Electronic Frontier Foundation is asking for your help in taking down Carrier IQ

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is looking for users of rooted or jailbroken phones to help them in their pursuit of taking down Carrier IQ. If you remember, the EFF was enlisted by Trevor Eckhart after Carrier IQ slapped him with a Cease and Desist letter. The EFF is all about protecting the public’s digital rights, so it’s not surprising they are looking to uncover exactly what Carrier IQ was doing with the data.

What the EFF needs is the “profile” that is on your phone. What is a profile? It’s a file written by Carrier IQ that is based on the specifications of the phone company or client. It’s written to each phone, and it contains information about what data to collect and where to send it. You will most likely need to be rooted or jailbroken in order to get to the profile. There is even a thread over at XDA discussing possible methods in finding these profiles. If you’re able to obtain your profile, the EFF would like you to send it to them along with what phone and network it was from and where on the phone’s file system you found it. This can be emailed at iqiq@eff.org or in a git remote they can pull from. Hit the source links for more information.

[via eff and xda]


Sony Ericsson Xperia active (Unlocked) unboxing and initial hands on review [Video]

If you have an active lifestyle, then the Sony Ericsson Xperia active might be the phone for you. It’s an entry level device, but will satisfy most consumers. It features a 3-inch (480 x 320) TFT display, a 1GHz single-core processor, 512MB RAM, 5MP rear camera, 320MB internal memory, 2GB microSD card (upgradeable to 32GB), 1200mAh battery, and Android 2.3.4. It comes pre-loaded with personalized sports apps that allow you to easily track your workouts and fitness level to help you reach your goals. Our own Joe Sirianni will do a full review, but for now, checkout my initial hands on.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S (unlocked) unboxing and initial hands on review [Video]

Sony Ericsson recently made a push into the United States with some unlocked options. We reviewed the Xperia ray last month, and recently the Xperia arc S and Xperia active became available. All three phones are compatible with AT&T’s 3G network. Priced at $395.50 (Amazon), this is a pretty good deal. Remember, this price is contract free.

The arc S features a 4.2-inch (854 x 480) LCD display, a 1.4GHz single core Snapdragon processor, 512MB RAM, 8.1MP rear camera capable of recording video at 720p, 1GB of internal storage, 8GB microSD card (upgradeable to 32GB), 1500mAh battery, and Android 2.3.4. It’s very thin as it comes in at 8.7mm. This rivals the Samsung Galaxy S II. Our own Joe Sirianni will do a full review, but for now, checkout my initial hands on.

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T-Mobile Huawei Springboard unboxing and initial hands on review [Video]

Back in October, CTIA was supposed be all about the Galaxy Nexus. When Google and Samsung cancelled the event, it created an opportunity for other manufacturers to grab the spotlight. The Springboard from Huawei was one of those. It’s their latest Honeycomb tablet, and it’s compatible with T-Mobile’s 4G network at 14.4/Mbps. It features a 7-inch (1280 x 800) TFT display with IPS, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, microSD slot for up to 32GB of extra storage, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, and Android 3.2. It comes in at 10.41mm thick and weighs 399 grams. It’s priced at $249.99, and it’s biggest competition is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, which is a little thinner and lighter, 9.96mm and 345 grams respectively. We will do a full review, but for now checkout my quick hands on video.

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Images of the DROID 4 Appear, Includes Multiple Angles

No, we are not showing these images in an attempt to tease you any further, they were just too good not to pass along. Recently, a Droid Life reader did some snooping around in a DROID 4 SWF file and dug up some great pictures. By the looks of things, this rendering seems to be a bit different from what we have seen in the past. Unless my eyes are fooling me, this round of pics shows the DROID 4 without the RAZR-like hump near the camera area as seen before. Who knows which set of pictures will end up holding any truth, but now it looks like we will have to wait until February for the official launch.

Anybody have any guesses why the DROID 4 release has been pushed back a couple months? I have my theories, but I am interested in hearing yours. Jump past the break for another set of images.
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C Spire Wireless Announces The Motorola Milestone X2

C Spire has introduced the new Motorola Milestone X2 to its lineup today. The phone (also known as the DROID X2) comes with a 4.3-inch screen, a zippy 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM and and nice 8MP camera. All of this will be powered by some of that sweet Gingerbread 2.3 goodness.

