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Redbox Instant By Verizon Details Announced: Unlimited Streaming & Four One-Night Disc Rentals Per Month

redboxtinyWe’ve been hearing rumblings for a while now about Redbox partnering with Verizon for a streaming service. Today, the company announced the details of that arrangement: for $8/month you can get access to unlimited streaming of a selection of movies (including the EPIX library which, for those who don’t know, is pretty impressive), as well as four monthly credits to rent a physical movie for one night from any Redbox kiosk.

The plan is clearly aimed to compete with Netflix directly. Customers may recall that the current leader in the streaming video world split off its DVD services from the Instant collection in an attempt to increase revenue.

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Reminder: Watch The Droid Life Show Episode 5 From Last Night

In case you missed it live, we wanted to remind you that a replay of The Droid Life Show episode 5 is available. During last night’s broadcast, we talked about the DROID DNA, the Nexus 4 and 10 launch day sales, Android 4.2 features, the movement towards internal storage only, Ron’s musical journey, and so [...]

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Yes, Folks, the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 Go On-sale in the Play Store at 9AM Pacific

Well, if you follow us on Twitter, then you knew this late last night, as we were the first to report the 9:00AM kick-off for sales of the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10. Since our sources reached out, Google has updated their Google Play support line to reflet this time. That means you have less [...]

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Amazon Drops Price of DROID RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD to $129 and $179

Last night, Amazon dropped the price of the DROID RAZR HD (in both colors) and the RAZR MAXX HD to $129 and $179, respectively. These prices are for new customers only, but existing customers with upgrades can still nab each for $149 and $199, which is cheaper than most other retailers. We had a chance [...]

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Did Sony’s Nexus Leak Last Night as the “Nexus X”?

Well, what do you think? Is this real or fake? Is this Sony’s Nexus device that will be known as the Nexus X? Uploaded by a user named Mutul Yeter, we can see that the device looks very similar to other Sony devices in styling, however, this appears to be running stock Android and has [...]

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Two camera apps that you might find useful in your daily Lives

I was sitting on my porch with an amazing view of the Harvest Moon between two long streaking clouds and the only thing I could think about was how badly I wanted a camera that wouldn’t completely destroy what I saw. I love the night sky and being that we are at the end/beginning of the 26,000 year cycle that marks a galactic year, I have been in heaven! Even though I have captured an eclipse, the transit of Venus, witnessed Mars, Jupiter, Venus, and Mercury in one night, along with many other events I won’t live long enough to see again, I have never really been able to get the shot I was looking for. Until now.

The first camera app I tried is simply called Night Camera and is very easy to use. Point and tap your screen. The settings are minimal, easy to use, and have a short to the point description.  The only feature that could improve this app would be the ability to zoom, which is available in the paid version.  Depending on what you set the noise reduction to, it will take either three or eight shots, decode them, and present you with an impressive and detailed picture that has been brightened just enough to include the surrounding areas without using the flash. Making it great for sneaky night shots or for capturing an image of an animal without scaring it off.

  Not a bad little camera app for the night owls out there. You can pick this one up for free from the Play Store courtesy of those handy little QR codes down at the bottom.

I used Motion Camera next and don’t believe it’s actually for nighttime photography. Most people would probably use it at sporting events and similar situations. Again, it a simple interface that allows you to set the amount of blur which I’m going to assume to be shutter speed. I didn’t really have the opportunity to explore that setting further. Unlike Night Camera, Motion Camera packs a zoom feature that made me feel like I could reach out and physically touch the Moon. While it doesn’t brighten up your pictures for you, it still produced great images. As you can see in some of the images that they provide, there are some great end results of motion blur that is on purpose rather than by accident.

 I highly recommend fellow amateur photo enthusiasts find their way to the Play Store and download these cameras. They say a picture is worth a thousand words so I have included a picture from Night Camera and one from Motion Camera as previews that I took of the Moon. I realize that the Motion Camera really isn’t for that type of shot, but I did it anyways. I am no professional and I am sure there are other camera apps out there that might even be a lot better. These two are fun to have around though and I think I’ll keep them for a while.

 

Night Camera test shot

 

Motion Camera test shot

As always, you can pick up either or both of these apps u in the Pay Store by clicking or scanning the QR code found below. If any of you have other camera aps that you like, be sure to leave me a comment and let me know. I’d love to take a few others for a spin.

Application: Night Camera
Developer: Almalence
Cost: FREE

Application: Motion Camera
Developer: Fingersoft
Cost: FREE

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Quick First Look: LG Optimus G on Sprint and AT&T

I’m about to jump on a plane to leave beautiful San Diego, but before that happens, I wanted to toss up this quick video tour of the LG Optimus G on both Sprint and AT&T. LG handed over review units of each device last night, giving me all of a couple of hours to try [...]

