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3 years ago

Plague Inc adds Neurax Worm for $1.99

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Bored with bacteria? Fed up with fungus?  Bio-weapons got you down? If you're tired of the same old destruction in Plague Inc. -- a happy little game from Ndemic Creations in which your job is to eradicate humanity -- a new update brings forth the Neurax Worm, a "manipulative organism that burrows into the brain."

The expansion pack also burrows into your wallet a tad, to the tune of a $1.99 in-app purchase. But when was the last time you purchased a mind-controll worm so cheap?

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3 years ago

Samsung Stratosphere 2 quietly goes on sale - here's your first look!

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When Verizon and Samsung announced the Stratosphere II (full annoying name is Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere 2) a couple weeks ago, the only clue we got as to availability was the ever-ambiguous "coming soon." Turns out, it's available now. In addition to being listed on Verizon's website ($129 on contract, $449 outright), Android Central reader Steve picked one up at his local Radio Shack for his wife, who "loves it," he writes. "She has to have a keyboard phone so she's thrilled to finally have a new phone."

Steve brings us a pretty good look at the QWERTY smartphone, with its five-row silder keyboard hidden behind the display when not in use.

Note that it's running Android 4.0.4 out of the box, is sporting a 4-inch Super AMOLED display powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and has NFC and is ISIS-ready, plus a microSD card.

We've got more pics of the Stratosphere 2 after the break.

Thanks, Steve!

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3 years ago

T-Mobile stores starting to carry microSIM adapters

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In a quest to lure unlocked device users to its network, T-Mobile is becoming even more SIM-swap friendly by offering microSIM adapters in-store. Most recent devices, like the shiny new Nexus 4, are coming out only accepting microSIM cards. Unfortunately, every other device you have -- Galaxy Nexus or Nexus S, perhaps -- probably still has a miniSIM (what we often call a "normal" SIM.) Once you cut yours down, its not always the best choice to try and go back without an adapter. T-Mobile knows this, and now looks to be offering its own micro-to-mini SIM adapters in store for just $4.99.

It's no secret that T-Mobile is trying to appeal to the frequent device switcher, and this is just one more thing they can do to be friendlier to someone bringing their own devices to the network. We're not entirely sure when these will start showing up in a large number of stores, but we wouldn't expect it to take long.

Source: TmoNews

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3 years ago

Barnes & Noble Nook HD and HD+ now on sale in the UK

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After a month on pre-order, Barnes & Noble has launched its Nook HD and Nook HD+ in the UK. The tablets are available in retail locations and from B&N directly at its online store.

Announced in September, B&N's new tablets will go head-to-head with Amazon's Kindle series, as well as Apple's iPad and iPad Mini, and Google's latest round of Nexus tablets.

The Nook HD features a 1440x900 display, and is powered by a 1.3GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM. The Nook HD+ bumps this up to 1920x1080 ("Full HD"), along with a small CPU speed increase to 1.5GHz. The HD is priced at Nexus 7-matching £159, while the HD+ can be yours for £229.

Anyone in the UK considering picking one of these up over the weekend?

Source: Nook UK

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3 years ago

Plume updated with Android 4.2 lock screen widget

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One of the leading Twitter apps in the Play Store, Plume, is joining the small list of apps that have been updated to work with Android 4.2's lock screen widget functionality. In this latest update -- version 4.70 -- users can add the regular Plume widget to the lock screen, with full support for scrolling, buttons and responses. It looks and acts exactly as the home screen version does. These kinds of widgets are actually one of the few that may actually be considered useful on the lock screen, and we're glad they've chosen to incorporate it.

