Developer Mixes One Part Galaxy Nexus, One Part Kinect & One Part Projector For Wall-Sized Android Interface Treat

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What do you get when you combine an Xbox 360 Kinect System, a Galaxy Nexus and an ambitious Android user? You get the ability to use an enlarged wall-size Android 4.0 interface, fully interactive and controllable of course. Modder DDRBoxman of Rcursive Penguin put some of his blood, sweat and tears with a splash of brilliance to achieve this amazing ability called the Android Kinect Projector Interface w/ System Access. You all are wondering how in the world is this possible, right? It’s no simple feat folks. The first step is made possible by connecting the Xbox Kinect to a Windows PC, capturing the touch input via a custom application and sending the “taps” on the projected image back to the Galaxy Nexus, which is sending its video out through an HDMI adapter. If it sounds simple, it’s not— to allow the Nexus to accept input from the TUIO application, the DDRBoxman had to create his own custom ROM from source.

While this seems like a terribly complicated process, you gotta admit– this customization is as cool as it gets. Think about it– imagine the ability to plug your Android phone or tablet directly into a projector, then position it so that the front or rear camera is observing the projected image, you’d have all the hardware components necessary to duplicate this trick without anything else needed except for an app and a massive portable interface. Looks like we may have a budding feature developing for the Android platform folks. Be sure to check out the video below to see the interface in all its glory.

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How To Root The Asus Transformer Prime……Again

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With all of the Asus Transformer Prime buzzing the internet lately it’s hard to keep up with what’s going on with this device.  Anyhow, if you want to quickly catch up on all of the TP news check out the links to our previous articles below.  In the meantime, if you were one of the few who experienced some funny business after the first and second OTA update and especially if you lost root access, this post is for you.  The folks over at XDA have been hard at work to get you root again and we’ve supplied the instructions below to make it easy for you.  This is completely unsupported so proceed at your own risk.  However, if you’re ready to take control of your device again, give it a go.  Hit the source link for the full thread and feel free to comment below and let us know how well the root method worked for you.  Enjoy.

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Dead Zebra to Have Year of the Dragon Special Edition Android Figurines Available Tomorrow In Celebration of Chinese New Year

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Dead Zebra is known for putting out awesome Android figurines and are doing so again. This time they are commemorating the Chinese New Year by releasing three Android toys in celebration of the Year of the Dragon. While aimed at Asian markets Dead Zebra will be bringing a few sets over here to the U.S. as well.

The sale will go in two batches and the first one will go on sale 11am eastern time. The second will be available at 11pm Eastern. I would jump on these because they will move quick and you can get a set of three for only $29. Sales are limited to one per household so make sure you’re at your computer at 11am eastern to snag these puppies. Hit the break to check out images of the three figurines.  » Read the rest

Lookout Labs Introduces Mobile Threat Tracker App

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Mobile security developer Lookout is looking to further innovate internet security on our mobile devices. Using the Lookout Labs (which is how the Lookout team creates and launches new products), they’ve gone ahead and introduced the Mobile Threat Tracker. The app allows you to zoom through time and watch as thousands of sparks light up the globe; each spark represents Lookout blocking a threat to protect a real user. The Mobile Threat Tracker is essentially an interactive means of seeing the threats that Lookout identifies and catches every day. Basically, the app should answer basic questions including “are there really mobile threats?” and “how many mobile threats are there?” There’s even the ability to see the names of the top three trending threats such as week’s top threat, RuPaidMarket, masquerades as a useful app but actually sends premium SMS messages without allowing you to opt out, or letting you know that you will be charged. Sounds awful familiar, doesn’t it?

The app is only compatible with Froyo+ devices, so if you don’t have Android 2.2, sadly you’re out of luck. You can find the Mobile Threat Tracker app in the Android Market today. So be sure to grab it in the Market or using the handy QR code provided to you below.

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[via Lookout Labs]

 

DROID RAZR MAXX Officially Lands on January 26th

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So it’s officially official. You can actually get your mitts on the new DROID RAZR MAXX this Thursday, Jan. 26th. We had previously thought that the 26th was going to be the day, but according to the Verizon press release we got this morning we know it’s true.

The RAZR MAXX is just a larger version of the RAZR in that it holds a 3300 mAh battery, and Moto claims this puppy can handle 21 hours of straight talk time. They are even going as far as holding a 24 hour event on Feb. 6th to test the battery’s longevity. So if it’s 4G you want and longer battery life you need, this may be the device of your dreams. To see the device in action, check out our hands on video from CES and be sure to let us know if you plan on picking one up!

