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Samsung redoes “sex tape” ad with Santa and Mrs Claus [VIDEO]

Remember that Samsung Galaxy S3 ad where a husband was going off on a business trip and his wife warned him not to watch a video she S Beamed to him on the plane? There was no telling what was actually in that video, but because we’re humans with dirty, dirty minds we all just assume it was a sex tape, of sorts. As racy as that ad was, what would you say if it was redone… with Santa Claus and his portly wife?

That is exactly what Samsung has done for its holiday advertising campaign. The ad takes the attractive contemporary family and setting from the original ad and replaces them with the Clauses, their helpful elves and Santa’s sleigh all sitting in front of their North Pole home. The funny thing is that the characters for the new ad nailed the subtleties of the characters’ expressions from the first ad quite nicely.

Yep, Mrs. Claus gives Santa that same “dirty” look after telling him not to watch it on the sleigh, and Santa responds with the awkward wave and double look. One difference you might notice in this ad is that Santa is using the Galaxy Note 2 while Mrs. Claus (does anyone even know her first name?) is using the Samsung Galaxy S3.

The original ad only featured the Galaxy S3, but with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 now available from virtually everywhere it was important for Samsung to include it. Be sure to click above if you haven’t already seen this one floating about the digital airwaves, but if your mind has a tendency to paint its own pictures then you might want to steer clear so as to avoid having your brain burn unsavory mental images as a result of the sexual connotation this ad delivers.

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Skitch’s chief designer talks mistakes, lessons learned, and new / returning features for his screenshot app

Skitch's chief designer talks mistakes, lessons learned, and new  returning features for his screenshot app

They say Rome wasn’t built in a day, but no one ever focuses on how quickly it fell. Skitch can’t exactly be compared to an empire, but with some ten million users globally, there were a lot of voices shouting a lot of various things when the upstart jumped in bed with Evernote and upgraded itself to version 2.0. Not surprisingly, members of our own staff as well as vocal readers have been forced to look for alternative options after v2.0 yanked and / or maimed some of our favorite features from the original. Truth be told, there’s really no alternative that doesn’t also come with a severe compromise, but the Skitch team knows full well that said scenario could change if rivals are given enough time.

Today, the company’s chief designer Keith Lang is clearing the air on what happened, what’s happening, and where his program is going in the future. For starters, he mentions that his team was so heads-down on managing the product, that they failed to actually take into account “how deeply ingrained Skitch had become into many people’s daily workflows and how disruptive even small changes could be.” The good news, however, is that he’s vowing to “fix it.” He notes that version 1.0 was held together with many years of duct tape, and to ever truly move forward, a new program would have to be built from the ground-up. That new program, of course, was met with near-universal hatred from the prior user base, but it looks as if those in the passionate camp are fixing to be addressed.

In updates due to hit between now and sometime soon, Skitch will be regaining Menubar Extra support, FTP / sFTP capabilities, short URLs, direct hosting of Skitch images (!), multiple fonts and custom colors, as well as streamlined cropping and resizing. Aside from bringing v2.0 back up to where v1.0 left off, Keith is promising “really amazing stuff” in the future. We’ll be anxious to give the new builds a try — hopefully, they’ll bring back some good memories.

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Nexus 10 vs. iPad 4 – spec shoot-out

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So, now that the Samsung Nexus 10 has been announced, how does it stack up against the competition? The big tablet to beat right now is the 4th-generation iPad, and as you can tell by the tale of the tape, it's a close race. We also line up the Nexus 10 against the new Microsoft Surface, the BlackBerry PlayBook, and the lower-end Kindle Fire HD 8.9 for good measure. 

iOS 6 versus Android 4.2 is a hard comparison to make just yet, but there are a lot of cool new features coming in the latest version of Jelly Bean that stand a good chance of blowing iOS 6 out of the water. Apple's latest mobile operating system only just added panorama photography, while Google's Sphere Photos add a whole new dimension to the idea. The QR code-dependent Passbook might be a bit more widely-accepted than NFC-based Android equivalents, but at least Android still has rock-solid Google Maps and built-in YouTube support. We'll have more on Android 4.2 once we get our hands on it.  

