Monday, February 28, 2011

They Weren’t Kidding When They Named it Xoom!

Well, on the TV show "Dinosaurs", Mr. Lizard always had problems keeping assistants, and was known to regularly say "I think we're going to need another Timmy!". Well that applies to smart phone benchmarks now. Mr. Lizard seems to have gotten his claws on a Motorola Xoom, and totally blew away all the benchmarks by 2 times! If benchmarks are named Timmy, we're going to need another one!

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Image Credit: XDA Developers Forum

Let the image above sink in some. If you don't yet own a Xoom (like me), then you can begin to be envious of the sheer power that owners of the latest Android device have in their grubby little hands. The folks over at Boy Genius Report found the above screenshot and the news that a dev in the community has successfully overclocked the Xoom to 1.5 GHz. Which, as you can see, blows away the current smartphone benchmarks we have right now.

A quote from the article:

XDA forum member coolbho300 has managed to tweak the XOOM’s kernel to get both Cortex-A9 cores running at a benchmark-shredding 1.5GHz. ”I have successfully brought the Tegra 2 in the XOOM to 1.5GHz,” writes coolbho300 in a forum post. “A few kernel modifications make the dual core chip in the XOOM even more powerful than the recently announced Tegra 2 3D. 1.5GHz through two Cortex A9 cores is truly a force to be reckoned with.'

I can feel the wind as the current Xoom owners are herding over to the XDA Forums to try the process out, just one note of caution as you do, be careful with your new toy!

They Weren’t Kidding When They Named it Xoom! originally appeared on AndroidGuys.

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Retro iPhone case brings you back in time

One of these days, when I get what I think is a great idea, I'm not going to sit on it and wait; I'm going to act. I don't think I can count on one hand how many times I've turned to my wife and said "I know! What do you think about ..." and then I don't do anything about it. A few months later, someone comes to market with it.

Now, I'm not saying this will sell like hotcakes, but for $21 each, I bet there are enough jokers out there with iPhone 4s who will buy this to at least let the "inventor" break even.

Darn, it's not me because I was asleep at the switch. Again.

Remember Geeks-on-call? Yeah, I thought of that about 6 months before I heard them on TV, too.

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80s Retro iPhone caseNext time you want to be the center of attention of a party, you don’t have to whip out the latest Optimus 3D or Nintendo 3DS – just show off your iPhone 4. Wait, doesn’t everybody already have one now? They might, but we’re pretty sure they don’t have an iPhone 4 that looks like a cellphone that came straight out of the 1980s. The folks over at are selling the 80s Retro iPhone Case that’s bound to turn some heads the next time you show it off at a party – something that’s not hard to do, since this case won’t let your iPhone 4 fit into but the baggiest of jeans. Besides encasing your iPhone 4 in a protective shell, it’ll probably ward off thieves looking for a phone to steal, though you can easily use it as a weapon if such a situation arises. The 80s Retro iPhone case is on sale for $21 here.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Google Tracks Helps Man Get Out of a Speeding Ticket

Well, this is a very creative use of an Android smart phone. I think I'm going to get this app and try it out, just to see what I end up with, data wise. I'm sure it will show how badly I speed when I'm driving home, and how slow traffic is on the way in to work.

Take a look at the article (follow the link). Even though the judge didn't throw out the case based on the GPS data, but on the cop's lack of evidence, it's always good to have information on your side in your hip pocket, just in case!

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Our friends over at Skatter Tech have posted a very interesting story today: how an Android smartphone helped get one of their writers out of a speeding ticket. With a combination of GPS, Google Tracks, and a lack of evidence on part of the police officer who wrote the ticket up, they are now able to say that their smartphone helped them “beat” the legal system. It’s quite the interesting read, so go ahead and check it out over there.


Tuesday, February 01, 2011

GoGo Inflight Internet and Ford Team Up To Bring Complimentary Facebook Access On Airtran Flights

This is an interesting development.

I've used GoGo Inflight Internet. It's not too bad. The connection drops on occasion, but hey, it's satellite, right? But you can surf while you fly, and post stuff on Facebook. And chat on Facebook, and . . . wait. Facebook access for free?

I'll do that in a heart beat, even WITH ads!

Sign me up! Oh, wait. I'm already signed up with GoGo. You need an account to use it.


GoGo Inflight Internet is amazing, but it’s sort of costly and not something the casual traveler would use. But what if you could access just Facebook? For Free? Yeah, that’s what GoGo and Ford are bringing to all Airtran flights this month.

All passengers need to do is open up a web browser and click on the Ford/Facebook banner for access. No doubt there will be additional ads and general silliness involved, but second to live TV, Facebook is probably the best airplane time sink. GoGo no doubts hopes giving a bit of free bandwidth away will result in more subscribers and Ford, well, they want you to buy their cars. You’re obviously not required to do either. Steal all the bandwidth you want. [Facebook via MobileTechReview]