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Google To Open 2012 Google IO Registration At 7AM PDT March 27th

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Developers of all Google products, especially.Android have been waiting patiently for Google to announce when they would start registration for Google I/O 2012.  Google announced today that registration opens on March 27th at 7am PDT (10AM Eastern)

There is also a hike in the price to $900 which is still relatively affordable compared to other developer centric conferences.  As with years past you’ll get every amount of bang for you’re buck. Our friends at 9to5Google.com have quoted one Google insider as saying this years conference will be “insane“.

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Pepcom: Size Doesn’t Matter, Open For All Working Journalists

Typically during coverage of a major trade show or event, if you’re reading Thedroidguy than you hear about Pepcom. Whether it’s in stories, or mentioned in videos, Pepcom events are regularly attended by Thedroidguy and thousands of other accredited, and working technology journalists.

Pepcom events or “Digital Experience”, events are demo events for working journalists where they can see multiple companies in one room, in one evening. These events, give journalists and exhibitors unprecedented access to one another. Companies that range from Samsung, HTC, Motorola to 3M, Slacker Radio and more, are regular featured companies at Pepcom.

As with any event, these companies spend money to get into these demo events. The exhibitors are paying for access to the thousands of journalists that show up for Pepcom events, out of the over 10,000 journalists in the Florida based companies database.

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Gay Dating And Cruising App, Grindr, Wins Best Location App At Crunchies

Companies that have released heterosexual, straight, casual dating apps may be able to learn a thing or two from Grindr. Grindr is a casual dating app designed just for gay guys. It’s available on iPhone, iPad and Android.

Grindr was founded in 2009 and is based in Los Angeles California. They have over 3 million users worldwide and see 10,000 users per day that access the site over 8 times a day for an average period of 1.5 hours per session.

Grindr beat out RunKeepr, Airbnb, Uber and Foursquare.

Grindr allows you to use the app whether you have an account or not and you can peruse photos and bios of other gay men in your area based on location or proximity to your phone.

TDG Live: 2012 Crunchies

This years Crunchies aren’t going to be the same without Michael Arrington, Heather Harde or any of the other legacy TechCrunch members who’ve now left the AOL owned website for other endeavors or Sarah Lacy’s Pando Daily. Nevertheless, the show must go on and on it is!

GigaOM, VentureBeat and TechCrunch have teamed up for the 2012 Crunchies happening now at the Davie Symphony Hall in San Francisco California, and as you’ve come to expect Thedroidguy and Nibletz team are in the house ready to provide the interwebs with great coverage.

We’re about 5 minutes away from the start and you can catch a livestream by following this link to TechCrunch. 

We’ll post more photos in a bit!

CES 2012: Autoref Lets Car Dealers Bid For Your Business

One of the most painstaking things you can do in life is buy a new car. Of course the payoff is always great, you in a brand new car, it’s a big pain point for many consumers.

One of the most painful parts of the car buying experience is that actual haggling. You know what you want, you know what you want to pay but some car dealer feels he needs to take a good 4-8 hours of your day to show you cars you don’t want at prices you don’t want to pay. That’s where autoref.com comes in.

Now the “ref” part in Autoref has nothing to do with “reference” it actually stands for referee. The Autoref referee isn’t the referee between you and the car dealers, it’s between the dealers and the dealers. Autoref has designed a system to allow car dealers to bid against each other for your business.

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App Spotlight: Spotvite

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Everyone can remember a time when they were bored. At home, at work, at school; everyone gets bored at some point or another. It is in these periods of our lives that we can become most spontaneous, doing things that, in our regular daily schedule, would seem pretty random and out of place. Well, now there’s an app to help you be even more spontaneous, on the go and in your local area…or anywhere else.

 

Spotvite is an application that was released this month that allows users to “host” “events” and gather together to do whatever it is they choose. Spotvite has a very simple interface in which you can see what users around you are doing, or you can check the worldwide feed. So what exactly are these users doing? Anything. Spotvite is all about finding others around you, and doing fun, cool things with new people. You can host different events whenever you’d like, or join someone else’s. For example, if you’re into basketball, and want some fresh opponents to dunk on, host an event on Spotvite at the local park, and anyone that sees the invite can come and play with you. You can also join other people’s events, such as going dancing at the local club with a bunch of strangers to ensure you have an unforgettable night.

Spotvite has a very intuitive UI, and a lot of times startup applications really focus on the core of the app and the features and not necessarily the UI–and that’s where Spotvite got it right. There have been many times where I have downloaded and uninstalled an app because it was so ugly I didn’t care what it could do. Spotvite, however, has a good interface with animations that make it a smooth experience, and may draw a lot of new users simply because of it. If you’re interested in meeting new people and doing a lot of cool stuff while you’re at it, Spotvite is the app for you, and you can download it from the Android Market for free.

HTML 5 Developer’s Conference Adds HTML 5 Hackathon

The Silicon Valley International Game Developer’s Association is holding an HTML 5 Developer’s Conference September 27th at the Westin Hotel on 3rd Street in San Francisco on Tuesday September 27th. The all day event will focus on thriving development in the HTML 5 world with speakers including David Herman of Mozilla, Jason Hoffman at Joyent,  and Lilli Thompsen and Steve Souders, both from Google.

