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Facebook adds voice recording to Messenger, testing VoIP service in Canada

Facebook adds voice recording to Messenger, testing VoIP service in Canada

If you’re a fan of the Facebook Messenger app keep your eye out for an interesting update coming down the pipe today for both the iOS and Android versions. The social network is adding the ability to record and send voice messages, up to one minute in length, to your friends. The goal isn’t to create a voice mail system for Facebook, but to give users another option for interacting when typing is either impossible or inconvenient. It works much like the video feature in the company’s Poke app — press and hold the red record button, speak your message and it’ll appear in-line as part of your chat, represented by a clickable sound wave icon. Even more interesting though, is the VoIP capabilities that are being flipped on for Canadian users. It’s a little buried at the moment — hidden behind the “i” icon in the chat window — but everyone’s favorite social network is now offering a way to place free voice calls to friends. Interestingly, the platform is built on open source technology and not on its Skype partnership. If things go well in the land of maple trees and Mounties we imagine it wont be too long before America gets a taste of VoIP calling Facebook style.

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Toshiba Develops Refocusing Lens

Toshiba Corp. will soon be introducing a new camera module that enables users to refocus the lens after an image was shot, according to a report in the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun. This is a radical shift from most cameras today, which focus prior to pressing the shutter button.

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It would be recalled that the Lytro Light Field Camera, which was launched last June, offers a similar feature of focusing after the fact. However, said device, which looks like a metal box encasing a lens, is quite bulky, with dimensions of 4.4 inches in length by 1.6 inch in width. Said Lytro camera technology is still not used on mobile devices.

By comparison, the Toshiba camera module is a cube with dimensions of around 1 cm. It packs no less than 500,000 lenses, each measuring only 0.03 millimeter in diameter. Said lenses work with an image sensor span 5 mm by 7 mm. The camera module is supposedly comparable to how insects’ compound eyes are organized.

Takashi Kamiguri, writing for Asahi Shimbun explains, “Each lens captures a slightly different image from one another, and the camera produces a large, complete picture by using original software to combine the 500,000 tiny images. The new camera accurately measures the distance to an object based on the differences among the small images, as do cameras with two lenses that are used to create 3-D images. It can set the focus on objects both far and nearby magnifying and superimposing only well-captured parts of the small images. Unlike traditional cameras, the new camera can create pictures that are focused on every single part of the image.” Said camera is not only capable of capturing still photographs; it also record videos.

Toshiba is reportedly working to develop the technology, and eventually invite electronics manufacturer to use the lens in their mobile devices.

via asahi shimbun

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6.1-inch Huawei Ascend Mate pictured in the wild, 1080p display and all [VIDEO]

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You either clicked this post to scoff, or drool. In any case, if you missed it, Huawei Chairman Richard Yu unofficially unveiled the manufacturer’s much leaked 6.1-inch Ascend Mate back on Sunday. While the device hasn’t been much of a secret — Richard has taken to his blog to talk about the device a few times in the past — the device is expected to be formally revealed at Huawei’s press even during CES 2013 in a few weeks along with the well-spec’d Huawei Ascend D2.

Looking much like you’d expect a 6.1-inch device to look, the device resembles what we’d expect a Galaxy Note 3 or 4 to look like in our mind’s eye. That is if Samsung continues down it’s current path. The Ascend Mate appears wide enough for the pocket but the length means it’s more than likely to peek out of your trousers. You know, the phone.

The Mate is expected to carry a nice set of specs, notably a 1080p full HD display, 4,000mAh battery, and  a quad-core CPU all tucked away nicely inside a 9.9mm thin frame. By comparison, the Note 2 measures about 9.4mm thick. The best part? The Huawei Ascend Mate is being billed as a more affordable Note, with pricing expected at around the $480 mark.

For another look, you can check out the embedded video below. We have a team assembled and ready to cover every inch of the CES showroom floor starting January 8th, so stay tuned for more.

[Weibo | via Engadget]

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Viddy now available for Android – It’s like Instagram and Twitter for video

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With Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Instagram, you’d think the world of social networking was all but exhausted. Not so. Seems the folks at Viddy have found a new way of sharing your life with friends, this time with video. I know what you’re thinking — there’s already YouTube for that. Yes, and no. With YouTube, there’s a lot of headache involved when creating a channel and keeping up with video comments, channel comments, messages, etc., etc.. While the YouTube mobile app makes it easier to upload “vlogs” or street fights, there’s still a lot of commitment involved.

