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3 years ago

Review: Motorola MOTOROKR T505 Bluetooth speakerphone with digital FM transmitter

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Throughout the dozens of Android phones over many moons, there has been but one accessory that has stood by me -- my Motorola MOTOROKR T505 Bluetooth speakerphone with digital FM transmitter. First and foremost, it's a hands-free device, meaning I can legally -- and safely -- make and receive phone calls from my car.

But the Moto T505 is much more than that. We'll dive into it after the break.

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3 years ago

Message passed during debate via Droid gets political staffer fired

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Say what you want about Florida politics -- and being from Florida, I can say plenty -- but at least they're never boring. Such was the case last night during the televised gubernatorial debate between Democratic nominee Alex Sink (the state CFO) and Republic nominee Rick Scott (a health care executive).

While Scott is no stranger to controversy -- his health care company was fined $1.7 billion for alleged fraud -- this time it was Sink who was accused of wrongdoing after a staffer passed her a message on a smartphone during the debate during a commercial break. (That's a make-up artist handing Sink the phone above.) That's a no-no, and the staffer has been fired.

But the best part was when Scott brought up the violation live after the commercial break, saying, “First Alex, you say you always follow the rules. The rule was no one was supposed to give us messages during the break, and your campaign did with an iPad or an iPod.”

Turns out it was neither, though. The phone that ended a career: The Motorola Droid. Check it out, after the break. [CNN] Thanks, Joe!

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3 years ago

Android Market passes 100,000 'apps'

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Back in July, we reported that the Android Market had grown to 70,000 applications. Well, now that number has hit six digits as Google has officially set the bar at 100,000 apps via a short Tweet from their Android Developer account. Some could argue that many of these apps are simply wallpapers, ringtones, soundboards and the like, but that really isn't the point. With Apple's App Store standing at about 300,000 (many of which are junk, just like on the Android Market), there really is no longer an argument for iOS being superior to Android based solely on the number of apps. So, can we just agree that both platforms have pretty much every kind of app you could want and move on to more meaningful comparisons? [Twitter]

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3 years ago

My Mobile Watchdog now available on Android, protective parents rejoice

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For those parents unsure about buying their children an Android phone because there hasn't been a reliable monitoring app; well they can rest easy as My Mobile Watchdog was released for Android. 

The app allows parents to monitor call logs, texting, pictures and email. The app allows the parents to have a web dashboard that syncs with the activity from their child's cell phone. There is also a way to block certain applications and web browsing. 

For those who are interested, find links to the app after the break. Thanks Bruh-Man!

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3 years ago

MyTouch available from T-Mobile on Nov. 3

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The HTC myTouch will officially be available on T-Mobile on Nov. 3. This is the device formerly known as the myTouch HD and/or myTouch 4G. It's an all-new myTouch that will include a front-facing camera, a faster processor, and HSPA+ data speeds. Want a taste? Check out our hands-on of the ROM ported onto the Nexus One. A little more than a week to go, folks. That's it. [Tmonews]

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3 years ago

Skype, NFL Mobile, and VCast apps won't be on Verizon Galaxy Tab

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Verizon is set to launch the Galaxy Tab on Nov. 11 for $599. If the price didn't shock you, this news might. A leaked Verizon training document states that the Skype, NFL Mobile, and VCAST apps won't be available at launch. While most of you couldn't care less about VCAST, it not being available on Day 1 is a pretty big deal for Verizon. Its also a bit odd that the NFL app won't be ready, too. Especially since Verizon recently upgraded its NFL app a few months ago. Click the source to view the rest of the shots. [Engadget]

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3 years ago

Yahoo! Mail for Android requiring off-Market update [update -- Yahoo has fixed]

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From the department of things that really suck: Yahoo! Mail for Android is prompting users to upgrade to version 1.2.0.  Normally we all love updates, but this time Yahoo is forcing users to download and install this update from outside the Android Market.  Users who fail to accept and install the update from mobildl.zenfs.com are unable to use Yahoo! Mail on their phones or tablets.  We've reached out to Yahoo for a response, especially since AT&T users are out in the cold -- unless they use the Android Central Sideload Wonder Machine that is -- and if they respond we'll update accordingly.

We get it -- Yahoo and Google are competitors.  But this only serves to alienate your users, Yahoo.  Here's hoping you care enough about them to get this righted. Thanks Matthew for the heads-up!

Update from Yahoo! Mail for Android's Market page:

"IMPORTANT! A pre-release alpha version update was accidentally published on OCT 25th. If you downloaded this broken non-market version, please remove from your device and reinstall 1.0.4 from the Market"

So there you go, it was all a slip of the finger, err mouse.  Uninstall and reinstall from the Market and you're set.  I take back all those evil thoughts.

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3 years ago

Dell reportedly to release Android version of the Venue Pro

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Word on the street today is that Dell is working on an Android version of the Venue Pro, the Windows Phone 7 vertical slider coming on T-Mobile. That's all well and good, and what's one more Android smartphone, when it comes down to it?

But I was at the Windows Phone 7 launch and had my hands all over the Venue Pro. And while it's a pretty cool phone, it's also pretty top-heavy when the keyboard's open. And speaking of the keyboard, it's pretty small and pretty cramped. So let's not get too excited just yet. And then there's the bad taste in our mouths left over from the Streak launching with Android 1.6 and the Aero launching with Android 1.5. So pardon us if we're not over the moon. But, still, we'd rather see it than not. [PC World]

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3 years ago

Hide yo kids - hide yo wives -- Antoine DodsonSex Offender Tracker app

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This is either the funniest thing you'll see today -- or it's the most offensive. But every so often an internet video goes so viral that the rest of the world simply cannot ignore it. And sometimes the stars, or subjects of these videos become so popular and so recognized, that they're launched into a some minor realm of celebrity status.  And that's exactly what has happened to Antoine Dodson.

Cautious parents will get what might be their first introduction to Augmented Reality with Sex Offender Tracker.  Published four days ago to the Android market, Sex Offender Tracker uses your device's camera, and GPS in conjunction with the compass to provide you with real-time data about your surroundings, and in this case, the residence of sex offenders.

Although anybody can dig through the online sex offender registry any time of day, some feel this app may be an invasion of privacy, saying this app makes it much too easy to locate the names and homes of registered sex offenders. Then there's the $1.99 price tag, which will put off a bunch of you, we know.

Watch Antoine Dodson do his thing, and get download links, after the jump. [via BGR]

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3 years ago

Best Buy Mobile begins preselling Galaxy Tab & Huawei Ideos Tablet S7

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Future Samsung Galaxy Tab and Huawei Ideos Tablet S7 owners can get one step closer to their device today, as Best Buy Mobile has just began preselling these slick new Android tablets.

Although Verizon Wireless and Sprint are launching their Galaxy Tabs a few days apart from each other, you can lighten your bank account by $599 today at your local Best Buy. 

If the Galaxy Tab's price tag and data plan are priced out of your price range, the WiFi-only Huawei Ideos Tablet S7 will also release sometime in November as well, at a much more affordable $299.  [Best Buy]

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