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2 years ago

DirecTV brings NFL Sunday Ticket app to your Honeycomb Tablet

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No doubt about it, Football is back in full swing. Last week the NFL released its official app for tablets and now DirecTV has gone ahead and launched its NFL Sunday Ticket app for Honeycomb tablets. With it, you can stream any NFL Sunday Ticket game in HD plus, you also have access to the Red Zone channel.

The app doesn't come without a few caveats though. You do have to have a NFL Sunday Ticket subscription through DirecTV in order to have access, and it's only Sunday games that are available. Sunday night, Monday, Thursday and Saturday NFL games are not part of Sunday Ticket and therefore not eligible for streaming. If you're a DirecTV subscriber and can make use of this app, you'll find the download link past the break.

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2 years ago

HTC Puccini set to arrive on Rogers LTE network

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With Rogers getting ready to light up more LTE areas as the months pass on, they did make note an LTE tablet would be coming eventually though, they didn't however mention which tablet it would be. As we know it, the HTC Puccini (aka Jetstream) fits that bill nicely with it already being equipped with AT&T LTE radios, and that's exactly what has shown up in recent Rogers documentation. We can only hope pricing on the device will have come down a little by the time it hits Canada but we're not going to be holding our breath. There is typically a little bit more of a markup when devices hit the Great White North.

Source: MobileSyrup

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2 years ago

GameStop developing Android gaming tablet

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Games retailer GameStop is planning on making the leap over to gaming hardware with the help of Android, according to a report from GamesIndustry.biz. The upcoming tablet will apparently ship with a bundled controller, and will be the "GameStop certified gaming platform".

The inclusion of a physical controller sees GameStop going after the mainstream "triple-A" gaming market, rather than the touchscreen-focused titles that are currently available on Android devices. What's more, the focus on streaming gameplay to the tablet, rather than running games locally could extend the lifespan of this type of device beyond that of the average tablet.

GameStop says it's "working with developers" on the new platform, and expects to ship sometime next year.

Source: GamesIndustry.biz

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2 years ago

New Samsung Galaxy S II commercial whets our appetites ahead of this week's launch

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It's finally here. Today marks the kick off of launch week for the highly anticipated Galaxy S II (Sprint's variant, the Galaxy S II Epic Touch 4G, goes on sale this Friday) here in the United States, and Samsung is marking the occasion with a brand new ad campaign headed for a TV set near you. What more can it say? It's fast, it's beautiful, and it's coming soon. Enough teasing already! For those of you who are chomping at the bit now more than ever, check out our Galaxy S II buyers' guide for the full rundown. Patience, we're just around the corner!

Source: Samsung

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2 years ago

Android App Review: WP7Lock Pro

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I've recently stumbled across Seven+ Android, which is an initiative to create apps that can replace default Android UI's and stuff to give your phone a more WP7 feel. The whole thing is pretty intriguing and ambitious, so I decided to give their lockscreen replacement a shot.

WP7Lock Pro is a full blown lockscreen replacement that, as its name implies, gives your phone a nice Windows Phone 7 aesthetic. It's still technically in beta, but from what I've seen, it's more than usable.

You slide the screen up to unlock the phone (you'll see your homescreen's icons and stuff underneath), and if you don't slide the lockscreen high enough, it'll slowly float back down and satisfyingly bounce a few times before it settles into place again. There's also the requisite time, day, and date text in large letters, rocking the Windows Phone font.

Underneath that are three icons: one for SMS, one for email, and one for the phone. It took me about five seconds to figure out you can't just touch them to launch your app; you need to long press them. The good news is that once you've long pressed, the apps open up no problem.

The Pro version also comes with a pretty full settings menu that lets you alter things like the background image, no notification bar on the lockscreen, time, date, and icons, to name a few. It's also obvious where there's plans for improvement, like on the "time app" menu. Eventually (I assume), you'll be able to pick from a list of apps on your phone to open when you press the time on your screen. For now, though, the only option is "no application."

You can also set a password lock for your screen from here as well as set the text color, background color, and counter text color. By the looks of it, WP7Lock Pro will also eventually support different icon themes, but for now, there's only one choice.

My only complaint with the app thus far is that you can't change the color of the icons on the screen, so they're essentially invisible on my white wallpaper. Knowing that'll eventually be remedied with a differently colored icon pack is great, but that's something I would have loved to been able to change now.

If you're a fan of Windows Phone's look but don't want to leave the platform, I'd definitely check out WP7Lock Pro. It's really smooth, looks great, and best of all, keeps you from having to leave Android. WP7Lock Pro is $2 in the Android Market.

