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Highlight people discovery app adds Photos and Events to its 1.5 update

Highlight people discovery app adds Photos and Events to its 15 update

Highlight, a location-based people discovery app that made a splash at last year’s SxSW Interactive in Austin, TX, just released a big 1.5 update that adds photo-sharing and event-creation to its set of features. Sharing snapshots has a whiff of the Color app to it: whenever you take a picture of something, that photo will automatically appear on your friends’ Highlight stream as long as they’re in the vicinity. You can add captions, tag it with a name of the place, your friends’ names, and share them to Facebook or Twitter. The pics will automatically be geotagged of course, but if you don’t like sharing that info, you can remove the lat-long information afterward. However, it appears that untagging is not yet available, which is why the tagging is limited to just friends for now.

Creating events, on the other hand, is entirely different from what you might imagine. As opposed to planned invitations that you would create on eVite or Facebook, Highlight’s Events are entirely spontaneous. You can only create an event “here and now” and the only people who are invited are those nearby (within a 250 meter radius or so). There isn’t even a dedicated events tab; instead, you create or attend an event by tapping the map marker in the new post window. After you’re done partying it up, the event will automatically end when people leave and stop posting due to the location and context-aware nature of the app.

At the announcement in San Francisco, CEO Paul Davison said that both photos and event features intend to create a “new way to hangout.” “They’re not for thousands of friends,” he said, “They’re for the people around you in the room.” Yet, all the photos and event information will be available publicly, so he emphasized the entirely opt-in nature of Highlight: “You’re in the service because you want it.” As the next SxSW Interactive is only weeks away, the company is keen to see how users will take to the new features in a high-density environment like the popular Austin conference. To give it a go yourself, you can download both iOS and Android versions right now from the App Store and Google Play.

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HTC One Event Video From London is Now Live, Shortened Highlight Version as Well

Since HTC decided not to stream their dual-press events for the One yesterday, you were left following along in our live coverage. While that’s always a blast, there is nothing like watching the entire show for yourself, to see how HTC execs demonstrate and display their new flagship. This morning, HTC uploaded a highlight video [...]

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6.1-inch Ascend Mate gets unveiled a little early thanks to Huawei executive

Huawei’s Chairman of Devices, Richard Yu, couldn’t wait any longer and whipped out the upcoming Ascend Mate. The highlight of this beast is the 6.1-inch display that might make the Galaxy Note II look rather small. It also sports a 1.8GHz HiSilicon K3V3 quad-core CPU and a 4.000mAh battery. At 9.9mm of thickness and a price of ¥3,000 (about $480), could this push Huawei over the top? Stay tuned because we will be there live to see this one along with the Ascend D2 and Ascend W1.

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6.1-inch Ascend Mate gets unveiled a little early thanks to Huawei executive

Huawei’s Chairman of Devices, Richard Yu, couldn’t wait any longer and whipped out the upcoming Ascend Mate. The highlight of this beast is the 6.1-inch display that might make the Galaxy Note II look rather small. It also sports a 1.8GHz HiSilicon K3V3 quad-core CPU and a 4.000mAh battery. At 9.9mm of thickness and a price of ¥3,000 (about $480), could this push Huawei over the top? Stay tuned because we will be there live to see this one along with the Ascend D2 and Ascend W1.

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6.1-inch Ascend Mate gets unveiled a little early thanks to Huawei executive

Huawei’s Chairman of Devices, Richard Yu, couldn’t wait any longer and whipped out the upcoming Ascend Mate. The highlight of this beast is the 6.1-inch display that might make the Galaxy Note II look rather small. It also sports a 1.8GHz HiSilicon K3V3 quad-core CPU and a 4.000mAh battery. At 9.9mm of thickness and a price of ¥3,000 (about $480), could this push Huawei over the top? Stay tuned because we will be there live to see this one along with the Ascend D2 and Ascend W1.

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6.1-inch Ascend Mate gets unveiled a little early thanks to Huawei executive

Huawei’s Chairman of Devices, Richard Yu, couldn’t wait any longer and whipped out the upcoming Ascend Mate. The highlight of this beast is the 6.1-inch display that might make the Galaxy Note II look rather small. It also sports a 1.8GHz HiSilicon K3V3 quad-core CPU and a 4.000mAh battery. At 9.9mm of thickness and a price of ¥3,000 (about $480), could this push Huawei over the top? Stay tuned because we will be there live to see this one along with the Ascend D2 and Ascend W1.