Enter Viddy. If YouTube is more like Facebook (full fledged networking), Viddy is more akin to the Twitters and Instagrams of the web. Users can only shoot videos, but only up to 15 seconds in length. Genius, right? This makes for easier to digest, quick and painless content you’ll actually want to watch. One of the beauties of Twitter has always been the unique way status updates max out at 140 characters. Sometimes, short and sweet is easier than listening to someone blab on, and on, about the dude with rubber testicles hanging from his truck who cut them off in traffic.

If you guys are smelling what Viddy is cooking, you can download the free app right now from the Google Play Store. While it’s generally a ghost town (aside from a few paid off celebrities), you may run into a few of your iOS buddies who have had access to the service for eons now. Have at it and maybe I’ll see you on there. Maybe.

[Viddy on Google Play]

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Google Currents 2.0 Released – Tons Of New Features Added, Brand-New Edition Sidebar UI

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Google has released version 2.0 of the Currents app for Android, and a whole pile of new features are in store. Before we get much further, here’s the changelog:

What’s new in 2.0?

* Edition sidebar – quickly access your editions within categories such as business, sports, etc.
* Fast scan – Vertical swipe to scan an edition, horizontal swipe advances to next edition
* Edition-section chooser – Choose “Customize” to filter out sections
* Unread marks – Read stories are marked. (Setting to hide)
* Breaking stories – ranked by Google News. Links to full length content.
* Saved stories – star for future reference
* New catalog design
* Widget

Yeah, that’s a lot of new stuff.

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Google Currents 2.0 Released – Tons Of New Features Added, Brand-New Edition Sidebar UI was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Rhapsody takes on Shazam with their new app ‘SongMatch’

For all the music lovers out there we have a brand new song identifying or song matching app for Android available today, absolutely free. If Soundhound, Shazam, Google Ears and more weren’t what you’re looking for then give the all new app from Rhapsody a try. They’ve just introduced a new app neatly called SongMatch and it’s available right now.

Obviously they’ll be integrating this into their own Rhapsody music services, but they’re marketing their new song recognition app by saying “Hear it. Match it. Play it.” Just like all those other apps that are available (do we really need another) this will listen to the music, identify it, and neatly let you save and enjoy it for later.

The cool thing here that they have over the others is the fact that SongMatch won’t just tag and recognize the song, but your Rhapsody account will have a playlist dedicated to SongMatch tags. You’ll easily be able to fire up Rhapsody and stream all these awesome songs you’ve been tagging with ease. Here’s what to expect from their new app:

● Match any song against Rhapsody’s library of 16 million tracks
● View information about each artist including top tracks, full albums, bios, and similar artists
● Start a free 14-day trial from directly within the app
SongMatch users who are Rhapsody members can:
● Match any song against Rhapsody’s library of 16 million tracks
● Launch full length playback for any matched song
● Launch full length playback for any matched album
● View information about each artist including top tracks, full albums, bios, and similar artists

The service is absolutely free, but Rhapsody isn’t. Just like Spotify they offer a music streaming service that requires a monthly payment, but if you’re already into the Rhapsody music world this will be the perfect song recognition app for your Android smartphone or tablet. Give it a try today by clicking here.

[via Android Police]

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New Nexus 4, 7, and 10 owners: Don’t forget your free movies, TV shows, music, and magazines

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Just a heads up for all you brand new Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 users out there. While Google’s $25 Google Play credit may have expired back in September, ‘ol Googs is still nice enough to give you guys some complimentary free goodies by way of a movie and television show download/streams (depending on your part of the world), along with a random assortment of magazines and music.

If you’re in the US, head on over to your Play Movies & TV apps to find the full length movie, Transformers: Dark of the Moon available for download/streaming, along with the 2-hour series premier of Falling Skies and an episode of Planet Earth (Nexus 4 only). The Nexus 7 and 10 swap Transformers for Ice Age, and somehow lose Falling Skies in the mix.

If you didn’t get stuck with the puny 8GB Nexus 4/7 models, you can even “pin” these videos and download ‘em straight to your device. While it may be nice to watch without an active data connection, keep in mind Transformers alone will take up a whopping 2.7GB of storage space. Thank, god for streaming.

When it comes to music and magazines, you’ll find a handful of artists (you probably never heard of), and a few magazines too. Just jump into Play Music and Play Magazines to find them already waiting for you. Cheers.

Thanks, Molo!


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[Op-Ed] Are You Being Ripped Off By Insurance?

