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24Sep/11Off

iTunes Match beta data to reset on Monday

Late last night, Apple registered developers who are participating in the iTunes Match beta were notified that their test data will be zapped from orbit. Apple's email to devs was brief and to the point:

To continue to improve the overall quality and reliability of iTunes Match, it has become necessary to delete all current iCloud libraries.

All iCloud libraries will be deleted on Monday, September 26th at 9AM PDT. To prepare, please turn off iTunes Match on all of your computers and iOS devices. On your computer, choose Store > Turn off iTunes Match. On your iOS device, tap Settings > Music, then turn off iTunes Match.

Of course, beta is beta, and unless those participating in the test have actually deleted their music files from their computers in favor of cloud storage only, they won't lose anything but sync time. This sort of mass reset may foreshadow the wider introduction of the Match service.

Hat tip to Aaron, Brian and everyone who sent this in.

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24Sep/11Off

Test post #2

This is the same as test entry #1 below but with a bigger app icon. So in this space we’ll give a short synopsis of the app, probably followed by an abbreviated review format. Back in the day our reviews were super thorough and occasionally long-winded, so this time around we’ll be looking to give you a snapshot of the app’s worthiness with some personal opinions on what makes the app great or not so great.

This is the same as test entry #1 below but with a bigger app icon. So in this space we’ll give a short synopsis of the app, probably followed by an abbreviated review format. Back in the day our reviews were super thorough and occasionally long-winded, so this time around we’ll be looking to give you a snapshot of the app’s worthiness with some personal opinions on what makes the app great or not so great.

This is the same as test entry #1 below but with a bigger app icon. So in this space we’ll give a short synopsis of the app, probably followed by an abbreviated review format. Back in the day our reviews were super thorough and occasionally long-winded, so this time around we’ll be looking to give you a snapshot of the app’s worthiness with some personal opinions on what makes the app great or not so great.

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24Sep/11Off

Test entry!

New site theme means a new post format! So in this space we’ll give a short synopsis of the app, probably followed by an abbreviated review format. Back in the day our reviews were super thorough and occasionally long-winded, so this time around we’ll be looking to give you a snapshot of the app’s worthiness with some personal opinions on what makes the app great or not so great.

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24Sep/11Off

Verizon backs Samsung in Apple 4G injunction battle

Verizon has demanded that US courts reject Apple’s request for a preliminary sales injunction against the Samsung Infuse 4G, Galaxy S 4G, Droid Charge and Galaxy Tab 10.1, arguing that doing so would “run counter to the public interest.” A ban on device sales, Verizon claims, would hamstring its 4G LTE roll-out plans, costing the carrier not only in wasted advertising and promotions for the holiday period, but potentially undermine “the job growth dependent on that network.” Verizon’s “amicus curiae brief,” a way for a third-party to offer its views to the court, also suggests that by blocking Samsung’s products such an injunction would also negatively affect governmental policy pushing for the expansion of US broadband networks.

Although Apple’s request for a preliminary injunction against the quartet of Android-based devices is based on four patents, Verizon’s argument addresses, ostensibly, only one. The carrier ignores the three hardware patents, and instead focuses on US Patent No. 7,469,381, which covers “list scrolling and document translation, scaling, and rotation on a touch-screen display.”

“Verizon Wireless takes no position on whether a preliminary injunction should be granted if the Court finds a likelihood of success on the infringement of Apple’s design patents” the carrier suggests, but continues that “an injunction may cripple the free flow of goods to Verizon Wireless, businesses and consumers.” The fact that Apple has specifically called out LTE devices means “the proposed injunction would disproportionally affect the very devices that are most critical to adoption and expansion of Verizon Wireless’s next-generation network” the carrier concludes.

There’s a more in-depth analysis of the Verizon claims – and what the carrier is and isn’t arguing – over at FOSS Patents (it’s also worth pointing out that it’s a subjective analysis by the author there). The US District Court for the Northern District of California judge presiding over the case will still need to decide whether to accept Verizon’s statement, ahead of an October 13 hearing.

It’s not Verizon’s first outspoken policy opinion of the week. Speaking at an investors conference on Wednesday, company CEO Lowell McAdam backed AT&T in its T-Mobile USA acquisition plans, again taking the stance that blocking the deal would hamper 4G development. Later on, McAdam argued the Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform would be the eventual winner in the platform battle between it and RIM’s BlackBerry.


