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  • Verizon’s V CAST Video for Android now available, runs $10 a month

    Verizon’s V CAST Video for Android now available, runs $10 a month

    Android owners on Verizon now have a new (albeit pricey) way to bide their time as they wait in grocery store checkout lines, doctors' offices, traffic jams, DMVs, and Engadget Show entrance gates, because Big Red is flipping the switch today on its V CAST Video offering for every Google-powered handset to hit its network so far. The Droid, Droid Eris, Devour, Droid Incredible, and Ally are all equipped to take advantage of the app, which claims to offer over 230 full-length shows spanning over 40 programming providers -- but the downside is that it'll cost you $10 a month on top of your data plan, the same that V CAST Video On Demand runs on Verizon's other phones. If you're willing to take the plunge, look for it in the Market right away.

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    Verizon's V CAST Video for Android now available, runs $10 a month originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 07 Jun 2010 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • How to get Hulu running on Android 2.2, for now

    How to get Hulu running on Android 2.2, for now

    Android 2.2 and Flash 10.1. A perfect combination for combination for a little Hulu on the go, right? Not quite, as Hulu has decided to block videos (for legal reasons) when it detects a mobile device, but it turns out there is a surprisingly simple workaround. As Absolutely Android explains, all you have to do is make Hulu think you're using a desktop browser, which can be done simply by entering "about:debug" in the address bar and switching the UAString setting from Android to desktop. The only downside to the trick is that you'll now also get the full desktop version of the Hulu site (and any other site, until you switch it back), and there's a better than decent chance that Hulu will close this loophole before you can finish your first episode of Kojak.

    How to get Hulu running on Android 2.2, for now originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 24 May 2010 12:36:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • The Samsung TL500 / EX1 gets a South Korean release

    The Samsung TL500 / EX1 gets a South Korean release

    Samsung's upcoming flagship shoot brook a few months back. The TL500 / EX1 woo'd us with its rugged good looks along with a host of top-tier specs. Well, you don't have to wait any longer. The camera is now available -- in South Korea.

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  • Sprint selling HTC EVO 4G on June 4 for $199

    Sprint selling HTC EVO 4G on June 4 for $199

    digg_url = 'http://digg.com/gadgets/Sprint_selling_HTC_EVO_4G_on_June_4_for_199_Engadget'; Everyone's favorite WiMAX-powered Android device finally has a date and a price, and you don't have terribly long to wait: June 4 is the date that you'll want to be lining up outside your local Sprint store for an EVO 4G, $199 in hand (assuming you're signing up for a new contract, of course -- according to the fine print, the full cost is $450 before all discounts). Interestingly, Sprint has specifically called out that you'll be able to video chat (remember, the EVO 4G has a front-facing cam) over both 3G and 4G using Qik -- not a bad choice, considering the company's well-established expertise with streaming live video out of handsets.

    Unfortunately, there's a downside to all this: customers will be paying a mandatory (as confirmed to us by Sprint reps) $10 per month "Premium Data add-on" on top of their plan -- ostensibly for the privilege of enjoying WiMAX when they're in a Sprint 4G market -- and the 8-device WiFi hotspot feature runs an extra $29.99 a month, which Sprint is quick to point out is half what you'd pay for a dedicated mobile broadband account. As we saw at CTIA, the phone is the first to offer on-phone YouTube high quality video, a feature that automatically kicks in when you're in the sweet confines of a WiMAX tower. Oh, and check this out: Sprint was hesitant to commit to offering simultaneous voice and data before, but HTC must've worked out the kinks, because it's all systems go -- you'll be able to yap and browse on 4G at the same time.

    We're at the EVO 4G's announcement in New York as we type, and we can tell you that everything Sprint is demoing is crazy fast -- we'd expect no less from an WiMAX device with a 1GHz Snapdragon -- and we're particularly stoked to see them demo Need For Speed Shift on it, which will be launching on Android around the same time as the device. Follow the break for Sprint's full press release!

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    Sprint selling HTC EVO 4G on June 4 for $199 originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 12 May 2010 18:13:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • The Motorola Shadow is still alive, gets its WiFi certification

    The Motorola Shadow is still alive, gets its WiFi certification

    Surpriiiise! After three months of radio silence, the Motorola Shadow — a phone that, according to the shakiest rumors in all of Rumorville, might be the Google Nexus Two — is still alive. At least, a phone that could be the Motorola Shadow is alive. It’s all a bit confusing; you see, a few days ago, [...]

