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3 years ago

Motorola Droid XYBOARD 8.2 poised to get ICS update

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It's been about a month since we saw Motorola rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Wifi only version of the XYBOARD, and now we see that Verizon has posted the changes and instructions for the LTE version's update. 

In addition to the changes and security enhancements that come with ICS, Verizon lists the following benefits of the update:

  • Includes the latest Motorola USB driver to allow Xyboard to connect to a computer to transfer files.
  • Securely refresh your Corporate Email account with the native email client.
  • Faster Browsing Experience
  • Improved network connectivity

With the device page now up for the world to see at Verizon's website, we expect the update itself to begin rolling out shortly. Keep an eye out for it, and holler loud in the comments and forums when you see it. 

Source: Verizon

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3 years ago

Nikon Coolpix S800c starting to ship in U.S and Australia

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Despite being somewhat overshadowed by the Jelly Bean toting Samsung Galaxy Camera, we shouldn't forget about the Nikon Coolpix S800c. Having been announced prior to IFA 2012 where we first saw the Galaxy Camera, all fell quiet ahead of an expected late September release. It's now late September, and we're starting to see some of the first retailers with stocks of the camera. 

One of the earliest U.S. retailers to announce pre-orders for the S800c, B+H Photo Video, let us know today that our camera has shipped. 

Down under, in Australia, the S800c is showing up in stock at CameraCity for AU$399 plus delivery and is available in black or white. According to the guys at Ausdroid, no local retailers are showing the device in stock, but some are showing up in retailers systems to place orders for. 

Considering the expected price for the Galaxy Camera, the Nikon could be a bit of a steal. The Galaxy Camera offers more on the Android front, that goes without saying, with the Nikon languishing on Gingerbread. But, we should remember this is supposed to be a camera first and foremost, and it's really this end of the device that matters the most. If you're thinking of picking one of these up, or have already taken possession, hit us up in the comments below and let us know your thoughts. 

Source: B+H Photo Video, CameraCity; More: Ausdroid

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3 years ago

Stop clicking random short URL links

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I've been ranting about this all week, so I'm taking a few minutes to blog about it here. Hopefully it does a little bit of good.

By now, everyone knows that OMG clicking a link can maybe reset your Samsung phone and erase all your data!!!11!! Unfortunately, it's true for a good many phones out there, including about a jillion Galaxy S2 models. Like mine. While I'm the first to say that OEMs need to get off their ass and patch the phone of every user in the world that still has a contract or is under warranty, I also know that in the end, it's us -- the users -- that are responsible for our own security. 

For some, like me and many of you, that means getting out the data cable, giving the OEM and their jacked version of Android the finger and flashing a custom ROM that fixes bugs and exploits. There are plenty of AOSP builds already made for my Galaxy S2, and I'll be flashing at least one of them this evening. But some of us can't (or just don't want to) hack things up and deal with different bugs on unofficial firmware. That's cool, too. Not everyone is an idiot who likes to break willing to hack their expensive phone. That means you get to sit and wait for a patch that may never come. What can you do?

Here's a quick and dirty suggestion that will cut down on over 9,000-percent (totally made up figure) of exploits. 

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3 years ago

Texas Instruments not leaving mobile after all

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There was some talk that Texas Instruments would be getting out of the mobile game a few days ago, but a TI rep has clarified the company's position just a bit. Mobile is still in the picture, but they're looking to make their products suitable for automotive, industrial, enterprise communication, vision, and robotics fields as well. TI also reported that the first OMAP 5 consumer products should be hitting shelves in early 2013. 

It's good to hear that TI isn't completely abandoning mobile, even if it means they won't be focusing on it in as specifically as before. I've seen some really impressive OMAP tech demos at TI's booth at the last two Mobile World Congress events, and it would be a shame to lose out on that innovation and see it head towards other sectors. On the other hand, with Samsung, Apple, Qualcomm, and Nvidia all in the mix, the smartphone and tablet processor market has become quite competitive. 

OMAP 4 is still at the heart of Amazon tablets and a handful of other devices. Any big OMAP fans out there that are looking forward to version 5? Have you developed a preference for any particular type of processor? 

Via: GSM Arena

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 comes to C Spire Wireless

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C Spire Wireless, the regional carrier that covers the southeast, is finally getting some Samsung Galaxy S3 (see our review) love. More carrier availability means more S3 users, so this is great news for all of you on C Spire.

The S3 comes at a time when C Spire is really pushing their 4G LTE service. It is the second device that can support the higher speeds on the network and they have said they will be aggressively be expanding it this fall.

The S3 can be had in either Marble White or Pebble Blue on the 16GB model. It will cost $199 with a 2-year contract online or at any C Spire retail location.