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6.1-inch Ascend Mate gets unveiled a little early thanks to Huawei executive

Huawei’s Chairman of Devices, Richard Yu, couldn’t wait any longer and whipped out the upcoming Ascend Mate. The highlight of this beast is the 6.1-inch display that might make the Galaxy Note II look rather small. It also sports a 1.8GHz HiSilicon K3V3 quad-core CPU and a 4.000mAh battery. At 9.9mm of thickness and a price of ¥3,000 (about $480), could this push Huawei over the top? Stay tuned because we will be there live to see this one along with the Ascend D2 and Ascend W1.

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The great Stephen Colbert and Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt share an hour long discussion ranging from tech to politics [Video]

Stephen Colbert, one of the most charismatic figures on television today, shared an hour long discussion with Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt. The interview itself isn’t new, but the uncut and whole conversation was just posted on YouTube for all of us to see. Topics ranged from talks about Google Play all the way down to politics.

The highlight of the video, at least for us Android enthusiasts, comes about 8 minutes in where both talk about the Google Play Store and Schmidt’s book. Colbert also has some very nice things to say about Google and it’s endless possibilities at around 29:48 minutes in, so definitely check that part out. You can check out the whole interview below after the break!

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The great Stephen Colbert and Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt share an hour long discussion ranging from tech to politics [Video]

Stephen Colbert, one of the most charismatic figures on television today, shared an hour long discussion with Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt. The interview itself isn’t new, but the uncut and whole conversation was just posted on YouTube for all of us to see. Topics ranged from talks about Google Play all the way down to politics.

The highlight of the video, at least for us Android enthusiasts, comes about 8 minutes in where both talk about the Google Play Store and Schmidt’s book. Colbert also has some very nice things to say about Google and it’s never endless possibilities at around 29:48 minutes in, so definitely check that part out. You can check out the whole interview below after the break!

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The great Stephen Colbert and Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt share an hour long discussion ranging from tech to politics [Video]

Stephen Colbert, one of the most charismatic figures on television today, shared an hour long discussion with Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt. The interview itself isn’t new, but the uncut and whole conversation was just posted on YouTube for all of us to see. Topics ranged from talks about Google Play all the way down to politics.

The highlight of the video, at least for us Android enthusiasts, comes about 8 minutes in where both talk about the Google Play Store and Schmidt’s book. Colbert also has some very nice things to say about Google and it’s never endless possibilities at around 29:48 minutes in, so definitely check that part out. You can check out the whole interview below after the break!

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Google Zeitgeist page features Droid Gangnam Style easter egg

If you have been on any tech blogs today, you have likely seen plenty of stories about Google’s Zeitgeist 2012. Google has detailed the most searched items for the year and even put together a quick video highlighting popular terms (and pitching a few Google products in the process).

The video and list are both worth checking out, but the highlight of Google’s page is tucked away at the very bottom. Hover over a nondescript banner of Google’s colors and you will find none other the mascot of the year’s most popular mobile OS doing the year’s most popular dance. Yes, that’s Gangnam Droid, coded up out of CSS and web magic. Pretty darn cool, Google, pretty darn cool.

[Google Zeitgeist via JSFiddle.net]

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YotaPhone With Dual Screen, LTE and Android 4.2 Announced

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Okay, this one’s a little out of the ordinary, but we certainly like what we’re seeing. A relatively unknown company known as YotaDevices from Russia has just taken the wraps of the YotaPhone which has a rather strange form factor. The smartphone features a regular 4.3-inch HD display on the front, and the back of the smartphone has a 4.3-inch E-Ink display (yes, like the one on the early versions of Amazon Kindle). The idea basically behind the device is that users get to enjoy reading on a dedicated E-Ink display and go about their daily business with the brilliant HD display on the front.

Inside the YotaPhone is a dual core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 chipset, 2GB of RAM, a 12MP rear camera along with a front facing “HD” camera. Its highlight is the 4.3-inch EPD E-Ink display and the 4.3-inch HD LCD as we mentioned above. The smartphone also comes with LTE support on board and Android 4.2 as the default operating system. So this one here is certainly not a muck when it comes to specs. There’s hardly anything wrong about the device, even the E-Ink display seems like a neat touch, but is it practical? Well, we can’t pass judgment until we have some hands on time with the device.

