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Google’s Eric Schmidt headed to North Korea on ‘private, humanitarian mission’

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North Korea as seen from the Dora Observatory

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt is going to North Korea as part of a "private, humanitarian mission," The Associated Press reported this afternoon. North Korea is all but cut off from the rest of the world when it comes to the Internet (among other things). Will Schmidt's trip the the beginning of any sort of change there? We can only hope.

Source: Associated Press

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Twist for Android uses GPS to tell your friends you’ll be late

There’s a brand new app that was just released today for Android called Twist. We all have that friend or sibling that is just late for everything right? I’ll be there in 10. Then they leave 8 minutes later are are 20 minutes late. Twist for Android looks to curb that by using GPS to give you a real-time alert on progress, as well as the estimated time of arrival. Read on for more details.

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Without revealing exactly where you are to friends and family (who would want to be tracked, this isn’t Mission Impossible). Instead it uses GPS and cell tower signals and location to estimate, and for the most part accurately report when you’ll arrive at a destination. You can fire up the app and then quickly share details, and that ETA information with friends and family, Facebook, or whatever you’d like.

The app obviously knows if you’re walking, driving, or taking public transit as well as letting you chose the options that best fits the situation. I like the fact that once you send out the notification it adds you to their site. While it won’t tell anyone your exact location, the people you’ve sent a notification to can then track the progress, or check for status updates if they are getting impatient.

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The app actually uses Microsoft’s Bing apps, even though Google’s recently opened up their maps API for developers. While we probably don’t expect them to switch over, the experience has been rather impressive with Bing. Instead of always having to send a quick “be there soon” text message, especially while driving (who does that) you’ll now just fire Twist up as you head out the door — and commute in peace. Get it now absolutely free from the link below and give this neat new app a try.

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Quick Look: Ringke Slim Case for Nexus 4 in Black, White, and Grey

After the back of my LG Nexus 4 cracked, prompting me to order another one, I decided to set out on a mission to find the best case for it. As you know, I have zero confidence in the glass backside, so even as someone who hasn’t used a case for more than a few [...]

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Sprint 4G LTE headed to nine new markets in the ‘coming months’

Sprint has announced a slew of new 4G LTE markets today, effectively increasing the number of cities on the waiting list to get access to the carrier’s blazing-fast network. Customers in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota; Oakland/Fremont/Hayward, California; Key West, Florida; Fort Smith, Arkansas; Michigan City/La Porte, Indiana; Bloomington, Indiana; Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Ardmore, Oklahoma; and McAllen/Edinburg/Mission, Texas will be happy to know that their cities are among the select few slated to receive first dibs on Sprint’s elusive 4G LTE over the course of the coming months.

It’s a little disheartening to see more cities added to the pipeline before Sprint can even manage roll out its new network to markets that have previously been announced. Either way, Sprint still hopes to have most of its rollout completed before the end of 2013, so it looks like these cities will at least see improved data speeds before then (fingers crossed). Hit the break for the company’s official press release.

 

Sprint Adding 4G LTE to Nine Additional Cities in Coming Months

Power data users in several cities will soon enjoy a 4G LTE experience with the only truly unlimited 4G LTE plans from a national carrier

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), November 13, 2012 – Continuing its aggressive push to deliver an enhanced top-tier network experience for customers, Sprint (NYSE:S) announced today that its 4G LTE network build is progressing in nine additional cities within its nationwide 3G footprint.

Work has begun on the 4G LTE Network in the following additional areas:

- Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.       - Fort Smith, Ark.       - Ardmore, Okla.
- Oakland/Fremont/       - Michigan City/       - McAllen/Edinburg/
  Hayward, Calif.         La Porte, Ind.         Mission, Texas
- Key West, Fla.       - Bloomington, Ind.          
          - Eau Claire, Wis.          
                       

“We’re committed to providing improved 3G and 4G LTE as quickly as possible, and keeping our customers informed as to when and where they can experience the new network’s superior performance and speed,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint. “Our customers depend on their mobile devices as their primary source of communication, business connectivity and entertainment. We’re delivering all of that functionality at a very competitive price.”

During the pre-launch phase, Sprint customers with capable devices may begin to see 4G LTE coverage in these areas and are welcome to use the network even before it officially launches. Sprint plans to announce commercial availability of 4G LTE in these cities in the coming months, followed by continued enhancements in coverage, performance and reliability. Ultimately, Sprint’s 4G LTE coverage is expected to largely match the existing nationwide 3G footprint.

Sprint has announced more than 125 cities where Sprint 4G LTE is on its way, including Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tenn.; Miami; Nashville, Tenn.; New Orleans; New York; Philadelphia; and Washington, D.C. To find out more about which markets currently have Sprint 4G LTE and which markets are coming next, please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.

Sprint introduced its all-new 4G LTE network in July 2012 and currently offers service in 32 cities1. As part of its overall network strategy, Sprint is also doing a complete overhaul of its 3G infrastructure so that customers can enjoy better wireless signal strength, in-building coverage, and fewer dropped/blocked calls. These enhancements are now available to customers in several markets across the country, with significant deployment in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., and will continue to improve in the weeks and months ahead. With these enhancements to Sprint’s 3G network, the company’s prepaid customers, on Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile, will also benefit and can expect to see better coverage, improved network reliability and voice quality resulting in up to 20 to 30 percent fewer dropped and blocked calls.

Unlimited + Sprint 4G LTE = Game-changing wireless offer for customers

In today’s competitive wireless market, the value of unlimited has never been more apparent and Sprint is clearly a leading choice in wireless. Customers with capable devices can combine Sprint’s all-new 3G and 4G LTE networks and enjoy unlimited data while on the Sprint network. Data usage continues to increase and consumers value Truly Unlimited data because it’s simple and straightforward – while on the Sprint network there is no metering, no throttling, and no need to share data, which increases the likelihood of a surprise monthly bill because of overage charges.

