Help has arrived for bricked Droid 3′s [Courtesy of XDA]

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If you happen to be the owner of a bricked Droid 3, today is a great day indeed.  Thanks to the efforts of the developers at XDA, a flashable zip file has been released that can help un-brick Droid 3′s as well as prevent future bricking fears.

The file, swu.zip, can be downloaded here.

Instructions and additional information can be found over at XDA by hitting the source.

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Updated Google TV with Honeycomb spotted at CEDIA [Video]

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Yesterday at the CEDIA Expo, Sony Had an exiting  new announcement to make.  It seems as though the rumored Honeycomb version of Google TV is all but ready for the masses, hopefully it will be available by the end of next month. Sony had a fully functional GTV box running Honeycomb on display, giving users access to the Android market, apps, and improving the UI (see video after the break courtesy of our friends over at Engadget).

Are you one of the folks who ran out and purchased the $99 Logitech Revue after we announced its new blow out price? If you’re anything like me, you must be excited to get your hands on this long awaited update for your Google TV. Besides, who wouldn’t want to turn their television into a fireplace live wallpaper while streaming Barry White through Pandora!? How would you take advantage of the Android platform on your boob tube? Tell us in the comment field below.

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Sprint Offers Fantasy Football Fanatic Sprint ID pack

by Harold Williams on
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With the new football season upon us, Sprint has announced a new Fantasy Football Fanatic Sprint ID pack. Sprint’s ID packs will help you easily get all the apps you need. So if you’re on Sprint, ready for football, and don’t know where to start with apps this pack might be for you. Here’s what you’ll find inside:

• SportCaster: a new sports app that gives sports fans a personalized, real-time source of sports commentary. Leverage the power of Twitter to add real-time commentary to scores and stats.

• RotoWire Fantasy News Center: this app keeps you up to date on all of the latest news. RotoWire.com has developed a quick and easy-to-use app for fantasy fans.

• National Football Post: Get all the latest NFL Hot News and Rumors & columns from National Football Post, a distinctive forum where news, information, and insight meet through the voices of pro football insiders.

• Express Football: Every tidbit of football info you want, easily accessible and in one place.  Enjoy instant access to scores, standings, schedules, stats (by team/player), and news from all your trusted resources.

• The Fantasy Football Guys: Listen to the greatest fantasy football advise podcasts right on your device!

• FriendCaster for Facebook: FriendCaster for Facebook (formerly Flow) gives you a Facebook experience on your Android device.

• Yahoo! Fantasy Football: the Web’s #1 Fantasy Football game comes to Android. Built for Android users, Yahoo! Fantasy Football gives you real-time fantasy score updates wherever you go.

• Sprint Football Live: the one-stop pro and college football destination that allows you to customize your experience to follow your favorite teams on game day and every day.

If your ready for some football this app is available through Sprint right now! Hit up the source link for all the info.

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Sharp Aquos SH8298U 3D for SoftBank Japan

by Jim Farmer on
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Sharp is adding another glasses-free 3D phone to their stable, the Aquos SH8298U. This Aquos will sport Qualcomm’ Snapdragon MSM8255, a processor clocking in at 1.4GHz. Also onboard is an Adreno 205 GPU, 512MB RAM, 2GB of internal storage, a 4.2 inch qHD glasses-free 3D display, dual 8MP cameras on the back (for 3D content), a 1240mAh battery, and lastly Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Pick it up from SoftBank in your choice of red or white.

[via pocketnow]

Tursion TS-102 Smart Pico Projector is more than meets the eye

by David Laborde on
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Underneath that bland, plastic exterior of the Tursion TS-102 is a pair of 624MHz cores pushing the outdated Eclair (Android 2.1) though a lamp that projects an 800×600 image up to 100-inches in size at 20 lumens.  While the TS-102 is capable of connecting to your favorite digital media sources, it can also display media stored on the internal 8GB of flash memory or on a MicroSD card (supports up to 16GB).  Add in its 80-minute rechargeable battery, built-in WiFi, and integrated touch-pad and all of a sudden the Tursion TS-102 starts to look more like a pocket-sized Android computer than a battery operated projector.

The Tursion TS-102 is another example that just like with cars, it’s what’s under the hood that really counts.

