Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

16
Apr
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If you happened to pick up Sprint's newest budget-priced (but not budget performing) tablet, the ZTE Optik, then you may have awoken to an OTA update this morning. The update doesn't bring anything major, but it does offer up a few fixes that are sure to be welcome by anyone who owns this tablet:

  • Google DRM solution
  • Google Music
  • Google+
  • Persistent notification after BT transfer
  • Software version corrected in x-wap profile
  • Sim City closes when attempting to purchase while connected to Wifi
  • Sim City download issue fixed
  • Response when connected to a computer via USB cable

The update should be rolling out now and finish up over the next several days.

16
Apr
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Last Updated: May 5th, 2012

If you're a gadget geek (like we are), there's a good chance that you have a ton of old tech laying around, doing nothing more than taking up space.

In order to help users get rid of some of the gadget clutter kicking it around their houses, RadioShack is offering a sick new program where old crap unused devices can turn into new gear.

This contest is now over. Here are our winners, selected at random:
  • Verizon HTC Droid Incredible 2: Keyan X
  • AT&T Motorola Atrix 2: Chris Weller
  • Sprint HTC EVO 3D: christoph411
  • Beats by Dre SOLO headphones: Sarah Puls

Congratulations, guys - all of you will be contacted for your information in the near future!

13
Apr
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Earlier this week, the Pantech Burst was rooted by jcase, Attn1, and IOMonster. Now, using that same exploit, the Burst's tablet cousin, the Element, has also been rooted.

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Like with the Burst, the process is ridiculously easy. In order to root the device, however, you'll need a couple of things:

Once you have that taken care of, navigate to where you downloaded CWM and the insecure boot image, extract the folder, and launch a command prompt (shift+ right click > open command window here; Note: this doesn't work in Windows 7's libraries - you must be in the actual folder).

13
Apr
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Sony has done an excellent job at being transparent with its progress on the bringing Ice Cream Sandwich to a number of Xperia devices. It has kept users aware of what's going on throughout the process, as well as shared alpha and beta builds along the way. Now, though, it looks like the beta days are behind them and the build is ready for prime time for a certain Xperia devices.

12
Apr
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This is rather fitting given the fact that the official Daily Show app hit the Play Store earlier today. Jon Stewart talks about Google's Project Glass (turns out that this is actually old technology), Facebook's acquisition of Instagram, and then he gets school on why Instagram is so cool.

Enough banter, the video speaks for itself. Enjoy.

[The Daily Show]

12
Apr
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More and more devices are becoming available with NFC - but what does that actually mean? First and foremost, NFC stands for near field communication. Basically, when you get your device close enough to something equipped with NFC - like a tag or a mobile payment center - it invokes an action on your device. Google Wallet is a perfect example of NFC in mainstream use; simply touch your phone to the payment terminal and the rest is done for you.

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Apr
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Do you love The Daily Show? Do you love apps? Would you love an app that let you watch some of the The Daily Show's best moments on your mobile? If you answered yes, sure, I guess, whatever, eh, or any other semi-positive affirmation to any of the above questions, then you're in luck! The Daily Show Headlines app just hit the Play Store.

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The Daily Show Headlines gives you access some of the top stories that Jon Stewart and The Best F&*@ing News Team Ever has to offer, along with a clip archive, upcoming guest news, digital exclusives, and schedule alerts.

12
Apr
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In my opinion, having remote access to your desktop or laptop computers from your Android tablet is a must-have feature for all tablet owners. While there are several ways to do this, Splashtop is among the best. The thing is, the tablet optimized version (as well as the Tegra 3 version) is a bit on the pricey side. For a limited time, however, the Splashtop team has slashed the prices of their remote desktop apps in the Play Store.

12
Apr
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Samsung first unveiled its newest duo of Galaxy Tabs back in February at Mobile World Congress, but left one key element out: pricing and availability. That final veil of mystery has now been removed, as the pair are now officially official.

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS AMERICA, INC. GALAXY TAB 2 7.0 

The Tab 2 7.0 is the replacement for the Tab 7 Plus, but doesn't offer a whole lot in way of upgrade:

  • 7-inch 1024x600 TFT display
  • 1GHz dual-core TI processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB built-in storage, microSD card slot
  • 3.2MP rear shooter, VGA front camera
  • Android 4.0 with Touchwiz UX

What the Tab 2 7.0 does do, however, is hit a pretty nice price point: $250.

11
Apr
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Well, that was fast. Not more than a week after the release of the HTC One X and S in Europe, and Koush has already pumped out a fully working version of ClockworkMod Touch for the pair.

If you have any of the devices supported by CWM Touch and you aren't running it, then you're seriously missing out. Touch recovery is, by far, the most intuitive way to use recovery on your device.

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