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3 years ago

First look at HDMwIn for Gingerbread phones

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For those of you still rocking an HTC EVO 4G, you should definitely check this one out. It's TeamWin's newest update to their very own HDMwIn for EVO's running Gingerbread, and it comes with a couple of key enhancements that should get any HDMI fan salivating.

I had the opportunity to sit down with the lead programmer of HDMwIn, agrabren, and ask some questions about how it works as well as the new features. Join me after the break to see the Q&A, and don't be afraid to sound off in the comments if there's something I forgot to ask.

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3 years ago

Verizon to sell Intuit GoPayment credit card reader for phones, tablets

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If taking credit card payments on the go is something you need in your life, then Intuit and Verizon are looking to help you fill that void. They've now announced a new partnership that will brong Intuit GoPayment credit card reader to Verizon Wireless’ 2,300 retail stores and business-to-business sales channels.

GoPayment makes it easier and more affordable for small businesses to process credit cards and for anyone who sells products or services to accept credit card payments wirelessly. The card reader simply plugs into the audio jack of a supported smartphone or tablet. Credit and debit cards can be swiped through the card reader or entered into the app manually. The transaction is processed immediately and funds are automatically deposited into a user’s bank account within a few business days. GoPayment supports devices on Android™, BlackBerry® and iOS platforms for most popular 3G and 4G LTE smartphones and tablets.

Verizon Wireless customers can get the GoPayment credit card reader free with activation of a GoPayment account and a mail-in rebate for the $29.97 purchase price, with 2.7 percent discount rate for swiped transactions. If you're looking to get cheaper rates on swiped transactions, you can pick up the $12.95-a-month package and have swiped transactions processed for 1.7 percent. Full PR is beyond the break, if you need some more info.

Source: Verizon

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3 years ago

Qik Video Premium adds a slew of new features for a $5 monthly subscription

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Qik Video is now available in a premium version, which adds a slew of new features to the Skype-owned camcorder/video chat app. For $4.99/month, users will have access to Qik Desktop, which automatically sync your Qik videos to your computer for easy editing and sharing. In addition, premium users will be able to send and receive video mail, upload videos from your gallery to a Qik account, and record video in HD and 3D, depending on your device.

The monthly fee will also buy you unlimited storage space for your uploaded videos and priority support from the Qik troubleshooting team. Qik Video Premium comes with a 30 day free trial for those who want to test the water before they jump in, and can be downloaded from the Android Market after the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung set to announce Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablet at IFA conference in Berlin

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Fun fact about Android apps: An APK is really just a zipped folder. Open it up, and you occasionally find a bunch of goodies inside. Such is the case with Samsung's Unpacked app, which is pimping its upcoming showing at the IFA conference in Berlin.

And, lo and behold, tucked into the app are images for products that are slated to be announced. You can't actually see them on your phone yet -- you're told to check back after Sept. 1. But there they are, plain as day: The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, Samsung Wave 3 and Samsung Galaxy Note.

It's safe to assume the Galaxy Tab 7.7 will be a 7-inch Honeycomb tablet to go along with the Galaxy Tab 10.1 (read our review) and the Galaxy Tab 8.9 (see our hands-on), which we're still waiting to come to market.

The Wave 3 is likely to be a Bada phone. Let's move on.

And the Galaxy Note ... Well, your guess is as good as ours. Windows Phone 7? Something different, altogether? Find out in a few weeks, we suppose.

Via This is My Next

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3 years ago

Cloud.tv introduces HD Widgets - fully customizable widgets designed specifically for Honeycomb tablets

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We dig Honeycomb apps around these parts, and when they're done well we can't wait to tell you guys about them.  HD Widgets looks like it certainly fits that bill, offering up a set of great widgets for your Honeycomb tablet that take advantage of all that real estate and are pretty customizable as well.  There's a dozen different widget types, offering clocks, weather, settings switches, and a nice tablet header design that fills the wide screen on your tablet with all the information you're looking for. 

On the customization front, you can swipe through clocks, backgrounds, layouts, and other options during initial setup as well as on the fly.  Combined with all the different styles of widget available, you're sure to find a combo you like.  HD Widgets is now available for 99 cents in the Android Market, for devices running 3.0 or higher.  The fellows at cloud.tv say they will be releasing a version for phones in a few weeks, as well as new themes, new options, and "much more."  We've got the download link and a handful of screenshots after the break.

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3 years ago

AC reader snaps up 3G ASUS EeePad Transformer in Taiwan

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We've previously seen ASUS' support pages for its mystical 3G EeePad Transformer, however the device itself has remained elusive up until now. Fortunately AC reader David, who recently spent some time in Taiwan, returned home with a a 32GB version of the 3G Transformer, and sent some photos our way to prove that the device is indeed real and available to buy in some parts of the world.

