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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Review: Motorola DROID 3 - Gadgetsteria


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Review: Motorola DROID 3
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GS recommends: When possible, we'd suggest rooting if for nothing else, just to remove bloatware and unwanted software. Initially we were eager to try out the latest DROID for both the much faster processor, upgraded display, and other improved ...
Motorola Droid X2 Gets its First Custom ROMPhandroid.com

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Thursday, July 28, 2011 by Neil Steven Sedenio · 0

Should You Pay $35 to Root Your Nook Color? - Gotta Be Mobile


Gotta Be Mobile

Should You Pay $35 to Root Your Nook Color?
Gotta Be Mobile
Your Nook Color dual boots into either the stock OS or a full version of Android on the card. Why would anyone want to root the color eReader from Barn's and Noble? Four reasons: Android! The Nook Color runs a limited version of Google's upstart mobile ...

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How to Root Your NOOK Touch (Jailbreak Instructions) - Operation Android


How to Root Your NOOK Touch (Jailbreak Instructions)
Operation Android
If you're interested in running Android apps on the Barnes and Noble NOOK Simple Touch Reader you can root the device by following some simple steps. First you'll need equipment, including a computer and of course a NOOK Touch. The USB cable connecting ...


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Root Android 3.2 on Motorola XOOM - Maboot


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Root Android 3.2 on Motorola XOOM
Maboot
That is exactly why is guide is meant only for Android users who have some knowledge of Rooting, and for the tech-sawvy Android fans that own a XOOM. Note: Your device may be bricked, damaged or permanently destroyed during the process if not followed ...

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Nook2Android turns Nook into full Android tablet - CNET (blog)


Nook2Android turns Nook into full Android tablet
CNET (blog)
The Nook App store has just over 300 titles and many of the apps come with a fee where they're free on a standard Android device. SanDisk's offering looks like a reversible way to get full Android functionality without rooting or voiding the warrantee. ...

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011 by Neil Steven Sedenio · 0

Should Motorola forget about the Bionic and focus on the Dinara? - PhoneDog


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Should Motorola forget about the Bionic and focus on the Dinara?
PhoneDog
At CES this year, there were numerous Android handsets announced that were bound for Verizon's network – for those keeping count, that was over six months ago. Since then, only some of them have released. First came the ThunderBolt in March, ...
Motorola Droid 3 Weds Gingerbread with Citrix Android AppseWeek
Motorola Droid 3 (Verizon Wireless)CNET
Motorola Dinara – the next Android superphone?Ubergizmo
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Apple's iPad: 5 Reasons Why I'll Never Buy One - PCWorld


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Apple's iPad: 5 Reasons Why I'll Never Buy One
PCWorld
I'm a moderate Android fanboi, and while I prefer the openness of Google's platform to Apple's walled garden, I still appreciate the leading-edge design and quality of Apple products. Clearly, the iPad is the tablet to beat, and there's no worthy ...
5 Tablets for Back to SchoolZDNet
Is Amazon planning to release another iPad rival?Daily News Engine
Apple and Android roundup: iPad 2 demand, software updates and ad marketsRCR Wireless News Austin
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HTC Status Review: A Phone for Facebook Fanatics - PCWorld


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HTC Status Review: A Phone for Facebook Fanatics
PCWorld
Above those two keys, you'll find the familiar Android touch keys--Home, Menu, Back, and Search--built into the display. Below the keyboard is a button with Facebook's familiar "F" logo. This is the Share button, and it gives you quick access to the ...
Android This Week: Facebook Phone status; MyTouch 4G Slide arrives; Nook Color ...Reuters
AT&T (NYSE:T) To Launch HTC StatuseMoneyDaily
HTC Salsa Android phonePC World Magazine
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Nook2Android Turns B&N Reader Into Full-Fledged Tablet - Hot Hardware


