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.

18
Nov
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Who's ready for some Friday morning hotness? Alright, it may not be that hot, but probable new features are always welcome in my book. Looks like the Big Goog has been awarded a new lockscreen patent, which could bring some new features to our good buddy pattern lock.

Pattern lock is no stranger to Android; in fact, it has been part of the mix since the beginning. With this new patent, though, the old dog may be learning a couple of new tricks, like custom gestures to launch specific apps.

17
Nov
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We all have apps that we would prefer to keep prying eyes away from - SMS, Email, Facebook, banking applications... the list goes on and on. You can always lock your entire phone down with a pin, password, or pattern lockscreen, but it gets tedious and annoying to have to unlock each time you want to quickly check something.

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Enter Ultimate App Guard, a new app that lets you lock down specific applications.

17
Nov
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Preparing to travel out of the country can be a daunting task. What if you forget something? Do you have all of the appropriate vaccines required to make the trip? What about all of the official documentation, passport, and insurance information? There's a lot to remember with a trip that massive.

Fortunately, you have your super-awesome Android phone by your side; install Trip Organizer, and it instantly becomes your travel assistant, ensuring you have everything needed for a smooth trip.

17
Nov
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When it was confirmed that the Galaxy Nexus doesn't have Gorilla Glass, it was as if the entire world into some sort of I'm going to scratch the hell out of it hysteria. It turns out that all the kerfuffle was for nothing, as one Galaxy Nexus owner decided to put that big beautiful screen to the test.

I admit, it was a little painful to watch, but the end result was nothing less than spectacular.

17
Nov
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If you've been envious of some of the awesome new games rolling out for Tegra devices, then you'll be happy to know that two popular Tegra-only titles - Shadowgun and Sprinkle - have just been updated to bring compatibility to non-Tegra devices.

Shadowgun, a futuristic action-shooter, is probably one of the best games for Android to date, sporting insanely good graphics, a decent storyline, and compelling gameplay. This is one game that should definitely be a welcome addition to any gamer's catalog.

17
Nov
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Even though the Kindle Fire has only been out for a couple of days, rumors are already circulating about what Amazon could be planning for next year - a foray into the smartphone world.

According to a research report put out this morning by a couple of Citi analysts, Amazon appears to be developing a smartphone in collaboration with Foxconn, though the actual device will most like be manufactured by the same company that produces the Kindle line.

16
Nov
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Last Updated: November 24th, 2011

Who's ready for another giveaway? Good, because we have some stuff to hand out, courtesy of the good folks at SGP. These guys make solid products -- you may remember the Galaxy Tab 10.1 case review that I did a few weeks back. This contest is going to work a bit differently than those of the past, so keep reading to get the details.

What You Get

SGP just released some new cases for the AT&T Galaxy S II, the Galaxy S II Skyrocket, and the International version of the GSII, and they originally pinged us to check those out.

16
Nov
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This time of year brings many common traditions, one of which is to send out holiday greeting cards to friends and family. You could: go to the store, pick from what they have to offer, buy the one that sucks the least, take it home, fill each one out... you get the idea.

Or, you could just grab this new app from Sincerely Ink called "Holiday Cards," skip the store, and do it all from your mobile device.

16
Nov
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Hot on the heels of Verizon's announcement of new LTE markets, T-Mobile just sent out a PR  detailing some network expansion of its own. Effective today, T-Mo has doubled the speed of its HSPA+ 4G network in eleven markets:

  • Bend, Medford, and Corvallis, OR
  • Benton Harbor, MI
  • Bloomington, Champaign-Urbana and Springfield, IL
  • Columbus, GA
  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • State College, PA
  • Yuba City, CA

On top of the that expansion, it will also be turning on HSPA+ 21 in nine additional markets, including:

  • Corvallis, OR
  • Decatur and Peoria, IL
  • Evansville, IN
  • Holland and Kalamazoo, MI
  • Santa Barbara CA
  • State College, PA
  • Yuba City, CA

If you're in one of the aforementioned areas, grab your phone and run a speed test - you may just be walking in a 4G wonderland.

16
Nov
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If you've been waiting for Big Red to show spread the LTE love in your area, your time may come tomorrow. VZW announced fourteen new LTE markets last month, along with plans for expansion in four existing markets, and it's all set to flip the switch tomorrow, November 17th.  Here's the list one more time:

  • Little Rock, AR
  • Savannah, GA
  • Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, IA
  • Lexington, KY
  • Starkville, MS
  • Kansas City and Springfield/Branson, MO
  • Lincoln, NE
  • Orange County, NY
  • Greater Providence, RI
  • Rapid City, SD
  • Roanoke, VA
  • Appleton and Oshkosh, WI

Expansions:

  • Louisville, KY
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Minneapolis/St.
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