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2 years ago

Android Game Review: 7 Little Words

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I can make no bones about it: I like words. It's why I write, why I fail at attempt to do crossword puzzles, and why I've become a huge fan of a big game called 7 Little Words.

7 Little Words is a word puzzle game, but unlike a crossword puzzle, except you're supplied with combinations of letters you need to solve the puzzle. Each "level" has only seven words to solve on it, hence the game's name.

To spell out a word, simply tap the boxes containing the letters you need, in the order you'd spell the word. When something is suitably spelled out, press the Guess button to see if it's correct. If it is, the clue will be bolded and the correct word will appear alongside it. If incorrect, there's no penalty! The letters are simply returned to you.

Another point to mention is that combinations of letters can only be used for a specific word, so as you fill out more of your list, guessing the last words is easy, as there's usually only six or so boxes left.

7 Little Words is free to install and comes with one free puzzle zone. You can buy more puzzle zones for 99 cents. Each puzzle zone comes with at least 30 puzzles inside of it, so there's lots of gameplay to be had.

This is a fun game that isn't too difficult it's off-putting, but is still challenging enough to make your brain work a little bit. If you're up for a bit of word mania or just want to keep the ol' noggin greased up, I'd definitely check this out.

More pictures and download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Case review: Seidio Surface case for the T-Mobile G2X and LG Optimus 2X

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We all want to keep our phone looking good, even when it's built as tough as the LG G2X (and it's European twin brother the LG Optimus 2X) is.  For many, that means a hard shell case like the Seidio Surface.  It's tough, easy to use, and looks great on your phone.

 

It's a two-piece design that slides together and latches, built from a tough yet flexible material that is about 1mm thick.  Putting it on and removing it is a piece of cake, just press down on the shorter of the two pieces where they meet, and the interlocking latch will open and the sides slide right off.  Once together, it's a solid fit and feels great while holding and using your phone, thanks to Seidio's soft touch coating.  It gives the plastic a premium feel, without the lint collection superpowers that come with rubberized cases.  It's also easy to wipe clean, just be sure to remove it first.

The case is also perfectly cut to allow access to all the controls, ports, and even the dual speaker openings on the bottom of the G2X.  The camera and flash are left open as well, so you won't be seeing any shadows on that excellent camera the G2X has, and it even keeps the lens cover off any surface if you lay the phone down on it's back.  The case also wraps around the front edge and corners, keeping that expensive beveled glass screen safe. 

And the Amethyst looks hot!  Check out some more pics after the break

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2 years ago

Google Docs updated, now has increased Web Clipboard functionality

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Google Docs for Android (see our hands-on) has received an update, bringing some welcomed new features for mobile users. The biggest update is the increased Web Clipboard functionality, which allows users to take photos from their mobile device and easily insert them into a Google Doc. Here is how it works:

On the Google Docs widget, select the Camera option. It will send you to your default camera application which will let you take a photo. Once it is taken, you'll see three options: Upload file without conversion, Convert file to Google Docs format and Send to Web Clipboard. By selecting Web Clipboard, you're sending your photo to a cloud-based clipboard used by Google Docs. Once it is uploaded, you can go to your Docs and select the Web Clipboard button, which is the fourth option from the left. You should see the photos that you've designated for the Clipboard, making it extremely simple to add photos quickly to Google Docs.

Other enhancements include the ability to open your Google Docs with any compatible viewer application and the option to send them to other apps or as an attachments on an email.

A final update is that the app is officially available in 45 more languages starting today.

To get the update or the app if you haven't check it out yet, check out the links after the break.

Source: Google Docs Blog

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2 years ago

HTC EVO 4G software update 4.53.651.1 now showing up for some

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If you have your HTC EVO 4G in your hands and are thinking, "Man.. I wish this thing would get an update" you might want to go ahead and check for system updates. The latest info from Sprint says the update listed below will be rolling out in the next week or so, but some folks are already seeing it. Here's what's new:

  • Integrated voice recognition accuracy with voice search and voice-to-text
  • Image size issue with contact transfer over Bluetooth
  • Images cut off in Picasa
  • Group contacts not in alphabetical order
  • Out of memory, Unable to send SMS

Go ahead and check for updates, if you get then let us know in the Android Central forums how it's working out for ya. If not, just wait longer -- it will be along shortly and you can take satisfaction in knowing it'll be here soon.

Source: Sprint; Thanks, Kurt!

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2 years ago

Three UK takes a sneak peek at Samsung's Galaxy W

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British carrier Three got some hands-on time with the Samsung Galaxy W, one of the new mid-range offerings announced by Sammy earlier today. It looks like a solid mid-range device, with a 3.7-inch SLCD display, 1.4 GHz single-core CPU and TouchWiz 4.0 on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

The Samsung Galaxy W will be "coming soon" to Three, though no release date or pricing info is available just yet. Join us after the jump for the video, which offers a closer look at the Galaxy W's hardware.

Source: Three Blog; via: Eurodroid

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2 years ago

Sprint Motorola Photon 4G gets an update to fix muted call issue

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Sprint's Motorola Photon 4G is in the midst of a little bugfix update this week. You can either go into the settings menu and start the update that way, or just wait for the update notification to appear.