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Bugless Beast for Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE Updated to Android 4.1.2

Peter Alfonso’s beloved Bugless Beast was updated last night to include the Android 4.1.2 update for Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners. Bugless Beast has always been known as a very fast, stable, and no-bs ROM, so if you’re already running BB or have been looking to try out a new ROM, then it’s most certainly worth [...]

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Google activating 1.3 million Android devices a day

Google’s Eric Schmidt updated us with the latest Android activations numbers last night, with the proud dad informing the world that 1.3 million new Android devices are now turned on for the first time every day. Schmidt also broke this number down and gave us specific tablet figures for the first time, revealing that 70,000 of those daily activations are tablet devices.

We’ve followed this activations data since 2010, when 160,000 seemed like a lot of things to sell. How innocent we once were.

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The last time Google updated these numbers was back in June, when it was seeing 1 million new devices switched on every day. Just when you think Android can’t grow any bigger any faster… IT DOES.

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Android Overload: Oracle To Pay Google $1 Million+ After Losing Lawsuit, Google Fiber Coming Soon To More Cities, and More

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Good evening, Phandroids. You’ve made it to another episode of the Android Overload. This is the place where we stash all of the Android, Google, and/or mobile related news that comes our way from throughout the day but didn’t get featured on our front page. There’s always a little something here for everyone, so have a look around. Night everyone!

  • Google Drive now supported by IFTTT. [Twitter]
  • Judge rules Oracle will have to pay Google $1,130,350 for losing their case against them. [Groklaw]
  • Amazon announces agreement with EPIX to bring more streaming video to Prime Instant Video. [PressRelease]
  • CyanogenMod team introduces new messaging app for their AOSP-based ROMs. [Google+]
  • Google patents “personal discounts” that can target specific buyers with personalized discounts. [Engadget]
  • RadioShack announces new No-Contract Wireless plans with Cricket. [PressRelease]
  • Chrome celebrates 4th birthday. Shows off new Time Machine website. [GoogleChrome]
  • Google is planning to accept new bids to bring Google Fiber to new cities. [BusinessInsider]
  • Android tablets have officially killed off the ASUS Eee Pad netboook. [Digitimes]
  • Acer releasing 5 new Android-powered smartphones in 2013. [Digitimes]
  • 1 in 5 Android users plan on buying the next iPhone. [Electronista]
  • FCC to begin testing mobile broadband for more accurate reporting. [PhoneScoop]
  • Google Play Books are now available in Korea. [Google+]
  • Google brings voice navigation to India. [TimesofIndia]


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Android Overload: Galaxy Camera and Note 2 Owners Will Receive 50GB of Free Dropbox Storage, Flash Player Back In UK Play Store, and More

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Good evening, Phandroids. You’ve made it to another episode of the Android Overload. This is the place where we stash all of the Android, Google, and/or mobile related news that comes our way from throughout the day, but didn’t find itself featured on our front page. There’s almost always a little something here for everyone, so have a look around. I noticed the above image making the rounds across various social networks and despite the broken English, I thought it got the point across. Night everyone!

  • Motorola files patent to squeeze ads alongside your navigation. [USPTO]
  • Google closes TV advertising unit. Will focus efforts on digital and second-screen initiatives. [Multichannel]
  • Baconreader (an app for Reddit) gets UI overhaul in latest update. [Play Store]
  • Dropbox announces 50GB of free storage for Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy Camera owners for 2 years. [PressRelease]
  • Adobe releases Flash back into the Google Play Store (in the UK). Limited time only. [BBC]


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Amazon adds hundreds of award-winning TV episodes to Amazon Prime Instant Video through NBC agreement

With the Nexus 7 hot on its heels, the Kindle Fire will need every advantage it can get. Amazon announced today that they will add hundreds of popular TV episodes for Kindle Fire owners through an expanded Prime Instant Video agreement with NBCUniversal Cable & New Media Distribution. Included in the expanded video content are episodes from shows like Friday Night Lights (YES!), Parks and Recreation, Heroes, and Battlestar Galactica. This could prove to be a nice shot in the arm for the Kindle Fire. Hit the break for the full press release from Amazon:

New agreement with NBCUniversal adds award-winning and fan favorite TV shows including Parks and Recreation, Parenthood, The Starter Wife, Friday Night Lights, Heroes, Battlestar Galactica and more to Prime Instant Video

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 24, 2012– (NASDAQ:AMZN) Amazon.com, Inc. today announced an expanded content licensing agreement with NBCUniversal Cable & New Media Distribution, adding hundreds of popular and award-winning TV episodes to Prime Instant Video, including prior seasons of Parks and Recreation, Parenthood, Friday Night Lights, Heroes, Battlestar Galactica and more. Prime Instant Video now features more than 22,000 movies and TV episodes for Prime members to stream on Kindle Fire or any of the hundreds of compatible Amazon Instant Video devices including iPad, Roku, Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. Customers who are not yet Prime members can sign-up at www.amazon.com/primevideos or can enjoy a free one month trial right out of the box with Kindle Fire. To start watching Prime Instant Video, visit www.amazon.com/primevideos.

