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4 years ago

Google Play Games adding new developer features



New statistics, service alerts and increased storage for games

The Google Play Games app has only been available for a few months now, but Google is expanding the developer tools related to the service starting today. First up are game services statistics in the developer console, which will give devs information about player activity such as how many players have signed into the game via Google, the number of players who unlocked achievements and how many are participating in leaderboards.

Next up are game services alerts in the developer console, which will give devs a heads-up about issues related to Google Play Games in their apps. Google is also doubling the amount of Cloud Save storage available to game developers, up to 1MB per user from 512KB, letting more game save data to be saved and synced between devices.

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4 years ago

New Appstore Developer Select program rewards devs who optimize for Fire OS


Premium placement in the Appstore in exchange for making great Kindle Fire apps

In an attempt to have developers more engaged in building apps specifically for Fire OS, Amazon has rolled out an incentive program it calls Appstore Developer Select. The program, which is available now, rewards developers for building apps that are optimized for Kindle Fire devices, integrate with all of Amazon's APIs — such as GameCircle and In-App Purchasing — and render natively on HD displays without distortion.

In return for making apps that run well on its Kindle Fire devices, Amazon will reward Developer Select members with new ways to highlight and feature their apps to customers. Developers will receive a "broad range of marketing and economic benefits," such as premium placement in the Amazon Appstore and 500,000 ad impressions in the Mobile Ad Network. Customers will also receive Amazon Coin incentives for buying apps from these developers

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4 years ago

Import ban reportedly goes into effect for older Samsung devices


Failure to win presidential veto means ban won by Apple comes into effect from today

Samsung has failed to win a presidential veto of an ITC ruling against some of its older Android-based mobile devices, meaning an import ban should now be in effect. Following an August ITC ruling, which found that some older Samsung devices infringed upon certain Apple patents, the Obama administration had 60 days to consider a using presidential veto. According to reports from Bloomberg, the president declined to do so.

Devices affected by the ban, the result of legal action brought by Apple in 2011, include the Galaxy S 4G, Fascinate and the original Galaxy Tab, according to The Verge. The ruling will not affect the vast majority of Samsung-made Android phones and tablets currently sold in the U.S.

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4 years ago

Nexus 7 (2013) Case shows up in Google Play for $49


A new hard case specifically made for the Nexus 7 and available in four colors

Google's second official case in the Play Store for the Nexus 7 (2013) has just arrived, and it's a hardcover microsuede version that comes in multiple colors. Simply named the "Nexus 7 (2013) Case," it is a molded hard plastic case that wraps around the sides and back of your tablet, with a stitched fabric flap to cover the screen and turn into a stand. 

The case comes in four different color combinations as well, to help fit your style — black/black, white/red, gray/blue and gray/red. Unlike the Nexus 7 sleeve this case is specifically made for the latest version of the Nexus 7, as you would expect with a hard plastic frame.

If the Nexus 7 Sleeve was any indication, the Nexus 7 (2013) Case is priced rather highly at $49.99 before shipping. Shipping options look to break down at $3.99 for 5-10 day, $7.99 for 3-5 day and $11.99 for 2 day. Add in any state sales taxes and you're easily going to break $60 on this case. If you do choose to order, the case is expected to ship by October 9th.

Via: +Nexus

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4 years ago

Finding the spot for you on the mobile device spectrum - Talk Mobile


For the longest time your options with mobile devices were limited. If you wanted a smartphone, chances are you'd be getting one with a physical keyboard, either the Treo/BlackBerry-style "candybar" smartphone or a horizontal slider. If you wanted a tablet, you were looking at a thick stylus-driven experience mated to laptop-style internals. And if you wanted a laptop, well, you could get one of those, but couldn't expect anything better than a few hours battery life in a slow and bulky package.

