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In Other News, The Nexus 7 Dock Is Set To Ship In 2 Weeks

 

Those of who have been exercising much patience waiting for the Nexus 7 dock will finally be able to breathe a sigh of relief. According to The Verge, ASUS plans on shipping the much-bellyhooed accessory within 2 weeks for a price of $39.99, which is a little bit later than what we’ve already heard before.

So now that the expected release date is finally available, we can move forward with live finally.

source: The Verge

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Samsung rolling out Exynos security patch to UK Galaxy S III owners

DNP Samsung rolling out Exynos security fix to UK Galaxy S III users

A few weeks back a security exploit was discovered that left owners of select Exynos-powered Samsung devices feeling uneasy. While an independent developer quickly cooked up a fix, Samsung soon acknowledged the issue and pledged that an official patch was in the works. UK Galaxy S III owners can now breathe a sigh of relief, as Sammy has made good on its word and is now issuing an over-the-air update that addresses this potential security flaw. While we’re happy to see Samsung actively working on this issue, there’s still no word of when the company will release this fix to other devices and additional regions. Hopefully the software’s ongoing European tour is a sign of things to come globally.

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Subway Time App Gives New York City Subway Riders Added Sense Of Peace

 

If you’re like me and live in New York City, you know that the subway schedules can be hit or miss at times, so it’s fairly common to miss a train or two during any given day– potentially causing some major angst. Fortunately, relief is finally at hand as the MTA has announced it is giving real-time updates via public data for all of its riders. The data (which is iOS-based), is pushed through to a newly-released app called Subway Time by a third-party developer called The Holodeck, giving riders a greater sense of peace knowing how soon a particular train will be at a particular station.

The app is currently in beta at this time, so naturally the app has its fair share of gaffes and bugs, but we’re optimistic everything will be worked on and hopefully, we’ll possibly see a perfected app sooner than later. The app is available now for all of you in the New York City area, so head on down to the Play Store link and give it a whirl today.

 

 

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Subway Time App Gives New York City Subway Riders Added Sense Of Peace

 

If you’re like me and live in New York City, you know that the subway schedules can be hit or miss at times, so it’s fairly common to miss a train or two during any given day– potentially causing some major angst. Fortunately, relief is finally at hand as the MTA has announced it is giving real-time updates via public data for all of its riders. The data (which is iOS-based), is pushed through to a newly-released app called Subway Time by a third-party developer called The Holodeck, giving riders a greater sense of peace knowing how soon a particular train will be at a particular station.

The app is currently in beta at this time, so naturally the app has its fair share of gaffes and bugs, but we’re optimistic everything will be worked on and hopefully, we’ll possibly see a perfected app sooner than later. The app is available now for all of you in the New York City area, so head on down to the Play Store link and give it a whirl today.

 

 

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Subway Time App Gives New York City Subway Riders Added Sense Of Peace

 

If you’re like me and live in New York City, you know that the subway schedules can be hit or miss at times, so it’s fairly common to miss a train or two during any given day– potentially causing some major angst. Fortunately, relief is finally at hand as the MTA has announced it is giving real-time updates via public data for all of its riders. The data (which is iOS-based), is pushed through to a newly-released app called Subway Time by a third-party developer called The Holodeck, giving riders a greater sense of peace knowing how soon a particular train will be at a particular station.

The app is currently in beta at this time, so naturally the app has its fair share of gaffes and bugs, but we’re optimistic everything will be worked on and hopefully, we’ll possibly see a perfected app sooner than later. The app is available now for all of you in the New York City area, so head on down to the Play Store link and give it a whirl today.

 

 

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Subway Time App Gives New York City Subway Riders Added Sense Of Peace

 

If you’re like me and live in New York City, you know that the subway schedules can be hit or miss at times, so it’s fairly common to miss a train or two during any given day– potentially causing some major angst. Fortunately, relief is finally at hand as the MTA has announced it is giving real-time updates via public data for all of its riders. The data (which is iOS-based), is pushed through to a newly-released app called Subway Time by a third-party developer called The Holodeck, giving riders a greater sense of peace knowing how soon a particular train will be at a particular station.

The app is currently in beta at this time, so naturally the app has its fair share of gaffes and bugs, but we’re optimistic everything will be worked on and hopefully, we’ll possibly see a perfected app sooner than later. The app is available now for all of you in the New York City area, so head on down to the Play Store link and give it a whirl today.