“We are excited to be working with NBCUniversal to add their award-winning lineup of TV shows such as Parks and Recreation and Friday Night Lights to Prime Instant Video,” said Brad Beale, Director of Digital Video Content Acquisition for Amazon. “We continue to invest heavily in our content selection for Prime members, and have now reached over 22,000 movies and TV episodes available instantly with unlimited streaming.”

“We are thrilled to have several of our iconic programs available to subscribers of Amazon Prime, a service focused on the best possible consumer experience,” said Frances Manfredi, President, Cable & New Media Distribution for NBCUniversal. “We look forward to further expanding NBCU’s content offering available to Prime subscribers in the near future.”


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Amazon Adds Hundreds Of Award-Winning TV to Amazon Prime With NBC Agreement

With Nexus 7 proving to be quite the competitor against the Kindle Fire, the Fire is going to need every advantage possible, especially if they decide to create a successor. Amazon just announced today that they will be adding hundreds of popular TV episodes from NBC for the Kindle Fire owners with an expanded Prime Instant Video agreement with NBCUniversal Cable & New Media Distribution. Included in this expanded video content is shows like Friday Night Lights, Parks and Recreation, Heroes and Battlestar Galactica.

We mine as well throw out TV’s out now, shouldn’t we? This new agreement could be the advantage that the Kindle Fire was looking for, though I am not entirely sure it’ll be a game changing decision with the whole Nexus 7 vs Kindle Fire competition. Here’s some things that Amazon had to say about this:

“We are excited to be working with NBCUniversal to add their award-winning lineup of TV shows such as Parks and Recreation and Friday Night Lights to Prime Instant Video,” said Brad Beale, Director of Digital Video Content Acquisition for Amazon. “We continue to invest heavily in our content selection for Prime members, and have now reached over 22,000 movies and TV episodes available instantly with unlimited streaming.”

“We are thrilled to have several of our iconic programs available to subscribers of Amazon Prime, a service focused on the best possible consumer experience,” said Frances Manfredi, President, Cable & New Media Distribution for NBCUniversal. “We look forward to further expanding NBCU’s content offering available to Prime subscribers in the near future.”

All that said, is anyone looking forward to these new episodes on the Kindle Fire? While it might be hard to watch on a 7 inch tablet, its a pretty nice new feature coming to Amazon Prime subscribers. Maybe NBC will be doing similar licensing deals with Google in the future too? Surely they know they’ll be able to bank off of this even though the airing of it on TV already makes them hundreds of thousands of dollars.

source: Talk Android

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Amazon and NBC add hundreds more episodes to Amazon Prime Instant Video

You Amazon Kindle Fire owners are going to want to hear this one. Amazon and NBCUniversal have announced an expansion in their agreement for Amazon Prime Instant Video. They will add hundreds of episodes more from the likes of Friday Night Lights (FINALLY!), Parks and Recreation, Heroes, Battlestar Galactica, and more.

With an expanded video catalog I couldn’t be more excited, but I’d be even more excited if Amazon ever came out with an Android app that wasn’t exclusive to the Kindle Fire. We’re keeping our fingers pressed for the day that press release comes in. As for the presser for this particular story, you can find that by scrolling below.

Amazon Announces Expanded Prime Instant Video Agreement with NBCUniversal Cable & New Media Distribution

Amazon.com, Inc. today announced an expanded content licensing agreement with NBCUniversal Cable & New Media Distribution, adding hundreds of popular and award-winning TV episodes to Prime Instant Video, including prior seasons of Parks and Recreation, Parenthood, Friday Night Lights, Heroes, Battlestar Galactica and more. Prime Instant Video now features more than 22,000 movies and TV episodes for Prime members to stream on Kindle Fire or any of the hundreds of compatible Amazon Instant Video devices including iPad, Roku, Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. Customers who are not yet Prime members can sign-up at www.amazon.com/primevideos or can enjoy a free one month trial right out of the box with Kindle Fire. To start watching Prime Instant Video, visit www.amazon.com/primevideos.

“We are excited to be working with NBCUniversal to add their award-winning lineup of TV shows such as Parks and Recreation and Friday Night Lights to Prime Instant Video,” said Brad Beale, Director of Digital Video Content Acquisition for Amazon. “We continue to invest heavily in our content selection for Prime members, and have now reached over 22,000 movies and TV episodes available instantly with unlimited streaming.”

“We are thrilled to have several of our iconic programs available to subscribers of Amazon Prime, a service focused on the best possible consumer experience,” said Frances Manfredi, President, Cable & New Media Distribution for NBCUniversal. “We look forward to further expanding NBCU’s content offering available to Prime subscribers in the near future.”

To start watching Prime Instant Video now, visit www.amazon.com/primevideos. Customers who are not Prime members can enjoy a free one month trial of Prime. For a list of compatible Amazon Instant Video devices, visit here.