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Despite the specs heavy billing of the smartphone, it weighs only 140 grams. The YotaPhone comes with a meager 2,100 mAh battery, which should do alright with the power efficient S4 chip on board. Both sides of the phone are shielded by Corning’s Gorilla Glass, which should make them pretty sturdy. The company is believed to have been working on the device since 2010, with this being the final version of the device all set to hit the markets.

The E-Ink display on the back is more than just an eBook reader. While the main display will be off at most times, the E-Ink display will show all the notifications like missed calls, messages or something related to the social networks. It’s not bad looking either, the white one looks pretty slick and there’s one design element which has taken me by surprise. Well, the device apparently has a removable SIM card tray like on the One X or the Lumia 920 on the top, but it also doubles as a power button. Its functionality should be interesting to see. The device apparently will be showcased at the MWC in February where pricing and availability details will apparently be given. We don’t expect this to be launched all over the globe, but most Asian and European countries should get it in time for Q2 2013 or probably earlier. Running on Android 4.2 is a huge bonus, especially when a device is coming from a rather unknown manufacturer in the global arena. We like what we see here, and let’s hope there’s more to it than meets the eye.

Via: Android Central

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Mid Ranged HTC One SV With 4G LTE Launched in the UK

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Well, we haven’t heard a lot about HTC’s plans for the mid-ranged segment ever since it announced the One V along with the One X and the One S. Although HTC was launching devices like the Desire X, Desire V etc in some markets, there wasn’t a lot of them to brag about. It’s the same with any manufacturer of late, to be honest. But HTC seems to have lined up most of its mid-ranged devices for the holiday season. Hot on the heels of the launch of the One VX on AT&T, the company has now announced the One SV in the UK. The device carries forward the HTC One legacy with most of the design elements from the One S clearly visible. The highlight of the device however is that it features 4G LTE to run on UK carrier EE’s networks. EE stands for Everything Everywhere and is the regions first carrier to bring 4G LTE service. The HTC One SV will be launched in the next few weeks apparently. The device will be sold in Pyrenees Blue and Glacier White variants, which for the regular user would be just blue and white.

The rest of the specs of the device are pretty moderate, with a 4.3-inch WVGA (480×800) display, a 5MP camera with HTC ImageSense along with a front facing 1.6MP snapper which is ideal for self portraits with its f/2.2 lens. The One SV also features a dual core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon S4 chip and 1GB of RAM as well. Internal storage is a meager 8GB, but not to worry as there’s a microSD card slot for easy storage expansion. The device runs on Android 4.0.4 which is a little disappointing, as you would expect most HTC devices to come with Jelly Bean by now.

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There’s no word on when HTC will roll out the update or if it even will, but since it has the hardware to handle anything with a breeze, we don’t think it should be much of an issue. 4G LTE on EE is an added bonus, and should go a long way in making the device a success in the region. Sadly there’s no word on the pricing either, but since it’s a mid ranged device, we don’t expect it to be priced too steep. We’ll know more as the days progress. It’s good to see 4G LTE making some noise outside of the U.S too, and slowly more and more regions should get the network.

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Samsung demos their Premium Suite upgrade headed to the Samsung Galaxy S3

Just as we saw when Android 4.1.2 rolled out to international Samsung Galaxy S3's starting with Poland, the Premium Suite upgrade adds quite a few features and enhancements for Galaxy S3 owners. To show off those goods, Samsung has now posted up part one of a series of demo videos that highlight the changes headed our way. In short, it's a mixture of stuff from the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 as well as the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. Here's what you can expect:

 Contextual Awareness

  • Page Buddy: Your phone will smartly predict what you intend to do according to your actions. For example, when you plug in your earphones, the device automatically opens up a page with the music player.
  • Contextual Menu:  When you list up apps, you can now choose to see the most frequently used ones first. Especially convenient when you’re looking through apps  to find files to attach.
  • Contextual Tag:  When you take a picture on the phone, you can tag the weather, date, and place immediately.

Enhanced Features

  • Multi Window: You can open two different apps at the same time into two different windows on the mobile screen.
  • Auto Share Shot Pairing using NFC: By setting the camera to ‘Auto Share Shot’ mode, you can quickly share your photos and videos by simply tapping their GALAXY S III with other NFC and S-Beam enabled devices
  • Reader Mode: You can easily control the size of the text on your browser! Also, you can just click the webpage to share it!
  • Facebook Lock Ticker: The easiest way to see your Facebook News Feeds – set your phone to show it on your lock screen.

