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Interactive MIUI Mario Lockscreen Can Unlock Your Phone (But Not World 9)

In what is undoubtedly one of the coolest mods I've seen in months, developer picard666 has released an interactive Mario lockscreen for MIUI. So awesome, in fact, that words can't properly describe it. Take a look at the "diagram":

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The top cloud shows the current time, and the two clouds below show calls and messages (left and right, respectively). To unlock into calls or messages, you take control of Mario and have to make him hit the corresponding coin box - a coin pops out (optionally with the accompanying sound), then your phone launches the appropriate app.

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Still Not Convinced That Face Unlock Is Easily Fooled By A Photo? Here's Another Video Showing Face Programming And Photo Unlocking From Start To End

One of the most interesting features in Ice Cream Sandwich is, without a doubt, the new Face Unlock that lets you unlock the phone using your face and the front-facing camera. Before we go any further, please read the following bullet points, as I'd like to clear a few things up:

  • The question of whether Face Unlock can be duped by a photo was raised by many almost immediately after the feature was announced, to which Google responded with "give us some credit".
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[New App] Sincerely Ink Lets You Create And Send High Quality Holiday Cards Directly From Your Mobile Device

This time of year brings many common traditions, one of which is to send out holiday greeting cards to friends and family. You could: go to the store, pick from what they have to offer, buy the one that sucks the least, take it home, fill each one out... you get the idea.

Or, you could just grab this new app from Sincerely Ink called "Holiday Cards," skip the store, and do it all from your mobile device.

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T-Mobile Doubling HSPA+ Speeds In Eleven Markets, Expanding HSPA+ 21 In Nine Others

Hot on the heels of Verizon's announcement of new LTE markets, T-Mobile just sent out a PR  detailing some network expansion of its own. Effective today, T-Mo has doubled the speed of its HSPA+ 4G network in eleven markets:

  • Bend, Medford, and Corvallis, OR
  • Benton Harbor, MI
  • Bloomington, Champaign-Urbana and Springfield, IL
  • Columbus, GA
  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • State College, PA
  • Yuba City, CA

On top of the that expansion, it will also be turning on HSPA+ 21 in nine additional markets, including:

  • Corvallis, OR
  • Decatur and Peoria, IL
  • Evansville, IN
  • Holland and Kalamazoo, MI
  • Santa Barbara CA
  • State College, PA
  • Yuba City, CA

If you're in one of the aforementioned areas, grab your phone and run a speed test - you may just be walking in a 4G wonderland.

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Verizon Wireless Reminds Us That It Will Light Up 14 New Cities With 4G LTE, Expand In 4 Markets On November 17th

If you've been waiting for Big Red to show spread the LTE love in your area, your time may come tomorrow. VZW announced fourteen new LTE markets last month, along with plans for expansion in four existing markets, and it's all set to flip the switch tomorrow, November 17th.  Here's the list one more time:

  • Little Rock, AR
  • Savannah, GA
  • Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, IA
  • Lexington, KY
  • Starkville, MS
  • Kansas City and Springfield/Branson, MO
  • Lincoln, NE
  • Orange County, NY
  • Greater Providence, RI
  • Rapid City, SD
  • Roanoke, VA
  • Appleton and Oshkosh, WI

Expansions:

  • Louisville, KY
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Minneapolis/St.
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Did Samsung Launch A New (German) Galaxy Tab 10.1 To Avoid Infringement Of Apple's iPad Design? Sure Looks Like It

Now, this all based on one German online retailer (where imports of the Tab 10.1 were banned), but it's very interesting nonetheless. It appears that a new version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been launched in Germany, called the Tab 10.1N. The difference? So far, all we see is a re-designed bezel and the fact that it's now shipping with Android 3.2. Take a look at this comparison shot from Mobiflip:

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The Tab 10.1N is above, and the old Tab 10.1 is below.

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Gingerbread Update Now Available For The T-Mobile Galaxy S 4G

Galaxy S 4G owners, the wait is finally over - Gingerbread is officially available for your device. Samsung threw a couple more fixes into the mix as well, like a Google security patch (vague, I know), camera enhancements, and Wi-Fi enhancements.

Unfortunately, this one won't be coming to your device over-the-air, so you'll have to install Kies Mini and grab the USB cable in order to pull it.

The entire process seems to be pretty cut-and-dried, so it should go off without a hitch.

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[LOL] HTC Facing Possible Lawsuit From Vivid Entertainment For Trademark Infringement

Maybe you've heard of a new AT&T LTE handset from HTC called the Vivid. Maybe you haven't. Either way, HTC has gotten itself in a bit of hot water using such a risqué name on the blazing fast beast. By whom, you ask? Why, adult entertainment company Vivid Entertainment, of course.

Vivid is threatening HTC with a possible trademark infringement suit if the name of the device isn't changed.

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Amazon Posts Kindle Fire's Open Source Code

Unlike some vendors which shall remain unnamed (*cough*, HTC, *cough*), Amazon didn't make us wait for the mandatory open source bits of the Android Fire's kernel and released them over at their Source Code page the same day the tablets themselves started arriving in consumers' hands. The download, which comes as a compressed tar.gz, weighs in at a whopping 809MB.

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The source code should allow for custom ROMs and tweaks to the OS, which we can hopefully expect soon, considering the Fire has already been rooted.

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How To: Root, Enable 3rd Party Apps, And Establish ADB Access On The Kindle Fire

The Kindle Fire, Amazon’s content-subsidized tablet, has been arriving to the delight of people all across the U.S. The heavily-skinned Gingerbread Android device has left many questions in the minds of the Android and Gadget community. For instance, will we be able to install apps outside of the Amazon Appstore? How about using adb? And, of course, the most important question of all - can the Fire be rooted?

If you remember, Amazon said it wouldn't do anything special to prevent rooting or interfere with those who want to customize their devices in other ways (although the status of the bootloader is unknown at this time).

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