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5 years ago

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


jacksonville.com app

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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5 years ago

BlackBerry Playbook tablet [the competition]


BlackBerry Playbook

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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5 years ago

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


 HTC Merge/Lexikon

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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5 years ago

Call Informer brings more information to incoming call screen



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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5 years ago

Amazon offering the Samsung Fascinate for 1 cent


Amazon's Samsung Fascinate page

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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5 years ago

Cease app update notifications


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

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5 years ago

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


R2-D2 Droid 2 special edition

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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5 years ago

Contest: RoboPrint for Android - 10 copies to be won


The amazing folks at Blue Planet Apps have been kind enough to partner with us and our readers and offer up 10 copies of their RoboPrint application. This is an application which will allow you to print to any printer from anywhere while on your Android device. Contest will run through Oct. 3, hit the link for full contest rules and how to enter!

Enter here for your chance to win 1 of 10 copies of RoboPrint

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5 years ago

Xperia X10 review


Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

The Xperia X10 is a continuation of every smartphone aficionado's love-hate affair with Sony Ericsson.  It's a combo of exceptional hardware and build quality, with poorly implemented software that is taking far too long to get updated.  By the latest standards, it's no powerhouse, but the specs are still good and were top of the line when we first saw it at CES in January 2010.  But the software.  Oh the software -- especially the fact that it's still running Android 1.6 is so hard to swallow.  Hit the break, and have a look at the impressions, both good and bad, that AT&T's version of the X10 left on me.

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5 years ago

Why a Froyo factory reset really isn't (plus, a fix for upgrade issues)


Droid X reset

If you're one of those folks who is less than pleased with your Droid X after the Froyo update, this one's for you.  Android Central Forums member Fabrian was at wit's end, and even talked of ditching his X (blasphemy!) because of the random bugs, general weirdness, and plain old unsatisfactory performance of his unit since the update.

His last-ditch effort and ingenuity seems to have paid off.  The secret?  He has completely disabled the Froyo feature that restores data from previous installs.  It's really just a matter of turning off the automatic restore feature before logging back into your Google account. It's a little odd that "Automatic Restore" is still checked by default, even when "Back up my data" isn't, but there you go.

The method isn't too painful and does require one more factory reset, but the payoff appears to be a much smoother experience. Makes sense, too -- restoring data from Eclair to Froyo probably isn't a very good idea even if it is convenient. 

We've verified it here, a hard reset in Froyo isn't really a hard reset, as things come back by themselves.  Follow Fabrian's instructions, and you will have a pristine Froyo installation on your Droid X (or Nexus One -- Sense on Froyo has no setting for this that we could find).  Any troublemaking leftovers will be no more, and won't get downloaded and installed automatically again.  If you're being plagued with myriad tiny bugs in your Droid X after the update, give it a try!  [Android Central Forums] Thanks Fabrian, nice sleuthing!

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5 years ago

CyanogenMod 6 does fast 'booting,' too


CM6 fast booting

For those that don't feel like loading the Desire HD leak on their Nexus One just to take care of that fast booting (as opposed to fastboot) feating, Cyanogen has built the feature into the wildly popular CyanogenMod 6. OK, now's a good a time as any to remind ourselves that you're not actually shutting down the phone when you use this, so you're not really waking it, either. It's more of a hibernation thing.

Everyone figured it would come, but seeing it this soon is quite a pleasant surprise.  It may be a novelty at best (how often do you really NEED to reboot your Android phone?) but it's cool -- cool enough to make it into CyanogenMod.  Check the video from the man himself after the break.  [via @cyanogen]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile G2 won't have free tethering, but may have WiFi calling


T-Mobile G2 WiFi calling

We all want free tethering, and everyone who has ever used it wants UMA on the T-Mobile G2.  It looks like we'll be getting half of what we're asking, as TmoNews has received some inside information (screenshot after the break) that the Froyo hotspot features have been disabled, but a new feature called WiFi calling is currently being tested on HTC's latest and greatest slider. 

We're not surprised that the Froyo hotspot and tethering has been disabled, we said all along that we doubt we will ever see free tethering on a carrier-subsideized phone.  I'm sure that's something that the hackers third-party Android developers will figure out in short order.  The WiFi calling is a whole 'nother animal.  TmoNews has an internal screen grab with some very interesting info (again, after the break), as well as the picture above that shows WiFi calling installed on a G2.  I'm pretty sure that the WiFi calling is the pseudo-UMA from Kineto that we looked at last week, that lacks the seamless handoff to cellular that we're used to seeing from "normal" UMA.  I'm also pretty confident that we won't be seeing the G2 launch with WiFi calling on board, it will come in a software update or be downloadable from T-Mobile.

To end this post full of if's and but's, there is some great news -- an internal T-Mobile document shows that WiFi calling will be available on any voice plan, with no additional account features needed.  That screenshot is after the break.  [TmoNews, here and here]

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5 years ago

Fix in the works for Droid X messaging issues



The Android 2.2 update for the Motorola Droid X was an extremely anticipated update, to put it mildly. After having some time to play with it, a good many of us found that there was a rather strange and annoying SMS bug. We were seeing SMS chats remaining static in position even after receiving a new message instead of bouncing to the top like normal. Luckily the folks at Motorola have already began working on a fix for this issue, unfortunately we just don't know exactly when that will be ready. So if you are one of the unlucky folks who are experiencing this bug, hold tight, a fix is on the way. [Motorola Support via Phandroid]

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5 years ago

Android Quick App: JellyBalls



New on the Market from Hyperbees, JellyBalls is a simple ball popping game with a very cool twist.  Rotating your Android phone changes the direction the new balls drop from.  It's funny how a small change like that makes such a difference in the gameplay.  JellyBalls includes five different gameplay modes, uses Scoreloop for a global online leaderboard (hit me up: gbhil), and has a groovy soundtrack.  I'm really loving the new breed of easy, time filler games on Android, and this one's a perfect fit.  If I can wrestle it away from my wife, that is.  Grab it from the Market for £ 0.99 (about $1.50 USD).

If you're into casual gaming like I am, you'll like JellyBalls.  Check out the video, and download links after the break. Thanks Tom!

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