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4 years ago

Jackpot Bingo: an Android exclusive casino game from GREE

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Ready for some Bingo on the go?

Japanese mobile gaming giant GREE International has just released Jackpot Bingo – developed by their in-house Casino Studio - exclusively for Android devices. Jackpot Bingo is a sequel of sorts to Jackpot Slots, which came out earlier this year. A host of game types and social features make Jackpot Bingo one of the better online Bingo titles around.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear now available on US Cellular

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US Cellular has announced that it's launching Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Samsung Galaxy Gear today. If you're on USC and are interested in either device, you should be able to get them in retail stores as well as online from today. (At the time of writing neither appears to be on the carrier's official website.) The US Cellular Note 3 will be available in Jet Black for $299.99 after an instant rebate. The Gear comes in two colors, "jet black" and "oatmeal beige," also for $299.99.

This announcement comes after both were released for Sprint and AT&T last week. Verizon's Note 3 launch is set to follow tomorrow. In the meantime, if you've been waiting patiently for US Cellular to offer either device, you can finally get them today!

More: Galaxy Note 3 review; Galaxy Gear initial review

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4 years ago

Snapdragon 800-powered Samsung flip phone headed to China

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It appears there's a successor to Samsung's quirky W789 "Hennessy" handset on the way. Chinese certification authority TENAA has published images and other details of the unannounced Samsung "SM-W2014" — another Asia-bound flip phone from the Korean manufacturer. The device, which looks a lot like earlier Samsung forays into the world of "smart" flip phones, packs the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM and dual 3.67-inch, WVGA (480x800) SuperAMOLED screens. There's also a 13-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front-facer, and interestingly it's reportedly running the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

Flip phones won't be making a comeback in the West anytime soon, and as such we wouldn't expect to see the W2014 outside of China.  Nevertheless, we're left wondering what exactly a flip phone is going to do with all that horsepower.

Source: Engadget, TENAA

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the real gold HTC One

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18 carat handset manhandled in London

At an event in London today, we were able to spend some quality time with the 18-carat gold-plated version of the HTC One — one of a very small number in existence. Produced in conjunction with Goldgenie to celebrate the 18th MOBO music awards, one of five final gold models will be given to the the MOBO winner for Best Newcomer at the ceremony on Oct. 19. Not that you'll be able to buy one, but the real gold HTC One is valued at £2,750 — a little over $4,400.

The unit we handled was already scuffed up pretty good — perhaps a demonstration of why aluminum and plastic, rather than more precious and less durable metals, are used in smartphone chassis construction. HTC says the guilded shell adds four grams in weight to the handset.

We've got hands-on video and more photos after the break.

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4 years ago

Amazon.com no longer taking international Chromecast orders

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... But existing orders seem to be safe

For most of yesterday buyers outside the United States could place orders for Google's Chromecast streaming dongle through Amazon.com, in a way that's usually not possible for consumer electronics on the U.S.-based site. The opening allowed international buyers to get hold of a Chromecast before it's officially available in their country, and often for less than the high prices found on eBay and elsewhere.

Today, though, Amazon has closed that particular loophole, and attempting to select a non-U.S. shipping address for your Chromecast order produces the error message above. On the upside, orders placed yesterday from outside the U.S. seem to be shipping (we've already received our dispatch notification), so quick-witted international customers should still get their devices in the days ahead. U.S. buyers can continue to order Chromecast through Amazon.com, as well as the Google Play Store.

More: Chromecast review

Source: Chromecast on Amazon.com

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Mega could be headed to MetroPCS

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6.3-inch handset spotted wearing prepaid carrier's branding

Following the gigantic smartphone's launch on AT&T this summer, it appears the Samsung Galaxy Mega (6.3) might be going prepaid with a launch on MetroPCS. TmoNews has acquired a couple of shots of what appears to be a Metro-branded Mega, which it says will be SIM-locked to the MetroPCS network.

We've reviewed both the international and AT&T versions of the Mega and found that it makes more sense as a miniature tablet than an oversized phone. It's got a 6.3-inch 720p display, a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 CPU, 1.5GB of RAM and 8 or 16GB of storage, expandable via microSD. The Galaxy Mega will reportedly launch on MetroPCS before the holidays.

More: Samsung Galaxy Mega review

Source: TmoNews

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Round specs

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What's under the hood on Samsung's latest big, curved phone?

The latest boundary-pushing form factor coming out of Samsung is the Galaxy Round, a phone with a display that is notably curved on the vertical axis. With a curve that is much more pronounced and technologically impressive than previous "curved" phones, Samsung is definitely taking things to a new level.

Under the hood the story is much the same as what we've seen on the recently announced Galaxy Note 3, however, and that's not a bad thing. You'll find the same screen resolution and internal specs that are nearly identical, with the tradeoff for that curved display being a lack of S Pen functionality.

Hit the break for a full list of internal specifications — note that some parts may change when the device comes to other markets outside of the initial launch in Korea.