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Nikon Coolpix S800c Android 2.3 Gingerbread Camera Specs, Release Date & Features

Japanese multinational corporation and digital camera maker Nikon recently announced Nikon Coolpix S800c Camera; an Android 2.3 Gingerbread-driven device specifically designed not just to capture good quality photos but also capable of doing basic Android functionalities. This point and shoot digital camera is the first Android-operated device from Nikon and while it could have been very tempting for the company to use Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the Tokyo-based corporation wants it to be more stable thus, giving it Gingerbread.

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Nikon Coolpix S800c Specs

Processor. It uses Nikon-built EXPEED C2 processor which is designed specifically for newer Coolpix camera series. For now, there is no information as to the clockspeed but there is no way it will be a dual-core chip. Nikon Coolpix S800c, being Nikon’s first Android-based camera, could be the start of a revolution in the company’s core platform. If this device becomes successful in its category, we might be able to expect larger Nikon cameras which may also be running on Android OS.

Sensor. It will be sporting BSI-CMOS sensor type capable of snapping pictures as wide as 4608 x 3456 pixels or around 16 megapixels. There are quite a few Android devices that sport camera more than 10 megapixels but reviewers and photography-enthusiasts are often amazed by them. Considering Coolpix S800c was built for taking pictures specifically, it might just please Android owners and photographers alike.

OS. Nikon didn’t say why it wasn’t given an Android 4.0 OS but knowing the stability and flexibility of Gingerbread, we can almost be certain that the company wants to provide users superb experience without compromising usability. Android 2.3 is the most stable version of Google’s mobile OS and since there is a higher possibility that this camera will not sport a processor reaching 1GHz clockspeed, it is the best option.

Nikon Coolpix S800c Features

This new portable Coolpix device offers optical zoom as high as 10X five autofocus options; contrast detect, center, multi-area, face detection and tracking. It also offers 17 scene modes photographers can use to fit their portraits, namely;

  • Back Light
  • Beach
  • Black and White Copy
  • Close Up
  • Dusk/Dawn
  • Easy Panorama
  • Fireworks Show
  • Food
  • Landscape
  • Night Landscape
  • Night Portrait
  • Party/Indoor
  • Pet Portrait
  • Portrait
  • Snow
  • Sports
  • Sunset

With a sensor reaching up to 16 megapixels, videography is never a problem for the device. It is capable of recording videos with following resolutions: 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps).

Pricing and Availability

For its functionality and features, it is offered at a considerably higher price, $349.95. Photography enthusiasts, however, don’t often look at the price so Nikon may be just right in offering Nikon Coolpix S800c at 250-dollar range. There is no specific release date yet but it is expected to come in early September.

In a nutshell

Being an Android device, its specs might fail to impress anyone. But being a compact digital camera, it exceeds expectations. Android OS is a good catch here considering its popularity and functionality. If there is one thing Nikon has overlooked, it would be the internal memory that reaches only up to 1.7GB. Having a 16MP sensor means photos will have tremendous size and 2GB isn’t enough for both amateur and professional photographers, although an SD card slot is available.

Overall, Nikon Coolpix S800c Android-based compact camera has everything to please anybody who loves taking pictures.

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CM10 Night Builds Now Available For Certain Devices

I think we can all agree that literally, everyone, has been waiting for the Cyanogen Mod 10 nightly builds to happen. Well, guess what? They are now rolling out to select devices, while the hard working Cyanogen Mod team gets closer to bringing Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to many different Android devices that may have not even received the update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Wow. Not getting Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, how terrible is that (I’m one of those people, still got Gingerbread on my Motorola Atrix 2! Gah!)?

Various devices such as the Galaxy S i9000, Captivate and Fascinate are going to be receiving the Cyanogen Mod 10 nightly builds, along with its bigger brothers, the Galaxy S II i9100 and Galaxy S III. Currently all we know is that these are for North American versions only. So far, we haven’t seen anything about international version. I’m sure we’ll be seeing a little bit of news on that eventually here, but for now, there’s been no word on it. These AOSP based updates will bring Google Now, Project Butter and numerous of other improvements to all of the new and legacy devices. Also, if you’re handset was compatible with Cyanogen Mod 9 it is likely and there are very high chances that you will also be able to get your hands on Cyanogen Mod 10. Not a guarantee, but it is very, very possible (especially knowing that the HTC Dream was able to get it!).

Here is the full list of the devices that will be able to receive the nightly builds:

  • US SGS3 variants
  • Galaxy Nexus variants
  • Nexus S variants
  • Nexus 7
  • Transformer and Transformer Prime
  • SGS1 variants (Vibrant, Captivate, International, and i9000b)
  • SGS2 i9100g
  • P3 and P5 tablets

The Cyanogen Mod team has said that more devices will be added to the roster as time goes on. This is currently all their is to it, but as usual, the Cyanogen Mod team is always hard at work when it comes to trying to provide the best experience possible for the user. That said, we’re all going to have to have a little patience when it comes to Cyanogen Mod 10. I know we all want Google Now and Jelly Bean this instant, but let me tell you, it is very much worth the wait however long it takes. Hopefully that wait won’t be to long, but who knows!

