SugarSync Receives Update, Now Allows AutoSync For Video

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If you’re an avid SugarSync fan, we’ve got some good news for you.  Today, the application gets updated and enables full support for compatability with AutoSync on your videos.  Initially the app only allowed support for photos, however, now you can easily sync between an array of devices as the app seamlessly works in the background to automatically gather your photos and videos.  The only caveat is that you’ll require a good WiFi connection for the app to work.  If you don’t already have the application, you can snatch it up on our popular apps database here or you can head on over to the Android Market for the download.  Check out the source link for the full press release and don’t forget to let us know what you think of the new functionality in the comments below.

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Get the “Waterproof” Pantech Element Next Week From AT&T for $299

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The folks over at BGR have received a tip or two suggesting that AT&T will be launching a new tablet next week at CES. The tablet, the Pantech Element, will be the first to rock some AT&T 4G LTE speeds not at a kidney selling price and comes in an 8 inch variety. The tablet will run the latest variation of Honeycomb and will be waterproof. Okay it’s not the take your tablet and take pictures with it in the ocean waterproof but more water resistant/splash proof provided you close all the port doors.

Besides the 8-inch display and the water resistance it boasts the following specs:  » Read the rest

Velocity Micro Set To Introduce Two New Cruz Tablets, Both Feature Ice Cream Sandwich Taste For Budget Minds

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Velocity Micro tablets have long been a player in the budget segment. Of course as VM caters to budget-conscious minds, we’ve seen various examples of the tablets themselves being placed at the lower-end of the feature spectrum, which usually skimps on memory size and tops everything off with expiring desserts. With CES being a matter of just days away, VM is set to introduce two solid Cruz tablets. While the two tablets don’t quite match up specs-wise to quad-core beasts, they may attract more than consideration from prospective consumers. Check out the specs for the two Cruz tablets:

 

Cruz Tablet T507

  • 7-inch Capacitive screen
  • 1.2 Ghz Cortex A8 Processor
  • 400Mhz ARM Mali GPU
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 8 GB Internal Storage
  • Front-facing camera
  • HDMI out
Cruz Tablet T510
  • 9.7-inch Capacitive screen
  • 8.9mm Thick
  • 1.2 GHz Cortex A8 Processor
  • 400Mhz ARM Mali GPU
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 8 GB Internal Storage
  • Front-facing camera
  • HDMI out

Those are pretty generic specs, but there’s one last feature that’s the highlight of the tablets: Android 4.0. Yes, you read that right— VM’s new budget-friendly tablets are set to feature Ice Cream Sandwich running the show. Those generic specs suddenly look more appealing with ICS, don’t they? Oh and there’s more, while we don’t know exactly what the pricing will be for the 10-inch version, the 7-inch tablet is expected to be priced around $150. The price is definitely right there.

There’s one teeny little detail that you should be aware of however– both devices do not feature the Android Market or Google Apps. The tablets instead feature the Amazon App Store, which has a pretty solid lineup of great apps. Nevertheless, while there’s no Android Market or Google Apps and still features some aging hardware, the tablets will no doubt appeal to many people. Look for the formal introductions and announcements of the tablets at CES next week.

[via Android and Me]

Samsung Says No on ICS “Value Pack” for Galaxy S and Original Galaxy Tab

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Man, when the Galaxy Nexus was first debuted with Ice Cream Sandwich it looked amazing (still does). However you’re an owner of a Samsung Galaxy S or an original Galaxy Tab and your contract isn’t up for a while. Maybe it is, but you’re thinking to yourself that you love the Galaxy S hardware or you love that little tablet and that maybe if you hope really hard Samsung will grace your device with Ice Cream Sandwich. Well even with hope sometimes we don’t get what we want, as you well know, Samsung made it clear that the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Tab wouldn’t be seeing the awesome, new Android 4.0 OS. Well, that was until they back pedaled and rumors were flying about that these devices would  see it or that they may receive a “value pack” that would give the best features of ICS without the need for a full update instead.

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Premium Version Of NHL Gamecenter App Free For Verizon 4G Customers

by Roy Alugbue on

Verizon customers seem to get all the perks, don’t they? If you’re a Verizon LTE customer and a hockey fan, you now have access to the $9.99 premium version of the NHL Gamecenter app. All you do is get the download the NHL GameCenter free edition app, click on a video highlight, and you will be automatically upgraded:

“Hey Verizon users, download the Verizon edition of the NHL GameCenter app to receive all of the great features of NHL GameCenter plus access to nationally broadcast NBC games, exclusive video features, and live streaming of NHL Network’s On the Fly.

For those users with Verizon 4G LTE Smartphones, Verizon enables you to get NHL GameCenter Premium for FREE! Just download the NHL GameCenter Verizon edition app, click on a video highlight, and you will be automatically upgraded.”

