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2 years ago

Welcome back to Monday: Here's what you missed

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We're out on the West Coast this week, which means we're even more laid back than usual and a couple hours behind the rest of you in the U.S. But that's no excuse for missing out on some of the great stories we posted over the weekend. Here are a few you might have missed:

Three stories you surely don't want to to miss.

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2 years ago

Some Motorola Xoom LTE upgrades have a quick turnaround, bring a new OTA, and make things zoom-ier.

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Quite a few of you guys have sent your 3G Motorola Xoom's off to get the LTE upgrade, and we're hearing good things all around.  If you've sent yours off, expect to receive a small OTA update to HLK75D when it returns (packed full of performance-related improvements per the notification, just like the Wifi models) if you haven't already received it, and of course expect some fast-as-heck data speeds.  Turn around time seems to be good -- we're hearing it averages about a week -- and so far (knock on wood) we haven't heard a single horror story or tale of misfortune.

Motorola and Verizon may have taken longer than anyone would have liked -- and we are hearing the occasional story about delays for the retrofit -- but it looks like they are making good on their promises.  Hit the break for two more pictures that are sure to make any Xoom owner smile.

More: Motorola Xoom Forums; Thanks Chris and Jon for the pics!

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2 years ago

LG touts its new 'True HD IPS' screen tech

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LG's actually had one of the better screen technologies of the past year that most in the United States haven't gotten to experience. That'd be the "NOVA" display on the Optimus Black. In a word: Noyce. And now LG's bringing its first 720p display with "True HD IPS" on the LG Optimus LTE.

Impressive enough is the resolution -- 1280 x 720 with a 16:9 aspect ratio. The other bullet points LG is pimping:

  • More information at a glance with genuine 1280 x 720 HD resolution and 16:9 screen viewing without distortion, which are the same standards used in the television industry;
  • Sharper and crisper text thanks to 329 ppi real RGB resolution;
  • True natural colors that are the most comfortable to eyes;
  • Automatic color adjustments applied by LG’s exclusive Mobile HD Graphic Engine;
  • HD Movie Editor to create personalized HD videos quickly and easily.

We're going to have to withold judgment, of course, until we actually see the thing, which should be soon enough. But it looks like 720p is about to become the new high-end standard, and likely looking to throw LG right into the mix with the likes of Samsung and its Super AMOLED Plus displays.

Full preser's after the break.

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2 years ago

Motorola introduces the ET1 Enterprise tablet

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Motorola announced its ET1 tablet this morning, which its calling an Enterprise-class tablet "designed for a variety of vertical markets." The Gingerbread-powered ET1 is designed for durability and security with some pretty respectable guts under the hood:

  • Android 2.3.4 with enhanced Enterprise functionality
  • 7 inch, 1024 x 600 display at 350 NIT, with Gorilla Glass
  • OMAP4 Dual-core processor at 1 GHz
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 4 GB Flash memory with pre-installed 4 GB microSD card
  • 4620 mAH Smart Li-Ion battery
  • 8 MP rear camera with 720p video, front camera
  • 5.14 in. H x .98 in D x 8.82 in W
  • 1.4 pounds

It might not be the tablet-of-choice for the everyday consumer, but for businesses looking for a sturdy, Enterprise-ready tablet, the ET1 is looking pretty attractive. It'll be available in January 2012 through Motorola partners only, though no word yet on price. Full specs and a product tour from Motorola are at the source link.

Source: Motorola

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Wi-Fi 5-inch now available in the UK

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Samsung has announced the availability of the 5-inch Galaxy Wi-Fi, a 5-inch personal media player based on its Galaxy S line of smartphones.  It's powered by a 1GHz single-core TI OMAP processor, and runs Samsung's TouchWiz UI on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. No pricing information is included in the press release, but a cursory glance at Google Shopping shows prices of around £200 (~$310).

The 5-inch Galaxy Wi-Fi is available now in the UK, while the smaller 3.6-inch variant is slated for a UK launch sometime in November.

If you're partial to the occasional press release, you'll find one waiting for you after the jump.

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2 years ago

Sleepy Jack arrives exclusively on Xperia Play for a limited time

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Another day, another Xperia Play exclusive. This time it's the popular iOS game Sleepy Jack that's coming to Sony Ericsson's PlayStation-certified device before any other Androids. Sleepy Jack is a 3D flying game where players must guide Jack through a series of dream worlds, collecting Zs as they go. We had a chance to try out a pre-release version of the game on Xperia Play last month and were really impressed with the level of polish and overall smoothness of the game.

Xperia Play owners can also get Sleepy Jack at a reduced price -- just £0.99 (~$1.55) -- for a "very limited" time. There's no word on how long it'll be before other Android devices are able to play Sleepy Jack, but in the meantime Xperia Play owners can find the Market link and QR code after the jump.

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2 years ago

Motorola and Verizon throwing down next week

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Hmmm, what have we here? Motorola seems to be hosting an event on Oct 18, 2011 to introduce something "Faster. Thinner. Smarter. Stronger" but no hints as to what it could be. Could we see the new Xoom 2's coming, or maybe the Motorola RAZR (aka the Droid HD), or an early launch of a Droid 4? Keep your eyes peeled, and sound off in the comments as to what you think they'll be announcing!

Update: Moto's just published a teaser video for the Oct 18 event on its MotorolaTV YouTube channel, promising "four reasons to get excited". Hit the jump to check it out.

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2 years ago

Netflix changes its mind again, abandons Qwikster before it launches

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Netflix has killed its DVD-only spinoff Qwikster, less than a month after it introduced the world to its new business plan. Facing major backlash for increasing prices, Qwikster seemed to be a way for Netflix to deflect some bad publicity, but much like everything for Netflix lately, it backfired with less-than-stellar reception from current customers. So what does this mean for your Android device? Not much: you'll still be streaming on the go, but with a single account that manages both your Instant Watch and DVD queue.

Here's the e-mail that's going out:

It is clear that for many of our members two websites would make things more difficult, so we are going to keep Netflix as one place to go for streaming and DVDs.

This means no change: one website, one account, one password…in other words, no Qwikster.

While the July price change was necessary, we are now done with price changes.

We're constantly improving our streaming selection. We've recently added hundreds of movies from Paramount, Sony, Universal, Fox, Warner Bros., Lionsgate, MGM and Miramax. Plus, in the last couple of weeks alone, we've added over 3,500 TV episodes from ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, USA, E!, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, ABC Family, Discovery Channel, TLC, SyFy, A&E, History, and PBS.

We value you as a member, and we are committed to making Netflix the best place to get your movies & TV shows.

Respectfully,

The Netflix Team

Oh, and yes, those price adjustments are still in effect. I guess we can't have our cake and eat it too.

Source: Netflix

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2 years ago

Verizon announces the Samsung Stratosphere, available Oct. 13

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Verizon this morning announced its first 4G LTE-capable smartphone with a slide-out keyboard -- the Samsung Stratosphere. It'll be available Oct. 13 for $149 after two-year contract and a $50 rebate.

It's got a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, powered by a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor. It's all running Android 2.3, with a wealth of business features, including Exchange Active Sync, Cisco AnyConnect, encryption services and Sybase Afaria for IT device management.

It's got a 5MP camera on the back, capable of shooting video up to 720p, and a 1.3MP shooter up front. And it'll serve as a mobile hotspot for as many as eight devices over 4G, and five over 3G.

Full presser's after the break.

Samsung Stratosphere forum | Samsung Stratosphere specs | Stratosphere gallery

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