 

 

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Subway Time App Gives New York City Subway Riders Added Sense Of Peace

 

If you’re like me and live in New York City, you know that the subway schedules can be hit or miss at times, so it’s fairly common to miss a train or two during any given day– potentially causing some major angst. Fortunately, relief is finally at hand as the MTA has announced it is giving real-time updates via public data for all of its riders. The data (which is iOS-based), is pushed through to a newly-released app called Subway Time by a third-party developer called The Holodeck, giving riders a greater sense of peace knowing how soon a particular train will be at a particular station.

The app is currently in beta at this time, so naturally the app has its fair share of gaffes and bugs, but we’re optimistic everything will be worked on and hopefully, we’ll possibly see a perfected app sooner than later. The app is available now for all of you in the New York City area, so head on down to the Play Store link and give it a whirl today.

 

 

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Subway Time App Gives New York City Subway Riders Added Sense Of Peace

 

If you’re like me and live in New York City, you know that the subway schedules can be hit or miss at times, so it’s fairly common to miss a train or two during any given day– potentially causing some major angst. Fortunately, relief is finally at hand as the MTA has announced it is giving real-time updates via public data for all of its riders. The data (which is iOS-based), is pushed through to a newly-released app called Subway Time by a third-party developer called The Holodeck, giving riders a greater sense of peace knowing how soon a particular train will be at a particular station.

The app is currently in beta at this time, so naturally the app has its fair share of gaffes and bugs, but we’re optimistic everything will be worked on and hopefully, we’ll possibly see a perfected app sooner than later. The app is available now for all of you in the New York City area, so head on down to the Play Store link and give it a whirl today.

 

 

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Subway Time App Gives New York City Subway Riders Added Sense Of Peace

 

If you’re like me and live in New York City, you know that the subway schedules can be hit or miss at times, so it’s fairly common to miss a train or two during any given day– potentially causing some major angst. Fortunately, relief is finally at hand as the MTA has announced it is giving real-time updates via public data for all of its riders. The data (which is iOS-based), is pushed through to a newly-released app called Subway Time by a third-party developer called The Holodeck, giving riders a greater sense of peace knowing how soon a particular train will be at a particular station.

The app is currently in beta at this time, so naturally the app has its fair share of gaffes and bugs, but we’re optimistic everything will be worked on and hopefully, we’ll possibly see a perfected app sooner than later. The app is available now for all of you in the New York City area, so head on down to the Play Store link and give it a whirl today.

 

 

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2.5 year old Android bug finally being fixed

A long time ago, in a galaxy far away, a user reported a bug involving not being able to resolve a hostname on a local domain. Other users started coming forward with the same problem, but that seemed to be the end of it. Then, 2.5 years later, a Google employee announced that the next Android update will address the issue. That’s something to thankful for.



The problem is known as Issue 8030. This unsung bug is not an issue for most users. Still, just because the issue is not widespread, does not mean it’s not a tremendous annoyance for those who have the problem. The issue is explained by code.Google.com: “When connected on WiFi to a network which specifies a domain name, hostnames in that domain do not resolve without appending the domain to the hostname.”

Google has remained silent on the issue, but out of the blue, a Google employee jumped in the comment thread and addressed the problem. “The fix for this has gone in thanks to Kevin Tang. It will be available in the next major release,” said the employee. It’s a thanksgiving miracle!

Users were hit with a mix of relief and annoyance at how long it took to get the fix to happen. Either way, at least the fix is coming, and the Google employee even jumped in and explained the delay a little bit: “Guys, it was a matter of prioritization and resources. We don’t have people to put on every requested feature and we certainly were not idle during this time. I apologize it took so long. I can’t say what the next version will be (neither know it nor can discuss it) but it will be after 4.2, which has already gone out.”

[via SlashGear]


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Life past Windows Phone 7.8

When Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8, it also announced that Windows Phone 7 based devices won’t be upgraded to the next big thing, the Windows Phone 8 operating system. That of course had a major hit on sales of Windows Phone 7 based Nokia Lumia handsets. Now that Windows Phone 8 has launched, and that too at a very reasonable price on contract, all are venturing into buying one of those, but what about people who have already bought Windows Phone 7 based devices and are on contract?

