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Major Financial Powerhouse U.S. Bank Releases Android App

U.S. Bank has decided to jump on the bandwagon and release their own Android banking app, which promises a fresh look, better navigation and improved security.

The app supports all the standard features one would expect from banking apps, including the ability to:

  • Deposit checks with DepositPoint Mobile - simply take a photo of the front and back of your check and input the dollar amount.
  • Pay bills
  • Check balances
  • Transfer money between accounts
  • View transactions
  • Locate ATMs

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Car Lovers Unite: BBC Worldwide Release Official 'Top Gear' App

Here's one for the car buffs among you: the official Top Gear app. With this app courtesy of BBC Worldwide and sponsored by Mercedes Benz, you can stay on top of the latest news, videos, and shenanigans from the Top Gear crew. The app features photos, behind the scenes goodies, Top Gear clips, previews of upcoming Top Gear "stuff," and reviews of the latest cars driven.

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The app also allows content to be pulled and viewed offline, as well as the option to share news stories via Facebook, Twitter, or email.

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More Motorola Spyder And XOOM 2 Images Surface, Suggesting Both Devices Are Near Completion

A couple of new images of both the internally-named Motorola Spyder, rumored to be the device Moto and Big Red have planned to announce as the Droid RAZR on October 18th, as well as the 8.2-inch variant of the XOOM 2 have surfaced. While we've already seen rough prototype shots of both XOOM 2 variants once before, this new leak shows a much more polished look on the little brother, suggesting that it's near completion and most of the kinks have been worked out.

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Amex Customers Can Now Have All Their Banking Needs Taken Care Of With The American Express App For Android Tablets

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a bank and American Express may have given potential clients one more reason to pick them by launching the Amex for Android tablet app. The app allows American Express cardholders to review charges, pay bills, and take care of most of their banking needs.

Right now, the app supports the following features, with more being added:

  • Scheduling a payment
  • Checking your balance
  • Viewing your recent charges and payments
  • Managing all your card accounts
  • Viewing your membership rewards point balance

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To use the app simply download it to your Android 3.0+ tablet and log in using the same user ID and password you would use on americanexpress.com.

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Motorola And Verizon Announce A Press Event For October 18, Could It Be The XOOM 2 Or The Droid RAZR?

SlashGear reports that Motorola Mobility and Verizon Wireless will be holding a joint press event on Tuesday, October 18 at noon.

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We do not have any additional information at this time, but in the past few weeks we have reported on a number of leaks about potential Motorola devices, and the "next big innovation" could be any one of these. A big clue is the event title itself "Faster. Thinner. Smarter.

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Samsung Stratosphere Officially Launches On Verizon On October 13th For $149

Early rumours indicated that the Samsung Stratosphere would be released in September, and there were even leaked press shots of the device. However, here we are in October, and Verizon has just now taken the wraps off of the Stratosphere.

Billed as the "first 4G LTE smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard," the Samsung Stratosphere packs a hefty package, including:

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 1 GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor
  • 4-inch (800x480) WVGA Super AMOLED display
  • 4G LTE
  • 5-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB on-board memory
  • 4GB pre-installed microSD card (up to 32GB supported)
  • 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera (720p HD playback and 480p recording)
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n

The Stratosphere is clearly targeted towards the business user as alongside the QWERTY keyboard, the device will also have "enhanced B2B-enabled connectivity services from Cisco, the most comprehensive mobile implementation of Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) and support for secure remote device management from Sybase Afaria." Additionally, the device will support "Samsung’s Enterprise Platform enhancements such as VPN, encryption and Mobile Device Management (MDM)." This is a powerful phone that looks to attack RIM's enterprise stronghold and take-away market share from the BlackBerry by offering support for features corporate users find essential.

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Looks Like There's Another Facebook Phone On The Horizon - The FCC Meets Motorola's EX225 and EX226

It looks like Motorola has a Facebook feature phone up its sleeve - the Motorola EX225 is set to join ranks with the HTC Status as a socially-focused phone with a dedicated Facebook key. A device almost exactly like the EX225 - sans the Facebook integration - also made an appearance at the FCC, affectionately named EX226.

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Tests confirm that both devices are headed for AT&T with 3G capability, though the EX226 only supports AT&T's 850MHz spectrum and lacks compatibility with 802.11n.

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Washington Post Finally Makes Its Way To Android, Official App Now Available

Following the lead of the New York Times, the Economist, Guardian, and other mainstream publications, the venerable Washington Post has finally decided to launch its own Android app. The app is fairly polished and its content covers a variety of subjects including, politics, opinions, sports, lifestyle, business, technology, travel, and entertainment.

In addition to the articles, the app also includes the following features:

  • Comprehensive weather information, with hourly updates and 7-day forecasts for cities around the world.
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[App Review] Football League Clubs' App Offers Club News And Game Highlights On Your Phone, But Lacks Finishing Touches

Football. The "beautiful game" full of highs and lows, drama and controversy, near misses and outright blunders. Americans call it soccer, but in England, where we have the best leagues in the world and the best fans to match, we know better than that.

It's only right, then, that we have a great Android application to match all of the football that goes on week-in-week-out, and thanks to the Football League Clubs' App, we may have just that!

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Hexage Updates EVAC And EVAC HD With New Levels And Reduces Price To $0.00

Hexage has decided to update their popular retro-style Pacman-esque game EVAC (and EVAC HD) with some new levels and more importantly release it for free! Our esteemed editor reviewed the game some time back and he was particularly impressed by its "magical" soundtrack.

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According to Droid Gamers, both versions of EVAC are completely free and contain no ads whatsoever. It seems as though Hexage has decided to adopt a freemium model whereby they will offer in-game purchases that can be used to pass difficult levels, extend the number of lives, and obtain longer lasting power-ups.

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