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.

20
Jan
LG-X3

Okay, so CES didn't provide all the quad-core, ICS-running goodness that we'd all hoped for. Don't fret, though - Mobile World Congress is coming up at the end of next month and will probably deliver more super-powered Android than we can handle.

One such device is likely to be a new handset from LG, codenamed X3. According to PocketNow, this will be the first quad-core offering from the company, packing the NVIDIA Tegra 3 superchip under its hood.

19
Jan
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A few weeks ago, we highlighted a neat accessory for your cell's camera called the Easy-Macro Lens Band. After reading our coverage of the item, the creator of it hit me up on Twitter to say thanks, and then sent me a few samples. I absolutely love macro photos, so I've spent the last several weeks playing with this little band and wanted to share my feelings.

What Is It?

For those unaware, the Easy-Macro band is an extremely simple solution for taking macro photos.

19
Jan
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If you like to keep a watchful eye on your battery level (who doesn't?), then you probably have some sort of widget to that lets you know how much juice your phone has left. That's great, but you have to navigate away from any foreground application in order to check the battery status. Enter T.E.A.M. Battery Bar, a new app that displays a customizable bar at the top (or bottom) of the screen indicating how much battery is left .

19
Jan
Sprint

Looks like the Now Network is in the process of pushing OTA updates to three devices: the HTC EVO 4G, EVO Design 4G, and Samsung Epic 4G. The changelog for each device is as follows:

HTC EVO 4G

  • Security Update
  • Updated Peep client ( to align with Twitter)
  • Battery life improvements

HTC EVO Design 4G

  • Security Update
  • Updated Peep client (to align with Twitter)
  • Updated Sprint Zone client
  • Battery life improvements
  • 3LM Enterprise Tool Access (no user interface changes)

Samsung Epic 4G

  • Security update
  • Speaker feedback fix
  • The QIK and Asphalt 5 applications are no longer preloaded.
19
Jan
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While some manufacturers are doing whatever they can to increase battery life in power-hungry smartphones, most of us still have to find a way to make sure our gear stays charged on-the-go. Sure, extended batteries get the job done, but they add extra bulk to your device, and they don't help a bit if you have multiple devices to keep juiced. So, what's the most practical solution?

A portable charger.

We've taken a look at several portable chargers in the past - some good, some not-so-good.

18
Jan
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Looks like AT&T has been tweaking its data packages again, trying to find a way to better compete with the likes of the Sprint, T-Mobile, and VZW no doubt. The revised data plans will go into affect on January 22, and they look a little something like this:

  • Data Plus 300MB: $20 for 300MB
  • Data Pro 3GB: $30 for 3GB
  • Data Pro 5GB: $50 for 5GB, with mobile hotspot / tethering

So, how does that compare to Ma Bell's current data rates?

18
Jan
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Not sure how we missed this one as it has been available for four days, but here we are. On Blackout Day. Telling you about the Wikipedia app. Ironic, no?

This is an app that many users have been waiting on for, well, a long time. Now you can quickly search Wikipedia's 20 million articles without ever having to open the browser. The app features the ability to save searched articles so you can read them later, searching articles based on nearby locations, and the option to share your findings.

18
Jan
Samsung-Galaxy-Note

The powerhouse Samsung Galaxy Note is certainly making the rounds as of late - first in Europe, then it was announced for AT&T's LTE network in the U.S., and, soon enough, our neighbors to the north will be able to enjoy the 5.3-inch beast as well.

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According to Samsung Canada's website, the Note is expected to be available sometime in mid-February with an assumed launch on Telus' LTE network and announcements coming from Rogers and Bell soon after.

18
Jan
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In its continuous journey to bring blazing fast LTE to the entire country, Verizon Wireless will be hitting the "on" switch in five new markets tomorrow, January 19th. The markets in question:

  • Glens Falls and Utica, NY
  • Lawton, OK
  • Brownsville and McAllen, TX

Big Red is also expanding 4G LTE coverage in three existing markets:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Houston, TX
  • Spokane, WA

Congratulations to all who live in the above mentioned areas - you're going to love the enhanced connection speed.

18
Jan
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2011 wasn't the best year that LG's mobile devision has ever seen. It released a couple of decent handsets that didn't quite take off and a tablet that has nearly been forgotten. So, what is a company to do in a situation such as this? Release another lackluster piece of hardware, of course!

Enter  the Optimus Pad LTE, the Korean manufacturer's first go at a 4G LTE-enabled tablet. Packed with last year's hardware, this little guy will be nearly outdated by the time it hits retail shelves:

  • 8.9-inch 1280x768 IPS display
  • 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor
  • 8MP rear shooter/2MP 'round front
  • 32GB built-in storage, microSD card slot
  • Android 3.2
  • 6,800mAh battery
  • 497 grams
  • 9.3mm thin

Okay, so maybe the Optimus Pad LTE has a couple of good things going for it - at 497 grams, it enters the arena at 69 grams lighter than the thin-and-sleek Galaxy Tab 10.1, and 32GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot is nothing to scoff at, either.

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