Along with the announcement that Windows Phone 7 based devices won’t be receiving update to Windows Phone 8, Microsoft had also said that all the devices running Windows Phone 7.5 will be upgraded to Windows Phone 7.8. Well, nobody would like to have a smartphone which is obsolete in terms of software, and Windows Phone 7.8 will be aimed at bringing relief to the early adopters of Windows Phone by back porting some of the features available on Windows Phone 8 to older devices.

Few days back, a slide from company’s presentation had leaked and it contained information on Windows Phone 7.8. Although the slides were in Chinese, Chinese WP site winp.cn made the translation available. Now, there’s another leaked slide which shows life of these Windows Phone devices after the Windows Phone 7.8 update.

If you thought WP 7.8 will be the last update for the phones that started life with Windows Phone 7, seems like you are wrong and Microsoft does have plans to upgrade these device past 7.8. According to the official Russian Windows Phone Twitter page, the software giant will be providing 18 months of support for Windows Phone 7.8, so we are talking about support that will last through the middle of 2014. Taking a look at the leaked slide, the next update apart from Windows phone 7.8 refresh is called as Windows Phone 7.x.

With Windows Phone 8, Microsoft has brought in many improvements that Windows Phone 7 devices won’t be able to match no matter how many times they are updated. Hardware wise, Windows Phone 8 supports multi core processors, microSD card slot, are able to receive OTA updates, NFC support and many more. Windows Phone 7.8 will try to match the experience that Windows Phone 8 provides, and with Windows Phone 7.x update, we can expect some more features to come aboard.

Speaking of 7.8 update, we will be seeing as many as twenty new themes. Apart from that, the 7.8 will be offering re-sizable Live Tiles, a customizable lock screen which allows users to control which app notifications and images should appear. Windows Phone 8 devices come with Internet Explorer 10, but that won’t be making to 7.8 devices due to hardware limitations. IE 10 requires full hardware acceleration, but older devices don’t support that completely. There’s a new ringtone creation app too using which users can create a ringtone out of a MP3 file. What are your thoughts on the news? Let us know using the comment form below.

source: WindowsPhoneRussia

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Facebook for Android update adds ability to share posts

Not even a day went by to let this rumor marinate within our brains, and the update is already here. Facebook for Android was updated to add the sharing button that its mobile site got just hours earlier. This button allows you to share a friend’s post to your own page (granted it’s not a private status) for all your Facebook friends to see.

The sharing feature is just one of money that has become a stable of the biggest social networking site there is, and it’s a relief to see the company finally bring it to mobile after all this time.

Another feature Facebook as implemented is the ability to create a photo album via the Photos tab on your Timeline view. It’s nothing groundbreaking, but it’s another one of those things that just “makes sense” in the grand scheme of it all. Other changes include improvements to photo tagging and fixes for failed status updates.

The app continues to get better, but we’re still waiting on the big bombshell Facebook already introduced for our iOS brethren. That version of the app ditched HTML5 in favor of a completely native UI, and Facebook’s official offering could stand to use that very same treatment on Android as the very nature of HTML5 is what’s causes some of the issues in the first place. We’re hoping we can get that one onto our devices by Christmas, but there’s no telling how long it’ll take Facebook to complete that as we’re sure the development cycle will be halted by heavy testing.

Still, today’s update stays true to Facebook’s new strategy of delivering smaller updates faster instead of waiting for large updates to fix nagging bugs and introduce new features. Find your download in the Google Play Store.


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Google Voice App Updated, Fixes Android 4.2 Crashes

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The Google Voice app received an update this morning, one that comes much to the relief of Android 4.2 users, who have been enduring crashes that have essentially made the app unusable since the OTA landed on Nexus devices. As far as I can tell, everything’s back to normal in this update, as I successfully sent a text from my Nexus 7 running 4.2 just a moment ago.

Two new features were also added, though we’re not exactly sure they’re new: integration with Android 4.0 visual voicemail, and direct access to folders from the inbox in Android 4.0. As far as we’re aware, those have been features for some time.

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Google Voice App Updated, Fixes Android 4.2 Crashes was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Nexus 4 will not support T-Mobile Wi-Fi calling after all

While it was previously reported that T-Mobile’s version of the Google Nexus 4 would support Wi-Fi calling, the carrier has turned around and confirmed that the stock Android device will in fact not support the feature. The misunderstanding has been attributed to a simple error in the company’s online document.