More: Samsung Galaxy Round Forum

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4 years ago

Google posts Android 4.3.1 factory image for Nexus 7 LTE

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Restore or update your device to the latest build with files directly from Google

The latest update for the Nexus 7 LTE, Android 4.3.1, just started rolling out a handful of days ago but Google has already posted a full factory image for the latest build. Joining the standard Android 4.3 (JLS36C) factory image for the device, the latest image has the build number JLS36I. We still have yet to see the update or factory images show up for any other Nexus device at this time.

The x.x.1 bump doesn't seem to bring any user-facing changes and is just limited to the Nexus 7 LTE at this point, but if you're going to be wiping and restoring your device or just want to be on that latest build, you now have the Google-sanctioned tools to do so.

Source: Google Developers

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4 years ago

13 new markets get AT&T LTE, coverage expands in other areas

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Expanding LTE to even more people across the country

Update: We've updated this post to reflect the full list of market expansions from AT&T.

AT&T has made a few interesting announcements regarding LTE this week, and one of them is a push towards finalizing its initial LTE rollout by the end of 2014. In trying to hit its goals, AT&T has just launched or expanded its LTE network in the following 14 markets, where users of LTE handsets can now have access to higher data speeds.

New markets

Expansions

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4 years ago

Samsung makes Galaxy Round official, 5.7-inch curved display and all

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Just in case you wanted a phone that was shaped like a Pringles chip

A mere handful of hours after press images of a purported curved device from Samsung leaked out, the manufacturer has released initial details on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Round. The device packs a 5.7-inch 1080p display just like the Galaxy Note 3, but this one has a not-so-subtle curve to the entire device that distinguishes it from other "flat" phones.

Samsung says that it has also developed new software experiences to take advantage of the curved design such as tilting the phone while it's sitting on a table to check notifications, battery life and the time. Throughout the interface Samsung is working to make the software feel more at home on a curved display, offering tilt-based interfaces for some apps. Hit the break for more pictures and video of the new device from Samsung's official blog.

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4 years ago

Google Play Music and All Access streaming makes its way to Mexico

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30 day free trial with promotional pricing available until Nov. 11

Following up on a wide European expansion last week, Google is opening up Play Music and All Access streaming to Mexico starting today. The free component of Google Play Music has the same 20,000 user-uploaded song limit as in other countries, and the new All Access subscription model also offers all of the same perks.

Mexican music junkies can get in on a 30 day free trial offer before November 11th, and from that point on only pay MX$79 per month for the service. If you cancel at any time, or sign up after November 11th, you'll pay a full MX$99 per month for the service.

Source: +Google Play

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4 years ago

Skype updated with a brand new tablet layout

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Fresh interface, improved video quality and several under-the-hood improvements

Skype is rolling out an update today that is drastically improving the interface on larger tablet screens. Back in February Skype gave a tablet-optimized layout a try and quickly reversed its actions, and we're happy to say that this time around it seems to have done it the right way. Building on the completely remade Skype 4.0 update that was released for phones in June, the new interface focuses on conversations and people in a much-improved layout that is clearly designed for larger screens.

Version 4.4 brings all of the upgrades in terms of performance that came to phones in version 4.0, and all devices that move to 4.4 will see improved video quality. Skype says that the maximum resolution in the latest version can be up to four times as high as before. A whole grouping of bugfixes are also included in the latest update, including big issues with incoming calls and reboots.

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4 years ago

Yahoo Mail receives unified redesign, now offers 1TB of storage

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New themes, easier navigation and unified controls across platforms

Yahoo Mail is 16 years old today, and to celebrate the service is receiving a large redesign to unify its look across the platform. You'll now notice a cleaner look in the Android app along with changes in the iOS and Windows Phone apps as well as on the web. Functionally, the app now shows email threads in a "conversation" view if you prefer and several basic functions like starring, deleting and searching are easier to perform with one tap.

Several features that were reserved for premium "Mail Plus" subscribers before are now free, including disposable email addresses, enhanced filters and automatic message forwarding. The amount of storage you receive as a free user has dramatically increased as well — everyone gets 1TB (yes, one terabyte) of storage for their email.

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4 years ago

Google Shopping product search results will now be localized on mobile

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Creating a more seamless shopping experience on mobile

Google is working to make its search result ad experience better, and the next step is to make sure ad offerings are localized to where you're performing the search. Google Shopping, the ad service that gives sponsored search results when searching for products, will now be localized on the web with better information based on your location.

For example when searching for a product, you may see an ad for the specific product you want — tapping on that product takes you to a full page called a "local storefront" within the search where you see more information. This new localized page will give you pricing and availability information for a store closest to you, along with a map of its location.

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4 years ago

AT&T to launch first VoLTE-capable handset this year

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LTE to cover 300 million POPs by end of 2014, LTE Advanced just a software upgrade away

AT&T expects that the holiday season may be the right time to launch its first device capable of using VoLTE. According to statements made by Krish Prabhu, president of AT&T Labs, the carrier expects that it can have a "VoLTE-compliant device" ready by the end of the year.

He went on to say that the carrier is working on the network side of VoLTE upgrades to enable the use of the new voice technology. Once completed, the move to VoLTE will enable HD voice calls as long as both parties are using a VoLTE device. Unfortunately those upgrades may take some time — AT&T plans to complete its initial rollout of nationwide LTE by the end of 2014, with a commercial launch of VoLTE in the same timeframe.

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