Sprint Guardian helps parents keep teens and children safe

If you are a parent of a teenager – someone between 12 and 17 years old –  the odds are pretty good that they have a cell phone or smartphone.  Ensuring safe and responsible use of those mobile devices is a challenge for any parent. Sprint hopes to help with that with the availability of the previously announced Sprint Guardian solution. According to Fared Adib, vice president – Product Development, Sprint, “With Sprint Guardian, Sprint is giving families and individuals tools and information to better manage their wireless experience.”  Sprint Guardian is a collection of bundles of services – a Family Safety Bundle and a Mobile Security Bundle.  Sprint Guardian should now be available to customers with many Android powered devices via the Sprint Zone application on their smartphone.

The Family Safety Bundle is a set of services to manage family members’ wireless experience. The bundle  includes Mobile Controls, Drive First and Family Locator.  These services enable parents to oversee and control phone use, limiting texting while driving, and locate a child on an interactive map.

The Mobile Security Bundle helps manage phone security by backing up certain data so it can be restored to a new phone, locating lost phones, and even locking and wiping phones. These tools can help protect against identity theft, fraud, and the loss of other data.

The services do come at a cost though. The Family Safety Bundle runs $9.99 per month and the Mobile Security Bundle runs $4.99 per month (also available for $49.99 per year). For parents trying to keep their kids safe and using their mobile devices in a responsible manner, the cost may be well worth it.

More details about pricing and specific services are included in the Sprint press release. Hit the break to read it.

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Could the HTC One XXL with 2GB of RAM and quad-core Snapdragon be on the way?

As everyone knows, the international HTC One X has the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor and to make things work with LTE, they created the HTC One XL that is essentially the same phone, but with the dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4. This is essentially what is available on AT&T, but marketed as the One X, a little confusing I know. Now Samsung did the same thing with their Galaxy S III. In their international version, they included an Exynos quad-core processor, but the LTE versions have the dual-core Snapdragon S4 as well. There is one other difference in that Samsung threw in 2GB of RAM as opposed to 1GB. So they one upped HTC, but do you think HTC is going to sit back and do nothing?

A leaked screenshot shows us that the One XXL will add that additional 1GB of RAM to make it 2GB total. HTC didn’t stop there though. Supposedly it will also sport a quad-core Snapdragon S4 (APQ8064 at 1.6GHz ). It will still be LTE so it could essentially be available here in the USA and in Canada. What is puzzling is the GPU. The original has the Adreno 350, but supposedly this one has the Andreno 320 so we don’t know what to say there. Either way, I would surely welcome this beast with open arms. Stay tuned and hit the break for a short video showing the screenshot.

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Motorola DROID Bionic Software Update Version 6.7.2233 Leaks Out, Includes Android 4.0.4 Glory


Good news for you Motorola DROID Bionic owners. While Motorola and Verizon has owners of the device playing the waiting game for the official ICS update due later in the year, a leaked software version 6.7.2233 update has leaked for the smartphone which includes the latest Android 4.0.4 version and is ready for those who are fearless and ready to get a taste of that Holo goodness. The phone is already smooth with Gingerbread 2.3, but while this leaked is not official— reports are coming in that it’s super smooth and amazing.

While the update seems to be working fine for those who’ve successfully flashed the update to their devices, actually flashing the update certainly looks rather intimidating for beginners and is probably not for the faint of heart. Still, having ICS on the Bionic is definitely worth it in the end. If you’re an owner and are interested in getting a bite out of the 4.0.4 sandwich, hit the break in order to see the source link as well as video of the update in action.
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Flipboard Graduates from Beta, Now Available in the Play Store

For those of you who weren’t apart to the Flipboard beta program, you may be pleased to know that the app is now available to everyone and can be downloaded from the Play Store, Amazon App Store, Nook Store and Samsung Apps. As most beta programs do, the Flipboard team was able to iron out all the wrinkles to the point where they feel it is ready for the masses. Not only does the official release bring localized versions for many countries, it can now be your one stop shop for checking in on the 12 most popular Social Networking sites including YouTube, Google+, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and more. Check it out through either of the links below.

