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3 years ago

Verizon offering free 30-day trial of the new VZ Navigator

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Verizon has updated their VZ Navigator application, and along with the new name of Verizon Navigator VX, comes a free 30 day trial for new users, and some cool new features, the highlights of which we've outlined below:

  • Smart Routes with Real-Time Traffic – Updated every 60 seconds, telling you when traffic is ahead and mapping out detours to get you around it
  • Voice Turn-by-Turn Directions – Even with other apps open, you will continue hearing where to turn to keep you on track
  • “Real” signs and road views – Accurate highway signs guide you into the correct lanes and prevent last minute lane changes
  • Location Sharing – Use Place Messaging or Facebook to share your real-time location or the place of an upcoming meeting
  • Virtual city driving with 3D buildings and graphics
  • Satellite view that moves with your location
  • Local search with Bing
  • Real-time weather, gas prices, movie times and other local information
  • Ability to add addresses to "favorites" for easy bookmarks of the places you frequent

The 30 day free trial is open for new VZ navigator subscribers only, and available on the HTC Droid Incredible, Motorola Droid X, Samsung Fascinate, Samsung Droid Charge, HTC Droid Incredible 2, and the HTC Thunderbolt.  To give it a try, fire up your phone and head over to http://nav.vzw.com/vznav to download the app.  Choose the 30 day trial option, and you're set.

Some of these new features look really nice.  I'm especially loving the overhead freeway signs, which could save many a headache while tooling around an unfamiliar city.  To see a short video overview, be sure to visit the source link.

Source: Verizon

 

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3 years ago

A video walkthrough of the unholy marriage of BlackBerry and Android

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

BlackBerry fans everywhere were astonished Thursday when an early version of the Android Player for the PlayBook leaked out and their little tablets suddenly became usable. Usable as in once you've got Android running on the PlayBook, you suddenly have an e-mail app. Craziness!

Pretty cool stuff, especially since it's running Android 2.3.3, and there's a good chance your phone doesn't even that yet. Glad we could help you out there, RIM.

Source: CrackBerry

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3 years ago

Mobile Nations Podcast Episode 3

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Phil, Kevin, Derek, Dan, and Rene talk Netflix on Android, media on Mobile, the RIM-pire striking back, news execs at webOS, Nokia Windows Phones, 20 million iPhones, and hitting the budget buyer sweet spot. Bringing together the heads of state of Android, BlackBerry, iOS, webOS, and Windows Mobile for full on round-table action. This is Mobile Nations!

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3 years ago

LG's smartphone offerings for the rest of 2011 leaked and rendered

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LG has jumped into Android in a big way, releasing phones this year that cover everything from the entry level in the popular Optimus One line, to the future generation hardware configuration of the Optimus 3D.  Now the folks at PocketNow have gotten their hands on the rest of LG's 2011 roadmap, and as expected Android rules the roost.  Besides the LG Fantasy, a Windows Phone 7 offering that George over at WP Central has a look at here, some follow-ups to existing phones have emerged, as well as a couple things that sound pretty darn nice.

The LG Prada K2, scheduled for a holiday 2011 release, packs a dual-core punch in a 4.3-inch NOVA LCD display, checks in at 8.8 mm thick, and runs Android 2.3.  It also features front and rear cameras (1.3MP and 8MP respectively) and 21 Mbps HSPA+ data speeds.  With its case design inspired by Prada, this should turn more than a few heads when it shows up -- fingers crossed for a U.S. release.

The LG Univa appears to be the Optimus One replacement.  It checks in squarely in the entry-level range with an 800 MHz single-core CPU, 3.5-inch HVGA display, DLNA support and runs Gingerbread.  At 11.9 mm thick, the Univa looks like it might bring a nice bit of style to the entry-level.  Look for it in Q4.

The LG Victor is another entry-level handset, with a little more punch.  Its 1GHz CPU and 3.8-inch OLED display pair up with Gingerbread, Wifi direct, and front and rear cameras (VGA and 5MP).  This one is supposedly coming this quarter, so look for info soon.

The LG Gelato is one we've seen a couple times before, but it appears there will be an NFC version as well, as the LG Gelato NFC is scheduled for a Q4 release.  The specs hold true to the Sprint version with an 800MHz CPU and 3.2 inch display, but the addition of NFC should make a few happy.

The LG E2 looks like LG's entry in the huge low end market, and should make for a great first smartphone or a pre-pay device.  Details are sparse, save for a "sub-gigahertz" processor and and a basic camera.  Pair this one with the right price, and you have a recipe for success -- especially in developing countries across the globe.

Finally, we have the LG K.  We don't even have a render for this one, and very few details.  Supposedly to have a 4.5 inch display and a true 720p screen, PocketNow thinks this will be the LG P930.  We think it will be awesome.

There are no pictures for any of these devices yet, but you can see some unofficial type renders from the folks at PocketNow, so be sure to hit the source link to see a series of cgi black slabs.  We'll be on the lookout for more information about these.

Source: PocketNow

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3 years ago

GetGlue announces beta sign-ups for a new app

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I'm a big fan of GetGlue. It's the social media sharing site for couch potatoes! With apps for all kinds of devices, it's quickly become very popular, and is as easy to use as foursquare. Today GetGlue tweeted that they are working on a brand new app for Android, and that if you want in now, you've got to sign up for the beta. You can find the sign up page at the link below, or download the current version from the Android Market.

