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4 years ago

Skout review - yet another way to find local singles on Android

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Skout is a location-aware social networking app for Android, allowing users to find people nearby that are looking to chat or otherwise mingle. The app has a really great dual-pane layout that’s accessed with swipe gestures, making it fast and easy to flip through local singles, check direct messages, and get notifications on who’s checking you out.

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4 years ago

Wild Blood trailer teases intense 3D medieval action

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Gameloft has given us a little taste of their first Unreal-powered title, Wild Blood. It looks to be a no-holds-barred 3D combat game, complete with high fantasy gear and the full complement of custom abilities. Gameplay will span the gamut of melee hack-and-slash, archery for ranged combat, and more than a few explosive spells.

Of course, Gameloft isn't saying too much that isn't in the trailer, but with coins dropping out of just about every defeated enemy, I can't help but assume that in-app purchases are going to be a big part of the picture here (as is the case with most Gameloft titles). Let's just hope that at least they'll make the game free if they're going to be pushy with the microtransactions. 

Still, the the art's fantastic and the gameplay looks hectic. Who's interested? Anyone else getting a slight Infinity Blade vibe from this one?

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 review

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Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 marries an ambitious pen input and user interface to hardware that's a little tough to digest, especially when you can get better for less.

In light of the recent ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and its ongoing litigation with Apple, it'd be hard to imagine that Samsung hasn't thought twice about its tablet strategy. Continually pushing out a revamped iteration of the flop before it (see: Galaxy Tab 2 10.1) has proven to be as ineffective as it is effortless, a sign of the times that just may have given birth to Samsung's latest flagship device, the Galaxy Note 10.1. It marks a shift from "content consumption to content creation", an evolution that Samsung is banking on to finally cement its name in the tablet market.

But is the integration of the S Pen into the user experience enough for the Note to stand out in a sea of Android tablets trying to do just that? And, more important, has Samsung found a niche worth a $500 price tag? Let's find out.


The Galaxy Note 10.1 is mostly fast and fluid, a testament to its top-notch processor and 2GB of onboard RAM. It's also handsome and well-designed, taking cues from the GS3. Samsung's S Pen has evolved into a sophisticated tool with exciting potential.


That said, the Note 10.1 feels like it may snap in half at any given moment, and its certainly one of the least-sturdy tablets on the market today. The 1200x800 display is a joke compared to its competitors, and really distracts if you're familiar with nicer screens.



The Galaxy Note 10.1 is unique and stands out among a seemingly endless sea of competitors, though not always in a good way. Samsung has stepped back and reshaped its tablet strategy, now focusing on user experience rather than specs alone, and if you keep an open mind about the included S Pen, you just might find it more handy than you would have imagined. However, we believe the $500 you'll spend on a base Note 10.1 would be better spent on two Nexus 7s. However, if you've got your heart set on a full-sized tablet, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is the way to go if you want to keep from breaking the bank.

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4 years ago

Sprint announces Ice Cream Sandwich bugfix for the Epic Touch 4G

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If you are currently sporting a Sprint Epic Touch 4G on the Sprint network and love Ice Cream Sandwich, but are experiencing some bugs, you will be happy to know a fix is on the way. Today Sprint announced that it will be rolling out an update (in stages) to address battery life issues, and hopefully others as well. The update will bump the device up to version S:D710.10S.FH13 (MR 4), so if you have yet to receive the update be sure to check manually. Notice any changes that aren't listed, be sure to hop into the forums and let us know!

Source: Sprint; via: Android Central Forums; thanks, JayWill72!

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 available on 1saleaday for $499.99

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Daily deal site 1saleaday.com has a pretty good offer available if you're looking to pick up a Samsung Galaxy SIII (S3) for use on AT&T's LTE network. For a penny under $500, you can get this unlocked AT&T model, in either blue or white, for about the next 10 hours (at the time of writing). It still isn't cheap, but it's probably the best deal you'll see on an unlocked superphone right now.

So if you've been holding out for a good price on the AT&T LTE model of the Galaxy S3, your chance to buy awaits at the source link below. If you're on the fence, check out our AT&T Galaxy S3 review.

