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Daily Steals has Nexus 4 for $499, will only save you grief

Daily Steals, the daily deals website, has somewhat of a reverse bargain for us today. They are selling an unlocked 16GB Nexus 4 for $499, or $150 more than you could pay to purchase the phone through the Google Play Store. The key here is you can’t currently purchase the phone from the Google Play Store due to high demand, so Daily Steals is one of few options for anxious buyers.

Is it worth the extra cash to obtain many an Android fanatic’s dream phone? That’s a question you will have to answer yourself. The site’s FAQ says most products will ship within six days, but exactly how purchased items are shipped is up to the discretion of Daily Steals. This means you likely won’t be getting the thing overnight. And by the time all of that shakes out, there is a decent chance new Nexus 4 units will be available direct from Google.

But if you have reached your last hours of desperation, you can’t say we didn’t let you know where to turn to grab a shiny new Nexus. Just don’t be sad if the thing pops up on Google Play before the one you overpaid for shows up at your doorstep.

[via DailySteals | Thanks to all who sent this in!]


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Galaxy Nexus sales ban reversed by appeals court

If you thought Apple had the last laugh, or that these lawsuit court battles were over you were wrong. Today the US Court of Appeals has overturned the preliminary injunction that banned the sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus smartphone. This is just one small step for Samsung, but good news indeed for both them and Android as a whole.

An important thing worth noting in this reversal is the fact that the Galaxy Nexus runs stock Android from Google, not the skinned version the rest of Samsung’s phones do. Most of those injunctions were based on changes made and implemented by Samsung, so this looks promising for Android as a whole. This all started back in January when Apple attacked the Galaxy Nexus for slide-to-unlock, and has only escalated from there.

The appeals court has reversed the ban, or temporary injunction against the device, and even had a few words to say about the situation as a whole. The appeals court claimed Judge Lucy Koh and the entire court distrct (who awarded Apple 1 billion settlement) “abused its discretion in entering an injunction” regarding the Galaxy Nexus.

This is all just appearing thanks to the folks at Reuters, but I’m sure we’ll be seeing plenty of additional comments, appeals, and more coming very soon. In the end Samsung still lost (for now) and Apple was awarded a $1 billion settlement fee. Samsung is still looking to get that thrown out so we’ll have to wait and see. More details of everything related to this ongoing battle can be found below.

[via SlashGear]


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Court reverses Galaxy Nexus sales ban in the US

A United States appeals court has overturned the injunction banning the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus, arguing that the California district court had “abused its discretion” in granting it. The case between Apple and Samsung, which centers around four patents relating to unified search and Siri, will now be returned to the court of Judge Lucy Koh for reconsideration — in the same way that she had to reverse her previous decision regarding the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

The injunction was granted on the basis that Apple could demonstrate “irreparable harm” to its business, and, that its case had a high likelihood of succeeding. However, the panel of judges felt that Cupertino could do neither of those things to the court’s satisfaction, and as such, Samsung’s handsets will be available to purchase as soon as the company can get them onto shelves. If you’d care to delve into the full text of the remand order yourself, it’s available at the source link.

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Court reverses Galaxy Nexus sales ban in the US originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 11 Oct 2012 11:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Appeals court overturns Galaxy Nexus injunction

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A U.S. appeals court has overturned the injunction banning sales of the Galaxy Nexus, according to reports. Apple won a preliminary injunction blocking sales of Samsung's Nexus in June, after a California district court ruled that the device infringed upon an Apple-owned search patent. Samsung was later granted a stay against the injunction, allowing sales of the device to continue.

Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which granted the stay, ruled that the California court "abused its discretion in entering an injunction," according to reports from Reuters. The ruling is significant not only because it allows sales of the Gnex to continue in the long term, but also because it represents a setback for Apple in its on-going patent struggle against Samsung (and by association, Google).

With rumors of a new LG-built Nexus hotting up, and the Galaxy Nexus reaching the end of its shelf life, it's unlikely to make a massive difference to either company's bottom line. Nevertheless, it's an important victory for Android.

Source: Reuters

More: The Galaxy Nexus Ban: This, too, shall pass

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Galaxy Nexus sales ban overturned by US appeal court

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has overturned the preliminary sales ban placed on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, saying that Judge Lucy Koh’s California district court “abused its discretion in entering an injunction.” The Galaxy Nexus along with several other devices came under fire when Apple filed a patent infringement claim in February of this year, requesting that the the court place a preliminary injunction on the offending devices.

