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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note in white on 1SaleADay for $579

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It's not very often that I'll use the word "deal" when something costs $579, but the Samsung Galaxy Note is an exception. If you've been looking for one, and prefer an unlocked world version over the AT&T version, now is you chance to save a bit of cash and pick it up in white. 

Source: 1SaleADay. Thanks, Robert!

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4 years ago

HTC EVO 3D hboot rollback method found, but not for the timid

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As many an EVO 3D user will tell you, the 1.5 hboot that came with the latest update has been a bit of a thorn in the side of Android hackers. That may soon be coming to an end, and users at XDA -Developers have found a method to roll back to an earlier version that is a bit more development friendly. But everything isn't rosy just yet.

The current method is pretty tricky on paper. You need to use Linux, and there's lots of critical timing and other things to go wrong. There's also a question about the data connection afterwards to keep you from diving in feet-first. Give the folks working on this one a bit more time and they'll likely have a handle on things -- that's what they do. We just wanted to share the news for those who've been waiting. Hit the source link for all the gory details.

Source: XDA-Developers. Thanks, Cody!

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4 years ago

Manage location data in the pictures you take [privacy and security]

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Here's a security and privacy tip that many of us forget about, yet is really easy to manage -- geo-location data in the pictures you take with your Android phone. Modern digital cameras that have a way to capture GPS data (that means your Android phone or tablet) can attach location data to pictures using the Exif (Exchangeable image file format) standard. The Exif standard attaches metadata tags to pictures, sounds, and video to keep track of things like song titles, video length, and camera model. It also has a slot for latitude and longitude coordinates from your GPS receiver. 

Attaching GPS metadata to the pictures you take can be handy, and there are reasons people would want to do it. Having the date, time and location embedded in a picture means never forgetting where and when you took it, and you can use services like Panoramio to place your pictures on a map overlay. Having a location fixed to an image has many legitimate, and fun, uses.

But many times we don't want someone else to know the precise GPS location of a picture we've taken. "Little Timmy's first day at summer camp" would make a great picture to share on Facebook or Google+, but do we want some stranger to know where little Timmy is sleeping this week? It's a scary world out there, full of people with bad intentions. Nobody will blame you if you err on the side of caution.

It matters, because it's not just apps that can access this data. Download a picture from your (or a friends) online albums somewhere. After you have it saved, right click it (Windows) and look at all the properties. If the picture is geo-tagged, you'll get GPS coordinates within a few feet of where the camera was when it was taken. There are even programs and websites that spit out the location data of images, and not everyone who uses these can be trusted. Thankfully, turning location tagging on and off is really easy.

You'll find a spot in the settings of your camera app (stock or a custom app from the Google Play store) that will say location or geo-tag. Poke around a bit, it's in different places depending on your phone's firmware or the app you're using, but it's there. When that setting is on, your GPS will turn on and the coordinates will be saved with the image data. When it's off, neither will happen.

Take control of these sorts of settings, and keep yourself safer on the Internet. 

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4 years ago

Latest 'Galaxy S III' render looks no more genuine than the last two

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Another week, another Galaxy S III rumor. This time it's a new purported render of the still unannounced device, which has been sent to PhoneArena​ by way of an anonymous tipster. We've seen a couple of purported images of the mythical phone over the past few months, and both have turned out to be mock-ups or fabrications. On account of a few major inconsistencies in this latest image, we're gonna call foul here, too. If you take a closer look at the image, you'll see awkwardly large fonts, icons from an older version of TouchWiz and copy-pasted Galaxy Nexus notification bar and software buttons. That's before you even get to the reference to an event in Paris which Samsung has already denied has anything to do with the Galaxy S III.

Hold tight, folks -- we'll have a new flagship phone from Samsung before too long, but for the moment we're almost certain this isn't it. The official line from Sammy remains that the successor to the Galaxy S II will be revealed at an event during the first half of the year.

Source: PhoneArena

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4 years ago

LG Optimus V getting a security update, will likely block rooting

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The LG Optimus V has an update waiting for it, you might have received a text message from Virgin about it. The update offers a security fix "that will protect your handset from security vulnerabilities that may occur either through a remote attacker’s access attempt or through a 3rd party application’s ability to access code that could be used to exploit data on the handset". They even provide a link to the National Vulnerability Database on their FAQ page, making it look very official and serious.

You'll have to download the update and install it manually via your computer (see the source links for details), and you won't have a new version of Android to play with when you're done, unfortunately. But security patches are the types of updates that are truly important, so it's good to see them.

