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Well what do we have here?  Another sibling to the Toshiba Thrive 10 and 7 tablets?  Well that's what tech site Notebook Italia would have us believe if these images are authentic.  It seems the rumored Toshiba 'Excite' super skinny 10.1 inch Honeycomb tablet might not be the only new Android tablet that the company has up its sleeve for CES.   

Apparently aimed at the budget set and deemed 'slim and stylish' this new 7 inch tab eschews some of the ports and fancy features of its Thrive siblings but is expected to be available at a budget busting price of perhaps south of $200.   Probably aimed directly at the Kindle Fire and IdeaPad A1 crowd it features a 1024 x 600 resolution and features micoSD and microUSB, Wi-fi, Bluetooth, and a rear camera sans flash.  Missing are the higher resolution 1280 x 800 displays of the Thrive brothers and it's unknown what chipset it will run on.  Overall this new 7 incher appears a bit longer but thinner than the just released 7 inch Thrive.  It's also missing HDMI.  No more tech specs are known as of yet but we should hear more real soon at CES next week.

Toshiba Thrive Accessories / Re: Thrive Keyboard Dock?
« on: January 06, 2012, 11:36:46 pm »
I wouldn't hold my breath on a keyboard dock at this point.  Toshiba is actually about to release the 'Excite' tablet and perhaps others.  You'll have to take your chances with a 3rd party one or just use the bluetooth keyboard.


Well it's officially freezing least where I am in the Big Apple, NYC, and we're right in the middle season!   So I thought it only fitting to spotlight the best hockey game for Tegra 2 devices 'Hockey Nations 2011 THD' by Distinctive Wireless Inc.  If you like hockey then you're gonna love Hockey Nations.   Featuring 18 international teams and 40 city teams you compete in one of 6 different game modes including World League, Go for Gold, Shootout, Exhibition, Playoff and Practice.  Hockey Nations 2011 THD is specially customized to take advantage of the Tegra 2 processor in your tablet and features advanced skin meshing, specular maps, and an increased polygon count on player models.  It's the most visually advanced hockey game available for Tegra 2 tablets (and phones too). 

Hockey Nations 2011 THD Trailer (Tegra Zone)

Take a look at some of these features:

Specular maps on players, reflections on ice, increased polygon count, improved skin meshing and animated crowd behavior.
18 International Teams
USA, Canada, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Latvia, Czech Republic, Belarus, Slovakia, Slovenia, Great Britain, Japan and Russia.
40 Customizable City Teams
Now you can customize a city to match your favorite team from anywhere in the World and bag the trophy in Playoff Cup.
6 Game Modes
Dive into the action with 6 game modes including World League, Go for Gold, Shootout, Exhibition, Playoff and Practice.
Fight it Out
You asked for it and now it’s here! The gloves are off so fight your way into the penalty box for a cool down.

Just one look at the images below or video above and you'll see how awesome this game is.  Take a look at the spotlights as they pan over the skating players revealing their team uniforms from the darkened shadow figures.  Hockey Nations 2011 THD even let's you 'fight it out' when tempers get can't get any more realistic than that folks!  Hockey Nations 2011 THD is $4.99 in the Android Market or the Tegrazone.   There's also a free 'demo' version you can check out as well as a free 'shoot out' app for you goalie abusers out there.  Links for all are below.  Enjoy!

Toshiba Thrive 7 Help / Re: dvd and cd burners
« on: January 04, 2012, 10:10:35 pm »
As far as I know you can't use the thrive as a video or music 'monitor' in that way. You'd have to convert the video or audio files into a format the Thrive media player can play like .mp3 or .avi and then transfer those files over to the tablet and play them within Android's media player app.

Android is not Windows.  It's very different in functionality, drivers, how it works etc.  There 'may be' some program out there that allows you to use the Thrive's screen and speakers as a monitor but I don't know of one offhand.  Typically you have to convert and then transfer any multimedia files onto any Android tablet to play them.  Now playing video outside a Thrive from a file that is playing on the Thrive can be done using the HDMI port.  For instance playing a video that is on your Thrive on a tv set.  But that's different than what you want.

For movies on your Thrive most people use a streaming service like Netflix and for music a service like Pandora or Rhapsody.  All of their content is already converted into digital format.

Toshiba Thrive 7 Help / Re: dvd and cd burners
« on: January 04, 2012, 06:14:49 pm »
I don't know of any android tablet that supports cd or dvd players/burners out of the box.   Not sure if Android has those kinds of drivers built-in.  Remember this isn't Windows we're talking about.  What exactly are you trying to do?  Burn a movie from your Thrive to a dvd?