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Nook2Android Turns B&N Reader Into Full-Fledged Tablet
Hot Hardware
"When you buy a Nook2Android card you are purchasing the highest quality Sandisk MicroSD card and all the services to get Android and the added features as perfect as you would expect. You are not purchasing the software as it is provided free of ...
Nook2Android turns Nook into full Android tabletCNET (blog)
Dual-boot your Nook Color with Android using a micro-SD card, $35ZDNet (blog)
Nook2Android Turns Your B&N Nook Color Into A Full-Fledged Android Tablet ...TFTS (blog)
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Lenovo's Android 3.1-powered IdeaPad K1 tablet hands-on (video) - Engadget


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Lenovo's Android 3.1-powered IdeaPad K1 tablet hands-on (video)
Engadget
For all intents and purposes, the K1 is a LePad dressed up in Android -- this one's packing a 1.0 GHz Tegra 2 chipset, a 10.1-inch (1280 x 800) capacitive touchpanel, Android 3.1, a two-cell battery (good for "up to ten hours") and a few minor software ...
ThinkPad and IdeaPad K1 Android tablets, hands-onCNET
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011 by Neil Steven Sedenio · 0

Official Google+ client comes to the iPhone - InfoWorld


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Official Google+ client comes to the iPhone
InfoWorld
When Google+ launched late last month, Google released an Android app for the service and promised that an iOS app would join it soon; on Tuesday, Google delivered with an official native client for Apple's mobile platform. ...
Google+ for the iPhone now availableMobile Burn
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Google+ Mobile App (for iOS and Android) - PC Magazine


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Google+ Mobile App (for iOS and Android)
PC Magazine
Now that Google has released a mobile app for Google+ (free), available for Android phones and iPhones and iPodTouches (iOS5 is not yet supported, though), the social network itself is much more usable. Part of this success comes from the design. ...
5 big tech players; 5 bad Android appsARNnet
How does Google+ compare to other Android social networking apps?Android Apps Appolicious

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Toshiba Thrive: Full Review - LAPTOP Magazine


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Toshiba Thrive: Full Review
LAPTOP Magazine
Toshiba enters the tablet market with the Thrive, a 10-inch Android device with full-size HDMI and USB ports. by Avram Piltch on July 20, 2011 Toshiba's not the first player to enter the Android tablet game, but with unique features such as a full-size ...
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FCC Filing Tips HTC Puccini Tablet, Possibly on AT&T - PC Magazine


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FCC Filing Tips HTC Puccini Tablet, Possibly on AT&T
PC Magazine
Is AT&T about to get its first Android tablet? Details about HTC's alleged next tablet, nicknamed the HTC Puccini, surfaced in the Taiwanese manufacturer's filing with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which was first picked up ...
Report: HTC's 4G LTE Tablet Coming Soon To AT&TCRN

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Schmidt Dismisses Android Patent Suits, But Partners Unsure - BusinessWeek


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Schmidt Dismisses Android Patent Suits, But Partners Unsure
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If Android's mounting patent issues are a concern, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt isn't letting on. He dismissed the growing patent issues as "legal fun" at a Google mobile event in Tokyo and called out competitors for their propensity to ...
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Monday, July 25, 2011 by Neil Steven Sedenio · 0

Motorola Triumph Goes on Sale Early at Best Buy - Gotta Be Mobile

We know that there are many of you waiting to get your hands on Virgin Mobile’s Motorola Triumph and if that is the case, you’ll be happy to know that some Best Buy stores are apparently selling the device earlier than its scheduled release date which is either tomorrow or July 20th.

Motorola Triumph

It seems that a few Reddit users were able to stroll right into Best Buy and snag this thing for $300 ahead of schedule so if you’ve been waiting for it, you probably want to make the trip down to your local store to see if you can coerce politely ask the employees there if you can get your hand on some new Motorola hardware.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Motorola Triumph, it’s an extremely exciting phone because it boasts some pretty awesome specifications – vanilla Android, 4.1-inch display, extremely thin design – for an off-contract smartphone.

