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4 years ago

Motorola Opus One - the saga continues

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Remember that Motorola Opus One that was "found" and subsequently reviewed? It's back for more of what's become one of the angriest video reviews we've seen in some time.

If you want to skip the story about how it was lost, found and started beating like the Telltale Heart, fast forward to 3:30 in. There we get another pretty good look at the phone. Indeed it's on Nextel, and indeed it's got Cupcake on board. And apparently it's driven the dude who picked up the thing in the first place to pack up shop and move to a tiki hut.

Peep the video after the break. Again, this one's a little NSFW thanks to some colorful (and not-so-classy) language. So long, Jay.

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4 years ago

Yelp gets update, allows you to upload your own photos

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Yelp's Android application has been available for just a couple weeks, but already we're seeing some promised features start to roll in. An update to Version 1.2 just hit our phones. And with it comes the following:

  • Log-ins: The ability to log-in to your Yelp profile via Android.
  • Upload photos: Take and upload photos with your handset to Yelp.com - which has already proved very popular with the iPhone.
  • Share business information: You'll be able to share business information with friends via SMS, email, Facebook, and any other features on your phone that are capable of receiving and sending that information.

Good updates indeed! And Yelp is promising more in the weeks to come. We'll stay tuned. [via Yelp blog]

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4 years ago

What makes the Droid's screen so tough? Gorilla Glass, of course

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The Motorola Droid is, by far, an industrial-type phone. Solid in the hand, it just feels tough. And that's not by accident. While any glass screen can be cracked, the Droid's is less susceptible to scratches, thanks to its special "Gorilla Glass." We'll leave the science to the scientists. But it has something to do with ions. Here's how it was broken down to SmartPlanet:

Like many glasses used in these kinds of applications, Gorilla glass chemically strengthened. Glass is a brittle material. Brittle materials are extremely strong under compression but extremely weak under tension. When you chemically temper a glass, you immerse it in a salt bath and you stuff larger ions in all the surfaces and put them all under compression.

What’s unique about Gorilla Glass is that because of its inherent composition, it can allow those larger ions to penetrate the surface more deeply to increase the compression tolerance and tolerate deeper scratches.

So let's hear it for ions, everybody. [Gorilla Glass via Gizmodo]

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4 years ago

Quick App: Sygic Mobile Maps for Android

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Maybe you are one of the many who does not have Google Navigation, or perhaps you simply want an alternative. Sygic Mobile Maps may be just what you are looking for. It is a polished turn-by-turn GPS application that has some nice features.

  • Text-to-speech – voice guidance announcing the name of the next street or road.
  • Choose addresses straight from your contacts.
  • Music playback fades out smoothly so you can better hear the voice instructions.
  • Improved GPS lock.
  • Smooth position display as you follow your route.
  • Increased font size of street names and information bars for improved readability.
  • Voice guided gps navigation software and maps.
  • Easy installation process.

This is an application you need to install on your SD card, and it must be purchased directly from Sygic's website. The biggest negative is its price -- a hefty $90.

If you can get past that, you'll have yourself a pretty decent turn-by-turn GPS application for your Android device.

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4 years ago

SugarSync now streams desktop media

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Looking for yet another way to sync with your desktop or laptop computer? SugarSync is a longtime player in that department, and version 2.1 was just released, and it brings the ability to stream media from your desktop. Streaming music isn't limited to WiFi, either, but it will help the buffer rate.

SugarSync has a free 2GB option, and pricing starts at $4.99 a month/$49.99 a year for 30GB of storage, up to $24.99 a month/$249.99 a year for 250GB. Download the update in the Market, and hit up the Web site for the accompanying desktop software. [SugarSync]

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4 years ago

General Mobile DSTL1 and its dual SIM cards get detailed

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Manufacturer General Mobile has unleashed the DSTL1 Imaginary, an Android 2.0-powered phone with a little trick up its sleeve. You might remember the DSTL1 when we spotted it at Mobile World Congress in February, running  Specs of the phone are:

  • Android 2.0 Eclair (upgraded from 1.5)
  • A Marvell PXA 310 processor running at 624 MHz
  • 4gigs of storage, 256MB ROM/128MB RAM, storage card up to 16GB
  • GSM 900/1800/1900 GPRS/EDGE
  • 240x400 WQVGA touchscreen
  • WiFi b/g
  • Bluetooth 2.0 (with stereo support)
  • FM radio
  • Dimensions: 112x54x16mm
  • Weight: 135 grams
  • 5MP camera with autofocus and flash
  • 1200 mAh battery

And that little trick? Dual SIM cards. It's hardly the first phone to have such, but it's one of the first Android devices to sport the feature. Bad news is we don't expect to see these in the U.S. anytime soon, and there's no 3G on board. Otherwise, a solid middle-of-the-road Android 2.0 phone.

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4 years ago

Google Explains Their Meaning Of 'Open'

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Google has an infamous saying, "Don't Be Evil" which is incredibly simple yet loaded with layers of meaning. Obviously, it's a dig at other companies who only make profit-based decisions. It's also a company motto that makes common consumers believe that Google is an all-giving, all-good type of company. And for some, the very basis of reminding yourself to not be evil means you're inherently evil. The slogan can mean so many things to so many different people and perspectives. 

Android plays a pretty big role in that "Don't Be Evil" campaign, it's a desktop class smartphone OS that is open source. In fact, one of the most attractive aspects of Android is obviously its open source nature. Companies such as HTC or Motorola can tinker with Android's open source and layer a completely fresh UI on top of it with no argument from Google.

But because of some recent questionable behavior from Google regarding its 'openness', Google felt the need to explain their stance on being open and conveniently remind us that Google is the largest open source contributer in the world. Basically, they're still not evil. Google explains the meaning of open in a lengthy blog post that's certainly worth the read but here are the pertinent Android related nuggets:

When we open source our code we use standard, open Apache 2.0 licensing, which means we don't control the code. Others can take our open source code, modify it, close it up and ship it as their own. Android is a classic example of this, as several OEMs have already taken the code and done great things with it. There are risks to this approach, however, as the software can fragment into different branches which don't work well together (remember how Unix for workstations devolved into various flavors — Apollo, Sun, HP, etc.). This is something we are working hard to avoid with Android.

It's nice to see that while Google is focused on remaining open source for Android, they're still conscious of the fact that the software may fragment and are taking steps to prevent it from happening. The fragmentation of Android is easily our biggest concern for Android in 2010 and we're hopeful that Google will deliver.

What do you guys think? Can Google be truly 'open' about Android and keep Android from fragmenting?

[official google blog]

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4 years ago

The Year 2009 Explained Through Google Wave

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We'll be honest here, we have Google Wave but we have no idea how to use it. Luckily, more talented folks have gotten a handle on Google Wave and have decided to summarize the year 2009 by using one of Google's more ambitious applications. We get all the highlights, from Obama to Balloon Boy, to the people we happily ridiculed and sadly said goodbye to--2009 was simply a momentous and unforgettable year.

But if we can take anything from this year in review video, it's "dang that was so cool, let's figure out how to use this thing for 2010!". And we guess, that's the way Google would want it. 2010 is going to be huge for Google and of course, for Android. We can't wait.

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4 years ago

Some more Nexus One pics surface, along with some video

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It'd been a little while, and I guess we were due. So here are a few more pictures of the Nexus One, aka Google phone. And along for the ride this time is a brief video. Peep that after the break. [@djrobrob via TechCrunch]

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4 years ago

Seesmic Twitter client updated, gets support for lists, searches, sharing

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Seesmic's Android Twitter client just got an update. New in Version 1.1 are:

  • Searches: Full search support, including searching for Tweets, trending topics, create save and delete searches.
  • Share: Share links, photos or videos through Seesmic. Share something "via Seesmic" and a new tweet will be created with your content.
  • Lists: View and manage your Twitter lists, including adding new lists and unfollowing others.

The update is available now in the Android Market. [Seesmic]

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