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My Galaxy Note 2 suffered a 20-foot drop…

…and it came out 100% fine thanks to that case up above. It’s not often you get a chance to test out the claims of a protective case, but I had the unfortunate opportunity to find out that my choice — a generic metal bumper case for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 — lives up to expectations.

Many people like to “go naked” and risk their phones’ protection in order to enjoy their natural good looks. I’m one of those people, but as clumsy as I am (Rob and the rest of the gang know all about it) I knew I had to protect this $750 investment at all times.

I hate full body cases, so I opted for a bumper instead. I knew it could absorb impact well due to its metal body, and the .25 centimeter-thick buffer on either side of the bumper and every corner of the device meant there was a high chance my device could survive first impact no matter which corner or side hit first.

Cases with shock buffering are nothing new, of course, but it’s the height at which I dropped it, and the surface it smacked against — face down on cold, hard concrete — that surprised me. I got the case for minor drops (no less than about 3 feet and no higher than about 5.9 feet) so when this 5.5 inch beast came tumbling out of my pocket, over a railing and hurdled face first into concrete I was all but certain I’d lost nearly a month’s worth of rent in just a few short seconds.

While I don’t mean for this to be a review of the case in question (you can buy it here if you’re interested anyway), my real message is for those who feel like desecrating their phones with cases is silly. Take it from someone who planned on treating this thing like a baby for at least the next year — the peace of mind and added protection certainly is worth the girth. The case didn’t fare well post-impact, but I’ll only need to shell out another $30 as opposed to $750, and it’s one repurchase that I won’t hesitate to make at all.

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Google executive Schmidt is set to visit North Korea

master.eric_schmidtEric Schmidt, the chief executive of Google Inc, is set to travel to isolated North Korea for a personal visit.

If pushed through, Schmidt will be one of the biggest names in the tech industry from the United States to set foot in North Korea. The announcement of Schmidt’s travel followed    Kim Jong-un’s speech hinting of his willingness to improve relations with its southern neighbor, South Korea. Kim Jong-un is the third member of his family to take the helm of North Korea following the country’s inception in the Cold War.

No details were provided if Schmidt is meeting someone, or what his agenda may be. North Korea’s populace does not have free Internet access and only the most influential officials of the country can freely use the advantages of the Web. The state has rigid control over media content although 3G cellphone use is currently being adapted rapidly in the  country.

Google did not release any statement to confirm if Schmidt is going to North Korea. A Google spokesman said that a visit there may not be due to company agenda.

“We do not comment on personal travel,” Samantha Smith, Google spokeswoman said when asked.

Schmidt is Google’s top government representative and has shown strong support for President Barrack Obama.

Google has been espousing Internet freedom since its foundation, and its motto “do no evil” embodies that mission. Google pulled out of mainland China in 2010 and relocated to Hong Kong following its disagreement with Chinese government censorship requirements.

Google also sponsored to fly North Korean defectors from Seoul last year so they can attend a summit discussing the global illicit networks. The company also welcomed North Korean officials in Silicon Valley, as per Asia Foundation, which helped planned the trip for the North Korean delegation.

South Korean representative of the Asia Foundation Peter Beck said: “I think this is part of Google’s broader vision to bring the Internet to the world, and North Korea is the last frontier. I suspect that Google’s visit is more philanthropic than financial.”

Beck added that the North Korean delegation was shown a Google Earth image of North Korea’s capital, Pyongyang.

Schmidt is a co-author of a book titled “The New Digital Age”, being written by a former U.S. state department official Jared Cohen. The book, due this April, will discuss how the Internet and technology empowers people as well as drive political, economic, and social change.

“Perhaps the most intriguing part of this trip is simply the idea of it. The restricted control of information lies at the heart of the DPRK state and yet it is about to host one of the West’s greatest facilitators of borderless information flows,” Victor Cha, a senior adviser and Korea expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said.

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea or DPRK is the official title of North Korea.

“If Google is the first small step in piercing the information bubble in Pyongyang, it could be a very interesting development,” Cha added.

An Associated Press report mentioned that two sources familiar with the travel plan confirmed that Schmidt will be joining with New Mexico governor and United Nations Ambassador Bill Richardson, a frequent visitor to the reclusive state.

The planned visit followed the launching of a long-range rocket by North Korea, prompting the United Nations to push for more sanctions. The communist state is currently banned from testing nuclear technology and missiles after sanctions were imposed in 2006 and 2009.

Another objective of Richardson’s visit may be to secure the release of an American citizen arrested by North Korea over crime against the state. Richardson has helped in the release of other Americans before in North Korea.

source: reuters

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Android Overload: Apple vs Samsung, US Cellular Galaxy Note 2 gets Multi Window, extended battery for Galaxy S3 and more

A new year is right around the corner, so let’s welcome it with what could be the very last Android Overload of the year. Before you go out and party your guts out, make sure to check out what has been going on in the Android universe and give these articles a read.

