Christine Torralba(339 posts)

Christine Torralba has been a freelance writer for the past couple of years. While most of her work has been ghostwritten, she has also contributed articles to magazines such as SPARK, Monday, Vault and Epic. In her spare time, she cooks, takes photos of food, and manages to write about it on her food blog.




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Dragon Go! Now Available at Android Market

by: Christine TorralbaJanuary 12, 2012

For quite some time now, Nuance’s voice recognition app, Dragon, has already been available on the Android Market. But during CES 2012, they launched a new app called Dragon Go! for Android users.

The new previous app has been given a major makeover and is now called Dragon Go!, taking with it the very best of the company’s voice technology. Through the app, users get to produce a compelling offering for direct access to more than 200 content providers including AccuWeather, Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo, Bing, ESPN, LiveNation, Rotten Tomatoes, Yelp, YouTube, and many more.

The app truly gives its users a complete hands-free experience when using their [...]

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An App for a Handy Way to Use BuddyTV

by: Christine TorralbaJanuary 12, 2012

For just a short period of time, BuddyTV’s web service has already gained the interest of the public. They have been known as the source of a wide selection of TV programs, sports, and news activities. Because of the success they have gained, the only logical thing to do was to come up with a multi-platform mobile client for the use of its smartphone and tablet users. To which, BuddyTV did not fail by coming out with BuddyTV Guide, which is now available for Android.

With the help of the app, users get to view a full detailed list of the scheduled TV programs available. In addition, they get to explore BuddyTV’s digital TV guide as well as set reminders for their [...]

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ViewPad E70 Announced at CES 2012 as an Affordable Premium Tablet

by: Christine TorralbaJanuary 10, 2012

On the first day of CES 2012, ViewSonic Corp. has announced their newest tablet—the ViewPad E70. What makes this 7” tablet different is that ViewSonic promises to deliver a ‘premium tablet experience at an affordable price.’ However, we do like the idea that the tablet is already running the latest Android OS, the Ice Cream Sandwich. Plus, we like that the tablet has a super lightweight and compact design. Moreover, the ViewPad E70 enables usability for their consumers who have a strong demand for rich apps and services.

Its specs include the following:

1GHz Processor 4GB Memory Front-Facing Camera MicroSD Expandable Storage Wi-Fi Support

“ViewSonic is [...]

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Pantech Burst Will Be AT&T’s Inexpensive LTE Android Phone at Only $49

by: Christine TorralbaJanuary 10, 2012

The Pantech Burst was announced on the first day of CES 2012 as an inexpensive 4G LTE Android smartphone. At only $49 with a two-year AT&T contract, you get a 4-inch Super AMOLED display powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 16GB on-board memory (expandable to 32GB). Another option is to get a bundle contract with the Pantech Element Honeycomb tablet—and the phone will be free. Not bad if you need a fast smartphone minus the expensive price.

In addition to its specs, the phone has a 5MP camera with video capture of up to 720p resolution. A VGA camera is also available for video chat. The Burst will be sold in two different colors: red and titanium. Its [...]

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Toshiba Excite X10: Thinnest Android Tablet at the CES 2012

by: Christine TorralbaJanuary 10, 2012

 

It seems like the first day of CES 2012 was dominated by the thinnest everything. While there was the fight between Motorola Droid 4 and Huawei Ascend P1 S for the title of the thinnest Android smartphone, it was the former who claimed the spot. In the Android tablet category however, there was no competition to Tohsiba’s claim as the ‘thinnest and lightest tablet’ on their Excite X10.

 

True enough, the tablet really does feel light and thin—having a thickness of 0.3 inch and a weight of 1.18 lbs., it truly gives itself a new definition in the tablet sector. Plus, the tablet is already running on the latest Google OS, Ice Cream [...]

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World’s Thinnest Smartphone Title Goes to Huawei Ascend P1 S Smartphone

by: Christine TorralbaJanuary 10, 2012

Even though the Motorola Droid Razr held the title for the slimmest smartphone for quite some time, a new candidate was announced in today’s CES. Huawei’s Ascend P1 S smartphone was named as the thinnest smartphone at the CES 2012 while a serious challenger, the Motorola Droid 4 (also announced as the thinnest smartphone on the same day) measured 12.7mm thick. The Ascend P1 S got the title, considering it was only 6.68mm thin.

The phone is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4460 processor. Aside from its thinness, the smartphone has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display equipped with a 960×450 resolution on its Corning’s Gorilla Glass screen. It also has two cameras: [...]

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Sony Xperia Ion Unveiled at CES 2012

by: Christine TorralbaJanuary 10, 2012

During the first day of CES 2012, Sony wasted no time in announcing their most recent Android smartphone, the Sony Xperia Ion. It is easy to fall in love with this phone—considering it hooks up into the 4G LTE network of AT&T. But apart from its network connectivity, there is much to adore about the smartphone. Even without a hands-on look at the unit, its specs have surely gained the attention of many people; most especially because it has a 12MP camera and an uber thin design.

As for the camera, it was actually pretty typical of Sony (yes, they are now rebranded as Sony) to produce smartphones equipped with a high quality camera. Because they get to put a clear [...]

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ASUS 7-inch Tegra 3 Tablet Will Be Sold for $249

by: Christine TorralbaJanuary 10, 2012

NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang spoke of great things to come for the company at CES 2012 while cross-referencing to a Toyota Corolla as the best-selling vehicle of all time. He shared that just because it is a highly in demand car, not everyone wants or needs one. Huang referenced this with Android tablets because there are now a multitude of sizes, shapes, and specs available. After just four years, Android is close to dominating the world of smartphones and tablets.

The Ice Cream Sandwich

Apart from talking about Android per se, NVIDIA also discussed upcoming products, trends and technologies. One of the highly talked about and anticipated products was Google’s [...]

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Motorola’s DROID 4 Launched at CES as the Thinnest 4G LTE QWERTY Smartphone

by: Christine TorralbaJanuary 10, 2012

Today is CES 2012 and if you’re not here, then you’re probably not cool enough to know all the latest in consumer electronics, trends and technological innovations. It’s just the first day and already, we’ve got exciting information to share!

First up: Motorola’s DROID 4, which was introduced to the public by both Motorola Mobility and Verizon Wireless earlier; is christened the tagline as the ‘thinnest and most powerful 4G LTE QWERTY smartphone.’ True enough, we got to witness just how factual that claim is—just half an inch thin! With regards to the most powerful claim, it did have a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. Well, it’s certainly not a quad-core processor we’ve [...]

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Trivia: Why Does Google Name Its OS after Desserts?

by: Christine TorralbaJanuary 9, 2012

Did you ever wonder why Google decided to christen their series of operating systems after desserts and sweet treats? First there was the Cupcake, Donut, Éclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, and now, the Ice Cream Sandwich. They actually name it alphabetically as a way to take note of the chronological order of their updates.

But did you ever wonder why Google does it? Really, it started out as an inside joke for the brand. Lots of other companies are into the joke too—Microsoft uses city names and places, Apple after big cats (Cheetah, Jaguar, Panther, Lion, etc.).  In fact, when Steve Jobs first started NeXT Computers, his code name for it was Big Mac. [...]

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