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Toshiba Working On Refocusing Camera For Smartphones & Tablets

 

It appears that Toshiba is clearly intent on making our smartphone cameras just a smidge better in the immediate future. How, you ask…? Well Toshiba has quietly been working on a new camera sensor module that contains 500,000 tiny lenses in front of the actual camera sensor in a 1cm-thick unit. What the lenses do is capture variations of each lens arrangement, which are then combined to make a “complete” picture using Toshiba’s in-house software and technology. Additionally, reports are indicating the new camera module will have the capability to measure the distance between objects in any given shot, with users being able to shift the focus of both photos and video between close and distant detail– kind of like how 3D imagery works.

The technology is still very much in development and probably won’t be ready until at least the end of next year, but this is awfully exciting though, isn’t it? Let’s just hope Toshiba is able to get smartphone manufacturers to utilize the technology in countries outside of Japan.

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Toshiba Working On Refocusing Camera For Smartphones & Tablets

 

It appears that Toshiba is clearly intent on making our smartphone cameras just a smidge better in the immediate future. How, you ask…? Well Toshiba has quietly been working on a new camera sensor module that contains 500,000 tiny lenses in front of the actual camera sensor in a 1cm-thick unit. What the lenses do is capture variations of each lens arrangement, which are then combined to make a “complete” picture using Toshiba’s in-house software and technology. Additionally, reports are indicating the new camera module will have the capability to measure the distance between objects in any given shot, with users being able to shift the focus of both photos and video between close and distant detail– kind of like how 3D imagery works.

The technology is still very much in development and probably won’t be ready until at least the end of next year, but this is awfully exciting though, isn’t it? Let’s just hope Toshiba is able to get smartphone manufacturers to utilize the technology in countries outside of Japan.

source: Engadget

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Google Updates Maps API, Allows App Developers to Completely Utilize Software

Today, Google released an updated Google Maps API, allowing developers to take advantage of the insanely advanced Maps software that Google has slaved over for years. With new access to vector-based imagery, gesture features such as tilt/zoom, and Map layers (traffic, terrain, satellite), apps that use Google Maps just got a whole lot more exciting to use. I myself don’t develop, [...]

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Street View comes to Google Maps web app on iOS, just like they said it would

Street View comes to Google Maps web app on iOS, just like they said it would

While the hubbub surrounding Apple Maps on iOS 6 has been somewhat sedated, some people who made the move to Google Maps’ web app had been further encouraged by word that it’d be getting Street View imagery soon. And what do you know, barely seven days into the estimated “in two weeks” and here it is. Search for a location (no long press yet), and you’ll spy the familiar icon bottom right. This appears in both Chrome and Safari. While perhaps still not quite as slick as the good old app of yore, a definite panacea for all those iOS toutin’ virtual tourists.

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Street View comes to Google Maps web app on iOS, just like they said it would originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 04 Oct 2012 04:48:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google Maps updated with new high-resolution images

Google is on a roll with the Google Maps updates lately. Earlier this week, the company announced that it had updated Google Maps Street View to include a select number of underwater locations around the world, and today, it has updated Maps once again. This time around, the big G is adding more high-resolution satellite images and a number of 45° aerial images from many places around the world.


Specifically, 45° aerial images have been added for 37 US and 14 international locations. Google illustrates these additions with images of Pisa, Italy, and Winnipeg, Canada, and we have to say that they look very nice. These 45° images will come in handy if, for instance, you’re visiting a city for the first time and need to get a good idea of the layout. Alternatively, if you’re like us, you like to use Google Maps to look at all sorts of places you’ll probably never visit in real life, something else these 45° images are good for.

In addition to new 45° images, Google has included new high-def satellite and aerial images with this update. As an added bonus, the Google Earth app has also been updated with these new high-definition images. 17 cities and 112 countries or regions are covered in this update, giving you a high-definition look at some of the world’s cities and breathtaking landmarks. Google was kind enough to include a list of all of the cities and regions included in this update, which is posted below.

