Launches HD Widgets App For Honeycomb Tablets

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tagged , , , ,’s HD Widgets app has hit the Android Market with heaps of sweet-looking and fully customizable widgets for your Honeycomb tablet. You name it: weather, clocks, utility setting switches, hundreds of configurations and more than a dozen backgrounds are included.

A special launch sale for this app is running in the market until September 1st for just 99 cents on tabs running 3.0 or higher. Additionally, says a phone version of the app will be available in the coming weeks with new themes, options and more.

Hit the break for the Android Market link and QR Code along with a few screen shots.

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One-Click Root for Stock Gingerbread (Droid X, Droid 3, Droid X2, Cliq and Cliq 2) [From the Forums]

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Earlier today we reported XDA forum member dirbliss had successfully rooted the Motorola DROID 3. Now, thanks to Framework43, krazykrivda, and psouza4 over at rootzwiki, we have an uber simple one-click root method for stock Gingerbread. I have tested this out on my Droid X running 4.5.602 and everything went flawlessly. As per P3Droid, this method should work on the Droid 3, Droid X, Droid X2, Cliq and Cliq 2. Here’s how it goes down, but proceed at your own risk:

  • Motorola drivers need to be installed – 32bit here and 64bit here
  • Download and unzip ‘Droid 3 easy root script v7′ to your PC  from here
  • Turn on USB debugging on your phone by going to Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging(check box)
  • Plug phone into your computer and select “Charge Only” mode from your phone’s notification drop down (pull down your notification bar and tap USB connection to change).
  • Navigate to ‘Droid 3 easy root’ folder you unzipped to your PC and run ‘Click to root your Droid 3.bat’
  • Now just follow the instructions in the command window and unlock the phone after each reboot

No more SBFing back to Froyo on the Droid X! Thanks to everyone that set this up. Make sure to check the source link below for any updates.

WARNING for Droid X: Previously rooted DX owners who took an OTA update and then lost root should proceed with caution. This seems to only work flawlessly on SBF’d DX’s or fully factory stock ones(read: never been rooted). The problem is with getting Superuser installed because it is already on your phone from when you were rooted previously.

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Verizon Wireless And Intuit Team Up To Offer GoPayment, Allows Mobile Credit Card Processing For Small Businesses

by Axl Logan on
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Looks like mobile payment systems are catching on pretty quickly and starting to become the norm around these parts.  We saw Square update their mobile application to support a slew of new features, offering a better mobile payment experience.  In recent news, Verizon Wireless and Intuit have announced that they’re teaming up to bring you a mobile payment solution as well.  The GoPayment service will focus on allowing mobile payment processing for small to medium sized business owners.  I personally hope this trend kicks off, as these companies and carriers are quickly recognizing the need.  We’re doing  more and more on or smartphones these days and it would be wise for companies to continue to acknowledge that by meeting the need.
Verizon Wireless and Intuit Inc. today announced a strategic alliance to give all small businesses – from the sole proprietor to a medium-sized business – the ability to process credit card payments on smartphones and tablets. The companies are now offering Intuit’sGoPayment app and pocket-sized credit card reader in Verizon Wireless’ 2,300 retail stores and business-to-business sales channels.
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Google+ updated with many improvements including resharing posts

by Adam Johnson on
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The Google+ app has been updated, and with a few improvements that most of us have been not so patiently waiting for. If you are a regular user of Google+ like I am you’ll find this a welcome update. There are a number of enhancements in this latest version of the G+ app that I personally have been fairly vocal about in various initial posts, replies to post, and feedback sent from the application. Occasionally, these thoughts have even been directed to the Lead Product Manager of Google+ Games and Mobile, Punit Soni. As a Google employee he is quite active on Google+, and has even on occasion responded to requests, questions and suggestions from the Google fans. All of which are always much appreciated by us as avid Google+ users.

Now to the recent changes to Google+:

  • Improved notifications reliability (definitely needed from the start)
  • “_add to circle” notifications shown in bulk
  • Share stream posts to individual people (this is huge, and has been requested for a very long time)
  • Clicking a +mention takes you to the person’s profile (also has been on my list of wanted features)
  • +mentions now autofill from your Circles (awesome!)
  • Stream no longer resets to top when screen is rotated (this used to annoy the heck out of me)
  • Nearby accuracy
  • Start a 1:1 huddle from a person’s profile or a group huddle from a circle profile
  • Hide 1:1 huddles
  • Clickable links in huddles
  • Improved autocomplete when adding a person to a huddle

If you haven’t yet, go directly to your Android Market app and update your copy of Google+. Otherwise if you don’t yet have the app hit the source link or QR code below and get it!

Now, if you don’t even have a Google+ account yet, head over to the Google+ Invite thread in the TalkAndroid forums and leave your email *or* you can send me a private message and I’ll get an invite sent out to you ASAP.

