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Check out this “Shit Android Fanatics Say” video. Could this guy be any more grating? Get it out of your system in the comments below. You’ll feel so much better.
Hat tip to Android and Me, our sister site, for spotting this video by Mobile Phone Finder in Australia.It appears to be a response to September’s “Shit Apple Fanatics Say, Part 1” from the same outfit:
Flipboard has just announced that its Android app now supports content in the Audio category, including NPR’s Fresh Air and more. The audio feature also allows for the playback of SoundCloud content if you connect it up to Flipboard.
There is a music note in the top bar of the section that you can use to control your audio. Audio was launched as a part of Flipboard back in May of this year, when they added music, podcasts, news and more for playback while you browse other content. At that time, it launched partnerships with National Public Radio and Public Radio International, as well as SoundCloud.
The update also brings some bug fixes and performance improvements.
Here’s a brief note intended for the fanboys who ruin technology for everyone else: Look, your war doesn’t make any sense, ok? This whole fanboys vs fandroids thing, the iPhone vs Galaxy, the iPad vs Kindle Fire… who the hell cares? They’re just machines.
And companies are not your friends. They are not here to make you happy. They won’t laugh with you at dinner. They won’t kiss you goodnight. They are just big corporations who want your money.
Corporations waging war upon each other and using you as peons to gain market domination.
Corporations who use underpaid worker drones living inside city-size factories far away to produce toys for you to buy, new shiny pieces of plastic and metal marginally better than the old plastic and metal crap.
And not only you are zombie brand worshipers buying into this whole vain spec race, but you’re also insulting and belittling everyone who doesn’t agree with your choice of phone or tablet or computer. Doing it safely behind a screen because, if you did that right on the face of someone, he or she would punch your face.
So, can you stop “defending” your choice of gadgetry like a insecure whiny cheerleader? Or a crazy religious fanatic? Don’t you see how ridiculous you look to normal people who don’t give a damn? How absurd your concerns are compared to, I don’t know, real life?
Or, if you have to justify your choice, could you at least please just think twice before insulting one another?
Because you just look bad when you do that. A tool. Just pick whatever you like best and stop trying to convince everyone that you made the right decision and that they are wrong. They are not. Nobody is. No more than you, anyway.
RIM CEO Thorsten Heins says the company considered dropping BlackBerry software in favor of another platform.
In the end, RIM ultimately rejected the idea. In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Heins says it “took the conscious decision not to go Android.”
While such a move would have saved the company tons of development time, Heins believes that Android isn’t adept at delivering the kind of experience BlackBerry users want. He specifically notes its proficiency at gaming and the consumption of media.
But he sees BlackBerry users as a less passive group, more interested in conducting business on their phones than playing Words With Friends and watching Netflix.
We could split hairs and start citing plenty of productivity software available for Android, but we can see the point Heins is trying to make here. At the least, there’s an impression that BlackBerry is a more “serious” platform. Having that type of user base can be a valuable thing — one that might be lost should RIM switch gears to Android.
Still, it’s neat to think about what could have been, had RIM made its fateful decision the other way. Now we just have to wait for the arrival of BlackBerry 10 to see whether or not RIM made the right call.
A MIPS-based tablet was the first slate to officially run Android Ice Cream Sandwich, and the processor technology will also beat the crowds to running the new Jelly Bean OS. It might be second to the Nexus 7, but Karbonn Mobiles’ new Smart Tab 1, available to the Indian market only, runs Google’s latest software — and its MIPS-based JZ4770 SoC, clocked at 1.2GHz, allows for the low price of $125. The 7-inch Smart Tab 1 itself isn’t new — it debuted with ICS in July — but current owners will receive an update, and new units will ship with Jelly Bean. Other specs include a 2-megapixel front shooter, HDMI support, 3G support through a USB dongle and up to 32GB of expandable storage via the microSD card slot. Head to the press release past the break for more info.
With the Nexus 7 now available, Android tablets are no longer poor iPad copycats. They’re real, banging for your buck affordable and most importantly, really good. But to make it even better, you’ll need to get some apps. Here are the best Android tablet apps.
Plume: Sadly, the official Twitter app isn’t exactly tablet friendly. Luckily, Plume, a highly customizable Twitter app, works well enough on Android tablets so you won’t miss Twitter on your Android tablet.
Friendcaster: Friendcaster for Facebook is a much better tablet app than the official Facebook app, as it gives you real time Facebook notifications and includes all your most-used Facebook features like status updates, photos, messages, events, groups, checkins and more.
IM+: Optimized for tablets, IM+ is an IM app that lets you chat with your friends on AIM, Google Talk, Skype, MSN, Yahoo, Facebook chat and others. Free.
Netflix: All the joys of Netflix in your pocket, all the time-including the power to battle that always growing Watch Instantly queue. Streaming’s silky smooth over Wi-Fi, less so over 3G, but the app itself is indispensable. Free.
MXPlayer: MXPlayer is quite possibly the best video player for Android tablets because it packs a ton of features and can play a bunch of different video file formats (avi, mkv, divx, etc.) under the sun.
IMDb: Who’s that guy? Where’s he from? Should I even watch this movie? Solve all your movie questions with Android’s official IMDB app. It’s basically IMDB’s website optimized for your phone—which in this case, is a good thing. Free.
