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4 years ago

SeaStorm for Android: How I'm watching Isaac

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There are a number of hurricane-tracking apps available for Android, but Treknologist pointed out one over the weekend that's become my go-to app. 

SeaStorm ($1.99) culls information from the National Hurricane Center's website. And while I normally wouldn't purchase an app that that merely repackages information from a website I could easily browse, it does so in an easy-to-read manner, works well on smartphones and tablets, and greatly lessens the amount of time it takes me to digest the latest updates.

Dive into an individual storm and you have quick looks at the tracking maps, wind speed estimates, storm surge graphics, satellite images and public advisories -- basically all the important, official information you need when tracking a storm.

This one will be staying on my phone through November.

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4 years ago

App.net app beta app Jive jibes into Hooha, now available on Google Play

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App.net is still in its infancy as a new version of Twitter that you have to pay to get into but lacks issues like cutting developers off at the knees, and now it's starting to grow some legs. There are a number of apps in various stages of beta development. One of those apps is (was) Jive, which is now available for free in Google Play.

The two screen shots you see above are pretty much it. You get timeline views, and you can post to your stream. Simple, but effective, but also without the scope that Twitter continues to dominate with.

But these things do have to start slowly. If you're getting into App.net, give Hooha a look-see.

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4 years ago

Heroes Call updated with new class, ditches premium currency

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Yet another free-to-play action-RPG, Heroes Call, has had a significant update.Topping the new feature list is a Shadow Assassin class, complete with her own signature special abilities. Here's a full changelog of the new features.

  • The Shadow Assassin emerges from darkness!
  • Take on the ultimate challenge and start a HARD MODE character.
  • You asked, we've delivered - gem currency removed - all purchases now made with gold. If you had gems, we've turned them into gold. Lots of gold.
  • Replay missions earns much more gold and gear.
  • Story missions now play out linearly and make more sense.

Ditching gems as a premium currency is a great step towards making in-app purchases less intrusive, though beyond the base class, each subsequent one can only be bought through IAPs. Heroes Call is so far the closest thing to Diablo that I've been able to find on mobile so far, and to that end, it's a pretty fun dungeon romp with lots of loot, violence and storyline. 

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4 years ago

Apple seeks to have 8 Samsung smartphones banned in wake of patent verdict

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Remember when the verdict came down for the Apple v. Samsung case and Phil was reasonably skeptical about this all being the last word? Yeah, well it wasn't the last word and likely won't be for some time yet. Apple has now filed new documentation regarding the devices they'll be seeking bans for in the U.S. and you'll find some familiar names there:

  • Galaxy S 4G
  • Galaxy S2 AT&T
  • Galaxy S2 Skyrocket
  • Galaxy S2 T-Mobile
  • Galaxy S2 Epic 4G
  • Galaxy S Showcase
  • Droid Charge
  • Galaxy Prevail

Looking at the list it's easy to say they're all old devices and people have now moved on but realistically, a lot of the devices are still being sold today and making money for Samsung. Noticeably absent though, is the Galaxy Nexus which as most know runs stock Android Ice Cream Sandwich. Most of Apple's claims assert infringement of Apple's design patents and trade dress. If you're looking for the full break down of how each device Apple claims is in violation, you'll find it below.

Source: The Verge

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4 years ago

iBOLT car charging dock for the Samsung Galaxy S3 review

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And here we have a look at the iBOLT car dock for the Samsung Galaxy S3. If you've used iBOLT docks in the past, you'll be pretty familiar with this one. It's sturdy in design, flexible in application, and it offers a safe and effective way to use your Galaxy S3 in the car, whether it's for navigation, communication, or just to keep things charged. 

Read on for some more thoughts on the iBOLT car dock for the Samsung Galaxy S3.

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4 years ago

Juggernaut: Revenge of the Sovering hacks and slashes into Google Play

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A great action-RPG by the name of Juggernaut: Revenge of the Sovering was ported to Android from iOS today. The free-to-play (with a side of in-app purchases) game pits fighters against a series of monsters in various fantasy-themed locales.

Players execute attacks and spells through different gestures and swipes, but timing is absolutely critical to getting them through an opponent's defenses. There are a bunch of gameplay mechanisms in place for dodging different kinds of attacks, including fast tapping and pattern recall. The standard RPG elements are there too, namely upgrading gear, leveling up, and picking new class abilities. There's even a bit of Farmville-style resource collection, depending on which areas of the fantasy world you have under your control. 