Judge Koh agreed with Samsung on several devices, including the Galaxy Tab 10.1, a ruling that is also currently mired in the appeals process. Apple came out the winner after a jury made a $1 billion decision in the Cupertino company’s favor, but the final outcome will not be decided until later this year. The lifting of the injunction on the Galaxy Nexus is a minor victory in the grand scheme of things, but one that Samsung and Google sorely needed.

[via Reuters]


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Samsung Galaxy S III Developer Edition for Verizon Wireless now available to order

Samsung Galaxy S III Developer Edition for Verizon Wireless now available to order

Ever since the bootloader of the Galaxy S III for Verizon Wireless was cracked wide open, there’s much less of a clamor for the Developer Edition of the handset from Samsung. That said, the unsubsidized smartphone is now available to purchase — for backorder, anyway — directly from the manufacturer, which gives all owners the ability to easily unlock the phone’s bootloader and thus delight in the world of custom ROMs. As of now, only the Pebble Blue variant is available, but purchasers may choose from the 16GB ($600) or 32GB ($650) versions. We still maintain that Verizon Wireless gave its subscribers a pretty raw deal with the Galaxy S III, as all other carriers left it to the owner’s discretion of whether to unlock their phone’s bootloader. We wouldn’t expect Big Red to change its tune any time soon, but you can take solace knowing that the hacking community and manufacturers have your back.

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Samsung Galaxy S III Developer Edition for Verizon Wireless now available to order originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 22 Sep 2012 04:27:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Enter to win 2 Nexus 7 tablets and a Transformer Prime with Keyboard Dock! [TEGRA 3 GIVEAWAY]

You read about it in yesterday’s review of Beach Buggy Blitz, and here it is — our End-of-Summer Tegra 3 giveaway! NVIDIA has given us three awesome devices to giveaway to all you guys, and you’re going to have to read carefully if you want a chance to win. The rules are simple, but if you don’t follow them to a T you won’t get a chance to win so listen up.

First things first, though: you’re wondering which devices you’ll be hoping to win. We have two units of Google’s Nexus 7, and an ASUS Transformer Prime with a keyboard dock to help fulfill the purpose it’s named after. Three winners will be selected at random to win one of three. So how do you win these?

Rules

  • Prizes: three different winners will receive one of the following — Nexus 7 unit, Nexus 7 unit, and an ASUS Transformer Prime with a compatible keyboard dock. Which specific device a winner receives is subject to our discretion.
  • Location: You must live within the contiguous United States of America to qualify.
  • What you must do to enter: leave a comment letting us know why it’s advantageous to own a Tegra 3 device above all else.
  • Time limit: you have until Friday, September 7th at 11:59pm eastern to enter.
  • Winner selection: we will contact three winners at random. We will give winners 48 hours from the time that we contact them to respond. If they can’t respond within that time, we will choose another winner at random. This cycle will continue until all prizes are claimed.
  • Contact: we will contact winners using the email addresses and/or social networking accounts attached to their Disqus accounts. If you don’t use your real information, we can’t contact you and will be forced to select someone else.

If you meet the criteria and follow each rule perfectly you will have just as much of a chance as anyone else to win. Folks are back in school, and none of these prizes wouldn’t be a bad late back to school gift for yourself. Good luck, and thank you for being the loyal Phans that keep us going each and every day!


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Netflix updates Android app with ‘WiFi only’ playback to keep mobile data usage in check

Netflix updates Android app with 'WiFi only' playback to keep mobile data usage in check

The smartest solutions to problems are often the simplest of all. In that spirit, Netflix is introducing a feature to its Android app that’ll keep unknowing viewers from chewing up their mobile data plan. New to the settings menu, users will discover an option that restricts video playback to WiFi networks. Netflix has left the setting to user discretion, however, meaning that it must be manually enabled. Once the switch is flipped, you’ll retain the ability to search and browse Netflix over a mobile connection, but you’ll need to scramble for a WiFi connection when it’s time to watch Walter White cook up his latest batch. If you’re unsure of where your usage sits, the WiFi restriction is probably worth imposing — unless you’re with Sprint or T-Mobile, that is.

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Netflix updates Android app with ‘WiFi only’ playback to keep mobile data usage in check originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 06 Sep 2012 21:18:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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CONTEST: Win a Google IO 2012 Ticket!

Google IO 2012 sold out so quickly that it was depressing. Developers were practically frothing at the mouth for the chance to fork over $900 per ticket. When the flood gates opened, the vast majority were sucked down a vortex of darkness and disappointment while the lucky few pranced past the IO gatekeepers with blissful ignorance. In what seemed like the blink of an eye, sides were divided, and developers were left either feeling like the Fonz or the last kid picked in kickball.