If you're a C Spire customer, are you picking one up?

Source: C Spire

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3 years ago

Digitimes says ASUS says Digitimes doesn't know what the hell it's talking about

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Because if you can't trust the source of yesterday's anonymously sourced $99 Nexus rumor to accurately report the denial of a $99 Nexus 7, who can you trust in this crazy world?

Never mind that the actual quote Digitimes has today doesn't actually refute anything. Here 'tis:

With Nexus 7's strong sales, rumor have circulated that Google is looking to push forward and will cooperate with Asustek to release a US$99 entry-level model and a US$199 ultra-thin upgraded model to counter Amazon and Apple's new tablet devices.

So, yeah. There's that. Ain't nothing official till it's official, folks.

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3 years ago

Day 3 of 25-cent Google Play sale features Mass Effect Infiltrator, Temple Run: Brave, TuneIn Radio Pro and more

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Google Play's 25-cent promotional sale has gone into day 3 with a handful of new apps and games that are just about as good as free. Topping the list are:

Check out our list of Android apps from the first two days below! Many of them have had their prices knocked back up to normal, but maybe you'll luck out. Oh, and be sure to leave a comment if you find any others that are on sale. 

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Go and U get ICS update, Sola's includes Glove Mode

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A recent Ice Cream Sandwich software update to the Sony Xperia Sola has enabled full use while wearing gloves. The phone's major selling point has always been its Floating Touch sensor, which enables users to interact with the phone without even having to touch the screen. Sony has been touting the gloves-on capability of the Xperia Sola since its announcement back in March, so it's a little confusing why it has taken so long for the feature to go live, but there you have it. Along with the Xperia Sola, Sony has also started rolling out ICS updates for the Xperia Go and Xperia U, which include a few extra features.

  • New ways to experience your tunes, images, videos and films with Sony’s media applications – “WALKMAN”, “Album” and “Movies”
  • Extended standby mode, increasing standby time by up to four times (depending on user-profile and data consumption)
  • Lock screen with improved functionality
  • Resizable widgets for improved personalization
  • Improved control of your mobile data consumption
  • Recent Apps button for a clear overview of your applications

Glove Mode is activated depending on how you unlock your phone, so there's minimal manual fiddling back and forth (though there's also a manual toggle if you prefer). The only major difference here is that instead of normal Floating Touch, where hovering over the screen would produce a different set of actions, they're treated as regular, honest-to-goodness screen taps. Those taps also provide visual feedback similar to what's currently available in developer options. It would be nice if icons and UI elements were enlarged to reflect fingers fattened by big mitts, but this is a good start. 

As a Canadian that has spent more than enough time fiddling with a phone in sub-zero temperatures, this is a pretty sweet feature and easily a selling point for those of us in colder climes. Be sure to check out the video demo below. Any Xperia Sola owners in the house excited about the update? Any of y'all pick up the Xperia Go or Xperia U that have been itching for an upgrade from Gingerbread?

Source: Sony Developer World

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3 years ago

Sprint Motorola Photon Q review

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It's not every day that a phone makes you want to put on a suit and tie. And pants. That's one of the perks of this job -- we can review any phone, at any time, and any stage of undress we see fit. And same goes for the Sprint Motorola Photon Q, we suppose. It's a mix of features that business types have been clamoring for on sprint for some time now, with features that any aspiring Android nerd demands.

And that's the Photon Q.

We'll save you a little trouble here, if you'd like. What Sprint has in the Photon Q is a 4.3-inch display, a killer 5-row keyboard and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It's it's quite the combination, especially for business types. Piqued your interest yet? Let's continue.

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3 years ago

Samsung and AT&T announce Galaxy Note 2, Tab 2 10.1, two mid-range LTE devices

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AT&T and Samsung made a hefty joint announcement this morning which includes the Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, Galaxy Express, and Galaxy Rugby Pro. They don't say anything about pricing or availability for any of these, other than that they'll be landing "in the coming months". That's not particularly helpful, but them's the breaks. At least we're pretty sure that we'll see the Galaxy Note 2 in November.

We're already plenty familiar with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy Tab 2, but let's take a closer look at these other two LTE devices, starting from the left. 

Samsung Galaxy Express

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
  • 2000 mAh battery
  • 5 megapxiel rear camera

Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro

  • Mil-spec 810g rugged and waterproof
  • 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED screen
  • 5 megapixel rear camera with 720p video

That's some decent mid-range stuff all around. Sure, it's not quite as flashy as the upper-end Galaxy Note 2 and Tab 2 10.1, but it's always nice to have a rugged phone that doesn't entirely suck. Anyone biting on these two, or are you going to hold out for the upper-end devices? 