  • ITC wants Samsung to post a bond of 88% of its U.S. smartphone sales due to Apple patent case [FOSS Patents]
  • Apple withdraws Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini from patent case [Reuters]
  • Samsung announces 1.1 million square foot R&D center for Silicon Valley [Android Community]
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 extended battery to be available January 5th [All About Samsung]
  • LG Optimus G receives Carbon Free certification [Unwired View]
  • US Cellular Galaxy Note 2 gets update with Multi Window support [US Cellular]
  • South Korea to ban poen and profanity on teenagers’ smartphones [Newsis]
  • Lenovo ThinkPad Helix swings through the FCC with AT&T-native LTE [Engadget]

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Samsung plans building expansion in San Jose area

Samsung announced today they are planning to build some new facilities in the San Jose area. Two new facilities will be constructed, with the first one being a 1.1 million square foot headquarters for sales and R&D staff with Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. The 10-story facility, which will include an “amenity pavilion” and a parking garage will be built on the site of the current semiconductor and display panel businesses just north of downtown San Jose. The second facility will be built for Samsung Information Systems America Inc., which will relocate its R&D center to a new 8.5-acre site with two new 6-story office buildings. The 385,000 square foot facility will include two new parking garages, will overlook the Sunnyvale golf course, and will be built to LEED Gold standards.

Hit the break for the full press release from Samsung.

Samsung Continues to Expand Operations in the Bay Area

Adding to its effort to build state-of-the-art, energy-efficient campuses, the company is expanding into innovation centers to enhance its ‘soft’ capabilities

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media, digital convergence technologies and advanced semiconductor solutions, continues to expand its operations in Silicon Valley by investing more resources in its existing R&D centers and establishing new innovation centers.

Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. (SSI) announced plans to build a 1.1 million square foot sales and R&D headquarters on the current site of its semiconductor and display panel businesses, north of downtown San Jose. The building, designed by global architecture firm NBBJ, will be comprised of a 10-story tower, an amenity pavilion and parking garage. The design seeks to encourage interaction among staff, foster connections with the community and provide a space to attract employment in the highly competitive tech market, which is growing at a faster pace than overall employment.

Samsung Information Systems America Inc. (SISA), will relocate its R&D Center from its current facility in North San Jose to an 8.5-acre site and expand to two new 6-story class-A office buildings totaling approximately 385,000 square foot. (each 192,500 sq. ft.) with two 5-6 story parking structures. The new facility will be oriented around a central plaza with views overlooking the adjacent Sunnyvale golf course and will be constructed to LEED Gold standards. The 15-year build-to-suit lease will be located at Cypress Business Park, 625-685 Clyde Avenue in Mountain View, California. Entitlements are in process and anticipated for completion in second quarter of 2013, with targeted occupancy in fourth quarter of 2014.

In addition to these two major planned campuses, Samsung Electronics is expanding its Open Innovation efforts with additional space that will allow for incubating and acquiring new technologies and working with early stage companies.

Samsung Strategy & Innovation Center, located in Menlo Park, a core area in Silicon Valley, was recently established to strengthen Samsung’s ecosystem and promote synergy between the company’s various products and services. Samsung Open Innovation Center, located in Palo Alto, will be a core entity to discover innovative startups in Silicon Valley, provide space, funds and effectively leverage them for innovation of Samsung’s products through equity investments, acquisition and strategic partnership.

Following the establishment of both the Samsung Strategy & Innovation Center and the Open Innovation Center in Silicon Valley, Samsung Electronics plans to set up corresponding organizations at R&D Centers and the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology at its Korean headquarters to strengthen its global cooperative network.

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Samsung to expand US operations with two new California facilities

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Samsung will be taking several steps towards strengthening its U.S. presence with two new facilities to be constructed in 2013. The Korean handset and chip manufacturer already has some notable presence in the Bay Area, and has big plans to expand that in the coming year. The first big move is a 1.1 million square foot building to be constructed in San Jose with its current display and semiconductor business, which will be used for SSI (Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.) R&D and sales teams.

The second step will be moving the current SISA (Samsung Information Systems America) R&D Center to two new 6 story business buildings (and a 6 story parking structure) located in North San Jose. These new buildings will total about 385,000 square feet on 8.5 acres of land. The buildings are set to be finished in 2013, with full occupancy in 2014.

That's some big investment from Samsung, and these changes will surely help bring some operating efficiency to a very large company that currently has divisions spread across multiple countries. You can find a press release with some of the specifics after the break.

Source: Samsung (BusinessWire)

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Samsung plans building expansion in San Jose area

Samsung announced today they are planning to build some new facilities in the San Jose area. Two new facilities will be constructed, with the first one being a 1.1 million square foot headquarters for sales and R&D staff with Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. The 10-story facility, which will include an “amenity pavilion” and a parking garage will be built on the site of the current semiconductor and display panel businesses just north of downtown San Jose. The second facility will be built for Samsung Information Systems America Inc., which will relocate its R&D center to a new 8.5-acre site with two new 6-story office buildings. The 385,000 square foot facility will include two new parking garages, will overlook the Sunnyvale golf course, and will be built to LEED Gold standards.

