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21Jun/11Off

Right On Schedule – Evo Shift 4G Users Can Now Manually Update to Gingerbread 2.3.3

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We told you the update was coming and we’ve been receiving a flood of reports from Evo Shift users everywhere that, thanks to a combination effort between HTC and Sprint, they can now update their phones to Android 2.3.3.

If you’re waiting around to be prompted by Sprint, that wont start until the 27th. Instead, jump into your phone’s Settings > System Updates > HTC Software Updates and click on that to get the party started. The update will also upgrade Sense to 2.1. Some of the more notable features to look forward to are Swype app, smoother scrolling, quick settings tab in the notification bar and that awesome bounce/glow effect when reaching the end of a menu.

As always, make sure you have a full battery charge on your device before attempting to update your device’s firmware. Let us know if you experience any weird bugs or problems. Godspeed and good luck!


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21Jun/11Off

Motorola Atrix Moves Closer to Gingerbread Update – July OTA Imminent?

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The boys over at Brief Mobile got their hands on an early build of the Gingerbread OTA for the Motorola Atrix and it looks like we’re a few steps closer to that rumored July OTA. AT&T and Motorola have been testing a new build for the Android 2.3.3 update (4.5.47) on the Atrix and word on the street is that almost all of the bugs have been ironed out since the last build.

The new update will finally bring Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread to Atrix users and feature a new version of Motoblur UI – this time with a fancy looking iOS looking dock at the bottom and overall more smooth UI. Also expected in the update is the sideloading of apps via AT&T’s recent change of heart on their policy.

I still think it’s funny how the Android 2.3.3 update just manages to fall short of the latest version of Android 2.3.4. I think it may have a little something to do with native video chat featured in Google Talk but that’s another topic for another time.

Any Motorola Atrix users out there excited to finally get their hands on this Gingerbread update? How are you guys liking the phone so far?

[Via BriefMobile]


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21Jun/11Off

Amazon Tablet to Launch in As Early As August According To Parts Suppliers

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We’ve been hearing a summer release for the Amazon’s newest foray into the Honeycomb tablet scene for awhile now and it looks like we might have a little weight to add to those rumors. According to some Taiwanese component makers who are supplying Amazon with the parts needed to make their new tablets, we can expect a late summer release of their Android 3.1 line of tablets.

Amazon will ship between 700,000-800,000 units a month with a target of 4 million units sold globally by years end. So, if you thought Amazon was messing around, well – they’re not. They’re also looking to score big this holiday season and is another reason they’re aiming for that late summer release. The devices are said to come in both 7-inch (Coyote) and 10-inch (Hollywood) models and in an interesting turn of events, powered by none other than Texas Instruments of OMAP4 fame? Very interesting.

With their movie streaming service and mainstream recognition thanks to the Kindle, they may just have a winner on their hands. Do you guys think these are going to be a hit once finally unveiled? Or fall short of sales expectations like the Motorola Xoom? More importantly, will you be picking one up?

[Via Digitimes, Special thanks to Angie Strickland for the image]

 


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21Jun/11Off

Pantech’s Vega Racer Shows Up in Google Phone Gallery

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Google has just added 2 new phones to their Phone Gallery in which they showcase some of the best (and worst) Android has to offer. Normally, I try to avoid posts on Android powered phones from non-English speaking countries like Korea but these 2 Pantech devices look so nice, I had to think twice. The Pantech Sky Vega Racer IM-A770K (KT) and IM-A760S (SK Telecom) are two Android powered superphones we talked about back in May, but never followed up on.

As far as I can tell (my Korean isn’t the best) both devices feature the same internals but with a slightly different body styles. The thing that really gets me is how nice both models look (particularly the A770K) and the custom UI they’re using on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Both phones feature Qualcomm 1.5GHz dual-core processors and 1GB of RAM for running plenty of apps in your background. They have front facing cameras and an 8MP camera capable of shooting up to 1080p full HD. Also, interesting is the fact that they feature stereo speakers (something I would like to see becoming a trend in more devices) and some kind of “Dual Mode Smart LCD” on their 4.3-inch screen for privacy in crowded situations. Wow.

Well, I’m done drooling over here. Both of these devices should already be available in Korea and with Pantech jumping in the Android scene here in the states, I’m crossing my fingers they can bring these dual-core devices with them and not just that budget qwerty slider.

[Sky Vega Racer IM-A770K and IM-A760S]


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21Jun/11Off

Blast From The Past: Classic X-Men Arcade In the Android Market

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Its 1992. Boyz II Men were at the top of their game, Ross Perot just announced his candidacy for President of the US, Home Alone 2 dominated the box office and I was getting over my break-up with Kathryn Johnson by playing X-Men at my local arcade.

 

I was super jazzed when the classic X-Men arcade game from Konami came out for Xbox Live and PSN but somehow it flew under my radar and was released for the Android Market without my knowing. While I’m sure most of you wont be taken back to your childhood and probably have no idea who the Dazzler is (she’s deadly with rainbow light sparkles), there’s still some fun to be had. Konami used to be the king of side scrolling brawlers and X-Men is no different. There’s just something so soothing about button mashing to classic 16-bit hand drawn sprites in your mother’s basement but I digress. And with only between 1,000 and 5,000 installs on X-Men in the Android Market, this needs to change. Now.

So jump onto the Android Market and download the classic X-Men arcade game from Konami and start kicking some Sentinel butt. Wait- before you do, who’s your favorite X-Men character and why? Comment below.

