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5 years ago

Epson releases SDK for Android to support wireless POS printing

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You see handhelds being used in businesses just about anywhere these days.  Your doctor probably uses one, so does the place you grab your coffee.  Heck, even some lumber yards use them.  Today, Epson is trying to make them easier and more efficient for businesses to use by releasing an SDK for Android (and iOS) that allows devices to communicate wirelessly with a POS (Point of Sale) printer.  The SDK will shorten development time and make it cost-effective to implement mobile technologies into the workplace.  A report from IHL Consulting predicts that by 2015, more than 2.7 million tablets a year will be sold to retail establishments for use as mobile POS devices and consumer information tools.  All of these need a way to print out their data, and Epson is ready to help provide one.  Read the full press release after the break.

Source: Press release

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5 years ago

How to flash ICS to your stock LTE Motorola Xoom [from the forums]

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Looking for a sweet taste of Ice Cream Sandwich on your LTE model Motorola Xoom tablet? If you got some time to read, some patience and the hardware you will definitely want to check this out. Android Central forums member BasPilot has taken the time to write up a rather lengthy, detailed explanation of the process that not only tells you what to do, but also why you are doing it and breaks it down rather simply. If you are feeling risky and want to get to flashing be sure to hit the link below and get to reading!

More discussion in the forums

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5 years ago

Notion Ink releases alpha build of Ice Cream Sandwich; teases a new device

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Notion Ink has released the alpha build of Ice Cream Sandwich for the Adam.  Because this is an alpha build and nowhere near a finished product, there's a good number of bugs and annoyances with this one.  The camera doesn't work, nor does 3G, USB storage, USB flash drive, and the light sensor.  There's also an issue with the tablet waking from sleep and issues with video playback and HDMI sound.  But it's Ice Cream Sandwich, and Notion Ink has opened the test bed for anyone who wants to try.

In addition, a short blurb on their blog (Shravan is a master of the tease) about changes to the blog and other company news.  Tucked in there is:

Post the mentioned public release, we will be starting another blog. It will focus only on development, and we will again see a new device coming to life. Unlike last time where the hardware was mostly done out-house, this time every resistor, IC, bus lane, etc is designed and selected on the very computer working on this blog. We will try to involve as many professionals as possible so the new blog can become a reference for new developments!

Read the link for more and download instructions, and hit the break for a long (18 minute) video demo.

Source: Notion Ink

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5 years ago

Android developers making progress busting open the Nook Tablet

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It's not easy, and it's surely not pretty, but a handful of developers are making headway into breaking the Nook Tablet out of it's B&N jail and making it a full fledged Android tablet.  On paper, it's one of the best Android tablets for the price, but Barnes and Noble have locked the Nook Tablet up pretty tightly.  Because of the penchant for Android users to want instant results, the whole thing has turned into a drama-fueled mess of epic proportions, but in spite of all that we've seen a method discovered to bypass the bootloader security, a custom build of ClockworkMod recovery, and a booting port of CyanogenMod 9.

It's not ready for prime-time, and the discussion is pretty technical.  It involves things like bootstrap loaders hijacking the standard method to boot the darn thing.  The good news is that the fellows working on it seem to have all their ducks in a row, and with a little luck and a lot of patience we just may see this one unlocked and given the same treatment it's older brother the Nook Color received.  Visit the source links, and be sure to thank nemith and company for all their hard work.

Source: XDA-Developers (1), (2)Thanks, c0ldburn3r!

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5 years ago

ITC Judge rules in favor of Motorola in Apple patent dispute

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The ALJ (Administrative Law Judge) appointed by the International Trade Commission in the case of Apple v. Motorola has determined that Motorola Mobility does not violate three Apple-held patents.  A statement issued today by Motorola also says the following from Scott Offer, senior vice president and general counsel of Motorola Mobility:

We are pleased with today’s favorable outcome for Motorola Mobility.  Motorola Mobility has worked hard over the years to develop technology and build an industry-leading intellectual property portfolio. We are proud to leverage this broad and deep portfolio to create differentiated innovations that enhance the user experience.

The patents (collectively referred to as multitouch patents) in dispute covered ways to interact with the screen, including tapping, sliding and pinching with one or more fingers, and Apple claimed that Droid, Droid 2, Droid X, Cliq, BackFlip, Devour and Charm specifically were in violation.

Details are still a bit sparse, and this is best left for a legal expert to break down, but we wanted to share this breaking news with you guys.  The full press release is after the break.

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5 years ago

Are you ready for some football? Get EA Sports' Madden NFL 12 for just a buck in the Android Market

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Get the latest of one of the most popular sports video game franchise ever, Madden NFL '12, for your Android device for just 99 cents from EA Sports.  The game was built for Android 2.1 or higher, and has optimized versions for both Tablets and the Xperia Play with it's built-in control pad.  You can choose to play as any of the 32 NFL teams, and different game-play modes allow for complete micro-management of every bit of action on the field.

It's Madden NFL 12, done right, for a buck.  Grab it using the handy link after the break.

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5 years ago

Motorola Xoom 'project' starting to roll out now and to continue through the weekend [updated]

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*UPDATED* - ICS it is -- hit the break.

