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3 years ago

Gameloft reveals Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation

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Gameloft has now taken the covers off the next iteration of the Modern Combat game series. Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation makes use of the Unreal and Rage game engines to bring you the most realistic FPS game to date. 13 missions, multiplayer action with support for up to 12 players, 6 maps, and 6 different game modes this one is designed for mobile gamers. You can dig the trailer and press release after the break. Gameloft is expected to have this released by 'fall" - so in other words, soon.

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3 years ago

Droid 2 Gingerbread update support page live, hopefully OTA not far behind

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Verizon has published the Motorola Droid 2 Gingerbread update support pages, and that's usually a sign that the update isn't far off.  The update will bring the Droid 2 to Android 2.3, and software version 4.5.601.A955.Verizon.en.US (that's a mouthful) as well as an update to Blur not Blur and several bug fixes.  The key enhancements as listed by Verizon:

  • New Download Manager App
  • Under Manage Applications, a new “Running” tab displays a list of active applications, as well as the storage and memory being used by each.
  • Multi-Touch Key-Chording
  • Improved Word Selection and Copy Functionality:
  • New User Interface and Color Scheme:
  • New widgets, icons and screens with refreshed colors.
  • Three swappable icons and the App Launcher icon are fixed to the dock at the bottom of all home screen panels for easy and instant access.
  • New App Menu allows creation of custom app groups
  • Added Device and SD Card encryption.
  • VPN enhancements integrate IPSec VPN clients into device security settings

Gingerbread should breathe some new life into the Droid 2, Be sure to holler in the forums when you see it roll in.  Check out the source link for the full details.

Source: Verizon; via Motorola support forums

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3 years ago

Motorola Titanium now available on SouthernLINC

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Regional carrier SouthernLINC (those of us south of the Mason-Dixon might have heard of 'em) today launched the iDEN-capable Motorola Titanium. As you'll recall from our mini-review, it's rugged, meeting MilSpec 810G for dust, shock, vibration, low pressure, solar radiation, high temperature and low temperature. You could probably ward off a pack of wolves with it, if need be. It's running Android 2.1 and has that chirpy push-to-talk radio function.

SouthernLINC's offering up the Titanium for $149 with a two-year contract. A one-year deal will raise the price by $100. Full presser's after the break.

More: SouthernLINC

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid 3 gets rooted, and the exploit gets explained beautifully

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The Motorola Droid 3 has been rooted, and while we expect root to happen for most Android phones, there are a couple things here that we want to talk about.  To start at the beginning, the goal of any project to exploit or root an Android phone is to get the permissions you want, where you want them.  Once you have administrative permissions on a folder you can also write to, you're pretty much set.  Security researcher Dan Rosenberg found a fairly easy method to do just that, and we now have a shell root via ADB with no third-party files being used.  This means no worries about sketchy files that have been through numerous hands, doing lord knows what when you run them.

To make things even better, Dan has outlined exactly what he did, why he did it, and how you can do it as well.  When you read it, it seems so simple, but it's apparent that a lot of research went into this and it's refreshing to see the method presented in such an open way.  Yes, this means that the carriers can patch it quickly, but for the vast majority of users that won't be rooting their phone this is a good thing.  Dan, we tip our hat to you and there's a standing offer of a frosty beverage or three should you even run across any of us here at AC.

Now, for the method -- you'll need to have ADB running, and be confident in your ability to run a few commands from the command line or terminal.  And be aware that this is the first step only, and you'll only have root via the shell.  Next, someone will need to build a few files to inject so that you have root on the device itself, and I'm sure at least a few are hard at it.  You can (and should) check out the source link for the full directions, as well as the rhyme and reason behind the method. 

Update: Gerald wrote in to let us know he has posted up the files and method to get root on the device itself working, you can find that here.  And we've received numerous reports about a one click method posted by the fellows at rootzwiki.  Go get your root on!

Source and method: VulnFactory blog

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3 years ago

Verizon won't have a Galaxy S II variant, WSJ says, citing anonymous sources

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The Wall Street Journal -- citing the ever-popular "people familiar with the plans" -- is reporting that Verizon won't be introducing a variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II at next week's event in New York City. That might or might not be an interesting shift from what everybody's suspected -- that just like the original Galaxy S roll-out last year, we'll see variants on all four major U.S. carriers.

Verizon spokewoman Brendra Raney apparently confirmed all this, writes Greg Bensinger, saying only "We have an extensive portfolio that offers customers a great variety of devices, including the Samsung Droid Charge."

Now we've got no idea why the Droid Charge was specifically picked for this quote, but we do know this: Brenda's right. There's no shortage of top-shelf devices in Verizon's lineup. The HTC ThunderBolt. Samsung Droid Charge. LG Revolution. And, eventually, the Motorola Droid Bionic. Not to mention the Motorola Droid 3, and the rumored Samsung Stratosphere and Motorola Droid HD. Given that we don't really know what the Stratosphere is just yet, we'll hold out hope and have faith that while it might not be a direct descendent of the Galaxy S II, it'll have lofty -- stratospheric, even -- specs when it is released.

The point is this: Even if Verizon is a no-show on Monday -- and remember that this is a Samsung event, not a carrier-branded event -- it's not like there aren't any Verizon phones to be had, and we're sure there are more to come this year. Somebody just seems to be managing expectations ahead of next week.

