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2 years ago

Google Books finally lands in the UK

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Until now, only our friends across the pond have been able to purchase content from Google Books. That changes today as the service finally arrives in the UK.

The usual plethora of free public domain ebooks are available, as well as as content from some of the largest publishing houses in the UK. 

As with the U.S. version of the service, it's designed to be open with your content available to read on the web reader, Apple devices, e-readers from the likes of Sony and Kobo, and of course your Android devices. With the books stored remotely in the cloud, you can change device and pick up where you left off, much like Amazon's Whispersync. 

Google also claims to have been working with independent retailers, to allow the sale of Google Books through other bookstores in the UK. 

Check out the links below for more about Google Books in the UK, and to download the Google Books app. 

Source: Google

More: Google Books in the UK, Google Books Web Reader

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2 years ago

Phillips and Company launch Blue Marble -- transform your roof into a giant QR code

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PR firm Phillips & Company has unveiled Blue Marble, a new service that will allow you to mark your roof with a giant QR code, snapping an aerial picture, then integrating it into Google Maps or Google Earth.

Hot damn.

Space is not just a destination – it is a platform for applications and services. Our use of satellite imagery in day-to-day applications is proof that our ‘big blue marble’ called Earth is one global market accessible through the Internet, mobile phones and GPS devices. By using QR code technology, we are taking dynamic marketing to literally the next level – low-earth orbit. But the benefits are to any company on Earth that wants to optimize their real estate investment and build a marketing program that can take advantage of today’s mobile revolution.

Says Phillips & Company President Rich Phillips.  And he's probably right, because he knows marketing and trends.  All I know is that this is a very cool idea, and can't wait to see how it gets abused used in fun ways by companies (like Google or Apple) that have a sense of humor.  I'd do it myself, if the cost weren't so prohibitive -- it starts at $8,500, with a recurring $200 support fee.  That's providing you can keep to Blue Marble's schedule, as costs for a special event outside of said schedule is an additional $49,500.  Wowza.  Looks like my giant QR code for Jerry's tasty porch-cooked ribs and chicken will have to wait until I hit the lottery.  Hit the break for the full press release.

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2 years ago

Mobile Nations 8: The Four Cs

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Phil, Kevin, Derek, and Rene discuss Apple's iPhone 4S event, the Nexus Prime, BlackBerry BBX and superphones, the Amazon Kindle Fire, and Amazon webOS rumors, and the hierarchy of tablet needs. This is MobileNations!

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the HTC Sensation XL

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HTC's just unveiled the Sensation XL, its new 4.7-inch monster of a smartphone with Beats Audio. We've also had the chance to try out the phone, which comes with a brand new version of HTC Sense -- version 3.5 -- along with Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread. At 4.7 inches, the Sensation XL is one of the largest Androids we've seen, and with a 1.5 GHz CPU inside it's no slouch either.

We've already seen Beats Audio on the Sensation XE, the red-trimmed refresh of the original Sensation that appeared in mid-September. However, HTC is billing the Sensation XL as the first smartphone built from the ground up with Beats in mind. In addition, the new Sense 3.5 brings faster performance, along with a few neat UI tweaks.

Join us after the jump for all-important hands-on video, along with more photos.

Sensation XL Specs | Sensation XL Forums

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2 years ago

HTC Sensation XL gallery

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HTC Sensation XL specs

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HTC Sensation XL with Beats Audio™ Specifications

Find all the HTC Sensation XL specs after the break.

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2 years ago

HTC announces the Sensation XL with Beats Audio

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HTC has just announced a brand new Android smartphone at its Beats Audio event in London. The Sensation XL is a massive 4.7-inch device running Android 2.3 Gingerbread as well as the new HTC Sense 3.5 UI. Like the smaller Sensation XE, the Sensation XL will ship with urBeats headphones, which HTC and Beats Electronics say will let customers experience music "as the artist intended".

HTC's also upped the ante in terms of camera technology, introducing a new 8MP rear camera with a f/2.2 aperture, a backside illuminated sensor and a 28mm wide-angle lens for improved low-light performance.

Release is expected in Europe starting early November. Join us after the jump for the Sensation XL presser, and stay tuned for full hands-on coverage and the official spec list.

Specs | Gallery | Forums

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2 years ago

Sony to buy out Ericsson in their mobile division, says WSJ

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According to the Wall Street Journal and sources "familiar with the matter", Sony Corp is near finalizing a deal that will buy out Telefon AB L.M. Ericsson's holdings in the mobile division.  This would make Sony the sole owner of Sony Ericsson, the world's sixth-largest cell phone manufacturer, and set them up for a future in the mobile industry.

"Sony aims to integrate its smartphone operation with its businesses in tablets, hand-held game machines, and personal computers to save on costs and better synchronize development of mobile devices" says the WSJ's source, and that sounds like a very solid strategy.  The new Sony tablets have been well received by the media, and Sony is a name everyone recognizes.  We can only hope their penchant for DRM and control doesn't nullify the strides Sony Ericsson has taken in respect to open-hardware and community developer support should the buyout happen as planned.

Source: Wall Street Journal (paid content)

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2 years ago

Coming up: HTC live in London with Beats Audio

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Just a quick reminder that we're live in London this evening -- afternoon/morning for those of you in the United States -- for an unveiling of ... something. Can't quite put our finger on why, but we think Beats Audio has something to do with it. Stay tuned, and hit us up on Twitter for the latest updates.

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2 years ago

Android Theme Review: Tangerine

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My love affair with theming my CM7 install has taken a turn for the orange, or tangerine, in this case. MellowYellow served me well, but something about orange has just been piquing my interest as of late, so I sped off into the Android Market, looking for something that would suffice. After some unfocused digital sleuthing, I finally came across this excellent theme by Sonny Sekhon: Tangerine.

Tangerine takes all of the status bar icons and turns them orange. It also puts the battery percentage inside the battery icon by default, so if you're running the option where you have the percentage next to a vertical bar, you can go ahead and disable that.

The pulldown notification bar has also been themed, with unique icons taking the place of the standard widget button icons. The pulldown bar itself is transparent with an orange arrow at the bottom. To top it off, all your actual notifications are on a metallic silver background.

The dialer is pretty stock, with just a hint of transparency to it. There's also some nice icon theming that takes place, like most of the stock Google apps, for starters. Messaging has been rendered completely orange, for one, and Gmail's iconic "M" follows suit nicely.

Where Tangerine really pulls ahead in terms of theming is its detail in regards to things like buttons, check boxes, highlighting fields, and toast notifications. I know those all sound like really minor things and they kind of are (how many toast notifications do you get in a day, really?), but when you look at the sum of the parts, you'll come to realize just how much orange is peppered throughout this theme.

Overall, Tangerine is awesome. It only costs a dollar and has totally transformed my look from the yellow idea I had previously. It's fresh and very cool and definitely adds a bit of kick to your phone in a color most people wouldn't expect to see.

We've got download links and more pictures after the break.

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