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Rovio Launches Pre-orders For An Angry Birds Plush Toy Collection [Bonus: Angry Birds Halloween Pics]

Rovio, the maker of Angry Birds, one of the most successful franchises to hit mobile gaming, is slowly starting to spread into our daily lives outside of our mobile devices. No, I'm not talking about all the Halloween awesomeness that we've been seeing today:

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I am talking about the official Angry Birds plush toys that just dropped for pre-order. These furry little things are produced by Commonwealth Toys and come in 5 different versions.

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id Software's Rage Mobile To Receive An Android Port: Droids VS Zombies At 60 FPS?

If there's one thing about Android that's really been coming along lately, it's gaming. We've already seen great games like MiniSquadron!, Angry Birds, and Reckless Racing make good impressions, and now we have another cause to celebrate. Following on from the news of an imminent Cut The Rope release for Android, we have this illuminating tweet from id Software co-founder John Carmack, confirming what has been the wish of many since way back in August:

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Just in case you don't know who this John Carmack fella is, his Wikipedia entry states:

Carmack was the lead programmer of the id computer games Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Quake, their sequels and the Commander Keen series of games.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, X10 Mini, And X10 Mini Pro To Start Receiving Update To Android 2.1 In November

Try to contain your excitement, here: Sony-Ericsson will begin rolling out an the update to Android 2.1 (Éclair) for the Xperia X10, X10 Mini, and X10 Mini Pro devices starting November 1. As sarcastic as we are about being updated to an already out-of-date version, it's still a huge step up from the current Android 1.6. Major features of the updates:

Xperia X10:
• HD video recording with continuous auto-focus for high quality videos
• Upgrade of the Android platform to Android 2.1
• New back up and restore application, with extended content back up
• 5 homescreens for apps, widgets, shortcuts and folders
• Social phonebook which automatically syncs contact pictures from Facebook and shows when your friends are online

Xperia X10 mini and X10 mini pro:
• Improved Bluetooth functionality with support for sending and receiving pictures, contacts and more
• New backup and restore application with extended content back up
• Automatic synchronization of your contact pictures between Facebook and your phone book
• Improved ways of handling pictures, audio, text and numbers in your messages
• Upgrade of the Android platform to Android platform 2.1

Android 2.1 brings a slew of benefits on its own, so their "Upgrade of the Android platform to Android 2.1" entails an awful lot of changes on its own.

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NPD: 28% Of Smartphones Sold In Q1 2010 Were Android

Finally, some empirical evidence that illustrates what we've known for some time now: Android is growing like gangbusters. In fact, 28% of smartphones sold in Q1 2010 were Android, compared to 21% for iOS. RIM still holds the top spot with 36%, but that's a drop of roughly 12% in the past year - while iOS has fallen approximately 10% itself. In the same period, Android increased over 20%.

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In fact, it seems like Android grew at the expense of just about everyone else - excluding a minor 1-2% increase in "other".

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Acer Liquid Metal Announced For The UK, Seems Rather Solid

While all you Americans slept, Acer took the wraps off its latest Android handset, the Liquid Metal, over here in Europe. Sporting Acer's custom Breeze UI, the Liquid Metal runs Android 2.2 atop an 800 MHz processor. The MSM7230 CPU is a whopping 32 MHz higher than the 768 MHz of the original Liquid's QSD8250 Snapdragon, but this 800 MHz core is the same Scorpion processor that powers the rather lovely T-Mobile G2.

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Google Maps 4.6 Goes Up, Android Market Goes Down...

As you may have noticed over the last couple of days, the Android Market hasn't been doing too well. Downloads have started, and then failed, failed to start, started to fail, and just generally failed in every imaginable way. There once was a time when clearing such-and-such cache would fix this sporadic issue, but it seems that even this black magic no longer suffices. Threads have been popping up all over the Android-tinted corners of the 'net with people unable to download anything from the Market.

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Motorola Droid 2 Update Rolling Out Now, Bringing A Handful Of Minor Improvements

Word on the street is that Droid 2 users are now receiving/pulling a minor update. The official Verizon document on the update reveals a number of improvements:

    • Improved battery life
    • Heightened proximity sensor accuracy to enable faster screen response
    • View the Weather widget in both landscape and portrait orientation.
    • Simpler setup, improved user interactions, and better notifications for Visual Voice Mail.
    • Background Email Sync during display inactivity for better user experience
    • Support for email domain suffixes containing more than three characters.
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    [UPDATED] CyanogenMod 6.1 RC1 Is Here, Download It Now

    After celebrating CyanogenMod 6.0 hitting the final release version for a multitude of devices, the CM team got right back to work on the next version of the largest Android ROM on the planet. 2 months worth of sleepless nights paid off, as minutes ago, Cyanogen announced a new major milestone - CM 6.1 Release Candidate 1. According to the team, the release is definitely good enough to be a daily driver, and the remaining bugs will be quickly squashed, so go ahead and fearlessly hit up the download links below.

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    T-Mobile Unveils Unusually Impressive Accessories For The New myTouch 4G

     

    Yessir, the new myTouch 4G is indeed just around the corner, and would you believe what's right there with it: an entire collection of official T-Mobile accessories for the device. Now as you probably know, official accessories are rarely the best, but as you can see for yourself in the pictures below, these look to be an exception:

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    No word on pricing or release date just yet - this is, after all, just a sneak preview of the cases delivered through T-Mobile USA's Facebook account - but hopefully the cases won't end up being too pricey, for these could easily end up eliminating the need for third-party cases if they're as good as they look.

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    Motorola Defy Now Available For Pre-Order From WireFly For $49.99

    Yes, the new T-Mobile myTouch 4G will be launching on November 3rd, and yes, early adopters can now pre-order it from Wirefly, but guess what? The somewhat less popular Motorola Defy is in a similar predicament: its official launch date is November 3rd, and its official price tag is $99.99, but the Internet's #1 cell phone retailer is now allowing eager buyers to pre-order the military-grade device for just about half the official price - $49.99 on a new two-year contract.

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