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Wank-O-Meter For Android - Yes, There Is An App For That; No, Steve Jobs Would Most Definitely Not Accept It In The App Store [WTF x100]

Wank-O-Meter For Android - Yes, There Is An App For That; No, Steve Jobs Would Most Definitely Not Accept It In The App Store [WTF x100]

This morning, I got a new app tip in my inbox with an inconspicuous subject "New android app." Not knowing what to expect, I opened it up and read the following, followed by the app's description:

Good news! We just launched a new essential android application: the Wankometer.

At this point, I stopped reading, experiencing conflicting feelings that can only be described as a mix of extreme WTFness, curiosity, and preliminary pride for the Android platform (I had a feeling that Steve Jobs would not let this app into the iOS App Store, and I was right).

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Dissecting The Falsities In Apple's Misleading New "If You Don't Have An iPhone" Ad Campaign

Dissecting The Falsities In Apple's Misleading New "If You Don't Have An iPhone" Ad Campaign

Ah, the arrogance of Cupertino. Does it know no bounds? In Apple's latest attempt to frame their iPhone as being the obviously superior choice over Android, a new series of ads start with "If you don't have an iPhone... ". They then proceed to boast about features that are on both iOS and Android, using their typical clever wordplay to convince the less-knowledgeable that you can only get these features on an iPhone.

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Report: Sprint's LTE Transition Is Already Under Way

Report: Sprint's LTE Transition Is Already Under Way

A research firm is claiming that Sprint is not only transitioning to LTE, but that the process is already well under way. Supposedly codenamed by Sprint "Project Leapfrog," Gerson Lehrman Group says they have knowledge of Sprint's switch and that it will apparently take place over the course of the next three years.

"Sprint has initiated project leapfrog with Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, and Samsung to upgrade its network to LTE," cited the report.

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[Deal Alert] Wi-Fi XOOM For $589.99 + Gel Case + Free Shipping From Costco; Amazon Is Taking Pre-orders Too [Updated]

[Deal Alert] Wi-Fi XOOM For $589.99 + Gel Case + Free Shipping From Costco; Amazon Is Taking Pre-orders Too [Updated]

Now that we know that the Wi-Fi-only model of the Motorola XOOM is just around the corner (launching March 27 to be exact) perhaps you are looking for the best deal on the tablet. Costco's website may be the place to look, as they are offering not only a $10 discount (from the listed $600 price tag) but they are also throwing in a free gel case and shipping it to you for free.

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Best Buy Wises Up - Thunderbolt's $249.99 Price Extended Past March 20

Best Buy Wises Up - Thunderbolt's $249.99 Price Extended Past March 20

Just a couple of days ago I was ranting at Best Buy's preposterous announcement that they were going to hike the price of the HTC Thunderbolt, starting on March 20, from its launch price of $249.99 to a staggering $299.99. Apparently someone in the land of BB thought twice about this plan, as the folks over at Droid Life bring us news that the retailer is now changing its tune.

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[Update: Study Seriously Flawed] After 45,000 Page Loads, Extensive Study Determines Android's Browser Is 52% Faster Than iPhone's

[Update: Study Seriously Flawed] After 45,000 Page Loads, Extensive Study Determines Android's Browser Is 52% Faster Than iPhone's

Update: After getting a lot of initial press, experts are weighing in and crying foul with the methodology of this study. Apparently the custom app the researchers used relied on Apple's UIWebView, which doesn't utilize recent optimizations made to the actual Safari browser.

John Gruber of Daring Fireball says:

"That's not to say it isn't interesting that Android's WebView for apps is faster than iOS's UIWebView for apps, but it just isn't true that these results are indicative of anything regarding Mobile Safari's performance.

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[Update: Back To $599.99 Now] HTC Thunderbolt Now Live At VZW's Site, Shows Off-Contract $444.99 Price. Wait, What?

[Update: Back To $599.99 Now] HTC Thunderbolt Now Live At VZW's Site, Shows Off-Contract $444.99 Price. Wait, What?

After months of anticipation and weeks of delays, we kind of lost faith and thought this day would never come. However, the HTC Thunderbolt just went live on VZW's own site, including free overnight shipping, which means you can get your hands on the first LTE phone by the 18th (unless you go to a local store, of course).

Just as @VerizonWireless tweeted yesterday, the 2-year contract price is $249.99 (which is not nearly as good as the $179.99 Amazon or the $199 Wirefly deals, but much better than the post-20th $299.99 Best Buy rip-off), 1-year is $319.99, but when I saw the month-to-month off-contract price, my eyes almost popped out of their sockets.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon Wireless Now Selling HTC ThunderBolt For Just $179.99

[Deal Alert] Amazon Wireless Now Selling HTC ThunderBolt For Just $179.99

Excited for the ThunderBolt? If so, you're not alone; but if not, you've got even more companions.

However, thanks to Amazon Wireless, haters now have one less reason to pick on the ThunderBolt: the online retailer is selling Verizon's first LTE phone for just $179.99 - $70 less than the official $249.99 price.

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When you add free two-day shipping and no taxes (in most states) to the mix, this immediately becomes the best ThunderBolt deal available - in fact, it's $20 lower than WireFly's offer.

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Call To Developers: Cloud Data Backup Capabilities Have Existed In Android Since Froyo, So Why Is No One Using Them?

Call To Developers: Cloud Data Backup Capabilities Have Existed In Android Since Froyo, So Why Is No One Using Them?

While we love apps like Titanium Backup that make restoring your data relatively easy when you upgrade phones, buy a tablet, or switch to a new ROM, what if they weren't even necessary? What if all of your apps' data could be stored in the cloud? This would not only make backing up and restoring easier, but it would save you a big chunk of SD card storage, right? It turns out that these capabilities have been present in the Android OS since the arrival of Froyo last year.

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[Giveaway] Play The New Free Version Of Speedx 3D For Android And Win 1 Of 3 Zeemote Bluetooth Gaming Controllers

[Giveaway] Play The New Free Version Of Speedx 3D For Android And Win 1 Of 3 Zeemote Bluetooth Gaming Controllers

This contest is now over. We have selected the winners - see if you are one of them towards the bottom of the page.

Guess what time it is! That's right, it's time for another giveaway, and this time we've partnered up with HyperBees to give away 3 Zeemote Bluetooth gaming controllers (~$30 value each), all for downloading and trying out the free version of their very popular Speedx 3D. The game has been out for a while in paid-only form, but this week Hyperbees released a free ad-supported version, which they are now trying to promote.

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