More pictures and download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

US Cellular getting the Motorola Electrify later this month for $199

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You might recall the Motorola Electrify from the US Cellular roadmap we broke last month. It's now officially official, coming to the regional carrier later this month for $199 on contract and after $100 rebate.

The Motorola Electrify basically is USCC's version of Sprint's Photon 4G (read our full review), with a 4.3-inch screen at a qHD, dual-core 1GHz processor, HDMI out and the other sundry smartphone options.

Source: US Cellular; More: US Cellular roadmap

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2 years ago

Android Accessory Review: Body Glove Snap-On Case for Casio GzOne Commando

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When you think of the Casio GzOne Commando you most likely think of a rather rugged phone that could withstand just about any type of punishment you can put it through, and while yes that is pretty accurate that doesn't mean it couldn't use some added protection.

 

For me, having a scratch on the device, or seeing the paint chipping is something that bothers me big time, so I tend to put just about every device that I own in a case, and this was no exception. One case that I have known for a long time, and have grown fond of on previous devices is the Body Glove Snap-On case, so I figured to give it a shot on this device even though the added protection was not 100 percent needed, I wanted it. Let's hit the break together and check out some thoughts on this case.

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2 years ago

Android App Review: Seven+ Calculator

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Continuing our line of Windows Phone-inspired apps, we find ourselves looking at Seven+ Calculator. A calculator is a funny thing, because it's one of those apps we never think to download, it comes preinstalled on our phones, and at one point or another, we're going to need it.

While the typical calculator apps are basic in function (and Seven+ Calculator doesn't deviate from this model), Seven+ at least has a bit more slickness and cleanness to it's look.

When you first open Seven+ Calculator, you're greeted by not only the calculator, but the settings menu, too. The settings menu doesn't have much (three options), but it's nice to have this all provided upfront, so you don't have to go digging later to change something you don't like that was enabled by default.

Other than that, the only truly notable and unique function is the history option. It looks like a little book when you press the menu button, and when you press it you're taken to a list of all the recent equations you've done. Is it necessary? Probably not, but it's still cool to see.

The last option you can mess with is the color of accented keys (like the equals sign). By default, orange is picked, but there's a semi-long list built into the app, so you'll be sure to find a shade of something you enjoy.

Overall, Seven+ Calculator is pretty neat. Sure, it's just a calculator replacement, but I still think it's much nicer looking than the default Android one. Maybe that sound blasphemous, but it's how I feel. A final tidbit I should leave you with is that the app only goes by "Calculator," so if you install it, you'll have two apps with the same name. I appreciate that, because now I can uninstall the default one and not have to go scrolling down to the "S" section to open this up. Bravo.

Seven+ Calculator is free, although there is a donate version in the Market for 99 cents.

Download links and more pictures are after the break.

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2 years ago

Early CyanogenMod 7 builds for HTC Sensation and EVO 3D now available

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After a week or so of teasers, unofficial builds of CyanogenMod 7 are now available for the HTC Sensation and HTC EVO 3D.  You won't find these n the source tree just yet, and there's no word on when they will be merged and join the nightlies so many love to flash, but if you're up for an Alpha sneak-peek of CM7 on your new 4.3-inch HTC beauty, now is your chance.

Installing these builds is the same as what we're used to, root and unlock, flash ClockworkMod recovery for your device, backup, then wipe and flash.  You can grab the downloads at the source links, as well as read what others have to say about the new builds -- from what I have read they seem pretty stable.  Great way to start the week isn't it?

Download: HTC Sensation; HTC EVO 3D; via +Keyan Mobli

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2 years ago

Acer Iconia A501 hits AT&T on Sept. 18 for $479

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AT&T today announced it will sell the Acer Iconia A501 Android Honeycomb tablet. The Iconia 501 is the same as the 10-inch Iconia a500 you've come to know and love over the past few months thanks to its bevy of full size ports (read our full review), only this version has an HSPA+ radio tossed in for AT&T's network. That makes it a "4G" device, though remember it's HSPA+ (with enhanced backhaul), and not the newer, faster, actually-4G LTE.

Pricing's not horrible, which is almost a surprise given how AT&T priced another recently announced Android tablet into oblivion. You can get the A501 for $479.99 outright, or for $329.99 with two-year contract and a $35-a-month data plan that gets you 3GB. Other data options are the same as with the HTC Jetstream: Month-by-month post-paid (as in it shows up on your bill) contracts of $14.99 for 250MB, or $25 for 2 GB. If you have the 2GB plan and go over, you'll be charged $10 per extra GB. Or month-by-month prepaid service with the same pricing as the post-paid plan, only if you go over the 2GB plan, you can purchase another 2GB for $25. You'll be billing all this directly to your credit card.

Source: AT&T

 

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