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4 years ago

Angry Birds Star Wars to be updated starting Nov. 29 with new Hoth levels

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By now, you've most likely catapulted, slashed and shot your way through the first two worlds in Rovio's latest Angry Birds title, Angry Birds Star Wars. But, good news for those patiently awaiting the next set of levels, an update is due to drop starting tomorrow with more bird flinging fun. 

Following on from Tatooine and the Death Star, next up is the ice planet of Hoth. So, expect snow, snow, more snow and some AT-AT Walkers thrown in for good measure. Rovio has released a teaser trailer which we can see here, but we'll know more tomorrow. 

Source: Rovio Mobile (YouTube)

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4 years ago

Verizon's Samsung Galaxy Note 2 available Nov. 29

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After a month of preorders, Verizon just dropped word that its version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 -- differentiated by that not-at-all gaudy Verizon logo on the home button -- will be available online and in stores tomorrow, Nov. 29.  The 5.5-inch oversized phone with its excellent Wacom S Pen will run $299 on contract. But you also get that Verizon-branded home button for free, so it's really a bargain if you stop and think about it. 

The Note 2 is running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with a quad-core Exynos processor at 1.6 GHz, with 2 GB of RAM. It's also got an 8MP rear camera and 1.9MP shooter out front, plus all the usual Samsung software bells and whistles. Plus, Verizon has put its logo on the home button. You won't get that anywhere else.

Source: Verizon
Also: The first Galaxy Note 2 accessory you'll want -- a home button sticker

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4 years ago

Motorola Electrify 2 - US Cellular's best budget-friendly holiday pick

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We’re officially in the thick of the holiday season, and carriers are hoping now is the time you’ll sign away your wireless soul for the next two years for the promise of a shiny new device. But before you head to the mall, take a deep breath and weigh your options closely — just because it’s that time of year doesn’t mean you have to do anything rash.

For U.S. Cellular customers, 2012 just may be the best holiday season so far. Over the past year, the carrier has been steadily adding more high-end devices to its portfolio. If you’re ready to sign a two-year contract, you’ve got plenty of solid choices: The Galaxy Note 2, the Galaxy S3, and the new Motorola Electrify M are all good devices with best-in-class specs. But at $300, $100, and $100 respectively, these three heavyweights might be just a bit too rich for your blood, especially if you’ve got to fill more than a couple stockings this year. But fear not, USC has some budget-friendly options, the best of which being the Motorola Electrify 2.

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4 years ago

Amazon Appstore now available in Japan

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It's been nearly two months since Amazon started accepting submissions for its Japanse appstore, and today it's gone live. The usual suspects are all there -- Amazon singles out Cut the Rope, Fruit Ninja and Yahoo! Headline, among others. You can get to the Japanese wing at amazon.co.jp/apps.

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4 years ago

Nexus 7 3G now available from Three UK

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Three UK has announced that it's begun stocking the 3G/HSPA version of Google's Nexus 7. The ASUS-made 7-inch tablet will be available from today at Three retail stores and the network's website -- although the device isn't anywhere to be found on Three's site at the time of writing.

Three says it'll sell the 3G Nexus 7 for an up-front fee of £49.99 on a £19.99 per month contract, which includes a 5GB monthly data allowance. Spec-wise, you're looking at the same Nexus 7 we've known since June -- stock Jelly Bean on a 7-inch display, with 32GB of storage.

The 3G Nexus 7 has proved successful in the short time it's been available. The device was briefly sold out on the UK Google Play Store before more stock arrived this Monday.

Source: Three

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4 years ago

Google Play Books gets preorders, allowing you to preorder books

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Google Play now allows you to preorder books from its "New and coming soon" section. That, uh, allows you to order books before they go on sale. Can't tell if there's any sort of discount for doing so, but at least the mechanism is in place, allowing for a smooth and orderly transaction. Smooth and orderly, Google. That's how we like it.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Nexus 4 get its first CM10.1 nightly build

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If you're already got your Nexus 4 (or if you've recently had one ship) and are eagerly awaiting some CyanogenMod 10.1 love with Android 4.2, the first nightly build has been released. As a quick reminder, nightly builds are the bleeding edge, aren't the same as "stable" builds, and likely have a bug or three. But they're damn cool, too. Have at it at the link below.

Download: CM10.1 for mako; source: +CyanogenMod

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4 years ago

QuickBooks Mobile now fully optimized for Android tablets

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Intuit has updated the QuickBooks Mobile app for Android, making the app fully optimized for use with Android tablets. With almost 400,000 companies and over 1 million people using QuickBooks Online, there is a real need for a comprehensive companion application that's built to take advantage of the screen real estate a tablet offers. Of course, the app still offers all the same features to help users manage their finances it always has.

