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30Sep/10Off

T-Mobile G2 Unboxing [Video]

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Well, your good buddy Dave is back with another unboxing video for you guys. This time it’s the brand spanking new, got it way before they said I would T-Mobile G2. Just a simple unboxing. Nothing fancy. Don’t mind my camera, either. I used another phone to do the video since my camera’s charger is DOA. Hope you enjoy!

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30Sep/10Off

Foursquare Update Makes App More Attractive, Adds Tips and To-Do

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Foursquare’s updated their Android app today – just as they promised – and version 2.0 brings some nice features and a graphical upgrade. Functionality wise, you can look forward to accessing tips and to-dos from your Foursquare friends on the go – something that was only available on the website prior to today’s update. It gives read and write access so it effectively eliminates the need to ever sign back in to the Foursquare website (the only other reasons being to change account settings such as password, Twitter and Facebook links, etc.) As far as aesthetics go, they updated the tabbed interface for a cleaner look and to allow more space for the two new aforementioned features.android_blog1

Just below the tabs is a new rocker to switch between different views depending on which tab you’re in. Under friends, you can easily separate recent check-ins from nearby check-ins. Tips lets you switch between tips that your friends leave and tips that anyone leaves. To-do’s rocker is similar to friends’. You can find the new version of Stalksqu– I mean, Foursquare in the Android market now.

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30Sep/10Off

The Daily Slash: September 30th 2010

As we mark the last hours of the final day of September, we’re left with only one thing to do: The Daily Slash. So, welcome to tonight’s edition. In our story from around the Web, it looks like Time Warner’s CEO is chiming in about Apple TV’s pricing, and he’s not a fan. And then, just as we do every night, we’ll wrap up what’s been going on in the R3 Media Network.

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From Around the Web

Time Warner CEO Says Apple TV Pricing Will Jeopardize Sales: Jeff Bewkes threw in his two cents regarding the pricing for the content found on Apple’s Apple TV. He said his piece at the Royal Television Conference in London, and he said that Apple’s pricing for low-cost rentals threaten sales of TV shows to branded networks. Bewkes pointed out that “new entrants” like Apple need to put up a “superior TV experience,” while doing their part to stimulate the market, and improving the overall economics. [via Apple Insider]

R3 Media Network

SlashGear

Motorola Stingray Tablet Coming in 2011
Google’s Liquid Galaxy Goes Open Source
Beijing Apple Store Closes Due to Scalpers
Nintendo Blames Media for High Price of 3DS
A Story About the iPod Nano
Nokia N8 Gets Hands-On Treatment

Android Community

Android’s Growing in Popularity, Apple Isn’t
SwiftKey Tops Android Paid Apps, Top Keyboard

SlashPhone

Samsung Star Duos Breaks Cover
Samsung Omnia 7 Gets Shown Off


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30Sep/10Off

Commercial Space Station Brings the Hotel Into Space

Space flight is still meant primarily for astronauts at this point, but that’s not stopping companies all over the globe from making it something that could be commercially viable. Companies like Virgin Galactic, and others, are working on making aircraft/spacecraft that can transport regular civilians into space, giving them the trip of a lifetime. But, what if you don’t necessarily want to come down? You have to pay quite a bit of money to get yourself up to space, so why wouldn’t you want to stay and see the sights?

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A Russian-based company wants to make it possible for wealthy people to not only go up to space, but to also relax up there, thanks to a luxurious hotel. It wouldn’t just be for the civilians, though, as scientists and astronauts would be welcome there, too. RSC Energia and Orbital Technologies are working together to formulate the idea, and get it up and running within the next five to six years.

There’s no word on how much a trip to this space-bound hotel would be, but we imagine it’s going to be expensive, and probably increase in price the longer you want to stay. As far as details about the Commercial Space Station go, they intend to have it floating about 62 miles away from the International Space Station. Considering how expensive it is to just fly up to space, we imagine the numbers these companies are kicking around are going to be mind-boggling.

[via BornRich]


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30Sep/10Off

Apple TV review: Outstanding design, but light on TV content

CNET reviews the Apple TV finding that its new low $99 price makes it an easy impulse buy for Apple fans looking to bring Netflix into the living room, but you may want to wait until more content--or Apple's forthcoming AirPlay update--becomes available.

Originally posted at Crave

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Italy wants to eliminate iPhone ‘home of Mafia’ app

The What Country iPhone app is upsetting the Italian government, as it describes Italy as the home of "pizza, mafia, pasta, and scooters." Italy's minster of tourism demands its removal.