Sign up for the GetGlue beta; Source: GetGlue on Twitter

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3 years ago

T-Mobile launches Android tablet rental program with the Los Angeles Angels

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Baseball fans in Anaheim will like this news for sure. T-Mobile and the Los Angeles Angels have just announced a partnership that will allow fans to rent either a Samsung Galaxy Tab or T-Mobile G Slate during Los Angeles Angels games, The tablets, when rented will come pre-loaded with some goodies:

  • Free game-day program, optimized for viewing on the tablet — an instant $3 added value.
  • Free content from the Zinio magazine app, with the ability to read from a sampling of magazines during the game, including ESPN and many other popular magazines, drawing from Zinio’s library of more than 4,500 magazine titles.
  • Free T-Mobile TV (on the T-Mobile G-Slate only), providing content from popular TV shows. All regular free content, plus the “Select” package, regularly $4.99, is available as part of the game-day tablet rental.

Pretty awesome! Hopefully, T-Mobile will be able to expand the program in the long run and bring it to many other venues. Just don't go rooting the tablets should you decide to go ahead and rent one during a game.

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3 years ago

Amazon outs Motorola Droid Bionic desktop dock, car dock [updated]

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Update 2: ... And Amazon's pulled the pages.

Might we be getting our best look at the Motorola Droid Bionic here, from Amazon? If a pair of product pages are to be believed, we most certainly are. And is that a chrome ring we see around the phone?

At the left is the desktop dock, which is billed as "A station with an extra sense. With ESP technology, you decide which apps and short cuts to keep on your home screen and the dock remembers." In addition to charging the phone, it's also got a 3.5mm audio jack for outputting music, or taking calls.

And on the right is the vehicle navigation dock with rapid vehicle charger. It's also said to have that same ESP technology, which really is just a fancy way for saying the phone knows when it's docked and will switch to car mode -- just like other docks.

No pricing or release listed on either, though you can sign up to be notified when they're available.

Source: Amazon (car dock, desktop dock); via Droid Bionic forums; Thanks, sfay93!

Update: Droid-Life spotted a nice rear shot of the desktop dock, showing three USB ports and an HDMI out port. Pic's after the break

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3 years ago

Sprint rolling out Nexus S 4G update on July 25

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Since its release, Sprint customers have had quite a number of complaints about the Nexus S 4G and have been patiently awaiting an update that they hoped would fix some of these issues. Earlier this month we saw that the update was delayed, but Sprint has come out and confirmed that the update will begin rolling out on July 25, only three days away.

These enhancements should increase 4G data speeds and signal strength for users. The software update also improves Wi-Fi connectivity, speakerphone audio quality and adds TTY support for the deaf and hard of hearing.

This should come as warmly welcomed news by all Nexus S 4G owners, and while the update is scheduled to start on July 25, it will be a staggered roll out as usual, and should reach everyone's device within three weeks from then.

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

Revive old software on your device with some emulators

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Looking to kick it old school and play some Contra on your Android device? There's an emulator for that. Since the release of Android, emulator apps have come and gone -- some pulled by Google, some just simply no longer supported any more by their developers. However, if you're looking to replace some of those that have disappeared you can check out some of the ones available from Marat Fayzullin.

  • iNES - iNES emulates classic NES and Famicom videogame consoles from Nintendo. It plays NES, Famicom, DiskSystem, and VS System games in a desktop window or full screen. Save game at any time and restart from that point later. You can also use GameGenie cheat codes, make screenshots and save game music in MIDI format.
  • MasterGear - The MasterGear emulates several 8bit videogame consoles from SEGA. It plays Master System, GameGear, Mark 2, Mark 3, SG1000, SC3000, and SF7000 games in a desktop window or full screen. You can save game at any time and restart from that point if you get killed, make screenshots, and even save game music in MIDI format to play it later.
  • VGB - VGB emulates Nintendo GameBoy handhelds and their accessories. It plays GameBoy, GameBoy Pocket, GameBoy Color, and Super GameBoy games in a window or full screen. VGB also supports the Pocket Printer, GameGenie cheat codes, and more. Please notice that VGB will not play GameBoy Advance games: you will need VGBA for that.
  • VGBA - VGBA emulates the Nintendo GameBoy Advance handheld. It plays GameBoy Advance games in a desktop window or full screen. Please notice that VGBA will not play classic GameBoy games: you will need VGB for that.

Marat has quite a few others available for more obscure systems as well, if you're looking to check them out you can hit the source link for more details and download links to all listed.

Source: KomKon

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Domino Run

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

We were all kids once (right?), and a staple of kid-dom was stacking up dominoes only to knock them down. Easy, dumb simple, clean fun. Now we're old and haggard, but there's an app out there that will not only keep your mind sharp, but also help you relive your younger days. For the kid in all of us, there is Domino Run.

Domino Run is pretty straightforward. You have dominoes you need to shuffle around to knock down a special blue domino, known as "the Finisher." Don't knock down the blue one, you lose. Oh, and did I mention you need to knock all of the other dominoes down before the Finisher falls? If you don't do that, you lose again.

Gameplay starts off simple, but gets progressively more difficult, adding mechanics like you dropping dominoes off of ledges to knock down other dominoes, or the introduction of the red domino, which I believe is called the Stopper. The challenges don't end there, as there's an entire list of uniquely powered dominoes that come in the later levels (that I didn't get to see in my time with the game).

Scoring is done medal-style, with gold, silver, and bronze medals being awarded to you based on moves spent and the time it took you to complete a level. The easiest way to game the system get gold medals on everything that I've found is to take your time plotting out a successful move, then immediately replay the level and use your plan as fast as you can. Instant gold medal!

Overall, Domino Run is a fun, calming, throwback-to-an-older-day kind of game, and I dig it. There's both free and paid version in the Market, and the free version lets you play a full 20 levels, so it's not a bad deal. If you feel like taking the plunge into 70 levels of domino madness, the full version only sets you back a buck.

Download links to Domino Fun Run are after the break.

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