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  1. If unlocking your phone by looking at it is already old hat, fear not: Google have filed a patent that would allow you to access your phone using your voice. I should make it clear that this doesn’t appear to necessarily mean voice recognition unlocking, but perhaps allowing a user to set their phone to respond to an “Oi, wake up” sort of command. Either way, I can’t see that particular function catching on as - while certainly novel in the same way Face Unlock is - it’s not the most discrete way of getting into your phone, and would be utterly nightmarish if it were to catch on with those numpties who insist on checking Facebook in the cinema. But it’s good to know that Google is getting some more tricks up its sleeve to counter the slew of lockscreen-based legal disputes arch-rival Apple has brought upon Android manufacturers like Samsung. More after the break... The patent makes mention of other methods of unlocking too, like accessing shortcuts from the lockscreen by dragging said icons to an activation point (or points) to simultaneously unlock the handset and perform a desired secondary action, allowing direct access to an app or contact for example. Of course this is nothing new to HTC Sense 3+ users. Or MIUI users. Or, to a lesser extent, Ice Cream Sandwich users. And certainly not WidgetLocker or custom ROM users. But nonetheless, given recent courtroom troubles, the more that can be protected in the name of Android, the better, it seems. Source: Patently Apple This item was promoted to the News page - click here to view.
  2. If unlocking your phone by looking at it is already old hat, fear not: Google have filed a patent that would allow you to access your phone using your voice. I should make it clear that this doesn’t appear to necessarily mean voice recognition unlocking, but perhaps allowing a user to set their phone to respond to an “Oi, wake up” sort of command. Either way, I can’t see that particular function catching on as - while certainly novel in the same way Face Unlock is - it’s not the most discrete way of getting into your phone, and would be utterly nightmarish if it were to catch on with those numpties who insist on checking Facebook in the cinema. But it’s good to know that Google is getting some more tricks up its sleeve to counter the slew of lockscreen-based legal disputes arch-rival Apple has brought upon Android manufacturers like Samsung. More after the break... The patent makes mention of other methods of unlocking too, like accessing shortcuts from the lockscreen by dragging said icons to an activation point (or points) to simultaneously unlock the handset and perform a desired secondary action, allowing direct access to an app or contact for example. Of course this is nothing new to HTC Sense 3+ users. Or MIUI users. Or, to a lesser extent, Ice Cream Sandwich users. And certainly not WidgetLocker or custom ROM users. But nonetheless, given recent courtroom troubles, the more that can be protected in the name of Android, the better, it seems. Source: Patently Apple
  3. Optimus Vu announced before MWC 2012 http://t.co/zmWHLF4P

  4. If you, like many Android users, have given much of your digital life over to the big G in the sky (Google that is, not, you know...) and like a bit of Twitter, then perhaps CloudMagic is for you. It is a simple-to-use search app that will rapidly (and I mean very rapidly) scour multiple Google accounts for Gmail, Docs, Contacts, and Calendar as well as the aforementioned Twitter. Even entering a couple of letters will turn up a quick and invariably accurate search of all your G goodies, or narrow it down to searching just one of the services you use. If you want to be more specific still you can enter an operative “from:...”, “filename:...” to hunt down exactly what you’re after. Voice searches are supported, but either due to my East-Midlands non-accent or feeling I’m being put on the spot by my phone, these things never seem to work well for me, so I’ll just say that the option is there. The app is very good as it stands, but in order to make it truly indispensable the CloudMagic wand needs to be waved over other services such as SMS, Google+, GoogleTalk, Facebook, even your apps and so on. I know they aren’t all strictly “cloud” based, but I’d love to see the speed and simplicity of CloudMagic applied in a way you can use it for everything. In spite of that it’s well deserving of the 4.5 stars it has on the Android Market. Source: Android Market This item was promoted to the News page - click here to view.
