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NFC Business cards from TapMyBiz are high quality and perfect for high impact networking

NFC business cards aren’t new, but they never took off because they have always been credit-card like and who wants to carry a bunch of those around? Well a company called TapMyBiz is the first to offer a true high quality paper-like business card with an NFC chip embedded in it. It just so happened that I needed to order more business cards for CES so I figured I would give it a shot. I was shocked at how awesome the quality was. They will easily fit in a wallet and since I will need to carry a bunch of them to the show, I have no problem doing it since they are no thicker than your typical business card.

TapMyBiz will program each card to do whatever you want it to do when someone touches their NFC enabled phone or tablet to it. It can automatically add your contact information to their device, go to a website, open a video, head to a Facebook Page, or whatever you can think off. You can even set it to place a phone call or even a Skype call. If you ever want to reprogram any or all of your cards to do something else, you can easily do it with most of the NFC tag apps that are available in the Google Play Store.

You would think that a product like this would have a slow turnaround time, but they are able to produce and program your cards within 3 to 4 days. Ordering your card couldn’t be easier as their site offers free templates for designing your own. Of course, if you need any help, they offer 24/7 customer support. Right now they are a little limited in the style card, but come February, they will offer more sizes and different styles like rounded edges. That’s not all because by mid-year they will be offering greeting cards, flyers, and posters.

Check out my hands on video below to see how easy it works, and I am sure you will agree with me that it’s finally time to spice up your business cards with a little NFC.

For more information visit their website, about page, or FAQ

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NFC Business cards from TapMyBiz are high quality and perfect for high impact networking

NFC business cards aren’t new, but they never took off because they have always been credit-card like and who wants to carry a bunch of those around? Well a company called TapMyBiz is the first to offer a true high quality paper-like business card with an NFC chip embedded in it. It just so happened that I needed to order more business cards for CES so I figured I would give it a shot. I was shocked at how awesome the quality was. They will easily fit in a wallet and since I will need to carry a bunch of them to the show, I have no problem doing it since they are no thicker than your typical business card.

TapMyBiz will program each card to do whatever you want it to do when someone touches their NFC enabled phone or tablet to it. It can automatically add your contact information to their device, go to a website, open a video, head to a Facebook Page, or whatever you can think off. You can even set it to place a phone call or even a Skype call. If you ever want to reprogram any or all of your cards to do something else, you can easily do it with most of the NFC tag apps that are available in the Google Play Store.

You would think that a product like this would have a slow turnaround time, but they are able to produce and program your cards within 3 to 4 days. Ordering your card couldn’t be easier as their site offers free templates for designing your own. Of course, if you need any help, they offer 24/7 customer support. Right now they are a little limited in the style card, but come February, they will offer more sizes and different styles like rounded edges. That’s not all because by mid-year they will be offering greeting cards, flyers, and posters.

Check out my hands on video below to see how easy it works, and I am sure you will agree with me that it’s finally time to spice up your business cards with a little NFC.

For more information visit their website, about page, or FAQ

Click here to view the embedded video.

 

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NFC Business cards from TapMyBiz are high quality and perfect for high impact networking

NFC business cards aren’t new, but they never took off because they have always been credit-card like and who wants to carry a bunch of those around? Well a company called TapMyBiz is the first to offer a true high quality paper-like business card with an NFC chip embedded in it. It just so happened that I needed to order more business cards for CES so I figured I would give it a shot. I was shocked at how awesome the quality was. They will easily fit in a wallet and since I will need to carry a bunch of them to the show, I have no problem doing it since they are no thicker than your typical business card.

TapMyBiz will program each card to do whatever you want it to do when someone touches their NFC enabled phone or tablet to it. It can automatically add your contact information to their device, go to a website, open a video, head to a Facebook Page, or whatever you can think off. You can even set it to place a phone call or even a Skype call. If you ever want to reprogram any or all of your cards to do something else, you can easily do it with most of the NFC tag apps that are available in the Google Play Store.

You would think that a product like this would have a slow turnaround time, but they are able to produce and program your cards within 3 to 4 days. Ordering your card couldn’t be easier as their site offers free templates for designing your own. Of course, if you need any help, they offer 24/7 customer support. Right now they are a little limited in the style card, but come February, they will offer more sizes and different styles like rounded edges. That’s not all because by mid-year they will be offering greeting cards, flyers, and posters.

