T-Mobile To Launch Six New Devices On November 2nd, But What Are They?

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Thanks to Tmonews it looks like T-Mobile will be launching six new devices on November 2nd. The only problem is we have no idea what these devices are. The Huawei Tablet and the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus are up for consideration on this list for Android devices, but as far as the rest of the list we just don’t know. Have any ideas what devices might make this November 2nd date? Let us know right down there in the comments. Hit up the break for one more screen capture.

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Contest: Win one of five Lookout Mobile Premium accounts

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It is time for another TalkAndroid giveaway. This is one is from Lookout Mobile Security as they promote awareness during National Cyber Security Awareness month.

We are giving away five Lookout premium accounts valued at $29.99.

Full list of rules:

  1. Leave a post in this forum thread. It can be a simple hello or maybe your own tips or experiences with mobile security.
  2. Additional posts from the same user will be ignored.
  3. The contest ends 11:59pm eastern on October 8, 2011.
  4. Winners will be picked at random and contacted via email.
  5. Comments made to this post will not be counted, you must go to the forum link in rule #1.

Good Luck.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, Lookout Mobile Security reminds us that our smartphones are computers too

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Today is the first day of October, which means it’s the beginning of the baseball postseason, but it’s also the start of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. As our smartphones become more important in our daily lives, Lookout Mobile Security is reminding us that our smartphones are computers too. We aren’t using our phones for just calls or snapping a few pictures, we are also using them to bank, shop, and send valuable information. Unfortunately, that means our phones become a target for hackers. In fact, up to one million mobile phone users will be affected by mobile security threats in 2011.

It’s not all doom and gloom because Lookout Mobile Security is here to help and protect us. During National Cyber Security Awareness Month, Lookout will be running an educational series on its blog to help us understand how to protect our phones and personal information.

“We’ve already seen how PC users became a target for attacks, and we don’t want this to be the fate of mobile users.  People can absolutely take steps to keep themselves safe on their mobile device,” said Kevin Mahaffey, co-Founder and CTO of Lookout. “With the proper knowledge people can protect their most personal device before mobile security threats become a larger issue.”

In addition Lookout is going to give Lookout Premium accounts to 5 lucky TalkAndroid readers, so look for our contest posting shortly.

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Verizon Sends An “Official” Droid Bionic Bug List, Fixes To Come In November

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If you’re thinking about buying a Droid Bionic, or already have one, you may want to pay close attention. Thanks to a reader over at DroidLife, an official bug list was received from Verizon and compiled into a nice list that I think will shock you. Note also that this is not the full list, but rather some important highlights. As you read through this list I want you to really ask yourself, how is it possible this device was really put through extensive testing for the length of time we waited for it? In this list you’ll see everything from 3G/4G connectivity problems, high pitch noises coming from the headset, MMS bugs, and the admitting of non-Verizon/Motorola USB cables not working. Another thing to point out is the Bionic is not able to support 8 devices in hotspot which was a touted selling factor of the device. Thanks DroidLife for putting this together, but all I can do is hang my head and ask how this is even possible for such a highly anticipated device. Put these phones out in the real world before releasing will you because this stuff gives Android a bad name. Hit the break for the full list broken down with a top 10 and be sure to share your comments with us. Fixes are supposed to be coming in November.

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Security Flaw In AT&T’s Galaxy S II’s Security Screen Lets Anyone Bypass It, Samsung Chimes In

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A pretty major security flaw was discovered in AT&T’s Galaxy S II that makes the security screen pretty much useless. What normally keeps unauthorized users out of your phone with a pattern lock or a PIN number is easily bypassed. All the intruder has to do is press the lock button to wake the screen, let the screen timeout and shut off, and wake the screen once more to find the security lock is now bypassed. The one catch to this is the device must have been unlocked once already, meaning unless it was just powered on and not unlocked yet your phone will be at risk. A Samsung spokesperson responded to an inquiry from BGR saying they are investigating the security threat while AT&T declined to comment at this time. Hit the break to see the security flaw in action and Samsung’s statement to BGR. Samsung noted there is a quick fix by setting the screen timeout to “immediately”, but who wants their screen timing out right away?