So, if you’re not into the monkey business that comes with mobile carriers and their contracts, this is probably a phone that you should be looking at, even if the contract is probably a little steeper than you’d like it to be.

For those who come home empty handed today, you luckily have a very short wait ahead of you before the phone undergoes a full-fledged release.

Have any of you been able to snag one of these early?

Via: Phandroid

Tags: Android, Google Android, Hardware, Motorola, Motorola Triumph, Triumph, Virgin, Virgin Mobile

Category: Mobile

Adam is a technology blogger based in San Francisco, California who loves his iPhone 3GS and Motorola Droid 2 equally. You can follow him on Twitter or reach him by email at adam@notebooks.com.


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The trillion-dollar fight to be your mobile wallet - Fortune

By Stacy Cowley, CNNMoney tech editor

FORTUNE -- If you want to get a smackdown going, throw together five executives each angling for a lucrative piece of a $4 trillion market.

The retail payments space is one of tech's hottest battlefields. The reigning technology, magnetic stripes on debit and credit cards, is nearing the end of its 50-year run -- "it's just the U.S. and sub-Saharan Africa" left clinging on, quipped Verifone (PAY) CEO Doug Bergeron -- as NFC (near field communication) chips embedded in smartphones and other devices begin their ascent.

A new way of making payments opens the door for innovation. It also gives an army of new players the chance to try to wedge themselves into the payments stream.

Google payments chief Stephanie Tilenius wants to see phones replace payments cards.

"There's huge potential here -- it's like Amazon in 1999," Stephanie Tilenius, Google's vice president of commerce and payments, said at Fortune's Brainstorm Tech panel discussion on the mobile payments field.

Talk of "open ecosystems" and "co-opetition" dotted the discussion, but the reality is that only a few vendors will emerge as the industry's new kingpins -- and the fight to be among them is fierce.

One of the scrappiest upstarts is Square, which recently closed a $100 million funding round that valued the company at $1 billion. While the telecoms, payment networks, banks and new entrants like Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) try to hammer out the technical and business-model complexities of NFC and other new payment systems, Square is focused on solving immediate pain points with "products that just work today," said COO Keith Rabois. He blasted NFC-focused pay-by-phone solutions as "adding a new layer for the consumer and merchant on top of a broken system."

Those invested in the new solutions obviously see things differently. Retailers love the idea of gathering more point-of-sale data from their customers, Verifone's Bergeron pointed out, and Google thinks there's fortunes to be made in helping retailers target customers with personalized, real-time deals and offers. There's a big upside for customers as well: Instead of juggling coupons, loyalty cards, credit cards and receipts, the entire payment process can be unified into a one-tap transaction.

But getting all the warring factions together to make that happen is a Sisyphean task. The boulder rolled a few inches further up the hill on Tuesday as Isis -- the mobile payments joint venture created last year by Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile -- announced that it has lured American Express (AXP), MasterCard (MA) and Visa (V) into the fold. They join Discover (DFS), one of Isis's founding partners.

The next step is to win over the banks, Isis CEO Michael Abbott said. "As you evolve this ecosystem, the banks want to know what's in it for them," he said. "They own these customers."

Here's one thing the banks will love: An unexpected opportunity to cut down on the window of opportunity for fraud after a payments card is lost or stolen. Asked to comment on what Starbucks (SBUX) has learned in its experiments with phone-based payments, audience member Stephen Gillett, Starbucks' CIO, offered up an intriguing data point.

"I takes an average of 40 minutes to realize you've lost your wallet," he said. "If you've lost your phone, it takes an average of 5 minutes to realize it."


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Patents Are Very Valuable, Tech Giants Discover: Nathan Myhrvold - Bloomberg

Nathan Myhrvold, the former chief strategist and chief technology officer at Microsoft, is the founder of Intellectual Ventures, a company that funds, creates and commercializes inventions.

