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3 years ago

Droid Incredible Froyo update not coming today, Verizon says on Twitter

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Look, we've told you guys about rumors before. Especially unsourced rumors. They're a dime a dozen. And Mashable's rumor that the Droid Incredible would get Android 2.2 today is just another one of those bad rumors. We want Froyo on the DInc just as badly as you do (and probably almost as badly as Verizon at this point). It'll come when it comes. In the meantime, you can direct your anger toward the forums. [Twitter] Thanks, Chris!

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3 years ago

Samsung Vibrant for $99 on T-Mobile, today and today only

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T-Mobile is making it easier than ever to get onto the Android craze we all know and love by discounting the Samsung Vibrant to just $99 today. That's a whopping $100 off the standard price on two-year contract. If you have been holding onto that G1 or MyTouch with a death grip, this might be the best time to upgrade. The offer is online only, so hit up the link if that Super AMOLED screen is tempting you (and you know it is). [T-Mobile] Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S guest stars on FCU

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The NBC short Fact Checkers Unit on Hulu is featuring the Samsung Galaxy S in its recent episode.  With the Hero on Leverage, the Evo 4G on The Closer, The Nexus One on Entourage, and the Epic 4G in the upcoming movie Going the Distance, we're seeing product placement everywhere it seems.  Wonder which phone will be next, and where we'll see it?  Keep your eyes peeled, and let us know when you see the next one pop up!  [Hulu] Thanks Rufflez!

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3 years ago

QuestforStars launches Motorola Droid into space

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You may remember the nauseating video that we saw of the Nexus One that was strapped to a rocket. And now, the folks at QuestforStars.com have taken it one step above and sent a Motorola Droid into space with a GPS tracking system and digital camera into space, and recorded the whole thing. The Droid was loaded with an application called LapseDroid, which they used to take time lapsed photography of the journey to share with us. While the initial journey, shown in the video after the break, didn't go quite exactly as planned, they do have intentions of upgrading some equipment and trying this again. [via QuestforStars]

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3 years ago

Moving apps to the SD card [Froyo]

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One of the big perks about Froyo is the ability to move applications to the microSD card storage.  It's easy to do, and if you don't plan on using swappable SD cards it's something you should check out.  From the home screen:

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3 years ago

Congress to mandate FM radio receivers in all cell phones?

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So here's the deal: the National Association of Broadcasters (radio) and the Recording Industry Association of America (music labels) have been arguing and nit-picking at each other for years over who gets what money. As of right now, only songwriters are paid for what is played on the radio. This means both the RIAA and the NAB are missing out on boatloads of money. So, if you were a big multi-million dollar company - what would you do? You would push it onto a third party of course. Well, that's what they're doing at least; and that party just so happens to be the Consumer Electronics Association.

The Consumer Electronics Association is the trade organization that oversees most of the technogly industry - including the maker of that cell phone you're holding. As you can imagine, having someone else dump their money problems on you can have you feeling pretty frustrated.

So what are RIAA and the NAB proposing? They want Congress to enact a law that will mandate that all cell phones, PDAs, portable devices, etc; to include an FM receiver on each device. If passed by Congress, the Consumer Electronics Association would be responsible for the oversight of this transition. Radio would then agree on paying around $100 million a year to record labels and in turn, the stations would gain a much larger network to reach out to. Everybody wins, right?

CEA president, Gary Shapiro, had this to say on the matter, "The backroom scheme of the [National Association of Broadcasters] and RIAA to have Congress mandate broadcast radios in portable devices, including mobile phones, is the height of absurdity. Rather than adapt to the digital marketplace, NAB and RIAA act like buggy-whip industries that refuse to innovate and seek to impose penalties on those that do."

So where are the consumers in this mess of politics and conglomerates? The music labels and and broadcasting industry believe that this will all be in the best intrest of consumers; as it would provide "more music choices."

How do you feel about having an FM receiver in all of your electronics devices? Some Android smartphones are already have FM built-in. Wait, you just really that Pip-Boy 300 -- don't ya? [Ars Technica]

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3 years ago

Asus Eee Pad scheduled for March '11 launch

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Tablet madness is upon us, and if you're like me you can't wait to see what Android looks and feels like on a proper tablet device.  The Asus Eee pad just may be one of those devices.  Originally planned to release with Windows 7 Embedded, Asus has decided to scrap that and run with Android instead.  And get this -- Asus has not ruled out that the device will ship with Gingerbread on board. 

The unit should cost less than $399 USD, and be available in March 2011.  Looking forward to this one myself, hopefully the Eee Pad is as dependable as the Eee series of netbooks, and the price seems right.  [PC World, Zath.co.uk]

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3 years ago

Symantec's latest -- Tapsnake: watching your every move?

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Symantec has found more malware in the Android Market1, even going so far as to give the app it's own 'viral' name AndroidOS.Tapsnake.  Symantec states that Tapsnake sends your GPS data, and users with another application can read your location.  And they're right -- but read further and you'll see that calling this any type of threat is as silly as developing it in the first place.

In Symantec's own words:

"For the application to really be used maliciously, an attacker would need to have access to the phone to install the program. For it to work, an email address and “key” must be typed into the phone running AndroidOS.Tapsnake. This same registration information must later be typed into the phone running GPS Spy." 

In other words, you not only have to download a Snake game that tells you it's going to use your GPS data, you also have to enter a keyword, and the e-mail address of the person who will be doing the spying.

There are real threats out there, but this isn't one I'm going to worry about.  Watch what you download and use the tiniest bit of common sense and you'll be just fine.  [Symantec]

1. author's note: I tried seven different Android phones, and couldn't find Tap Snake on the Android Market.  Symantec says it is available, so your mileage may vary.

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3 years ago

If you're waiting on Froyo for your DInc ...

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So today is Aug. 18, 2010. You know, the day the HTC Droid Incredible on Verizon is rumored to get its long-awaited Android 2.2 update.

Not to rain on everybody's parade, but it is worth reminding that the rumor in question started by Mashable was of the "somebody told us" variety, without any real sourcing. And we've seen rumored updates (especially for Verizon updates) fall through before. We're excited right along with you, but we're also sitting back with a fair amount of skepticism.

That said, we'll be in the forums all day today with you guys, too, in hopes that Froyo finally arrives.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile announces the G2, with HSPA+ data speeds

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T-Mobile this morning announced the G2, the follow-up to the very first Android smartphone, the G1. And the sequel will be the first to sport T-Mobile's HSPA+ data speeds (which it's touting as being 4G). T-Mo's still being a bit of a tease, not actually showing us the phone yet (our guess is still the HTC Vision/Blaze slider), but it promises to share more details n the coming weeks, and that there will be "exclusive first access to current T-Mobile customers."

As to when we'll see the G2? We've got that leaked roadmap showing the "Vanguard" in September, and a previous story saying the first HSPA+ phone was due in September, so put two and two together and there you go. [T-Mobile]

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