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3 years ago

Google Offers goes live in Oregon

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Google has launched the new Google Offers beta program today in Portland, Ore.  We heard about it last night at the D9 Conference when Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt took the stage, and now the website is live and ready to send offers to your inbox.

What is it, you ask?  Everyone was pretty sure Google wanted to get into the online deals game when they tried to buy Groupon, and today we see that they have had this in the works for a while.  As it stands now, you can sign up at the Google Offers beta website, and online coupons are sent to your inbox, ready to buy, print, and redeem at local Portland business.  The transaction goes right through Google Checkout, and seems pretty seamless.  The initial offer (you can check it out at the source links) is for Floyd's Coffee Shop -- $10 worth of pastries for $3.  Other announced partners are Le Bistro Montage, Powell's Books, and Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade.  If you're not in Portland, Google says offers are coming soon for New York and San Francisco, and you can sign up to be notified when it rolls around to your area.

The real power behind Google Offers is the integration with Google Wallet.  The demonstration shown last night at D9 shows tight integration with the NFC point-of-sale platform, so we're all chomping at the bit to give it a try.  Your offers are saved to the application, and we assume the NFC chip and point-of-sale machine cooperate to confirm the transaction.  Google is clearly aiming to replace hard currency here, and it will be interesting to see how this all develops, and how well businesses adapt and get on board.  No word on when exactly we'll be able to check it all out, but Google says they will be releasing teh Wallet app for the Nexus S 4G "soon".  In the meantime, I have to call Floyd's Coffee Shop and see if they can ship me my pastries.  Check out a short product demo from Google after the break.

Source: The Official Google Blog
More: Google Offers; All things D

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3 years ago

Dolphin Browser HD v5.0 hits Android Market, is now ad-free

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After a series of successful beta tests, Dolphin Browser HD is now updated in the Android Market to version 5.0.  There's a long list of features, both new and old that make it the web browser of choice for quite a few people, and with the latest free version all advertisements have been removed, giving users a premium app feature that many people have been wanting.

Besides the removal of ads, the look has been updated to what the folks at Dolphin are calling the "Fire UI," changes have been made to the Bookmarks menu and sidebar, the themes and add-ons have been updated, and the new tab button now open a a speed dial page where you can reach your favorites or re-open recently closed tabs.

If you are rocking a high density screen Android phone or tablet, you really have to give Dolphin HD a look -- there's a reason it has a 4.5 star rating in the Market, and we give it our own Editor's Choice tag here at the office.  Dolphin HD is available in 16 languages, requires Android 2.0.1 or higher, and is free in the Android Market.  Hit the break for the download link.

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3 years ago

New Android-powered Nook is now shipping

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Barnes & Noble's new Nook is smaller, lighter, and has decidedly more geeky inside -- and it's now shipping. For $139, you can get now get the diminutive e-reader that's powered by Android 2.1. How quickly will it be hacked? We're betting a matter of hours, if it's anything like its older, bigger and more colorful cousin, the Nook Color.

But that raises the question: Aside from the cool factor of hacking open this little guy, would you really want to use a 6-inch black-and-white e-reader like a tablet?

Purchase: Nook at Barnes & Noble; More: Nook Color forums

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3 years ago

S.O.S. by the American Red Cross available for free in the Android Market

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The American Red Cross, Sharecare, and Dr. Oz have teamed up to create the “S.O.S. by the American Red Cross” app, available for free exclusively on Android devices. S.O.S. puts emergency life-saving techniques at your fingertips, with a step-by-step “victim assessment” that will identify the distress and walk you through techniques on how to alleviate 50 of the most common emergency conditions. These protocol walk-throughs feature 3-D animations and detailed instructions on the proper response techniques. Additionally, 30 of these protocols are demonstrated by Dr. Oz himself in clear, easy-to-follow videos. Other tools include audio and visual counters for CPR compressions and 911 dialing with in-call location mapping. Hopefully you’ll never have to use S.O.S., but in the case of an emergency, it’s always best to be prepared. Hit the break to grab the free download from the Android Market.

