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3 years ago

Sony teases Internet TV (aka Google TV)

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Since Google TV was announced, we have been waiting for some concrete products that will have the software. The Logitech Revue is nice, but for Google TV to really change the way we watch TV, it has to be imbedded into the actual TV you buy and not another set-top box. Sony has stepped up to the plate by teasing its Internet TV, which it proclaims as "the world's first HDTV incorporating the Google TV platform."

Details on the specs of the TV itself are sparse, and any hint of a release date or price are also absent. However, it is probably safe to assume Sony would love to have this out for the holiday shopping season, and they had them on hand at Google IO last spring. We will all just have to wait until October 12th to find out more. Click on to the source link to read all the (vague) details (and some old videos). [Sony]

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3 years ago

Droid Incredible ROM -- Uncommon Sense v1.0 [From the Forums]

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Here's what looks to be another great custom ROM for the Droid Incredible -- Uncommon Sense v 1.0.  It comes with a load of UI customizations, and I'll be the first to say they look as good or better than anything from a carrier or manufacturer.  It's more than just visual tweaks though, there is a lot behind the scenes as well as application level tweaks that sound like the makings of a winner -- both improvements to the Standard Dinc system and bits and pieces from other phones.  I know you guys get addicted to flashing ROMs, so do I :)  Try this one out!  You can download it from the forums post, and there's a nice collage of the ROM on device after the break.  [Android Central Fourms]

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3 years ago

FM Radio now available for Droid 2

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Although there are plenty of online radio apps on the Android market, nothing can really replace an old fashioned FM radio. If you own a Droid 2, you can thank XDA for yet again figuring out how to implement one just by following a couple simple steps. As with most things of this nature, a little command line work is necessary, but beyond that it’s easy as pie. Just make sure before you try that your Droid 2 is rooted or else this will end in failure. You’ll be jamming to your local stations in no time. [via XDA Developers]

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3 years ago

Florida-Times Union and Handmark team up to release Jacksonville.com app

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Florida’s most popular newspaper, the Times Union, has collaborated with Handmark to produce an Android app based off the popular Jacksonville.com website. Their simple yet sleek UI gives users around the clock updates on news, sports, traffic and entertainment all around the Northeast Florida area. Handmark has stated that they aren’t stopping here and to be on the lookout for individual apps for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Florida Gators, and some of the First Coast’s high schools. The app itself is quite simply a pleasure to use and it's nice to see a newspaper finally get it right. Snag it at Jacksonville.com or with the download links after the break.  [via Business Wire]

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3 years ago

BlackBerry Playbook tablet [the competition]

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Well, folks, RIM did it. It unleashed the BlackBerry Playbook -- a 7-inch tablet with specs that even the biggest Android fanboy can look at and nod approvingly. Cribbing from our pals at CrackBerry, who are in San Francisco at Devcon, we learn:

  • 7-inch screen.
  • Dual-core Cortex A9 processor at 1GHz
  • 1GB RAM
  • A special BlackBerry tablet OS
  • Ultra thin at 9.7mm.
  • HTML 5 and full Adobe Flash 10.1.
  • Hardware-accelerated video.
  • Front (3MP) and rear (5MP) cameras. 1080p video recording.
  • HDMI out.
  • BlackBerry OS

Except for that whole BlackBerry Tablet OS thing, sounds pretty sexy. Be sure to check in with CrackBerry for the hands-on and more.

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3 years ago

Verizon's HTC Merge (aka Lexikon) shows itself, Bing bruises and all

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The good news, the Verizon HTC Merge -- also codenamed the Lexikon -- has gone full frontal yet again, with BGR scoring a plethora of shots of what looks to be a more finished device. The model number (ADR6325) and system identifiers are in plain sight, and we now know it's got a 5MP camera.

Oh, but look at what else is there -- Bing. Just like we told you a week ago after ripping down the RUU, Verizon's gone and binged up this phone, which is a big shame since it's a world phone, with a GSM card for working overseas. The good news? This is still and HTC phone, so we fully expect the full force of the hacker nation to focus on it, and hopefully free it of whatever shackles Verizon weighs it down with. More glamor shots at the source. [BGR]

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3 years ago

Call Informer brings more information to incoming call screen

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Having a large contact list can be a little bit difficult at times as it is easy to confuse people, especially those with common names, or similar last names. Having the company name that the caller was from, or just some additional information about them on the incoming call screen would be great as it would help differentiate the people that are calling, and until now this was not readily available.

Jesta's Funhouse has recently released an application called Call Informer which allows additional information to be shown on the incoming call screen so you can have a better understanding of who is calling. Users have the option to add notes, company names, nicknames along with the city, state and country the caller is calling from. This information must appear under the inbound callers contact information in your Android device, and users can define exactly which pieces of information they want displayed.  For only 99 cents in the Android market, this is a must-have for anyone who has a large phone book.

This application has been tested on the Motorola Droid and Droid X but should work on other devices. If your device is not supported please send feedback to the developer so the development can continue!

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3 years ago

Amazon offering the Samsung Fascinate for 1 cent

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In a move that should shock no one given similar pricing for the Samsung Vibrant and Captivate, Amazon is now offering the Verizon-locked Samsung Fascinate (check out our initial impressions here) for just a single penny for new Verizon Wireless subscribers. Current users that are eligible for upgrade can get the phone for $99, which is still a great discout over the usual sticker price of $199. If this whole Bing nonsense does't bother you (or you are willing to use another launcher), this is a great deal for an excellent phone. [Amazon

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3 years ago

Cease app update notifications

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In Android 2.2, you have the option to allow applications to automatically update themselves. And that's a good thing.

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3 years ago

R2-D2 Droid 2 edition priced at $249 after rebate; plus, Star Wars app coming

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We're only a few days away from the launch of the R2-D2 branded Droid 2 from Verizon Wireless, and we know all you Jedi and Bounty Hunters can't wait for this one. To ease some of that nerd pain, Verizon has released some extra info on some goodies that will ship with the R2-D2 unit this Thursday.

First and foremost, the phone will cost you $249, after $100 rebate and two-year contract. You'll also need a $39.99 voice plan and $29.99 data plan to get things going. But for all that scratch, you get:

  • Packaged in a custom box resembling carbonite
  • Star Wars media dock
  • Wired stereo headset
  • R2-D2 notification sounds and ringtones
  • Four live wallpapers
  • R2-D2 Clock Widget
  • “The Best of R2-D2” video with the original Cantina music
  • Exclusive Binoculars App

Additionally, any Star Wars fan who owns a Verizon Wireless Android phone running Android 2.1 and above will be able to download the Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back app. The app will cost you $2.99 and will include some pretty snazzy extras.

  • Bounty Hunt Visual ID: Find and capture images around the Star Wars universe to unlock hidden content
  • Sound and Photo Gallery
  • Live Wallpapers:
    • Blast the Probe Droid
    • Luke Balancing Yoda
    • Navigating the Asteroid Field
    • Watch Bespin’s Cloud City
  • Trivia Challenge: Answer trivia questions about the Empire Strikes Back
  • Widgets

Just a couple more days, Star wars fans. It's coming.

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