[Market Link for X-Men]


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21Jun/11Off

Dev Juice: Help me fix my UIView animations

Dear Dev Juice,

I'm having an issue with UIView animations, that I'm struggling to describe in keywords, so I can't find anything helpful with Google. The problem is that I can't seem to work out how to make a UIButton move relative to the bottom of the parent view, as I shrink the parent view.

I've managed to get the other views inside the parent to scale with an autoresize mask, but I cannot for the life of me work out how to make the bottom (or even center) of my button clip on to the bounds of the view.

Not sure if that accurately paints the picture, and I'm not sure if it's relevant, but I'm making a widget for NotificationCenter. Hope you can help, I'm tearing my hair out.

Thanks,

Rory W.

Dear Rory,

It's still the autoresizing mask you have to deal with, but you need to be working with the struts instead of the springs.

The Autosizing pane in Interface Builder lets you establish a fixed distance between a view and its parent's edge. Imagine setting a view at 40 points from the top and left of the superview. Enabling the top and left struts in the inspector fixes that view at its relative position. When you use a right or bottom strut, those distances are also maintained. The view must either move or resize to stay the same distances from those sides.

The equivalents of struts in code are UIViewAutoresizingFlexibleLeftMargin, UIViewAutoresizingFlexibleRightMargin, UIViewAutoresizingFlexibleTopMargin, and UIViewAutoresizingFlexibleBottomMargin.

These flags allow a view to resize by expanding or shrinking in the direction of a given margin without affecting the size of any items inside. Although each of these correspond to the struts of Interface Builder's Autosizing pane, they act in the opposite way. In IB, struts fix the margins; the flags allow flexible resizing along those margins.

Enjoy your afternoon sip of Dev Juice!

TUAW - The Unofficial Apple WeblogDev Juice: Help me fix my UIView animations originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 21 Jun 2011 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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21Jun/11Off

Final Cut Pro X hands-on video (Updated)

Final Cut Pro X (US$299) has only been available in the Mac App Store for a few hours, but that's not keeping FCP fans from making amazing videos that showcase its features and capabilities.

As you'll see in this 10-minute video from Matt Pearce, the new app borrows heavily from the UI of iMovie, but retains the power that Final Cut Pro is known for. In the video, Matt discusses some downloads that are available to add music clips and other features to FCPX. For your downloading pleasure, we present them to you:

Final Cut Pro X Content - over 1300 rights-free sound effects and audio effect presets

Motion 5 Content - including Motion templates, Library content, and sample media

ProApps QuickTime Codecs - recommended for all FCPX users, providing 8 different codecs

Update: One of our commenters pointed out the following information listed on the Mac App Store page for Final Cut Pro X -- it can burn Blu-ray discs.

[via MacStories]

TUAW - The Unofficial Apple WeblogFinal Cut Pro X hands-on video (Updated) originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 21 Jun 2011 15:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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21Jun/11Off

Apple Revolutionizes Video Editing With Final Cut Pro X

Apple today announced Final Cut Pro X, a new version of the world’s most popular pro video editing software, rebuilt from the ground up on a modern 64-bit architecture. Final Cut Pro X completely reinvents video editing with a Magnetic Timeline that lets you edit on a flexible, trackless canvas; Content Auto-Analysis that categorizes your content upon import by shot type, media, and people; and background rendering that allows you to work without interruption. Final Cut Pro X is available from the Mac App Store for $299.99.

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21Jun/11Off

Leica Introduces The M9-P Rangefinder

Leica cameras have a certain iconic look about them that seems to mesmerize camera enthusiasts so much that they’re willing to pay almost anything for them. Today, the legendary camera company introduced a new M9-P digital rangefinder that’s no exception to their pricing standards with a whopping $7,995 price tag.

The price falls in line with the original M9 released back in 2009 but adds several new features and takes away some visual elements for a very minimalist aesthetic. The iconic red Leica logo is now gone from the front and placed on top as an engraving to possibly reduce distraction and unwanted attention from thieves.

New features include a scratch-resistant and unbreakable sapphire crystal covering on the LCD along with anti-reflective coating. The M9-P also now has a coarser leather texture to improve grip and has an almost silent shutter. It also features an 18-megapixel full-frame camera sensor that will work with Leica’s interchangeable lens system. It comes in either silver or black and should be available by the end of this month.

[via Electronista]


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21Jun/11Off

Vizio 8-Inch Android Tablet Demoed In Hands-On

Vizio may be more known for their TVs, but they’re about to dive into the tablet market with an 8-inch Android model. The device was first revealed in a video showing a Vizio rep demoing the tablet at Blake Griffin’s house. Last Friday, a leaked Walmart inventory schedule showed the tablet scheduled for release within the next two weeks and now Engadget has gotten a hands-on preview with a nice video we’ve included after the cut.

The Vizio tablet features an 8-inch screen with a 1024 x 768 resolution that’s geared for multimedia consumption and also works as a super remote control. Thanks to the IR sensor, the Vizio tablet can control not only Vizio TVs but any other entertainment device in your living room. It also has stereo speakers and a front-facing webcam for video chatting. And, HDMI out allows videos to be transferred to your TV.

The tablet will ship in July with Android Gingerbread, but that may change once Vizio feels that Honeycomb is stable enough for them to transfer to. Vizio will have its own custom interface running on top of Android. The interface is the same as the one used on Vizio TVs and is part of Vizio’s Internet Apps Plus ecosystem.

[via Engadget]


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