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.

DROID TV turns your Android into a mobile television experience

Everyone is still looking for that killer app that will rival iTunes for media consumption. Sure there's audio options out there including Double Twist and Pandora, but what about for watching your favorite TV shows? Hulu for Android is still not out. YouTube has the market cornered on viral videos. What about watching real shows? Droid TV may be that killer app. But not for everyone.

T-Mobile’s strange Royal Wedding Commercial

Most of the time, commercials are very direct in advertising a product. And sometimes the product is omitted entirely and ... well, they're just down right strange. That's the case with T-Mobile's Royal Wedding video which not only has gone viral, but has probably gotten as many views as it would on television. And it's just in time to ride the wave of the Royally obsessed.

Sony Ericsson XPEIRA acro Presentation Pics Leaked

The following is a collection of presentation slides that appears to have been leaked from Sony Ericsson Japan. The slides show a device by the name of XPERIA acro which will roll out with interior and exterior aesthetics quite similar to those seen on recent XPERIA phones, with one or two major exceptions. In order to fly into the Japanese smartphone market, one that's still nothing compared to the flip-phone market mind you, a device must have instant-payment capabilities. That why this sassy little lady has NFC.

Skype Replies to Android Vulnerabilities

Yesterday, we reported that bloggers had found a vulnerability in the Skype App which allows hackers to harvest data from a user's Android handset with no need to root a phone or gain special permission. The problem was discovered during the testing of a leaked version of Skype for Android's new Video App. But it didn't take long to notice that the flaw was carried over from the already released Skype for Android App that's currently in the Market. Skype has responded to the news in their security blog, admitting that the flaw exists and they're working hard to fix it. But what can a user do to protect themselves in the meantime?

Amazon clears the air on their AppStore Developer Agreement

There seems to have been a bit of confusion over details in the Amazon AppStore Developer Agreement. There was apparently two different versions, one in PDF and one in text, and the plaint text version was an old version from before last November. Amazon had altered the ADA then, to reflect a definition of list price in the store. That likely means the some lazy intern forgot the post the new text file and confusion reigned. It's now been fixed.

Droid X2 Shown in the Wild [Video]

The funniest thing about Area 51 is it's the worst kept secret in the federal government. Everyone knows it's there but Uncle Sam. Now what does this have to do with the headline? Everyone knows about the Droid X2, but Motorola won't fess up about it. Even when there's this video and images of it in action ....

Samsung Replenish Comes Early to the Party

Samsung has created a rather cool, and green, Android handset with the Samsung Replenish. Samsung has deliberately incorporated recycled and recyclable plastic into it's design in an effort to stem the growing amount of eWaste that is plaguing the eco system with tossed cellphones. And who doesn't like keeping Mother Earth happy?! But there's more ...

HTC Pyramid ROM ported to HTC Desire HD

The gang at XDA has done it again, this time, "CapyChimp" has managed to port the HTC Pyramid Rom to the HTC Desire HD ... and it only took 24 hours. Now granted, with such a slap dash effort to get it ported and out, there's some more work to be done. A LOT of work, in order to iron out the bugs. But it does give users a chance to poke around the neighborhood some. Let's take a look ...

Samsung Galaxy Tab wireless TV streaming [Hands on]

Samsung has a new feature for their Galaxy Tabs coming out which will add wireless TV streaming. Chris Davies over at Slashgear got a look at it during IFA 2011. Originally announced back in February, the new feature enables users of the Samsung D7000 or D8000 HDTVs to stream wirelessly to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 out of the box. It's very similar to Samsung's AllShare DNLA client, but it works the other way, with the HDTV transcoding the signal and sending it wirelessly to the Galaxy Tab.