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4 years ago

The Kurio7 is the 'ultimate tablet for families' and available for preorder at Toys R Us

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Techno Source has announced that their Kurio7 tablet, billed as the "ultimate tablet for families" is now available for preorder at Toys R Us online. The 7-inch tablet will ship with Ice Cream Sandwich, be available nationwide in July, and retail for $199. On the surface, it appears to be just another cheap Chinese craplet that we'd advise everyone to run away from at all costs, but there's something different here. The specs aren't it, they are what you would expect -- 1GHz single core processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage, USB host enabled USB port, and low resolution cameras. We've seen all that on most of the generic tablets available at half the price. It's also not the full suite of apps designed for kids (and those of us who still think we're kids) like World of Goo, Fruit Ninja, or Cut the Rope.

What's different, and potentially game-changing, is the multi-login software. Designed to keep kids safe from the kind of filth adult material you'll find across the Internet and in the Google Play store, the Kurio7 allows up to eight different login profiles complete with parental controls to control what your little ones can and can't do on the tablet. It's a novel idea, and we hope it takes off -- many of us would love some sort of user profile on our tablets. Hit the break for the full press release.

More: Toys R Us;  KurioPlanet

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4 years ago

Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE review

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The Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE is a great phone on a less-than-great network.

There. We said it.

That's not an easy way to start a review of a phone. Nor is it necessarily fun for us to say. It's simply the way it is.

This should come as no surprise to Sprint aficionados. Heck, it pretty much mirrors what we just wrote about the Sprint Galaxy Nexus. Great phone, so long as you don't need speedy mobile data. That's going to change in the next month or so, at least for folks in a half-dozen cities, as Sprint fires up its 4G LTE network, and it'll change for even more by the end of the year. And Sprint's 3G data should get a boost, too, all part of its Network Vision initiative. But for now, you've got an EVO 4G LTE without the 4G LTE, and oft-slow 3G data.

But is that really fair to the phone? To the follow-up to arguably one of the greatest Android smartphones we've seen? To the phone that launched the 4G era? (Never mind that Wimax is going the way of the dinosaurs.) The original EVO 4G was an important phone, for damned sure the EVO 4G LTE is. At least for Sprint, if not for Android as a whole.

So that's the question: Is the phone good enough to warrant a purchase even if the network's not yet measuring up? Let's get into it in our full EVO 4G LTE review.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile HTC One S software update coming tomorrow!

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If you're the proud owner of an HTC One S on T-Mobile, you'll want to keep an eye out on May 31 for your software update notification. As noted on the T-Mobile site, an update is set for release that day and has some bug fixes and improvements that it will bring to the device:

Improvements

  • Resolves goodbye splash not appearing when powering off due to low battery.
  • Resolves voicemail indicator not appearing while using Wi-Fi calling.
  • Improvements to Wi-Fi Calling
  • Improvements to camera stability
  • Resolves signal fluctuation.

You'll have to be on software version 1.53.531.76 710RD, not rooted and have more than 50 percent battery life in order to take the update. When completed, you will then be on software version 1.84.531.2 710RD. Hit the links below to check out the full details or discuss more in the Android Central Forums. Plus, if you've not read our full HTC One S review as of yet -- check it out.

Source: T-Mobile, via: Android Central Forums

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4 years ago

Google+ Local arrives to makes use of Zagat acquisition, brings along Google Maps update

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It has been quite some time now since Google acquired Zagat, and while we've seen some embedding of reviews and such in the past, Google has now brought Zagat into the fold in a much larger way. Google+ Local has now been introduced making it easier to find Zagat scores and and restaurant suggestions from folks you interact with on Google+. In addition to the Google+ integration roll out, various other Google apps and sites will be updated Zagat support over the next little while, starting with an update to Google Maps that includes a fancy new "Local" button that when tapped, will show you Zagat reviews in your general area. Both Google+ Local and the Google Maps update are live right now, you'll find the Google Maps download below in case you've not already updated as of yet.

