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3 years ago

Pulse News 3.0 introduces unlimited pages and improved search

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Pulse News recently launched version 3.0 of their reader app for Android, which has a few significant changes. For one, there's no limitation on the number of pages that can saved to your Pulse account, which is great considering it was previously limited to five sections. There's a new sidebar to easily jump around these multiple content channels, as well as tweak your profile and view saved stories. There's also a new search mechanism that can haul in content from  Tumblr YouTube, Reddit, Facebook, Google, Flickr, and other sources. Oh, and there's a new icon.

As always, Pulse offers their own curated, categorized library of content to subscribe to and view view them in a slick browser with scrollable rows for every site. Of course, you can always punch in RSS feeds for any kind of content you like and get a decent stream going on any of your categorized pages. They also have a web app that syncs up with your subscriptions and reading habits, if you'd rather catch up on the big screen.

Which reader apps do you use on a regular basis? It seems like the most direct competitor to Pulse is Flipboard, since they're so focused on cool design, but are there others which are of the same caliber?

Source: Pulse

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3 years ago

Curiosity developer 22cans issues video response to game bugs and downtime

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22cans' mobile game experiment Curiosity launched on Tuesday, tasking players with the goal of tapping their way to the center of a mysterious cube. However, the game attracted so many players that it's been struggling to keep up with demand over the past few days. Players have been presented with error messages when trying to connect to the game, and in addition a troublesome bug has cropped up resulting in in-game coins disappearing into thin air.

Today the developers took to YouTube to update players on their work to bring Curiosity back to life and fix the remaining bugs. The 22cans team, including head honcho Peter Molyneux, say they've been hard at work over the past few days, living out of the office as they work on the game. No timeframe is mentioned, but Molyneux says as soon as the fixes are in place, the game will become available once again.

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the new black T-Mobile HTC One S

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Meet the new T-Mobile HTC One S. Same as the old T-Mobile HTC One S. Well, mostly.

See, way back in February, deep in Hall 8 of the Fira de Barcelona for Mobile World Congress, we discovered that there actually were two versions of the HTC One S. T-Mobile U.S. was to get the gray version, with its traditional "gradient paint color sheet," while the rest of the world got to play with the cool-looking black one with its Micro-Arc Oxidation treatment that basically fries the metal into thinking its a ceramic

And now, you can get that same MAO-treated phone on T-Mobile U.S. And this is it.

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3 years ago

Motorola RAZR MAXX lands on Alltel

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Alltel has started selling the Motorola RAZR MAXX today for $129.99 on contract or $499.99 off-contract. Don't confuse this with the RAZR MAXX HD, though it sounds like the last generation had great battery life too. Here's what's under the hood. 

  • 1.2 GHz dual-core processor with 1 GB of RAM
  • 4.3-inch 960 x 540 display
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 8 megapixel camera
  • MHL video-out support
  • 3300 mAh battery with 21.5 hours talk time

Any RAZR MAXX owners out there? Alltel customers, anyone tempted to pick this one up, or would you sooner switch carriers for access to the MAXX HD?  

Anyone interested, can order a Motorola RAZR MAXX from Alltel Online over here

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3 years ago

AT&T's Samsung Captivate Glide gets Ice Cream Sandwich on Nov. 10

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AT&T this morning announced that the Samsung Captivate Glide -- the 4-inch QWERTY we first saw about a year ago -- will get its update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich starting this Sunday. It doesn't look like it'll be made available over the air -- it's still 2012, right? -- and instead you'll have to go to a Samsung update page, which at the time of this writing still says the update is on hold. 

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

Announcing the winners of the Mobile Nations 2012 Halloween Costume contest!

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Announcing the winners of the Mobile Nations 2012 Halloween Costume Contest!

The judges worked long and hard going through the hundreds of submissions in this year's Mobile Nations Halloween Costume Contest, and they have finally narrowed it down and chosen 10 winners! There were so many incredible entries, from funny to scary with everything in between, and all of them were super creative, so this was a really hard contest to judge! We appreciate all the pictures that were submitted, and hope that you all had as much fun entering as we did getting to see everyone.

You can watch a video of the entries above, and check them all out in a gallery at the link below. (If you don't see your picture in the photo gallery or video, it's likely because it didn't have a tablet or phone in the picture. Gotta follow those rules!) Winners are posted below, with description/back story if it was included in the email . If you were one of the chosen winners, watch your email later this week for details on what you've won! Congrats everyone, see you back here next Halloween!

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia advance on sale unlocked in the U.S.

