by George Heymann

gVoice is an Android Google Voice VoIP Client that uses your data connection to place and receive calls.

by George Heymann|@techeadlines

gVoice is a $4.99 Android VoIP app developed by guidology that allows you to use your data connection (WiFi, 3G, 4G,EVDO) to place voice calls using a Google Voice Account. gVoice essentially turns your phone or tablet into a free wireless phone when using the application over WiFi.

The phone can also be configured to use a 3G, 4G or EVDo data connection but it must be noted the gVoice app uses approximately 1.2 MB of data per minute during a call which can be very costly if you don’t have an unlimited data plan. From the main gVoice dialing screen, press menu then tap the settings menu. The settings menu will let you configure the application to enable WiFi calling as well as options to enable 3G/4G VoIP calling.

I’ve tried using gVoice with several Android Smartphones and tablets without any major problems. In each case after installing the application and entering my Google Voice credentials the application connected with my account and I was able place and receive calls, even on my WiFi only HTC Flyer tablet.

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Motorola Triumph review

by George Heymann|@techeadlines

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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Avast! Mobile Security for Android is here!

by George Heymann

Avast Mobile Security software came out of beta yesterday and is now available as a free download from the Android Market. The avast! Application features full-featured antivirus and anti-theft security software for your Android phone.

The program helps protect personal data by automating virus scans and providing automated alerts when browsing potentially harmful sites. Even if you believe that anti-virus software for Android is a solution searching for a problem. The avast! Application provides excellent anti-theft features that allow you to activate security features remotely using SMS commands to control GPS tracking, phone locking, wiping, audio monitoring and a host of other useful features.

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Republic Wireless launches unlimited talk, text and web plan for $19 a month

by George Heymann


A couple of days ago I read about Republic Wireless, a company which is a division of that was planning to offer customers an unlimited talk, text and web plan for $19 a month without a contract, roaming or early termination fees. My first reaction to the news, What’s the catch?

According to Republic Wireless, the catch is you! Let me explain, The Republic Wireless service relies heavily on WiFi as the backbone of its phone service. Republics research shows that most people are around WiFi networks 60% of the time and the trend is growing.

Whenever possible the Android based LG Optimus phone uses WiFi to send and receive calls, surf the web or send text messages. The phone uses technology called Voice over IP (VOIP) to route calls over the internet instead of the cellular network. Similar technology is being employed by home phone service providers Vonage and Xfinity to route calls over the internet, except the Republic Wireless service is mobile.

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Apple iTunes 10.5 available now, iOS 5 tomorrow

by George Heymann

Apple released iTunes 10.5 today in advance of the iOS 5 release that is slated for tomorrow. New in iTunes, are cloud services that wirelessly push purchases made on one device to all your other devices.

It also enables you to view your previous purchase history and download any past song, TV show, app or book from the App store or the iTunes store. Alternatively if you don’t want to automatically download everything you buy to every device, you can selectively choose just the things you want to download to each device.

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According to a recent comScore report iOS drives more web traffic despite smaller installed base.

Although the Android Platform has the largest OS market share by installed base, 43.7 percent in August. The iOS platform had the highest share of mobile connected devices 43.1 percent compared to Androids 34.1 percent.

The difference is largely attributed to the iPads dominance in the tablet market.

“The iOS platform also accounts for the largest share of Internet traffic, measured in terms of browser-based page views, in the U.S. at present. When measuring market share of Internet traffic by platform, iOS accounted for more than half (58.5 percent) of the share of total non-computer traffic in the U.S.

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Some Dell Streak 7 WiFi owners starting to receive 3.2 upgrade to Honeycomb

It appears that some Dell Streak 7 (WiFi) owners have received an update to Android 3.2 Honeycomb in advance of the rumored October 7th release date.

As expected the update is said to factory wipe all data prior to the Honeycomb installation. The update appears to be rolling out slowly, I’m still waiting for the update for my tablet.

Early reports from users who have received the update on the Dell support forums have indicated problems with using the menu key on the home screen after the update. Others have indicated that the Dell 7-inch, 800×480 is inadequate for Honeycomb, explaining that the screen is too cramped.

We will report back once we receive the upgrade.

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Gears of War 3 sells more than 3 million in one week, taking franchise past $1 billion

by Mai Tao

Technology Market

The most anticipated video game of the year arrived last week with the worldwide launch of Gears of War 3. Following more than 22,000 midnight madness launch events, Microsoft and Epic Games today announced that the Xbox 360 exclusive sold more than 3 million copies worldwide in its first week since release, cementing Gears 3 as the biggest game of 2011 and catapulting the franchise beyond one billion dollars in lifetime sales.

In just one week, Gears 3 has already grossed more than any 2011 video game to date. In addition to topping this year’s sales charts, the Gears of War franchise joins the elite ranks of only a select few game franchises to surpass $1 billion in sales.

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Tablet shipments to reach 253m by 2016 as new vendors converge on sector, says Juniper Research

by Anna Schmidt

Technology Market

A new report by analyst firm Juniper Research forecasts that tablet shipments will reach 253 million by 2016, nearly a five-fold increase from the 55.2 million tablets the company expects to reach the market in 2011.

With a second generation of Apple’s iPad hitting the market earlier this year, other smartphone vendors have followed suit: HTC, LG, Motorola and RIM launched first generation models in 2011. As other opportunities elsewhere in the PC market diminish, leading players from this space – including Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP and Toshiba – are also joining the fray.

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Simple security for wireless

Researchers demonstrate the first wireless security scheme that can protect against “man-in-the-middle” attacks — but doesn’t require a password.

By Larry Hardesty

MIT News Office

In early August, at the Def Con conference — a major annual gathering of computer hackers — someone apparently hacked into many of the attendees’ cell phones, in what may have been the first successful breach of a 4G cellular network. If early reports are correct, the incident was a man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack, so called because the attacker interposes himself between two other wireless devices.

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