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Patents rarely make headlines, but they did this month when Nortel Networks Corp., the defunct Canadian telecommunications giant, auctioned off its patent portfolio and drew an astonishing winning bid of $4.5 billion from a group of companies that includes both Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)

The sale marks a watershed in the maturity of intellectual property markets and a dramatic shift in strategy for technology companies. Suddenly these companies are acknowledging that patents are a strategic asset worth billions.

Here’s an inside look at what happened -- and what’s at stake -- and remember, as you read this, that my company buys and licenses high-tech patents.

Most big tech companies inhabit winner-take-most markets, in which any company that gets out in front can develop an enormous lead. This is how Microsoft came to dominate in software, Intel Corp. in processors, Google Inc. (GOOG) in web search, Oracle Corp. in databases, Amazon.com Inc. in web retail, and so on.

As a result, the tech world has seen a series of mad scrambles by companies wanting to be king of the hill. In the late 1980s, the battle was for dominance of spreadsheet and word-processing software. In the late 1990s, it was about e- commerce on the emerging Internet. The latest whatever-it-takes struggle has been over social networks, with enough drama to script a Hollywood movie.

In each case, the recipe for success was to bring to market, at a furious pace, products that incorporate new features. Along the way, inconvenient intellectual property rights were ignored.

Yes, copyright was almost religiously enforced. Copyrights are trivial to obtain (just type the “c” in a circle symbol), and software companies see them as essential to restraining piracy, which hurts revenue. Patents are a different story, however. It takes time for engineers to apply for patents and even more time if they diligently respect other people’s patents. So technology companies typically did neither.

In fact, many tech companies forbid their engineers from checking whether their products incorporate others’ patents. The practice amounts to an intellectual property version of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

As tech giants commercialized ideas that had been pioneered by small companies and merged once-separate technologies into new products, they infringed other people’s patents. Personal computers took over publishing, photo processing, cash handling and a million other functions once performed by other companies’ patented products. Smart phones likewise displaced more specialized devices, such as GPS units and bar-code readers. When the TV commercial says, “There’s an app for that,” the “that” part is sometimes covered by patents the app creator doesn’t own.

Once tech giants got to the top, they realized that their cavalier treatment of patents had left them vulnerable. If you already control 90 percent of the market, your own patent portfolio does little for you. But outside patent owners sometimes show up and ask to be paid. Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that Microsoft, the company I used to work for, must pay almost $300 million to a Toronto-based company called I4i LP, which claimed its patented technology was used in Microsoft Word. All tech companies face this sort of claim, and they’re not happy about it.

The biggest companies, which have always touted their brilliant innovations to justify the billions of dollars in stock options they pay their executives, have been in the odd position of attacking the patent system and publicly deprecating the innovations of others. Patents attempt to create a level playing field, but the last thing an 800-pound gorilla of a company wants is a fair fight. After succeeding in part by stealing other people’s inventions, they decry any inventors who have the temerity to ask for a share of the returns.

In Congress, lobbyists for every major semiconductor, software and Internet-services company worked for seven years to undermine the much-needed patent reform bill and to delay its passage. (The House and Senate each recently passed a version of the bill; they are now working to reconcile the two measures.)

Yet even as that was going on, a growing number of tech companies started to discover that patents might be useful after all. In 2009, Micron Technology, a major computer chipmaker, transferred about 4,500 of its patents to a renowned patent litigator in the hope that he could make some money on them. And in the past two years, Microsoft has sued companies that were using the Linux computer operating system and Android, Google’s mobile-phone platform, to collect on what it viewed as its share of the patent liability that is hidden in a lot of “free” software.

It isn’t just about the money; these are also strategic moves. Apple, flush with the iPhone’s success but understandably worried that it might wind up becoming the R&D outfit that prototyped ideas that made others rich, has recently sued HTC Corp., Samsung and others. Just last week, the company won a preliminary ruling from the International Trade Commission, which if upheld will prevent HTC from importing smart phones into the U.S., essentially wiping out its business here.