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Samsung IFA app outs Galaxy Tab 7.7, Galaxy Note, and Wave 3

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Samsung has been promising us something special for September 1st, which is when the IFA Trade Show in Berlin kicks off. They went as far as releasing a teaser app with the promise that the app could be updated on September 1st to reveal the juicy details.

A tipster decided to look inside the APK and found the three logos in the above picture. We now know they will be announcing the Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablet, a Wave 3 smartphone (with the latest edition of the Bada OS), and a Galaxy Note. Nobody has reported on the Galaxy Note, so we are not sure what it is. As far as the Galaxy Tab 7.7, I think it is safe to say that it is an update to the original Galaxy Tab with a 7.7-inch screen. No other specs were identified at this time.

Stay tuned as more information might leak out, but ultimately, we are going to hear all the details on September 1st in Berlin.

[via thisismynext]

Motorola DROID Bionic receives a gift; No Samsung Galaxy S II for Verizon Wireless

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At one time it was thought that Verizon would be the first U.S. carrier to get the Samsung Galaxy S II, and now it seems as though Verizon has decided to not carry it at all. It has been confirmed by the Wall Street Journal and  Brenda Raney, a Verizon spokesperson.

We know the Samsung Stratosphere is coming, but it will be an Epic 4G variant. Of course, rumors are that the Nexus Prime will show up on Verizon, and since it will most likely be made by Samsung, this could have contributed to the decision.

Ultimately I think it comes down to Verizon wanting to have the DROID Bionic and the iPhone 5 as their featured phones this fall. Verizon will put a lot of money into the Bionic and they have a strong relationship with Motorola. Many thought that if it weren’t for 4G LTE compatibility, the Bionic was dead in the water. The Galaxy S II has been declared the better phone and their is no question that it would’ve impacted the Bionic’s sales and success. With no Galaxy S II in play, the Bionic gets center stage.

I would love to hear from Verizon customers. What are your thoughts? I am on Verizon myself and was already leaning towards the Bionic because of the 4G LTE capability.

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Droid 2 Gingerbread Update Around The Corner? Verizon Makes Change Log Available

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Could Gingerbread 2.3 be around the corner for Droid 2 owners?  Let’s hope so.  Verizon has just made the change log available online and that’s usually a good indication that the update is ready to be pushed to devices.  We knew it was only a matter of time being that soak test invites went out several days ago to support members.   The whopping 106 mb update includes a newer build to Motor Blur, placing it at 4.5.601 along with multi-touch keypad shortcuts and a home screen app dock.  In addition, they’ve added organizational functions to the app drawer, better battery life and a list of other welcomed features.  Click on the picture above for the blow up to see the full change log.  And if you’ve already received the update, feel free to gloat in the comments below.

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FCC Wants More Info From AT&T On T-Mobile Acquisition

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Remember the big document “woops” by AT&T last week saying they could expand their network for about a tenth of what it would cost to acquire T-Mobile? Well, coincidence or not, the Federal Communications Commission has requested more information from AT&T concerning their acquisition of T-Mobile. To be more specific, the FCC wants more information about AT&T’s promise to bring 4G LTE to 97% of Americans. Here’s the statement:

“Requests from the FCC staff for additional information are to be expected given the detailed review they are undertaking,” AT&T spokesman Michael Balmoris said.

“In this case, the FCC is seeking supplemental information on our commitment, following merger approval, to bring 4G LTE mobile broadband to 97 percent of all Americans,” Balmoris said.

It’s worth noting that a source reported the cost of $3.8 billion to expand AT&T’s network on their own was only theoretical. Whether you believe that one or not is up to you. What’s your thoughts on all this?

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Sony Ericsson Announces Xperia Neo V, Android 2.3.4 Update for Xperia (VIDEO)

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Sony Ericsson announced today that their 2011 Xperia smartphones will be receiving Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread updates starting in October. The update will include Google Talk with Video Chat, updated Facebook inside Xperia functionality, support for USB peripherals, swipe text input, and the ability to take screenshots. Another cool feature is the 3D sweep panorama technology. It allows images to be captured and then viewed in 3D by connecting the phone to a 3D TV using the HDMI output. That’s pretty cool for 3D TV owners.

Today’s announcement from Sony Ericsson also includes the Xperia Neo V which will be hitting shelves in Q4 of this year. The Neo V will launch with the 2.3.4 update already on board and will be showing off a Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine. Inside the Neo V is packing a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon, a 2GB microSD card (supports up to 32GB), 720p video recording, and a 1500 mAh Battery. Outside you’ll find it rocking the colors white, blue gradient, and silver. I’ll be honest, Sony Ericsson hasn’t really hit my excitement radar as far as their smartphones are concerned. This news has me wanting to check one out though, how about you? A video showing off the update’s features can be found after the break as well as the source link for full details.

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