Source: 1saleaday

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4 years ago

Fancy review - like Pinterest, only shoppier

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Fancy was featured in Google Play for awhile, offering what looks like a Pinterest clone, but it does a few things differently. Like Pinterest, it showcases shiny products in a visually appealing format and allows users on the network to create categorized collections. Usually these kinds of sites revolve around home and fashion, and though there’s plenty of that on Fancy, you’re just as likely to find cool phone cases and miscellaneous gadgets.

What really sets Fancy apart is that they form partnerships with vendors so if you add something of theirs to your collection, you can often earn promotions usually in the form of coupon codes for discounts on online orders. As you might expect, Fancy has a lot more “buy now” links and the like.

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4 years ago

HTC One V hits Cricket on Sept. 2

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HTC and Cricket Wireless are teaming up to launch the One V on the network starting next Sunday, Sep. 2. The One V, which we reviewed back in April, is HTC’s leading entry-level device, bringing to the table a striking industrial design with an HTC Legend-style aluminum chin. On the inside, the One V is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU and 512MB of RAM, with a 5MP camera around the back. We noted in our review that the One V packs one of the most impressive entry-level smartphone cameras around, thanks to HTC’s ImageSense tech.

On the software side, you’ve got Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, backed up by a basic version of HTC Sense 4.0, as well as music playback enhancements through Beats Audio.

Cricket’s not saying how much it’ll be charging for the One V when it launches, but based on the rest of the carrier’s smartphone offerings, the One V looks set to become something of a hero device for Cricket in late 2012. Any Cricket fans out there? Let us know in the comments if you're tempted by HTC's latest aluminum-clad beast.

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4 years ago

Archos 101 XS review

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With the introduction of its brand new Gen10 XS line, Archos is reminding the world today that the Android tablet market is not limited to a couple of high roller manufacturers. It’s latest flagship, the 101 XS, is a tablet that shies away from competing with the likes of Samsung and Motorola and enters a niche that gives Archos an opportunity to cement its name in the mobile computing world. The Gen10 XS line is Archos’ attempt at replacing your laptop, and while its goals might be lofty, the French manufacturer has at least stepped out of the box.


The 101 XS performs admirably well, and its onboard OMAP processor rarely stumbles. Archos has been known to be prompt with Android updates, and the company says Jelly Bean is right around the corner. The Coverboard-included price of $399 is a deal.


The 101 XS' display is really, really terrible. The Coverboard works well enough under perfect conditions, but all too often fails when needed. Furthermore, it doesn't remain attached to the 101 XS when not in use.



The 101 XS is a nice step up from Archos G9 series, and its budget friendly price gets you a lot of hardware for your buck. The Coverboard is a unique idea and it's great that Archos is including it in the $399 pricetag, but at this time you'll be hard pressed to replace your keyboard with it. If you can get past the screen, though, the 101 XS is a well-performing Android tablet at an affordable price.

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4 years ago

ARCHOS introduces the Gen10 XS line, led by the 101 XS

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ARCHOS today introduced the Gen10 XS line, the successor to last summer’s G9 tablets. The 101 XS, the company’s latest flagship tablet, will be the first to carry the Gen10 XS name, and comes equipped with a 10.1-inch display, a dual-core OMAP 4470 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, and a nearly-stock Ice Cream Sandwich experience. ARCHOS says that a Jelly Bean update will be released in early Q4 2012. The 101 XS weighs only 21 ounces and measures .31 inches thin.

The defining feature of ARCHOS’ new line is the “Coverboard”, a magnetic keyboard that doubles as the tablet’s cover. The Coverboard connects to the Gen101 XS via a proprietary dock to enable a full-keyboard experience, complete with shortcut buttons custom tailored to Android 4.0. The Coverboard, ARCHOS says, is designed to protect the 101 XS while adding only .2 inches to the tablet’s size, and ships with every Gen10 XS tablet.

The Gen101 XS will be available through major retailers beginning in November with a suggested retail price of $399. The 9.7 inch 97 XS and the 8-inch 80 XS will be available “later in 2012.” ARCHOS’ full presser can be found after the break, while our full review can be found here.

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4 years ago

Vizio Co-Star torn down by iFixit, reveals a dual-core processor

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The team over at iFixit has gotten their hands on one of the newest Google TV boxes, the Vizio Co-Star. They of course pulled it apart, looked at its guts, and showed them to the world. When Vizio announced the box, it specified some of the features, but not all of the internal specs, so it's cool to find out what the box is sporting.

