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2 years ago

Android 101 - How to update your apps

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2 years ago

Samsung: We'll fight in Germany, keep selling elsewhere

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Samsung's penned a blog post following a German court's preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1, preventing sales in most of the European Union. The preliminary injunction was filed Tuesday as part of Apple's campaign against anything that looks remotely like an iPad claim that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 violated a design patent.

Samsung reminds us that an injunction is a temporary measure that halts sales while the full case is being heard, and that it plans to challenge the ruling in court. And that Galaxy Tab 10.1s that have already been distributed to retailers may be sold. (Here's hoping they stocked up.)

Says Samsung:

It should be noted that this order does not permanently prevent the sale of the GALAXY Tab 10.1 in Europe, but is a temporary measure imposed by the court until the patent claim is heard. Also, products already distributed to German retailers following the launch on August 5 are not affected by this injunction.

Samsung is preparing to challenge this preliminary order in the court in order to have the injunction lifted as soon as possible.

We will continue to take all necessary measures to ensure Samsung's innovative mobile communications devices remain are available to consumers in Europe and around the world.

This decision by the court in Germany in no way influences other legal proceedings filed with the courts in Europe and elsewhere.

Check out the full post at the link below.

Source: Samsung

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2 years ago

Apple also files complaint against Motorola Xoom design, may seek injunction

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Yesterday, Apple was granted a preliminary injunction against Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 that has resulted in the temporary halting of sales and advertisements in the European Union.

It has now been uncovered in the complaint filed by Apple that the maker of the iPad is also filing suit against Motorola for its Xoom tablet. It is unclear at the moment whether Apple asked for an injunction, but based on the ruling yesterday, odds are in that favor.

Motorola and Apple having been in multiple patent wars since last year. Remember, however, that the complaint against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 that resulted in the injunction was entirely due to design and not patents. Apple claims that the device looks too similar to theirs and would result in market confusion. It's likely that the complaint against Motorola is similar in nature.

We'll keep you up-to-date on the ongoing bickering between the tech giants and we're counting on it getting nastier before it gets more amicable.

Source: FOSS Patents

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2 years ago

ThunderBolt case review: Seidio Active Extended Battery case

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Here's our second review of an HTC ThunderBolt cast that fits the phone with an extended battery. The Seidio Active Extended Case is a dual rubber-plastic design that features a custom-fit exoskeleton with a soft silicone interior for shock absorption.

 

The case itself is an interesting mix. It's sturdy -- almost rugged -- but it doesn't make your phone feel like a tank. The exoskeleton is stiff but has Seidio's signature rubber coating, so it retains a soft feel. It is, however, a bit of a lint magnet.

Fitting the ThunderBolt into the Active Extended case is a pretty simple thing. Slide the phone in, then work the case around it. You might have a bit of try with the final corner, but a little wiggling should get things in place. Removal is just as easy.

The case doesn't cover the phone's display, and there's a cutout for the camera flashes. But it's thick enough that it'll keep the display and camera lens from touching a table or desk when left face-down. The volume rocker works just fine through the case, but the ThunderBolt's kickstand is rendered moot. To that end, the Active Extended case has its own kickstand. It's plastic, instead of the ThunderBolt's metal design, but it gets the job done.

We've got more pics after the break.

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2 years ago

LG Optimus 3D review (European version)

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We’ve seen seen some interesting hardware from LG over the past six months. From the Optimus 2X -- the first dual-core Tegra 2 smartphone -- to the ultra-slim Optimus Black with its impressive NOVA display, the Korean manufacturer has proven it’s ready to play in the big leagues. LG recently added the crown jewel to its 2011 line-up with the release of the Optimus 3D in Europe and Asia. It’s a well-designed, hefty slab of a phone that combines a powerful dual-core CPU with some spectacular 3D trickery, thanks to its parallax barrier display and dual camera setup.

