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3 years ago

Wikipad to be available from Gamestop this October for $499

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First seen at CES back in January, the world now finally knows where and when they can get their hands on a Wikipad. The gaming focused tablet with the detachable game controller will be available at Gamestop starting on October 31. The price? $499. It sounds a lot, but lets not forget that unlike the Archos Gamepad, the Wikipad is a 10.1 inch, Tegra 3, Android 4.1 tablet with a HD IPS display. The Wikipad is also one of the latest devices to gain certification for Playstation Mobile.

Pre-orders are open as of today, and buyers who purchase the Wikipad from Gamestop are promised "exclusive free, full-length game titles." Sounds tempting. You can find the full presser after the break.

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3 years ago

Krusell Aspero Leather Pouch review - classy protection with easy ejection strap

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The Krusell XXL Aspero leather pouch is a simple, classy way to keep your phone protected from scratches.  Much like their Hector leather holster, it’s tight-fitting, lined with soft material, and has heavy stitching around the outside. It differs, however, by using an extendable velcro strap instead of a magnetic latch, and there aren’t any gaps along the side or bottom. That strap doubles as a subtle ejection mechanism; a slight tug on it pulls pulls your phone out just enough to get a grip and remove it completely. 

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3 years ago

LG continues to tease the Optimus G, making the impossible possible

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Having been teased, and then leaked, and then officially announced, LG is back on the teasing trail again for their latest flagship device. The latest trailer for the upcoming Optimus G keeps one pretty major thing back though -- any actual footage of the phone. Instead, we're promised the "first of an all new redesigned series" and that the impossible will become possible. Leaves us wondering what else we're going to see in the coming months from the Korean OEM.

So, that's all fine and dandy, but our main question remains the same. Can we have the phone already? The Optimus G is -- spec wise at least -- a monster of a phone. That quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB of RAM, HD IPS display and 13MP camera is sending out good vibes. But, we still need to see it. Please, LG?

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3 years ago

Rayman Jungle Run arriving in Google Play on September 20

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Rayman sure has been around a long old time, but that's not stopping him from appearing in a brand new title heading to Android this month. Rayman Jungle Run is the latest outing for the lovable character and is set to arrive in Google Play on September 20. 

Unlike the classic 3D titles, Jungle Run is of a side scrolling variety. It still packs some really nice looking visuals, what one would imagine is a simple enough tap and jump control system, and is a title we're very much looking forward to wasting a couple hours on. Or, you could say you're getting it for the kids. Whatever suits. 

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3 years ago

Buying a car? Check the new Auto Trader app for Android

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Buying a car or bike can be a real pain. Here in the UK, one of the easiest and most reliable way is to use Auto Trader. The magazine has been around for years, but today the company announced a new version of their app for both Android and iOS. That means you can now browse cars with ease all from your smartphone or tablet.

With the Auto Trader app, once you find the vehicle you're interested in you can call the seller straight from within the application. In addition you can get Google Map directions, view the full car spec and even browse the gallery of images.

With a whole host of search categories you really cant go wrong. As well as vehicle make and the distance you are prepared to travel you can also search by many keywords such as mileage, age, fuel, transmission just to name a few.

In addition, there's mobile vehicle check -- an easy way to identify whether the bike or car you're considering has been reported stolen.

Other features include:

  • My Garage update where you can save searches and cars/bikes that you like
  • Check out a vehicle's history
  • Read owner and expert reviews
  • Search for local dealerships

It's available to download for free, so If you're looking to purchase a car you would be crazy not to take a look.

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3 years ago

Everything Everywhere to launch new network next Tuesday

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Everything Everywhere, which owns Orange and T-Mobile UK, is to launch its new brand at an event in London next Tuesday, Sept. 11, at an event which is also likely to bring details of EE's upcoming 4G LTE network. Today's invite mentions that the company will be showing off its "new brand and the latest innovation in network technology." That'll be EE's recently-greenlit 1800MHz 4G network, then.

It's also notable that the event takes place just 24 hours before Apple's due to unveil its iPhone 5, which is widely expected to include LTE connectivity.

We understand Orange staff have been briefed that the early stages of a 4G network switch-on will start on the 11th, though details of what exactly that entails, and which cities would be covered are unknown. Regardless, neither Orange nor Tmo currently sells 4G-capable handsets, so that's largely a moot point. For those unfamiliar with the UK mobile landscape, the country still lacks any 4G networks, so if Orange and Tmo did flip the switch next Tuesday, it'd be an historic development.

We'll be live in London on the 11th to bring you all EE's plans as they're announced.

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3 years ago

Virgin Media announces new TV streaming service for the UK

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Virgin Media UK has officially announced today a competitor to Sky TV's mobile offerings, with the introduction of Virgin TV Anywhere. The service will offer Virgin Media subscribers online access to a TiVo style offering and on demand content. Initially it will be available online and on the iPad and remote recording will appear later this year. But, an Android application is in the works, and is expected to drop in early 2013. 

While customers without the TiVo service will be able to take advantage of some of the offered up content, it is subscribers to the TiVo service that will benefit the most. For instance, the tablet application available will offer a full remote control feature for controlling things when at home, as well as being able to watch content on the go. 