The 10-inch 2560 x 1600 display on the N10 soundly beats out the 2048 x 1536 display on the new iPad. There's no cellular version of the Nexus 10 just yet, so the iPad gets a bit of an edge in that department. I'd say The Nexus 10 makes up for it with the inclusion of NFC, though. Video-out options are nice and open standards like DLNA and HDMI, unlike the iPad 4's proprietary AirPlay and wire adapters. Weight and dimensions are nearly the same, though the Nexus 10 is marginally slimmer and lighter. It looks like the iPad 4 has a slightly larger battery (11,666 mAh according to reports last year), though we'll have to wait and see how that trannslates to real-world usage. 

Of course, there's also the difference in price; the Nexus 10 is starting at $100 less than the iPad 4, which may be a decider for many shoppers. In any case, that's just a bird's eye view of how the Nexus 10 stacks up on paper. Which spec difference are most striking to you? (Oh, also, don't be shy about letting us know if any of these specs are off.) 

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Samsung shows off 3 more videos showing the power of S-Beam that are quite hilarious and convincing [Video]

We’ve all got to love these Samsung videos touting the great features of their Galaxy S III, right? They’re at it again with 3 all-new videos showcasing their beautiful 4.8″ SAMOLED screen and of course, the beautiful features of S-Beam.

First off we have a video showcasing S-Beam where the girls playlist is instantly transferred to the guys (and saves the date at the same time). Second we have a video clearly showing the advantages of Samsung’s innovative 4.8″ SAMOLED screen that clearly outshines the other guys device (looks like an iPhone). And last but not least, we have another video showcasing S-Beam that shows how quickly and effortlessly one can transfer videos to another S III, but in this case Samsung went a little beyond PG-13 and implied a sex tape being transferred. Well, can’t hurt to show its possibilities, right?

Enjoy the videos after the break! And comment below on what you think about them.

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iPhone 5 vs. Galaxy S III in Durability Test

First there was that poster-like, anti-iPhone 5 ad that Samsung published in print ads making it look like a “tale of the tape” fittingly before a fight. Well, now we’re about to find out who wins. Only in the arbitrary world of durability tests. Granted, we all like to know how durable that expensive piece of hardware that we’re laying down hard-earned cash for really is. However, with all due respect, this “test” is more for entertainment purposes. Dropping phones from human hands with numerous variables involved is far from scientific and can only be taken as entertainment. Without further ado, check the video for your entertainment and you be the judge.  Hit the break for the video.

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Matrix One is an affordable 7 inch Ice Cream Sandwich device for just $59

If you’re looking for a very cheap Android tablet, why not consider this option that one of our readers tipped us off to? It’s a 7 inch WVGA tablet called the Matrix One, and the price tag will have a few people considering it despite the antiquated specs — $59.99, is all.

For that, you’re getting a 1.5GHz Cortex-A8 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, Android 4.0.3, a 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, and more. It’s easy to snicker at this tale of the tape, but those looking for an affordable multimedia device for Christmas or just for kicks should strongly consider the Matrix One. Get started here.


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Video Traffic Recorder – FREE – iPhone App Released

Video Traffic Recorder – FREE  
Developer: Serban Violeta  
Price: free   Download

Video Traffic Recorder – FREE is all about one thing, recording video and GPS logs for your travels. Make sure you have everything on tape in case something happens!

Video Traffic Recorder provides a innovative app design. It’s fun, and simple.

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A Nexus 7 dash-mount that is beautifully simple

Nexus 7 dash mount

We've already seen how you can tear things apart and use some fancy wiring to install a Nexus 7 into the dash of a Dodge Ram, but some of us aren't interested in something that permanent. Also, some of us can't get permission from the wife, but that's another story. For us, the folks SoundMan Car Audio in Santa Clarita, CA. have a method that looks just as sleek, is removable, and involves no wiring or other permanent modification to your expensive vehicle. 

Android Central member Nightline happens to work with the fellows at SoundMan, loves his Nexus 7, and has a 2011 Ford Focus he didn't want to modify too heavily. There's no wiring, everything is connected via Bluetooth, and the magnetic mount looks beautiful and completely OEM. Granted, it's a little more involved than using duct tape and bailing twine, but it's something a dedicated DIY-er or modder would have a lot of fun doing, and the end result is certainly worth it. Check out the video after the break.

Source: Android Central forums. Thanks, Nightline!

