NVIDIA press invite for Mobile World Congress confirms Quad-Core phones

Today’s “unsurprising” news is that NVIDIA will show off at least one quad-core phone in a couple of weeks at Mobile World Congress. The press invite clearly states “Quad-Core firsts continue at MWC,” and the picture is of someone holding a phone while riding a roller coaster. We’ve already heard rumors of the HTC Edge and the LG X3, but who knows, there might be something else up their sleeve. If you’re still a non-believer, don’t forget that NVIDIA told us that quad-core phones would come out by the 1st quarter 2012. Mobile World Congress is shaping up to be one spectacular event, and as always, we’ll bring you all the latest and greatest so stay tuned.

 

Google’s Drive Cloud Storage Service Nearing Launch

Step aside Dropbox. Google is close to launching its own cloud-storage service. Like its soon to be rival, Google’s Drive was created in response to the growth of internet-connected devices such as smartphones, tablets and media players.

Drive will take advantage of the rise in “cloud computing” by storing files like photos, documents and videos online. They will sit on Google’s servers and will be able to be accessed from any web-connected device. This will allow folks to easily share files with others. For example, if a person wanted to send an email containing a video shot from their smartphone, they could easily upload the video to through the Drive mobile app then email folks the link rather than the file itself.

Drive is one of a few recent attempts by the Search giant to gain lost ground from smaller internet start ups that are doing well in hot new areas. Others include their fledgling social network Google+, mobile article reading app Currents to take on Flipboard, and developed services that include buying business-reviews company Zagat to take on Yelp. 
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Foursquare Update Gives You New Ways to Discover the World Around You

With the latest update, the popular app foursquare has a lot more to offer than just checking-in. Feeding off features from their recent website, developers have added Explore to their mobile app.  Explore will give you recommendations based on places your friends have been or left tips, places you’ve put on lists to follow, or even new places Foursquare thinks you might want to try.  The app has gathered this information from the 1.5 billion check-ins on foursquare.  Menu and pricing information is also easily accessible in the app.

Checking-in will be even easier if you have a device with Android Beam (like the Galaxy Nexus), since that’s supported now too.  If your friend is already checked in, they can beam the check-in right to your phone.  Nifty, huh? So, check out the links after the break to get your foursquare app and get exploring!


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Amazon’s New Kindle Ad Reminds Us Three Kindles Cost the Same as One iPad

It looks like Samsung isn’t the only device manufacturer taking pot-shots at Apple whithin their latest TV commercials. From Sammy’s latest uber-expensive Galaxy Note commercial that aired during the Super Bowl, to Amazons most recent campaign for its eReaders.

Amazon just uploaded a new spot to YouTube today outlining the Kindle Fire‘s low price point when compared to the $499 base-priced iPad. The video explains that you can purchase a Kindle and two Kindle Fire’s for under the price of one silly iPad – and even have a little dough left over. Oh yeah, and if you see a hot mom sitting by herself next to the pool you should most definitely assume there is a husband near by. Cute Amazon… cute.

While this may be all fine and dandy, lets not forget about ASUS’ upcoming 7-inch beast. For $250 you will be able to buy their MeMO 370T that will pack a smokin’ fast quad-core processor and should definitely give the Kindle Fire a run for its money. Which would you prefer?

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source: Phandroid

 

 

Verizon LTE Xoom Getting Upgraded…No, Not With Ice Cream Sandwich Yet

Verizon’s support page for the Motorola Xoom 4G LTE shows that an update (HLK75H) is coming soon. Unfortunately, this is NOT the Ice Cream Sandwich update most Verizon Xoom owners are waiting for.

According to Verizon’s support page, this update brings these two long-awaited and much-needed-by-everyone fixes:

  • The device will now support dual International Mobile Subscriber Identities (IMSI) to enhance International travel for mobile users.
  • Data connectivity will properly restore after disabling Airplane Mode.  
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Sprint Running Early Upgrade Buyout Program

Sprint is planning on initiating a program for customers to buy out their current contract by paying a fee in exchange for an early upgrade. The program effectively resets their early upgrade eligibility and with the applicable Upgrade Now fee, customers will also have to commit to another 2 year contract. The program will run from 2/12/12 to 04/14/12. Details after the break.


