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3 years ago

Call of Duty: Zombies infects non-Xperia Android devices

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After a brief period of exclusivity on Sony handsets, Call of Duty: Zombies is now available on most Android devices. The first-person shooter comes from what was a simple side-game bundled with the popular Call of Duty title for PC and consoles, but has quickly taken on an unlife of its own. It's essentially a wave defense game where players have to keep their hideout barricaded and fortified against hordes of undead while simultaneously clearing out the ones that find their way inside. It's all very goofy and arcadey, with new weapons and upgrades being purchasable between waves. 

Call of Duty: Zombies is available at the download link about for $6.99. Keep in mind that in-app purchases are being employed for accelerated progress as well. Anyone going to take the plunge, or has Dead Trigger got all of your zombie-killing needs covered?

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3 years ago

Watch the full Amazon Kindle press conference video

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If you want to get updated on the events but don't feel like doing a bunch of reading at the moment, you can now kick back and watch the video. Amazon has posted the video of the event in its entirety on YouTube and well as making it available for download on their press site. Link to the download is below but it is 4.3GB in size just so you are aware.

Source: Amazon, YouTube

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3 years ago

Amazon Kindle Event Debrief - Kindle Fire HD, new features and more!

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For the Amazon event in Santa Monica, we had our very own Kevin Michaluk and Ashley Esqueda on the ground taking in the all news and sending it back for us. Amazon kept them both pretty busy with plenty of announcements so they decided to go ahead and do up an un-edited, but entertaining, debriefing of the events. Check out the video and in case you missed out on anything, be sure to get yourself caught up. You can see all the posts from the event right here!

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3 years ago

Virgin Mobile now taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Reverb

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We've already gone hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Reverb but it met a little bit of a delay somewhere along line. No matter though, Virgin Mobile has now started taking pre-orders for the device and are fully set to roll it out on on Sept. 19 for $250. 

A quick reminder of the specs so that you know what you're getting for your money shows us Android 4.0, a 4-inch WVGA display, a 5 MP camera, 4 GB of internal storage, and a 1.4 Ghz single-core processor. Needless to say, it's not on the high end but it's quite budget friendly. Other specs include a 1700 mAh battery, 4GB ROM and 768MB RAM and a SD card slot. You can check out the full press release below for the full details or pre-order on the Virgin Mobile site

Source: Virgin Mobile

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3 years ago

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch hands-on demo

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Amazon didn't disappoint those who were hoping for a larger Kindle Fire. The Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch will be making its way into consumers hands come November 20th and we've got a hands-on demo with the device for you all to check out. As a reminder of what exactly the Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch is packing for specs, here they are:

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch - starts at $299, shipping November 20

  • 16 GB / 32 GB storage
  • 8.9-inch 1920 x 1200 touchscreen at 254 PPI
  • TI OMAP 4470 processor
  • 9.4 x 7.31 x 0.34 inches
  • 802.11n 5 Ghz MIMO Wi-Fi antenna

Whether or not it's he best tablet out there for the price will really depend on what you're looking for in a tablet but overall, Amazon has put together some nice hardware. We're looking forward to spending some more time with them all soon.

Pre-order: New Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD 7-inch, Kindle Fire 8.9-inch and 8.9-inch 4G LTE

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3 years ago

Amazon beats Google to the punch, introduces Kindle FreeTime custom profiles

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One standout item Amazon introduced today was what they are now calling Kindle FreeTime. With Kindle FreeTime, you'll be able to go ahead and set up custom profiles for individual users making sharing your Kindle with family and friends a whole lot easier. Dubbed as a reinvention of parental controls here are some examples of Kindle FreeTime can be used:

  • Restrict access to books, videos, apps and games.
  • Restrict times allowed based on several options.
  • Password protect each profile so that only allowed users can access.
  • Password protect settings so that profiles cannot be overridden and taken over.

