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Upgrade Schedules, Traveling Guides, and Traffic Jams

So, this blog post is going to be going out a little bit later than I had intended, but I had a little bit of a crazy day – what with having to take my car into the shop. Anyway, it’s time for me to give a little roundup of interesting news items that I saw in the feeds today. Here we go!

Android News

The first fun news in the area of my favorite mobile platform is the release of the upgrade plans for Motorola Android phones. For US telephone users, the Droid X will see the Android 2.2 update sometime late in the summer. The Backflip, Cliq, and Cliq XT should be seeing an upgrade to Android 2.1 sometime around the end of 2010 (possibly as late as the beginning of 2011). The Devour, on the other hand, will not be getting an update to Android 2.1. If you want to see the full article on Talk Android, complete with a list of upgrade plans for other countries, click here.

On a similar note, it seems that Motorola accidentally leaked the Android 2.2 update to some Droid X users. Well, some clever people who had the upgrade leaked to their device shared it with some friends… who shared it with some websites… who shared it with everyone. Anyway, now Motorola is up in arms, according to Wired. They’re reporting [here](http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/08/motorola-droidx-crackdown/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+wired/index+(Wired:+Index+3+(Top+Stories+2))) that Motorola is sending cease and desist orders to the websites that were hosting the update.

The Amazon Kindle seems to have inspired something slightly more advanced, Engadget reports. The new device is an Android reader with a color screen. Pocketbook, the company behind the readers, is announcing a series of five models supporting 6 and 9.7 inch screens. Engadget has a full gallery of images and the full press release that you can find here. I don’t know about you, but all the talk about these Android tablet devices is getting me excited. Then again, I just like seeing Apple jump through hoops, and am completely for anything that will let me see some of that. I will still admit the iPad is pretty sexy though…

Lifestyle News

So, everyone loves traveling – but as technology expands, so do the way in which we can use that technology when we’re on the go. The iPad is one particular device that can change how we travel, and Wired put together [a pretty cool list](http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/08/eight-great-tips-for-traveling-with-the-ipad/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+wired/index+(Wired:+Index+3+(Top+Stories+2))#) for using your iPad when you’re traveling. They have everything from practical battery and money saving techniques to useful apps that will help you get around wherever you might be. I don’t own an iPad, so I won’t talk about how bitter the article makes me feel, and will instead suggest you check it out yourself.

Odd News

Wired is nothing if not diverse, and I love some of the stranger stuff they can come up with. Oftentimes, I know people who work in Atlanta have good reason to complain about the traffic on their daily commute. But, if you think your commute is bad – Wired is here to prove you wrong. One of their articles today was about something that I term as “the worst traffic jam of all time” – [a 9-day traffic jam in Beijing](http://www.wired.com/autopia/2010/08/nine-day-traffic-jam-makes-your-commute-look-rosy/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+wired/index+(Wired:+Index+3+(Top+Stories+2))). I don’t think I can really augment that with anything.