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.

Days Left Widget for remembering important dates

My favorite feature of an Android Phone isn't it's ability to play Flash or it's slick interface (TouchWiz and Sense notwithstanding), it's the cool widgets you can download. Sure, we've all see the myriad of weather widgets and 70's era clock radio flip widgets, but Days Left is just as useful as it lets users count down to very important dates. The widgets can be coordinated by date due, colors, and can even have several overlays. Sizes can also be adjusted to make room for more dates, or focus on more information.

BeBook to release 7-inch tablet this summer

It looks like the success of the Barnes and Noble NOOKColor reader/homebrew tablet hasn't escaped the notice of BeBook. The eBook reader has announced that they will be jumping into the Android tablet pool with a model of their own, called the BeBook Live, and they're doing it for less than $280. Now, granted, it'll be running Android 2.2 (Froyo) out of the box and will only have a single core 1Ghz Samsung Cortex processor, but for that kinda change, it makes a very good entry level tablet for those looking to explore the Bot on a tablet level. And like other lower budget tablets, that doesn't preclude that Honeycomb won't come as an update, or, as the NookColor has proven, be cooked into it via a homebrew hack.

LG to launch the Optimus Black this month in Europe

LG has announced that the LG Optimus Black is heading for a little European vacation as it launches later this month. The super thin, ultra bright phone will be available worldwide after receiving pre-orders from over 50 countries. The plan is to start in Europe and then phase across six continents, ending with North America and Asia. Likely through AT&T and T-Mobile.

Android Tablet looks like an iPad, runs like a Bot

Some say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But a closer look at this tablet may point a patent violations instead. Made by a company in China, this Android Tablet looks a lot like an iPad. So much so, one has to wonder if it wasn't back engineered directly from the real McCoy!

Notion Ink Adam Tablet gets a Honeycomb port

Man, when we reported earlier this week that Notion Ink was back with more Adam news, we didn't know they'd be back with a vengeance. But that seems to be the case as we've got two more bits of news about the home grown Android Tablet. The first bit of news is that a stalwart Android fan named MrGuy, has managed to port Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) onto his Adam. He's managed to boot up the system, install all his apps, and troubleshoot OpenGL issues which prompted Force Close. Pretty cool.

Make a WiFi webcam from an Android phone

We came across a nifty little tutorial that can turn an Android smartphone into a wireless webcam. The tutorial, on Instructables, uses an Android and PC app called DroidCam. We just tested it out and while it crashed a few times, it worked quite well with Skype, making it a viable video chat option for those who don't want to buy a separate camera. Here's a breakdown on how to set it up.

Paper Smartphone using Android?

One of the cool gadgets shown in the SyFy series Caprica was an interactive piece of paper that would send email, surf the web, and do just about anything else a computer can do. Then the character could fold it up and place it in their pocket or purse. Genius. Too bad we couldn't do that now. Oh wait, WE CAN. Check out this smartphone made completely of paper and plastic.

Asus Transformer preorders cancelled by Target – or were they?

We've been getting word from Target customers that due to severe product shortages, the Bulls Eye is canceling their Asus Transformer pre-orders. Customers following up by phone with Customer Service, however, are learning a different story - that the Transformer is actually just out of stock and that their orders aren't canceled. Checking on Target's Website, we found the Transformer listed as being out of stock. But whether it's just out of stock or Target is giving up sending it out, many customers are frustrated and just plain angry.

Notion Ink Tablet gets Gingerbread update, does anyone care anymore?

Notion Ink has added a new chapter to their two year old odyssey of building their Adam Android tablet from scratch. Notion has confirmed an update providing Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a new browser, and even a new eBook reader client. As you well know, Notion has been blogging the process step by step, giving users an inside peek on how tablets are created. For awhile, we thought they'd disappeared. Then last month, they announced updates to their tablet were forth coming. But since Adam was launched, Notion has run into customer service and shipping issues which has caused many who were eagerly awaiting release to seek other options. So the question is ... does anyone really care?
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