The animation and graphics are really fantastic, and the gameplay is really quite unique. Check out the trailer for a taste. Download link is above; aside from IAPs, the only real downside is that the game takes up 440 MB. 

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4 years ago

Hisense Pulse Google TV box to arrive in November, cost just $99

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Just a couple of days ago, we heard word of a forthcoming $99 Google TV box from Hisense. Besides the existence of such a device, we knew very little else, only that we would be able to see it for ourselves at this weeks IFA show in Berlin. Now though, we not only have a name, we have an official announcement and release schedule for the Hisense Pulse. 

Arriving in mid-November, the Pulse will retail at the $99 mark we'd previously heard. Spec wise, the Pulse will support resolutions up to and including 1080p, have USB and HDMI ports, Ethernet and WiFi. The remote will be double sided, with a full QWERTY keyboard on one face, and a touchpad plus a dedicated Netflix button on the other. You can find the full press release after the break. 

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4 years ago

Samsung loses $12 billion in market value after Apple ruling

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Samsung shares dropped 7.5% today following the patent case ruling in Apple's favor late last week. While Samsung has been ordered to pay $1.05 billion to Apple, the real damage looks like it will be the $12 billion in market value lost. Meanwhile, Apple's trading jumped from $663 to $679 over the weekend. Ouch. 

Samsung has already voiced their displeasure with the ruling and vowed "We will continue to do our utmost until our arguments have been accepted." I somehow doubt that stoic determination will comfort stockholders, especially if legal talks start steering towards a sales injunction of any kind. 

There are still appeals to go through, and considering the legal precedent Samsung has set in international courts, there's a decent chance that they'll go through, but in the meantime their stock price is likely to take a kicking. How many of y'all are Samsung investors? Are you hanging onto your stock through this storm? Is it going to take more of a beating? How much does Samsung really have to worry about seeing as they're still a huge parts supplier for Apple?

via: Reuters

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4 years ago

TELUS, Bell and Rogers Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android 4.0.4 updates now available

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TELUS, Bell and Rogers have had the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update in testing for a while now and today, they've finally gone ahead and made it available to everyone. if you have a variation of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 from any of those Canadian carriers, you should be able to go ahead and check for OTA updates and find the software waiting for you. Having loaded an international version on my own Galaxy Tab 10.1, it's a pretty nice update. Drop by the Android Central forums if you're looking to discuss it more.

Source: Mobile Syrup

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4 years ago

Join Android Central for live coverage of IFA 2012 this week!

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Image: James Cridland

IFA 2012 kicks off this week, and we're live in Berlin to bring you everything as it happens!

In a couple of days we'll be live from Berlin, Germany, where IFA 2012 will be kicking in and around the Messe Berlin exhibition center. As we've already covered in our IFA 2012 preview, we're expecting big Android announcements from Samsung and Sony, in addition to a few surprises from some of the smaller manufacturers. Among the likely announcements are the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Sony Xperia TX (Hayabusa) and Sony Xperia Tablet.

As part of our IFA coverage, we'll be liveblogging all the major press conferences from the big Android manufacturers, which means you'll have the chance to learn about all their new products as they're announced, which is pretty awesome.

We've got three big press events this year. Here's the full schedule of major IFA press conferences we'll be covering live, along with time zones. (BST = UK time, CEST = German time, EDT = U.S. Eastern time, PDT = U.S. Pacific time)

  • Sony IFA 2012 Press Conference - Wednesday, Aug. 29 - 1500 BST, 1600 CEST, 1000 EDT, 0700 PDT
  • Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2012 in Berlin - Wednesday, Aug 29 - 1800 BST, 1900 CEST, 1300 EDT, 1000 PDT
  • Samsung International Press Conference - Thursday, Aug. 30 - 1000 BST, 1100 CEST, 0500 EDT, 0200 PDT

And remember, it's not just liveblogs -- we'll bring you full hands-on coverage of devices, behind-the-scenes insight from manufacturers, and a special IFA podcast later in the week. It's going to be a busy week in the Android world, so keep it locked to AC for all the live coverage you could wish for!

