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3 years ago

The best Flappy Bird technique you'll ever see on Android

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3 years ago

Moto G available for $99 off-contract from US Cellular starting today

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Online-only for today, in-store availability starts Feb. 10th

After writing yesterday of the expected Moto G launch on U.S. Cellular, we now have the full details on this budget device for the carrier. It turns out the date of February 10th for a launch was correct, but only for in-store availability — you can pick up a Moto G on U.S. Cellular today for just $99 (with free shipping) when paired with one of its No Contract plans.

The retail price is supposedly $189, but we're told (and the website reflects) that a $90 rebate is instantly applied when you buy the device. That's one heck of a deal, and matches Verizon's prepaid Moto G offering exactly. U.S. Cellular's No Contract plans start at just $50 per month for unlimited talk, text and data (500MB full speed) — a great deal when you also consider the price of this phone.

If you're interested in picking up a Moto G and U.S. Cellular is your carrier of choice, hit the source link below and get your order in now. And if you just have to pick one up in a store, you only have to wait a few days to do so.

Source: U.S. Cellular

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact versus Z1

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Sony's miniature marvel delivers almost everything that made the Z1 great, in more hand and pocket-friendly design

The Sony Xperia Z1 is a great phone. It's also a big, blocky phone with enormous bezels and an unashamedly chunky design. So we gave a warm welcome to its smaller sibling, the Xperia Z1 Compact, when we first saw it at CES 2014. The Compact, as we'll call it, incorporates just about all the high-end hardware of the full-size Z1, only with a significantly reduced footprint, making it an easier fit for hands and pockets alike. Unlike some other "mini" phones we could mention, you don't have to settle for lower-end hardware if you want a smaller handset.

So now that both are on the market in the UK, how do they compare? We've got a full walkthrough, including video, after the break.

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3 years ago

How to win at Flappy Bird for Android

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They say you can't beat Flappy Bird. We say they're wrong.

Flappy Bird is a ridiculously simple, mind-numbing, intelligence-sapping game that feeds off your boredom and pumps thousands of dollars into the hands of the sole developer through advertising.

Flappy Bird has become ridiculously popular in the past weeks, amassing between 10 million and 50 million total installations on Android. Flappy Bird is available on iOS. It's eventually headed to Windows Phone.

And now, we're going to show you how to win at Flappy Bird.

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3 years ago

Vector 29: Microsoft's new CEO and Lenovo's new Moto

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Ben Thompson of Stratechery joins Rene to talk about Microsoft’s new CEO, Satya Nadella and the challenges he faces making money in mobile, why Motorola was so important to Lenovo, what it means for Samsung and Apple, and why good products aren't enough.

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3 years ago

Chromecast reportedly hitting the UK as soon as March 1

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An official release outside the U.S. may finally be about to happen

Ever since Google first launched Chromecast, those of us outside the U.S. have been waiting with bated breath for news of an official launch. Now, according to the folks at The Next Web, the UK might be seeing a release as soon as March 1. A spokesperson for high street electrical retailer Currys has provided the news, while a Google spokesperson added that March 1 is still a provisional date at this time. 

With the Google Cast SDK now officially open to developers, there are exciting times ahead for Google's low-cost HDMI dongle. There was no word on any possible UK pricing for the Chromecast, though other retailers have previously been selling imported versions for £35. Needless to say, March 1 is only three weeks away, so we'll be keeping our beady eye open for anything more official. 

Source: The Next Web

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3 years ago

LG hosting pre-MWC press event in Korea on Feb. 13

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Likely introduction of LG G Pro 2 at event in Seoul

We already know that the LG G Pro 2 is a thing, and that its a thing we'll be seeing soon, but now it looks like we're likely seeing it next week. Invitations to an event at the LG Twin Towers in Seoul on February 13 have started going out to local press. While the invite doesn't hint at much with the message "Knock-knock knockin' on" and an image of footsteps the only visual aids. But given the time frame, we'd take a punt on it being the new G Pro 2.

Of course, in Europe later this month the worlds press and smartphone makers will be hitting up Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. This may have been a more obvious spot to introduce the G Pro 2, but then LG isn't always conventional in how it announces new devices and we shouldn't be totally surprised at a local debut first. Either way, we'll be expecting to get our own hands on it just over a week later in Spain. 

Source: ZDNet Korea via PhoneArena

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 + S4 Mini Black Edition availability announced

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Update: Hot on the heels of Samsung UK's statement, Samsung HQ has announced that the Black Edition GS4 and GS4 Mini will launch in "select markets" from February. The phones will come with exclusive wallpapers and ringtones, as well as black accessories and charging cables.

Original post: News has come in of Samsung Galaxy S4 models with a new Note 3-like leather-effect back — in recent days we've seen the new GS4 variants in Russia and South Korea sporting a redesigned derriere. So when might we see a Western release for this new (and, we'd argue, improved) flavor of Galaxy S4? Well, Samsung's keeping its cards close to its chest for now, not exactly confirming a UK launch for the "Black Edition" GS4 seen in Russia recently, but instead hinting at the possibility of announcements ahead.

A Samsung spokesperson told Android Central, “Samsung UK will announce availability for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Black Edition in due course.”

That doesn't tell us a whole lot, but it does suggest we haven't seen the last of these new GS4 models without the glossy back cover. With a likely Galaxy S5 launch happening before the end of the month, hopefully we won't have too long to wait.