Hit the break for the full press release from Samsung.

Samsung Continues to Expand Operations in the Bay Area

Adding to its effort to build state-of-the-art, energy-efficient campuses, the company is expanding into innovation centers to enhance its ‘soft’ capabilities

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media, digital convergence technologies and advanced semiconductor solutions, continues to expand its operations in Silicon Valley by investing more resources in its existing R&D centers and establishing new innovation centers.

Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. (SSI) announced plans to build a 1.1 million square foot sales and R&D headquarters on the current site of its semiconductor and display panel businesses, north of downtown San Jose. The building, designed by global architecture firm NBBJ, will be comprised of a 10-story tower, an amenity pavilion and parking garage. The design seeks to encourage interaction among staff, foster connections with the community and provide a space to attract employment in the highly competitive tech market, which is growing at a faster pace than overall employment.

Samsung Information Systems America Inc. (SISA), will relocate its R&D Center from its current facility in North San Jose to an 8.5-acre site and expand to two new 6-story class-A office buildings totaling approximately 385,000 square foot. (each 192,500 sq. ft.) with two 5-6 story parking structures. The new facility will be oriented around a central plaza with views overlooking the adjacent Sunnyvale golf course and will be constructed to LEED Gold standards. The 15-year build-to-suit lease will be located at Cypress Business Park, 625-685 Clyde Avenue in Mountain View, California. Entitlements are in process and anticipated for completion in second quarter of 2013, with targeted occupancy in fourth quarter of 2014.

In addition to these two major planned campuses, Samsung Electronics is expanding its Open Innovation efforts with additional space that will allow for incubating and acquiring new technologies and working with early stage companies.

Samsung Strategy & Innovation Center, located in Menlo Park, a core area in Silicon Valley, was recently established to strengthen Samsung’s ecosystem and promote synergy between the company’s various products and services. Samsung Open Innovation Center, located in Palo Alto, will be a core entity to discover innovative startups in Silicon Valley, provide space, funds and effectively leverage them for innovation of Samsung’s products through equity investments, acquisition and strategic partnership.

Following the establishment of both the Samsung Strategy & Innovation Center and the Open Innovation Center in Silicon Valley, Samsung Electronics plans to set up corresponding organizations at R&D Centers and the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology at its Korean headquarters to strengthen its global cooperative network.

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Samsung announces 1.1 million square foot R&D center for Silicon Valley

Today Samsung has announced that they’ll be bringing their large buildings and R&D department to California and the ever so popular Silicon Valley once again. They’ve announced today that Samsung Semiconductor will be expanding operations in San Jose and opening two new facilities. One being over 1.1 million square feet. More details below.

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Silicon Valley is where it’s at right? That or Mountain View. Samsung is looking to beef up their production stateside and have confirmed some big plans for 2013. The first being a 1.1 million square foot 10 story Sales and R&D department for Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. It will offer covered parking for all employees, an amenity pavilion and much more. This will be just north of downtown San Jose, California.

Samsung states that the 1.1 million square feet sounds bigger than it really is, and that the layout will actually be designed to “encourage interaction among the staff” along with several other key design elements. This new R&D center will actually be slightly bigger than Apple’s new 3,600 employee center in Texas.

Then Samsung is also preparing a new building for Samsung Information Systems America Inc. This facility will be quite large too, and their R&D center will be relocated to an 8.5 acre 6 story building with quite the view of a nearby golf course. We thought it was nice to work for Google, now Samsung might be starting to offer their stateside employees the same goods. Both new facilities will be “state of the art” and have innovative energy efficient offices. Go big Samsung, go big!

[via TalkAndroid]

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Samsung expands Silicon Valley crib with 1.1 million square foot R&D center

Samsung expands Silicon Valley crib with 11 million square foot R&D center

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the most extravagant flashy lifestyle, the deluxe villa, the fly palace of Samsung Semiconductor Inc. It only exists as a pile of architects’ drawings right now, and probably looks nothing like the Minecraft wonderment shown above, but when it’s finished the 10-story San Jose structure will boast the following:

  • A new sales and R&D center, built in the stead of some existing Samsung offices, with floor space totaling 1.1 million square feet.
  • A layout that seeks to “encourage interaction among staff” and “foster connections with the community,” while ultimately improving Sammy’s “soft capabilities
  • A parking garage and an “amenity pavilion” (whatever that is, we just know we can’t afford one)

So, that’s pretty much it in terms of detail. But to put all this into perspective, we’re talking about an HQ that will be slightly bigger than Apple’s recent 3,600-worker expansion in Austin, Texas — or around a third the size of an infinite loop.