Cities with new high resolution 45° imagery:
United States: Ames, IA; Anderson, IN; Billings, MT; Bloomington, IL; Carmel Valley, CA; Cedar Rapids, IA; Coeur d’Alene, ID; Corvallis, OR; Danville, IL; Dayton, OH; Detroit, MI; Dubuque, IA; Elizabethtown, KY; Enid, OK; Florence, SC; Grand Forks, ND; Great Falls, MT; Gulfport, MS; Hartford, CT; Kankakee, IL; Kenosha, WI; Lafayette, IN; Lancaster, CA; Lansing, MI; Lewiston, ID; Los Banos, CA; Madison, WI; Medford, OR; Michigan City, IN; Olympia, WA; Pocatello, ID; Sheboygan, WI; Sioux City, IA; Sioux Falls, SD; South Bend, IN; Terre Haute, IN; Utica, NY.

International: Angers, France; Clermont-Ferrand, France; Coimbra, Portugal; Dijon, France; Grenoble, France; Livorno, Italy; Lyon, France; Newcastle, United Kingdom; Oberhausen, Germany; Palermo, Italy; Pisa, Italy; Toulouse, France; Troyes, France; Winnipeg, Canada.

Areas with new high resolution aerial updates:
Florence OR, Kellogg ID, Casper WY, North Platte NE, Concordia KS, Alva OK, Austin TX, Nevada MO, Chilicothe MO, Toulouse FR, Clermont-Ferrand FR, Angers FR, Nantes FR, Troyes FR, Lille FR, Thun CH, Lucca IT

Areas new high resolution satellite updates:
Canada, United States, Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, Antarctica, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Zambia, Angola, Malawi, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, Central African Republic, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Benin, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Mali, The Gambia, Senegal, Mauritania, Western Sahara, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Turkey, Iran, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Poland, Lithuania, Finland, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Hungary, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzebekistan, Turkmenistan, China, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Mongolia, The Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand

Looking at that long list, it becomes clear that Google Maps and Earth users are getting a pretty massive update today. All of this while Apple’s Tim Cook was apologizing to users about the sad state of Apple Maps today. Make no mistake, it has to feel pretty good to be Google these days. What do you think of this latest Google Maps/Earth update?

[via Google Maps Blog]


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Google Maps Street View will be available via Mobile Safari in two weeks

Google Maps Street View will be available via Mobile Safari in two weeks

According to many of our readers, if Apple’s iOS 6 Maps software isn’t suitably filling in for the old Google-powered Maps then the quickest workaround is simply using Google Maps as a web app. While we’ll likely be waiting some time to find out if a standalone replacement from Google really is in the cards, The New York Times‘ David Pogue mentions — while bemoaning some navigation related mishaps in the new app — Street View imagery will be accessible that way “in two weeks.” Hopefully users will find that makes the wait easier, but at least they’re not making you carry around one of those backpacks to make it all work.

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Google Maps Street View will be available via Mobile Safari in two weeks originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 26 Sep 2012 21:56:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google Maps adds underwater imagery; 6 coral reefs to start

While Apple is still struggling to bring its Maps application up to par with the quality of Google’s, Google is adding another layer of mapping that we never thought we’d want or need — underwater imagery. The Mountain View giant has announced the ability to explore six different underwater coral reefs as if you had the scuba gear on yourself.

You can explore the depths of Heron Island, Lady Elliot Island, Molokini Crater, Hanauma bay, Apo Islands, and Wilson Island as if you were clicking around a street to find the exact corner a restaurant is on.

The imagery is beautiful and clear, and while it’s a tad difficult to get a sense of where, exactly, you are in a particular reef you won’t care as you’ll just let your curiosity guide you where it wants. You can easily find these different coral reefs at Google’s Street View site, and we can most likely expect to get more in the months and years to come. [via Google]


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Great Barrier Reef, other locations now viewable via first underwater imagery through Google Maps

You’ve got to admit, the timing of adding a one-of-a-kind feature in Google Maps couldn’t have been timed better after that dismal iOS attempt at a map app. In a partnership with Catlin Seaview Survey, Google has ironically added some eye-popping underwater locations to its “Street View” feature. Google has updated this feature to include underwater locales such as Great Barrier Reef, Hanauma Bay in Hawaii, additional sites in Australia, the Philippines and more. The images themselves were captured with a special, 360-degree camera of which only two exist in the world. Go ahead, dive in to this new feature. It should prove to be both entertaining and educational. After you’ve put it through its paces, let us know what you think.

source:  Google Blog


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Rumors about Google Maps app for iOS intensify, claim it’s still months away from launch

