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3 years ago

Rogers Samsung Galaxy Tab now available in white!

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While it's not really much of a bargaining tool, Rogers has announced the launch of their "exclusive" Samsung Galaxy Tab in white. We won't knock the huffing too much because the white tab really is rather sexy looking, but come on; us Canadians see enough white during the winter months. (That, and it looks just like Sprint's Tab.) Surely Rogers could have suggested something of a warmer color to introduce. Even Rogers red would have been acceptable in my opinion.  

Keep mind, it is only the back of the device that is really white. The front face still looks like any other Samsung Galaxy Tab. No matter what color you decide upon, you can grab the Tab from Rogers for as low as $499.99 with a new 3-year contract. [Twitter]

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3 years ago

Xperia X10 gets pinch-to-zoom update

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Sony Ericsson has announced the roll-out of a new firmware update for the Xperia X8 and X10 series. The new update adds the long-awaited pinch-to-zoom feature for the X10, originally promised back in November 2010. It also brings support for Arabic, Farsi, Thai and Hebrew, as well as a variety of bug fixes and changes to the Timescape UI on all X8 and X10 devices.

Sony Ericsson says that the new update can be applied over-the-air, or using its PC companion software. Users hoping for further Android OS updates for their X10 and X8 phones will be disappointed, however, as last month the manufacturer confirmed that these devices won't be getting Android 2.2 Froyo.  [Sony Ericsson Product Blog]

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3 years ago

Coming Wednesday: Live from Google (Liveblog starts at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST)

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We'll be live in Mountain View, Calif., for Google's Android 3.0 Honeycomb event. Join us!

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3 years ago

Google Maps updated, check-in with Latitude added

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Google has updated Google Maps for Android to version 5.1 today, bringing big changes to Latitude.  Where Latitude once was just a pin on a map, now there are check-ins, to connect a place to the location. 

Users who opt-in for the new Latitude can set it up to notify them when they are at a location so they can manually check-in, or set up locations to automagically check them in when they arrive.  In either case, Latitude checks you out when you leave.  There are also settings to decide how and where to share your location.  These new features make Latitude much more competitive with other location aware social media, and seem worth checking out if that's your thing.  Grab the official update for Maps through the Android Market.  There's a video after the break that does a great walk through, check it out. [Official Google Blog]

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3 years ago

Galaxy Tab sales are 'quite smooth' not 'quite small'

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It has been widely reported over the past couple days that Samsung Galaxy Tab sales have been "quite small," quoting Samsung exec Lee Young-hee during an earnings call. However, Young-hee didn't say "quite small," but rather "quite smooth." Bit of a difference there.

Here is what is being quoted:

“Well, your question was on sell-in and sell-out. As you heard, our sell-in was quite aggressive and this first quarterly result was quite, you know, fourth-quarter unit [figure] was around two million. Then, in terms of sell-out, we also believe it was quite small. We believe, as the introduction of new device, it was required to have consumers invest in the device. So therefore, even though sell-out wasn’t as fast as we expected, we still believe sell-out was quite OK.”

This is a case of one misinterpretation that spread like wildfire. We have included the audio snippet that has been quoted as well as a link to the entire call so you make you're own judgement. [Earnings call via Samsung Tomorrow]

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3 years ago

Google Art Project offers hi-res virtual gallery tours

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Google has teamed up with some of the world's leading art museums to launch Art Project, a new web portal allowing visitors to take virtual, street view-style tours of their galleries and view super-high resolution images of some of the world's finest artworks.

Over the past 18 months, Google has worked with 17 leading museums including The Freer Gallery of Art Smithsonian, The National Gallery, London and Tate Britain, capturing over 1000 high resolution images of famous works of art. These include one massive 7-gigapixel image from each participating gallery, offering a staggering level of detail.

Google has also published three videos to introduce Art Project and show how it's been brought to life, which you can find after the jump. [Google Art Project]

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3 years ago

Chad Johnson, aka Ochocinco, gets a Motorola Xoom

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In one of the more bizarre stories of the new year, Chad Johnson (aka Ochocinco) has somehow gotten his hands on a Motorola Xoom. "How?" and "Why?" are questions that may never be answered, but we can assume it has something to do with him being, well, Chad Johnson. But he has been seen promoting Motorola devices before, so it's fairly safe to say he's on the payroll. Still, this would seem to give credence to the rumored Feb. 17 launch date and would would fit nicely with an announcement before the entire U.S. with the upcoming Super Bowl ad.

Until then, the rest of us will just have to sit and wait patiently -- and be jealous. Very, very jealous. [Twitter]

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3 years ago

AT&T Inspire 4G available Feb 13th for $99 on contract

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If you're been waiting to get your HTC Sense skin on an AT&T phone that's got more oomph than the Aria, AT&T has announced that they're making the Inspire 4G available on February 13th for $99 on a 2-year contract.

It'll run Android 2.2 under that shiny Sense UI, offer mobile hotspot, a 8-megapixel camera, that huge 4.3 inch screen we've come to know and love on HTC devices, feature an aluminum unibody design, and finally get those EVO 4G owners to respect and admire you. We know that last bit is what you're really worried about - so who's planning on picking one of these bad boys up on the 13th? AT&T's Press Release is after the break.

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3 years ago

Leaked Froyo ROM for the Fascinate now available for us peasants to try

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Remember how a few Fascinate devs teased that they had an official Froyo ROM, and, no, you couldn't have it? Well, now you can. The DL30 update has been packaged into a handy flashing zip file. But be warned: The devs aren't supporting this one at all -- so you're on your own. But all you have to do is get your download on, take a swig of your favorite beverage, cross your fingers and see how it goes.

If you're one of the brave ones, let us know how it works, m'kay? [XDA Developers] Thanks, mib12890! Update: the forum link below now includes full update instructions and a list of features found in the update.  

More in the Android Central Fascinate forums

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3 years ago

Archos 5 tablet half off on Amazon today

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The Archos 5 has seen its price slashed from $500 down to $240 for today only over at Amazon. The tablet is packing a 500GB internal hard drive behind a 5-inch screen at 800x480 and a 800MHz processor. The 32GB flash storage version has also been discounted to $290 from $380. The major downside with either is that you are only going to be getting Android 1.6 Donut with this tablet and it lacks the Google apps (Android Market, Gmail, Google Maps & Navigation) right out of the box -- but there are ways to hack them onto the device.

Interested buyers should check out basic or full tech specs -- and ask around in our Archos forums -- before making a decision. If you decide to pull the trigger, Amazon eagerly awaits your credit card and shipping information. [Amazon]

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