We know that WAY too many of you weren’t able to snag tickets. We wish (as I’m sure Google does) that we could help every last developer gain entry to Google IO. But we don’t have infinite tickets. We have one ticket. And we’re giving that ticket away to one developer… it could be you!

That’s right: as our first contest of Developer Appreciation Month, we’re giving away 1 Developer Ticket to Google IO 2012, and entering couldn’t be much easier.

The Prize:
(1) Grand Prize: One developer ticket to Google IO 2012
(4) Runners up: $50 Amazon Gift Card

How to enter (follow ALL steps):

  • Sign up for our Developer Month Newsletter
  • Confirm your subscription by June 4th, 2012 at 11:59 PM
  • Use the social web or other online media to promote Phandroid’s Developer Appreciation Month and related contests, announcements, and content. Methods of promotion could include (but aren’t limited to):
    • Posts/Links on social networking sites such as Google+, Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit
    • YouTube video shouting out Dev Month
    • Making a blog post on your personal blog or guest post on someone else’s blog
    • Whatever you can dream up!
  • Return to THIS post and leave a comment explaining how you promoted Dev Month on Phandroid (include links!)
  • Three is NO limit to the number social posts entrants can make, but contestants will be judged based on the collective content of their comments below
  • All entries must be received by June 4th, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Selecting a winner:
  • Phandroid staff will select one Grand Prize winner at their sole discretion, based on elements that include but are not limited to: creativity, popularity (retweets, likes, reshares, etc), originality, and effort. Grand Prize Winner must meet rules/restrictions seen below.
  • Phandroid staff will select four Runners Up winners at random from the comments below. Runners Up Winners must meet the rules/restrictions seen below.

Rules & Restrictions:

  • You MUST have an Android application or game available on the Google Play Store (published prior to June 4th, 2012) to qualify. We’ll verify the potential winner meets this requirement, and if not, alternate winners will be selected until this requirement is met.
  • Winners must be able to attend Google IO in San Francisco and be able to prove their intentions to attend to Phandroid Staff. Phandroid staff will select another winner if, at Phandroid staff’s sole discretion, they determine the winner is unlikely to attend the event. (We want to make sure the winner actually uses the ticket for its intended purpose)
  • The winning Google IO 2012 ticket is non-transferable and cannot be sold or gifted to any 3rd party
  • Entries will be accepted until 11:59PM Eastern on June 4th, 2012.
  • Winners will be contacted on June 5th, 2012 and an announcement will be made as soon as a qualifying winner can be contacted and confirmed.
  • Winner will receive 1 Google IO 2012 Ticket subject to transferability authorization by Google.
  • Winner will be responsible for ALL expenses directly and indirectly related to attending Google IO 2012 (except ticket cost) including travel , accommodations, and any other charges incurred in conjunction with this contest.

Desperately want to attend Google IO? This is your chance! Time to muster up some awesome sauce, carve up some social network comments, let the world know about Developer Appreciation Month, and potentially gain access to the top tech event of the year.

Good luck!

Want to get involved in Developer Appreciation Month? Contact us and start your message with “Developer Appreciation Month”.


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Android 4.0.4 Galaxy Nexus factory images now available to Download

The Google Developers have just release two new Android 4.0.4 factory images for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The images are available for you to download freely and at your discretion., but there are a couple of things to know. There is a yakju version which is for the GSM unlocked versions that are already out and about in the community. There is also a new addition, the takju build. This is for the latest release of the Gnex from Google through the Play Store. They are mostly similar with the exception of Google Wallet being included in the Google direct version. According to AndroidCentral, the Google wallet version seems to flash just fine to all unlocked Galaxy Nexus’s.

The factory images are a handy little get out of jail free card. Their main purpose is to be able to flash your device back to stack easily and safely if you managed to mess something up. While not to many average users will find the factory image all that useful, many developers and ROM flashing aholics will find them to be a saving grace. Head over to the Google Developers page to see and download all the builds you see fit.

Source: AndroidCentral

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CONTEST: Toshiba’s Android Optimized Keyboard (Round 2)

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Yesterday we held a contest to give away one of Toshiba’s nifty Android optimized bluetooth keyboards. They are pretty sweet, and yesterday’s lucky random winner was @leopardobx but don’t worry… we’ve got one more to give away.