Coupled with unbeatable plans and fast devices, Sprint has been working hard to deliver the best customer experience in the past few years. The 2012 American Customer Satisfaction Index ranked Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across all 47 industries measured, over the last four years. And Sprint has been ranked Highest in Satisfaction with the Purchase Experience among Full-service Wireless Providers three times in a row by J.D. Power and Associates.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served nearly 56 million customers at the end of the third quarter of 2012 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across all 47 industries, during the last four years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in both its 2011 and 2012 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company.

1 Atlanta, Ga.; Athens, Ga.; Baltimore, Md.; Barnstable-Hyannis/Mid-Cape, Mass.; Calhoun, Ga.; Carrollton, Ga.; Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, Ill.; Gainesville, Ga.; Dallas; Fort Worth, Texas; Gary, Ind.; Granbury-Hood County, Texas; Houston; Huntsville, Texas; Hutchinson, Kan.; Lawrence, Kan.; Kankakee/Bradley/Bourbonnais, Ill.; Kansas City, Mo.-Kan.; McPherson, Kan.; Manhattan/Junction City, Kan.; New Bedford/Fall River, Mass.; Newnan, Ga.; Rockford, Ill.; Rome, Ga.; San Antonio, Texas; Sedalia, Mo.; St. Joseph, Mo.-Kan.; Topeka, Kan.; Waco, Texas; Waukegan-Lake County, Ill.; Wichita, Kan.; Wichita Falls, Texas.


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Sprint announces handful of new LTE cities

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Sprint has promised they they will have quite a few new LTE areas that will go live "in coming months." They include:

  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Minnesota
  • Oakland/Fremont/Hayward, California
  • Key West, Florida
  • Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • Michigan City/La Porte, Indiana
  • Bloomington, Indiana
  • Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • Arrdmore, Oklahoma
  • McAllen/Edinburg/Mission, Texas

Sprint's biggest issue right now is expanding coverage, so it's good to see they've got some new markets lined up. I'm curious to see how that U.S. Cellular acquisition will improve their coverage. Any lucky Sprint customers in these areas? How about those of you on other carriers – is Sprint LTE availability an attraction at all? Sprint customers elsewhere, how many of you are still waiting for LTE?

 

Source: Sprint

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Sprint adds nine more LTE cities to its list

It looks like Sprint is adding more cities to its list of cities set to receive 4G LTE in the months to come. A good chunk of you will enjoy the super fast speeds Sprint’s network provides to phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the HTC EVO 4G LTE.

Those added to the party today reside in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn; Oakland/Fremont/Hayward, Calif; Key West, Fla; Fort Smith, Ark; Michigan City/La Porte, Ind; Bloomington, Ind; Eau Claire, Wis; Ardmore, Okla; and McAllen/Edinburg/Mission, Texas.

We’re happy to see that the company isn’t being lethargic in announcing its plans, but actual rollouts have been few and far between. Last I checked with a Sprint representative, most of the cities in its current list of 125 and counting will be getting lit up with LTE by the end of this year, but Sprint seems to be waiting for… something.

We’re not sure if testing is taking longer than anticipated or if they are waiting to have a certain number of towers up and running before letting the network run loose, but it’s certainly getting a bit annoying to see new cities added to a list when a vast majority of cities on that list have been there for months, and have yet to see a shred of high-speed LTE data.

Sprint’s still confident in its goal of getting most of its network up and running by the end of 2013, though, so you’ll just have to trust that they’ll make nice on that. And after the WiMax debacle, getting a list of targeted cities — at the very least — is something to be very grateful for at this point. Raise your hands (or comment below) if you’re in any of the aforementioned cities confirmed to be getting blazing fast 4G LTE, and be sure to read on for full press details.

Sprint Adding 4G LTE to Nine Additional Cities in Coming Months

Power data users in several cities will soon enjoy a 4G LTE experience with the only truly unlimited 4G LTE plans from a national carrier

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), November 13, 2012 – Continuing its aggressive push to deliver an enhanced top-tier network experience for customers, Sprint (NYSE:S) announced today that its 4G LTE network build is progressing in nine additional cities within its nationwide 3G footprint.

Work has begun on the 4G LTE Network in the following additional areas:

- Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn. - Fort Smith, Ark. - Ardmore, Okla.
- Oakland/Fremont/ - Michigan City/ - McAllen/Edinburg/
Hayward, Calif. La Porte, Ind. Mission, Texas
- Key West, Fla. - Bloomington, Ind.
- Eau Claire, Wis.

“We’re committed to providing improved 3G and 4G LTE as quickly as possible, and keeping our customers informed as to when and where they can experience the new network’s superior performance and speed,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint. “Our customers depend on their mobile devices as their primary source of communication, business connectivity and entertainment. We’re delivering all of that functionality at a very competitive price.”

During the pre-launch phase, Sprint customers with capable devices may begin to see 4G LTE coverage in these areas and are welcome to use the network even before it officially launches. Sprint plans to announce commercial availability of 4G LTE in these cities in the coming months, followed by continued enhancements in coverage, performance and reliability. Ultimately, Sprint’s 4G LTE coverage is expected to largely match the existing nationwide 3G footprint.

Sprint has announced more than 125 cities where Sprint 4G LTE is on its way, including Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tenn.; Miami; Nashville, Tenn.; New Orleans; New York; Philadelphia; and Washington, D.C. To find out more about which markets currently have Sprint 4G LTE and which markets are coming next, please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.

