Monday, January 31, 2011

LG confirms Optimus 3D coming at MWC

LG Optimus 3D

Well, cross that one off the list. Just hours after the LG Optimus 3D picture leaked out, LG confirmed that we'll indeed see it in a couple weeks at Mobile World Congress. Here's the presser, in its entirety:

SEOUL, Feb. 1, 2011 – At this year’s Mobile World Congress, LG will unveil the LG Optimus 3D, the world’s first 3D smartphone offering consumers a full 3D experience right in the palm of their hands.

The LG Optimus 3D addresses the lack of 3D content issue -- one of the biggest problems facing the 3D market -- with a complete platform for a one-of-a-kind experience on a mobile device. LG’s most advanced smartphone to date will feature a dual-lens camera for 3D recording, a glasses-free LCD panel for 3D viewing and diverse connectivity options such as HDMI and DLNA for 3D content sharing anytime, anywhere.

Further details and a live demo of the LG Optimus 3D will be offered at Booth #8B178 at MWC in Barcelona from February 14 to 17.

We're not entirely sure that a lack of content is really what's holding 3D mobile phones back (though it's certainly part of the chicken/egg equation). Guess we'll have to see for ourselves. We'll be there, of course. Stay tuned for the hands-ons and such.

LG confirms Optimus 3D coming at MWC posted originally by Android Central

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TweetDeck for Android updated to v1.0.7 -- Includes Deck.ly support and bug fixes

TweetDeck for Android updated to v1.0.7 -- Includes Deck.ly support and bug fixes

Are you a TweetDeck user who finds yourself talking just a little too much for that limited 140 character count on Twitter? It's OK; don't take my harsh words above to heart. TweetDeck knows you're not the only out there doing it and as such, have introduced their latest addition to TweetDeck. v1.0.7 is now available in the Android Market and includes support for the new Deck.ly service that allows you to talk right through that character limit. A few other changes were included with the latest release as well, mostly bug fixes but hey that's always a good thing. If you're a TweetDeck user be sure to grab the latest. Download can be found after the break. [TweetDeck]

TweetDeck for Android updated to v1.0.7 -- Includes Deck.ly support and bug fixes posted originally by Android Central

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Firefox Home Dash experiment offers a radical new UI for your Mozilla browser

It's a little hard to describe what Firefox Home Dash is -- beyond the basics, anyway. It's an experimental add-on born from Mozilla's Prospector project which replaces (or removes) nearly all of the Firefox UI. You're left with a title bar, scrollbar, the big orange button, and not much else. The goal is to get the browser out of the way and just give you the Web.

Hover over the Firefox logo in the top-left of your window or press Ctrl+T, and Dash will appear. The Firefox Awesome Bar floats to the left, offering all the same functionality you find in the browser right now. It'll search your history, bookmarks, or submit your query to any search engine with the click of a favicon. The right half of your Dash is populated by your currently open tabs (in a strip along the top -- pinned tabs on the left) and frequently visited pages (shown below). Sites you visit most often will be placed in one of the four larger, central slides. As you can see from my screenshot, Dash doesn't always render thumbnails -- but this is the first release of an experimental add-on, so we were expecting a few bugs.

When you pause on a thumbnail, Dash will display it in the background. Click the page image, and it zooms into the foreground. Previews also appear when you Ctrl+Tab or Shift+Ctrl+Tab to change your active tab. You can also drag tab thumbnails to re-order your browser tabs.

Dash is interesting to play with, though there's definitely an adjustment period required. Unless you're used to browsing in full screen mode, it's a bit odd looking at Firefox with practically no chrome. Still, the only UI element I really missed was the tab bar -- I prefer having something to click on to switch tabs over paging through them with hotkeys or invoking Dash and clicking a thumbnail.

If you want to give the add-on a try, download Firefox Home Dash from Mozilla. Firefox 4 is required, and you can start using Dash right away -- it's restart-free!

Firefox Home Dash experiment offers a radical new UI for your Mozilla browser originally appeared on Download Squad on Wed, 26 Jan 2011 18:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Skype 5 for Mac intentionally blocks Flash and other programs from using your webcam

Skype 5 for Mac intentionally blocks Flash and other programs from using your webcam
It seems that Skype 5 for Mac, by design, blocks any other application from using your webcam while it's installed. A commenter on the bug report suggests that it also affects Windows machines, but we were unable to replicate the bug with Windows 7.

The crazy thing is that you have to uninstall Skype 5 before using your webcam with other programs, including Flash applets on websites. It almost makes sense that Skype would reserve your webcam when it's running -- but even when it isn't? As the commenters on Hacker News note, the Skype for Mac support forum isn't the happiest place on the interwebs at the moment.

To top things off, Skype has known about the issue since the Skype 5 for Mac beta in November. Skype developer Beom Soo Park even admits that it's a feature, not a bug. There's no explanation for the very, very odd functionality, and no ETA for a fix.

[Just as this post published, the Skype bug tracker has gone offline. Hopefully it's just temporary.]

Skype 5 for Mac intentionally blocks Flash and other programs from using your webcam originally appeared on Download Squad on Mon, 31 Jan 2011 08:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The New Essential Apps: iPhone, Android, and iPad [Ipadapps]

iPhones! iPads! Android! You've got a screen in your pocket, and we know what you should put on it. To get the most out of your technological revolution, you'll need apps. Lots of apps. Put your tiny hand in ours... More »


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HTC Evo 4G Case Review: Otterbox Defender

HTC Evo 4G Case Review: Otterbox Defender

Otterbox Defender for the HTC EVO 4G

You have a big, two-year investment in your HTC Evo 4G, and it makes perfect sense to protect it while you carry it day-to-day.  While some can get by with less protection, say from a silicon case or skin, others need serious armor for their phone.  Enter the Otterbox Defender series case for the HTC Evo 4G.

