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22Dec/11Off

Verizon readying FiOS TV Media Streamer for late 2012

The new push in DVR tech for your home is the whole home DVR system and they are grand. It’s so great to have content you can record on any TV and then playback on any TV. Verizon has a new device that it is working on for late 2012 launch that is a fiOS TV media server.

The company is not offering much in the way of detail with the devise as far as a year away at this point. ZatzNotfunny expects that the device will pack in at least three tuners along with 1TB of storage. The central unit should have smaller extenders that can be placed in the home according to the Zatz.

A video giving a bit of details can be seen below if you are so inclined. One of the interesting parts to me of tech like this is that device you already have in your home and on your TV are being aimed at replacing the set-top box. The Xbox, PS3, and various tablets already common might save you from more box clutter in the entertainment system.

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[via Zatznotfunny]


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Verizon readying FiOS TV Media Streamer for late 2012 is written by Shane McGlaun & originally posted on SlashGear.
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22Dec/11Off

Nook Tablet and Color get new official apps

Not long ago Barnes & Noble issued a firmware update that blocked the ability for users of their Nook Color and Tablet to load unofficial apps onto the devices. That was a bummer for sure. I’m not sure if this will make up for it to many users of the devices, but B&N has announced that it has some new official apps to add to the mix for the Nook Tablet and Color.

The apps already available for download include Scrabble single user, Office Gamebox, Rock ‘Em sock ‘Em Robots, Jeopardy!, Wreck this App, Magic 8 Ball, and Doodle Jump Christmas. The new app for users of the devices include Words with Friends. There are more popular apps coming soon as well according to B&N.

The apps that will be added next include Twitter and Plants vs. Zombies. It’s too bad that the real Android Market is blocked. I hate to see the app choices limited to only a handful that are approved. Lots of other content is coming to the B&N Android devices including books and more.


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Nook Tablet and Color get new official apps is written by Shane McGlaun & originally posted on SlashGear.
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22Dec/11Off

Hubble spies evidence of complex organic molecules on Pluto

When I was a kid Pluto was a planet. It was stripped of planet status and now is called a dwarf planet. The Hubble telescope has found evidence of complex organic molecules on the surface of Pluto. That would certainly give Pluto fans reason to celebrate Pluto again since it’s not a planet any more.

The Hubble has found that some of the substances on the surface of Pluto are absorbing more UV light than was expected. The discovery hints that the compounds discovered on the surface of Pluto could be complex hydrocarbons or molecules containing nitrogen according to researchers. Fox News reports that Pluto is known to harbor different ices made of methane, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen on the surface.

According to the researchers, the UV absorbing chemicals could have been produced when sunlight or cosmic rays interacted with the different ices. It’s worth noting that the researchers say that Pluto’s UV spectrum has changed since it was measured with the Hubble in the 90′s compared to today.

[via Fox News]


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Hubble spies evidence of complex organic molecules on Pluto is written by Shane McGlaun & originally posted on SlashGear.
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22Dec/11Off

Swype beta works with Dragon Dictation and ninja finger puppets

Despite an increasingly wide range of virtual keyboard apps, Swype remains a popular option for many Android users, primarily because of its baked-in status on a wide variety of high-profile phones and tablets. The latest beta for Swype brings some real competition to Google’s voice input in the form of Dragon Dictation support, allowing the long-running speech to text software to directly input to text fields. Nuance Communication, the publishers of Dragon Naturally Speaking, bought Swype a few months ago.

Beta version 3.26 also includes better contextual awareness, allowing the keyboard’s text prediction engine to more accurately predict your next word based on the language of the current system. So if you’ve typed “meet me at the…” and Swype’s internal parameters are choosing between “restaurant” and “restitution”, it will know which one is more likely to be what you want. Current users can download the app now, and prospective beta users an request access. Head on over to beta.swpe.com and sign up for the beta.

Finger puppet ninjas incoming:

Unfortunately, the new beta does not work with the Galaxy Nexus, thanks to the increased 720p resolution and Ice Cream Sandwich’s virtual navigation buttons. But this is Android – if Swype doesn’t do it, somebody will. That somebody is Google+ user Anthony Casagrande and XDA Developers member plisk3n. They’ve released  a modified version of the beta APK file that plays nice with the new Google developer phone. Unfortunately it still can’t make the shift into landscape mode, so Casagrande recommends using Keyboard Manager from the Android Market to set the default keyboard to landscape and Swype to landscape.


