Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. 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- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

17
Jan
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Update: This was just an unsubstantiated rumor according to a Samsung spokesman: "We haven't considered acquiring the firm and are not interested in (buying RIM)" - Reuters.

It's no secret that RIM (Research in Motion) has seen better days; in fact, its stock dropped a whopping 75 percent last year alone. Considering the downward spiral, the company's CEOs are looking for a way out, be it a sale or licensing its Blackberry software.

17
Jan
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A few days ago the EVO 3D on Sprint received an update described as a "security update." At the time, it was unclear exactly what the update really brought to the table, but now the answer is pretty clear: it removed Carrier IQ. This comes after a whirlwind of controversy surrounding the software, which was initially uncovered by Android developer Trevor Eckhart.

After an uproar from the Android community, most providers and manufacturers stepped up to the plate and said that they would be removing Carrier IQ from their devices, and it looks like Sprint is the first one to start making good on said promise.

16
Jan
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It has been a few months since we last took a look in the Android Market for a new set of must-have root apps, and a lot of worthy entries have since entered the arena.

They battled it out in fight to the death, and the eight victors now stand before you, offering their unparalleled services at your disposal.

Okay, so maybe it didn't play out quite so dramatically, but the point remains the same: we have eight new apps that every rooted user should know about.

16
Jan
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Much to the delight of TV junkies everywhere, the official NBC app just landed in the Android Market. The app lets you keep up with all the happenings of your favorite shows, check out video highlights, play games, search content across the entire NBC network, and customize the feed to display only the information you want to see. Unfortunately, you can't watch full episodes from within the app (yet), but that feature is "coming soon."

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Sounds great, right?

16
Jan
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When a sexy new interface or theme hits the scene, it's quite common for users to port the look to other forms of technology. We've seen Windows desktops customized to look like Android, Linux desktops made to look like Windows, Android phones that replicate iOS, and every variation in between.

Today, we're going to take a look at a new theme for the GNOME 3 shell in Linux, simply called Ice Cream Shell.

13
Jan
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Last Updated: January 17th, 2012

As CES comes to a close, we look back at the new devices we've seen - some were expected, some came from out-of-nowhere, and others were just downright impressive. Among all of the things that we've seen this week, however, there is one non-Android piece of tech that stands above the rest: Samsung's Transparent Smart Window. Here, check it out:

Update: Here's Samsung's official video that breaks down some of Smart Window's features further:

And with that, dear reader, we conclude our coverage of CES 2012.

13
Jan
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We've seen our fair share of Android malware hit the scene, but the guys over at Kaspersky Labs have stumbled upon something rather alarming: the first IRC bot for Android. For those unaware, an IRC bot is a tool that provides automated function inside of an IRC channel. While very useful in many scenarios, IRC bots are also often used for malicious intent, such as the case at hand. It's worth noting here that, with the way this attack works, remote commands could be sent via any medium - SMS, webserver, etc.

13
Jan
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With just weeks remaining until Super Bowl XLVI, EA decided to bring out the head coach in all of us by dropping the price of Madden NFL 12 in the Android Market to just $0.99 for a "limited time."

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The game is sure to please even the most hardcore of football fans, offering features like sharp, realistic gameplay and clean graphics; a full roster of NFL teams to choose from, and multiple modes of gameplay.

13
Jan
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Sony unveiled a couple of new handsets at CES this week - one for the US market (Xperia Ion) and one for the international market (Xperia S). Both are powerful devices and should be the first to be released under the Sony name (not Sony Ericsson), and the latter is now available for pre-order from Clove UK for £467.99 with an expected release at the beginning of March.

13
Jan
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If you're in the market for a new portable media player and prefer something powered by our little green robot, then now may be the time to jump. Best Buy is offering the 16GB version of the Philips Android Connect for $110 with free shipping for today only. This unit, which retails for $219 ($173 on Amazon), is the predecessor to the recently announced GoGear Connect 3.5.

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The Gingerbread-powered Android Connect features 16GB of internal storage and a 3.2-inch 320x480 dispay, along with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and access to the Android Market, so you can load up all of your favorite apps.

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