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2 years ago

Android Game Review: R-Type

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When news got out that R-Type had been officially released on Android, I got pretty excited. Yes, R-Type is technically a year older than me. I still played it at the laundromat down the street growing up, and old games in general still occupy a soft spot in my heart.

Simply put, this is an awesome, authentic port. There's eight levels, two modes of difficulty, and enough powerups to make you keep continuing in hopes you'll beat the darn game. It's also OpenFeint supported, which is the only newfangled, non-authentic addition to R-Type.

If there's one thing that sticks out, it's how brutal R-Type is. That's not a bad thing, but it's a nice reminder and how much games coddle people these days. Take one hit? Boom, your ship is gone. All of your lives run out? Sayonara, friend. You'll be starting back over at the beginning.

That's probably the most entertaining part of R-Type (aside from a well-placed charge shot). It's difficult just like you remember it, and if it's your first time playing, put on your big boy (or girl) pants and strap yourself in, cause the gameplay is as unforgiving as it gets. And that's awesome.

Some people argue that the touch screen doesn't control the ship very well, but I didn't experience any of those issues, especially on a tablet. On the contrary, the only issue I had was stretching my thumb too far away and having to reset its position, but on a phone screen, you'll be hard pressed to do that. The response is really quite good, and your right thumb is completely free to shoot whatever powerup you might be saving or charge up your cannon to blast through a big group of aliens.

For those who grew up playing this game (or even those who are looking for a bit of a retro experience), R-Type is a must. This port is so well done and so faithful to the original, it might just take you back to your days of standing on a stool, pumping quarters into the arcade machine because you got blown up... again. It's just that good.

R-Type is a bit on the pricey side at $4.13, but for the hours (and hours and hours) of gameplay you'll get trying to beat it on normal (and don't forget about Hard Mode!), it's totally worth it. For old folks and newcomers alike, R-Type should be in your game library.

We've got download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Lowes giving away 7-inch Galaxy Tab with Samsung appliance purchase

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It's not every day that people go out shopping for appliances, but if you've been looking for a good reason to get a new stove, fridge or whatever for you home you might as well take advantage of the cool offer Samsung and Lowes has going on. For a limited time, Samsung and Lowes will give you a free Samsung Galaxy Tab 7-inch when you purchase a qualifying appliance plus, you can nominate your favorite school to win a $48K technology make over.

Not bad, you're going to be spending quite a bit of cash on appliances anyway but the real question is -- will it connect to the Samsung RSG309 refrigerator? And why does it look like Jimmie is using a third-party launcher on that tab? A good deal and a good cause as well seeing how they'll be equipping some lucky school with quite a bit of tehnological goods.

Source: Samsung

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2 years ago

Cricket goes national, new phones in Best Buy stores on Sept .25

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Cricket Communications is going national, with its Muve Music phones hitting 1,300 Best Buy stores. And they're kicking things off on Sept. 25 with the Samsung Vitality (that's it above) and the ZTE Score. The Vitality (be sure to check out our hands-on) runs $199, and the Score $129. The lineup will also expand to select Walmart and Dollar General stores, and from HSN.

The smartphones can take advantage of Cricket's all encompassing data plans, which also have access to the Muve Music catalog, bringing unlimited voice, data, text messging, music downloads and more for as low as $55 a month.

Full presser's after the break.

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2 years ago

Early CyanogenMod 7 build for LG Optimus Black now available for download

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What's thin, elegant, has an incredibe LCD screen and runs CyanogenMod 7?  The LG Optimus Black, that's what! Android developer Ricardo Cerqueira has built an early preview of CM 7.1 for the Black, and has made it available for download.  Because it's a test build, and not even close to official, expect a few bugs (our unit has some issues with Wifi) -- but that's what previews and beta builds are for.  Ricardo knows his LG Android phones, so I imagine things will be sorted soon enough.

With the Optimus Black rumored for Virgin Mobile USA, and coming to Sprint customers as the LG Marquee in just a few days, there's bound to be some interest in this on our side of the pond as well.  I'll be keeping a close eye on this one, as I'm sort of enamoured to the Black -- especially with a zippy AOSP-ish build like CM 7.1 on it.  If you're feeling adventurous, hit the source link for the details and download.

Source: RootzWiki; via +Ricardo Cerqueira

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2 years ago

Google TV reminds us it's still around; security update coming, Honeycomb later

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The Google TV Twitter account came alive tonight, giving warning of an impending "minor security update for tomorrow" for some devices. We'll go out on a limb and guess that's the Logitech Revue -- that only one that actually sold any units, especially after it hit $99.

Some Google TV devices will receive a minor security update tomorrow. Stay tuned, a bigger update is headed your way in the weeks ahead.

But security updates really aren't that exciting, especially since we're still waiting on Honeycomb to hit the boob box. And it's coming in the weeks ahead, says @googletv. We're making our popcorn now.

Source: @googletv

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2 years ago

A lucky reader gets a Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 early from Best Buy

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We just got this from a reader who wishes to remain anonymous -- it's his very own Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 courtesy of Best Buy (see our hands-on here).  It seems that his Tab 10.1 had a manufacturing defect, and when he went to Best Buy to return it they inadvertantly grabbed an 8.9-incher from the stockroom and handed it over.  We know Best Buy is already taking pre-orders for the slightly smaller version, and it looks like at least one location has some on hand, waiting for the US launch day.  We're excited to get our hands on one of these, so maybe we should start shopping at Best Buy.

Thanks, Anon!

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2 years ago

Storage space on the Flyer, Epic Clipboard [From the Forums]

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We've finally reached the middle of the week here at Android Central and the news keeps on coming. Most notably from today, AT&T's announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S II's arrival has people excited. Looking to discuss some more? Head on into the Anroid Central forums:

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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2 years ago

Sprint changing hotspot plans; 5GB data cap starts Oct. 2

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In the latest Sprint Playbook we're seeing another plan change, this time to the mobile hotspot feature.  Starting Oct. 2, current and future customers will have a 5GB limit when using the mobile hotspot add-on to their plan.  Data used on the phone itself isn't being limited (other than the 300MB "roaming" data cap, it's still all you can eat), but both 3G and 4G data used via the hotspot feature will now be subject to a $0.05 per MB charge once the 5GB cap is reached.  Before, 4G data was unlimited.

A similiar change is being made to mobile broadband devices like aircards, tablets, and portable hotspots that used to have unlimited 4G data.  It could be worse, but we're pretty sure that even though most don't subscribe to the hotspot add-on and use other methods, there will still be plenty of wailing and gnashing of teeth.  Can't stop changes folks.

Thanks, Anon!

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2 years ago

Kyocera Milano set for a price drop to $29 on Oct. 2

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The Kyocera Milano's been around less than two weeks. And in less than two weeks, the already affordable Android smartphone (it's a mere $49 on contract) is going to drop another $20 to just $29. That's damn near the lowest you can get without being free. And while you're not exactly going to get the biggest or best phone out of it, that price is going to be too good for many to pass up.

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