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Pogo charger for Nexus 10 shows up on eBay

The source we cited a couple weeks ago indicating the Nexus 10 Pogo charger would be available within 10 days on Amazon and eBay came close to being accurate. A magnetic charger from MagNector has not turned up on Amazon yet, but it has made an appearance today on eBay for only $19.99. The seller indicates units will ship from Korea starting December 28th for the four foot long power-charging only cable.

source: eBay

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Pogo charger for Nexus 10 shows up on eBay

The source we cited a couple weeks ago indicating the Nexus 10 Pogo charger would be available within 10 days on Amazon and eBay came close to being accurate. A magnetic charger from MagNector has not turned up on Amazon yet, but it has made an appearance today on eBay for only $19.99. The seller indicates units will ship from Korea starting December 28th for the four foot long power-charging only cable.

source: eBay

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Pogo charger for Nexus 10 shows up on eBay

The source we cited a couple weeks ago indicating the Nexus 10 Pogo charger would be available within 10 days on Amazon and eBay came close to being accurate. A magnetic charger from MagNector has not turned up on Amazon yet, but it has made an appearance today on eBay for only $19.99. The seller indicates units will ship from Korea starting December 28th for the four foot long power-charging only cable.

source: eBay

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Pogo charger for Nexus 10 shows up on eBay

The source we cited a couple weeks ago indicating the Nexus 10 Pogo charger would be available within 10 days on Amazon and eBay came close to being accurate. A magnetic charger from MagNector has not turned up on Amazon yet, but it has made an appearance today on eBay for only $19.99. The seller indicates units will ship from Korea starting December 28th for the four foot long power-charging only cable.

source: eBay

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Apple applies for patent that scales content to match face distance, save us from squinting

Apple tries for patent that scales content to match face distance, save us from squinting

Most software has to be designed around a presumed viewing distance, whether it’s up close for a smartphone or the 10-foot interface of a home theater hub. Apple has been imagining a day when the exact distance could be irrelevant: it’s applying for a patent that would automatically resize any content based on viewing distance. By using a camera, infrared or other sensors to detect face proximity through facial recognition or pure range, the technique could dynamically resize a map or website to keep it legible at varying ranges. Although the trick could work with most any device, the company sees that flexibility as most relevant for a tablet, and it’s easy to understand why — iPad owners could read on the couch without needing to manually zoom in as they settle into a more relaxed position. There’s no knowing the likelihood that Apple will implement an automatic scaling feature in iOS or OS X, let alone make it the default setting. If the Cupertino team ever goes that far, though, we’ll only have our own eyesight to blame if we can’t read what’s on screen.

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[New Product] Connect-A-Cord, Joy In A Box

You ever pull out the good old extension cord and find your self just a little shy?  Wish there was a way to make  sure you have just what you need in terms of length…with your extension cords?  I know I do.  Here is your chance, get yourself or someone you love, hate, or just want to screw with the Connect-A-Cord.  Easy to use, conveniently designed in 1 foot increments (and a handy carrying case) so you always know you’ve got just what  you’re going to need.  I bet Russ on National Lampoons Christmas Vacation wished Clark had this when he was handed the giant ball of tangle, LOL.  

Proudly brought to you by the gracious individuals over at 30Watt, we present to you, Connect-A-Cord.

With 50 separate cords, the configurations are endless and hassle free. Tangled cords are a thing of the past. Connect-A-Cord even comes with an optional contractor case for easy, tangle-free storage.

“Connecting 50, one-foot cords to reach an electrical outlet doesn’t sound like an ideal extension cord, but it sounds like a great prank gift box,” says Arik Nordby, Creative Director at 30 Watt. “The product is fake, but the box looks like the real deal.”

Yes, yes, this is a joke.  And a damn good on at that.  You should head on over to their site and check out the rest of their great packaging ideas, guaranteed to have something there to fit almost everyone in your life in one way or another.  I already have the one picked out for my boss, he’s an iSheep, so I’ll let you take it from there.  Check them out at PrankPack, and if you receive one of these awesome boxes remember to bow your head after your display of disgust and say…Prank You.  LOL.  Take gift giving this year to a whole new level, the level of screwing with the ones you love.  They’ll thank you for it later.  

Zachdroid…OUT!

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Samsung reportedly hikes processor prices for Apple by 20 percent

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Sources are claiming that Samsung has cranked up the price of application processors for iPad and iPhone devices by 20%. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple rejected the price change, but after being unable to find anyone else that could fill the order, they accepted the hike. Just to put atht in perspective – Samsung's shipment of processor is expected to be going up to 200 million this year from 130 million last year. 