Source: Google Blog

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4 years ago

Swiftkey 3 beta keyboard updated with a slew of fixes, improvements

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Just a quick heads up, boys and girls, that Swiftkey (our 2011 editor's choice for Android Keyboard of the year, btw) has updated the versions of the Swiftkey 3 beta in the company's VIP forums. Here's what's new:

  • Improved prediction algorithms
  • Better, more consistent punctuation key behavior
  • Smarter Smart Space functionality (which will make it easier to enter email addresses etc)
  • A refined experience in Google Chrome Beta
  • Fixed missing predictions on the longpress of @ and .com
  • Improved gestures
  • Eliminated lag on letter pop-ups
  • Various other minor bug fixes and usability improvements

Any improvement is a good improvement, of course, but do remember that this is beta software. Bugs happen. (And let's all try to remember that part of being a beta tester is providing good feedback.)

The update applies to the keyboard version as well as the tablet version. You can snag them at the links below.

Download: Swiftkey 3 beta (phones, tablets)
More: Swiftkey blog

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4 years ago

TELUS joins the Samsung Galaxy S III preorder party in Canada

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Just in case the Rogers preorder confirmation wasn't enough for you, TELUS has now come out to say they have also started up preorders for the Samsung Galaxy S III. As listed on their website right now, the Samsung Galaxy S III will come in 16GB and 32GB editions with prices starting at $160 and going up to $210 all with a new three-year contract.

Source: TELUS

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4 years ago

Alvin and the Chipmunks-themed Archos Child Pad available now for $129

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Yes. Those are chipmunks holding the 7-inch, Ice Cream Sandwich-powered Archos Child Pad. We'll get to them in a minute. For now, know that the Child Pad is available as of today for $129. Yeah, it's a couple months late. (We'll forgive you for not remembering that it originally was to be released at the end of March.) But, look! Chipmunks!

Let's start with the important specs. You'll have access to "specific" "Alvin and the Chipmunks 3" content. (Presumably "general" "Alvin and the Chipmunks 3" content will be available in the places where you'd usually find "Alvin and the Chipmunks 3" content.) That includes behind-the-scenes clips, photos from the set, wallpapers and online games. There's also a 6-month trial of a parental control application from Editions Profil. Angry Birds are on board (of course), as well as other "educational and general-knowledge" apps.

Oh, and it's got a 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of on-board storage, if you're into that sort of thing. You can find out more and order your very own Child Pad at the link below.

More: Archos Child Pad

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4 years ago

Flipboard for Android to break free from the Galaxy S III officially

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Love it or hate it, Flipboard coming to Android is big news. We first took a look at it back at Earls Court in London during the Samsung Galaxy S III launch event. Initially at least, Flipboard is exclusive to the Galaxy S III, but as is often the way this didn't last very long at all. Unofficial versions were 'ported' from the Galaxy S III and hosted on the interwebs for all the world to download and use at their leisure. Word from Flipboard now though, is that the application will soon be available on all Android devices. 

The story goes that in concentrating on one device, with one screen size and resolution, Flipboard could ensure that their massively popular iOS offering wouldn't suck when it arrived on Android. That, and quite possibly the bazillion number of units Samsung were likely to -- and eventually will be -- shipping of the Galaxy S III. As far as a test bed goes, a device that ended up with 9 million pre-orders probably wasn't a bad choice. As it turns out, Flipboard is pretty close to having a beta version of the app ready for the rest of the Android world. 

The developers are planning to release it to a small amount of users initially under a strict beta tag, to help test it out, submit bug reports, and generally make sure that the app is as polished as it needs to be. Makes sense, after all, Flipboard is all about the visual, and a janky experience would be the quickest way to put users off. 

There is no mention of the magic date that Flipboard may start to make it into eager beta testers hands, but by all accounts it sounds like it's pretty close. Could it even appear before the Pebble Blue Galaxy S III perhaps? 

Update: Well, that was quick! Seems like the beta is now live with reports of invites heading out to users who had signed up. 

Source: Engadget

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S III now available from Vodafone UK, 16GB Marble White only for now

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Choice is good right? Following on from fellow british carrier Three's announcement, Vodafone UK have also confirmed this morning that the Samsung Galaxy S III is available today on their network. Vodafone are supposed to be carrying the 32GB versions in both colors exclusively for the time being, but have confirmed that both are delayed by "2-4 weeks." 

