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2 years ago

Google reminds us App Inventor shutting down at end of year, download your projects now

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Google overnight sent out e-mails reminding users of its expiring App Inventor that it will no longer support the project on Dec. 31, 2011. As you'll recall, App Inventor was a tool that allowed anyone with arguably no programming skills to create Android apps, though it certainly wasn't quite as easy as that sounds. Google's shutting things down but open-sourcing the project to MIT, and you can migrate your projects over if you want to keep them. Head to App Inventor and hit the "Download all projects" button and you'll get a handy zip file.

Full text of the e-mail's after the break.

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2 years ago

New Mobile Nations video feeds, and introducing Stock Talk!

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Previously on Mobile Nations, Kevin told you all about our new network brand, and I had the honor of introducing Mobile Nations Broadcasting and the new Girls Gone Gadgets show. We've also been hard at work behind the scenes as well.

We've now got Mobile Nations United feed for both audio and video so you can get all your favorite shows, all in one place. Speaking of video, we've set up RSS feeds for all the video versions -- including Mobile Nations, Android Central, CrackBerry.com, Girls Gone Gadgets, iPad Live, iPhone Live, PalmCast, TiPb TV, and ZENandTECH with WPCentral coming soon -- so you can subscribe now right in your favorite podcatcher.

You can also find all our shows, including the video versions, on iTunes. Just head on over to the Mobile Nations iTunes page and subscribe away! (Please leave a rating while you're at it -- it helps encourage iTunes to feature us so more great people get to discover the shows). We'll be moving quickly to get them on all your other favorite platforms, services, and apps as well. If we're not yet where you want to watch or listen to us, let us know in the comments and we'll get there as quickly as possible!

But that's not all. Later today we're launching another all-new show -- Mobile Nations Stock Talk with Chris Umiastowski and Edward Zabitsky. Combining rock solid technical knowledge with cutting edge analytical insight, Chris and Ed are going to break down what's happening -- and why - in today's rapidly changing mobile market.

Mobile Nations Stock Talk premieres this afternoon at 1pm EST at mobilenations.com/live. See you there!

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2 years ago

Nook for Android update adds Nook Newsstand

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Just in case you've not already updated as of yet -- Barnes & Noble is now sending out emails letting everyone know Nook Newsstand has now been added to the Nook for Android app along with a brand new UI as well as some bug fixes:

  • NOOK Newsstand on smartphones
  • Personalized recommendations
  • Larger book and newsstand covers in your NOOK Library for easier browsing
  • Global lock orientation setting

The additions also suggest various other bug fixes have been put in place but don't call anything specific out. Though, if you are updateing make sure to note that versions prior to 2.7 to 3.0 requires sign-in & re-downloading items where as 2.7 and up do not. Since the update started rolling out last week, you might want to check the reviews first before upgrading to see how people are liking it as you may wish to stay on your current version.

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2 years ago

Samsung Illusion device page surfaces on Verizon Infocenter

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It's been a while since we talked about the Samsung Illusion, but a friendly ninja just dropped off a screencap of the Verizon Infocenter page for the entry-level handset in our inbox.  Imagine a smaller version of the Nexus S, minus the vanilla Gingerbread build and plus an SD card slot, and you'll have a pretty good picture of what to expect.  The 1GHz Hummingbird and 512MB of RAM should make for a pretty damn speedy experience with the smaller resolution, though the tiny 3MP camera and TFT display clearly mark this one with the budget or entry-level tag.  With a 3.5-inch display and a curved design, it should be a pleasure to carry and use for talking, but the HVGA (480x320) resolution isn't going to win many points for you gamers out there. 

All in all, it looks like one of the best beginner phones we've ever seen, with decent specs that hopefully will mean a low price point.  We've no idea about price or release, other than rumors that say "this month".  The page in the Infocenter went live today, so Verizon is getting prepped.  When we know more, we'll tell you.

Thanks, ninja!

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2 years ago

Express from Sprint set to ship Nov. 18?

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Not quite sure exactly what we're looking at here, but according to the latest version of the internal Sprint Playbook, it's the Express, it's running Android 2.3, and it's coming Nov. 18 via direct shipping. In addition to the obvious BlackBerry-esque keyboard, it's got a 2.6-inch touchscreen, a 600 MHz processor, Sprint ID, a 3.2MP camera and 1500 mAh battery. It'll go for just $19.99 after two-year contract and $50 mail-in rebate.

Update: Pocketnow notes it looks to be the Huawei Boulder.

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2 years ago

RAZR convert, Preview text messages [From the Forums]

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New device leaks, updates and new apps. Can't ask for more then that in the run of a day. Well, i suppose you could but that's just being greedy. If you missed out on any of the news today make sure you get caught up here on the blogs and in the Android Central forums where we're always talking Android.

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

The Droid RAZR unboxing gods are not pleased

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We've warned you that unboxings are lame. This is what happens when you don't listen. Take the phone out of the box, then show the box. Anything else is a blatant unboxing violation.

Thanks, Scott!

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2 years ago

HTC Rezound arrives at lucky owner's doorstep early, gets unboxed just as early

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Anxiously awaiting Nov. 14 to arrive so you can get your hands on the brand new HTC Rezound? Well, it seems as though a lucky customer received their order from Verizon Wireless a bit early, and they broke out the video camera to show us what they got. So, check out the video above for a quick unbox and hardware tour, and then be sure to check out our hands-on video again!

Source: YouTube; Thanks, Jesse!

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2 years ago

Joe Mobi launches for Android devices - Build a customized Android app for your Wordpress blog

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If you run your own Wordpress blog, chances are you're using the Wordpress client to go ahead and access your blog on-the-go. But what if you could have your own, customized app built the way you wanted, branded and it had the capability to be shared with your readers. Would you use it? I'm sure a few of you out there would and that is exactly what Joe Mobi is offering.

While still running in beta status for now, the folks from Joe Mobi have gone ahead and launched their Android set up for Wordpress blog owners. Now, you can build a customized app for your blog and have it work on Android or BlackBerry devices. You can brand it with your own logo and icon, pick your own colors and more.

The service is free and when all is said and done you get a neatly packaged .apk to install for yourself and a link for which you can share with your readers. It's a pretty unique service and one I think a lot of people who run a Wordpress blog can make use of. You'll find their full press release past the break and you can hit the source link to get started on your own app today!

Source: Joe Mobi

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2 years ago

Behind the scenes with the LG DoublePlay at the U.S. National Texting Championships

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Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at the LG U.S. National Texting Championship? Our pal Stephanie -- aka the LG Girl -- gives you a backstage look at the tech that keeps the thumbs tapping on the LG DoublePlay.

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