According to David, the 3G Transformer ships with a different battery, and runs Android 3.2 out of the box. Join us after the jump for more photos showing various bits of system information and the SIM card slot.

Thanks, David!

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3 years ago

A video look at Sony Ericsson's upcoming Gingerbread update

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Earlier today Sony Ericsson announced that all of its 2011 Xperia phones will get upgrades to Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, as well as a number of other new features. (And the new Xperia Neo V will launch with them all.)

Here's SE's walkthrough of the update.

Source: Sony Ericsson

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3 years ago

Android game review: Sprinkle for Tegra II devices

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Another iPhone favorite has made its way to Android. Sprinkle, from ironically named developer Mediocre, is a cute little physics-based game.

You're among the .. people ... of Titan, one of Saturn's moons, who have been minding their own business until the people of Earth decide to crash the party. And crashing through Saturn's rings have had ill effect on the moon, causing flaming asteroids to come crashing down. Only one way to put them out -- a massive water cannon.

That's where you come in. You control the water cannon. And at first it's easy -- aim and squirt. But Sprinkle quickly takes a turn for the strategic, giving you puzzles to solve, all while trying to extinguish the fire using as little water as possible.

The game is surprisingly addictive, in no small part to the beautiful physics work done with the water, and to a lesser extent the water. The former has to be carefully aimed and worked around terrain and switches, while the later just won't seem to die. The cute character don't hurt, either. And in future-proofing news: It'll be getting an upgrade to NVIDIA's quad-core Kal-el platform later on.

Sprinkle is available now in the Android Market or from NVIDIA's new Tegra Zone website for $1.99.

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3 years ago

NVIDIA opens TegraZone.com, updates Android app, and has 5 Acer Iconias to give away

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NVIDIA has launched the TegraZone.com website, complete with it's own online community for Android fans with Tegra-powered devices.  In addition, the Tegra Zone companion application for Android has received an update with features designed to compliment the new site, as well as offer more for users by way of support for Japan, the UK, and India and a "Get Demo" button to try a free or light version of the game.

The highlights of the new website include:

  • Allows consumers considering the purchase of a Tegra-powered mobile device to learn about Tegra games and some of the best Android games
  • Expands Tegra-owner convenience and provides another way to view Tegra Zone content
  • Makes it easy for users to share links to Tegra games and news through Facebook and Twitter
  • Includes everything you’ll find in the original Tegra Zone app, plus community forums and sweepstakes
  • The site is launching in English (US), Portuguese (Brazil), and Japanese; other languages will follow soon

Not to be outdone, the new Android app has a nice set of features as well:

  • A “Get Demo” button – about 25 percent of NVIDIA games now have a free version of the game
  • Android notifications
  • Updated sharing (link to specific page on TegraZone.com)
  • Better Facebook integration
  • International app feedback
  • Support for Japan, UK, and India; in addition to already available U.S., Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia, and Spain

As part of the new Tegra Zone experience, NVIDIA has also started a new Developer Zone dubbed "Zone in" to encourage more developers to build Tegra optimized applications.  NVIDIA says all applications will be play tested and every developer will be responded to.  Those are pretty big shoes to fill, and kudoa to NVIDIA if they pull it off.

Last but not least, to commemorate the launch of TegraZone.com, NVIDIA’s giving away five Acer Iconia Tab A500 tablets during the first month, don't miss your chance to win one.  You can enter the drawing at the Tegra Zone website.

We've got a couple more pictures after the break, give them a look then check out the Tegra Zone website at the source link.  We've also got the download for the TegraZone app down there, too.

Source: TegraZone.com

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson announces the Xperia Neo V; all 2011 Xperia phones to get Android 2.3.4

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Sony Ericsson today announced the latest addition to its Xperia line -- the Neo V -- which will be the first of its phones to benefit from its new "Facebook inside Xperia" software upgrade. The Neo V also is SE's first foray into 3D, with a "3D sweep panorama" feature that records and plays back in 3D when connected to a 3D TV's HDMI input.

Neo V specs include:

  • Available in white, blue or silver
  • 3.7-inch display at 480x854 resolution
  • Reality display powered by Sony's Mobile Bravia Engine
  • Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 processor at 1GHz
  • 5MP rear camera
  • VA front-facing camera
  • 320MB internal storage
  • 2GB microSD card included
  • 1500 mAh battery
  • And all the usual sundries

Also, SE today announced that all of its 2011 Xperia phones will get an upgrade to Android 2.3.4 that will comprise many of the features found in the Neo V. That includes:

  • Google Talk with video chat
  • Facebook inside Xperia
  • 3D sweep panorama
  • The ability to connect USB peripherals to the Sony Ericsson LiveDock multimedia station
  • A "swipe" (no, they didn't say Swype) text input
  • Screen shots

The software updates will begin in October; SE didn't say which phones would be up first.

For more, see the entire press release after the break.

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