Clove UK Announces Samsung Galaxy Nexus Accessories Will Be Delayed To February

So much for our excitement for UK owners finally getting Galaxy Nexus accessories. We initially thought Galaxy Nexus owners across the pond would see the first batch of accessories by mid-January, but Clove has formally announced a change in the release date to around February 13th. Clove is quoted as saying that “delays from Samsung” are the sole reason for the unexpected turn of events.

While this is disappointing for UK Galaxy Nexus, at least February 13th isn’t too far away.

[via Clove UK]

Dev Hacks Hulu Plus App, Now Works On “Any” Android Device?

Very reminiscent of that in the early Netflix days, looks like the Hulu Plus app hasn’t been playing nice with every Android device out there….yet.  If you’re currently a subscriber and were having difficulties getting the app to work on your device, today may be your lucky day.  Thanks to dev Vgeezy over at XDA, he’s managed to successfully hack the apk to support “any” Android device out there.  However, we’ll just say it doesn’t cover “any” as some are still not able to run it.  But, we’re moving in the right direction.  So, for now and for most this should suffice, but be sure to keep in mind that an actual subscription to the Hulu Plus service is still required.  Check out the download links below for modded & landscaped and see if you can finally snag your favorite show on Hulu Plus with your daily driver.  Good luck.  Let us know if there is a device out there not fully supported yet.  As of now, we’re being told the Logitech Revue is one of the ones not playing well.

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[via XDA]

ASUS Nearing Fix For Transformer Prime’s Android 4.0 Update Bug

 

ASUS is finally out to appease the scores of Transformer Prime owners… sort of. While it still hasn’t acknowledged the wacky behavior caused by the recent Android 4.0 update for certain owners, ASUS has in fact acknowledged a specific bug affecting another select group of owners. This bug presents itself in the Transformer Prime software which doesn’t allow the OTA update to recognize the tablet’s serial number. You know what that means— no serial number, no dice.

Using an official thread on XDA, ASUS has given a simple recommendation for owners. A simple factory reset or reboot should correct the bug. While these options doesn’t guarantee a solution, they do seem to help in some cases. Moreover, Gary Key of ASUS mentions that they are “very close to finalizing a fix”. Hopefully it’s not too much longer before you Transformer owners get to enjoy that Ice Cream Sandwich goodness.

[via XDA by Phandroid]

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak on the iPhone: “I wish it did all the things my Android does”

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak may have waited in line for the release of new iPhones, but he says there are ways Android has leapt ahead of iPhone. His calm and collected perspective on the two platforms is a breath of fresh air between typically warring parties and definitely in stark contrast to that other founder. That is whats so great about Steve Wozniak, the branding doesn’t matter, it’s all about the tech itself, a staple of a true blue, and I say this admiringly, geek.

Woz recently attended an interview with Dan Lyons of the Daily Beast. During the interview he compares iPhones with Android phones, and ultimately the Woz laments the limitations of Apple’s smartphone. Check out excerpts from the interview after the break.


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Hands-On With Edifier’s Bluetooth Spinnaker Speakers, Works With Smartphones and Tablets While Adding Some Style (Video)

While perusing the CES show floor we happened to come across Edifier’s booth, the company who is well known for manufacturing high-end speakers and other audio products.  And this go-around they’ve brought their A-Game as far as the wireless speaker dept goes.  So what makes Edifier stand out from the rest?  Well, the company definitely offers some unique and interesting designs.  While there were many designs available which offered great functionality and a fantastic look, one set of speakers particularly caught my eye.  The Edifier Spinnaker Speakers standing at 15-inches tall and touting front-facing tweeter and mid-range speakers along with downward-facing sub woofers located at the bottom.

The speakers allow you to pair any Bluetooth enabled device such as a tablet or smartphone seamlessly and with ease.  There’s also a wireless remote control included which offers a ton of functionality and interaction.  It can be used to play, pause, regulate the volume and skip tracks. These bad boys are clear, loud and take the shape of a horn believe it or not.  A bit unorthodox we know, but damn if they don’t look cool next to my Galaxy S II.  You can purchase this particular model in both Black or Burgundy.  Check out the demo below of the hands-on touting the crystal clear sound of OneRepublic’s “Good Life” and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  In addition to the Spinnaker model, we snagged some screen shots of some other oddly but cool designed pairs of speakers as well.  So be sure to hit the break to give them a one-over.  
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My favorite tech from CES 2012 is Liquipel

Water, the precursor for all life on Earth and yet, incidentally,  looming doom for the gadgets we can’t live without.

It really doesn’t even make sense when you figure Earth is 70% covered by water. So why aren’t are gadgets water proof already, or at the very least safe from sweat and rain. Alright so there are a few of those devices, but realistically every electronic device should be impervious to water. Up until recently the best way to accomplish this feat has been to take rigorous measures to seal the device, but seals wear and impair wireless usability. There’s got to be a better way. Enter Liquipel.

Liquipel repels water at the molecular level. Now we’re talking! The process entails placing your device in a vacuum chamber then subsequently pumping it full of Liquipel formula as a vapor, allowing it to permeate all aspects of the device. After which the vapor is molecularly binded to your device’s materials and what you’re left with is a device not unlike any other of the same type, to the naked eye. The Liquipel treatment is only visible under a microscope.

Trust me, as cool as that sounds, its even more fascinating on video. Take a look at this. 
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Samsung Galaxy Nexus Users Affected by Reboot Bug

The new Samsung Galaxy Nexus is an extremely amazing phone. I love mine so much my sweetie fears that I will run off with it. It’s the first device to run Android 4.0 and the first “Google Experience” device on Verizon’s network. However being that it’s a brand new device with a brand new OS it’s sure to have its own set of bugs and problems.

As it is, numerous users are reporting that there is a bug that causes their devices to randomly reboot. Most that are reporting the bug are those with the GSM model, however, Verizon’s CDMA model isn’t free of it. There isn’t a pinpoint cause for the bug as it can happen while streaming music, playing games or even when the device is idle. Users are finding that the frequency of the issue happens more and more as time progresses but Google has indicated that they are aware of the problem and are investigating the issue. Are you guys having these issues?

[via Google Help Forums by BGR]

Rumor Has It that Verizon and Sprint Will Get the Samsung Galaxy Note, Possibly Under a New Name

Wait till you hear the latest rumor circling the interwebs right now.. I know it’s definitely got me excited! According to the Examiner, the highly controversial Samsung Galaxy Note is heading to both Sprint and Verizon after it makes it self at known with AT&T. Industry analyst, Paul Mueller,  told the Examiner that the device will be available only any one of the big three carriers in 2012. Mueller claims “It will possibly be called the Galaxy Journal. But it is certainly coming to both Sprint and Verizon during the first half of the year.”

Some of you may hate the thought of this device because of its massive 5.3-inch screen. To be honest, when it was first announced in 2011 I was a bit skeptical myself, but after seeing it in person at this years CES, I fell in love. There is something to be said about having that much screen so readily available (yes, it does fit comfortably in my pocket) instead of always relying on toting around a 7 0r 10-inch tablet. Don’t get me wrong, the Note will never replace the joy of using a tablet, but for those like myself who use the web and multimedia all day on their phones — this is a great portable compromise.

Hate it as much as you want, but unless you have personally held one in your hand and have tinkered with its usefulness, you should refrain from bashing it until you have. If this rumor holds any truth, and is indeed heading to Verizon, then, well… anybody want to buy a Galaxy Nexus?

What about you? Do you have any interest in Samsung’s 5.3-inch phablet?

[via Examiner]