Prices on Vodafone aren't quite as alluring as those elsewhere though. The phone can still be had free of charge on a new 2-year deal, but the price for this on Vodafone is £41 a month. For a "limited time" their price plans will include 2GB of data, which for many average users is plenty.  2GB of BTOpenzone WiFi access is also included in the plan. For the full press release, click on past the break. 

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4 years ago

Canada's Rogers network counting down to its own Galaxy S III preorders

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A countdown related to the Samsung Galaxy S III has appeared on Canadian carrier Rogers website, which ends at noon EDT, so it looks like we'll see preorders start today.  We already knew that Rogers was going to carry the Galaxy S III, as well as a majority of the Canadian carriers.  We've seen evidence that the phone will be released on June 20 in Canada, and this is just one more indication that this may hold true.  There's no official word on specs or what proc is inside, but it's a pretty safe bet that the LTE flavored Galaxy S III will have the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 inside due to LTE compatibility problems with current quad-core chips.

Source: Rogers

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4 years ago

Sprint gives update on EVO 4G LTE inventory status

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So about that Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE ... We know it's cleared Customs, following that pesky International Trade Commission review. And we know preorders have and are still being delivered, but apparently the bulk of the phones are still in transit. Sprint this morning has given us a bit of a non-update update, which reads thusly:

While Sprint customers who pre-ordered their HTC EVO 4G LTE received their device last week, Sprint continues to wait for our full inventory from HTC.

We recently learned that HTC devices have been released by U.S. Customs. We expect shipments of HTC EVO 4G LTE to enter the U.S. in the next few days.  An exact availability date for HTC EVO 4G LTE will be communicated as soon as possible.

We’ll continue updating this post as we have new information to share.

Thank you everybody for your interest and continued patience.

So in-store availability is still up in the air. Soon as we know something, you will, too.

Source: Sprint; More: EVO 4G LTE forums

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4 years ago

Mobile Nations 16: People who do ... things

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Kevin from CrackBerry.com, Phil from Android Central, Derek from webOS Nation, Daniel from WPCentral, Gary from Mobile Nations, and Rene from iMore talk iPhone 5 and iOS 6, BlackBerry 10, Samsung Galaxy S III and Jellybean, Windows 8, ecosystems vs. best of breed, and... the Facebook Phone. This is Mobile Nations!

Agenda

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S III now available from Three UK

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It's the day after the official launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III, and here in the UK it's the day that many eager consumers were hoping to lay their hands on Sammys prized new flagship device. We're well aware of the issues, which sadly may find you waiting a while longer or looking a bit harder to find one. It might though be worth heading over to Three UK, who has launched the device this morning, and is now available -- in white at least -- online, and in Three retail stores. 

The Galaxy S III can be yours on a new 2-year contract at Three, for the low low price of free on the One Plan, which will run you for just £34 a month. For anyone not familiar, the One Plan delivers truly unlimited data, and tethering to boot. You'll find the presser after the break. 

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4 years ago

Go for a swim, take along your water-resistant Xperia go

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Sony's just announced one of their newest phones, the Xperia go, for the active and rugged Android user who still wants a sleek, top-notch device. You can expect all of the good stuff we've grown used to from Sony's products, like their Reality Displays that use the mobile BRAVIA engine to keep things looking great and a "fast capture camera" that can go from sleep to snap in just over a second.

It looks like an exciting phone, to be sure, and for all the deets, the full presser is after the break.

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4 years ago

LG Optimus LTE, LTE Tag and Vu to get ICS in June

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LG has announced on their Korean site that the Optimus LTE, the Optimus LTE Tag, and the Optimus Vu: will be receiving the Ice Cream Sandwich updates starting June 4. Coming with the update will be a new UI layer for all the devices, a new feature called kwiknote that promises access to a note app from any screen, ad the Vu: will get a feature that allows apps to run side-by-side on the 4:3 screen. 

Of course there's no word on carrier involvement, and nothing about LG's other offerings. We're not really surprised considering this came from the Korea office, but we have to mention it. Hopefully the ball is now rolling and we'll be seeing ICS on more LG devices before it's too late to matter.

Source: LG Korea

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