The phone is now available both online at www.cspire.com and in all C Spire Wireless stores. C Spire is offering the device at an attractive $99 (after $50 rebate) on a 2-year contract.

[via Business Week]

Siegecraft THD by Blowfish Studios Now Available, Optimized for Tegra 2 and Tegra 3 Devices

If you are looking for a new siege warefare game to play that is as addictive to play as it is gorgeous then look no further. Blowfish Studios has released their game Siegecraft THD optimized for Tegra devices. Don’t worry folks, those of you that don’t have a Tegra device can get a non-optimized version of it as well. This game features console like graphics and the ability to launch cows at enemies. You don’t actually have your own castle or land to defend, but rather, you’re a mercenary for hire that has the best siege army at your disposal. Various kingdoms will hire you to take out their enemies using various siege weapons.

If you have a Tegra 2 or Tegra 3 device you can see the following exclusive content:
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Verizon’s DROID 4 Launch Pushed Back To February

I hate to be the bearer of bad news for those of you waiting for the DROID 4. We told you just a few days ago that you shouldn’t hold your breath on the phone being released today, December 22nd. Now we have an unofficially official confirmation that the phone will not only be delayed– but the phone will be pushed back for a targeted release for February. The gang at Droid Life came across an internal document highlighting Verizon will push the device back from today to February 2nd.

Seems a little unusual, but when you think about it– it’s really not. While the DROID 4 is a slider, it’s still a high-end LTE device. Considering there are already newly launched high-end LTE devices such as the RAZR, Rezound and oh— that precious jewel too, it doesn’t make sense for the DROID 4 to be released when there’s too many phones in Big Red’s lineup dominating the limelight at this time. Plus it gives Verizon and Motorola some time to work out any last few bugs and present customers with a polished and smooth device (hold your saracsm and skepticism at that thought folks). Those of you hoping for the newest iteration of the DROID sliders will have to be patient just a wee bit longer. February isn’t that far away, right?

(Photo courtesy of Droid Life)

[via Droid Life]

Sony Ericsson LT28AT Details: 4.55-Inch Screen, 13MP Camera & LTE

Well what do we have here? There have been numerous leaks over the last few months regarding Sony Ericsson’s next flagship phone, the Nozomi– also known as the Xperia Arc HD. We now have information on what will be the American cousin of the device. Known as the LT28at, the phone will come with a 4.55-inch 720P Sony Reality Display screen, a stunning 13MP camera and LTE support.

When you dive deeper into the device, we can fit some of the pieces of the mysterious puzzle that is the LT28at. For starters, SE generally adds the “at” suffix for AT&T devices and since AT&T now has LTE, it’s more than likely the device will be headed for AT&T stores.  Moreover, while we don’t know which processor the LT28at will carry, it’s a safe bet that it will likely carry a similar dual-core processor to the Nozomi/Xperia Arc HD.

Let’s hope that we’ll see this puppy formally announced hopefully in the next few months. I’m not sure about you, but I can’t wait to see the photos and video from the 13MP camera of the device.

[via Android Central]

Samsung’s “Get Best Games For Free” Promotion Is In Effect. Offers Riptide GP, Sprinkle And Air Penguin Just To Name A Few

Not to further add to Android fragmentation, but Samsung has just announced their “Get Best Games For Free” promotion available for most of their Galaxy branded Android devices.  And we’re not talking about cheesy games either.  Among the titles can be found Samurai II: Vengeance, Sprinkle, Riptide GP and Trial Xtreme.  The promo started on the 13th of this month and is extended for the next two months for UK, US, India, France, Spain and anywhere else Samsung Apps are supported.  Pretty cool huh?  There’s a total of 16 titles available for download so get yours now.

“We are pleased to offer our users a promotion which enables them to download popular apps, optimized to their Galaxy smart device, for free,” Kang-Hyun Kwon, SVP of media solution center, Samsung Electronics, said.

In addition, Sammy is also promoting their “App Tournament Event” over on its Samsung Apps Facebook Page.  If you head on over via the source link you can win prizes such as Smart TV’s, Samsung Slate PC’s and Tab 10.1′s for simply selecting your favorite app.  Not too shabby eh?  Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.

[via Samsung Apps & Facebook]