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[Deal Alert] Samsung Nexus S 4G Free With A New Sprint Contract From Best Buy And Amazon Wireless

What if I told you that you could cut loose from your current carrier, hop over to Sprint, and snag a Nexus S 4G for free in the process? Would you be down? If so you answered 'yes' to that, then here's your chance, because both Amazon Wireless and Best Buy online are giving this phone away as long as you put your signature on the dotted line saying that you'll be loyal to Sprint for the next two years.

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Geek Overload: CyanogenMod 7 Now Has The Option To Show Exact Signal Strength (In dBm) Instead Of Signal Bars

The unstoppable CyanogenMod, Android's most popular custom ROM, is gaining yet another cool feature as of today, which is kind of reminiscent of the exact battery percentage mod that has become one of my favorites.

Starting with tonight's nightlies and future stable releases, those green signal bars ("can you hear me now?") can be replaced with the exact signal strength measurement, in dBm (decibel-milliwatt is an electrical power unit in decibels (dB), referenced to 1 milliwatt (mW)).

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[Coming Soon To Android] Onkyo Remote Lets You Wirelessly Control Your Home Entertainment System From Your Smartphone

Popular home entertainment equipment manufacturer Onkyo is set to release its own Android app next month that will allow owners of any 2011 model network A/V receiver to wirelessly control them directly from their Android-powered smartphone. Using a wireless network as its means of connection, the app will also allow users to stream media stored locally on their Android phone, control the volume, select an input source, and more.

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An exact release date hasn't be announced as of yet, only that it will be "available in August."

[Onkyo Blog]

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Coming Soon To CyanogenMod: Android 2.3.5; Possibly In Upcoming Nightlies

The benefits of Android 2.3.5 will soon land in everyone's favorite custom ROM:  CyanogenMod. It's probably safe to assume that it could land in CM7 nightlies as early as tonight or tomorrow, but that's just an educated guess. If you're a nightly user, take a look at your version after you flash the next update, you may just have the most recent version of Android at your fingertips.

Definition: A "nightly" is a bleeding edge release that is built on a daily basis, usually at night after a full day's worth of new code has been committed.

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'Dolphin For Pad' Beta Hits The Android Market, Brings Dolphin Love To Tablets

When I got my Galaxy Tab 10.1, one of the first apps I installed was Dolphin HD, and while it worked great, it still had that "phone" feel to it. Thankfully, the Dolphin Team has been hard at work prepping a version designed specifically for Android tablets (although, they're saying it's for "pads").

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Since this is a beta version, it's clear that it's based off of Dolphin HD, as some of the menus still retain the phone vibe.

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Sprint's End-Of-Life Listings Leaked - Say Goodbye to the HTC EVO 4G And Samsung Epic 4G

Enthusiast blog SprintFeed has uncovered a screenshot of Sprint's end-of-life (EOL) listings which indicates the handsets that Sprint will cease ordering in the coming weeks and months to free up space for its newer catalogue of devices.

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The Android devices that will be getting the axe in July include the Motorola i1, followed by the white HTC EVO 4G in September, and the Samsung Transform, black HTC EVO 4G, and Samsung Epic 4G in October.

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[Update: Confirmed] Motorola XOOM To Receive 4G LTE Upgrade In September

In the slowly unraveling drama that is the XOOM 4G LTE upgrade, another chapter has been put in place. Rumor has it that VZW XOOM owners may receive an email today letting them know the the upgrade will happen in September -- but we have no confirmation as of yet.

Update: Here is the email we received confirming that the update should indeed start in September:

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The original word on the street was that the upgrade should have happened only three months after launch, a deadline severely missed by Motorola/Verizon.

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Sprint Now Offering Protection Plan For Netbooks, Notebooks, And Tablets For $13/Month - $5 More Than Phones

Anyone who previously picked up an internet-device (computer or tablet) from Sprint may have been a little frustrated with the lack of insurance provided by the Now Network. That all changes today, as it has finally decided to toss some coverage to its users that provides some peace of mind if anything were to happen to their netbook, notebook, or tablet.

The coverage is basically like any other carrier: the plan covers mechanical or electrical breakdown, accidental damage, and if the device is lost or stolen.

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Early Press Shots of Upcoming HTC Puccini Leaked

Following our report in May of the upcoming HTC tablet named after the celebrated Italian composer Puccini, BGR has gotten its hands on some exclusive images of the device itself.

The first of the two high-res press shots grabbed by BGR features the front of the 10" tablet in what appears to be a bespoke case with a stylus and holder. The second image shows off the rear of the tablet which appears to be sporting an 8 MP camera, dual-LED flash, and stereo speakers and a mic.

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[Updated: Is A Keyboard-less Version Coming, Too?] Samsung Galaxy S II For AT&T Leaked - And It's Rocking A Full Slide-Out QWERTY [Pictures]

Update: Since there are a lot of upset AT&T customers out there, a caring tipster decided to drop a photo over at Android Central that suggests AT&T may be getting a keyboard-less version of the GSII as well. With that said, I will express my absolute skepticism about this. There is but a single picture, and we all know how easily photographs can be manipulated. So, before you get too excited, I urge you all to take this at face value until we get more proof.

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