Sprint introduced its all-new 4G LTE network in July 2012 and currently offers service in 32 cities1. As part of its overall network strategy, Sprint is also doing a complete overhaul of its 3G infrastructure so that customers can enjoy better wireless signal strength, in-building coverage, and fewer dropped/blocked calls. These enhancements are now available to customers in several markets across the country, with significant deployment in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., and will continue to improve in the weeks and months ahead. With these enhancements to Sprint’s 3G network, the company’s prepaid customers, on Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile, will also benefit and can expect to see better coverage, improved network reliability and voice quality resulting in up to 20 to 30 percent fewer dropped and blocked calls.

Unlimited + Sprint 4G LTE = Game-changing wireless offer for customers

In today’s competitive wireless market, the value of unlimited has never been more apparent and Sprint is clearly a leading choice in wireless. Customers with capable devices can combine Sprint’s all-new 3G and 4G LTE networks and enjoy unlimited data while on the Sprint network. Data usage continues to increase and consumers value Truly Unlimited data because it’s simple and straightforward – while on the Sprint network there is no metering, no throttling, and no need to share data, which increases the likelihood of a surprise monthly bill because of overage charges.

Coupled with unbeatable plans and fast devices, Sprint has been working hard to deliver the best customer experience in the past few years. The 2012 American Customer Satisfaction Index ranked Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across all 47 industries measured, over the last four years. And Sprint has been ranked Highest in Satisfaction with the Purchase Experience among Full-service Wireless Providers three times in a row by J.D. Power and Associates.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served nearly 56 million customers at the end of the third quarter of 2012 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across all 47 industries, during the last four years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in both its 2011 and 2012 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company.

1 Atlanta, Ga.; Athens, Ga.; Baltimore, Md.; Barnstable-Hyannis/Mid-Cape, Mass.; Calhoun, Ga.; Carrollton, Ga.; Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, Ill.; Gainesville, Ga.; Dallas; Fort Worth, Texas; Gary, Ind.; Granbury-Hood County, Texas; Houston; Huntsville, Texas; Hutchinson, Kan.; Lawrence, Kan.; Kankakee/Bradley/Bourbonnais, Ill.; Kansas City, Mo.-Kan.; McPherson, Kan.; Manhattan/Junction City, Kan.; New Bedford/Fall River, Mass.; Newnan, Ga.; Rockford, Ill.; Rome, Ga.; San Antonio, Texas; Sedalia, Mo.; St. Joseph, Mo.-Kan.; Topeka, Kan.; Waco, Texas; Waukegan-Lake County, Ill.; Wichita, Kan.; Wichita Falls, Texas.


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Featured Play Store Review: Hands on with Z-Cross [Arcade & Action]

If you’re looking for an old school shooter, I’ve got the game for you. It’s called Z-Cross and it was created by a new developer called EndoclanSoft. It takes place in space and it’s your job to capture the stolen Z-Particles to restore peace to the Galaxy. There are two options for gameplay: In Mission mode, you will travel to all the planets in the solar system and defend yourself with various enemies and bosses. The Survival mode is an endless battle much like old school games

For either mode, the controls are the same and quite simple. You tilt your phone to steer your ship and you tap anywhere on the display to shoot. In the Mission mode, you will need to collect at least six Z Particles from each mission to advance and there are 3 missions per planet. At the end of the third mission for each planet, the main enemy boss will appear and must be defeated. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to pick up another type of particle called X-Particles. Depending on what type, they will yield you secondary weapons or a protective shield momentarily. X Particles can even get you an extra life. There is a total of 18 stages and 10 boss battles in the Mission mode, and if you collect all the Z particles, you will unlock the Elite Challenge.

The Survival mode is an endless battle in which you need to pick up as many blue orgs as you can while avoiding or killing the enemy. They are also known as Y-Particles, and you can use them to purchase extra lives or weapons in the store. Also as part of the Survival mode, you can share your scores in the online area.

I found Z-Cross to be very addicting and what I like most about it, is that it doesn’t have all the fancy power ups that you find in today’s games. Yes the Survival mode has a little of that, but the Mission mode doesn’t have any whatsoever. To me it’s a cross between Asteroids and Galaxian. It’s totally fun and it doesn’t cost a dime to try. There is a free version that includes three planet regions for the mission mode and only one survival stage. It’s definitely enough to see if you like it, and it will only cost you 99-cents to buy the rest, which is very cheap. Check out my hands on video below and hit one of the download links to get started. As always, let me know what you think.

Note: In the video you will see that part of the screen is cut off at the top left where the score is. The developer already fixed that with the latest update.

 

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Initial Impressions Of The Nexus 4 – Raising The Bar For Design, Materials, And Build Quality

wm_IMG_0979Finally. Since Hurricane Sandy flooded out New York and canceled Google’s press event, we’ve been trying everything we can think of to get a review unit. Late yesterday we got an email back from an awesome Googler (thanks!), and I immediately flew out the door to go rescue a Nexus 4 from New York. We got one! Mission accomplished!

I have a million things to work on now: a full review, a bunch of GTKAs, and teardowns of everything. First, though I figured I’d quickly show off the new Nexus:

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For starters, the build quality and materials are amazing. As soon as you pick it up you know you’re holding something that is built with more love and thought than a Galaxy Nexus or GSIII.

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Nanosaur 2 for Android, an Armored Dinosaur on a Mission to Save a Species

Throw science and your basic concept of reality out the door with Nanosaur 2. It’s the future and it looks like Dinosaurs have come back into existence. But this time, things are different. Dinosaurs are now in charge of Earth and have even designed plasma cannons and the ability to time travel. Their purpose is [...]

