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Gmail may be accidentally deleting emails from Gmail accounts

March 1st, 2011 No comments

Well, I assume its accidental anyway 😉

Reports indicate that many users of Google’s web based email service Gmail have been been unable to access their accounts recently. Google has issued an official statement estimating a little under 1% of users are effected, but is being very vague as to how many accounts have actually been effected, and how many have already been fixed (Google says about one third of accounts have been brought back up). The official statement is “Google Mail service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change.”

I didn’t realize Google gave a time frame to expect a fix in that statement. If you read the Nexus One story, you would know that Google has said the Nexus One would get the Gingerbread update in the near future. Based on that, “the near future” could be 3 months, or even more. However, I seriously doubt it will be much more than a couple of days, I’m just being mean :P.


Google Nexus One Android getting Gingerbread OTA

March 1st, 2011 No comments

Well, it looks like the Nexus one is finally getting the latest and greatest version of Android. The Nexus One is the first officially Google branded smartphone, and one of its main selling points was that it would always get the latest and greatest version of Android first, but many started complaining when the Nexus S was released in December with Android 2.3 ‘Gingerbread’ and it was nowhere to be seen on the Nexus One for many months. Well Nexus One owners, the wait seems to finally be coming to an end, with Android 2.3.3 being rolled out over the air. Let us know how you like it!


Samsung announces successors to Galaxy Tab, Galaxy S products

February 15th, 2011 No comments

Samsung announces imminent release of Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy S 2 series

Samsung has lifted the veil off of its new Galaxy line of products. Yesterday Samsung releaved the new Galaxy S 2 Smartphone as well as a new tablet, called the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

The new Samsung Galaxy S 2 is the natural successor to the popular Galaxy S line. It is uncertain whether there will be serveral versions of the Galaxy S 2 like its predecessor, which varied in many ways such as the inclusion of a slide out keyboard or LED flash features. Currently, there is one version being shown off, and BOY does it look nice! Here are the known specs:

Galaxy S 2 specs:
1ghz dual core processor made by Samsung.
4.27″ Super AMOLED Plus display, an updated version of the much praised Super AMOLED.
Runs Android 2.3 ‘Gingerbread’ out of the box.
2 Megapixel front facing camera
8 Megapixel rear facing camera with LED flash.
Supports HSPA+

Click here for more info on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and video of the Galaxy S 2 in action!

The Motorola XOOM tablet enters the spotlight

February 9th, 2011 No comments

The Motorola XOOM gains traction

Hype for Motorola’s new smartphone the Atrix continues, but Motorola has shifted some of that attention to its Xoom tablet device, which is getting more spotlight the last few days. The Xoom is, as with most new tablets, a direct competitor to the iPad. There is a very good spec comparison chart on droidlife that summerizes the differences between the Xoom and the iPad very well. Needless to say, the iPad being a 10 month old device while the Xoom still waiting for release gave the Xoom quite the advantage in specs. Apple fans will be quick to point out the ‘unfair’ comparison and that iPad 2 is right around the corner so the Xoom should be compared to that. My personal opinion is that if you want to fairly compare two products, they have to exist and be purchasable TODAY. That doesn’t mean people should not compare speculated or announced specs for future devices to get an idea how they differ.

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New Motorola Atrix teaser video!

January 29th, 2011 No comments

New Motorola Atrix teaser video

Here is a new teaser for the recently announced Motorola Atrix, an innovative high end smartphone that can also power a laptop and a media interface on a TV! This is arguably one of the most hyped upcoming products at the moment:


At what point is a screen too big to be ‘mobile’?

January 29th, 2011 No comments

Screen Sizes: How big is too big?

At what point is a screen too big to be portable? The old PSP had a 4.3 inch screen, and while I felt it was generous, I never felt like it was too big to not be portable. The popular HTC EVO phone also sports a 4.3 inch touchscreen, and I felt it was the perfect size. Big enough to comfortably browse the internet or watch videos on, yet still manageable to carry around without a second thought. At some point though, it becomes too big to be a handheld, not to mention weight may start to become a concern at a certain size. The perfect guinea pig for the 5 inch screen size is the Dell Streak, which I hear was not marketed as a phone, but more of a tablet. Well, at least to me, hardware with a tablet interface (touchscreen), tablet OS (Android…), and phone functionality included IS A PHONE! Reviews I have seen or read have said the Dell pushes the size just a pinch too far, making it too big to be portable, yet too small to be useful or comfortable as a tablet. On the other hand, I’m sure Sony have done the research and feel this is what they need in their next portable console to duke it out with the Nintendo 3DS, the successor to the current market leader, the Nintendo DSi.


The ‘Playstation phone’ is leaked! Called ‘Xperia Play’.

