit updates are available on the desktop and mobile version of Google Maps, as well as the Android app.

Londoners, be sure to hit the comments and let us know if this helps with the soul-crushing inevitability of Tube delays.

Source: Google Lat Long Blog

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2 years ago

AT&T lighting up new LTE markets on April 8

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AT&T this morning announced that Bloomington and Muncie, Ind., and Bryan-College Station, Texas, will see LTE data starting this Sunday, April 8. It's part of a 12-market expansion that also includes Cleveland, Akron and Canton, Ohio; Lafayette, Ind.; Baton Rouge and New Orleans; St. Louis; and Staten Island, N.Y.

Current Android AT&T devices that can take advantage of AT&T's LTE data are the Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, LG Nitro HD, HTC Vivid and Pantech Burst. AT&T also has the new HTC One X coming with LTE. No release date has been announced, but Best Buy in a recent e-mail to customers suggested early May.

Source: AT&T

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2 years ago

Path update to v2.1.1 brings promised security enhancements to keep personal data secure

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The latest update to Path for Android update has now hit the Google Play Store, and this release will be of interest to those who previously had concerns over Path not properly securing personal data. As noted on the Path blog:

We take privacy and security seriously, and we believe your data deserves to be well-protected. That’s why, with the release of Path 2.1.1, we are enhancing our security by hashing user contact data so that it is anonymized. This means last names, phone numbers, email addresses, Twitter handles and Facebook IDs. We collect this data to connect you with those who are closest to you.

We hope our actions set a new standard in this field as we strive to serve you, our users, first. Thank you for your trust, and thank you for using Path.

With the privacy matters in the app now cleared up, the change log does also not various other bg fixes as well. That said; there was no mention of the multiple notification issue being fixed that some folks have been experiencing for the past little while now. Give it a go, the download link is beyond the break for you all and if you've had the notification bug before -- let us know in the comments if it is now fixed for ya.

Source: Path

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2 years ago

Leaked press shots claim to show HTC EVO One

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Ahead of tomorrow's joint Sprint-HTC event in New York City, the first images of the star of the show may have leaked out online. The shot above has been unearthed by Pocket-Now, which claims it shows the Sprint HTC EVO One, alongside the already-known AT&T One X and T-Mobile One S. All in all, it looks like many of us may have expected -- a HTC One series phone with slightly chunkier, EVO-ish looks.

There's still  nothing concrete in terms of specs, though last week we were anonymously tipped to expect a 4.7-inch device with a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip and a 2560mAh battery. At the very least, the references to the "EVO One" name in today's leak give some weight to the rest of our tipster's info. (Note that the renders here are not to scale. The HTC One S on the right should be smaller than the One X on the left, and presumably will be smaller than the rumored EVO One in the middle.)

In any case, we'll be live from New York City on Wednesday night to cover whatever HTC and Sprint show off.

Source: Pocket-Now

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2 years ago

Motorola RAZR MAXX launches in Europe and the Middle East from May

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Motorola's RAZR MAXX roll-out continues, following the device's launch on Verizon Wireless in the states and China last month. Motorola Mobility sends news that a GSM version of the RAZR MAXX, 3300mAh battery and all, will be coming to Europe and the Middle East starting next month.

We've already been impressed by the battery life of the Verizon Droid RAZR MAXX, and we're eager to see what kind of crazy battery life the MAXX and deliver when paired with a less demanding GSM/HSPA+ radio combo.

Giant-ass battery aside, the RAZR MAXX delivers the same hardware as the original RAZR -- a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM and Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread. Despite the slight contentious qHD SuperAMOLED screen, which doesn't quite match up to the latest 720p offerings, there's still plenty to like about the RAZR MAXX. And recent firmware leaks suggest an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is on the way sooner rather than later.

We've got Moto's press release after the break.

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2 years ago

Late-night poll: HTC One X or Samsung Galaxy Nexus?

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As requested by AC reader spagmuff, tonights poll is simple -- if you had the choice, would you pick the HTC One X or the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. We're not concerned about availability or any real-world issues, we just want to know which phone you think is the best. Makes this post pretty easy to write, but it's not so easy to make the decision. 

Here's what I think, (but don't let this influence you). The One X is freaking beautiful. Even Sense 4 looks intriguing, and things like the new camera setup and Beats audio are icing on the cake. I pestered Phil with questions about it the whole time he was reviewing it -- it's amazing he got any work done with my constant interruptions. But, if I could only choose one, I'd have to choose the Galaxy Nexus. I have to support the Nexus model of unfettered and unlocked hardware, because I think it's the right thing to do. Add in the fact that the Galaxy Nexus is still one hell of a device, and I have no problem saying it's the best phone for me.

