Saturday, 31 December 2011

Samsung Galaxy Tab Review

The Samsung Galaxy Tab has become recommended as a genuine competitor for the Apple iPad. The tablet computer is operating the newest edition of the Google Android Operating system, which is continuously increasing in acceptance, and contains most of the advantages in its favor. It’s a substantial improvement on the newest generation of Galaxy tablet computer, but could it truly give the all-pervasive iPad a rival? Samsung Galaxy Tab – Great Points Battery: The publicised battery on this tablet pc [...]

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FCC concerned about Verizon’s $2 convenience fee, looking into the matter

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The FCC, who has surprisingly been all up in every carriers business as of late has now spoken about Verizon's $2 convenience fee that will go into effect as of January 15th.

“On behalf of American consumers, we’re concerned about Verizon’s actions and are looking into the matter,”

What, exactly that means in anyone's guess -- but given other carriers have been charging such things for years now, we'll just have to wait and see what they have to say about Verizon now starting it up. In the meantime, enjoy this soundbite.

Source: NYTimes



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How to Upgrade or Downgrade Ipad Firmware

It is a known fact that when most of the people encounter problems with their everyday use of the ipad, they resolve to upgrading or downgrading their firmware as a way to eliminate and solve their problems. There are many problems however that cannot be solved or fixed by upgrading or downgrading ipad firm ware. Though the two tasks appear to be similar, they differ from one another, and this is not in reference to upgrade or downgrade. The legality [...]

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European Motorola RAZR maintenance update rolling out now

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European Motorola RAZR owners should be waking up to an update this morning to software version 651.73.30, bringing with it some useful bugfixes along with a couple of new features. Here's whats new:

  • New Evernote™ application
  • Camera - General improvements to camera performance
  • New Smart Rule Trigger  - 'Motion Detection'
  • Security features - Added new security features in the Google™ Android™ release
  • Phone stability - Improvements on call performance and Bluetooth® connectivity
  • Localisation improvements
  • Wi-Fi performance and stability   General improvements to Wi-Fi connectivity         

You can get the update by hitting Settings>About Phone>System Updates 

Source: Motorola 



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Daily Tip: How to use Restrictions to prevent deleting 3rd party apps from the Home screen

We've already mentioned a jailbreak mod in Cydia called No Uninstall, which removes the ability to delete apps from the iPhone Home screen, but what if you're not jailbroken? Well, Apple has included this ability within the Restrictions settings by default. In this tip, we'll show you how to remove the ability to delete apps from the Home screen without having to jailbreak your iPhone first.


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Windows 8 welcome screen revealed, looks very Metro

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It's not really a secret the Microsoft had planned on bringing bits of Windows Phone 7's Metro UI to Windows 8, but we haven't seen a lot of really telling evidence. However, with the Windows 8 milestone 3 build now available to Microsoft Connect partners, it was really just a matter of time before we started to get a peek.

Thanks to Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott, we've now had a glimpse at what the Windows 8 welcome screen will look like. As you can see, the typography is very Metro indeed. Within Windows also mentions that the background image is customizable, and we're wondering if it might not pull from your current Windows 8 theme. This particular shot shows the CTRL + ALT + DELETE login option, but we imagine you'll still be able to log in by clicking your account picture tile as well.

Rivera and Thurrott also mention that the tablet version of the welcome screen will allow you to log in by swiping a pattern on the screen -- as you can on current Android devices.

Windows 8 welcome screen revealed, looks very Metro originally appeared on Download Squad on Fri, 01 Apr 2011 16:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HTML5 MP3 player lets you listen to your music library inside your browser

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While this slick little HTML5 audio player might not pack all of the features of your favorite desktop media application, it's still a very cool demonstration of what a Web app can do with access to local resources -- like MP3 and OGG files.

Just fire up http://antimatter15.github.com/player/player.html in your HTML5-compatible browser and browse to the topmost folder in your music library. The app will quickly build an index of all your tunes and let you start listening right inside your Web browser. Click on the filter library text, and you can enter a search string -- results load as you type.

There's a volume control, shuffle mode, play/pause control, and you can click and drag to skip forward or rewind during playback. As OMG! Ubuntu points out, you can even save the app to your hard drive and run it offline, which is pretty darn cool.

Not all browsers are equal when it comes to HTML5 implementation, of course. We found that Chrome worked the best, and Firefox was OK. It's also worth noting that this music player comes from the same developer that created one of our favorite restartless Firefox 4 add-ons, drag2up.