Source: The American Red Cross

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: DropSnap

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I have never understood why most Android phones refuse to automatically sync photos with Picasa. Android is extremely cloud-focused, with the deep integration with Google services that allow your data to be stored elsewhere so that if something happens to the device, your data will be safe. Photos seem like a natural step for this and it seems like Google could easily do it with their web-based photo service Picasa.

Until that happens, however, we have a wide array of this party options that can do this for us. DropSnap is the newest app of this nature and hails from CyanogenMod developers @optedoblivion and @ChrisSoyars. It does a very effective job automatically syncing your photos and videos to your Dropbox account.

The initial app is free, but there is a premium upgrade through an in-app purchase ($3.99) that will unlock the ability to automatically sync photos and videos taken from your device right to Dropbox.

It’s simple: when you open the app, you log in with your Dropbox account. Then go to Settings to set up which media folder the app is looking at and which Dropbox folder everything will be going to. Then everytime you take a photo from that point onward, it will immediately be sent to Dropbox. You can set it to only sync when on WiFi in case you want to conserve data.

It’s a nifty little app and one that works very well. I’ve tried Dropin and Sugarsync, but DropSnap provides everything I need and has been the one that I’ve stuck with the most thus far. The developers are great and will be listening to feedback carefully so don’t hesitate to make suggestions in the comments. Find the app links after the break.

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3 years ago

Radio Shack flyer pegs EVO 3D launch on June 24

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OK, so this is the same Radio Shack that had that "rough launch date" of June 4 (which from the beginning looked like it was never going to happen). But a Radio Shack flyer is at least a little more official, insofar as these unofficial things go. And the flyer you see here says the HTC EVO 3D will be available June 24, which matches up with that not-before-June 23 vibe we've had going.

But to play devil's advocate, it could also be a Canary Trap on Radio Shack's part, or an early version that's subject to change -- you know how these things go. News at 11, folks.

Source: Phandroid; More: EVO 3D forums

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3 years ago

Google Mobile site gets revamped

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It should come as no surprise to anyone that many of us use the Google Mobile site while on the go to search for images, find locations, or just for a random search, and navigating the old site was a bit of a pain. Google has finally launched their revamped mobile site, bringing larger buttons instead of the fine text to select things such as pictures, places, news and more making it easily accessible without having to zoom in.  This update has been slowly rolling out across various platforms, and seems that we finally have been blessed with it on our Android devices. So, what do you think of the revamp, love it? Hate it? Bing FTW?

Thanks, iGeekMan

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3 years ago

Android 3.1 now officially rolling out for the ASUS EeePad Transformer

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If you are an ASUS EeePad Transformer, know that the official Android 3.1 update is now available for your device. Early reports from users about the update seem quite positive and users seem to be enjoying the experience 3.1 was set to deliver, so what are you waiting for? Grab your device and check for the update if you haven't already, and be sure to hit the forums and let us know how it goes for you!

Source: Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

Droid X Gingerbread update pushing out ... now!

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You went to sleep last night, didn't you. (OK, so did we.) But wake up this morning, and that Droid X Gingerbread soak test has turned into a full-fledged dunking, with the update rolling out en masse. Lest you forget what you're getting: Coming down the pike is Android 2.3.3. Not the latest version of Gingerbread, but pretty close. You'll also have a new version of the Blur user interface, so things will look slightly different when you're done. It's a 111.8-megabyte download, so it might take a minute or two to snag.

To get the update, if you don't already see it, just go to Menu>Settings>About phone>System updates, and you'll be on your way.

More: Droid X forums; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Sensation 4G available at Walmart June 12, in T-Mobile stores 'by June 15'

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T-Mobile announced tonight that the HTC Sensation 4G will be available "by June 15" in retail stores nationwide, leaving open the possibility of earlier availability. Or if a hard date's your thing, you can get it June 12 at select Walmart locations. Pricing was not announced. In a separate release, T-Mobile said the Sensation 4G will cost $199 with a 2-year contract and $50 mail-in rebate.

The Sensation has quickly become one of the most anticipated phones of the summer, with its 4.3-inch qHD Super LCD display, 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 8MP camera and 1080p video recording. And along with that it's running Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box, with the latest version of HTC's Sense user interface, including the updated lock screen that will take you straight to different functions of the device.

Source: T-Mobile

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