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3 years ago

Fieldrunners HD coming to Android this Thursday

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One of the most popular games on the iOS platform is getting ready to make the jump to Android and they're planning to do so in a very big way. Yes, Fieldrunners HD goes live in the Android Market this Thursday and for the first 24 hours it will be only 99 cents. As noted in the press release, Subatomic Studios is looking to bring Fieldrunners HD to a whole new group of players:

“Bringing Fieldrunners HD to Android is a great opportunity for us to reach out to a whole group of people that may have not had the chance to play our game yet,” says Leo Montenegro, Creative Director of Subatomic Studios.  “We really wanted to craft an amazing experience for Android users, so we updated all of the artwork - everything is now in high definition and this is the first time we've done that on a mobile phone.  So, I hope all you Android owners take this opportunity to pick up this fantastic Tower Defense game at a discounted price!”

We'll be getting a look at Fieldrunners HD once released. You all can jump on past the break for a teaser image and the full press release from Subatomic Studios.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Bedside Mode Widget

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A good night's rest is something never to be discounted, and developer JoPs is here to ensure you sleep uninterrupted -- next to your phone at least -- though the night with Bedside Mode widget.  It's a simple switch widget like we've seen before and with the tap of a finger, you can essentially turn your phone into a digital clock.  This widget gives you the ability to:

  • Turn off Wifi
  • Turn off Bluetooth
  • Turn off radios (with filter options)
  • Choose a sound profile
  • Stop account syncing
  • Display digital clock

With those options to choose from in the configuration menu, it'll allow you to tailor your sleep to your own specifications.  Just don't forget to flick the switch again when you wake up!

Bedside Mode widget is available in the Android Market for about $1.  Download links and some more screenshots after the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G for Verizon now available for pre-order

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While many folks have already snapped up their WiFi-only Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1's like they were going out of style, others have been holding out for the 3G/4G equipped version that's soon-to-be released from Verizon. If you're among those who held out, you can now hit up the Verizon site to place your pre-order for either a 16GB or 32GB version coming in your choice of color be it black or grey.

When it comes to pricing you'll be expected to fork over $529.99 for the 16GB and $629.99 for the 32GB. You'll also be required to sign up for a new two-year contract with a fitting data plan. They are as follows:

  • $20 for 1GB
  • $35 for 3GB
  • $50 for 5GB
  • $80 for 10GB

As it stands right now, orders are showing as being ready to ship in 4-6 weeks -- which may seem like and eternity if you've waited this long already. Hit the source link below for the full details.

Source: Verizon; Thanks, Chris!

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3 years ago

AT&T Status in the wild ... looks like an HTC ChaCha in the wild

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What do you get when you take an HTC ChaCha, slap on an AT&T logo and take a picture? (That's a trick question.) What you see above is a leaked shot of what's rumored to be called the AT&T Status (that's the ChaCha's name on Telus, so it's looking more likely now). And it appears, for all intents and purposes, to be relatively unchanged from the HTC ChaCha we've been eying since Mobile World Congress some four and a half months ago.

Still no word on when the so-called "Faceboook phone" will be announced, or how much it'll cost.

Source: BGR

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3 years ago

Iterate Podcast Episode 1: SoftFacade

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Welcome to Iterate, our new, design-centric podcast focused on user interface, user experience, and iconography from conception to realization. In our debut episode, Marc, Seth, and Rene talk Notification Center in iOS 5, webOS cards and stacks, Photoshop 5.5 and SDK, linen textures, justified text, and talk with Anton and Dmitry of SoftFacade. Loop until done.

If you're one of the best-of-the-best-of-the-best in mobile design for Android, BlackBerry, iOS, webOS, or Windows Phone, we'd love to get you on the show, or if you've found a drop-dead gorgeous app on any platform and really want us to talk about it, contact us and let us know.

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Archos G9 tablets (Update: Video!)

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Archos recently caused a bit of commotion by announcing two new tablets powered by Android 3.1 Honeycomb -- the Archos 80 G9 and 101 G9. Of interest was not only the 1.5GHz dual-core OMAP4 CPU, but also the price point -- $249 for the 8-inch version and $349 for the larger 10-incher. Throw in the intriguing prospect of a 250GB mechanical hard drive or 16GB of flash storage, and you've got two products that could potentially shake up the Android tablet market.

