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2 years ago

Qualcomm announces a load of new processors, and exclusive games for Android devices

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New chips with better performance and enhanced battery life are always welcomed in our devices, right? Well this morning Qualcomm announced some additions to their new lines of processors, bringing a next generation Snapdragon processor to all smartphone and tablet devices. These new processors, which were built from the ground up, not only aim to bring better power management and a significant performance boost, but it will also carry lower inventory costs, which is a huge plus. 

In addition to the processor announcement Qualcomm has also announced that they are looking to bring a bunch of high performance games to the Android platform, some of these titles include The Ball, Fight Game Heroes, and Galaga Special Edition. These titles will be aimed to take full advantage of the new processors, giving an unmatched gaming experience.

Source: Qualcomm

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2 years ago

Amazon UK has Galaxy Nexus slated for Dec. 2

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Ask any three retailers anywhere in the world when the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will actually go on sale, and you're likely to get three different answers. And now, Amazon UK's got the object of our affection slated for Dec. 2. Meanwhile, we still have no official date from Verizon here in the U.S., and we're closing in on a month since the phone was actually announced.

Source: Amazon UK; thanks, Bob!

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2 years ago

Vivid (the porn company) takes on the HTC Vivid (as in the phone)

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See, folks, you've gotta be careful when you're naming things, otherwise you might find yourself on the wrong end of porn. Wait. Back that thang up. Erm, we mean let's back up. Uhhh, start at the begnning.

Adult entertainment company Vivid Entertainment -- perhaps you know their work -- apparently has sent a cease-and-desist letter to HTC, claiming that the new HTC Vivid -- one of AT&T's first LTE Android smartphones -- is infringing on its trademarked name. The Verge confirmed the letter with HTC and rightfully notes that this could be Vivid Entertainment vigorously defending its trademarks (and of there's one way Vivid knows how to work, it's vigorously), as you're required to do in such cases.

But also remember that Vivid has already announced its own Google TV channel, so the lines are being blurred a little bit. That doesn't mean you're likely to see a dedicated porn phone anytime soon, though you'll recall how someone already thought there was one. And this isn't the first naming spat HTC's seen -- the HTC ChaCha's been targeted by an online search engine of the same name, and it was changed to the ChaChaCha in Spain because of translation issues.

Source: TMZ; More: The Verge

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2 years ago

Kindle Fire source code released

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There's the trifecta, folks. We've got ADB access on the Kindle Fire, you can already root the Kindle Fire with SuperOneClick, and Amazon's already dropped the source code for public consumption, which is darn nice of them (and also required under the open-source agreements used in Android).

Not a whole lot most of us can do with the binaries, but it's another big step on the road to custom ROMs.

Download: Kindle Fire Source Code; Source: Amazon; via BriefMobile
More in the Kindle Fire Forums

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2 years ago

Cox getting out of the wireless business, service shut-down scheduled for March 30, 2012

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Cox Wireless started off like many that in the wireless business that have come before and now long since passed. With big dreams and little bit of the 700Mhz spectrum they wanted to offer the best services possible to their customers and they even managed to release the HTC Hero and the HTC Desire but now they're calling it a wrap after having ultimately become nothing more then a Sprint MVNO that was on its way out to begin with. They've now expedited their exit and as such will be shutting down sales of wireless devices and services come November 16th with a complete departure and shut down now happening come March 30th, 2012. One more image can be found past the break -- you know, nail in the coffin so to speak.

Source: Cox; More: Engadget

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2 years ago

Root the Kindle Fire using SuperOneClick

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We've already got proper ADB access to the Amazon Kindle Fire, and now it's time to root the thing. And it couldn't be easier. All it takes is the venerable SuperOneClick program, and you're on your way.

That doesn't mean custom ROMs just yet -- there's still a bit more work to be done before that happens. And it remains to be seen if the $199 Kindle Fire will be the new affordable and hacker-friendly tablet of choice, or if the Nook Tablet (which is only $50 with better specs on paper) will wear that crown. Regardless, this is turning into one hell of a horse race.

Download: SuperOneClick; via Kindle Fire Forums

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2 years ago

How-To: Enable ADB on your Kindle Fire (Windows)

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Amazon Kindle Fire forums

Wanna sideload apps (or use ADB for any other reason) to your Kindle Fire via your computer?  It's really easy -- just add the USB Vendor ID to the Windows ini file.  Even reading it seems more complicated than it really is.  On your Windows computer, press the Start button, then choose "All programs" > "Accessories" > "Command prompt" to open the text based command prompt for your computer.  Then copy the following line, and past it into the command window:

echo 0x1949 >> "%USERPROFILE%\.android\adb_usb.ini

Press the Enter key, and you're done.  What's it doing you ask?  It's adding the Vendor ID (0x1949) to the end of the Users\%your_user_name%\.android\adb_usb.ini file, so that the Android SDK tools can communicate with your Kindle Fire.  Doing it via the command prompt means you don't have to make hidden and protected files viewable, and it has a little bit of nerd factor to make you smile inside.

Once you've done that, enable Unknown sources in your Fire, connect it to your computer, and you can install apps just like you would with any other Android device.  For more help on installing and setting up the Android SDK, visit the forums

Source: ACT Local Media (Mac instructions are there) via Android Guys

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2 years ago

Sprint flips the switch to become first U.S. carrier to launch Wireless Emergency Alerts

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After having all Tier-1 carriers across the country come to an agreement surrounding the use of the Wireless Emergency Alerts, Sprint is the first U.S. carrier to enable the services. Working together with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Sprint customers will be able to accept SMS alerts from the president of the United States, the National Weather Service and state and local emergency operations centers based on their location. The service is an opt-in choice, and those wishing to do so will need to activate it on capable handsets by completeing the following process:

Sprint customers can activate the service by dialing ##CMAS# or ##2627#, and choosing to “enable the CMAS client” when prompted.

Sprint will be testing Wireless Emergency Alerts in New York City, along with the New York City Office of Emergency Management, the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate, and FEMA using different geo-targeted wireless alerts to Sprint devices located in Brooklyn, The Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. More info and a list of compatible can be found past the break or via the Sprint website in the link below.

Source: Sprint

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2 years ago

Editorial: Dear Amazon, usernames and passwords exist for a reason

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Kindle Fire ships with your username and password
already entered, ready to make purchases

We interrupt our regularly scheduled Amazon Kindle Fire review for this timely editorial.

I'm really not a tinfoil hat type -- maybe a little too much on the other side of that spectrum, actually. But I'm really not crazy about how Amazon's shipping the Kindle Fire. Here's how it works: You order a Kindle Fire from Amazon, they ship it to you. You open the shipping box, and then the specially designed, "Certified frustration-free packaging" (which is pretty cool and mostly frustration-free). Unwrap the Kindle Fire, turn it on and connect to Wifi.

And find that you're already logged in, password and everything, ready to purchase books, magazines, apps and music.

This is not good.

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2 years ago

Mobile Nations 10: The F-word

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Phil Nickinson, Rene Ritchie, and special guest Michael DeGusta -- you might know his work from this post with a little chart in it -- talk about fragmentation, legacy, forks, and flexibility and how they challenge developers, designers, but most importantly -- consumers. This is a Mobile Nations Special Edition!

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