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by George Heymann

Motorola Triumph review

by George Heymann|@techeadlines

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Looking for a mid-range Android smartphone that won’t break the bank? Then the Motorola Triumph deserves your consideration. This smartphone which retails for just under $300 off-contract is powerful enough to tempt those looking to save money on their cellular bills into using a prepaid phone and service.

The CDMA phone which is being offered by Virgin Mobile USA can be paired with one of its relatively inexpensive Beyond Talk plans. These Virgin Mobile plans all feature unlimited web, messaging and email. The $35 per month plan includes 300 anytime minutes, another $10 per month buys you 1200 anytime minutes and the $55 per month plan buys you unlimited minutes along with unlimited data.

The Triumph features a 1GHz processor, 4.1” (800×480) WVGA touchscreen, 5MP rear camera with a VGA front-facing camera, 720P HD camcorder with HDMI output, 3G connectivity, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, micro USB, Bluetooth 2.1 and full Android Market application support without any third party overlays like Motoblur. The Triumph includes 512 MB Ram and 2 GB of internal memory and includes a 2GB Micro-SD card which is expandable up to 32GB.

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Shopping choices get easier

by George Heymann

Technology-Headlines

Expect to see big crowds out shopping for e-readers or tablet computers this holiday season.

The flurry of product announcements from Apple, Amazon and Barnes & Noble is revving customer interest in devices that already are hot sellers.

I get asked all of the time for recommendations for both e-readers and tablets.

My answer usually begins with at least two additional questions:

What do you want to do with it?

How much money do you want to spend?

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Android Gingerbread adoption climbs past Froyo

Google has released the latest version numbers for Android, during the 14-day period ending Nov. 3, Gingerbread is up to 44.4 percent, while Froyo has fallen to 40.7 percent, other variants of Android OS combined make up the remaining 14.9%.

Here is the breakdown on the combined totals:

  • Android 1.5 Cupcake 0.9%
  • Android 1.6 Donut 1.4%
  • Android 2.1 Eclair 10.7%

The combined numbers on the variants of Honeycomb 3.x remain relatively unchanged at 1.9%. The numbers are based on the number of Android devices that have accessed the Android Market within the two-week period ending on November, 3 2011.

Source: Android Developers

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CobraTag your items with a trackable Bluetooth tag

by George Heymann

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A Cobra Tag is a compact rechargeable bluetooth sensor approximately 2.5”L x 1”W x .5”D that pairs with your smartphone to prevent you from losing keys, purse, computer bag, or any other item you want to protect from loss. The sensor communicates with an app currently available for Android and Blackberry that will remind you with an audible alarm if you leave your phone or other item behind.

The Cobra Tag also acts like a two-way finder, tap the button on your Cobra Tag to ring your phone or conversely use the phone app to make the tag ring to help locate your other items.

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Amazon Kindle Fire $199 available for pre-order, 3 other Kindle E-ink models detailed.

by George Heymann

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos had four new product announcements today including the rumored and highly anticipated color Android tablet the Kindle Fire.

The Kindle Fire will feature a TI Omap4 dual-core processor, 8GB of internal storage, 7-inch ultra-wide Gorilla Glass multi-touch IPS display (better viewing angles) with 1024×600 resolution, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a pair of top-mounted stereo speakers for $199. The physical dimension of the tablet are 7.5×4.7x.45, weighs less than a pound (14.6 oz) and will support Flash. The Fire, like first generation iPads will not include a camera.

Amazons plans for the new Kindle Fire tablet are far more ambitious than than previous generation e-book readers. The Fire will incorporate all of Amazons web services, Amazon Kindle, Amazon Instant Video, Amazon MP3, The Amazon App Store as well as Amazon Prime.

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Installation error: “Couldn’t install on USB storage or SD card” solution for Android

by George Heymann|@techeadlines

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I started receiving installation errors on my recently purchased Android phone which wouldn’t allow me to install some apps on my phone nor let me update others. Other applications, however, installed normally.

What really was puzzling is that in all three cases, there was ample space on the internal phone memory as well as the SD card storage.
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I’m having a Andy Rubin moment!

by George Heymann

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After reading Andy Rubins recent blog post regarding the misinformation in the press about Android and Google’s role in supporting the Android ecosystem, I’m more confused than ever.

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Google ” anti-fragmentation agreement” is good for users!

by George Heymann

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Back in February, I penned an “op-ed” on how Google should wrestle control of system updates back from carriers and handset manufacturers.

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Google step-up and take control of Android OS handset updates!

by George Heymann

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For many smartphone users, waiting for phone manufacturers and carriers to update their phones can be an exercise in frustration and futility. Apple seems to be one of the few phone manufacturers to have a user and phone-friendly update policy.

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