Check out my hands on video below to see how easy it works, and I am sure you will agree with me that it’s finally time to spice up your business cards with a little NFC.

For more information visit their website, about page, or FAQ

Click here to view the embedded video.

 

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Phones4U offering Google Play gift cards with Galaxy phone purchases

Android Central

Today brings further indications that Google Play gift cards may be about to hit stores in the UK, as a recent Phones4U promotional offers a free £20 gift card code for customers purchasing a Galaxy S3, S3 Mini or Note 2. The offer is available via a Phones4U promotional page, where owners of these phones can claim their code by entering their name, contact details and IMEI. According to P4U's terms, the promotion is good until Mar. 15.

While Google missed the holiday window for getting Google Play gift cards out into British customers' hands, the card redemption page has been live in the UK for several weeks now. Only problem is the cards themselves have been unavailable so far, something which may be changing with the emergence of promotions like this.

If you've seen Google Play gift cards hiding out anywhere else in the UK, be sure to let us know in the comments.

Source: Phones4U promo page

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Facebook Messenger Gets Voice Message Feature in Android

Facebook has just updated their Facebook Messenger app for Android which now includes a voice messaging feature. The current version in Google Play is 2.2.4 and if you haven’t updated your app I suggest you do so now. The new feature allows you to be able to record a voice message and send to your contacts if typing a long message is not your style. This is great when you are giving out directions or instructions.

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Sending out a voice message is easy. Just choose a contact then click on the plus sign (+) on the left side of the write message bar. You will see a Record Voice icon pop up. Clicking on this icon will reveal a red button. Click on the button to start recording and release it once you are done recording. The great thing about this is that the recipient will be able to listen to the message on his or her mobile device or by through a web browser.

I’ve tried using this new service and I must say I’m pretty impressed. The voice messages are delivered quickly, the audio is clear enough and there’s no lag in the interface. It definitely makes a great addition to the Messenger app.

Aside from the voice messaging feature Facebook is also beta testing a VoIP calling feature between Facebook users using their iOS app. This feature is still available only in Canada though. This feature is similar to Skype where people can make Skype to Skype calls for free. Once the testing phase is complete it will be made available to everyone and you will be able to call your Facebook contacts through the Messenger app without using cellular credits.

The company promises more features to come this year. We might even be expecting a video messaging feature to be added soon. As of now though the company has no plans of bringing the voice messaging feature on its website as it is concentrating more on its mobile apps.

via thenextweb

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Men in Black HD and Men in Black 2 HD in the Play Store for $4.99 Each

Men in BlackOn a personal note, I thought for sure this “Today’s Surprise” deal thing from Google in the Play Store was going to be something magnificent. There have been some alright things flow through, but nothing that popped out and said “GET ME NOW!” There have been various books, some music and a couple apps thus far. Today’s surprise however, is actually a movie that isn’t aimed at Christmas. Which is good, since Christmas is now over. While it isn’t a super dupper fantastic deal on an early release title or anything, it is a movie that many of you are sure to  have watched and loved. I know I did.

The current special today is the first Men in Black movie. You know, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. I personally loved the movies. It might just be because I am all about conspiracy theories and think the government does know and has been in contact with aliens at some point in time. I know, I am crazy. So the deal is as follows. You can snag your digital copy of Men in Black in HD for only $4.99. Not a bad price tag for an HD movie really. While in the window looking at the movie list, I also saw that Men in Black II in HD is also up for just $4.99. Makes me wonder if that might have been the price tag all along and tossing in as a deal just makes it sound good. Not really sure about that. If you like them and want to own life long digital copies, hit up the links below to go ahead and pick them up.

Remember, if a guy in a black suite ever pulls out his sunglasses, you might want to look the other way.

