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GamePark’s GP2X Caanoo handheld hits this August, picks up where the Wiz left off (video)

While we’re not sure just how we missed it, it seems GamePark was at E3 2010 in force, with a brand-new Linux gaming portable called the Caanoo. Though it’s got the same 533MHz ARM9 processor as its wizardly predecessor , GamePark’s doubled the memory to 128MB, and added a dedicated 3D GPU to power the larger 3.5-inch touchscreen.


Confirmed: HTC Sync lets tethered AT&T Aria sideload apps

Looks like more than HTC’s description was erroneous yesterday afternoon — we’ve just confirmed that the HTC Sync desktop client for the AT&T Aria allows users to install third-party apps on non-rooted devices, just as promised . We ran some quick tests, and while it doesn’t actually enable anything on the handset end, it most certainly does allow those of you with Windows PCs (or VMware) to sideload APKs like Swype over USB with a simple drag-and-drop maneuver. Given how quickly the company sought to correct our original post on the subject, we’d expect HTC will be issuing a rather different version of the software soon, so hit up that source link, pound in your serial number, grab the EXE, and get while the getting’s good.


Cyanogen squeezes Android 2.2 Froyo into G1, MyTouch 3G

Earlier this evening, we took the plunge — now, we’re rocking Froyo on our old-and-busted T-Mobile G1. That’s because Cyanogen’s team of ROM hackers has come through once again for the little handset that could, serving early adopters with HTC Dream and Magic phones (as well as the Nexus One) with the first fully-functioning, stable build of CyanogenMod 6. Based on Google’s famous frozen yogurt , the release candidate’s got more fabulous tweaks than you can shake a stick at, but sadly doesn’t seem to include Flash 10.1 , and though WiFi and the camera are working great (as well as SurfaceFlinger and Chrome to Phone ) many would-be shoppers in the Android Market are finding themselves faced with the dreaded force close


iriver WiFi Story turns to the ‘overpriced wireless connectivity’ chapter

Outside of a perhaps too strong resemblance to the Kindle, there was nothing much to fault the iriver Story when we played with it back in January.


Junaio’s augmented reality app for iPhone and Android can add cartoons to your otherwise-boring existence

As an augmented reality navigator that you want to use for finding pizza joints and friends on Foursquare and Twitter, you’ve got more polished options than Junaio’s new 2.0 release — Layar and Yelp, just to name a couple — but Junaio has at least one interesting differentiator with a feature it calls “Glue.” Basically, independent content providers can develop their own Junaio “channels,” which function in the same way as a Layar layer — it’s a particular set of points of interest that’ll be displayed in the current view. With Glue, though, Junaio isn’t just using your positional information as a point of reference, it can also scan the image for specific objects that developers have programmed their channel to look for, and when such an object is found, crazy things can happen


Android 2.2 (Froyo) versus iOS 4: the browser showdown (video)

A little while back Google boldly claimed that Froyo would have the world’s fastest mobile browser, but the lack of final software back then meant we’d had to tie up our itchy hands until now . And boy, it sure looks like it was worth the wait — Ars Technica’s JavaScript benchmarks show that not only is Froyo’s browser almost three times faster than its ?clair counterpart, but it also beats iOS 4′s Safari by at least two-folds