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Three Most Addictive Free Android Games

Isn’t it funny how people can become so passionate and focused when trying to beat someone else’s score?  I must admit that as much as I am not willing to pay to play a game, I have been tempted more than once.  Developers have discovered the secret of getting many players for their games – addiction through continuous storylines and competition between players even for single player games.  If you have Android, here are some of the most entertaining yet addictive games on the Android market today… and they are all free!

 

Fruit Ninja

As strange as the name sounds, it is a very addictive game – largely because it is easy to play and has a great story line.  This is an action-packed game where the player loses himself in a slashing frenzy of fruits.  Slaughtering all fruits by swiping the finger on the screen can be fun but watch your finger – do not get hurt playing.

 

Mission Impossible FREE

First off, this is not one of those games made to look exactly like hit movies, it has nothing to do with the recent Mission Impossible movie.  In the game, you play Jack, a secret agent getting assigned missions by his boss.  The game is full of money, girls, guns, gangsters, armored vehicles – you name them.  Controlling the game is super easy for such a feature-filled and graphical game but it gets harder as you move from one level to the next.

 

Yoo Ninja! Free

Yoo Ninja is simple to play but it is one of the most addictive games I have ever tried.  The protagonist, a Ninja, runs on the screen and the player’s responsibility is to control his movements by tapping the screen.  It is a very engaging game with a high score the player is supposed to achieve on each level.  In Endless mode, the player is supposed to reach the high score in the shortest time possible.

 

This is a list of our 3 most addictive free games on Android for July.  Are there any ones we should know about?  Let us know what you think

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Ice Cream Sandwich Wins Gold Prize For Best Platform Experience at 2012 User Experience Awards

Matias Duarte and the team behind the Android user experience should be very proud tonight. Not only was Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich nominated for a UX award at the Parson’s School of Design’s 2012 User Experience Awards, but ICS took home the Gold Prize for Best Platform Experience!

Many people who have tried Android in the past remark on how it never felt quite finished or as professional as Apple’s iOS. Matias Duarte, formerly of webOS fame, was hired by Google to add the UX polish that was needed to bring Android to another level. Mission accomplished. Us Android fans already know how big a leap ICS was to the usability of the OS, and now it is being officially recognized.

A clip reel put together by androiddevelopers was shown to the audience at the 2012 User Experience Awards, showing some of the videos Google made for ICS as well as a few glimpses of early design ideas and inspiration. Check it out after the break… and congrats, Android UX Team!

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News: uCombat? iPhone!

download app Combat Mission : Touch  
Developer: Battlefront.com, Inc.  
Price: $4.99   Download on the App Store
 

Get out of your armchairs and from behind your desktops, wannabe generals! War is a dirty business, and it’s time to get your fingers dirty! Battlefront.com is proudly announcing “Combat Mission: Touch” for the iPad 2, The New iPad, iPhone 4/4S and iPod touch 4th Gen.!

“Combat Mission: Touch” allows you to command American and German troops during and after the invasion of Normandy, June 1944! It mixes fun and realism for a unique, hands-on, 3D wargame experience.

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uCombat? iPhone!

download app Combat Mission : Touch
Developer: Battlefront.com, Inc.
Price: $4.99 Download on the App Store
User Ratings: 4.5

Get out of your armchairs and from behind your desktops, wannabe generals! War is a dirty business, and it’s time to get your fingers dirty! Battlefront.com is proudly announcing “Combat Mission: Touch” for the iPad 2, The New iPad, iPhone 4/4S and iPod touch 4th Gen.!

“Combat Mission: Touch” allows you to command American and German troops during and after the invasion of Normandy, June 1944! It mixes fun and realism for a unique, hands-on, 3D wargame experience.

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Galaxy Nexus Receives Galaxy SIII Add-On Mod, Say Hello to TouchWiz and S-Voice

Been thinking about turning your Galaxy Nexus into a Galaxy SIII recently? Developers over at XDA are on a mission to do just that, and with the release of these overlay files, I think they have completed the task. Once you flash the add-on files, you will have the sounds, wallpapers, applications, and other tidbits that [...]

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Samsung claims six new phone trademarks in the US

Here’s a peek into Samsung’s naming conventions for its new US phones. Fusible spotted no less than six new names floating around in the US Patent and Trademark Office: the Galaxy Forge, Galaxy Wield, Galaxy Mission, Galaxy Rivet, Galaxy Victory and the Lunge… which strangely goes without the Galaxy branding. There’s no telling which phones these names allude to, but since Samsung’s been pretty insistent upon keeping its Galaxy S branding intact since the second version, they probably aren’t the Galaxy S III.

Forge, Wield, Mission and Rivet sound like industrial names to me – the sort of names a blacksmith might give to smartphones if he could hammer them out on an anvil. Victory and Lunge might tie in with Samsung’s upcoming and inevitable 2012 Olympics campaign. Beyond that we’re in the dark, and remember that a trademark application doesn’t necessarily mean that a phone is forthcoming: companies often trademark names just to keep a good backlog handy, and prevent other companies from using them.

That said, more ruggedized phones from Samsung would be more than welcome. We came away impressed after reviewing AT&T’s tough-as-nails budget phone the Rugby Smart, so similar phones for other carriers under the “Forge” and “Rivet” names would be a treat. Place your bets now, ladies and gentlemen.

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Samsung files for six new Galaxy trademarks

Samsung’s trademark train is showing no sign of slowing, but it did pick up a few new passengers. Adding to the growing list of names available for use with future handset designs, the Korean manufacturer has added  Galaxy Lunge, Galaxy Forge, Galaxy Weild, Galaxy Mission, Galaxy Rivet, and Galaxy Victory. The names are only the latest in a spree of trademark applications that Samsung kicked off earlier this year.

