Author Archives: James DeRuvo

James has been blogging about mobile technology, photography and video for about 10 years. He's the associate producer of the Leo Laporte Tech Guy Show with Premiere Radio Networks and lives in Southern California.

Hannspree’s SN10T1 Tablet [HANDS ON]

Chris Davies over at Slashgear was able to get a hands on with the Hannspree SN10T1 Tablet and the first impression is, you get what you pay for. Because it's screen resolution falls short of the 1200x800 display, it can't incorporate Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), Hanspree was forced to settle for Android 2.2 (Froyo). In addition, it comes without the Android Marketplace installed because Hanspree didn't provide all the phone functionality that's required for the official Android Marketplace. So instead, it has a third party app store called Android PITs App Center. Still, there's a lot under the hood to consider.

Droid X Gingerbread Update happening today

Droid X users are starting to get the official Gingerbread update today, but users who want to root their phones may want to think twice. The new update is version 4.5.588, and according to reports, the devil is in the details as to what it brings. It seems that Motorola may be quietly replacing the Droid X bootloader with a locked down version and users will have no way to revert back to the previous version. As if that wasn't enough, the fact that Motorola and Verizon are quietly performing the update with no notice is just plain devious.

Flash Exploit can nail early versions of Android

Adobe has announced a critical vulnerability in Flash Player 10.2.153.1 and earlier versions which may, and we do underscore MAY, affect early versions of the Android OS. The vulnerability causes a crash and could also allow a savvy attacker to take control of affected systems. It is usually triggered by an infect .swf file embedded into a Microsoft Word document delivered as an email attachment. Now, granted, this is going to be rare for the Android platform but Adobe felt it important enough to mention that early versions of the Bot OS may be affected.

LG Phoenix and Prepay Thrive available thru AT&T

The world's first prepay smartphone is being introduced by AT&T and LG. The LG Thrive is the pre-pay version of the LG Phoenix, and both will be available at AT&T stores. The Thrive, which will cost $179.99, will give GoPhone customers the ability to have internet data along with prepaid calling minutes without the requirement of a long term commitment. Data packages for the Thrive will cost at $25 for 500 MB, with each additional 10MB costing $5, an improvement from the original $4.00 per megabyte plan. Users can also get a slimmer $15 per 100MB plan, which has been cut $4.

New Xperia Play Backstab game Ad pops up [Video]

Imagine if the Star Wars: The Force Unleashed took place during the 18th century in the Caribbean. That's the vibe behind Gamaeloft's "Backstab," which we reported last month was coming to the Sony-Ericcson Xperia Play exclusively for the first month or so. A new video of Backstab's game play has surfaced telling more about the back story. Backstab casts the gamer as character Henry Blake, a former British naval officer unjustly imprisoned for treason and has escaped to go on a mission of vengeance.

Amazon’s Free App of the Day: Pew Pew 2

I may be dating myself here, but I remember back "in the day" when video games had vector graphics. Cool colorful wire-frame drawings were the cutting edge on games like Asteroids, Battlezone, and Tempest ate many a quarter out of my pocket. So, the nostalgia of Amazon's Free App of the day today really takes me back with Pew Pew 2. Complete with Arcade style design, Pew Pew 2 offers a great retro look with seven different game modes, all in one mobile package.

HTC Thunderbolt cases streamline protection with extended battery

If you have an HTC Thunderbolt, you know how much of a bulge that extended battery makes in your pocket and how exposed the phone is without a protective case that can accomodate it. Now there's a nice silicone case available that streamlines the look of the phone to make it look far less like a camel hump. The cases were specifically designed with the extended battery in mind and also feature a slit for the Thunderbolt's kickstand, an opening for all necessary ports, and cameras. Unfortunately, though, the Extended Battery Fit Silicone cases are on back order.

HTC Thunderbolt teardown photos released by the FCC

The FCC Teardown report on the HTC Thunderbolt has appeared online and it shows all the internals of the LTE driven handset. Looking at the various layers of the Thunderbolt, it's really amazing how much can fit into such a thin, by comparison, package.Images show the 1 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, iNAND flash memory and SDRAM from Sandisk and Samsung respectively, and all the antenna including CDMA, EVDO, and LTE. In addition, there's close ups of the Thunderbolt's GPS antenna, Bluetooth, and WLAN Antenna's as well.

HP to deliver Print services to Android

HP has announced the release of wireless printing software for Android which will enable users to wirelessly print to corporate network printers. The concept, known as "ePrint Services" is designed to make the Android platform more appealing to corporations who are looking to incorporate an employees personal smartphone into the IT structure. Employees will be able to print emails, documents and even presentations to printers that employ HPs Internet printing service. The new app competes directly with iOS AirPrint and Google's Cloud Print technologies, which HP says aren't secure enough for corporate IT networks.

Thunderbolt and Evo 4G Gingerbread update in late June

Both the HTC Thunderbolt and Evo 4G are scheduled to receive a Gingerbread update in late June, according to an email exchange with an HTC representative. The rep was responding to a frustrated customer who vented about the lack of the update in Verizon's premiere 4G handset. The irony is, that Gingerbread has been out for over 4 months and most wireless handsets haven't updated to it. It's a common issue as updates have to go to the manufacturer, then be approved by the provider, before going to an over the air update.