As always in a post like this, make sure to keep in mind that you are the only one that is responsible for anything that might happen to your handset if you decide to get into flashing custom ROMs and all. We make sure to emphasis this for a reason as we don’t want to see anyone’s device get bricked or broken something like this. That said, let us know in the comments how you’re enjoying the Cyanogen Mod 10 nightlies!

source: Google+

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Official WWE app hits the Google Play Store

If you’re a fan of the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment), then this is a good day for you as their app has officially hit Android and the Google Play Store available for free. Here’s what you can expect with the WWE app:

  • Unlock breaking news
  • A colossal library of WWE videos
  • current and classic
  • 1000′s of photos and full Superstar pages
  • Get exclusive in-app access to WWE’s companion viewing experience, activated during the weekly Monday Night Raw broadcast.

The app seems feature filled and a great tool to look at daily if you’re an avid WWE fan. Hit the break for the QR code or download link for your free download!

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WWE launches first app, includes live second-screen experience for Monday Night Raw

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Wrestling fans, WWE has launched their first official app on Android today and is available in Google Play for free. For something about spandex-clad dudes pretending to beat the snot out of one another, there's actually a lot to the app.

There's a breaking news section for the latest updates in the ridiculous world of pro wrestling. There's also a ton of recent and archived wrestling videos available to stream. Wrestlers, divas, and legends all have their own bios, complete with biographies, milestones, photos, and links to their Twitter and Facebook pages. There's a full event schedule too if you want to buy tickets for the next time WWE comes to town, as well as a store to get kitted out with wrestling swag. For those that are really gung-ho about WWE, there's a bunch of community tools so you can talk shop in the forums from the app. 

The biggest thing the WWE app is offering is something called RAWactive, which allows fans to participate in live polls and get additional contextual information while Monday Night Raw is on. 

Any wrestling fans out there itching to catch up what's happening in WWE? I've got to admit to being a little inerested in checking out some of the classic videos. Yokozuna vs. Undertaker casket match really stands out for some reason, but what's your favorite wrestling moment of all time?

Via: TechCrunch

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News: Night Sky Stars Shine Bright in New App

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Developer: UNIVRSE, LLC  
Price: $2.99   Download

Dubbed ‘Sky Survey’, photographer and designer Nick Risinger has released a new iPhone and iPad app that gives users a never before seen view of the heavens. Based on his portrait of the cosmos which gained notoriety in 2011, Sky Survey debuts on the iOS to deliver a highly realistic and window to the night sky.

“I’ve squeezed every possible drop of my photography into this app to give people a new way to experience the stars,” said Risinger, founder of the app’s parent company, UNIVRSE. “To reveal and interact with the night sky in photographic detail is a truly magical experience. For me, it’s a dream come true.”

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Finish reading “Night Sky Stars Shine Bright in New App” and see screenshots for the app on AppCraver.com.

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Google Takes the Nexus 7 Camping in First Commercial

We were wondering if Google was going to go the traditional marketing route with the new Nexus 7 tablet, meaning, would they release any TV spots for it? We won’t know for sure until an ad actually starts rolling on the big screen, but in this first commercial that appeared on YouTube last night, they [...]

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AutoRap From Smule Will Turn Things You Say Into A Rap Song – Yes, Even Shakespeare

autoraptinySmule is a developer best known for creating some really amazing novelty music apps. The company’s latest is AutoRap which does exactly what it says on the tin: it takes your speech and automagically turns it into a rap. To test this feature, I fed it the only logical thing to run through an auto-rapping app: Shakespeare. Specifically, Puck’s closing monologue from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

If your head’s not bopping and your butt’s not shaking, you have no appreciation for music or literature. On a more serious note, the app is pretty impressive and beautifully designed. The colors on the intricate designs pulse to the sound of your voice and processing is pretty fast.

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Nexus 7 Tablet, Will It Have a microSD Card Slot? Probably Not.

Since specs leaked for Google’s Nexus 7 tablet last night, the storage situation has been brought up more times than we can count. Rumored to come in 8GB and 16GB models, many are wondering if the tablet will have a microSD card slot to expand those seemingly minimal amounts of space. The short answer – probably [...]

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Swiftkey 3 Graduates Beta and Into the Play Store – Free For X Owners, On Sale For Newbies

Swiftkey announced late last night that their Beta 3 was moving on up in the world and into official status in various app stores. Many of you have been helping them test the beta, but for those who stuck to releases in places like the Play store and Amazon Appstore, you can now join the [...]

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Android Overload: Huawei Announces Ascend P1 2600 mAh XL, Oracle Settles with Google for $0, and More

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Hello, friends. You’ve made it to another episode of the Android Overload. By now you know the drill, but for those of you who are new around these parts, these are all the links that didn’t make it onto our front page. Because we believe our readers shouldn’t ever miss out an extra helping of Android related news, we put them here for you guys to give the final once over. Take a look around and if you find something interesting, be sure to let me know. Night.

