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Wirefly Slashes HTC Sensation 4G Price to US$130

by: Elmer MontejoJuly 5, 2011

Wirefly.com celebrated U.S. independence with a big bang yesterday as it slashed down the HTC Sensation 4G’s price to US$130. The lower price applies to new T-Mobile customers and existing T-Mobile customers who intend to renew or upgrade their current contracts. The HTC Sensation 4G can also be purchased contract-free at US$560 from Wirefly.

The online store provides free FedEx delivery (standard shipping) and free lifetime membership to Wirefly Mobile Backup Service for buyers of the HTC Sensation 4G.

Given the HTC Sensation 4G’s high-end features, and 4G data speeds on the T-Mobile network, the US$130 price is definitely an attractive [...]

 
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Motorola DROID BIONIC Release Date Just Around the Corner

by: Elmer MontejoJuly 4, 2011

The Motorola DROID BIONIC’s coming is nigh. It looks like the tweet that Motorola made about the DROID BIONIC’s summer release date just may be true, as the folks at pocketnow.com spotted an authorization request filing at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for what appears to be the DROID BIONIC.

pocketnow.com saw documents at the FCC that supposedly is undeniably the DROID BIONIC, although the documents didn’t mention this brand name or handset model at all. The information in the filing made by Motorola at the FCC reveals a device containing a 4G/LTE radio for the Verizon LTE band 13.

So far, not one Motorola phone on the Verizon [...]

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Free Android App for Background Checking Now Available

by: Elmer MontejoJuly 1, 2011

Would you swallow a stranger’s word–hook, line, and sinker? Common sense, of course, instructs you not to–but, at times, common sense just betrays even the best of us. There is a quick way–using your Android device–to verify the background of a new acquaintance, a newcomer to the team, or that friendly face you met on your way to the grocery this morning.

The Android app for that is called Background Check, which makes BeenVerified.com’s services accessible through your Android device. BeenVerified.com provides an online service for looking up public records about anyone. You can use the service to search for long-lost friends, or to [...]

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Skype App Cracked Open, Now Allows Video Calls on Non-Supported Handsets

by: Elmer MontejoJuly 1, 2011

Skype just updated its Skype app for Android yesterday, and along with the update came support for video calls on several handsets.

Skype video calls now work on the Samsung Galaxy S (requires Android 2.2 Froyo), Google Nexus S (except the U.S. version of the Google Nexus S 4G), HTC Desire S, Sony Ericsson Xperia neo, and Sony Ericsson Xperia pro.

The supported devices are literally just a handful. Although Skype has been promising “support for more handsets soon,” no one knows the day or hour that defines “soon.” Apparently, “soon” is too far away for some folks.

With the hacked version of Skype’s official app for [...]

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Acer’s New 10-inch Android Tablet Coming in 4Q 2011

by: Elmer MontejoJuly 1, 2011

Word has traveled down the grapevine via DIGITIMES saying that Acer is readying another 10-inch Android tablet. The tablet’s release date is expected to be some time during the holiday season in the fourth quarter of this year.

Sources say the tablet will have the same touchscreen size as the Acer ICONIA TAB A500 (i.e., 10 inches). The new Acer tablet will be an addition to the current line of 10-inchers such as the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Motorola XOOM, Archos Arnova 10, Archos 101 G9, and several others.

The upcoming Acer tablet will expectedly run on Android 3.1 Honeycomb, or even Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (which is due for [...]

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MSI Developing Android App to Control PC Overclocking Via Wi-Fi

by: Elmer MontejoJune 30, 2011

Overclocking is not for everyone. It is a task whose benefits potentially equal the risks. Since overclocking essentially entails playing around with the voltages and clock rates of various computer components, you can potentially fry your processor, motherboard, graphics card, or RAM–that is, if you do not know what you are doing.

But, suppose you are an overclocking enthusiast (and also most likely a gamer) and you also own an Android phone at the same time, then here’s some good news for you, especially if you are using Afterburner, an overclocking tool developed by Taiwan-based electronics manufacturer Micro-Star International (MSI). The Afterburner tool [...]

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Cisco to Start Selling the Cius to Enterprise Users on July 31 for US$750

by: Elmer MontejoJune 30, 2011

Cisco Systems announced its Android tablet, the Cius, in June last year, but without any official pronouncements regarding its price or a specific release date. Yesterday, however, the company said it will start selling the Cius exclusively to corporate customers starting on July 31. The tablet will cost US$750.

When the company unveiled the Cius last year, it was very clear about its target market: businesses and enterprises. Cisco revealed more details last Wednesday about how the Cius exactly works as an enterprise-grade tablet, and one of the integral components is Cisco’s AppHQ, which will provide business applications designed for the [...]

 
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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 on Presale on Verizon, to Start Shipping Next Month

by: Elmer MontejoJune 30, 2011

Just 4 more weeks to go, and you can already get your hands on the yummy Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1–unless you have not preordered it yet. If you haven’t, hop over to Verizon Wireless, which is now accepting preorders for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Verizon will start shipping your Galaxy Tab 10.1 in 4 to 6 weeks. You can choose between a 16-gigabyte version and a 32-gigabyte version, priced at US$530 and US$630, respectively, with a new 2-year lock-in contract with Verizon. Full retail prices for both versions are US$630 and US$730, respectively.

The Verizon tablet is available in grey and white cases. The mobile carrier flaunts it as the “thinnest [...]

 
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10 Free Awesome Android Games [June 2011]

by: tylerJune 29, 2011

With so many awesome games getting released for Android lately, where would you be without great sites like Android Authority to sort out the good from the bad? Today I’d like to share with some games that you can download for free, and most importantly games that don’t suck. When I can find the time, these are games I’ve personally enjoyed on my Android device.

Reckless Racing Lite

Reckless Racing reminds me of one of those old off road racing games I loved as a kid for the original NES. Yes, the first Nintendo launched in the 80s for all you kids who don’t know what it’s like to blow the dust out of your cartridge style game when [...]

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Best Android Apps for Wine Drinkers and Wine Lovers

by: Elmer MontejoJune 29, 2011

Why do people drink wine? An old Latin saying gives five major reasons: “the arrival of a friend; one’s present or future thirst; the excellence of the wine; or any other reason.” In truth, the fruit of the vine crushed and fermented into that intoxicating drink we know as wine is part of human heritage. For centuries, the gift of Bacchus has been ever present in almost all significant public and private gatherings, with or without food (but especially with food).

But, not all wines are made equal–neither in price, quality, nor fame. Sadly, too, not many wine lovers know of the existence of other wine varieties; or, if they do, they wouldn’t [...]

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