We got to try out both new Archos tablets briefly at the manufacturer's London press event today. Join us after the jump to find out what we thought.

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3 years ago

The TAG Heuer LINK smartphone runs Froyo, costs $6,700

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TAG Heuer has unveiled the Link smartphone -- a 3.5-inch snakeskin covered Gorilla Glass coated precision made phone that will certainly fulfill any James Bond-like fantasies we would happen to harbor.  Specs are a little unknown, but what TAG Heuer is telling us won't be likely to tickle anyone looking for a powerhouse:

  • Quadband GSM HSUPA enabled
  • 800x480 LCD @16,000,000 colors
  • 256MB RAM
  • 5MP camera
  • Android 2.2
  • And a choice of materials: 316L Stainless steel, Gold, Diamonds, Black PVD, Titanium, Rubber, Calfskin leather, Carbon leather, Alligator and Lizard

Clearly dated specs in the age of dual-core and 3D, but I doubt TAG Heuer is going after the typical Android geek with this one.  Especially with $6,700 as the base price.  It will fill a very small niche, and maybe we'll see one at a police auction one day, because this one won't be hitting the AT&T store any time soon.  Anyone at TAG Heuer who would like me to review this one, please contact me.  Pretty please.  Anyhoo, check out the video after the break.  You know you want to.

Source: A Blog to Read, via: Dvice

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3 years ago

Yahoo gone haywire, Google+ [From the Forums]

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Wow.. busy Tuesday. New Google services, new devices and some nice app updates -- gotta love it. If you've missed out on the action today then by all means, skip on back to read through some of the blog posts and don't hesitate to jump on into the Android Central forums either for more discussion:

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

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Dictionary.com

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Knowing more words and expanding your vocabulary is helpful no matter what industry you’re in. Dictionary.com is one of the most popular websites for providing definitions and with its Android app, you’ll have easy access to every word you can think of (and some you can’t) on the go. They have done a fantastic job with the app, making it extremely user friendly and feature rich, even including a helpful widget.

When the app first opens, the home screen will display the word of the day. If you swipe right, you’ll see the Spanish word of the day, followed by the Question of the Day and then ‘The Hot Word’, which displays an interesting fact. There is a search bar up top if you’re looking for a specific word. Along the bottom, there are various options including: Favorites, which allows you to save words you would like to go back to later, Search again, Voice, which allows you to dictate a word rather than type and More. In the More section, you can provide feedback, change backgrounds or share the app with a friend.

A great feature of is the ability to switch between Dictionary mode and Thesaurus mode. Whenever you have a word open, you’ll either see a D or a T button depending on which mode you’re currently in (if you’re in Dictionary mode, you’ll see T). Pressing the button will bring you to the other.

The Word of the Day widget is also handy. It simply displays the Word of the Day preventing you from having to go into the app. Clicking on the widget will bring you to the word within the app.

If you want to have easy access to Dictionary.com in a simple interface, check out Dictionary.com, available free from the Android Market. Find links to the app and more pictures after the break.

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3 years ago

Barnes & Noble stores to be first Angry Birds 'magic place,' exclusive to the Nook Color

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If you happen to have a Nook Color and love Angry Birds, you're in for a treat.  Rovio and Barnes & Noble have teamed up and made B&N stores the very first "magic location" for the Angry Birds game.  All you have to do is play Angry Birds (the official Nook Color edition -- hackers with the Android Market version can't join the fun) while inside one of the 700 plus B&N stores and you'll unlock the Mighty Eagle character for free.  If you don't have a Nook Color, or aren't using the Nook Angry Birds app, you can still check it out and the Nook Color display at any B&N location.

It's part of Rovio's magic places based gameplay, which uses NFC, GPS, and Wifi location to unlock in-game content.  They have more planned, including an NFC phone fist-bump ritual that will unlock new levels.  To help understand it all a little better, check out the interview with Ramine Darabiha, product manager for Angry Birds Magic and the full press release after the break.

Source: BusinessWire; More: GigaOm

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