  • Logitech Revue bundle with keyboard and webcam only $120 at DailySteals.
  • United Nations launches “My Life as a Refugee” app in the Google Play Store. [SonyMobile]
  • Google’s Bradley Horowitz talks Google+. Says friction is a “good thing.” [TheGuardian]
  • Intel is aggressively planning for the smartphone industry. [DigiTimes]
  • Apple and Motorola explain to Judge Posner why he should ban each others products. [TheVerge]
  • Google launches “Google Developers Live.” It’s like Google I/O all year round. [Google Developers Blog]
  • Software mod allows NFC to be activated even while the screen is off (probably not the most secure mod in the world). [XDA]
  • Microsoft rejects Motorola’s FRAND license patent settlement offer. [Reuters]
  • Huawei announces Ascend P1 2600 mAh XL with larger battery. [Engadget]
  • Oracle settles with Google for $0 in damages claim. Banks on appeal win. [ComputerWorld]
  • CyanogenMod will not Linaro 4.7.1 toolchain in their ROMs. [Reddit]

 


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Microsoft Surface Unveiled Last Night, Have Any Thoughts on It?

Yesterday afternoon or early evening (depending on where you are located), Microsoft unveiled their next big thing to the tech world, a tablet called Surface. I know, I know what you are thinking, “Just what we need, another damn tablet.” This one doesn’t look all that bad though. It comes in a couple of versions [...]

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Android Overload: ZTE Grand X LTE Officially Announced, Intel Spends $375 Million For 1,700 Wireless Related Patents, and More

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Greetings, friends! You’ve wandered into the Android Overload. This is the place we pile up all the Android/mobile/carrier/Google related news we find from throughout the internet, and keep it here for you. There’s always something here for everyone, so have a look around and let me know what you found interesting. Night.

  • Android 4.0 Mini PC reviewed. [LaptopMag]
  • Sassor monitors all your electric appliances and uploads data to the cloud. [Engadget]
  • Google Transparency Report shows government take-down requests are on the rise. [Google]
  • Higher-end ZTE Grand X LTE announced for Asia and Europe. S4 processor and 720p display included. [Engadget]
  • Intel to buy 1,700 of WiFi, 3G and LTE related patents for $375 million. [TNW]
  • New Samsung CEO hints at leaving Android. Believes Google will be a competitor. [Cnet]
  • Shaka transforms smartphones into wind analyzers. [Engadget]
  • In 3G and 4G testing, Verizon Wireless comes out on top. [PCMag]
  • Man in Japan sues Google over defaming search results. [Register]

 


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Video: Quick Look at Samsung’s TecTiles in Action

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Barnes & Noble Simple Touch GlowLight Announced, Available for $140

Barnes & Noble have just announced a very interesting device. It’s the Barnes & Noble Simple Touch that users have been enjoying for some time, but they’ve just announced a variant called “GlowLight.”

The GlowLight illuminates the e-Ink display to allow you to read in the dark. While a clip-on light might have done the trick for some users, this solution is sure to cut down on cumbersome reading and evenly distribute light across the slate.

Even with the added functionality, they’ve somehow made it 5% lighter. You can still read for over a month with GlowLight enabled, and two months without. There’s no wait to get it as it’s available right now for over $139. Head over to their site to get started and read on for full press details.

Barnes & Noble Introduces NOOK Simple Touch™ with GlowLight:

World’s First and Only E Ink® Reader That Lets You Read in the Dark

 

Amazing In Bed and at the Beach – Like Two Readers In One for Only $139

 

GlowLight Patent-Pending Technology Delivers on E Ink Customers’ Top Request,

Ends Bedtime Reading Debate – When One Partner Wants to Read
and the Other Wants to Sleep

 

Extra-Long Battery Life: Read for Over One Month with GlowLight On

 

Pre-Order Today for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Graduation

 

New York, New York – April 12, 2012 -Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today introduced NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight, the world’s first E Ink device with patent-pending lighting technology that eliminates the number-one problem couples have in bed – having their sleep interrupted, or being prevented from falling asleep, when their partner reads with the light on. With a soft, adjustable glow, GlowLight gives bedtime readers just the right amount of light for reading, without disturbing a sleepy spouse. Like having two Readers in one, the first and only Reader designed to let E Ink customers read in the dark is equally amazing at the beach, with a paper-like reading experience, even in the bright sun. This revolutionary device is the first to combine the most advanced and fastest E Ink display with a precise infrared touchscreen, built-in anti-glare screen for reading in any lit environment, and an evenly distributed and adjustable light for reading in the dark. NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight is also the lightest NOOK ever, with a long-lasting battery for over one month of reading on a single charge, with the light on. Customers can pre-order the newest addition to the award-winning NOOK portfolio immediately for just $139 at www.nook.com and in Barnes & Noble stores. NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight will be in stores and homes starting in early May, a perfect gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and graduations.

