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3 years ago

QuestforStars launches Motorola Droid into space

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You may remember the nauseating video that we saw of the Nexus One that was strapped to a rocket. And now, the folks at QuestforStars.com have taken it one step above and sent a Motorola Droid into space with a GPS tracking system and digital camera into space, and recorded the whole thing. The Droid was loaded with an application called LapseDroid, which they used to take time lapsed photography of the journey to share with us. While the initial journey, shown in the video after the break, didn't go quite exactly as planned, they do have intentions of upgrading some equipment and trying this again. [via QuestforStars]

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3 years ago

Moving apps to the SD card [Froyo]

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One of the big perks about Froyo is the ability to move applications to the microSD card storage.  It's easy to do, and if you don't plan on using swappable SD cards it's something you should check out.  From the home screen:

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3 years ago

Congress to mandate FM radio receivers in all cell phones?

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So here's the deal: the National Association of Broadcasters (radio) and the Recording Industry Association of America (music labels) have been arguing and nit-picking at each other for years over who gets what money. As of right now, only songwriters are paid for what is played on the radio. This means both the RIAA and the NAB are missing out on boatloads of money. So, if you were a big multi-million dollar company - what would you do? You would push it onto a third party of course. Well, that's what they're doing at least; and that party just so happens to be the Consumer Electronics Association.

The Consumer Electronics Association is the trade organization that oversees most of the technogly industry - including the maker of that cell phone you're holding. As you can imagine, having someone else dump their money problems on you can have you feeling pretty frustrated.

So what are RIAA and the NAB proposing? They want Congress to enact a law that will mandate that all cell phones, PDAs, portable devices, etc; to include an FM receiver on each device. If passed by Congress, the Consumer Electronics Association would be responsible for the oversight of this transition. Radio would then agree on paying around $100 million a year to record labels and in turn, the stations would gain a much larger network to reach out to. Everybody wins, right?

CEA president, Gary Shapiro, had this to say on the matter, "The backroom scheme of the [National Association of Broadcasters] and RIAA to have Congress mandate broadcast radios in portable devices, including mobile phones, is the height of absurdity. Rather than adapt to the digital marketplace, NAB and RIAA act like buggy-whip industries that refuse to innovate and seek to impose penalties on those that do."

So where are the consumers in this mess of politics and conglomerates? The music labels and and broadcasting industry believe that this will all be in the best intrest of consumers; as it would provide "more music choices."

How do you feel about having an FM receiver in all of your electronics devices? Some Android smartphones are already have FM built-in. Wait, you just really that Pip-Boy 300 -- don't ya? [Ars Technica]

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3 years ago

Asus Eee Pad scheduled for March '11 launch

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Tablet madness is upon us, and if you're like me you can't wait to see what Android looks and feels like on a proper tablet device.  The Asus Eee pad just may be one of those devices.  Originally planned to release with Windows 7 Embedded, Asus has decided to scrap that and run with Android instead.  And get this -- Asus has not ruled out that the device will ship with Gingerbread on board. 

The unit should cost less than $399 USD, and be available in March 2011.  Looking forward to this one myself, hopefully the Eee Pad is as dependable as the Eee series of netbooks, and the price seems right.  [PC World, Zath.co.uk]

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3 years ago

Symantec's latest -- Tapsnake: watching your every move?

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Symantec has found more malware in the Android Market1, even going so far as to give the app it's own 'viral' name AndroidOS.Tapsnake.  Symantec states that Tapsnake sends your GPS data, and users with another application can read your location.  And they're right -- but read further and you'll see that calling this any type of threat is as silly as developing it in the first place.

In Symantec's own words:

"For the application to really be used maliciously, an attacker would need to have access to the phone to install the program. For it to work, an email address and “key” must be typed into the phone running AndroidOS.Tapsnake. This same registration information must later be typed into the phone running GPS Spy." 

In other words, you not only have to download a Snake game that tells you it's going to use your GPS data, you also have to enter a keyword, and the e-mail address of the person who will be doing the spying.

There are real threats out there, but this isn't one I'm going to worry about.  Watch what you download and use the tiniest bit of common sense and you'll be just fine.  [Symantec]

1. author's note: I tried seven different Android phones, and couldn't find Tap Snake on the Android Market.  Symantec says it is available, so your mileage may vary.

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3 years ago

If you're waiting on Froyo for your DInc ...

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So today is Aug. 18, 2010. You know, the day the HTC Droid Incredible on Verizon is rumored to get its long-awaited Android 2.2 update.

Not to rain on everybody's parade, but it is worth reminding that the rumor in question started by Mashable was of the "somebody told us" variety, without any real sourcing. And we've seen rumored updates (especially for Verizon updates) fall through before. We're excited right along with you, but we're also sitting back with a fair amount of skepticism.

That said, we'll be in the forums all day today with you guys, too, in hopes that Froyo finally arrives.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile announces the G2, with HSPA+ data speeds

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T-Mobile this morning announced the G2, the follow-up to the very first Android smartphone, the G1. And the sequel will be the first to sport T-Mobile's HSPA+ data speeds (which it's touting as being 4G). T-Mo's still being a bit of a tease, not actually showing us the phone yet (our guess is still the HTC Vision/Blaze slider), but it promises to share more details n the coming weeks, and that there will be "exclusive first access to current T-Mobile customers."

As to when we'll see the G2? We've got that leaked roadmap showing the "Vanguard" in September, and a previous story saying the first HSPA+ phone was due in September, so put two and two together and there you go. [T-Mobile]

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3 years ago

Additions to the Verizon roadmap leak

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Last week we talked about the leaked upcoming Verizon roadmap, and it looks like Phone Arena got some info that wasn't mentioned the first go around.  Let's rectify that right now :)

  • Look for an entry level Android from Moto called the Citrus sometime in September (possibly the qwerty device mentioned in the first roadmap leak?)
  • The Samsung Fascinate supposedly will show up in October (and if true, that's still at least a month too late!)
  • Also in October, look for the Moto XT610, an entry level device sized like the Droid X
  • Again in October -- the Motorola A957 ( or Sick, or Droid Pro)
  • November may bring a pair of Android powered eReaders, and a pair of tablets -- one each from Motorola (MZ600 perhaps?) and Samsung, either of which could be running Android
  • And last but not least, the HTC Merge supposedly runs Android, has a 10 MP camera on board, and arrives in November as well

Some of this will probably pan out, some may be pure speculation, but it's all fun to talk about.  We'll keep you up to date as we find out details.  [PhoneArena]

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3 years ago

Motorola 'Jordan' rumored for T-Mobile -- and waterproof

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For now it's just a rumor, but wouldn't a November launch of a waterproof Android phone on T-Mobile be really cool?  Supposedly the Motorola Jordan is that phone, and BGR is reporting that it will be waterproof to a depth of 10 meters.  Think of all the phones you've left in the rain, dropped in the sink, or even worse -- in the toilet.  Not to mention those of us who like to fish or go boating. 

This could make one hell of a weekend phone, for those times when you have one hell of a weekend.  We'll let you know as we find out more.  [BGR]

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3 years ago

Chirp -- testing the Direct Connect functions on the Motorola i1 [video]

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Chirp! -- whether you find it annoying, or rely on it every day at the workplace, when Push-to-Talk (or DC, or chirp, or beeps -- whatever name you tag it with) made it's debut on Android you know we had to check it out.  You've seen the first quick look at the Moto i1, and while we're waiting for Jerry to get in gear and give it a proper review, we can have a peek at one of the phone's biggest draws.  Check out the video after the break.

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