Their inspection has revealed many of the specs, such as:

  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB NAND Flash

The team also opened up the remote, which revealed, among other things, Bluetooth 3.0.

If you want to see the rest of the pictures of the teardown, hit up the source link.

Source: iFixit

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4 years ago

Sense 4.1 and Android 4.0.4 reportedly hitting European HTC One S

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Reports are coming in from around the web that the European version of HTC's One S is receiving an over-the-air update to Android 4.0.4 (from 4.0.3) and HTC Sense 4.1. The update to software version 2.31 weighs in at 157MB, and is hitting unlocked handsets today. Sense 4.1 is said to improve performance throughout, while introducing a coupe of new features like quick settings in the notification dropdown. And as we saw in recent One X updates, the new software version also lets you remap the multitasking key, if you prefer to use it as a menu button. Early reports also suggest the usual combination of bug fixes and stability improvements.

If you’re rocking an unlocked European HTC One S, head to Settings > About phone > Software updates to see if your OTA is ready. Branded versions of the One S, including the T-Mobile U.S. variant, will likely see their updates pushed out in the weeks ahead, after they’ve been properly certified. (Fingers crossed, One X owners -- hopefully your update won't be far behind!)

Source: XDA, The Verge

More: HTC Sense 4.1 preview

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4 years ago

ZTE Blade III outed by Finnish retailer

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The ZTE Blade III hasn’t been announced by its manufacturer yet, but one Finnish retailer has already jumped the gun and revealed promotional images of the phone, along with a full spec sheet. The images on Verkkokauppa.com show a curved, white design reminiscent of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. According to the listed specs, the phone runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chip with 512MB of RAM. On the front there’s a 3.5-inch WVGA TFT display, and around the back there’s a 5MP camera.

So nothing earth shattering, but ZTE will be hoping that the handset’s design, along with the presence of Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, will be enough to coax European buyers into parting with their €199.

It seems the phone’s not far off release, so we’ll be on the lookout for the ZTE Blade III at the IFA show in Berlin next week.

Source: esphoneblog, Thanks, Jonne!

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4 years ago

Seidio Convert Extended Combo case review - bulk meets battery

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The Seidio Convert Extended Combo case is a mammoth of a case with plenty of room for an extended battery and comes with a custom-made clip holster. The construction is as rugged as you could reasonably hope for from a smartphone case: first there is a hard plastic core, then a silicon skin wrapping around it, then, of all things another hard case along the outside. The whole package also comes with a screen protector and a lockable holster, making it an exceptionally rugged package all around.

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4 years ago

Spotify planning expansion into Canada, Asia and South America not far behind

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Management filings from Spotify's European parent company have confirmed that Canadian launch is on the way, and that the company's looking at Asian, and South American expansions. While there's no date set for these plans, the filing was written back in April and subsidiaries in each of those regions are already formed. The last geographic expansion for Spotify was in Australia and New Zealand.

As a Canadian, I'm pretty pumped about this, but it all depends on how long it takes for the service to get here. Between Slacker and Songza, there are already a couple of free streaming mobile music services to get comfortable with in Canada. Seeing as Spotify only recently made the radio feature free and unlimited for mobile users, the one real selling point is the desktop client, which can bring up everything from their massive library on demand.  

In any case, it's good to hear that plans are well underway, plus Asia and South America are both huge markets to tackle.  Canadians, having you been holding out for Spotify? Current Spotify users, what's your favorite part of the service? 

Source: WSJ

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4 years ago

A quick look at Ice Cream Sandwich on the HTC ThunderBolt

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Ice Cream Sandwich on the HTC ThunderBolt. Whodathunkit, eh?

Here we have a very quick look at that leaked Android 4.0.3 ROM put forth by Team BAMF for what either is the best phone of the past year or so, or the worst, depending on your point of view. What you see here is ICS, of course, and it's got Sense 3.6 atop it. That's complete with all the bells and whistles you would expect, including HTC's excellent lockscreen customizations, quick settings in the notification pull-down, and HTC's other reworkings.

And you know what? It runs surprisingly well. We're not going to pass final judgment on that just yet -- this is an unofficial leak, after all, so let's wait until Verizon actually pushes the thing. But so far, we're pleasantly surprised, and we have a feeling you will be, too.

More: Team BAMF

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