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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 takes flight with American Airlines as new airborne entertainment system

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American Airlines has partnered with Samsung Mobile to bring the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to select flights this year. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 will replace the personal entertainment devices currently outfitted in some premium cabins.

You'll be able to find the Galaxy Tab 10.1 on flights between New York's JFK and Los Angeles, JFK and San Francisco, and Miami and Los Angeles, if you're flying on either a 767-200 or 767-300. Internationally, flights to and from Europe and South America using 767-300 will also see the Tab 10.1, and flights departing Boston to Los Angeles on a 757 will also have the Tab 10.1.

Anyone a regular flier here? Looking forward to all the Tab 10.1 goodness you'll eventually be experiencing? At any rate, this is a huge boon for Samsung and the Android tablet market at large, so it'll be interesting to see how this plays out for other manufacturers in the future.

Source: Business Wire

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Phantom Probes

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Phantom Probes is a physics-based psuedo-puzzle game that's all about using various probes (get your mind out of the gutter, guys!) to determine what shape an invisible shape actually is. If that sounds kind of boggling or confusing, you'll quickly understand why I included a reference video.

Despite the confusing description, this is actually a really fun game to play. Every level gives you three probes to use as well as three shapes to choose from when you think you've nailed the phantom shape's shape. The probes vary from level to level, as does the complexity of the shape's you're trying to predict.

From my experience (see: Level 2 in the video), the shape also is randomly chosen every level, so you can't just hammer your way through, guessing the shapes through a process of elimination to try and get a high ranking before moving onto the next level. To me, that's rather genius, cause it keeps you working to try and advance.

The attention to detail in Phantom Probes is worth mentioning, too, as some of the probes are absolutely brilliant for discerning what you're looking for. The weird, brown, wrap-around thing from Level 2 and the sonar wave from Level 4 both come to mind. Bubbles rising up from the bottom of the screen or paper clips and bullets bouncing off in all directions, it's really creative and keeps the game fresh.

There's a free version of Phantom Probes in the Market that lets you play the first 10 levels, and for a mere 99 cents, you're granted access to the full 50 levels this bad boy offers. If you're into mind benders and logic games, I wouldn't hesitate to hop on the Phantom Probes bandwagon. As always, download links and QR code is after the break.

 

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3 years ago

LG Optimus 3D listed for June 20 release in UK

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Amazon UK is currently listing the LG Optimus 3D (SIM-free) for pre-order, with an expected release date of next Monday, June 20. At just a penny less than £600 (~$980), the Optimus 3D certainly isn't cheap, but if you can stomach spending that much on a smartphone, you'll walk away with a dual-core device with a 3D display and 3D video recording capabilities. Check out our initial hands-on feature to take a closer look at the phone itself.

Pre-order prices and shipping dates are always subject to change, but with the listed date just seven days away, we're expecting this one to be right on the money. The June 20 date also fits with release windows from T-Mobile UK and Three, who are expecting to begin selling the Optimus 3D in June and July respectively.

Source: Amazon UK; via: SoMobile

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod 7 freshly ported to the Motorola Droid X

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It's something Motorola Droid X owners have been teased with before. But this time around, it could turn out quite well. Although it remains unreleased as of now, it looks like Motorola Droid X owners may soon be getting a chance to load up CyanogenMod 7 on their devices courtesy of @cvpcs. No, the bootloader hasn't been unlocked but thanks to some handy work making use of 2nd.init CyanogenMod 7 will now run on top of the Motorola kernels in the Droid X.

As with anything of this nature, some bugs are still present but it's surely only a matter of time before they get worked out. Some of the things that may or may not work currently are: GPS, 3G/data, camera, camcorder and bluetooth audio while radio, WiFi, USB, charging, sensors, lights, vibration, standard bluetooth are listed as working. The next few days will provide some more details but until then, jump into the Android Central forums to discuss it some more.

Source: Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

Toshiba Thrive pre-orders start today

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The latest Honeycomb powered tablet to be announced, the Toshiba Thrive, is now up for pre-order at Office Depot.  While the date is listed only as "coming soon" (we were told mid July), the price is just as Toshiba announced it would be -- $479.99 for the 16GB version, and $579.99 for the 32GB version.  Noticeably absent is the $429.99 8GB option that was also announced, which may well disappoint some looking for the more frugal option. 

Office Depot has also posted a short video showing off the full size ports, removable battery, and color choices for the back. You'll find the link below to the Windows Media file, which probably won't play on your smartphone.  Bookmark this one for when you get home.

Toshiba proper's also got preorders, for the same prices.

Sources: Toshiba; Office Depot;  More: Features video (wmv).  Thanks, Lester!

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3 years ago

Best of Smartphone Experts, 12 June 2011

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3 years ago

LG Optimus Slider (aka Gelato) now set for Sept. 11?

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The LG Optimus Slider -- codenamed Gelato -- recently popped up on a Sprint inventory screen. And now it appears there's possibly a date to go along with it. If this latest screen, sent to our sister site, CrackBerry, rings true, we could see the Optimus Slider in midnight blue and purple come Sept. 11, 2011.

And note the column on the right -- it appears the Optimus Slider could be replacing the Sprint Remarq, an old vertical sliding feature phone. Veddy interesting.

Source: CrackBerry; More: Sprint LG Remarq

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Chompy's Dodgeball

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Chompy's Dodgeball is a delightful romp in the world of fast-paced digital dodgeball, where it's man vs. beast vs. ninja vs. yeti in an epic, winner-take-all reminiscent of the movie Dodgeball (except for the beats and yeti).

The premise is simple: pummel your opponent into submission with dodgeballs and win. That's not the only way to win, though. If you have the most hearts when the clock runs out, you win. Lastly, if all the balls are on your opponent's side of the line, you win. (This is my preferred method of victory.)

Tap left and right on the ground to move, tap on your opponent's side of the line to throw, and, in the event you get hit, tap the screen repeatedly to get up. It's a pretty simple control scheme, but man, does it get the job done.

The folks over at Quicksilver Labs have dosed Chompy's Dodgeball with an insane amount of detail, from the large roster, full of characters with different and unique stats, to the various types of gameplay, levels, and mini-games included. To top it all off, it's all OpenFeint supported.

There's also DLC to remove ads and unlock the two ninjas and the cat lady. I can only assume as time goes on, they'll further enhance the roster and add more levels, as well.

Overall, Chompy's Dodgeball is an addicting, really fun game. It's the kind of game I'd pull out to kill a few minutes here and there and then find myself in the same position, thirty minutes later, a la Angry Birds. There's a lite version in the Market, but for $1.99, you get rid of ads plus you unlock Soba, the black ninja, so if feudal Japan is your thing, that's the price to pay.

Download links and QR code is after the break.

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3 years ago

Using a PS3 controller with the Motorola Xoom

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

This is just the beginning, folks. With the addition of the USB host capability in Android 3.1, we're about to see an onslaught of cool peripherals for Android devices. And here we have the PS3 controller being used on the Motorola Xoom. All you really need, in this example anyway, is a controller, one of those imported OTG cables and, of course, a compatible app. The latter is going to be the bottleneck at first. Write your congressman. Write your developer. And let's get this done.

Source: Booyagadget via Android Central Forums

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