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Vodafone UK Offering The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S Free On Contract

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Vodafone UK is offering up the Xperia Arc S at the awesome price of free on a 2-year contract. You’ll need to be on a plan costing £31 ($48) or more and Vodafone currently has the midnight black version up for grabs. This 4.2-inch BRAVIA screen beauty is packing a 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon, Android 2.3.4, a high performance 8.1-megapixel camera with Exmor R and adds 3D sweep panorama technology. Anyone else looking to get their hands on this sexy little device? Let us know right down there in the comments. The source link will take you right over to Vodafone to check out this killer deal as well.

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OnTheFly For Android Updated Making It Easier To Plan Your Trip

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OnTheFly, from ITA Software by Google, offers an easy way to shop for airfare on your Android device. While the app doesn’t allow booking, its ultra fast interface lets you quickly get a list of airline comparison prices for your future trip. One of the new features included is a flexible date search that lets you browse up to 35 days of potential departure dates combined with a price graph. You’ll also have access to a search history and the application will find local airports in your area to search from. I did notice Southwest seems to be missing from the list, so that may be a bit of a minus for some, but the app is free to see if it works for your needs. Hit up the break for a QR code and a link to the market to check it out for yourself.

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Android 2.3.5 Rolling Out To Samsung Galaxy S II Via KIES

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Android 2.3.5 is currently being pushed via the Samsung Kies software for the Galaxy S II. The update seems to be the same KI3 leak from a few days ago and brings some performance improvements on an already blazing fast phone. One notable visual change is the bouncing effect is gone when scrolling to the end of a list and is now highlighted in color like many other Gingerbread versions. This change may be due to respecting Apple’s copyrights for scrolling effects. Keep your eyes peeled for the OTA soon and you can catch a shot of the over scroll glow after the break.

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Quick Look At Today’s Free Amazon App: Graffiti Pro

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Today Amazon’s free app is the stroke-based keyboard replacement system, Graffiti Pro for Android.  After enabling Graffiti as your input method, you’ll be able to draw single character text with your finger into the darkened, lower portion of the screen. This is to best serve touch screen novices that may often find themselves clunking around with the on-screen keyboard. Anyone that has any experience with Palm OS will most certainly feel right at home too.

The system also has on-screen word predictions and deciphers your letters with a more simplified alphabet requiring fewer strokes. They give as an example: “…the letter “A” is entered with a stroke that looks like an upside-down “V”, saving time that you do not need to cross the “A” in the middle.”

This app, like any new keyboard replacement,will take some getting used to. Personally, I use a note taking app with hand-writing entry so I saw fit to give this one a try. They helped me along with a pop-up for how exactly to draw the letters to get a match, which is okay once you catch on, but it leaves me wishing it could learn my hand-writing habits instead of the other way around. Also, those word predictions I mentioned aren’t quite as accurate as another favorite replacement of mine.

The Pro version of this app is usually $2.99 so if you’re still searching for a new keyboard replacement and think Graffiti is worth a shot, grab it by clicking here and entering your phone number or email address to get the download link. Remember: Check off “unknown sources” in your system’s settings to start the download.

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Amazon 10-inch Tablet Could Ship By 2011 Year’s End

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According to a DigiTimes report, Amazon may begin shipping a 10.1-inch tablet by year’s end thanks to a deal with the Taiwan-based Foxconn Electronics, who will produce the devices. Foxconn has had a long-term relationship will Amazon as thier contractor for the Kindle e-reader, though they recently passed on Amazon’s 7-inch Kindle Fire as they completed iPad orders for Apple (Quanta Computer then picked up the Kindle Fire contract instead).

No solid details on specs have surfaced yet, however this little gem is still worth keeping an eye on as we approach the holiday season.

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