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3 years ago

Verizon to offer $100 bill credit on new lines from Feb. 7th to 28th

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Activation fees also waived until Feb. 17th

Looking to activate a new line with a smartphone or mobile data device on Verizon? Well you'll be able to receive a $100 bill credit if you do so in the next three weeks. Reading from internal training document given to Android Central, it looks as though Verizon is ready to offer a $100 discount for any new line of service started from February 7th to February 28th, so long as it comes with a two-year agreement.

The $100 credit will be applied to your third billing cycle, so in order to receive it you'll at least have to stay with the carrier a full 60 days (there's always fine print somewhere.)

The document also makes reference to an activation fee exemption that will be going on until February 17th — that's another $35 savings when activating a new line. We're not sure if this is something big enough to be switching carriers over, but it could be a reason to activate in this window and save a bit of money if you were planning on starting a new line. Hard to say "no" to $135 in savings, even if it is a small portion of your bill over two years.

Thanks, Anon!

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3 years ago

Google shows solidarity for gay Olympians with latest Doodle

Much respect for Friday's Google Doodle. You can find the Doodle at the top of Google Now as well. The Sochi Olympics officially open Friday in Russia.

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3 years ago

NBC News and the bullshit 'ZOMG Sochi Olympics Android hack' story

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Your Android smartphone only installs malware if you're being dumb (or do it on purpose) — not automatically, and not just because you're in Russia.

This is just ridiculous, even for American "news" television. A report from NBC News was exposed — and rightfully so — by Errata Security (via Techmeme) for being so misleading that, frankly, we almost don't know where to begin.

The short version: NBC News says you'll be hacked the moment you try to connect in Russia. And it tries to show that with two examples: New laptops, fresh out of the box, and an Android smartphone — which we'll focus on here. 

In the piece, NBC's Richard Engel sits down with "top American security expert" Kyle Wilhoit — he works for Trend Micro, actually — and we see an Android smartphone downloading and installing malware. Oops. Hacked. Only, not really.

As Errata properly points out (and Wilhoit explains on Twitter as well, actually), this is all about visiting malicious sites, and not about actually being in Russia.

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3 years ago

This week's sidebar poll: About that price tag on the Samsung PRO tablets

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Is $850 for a Wifi tablet too much?

We knew Samsung's PRO tablets would be expensive. Some folks were predicting upwards of $1,000 (we haven't seen the 64GB LTE version of the Note Pro yet) and everyone was expecting a big jump over the "normal" Tabs and Note line from Samsung.

Now we know the price for the Wifi versions. Ranging from $850 for a 64GB Note Pro 12.2 to $400 for the Tab Pro 8.4, the prices are markedly higher than anything we've seen from Samsung before. In fact, the general consensus was that high prices killed HTC's tablet ambitions as well as LG's for a long while.

We have no idea, and only know that something is only worth what people will pay for it. What say you? Let your voice be heard in the poll. You'll find it in the sidebar to the right, or after the break if you're mobile. Make your choice and tell everyone why you feel that way.

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3 years ago

Boost Mobile offering $35 unlimited plan for 6 months when you buy an LTE device

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Save $120 over the default plan in your first 6 months

Boost Mobile is well-known for offering mobile phone service on the cheap, and starting today you can get it even cheaper if you buy a new LTE device. From now until March 31st, if you head to Boost Mobile and purchase one of their new LTE devices and activate it, you'll be set up to pay just $35 per month for unlimited talk, text and data (first 2.5GB at full speed) for the first six months of your service.

After the six months are up you'll only move up to $50 for the same service, which is still a great deal in its own right. Boost's unlimited plan usually comes in at $55 per month, with incentives for staying with the carrier that can bring down the price even more from there over time. But front-loading the discount like this is a great deal if you've been considering Boost.

Boost operates on the Sprint network, and has a handful of LTE devices to choose from, including the Boost MAX, Samsung Galaxy S III, LG Optimus F, Boost Warp 4G, HTC One SV, Boost Force and iPhone 5s (if that's your sort of thing). You can check out the details of the deal at the source link below.

More: Boost Mobile

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3 years ago

Facebook Lookback videos versus Google+ Year-in-Review

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So who did it better? Google Year-in-Review, or Facebook Lookback?

Facebook is lousy with Lookback videos this week. To celebrate its 10th birthday, the social network put together (without asking, to the dismay of some) a retrospective of your life on Facebook from the moment you joined. 

It starts by reminding you what year you joined. (For me, that was March 2007.) Then your first moments on Faceook. Your most liked posts. And then, about a minute later, it closes with (what else) a thumbs up.

Google, for its part, in December did a sort of Google+ Year-in-Review, pulling together photos and video that you'd uploaded. You might not have shared them, but if they're in the system (and this is a reminder of how much gets sucked in through auto-backup), chances are you'll see something from the year gone by that you'd forgotten all about.

So which did a better job? Facebook Lookback? Or Google's Year-in-Review? We'll take a look, using my videos as examples.

(If you want to creep on other folks' public Lookback videos, you can do so with this link.)

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3 years ago

Purported HTC 'M8' homescreen surfaces with a refined look

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Familiar colors and icons with on-screen buttons and a dash of transparency

With a successor to the HTC One on the horizon, we may be looking at our first leak of the purported HTC M8's software. While we only have a single homescreen look to go off of, the first thing that strikes us are the on-screen navigation buttons, giving us a pretty good idea that HTC has scrapped the two-button capacitive setup.

Beyond that, this really looks like a refined version of Sense, with lots of transparency and color dominating the look of the screen. Icons look basically unchanged from the current crop in Sense 5.5, but as we know this could all change. But if this really does turn out to be the new version of Sense on the HTC M8, we can say we wouldn't be upset.

Source: @evleaks

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