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3 years ago

Official eBay for Android app brought back to v2.0 again

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The official eBay for Android app hit v2.0 with a huge UI redesign a couple weeks ago. It was exciting at the time, as the eBay app was feeling a bit stale. Unfortunately, the latest update was pulled quickly citing many bugs and constant force closes. Today, eBay is going to give it another try and has put the update back in the Google Play Store, bringing everyone back to v2.0.

Hopefully this update will stay available this time and they've fixed the force close issues. Head to the Google Play Store link above to grab the update, then let us know in the comments how the app is running on your own device.

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3 years ago

Bad Piggies review

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Bad Piggies launched on Android and iOS today, mashing together the physics-based, build-it-yourself gameplay of Amazing Alex with the highly recognizable green pigs from Rovio’s first smash hit, Angry Birds. Angry Birds is a hard act to follow even by its own creator. Can this pig fly and do Rovio’s heritage justice, or are we just seeing a lot of lipstick?

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3 years ago

Google Play 25-cent sale continues with fresh batch of cheap apps

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Who likes might-as-well-be-free Android apps? You do, that's who. Today Google Play kicked off day two of their $0.25 sale with a whole slew of new titles. They are:

And then there's the stuff that went on sale yesterday...

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3 years ago

ASUS Transformer Prime (TF201) Jelly Bean update is now live

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Well we heard officially last night that ASUS was going to start pushing the Jelly Bean update to Transformer Prime (TF201) users today, and it seems that the rollout is now in full effect. If you haven't been notified of the update yet, you can check in About tablet > System Firmware Update, and then wait for the download and install. Users report that the reboot can take a while -- so do your best to be patient while the update does its thing.

Having issues or want to share your experience with the update? Hit up our forums and see what everyone's talking about.

More: ASUS Transformer Prime Forum

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3 years ago

Samsung bringing 'the next big thing' to NYC on Oct. 24

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Hmmmmm. Samsung's bringing "the next big thing" to New York City on Oct. 24. What ever could it be?

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3 years ago

Sony launches Xperia Tipo and Xperia Tipo Dual in the U.S.

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Following on from its recent Xperia Acro S announcement, Sony Mobile USA has revealed that it's to launch the Xperia Tipo -- its current entry-level model for Europe -- alongside a new dual-SIM variant, known as the Xperia Tipo Dual. Both phones share the budget-oriented internals of their European cousin, which is to say there's nothing too fancy inside. The Tipo is powered by an 800MHz single-core Snapdragon CPU, 512MB of RAM and a 3.2-inch HVGA (480x320) display. There's also a 3MP rear camera, though as we discovered during our review, image quality is far from ideal.

It's not every day you see a dual-SIM smartphone launched in the U.S., as these are usually more popular in developing countries. Sony points out that you could run personal and works SIMs in the same device, although the specs indicate that the Tipo only supports 3G/HSPA data on AT&T and European bands.

It does come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, though, so Tipo owners at least have a relatively recent version of the OS to play with. The Tipo is available to order from Sony's online store today for $179.99, while the Tipo Dual can be pre-ordered for $189.99.

Presser's after the break. For more on the Xpera Tipo, check out our recent mini-review.

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3 years ago

Skyfire launches Horizon browser extensions, but only for certain carriers

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Third-party browser developer Skyfire has launched a new plug-in framework, allowing other apps to drill deeper into your everyday mobile web experience. Readability is one of the launch partners for this Horizon framework, which includes options to quickly see your reading list, mark pages to read later, or translate web pages into a readable format right away. A less well-known service called Blue Kangaroo can offer valid coupon codes when you're shopping online through your mobile device. There are lots of big-name plug-ins available, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, IMDB, and Amazon, among others. 

There's a big catch, though. This new toolbar isn't going live in Google Play, but rather rolled out through carrier partners. AT&T is already deploying Skyfire with Horizon this month on many of their Android handsets. Though that might just seem like yet another spot for the carrier to push more bloatware, any plug-ins that are preloaded can be removed and replaced by whatever plug-ins the user wants to put in. 

Horizon is an interesting system, and certainly seems to offer a bit more functionality than the system-wide Share menu (depending on how in-depth developers go with the plug-in framework). Skyfire also works heavily on carrier-side compression, which enables faster delivery of your browsing data.

Developers and carriers interested in getting involved with Horizon can check out their landing page. Any big Skyfire fans in the house? Which third-party browsers do you use? 

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3 years ago

A $99 Nexus 7 is rumored, but what might a price drop entail?

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ZOMG a $99 Nexus tablet! It's just all so exciting! It's going to revolutionize the way we do ... things!

