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2 years ago

Archos now shipping G9 Turbo 'ICS' edition with latest software pre-loaded

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In addition to updating its current G9 tablet line-up to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Archos has debuted two new "ICS" edition G9 Turbo tablets, with slightly different storage configurations, at slightly tweaked price points. As a result, Archos' first Google-certified Android tablet range is gaining three new SKUs.

First up is the Archos 80 G9 Turbo ICS, which comes with a 1.5GHz CPU, an 8-inch screen and Android 4.0. It's available for £200 (~$310) with 8GB of flash storage or £240 (~$380) for 16GB. There's also the equally clumsy-sounding Archos 101 G9 Turbo ICS, which offers similar specs on a 10-inch display -- that's yours for £270 (~$425) with 16GB of storage.

So, while all G9 tablets should upgrade to ICS out of the box, at least you won't have to do any downloading or waiting if you pick up either of Archos's new tabs. If you've dropped any cash on Archos' latest tablets, be sure to hit the comments and let us know how you're getting on.

Source: Archos; via: Eurodroid

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note in white on 1SaleADay for $579

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It's not very often that I'll use the word "deal" when something costs $579, but the Samsung Galaxy Note is an exception. If you've been looking for one, and prefer an unlocked world version over the AT&T version, now is you chance to save a bit of cash and pick it up in white. 

Source: 1SaleADay. Thanks, Robert!

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2 years ago

HTC EVO 3D hboot rollback method found, but not for the timid

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As many an EVO 3D user will tell you, the 1.5 hboot that came with the latest update has been a bit of a thorn in the side of Android hackers. That may soon be coming to an end, and users at XDA -Developers have found a method to roll back to an earlier version that is a bit more development friendly. But everything isn't rosy just yet.

The current method is pretty tricky on paper. You need to use Linux, and there's lots of critical timing and other things to go wrong. There's also a question about the data connection afterwards to keep you from diving in feet-first. Give the folks working on this one a bit more time and they'll likely have a handle on things -- that's what they do. We just wanted to share the news for those who've been waiting. Hit the source link for all the gory details.

Source: XDA-Developers. Thanks, Cody!

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2 years ago

Manage location data in the pictures you take [privacy and security]

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Here's a security and privacy tip that many of us forget about, yet is really easy to manage -- geo-location data in the pictures you take with your Android phone. Modern digital cameras that have a way to capture GPS data (that means your Android phone or tablet) can attach location data to pictures using the Exif (Exchangeable image file format) standard. The Exif standard attaches metadata tags to pictures, sounds, and video to keep track of things like song titles, video length, and camera model. It also has a slot for latitude and longitude coordinates from your GPS receiver. 

Attaching GPS metadata to the pictures you take can be handy, and there are reasons people would want to do it. Having the date, time and location embedded in a picture means never forgetting where and when you took it, and you can use services like Panoramio to place your pictures on a map overlay. Having a location fixed to an image has many legitimate, and fun, uses.

But many times we don't want someone else to know the precise GPS location of a picture we've taken. "Little Timmy's first day at summer camp" would make a great picture to share on Facebook or Google+, but do we want some stranger to know where little Timmy is sleeping this week? It's a scary world out there, full of people with bad intentions. Nobody will blame you if you err on the side of caution.

It matters, because it's not just apps that can access this data. Download a picture from your (or a friends) online albums somewhere. After you have it saved, right click it (Windows) and look at all the properties. If the picture is geo-tagged, you'll get GPS coordinates within a few feet of where the camera was when it was taken. There are even programs and websites that spit out the location data of images, and not everyone who uses these can be trusted. Thankfully, turning location tagging on and off is really easy.

You'll find a spot in the settings of your camera app (stock or a custom app from the Google Play store) that will say location or geo-tag. Poke around a bit, it's in different places depending on your phone's firmware or the app you're using, but it's there. When that setting is on, your GPS will turn on and the coordinates will be saved with the image data. When it's off, neither will happen.

Take control of these sorts of settings, and keep yourself safer on the Internet. 

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2 years ago

Latest 'Galaxy S III' render looks no more genuine than the last two

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Another week, another Galaxy S III rumor. This time it's a new purported render of the still unannounced device, which has been sent to PhoneArena​ by way of an anonymous tipster. We've seen a couple of purported images of the mythical phone over the past few months, and both have turned out to be mock-ups or fabrications. On account of a few major inconsistencies in this latest image, we're gonna call foul here, too. If you take a closer look at the image, you'll see awkwardly large fonts, icons from an older version of TouchWiz and copy-pasted Galaxy Nexus notification bar and software buttons. That's before you even get to the reference to an event in Paris which Samsung has already denied has anything to do with the Galaxy S III.

Hold tight, folks -- we'll have a new flagship phone from Samsung before too long, but for the moment we're almost certain this isn't it. The official line from Sammy remains that the successor to the Galaxy S II will be revealed at an event during the first half of the year.

