Tuesday, August 31, 2010

T-Mobile G2 renders break cover; that's one sexy keyboard

T-Mobile G2 renders break cover; that's one sexy keyboard

T-Mobile HTC G2

We'd be lying if we said we weren't excited about the T-Mobile G2, the carrier's first HSPA+ Android smartphone. And so we're excited to see these leaked renders which give us a good look at the horizontal slider's keyboard.  And if there's anybody who knows how to do a keyboard right (so long as the carrier doesn't frak it up), it's HTC.

Supposedly that's a 3.7-inch Super AMOLED screen we're looking at, but it wouldn't surprise us at all if that changed, given the current state of supply. Or lack thereof. Now alls we need is a little extra launch info from T-Mobile and we'll be all set. [Cell Phone Signal] Thanks, Marco!

Posted originally at Android Central

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webOS 2.0 features emerge -- your Palm device just blew its own mind

webOS 2.0 features emerge -- your Palm device just blew its own mind

Filed under: OS Updates, webOS

Today, HP unveiled the new webOS 2.0 SDK -- and that means plenty of details about the new version are available for all to see.

One of the coolest additions is Stacks, and it's not at all like the OS X feature you're familiar with. It's an extension of the Cards system. Say you're reading an email and tap a link to open it in your Pre's browser -- webOS will show the two apps stacked together in a fanned-out view. I've always liked the way webOS handled multitasking, and stacks is going to make it even better.

There's also the arrival of Exhibition, which will allow developers to display a special view when a webOS device is docked -- say, on a TouchStone charger. The webOS universal search box is being re-born as Just Type and will enable more than just search. Users will be able to perform Quick Actions as well, like tweeting, sending short emails, adding appointments and more.

Javascript and HTML5 support is said to be much improved in the new version, and that's certainly a big plus as well -- especially as more app developers begin rolling web-based mobile apps instead of platform-specific ones.

PreCentral has a more detailed look -- give it a read if you're anxious to learn more about what's coming in webOS 2.0. There are a number of improvements and new features, and it certainly looks like good things are just around the corner for Pixi, Pre, and Pre Plus owners.

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Google Docs begins integrating Etherpad's collaboration kung fu

Google Docs begins integrating Etherpad's collaboration kung fu

Filed under: Office, Google

Google's acquisition of Etherpad came at a time when Wave was still being talked about by the cool kids. Its collaboration chops seemed well-suited to Wave's real-time environment. As you well know, Wave ended up being a bit of a wash-out -- but it turns out Etherpad was slated for integration elsewhere.

That "elsewhere?" Google Docs, of course! As of today, Docs will show you which blocks of text other contributors are currently modifying when you've got a document open. It's an incredibly useful change if you have multiple authors working on Docs files -- no more stumbling over each other or accidentally fighting over the same block of text at the same time.

This is probably just the beginning, of course. With Etherpad in tow, Google Docs will probably see many more collaboration-oriented additions in the near future.

[via Google Docs blog]

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Intuit and Mophie Offer Complete Credit Card Solution for iPhone

Intuit and Mophie Offer Complete Credit Card Solution for iPhone
The iPhone is fast becoming a benchmark for best of the class mobile payment solutions. Square has been around for a long time now but it will soon be seriously challenged by an innovative product called ‘Complete Credit Card Solution’, a joint offering from Intuit and Mophie. The new iPhone Credit Card Scanner accessory is [...]

The iPhone is fast becoming a benchmark for best of the class mobile payment solutions. Square has been around for a long time now but it will soon be seriously challenged by an innovative product called ‘Complete Credit Card Solution’, a joint offering from Intuit and Mophie. The new iPhone Credit Card Scanner accessory is an all-in-one credit card payment solution for the iPhone which integrates Intuit’s GoPayment credit card processing app and merchant account with the Mophie marketplace iPhone credit card reader.

The ‘Complete Credit Card Solution’ is yet another proof that the future of banking and shopping is cardless, the future is iPhone!

The Mophie card reader offers a stylish and sleek design and supports a touch interface which lets customers authorize a transaction by signing the iPhone’s touchscreen with a finger. The packaged solution is completely secure as it encrypts credit card information at the hardware level before it passes through the phone, through the app and its data connection, and stays encrypted all the way to Intuit’s cloud-based merchant account, providing end-to-end security even if a virus or hacker has compromised the phone itself. GoPayment provides a swipe screen where a merchant enters the transaction total. Receipts are sent to customers using e-mail or SMS.

