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2 years ago

Keith Urban ... in a bunk ... with an AT&T Samsung Infuse 4G

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2 years ago

Yes, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has Gorilla Glass

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It's a question we get all the time, so let's answer it. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has Gorilla Glass. And given the history Samsung has with using Corning, the latest press release confirming that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is making use of Gorilla Glass shouldn't really come as much of a surprise but it's certainly comforting.

Hankil Yoon, vice president of Smartphone Product Planning, Samsung Electronics, said “GALAXY Tab 10.1 is recognized for its high-end technology and amazing design, even among industry experts. For the GALAXY Tab 10.1, Samsung Electronics searched for the most durable, scratch-resistant glass, and again found the perfect solution with Corning Gorilla Glass.”

Now that we know for certain -- that doesn't mean we're suggesting you run off testing it out as soon as possible. Just know, the screen can handle a few bumps here and there and be quite alright.

Source: Businesswire

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2 years ago

Toshiba Thrive review

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Oh, Toshiba Thrive, where do you fit in this sea of tablets? Having succeeded where the Folio 100 fell short, there are still the doubters and the skeptics, brushing off your bulk as the ultimate design faux pas.

Fortunately, there's more to the Thrive than it's bigger backside, and a lot of it is worth mentioning. In the world of ultrathin and uberlight tablets, the Thrive dares to be different, and that's not a bad thing.

And since Android is all about choices, it never hurts to have a new kid on the block, even if it's not for you. But it might be. Join us after the break to see if Toshiba's newest foray into the tablet market is worth your time or was a second-best from the moment it moved here.

Toshiba Thrive Specs | Toshiba Thrive Forums

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2 years ago

Android Kids App: The Going to Bed Book

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

I think there's zero shame in admitting I'm actually pretty excited for this Android kids app. Chances are if you've had kids in the past 20 years or so, you've read them a book from Sandra Boynton. Blue Hat, Green Hat; Moo Baa La La La; Hippos Go Berserk; But Not The Hippopotamus.

And, of course, the Going to Bed Book, which is now available on Android. The app is exquisitely done by Loud Crow Interactive, going so far as to keep the feel of the original indestructible book, which you'll notice when you turn the page.

You can choose to have the book read to you -- narrated by Billy J. Kramer (the Cow Planet guy!) -- or you can read it yourself. Tapping on an individual word repeats it, which is great for teaching the young ones to recognize words. The characters on each page are interactive, with a couple of surprise (one of which we show you in the video above). There's also music that can be controlled via a slider on the first screen.

Will this replace reading actual physical books to your kids? Nah. There's the slobber factor, and I don't want anyone chewing on a $600 tablet. But it's still pretty darn cool, and well worth a quick $2. Download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Skype adds video support for a slew of new devices, with a catch

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Android's Skype client just gave itself a sizable update, officially bringing video calling to a number of new devices. And they are:

  • Samsung Galaxy S II
  • Samsung Galaxy S
  • Samsung Droid Charge - Verizon
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab
  • HTC Desire (2.2)
  • HTC Thunderbolt - Verizon
  • HTC Sensation
  • HTC Evo 4G
  • HTC Evo 3D
  • HTC Incredible S
  • HTC Desire HD
  • HTC Flyer
  • LG Revolution - Verizon (2.2)
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia ray
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro
  • Acer A5

That's a nice little increase from the previous quorum, which comprised the Nexus S, Xperia neo and Xperia pro, and the Desire S.

Now, the bad news. If the phone listed above isn't yet running Gingerbread, only the rear camera will work. (The app listing does a nice job explaining that's a Froyo limitation, and not the app's fault.)

Update in the market, or use the download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Editorial: Keep it in the courtroom, folks

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"Your Honor, I present Exhibit A -- an e-mail I posted on Twitter."

This, apparently, is where we now stand in the he said-she said battle that has become Google v. the World in regards to patents. Where to begin ...

It all started tonight with a tweet from Brad Smith, general counsel (aka lawyer) for Microsoft, who says that Google had been asked to join Microsoft in ultimate $4.5 billion bid for a suite of patents. Microsoft (and others) had a stake in that bid. Google? Tapped out at $3.14 billion. Yep. Π

According to Smith, Google could have thrown in had it wanted to. But Google apparently declined.

