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Cox getting out of the wireless business, service shut-down scheduled for March 30, 2012

Cox Wireless

Cox Wireless started off like many that in the wireless business that have come before and now long since passed. With big dreams and little bit of the 700Mhz spectrum they wanted to offer the best services possible to their customers and they even managed to release the HTC Hero and the HTC Desire but now they're calling it a wrap after having ultimately become nothing more then a Sprint MVNO that was on its way out to begin with. They've now expedited their exit and as such will be shutting down sales of wireless devices and services come November 16th with a complete departure and shut down now happening come March 30th, 2012. One more image can be found past the break — you know, nail in the coffin so to speak.

Source: Cox; More: Engadget

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WiFi Direct and DLNA get friendly, make streaming media a little bit easier

WiFi Direct

DLNA and WiFi Direct are both pretty sweet technologies on their own but, together, they offer the promise of simple, wireless media streaming without the need for that pesky router middleman. The Digital Living Network Alliance has officially incorporated WiFi Direct into its interoperability guidelines, which means you could soon be streaming movies and music between devices (like your laptop and smartphone) without connecting to a home (or public) network. And don’t forget, only one part of the equation needs to be WiFi Direct certified — so don’t worry that your aging computer doesn’t support it, as long as your smartphone does you’re golden. Check out the PR after the break.

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WiFi Direct and DLNA get friendly, make streaming media a little bit easier originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 16 Nov 2011 02:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Hackers Reverse Engineer Apple’s Siri, Coming To An Android Device Near You?

When the iPhone 4S was revealed last month most, if not all consumers felt a little bit let down. It wasn’t the much hyped redesigned iPhone 5, it didn’t even feature 4G connectivity. The one feature that it did include was Apple’s new voice assistant, Siri, an addition that many didn’t see as a reason [...]

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Samsung Captivate Glide, Doubletime and Pantech Pocket join AT&T’s Android brigade on November 20th

Two flavors of TouchWiz and an oddly-dimensioned handset are making their way to AT&T’s lineup come next week. Sammy’s QWERTY duo, the Tegra 2-powered Captivate Glide and Froyo-based Doubletime, along with Pantech’s uniquely formed Pocket will make their US carrier debut on November 20th, offering a little bit of everything for Joe Consumer. There’s no official word on the contracted pricing for this Android trio, but you shouldn’t have to wait much longer for that essential bit of info.

Samsung Captivate Glide, Doubletime and Pantech Pocket join AT&T’s Android brigade on November 20th originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 14 Nov 2011 17:17:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Video look at the ASUS Transformer Prime finds YouTube, drooling Yet?

If you are as excited about the Transformer Prime as we are, then you must be anxious to see the device. There have been a number of images pulled from the teaser video that ASUS released. Then we saw a little bit of how it looked live from All Things D. That still doesn’t quench our thirst for this tablet though. We want hands on video time with a real look at the device.

Well, someone has provided us with that, sort of. At least it is a hands on demo of how awesome Shadow Gun is played on it. They also provided a number of various photos for your viewing pleasure. Sadly due to the nature of my current situation I wasn’t able to produce any more than the one you see via Phandroid. You can hit up the source link below to locate more images.

Check out the video real quick though -

This is easily going to be the tablet of the year. I don’t think anyone will be able to compete with ASUS on quality, updates and just plain awesomeness. How many of you guys are waiting to get your grubby little fingers on one of these?

Source: ZTOP via Phandroid

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Transformer Prime Release Pushed Back But Will Have Android 4.0

Oh I know you guys were anxiously awaiting for the first quad-core tablet, The Transformer Prime, but your going to have to wait just a little bit longer. The boys over at Digitimes have reported sources from upstream supply chain say Google is providing assistance to ASUS in order to make sure the Transformer Prime ships with the latest Android 4.0. So pretty much good news and bad news. Bad news is you are going to have to wait a little longer, good news is that it’s going to come equipped  with the latest Android goodness that is Ice Cream Sandwich.

