Physical Or Virtual Keyboard? Maybe We Can Help You Decide

It’s the age old question plaguing the smartphone industry, isn’t it?  And when it comes down to it, isn’t it based on a user’s preference?  “Do I get a device with a virtual keyboard or a physical one?” While I’ll admit that this could be a difficult question to ponder, I’d still love to point out a few things that might help you decide what your next input method of choice could be.  First question I suppose we could ask is, “how bent are you on having a device with a physical keyboard?”  I ask this because for some it’s a major deal breaker.  There is a social demographic out there who shares RIM’s Blackberry arena and  hold that a physical keyboard is a must have and is the determining factor as to whether or not a specific device is purchased.  I too used to be a part of that arena, but have since then reconsidered.  Why?   Read more

Square App Updated To 2.1, Makes Mobile Payments Even More Of A Cinch (Video)

The popular mobile payment system, Square, by Square Inc, has been updated to version 2.1.  Added features include quicker payment processing, pushing payments through in as little as four seconds.  How in the world did they do that, you say?  Well, the update now allows you to skip having to add your John Hancock with transactions under $25.00  In addition, tipping just got a whole lot easier too.  The interface has been better optimized, allowing you to add gratuity with just one tap.  Now that’s convenience.  Furthermore, anyone who signs up for the service and downloads the app will freely receive a card reader for their device in the mail at no extra charge.  If you’re ready to be more productive, whether you own your own small business, or you’re just paying for a yard sale item, you can head on over to our popular apps database for the download where you’ll also find a QR code available.  And if you’re not in need of a QR code, you can snatch the download from the Android Market.  Feel free to let us know what you think of the app in the comments below.

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Nook Color Gets An Update, Version 1.3 Brings Access To Nook Magazines

Barnes & Noble has recently announced that they’ll be upgrading the ever popular Nook Color to version 1.3.  The update will be provided over the air and brings to the popular eReader turned tablet a slew of new magazines to access.  Among them you’ll find several Time Inc. publications like People, Sports Illustrated, Fitness, Fortune, Time and Parents Magazine.  In addition, it includes brand new special interactive Nook editions implementing audio and video.  Pretty cool eh?

Nooktonians should be receiving the update over the course of this week and naturally, there’s an option to update this bad boy manually.  Be sure that your device has at least a 20% charge or above.  It’s as easy as plugging your Nook into your PC, dragging and dropping the download file to your device and then ejecting it.  You can then delete the file when you’re done.  If you’ve managed to perform this successfully, feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.  If you’re not feeling confident, you might want to wait for the official OTA.  If you’re still feeling froggy and want to manually update the device, hit the break to check out the instructions supplied by B&N.

Gamescom 2011 Rumor – HTC Evo 4G getting OnLive for smartphones first

While not officially confirmed, OnLive dropped strong hints today that its streaming game service is likely to make its debut on smartphones at some point in the future. The first handset to receive the device is also unconfirmed but the HTC Evo 4G was mentioned by name during discussions with the firm.

Despite having a 4.3″ screen, 4G , and a kickstand for viewing, the Evo 4G may seem like an odd choice – considering other options, such as the iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S II.  However, it does stand to reason that an HTC product may get the coveted first spot, especially in light of HTC’s $40M investment into OnLive back in February 2011.

For those who may not be aware, here’s a description of OnLive from their website:

“OnLive delivers high-end video games from the cloud to your PC, Mac®, TV and even mobile devices at blindingly fast speeds, so you can play the games you want, the second you want them. No discs. No downloads. No fancy hardware. Just you, the Internet and the games you love. “

Cloud gaming at blindingly fast speeds on my Android?  Yeah, you can count me in.

[via pocketgamer]

[Deal] Exchange by Touchdown $12.99 (35% off) at the Amazon Appstore

Exchange by Touchdown, the flagship product of NitroDesk, Inc., is currently available at the Amazon App Store for $12.99 – a 35% savings off the regular price of $19.99.