4 years ago

CyanogenMod AirPlay mirroring demoed


CyanogenMod developer Koushik Dutta has shown off a few neat video Chromecast-related tricks before, but his latest video takes things a step further. Today he's demonstrated an AirPlay mirroring server running on Android, allowing a phone running Angry Birds to beam images to a nearby tablet. It's unclear whether this feature will ever make it into CM proper. (Indeed, licensing issues could prevent AirPlay from ever landing on an official CM retail build.) But it makes for an impressive technical showcase nonetheless — check it out above.

Source: +Koushik Dutta

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4 years ago

Mobile Nations 22: State of the mobile


Kevin of CrackBerry, Phil of Android Central, Daniel of Windows Phone Central, Derek of Mobile Nations, and Rene of iMore talk about the state of mobile. How many platforms is Android, what's happening with BlackBerry, can Microsoft deliver, and what's next for Apple?

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4 years ago

Google unveils HP Chromebook 11


11.6-inch Exynos-powered laptop for $279

Google has today taken the wraps off the latest addition to its Chromebook line-up today, the HP Chromebook 11. The 11.6-inch laptop packs a Samsung Exynos CPU and a 1366x768-resolution, 300-nit display. There's 2GB of RAM onboard, in addition to 16GB of internal flash storage. That's all contained in a plastic-coated but magnesium-framed chassis.

As it's a Chrome OS device, you'll be expected to keep most of your stuff on Google Drive, and the Chromebook 11 comes with both 100GB of free Drive storage for two years and a 60 day free trial to Google Play Music All Access. Weighing in at 1.04kg, the notebook is relatively light, but the reported "up to 6 hours" of battery life might give buyers pause. That said, the ability to charge it via microUSB, like a smartphone, is a plus.

In any case, you can pick up the Chromebook 11 from Google, Amazon or Best Buy in the U.S., and in the UK it's available for £229 from PC World.

More: Chromebook 11 on; @GooglePlay Pre-order:

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4 years ago

HTC 'Sense 5.5' leaked shots show easy BlinkFeed toggle, camera changes


An easy way to disable BlinkFeed, customizable quick settings, 'dual capture' and 'Panorama+' in camera app

High-profile HTC ROM maker mike1986 has produced screenshots purporting to be from the next version of HTC's Android-based UI, Sense 5.5. Among the most significant changes in the gallery of 15 images are the presence of an easy toggle for BlinkFeed — HTC's home screen reader, which currently cannot be disabled on HTC One devices. Elsewhere in BlinkFeed, there are new categories to select, and a custom topics tab.

More details after the break.

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4 years ago

HTC and Goldgenie unveil 18ct gold HTC One for 18th MOBO awards


Just five of the limited edition phones, valued at £2,750, will be produced

To celebrate the 18th anniversary of the MOBO music awards, HTC has announced that it's partnered with gold phone producer Goldgenie to create an 18-carat gold-plated HTC One. Just five of the limited edition handsets, valued at £2,750 ($4,416), will be produced, with one going to the winner of the MOBO award for Best Newcomer at the ceremony on Oct. 19. There's no word on what's going to happen to the other four, but you can bet you probably won't find them hanging around your local carrier store.

It's the first time Goldgenie has partnered directly with a handset manufacturer, although the company did release its own, unofficial 24-carat gold-plated HTC One earlier in the year.

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4 years ago

HTC Asia invites point to possible One Max launch dates


Hong Kong event on Oct. 16, Taiwan on Oct. 18

The HTC One Max is almost upon us, with a slew of recent leaks having brought to light much information about the unreleased 5.9-inch handset. Previous reports have pointed to an unveiling on or around Oct. 15, and now a couple of invites sent out to the Asian press suggest that date might prove close to the mark. Engadget has received details of events taking place in Hong Kong on Oct. 16, followed by HTC's native Taiwan on Oct. 18.

"One finger opens up a big view. You are invited to immerse in the sound with us," states one of the invites. That certainly sounds a lot like the HTC One Max we've been getting to know through various leaks in recent months. Naturally, we'll keep you apprised of any further developments.