The Defender series case comes in three sections -- a tough polycarbonate shell (including a protective clear membrane for the screen), a thick silicon outer skin, and a face-in holster.  With everything assembled, the Evo 4G is ready for a duty belt, on an ALICE pack I.E.B., or a tool-belt.  It's also perfect for people who work in less stressful situations, but are a bit tough on their equipment. 

Even the screen is protected, and the touchscreen works better than expected under the clear shell.  The outer silicon layer wraps around all edges, and has well sealed rubber flaps over all ports and controls.  The only part of your Evo that isn't completely covered is the earpiece and the microphone, which has it's own deep tapered opening.  The trade-off of course is added thickness.  The Defender does add a good bit of bulk to an already large phone, but nothing unnecessary, and it's very tasteful in design.  If you need this level of protection for your expensive Evo 4G, you will understand and appreciate the way it is done here.  And of course, the Defender series case offers its own kickstand since it covers the original.

There are more pictures after the break, and the Otterbox Defender series case is available in the Android Central store for $47.95.

HTC Evo 4G Case Review: Otterbox Defender posted originally by Android Central

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4chan Founder Unleashes Canvas On The World

Canvas launches today for 4,000 or so lucky souls. Seven year old 4chan, created by now-23 year old Christopher Poole, continues to delight and enrage the Internet. Major Internet memes were either created or spread on 4Chan, as were more denial of service attacks than we can count. Twelve million or so people a month visit the site, and at any given moment there are 60,000 - 70,000 people on 4chan. 4chan's success, says Poole, is based on three things. Real time collaboration as visitors riff back and forth about posted items, often pictures. A true shared experience as an item pops up on 4chan and then eventually falls off the board (there are no archives). And fluid identity - to add content on 4chan all you have to do is write something, upload a file and complete a captcha. There are no user accounts. But 4chan isn't Poole's ultimate goal. He's taken what works there, changed other things, and created something wholly new - Canvas.

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Gingerbread web browser security flaw exposed, and explained (us, worry?)

Gingerbread web browser security flaw exposed, and explained (us, worry?)

The sky!  It's falling!

Back before Thanksgiving, we reported about an Android security flaw in the stock web browser that allowed an attacker to get contents of your SD card if he or she knew the full path to the files.  That flaw was fixed in Gingerbread, and all was well with the world blogosphere.  But, lo and behold, someone has found a way to work around the new patch, and the Gingerbread browser is just as vulnerable (with a different method) as before the patch.

And we're still not worried.

Yes, this needs to be addressed.  Yes, you're likely going to have issues getting any patch because your carrier and manufacturer will be involved to help slow down the process.  But let's put things in perspective a bit.  The Android browser allows for file downloads and javascript execution -- it wouldn't be much of a browser without those features.  Android also gives us an unsecure place to store files -- the SD card (or equivalent).  If you go to a website, and click a link, some code can be run that looks for files by name and can pull them from your card.  If it doesn't know the name, it doesn't find the files.

That's the most important part to remember.  Regardless of the FUD that is being spouted (Android is the world's most popular phone operating system, and any mention of it gets you massive pageviews) rogue websites likely aren't dipping into the database of your banking app and stealing your financial information.  That shouldn't even be stored on your SD card, as it should all be secure data.

They can, however, steal the pictures on your SD card -- the ones you took with your phone, left with the default name, and in the default location, but again -- only if the full path and file name is known.  Google will patch this, and someone will find a way around that patch as well.  Regardless of what some folks would like you to believe, no software is 100 percent secure.  And chances are, you'll lose your phone before you stumble across a website designed to steal your pictures, so anything on your card is fair game then.

There are three easy ways to avoid the problem -- switch browsers to something that's not open source, stop using the SD storage, or pay attention to what you keep on the card.  Your SD card was designed to be unsecure, and easy to access, so it is.  [NC State University]

Gingerbread web browser security flaw exposed, and explained (us, worry?) posted originally by Android Central

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Daily Crunch: Bounce Edition

Split Strap Quickly Hits Kickstarter Goal, Still Time To Get In On The Fun SmallWorks BrickCase Lets You Brick Your iPhone. In A Good Way. As In LEGOs Watch This Amazing GE Video Kind Of Explain Regenerative Train Braking NZXT?s Bunker Locks Down Your USB Devices So LAN Rogues Won?t Steal Them Universal Donates 200,000 [...]

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iPhone: Still not much market share, almost half of profit share

iPhone: Still not much market share, almost half of profit share
iPhone: Still not much market share, almost half the profit share While Apple’s iPhone still only accounts for about 4% of global phone market share they now rake in roughly 50% the profit share. Asymco has charts up for the top 8 mobile phone vendors broken down by market, sales and profit share and while Google’s free Android OS has just crushed Nokia’s Symbian in overall [...]

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iPhone: Still not much market share, almost half the profit share

While Apple’s iPhone still only accounts for about 4% of global phone market share they now rake in roughly 50% the profit share. Asymco has charts up for the top 8 mobile phone vendors broken down by market, sales and profit share and while Google’s free Android OS has just crushed Nokia’s Symbian in overall numbers I’d much rather have Apple’s bank account. You?

[Asymco, Android Central]

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