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Motorola MOTOACTV now likes Ice Cream Sandwich, to its nutritionists dismay

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012


Motorola is pushing out an update for the MOTOACTV that’ll improve the dinky machine’s calibration with heart rate monitors and improved media selection. Golfers who plumped for the tailored edition of the unit will find links-friendly features like better score tallies and longer-distance club suggestions. The concomitant mobile app also gets a bump to make the unit compatible with Ice Cream Sandwich handsets — although we’d suggest avoiding too many sugary snacks if you’re off for a run.

Motorola MOTOACTV now likes Ice Cream Sandwich, to its nutritionists dismay originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 02 May 2012 05:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Not a Joke: New Dating Site Matches You Based On Your Klout Score [Klout]

Monday, April 16th, 2012
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Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet harder to repair than Kindle Fire, teardown shows

Monday, November 21st, 2011

The team at iFixit recently tore open Barnes & Noble’s brand new Nook Tablet to get a closer look at its inner workings see how they compare to Amazon’s Kindle Fire. The group found that the Nook Tablet is powered by a dual-core TI OMAP 4 processor clocked at 1GHz, and it has 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal SanDisk storage. It also has a 4,000 mAh battery under the hood that’s rated for up to 11.5 hours of reading time, 3.5 hours longer than the previous generation Nook Color device. The Nook Tablet received a repairability score of 6 out of 10 points, which is worse than the Kindle Fire’s 8/10 score. The LCD can be easily replaced because it isn’t fused to the bezel, however one would need to remove the motherboard in order to replace the battery, and there are “excessive amounts of adhesive” and even hidden screws that made the teardown a bit more tedious than usual.


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Hackers crack Siri to work on any device

Monday, November 14th, 2011

A group of developers from Applidium posted a story recently that explains how the group was able to crack Siri so that they could run the virtual assistant on any device. Basically, the group was able to get Siri to analyze voice inputs that were never spoken through an iPhone. It turns out Siri uses TCP to speak to a server at using port 443. Applidium then logged on to a desktop computer, entered in that IP address, and realized that Apple was returning a server named “” and that Siri was using HTTPS as its protocol. Putting it simply, the group then created a fake address and tricked Siri into sending commands there instead of to Apple’s own server. Applidium discovered that Siri sends Apple a time stamp for each word spoken, as well as a reply confidence score, and described the software as “very, very chatty.” It is possible to get the software working on an Android device, or any similar gadget, but you’ll need at least one iPhone 4S identifier and some coding know-how. The hackers published a set of tools that it says can be used by anyone to create Siri-enabled applications and is encouraging fellow hackers to try the tools out and see what they can develop. “And let’s see how long it’ll take Apple to change their security scheme,” the group jested.

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA Nozomi LT26i caught by Mr. Not-so-blurrycam

Saturday, November 5th, 2011
Sony Ericsson Xperia Nozomi

Well, would you look at that: our first glance at Sony Ericsson’s upcoming Nozomi and the photos are actually in focus. The LT26i is still rocking Gingerbread, but steps it up in the display department by moving to a 1280 x 720 panel, just like the Rezound and Galaxy Nexus. Most reports peg the Nozomi a having a 4.3-inch screen, but after some quick math it looks like its actually packing a 4.6-incher (Update: or… 4.3 inches, if the DPI reported is API related and not a hardware reference after all). The Quadrant score of 1,800 (which would put it in the realm of the Xoom and Galaxy Tab 10.1) also doesn’t quite jibe with the rumored dual-core 1.5GHz chip that’s supposed to be powering this device. The front facing camera is clearly visible, so it’ll be ready for all your video chatting adventures. Price, release date, carrier? It’s all up in the air, but we can tell you it’s a very handsome device. Check out the source link for more pics.

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Nozomi LT26i caught by Mr. Not-so-blurrycam originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 05 Nov 2011 15:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google’s Andy Rubin: ‘six million’ Android-based tablets out there

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Google’s Andy Rubin kicked off the opening keynote here at the Asian branch of All Things D (that’s AsiaD, if you’re curious), and he finally cleared up a figure we’ve been wondering about for eons. During a back-and-forth with Walt Mossberg about the proliferation of the iPad and whether or not Android was “a flop” in the tablet market, he affirmed that around six million Android-based tablets were “out there.” Of course, that’s only tablets that access Google services, as those are the only ones Google can account for with any degree of certainty. For comparison’s sake, Apple pushed 15 million iPads onto the market in 2010 alone, selling three million in just 80 days after the launch of the original. In fact, Apple sold 11.12 million iPads in its most recent quarter alone (9.25 million the one before that), which represented a 166 percent increase year-over-year. Moral of the story? Apple still owns the tablet market, but hey, at least we now know the score.

