Rotate Your Nexus 7 Home Screen With Ultimate Rotation Control

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When Google released the Nexus 7, many people were a bit surprised and annoyed that the home screen was locked to portrait mode, though other apps would rotate into either portrait or landscape as needed. Sure, many phones have a non-rotating home screen, but phones are typically portrait devices whereas many tablets are suited to a landscape orientation.

If you prefer to hold your Nexus 7 in the more traditional tablet manner and not have to tilt your head to read your home screen, you’re in luck. Ultimate Rotation Control is an app that essentially forces your tablet’s home screen, or any app for that matter, to rotate. Once launched, the app stays resident in your notification area and allows you to either toggle rotations from any screen, let the system control rotations, or lock the rotation completely. In other words, you get full rotation control. You can even set specific rotations per app.

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Amazon Upgrading its Cloud Player to Compete with iTunes Match and Google Music

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Today Amazon has announced they will be pushing some serious upgrades to their popular Cloud Player music streaming platform. The intention is to make the service more competitive with Apple’s ‘iTunes Match’ and Google Music.

Starting with the addition of scan and match technology, the service will scan customers’ iTunes and Windows Media Player libraries, then match the songs on their computers to Amazon’s catalog of music, which includes a stunning 20 million tracks and rising.

All matched music will immediately be accessible via Cloud Player and upgraded for free to high-quality 256Kbps audio. This includes music customers bought from iTunes, ripped from CDs or that was bought from Amazon. Better accessibility will be a driving factor in making Amazon Cloud Player more popular. For example, any customer with an Android device, iDevice, Kindle Fire, or even a web browser will have access to all their music via the cloud. Those of you with Roku and Sonos home entertainment systems will soon have support as well. » Read the rest

Rejected Samsung evidence sent to media angers judge in Apple v Samsung lawsuit

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As the Apple vs. Samsung trial got going in earnest today, it did not take long for events to take a turn for the unusual. After yet another attempt to introduce evidence regarding its F700 phone, in development months before the iPhone, Samsung decided to appeal to the media, setting off an angry reaction from Judge Lucy Koh. » Read the rest

Google Releases Four More Nexus 7 Tutorial Videos

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Over the past few days we’ve watched as Google released a small hand full of tutorial videos for the Nexus 7. These videos may seem a bit elementary to folks like you and I but I imagine it was done in hopes to ease the masses into the newfound Android tablet craze. We’ve seen the videos like your basic “Getting Started” tutorial, a guide to setting up your homescreen entitled “Welcome Home,” and an overview of the included Google apps (Gapps to you modders :-)).

Today, we have a few more videos to peruse for your  educational pleasure and will cover Google Play, Google+ Hangouts, Google Now, and the all important Jelly Bean tips and features. As I suspect, these vids won’t be anything new to many of you, but they are interesting to watch nonetheless. Hit the break to check out all four of the newest N7 tutorial videos. » Read the rest

Presidential Candidate Romney Makes Android and iOS App to Announce His Running Mate

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We really are in 2012 when US Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his campaign group releases an app that will announce his official running mate and potential future Vice President. The app has been released for both Android and iOS platforms and offers opportunities to sign in, donate to his campaign and be one of the first to know who his running mate will be.

Sadly, they could have hired better app developers considering the Android version doesn’t follows Google’s Holo UI guideline. Either way, kudos for Romney and his group for making an app. It’s actually quite intuitive and considering most people own smartphones these days, it’s great political propaganda.

Hit up the QR code or download link after the break!

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Google Delays Nexus Q Launch; Gives Them for Free to Those Who Pre-Ordered

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In a stunning twist, Google has indefinitely delayed the launch of their Nexus Q device. While it’s bad news for some that were eager to get their hands on it, it’s great news for the customers that pre-ordered the device. Google sent out an e-mail to the customers who pre-ordered stating that they’re extending their “Nexus Q preview” and giving the device for free.

This is a wonderful PR move by the search giant considering they promised a July launch for the Nexus Q. Due to the delay, it only makes sense to extend the developer preview from Google IO attendees to the folks that pre-ordered who are expecting the device by now. There’s no time table on when Google plans on launching the device, but we’ll be sure to inform you once we know. Did any of you guys pre-order the Nexus Q? If so, I’m sure this is wonderful news for you! You can read the official e-mail from Google after the break.

