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2 years ago

iOS 5 now available, TiPb walks you through it [the competition]

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We're an equal opportunity group of people here.  We know that a good many of you are curious exactly what the new iOS 5 update brings to the table -- and we're OK with that.  I was curious myself.  Luckily, Rene Ritchie has answered every question you or I could ever imagine -- and some we couldn't -- in his epic iOS 5 walkthrough. 

If you're curious, stumbled here on accident (stay a while -- you'll like what Android has to offer), or even thinking of picking up an Apple device, you need to have a read.  It's everything you wanted to know about iClouds, Siri, and Google Latitude Find my Friends.  Don't worry, we won't tell anyone. 

Read Rene's awesome iOS 5 walkthrough

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2 years ago

AT&T DriveMode now available for Android

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We heard a lot about safe driving initiatives during the CTIA keynote and now AT&T has launched their DriveMode service. What started life as an idea submitted to them, AT&T DriveMode was voted one of the top ideas and as such became a reality thanks to the AT&T Innovation Center. So what exactly is DriveMode?

AT&T DriveMode when enabled provides the option to send calls directly to voicemail, and to send an auto-reply to incoming emails. When the app is turned off, user can view the calls, messages and e-mails as they normally would.

DriveMode users can then pick 5 people which can be included on the "Allowed list" to send and receive calls while the app is running. 911 calls can be made and Music and Navigation settings allow one music and one navigation app to run while AT&T DriveMode is enabled.

The ultimate goal here is reduce distractions when driving therefore keeping drivers and pedestrians safe as possible. No message is important enough to lose a life over so if you find yourself tempted -- grab the app from the Android Market. You'll find the full press release and download link past the break.

Source: AT&T

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2 years ago

Modified Galaxy S devices on the way to Europe

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In the latest twist in the ongoing Apple v Samsung saga, it appears the Korean giant will try to prevent an injunction banning their devices in Europe by releasing modified versions of the affected Galaxy S devices. 

In case you haven't heard, a Dutch court ruled that Samsung had infringed on an Apple patent, and imposed an injunction against the Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and Galaxy Ace smartphones being sold in some European countries.

Samsung were given until Oct. 14 to address the matter, and a spokesman for Samsung has now confirmed that the affected devices have been modified, and will shortly be back on sale in the affected countries. 

Source: Reuters

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II and HTC Amaze 4G available today from T-Mobile

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If you're a T-Mobile subscriber, or considering it, today is a good day.  Both the HTC Amaze 4G and the Galaxy S II are now available for purchase, rounding out T-Mobile's already broad selection of Android devices with two more great ones.  Both of these phones will take advantage of the new HSPA+42 network (insert your own number of G's here) to offer great download speeds with minimal battery life impact, and let's be honest -- they both look HAWT.

The Amaze 4G (check out our hands-on) is a 4.3-inch qHD display, on top of a stunning body design.  The innards are amazing (see what we did there) as well, with a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon, 1GB of RAM, the latest version of HTC Sense on the Android 2.3.4 platform, and HTC's new camera at 8MP.  It'll cost $259 with a two-year contract and $50 mail-in-rebate.

The Galaxy S II (check out our hands-on) takes things a bit further in the size department, with a 4.53-inch Super AMOLED plus display.  Under the hood some changes were made from the original Galaxy S II line, to allow the 42 Mbps network to function -- but you'll never notice.  The dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon and 1GB RAM make Touchwiz 4 fly.  It'll cost $229 with a two-year contract and $50 mail-in-rebate.

T-Mobile Galaxy S II forums | HTC Amaze 4G forums

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2 years ago

Zlango adds icons to text messaging; we go hands-on

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Last time we checked, the great thing about text messages was that they're simple, short and don't take much brain power to digest. Zlango goes a different direction. The SMS replacement app, which launched today, adds a world of crazy little icons to your text messages. It's fully themed -- that's The Walking Dead theme you see above -- so you can customize to your heart's content. It's also got an easy on/off toggle if you want to switch back to normal.

You guys might not be ready for it yet, but your kids are gonna love it. Check out the video after the break.

