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.

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Jul
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The Google+ app received an updated today that brings about several much-needed enhancements, bug fixes, and performance improvements. Have a look at the changelog:

  • Customize the main stream view to show streams from individual circles
  • Fixed some issues encountered by users with the Swype keyboard
  • Set permissions for who can start a huddle with you
  • If someone you've never huddled with before invites you to a group huddle, you can now dismiss the invitation (without blocking them)
  • New UI allows adding multiple people or entire circles to an existing group huddle
  • Set photo as wallpaper
  • Performance improvements and bug fixes throughout the app

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The update hasn't made it to the Web Market just yet, but you can pull it directly from your device.

14
Jul
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It's a well-known fact that Android enthusiasts love benchmarks. When new devices hit our hands, what is one of the first things we do? Run benchmarks. It's how we compare devices to one another, and what we use to develop the standards on which future devices will be set. At this point, we use a set of benchmarking tools that have become clutch throughout the community: Quadrant, Linpack, SmartBench, etc.

Now, Qualcomm is getting into the benchmarking game with a new web benchmark called Vellamo that aims to judge device performance in areas that really matter: rendering, javascript, networking, and user experience.

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Jul
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This is an excellent deal for anyone looking to pick up a new handset without having to sign up for a two-year commitment with a wireless carrier. You can grab a carrier-unlocked HTC Inspire 4G (GSM) for $350 from eBay right now. This may seem a bit steep compared to the relatively low price that you can nab this handset for in-store or for one of the third party manufacturer - until you remove the contract from the equation, that is.

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Jul
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Fans of the classic first person shooter series Serious Sam can rejoice, as the cult video game is making its way to Android sometime this month. Titled Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack! you play the role of Sam's arch nemesis The Headless Kamikaze, as you make your way through various obstacle-filled levels in order to fulfill your greatest desire: destroy Sam.

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The game features 40 levels of action-packed adventure, with one seemingly common theme: you're going to die.

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Jul
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It looks like owners of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 are facing yet another display issue: Newton's rings. According to Wikipedia, Newton's rings is an "interference pattern caused by the reflection of light between two surfaces;" but how does this apply to the Galaxy Tab, you ask? Imagine what motor oil looks like when combined with water, now place that under the screen of your Tab 10.1.

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That's what a whole slew of users over at XDA are dealing with at this very moment.

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Jul
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Update: This tablet is gracing the front page of eBay Daily Deals once again, but this time it's a bit more expensive ($5), which is still quite a good deal. Hit the updated source link below to buy.

When it comes to the Android tablet market, pricing is one of the main areas that defines the competition. Acer clearly knew this when pricing its Iconia Tab A500 tablet at $450, but for today, you can score this 10.1 inch Tegra 2 device for the low price of $380 with free shipping from eBay's Daily Deals site.

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Jul
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Sprint has been doing everything in its power to earn customers lately, but this may be the thing that reels in the biggest fish: according to CNET, The Now Network will be announcing a 4-5 billion dollar LTE deal with LightSquared during its upcoming earnings call on July 28th. Sprint launched its WiMax network early-on with Clearwire, which proved to be a hole-in-one for the duo, but Clearwire has since slowed the growth of WiMax due to financial reasons.

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Jul
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We took you on a brief walkthrough of the SwiftKey X beta several weeks ago, and now this psychic keyboard has shed its beta skin and emerged as a fully-developed app. TouchType also pushed out a version of SwiftKey optimized for tablets, appropriately dubbed SwiftKey Tablet X. Both keyboards are using TouchType's Fluency 2.0 artificial intelligence engine to crawl deep into your brain and pull out the next word that's on the tip of your fingers - and it actually works reasonably well.

13
Jul
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Finally, after many months of waiting, the official Twitter client for Android has received an update that adds some long-awaited functionality, like push notifications and the ability to seamlessly transition between multiple accounts.

You can enable push notifications by heading into the Settings menu and tapping "automatic refresh," then selecting the type of updates that you want to notified of.

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The update also brings about "a bunch of other improvements and bug fixes" according to the official Twitter blog.

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Jul
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Sprint's newest dual-core device, the Motorola Photon 4G, is set to land on The Now Network sales floor on July 31 for the now industry-standard price of $199 with a two-year agreement. This is the first WiMax phone to come out of Motorola's camp, and it sports some rather impressive specs:

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  • 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor
  • 4.3 inch qHD display
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB onboard storage
  • 8MP rear shooter, VGA front facing camera
  • Kickstand
  • Global-ready
  • Mobile hotspot
  • Advanced, enterprise level IT security
  • Gingerbread
  • Webtop capable

Judging by the official press release, it looks like the Photon won't be lacking any accessories either.