This time around we’re having you enter a little differently:

  • Like Phandroid and Toshiba on Facebook
  • Leave a comment on this article, telling us what gadget you’ve been most thankful in 2011
That’s it! Of course there are some rules involved…
  • Tweets must be submitted by 11:59pm Eastern on November, 23rd 2011
  • Must be 18+ years old
  • Must have US residency for shipping winning prize
  • We will select one winner at random
  • Winner will be decided by us, at our sole discretion, and we reserve the right to disqualify any participant for any reason including but not limited to age requirement, residency requirement, foul language, submitting multiple entries or spam.
DON’T FORGET… tomorrow we’re announcing a contest of EPIC proportions along with our Holiday Gift Guide. You’ll DEFINITELY want to stay tuned to Phandroid tomorrow. And, in all honesty, the entire Holiday Season!


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Google Gives Details On Galaxy Nexus Challenge – 10 Chances In 10 Days To Win Your Very Own!

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Google has just made the full details known for this year’s Galaxy Nexus Challenge. Google will be giving away 1 Galaxy Nexus per day for 10 days (that’s 10 of ‘em). The best part? It’s not just limited to the US! We’ve got North America, Europe and even some of Asia covered as well. First challenge starts tomorrow at 9AM PT which means I’m going to have to set my alarm. Here are the details via GoogleNexus’s tweets:

Announcing the Galaxy Nexus Challenge: 10 chances in 10 days for @googlenexus followers to win a tasty Galaxy Nexus w/ Android 4.0

Challenge 1 live Saturday 11/12 9am Pacific Time. Galaxy Nexus Challenge eligibility: must follow @googlenexus and include @googlenexus in body of posts. Limit one entry per person per day. Read full rules carefully http://goo.gl/5dpAK

Galaxy Nexus Challenge open to residents of Australia,Canada, France,Germany, Hong Kong,Japan, Netherlands,Singapore, Spain,South Korea, United Kingdom or 50 United States and District of Columbia. Void in certain areas as described in full rules: http://goo.gl/5dpAK

Contests are always fun way to get people hyped and I just want to wish all of our readers the best of luck! Make sure you read up on the full list of rules via Google’s as they reveal the exact times and dates of the contest. UPDATE: I’ve gone ahead and included the full rules for you guys below. If you look closely, you’ll notice the date the contest ends is on November 21st and ARV pricing is set at $500. Interesting indeed..

Galaxy Nexus Challenge Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. ENTRY IN THIS CONTEST CONSTITUTES YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES.
The Galaxy Nexus Challenge (the "Contest") is a skill contest where participants must submit via Twitter solutions to puzzles, photo challenges and essay questions ("Solutions") to win prizes. The Solutions will be evaluated by judges, who will choose the daily winning entries in accordance with these Official Rules. The prize(s) will be awarded to participant(s) whose solution is evaluated as having the highest score in the judging criteria. See below for the complete details.

BINDING AGREEMENT: In order to enter the Contest, you must agree to these Official Rules ("Rules"). Therefore, please read these Rules prior to entry to ensure you understand and agree. You agree that submission of an entry in the Contest constitutes agreement to these Rules. You may not submit an entry to the Contest and are not eligible to receive the prizes described in these Rules unless you agree to these Rules. These Rules form a binding legal agreement between you and Google with respect to the Contest.

ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible to enter the Contest, you must be: (1) a legal resident of and physically located in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, South Korea, the United Kingdom or the 50 United States and the District of Columbia; (2) above the age of majority in the state or jurisdiction where you reside at the time of entry; (3) have access to the Internet as of November 12, 2011; and (4) a registered member of Twitter who is an active follower of the GoogleNexus Twitter feed. To register for Twitter, visit twitter.com and follow the steps included on the site. Membership to Twitter is free. Contest is void in Puerto Rico, U.S. territories and possession identified in requirements above, and where prohibited by law. Employees, interns, contractors, and official office-holders of Google and their parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, and their respective directors, officers, employees, advertising and promotion agencies, representatives, and agents ("Contest Entities"), and members of the Contest Entities’ and their
immediate families (parents, siblings, children, spouses, and life partners of each, regardless of where they live) and members of the households (whether related or not) of such employees, officers and directors are ineligible to participate in this Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to verify eligibility and to adjudicate on any dispute at any time. If you are entering as part of a company or on behalf of your employer, these rules are binding on you, individually, and/or your employer. If you are acting within the scope of your employment, as an employee, contractor, or agent of another party, you warrant that such party has full knowledge of your actions and has consented thereto, including your potential receipt of a prize. You further warrant that your actions do not violate your employer’s or company’s policies and procedures.

SPONSOR: The Contest is sponsored by Google Inc. ("Google" or "Sponsor"), a
Delaware corporation with principal place of business at 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain
View, CA, 94043, USA.4.