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FCC orders Verizon Wireless to pay a fine of $1.25 million and can no longer block tethering apps

by Robert Nazarian on

Back when Verizon bid on the 700MHz C Block spectrum, it was understood that there were open device and application obligations. According to the FCC this means any licensees providing service on the C Block Spectrum “shall not deny, limit, or restrict the ability of their customers to use the devices and applications of their choice on the licensee’s C Block network.” This C Block spectrum is what Verizon uses for its LTE network.

We have written about various tethering apps which allow you to connect your desktop or other devices to your phone via USB or WiFi in order to get an internet connection and use that data. As we know Verizon has always charged customers $20 per month for this privilege. Not only that, any tethering apps were generally blocked from the Google Play Store (formerly the Android Market) and other app stores.

The FCC has been investigating these practices and just released a $1.25 million consent decree with Verizon Wireless that resolves the investigation. The consent decree basically means that Verizon will pay the fine along with an agreement to stop restricting up to 11 tethering apps, and at the same time, they didn’t admit to any wrongdoing.

Interestingly enough, Verizon is no longer charging for tethering with their new Share Everything plans that started a little over a month ago. This still means that other customers that don’t have unlimited data will now have access to the tethering apps (only if they are LTE customers). Why not just allow for direct hot spots from the phone moving forward? As to customers that are grandfathered with unlimited data, Verizon will still be allowed to charge those customers the $20 per month fee, but I can’t see how they can block those customers from the free tethering apps. The remaining question is what happens to the data capped customers who paid the $20 per month over time. I smell a class action suit.

source: fcc
via: arstechnica

Google Maps updated with live NYC subway service updates

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Google has today pushed out an update to Google Maps that is sure to bring a smile to the face of the subway commuters of New York City. Simply look up any one of the 468 stations in the city, or plan a route that passes through one, and you’ll be presented with real time disruption alerts and service updates. The feature is available on desktop and the Android application right now, say goodbye to untimely delays!

Google added the same feature to the London Underground back in April, just in time to look after all those Olympic fans descending upon the city. Perhaps this is just another stepping stone in a much bigger journey. Are you hopeful to see live subway updates for your city? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Google Lat Long Blog

Pantech Marauder to launch on Verizon on Aug. 2nd

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Following up on our earlier report regarding the Pantech Star Q, today Verizon announced availability of the device as the Pantech Marauder. Targeted at first-time smartphone customers, the device features a dual-interface option – Starter Mode or Standard Mode. Starter Mode features four homescreens with preset widgets, including a quick dialer enabling users to make calls directly from the home screen. Standard Mode is a normal Android interface.

Besides the dual-interface options, the phone also offers dual-keyboard options with both the Android powered virtual keyboard on the screen and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. From a hardware standpoint, the device offers a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor with 1 GB of RAM, support for a 32 GB microSD card, and 4G LTE capability.

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Samsung’s Music Hub is now available in the U.S. for certain Galaxy S III owners

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It didn’t take long for Samsung to reap the benefits of their recent acquisition of mSpot as they launched their new Music Hub service for international Galaxy S III users a few months ago. Today Samsung is announcing that it’s finally available to U.S. users. Music Hub is the first all-in-one mobile music service because it features a cloud locker, millions of songs that you can stream or purchase, the ability to make customized radio stations, and get personalized recommendations. It’s kind of like what you would get it Google Music married Slacker Radio.

The cloud locker is actually a lot like Apple’s cloud matching service, but Samsung will store all your unmatched music. What it does is scan all your music and match all your stuff to their database at 320kbps. If they can’t match it, the song will upload to your locker of which you get 100 GB of storage (for unmatched songs). Samsung offers a desktop version of the Music Hub software that will scan all your music and upload those unmatched tunes. It will also automatically scan or upload any new stuff you add to your collection just like Google Music. It will even upload your playlists, and from what the reps told me, it will handle iTunes and WMP playlists. That is already better than Google Music as it’s only compatible with iTunes playlists.

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