Purchase – Men in Black HD $4.99

Purchase – Men in Black II HD $4.99

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BlackBerry Z10 shown off in allegedly leaked RIM marketing materials

BlackBerry Z10 shown off in allegedly leaked RIM marketing materials

Curious as to what RIM’s upcoming L-series BlackBerry smartphone might look like? Well, UnwiredView‘s obtained what appears to be marketing material for that handset — allegedly dubbed the Z10 — showing off its front face in both black and white versions. From the leak we can see a few already confirmed aspects of the new BB 10 platform, such as its seamless app switching, notification peeking and what looks to be a contact profile running on the candy bar-shaped touchscreen device. Apart from those known bits, there’s not much else new to glean, but thankfully the lead up to the final reveal is now just a little more than a month away.

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Imo’s iPad app augmented with free voice calling, enhanced photo sharing

imoim for iPad updated, brings in voice calling and enhanced photo sharing

When Imo crammed free voice calling into its iPhone application, it neglected to port the functionality to its large-screened counterpart. Now, the iPad version of Imo.im is catching up — adding VoIP support over 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi to other Imo users across iOS and Android. The latest version of the instant messaging aggregator boasts revamped photo tools too, featuring group photo sharing and real-time image uploads. These tweaks accompany a slew of design changes, including a color-coded status indicator bar and similar hue-based notifications for contact availability. Standard stuff, really, but that shouldn’t stop iPad-toting chatterboxes from heading to the source link and giving the app a whirl.

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Major UK networks confirm they’ll carry BlackBerry 10 wares in early 2013

Major UK networks confirm they'll carry Blackberry 10 wares in early 2013

While our immediate attention is focused on the fast approaching tech-fest that is CES, let us not forget another important event taking place in January — the eagerly awaited launch of BlackBerry 10. We don’t know if its success will equal RIM’s expectations, but just this morning all major UK carriers emailed us confirmation they’ll be stocking BB10 handsets. Three and EE (Orange and T-Mobile included) announced availability next year, but nothing more specific; O2 told us BB10 gear will land on its network “in early 2013″; and retailer Phones4u, which covers all the carriers, specified a Q1 2013 window. Vodafone implied that it’ll be offering handsets immediately after launch, but we’ve been in contact the network’s PR folks just to confirm that’s true and not confused wording. We’ll update you with their response as soon as we hear back.

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Major UK networks confirm they’ll carry Blackberry 10 wares in early 2013

Major UK networks confirm they'll carry Blackberry 10 wares in early 2013

While our immediate attention is focused on the fast approaching tech-fest that is CES, let us not forget another important event taking place in January — the eagerly awaited launch of BlackBerry 10. We don’t know if its success will equal RIM’s expectations, but just this morning all major UK carriers emailed us confirmation they’ll be stocking BB10 handsets. Three and EE (Orange and T-Mobile included) announced availability next year, but nothing more specific; O2 told us BB10 gear will land on its network “in early 2013″; and retailer Phones4u, which covers all the carriers, specified a Q1 2013 window. Vodafone implied that it’ll be offering handsets immediately after launch, but we’ve been in contact the network’s PR folks just to confirm that’s true and not confused wording. We’ll update you with their response as soon as we hear back.

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Samsung offers up official 3,000mAh extended battery for Galaxy S3; costs $65

While the Samsung Galaxy S3 didn’t launch with the beastly 3,100mAh battery that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 did, Samsung’s looking to offer more juice for those who absolutely require it. The company has started to ship extended batteries to resellers that will give users about 900mAh more power than the one that ships with the device. That’s right — you can now buy an official 3,000mAh battery and be just 100mAh shy of its bigger cousin’s power output.

The difference, of course, is that you’ll need to sacrifice size for juice as the extended battery will no doubt add a bit of a hump to the Galaxy S3. Its chassis simply wasn’t built for a slim profile while maintaining a battery of such capacity. That’s a small price to pay for many, though, as it’s important to be able to go an entire day without having to tether yourself to a power outlet.

Typical extended batteries exist, but the difference with an official Samsung unit is that the battery door will come with the NFC contact points the device requires for using NFC. Most third party battery doors, you’ll quickly find, will not come with these contact points. Whether or not that’s worth the extra money is up to you to decide, but if more juice is as important as NFC then there aren’t many other options.

One price that isn’t small, however, is the monetary cost itself. Retailer MobileFun has it listed for $65 including VAT. Again — it comes down to whether or not you want NFC, because there are a lot better deals you can find for an added 900mAh. Head to the source link if you’ve been waiting on something like this.

