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2 years ago

Android Weather App Review: BeWeather

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When it comes to weather apps on Android, HTC's pretty much had the market cornered in terms of design. But look out, there's a new kid in town. And in addition to being gorgeous as well as extremely useful, BeWeather has the added advantage of not being locked into one manufacturer's devices. Indeed, for $2.99 $3.59 an apparently fluctuating price, anyone can download this app, powered by the also excellent Weather Underground, and get weather info for just about any city, including four-day forecasts, sun/moon info, and so on. It's the whole 9 yards.

Plus, there's a complete armada of widgets of nearly every size you could want, from 4x3 to 1x1, so it can take us much or as little of your home screen as you want.

Let's just put it this way: BeWeather is now our go-to weather app. Period. This one's definitely deserving of a look, folks. Download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Swiftkey/Touchtype survey results are in: What do smartphone users really want?

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The results are in on TouchType and Smartphone Experts' survey from earlier this year, and with over 30,000 responses, we now have some pretty solid data to share with you. The survey asked readers to share how they use their smartphones, and which features they find most important. Of those surveyed, 86 percent indicated that they use their phone for texting at least once a day, while only 80 percent reporting making a call at least once a day. An overwhelming majority (94 percent) reporting emailing daily. Hit the break for the rest of the results.

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2 years ago

Aboard space shuttle Atlantis, Nexus S is enjoying a productive vacation

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Since NASA launched the final Atlantis shuttle mission earlier this summer, the two Nexus S devices on board have been hard at work upgrading three SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites) aboard the shuttle. NASA has expressed interest in Android due to its open-source nature, which has enabled engineers to build the sensor logging app that is currently being used on the SPHERES. The video above sheds some light on the Nexus S's deep space adventures, and you can grab said sensor logging app, straight from NASA engineers, from the Android Market after the break.

Source: Google Mobile Blog

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2 years ago

Lenovo announces the $199 Gingerbread powered IdeaPad A1 tablet

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While some other tablet manufacturers are hitting high peaks when it comes to pricing, the folks over at Lenovo feel that is seemingly the wrong way to go. Instead of releasing a really expensive Honeycomb tablet, they've stuck to announcing a $199 Gingerbread powered device that may never get upgraded to Honeycomb. The IdeaPad A1 tablet is 7 inches running Android 2.3 Gingerbread on a single-core Cortex A8 processor, and a touting a 1,024 x 600 display.

When it comes to storage, you're looking at 8GB, 16GB and 32GB - which versions will be available in the US isn't known at this time but pricing goes like this 8GB - $199, 16GB- $249 with the 32GB - $299. WiFi is on-board as well as GPS but not mention of 3G connectivity at this time, though it may come in later versions but you do get front and rear facing cameras with the better 3MP shooter being placed on the back. Plus, a SDCard and mircoSD card for watever you do so wish.  Anyone still interested in a Gingerbread tablet? You can hit the Lenovo site for more details should you need them.

Source: Lenovo

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2 years ago

NAVIGON announces their next generation of navigation applications

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NAVIGON has announced its new offerings today at IFA in Berlin. While not available as of yet, come this fall NAVIGON will be rolling out the update for free to already existing users of their services. If you're not familiar with their family of navigation apps, when the new updates roll out you might want to take a look as they've been working hard to create the best experiences possible.

“Over the last two years, we’ve continuously added new features to our navigation apps, transforming them into the most feature-rich smartphone GPS apps available,” said Gerhard Mayr, NAVIGON vice-president of worldwide mobile phones and new markets. “For our new generation of apps, we went back to the drawing board to see how we could elevate smartphone navigation to the next level. Feedback from our users suggests that a better way to manage and update maps and a more intuitive user interface are top priorities.”

A whole new UI has been developed for better interfacing with the apps plus, they have a new feature added called FreshMaps. This allows new map data to be downloaded quarterly so that you are ensured to have the most up to date information available. In addition to that, NAVIGON has added some features not typically found in GPS apps. Things such as Zagat ratings and reviews as an in-app purchase and a cockpit function that displays real-time driving data. Full press release is beyond the break.

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2 years ago

Android 101: Force Gmail to always show pictures from a sender

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2 years ago

HTC ThunderBolt desktop docking station: The perfect charging solution

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Let's not be bashful here: This desktop docking station is what the HTC ThunderBolt has needed from the very beginning. The beloved phone and its 4G LTE data suck through a battery like nobody's business, and having a quick and easy way to charge is a must.

 

The desktop docking station is a breeze. You seat the phone in it -- it connects via the microUSB port -- and charge away. You can charge it with the standard battery installed, or with an extended battery and its fat extended battery cover. Works fine with either one.

And it gets better. Chances are if you have a ThunderBolt, you have a spare battery. There's a slot behind the phone charger to simultaneously charge a spare battery. And it works for a standard or extended battery.