Recently, there has been a lot of talk of Google having the frameworks built into Android 4.1 Jelly Bean that would allow such things as multiple user profiles but it's not complete as of yet, so in a way -- Amazon beat Google to the punch by allowing multiple users and custom settings for each one.

Pre-order: New Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD 7-inch, Kindle Fire 8.9-inch and 8.9-inch 4G LTE

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3 years ago

All new Kindle Fire versions will make use of ads on the lockscreen

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With the Amazon event now mostly wrapped up and Amazon having setup all their preorder pages, some unannounced information about the devices has now come up. Unlike previous Kindle models, which offered a cheaper version for the inclusion of ads, Amazon has now decided that with the new Kindle Fire line it'll no longer be optional.

Yes, all new versions of the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD will have ads and sponsored screensavers built into them as now is noted on the Amazon website and there is no option to opt out of them. For some, it's not a huge deal but for others it could sway them to another device.  Do you all care about the ads? Sound off in the comments.

Source: Amazon; via: The Verge

Pre-order: New Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD 7-inch, Kindle Fire 8.9-inch and 8.9-inch 4G LTE

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3 years ago

Beach Buggy Blitz for Tegra devices is totally tubular, man (and totally free)

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If you're the proud owner of a Tegra device there's a great new game you have to try, Beach Buggy Blitz. The folks at Vector Unit (the same people who brought us Shine Runner and Riptide GP) have really outdone themselves with this one. 

In Beach Buggy Blitz, you're tasked with driving from waypoint to waypoint, in an endless driving game. Along the way you'll find coins, which you can use to buy power ups and new equipment, all sorts of destructible scenery (carnage is fun), and a beautifully rendered environment. The effects, physics, and gameplay take full advantage of Nvidia's Tegra extensions, for one of the funnest driving games to ever hit Android.

It's addictive, and it's harder than it looks. While you're power sliding around corners, and laying waste to crabs and tiki torches, the clock is ticking. If you can't make it to the waypoint before the timer runs out, your game is done and you have to start all over again.

Right now the game is for Tegra devices only, but Vector has plans to bring it to other devices "soon". If you're like me and bought a Tegra device to play great games, you just found one. Grab it from Google Play through the link above, it's free (with in-app purchases for coins if you like). There's also a quick video of the game in action after the break.

More: TegraZone

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3 years ago

Amazon Kindle Fire HD vs. iPad vs. Nexus 7 vs. Surface RT vs PlayBook

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Alright, we've rounded up just about all of the specs on Amazon's new Kindle Fire HD tablets, now let's see how they size up against the competition: Apple's new iPad, the Google Nexus 7 by ASUS, Microsoft's upcoming Surface RT, and RIM's LTE BlackBerry PlayBook. 

At the lower price points, only the Nexus 7 is really competing. We're still waiting on more information on RAM, but the new Kindle Fire HDs offer a lot more local storage further up the ladder. Next to the new iPad, the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD with LTE doesn't look so hot. Sure, the new iPad with data starts $130 higher, but it includes a much higher-resolution screen, a rear camera, and few more key bonuses. 

In any case, what do you think of the Amazon Kindle Fire HD when sized up against these other major tablets? Does it stand a good chance at holding onto its major share of the U.S. tablet market? How about abroad?

Be sure to stick around for a hands-on comparison from Kevin, who handled our most excellent liveblog earlier today.

Pre-order New Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD 7 and Kindle Fire HD 8.9

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3 years ago

Verizon 4G LTE expands to over a dozen new locations

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Verizon has continued their crazy fast expansion of 4G LTE network coverage this week with over a dozen new markets or locations. More LTE markets can only be a good thing, especially if you're one of the millions who recently picked up a Samsung Galaxy SIII (S3) on Big Red. Here's a full list of the locations that went live this week:

  • Communities near St. Louis, Missouri
  • Richmond, Indiana
  • Rochester, New York (network enhancements)
  • Sunbury, Pennsylvania
  • Stroudsberg, Pennsylvania
  • Pottsville, Pennsylvania
  • Williamsport, Pennsylvania
  • Jackson County, Michigan
  • Syracuse, New York (network enhancements)
  • Binghamton, New York (network enhancements)
  • Greene County, New York (network enhancements)

With this rate of growth in the Verizon 4G LTE network, it's going to be hard for AT&T to catch up -- and seemingly impossible for Sprint

Source: Verizon News Center

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3 years ago

Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD coming to the UK for £129 and £159

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Amazon UK sends word that the new Kindle Fire (second-generation) and Kindle Fire HD (7-inch) will be launching in the UK soon. Importantly, Amazon's bringing both devices to the British isles at highly competitive price points -- £129 for the basic Kindle Fire, and £159 for the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD (the 8.9-inch versions were not mentioned in today's press release). The move represents Amazon's first foray into the UK tablet space, as the original Kindle Fire was never released in the country.

The £159 price point puts the 16GB Fire HD in direct competition with the 8GB Nexus 7, and Amazon's offering comes with a compelling content package, which crucially includes music, something lacking from Google Play in the UK. British Kindle Fire owners will also get one month of free access to Lovefilm, the European movie subscription service owned by Amazon, as well as a free month of Amazon Prime. Both devices are due to land in the UK on Oct. 25, and are available to pre-order today.

Needless to say, the UK budget tablet market just got really interesting. And with Apple due to join the fray in mid-October, it looks like there'll be no shortage of competition for Google's Nexus 7 in the months ahead.

We've got Amazon's press release in full after the break. Also be sure to check out our continuing coverage of the new Kindle devices by directing your attention a few pixels down.

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3 years ago

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch gallery

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Here's the first round of images of the new Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9. We're getting our hands on one as we speak, so stick around for more. 

Pre-order Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9

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3 years ago

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch available November 20th for $299

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Aside from the 7-Inch version, Amazon also announced the 8.9-Inch Kindle Fire HD. Just like the 7-Inch version, the 8.9-Inch will come with 16GB of storage though you'll have to wait a little bit longer and empty your pockets a little bit more if you go that route. The 8.9-Inch Kindle Fire HD ships on November 20th and will come in at $299. Still not bad pricing.

Pre-order: New Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD 7-inch, Kindle Fire 8.9-inch and 8.9-inch 4G LTE

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3 years ago

Amazon announces Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE with $50 per year data plan

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At its Kindle event in Los Angeles, Amazon has just announced its high-end Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE tablet. Speaking at the event, Amazon's Jeff Bezos said that to sell a tablet at $499, Amazon would have to include "the ultimate tablet feature."

The 8.9-inch, $499 Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE will come with 32GB of storage and a $49.99 per year data plan, including an allowance of 250MB per month, 20GB of cloud storage and $10 Amazon Appstore credit. Nothing's been mentioned just yet regarding how much it'll cost once you go over that small monthly allowance, but we're hoping there will be some option to top up a few extra gigabytes. Amazon didn't say specifically which network it was partnering with, but the 4G LTE logo displayed matched that of AT&T.

Amazon was keen to promote the advantage of its setup versus the Apple competition, highlighting the savings involved in an integrated data plan. Bezos summed up the company's bullish attitude, simply saying "we have just built the best tablet at any price."

The Kindle Fire HD with 4G LTE is available to pre-order today, and will ship on Nov. 20 alongside the Wifi-only version.

Pre-order: New Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD 7-inch, Kindle Fire 8.9-inch and 8.9-inch 4G LTE

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3 years ago

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7-inch available September 14th for $199

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With the all around announcement of the new Kindle Fire HD, Amazon managed to differentiate the product line much like their other Kindle offerings announcing that the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7-inch will be available as of September 14th. For those concerned about pricing, the updated Kindle Fire will come in at a very reasonable $199. One difference here though over the 8.9-Inch is that the 7-Inch only comes with a screen resolution of 1280x800.

Pre-order Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7-inch

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