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Samsung Grabs Trademarks For A Bevy Of New Smartphones Including Galaxy Forge, Victory, And Wield

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Samsung – staying true to form – went on a trademark-filing rampage recently, snatching up trademarks for six new devices, described in the documents only as "Mobile telephones; Smartphones."

The newly-trademarked device names include Lunge (SN 85621870), Galaxy Forge (SN 8561866), Galaxy Wield (SN 85621864), Galaxy Mission (SN 85621859), Galaxy Rivet (SN 85621854), and the Galaxy Victory (SN 85621853).

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Considering these are just trademark filings, there’s no way of knowing when (if ever) we may see smartphones with these names, or what the devices will be like.

Of course, the question of just what Sammy is planning to do with these names would be slightly more compelling if the manufacturer’s penchant for wild-hare trademark grabbing weren’t so established.

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Combat Mission Touch 1.1 update released

download app Combat Mission : Touch
Developer: Battlefront.com, Inc.
Price: $4.99
Download from the App Store
User Ratings:
4.5

What’s New in Version 1.1

- Save/load games in progress
- Smoother camera controls
- GUI improvements
- Performance improvements
- Toggle icons and extra feedback during the playback phase
- Optional settings
- Bug fixes

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Combat Mission: Touch debut storms the beaches of Normandy, and charts

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Developer: Battlefront.com, Inc.
Price: $4.99
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User Ratings:
4.5

In the Strategy and Simulation categories, Combat Mission Touch topped the charts in Finland (we love you guys!) as #1 Top Paid App, and placed within the Top 5 in 24 countries, including the United States, UK, France, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, New Zealand and others. It reached Top 10 tankings in 43 countries the Top 100 in a further 111 countries. Furthermore, we reached Top 10 and Top 100 placements for all games, and in fact all apps of all genres in 43 countries.

A big thank you to all the fans for your reviews and ratings and for placing CM Touch firmly in the Top Charts.

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HUD Google Glasses Spotted in the Wild

The boys over at 9to5 Google have a source who has came across a prototype of the HUD Google Glasses. The HUD (Heads-Up Display) Glasses were first heard about last December. Here is what was said about them:

 

They are in late prototype stages of wearable glasses that look similar to thick-rimmed glasses that “normal people” wear.  However, these provide a display with a heads up computer interface.  There are a few buttons on the arms of the glasses, but otherwise, they could be mistaken for normal glasses.  Additionally, we are not sure of the technology being employed here, but it is likely a transparent LCD or AMOLED display such as the one demonstrated below:

In addition, we have heard that this device is not an “Android peripheral” as the NYT stated.  According to our source, it communicates directly with the Cloud over IP. Although, the “Google Goggles”  could use a phone’s Internet connection, through Wi-Fi or a low power Bluetooth 4.0.

The use-case is augmented reality that would tie into Google’s location services.  A user can walk around with information popping up and into display -Terminator-style- based on preferences, location and Google’s information.

Therefore, these things likely connect to the Internet and have GPS.  They also likely run a version of Android.

Since then, much more was learned about the glasses. There is a front-facing camera that will be able to take pictures and there is even a flash built-in for those night shots. The camera most likely will not be high in mega-pixels, but it will get the job done.

The HUD will only appear in one eye of the lenses, and it will not be transparent, nor will it have 3D configurations. Anyone else reminded of the end of the rock climbing scene in Mission: Impossible 2? When he puts on the glasses to find out his mission?

How do you navigate? Well you have to use your head…literally. It is looking like it will be using a head-tilt scroll-to-click sensor technology, so now you will look somewhat like a crazy person when your bobbing your head back and forth in public. The I/O has voice input and output, and they will sport CPU, Ram, and storage hardware which will probably not be rocking a dual-core chip, but something a much slower.

So what do you guys think about these glasses? Plan on purchasing a pair? I am sure it will set you back quite a bit especially being made by Oakley. I would gladly test out a pair for the Mandroid Show. Sound like a plan?

Source: 9to5 Google

 

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[Review] Seal Force Is A Unique Line-Drawing Game That Puts You In Command Of A Team Of Super Seals On A Mission To Save The Ocean

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Imagine leading a team of highly trained special-ops on a mission to save the world from an evil villain bent on mass destruction. Now imagine those trained professionals have incredible super powers that make them unstoppable. What could possibly make that scenario more awesome? Super seals, that’s what. Roll that all into one and you have the premise behind Seal Force, a unique line-drawing game by Nordisk Film Interactive unlike anything else I have ever come across.

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First Things First

As I stated before, I have never seen a game quite like this one before. I’ve played quite a few …

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Google Gives Insight Into Nexus S’ Role on Final Space Shuttle Mission [Video]

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Wondering what those two Nexus S units were doing aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis on the final mission for NASA’s human-manned program? Google gathered up the souls who wanted to employ the Nexus S for the mission (and future uses) and had them talk about why they chose the Nexus S and what they’d use it for.

NASA is using Nexus S phones to upgrade a trio of volleyball-sized SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites), originally developed by MIT. The phones help the robotic satellites perform tasks the astronauts used to do, like recording sensor data and capturing video footage. In the future, the phones will control and maneuver the SPHERES using the IOIO board and possibly the Android Open Accessory Development Kit (ADK).

So it looks like Google’s Open Accessory move is aiming to improve lives for more than just consumers and hobbyists. One can only imagine what they’ll be able to do with the Nexus Prime when it comes out. Anywyay, the video’s above if you were curious yourself. [Google]


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[Off Topic] Calling all Tinie Tempah fans – Need Tickets to the San Fran Show?