  5. If you, like many Android users, have given much of your digital life over to the big G in the sky (Google that is, not, you know...) and like a bit of Twitter, then perhaps CloudMagic is for you. It is a simple-to-use search app that will rapidly (and I mean very rapidly) scour multiple Google accounts for Gmail, Docs, Contacts, and Calendar as well as the aforementioned Twitter. Even entering a couple of letters will turn up a quick and invariably accurate search of all your G goodies, or narrow it down to searching just one of the services you use. If you want to be more specific still you can enter an operative “from:...”, “filename:...” to hunt down exactly what you’re after. Voice searches are supported, but either due to my East-Midlands non-accent or feeling I’m being put on the spot by my phone, these things never seem to work well for me, so I’ll just say that the option is there. The app is very good as it stands, but in order to make it truly indispensable the CloudMagic wand needs to be waved over other services such as SMS, Google+, GoogleTalk, Facebook, even your apps and so on. I know they aren’t all strictly “cloud” based, but I’d love to see the speed and simplicity of CloudMagic applied in a way you can use it for everything. In spite of that it’s well deserving of the 4.5 stars it has on the Android Market. Source: Android Market
  6. Enormously popular custom ROM builders CyanogenMod recently requested help from the Android community to help fund the purchase of new servers. Having lost access to a large computer cluster, the team were no longer able to get through the 50+ nightly builds they were used to. While you might expect our beloved Android community to rally round rather quickly, the level of funding necessary was reached in less than a day - the plea and the thank you message on CyanogenMod.com both being published on 18th Feb! Quote “I am absolutely amazed at the support we have just been shown. We’ve reached our goal, and maybe a bit more. We will be ordering the servers next week (Xeon-class boxes with lots of RAM), and should have the builds going again soon! Thank you again for the support!” - Cyanogen Stories like this are a perfect illustration of how tight-knit the Android universe is, and how valuable both top-notch developers and faithful, supportive users are to its future. Keep on keeping on, Android fans. Source: CyanogenMod This item was promoted to the News page - click here to view.
  7. Enormously popular custom ROM builders CyanogenMod recently requested help from the Android community to help fund the purchase of new servers. Having lost access to a large computer cluster, the team were no longer able to get through the 50+ nightly builds they were used to. While you might expect our beloved Android community to rally round rather quickly, the level of funding necessary was reached in less than a day - the plea and the thank you message on CyanogenMod.com both being published on 18th Feb! Stories like this are a perfect illustration of how tight-knit the Android universe is, and how valuable both top-notch developers and faithful, supportive users are to its future. Keep on keeping on, Android fans. Source: CyanogenMod
  8. At long, long last the Swype Beta has made its way (officially) to Android 4.0 and the Galaxy Nexus. Rejoice! I was dumbfounded when I booted mine up for the first time and was punched in the face with the news that Swype wasn’t compatible with my phone and its odd 720x1184 resolution. ‘Big deal,’ I thought and got down to business using the stock keyboard to text a man about a dog. I may as well have eaten my thumbs and bashed at the keyboard with my nose for all the sense my messages were making. I even bought SlideIt (for a cool 10 pence) as an alternative. It works, but it’s not the same. More after the break... As well as Ice Cream Sandwich support, the Swype Beta brings improved accuracy, downloadable languages for tablets (though I the language list never loaded for me), and Dragon Go!* dictation add-on support. It's as smooth and well-designed as ever, so I'm pleased to finally have it installed again. One thing does annoy me a little however: when Gingerbread was the OS to have, Swype was blue themed, not orange. Now ICS is where it’s at, they ditch blue for orange. Go figure. Swype’s not everyone’s cup of rooibos, admittedly, but it truly makes my Android experience much slicker and more enjoyable. If you don't believe me, believe the wildly over-the-top music in . In fact, I'd like to tell you that I Swyped this entire article, but that'd be showing off. And lying. Register and/or download the beta directly from Swype.com *I should note that while the Market version of Dragon Go! appears to be US-only, I had no trouble downloading and installing it from within the Swype Beta app itself - no poking, prodding, cracking or hacking required. This item was promoted to the News page - click here to view.
