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2 years ago

US Airways now offering mobile boarding passes

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If you're a frequent flyer on US Airways, they've announced some great news for you today that will help you out when traveling. US Airways passengers are now able to make use of their smartphones as mobile boarding passes in 14 U.S. airports with more planned as 2011 continues. As listed on the US Airways site:

  • Atlanta
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Las Vegas
  • Houston (IAH)
  • Jacksonville
  • Minneapolis
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • Pittsburgh
  • Boston
  • New York LaGuardia
  • Orange County/Santa Ana
  • Washington DC (DCA)

We've taken a look at some of the top Android airline apps in the past, as well we have a great list of Android travel tips accumulated from our many ventures in the air. If you're going to be traveling, be it on business or vacation we've got the guides to help make things easier. Full press release from US Airways can be found past the break and if you need more info -- check out the US Airways website link below.

Source: Business Wire; More Info: US Airways

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2 years ago

Droid Bionic extended battery

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We're knee-deep into our Motorola Droid Bionic review (update: Read our comprehensive Droid Bionic Review!) but wanted to take a quick second to talk about the battery. Specifically, let's talk about the Droid Bionic's extended battery.

We're all in the midst of testing this dual-core LTE phone, hopefully will see better battery life than some of its predecessors. But an extended battery is definitely still an option, and this one bumps you up to 2760 mAh, from the stock 1735 mAh.

And the DB's extended battery doesn't add as much heft or girth to the phone as we'd feared. It does require an bigger batter cover, but it's nicely designed and while it makes the phone thicker, it does so in a pretty stylish manner and still feels pretty good in the hand. The larger battery door is nicely contoured and doesn't have nearly the same sharp lines as the extended battery door on the HTC ThunderBolt.

We've got more pics and hands-on video after the break if you're still on the fence. Check it out.

Motorola Droid Bionic Extended Battery | All Motorola Droid Bionic Batteries

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman

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The Walkman brand might not be as synonymous with portable music as it once was, but it's continued to live on in Sony Ericsson's Walkman line of phones. In the past, these have typically been mid-to-low-end devices as opposed to anything with true smartphone functionality. That changes with the launch of the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman, though, which is the first Android-powered Walkman device. Despite its budget leanings, the Live is no slouch, with a 1GHz second-gen Snapdragon and Android 2.3.4 on-board.

We got an early look at the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman at the Xperia Party in London last night, and you can check out our first video walkthrough of the device after the jump.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S

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The Xperia Arc is one of our favorite phones of 2011. Sony Ericsson really knocked it out of the park earlier this year, bringing to market a device with stunning aesthetics, solid specs and the best camera on any Android smartphone. So when they announced the Xperia Arc S -- a beefed-up Arc with a faster 1.4GHz CPU and updated software -- we were eager to put it through its paces. And that's exactly what we did yesterday, at the manufacturer's Xperia Party event in London.

Join us after the break to find out what we thought...

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2 years ago

Google acquires Zagat to help with local search offerings

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If you thought Google was done with their acquisitions for now, today's announcement of them acquiring Zagat may come as a surprise. However, Zagat in the past has put themselves up for sale and considering what Zagat can offer Google, when you think about it -- it's not really all that surprising. So where will Zagat fit into the Google ecosystem? As outlined on the Google blog:

Zagat will be a cornerstone of our local offering—delighting people with their impressive array of reviews, ratings and insights, while enabling people everywhere to find extraordinary (and ordinary) experiences around the corner and around the world.

With Zagat, we gain a world-class team that has more experience in consumer based-surveys, recommendations and reviews than anyone else in the industry. Founded by Tim and Nina Zagat more than 32 years ago, Zagat has established a trusted and well-loved brand the world over, operating in 13 categories and more than 100 cities.

Google will take the user-generated content gathered from Zagat and presumably insert it into things such as Hotpot, Places and Maps. That in turn will allow Google to provide its users with reviews and recommendations for restaurants around the world. Right now, the details of the deal haven't been disclosed but previously when Zagat was up for sale, the asking price was estimated to be around $200 million.