Rumors about Google Maps app for iOS intensify, claim it's still months away from launch

If you’re unsatisfied with Apple’s current iOS 6 Maps experience and are hoping to jump back into Google’s loving arms then take a breath and sit down — it could be a little while. Separately, The Verge and New York Times have heard from unnamed sources that a standalone Google Maps app on iOS is launching, but may not be ready until the end of the year. The reason for the delay? Unlike some previous rumors that claimed Apple may be stalling on the approval an already submitted app, they indicate Google did not know of Cupertino’s plans to launch its own solution this year until it was publicly announced in June, since their contract extended into 2013. According to one of the NYT sources, another issue could be Google’s desire to include 3D imagery from Google Earth in any standalone effort to compete with Apple’s native features. All of this follows a statement Google Chairman Eric Schmidt made in Japan last night that it had “not done anything yet” regarding Google Maps on iOS. So, if you’ve upgraded to iOS 6, are you sticking with the new app or trying to find some other way to avoid navigation related mishaps until Gmaps is back?

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Rumors about Google Maps app for iOS intensify, claim it’s still months away from launch originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 26 Sep 2012 00:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Amazon introduces mapping API as alternative to Google

Amazon is giving developers a pathway to bucking Google from their mobile apps if they so choose. As part of their mobile app SDK, the retailer-turned-tablet-maker has introduced a new maps API, which developers can utilize in their own applications to provide mapping functionality.

The new API will provide similar capabilities to what Google offers, including the ability to pinpoint a user’s current location as well as overlay satellite imagery, points of interest, and local data. Where, exactly, Amazon is pulling its mapping data from remains a mystery.

With the Kindle Fire line of tablets Amazon may have chosen Android for the operating system, but it has been retooled in a way so as to distance it from Google’s build. Google’s suite of mobile apps are also not included. The introduction of their own maps API only serves to further drive a wedge between the two. The move certainly won’t sit well with Google, but they have little choice given the free and open nature of the Android OS.

[via GigaOM]


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Motorola, Intel issue invites to London event September 18th, promise to take us to the edge [VIDEO]

We’ve just received invitations to attend a London event where Motorola and Intel will combine to let them take us “to the edge.” They’ve also uploaded a teaser video to YouTube with the title “Let us take you to the edge.” It blurts messages of edge-to-edge speed and power with imagery of ferocious ocean waves and the startling takeoff of a race car.

This is no doubt teasing Intel’s Medfield chipset, and with Motorola they’re likely to unveil a new smartphone with the chipset inside. Well… the smartphone may not be “new” to most of us, but it’ll be new to the folks over in Europe.

We’re expecting Motorola and Intel to announce a variant of the Motorola RAZR M or one of the base 2012 RAZR devices with Intel’s Medfield technology instead of the usual Snapdragon S4 processor.

We imagine they could only do this for Europe due possible LTE compatibility issues. New mobile chipset vendors tend to be late to the LTE game so it wouldn’t surprise us if that is the case.

Motorola’s banking a partnership with perhaps the biggest name in embedded technology, whether it be mobile or otherwise, and we couldn’t be more excited to see what’s to come of it. Watch the short 17 second teaser above, and be sure to circle back on September 18th when the two combine in London to unveil it all.


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GALLERY: Amazon Kindle Fire HD

Amazon’s US office has just gone Kindle mad, announcing new e-readers, an update of the first Kindle Fire tablet and this – the Kindle Fire HD. It’s a powerful model that’ll arrive in two screen sizes, 7″ and 8.9″, with the high-spec 8.9″ model coming with an impressive 1920×1200 resolution display and a powerful TI OMAP 4470 chipset.

We’re still waiting for Amazon UK to say anything about a release of the new Kindle tablets over here, though, so in the mean time here’s some official imagery of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 to get excited about:

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Just don’t get too excited, as we might not see it here at all.

And that last one is the Kindle Fire HD 7. Same only a bit smaller. Hard to tell the difference without something beside it for context.

