Samsung Galaxy Note Super Bowl commercial to be 90-seconds and was directed by Bobby Farrelly

Yesterday Samsung announced on Twitter they would run a commercial on the upcoming AT&T Galaxy Note during the 4th quarter of this Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVI, and that it would be “one of the longest in the game.”

Samsung PR just told us it will actually be a 90-second spot and it was directed by Bobby Farrelly, who along with his brother Peter, created some of the funniest movies of all time: There’s Something About MaryDumb and DumberKingpin and Fever Pitch.

“During the past six months we’ve launched the Galaxy S II, Galaxy Nexus and now the Galaxy Note super phone in North America bringing unparalleled innovation to the marketplace,” said Todd Pendleton, Chief Marketing Officer for Samsung Telecommunications America.  “The Galaxy Note ushers in the era of truly personalized communications, allowing people to capture, share and create like never before.”

This is one commercial I’m looking forward to.

Full press release after the break

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Mobile Privacy Bill Introduced In The House, Would Regulate Carrier IQ-Like Tracking Software

The Carrier IQ controversy has prompted numerous concerns and fears over citizens’ privacy rights. That’s why Congress has gone ahead and taken precautionary steps to ensure this type of situation never happens again by drafted a bill called The Mobile Device Privacy Act in the House of Representatives. The bill’s sponsor, Representative Ed Markey (D-MA) put it best:

“Consumers have the right to know and say no to the presence of software on their mobile devices that can collect and transmit their personal and sensitive information”.

So what are the details of the bill you ask? Basically if the bill were to be achieved and passed, it would require companies to disclose tracking software and detail what information it collects. Furthermore, it would require consumer consent for any data collection or transmission; while companies that want to transmit data to third parties would need to gain approval from the FTC and FCC in order to do so. Read on to see more of the nitty gritty details and what the next steps are before the bill becomes law.
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Download: Sprint Nexus S 4G Gets Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich IMM26 ROM

There’s great news for those loyal fans who stuck with their Sprint CDMA Nexus S 4G handsets instead of running over to Big Red and snatching a Galaxy Nexus.  The incredibly talented folks over at XDA managed to get the Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 ROM up and running for the second iteration in the Google Nexus family.  The ROM is reported to be in its final stages of testing and offers a few new features and updates.  Among them are a new software modem, bootloader and is now at biuld IMM26.  Most if not all of the features are stable and working, including the WiMax radios.  Further proof of a new build is revealed by its build date, January 30th 2012.  So rest assured it’s not the same build we saw previously.  It will be nice for Nexus S 4G owners to be slightly ahead of the curve, as you all know Google has already released the Android 4.0.3 ICS build for the Nexus S 3G model as well as for a few other devices.  If you’re feeling frisky, hit the downloads below and don’t forget to report back any issues you may find. Feel free to report them in our forum so as to alert other Nexus S 4G owners as well.  As always, be aware that you’re doing this at your own risk and the staff here at TA are in no way responsible if you brick your device.  So, in short, know what the heck you’re doing!  Good luck and enjoy.  For your convenience, we’ve provided all the downloads you need below courtesy of XDA (dev mrxkills).  Big thanks goes to the rest of the developers who gave their blood, sweat and tears on tweaking this update for the Nexus S 4G.

Update: For some unknown reason, the dev has been asked to pull this down from the site.

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Waze Social Navigation App Updated To 3.0, Brings Twitter And Facebook To Your Morning Commutes


The popular social navigation and GPS app Waze has been updated to version 3.0. In case you’re not familiar, Waze gives you not only a free traffic & navigation app, but the app also encourages users to become part of the local driving community in your area, joining forces with other drivers nearby to outsmart traffic, save time, and improve everyone’s daily commute. In addition to having the ability to create or join local driving groups or link up with other drivers for carpooling, users will now find even more social integration with built-in Foursquare, Twitter and of course, Facebook support. Hit the break for the full presser and Android Market link.
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Samsung offers personal engraving service for your Galaxy Note till March 31

If the Samsung Galaxy Note wasn’t already the coolest phone in the world, it is now. Samsung is offering a personal Galaxy Note Engraving service until March 31. This service is available at Samsung Digital Plaza locations across South Korea, and it will engrave whatever letters you wish with laser beams. As you can see in the above picture, they will not only do your initials, but your full name. Not bad for yourself, but also not bad as a gift idea.

I see only one issue with this and that’s resale value. When you go to sell it, how many people want to buy a phone with someone else’s name on it? Either way, this is a cool idea and one that I’m sure will be very popular with the lucky Galaxy Note owners.