Intuit also recognizes the market swing and how Android is quickly gaining share. The number of mobile users is expected to surpass the number of computer users by mid-2013, and a significant number of those will be running Android. Simply put, these folks will need to have access to the programs they want and need -- including productivity software. QuickBooks Mobile is free in Google Play, but requires access to QuickBooks online or other Intuit services which may be subscription based.

Read through the break for the press release from Intuit, and a few screenshots of the app in action. 

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4 years ago

EE increases data caps for 4G mobile broadband plans, introduces SIM-only 30-day option

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EE, the UK's only 4G LTE mobile network, has announced that it's increasing the amount of data available to its mobile broadband customers -- that's anyone using one of EE's data-only plans with a compatible device.

Customers on a 2GB allowance will see that increased to 3GB, 3GB users will get bumped up to 5GB, and 5GB customers will have their data cap increased all the way to 8GB. Monthly fees will remain the same.

EE is also launching a SIM-only data-only plan on a rolling 30-day contract, which offers 5GB for £15.99 per month. EE doesn't currently sell any 4G-capable Android tablets, but if you've already picked one up (and it supports LTE on 1800MHz), you'll be able to use it with this new price plan. To sweeten the deal, EE says the first month of service will be free for those signing up before Dec. 23.

Unfortunately the new price plans don't extend to EE's smartphone SIMs, which require a minimum commitment of 12 months on SIM-only, or 24 months if you include a phone.

More details in the presser after the break.

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4 years ago

32GB Nexus 7 price down to £179 in the UK

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Google and ASUS' Nexus 7 has been one of the budget tablet success stories of the year, and today it's an even more tempting buy for customers in the UK. British retailer Carphone Warehouse is selling the recently-launched 32GB version of the 7-inch Nexus tablet for £179, £20 below the Google Play Store asking price of £199. Both prices exclude delivery charges, though Carphone does offer a free delivery service, as well as in-store collection.

For that price you'll get a quad-core Tegra 3-powered tablet running the latest version of Android, with plenty of storage to boot. That's pretty good value considering not long ago you'd have spent a similar amount to get the now-discontinued 8GB Nexus 7 model.

More details at the source link.

Source: Carphone Warehouse

Thanks @DarrenDoc, @keridel

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4 years ago

Vodafone UK offering handset discounts on PAYG plans for the holidays

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The holiday season is upon us, and that means that the deals keep on coming. Over in the U.K., Vodafone is offering some pretty solid discounts on devices to go along with its PAYG (Pay As You Go) plans. It will be offering the Samsung Galaxy SIII (S3) for just £399, which is £100 off. The Xperia Miro, a mid-ranger, is just £100 instead of £130. You can also save a few on the Desire C if you're looking for a budget option.

There's also a decent assortment of sales on BlackBerry and Windows Phone handsets, you know, if that's your kind of thing. Hit up the source link below to see more.

Source: Vodafone

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4 years ago

Save $50 on a Samsung Galaxy Camera from Daily Steals

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Not everyone is sold on the idea of a mobile data-connected point and shoot camera, but for those of you who are, you deserve to save a few dollars on it. When Samsung and AT&T partnered up to sell the camera in stores, the retail price was a little shocking at $499 -- but after all its pretty much a Galaxy SIII (S3) with a big lens on the front.

Deals site Daily Steals is offering the Galaxy Camera for $49 less than AT&T, just $450. There's also free shipping and you often won't be paying sales tax as well. Overall you could come out pretty far ahead when compared to buying directly from AT&T. Interested? Hit the source link below.

Source: Daily Steals

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4 years ago

Daily news roundup: November 27, 2012

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 is the third most searched piece of technology on Bing

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It's getting to be that time of year where we everyone starts looking back at the year that was 2012. Microsoft's Bing is no exception to this, and already they've posted their "Bing Top Searches of 2012" list. Coupled in that list is a category for technology and consumer electronics. Unsurprisingly Samsung has found their way into that consumer electronics section with the Samsung Galaxy S3 being the third most searched piece of technology on Bing. Guess that's what happens when you push over 30 million devices worldwide. And just in case you were wondering, the iPhone 5 and iPad captured the first and second spots respectively.

Source: Bing

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4 years ago

Galaxy Nexus (takju) starts to get its Android 4.2.1 update, manual update available now

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With Android 4.2.1 hitting the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10, then the Android Open Source Project, and then the Nexus 7, we've kept one eye open for the venerable Galaxy Nexus. This one gets a little trickier because of the various versions out there, but first out of the gate is the "takju" variant, which is what you've got if you purchased from Google Play (or flashed that factory image, anyway).

The update was spotted by dmapr at XDA, and the usual download and flashing methods apply. Download it, reboot into recovery and sideload this sucker, and you've got today's minor update. Huzzah!

All you other Galaxy Nexus owners, hang tight. Especially those of you on Verizon and Sprint. We're sure an update is coming ... eventually.

Download: Android 4.2.1 for Galaxy Nexus takju; via XDA Developers
More: Galaxy Nexus forums

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