Most people aren’t like me. While they love their phone, they don’t have this obsessive control issue where it’s the Armageddon when it isn’t within a palm’s length distance. And yes, you read palm’s length correctly. I believe I have what’s akin to a panic attack when I can’t locate it. About a week ago, I did a restore and when I rebooted my superuser and recovery program were no longer installed. After a few days of being unable to re-install either one, I almost thought I was going to cry. It’s that bad. Anti-theft and insurance is a must in my world. I personally use avast! for my theft protection as I think it has more features than the others. One is password protected admin settings. I noticed the majority of anti-theft programs don’t have that feature and what’s the point if the thief can disable it? While avast! gives me a feeling of extra security, nothing is 100% and it doesn’t protect against damages.

I don’t know what kind of phone you have, but I have the Sprint Galaxy Nexus. I believe all the major carriers use Asurion to provide their customer base with insurance. At first I tried going to the Verizon and AT&T websites to compare prices with Sprint, but decided to go to Asurion instead. Asurion has a link that you can choose your carrier and device to find out the cost of premiums. Basically, I have an $11 monthly fee with a $150 deductible and cannot file a claim for the first 90 days. I’m confused about the 90 day clause. I have to pay, but don’t have any coverage if it’s broken or stolen? Another thing that confuses me is if/when I file a claim, my replacement device may or may not be a Gnex and will be refurbished, meaning I get someone else’s repaired broken phone. I’m going to go on a tangent and return to this subject in a minute.

Do you have renter’s, auto, or homeowner’s insurance? If you don’t, I recommend getting them. If you do, this might be useful to you. First, renter’s insurance is cheap! It’s a little cheaper if you have auto insurance, but you can ask for a “Stand Alone Policy” if you don’t drive. The price varies but it’s an additional $6 with my auto insurance. Once you have the policy, add one more feature called “Contents Add-On”. Just hear me out. As a stand alone policy, you’re probably looking at no more than $20 month total. This covers all of your possessions and when you added the contents policy you added the feature that covers damages or theft for personal belongings away from the home.

Back to Asurion and a breakdown of what all this means to you. Let’s say a year into my contract with Sprint I lose my Gnex. With the monthly fees and the deductible, it’s basically going to cost me $300 to have a repaired device sent as my replacement. There is no guarantee I will even get a Galaxy Nexus since they state a “comparable device”. Considering it only cost $200 with a $50 credit to Wallet when I started my account for a brand new one, I’m not liking those figures. Here’s where the Stand Alone policy comes in. When you opened that policy for roughly $20 a month, it wasn’t just your device that’s covered, it’s everything you own. The Contents Add-On is your device and when you file a claim through that, you get a check for the actual replacement cost. If the “comparable device” is $700, you get a check for $700 to go out and purchase whatever device your heart desires and cash money is better than someone else’s repaired device anyday. It does take a little longer to have your new phone in hand than it would if you went through your carrier, but look at the math. Which would you prefer: $300 for a used device of unknown make and model, or a brand new one of your choice that includes coverage for all of your possessions?

I don’t know about you, but I don’t think Asurion has much to offer me. Again, your thoughts are greatly appreciated.

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Sample Photos Taken With Samsung GT-I9260′s Camera Leaked Online

 

It looks like we’re getting closer and closer to seeing what all the hubbub is of the mysterious Samsung GT-I9260 smartphone. After seeing a user agent for the device leaked last week, an alleged user of the device casually took some photos using the GT-I9260′s camera and uploaded them to Picasa. The EXIF data of the photo clearly highlights a GT-I9260 model number, though the photos were not taken at full resolution, so it’s uncertain if the device has the expected 8MP camera or not. On the flipside,  the photos do show the camera has an F/2.65 aperture and a 4mm focal length, which corresponds with the camera and sensor found on the Galaxy S II, so it’s possible or even likely this new device has the same camera as that found in the Galaxy S II.

All in all, it’s looking like this “Galaxy (Nexus) Premier” is shaping up to be a solid mid-range phone. Here’s hoping we see even more sooner than later.

source: GSM Arena


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Is this a camera sample from the Samsung Galaxy Nexus 2?

With Nexus rumors already flying today, might as well throw one more out there. The above picture allegedly represents a camera sample for the Samsung i9260, otherwise speculated to be the followup to last year’s Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The photo and its accompanying EXIF data don’t reveal a whole lot, not even the camera’s megapixel rating. What we do learn is that the camera possesses an F/2.65 aperture and 4mm focal length, which reads on paper as marginally better than that of the Galaxy S3.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus 2, or potentially Galaxy Nexus Premier, could launch this holiday season alongside a selection of Nexus phones from leading manufacturers including HTC and LG. The rumors and info we have seems to indicate this will be the case, but there is still a chance the phone with model number i9260 could be something different altogether, though that seems unlikely.