Now let's hear from you guys. The poll is below, and sound off in the comments.

Would you choose the HTC One X or the Samsung Galaxy Nexus?

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2 years ago

Spurt of updates brings ICS to 2.9 percent of Android devices

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Google has just released an updated set of Android platform statistics for the two-week period ending April 2, 2012. These numbers show the proportion of various version of Android to have accessed the Google Play Store over the past fortnight, meaning these are devices that are being used by real people.

Here's how things looked for Android in late March and early April 2012 --

  • ​Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.x): Decent growth for ICS, as the latest version of Android increases its share from 1.6 percent of devices last month to 2.9 percent this month. This is likely due to the arrival of OTA updates for popular international phones like the HTC Sensation and Samsung Galaxy S II.
  • ​Honeycomb (Android 3.x): Unchanged at 3.3 percent. We'd expect this number to fall gradually in the months ahead, as ICS slowly starts to arrive on the current crop of Honeycomb tablets.
  • ​Gingerbread (Android 2.3.x): A small jump to 63.7 percent, from 62 percent last month. Clearly some devices are still in the process of being updated to Android 2.3. We can see the pace of Gingerbread's growth is starting to slow, though -- last month's growth was just under 4 points, compared to 1.7 percent this month.
  • ​Froyo (Android 2.2.x): Froyo numbers continue to slowly fall away, with Android 2.2 now on just 23.1 percent of devices, down from 25.3 percent last month.
  • Eclair (Android 2.1): A small drop of 0.6 percent, to 6 percent total.
  • ​Donut (Android 1.6) and Cupcake (Android 1.5): Down 0.2 percent, but still active on one percent of devices. Maybe time to think about an upgrade?

For the record, here's our breakdown of last month's numbers. There's definitely a general movement towards Ice Cream Sandwich on both tablets and phones, and we expect that trend to accelerate in the next month. April will see more ICS updates for existing Gingerbread and Honeycomb devices, along with the launch of more ICS phones, including HTC's highly-anticipated One X and One S.

Source: Android Developers

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2 years ago

Google acquires TxVia to accelerate innovation of Google Wallet

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George Costanza may have moved all-in to Google Wallet, but for many the service isn't quite ready yet. Google aims to change that, and today they announced that they've acquired TxVia, a global payments technology company. TxVia isn't likely a name you know, but chances are you've either seen or used their services. They support over 100 million accounts, and partner with many pre-paid card companies, rewards card vendors, and ATM network systems. The next time you see that big rack of various cards at the convenience store or grocery store, know that a good many of them use TxVia's PaaS (Platform as a Service) technology to process the funds on them.

This is a pretty big score for Google, and shows us that they are serious about progressing Google Wallet services. The possibilities are huge, and include the oft-wished for Google Play Store gift cards. Google or TxVia have announced no future plans as of yet, but we imagine they are coming. We'll be on the lookout for more news, and let you know first thing when it breaks.

Source: Google Commerce; TxVia

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2 years ago

HTC One X shows us why developers need to lose the menu button

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By now you've read and watched our HTC One X review, and know all about HTC's decision to use capacitive buttons instead of on-screen buttons. As a fan of "real" buttons, I'm glad to see it, though many aren't. That's neither here nor there. The decision was made, and HTC has delivered what may be its best smartphone to date with three capacitive buttons.

And some applications are a mess on it.

The Android development team has already chimed in and said that developers need to abandon the legacy menu button in favor of new controls on the action bar. Some have done so, but as you can see in the image above, some have not. The three-dot menu symbol just hanging there all by its lonesome just looks bad, but is needed because the Facebook app hasn't been updated to use buttons and controls in the action bar. When the Galaxy Nexus came out and used on-screen buttons, this wasn't that big of a deal. Other than the three dots being in a different place on different apps (as mentioned, some have been updated and use the action bar), it didn't disrupt the way apps looked on the screen too awful much. HTC's use of capacitive buttons changes that, and not in a good way. On the other hand, developers aren't giving HTC much of a choice.

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2 years ago

HTC One X (Tegra 3) benchmarks

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Benchmarks for the international GSM version of the HTC One X with the Tegra 3 processor.

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