Source: PhoneArena

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2 years ago

LG Optimus V getting a security update, will likely block rooting

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The LG Optimus V has an update waiting for it, you might have received a text message from Virgin about it. The update offers a security fix "that will protect your handset from security vulnerabilities that may occur either through a remote attacker’s access attempt or through a 3rd party application’s ability to access code that could be used to exploit data on the handset". They even provide a link to the National Vulnerability Database on their FAQ page, making it look very official and serious.

You'll have to download the update and install it manually via your computer (see the source links for details), and you won't have a new version of Android to play with when you're done, unfortunately. But security patches are the types of updates that are truly important, so it's good to see them.

In all likelihood, these exploits being patched will kill the current root methods. Rumor has it that this is the only reason for the update, but rumors are rumors. In any case, if you're riding the root train on your Optimus V (and with the dev team we have in the forums, who could blame you?) you should probably skip this one until those same developers say differently. For everyone else, see the links for more details.

Source: Virgin Mobile USA; via Android Central forums

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid Pro soak test to begin shortly?

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A reader let us in on a message from Moto Matt about an upcoming soak test for the Motorola Droid Pro. It's the standard Motorola Feedback Network invite to participate, in case you've not seen one it looks a little like this:

Hi,

Thanks for joining the Motorola Feedback Network. We are inviting owners of the Motorola Droid Pro on Verizon to participate in an early preview of a new software release, and provide feedback. If you are not currently using a

Droid Pro, please excuse and ignore this email.

Click this link to take a short enrollment survey if you wish to take part.

Note that you must be a member in good standing of the Motorola Owners'
Forums to be included. The registration window is can close without notice so please respond as quickly as possible.

This is a confidential test under the terms of the Motorola Feedback Network. Do not post any details or information about this on any public sites.

Thanks -- please understand that start times are always fluid. We ask for your patience if you register but don't hear from us right away.

Matt

Motorola Owners’ Forums
Motorola Feedback Network

Motorola like to carefully and slowly roll things out for testing, and if all goes well everyone should have access to an update shortly after. It's a smart method, and prevents problems with OTA's like we've seen in the past.

As for the update? The Droid Pro isn't on any short list to get Ice Cream Sandwich, so we imagine it will be a maintenance release with fixes for bugs, which can be just as important. We'll post further details as we uncover them, in the meantime hit the forums to discuss!

Thanks, anon!

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2 years ago

Carrier flashing, 720p video on the Galaxy Note [From the Forums]

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We've rolling through this week like there was no tomorrow, so if you happened to miss out on anything you'll have to skip on back a few pages and get yourself caught up. Looking for some Android help or maybe you got a new ROM to drop? We've got a spot for you in the Android Central forums. Check out some of the threads below:

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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2 years ago

Archos teases Gen10 tablet, thinner than iPad and bringing a keyboard dock

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Archos aren't exactly everyone's first choice of Android tablet despite offering good value for money. At an event in Paris today though, the company teased some of their 2012 offerings including their new flagship G10 xs range. 

There are due to be three seperate lines this year. The low end Arnova range, the Archos Elements range that will have Google certification, and their new 'premium' G10 xs range. The Arnova devices will be retailing between 50 and 150. With no Google certification specified though, these will definitely be low end devices. 

The Elements range bear more than a passing resemblance to the current G9 tablets, and will retail at 129 - 199. These will be coming with Google apps on board, and there may well be Ice Cream Sandwich too given the likely launch schedule. 

It's with the new G10 xs though that Archos will be finally trying to make a name for themselves. With prices starting at 200, the G10 xs is an incredible 7.6mm thin -- thinner than the new iPad as was proudly displayed -- and there will be an option that will mate with a keyboard dock.

Otherwise, details are sparse. No actual devices are expected to launch until September, so it's a pretty safe bet that the G10 xs at least will launch with Ice Cream Sandwich. Specs haven't been shown off yet, but it isn't too much to imagine at least one version with a huge amount of on board storage as is usually the case. An incredibly short teaser video can be found after the break

Source: Arctablet

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2 years ago

Google Offers expands to 4 new cities, with 11 new partners

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Google has expanded their Google Offers service with 4 new cities and 11 new partners, bringing the totals to 30 deal partners in 40 cities. Users in Austin, Houston, Philadelphia, and Miami will now be able to get more daily deals via the Android app or through their inbox, and the partner sites will get even more exposure now that they have aligned themselves with the big G.

The new deal partners look to expand things with deals for just about everyone.  8Moms, APDailyDeals, AT&T Interactive, Boston.com, DailyDeals.com, DoubleTakeDeals, Half Off Depot, Morgan’s Deals, Savored, Signpost and Urban Dealight are the latest additions, and should offer a varied mix to fit just about every taste.

I know many of us are deal-watchers. I spend more time and money than I should searching them out, and no day trip to downtown DC is complete without seeing what I can save while out and about. Now we all have even more partners to look forward to in our daily emails. And that dinner at The Cajun Experience looks artery-cloggingly delicious. 

Source: Google Commerce

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