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Google’s Andy Rubin: ‘six million’ Android-based tablets out there originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 19 Oct 2011 07:43:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Having trouble finding an iPhone 4S? Head to RadioShack, retailer says

Friday, October 14th, 2011

As we reach the end of the workday, hoards of iPhone hopefuls are likely getting ready to pack it in and head to their local retailer in an effort to score a shiny new iPhone 4S. As popular as the device has been around the country however, stock-outs are a definite possibility. After all, Sprint and AT&T have both announced record sales and the day isn’t even over. According to an email from a RadioShack spokesperson, The Shack might just be your best bet. “iPhone 4s enthusiasts who are still looking to get their device late this afternoon or over the weekend will find them at their nearby RadioShack,” the company said in the emailed statement. “RadioShack has the iPhone 4S available in 3,000 stores nationwide, and available through its ‘Direct2U’ program in all stores nationwide — customers can buy iPhone 4S at any RadioShack location and have it shipped directly to their homes. Availability of specific configurations (carrier, white vs. black, 16GB vs. 32GB) may vary somewhat across locations. It’s recommended customers call their local store for information.”

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A Penny Will Get You A Phone From Amazon [Amazon]

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

SceneTap app analyzes pubs and clubs in real-time, probably won’t score you a Jersey Shore cameo

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

So, here’s the skinny — when SceneTap launches in a month or so, it’ll provide Android and iOS users with a frightening amount of analysis before you hit the town. As the story goes, the startup will be tapping into an infrastructure of cameras spread across an untold quantity of bars. The goal? To provide a real-time snapshot of what the demographics are at any location on any given night. According to the company, demographic information, social commentary and “other comprehensive features” will be shown, all of which will help people decide where they’d like to go. For the privacy freaks, they’ll (hopefully) be comforted by the fact that no actual recording is going on, and each person is tracked anonymously. Hailed as a “new type of social network,” SceneTap will initially cover 50 clubs, and of course, there’s no DUI checkpoint feature for those hoping to do something as impractical as drink and drive afterwards. Head on past the break for the rest of the deets, and be sure to ping the company if you’re hoping for a Snooki Sighting push alert in version 2.0.

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SceneTap app analyzes pubs and clubs in real-time, probably won’t score you a Jersey Shore cameo originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 12 Jun 2011 17:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Motorola Triumph for Virgin Mobile hands-on (video)

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

We’re live here at Motorola / Sprint’s press event in New York City, and while most of the folks are swarming around the newly minted Photon 4G, we wanted to give some love to the Motorola Triumph, the first Moto handset to land on Virgin Mobile’s network. While the 4.1-inch, Froyo-packing phone and its 2GB of storage might seem ho-hum to spec junkies, it’s a shockingly solid option for a prepaid carrier. And it comes Motoblur-free! How many Photon 4Gs have that to say for themselves? Take a stroll past the break for a tour, and see why we think the Triumph could actually be a pretty solid score for those who detest strings and fine print.

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Motorola Triumph for Virgin Mobile hands-on (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 09 Jun 2011 13:58:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sprint joins Verizon atop customer satisfaction survey

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Sprint LogoSprint is on a bit of a roll recently. Sure, there were some problems with its Google Voice integration and the company is still losing money, but it’s adding subscribers at an impressive rate and now it’s tied Verizon for the number one spot in a recent customer satisfaction survey. The American Customer Satisfaction Index showed Sprint had made significant gains in the last three years, rising from dead last amongst the big four with a score of 56 in 2008 to match Big Red’s field-leading 72. At the same time, both T-Mobile and AT&T saw small drops in their satisfaction scores, with AT&T hitting 66 points — its lowest rating since the launch of the iPhone. Of course, with T-Mo hemorrhaging customers and the reanimated husk of Ma Bell claiming the ignominious title of most dropped calls, we can’t say we’re particularly shocked.

Sprint joins Verizon atop customer satisfaction survey originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 18 May 2011 00:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sensobi Contacts Pro for BlackBerry giveaway – 500 copies up for grabs!

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Back in July of 2009, we came across an emerging start up with a terrific contacts and communications management solution we thought might rival Xobni’s product. Sensobi’s app was just a beta at the time, but we were so impressed with the app’s improvements over the standard BlackBerry contacts app that we wanted our readers to have a taste as well. We gave away some beta invites and it turned out we were right — readers were just as impressed with Sensobi as we were. Less than two years later, Sensobi’s founders reached out to let us know the company has been acquired by GroupMe. We congratulated them, of course, and they couldn’t say enough about all of the amazing feedback BGR readers had provided to them over the years. As a thank you, Sensobi insisted that we giveaway 500 free copies of Sensobi Contacts Pro before the new version is released to the general public. The app is well worth the $9.99 retail price in BlackBerry App World, we think, but nothing beats free. So, BlackBerry users, click the read link below from your BlackBerry smartphone to install Sensobi Contacts Pro — the first 500 clicks will score a free copy! If you miss it, check out the free and paid versions of Sensobi Contacts in BlackBerry App World.


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