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Nexus One Android 2.3.3 update arrives OTA, breaks Google Voice for some

Monday, February 28th, 2011

We’re guessing that most of our readers pounced on the official Android 2.3.3 update just as soon as the links lit up last week. But if you did dawdle, don’t dally… the latest Gingerbread update is now rolling out over-the-air with a promise to fix random reboots while adding in the ability to write NFC tags in addition to a few other bug fixes. Unfortunately, the update also broke Google Voice on our N1 — something that we fixed by downloading and installing an old GV.apk and then updating to the latest version in Market per the instructions left by our peers struggling with the same issue over at the Google support forum. Hit up the More Coverage link for details.

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Nexus One Android 2.3.3 update arrives OTA, breaks Google Voice for some originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 01 Mar 2011 01:56:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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iDisplay now ready to turn your Android device into a secondary display

Monday, February 28th, 2011
While iPhone and iPad users have been able to use iDisplay to turn their device into a secondary display for some time now (with at least some degree of success), Android users have unfortunately been left to their own devices — until now, that is. The folks behind the app have finally made an Android version available as well, which is apparently compatible with all Android smartphones and tablets running Android 2.1 or later, and works in both portrait and landscape modes. As with the iOS version, it’s also compatible with both Windows and OS X, and it’ll set you back the same $4.99.

iDisplay now ready to turn your Android device into a secondary display originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 01 Mar 2011 01:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The Male-Dominated World Of Hackathonsz [Republished]

Monday, February 28th, 2011

“Where are the lady geeks?” asks Fast Company blogger Jeffrey To. Over the course of six months, he attended dozens of hackathons, and found that women were sorely underrepresented. More »


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Rumor: World’s Largest English-Language Publishing House Might Finally Join the iBookstore [Unconfirmed]

Monday, February 28th, 2011

It’s only speculation at this point, but it seems that Random House might finally be joining the iBookstore in the near future. Random House is the world’s largest English-language publisher and the only one of the six major publishing houses to not be offering its titles in Apple’s iBookstore. More »


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ShopAlerts brings location-based advertising to AT&T phones

Monday, February 28th, 2011

AT&T on Monday announced ShopAlerts, a new mobile advertising service that will introduce location-based ads to the AT&T wireless network. The service, developed by AT&T Advanced Ad Solutions and Placecast, will serve advertisements and special offers to subscribers’ cell phones when they are in the vicinity of a participating retailer. Initially, the service is only being offered in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. “We are proud to take mobile marketing into the future with this unique offering that is being embraced by consumers and brands alike,” said Greg McCastle, senior vice president of AT&T Advanced Ad Solutions, in a statement. “ShopAlerts by AT&T enables brands/advertisers to help link consumer engagement with activation and ultimately to the point of sale.” The ShopAlerts service will be opt-in, meaning AT&T subscribers must elect to receive ShopAlerts ads before any related advertisements or deals will be delivered to their devices. AT&T’s full press release can be found after the break.

AT&T Advanced Ad Solutions Launches ShopAlerts by AT&T, a Groundbreaking Location-Based Marketing Service Featuring Special Offers from Leading National Brands

Innovative opt-in service enables marketers to engage consumers on their mobile phones and drive them to the point of sale with relevant location-specific offers

FEBRUARY 28, 2011 — AT&T Advanced Ad Solutions and Placecast today announced an agreement to provide ShopAlerts by AT&T, which are special offers delivered to consumers via their mobile phones when they are near a participating store or brand. The unique location-based mobile messaging service will be available for AT&T* customers in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco who have opted-in to receive such messages. AT&T is the first U.S. mobile carrier to offer a large-scale, location-based mobile marketing program to consumers and advertisers.

The innovative ShopAlerts by AT&T service will provide consumers with valuable offers, rewards, and coupons based on their specific geographic location. AT&T creates a “geo-fence” – a virtual-perimeter around a retail location, event, or any geographic area – in order to deliver appropriate location-specific messages.  Participating consumers receive relevant marketing messages when they are inside a geo-fence, benefiting both consumers and marketers.

The messages are enhanced with information such as weather, traffic, and local shopping area details to more effectively engage consumers.  Numerous companies have recognized the value of the ShopAlerts by AT&T service, and the initial presenting sponsors will be HP, Kmart, JetBlue, SC Johnson, Kibbles ‘n Bits, Nature’s Recipe and the National Milk Mustache “got milk?” Campaign.

