Crafty Gamer Cleverly Mounts Samsung Galaxy Note To A Playstation 3 Controller, Oh And The Controls Are Fully Functional

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One of the great things about Android devices is that well, you get to modify them and put them through unusual jobs, such as putting it to use as a topnotch gaming device. Okay, so many of you are looking perplexed, so let me explain: a crafty Galaxy Note owner realized the 5.3-inch screen of the device is too good to not be taken advantage of when it comes to gaming. So in having some time on his hands, the crafty developer went ahead and did the unthinkable— he literally gathered ports of popular games like Mario on his Galaxy Note, created an attachment terminal mount on his Playstation 3 controller, mounted his Galaxy Note to the controller and successfully configured the setup to allow his PS3 controller control the games. Impressive isn’t it?

Don’t take my word for it— check out the cool achievement in all its glory once you hit past the break.

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Nexus 7 Gets Plenty Of Cover— Stylish Tablet Covers Appear On ASUS Facebook Page And Google Play Store

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The mouthwatering Nexus 7 tablet will soon be in the hands of prospective owners around the world, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be treated to some accessories— this time in the form of an assortment of covers. ASUS went ahead and posted its tablet covers— which can be found in a variety of colors. As you can see, the tablet covers completely cover and protect the Nexus 7. However, the Facebook post definitely had something amiss— as there was no mention of the availability and how much the tablet covers would cost. It’s definitely unusual, but enter Google who helps to clear up the picture a little. While ASUS chose to omit the pricing, Google also lists what looks to be the same tablet cover on its Play Store— albeit in only one color (Dark Grey) and for a meager $19.99. Keep in mind the tablet cover is clearly listed as coming soon, so we’d imagine it would be available as soon as the first batches of the tablet are shipped.

So whaddya think? Yea or nay on the tablet cover?

source: ASUS Facebook | Nexus 7 Cover Play Store

Ridiculously named Samsung Galaxy S Blaze Q hits T-Mobile on August 15th

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Remember the Samsung SGH-T699 we reported about in May? We knew it was going to be a QWERTY slider, but were never sure of the name. Are you ready for this one? It’s going to be called the Galaxy S Blaze Q. Actually, an internal name of Apex Q for T-Mobile was spotted back in April for devices to get the Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade.

Alright so the name isn’t too hot, but the specs looks pretty good. It’s expected to sport a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon, 1GB of RAM, and a 720p (1280 x 720) display, and Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. This would make it the best QWERTY slider available. If QWERTY sliders are your thing, than mark August 15th on your calendar because that’s when it will become available. No pricing yet, but we will let you know.

source: tmonews



New Amazon Kindle Fire to get improved display in Q3

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Amazon is reportedly briefing developers on specifications for the forthcoming update to the Kindle Fire unit. A major change includes the display used in the unit. Currently running at 1024 by 600 resolution on a screen with a 1.71 aspect ratio, the unit supposedly will run at 1280 x 800 resolution with a 1.60 aspect ratio. This change will make the unit a little shorter and wider compared to the current model and give it specifications similar to units like the Nexus 7 tablet from Google.

Along with the upgrades to the display, the new Kindle Fire will be lighter, thinner, have a built-in camera, and possibly a faster chip to go with an update to Amazon’s fork of the Android operating system. Despite all these changes, battery life should not be significantly impacted. These improvements are in addition to the previously reported body combining a metal frame with a plastic body.

Is an upgraded Amazon Kindle Fire a tablet you would be interested in?

source: AllThingsD

Samsung Completes Investigation For Faulty Galaxy S III, Determines Cause Was From An “External Energy Source” Caused By The Owner

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You folks remember how a lucky Irishman’s brand new Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone literally got a little too hot for his pants? Well Samsung did indeed look into the serious mishap and after a complete and thorough investigation, it determined the exact cause of the damage inflicted on the GALAXY S III unit, which is it had allegedly been affected by heat caused by an external source. More specifically, Samsung found:

“The energy source responsible for generating the heat has been determined as external to the device and the device was not responsible for the cause of the fire.”

The forum user who originally posted story also went ahead and retracted the claim adding “a large amount of external energy” was the cause of the faulty unit, while adding “it was a stupid mistake”.

