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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Motorola XYBOARD 10.1

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This Motorola XYBOARD 10.1 looks a little familiar, eh? It should. Take the Motorola XYBOARD 8.2 (see our hands-on), add a couple inches, and that's what you've got. It's the same redesigned Motorola Xoom 2 with a larger screen and a third option for storage -- 16GB, 32GB or 64GB.

Otherwise, pretty much the same thing here. You've got angled corners, the metallic section on the back, 5MP rear camera, microUSB and microHDMI. You've also got a 1.5GHz dual-core TI OMAP processor and 1GB of RAM running Android 3.2 Honeycomb, with an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich already promised. No microSD card, however.

Check out our quick hands-on after the break.

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2 years ago

Carrier IQ gives a lengthy look into how it works

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Carrier IQ, the company that everyone -- for right or wrong -- has come to hate of late has released a document explaining in plain English how it does what it does. "Understanding Carrier IQ Technology -- What Carrier IQ Does and Does Not Do" was released on Carrier IQ's website late Dec. 12 and is a PDF that details what Carrier IQ is, how it's loaded on devices (and what kinds of devices it can be used on), what information is collected, how it can be used by Carrier IQ's customers, and how the data is protected in the process.

Let's break it down.

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2 years ago

Hands on with the Motorola XYBOARD 8.2

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Behold, the Verizon Motorola XYBOARD 8.2. In a nutshell, it's a scaled-down, slimmed-down, sexed-up verison of the original Motorola Xoom, and it fits right in with the likes of the Motorola RAZR. It's a bit angular, it's industrial design is, well, industrial. But it's also plenty powerful under the hood.

We're very much digging the 8.2-inch screen size (at 1232x800 resolution for, even if it's only 179 pixels per inch. It's a tablet, so it's not as close to our face as a phone might be in normal use. And we're also very much digging that it's using microUSB to charge, instead of, like almost every other tablet out there, a proprietary charger. We'll have to see how much of a difference that makes in how long it takes to chage, though. The volume and power buttons have a new home, too, and they're going to take a little getting used to.

A quick tour through the software on the XYBOARD 8.2 and you'll find Android 3.2. Yes, it's a Honeycomb tablet, but it's already been promised an update to Ice Cream Sandwich. Hopefully sooner rather than later. And while the original Xoom was very much a Nexus-like developer device, the XYBOARD is very much a Verizon and Motorola device. It's chock-full of Verizon and Motorola goodness (or bloat -- one man's trash and all that ...), with the framework in place for a dock connector and the MOTOPRINT wireles printing service.

Anyhoo, check out some more pics and quick video after the break.

More: Xoom 2/XYBOARD forums

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2 years ago

RuFraud malware causes premium SMS charges for folks in Asia and Europe, apps pulled from Market

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The folks over at Lookout have warned us about a new malware threat, this time targeted at users outside of North America.  The RuFraud malware will sign up users in Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Czech Republic, Poland, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Latvia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Estonia, Great Britain, Italy, Israel, France, and Germany to a premium SMS service by hiding inside apps that pretend to be download helpers for popular games and utilities, or wallpaper apps from movies like TwilightThis particular bit of malware does not affect users in other countries.

While most of the affected applications are found on file-sharing sites and unofficial markets, some have appeared in the official Android Market.  The first batch were removed by Google after Lookout contacted them, and having only a "handful" of downloads they did not affect very many users.  Unfortunately, 13 new apps were later uploaded that had been downloaded over 14,000 times before they were pulled.  Lookout has been updated to remove and clean these apps from your phone if you downloaded them, and we expect other malware scanning applications will have followed suit.

A quick tip: It really sucks when popular applications (or Nexus phones) aren't available in your location.  We understand.  But any app that claims to be a helper to download an app that's otherwise unavailable is definitely suspicious.  Don't use them.  If the apps are free, ask your friends.  Ask on forums.  Root your phone, or use an app that disguises your location and opens the Market.  I'm not condoning piracy here, but I'm a realist -- if you're going to circumvent measures that keep these apps from you, do it the smart way.

