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3 years ago

Step on the pitch in Pele: King of Football

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Be the legend

Hey futbol fans! A free-to-play game featuring the legendary Pele just landed. You can control him through a lengthy career mode which takes you from humble beginnings to worldwide championships. The core gameplay is simply goal-kicking, using intuitive gesture controls similar to Flick Soccer, but over time you can unlock a bunch of items to customize your player. Every 20 minutes there's an online leaderboard competition to win stuff. The real kicker here is that you can win real world items from playing, including jerseys, signed balls, or even a trip to Brazil.

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3 years ago

Galaxy S5 Zoom cameraphone gets pictured

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Here it is, folks, your first look at the Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom. We've seen benchmarking data on the expected follow-up to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, and thanks to a new photo leak we get to see what the zoom-lens-toting back side looks like. And it's leathery.

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3 years ago

LG G Flex now available in Rogers stores

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The LG G Flex (yes, we dislike the name just as much as you do) was destined to be available at Rogers in Canada this spring. That we already knew. Announced today on the carrier blog, and running Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2, the rather unique smartphone is now available at Rogers. The price? $199 on select 2-year plans.

Sporting a 13MP rear shooter (with a 2.1MP sibling on the front), an advanced Qualcomm processor, self-healing chassis, LTE connectivity, 2GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage, the LG G Flex is a premium smartphone.

Read our in-depth review and head on over to the Rogers Store to place your order.

Source: Rogers Store

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3 years ago

Google stock split arrives as 2-for-1 deal for investors

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The long-awaited and much-clamored-for Google stock split has arrived. The split, which will see one share of GOOG stock divided into two shares, is a little more complicated than a simple straight-forward split. Instead of two shares of GOOG at half the value of the pre-split stock, investors will now see two separate stock tickers for Google: GOOG and GOOGL. Class A shares trade under GOOGL and retain voting rights, while the new Class C shares will take over the classic GOOG ticker and lose all voting rights.

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3 years ago

Google Play edition HTC One M8 is shipping

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HTC One M8 GPe mockup

If you've been patiently awaiting word that your Google Play edition HTC One M8 has shipped, well, there's a good chance it did. Yesterday. We just got a heads up that ours will arrive today (with overnight shipping), so we'll soon get a chance to see how Google's working the Duo Camera features, and whether the popular Dot View case still works. Stay tuned for more.

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3 years ago

Amazon for Tablets updated with new UI features, Prime Fresh groceries

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Hot on the heels of Amazon's big Fire TV announcements yesterday, the online retail giant has turned its attention to its regular Android tablet app, updating it with some new UI features and support for buying groceries through Amazon Prime Fresh, its food delivery service currently available in Seattle, San Francisco and parts of Southern California.

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3 years ago

SwiftKey update brings Google+ and Evernote personalization to the masses

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Swiftkey for Android is a neat way to make typing in data on your smartphone even more of a breeze. The app itself has just been updated, adding some sweet new functionality which was previously in the beta program. Should you have the stable version installed on your device, you’ll now be refreshed with new personalization options. (Emoji support is still limited to SwiftKey beta for the time being.)

We’ve just bumped Swiftkey on our devices to version 4.4.5.273, which includes the following:

  • Added the ability to personalize from Evernote notes and Google+ public posts
  • Fixing several forced closes/crashes

It's worth noting that should you be running KitKat, you'll need to re-configure your default keyboards after updating. Annoying we know, but that's the way it goes. Download Swiftkey from the Google Play Store and tell us what you think about the new features.

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3 years ago

KISS Photo Bomb app can add rock and roll to all of your pictures

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KISS is going mobile and today have announced the launch of the KISS PHOTO BOMB app for Android and iOS devices. With the free app, users can "KISSIFY" their photos and text messages with things like KISS members, KISS make-up, KISS frames and even KISS emoticons. Snap away then share to your favorite social service.

Check out more at KISSPHOTOBOMB.com

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3 years ago

Samsung 'G906S' appears in benchmark results with 1440p display, Snapdragon 805 [Updated]

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Samsung

Signs of a possible "2K-capable" Samsung smartphone have been appearing online for some time, but today there's fresh evidence that 2014 might yet yield a Galaxy phone with the super-high-density 1440p panel Samsung itself said was coming this year.

