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Google and NORAD Teaming Up Again to Track Santa!

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It’s that time! As Santa gets ready to to lift off, delivering goodies to all the good little boys and girls, NORAD is ready to track his progress and bring him down if he mistakenly leaves a lump of coal in the wrong stocking (like mine), and this year is no different. Once again NORAD will receive some help from Google, which will also help you figure out where Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick is and if it’s time to get to bed.

Google and NORAD have provided the kids with a number of ways to see where he is at:

The tradition of stalking Santa started way back in 1955 when Sears had a misprint in their catalogue that sent callers looking for the Santa hotline to NORAD instead.

With that said, we’ll take this as my signing off until Sunday. This one man train is ready for a few days off. Happy holidays, my fellow Phandroidians; keep your cocoa, and coconuts, warm and stay safe out there!

[via Tech Crunch]

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Pegman Getting a Santa Hat in Google Maps

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That little orange man, the sum of our drag and drop location love affair, is getting a little addition to his normal attire of orange: a festive red Santa hat.
Enjoy him while you can, this one is sure to leave with the holidays!

[Image and Source courtesy of Mashable]

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The Daily Slash: December 23 2010

Take a trip down entertainment lane with a column by Don Reisinger, Why I Find Time for Gaming (and Why You Should Too), check out Froyo on Your Desktop PC, and see a Nexus S and Android toys fly 100,000 FT into space! Take a peek at a review of the mophie juice pack plus by Vincent, see a possible Notion Ink Adam Unboxing ala Van Gunst, and OH MY GOD can you believe that Tron Guy was banned from seeing the Tron movie in his Tron suit? Read all about it and help me find him to buy him a ticket. All this and MORE on The Daily Slash!

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Notion Ink Adam’s Canvas Image Editing Program Demo [VIDEO] [ROBOT ROBOT]
YouTube Remote for Android [WORKS NICE]
Android Honeycomb due for March 2011 release tip insiders [YUMMY]
Samsung sell 9.3m Galaxy S worldwide; 10m by end of year [PLAYERS BALL]
Tron Guy Banned from Seeing Tron in his Tron Suit [SRSLY]

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Notion Ink Adam’s Canvas Image Editing Program Demo [VIDEO]
Notion Ink Adam Unboxing ala Van Gunst
Nexus S in Space at 100,000 FT – with Android Toy!
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YouTube Remote for Android [MINI REVIEW]
T-Mobile to detail 42Mbps HSPA, announce compatible phones at CES
NAVIGON for Android Updated to Version 3.5.3, Promotional Price of $20 off
Dell Venue Released in Hong Kong
Touiteur Officially Becomes Known as Plume
MOTO Blur 3.0 For the DROID 2 Leaked, Profiles and New Launcher Style Included
HTC to Be the First to 4G Again, This time on Verizon
Droid Pro Updated to Version 2.26.60
LG Optimus 2X getting January 2011 European launch
MusicID app hits Android so you can finally figure out what that song is
Ambarella iOne application processor for Android cameras debuts
Android Honeycomb due for March 2011 release tip insiders
Samsung sell 9.3m Galaxy S worldwide; 10m by end of year
Dell M02M next-gen Streak gets WiFi certified: Looking Glass or Opus One?
Google TV Update Ready for Release
AT&T and T-Mobile Direct Carrier Billing Now Available in the Android Market

Dell Streak 7 In-Production Commercial Leaks Out
Chumby 2 Breaks Cover, Features Larger Display and Thinner Frame
Acer Aspire One 522 Features AMD Fusion Chip, Leaks Ahead of Unknown Launch Date
Harmonix Officially Splits From Viacom, is Independent Once Again
Solar Vox is a Portable Solar-Powered Charger Looking for Funding
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iPad 2 design rumored to bring ergonomic tweaks

The next-gen iPad is rumored to be getting design changes that bring a flat back and a bigger speaker in a different place. Both could change how users hold and work with the device.

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Desire Z and Desire HD to Receive Software OTA

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HTC is sending out a small software OTA for the HTC Desire Z and the HTC Desire HD. It is an update that is based on user feedback and made it very clear that “Gingerbread is not part of this update”.
HD Twitter OTA

Check to see if your device is ready for the OTA: Settings > About > Software

[via Mobile Burn | @HTC]

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Dell Streak 7 In-Production Commercial Leaks Out

Earlier today, a tablet device from Dell earned its WiFi certification, and immediately after got tossed around the rumor mill for a bit. While some thought it was the Opus One, a tablet with some similar specifications as the already-released Dell Streak 5-inch tablet, others thought it was the 7-inch variation, previously known as the Looking Glass. Well, if this in-production commercial is any indicator, then it looks like it is the 7-inch variation, but unfortunately the device isn’t called the Looking Glass. Instead, Dell went with something safe: This is the Dell Streak 7.

The commercial itself isn’t in video form yet, but Engadget managed to get their hands on it. This is the treatment for the piece, with slides, and text underneath that details what’s going to be happening in the commercial at that particular moment. The advertisement will focus on the tablet’s size, with 7-inches being that “perfect” option for tablet manufacturers as of late. It also focuses on gaming, browsing the Internet, as well as social networking aspects of the device.