All of the speakers and sessions at the developer’s conference will focus on the theme “Java Script and HTML5 for Great Justice”.

Today they’ve also announced that there will be a two day hackathon September 23rd and 24th at Eventbrite’s headquarters in San Francisco. Game developers will be able to hack on platforms like Sibblingz’s Spaceport platform, Eventbrite, Crowdstar, MongoDB, Yahoo, Google, Node.js and more.

“With the overwhelming interest we’ve gotten in HTML5DevConf, we thought there was a clear opportunity to reach out to thought leaders in the gaming developer community and host an HTML5 Hackathon,” said Ann Burkett, chair of SV IGDA and conference organizer.

If you’re a game developer and want to participate in this first of it’s kind hackathon click here  if you want more information on the HTML5 Developer’s Conference click here

TDG AT TCD: RingShuffle

With so many exhibitors at TechCrunch, each startup company had to do something different to set themselves apart from one another. One company gave free samples of chocolate covered bacon (yum!). Another startup gave away free socks. RingShuffle raffled off a free date. First of all,..what?! Second, what did a date have to do with RingShuffle? Thirdly, no I didn’t go on a date but the app is pretty awesome!

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TDG AT TCD: FlyScreen for Android

One thing I love about Android is the fact that the customization never ends. Once you think you’ve got your phone/tablet just the way you want it, something comes along and you want more. At TechCrunch Disrupt 2011 in San Francisco, I had the chance to talk to the team from FlyScreen. (more…)

[LIVEBLOG] HTC Teleconference With CEO Peter Chou

And that’s it, devices are coming this fall. See last night’s updated article for a recap on the event.

12:01: It’s all about the marriage of phone and sound, and Beats and HTC are partnering to bring us a rich sound experience on mobile devices.

11:58: Jimmy is saying they’re looking beyond just the core business to make something original and innovative, because music has to come to the phone.

11:56: Question- Will it be headphones or built into the phone? Answer- They want Beats audio to be a total sound experience that’s not just a headset

11:52: Sound quality is key, and HP’s sales have increased since adding Beats audio. HTC wants to do the same

11:48: They wanted to merge two companies that focus on pop culture and mobile communications. Therefore they combine Beats and HTC

11:45: HTC met with Beats and together they discovered “incredible innovation”

11:22: Alright folks, we’re waiting on the line for the event to start.

Welcome to TheDroidGuy’s liveblog of the HTC Teleconference. HTC’s CEO Peter Chou will be speaking at 11:30 EST and we will be liveblogging everything right here. Be sure to tune in when the event starts.

Amazon To Ship Google I/O Attendees Their Samsung Chrome Books Starting June 27

While at Google I/O, Google let those in attendance know that they would be receiving a Samsung Chromebook. However no date was given, and things have been pretty quiet. Lately there has been a bunch of chatter on Twitter questioning both if indeed people will be getting them and when. While sitting and waiting in silence the rumored date of June 15th has come and gone.

However today we found out the those emails have indeed started to filter out to users on how to claim those free Chromebooks. Tapped for this was Amazon to have users to go, to claim their “prize” as All Things D are reporting here.

For those they don’t know, those in attendence will be receiving the white Samsung 3G model that’ll come with 100mb of free data from Verizon Wireless. Past the free 100mb Verizon offers these data plans.  According to the Amazon order fulfillment they are out of stock until June 27th when they plan to ship.  Google I/O attendees are given a coupon code for the free ChromeBook along with free 2 day shipping.

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Who Is Tapjoy and What Do They Do?

Have you ever played a game on your mobile device like Contract Killer or Tap Fish and were in need of more “credits?” Sometimes you could earn them by completing a mission or just waiting till the next day. But what if you couldn’t? What if you were willing to actually pay for in-game credits to improve your score? Recently, Google allowed in-app payments for Android that gave a gamer the chance to buy a gun, more money, or anything that increased their odds of winning. Honestly, I found myself doing this with Glu’s Contract Killer. But who facilitates this process? Tapjoy does. (more…)

e3 Wrap Up, Sights, Sounds, And The Breakdown

Over the past three days while TheDroidGuy and Cam where in NY for events I was able to spend the time in LA(Ok I live here anyways) at e3. For those who don’t know what e3 is, here we go. Its ALL about gaming. This is the event that all major companies will trounce out there major hits for this year and next. Also you’ll have announcements like the new Wii U, and the Sony Vita. But we here at TheDroidGuy where more interested in the mobile aspect of it and here you go…

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[Exclusive] First look of OnLive for Android

Thats right, while at e3 we where able to hang out with the guys at OnLive and were able to have them show it off working on the Xoom. Onlive for those who haven’t heard of it yet, makes it so you can play games on your computer in which are pure streaming so nothing to install. Also they’ve made it so just in case your computer can’t hand the high intense graphics still playable.

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