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Swype beta works with Dragon Dictation and ninja finger puppets is written by Michael Crider & originally posted on SlashGear.
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22Dec/11Off

RIM lied on BlackBerry 10 delay excuse claims pessimistic insider

RIM coCEO Mike Lazaridis lied about the cause of the BlackBerry 10 smartphone delay, an insider at the Canadian firm has alleged, with neither hardware nor software ready for public view. ”RIM is simply pushing this out as long as they can for one reason, they don’t have a working product yet” the high-level source told BGR, suggesting that Lazarisis’ hint that RIM was waiting on a new 4G LTE chipset was misleading.

BlackBerry 10, the OS previously expected to be called BBX, is supposedly little different to the current state of the QNX-based PlayBook 2.0 OS. “Email and PIM is a better on an 8700 than it is on BlackBerry 10″ the exec claims, suggesting RIM is still having serious problems getting its new platform to work correctly with its existing infrastructure.

In fact, BlackBerry 10 is seen internally as not competitive even with iOS 1.0 or Android 2.0, and “there’s no room for a fourth ecosystem” the unnamed executive suggests.

RIM’s financial performance has struggled over the past few quarters, with disappointing results earlier this month and claims that the company has been the topic of takeover discussions by Microsoft, Nokia and others. Meanwhile reports have suggested that RIM attempted to shop BlackBerry 10 around rival firms for potential licensing deals, with Samsung and HTC both named as targets, but that the Canadians were rebuffed.


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RIM lied on BlackBerry 10 delay excuse claims pessimistic insider is written by Chris Davies & originally posted on SlashGear.
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22Dec/11Off

Apple complaint over Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N rejected

Apple has had its complaints about the redesigned Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N rejected in German courts today, with the judge deciding the tweaked slate differs enough from the iPad aesthetic. “According to the court’s assessment, the defendant has moved away sufficiently from the legally protected design,” Judge Johanna Brueckner-Hofmann told the court today, Reuters reports, with a full ruling expected on February 9 2012.

The reworked tablet had been prompted by Apple’s original preliminary injunction on the Galaxy Tab 10.1, convincing the German courts that the Korean slate’s design overlapped with those it had registered itself. Samsung returned with a slightly modified model, the Tab 10.1N, with thicker bezels on the sides and front-facing speaker grills.

That, Apple argued, was insufficient, dragging Samsung back into the courtroom to demand a second ban. The Cupertino company was also forced to detail its own suggestions as to what Samsung could do in order to avoid overstepping the iPad, leading to the somewhat bizarre guidelines of a non-rectangular chassis and a “cluttered” UI.


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Apple complaint over Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N rejected is written by Chris Davies & originally posted on SlashGear.
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22Dec/11Off

Grand Theft Auto 3 Goes on Sale for $3, Adds Galaxy Nexus Support

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The fine folks at Rockstar are giving us a nice gift for the holidays. While this gift doesn’t come free it does come at a reduced price that we absolutely can’t be mad at. It’s the Android version of Grand Theft Auto 3, of course, and it can be had for just $10 until the 29th. The classic sandbox crime series got its 3D start with this game on the Playstation.

Fast forward to now and you can blow cars up and extort people for money on your smartphone. And for those on a Galaxy Nexus, you’ll finally be able to enjoy the game on the beautiful 4.65 inch HD display as they’ve added support for the phone with this update. Go ahead and grab the game from the Android Market here before Claude shows up at your doorstep. [via Droid-Life]


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22Dec/11Off

Happy Holidroid Contest: Christmas Caption Challenge

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If you’re unsure what this whole “Holidroid Contest” thing is all about, be prepared to get excited. From November 24th through December 25th, Phandroid is giving away a Kindle Fire every single day along with other great prizes like the Galaxy Nexus Galaxy Tabs, JAMBOX, SmarTouch Gloves, Android Phones, Android T-Shirts, Seidio Vouchers and more. Read our announcement post for details.

Yesterday’s Winner

There are only a few more days in our Holidroid giveaway. We’re still sorting through yesterday’s entries but there are more prizes to be had. No winner will be getting coal for Christmas!

Amazon Kindle Fire

The Kindle Fire could be this holiday’s hottest product: at only $199 it’s not only one of the most affordable Android tablets, it’s also one of the best. That’s a killer combination. With a beautiful UI, great battery life, carefully curated apps/games, and an amazing array of media options thanks to Amazon’s Digital Content Ecosystem… the Kindle Fire is a sure win. Good luck winning one in our contest, but at only $199 it’s probably worth buying one just in case!

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

Everyone seems to be craving Samsung Android devices these days, and for good reason. Samsung makes some of the best hardware out there, coupled with great software integration, and the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Tab 8.9 are two great examples of Samsung’s industry leading products. These devices were sponsored directly by Samsung, thanking our readers and forum members for their excitement, interest, and support over the past year. With an 8.9-inch screen, dual core processor, and camera that records in 720p HD, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 is a perfect companion to that Kindle Fire you just snagged.

