Motorola Contest Offers Social BLAZR A Chance To Win $2500, DROID RAZR

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An interesting Moto contest has surfaced via Facebook which intends to award $2500, a new DROID RAZR and its various accessories (including HD dock) to a social trailblazer (or Social BLAZR) out there that can tell them, in 100 words or less, how they’ve used social media to grow their personal fan base. The voting phase of this contest starts on November 4th, so head over and share your social media success story today.

Hit the break for a link to this contest via Facebook with its official rules and complete prize list.

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Tablet-optimized Fandango App Hits The Android Market

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Movie-goers with a special appreciation for a “big screen experience” will likely appreciate browsing for movie showtimes, watching trailers and buying their tickets on the new tablet-optimized Fandango app; now available in the Android Market. Sure, it’s the same features as the standard app, but BIGGER.

Hit the break for a link or QR code to this app in the Android Market.

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Winamp For Android Update Includes Wireless Sync With Mac And Pro Bundle

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The latest Winamp for Android update has been released and it’s packed with a bunch of new features including “Winamp for Mac Beta,” which supports the same quick wireless syncing of music and video, previously limited only to Windows users. The update also offers an ad-free Pro Bundle for $4.99 with a 10-band graphic equalizer, customizable home screen and more.

More New Features:

  • Unlock premium features with the Pro Bundle (via in-app purchase)
  • Touch sensitive album art gesturing
  • Access to more free music downloads in Spinner
  • More albums available in CDLP (free streaming)
  • Headset optimizations

More Pro Bundle Features

  • Browse by Folder
  • Crossfade
  • Gapless playback
  • Support for FLAC playback in Folders View (lossless audio playback)
  • Replay Gain
  • Personalized station recommendations
  • Play any streaming audio URL (supported formats only)

Hit the break for a link or QR code to this app in the Android Market.

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Android Apps Go Global With Launch Of Tethras LaaS Platform Supporting Over 40 Languages

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The struggle for some developers to introduce their new apps into American markets comes, in part, from lack of real estate. Stroll over to the Android Market and you could easily become overwhelmed by the number of app choices, not to mention the risk of exhaustion from the lengthy searching that’s required to uncover any of those “new” apps. In direct contrast, the struggle for developers in foreign markets comes, in great part, from language limitations which hinder their reach and leave a massive, untapped global consumer base behind. Now, in an effort to pave the way through that barrier, Tethras has announced the launch of their Location as a Service (Laas) platform, which allows developers to translate their apps into more than 40 languages.

Tethras says that developers will be given “unprecedented” reach to new users with the platform and that translators and developers will be able to preview what a translation will look like within the app itself. Co-founder and CTO, Brendan Clavin adds,

“Every aspect of an Android app must be translated in a way that is both linguistically and culturally appropriate for targeted markets abroad… developers that localize their apps have the best shot at breaching local app rankings and attaining positive consumer feedback, leading to more downloads and revenue.”

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Quick Review of N.O.V.A 2 HD from Gameloft (Video)

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Even though N.O.V.A. 2 HD  has been out for awhile, I don’t believe there has been a decent review of it. Come with me as I help break it down.

You are Kal Wardin of the Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance, the only problem is you were retired and enjoying life. As we all know, soldiers never get to enjoy there time off, and Kal is no exception to this. War is breaking out (again) and you have been pulled back into the fray. Living among colonists of the desert planet Scorpius, Kal is forced to take up arms and save the universe once again.

Enough with the back story, lets get down to the meat of things. N.O.V.A. 2 HD is made by Gameloft. The same people that made Lets Golf 3 HD. They totally hit this one out of the park by utilizing the Tegra 2 processor. The game will only run on HD devices. I have mine on the Tab 10.1 and it looks amazing.

The controls are some of the best I have seen on any game. Most games allow you to customize the controls to your liking with limitations. However Gameloft made it to where you can put the buttons anywhere on the screen. Giving you total control of your gaming experience. Also it offers gyroscope control so if you move the device left, you look left and vice versa. If this feature isn’t to your liking don’t worry you can turn it off. (As a hint for any of you that wants to use the gyroscope control, one of our authors Jim Farmer suggested sitting in a swivel chair while playing.)   » Read the rest

GetGlue for Android now supports real-time TV conversations

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GetGlue is everyone’s favorite check-in service for TV shows, Movies, and sports games so wouldn’t it be nice to carry on real-time conversations as well? GetGlue just added the feature, so whether you are watching sports, a reality show, or any other favorite show, you will become part of the real-time conversation. You will see friends who also checked-in and comments from other fans. GetGlue even filters the noise so only interesting comments show.

Along with real-time conversations, they have redesigned the user experience to be more chat-like. You will find a new home screen that is basically a menu that helps you get to where you want quickly, and the check-in flow is now streamlined as it now takes one less screen to check-in.

If you don’t already have GetGlue you have to give it a try. Download links below.

Apps Database for QR Code

Android Market Link

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Sony Ericsson Neo V Lands in UK, Only £250 ($395) Off Contract

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Sony’s line of Xperia phones just keeps growing with the recently added Xperia Neo V, available in the UK for only £249.99 ($395) off contract. The Xperia Neo V is the successor to the Xperia Neo and there is already plans to update the phone’s OS to Android 4.0 some time in the future.

The device is powered by a 1Ghz processor and comes with a 3.7″ scratch-proof display, Wi-Fi support, HSDPA and DNLA media streaming capability as well. Other features to be found include GPS, a 5MP camera capable of high definition video recording and a front shooter for video chat. One really cool feature about the camera, like that of the Arc S, it’s capable of taking 3D-sweep panorama photo’s that can be displayed on a compatible 3D television once connected.

Sony Ericsson has recently developed deeper Facebook integration that they are calling, Facebook Inside Xperia, and comes pre-installed on all new Xperia devices.

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HTC Rhyme Lands On O2 UK

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Remember when our own Robert Nazarian shared that the HTC Rhyme would be carried by O2 by October? Well friends, the time has come for the midrange phone to arrive in the UK. O2 is now offering the Rhyme that is specifically targeted to the female demographic.

For those who have forgotten, this attractive Plum-colored device features:

  • 1Ghz processor
  • 768MB of RAM
  • 5MP camera as well as a VGA front-facing camera
  • Gingerbread 2.3
  • Sense UI 3.5
  • Sports arm band
  • Bluetooth headset
  • Plugless charging dock

Also noteworthy is the charm notification. This clever feature which lights up purple and should help with never missing that important call or message. Head to O2 UK for more pricing details about the HTC Rhyme.

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Motorola PRO+ will launch November 7 on Bell

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The follow up to the Motorola PRO (or DROID PRO) was originally announced for only Asia and Europe, but those of you in Canada wanting a QWERTY Android phone will be happy to know that the Motorola PRO+ is headed to Bell in Canada on November 7th.

It features a 3.1-inch Gorilla Glass screen, 1GHz processor, a 5MP camera, 1600mAh battery, and Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread. The PRO+ is all about security as well. It comes with 25 Exchange ActiveSync security policies – including PIN lock, auto-discovery of Exchange Servers, Extended Device Management API’s and 3LM integration.

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