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2 years ago

Android Quick App: Wind-up Knight

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Stop what you're doing and download Wind-up Knight for Android. Wait. Read this first. Then stop what you're doing and download Wind-up Knight, which has been gaining great kudos and buzz just hours after its release.

Wind-up Knight is a side-scroller that's reminscient of Super Mario Brothers -- you'll be collecting coins while dispatching creatures, all in the name of saving a princess. But it's not a mere two-dimensional side-scroller -- this sucker's got depth. And the graphics, while simple, also don't overpower the gameplay, a problem we've seen in other games. The controls are simple as well. Your character runs on his own (hint: You'll need to go left sometimes), and you're left iwth jumping and rolling and attacking.

Wind-up Knight is a free game, but you'll need to collect weapons and armor along the way. And you can upgrade as quickly as you want, thanks to in-app purchasing. Want a bad-ass sword without having to save up currency? You can buy 10,000 Note for a $9.99US. Of course, that's the trick, right? You'll likely end up spending far more within the game than you would if you paid $1.99, or $2.99 -- heck, we'd probably easily go $5 for Wind-up Knight -- up front. But on the other hand, with 50 levels and great gameplay, you're getting your money's worth. And you don't actually have to purchase the more-expensive weapons to complete the game. But it's very, very tempting.

One downside of all that in-app purchasing, though, is that you can't switch devices. If you upgrade on a tablet, you won't have those weapons and armor on a phone, unless you repurchase them. (Hopefully Google does something about that at some point.

Anyhoo, we've distracted you long enough. Hit up the download links and check out our hands-on video after the break.

Update: Ooo. So after a few levels, you have the one-time option to upgrade to the full version at a discounted $3.99. We're all for in-app purchases, but the upselling is starting to be a bit much here.

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2 years ago

TripCase for Android moves into v2.4.1 - Brings back offline mode, adds combined trips and expense reports

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TripCase has rolled out their latest update bumping the app up to v2.4.1. Previously, the offline feature of the app was removed but has now made its triumphant return along with the ability to combine trips and keep better expense reports. If you're not yet familiar with TripCase, it's a pretty awesome app to be packing when travelling.

Features:

  • Easily map locations and events in your trip itinerary
  • Share your trip with people you trust on social networks
  • Airplane mode
  • Add trip details from multiple sources
  • Car rental information
  • Hotel descriptions and photos
  • Flight status, delays, cancellations and gate changes
  • See alternate flight schedules

If you opt for the Pro package, you'll get even more features such as SMS alerts, seat maps, airline flight schedules and even a rewards bonus program. With the latest update addressing the offline issue, it's worth checking out especially if you have some holiday travels coming up. Better to be prepared ahead of time with the tools to help you then be left scrambling.

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2 years ago

Rogers LTE equipped Samsung Galaxy S II arriving next week

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Rogers has been taking preorder reservations for their LTE equipped Samsung Galaxy S II for quite some time now but the latest information coming from the Canadian carrier is that the device will be shipping as early as next week. A few lucky customers have already had their reservation orders fulfilled but other shipments now having been confirmed.

We’re also excited to confirm that we’ll continue to fulfill orders for the device as early as next week and expect to have enough devices for everyone in the reservations system.

A reminder though, Rogers LTE is currently only available in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa but no matter what network you connect it to, you'll find satisfaction in that 1.5GHz processor and 4.5-inch display.

Source: Rogers

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2 years ago

HTC laying down some Beats (Audio) on Nov. 3

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Hmmmm. What have we here? Looks like HTC's having a little get-together on Nov. 3 in New York City, and Beats Audio's invited. (As were we, of course.) There's a strong possibility we'll be seeing the Verizon HTC Rezound (aka the Vigor), though nothing's official yet. We'll see next week!

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2 years ago

No, the Galaxy Nexus doesn't have Gorilla Glass, and, no, that doesn't mean the phone sucks

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Here we go again. Somewhere along the way, someone got it in their head that Samsung Galaxy Nexus has Gorilla Glass. Only it doesn't. And so far as we can tell, there's never been an official spec listing that said it did. And today, Corning, the maker of Gorilla Glass, tweeted that, in fact, the Galaxy Nexus doesn't have Gorilla Glass.

Repeat: The Galaxy Nexus doesn't have Gorilla Glass. Oh noes.

Any you know what? That's too bad. We like Gorilla Glass. But don't write off a phone you haven't yet seen in person over a spec that it never had in the first place. That makes as much sense as writing it off for having a PenTile display that you've yet to see in person. See where we're going here? Let's everybody take a breath and actually check out the phone before damning it for not having something.

Source: @Corning; via Phandroid
More: Galaxy Nexus Forums

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2 years ago

Security update for the EVO 3D goes live today

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Owners of the EVO 3D can now download a security update for their device, which will begin pushing to all users on October 27. Sprint says that software version 2.08.651.3 will inlude security improvements, though it fails to detail just what these improvements are. Regardless, you can pull now, though Sprint reminds you that like all updates, it will roll out in stages. If you can't find it today, try try again, or sit back and relax until you receive it automatically later this week. Hit the source link for installation instructions.

Source: Sprint Community

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note commercial asks same question as us: Phone or tablet?

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

And let's throw a third question in there: Will we see this in the U.S.?

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2 years ago

Garmin releases first fitness app -- Garmin Fit

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Garmin has long been a name synonymous with GPS systems, and now they have released their first fitness application for Android and iOS.  Says Dan Bartel, Garmin's VP of worldwide sales:

Garmin Fit is the ideal solution for users who are new to the fitness tracking landscape and for those looking to stay totally connected.  To be able to utilize Garmin’s powerful fitness accessories with the same device that plays music, makes calls and uploads workouts automatically to share and analyze, makes Garmin Fit a must have app.

Yes, Garmin's app is cloud-capable.  Users will be able to upload workout activity to their account at Garmin Connect with useful annotations, and via the web can easily track and share that data.  The last 30 days of this data will be displayed on the Android app, as well as charts and reports.  Add in the ability to track metrics such as speed, pace, distance, time, calories, and you have one serious fitness application.  The Garmin Fit app sells for $0.99 in the Market, you can find download links and the press release after the break.

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2 years ago

T-Mobile Springboard available Nov. 9, Galaxy Tab 10.1 on Nov. 12

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If you've been hitting F5 over and over waiting on availability for the overnamed 7-inch T-Mobile Springboard with Google (we imagine there are a few of you out there), wait no longer, as Nov. 9 is the day, according to T-Mo's own website. The Springboard is the Honeycomb tablet manufactured by Huawei that we got a good look at a couple of weeks ago at CTIA. Still no word on pricing, but remember that Huawei said we'd be "impressed."

And then there's the venerable Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. It'll be available Nov. 12. So it's got that going for it, which is nice.

Source: T-Mobile (Springboard, Galaxy Tab 10.1); via Engadget

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2 years ago

Mobile Nations 8: Grand Theft Mobile

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Kevin, Phil, Derek, Dan, and Rene talk Windows Phone from Mango to Tango (and Nokia!), BlackBerry DevCon and BBX superphones, Android's Ice Cream Sandwich and Galaxy Nexus, webOS and the road ahead, and iPhone 4S and Siri. This is Mobile Nations!

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