[via MobileFun]

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UberConference app now available on Android

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UberConference is launching an app today on Android (and iOS) that lets users quickly and easily set up conference calls from their cellphone. The app is focusing on ease of use, letting users simply select the contacts to be invited to the call and letting the app do the rest. UberConference will automatically send out dial-in details to contacts or even call out to them individually when the call is started.

The app also integrates to social networks, letting you view more information about the contacts — via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ — in the call while it is ongoing. The call screen even shows which contact is talking at that time so you don't get lost in a call that has several people involved.

The app is available now in the Google Play Store via the link above, and is free to boot.

Source: UberConference

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Nokia Lumia 510 will skip Mango, land with Windows Phone 7.8 on board

Nokia Lumia 510 will skip Mango, land with Windows Phone 78 on board

Nokia’s Lumia 510 was toting Mango when we saw it last, but it seems the affordable smartphone will be hitting Indian stores with Windows Phone 7.8 instead. The new iteration, which is starting to filter down to other Lumia handsets, boasts a smorgasbord of new goods including resizable home screen tiles and 20 accent colors, with Espoo likely to add a few Lumia-specific features such as an enhanced set of camera lenses and improved contact sharing. While the lure of something lurking between WP7.8 and the more child-friendly version 8 could spice up the deal further, budget-minded Indian customers coveting a newer Windows Phone operating system might not have to wait till the New Year.

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Source: BGR India

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Google UK Managing Director apologizes for Nexus 4 delays

Google has created quite the debacle in the process of selling the ill-fated Nexus 4, with customers facing a frustrating and absolutely embarassing ordering experience through the Google Play Store. And, customers in the UK who had been promised an early shipping date, quickly found the shipping window had passed, despite any notification from Google.

Customers went on a justifiable rage, trying their hardest to get in contact with the head of Google UK, Dan Cobley. Thankfully for customers, Cobley has now responded to the thousands of complaints, offering an “unreserved apology,” as well as a notice that shipping refunds would be provided.

The letter reads:

Dear all,

I know that what you are going through is unacceptable and we are all working through the nights and weekends to resolve this issue. Supplies from the manufacturer are scarce and erratic, and our communication has been flawed. I can offer an unreserved apology for our service and communication failures in this process.

For those that originally received a 3-5 days shipping estimate, your orders are now in process for fulfillment. You can expect an email notification early this week which will include tracking information. Although you will be initially charged in full, you will receive a credit for the shipping charge soon after.

For others that received pre-Christmas shipping estimates, we anticipate processing your orders for fulfillment this week.

I realise that the people who ordered the Nexus 4 so early are among our most committed and loyal users and we are doing all we can to put things right.

Sorry again.

Dan
So, if you ordered your Nexus 4 with a shipping estimate slated for before Christmas, your order will soon ship out. Other orders have not been addressed, but were sure more information will arrive as Google gets an idea of what it is doing.

Source: EuroDroid

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Google UK Managing Director apologizes for Nexus 4 delays

Google has created quite the debacle in the process of selling the ill-fated Nexus 4, with customers facing a frustrating and absolutely embarassing ordering experience through the Google Play Store. And, customers in the UK who had been promised an early shipping date, quickly found the shipping window had passed, despite any notification from Google.

Customers went on a justifiable rage, trying their hardest to get in contact with the head of Google UK, Dan Cobley. Thankfully for customers, Cobley has now responded to the thousands of complaints, offering an “unreserved apology,” as well as a notice that shipping refunds would be provided.

The letter reads:

Dear all,

I know that what you are going through is unacceptable and we are all working through the nights and weekends to resolve this issue. Supplies from the manufacturer are scarce and erratic, and our communication has been flawed. I can offer an unreserved apology for our service and communication failures in this process.

For those that originally received a 3-5 days shipping estimate, your orders are now in process for fulfillment. You can expect an email notification early this week which will include tracking information. Although you will be initially charged in full, you will receive a credit for the shipping charge soon after.

For others that received pre-Christmas shipping estimates, we anticipate processing your orders for fulfillment this week.

I realise that the people who ordered the Nexus 4 so early are among our most committed and loyal users and we are doing all we can to put things right.

Sorry again.

