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2 years ago

The best free backgammon apps on Android tablets

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One thing a 10-inch tablet is perfect for is playing Backgammon. If you've never played, it's an ancient game -- something like 5,000 years old, by some accounts that involves rolling dice and removing all of your pieces (or checkers) from the board. It's a good mix of strategy and luck, and it really doesn't take long to get the hang of it.

We've taken a look at some of the free backgammon games available in the Android Market, and gave them a go on a Honeycomb tablet. Check 'em out after the break.

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2 years ago

Blue Drone -- Android controlled R/C car looking for backers on Kickstarter

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Blue Drone is a Bluetooth controlled R/C car that can be controlled by any Android device running Android 2.0 and higher.  It's currently in its initial phase at Kickstarter, where the developer is looking for initial interest in order to justify the production costs.  If you're not familiar with Kickstarter, you can opt-in and support a new project, and if the funding goals are met you'll be charged and receive what you've paid for.  If the goal isn't met, you aren't charged and the project is left to seek funding elsewhere, or just fizzle away.

This one is way too cool to let that happen.  For a buy-in of $59, you'll get a scale model R/C car, and the app to control it from your Android phone or tablet via a Bluetooth connection.  The car is controlled via the touchscreen or uses the accelerometer for steering.  You'll get three hours use from a trio of AAA batteries, and the whole set-up has a 30 foot range.  Check the video above, this looks like loads of fun.  Hit the source link for more information.

Source: Kickstarter; Thanks, Steve!

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2 years ago

Verizon getting micro SIM cards for its Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE tablet

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Update: And Samsung's confirmed this one for us. It indeed has a micro SIM card.

Now this is a bit interesting. According to this little tidbit that just hit our inbox, Verizon's upcoming LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will feature a micro SIM card, and not a full size SIM card as found in the HTC ThunderBolt, Samsung Droid Charge or LG Revolution. That's not a huge deal, necessarily, though it does mean you're not going to be swapping your SIM card from device to device without an adapter.

It looks like Verizon will begin to introduce the micro SIM card later this month, though it's unknown if the Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE will launch at the same time. It's currently available for preorder at $529 for the 16GB version, or $629 for the 32GB version.

Our next question is this: Will future LTE devices use micro SIM cards? Or is the Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE a special case? News at 11.

Thank, ninjroid!

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2 years ago

Disney publishes their first Android app -- Winnie the Pooh: What's a bear to do?

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Disney Publishing has released its first Android application, "Winnie the Pooh: What's a Bear to Do?".  It's an interactive children's book, starring one of the most loved characters of our childhood, that's sure to be a hit with any pint-sized Android lovers you have scurrying underfoot around the house.  It's more than just an eBook, though.  Features of the app include:

  • Read in any of 5 languages: English, French, German, Spanish, or Japanese!
  • Professional narration, sound effects, and Winnie the Pooh background music
  • Readers can record their voice or their child’s reading the story
  • Three reading modes to suit any reader’s mood: Read to Me, Use My Recording, and Auto Turn pages
  • Four interactive jigsaw puzzles
  • Tap ‘n’ Play surprises throughout the story – several new animated sequences added for Android
  • Pooh’s Cupboard matching game ties in to the story and reinforces color recognition
  • Visual Index allows readers to jump to their favorite page or puzzle

Disney's published a video (after the break) and I have to say, this looks very nicely done.  It's a name your child is sure to know and love, and time spent with a book (even of the application variety) certainly beats time spent in front of the television.  You can grab it from the Android Market (devices running 2.0 and higher) for $2.99.  The link as well as that video, is after the break.

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2 years ago

Verizon breaks down who's getting LTE where this week

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Verizon's trickling out press releases all day, so we're updating as we get them.

Verizon this morning dropped a few more details on the markets that are scheduled to see the LTE switch flipped on Thursday. (We say "scheduled," because it definitely looks like some of you are seeing those sweet, sweet 4G speeds.) Following are the communities that will see new coverage:

Raleigh-Durham, N.C.: Apex, Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Clayton, Durham, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Gorman, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Raleigh, Rolesville, Smithfield, Wake Forest, and Wendell.

Charleston, S.C.: Charleston, Folly Beach, Goose Creek, Hanahan, Hickory Hill Plantation, Isle of Palms, Kiawah Island, Ladson, Lincolnville, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Riverland Terrace, Seabrook Island, Sullivan's Island, Summerville, and Wildwood.

Knoxville, Tenn.: Athens, Etowah, Greenway, Jefferson City, Knoxville, Lenoir City, Louden, Marbledale, Maryville, Morristown, Niota, Oak Ridge, Oakland, Pigeon Forge, Pleasant View, Powell, Rockford, Sevierville, Sweetwater, Talbot, and White Pine. 

Augusta, Ga.: Augusta, North Augusta and Aiken. Coverage includes the I-20 corridor, Aiken Mall, Augusta Mall, Augusta National Golf Club, Fort Gordon, Augusta Regional Airport, Medical College of Georgia and the E-Z-Go manufacturing plant.

Maui, Hawaii: Kaanapali, Kahului, Kihei, Lahaina, Napili, Wailea, Wailuku.

