Update: This post was updated on March 1, 2011 to reflect graphical options we previously overlooked in the Dungeon Defenders game. We'd previously stated that the iPad version of the game had more aliasing than the Xoom, but overlooked an option in the game to smooth out the graphics and have since updated the 3D graphics section. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused. Thank you.
Losing a cell phone is never an ideal scenario, but Sprint is now offering smartphone customers an additional protective measure if their handsets go astray. Starting today, Android and BlackBerry users who sign up for the carrier's Total Equipment Protection plan not only can get a new phone, but also they'll be able to wipe their missing handsets.
The service, which will be included in the plan's $7-per-month charge, offers a number of features. Subscribers can back up and erase contacts on the lost device, remotely lock a smartphone, and track a device via GPS while seeing … Read more
HTC has confirmed that at least four of its existing Android smartphones will see Gingerbread in the second quarter of this year. A company representative informed SlashGear that update would arrive on the Desire, the Desire HD (the global version of the Evo 4G), the Desire Z (the global version of the T-Mobile G2), and the forthcoming Incredible S.
Looking at HTC's track record for releases, I might also look for Gingerbread to come to Sprint's Evo 4G, Verizon's Droid Incredible, and a few others. What's more, I anticipate that the Wildfire S and Desire S will get Android 2.3 as well, considering they, too, were announced at Mobile World Congress earlier this month.
As mentioned, the T-Mobile G2 and myTouch 4G are U.S. versions of the Desire Z and Desire HD, so expect those handsets to get the update as well. Depending on how far apart the Android updates get, these phones should be powerful enough to handle another release or two.… Read more
We thought James Franco and Anne Hathaway made a cute couple of hosts, and we appreciated James's #oscarsrealtime updates but we also agree with Roger Ebert and the LA Times, who gave critical reviews of the remarkably tame ceremony.
As usual, the Oscar food puns for each nominee were borderline more entertaining than the show itself.
Last week we talked about a Facebook app called Breakup Notifier that would send you a message when your crush changed his or her relationship status to "single."
Well, an "accidental" change in the Facebook developer's code permanently disabled access to such notifications, so creator Dan Loewenherz clever shifted his focus to a new project called the Crush Notifier.
The Facebook Crush Notifier lets you purchase Facebook credits that allow you to select crushes in your friend list. Those individuals are notified in an anonymous e-mail, and have the option to rate you back.
If you're selected as well, you'll receive a similar message- unfortunately… Read more
The Motorola Droid Pro is a fair approximation of a BlackBerry handset, minus the inferior keyboard and the fact that it doesn't come close to matching Research In Motion's security measures. Add the Divide for Android app, launching today in private beta, and suddenly the handset has a chance of fulfilling business professionals' Android dreams.
The awkwardly named Enterproid start-up has created an app (and platform) called Divide. It adds a secure, corporate-friendly business profile to the Android phone, akin in concept if not in technical specifics to a partition on your computer's hard drive.
With it, … Read more
One of the most exciting advantages the Verizon iPhone 4 has over its AT&T counterpart is its ability to become a mobile hot spot. A mobile hot spot allows several devices to connect to it via Wi-Fi and then uses a cellular signal to connect those devices to the Internet. Essentially the hot spot becomes a wireless router.
I was curious about the strain something like this would have on the iPhone 4's battery, so I decided to run a little test. I turned on the iPhone 4's hot spot and then connected a Wi-Fi-only iPad … Read more
Renewing an issue that just does not seem to want to die, Consumer Reports says Apple's Verizon iPhone 4 suffers from the same "death grip" antenna issues as the original device, released last summer amid widespread controversy.The Verizon iPhone 4 has a problem that could cause the phone to drop calls, or be unable to place calls, in weak signal conditions, Consumer Reports engineers have found in lab tests.
The "death grip" occurs when users hold the iPhone in a way that covers the antenna band, located on the bottom of the left side of the phone. As with the AT&T version of the iPhone 4, any case (or cottage industry "band-aid" product) would alleviate the problem, which is caused by the conductivity of human skin interfering with the cell phone signal.
Consumer Reports tested the new Verizon iPhone 4, along with several other popular Verizon smartphones.… Read more
Our guest on today's episode of The 404 Podcast is Russ Frushtick, the games and tech editor for MTV Multiplayer, but the ESRB has assigned him an AO rating for Adults Only, so he won't be visiting Australia anytime soon. Similarly, Australia also refuses to welcome the latest Mortal Kombat game due to excessive violence.
The real story, however, is Australia's outdated rules for video game classification that currently only accommodate a maximum MA15+ rating, so video games that surpass these limitations are automatically banned in the country.
Since Australian adults still have access to mature media in its other myriad forms, it doesn't make sense that local gamers can't also enjoy video games with similarly "explicit" content.
And speaking of risque video games, a U.K.-only Nintendo Wii title is promising "flirty fun for all" with its latest adult-friendly release, called We Dare. The trailer for We Dare illustrates gameplay in the form of four consenting adults using the Wii remote to control virtual versions of party games like Spin The Bottle, Kiss Under the Mistletoe, and the ever-popular Take Off Your Clothes.
The We Dare trailer is a perfect example of vendors using viral marketing to hype up the release of video games that may not be as fun as the videos suggest.
The Dead Island trailer is making similar waves for two reasons: because of its graphic nature that makes sensitive babies like Wilson and me squirm, but also because it doesn't show footage of actual gameplay in Dead Island.
Game previews often show cut scenes or, worse, videos exclusively created for the trailers, which leaves plenty of gamers feeling cheated when the gameplay doesn't even come close… Read more
In addition to the HTC ChaCha and Salsa Facebook phones coming to AT&T later this year, HTC will release its first Android-based CDMA world phone with multiple North American carriers this spring.
Today the company introduced the HTC Merge, an Android 2.2 smartphone with dual-mode CDMA/GSM functionality.
Though specific carriers were not announced at this time, one would hope that Sprint and Verizon Wireless will be among the providers to offer the Merge. The dual-mode technology allows the smartphone to run on the CDMA network domestically and then automatically switch over to the GSM network when traveling overseas.
Aside from the world roaming capabilities, the HTC Merge also offers a 3.8-inch touch screen, a 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording, HTC Sense, GPS, and Wi-Fi.
We suspect we'll hear more details about the Merge at CTIA Spring 2011, which kicks off on March 22 in Orlando, Fla. … Read more
Whenever Steve Jobs is onstage, he can't help himself. "We've activated another 20 trillion iPhones," he says from above his polo neck. "iPhone is the most popular smartphone in the galaxy. IN ANY GALAXY." We're sure he's right, but once in a while it's refreshing to see a different view. This video shows the roaring success of Android by mapping global activations over the past three years, from October 2008 to January 2011--and it's mind-blowing.
We're still bowled over that Android has managed to grab as big a share as it has. After all, it's really geeky. That said, it's no accident that the two most significant events in the life of Android have been the Droid and Galaxy S launches--two enormous marketing campaigns.
Read more of "Android growth illustrated in jaw-dropping activation timeline video," and watch the vid, at Crave UK. … Read more