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Stellar shows its mid-range face at Best Buy

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  The Samsung SCH-i200 Jasper had been teased earlier this summer as a mid-range phone due for Verizon. It has now slipped its way quietly into Best Buy Mobile as the Galaxy Stellar with nary a peep from Verizon nor Samsung.   The Samsung Galaxy Stellar boasts a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, LTE connectivity, a 4-inch 800 x 480 display, and a 3.2 megapixel camera on the back. While those specs hardly conjure up the descriptor of "stellar", it is back-to-school season, and there are plenty of kids looking for something with LTE and a forgiving pricetag.    Anyhoo, the Samsung Galaxy Stellar is available over here for $449.99 without a contract. Other leaks suggest that it'll be available for $99.99 with a two-year agreement on Verizon. That leak also says there's going to be some kind of "Starter Mode", presumably to help new folks learn their way around a smartphone, and pimps out availability of Amazon apps for some reason. Anyone looking for a cheap phone with LTE and ICS?   Source: Best Buy; via Android Police

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4 years ago

LG Optimus Vu 2 with infrared announced for Korea

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While we're still waiting on the Optimus Vu in North America, LG has gone ahead and announced a second one in Korea. Details on specs for the LG Optimus Vu 2 are scarce, but the big selling point is the infrared sensor with a dedicated Q Remote app to control home entertainment systems.

Infrared is a pretty cool feature, and I definitely enjoyed using the one built into the Sony Tablet S awhile back. Still, LG isn't showing anything other than screenshots; it's entirely possible that the Optimus Vu II will at least look like (if not have most of the same guts as) the original Optimus Vu. 

The LG Optimus Vu 2 is due to land in Korea next month - who even knows if we'll see it elsewhere in the foreseeable future. Anyone really hankering for an IR blaster in their phone? 

Source: LG

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4 years ago

LG Intuition press shot leaks, hints at September 15 release

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Verizon's LTE-enabled version of the LG Optimus Vu is showing more signs of life. Aside from the $199 pricetag that we already know about, some fresh images of the device have bubbled up. Although it's far from a guarantee, the home screen weather widget suggests a launch day of September 15 - a sensible time to get the back-to-school rush and LG has announced that the Vu would have a global launch in September, but pencil that date in your calendars lightly.

While the specs of the U.S. variant haven't been confirmed, the one that has launched across Japan and Korea has a  a 5-inch 768 x 1024 touch display, 8 megapixel camera (plus secondary 1.3 megapixel shooter on the front), 32 GB of local storage, and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. 

As far LG handsets go, most eyes are on the upcoming Optimus G and its gapless display, which we're likely to see sooner than later with IFA right around the corner. Have any of you guys been hurting for a version of the Optimus Vu on Verizon, or will it be worth holding out for the Optimus G?

Source: DroidDog

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4 years ago

Google issues statement, Samsung releases internal memo on $1 billion U.S. patent verdict

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Yeah, we're all way past done with the Apple vs Samsung vs Apple $1 billion patent verdict, but when Google releases an official statement, and Samsung posts an internal memo, well, we can't exactly ignore 'em.

Here's what Samsung has posted:

We initially proposed to negotiate with Apple instead of going to court, as they had been one of our most important customers. However, Apple pressed on with a lawsuit, and we have had little choice but to counter-sue, so that we can protect our company.

Certainly, we are very disappointed by the verdict at the US District Court for the Northern District of California (NDCA), and it is regrettable that the verdict has caused concern amongst our employees, as well as our loyal customers.

However, the judge’s final ruling remains, along with a number of other procedures. We will continue to do our utmost until our arguments have been accepted.

The NDCA verdict starkly contrasts decisions made by courts in a number of other countries, such as the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, and Korea, which have previously ruled that we did not copy Apple’s designs. These courts also recognized our arguments concerning our standards patents.

History has shown there has yet to be a company that has won the hearts and minds of consumers and achieved continuous growth, when its primary means to competition has been the outright abuse of patent law, not the pursuit of innovation.

We trust that the consumers and the market will side with those who prioritize innovation over litigation, and we will prove this beyond doubt.

And here's what Google had to say:

The court of appeals will review both infringement and the validity of the patent claims. Most of these don't relate to the core Android operating system, and several are being re-examined by the US Patent Office. The mobile industry is moving fast and all players — including newcomers — are building upon ideas that have been around for decades. We work with our partners to give consumers innovative and affordable products, and we don't want anything to limit that.

No big surprises, and nothing we didn't expect them to say. No doubt Samsung is saving the rest of their talking for when court reconvenes, when yet more motions get filed, when the verdict gets argued, and when the battle over final damages begins.

If you haven't already, check out our patent podcast from the weekend, and in the meantime you'll forgive us if we get back to writing about phones and tablets for a while...

Source: Samsung Today, The Verge

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