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4 years ago

SEGA's Crazy Taxi now available on Android

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Once a Dreamcast hit, now an optimized Android port

In the continuing movement of bringing popular Dreamcast games to Android, the once console-system-maker SEGA has brought us another classic: Crazy Taxi. For those who didn't play it back in its heyday, Crazy Taxi puts players in the shoes of manic cabbies whose ultimate goal is to collect as much fare money as virtually possible.

The rules of the road do not apply in the Crazy Taxi world, where players are encouraged to barrel through crowded city streets, speed off the tops of parking garages, and combo their way to winning the race to collect the most cash. Not even the ocean is off-limits, where deep sea exploration is possible by hurdling off parked transporter ramps.

The Android version features Arcade and Original modes, with 16 playable mini games -- letting players choose from longer or shorter sessions of dangerous driving. The original music from bands like The Offspring and Bad Religion is even included.

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4 years ago

LG Optimus G Pro 'Value Pack' now available via OTA update

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New tools include Smart Video, Dual Camera and Pause & Resume Recording

Update: detailed software information and what is needed to update have been added after the break.

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LG Optimus G Pro owners on AT&T should be on the lookout -- an over-the-air update is coming your way. Dubbed the 'Value Pack,' this update brings features very reminiscent of another popular flagship phone. We've been expecting this update for a few months, so it's good to hear the rollout has begun. New features are detailed as follows:

New Tools:

  • Smart Video intelligently recognizes the position of a user's eyes, automatically pausing the video when the user looks away and then restarting it once they resume active viewing.
  • Dual Camera, an extension of the Dual Recording feature, lets users simultaneously capture photos of the subject and the shooter using both the front and back cameras for a picture-in-picture composition, so both sides of an experience are snapped and saved.
  • Pause & Resume Recording allows user to pause video in record mode and then restart the recording to create one continuous video file. 

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4 years ago

Samsung and HTC phones to soon support ZigBee?

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Home automation has been something Android has dabbled in in the past. The variety of standards and brands vying for the space is causing some confusion, but the more that are supported the faster we will see home automation become a realty for more households. The ZigBee Alliance is one of these specifications for wireless communication. Native support for the standard could soon be coming to Samsung and HTC phones. Samsung makes a slew of products, some of which are actually ZigBee products, so it's natural evolution for them to put support in their mobile devices. HTC is also interested in more support for standards like ZigBee. We have no official word from the companies or a date in which we think we may see support, but let's hope it's sooner rather than later. I for one am very excited at the prospect of home automation and would love to control light switches and appliances with my smartphone. As I mentioned above, the more support manufacturers enable on their phones, the faster we will see the deployment of more automation products.

Source: Pocket- Lint

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod 10.1.1 released, patches several known security exploits

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Heads up everyone using CyanogenMod on their Android device -- there's a security release coming your way. The 10.1.1 release patches several high-profile security issues (including the Master Key exploit) and it is highly recommended that all users install the update when available for their device. Specifics are:

  • Bug 8219321 aka “MasterKey” exploit (also patched in CM 7 and CM 9 source)
  • CVE-2013-2094 (Linux kernel exploit)
  • CVE-2013-2596 (Qualcomm-specific exploit)
  • CVE-2013-2597 (Qualcomm-specific exploit)
  • General device bug-fixes

There are no new user-facing features in this release, so everything should look and feel exactly as you're used to. Stay safe, guys and gals!

Source: CyanogenMod

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4 years ago

The return of the Weekly Photo Contest: Summer travel

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To kick things off with style, this week's prize is a Developer Edition OUYA console and two extra retail controllers

To celebrate the grand opening of our new Photography forums, we're bringing back the weekly photo contests! As before, it's a great way to show off your skills taking great pictures with an Android phone or tablet, and there's always a great prize attached.

This week, the subject is summer travel. Take any picture. It could be a Panorama, a Zoe, an Auto-Awesome .gif, a Photosphere, etc., just something that you feel captures the spirit of a great summer getaway. And the prize this week is something that everyone will be interested in -- a Developer Edition OUYA console, with two extra retail controllers.

Entering is easy. Just head into the forums (use the link below) and post your entry. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (July 16)  night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest. Hit the break for the full rules.

Enter this week's Photo Contest

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4 years ago

Huawei Ascend Mate headed to Vodafone UK

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Huawei 6.1-incher confirmed for Voda UK — no release date or pricing yet

It's been more than six months since we first laid eyes on the Huawei Ascend Mate back at CES 2013. At the Huawei presser in Las Vegas, the Mate turned heads mainly due to its gigantic 6.1-inch screen, at the time one of the largest we'd seen on a smartphone. Half a year later the device is about to make its way to the UK market, and it's been picked by major UK operator Vodafone.

