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Review: AKG K 830 BT Bluetooth Headphones Get High Marks For Controls And Comfort, But A2DP Is Still A Compromise On Sound

Review: AKG K 830 BT Bluetooth Headphones Get High Marks For Controls And Comfort, But A2DP Is Still A Compromise On Sound

I've been on a bit of a headphone kick lately, and have tried out a number of sets from various manufacturers. The only on-ear headphones I've tried during this time, though, have been AKG's K 830 BT's, the company's only high fidelity Bluetooth headphones. Bluetooth headphones remain a relatively young technology, and have been growing steadily as more and more computers and smartphones adopt the A2DP Bluetooth audio transmission standard.

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Episode 1 Of Duke Nukem 3D Free For The Next Two Days

Episode 1 Of Duke Nukem 3D Free For The Next Two Days

Duke Nukem 3D, the good ol'-fashioned 1991-style Android FPS, is quite the game: sure, the plot is focused on invasion by sex-crazed aliens, but as the developers themselves said in the app's Market description, "that's what makes it fun!"

And for the next two days, the game is completely free, down from $0.99! Of course, if you want to try out episodes 2 and 3, you'll still have to cough up an additional $0.99 a pop - but still, it's not a bad deal considering the game's rather impressive quality.

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Dropbox Preview Build 1.3.0.6 Now Available On The Dropbox Forums

Dropbox Preview Build 1.3.0.6 Now Available On The Dropbox Forums

Everyone knows and loves Dropbox, and with build 1.3.0.6, its Android version is about to get even better. For now it's but a preview -- a "forum build," by official Dropbox terminology -- though we'd expect that to change soon, as in my experience it seems quite stable.

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The main addition here is "optimization" for Android 4.0, presumably consisting mainly of performance tweaks. Additionally, the update features:

  • support for foreign languages
  • quick offline access to files ("favorites")
  • the ability to bulk upload photos and videos
  • the option to rename files and folders
  • single-tap access to all file and folder actions
  • an improved gallery
  • uploading from and exporting to local storage
  • the obligatory bug fixes

Interested?

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[Updated: Here Are The Winners!] InformIT Holiday Book Giveaway #4: Win One Of Ten Copies Of 'Building Applications With The Android SDK' Or 'Android For Programmers: An App-Driven Approach'

[Updated: Here Are The Winners!] InformIT Holiday Book Giveaway #4: Win One Of Ten Copies Of 'Building Applications With The Android SDK' Or 'Android For Programmers: An App-Driven Approach'

Who's ready for another developer book giveaway? This go around you'll have a chance to win one of two different books: The Android Developer's Cookbook: Building Applications with the Android SDK, or Android for Programmers: An App Driven Approach, both of which are coming from our friends at InformIT.

This contest is now over. Here are our winners, selected at random:

The Android Developer's Cookbook:

  • phill henry
  • Tristan
  • Frederic Müller
  • Ben Bw*
  • Siva
  • Kiran
  • Milind
  • Tori
  • Daev
  • Svinkall

Android For Programmers:

  • John Ex*
  • Schubatis1
  • Dennis F.
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Review: Etymotic Research hf2 Headphones Provide Unbelievable Fidelity And Clarity At A Reasonable Price

Review: Etymotic Research hf2 Headphones Provide Unbelievable Fidelity And Clarity At A Reasonable Price

Before seeking out a few companies to find the best Android-friendly headphones around, I had never heard of Etymotic Research. Apparently, they've been around quite a while - since 1983, actually, and were among the first companies to market in-ear headphones to consumers. They actually claim to be the inventors of in-ear headphones (or "canalphones"), though whether or not that's actually true is apparently an object of some controversy.

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Anyway, the good folks at ER sent me a pair of their hf2 in-ear headphones with Android-friendly inline controls and microphone, and I have to say, these headphones rock - the sheer difference in sound quality from your standard $30-80 earbuds is mind-blowing.

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[Head To Head] Asus Transformer (TF101) Versus Asus Transformer Prime (TF201): No Surprises Here - Prime By A Landslide

[Head To Head] Asus Transformer (TF101) Versus Asus Transformer Prime (TF201): No Surprises Here - Prime By A Landslide

Although we heard rumblings that the Prime would be delayed, some lucky customers have already received their Asus Transformer Primes, and it was briefly available (again) on Amazon before quickly selling out (again). Based on the universally glowing reviews (including my own), you're probably well aware by now that the Prime is a truly excellent piece of tech. But how does it compare to its older brother, the Transformer (TF101)?

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Jelly Defense Updated, Brings Christmas Levels, An 'Endless' Level, And Performance Improvements

Jelly Defense Updated, Brings Christmas Levels, An 'Endless' Level, And Performance Improvements

Remember the colorful and imaginative tower defense game Jelly Defense that we took a look at several weeks ago? It just received a mighty nice update that brings some new winter-based levels, new gameplay options, new music, gameplay improvements, and performance enhancements. In other words, the developers packed quite a bit of punch into this one. Here's the full changelog:

  1. Two winter levels for Christmas evenings.
  2. Challenging endless level.
  3. New and cozy Christmas tune.
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[Updated: Here Is The Winner!] Mega-Holiday Lightning Giveaway #4: Win A Toshiba Thrive 8GB And Wireless Keyboard

[Updated: Here Is The Winner!] Mega-Holiday Lightning Giveaway #4: Win A Toshiba Thrive 8GB And Wireless Keyboard

Do you like connectivity? Well, today you're getting a chance to win what is probably the most connectable Android tablet around, the Toshiba Thrive. Our friends at Toshiba have graciously provided us with one, along with a Toshiba Wireless Keyboard for maximizing your tablet productivity.

This contest is now over. Here is our winner, selected at random:
  • Daniel James

Congratulations, you will be contacted for your information in the near future!

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Amazon, Barnes & Noble Pushing Updates To Their Respective Tablets That Break Root Access

Amazon, Barnes & Noble Pushing Updates To Their Respective Tablets That Break Root Access

Amazon started pushing an update to the Kindle Fire yesterday, and two words that no Android geek wants to hear were muttered shortly after: breaks root. Unlike the previous update to the Fire, this update can't be re-rooted using SuperOneClick.

It's not all bad in Fire-world, though; for the un-rooted, this update brings a number of fixes and performance enhancements to the sub-$200 device:

  • You can now remove books, apps or other content from the carousel of recently used items on the home screen.
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Millions Of Songs On Sale for $0.49 In The Android Market, Albums For Just $4.99

Millions Of Songs On Sale for $0.49 In The Android Market, Albums For Just $4.99

Tired of your lackluster music collection? El Goog is here to you help you remedy that with a huge sale on millions of tracks for just $0.49 in the Android Market. Buying single tracks not your style? No worries, most albums are going for a mere $4.99, too.

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I searched through the Market for a few of my favorite artists - some popular, some obscure - just to see if I could find something going for more than $0.49 per track or $4.99 per album.

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