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Apple still trying for water damage indicator patent, drop-prone device owners twitch (update: granted)

Apple still trying for water damage indicator patent, dropprone device owners twitch

Apple has already sought to patent some elaborate water damage detection methods, but it’s also a fan of the classics. That must be why it’s still attempting to patent a water detection method that it’s been seeking since December 2006, just a month before the iPhone went public. The concept is a simple one that you’ll find in many iPhones (and other iOS devices) so far: water-reactive, color-changing tape positioned in a device such that the Genius Bar staffer can see that your device took a dive in the swimming pool without having to tear the phone open. Mercifully, the patent factors in a membrane to prevent an overly humid day from triggering a false positive. There’s still no immediate clue as to whether or not Apple will receive the patent, which strikes us as odd for a technology that’s been used in the field for so long — not that the company has needed the USPTO’s blessing to void the warranty (or offer a rare free replacement) for more than a few waterlogged iPhones over the past five years.

Update: After a little fine-tooth comb inspection, we’ve found that this is the long-awaited granting itself, not just a continuation. Apple will be happy, although others trying to use a similar water detection system will be turning red… for reasons besides getting wet.

Apple still trying for water damage indicator patent, drop-prone device owners twitch (update: granted) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 06 Jul 2012 09:40:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple still trying for water damage indicator patent, drop-prone device owners twitch

Apple still trying for water damage indicator patent, dropprone device owners twitch

Apple has already sought to patent some elaborate water damage detection methods, but it’s also a fan of the classics. That must be why it’s still attempting to patent a water detection method that it’s been seeking since December 2006, just a month before the iPhone went public. The concept is a simple one that you’ll find in many iPhones (and other iOS devices) so far: water-reactive, color-changing tape positioned in a device such that the Genius Bar staffer can see that your device took a dive in the swimming pool without having to tear the phone open. Mercifully, the patent factors in a membrane to prevent an overly humid day from triggering a false positive. There’s still no immediate clue as to whether or not Apple will receive the patent, which strikes us as odd for a technology that’s been used in the field for so long — not that the company has needed the USPTO’s blessing to void the warranty (or offer a rare free replacement) for more than a few waterlogged iPhones over the past five years.

Apple still trying for water damage indicator patent, drop-prone device owners twitch originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 06 Jul 2012 09:40:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nielsen: Over 50 percent of US mobile users own smartphones, Android and iPhone sitting pretty

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Smartphones crossed an important milestone in March, based on Nielsen’s estimates. Just over half of cellphone owners in the US — 50.4 percent, to be exact — had a smartphone of some kind, making dumbphones the minority for the first time. The smartphone tale of the tape shows that the OS split has largely tapered off since February. Android has only moved slightly and still sits atop the heap, claiming 48.5 percent of users, but Apple hasn’t had to worry given that 32 percent of smartphone owners use an iPhone. As is increasingly becoming the familiar story, other platforms trailed well behind: RIM’s BlackBerry sat at 11.6 percent, while Windows Mobile, at 4.1 percent, was more popular than its Windows Phone successor’s 1.7 percent. Apple can still claim to be the top-selling individual smartphone maker in the country, suggesting Samsung hasn’t translated its worldwide lead to the US just yet.

Nielsen: Over 50 percent of US mobile users own smartphones, Android and iPhone sitting pretty originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 07 May 2012 11:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung Mobile Unpacked liveblog!

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Ready to cut through that packing tape and see which smartphone Samsung has in store for 2012? The next Galaxy will make its debut on this very page, so click on through to our liveblog for the play-by-play at Earls Court in London. The fun gets started at 2PM ET on Thursday, May 3rd, listed in your local time zone just below.

March 7, 2012 2:00 PM EST

Samsung Mobile Unpacked liveblog! originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 03 May 2012 13:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung marketing gone wild in the Outback

From patent warfare to advertisement judo, the battle between Samsung and Apple has been epic to say the least. This time, it appears that Sammy has made their next move at an Apple Store in Sydney, Australia. Comical video blogger Nate “Blunty” Burr was on the scene and caught all the action on tape. This latest tactic is part of Samsung’s “Wake Up” campaign aimed at iSheep everywhere while creating hype around their highly anticipated Galaxy S3 announcement next week. Check out the video below for a good laugh!

