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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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2 years ago

Final reminder: Take a great pic with Lloyd, win a Verizon-branded HTC Merge

  
David and Lloyd at Devil's Tower

Here's a final reminder, folks, that we're winding down our Verizon HTC Merge contest. You've got two days left to print out everybody's favorite Android mascot, snap a pic with him (and we want to see you in the shot as well), and send it in.

You can get full details in the link below. We've had some incredible entries so far, and there's still time to get yours in. Let's see 'em!

Win a free Verizon-branded HTC Merge!

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2 years ago

Droid 2 Gingerbread update is pushing out now

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Those of you who woke up with a Motorola Droid 2 by your side should start pressing the update button now, because your Android 2.3 Gingerbread update is available. It's actually Android 2.3.3 and not the more recent Android 2.3.4, but we'll take what we can get at this point.

In addition to the OS update, here's what you can expect:

  • New Download Manager App
  • Under Manage Applications, a new “Running” tab displays a list of active applications, as well as the storage and memory being used by each.
  • Multi-Touch Key-Chording
  • Improved Word Selection and Copy Functionality:
  • New User Interface and Color Scheme:
  • New widgets, icons and screens with refreshed colors.
  • Three swappable icons and the App Launcher icon are fixed to the dock at the bottom of all home screen panels for easy and instant access.
  • New App Menu allows creation of custom app groups
  • Added Device and SD Card encryption.
  • VPN enhancements integrate IPSec VPN clients into device security settings

Initial reports are that things certainly seem smoother, which isn't always the case with updates these days. Seeing something different? Sound off!

More in the Droid 2 forums
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note official videos

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

You've seen the Samsung Galaxy Note announcements, now watch the official demo videos, where you get a good sense at how the stylus thing's going to work, as well as a few of the features of "a new type of smartphone."

One more video's after the break.

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2 years ago

Samsung unveils Galaxy Note - a new 5.3-inch, dual-core phone with a SuperAMOLED HD display

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Samsung's head of global sales and marketing, DJ Lee, has just announced a brand new "premium" smartphone at the electronics giant's IFA 2011 press conference. It's designed to fit between a traditional 3 to 4-inch phone and a tablet, and its name is the Samsung Galaxy Note.

The Galaxy Note features Android 2.3 on a thin, 5.3-inch chassis with a Super AMOLED HD display, which runs at 1280x800. Powering the device is a 1.4 GHz dual core processor, which is backed up by a massive 2500 mAh battery. Other stand-out features include stylus input for note-taking via the bundled Samsung "S Pen" pressure-sensitive pen, as well as HSPA+ data, an 8MP rear camera and 2MP front-facing shooter.

As the name suggests, Samsung is aiming to make the Galaxy Note the idea portable digital notepad. And despite its massive display size, it's just 9.65mm thick, weighin in at 178 grams.

Demonstrating the Galaxy Note at the press conference, Samsung Europe boss Andrew Coughlin said that it's intended to be a new primary device for users that need more visual realestate than can be found on a typical smartphone. Instead of switching between multiple devices, Coughlin said Galaxy Note users would be able to perform many tasks commonly associated with tablets right on their smartphone.

Samsung's S Pen, which is included with the Galaxy Note, is a pressure-sensitive stylis much like the "magic pen" included with the HTC Flyer. And like the Flyer, the Galaxy Note supports screenshot-taking and annotation across all areas of the UI. To help in the development of new apps for the platform, Sammy will be releasing the S Pen SDK in the near future, and even showcased a couple of example applications, including a collaborative whiteboard app that could be used in meetings.

We definitely can't wait to get our hands on this one, folks. More images coming your way, along with the official presser, after the jump.

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