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2 years ago

Machinarium for Android - The most beautiful (and beautifully frustrating) game you may ever play

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Spend even just a couple minutes with Machinarium, and two things are abundantly clear:

  • This quite possibly is the most visually stunning game I've ever played.
  • You're going to need some patience to get through this one.''

It's puzzles meet steampunk in this hand-drawn world. You guide Josef through the "legendary city of Machinarium. Each level has a series of puzzles or challenges that have to be completed, not unlike the Myst of yore. You get one hit per level, but there's a comic-like walkthrough book that will help you on your way, if you're willing to play the little in-app game to get to it.

The game's designed for tablets, but it'll run on higher-resolution smartphones as well. The developer warns that you'll not have the same experience, as the touch regions are affected, but you should get the idea.

Machinarium costs $3.99. But once you play it, you'll see it's well worth the price. Check out the demo video after the break.

Update: Oh, right. It's a 220MB download, so heads up.

Download: Machinarium
Need help? Check out the first two levels in our Machinarium walkthrough

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2 years ago

EVO 4G LTE shipping notifications, Beats Audio functions [From the Forums]

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With most of the larger events all wrapped up now and everyone all back where they belong, it's time we get back to some of regular scheduled programming. If you happened to miss out on anything from today, make sure you get yourself caught up both here on the blogs and in the Android Central Forums. Check out some of the threads below to get yourself started:

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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2 years ago

Skullcandy protective cover for the HTC One S [case review]

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The Skullcandy protective cover for the HTC One S is a hard-shell snap-on cover designed to keep the phone from getting scratched and dinged during everyday use. The cover simply snaps over the rear of the phone, protecting the U.S. version of the One S' gorgeous blue and grey gradient paint job but keeping the sexy thin profile of the phone intact. 

The cover fits well, and there isn't any risk of it falling off. The top and bottom are cut out for easy access to controls and the dual-microphones, and the precision cut-outs for the volume switch, USB port, and camera align perfectly. The camera cutout is generous, and doesn't affect the pictures you'll take with the One S' amazing camera in any way.

While not designed for serious abuse, the Skullcandy protective cover will keep your One S looking like the day you bought it, and when combined with a good screen protector should keep everything scratch-free in any purse or pocket. To get one of your own, visit your local T-Mobile store or their website.  We've got a handful of pictures after the break.

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2 years ago

Samsung publishes official Galaxy S III TV ad

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If you were watching Samsung's May 3 presentation closely enough, you might have seen this before -- it's Samsung's (slightly odd, if we're honest) TV spot for the upcoming Galaxy S III, which the manufacturer's uploaded separately for the first time today.  In amongst clips of happy, attractive people jumping around and enjoying their phones, you'll spot a series of broad slogans alluding to some of the major functions of the phone. Apparently the Galaxy S III is the phone that "keeps track of your loved ones," "recognizes who you are," "follows your every move," and "waits until you're asleep."

Sleep tight. We've got the video itself embedded after the break.

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2 years ago

Facebook rolling out improved News Feed layout for mobile devices

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For Facebook fans, it's always a little bit scary when Facebook decides to rollout some new layout changes considering you never know if they're going to make the experience better or worse. The latest update though appears of have made things a little better especially for those who post or view a lot of photos via Facebook. As noted on Facebook:

"Starting today, we’re rolling out an improved design for posts in news feed on your mobile phone. Now photos are up to 3x larger, and all posts will fill your mobile screen from edge to edge. The new design will be available on iOS, Android and m.facebook.com."

As you can see in the shot above, images extend out and fill up the screen better now where as before it would only show just a small preview and you would then have to click through to see the image or any set of images in your news feed. We'll let you all decide if it's better this way but in any case, it's live now for folks -- no update to the app itself needed as it is a server side change.

Source: Facebook

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2 years ago

Motorola Mobility launches the Motorola Xoom 2 family of tablets in Sweden, elsewhere

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Motorola Mobility is continuing their global roll out of the Motorola Xoom 2 family of tablets. This time around, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark are getting some Motorola love with the release of the Motorola Xoom 2 as well as the Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition.

  • Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition - Wi-Fi variant from 3595 SEK
  • Motorola XOOM 2 - Wi-Fi variant from 3595 SEK
  • Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition - Wi-Fi & 3G variant from 4395 SEK
  • Motorola XOOM 2 - Wi-Fi & 3G variant from 4795 SEK

All variations of the tablets are available now in Sweden through El-Giganten at the various price points listed above. Need some more info? Check out the Motorola site link below or have a look at our Motorola Xoom 2 review for more details.

Source: Motorola (Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark)

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2 years ago

AT&T HTC One X out of stock online

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In what either is good news for sales numbers or bad news for initial inventory numbers, the AT&T HTC One X currently is listed as "out of stock" on AT&T's website for both the white and gray versions. How long that'll remain the case remains unknown (and we're not quite sure how long it's been listed out of stock). The good news is if you're looking to get out, there are myriad options, including the ol' brick-and-mortar route.

But no matter how you go about snagging your AT&T One X, be sure to read our comprehensive review first!

More: AT&T HTC One X (white, gray)

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2 years ago

State of the Mobile Nations Survey: Phone buying habits

Help Us Help You! In our ongoing quest to better serve our community, we want to gain a better understanding into your phone buying habits. Are you buying your next phone in store or online? On contract, off contract or pay as you go? Those are the kinds of questions we're asking on this one.

The survey will only take you two minutes or less. Thanks!

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2 years ago

Some Sprint stores opening at 8 a.m. Friday for the EVO 4G LTE

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Sprint today announced that stores in a number of states will open at 8 a.m. local time for Friday's launch of the HTC EVO 4G LTE. Some stores will have special demonstrations set up. They include:

  • Plano, Texas: 1913 Preston Road, Suite 100.
  • Atlanta: 3400 Around Lenox Road, Atlanta, Ga., 30326, in the Around Lenox shopping center
  • Miami: 12540 SW 120th Street
  • Boston: 422 Boylston Street, at the corner of Boylston & Berkeley streets
  • ​Redmond, Wash.: Overlake Sprint Store, 148th Ave NE
  • South Denver: 9992 Commons Street, STE 100, Lone Tree, CO, just off E. Lincoln Avenue
  • Washington, D.C.: 1101 South Joyce Street, Suite B15, Arlington, VA 22202
  • San Francisco: 320 Gellert Boulevard, Daly City, CA, 94015 - cross street Hickey Blvd.
  • New York City: 175 Fifth Avenue
  • Los Angeles: 364 S La Cienega Blvd (between San Vicente and 3rd Street)

Sprint's announcing these locations one at a time, so we'll keep an eye out for any additions. We'd also recommend checking with your local store before showing up first thing Friday, just in case.

Source: Sprint PR; more: Sprint store locations
Also: EVO 4G LTE forums

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2 years ago

T-Mobile HTC Sensation 4G to get ICS update this Wednesday

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T-Mobile HTC Sensation 4G owners will have been watching with envy as their phone's international cousin was updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich a couple of months ago. But now it seems the wait may finally be at an end, with T-Mobile announcing in its official support documentation that the Sensation's ICS update will be arriving this Wednesday, May 16.

The update promises the same mix of Android 4.0.3 and HTC Sense 3.6 that we've seen on a number of updated HTC devices over the past few months, with highlights including a re-vamped launcher, face unlock, data usage controls and home screen folders. Sure, it's not quite as pretty as the new-fangled Sense 4 that's bundled on HTC One phones, but it's a significant step up from earlier Sensation ROMs.

This Wednesday, Sensation 4G owners will want to head to Settings -> About phone -> Software updates to grab the update to the latest version of Android.

And hopefully Amaze 4G owners won't have too long to wait either, with the latest info out of T-Mobile indicating an ICS release "in the coming weeks."

Source: Android Central forums

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