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The Next Galaxy S III caught in the wild again

We still don’t know if Galaxy S III will be the name of what Samsung has been touting as “The Next Galaxy” but it has leaked again today in another photo, possibly showing us what to expect. In what appears to be a dummy unit we are getting another look of the device, most likely still under disguise and not a final product but figured we’d show you just in case.

There’s definitely no shortage of buttons on this device. If they do go with a hardware home button AND that huge on-screen set of buttons I’ll surely be disappointed. The photo can only be taken at face value, and it looks pretty odd with that yellow tape and possibly a fake screen-on image as well. Could this be the real deal? Sure. Is it? Maybe. You can clearly see the casing around the real phone in this photo below.

We’ve seen countless leaks as of late, and multiple reports stating the phone has a protective casing doubling as a nice disguise too (just like we see above) so we’ll just hang tight a few more days until Samsung shows the world at their event in London early next month. Even with the casing around the phone for a disguise, it still looks like it has a pretty big bezel on the bottom, bigger than the Galaxy Nexus.

Stay tuned for more details as I’m sure we’ll see more before the main event come May 3rd in London. As a reminder we’ll be there live for the REAL phone once it’s announced in all its beauty.

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Another ‘Next Galaxy’ dummy unit appears, throws Android style guide to the wind

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Ladies and gents, I present to you the Samsung Galaxy S III.

Except it ain't. It's another bit of secrecy in the never ending chain of Samsung Galaxy Next S III tales, and this one from the Taiwanese forum mobile01 truly takes the cake. The casing, yellow friction tape and all, is clearly not the finished product and the monstrosity of a navigation bar across the bottom makes me hope the view on the screen is faked as well. Don't get me wrong — I'm a fan of buttons, including the coveted menu button, but forcing it off to the wrong side as in the above screen is not only against the Android style guidelines, but it's a giant mess for app development waiting to happen. At least HTC's offerings would look right when (if) apps get updated with the ICS UI. But this? There's no rhyme or reason.

I want to see this phone as much as the next guy. I'm excited to see what Samsung counters the HTC One series with, but if this is it I'm going to have to say no thanks Samsung. That's why I'm not buying it.

Source: mobile01 (since pulled); via The Verge

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HTC’s J ISW13HT WiMAX smartphone slips out for KDDI, quickly takes cover

HTC unveils WiMAX smartphone for KDDI, quickly pulls announcement

Ooh, what do we have here? Japanese site Sumahon!! (which means “smartphone” in good, old Nihon) reports that HTC posted details about a new WiMAX-capable phone for KDDI to join the carrier’s WiMAX Samsung Galaxy S II — the HTC J ISW13HT. The company apparently jumped the gun, though, as the page has since been unceremoniously pulled — but not before the aforementioned site grabbed some screenshots. According to the tale of the tape, er, phone, from the site, the ISW13HT rocks Android 4.0 with a coating of Sense 4.0, a Snapdragon S4 chip, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage plus a microSD slot. One screen grab also states that the phone has a 4.3-inch qHD display. Sizewise, the handset is 66mm wide, 132mm tall and 10mm thick. Weight is listed at about 142 grams. A visit to the official ISW13HT page reveals a “page not found error” but that likely won’t be the case for long — that “Spring 2012″ grab probably wasn’t created for kicks.

HTC’s J ISW13HT WiMAX smartphone slips out for KDDI, quickly takes cover originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 19 Apr 2012 02:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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This Geiger counter app readies you for the nuclear apocalypse

Shelters full of canned goods? Stockpiles of weapons for shooting mutant cockroaches? In a post-nuclear fallout scenario, all these considerations are secondary. What you really need is a reliable Geiger counter, a device which allows you to measure the radiation level of areas and substances. And a team of mad scientists at the  Helmholtz Research Center in Munich have provided one for anybody who’s got an Android phone handy. All you need is a piece of black tape and either $4.49 or $5.00 for the light and pro versions of the Radioactivity Counter app. Yes, this really works.

But how? The app uses the sensor on the front or rear camera of your phone as a radiation detector. It’s not a true Geiger counter (unless your phone has a helium-filled glass tube we don’t know about), but it measures the radioactive interference that can be seen on the sensor when no light enters from the lens. The app measures non-light sources of energy from everything from a tiny and harmless radioactive chip to a full-on blast of gamma rays from a lab machine – the stuff that Stan Lee’s dreams are made of.