Comparison of Intuit’s offerings with Square is inevitable. Though both may appear to be similar solutions, they differ significantly in more than one ways. While Intuit solution is aimed at small business transactions, Square dominates the micro-payment segment. The Intuit-Mophie solution has a fairly substantial start-up cost, primarily due to the hardware costs while Square reader itself is free. The Square Reader works with all devices as it plugs into a headphone jack while the Complete Credit Card Solution works only with iPhone 3G and 3GS devices. Transaction charges are much lower on Square.

The Complete Credit Card Solution is available at Apple retail stores for $179.95 and it works on the iPhone 3G and 3GS (not for iPhone 4). The GoPayment App is a free download on the iTunes app store and an Intuit merchant account costs $12.95 per month, with discount rates ranging between 1.7 to 3.7 percent and transaction fees ranging from 30 cents to 34 cents. Each account can enable up to 50 users and there are no setup/ cancellation fees.

Tired of managing multiple cards? Turn your iPhone into a ”Complete Credit Card Solution” today!





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See what Google Chrome extensions are up to before you install them

See what Google Chrome extensions are up to before you install them

Filed under: Google, Browsers

There are a lot of great extensions in the Chrome Gallery. However, as the Chrome APIs round out and extensions have increased access to things like your history, cookies, and file system you may want to take a closer look at what a particular extension can do before you install it.

Fortunately there's a new extension which can do just that. What?! An extension to peek under the hood of other extensions? Yep. It's called Extension Gallery Inspector, and it's pretty slick.

Install the Inspector and head to the Chrome Extensions Gallery. When you browse an extension's detail page, the lightning bolt icon will appear in your Omnibar. Click it, and Inspector will unpack the .CRX file and scan for API calls, permissions, and OAuth support. It also tells you the uncompressed size of the extension and whether or not it has an options page and browser action icon.
Still not enough info for you? Click the view files link and you can actually check out the extension's source code, icons, and manifest file.

You'll obviously need a bit of technical knowledge to benefit from Extension Gallery Inspector as it stands right now. Still, for power users who want to know what an extension has access to -- or developers who are just curious how a particular extension works -- Inspector is a must-have Google Chrome extension.

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iTunes song previews doubling to 60 seconds?

iTunes song previews doubling to 60 seconds?
Steve Jobs interview D8 At their annual special music event tomorrow, could Steve Jobs announce that Apple’s iTunes song previews are doubling to 60 seconds? That’s what CNET is hearing rumored: Currently, iTunes offers 30-second snippets of songs, a feature designed to give users a taste of the music to help them decide whether they like it enough [...]

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Steve Jobs interview D8

At their annual special music event tomorrow, could Steve Jobs announce that Apple’s iTunes song previews are doubling to 60 seconds? That’s what CNET is hearing rumored:

Currently, iTunes offers 30-second snippets of songs, a feature designed to give users a taste of the music to help them decide whether they like it enough to buy. Some users have long complained that half a minute isn’t enough time to really hear a song.

30 seconds has sometimes been enough for me, sometimes not. It depends on which 30 seconds they preview. The first 30 seconds of long, building instrumental intro to a rock song usually doesn’t provide any context for the song itself. Part of the chorus with enough overlap on one side or another and I’m good.

Given the plethora of other announcements we expect, iPod touch 4, iPod nano 6, iOS 4.1, maybe Apple TV/iTV, etc. how important is this one to you?

[CNET]

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Google buys mobile game dev SocialDeck

Google buys mobile game dev SocialDeck
SocialDeck has become the latest addition to Google's Hall of Acquisitions. The creators of the popular iPhone game Shake and Spell have also produced Spark, which allows mobile gamers to challenge or chat with friends, recommend games, save games in the cloud, and more.

In their own words, SocialDeck are "super excited to announce that someone found our social games as fun as you have - in this case, that "someone" is Google." They'll even have a nice group of friends with common interests to play with now that they're part of the Google collective.

Earlier this month, Google acquired Jambool -- who created the Social Gold virtual currency platform. Back in April they picked up Lab Pixies, who specialize in social and casual gaming widgets. And let's not forget Google is also a major investor in casual game maker Zynga -- the demons behind the game you love to hate, Farmville.

