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3 years ago

Vibrant Froyo findings, Shift 4G message sorting [from the forums]

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If you're dragging your feet today for whatever reason we've got some stuff in the forums to keep ya busy and entertained. A new contest has rolled in so be sure to check that out. Also, be on the look out for a new YouMail contest as well tomorrow. In the meantime, hop on into the forums and enjoy some of the threads listed below.

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3 years ago

The competition: PreCentral blows the lid off the webOS tablet

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It looks like the tablet playing field is about to get a lot more competitive. Our good friends over at PreCentral got their hands on some information regarding HP's plans and specs for the webOS Tablet, plus hits of the webOS Tablet UI -- and we'll admit it looks pretty impressive. The webOS platform has thus far been sort of left in the dark in all of the Android and iOS madness, but that may be changing now. Keep in mind all this information is from back in August, so things are always subject to change, but this still gives us a good glance at what's in store. Hit the links above for all the details, and let us know if this is going to be swaying your decision on purchasing a tablet in 2011.

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3 years ago

So long, Nook 3G -

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When it comes to eReaders, it looks like customers prefer to have a WiFi-only model. Despite Barnes & Noble's Nook product line showing all-time sales highs (thanks in no small part to the uber-popular Nook Color), the e-ink Nook 3G is apparently about to be discontinued, according to an Engadget tipster.  Sales will continue until supply is depleted, but after that, don't expect to see any more of these.

As eReaders only need data connections for downloading books (usually not something you'll do everyday) and syncing, it makes perfect sense that more customers opt for a cheaper WiFi model.

It's been a slice, Nook 3G.  [Engadget]

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3 years ago

White Nexus S pictured, 'coming to Germany'

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German tech site BestBoyz has obtained pictures of what seems to be a white (or at least partly white) version of the Nexus S. The new model, which the site's sources claim will be coming to Germany, features the same black front as the Nexus S models currently shipping elsewhere, but with a white back.

The sources also say that the German model will ship with the same Super AMOLED display found in the US and British versions of the phone. This will be welcome news for German buyers, as it was suggested last year that other territories may instead have to make do with Super Clear LCD displays in their versions of the Nexus S. [BestBoyz via Google Translate]

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3 years ago

Bell Mobility releasing the Motorola Atrix in Canada on March 17?

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Lining things up with our previously posted AT&T launch date of March 1, it looks like those of you in Canada won't have to wait much longer past that date to get your hands on the Motorola Atrix. New documentation suggests that the Motorola Atrix (sans 4G in Canada, because we call it what it really is. Fast 3G) will arrive on Bell March 17. That said the documentation also notes that it could be very for different retailers but just to be in that ballpark area should be good for most of you out there waiting. [MobileSyrup]

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3 years ago

HTC Merge headed to Alltel?

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The HTC Merge -- you might remember it from our exclusive hands-on, our video preview, our benchmark tests, photo gallery ... You get the point. We blew that thing out of the water. But one thing we couldn't do was keep Verizon from never releasing the thing in the first place. But Droid-Life posted the picture you see above. And it's either a simple background switch and a cruel hoax, or indeed the Merge may show on Alltel, which was purchased by Verizon and all but assimilated into the Big Red ecosystem.

Of course, we've heard this story before. Hell, we told this story before. And a release on Alltel isn't nearly as widespread or as satisfying as a release on one of the Big Four. But fear not, we're sure Verizon and HTC have something Merge-like up their sleeves. All things in good time, folks. [Droid-Life]

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3 years ago

Verizon updating existing tiered data plans to make way for LTE data pricing?

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Looks like Verizon is making some big changes to its tiered data pricing structures ahead of an all out LTE rollout. In what is surely to ruffle some folk's feathers, Verizon appears to be taking away the $15 150MB data plan. The interesting portion here however comes to light when you look at the $30 unlimited plan. Previously it applied to "smartphones" and now it applies to "feature phones and 3G smartphones" that of course, triggers our wallet alarms to the fact that we are likely to see "4G" plans come into effect at a higher rate.

Not that there was ever much doubt there but when you think about how Verizon is making this appear at the moment it looks as though a $30+ LTE / 4G plan is in the works. Would you all be willing to pay that for 4G? If not the feature phone plans went from $9.99 for 25MB to offering 75MB now. That's a bonus, right? [Engadget]

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3 years ago

Software update turning users' brand new Notion Ink Adam tablets into bricks

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To say the Notion Ink Adam Android tablet has taken the long way to reaching customers would be quite the understatement. It's been mired in controversy while at the same time being hailed by some as the second coming of tablets. And after more than a year in development, it's finally shipped and is getting into the hands of paying customers.

And that's where the problems begin. (Or continue, depending on who you ask.) Reader J writes in to tell us his story. The deal is you're prompted to update the software the first time you turn on the tablet. J's on-screen keyboard was acting up, so he runs the update, hoping that would clear things up.

And now he has the brick you see above. And he's not alone. Bricks are happening, and Notion Ink is aware of it, sending this e-mail:

Hi!

Greetings from Notion Ink!

First of all, we would like to Welcome you to the Notion Ink Family!

We understand and share your excitement about you receiving your Adam.

Secondly, a couple of our family members who received the Adam already, reported to us that they faced some issues in updating their device.

So, as a precautionary measure, we would advice you to refrain from updating your Adam until we investigate this matter and contact you with an official update regarding this matter.

In case you need any other assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at support@notionink.com.

Warm Regards
Notion Ink

So if you're the proud owner (at least for now) of a Notion Ink Adam tablet -- stay away from the update, and we'll bring back more word when we get it. Thanks, J!

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3 years ago

ADWLauncher EX updated to support custom docks

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Last week we were treated to a Launcher Pro update, this week ADWLauncher EX has rolled out their latest version as well. While most of the changelog is just some bug fixes and minor touch ups to how the launcher function one of the larger additions was the ability to use custom docks. In fact, when you update you'll find that a few custom docks have already been included in the package for you. Full change log is listed below:

  • Reorderable main menu can disable elements and reorder by drag and drop(ADWSettings/General behavior/System settings)
  • Added transparency support for the 4D drawer (yes, it's choppier, I told you)
  • Support for custom images for dock and hidden dockbar
  • Added a small catalog of dock pictures
  • Option to change app drawer icons text color
  • Menu/Lock now locks app drawer too
  • Fixed old style previews when statusbar was hidden.
  • Fixed fancy backgrounds transparency issues
  • Fixes more "ForceCloses"

The update is live and available in the Android Market now. Hit the break for the download. [ADWThings]

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3 years ago

Google cloud printing going mobile in the next few days

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Like most things at Google, cloud printing started off as a beta back in April 2010 but Google is now launching it across mobile devices. Google cloud printing for mobile documents and GMail mobile apps is now a go. One way to check for it as Google noted is:

Just open a document in Google Docs or an email in Gmail in your mobile browser and choose “Print” from the dropdown menu in the top right corner. You can also print certain kinds of email attachments (such as .pdf or .doc) by clicking the “Print” link that appears next to them.

Starting today and tomorrow English speaking users in the U.S. should start to see the options available to them. You'll have to set up your printer in order for it to work, but Google provides the documentation needed for that. Sadly, only Windows is supported forr the connection portion at the moment but Mac OS X and Linux support is coming soon. [Google Mobile Blog]

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