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3 years ago

Wild Blood brings Arthurian hack-and-slash gameplay to Android

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Wild Blood, Gameloft's first Unreal-powered game, is now available in Google Play for $6.99. The action game loosely follows the mythology of King Arthur and in particular his knight Sir Lancelot. Arthur has lost his gourd and opened up a the very gates of hell, leaving Lancelot to beat back the evil with whatever steely or magical implements of destruction he can find. Meanwhile, Queen Guinevere got herself captured, which sucks for Lancelot since he's been seeing her on the DL. 

I got a bit of playtime in, and though the framerate is a bit choppy on the Nexus 7 and there are optional in-app purchases employed, the action is fast, and the monsters are absolutely awesome. Anyone else pick this up? Worth the seven bucks? How's performance on your device? Still a little tacky to push IAPs in premium-priced games, no?

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3 years ago

T-Mobile to release Samsung Galaxy Note 2 on October 24?

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The usual caveats apply with this one folks, but it's potentially good news for T-Mobile customers eagerly awaiting news of the Galaxy Note 2. This leaked screenshot obtained by the good folks over at TmoNews, seems to indicate that the 5.5" Note 2 will be available on October 24 in both white and grey. 

We all know it's coming, that isn't the potential story here. October 24 is the date of the Samsung "Next Big Thing" event in New York City -- which, of course, we'll be covering live. Should this all play out, could we be looking at some same day availability for the Note 2? Leaks are fun, that's for sure, but we'll be keeping a close eye out for any further news. And, to kill some time while you wait, be sure to check out our full review

Source: TmoNews

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 soon available in black and brown on Verizon

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It's been a little while now since we first heard all about the additional colors the Samsung Galaxy S3 was to become available in. Indeed, some of those colors we saw first hand at IFA 2012 in Berlin, but news of their availability globally has been a little thin on the ground. News from Verizon today is that the black and brown versions of Samsung's hit handset will be coming soon to Big Red. 

A sign up page over on the Verizon website is live now, and while there's a distinct lack of pricing information, it would be hard to see a color change warrant a change in price. If you've been holding out for either of these, be sure to keep an eye out for release information that will no doubts follow soon. 

Source: Verizon

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3 years ago

Google Play TV shows, movies, and music now on Google TV

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Google TV owners will now be able to access all of their movie, TV, and music purchases from Google Play on the big screen. Purchases can be made directly on the system, and include options for auto-updating subscription billing. This is a long time coming, though some models, like one of Sony's, have already been dabbling in Play movies. In any case, it's good that this trove of content is getting a widespread rollout. 

How many of y'all own a Google TV? Have you been hurting for access to Google Play content, or have you been getting your shows from elsewhere? Those of you that don't have a Google TV, does improved access to Play store content make it any more appealing? It seems weird that it has taken this long for Play shows to find their way to Google's set-top system, but I'm sure it's been an uphill battle against cable and satellite service providers and the agreements they have with various studios. 

Source: Google

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3 years ago

Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 and 10.1 get a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich

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Samsung isn't the only one upgrading their tablets to ICS today. Motorola has begun rolling out Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to the DROID XYBOARD 10.1 and 8.2 (also known as the Xoom 2 in Europe), as expected. Motorola has provided a nice little walkthrough video showing all of the latest updates. The new quick access lock screen, and the usual ICS goodies. The Wi-Fi-only models got their upgrade over the summer.

If you're looking to pick one up from Verizon, the 10.1-inch model starts at $549.99 and the 8.2-inch model goes for $429.99, but be sure to check out our pre-ICS review before taking the plunge. What do you guys think - do the new Motorola customizations in ice Cream Sandwich add some freshness to the XYBOARD family, or are they still too samey compared to alternative Android tablets out there?

Source: Motorola

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3 years ago

LG gets official with Optimus L9 for T-Mobile

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The mid-range LG L9 that we had heard about last week has just been officially announced for T-Mobile U.S.A. The press release makes a point to highlight the L9's svelte 0.36-inch profile, if staying slim is important to you. Many of the rumored specs check out: 

  • Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 4.5-inch qHD Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2 Display

  • T-Mobile Blazing-Fast Nationwide 4GNetwork
  • Sleek, Stylish Design and Slim Profile

  • Powerful 1 GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • LG QuickMemo™

  • 5-megapixel camera with LED Flash
  • True-to-Life 1080p HD Recording

  •  Simultaneous Video/Photo Capture
  •  Long-Lasting 2,150 mAh Battery

It's squarely in the mid-range fore sure, but that's hardly a bad thing. No information was given about pricing or availability besides the fact that we'll see it land in stores sometime "this fall". Anyone biting, or are we all in the "Jelly Bean or bust" car? 