Source: Lookout

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2 years ago

Adobe Flash Player for Android updated with bug and security fixes, still no Ice Cream Sandwich support

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Adobe has updated Flash Player for Android to version 11.1.111.5, which fixes video streaming issues on the Galaxy S II, adds support for 1080p video on Tegra 3 devices like the Transformer Prime, and generic fixes for video decoding and playback.  It's a recommended update, even if you don't own one of the aforementioned devices, so hit the market and update or grab the link after the break.  Adobe did promise to keep supporting the Android Flash Player, and while nobody doubted them, it's still nice to see them hold true to their word.

Unfortunately, this update doesn't yet enable Flash on the Galaxy Nexus or any preliminary ICS build for other devices.  We still expect to see that soon, and we'll let you know as soon as it's available.

More: Adobe

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2 years ago

Toshiba Thrive 7-Inch tablet now available in Canada

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Back in September when it was intially announced Toshiba had stated an expected release date of December for the Toshia Thrive 7-Inch and they've managed to stick to that -- at least in Canada.

The Android 3.2 powered 7-Inch tablet brings a 1280x800 resolution with Toshiba's Adaptive Display and Resolution+ video enhancements, stereo speakers, a 5MP rear camera and 2MP front camera, in either 16 or 32-gigabytes sizes with a NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual processor. Plus, you get plenty of ports to make use of such as a miniUSB, microHDMI and a microSD card slot.

When it comes to price, you're not totally breaking the bank here. You'll be able to pick one up right now from Future Shop for only $370 -- that's not bad, all things considered.

Source: Futureshop

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2 years ago

How to use Google Music

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Make no mistake -- Android is multimedia-centric, and it does a darn fine job of it.  Whether you want to copy media to your device's storage, or want to stream from the cloud, Android, especially since the release of Ice Cream Sandwich, can turn your phone or tablet into a great media player.  We're going to have a look at using Google Music, Google's storage-locker style streaming music application.

Read on for a walkthrough of how to use Google Music on the web and adding media, as well as playing it back on your Android device.

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2 years ago

3G version of Sony Tablet S showing up in the UK

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A new variant of the Pope's favourite tablet, the Sony Tablet S, is now showing up for sale in the UK, the promised 3G version of Sony's Honeycomb offering. 

Costing £449 and shipping with Android 3.2, the 3G Tablet S is only available in the 16GB size. It also weighs a touch more than the wifi only version as you would expect, but otherwise all specs remain the same. Check the source link for more information.

Source: Sony

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2 years ago

Droid XYBOARD tablets are now on sale in stores

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If you've been itching to get your hands on a Droid XYBOARD, the sequel to Motorola's XOOM, you can now purchase one at your local Verizon Wireless retail store. The XYBOARD packs a 1.2 GHz dual core processor, an IPS, Gorilla Glass-coated display, and an LTE radio, and comes in 10.1 and 8.2-inch flavors. The 10.1-inch XYBOARD is priced at $529.99, $629.99, and $729.99 for the 16, 32, and 64GB models respectively, while the 8.2-incher will set you back $429.99 and $529.99 for 16 or 32 GBs. 

Source: Verizon Wireless

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2 years ago

Droid XYBOARD 10.1 and 8.2 on sale a day early at some Verizon stores

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Officially coming out tomorrow, the Droid XYBOARD 10.1 and Droid XYBOARD 8.9 are already for sale in at least one Verizon store.  Packing a dual-core OMAP processor at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM, LTE connectivity, and Honeycomb, these look like another great, albeit pricey (starting at $529 for the 10.1-inch 16GB model, and $429 for the 8.2-inch 16GB model), choice for Verizon customers who want a high-performance Android tablet. 

If you're out and about today, drop in your local Verizon store and see if they happen to be on the shelves, and hit the break for a few more pictures and a short video of the 8.2 up and running.

Thanks, Luc!

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