Below: lots of Android phones getting lethal doses of radiation. They may turn into gigantic sentient killer robots… but more likely, they’ll just stop working after a while.

The video above shows how the app works and its surprising sensitivity. The developers created the Radioactivity Counter after the Fukushima Daiichi power plant disaster last year, as a method of quickly getting “Geiger counters” into the hands of hundreds of thousands of citizens, who can then be informed about areas and resources that need to be avoided without relying on conventional media. The full version allows for viewing and saving of data in more modes. but otherwise operates the same way.

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Bring out the DJ in you – Sonic Loops for iOS

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Developer: karim benaddi
Price: $0.99
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Looping is one of the most popular ideas in modern pop music, but in the pop context, it generally indicates the use of loops made from prerecorded material, i.e. somebody’s album, movie, or speech. Live looping is a new way to create music which can be used with any style and instrument. The musician creates his/her own background by recording bits of his playing during the music and has them looping as long as he needs them or repeating whenever he calls them back in real-time, using either hardware (magnetic tape, dedicated hardware devices) or software.

Remember the Live on stage Dance music shows of 80′s with techno trance or ambient music? Now you can do it all with the power of your iOS device. Be a DJ for your next party with Sonic Loops. With just one or two musicians you can create the sound of a whole orchestra all live. As opposed to a real orchestra or pre-recorded / programmed music, you can follow the way it is created, because all you hear is once the only thing that is played in front of you, all the rest is just the repetition of it.

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Windows Phone Marketplace now available in Iceland and 12 other countries

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Here’s some good news for those of you in Bulgaria, Iceland and a handful of other countries: the Windows Phone Marketplace has just arrived at your doorstep. Microsoft heralded its arrival in a blog post today, enumerating a grand total of 13 new markets: Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Croatia, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine, and Venezuela. Today’s announcement comes just a few months after the Marketplace launched in Argentina, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Peru and the Philippines, expanding Windows Phone’s global coverage to a total of 54 countries. If you live in one of these newly minted markets, you can find out how to configure your handset at the links below. Some developers may be befuddled as to why the App Hub hasn’t been expanding as fast as the Marketplace, but according to Microsoft’s Todd Brix, the delay can largely be attributed to regulatory red tape. Fortunately, though, the company’s global publisher program will allow devs to create apps for countries where the Marketplace isn’t yet available. For more details, check out the coverage links below.

Windows Phone Marketplace now available in Iceland and 12 other countries originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 28 Mar 2012 23:53:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google Fiber moves to next stage as laying preparations begin, one Gbps broadband on the Way

What do we have here? We all know Google gets its little search engine fingers into everything it can across the globe. One thing I didn’t know they were working on is a high-speed residential broadband service. Apparently it has been in the works for a couple of years now. After some pretty extensive testing, cutting through all the red tape that one needs to get through to comply with laws and competitors, it looks like Google is ready to start laying some fiber. Where you ask? Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri. Interesting locations to say the least, but I am sure it was the most engineering friendly and accepted location for public service testing. Not to mention I would expect a grip of jobs to be created in the area for the cities involved.

Kansas City is Fiber-Ready!

Monday, February 06, 2012 | 3:00:00 AM

We’ve measured utility poles; we’ve studied maps and surveyed neighborhoods; we’ve come up with a comprehensive set of detailed engineering plans; and we’ve eaten way too much barbecue. Now, starting today, we’re ready to lay fiber.

As we build out Google Fiber, we’ll be taking thousands of miles of cables and stretching them across Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri. Each cable contains many thin glass fibers, each about the width of a human hair. We’ll be taking these cables and weaving them into a fiber backbone—a completely new high speed infrastructure that will ultimately be carrying Kansas Citians’ data at speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have today.

At first, we’ll focus on building this solid fiber backbone. Then, as soon as we have an infrastructure that is up and running, we’ll be able to connect Google Fiber into homes across Kansas City!

As we build, we’ll be sure to post more important updates and announcements right here.

Posted by Kevin Lo, General Manager, Google Access

Source: Google Fiber via Androidandme

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LG Optimus Pad LTE leaks again

LG’s first run in the tablet game didn’t go quite so well but they appear to be back and ready to give it another try with the LG Optimus Pad 2. Many are calling it the Optimus Pad LTE and these latest images seem to confirm that possibility. The original, better known as the T-Mobile G-Slate didn’t sell too well with it high price and need for cheap blue and red 3G glasses.