CONTEST PERIOD: The Contest begins at 12:00:00 A.M. Pacific Time (PT) Zone in the United States on November 12, 2011 and ends at 11:59:59 P.M. PT on November 21, 2011, ("Contest Period").

HOW TO ENTER: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. To enter the Contest, visit the Google Nexus Twitter page, twitter.com/googlenexus ("Contest Site") during the Contest Period and review the essay question or puzzle of the day. To submit to a Solution, you should reply to the Google Nexus puzzle, photo or essay question tweet, and you must include the #googlenexus reference. Where applicable, the Solution must meet the "Solution Requirements," described below.
Because this contest spans many countries with different time zones, we will post new photo challenges, puzzles, and essay questions the questions at different times to ensure each region receives a question during their normal day hours as follows, unless an announcement on the @googlenexus Twitter account states otherwise 24 hours in advance:

DATE AND TIME in PST
November 12, 2011 – 9:00 AM
November 13, 2011 – 3:00 AM
November 14, 2011 – 3:00 PM
November 15, 2011 – 12:01 AM
November 16, 2011 – 9:00 PM
November 17, 2011 – 12:01 PM
November 18, 2011 – 6:00 AM
November 19, 2011 – 9:00 AM
November 20, 2011 – 6:00 PM
November 21, 2011 – 3:00 PM

LIMIT ONE (1) ENTRY PER PERSON PER DAY. Only your first entry will be considered. Subsequent entries will be disqualified, and at Sponsor’s discretion, entrants who submit multiple, duplicate entries may be disqualified from the Contest entirely. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. (PT) on November 21, 2011. Entries for Puzzle Challenges should be submitted as quickly as possible as their timeliness effects their ability to win, see Judging for more details. Entries are void if they are in whole or part illegible, incomplete, damaged, altered, counterfeit, obtained through fraud, or late. All entries will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the Twitter account submitted at the time of entry, and the potential winner may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder for that email address. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned to Twitter account by Twitter.

SOLUTION REQUIREMENTS. Daily questions will consist of puzzles, photo challenges
or short essay questions. The Solution must not be longer than 140 characters, including the
@googlenexus reference, and must meet the following criteria:
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(a) It must not be derogatory, offensive, threatening, defamatory, disparaging, libelous or
contain any content that is inappropriate, indecent, sexual, profane, indecent, tortuous,
slanderous, discriminatory in any way, or that promotes hatred or harm against any group or
person, or otherwise does not comply with the theme and spirit of the Contest.
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(b) It must not contain content, material or any element that is unlawful, or otherwise in
violation of or contrary to all applicable federal, state, or local laws and regulations the laws
or regulations in any state where Solution is created.
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(c) It must not contain any content, material or element that displays any third party
advertising, slogan, logo, trademark or otherwise indicates a sponsorship or endorsement
by a third party, commercial entity or that is not within the spirit of the Contest, as
determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion.
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(d) It must be an original, unpublished work that does not contain, incorporate or otherwise
use any content, material or element that is owned by a third party or entity.
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(e) It cannot contain any content, element, or material that violates a third party’s publicity,
privacy or intellectual property rights.
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(f) It must be in English.
During the Contest Period, the Sponsor, its agents and/or the Judges (defined below) will be
evaluating each applicable Solution to ensure that it meets the Solution Requirements. The
Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any entrant who submits a
Solution that does not meet the Solution Requirements.

JUDGING: Each entry will be judged by a panel of experts who are employees of
Sponsor ("Judges"). Depending on the type of daily question, either a puzzle or a short essay
question, judging process will differ as follows:
Puzzle questions: Solutions submitted for puzzle questions will be evaluated and scored against
the following two criteria:
Accuracy of the answer
Timeliness of the response
The first entrant to submit an accurate puzzle question Solution will be considered the potential
winner. In very unlikely event of a tie, the entrants will be asked to answer an additional puzzle
question to determine the winner.
For short essay questions and photo challenges, solutions will be evaluated and scored against
the following criteria:
Creativity
Originality
Best use of limited characters in Twitter response to compose Solution
Humor
Judges will evaluate and attribute a score to each Solution made up of scores based upon the
above-listed criteria. The entry for each question that receives the highest overall scores will be
selected as the potential winner(s). In the event of a tie, the Solution that received the higher
score from the Judges in the category of "Creativity" will be selected as one of the potential
winner(s).
In the event a potential winner is disqualified for any reason, the Solution that received the next
highest total score will be chosen as the potential winner.
Depending on the type of question, the potential winner(s) will be selected and notified via
Twitter in the following manner:
Puzzle question – from November 12, 2011 to November 21, 2011, the potential winner
will be contacted within one week from when their Solution is submitted.
Short essay questions and photo challenges – the potential winners will be contacted by
two weeks after the end of the Contest Period, by December 5, 2011.
If a potential winner does not respond to the notification attempt within one day from the first
notification attempt, then such potential winner will be disqualified and an alternate potential
winner will be selected from among all eligible entries received based on the judging criteria
described herein. Except where prohibited by law, each potential winner may be required to sign
and return a Declaration of Eligibility and Liability and Publicity Release and provide any
additional information that may be required by Sponsor. If required, potential winners must
return all such required documents within five days following attempted notification or such
potential winner will be deemed to have forfeited the prize and another potential winner will be
selected based on the judging criteria described herein. In the event that no Solutions are
received, no prize will be awarded. Determinations of judges are final and binding.