Dan
So, if you ordered your Nexus 4 with a shipping estimate slated for before Christmas, your order will soon ship out. Other orders have not been addressed, but were sure more information will arrive as Google gets an idea of what it is doing.

Source: EuroDroid

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Google UK Managing Director apologizes for Nexus 4 delays

Google has created quite the debacle in the process of selling the ill-fated Nexus 4, with customers facing a frustrating and absolutely embarassing ordering experience through the Google Play Store. And, customers in the UK who had been promised an early shipping date, quickly found the shipping window had passed, despite any notification from Google.

Customers went on a justifiable rage, trying their hardest to get in contact with the head of Google UK, Dan Cobley. Thankfully for customers, Cobley has now responded to the thousands of complaints, offering an “unreserved apology,” as well as a notice that shipping refunds would be provided.

The letter reads:

Dear all,

I know that what you are going through is unacceptable and we are all working through the nights and weekends to resolve this issue. Supplies from the manufacturer are scarce and erratic, and our communication has been flawed. I can offer an unreserved apology for our service and communication failures in this process.

For those that originally received a 3-5 days shipping estimate, your orders are now in process for fulfillment. You can expect an email notification early this week which will include tracking information. Although you will be initially charged in full, you will receive a credit for the shipping charge soon after.

For others that received pre-Christmas shipping estimates, we anticipate processing your orders for fulfillment this week.

I realise that the people who ordered the Nexus 4 so early are among our most committed and loyal users and we are doing all we can to put things right.

Sorry again.

Dan
So, if you ordered your Nexus 4 with a shipping estimate slated for before Christmas, your order will soon ship out. Other orders have not been addressed, but were sure more information will arrive as Google gets an idea of what it is doing.

Source: EuroDroid

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Nexus 10 Pogo charger sighted, release rumored

Android Central

It seems Nexus 10 owners may be about to get a new, more convenient, more magnetic way to charge their tablets. Android Central forums poster jstevenkim has posted an image of what he says is a Pogo charger for the Samsung-made 10-inch tablet. Unlike a traditional microUSB getup, this pogo charger would be held in contact with the tablet's pogo pins magnetically, similar to an Apple MagSafe connector.

The poster claims he works for "the original and direct supplier of the pogo cable to S[amsung] in Korea," and that this charger will become available soon via Amazon and eBay, priced around $19.99-24.99. We'd take this with a pinch of salt — the image provided certainly looks like it'd fit the Nexus 10, but there's no way of verifying how official it really is.

Of course, we're still waiting on the official pogo dock for the Nexus 10 — not to mention its little brother, the Nexus 7. In the meantime this accessory may open up a novel way of charging the 10-inch Nexus, if microUSB is cramping your style.

Hit the Android Central Nexus 10 forum at the source link for more discussion and speculation.

Source: Android Central Forums

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Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour gets reloaded, hits Play Store with full MOGA Support at Launch

Looks like Gameloft got all their issues with the latest installment of Modern Combat all figured out. It hit for just a few hours the other day ans was promptly removed. It has since returned to the Play Store, but doe have a few instruction that one might need to follow in order to pick it up.

If you have experienced trouble downloading the game (error 941), please try the following:
1) Try waiting for 60-90 min; due to the size of the game, the data download may take some time to initiate.
2) Try clearing data and the cache in the application settings of the Google Play app (re-login will be required in Google Play).
The situation should improve within the next 24 hours. If the problem persists, please contact our Customer Care department at http://gmlft.co/downloadMC4.

Note: The “purchase” icon might make you think you have been charged several times, but please check your emails as you normally should have received an order cancellation notification. If you have received multiple receipts and no order cancellation, please contact Customer Care at http://gmlft.co/downloadMC4.

Not necessarily a good way to start off, but it is better than nothing. While the relaunch of the game is pretty exciting all by its self, there is some even bigger news that some might enjoy a bit more. Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour was built from the ground up with the MOGA Mobile Gaming System in mind. From my recent experience with MOGA I can tell you that this really excites me. You can all expect a full MOGA review tagging along with Modern Combat 4 in the next few days. Right now I will patiently sit and wait for it download so I can give it a shot.

For all the rest of you that have been waiting patiently for Modern Combat 4 to land again, then click or scan the QR code below and get to downloading. Be sure you are on a Wi-Fi connection and that you have a few hours of time to kill while it downloads.

