Cheatsheet iOS 8 Today widget – for the little things you never remember

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Independent developer, Adam Overholtzer today is proud to announce the release of Cheatsheet Quick Reference and Notes 1.0, his new utility app for iPhone. Cheatsheet is an app for the little things you never remember: hotel rooms, license plates, luggage combination, employee ID number. Write things down in Cheatsheet and then refer to them anytime in the Cheatsheet Today Widget. No more fumbling to unlock your phone and find your notes app; Cheatsheet is as easy as pulling down Notification Center.

App Features:
* Simple UI for adding and managing your cheats
* 18 hint icons to help you recognize what you’re looking for
* Quickly copy a cheat by tapping-and-holding on a row
* Includes easy, 3-step instructions for adding the Today Widget to your Notification Center
* No security – Please don’t use Cheatsheet for important passwords or personal information

Today Widget Features:
* Shows up to 10 of your cheats
* Tap the widget to open Cheatsheet
* Tap the “+” button to jump to the Add Cheat screen

Cheatsheet Quick Reference and Notes 1.0 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category.

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Sound Touch Lite Set to Continue its Winning Streak with Version 3.21

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Rating: 5
Price: free  App Store


Simplicity is the key to a successful app for kids, and Sound Touch Lite – the latest version in the wildly popular Sound Touch series – is designed with both the simplicity and the success in mind.

Sound Touch creates a fun learning experience for babies and children, all at the touch of a little finger. The educational game features six categories of birds, musical instruments, household items and other objects that work like flash cards for the very young, who don’t quite have the language development and words they need to interact. The game is a helpful tool for children along the autism spectrum too.

“It streamlines the experience for babies and children,” explains game designer Eran Talmor, owner of SoundTouch Interactive and its complete line of educational apps. “Tap a picture, and a real life photo of the item pops open, accompanied by the sound it makes. Tap the picture anywhere, and it disappears.”

The “lite” app features 133 amazing pictures and sounds from the original Sound Touch, with five or six rotating elements for each item.

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Fuel Burner App Is Hot: New Helicopter Challenge Game Takes Off

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Rating: 5
Price: free  App Store


Fuel Burner, the latest gaming app from designer Richard (“Rick”) Roberts in New York, has taken off! Now it’s your job to make sure the game’s helicopters land in time before they run out of fuel, and it’s a challenge that’s already receiving rave reviews from enthusiasts who like the strategic demands of Fuel Burner, the level of player engagement they feel, and the progressive difficulty of the game’s 25 levels.

Fuel Burner is easy to play: Just start flying your birds around the various board obstacles. The game features all sorts of different terrain and traps you’ll have to navigate, as you make sure you take each helicopter back to its helipad safely. You earn “powerup” points for refueling when you’re winning, and stay in the game by making sure you never retrace the same path when you’re flying each chopper.

Although the rules are simple, Fuel Burner was designed with real challenge in mind. Richard Roberts, the game’s designer conceptualized the Fuel Burner game-play while he was stuck on a public transportation bus for nearly two hours in New York’s Lincoln Tunnel.

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HTC Gallery updated with new Duo Effects for Seasons and Foregrounder

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Users of the HTC One (M8) and the HTC Butterfly 2 may want to hit the Play Store and update their HTC Gallery app to take advantage of some new Duo Effects for Seasons and Foregrounder.  The update includes four new Seasons effects including: Bubbles, Light Points, Confetti, and Roses. Seasons also received new typography options in the form of Title Slide, Magazine, Album, Calendar and Movie. Six new Foregrounder effects also make an appearance including: Watercolor, Ink, Draft, Retro, Pastel, and Color Beads. According to HTC, the update also includes improvements all around. Hit the break to update your Gallery today.