There’s a boatload of features in the premium version of the app too. In addition to live streaming of NHL Network’s On The Fly, you’ll find live game radio and additional video content including Quick Picks and Best of the Week. This is a nice little excuse for Verizon 4G customers to eat up their data isn’t it? Hit the Market link or QR code below for the free version of the app, watch any highlight video and enjoy all the premium content you can handle.

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Google and IBM Continue To Grow Google’s Patent Lineup, Brings 217 New Patent Filings To The Table

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Google continues to gain major ammunition for its various patent battles with competitors. According to Bill Slawski of SEO by the Sea, Google acquired 188 granted patents and 29 published pending patent applications from IBM in the last week of 2011. The patents cover a broad area too, ranging from presentation software and email administration to internet, phone and mobile phone technologies. Nothing wrong with Google obtaining added protection for itself and its allies in case certain corporations try to slow down Google’s momentum again. Let’s see how this further impacts the patent war between Google, Microsoft and of course, Apple.

[via SEO by the Sea]

Untouched Holo Theme Now Required For Android Devices With Android Market Access

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There’s no doubt the acclaim Ice Cream Sandwich has is the result of the tireless work and efforts from Google’s developers. Google may be ok with custom UI skins on top of its OS, but when it comes to the general theme of the UI of its new jewel, it’s essentially no modifying. Let me explain: Google recently decided that manufacturers who want access to the Android Market will now have to use the Holo theme—untouched and unmodified– as a specific requirement for devices that want to use the Android Market (which is umm, 99.99999% of Android devices).

That’s not to say Google isn’t restricting manufacturers from creating custom skins. In fact, Google stresses the process to create custom UI skins on top of Android 4.0 is even easier:

“We have no desire to restrict manufacturers from building their own themed experience across their devices. In fact we’ve gone further to make this even easier. In Android 4.0’s API (level 14) we’ve added a new public theme family to complement the Holo family introduced in Android 3.0: DeviceDefault. DeviceDefault themes are aliases for the device’s native look and feel. The DeviceDefault theme family and widget style family offer ways for developers to target the device’s native theme with all customizations intact.”

The bottom line: Google is making sure all Android users are getting a somewhat uniform Android 4.0 experience— even if you’re on a device with a custom skin. Adam Powell, an Android Framework Engineer said it best:

“Android apps running on 4.0 and forward can use the Holo themes and be assured that their look and feel will not change when running on a device with a custom skin”.

What this means to manufacturers is so long as they keep the general Holo theme intact, they are free to add their personal touches in the form of custom skins as they choose. However the basics such as the menus and widgets must meet the Android 4.0 standards. Android 4.0 is without a doubt a stunning OS that should be enjoyed relatively at its simplest level. Well done Google, well done.

[via Android Developers Blog]

AppGear By WowWee Combines Physical Toys With Android Apps (Videos)

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The wonderful folks over at WowWee, the company most popular for creating little robot toys, brings to the table in 2012 the ability to combine toys and action figures with Android applications for smartphones and tablets.  If I’ve ever experienced a strange or different “thinking out of the box” behavior before, this would certainly be it.  And I mean that in a good way assuming this trend kicks off and catches on well.  The action figures purchased come ready to pair with their own free downloadable application.  The applications can either provide virtual game play with the figures or an augmented reality game play on the smartphone and tab.  You can expect to see the launch of the new games early this year and they’ll go for around $9.99 to $19.99 depending on what model toy or platform you want.  To kick things off, the company will offer six different products which will include titles like Alien Jailbreak, Zombie Burbs and Elite Commander.  You can check out some of these titles after the break via YouTube videos as well as the presser.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think of them in the comments below.  We’ll be covering more news from WowWee as we catch their booth at CES this year.   » Read the rest

Easily Unlock and Root your Verizon Galaxy Nexus with this new 2-Click method, Unroot and Re-lock just as easy

by Robert Nazarian on

Unlocking and rooting your Galaxy Nexus is a pretty easy process, but I’m sure there are some of you that wouldn’t mind something even easier. I think I might have something for you. WugFresh from the galaxynexusforum just posted his program that easily unlocks and roots your Verizon Galaxy Nexus as well as easily flashing it back to stock and re-locking it. This is completely automated and simple. Please note that this is for the Verizon version of the Galaxy Nexus, but WugFresh promises the GSM version is coming soon.

Instructions:

1) Install the program by double clicking the GnexRootToolkit.sfx.exe

  •  This will extract the contents to %PROGRAMFILES%\GnexRootToolkit
  •  Place shortcuts on your Desktop and Start Menu\Progarms
  •  Launch the program for first use

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