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Miffed Over The Lack Of Notification LED On Your Samsung Galaxy S? Check Out BLN (BackLight Notification)

Take a look around Google and you can see that people are seriously peeved by the lack of notification LED in the Samsung Galaxy S line of devices (excluding the Epic 4G). Developer and i9000 owner Michael R. - better known as neldar on the XDA forums - was annoyed enough by the glaring omission that he decided to come up with a solution. The result: BLN (BackLight Notification). 

The basic idea behind the app is quite simple: as there's no LED on the devices, the logical decision is to light up the soft-touch keys.

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Get Your Trade On With E*TRADE Mobile Pro And Fidelity Investments For Android

E*TRADE Financial and Fidelity Investments have finally made their mobile applications available to Android users. Up until now, both programs have been compatible exclusively with iOS and Blackberry OS. Although I'm not much of a stock trader myself, these apps are big wins for enterprise customers who use Android devices. Both are very slick and easy to use. I should also mention that both of them have very quick load times.

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Déjà Vu: WSJ Study Suggests Many Android & iOS Apps Transmit User Data To Advertisers

Way back in July, Lookout released the results of a study on app security, and found that many apps have access to user data that they have no need for - suggesting that there was plenty of potential for illicit information use. Two months later, a group of researchers from Intel, Penn State, and Duke came forth with data showing just that: 15 of the 30 apps tested sent GPS data, 7 sent unique hardware information, and a few sent more private information such as phone and SIM numbers.

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Amazon Updates Kindle App, Brings In-App Purchases, Install To SD Card, Periodical Support, And More

Amazon has updated their Kindle for Android app to the ridiculously-numbered version 2.0.0.101810146. With the update comes a few notable new features:

  • Access to over 100 Kindle newspapers and magazines
  • "Move to SD Card" option
  • In-app purchases
  • Social network integration
  • Chapter titles now show in the reader status bar
  • Zoom for images
  • Volume rocker can function as page up/down

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The app supports all versions of Android from 1.6 up. And don't forget - your purchases are linked by account, not device - meaning any books you purchase on your actual Kindle can be accessed in the Kindle app on your phone.

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Sony Announces Official PlayStation App For Android And iOS

It's not the PlayStation-related Android announcement we were hoping Sony would make, but the Official PlayStation app is still (sort of) intriguing in and of itself. Version 1.0 of the app will be coming soon to both our beloved Android Market and the iOS App Store, though we here in the States will be left out of the fun initially. For those lucky enough to live in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, or the Netherlands, (the areas where the app will be available upon launch) here's what you have to look forward to:

  • Check out your PlayStation Network trophies and keep up to date with your friends’ games and online status.
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LinkedIn Releases Beta App For Android - Another Way To Not Access That Account You Never Use

Good news for professional Android users: LinkedIn has finally released an Android app. Unfortunately, it's still in "public" beta at this point, and to get the app you have to join the Android group on LinkedIn (in other words, it's not on the Market yet). At this stage, it packs all the basic features:

  • View updates from your professional network
  • Search for people to discover things you have in common and establish new connections
  • Respond to invitations sent from people in your professional life
  • Keep in touch with your own connections on LinkedIn

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Given that it's not available in the Market, it's hard to say what kind of bugs and issues people are having.

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Google Maps v5 With 3D Maps And Offline Navigation Is Live In The Market - Download It Now

Google Maps 5, which we have been anxiously waiting for, mostly due to its 3D capabilities and offline map caching, has arrived! You can download the update in the Market by clicking the following QR code from your mobile phone or scanning it with Barcode Scanner:

QR code for https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.maps

Here are the new changes:

  • Explore the map in 3D. Two finger drag down/up to tilt; twist to rotate on supported devices.
  • Use compass mode to rotate the map to where you're facing.
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Finally! IBM Introduces Lotus Notes Traveler for Android

If you were simply dying for a Lotus Notes solution on Android like me, today is your lucky day! IBM has introduced a version of it's Lotus Notes Traveler software for the Android OS. The free software is designed to give Lotus Notes customers two-way, over-the-air synchronization of information between their accounts and mobile devices via the Lotus Domino server. The new app impressed with:

  • Remote wipe support for stolen or lost devices
  • Automatic, over the air synchronization of notes, calendar, and contacts
  • The ability to read encrypted email.
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Dolphin Browser Mini Goes Into Public Beta, Offers Much Faster Performance All Around

Do you feel the need for speed? Apparently you aren't alone, as Dolphin Browser Mini has just gone into public beta on the Market. The app offers numerous improvements over the regular version of Dolphin Browser as well as the HD version, including:

  • High speed responsibility [sic]
  • Speed Dial Homepage
  • Innovative Menu design
  • Infinite tabs browsing
  • Intelligent back & forward button

Like its ancestors, it also features a variety of innovative gestures, bookmark syncing, private browsing, and a host of other features not found in the stock Android browser.

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Facebook For Android Updated To Version 1.5, Brings Chat, Push Notifications, And Bug Fixes

A new update to Facebook for Android just landed on the Market, and it brings a duo of long-awaited features: push notifications and Chat. Naturally, it also packs some bug fixes for good measure.

Personally, I find the new Chat feature to be perfectly adequate, but David is thoroughly unimpressed. His complaints are that it has a boring interface, it's slow, and it just feels tacked on. I don't exactly disagree with any of those points, I just don't think they're major issues.

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