The new Optimus Pad 2 leaked late last month and today we have a few more photos. Sadly the device is wrapped in some sort of tape to protect the look or possibly the leakster although we clearly see the AT&T 4G LTE boot animation with the image above. The photos don’t reveal anything else for now and we don’t get a view of the rear. We’ve been hearing just like the original the new Pad LTE will offer dual cameras for 3D video but this time it will rock dual 8 megapixel cameras.

Along with dual cameras we also expect the same 8.9″ display size rocking a 1280 x 800 resolution NOVA display, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and the usual array or ports and micro-SD slot. Latest rumors also suggest Android 3.2 Honeycomb on board and the slate launching late December, with an update to Ice Cream Sandwich to follow in 2012.

At the via link below it’s pictured with the Galaxy Tab 8.9 but seems to be a bit bigger, although we don’t expect it to be a 10″ device. Hopefully LG will be announcing more details on their next slate soon as we’d love to see if they’ve made improvements from the original.

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App Spotlight: 8tracks

In decades past, when ipods were yet to be created and the mp3 was yet to be dreamed up, there existed the mix tape. It was a way to listen to the music people wanted to hear in a way that was completely in their control. In other words it was musical freedom, a way to express yourself. Now with the age of technology firmly upon us we have moved on from the 8-track and cassette tape to something more. However, even though that is the case we all still hold on to the idea of musical freedom and expression. With that in mind, many app developers have come out with apps to allow us to share the music we love in many ways, and one of these apps is named 8tracks.

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The idea behind 8tracks is in essence creating your own personal internet radio just as you once would have created your own mix-tape. They want people to be involved in the music and the choices people make when listening to it. The app opens up too many mixes that are available to be listened to. Each one offers cover art, a title, and some sort of explanation about what a listener should expect to hear if they decide to pick this mix.

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When the user finally picks a mix to listen to, they will notice several things. There are several tags attached to the song. These tags are there to help someone searching for a certain genre of song. They will notice the mix’s DJ. If they click on that name, it will take them to the DJ’s page which lists all the mixes they’ve created, the number of people following them, and the other DJs this person is following. Once the mix is over or the user is tired of what they are listening to, they can hit “next mix.” However, the thing to remember is that you will be listening to the next mix by the same DJ. If they want to change that up they need to hit the back button until they get back to the main page.

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The only downside with this app is that if you’re listening to a mix and you can’t seem to find a song that you truly enjoy, you are limited in the amount of skips allowed per hour. However, freedom is still the undertone for apps like 8tracks and in this case, it has to do with musical freedom. Therefore, stop listening to things you don’t care about and start listening to the music that matters to you.

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Some iPhone 4S owners reporting ominous ‘No SIM card installed’ messages

Could it be that Apple’s latest smartphone is plagued with a troubling design flaw? Just ask the handful of iPhone 4S users who’ve experienced issues with their SIM cards, and they’ll tell you this is very much the case. While we have no reason to believe a majority of iPhone 4S owners are affected, the problem appears to span across numerous carriers and parts of the globe — even Sprint and Verizon Wireless users aren’t immune. Some report resolving the problem with a new SIM card, while others have reason to believe it’s the reader itself. Then there’s a group known as Woo Servers, which suggests the malfunction is related to a short circuit caused by a design flaw with the SIM card tray. They’ve provided a detailed list of instructions to remedy the problem, with a simple piece of tape as the cure. Sadly, not everyone seems to benefit from the advice. So, Cupertino, care to lend a hand?

Some iPhone 4S owners reporting ominous ‘No SIM card installed’ messages originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 17 Nov 2011 18:55:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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[MIUI Theme] Sellotaped icons tape your icons your Screen

I absolutely love it when a themer takes the time to create something new and unique. Instead of redoing what hundreds of people have done before him, MIUI themer, fodi, took a new idea and approach to our much-needed icons. Making each icon look like it was ripped from a handy little note pad and taped to your screen, he has created a very unique and much-needed change for our screens. To add to the mayhem of taping icons to your screen, he has also included a really cool look for folders use as well. Giving a torn sheet of paper for the folder back ground and a piece of tape as the header. These are some seriously cool and fun icons for you to enjoy.