[via GSMArena]


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Nokia details new ruggedized shells for Lumia 820

Nokia details new ruggedized shells for Lumia 820

Nokia’s Lumia 820 was firmly stuck in the Lumia 920′s shadow — in fact it barely figured in Nokia’s big presentation. But one thing it holds over its bigger, publicity-hungry brother is the ability to switch covers, so while the 820 won’t get its wireless charging built-in, a specific case can add the same functionality. Well, we knew that already, but Nokia’s now revealed the phone’s own range of dedicated ruggedized cases. These covers, arriving in green, yellow and orange, will measure in at the same length and width as the others, but will protrude marginally more, offering some protection to that 4.3-inch screen when it comes into contact with surfaces. A “rubber-like” trim will afford some extra protection to those glossy corners too. Expect the toughened cases to appear alongside the Lumia 820 at launch — whenever that is.

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Nokia details new ruggedized shells for Lumia 820 originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 18 Sep 2012 03:11:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung Ready to Fight Apple Over 3G Patent Laws in Australia

In an apparent attempt to safeguard their own interests and fight the copyright battle with fire, Samsung is moving to court by suing Apple for violating three patent rights that they hold.

This starts with an agreement that Samsung had signed in 1993 with Qualcomm for using their 3G patents and that they would not sue Qualcomm or their customers for using these patents. These refer to the following three Australian patents – 2005239657 (method and apparatus for transmitting and receiving data with high reliability in a mobile communication system supporting packet data transmission), 2005202512 (method and apparatus for data transmission in a mobile telecommunication system supporting enhanced uplink service) and 2006241621 (method and apparatus for transmitting/receiving packet data using predefined length indicator in a mobile communication system). However, that was much before Apple decided to wield their patents and use them to quash competition.

Now Samsung is trying to get back some of their own and pushing Qualcomm and their customers (Apple being the largest recipient of Qualcomm’s processors). Samsung has mentioned that the agreement they had with Qualcomm has been terminated back in April 2011. A notice was served on Qualcomm soon after Apple sued Samsung for design patent copyright infringements for the Galaxy Tab in California.

Following the notice that was served on Qualcomm, Apple to their credit had sought Samsung’s permission for use of the UMTS patents in its devices. Samsung’s “fair commercial rate” for the use of the patents was however rejected by Apple and they made no further attempt to negotiate a fair price for the patents. Apple’s argument is that the very fact that Samsung was willing to license the patents, makes them automatically licensed under the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) laws. Samsung vehemently denies it and is going to present an expert testimony from a French professor and Australian experts in such matters.

The 3G connectivity patents that Samsung refers to directly affects Apple’s top of the line products namely, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPad 2.

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iPad Mini to be Priced Below $500

The smaller version of the iPad tablet is expected to arrive before the year ends. Nicknamed the iPad Mini for lack of an official name, it is likely to have a price below US $500.

Rumors of the tablet had been circulating for months despite Apple’s silence on the matter. Recently, the existence of the slate had been confirmed by reputable news agencies like Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. Some of the tablet’s rumored specifications include a 7-inch display on a form factor measuring around 7.85 inches in length and 5.3 inches in width. By comparison, the most recent iPad has a length of 9.5 inches, and a width of 7.31 inches.

Moreover, the device will possibly have a 19-pin connector instead of the usual 30-pin connector. This same connector is said to be also onboard the upcoming iPhone which is scheduled for launching this fall. Allegedly, the connector will be better in terms of efficiency than the old connector.

Unlike the Google Nexus 7 tablet which brought down costs by offering just one camera, the smaller iPad could have two cameras like most slates today. Exactly how many megapixels the main camera will have, however, remains to be known. Other than this, the iPad Mini is said to have two speaker grills.

These specifications are backed up by leaked photos of drawings of the device from an anonymous source from China. A photo of an alleged engineering sample of the iPad Mini has been published by Gottabemobile.com, as well.

Prior to his death, Steve Jobs was quoted saying that Apple will not be producing an iPad smaller than the 9.7 inch devices available today. However, the folks at Apple might have realized that the times have changed greatly with the entry of many low-cost options. Though the iPad today still leads in the tablet market, Apple might need to come up with new strategies to ensure that it remains in this position for the years to come.