While Samsung is big enough that their chips business operates more or less independently of the handset side, it's hard not to see that as a direct result of Apple's ongoing smartphone patent tiffs with the electronics giant. Most recently, Apple has been skirting the issue of posting a public apology in the UK for claiming that Samsung devices had copied their design, and have ultimately been ordered to pay Samsung's legal fees

So, is a move like this fair game? is Samsung shooting themselves in the foot by estranging a high-volume customer, or a natural repercussion of Apple being so antagonistic in courts? Is there any chance that the increased price in application processors has nothing to do with what's happening on the legal side at all? What are the odds that Apple will be able to pick up the slack on these processors themselves eventually? 

Source: WSJ

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Google is shifting towards a “mobile first” mentality

The folks from Mountain View clearly have a huge foot in the mobile game, not to mention they’ve been stepping up that game over the past 6 months with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and their new Nexus line. According to a note to investors Google’s been talking more and more about mobile, and multiple employees have stated they are shifting towards a “mobile first” mentality.

This is good news, although we already knew Google had been putting tons of effort on mobile and social with things like Google+. In an investors note to Morgan Stanly, three Google executives talked at the 2012 Open Mobile Summit in San Fran and spoke openly about the future of Google, and where they’re headed. Those three were Rikard Steiber, Google’s global marketing director for mobile and social; Francisco Varela, YouTube’s global director of platform partnerships; and Rich Miner, general partner at Google Ventures.

Now we all know Google has a huge foot in the mobile market. From mobile search on Google, the number one mobile OS in the world, and new devices like the LG Nexus 4 and Samsung Nexus 10. Google’s been continuously pursuing this as of late, and really stepping up their game on all fronts. From a more social experience on mobile with Google+, improving mobile search, Google Now, and more. While speaking at the summit one Googler even said that Google is now considering themselves a “mobile first” company. Obviously they’ll always probably be a search giant and company, but it’s interesting to hear them say it.

During the Summit, Steiber, Google’s head of mobile and social advertising stated that mobile devices are the future (which we already knew) and that in 2013 mobile will be the leading and primary way users access Google. Google expects mobile to surpass 50% of YouTube traffic sometime in 2013. They mentioned that mobile searches have increased by 200% in 2012 by Q3, and 25% of traffic on YouTube and 40% of video views come from mobile devices alone. A number that has seen huge growth and is up 300% in 2012.

While they didn’t specifically state anything regarding Android, this is a clear indication that Google sees mobile, and Android as a leading platform that needs even more attention. We already know Google’s been aiming big in mobile with Android and their Motorola acquisition, and hopefully we see more awesomeness in 2013.

[via SlashGear]


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Why Android users can still be smug with their gadgets

Apple aficionados have long been accused of being excessively smug about their various devices and being a part of Apple’s wider consumer network. It seems like Apple thrives on sustaining dedicated, loyal and, well, smug followers.

However, with the recent introduction of the iPhone 5 and the ensuing debates of whether Apple has finally shot itself in the foot, one wonders whether Android users finally have the chance to be smug themselves. This article seeks to determine whether this is the case or not.

Maps

We all know who won this war, eventually. The new Apple Maps app bombed quite badly in September. It clearly didn’t match up to Google Maps, which boasts Street View and transit directions.

Apart from that, there were some colossal embarrassments shortly after its launch when it marked an entire city as a hospital and classified a nursery as an airport, among other things. Its 3D view makes everything look structurally destroyed and devastated. A clear win for Google Android users.

User Customization

Again, this is something that gives Android users a massive advantage over Apple iOS users. Customization for Apple users is difficult and more or less impossible unless you hack your device, which may void your warranty.

Overall, ‘power-users’ probably have more leeway with using Android phones. If you’re somewhat of a technophobe, you’re probably in for a more simple and straightforward ride with iOS.

Internet Browsing

Apple can no longer stake claim to the fact that they have the smoothest-running Internet on a smartphone any longer.

Google has now introduced Chrome bookmarks sync, which lets you save websites for browsing later on, which can be very useful for those who don’t have unlimited Internet.

Siri vs. Google Now Voice Search

Some would say Siri is better suited to receiving verbal commands and that it even has a built-in sense of humour. However, this is likely to be short-lived, given Google’s rapid expansion in their voice technology.

It’s obviously far better for Google searches; that goes without saying. Google has also improved their user interface for different kinds of informational results, such as currency conversions.

Multiple phones for one OS

Finally, the one advantage Android will always have over Apple is the fact that you can run Android on a variety of different phones. On the other hand, iOS only works on the iPhone, a clear disadvantage if you’re looking to try out something different.

Android now runs over a whopping 600 phones and tablets which clearly gives users more choice over the monotheistic iOS, which can only run on iPhones and iPads.

Android phones and tablets are really making a play for the top of their markets and if you’re thinking, “Should I sell my iPhone to get on the bandwagon?” then visit a site like Music Magpie, where it’s free and and easy to sell iPad, iPhones and any other technology you have lying about.

