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November, 2011  // Posts published in November, 2011

30 Nov Posted by in Blog | Comments

Xbox sees biggest ever sales week thanks to hot holiday weekend

Microsoft announced on Tuesday that last week marked the Xbox 360′s best ever week of sales. The company sold more than 960,000 Xbox 360 consoles and more than 750,000 Kinect controllers last week. Microsoft also confirmed that more than 800,000 of the consoles it sold last week were purchased on Black Friday alone. ”We have seen tremendous excitement from customers for our hot holiday gaming offers,” said Chris Homeister, senior vice president and general manager of Home Entertainment at Best Buy, in a statement. “Xbox 360 was among the best-sellers at Best Buy this Black Friday, and is a testament to the continued popularity of the gaming category this holiday.” Microsoft’s full announcement follows below.

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30 Nov Posted by in Blog | Comments

HTC may ignore smartphone sales ban in Germany [updated]

IPCom has reportedly moved to ban HTC from selling smartphones in Germany. HTC lost a patent lawsuit to IPCom in 2009 and recently decided not to file an appeal against the ruling, likely in an effort to avoid further litigation it might have faced from a ruling on two additional patent cases. HTC may ignore IPCom’s request to stop selling smartphones because it believes IPCom’s lawsuit is no longer valid. According to BBC, HTC has argued that the German Federal Patents court ruled that IPCom’s patent claim was invalid in December of 2010. Whether or not HTC faces a fine for ignoring IPCom’s request will be the court’s decision. “It’s up to the court and could go up to 250,000 euro per violation per phone,” IPCom managing director Bernhard Frohwitter said, noting that IPCom is still willing to settle with HTC if the two companies can reach a licensing agreement.

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30 Nov Posted by in Android News | Comments

More details about the Motorola Xoom’s pending update emerge

Xoom

If you recall, we told you a few days ago about a new soak-test for the Motorola Xoom, and today new details about what is being updated have come forth.  To start with, it’s not Ice Cream Sandwich, and no amount of wishing will likely change that one.  The Verizon LTE model is getting an update that should appear “invisible” to the end user, and it simply provides improved support for pay-as-you-go customers on Verizon.  Users participating in the test have received an e-mail explaining how to go about providing feedback:

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30 Nov Posted by in Android News | Comments

Time Warner Cable app for Honeycomb tablets now available in the Android Market

TWC app

Time Warner Cable has announced that its TWC app for Honeycomb tablets is now available in the Android Market.  Compatible with any set-top box or DVR running the Time Warner “Navigator” program guide, the app doesn’t allow live streaming of television shows but it has some pretty cool features.  You can see seven days of TV listings, control and program your DVR through the app, search TV listings by title or episode name, and even use your tablet as a remote control for supported cable boxes and DVR’s. 

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30 Nov Posted by in Android News | Comments

Slacker Radio application receives update, now compatible with Ford SYNC

Slacker Radio

Are you a Ford owner who just so happens to love Slacker Radio on your Android powered device? Well, good news for you as Slacker Radio has just released an update to their Android application which now allows for syncing with Ford vehicles such as the Fiesta, Mustang, Fusion and several others. Gone are the days of fumbling around trying to switch songs on your device while driving, now simply talk to skip songs, change stations and many other awesome features. If you are a Slacker Radio user be sure to hit the break for download links.

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30 Nov Posted by in Android News | Comments

Gingerbread for Optimus 2X reaches the UK at last

Android Central

We’ll chalk this up as a case of better late than never, but the European Optimus Gingerbread upgrade has made it to UK Optimus 2X devices. 

Making the announcement via their Facebook page, the update goes live today. As ever, bear in mind that carrier bonded devices may be subject to delays but if you have an unlocked Optimus 2X there’s a good chance you’ll be seeing it right about now.

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30 Nov Posted by in Android News | Comments

The Kindle Fire shows off some early CyanogenMod7 love

Kindle Fire CM7

Let’s start off with this — no it’s not ready, and no we don’t know when it will be. Now that we got that out of the way, XDA forums member JackpotCalvin has gotten a build of CM7 to boot on the Kindle Fire. While it is still an early build, and the image rotation is off, the developer says he knows how to do some fixes to get it more polished, and we can hope for a build we can play with in the coming weeks. This is definitely a good sign for those hoping to hack up their Kindle Fire!

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30 Nov Posted by in Android News | Comments

RIM announces BlackBerry Mobile Fusion — gives IT managers control over Android and Apple devices easily

Android Central

Many large companies who offer corporate devices tend to offer employees BlackBerry devices because they could control password settings, and other policies on the devices. With recent growth in other mobile OS platforms such as Android and iOS, RIM has realized they needed to do something to keep those customers, which is why they have announced BlackBerry Mobile Fusion. This will allow IT managers to set password requirements, remotely wipe lost or stolen devices, manage the applications and software on the devices, and much more. For full details be sure to hit the source link.

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29 Nov Posted by in Android News | Comments

Galaxy Nexus cracked open — silicon, tiny screws and magic found inside

Android Central

As is customary with any big, new phone, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus recently received the teardown treatment from the fearless spudgers over at iFixit. There’s nothing too surprising lurking inside the chassis — after all, we’ve been over and over the specs for this thing in the lead up to its release. Nevertheless, if you’re big on electronics and want to see what the Nexus looks like on the inside without cracking yours open, then it may be of interest. Note that this is a teardown of the GSM version — the guts of the elusive Verizon LTE model will likely look a little different.

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29 Nov Posted by in Android News | Comments

Adobe Flash Player 11.1 coming to the Galaxy Nexus by end of year

Adobe Flash

Adobe’s been saying this for a week or so now, and today it made it officially official in an official blog post: Flash Player 11.1 will come to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Huzzah. Look for the update in December (makes since, because November’s 24 hours from being in our rear-view mirrors).

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