HTML5 MP3 player lets you listen to your music library inside your browser originally appeared on Download Squad on Wed, 30 Mar 2011 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Internet Explorer 9 nears 4% share on Windows 7, IE6 extinction countdown picks up steam

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Microsoft has shared some news about the state of its most and least loved Web browsers -- Internet Explorer 9 and 6, respectively. Even with IE9 only recently exiting beta, Microsoft reports that 3.6% of Windows 7 users are now running the new browser (no mention of Vista... what's with that?). The post also reveals that the adoption rate is almost five times what IE8 garnered in the early going.

It's also interesting to note that there are now more than 1,000 sites utilizing Internet Explorer 9's Windows 7 integration features -- like the new desktop notification support we showed you in Hotmail.

But perhaps the best news of all is that Microsoft's IE6countdown.com now has more than 400 partners and is generating nearly two million pageviews per month, helping to lure users away from the woefully out-of-date browser. Can the end come soon enough, DS readers?

Internet Explorer 9 nears 4% share on Windows 7, IE6 extinction countdown picks up steam originally appeared on Download Squad on Fri, 01 Apr 2011 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Friday, 30 December 2011

George’s most-used iPhone and iPad apps of 2011

My most used apps of 2011 include an endless list of Twitter apps, ‘video streaming apps’, and of course, the default apps like Safari, Mail, Messages and YouTube....


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Predictions For 2012 – Add Yours!

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment - Buddha.

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Windows 8 getting a built-in PDF reader, Metro-style

For what seems like an eternity, Download Squad readers have reacted to news of security exploits targeting Adobe Reader with a common sentiment: why doesn't Microsoft build its own secure PDF reader into Windows? Apparently the Windows 8 team agrees, and they're working away at an application called Modern Reader which is exactly that.

From the handful of screenshots Paul Thurrott has shared, it's clear that Modern Reader has been built with Metro in mind. You can see the Reader back button in the top-left corner of the yellow image and the minimal page navigation bar on the right. We've posted some larger images we managed to scrape from Google's cache after the break.

Thurrott also mentions that Modern Reader is the first program spotted which is built using AppX -- a packaging technology that may allow developers to roll a single build to both Windows 8 desktops and Windows Phone 8 mobile devices.

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Windows 8 getting a built-in PDF reader, Metro-style originally appeared on Download Squad on Mon, 04 Apr 2011 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HTC updates bootloader unlock utility to support latest Android lineup

It wasn't long ago that HTC's bootloader unlock utility hit the masses, thereby righting the company's silly decision to lock its phones down in the first place. Now, continuing its commitment to mod-lovers and those who appreciate freedom, The House of Chou is announcing that its latest lineup of Android phones can find a similar (and proper) fate. The company has released an updated bootloader unlock tool that supports all Android devices released after September of this year. Naturally, this includes such handsets as the HTC EVO Design 4G, Rezound, Rhyme and Vivid. The company has yet to release an updated list of supported devices, but promises to do so in the coming days. While we're still not crazy about users losing their rights to a warranty, for the moment, that seems to be the price of freedom.

HTC updates bootloader unlock utility to support latest Android lineup originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 28 Dec 2011 23:56:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Best of MAKE: Maker Shed Top 10

It's been a big year here at the Maker Shed. This has been our best year to date and we have shipped around 30,000 orders to makers all over the world! Ever wonder what our top products are? Below are the Top 10 items shipped from the Maker Shed in 2011.

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A Group of Christians Got Smashed By Chinese Polices During A Christmas Party (Video)

Discrimination?...Few days ago, the government officials forcibly shut down a Christmas Gala organised by Christians in Xitan village (溪坦村) in Zhejiang province, the situation was like "a dog biting a rat". Video after the break...

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Missed deals, Bootloaders and Root [From the Forums]

From the Forums

We're getting ready to toss away 2011 on tonight's Android Central podcast but if you're looking for something to do while we get things ready, you can check out the Android Central forums and hit up some of the threads below.

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In-app payment support arrives on Android

Right on cue, Google has launched in-app payment support for Android applications. Developer testing began last week, and now many popular apps -- like the ones pictured above -- can begin charging users for add-on functionality, content, or whatever the heck else they feel is worthy of additional bits of your pocket change. If you were wondering, Google will take the same 30% cut that Apple takes from in-app purchases.

At last we can buy individual issues in Comics with minimal fuss!