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid Mini, Ultra and Maxx pictured

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We're starting to hear more and more about Motorola and Verizon's new Droid devices — in recent days we've revealed promotional materials and a possible release date for the Droid Ultra and Droid Maxx. Now prolific Twitter leaker @evleaks has published an image of all three new Droid devices — Droid Mini, Droid Ultra and Droid Maxx.

Unsurprisingly the Ultra and the Maxx are almost identical from the front, as history would suggest the Maxx merely being an Ultra with a larger battery. Meanwhile, the smaller Droid Mini sports a similar design with a reduced screen size — 4.3 inches, according to our source. With Aug. 8 being tipped as a possible launch date, hopefully we won't have to wait much longer before these new Droids are officially unveiled.

More: Motorola Droid Ultra forums

Source: @evleaks

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4 years ago

Latest Droid Ultra leak points to August 8 release date

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Get ready to say Hello Moto on August 8, according to this leaked commercial story board

Update: We've had to pull the leaked image. A handy Google search may help if you missed it.

The Droid Ultra, complete with a Gorilla Glass screen and Kevlar encasing, will launch August 8 according to this leaked television commercial story board that appeared in our inbox. The commercial itself will feature what sounds like a very tough phone, taking a beating and coming through without a scratch.

There's also a hint at some sort of customized voice control software, as the actor will tell the phone to play some smooth jazz tunes by saying "Hello Moto. Open Spotify. Play Coltrane mix." We've no clue if this refers to some special blend of Motorola's software, or part of Google Now's ever-increasing functionality.

What we do know is that there are a lot of people excited to see Motorola's latest come to their local Verizon store. If all goes as planned, we'll be seeing just that in about four weeks. Head into the Droid Ultra forums and join the discussion while we wait.

[LEAK] 8-8-13 at Android Central forums

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom arriving in the UK SIM-free tomorrow

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16-megapixel camera/phone hybrid priced at £442.80

Hot on the heels of the Galaxy S4 Active, the Galaxy S4 Zoom is about to become available in the U.K., through independent retailer Clove Technology. Clove is expecting its first stock of the device tomorrow, July 11, and it's priced the device at £442.80 inc. VAT (£369 exc. VAT.)

That'll get you a mid-range Android smartphone with a mid-range point-and-shoot camera strapped to the back of it. The Zoom packs a 4.3-inch qHD SuperAMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and most importantly, a 16-megapixel rear camera with 10X optical zoom. For more on the Galaxy S4 Zoom, hit the link below for our hands-on feature.

More: Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

Source: Clove

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4 years ago

Skype for Android updating with sign-out improvement

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Bug fixes also in first update following major design overhaul

We couldn't blame you for being a little confused as to how you're meant to sign out of the new Skype for Android. The messaging app received a major update last week with a brand new UI, and as a side-effect, the sign-out option — now buried under a menu overflow in the "profile" section — became a lot more difficult to find.

Skype has today responded to user criticism with a new update that makes it easier to sign out wherever you are in the app. In a new update pushing out through Google Play today, you can now sign out by pressing menu (or the menu overflow) in Recent, Favorites, People or Profile.

The new update also includes bug fixes for issues affecting users who set to "offline" on the old Skype 3.2 and then had problems making calls in 4.0. In addition, video capabilities have been re-enabled for some devices, and there are improved translations for Russian, Brazilian Portuguese and Traditional Chinese, Skype says.

The update should be pushing out through Google Play sometime today.

Source: Skype

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4 years ago

Sony Xperia Tablet Z review

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Slick design and useful features make the Tablet Z Sony’s best yet — but is it worth the money?

Let’s not mince words — in a market dominated by Apple’s iPad, any high-priced 10-inch Android tablet is a tough sell. Over the past year, the Android slates that have proved the most successful have been smaller, less expensive models like ASUS and Google’s Nexus 7. Yet from the start Sony has concentrated its efforts on the high-end tablet space, with the Xperia Tablet S and Sony Tablet S before that. This year the strategy remains much the same — push a high-end tablet with unique multimedia functionality — but the resulting device promises to be more than just another Android tablet.

So here comes the Xperia Tablet Z, a super-thin, super-light water-resistant tablet with LTE connectivity, some unique battery-conservation tricks and a camera that’s more than an afterthought. But with prices starting at £400 in the UK, it’s packing a premium price tag. So how does it measure up? Read on to find out.