Movies: Pretty simple: you like knowing the movies that are playing in theaters around you, right? Flixster’s got local listings and showtimes, along with trailers and reviews from Rotten Tomatoes. Plus, you can manage your Netflix queue! Free.
Kindle: Just because you don’t own a Kindle doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be buying Kindle ebooks—especially when Amazon has an Android app that’s dead simple to use. The e-book wars aren’t quite over, but no one will judge you for siding with Amazon. Free.
Sketchbook Pro: For Android tablets, it’s a canvas for you to draw and paint on, with virtual tools and brush styles that can be really used to create art. You can save up to six layers per file and export files to photoshop for further working. Great for professionals who want to use their tablets for ideas and amateurs like me who can only hope to draw a straight line. $5
Crackle: Sony has released Crackle, an app that streams full-feature movies and popular TV shows to Android for free. For free. For free! We’re talking popular TV shows like Seinfeld or big times movies like The Da Vinci Code and all completely free! The app is the same ad-supported streaming service as the Crackle.com website (and iOS apps) and has a decent catalog from Columbia Pictures, Tri-Star, Screen Gems, Sony Pictures Classics and other studios.
Camera Launcher: Camera Launcher lets you access the camera in the Nexus 7 and flip it into a dedicated camera app so you can take self portraits and/or tickle yourself silly with funny faces. It records video too.
Stitcher Radio: Stitcher Radio plays over 10,000 radio stations, shows and podcasts from the best of NPR, CNN, Fox, BBC, Freakonomics, Adam Carolla and more.
Nesoid: I can’t think of anything better than playing old NES games on your brand new tablet with the NesEmu emulator. Who needs fancy graphics! Give me my childhood favorites. $4.
Samurai II: Vengeance: Absolutely stunning anime/comicbook-style graphics plus controls that actually make sense plus a ton of ways to slice dudes in half plus samurais plus swords equals a ridiculously engaging Android game.
Tiny Tower: IA free 8-bit style game that lets you channel your inner landlord. You build floors on a tower to attract “bitizens” to live in it and then control their lives (manage, hire, give a job, evict). It’s like SimCity but actually fun.
Pulse News: A news aggregator that beautifies the way you stay up to date. You’ll see the latest updates from different news sources and enjoy swiping away on the big ol tablet screen of yours.
Feedly: Feedly is sort of like the much ballyhooed Flipboard in that it integrates with Google Reader, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, Pocket and Instapaper to cull together articles from new sources that you’re interested in. Social news, I guess. Free
Evernote: If you need more features in a “note taker”, Evernote is simply a powerhouse of a note taking app. Not only can you jot down notes but you can take pictures, record voice notes and upload files to remember all on their cloud. Free.
Pocket: Formerly known as Read It Later, Pocket is a similar service to Instapaper, which means it’s an offline news caching reader. Save articles you want to read later on your browsers and read them offline on your tablet. Like a DVR for online articles. Looks great while reading too. Free
Astrid Task/To Do List: No other app gives as much detail to to do lists as Astrid. Its “advanced” options lets you set priority levels, integrate with Google Calendar, sync with Google tasks, and set up tags, alerts and periodic reminders. Astrid keeps it easy, for the most part, but also offers deeper settings if you’re the obsessive, customize-everything exactly-how-you-want-it type. Free.
CNN: You get to watch live video, receive breaking news notifications, tune into CNN radio, use a customizable widget and more. The Android tablet app is really well designed too. Free.
HBO Go: If you’re smart enough to order HBO with your cable, HBO Go will let you watch every episode of every season of The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Rome, and any other awesome show HBO has ever made. Oh, and you can stream movies too. Free.
WatchESPN: If you have the right cable provider, you can stream ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPNU straight to your tablet. Works over 3G or Wi-Fi and lets you watch all the biggest sports moments on the go. A must have for any sports fan. Free.
File Manager HD: If you like to dig a little deep into whats going on in the innards of your Android tablet, File Manager reveals the file structure of the OS so you can find files, transfer stuff around and all that good stuff.
MLB at Bat 2012: It’s still hands down, the best sports application on any device. With MLB At Bat, you’ll be able to keep up with your favorite team in a snazzy new customizable homescreen and stream live games (if you have a MLB.tv package). For any self respecting baseball fan, it’s an absolute must have. $10
Chrome: How are you going to say no to having the best desktop browser on your tablet? It’s fast, light and if you use Chrome on the desktop, syncs your open tabs, bookmarks, passwords and more
Twitter for Android, iOS expands those Kickstarter tweets, becomes sensitive to our notification needs
That was fast. Just days after Twitter 4.3 had its details prematurely spilled all over the Internet, it’s now raring to go for both Android (as version 3.3) and iOS users. Like we’d seen in early release notes, its focus is on expanding tweets to provide a glimpse at content when linking beyond just photos. Along with showing snippets from news outlets such as C-SPAN, Twitter’s app now teases content from Etsy, Kickstarter and Vimeo, among others — just in case you’d like to know whether that upcoming game console is worth funding at a glance. Notifications are getting their own promised boost and can send an alert whenever certain Twitter accounts post any kind of update. The improved search autocompleteshows its face as well, and iOS users get a more advanced layout for tracking hashtags during live events. Users with other smartphone platforms will have to wait for the 4.3 feature set to filter through to their devices, but if you’re of an Apple or Google bent, one of Twitter’s bigger updates of recent memory is already headed your way.