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Two Easter Eggs Officially Cracked In Google Chrome For Android

 

It’s only been roughly a few days since we’ve been graced with Chrome’s arrival, but it’s all we needed in order to see the first two (of hopefully many Easter Eggs) cracked. The first one involves the number of tabs opened in the browser. If you’ve noticed, there’s no limit of the number of tabs being opened as there are in other web browsers. So what happens when you have 99 tabs opened and want to open the 100th? The 100th turns into a smiley emoticon. Pretty clever there Google.

The second one is a real doozy too. This involves what happens when you look at the page showing all your tabs. You generally can swipe up and down to flip through the stack of tab windows, but when you’ve flipped to the top, the tabs then poke out to highlight they won’t go any farther. However, if you swipe up five times in a row, the whole stack does a animated flip. This is perhaps one of the specific reasons why Chrome has decided to unleash the beta for Android 4.0+ users only— the use of hardware acceleration in order to see the stack do an animated flip. Moreover, when looking at the back of the stack as it flips around, you can then see an embossed Chrome logo. Very cool.

You’ve read about the Easter Eggs now. So why don’t you check out Chrome doing a backflip in the video below? You’ll be glad you did.

 

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source: cnet

 

 

Google Wallet PIN Cracked by Brute Force Attack

First, the sky is not falling and chances are you are safe, but if you use Google Wallet, you should know that the PIN security has been cracked. Who is affected? You are vulnerable if:

  1. You have a phone with Google Wallet set up
  2. Your phone is rooted
  3. You don’t use lock screen security (PIN, pattern, face unlock, etc)
  4. You lose your phone

Basically, you need either a Nexus S or Galaxy Nexus that has been rooted. Everyone else can stop reading now.


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Phoenix Suns Adopt Android Ushering In a New Era for the NBA

Players for the Phoenix Suns will all be getting a Galaxy Tab 10.1 thanks to a joint effort by the team, Verizon Wireless, and Samsung. In doing so, the Suns will be the first in the NBA to have tablets courtside. Each player’s tablet will include a team playbook, video from practice sessions, scouting reports for upcoming opponents, and travel itineraries for road trips. While talking with the Wall Street Journal, head coach Alvin Gentry described the Galaxy Tabs as the best way to display diagrams of plays that he wants to run during a game. ”If I say, ‘I’m going to run a play called four-pop, [assistant coach] Noel Gillispie can cue that right up for me.” There use isn’t limited to game floor, however, the Suns will also be utilizing the Tabs for business relations in forms including season ticketholder presentations, in-game promotional programs, TV/radio broadcasts, and of course social media.

Score one for Android making it into the big leagues, of basketball.

Full press release after the break. 
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U.S. Justice Department set to approve Google-Motorola deal as early as next week

It seems like ages ago when Google announced it was buying Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. It was actually about 6 months ago, and at that time we figured it was going to be a battle with the U.S. Justice Department as well as the European Commission. The Wall Street Journal is reporting the U.S. Justice Department will clear the deal as early as next week, according to people familiar with the matter. The European Commission will also decide next week on whether to approval the deal as they’ve set Monday, February 13 as a deadline.

Even if both clear the way, it won’t be smooth sailing as both departments are concerned with Google’s commitment to license Motorola patents to competitors under FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non nondiscriminatory) rules. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have read all about the various lawsuits between Apple, Samsung, Motorola, HTC, Microsoft, and others. The concern is that many of these suits involve patents that are essential to making smartphones, like 3G and WiFi. Some of these patents have become industry standards and companies who own those patents need to agree to issue licenses under FRAND.

Google did promise organizations that it would offer licenses for FRAND patents in Motorola’s portfolio, but didn’t rule out seeking injunctions against those that refuse to license those FRAND patents. On the other hand, Apple and Microsoft also said they would offer licenses, but wouldn’t seek injunctions from those they feel violated those industry standard patents.

I certainly don’t see any of these legal battle slowing down, but I’m excited to see what Google and Motorola are going to do together. Motorola has been behind the shadows of Samsung, but they make the best hardware hands down. Motorola may or may not make the next Nexus device, but I believe we should see some interesting things out of Motorola by the end of the year, assuming this deal is finalized.

source: wall street journal