Microsoft and Apple could have sued Google; most of the disputed features are in Android code. Instead, they elected to sue Google’s customers as a way to avoid an all-out war with the search giant -- reminiscent of how, in the Cold War, the U.S. and the Soviet Union used to battle by proxy in places such as Vietnam. Oracle, buoyed by patents it got in its acquisition of Sun Microsystems, was less circumspect; it sued Google directly.

These tussles set the stage for Nortel to put on the block more than 6,000 patents and patent applications, which cover many features of current and future mobile phones, in an auction orchestrated by Lazard Ltd. Analysts at my company and elsewhere in the industry found that the patents were good, but what made them extraordinary wasn’t their quality -- it was simply that they were on the market and hadn’t been widely licensed. Just six months ago, the expected selling price had been $200 million to $400 million -- a lot of money, but still a pittance compared with the prize of being the biggest winner in the smart-phone business.

Google then made its move, tendering a public stalking- horse offer of $900 million that sent shock waves through the industry. Even stranger, its offer allowed Lazard to shop the deal for several months.

Many people were surprised that Google stepped forward; it has consistently been one of the most outspoken critics of the patent system, presumably because it faces enormous potential patent liability. Even its basic business model of advertising- supported search was first invented and patented by a company called GoTo.com, which sued Google for infringement in 2002. Google settled the lawsuit shortly before its initial public offering in 2004.

The amount of Google’s offer was unexpected, but the high price made perfect sense. Google has very few of its own patents; with Nortel’s portfolio, it could change the balance of power in the smart-phone industry. It could threaten to countersue any company that attacked Android, or it could even take a page from Apple’s book and go on the attack. Such potent ammunition in the battle for smart-phone supremacy could be worth far more than $900 million.

A third shocker was how Google structured its public bid. Neither I nor anybody I have spoken with can explain what Google was thinking. Had it simply waited for the auction, it easily could have won. Other bidders had much lower expectations and wouldn’t have had the time to get board approval for bids large enough to stay in the game.

Instead, the stalking-horse offer set in motion unprecedented scheming and counterscheming among strange bedfellows. Companies that normally fight one another, such as game-console rivals Microsoft and Sony and smart-phone rivals Apple and Research in Motion Ltd., pondered whether they hated the prospect of a patent-powerful Google even more. Investment companies like mine, which had been interested in Nortel’s portfolio for its potential financial return, decided the bidding was too rich for our blood, and dropped out. As the auction neared, rumors flew about who was teaming up with whom and how high the bids would soar.

Then, as the auction began, Google unveiled one more surprise. Its bids were numbers like $1,902,160,540. That’s a billion times Brun’s constant, which appears in the mathematics of prime numbers. And its successive bids were other mathematical constants, including one for pi billion dollars ($3,141,592,653).

Math geekiness, it turns out, doesn’t guarantee victory. A consortium of six other companies -- Microsoft, Apple, RIM, Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB and EMC Corp/Massachusetts -- won with an astounding $4.5 billion bid.

The result effectively retains the status quo. Google still has no strategic weapon to compensate for the patent liability inherent in Android, so the lawsuits will continue. Some in the industry think Google acted brilliantly; the company is no worse off than it was before, and it cost its competitors $4.5 billion. Others argue that Google was somehow snookered by Lazard into a disastrous strategy that has left its competitors better armed for the fight -- and more than a little angry. You don’t pay $4.5 billion for assets and then let them sit on the shelf.

More importantly, this sale validates the notion that patents will be a fundamental tool in the tech industry. They had been moving toward that position for years, but the magnitude of Nortel’s sale shows that they have arrived. Patents virtually define the pharmaceutical and biotech markets, and in the future they could play the same role for tech.

What’s next? The history of mergers and acquisitions suggests one possibility. Once upon a time in the clubby atmosphere of corporate America, hostile takeovers were rare; gentlemen just didn’t do such things. Then, in the 1960s, the hostile takeovers came to be accepted as a legitimate business tool. Similarly, the strategic use of patents now appears to be accepted in the technology industry. If that’s true, then Nortel is just the beginning.

