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2 years ago

Samsung says it'll be more aggressive against Apple, starts by seeking an injunction in the Netherlands

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Another day, another tit for tat in the ongoing patent wars between Samsung and Apple. In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Lee Younghee, Samsung's head of global marketing for mobile communications, said that the South Korean electronics manufacturer will being taking a "more aggressive" approach against Apple's claims of intellectual property infringment, noting that Samsung has, and will not continue to be, "passive" and "respectful." And waste time it will not: on Monday, Samsung will seek to file a prelimary injunction against sales of the iPhone and iPad in the Netherlands, citing infringement on four of its 3G patents. Apple still has the upper hand, with sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 still banned in Germany, with similar cases around the world pending. For now, Samsung is focused on continuing its momentum and overcoming Apple as the largest smartphone manufactuer in the world, Lee said. "We are aware of the importance of branding so we'll be reinforcing this Galaxy branding."

Source: AP, via ABC News; Macworld

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2 years ago

HTC Vigor media files, live wallpaper and boot animation leak out

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The wallpapers, ringtones, boot animation and the new Beats live wallpaper from the HTC Vigor have popped up, and are available for download.  No source is given, but we're assuming they are from the Vigor RUU that's been mentioned (but not released) by a few HTC Sensation developers.  It appears that most of the media is the typical HTC Sense fare, but there are two new Vigor specific wallpapers and the boot animation, and a, let's call it busy, live wallpaper based on the Beats static wallpaper.  The folks at Android Police have them packaged up and ready to roll, hit the source link for the downloads.

Source: Android Police

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2 years ago

Gingerbread leak for the Samsung Infuse 4G now available

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The Samsung Infuse 4G might finally see some Gingerbread soon, as build I997UCKI4 has leaked out for the 4.5 inch love child of a Captivate and a Galaxy Tab.  I know plenty of you have been waiting (and waiting) for the slightly late Gingerbread update, and seeing a 2.3.5 build leaked out is a good sign that something official is close.

If you like to live on the edge, you don't have to wait for AT&T to give you some Gingerbread goodies, you can hit the source link and grab the leaked file -- of course all the usual warnings apply.  We've got a couple folks in the Infuse hacking forums to help steer you right should you have any questions or hit any snags, drop in and say hey.

Source: SamFirmwareThanks, Jason!

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2 years ago

Gmail is down. GMAIL IS DOWN! Update: Gmail is up. UP WE SAY!

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Everybody go outside or something.

Update: Looks like it's back. That was a rough five minutes there, though. Hope everybody's OK.

Image source: Anonymonk on Flickr

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2 years ago

Droid Bionic Multimedia docks

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Just off the truck and into the Android Central Store are the HD docks for the Motorola Droid Bionic. You've got two to choose from -- here's the lowdown.

The more basic of the two is the Motorola Standard Dock, seen above and after the break. It's your standard dock, with a 3.5mm headphone jack in the back, along with a microUSB plug for charging. It also comes with the remote control you see here, so you can work the phone without having to touch it. That means slideshows, music and the like.

Then there's the HD Multimedia Dock. It's the same look, but it's got a microHDMI-out port and three full-size USB ports to go along with the 3.5mm headphone jack. This is the one you want if you're going to be doing any Webtop work.

The big point here is to make sure you get the right dock for the right job.

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2 years ago

Gameloft bringing five HD games to Sony's line of tablets

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Gameloft and Sony have teamed up to offer some great HD games on the new Sony line of tablets.  Five Gameloft titles have been optimized and specifically chosen to show off the great gaming capabilities of the Sony Tablet P and Sony Tablet S. Asphalt 6: Adrenaline HD, N.O.V.A. 2 - Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance HD, Real Soccer 2011 HD, Spider-Man: Total Mayhem HD, and Green Farm HD will all be accessible.

“The convergence of high performance, a stunning display, and the focus on a networked device provided by “Sony Tablet” devices perfectly complements Gameloft’s high quality games and online multiplayer functionality,” said Gonzague de Vallois, Senior Vice President Publishing, Gameloft. “The high impact of the “Sony Tablet S’s” large display along with the unique dual screen configuration of the “Sony Tablet P” truly enhances the overall entertainment value of the gaming experience.”

No mention of whether or not they'll be pre-loaded but either way, if they're making specific optimized versions for each tablet - I'm certainly interested in putting them to the test and find out just how optimized they are.

Source: Gameloft

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2 years ago

Android App Review: Meporter Local News Desk

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

Seems like everyone's trying to get into the grassroots, local news movements as of late and Meporter is the latest to enter the fray. The idea behind it makes me think of something like CNN's iReport, but maybe even better because this is truly up-to-the-minute, whereas on something like iReport, you better have a really cute kitten stuck in a tree to make the front page.

