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.

07
Mar
spelltower

As a writer, I pretty much like words. That's my job. Well, it's not my job to like words, but it helps. It's my job to write words in a coherent and entertaining manner. But I digress, this isn't about stringing words together into sentences; it's about stacking words on top of each other in a Tetris-like game for the aspiring wordsmith. Sure, it may sound a bit confusing, but in reality the concept appears to be relatively simple.

06
Mar
wm_GALAXY S III Product Image (10)_W
Last Updated: April 19th, 2013

It's been a wild ride on ICS, hasn't it C Spire customers? And by that, I really mean you've been waiting on Jelly Bean to hit that GSIII for a while now, haven't you C Spire customers? Well, I'm here to deliver good news: Jelly Bean is official. Not officially announced or some other vague form of "official," but it's officially rolling out. So, you can have it now.

The update is available both over-the-air and through Samsung's Kies software, and it brings oodles of newness to your already-awesome smartphone:

Added Apps

    • Chrome
    • Help
    • Paper Artist
    • Voice Search

    Removed Apps

      • Latitude
      • Search

      Added Widgets

        • Bookmarks 3x2
        • Favorite Apps
        • Favorite Contacts 4x2
        • Favorite Contacts 4x4
        • Favorite Settings 4x4
        • Messaging
        • My Call Sound
        • Play - My Library
        • Play Recommendation
        • S Bookmarks 3x2
        • Simple alarm clock

        Block 4G until device is activated
        Added Global Client ID
        Changed wakeup sound
        Roaming Auto-Retrieve enabled
        Removed NullPointException
        Streaming 4G (audio and video) messages delay fixed
        C Spire MMSC allows messages up to 1000kB
        S Voice upgrade
        Polaris view upgrade
        Updated ClipboardSaceService(add permission) for ATM(CTS)
        MusicHub 3.0
        QNC enabled

        See, lots of new stuff.

        06
        Mar
        wm_thumb

        When it comes to device protection, there is no shortage of options out there on the great wide internet. With enough digging, you can find almost any different style of case you can think of, be it an on-device super-thin case, something ultra-durable, or a simple sleeve.  If you're looking for something along the lines of the latter for your Nexus 4, Galaxy S III, or Galaxy Note 10.1, look no further than the just-announced Durables Wallet and Sleeve from DODOcase.

        06
        Mar
        1

        AT&T started pushing Jelly Bean (4.1.2) to its variant of the Xperia T (the TL) earlier this month, but Rogers apparently wasn't far behind. The Canadian carrier just made the update available to its Xperia T, which should bring all the same goodies that the AT&T and International versions already have. Namely:

        • Updated, more intuitive versions of Sony Media apps: WALKMAN, Album and Movies
          Lets you view and access all your photos, videos and tunes in one place.

        06
        Mar
        su

        A few days ago, Koush released his newly-updated Superuser app into the Play Store. At the time, he noted that it would be integrated into CyanogenMod nightlies in upcoming builds. As of the latest releases, the app is now the go-to for Su access on your device – but there's a kicker: if you go looking for it, you won't find it in the app tray.

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        You see, CM decided to literally integrate the app into the system, so you'll actually find it in the Settings > Superuser section.

        06
        Mar
        1[11]

        Well, we're little more than a week away from Samsung's Galaxy S IV Unpacked event in New York. You know what that means: rumors, leaks, and the like are all starting to pour in like mad. This go around we're seeing supposed screenshots from the U.S. version of the GSIV, which showed up on GSM.Israel.co.il. Sure, it's a curious place for a U.S. device to make its debut, but the shots are convincing nonetheless.

        05
        Mar
        socialcam

        If you like the idea of Instagram but it's just not live enough for you, then Socialcam is the network for you. In a nutshell (a very large nutshell), it's like Instagram for video. The app, which was started by Justin.tv and then acquired by Autodesk, just got bumped to version 2.0, which brings several new features and a new UI to the app.:

        Video filters
        Front facing camera
        Complete redesign
        Tons of bug fixes
        Works on newest Android phones

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        So, what can you do from Socialcam?

        05
        Mar
        1
        Last Updated: March 7th, 2013

        It's the start of a new month, so you know what that means: time to look at the rise and fall of Android versions over the last four weeks. This month's numbers continue to look promising, with Gingerbread and ICS steadily sliding downhill and Jelly Bean continuing its climb to the top:

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        Update: Looks like El Goog made a tiny error in the chart, as it's just updated the page to reflect a minor difference: Froyo is actually on 7.5% of handsets, and Gingerbread is on 44.1%.

        05
        Mar
        1

        When I first read the specs and saw pictures of the MeMO Pad Smart, the only thing that popped into my mind was this is just like a TF300, minus the dock. It was beyond me why ASUS would even build a tablet that is essentially identical to one of its other tablets. Sure, the price is $50 lower, but still – is there really a market for this?

        I imagine that, like me, the majority of you also judged this tablet based merely on the spec sheet.

        04
        Mar
        Sprint-Galaxy-S-III-Google-Wallet-Preloaded-2GB-RAM-Dual-Core-S4-Preorders-Up-June-5-Release-On-June-21-A

        Network Vision has been a fairly slow process for Sprint, but the carrier is flipping the LTE switch in nine new markets today.

        • Altoona, Pa.
        • Asheville, N.C.
        • Columbus, Ind.
        • Elkhart/Goshen, Ind.
        • Hammond, La.
        • La Crosse, Wis.
        • San Juan, Puerto Rico
        • Statesville, N.C.
        • Temple, Texas

        This brings The Now Network's LTE footprint up to a whopping 67 markets, some one-point-seven gazillion short of Verizon, five-hundred-million behind that of AT&T, and negative sixty-six short of T-Mobile's LTE network count (on a good day).

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