PRIZES: Seven winning entries will receive a Galaxy Nexus phone as described at
www.google.com/nexus. (ARV of each individual prize: $500.00 USD). Prize may be subject to
terms, restrictions and conditions imposed by Google. The Prize does not include activation or
usage fees required to activate and operate the device. All such fees are the responsibility of
the winner.
Odds of winning any prize depends on the number of eligible entries received during the
Contest Period and the skill of the entrants. The prizes will be awarded within approximately
twelve weeks of receipt by Sponsor of final prize acceptance documents. No transfer,
substitution or cash equivalent for prizes is allowed, except at Sponsor’s sole discretion.
Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize, in whole or in part, of equal or greater monetary
value if a prize cannot be awarded, in whole or in part, as described for any reason. Value is
subject to market conditions, which can fluctuate and any difference between actual market
value and ARV will not be awarded. The prize(s) may be subject to restrictions and/or licenses
and may require additional hardware, software, service, or maintenance to use. The winner
shall bear all responsibility for use of the prize(s) in compliance with any conditions imposed by
such manufacturer(s), and any additional costs associated with its use, service, or maintenance.
Contest Entities have not made and Contest Entities are not responsible in any manner for any
warranties, representations, or guarantees, express or implied, in fact or law, relating to the
prize(s), regarding the use, value or enjoyment of the prize(s), including, without limitation, its
quality, mechanical condition, merchantability, or fitness for a particular purpose, with the
exception of any standard manufacturer’s warranty that may apply to the prize or any
components thereto.

TAXES: PAYMENTS TO POTENTIAL WINNERS ARE SUBJECT TO THE EXPRESS
REQUIREMENT THAT THEY SUBMIT TO GOOGLE ALL DOCUMENTATION REQUESTED
BY GOOGLE TO PERMIT IT TO COMPLY WITH ALL APPLICABLE STATE, FEDERAL AND
LOCAL TAX REPORTING AND WITHHOLDING REQUIREMENTS. ALL PRIZES WILL BE
NET OF ANY TAXES GOOGLE IS REQUIRED BY LAW TO WITHHOLD. ALL TAXES
IMPOSED ON PRIZES ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNERS. In order to
receive a prize, potential winners must submit the tax documentation requested by Google or
otherwise required by applicable law, to Google or the relevant tax authority, all as determined
by applicable law, including, where relevant, the law of the potential winner’s country of
residence. The potential winner is responsible for ensuring that (s)he complies with all the
applicable tax laws and filing requirements. If a potential winner fails to provide such
documentation or comply with such laws, the prize may be forfeited and Google may, in its sole
discretion, select an alternative potential winner.

GENERAL CONDITIONS: All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.
Google reserves the right to disqualify any entrant from the Contest if, in Google’s sole
discretion, it reasonably believes that the entrant has attempted to undermine the legitimate
operation of the Contest by cheating, deception, or other unfair playing practices or annoys,
abuses, threatens or harasses any other entrants, Google, or the Judges.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS: As between Google and the entrant, the entrant
retains ownership of all intellectual and industrial property rights (including moral rights) in and
to the Solution. As a condition of entry, entrant grants Google, its subsidiaries, agents and
partner companies, a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license
to use, reproduce, adapt, modify, publish, distribute, publicly perform, create a derivative work
from, and publicly display the Solution (1) for the purposes of allowing Google and the Judges to
evaluate the Solution for purposes of the Contest, and (2) in connection with advertising and
promotion via communication to the public or other groups, including, but not limited to, the right
to make screenshots, animations and Solution clips available for promotional purposes.