Now we have Frank X. Shaw  -- aka @fxshaw on Twitter and lead for corporate communications for Microsoft -- (sidebar: anyone who has a middle name that starts with the letter X is legally required to use it whenever possible) who took to the social networking site Wednesday night to respond to Google chief legal officer David Drummond's blog post that said that "Android’s success has yielded something else: a hostile, organized campaign against Android by Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and other companies, waged through bogus patents."

Shaw posted an e-mail on Twitter on Wednesday night, prefacing it with "Free advice for David Drummond -- next time check with Kent Walker before you blog. :)" The e-mail Shaw posted purportedly is between Kent Walker, a lawyer for Google, and Smith. Under the subject line "Following up," Walker explains that "after talking with people here, it sounds as though for various reasons a joint bid wouldn't be advisable for us on this one."

That's a single, solitary e-mail, with no real context or follow-up, at least publicly, from anyone actually involved. But that's not really our point here. Or maybe it is.

Like most things legal, patent law is slow, for a reason. It's also important. Far too important for discovery to take place over Twitter from Microsoft. Or in a blog post from Google. You'll see a bunch of "Microsoft strikes back" posts after this latest round. It makes for good television, and is great blog fodder (which we're admittedly taking place in now). It doesn't make for the good practice of law.

Google might well have screwed the pooch with this one and is posturing itself as best it can. Or maybe Microsoft's lawyers are stretching things a bit. That's the game, for better or worse. But that the players have found themselves in the 140-character world of Twitter is just ridiculous, if the stakes are as high as they'd have us believe.

Sources: @BradSmi, @fxshaw; via Electronista

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab hitting the UK on Aug. 12?

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When last we left the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 (in the U.S., anyway), we'd been told it had a "late summer" launch window. That, really, could mean just about anything. And seeing as how most people relate summer with heat, we might not see this thing here until November, the way things are going.

Anyhoo, Amazon UK's apparently got the thing slated for being in stock -- from a third-party retailer, anyway -- in about a week and a half. Aug. 12, to be exact. That doesn't really do us much good stateside, and we're really not putting too much faith into this, seeing as how it's already moved back a day since it was first spotted.

But we did just see the Galaxy Tab P8 mentioned in a possible Verizon roadmap -- in November. Might we be in line for a Galaxy Tab 8.9 in the coming months, finally? News at 11.

Source: Amazon UK via Engadget

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2 years ago

EVO Shift 4G in line for an update [Update - available now?]

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Heads up, EVO Shift 4G owners. A small update that will bump you up to v2.76.651.5 should be arriving on Monday, Aug. 8. Once updated, anyone experiencing intermittent MMS/SMS sending issues will no longer be seeing error messages and MMS/SMS messages will go through as expected. Let us know when you get the update -- it should pop up as a notification on your device.

Update:  We just heard from AC reader Zachary that he has this update available now.  Go into "HTC Software Update" in your settings menu, and have a look.  Pic after the break.  Thanks Zachary!

Source: Sprint

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2 years ago

A tour of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 launch event in London (update: video!)

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Update: We've added a video of some of the lucky Tab 10.1, Galaxy S II and Samsung TV winners after the jump!

While a few lucky Americans waited to have their Galaxy Tab 10.1's updated with Samsung's TouchWiz UX, we were lined up among hundreds of eager British shoppers waiting to get their hands on the European version before anyone else. Like the Tab 10.1 currenty on sale in the US, it's rocking Android 3.1, however the European version comes with TouchWiz out of the box. We've taken a closer look at TouchWiz on the Tab in our sneak peek and hands-on features, so be sure to check them out.

Early adopters were treated to a selection of drinks and delicious miniature snacks courtesy of Samsung, and there was also the chance to win Galaxy S II phones, Galaxy Tab 10.1's and £1500 (~$2450) value Samsung TV's via the Samsung Tab Grabber. We used the Tab Grabber, but all we grabbed was a plastic egg containing a raffle ticket that didn't win us anything :(

Check out our tour of the event after the jump, where you'll find photos and videos of people having fun and winning expensive Samsung gear.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 at the European launch event

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We've just left behind the flurry of tablets, giveaways and canapes that was Samsung's London-based launch event for the European Galaxy Tab 10.1, and can offer up some brief first impressions of the final retail units that were on show, complete with Sammy's TouchWiz software out of the box.

We've also got a quick look at TouchWiz running on production hardware, so join us after the jump for more words and video!

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