Its Kind of funny that the day we hear about the first quad-core phone, we then hear a delay on the first quad-core tablet. It’s all good though. This way instead of getting the tablet with Honeycomb on it and waiting for your ICS update, you just get it right off the bat. Who wouldn’t want an Ice Cream Sandwich, quad-core beast to go with Christmas dinner. It will taste good with some apple pie.

Source: Android and Me

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Asus Transformer Prime Launch Pushed Back To December – Will Debut With Android 4.0 [Rumor]

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If you were looking forward to the rumored November 9th launch date for the upcoming Nvidia quad-core toting ASUS Transformer Prime tablet, you may have to wait just a little bit longer. Sources told Digitimes today that the convertible tablet has been push backed to a December release.

Before you get all bent out of shape, keep in mind this supposedly has something to do with the device debuting with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and not Android 3.2. Apparently, Google needs a little more time to prepare and by “prepare” we mean wait for the launch of the Galaxy Nexus which we’re sure Google is wanting to be the premier device to show-off ICS to the world. Corporate politics. Go figure.

[Via Digitimes]


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Motorola Defeats Apple in German Patent Dispute, Outcome is Not as it Seems

The international patent debacle got a little spicy yesterday when FOSS Patents reported that Motorola Mobility had actually won a German injunction against Apple that could potentially prevent them from selling Apple products in Germany. Apple has since issued a statement confirming the injunction, but before you go getting all excited, a little bit of research reveals the outcome may not actually be as it appears. Read More…

Motorola Defeats Apple in German Patent Dispute, Outcome is Not as it Seems


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HTC Rezound Gets First Press Shots, Video Samples

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With a little bit of patience we could make it to tonight’s HTC event to see the HTC Rezound unveiled with some surprises still intact. Instead, we present to you leaked press shots, video samples obtained by the same guy who just posted a hands-on look at Beats Audio on the device (the same gentleman who has graced us with hands-on footage throughout the week), and signs of Verizon’s site preparing for the arrival of the Rezound (just check the source code).

[via AndroidForums, PocketDroid, PocketNow]


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Leaked road map for Costco puts the HTC Vivid out November 6th

One of AT&T’s first LTE devices, the HTC Vivid, is set to launch on November 6th. With the launch of a new device we sometimes wonder what other retailers besides the carrier stores will be offering the device. We can lock Costco down as being one of at least a handful that will offer this one. The new launch ad goes through some of the specs of this device but doesn’t lean towards any retail price. Costco usually under cuts the carrier price by at least a little, if they can’t they usually offer some other perk along with the device to help motivate buyers through the door.

The trained eye will see at least one misprint on the document, 256MB RAM. We all know that is a lie, it’s 1GB. One would think a major retailer would get the specs right if they plan to sell a device wouldn’t you? Even though there are only a handful of LTE markets available at the moment, AT&T plans to light some more up very soon. Making this device a little bit more worth wild in more areas.

Anyone out there having issues deciding between the HTC Vivid and the Samsung Skyrocket? Both seem like they should sell well for AT&T.

Source: AndroidCentral

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10 Kindle Fires and $250 gift cards up for grabs from Amazon

If you are even mildly excited about Amazons new Kindle Fire that is scheduled to launch on Nov 15th then you should definitely keep reading. In an effort to hype up the device a little bit more, Amazon is giving 10 of them away. As if that isn’t a good enough reason to go hit the ‘Like” button, they are also offering up $250 Gift cards to go along with the prize. That is sure to help you buy a ton of books, movies, accessories and even a second Kindle Fire if you are so inclined.

Only legal limitations is that you must be 18 to enter. Simply pop on over to Amazons Facebook page, click the infamous ‘Like’ button and fill out your information. Once you have done that, you can sit back and keep your fingers crossed. We recommend everyone enters, even if you don’t want one. You can always sell it, gift it for the holidays or send it to us :O)

Source: Facebook

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Android Central Editors’ app picks for Oct 29, 2011

Carnival

With Halloween coming up so quickly we decided to treat you to a little bit of fun with a Halloween themed round up for this week! So, let's hit the break and take a look at some of our favorite Halloween flavored apps!