There are a group of quick fixes as part of the update as well, including fixes for DM (direct message) display, issues with the Facebook timeline not loading and unread list items appearing multiple times. If you're interested in trying out a Twitter client with lock screen widgets, take a look at Plume via the Google Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

Jelly Bean update starts pushing to Wifi Galaxy Tab 2 7.0

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If you decided to take Samsung up on its bargain basement prices for the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Wifi-only edition, then there's some good news for you this Thanksgiving morn. The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Wifi-only 7-inch Tab 2 (GT-P3110) has started pushing out in some territories, starting with France. The update is available through Kies, as well as over-the-air on the device itself. According to SamMobile, the build number you'll want to look out for is XXCLK5.

The update to Jelly Bean will give Tab 2 owners the chance to experience improved performance thanks to Android 4.1's "Project Butter" software enhancements, as well as enabling predictive search capabilities through Google Now.

If you're rocking a Tab 2 in France, head to Settings > About device > Software updates to see if yours is ready. Other territories are likely to follow in the weeks ahead.

Source: SamMobile

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3 years ago

Aussie carrier Telstra publishes new update schedule

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Australian network operator Telstra has published an announcement on the status of software updates for some of its major Android handsets, including the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Nexus. Many handsets can look forward to receiving ICS or Jelly Bean updates before the end of the year, however some have slipped into early 2013.

Here's a breakdown of what Telstra customers can expect in the weeks ahead --

  • Galaxy S2 4G - Ice Cream Sandwich update expected Dec. 10
  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus - Jelly Bean (4.1) expected to be approved in December. Availability TBC.
  • HTC One XL - Jelly Bean (4.1) expected to land before end of year.
  • HTC One S - Jelly Bean (4.1) due in early 2013.
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 - "Showstopper" bug uncovered in testing the Jelly Bean (4.1) firmware means this update isn't expected before early 2013.
  • Sony Xperia U - ICS update to launch Dec. 17.
  • Motorola RAZR HD - Jelly Bean (4.1) update expected Dec. 17.
  • Motorola RAZR M - Jelly Bean (4.1) update expected Feb. 8, 2013.

Many of these updates lag behind the international versions of these handsets -- for example, the international Galaxy S3 got Jelly Bean over a month ago, while the Galaxy Nexus is already on Android 4.2 in other territories. In any case, hopefully Aussies can take solace in the fact that update schedules are available to them -- that's more than many other carriers offer.

Source: Telstra, via: Ausdroid

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3 years ago

Virgin Mobile offering holiday discounts on handsets

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Virgin Mobile is all about deals for service and handsets, and it's adding some limited-time special deals for the holidays. The Samsung Galaxy SII (S2) has been $70 off since Monday, now just $299 off contract, and will stay that way through next Monday. The venerable HTC EVO 4G will be on sale for $199 and the Samsung Galaxy Reverb just $99 through Monday also, both $100 off.

You'll see the EVO 4G go on sale starting Friday, and the Galaxy Reverb starting Thursday. Virgin offers all of these devices off-contract, with monthly plans starting at just $35.

Source: Virgin Mobile

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3 years ago

Team Boid lays out future plans for its Twitter client

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We heard from a member of Team Boid on Monday that the group would be ceasing future development of its Twitter client. Now the team has released its official statement regarding its plans. As was eluded to before, the Boid Twitter client is now going open-sourced, and the team itself will be ceasing all future development. They hope that the project will continue to help other developers with their own design and app development.

This doesn't mean that the updates will stop coming to users that are currently using the Boid app, however. Updates will come when developers working on the project add their own changes and fixes. The team has already set up a Git instance to help the process along as well. It will be exciting to see how the app looks in the future under community development.

Source: Team Boid

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3 years ago

Play Store now pushing potential Nexus 4 buyers to T-Mobile

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If you've given up refreshing the Play Store listing for the Nexus 4, we wouldn't blame you at this point. There's no indication when these will be back in stock from Google directly, and that's really unfortunate. If you do happen to go to the Play Store though, you'll be greeted with a "Special Offer from T-Mobile" notice. If you follow the link, you're taken to T-Mobile's online store to buy it on-contract for $199. Curiously enough, this is showing up on both the 8 and 16GB models -- odd considering that 16GB is the only capacity sold by T-Mobile.