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Sony losses expected to be around $1.7 billion thanks to their mobile division

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Most people have at least one Sony-branded item in their homes as they have been one of the biggest electronics companies in the world for quite some time now. So, it may come as a surprise that after an internal review, Sony is expecting losses in the ballpark of $1.7 billion dollars. The Japanese tech giant attributes these losses to their mobile division and will be forced to restructure their strategy to reduce risk and volatility and to guarantee “more stable profits”. According to their report, this will be achieved by releasing less mid-range devices and focusing on premium, top-tier handsets. It should be interesting to see what the future holds for Sony’s mobile division.

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Vector Unit revs up Beach Buggy Racing in the Play Store

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Following a good amount of success with Beach Buggy Blitz, Vector Unit has released a sequel called Beach Buggy Racing. The off-road kart racing game takes players for a wild ride with plenty of tracks, explosions, and powerups to keep things interesting. It is a 3D game and the physics give an accurate feel when interacting with other objects.

Like its predeccessor, Beach Buggy Racing is free-to-play. When Android TV launches, Vector Unit says the game will be fully supported for big screens. For now, a phone or tablet connected to a television will do just fine. Beach Buggy Racing can split a television into four sections for multiplayer.

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Motorola’s VP of product management is leaving the company

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One of the faces of Motorola has been Punit Soni, the vice president of product management. Since Google took over the company, Soni has remained active in letting everyone know what great things Motorola has developed. He has been behind the company’s rebirth with the Moto X, Moto G, Moto E, and all of their unique software enhancements. Today, Punit Soni announced that he is leaving Motorola.

This is some of what Soni had to say about his time at the company:

“I still remember the first time I went to Libertyville, Illinois to visit the Motorola Campus. There was this sense of awe at being in a company whose invention, the cell phone, would forever change the world.

For the next couple of years, we worked hard to marry the agility of a modern internet services company with the legacy of the greatest telecommunications company in the world. We crafted a new portfolio of products, we rebuilt our software stack, we launched the Moto X, then G and then E. Motorola is now firmly on the path of regaining its place as one of the most relevant companies of the mobile era.”

Soni expressed gratitude in the lessons obtained by a number of Motorola and Google employees. This included current Motorola CEO Rick Osterloh, who taught Soni “more about being a leader than anyone ever has.” Other notable people mentioned were Dennis Woodside and Vic Gundotra.

A specific reason for his departure was not given. However, there is speculation that he left just in time to avoid any possible changes that Lenovo would impose once the acquisition is complete.

We look forward to seeing what Punit Soni does next.

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Former Qualcomm executive takes the lead role of Google Fiber

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To take charge of its burgeoning internet and television service, Google has selected someone with expertise in operations for future expansion. Dennis Kish, a former Qualcomm executive, has been selected as the leader of Google Fiber. Kish has spent a number of years with Actel and ST-Ericsson as well. At Qualcomm, he was the senior vice president and general manager of the technology division.

Bringing in Kish shows that Google is dedicated to taking Google Fiber beyond an experimental project. Under this new leadership, he will be working on launching the service in additional locations across the country. Google Fiber is currently available in Kansas City, Provo, and soon to be Austin. At this point, there are nine metropolitan areas listed as candidates to be next.

Kish is replacing Milo Medin, who was largely behind Google Fiber’s launch. Medin will remain with Google by working on undisclosed projects.

Source: Digits (The Wall Street Journal)

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Sling adds support for Chromecast to Slingplayer app

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Sling has announced the addition of support for Chromecast for owners of the Slingbox M1, 350 and SlingTV/500 via their Slingplayer app. For now, the updated app includes this feature in the iPhone, iPad and Android phone versions, although Sling indicates they will have support for Android tablets rolling out soon. Sling already supports other video streaming devices, like Roku and Apple TV.

Using the Slingplayer app, users can watch any live or recorded programming from their Slingbox. Like other Chromecast enabled apps, users will be able to control what is being viewed by using their smartphone as a remote. Sling points out that with the low price point for a Chromecast, this update represents a cost effective way for users to watch Sling content on multiple TVs in their home without having to add more than one set-top box to their network. Users can also watch their content when on the road using a large screen TV instead of being limited to their mobile devices.