It's a pretty awesome pack to have arrive on an already great device but alas, the typical disclaimer applies here. Samsung notes that availability and timing of the Premium Suite upgrade will vary depending on the country and mobile carrier.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

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Google Play, developers slash prices on apps and media for Thanksgiving weekend

Google Play, developers slash prices on apps and media for Thanksgiving weekend

If you’ve taken advantage of the myriad Black Friday deals on mobile devices and PCs, you’re probably looking for content to feed the technology beast. Google and app creators are pulling out all the stops to make sure that beast stays full: Google Play has discounts throughout the Thanksgiving weekend for just about every format on offer. Android apps are the highlight, with SwiftKey 3, Shadowgun and Documents To Go on the list of those with grander price cuts, although there’s some definite bargains to be had in media. Among the picks are price drops on books like The Hobbit, movies like The Big Lebowski and Serenity, and music from the likes of Diana Krall and Kendrick Lamar. We can’t possibly mention every offer here, so check our links for some of the larger deals.

Terrence O’Brien contributed to this report.

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Highlight brings its location-based matchmaking to Android

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A new location-based social network has hit Android today called Highlight. Users set up profiles, list their tastes, post pictures, and send messages to other users. There's an obvious dating angle here, though it can be used for more innocent social networking too. Highlight pulls in data from Facebook to populate your profile, plus you can plug in LinkedIn and Twitter accounts. Profiles of unihighlighted contacts show shared connections, and for when you don't have the time to manually check in on the app, it can push notifications when someone you know or might know is in the neighborhood. 

Highlight has been steadily growing its userbase on iOS for about a year now, though the Android app has been nicely adapted for the Holo theme. I've played around with Highlight for a little bit, and even though Ottawa isn't exactly a bustling area for this kind of stuff, I've already found someone a few blocks away that has a common friend and is into phones. Any takers? How much luck have you had with location-based social networking? How about location-based dating? How well does Google Latitude handle keeping track of friends? 

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Another Day, Another Dose Of Sharp Android & iOS Criticism From Steve Ballmer

 

Microsoft head man Steve Ballmer is at it yet again by touting his Windows Phone platform, while offering sharp criticism of both the Android and iOS platforms at the same time. According to TechCrunch, Ballmer took some time to highlight the difference of apps between his Windows Phone platform and the competition, albeit in a fiery manner. He argues that the Android ecosystem is “wild”, “uncontrolled” and susceptible to malware. It doesn’t stop there as he highlights Apple’s iOS ecosystem is “high-priced” and “highly controlled”. We get the sense that those in the audience listening to him may have been somewhat uncomfortable and/or offended by his latest comments.

Naturally he doesn’t highlight the successes of both platforms despite their perceived “flaws”, but such is life I suppose. Ballmer is known for creating controversy and expressing bold opinions, but it may appear that he is jumping the gun just a little bit. Let’s see how Windows Phone sales do during Q4 and if Ballmer will continue to stir up controversy then.

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GoPro app reaches Android, captures reckless Nexus adventures

GoPro app reaches Android, captures reckless Nexus adventures

GoPro left its Android-using audience hanging (from a paraglider) when it posted an iOS app for remote controlling its cameras, but the group won’t have been in suspense for long. The action video camera maker has posted a Google-native version that covers roughly the same feature spread as its Apple-oriented counterpart, including remote control, video previewing and daily highlight clips. Any aspiring movie makers will have to fit a narrow set of criteria to start shooting, however — on top of an HD Hero 2 and a WiFi BacPac, Android 4.0 is a minimum requirement to start shooting without hiccups. Hero 3 support won’t be coming until later this month. Despite the limitations, it’s nice to know that we won’t need an elaborate Google Glass setup to record our next skydive in a Mountain View-approved fashion.

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GoPro app reaches Android, captures reckless Nexus adventures originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 13 Nov 2012 08:14:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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GoPro finally releases an Android app

GoPro, the popular action camera, has finally releases an Android app that works with its cameras. An iOS app has been available for the GoPro for quite some time, but GoPro is finally bringing one to Android. This allows users to control their GoPro cameras from their Android devices, which helps them keep the action going without removing the camera from whatever part of their body its attached to.



GoPro took to Twitter to announce the launch of the new app. GoPro announced that the app offers “full control of camera settings and remote viewfinder/preview.” You can also view daily highlight clips, and change to different modes right from the app.