Meporter Local News Desk turns your phone into a reporter's notebook by coupling our own inane obsession with instant news and instant gratification with the power of social media networks to disseminate information.

Make sure you've got an account, and whenever you see anything of interest, simply snap a picture or take a video and attach it to your story, throw in a title and some body text, and then choose if you want to post to Facebook and Twitter. Your news will also go to Meporter's website, where people can read it and share it in turn.

The app interface on the phone is clean and simple, consisting of only five buttons, the most used of which will probably be Post. You can also pull up a map of the surrounding area that'll show you where other Meporter's stories have been written as well as your local newswire, your friends list, and your own profile.

I think Meporter has potential, but only if its userbase continues to grow. If you're an aspiring newshound or just love to contribute on social media, Meporter is worth taking a look at. With how overwhelmingly relevant social media has become (and continues to be) in our day-to-day lives, it's only a matter of time before a platform like Meporter becomes a go-to brand for information.

Meporter Locan News Desk is free in the Android Market and we've got download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Sprint Epic 4G Touch review

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The Samsung Galaxy S II hits the U.S. in a big, fast, thin, light way

Thin and light is how Samsung rolls these days. That's no surprise -- it's been doing so for a while now.

It's time to add fast to those superlatives. OK, how about faster. That's really the bottom line with the Samsung Galaxy S II, Sprint Epic 4G Touch. That's its entire, official name, punctuation and all, depending on who you ask. It's a little ridiculous, to be sure. But a big, fast phone perhaps deserves a bombastic name.

The SGSIISE4GT, which is how we're abbreviating it at least one time, is the first version of Samsung's Galaxy S II to be released in the United States. The phone's been around in its RoW (rest of world) form since we first saw it at Mobile World Congress way back in February, and it's safe to say we Americans have been chomping at the bit for this guy.

The Epic 4G Touch is the third phone for Sprint to have both a dual-core processor and Wimax data. Just as with Verizon's Motorola Droid Bionic and Sprint's own EVO 3D and Photon 4G, that presents an interesting situation with battery life. You've got a power-hungry radio with a power-saving processor. Throw in the 4.52-inch (that's four-and-a-half freakin' inches, folks!) Super AMOLED Plus display in a form factor that's just 0.38 inches thick, and Sprint's got the makings of a monster on its hands.


            Design:                Just about the thinnest, lightest and fastest smartphone available today.

Performance: Fast, fast, fast. (And did we mention it's fast?)


Could be too big for many people with its 4.52-inch display, and we experienced lackluster data speeds on Sprint's network.



If the size doesn't bother you, the Epic 4G Touch is easily the best phone on Sprint at the moment. And while its hulking (yet excellent) display is tempered by its thinness, it's still going to be too large for some.

Inside this review

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2 years ago

Android 101: How to clear your browser info

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Hey, we don't judge. From time to time you might "accidentally" visit a website your wife would leave you over you didn't mean to visit and get caught sneaking a peek see something you didn't want to see. It happens.

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2 years ago

Android App Review: Spelling Bee

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I've said it before and I'll say it again: I like words. They keep my brain sharp and vocabulary growing. But what good is knowing a bunch of words if you don't know how to spell them? Sure, you could use spell check, but what if you were the spell checker?

That's where Spelling Bee comes into play. You can study and you'll be given a word and a definition, and can even have the app pronounce the word using text-to-speech. Swiping left and right moves you from study card to study card, and the only words you'll be given are the ones you'll eventually be tested on.

The actual spelling bee component is pretty cool and well done. You're only given the definition and a text box to enter the word. There's also the option to have the app say the word to you, which is probably the most powerful and revealing part about the test. Once you're confident, just enter your word in the text field and enter it. You'll be given immediate feedback as to your correctness, and if you misspelled the word, you're also shown the correct spelling.

At the end of the quiz, you're shown your overall percent correct. From there you can quit or go back to the main menu to study some more and drill yourself.

The settings menu allows you to change the length of the quiz (5, 10, or 20) as well as the difficulty of the words. Mine came set to "hard" out of the box, but there's also beginner, easy, and medium difficulty settings. The other two options are to show a timer and to enable vibration.

As a total package, Spelling Bee delivers on what you'd expect in a nice and neat little app. There's not a lot of unnecessary extras, but the core of learning words and spelling them is well done. Spelling Bee is also aesthetically pleasing, with a nice, yellow-colored beehive wallpaper and aesthetic throughout.

Thanks to the variable difficulty levels, Spelling Bee can work for people of all ages, from kids all the way up to well-read adults. If you're looking to improve your vocabulary, Spelling Bee is a scant 99 cents in the Android Market.

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

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