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No Gorilla Glass for the Galaxy Nexus. It’s going to have a little Fortified Glass Instead

Each day we learn more and more about this beautiful device full of ICS, and now there’s a little bit more information about the screen. We learned last week that the phone’s 4.65-inch screen was a standard Super AMOLED and not the Super AMOLED plus. Not really a big deal in my opinion, the display still looks gorgeous. Well it seems that now we are learning that the device isn’t going to sport the trademark Gorilla Glass, but instead Samsung is saying it’ll be sporting a type of “fortified glass”. That’s pretty interesting but I’m sure it’ll be able to repel bullets. Okay maybe not bullets but it’ll be able to withstand the buttery of the butter-ess fingers.

Source: Engadget

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Pick up an ICS themed Google Search box for your Device

We all know there are plenty of themes out there that offer oodles of Ice Cream Sandwich love. Sadly, they require some sort of custom launchers, ROM or modification to enjoy them. On the other side of the coin you have some stock users out there that are looking to get a little bit of a new look on their device. App developer Roberto Orgiu has gone and taken a simple just one element that a high majority of us use, the Google Search box, and themed it up to look like ICS.

That is really all there is to it. Not much else for me to explain or talk about, it is a themed search box. If you have been looking for just a taste or even just a change this is a good looking widget to add to your collection.

Thanks to a twitter friend of ours – @joey_ufc – we were alerted that this widget is sadly not sized correctly qHD displays. Thanks for the heads up!

Application: Tiwiz ICS Search Bar
Developer: Roberto Orgiu
Cost: FREE

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus Pops Up On Amazon – £540 SIM Free and Unlocked

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The Samsung Galaxy Nexus has appeared on Amazon today with an “in stock” date of November 7th. The device is being offered for £540 which translates to roughly $864.97 US dollars (although my cart said $930) SIM free and unlocked, which means if you’ve been saving up your pennies, you can expect AT&T and T-Mobile compatibility.

There’s been a lot of talk on Verizon having the exclusive and while I think that could be true for US carriers offering the device, the international version is a little bit up in the air at this point. I understand a launch date from the online retailer KingofGadgets is by no means definitive but it’s always fun to guess.

[Via Amazon]

Thanks, Ben!


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Will my tablet get Ice Cream Sandwich? Our predictions

Tablets and ICS

Android is more than smartphones.  With the release of the original 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab, Android has moved into the big screen arena, and it's slowly picking up steam.  There are some very nice bits of hardware out there running Android and we all are getting antsy about when the one we're using might see some Ice Cream Sandwich love. 

That's where we come into play.  We are surrounded by phones and tablets, and we're going to use a little bit of insight to make a prediction or two about when we'll be seeing OS updates for them.  Hit the break, and read along.

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[Video] Android 4.0 ported onto the Nexus One

There has been much speculation about which devices will see Android 4.0 in the future. We have already heard about plans for various devices to receive an official ICS update, like the Droid Razr,  but what about those who are willing to port via the SDK method?

Some dude going by dr1337md, recently posted a video on YouTube showing a glitchy SDK ICS port to the Nexus One. If you look at the video you will notice that there are definitely some issues, ones that dr1337md claims to be working on. The overall experience looks a bit laggy, audio and video decoding are not working but at least it’s a solid starting point. Maybe with a little bit of tweaking and optimization on Google’s end, the Nexus One, like many other devices, may actually have some ICS goodness in their future. We are stoked at least to see someone trying! You can check out the video for yourself right after the break.

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[Video] Android 4.0 ported onto the Nexus One


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

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

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

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

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

Let me know if there is any problems.

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

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

Source: XDA via OMGDroid

 

 

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Sony Currently In Discussions To Bring Playstation Suite To Non-Sony Devices

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Remember back when Sony said their Playstation Suite would arrive on other non-Sony Android devices sometime in the future? Well, speaking during AsiaD today in Hong Kong, Sony Computer Entertainment chairman Kaz Hirai (damn, that’s a cool name) gave us a little bit of an update on the progress with that.