Considering early rumors suggested the N4 wouldn’t come with Magenta’s VoIP capabilities, this news isn’t particularly that surprising. Despite all of the back and forth drama, T-Mobile’s unlimited data offerings should provide some relief when used in conjunction with other VoIP services like Google Voice.


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Verizon offers Sandy victims relief by waving phone bill – or part of it

The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy has been severe, for some more so than others, but either way it’s a sad situation. It’s nice to see parties from all sides come together for the good of this great nation, whether it be politics, or the cell phone companies teaming up. Today we just learned that Verizon has pulled some strings and in a thoughtful gesture will be waiving the bill for many of their customers.

T-Mobile and AT&T teamed up and were allowing free and unaltered easy roaming between between networks so friends and families could have full phone access, and now Verizon has announced some awesome news that is quite surprising. While Verizon gets a bad wrap by many for charging fee’s and what not, this is a very nice gesture and something worth giving a shout out for. Well done Verizon!

Verizon has stated that some customers in New York and New Jersey will not be billed this month for their cellphone usage — although this only is aimed and voice and text usage. Users will still be billed for any data charges they’ve incurred. Here’s the statement from Verizon:

“Customers in portions of New York and New Jersey will not be billed usage charges for domestic voice and text usage incurred between October 29th and November 16th 2012. No action is required by our customers to be eligible for this program.”

When they state no action will be required what this means is users won’t have to pay their bill, and then wait for credits, or call and confirm that they’ll be included. All customers within the selected areas simply won’t be billed for the dates mentioned above. To see if your area is included you’ll want to click here. Those not in any of the mentioned areas can also call 1-800-922-0204 and ask for a waiver on a case-by-case basis.

It’s great to see Verizon Wireless taking this step to help those in need. One point for Big Red!

[via InformationWeek]


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Apple Spends 2 Percent in Overseas Tax Spending

The top executives at Apple has once again showcased their knack at avoiding the punitive hands of the tax collector after the Silicon Valley-based tech company reported a 2 percent tax spending for the chunk of money generated by the sales of their products overseas in the last fiscal year.

According to its annual report filed with the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission, Apple only shelled out $713 million in taxes on $26.87 billion in foreign profits.

On the other hand, the iPhone maker spent a whopping $12.26 billion in federal taxes and $1.06 billion in state taxes for the profits they earned in the United States.

Apple’s growing business empire was attributed to its engaging line of innovative products and tax strategies overseas.

Like many multi-national conglomerates, Apple is racking up the large portion of their profit money from the sales of their products abroad, where tax policies are lax and favorable for their business.

However, these profits tend to stay overseas as companies tried to avoid an onerous 35 percent tax rate if they decided to ‘repatriate’ their money obtained in foreign lands back to the United States.  Several companies such as Cisco Systems have previously asked for tax relief for the repatriation of their overseas profits.

Despite spending an incredibly cheap amount of money for their overseas taxes, Apple has not utilized any loopholes just to prevent paying lucrative taxes.

Instead, the company’s top executives used their smarts to capitalize on the slack tax regulations abroad, giving them the leverage to spend less out of their enormous profits.

“These technology giants are playing by the rules, but the problem is the rules are broken. Who sets the rules? The government. And yet the government all but takes it out on the individual taxpayer by making them drag the country out of economic downturn kicking and screaming,” said ZDNet’s Zack Whittaker.

With the competition in the U.S tech market increasingly becomes tighter than ever, Apple will not stop at tapping all possible options to capitalize on the profit opportunities at tax-friendly countries such as China and India.

Via: CNET

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Buy One, Give One – Goal Zero’s Pledge

In the wake of the deafening damage caused by the Superstorm Sandy, Goal Zero, manufacturers of portable solar powered solutions to power generation have made a huge statement and pledge to those plagued by the disaster that recently fell upon the Eastern Coast of the United States.  This humble company trying to make the world a better place with “Zero” emission power generation has made this statement:

While water pours into low-lying areas of New York and New Jersey, team members at Goal Zero are hard at work assembling portable power kits that will provide some relief to those most in need. These kits will power everything from cellphones to emergency lights, as well as critical home and health machines. And this is only the first step in the Goal Zero’s relief efforts.

