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July, 2011  // Posts published in July, 2011

31 Jul Posted by in Blog | Comments

Russian government may ban iPad, adopt PlayBook or Android tablets instead

The Russian government is considering disallowing the use of Apple’s iPad tablet within government agencies due to security concerns, Russian-language business news site RBC Daily reports. Instead, it is investigating various alternative tablet options including RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook, Android-powered tablets or even a new device created by a Russian agency. Government security experts are reportedly looking for more “cryptographically secure tablet PCs” than Apple’s iPad tablet, and if the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology’s recent certification is any indication, the BlackBerry PlayBook could fit the bill. RIM announced last week that its PlayBook tablet received FIPS 140-2 certification, thus allowing it to be used by U.S. government officials. No other tablet has received FIPS certification to date.

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31 Jul Posted by in Blog | Comments

iTunes 11 to feature redesigned layout, iCloud integration according to report

Following our exclusive report from Thursday suggesting Apple plans to release iTunes 11 in September alongside the iOS 5 and iCloud, a new report claims iTunes 11 will feature a redesigned layout and deep iCloud integration. IDownloadBlog on Friday cites a reliable source in stating that the next major release of iTunes will be “revamped from the ground up.” The report claims Apple’s new version of iTunes will feature a brand new user interface as well as iCloud integration. Mobile device app data and backups will also reportedly be integrated with iTunes 11, effectively mirroring iOS device backups and app data/settings that are automatically synced to iCloud. Apple has made major investments in its iCloud service, including the billion-dollar data center it built in North Carolina, so it would certainly be a logical move to showcase the service right out of the gate when it launches this fall.

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31 Jul Posted by in Blog | Comments

AT&T to throttle smartphone data starting October 1st

AT&T said on Friday that it will begin throttling unlimited smartphone data plans as of October 1st. “Like other wireless companies, we’re taking steps to manage exploding demand for mobile data,” AT&T said Friday in a statement. The carrier continued, “One new measure is a step that may reduce the data throughput speed experienced by a very small minority of smartphone customers who are on unlimited plans – those whose extraordinary level of data usage puts them in the top 5 percent of our heaviest data users in a billing period. In fact, these customers on average use 12 times more data than the average of all other smartphone data customers.” AT&T was very careful to mention, repeatedly, that the new move will not impact the “vast majority” of its customers. According to the carrier’s statement, only the top 5% of its smartphone data users will be affected. AT&T’s full statement follows below.

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31 Jul Posted by in Android News | Comments

Android Central Editors’ app picks for July 30, 2011

 Mahjong

So you want some more apps installed on your favorite Android device, but don’t know exactly what to download? Fear not, we bring you another edition of our favorite applications, in hopes that they will soon become some of your favorites as well. Take a jump past the break, and check out our favorites for this past week!

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31 Jul Posted by in Android Phones | Comments

NEW HTC Droid Eris Touch Android Smartphone (Verizon)

$139.95
End Date: Sunday Aug-28-2011 17:26:01 PDT
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31 Jul Posted by in Android News | Comments

Android Central Editors’ app picks for July 30, 2011

 Mahjong

So you want some more apps installed on your favorite Android device, but don’t know exactly what to download? Fear not, we bring you another edition of our favorite applications, in hopes that they will soon become some of your favorites as well. Take a jump past the break, and check out our favorites for this past week!

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31 Jul Posted by in Android News | Comments

Android Central Editors’ app picks for July 30, 2011

 Mahjong

So you want some more apps installed on your favorite Android device, but don’t know exactly what to download? Fear not, we bring you another edition of our favorite applications, in hopes that they will soon become some of your favorites as well. Take a jump past the break, and check out our favorites for this past week!

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30 Jul Posted by in Android News | Comments

Android Central Editors’ app picks for July 30, 2011

 Mahjong

So you want some more apps installed on your favorite Android device, but don’t know exactly what to download? Fear not, we bring you another edition of our favorite applications, in hopes that they will soon become some of your favorites as well. Take a jump past the break, and check out our favorites for this past week!

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30 Jul Posted by in Android News | Comments

Want to charge your Photon 4G and use the kickstand? Flip it over

Read Part 1 of our Motorola Photon 4G review

Photon 4G kickstand

The best part about having the best Android community around? Easy answer to stupid problems. See, as Android Central Forums member Quis points out, when you’re using kickstand on the Motorola Photon 4G like in the picture above, you can’t charge at the same time because the microUSB port is resting against the table/desk/laptop whatever. Oops.

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30 Jul Posted by in Android News | Comments

Android Quick App: Kids Maps for Honeycomb tablets

Youtube link for mobile viewing

Android tablets are great educational (and babysitting) tools. And it’s with that in mind that we take a look at Kids Maps, as reviewed by a soon-to-be 5-year-old.

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