Head over to fodi’s miui.us forum page to snag these bad boys in any download format you wish. Move the mtz file to your MIUI/Theme folder on your SD card. When you access your Themes application you will want to head to the bottom and select “customize” and then select “icon”. Find the Sellotaped icons and apply to enjoy them.

Source: MIUI.us

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Nokia Lumia 800 vs. Nokia N9: the tale of the tape

Sure, they might look the same, but are they actually the same? Inside that smooth, shapely polycarbonate shell lies internals that are actually significantly different between these two. How different? Well, the guy on the left, the newly-unveiled Lumia 800, has a 1.4GHz Qualcomm processor paired with 512MB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The guy on the right? That’s the ill-fated N9, and it packs a 1GHz TI OMAP chip with 1GB of RAM and up to 64GB of storage. Inside the chart below lies the information you need, and the deltas you crave.

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Nokia Lumia 800 vs. Nokia N9: the tale of the tape originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 26 Oct 2011 08:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs. Droid RAZR by Motorola: the tale of the tape

Well folks, the wait is over. Now you can push the rumors, early introductions and other pre-announcement ramblings aside and focus on the real matter at hand: which of these shiny new handsets will you buy? Will it be the Galaxy Nexus or the Droid RAZR? Let us offer some insight into the matter as we dive head-first into the specs below.

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NSA And Google Developing Hardened Android Kernel For Government Communication; Will Be More Secure Than BlackBerry

sam4This is a pretty wild piece of news. Google, George Mason University, and the NSA are working to make Android the most secure OS out there. They’re developing a "hardened" kernel so Android can pass all the necessary red tape to be deployed for government use. By 2012 they expect Android to be good enough for classified communication, and eventually they’ll hit a higher security clearance level than BlackBerrys. Poor BlackBerry, security was one of the last things they had left.

It seems like all the heavy hitters are on board to deploy this super-secure version of Android. The Obama…

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Potential Fix Found For Motorola Photon 4G “Sleep of Death” Issue [Forum Talk]

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Quite a few Motorola Photon owners have been experiencing an issue with their device in what they are calling “The Sleep of Death.” Apparently, the device will shut down at random times without warning forcing users to power back on and check for important missed calls and/or texts. MoPho users took to our very own Android Forums to address the issue though it seems nobody could figure out exactly what was going on and if this was a software issue or a hardware one. This ultimately lead many users back to their Sprint stores for hardware replacements.

As it turns out, AF member 408SandShark seems to have found a possible fix. Apparently, the battery isn’t secure inside the phone and when the device is moved, this causes the battery to lose a connection with the terminals on the device, making the device shut off. The fix? Well, placing some kind of cushioned tape or folded piece of paper in between the battery cover and battery seems to hold everything in place. 408SandShark claims this has remedied “The Sleep of Death” issue for him. Give it a try and let us know if it works for you. Good luck!

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Boost Mobile to Get First Samsung Slider Phone

Sporting Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 1GHz MSM8655 CPU, an HVGA screen, and a rumored 2 megapixel camera (we certainly hope this isn’t true), the device is most likely several months away from release yet. Samsung is still waiting on FCC approval, though both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi certifications are already in place. The phone really just seems to be held back by red tape at this point.

In what we had originally thought to be a followup to Sprint’s mid-level Transform, this device will actually be Boost Mobile’s first sliding-keyboard smartphone. We realize that many would argue that the sliding keyboard is a dying breed, but Samsung knows that there is still a loyal market for slider phones out there (here’s talking to you, Mom). It’s great to see manufacturers catering to all parties.

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Android Activations at 550,000 per Day as Google Hauls in $2.51 Billion in Net Income

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Google’s Larry Page met with investors today to discuss Google’s Q2 earnings, reporting a whopping $9.02 in revenue and $2.51 billion in net income, up from $1.84 billion for the same period last year. While those figures are quite astounding alone, Page also dropped a the latest Android activations number. The platform now sees 550,000 handsets activated per day. That’s up from the 500,000 activations per day Andy Rubin alerted us to just a little over two weeks ago. The figure was only 350,000 during Q1, and rewinding the tape a whole year only 160,000 Android activations occurred every day. As for apps, the Android Market with its 250,000 applications has now seen its 6 billionth download. Pretty astonishing growth, indeed.

 


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