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2 years ago

T-Mobile offers more free tracks via Google music store to customers until the end of the year

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Just in case you thought today's Google Music news couldn't get any better, T-Mobile has announced that they have partnered with Google and will be offering additional free tracks to their subscribers from now until the end of this year.  Customers using a T-Mobile handset, like the Samsung Galaxy S II, can go to the T-Mobile free tracks section and download (and share via Google+) new tracks every week.  This starts today with tracks from Drake and Maroon 5.  You'll need the new updated Android Market on your phone or tablet, and of course have an active T-Mobile line.  For the full details, follow the link below.

More: T-Mobile

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2 years ago

Google Music Artist Hub allows independent artists full distribution to millions

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This one is big news for the budding musicians out there -- Google has announced that the Artist hub will be part of their new Music player and website.  Artist Hub is a way for independent musicians to promote their music with audio files, video, and exclusive content that they control.  It's very much like the Android Market developers portal.  All the content artists upload will be available via the web, and on 200 million Android devices.  That's a lot of eyes and ears, and this service should be a great way to get your music heard, as well as a great way for users to discover new content.

More: music.google.com/artists/

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2 years ago

Android has 200 million device activations

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At the Google music event this afternoon, Google announced that they have activated their 200 millionth device.  That's a 100 million more than just six months ago. That's a whole heck of a lot of Android devices.

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2 years ago

Win an Amazon Kindle Fire from Android Central

The Amazon Kindle Fire will be one of the hot items this holiday season, and it's poised to be one of the best selling tablets ever.  How cool would it be to win one from us?  You can do just that and get your hands on a Fire of your own, and it won't cost you a dime.  Whether you want to use it as is and enjoy all that Amazon has to offer, or if you want to hack the daylights out of it, the Fire looks like a heck of a nice unit.  Great specs like a dual-core CPU and very nice construction make this much more than a Kindle reader, and it has a very bright future.

Sounds good, right?  So head into the forums and enter to win, and we'll pick a winner at random Thursday Nov. 17.  Good luck to everyone!

Win an Amazon Kindle Fire

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2 years ago

Nook Tablet shipping a day early, too

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Not content with letting that ... other tablet ... ship a day early, Barnes & Noble's dropped word that its new Nook Tablet -- be sure to check out our hands-on -- also has shipped a day early. In addition to being lovingly bludgeoned by it as soon as you enter one of BN's 700 brick-and-mortar stores, you can pick one up at Target, Radio Shack, OfficeMax, QVC, PC Richards, Fry's and hhgregg, or online, of course.

Source: Barnes & Noble

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2 years ago

Acer Iconia Tab A700 & A701 to feature 1920x1200 displays and a quad-core Tegra 3 processors?

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The spec war is in full effect, everyone wants to out do the competitors, and create something with much better specs than their last piece of hardware, and Acer is not one to be left out of this. The usual user agent files have it that their up and coming A700 and A701 Iconia Tabs will feature a Tegra 3 quad-core processor, along with a Full HD display with a resolution of 1920x1200. Amazing screen, crazy processor paired up with some Ice Cream Sandwich goodness at some point, what more could we ask for?

Source: Android.HD

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2 years ago

Kindle Fire source code released

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There's the trifecta, folks. We've got ADB access on the Kindle Fire, you can already root the Kindle Fire with SuperOneClick, and Amazon's already dropped the source code for public consumption, which is darn nice of them (and also required under the open-source agreements used in Android).

Not a whole lot most of us can do with the binaries, but it's another big step on the road to custom ROMs.

Download: Kindle Fire Source Code; Source: Amazon; via BriefMobile
More in the Kindle Fire Forums

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2 years ago

Root the Kindle Fire using SuperOneClick

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We've already got proper ADB access to the Amazon Kindle Fire, and now it's time to root the thing. And it couldn't be easier. All it takes is the venerable SuperOneClick program, and you're on your way.

That doesn't mean custom ROMs just yet -- there's still a bit more work to be done before that happens. And it remains to be seen if the $199 Kindle Fire will be the new affordable and hacker-friendly tablet of choice, or if the Nook Tablet (which is only $50 with better specs on paper) will wear that crown. Regardless, this is turning into one hell of a horse race.

Download: SuperOneClick; via Kindle Fire Forums

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2 years ago

How-To: Enable ADB on your Kindle Fire (Windows)

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Amazon Kindle Fire forums

Wanna sideload apps (or use ADB for any other reason) to your Kindle Fire via your computer?  It's really easy -- just add the USB Vendor ID to the Windows ini file.  Even reading it seems more complicated than it really is.  On your Windows computer, press the Start button, then choose "All programs" > "Accessories" > "Command prompt" to open the text based command prompt for your computer.  Then copy the following line, and past it into the command window:

echo 0x1949 >> "%USERPROFILE%\.android\adb_usb.ini

Press the Enter key, and you're done.  What's it doing you ask?  It's adding the Vendor ID (0x1949) to the end of the Users\%your_user_name%\.android\adb_usb.ini file, so that the Android SDK tools can communicate with your Kindle Fire.  Doing it via the command prompt means you don't have to make hidden and protected files viewable, and it has a little bit of nerd factor to make you smile inside.

Once you've done that, enable Unknown sources in your Fire, connect it to your computer, and you can install apps just like you would with any other Android device.  For more help on installing and setting up the Android SDK, visit the forums

Source: ACT Local Media (Mac instructions are there) via Android Guys

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2 years ago

Editorial: Dear Amazon, usernames and passwords exist for a reason

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Kindle Fire ships with your username and password
already entered, ready to make purchases

We interrupt our regularly scheduled Amazon Kindle Fire review for this timely editorial.

I'm really not a tinfoil hat type -- maybe a little too much on the other side of that spectrum, actually. But I'm really not crazy about how Amazon's shipping the Kindle Fire. Here's how it works: You order a Kindle Fire from Amazon, they ship it to you. You open the shipping box, and then the specially designed, "Certified frustration-free packaging" (which is pretty cool and mostly frustration-free). Unwrap the Kindle Fire, turn it on and connect to Wifi.

And find that you're already logged in, password and everything, ready to purchase books, magazines, apps and music.

This is not good.

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