One way or another, we'll be there to find out. Stay tuned.

Source: WSJ

Update: And we've confirmed this with our own anonymous sources. So while it's not quite official, it's certainly anonymous. Or officially anonymous. Or anonymously official.

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3 years ago

Google+ app updated, now allows resharing

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The Google+ app has been updated and the development team has added the ability to reshare posts. It was one of the most requested features according to Lead Product Manager Pudit Soni. In addition, the app is now available in 38 languages, which should appease a lot of the international users who had complained.

Here is the full changelog:

  • Reshare a post
  • App now available in 38 languages
  • Incremental improvements to notification reliability
  • Clearer Instant Upload options in the initial setup dialog
  • Ability to create a new circle from the "Circles" destination
  • Bug fixes:
  • Eliminate Instant Upload duplicates on HTC models
  • Fixed “No name” issue in Huddle
  • Hidden 1:1 Huddles now reappear when new messages are sent
  • Fixed issue with notifications count changing when switching from portrait to landscape
  • Other performance fixes and minor UI tweaks
  • Ability to create a new circle from the "Circles" destination

Quite a big update and it's nice to see the engineers iterating at such a rapid pace. Hit up the links after the break to find the update.

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3 years ago

Android App Review Update: Wave Launcher

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If you're a long-time reader of Android Central, you might remember when Phil reviewed Wave Launcher back in March.  Recently, the developer updated the application to version 1.8 which added a lot of new functionality, enough that we wanted to revisit the application as well as introduce it to potentially new users.

Wave Launcher is an application that works in addition to your existing launcher (be that stock, ADW, LauncherPro, or something else).  You activate it by performing a gesture near the edge of your screen, and a "wave" pops up, which gives you access to a customizable application list. You can put apps, shortcuts, or folders on this list and they all became just a swipe away.  While the launcher is limited to 12 icons, you can put up to 10 apps or shortcuts into each folder, potentially allowing up to 120 total shortcuts.  Last week, the developers pushed out 1.8, which gave users the ability to add widgets to their wave, turning Wave Launcher into a potentially powerful productivity tool, especially when it comes to music.

Using a music widget before this didn't make sense to me because I had to back out of whatever I was doing just to skip/pause a track on Spotify.  Now, I just swipe on the side of my screen, select the Spotify widget, and hit pause.  After I'm done with the widget, there is an "X" icon in the upper window you hit, and you can go back to whatever you were working on without ever leaving that application.  It might only save me a second or two, but I think it's a more natural, logical way to handle music playback. 

1.8 also feels a lot faster running on my Droid Incredible than previous versions did.  The new widget options combined with the faster interface make Wave Launcher a great addition to my phone, and something you should check out if you're into optimizing your homescreen.  After the break you'll find the 1.8 video put out by the developer, a few more screenshots of the app in action, and a market link.  Wave Launcher is currently $1.99 in the Android market. 

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3 years ago

First look at HDMwIn for Gingerbread phones

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

For those of you still rocking an HTC EVO 4G, you should definitely check this one out. It's TeamWin's newest update to their very own HDMwIn for EVO's running Gingerbread, and it comes with a couple of key enhancements that should get any HDMI fan salivating.

I had the opportunity to sit down with the lead programmer of HDMwIn, agrabren, and ask some questions about how it works as well as the new features. Join me after the break to see the Q&A, and don't be afraid to sound off in the comments if there's something I forgot to ask.

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3 years ago

Verizon to sell Intuit GoPayment credit card reader for phones, tablets

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If taking credit card payments on the go is something you need in your life, then Intuit and Verizon are looking to help you fill that void. They've now announced a new partnership that will brong Intuit GoPayment credit card reader to Verizon Wireless’ 2,300 retail stores and business-to-business sales channels.

GoPayment makes it easier and more affordable for small businesses to process credit cards and for anyone who sells products or services to accept credit card payments wirelessly. The card reader simply plugs into the audio jack of a supported smartphone or tablet. Credit and debit cards can be swiped through the card reader or entered into the app manually. The transaction is processed immediately and funds are automatically deposited into a user’s bank account within a few business days. GoPayment supports devices on Android™, BlackBerry® and iOS platforms for most popular 3G and 4G LTE smartphones and tablets.

Verizon Wireless customers can get the GoPayment credit card reader free with activation of a GoPayment account and a mail-in rebate for the $29.97 purchase price, with 2.7 percent discount rate for swiped transactions. If you're looking to get cheaper rates on swiped transactions, you can pick up the $12.95-a-month package and have swiped transactions processed for 1.7 percent. Full PR is beyond the break, if you need some more info.

Source: Verizon

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3 years ago

Qik Video Premium adds a slew of new features for a $5 monthly subscription

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Qik Video is now available in a premium version, which adds a slew of new features to the Skype-owned camcorder/video chat app. For $4.99/month, users will have access to Qik Desktop, which automatically sync your Qik videos to your computer for easy editing and sharing. In addition, premium users will be able to send and receive video mail, upload videos from your gallery to a Qik account, and record video in HD and 3D, depending on your device.

The monthly fee will also buy you unlimited storage space for your uploaded videos and priority support from the Qik troubleshooting team. Qik Video Premium comes with a 30 day free trial for those who want to test the water before they jump in, and can be downloaded from the Android Market after the break.

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