 Application: Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour
Developer: Gameloft
Cost: $6.99

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Microsoft confirms ‘a delay in approval’ of updated SkyDrive app for iOS

Microsoft confirms 'a delay in approval' of updated SkyDrive app for iOS

Feisty, no? Following a report from The Next Web, Microsoft has confirmed to us that there is indeed a hangup in moving the updated SkyDrive app into the App Store. For those unaware, it was reported that Microsoft and Apple were deadlocked in discussions due to the former’s decision to allow users to buy more storage from within the app. In other words, Apple’s trying to maintain its controversial 30 percent in-app revenue split, while Microsoft is arguing that some users may end up buying more storage through the iOS app, but then make a switch to Android or Windows Phone. Apple’s stance is that users who did such a thing would forever entitle it to 30 percent of the revenue, while Microsoft clearly sees things differently. Today, a Microsoft spokesperson gave us the following quote on the matter:

“Similar to the experiences of some other companies, we are experiencing a delay in approval of our updated SkyDrive for iOS. We are in contact with Apple regarding the matter and hope to come to a resolution. We will provide additional information as it becomes available.”

While it doesn’t say much, it doesn’t outright deny the allegations — something you’d think a company of Microsoft’s size would be quick to dismiss if there wasn’t a shred of truth to it. Hopefully the two parties can sort things out, but honestly, we’d suggest the Windows Phone team put the whole “add proper Gmail and Google Suite integration to WP8” thing above this little squabble.

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Source: The Next Web, iTunes (App Store)

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USPTO Preliminarily Invalidates The "Steve Jobs" Apple Touch Heuristic Patent

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Get on the edge of your seats, everybody – it’s patent time again. Today, the USPTO handed down what’s called a preliminary invalidation finding on a rather infamous Apple software patent regarding touchscreen heuristics. This patent was known as the “Steve Jobs patent,” as its first listed author is the late Apple cofounder (let’s keep the Jobs insults to a minimum in the comments, please). This comes after the preliminary invalidation of Apple’s also-infamous “rubber-banding” patent back in October.

This patent here is pretty basic, and I’m going to break down the three elements of the primary claim. First, here’s the relevant claim language (excerpted and modified in spacing):

…a vertical screen scrolling heuristic for determining that the one or more finger contacts correspond to a one-dimensional vertical screen scrolling command rather than a two-dimensional screen translation command based on an angle of initial movement of a finger contact with respect to the touch screen display;

a two-dimensional screen translation heuristic for determining that the one or more finger contacts correspond to the two-dimensional screen translation command rather than the one-dimensional vertical screen scrolling command based on the angle of initial movement of the finger contact with respect to the touch screen display;

and a next item heuristic for determining that the one or more finger contacts correspond to a command to transition from displaying a respective item in a set of items to displaying a next item in the set of items.

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RE/MAX real estate agents to carry Passbook business cards on their iPhones

REMAX real estate agents to deal out business cards through Passbook

We’ve seen some creative use cases for Passbook in iOS 6. Modernizing the dreaded business card exchange is still fresh, though, and that’s where the real estate agents at RE/MAX come into play. Using a platform from Vizibility, the realtor is reportedly the first company rolling out a large-scale, Passbook-based method that lets 4,500 of its staff share their basic details, contact files and social networks from their iPhones. Profiles won’t just be inert listings, either. Geofencing can limit the lock screen shortcut to an open house or the office, while cards can include company directories and update contacts over time. NFC transfers and QR codes are available for those who can rely on short-range wireless or still have to dish out traditional paper stock. Vizibility’s Passbook approach won’t guarantee a sale for a cramped house — but it might keep a good bargain from being lost in the business card shuffle.

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Facebook Messenger allows sign-ups with just a name and phone number on Android devices

Facebook Messenger lets us sign up with just a name and phone number on Android today, iOS soon

Facebook Messenger might as well be as ubiquitous as SMS text messaging for some, but there’s a catch to getting everyone to agree: despite there being over a billion Facebook users, not everyone is able (or willing) to fire up a social networking profile to get started. Some of the Android users among us won’t have to go through that trouble as of today. An imminent update to the Facebook Messenger app will let anyone sign up using just their name and a phone number; any initial friends will come directly from the newcomer’s own mobile contact list. The rollout is currently focusing on Australia, India, Indonesia, South Africa and Venezuela, but should spread to the rest of the world in short order. iOS users are also in line to get the update, although the timetable is less definite. Whatever the platform, Facebook is clearly eager to give those seemingly few holdouts from its service an easy way to test the waters — and possibly save on their messaging rates in the process.