Let's break down the options:

  • Charge the phone with a standard battery by itself.
  • Charge the phone with an extended battery by itself.
  • Charge the phone with a standard battery by itself, and with a standard battery in reserve.
  • Charge the phone with a standard battery by itself, and with an extended battery in reserve.
  • Charge the phone with an extended battery by itself, and with a standard battery in reserve.
  • Charge the phone with an extended battery by itself, and with another extended battery in reserve.
  • Or just charge an extra battery on its own, without the phone in the dock.

That's a pretty perfect set of options. There's also a cutout for the 3.5mm headphone jack, and it comes with the standard HTC USB charger and microUSB cable. About our only complaint is that the ThunderBolt's desktop clock is pretty plain, but it's not a deal-breaker by any means.

Check out a slew of pics after the break.

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2 years ago

Toshiba unveils AT200 “Excite” tablet, only 7.7mm thick

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And finally, after having been caught a few times ahead of announcement -- Toshiba has officially announced their new tablet. The AT200 Excite as it now shall be known as has Android 3.2 loaded and comes in at only only 7.7mm thick. Other essentials are taken care of as well here:

  • High resolution 25.7cm (10.1’’) capacitive LCD panel with LED backlight, 1,280 x 800 pixels (16:10) and multi-touch support
  • CPU: TI OMAP 4430, 1.2GHz
  • RAM 1GB DDR2
  • Internal memory with up to 64 GB
  • Micro-USB, micro-SD, micro-HDMI®, Bluetooth®, Wi-FiTM (802.11b/g/n), docking port
  • GPS, 3D Accelerometer, gyrometer, electronic compass, ambient light sensor
  • 5.0 MPixel camera (rear), 2.0 MPixel camera (front)
  • Stereo speakers (2x 1.5W)
  • Toshiba Media Player supporting a wide selection of video, picture and audio formats
  • Weight: 558g
  • Size: 256mm x 176mm x 7.7mm
  • Battery life (backlight 60nits): 8h (100% video playback). 8h (65% web browsing via WLAN 10% video playback 10%; 25% standby)

Needless to say, it sounds rather outstanding to us now that all the specs are out there. You can find the full press release past the break.

Source: Toshiba

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2 years ago

HTC EVO 3D review (European version)

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HTC isn’t always first to market with new smartphone technologies, but we’ve found that its products are usually worth the wait. The Sensation, for example, wasn’t the first dual-core smartphone on the block when it launched back in May, but when it arrived it proved itself to be a speedy and stylish device with some of the best software we’ve seen on any Android phone.

Now, without much fanfare or hype, HTC has quietly released the Sensation’s big brother -- the EVO 3D, in Europe. If the name sounds familiar, then it should. We reviewed  the Sprint version of this stereoscopic beast back in June, and over the past couple of months, users across the US have been rushing to pick up the device.

Being a Euro phone, there’s no 4G Wimax support, however fundamentally it’s still an EVO 3D -- a big, chunky, heavy, powerful 4.3-inch smartphone running Gingerbread and HTC Sense 3.0, with some neat 3D trickery up its sleeve. However all this shiny new technology doesn’t come cheap -- at the time of writing the SIM-free price is an eye-watering £500 (~$825), with on-contract prices from the Carphone Warehouse starting at £36 per month.

So can the HTC EVO 3D justify its high price point, and how does it compare to more affordable competition from the LG Optimus 3D and HTC’s own Sensation? Read on to find out.

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2 years ago

Android Game Review: Office Jerk

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If you've ever worked in an office (even I have, once), you probably knew someone like this. Snarky, stuck up, and the consummate overachiever, the Office Jerk sits right in front of you and needs to be put in his place.

How to do it? By throwing things at him, of course. You can toss all sorts of things at him, ranging from harmless (a wadded up piece of paper) to downright deadly (a stick of TNT). How he manages to never succumb to any of this is beyond me, but I guess it's just that Employee of the Month kind of drive.

You get points for nailing the OJ in the head, and the calendar on your desk keeps track of your score. Different items get your different amounts of points (I think the cupcake and the egg are the highest) and your best streak is also totalled, as well.

There's an environmental factor to the game too, not unlike putt-putt golf. There's an arrow pointing either left or right and it's telling you the wind speed and direction. It's not from your desk fan (because you can throw that, too), so I assume it's from the air conditioning unit. At any rate, that's something you need to factor into your tosses, lest you break your streak.

While seemingly simple, Office Jerk feels like its got a lot to offer. It's quirky and there's a number of reactions you can elicit from your office building enemy. You can also aim for things far away from him just to see what happens (try the office door). At 99 cents, Office Jerk feels like a steal, especially for those days you come home from work and have to take out your frustrations on this digital coworker instead of your real ones.

Download links and more screenshots are after the break.

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