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Verizon backs Samsung in Apple 4G injunction battle is written by Chris Davies & originally posted on SlashGear.
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23Sep/11Off

HTC Vigor leak reveals Beats, LTE, but no Droid branding

Some new revelations on the upcoming HTC Vigor surfaced today with a set of leaked media files that were mainly wallpapers and screenshots of boot animations for this next powerhouse Android smartphone. The images support speculation that the HTC Vigor will support Beats as well as 4G LTE. But one thing was oddly missing: the Droid boot animation found in Verizon’s Droid-branded handsets.

First obtained by Android Police, the screenshots were of 1440 x 1280 resolution, supporting rumors that the HTC Vigor would feature a 720p HD display with a 1280 x 720 pixel resolution. The device is expected to sport a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. It will run HTC Sense 3.5 UI on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

The HTC Vigor was rumored to feature Beats Audio and that’s now supported by the screenshots, which also contain an image of Verizon’s 4G LTE screen confirming the device will be ready for the blazing fast network. However, previous speculations have pegged the HTC Vigor to become the Droid Incredible HD at launch. Hence, it was interesting that the usual Droid boot screen image was missing from this leak. It’s possible that the screen will be added later and we may find out soon enough as the device is believed to launch in early October.

[via TechCrunch]


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HTC Vigor leak reveals Beats, LTE, but no Droid branding is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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23Sep/11Off

Samsung Galaxy S II Hands-on [AT&T]

Well folks, today I’ve just received an awesome Android smartphone thanks to Samsung. This being the Galaxy S II for AT&T I’m a little excited that these are finally here in the US. I’ve gone ahead and snapped a few pictures for all you hopeful readers planning to pick one up. What lies below is our quick hands-on video as well as a few lovely photos of the AT&T flavored SGSII. We’ve seen plenty of the Galaxy S II already, but this is the closest to the original (international model) here in the US as the others have a larger display. More details can be seen below.

While I mention most of it during the hands-on video below lets go over the specs just to make sure. This beast is one of the fastest phones around rocking a 1.2 GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB internal storage — and then we can’t forget that amazing screen. Running with a 4.3″ AMOLED display just like most Samsung phones it is bright, vivid, and has extremely good colors and contrast. Extremely lightweight and thin was the goal and Samsung delivered. With a slight hump down below on bottom the rest is as plush as it gets. We have an 8MP camera on the rear with flash, and a 2MP shooter around front for video chatting and more. Check out my video!

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What makes the AT&T Galaxy S II different from the others is both the Epic 4G Touch (already released) and the upcoming T-Mobile Hercules versions have a larger 4.52″ display. The AT&T model, like its international cousin, only has a 4.3″ screen although the difference is quite small. Everything else remains just about the same for this beautiful collection of aluminum, plastic, and glass. With four capacitive touch buttons on the bottom and a nice sleek frame this phone both looks and feels nice. You all probably already knew that though right?

This phone has been a long time coming and now it’s finally here I’m not quite sure what to do with it. Totally joking there because we’ll be tossing this bad boy through the trenches that is a guarantee. I’ll be running plenty of benchmarks and speedtests, and comparison tests with something like the 1.2 GHz Sensation 4G for an idea although I’m pretty sure we already know who wins.

Obviously we’ve seen Samsung’s AMOLED dislay before but the Super AMOLED Plus that comes with the Galaxy S II is simply stunning. Between the brilliant display, fast and extremely fluid performance of the dual-core processor, and the overall sleek and thin design I can tell you from my initial hands-on I’m going to love this phone. The Sensation 4G is my daily driver but we’ll see who wins that battle in my full review coming in the next few days. Feel free to drop any suggestions or questions in the comment section below and I’ll be sure to keep them in mind while conducting my full in-depth review.

Now look over the photos below and imagine if you’d like to buy this phone. It will be available from AT&T starting October 2nd, for only $199.

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Samsung Galaxy S II Hands-on [AT&T] is written by Cory Gunther & originally posted on SlashGear.
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23Sep/11Off

Archos 80 G9 Hands-on and Unboxing [Video]

It’s time to look at another Android tablet here on SlashGear, this one coming correct with the first dual-core processor to exist on an Android tablet that’s not a Tegra 2. This is the ARCHOS 80 G9 tablet, one of two, the larger being the 101, both of them holding basically the same set of specs inside. Will the kickstand on this lovely little mid-sized tablet make it stand up against the competition, or will it down in a sea of tablet-like devices? We shall see!