 

For people who love to read, E Ink’s paper-like readability, no-glare screen and long battery life have made it a favorite and nearly perfect device choice, with one exception: reading in bed or other low-light environments. And according to a recent Barnes & Noble national survey of adult readers, reading in bed is what 64 percent do on a regular basis, so it’s not surprising that the number-one request from E Ink customers is the ability to read in the dark to avoid bothering a significant other.

 

The Brightest Innovation in Reading

Barnes & Noble created breakthrough GlowLight technology, an innovative lighting solution optimized for low-light conditions, never before seen on an E Ink display and not available on any Kindle. NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight delivers uniform light across an E Ink display, creating a better nighttime reading experience than LCD. GlowLight turns on instantly and adjusts easily with a touch, so customers can control the amount of light, whether in a dimly lit or pitch dark room. NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight is the perfect peacekeeper for the half of survey respondents who would read more in bed if it didn’t interfere with their partners’ sleep.

 

"To date, readers have had to compromise: either buying black-and-white E Ink reading devices to optimize their outdoor reading or color LCD devices to be able to read at night in bed with the light off. NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight is like two Readers in one," said William J. Lynch, Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble. "With our new GlowLight technology and the most advanced E Ink display available, we’ve created the most versatile, high-utility Reader ever; as exceptional for reading in the darkest bedroom as on the brightest beach. At only $139, NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight provides customers an amazing value and is the only device of its kind in the world."

 

Resolving the Bedtime Reading Debate

For as long as there have been beds, and books, there’s been a common clash between couples at bedtime: Lights on, to read? Or off, to sleep? "The Barnes & Noble NOOK Bedtime Reading Debate," a survey conducted March 1-5, 2012, polled 1,358 adult readers across the country about their reading habits, and shed new light on this age-old challenge.

  • Bed Heads: Approximately two-thirds (64 percent) of people polled read in bed, and nearly a quarter read in bed between five and seven days a week.
    • People who own Readers are among the most likely to read in bed (72 percent) and are more likely to read in bed on a weekly basis than tablet owners

(61 percent vs. 54 percent).

  • The Gender Divide: While reading in bed is a top pick for both genders, there’s a distinct divide when it comes to second place: women are likelier than men to read outdoors (40 percent vs. 25 percent), and men more frequently read in the bathroom (41 percent vs. 26 percent for women).
  • The Light/Dark Debate: 77 percent of survey respondents say they or their partner requires light for their bedtime reading, although nearly 90 percent say their ideal sleep environment is completely dark.
    • Men are far more likely than women to report their significant other disrupts their sleep by using a light to read in bed.
  • Keeping Peace: 50 percent of respondents say either they or their partner would read more in bed if it didn’t affect the other person’s sleep.
  • Sleepus Interruptus: A partner using a light to read in bed was deemed most disruptive by respondents – even more than a frisky partner’s "midnight moves."
    • 31 percent of respondents noted that a partner’s use of a light to read in bed interfered with their sleep or prevented them from falling asleep, while 20 percent noted that romantic overtures did the same.
  • Perturbed Partners: Nearly half (42 percent) of survey respondents have gone to sleep annoyed because their significant other was reading with a light on.
  • Night Flight, Not Fight: 42 percent of people surveyed say they or their partner has physically relocated to another room to read to not disturb the partner who wanted to sleep, as most also agreed this was the best way to "keep the peace."
    • The "lights-on" breach of bediquette leads many to throw in the towel when it comes to sleep with flipping on the TV, leaving the room to read or staying up to read themselves the most frequent alternatives.

 

Lightweight and Ultra Portable

At under 7 ounces, NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight is Barnes & Noble’s lightest NOOK ever and 5 percent lighter than the highly acclaimed NOOK Simple Touch. The device’s ergonomic soft-touch design makes it super comfortable to hold in just one hand – perfect for staying up all night in bed with a can’t-put-it-down novel, or for carrying everywhere. Customers can also personalize their devices with an exclusive array of stylish and protective accessories.

 

Barnes & Noble’s Award-Winning Reading Experience

NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight brings first-to-the-world lighting innovation to Barnes & Noble’s award-winning Reader and reading experience.The most-advanced and fastest E Ink display and revolutionary built-in screen protector offer paper-like reading with no glare, even in bright sun, and lightning-fast page turns. The company’s exclusive Best-Text technology with adjustable fonts optimizes each letter, so words are crisp and clear.

 

It’s easy to navigate, shop and read with just the touch of a finger on NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight’s 6-inch touch screen. Touch to turn pages, look up words, highlight passages, read your way by adjusting the font size and style and more. Shop the world’s largest digital bookstore of more than 2.5 million books, magazines and newspapers and enjoy helpful recommendations from Barnes & Noble’s book experts, personalized based on favorite authors, as well as those from friends to decide what to read next.Plus, borrow digital books from public libraries.