Source: Google, Zagat

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2 years ago

HTC EVO 3D in white and Kyocera Milano to hit Radio Shack on Sept. 9

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The HTC EVO 3D in white (ooo-la-la!) and the Kyocera Milano should be on your local Radio Shack's shelves come Friday Sept. 9 according to these information sheets we received from a friendly insider.  There's not much more to tell about the EVO 3D -- it's popular for a few reasons (fast as hell CPU and qHD display come instantly to mind) and if you don't mind a bit of gushing, it looks awful damn sexy in it's white dress.  If you have been on the fence and are a sucker for white phones (guilty!) go buy one and be sure to torture me with full frontal shots in the EVO 3D forums until I give in and get another Sprint line.

The Milano looks ready to pounce smack dab in the middle of the entry-level smartphone arena in a big way.  Combine an 800MHz CPU with a 3-inch touchscreen and 3.2MP camera, put a few goodies like Swype and Gingerbread on board, then sell it for $50 on a new contract and you have a pretty good formula for sales.  The real test will be how it performs a few weeks after the newness wears off, and we'll have our ears open to see just how it's received.  Hit the break to see the picture.

Thanks, Anon!

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Sony Ericsson Live Dock

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It wasn't just phones on show at last night's Xperia Party in London. Sony Ericsson was also keen to show off the latest accessory for its 2011 Xperia smartphones -- the Live Dock. This is a brand new smartphone dock which serves not only as a charging station, but allows you to connect USB peripherals like keyboards and mice, and control your phone using good old-fashioned button-based devices.

And if you've got a HDMI-enabled Xperia, like the Arc or Arc S? Well, that's where things start to get really cool -- in that case, you can browse the web and play Angry Birds on your TV, using any standard USB wireless keyboard and mouse. Proof of this, in video form, is after the jump.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray

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The Xperia Ray quickly piqued our interest when it was announced a few months ago. Up to now, Sony Ericsson smartphones had invariably been constructed of plastic, and while this has its benefits, an aluminum-framed device is always going to be sturdier and feel better in the hand.

We finally got the chance to fondle the Xperia Ray at Sony Ericsson's Xperia Party in London yesterday, and found it to be a worthy mid-to-high-end offering from the manufacturer. It packs all of the premium features of the Xperia Neo, while addressing one of our biggest concerns with that phone -- its looks.

Read on to find out what we thought as we got to grips with the Xperia Ray.

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2 years ago

Sprint's Kyocera Milano available Sept. 9 for $49.99

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Sprint this morning announced the Kyocera Milano, a phone we outed a week ago in the Sprint Playbook. The Milona looks to be a mid- to low-end Android smartphone, with a 3-inch display, Android 2.3, a 3.2MP camera and slide-out QWERTY keyboard. It weighs 5.6 ounces and has a 1490 mAHh battery, and 512MB of RAM and ROM.

It's also got a battery-saving "Eco Mode," and the Sprint ID custom themes.

The Kyocera Milano will be available Sept. 9 for $49.99 after two-year contract and $50 rebate.

Source: Sprint

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2 years ago

AT&T's Sony Ericsson Xperia Play available Sept. 18 for $49.99

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AT&T this morning announced that its version of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (see our hands-on) will be available Sept. 18 for a mere $49.99 with two-year contract. The Xperia Play, as you'll recall from our review, is the so-called Playstation phone, with a slide-out gamepad and Playstation-optimized games. It's rocking Android 2.3.3 with a 4-inch screen.

Games included with AT&T's Xperia Play at launch are:

  • Dungeon Defenders™ Second Wave by Trendy Entertainment
  • Asphalt™ 6 Adrenaline by Gameloft
  • Star Battalion by Gameloft
  • Madden NFL™ 11 by Electronic Arts
  • The Sims™ 3 by Electronic Arts
  • Tower Bloxx™: My City by Digital Chocolate
  • Crash Bandicoot® by SCEA/Naughty Dog/Universal

As if a $49 Xperia Play isn't a good enough deal, AT&T's also sweetening things by throwing in the DK300 Multimedida Dock (check out our review of the dock) and MC100 music cable.

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