13
Jul
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Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

Our friendly neighborhood FedEx employee stopped by this morning with our Samsung Captivate, so I figured I’d do a quick unboxing video, snap some pictures, and give you guys our initial thoughts before our review in a couple days.

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The box itself is fairly boring, sticking with a generic “You bought a cell phone on AT&T!” design rather than trying to shake things up a la the EVO 4G’s eco-friendly box design, or Apple’s sleek iPhone packaging.

13
Jul
superdroid
Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

Ok, I’ve Rooted, So Now What?

Aside from allowing the installation of popular ROMs developed by the Android community, rooting your phone also comes with the benefit of being able to install apps that require root permissions.

Finding such apps can be a hassle, so we’ve done some of the leg work for you and come up with a detailed rundown of our top 8 root-only applications.

TitaniumBackup Titanium Backup

Cost: FREE (Full Version: $3.99)

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

The thought of losing all the apps on your Android device likely evokes a slight sinking sensation in your gut.

04
Jul
roundup_cases_cropped
Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

A few weeks ago, Amzer sent us some sample products to review for the EVO. They included two silicone cases (one red, one black), a Micro HDMI to HDMI cable, and 2 screen protectors (one mirror, one clear).

Amzer is owned by Moftware, parent company of numerous smaller, more specific companies. The company isn’t some dinky accessory maker – they estimate that they sold 250,000 accessories for the EVO alone in the first two weeks after the phones release.

02
Jul
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Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

A notification about the new version of Yelp just popped up on my EVO, and without thinking much about it, I gave it a whirl. Ohh, version 2.0 - it must be bringing new features, I thought. Indeed, it was. And I'm in love with them.

New In Yelp 2.0

Here's the list of the most interesting stuff:

  • Mobile check-ins
  • "Monocle"
  • Review drafting (though not posting)
  • Adding photos, tips, and bookmarks
  • A brand new look
  • A bunch of force closes, which I hope would be fixed soon.
02
Jul
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Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

[Updated – July 2, 2010 at 6:30PM EST]

Over the past day or so we’ve seen a flood of Droid X reviews published, so we've decided to round up and summarize the best of them. For any readers who may need a reminder of the details:

  • Coming to Verizon July 15
  • $200 on contract
  • 4.3”, 854 x 480 px
  • 720p Video Recording
  • 8 MP Camera
  • 1 GHz Processor
  • Android 2.1 (Eclair) at launch, with 2.2 (FroYo) coming later
  • 8 GB onboard, 16 GB mSD card (24 GB total)
  • 3 mics – front, back, and bottom
  • HDMI out
  • Swype

Pretty impressive stuff, at least on paper.

01
Jul
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Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

Yesterday, we broke the news that CyanogenMod 6 Alpha 1 was released to the public. Having successfully installed it on an AT&T Nexus One, we can now give you the lowdown on what this release (so far) contains.

User Interface

Essentially, users can expect an experience that will not stray too far from what CyanogenMod 5.08 changed in terms of the UI. An updated version of ADW Launcher does provide a few enhancements, though.

21
Jun
mainmenu
Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

The winners have been selected and contacted via email.

Enjoy your Vlingo licenses and look out for future AndroidPolice contests!

Living in Houston, you encounter some pretty horrendous traffic. Out of the 45 minutes I spend commuting(one way), about 20 are probably spent at a red light.

With all of that downtime it’s pretty tempting to reach over and check your latest email, or, if you’re like me, compulsively check the market for updates, but every time you do so, you’re risking injuring yourself, and those around you.

18
Jun
sysadminmug_thumb
Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

This SysAdmin Series article will cover four of my favorite tools as a sysadmin: two for analyzing network information, and one each for doing DNS lookups and Whois lookups on domain names. As with most apps I cover in my SysAdmin Series articles, I need to fully uninstall the app and wipe all prior data before demonstrating it here for you to protect my employer in case there’s any sensitive information lurking about.

16
Jun
Top 5 3D Android Games
Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

As time progresses and more game developers come over to Android, whether to port the iPhone version of their game or develop new games, more and more 3D games are appearing - high quality ones at that. 3D games come with a slightly higher price, which is usually redeemed by the extra quality you get. However, choosing which games to buy can be a little daunting.

Here is a rundown of our Top 5 3D games currently available for Android, as well as some honorable mentions.

16
Jun
sysadminmug_thumb
Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

First off, my apologies for the late posting in the SysAdmin series (or very early since tomorrow is Thursday). I had to deal with a double HDD failure on my home PC this weekend which ate up 14+ waking hours between Saturday night and all day Sunday, which would have been my prime writing time. Then the third HDD in that system crashed Monday evening, egad, what are the odds. I digress…

I've been looking for an easy way recently to manage configuration files for remote servers without having to deal with subversion, and even looked at some sort of file sync with Evernote/Dropbox via Android using an FTP client, but neither Evernote or Dropbox give you easy access to files on your SD storage when you download files.

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