Apparently, the framework is still very much open to other OEM’s and Sony is currrently “in discussions” with these manufacturers to bring the Playstation suite “onboard.” Unfortunately, there still wasn’t any word on an exact time-frame with Kaz saying it will be announced, “when it’s time to go public with it.” Looks like you’re going to have to wait a little longer to get native Final Fantasy 7 running on your HTC/Motorola/Samsung whatever.

[AllThingsD via Engadget]


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“Build the Maze! And then: Break it!” Game & Competition goes live, get your app out to the world Effortlessly

If you are an app developer then you know how hard the ‘Maze’ is when trying to get your app noticed. There are hundreds of sites like our out there that do our best to show your work to a broad audience. I am willing to bet that it helps out, but that you all would love more exposure, right? Now is a pretty darn good chance to get noticed, have a little fun and help support the sites that help support you.

We are part of a multi-site contest promoted by appbackr Xchange. Their goal is to help app developers get their apps noticed. Not just noticed, but easily and effectively distributed across all available app stores that Android has access too. Saves you a ton of time and app management.

How it works -

  • Xchange analyzes your app and pushes it to the most relevant stores that generate the highest amount of sales.
  • Through partnerships with 100s of app stores and appbackr’s proprietary analytics system Xchange finds the right place for your app.
  • This is the place to get additional distribution for your app – effortlessly. Break the MazeSM of distribution with appbackr Xchange.

In the case of Android, they have locked down partnerships with 50 app stores from around the world. Getting your app in places like GetJar, Amazon, LG App Store, Toshiba App Store, Lenovo and many more. How does that sound to you devs out there? There is nothing wrong with getting your app into the hands of more users that are willing to pay you for it.

The service that AppBackr is offering is pretty unique and very specialized. You can go sign up now to get an early invite to their services by visiting appbackr.com/xchange. Be sure you use the invite code ANDROIDSPIN when registering.

OK, so now you know a little bit about what they do, how about this contest that is starting right now. We have partnered up with AppBackr Xchange along with 4 other sites to make this a great collaboration of sites to help you all out. The image above shows you the T-Shirts that they have design. Coincidentally, the maze you see is what you are looking for. There are five pieces of the maze scattered around the participating sites, list to follow. You goal is to search through all five sites, find each piece of the maze and reassemble it. Once you have done that you will send it in. Sounds pretty simple right? Don’t worry, we won’t make it to hard to find on our site, but some searching will be required.

So, find the pieces, rebuild the maze email it in. Sounds great, what do we get -

1st: will be the very first person to have to chance to submit his app to appbackr Xchange; will be named as the competiton winner on all participating sites including a short description of his app; will get an appbackr Xchange ‘Break the Maze’ t-shirt

- 2n to 5th: will get an appbackr Xchange ‘Break the Maze’ t-shirt

If you are the lucky winner of the competition, you get some awesome coverage by five Android sites and your app marketed to the right people in the right app stores. Not to bad of a prize is it? If you think small scale like I do, then you under stand that if you get 10% more app purchases that is a grip of money in your pocket. Below you will find all the information that you need to start searching on our site and links to all the participating sites, making it a little easier to get started.

Locations of the other four pieces will be some where on the following site -

- androidguys.com
talkandroid.com
theandroidsite.com
mydroidworld.com

Once you find all the pieces you will want to submit them to: xchange at appbackr dot com, yes it is encrypted for a reason. You better hurry though, competition will be stiff and this opportunity will be over at the end of business on Monday.

AppBackr Xchange info:

Twitter – @Xchange
Hashtag – #Xchange
Facebook – AppBackr

The only thing left to do, is offer up a hint. We have total freedom to hide our piece of the maze anywhere we would like. It could be in the forums, in a post or in an ad. Where oh were should I hide it. ‘Beats’ the heck out of me..

Good luck guys!

