Archives for November 2010

Android Gingerbread and Honeycomb Builds Seen on Nexus One

Some information has been spotted about the next two version of the Google [GOOG] smartphone operating systems. The next version, expected next week, is Android 2.3 AKA Gingerbread. Following that we hear that it’s Honeycomb or Android 3.0 in number terms.

The information was gathered from AIRBench who gathers information on benchmark tests on various phones. It appears that some users who are testing the operating systems have been using this service to record scores. AIRBench is a system that measures how well the Adobe Air software will run on a particular device. [Read more…]

Samsung GPS Restore App Launched for Captivate and Vibrant

Samsung has launched an app in the Android Market for those who own Samsung Galaxy S class smartphones that still have GPS problems.

Since the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S, it has had problems tracking your location with some cases reporting that you are in the next city along.

“During online surveillance, there is an abundance of GPS tweaks that impair GPS performance. Often times, no backup is performed to restore values prior to modifications. Samsung has released an application that restores GPS settings to recommended factory defaults for optinum [sic] performance.”

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Project for iPad Officially Unveiled

Virgin launched a new iPad magazine last night. Called “Project” the magazine became available late last night. The app its self is free although there is a cost of $2.99/month to download the content.

Today, Virgin made the official announcement and in that event, also clarified a few things about the magazine and what they plan to do with it. [Read more…]

WP7 Handyscan App Personal Document Scanner

Handyscan is an app for the Windows Phone 7 operating system. What it does is allows you to capture pictures of documents and store them as JPG or PDF files on your smartphone. Once captured and stored, you can then use email to send the docs to your email address.

The Handyscan software allows you to scan multiple pages per document and it also gives you the ability to rotate and crop images after taking them. [Read more…]

Sony Ships 4.1 Million PlayStation Move Controllers – To Retailers

Sony released a press release today that mentioned that 4.1 million PlayStation Move controllers had been shipped. What this means is that retailers around the world received 4.1 million controllers, but that doesn’t mean 4.1 million have been sold to end users.

This number was confirmed when Joystiq reached out to Sony about what exactly they mean in their press release. Here was the reply…

A Sony representative explained that the 4.1 million actually represents Move units shipped to stores, adding “While we don’t disclose our exact sell-through number, the key is that our retailers continue to ask for more Move units and are taking every unit we can supply them with based on their sales.” Which, you know, would have been a cool thing to put in that press release, we think.

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Android App Content Ratings Go Live

When developers create apps or games for Android, they are now required to submit them with a content rating.

The four content ratings are as follows… All, Pre-teen, teen, mature.

“To prepare for this launch, starting next week, developers submitting new or updated applications will be required to include a rating for all applications and games uploaded onto Android Market. In addition, developers will have the next several weeks to add a rating to their existing applications and games. Once content rating is visible to users, any applications or games that do not include a rating will be treated as “Mature”.”

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AirPlay for Safari and Third-party Apps Landing 2011

According to an alleged email sent from Steve Jobs, we will be seeing AirPlay move over to Safari and 3rd party apps sometime in 2011.

The question was asked by a user of iOS 4.2 on both the iPad and iPhone 4 who asked if the ability to use AirPlay on the said apps would be possible. Another brief but positive answer came back as seen in the email below. [Read more…]

iPad 2 Camera Supplier Same as iPhone 4 Camera Provider

Rumors about the iPad 2 continue to circulate as we get closer to Apple [AAPL] announcing the product. The next rumor indicates that Apple could have selected the same supplier that creates the iPhone 4 cameras to also create cameras for the Apple iPad 2.

Largan Precision has declined to comment on market rumors indicating the company will be the sole lens module supplier for Apple‘s upcoming iPad 2 tablet with shipments to kick off in the first quarter of 2011, according to a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE).

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LG Star Pictures Show Up

More pictures of the LG Star have arrived. This time from a member over at the AndroidForums website.

The pictures are fairly clear and show the back of the device, including the HDMI port on the top side of it. Also, the front page is shown and reveals that Android is running on the device although it’s not a stock version. [Read more…]

Google Earth 6 Gets 3D Trees Added

Google has launched Google Earth 6. New features that can be found in version 6 include 3D trees that give Google Earth an even more realistic look.

As well as introducing 3D trees in Google Earth, the new version also brings the ability to more easily browse through historical imagery. [Read more…]

2.5 Million Microsoft Kinects Sold This Month

Microsoft [MSFT] has announced that it has sold 2.5 million Kinects in the first 25 days of launch. This number represents global sales.

A good number of these were shifted over the Black Friday weekend. [Read more…]

PhotoFast Stops Production of MacBook Air SSDs

PhotoFast has stopped production of the 256GB MacBook Air SSD. This particular SSD module was capable of running faster than the official one supplied in the new MacBook Air models.

The reason that production stopped was apparently because Apple [AAPL] requested it. With PhotoFast being in the Apple MFi Program, it would have been in their interest to listen to them. [Read more…]