Let's not get too far ahead of ourselves, folks. First off, this $99 Nexus tablet is another one of those Digitimes supply chain rumors that's actually part of a two-fer. Two new tablets, slimmer than the current Nexus 7. Yes. A newer, slimmer device. If we had presses, we wouldn't stop them over that bit of design iteration.

So one of the new tablets is said to be priced at $199, which also happens to be the price of the current 8GB Nexus 7. Cool. But the second tablet is said to be $99. That's, like, half as much! Everyone will want one! You'll need one for each pocket, they're so cheap!

But before we buy one for every person in our family, we've got a few questions to ponder:

  • To chop the price, what would have to go? Is the hardware gimped?
  • Would it subsidized by a service? Ad-supported like the Kindle Fire? Or is someone (Google) just eating the cost? Because that's a pretty big price break.
  • Or, perhaps this is the rumored Nexus 7 3G? You could get to the $99 price point if you're locked into a cellular contract. So the carrier would be subsidizing the cost.
  • Would a $99 tablet really revolutionize the tablet industry? Actually, let's rephrase that. Would a $99 Android tablet and the Google Play Store as it stands today revolutionize the tablet industry? 

It's that last bullet point that really stands out for us. Hardware is hardware, and we're quickly approaching the mythical innovation ceiling. Hardware is easy. It's just a matter of money. 

Content is where Google still has a lot of ground to make up. What good is a $99 tablet if you're stuck with the same movies and TV shows and music that Google Play has today, when you can spend $200, or $300 or a little more and have complete access to iTunes. Or Amazon Prime. Or, hell, even the upcoming Nook Video service. Google still has work to do on the content side. A lot of work. (And we're sure folks are hard at work on those deals.)

So before anyone has a nerdgasm over the prospect of a $99 tablet, remember that you don't see prices like that without compromise. And also remember that this is another unsourced supply-chain rumor. 

Source: Digitimes

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3 years ago

Samsung smartphones and tablets to appear on the X Factor

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It seems that sponsoring the Olympics wasn't enough for Samsung. The South Korean company has reportedly signed a deal for their smartphones and tablets to appear on the X Factor UK starting this Saturday, Sept. 29.

The new partnership will also see online advertising on the X Factor website in the form of Samsung banners and in addition there will be a dedicated Android application for the Samsung Galaxy Note II.

Samsung Electronics UK and Ireland head of brand and communications Avikar Jolly said: “We’re excited to be working with ITV and FremantleMedia Enterprises on this partnership for The X Factor. We pride ourselves on our devices being innovative and industry-leading so the fact this is a ‘first’ fits perfectly with our own ethos and ambitions as a brand.”

ITV sales director Mark Trinder said: “We are delighted to be working with Samsung and this initiative is a key part of a wider and integrated multiplatform partnership. Editorial integrity remains at the heart of what we do, and we feel this is an excellent brand fit.”

the X Factor has a huge audience in the UK, so it'll be interesting to see how 'in your face' the product placement will be. Any crazy tie-in ideas? Shout out in the comments.

Source: mobilenewscwp

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Music leaks ahead of early October debut

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The name was revealed on Samsung's official list of Jelly Bean-upgradable devices, and today brings more news of the curious little smartphone known as the Samsung Galaxy Music. Fresh details have emerged today via Austrian site Telecom-Presse, revealing a phone with humble specs and a distinctive front face. 

The device, which seems to be an entry-level smartphone focused on -- you guessed it -- music. Featuring two stereo speakers, a tiny 3-inch QVGA (240x320) display and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It's powered by an 850MHz single-core CPU, so you won't have a whole lot of horsepower to play around with, and as such we'd expect this thing to be priced competitively. Interestingly, there'll also be a dual-SIM version of the phone, branded as Galaxy Music Duos. This suggests Samsung may look to target the developing world with this device.

The Galaxy Music will reportedly make its debut at an event in Frankfurt on Oct 11 -- invites for this gathering recently started trickling out to the German press. We've got one more image after the break. Full specs can be found at the source link.

Source: Telecom-Presse (Translated), via: SamMobile

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3 years ago

Google makes turning on two-step authentication even easier

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You're really starting to run out of reasons to not use Google's two-step authentication. An update today to the Google Authenticator application adds the ability to turn on two-step authentication without having to scan a QR code or re-enter your password on the device. Quickier, easier, and more important than ever, folks.

If you've yet to turn on two-step authentication, you need to do so today. (And you'll also want this app.)