 

 

Isotoner SmarTouch Gloves

Every single holiday season these SmarTouch smartphone gloves are consistently one of my favorite gift giving items. They eloquently solve one of the most fundamental problems a tech lover faces: using your device in cold weather. Wearing gloves usually prevents your touchscreen from working: take your phone out, take your glove off, use your phone, hand gets gold, shove phone in pocket, rush to get glove on. NO MORE! Isotoner’s SmarTouch gloves, designed in my colors and sizes for both men and women, has technology that passes the electrons your body gives off, through the gloves, onto the capacitive screen and allowing it to work. VOILA! Seriously. It works. Trust me. Try it… and you’ll love them forever.

Seidio $30 Voucher

With so much smartphone use comes battery drain. Thankfully, Seidio makes some awesome extended batteries that fit many smartphones, allowing you to get longer battery life with the same device. No more toting around a charger everywhere you go: just snag a Seidio and call it a day! Seidio also makes cases, holsters, and other great accessories for your smartphones.Check them all out here.

ZeeMote Bluetooth Game Controller

The Zeemote Bluetooth Game Controller compacts things into one comfortable, ergonomically sound gaming package. You use one hand and the controller has an analog stick with four action buttons on it. It’s a bit reminiscent of a Nintendo Wiimote – makes you wonder where the name was inspired from. There are many games in the Android Market already compatible with the Zeemote, including the popular title R-Type, and you may even be able to use it with some of your emulators. It goes perfectly with many Android devices, from 3.2 inch phones to 10.1 inch tablets. And if you want the ultimate gaming experience, Zeemote + Phone/Tablet + TV + HDMI-out = awesome.

Jawbone JAMBOX

Ever wanted a small, portable speaker that plays music LOUD and CLEAR and isn’t a pain to setup? Let me introduce you to the Jawbone JAMBOX speaker. This bad boy packs a powerful bunch an extremely small frame, easily connects to your Android device via Bluetooth, and is an absolute pleasure to use. Bluetooth means you can stream not only music, but also games, apps, phone conversations, movies, and any other audio playing on your device! It also means no cords! Put it on your desk. Carry it to the kitchen. Bring it to the basketball court. Take it to your friend’s party. The Jawbone JAMBOX is a music lover’s dream device.

Today’s Contest Rules/Regulations:

I know it seems like we have taken his job with all the free stuff we have been giving away lately, but in just a few days Santa Claus will be squeezing himself down the chimney and dropping off some goodies for all the well-behaved children of the world. Then there is this kid. For today’s caption challenge we’d like a good reason for this not so cheerful child on Santa’s lap.

  • You have until the end of the day to compose the most clever/funny/witty caption for the above picture (11:59pm Eastern)
  • Submit your caption as a comment below this article (one entry per person... only your first comment counts)
  • The best caption as chosen by Phandroid staff wins the day’s prize pack
  • Read our Full Official Rules for information about eligibility
  • This isn’t required but if you want to be nice… Visit Amazon.com by clicking here before you do your holiday shopping because you love us!

Looking for a great gift? Don’t forget about our Holiday Gift Guide!

Tomorrow’s Contest:

We’ll be giving away a Kindle Fire, Smartouch Gloves, $30 Seidio Voucher, Galaxy Nexus, and ZeeMote! You never know when we’ll make our contest post so check back early and often!


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22Dec/11Off

New Droid 4 Renders Give an All-angles View

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With nearly every detail revealed we will likely run out of speculation long before its February release, but here is one more look at the Motorola Droid 4 from nearly any angle you could want. Will that QWERTY keyboard be worth the wait until February in light of Verizon’s current lineup of great 4G LTE Android handsets? Maybe…if they manage to ship it with Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed.

[via DroidLife]


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22Dec/11Off

EFF Reverse-engineers Carrier IQ, Requests Help in Deciphering Data

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation, in a continued bid to fight against injustices related to emerging technologies, has cracked open the Carrier IQ software package. Since first contacted by Trevor Eckhart after being issued a cease and desist order from Carrier IQ, the EFF has been working hard to find answers to some of the most pressing question surrounding the data tracking suite. With the help of a few volunteers Carrier IQ has been parsed into its three layers — an app, a database, and a configuration file — and produced an app to uncover exactly what information your handset is collecting. Using the app, IQIQ, the EFF hopes to garner enough user data to blow the thing completely open. The organization points to a thread at XDA that provides useful info on uncovering the Carrier IQ data on from your system. If you have a few minutes to spare or have already done your own checks into Carrier IQ on your smartphone, head on over to the source link below to find out how to help.

[EFF via Engadget]


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