In all likelihood, these exploits being patched will kill the current root methods. Rumor has it that this is the only reason for the update, but rumors are rumors. In any case, if you're riding the root train on your Optimus V (and with the dev team we have in the forums, who could blame you?) you should probably skip this one until those same developers say differently. For everyone else, see the links for more details.

Source: Virgin Mobile USA; via Android Central forums

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid Pro soak test to begin shortly?

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A reader let us in on a message from Moto Matt about an upcoming soak test for the Motorola Droid Pro. It's the standard Motorola Feedback Network invite to participate, in case you've not seen one it looks a little like this:

Hi,

Thanks for joining the Motorola Feedback Network. We are inviting owners of the Motorola Droid Pro on Verizon to participate in an early preview of a new software release, and provide feedback. If you are not currently using a

Droid Pro, please excuse and ignore this email.

Click this link to take a short enrollment survey if you wish to take part.

Note that you must be a member in good standing of the Motorola Owners'
Forums to be included. The registration window is can close without notice so please respond as quickly as possible.

This is a confidential test under the terms of the Motorola Feedback Network. Do not post any details or information about this on any public sites.

Thanks -- please understand that start times are always fluid. We ask for your patience if you register but don't hear from us right away.

Matt

Motorola Owners’ Forums
Motorola Feedback Network

Motorola like to carefully and slowly roll things out for testing, and if all goes well everyone should have access to an update shortly after. It's a smart method, and prevents problems with OTA's like we've seen in the past.

As for the update? The Droid Pro isn't on any short list to get Ice Cream Sandwich, so we imagine it will be a maintenance release with fixes for bugs, which can be just as important. We'll post further details as we uncover them, in the meantime hit the forums to discuss!

Thanks, anon!

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4 years ago

Carrier flashing, 720p video on the Galaxy Note [From the Forums]

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We've rolling through this week like there was no tomorrow, so if you happened to miss out on anything you'll have to skip on back a few pages and get yourself caught up. Looking for some Android help or maybe you got a new ROM to drop? We've got a spot for you in the Android Central forums. Check out some of the threads below:

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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4 years ago

Archos teases Gen10 tablet, thinner than iPad and bringing a keyboard dock

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Archos aren't exactly everyone's first choice of Android tablet despite offering good value for money. At an event in Paris today though, the company teased some of their 2012 offerings including their new flagship G10 xs range. 

There are due to be three seperate lines this year. The low end Arnova range, the Archos Elements range that will have Google certification, and their new 'premium' G10 xs range. The Arnova devices will be retailing between 50 and 150. With no Google certification specified though, these will definitely be low end devices. 

The Elements range bear more than a passing resemblance to the current G9 tablets, and will retail at 129 - 199. These will be coming with Google apps on board, and there may well be Ice Cream Sandwich too given the likely launch schedule. 

It's with the new G10 xs though that Archos will be finally trying to make a name for themselves. With prices starting at 200, the G10 xs is an incredible 7.6mm thin -- thinner than the new iPad as was proudly displayed -- and there will be an option that will mate with a keyboard dock.

Otherwise, details are sparse. No actual devices are expected to launch until September, so it's a pretty safe bet that the G10 xs at least will launch with Ice Cream Sandwich. Specs haven't been shown off yet, but it isn't too much to imagine at least one version with a huge amount of on board storage as is usually the case. An incredibly short teaser video can be found after the break

Source: Arctablet

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4 years ago

Google Offers expands to 4 new cities, with 11 new partners

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Google has expanded their Google Offers service with 4 new cities and 11 new partners, bringing the totals to 30 deal partners in 40 cities. Users in Austin, Houston, Philadelphia, and Miami will now be able to get more daily deals via the Android app or through their inbox, and the partner sites will get even more exposure now that they have aligned themselves with the big G.

The new deal partners look to expand things with deals for just about everyone.  8Moms, APDailyDeals, AT&T Interactive, Boston.com, DailyDeals.com, DoubleTakeDeals, Half Off Depot, Morgan’s Deals, Savored, Signpost and Urban Dealight are the latest additions, and should offer a varied mix to fit just about every taste.

I know many of us are deal-watchers. I spend more time and money than I should searching them out, and no day trip to downtown DC is complete without seeing what I can save while out and about. Now we all have even more partners to look forward to in our daily emails. And that dinner at The Cajun Experience looks artery-cloggingly delicious. 