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Via: Facebook, TechCrunch

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RIM loses in arbitration with Nokia, may have to pay royalties on BlackBerrys with WiFi

Thorsten Heins of RIM and Stephen Elop of Nokia

Nokia and RIM already have a troubled history whenever they come into contact, so it’s no surprise that what truces they do have are fraying at the edges. Thanks to filings, we now know that RIM has lost a Swedish arbitration proceeding where it tried to extend a 2003 patent cross-licensing deal with Nokia to include WiFi devices; the wireless technology isn’t covered, the arbitrator says, and RIM now has to either pay royalties worldwide or risk seeing its devices yanked from the market. Nokia isn’t wasting any time pressuring the team in Waterloo into coughing up — it’s taking steps to enforce the decision in Canada, the UK and the US. RIM has so far turned down any comment, although it’s more likely that their firm will cut a deal rather than risk a sweeping ban. Consider it another of the many hurdles for RIM to jump on the road to January 30th.

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Source: Reuters

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Nexus 7 receiving Android 4.2.1 update, as well

The Android 4.2.1 update, which began this morning for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10, is also pushing to Google’s Nexus 7. The 7-inch tablet was the first Jelly Bean device to hit the market and isn’t taking a backseat to the newer Nexus devices released earlier this month.

Users can expect the same minor update (build JOP40D) that reached the 4.7-inch smartphone and 10-inch tablet, a bug fixer that most notably restores the ability to associate a contact entry with a date in December. Previously, Google’s calendar skipped the month, going straight from November to January.

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Google pushes Android 4.2.1, restores December for latest Nexus devices

With the final days of November winding down, Android 4.2 users have been anxiously waiting to find out if December really exists. Thanks to a timely update from Google, all of their worries should be eased. Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 devices have started to receive Android 4.2.1, a minuscule software patch that restores the ability to associate a date in the year’s 12th month with a contact entry.

The new software brings the Jelly Bean build to JOP40D and changes little otherwise. Other tweaks or bug fixes are taking place below the surface, and we likely won’t have confirmation until the release of an official changelog.

There are no reports of Nexus 7 owners receiving the new software yet. The same goes of the Galaxy Nexus. As with all over-the-air updates, Google will be rolling this one out in phases, so expect it to reach more devices as the week drags on.

[Thanks, Mike!]


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Samsung launches SCH-W2013 dual-screen flip phone

Our job here at Android Community brings us into contact with a bunch of strange devices, and today is no exception. Say hello to the new Samsung SCH-W2013, a dual-screen flip phone that’s said to cost quite a bit of money. The new phone launched on China Telecom today and seems to be something of a predecessor to last year’s SCH-W999.


Indeed, there are quite a few similarities between the two devices, most notably the dual-screen setup. Both screens are 3.7-inch displays with 800×480 resolution, so aside from the fact that there are two of them, they aren’t very impressive by today’s smartphone standards. Regardless of the underwhelming screen specs, this phone has got some pretty big star power backing it up, with Samsung recruiting Jackie Chan to help promote the new device. Check out the promotional shot featuring Chan’s seemingly ageless mug below.

Engadget says the price of this bad boy is estimated to come in somewhere between ¥18,000 and ¥20,000 – in US dollars, that’s about $2,900 on the low end and $3,200 on the high end. That’s definitely a lot of money for a phone, but remember that the W999 wasn’t exactly cheap either. Seems like those who want to take this phone home will need to plop down a hefty amount of cash first.

Luckily, the innards are pretty solid, with a quad-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. That storage can be expanded thanks to the included microSD slot, and the W2013 also features a 8MP rear-facing camera coupled with a 1.9MP front-facing snapper. Finally, the phone is powered by a 1,850mAh battery and comes running Android 4.0 out of the box. Those specs certainly aren’t terrible, but can you imagine ever paying nearly $3,000 for a phone? Let us know in the comments down below, and keep it tuned here to Android Community for more on this strange new device.