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LG Intuition spied in press shots, leaves one piece of the puzzle left to go

LG Intuition spied in press shots, leaves just one piece of the puzzle left

The LG Intuition may be one of Verizon’s more poorly-kept secrets of recent memory. Apart from LG itself having confirmed that an Optimus Vu rebranding is due for the US within weeks, there’s been pricing and even an uncannily detailed FCC filing to fill in the gaps. Why not throw official press images into the mix? From the renders DroidDog has managed to obtain, the Intuition is a bit more than just a one-for-one port of the original Korean phablet. While Verizon’s influence is light outside of that attention-grabbing logo, there’s a switch-up in the navigation keys to reflect that Android 4.0 will be there from the beginning — a nice break from the ancient-feeling Android 2.3 layout of the original. About the only question left at this stage is that of the exact release date. There’s a September 15th mention in one of the images, but we all know how dates in press imagery can be misleading.

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LG Intuition spied in press shots, leaves one piece of the puzzle left to go originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 26 Aug 2012 14:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Android Overload: Nvidia Posts Strong Q2 Results, “OTA Update Center” Pushes Updates To ROM Users, and More

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We’re getting close to the end of the week, and as we wind down our day, we have the Android Overload. These are all the news bits that have accumulated from throughout the day, but didn’t quite make it onto our front page. Usually lots of app updates, releases, and miscellaneous Android/Google/mobile related news. There’s always a few good left overs in here so, have a look around and let me know what you think.

  • Affordable Tegra 3 smartphone coming soon to China via K-Touch. [Digitimes]
  • ROM developers can now push OTA updates to their users with OTA Update Center. [XDA]
  • Google Earth adds detailed 3D imagery for Seattle and Denver. [Google Lat Long Blog]
  • Box update adds multi-file select and bug fixes. [Play Store]
  • Nvidia posts strong 2nd quarter earnings. $119 million in profits. $1.04 billion in revenue. [Engadget]
  • US lobbyist severs ties with ZTE after FBI investigates Chinese OEM for selling  banned computer equipment to Iran. [Reuters]


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Google Earth adds detailed 3D imagery for Denver and Seattle, might not render the local Starbucks

Google Earth adds 3D imagery for Denver and Seattle, might not render the local Starbucks

Google only launched detailed 3D maps in Google Earth for a handful of cities, but it’s branching out to provide that extra dimension to a wider swath of the public. Today, it’s Denver and Seattle: Android and iOS app users can immediately see the dense, textured 3D City View in their respective western cities. The updates probably won’t let Seattle residents spot their hometown coffee brand without going into Street View, but it will let them thread the eye of the Space Needle while their friends in Denver spin past the State Capitol. We can’t help but think that Google also enjoys offering some Microsoft staffers a little taste of what they’re missing.

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Google Earth adds detailed 3D imagery for Denver and Seattle, might not render the local Starbucks originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 10 Aug 2012 02:13:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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New Google Earth 3D imagery now covers Denver and Seattle

Looking to kill some more time while pretending to work? Maybe you have a trip planned some time soon. Maybe you are like me and just like to look around at things. Well earlier this morning Google announced via their Lat Long blog that two new cities have been added to 3D Google Earth imagery. Now you can take a fly by of  Seattle Washington and visit Safeco field, or hit up downtown and take look around. If Seattle isn’t a big interest, then head over to Denver Colorado. Pretty cool stuff really.

No need to update your Google Earth app to take 3D fly over of the cities mentioned, but you do need to have Google Earth installed. If you haven’t ever played around with it we suggest you give it a whirl. There is a whole big world out there to explore and Google makes seeing it possible in the palm of your hand. It is worth mentioning that the 3D imagery isn’t supported on all devices, including most tablets. Not sure why that is, but hit or miss, it is still worth giving it a shot.

Application: Google Earth
Developer: Google Inc.
Cost: FREE

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Google brings Google Earth 3D maps to Seattle and Denver

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Back in June Google announced they would be improving Google Earth substantially by adding 3D mapping to the mix and we even managed to get a good look at it during Google I/O. Now, only a few short months later Google has managed to add Denver, Colorado and Seattle, Washington as destinations that you can view on Google Earth in 3D. All the work is done using advanced image processing and 45-degree aerial imagery as noted on the Google Lat Long blog. The data is live and viewable right now, if you want to take a fly-over Seattle or Denver. Just make sure you're on the latest version of Google Earth and you're all set to go.

