FEMA Releases Android App Just in Time for Hurricane Irene

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FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has released an Android app just in time for hurricane Irene to work its way up the East Coast. The app has a bunch of useful information on disaster safety tips, planning emergency meeting locations, creating a supplies kit, and getting the latest news on upcoming disasters. This includes everything from hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, and extreme heat situations. I found the map section to be pretty useless and buggy (sometimes it wouldn’t even load), but there is a ton of other information in the app that could be quite useful. To check it out, you can grab the app here from our handy apps database. Screenshots from the app can be seen after the break.

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Classic Notes Lite Is Simple Yet Rich In Features, Available In The Android Market

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Looking for a notepad app on crack?  Yeah, we’ve got you right here.  If you’re a note taking junkie like me, you might want to give this one a go.  Note taking apps are a dime a dozen on the Android Market, but rarely do we see any that come with this many features on board.  Classic Notes Lite for Android comes jam packed with a plethora of goodies from the developer, Fluffy Delusions.  There are so many features for the app, we had a hard time listing them all here.  However, we’re certainly going to do our best.  After all, that’s what page breaks are for, aren’t they?  With that classic notebook feel and look, the application  allows you to take text notes, video notes, voice notes and more.  There’s social network integration as well for those looking to share their notes on Facebook and Twitter.  Want to make notes private?  Well, you can.  So jot down those bank codes without fear.  In addition, you can paint notes, lock’em, export them, add them to your calendars, create shortcuts for your homes screen, set reminders and even Geotag a note.

Folks, the list is extensive and the options are endless.  The UI might be a little plain Jane for some, but I believe this is what the developer was shooting for.  A simple yet rich in features kind of application.  Hit the break to check out the full length offerings supplied by the developer and check out some of the screen shots as well.  And saddle up, because it’s a long list.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  And feel free to hit up the developer with any positive feedback and/or suggestions on how to improve the application.

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Nexus Prime passes WiFi certification

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We’re pretty excited here at TA because we likely have a bit of Nexus Prime news on our hands. The Samsung GT-I9250 has just passed WiFi certification today. If the info on a recently leaked Samsung roadmap holds any truths, this is 99.9% the Nexus Prime. It’s coming people, we’re close. If you’ve been out of the Android loop recently, the new Nexus will have a Super AMOLED 1280×720 HD screen, feature Ice Cream Sandwich, and some sort of TI OMAP4 processor rumored to be a 1.5Ghz dual core. This will be the Android to own. Being a Verizon customer, I’ve been denied a Nexus One and Nexus S, but my hopes are high this time.

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Samsung Galaxy W to launch in the UK on the British Three network

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News that the Samsung Galaxy W will be launching on the British Three network in September comes only days after a video was posted showing a sneak-peak at the beautiful device.

Specs on the Galaxy W include a 3.7-inch (800 x 400) TFT LCD screen, 1.3GHz processor, 5MP camera, 14.4Mbps HSDPA, Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi, 1500mAh battery, and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).

The Samsung W is scheduled to be showcased at the IFA in Berlin next week along with the other classes in the Galaxy line.

[via engadget]

Nexus Prime will be manufactured by Samsung, according to Cease & Desist email

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Apparently, firmware for the Nexus Prime has gotten out into the wild and Samsung doesn’t play when it comes to such matters. This Cease & Desist email is floating around the Internet right now in which the Samsung’s legal team confirms that company will indeed be the manufacturer of the Nexus Prime. If it’s real then speculation about manufacturers is out the window and we can instead focus on what’s inside! Being Samsung made it’s got to have a Super AMOLED HD screen, but what else? Maybe we’ll see Samsung’s dual core Exynos processor. Unfortunately we don’t have any documentation leaked about a release date, but rumors point toward October.  Click on the pic above to blow it up and read it for yourself.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Samsung Confirms Galaxy S II LTE with Upgraded Specs, Galaxy Tab 8.9 to get LTE

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Samsung will be showing off a new Galaxy S II next week in Berlin at the IFA trade show. The upgraded SII will be packing LTE and will be earth’s first LTE/WCDMA/GSM multi-mode phone. This new SII will also be coming with a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, NFC, an 8MP camera, and a 1850mAh battery on the inside. It’s unknown if this version will hit the US.

The Galaxy Tab 8.9 will also be seeing an LTE variant. The LTE version is packing Android 3.2, a 1.5GHz dual-core, 3MP camera, and a 8.9inch WXGA (1280×800) screen. We may get more on the Tab on this Tuesday at the Samsung NYC event.

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Samsung Hercules (T989) and AT&T Variant (I927) Clear The FCC

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One of my personal upcoming favorites this year coming to T-Mobile, the Samsung Hercules, has cleared the FCC today. It also appears the Hercules will be rocking Near Field Communications according to the filing (hello Google Wallet). Also clearing the FCC is the I927, AT&T’s variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II.

We’ve heard the Hercules will be launching on Oct. 26th and the AT&T variant should be launching soon as well. I fear the US variants of the Galaxy S IIs might be a little late in the game to compete, especially with the Nexus Prime possibly right around the corner for Verizon (OK, I’ll even throw the iPhone 5 in here for competition). Even with the new Nexus coming, the Hercules may be enough for me to drop my Verizon line, which my day job is paying for, and grab a T-Mobile contract just to check it out. More is sure to come about both of these devices on Tuesday at the SGSII reveal in NYC (moved from Monday due to Hurricane Irene). The FCC filings brings us one step closer to the SGSII dominating the US. Who’s grabbing one? Hit the break for full size images of the FCC filings.

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ViewSonic ViewPad 7x will debut in late September for €349

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The ViewSonic ViewPad 7x was shown back in May at computex, and it looks like it will finally make its debut in late September for €349 which equates to £310 based on today’s exchange rate.

It will come with Android 3.2, a 7-inch (1024 x 600) screen, dual cameras, and include the full version of the LogMeIn Ignition remote desktop app. ViewSonic is making a big deal on the fact that they are using “injection moulding” for extra durability.

What are your thoughts? A lot of people are digging the 7-inch form factor so this one could be popular.

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Adobe Flash Player gets updated to fix compatibility issues

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Adobe just released the latest version of Flash Player for Android devices. This update brings it to version 10.3.186.6, and it includes compatibility fixes that could resolve any unexplained issues you may have had while viewing Flash on your phone.

The addressed compatibility issues include:

  • Calls to gotoAndPlay() and gotoAndStop() no longer fail in some Flash applications which load shared libraries (2943612).
  • TextField instances which specify a negative offset (x property contains a negative value) now correctly flow the text horizontally instead of vertically (2941680).
  • Improved performance in some cases when displaying complex animations (2941931).
  • Flash applications at certain websites (http://heylenmichel.de) now load correctly (2944081).

Fixes and Enhancements:

  • Enabled NEON optimizations for OMAP4 (Cortex A-9) based devices. (2853030)
  • Corrected an issue on the Samsung Galaxy S where H.264 video at resolutions of 720p and below was not displayed. (2852889)
  • Fixed an issue where app packaging would fail for Android Apps using Flash Player in WebView that set android:hardwareAcceleration to True in their AndroidManifest.xml.  (2834793)
  • Fixed a crash on the HTC EVO that some users encountered with specific video. (2855425)
  • Fixed an issue that caused video frames to stop rendering on long streaming videos (> 1 hour) on some Motorola devices. (2855957)
  • Fixed an issue where touch events were getting delayed with Kongregate.com games. (2874651)
  • Fixed an issue where games on Kongregate.com freeze when users exit from Full-Screen mode.  (2874640)

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