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia T hands-on video and initial review

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Sony Mobile returns in late 2012 with a new design, and faster hardware in its most recent flagship smartphone, the Xperia T. If the Xperia T looks familiar, it might be because it's channeling a little of last year's Xperia Arc, with an elegant-flag front and a curved back. And while the Xperia T is heftier than its predecessor, it feels just as great in the hand. Hardware highlights include a Snapdragon S4 dual-core CPU at 1.5GHz, a impressively bright and clear Sony IPS-based HD Reality Display and a 13MP rear camera (check out our initial photo and video samples).

On the software side, we're unfortunately still running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, though Sony promises an upgrade to Jelly Bean in due course. Being a Sony phone, the Xperia T delivers an understated skin on top of ICS, with Sony-branded apps including a Walkman music player and PlayStation Mobile. Timescape returns to perform its social media duties, and Xperia Link allows an easy way to tether the device to a Sony tablet, if you have one.

On the whole, it's a solid high-end package from Sony, and a marked improvement upon early 2012 efforts like the Xperia S. We'll have a full review written up in the days ahead. In the meantime, check out our full hands-on video and photo gallery after the break.

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3 years ago

Sprint StarStar Me offers vanity phone numbers and controlled call forwarding

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Sprint has kicked off a new add-on service today called StarStar Me. For $2.99/month, subscribers can register a new number that's accessed by people dialing ** and a name of your choosing. Calls sent to that number (which could be, for example, "**COOLDUDE") are then forwarded to your regular line, but thanks to an Android app, you get a lot of extra control, including automated SMS replies, selective blocking, or sending virtual business cards with full contact information. The only real downside here is that StarStar Me will only work with other phones within the United States, but for most folks on Sprint that should be fine.

If you're interested, you can sign up for StarStar Me at Sprint's landing page. It certainly sounds pretty handy for anyone that does a lot of networking and doesn't want to cut down on the hassle of making sure people get your right phone number. Any Sprint customers thinking of getting this? How often have you been inconvenienced because you couldn't remember a friend's number?

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 now available in titanium grey from Clove UK

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Clove UK has recently confirmed that they have the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 available in titanium grey, which may be a nice change of pace from the white version which seems to be the only thing available on Vodafone. Three's version is available in the grey as well, and EE is also supposed to be launching theirs soon, but if you just can't wait, Clove has their on sale here for £440

If you haven't heard, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is an excellent piece of kit. Here's a quick run-down of the specs.

  • Network: 3G: HSPA+ 21Mbps (HSDPA 21Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps); 4G LTE: 100Mbps/ 50Mbps
  • Processor: 1.6 GHz quad-core processor
  • Display: 5.5” HD Super AMOLED (1,280 x 720)
  • OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Camera: Main(Rear): 8 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash, BSI; Sub(Front): 1.9 Megapixel VT Camera, BSI; Best Photo, Best Faces, Low light shot
  • Sharing Features: Samsung AllShare Play & Control; Samsung AllShare Cast(WiFi Display) – Mirroring & Extension; Samsung AllShare Framework; S Beam
  • GPS: A-GPS; Glonass
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth® v 4.0 (Apt-X Codec support) LE; USB 2.0 Host; WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz), Wi-Fi HT40; Wi-Fi Direct; mHL; NFC
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, RGB Light, Digital Compass, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer
  • Memory: 16/32/64GB User memory + 2GB (RAM); microSD (up to 64GB)
  • Dimensions: 80.5 x 151.1 x 9.4 mm, 180 g
  • Battery: Standard battery, Li-ion 3,100mAh

For the full nine yards, you'll want to meet our Samsung Galaxy Note 2 review. Any Brits thinking of picking one up? Which carrier would you go with and why?

Via: Clove

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3 years ago

Verizon announces Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

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Following a few scattered releases in Europe, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is landing in the U.S. by way of Verizon. All of the stuff you'd expect is there, including a new tab for handling home screen widgets, a data usage monitor, revamped settings menu structure, and a few other odds and ends. The full feature list can be found in this PDF

If you've been thinking of picking one up, you can check out some of our hands-on time with the device back at CES when it was still running Honeycomb. Here are the specs. 

  • 7.7-inch 1280 x 800 Super AMOLED Plus display
  • 1.4 GHz dual-core processor
  • Full 1080p HD playback
  • 5,100 mAh battery
  • Supports microSD up to 32GB
  • Supports LTE and HSPA+
  • Samsung Game Hub
  • Voice call support

There's still no word on specific dates, but don't be surprised if ICS becomes available sooner than later. Any Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 users in the house?  Anyone tempted to pick one up for $400 now that the software is reasonably current, or is it not worth a second glance without Jelly Bean? 