This is absolutely and 99% not related to Android, but entertainment, sharing and just generally being cool, is what the community is all about. That’s my opinion anyways. I located a  tweet put out by AT&T just moments ago for their  #ATTMusicForYou concert happening August 10th in San Francisco.  The concert is featuring Tinie Tempah and is being held at the The Regency Ballroom. Why am I telling you all this mindless information? Because if you want to attend, AT&T is giving away free tickets. Why did I say 99% unrelated, because you can use your Google Maps and GPS to find the streets listed below to get that poster for tickets. Also because there are a lot of Android users on AT&T’s network, which gives you other perks, like access to this concert.

Calling all Tinie Tempah fans,

Need tickets?
We’ve hidden posters around the city for you to find! Your location hints are: University Ave, Mission, Balboa, Harrison & Hayes. Good luck!

We’ll also be at the Stonestown Mall Saturday on August 6th from 12-2pm PST giving away tickets and a pair of meet & greet passes to AT&T Wireless customers. The address is 3251 20th Avenue San Francisco, CA 94132-1900. We hope to see you there.

They have some other great things to do and to get you VIP access. Check out their Facebook page for details.

 

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Google Nexus S Joins Space Shuttle Atlantis for Final Mission

The space shuttle Atlantis may very well be the last to fly to outer space by NASA for awhile but plenty of other programs like Space X are making plans to be in space plenty over the next few years. Lucky for NASA and Google apparently a Google Nexus S was lucky enough to take flight with them today. Exciting huh?

NASA cleared the Nexus S and gave it the green light to partake in a new mission abroad. The Nexus S was on board the final shuttle launch to help test a new breed of small, free flying satellites known as SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites).

With the addition of Nexus S, it allows SPHERES a wider range of capabilities on the satellites and improved communication between the land and sky. Mission control can remotely operate Nexus S-enhanced satellites to perform relatively mundane tasks such as running inventory or environmental surveys on the space station.

Now I’m starting to wonder what version of Android that Google Nexus S may be running. Could it be the recently leaked Android 2.3.5 seen here, or is it a super secret phone like our own Simms22 loves and enjoys?

Pretty interesting and unique story that is for sure, Google is everywhere! Check out the press release below for more details.

SAMSUNG’S NEXUS S ABOARD NASA’S FINAL SHUTTLE

NASA has equipped a trio of SPHERES with a Nexus S by Google
smartphone to head to the International Space Station

Kennedy Space Center – July 8, 2011 — Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), a leading mobile phone provider and the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S. 1, and Google™ today announced Nexus™ S, is aboard NASA’s final space shuttle. As a leader in technology and innovation, Samsung is pleased to be a part of this moment which will most certainly be marked in history.
Nexus S from Google is part of research that will equip small, free-flying satellites called Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) used by the astronauts to provide a broader range of capabilities and give better communication between land and sky. Nexus S is the first commercial smartphone certified by NASA to fly on the space shuttle and to be cleared for use on the International Space Station. The experiment will use the smartphone-enhanced SPHERES as remotely operated robots to conduct interior survey and inspections of the station, to capture mobile camera images and video, and to study how robots can support future human exploration.
The addition of Nexus S to the SPHERES will add to the capabilities of each individual satellite while further increasing NASA’s understanding and exploration of space. Lead engineer in the Intelligent Robotics Group at NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., DW Wheeler, explains, “By connecting a smartphone, we can immediately make SPHERES more intelligent. With a smartphone, the SPHERES will have a built-in camera to take pictures and video, sensors to help conduct inspections, a powerful computing unit to make calculations, and a Wi-Fi connection that we will use to transfer data in real-time to the space station and mission control.”
“Samsung is proud to have the Nexus S chosen to be aboard NASA’s final space shuttle launch, an event that is historical,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile. “The research that is being conducted with SPHERES using the Nexus S will help monitor and communicate from the International Space Station.”
Research Overview
In 1999, a group of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) undergraduate students, in conjunction with the Department of Defense and NASA, built five volleyball-sized free-flying satellites. These satellites are now referred to as Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reporient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) and three of them have been on the International Space Station since 2006. Each SPHERE satellite is self-contained with propulsion, power, navigation and computing equipment. When first designed, the usage possibilities of today were far from conceivable, thus an “expansion port” was built into each of the SPHERES. Additional appendages and sensors can be added to the satellites, allowing wireless power transfer systems and cameras to become parts of the systems. Nexus S is the first commercial smartphone to become a part of the SPHERES via this expansion port.
With the addition of Nexus S, it allows SPHERES a wider range of capabilities on the satellites and improved communication between the land and sky. Mission control can remotely operate Nexus S-enhanced satellites to perform relatively mundane tasks such as running inventory or environmental surveys on the space station. Thus, astronauts will be able to dedicate more time to science experiments and other work rather than having to respond to routine maintenance demands.
About Space Shuttle Atlantis
Space shuttle Atlantis will embark on a 12-day mission to the International Space Station from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The STS-135 mission is the final flight of the Space Shuttle Program. Atlantis’ STS-135 mission will deliver the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module filled with supplies and spare parts to sustain space station operations after the shuttles are retired.
About Nexus S
Co-developed by Google and Samsung, Nexus S features brilliant Super AMOLED touch screen technology, a 4-inch Contour Display with a curved design and Near Field Communication (NFC) technology which allows information to be read off of everyday objects. The smartphone features a 5 megapixel rear facing camera and camcorders as well as a VGA front facing camera. Nexus S is powered by Android™ 2.3, the latest version of Google’s Android platform, making the smartphone not merely a telephone but a powerful mobile computer at the same time. Nexus S also has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi networking, as well as 16 GB of internal memory.