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Isis Mobile Payment System Launches In Austin and Salt Lake City

As we have all expected, the new Isis mobile payment system that had been backed by a bunch of major carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, has just launched today in Austin, Texas and Salt Lake City, Utah. As of right now, there are nine different handsets that are ready to go with the NFC-enabled app, with another 11 devices ready to go before we hit the year of 2013. As of right now, only America Express, Capital One, and Chase are supported. That isn’t a huge selection to choose from, but at least they are starting out on the right foot, eh?

In other news, we have Rogers in Canada preparing to launch their very own mobile payment system based off of NFC-enabled SIM cards. It is also beginning to look that that they won’t be having the same device restrictions as we do here in the United States. From the looks of it, we are going to be able to pop that NFC-enabled SIM int any type of phone on Rogers network, and the service will continue to work entirely well once the system has officially been rolled out. Anyone that is remotely interested in taking Isis for a test run will be required to get an entirely new SIM card as well, but keep in mind that these SIM cards will not work if your device has been rooted.

Whatever the case, Isis is going to be competing directly with Google’s own mobile payment system, which is known as “Wallet.” This could definitely make for some very interesting repercussions. It is also seeming like that some of these carriers, whom are pretty major haven’t been hesitant at all about blocking Google Wallet on their devices in favor of pushing Isis. Of course, Google could easily kick the Isis mobile payment system off of Google Play, The question here is this though: why would Google not just kick it from the Play Store? It’s actually been there for quite a bit now.

I guess that you would have to assume that both parties have already talked about this issue extensively, but at the same time it is extremely hard to see that this service was not be putting any friction in the relationship between the two companies. It will also be interesting to see how Isis does against Google’s Wallet service. Google Wallet originally came out first, and while it is not supported on many devices, it is on a lot of the more popular ones.

That said, I wonder how mainstream Google Wallet will be because of Isis. I mean, we all know a lot of people are going to take a crack at Isis, and then later decide that they are going back to Google. What is even more interesting is that the really big carriers are the guys backing the Isis mobile payment system. Why would they back that as opposed to Google Wallet since they have been supplying Nexus phones and such for years now.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and if you want to take this for a spin, anyone local to the newly launched locations can head to the home page and find out more.

source: android central

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First look at AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro

Rugby Pro

AT&T and Samsung are in store for a fairly busy holiday season, and Ma Bell is here in New York showing off what the two companies have put together this year. With the Note 2 on the top end and the Galaxy Express bringing up the rear, we’ve got the Galaxy Rugby Pro sitting pretty in between, offering some budget-friendly specs along with ruggedized features aimed at those who use their phone more as a tool than a fashion piece.

The Rugby Pro is the follow up to the Rugby Smart, and bumps up its specs just enough to keep it relevant. We’ve got a 4-inch Super AMOLED display at 480 x 800 that looks considerably better than the larger, less dense Galaxy Express. It’s definitely clear though that Samsung didn’t put its best foot forward with either of these displays, opting for more a more affordable, less gush-worthy experience.

Other than Android 4.0, LTE connectivity, and its 5-megapixel camera, internal specs are few and far between here, with AT&T opting to tout the Rugby Pro’s muscle rather than its brain. The Rugby Pro is waterproof, shock resistant, and dust proof, and can be submersed in one meter of water for up to a half hour. The Pro also supports EAS corporate email and push-to-talk functionality.

Its main competitor is the Motorola Defy Pro, another ruggedized smartphone, and I’ll give the Rugby Pro the one-up in this head-to-head, mostly due to its TouchWiz interface. While it’s not nearly as fluid or smooth as the rest of Samsung’s lineup, familiar aspects are here, and we’ve grown quite fond of Samsung’s UI as of late. The Rugby Pro also has ICS, compared to the Defy Pro’s Gingerbread, and it’s ligther and a bit more stylish that Moto’s offering.

If you’re looking for the hottest and sexiest phone out there, run far far away from the Rugby Pro, as its aesthetic qualities are severely lacking. But if you’re the type to abuse your phone and you’re not in the position to replace $600 phones every couple of months (who is?), this is definitely worth a look. And look away, at the photos and hands-on video after the break.

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Engadget visits Nokia House, walks down memory lane (video)

Engadget visits Nokia House, walks down memory lane

It’s not the first time Engadget editors have stepped foot at Nokia House — the company’s HQ in Espoo, Finland — but it’s always a treat, and our visit this week is no exception. Today we took a walk down memory lane, and spent some time with several Nokia handsets — from one of the very first mobile phones to the Lumia 920. We played with some of the more iconic models and designs, such as the 1011 (first GSM handset), 7700 / 7710 (S90), 7280 (lipstick phone), 770 tablet, N-Gage / QD, 8800, 8110 (from the Matrix movie), N93 / N93i, N91, N92, N76, N95 and finally the 7650 (the first handset running Symbian). In addition, we also got to handle some of the Lumia 820 and 920 accessories, including the Fatboy wireless charging pillow and JBL-branded Power Up speakers. Check out the gallery below then hit the break for our hands-on video. Oh, and don’t forget to tune in tomorrow for our live Q&A with Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop.