Source: Google

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New imagery released for Google Earth and Google Maps

Bernd Steinert, Geo Data Specialist with Google, announced on the Google Lat Long Blog today that new imagery has been added to Google’s Earth and Maps applications. The imagery consists of new, high resolution aerial and satellite images that cover 25 cities and 72 countries or regions. Some of the locations to get new aerial images include Bryce Canyon, UT; Green Bay, WI; and several locations in Spain to name a few. New satellite images are available for a long list of countries. In addition to the aerial and satellite images, new 45° imagery has been added for locations like Chicago, IL; Idaho Falls, ID; Pittsburgh, PA; and London, UK. Full lists are available by hitting the source link.

source: Google Lat Long Blog


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Google Maps debuts higher resolution imagery around the world

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While Google Earth recently impressed us with its 3D antics at Google I/O, its 2D counterpart, Google Maps is just as important. Today Maps sees its 2D imagery significantly upgraded in a number of countries, with higher resolution satellite pictures, aerial imagery and 45-degree shots.

Google says it's rolled out high-resolution aerial and satellite-based images for 25 cities and 25 "regions/countries." And new 45-degree perspective shots are now available in a total of 28 cities, 21 in the U.S. and 7 overseas. While perspective shots have yet to be rolled out to mobile, Android users can get access to the high-resolution top-down images right away by enabling the "Satellite" layer from within the Google Maps app.

We've got list of all the new cities and countries covered by the new high-res imagery after the break.

Source: Google Lat Long Blog

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Verizon announces new GameTanium subscription service for games

Exent’s GameTanium, a mobile game subscription service, announced a new spin on their app for Android smartphones and tablets. According to the press release, the new service is available exclusively to Verizon Wireless customers. Subscribers will get unlimited access to over 100 Android smartphone games and over 50 tablet games, including titles like Doodle God, Fruit Ninja and World of Goo. The cost is a monthly fee of $5.99 per device.

Two differences appear to set this apart from the GameTanium app available on the company’s web site. First is the addition of tablet games. The second is the ability to avoid the hassle of installing a non-market app. The partnership with Verizon Wireless appears to be a step on their path to partnering with carriers that we previously covered.

In addition to making the games available, the service will offer parental ratings, game imagery, and reviews to go with the lack of advertisements. The GameTanium apps are available for download through Verizon Apps to eligible devices. Verizon encourages users to try the service free for a three day trial period. Just note, usage may count towards a customer’s data allowance.

Full press release after the break.

VERIZON WIRELESS INTRODUCES GAMETANIUM™: FIRST GAME SUBSCRIPTION APP FOR ANDROID™DEVICES OFFERING UNLIMITED GAMEPLAY

Service to Meet Consumer Demand for Mobile Gaming Across Smartphones and Tablets

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. and NEW YORK, July 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Verizon Wireless is giving mobile gaming a boost today with the launch of Exent’s GameTanium™, a new mobile game subscription service for Android™ smartphones and tablets available now, exclusively to Verizon Wireless customers. Powered by Verizon Wireless’ network, GameTanium provides unlimited access to more than 100 of the best Android smartphone games and more than 50 tablet games, including hits like Doodle God™, Fruit Ninja and World of Goo for the low monthly fee of $5.99 per device.

GameTanium takes the guesswork out of finding the best games while offering consumers the convenience of a one-stop gaming destination at a great value. The easy-to-use interface lets customers explore and discover high-quality games picked by Exent’s editorial board. Enhanced editorial features such as parental ratings, rich game imagery and reviews immerse customers in the game before downloading. Plus, fast download speeds and no advertisements give customers uninterrupted game play.

“GameTanium provides our Android customers with unlimited access to more than 100 games at a great value,” said Kristi Crum, executive director of marketing, Verizon Wireless. “Working with Exent has enabled us to immerse customers into the mobile gaming frontier and ultimately bring high-quality gaming options powered by 4G LTE.”

“We are excited to bring the launch of the GameTanium smartphone and tablet service to Verizon Wireless’ customer base,” says Zvi Levgoren, founder and chief executive officer, Exent. “The speed and power of Verizon Wireless’ network allows for a rich mobile gaming experience for Verizon Wireless customers to enjoy.”

The GameTanium smartphone and tablet apps can be downloaded from Verizon Apps on more than 30 Android smartphones and two Android tablets, including DROIDRAZR™ by Motorola, DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE by HTC andDROID XYBOARD 8.2 by Motorola. Customers are encouraged to try out the service with a free trial, providing unlimited access for three days. After the three-day trial, the service is $5.99 per month and will appear on customers’ monthly bill. A Verizon Wireless data plan is required and usage may count towards a customer’s data allowance.