Slings says support for Chromecast has been one of the most frequently cited features requested by their customers. If you have a Slingbox, you can use the download link below to get the Slingplayer app if you haven’t already grabbed it. The update may not yet be available for your account, so check back if you don’t see any information about support for Chromecast.

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FacebookView app makes news feed photos into live wallpapers

There is no shortage of live wallpaper apps for Android smartphones and tablets. A new LWP app has turned up on Google Play that lets you use photos from your News Feed on Facebook as LWP. The app is called FacebookView.

FacebookView is an app designed to use any of the most recent images that are in your Facebook feed and uses those images to create a collage. The collage of images is placed on your home screen of your Android device.

Images in the collage are updated automatically on predetermined intervals without you having to do anything. The app is on version 2.0.0 right now and is 2.7MB in size. Android 2.1 or higher is required for the app to work.

If your Facebook Friends are anything like mine, you know at times you may end up with images on your home screen that aren’t exactly “nice.” I also wonder if this app will significantly increase battery usage. The app is a free download on Google Play now.

SOURCE: XDA-Developers

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SanDisk unveils new microSD card for 4K video recording

SanDisk has rolled out a new memory card that it claims to be the world’s fastest, high-capacity microSD UHS-I memory card. The tiny memory card is aimed at smartphones and other devices that are able to record 4K resolution video. Along with that microSD card, SanDisk has also rolled out similar speed SD cards with up to 512GB of storage.

Higher performance is important when recording 4K video with smartphones or tablets because of the larger file sizes. The new UHS-I memory cards can reach speeds of up to 95 MB/s for transfers.

SanDisk says that the microSD card also has Class 10 and UHS Speed Class 3 ratings, which are recommended by the SD Association for 4K video recording. The microSD cards are available in several capacities around the world.

Consumers can choose microSDHC or SDXC with 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities. Those memory cards range in price from $79.99 to $299.99 depending on capacity.

SOURCE: SanDisk

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Dropcam app update integrates with Nest hardware

Dropcam has been around for a while now and works with an app available for Android devices. Dropcam is a small camera that uses wireless networks and has the ability to shoot live video feeds out to the internet for remote viewing. The Android Dropcam app has been updated this week and has gained some new features.

The updated app adds in enhanced camera setup and various improvements to the usability of the camera. The big feature in the new update is that a new setting has been added to allow Dropcam to work with Nest devices.

With a new setting Dropcam users can use the camera with Nest Learning Thermostat and the Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm. The new tie up between Nest and Dropcam will allow the Dropcam to begin to record video and save a clip when carbon monoxide is detected.

Those clips can be saved whether or not users subscribe to Cloud Recording. With the Nest thermostat integration, Dropcam will be able to automatically turn on motion alerts when you leave the house. When you return home, motion alerts will automatically turn off. The updated app is on Google Play right now.

SOURCE: Google

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Chromecast gets support for Twitch, Disney Channel, and more

Chromecast owners have some new content they can start watching on their TVs. Google has announced that Chromecast has gained some new family friendly and music options for streaming. Kids will be happy to hear that WATCH Disney, WATCH Disney Junior, and WATCH Disney XD apps are now available.

The apps will let fans of Disney content watch Girl Meets World, Doc McStuffins, and Star Wars Rebels along with other shows on demand via Android and iOS apps. Chromecast owners will need an account with a participating TV provider to watch.

Music fans also have some new streaming options with iHeartRadio support letting you listen to over 1500 live radio stations from around the US. Gamers can watch Twitch video via Chromecast and connect with over 60 million gamers.

The final new addition to the Chromecast family is for fans of drama with DramaFever support landing. DramaFever brings access to 15,000 TV episodes.