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Google+ Now Accepting Nicknames and Alternative Identities

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I’m sure by now most of you have signed up for Google+ or at least looked in to it. Maybe you avoided the whole thing because you were required to use your actual name instead of a nickname or the like. Well, if that has been your only deterrent up to this point, I am happy to say you can go ahead and give it a shot now because nicknames are welcome. Google has finally agreed to allow nicknames and established identities as long as they are appropriate, that means no crude pseudonyms wise guy! The big G is going to monitor and delete those names they feel are inappropriate, but either way this is still a welcome addition for those who have been living under an alternative identity.

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LG Optimus Black Finally Sees Gingerbread Update in Europe and India, Global Rollout Imminent

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Talk about a long time coming! The LG Optimus Black if finally starting to receive the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update and should hopefully hit all devices soon. Reports are showing that the overdue update has rolled out to folks in Europe and India already, so I imagine other countries will see it soon. The update will bring the Optimus Black up to version 2.3.4 (3 versions behind current Gingerbread), and will bring improved power management, support for new media formats, shortcuts, widgets, better camera auto-focus, and Google+ pre-installed. Word has it that you can get this update right now by using LG’s software update tool, but I cannot confirm this so if somebody is able to force the update let us know.

While it’s pretty late in the game, it’s nice to see that LG really can deliver because if you’ll remember, the Optimus Black was said to receive ICS sometime in Q3 of this year. Any bets on whether or not it shows up on time?

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Huawei Honor with Ice Cream Sandwich to arrive by Valentine’s Day on China Unicom

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The Huawei Honor is a really nice mid-level phone available on China Unicom. It’s going to get that much better because Huawei and China Unicom just announced the Ice Cream Sandwich-powered Honor will be available by Valentine’s Day. Kudos to Huawei for getting this done faster than the likes of Motorola, HTC, and Samsung. I guess this can’t be a surprise since we wrote about the ICS demo build a little over a month ago. To refresh your memory, the specs of the Honor include:

  • 4-inch (854 x 480) display
  • 1.4GHz single-core processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB of ROM
  • 8MP rear camera
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • microSD for up to an additional 32GB of storage
  • 1900mAh battery.

source: mobile-review
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Download: Get The New Experiments Gmail Feature On Your Non 4.0.3 Device Now, Adds Local Indexing and Drag & Drop Contact Fields

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As we all know, it’s been a couple of weeks now since we’ve seen the new Android 4.0.3 update hit devices like the Transformer Prime making it the first tab to receive the new firmware.  Subsequently, after the update we saw a few nice features and improvements to multiple applications and the UI itself.  However, it’s been discovered by the folks over at ComputerWorld that there’s a hidden little gem in the Gmail application.  A new Gmail feature has been discovered labeled “experiments“.  Sounds super duper secretive doesn’t it?    The experiments feature is basically just a few useful options Google engineers added for the user to try out but may not be necessarily “stable” by any means.  First up on the new experiments feature is “Enable Full Text Search” which is obvious right?  The feature allows you to perform a complete search throughout your threads for key words while indexing them nicely for you.   » Read the rest

Samsung – The Next Big Thing Is Already Here: Urban Camping & Type With Your Voice

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Samsung is out to remind us about the next big thing already being here. The following installments of the awesome series highlight more of what the Galaxy S II phone can do and of course what the iPhone can’t do.

The first ad highlights the theme of Urban Camping. A casual couple arrives at a coffee shop only to be surrounded by iPhone fanatics who want to go camping. While talking, the male Galaxy S II owner reserves a camping area, right from his phone using 4G. The barista and campers in the shop are clearly not impressed and the campers proceed to proclaim they’re doing “urban camping”… right in a line as they wait for an iPhone.

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The second ad highlights a poor fellow waiting in the cold, long line for an iPhone, only to see the power of the Galaxy S II. Here, the frostbitten iPhone owner dashes into a store and needs gloves desperately. He’s greeted by a beautiful store associate who offers him the only pairs of gloves left, but the frostbitten man is concerned he is unable to use the gloves because he will not be able to text message while having them on and asks her how he will be able to text with them on. The store associate then pulls out her handy Galaxy S II and uses the impressive voice-to-text feature. She later highlights her phone is a Galaxy S II with an innocent smile. Tormented, the frostbitten iPhone owner asks the store associate about “what else the Galaxy S II can do”, in an awkward, unusual flirtation no less.

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