We've known for a while now Motorola has been prepping a 'project' not only for the WiFi Motorola Xoom but the 4G LTE equipped Motorola Xoom as well. However, there was no mention of when it may be rolling out to users and Motorola themselves claimed that due to it being a GED (Google Experience Device) they had no idea as to when either. Looks as though that time has come according to some info we just recieved. The following email was sent out to folks:

Thanks for your patience as we've waited for this project to begin. Because we are dealing with a Google Experience Device (GED) we have less insight to timing than we would usually have.
 
However, I'm happy to announce that we will start the update this evening. Because it was delayed a few days, we will also have additional time to test; we will let it run through the weekend.

Could it be Android 4.0 ICS? Likely, but don't be insanely disappointed if it's not. Either way, we'll soon find out what it is and we'll be sure to let you all know as well.

Thanks, Anon!

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5 years ago

T-Mobile shows off Bobsled Messaging - free cloud-based SMS texting

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I think we're all a bit curt with T-Mobile for announcing the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G, but not actually having it here at CES 2012 for us to play with, but they did have something substantial to show off in Vegas. Bobsled Messaging is a new free SMS messaging application which allows you to read and send texts from just about any web-enabled device. 

The Android app propogates text messages across multiple screens, including phone, tablet, and web, while packaging everything in a familiar threaded interface. The web console is particularly cool in that you can send out group messages with minimal fuss.

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5 years ago

Stuck in Customs 'Photo Voyages of Trey Ratcliff' Android app now compatible with Google TV

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Photo Voyages of Trey Ratcliff, the "official" application of the popular travel photography blog Stuck in Customs is now compatible with Google TV.  The app consists of hundreds of Ratcliff's images (and they are spectacular images indeed) as an endless slideshow to view on your screen.  With Google TV support, that big screen in your living room can become a piece of art while you're not watching cartoons the news.  Another interesting aside, a note in the market says an update that allows setting any of the images as your wallpaper is coming "very soon".  The app will cost you $2.99 and requires Android 2.1 or higher.  Hit the break for the download link.

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5 years ago

Hands-on with Coby's line of Ice Cream Sandwich tablets

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Ice Cream Sandwich isn't just for the biggest players on the field, as Coby showed me today at CES with its upcoming line of affordable tablets. There are nine models total, and none are properly named yet, so it'll be best to speak to the line instead of the individual tablets. Hit the break to see what's what.

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5 years ago

Hands-on with the Acer Iconia Tab A510

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Lurking inside the Nvidia booth here at CES are some high-profile devices not getting much fanfare, one such being the Acer Iconia Tab A510. Its purpose at the booth is to show off just how powerful the Tegra 3 processor truly is, but we couldn't help giving it the ole fashioned shakedown. Hit the break for full impressions.

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5 years ago

Huawei MediaPad to ship with Ice Cream Sandwich, and introduces a new MediaPad Color series

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Huawei has announced that their 7-inch MediaPad will be one of the first Android tablets to ship with Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed, and the availability of the new MediaPad Color series in shadow black, classic brown, and passion pink.  The 7-inch MediaPad was the first tablet to ship with Honeycomb 3.2, so Huawei is no stranger to getting things updated in a timely fashion.  Both the MediaPad and MediaPad Color come with a Qualcomm dual-core 1.2GHz processor and a 1280 x 800 pixels 217 PPI screen supporting 1080P Full HD video playback.  Battery life is estimated at six hours or longer.

Expect the MediaPad with Ice Cream Sandwich, and the MediaPad Color (with Android 3.2) to arrive in select markets in the first quarter of this year, and existing MediaPad owners should also get an OTA update to Android 4.0 in Q1.  The full press release is after the break.

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5 years ago

Hands-on with the Toshiba Excite X10

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Toshiba dropped a bit of a bomb on CES 2012 by announcing a 10-inch Android tablet that just so happens to be the slimmest one ever. The Toshiba Excite X10 edges out the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with a 7.7 mm thickness - a full 1.1 mm thinner, and on par with the Droid RAZR. As you might expect, the thing is pretty light too, weighing in at just under 1.2 pounds. Battery life apparently hasn't been sacrificed in the process, as Toshiba is aiming for 8 hours, and there's plenty of horsepower under the hood. The Excite X10 is packs a dual-core 1.2 GHz OMAP 4430 processor, 1 GB of RAM and has a solid 1280 x 800 IPS touch display. All of the usual stuff is also on there, like a 5 megapixel camera on the back, 2 megapixel shooter on the front, accelerometer, and Wi-Fi. 

Toshiba's previous tablet, the Thrive, made a name for itself by offering a wide variety of inputs, and though USB, HDMI, and SD are also found on the Toshiba Excite X10, all formats are downsized to their micro-sized cousins. On the software side, the Excite updates Toshiba's Thrive customizations with a new file manager and DLNA media sharing capabilities. It's just too bad that there doesn't seem like there's going to be a cellular version of this; if they were able to cram LTE into this bad boy, it would be pretty sweet. 

In the slimness arms race, Toshiba has done a pretty great job, even if their Android customizations don't have much flavour. With something that slim and light, I would be worried about the construction if it wasn't for the the magnesium alloy backing and Gorilla glass front face. 

Pricing will start at $520 for the 16 GB model, and $600 for the 32 GB version when it launches this quarter, which is entirely reasonable in the grand scheme of tablets. Anyone biting? Is skinny your thing? You can take a closer look at press shots and specs over here

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