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3 years ago

BlueStacks partners with AMD to bring 500,000 Android apps to millions of Windows PCs

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BlueStacks, the folks who brought Android apps to Windows and Mac computers via their "Layercake" emulation magic has announced that they are partnering with AMD to offer access to Android apps on Windows computers using AMD's storefront. At current count, BlueStacks figures there will be over 500,000 Android apps available to over 100 million Windows computers.

That's a lot of apps on a lot of computers.

As part of the partnership, AMD will be launching and Android-app centric space on the AMD AppZone. Don't let the importance of this one slip away from you. What it means is that users (that's us!) can surf to the AMD AppZone, click on an icon, and a working version of the app will automatically download, configure and install on the computer. I tested it with the Pulse app, and I'm pretty impressed. Making it easy to deliver your content means more people will use your content.

Another benefit of the AMD BlueStacks partnership is the GPU and APU optimization AMD has done for their processor architecture. AMD powers many mid-range consumer computers, and owners now have an easy portal for apps. Lots of apps.We're not sure how this strategy will play out, but we expect that as Windows 8 touch screen enabled devices begin to proliferate, it's a market worth tapping into. Hit the break for a short video and the full press release.

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3 years ago

Rovio's Bad Piggies hits Google Play

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Right on cue, mobile game developer Rovio has released Bad Piggies, the swine-centric Angry Birds spin-off, on Google Play and other platforms. The game is available now as a free download from Google's app store, and comes in regular and HD (tablet-optimized) flavors.

Bad Piggies sees players take on the role of the mischievous green pigs from Angry Birds, building all manner of precarious vehicles in order to reach the end of the level, and steal some eggs along the way. The pig-focused gameplay has a lot in common with an earlier Rovio title, Amazing Alex. Players build contraptions, out of parts in a 2D grid, before taking them for a spin in the game world.

Our early impressions are that it's a fun little game, and with two zones consisting of 45 levels each, in addition to an unlockable sandbox  mode, there should be plenty of content to keep you entertained. We'll have a full review of Bad Piggies up before long, so stay tuned. In the meantime, you can grab the game from the Google Play link above.

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia T arrives at Three and O2 in the UK

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Sony's Xperia T launched at independent online retailers in the UK earlier this week, and today it's available in store, as well as directly through mobile networks Three and O2. If you're after a Pay As You Go deal, Three offers the T for £399 when purchased with a PAYG top-up, while O2's price is set at £429.99 -- both prices are in line with what we've heard of the unlocked, SIM-free version.

On contract, things get a little more complex. As ever, Three offers the best plan for heavy data users, with its One Plan (£34 per month) and Ultimate Internet Plan (£30 per month). The former gives 2000 minutes, 3000 texts and unlimited data, while the latter sticks with unlimited data and 5000 texts, but lowers the minute allowance to 500. In addition, the One Plan comes with bundled tethering, while the Ultimate Internet plan does not. Both plans come with a £29 up-front charge for the phone. Other plans are available with lower limits and monthly fees, and higher up-front charges.

O2 is unique in its offer of unlimited calls and texts, though you'll pay a little more for this privilege. The O2 On and On plan comes with unlimited calls and texts, and either a 1GB allowance for £36 per month, or 2GB for £41 per month. The Xperia T is free on both On and On plans. It is possible to cut down to £31 per month with a reduced allowance of 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB, with a £79 up-front payment for the phone. And if you're not fussed about having a large data allowance, other plans are available (with an up-front charge) as low as £21.50 per month. O2 also has the whole Bond Phone thing going on, if you're interested in exclusive ringtones and other 007-themed crap.

Pay your money, take your choice. If you're tempted to pick up an Xperia T this week, or you've already taken the plunge, be sure to shout out in the comments.

Source: Three, O2

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3 years ago

ASUS Transformer TF201 and TF700 Jelly Bean updates coming tomorrow

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ASUS has been dancing around a bit on the final release date of its big updates for the Transformer TF201 (Prime) and TF700 (Infinity), but now we've got a complete changelog for the updates. Users will be happy to see their devices updated to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, meaning Project Butter and all of the small visual tweaks are coming. Additionally, there are a few other bugfixes and usability improvements:

  • Default enable System Bar Lock
  • Add Multiple Photo Selection feature
  • Support Connect Dock (Accessory)
  • Remove Adobe Flash support
  • Remove Wi-Fi Direct function support
  • Remove Press Reader

ASUS says that the OTAs will start rolling out tomorrow for the TF201, and Friday for the TF700. Be sure to let us know in the comments if your device has received the OTA.

Source: ASUSThanks to everyone who sent this in!

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