PRIVACY: Participants agree that personal data including, but not limited to, name,
mailing address, phone number, and email address may be collected, processed, stored and
otherwise used for the purposes of conducting and administering the Contest. This data may
also be used by Google to verify an entrant’s identity, postal address and telephone number in
the event a entrant qualifies for any applicable prize as well as to deliver the applicable prize(s).
Entrants have the right to access, review, rectify or cancel any personal data held by Google in
connection with the Contest by writing to Google (Attention: Google Galaxy Nexus Challenge)
at the address listed below. Otherwise, all personal information that is collected from the entrant
is subject to Google’s Privacy Policy, located at http://www.google.com/intl/en/privacy/.

PUBLICITY: By accepting a prize, entrant agrees to Sponsor and its agencies use of his
or her name and/or likeness and Solution for advertising and promotional purposes without
additional compensation, unless prohibited by law.

WARRANTY AND INDEMNITY: Participants warrant that their Solutions are their own
original work and, as such, they are the sole and exclusive owner and rights holder of the
submitted Solution and that they have the right to submit the Solution in the Contest and grant
all required licenses. Each entrant agrees not to submit any Solution that (1) infringes any third
party proprietary rights, intellectual property rights, industrial property rights, personal or moral
rights or any other rights, including without limitation, copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret,
privacy, publicity or confidentiality obligations; or (2) otherwise violates the applicable state or
federal law.
To the maximum extent permitted by law, each entrant indemnifies and agrees to keep
indemnified Contest Entities at all times from and against any liability, claims, demands, losses,
damages, costs and expenses resulting from any act, default or omission of the entrant and/or a
breach of any warranty set forth herein. To the maximum extent permitted by law, each entrant
agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Contest Entities from and against any and
all claims, actions, suits or proceedings, as well as any and all losses, liabilities, damages, costs
and expenses (including reasonable attorneys fees) arising out of or accruing from (a) any
Solution or other material uploaded or otherwise provided by the entrant that infringes any
copyright, trademark, trade secret, trade dress, patent or other intellectual property right of any
person or defames any person or violates their rights of publicity or privacy, (b) any
misrepresentation made by the entrant in connection with the Contest; (c) any non-compliance
by the entrant with these Rules; (d) claims brought by persons or entities other than the parties
to these Rules arising from or related to the entrant’s involvement with the Contest; (e)
acceptance, possession, misuse or use of any prize or participation in any Contest-related
activity or participation in this Contest; (f) any malfunction or other problem with the Contest
Site; (g) any error in the collection, processing, or retention of entry information; or (h) any
typographical or other error in the printing, offering or announcement of any prize or winners.

ELIMINATION: Any false information provided within the context of the Contest by any
entrant concerning identity, mailing address, telephone number, email address, ownership of
right or non-compliance with these Rules or the like may result in the immediate elimination of
the entrant from the Contest.

INTERNET: Contest Entities are not responsible for any malfunction of the entire
Contest Web Site or any late, lost, damaged, misdirected, incomplete, illegible, undeliverable, or
destroyed Solutions due to system errors, failed, incomplete or garbled computer or other
telecommunication transmission malfunctions, hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or
unavailable network connections, typographical or system/human errors and failures, technical
malfunction(s) of any telephone network or lines, cable connections, satellite transmissions,
servers or providers, or computer equipment, traffic congestion on the Internet or at the Contest
Site, or any combination thereof, including other telecommunication, cable, digital or satellite
malfunctions which may limit an entrant’s ability to participate.

RIGHT TO CANCEL, MODIFY OR DISQUALIFY: If for any reason the Contest is not
capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering,
unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which corrupt or affect
the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Contest, Google
reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest.
Google further reserves the right to disqualify any entrant who tampers with the submission
process or any other part of the Contest or Contest Site. Any attempt by an entrant to
deliberately damage any web site, including the Contest Site, or undermine the legitimate
operation of the Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be
made, Google reserves the right to seek damages from any such entrant to the fullest extent of
the applicable law.

NOT AN OFFER OR CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT: Under no circumstances shall
the submission of a Solution into the Contest, the awarding of a prize, or anything in these
Rules be construed as an offer or contract of employment with either Google, or the Contest
Entities. You acknowledge that you have submitted your Solution voluntarily and not in
confidence or in trust. You acknowledge that no confidential, fiduciary, agency or other
relationship or implied-in-fact contract now exists between you and Google or the Contest
Entities and that no such relationship is established by your submission of a Solution under
these Rules.

