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From: sylvester8012/31/2011 10:11:13 PM
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Happy New Year to All Board Members!

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From: sylvester801/1/2012 8:22:40 AM
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Galaxy Nexus shames iPhone 4S Siri
By Joe Wilcox
Published 20 hours ago
betanews.com 
So much for Apple's voice command/response technology Siri.

Among this year's holiday presents, our family received a gift card for Italian eatery Buca di Beppo, which my daughter gladly used to go out to dinner with a friend. So last night, they're ready to drive but no one knows to where. She pulls out her iPhone 4S and speaks "directions to Buca di Beppo", which Siri can't understand and repeatedly gives meaningless results when she tries again.

Oh, this is too good an opportunity to pass up -- Android vs iPhone in the Wilcox household. I grab Galaxy Nexus, which my daughter sees and changes tactics: "Italian restaurants, downtown San Diego". There are zillions, because of Little Italy. I speak, just one time: "Directions to Buca di Beppo", wondering if I'll get no better response. Text "directions to Buca di Beppo" pops up as confirmation and then Google Map showing the way from our apartment to the restaurant.

Apple's Siri marketing may be better, but Androids have had voice search capabilities for much longer and it shows -- see my earlier testabout that. Google leverages search, too, something that even Siri asset Wolfram|Alphacan't match. But there's more: In my early use of Galaxy Nexus -- hey, I've only had it 16 days -- voice capabilities are better than on other Androids. It's not just Android 4.0 but the whole package. Galaxy Nexus doesn't feel like an OEM product. There's tight integration everywhere and on the software side closely with existing Google services.

Days before Galaxy Nexus' US release, Android and Me dropped a juicy rumor -- that Google is working on a Siri-like product codename "Majel". Trekkers will know that Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's wife, Majel Barrett, was the computer voice in the original series, spin-offs and movies. What really differentiates Siri from Google's already great voice capability is the interface -- that female voice responding to the user.

Before writing here, earlier this morning I posted a shorter version on Google+, where Eli Fennell responds: "People were already using Google Voice all over the Apple products, and for Apple, that's not good. If Google Voice is already better, or at least an equal who may not have natural language support but is damned good at understanding what you said and converting it into a search string to be processed by their epic algorithms, then how badly will Majel embarass Siri when it arrives?"

The Apple fans among you will call my "Buca di Beppo" face-off as unfair, since one test isn't representative of anything. Actually, it means everything. Because this is exactly the kind of voice search many people will do when out and about. Also, I've done this kind of testing before, where search on Galaxy S II Skyrocket (running Android 2.3.6) handily bested my daughter's iPhone 4S Siri.

If Santa missed your house this year, take a look back at his Apple Siri commercial -- the one with the clever 3.7 billion appointments, out of, oh my, 7 billion people. Perhaps next year St. Nick will use a Google phone instead, as surely the elves do today, and you'll get a lump of coal, if not something better. ;-)

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From: sylvester801/1/2012 11:08:39 PM
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Review: Samsung's Galaxy Nexus Is A Nail In The iPhone's Coffin
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From: sylvester801/1/2012 11:43:21 PM
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Massive lines seen for Android Meizu MX launch, all over China
Meizu MX launches today, lines dotted all over China as usual
By Richard Lai posted Jan 1st 2012 2:51AM
engadget.com 


This time last year we witnessed the Meizu M9 madness in Shenzhen, so we decided to pay our favorite gadget city another visit for the MX launch today (still the 1.4GHz dual-core model, of course). Surprisingly, the lines in Huaqiangbei this time were significantly shorter, but we were told that this was due to tighter security measures as requested by the local authorities -- if you've seen last year's photos you'll know why. Instead, this year the customers are told to line up only when they get a phone call; but a few keen beans still arrived last night, and the first guy in Shenzhen even turned down hotel accommodation offered by Meizu. Yep, that's how you do a "first" properly, folks. Other big cities in China also saw a similar phenomenon, including Beijing, Guangzhou and even Hong Kong -- it's hard to miss the long line formed along the south end of Sai Yeung Choi Street outside the new Mongkok store.

Meizu also informed us that the MX's final hardware benefits from an improved camera (tweaked white balance and the lens now benefits from an oleophobic coating), while the software's been giving many enhancements since our review -- these are mostly the weird default settings we mentioned previously, such as the max clock speed out of the box (now at 1.4GHz instead of 1GHz) and the default video recording resolution (now 1080p instead of the weird 1,080 x 720 setting). Oh, and if you're still rocking the older M9, Meizu has confirmed that it'll also get the Ice Cream Sandwich update later this year, so stay tuned. More in the press release after the break.