There are some limitations to the app, that may keep many GoPro and Android users out in the cold. First, the only model of the camera’s currently supported by the app is the Hero2. Support for the new Hero3 is coming soon, but the original Hero HD is not supported. Hero2 users will also need to own a GoPro WiFi BacPac to use the remote functionality. The app only supports devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

If you’re still recording your extreme action using an original GoPro, now might be the best time to upgrade. With the Hero3 coming soon, you should be able to grab a Hero2 for relatively cheap. The app is available for free on Google Play.

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Don’t call it a GIF: Lightt is an app that lets you upload silent, looping clips for your friends to comment on

Don't call it a GIF: Lightt is an app that lets you upload silent, looping clips for your friends to comment on

Technically speaking, it would be incorrect to call Lightt the Instagram for GIFs, but really, it’s tough to explain it any other way. In short, it’s a new app for iOS which captures short, soundless clips that play back in an endless loop. (See? Looks like a GIF and is mesmerizing like a GIF, except it’s actually a proprietary file format.) Once you record a clip, or “Highlight,” you can upload as many as you want, and then share them to either Twitter or Facebook. (Careful: the default privacy setting is public.) Then, once you offload those segments onto the company’s servers, people can like them or leave comments. Similarly, too, anyone with a browser can see your feed, though you also have the option of viewing people’s images from within the app itself. The Insta-comparisons end there, though: with Lightt, you can’t run your clips through any sort of artsy filters.

As with other social networks, you can follow users you find intriguing. There’s also a “Featured” list, curated by Lightt, but you can’t currently search for things based on tags, which is how you might discover cool stuff on other sites, like Tumblr or Pinterest. There’s an element of randomness, then, when it comes to unearthing new things, though you can at least find friends on the site by importing your contacts from other services. Interestingly, too, all your images live online: even when you view your feed on your phone, the app is simply pulling it in from the web. Still, if you really like something, you can save a still frame to your device. The app is available now for free in the App Store (no word on if it’ll ever come to other platforms), and we’ve also got a gallery of screenshots at the ready below.

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Don’t call it a GIF: Lightt is an app that lets you upload silent, looping clips for your friends to comment on originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 17 Oct 2012 09:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Want to take a ‘Field Trip’ somewhere fun and exciting? Google does, offers up new app for just That

Field Trips were the highlight of school. Being involved in a few various arts programs and T.A.G., I got to take some pretty great trips and meet some pretty great people. Of course I used it as a great way to get out of school, have limited supervision and meet cute girls. Still, the experiences lasted a life time. Google has recently launched a new app to the play store with the help of NianticLabs called ‘Field Trip.’ While you won’t have to sit for hours on end inside a hot, stinky yellow bus, this new app is sure to offer up a good trip.

In a nut shell, once Field Trip is installed it will just kick it on your device. Using your GPS location, it will alert you with cards of interesting information about the area around you. Basically making your entire normal routine an actual Field Trip every day. After you install the app and open it once, you won’t have to go do anything ever again. It offers up the usual little bits of information about the app and three settings for the notifications. You can set it to Explore, which offers up frequent notifications about things around you. Feeling Lucky, which offers up occasional notifications and Off…. Which means no notifications.

  The app pulls data from highly regarded sources. For food and drinks, you get hits from Zagat, Thrillist, Food Network and Eater. Unique stores and products will be handled by Sunset, Cool Hunting, WeHeart, Inhabitat, and Remodelista. Toss in Atlas Obscura and Daily Secret to the mix for hidden gems for good measure. While they were at it, they also knew we loved our local music scene. Songkick and Flavorpill guide will help you out so you don’t walk by a show from your favorite local band and not know about it.

Seriously, this app is sounding better ad better the more we read about it. There is a lot more to this app that you will never have to touch. Like reading out loud things close to you while driving. Here, take a look at some highlights and a short video.

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★ Discover thousands of interesting places/experiences that fall under the following categories: Architecture, Historic Places & Events, Lifestyle, Offers & Deals, Food Drinks & Fun, Movie Locations, Outdoor Art and Obscure Places of Interest around you.

★ Choose from three different modes to set frequency of Field Trip notifications. See “Field Trip” worthy places around you on a map, by tapping on cards in map view to pull up enthralling points of interest around you.

★ Go on a Field Trip while you drive. Field Trip can detect when you’re driving and automatically “talk” about interesting places and experience around you.