Via: Ubergizmo

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Apple to bring swappable camera lens on iPhone

The future is unknown; there may be technologies that you can not even imagine today. But it sure brings joy when you get a hint of what you can expect in the world of smart phones in the near future. And we have one such prediction today, about the Cupertino tech giant, Apple. The company has a great research team, you have to accept that. And now, a new leak from the United States patent office shows that the company is working on making the camera on the iPhone a lot better with either swappable camera lens, or having two cameras on the back, as you can see from the image.

Well, this does not come as a surprise. The iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S have really great cameras. You might have read reports that on some photo sharing apps, the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S are the most popular camera phones, and also the most used.  When such is the case, there is no wonder the company wants to make it better.

Professional photographers are attracted to DSLRs only because they have the capability to change lens. And if Apple brings that feature in the iPhone, why would people want to have a separate camera for that? Right? Well, it may not be that easy as well. Anyway, iPhone Hacks explains:

The removable back panel would house the lens as well as the IR filter. An IR filter prevents infrared light from entering the camera lens, avoiding any possible distortion that could result from it. Although the IR spectrum doesn’t fall into the visible region of light, it could be used in a variety of applications an example of which is low light black and white photography. Since the filter is in the removable panel, it could be removed to enable low light photography.

The standard lens could be replaced by one that has a very low focal length, enabling extreme close up photography, or by a variable focal length lens that would bring optical zoom capabilities to the camera.

Are you clear about the working now? We just have to wait to see this materialize for real.

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Bloomberg: Apple to offer Baidu search to Chinese iPhone users

Apple rumored to offer Baidu search to Chinese iPhone users

Apple is reportedly lining up Baidu to join the search engines available on iOS devices when the sixth iteration of the operating system is detailed next week. Baidu serves around 80 percent of queries in the country and the move will serve Cupertino’s twin goals of placing Google at arm’s length and gain more traction in Asia. It’s not likely to replace Mountain View’s place at the top of the menu, but users will be able to make a switch in the settings menu. Whatever happens, we’ll be there to catch every revelation when Tim Cook takes to the stage next week.

Bloomberg: Apple to offer Baidu search to Chinese iPhone users originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 07 Jun 2012 17:53:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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TomTom App to Debut on Android Devices Shortly

Android users will soon be able to enjoy the TomTom app on their devices. Once an iOS-only service, the portable GPS car navigation app, will be made available possibly this summer. An exact date, however, was not identified.

The TomTom app is packed with features regarding road navigation. Android users will reportedly be given the exact same features presented to iOS users.

Firstly, TomTom doesn’t rely on cellular signal to show its maps, storing them right in the app itself. Through a feature called Map Share, it also provides daily map updates, on the premise that roads constantly change. Its IQ Routes feature in addition calculates travel time based on the average speed on the road, allowing users to estimate the length of their journey and their time of arrival at a destination. Another feature called TomTom HD Traffic gives reports regarding actual delays that might occur on the journey. It also suggests alternative routes in order to avoid delays. On Apple devices, and soon, on Android, it is able to work with the smartphone to provide turn-by-turn instructions. Through an integration with Google and Facebook, users can perform searches on TomTom, as well.

TomTom can be customized with celebrity voices, car symbols, and map colors for a personalized experience. It moreover integrates with tablet and smartphone devices to help with multitasking, dialing, and music control. It can provide reminders regarding departures and is able to share traveling updates on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and on email.

Any new option for Android users is always welcome, of course. Yet, it is doubtful whether this relatively late release of the TomTom app would be considered useful by Android device users. In the face of a free competing service offered by Google Maps Navigation, it should deliver excellent service and provide unique features to be considered a truly necessary app.

TomTom costs $59.99 at the Apple iTunes store. It is unknown whether the same price will be given for Android users on Google Play.

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A Speech Therapy App For Learning How To Express Colors

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Developer: Robert Harrison
Price: $2.99
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RWH Technology has released an update for SpeakColorsHD, a speech therapy app designed to help children with special needs learn how to speak simple sentences using colors and photos of objects. The update includes more types of sentences, the ability to use your own photos, support for iPad retina display, an improved default male voice and a new, female default voice. SpeakColorsHD 2.0 is available for the iPad.

Increasing vocabulary, phrase length, and receptive and expressive language skills are common goals for children with language delay. “SpeakColorsHD helps increase the use of descriptive color words and encourages increased phrase length,” says Tiffany Harrison, speech language pathologist and co-designer of SpeakColorsHD. “Children are motivated to talk by the colorful photos and by the ability to record and listen to their own voice”. The different types of sentences included in the app provide multiple levels of difficulty to provide new challenges and keep the interest of children as their speech and language skills improve.