The Big Island, Hawaii: Hilo, Keaau, Mountain View, Pahoa

Oahu, Hawaii: Aiea, Ewa Beach, Haleiwa, Hawaii Kai, Honolulu, Kailua, Kaneohe, Kapolei, Mililani, Pearl City, Waialua, Waikiki, Waipahu, Waipio

Toledo, Ohio: Toledo, within the Interstate 75/475 beltway north to the Michian state line; Bowling Green; Oregon; Waterville

Verizon did manage to slip a bunch of cities into one press release. Here's the list of markets going live this week.

Decatur and Huntsville, Ala.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Lakeland and Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla.; Augusta, Ga.; Hilo, Honolulu, Kahului-Wailuku and Lahaina, Hawaii; Carbondale, Ill.; Wichita, Kan.; Louisville, Ky.; Baton Rouge and Hammond, La.; Springfield, Mass.; Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point and Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Toledo, Ohio; Tulsa, Okla.; Portland, Ore.; Wilkes Barre/Scranton, Pa.; Charleston, S.C.; Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tenn.; Olympia and Tacoma, Wash; and Charleston, W.Va.  The company is also expanding its 4G LTE network in Phoenix, Ariz.; Los Angeles and San Diego, Calif.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Northern New Jersey;  Dallas-Ft. Worth and San Antonio, Texas; and Seattle, Wash.

To take advantage of Verizon's 4G speeds, you'll need either an HTC ThunderBolt, Samsung Droid Charge or LG Revolution Android smartphone.

More: Verizon

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2 years ago

HTC releases source code for Desire Z, Flyer, Incredible S

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HTC over the weekend released the source code for a trio of devices. The Desire Z and Incredible S saw the release of their Gingerbread maintenance updates, while the HTC Flyer 7-inch tablet say its kernel source code hit the open web.

For the vast majority us, this doesn't mean much. But for the developers out there, source code is like blood. Or Mountain Dew. Or something like that.

Source: HTC Developer Center

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2 years ago

Cyanogenmod reaches the half-million-user milestone

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The CyanogenMod user install base has hit the 500,000 mark, according to the stats released by the CM team.  This is across all devices, and includes unofficial versions in the numbers.  Some interesting totals are 502,364 total installs, 376,066 of which are official while 126,298 are unofficial, or "kangs".  We also get a glimpse into the number of installations per device -- you can see the full list at the source, but here's the top five (with install numbers as of Saturday evening):

They also have a very cool interactive map of installations by country that you'll want to explore as well.  While a half-million of anything is an incredible feat, we have to remember that we're just a drop in the ocean, with more than 550,000 Android devices activated each day.  We're a pretty happy drop, though.  Congrats, CM team!

Source: CMStats

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2 years ago

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer in the midst of an update, still says Android 3.1

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We know, we know. Now that the Motorola Xoom's getting Android 3.2, everybody else wants in as well. Can't blame ya. And while the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer (read our full review) appears to be in the throes of yet another OTA update, it's still showing Android 3.1 in ye olde about page.

Before anybody gets all out of whack, ASUS has said this week that Android 3.2 is in testing for the Transformer, so it'll likely be coming sooner rather than later.

Source: Transformer Forums

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2 years ago

Larry Page on the Android 'patent situation'

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Google was asked about the "patent situation" during Thursday's second-quarter earnings call. The "situation," of course, is that Google recently lost a bid for a major bunch of patents -- and lost to a consortium including many of its main competitors in the mobile space. Meanwhile, developers are having to fight (or pay off) patent trolls, and we're seeing more licensing deals being made between Android OEMs and Google competitors.

Here's what Page had to say:

"Android's really on a tear. I mentioned there are over 550,000 new Android activations. There's over 400 such devices. Thirty-nine OEMs. Two-hundred-and-thirty-one carriers in 123 countries, and over 78 Open Handset Allience partners, and that velocity's only increasing.

"Now, of course, despite the efforts of some of our competitors, there hasn't been any slowdown in any of those things. And, you know, partners and developers are continuing to expand the Android ecosystem.

"And I should say, of course, we're really committed to Android and continue to support that platform and ecosystem, and do it in a cost-effective manner."

See also: Editorial: How long can Google and Android afford to remain silent on patents?

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2 years ago

Google+ app updated in Android Market, brings UI changes, new features, and bug fixes

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The Google+ app has just received a pretty major update that brings bug fixes, some UI changes, and new features to Googles new social media venture.  From the changelog in the Android Market:

  • Customize the main stream view to show streams from individual circles
  • Fixed some issues encountered by users with the Swype keyboard
  • Set permissions for who can start a huddle with you (Anyone, Your Circles, Extended Circles)
  • If someone you've never huddled with before invites you to a group huddle, you can now dismiss the invitation
  • New UI allows adding multiple people or entire circles to a huddle
  • Set photo as wallpaper
  • Performance improvements and bug fixes throughout the app

This addresses the biggest gripes I've been hearing about the mobile app -- a way to add entire circles to a huddle, and a way to customize which circles are visible in your main stream.  I'm sure the Google+ team is still hard at work and things will only get better.  If you don't have your Google+ invitation yet, be sure to hit the forums and sing out -- invites seem to be wide open.  Download links for the Market are after the break.

If you don't have an Android phone, you don't have a Google+ app. 

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