What’s inside of this and the 101 G9 tablet, you might ask? Why, it’s not the NVIDIA Tegra 2, as you might expect, no, it’s the Texas Instruments OMAP4 dual-core processor running at 1GHz, and it’s pumped up! Take a look at our first brief benchmark as run with CF-Bench below and you’ll see that the only more powerful device in the system is the Galaxy S II, a device we’ve also got storming our door today via AT&T. This tablet has no carrier thus far here in the USA, instead working with Wi-fi only at the moment with an empty shell filling the USB slot on the back of the device.

We’ve got a video here filmed by Vince earlier today showing the director of marketing for ARCHOS with the G9 80 giving you a full rundown of what it means to work with one on a daily basis.

The benchmark, CF-Bench, that we’ve run here shows not only some Java-based marks and your total score in relation to some regular opponents, but the kind of processor this device has as well, product numbers and all. Have a look in the gallery below (images popping up larger so you can see the detail) to witness the glory:

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Our first impressions of this tablet are that it’s thin, it seems to be relatively well constructed, and it’s really ready to hit the mid-range tablet market. It’s got a pretty darn powerful processor sitting inside its guts, and the multitude of ports along the left side of the unit are going to be a great selling point. Have a look at the videos above and below and let us know if you’ve got any questions we can answer or tests we can run for the full review, coming up soon!

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BONUS here we’ve got yours truly unboxing and running through some apps and the general layout all the way back here in sunny Minnesota:


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Archos 80 G9 Hands-on and Unboxing [Video] is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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23Sep/11Off

Mac OS X vulnerable to new PDF trojan malware

Although Macs have the squeaky clean image of being malware-free, things may start to change as the platform gets increasingly more popular. Researchers at F-Secure and Sophos have discovered a new trojan horse malware that targets Mac OS X and is disguised as a PDF file. The malware was first seen in July but has now been identified as two utilities that work together to install a backdoor.

The first is the trojan dropper that installs a downloader component while disguising the action by opening up a PDF file. The PDF file contains Chinese characters and is mainly to distract the user as a backdoor program is downloaded and installed on the system. When this happens, it will create a launch agent that keeps the malware active to send the system’s current username and MAC address to a remote server. The server will then instruct it to archive files for upload or to upload screenshots.

At the moment, F-Secure says that the malware doesn’t work very well and appears quite crude. It’s possibly still in the testing phase and could become more advanced. It’s not known yet how the malware is being distributed, but it’s likely through e-mails and underground web sites. Therefore, it’s best to avoid downloading any PDF files from unknown sources.

If you suspect that your Mac may be infected and you do not have a malware scanner, then you should check your Activity Monitor for any processes called “checkvir.” If so, click the red button to stop the activity, quit your Activity Monitor, and proceed to remove the files “checkvir” and “checkflr.plist” from this directory: /username/Library/LaunchAgents/

[via CNET]


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Mac OS X vulnerable to new PDF trojan malware is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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23Sep/11Off

Leaked Pics Reveal the Upcoming Motorola Xoom 2?

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Here it is, folks! The first leaked pics of the upcoming Motorola Xoom 2 (MZ617). As you can see the device looks very similar to the original Moto Xoom ‘cept this time with more angled corners (ala Photon 4G). You can expect things to remain largely the same with standard rear and front facing cameras, HDMI ports, micro USB connection (thank, Gawd no proprietary), SIM card slot.

Other than that, details remain scarce. Nary a word on processor (which I’m sure will make or break this device for the hardcore Android user) or any other specs could be found. Keep in mind that blue-tint you see in the back-shot is actually the protective film that’s covering the brushed aluminum underneath. So what do you guys think?

[Via Droid-Life]


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23Sep/11Off

[UPDATED] 3 Years Ago Today, The T-Mobile G1 Was Officially ANNOUNCED

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3 years may not sound like much in people years but in smartphone years — that’s like Clint Eastwood status. It was 3 years ago to this day that T-Mobile officially announced the G1. It was the smartphone that started a revolution. T-Mobile made a booboo today when they tweeted that the G1′s birthday was today, but after cross referencing, the device was actually announced on September 23rd, 2008. The G1 wont officially turn 3 until October 22nd, the day that it was released.

Either way, I can’t believe how far Android has come since then.What’s really weird is how I was feeling nostalgic last night and found myself watching old G1 videos. I’m curious, any Phandroid readers out there still rockin’ the G1? Stock? Rooted? Sound off in the comments!

Thanks, Keller!

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