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Google Updates The Design To Its Android Developers Webpage

The Mountain View Giant has just jazzed up its Android Developers webpage which allows developers of all types to “design, develop and distribute” all types of apps. The website will include items such as design templates and the ability to publish awesome concepts and content to the Play Store. What’s even more is interested developers will get to see the Android Developers keynote as well as over 40 developer sessions at Google’s upcoming I/O.

Looks like all you amateur and pro developers will have an even bigger reason to create and share the next great app for Android devices. I’m sure many of you are itching for more details, so why not hit the source link to check out the page in all it’s glory?

source: Google Android Developers

Google Files Patent On Peer-to-Peer Location Finding

A new Google patent application has been filed for a peer-to-peer location service. This patent talks about obtaining “high-resolution physical locations for a wireless device by leveraging the high-resolution physical location capabilities of wireless peers of the wireless device to provide a peer-to-peer location service and facilitate location targeting.” In other words, physical distances between your phone and nearby peers can be used to get a more accurate position on your phone should your GPS crap out on you.

A data connection is still required, however, so if you’re lost in the deep woods of a rural area with no cell towers or Wi-Fi nearby, you may be up that proverbial creek, paddles nowhere to be found, banjo music getting louder.

Of course, a patent filing is not a product roadmap and Google may not ever introduce this concept to market. We’re hopeful it will make it in a future Android build to increase the accuracy of location finding in situations where Wi-Fi and GPS are unavailable or unreliable.

source: uspto

Nike+ Running App Arrives In The Play Store

Runners rejoice! Nike has just released their Nike+ Running app for Android. Connecting you to 7 million+ athletes on nikeplus.com, it makes running social. Here’s a list of features:

  • From the trail to the treadmill, your phone’s GPS and accelerometer accurately record your distance, pace, and time. In-run audio feedback lets you know these metrics at every mile, so you can stay focused on your run.
  • Get in-ear cheers from your friends on Facebook when you broadcast that you’ve started a run. Tag the friends you ran with and share a map of your route with friends and family.
  • Have a song that gets you pumped? Set up PowerSongs to give yourself a boost with the tap of a button.
  • Our Run Summary makes it easy to view your route and track how you felt, the terrain you tackled, and the weather you endured.
  • Rotate your phone while viewing the Run Summary to see the breakdown of your run into mile splits.
  • See how your last run stacks up against your previous seven, and get fresh insights based on your latest activity every time you come back to the app.
  • Swipe upwards on the Home Screen to view your next moves. From picking your PowerSongs to challenging one of your personal bests, there’s always something to make your running experience better than before.
  • Visualize all your runs side-by-side and see your progress in a bar graph history view.
  • Syncing your run to the Nikeplus.com website allows you to view your maps on a larger screen, set a new goal, and find Nike+ Top Routes in your area. Check it out.
  • There’s even shoe tagging. Type in the name of your running shoes to track the distance they’re logging and see when it’s time to lace up a new pair. You’re never done running, but your shoes might be.
  • Need extra motivation? Add a widget to your phone’s home screen to show when you ran last, display your total mileage, and for even quicker access into a run.
  • Some features such as Share Run and Cheer Me On require users to be connected to a wireless network for full functionality. Please note that continued use of GPS running in the background could dramatically decrease battery life.

Hit the break for screenshots, press release, and the download link.

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Google Confirms Google Wallet On HTC Evo 4G LTE Has “Software Problem”, Update Coming

Google Wallet has been having issues on Sprint’s Evo 4G LTE, and Google has confirmed that there is indeed a problem. Users of HTC’s One X variant on the Now Network were seeing a notification telling users “Google Wallet has not yet been certified in your country or on your device / carrier,” rendering the app useless. Google is now stating the NFC component on the phone contains a “software problem” which can be fixed with a software patch. Google is working with HTC and Sprint to remedy the situation, but no date was given for the release of an update other than saying it would arrive “soon”.

This is good news since it validates that Sprint was not revoking Google Wallet’s certification in favor of Sprint’s own upcoming Touch Wallet.

Just add this to the list of problems Google Wallet has been having lately, including security flaws and root issues, not to mention increased heat from competitors ISIS and carrier-specific payment systems like Touch Wallet. Seems like the mobile payment space is starting to get a little competitive, which in the long run could be good for consumers.

source: the verge