[via Samsung]


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Skype version 3.0 arrives on Android devices: Microsoft login, refreshed tablet UI (hands-on)

Skype version 3.0 arrives on Android devices: Microsoft login, refreshed tablet UI (hands-on)

Arriving just after its debut on Windows Phone 8, Skype‘s updated its Android app, with a focus on improving the tablet experience. Surely thanks to improved Google tablet sales, Skype references that it’s optimized the new UI for the Galaxy Tab 2, the Nexus 7 and ASUS’ Transformer Prime, among a few others. Menus and navigation are both repurposed to make use of the extra space, and while the navigation home screen still exists on the phone version (which hasn’t changed, design-wise), you’ll be staring at your contact list most of the time when using it on a tablet. In fact a persistent tab on the left side of the screen will take you to recent calls and the base contact list, while settings, search and the phone dialer all reside in the top right corner.

Video calls are generally better with bigger slabs, offering more screen real estate to beam your friends, family and co-workers to. However, tablets aren’t well known for their camera skills, and our camera output was obviously far sharper on the Note II than on the Nexus 7. Supplanting Messenger as Microsoft’s chat app of choice, you’ll also be able to login with (and combine) your Microsoft account and this was relatively painless on both the phone and tablet. Skype has also updated the app with its latest SILK audio codecs, attuned specifically for human speech and — more importantly — varying internet speeds. After some initial ‘robot voice’ while connecting, we soon had no issues with several international video calls through WiFi. Hardware demands for Skype’s latest encompass the minimum of Android 2.1 OS and an 800MHz processor or faster and if you pass those requirements, the source below is ready to offer you the download.

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Source: Skype (Google Play)

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Google working on fix for “December” bug in Android 4.2

A pretty big oversight was made by the Android QA team, it seems, as the update introduced a glaring omission from the contacts date carousel. Users trying to associate a date with a contact were surprised to find that the month of December was missing. While this isn’t an experience-breaking omission it’s still something that’s so painfully obvious that it infuriates many-a soul (especially if you have a ton of friends whose birthdays occur in December).

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Luckily for us Google is already on the case and is working up a quick fix to get it out to Nexus devices everywhere. Google’s statement even pokes a little fun saying the update would be out in time to make sure you won’t be forgotten by loved ones whenever your birthday or anniversary rolls around. This would indicate that we should see it in a matter of days, and there’s no reason to believe otherwise as we imagine this fix should be fairly straight forward and easy.

This issue didn’t affect the calendar app, mind you — it was only the date selector field in the People app missing the month. We’re not sure how this bug affects contacts who were already in your address book that had a December date under their entry, but if anyone’s entry was wiped out then hopefully this will restore it.

Google still has a host of other issues with Android 4.2, though, including performance issues for many people on the Nexus 7. We hope they’re hard at work on all of that stuff, as well. Chances are we will have to wait for a separate upgrade to iron those issues out, though, so don’t be bummed if all your problems aren’t solved in one fell swoop.

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Review: Ringya Creates and Organizes Group Contacts Efficiently and For Free

Ringya – Reach Beyond Your Contacts  
Developer: RingYa Ltd.  
Price: free   Download

Anymore whenever I hear “there’s an app for that,” it’s pretty much a rhetorical response to some bizarre request or wish rather than referencing an actual app that serves a legitimate purpose and makes life simpler – an app like Ringya – Reach Beyond your Contacts. I admit, when I first looked at Ringya and its claim to be able to create a group from a piece of paper hanging on my bulletin board or refrigerator, I was skeptical. After giving Ringya a try, I went from skeptical to impressed. As far as keeping various group contacts organized and offering a way to create them with practically no effort, Ringya is right on.

Sure, you can use any number of a few apps that manage group contacts that are manually created (or selectively imported from your current contacts list) – and Ringya does this too. It also allows for imports of digital contact lists from computer files, such as Word documents. But the coolest part of Ringya is that you can take a picture of a paper list and the app will create a ring (group) of contact information for all the members.  (more…)

Finish reading “Ringya Creates and Organizes Group Contacts Efficiently and For Free” and see screenshots for the app on AppCraver.com.

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