Sunday, 24 October 2010

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Unboxing and Overview of Powermat Wireless Charger for HTC EVO 4G

Posted: 24 Oct 2010 10:13 AM PDT

Welcome to the future, nice to have you back again! Powermat is a wireless charger, and that’s awesome. It works for smartphone and other portable devices, and works by applying a custom battery door receiver, then placing that device on the Powermat pad. If you’ll remember, this sort of thing has already existed in the original Palm Pre’s Touchstone charging dock, but isn’t quite to the greatness of mass application yet. You’ve just gotta get this one now, because, you know, how could anyone wait for such a lovely thang?

This is Powermat’s newest release, which is A LOT nicer looking than their previous releases, much slicker, much less like a giant slab of rock. Supported devices include: HTC EVO 4G, Motorola DROID X, HTC HD2, BlackBerry Bold 9700, BlackBerry Curve 8500/9300, and iPhone 4. This Powermat kit for HTC EVO 4G costs $59.99 at Best Buy or at the Powermat webpage. They also sell larger pads for multiple devices and just the receiver (if you’ve already got the charging station) for $39.99.

View this lovely unboxing video courtesy of CJ Lippstreu of SmartKeitai:

Click here to view the embedded video.

[Via Smart Keitai]


Gratious Slide 0.8 Leaked for Froyo on the Customizable HTC Sense

Posted: 24 Oct 2010 09:53 AM PDT

Hooray for diggers and hackers! XDA Developers member migueltherocker presents a lovely download he’s sure you’ll all be dancing around for. GratiousSlide 0.8, having been lifted from the Chinese leak of the HTC Gratia ROM. Slide around to your heart’s content. But beware all you English speaking folks out there, when you boot this sassy lady, it’ll be in Chinese.

Behold the lovely backwards video as presented again by the ever-so-cool migueltherocker. Here he displays a tiny bit of the cool functionality presented in GratiousSlide, then shows how to switch to English. This is done after booting (obviously) going to setting, scrolling down to the A symbol, pressing the first option, and pressing English. Good to go. Touchscreen works, issue still with Wifi and a few more tiny tidbits.

Download the install here, with caution of course as always: [MediaFire Download]

Click here to view the embedded video.

[Via XDA Developers Forum]


Mysterious New Phone to be Released by Sprint and Run Android: HTC Knight

Posted: 23 Oct 2010 05:36 PM PDT

A very mysterious phone indeed! A source reported to be on the inside has revealed an upcoming phone to be released by Sprint: the HTC Knight. It has a sliding screen, will be running some version of another of Android, and has a 3.7 inch screen, which just happens to be the same size as the Nexus One. The source also reported that the phone may be released in under two weeks from today.

An XML file (presumably a READ ME file on how to operate the phone) speaks a tiny bit about the function of the device, namely that it has a sliding screen (which can mean lots of things these days, but more than likely means that it’s got a keyboard under there.) The device appears to resemble the Evo rather closely and has the same USB plug. The image of the phone above is reportedly what the device will look like, provided by the source to the folks at XDA. Text from the XML file:

3. Make sure to activate your device before you operate the handset by setting up the Google account on the device. 4. To view the contacts on the device, select "Contacts" and push "Menu" button, select "Display group > All contacts > OK". 5. Do not slide screen in/out during the operation.

[Via XDA Developers]


Google Demo Slam site shows off Voice search in Marshmallow and Skateboard videos

Posted: 23 Oct 2010 12:38 PM PDT

If you have yet to check out Google’s recently opened new demo slam site, I recommend doing so. The purpose of the site is to show off Google’s tech demo videos against each other. Several of these videos show off the Android functionality, to be more specific Voice search.

Each week the site picks some new videos to go against each other, while the visitors vote on which ones are the best. The majority of these videos use the Droid X. It’s a pretty cool site and its worth entering a video you created since it’s very possible for it to be shown on the website. Check out the Demo Slam and the two videos that show off the Droid X’s voice search capabilities below.
Google Voice Search 20 Foot KickFlip:

Click here to view the embedded video.

Chubby Bunny Marshmallow Voice Search:

Click here to view the embedded video.

Via [Droid LIfe]


Adobe releases Max Companion app for conference next week.

Posted: 23 Oct 2010 11:41 AM PDT

In preparation for the Adobe Max conference that starts today and ends Wednesday, Adobe released the Max Companion app. The Adobe Mac conference provides an opportunity for all designers, developers and business leaders to come together and discuss and shape the future of digital media.

Some of the features of the App are:

  • MAX agenda
  • Detailed session information
  • Speaker list
  • Your personal MAX schedule
  • Maps for all the MAX 2010 venues
  • Updated news about MAX sessions and social events
  • MAX information (ATM, wireless, shuttle schedule, and more)

This app shows us how much effort Adobe has put into this convention. I highly recommend downloading this app if you are or plan on attending the convention because it will make your life at the convention a lot easier. It allows you more time to focus on the convention instead of getting there and getting settle in.
Via [Adobe Max]
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