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From: sylvester801/2/2012 6:48:47 PM
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Sweet Android High--smartphone wars get the manga treatment
by Eric Mack January 2, 2012 3:21 PM PST
news.cnet.com 


The smartphone wars come to life and it's high school all over again in "Sweet Android High."
(Credit: ascii.jp)

Google's Android operating system comes to life in a new manga comic that turns leading handset makers into--no joke--Japanese school girls.

Resting firmly in the Japanese-dominated pop culture territory that lies somewhere in between totally awesome and totally creepy Sweet Android High-school chronicles the soap-operatic goings on among a group of students who just happen to be anthropomorphic representations of huge corporations.

The gang includes "international students" Moto-Laura-chan, Sam-Sung-chan, H-T-Syee-chan, Elle-G-chan and Soni-Eri-chan. See what they did there? That last one is a particularly clever play on Sony Ericcson. There's also characters representing some of the Japanese makers, including Sharp, Fujitsu and Casio.

The latest scandal at Sweet Android High, of course, is that a teacher named Google has married Moto-Laura-chan. While it's tough to translate the panels, there doesn't seem to be any sign that a headmaster named Trade-Commission-chan opposes the marriage, but Ice Cream Sandwich and the Galaxy Nexus clearly make appearances. Funny--I never envisioned that the first Android 4.0 phone would be so buxom.

See if you can make any sense of the below panels for yourself:

Clearly the Galaxy Nexus has been endowed with really impressive, uh... specs.
(Credit: ascii.jp)

Something tells me we won't be seeing this panel as a Google doodle anytime soon.
(Credit: ascii.jp)

Now I know why this comic is coming out now - no Japanese school girls would ever get excited about a piece of Honeycomb.
(Credit: ascii.jp)

Via: The Next Web

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From: sylvester801/3/2012 8:21:47 AM
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ClockworkMod Tether serves free Android USB tethering, no root required
By Myriam Joire posted Jan 3rd 2012 6:58AM
engadget.com 

Not content to provide us with ClockworkMod Recovery and other fine hacks, Koush just made a free USB tethering app available for Android aptly called ClockworkMod Tether Alpha. While it's not the first app to bypass paid tethering plans, it supports unrooted phones and works with Linux, Mac and Windows computers. Just enable USB debugging on your phone, download the appropriate installer for your desktop OS of choice, then connect both devices via USB and you're all set. The installation process creates a virtual network adapter on your computer and pushes a matching APK to your phone. A proxy is used to avoid detection by the carriers.

We tested the app on a late-model MacBook Air running OS X Lion and an AT&T-branded Samsung Captivate Glide -- along with a couple other handsets -- without much success (as documented in the screenshot above). Then again, based on the discussions following Koush's Google+ post (source link below), the app appears to work for many folks and continues being tweaked on an hourly basis. Clearly your mileage will vary, but let us know in the comments how it's working out if you've installed the app.


Droid Life
Koushik Dutta (Google+)

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From: sylvester801/4/2012 8:30:09 AM
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16hrs ONLY...Score A Samsung Galaxy Nexus UNLOCKED PENTABAND For Just $559.99 From DailySteals
By David January 4, 2012 7:59 am EST 1 Comment
tmonews.com 


If you’ve looked or hoped for a price drop on an unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus to add some Ice Cream Sandwich into your life, DailySteals.comhas a special just for you. For the next 16+ hours you can grab an unlocked Samsung Galaxy Nexus i9250 16GB for just $559.99. The daily deal price is right in line with what the phone would have cost you out of contract had it launched on T-Mobile as a supported device.

Still, with CES right around the corner we’re having a hard time pressing the “get it now” button, but for many of you, the price and the Galaxy Nexus are just right. We don’t know how many of these DailySteals.com has in stock, but if you’ve got some extra room on the credit card after the holidays, give this some consideration.

Thanks everyone for sending this over!

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From: sylvester801/4/2012 8:39:19 AM
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Galaxy Nexus DESTROYS the iPhone4S in browser speed tests

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From: sylvester801/4/2012 8:58:23 AM
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OH MY GOD! If you are a skier this is a MUST HAVE...and is ANDROID POWERED!!!!
Recon MOD Live video hands-on
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From: FUBHO1/4/2012 12:02:40 PM
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India's sub-$50 Android tablet claims 1.4 million orders in two weeks

By Mat Smith posted Jan 4th 2012 at 8:31AM



How popular is the world cheapest tablet? Pretty darn popular, it seems. The Aakash has already notched up 1.4 million bookings since going up for sale on December 14th, not massively surprising given the $41 (2,500 rupee) price tag.An upgraded version is already planned for March, with three new factories planned to each produce 75,000 new units per month. If a sub-$50 tablet is still too expensive for your tastes, then you may be happy to hear that the price should still sink as low as $35 and could even be pushed as low as $10. At that price, we'll take five.

http://www.engadget.com/

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