Source: Engadget

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4 years ago

Amazon taking international Chromecast orders [Updated]


Google streaming dongle now shipping internationally from

Update: It looks like Amazon is no longer processing Chromecast orders to shipping addresses outside the U.S. Existing order seem to be fine,  however.

Original story: Until now if you wanted to to get your hands on a Chromecast outside of the United States, you'd have to resort to an unofficial import through eBay, often with a significant markup. But today there's a more paletable option open to international buyers — is now taking orders for Chromecast from buyers outside the U.S. We've just been able to place an order to the UK, costing us around £22.59 plus shipping and import fees. Our friends at Ausdroid have confirmed that the deal is open to Australian buyers too, with prices starting at A$36.42 before tax and shipping.

For UK buyers, standard (8 to 14-day) shipping costs £5.79, while priority (two-day) shipping costs £21.28. In Australia it's A$11.02 and A$36.42 respectively. With standard shipping our UK order came to just over £34 — not at all bad for this type of product.

It's worth noting that while Chromecast may be shipping internationally from Amazon, the Chromecast app is still U.S.-only right now, meaning you'll need to track down the APK yourself once your dongle arrives.

More: Buy Chromecast from ($35, £22.59, A$38.64)

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4 years ago

LG introducing curved and cable batteries for future products


Two new battery technologies to power a future lineup of devices from LG

Following up on statements that it has already begun producing 6-inch curved displays, LG is also announcing that it is ready to produce curved batteries. Building up on previous advancements in battery technology that yielded the "stepped battery" in the LG G2, the LG Chem division of the company is now making the move to produce both curved and what it calls "cable batteries."

According to LG, the company has a patent on a "Stack & Folding" technology that lets it build a battery with several steps in it, producing the end result of a curved battery for devices in that form factor. Beyond the logical step of a curved phone, LG says that the batteries could be applied to watches and glasses as well. The curved batteries have already entered mass production, and will power the next set of phones from LG.

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4 years ago

Eric Schmidt's upcoming book will show how to make '21st century companies'


Narrowly-focused book to draw on experience at Google and other tech companies

Former CEO and current Executive Chairman of Google Eric Schmidt is planning to release a new book next Fall that will draw on his experience at the company. The book, titled No Adult Supervision Required: How To Build Successful 21st Century Companies, will be co-authored by Senior VP at Google Jonathan Rosenberg and will share accounts of his time at Google.

"Getting products right requires attracting and managing a new breed of technically-savvy workforce, and this book offers a practical and accessible guide for how to do that."

Said Schmidt of the upcoming title, which will be narrower in focus than his previous one, and will be targeted at those who are looking to draw from his wisdom on running one of the largest technology companies in the world. The title for the book is a clear callback to his statements when stepping down as CEO of Google in 2011, where he said the company no longer needed "day-to-day adult supervision."

Source: Hachett Book Group (Doc)The Verge

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4 years ago

Tapatalk now free, HD version renamed 'Pro' with additional features


Free version updated with new interface styling for devices on ICS and newer

Following the release of a new tablet-optimized Tapatalk HD earlier this year and an updated Tapatalk 4 for phones in August, Tapatalk is making its base app free in Google Play. What is now just called "Tapatalk" is the latest version 4 update, with the new "holo" styling and features, which was previously a paid application that was $4.99 at launch.

The folks over at Tapatalk are actually doing an interesting dual APK offering from one Play Store listing, which will give the older-style Tapatalk 2 app to those on Android 2.3 and earlier (for compatibility reasons), and the Tapatalk 4 app to anyone on ICS and above. If you're a traditionalist and want the classic Tapatalk app, you can download it from its support pages.

Those who would like premium features will now have access to Tapatalk Pro for $2.99, formerly known as Tapatalk HD. This version offers full tablet optimization, and Tapatalk says it will continue to roll out more premium features at no additional cost in the future.

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