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  • That TiVo Series 3 on Woot isn’t a bad deal

    That TiVo Series 3 on Woot isn’t a bad deal

    The TiVo Premiere will be here real soon so it isn't much of a surprise to see a Series 3 on Woot. You might want to consider it, too. The Series 3 might be old, but it's still a great DVR. It even has a few advantages over the TiVoHD line and upcoming Series4.

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  • You don’t want to see sports in 3D

    You don’t want to see sports in 3D

    ESPN plans to launch a 3D channel in time for this year’s World Cup. This is the downside. Not even Newcastle deserves that.

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  • The HTC Scorpion may pack 1.5Ghz processor, Android v2.2, and WiMax – if it exists

    The HTC Scorpion may pack 1.5Ghz processor, Android v2.2, and WiMax – if it exists

    HTC cranks out Android handsets like candy corn – and we love that. The only downside to this, however, is that each new leak has us drooling before the last leak even has time to become a real product. Our salivary glands were just warming up for the HTC Incredible and the HTC Legend, but now [...]

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  • Google dials down early termination fee for the Nexus One

    Google dials down early termination fee for the Nexus One

    No one likes early termination fees, but for one reason or another they can become a necessary evil. When Google introduced a new channel for buying the Nexus One, I was excited at the thought of grabbing a phone without being hassled by a retail sales rep. The only downside was that if I bought it at the subsidized price and wanted to cancel within 120 days, Google would charge a $350 device recovery fee... on top of the carrier's cancelation fees!

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  • Nexus One slated to arrive in AT&T 3G flavor

    Nexus One slated to arrive in AT&T 3G flavor

    When the Google Nexus One was announced early last month, Android fans went giddy with excitement, especially since there is an option to buy it unlocked. The only downside was that if you wanted 3G service, you were limited to T-Mobile’s decent, but smaller network. AT&T users are still out of luck and limited to [...]

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  • Smackdaddy Lets You Heckle Your Buddies and Bet on Sports on your iPhone

    Smackdaddy Lets You Heckle Your Buddies and Bet on Sports on your iPhone

    Like bad beer, cracker jacks, and drunken fans getting hammered in the parking lot, smack-talking and sports-betting are staples of American sports. And that’s why Bema Studios created Smackdaddy, a free iPhone app [iTunes link] that allows you to both bet on games (currently just NFL, NHL and NBA) and tell your friends they smell. [...]

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  • Nintendo Game and Watch: Cult reborn as keyholders (video)

    Nintendo Game and Watch: Cult reborn as keyholders (video)

    Game & Watch is the name of a series of (now) simple LCD handheld games Nintendo produced between 1980 and 1991. The small devices still enjoy cult status among hardcore retro gamers (just look at these prices on Ebay), which means it's not that big a surprise that toymaker Takara decided to come up with three new keyholders that are designed exactly like Game & Watch units.

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  • Real-Time Mobile Savings: Scoutmob Brings Local Deals to Your iPhone

    Real-Time Mobile Savings: Scoutmob Brings Local Deals to Your iPhone

    Some mobile startups do something that can’t be done online. Others copy an online business and bring it to mobile. And then there are companies like Scoutmob [iTunes link]. They take a great online business and make it ten times better by allowing you to take advantage of the service on-the-go. Scoutmob is Woot on mobile, [...]

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  • AppMakr Transforms App Store Landscape, Enables Anyone To Make Their Own iPhone App

    AppMakr Transforms App Store Landscape, Enables Anyone To Make Their Own iPhone App

    Every once in a while, a startup comes around with a product that we not only cover, but actually want to use ourselves. PointAbout, a Washington, DC-based self-funded startup, has done just that. AppMakr is absolutely ridonkculous. Basically, AppMakr allows you to create your own iPhone app – for $199. You can include feeds from [...]

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  • LG eXpo goes on sale at AT&T, sans projector

    LG eXpo goes on sale at AT&T, sans projector

    Anyone looking for the highest-end Windows Mobile experience you can buy on AT&T, go ahead and form a line to the left, please, because your knight in shining armor has arrived. The LG eXpo -- complete with a Snapdragon core, 5 megapixel camera, 3.2-inch WVGA display, fingerprint scanner, QWERTY slide, and optional microprojector -- is now available, albeit at a $199.99 after-rebate, on-contract price that puts it pretty far into the realm of the high-power smartphone elite. The downside is that the aforementioned projector isn't yet available for purchase, which makes the whole package a little less compelling -- then again, that means you're walking out of the store with $179 that you wouldn't have otherwise had, so just look at your eXpo purchase as a fantastic money-making opportunity.

    LG eXpo goes on sale at AT&T, sans projector originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 16 Dec 2009 19:47:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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