Some say he knows two facts about ducks, and that both of them are wrong
An endless runner isn't necessarily something we'd hope for from a game called Race The Stig, but thanks to the BBC it's what we've got. Released today for Android – and cross platform for iOS and Windows Phone – you put your helmet on, jump into one of the iconic cars from the TV show and try and out run The Stig. Need for Speed, this isn't.
The graphics are a little low-end, and being an endless runner there isn't much we haven't seen before. But, it's Top Gear, it's The Stig, so anyone who's seen the show will likely give it at least a try. Oh, and at some point in the game you get to race in Geoff, Top Gear's own take on the electric car – later known as the Hammerhead Eagle iThrust, or something.
Most human phone ever spawns worst commerical ever
Why, LG? Why? In trying to sell the G Flex it has come up with this, which honestly, we find difficult to put into words. LG's "most human phone ever" goes beyond the wacky in this terrible, terrible ad. Not that you actually see much of the phone in it.
As for the last 10 seconds...well, watch it and you'll find out. We've seen pretty horrendous efforts in recent times from the likes of Samsung, but this one might just have climbed to the top of the pile.
One of the darkest and more interesting games we've played lately has got to be Badland, in which you fly around as a little furry (or is it pointy?) creature and attempt to create and rescue clones. (Just go with it.)
If you haven't played Badland, you've got to do so. We'll wait.
And with a recent update you can now play as a Bugdroid — that lovable Android robot mascot guy.
We recently wrapped up our coverage of Mobile World Congress, and the event has left us with a legacy of devices, devices, and MORE devices to discuss in our forums. In the end, we have somewhere in the neighbourhood of 35 new device forums across all Mobile Nations communities. If you want to talk Samsung Galaxy S5, Nokia X Series or even the BlackBerry Z5 or Q20, we’ve got you covered.
All told, our communities are having a great time discussing the plethora of new devices that have hit the scene. Fun times for sure, but there’s much more goodness to come in 2014. We’re just getting started.
Batter up for the MLB season with a new monthly subscription rate
Spring Training is underway ahead of the start of the 2014 MLB season, and the official At Bat for Android just got a useful little update. Now, alongside the one off subscription payment of $19.99 for the season, you can choose to pay in smaller chunks of $2.99 per month for full access to the app.
For Baseball fans there's no better one-stop shop to follow the season right from Spring Training through to the World Series. MLB.tv subscribers still get free access to At Bat – so long as you're on the Premium tier – as well as being able to watch live video content and more. Snag the app at the Google Play link up top
If you're in the market for a footlong tablet, Verizon's now listing the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2. The large — as in, yes, 12.2 inches in the diagonal — tablet will run $849 sans contract. Signing up for a two-year stretch will only lop off $100, so choose wisely.
In addition to all the usual Samsung bells and whistles, the 4G LTE tablet will also serve as a hotspot — and with a 9,500 mAh battery on board, it should be able to serve up data for quite some time.
As part of Square Enix's mobile sale, stealthy conspiracy shooter Deus Ex: The Fall is now available on Google Play for just $0.99, €0.99 or £0.99 depending on your locale. That's a significant cut from the launch price of $6.99, €5.99 or £4.99. The game is styled after Deus Ex: Human Revolution and puts players into the role of Ben Saxon, a former SAS mercenary augmented with cybernetic implants, as he uncovers a global conspiracy in the year 2027.
Square Enix's sale runs until March 10, and also includes Tomb Raider 1 and Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light on iOS.
HTC has today pulled the wraps off its latest entry-level offering, the Desire 310. And, immediately noticeable over its predecessor, the Desire 300, is that the traditional three button arrangement is back in business. No giant gaps between two buttons here. Otherwise it sounds pretty much like we'd expect of a budget offering from HTC with Blinkfeed and Video Highlights included.
Hardware wise the Desire 310 houses a 1.3GHz quad-core CPU, a 4.5-inch display and a 5MP rear camera. We're not given much more than that at this point, though it all sounds very much entry-level. The press render up top also shows – rather oddly for a HTC device – stock app icons and the blue status bar. It could well be a mistake in the photoshopping process, but it would also indicate Jelly Bean and not KitKat. Either way HTC hasn't said right now. Head on past the break for the full press release.
Free from £47 per month on contract, with pre-order goodies from Phones4u
British retailer Phones4u has unveiled its on-contract prices for Sony's upcoming Xperia Z2. The Z2 is set to land at P4u on April 11 — the same day as the global launch for the Samsung Galaxy S5 — with the phone available for free on 24-month contracts from Vodafone and EE starting at £47 per month. Pay £49-99 upfront and it's possible to knock the monthly fee down to £42. Phones4u has the Xperia Z2 in white and black at present — no purple option, as that model is only available at O2 — but P4u dos have exclusivity over the white Z2 in the U.K.
Pre-order customers will get a free Sony SRS-BTX300 wireless speaker valued at £119, in additition to "exclusive Sony content including games, music and six movies," and a 50% discount on the cost of Sony's Smartband accessory. And order on a 4G tariff and the retailer will throw in £50 Google Play credit.
To learn more about the Sony Xperia Z2, check out our hands-on report from Mobile World Congress.
Notes seamlessly switch from handwriting to other inputs, work with stylus or finger
Notes can be made up for more than just inserted images and printed text, and that's why Evernote announced today that it is integrating full-blown handwriting input in the latest release of its app. Evernote points out that this isn't just another input method, but complete handwriting integration that makes it fit in with the rest of the content in your notes. You can switch quickly from typing to add in written commentary, annotations or equations and go right back to typing with a couple taps. Multiple colors and line thicknesses are available as well, and handwritten words are searchable just like printed text.
In its promotional materials Evernote shows off an awful lot of people using Galaxy Note phones and tablets with fine stylus input, but you'll be able to give a quick scrawl into your notes with your finger (or a capacitive stylus) on any device you'd like. Notes aren't saved any different when they have handwriting in them — everything is right in-line with the other text, images and audio of the note.
The latest update also improves the editing of notes that were created on other platforms, and makes the camera capture time quicker across the board. You can grab the latest Evernote app with these new features from the Play Store link at the top of this post.
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