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2 years ago

HTC Sensation XL headed to Three and O2 in the UK

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British networks O2 and Three will both carry HTC's recently-announced Sensation XL, according to new entries on both carriers' "coming soon" pages. The Sensation XL, a 4.7-incher with Beats Audio built-in, was unveiled at a swanky event at London's Roundhouse last Thursday. Be sure to check out our hands-on feature for more on the device itself.

Three's listing the Sensation XL with an "October" release date, however based on HTC's own timetable for the device, we'd be surprised to see it anywhere before November. Neither carrier has announced any pricing details, but based on pre-order prices of around £500 (~$775) that've been appearing over the past few days, we'd expect to see subsidized Sensation XLs given for free on contracts of around £30 per month.

Sensation XL Hands-on | Sensation XL Specs | Sensation XL Forums

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2 years ago

Sneak peek at an Android-based Philips Go Gear Connect Prototype

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Here's a sneak peek at a prototype of what is tentatively being called the Philips Go Gear Connect. It's very much a pre-release product -- so new they didn't even have any real specs to give us. But through our keen sense of deduction we were able to surmise that it's running Gingerbread, has a small screen and three buttons at the bottom.

Slightly surprising to us was that even though it's far from release and really not intended for public consumption just yet (whoops), it actually has all the Google apps -- Gmail, the Android Market and the like -- on board. No way of telling if that's because someone just put them on, or if this will be a PMP with Google's blessing. We're hoping it's the later.

More pics and some video are after the break.

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2 years ago

Tapjoy and MachineWorks NorthWest bring Duke Nukem 3D to Android

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Hail to the king, baby! Tapjoy and MachineWorks NorthWest have teamed up to bring the classic first-person shooter Duke Nukem 3D to the Android platform and we'll soon all be able to kick some alien ass:

“Duke Nukem is a legend in his own time, and he’d be the first person to tell you that,” said Rob Carroll, Tapjoy’s Director of Publishing for Tapjoy. “MachineWorks NorthWest has done a great job of bringing the brash, trash-talking character and all his ass-kicking glory to the mobile environment, and we are thrilled to be working with AAA studios like MachineWorks to help bring games of this caliber to Android.”

Duke Nukem 3D will be available very soon in the Android Market, with compatability for any device running Android 2.1 and higher. Press release is past the break, what are you waitin' for - Christmas?!

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2 years ago

Droid X2 update available now

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Word on the street tonight/this morning is that the latest update to the Motorola Droid X2 on Verizon is now available for download. That's the update that brings the following:

Device Features

  • Keyboard remains visible during text input.
  • Input characters are properly displayed during text entry.
  • Device will no longer lockup or reset when using the keyboard.
  • Charging indicator will display only when the device is plugged into a charger.
  • Home key functions correctly while the device is in the desktop cradle.
  • Successfully use the camera after unlocking the device.
  • Video quality has been improved for video recording and playback.
  • Mobile Hotspot password can now exceed 63 characters.
  • Improvement to the device stability limits resets and lockups.
  • The Magic Smoke live wallpaper animation now works properly.
  • Enjoy improved audio when streaming music.

Applications & Widgets

  •   When playing MP3s through the Music App, songs will not skip.
  •   Avoid YouTube video lockup while viewing.
  •   Desktop cradle application starts correctly.

That's quite the laundry list, indeed. Head on into your phone's settings to download the update now.

Droid X2 SpecsDroid X2 ForumsDroid X2 Accessories

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 hands on

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Remember the Galaxy Players that Samsung sprung on the world at their Galaxy Tab 8.9 unveiling late last month? Well, we got our hands on the 5-inch model again tonight here in San Diego, and we still like what we see. A refresher: the Galaxy Players are basically Android phones minus the phone. They run the latest version of Gingerbread, skinned with the Galaxy brand's TouchWiz UI. Both the 4.0 and 5.0 come with a single core processor clocked at 1 GHz and 512 MB RAM. The 4.0 has a 4-inch screen Super WVGA Super Clear LCD at 800 x 480 resolution, while the 5.0 has a 5-inch, WVGA TFT LCD display at 800 x 480 resolution. The screens are beautiful, and the 5-inch model is a beast. They'll launch this week (October 16, to be exact); the 4.0 will run you $229, the 5.0 will set you back $269. A video and a few new pictures are after the break.

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