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Droid Life NCAA Tourney Challenge 2012!

If you have read Droid Life for any length of time, you probably know that we are massive sports fanatics. We talk about all of the big events, apps involved with them, and even bring you in-person tours of some. But while the Super Bowl and some other major events are fun to talk about, [...]

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Engadget Mobile Podcast 123 – 01.29.2012

If a BlackBerry falls from the bush in the forest, but there are no bloggers to blog about it, does it make a sound? The Engadget Mobile Podcasters answer this question at length with the help of the one and only CrackBerry Kevin.

Hosts: Myriam Joire (tnkgrl), Brad Molen
Guests: Kevin Michaluk, Sean Cooper
Producer: Trent Wolbe
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Engadget Mobile Podcast 123 – 01.29.2012 originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 29 Jan 2012 15:23:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The Soothing Voice of Infinite Relaxation May Help With Insomnia

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Developer: Michael Schneider
Price: $4.99
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If you’re a believer in the power of suggestion or have ever wondered if hypnotherapy might work for you, then you guessed it – there’s an app for that. The newest, Infinite Relaxation, is one in a series of several meditative, self-improvement apps designed to promote relaxation, relieve stress, quit smoking, eat better, and so on. Infinite Relaxation is designed for falling asleep or power napping and features the soothing voice of Andrew Johnson, hypnotherapist and expert on relaxation and stress management.Infinite Relaxation is structured around a recording coupled with a selection of soothing music. The ability to personalize the app by adjusting various settings is apparently part of what makes it work. Features touted by Infinite Relaxation include the ability to adjust the voice recording and music volume separately, set the length of the recording playback and decide whether it should conclude with “wake” or “sleep.” There is also a selection of four different background music/sound choices. (more…)

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Dabble Android Game, Fast Thinking Word Game

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The Dabble Android game is a challenging word game where you must rearrange given letters to complete the game board as quickly as possible.

  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 18.33MB (apps2SD enabled)
  • Category: Games
  • Price: $1.00

Each Dabble game consists of 20 letters spread out over five different tiers which represent five different words. And so, its your mission to create five words of each exact length; two, three, four, five, and six letters. When a valid word has been made, the letters will turn from black to blue. You have five minutes to turn all letter tiles blue and solve the wordy puzzle.

Much like Scrabble, each letter tile has an assigned point value. More challenging letters like K, V, and X are worth a multiple of the standard letter’s value of 3 points. A word’s score is calculated by summing each letter’s point value and multiplying by the word’s length (e.g. VOTE would earn (12+3+3+3)*4 = 84 points). Subsequently, your final score is made up of each word’s score added to the points awarded for any time remaining (1 second = 1 point). Note: you don’t have to complete all five words to earn a final score.

After you’ve played a few rounds, make sure to check out the “Awards” section which contains badges for longest win streaks, fastest times, and highest scores. So far I’ve completed a 2 game win streak, a sub-two minute time, and a 600+ point round!

If you share your Android device with family/children or want to compete against friends, you’ll be happy to know there is the built-in ability to create up to five different profiles (each with its own badges and high scores). It would be nice to have global high scores not only across profiles on your phone but across all Android users.

Hint: start with the longer words first!

Pros:

  • Unique letters/words to solve each board
  • Enhance your spelling and word-related skills
  • Badges and high scores to track your progression
  • Pleasant music and sound effects fit gameplay nicely

Areas for improvement:

  • Add a global scoreboard to compare scores across profiles on a single device and across all Android users

Conclusion: The Dabble Android game is a challenging, fast-paced word game with high replay value. If you’re a fan of Scrabble and Wordfeud, you’ll surely enjoy this Android game as well!

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[MIUI Themes] Transformers 3 – Bring home a nasty little Decepticon

I am a big Transformers fan. I grew up watching the cartoons and was one of those people waiting outside for the midnight showing of the first full length featured film. To think that technology could ever progress to a point were objects could transform a car to a robot, or even a toaster to a robot is amazing in my book. I know the movies have all been a huge success and I still sit down and pull a Transformers marathon at least once a month.

If you are a huge Transformers fan, then you will probably love having a MIUI theme to match your love. The theme looks to be well put together and was created by Parwzeo. The lockscreen looks crazy and just looking at the theme makes me want to start the movie right now. You can pick this theme up below if you are a bit on the evil side.

Don’t forget, take the .mtz file and move it to the MIUI/Themes folder in order to use this theme.

