Verizon Promises Android Phones with Google Voice Support

By Danny Allen, 8:39 AM on Tue Oct 6 2009

Verizon has some of the crappiest phones available, so there’s been no shortage of leaks about it getting an Android phone. Now the Verizon/Google love-affair is official: Big Red will introduce two Android-based handsets “within the next few weeks”.

Verizon plans to support Google Voice, saying you either have an open device or you don’t, and theirs will be open. Hopefully that means VoIP calls over 3G will be possible. No word if one of the two Android phones will be the Verizon Motorola Sholes/Droid, but we’ll fill you in when we know more. [PR Newswire]

Flash Arriving by Year-End on Every Smartphone Except iPhones

Do you know what this means? This means I can finally start streaming on my Blackberry! THANK YOU Adobe, its like I was reading about 1 of my own Chrismas presents! Yes I’m excited and you should be too.. -Greg

By Kevin Purdy, 7:00 AM on Mon Oct 5 2009


Adobe has promised betas of a mobile-ready Flash 10.1 for Windows Mobile and Palm Pre late this year, and early next year for Android, Symbian, and BlackBerry phones, as well as NVIDIA-powered netbooks. The only hold-out? The iPhone, of course.

Adobe describes Apple as “closed device” and continues to offer a fig leaf, but given Apple’s general stance on opening up new development platforms on their device, it seems a tad unlikely. As Gizmodo points out, though, that might become a selling feature for those annoyed by memory-hungry Flash apps and advertisements.

More notable than even the ability to watch YouTube and Hulu clips on your phone, though, is that Flash 10.1 will support graphic chip acceleration on systems with NVIDIA graphics cards, allowing full-screen viewing on netbooks whose processors might otherwise choke, and giving laptop and desktop users perhaps a bit more performance from low-quality clips. Adobe AIR, the cross-platform app engine that powers apps like TweetDeck, will also see improvements with the release of Flash 10.1.

Promises of multi-platform support “by the end of this year” might not be bank-able, but it’s reassuring to hear Adobe’s firm expectations on all but one platform. Tell us what you’d like Flash to do, or stay away from, on your own smartphone or netbook in the comments.

Floating Monitors and Hidden Peripherals

I am so jealous! This guys has an awesome setup and I want it. I just need a couple monitors, another video card, and then I’ll weld me some metal together, piece of cake! haha, wonder how I could justify this setup for my office to the boss? -Greg

By Jason Fitzpatrick, 4:00 PM on Sun Oct 4 2009


Today’s featured workspace is full of surprises like monitors that seem to float in the air on a cloud of ambient lighting, cords hidden behind faux walls, and peripherals hidden in hollowed out shelves.

Lifehacker reader acflynn knows how to put together a home office with functionality and style if his contributions to the Lifehacker Workspaces Show and Tell pool are any indicator. He included such copious notes on each photo that we’ve opted to put those notes within the gallery below. Click on the first image to get started reading about all the nifty touches he’s included in his workspace. If the notes here aren’t clear enough, check out the original images with picture-based annotations at the Flickr link below.