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2 years ago

US Cellular releasing the Motorola Electrify at midnight online, in stores Sept. 26

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We let you all know not too long ago that US Cellular would be getting their own variation of the Motorola Photon (Full review) later this month dubbed the Motorola Electrify and now -- is later. Tonight at midnight, the Motorola Electrify will be available online through the US Cellular website and in some store locations tomorrow. A full launch of the device in store locations is expected on Sept 26 so if you're looking to pick one up tomorrow, make sure you call ahead to ensure they have stock.

The Electrify will be available for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate along with purchase of a data plan. A new two-year agreement and activation fee may apply for new customers but customers on Belief Plans who are eligible for an upgrade can get the promotional price without signing a new contract.

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2 years ago

Samsung releases kernel source for AT&T version of Galaxy S II

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Samsung has released the kernel (and other open-source bits) source for the AT&T version of the Galaxy S II (check out our hands-on), well in advance of the official October 2 release date.  While it doesn't include the files needed to build things like Touchwiz, which are not open sourced, it should give developers a nice head start on customizing the AT&T version -- leading to more than a few happy owners on the day it's released.  There's not much there for the average Joe to play with, but if you fancy yourself a kernel developer, hit the source link and have a go.

Source: Samsung
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2 years ago

Android Game Review: Muffin Knight

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Sometimes you just need to play a game that makes absolutely no sense. Something with a completely nonsensical, ludicrous plot that has simple mechanics and colorful graphics.

That game is Muffin Knight.

Writing this, I'm still not really sure what Muffin Knight is about. I've gathered that you play as a little warrior and collect muffins whilst either defeating or avoiding enemy animals. Downing a bad guy gets you some experience, and as you level up, you're able to upgrade any of the various warriors you've unlocked.

The actual muffin collecting is where the game takes a turn for the strange. Whenever you pick up a muffin, you turn into a different character that you've unlocked. The characters are all fundamentally similar (they can all jump, they all have an attack), but from there, it's up to you to know each character's speciality to survive and keep collecting muffins.

Collecting muffins gets you two things: new levels and new characters. For example, in my first playthrough, I unlocked a unicorn that poops out explosive rainbow mines. Yes, you read that correctly. You also start off with the knight, mage, archer, and gnome at the beginning of the game.

It's hard to say what exactly is so hypnotic about Muffin Knight. Is it the random chance of getting a character you've upgraded fully so you know you'll pwn whatever is barreling down on you? Maybe the fact you can play as a unicorn that poops out explosive rainbow mines? Perhaps it's the fact that when you fail to stop an enemy and they jump into a pit of flame (what? why would they do that?), they return on fire and run at double speed?

Regardless, Muffin Knight is fun. The controls are tight, the graphics are appealing and colorful, and the game is just neurotic and random enough to keep you from getting bored. Nearly endless entertainment is only $2.99, and we've got download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Mint.com Personal Finance app updated with new features

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Intuit's popular personal finance app Mint has been updated with a few new features, along with some security enhancements. You can now add transactions from your device, as well as view your available and current balances for each of your accounts. Mint also now supports Google Maps to change the location of your transaction, and Google Places to find a merchant when adding a transaction. You can grab the update from the Android Market after the break. 

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2 years ago

HTC Raider 4G heading to South Korea, could be the sibling of the Holiday

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This could be worth a trip to Asia. HTC introduced the Raider 4G this morning, a behemoth device available on South Korea's LTE network. It's Gingerbread-flavored with a 4.5-inch qHD IPS display, a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, a full 1 GB RAM, and both front and rear cameras, each capable of shooting up to 1080p video. If the Raider 4G looks familiar to you, it's because the device looks strikingly similar to the rumored HTC Holiday we caught a glimpse of earlier this month. The Holiday is said to be heading to AT&T's LTE network, though it isn't clear if all of the specs will match those of its apparent sibling. HTC's official announcment (translated from Korean) is available at the source link. 

Source: HTC (translated)

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2 years ago

AT&T's Galaxy S II will be available Oct. 2 for $199 on contract

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AT&T just announced on Twitter that its version of the Samsung Galaxy S II will be available Oct. 2 for $199 with a two-year contract and a minimum $15 data plan.

AT&T's version of the Galaxy S II differs slightly from Sprint's or T-Mobiles in that it's a (mere) 4.3-inch device. It's still got the same dual-core 1.2GHz processor though, and we're willing to bet it'll be another screamer. Full specs include:

  • 4G – HSPA+
  • Android (2.3 Gingerbread)
  • GSM Quad-band (850/900/1800/1900MHz)
  • UMTS Tri-band( 850/1900/2100MHz)
  • Screen: 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus
  • Processor: 1.2Ghz x 2 (dual core)
  • Camera: 8MP AF with LED flash + 2MP front
  • Video Record: 1080p Full HD
  • HDMI Out: HDMI via HDTV Smart Adapter with HDCP
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0
  • Battery: 1650mAh
  • Sensor: Motion UX, 6-axis gyroscope, proximity, light, noise (Audience A2220)

So you've got just a couple more weeks of waiting. In the meantime, check out our hands-on from the launch event earlier this month.

Source: @att
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2 years ago

Barnes & Noble's NOOK line heading to RadioShack

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RadioShack announced today that it will carry Barnes & Noble's Android-powered NOOK Touch, NOOK Color, and NOOK accessories in stores and online beginning Oct. 3. Prices will match those at Barnes & Noble, with the NOOK Simple Touch at $139 and the NOOK Color at $249. With new modifications daily and active developer support, the NOOK line has turned into an affordable option for those seeking a basic Android-powered tablet. You can check out our reviews of the Touch and the Color to decide whether to add one to your RadioShack shopping list, right below that remote control car you've been eyeing up. Hit the break for the full press release.

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2 years ago

First look at the Archos G9 tablets

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ARCHOS has officially thrown its hat into the Honeycomb ring with its upcoming G9 line of tablets, and we got another sneak peek this week in New York's Times Square. The G9 line, according to ARCHOS Senior VP and General Manager Frédéric Balaÿ, is the fruit of the company's ongoing commitment to Android and Google, which started with the Android 1.5 Cupcake-flavored ARCHOS 7 Home Tablet back in early 2010. Balaÿ says that it is this history with Android, coupled with ARCHOS' over ten years experience in the tablet market, that gives the manufacturer a unique insight into how best to optimize both hardware and software to meet the users' needs. Hit the break for a closer look.

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2 years ago

Android Kids App: Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin now available

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From the same developer who brought us the excellent Android version of Beatrix Potter's "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" comes another Potter classic: "The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin." Just like with "Peter Rabbit," you can read the book yourself, or have the app read to you. The images are all interactive, and your child can tap each word to read along.

"The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin" is available in the Android Market for $3.04, and it's coming soon to the Barnes & Noble Nook Color. We've got download links and a promo video after the break.

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2 years ago

Verizon announces the entry-level LG Enlighten, available Sept. 29

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Verizon Wireless this morning announced the LG Enlighten, an entry-level Android smartphone. Specs include:

  •     Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  •     3.2-inch touch screen display (320 x 480)
  •     800 MHz processor for performance and multi-tasking
  •     Full QWERTY keyboard with large keys for easy typing
  •     Adobe® Flash® 10
  •     3G Mobile Hotspot allows users to share a data connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  •     Seven customizable home screens with shortcuts to apps, favorites and widgets
  •     Customizable apps menu
  •     3.2-megapixel autofocus camera and camcorder

The LG Enlighten will be available Sept. 29 for $79.99 after $50 rebate and two-year contract.

Source: Verizon

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