Download Transformers 3 – Decepticons

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Verizon Sends An “Official” Droid Bionic Bug List, Fixes To Come In November

If you’re thinking about buying a Droid Bionic, or already have one, you may want to pay close attention. Thanks to a reader over at DroidLife, an official bug list was received from Verizon and compiled into a nice list that I think will shock you. Note also that this is not the full list, but rather some important highlights. As you read through this list I want you to really ask yourself, how is it possible this device was really put through extensive testing for the length of time we waited for it? In this list you’ll see everything from 3G/4G connectivity problems, high pitch noises coming from the headset, MMS bugs, and the admitting of non-Verizon/Motorola USB cables not working. Another thing to point out is the Bionic is not able to support 8 devices in hotspot which was a touted selling factor of the device. Thanks DroidLife for putting this together, but all I can do is hang my head and ask how this is even possible for such a highly anticipated device. Put these phones out in the real world before releasing will you because this stuff gives Android a bad name. Hit the break for the full list broken down with a top 10 and be sure to share your comments with us. Fixes are supposed to be coming in November.

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Android 101: Keep your Picasa account synced with your Android device

Sync settings

Because Google wants us all to use the cloud, they have some pretty slick ways to make it easy with your Android device.  One of the free perks of having a Google account is your own online gallery at Picasa, where photos under 2048 x 2048 pixels and videos up to 15 minutes in length can be stored in unlimited numbers, and anything larger can be applied to your 1GB storage limit.  Read more about that, as well as how to upgrade that limit and how it works with Google+ right here

So you have a nice place to store pictures you take and want to keep, let’s get that synced up so it’s always available on your Android device.  We’re going to use the Samsung Galaxy Tab here in our example, as I have about a ton of data stored in the cloud with music, video and pictures that I can look at on demand synced up.  But the procedure is the same for any Android device.

From the homescreen, hit the Menu button, then open the settings.  Scroll through the settings until you come to the Accounts and sync option, then select it.  You should see your Google account listed, go on and press it.  Depending on what applications you have installed, you’ll see entries to keep different things synced to your device.  Today we’re looking for "Sync Picasa Web Albums", so go ahead and make sure that box is checked.  If it wasn’t already checked, it may take a few minutes to get all the information synced up, but after that’s done you’ll find all the images in their gallery folder available in the Gallery app on your Android device, just as if they were stored locally.

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The real beauty here is that you can manage folders and files from your computer’s web browser (or if you like, from the browser right on your Android device itself) and upload content easily from things like your camera.  And if you use your Android device for your camera, you can upload directly to Picasa using the Google+ app or with any number of Picasa uploaders available in the Market.  It’s an easy way to manage your photos once you get it set up, and an even easier way to share them.  Now get things setup, and start sharing your photos with the world!


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Motorola Droid Bionic finally available on Verizon, angels sing in chorus

Nine months and three days. That’s the length of time between Verizon’s official unveiling of the Motorola Droid Bionic and its actual release. The poor device suffered through countless delays and a complete design overhaul as it watched its LTE brethren get launched in the meantime. But today, September 8th, is the day the chains come off Verizon’s latest 4G wonder, and it’s all yours for three Benjamins. Were you one of the faithful who waited so patiently (or impatiently, even) for the inevitable day of reckoning? Carpe diem, friends, and head to the source link.

Motorola Droid Bionic finally available on Verizon, angels sing in chorus originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 08 Sep 2011 01:35:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HD Widgets App: Made for Honeycomb and look amazing

I don’t know about you guys but I’m constantly changing my widgets and live wallpapers on my Android devices. When we have all these different options to choose from why not right? Today we have a set of amazingly awesome and beautiful new widgets designed specifically for Android tablets. HD Widgets brings crisp, clear, and truly HD quality widgets to your homescreen and is available right now in the Android Market.

I went ahead and bought the app to give them a try and so far I love all the options and sizes available. Don’t mind the 110° weather I have here in Vegas today, it was like 114° earlier. Oh and in case your wondering what my awesome live wallpaper above is, you can get that here. Back to the widgets, here we have a few screenshots of HD Widgets by cloud.tv and if you’ve been looking for a nice new set of widgets for your Honeycomb tablet then look no further.

The photo above is a little extreme but that is just a small example of the hundreds of possible choices you have with HD Widgets. They offer so many sizes, color options, background choices, clock styles and colors and more that you will almost certainly find something you like. More will be added soon but with this initial release you get 13 widgets, including 3 over-sized large “tablet only” widgets which look great and span almost the entire length of a 10″ display. The rest are slightly smaller so you don’t have to use all that real estate if you don’t want to, but still want your widgets looking amazing and HD.

