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2 years ago

Stock Talk 02: Apple value, RIM results, Android uptake

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Chris, Ed, and Rene talk Apple value, RIM's latest results, the uptake of Android, webOS going open source, Microsoft's mobile chances, HTML5 platforms, the future of LTE, and the year ahead. This is Mobile Nations Stock Talk.

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2 years ago

HTC Flyer's price dropped to £199, sale season starts early

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Really wanted a tablet for Christmas but the high prices put you off? Well Dixons online in the UK could well have come to the rescue by dropping the price of the HTC Flyer to £199 for the wifi only version. 

While shipping with Gingerbread, it's important to remember before dismissing the idea that the wifi version of the Flyer will be getting a Honeycomb update like it's 3G brother. That's quite a lot of tablet for £199. Hit the source link below for more info. 

Source: Dixons

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2 years ago

NORAD tracks Santa and you can, too, with the official app

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Norad tracking Santa started back in 1955, pretty much by accident when a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement accidentally printed the number to the Continental Air Defense Command center as the number to call in order to get in touch with Santa. Ever since then the Continental Air Defense Command center now known as NORAD has been tracking Santa every Christmas creating a tradition for many folks.

This year, a new Santa tracking app has been released and is now ready for download. With it, you can track Santa's progress as he travels across the world delivering presents to good boys and girls.

Plus, you can play the included Elf Toss game that is actually quite fun. You have to help the Elf's toss presents to Santa all while avoiding the holes in the ice -- otherwise, you may lose some presents and they won't make their way. Just remember -- Santa hasn't left the North Pole yet but when he does, this app will let you know. Download is past the break for you all.

And on Christmas Eve, you also can search for "Santa" in Google Maps and track that way.

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2 years ago

Engadget Distro arrives for Honeycomb tablets

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Our pals at Engadget (hey, pals!) have their sweet little Engadget Distro, which curates its content in magazine-like fashion. And it's now available on Android. It was previously released only for iOS, so it's great to see an Android version. If you're a fan of Engadget or tech news in general, you'll want to check this app out. It looks great on Honeycomb tablets.

The app features are:

  • Weekly, curated content from Engadget, the definitive source and final word for news on gadgets and technology
  • Share Engadget Distro content via Twitter, Facebook, and email
  • Download Engadget Distro Issues and read them offline
  • Navigate between Engadget Distro articles via swipe or in the convenient Article Viewer
  • Find specific Engadget Distro pages via the Issue Page Viewer
  • Browse Engadget Distro Issues via the Bookshelf or Cover View

Engadget Distro is a free app from the Android Market that is available for tablet devices running Android 3.0+. Please find links to the Market after the break. Engadget has even included the .apk for devices that claim to not support it, so you can find that here as well:

Engadget Distro APK

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2 years ago

Samsung's Korean blog explains why the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab didn't make the ICS cut

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And so begins the long list of Android devices that won't officially be updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Samsung's "Samsung Tomorrow" blog, in Korean, has explained why two of 2010's top devices, the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab, won't be getting official updates to ICS. The short version: older hardware and a slew of customizations, including Samsung's own TouchWiz.

This shouldn't come as a surprise, folks, seeing as how Samsung just announced its initial round of ICS updates, and neither the Galaxy S nor the Galaxy Tab were on it. And neither device made our list of ICS update predictions, either. It sucks, but not every phone will receive and official update.

Your best bet will be the custom ROM route, and we guarantee you, you will see them.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow (translated)

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2 years ago

Dropbox v2.0 with Ice Cream Sandwich optimizations goes live in the Android Market

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Having previously slipped a preview of the Dropbox update with optimizations for Ice Cream Sandwich, we all knew it was coming but we didn't know when, exactly. As it turns out, the latest update for Dropbox is now available in the Android Market and ready to be downloaded. Aside from the new UI and Ice Cream Sandwich optimizations, Dropbox has a few other tricks built in:

  • Favorites: quick offline access to files
  • Bulk upload photos and videos
  • Rename files and folders
  • Single-tap access to all file and folder actions
  • Improved gallery view
  • Upload from and export to local storage
  • Numerous bug fixes and stability improvements

Whether you're a hardcore Dropbox user or just a casual user, this update is one not to skip over. You'll find some more screenshots and the download link past the break for you all.

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2 years ago

Critiquing the Critique: 'ICS Paper Cuts'

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Operating systems need to be critiqued. They're meant to be. It helps us all understand more about them, and it gives perspective to those who created it. But Android is not a simple operating system. Even the most savvy Android user can learn something new. And that means that critiquing Android can be even more difficult for someone who doesn't know the OS inside and out. That brings us to the ICS Paper Cuts Tumblr by Grant Paul. He's a "big deal" in the iOS jailbreak community, and rightfully so. This doesn't mean much to normal, non-smartphone-geeks, but it made me read read Paul's critique instead of dismissing it offhand, and I expect it has the same effect on other folks as well. Since he took the time to share what's wrong with something he didn't have any hand in creating, it's my turn to do the same. And I'm going to, after the break.

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2 years ago

Shadowgun THD optimized for Tegra 3 devices

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The good news: NVIDIA's shouting from the rooftops that the game Shadowgun (read our review) has been updated and optimized for Tegra 3 devices. And, the bad news: There's only one Tegra 3 device available today, and it's pretty hard to come by. But if you're lucky enough to actually have an ASUS Transformer Prime (again, check out our full review), you've gotta check this one out.

We've got some Tegra 3 Shadowgun demo video after the break. Check it.

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2 years ago

Sideload books on Kindle Fire, ICS on Nexus S thoughts [From the Forums]

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Although Christmas is only a few days away now, the news hasn't really slowed down all that much. Seems as though everyone is pushing out an update or getting a new app out there in time for the holidays, so if you happened to miss out on anything from this week thus far, get caught up here on the blogs and in the Android Central forums.

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

US Cellular gets the Huawei Ascend II, free after rebate

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US Cellular today announced it's carrying the Huawei Ascend II. The phone's decidedly mid-level, but the price is right -- free after $100 mail-in rebate.

Full specs include:

  • 3.5-inch display at HVGA resolution
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • Qualcomm MSM 7627 processor at 600 MHz
  • 5MP camera
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • 2GB microSD
  • 1400 mAh battery
  • Weight: 4.8 ounces

More: US Cellular

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