Source: Google Commerce

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4 years ago

Beautiful Widgets: New update adds Web Skin Market and Multi-Forecast

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Widgets are a great feature built into Android and a ton of folks use them on a daily basis. One of the most popular widget apps in the Google Play Store known as Beautiful Widgets has now rolled out their latest release and it's looking to fill the demands of folks everywhere.

The update bumps the app into v4.0.1 and aside from the content already offered within the app, LevelUp Studio has added a new Web Skin Market where you can now download a ton of skins for your widgets to make use of, as well as mix them up using the Skin Mixer.

Another requested feature comes with this release as well and that's the addition of multi-forecasts within the weather application provided. Now, you can have multiple locations added, all of which can be viewed by simply swiping back and forth across your screen to see whatever locale you wish.

This update is available in the Google Play Store right now, it'll set you back a little under $2 but with the many improvements found in this release, it's an easy to swallow price. Hit the break, grab the download and start customizing your device how you want.

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4 years ago

Stealth Chopper 3D [Android Game Review]

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

Every good mobile operating system needs a solid flight simulation app, and Android has found that in Stealth Chopper 3D. What else sounds more fun than flying the famous SEAL Team Six around four different environments, looking like a fool while controlling the chopper with your accelerometer, and shooting enemies out of the air and off the ground? (Well, I can think of plenty of things...) Nothing, that's what.

While I will admit, the graphics remind me of old N64 games (which are still awesome, by the way), the menus are pretty bland and hideous, and the on-screen controls look like they were made in Microsoft Paint, the game itself runs really well. Your chopper chirps along at a steady 60FPS, realistically swinging to-and-fro in the air, matching your every tilt, twitch, and sneeze you throw at it.

Aiming the chopper's guns is a pretty huge pain, a direct result of the incredibly small aiming reticule and the fact that you have to steady your hands and arms to near death-level stillness to keep your chopper from rocking. Changing between Air-to-Ground versus Air-to-Air doesn't make the aiming any simpler, but hey, at least enemies anywhere will feel your firestorm of bullets (assuming you can hit any of them).

As a pure flight simulator, I think Stealth Chopper 3D really excels. The throttle control is responsive, and while there's the potential for wonkiness, adapting to tilt controls doesn't take too terribly long. (I picked this up much faster than I did arcade racing games.) It's also fairly unforgiving; come in too fast or at the wrong angle and your SEALs will find themselves in a world of hurt as your chopper explodes into many pieces. So at least it's got that going for it.

Stealth Chopper 3D is $3.99 in the Google Play Store. We've got download links after the break.

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4 years ago

Minecraft: Pocket Edition updated with new survival mode additions and split touch controls

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It hasn't been all that long since we last heard from the folks at Mojang but that doesn't mean they took a break from what they do best. In fact, a new update to Minescraft: Pocket Edition is now available for download and it brings some nice updates to the game.

This release, introduces pigs into the survival mode as well adds a new split touch control scheme for normal play in addition to the new flying control scheme. To top it all off, Mojang has cleared up some bugs with this release so that game-play looks better and less pixelated. The update is available now, you can jump past the break for the link.

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4 years ago

Google Earth updated for better sharing, new gestures

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Google Earth just got a bump to Version 6.2, which brings a number of new improvements. Probably the biggest is the addition of the Earth Gallery, which highlights such things as new imagery updates, real-time earthquakes, real-time flights and other cool layers. There's also an updated touring mode that lets you launch from the gallery or inside balloons. Sharing is updated so you can push through Google+ (or other social networks), and there are new zoom and pinch gestures, along with bugfixes.

We've got download links after the break if you need 'em.

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4 years ago

Slacker Radio streaming NCAA Tournament games

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Just a quick heads up that if you can't watch the games in the NCAA Tournament (things get going in earnest tomorrow), Slacker Radio will be streaming audio through the championship game on April 2.

And be sure to check out our NCAA Tournament apps roundup.

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4 years ago

Runkeeper for Android [App Review]

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Getting into shape can be quite a struggle, and without being able to track your progress it makes it even more difficult. When I began running it was very hard for me to understand how far I ran, how long it took me, and more importantly how I was going to be able to track how I progressed daily. Runkeeper for Android is a great application that is available as a free download that not only allows you to track your runs, but nearly any other physical activity you can think of as well.

Getting set up with Runkeeper is an extremely easy process, an account will have to be created but it requires only basic information. After you enter your height, weight, gender and some other information your account is set up and ready to be used. The main screen that launches from here will allow you to select what type of activity you will be performing, whether it be running, cycling, walking or any other type of physical activity.

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