Update: That music-centric handset which uses an IBM Microdrive is the N91 (not N90) and was announced in 2005 (not 1995), and that flip-phone wa steh N76 (not the N75) — sorry for the slip in the video.

Gallery: Nokia House tour

Zach Honig contributed to this report.

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Navigon and StreetPilot Onboard update adds public transport, Apple Maps and iPhone 5 support

Navigon and StreetPilot Onboard update adds Apple Maps integration and iPhone 5 support

Navigon’s gearing up for tomorrow’s big day by updating its, erm, Navigon and StreetPilot Onboard apps. The refreshed software adds support for the iPhone 5‘s new 4-inch display as well as baking in public transport listings to Cupertino’s presently underwhelming mapping offering. It’s also gaining the promised “last mile” function to record the location of your car when finishing your journey on foot, sparing you the embarrassment of getting lost in the multi-storey lot when you return. The company’s offering a $10 discount on its apps if you pick ‘em up before October 3rd, while the in-app purchase of Urban Guidance has been reduced from $5 to $3 for the same period.

Update: We’ve had a note from Garmin to say that while Navigon update is now available, StreetPilot Onboard has been slightly delayed.

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Google On Acer’s Canceled Phone Launch: ‘Non-Compatible Versions Of Android, Like Aliyun, Weaken The Ecosystem’

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Last night, we reported on some pretty strange rumors concerning an Acer product launch set to take place Thursday in Shanghai. The rumor was that Google had put its foot down over Acer’s announcement of an Aliyun-powered smartphone, and threatened to “terminate all android-related cooperation” with the Taiwanese manufacturer should it proceed with the CloudMobile A800′s introduction.

In case you missed the story, Aliyun is an OS developed by Alibaba Group, China’s largest Internet firm by transactions. The OS, while not explicitly marked as an Android fork, is pretty closely related to the original platform. The OS boasts a reliance on cloud storage, and can even run Android apps using a “virtual machine.”

Today, looking to clear the air, Google released a statement on the issue, indicating that yes, the search giant had put its foot down.

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Rovio teases next installment in Angry Birds saga, something PIG is coming

Rovio Mobile has released a teaser trailer for what will be the next installment in the Birds v Pigs saga. Only this time, it looks like the boot is on the other foot. Something PIG is coming. 

Otherwise, we don't get to see much. There's no hints on potential gameplay, release date, anything at all. After such a long old time though, it looks like it's time for the little green pigs to fight back.

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Rovio teases next installment in Angry Birds saga, something PIG is coming

Rovio Mobile has released a teaser trailer for what will be the next installment in the Birds v Pigs saga. Only this time, it looks like the boot is on the other foot. Something PIG is coming. 

Otherwise, we don't get to see much. There's no hints on potential gameplay, release date, anything at all. After such a long old time though, it looks like it's time for the little green pigs to fight back.

Source: Badpiggies via iMore

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How To Become A Mobile Apps Developer [Infographic]

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It’s been awhile since I posted a good infograph and with the growing popularity of mobile devices (namely, Android), this one seemed appropriate. It comes as no surprise that mobile app industry has been booming and for those who have been eying mobile app development, there’s no better time to jump in than right now. So what’s the best course of action? Well, if you’re looking at a successful future in developing mobile apps, there’s multiple ways to get your foot in the door. The fellas at Schools.com put together this handy infographic to show you guys some of the steps and routes you can take on your journey to becoming a successful app developer.

For our readers who’ve made it their full time job to publish apps to the Play Store, would you say this information is accurate? Any tips you’d recommend budding app developers looking to become successful in Android?

 


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ZTE-made Concord arrives at T-Mobile and Walmart, caters to the starter crowd at $100 contract-free

ZTEmade Concord arrives at TMobile and Walmart, caters to the starter crowd at $100 contractfree

T-Mobile wants to offer as much of a lure to smartphone newcomers as to power users who might spring for its truly unlimited data, and the ZTE Concord might just be the right kind of bait. The truly 2010-vintage Android 2.3, 3.5-inch screen and 2-megapixel camera won’t get anyone’s pulse racing, but a $100 contract-free price is hard to ignore — even for the sort who’d otherwise be looking for a just-does-calls flip phone. Accordingly, the carrier plans to put the Concord in front of audiences that would rarely care to set foot in a dedicated cellphone store. Walmart is selling the phone today for those comfortable with a Walmart Family Mobile plan. If you’d rather show fealty to T-Mobile itself, you’ll have to swing through a Target store on or after August 26th.

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Google now selling official Android Neon Lamps

We know all you die hard Android fans have some sort of memorabilia or Android collectibles, but what we have here is even better. An official Google Android Neon Lamp to go right next to that Budweiser light in your room. In case you didn’t know, Google offers all types of gear from pillows, t-shirts, coasters and more all covered in Android. More details available below.

