Pinger Partners with Operation Gratitude in Honor of Veterans Day

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The developer of popular textfree apps, Pinger, announced today that they are partnering with Operation Gratitude in recognition of Veterans Day. The have put up a donation pledge of $5,000, and for every new download of the Pinger Textfree and Pinger Textfree with Voice apps as well as any new user sign up for Pinger Textfree Web  between today and Veterans Day on November 11, Pinger will donate $1.00 to Operation Gratitude.

Operation Gratitude sends care packages and letters personally addressed to U.S. soldiers deployed in harm’s way, their children left behind, and Wounded Warriors recovering in transition units. With Pinger’s donation, they will be able to assemble 330 new care packages to be shipped in time for the holiday season.

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Stream Playlists Of Videos, Pictures And Music To DLNA Devices With Eye-C Taglists

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Eye-C Taglists has made its way to the Android platform and offers users an endless stream of music, photos and TV in a personalized channel customized just for you.

Download Eye-C Taglists for free, and your timeline becomes your own personal TV channel, music player, or photo gallery. At any point, just push play, and the feed comes to life – on your phone, TV, Apple TV (even from an Android phone), PC and more. Add a hashtag (#tag) to any video, song or picture to build a taglist – a playlist that combines items from multiple sources – YouTube, Picasa, Facebook, or even your personal music library (see below for tech specs). More sources are coming every month, so play tags – it’s easy and free.

Here’s How It Works:

Step 1 – Find videos, pictures and music you think are interesting in YouTube, Facebook, Picasa, and now SoundCloud.
Step 2 – Play your picks on your mobile phone, connected TV, Apple TV or other Airplay and DLNA devices.
Step 3 – Play content individually or as taglists. These lists can come from your friends, or they can come from users tagging a video with a certain term, like #startaparty.
Step 4 – Easily add another video, song, or picture to that list, by tagging it #startaparty – and watch your playlist change and grow as people interact with it.

So if you’ve been looking for an app to supply an endless stream of content from multiple users and platforms like YouTube, Picasa, Facebook and your own personal music playstist, Eye-C Taglists can deliver.  The application will work on most Android devices but can also play on hansets supporting DLNA (wireless push content).  You can download the application from our popular apps database where you’ll also find a QR Code available or you can download it from the Android Market.  The application is free and will work on devices manufactured by “Pioneer, Denon, Yamaha, Sony and more, connected TVs from Samsung, LG, and Panasonic, set top boxes including WD (Western Digital) and Popcorn Hour, as well as Xbox 360 (with Windows Media Player)” You can check out the full press release after the break.   » Read the rest

It’s official: DROID RAZR to launch November 10 on Verizon Wireless

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We already knew this, but it’s always nice to get the final and official word. You can already pre-order your DROID RAZR now, but we now know for sure that it will launch on November 10 for $299.99 (with a 2-year contract) or a very high full retail price of $649. Checkout our hands on video here.

I am totally torn between this and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. On one hand you have the RAZR that is so sexy and only 7.1mm thick and on the other you have Ice Cream Sandwich already rocking on the Galaxy Nexus. Motorola is promising Ice Cream Sandwich by early 2012, but if I didn’t care for ICS so much, I would be all over the RAZR. Then there is the Rezound for all your Sense fans. What are you guys thinking?

[via droid-life]

Google Reader website gets major overhaul, new Android app to follow soon

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On the heels of Google launching their new Flipboard competitor, code-named Propeller, they have given Google Reader a major overhaul. New features include:

  • A new look and feel that’s cleaner, faster, and nicer to look at.
  • The ability to +1 a feed item (replacing “Like”), with an option to then share it with your circles on Google+ (replacing “Share” and “Share with Note”).

Friending is now turned off in favor of Google+ functionality. It was a tough decision to drop friending, but it will allow Google to focus on fewer areas and build a better user experience. We can expect a new Android app soon.

Google also plans on unveiling a new social news reader, code-named Propeller which will be completely separate from Google Reader. It could drop as soon as this week so look for that.

[via googlereader blog]

Samsung’s Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) promises ultra-Fast Smartphones, Tablets and More

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Samsung has been known to be one of the more cutting edge OEM’s, providing breakthrough technology that is often adopted by other manufacturers for use in their own products. Recently, Samsung joined forces with Micron in hopes to change the game yet again, developing a new form of memory that ultimately could improve mobile technology immensely. » Read the rest

Korea’s Pantech To Utilize Gesture Recognition In Android Devices (Video)

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Well, here’s something you don’t see everyday.  Korean handset manufacturer, Pantech, those duly noted for producing low-end Android devices and other feature phones you’ll never gaze your eyes upon, have recently announced it will be implementing gesture recognition on some Android devices.  You know?  Like that found on Microsoft’s Kinect?  Israel’s eyeSight Mobile Technologies, makers of the new feature state that the technology will be added to a new Vega LTE line of devices which should hit the market running in November some time.

Gestures are useful, eyeSight says, at times when touch input is impractical, such as when driving, wearing gloves, or even eating.

