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RandomAppVideos.com is anew site by Philipp Lenssen with 1000s of random game and app videos, for discovery or just fun. There are iPhone and iPad games and apps, Android games and apps, PC and console games, and retro games.

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US Army opts for Android over iPhone

US Android
Wired is reporting that the US Army has chosen to use an Android-based phone as its first smartphone for US troops. Now in prototype stage, the US Army Android smartphone is called the Joint Battle Command-Platform and will have its SDK released to Android developers in July. Currently, the phone has mapping apps and apps that track where friendly forces are.

It’s really no surprise the US Army opted for an Android phone over an iPhone. Android phones allow the US Army to build its own specific hardware and not rely on a company like Apple for system-level improvements.

Also, a sleek design style doesn’t seem to be a priority for the army as troops need smartphone hardware that can take a beating, which a phone like the iPhone, or even current Android phones like the HTC Thunderbolt, don’t seem capable of. The prototype Joint Battle Command-Platform currently weighs in at two pounds.

It should also be noted that while the US Army is currently testing Android as its smartphone OS of choice, Wired states that could change. However, given Apple’s relatively closed iOS ecosystem, it’s hard to imagine the US Army choosing Apple’s platform over other smartphone OS makers.

(Source: TUAW)

Swipe It Credit Card Reader For The iPhone – Subtlety Be Damned!

Iphone Credit Card

It lacks the subtlety of the Square payment system’s iPhone/iPod Touch credit card reader, but there’s just something about Macally’s new Swipe It Reader that makes it look so much more reliable and trustworthy. Maybe it’s because of the Swipe It Reader’s slightly bulky design that looks like the credit card readers we’ve been using at stores all these years? I’m not sure. But part of that bulk comes from the device’s spring-loaded arm which cleverly allows it to hold iPhones and iPod Touches wrapped in cases, or whatever future designs Mr. Ives comes up with.

The Swipe It Reader is compatible with Visa, MasterCard, AMEX and Discover cards, and all swiped data is encrypted before it’s passed from the reader to the custom Swipe It app running on either device. Transactions can be wirelessly completed either over a cellular data connection or Wi-Fi, and while the reader supposedly only draws minimal power from the iPhone or Touch, I’m sure it won’t do any favors to the battery life of either of those devices, so an included AC adapter can also be used. As for pricing and availability info? That’s currently listed as ‘Coming Soon’ on the Macally website.

(Source: Oh Gizmo!)

Tap Your Skin To Make A Phone Call

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Microsoft Research have developed a way for people to use their own skin as a keypad or pull down menu to control MP3 devices, make phone calls or play games.
It’s called Skinput. The user wears an armband, which contains a very small projector that projects a menu or keypad onto a person’s hand or forearm.

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Try Phone

Try Phone
You can test drive a car, why shouldn’t you be able to test drive a phone? Don’t rely on CNET reviews and friend’s suggestions to buy your next phone, try it for yourself. Use their fully interactive online virtual headsets and try out the buttons, applications, services, content, and more. Every phone’s in crystal clear quality and literally, what you see is what you get. There are also user reviews, phone specifications, and other information on the site as well. Never feel uncertainty again when buying your next phone. TRY PHONE

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Top 3: iPhone Killers

Palm

Palm Pre

The critics say that the Pal Pre can easily compete with the iPhone, at least everyone has very high expectations. It was a little bit silent surrounding Palm, but since the transfer of a couple of Apple hotshots they are back in business!
The Palm pre resembles the iPhone quite a bit. The first thing you notice is that it has a clear and crisp screen. The Palm Pre has a keyboard which is handy, but not when you use it in landscape mode. The Palm Pre is equipped with less apps than the iPhone. Apple has won this match due to the fact that it has millions of apps, but still the Palm Pre is a good competitor.
N97

Nokia 97

Nokia is back in the game with the new Nokia 97. The battle of the smart phones and the battle against the iPhone can begin again. We have nothing but respect for the design of the Nokia 97. The Nokia 79 is available in white and black and is very easy to use with its handy slide screen.
With Nokia’s Ovi Suite you can easily start up social network application like Facebook and Flickr. The Nokia 79 has an 32GB internal memory and you can even extend that with a MicroSD card. The Nokia 97 is equipped with a good 5 mega pixel camera. Thanks to the GPS function you will always know where you took a specific photo

HTC

HTC Hero

Overall the appearance is sleek and modern; we’re just not sure why they made it with a little chin. Next to the 3.2 inch touch-sensitive screen there are hardware buttons on the base of the phone, including a home, menu, back, send, end, and dedicated search key. The device also sports a trackball in this area. On the back is a 5 mega pixel camera. The Hero is the first HTC that uses Sense. An intuitive skin on top of Android that is based on three principles: The first one: Make it mine: You can personalize 7 home pages with al your favorite widgets. So you don’t have to browse through layers of menus. The second one: Stay close: Staying in touch by managing a variety of communication channels and applications ranging from phone calls and emails to Facebook updates and Twitter. And the last one: Discover the unexpected. You can look at things through different perspectives. Your inbox is not just a list of emails, but a catalog of conversations, a collection of notes flagged as important, and a document library of all your emails with attachments. Your Album is not just the photos saved on your phone. It is also a gateway to online collections of you and your friends on Facebook or Flickr. The dedicated Search button combs through tweets in Twitter™, locates people in your contact list, finds emails in your inbox, searches through appointments in the calendar and very nearly finds needles in haystacks.

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First Look: 12mail Video Messenger for iPhone

The first time I saw the classic movie “2001: A Space Odyssey,” I was 10 years old. If the story and the underlying meaning were confusing to me as a kid, the futuristic technology wasn’t, and I liked the video communications devices and the flat Newspad.
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It’s almost 9 years late (2010), but we finally have a cool way to communicate with video, and it doesn’t require using a wall-mounted AT&T pay phone. 12mail Video Messenger [iTunes Link] for iPhone brings clear, fast video messaging to your device in 12-second chunks.
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An offshoot of 12seconds.tv, 12mail Video Messenger grabs up to a 12 second video on the iPhone 3GS and delivers it to your Facebook and Twitter pals with push notification. If your buds don’t have 12mail, they can view the video on their Facebook wall or through Twitter.
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While there’s not a lot you can say in 12 seconds, the app is great for sending friends short video blips, showing them something funny, or inviting them to join you for a drink. Since 12mail uses geolocation, your friends will know just where you sent your message from.
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Some folks may wonder about the advantages of 12mail over MMS, particularly since AT&T is supposed to finally “flip the switch” on that service today. Those advantages are the integration with Facebook and Twitter, as well as the fact that this won’t use up your text message allotment.

12mail is fairly simple to use, although I had some issues returning a video message to a person who had just been added to my Twitter “following” list. A query to 12mail’s tech support got me a quick response, and I found out that I just needed to tap the refresh button in the top left corner of the list of Twitter users to get the latest people that I’m following. One other little bug seems to be that the “tilt iPhone to start recording” function doesn’t work, at least not for me. If you don’t have an iPhone that supports video recording, you can still record audio and take one picture to illustrate what’s going on.

If you’re a Twitter or Facebook user, particularly one with an iPhone 3GS, installing 12mail is a no-brainer. It’s fun, it’s free, and it’s a taste of the future.

(Source: Tuaw)