The first images of the iPad application are extremely promising, and seems to mimic the interface of the Virgin Media TiVo box closely. Naturally there is nothing to be said of the Android app at this time, but something similar would be welcomed. 

via Techradar

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3 years ago

HTC One SC makes its debut in China with unique design

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HTC has unveiled a new mid-to-high-end smartphone for the Chinese market -- the HTC One SC. Sporting an unconventional design and China Mobile's logo around the back, the One SC include 1GHz dual-core CPU, a 4.3-inch WVGA SuperLCD display and 4GB of internal storage. On the software side, you're looking at Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and HTC's Sense 4 software layer.

From the front, it looks a little like the HTC One X, but HTC's gone to town on the back cover, incorporating a three-tone plastic and brushed metal effect, with Beats branding and a large HTC logo. HTC has previously identified China as an important market, and it looks like it's doing everything it can to build its brand in that country, including highly visible branding on the back of this new device.

The One SC will likely join the two Chinese One X variants, the One XT and One XC, at some point in the near future. Exact release dates and prices have yet to be revealed.

Source: HTC, via: PhoneArena

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3 years ago

Kindle Fire HD Q&A thread, Battery level monitoring apps [From the Forums]

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Just in case you missed out on some of the Android news today, now is the time to go ahead and get yourself fully caught up. Here on the blogs and in the Android Central Forums there is plenty to talk about. Have some questions? Need some help or just looking to chat Android? You know where to go, check out some of the threads below to get started.

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3 years ago

Amazon Kindle Fire HD forums open for business

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Whew -- there's been a lot of news from Amazon today, and plenty of folks are excited about the Kindle Fire HD 7-inch and the Kindle Fire 8.9-inch. Make sure you see the hands-on videos (click here for all the day's news in one handy list), and see everything Amazon had to say about the new tablets.

When you're done, and looking for a place to talk about them, ask questions, and wait it out until they go up for sale, we've got you covered. Head into the new Kindle Fire HD forums and let's talk about 'em!

Amazon Kindle Fire HD forums

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3 years ago

Call of Duty: Zombies infects non-Xperia Android devices

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After a brief period of exclusivity on Sony handsets, Call of Duty: Zombies is now available on most Android devices. The first-person shooter comes from what was a simple side-game bundled with the popular Call of Duty title for PC and consoles, but has quickly taken on an unlife of its own. It's essentially a wave defense game where players have to keep their hideout barricaded and fortified against hordes of undead while simultaneously clearing out the ones that find their way inside. It's all very goofy and arcadey, with new weapons and upgrades being purchasable between waves. 

Call of Duty: Zombies is available at the download link about for $6.99. Keep in mind that in-app purchases are being employed for accelerated progress as well. Anyone going to take the plunge, or has Dead Trigger got all of your zombie-killing needs covered?

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3 years ago

Watch the full Amazon Kindle press conference video

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If you want to get updated on the events but don't feel like doing a bunch of reading at the moment, you can now kick back and watch the video. Amazon has posted the video of the event in its entirety on YouTube and well as making it available for download on their press site. Link to the download is below but it is 4.3GB in size just so you are aware.

Source: Amazon, YouTube

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3 years ago

Amazon Kindle Event Debrief - Kindle Fire HD, new features and more!

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For the Amazon event in Santa Monica, we had our very own Kevin Michaluk and Ashley Esqueda on the ground taking in the all news and sending it back for us. Amazon kept them both pretty busy with plenty of announcements so they decided to go ahead and do up an un-edited, but entertaining, debriefing of the events. Check out the video and in case you missed out on anything, be sure to get yourself caught up. You can see all the posts from the event right here!

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3 years ago

Virgin Mobile now taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Reverb

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We've already gone hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Reverb but it met a little bit of a delay somewhere along line. No matter though, Virgin Mobile has now started taking pre-orders for the device and are fully set to roll it out on on Sept. 19 for $250. 

A quick reminder of the specs so that you know what you're getting for your money shows us Android 4.0, a 4-inch WVGA display, a 5 MP camera, 4 GB of internal storage, and a 1.4 Ghz single-core processor. Needless to say, it's not on the high end but it's quite budget friendly. Other specs include a 1700 mAh battery, 4GB ROM and 768MB RAM and a SD card slot. You can check out the full press release below for the full details or pre-order on the Virgin Mobile site

Source: Virgin Mobile

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3 years ago

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch hands-on demo

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Amazon didn't disappoint those who were hoping for a larger Kindle Fire. The Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch will be making its way into consumers hands come November 20th and we've got a hands-on demo with the device for you all to check out. As a reminder of what exactly the Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch is packing for specs, here they are:

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch - starts at $299, shipping November 20

  • 16 GB / 32 GB storage
  • 8.9-inch 1920 x 1200 touchscreen at 254 PPI
  • TI OMAP 4470 processor
  • 9.4 x 7.31 x 0.34 inches
  • 802.11n 5 Ghz MIMO Wi-Fi antenna

Whether or not it's he best tablet out there for the price will really depend on what you're looking for in a tablet but overall, Amazon has put together some nice hardware. We're looking forward to spending some more time with them all soon.

Pre-order: New Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD 7-inch, Kindle Fire 8.9-inch and 8.9-inch 4G LTE

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