(Nathan Myhrvold, the former chief strategist and chief technology officer at Microsoft and the founder of Intellectual Ventures, is a Bloomberg View columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.)

For more Bloomberg View columns.

To contact the author of this column: Nathan Myhrvold at Nathan.Myhrvold@intven.com.

To contact the editor responsible for this column: Mary Duenwald mduenwald@bloomberg.net


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HP officially launches webOS TouchPad ... again? - ZDNet (blog)

i've read bonks of articles on WebOS and HP. what people never seem to address is the politics in every company.

Will the entrenched managers and power brokers in HP in charge of the printers, windows PCs divisions etc cave in so easily and make Rubinstein ex-Apple ex-Palm chief of WebOS into a STAR and jeopardize their own positions? Give the Apple Guy' full support and let him grab the limelight, the bonuses and the promotions?
Don't think so unless you are Apple with Steve Jobs who can cut through the B.S (Jobs pushed iOS to equal standing or even ahead of Macs and iPods).

studies have shown that top managers spend 70% of their energy on promoting themselves (networking, kissing up to superiors, building alliances, turf fighting etc) and 30% on technical company business ('pure' lab rat engineers etc never get the top posts). Top managers will never just let outsiders walk onto their turf without major resistance.

GEEKY writers saying WebOS (because it's a cool tech) will transform HP easily without addressing internal politics are dumb, have little understanding of human nature.

I suspect New CEO Apoetaker an outsider who took over from Hurd who left under a cloud is himself on uncertain ground and doubtlessly afraid to push the established LORDS of Divisions too hard.

the HP touchPad disaster (fat clunky, no apps, buggy) is clear indication of lukewarm internal support.

look at Microsoft, the Lords of Windows Desktop and Office (the BIG Msft money earners) has whacked Win Mobile (peanut money division) for years, look at all the win Mo initiatives which went nowhere or died: Win Ce, Win Mobile 6, Zune, Zune Phone, Danger, Pink, Courier, Kin etc (yeah I know some of them are interlinked but I'm too confused to untangle the mess). Now the new tablet OS will be Windows DESKTOP 8!! Windows desktop guys will never cede power no matter how advantageous making new pure mobile OS is.


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Nuance Powers Hands-Free Genius Button on New T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide - MarketWatch (press release)

BURLINGTON, Mass., Jul 19, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Nuance Communications, Inc. /quotes/zigman/98548/quotes/nls/nuan NUAN +2.81% today announced that Nuance's natural language voice technology adds new features and enhanced capabilities to the Genius Button(TM) and Hands-Free mode innovations on the new T-Mobile(R) myTouch(R) 4G Slide. The new Android(TM)-powered smartphone only from T-Mobile includes new Genius Button features of voice-activated, hands-free wake-up commands and music search.

With the Nuance innovations in the T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide, customers can now engage the Genius Button using their voice alone through a new wake-up command capability supported in Hands-Free mode. When Hands Free mode is active and the phone is put into an always-listening mode, customers can then "wake-up" the smartphone with the command of "Genius Button" in order to quickly and easily send text and email messages, get directions, search the Web and find businesses -- completely hands-free and eyes-free -- while multitasking or for smarter connectivity while driving.

Customers can also access music they have downloaded onto the myTouch 4G Slide using the Genius Button and Hands-Free mode. People search their personal music collection on the device by saying the name of the song, artist, album, or playlist.

Hands-Free mode powered by Nuance also allows people to speak to initiate an SMS text message, have text messages read out as they're received, reply to text messages, and of course, send them. Hands-Free mode offers the read back of dictated messages to confirm accuracy, providing users the option to easily edit the dictated message as needed. And with Hands-Free mode's voice-activated caller announcement, users can hear both contact names and numbers without having to look at the phone.