“We want to help as many people as we can, as quickly as we can,” said Joe Atkin, President and CEO of Goal Zero. “Our first plan of attack is to send out what we already have in our warehouse to help areas that are without power. After that, we’ll be calling on the help of everyone in Goal Zero Nation. We will match sales from our participating retailers, as well as our online store, and send out that in relief aid.”

Beginning Thursday, November 1, through Monday, November 15, Goal Zero will be initiating a “Buy One, Give One Sandy Relief Program”, tracking purchases made at participating retailers as well as their online store, and matching the same amount to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, in the form of portable solar-power solutions. The company’s products provide the means to bring safe, reliable power to the tens of thousands of people who are currently living in a blackout.

“Not only are we going to deliver power to people in need,” Atkin said, “we’re also giving the opportunity for everyone, everywhere to be a power of good by contributing to the relief effort. You will be contributing to products that help run lights, enable communication, and give vital power needed to operate medical saving devices.”

Be a part of Goal Zero Nation and help with Hurricane Sandy relief by purchasing from the online store, or to learn more about how Goal Zero can help you be prepared in the face of an emergency, visit www.GoalZero.com.

Goal Zero has a goal of bringing power to the masses, and in this time of need from now until the 15th of November they are pledging the best they can, free renewable power to those who are stricken without it.  

Please, even if you can’t make it to the areas of great devastation, you can still help.  Pick up a Goal Zero product for yourself and you will hook someone who is in great need up with their own.  Many wake up everyday wondering how they can give back to the country in which they live and want to help make someone’s day a little brighter, here is your chance to make a difference in someone’s life and help to bring them a little solar powered love for light, heat, or even a quick charge on their wireless device we have all come to love so much.  If you can’t make it there to help, you can help Goal Zero get there.  This is one opportunity where the actions of one can truly affect and help the lives of many.

 

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T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 2 officially announced, arriving “in the coming weeks”, Probably Oct. 24th

Many people have been expecting the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 for a while now, and it is a relief to learn officially that it is coming to T-Mobile within a couple of weeks, most likely this month.  There had been rumors for the past couple of weeks that the 5.5 incher would be coming to T-Mobile but nothing had been confirmed yet.  Now it is official, if you are one of the people who have been waiting for it, you will have it soon.

The Galaxy Note 2 has been shipping globally for a couple of weeks now and its entry into the US market, particularly on T-Mo is overdue.  T-Mobile in a press release was non-committal on the date but rumor has it that it is planning a launch and probably initial shipment will be October 24th, just two weeks from today.  That is just speculation for now though, until T-Mo confirms the date.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is a high end phablet that has been causing a lot of commotion in the smartphone and mini-tablet market given that it is a hybrid of the two.  Thanks to its amazing processing capabilities and impressive specifications, the phablet has gained a lot of popularity since it was launched late last month.  At the moment, it could as well pass as the phablet to beat on the Android platform at the moment.

T-Mobile markets the tablet as an entertainment and productivity gadget best for both office and home use.  According to Brad Duea, the senior vice president of product management at T-Mobile, the Samsung Galaxy Note II is currently the latest device on T-Mo’s lineup that will take the place of many standalone devices that consumers use today.

If you have no idea what the specs of the phablet are, then here is an overview of the specs.  The phablet will be available nationwide in Marble White and Titanium Gray colors.  If you are not on T-Mobile, then have no worries because it will just be a matter of weeks before the phablet is available on U.S. Cellular, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint.

Core Specs

Processor: Exynos 4412 1.6 GHz quad-core CPU with a Mali-400MP GPU

Operating System: Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean

Memory: 2 GB RAM; Choice of 16, 32 and 64 GB onboard memory with microSD card slot

Display: 5.5 inch 1280 x 720 267 ppi HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with Multitouch capability, Corning Gorilla Glass protection and TouchWiz UI

Cameras: 8 Megapixels rear, 1.9 Megapixels front cameras

Connectivity: GSM 850/900/1800/1900, 3G HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 and 4G LTE 700 MHz Class 17/2100 – N7105; GPRS; EDGE; WLAN; Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot; Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, LE, EDR; NFC and USB microUSB (MHL) v2.0 with USB Host support

Others: GPS, Digital Compass, Barometer, Accelerometer, Gyro, RGB Light, Proximity,