“We are proud to take mobile marketing into the future with this unique offering that is being embraced by consumers and brands alike,” said Greg McCastle, senior vice president of AT&T Advanced Ad Solutions. “ShopAlerts by AT&T enables brands/advertisers to help link consumer engagement with activation and ultimately to the point of sale.”

“Kmart has embraced technology to enhance our customer’s experience and maintain our value proposition,” said Mark Snyder, chief marketing officer of Kmart. “ShopAlerts allows us to deliver this value directly to our customers through innovative technology.”

Katie Thompson, associate director of digital media of JetBlue, notes that ShopAlerts is a clear fit for many advertisers, including beyond just those with brick and mortar locations. “We were excited about the opportunity because it takes the onus off of the advertiser to build a large database of opt-in users that the true power of the technology can be harnessed,” said Thompson.

Pioneering Location-based Technology and Media

The program combines the location-based technology platform and expertise of San Francisco-based Placecast with AT&T’s large subscriber base, outstanding Web and mobile media properties, and strong relationships with national advertisers and media buyers. The initiative marks the first time a major operator in the U.S. is introducing such a program at scale.

“At HP, we are continuously implementing innovative new marketing platforms that will resonate with our customers’ mobile lifestyles,” said Tariq Hassan, vice president, Worldwide Marketing and Communications, Imaging and Printing Group, HP.  “ShopAlerts by AT&T service enables us to deliver relevant, location-based content to our customers.”

“Placecast is excited to work with AT&T to deliver a new generation of opt-in marketing services focused on delivering relevant messages to consumers when they are in a mindset to make a purchase. Retailers and subscribers alike benefit from messages with tailored offers available nearby, based on their trusted relationship with AT&T,” says Alistair Goodman, CEO of Placecast.

Customers in participating markets can visit the customer portal and opt-in at www.att.com/shopalerts.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

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Tablet market to hit $35 billion by 2012, JP Morgan says

Monday, February 28th, 2011

If you’re tired of hearing about tablets, we have some bad news for you… they’re not going away any time soon. While repeated failed attempts will undoubtedly trim the number of entrants in the tablet market over the coming months and years, the market itself is poised to explode. JP Morgan said in a note on Monday that it estimates the global tablet market to reach $35 billion next year. More specifically, the firm revised its 2011 tablet revenue forecast from $24.9 billion up to $26.1 billion on sales of 47.9 million units, and its 2012 estimate has been raised to $35.2 billion on sales of 79.6 million units from $34.1 billion. JP Morgan also noted that the tablet market will likely have a negative impact on sales of laptop computers. “We expect tablets to have an increasingly negative impact on PC shipments,” JP Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz wrote. “More than 35 percent of tablets sold in 2012 will be cannibalistic, particularly as relates to netbooks and notebooks.”

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Mac OS X Lion hands-on preview

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Apple announced Mac OS X Lion with considerable fanfare at its Back to the Mac event last October, and now it’s dropped the first developer preview on the world — giving us a chance to sample some of the big cat’s new features and UI concepts. We installed the dev build on one of our MacBook Pros and used it over the weekend, and while we won’t be able to see any huge changes in day-to-day workflow until our favorite apps are updated to take advantage of Lion, we did see plenty of interesting system-level features and additions — and yes, iOS’s influence is all over the place. Read on for a full breakdown of what’s new!

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Mac OS X Lion hands-on preview originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 28 Feb 2011 19:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google restores Gmail access to one-third of affected users

Monday, February 28th, 2011

If you’ve been following the seemingly-massive Gmail outage, you’ll know that it’s actually not as massive as it sounds. Google’s revised its estimate again to say that only “0.02% of Google Mail users” — roughly about 38,000 by our calculations — were affected by the issue in total, claims that a full third of them have already had access restored, and expects the issue “to be resolved for everyone within 12 hours.” As to the fate of years worth of email, Google reps wouldn’t say, but promised us that engineers are working “as quickly as possible” to see the data restored as well. Keep hanging on, folks.

Google restores Gmail access to one-third of affected users originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 28 Feb 2011 18:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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How the Internet (Wrongly) Decided It Was Bart Simpson’s Birthday [Blips]

Monday, February 28th, 2011

So, What Was The Most Popular 3DS Launch Game? [3ds]

Monday, February 28th, 2011

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