January 29th, 2011 No comments

“Playstation phone” A.K.A. Xperia Play leaked

Although not mentioned officially, tech site Engadget was able to sneak a sample of the new “Playstation Phone” rumor going around, which is actually is more likely to be called the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. Until just a couple days ago, nobody could really confirm the device existed, or that it would ever be released. Now we have a full gallery, possible specs, and a possible product name. What a difference a day makes, eh?

More pictures and possible specs after the break…

Google Voice

August 2nd, 2010 1 comment

About a month ago, I started messing around with Google Voice, since it was finally made public. Google voice gives everyone a free new phone number which you can choose (from what is available) I got a cool new phone number that you can dial if you wanted to, its pretty easy to remember :). Works just as if you called my current number. GV also has an option where you don’t have to pick a new number, and it’ll just simply take over your voicemail. Its like Youmail, only better and completely free even for the advanced features. Here is a breakdown of the coolest features of GV’s voicemail portion:

1. You can have a VERY SHORT outgoing message with none of that “if you would like to send a message press blah blah if you would like to leave a message please stay on the line” BULLCRAP that takes like 45 seconds. My outgoing message just picks up and says “Ken’s Voicemail” *beep*. This feature was also present in Youmail.

2. You can have customized outgoing messages which change automatically based on who is calling you. I used to have messages such as “You have reached Ken, who is INCREDIBLY BUSY at the moment, please leave a message and he will get back to you in *robotic voice* 4192 hours” when I get calls from work, or outgoing messages in Japanese for people I knew who spoke Japanese. This feature was also present in Youmail.

3. One of the COOLEST features of the Google voicemail is the speech to text transcription. Anyone who leaves you a voicemail in reasonably clear english will automatically get translated to text and emailed/texted to you (you can set whether it texts or emails you, or both). Since I have push notification, as soon as I get an email my phone lets me know and I can go and READ the message that was left for me, or listen to it from the attached soundfile. The text transcription is SURPRISINGLY ACCURATE! Youmail had this feature, but it cost money. Google’s version is completely free.

Unfortunately, as famously published many times such as here, Apple has rejected Google’s official app for iPhone (shortly after accepting it, I’ve heard). Many speculate this is due to AT&T’s influence, since Google Voice has a lot of features that replicate what AT&T charges money for, only Google does it all for free (or very cheap, if we are talking about international calls). For that reason, GV support on iPhone is clearly behind that of Android (which sounds really well integrated). People with Android phones who don’t have Google Voice better look it up!

HTC Evo 4G, Droid, and other devices to get Android 2.2 Froyo soon.

July 31st, 2010 No comments

Its official, the Evo will begin to get access to official Froyo goodness on August 3rd, 2010. Almost as if in response to this, Verizon also announced that the original Droid will get the update sometime “next week”, with some sources claiming August 6th, Friday. Verizon may take that opportunity to also update their other HTC devices, namely the Droid X and the Droid Incredible. It is also said the HTC Desire will get the 2.2 treatment very soon, again from several swirling web rumors and sources. While nothing seems to be very clear apart from the Evo at the moment, it seem to be clear that several high profile devices will be getting Froyo in the coming weeks, and thats a great thing for Android device users, because Froyo is a big update.

So, whats so special about Android 2.2 over Android 2.1? For one thing, I know people that have used Froyo on a Nexus one (Google’s official phone) for a while now and they seem to feel that Froyo speeds up the Android experience overall. Nexus One owners have had access to Froyo for several months now, and it is definitely a recommended update, from what they say. Not only does it seem “snappier” in everyday use, it also adds some major features.

Support for putting apps on your external SD card was added, for example. Many Android phones like the Nexus One have fairly limited built in memory, and are really meant for use with an external SD card. But until Froyo, Android didn’t allow you putting apps on the SD card. This was probably to prevent the sharing of paid apps, but I guess Google must of figured out a way to allow apps on an SD card without running on other devices they are not authorized on.

Another major feature brought on by 2.2 is official support for tethering. If you didn’t know already, this allows your supported phone to become a Wifi access point for other devices, such as nearby laptops by using the 3G or EDGE connection available on your Android device. This can be really useful for your Wifi-only devices, since this gives you the ability to potentially give internet access to any internet enabled device wherever you are, whether that be the park, the airport, or even inside a bus! In fact, I bought a Wifi only iPad because I felt I could use the EDGE tethering on my iPhone whenever I needed ‘anywhere’ connectivity.

There is also a lot of added ‘polish’ on 2.2. Things like having dedicated shortcuts for the phone, application launcher, and browser are now on the home screen. Depending on the device, you may also get a flashlight app included as well so you can use the LED flash on the back of many modern camera phones to illuminate dark areas. It also adds support for using the LED while using the camcorder feature, if you ever want to take video in a not so well lit area.

People who know about Android 2.2 but do not yet have access to it on their devices will probably be excited to know that they will be getting it soon!

For the official rundown of Android 2.2 ‘Froyo’, click here.