You’ll also find the same Stage User Interface (UI) that was recently added to the five-inch Streak. There’s also a Blio reader that gets some face time in the ad. Dell is sticking with, “You can tell it’s Dell,” for their slogan. While Looking Glass would have been a better name for the device, we’ll just have to make due with the Streak 7.

[via Engadget]

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Chumby 2 Breaks Cover, Features Larger Display and Thinner Frame

If seeing a new Acer Aspire One notebook leak ahead of an unannounced launch isn’t good enough for you, perhaps the second-generation Chumby is more to your liking. Especially when it looks like this, and nothing like the original. we can immediately tell from the image that the display is certainly larger than the previous model, and the frame itself makes the device look more like a digital photo frame. There’s a large stand on the back, and reportedly speakers integrated into the sides.

Details are scarce at this point. But, an image is supposed to be worth 1,000 words, anyway. And, from what we can tell here in this image, we should expect to find a full-screen Web browser available for usage. There’s no telling how widgets will play in this generation of Chumby device, but considering how pivotal they were in the previous iteration of the device, it’s not likely that they’d drop support for them entirely. Chumby isn’t an official exhibitor at CES 2011, but there’s still a small chance that we get to see this device in some fashion or another at the show, so stay tuned.

[via Gizmodo]

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Acer Aspire One 522 Features AMD Fusion Chip, Leaks Ahead of Unknown Launch Date

Following in the footsteps of the Acer Aspire One 721 that made its rounds on the Internet (mostly in the Czech Republic), featuring new hardware under the hood, the new Acer Aspire One 522 recently found its way onto the Web, and is ready to show off its new AMD Ontario chip, from the Fusion family. The new notebook from Acer boasts the AMD dual-core C-50 Ontario chip, but shares many of the same aesthetics from the previously released Acer Aspire One AOD255.

As for the chip inside, each of the C-50′s cores are clocked at 1GHz, but the power usage is measured at only 9W. The display measures in at 10.1-inches, and features a resolution of 1280×780. If you need better resolution, though, you can use the HDMI port to use an external display. The Aspire One 522 has a Radeon 6250 graphics processor under the hood, which supports UVD3 accelerated video decoding and DirectX 11. As far as battery life goes, it’s rated at just 6 hours. You’ll find only one speaker built-in, too.

Unfortunately, Acer doesn’t have a word on when, or in what parts of the world the Aspire One 522 will launch. A price tag hasn’t been attached to the new notebook, either.

[via Electronista]

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Harmonix Officially Splits From Viacom, is Independent Once Again

It’s been over a month since we first heard about the split between Harmonix and Viacom. With the help of investment company Columbus Nova, Harmonix is “returning to our roots as an independent and privately owned studio.” For anyone who purchased a Rock Band title, as well as the recently released Dance Central, Harmonix has every intention of continuing to support those titles with future downloadable content (DLC).

John Drake, Harmonix’s PR representative, made an official statement on the company’s Rock Band forums, after Viacom officially came forward and announced the separation. His main point was to promise that the developer would continue to support released titles, and that the DLC schedule (for Rock Band) they’ve stuck to will not suffer because of this transition for the company.

In closing, Drake made a favorable mention of Viacom, saying that they’ve been a great house for the developer to call home over the last four years, and have allowed them to work with talents like AC/DC, The Beatles, Green Day, and The Who. In essence, Drake is saying that the separation between the two entities is one that they’ve both come to terms with, and it’s good. And, as a tease, Drake also mentioned upcoming projects that he is sure “you’re going to be pumped about.” So, stay tuned, as Harmonix isn’t going anywhere any time soon.

[via Joystiq]

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Solar Vox is a Portable Solar-Powered Charger Looking for Funding

For a concept design to become real, and find its way into consumers all over the world, it needs money. That’s where Kickstarter comes in. A service designed to help creators find the means to get their ideas off the ground, and hopefully onto shelves where people can actually buy them. We’ve seen an iPod Nano watch hit the big time thanks to Kickstarter, and now a solar-powered portable gadget charger is looking for some funding. Designed by Eric Strebel, it’s a simple device with a lot of potential.

Strebel calls it the Solar Vox, and it’s designed to be a portable, and easy to use device to charge your other gadgets while you’re out doing things. It’s a box that features the ability to be set in four different positions. The hope is that, no matter what position the sun is in the sky, you’ll be able to tilt the Solar Vox in such a way that it will be able to soak in as many rays as possible. It features replaceable batteries, and several different USB connectors.

Strebel says that the Solar Vox is perfect for those in the world that are environmentally conscious, and anyone who falls into the “techie” description. Of course, if you hike, or take long trips that won’t let you access a traditional wall outlet as often as you’d like, the Solar Vox is a perfect option for you. As of the time of this writing, the Solar Vox has received $2,139 in funding, out of the $35,000 of its total goal. Feel like you can donate to help the Solar Vox become a reality? Head through this link.

[via Wired]

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