06
Sep
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Developers are making progress on the Android - TouchPad front almost daily, and the next major hurdle has been crossed(aside from getting Android to boot, of course) -- the touchscreen. For the past few weeks, devs have been spending countless hours trying to get the multitouch display to work properly with Android, and that feat was achieved earlier today.

Like I said, this is the first of many issues that need to be fixed, but it's a great start nonetheless.

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Sep
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Last Updated: September 10th, 2011

Many of you have been asking how you could get your hands on those little Android guys that you can usually see hanging out in my reviews. Like these ones here:

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I've personally acquired them over time - at Google I/O, the Lookout party, and Dead Zebra itself (no, you can't have mine!), but that's not the only way.

A good friend of ours, Omar Trujillo, also known as @0mie, partnered with us to promote his official vinyl figurines store where you can pick up authentic, Google-licensed, Dead Zebra-designed vinyl Android figurines and give them a new home.

06
Sep
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Last week, Moto and VZW started pushing the Gingerbread update to the original Droid 2, and now its global counterpart is getting the same treatment. The update officially started rolling out in phases earlier today, bringing many new features along with it:

  • New download manager
  • App and power management details
  • Multi-touch key-chording
  • Improved word selection and copy functionality
  • New UI and color scheme (read: new Blur)
  • Updated dock icons
  • App grouping
  • Increased device and SD card security
  • Updated calendar
  • Improved email and messaging
  • New ActiveSync email policy

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You can also expect improved stability, battery life, and connectivity, as well as new bundles apps (bloatware) like Google Books, Accuweather, Amazon MP3, Blockbuster, and Flash Player 10.2.

06
Sep
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Dolphin HD, one of the top web browsers for Android, got updated to version 6.2 today, bringing more accurate gesture recognition and a slew of improvements for webzine viewing. The most notable improvement brought by 6.2 is support for the Bookmark Sync add-on, a separately downloadable plugin that allows users to backup and sync their Dolphin bookmarks.

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This is a great feature, allowing you to keep your Dolphin bookmarks consistent across all your Android devices easily.

06
Sep
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It's not much a of a secret that the optimal position to use a tablet is by holding it, but it's also well known that it's not always the most practical option, either. For example, if you're using it for a cookbook in the kitchen, it's far more ideal to keep it on the counter while you work. Similarly, no one really wants to hold a tablet in-hand while watching an entire movie.

06
Sep
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Last week, the US Department of Justice filed an antitrust complaint against the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile deal. Naturally, Sprint was quite pleased by this, as it has been fighting this deal tooth-and-nail since its initial announcement. Now, The Now Network has filed its own suit to block the deal.

Sprint's lawsuit is focused on how this merger would affect both competition and the consumer market, citing that it would:

  • Harm retail consumers and corporate customers by causing higher prices and less innovation.

06
Sep
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I've always been a huge fan of software customization and theming; back in the early days of Windows XP, I would change themes, wallpapers, and icons almost daily, focusing on every detail to get that perfect look. Over time, I've become a huge fan of the minimal style on all of my devices, and there's no better place to get inspiration to re-theme a tired layout than by looking at other screenshots.

06
Sep
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A couple of weeks ago the first photos of the HTC Holiday emerged, displaying its impressive hardware innards for the world to see. Now, BGR has landed some new photos of this up-and-coming device, which includes speed tests that show what AT&T's LTE network is capable of. Clocking an astounding 29Mbps, AT&T is looking to put the hurt on VZW's LTE network once it becomes more widespread.

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Yes, a cotton swab is now an acceptable standard of measurement.

06
Sep
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Following the official unveiling of Sony's Tablet P and Tablet S at the end of last month, the 9.4-inch Tablet S is now available to pre-order in the US, UK and Canada, with each country being given September 16th as the release date on both the official Sony website and Amazon.com.

In the UK, you will be able to purchase the Tablet S starting at £399 for the 16GB model.

06
Sep
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The WakeVoice license giveaway attracted over 600 entries, and after sorting through all of them and picking 20 at random, we're ready to congratulate the following folks and send them free licenses:

  • the dark magician
  • Kalpik Nigam
  • Aurelien
  • Azazel11
  • Peter C
  • Kree Terry
  • GambitPat
  • Chimera
  • Krump
  • Raj
  • L
  • Noe
  • Cal
  • the1who
  • Aphex
  • cryogenic
  • Richard Callanan
  • holmgren
  • Gerrit
  • BeatBlaster

We've passed your emails along to WakeVoice, so you should be getting your codes shortly.