It looks like Facebook is putting its purchase of group messaging app Beluga to good use, as it just announced Messenger, a mobile app for Android and iOS that acts as a sort of extension to Chat. In addition to the aforementioned group chat ability, Messenger's goal is also to simplify all your conversations, whether it be through Chat, Messages, email, or text. Photo and location sharing options are also available.
In a decision with potentially far-reaching consequences, a German court handed down a preliminary injunction halting all distribution of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the European Union today, after a motion was filed by Apple for just such an order.
The suit in question is over nine patents, most of which relate to broad smartphone functions and concepts. The patents are so broad that Apple sued Nokia over them (yes, the exact same nine patents) last year in the same German court, and that suit ended in a settlement widely presumed to be a victory for Apple.
A little less than a week ago, Artem shared his thoughts on the keyboard dock for the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Since this was before the official TouchWiz UX (our review) came out, I figured it deserved another go, as the update fixed several issues.
I'm only going to take on the things that were software related issues this go around, as other aspects (like design) have already been covered.
While the US variant of the Motorola XOOM recently received Android 3.2, the European version has been patiently waiting to leave version 3.0.1. That wait is finally coming to its end, as the official Android 3.1 OTA has started rolling out in Europe, according to Motorola EU's Facebook page. Of course, this is a staged rollout, so it may be days - or even weeks - before some users actually see it hit their device.
App developers, I think it's time we put a moratorium on the titling of games with "(Adjective) (Animal)", don't you think? It's getting a bit tired, and trying to emulate Angry Birds doesn't really do you any favors.
Anyway, on to the review.
Greedy Spiders is a turn-based puzzle game in which you are looking to save flies from their grisly demise at the hands of the aforementioned Greedy Spiders. I believe the fact that the spiders are greedy has to be highlighted, because otherwise you are just preventing them from eating.
The official YouTube app just received an update that brings a few new features to the app, as well as the obligatory bug fixes and performance improvements:
- Edit the title, description and privacy of your uploaded videos
- New uploading UI integrated into the app
- Create/Edit/Delete playlists on the go
The update is live in the device Market now, and should be hitting the Web Market shortly.
Earlier today, HTC and AT&T began pushing out the official Gingerbread OTA to Inspire 4G handsets across the nation. This update brings all of the added features of Gingerbread, along with some enhancements to Sense, and bug fixes:
- Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread
- New HTC Sense™ features
- Updated Application Tray features
- Updated FriendStream™ features
- Added Quick Settings in the Notifications window
- Improved Power Management function
- Improved media experience
- Various minor bug fixes
To manually check for the update, head into the Settings menu > AT&T Software Update > HTC Wi-Fi Software Update > Check now.
Penetration testers have long turned to laptops for all of the tools needed to get down and dirty with network security, but upcoming app Anti is looking to change all of that by bringing the most commonly used utilities to Android. Unveiled at Defcon, this app offers Wi-Fi scanning for open networks, finding potential target devices along the way. It will also expose the IP addresses of remote servers, as well as offer attacks like Man-in-the-Middle using exploits found in out-of-date software.
Every year, Defcon brings about some new concepts, hacks, vulnerabilities, and other digital tomfoolery. Sometimes it's all in good fun, but other times it's all too scary, which happens to be the case with a new class of Android malware that could allow for phishing attacks and pop-up ads alike.
Thanks to a design flaw in Android, there is a "feature" that allows an application to steal focus and pull itself into the foreground, bypassing the notification system entirely.
Ever since the Toshiba Thrive came out about a month ago, we've been able to find deals on every variant, except the 32 GB version. There was the 8GB for $380 and the 16GB for $405, but never the 32GB... until now.
Two cores along with a 10 inch display and full USB, HDMI, and SD ports, topped off with 32GB of internal storage can be had for $509.99 (normally $579.99) with free shipping from macmall's eBay account as part of today's eBay Daily Deals.