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2 years ago

Nook Color dropping to $199; new software update brings Hulu Plus, music

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Will cost just $50 less than the new Nook Tablet

The venerable Barnes & Noble Nook Color hasn't been left out in the cold just because the new Nook Tablet specs and pricing are here. No, the Nook Color's going to find itself with a nice little price drop down to $199. That's only a $50 drop, and for that difference you'll get a pretty big spec boost in the new Nook Tablet, but we'll take what we can get.

And along with the price drop, a new software update is on the way for the New Color. Nook Color v1.4 will bring TV shows, movies and documentaries with Hulu Plus. You'll get music from Rhapsode, MOG and Grooveshark, with free trials. (Pandora is still included.) You'll get even more magazines and special Nook editions, expanding on current content. And more apps are on the way, too.

So, if you're in the market for an e-reader tabelet this holiday season, and don't want to break the $200 mark, the Nook Color is about to become very, very attractive.

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2 years ago

Leaked: Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet release date, pricing and full specs!

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Pre-orders start Monday,
Nook Tablets in your hand Nov. 16 for $249

Behold, the Barnes and Noble Nook Tablet. Faster, lighter and no longer just a mere e-reader, if the promo materials we've been slipped have anything to say about it.

Let's back up a second, though. Barnes and Noble is in a horse race with the likes of Amazon and its new Kindle Fire to stake claim to the more-than-an-e-reader/not-quite-a-tablet realm. And The Nook Color did wonders for that over the past year. It was a slightly pricey (but still excellent) e-reader at $249, and it quickly became an above average Android tablet thanks to the Android hacking community.

So where does the all-new Nook Tablet fit in, with its "No, we're not an e-reader name"? We've got full specs, launch information and details on what we expect to see at next week's announcement. Keep on reading.

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2 years ago

HTC announces the Rezound on Verizon: 'The smartphone revolution is sweeping the world'

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We're live at HTC's little event in New York City, where the HTC Rezound for Verizon was just announced. And just as we expected, we've got a Beats Audio device on our hands, along with HTC Sense and a 4G LTE radio.

It's got a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM 8660 processor, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a 16GB mircoSD card. It'll ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is no surprise. But HTC says it's committed to upgrading it to Ice Cream Sandwich ASAP.

It's also HTC's first smartphone with a 720p resolution display. That is, the 4.3-inch display has a width of 720 pixels, just like the Galaxy Nexus.

HTC's also incorporating its newer camera technology into the Rezound, just like we've seen on the HTC Amaze. It's got an 8-megapixel sensor, f2.2 lens and 1080p video recording -- including slow-motion. There's a 2-megapixel up front.

And, of course, there's that Beats audio. "You should have the best audio experience in your mobile experience," they said at the launch event. And included with the HTC Rezound, of course, are Beats earbuds.

The HTC Rezound will be available Nov. 14 at Verizon, Best Buy an online -- for $299.99.

We've got the full press release after the break.

HTC Rezound Image Gallery | HTC Rezound Forums| HTC Rezound Specs

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2 years ago

HTC Rezound Specs

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HTC Rezound Key Features and Specifications

Key Features:

  • Studio crisp sound exclusively with Beats Audio™ technology
  • The 8MP camera and 1080p video captures perfect pictures every time
  • The 4.3-inch HD 720p screen offers revolutionary pixel density
  • Carries the latest in HTC Sense innovations

Specifications:

  • Processor: Qualcomm MSM8660, 1.5 GHz, Qualcomm MDM9600
  • OS: Android Gingerbread w/HTC Sense
  • Memory: 1 GB DDR2 RAM, 16 GB memory, 16 GB microSD
  • Dimensions: 5.1” x 2.6” x .54” (LxWxT)
  • 4.3” (diagonal) super LCD WVGA (1280x720)
  • Display: HD 720p
  • Battery: 1620mAh LiIon
  • Connectivity: HDMI, Bluetooth 3.0 + Headset, WiFi®: IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Sensors / Charging: G - sensor, Light sensor, Compass, Proximity sensor, MicroUSB, USIM/CSIM/ISIM, audio jack, Wireless Charging
  • Camera: 8.0 megapixel camera with auto focus, /2.2, 28mm wide angle lens, 2 x LED flash, 2 megapixel front camera, 1080p video recorder

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2 years ago

HTC Rezound image gallery

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2 years ago

Live, tonight, it's Girls Gone Gadgets!

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When Kevin introduced you to Mobile Nations, he mentioned some of the great new initiatives we had planned. We've been hard at work on one of those for a while now -- Mobile Nations Broadcasting.