GameTanium users can access an in-app Help Center with Frequently Asked Questions and live GameTanium Customer Support which provides phone, SMS chat and email support Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. E.T.

For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit www.verizonwireless.com.

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About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 93.0 million retail customers, including 88.0 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 80,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About Exent

Exent is the world’s leading Games on Demand provider, delivering thousands of premium games across mobile, tablet, PC and TV platforms through all-you-can-play subscription and free, ad supported offerings to millions of gamers monthly. With its unrivaled monetization and programming expertise, Exent’s Built with GameTanium services power the Games on Demand offerings for the world’s leading broadband service providers and mobile operators. For more information visit www.exent.com.


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Google Earth for Android improves 3D buildings, adds Tour Guide

 

Google Earth for Android adds more 3D buildings, Tour Guide

Google Earth was another one of the many apps updated for Android Jelly Bean, and includes a new Tour Guide mode to help you find the important sights in a new city. Collections of thousands of notable points of interest will pop up in Tour Guide, and with a quick tap, Maps will fly over to it and provide information from Wikipedia on the spot. The updated Google Earth for Android will also include improved 3D imagery created using 45-degree satellite photography. You can take a look at the new automatically-generated models in the video below. 

You can download Google Earth in the Play store here if you don't have it already. The iOS version will be updated shortly, if you're into that kind of thing. 

Anyone excited for the update? Do you tend to use Google Earth that often even with Maps around?

Source: Google Lat-Long

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Offline Google Maps to work on ‘all devices with Android 2.2 or higher,’ 3D compatibility less clear

Offline Google Maps to work on 'all devices with Android 22 or higher,' 3D compatibility less clear

We’d heard earlier that Google had “nothing to announce” in regard to Android compatibility with the newly-announced offline Maps support and 3D modeling, but look — things change. We reached out to the company and urged ‘em to dig a little deeper, only to have the following confirmed: “For offline Google Maps for Android, all devices with Android 2.2 (Froyo) and above will be supported.” As for the 3D portion? “We’ll have more details about device compatibility for 3D imagery on Google Earth for mobile at launch.” After the event, we spotted a Googler using the 3D build on a Galaxy Nexus, so it’s obvious that Android 4.0+ will be supported, but we have to assume that some of these older Froyo devices may simply lack the proper oomph needed to fly around the downtowns of [insert major metropolitan area here].

Offline Google Maps to work on ‘all devices with Android 2.2 or higher,’ 3D compatibility less clear originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 06 Jun 2012 17:49:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 keeps it cool, refuses to cook your breakfast (video)

Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 keeps it cool, refuses to cook your breakfast

It’s no secret that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 SoC is among the most compelling of mobile architectures on the planet today. It delivers fantastic performance and good battery life, but an unsung hero that allows for both characteristics is its excellent efficiency. Based on a new 28nm fabrication process, not only is the Snapdragon S4 faster than most mobile processors, but it also runs a lot cooler. Naturally, one way to prove this is with thermal imagery. We’ve always suspected there’s something in the water near San Diego, however, and the following video damn near proves it. While we’d hate to give away the surprise, just know that Qualcomm engineers have officially thrown down the gauntlet… even if it happens to be rather high in saturated fat.

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 keeps it cool, refuses to cook your breakfast (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 06 Jun 2012 05:43:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung releases Galaxy S III teaser video

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Following on from yesterday's teaser site countdown, Samsung has today unveiled the first trailer for its upcoming flagship smartphone, presumed to be the Galaxy S III. The video offers little in the way of new information, mostly showing off a range of galactic imagery, along with the blue and white metallic pebbles we're all familiar with from last week's press invite. And there's the obligatory swipe at Apple near the end (we won't spoil it).

Check past the break for the full video. We'll be live from London on May 3 to bring you all the developments as they happen.

