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Hacked Android App Makes Crooks Cash With Silent Texts

A hacked version of the novelty Android app 'Steamy Windows' is making the rounds on third-party app markets and sites that peddle pirated software. Chinese hackers pulled the official version of the app from the Android Market, and then contaminated the code with a trojan that allows the hackers to install other software, change a phone's bookmarks, open websites and silently send text messages....

Existing T-Mobile Sidekicks to Become Paperweights on May 31st

If you're still lugging around a T-Mobile Sidekick -- and we know there has to be at least a few of you -- we've got some bad news. On May 31st, T-Mobile will officially be turning off access to Danger's servers. The company hasn't released a new Sidekick since 2009, and in mid-2010 stopped selling the devices altogether. The brand isn't completely dead, but T-Mobile is gearing up for a launch of...

Google Goes Medieval With Trebuchet Competition

Science and wanton destruction go together like peas and carrots. Just ask the Myth Busters. The guys and gals at Google got together with The Citadel, a military college in South Carolina, to organize the "Storm The Citadel Trebuchet Competition." The event puts engineering, math and science knowledge to work building medieval weapons of mass destruction. Nineteen teams, 13 of them culled from...

Hacked and Hijacked! How to Save Data if Your Portable Device Is Stolen

Symptom: You reach into your pocket or bag, and, well, it's empty! Diagnosis: Beyond the understandable distress of losing a pricey smartphone, laptop or tablet PC, the real trauma is the sudden and unfettered access afforded to the slippery-fingered jerk who took it. The cost of a new laptop is meager compared to the personal and even financial havoc that a motivated thief can wreak...

Motorola Xoom Lands to Hardware Fanfare, But Honeycomb's 'Meh'

The first batch of reviews of Motorola's hyped-to-the-gills Xoom have landed. And, while we wait for our own supposedly iPad-killing unit to arrive, we thought it was worth listening to what everyone else is saying about the device, as well as Google's new tablet-specific version of Android, dubbed Honeycomb. On the whole, reviews have been positive, with almost every outlet praising the...

First Two 'Facebook Phones' Announced, Expect Plenty More

So all those rumors about a Facebook phone turned out to be wrong. There are a ton of Facebook phones in the pipeline! Mark Zuckerberg popped up in a pre-recorded (and extraordinarily creepy) video at HTC's press event at Mobile World Congress yesterday, to announce that his company had worked closely with the Android wizards at HTC to tightly integrate Facebook with Sense (HTC's custom Android...

Sports Illustrated Announces Digital Subscriptions For Android, Web

Time Inc. announced today that, starting Friday, it will begin selling digital subscriptions to Sports Illustrated, both for Android-powered smartphones and tablets, and on the Web. An annual subscription to print and digital versions of the magazine will cost $48 per year, and a monthly subscription to the weekly magazine can be purchased for $4.99 (the same price as just one issue of the iPad...

'Street Bump' App Maps and Reports Potholes as Your Car Hits Them

The city of Boston is developing a new app called Street Bump, which would allow citizens to report potholes to city officials without even lifting a finger. The app, which is currently in development, uses a smartphone's GPS receiver and accelerometer to sense whenever a moving car hits a bump, and is reportedly accurate enough to pick up on cracks and divots in the road. Whenever Street Bump...

INQ Mobile's New Android Phones Feature Facebook, Spotify Integration

Yesterday, INQ Mobile unveiled a new line of Android phones that, at first glance, look like they might be the company's long-awaited 'Facebook phones' -- but they aren't. INQ's new 'Cloud' phone seems to revolve around two basic features: Facebook, and Spotify. On the home screen, users can scroll through all the images and videos in their visual news feeds, and instantly access Facebook Chat...

Two-Faced Kyocera Echo Brings Dual-Screen Android to Sprint

Submerged in a giant tank, magician David Blaine kicked off last night's Sprint event in New York with an eight-minute, fish-filled, underwater routine that we still can't quite connect to the evening's Android announcements. Following Blaine's magic, a giant Kyocera Edge pushed out onto the stage and Sprint proceeded to show off the odd dual-screen phone. The Android 2.2-powered Edge packs two...

NFL Teams May Ditch Playbooks for Tablets

Giant paper playbooks may soon be a thing of the past in the NFL. Many teams, including the Dallas Cowboys, are considering jumping on the tablet bandwagon and leaving the piles of dead trees behind. Switching to a tablet like the iPad will certainly please the environmentally inclined, as a team can easily go through 5,000 pages of playbooks and review sheets per game. It could ultimately save...

Motorola Xoom Landing With Crippled Wi-Fi on February 24 for $800

If you're excited for the Motorola Xoom, allow us to disappoint you a bit. The world's first Honeycomb tablet will land on February 24th, and will cost $799.99. What's more, Verizon may be crippling the Wi-Fi radio unless you cough up for a data plan, which starts at $20 a month for 1 GB. In case you missed it, the 1984-esque Xoom Super Bowl ad is above....

Android Market Finally Comes to the Web

During the official announcement of Froyo, Google hinted that the Android Market would soon be available on the Web, allowing us to not only find apps on our PCs, but also send them straight to our phones. And guess what? It's finally here! If you've seen the Chrome Web App Store, Android Market on the Web should look quite familiar. You'll be able to search for apps and browse based on category,...

How to Wipe Your Android Phone

If you've got to return your fancy Android phone for some reason, or you plan to sell your older model on eBay, you'll want to make sure your private information is thoroughly cleaned from the device. Setting your Android phone back to its factory defaults is simple enough, but ensuring your phone is completely clear is a two-step process. First, you need to format your microSD card: Under...

How to Bookmark Songs in Pandora

Pandora may be great at unearthing songs you never knew existed, but its social and bookmarking features are still stuck in the early Aughts. You could just jot down that great Charles Bradley track that's playing right now, but Pandora does, in fact, offer an easy, if somewhat hidden, way to save songs or artists. In the Pandora Web interface, just click 'Menu' under the album artwork,...