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Google’s Street View goes worldwide, Antarctica and all

Google’s Street View still needs to add a lot more data on the lesser traveled roads of the world, but there’s no denying that the virtual vacation assistant has evolved quite nicely since launching in May of 2007. Back then, only five US cities were programmed in; today, there are street-level views of locations on every single continent, including Antarctica (shown above, as if you couldn’t tell).

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For all you buzz users out there (yes, they do exist), Google has added the ability to edit comments and posts to the mobile version.  Mobile users will now see an “edit” button, which you can use to edit posts and comments like you’ve been doing on the desktop all along.  So, feel free to make as many errors as you’d like, because you can go back and fix every last one of them.

AppBrain main screen

After launching a new version of its website recently, AppBrain has brought many of the new sorting features to its Android app. In addition, AppBrain now has a social element so you can follow other users to quickly browse what apps they have installed. You can log in to Facebook to see if your friends use AppBrain (they should!) or browse by popular users. Also, you can share a link to your profile quickly via email, Twitter, SMS, and just about every other mode of communication on your phone. The free update is on the Market now.

If you rely heavily on Google Voice, as we do, but don’t have an Android handset — preventing you from leveraging the superb Voice app — we have good news. Google has added the ability to send missed call notification emails directly to your email address of choice. As the Google Voice Blog explains: “Starting today, whenever you miss a call, you can see a notification in your Google Voice inbox, or receive an email notification, or both. This setting can be turned on and off from the Calls tab in the Settings menu.” The feature is live and ready to be used. Enjoy.

Samsung looks to be taking a queue from Sony and People of Lava, in that there next interest with Android might be to start using the Google OS in their future TVs.  Currently, Samsung uses their own Bada operating system for their smart televisions, but seeing how fast the consumer is adopting Android, this may change.  Samsung has already sold over 1 million 3D TVs in the US Market, but it looks like 3D isn’t going to be the only selling point in the next generation TV market.

I will just come out and say it : I love Google Calendar (and all of Google’s online apps for that matter). Using the “tasks” feature in Gmail and Google Calendar makes sure I never miss a due date to bad memory. That being said, you cannot access these tasks from within your calendar app on the phone. So, how is one to check paper due dates on the go?

The method I have gotten into using is not quite as elegant as I would like, but it works.

  1. Create a task in Gmail or Google Calendar using your computer’s browser
  2. Open up your phone’s browser and point it togmail.com/tasks (only works in mobile browsers)
  3. You may have to enter your login information. Make sure to check “remember me”
  4. You should now see your task(s)
  5. Bookmark the site; I named it “tasks”
  6. Put the bookmark onto your home screen of choice (can be done by long-pressing on the bookmark from within the browser or long-pressing on your home screen and going through the menus)

You should now have a quick and easy way to view and edit your tasks. Now, if only Google would integrate tasks into the calendar app on the phone…

It’s called the G2, it’ll run Android, and it’s T-Mobile’s first phone to ride those wannabe-4G HSPA+airwaves. Those are the facts we have. As to the speculation, a previous roadmap leak and T-Mobile’s own reps indicate it’ll be a HTC-built handset set for a September release, while a careful eyeballing of that silhouette leads us to thinking it’s the same device as the purported myTouch HD we’ve been seeingaround here lately. Whatever it is, it’s coming soon!

Well the phone is coming officially on August 31st. Pre orders start tomorrow which is August 12. The price of the phone is $249.99 after an instant rebate and mail in rebate. I think i will pick me one up i like the Galaxy S phones. Please let me know what do you think ? Is this one going to be better then the EVO or not ?

Here is a video of the phone from sprint:

Recipe for win — 1 part newest Android phone, the Droid 2, and 1 part Star Wars’ most memorable character, R2-D2. Mix well, prepare for the onslaught of people like me who will do just about anything to throw our money at you so we can have one. And to tease us until we explode, Verizon has gone live with the R2-Droid2 teaser page.

Taking a cue from the X, it looks like this page has some locked content as well. The site says to follow R2 on Twitter to unlock details, @droidlanding. Why would anyone want to worry about unlocking content on a phone’s launch page? Two words — Jedi Training. We’re following, you guys follow too, and whoever gets portions unlocked first has to tell the rest of us — deal? [Verizon]

A Motorola support forum response about issues involving Exchange 2003 email problems on the Droid X has actually yielded something far more juicy: an updated window for the Froyo upgrade’s release. Promised since the phone’s initial launch, Moto’s now saying that the new build is “scheduled for deployment by early September,” so barring a miracle, we can probably toss out those dreams of getting it by late August — and we can certainly forget the rumors that it had already started going out. Clearly we’d like it sooner rather than later, but hey, if they’re hard at work squashing bugs as we speak, more power to ’em — we’re all for stable releases.