Here's what's being fixed in software version 4.5.1A-1_SUN-154_5:

  • Improvements to voice calling to eliminate inadvertent voice calls defaulting to mute
  • Improve stability, resulting in fewer occurrences of unresponsiveness
  • Bluetooth support for mono headsets with the Sprint Visual Voicemail application

Yeah. Muted calls are a big one, as is stability. Good on Sprint and Moto for getting that one pushed out soonest.

Source: Sprint; via Photon 4G Forums

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2 years ago

ESPN's official fantasy football app arrives just in time for the season

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ESPN has released its official fantasy football app in the Android Market. This is good timing with the NFL season right around the corner. With the ESPN Fantasy Football 2011 app, Android users can manage their fantasy teams on-the-go, working to win that championship. With their fantasy baseball app, ESPN released a free and a paid version for $4.99. This time around, however, there is only a free version, which should make the millions of fantasy football players very happy.

Here are the features of the app:

  • Team Management: Start/bench players, add, drop, and claim players off waivers, propose, accept or reject trades with other managers
  • FantasyCast Live Scoring and Stats: Real-time scoring and detailed information for all your matchups.
  • Personalized Push Notifications for injuries, substitutions, and scoring updates.
  • Fantasy News, Videos and Tweets from ESPN’s fantasy analysts.
  • View and post messages to your league’s message board

So for all of you who play fantasy football through ESPN, this is a must have app. Just sign-in with your ESPN log-in once the app is installed to access all of your teams. Drafts have been ongoing for the last few weeks, so if you need to check up on your roster or preview players that you're considering drafting, hit up the links after the break.

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2 years ago

Pierce your nipples, get a 'free' phone

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We've seen these "free" phone deals before. Try on a pair of jeans, get a "free" phone. But we're a little intrigued about the prospect of getting a "free" phone (you still have to sign a contract and, you know, pay your bill every month) in exchange for putting holes in your body. But that's what you can get from the Piercing Pagoda, apparently. You've got to be 18, and be able to pass a credit check. And, you know, have a hole put in your body.

Source: Piercing Pagoda; thanks, Justice

Update: Whoops. Piercing Pagoda doesn't do nipples. That was an embarrassing trip to the mall.

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2 years ago

Vizio 8" tablet first of its kind to support Hulu Plus

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The Vizio 8" (yes, that's the name) now supports Hulu Plus, the first tablet to officially do so. To be fair, Vizio's latest device runs Gingerbread instead of Honeycomb, so you can't really take this as a sign of things around the corner for the XOOM, Galaxy Tab 10.1, and other higher-end tablets. Nevertheless, it's a welcome addition to what the Vizio 8" has to offer. Hulu Plus runs for $7.99/month, and coupled with the $299 pricetag on the Vizio 8", you're looking at a reasonably priced option for bringing your favorite current run TV shows on the go. Hit the source link for Vizio's full press release, and grab Hulu Plus from the Android Market on your new tablet.

Source: PR Newswire

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2 years ago

Dutch court rules against Samsung, orders EU injunction for 3 smartphones [update: Samsung's response]

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Samsung has suffered another setback in the European Union. Weeks after a German court ordered an injunction of their Galaxy Tab 10.1, a Dutch court has ruled in Apple's favor against Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones. According to the decision, Samsung infringed on patent number EP 2059868, which is for a "portable electronic device for photo management."

Here is a description of the patent:

A portable electronic device with a touch screen display for photo management is disclosed. One aspect of the invention involves a computer-implemented method in which the portable electronic device displays an array of thumbnail images corresponding to a set of photographic images. The device replaces the displayed array of thumbnail images with a user-selected photographic image upon detecting a user contact with a corresponding thumbnail image in the array. The user-selected photographic image is displayed at a larger scale than the corresponding thumbnail image. The portable device displays a different photographic image in replacement of the user-selected photographic image in accordance with a scrolling gesture. The scrolling gesture comprises a substantially horizontal movement of user contact with the touch screen display.

 The decision applies to three Samsung phones:

The three phones cannot be sold by Samsung's subsidiaries in The Netherlands or any other EU country that recognizes the patent in question. Samsung has vowed to keep fighting and the war is not likely to be over anytime soon. Stay tuned.

 Sources: Foss Patents; Moosedog

Update: Samsung has released a response to the court decision, saying that they will do everything that they can to ensure that the Galaxy phones will be available in the EU.

Here is their statement:

Today's ruling is an affirmation that the GALAXY range of products is innovative and distinctive. With regard to the single infringement cited in the ruling, we will take all possible measures including legal action to ensure that there is no disruption in the availability of our GALAXY smartphones to Dutch consumers.

This ruling is not expected to affect sales in other European markets.

Samsung has a proud history of innovation in the mobile industry. We will continue our plans to introduce new products and technologies that meet and exceed consumer expectations. And we will defend our intellectual property rights through the ongoing legal proceedings around the world.

The ruling found no IP infringements by Samsung GALAXY Tab devices. It found that Samsung’s GALAXY S, GALAXY S II, and GALAXY Ace infringed just one of the 10 IP rights which were cited in the lawsuit.

The court ruled that Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, the parent company, may not sell the cited products in the Netherlands. This does not affect Samsung Electronics' sales in the rest of Europe.

The court ruled that Samsung’s Netherlands-based subsidiaries may not sell the cited products in the Netherlands, the UK, France, Germany, Finland, Ireland, Lichtenstein, Luxemburg, Monaco, Sweden, Switzerland until the cited single infringement is addressed.

The ruling provides a grace period until Oct. 14 to address the single infringement cited.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow


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