For now, it looks like you’ll at least be able to answer calls and play music on the device using the new gesture technology.  It will certainly be interesting to see what else comes of the feature and how well the public receives it.  One will also have to wonder how many accidental calls or features might be activated as a result of the new technology?  Oh well, let’s remain optimistic and see what’s produced.  In the meantime, check out the video of the lady in a sticky situation and how the new gestures assist in answering an incoming call.  Feel free to speculate in the comments below about what else you think the technology can be used for.  That should be rather interesting, don’t you think?

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[via AllThingsD]

Availability Details Emerge For The Samsung Galaxy Note

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The popular phone tablet dubbed “phablet” by some was recently launched over the weekend in Germany and Samsung has provided a few more details as to who’s getting the monster 5.3-inch device next.  Check out the list below and if your carrier is on it, go celebrate.  Because though some find the device to be in a confusing market and target a confusing demographic, I”ve seen nothing but positive feedback regarding the monstrous handset and all of its features.  And with the occasional ”damn, that thing is big” most people are giving it a warm welcome.  Personally, if that device makes its way into the US on any of the four major carriers, I can’t be held responsible for how I will act :)  Expect the device to launch across the UK and Europe on a number of carriers between now and Nov 25th.

Country/Carrier:

  • Germany (out now) – Vodafone, DT, O2
  • Netherlands (Nov. 1) – KPN, Vodafone
  • Belgium (Nov. 1) – KPN, Vodafone
  • United Kingdom (Nov. 2) – Carphone Warehouse, Phones4U, O2
  • France (Nov. 2) – SFR, TPH
  • Poland (Nov. 4) – Plus, Mediamarkt
  • Hungary (Nov. 4) – Panon
  • Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia (Nov. 5) – Swisscom, MOT, Three, Mobitel, SIM-free
  • Spain (Nov. 7) – Telefonica, Vodafone, Orange
  • Italy (Nov. 10) – Vodafone, Three, TIM
  • Portugal (Nov. 10) – Fnac, Worten, TPH, TMN
  • Greece (Nov. 11) – Cosmote, Vodafone, Wind, SIM-free
  • Romania, Bulgaria (Nov. 14) – Vodafone, M-Tel, Globul, Vivacom, SIM-free
  • Lithuania (Nov. 14) – Omnitel, LMT, EMT
  • Finland, Denmark, Sweden (Nov. 22) – Telia, Telenor, TPH, Elkjop, DNA
  • Croatia, Serbia (Nov. 23) – Telenor, VIP, TOP
  • Czec Republic (Nov. 25) – XSK, VDF, XEZ, ORS

[via Android Central]

T-Mobile Uses FB Page To Tout myTouch and myTouch Q, Available Nov 2nd

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T-Mobile continues their myTouch line with the myTouch and myTouch Q which seem to pack a mean punch for a pair of little guys.  Via their official Facebook page, the company has stated that the devices will be available online beginning Nov 2nd and in stores Nov 9th.  At $79.99 each (after rebate and regardless of which model) you get an Android 2.3 device sporting a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU under the hood and a 5 meg camera with 720p video capture.  Like we said, small but mighty for the playa not wanting high-end devices like the HTC Amaze and Samsung Galaxy S II.

[via Facebook]

Three UK Now Offering The Samsung Galaxy W

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Having a hard time keeping up with Samsung’s alphabet phone line?  You might want to hit up our post here where Sammy was generous enough to provide us with its official naming convention for these devices.  And as expected, in recent news, the popular British carrier Three has recently announced its availability of the Samsung Galaxy W which tailors to folks looking for a “high-tier” yet powerful smartphone.  The device boasts a 1.4 GHz single core CPU and a 3.7-inch Super LCD display for starters.  In addition, the handset will sport Android 2.3 Gingerbread right out of the box and be accompanied by Samsung’s TouchWiz 4.0 UX overlay.  You can nab the device on Three’s network for free with a 24-month contract at roughly £22/mo or utilize the carriers Pay As You Go option at £249.99 (~£400) paid initially up front.

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[via Three UK]

HTC Rezound (Vigor) Gets Unboxed With Hands-On A Little Early (Video)

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Who’s ready for a sneak peak of Verizon’s latest and greatest flagship device a little in advance?  I am, I am!  Check out the video below of the pre-production unboxing of the HTC Rezound aka the Vigor in all of its glory before Thursday’s event in New York.  Johnboy over at Droid Forums got his sticky little fingers on the device and did us all a proper courtesy by providing a nifty unboxing and quick hands-on.  We’ll take it, thanks Johnboy.  The device is decked out in Vz’s cool red and black and comes with a pretty cool backing as well.  With a 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU, 8 meg camera, 2 meg front facer, 1 Gig of RAM, Sense UI 3.5 over Android 2.3.4 and a few other goodies, the device is sure to be a hit. To further add to the pot, Snoop Dog’s Doctor finished the device off with its popular Beats Audio technology.  So now you can jam out to that Gaga Lady or whatever it is you young whippersnappers like to listen to these days.  The only question is… do you nab this up or wait for the Galaxy Nexus?

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[Droid Forums]