"Genius Button's one-shot voice capabilities allow myTouch customers to simply speak and get instant access to their favorite applications, like email and text messaging, Web search, navigation and now music," said Andrew Morrison, vice president, product management, T-Mobile USA. "Working with Nuance, the Genius Button continues to get even smarter, providing our consumers with a smartphone experience that stands out from the crowd."

"Voice has proven to be an incredibly easy, productive and compelling way to engage the most popular applications on T-Mobile myTouch smartphones -- and with the new wake up command and music access on the myTouch 4G Slide, it's gotten even better," said Michael Thompson, senior vice resident and general manager, Nuance Mobile. "Nuance and T-Mobile have worked together to enable the deep integration of Nuance's hybrid embedded-connected speech capabilities, so with just one simple press of a button or spoken wake up command, people get access to the features they want -- no apps to search for or menus to browse."

T-Mobile's Genius Button is a revolutionary, intuitive voice interface that works right out of the box -- no apps to download, no premium download fees or recurring monthly charges for use of the voice interface. Genius Button and Hands-Free mode is powered by the Nuance Voice Control platform that seamlessly wraps embedded and connected speech capabilities into one amazing mobile experience.

Availability

Offered in two colors -- black and khaki -- the T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide is expected to be available exclusively from T-Mobile on July 27 at T-Mobile retail stores and through select national retailers and dealers. A Web-only pre-sale starts today at http://mytouch.t-mobile.com/4g-slide .

Nuance's speech and predictive text solutions enable today's leading wireless carriers and handset manufacturers to easily customize and quickly bring-to-market advanced speech and text capabilities for today's fastest growing mobile platforms, such as Android. Only Nuance speech technology is based on the world renowned Dragon speech technologies used by millions of people on their PCs, mobile phones and other consumer electronics.

About Nuance Communications, Inc.

Nuance is a leading provider of speech and imaging solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with information and how they create, share and use documents. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance's proven applications and professional services. For more information, please visit: nuance.com.

Nuance, Nuance Voice Control, and the Nuance logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nuance Communications, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States of America and/or other countries. T-Mobile is a registered trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG. myTouchis a registered trademark, and Genius Button is a trademark, of T-Mobile USA. Google and Android are trademarks of Google Inc. All other company names or product names may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

The statements in this press release, relating to future plans or future events or services, are forward-looking statements which are subject to specific risks and uncertainties. There are a number of factors which could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those indicated in such forward looking statements, including fluctuations in demand for the Nuance products, the relationship with the partner and the continued development of Nuance products. The reader is warned not to rely on these forward-looking statements without reservation, since these are simply reflections of the current situation. Nuance disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this document.

SOURCE: Nuance Communications, Inc.

Nuance Communications Rebecca Paquette, 781-565-5264 rebecca.paquette@nuance.com Copyright Business Wire 2011

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Droid 3 News: Droid 3 Has Locked Bootloader Same Boot for Droid Bionic? - Wireless and Mobile News


International Business Times

Droid 3 News: Droid 3 Has Locked Bootloader Same Boot for Droid Bionic?
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In April Motorola's CEO Sanjay Jha said that Motorola would unlock bootloaders "across our portfolio of devices starting in late 2011, where channel and operator partners will allow it." When Motorola reps revealed the Motorola Photon 4G with an ...
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Motorola Photon 4G - Gizmag


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Motorola Photon 4G
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When the Motorola Photon 4G debuts through Sprint later this month it will be Motorola's first WiMAX smartphone and Sprint's first international 4G smartphone that is capable of working on GSM networks around the world. Powered by a dual-core NVIDIA ...


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Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Google+ Nexus Smartphone and 3 Reasons Why We Won't See It Soon - Gotta Be Mobile

If true, the latest rumors on the next-generation Google-branded Nexus Android smartphone could be a device that will be well-integrated with Google’s emerging Google+ social networking service, which is currently in beta. News that Google may be following in HTC’s footsteps in launching a social networking oriented Android smartphone comes from an anonymous source who claims to have obtained his information from a Google employee and has since posted this information to Facebook on the Google+ page.