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The Xperia Advance (known elsewhere in the world as the rugged Xperia Go) is now available to Americans through online retailers like Newegg for a scant $249.99. Beyond being pretty dang tough, here's what you can expect spec-wise. 

  • 3.5-inch 480 x 320 display
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor, 512 MB of RAM
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (Jelly Bean is on the way)
  • 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and 720p video recording
  • IP67 dust and water resistant ("the highest level of dust and water resistance available on Any Android smartphone" as of October 29)
  • UMTS HSPA 850, 1900, 2100
  • GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900
  • DLNA and USB host connectivity

So, entry-level, but a decent, affordable unlocked phone with a fair bit of ruggedness to boot. Good enough for any of you, or does it make more sense to sign on to a contract for something higher-end? Is the IP67 rating an attraction at all? Anyone in the UK pick up the European version? What do you think?

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini now available in the UK

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Samsung's miniaturized, mid-range Galaxy S3 Mini has gone on sale in the UK, where it's now available to purchase SIM-free and on-contract. If you're looking to buy one outright, online retailers Expansys and Unlocked Mobiles are selling the Galaxy S3 Mini for £299.99 and £294.98 respectively.

If you're after a network-subsidized Mini, you'll find it offered on 24-month contracts from £28 per month from Three UK, or £27 per month from O2. Three's plan is more data-friendly, with "all you can eat" data included, while O2's is limited to 500MB, but with unlimited texts. O2's price plans go as cheap as £16.50 per month, but if you opt for that deal, you'll pay over £100 up-front for the phone. (It's worth noting that Three isn't selling the S3 Mini online until Nov. 16 -- until then it'll be available in stores only.)

Anyone considering picking up a Galaxy S3 Mini today? Shout out in the comments!

More: Galaxy S3 Mini forum

Source: Three, Expansys, Unlocked Mobiles, O2

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3 years ago

Android Central 115: On the eve of the new Nexus

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Audio-only stream below

We're just days away from the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10. Our reviews are in. Are we still buying? The answers might surprise you. Plus, we've got some of the best voicemails we've had in more than 100 episodes. Do. Not. Skip. This. Podcast.

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3 years ago

Three UK launches Sony Xperia J, Alcatel One Touch 903

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Three UK has launched two new entry-level Android devices this morning, the Sony Xperia J and Alcatel One Touch 903.

The Xperia J is Sony's new budget-focused Android handset for late 2012. Unveiled alongside Xperias T, TX and V the IFA show in August, the Xperia J sports Sony's trademark "arc" chassis design, but with less meaty hardware. It's powered by a 1GHz single-core processor, with 4GB of internal storage and a 5MP camera. On the software side, it's on-par with other Sony handsets, running a skinned version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

That's more than can be said for Alcatel's One Touch, however, which ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 2MP camera and a 650MHz CPU. It's a pretty basic smartphone experience, but the starting price of £49.99 (plus top-up) on PAYG doesn't leave much room for fancy hardware. (On-contract prices start at £10 per month, with the phone given away for free)

Meanwhile, Three's Sony Xperia J sells for £149.99 on PAYG, and is given away for free on contracts starting at just £13 per month. That's not a bad deal if you're not after the very latest hardware.

Source: Three

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3 years ago

UK 4G carrier EE holds back launch of SIM-only plans

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EE, the carrier with an effective monopoly 4G LTE services in the UK until next spring, has announced that it's delaying the launch of its SIM-only 4G plans by "up to two weeks." The SIM-only deals, which were due to become available starting today, will now launch towards the end of the month.

Writing on its official Twitter account, the operator said -- 

Sorry folks – there’s been a date change for our SIM-only plans. We expect to bring them in the next 2 weeks. Stay tuned for the new date.

A statement obtained by TechCrunch seems to indicate that the testing process has overrun, resulting in the availability of SIM-only 4G being pushed back.

EE's SIM-only deals are by far the network's most cost-effective price plans. working out significantly cheaper than contracts that include a bundled smartphone. SIM-free rates start at £21 per month for 500MB moving up to  £26 for 1GB, £31 for 3GB, £36 for 5GB and £41 for 8GB.

EE -- formerly Orange and T-Mobile UK -- became the first network to launch 4G services in the UK in late October, following an Ofcom ruling that allowed it to re-farm its existing 1800MHz spectrum for use with LTE.

Source: EE, TechCrunch

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3 years ago

From the forums: Is the Nexus 4 merely an 'S' upgrade?

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Writes Lanhoj in our Nexus 4 forums:

"I feel bad saying it but the Nexus 4 feels like an "S" upgrade (like Apple's upgrades)."

