There are lots of reasons you might want to take a screenshot on your Android device. Maybe you want to show off your amazing home screen, or maybe you want to show a distant friend something cool they can't do with their iPhone. Unless you've got the native screen-capture function that comes with Android 2.3.3 or better (and that's not very many of you at the time of this writing), your options are limited, but you can still do it without paying a cent or rooting your device. Setting up your Android device to take … Read more
LG should be the next company to enter the dual-screen smartphone fray with its Android 2.2-powered Genesis. Uncovered by AndroidCentral, the LG Genesis features a very familiar enV design with its two touch displays (3.5-inch external, 3.2-inch internal).
On the hardware front, the handset offers a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, a 5-megapixel camera, and a five-row QWERTY keyboard. Additionally, the Genesis has 430MB of internal memory, an 8GB microSD card, and support for Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), GPS, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, and DLNA media sharing.
AndroidCentral's findings indicate that U.S. Cellular will offer the smartphone for an expected $249.99 price tag with the requisite two-year commitment and $449.99 outright. As of this time, neither the LG nor the carrier have formally announced the phone or its release date.
I'll admit that I'm growing a little bit leery of the dual-screen Android phones and tablets hitting the market. Android developers already have their hands full dealing with the various platform versions and I foresee that the secondary displays will only add to the equation.
Already, we have the Samsung Continuum and Kyocera Echo on sale with Sony's tablet arriving later this year. Until one of these handsets really takes off, developers will sit on the sidelines, fearful of wasting time and effort on a one-trick pony. … Read more
The listeners in the chat room this morning want us wish you a happy Star Wars Day, but we're pretty sure we'll get beaten up for saying something like that. Instead, we're taking taking our anger out on Wilson's floating head in the studio, dodging blueberries and corn from our neighbors in New Jersey, and, of course, bringing you silly tech stories of the day.The 404 Digest for Episode 813
Man robs Subway sandwich shop with PlayStation Move Controller.
Original space-traveling Game Boy fetches $2,000 at Sothebys auction.
Nintendo drops the price of the Wii to $149.Episode 813 Subscribe in iTunes (audio) | Subscribe in iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more
If you have ever wanted to be able to create your own iPhone game, Piclings gets you a step farther, offering users a way to use their own photographs to make custom levels for Picazzo, a little flying Picling that must gather coins and special objects while avoiding buzzing enemies.
Piclings uses a floating joystick to control Picazzo as he flies his way around one of their several levels, or ones that you create. The Piclings custom level creation analyzes your selected photo and creates ledges and walls using lines within your picture.
The level creation technology seems to be … Read more
In four easy steps we will walk you through connecting your iPhone to a Wi-Fi network. Whether you are at home, a local coffee shop, or at the office, Wi-Fi is a great way to get a boost in speed while browsing the Internet, or even help cut back and the amount of data consumed by your device. The importance of limiting data consumption on your device is especially important if your carrier has rolled out tiered data plans.
AT&T just made the announcement on its newest arrival, and it's a cute little thing. The itty-bitty HP Veer 4G will be available from the carrier starting May 15 in either black or white for a very affordable $99.99 on contract.
First introduced back in February, the WebOS 2.1-based smartphone is most notable for its diminutive size. The slider phone is about the size of a credit card and no thicker than a deck of cards, but don't let it fool you. The Veer 4G is packed with a surprisingly full set of features. … Read more
While we weren't able to be there ourselves for BlackBerry World, Joseph Hanlon from CNET Australia flew all the way across the globe to be there in Orlando, Fla.. As any good journalist would, he immediately sought out the latest BlackBerry handset, the RIM BlackBerry 9900 (the 9930 is its dual-mode CDMA/GSM cousin), and gave it the hands-on treatment.
Sprint's Galaxy S lineup is set to grow by at least one more handset now that a new Samsung phone has appeared in FCC documents.
Already, we know a few details for the SPH-D600. It promises a 320x480 HVGA display, a 3.1-megapixel camera (or higher), and WiMax capability. According to Pocketnow.com, this unnamed handset features a sliding QWERTY keyboard and will get its power from a 1GHz Qualcomm processor. Other tidbits include requisite Android support for Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n); Bluetooth 3.0 and presumably, GPS; and (judging by the picture at least) a front-facing camera.
You'd be correct if you think this sounds an awful lot like the Epic 4G, also released by Sprint. That handset carries a very similar model number of SPH-D700 and featured somewhat beefier hardware. It's possible that Sammy's new device will help bring about a lower price point for 4G Android smartphones. And given that Sprint's current options start at $149 (Evo Shift 4G), this could potentially slide in with the magic sub-$100 sticker. … Read more
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Next Monday, the Environmental Quality Committee of the California State Senate will hold its first hearing on a bill that would require retailers in the state to inform consumers of the possible health risks of cell phone use. SB 932, which was introduced by Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), would add notices on product packaging and at the point of sale explaining that phones emit radio frequency (RF) energy. If it passes, it would be the first statewide law of … Read more
We had only been in Buenos Aires for a few hours last month when my wife and I realized that our Spanish-English dictionary and Latin America phrasebook were still sitting on a bookshelf back at home. "Not cool," my wife said simply.
So I made a trip to El Ateneo, one of the biggest and certainly most beautiful bookstores south of the Panama Canal and picked up the only paperback dictionary in the house--a thick, clunky volume with a neon orange cover meant for speakers of Mexican Spanish, which is quite different from the Argentine dialect.
After a few times stopping in the middle of a crowd to pull out the big, glowing book, I became worried that I might inadvertently start directing traffic; I quickly retired the dead-tree translation method and started looking for a less conspicuous, digital solution. I found three top contenders, each with their own pros and cons. Here's the rundown. … Read more