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.

05
Sep
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With over 7400 entries from Facebook, Google+, and Twitter (in order of popularity), the 6th "supercharged" giveaway ended up being our largest giveaway yet. And no wonder - in addition to the usual main prize, the winner will also get a JAMBOX, a keyboard dock, and a $25 giftcard.

Before I move on to the winner, selected at random, I'd like to thank NVIDIA for providing the prizes. Check out their Tegra Zone on the web or on the Android Market.

05
Sep
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I am going to be honest - I am not a fan of phone cases myself. However, knowing my wife's affinity for miraculously sending her phones flying into the back yard from our 2nd story balcony or stomping on them with her shoes after they hit the asphalt (though her previous phone, the Palm Pre, didn't live to tell its story after drowning in our dog's water bowl), I set out on a mission to find the best protective case for her new and shiny EVO 3D.

05
Sep
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Last Updated: August 1st, 2012

The @DroidLanding Twitter account has awoken once more, this time with news of an ongoing DROID Bionic scavenger hunt:

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In previous VZW Twitter contests, the @DroidLanding account would tweet out the coordinates of a hidden smartphone and participants would hurriedly scramble to the location lest someone claim the prize before them. With this latest scavenger hunt, however, VZW has upped the nerd factor and brought an augmented reality-based Android game into the mix:

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The app lets users 'build' four virtual Bionics before sending them off to a nearby location.

05
Sep
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Geodog GmbH are the developers of Geodog Mobile, a new application for Android that helps the user track their lost dog via GPS by connecting with a separately-sold tracking collar. The app will track location, display topographical maps, and even provide street directions to reach your wandering pet. Another interesting feature is the ability to save maps for offline viewing, meaning no data connection is required if your dog is lost within a map that you've already saved.

05
Sep
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If you own a Honeycomb tablet, then you probably know that a true fullscreen option doesn't exist. When watching YouTube videos, viewing images in the gallery, or playing a games, the navigation bar is always present - which causes frustration for a lot of users. Enter HoneyBar, a simple way to temporarily hide the navbar on rooted tablets.

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Upon install, HoneyBar will launch itself and constantly run in the middle of the navbar, which is usually blank space.

05
Sep
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We've seen a few big things come out of the IFA conference already, but none quite so awesome as the SpiderPad from Korean Telecom. This thing is an absolute beast, but not because of its hardware specs (which are quite good), but because of its accessories.

From a hardware standpoint, it is pretty impressive, rocking a 4.5-inch display, 1.5GHz dual-core proccessor, 1GB RAM, and 16GB of internal storage, along with microHDMI and microUSB ports.

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