47 min ago

First major update for SimCity BuildIt brings Tokyo-themed residential area


EA has released the first major update for SimCity BuildIt. The release, now available for iOS and Android, adds Tokyo Town residential areas and the international airport. The new buildings with various upgrade levels (from classic Japanese homes to neon drenched post-modern high rises) bring a new look and feel that refreshes the game experience.

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3 hours ago

Samsung rolls out Lollipop update to Galaxy Note 3 in India


Looks like Samsung is intent on rolling out the Lollipop update to older devices in India ahead of more recent handsets such as the Galaxy Note 4. After rolling out Android 5.0 to the Galaxy S4 in February, Samsung has now announced that the Lollipop OTA update for Galaxy Note 3 has commenced.

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3 hours ago

Softcard to close its doors on March 31, Google Wallet will take its place


Softcard, the payments service backed by Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and T-Mobile, has announced on its website that it will be cease operations on March 31. Instead of running their own platform, the parties involved will instead utilize Google Wallet, something that proved highly unlikely in the past.

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4 hours ago

T-Mobile outs retail value of Samsung Galaxy S6


T-Mobile is running a contest in the U.S. through which customers can get their hands on the upcoming Galaxy S6 for free. And as is the case for all such giveaways in the country, the carrier has listed the retail value of the handset, which is at $699. As there is no mention of a storage variant, it is possible the model listed is the 32GB variant.

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4 hours ago

NVIDIA Shield Android TV console hands-on


At GDC 2015 NVIDIA took their wraps off another Shield product, only this one is built for TV. The Shield console will fully leverage Grid, a service whereby NVIDIA will host games on their servers and beam them to your home for playing. The real MVP of the show is NVIDIA's new Tegra X1 processor, which will sling 4K video about willy nilly and handle graphics twice as well as the K1 chip found in their Shield Tablet.

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8 hours ago

HTC One M9 valued at $599 in official contest rules


HTC is currently running a sweepstakes that allows residents in the U.S. a chance to win the One M9. The contest will run through March 24, 2015, and as is mandatory for all contests that are conducted in the US, the manufacturer has to mention the monetary value of the product that is being given away so that potential winners can calculate the tax they may incur. HTC has done just that, stating that the One M9 will have a retail value of $599.

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12 hours ago

Android 5.0 Lollipop rolls out to the Galaxy Note 3 on T-Mobile


It looks like Galaxy Note 3 owners on T-Mobile are about to get a sweet treat. According to Samsung's support FAQ for the device, Android 5.0 Lollipop should be rolling out to devices starting today.

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13 hours ago

LG's mobile chief hints at design overhaul for upcoming G4


In an recent news conference, the head of LG's mobile division, Cho Juno, said that the company is aiming for a design overhaul on its upcoming G4 handset, departing from the look and feel of last year's G3.

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15 hours ago

The consumer Oculus VR device will be part of Samsung's next hardware launch


It's possible this means the consumer Oculus virtual reality device could be tied into Samsung's next version of the Galaxy Note smartphone.

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16 hours ago

Hyundai brings Android Wear compatibility to its Blue Link app


Hyundai announced today that it has recently updated its Blue Link Android app bring Android Wear compatibility, allowing users compatible car models to perform a number of userful remote functions right from their wrist.

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18 hours ago

HTC Vive hands-on


I am under water. Still standing, but under water. Deep in the ocean, actually. Schools of tiny fish are swimming by. Rays float overhead, just under the surface. A whale saunters over. Is it deep enough for a whale but not too deep for the light to penetrate down to the deck of the sunken ship on which I was standing? I don't know. And I don't care.

I slowly, carefully wander over to the edge of the deck of the ship. Close, but not too close. The sea floor is a long way down, and the railing not all that high. I don't want fall off.

Wait. Where am I again?

It was, to say the very least, an odd experience.

It's almost not fair to write about Vive, the virtual reality system that HTC and software company Valve announced here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. "You have to experience it" was the line the folks who make the thing kept telling us leading up to the announcement.

And they were right. But I'll do my best.

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19 hours ago

BBM for Android passes 100 million downloads


BlackBerry has announced that BBM for Android has been downloaded over 100 million times from the Google Play Store. This milestone comes just 17 months after the launch of the app.

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19 hours ago

Facebook's Slingshot app update makes it easier to find people to follow


The new 2.1 update for Facebook's Snapchat rival allows users to explore and follow other people that are using the app.

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19 hours ago

Three will be the exclusive UK tariff partner for the Honor 6 Plus


The UK carrier will give consumers a chance to buy the the new 5.5-inch smartphone with a 24 month contract.

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20 hours ago

Samsung's Galaxy S6 themes let you take control of TouchWiz

Samsung Galaxy S6 theme store

Your Galaxy S6 won't have to look like everyone else's, that is if you can find a theme that fits your style.

Most of the criticism surrounding Samsung's software is about the looks more than the functionality, but with the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge Samsung is giving users the ability to quickly and easily change the look of TouchWiz. Usually reserved to those who want to root their phones or use various other tricks and third-party apps, theming is now baked into the software on the latest Samsung flagships. It isn't as complete or tweakable as some may want, but it offers more customization than any previous version of TouchWiz did.

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