I’m sure you’re all excited to give these new widgets a try so be sure and head over to the market to download them by clicking here. For now they are only $0.99 cents as an introductory price so hurry and snag em while they’re hot. Click the photos below to see them in their full size glory.

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Sony reveals three new NEX E-mount lenses, LA-EA2 A-mount adaptor with translucent mirror


Sony’s NEX line of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (ILC) deliver quite a lot of bang for your buck, but a diminutive lens selection reduced appeal for advanced shooters. Today, the company is growing its E-mount family of lenses by three, now offering a total of seven compatible lenses. Shipping in October, the Carl Zeiss SonnarT E will take the helm as Sony’s flagship optic, delivering a 24mm fixed focal length and f/1.8 aperture, with a minimum focus distance of 16 cm and a sky-high $999 price tag. Also packing a speedy f/1.8 aperture, the $300 E 50mm OSS doesn’t sport Carl Zeiss branding, but it does include built-in image stabilization and a circular aperture, promising smooth defocus. Both lenses will ship in December. Hitting stores in October, a new telephoto lens, the $350 E 55-210mm compensates for its sluggish f/4.5-6.3 maximum aperture with optical image stabilization while offering 3.8x magnification. And finally, Sony’s LA-EA2 A-mount adapter lets you use your full-size Alpha lenses with the NEX cameras without losing functionality, thanks to built-in Translucent Mirror Technology and a dedicated AF motor. NEX-3, NEX-5, and NEX-C3 owners will need a firmware update to take advantage of the adaptor, but if you already have a collection of A-mount lenses, $400 may be a reasonable price to pay for full compatibility when it ships in November.

Sony reveals three new NEX E-mount lenses, LA-EA2 A-mount adaptor with translucent mirror originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 24 Aug 2011 01:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Calculate your cab fare with London Taxi Meter

New Android app London Taxi Meter claims to be able to give users a fairly accurate idea of the cost of a black cab ride. It calculates the length of your journey once you enter a start and end point, using official Transport for London tariff data to work out the likely cost.

Which should work pretty well, as long as you don’t get taken the scenic route. Read more over on the maker’s web site. This is what it looks like. Nice black leather effect:

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Typical. You wait ages for a London transportation based Android application to appear, then TWO COME ALONG AT ONCE.

Related posts:

  1. iPhone taxi “price comparison” app Kabbee launches on Android
  2. Android Google Maps now incorporates full directions for the London Underground
  3. Low-level celebrities pushing LG’s Optimus 3D in London today

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NTT DoCoMo’s Fujitsu F-07C now available, marries Windows 7 and Symbian at last

Calling the Fujitsu LOOX F-07C an eccentric device is not a stretch — in fact, it’s one of the more unique smartphones we’ve seen in a fair length of time. Now available on NTT DoCoMo, the dual-booting hybrid is touted as “the world’s smallest PC,” since it can switch between Windows 7 and Symbian and offers a few netbook-worthy specs. It runs off a 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z600 CPU (downclocked by 50 percent, unfortunately), a 32GB eMMC SSD, and 1GB LPDDR400 RAM, packed underneath a 4-inch SVGA (1024 x 600) LCD display. You can also take advantage of the 5-megapixel camera on the back, paired up with a VGA front-facing shooter. Things get a little strange when it comes to battery life, however; while you get up to 600 hours of standby time and 370 minutes of talk time in mobile phone mode, it gets sucked dry after just two hours when using Windows 7. If your smartphone just doesn’t have enough brainpower to handle your daily grind, here’s an alternative. Full press release with specs are after the break.

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NTT DoCoMo’s Fujitsu F-07C now available, marries Windows 7 and Symbian at last originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 22 Jul 2011 12:22:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Android 101: How to change screen time out length

 Screen Time Out

Ever find yourself reading a website or e-mail on your device and then out of no where the screen goes blank? Sometimes that pesky timeout for your screen can be way to short, or way to long for your preference, but luckily it is something that is extremely easy to change, and can be managed while on the go. The default screen time out is set to 30 seconds as a battery saver, but that is not ideal for all users, some want longer, and some want much longer, but fear not with a few simple steps you can make it however you need.  Follow these simple steps to take control of your screen time out.

  1. Go to settings, then display
  2. Change the time out setting to your preference
  3. Press the back button to save changes
  4. Sit back and relax

Now wasn’t that simple? If you find yourself needing more time simply change it, and if you wish to go back to the standard 30 seconds, you can easily swap back to that as well. Pretty simple, huh?


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