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3 years ago

Sprint Google Voice integration to launch April 26

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It looks Google Voice and Sprint will get things started in just a few days, as the above flyer is now floating around the Internet.  In case you haven't been paying attention, Sprint customers will soon have the option to use their mobile number for their Google voice number, without porting, fees, or wizardry. 

They've been testing things for a little over a month now, and after a few initial hiccups, folks are saying it's working well.  Most of us here rely on Google Voice, and what Sprint and Google are offering is pretty nice.  I think everyone that it's available to should give it a test run.  Thanks, Randy and anonymous!

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3 years ago

Skyfire 4.0 released with new features, paid and free

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We mentioned last month that the folks at Skyfire were working on a big update that would bring a new set of features as well as a new pricing model, and today is the day it becomes available.  There was some talk about that pricing model, so let's get that cleared up right away.  All the features you currently use in Skyfire will remain free.  The pricing revolves around what they're calling CAAS (Compression As A Service).  It uses Google's new Android in-app purchasing to pay for "video cloud acceleration".  Pay a one time fee of $2.99 and Skyfire renders and compresses video content on their servers, which offers up a more mobile optimized experience and saves both data usage and battery life.  Now before you start grumbling, Skyfire also says the three million of you who currently use Skyfire are grandfathered in and there will be no charge.  In addition, users who download Skyfire 4.0 through the VCast apps section of the Market n your Verizon phones will also get the service free.  Now we can all grumble a little bit at content deals, but not too much.  $2.99 isn't a bad price at all if you need to watch your data usage.

Along with the improved cloud acceleration, some other changes come along, notably Groupon, Twitter and Google Reader support.  There's a few changes in the SkyBar as well -- check them out, along with some screencaps and the press release, after the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung Droid Charge available April 28, $299 on contract

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Samsung and Verizon have "officially" unveiled the Samsung Droid Charge (see our hands-on from CES), making it available April 28 for $299.99 with a two-year agreement.  It will be the second LTE device to hit big red, and I know a lot of folks are waiting for that sweet 4.3 inch SAMOLED plus screen and 4G speeds.

Also from the press release, the @droidlanding scavenger hunt kicks off today offering up 16 chances to find and win one of these beauties.  So be sure to keep an eye on Twitter, and possibly save yourself a few dollars.  Hit the break for the full press release. [Samsung USA Newsroom]

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson announces the W8 Walkman phone

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With no fanfare, The W8 Walkman phone appeared on Sony Ericsson's website today.  The phone runs Android (like all the cool phones do now-a-days), and for all intents and purposes is a re-worked Xperia X8 -- including still being stuck on Eclair (Android 2.1).  For now, SE warns that availability will be limited, and the W8 is set to be released in Asia sometime in Q2.

Travel back in time to the beginning of last year, and we see that Sony Ericsson has been working on this for a while.  We're glad to see more Android powered music players, but I'm not sure if offering them up with dated hardware and phone capabilities is the way to go.  [Sony Ericsson via Xperia Blog]

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3 years ago

Samsung Replenish benchmarks

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Since we've already gone hands-on with the Samsung Replenish from Sprint and we've also taken the time to give it an initial review, that means one of the only thing left to do for now was give it a run through for benchmarking purposes. As we're sure you already know, the Samsung Replenish isn't exactly a powerhouse so we weren't expecting a whole lot from it but what we did get we were pleasantly surprised with. Go ahead, check out the video and try to ignore the fact that Phil has a awesome looking sandwich and booze in front of him and you don't.

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3 years ago

Rogers bringing the Huawei S7 and LG Optimus Pad to Canada?!

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In case you've been wondering what tablets, aside from the Motorola Xoom may be heading towards Canada we have some unconfirmed but nonetheless nice rumors for you. The above image is a comparison chart, which according to the details is an internal document from Rogers outlining the differences between the iPad 2, LG Optimus Pad and the Huawei S7 tablets. While there isn't even any rumored launch dates for the Huawei S7, it looks as though Rogers may be seeing the LG Optimus Pad as early as May 10 as an exclusive device to their network. That's all for now but we'll let you know more when the information becomes available. [Mobile Syrup]

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3 years ago

ASUS EeePad Transformer review

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Honeycomb finds itself on a double threat:
Thin, light Android tablet doubles as a capable Android laptop

Is it a tablet? Is it a netbook? Is it a tablet? Is it a netbook? Is it a laptop? What, exactly, is the ASUS EeePad Transformer? Sitting here with it on my lap, typing away on the full keyboard, it's easy to forget that I'm using an Android Honeycomb tablet. With a keyboard. And a trackpad. Like a laptop. With Honeycomb.