So there it is folks— the worrysome situation is actually a silly mistake— whatever it was. All Galaxy S III smartphones owners in the world can now breathe a little easier knowing their devices will be ok.

source: Samsung Tomorrow

Immediate Stay of Galaxy Tab 10.1 Injunction Denied By Federal Circuit

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Last week, Samsung motioned to stay the preliminary injunction of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, but Judge Lucy Koh denied the request. Samsung then appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in hopes of stay at the federal level. Samsung’s motion for an immediate stay of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 injunction was denied by the Federal Circuit’s Motions Panel, with no reasons given, but since the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is nearing the end of its shelf-life, it’s presumed that the circuit judges feel the harm to Samsung is minimal.

The Federal Circuit has ordered Apple to respond to Samsung’s motion to stay no later than July 12 by noon (Eastern Time) for the Tab 10.1.

In contrast, Samsung did win a stay on the injunction against the Galaxy Nexus. At least there’s that.

source: foss patents

Unlocked Xperia S, P and Sola Now Available In the U.S.

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Sony Mobile is now delivering on its promise to deliver their NXT lineup of Android devices unlocked in the U.S.  The Xperia S with a dual core 1.5 Ghz Qualcomm CPU, 4.3″ (1280 x 720) HD display, and capable 12MP camera is available for $469.99 from Newegg in black or white. The Xperia P rocking a 1Ghz dual core CPU, 4″ (960 x 540) qHD display, and 8MP camera is up for $388.99 from Newegg. While the budget friendly Xperia Sola with its 1Ghz dual core CPU, 3.7″ (854 x 480) display, “floating touch” technology, and 5MP camera can be had for $299.00 from Newegg.

All three models will receive Sony Mobile’s ICS update and will work on AT&T’s 3G network. The Xperia U is not yet available, but should be up sometime soon. These are all capable devices and should only get better once they have the Android ICS update installed. Anyone interested in one of these devices?

source: Xperia Blog

Samsung Promotes the Cool ‘Share Shot’ Feature in New Galaxy S III Commercial

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Just in case you weren’t completely sold on Samsung’s newest flagship phone, the company has aired a new video reminding people about one of its many great features. Share Shot is Sammy’s new way of sharing photos instantly with friends and family as long as they also have a Galaxy S III. Using Wi-Fi direct, the Galaxy S III can instantly share photos once a photo or video is taken. Simply add the people you want to share with before snapping pictures and voila! Instant media sharing. Now if you could just talk all of your friends and family into getting a new GSIII. Check out a perfect use scenario in the video below.

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In Other News: Verizon Locks The Samsung Galaxy S III’s Bootloader, But Device Gets Rooted Anyways

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While Samsung generally makes developer-friendly devices, Verizon Wireless went ahead and became a party-pooper by locking the bootloader of the Galaxy S III smartphone. Of course people didn’t take too kindly of that and immediately went to work and take it to Big Red. Well a landmark achievement has been accomplished by a tireless developer who hates the needless extras and bloatware on Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S III. Thanks to superstud invisibleK of RootzWiki, interested parties of the Verizon variant of the Galaxy S III will now be able to slap on some root action, with little to no trouble. Looks like that recently-released stock image is looking just a little more tantalizing, isn’t it?

Naturally, those of you who are interested will want to take extreme caution as rooting the device will not only void the warranty, but any mishaps or stumbles could possibly result in an unusable or bricked device. Now that we gave you Verizon Galaxy S III owners a full disclaimer, hit the break to see the full detailed instructions on how to get in on some sweet, sweet root action. » Read the rest

Stock Firmware Image Released For Verizon Galaxy S III

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Samsung Updates has released the official stock firmware for the Verizon version of Samsung‘s flagship Galaxy S III smartphone. This is great news for ROM modders, hackers, and devs since it now offers the safety net of being able to always get back to stock should things go wrong.

This could lead to great new ROMs being cooked up for the S III, but Verizon users have another barrier to get through first. The bootloader on the Verizon S III appears to be locked, meaning no easy hacking or flashing of unsigned images, and no one has been able to unlock or root it yet. Verizon is known for keeping their phones locked down, with the exception of Google’s Galaxy Nexus, and it’s unlikely they would change their policies for the S III. Hope is not lost, however, since devs have been known to find loopholes in the past. As more S III’s hit the streets, the chances get better that someone will find a way to crack this beast. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Still, the stock firmware is greatly appreciated and a good first step on the road to root.

source: samsung updates