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Want access to 250,000+ Android apps on your MeeGo device? Now you have [VIDEO]

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OpenMobile’s ACL should now be your go-to for apps on your MeeGo device. ACL stands for Application Compatibility Layer and it leverages both the runtime environment and the Dalvik Virtual Machine used by Android to allow support for 100% of the Android Market’s apps.

guitar hero for android on meego

The video below shows a demonstration of the ACL running an x86 MeeGo tablet, laden with Android apps. Read more »

Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY gets 720p video recording, automatic display brightness adjustment

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The headline may come as a shock to some but it’s true. It seems in an effort to make a great gaming phone, Sony Ericsson forgot to add some basic features in the Xperia PLAY that are expected in a phone that costs as much as it does.

Thankfully, the error has been corrected and after the latest firmware update, the Xperia PLAY is now capable of recording videos in 720p resolution, that too with continuous auto-focus. Read more »

HTC and Dropbox team up to offer HTC customers 5GB of cloud storage

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Dropbox has become a popular third-party solution for cloud storage and file management, allowing users to sync files between specialized folders, across OS’s and more recently mobile platforms.

Dropbox quietly brilliant

Currently the service is available in mobile form for iOS (as an alternative to iCloud), BBOS and Android users, but this recent partnership looks to sweeten the deal for those running the latest HTC kit. Read more »

Windows Phone Mango update coming in a couple of weeks

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The much anticipated WP 7.5 update – Mango is scheduled to start rolling out in a week or two says Eric Hautala (General Manager, Customer Experience Engineering at Microsoft).

When the update is released users will also get some model-specific software from the manufacturers of their smartphones. That is required as Mango is tuned to work with each phone and its apps perfectly. The update is said to arrive in the next couple of weeks . Read more »

Flash 11 and AIR 3 coming with hardware-accelerated 3D in October, to come on mobile platforms too

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Adobe announced that the upcoming versions of their Flash and AIR platforms will be out in October and published a laundry list of improvements. One of the biggest changes is the hardware acceleration of both 2D and 3D graphics. Adobe claims gives 1000x performance increase compared the old versions, which will allow devs to create “console-quality games”.

Flash 11 and AIR 3 will run on every platform you can imagine – Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, including 64-bit support for these OSes, but also Android, iOS, BlackBerry’s tablet OS and connected TVs. Read more »

Skype vulnerability leaves iOS users open to attack and theft [VIDEO]

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iOS users should watch out next time they decide to take up a conversation via Skype, they could be exposing themselves to a pretty fundamental security hole.

skype needle extraction

The vulnerability can easily be used to steal content direct from an iOS Skype user during a normal chat log and the victim is none the wiser during the attack. Read more »

Samsung planning on making Bada OS open source next year?

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According to some insider information, obtained by the Wall Street Journal, Samsung is en route to open-source its home-baked Bada OS next year, making it possible for developers and even other manufacturers to tinker with it.

The move, should it turn out true, will aim to bring some more manufacturers to the Bada ecosystem and turn it into a viable alternative to Android for mid-range and high-end phones. That would give Samsung some independence from Google and Android and is supposed to be brought on, in part, by the Google-Motorola deal. Read more »

Amazon Appstore drops US-only status, spreads to Europe, Australia and India

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One of the biggest competitors to Google’s Android Market is the controversially named Amazon Appstore. One of the main reasons for its popularity has been the free app that Amazon gives away everyday to users.

Unfortunately, so far the service has been limited to residents of the US. But not anymore, because it seems now the Appstore is expanding its reach to a wider customer base. Read more »

Street Fighter IV coming to Android in Q4, will debut on a new high-end LG droid with an HD screen

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Street Fighter is coming to Android, thanks to a collaboration between LG and CAPCOM. LG’s CEO took the time to “HD” four times in four sentences, underlining “HD smartphone”.

Street Fighter IV will come to Android in the last quarter of this year and be exclusive to the LG’s own app store (LG World) for the first three months of its droid existence. There was no mention of its pricing, though. Read more »

Angry Birds has reached 350 million downloads, consumes 300 million minutes of the world’s free time each day

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Millions this, millions that – the Angry Birds team are probably all patting each other on the back, celebrating passing 350 million downloads. The company’s General Manager Andrew Stalbow bragged about some other numbers – like people spending 300 million minutes each day on the popular bird-flinging game.

But it’s not just about the game anymore – the animated shorts Rovio has put up on YouTube (like this one) have gathered over 170 million views. Read more »

Windows 8 to support phone functionality, will probably make it to smaller tablets as well

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Despite all the Windows 8 demo videos that we saw over the past few days there still seem to be major features in the new OS that we don’t know about. Like telephony, for example. Yeap, Microsoft’s shiny new platform is likely going to support voice calls, which will make it suitable for voice-enabled tablets.

The information comes from the screenshot above, which features a missed calls pane in its Metro UI. And that could be used for some VoIP services, so you shouldn’t get all too enthusiastic about it just yet. Read more »

CardSwitcher brings a touch of WebOS to iOS, providing you’ve got a jailbroken device [VIDEO]

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WebOS has effectively died its death, but there are those who still want to keep it alive, in whatever form that may be and CardSwitcher is one such example.

WebOS & iOS

For those of you sporting a jailbroken iPhone (on 4.1 or higher), CardSwitcher offers WebOS’ visual multitasking in all its glory. There are other apps available of course, but this one appears to be the most fluid and complete of the bunch. Read more »

Another RIM player comes by, say hi to the BlackBerry Torch 9810

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The QWERTY slider BlackBerry Torch 9810 is our guest of honor today, that’s the third BlackBerry in a week! Just like its siblings – the Bold 9900 and Torch 9860, this Torch 9810 is running on the latest BlackBerry OS 7.

It’s a hybrid between the Bold 9900 and Torch 9860, combining both the hardware QWERTY keyboard and the big WVGA touchscreen. Read more »

BlackBerry Torch 9860 storms our office, we do unboxing

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Just a week after we had the pleasure to do unboxing of the latest BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900, today we have another RIM guest – the Torch 9860. It’s in a completely different category though – with that 3.7-inch WVGA touchscreen it somehow suggests multimedia prowess rather than business.

Of course, RIM would never cheat on its traditions and it has left nothing out of the business and messaging departments. Read more »

Lode Runner game comes to Android, launches exclusively on the Xperia PLAY and other Xperia devices

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The Xbox Live Arcade game Lore Runner X is coming to the Android OS. It launches exclusively on the Xperia PLAY and Sony Ericsson will make it available on some their other Xperia phones but I guess it will hit the Android Market soon or later.

Lore Runner X for Xperia PLAY has the same 3D graphics as its console sibling and will be controlled the well-known way, thanks to the hardware gaming controls. Read more »