Originally posted at Technically Incorrect

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Samsung Epic 4G Update Rolling Out Now, Brings Increased 3G Upload Speeds

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The updates for the Samsung Galaxy S family of phones continue to roll out, and just as Sprint promised the Samsung Epic 4G is getting its own as I type this. The update brings about four big fixes for the second 4G handset from Sprint. The big point of interest is an increase in 3G upload speeds, something that should please those with the handset who don’t reside in 4G areas. Other improvements come in the form of improved WiFI standby battery drain, Amazon MP3 can now download on 4G, and large email upload speeds are increased. The update will bring your firmware up to version S:D700.0.5S.DI18 and will be pushed to handsets automatically. The download might take a bit — seven to eight minutes to be exact — so be sure to download it over your WiFI network. Happy now?

[via Engadget]

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HTC Merge User Guide Leaks, Verizon Still Bing-Happy

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The HTC Merge (aka Lexikon/Lexicon) User Guide has leaked, and if you thought Verizon was going to let go of Bing anytime soon you can think again. The guide shows off Bing as the default search engine and also confirms that the phone will indeed carry global radios and Froyo.

DroidLife is reporting that the phone won’t carry the Droid branding despite the red color scheme that has been seen in some of the pictures of the handset. It should be landing just in time for the holiday season around early November. See the rest of the guide at the source link below.

[via DroidLife]

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30Sep/10Off

Paid Apps Now in 20 More Countries, 18 More to Follow Over Next Two Weeks

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logo-marketUsers around the world have been begging for it, and Google is finally responding with the addition of 20 new countries to the list of those that can purchase paid apps in the Android Market. We first caught wind that more countries were being cycled in last week but today makes the announcement official. In addition to the 20 countries just added, over the next two weeks there are plans to add paid apps in the Android Market for an additional 18 countries.

Countries added to the list include Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland and Taiwan. Total paid app support now site at 32 countries world-wide.

A happy day for both Android users and developers who will get to reap the benefits of a much larger audience who can purchase their apps. Rejoice in the comments below.

[via Android Developers Blog]

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New Leaked Verizon Roadmap Gives Details on Slew of New Android Devices

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Holy hot Androids, a lengthy list of upcoming Verizon devices has leaked and it looks like we are in for a whole heap of Android over the next 6 months. The list reveals a total of six new Android devices to be hitting Big Red and doesn’t skimp on the details. It looks like Motorola will continue to pound the competition with two new handsets and their oft-rumored Stingray tablet while HTC, Samsung, and LG with what could be it’s first worthy Android round out the list. Read on for a breakdown of the devices in question:

Samsung SCH-i400 Continuum: This is the handset we just got a look at this morning and is lined up for a late October release. The phone features a 1GHz processor and two OLED screens.

Motorola Venus: This handset is said to be similar in design to the Motorola Charm and due out in October, featuring a Blackberry stile keyboard perched just below its touchscreen. Unlike the Charm, the Venus will feature a 1GHz processor, CDMA and Gsm/HSPA radios, and Android 2.2.

Motorola Droid Pro: Given that the Droid 2 World Edition shows up nowhere on this list, we are still inclined to believe that the Droid Pro will be an upgraded version of the handset when it hits shelves in late October/early November. It should feature a processor clocked to 1.3GHz, Froyo, and global radios. It is also rumored to replace the Droid 2 outright once it hits shelves.

HTC Merge/Lexikon/Lexicon: Call it what you will, but anyway you slice it this handset that goes by three names for the time being will feature a slide-out QWERTY keyboard with global radios and a 1GHz Snapdragon inside. Expect it in stores come late October/early November.

LG enV Pro: LG hasn’t quite hit one out of the park with Android yet, but this could be just the ticket. Maintaining the form factor of the LG Voyager/enV Touch series of phones, the handset features a 1GHz processor and a global radio.

Motorola Stingray tablet: This is the tablet we have been hearing so much about lately and it’s still pegged for a Q1 2011 release. Specs revealed include a 10-inch screen, Android 3.0 Gingerbread, 16GB of on-board storage, and the super popular NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset. The tablet is said to be launching with CDMA inside, but much to our delight is said to be “hardware upgradeable to LTE.” How exactly one will upgrade to LTE remains to be seen.

So there you have it. Six new devices to speculate and salivate over. Something about the fact that there is no device on this list that could be dubbed “low-end” gets me a little giddy. Oh, Motorola Droid you have served me well but one of the above handsets might just have to take your place. HTC Merge and enV Pro I’m looking at you. Which do you guys want?

[via Engadget]

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