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4 years ago

Google confirms Latitude being retired from August 9

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Closure affects Latitude on Android, iOS, the web and Latitude API

Alongside today's Google Maps for Android news, the company has confirmed that Latitude, its location-sharing service, will be closing from Aug. 9. The shutdown affects Latitude in its entirety — on the web, Android, iOs, through badges and the Latitude API. After the Aug. 9 cut-off date, Latitude components such as check-ins and friend lists will be disabled in various Google properties.

Google's location-sharing focus is being shifted across to Google+, which already supports check-ins and social sharing of location data. The move comes as Google has been making efforts to focus on a smaller number of products, closing services deemed less important. In a controversial move, the company recently retired Google Reader, its RSS solution. We doubt the closure of Latitude will prove anywhere near as contentious — nevertheless, if there's anyone out there still using Latitude, be sure to sing out in the comments.

Source: Google

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4 years ago

Samsung set to break ground on new US headquarters in San Jose

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Striking new headquarters hopes to reinvigorate Samsung innovation and U.S. presence

Following up on its previous announcement that the company will build a new U.S. headquarters in San Jose, California, Samsung is set to break ground on the new facility this week. The strikingly beautiful structure, which is designed by NBBJ, will end up being 10 stories tall and cover 1.1 million square feet. The glass and metal tower (shown above) will be accented by a parking structure and amenity pavilion. The design firm says that the building is meant to invite the community on campus with cafes and a "Samsung expo" at the corner.

The building is expected to be finished in 2015 at a total cost of $300 million, and will end up being the workplace for 2,000 Samsung employees in both R&D and sales. The goal for this new San Jose headquarters is to bring Samsung closer to the Silicon Valley tech scene, where companies like Google, Apple and Facebook have their world headquarters.

Construction is expected to begin this week, and in the meantime you can see several beautiful renders of what the finished product will look like at NBBJ's website below.

Source: NBBJ; TechCrunch

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4 years ago

New Google Maps app starting to seed on Google Play

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Update 'rolling out to Android 4.0.3+ users over the next few weeks,' according to Play Store listing

A little under two months ago at Google I/O, Google offered a preview of the next version of Maps for Android. Stand-out features included a completely revamped UI, with a search bar front and center, together with smoother visuals, a re-tooled Zagat experience and Google Offers support.

Today it seems the new version of Maps — ver. 7.0 to be precise — has started to push to some users though Google Play. If you're not seeing it yet, you're not alone. None of our devices are seeing the update, and the "what's new" entry for the app suggests it could be weeks before many get access to the new Maps — "This update will be gradually rolling out to Android 4.0.3+ users over the next few weeks."

Google also highlights a re-worked UI for Android phones and tablets, including a new tablet UI with less chrome and clutter, and a greater focus on the actual map. There's also enhanced navigation including "live traffic updates, incident reports and dynamic rerouting," and a new "explore" section showing shops, restaurants, hotels and other attractions nearby.

Google's transitioning certain features away from Maps, and as such check-ins and Latitude support are absent in the new version (the company's blog post says it'll be retired altogether from Aug. 9). "My Maps" support is also absent for the moment, as is offline map caching, at least as officially — you can still cache areas of the map by typing "OK Maps" in the search box, in a sort of Easter egg.

As always, the version of Google Maps available to you will vary based on your device and which version of Android you're running. If you're on 4.0.3 or above, hit the Google Play Store to see if your update is ready, and let us know if in the comments if you manage to pick it up.

More: Google previews next major Maps update at Google I/O

Source: Google Maps Blog

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4 years ago

Samsung offering $4 million prize pool for Tizen app developers

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Developers submitting apps by November 1 could grab up to $200,000 for their effort

In an effort to pull some developers over to making apps for its up-and-coming platform, Samsung and Intel have put together a $4 million prize system for Tizen app development. As one would expect, app developers are currently spending far more time (or all of their time) developing for the most popular mobile operating systems out there -- such as Android, iOS and even Windows Phone -- far before even considering Tizen. By offering up some big prizes for the best apps it receives in this "Tizen App Challenge", Samsung is hoping to at least kick off development for the platform.

App submissions are categorized into "Games" and "Non-Games", with multiple sub-categories in each. The top app for each category in "Games" will win a $200,000 prize, with 2 runners-up making $100 and 3 more making $40,000. For "Non-games" the prizes will be $120,000, $60,00 and $30,000, respectively. This will certainly create a fight amongst the willing devs to make the best app, but we would have to think that Samsung might be better off spreading out the money to try and draw in more entries at this point.

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