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3 years ago

Hands-on with the new Xperia Play games

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What do you get when you stick Dieter and myself in front of a Sony Ericsson Xperia Play with a handful of new games? Hands-on video, of course. Actually, tonight at a Verizon gathering at CTIA was my first time using the Xperia Play (Dieter did the initial hands-on back at Mobile World Congress.) And hardware-wise, it's agreeable. And the basic user interface isn't too shabby, and it's snappy enough. But games were a bit slow to load, and they're not as smooth as what we've seen on the likes of Tegra 2 devices.

But the point is, we just played Crash Bandicoot on the Xperia Play, taking us back to good ol' 1997. And who doesn't like that? Check it above, and we've got more video of the touchpads (ie analog sticks) after the break.

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3 years ago

EVO 3D and EVO View 4G tablet found on the Sprint website

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We're guessing here but we're pretty sure Sprint didn't get the message when the Samsung Nexus S 4G turned up on their site that they really shouldn't publish such things ahead of time. Of course, it is always great to be prepared but given that pretty much all of their CTIA line-up has been thus far discovered on the Sprint website itself one would think they would try harder to hide these things. Thankfully though, they didn't.

As you all can tell from the shot above both the EVO 3D and HTC EVO View 4G have been spotted on the Sprint site. No other details go along with the images as it's all just sign up pages and what appears to be mailers for email but we'll get the official announcements soon enough. No sense in spoiling that fun right now. [Sprint (1) via Engadget]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile G2X officially announced

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T-Mobile officially unveiled the T-Mobile G2X, their version of the LG Optimus 2X.  The device packs a dual-core Tegra 2 at 1 GHz, a four-inch capacitive touchscreen, and HSPA+ 4G connectivity.  Also on board are an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash and 1.3 MP front facing camera -- with T-Mobile's Qik powered video chat baked into the OS.

It's running on Android 2.2, and looks to be chock full of third party extras, ranging from the Tegra Zone to T-Mobile TV.  No price was discussed, but we're to expect it "this Spring".  Hit the break for the full presser. [Businesswire]

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3 years ago

Apple sues Amazon over use of ‘App Store’ trademark

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It appears as though Microsoft wasn't the only one filing lawsuits lately. Information now shows that on March 18 Apple laid the groundwork to put a stop to Amazon's usage of the words "App Store" citing trademark infringement and unfair competition as their reasoning. To go along with the filing, Apple has asked the courts to disallow any further use by Amazon of the words "App Store" and is seeking unspecified damages.

“Amazon began improperly using Apple’s App Store mark in connection with Amazon’s mobile software developer program.” In addition to that “Amazon has unlawfully used the App Store mark to solicit software developers throughout the United States.”

Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet stated “We’ve asked Amazon not to copy the App Store name because it will confuse and mislead customers." While Apple had reached out to Amazon before filing, Amazon never came back with a satisfactory response.

Given that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple the rights to the "App Store" mark they do have a lot of legal weight behind them for their case, but -- Microsoft is already appealed the ruling and if Amazon joins this fight as well Apple may very well have to give it up. Time will tell of course, but we don't expect this one to just blow over right away with everyone hugging it out. It's going to be a drawn out battle. [Bloomberg]

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3 years ago

Bodymedia brings a sleek way to monitor your vitals along with Sprint ID

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3 years ago

HTC Desire S due in UK 'last week of March'

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HTC's new Desire S was expected to be released on Apr. 18 in Europe, but now it seems that some retailers may be stocking the device a little earlier. On its blog the UK-based Clove Technology says that it'll be receiving Desire S stock "a little earlier than initially expected", during the last week of March.

The Desire S will be the first of HTC's Gingerbread phones to launch. Like the Wildfire S, which will arrive sometime during the second quarter, it runs HTC Sense 2.1 on top of Android 2.3. Clove is currently listing the Desire S for pre-order with a price of £406.80 (~$650). [Clove Technology Blog]

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3 years ago

Endomondo lets your friends heckle workouts (and help you get in shape) [CTIA]

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3 years ago

Microsoft seeks legal action against Barnes & Noble, Foxconn and Inventec for patent infringement

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Microsoft just fired another shot at Android, this time aiming at Barnes & Noble and various other companies associated in the manufacturing of the Nook Color such as Foxconn and Inventec. The lawsuit filed against Barnes & Noble, Foxconn and Inventec states Microsoft owns several patents that according to Microsoft, are violated within the Android OS and as such they want profits off those patents or they'll take you to court.

“The Android platform infringes a number of Microsoft’s patents, and companies manufacturing and shipping Android devices must respect our intellectual property rights. To facilitate that we have established an industry-wide patent licensing program for Android device manufacturers,” said Horacio Gutierrez, Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property & Licensing. “HTC, a market leader in Android smartphones, has taken a license under this program. We have tried for over a year to reach licensing agreements with Barnes & Noble, Foxconn and Inventec. Their refusals to take licenses leave us no choice but to bring legal action to defend our innovations and fulfill our responsibility to our customers, partners, and shareholders to safeguard the billions of dollars we invest each year to bring great software products and services to market,” he added.

The issue at hand here for Microsoft stems from a patent claiming Android uses "natural ways of interacting with devices by tabbing through various screens to find the information they need; surfing the Web more quickly, and interacting with documents and e-books." -- Broad scope really but that is how patents work for better or worse.

As noted in the information, Microsoft claims they attempted to reach a valid agreement for the past year but Barnes & Noble, Foxconn and Inventec have refused to accept the licensing conditions and as such, Microsoft will invoke their rights to sue. What do you all think, some bitterness there or is Microsoft just protecting what is rightfully theirs? Sound off in the comments, folks. [Microsoft]

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3 years ago

Live all week from CTIA Wireless

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Only two things to do in Orlando -- theme parks and conventions. And some of us have already done the Disney thing this month, so it's time to cover some smartphones, shall we? It's the CTIA Wireless show from the Orange County Convention Center. And we've got a pretty good idea of what we'll see, from a smattering of Sprint stuff to a new Samsung tablet -- and that's barely scratching the surface.

So join us all week for live coverage from Orlando. You can keep up with this link. And if you're looking for any behind-the-scenes stuff, be sure to follow @philnickinson, @backlon and @crackberrykevin.

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3 years ago

SwiftKey Tablet Beta now available for VIP forum members [video]

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TouchType has released a closed beta of its highly anticipated SwiftKey Tablet keyboard. The larger inspired keyboard is optimised for Android tablet devices running Honeycomb. The creative minds behind SwiftKey, developer TouchType, has made the beta available exclusively to their SwiftKey VIP forum members. Anyone who wants to give the beta a "feel" or "touch," can register here. Once registered, newly appointed VIP members can download the tablet beta here. Make the jump to see the beta in action. Oh, and since SwiftKey is so awesome, we think you should vote for them in the CTIA Emerging Technology Awards.

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