Exchange by Touchdown enables users to synchronize corporate Email, Contacts, Calendar and Tasks with any Android device and carries the following features:

  • Connect to your company’s Exchange Server
  • Access e-mail, contacts, calendars, and more
  • Take advantage of the security offered using 3DES encryption
  • Place Email, Calendar, Tasks, and Universal widgets on your home screen
  • Wipe your device remotely if your phone is lost or stolen

There is a 30 day free trial of the software but of course, the reduced price may not be offered at the end of the trial. Best case would be to download the trial, verify it works for your environment, and then head back to the Amazon App Store to take advantage of the $12.99 deal while it’s still available.  Hit the break to check out some screen shots of the app and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.   Read more

Gameloft Releases Two New Games, Cowboys and Aliens and Texas Hold’em Poker 2

Gameloft, developer of Android games like Assassin’s Creed and UNO, brings two new titles to the Android Market. First up is the platformer Cowboy’s & Aliens where you play as Zeke, defending the human race against aliens with his six-shooter, lasso, and space rifle (this isn’t based on the move right?). Second, for all you poker players out there, comes Texas Hold’em Poker 2. This title promises a more comprehensive training mode to learn all the poker tricks along with advanced AI opponents to play against.

Both new titles can be found in our awesome apps database. Cowboys & Aliens is right here and Texas Hold’em Poker 2 can be found right here. Each game will hit you up for $2.99. Let us know if you think they’re worth a play or two.

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Official Gingerbread Build for the HTC DROID Incredible leaks

It’s been a long road for Droid Incredible owners waiting to see Gingerbread. Since the Incredible received a semi-official “yes” from HTC back in April, there were a few bumps along the way leading to a possible summer release. We’ve seen the Incredible fall of the Gingerbread list completely, support docs and change log suddenly go live, and a recent delay. Well, try to forget your pain as a leak is now available.

The leak of the Gingerbread RUU looks to be the final build, as it matches the version number from Verizon’s documentation (4.06.605.2) and baseband ( Hit the break for instructions and a link.

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Halloween, Freddy Krueger, and Night of the Living Dead are coming to Android

Halloween, Freddy Krueger, Night Of, the Living Dead, and Android – what doesn’t belong in this list? If you said Android, think again. Thanks to the game development studio In-Fusio, they are all coming to Android in the form of games that will be available on the Android Market later this year (no word on pricing just yet).

In-Fusion has been making games for quite some time and are finally gearing up to jump into the Android scene with three games based on the horror movies above.  Additionally , instead of only having one game re-skinned with different themes, each horror classic will be a different type of game as well:

  • Halloween will arrive as a 3D pinball game.
  • Freddy Krueger, of Nightmare on Elm Street fame, will arrive as a wall breaker game (essentially an Arkanoid type of game).
  • Night of the Living Dead will show up as a tower defense game which seems like a logical genre considering the movie on which it is based.

Unfortunately, that is about as much as we know right now as In-Fusio is keeping quiet regarding any other details.  Keep checking back as we will make sure to post any updates we receive on this trio of horror movie themed games.

[via droidgamers]

We are reassured of the state of CyanogenMod via kmobs

If you have even the slightest idea as to what rooting your Android device means, or what a custom ROM is, then I can bet you probably know what CyanogenMod is. CyanogenMod is a fully modified version of Google’s Android OS. This custom ROM can be flashed to a very long list of devices, and is hands down one of the most popular custom ROM’s available today.

We’ve all been hearing and reading about the latest news of Steve Kondik (cyanogen) being hired by Samsung. And I don’t blame Samsung for wanting to get their hands on the proven skills of the founder of CyanogenMod. So due to this latest development, there looks to be plenty of rumors and much speculation as to the fate of CyanogenMod.

This is where Keyan Mobli (kmods) comes in.

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Nexus S Gets Makeover From Mobiado, Rebranded Grand Touch

Roll out the red carpet and crack a bottle of your finest champagne. Mobiado, the Canadian-based designer and manufacturer of luxury phones has added a (grand) touch of class to Samsung’s Nexus S and slapped on a new label: the Grand Touch.

The elegant exterior of this newly branded device is precision CNC machined from solid aircraft aluminum and said to be anodized “to produce an elegant hard surface for demanding everyday use.” The eye-candy continues as the phone is made of two pieces that connect at a sharp angle and a single-piece battery door all made of sapphire crystal. Even its posh gun metal black stainless steel screws and black painted sapphire crystal buttons are remarkably compelling. Furthermore, it can be customized in six colors: black, black satin, blue, grey, red, and silver.

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