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Let the skulls fly across your screen with Halloween Skulls Live Wallpaper

Live Wallpaper

With Halloween rapidly approaching it is time to get in the spirit and spice up your device with a little Halloween flavor. One of the many fun features of Android is the ability to run live wallpapers, and what better way to show a little bit of Halloween fun than to have some skulls flying across the screen, and some cobwebs? This live wallpaper, like most others that offer options to customize the speed, direction, and size of the objects will set you back only 99 cents, but that's a small price to pay to get in the spirit. Hit the break for download links.

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[MIUI Theme] Itching for the Roboto font for MIUI?

Here we are again with another great addition to our MIUI themes. This is strictly just the Roboto font that was talked about during last nights event. It is a very crisp, clear and clean font that is coming as the default with Ice Cream Sandwich. Since we are all impatiently waiting for not only the Galaxy Nexus to land so we can buy it, we are also waiting for custom ROMs to start appearing. Until then, you can pick up this font theme to add a little bit more ICS love to your device.

As a reminder, this is not a FULL theme. This is simply a font for your device. Download the file below and place it inside your MIUI/Theme folder on your SD card. Open the Theme app and select ‘customize’ then ‘Font’. Find the font and apply it. All done, now you are rocking some Roboto.

Roboto Font for MIUI

Source: MIUI forums

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Larry Page on Ice Cream Sandwich — it’s incredible

Larry Page

While on the Google Quarterly earnings call, Google CEO Larry Page let slip a little bit of his enthusiasm for Ice Cream Sandwich.  With words like "You won’t believe what we have managed to do in this release", "I'm super excited", and "incredible" being thrown around, it's easy to see he's pumped about the ICS release.  We are, as well, and I'm sure a good many of you guys are, too.  Oct. 19 can't come soon enough!


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App Spotlight: MyFitnessPal

Health awareness is a topic that is becoming more and more popular in today’s society. This is where MyFitnessPal comes in, helping people count their calories and make the right choices about what they’re putting into their bodies.

Screenshot by Josh Gough

Easy to use and helpful, MyFitnessPal will provide assistance to the user as they strive to reach their goal weight. It will provide the maximum amount of calories they should be taking in each day. Many would say that when on a diet, the least enjoyable aspect of the experience is the act of counting calories. With this app it is made a little bit more manageable. Donning a database of millions of food entries and their caloric worth, all one has to do is simply search for what they ate and enter it into their diary. MyFitnessPal will also keep track of the exercise they have put in that day, informing them how many calories they burned and then updating their calories still remaining.

Screenshot by Josh Gough

The app also attempts to motivate users through a few of its options. They can invite their friends to the app and post about how much weight they have lost or what they did that day. They can use a chart to track how much weight they have lost since it all started, illustrating improvement over time.

Screenshot by Josh Gough

MyFitnessPal is very clean and simple to use. Try it out if you’re looking for a calorie counter to make that trip to a goal weight more attainable.

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Welcome to the The ManDroid Show! The weekly Android news recap with a Twist!

The show is here! Simon and Stormy brought me on board to add a little quirkiness to the android world, and wanted something similar to my YouTube show, The Film Junkee, on the AndroidSPIN site. So after ruffling through a few ideas and one test show, the ManDroid Show is now here! We thought about having little Android guys jumping up and down on trampolines with bikinis on, but then thought that might have been too much.

Simon: if there are any graphics / animation people out there who have any ideas and would like to send us something, we’d love to take a look. Now back to David :)

Now I know all you guys out there visit the site everyday to keep updated on all the Android news so why watch the show? Well, at the end of the week, you can get a visual recapping of the top stories and you get to catch up with a little sense of humor thrown in. If you guys watched my phone review video, you know I like to add a little bit of a different take on these videos. I toned it down slightly for this show though, so check it out and stay tuned for weekly videos and don’t forget to subscribe to the AndroidSPIN channel.

Remember that this is the first episode we’ve put together and we’d love your feedback.  If you’d like to contribute something, we’d welcome that too.  Now go and enjoy the show!