★ Capture the memory of a special place, by sharing a wondrous discovery through email and social networks such as Google+, Twitter and Facebook.

★ Wondering where the gem that you recently discovered is? Find your discovered field trip cards in the “recent’ section.

★ Field trip learns what you love. Thumbs up or down to tune the information discovery engine.

The app is built to work on Android 2.3 and up and weighs in pretty small at 2.9 MBs. Also note, it is optimized for smartphones, not tablets. We have a feeling the app will really shine in larger cities and places with historical value. I of course have nothing of interest near me. At least according to the sources they are using right now. Hopefully that expands a little. I will definitely keep it installed and crank up that notification alert to the max to see what shows up. I think it is going to be a lot of fun. It sure is smooth and clean.

If you want to get started with your ‘Field Trip’, then go a head and click or scan the QR Code below. Let us know if you find anything interesting near you that you never even knew about.

Application: Field Trip
Developer: NianticLabs@Google
Cost: FREE

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Facebook Messenger for BlackBerry reaches App World, sates compulsive chatters

Facebook Messenger for BlackBerry reaches App World, sates compulsive chatters

If you own a BlackBerry, it might not have been immediately apparent that Facebook Messenger has been an option since October; unlike with Android or iOS, you had to track down the download on Facebook’s website. We don’t know why it’s been kept out of a more accessible channel, but that ends today with Facebook’s chat-focused app arriving on BlackBerry App World like most any other title. There don’t appear to be any new tricks included with the expanded availability, although we’d say that the wider exposure is enough of a highlight for an audience that just needs to get by until BlackBerry 10. Those who don’t use BBM for all their instant messaging can find what they need at the source link.

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Facebook Messenger for BlackBerry reaches App World, sates compulsive chatters originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 27 Sep 2012 18:14:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Chameleon Launcher for Tablets now available in Google Play store

Last May we reported on a project from Teknision, Inc., to create a new home screen UI and launcher for Android tablet devices. At the time, Teknision was in the process of funding the project via Kickstarter. The effort succeeded with the goal of $50,000 reached in July. Today the Chameleon Launcher for Tablets was made available in the Google Play store for $10.

The highlight of the app is the context-based system used to change the home screen. Contexts can be defined in different ways – time of day, wifi network, or gps location. As the contexts change, so does the home screen. For example, at work one set of widgets may be displayed providing quick access to apps like e-mail, calendar, and task manager. In the evening or at home, widgets for social media or entertainment apps may be displayed instead. Along with the context sensitive home screens, the app enables users to deploy a set of improved widgets to their home screen and to customize the mini tray.

If you are interested in this new take on the tablet UI, use one of the download links below. Or, check out the video below showing some of the features of Chameleon.

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Sony Xperia T Takes A Visit To The FCC, Gets Teardown Treatment For Good Measure

 

In the spirit of tearing down its other devices before they’re released, Sony has gone ahead and teased us with a full teardown of its upcoming Xperia T smartphone. This now gives us a simplified view of the innards of the smartphone, which doesn’t highlight anything too unfamiliar or shocking. As you can see, there is an unobstructed view of where many of the parts are placed and positioned. The device will feature HSPA+, giving the clear indication that it will likely operate on T-Mobile or (hopefully) AT&T networks, as we have been hinted before.

So now that we have an idea of how the phone’s inside looks, all that’s left now is the actual release date of the smartphone. Hopefully Sony will give us a concrete date soon because you know, many of us are waiting for that smartphone to land in our hands and all. Be sure to jump past the break to check out a couple of additional images highlighting the teardown.

 

 

source: FCC
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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 with 4G LTE (and $50-A-Year Data Plan) Coming November 20th For $499

4glteAmazon’s new 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD is impressive enough in its own right, thanks to high-end features and a competitive price of $299. But at the Kindle press event today, CEO Jeff Bezos announced something truly groundbreaking: a Kindle Fire with a 4G LTE connection and an unprecedented data plan. For $499 (the price of the iPad 3, among many others) you get the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD, a 4G LTE data connection (almost certainly AT&T) and access to a $49.99-a-year data plan. That’s twelve months of 4G LTE, with the unfortunate limit of $250MB a month.

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Even with the tiny data limit, which somewhat undercuts Bezos’ highlight of HD content, it’s a compelling offer.