What does it all mean? Clearly Google sees gaming (and social gaming in particular) to be an area worth getting involved in. With Android picking up momentum and Google TV and Chrome OS both on the way, there are going to be a whole lot more Google hardware users looking to kill some time destroying pixelated zombies or spelling their way to a high score.

That means money spent on games, on virtual goods, and, of course, delicious, delicious ad impressions.

[via Inside Social Games]

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Thousands of Firefox add-ons already work on Firefox 4

Thousands of Firefox add-ons already work on Firefox 4

Filed under: Mozilla, Browsers

Broken extensions are nothing new when it comes to Firefox updates -- pretty well every Minefield version I've played with over the years has shut down one or two of my add-ons. Still, there are some major changes under the hood in Firefox 4 which could cause a little more breakage than normal -- something which has Erez a little concerned.

... But you can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs -- and Firefox 4 is definitely a better omelette, as it were. As it turns out, plenty of developers have already begun adapting their extensions to work with the new version. Mitch Keeler of Firefox Facts points out that there are already at least 1,000 (the maximum number of results which the add-on site search will return) extensions which work with Firefox 4.

That's a pretty small chunk of the total you'll find on the add-ons site, but consider how many haven't been touched in years. The site is rife with outdated extensions and at some point they've got to fall by the wayside. More popular and actively developed extensions will update in time for the release -- so the vast majority of Firefox 4 users won't have to worry about breakage.

The final release is still a ways off, of course, so there's plenty of time for developers to make the necessary changes. If you're getting impatient, you can always follow Erez' example and offer the developer a little financial motivation to get the ball rolling!

Thousands of Firefox add-ons already work on Firefox 4 originally appeared on Download Squad on Mon, 30 Aug 2010 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Thousands of Firefox add-ons already work on Firefox 4

Thousands of Firefox add-ons already work on Firefox 4

Filed under: Mozilla, Browsers

Broken extensions are nothing new when it comes to Firefox updates -- pretty well every Minefield version I've played with over the years has shut down one or two of my add-ons. Still, there are some major changes under the hood in Firefox 4 which could cause a little more breakage than normal -- something which has Erez a little concerned.

... But you can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs -- and Firefox 4 is definitely a better omelette, as it were. As it turns out, plenty of developers have already begun adapting their extensions to work with the new version. Mitch Keeler of Firefox Facts points out that there are already at least 1,000 (the maximum number of results which the add-on site search will return) extensions which work with Firefox 4.

That's a pretty small chunk of the total you'll find on the add-ons site, but consider how many haven't been touched in years. The site is rife with outdated extensions and at some point they've got to fall by the wayside. More popular and actively developed extensions will update in time for the release -- so the vast majority of Firefox 4 users won't have to worry about breakage.

The final release is still a ways off, of course, so there's plenty of time for developers to make the necessary changes. If you're getting impatient, you can always follow Erez' example and offer the developer a little financial motivation to get the ball rolling!

Thousands of Firefox add-ons already work on Firefox 4 originally appeared on Download Squad on Mon, 30 Aug 2010 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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iPad live podcast #19: Sumos and Sammys

iPad live podcast #19: Sumos and Sammys
Our podcast feed Download Directly Subscribe via iTunes We’re talking Apple’s upcoming special music event, asking if we’ll ever get that iOS 4 update, wondering about Sumos and Samsungs, and getting all up into the iPad’s business. It’s a girl, folks. And this is iPad live! Credits Thanks [...]

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We’re talking Apple’s upcoming special music event, asking if we’ll ever get that iOS 4 update, wondering about Sumos and Samsungs, and getting all up into the iPad’s business. It’s a girl, folks. And this is iPad live!

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Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab is a go

Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab is a go

Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab

When it comes to Android tablets, Verizon's name has been thrown around for quite some time, be it an official "Google" tablet, or future LTE tablets, but it looks like it's the Samsung Galaxy Tab that will be coming to Big Red. This internal screen from Verizon (they really should just post those publicly at this point) clearly shows the Galaxy Tab as Item SCHI800BKV, along with some demo units. As to when we'll see it? We'll be in Berlin this week for the official Samsung announcement, and we'll just have to see as to when we'll all be able to get our hands on the Verizon version. [via BGR] Thanks, I_Am_Incredible!

Posted originally at Android Central

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