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Nexus Prime boot animation gets a video Preview

As much as I try to differentiate our site from what everyone else is posting about, there are times where that is just not possible. In the case of anything related to new devices and all that is Nexus Prime, we are obligated to get it out for those of you that may have missed it on another site.

With that being said, we saw another little bit of video pleasure roll across the web just a little bit ago. A reliable source, P3Droid, has uploaded a video of what he is claiming is the bootanimation for the Nexus Prime. We have no reason to doubt him in the slightest. He has it set up to show us what it looks like, but it is not on a Nexus Prime. It is being demonstrated on a Droid Bionic. Not that it really matters, at least we get what we hope is a sneak peek of it. Take a quick look at and let us know what you think.

Source: MyDroidWorld

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Announcing the winners of the 500,000th member giveaways

500,000 members

We had a blast last week giving away prizes in honor of our 500,000th member here at Android Central.  It's you guys who make this such a great place to read a bit of news (and for us to write it) and hang out in the forums, and we love every chance we have to give a little bit back.  After five days of contests, it's finally time to announce the winners — here they are!

Monday: Win a free case for the smartphone of your choice

  • tdosthp

Tuesday: Win a free Bluetooth headset of your choice

  • saltysteve

Wednesday: Win a spare battery for the smartphone of your choice

  • captmeach7
  • dcreed
  • Jaysus

Thursday: Win one of five Android Central T-shirts

  • droidify
  • IceDree
  • Photon4glover
  • Saneless
  • Suntan

Friday: Win an IOU for the next Nexus phone

  • digitalslacker

Congrats to one and all!  Be sure to check your email and get back with us to collect your prize.  Everyone keep your eyes peeled for the next big giveaway — you never know when they're gonna show up.


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Walmart prices the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II at $148.88

Walmart Pricing

You didn't really think that Walmart would come in with the same pricing as other places with the Samsung Galaxy S II for AT&T did you? As suspected, Walmart has priced the device a little over $50 cheaper than AT&T's price of $199, and they are offering it for $148.88 on two year agreement, and only $520 versus AT&T's $549 off contract pricing. So, if you are looking to get yourself one, and want to save a little bit of cash, head over to your local Walmart and pick one up, and hop in the forums to let us know your thoughts.

Thanks, Sporky!


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Breathe new life into your wallpapers with Wall RANDOM

Wallpapers are one of the simplest and easiest things one can place on their device to give it a little bit of personalized touch. You don’t need to be rooted, sporting a special device or have any coding knowledge to be able to change a wallpaper. There are a number of apps available on the market that help facilitate you in the search for that perfect background image. You can use your own photos or simply do a Google search for your favorite topic and find more than you can handle. What if you have a wallpaper that you absolutely love, but you wish it was a little bit different.

A new app has just hit the android market offering a new twist to your wallpaper selection. It is called WallRANDOM. It sounds like it would just randomly change your wallpaper backgrounds, but it doesn’t. The application allows you to take your favorite wallpapers or photos that you already have and use on your device and change the colors, effects and customize them a bit. Giving you ability to change that TRON logo from blue to red or green without having to search for the right wallpaper online somewhere.

The application comes in two versions. The free version offers you the basics, but is more than enough to get you going and keep you happy. If you are looking for all the features and function of this application you will want to snag up the PRO versions from the market. It is only$0.94. Extremely affordable for the what the application can potential do for you. Check out the short demo video that Mariux has prepared for you to see it in action.

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It looks pretty fun. You should check it out.

Application: WallRANDOM – Wallpaper Edition
Developer: Mariux
Cost: FREE

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[Update: Amazon's Statement... Sort Of] Is The Amazon Appstore Officially Rolling Out Globally?

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Of all the gripes surrounding the Amazon Appstore, its lack of international availability has been among the top since its release back in March of this year. However, we’re starting to hear that Big A may have quietly unleashed its third-party Android market to several countries outside of the US.

According to The Digital Reader, users in the UK, Australia, The Netherlands, and India have all successfully been able to install the Appstore and login using their existing user ID and password. It’s possible that someone at Amazon pulled the trigger a little bit too early and the…

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