Skitch is one of those apps that you try and then hit yourself on your forehead and say 'why didn't I think of that'?  It's a simple concept really;  take an image of anything and draw, highlight, markup and annotate to your heart's content.  After you start using Skitch you realize how useful it can be.  Make notes right on a picture by adding a caption, circling, underlining or drawing an arrow to highlight what you're referencing in the image.   Take a picture of contacts or friends at a conference, write their names next to their pictures and you'll never forget who's who again.  Download a picture attached to an email, crop, make comments and send it back.  The uses are nearly endless and want to go one better?  Skitch is seamlessly integrated with our favorite note taking app, Evernote so you can take all of the above and attach it as a note that is then geotagged and put in your Evernote account.  Awesome.  Here's just some of the great features of Skitch:

- Zoom and crop images.
- Create smooth lines and scribbles to explain an idea.
- Add text using a special high-contrast coloring scheme for readability.
- Markup text with the semi-opaque highlighter tool.
- Re-position and delete shapes, text and drawings at any time.
- Share your work with any application that accepts images.

Skitch offers a wealth of image manipulating and configuring tools and options including cropping images, multi-selecting, saving to SD card, multi-touch functionality such as two fingered rotation, retitling of images and more.   If you're already a user of Evernote it'll become your new favorite feature.  In fact Evernote loved Skitch and recognized its added value so much that they recently bought the company and added Skitch to their line of products.  Skitch is free and you can grab it in the Android Market at the link below.


We want to wish everyone a very happy and safe New Year's Eve and Day from!  Thank you all for being part of our community and we're looking forward to a great 2012!

Happy New Year!


They must be going for a record.   Gameloft, one of the largest makers of high quality Android games has just announced that to celebrate the new year every game they make will be going on sale for .99 cents with the lone exception of their just released 'Modern Combat 3' which will go on sale for just one day at an as yet undisclosed price.  This is an amazing opportunity folks.   Gameloft makes some of the highest quality games for Android including N.O.V.A 2, Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, Assassin's Creed, 9mm, Modern Combat 2, Brothers in Arms, the Let's Golf HD series and many more.  If you've been waiting to stock up on top of the line gaming titles...this is your chance.   

These are just some of Gameloft's titles.

Now the sale doesn't start until Thursday, the 29th and runs through January 5th next week.   At some point they will announce what day Modern Combat 3 will also go on sale...for just one day.  It makes sense they would withhold this one titles since it is their newest hot release.   But to be honest with this sale you'll have a chance to pick up not just their newest games but some of their previous awesome titles as well.  The sale will be taking place through the Android gather up your spare change folks...the gaming is about to get cheap and good!


The holiday wouldn't be complete without getting your Android tablet (or phone for that matter) involved in all the festive action.  'Christmas HD Live Wallpaper' is probably one of the most well done live wallpapers I've ever seen.  It's beautifully done with a crackling fire, Christmas Tree, Stockings hanging with your family member's names on them, gifts, snow flakes falling out the window. Heck there's even a plate of Christmas cookies with a note for Santa signed by YOU!  The animation and artwork are beautiful and there's a magical feel to the whole scene.     

Seriously, you've got to try this wallpaper. It'll completely mesmerize the kids...or the kid in you.  It's highly customizable letting you set the names on the stockings and note, the Christmas lights, tree topper, gifts, snow and much more.  The Christmas scene pans from right to left and back again showing the entire room decked out in Christmas cheer late at night when Santa is making his rounds.   You can even put YOUR OWN PHOTO on the fireplace mantle.  How's that for attention to detail!

Christmas HD Live Wallpaper for Android (Reviewed on Sprint Galaxy S II)

This video shows Christmas HD Live Wallpaper on a phone but it looks even MORE striking on your Android tablet.

Christmas HD Live Wallpaper has 100% Five Star Reviews...and I'm not surprised.   You can get it for $1.99 in the Android Market at the link below.  For me it was worth the $1.99 just to see my nephew's eyes light up looking at it.

Siegecraft Android & THD

What would happen if you took the catapult lobbing Angry Birds game dynamic and crossed it with a good fantasy/adventure tower defense game filled with exotic creatures and wrapped it all up in gorgeous high definition 3d textured graphics?   Well you'd probably end up with something like 'Siegecraft' by Blowfish Studios.  Siegecraft is awesome fun because it basically turns the tower defense genre on end and let's you lay siege to all manner of obstacles like castles, fortresses, bridges, buildings, enemy hordes and monster trolls while using a bunch of cool weapons like crossbows, catapults, battering rams and more to battle your way to victory.  What's even greater about this game is that it has an entirely separate version just for Tegra 2 devices that features all kinds of upgrades.  Take a look:

1 Extra campaign!
2 Extra projectiles!
3 times the number of particle effects!
Beautiful weather effects like rain, snow and dust!
3D Stereoscopic mode when used with a 3D display.
Exquisitely created environments and 3 unique races to play, Knights, Vikings and Samurai. Each race has their own campaigns to battle through and hand crafted units, buildings and scenery. Embed yourself in each world with unique warriors, weapons, buildings and monster bosses! Did someone mention mountain trolls??
6 Campaigns, containing 25 unique levels!
1 Beginner campaign
3 Story driven campaigns - Knights, Vikings and Samurai
1 Endless/Survival campaign - You know you want endless Viking zombies!
1 Multiplayer campaign

I particularly loved the 3D effect the game gives when rotating around scenes and seeing snow fall as well as the attention to detail like the textures in the cliff walls and buildings.  Now for the gameplay you're basically a mercenary sieger for hire and can fight for each race.  Use your earnings to upgrade your siege machines and gain powerups.  You can even 'catapult' random items...try catapulting a cow or a flaming troll.  Ok, it's a little sadistic...but so much fun!   Grab it in the Tegrazone or the Android Market.  Links below. 

Toshiba Thrive Hacks, Mods, Root and Development / Re: ROOTING
« on: December 22, 2011, 02:08:48 pm »
Rooting technically means to modify your tablet's software so that you have superuser access that gives you the ability to customize and change settings and even install custom Roms such as alternate operating systems, skins or other modifications.  In other words when a manufacturer makes a device like a tablet or a phone they usually put an operating system on and lock the device so that you can only access the settings...and use the software...the way they want.   But what if for instance you are not happy with the Honeycomb operating system that comes with your Thrive.   

There are 'custom Roms', which are other operating systems or other versions of Android that have features and capabilities that the version that came from the factory does not have.  For instance...overclocking of the CPU to make the machine faster.   'Rooting' means you've broken the protection mechanisms that Toshiba put on your tablet so that you can tinker and customize your tablet just the way you want...beyond what the manufacturer intended.   

Sometimes it even future-proofs your device because you can put a new operating system on your tablet even after the manufacturer has stopped issuing updates.  There are also instances when certain modifications and even some programs will only operate after your device is rooted.  One example is a a program called 'Honeybar' which allows you to make the little control bar on the bottom of your Thrive's screen disappear with a tap so you can have the full screen for programs and videos.  This mod only works if your tablet is rooted. 

If you're interesting in more info on why you might want to root your tablet or phone there's a bunch of articles around the web that explain different reasons.  One thing you should keep in mind is that rooting your tablet if you're not experienced doing it before does pose some risk if you don't do it right for harming your tablet and making it unusable.  It's not common but it does happen.  Therefore before you even try it make sure you read several different step by step instructions and follow them to a T.   It might even be a good idea the first time to contact someone...a friend, coworker, hobbyist or whoever...someone that has done it before to help out to make sure it's done right.  Here are few links to different articles around the web that talk about rooting in general as well as the Thrive specifically.   Some of these refer to Android phones instead of tablets but the underlying reasons why you might want to root remain the same regardless of the device.  Of course if you decide to proceed make sure you're following a Toshiba Thrive specific set of instructions to root as each device does it slightly differently.   In the end it's up to you and if the benefits are worth it to you and if you feel you're comfortable enough with tech gear and hacking that you feel ok to do it.

android authority: beginners-guide-to-root-your-android-phone-or-tablet.

New Member Introductions / Re: IL
« on: December 21, 2011, 08:28:22 pm »
Welcome Mike!  Glad to have you here.  Feel free to ask any questions you might have.


Google recently launched their iTunes competitor, 'Google Music' and if you've been on the Android Market recently you've probably noticed them.   It's actually a great service that is cloud based so your music follows you wherever you are and no matter what Android device you use.  Just in time for the holidays and to make sure their new music service gets off to a great start they're bringing us the 'Blowout Sale' with over half a million full albums available for $4.99 and over ten million songs for only .49.   So basically just about any music you could want is half priced with the exception of some Sony and Google Artist Hub selections.    If you're a music fan and have been waiting for a good time to stock up on good music this is a great opportunity.  If you're not familiar with the Google Music platform this is also a great time to dive in.  It really is a well thought out service and is bound to give iTunes a run for its money. 

Oh, and did I mention that Google Music also offers tons of Free Songs as well?

New Member Introductions / Re: Hi Thrivers
« on: December 20, 2011, 03:43:24 am »
Welcome to the Thrive Forums thrivenerd.  Look forward to you being part of the community.

Toshiba Thrive Hacks, Mods, Root and Development / Re: ROOTING
« on: December 18, 2011, 06:55:39 pm »
I'd be interested in what method you're using to root moe.

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