Integration a smartphone with a social network–given the rise and pervasiveness of social networking sites–is nothing new. Android can automatically pull contacts from Facebook and can integrate with Twitter, and iOS is now providing deep Twitter integration with iOS 5. Palm’s Synergy engine was perhaps the first one of the gate to announce a consolidated synchronization engine for webOS, which has since been acquired by Hewlett-Packard. Additionally, HTC is launching its Cha Cha smartphone as the HTC Status, which is an Android smartphone with a front-facing QWERTY keyboard and design styling reminiscent of the original European edition (not the Sprint version) of the HTC Hero, as the HTC Status on AT&T with a dedicated Facebook button so consumers can quickly view and update their Facebook feeds.

Likewise, it seems that Google will be following the Status route with its new social networking. The rumors would have Google leveraging the brand power of its mobile Android smartphone platform, along with the Nexus brand, in a device that would integrate a ‘G+’ button as one of Android’s navigation button. Currently, on a Nexus smartphone, we have buttons–capacitive touch buttons located just below the display–for search, back, menu, and home, and it’s unclear if Google will augment those four buttons with a Google+ button or if it will replace one of those buttons with a G+ button.

The rumor also posits that the device–perhaps to be called the Nexus Prime–will also be made by HTC, the purveyor of the current ‘Facebook phone’ known as the HTC Status and the HTC Cha Cha.

While anything is possible at this time, there are still three reasons why a Google+ Nexus Prime may not happen:

First, Google’s development and product teams don’t necessarily work together. Given the early stages of Google+ as a social network and platform, it is perhaps still to early to integrate the ‘beta’ product into Android.

Second, the Nexus branding is more geared towards developer. A Google+ phone may be geared towards consumers. Combining the two may be a cause of dissonance. Google had initially defined the Nexus brand as a phone that will help set the tone for Android hardware development. As such, a Google+ smartphone would not do that; it would merely only pre-load the social networking experience onto the device out of the box, and not lead the development cycle in terms of CPU clock speeds and cores, display sizes and technologies, screen resolution, memory and storage, and other factors.

And third, unless Google+ really takes off, a Nexus-branded Google+ phone may be doomed to failure as the strength of any social network is in the number of members. For a Google+ phone to take off, the service will need to add more active members.

The rumor of the Google+ phone made no mention of the Android operating system, though it’s widely believed that the next Nexus will usher in the next generation of Android OS, called Ice Cream Sandwich, which will begin to merge Android Honeycomb with Android Gingerbread and be a universal platform for smartphones and tablets.

Via: PhoneArena

Tags: Android, Featured, Google, Google Plus, Ice Cream Sandwich, leaks, Nexus, Nexus Prime, rumors, social network, social networking, speculations

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Saturday, July 23, 2011 by Neil Steven Sedenio · 0

Virgin Mobile shuffles Beyond Talk pricing, saves BlackBerry owners duckets - Engadget


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Virgin Mobile shuffles Beyond Talk pricing, saves BlackBerry owners duckets
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Friday, July 22, 2011

Motorola XPRT Android Phone Looks, Feels Like a BlackBerry - eWeek


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Friday, July 22, 2011 by Neil Steven Sedenio · 0

OtterBox HTC4-MTC4G-20-E4OTR Commuter Series Hybrid Case for HTC myTouch 4G - 1 Pack - Case - Retail Packaging - Black

OtterBox HTC4-MTC4G-20-E4OTR Commuter Series Hybrid Case for HTC myTouch 4G - 1 Pack - Case - Retail Packaging - BlackHTC myTouch 4G Commuter Series Case

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Why Your Business Should Reach Out to Smartphone Users - PCWorld


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Why Your Business Should Reach Out to Smartphone Users
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