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X10 AirPad puts an Android tablet at less than $200

Yet another hardware maker joined the Android tablet fray this week when began selling its 7-inch AirPad, proclaiming the device to be the "best tablet on the market for under $200." It's also one of the only tablets at that price. So is the AirPad worth considering? The answer depends on your needs.

On the surface, the tablet boasts admirable specifications that include a 1.2GHz Rockchip 2918 Cortex A8 processor, 4GB internal storage, and 512MB of RAM. Toss in HDMI output, microSD expansion, and a full-size USB port and the AirPad begins to show … Read more

Apple CEO Steve Jobs steps down

In an unsurprising but still shocking move, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs resigns as CEO but remains with the company as chairman. Tim Cook is promoted from chief operating officer to chief executive officer.

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Google+ for Android gets key feature: Reshare

One of the first things I looked for in the Android app for using Google+ was an option to reshare posts with others. Today, Google delivered it.

And I'm not alone. Resharing was the top-requested feature for using Google's social network on mobile devices.

"The Google+ Android app update includes our No. 1 most requested mobile feature, resharing posts," said mobile product mamager Ben Eidelson in a YouTube video. The feature is in Google+ for Android 1.0.6.

To use it, users tap on a post, then tap on the three dots in the upper … Read more

New details emerge for female-focused HTC Bliss

The first live images of the upcoming HTC Bliss have arrived online, giving us a clear look as to what lies ahead for the rumored female-friendly handset. Expected to arrive in late September, the Bliss reportedly will offer an 800MHz processor, a 3.7-inch display, and a new 3.5 version of HTC's Sense UI. These new pictures, obtained by a member of, suggest we'll also see a front-facing camera.

Rumors of the female-targeted handset first surfaced back in May when This Is My Next learned that HTC was conducting focus groups with women in their 20s and 30s. The manufacturer was gauging interest in a device that would potentially feature preinstalled apps for calorie-counting and shopping.

Screenshots of HTC's Sense 3.5 also have leaked online, which initially don't appear all that dissimilar to the current 3.0 version. According to the source of the images, HTC may have loosened the hardware requirements a bit as to allow the experience across a wider range of devices. … Read more

Feedly: An enhanced Google Reader experience

If you use Google Reader for Android (download), chances are you're not too excited about the service's interface, especially when it's miniaturized on a mobile touch screen. If that's the case, we'd like to direct your attention to Feedly for Android (download). Essentially, Feedly wraps your Google Reader feeds in a neat, feature-rich, simple-to-use package. It syncs with your Reader account seamlessly, is much easier on the eyes than the bare-bones Google Reader app, and plays nicely with a whole lot more third-party services.

When you first launch the Feedly app, it opens up directly … Read more

Feedly enhances your Google Reader experience

Essentially, Feedly wraps your Google Reader (download) in a neat, feature-rich package. It's much easier on the eyes than the bare-bones Google Reader app, and it plays nicely with a whole lot more third-party services.

When you first launch the Feedly app, it opens up directly to featured content. That's because it comes preloaded with RSS feeds from many of the Web's most popular sites. These preloaded "Essentials" cover a number of verticals such as technology, design, and business. This means that even without syncing with your Google Reader account, you can enjoy RSS feeds … Read more

New BlackBerry phones to support Android?

Hit by weakening sales, Research In Motion plans to add Android support to next year's lineup of new BlackBerry smartphones, Bloomberg reported yesterday.

Citing information from "three people familiar with the plan," Bloomberg said that the new Android-compatible phones will run the company's QNX software and debut in early 2012. A story earlier this month from the blog Boy Genius Report said that RIM will launch its first QNX-powered BlackBerry, code-named Colt, during the first quarter of 2012.

The move toward Android support is designed to enhance the appeal of BlackBerrys and shake up sales, which have taken a dive due to tight competition from the iPhone and Android devices.

A ComScore report from September of last year showed RIM with a leading 39 percent share of the U.S. smartphone market. A more recent ComScore report, released last month, found RIM now in third place behind Google and Apple with just 24 percent of the market.… Read more

iSpeech app puts your words in Obama's mouth

It was inevitable.

Text-to-speech company iSpeech has released a pair of smartphone apps that tap the actual voices of President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush to allow you to convert any text into audio that's a dead ringer for the president or former president.

This could take phone pranks to an entirely new level.

The free iSpeech Obama and iSpeech Bush apps were released last week, and are designed to show off what the company's text-to-speech technology can do. The apps are available for iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry. iSpeech also sells its technology to other companies.

That anyone can make the former president's voice say anything, while satisfying in a certain sense, is a little unnerving. That anyone can do the same for the sitting president is downright scary.

Want to know what your graduation speech would sound like if the president spoke it? Now you can, and worse. Check out the video below to hear for yourself.… Read more

Android Atlas Weekly 62: Whose smart phone will reign supreme? (Podcast)

Android on a TouchPad, Security in the Market, and Windows Phone v Android whose smart phone will reign supreme? We ask special guest Molly Wood about her Windows Phone Challenge. All that and more on this week's episode of Android Atlas Weekly.

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Verizon DROID BIONIC could launch on September 8th for $299

Video: Droid Bionic teaser; boot sequence revealed

Interview with Molly … Read more

5 smart texting tricks

Maybe your thumbs are too big (or too tired) to make text messaging work, or maybe you're just constitutionally opposed to autocompletion. In any case, you shouldn't be too quick to give up on texting, as it can make life much easier for folks on the go even if you never use it to message your people. Here are just a few of the smart ways you can use texting services:

Find your phone. If you've left your phone under a pile of stuff somewhere nearby, you can easily locate it by calling it, if the ringer … Read more