That, folks, is the U.S. version of the ASUS EeePad Transformer.

So here's the general idea: The Transformer is a 10.1-inch tablet running Android 3.0.1, the most recently released version of Honeycomb. It's got a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor running at 1GHz. Sound familiar? It should, as those are specs shared by the Motorola Xoom, the first (and until now the only) available Honeycomb tablet. But the Transformer gets its name from the optional keyboard accessory. And it's not a Bluetooth keyboard. It's not using some janky tethering system. It's a full-fledged (if slightly undersized) laptop-style keyboard, complete with hinge, that turns the not-so-mild-mannered Android tablet into so much more.

We've heard it before -- tablets are killing netbooks. There's no reason to carry around a full-size laptop anymore. And so on and so forth. Neither statement is true. But whereas other tablet-keyboard combinations have come up short, the ASUS EeePad Transformer (henceforth to be referred to by its surname) is the most viable Android laptop we've seen yet. Our full review's after the break.

EeePad pricing and availability | EeePad Transformer Specs | EeePad Transformer images | EeePad Transformer keyboard

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3 years ago

ASUS EeePad Transformer hands-on

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Read our full EeePad Transformer review


Youtube link for mobile viewing

Here we go, folks, your first hands-on with the ASUS EeePad Transformer. It's an Android tablet. And an Android laptop. It's a Honeycomb tablet. And a Honeycomb laptop. Hell, we can't decide which to call it.

Fact of the matter is, the EeePad Transformer is one hell of an Android tablet and laptop, which is saying something considering the number of Honeycomb tablets out there, which isn't all that great.

Anyhoo, check out our hand-on video above and be sure to check out our further coverage.

EeePad Transformer pricing and availability | EeePad Transformer Specs | EeePad Transformer images | EeePad Transformer keyboard

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3 years ago

ASUS EeePad Transformer pricing and availability

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Read our complete ASUS EeePad Transformer review

Where do you buy an ASUS EeePad Tranformer? And when can you buy an ASUS EeePad Transformer?

First off, the 16GB version will run you $399. The 32GB version costs $499. And the optional keyboard dock is another $150.

You can pick up the ASUS EeePad Transformer starting April 26 at the following locations:

In the United States, you can buy an ASUS EeePad Transformer at:

  • Amazon
  • American TV
  • B&H
  • BestBuy.com
  • BJ's
  • Buy.com
  • Datavision
  • Fry's
  • HH Gregg
  • J&R
  • Micro Center
  • Newegg
  • OfficeMax.com
  • Office Depot
  • PC Richards
  • Sears.com
  • Staples
  • Target
  • TigerDirect
  • Walmart.com

In Canada, you can purchase an ASUS EeePad Transformer at:

  • Canada Computers
  • Memory Express
  • NCIX
  • Staples CA
  • Visions

EeePad Transformer Specs | EeePad Transformer images | EeePad Transformer keyboard

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3 years ago

Using a USB keyboard and mouse with the ASUS EeePad Transformer

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Read our ASUS EeePad Transformer Review


Youtube link for mobile viewing

Sometimes you just have to have that desktop experience. I use a laptop for my everyday computer. But when I can, I use it in the more traditional sense -- with a full keyboard and mouse -- plus a nice, big second monitor. And that's another feature that we're loving in the ASUS EeePad Transformer -- proper USB support.

The Transformer's got not one but two USB 2.0 ports for you to use on the keyboard dock. (There's another reason to shell out the extra $149, eh?) Friend or a co-worker have something to show you on a flash drive? Just pop it in. Want to use a USB keyboard or mouse? Go right ahead.

And it's that simple. You just plug them in, and they work.

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