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2 years ago

Winamp, Mac, and Android finally ready to play nice

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Winamp, Android, and Mac: the forbidden love triangle is finally ready to play nice, thanks to the newly released Winamp for Mac Sync Beta. Now, you'll finally be able to sync your Mac's music with your Android device, just as Winamp has always worked on Windows. If you're new to Winamp, here's the gist: once Winamp is downloaded to your computer, you'll be able to import all of your music with one click. Once imported, you can sync your music wirelessly (or with a wire, if you choose) with your Android and play individual files or entire playlists no matter how far from home you are (your computer will have to remain on for Winamp to work). Winamp's Android app is available for download from the Android Market below, though remember that to begin using the program on your Mac, you'll need Winamp for Mac Sync Beta, available at the source link. 

Source: Winamp

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2 years ago

Droid RAZR pre-sale starts tomorrow, ships by Nov. 10

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Verizon dropped word this morning reminding us that the Motorola Droid RAZR goes up for pre-sale tomorrow morning -- that's Oct. 27 -- at 8 a.m. EDT for $299 on contract. That we knew. But the big deal is that it'll ship no later than Nov. 10. Still no word on when you'll be able to buy on in stores. Full release is after the break.

Update: A tipster's sent in an in-store date of Nov. 10 (makes sense) and an off-contract price of ... wait for it ... $622.

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2 years ago

Official Ice Cream Sandwich for the Nexus One won't happen, Google says

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Shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, but according to Google's Hugo Barra, as reported by The Telegraph, the Nexus One is just too darn old for an official update to Ice Cream Sandwich. It's a shame, because it's still a great daily driver. But this is that whole "legacy" thing we all have to come to terms with, and it's the reason why we put the Nexus One in our "Maybe, but doubtful" column for our ICS update predictions.

All that said: We completely expect someone to build a full ICS ROM for the Nexus One once the code drops, and SDK ports are already in the works.

Source: The Telegraph
More: Will my phone get Ice Cream Sandwich?

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2 years ago

Motorola PRO+ 4G coming to Bell Nov. 7

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Back when the Motorola PRO+ was announced, Motorola only slated it for Europe and Asia but now the time has come to roll it out elsewhere as well. Come Nov. 7, in time for the holidays, the full QWERTY Android 2.3-powered device will be available exclusively from Bell Mobility in Canada. Other specs include 5MP camera, 1GHz processor and a 1550mAh battery.

“The Motorola PRO+ 4G delivers the security and productivity tools that businesses require, but all the fun things consumers want,” says David Petrou, director of sales, Motorola Mobility Canada. “For professionals looking for a smarter smartphone, the Motorola PRO+ 4G offers robust features that work hard and play hard.”

Motorola nor Bell is saying just how the Motorola PRO+ 4G will cost as of yet but we're sure that information will turn up soon enough. Full press release is past the break for you all.

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2 years ago

Sprint adds 1.3 million subscribers, loss of $310 million in income

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This is what you'd call a good/bad for Sprint. The Good: Sprint added nearly 1.3 million net subscribers in the third quarter. Most of those, however, were prepaid (485,000) or wholesale or affiliate (835,000) subscribers. Some 304,000 of the subscribers were of the postpaid variety.

And now the Bad: Operating income was at $208 million -- down some $301 million.

This comes, of course, along with the launch of the Samsung Conquer 4G, Motorola Photon 4G and the Samsung Galaxy S II Sprint Epic 4G Touch, plus the Samsung Transform Ultra on Boost Mobile, and the Motorola Triumph and LG Optimus Slider on Virgin Mobile.

The big question is what will happen now that Sprint has the iPhone. Certainly it can't hurt, right?

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2 years ago

Only one way this ends ...

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2 years ago

WidgetLocker Lockscreen - Now with Ice Cream Sandwich, Honeycomb and Sense 3 sliders

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Everyone likes to tweak their device a little, and one of the apps that can help you achieve some visual and functional tweaks is WidgetLocker Lockscreen. Having been updated to v2.2 -- some new sliders have been added such as the ones from Ice Cream Sandwich, Honeycomb and Sense 3 which can give your device lockscreen a whole new look. Some other additions came with the update as well as some bug fixes:

  • Customizable Clock
  • Tablet Optimizations, Hardware Acceleration
  • Improved Preferences and Slider Setup Interfaces
  • User selectable app shortcut icons

Fixes:

  • Moto OTA Conflict (Battery problems)
  • Keyboard focus bug (SMS Popup apps)
  • Ice Cream Sandwich Compatibility
  • Unlock-With-WiFi Compatibility
  • Misc fixes and optimizations

We've written up a quick app review WidgetLocker Lockscreen previously, so if you're looking to learn more make sure you give it a look. You'll find the download link to the latest version past the break, remember -- it is a paid app but well worth the buy in cost if you're looking for easy tweaks.

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2 years ago

T-Mobile gets its first no-contract 4G smartphone -- the Samsung Exhibit II 4G

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Available at Walmart on Oct. 27, nationwide Nov. 2

T-Mobile tonight announced the Samsung Exhibit II 4G, a 3.7-inch, Android 2.3 Ginerbread smartphone. It'll be available in Walmart stores on Oct. 27, and nationwide starting Nov. 2. It's T-Mobile's first no-contract phone and will sell outright for $199. If you prefer to sign away two years, khowever, you can snag the phone for just $29.99 (after $50 rebate).

In addition to the 3.7-inch WVGA display, it's got a 3MP rear camera, front-facing camera and 1GHz processor.

Yeah, it's not the sexiest hardware you'll get. But a $200 no-contract phone is something we can get behind. Full presser is after the break.

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2 years ago

ThunderBolt's Gingerbread update once again pushing out

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Finally, the Gingerbread update for the HTC ThunderBolt (that'd be the one we told you about this morning) is once again pushing out. This is the second time Gingerbread's headed to the ThunderBolt; it was pulled earlier because of some bugs, including by not limited to voicemail.

Go to settings>software update to get things going, and hit the forums link below to see how it's going for everybody.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
More in the HTC ThunderBolt forums

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2 years ago

Apple granted patent on slide to unlock, even though it existed 2 years before they invented it

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The software patent system is totally askew.  We need to look no further to see this than the recent news that Apple was granted a patent on sliding to unlock a mobile device.  (Edit: It actually was granted back in February, but the case pinged again, and so we're all revisiting it.) It's bad enough that a governing body somewhere actually believes that you or I aren't smart enough to come to the natural conclusion on our own (that's basically what a patent means -- it's a unique idea or process), but the fact that it existed on an old Windows CE device in 2005 was totally overlooked.

I present the Neonode N1m, as reviewed by none other than Tnkgrl.


Youtube link for mobile viewing

Jump to 4:00 if you're impatient.  Now you might ask two things -- why was this patent granted, and does "prior art" really mean anything?  The first is an easy answer, the folks who granted the patent probably never heard of the Neonode N1m (but I'm sure Apple did).  You can't blame them if they didn't know, even if they should have.  The second question is a bit more tricky.  Usually, if prior art can be proven, a patent is invalidated.  Proven is a tough word that means more than one thing to different people.  It should be easy to interpret, but that's not how the legal system in the US works. 

It did work as expected in the Netherlands though, and Samsung has already brought the lowly Neonode N1m in front of the court there -- and had Apple's claims over slide to unlock determined to be "trivial and likely invalid", and the court refused to consider them.  I'm sure HTC and Motorola, who are being sued over multiple gesture patents in the US, already have this particular Youtube video bookmarked.  If this patent stands, we all should just go back to this.

More: 9to5Mac; Fosspatents

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