This really doesn't make any sense to us. Google has put the Nexus 4 at an extremely aggressive price point, one that's meant to show the great value of buying it directly from the Play Store. Pushing users to the more expensive on-contract option just because its out of stock at the moment is very odd. Google pushing the device with a contract from T-Mobile seems to go directly against what it's trying to accomplish with the "Devices" section of the Play Store.

Source: Google Play Store

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3 years ago

Judge grants Samsung's request for a look at HTC and Apple settlement agreement

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A few days back Samsung asked the courts for the terms of the settlement agreement between HTC and Apple, and this evening US Judge Paul S. Grewal granted the request. Samsung is curious because they believe that some of the licenses cover those special user experience patents that Apple is quick to claim are infringed. Samsung claims that their determination of whether or not those patents were licensed will help decide if they need to stop production of devices named in prior lawsuits.

Simply put, Samsung believes that if this agreement shows that Apple is fine with another company using these patents after a payment, then that billion dollar judgment awarded to Apple ought to cover it and no further proceedings are needed.

This one isn't going away any time soon, folks.

Source: The Verge

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 now available from Verizon

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Verizon has now made available their LTE enabled version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, just in case you're not satisfied with the available WiFi versions out there. We've already taken the WiFi version for a spin so be sure to check out our review Reminder of specs? Here you go:

  • Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich (Jelly Bean coming "soon")
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor (Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset)
  • 10.1-inch WXGA PLS TFT 1280 x 800 display
  • 7,000mAh Lithium-Ion battery
  • 1GB RAM, 8GB ROM and microSD card slot supporting up to 64GB memory card
  • Personal and business email, as well as IM through Google Talk
  • 3G/4G LTE mobile hotspot capability supporting up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n

Verizon has set their pricing for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 at $500. That's on par with the likes of AT&T but a little bit less than Sprint which sells their version for $550. If you're looking to pick one up, you can head on over to the Verizon site.

Source: Verizon

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3 years ago

Announcing the winners of the Mobile Nations Passport Contest Ultimate Android Prize Pack!

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Last week, in celebration of the successful rollout of Mobile Nations Passport, we were given the opportunity to pass on some amazing prize packs to our awesome readers. With over 51,000 entries across the Mobile Nations sites, it was obvious how excited you all were to win these incredible prizes. So without further ado, the winners of the Ultimate Prize packs, courtesy of Gogo and Mobile Nations are...

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3 years ago

Dragon Slayer game breathes fire all over Google Play

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As promised, Glu's free to play Dragon Slayer game has swooped into Google Play. This title takes the familiar one-on-one gesture-based duel format but pits dragons against mages. Mages blast through levels that are composed of a series of dragons, one after another. They all have their own elemental weaknesses as well as special attacks. As with all Glu games, there are lots of in-app purchases being nudged your way, but the graphics are pretty slick, and the game's premise is a nice change of pace for fans of high fantasy. 

I've been playing a little bit, and though there seems to be a lot more emphasis on improving gear rather than stats or abilities, it's pretty fun trying to read the movements of a variety of dragons and preparing to defend accordingly. Luckily there are also the occasional text warnings to provice cues. There's also a pet system in place, which can offer slight, and sometimes necessary back-up. 

Any takers, or is a reliance on in-app purchases a dealbreaker? Any other dueling games that you're digging lately? 

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3 years ago

Marvel’s Avenger Initiative now available on Google Play for a promotional price of $5

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Although it landed on iOS first, Marvel’s Avenger Initiative has now arrived in the Google Play Store. Noted as being "the first installment of Marvel's biggest cross‐over mobile gaming event" you'll start the game off playing as Hulk and take on the task of hunting down the world's most notorious villains and send them back S.H.I.E.L.D. In other words, Hulk. Smash.

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