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 available day early from branded store in UK

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Samsung has announced that their new Galaxy Note 2 will be available a day early (this Sunday) from their officially-branded Samsung store in the U.K. This is good stuff for anyone that happens to leave close to the one in Westfield Stratford City, but no surprise seeing as Samsung did something similar for the Galaxy S 3. The UK Brand Store will also be hosting some competitions on launch day whereby participants have a shot at winning a free Galaxy Note 2. The rest of the UK will proceed to get access to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 through various retail channels on October 1, while those of us in North America will have to wait until November to get our version. 

We spent some time with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 at IFA and walked away duly impressed. Anyone needing a refresher can take a look at the specs. 

  • Network: 3G: HSPA+ 21Mbps (HSDPA 21Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps); 4G LTE: 100Mbps/ 50Mbps
  • Processor: 1.6 GHz quad-core processor
  • Display: 5.5” HD Super AMOLED (1,280 x 720)
  • OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Camera: Main(Rear): 8 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash, BSI; Sub(Front): 1.9 Megapixel VT Camera, BSI; Best Photo, Best Faces, Low light shot
  • GPS: A-GPS; Glonass
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth® v 4.0 (Apt-X Codec support) LE; USB 2.0 Host; WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz), Wi-Fi HT40; Wi-Fi Direct; mHL; NFC
  • Memory: 16/32/64GB User memory + 2GB (RAM); microSD (up to 64GB)
  • Battery: Standard battery, Li-ion 3,100mAh

I'd be curious to see if any other official Samsung Brand Stores are offering the same promotion. Anyone near the one in the UK intending to check out the launch day festivities this weekend? 

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3 years ago

Because we can: Win a free Lloyd mug

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It's Friday, and we're trying to power our way through to the weekend. Chances are you are, too. Let's help with that. This morning we're giving away three Lloyd mugs. To enter, just leave a comment on this post. We'll close things down at 5 p.m. Eastern time, and notify the winners the weekend.

Free. Lloyd. Mug. (Coffee/Bailey's not included.) Good luck, everyone!

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Camera and Galaxy Note 2 to be released in India

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The star of the recent IFA 2012 show in Berlin, the Samsung Galaxy Camera, has just been outed for release in India. At a recent press event -- where the Galaxy Note 2 was also confirmed for release in the country -- Samsung promised to deliver the Galaxy Camera for release prior to Diwali. While sounding pretty vague, Diwali is to take place this year on November 13, so eager Indian early adopters shouldn't be waiting too long to get their hands on the device. No pricing has been confirmed at this time. 

The Galaxy Note 2 however, is set for release next week at a price of INR 39,990 (£468, $756) which puts it in the realms of pricing for the European market, perhaps slightly cheaper. Initially the Note 2 will be available from Samsung Smartphone Cafes and Samsung Plazas, with other retailers and carriers offering it at a later date. 

via AndroidOS.in (1) (2)

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3 years ago

Sony pushing out Tablet S update, brings guest mode and new media applications

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The Xperia Tablet S may be the new kid on the block, but Sony hasn't forgotten about the original Tablet S. U.S. owners of the original 'folded magazine' style Tablet S should be starting to see an Android 4.0.3 based update that brings some of the features of the newer tablet. 

First up is guest mode. For many, the ability to share a single tablet, and restrict access to certain features, apps, as well as having personalizations for each person is a much desired feature. The Xperia Tablet S comes with the feature out of the box, and is sure to be a welcome addition to the Tablet S. 

Also worth noting is the arrival of the new media applications from Sony. The Walkman, Movies and Album apps have all been updated visually and come packed with some new features. 

The small apps too gets a boost, with the addition of some extra windows that you're able to overlay. And, widgets can be registered and utilised as small apps too. Handy for popping up your GMail perhaps while playing a little Crash Bandicoot. 

The OTA update is pushing out now, so if you've yet to see a notification be sure to head into your Settings>About>System Updates to manually check. For the full rundown be sure to hit up the source link below, and head into the comments and tell us your thoughts if you've already downloaded. 

Source: Sony

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3 years ago

Apple admits Maps not up to snuff, suggests Google Maps (and others) for now

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It's not every day that Apple has to admit one of its own products, well, sucks. (Hell, it's not very often that Apple releases a product that's not at least as good as the alternatives.) But this morning, that's exactly what CEO Tim Cook has done in an open letter on Apple's website.

For our purposes, Cook does suggests Google Maps as an alternative, albeit with a web shortcut, since Google's yet to submit a native Google Maps app for iOS.

Writes Cook:

While we’re improving Maps, you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app.

We've got the full letter after the break.

Source: Apple; more: iMore.com

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