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Samsung Galaxy Beam crosses paths with FCC, sports 3G connectivity for AT&T

Samsung Galaxy Beam crosses paths with FCC, sports 3G connectivity for AT&T

The FCC comes across many smartphones in its daily routine, but it’s hardly an everyday occurrence for one of those handsets to rock a miniature projector. That’s the claim to fame of the Samsung Galaxy Beam, which just made its way through the regulatory body with full 3G support for AT&T’s 1900MHz and 850MHz bands. We were first introduced to this updated version of the original Galaxy Beam at Mobile World Congress, and for a quick refresher, the Android 2.3 device packs a dual-core 1GHz CPU, 768MB of RAM, a 4-inch WVGA display and a projector that’ll toss 50-inch imagery onto the wall. Naturally, whether AT&T chooses to sell the smartphone is another consideration entirely, but this certification will keep users in proper standing with the feds, and that’s a good thing.

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Math Workbooks are Passe! Welcome the iPad Worksheets

download app 5th Grade Math: Splash Math Worksheets App [HD Full]
Developer: StudyPad, Inc.
Price: $9.99
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User Ratings:
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Remember the time when you as a child, had to sit with those boring math workbooks doing homework? Workbooks laden with dull math questions on streams of white paper — what a drudgery that was! But, ever since the iPad stepped into classrooms all that has changed. Those long, tedious and uninteresting sheets have now transformed into animated, colourful and interactive digital pages, all on exciting touch-screens with amazing activities thrown in. That’s the power of the iPad in education, where children are learning and having fun too!

Math workbooks are a passe now; and awe-inspiring apps with novel imagery and dynamic content are ruling the academic roost in app stores instead. The future of education is digital now!

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Gameloft running free Android HD game giveaway from tomorrow

Starting from tomorrow, Gameloft will be running an “Easter Hunt” promotion, during which it will give away one free Android HD title, this Saturday, Sunday and Monday. It’s a UK-only promotion, because we are special.

The games will have their prices dropped during a two-hour window, so you’ll have to make sure you’re paying attention to your social media feeds over the weekend. Here’s the promotional imagery:

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Read all about it on the Gameloft blog. It’ll be announcing freebie times and game names on its Twitter and Facebook pages, is about the size of it. It is buying friends.

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NASA Night Sky Network Partners With Distant Suns Astronomy App

download app Distant Suns 3: Unleash Your Inner Astronaut
Developer: Mike Smithwick
Price: $9.99
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User Ratings:
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First Light Design today is pleased to announce the release of version 3.3.1 of its comprehensive, award-winning Distant Suns(TM) Astronomy App for iPad and iPhone(TM). Among its new features are local, United States listings of astronomical events and activities direct from the NASA Night Sky Network and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, up to 100% improvement in display performance, and improved imagery of its realistic displays of the night sky. This enhances Distant Sun’s already extensive feature-set which includes augmented reality viewing and over 300,000 celestial objects. It is now one of the easiest to use astronomy apps for both casual sky watchers as well as serious professionals. Distant Suns is available for iOS devices, including the new iPad3, on the App Store for $9.99.

Originally released for the Commodore Amiga, Distant Suns has been bringing the cosmos to stargazers for almost 30 years. It takes advantage of iOS device’s GPS and compass, so all the user has to do is aim and stargaze. Augmented reality viewing overlays the sky with the local landscape. No internet access is required to use Distant Suns.

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Google Earth updated for better sharing, new gestures

Google Earth

Google Earth just got a bump to Version 6.2, which brings a number of new improvements. Probably the biggest is the addition of the Earth Gallery, which highlights such things as new imagery updates, real-time earthquakes, real-time flights and other cool layers. There's also an updated touring mode that lets you launch from the gallery or inside balloons. Sharing is updated so you can push through Google+ (or other social networks), and there are new zoom and pinch gestures, along with bugfixes.

We've got download links after the break if you need 'em.

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Angry Birds Seasons updated – 15 new themed levels

It’s been a while since we last bothered mentioning an Angry Birds map pack update, as they were becoming so frequent and numerous we very nearly suffered a Rovio-induced mental breakdown from trying to keep track of them all and the various spin-off titles and associated merchandise.

But the new collection of themed levels for Angry Birds Seasons look pretty nice. They’re built around clichéd Chinese imagery, to celebrate the Chinese New Year, which, Rovio informs us, means we’re now in the Year of the Dragon. Hence the name. This is what it looks like:

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Pigs in different kind of hats and fireworks, is the basic gist of the thing. Angry Birds Seasons is on the Android Market here. It’s still free.

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