In-app payment support arrives on Android originally appeared on Download Squad on Wed, 30 Mar 2011 10:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Thursday, 29 December 2011

Happy Holidays From M.I.C. Gadget

As you sit back this weekend and gorge yourself on ham, turkey, and gingerbread (not the Android one), remember that M.I.C. Gadget loves you. We hope you’ve had a great year, and we want to thank you for your continued support and constructive comments. So, happy holidays, dear all, and thank you for reading M.I.C. Gadget. While we didn't send out cards to each of you, we did put our favorite tech CEOs together in their holiday attire! Watch the video after the jump!

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Microsoft trumpets Windows Phone 7 numbers on first birthday

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Happy first birthday, Windows Phone 7! One year on, and the fledgling mobile operating system has 36,000 active developers in its AppHub community, 1.5 million downloads of its Developer Tools, and 11,500 apps in its Marketplace.

Microsoft is quick to take a couple shots at competitors' app stores, beating its chest about not re-counting tanslations of an app or "lite" apps, "increasing tonnage" by supporting apps from other mobile platforms, and not listing wallpapers as a category.

That's all fine and dandy, but we spend a lot of time sifting through WP7 app feeds -- and we're still not seeing a lot of awesome apps on the platform. We think a few marquee apps would've made a pretty nice first birthday present -- along with a much smoother update process for WP7 users.

Microsoft trumpets Windows Phone 7 numbers on first birthday originally appeared on Download Squad on Fri, 01 Apr 2011 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Add a Windows 8 user tile to your Windows 7 taskbar

Now that Windows 8 images have begun leaking out, it's only a matter of time until developers start releasing mods for Windows 7 which mimic upcoming features. Over at Into Windows, they've spotted one such mod already.

In the earliest Windows 8 images, we saw Windows Live integration on the taskbar. In the far right corner, there's a user tile displayed. If you'd like to do the same on Windows 7, download Taskbar User Tile from DeviantArt user AngelWZR.

Once installed, your current picture will appear on the taskbar. Click it, and a menu appears which allows you to log off, switch users, and access the control panel. Right now, the mod only works if your taskbar is displayed on the bottom of your Windows desktop.

Add a Windows 8 user tile to your Windows 7 taskbar originally appeared on Download Squad on Wed, 06 Apr 2011 14:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Leaked memo details Verizon's $2 fee for paying your bill; autodraft or ACH the only way out (update: confirmed)

A couple of years back, AT&T offered select customers a $25 prepaid MasterCard to switch their billing over to autodraft. Soon, Verizon Wireless will be following Sprint's footsteps and charging you for every month that you aren't using that very system. Tactical differences aside, the leaked memo shown above details what has to be one of the most consumer-unfriendly policy changes since the carrier boosted its early termination fee for "advanced devices." Effective January 15th, any customer that opts to pay their wireless bill online or over the phone will be charged an extra $2 each month, and the only way to sidestep it is to sign up for AutoPay or to pay by electronic check, where there's no credit card fee passed on to the carrier.

For those unaware, AutoPay automatically drafts the most recent amount from either a linked checking / savings account or a credit card on file, and while we can understand VZW's desire to better control when it's getting paid, charging customers to make it happen is just downright ludicrous. Here's a thought, Verizon: enforce stricter penalties on late payments, or just offer those that shift to AutoPay a small discount for going out of their way to make your life a little easier. Or, you know, for all those hours that your network has been down during the holidays.

Update: Verizon has officially confirmed the change to its policies and the $2 surcharge you'll be hit with each month if you're not using autodraft or some other small subset of payment options. Head after the break for all the details straight from the horse's mouth.

[Thanks, Alex]

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Ridekick Motorized Trailer Pushes You

It seems that putting a motor into a trailer and bolting it to the back of a bike would be a bad idea, giving an unstable ride and leaving the trailer itself jumping and skipping across the asphalt. But what do I know? Here’s a clip of the Ridekick trailer in action, where it acquits [...]

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Gameloft fends off winter blues with dollar sale on Android Market

The French game publisher already sprinkled 99¢ allspice on its iOS and Amazon Appstore titles, plus a two-for-one deal on the Xperia Play, but soon it'll bring that volume-not-margin recipe to the Android Market too. Almost all of its paid titles will reportedly go for less than a dollar between December 26th and January 5th, so if you're about to click 'Buy' on a premium purchase like Asphalt 6: Adrenalin, 9mm or The Adventures of Tintin, then it might be worth relaxing your trigger finger. The notable exception is Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation, which will apparently only be discounted for a single day sometime around New Year's Weekend -- though hopefully not while you're still preoccupied with running around in yesterday's clothes and hugging random strangers.

Gameloft fends off winter blues with dollar sale on Android Market originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 28 Dec 2011 10:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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