Mobile Nations Broadcasting brings together all your favorite audio shows, including the Android Central Podcast, the CrackBerry.com Podcast, iPad Live and iPhone Live, the PalmCast, and the WPCentral Podcast, along with our cross-site, cross-industry Mobile Nations Podcast, and new shows we've added over the summer, including ZENandTECH to help you center your inner geek, Iterate on mobile design and user experience, and Superfunctional to keep our bodies in balance with our gear. And we've brought them to life -- with video.

We've got some great new technology behind us and it lets us not only stream all our hosts, for all our shows to you in real time, but make them available to you afterwards on YouTube, via RSS and iTunes, and... well let's just say a lot more places to come. We've already launched Monday Brief, Android Central Video, iPad Live Video, iPhone Live Video and TiPb TV, ZENandTECH Video, and Mobile Nations Video, and we'll have the other shows on your screens and your TVs very, very soon. And we're not stopping there. We have a few other new shows in the pipeline as well and we can't wait for you to see them. Starting tonight, with Girls Gone Gadgets.

Girls Gone Gadgets is hosted by Georgia and Ashley Esqueda, two of the smartest, savviest, sexiest, and most entertaining women in tech. They'll be bringing you everything from Android to iOS, from the hottest devices to the latest gadgets, from kickass apps to the most mind-blowing accessories you can imagine.

GGG premieres tonight at 10:30pm EDT. See you there!

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2 years ago

iOnRoad - Using augmented reality for safer driving

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For the past few years, apps for safer driving have been popping up all over the place -- all seeking to keep you safe on the road but when you think of augmented reality, that's not likely something you relate to safer driving. iOnRoad is looking to change that with their beta application released a few days ago:

iOnRoad improves driving in real-time using the power of advanced smartphones. The app uses the smartphone’s native camera and sensors to detect vehicles in front of the vehicle, alerting  drivers when they are in danger. iOnRoad’s VisualRadar™, maps objects in front of the driver in realtime, calculating the user’s current speed using native sensors. As the vehicle approaches danger, an audio-visual warning pops up to warn the driver of a possible collision, allowing them to brake in time. The app can be used in “background mode,” allowing users to use the navigation app or take phone calls, while still remaining safe on the road.

iOnRoad has some great features baked into the app as well. Notification narration, road snapshots, so you have a record of bad drivers when you spot them or if you need to refer to them later. Plus, it learns from your driving habits which, can be viewed on your personal web dashboard. The app is available in the Android Market right now, in beta status and you can head on over to the iOnRoad website for more details. Download and some images past the break.

Source: iOnRoad

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2 years ago

Android App Review: HDR Camera+

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HDR is all the rage these days. Doing whatever it takes to get the true intensity of colors in a photo makes a lot of sense, as it can really add to the drama and beauty of photos you've taken.You can do this on a computer, and you can also do it on your phone.

HDR Camera+ takes a series of pictures in rapid succession (five or so), fuses them together, and then increases the range of colors in one single, high- resolution picture.

There's a built-in image stabilizer, so you don't need to try and keep your hand unflinchingly steady while all of the pictures are taken. In fact, the only time I saw a blurry picture was when I dramatically swung the camera around after I'd started the process, which speaks volumes about how strong the stabilization and merging processes are. And as always, lighting will play a key factor.

There's also a settings menu where you're able to change things like the color vividness, local contrast, micro contrast, exposure, and noise reduction, so you can tweak your newly HDR'd photos to your liking, before you've taken a single shot.

HDR Camera+ does cost a premium price of $3.99, but for the ability to take high quality HDR pictures all from your phone, that's a small price to pay.

We've got more examples of some HDR shots and download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid Razr in Verizon stores at 11:11 a.m. Nov. 11?

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We know the Motorola Droid RAZR is scheduled to ship by Nov. 10 -- that's officially official. But whwat we haven't had is an in-store date. Looks like that's going to be Nov. 11, and Verizon's getting cute with an 11:11 a.m. release. Let's hope that's just a little gimmick you don't actually have to wait an extra couple of hours after the store opens, but stranger thanks have happened. (Updated with one more pic.)

Update 2: Now we're hearing there's a pretty good chance you'll be able to walk in and pick one up Nov. 10 as well. Worth a shot.

Thanks, anon!
More in the Droid RAZR forums

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Nexus gets rooted

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Got your shiny new Samsung Galaxy Nexus yet? Nope, didn't think so. But when you do, you'll be pleased to hear that MoDaCo's Paul O'Brien has already got a root solution ready and waiting for you. Paul's "Superboot" program installs a specialized boot image to the Galaxy Nexus, which automatically roots it at startup, meaning you don't have to worry about mucking around with your paritions to gain full control over your phone.

So if you're a Google engineer, a carrier tester or a visitor from around fourteen days in the future, then be sure to hit up the source link for further instructions.

Source: MoDaCo

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