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DROID RAZR M unboxing and initial hands on review [Video]

Motorola is going after the budget market with the DROID RAZR M, but this isn’t a low-end phone. The highlight of this phone is that it features an edge to edge 4.3-inch display with barely any bezel. This means the phone itself is smaller, but still gives you decent screen real estate. Let me show you what I mean. The DROID X had the same display size, but the dimensions of the phone were 5.02-inches by 2.58-inches. The DROID RAZR M comes in at 4.82-inches by 2.04-inches, and it’s also 1.6mm thinner. Another example is the The DROID Incredible 4G LTE, which is the same size physical size as the RAZR M, but the display is only 4-inches.

The DROID RAZR M display happens to be qHD (960 x 540), which is a little bit of a bummer, but for $99 you can’t complain. The rest of the specs include a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, microSD for up to 32GB of additional storage, 8MP rear camera, VGA front-facing camera, NFC, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Motorola promised it will receive the Jelly Bean update by the end of the year.

As I mentioned, it’s priced at $99 and it will be in stores next week while pre-orders already started yesterday. We will do a full review, but for now check out our quick hands on review.

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Hands on with the DROID RAZR M [Video]

Motorola just announced the DROID RAZR M smartphone and we immediately got some hands-on time with it. As you can see, the device is incredibly compact while in hand, yet the display really pops out thanks to the enormous real-estate available on the phone’s 4.3-inch screen. Also highlighted is Motorola’s Quick Settings access function, which aims to simplify a user’s settings on the phone. The other highlight is Ice Cream Sandwich operating in smooth, buttery fashion that’s complimented with the now default Chrome Browser and Amazon apps pre-loaded. All of those features are literally crammed into a compact manner of Corning Glass and Kevlar goodness.

For those of you itching to grab one of the hottest phones of the year, it’s available for pre-order today at 5:00pm either on Verizon’s website or in Verizon stores, but in the meantime, check out our hands-on video below to get a good feel of the full-screen phone.

 

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Leaked image of the Kindle Fire 2 surfaces

Amazon is expected to unveil the follow up to the Kindle Fire next week in New York City. It’s also possible they will announce both 7-inch and 10-inch versions. As far as leaked images go, things have been quiet, but The Verge just received one. We can’t be positive that this is a 7-inch or 10-inch version, but it does look like a 7-inch based on the scale of the keyboard.

The Verge also received another image, but was asked to not share it. According to them, it shows a streamlined user interface with less “chrome.”

Unfortunately the picture really doesn’t reveal too much. What really matters is the display, processor, and price. As far as the user experience goes, it was never the highlight anyway. We certainly don’t expect it to be a full Android experience, but it would certainly be a nice surprise.

source: theverge


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T-Mobile Galaxy S2 software update available through Kies

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S2

For those of you still making use of a T-Mobile Galaxy S 2, it's time to grab your USB cable and fire up Kies as a new update has now been made available for your device. The change log is short and sweet but it certainly is interesting:

  • Version
    • Android version 4.0.3/ Software version T989UVLH1
    • Manual Update ONLY (Size varies based on previous software version)
    • Approved 8/14/12
  • Improvements
    • ISIS/NFC update
    • Bug fixes

Bug fixes are expected but the inclusion of "ISIS/NFC" is the highlight there. As we know it, T-Mobile is a part of the NFC mobile payment group but until now they've not put out any sort of information when ISIS would become active on T-Mobile devices.

At this point, it's hard to even know what they mean when they say ISIS support is included so if you managed to get the download installed, let us know in the comments or drop by the Android Central forums and share your findings.

Source: T-Mobile; via: Android Police; Thanks, Nadine!

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LG announces LG Optimus Vu II for Korean markets

While much of the world, including the U.S. and European markets, wait for the release of the LG Optimus Vu next month, LG is already moving on to the LG Optimus Vu II for the Korean market. LG indicates the new smartphone device will be released next month. The highlight of the device is the inclusion of an infrared control unit. Matched with a Q Remote application loaded on the device, the Optimus Vu II will be capable of controlling a variety of home entertainment systems and appliances.

Additional specifications for the device were not released. The Optimus Vu has a 5-inch screen, can carry 32GB of storage and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. LG did not release any information about pricing or future markets. Including IR remote control capabilities is one way to help consumers not lose the remote. Is the ability to control other aspects of a home like HVAC or the refrigerator via IR going to help set this device apart from the rest of the pack?

source: LG Newsroom Korea


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