Build: 80.5 x 151.1 x 9.4 mm, 180 g

Battery: 3,100mAh

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T-Mobile branded Samsung Galaxy Note II spotted in the wild

T-Mobile customers can breathe a sigh of relief today. Not just because the Samsung Galaxy Note II has been spotted with T-Mobile branding, but because the device doesn’t seem to feature the same carrier branded home button as the Verizon variant that we saw last month. While T-Mobile has already confirmed that the Note II would be arriving later this year, a recent FCC filing suggests the launch may not be too far off. Either way, be sure to take a look at some additional images of the Titan Grey Galaxy Note II after the break.

 

Source: TmoNews


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Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G on T-Mobile finally getting Ice Cream Sandwich

Owners of the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G on T-Mobile can let out a sign of relief, because their phones are finally getting Ice Cream Sandwich, according to T-Mobile. Of course, owners of this device would probably prefer to see Jelly Bean come to their device. Still, it’s hard to complain about a free upgrade for your device.

Currently, the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G is sitting on Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread. This move will bring them up to Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. Owners of these devices should be quite happy about the major jump between 2.3.6 and 4.0.4.

The update will roll out gradually starting now and it should be available to everyone sometime tomorrow. Some users are reporting that the update is available for their Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G right now, but your results may vary. Either way, if you do not see the update yet, do not fret, because it will be there soon.

When the update becomes available users can update over the air or manually. If you choose to go the manual route, you will have to use Samsung Kies to do the update. Make sure you are using the latest version of Samsung Kies before you attempt to update your device.

[via Ubergizmo]


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Priliminary injunction on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 lifted

FOSS Patents writes:

At close of business on Monday, Judge Lucy Koh granted Samsung’s request to dissolve the preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1, following a limited remand by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. But after a hearing scheduled for December 6, Apple can still win a permanent injunction over the D’889 tablet design patent if it prevails on the related part of its Rule 50 (“overrule-the-jury”) motion.

This is going to be a big relief for Samsung as it can now peacefully sell one of its flagship Android tablets in the United States. The Cupertino tech giant, Apple, had filed a lawsuit against Samsung for infringing its design patents with the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Judge Lucy Koh, at the close of business on Monday, gave another thought to Samsung’s request to lift the ban on the said Android tablet and finally, okayed the request.

In her explanation for her decision, Judge Lucy Koh explains that she would have never granted a preliminary injunction on the tablet in favour of Apple if she had even the slightest clue that the jury would find in Samsung’s favor on the D’889 infringement issue.

In footnote 2 of her report, she writes, “[t]he Court is not in any way commenting on the merits of any of the parties’ post-trial motions”.

Though all this seems a bit childish to people who do not understand the importance of protecting one’s patents, Apple is pretty cold about it. Samsung, on the other hand, if at all it has infringed any of Apple’s patents, is also cold about accepting its mistakes.

We can understand Samsung’s eagerness to stay in the Android tablet market simply by looking at its recent launches. The South Korean tech giant released a line of Note branded tablets which have been entirely redesigned to make them look nothing like Apple’s iPad. Not just this, but the company has added a lot of features to the tablet to make them attractive. It is to see if Apple will include these tablets into its lawsuit as it did with the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note smart phones.

Source: FOSS Patents

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Motorola Atrix 2 Will Get ICS After All

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Motorola has begun rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update to a selected set of people as part of a “soak test”, which will determine if there are any bugs or issues with the update. This basically means that the company is indeed preparing the update contrary to previous reports. So good news awaits Atrix 2 owners in the U.S. This comes as a relief to the owners of the smartphone who received a scare when a report which broke a few days ago suggested that the Android 4.0 update for the Atrix 2 could be cancelled. For confirmation, a new screenshot has appeared has been posted by one of the testers.

The Motorola Atrix 2 launched last year as a successor to the heavily acclaimed Motorola Atrix 4G. The smartphone broke cover on AT&T’s network and did fairly well too. However, Motorola has always been criticized for its slow update roll out. The company struggles to support its smartphones which is very unfortunate considering that Motorola has or had a strong consumer base in the U.S. The Motorola Atrix 2 was said to be in line for an Ice Cream Sandwich update, which didn’t come as a surprise given the status of the device in the company’s lineup. And last month, Motorola rolled out the ICS update to India while leaving the American customers in the dark. So the general feeling was that Motorola would roll out the update in the U.S too, though slightly later. But that didn’t happen. And to make matters worse, Motorola changed the status of the Atrix 2 update from arriving in Q3 to “further plans coming soon”. But we finally have sort of a confirmation that the update will indeed be rolled out, unless the soak test finds bugs which could delay the process further.

