Google Applies For “snap a landmark, find your location” Patent

Google is adding yet again another possible patent for its up and coming patent portfolio. The “snap a landmark, find your location” application could possibly join other crazy patents like voice actions for your Google TV.  And while it’s possible we could never even see this technology hit devices, it’s still pretty cool to see what Google is trying to do here.  Innovation is the name of the game and there’s no better innovator than the search giant themselves.

Imagine, for some unknown reason you’re unable to use your GPS while traveling. Well, in this instance, all one would have to do is take a snap shot of the nearest landmark around and upload it to Google’s servers for analyses. The o’l Goog would search its millions of images from their geographical database returning your location coordinates and other pertinent information.  This could certainly prove to be an adequate tool for travelers alike.  However, I can’t help but wonder why one’s GPS wouldn’t be working for other than the fact you have no data connection where you’re at.  In that case, if you have no data connection you won’t be able to upload that pic to Google’s servers either, but I digress :)

source: Engadget

Tech Spec Wars: The New iPad vs. The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity

In case you missed it, or didn’t care enough to watch it, the new iPad was announced today. “The New iPad,” as it’s being called, is the successor to the iPad 2 and comes with a 2048×1536 Retina Display as well as LTE capabilities. Given that most of the other specs for the device are out as well it’s time to see how they stack up to the upcoming announced Transformer Pad Infinity. The folks from AnandTech also compared it to the iPad 2 to give you an idea of what’s changed exactly. So without further ado I present to you the Asus vs. Apple tablet showdown. Hit the break below to check them out and let us know what you think in the comments section below. Is The New iPad that exciting? Let us know! Read more

n7player Boasts Good Looks and Even Better Features

I am always a fan of trying new apps out. I am especially a fan of trying apps out that make the most used apps on my Nexus even better. Over the past few months I’ve come to rely on using my device as my daily driver for music listening and media viewing. As this continues to be the case I am finding that the various apps I’ve been using to be somewhat sluggish and clunky. I don’t know why but I feel like I stumble through them in a hap-hazard like manner. Well thanks to the n7player I no longer feel that way as it brings us a polished user interface and some decent features. They include:

  • – Innovative, fully multi-touch music albums plane
  • – Intuitive music catalog showing: albums, artists, genres etc
  • – 5 band graphic equalizer with presets, reverb effects, bass boost and sound virtualization (SRS/Dolby Surround, requires system version 2.3+)
  • – Automatic and manual album art download
  • – ID3 tags editor
  • – Filtered file browser
  • – Music widget
  • – Lockscreen widget with direct unlock option
While it may not boast all of the features as PowerAmp it still offers some impressive features. As of right now it’s in limited public beta so if you’re interested in trying it out and giving feedback then hit the break to find the Google Play link or QR code below. In my opinion, you won’t be sorry if you do. We also have for you a video that showcases some of these awesome features so check that out too. Enjoy! Read more

New Budget Friendly Tablet Takes Its Design Ques From A Woman’s Handbag

 

Cheap tablets seem to be all the craze lately as we have yet again another device making its way into the clutches of the budget friendly mind. Remember the Rhyme?  A handset from HTC that attempted to get in with the ladies?  Well, meet the Rhyme of the tablet market, the F8 series device was made by L-Y and aims to look like a woman’s purse or handbag.  The device has a 5-inch 800 X 480 res display sporting a 1.5 GHz Allwinner A 10 CPU.  Also under the hood you’ll find 512 MB’s of DDR3 RAM and a Mali 400 GPU.  All of your standards are there as well such as Bluetooth, Wifi and even 3G connectivity. The tab comes equipped with a 3500 mAh battery to keep you going all day long and will come running with everyone’s favorite OS version, ICS 4.0.  Wrap that up in a $94 package and you just might make a few sales.  Stay tuned to see just how well the device does.  Unfortunately, if you want one, you’ll either need to smuggle one out of China or move there yourself.  Choose wisely.  Feel free to let us know what you think of the devices in the comments below.

source: Shanzai

 

Toshiba’s 13.3-inch Monster Tablet

Toshiba’s first entry into the tablet market was the chunky Thrive 10-incher, followed by the slightly more svelte but still big-boned 7-inch Thrive. Then they turned things around at CES by showing off the Excite X10 (launched in the UK as the AT200), probably the thinnest tablet around. So what does Toshiba have in store for us next?

