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AppBrain App Updated Again, Adds Handful Of New (Awesome) Features

Looks like the already-awesome AppBrain App Market app (yea, it's a little hard to wrap your head around that one) has been updated today, and now includes some pretty awesome new features:

  • Cloud to Device app uninstalls
  • Set wallpaper
  • Send URL to phone
  • Landscape mode
  • Dark theme

Cloud to device uninstalls are by far the big winner there - AppBrain already allowed some pretty awesome remote control over your phone's apps via your PC, and remote uninstall is a major addition to the existing feature set.

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[Quick Hands-On] Sony Releases Crackle For Android: Stream TV & Movies To Your Android Device

Sony's Crackle app has landed in the Android Market, and brings streaming of original shorts, TV shows, and movies to Android. The app is free, but requires a premium subscription to view TV shows and movies. At $5/month, the premium content isn't necessarily expensive, but after quickly running through the app, I'd have to say it's probably not worth it unless you're pretty desperate.

A word on the app itself: it's small, installs quickly, and runs smoothly.

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Lifehacker: Easy Ways To Sync Things Between Your PC & Android Device

Yesterday morning, Lifehacker published an article titled "How to Break Down the Barrier Between Your Android and Computer," and it's well worth a look for any Android power user. The article is broken into three sections: Two-Way (Android <-> Desktop) and One-Way (Desktop -> Android) and (Android -> Desktop).

In the interest of not stealing their thunder, I'm not going to tell you what apps they suggest and why, but I will tell you what types of apps they cover:

  1. Two-way
  1. Files
  2. Small data/notes
  3. Reading material
  • One-way (Desktop -> Android)
    1. Remote control/screen viewing
    2. App sync/installation
    3. Web pages, maps, and text
    4. Files
    5. iTunes
  • One-way (Android -> Desktop)
    1. Phone activity (SMS/calls/etc)
    2. Web pages
    3. Files

    Be sure to hit up the source link to check out their app suggestions!

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    Source Code Released For Desire MR-2.6.32 Kernel

    If you are unfamiliar with rooting or ROMs, you can check out our primers here, because we're going to talk about it:

    User lalexi over at xda-developers just posted a link to HTC's official release of the Desire's kernel source code. This is very good news for the development community because, as it stands, developers have to simply patch bugs that occur when trying to overclock the processor and getting things to work, sometimes incompletely, trial-and-error style.

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    Re-Map The Buttons On EVO's HTC Sense To Make Them Do Your Bidding

    There is talk of rooting in this post. If you have no idea what that is or why you should do it, check out our primer: Rooting Explained And The Top Benefits

    xda-developers forum member JsChiSurf has figured something out that I've been longing for since the day I went out and bought my shiny new HTC EVO 4G: how to change the buttons on the bottom of the HTC Sense homescreen.

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    T-Mobile Introduces The LG Optimus T: Android Babysteps

    Although the name may be reminiscent of Optimus Prime, this phone might not live up to the most powerful Autobot. Think of the Optimus T as an Android feature phone with the stats of a mid-range device.

    It comes packed with the following specs:

    • Android 2.2 FroYo
    • 3.2 inch capacitive touchscreen
    • 3.2MP Camera (no Flash - what is this, 2005?)
    • Wifi (includes Mobile Hotspot Option)
    • GPS
    • Bluetooth

    The Optimus T appears to be the exact opposite of what most people are expecting to see from handset manufacturers: a starter phone.

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    Android Goes Cheap - LG Optimus S ($49), Sanyo Zio ($99), And Samsung Transform ($149) Officially Headed To Sprint, Feature New Sprint ID Service

     

     

    If anyone needed any more evidence that Android wasn't created exclusively for us power users who insist on having the latest and greatest, Sprint's latest announcements should be enough to convince even the most doubtful - the nation's third largest carrier just announced three new Android budget Android devices: the LG Optimus S, the Sanyo Zio, and the Samsung Transform. The first of those three devices will go on sale starting October 31, while the latter two will be available from October 10 forward.

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    [Hump Day Lollerskates] Samsung Galaxy Tab Shipping With Porn Button In Romania

    In a hilarious display of linguistic differences, the Romanian Samsung Galaxy Tab will ship with an app drawer that looks like this:

    samsung_galaxy_tab_porn-548x363

    If this doesn't make you want a Galaxy Tab, I don't know what will.

    In all seriousness, though, the Romanian word for "Start" is "Pornire" and, apparently, gets abbreviated as "Porn" quite regularly. I guess that makes sense, but it's still pretty entertaining in my book. I'm not sure how Samsung is going to feel about it in the long run but,for now, we can get some laughs at the language barrier's expense.

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    Logitech Revue Unveiled, Now Available For Pre-Order

    The Logitech Revue site has gone live, and it includes all the details on the Google TV-powered box we've already heard so much about. You won't find much information on Google TV, but what you will find is plenty of information on the Revue itself, as well as its many accessories.

    First things first: the Revue is available for pre-order right now, and is priced at $299.99. That price includes both the box and the keyboard; the keyboard has a touchpad and remote controls so you won't need a separate remote (you can check out a picture of the keyboard below).

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    US Cellular Joins The Galaxy S Party - Samsung Mesmerize Official, Launching October 27 For $199

    If you've got a good memory (I don't), you may recall that back when the Samsung Epic 4G, the Fascinate, and the Vibrant were announced, there was also an unnamed version of the Galaxy S headed to US Cellular.

    Well today, over three months later (and also about a month after Verizon became the last major US carrier to receive an incarnation of Samsung's flagship device), US Cellular has finally announced that the Samsung Mesmerize, aka their version of the Galaxy S, will be available starting October 27 for $199 after an $80 mail-in rebate.

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