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Google Music beta, previously available by invitation only from Google, is opening up its doors a bit starting today with the rollout of invite capabilities.

There aren't many yet - I and everyone else I've seen who have gotten invites, received 2 to hand out, so if you're already a member, log into your Music account, check how many you were granted, and start a bidding war among your friends (fall back to a sword duel in case of disputes).

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ASUS just announced via its official Twitter account that the Eee Pad Transformer would be receiving the latest iteration of Honeycomb -- Android 3.2 -- on July 28th (tomorrow). The newest version of Honeycomb will bring bug fixes and a few new features to the tablet-netbook-hybrid, including the new "app zoom" feature that makes phone-specific apps scale more appropriately on the larger, 1280x800 display.

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Look, they even made a nifty little image.

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Jul
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Another week, another great giveaway - our 4th giant giveaway, featuring the 32GB Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, has beat all past records yet again, with over 7,000 entries via Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. Most people entered using Facebook this time around, followed closely by Google+, and then Twitter. As we always do, we tried to make the giveaway accessible to as many countries all over the world as we could, adding a few more to our regular list.

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Jul
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Gmail for Android hasn't received much love lately, but Google definitely hasn't forgotten about it. The new version 2.3.5 (curiously, it matches the latest Gingerbread release version), which showed up tonight, brings a host of new features, including one that I was *just* thinking of yesterday after clicking the "Show Pictures" button for the 1800th time.

The new features are:

  1. Save bandwidth and battery by only syncing priority mail
  2. Use label notifications to mash up filters, labels, and ringtones
  3. Remember ‘Show Pictures’ for senders
  4. Turn off sticky message actions in landscape or all orientations
  5. Better TalkBalk support for accessibility
  6. Performance improvements

As I mentioned, my favorite is definitely the sticky "Show Pictures" setting, which means I won't have to click the annoying button in every email that I receive from all the deals sites on a daily basis.

28
Jul
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In the world of Android tablets, there seems to be an ongoing battle between the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer for ultimate tablet supremacy. Both are absolutely outstanding tablets, but you're looking to buy the latter, then you should click over to the eBay Daily Deal site where you can grab the 32GB version of this tablet for $440 with free shipping.

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The Transformer packs the specs of all the top-of-the-line Android tablets on the market today:

  • 10.1 inch 1280*800 LCD display
  • 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 32GB on-board storage
  • Android 3.1 (possibly Android 3.2 since the update started rolling out today)

And let's not forget about the most lustworthy feature of this tablet: the keyboard dock.

28
Jul
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In an earnings call today, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha dropped the bomb that the Droid Bionic would be hitting the streets sometime in September. No exact launch date was specified, but this falls right in line with the September 1st launch date that has been rumored for the past couple of weeks. This is the first somewhat official date that we've heard come out of either Motorola or Verizon's camp, and with the Samsung Galaxy S II right around the corner, it looks like competition is going to get stiff very soon.

28
Jul
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Several weeks ago, we took a look at an app called VideoSurf that was aiming to bring video identification to Android, but it was, well... bad. We continuously compared it to IntoNow - and app previously only available on iOS - that serves the same purpose and does it very well. As of today, IntoNow is finally available on Android.

IntoNow is a video identification application that works similar to the way Shazam does for audio.

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Jul
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Users anticipating the US arrival of Samsung's Galaxy S II superphone can now sign up to be notified of this beast-of-a-device's stateside availability via Samsung's Galaxy S II US landing page.

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You have to drop in some basic information like name, email, phone number, and carrier preference, and you're in. I received a text message immediately after signing up asking if I want to be notified via SMS as well, so expect nearly-immediate info regarding this device.

28
Jul
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There is little doubt that the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer is one of the hottest Android tablets on the market. Thanks to its hybrid-laptop nature, it's one of the most versatile devices that I've ever seen: it can be what you need when you need it.

When the Transformer was announced, it was accompanied by a similarly unique-yet-convenient device that we've yet to get a good look at: the Eee Pad Slider.

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Jul
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Update: If @VZWSupport is to be believed (and after yesterday's Galaxy S II fiasco, I have my doubts), then the update should be rolling out beginning today, reaching all DX2 owners by the end of the week.

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Has anyone received the update yet? Drop us a line in the comments when (if) it hits your device!

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When the Droid X2 first hit the street, most would-be owners were extremely disappointed when they found out that it didn't ship with Gingerbread.

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