It’s about time really that the Atrix 2 got the update, especially considering that most parts of the world already have received it by now. While claims of Motorola’s lazy update schedule is all over the internet, Atrix 2 owners can finally breathe a sigh of relief. One would imagine that Motorola would change its habits with the company now closely involved with Google, but that seems to make no difference. We hope the company changes its attitude towards older devices with smartphones like the Droid Razr M, Droid Razr HD and Droid Razr Maxx HD about to enter the market. These smartphones will most likely be bundled with Android 4.0.4 out of the box with a Jelly Bean update on the horizon. So there you have it Atrix 2 owners, an update is on its way. We’ll keep you posted on more information regarding the update.

Source: Android Central
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RIM: BlackBerry 10 carrier testing starts in October, OS remains on schedule

RIM BlackBerry 10 carrier testing starts in October, the OS itself is on track

Worried that RIM might face any further delays of BlackBerry 10? Don’t be. CEO Thorsten Heins just confirmed at his BlackBerry Jam presentation that carrier testing for the new OS should begin this October, and that the platform launch is still slated for early 2013, as we were told this spring. As he’s mentioned in the past, Heins believes carriers are “excited” about the BlackBerry update, implying that this is what’s driving the certification process months in advance. Whether or not optimism is alive and well among providers, the news could be a relief for carriers and BlackBerry developers alike, either of which is likely keen to minimize the shift towards an Android-and-iPhone duopoly in the smartphone space.

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RIM: BlackBerry 10 carrier testing starts in October, OS remains on schedule originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 25 Sep 2012 11:55:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Clearwire starts building LTE network this month, wants to salve (and profit from) Sprint growing pains

Sprint hearts Clearwire

Clearwire doesn’t have much time left before its promised LTE rollout goes live in early 2013, so it’s with some relief that we know the deployment is getting underway. CFO Hope Cochran told those at Goldman Sachs’ Communacopia Conference this week that construction of the first cell sites starts this month, with efforts truly swinging into full gear during the fall. The executive also reminded us of a very pragmatic reason why many of the 5,000 LTE sites due by June 30th will target high-traffic areas — as Clearwire is only selling the faster data access to other providers, it should pocket more money in any regions where Sprint needs all the help it can get. Call it a virtuous cycle. Cochran certainly does: while Clearwire is free to make deals with others, Cochran says her company weighs any alliances against what it still considers a very special pact with Sprint. No doubt the 4G pioneer is hoping that it’s making the right choices, as other carriers aren’t waiting around.

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Clearwire starts building LTE network this month, wants to salve (and profit from) Sprint growing pains originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 23 Sep 2012 07:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Cellcom carries HTC Desire 4G LTE as its first LTE phone September 21st, hopes you’ll notice

Cellcom carries HTC Desire 4G LTE as its first LTE phone September 21st, hopes you'll notice Good news: Cellcom is offering its first-ever LTE phone on September 21st, in what will no doubt be one of the carrier’s biggest phone launches of the year. Only it’s not what you think. While Cellcom is indeed picking up the iPhone 5 soon, its major device launch this week is the HTC Desire 4G LTE, its rebranding of Verizon’s Droid Incredible 4G LTE. Other than the lack of Big Red badging and apps, it’s a match for the mid-tier Android 4.0 handset on the larger (and shared) network. Buying one will even cost the same $150 on contract, or $420 at full price. Much to our relief, though, Cellcom isn’t leaving us with one 4G phone per platform. The provider should start selling a relabeled Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX, the $200 RAZR MAXX 4G LTE, at an unspecified point in the near future. Let’s hope for better timing with the second wave of releases.

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Cellcom carries HTC Desire 4G LTE as its first LTE phone September 21st, hopes you’ll notice originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 21 Sep 2012 04:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Series 3 Android figurines going on sale September 24

We love our Android collectible figurines here at Android Community, so you could say we’re pretty happy to hear that some new figurines are going on sale soon. If you’re looking to add content to your current Android shrine, take note that the new Series 3 collection will be going on sale starting next week on September 24.

