New Sprint App Disables Teen’s Phones While Driving

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Sprint has come up with an app to take preventing cell phone usage while driving to a whole new level. The app is called Drive First and is being marketed to parents to prevent their kids from cell phone usage while driving. Available for all Android devices on Sprint, their app will lock down the phone after detecting when a car is moving more than 10 mph. Not only is it locked down from use, but incoming calls are forwarded directly to voicemail, texts are answered with an automated message that the user is driving, and silences all incoming alerts. Once the app sees no movement, taking into account stop-and-go traffic, the phone will become unlocked again. The owner of the Drive First account does however have the ability to grant the user access to navigation, music, or weather. Seems like a cool concept to me and the app will cost you $2 a month after the 15 day free trial is over. The link to check this app out is right here and be sure to check out the full press release after the break. What are you’re thoughts on this one? Cool concept or something that can be easily hacked by a teen?

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HTC talks about iPhone, patents, and Google’s pending purchase of Motorola

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Martin Fichter, the acting president of HTC America had some things to day while attending the Mobile Future Forward conference in Seattle. He said iPhones aren’t cool anymore, but has no interest in killing it. He is not sure how Google and Motorola will work, but they will look at their options and do whatever it takes to be successful. He also said we are wasting a lot of time, money, and energy on the patent wars which should go towards putting better technology into people’s hands.

On the iPhone:

“Apple is innovating. Samsung is innovating. We are innovating. Everybody is innovating. And everybody is doing different things for the end consumers. I brought my daughter back to college — she’s down in Portland at Reed — and I talked to a few of the kids on her floor. And none of them has an iPhone because they told me: ‘My dad has an iPhone.’ There’s an interesting thing that’s going on in the market. The iPhone becomes a little less cool than it was. They were carrying HTCs. They were carrying Samsungs. They were even carrying some Chinese manufacture’s devices. If you look at a college campus, Mac Book Airs are cool. iPhones are not that cool anymore. We here are using iPhones, but our kids don’t find them that cool anymore.”

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Verizon Lists Thunderbolt As Having Gingerbread In Fall Guide

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We reported that HTC confirmed Gingerbread for the Thunderbolt would be coming in September. Verizon looks to be on top of this as their new Fall Guide lists the Thunderbolt as running 2.3 instead of the current 2.2. This guide doesn’t give us any dates to look forward to, but being about half way through September it should be soon right? Keep checking back as we will let you know more as soon as we have it.

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Facebook gets updated, You can finally tag friends and places

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Facebook has been updated to 1.7, and I have to wonder why these improvements were not already implemented.

  • Made it easier to share with who you want
  • Improved the sharing tool to add privacy controls on posts and match your settings on the web site
  • Added the ability to tag friends and places in photos posts
  • Added new design for Profile and Group Walls
  • Improved photo browsing with swiping
  • Added the ability to tag your friends in photos
  • Improved Messages and Notifications
  • Fixed a number of crashes and performance issues

I don’t use this app much, but it’s finally getting usable. I wish they would fix the widget so that shows ALL newsfeed updates rather than what it feels like showing.

Hit the source link or head to our apps database for the QR code.

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Atrix 4G ROMs Being Ported To The Droid X2

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A little over month ago we reported that the Droid X2 was confirmed using the 2nd-init method, the same method that brought CM7 to the Droid X. Unfortunately, there haven’t been many ROMs currently on the X2 to choose from. Things should start to change now as XDA member navenedrob has stated porting Atrix ROMs over to the DX2. The first one up is stock 2.3.4 Gingerbread 4.5.91 Atrix 4G port and updates along with the download link can be found in the source link below. This should be the first of many to help you un-blur your DX2. Let us know how this ROM works out for you.

[via xda]

Get a discounted Arnova tablet for a digital subscription of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News

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Philadelphia Media Network (PMN) will offer the Arnova 10 G2 tablet with bundled digital subscriptions to the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News.

Arnova will produce 5,000 tablets that will include digital subscriptions (or apps) of the Philadelphia Inquirer and philly.com. Of course, the tablets will have other pre-loaded apps for traditional web surfing and email. They are available starting today for $99 with a “deeply discounted” 2-year digital subscription, and are on a first-come first-served basis. Subscription pricing is $9.99 a month for the Daily News and Inquirer. You also have the option of paying $129 for the tablet and signing up for a 1-year subscription of $12.99 per month for both papers. PMN feels these “highly discounted” subscriptions are the equivalent of receiving the tablet for free.

The ARNOVA 10 G2  has a 1 GHz processor, 10.1- inch (1024 x 600) display, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Although these specs are nothing to go crazy about, it is a good deal for many consumers who aren’t currently in the market for a tablet, but would enjoy digital subscriptions of both of these papers.

Full press release after the break:

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Fusion Garage reduces Grid 10 tablets pricing by $200, delays launch

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We were expecting to see the Fusion Garage Grid 10 tablets (3G and WiFi) available this week, but they have been delayed until October 1st to accommodate changes to Adobe Flash Player certification requirements. The good news is that they have already reduced the price by $200 for each model. They will now be $299 for the WiFi version and $399 for the 3G version. They were originally going to be $499 and $599 respectively.

Smart move because now they might actually have a chance to sell some.

[via allthingsd]

FM Radio App For Droid Bionic, Courtesy of XDA

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If you’re a Droid Bionic owner that’s feeling a little disappointed now that you’ve noticed your coveted new device lacks a preinstalled FM radio app, fret no more, XDA forums is confirming a very simple solution. Just download the non-market .apk file included below and install accordingly. This is the same version that is presently working with the Droid3 and most all other Motorola smartphones.

Download: FMRadio.apk

Note: I find it’s easiest to download the file to the device and then click on it from the notification bar to enable the installation. Also, don’t forget to allow non-market apps in your settings.

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GameStop to Release Android-Based Gaming Tablet

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Traditional “brick-and-mortar” retailers are in a bit of a pickle.

Due to the evolution of technology and the advent and rising popularity of digital mediums, physical media is becoming less and less profitable. You only have to look at the recent fate of Borders to see that if a company doesn’t change with the times, its future is bleak. With this in mind, videogame monolith GameStop has been investing plenty of time and money into research for the future of their business, as well as the acquisition of cloud-based gaming and technology companies Impulse and Spawn Labs. It was unclear what the company’s exact plans were, but we now know this for certain: it at least partially involves Android tablets. Click in after the break for more info! » Read the rest

Samsung Galaxy S II Ad for US

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This is the first US ad for the Samsung Galaxy II. So, are you excited? I found that while this commercial may not have you reaching for your wallet, it does a better job than Verizon’s Droid commercials, it actually shows the device in action. It’s coming soon everyone!

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