 

NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight holds more than 1,000 books, plus it has expandable memory. It’s easy to keep reading on the go with long-lasting battery life: on a single charge with Wi-Fi® off, read for over one month with GlowLight on and over two months with it off.

 

Availability

At the amazingly low price of $139, NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight offers an award-winning reading experience, including a power adapter and built-in anti-glare screen protector at no additional cost, unlike Kindle. NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight can be pre-ordered at www.nook.com and in Barnes & Noble stores. The newest NOOK is expected to be in stores and in homes in starting in early May, in time for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduations and summer reading. Experience NOOK products at www.nook.com or at the NOOK Digital Shops and displays in one of Barnes & Noble’s nearly 700 bookstores and other leading retailers. Barnes & Noble offers Always Free NOOK Support in all of its neighborhood bookstores, with more than 40,000 NOOKsellers across the country ready to assist customers with setting up their NOOK devices or choosing their next great read.

 

About NOOK® from Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble’s NOOK brand of eReading products makes it easy to read what you love, anywhere you like™ with a fun, easy-to-use and immersive digital reading experience. With NOOK, customers gain access to Barnes & Noble’s expansive NOOK Store of more than 2.5 million digital titles, and the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices. NOOK Tablet is Barnes & Noble’s fastest, lightest tablet with the best in entertainment from top services and everything you want in a tablet at a great value ($199 for NOOK Tablet – 8GB, and $249 for NOOK Tablet – 16GB). Both NOOK Tablet and the award-winning NOOK Color ($169) feature a stunning 7-inch VividView™ Color Touchscreen to read all of the content you love, shop popular apps, connect via email, browse the Web and more. NOOK Simple Touch™ ($99) is the fastest, easiest to use reader with the world’s best reading screen and the longest battery life and NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight ($139) features patent-pending lighting technology that makes it perfect for reading at bedtime and on the beach. Barnes & Noble offers NOOK owners Always Free NOOK Support in any of its nearly 700 bookstores, as well as free Wi-Fi® connectivity to enjoy the Read In Store feature to read NOOK Books for free, and the More In Store program, which offers free, exclusive content and special promotions. Barnes & Noble was the first company to offer digital lending for a wide selection of books through its LendMe® technology, available through NOOK eReading products. Find NOOK devices in Barnes & Noble stores and online at www.nook.com, as well as at Best Buy, Walmart, Staples, Target, Radio Shack, Books-A-Million, OfficeMax, Fred Meyer, P.C. Richard & Son stores, Office Depot, Fry’s Electronics and Systemax Inc. retailers.

 

In addition to NOOK devices, Barnes & Noble makes it easy for customers to enjoy any book, anytime, anywhere with its free NOOK Reading Apps, available at www.nook.com/freenookapps. Customers can use Barnes & Noble’s free eReading software to access and read books from their personal Barnes & Noble digital library on devices including iPad, iPhone®, iPod touch®, Android smartphones and tablets, PC and Mac®. Lifetime Library™ helps ensure that Barnes & Noble customers will always be able to access their digital libraries on NOOK products and software-enabled devices andBN.com. Barnes & Noble also offers NOOK Study (www.nookstudy.com), an innovative study platform and software solution for higher education, NOOK Kids™ (www.nookkids.com), a collection of digital picture and chapter books for children, and NOOK Books en español(http://www.barnesandnoble.com/ebooksenespanol), the first-ever Spanish language digital bookstore in the United States.

 

For more information on NOOK devices and eReading software, updates, new NOOK Book releases, Free Friday NOOK Books and more, follow us onwww.twitter.com/nookBN and www.facebook.com/nook.

 

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), the world’s largest bookseller and a Fortune 500 company, operates 691 bookstores in 50 states. Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, also operates 641 college bookstores serving over 4.6 million students and faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States.  Barnes & Noble conducts its online business through BN.com (www.bn.com), one of the Web’s largest e-commerce sites, which also features more than two million titles in its NOOK Bookstore™ (www.bn.com/ebooks). Through Barnes & Noble’s NOOK™ eReading product offering, customers can buy and read digital books and content on the widest range of platforms, including NOOK devices, partner company products, and the most popular mobile and computing devices using free NOOK software. Barnes & Noble is proud to be named a J.D. Power and Associated 2012 Customer Service Champion and is only one of 50 U.S. companies so named.

 

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained via the Internet by visiting the company’s corporate website:www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

 

NOOK®, NOOK Tablet, NOOK Simple Touch , NOOK Color, Reader’s Tablet, Best-Text, NOOK Store, NOOK Bookstore,NOOK Magazines, VividView, NOOK Newspapers, FREE NOOK Reading Apps, NOOK Kids,NOOK Digital Shop, Read In Store, More In Store,LendMe®, NOOK Library, NOOK Books en español, NOOK Study, Lifetime Library and Read What You Love. Anywhere You Like are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. Other trademarks referenced in this release are the property of their respective owners.

 

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