Another three-day weekend is upon us--time to disconnect, get out into the wilderness, and leave all those gadgets behind. Well, except for your smartphone, of course. These days, for me at least, an Android device is more valuable than a Swiss Army knife, even in backcountry areas where there's no hope of a finding a single bar of roaming service. But you'll need to do a little bit of preparation and hit the Android Market before you go. Here's my list of key tips and apps to turn your Android device into a digital command center for all you long-weekend warriors. … Read more
As you may already know, Sprint and Motorola have a luncheon event planned for June 9 where the two companies are expected to make a product announcement. With two weeks to go before CEOs Dan Hesse and Sanjay Jha take the stage, gossip is swirling over what could come. And one of the most probable rumors predicts a dual-core Android device to be known as the Photon 4G.
Prior to press invitations being sent out early this week, Phandroid was reporting that Motorola and Sprint were working together on a handset with specifications that resemble AT&T's Atrix 4G. According to their sources, the "MB855" Photon 4G will offer consumers a dual-core Tegra 2 platform with a qHD screen in the range of 4.3 inches, but with support for Sprint 4G network. Other details could include a 5-megapixel camera, a front-facing camera for video calls, and an HDMI port.
While the two companies have collaborated on a number of Android smartphones over the years, Sprint has yet to offer a high-end Motorola device. Thus far, the upper echelon of the carrier's lineup consists of Samsung and HTC smartphones. We've known for a while now that Motorola plans to release additional smartphones with laptop dock capabilities. Perhaps the Photon 4G will be the next in line.
CNET will be in attendance June 9, where we'll bring you a first-hand account of the event. … Read more
Say what you want about Vin Diesel's current choice of movie roles, but we have to give the guy credit for his performance in "Boiler Room." One of Jeff's friends found a peculiar flyer referencing the movie at a job fair at Rutgers University, so we spend the first few minutes of today's show chatting about that, then move onto the strange phenomenon of Opera Software receiving e-mails from Oprah fans who can't spell her name right.
We're also excited about today's Google press conference, where it announced a new mobile payment system featuring NFC technology. Stay tuned for more!The 404 Digest for Episode 829 Oprah e-mails sent to the Opera browser company. Tricked! Botox mom was lying all along! Google Press conference-- Google Wallet. Obama says hi on someone's phone. Stormy video voice mail from Rich in Cleveland. Episode 829 Subscribe in iTunes (audio) | Subscribe in iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more
BMW may be the only current manufacturer to offer an infotainment system that reads your BlackBerry e-mails to you, but an aftermarket device offers that same capability without the $50,000 investment.
The Bury CC 9060 IQ is a voice-activated touch-screen device that you attach to your car's dashboard. The CC 9060 IQ works with several smartphones, offering hands-free calling and memo recording functionality.
With some phones, the device offers text-to-speech capability, reading text messages back to you. And if you're using a BlackBerry, the Bury CC 9060 IQ can read your e-mails out loud.
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When friends or family members get a new Android phone, you may want them to enjoy some of the same apps that you do. Alternatively, a friend may ask you about a specific app that you use, and then have an issue locating it in the Android Market. The reason for this is because the actual file name that the app uses could be different from the app's display name on your phone. Follow these quick steps for sharing apps with friends and family from your phone, or vice versa:
Editors' Note: This method has become defunct due to … Read more
At a press conference scheduled for today in New York City, Google is expected to lay out the beginning of something mobile-technology experts have been foretelling for years: using mobile phones to pay for almost everything via near-field communications chips, or NFC.
NFC is a chip technology that, when placed in two different devices, lets small amounts of data be sent over very short distances between them. This can include data such as credit card information, train ticket info, and a coupon bar code.
We already have credit cards with NFC chips inside, and some figure moving away from credit cards to paying with a phone is the next step. Rumors have swirled that Apple has been hatching a plan to turn the iPhone into a mobile credit card via iTunes for over a year. Amazon.com is reported to be considering such a service, as have some credit card and wireless companies.
But talking about NFC and actually making a usable service for consumers happen with phones are two different things. Different companies in different industries need to work closely together for it to work in a straightforward manner for mobile phone users. That includes phone makers, mobile software companies, wireless service providers, banks, retailers, and makers of payment terminals.
That challenge -- as much of a management issue as it is a technological issue -- helps explain why no one has done it on a wide scale yet.
Google is perhaps best-positioned right now for instituting a mobile-payments system for several reasons: First, Google already makes one of the two phones in the world with NFC chips inside, the Nexus S (Nokia makes the other, the C7) and is likely to make more. Second, Google also has its own software, Android, which it can configure to the advantage of NFC chips in a phone. Thanks to Android, Google enjoys relationships with carriers too. Reports indicate it's planning to launch the NFC service for "select" phones on Sprint.
Retailers are a different story. They need to be able to accept a… Read more
Motorola and Verizon Wireless are expected to deploy Android 2.3 to the Droid X on Friday, May 27. The Gingerbread update is rather sizable at 112MB, but it comes with a host of new features and enhancements including a new download manager app, application grouping, and an updated user interface (see our Samsung Nexus S review for the full Gingerbread features). Additionally, it should be easier to enter numbers and symbols, copy and paste text, and manage contacts.
In addition to the typical stability and general performance tweaks, Verizon has also improved upon the calendar, camera, and e-mail functions. … Read more
Microsoft goes all tropical on us with the announcement of Windows Phone Mango, the next big update to the Windows Phone operating system. We discuss all of the Windows Phone news, the latest 4G markets, and a cavalcade of Verizon smartphones that include the Motorola Droid X2 and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video)… Read more
As location-based services (LBS) become more and more popular, the debate surrounding privacy grows as well. One popular LBS service, Foursquare, is growing in popularity by the day.
Through this guide we plan to show you how to customize the privacy settings of your Foursquare account; allowing you to reveal or limit as much personal information as you would like. … Read more
As the iPhone 4 approaches its first birthday (and previous models approach their second, third, etc.), it's time to start looking at ways to improve battery life. After all, it's around the one-year mark that most batteries start to lose some capacity, meaning your phone simply won't run as long as it used to between charges.
New York Times tech columnist David Pogue recently got four iPhone battery tips from an Apple store Genius--some of them obvious, some not-so-obvious. Here's an overview of the advice, along with my thoughts and two additional tips from yours truly.… Read more