Surely you’ve seen some of those Android beanies, or guys wearing Android shirts. Many of those come right from Google themselves at their very own Google Store. I’ve bought a few Google Frisbee’s, coasters, and coffee mugs — but i think I just found my next purchase. What better way to show your Android pride than with an actual neon light?

The folks from Droid-Life managed to find this gem hanging out on the Google Store, and we had to share it with our readers. We know many of you are as crazy as us. For just $36 dollars you can get your very own Android Neon Light as shown above. the listing doesn’t give any actual details but it appears to be a little more than a foot tall, and about 8-inches wide, but that is only a guess. Either way you’ll probably want one for your office desk.

Get out the Red Bull, download that Android SDK and enjoy building ROM’s right from AOSP while hanging out in Android powered light. Get your own Android Neon Lamp from the via below. Who’s buying?

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ChargeCard Lets You Keep Keep A USB Charging Cable In Your Wallet [Kickstarter]

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As an Android user, we’re often forced to find creative ways of keeping our devices juiced up on-the-go. The other day I ran across a Kickstarter campaign that looks to solve the most fundamental cause of this problem: keeping a USB charging cable with you at all times. Whether you’re at a friends house, or simply rollin’ with da homies in the six-fo, chances are you have access to some kind of USB port. Only problem is you’re less likely to have a 1-foot charging cable bunched up in your skinny jeans. Enter, the ChargeCard.

The ChargeCard makes sure you always have the most vital component in making sure your device stays charged, by smashing a USB cable into the shape of a credit card where it can easily be stowed away in your wallet or back pocket. At $25 retail, it doesn’t come cheap. Hell, I could buy about 15 USB cables for that price, but that’s the price of convenience.

With still 13 days left to go, the ChargeCard has already reached full funding on Kickstarter where there’s still room for backers to pledge $20 to get their own later this year. The only pitfalls I can find with the ChargeCard is that you really can’t use your device while it’s being charged (thanks to very limited movement), and of course, it’s price. At $10, I could see these flying off the shelves.

Keep in mind there are alternatives. The internet is ripe full of USB charging/date cables that double as bracelets and even some that fit on keychains but at around the same pricing as the ChargeCard (some even more expensive), this Kickstarter campaign is looking all the more attractive. Anyone else thinking about backing the ChargeCard? Or am I alone in my sentiment?

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Judge cuts international Galaxy S and S II, Galaxy Ace from Apple lawsuit against Samsung

Judge cuts international Galaxy S and S II, Galaxy Ace from Apple's lawsuit against Samsung

Apple rested its side of the case in its main lawsuit against Samsung on Monday, and with the switch of focus came a small sacrifice. While Samsung failed in a Hail Mary bid to have the suit dismissed, it successfully argued that a few devices should escape the clutches of a full-fledged ban. Don’t get too excited, though: the exclusion list mostly touches on phones that only reach US shores through unofficial importers, including the Galaxy Ace as well as international editions of the Galaxy S and Galaxy S II. The decision still leaves the American variants of phones under scrutiny, and it doesn’t change Apple’s hopes of a large licensing fee for all the alleged transgressions. We’d still say the exemption provides some small amount of relief for Samsung, however. Most of Apple’s early, less-than-flattering accusations of trade dress violations focused on the more familiar-looking foreign Galaxy models and lose some of their thunder when leveled against the conspicuously altered designs that eventually set foot in the US.

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[Video] Man Falls on Subway Tracks While Talking on his Phone. New Laws to Come About?

This can be put under the “random” category in articles that we post, but I thought I would talk about it. Seems that a man in Philadelphia  was talking on phone, when he lost his footing and fell onto some subway tracks. Now this happened last year, but they are finally releasing the footage from the security cameras. The man was lucky, because it was very late at night so no trains passed through. That being said, he was also lying on the tracks unconscious and no one was around the help him. Eventually he woke up and crawled out of his subway tomb. My guess is that he broke his phone.

Now the reason I am writing this post, is because with stupidly like this, the government just might start enforcing laws about walking and using a cell phone. It is already illegal to do anything on your phone while driving, but now it just might be enforced if you are doing the simple task of “one foot in front of the other”. It is sad that someone can get so distracted with a phone call that they cannot see a huge gap in the ground, right in front of them. Now I have had my random times where I have bumped into someone while sending a text, but I  do not think I would ever walk over the edge of platform in a Willie Coyote fashion.

Of course there has been other footage that you can find on YouTube where people have walked into random things while talking or texting on their phone. It is sad that are phones do really run are lives, and can distract us just enough to make us not even aware of our own surroundings. I am just worried that they are going to start enforcing laws for us not to use are phones while we walk. That will just be ridiculous, but I fear that is where we are heading. Check out the video below and let us know what you guys think.

Source: Mashable.com

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