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3 years ago

Adobe announces 'AIR App Challenge' and Flash Player support for Sony Tablets

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With the new Sony S1 and S2 tablets set to hit the market soon, Sony has now teamed up with Adobe for a couple of things. The first, being the announcement that all Sony tablets will indeed support Adobe Flash when they arrive at retailers. The second, being a new contest for Adobe AIR developers.

The ‘Adobe AIR App Challenge Sponsored by Sony’ contest offers developers a chance to win $200,000 in total cash prizes and the promotion of the application on ”Sony Tablet” devices. Adobe and Sony are challenging developers and content publishers to build breakthrough mobile apps optimized for the S1 and S2 tablets. The contest will give selected developers pre-release access to “Sony Tablet” prototypes and the latest version of Adobe tools. Contest categories include Entertainment, Lifestyle and Community, Games, Business and Productivity, and Innovation. A panel of Adobe, Sony and third party judges will evaluate application submissions based on quality and performance, innovation and creativity, as well as overall user experience. The contest is open to submissions from the U.S., Japan, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the U.K.

The contest opens up to everyone today, if you're interested in learning more you'll find the full press release below or you can click on the source link to be taken to the AIR app challenge website directly.

Source: Adobe

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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom drops to $499 in Canada

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While Woot is currently offering the Motorola Xoom for $399 as a refurb, that will only last for a while. Future Shop locations across Canada have now started offering something a little more solid. Right now, you can pick up a Motorola Xoom WiFi for only $499 -- that's exactly $100 off what it was previously for Canadians. Any takers?

Source: Future Shop

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3 years ago

Verizon puts LTE into the Cisco Cius tablet for businesses

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Hey, all you IT types. You might recognize the Android-powered Cisco Cius tablet above -- we first told you about it more than a year ago. Today, Verizon has announced that it's putting its LTE muscle behind it, giving its enterprise and government customers the option of moving secure video conferencing and messaging from the boardroom to the road.

The Cius tablet, as you'll recall, sports 7-inch high-resolution color screen, an Intel Atom 1.6-GHz processor, 32GB of flash memory to store marketplace apps, a detachable/replaceable 8-hour battery, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 and 3G/4G data, Cisco collaboration applications, an HD soundstation, HD audio, 720p HD video with Cisco TelePresence for video conferencing and integrated security.

Again, this isn't a tablet for the masses. But for road warriors and corporate types, it could be pretty juicy. Presser's after the break.

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3 years ago

A Motorola Xoom for $399? Woot, indeed!

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Not much to say here, folks. The venerable Motorola Xoom (32GB Wifi-only version) is just $399 today on Woot. It might not be the thinnest or lightest Honeycomb tablet, but for today, it's just about the cheapest.

Source: Woot; thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Sony S1 going up for pre-orders in the UK in September?

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The 9.4-inch Sony S1 just might be making its way into the hands of consumers in the UK as early as September 1. New rumors suggest that the Sony Centre stores across the pond will be training up their staff to the max in an effort to ensure they know all the ins and outs of the new tablet. Still no pricing details at this time but if this pre-order date sticks then chances are we'll see one pop up soon.

Source: Thisismynext

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3 years ago

Evernote for Honeycomb now official in the Android Market

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The folks at Evernote have pushed out the Honeycomb version of their popular organization app to the Market, and it looks like it was well worth the wait.  The big changes are rich text and checkboxes within your notes, and an all new preview style widget for your tablet homescreen, but I'm impressed more with what I've seen of the UI.  The dashboard style homescreen gives you a great overview of everything, well organized and with a great visual style.  This continues through the rest of the new UI, leaving you with the impression that the app is truly finished and polished. 

We'll be taking a closer look at this one, in the meantime if you've been waiting (or using the beta), hit the break for the free download link so you can check out this one.

Source: Evernote

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3 years ago

Android 3.2 GPL source code published, update should follow soon [Update: It's pushing out now for Wifi Xooms]

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The rumors that the next version of Honeycomb being right around the corner look to be true, as today Android Open-Source Project engineer Jean-Baptiste Queru has pushed the GPL portions of the 3.2 source code to the AOSP tree.  Don't think this means that Honeycomb has been open-sourced -- this is just the bits used for the 3.2 update that are using the GPL license, which requires the source code to be available when the software is shipped.

For you developers out there, JBQ also gives build instructions (they haven't changed since last time) and warns that the binaries aren't likely to run on actual hardware, again like the 3.1 code.  While I'm sure I'm not alone in wanting the core of Honeycomb to be open-sourced, at least we know that the 3.2 update is on track and we should be seeing it soon.

Update: As pointed out in the comments below, the 3.2 update is rolling out now for Wifi users.  It's build number HTJ85B, has the application zooming feature we first saw yesterday, and the long-awaited SD card support.

Source: Android Building Google group; via +Jean-Baptiste Queru

 

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3 years ago

Harman hops on the Android Open Accessory Protocol train

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Harman International Industries -- the company behind such audio giants as Harman Kardon and JBL -- has announced it is supported the Android Open Accessory Protocol. That's the feature announced back at Google IO in May that will let you connect your Android 3.1 tablet and Android 2.3.4 smartphone to, well, anything.

The obvious play here is for car audio, and Harman specifically mentions its Aha Radio service. But also look for navigation and steering wheel control, as well as being able to share music and movies to passengers' seats as well.

No word on when we'll see AOAP-enabled dash units, but it's gonna be pretty sweet when we do. Check out the full press release after the break.

Source: Harman

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3 years ago

MIUI port now available for the Nook Color

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MIUI, a popular third-party ROM for Android devices, is now available as a stable version for the B&N Nook Color.  It's worth noting that this is not part of the official MIUI project, but a faithful port from the folks at MIUI.us -- like many of the English language releases.  It's built from the latest 1.7.8 release (July 6), which has a page full of bugfixes and optimizations, so you're getting the very latest version for your eReader turned awesome Android tablet.

As of right now, there looks to be an issue mounting the internal storage (the developers have acknowledged and will fix in the next release) and you'll need to download something like softkeys or button savior to have access to the standard Android buttons.  The next release will bundle button savior to save you that step.  Other than that, the feedback looks very positive.  You can find the download links and more information at the source link below.

Source: MIUI.us. Thanks, Thoth19!

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3 years ago

Apps getting option to zoom in to fill larger Honeycomb tablet screens

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Here's an interesting addition coming to a future version of Android. Apps that don't properly scale up to Honeycomb tablets' greater resolution and larger screen sizes will be able to be zoomed in on to properly fill the screen. This is different than stretching the app to fill the screen, which is what happens now if the app doesn't properly target Android 3.x.

Instead, if you tell the app to "Zoom to fill screen," the app will be emulated at approximately HVGA resolution (that's 320x480) and then scaled up. The down side is that things will look pretty pixelated, but usability shouldn't be affected.

You won't see this on every app you run on Honeycomb -- many apps were designed to scale up on their own just fine, thank you very much, and so developers can remove the stretch/zoom option if they so choose.

And since we know you'll ask, Google's not yet saying what the next version of Honeycomb will be, though we've seen evidence that it could be Android 3.2.

Source: Google

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