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3Apr/120

Hands-On Video: Instagram For Android

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Make no qualms about it. The newly released Instagram for Android is one of the hottest apps to hit the Google Play Store. My timelines across all social network are completely filled with everything from food, to sneakers and architecture. Still, there are those that absolutely refuse to install an app that was made so popular by countless hipsters on iOS. Given that I actually find it fun to try new things, and I’ve been known to snap quick pics with my smartphone from time-to-time, I figured I’d give it a shot. And I must say… I kinda like it.

Almost like social network for sharing photos, Instagram allows you to find friends and keep in touch by sharing photos of whatever you like. Users can apply filters to photos snapped with Instagram’s built in camera function, or simply keep it old-school by keeping photos as-is. From there sharing is easy as 1-2-3. Snap. Apply. Share. Photos can then be “liked” (giving you that social validation you crave) and commented on by friends.

If you’re still apprehensive about the app, or just want to see what all the fuss is about before installing, you can check out my walkthrough video above.

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3Apr/120

HTC One X now available for pre-order through Rogers, $169.99 on 3-year contract

Just yesterday Rogers let us know that the HTC One X would be available on their network sometime this month. Now the phone is available for pre-order via the carrier on a three-year contract price of $169.99. There is no word on when the phone will ship, but the pre-order page states that the “offer expires April 30th, 2012,” for whatever that’s worth. Those taking advantage of the pre-order will be eligible to win an HTC prize pack and a trip to the 2012 Much Music Video Awards.

Interested parties can head over to the Rogers site to see about putting down some money on the upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich handset.

[via MobileSyrup]

 


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3Apr/120

MetroPCS begins LTE throttling, but adds unlimted $70 plan

Discount carrier MetroPCS has put a damper on its unlimited LTE data plans by adding usage caps and throttling. The company announced today that its original $60 unlimited LTE data plan will now be limited to 5GB, while its $50 plan caps at 2.5GB and its $40 plan at 250MB. But its not ditching unlimited data plans completely as it now offers a $70 unlimited LTE data plan.

The $70 unlimited LTE data plan will continue to offer unlimited voice, SMS, and LTE data use for customers. It will also be bundled with access to the company’s MetroStudio video-on-demand service. The $60 plan will be limited to 5GB but will come bundled with unlimited use of the Rhapsody music streaming service.

Previous MetroPCS plans distinguished between web browsing and streaming multimedia when it came to data usage. For instance, multimedia streaming was capped while web browsing was unlimited. Now the data usage is aggregate with all data use counting towards the limit. Customers that surpass the new usage caps will experience significantly slower data speeds that are similar to the speeds of MetroPCS’ 3G network until the next billing period begins.

[via FierceWireless]

MetroPCS begins LTE throttling, but adds unlimted $70 plan is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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3Apr/120

comScore has Android and iOS devouring mobile landscape

This week comScore has released its monthly numbers on who dominates the smartphone platform game in the USA, and it’s Google’s Android in the lead by a mile. This month has shown both RIM with BlackBerry and Microsoft with Windows Phone to be taking tiny dives with 3.2 and 1.3% losses in the market since February, RIM still sitting in the lead amongst the two at 13.4% to Microsoft’s 3.9%. Apple sits in second place and has gained a 1.5% lead over last month’s scores, and Symbian hasn’t changed a bit – still sitting in the lowest position here with 1.5% of the mobile market.

These scores show that surprisingly Nokia’s Symbian still does exists as a numerable portion of the market, but that such titans as Google and Apple just do not compare. Google is currently controlling 50.1% of the smartphones in the USA while Apple’s iOS sits on 30.2% of the market – all of that on any number of different model iPhones alone. Google also had the largest point change positive at 3.2%, eating RIM’s loss alive.

In addition to this, it appears that Samsung is the hardware leader amongst all USA mobile data subscribers, with LG in second, the former having 25.6% of subscribers and the letter coming in with 19.4% of the market. This part of the study includes feature phones, of course, or we’d expect the third place entry, Apple, to be higher on the list – they accounting here for 13.5% of all mobile subscribers in the USA.