How about a monster 13.3-inch concept slab? The fine folks over at Pocket-Lint got a hands-on session during the Toshiba 2012 conference in the UK and posted pictures of this beast. The device in the photos didn’t actually power on, so it was more of a form factor showcase than a fully working device. Still, it is said to be packing a Tegra 3 quad core processor… and we’d expect nothing less from any new tablets coming out now.

Pictures and more available after the break.

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Bank of America brings out a tablet optimized app

 

If you bank with Bank of America, and have an Android 3.0+ tablet, this app is for you. The first banking app that is optimized for tablets, this app lets you check your account balances, pay bills, transfer funds and find nearby banking locations using GPS. Bank of America assures us that the app is secure, and it uses the same SiteKey technology to log in that the normal online banking website uses. All of this will be easy on the eyes with the larger displays of tablets. At least paying bills will be a little more fun with the new Bank of America app. Download it for free with the Google Play Store link below.

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Verizon Releases Device ICS Update List, Solidifies What We Already Know

While you folks already know, thanks to various announcements, that certain devices would be getting Ice Cream Sandwich, Big Red has decided to reiterate and solidify these announcements with a list of their own. While yes, we’ve known for some time that ICS would be coming to most of these devices, it’s nice that Verizon has gone and made it official. There isn’t a time table from in regards to when these devices will see the official update but it’s safe to say that we can assume it will be roughly around the announced times from the respective manufacturers.

If you haven’t been keeping up you can hit the break to see if your device will be getting its own taste of the very sweet OS and while you’re at it, check out the original announcements so you can get an idea of what kind of time line you’re looking at. Enjoy! Read more

Asus is “Working on a fix” for the Original Transformer ICS Update Issues; To Possibly Arrive Next Week

If you guys are like me, then you spammed the Check Update option on your original Transformer for the ICS update that was available Late-February. While I fell in love with my tablet all over again because of the update I noticed that as the days progressed my tablet would randomly reboot itself. Sometimes it would reboot it four – five times in a row before it would stay on. Then about an hour later it would reboot itself yet again. While it never rebooted in the middle of using it, watching it reboot itself randomly became rather frustrating. Heck, sometimes it would look up in the middle of a boot cycle. It appears that I am not in the minority with these experiences. Other users are reporting lock-ups during reboots,  and other various bugs as well.

Like the Transformer Prime update and its update problems Asus has taken to announcing that a fix is in the works for the original Transformer ICS update. While users have reported that uninstalling apps, updating widgets and factory resets have helped, this is not a good premise for Asus; especially considering their Hopes to have the next Nexus device and the first roll out of Jelly Bean. Asus writes in regards to the TF101 issues: Read more

Acer announces special edition Iconia Tab to celebrate 2012 Olympics

 

Looking forward to the 2012 Olympic Games in London? It certainly seems that Acer is, earlier today it announced the Iconia Tab A510 Olympic Games Edition to mark the occasion. Early signs suggest this is nothing more than some smart marketing as the technical specifications appear to be identical to the forthcoming Iconia Tab A510. The only notable difference is cosmetic and consists of a discreet Olympic rings silver logo on the rear of the tablet.

For those of you who missed the details of the original Iconia Tab A510 the first time around, here’s a quick reminder of the highlights :-

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM
  • 10.1″, 1280 x 800 touch screen
  • 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage options
  • 9800 mAh battery
Acer says that the Olympic Edition Iconia Tab will launch in the UK around the same time that the 2012 Olympics kick off, there is no word yet on international availability. There’s also no word on pricing at this time but we would hope that it won’t be any higher than the  €399 ($522) listed for the standard edition.Check out the full press release below and be sure to let us know in the comments if the Olympic branding adds any additional appeal to this high-end Android tablet. Read more