Archive for Feb 25, 2011

RIM testing Android apps on BlackBerry phones tips developer

RIM testing Android apps on BlackBerry phones tips developer

Android developers ShopSavvy have spotted what looks to be evidence of three BlackBerry smartphones running their Android-only app, lending weight to rumors last month that RIM is considering adding an Android-compliant virtual machine to its smartphones. The BlackBerry 8300, 8600 and 8520 were all caught in ShopSavvy's flurry logs, running the software at various points in January and February this year.

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Gingerbread 2.3.3 for Nexus One/Nexus S direct downloads discovered

Gingerbread 2.3.3 for Nexus One/Nexus S direct downloads discovered

Download links for Google's official Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread updates for the Nexus S and Nexus One have been unearthed, meaning owners of the two official handsets no longer have to wait until the OTA package is offered to them. xda-developers discovered the two downloads and wasted no time in confirming them as real.

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Mac OS X Lion HiDPI support bringing Retina Display to the desktop?

Mac OS X Lion HiDPI support bringing Retina Display to the desktop?

From everything Apple told us about the developer release of Mac OS X Lion yesterday, we were already excited. The AirDrop instant sharing tool promises the sort of straightforward simplicity we've grown to expect from the company, and the various usability tweaks carried over from iOS should see the platform become an interesting hybrid of sorts. Still, there's more to be revealed under the hood; MacRumors has learnt that the long-anticipated "Resolution Independence" has made it into OS X Lion, paving the way for ultra-high-resolution Retina Display style screens on MacBook Pro and Cinema Displays.

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MacBook Pro early 2011 gets teardown: New RAM inside

MacBook Pro early 2011 gets teardown: New RAM inside

We've already shown you the outside of the new early-2011 MacBook Pro 15, and given you a preview of what its quad-core guts are capable of, but iFixit seldom stop when screws get in the way. The teardown-team acquired a 15-inch MBP and set to work stripping its delicious unibody chassis apart, not happy until the bare Core i7 processor was visible.

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Motorola XOOM rooted already

Motorola XOOM rooted already

Motorola's dislike of Android modders tweaking their toys was one of the potential downsides to the XOOM we mentioned in our review, but it seems the hacking community didn't get Motorola's memo that they should leave well alone. The XOOM has only been in the wild - officially - for less than a day, and already its been rooted.

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Apple Moves Forward Wherever Jobs Happens to Be

Apple Moves Forward Wherever Jobs Happens to Be

Since January 17th when Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs mailed employees a notification that he'd be taking another medical leave of absence, there's been more than a little bit of talk about what might happen to Apple and indeed the greater tech world should he step away from the head post. A study that's just been released by RBC Capital Markets and ChangeWave suggests that not only will only a tiny percentage of possible Apple customers say they'd be less likely to buy Apple products in a future without Jobs, but the vast majority of these people polled in this study said his departure would have no effect on their possible buying habits at all.

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Apple’s Thunderbolt Port: A Closer Look

Apple’s Thunderbolt Port: A Closer Look

As I'm sure you're very much aware, Apple released news of a brand new set of MacBook Pros this morning, and along with them has come something called a Thunderbolt. It's a relatively brand new bit of technology, this Thunderbolt, that was developed by Intel under codename "Light Peak" and promises to be the new name in data transfer between devices. How fast is it? Why it's 12 times faster than FireWire 800 they say, 20 times faster than USB 2.0, quicker than a speeding bullet!

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HTC ThunderBolt March Best Buy Release Date Leaked

HTC ThunderBolt March Best Buy Release Date Leaked

Oh my goodness this phone has had its release date moved around more times than Spinal Tap has had drummers. At one time it was February 28th, then it was February 24th, then it was even all the way up to March 10th. Now we've got a bit of a leak that says no less than all of those dates were bunk. Here's a photo sent to our sister site Android Community that appears to have been clicked in a Best Buy saying that the time for final launch of the HTC ThunderBolt is March 10th, 2011.

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Apple iPads Dominated With 93% Of Tablet Market in Q3 2010

Apple iPads Dominated With 93% Of Tablet Market in Q3 2010

The tablet marketplace is about to get crowded, but it took almost a whole year since iPad's launch for competitors to catch up. Some real contenders, such as the Motorola Xoom, are stepping up to the plate while the 2nd-gen iPad gets its unveil next week. It will be interesting to see how the market divides up as Android devices are expected to take a big chunk of the pie. But for now, the iPad is still king and ABI Research looked back at some numbers from Q3 of last year showing just how amazing the iPad performed.

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Android Market Now Offers E-Books, Next Could be Music And Movies

Android Market Now Offers E-Books, Next Could be Music And Movies

Google has just deployed a new e-books offering for the Android Market. Looking at their updated website, the navigation now has a "Books" tab sitting next to an "Android Apps" tab. From all the rumblings about a potential Google music service, there may soon be an additional two navigation tabs for music and movies.

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Google Introduces Cloud Connect For Microsoft Office

Google Introduces Cloud Connect For Microsoft Office

Google has released a new plug-in for Microsoft Office that helps users sync their Office documents with their Google Docs account. The Office documents will be saved via the “cloud” to Google’s servers and can be accessed by whomever you name as an “editor” to the document. Different users can then access and edit the file, increasing their collaboration and cutting down on confusion and wasted time over multiple copies of the document.

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The Daily Coming to Android Very Soon

The Daily Coming to Android Very Soon

A couple weeks back The Daily made its splashy introduction exclusively on Apple’s iPad. That exclusivity will be gone in a couple months as The Daily is set to launch on Android sometime in the second quarter of this year. The announcement is a bit of a surprise since The Daily flaunted its relationship and exclusivity with Apple so much prior to its launch.

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