FORUM AND RECOURSE TO JUDICIAL PROCEDURES: These Rules shall be
governed by, subject to, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California,
United States of America, excluding all conflict of law rules. If any provision(s) of these Rules
are held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining provisions hereof will remain in full force
and effect. To the extent permitted by law, the rights to litigate, seek injunctive relief or make
any other recourse to judicial or any other procedure in case of disputes or claims resulting from
or in connection with this Contest are hereby excluded, and all Participants expressly waive any
and all such rights.

ARBITRATION: By entering the Contest, you agree that exclusive jurisdiction for any
dispute, claim, or demand related in any way to the Contest will be decided by binding
arbitration. All disputes between you and Google of whatsoever kind or nature arising out of
these Rules, shall be submitted to Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. ("JAMS") for
binding arbitration under its rules then in effect in the San Jose, California, USA area, before
one arbitrator to be mutually agreed upon by both parties. The parties agree to share equally in
the arbitration costs incurred.

WINNER’S LIST: The winner’s list will be posted online after December 5, 2011 on

http://www.google.com/nexus/challenge3/rules.pdf

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Motorola DROID RAZR to Have Official Software Unlock, But Carriers Decide Bootloader Fate

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Motorola has confirmed that they will be making it possible to officially unlock your DROID RAZR bootloader. Unlocked phones internationally will come with the functionality, but they stressed that this feature will only be available at the carriers’ discretion.

Yes, that means Verizon will likely opt out of offering it to their customers. While unlocked bootloaders would have been great, the community has found great workarounds so that it’s no less easy to apply ROMs and customize the phone than any other phones. Let’s hope the same rings true for the DROID RAZR. [via AusDroid]


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[CM7 Theme] Flash file for the infamous Ice Cream Sandwich Lockscreen

When I saw this, I wasn’t sure what we should label it as. Technically it is more of a mod than a CM7 theme since it has to be flashed and not installed. At the same time, it gives your lock screen the theme of ICS. Which is a critical component when attempting to theme your device to look as close to your dreams as possible.

The developer, DameonAndMeagan, have even taken a little extra time with this mod to help give you the best experience possible. You have three color choices to clash at your discretion, green, white or blue. Helps give you just a little bit more personalization.

This is a Mod of the CM7.1 Ring Lock that I made using some images from the ICS SDK. I only have tested it on HDPI but it should work on MDPI and LDPI also.

Just flash in recovery and you should be good to go.
Flash at your own risk make a backup before you continue.

Let me know if there is any problems.

You can now choose between Green, White, or Blue pressed Rings.

So, what are you waiting for? Head on over to DameonAndMeagan’s XDA thread and pick up the mod of your choice.

Source: XDA via OMGDroid

 

 

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Nike+ GPS social update may make people run from your Twitter, Facebook accounts

Nike this week rolled out updates to its Nike+ GPS app, including bug fixes and an auto-calibration feature, which should help improve the accuracy of your run. Also on-board are social features, which push running updates to Facebook and Twitter. The tweets / posts can thankfully be edited before being sent out into the world, but we’d recommend using a bit of discretion before loading up your feeds with the minutiae of your latest workout. The updated app can be downloaded now for $2 from iTunes.

Nike+ GPS social update may make people run from your Twitter, Facebook accounts originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 09 Jul 2011 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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NEW GAME: Spinballs Special Edition

Spinballs Special Edition is a pleasing reminder of how simple Android games used to be back in the old days (2009). You have some coloured things. You rotate them. You adhere to the rules and eventually move on to the next level.

It’s on the Android Market here, plus a more thorough and factual explanation of the game methodology may also be found over on the maker’s site.

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The “special” thing about this Special Edition? A new endless “Zen mode” plus it’s the entire game in the package – but time-locked to only let you play for five minutes. If you like it enough, there’s an in-app option to unlock the full experience.

Related posts:

  1. GAME: Lady Bug “Probably, it is the best sokoban style game for Android”
  2. 3D role-play game Discretion out now on the Android Market
  3. Google Nexus One “game” appears on the internet

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Google Maps Update to 5.3 Brings Location History Dashboard, “Home” Check-Ins, and More

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Another update has arrived for Google Maps on Android and location-based features are at the top of the short list of changes. Your Location History dashboard you might be familiar with if you are a Google Latitude user can now be accessed directly within Maps. Location History gives you a nice statistical view of where you are spending your time and how much time you are spending there. Speaking of where you have been, you can now check in at “home” using Google Maps. Set “home” to an address at your discretion, whether it be the actual place you live or the corner bar you might as well live in.

Google Maps 5.3, which also adds in the ability to edit and add your own categories for Places ratings, is now available in the Android Market.

Android Market Link: Google Maps

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