  9. At long, long last the Swype Beta has made its way (officially) to Android 4.0 and the Galaxy Nexus. Rejoice! I was dumbfounded when I booted mine up for the first time and was punched in the face with the news that Swype wasn’t compatible with my phone and its odd 720x1184 resolution. ‘Big deal,’ I thought and got down to business using the stock keyboard to text a man about a dog. I may as well have eaten my thumbs and bashed at the keyboard with my nose for all the sense my messages were making. I even bought SlideIt (for a cool 10 pence) as an alternative. It works, but it’s not the same. More after the break... As well as Ice Cream Sandwich support, the Swype Beta brings improved accuracy, downloadable languages for tablets (though I the language list never loaded for me), and Dragon Go!* dictation add-on support. It's as smooth and well-designed as ever, so I'm pleased to finally have it installed again. One thing does annoy me a little however: when Gingerbread was the OS to have, Swype was blue themed, not orange. Now ICS is where it’s at, they ditch blue for orange. Go figure. Swype’s not everyone’s cup of rooibos, admittedly, but it truly makes my Android experience much slicker and more enjoyable. If you don't believe me, believe the wildly over-the-top music in this video. In fact, I'd like to tell you that I Swyped this entire article, but that'd be showing off. And lying. Register and/or download the beta directly from Swype.com *I should note that while the Market version of Dragon Go! appears to be US-only, I had no trouble downloading and installing it from within the Swype Beta app itself - no poking, prodding, cracking or hacking required.
  10. No, not a junior paracetamol, rather an Android device for children. Smartphones and tablets are a natural plaything for small children - my two-year-old niece loves them and (as a testament to intuitive UI design) can use them surprisingly well. She switches on, unlocks and watches videos, plays games and reads interactive books, all on her own. I say “on her own,” but the thought of her lugging around several hundred pounds sterling of ASUS Transformer or Galaxy Nexus with jam-covered fingers has my heart in my throat, so I’m constantly coiled, ready to leap headfirst between my falling gadgets and the hard floor. I need a MEEP! and by MEEP! I mean the new 7” Android tablet from Oregon Scientific, designed with children in mind. More after the break... Coloured rubber grips double as bumpers/shock absorbers when the inevitable drops occur, and the size looks suitable for toddlers to get along well with. While specific details (including price) are a little thin on the ground, reports reveal that it will be WiFi capable, have an SD card slot and G-sensor. Times that by Android and the aforementioned videos, games and books ought to be easily accessible. Of course, the tablet will feature parental controls (accessible remotely) meaning kids can be left to their own devices (ba-dum tsh!) without the grown-ups panicking they might stumble upon something they shouldn’t. I, for one, hope the screen is a tough little capacitive jobbie - a cheap resistive screen would make this a nightmare to use for an adult or child. The tablet is to be unveiled at the American International Toy Fair this coming weekend. Hopefully, this will be a piece of kit worth coming back to. Source: PR Newswire This item was promoted to the News page - click here to view.
  11. No, not a junior paracetamol, rather an Android device for children. Smartphones and tablets are a natural plaything for small children - my two-year-old niece loves them and (as a testament to intuitive UI design) can use them surprisingly well. She switches on, unlocks and watches videos, plays games and reads interactive books, all on her own. I say “on her own,” but the thought of her lugging around several hundred pounds sterling of ASUS Transformer or Galaxy Nexus with jam-covered fingers has my heart in my throat, so I’m constantly coiled, ready to leap headfirst between my falling gadgets and the hard floor. I need a MEEP! and by MEEP! I mean the new 7” Android tablet from Oregon Scientific, designed with children in mind. More after the break... Coloured rubber grips double as bumpers/shock absorbers when the inevitable drops occur, and the size looks suitable for toddlers to get along well with. While specific details (including price) are a little thin on the ground, reports reveal that it will be WiFi capable, have an SD card slot and G-sensor. Times that by Android and the aforementioned videos, games and books ought to be easily accessible. Of course, the tablet will feature parental controls (accessible remotely) meaning kids can be left to their own devices (ba-dum tsh!) without the grown-ups panicking they might stumble upon something they shouldn’t. I, for one, hope the screen is a tough little capacitive jobbie - a cheap resistive screen would make this a nightmare to use for an adult or child. The tablet is to be unveiled at the American International Toy Fair this coming weekend. Hopefully, this will be a piece of kit worth coming back to. Source: PR Newswire
  12. I added a video to a @YouTube playlist http://t.co/TccxlOb8 Karl on Ivan the Terrible and da Vinci

  13. I've favourited an @YouTube video http://t.co/kZKDeGJa Ricky has dinner with David Bowie

  14. I added a video to a @YouTube playlist http://t.co/WRNIHFUc Karl going into the Witness Protection Scheme

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