The folks at comScore also found that more than 104 million people in the USA owned at least one smartphone during December, January, February. That three month period beats the previous three month period by a whopping 14 percent. People are getting connected!

[via comScore]

comScore has Android and iOS devouring mobile landscape is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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3Apr/120

Instagram for Android Review

Today the folks responsible for one of the most popular social photography apps in the world, Instagram, have brought that entertainment to Android – and here we’re going to review it! What you’ll find is that this app is extremely similar to the iOS version, it having the ability to snap photos, edit them in brief, and send them out to several social networks. This Android version is said to be superior to the iOS version in several ways by its developers – let’s see if they’re right!

We’re using the HTC One S, a brand new smartphone from the HTC One line complete with its own ImageSense Chip for its camera and image processing power added by its dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. This should be all means be the perfect combination for this photo-centric app here at the start of its life for Android. Indeed what we are seeing here is excellent results just so long as we get in focus, and sharing has never been easier than this.

This app got extremely popular on iOS because it allowed (and still allows) you to do three different activities in one app – photography, sharing, and editing of photos. Here on Android you’ve got several of those abilities built in – the HTC One series in-particular has some pretty amazing photo editing, taking, and sharing abilities as evidenced in this post:

So it Instagram worth the price you’ll pay to download it? It’s free on the Google Play App Store – of course it’s worth it! Herein lies the only place you’ll be able to share with the Instagram brand name attached, and all of your Apple friends are already using it anyway. Might as well catch up! Pick this app up on the Google Play App Store or the iTunes App Store today!

UPDATE: take a peek here at the interface for taking photos for Android:

Then the editing screen for Android:

Then notice how it’s all in one on iPhone:

The iPhone version is also able to give you real-time effects before you take the photo while Android does not yet have this ability in place. On the other hand, Android is able to share directly with Foursquare, while iOS lacks this ability. Make your choice!

Instagram for Android Review is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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3Apr/120

AT&T adding 12 new LTE markets starting April 8

AT&T has been planning a 12-market expansion of its LTE network starting this month and today the company confirmed that the new markets will begin lighting up this Sunday, April 8. This new expansion will bring AT&T’s coverage to about 40 markets. Although it’s making good progress it still trails far behind Verizon, which has recently touted a 400-market target for year-end.

The markets being added this weekend include Bloomington and Muncie, Indiana as well as Bryan-College Station, Texas. Other markets to follow include St. Louis, Missouri; Naples, Florida; Lafayette, Indiana; Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana; Akron, Canton, and Cleveland, Ohio; and Staten Island, New York City.

AT&T’s coverage may still be limited, but they already have a good lineup of 4G LTE capable devices, including the Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, LG Nitro HD, HTC Vivid, Pantech Burst, and the upcoming HTC One X.

[via AT&T]

AT&T adding 12 new LTE markets starting April 8 is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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3Apr/120

Motorola’s Android Home Phones visit the FCC

Motorola is preparing two cordless phones for your home that run on Android and potentially on the latest Ice Cream Sandwich version. The models HS1101 and MBP2000PU showed up at the FCC en route for launch that will bring some of the more advanced smartphone features to your good old landline phone.

The HS1101 and the MBP2000PU Android Home Phones appear to be identical except in color. The HS1101 features a black glossy finish while the MBP2000PU is silver and white. Both phones offer a 3.2-inch 400 x 240 LCD display, a front-facing camera with video recording, and stereo 1.5-watt speakers that’s likely designed for video calls.

Apps can be downloaded to the phones through SlideMe, such as a Digital Answer Machine app that comes preloaded along with an Aldiko e-book reader app. The WiFi-enabled phones also have microSD storage, a micro-USB port, and headphone jack.

[via Android Community]

Motorola’s Android Home Phones visit the FCC is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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3Apr/120

USA Nuclear Drones capable of ‘months’ of flight

American scientists are announcing this week that they’ve got plans to release new unmanned aircraft with capabilities for months of flight without refueling. These new drones would be nuclear-powered and will be developed by Sandia National Laboratories – this being the US government’s principal research and development agency. They’re also working with defense contractor Northrop Grumman, who are the ones who specifically noted that these drones will have an increased flying time over previous models “from days to months”, this including more power for operating equipment as well.