First off, don't feel bad saying it. Apple's update strategy has proved to be successful, if annoying for those who want the top-of-the-line phone year after year but grimace at the cost. And there's an argument to be made here, though I'm not sure it quite adds up.

The internals of the Nexus 4 are a significant improvement over the Galaxy Nexus, both on paper and in actual use. Just ask anyone who's tried Photo Sphere on a Galaxy Nexus. The Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro is a huge jump.

More: Our complete Nexus 4 review

Don't discount the improved camera, either. When I'd carry the Galaxy Nexus, I'd also carry a second phone, with a better camera. (Either the Galaxy S3 or the HTC One X.) That's not normal, I know. But that's how bad the Galaxy Nexus camera is compared to those two phones. And with the Nexus 4, I'll not be needing a second phone for proper photography.

Android 4.2 isn't a giant leap over Android 4.1, but there's enough there to keep it interesting, and we still don't know if the Galaxy Nexus will get all the improvements in the Nexus 4.

But maybe even more important is the price. You can get this phone for $299 or $349 unlocked. No contracts. In and out. And if it turns out you can't live with the anemic storage or lack of LTE data on AT&T in the U.S., (remember that there's no Verizon or Sprint-capable version, and T-Mobile still doesn't have any LTE) you'll be able to get most -- if not all -- of your investment back pretty quickly. What's it cost to upgrade to the latest iPhone or manufacturer's-best Android phone year after year?

More: Nexus 4 forums

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3 years ago

Galaxy S2 coming fashionably late to Virgin Mobile

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The Samsung Galaxy SII (S2) is making its way to Virgin Mobile. Yes, the Galaxy S2. Virgin Mobile has been reclaiming older devices and offering them at reasonable prices since Sprint has started moving to LTE and offloaded its WiMax network to prepaid operators. It started with devices like the Evo 3D coming to Virgin, and it will continue today with the Galaxy S2. We're going to go ahead and assume this device is going to look the exact same as Sprint's Galaxy S2 (Epic 4G Touch) from mid last year -- if the Boost Mobile variant is any indication -- save for probably a different logo on the back.

The device will be $369.99 without a contract, in both silver and white, from November 15th. Virgin Mobile "Beyond Talk" plans start at $35 per month for unlimited messaging and data.

Source: Virgin Mobile Newsroom

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3 years ago

All Samsung phones going on sale at T-Mobile for two days

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It's no secret that the Samsung devices are huge sellers for T-Mobile. Unfortunately, sometimes T-Mobile's on-contract pricing is a bit higher than other carriers, as we've seen with the recent launch of the Galaxy Note 2. Luckily if you're planning on grabbing the Note 2, Galaxy SIII (S3) or any of the several Samsung phones available on T-Mobile it looks like many will be free -- or very cheap -- on contract (with a Classic Plan) on November 16th and 17th.

T-Mobile's pricing structure is set up to try and incentivize you to buy phones on their Value Plans or Monthly 4G Prepaid plans, but if for some reason you're looking to stick with a Classic Plan, this next weekend will give you a good opportunity to save a few hundred dollars up-front.

Source: TmoNews

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3 years ago

Ask AC: Is Android Linux?

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While trawling through the Internet today I came across the Linux Foundation's page, and my eyes were pulled to their top story. Now this is nothing new, I often find plenty of great articles and news to read there, but this was different. This was a post that was about Android. 

It got me thinking (sometimes I do that) -- is Android Linux? The folks at the Linux Foundation seem to think so (and seem awfully happy about it), and I'm going to have to agree with them. Now before you purists come to West Virginia to beat some sense into me, I'm not saying that Android is unadulterated GNU Linux. Clearly it's not, there's far too many differences and psudeo-open source licensing at play to call it pure. But for all intents and purposes, it's close enough.

Android now runs on top of a standard Linux kernel, and uses many of the same kernelspace utilities and code that my desktop does. Essentially, that's what Linux is -- the heart of many different systems. Google, and the Android partners like Samsung, HTC, and CyanogenMod, then build things out to present the user with an interface to interact with the kernel. The kernel does stuff, all our taps and swipes and presses are telling it the stuff we want it to do. Just like any of the popular Linux distributions that you can install on your computer at home or work.

Android looks and acts a little different because it needs to look and act a little different to be useful on a small touch screen device. Of course, this is the simplified version of things, but if you're the type who understands how the kernelspace and userspace interact, you see where I'm coming from. Too much nerd is often too much.

So the next time you grab your Android-powered phone or tablet, just remember that you're part of the long standing tradition that is Linux. It's a good place to be.

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