Make no mistake, this is a high-end device, and it comes with an expectedly high-end price tag (around £430 at the time of writing). When you’re dropping this much cash on a phone, you’re quite rightly going to expect not only whiz-bang features like glasses-free 3D, but also a solid smartphone experience to back it up. Read on to find out whether the LG Optimus 3D can deliver on both...

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2 years ago

Youtube app updated to fix the last update

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The last Youtube update seem to bork things up a little bit? No worries. A new update has been pushed to update the old update. So as long as you've updated your update with this latest update, you should be good. Follow?

Here's the official changelog: "Bug fixes for some devices."

Everybody better now?

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2 years ago

McAfee mobile security applications now available through Sprint

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Sprint will begin offering customers access to McAfee mobile security applications today, available under the Sprint tab in the Android Market, or by clicking on McAfee in the Sprint Zone. McAfee Mobile Security ($30/year after a seven-day trial) will locate your lost phone, remotely wipe data, backup contacts and other data, and protect against malware. The McAfee Family Protection Android Edition ($20/year after a seven day trial) will filter mature websites and features “uninstall protection”, which will prevent kids from accidentally removing apps from your device. Hit the break for the full presser and a list of features from each application.

Source: Sprint

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2 years ago

Browser battle: Nexus S vs. the iPhone 4 and the new BlackBerry Bold 9900

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Our pals at CrackBerry are marveling in their first new device in, well, forever, and your old pal Bla1ze is putting them through a bit of a browser battle. Above, you see the iPhone 4, the new BlackBerry Bold 9900, and, of course, the Samsung Nexus S.

Let's be honest here: We're actually pretty happy that, after all these years, BlackBerry finally has a usable web browser. And it looks pretty quaint on that tiny little screen. But watch the video (after the break). It's pretty clear who the winner is, no?

Source: CrackBerry

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2 years ago

NVIDIA and Samsung announce the Galaxy R for Europe and Asia; 4.2 inch SLCD, Tegra 2, and Gingerbread on board

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Nvidia and Samsung have announced the Samsung Galaxy R, now available in Sweden but coming soon to more of Europe and Asia.  It's a bit of a departure from what we're used to here in the states when we hear the words Samsung Galaxy, as the R packs Tegra 2 innards, a Super Clear LCD, and Gingerbread out of the gate.  We don't yet have the full specs, but here's what has been announced:

  • Tegra 2 CPU
  • 4.19-inch WVGA Super Clear LCD touchscreen @ 800x480
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system
  • 720p HD video capture and 1080p Full HD playback (Divx, WMV, MP4, H.264 B/P only)
  • Built-in memory of 8GB and support for 32GB Micro SD
  • Size: 125.7 x 66.7 x 9.55 mm
  • Weight: 131 grams

Along with that Tegra 2 chip comes access to NVIDIA's experience in gaming, evident with any of the games from the Tegra Zone app.  And while many folks love Samsung's AMOLED screens, there are a lot of people who prefer a nicely done LCD.  Of course we have to wait until we get to play with a Galaxy R, but from the video above it looks like another winner.  I can totally see hours of Galaxy on Fire 2 HD in quite a few futures.  Check the video above, and the press release is after the break.

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2 years ago

Bugdroid swims with the sharks in Ari Gold's office

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We can imagine that more than one face has turned green sitting in the fictional Ari Gold's office (and probably in the real Ari Emanuel's office, too). But notice who's hanging out with a shark atop Mr. Gold's humidor? It's everybody's favorite Bugdroid!

This isn't the first time we've seen Android pop up on HBO's "Entourage." We've seen Johnny Drama and Ari both rocking a Nexus One at some point -- and those are just the posts we got around to doing. And here's another. Not sure that's a position we'd want to be in, but the Bugdroid's a pretty resilient fellow.

Anyhoo, if you're en "Entourage" fan, look for it in Episode 90: "Out With a Bang." Check it out on the HBO Go app if you want. And seriously, HBO, it's the last season of "Entourage." Would it kill you to get Sloan off that BlackBerry?

Thanks, G!

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