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2 years ago

Amazon adds PBS content to Prime; Kindle Fire will feature day-after episodes

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The Amazon Kindle Fire, which was announced last month, will debut in mid-November. It's a content consumption device that will integrate with all of Amazon's media services. As we near the release, Amazon continues to announce more content deals for its Prime instant video service. Prime was strictly about free two-day shipping until recently when they added the ability to stream thousands of movies and tv shows with the membership. The latest is PBS, which is providing a variety of shows including day-after availability for some titles.

The PBS library will be over 1,000 large and will include episodes from: NOVA, Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Prohibition, The French Chef and documentaries from Ken Burns (Baseball, The National Parks: America's Best Idea, The Civil War). Day-after availability will be offered for Frontline and Washington Week.

With the addition of this content from PBS, Amazon's Prime library is now up to 12,000 titles.

If you purchase a Kindle Fire, you will have access to a free month of Amazon Prime, which other than these instant videos, includes free two-day shipping. Membership fee is $79/year.

In the cuthroat world that is content licensing, expect to see Amazon to continue to announce more titles to compete with Netflix, particularly once the Kindle Fire is in the hands of millions of people.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the up and coming tablet, please visit our Amazon Kindle Fire Forum.

Source: Press release

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2 years ago

T-Mobile G2 gets an OTA update to Android 2.3.4, brings better battery life and more

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While tons of news has been kicking around about Ice Cream Sandwich, the rest of us are hoping and praying that our devices won't be left behind in terms of updates. The T-Mobile G2 has not been forgotten, yet instead there is an OTA that started rolling out yesterday. Included in this update to Android 2.3.4 are the following improvements:

  •     Google Security Patch
  •     Google Skymap improvements
  •     Battery life improvements
  •     Data connection while roaming domestically

So, if you are a G2 owner and have yet to receive the update prompt, head into your settings then about phone and check for your update. Be sure to hop in the forums and let us know how the update goes for you, and any improvements you notice!

Source: T-Mobile; Thanks, Stacy!

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2 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich SDK system dump available -- devs and themers get at it!

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With the Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich just around the corner, everyone's excited for all the new features and look.  We can't offer a way to get any of the features just yet -- that'll have to wait till the code drops -- but your favorite themer sure can have a ball with the system files from the SDK.  All the graphics are there -- icons, status bar symbols, interface elements, etc. -- ripe for the taking and ready to be worked into a great new theme for your current rooted Android phone.  If you're the theme-creating type, yet don't want to fool with extracting everything out of the system images, we got ya covered.  Hit the forums and download it.  Be sure to give us a holler when you create something with them, we'd love to have a look!

Download the Ice Cream Sandwich SDK system dump

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2 years ago

Relive the Ice Cream Sandwich/Galaxy Nexus event all over again

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Google's posted the official event video. Enjoy.

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2 years ago

ASUS unleashes Transformer 2 video

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ASUS has let slip a teaser video for the next Transformer tablet. And in a word: Sexy. Obviously thinner and sleeker than the original Transformer -- which we were very much smitten with -- the sequel also looks to have a detachable keyboard dock, also redesigned.

Our big question at this point, though: Honeycomb? Or Ice Cream Sandwich? Check it out after the break.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Three, O2 and Vodafone to carry Galaxy Nexus in the UK

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Three, O2 and Vodafone UK are the first British network to announce that they'll be carrying the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which was unveiled at the recent Samsung Unpacked event in Hong Kong.

In Three's case, the device will run on the carrier's HSPA+ network, which it aims to have rolled out to 80% of the country by the end of 2011. Voda and O2 have kept quiet on the subject of HSPA+ so far.

As there doesn't seem to be any exclusivity agreement in place in the UK, we can probably expect fairly competitive pricing as the three networks battle for their share of Galaxy Nexus customers. We'll keep you posted if we hear anything from the two remaining carriers, Orange and T-Mobile. Hit the source links for more details direct from Three, O2 and Vodafone.

Source: Three Media Centre, @O2, @VodafoneUK

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2 years ago

HTC on ICS: 'reviewing its features and functionality to determine our upgrade plans'

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Here's official word on HTC's plans for Ice Cream Sandwich, straight from your favorite three-lettered manufactuer:

"We are excited about the latest update for Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, and are currently reviewing its features and functionality to determine our upgrade plans. Our goal for Android updates is to give every customer an improved user experience, which means balancing each phone's unique hardware, HTC Sense experience and the Android kernel. While our goal is to upgrade as many of our recent devices as possible, we are committed to maintaining every phone's performance and usability first. Please stay tuned for more updates on specific device upgrade plans."

That's hardly a surprising answer. We're certainly curious how -- or even if -- the Sense customizations will work with what we've seen so far in Ice Cream Sandwich. It's going to be an interesting six months or so, won't it?

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2 years ago

Calling all speed demons - Galaxy Nexus!

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Robots, light cycles, Galaxy Nexus -- Awesome. Hit the 20 second mark if you're a Verizon user.

Source: Android Developers; Thanks, Will!

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2 years ago

Android Beam makes NFC for more than paying for things

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So we're all still fresh from seeing Ice Cream Sandwich in all it's glory, but one of the cool new features unveiled during the presentation was Android Beam. 

Taking advantage of the in built NFC chip on the Galaxy Nexus, Android Beam makes it possible to share various kinds of data with another enabled device. The presentation showed loading a webpage on one device, and sending it via Android Beam to another. 

The feature also works with sharing Google Maps information, YouTube videos, contact information, and applications right out of the box. The example, Minecraft being played on one device, beamed to the other and up came the Market link for Minecraft. 

The API is going to be opened up to developers to take advantage of in their own applications too. While a pretty limited market initially, it seems clear that Google intends to get fully behind NFC technology. 

 

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2 years ago

Google updates Nexus site with Galaxy Nexus details

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Google hasn't wasted any time setting people up for the Galaxy Nexus. Already, the Samsung Nexus S has been removed from the domain to make way for the Galaxy Nexus. You can check out a list of features for both the device and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich plus, register for updates when they become available. Still reading this? Go now.

Source: Google Nexus

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