[via engadget]

Vestel teams up with Exent to bring all-you-can-eat Android Gaming to your TV

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Back in July we told you about Exent’s subscription based GameTanium market for Android that allowed all-you-can-eat gaming for $4.99/month.  Exent’s business model must have been a success as they have now announced that they are teaming up with Vestel, a major player in consumer electronics, to bring their vision of cross platform gaming to televisions everywhere.

Vestel’s Smart Box Set Top Box (STB) will now have access to Exent’s GameTanium bringing TV optimized games to whatever room you choose for your gaming enjoyment. In addition, the service allows you to switch your game from your Android device, to your computer, and now to your TV, without losing your place in the game.

Hakan Kutlu, Deputy General Manager for marketing at Vestel, on the announcement:

“Consumers today want more entertainment options at home and we’ve found that gaming alongside video and music services are among the most popular requests.  With the flexibility of the GameTanium platform and Exent’s years of experience with content programming and distribution, Exent was the clear choice to power our Games on Demand offering for operators. By integrating GameTanium within our entertainment offerings, we are thrilled to be the first to bring the best of Android gaming to TVs worldwide.”

Exent CEO Zvi Levgoren’s comments:

“Exent’s vision is to provide consumers with the greatest gaming experience, anywhere they wish to be entertained. Expanding our Built with GameTanium offering from PCs, smartphones and tablets to the next generation of TV set-top boxes is an important milestone in fulfilling our play anywhere vision. Vestel is a great partner and we look forward to working with them to bring the greatest Android mobile hits to the living room while assuring the best user entertainment experience.”

The GameTanium service will be demonstrated on the Smart Box STB at the Vestel booth at the 2011 IBC conference in Amsterdam.

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U.S. Patent System to get overhaul, Unfortunately not enough

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The U.S. patent system will get its first major overhaul in 60 years. The senate voted 89-9 in approval of the America Invents Act, and President Obama said in his speech last night, “Today you passed reform that will speed up the outdated patent process so that entrepreneurs can turn a new idea into a new business as quickly as possible. That’s the kind of action we need.”

The goal is for streamlining the patent process, reduce costly legal battles, and provide the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office the funding it needs to process patent applications faster.

The United States is switching from the “first-to-invent” system to the “first-inventor-to-file” system which puts us in line with other industrialized countries.

Small investors are concerned as they feel they will now be at a disadvantage with big corporations. Supporters are concerned with costly lawsuits in which companies are arguing and trying to prove who the first inventor is.

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HTC Vigor flies through the FCC with 4G LTE onboard

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Now that the DROID Bionic release is out of the way, we can begin to concentrate on other upcoming beasts slated for Verizon Wireless. One of them is the HTC Vigor, which is rumored to launch in October. It just cleared the FCC, which should put it at approximately 6 to 8 weeks from now. We are probably looking at a late October launch.

The real meat of the story is that the FCC documents confirm that it will be a 4G LTE device, which is really good news for HTC fans that plan on skipping the Bionic. Rumored specs are still the same: 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB RAM, and a 720p (1280 x 720) display.

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More pictures of the LG Univa surface, Could be Optimus One successor

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Last week we showed you some pictures of the LG Univa, and in case it wasn’t enough, we have some more. The models associated with this device are E510, E510F, E510G. We are not sure of the differences, but we can tell you that the rumored specs of the Univa include an 800MHz CPU, 512MB RAM, 3.5-inch (480 x 320) display, 5MP camera, and 1,500mAh battery. It is not clear if it will come with Android 2.3.3 or 2.3.4.

Nothing has been officially announced, but this one looks to be the Optimus One successor.

Hit the break for a few more shots.

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The LG Marquee could be the LG Optimus Black for Sprint

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In a recent video by Radio Shack showing off the White HTC EVO 3D, we see a glimpse of the LG Marquee for Sprint. It looks like this could be Sprint’s version of the LG Optimus Black.

About a month ago we showed you a leaked Sprint document that had the LG Optimus Black (LS855) on it. We don’t know for sure, but I would say this is the best guess. If you think differently let us know.

Unfortunately the video has been pulled, but the above picture is a screenshot from the video.

[via pocketnow]