Via: TalkAndroid

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3 years ago

Angry Birds Star Wars hits Android on November 8

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Last week Rovio teased the announcement of a Star Wars-branded Angry Birds game and today they have officially taken off the wraps of the project. Angry Birds Star Wars is due to hit Google Play and the Amazon Appstore on November 8, featuring stages based on classic settings like Tatooine and the Death Star. As you can see, there will be plenty of familiar characters there as well. As hinted by the original invitation to check out Toys 'R Us, there will be a big merchandising push, but it won't kick off until October 28.

It's still early, so it's hard to say if the game will be significantly better or different from previous Angry Birds titles, but the Rovio CEO boasts that this will be "the best Angry Birds game we've ever done". Angry Birds Space added a nice spin on the classic gameplay, though it was still very much in line with what we've come to expect. 

Needless to say, lots of people love Star Wars, and there's something to be said for piggie-shaped TIE fighters. Is the Angry Birds brand still fresh and lively to you, or does this kind of co-branding qualify as jumping the shark? It certainly feels like between the merchandising and the endless tide of off-shoot games, the brand is been worn out, but maybe that's just me.   

Source: Rovio

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3 years ago

32GB Nexus 7 looks increasingly likely as new details leak

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Reports of a 32GB Nexus 7 have been circulating for the past week or so, and fresh details emerging today suggest there could be more to the device mere rumor. First up are reports from a Japanese Nexus 7 buyer on Twitter, who claims to have been mistakenly shipped one of the 32GB units. The tablet purchased by Twitter user @oppese was reportedly boxed up and labeled as the 16GB model, but when powered on revealed a total of 27GB available for media storage, after the 5GB or so reserved for the OS.

And another leaked inventory screen is doing the rounds today, purportedly from UK retailer Dixons Stores Group (Currys/PC World). The shot shows the 32GB Nexus 7 priced at £199.99, same as the current price for the 16GB model. If this image is accurate, it stands to reason that the 32GB model might replace the 16GB version at the $250 price point in other territories, likely leading to a further price cut on the 8GB and 16GB Nexuses.

None of this is officially confirmed, but with Apple's 7.8-inch iPad due to make its debut in the next couple of weeks, we're sure Google and ASUS will be looking for ways to remain competitive in the 7-inch tablet space.

Source: @Rage06, The Digital Reader

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3 years ago

Red Samsung Galaxy S3 down to £399 at UK retailer today

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Want to stand out from the crowd with an unusually-colored "garnet red" Samsung Galaxy S3? If you're in the UK, you can get hold of the handset in this color at a significant discount, for today only, thanks to an offer from Expansys UK. The retailer is offering the garnet red Galaxy S3 SIM-free for £399, a significant markdown from the starting price of £550. A bright red smartphone might not be for everyone, but if you're in the market for the unique-looking phone, this is probably the cheapest you'll find it on this side of the pond.

Expansys says the deal will run, while stocks last, until 11pm UK time today.

Source: Expansys UK

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3 years ago

Huawei and ZTE a risk to national security, says U.S. Congressional report

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Chinese electronics firms Huawei and ZTE represent a potential threat to U.S. national security, according to a draft congressional report. The report from the U.S. House of Representatives' Intelligence Committee follows an 11-month investigation into the firms. A draft seen by Reuters suggests that the companies may be  subject to the influence of the Chinese government, thus representing a possible espionage threat.

Much of the panel's conclusions are drawn from Huawei and ZTE's failure to deliver documents relating to their interactions with the Chinese government. The panel said it also received evidence from "industry experts and current and former Huawei employees" suggesting corruption, bribery and copyright infringement at Huawei in particular.

The document states that Huawei and ZTE "cannot be trusted to be free of foreign state influence and thus pose a security threat to the United States and to our systems," and that "U.S. network providers and system developers are strongly encouraged to seek other vendors for their projects."

Speaking on CBS's "60 Minutes," committee chairman Mike Rogers said U.S. companies should "find another vendor if you care about your intellectual property; if you care about your consumers' privacy and you care about the national security of the United States of America."

In addition to Android smartphones, both ZTE and Huawei produce networking equipment such as routers. Though the U.S. represents a small quantity of their overall business, the companies are looking to rapidly expand within the U.S., particularly where smartphones are concerned. The Reuters report does not specifically mention whether networking equipment alone is suspected, or whether smartphones, too, could make up part of the alleged espionage threat.

In statements given to Reuters today, Huawei and ZTE deny the committee's allegations. Huawei dismissed the accusations as "baseless" and a "dangerous political distraction," while ZTE says it "profoundly disagrees" with the panel's conclusions.

The full report is due to be released later this morning.

Source: Reuters

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