The team of Sandia-Northrop Grumman are working with patented drone technology that works with a helium-cooled nuclear reactor. This patent comes from all the way back in 1986, while similar nuclear-powered aircraft patents are known to have been filed as early as the 1950s. The team notes that these kinds of nuclear drones have been able to bring both longer surveillance time and enough power to do more research whilst in flight than ever before as well.

This project has inspected and tested power systems ranging from large to medium sized drones and has, it appears, settled on a nuclear solution at this time. Though reports show that the project is now “completed” in some aspects, it appears that there may be no real future for an actual, working drone for the time being. Sandia reports:

“Sandia is often asked to look at a wide range of solutions to the toughest technical challenges. The research on this topic was highly theoretical and very conceptual. The work only resulted in a preliminary feasibility study and no hardware was ever built or tested. The project has ended.” – Sandia

Concerns for the project mostly came from a crashed vehicle, as if it were to fall into enemy hands or fall into a civilian area, complications could arise. Thus is also the problem with any and all drones flown for military purposes, but in this case the danger of the plane effectively becoming a “dirty bomb” appear to have been too great.

[via Guardian]

USA Nuclear Drones capable of ‘months’ of flight is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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3Apr/120

iPhone, iPad owners use Wi-Fi more often than Android users

That's the word from comScore in a study that shows some interesting differences in Wi-Fi use depending on geography, platform and carrier.

A key finding is that iPhone owners tap into WiFi more than Android users. The study reveals that 71 percent of all unique iPhones used both mobile and Wi-Fi networks to connect to the Internet, while only 32 percent of unique Android mobile phones used both types of connections. A further analysis of this pattern of behavior in the U.K. shows consistent results, as 87 percent of unique iPhones used both mobile and Wi-Fi networks for web access compared to a lower 57 percent of Android phones.

There are some other interesting tidbits in the study. US AT&T users are far more likely than Verizon users to seek out Wi-Fi connectivity. 58% of AT&T users use mobile and Wi-Fi networks, while only 32% of Verizon customers use both. The study doesn't explain the numbers. It could be AT&T users wanting something better than what the AT&T network offers, or something else not so obvious.

You can read more about the study here. If you use a mixed serving of Wi-Fi and cellular networks, why so? And what's your take on why iPhone users use more Wi-Fi than Android owners?

TUAW - The Unofficial Apple WeblogiPhone, iPad owners use Wi-Fi more often than Android users originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 03 Apr 2012 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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3Apr/120

Readdle PDF Expert receives major update in version 4.0

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A lot of us here at TUAW use Readdle's PDF Expert (US$9.99) to view, annotate, and organize Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files. The app has always provided a useful and fast way to mark up PDFs, and there's a new update available that adds some very useful features.

PDF Expert 4.0 now supports the Retina display of the new iPad, a feature that works incredibly well. Readdle went through all of the UI elements of PDF Expert and updated them for the higher resolution screen. The result on a new iPad is amazing. The rendering of PDFs has been optimized for the Retina display as well, and text and graphics appear much sharper than in the previous version.

While trying out the updated PDF Expert, I found that the handwriting capture for annotation seemed much smoother on the new iPad. My writing looked less like scrawls on an iPad screen and more like my pen-and-paper writing.

If you like seeing document previews in thumbnails, you'll be happy with that added feature in PDF Expert 4.0. Any documents that you may receive that have embedded video or audio can now be listened to or watched. PDF attachment formats that are now supported by PDF Expert include .mov, .jpg, .num (Numbers spreadsheet), and .mp3.

In the past, PDF Expert did not support PDF Portfolios, which are multiple PDF files assembled into an integrated PDF document. PDF Expert 4.0 adds support for PDF portfolios. The update is available today on the App Store.

TUAW - The Unofficial Apple WeblogReaddle PDF Expert receives major update in version 4.0 originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 03 Apr 2012 13:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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