1Number one mobile phone provider in the U.S. claim for Samsung Mobile based upon reported shipment data, according to Strategy Analytics Q1 2011 U.S. Market Share Handset Shipments Reports.

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Samsung Nexus S Hitches A Ride To Space Aboard The Shuttle Atlantis

Samsung and Google have announced that the Samsung Nexus S Android phone went into orbit with the Space Shuttle Atlantis on NASA’s Space Shuttle Program’s last mission. The Space Shuttle Atlantis is on a 12 day mission to the International Space Station where they are dropping off the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module filled with supplies [...]

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Nexus S On Board for Final Mission of the Space Shuttle Atlantis

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Today’s launch of the space shuttle Atlantis may have been the last for NASA’s veteran fleet of manned spacecraft, but it is only the beginning of new research being undertaken with the help of the Android powered Nexus S The Nexus S was on board the final shuttle launch to help test a new breed of small, free-flying satellites known as SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites). The handset becomes the first phone to be certified by NASA to partake in space shuttle missionsand cleared for use on the International Space Station.

The Nexus S isn’t the first Google phone to find its way to space — the Nexus One has seen the upper limits of our atmosphere in the past. You can read more about the SPHERES program and the Nexus S in space in the presser below.

SAMSUNG’S NEXUS S ABOARD NASA’S FINAL SHUTTLE

NASA has equipped a trio of SPHERES with a Nexus S by Google
smartphone to head to the International Space Station

Kennedy Space Center – July 8, 2011 — Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), a leading mobile phone provider and the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S. 1, and Google™ today announced Nexus™ S, is aboard NASA’s final space shuttle. As a leader in technology and innovation, Samsung is pleased to be a part of this moment which will most certainly be marked in history.
Nexus S from Google is part of research that will equip small, free-flying satellites called Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) used by the astronauts to provide a broader range of capabilities and give better communication between land and sky. Nexus S is the first commercial smartphone certified by NASA to fly on the space shuttle and to be cleared for use on the International Space Station. The experiment will use the smartphone-enhanced SPHERES as remotely operated robots to conduct interior survey and inspections of the station, to capture mobile camera images and video, and to study how robots can support future human exploration.
The addition of Nexus S to the SPHERES will add to the capabilities of each individual satellite while further increasing NASA’s understanding and exploration of space. Lead engineer in the Intelligent Robotics Group at NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., DW Wheeler, explains, “By connecting a smartphone, we can immediately make SPHERES more intelligent. With a smartphone, the SPHERES will have a built-in camera to take pictures and video, sensors to help conduct inspections, a powerful computing unit to make calculations, and a Wi-Fi connection that we will use to transfer data in real-time to the space station and mission control.”
“Samsung is proud to have the Nexus S chosen to be aboard NASA’s final space shuttle launch, an event that is historical,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile. “The research that is being conducted with SPHERES using the Nexus S will help monitor and communicate from the International Space Station.”
Research Overview
In 1999, a group of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) undergraduate students, in conjunction with the Department of Defense and NASA, built five volleyball-sized free-flying satellites. These satellites are now referred to as Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reporient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) and three of them have been on the International Space Station since 2006. Each SPHERE satellite is self-contained with propulsion, power, navigation and computing equipment. When first designed, the usage possibilities of today were far from conceivable, thus an “expansion port” was built into each of the SPHERES. Additional appendages and sensors can be added to the satellites, allowing wireless power transfer systems and cameras to become parts of the systems. Nexus S is the first commercial smartphone to become a part of the SPHERES via this expansion port.
With the addition of Nexus S, it allows SPHERES a wider range of capabilities on the satellites and improved communication between the land and sky. Mission control can remotely operate Nexus S-enhanced satellites to perform relatively mundane tasks such as running inventory or environmental surveys on the space station. Thus, astronauts will be able to dedicate more time to science experiments and other work rather than having to respond to routine maintenance demands.
About Space Shuttle Atlantis
Space shuttle Atlantis will embark on a 12-day mission to the International Space Station from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The STS-135 mission is the final flight of the Space Shuttle Program. Atlantis’ STS-135 mission will deliver the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module filled with supplies and spare parts to sustain space station operations after the shuttles are retired.
About Nexus S
Co-developed by Google and Samsung, Nexus S features brilliant Super AMOLED touch screen technology, a 4-inch Contour Display with a curved design and Near Field Communication (NFC) technology which allows information to be read off of everyday objects. The smartphone features a 5 megapixel rear facing camera and camcorders as well as a VGA front facing camera. Nexus S is powered by Android™ 2.3, the latest version of Google’s Android platform, making the smartphone not merely a telephone but a powerful mobile computer at the same time. Nexus S also has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi networking, as well as 16 GB of internal memory.

1Number one mobile phone provider in the U.S. claim for Samsung Mobile based upon reported shipment data, according to Strategy Analytics Q1 2011 U.S. Market Share Handset Shipments Reports.


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Exclusive: Anonymous joins forces with LulzSec in new video called #OpAntiSec

In a newly released video, Anonymous calls for exposing classified documents from all governments. This is the first time we’ve ever heard of Anonymous joining LulzSec in any “mission”. We can expect something like this to fuel hackers around the world to take up arms. Will government sites be able to handle whats about to [...]

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@AmazonAppStore FREE App of the Day – Baseball Superstars 2011

Amazon has released their FREE app of the day, and today we have Baseball Superstars 2011 by GAMEVIL Inc.  Games are always the biggest sellers on any of the application stores and Baseball superstars 2011 is the free app of the day from Amazon.