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Verizon Employee Training Doc Reveals Details of Shared Data Plans

A while back we told you about Verizon’s plans to start offering shared data between members of a family plan. That means all devices enrolled under one family plan will eventually have the option to dip out of one pot of allotted data and according to a leaked screenshot acquired by Engadget, eventually might be real soon.

The screenshot you see above is reportedly from an employee training manual and is appropriately labeled “account level data plans”, or ALP. By the looks of it, a $9.99 charge will apply to each phone line that shares from the lump sum of data, which would obviously have an additional charge in it of itself based on the amount of data chosen. There is still no ETA of when we may see this option available, but for those families or groups who don’t individually use up the 2GB data minimum, this may be a welcome option. We will keep a further eye on this and let you know when we hear more. I imagine it should be available right around the corner, though.

source: engadget

Sonic 4 Receives ICS Compatibility Update

For those of you who were disappointed to see that the recent release of Sonic 4 Episode 1 wasn’t compatible with your ICS device, you’ll be happy to know there is a market update waiting for you right now.

Today’s Sonic 4 update brings compatibility to all devices running Android 4.0 and I was able to successfully test it out on the Galaxy Nexus and the Transformer Prime. Previously I was unable to get past the start screen but now I am happy to say that I can play the game without a hitch. Speaking of gameplay, it looks damn good and I haven’t noticed any glitches or hangs at all. Now if I only had a Big Gulp full of Slurpee in front of me I’d think I was a tween again! Hit the link below to get your well deserved update.

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Google Kicks Off Android Developers Google+ Page, Encourages Hangouts and More

Today, Google made another step in the right direction in its latest effort to further engage with the Android development community by announcing the launch of the Android Developers Google+ page. The page is intended as “a place for Android developers everywhere to meet, share, and connect with the people behind the Android developer experience”. Even if you aren’t a developer this should be an interesting page to keep an eye on.

From Google’s recent addition of the Android developers Blog, Google Groups, Holo and the new style guide, and now G+, it clearly seems that the big G wants to make Android a more inviting place for developers. Not only will these outlets provide a place for devs to get together, it should prove to help Google in keeping everyone on the same page.

It kinda seems like god ol’ Andy’s all grown up now, huh? He isn’t just a cute little kid anymore… *sniffle*. So anyway, if you want to keep tabs on Google’s new Android developers G+ page be sure to hit the link below and add them to your circles. You never know if/when Andy might stop by!

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Real Steel HD Hits Android, Awesome Robot Boxing For Those On The Go (Video)

While flying back from CES a few weeks ago I was able to catch a flick on the flight back to my home state of PA.  I was about to doze off on the plane when I opened one eye quick to check out the in-flight entertainment.  It was Real Steel with Hugh Jackman and Dakota Goyo.  The movie takes place in the near distant future where human boxing has been completely replaced with the more popular robot boxing.  A pretty cool high tech remote controlled boxing robot was at the command and disposal of Wolverine himself.  Awesome if you ask me.  I’m a dork for movies like that, what can I say?  So when I saw Jump Games made it available for my favorite operating system in the whole world, I jumped right on it and had to write a post about it to share with the rest of our Android fans.

Gizmodo says, “game looks fun as hell.”
iPhoneappreview says, “Real Steel is a solid winner.”

The future, robots, fighting and more!  What else is there to say?  So go download it already!  Just kidding, here’s a little premise on the game itself first.  Real Steel for Android allows you to enter the underworld of fighting high-tech machines weighing in at 2,000 lbs and battling it to the death all on your smartphone or tablet.  It’s a new age Street Fighter in your pocket!  The game offers two different play modes, “Tournament” and “Free Sparring”.  Tournament mode allows you challenge a whole roster of bots while Free Sparring Mode gives you quick fights against the bot of your choice.  Your goal is to unlock all the cool robots you can by putting a beat down and whoopin on Midas.  The game will run you a buck but it’s well worth the game play.  Ready for the challenge?  Hit the break to check out a few screen shots of the game in action and then hit up the quick demo video from the Android Market.  Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.  QR code and download links after the break.  
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New TI OMAP 4470 Chip Seen in New Galaxy Nexus? Also Benchmarked?

Back when it was first leaked that Sprint would be sporting a Galaxy Nexus of their own it was suggested that their version of the phone would be running a 1.5GHz processor. Considering the original runs a 1.2 GHz OMAP processor everyone was a little surprised. It caught some to question the fact that Google and Samsung would consider dropping a higher-end Galaxy Nexus on the world. Well if the benchmark folk NenaMark have anything to say about it, then a higher-end Galaxy Nexus we shall have!
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