We’ve been expecting Series 3 Android collectibles since the designs were leaked back in February, but now we can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that they’re finally coming in a couple of days. There will be a few different styles to choose from, including a clear model that has a smaller keychain-sized Android figurine inside (pictured above).

If you don’t know much about these small collectible critters, they are essentially little Android vinyl figurines that have movable arms and heads. They are extremely popular within the Android community and most diehard Android users have one (or a few) being proudly displayed somewhere.

The collectibles officially go on sale at 11:00 AM Eastern time and will be available at the Dead Zebra shop (with shipments going out as early as September 26), but it’s likely they’ll sell out quickly, so be sure to bookmark that page and head back there when the clock strikes 11 come next Monday. Otherwise, you’ll be subjected to searching the web to find any toy stores who might have some in stock.

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Kindle Fire HD – will we be able to opt-out of Special Offers or not?! Apparently so, and for $15 (Update!)


Amazon’s Special Offers in the Kindle Fire HD variants has brought upon a great deal of angry customers. This makes sense as they are a bit intrusive, but it seems what upsets users more is uncertainty. Amazon representatives said that there would be an option to opt-out of these ads, and later other representatives said it would not be possible. So will we be able to or not?

Tech Crunch is now reporting that opting out of these pesky ads will, indeed, be an option. This will cost customers $15, and it will get rid of lock-screen and bottom-page ads for life.

“We know from our Kindle reader line that customers love our special offers and very few people choose to opt out. We’re happy to offer customers the choice.”

Sadly, we are still a bit wary about believing this, since multiple Amazon has been informing many sites that opting out of said advertisements will simply not be possible. And Tech Crunch isn’t clear about the origin of this information, which they claim to be an announcement.

But who knows, maybe Amazon simply had a change of heart. Let’s hope this one is true! Also, don’t forget to check out our hands-on video. That little tab is not shabby at all for that price!

Update: Engadget confirms

So it seems the guys at Engadget have also received word on the matter and users will, indeed, be able to opt-out of Special Offers by paying a one-time $15 fee. This will come as a relief to many of you, and it is great Amazon is at least giving us an option. Even though many of you don’t mind them.

“I wanted to let you know that with Kindle Fire HD there will be a special offers opt-out option for $15. We know from our Kindle reader line that customers love our special offers and very few people choose to opt out. We’re happy to offer customers the choice.”

[Via: Tech Crunch, Engadget]


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Smartphone-powered mine detectors readied for field-testing in Cambodia (video)

Smarphonebased metal detectors

Red Lotus Technologies is now refining and pitching its PETALS technology for real-world use around the world. Short for Pattern Enhancement Tool for Assisting Landmine Sensing, the system connects acoustic sensors to smartphones, outputting a silhouette of what lies below onto the phone’s screen. The company has expanded from an initial research project that paired mine-detecting sensors with the processing clout (and availability of) smartphones. It’s now developed some tablet-based training equipment for de-miners and, working alongside the Landmine Relief Fund, aims to field-test the devices in Cambodia before launching them next year.

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Smartphone-powered mine detectors readied for field-testing in Cambodia (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 08 Sep 2012 03:47:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Audiobooks.com App For Android Lets You Listen To Unlimited Books On Your Smartphone, Gives You Another Reason To “Read” The Hunger Games

 

Audiobooks are loved by many— especially those of us who happen to have long commutes to and from work or school. While audiobooks aim to make things just a little easier for individuals on the go, the more traditional forms of audiobooks can be very expensive with an average price of $20 – $30 for each one. Fortunately, relief is at hand as the up and coming audiobook service Audiobooks.com has unveiled its new Android app which provides a unique interface for navigating the book library and controlling playback, while also giving users the ability to download up to two books at a time to listen offline– which may be helpful especially to those of you on those tightened data plans. Among the 15,000 available titles include The Hunger Games and Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs bio.

For those of you who are interested— the Audiobooks.com subscription will run you about $25 per month but again— you get unlimited access to its entire library of titles. So if you’re a Froyo 2.2+ user and have a hankering for some good books to read listen to, be sure to grab the app today in the Play Store or by scanning the QR code below.

 

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