Why I Want an Android Brain Implant

In this day and age, technology is designed to make our lives simpler. We no longer need to pull over to a rest area to use a payphone. Paper maps are quickly becoming a thing of the past. We can now carry thousands of books with us without requiring years of weight training. The devices we carry with us every day are rapidly becoming indispensable.

So this is why we freak out when we suddenly don’t have access to our smartphones, either through damage or loss. This single point of failure is why we have a growing market of protective phone cases, insurance, and remote wipe software. How can we guarantee we’ll never lose or break our phones? Only one way I see…remove the device from the equation.

If there was no physical device we had to keep track of, there would obviously be no fear of losing it. But the device is what gives us the power to do all those wonderful things. So what if we natively had the same abilities our smartphones have without having to carry anything around? Enter the Android Brain Implant™ (ABI).


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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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There’s A New Keyboard On The Block, “Siine” Uses Icons For Fast Typing And More

Move over every single keyboard out there, because Siine wants to make its way onto an Android smartphone near you.  As we’ve mentioned before, virtual keyboards on the market are a dime a dozen however, once in a while we’ll come across a pretty fascinating and functional keyboard that’l make you want to ditch your old one and give it a try.  The latest keyboard to hit the market comes by the name “Siine” (pronounced sign) and offers you a ton of new features and a bit of a different way to get your typical desired results when typing out messages. The keyboard has a pretty decent layout, very close to the all too familiar Android 4.0 ICS keyboard only slightly larger.  There are quite a number of shortcuts and features embedded into the keyboard for quick messages including using icons to type out messages.

Utilizing one single tap can render a full blown calendar for quickly inserting full date names such as “May 4th” or “January 10th”.  So, no need to type those things out in great length.  In addition, you can say things like “Hey Dude, what’s Up? You coming over to watch the game?” and it will render pretty quickly.  Quicker than we’re used to seeing anyway (video shows 1.5 sec)  As you can gather from the video, there may be a small learning curve to this but it appears as though once you get it down, you’ll be flying through messages.  The keyboard kind of reminds me of my outlook email where it’s easy to insert things you’ll sometimes need like times and dates, only now you’re doing it with a built-in clock and calendar feature.  With a keyboard like this, one post is not enough to tout all of its features.  Check out the quick demo video below and don’t forget to let us know what you think or how it compares to your favorite keyboard.  Hit the break for the download links as well as a qr code for added convenience.  
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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 Intros HomeFusion Residential Internet Access Via Your 4G LTE Connection, Expect A Cap

Verizon is looking to introduce a new concept when it comes to home internet access as they want to bring a tailored residential version of their 4G LTE into your home.  Who can deny how fast LTE is and the thought of powering my home connection with insane speeds sounds superb, so long as they have the capacity to do so.  However, what does that mean as far as data usage goes?  Will I constantly be worried about hitting my data cap?  Well, nevertheless, Vz wants to roll out the new service, dubbed HomeFusion, to several markets.  For $59.99 you’ll land 10GB per month after forking over a $199.99 equipment fee.  After that, they’ll install it for you at no charge.

According to Vz, you can expect to land anywhere from 5 to 12 Mbps down and depending on where you live 2 to 5 Mbps up.  The hardware will allow you to directly connect up to four devices and up to 10 different pieces of hardware via a wireless connection.  They’re looking to kick things off initially in Birmingham, Dallas and Nashville before rolling out to other markets.  Stay tuned as we deliver to the masses when and where Vz will be rolling out with the new service next.  All in all, the entire idea sounds great to me with one exception, the constant fear of hitting my data cap.  What say you?  Hit the break for the full press release.  
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Google Play Arrives On Google TVs As Well

 

Without missing a beat, the new Google Play service has launched on Google TV. It was previously mentioned that roll out would occur over the coming weeks but my Google TV received the update immediately after powering it on this afternoon. Google TV came first for once! To me that sort of  makes sense given the entertainment centric connotation of Google Play. However, here’s hoping some apps launch to drive that notion home. As you are all aware, the GTV Market Play Store is relatively barren. That being said, the update admittedly doesn’t change much either. A small difference in color and of course the icons seem to be the only difference for now. Google Play IS rolling out at least.

Although, if you don’t want to wait for the roll out. You can get it now using this super simple method.

Apple May Be Willing To Settle, For Up To $15 Per Handset

Another day another lawsuit, although this time it is a bit different. For once, Apple seems willing to settle, but of course on their terms. Needless to say, the terms aren’t going to be appreciated by Android vendors. So far Apple has proposed settlements to Samsung and Motorola. The proposed deal has each Android vendors paying Apple $5 – $15 per handset. If the report is true, it marks a slight shift in Apple’s strategy: previously that of the late Steve Job who famously decreed,

I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong, I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.

We’ll see how Android vendors respond to these steep fees, many of which are already paying  royalties to Microsoft.

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GSM Version Of Motorola DROID 3 Gets FCC Approval, Possibly Headed To AT&T

 

Is AT&T set to get a popular slider phone for its wireless waves? It sure appears to be the case as a “Motorola Mobility XT682″ has just received filing approval from the FCC. In case you’re unfamiliar, the “XT682″ is the codename for none other than the DROID 3 smartphone. Moreover, the device has gotten approval to run on GSM 850/1900 and WCDMA II/V bands which are you guessed it— AT&T-specific bands out here in the States. Keep in mind we’ve seen no previous hints from both AT&T and MOTO indicating an AT&T version of the popular slider phone was on the horizon, so the phone is possibly not for AT&T’s network. Still— the fact the device has gotten FCC approval makes it a good bet that the GSM version of the phone will likely be on its way out here. The only question is when.

source: Wireless Goodness

Samsung to make a special announcement at SXSW

Today, Samsung gave us their game plan for South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin Texas. They’ve dangled a carrot in front of us, mentioning a “Special Announcement” on March 9 at 4pm. Samsung says that more details will be released soon, which leaves us wondering what they have up their sleeve. We’re all anxiously waiting for the official unveiling of the Galaxy S III, and for more hands-on time with the Galaxy Note 10.1. There is a very high chance that the announcement is not regarding either of those devices, though. Let us know what you think the announcement is about in the comments below.

Also on Samsung’s agenda at SXSW is more time with the Galaxy Note, a phone with a 5.3-inch display and a stylus. They plan to show off the phone in the Austin Museum of Art, where “Samsung Mobile will integrate the Galaxy Note to show how technology, art and communication come together in new ways.” Very clever, Samsung.

Skip over the break to read the full press release.


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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!
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