Is Samsung testing a phone with a '2K' display?

Benchmarks spotted on GFXBench show a Samsung "SM-G906S" device rocking a 2560x1440-resolution display. To put that model number in context, the Galaxy S5 is SM-G900, and the letter at the end usually corresponds to a hardware or carrier variant. Benchmark results themselves are all over the place, which isn't surprising for a product presumably still in development.

Update: The benchmark listing now offers additional info on the hardware lurking inside this beastly phone. The SoC is listed as a quad-core Qualcomm CPU at 2.5GHz with an Adreno 420 GPU — so it's almost certainly Qualcomm's next-gen Snapdragon 805. In addition there's a little under 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 15.8-megapixel camera and a 2560x1400-resolution 5.2-inch display.

We've mulled over the possibility of a Samsung "super flagship" with a higher-res display (and similar specs) appearing later in the year, so check out the article linked below for our thoughts on how (and why) Samsung might do a 1440p smartphone.

More: Could Samsung go all-out with a 'Galaxy S5 Prime' later this year?

Source: GFXBench; via: PhoneArena

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3 years ago

European Union vote clears the way to end roaming charges, enforce net neutrality

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Free roaming within the European Union is a step closer today, after the European parliament voted in favor of laws that would abolish roaming fees between EU member states, as part of a package of telecom reforms. The package, originally proposed by EU lawmaker Neelie Kroes, moves Europe closer to a single market for mobile communication, especially with the recent arrival of 4G LTE roaming agreements between European carriers.

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3 years ago

Motorola goes behind the scenes with the monsters of their April Fool's Day boot animation

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Yeti takes to the Moto X boot screen

Motorola surprised us with a yeti, an alien and the Loch Ness monster on April 1, with a new, supernatural boot animation for April Fools' Day. And now the manufacturer is giving a sneak peek behind the scenes of the stop motion-animated scene.

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3 years ago

Sony: Fix coming for Xperia KitKat audio bug

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Since Sony's Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra started receiving their Android 4.4 KitKat updates a couple of weeks back, some Xperia owners have been reporting audio glitches on their devices. Specifically, a troublesome bug would sometimes cause notifications and calls to be played through the internal speaker rather than the external speaker, making them almost impossible to hear. But there's good news for those affected this morning, as Sony says a fix is on the way.

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3 years ago

An updated Sony 'Compact' could be headed to Japan

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Sony 'Altair' looks like an refreshed Z1 Compact for Docomo

The small but mighty Sony Xperia Z1 Compact might have only just arrived in the West, but it's old news in Japan, where it's been available since December under the Xperia Z1 f monicker. And there are already signs a refreshed "Compact" might be on its way to Japanese shores, as a Docomo-bound Sony miniature has just passed through the FCC.

The Sony "Altair" carries the model number SO-04F, which follows the formatting used by the Japanese carrier. (Remember, foreign phones need to pass through the FCC too, to allow legal roaming within the U.S.) And technical drawings from today's FCC filing show an outline very similar to that of the Xperia Z1 Compact, or Z1 f, along with matching proportions. There's little information on what hardware might lurk inside, but a back panel photo found by XperiaBlog points to the same 20.7-megapixel camera used in Xperias Z1 and Z2. If the "Altair" comes to market as an Xperia Z2 Compact or Z2 f, it's likely it could closely match the internals of the full-sized Xperia Z2.

Source: FCC, XperiaBlog

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3 years ago

HTC One M8 kernel source code released

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Open-source bits for Sense and GPe models now available

As required under the GPL, HTC has released the kernel source code and framework support files for the new HTC One M8. Code is available through HTCDev for the regular Sense version of the phone on a variety of carriers, as well as for the Google Play edition M8 made available last week.

As always, the files won't be of any use to normal M8 owners, but it's good news for those hoping for a kick-start to hacking and modding efforts around HTC's 2014 flagship.

Source: HTCDev

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3 years ago

Samsung ChatON updated with 'recall' messages, large file transfers

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In you're onboard with Samsung's ChatON messaging client, you'll be pleased to learn that it's been updated today with a handful of significant new features. ChatON 3.5 introduces the ability to recall messages you've already sent, avoiding potential embarrassment. The feature works in 1-on-1 chats and can be used even if the other person has already read that incriminating message.

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