It’s FREE, so download it, give it a try and uninstall it if you don’t want it.

Product Features

  • Play all 6 different modes: Exhibition, My League, Season, Homerun Race, Mission, and Match Play
  • Manage a baseball team through 10 seasons ensuring they get the training they need and participate in community events
  • Play matches with other users’ teams or play other users by downloading their player’s data
  • Collect as many G Points as possible to ensure your player has the highest training and morale
  • Customize your player’s name, physical features, and clothing

Product Description

Baseball Superstars 2011 is the most popular sports game series by Gamevil. Simple gameplay, bright visuals, and upbeat audio recall the old Super Nintendo days, while the RPG style progression of super players makes it hard to turn away. Not your ordinary baseball game, Baseball Superstars embraces unconventional characters–don’t be surprised if your pitcher turns into a wizard or a convict in the sixth inning. A fun and entertaining take on America’s national pastime; Baseball Superstars 2011 is bound to make you batty.

 

Modes

Exhibition

In Exhibition mode, select one team and compete against the other teams available–10 different national teams and stadiums are available to choose from.

My League

Create and customize a batter or pitcher in My League mode. Choose the player’s team, name, right or left-handed orientation, and physical attributes. Play well and your player’s stats will improve. Watch as he makes more money, gains popularity, and G Points. Play poorly and your character’s popularity will plummet, and his coach might let him have it. A minimum of seven seasons are guaranteed. If your player does well, he could survive as long as 13 seasons. To ensure your player does well, a management menu appears every four matches and lets you buy items for your players. These help boost your players’ morale and popularity, which ensures your players’ longevity.

Season

Become a manager of a team for 10 years in Season mode. Your team’s performance and results will determine whether you’re a good manager or not. Strengthen your team through training and events. Be sure to hit your team’s goal set at the beginning of the season. Failure to achieve your team’s goal will result in team penalties, and reflect poorly on your managerial skills. Teamwork also plays a crucial role in your team’s success, and can be increased through purchasing items. However, game losses and player trades have a negative effect on your teamwork status.

 

Homerun Race and Mission

Receive 10 chances to use your custom batter to challenge a pitcher. How far you hit the ball out of the field determines how many G Points you earn. Hit a combo or hit the ball into the Event Zone to receive even more G Points. Be aware, super pitchers may appear to challenge you if your batter is hitting consecutive home runs. Super pitchers are designed to make it impossible to hit a home run. If you manage to hit one, you’ll earn even more G Points for your efforts. There are 28 missions available for both batter and pitcher mode, and are unlocked only when you successfully accomplish a mission.

Match Play

Play matches with teams that other users have customized, or play other users by downloading their player’s data. If you win the battle, you will be rewarded with G Points and R Points. Use the G points to buy various items your players need or unlock super players.

 

Features

Graphically Enhanced Baseball Simulation

New visual angle at bat, leaping and diving catches along with laser throws from the fence to home plate, which adds to the excitement of spectacular plays.

Additional Customization

Customize game settings to select the specific scenarios or players that you wish to play. In addition, now you can customize the stadium and turf to earn more money for your ball club.

My League and Season Mode Additions

Perform events through the full interactive outings menu, hire super players as coaches to boost your team’s ability, and achieve record breaking numbers to take part in the Superstars tournament.

Achievements Galore

Achieve all batting, fielding, and special records, as well as available skills and nicknames. See how many home runs you can blast or how many perfect games you can pitch.

Challenge and Send Gifts to Friends

Challenge players who have defeated you in Match Play mode, and send Hall of Fame players and G Points to your friends.

Improved Features

Total Management

Guide and manage your player to a successful career by purchasing the right equipment, performing the necessary training and giving him a well-deserved outing in this year’s revamped player management menu.

Become Crowned as Champions

Form the best line up by acquiring hall of famers and trading players. Be coached by super players on road to postseason and dominate other users in Match Play Mode.

Over 12M Copies Sold Worldwide

Since 2002, the Baseball Superstars series has been loved by worldwide gamers.

 

 

Summary and Downloads:

Application: Baseball Superstars 2011
Developer: GAMEVIL Inc.
Cost: FREE

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US Military to Use Android

US Military to Use Android US military seems to be interested in using Android. According to ubergizmo, the Android-based Joint Battle Command-Platform (JBC-P) gadget is currently being tested and moving closer to being deployed to soldiers. The device runs a modified version of Android which is used to give soldiers their mission commands, provide maps,

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US Army developing Android-based smartphone framework and apps

The US Army is calling upon Android app developers to help make military life a little less stressful — and, perhaps, a lot safer. Under a new Army framework known as the Mobile/Handheld Computing Environment (CE), third-party developers will be able to create and submit tactical Android apps, using the military’s CE Product Developer’s Kit. The framework, originally prototyped by the folks over at MITRE, represents the latest phase in the Army’s ongoing campaign to incorporate smartphone technology on the battlefield. Any app operating under the CE system will be interoperable across all command systems, and, as you’d expect, will be tightly secured. The kit won’t be released to developers until July, but the Army has already begun tinkering with its baseline suite of Mission Command apps, which includes tools designed to facilitate mapping, blue force tracking, and Tactical Ground Reporting. On the hardware side of the equation, the Army is planning to deploy a new handheld known as the Joint Battle Command-Platform, or JBC-P. The two-pound JBC-P is essentially a military-friendly smartphone designed to run on a variety of existing radio networks, while supporting the full suite of forthcoming apps. The JBC-P will be tested this October, and will likely be issued on a wider basis in 2013.

US Army developing Android-based smartphone framework and apps originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 22 Apr 2011 11:19:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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