SOURCE: Google

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OneNote now available for Android Wear

The recently concluded IFA 2014 in Berlin has reinforced what many are saying that we are entering the ear of the wearable, as smartwatches took center stage. A lot of developers have also been coming up with wearable-friendly apps or making exisitng apps relevant to health bands, smartwatches and the like. Microsoft is now getting on the Android Wear “revolution”, by making its note-taking app One Note available for smartwatches that are running on the platform.

The way it works is pretty simple. For example you’re doing your daily run around the park, and suddenly you remember that you have to make an important call later on. You don’t even need to break your stride, just lift up your smartwatch, say “OK Google, take a note” and then dictate what you need to do, like, “Call boss to ask for a raise,” or something. It will then transcribe what you dictated and save it as a note in the QuickNotes section of the app. You can edit it later on if you want to add things, but the important thing is, the note has been saved.

First you have to install OneNote on your Android smartphone that runs on 4.3 or higher (if you don’t have it yet). Of course, it goes without saying that you need a smartwatch. If you already have all those, just install OneNote for Android Wear and then you can start dictating to your wrist whenever you want or feel like it or actually need it.

You can download OneNote for Android and OneNote for Android Wear for free from the Google Play Store. Early reviews suggest it is pretty useful and simple enough to use, but let’s see later on how it stacks up to other note-taking apps for wearables.

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KittenTaxi combines cats and guns in a fun, racing shooter game

Cats are cute. No wonder YouTube is full of cat videos getting millions of views because people love them, proving that the ‘Internet is made for cats’. But when cats turn to robbers, how do we react? Well, it’s different in the case of this cat burglar game, we can still find the kitten cute even if it robs a bank and tries to avoid the cops.

KittenTaxi is a new racing shooter mobile game that features two cat burglars. It’s an original from South Korean developer Wonder People Co. What makes this remarkable is the hand-drawn style graphics that makes it “cuter” and more fun to play. The name KittenTaxi may be misleading though because it’s more of a getaway game. The kitten is driving a taxi which was most likely robbed and used as a getaway car.

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The cat burglar tries to escape the police with some thrilling actions and addictive controls. Swipe your finger left or right to control the direction of the car. Get the coins and weapons as you would need them. If you get all coins, you”ll even get double points.

There are actually two cat burglars in the game. One is driving while the other one shoots at pursuers and the police. The objective of the game is to finish each stage without getting blown up by dynamites. Swiping left and right the car to get away may seem easy but gameplay also requires you to pick up the coins, avoid dynamite, grab weapons on the road, and get away from the police cars and ambulances.

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The Kitten Taxi is free to download and play but in-game currency makes you “spend” for weapons and upgrades. Of course, the cats are burglars robbing a bank, there’s obviously money involved. But then again, you can choose not to spend the coins at all just to finish a game level.

Kitten Taxi starts with a map of a city where 15 banks are to be robbed. It already has potential to be a great time-waster just like Angry Birds, Candy Crush, and 2048 in their early days. Game is not actually repetitive and boring because of the variety of challenges and the art style drawing that is easy on the eyes. The simple colors and lines of the graphics make the game fun to watch and play.

Game is similar to the Highway Madness game but in a cuter and meow-worthy way. Download Kitten Taxi game free  from the Google Play Store.

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Goat Simulator for Android makes your goat dreams a reality

Anyone can be a goat. That’s what the Goat Simulator for Android wants us to believe. App developer Coffee Stain Studios knows your dreams of becoming a goat so it brings the latest in goat simulation technology. All you need to do is download the app on your Android device and voila, you’re a goat that can wreck stuff and cause as much destruction.

Okay, before you get serious and contemplate that you can actually be a goat, know that this is a just a game– a silly one at that. It’s a bit heartbreaking that we have to post a disclaimer that this is a game but really, some people need to hear or read it. We don’t want to cause your turning into a real goat (finally!). We just want you to have fun.

This Goat Simulator is not the first in goat simulation technology but it’s one of the best in terms of physics and graphics. Sadly, the paid app (You really have to pay for this!) has millions of bugs that are actually of hilarious. Just don’t mind them, keep on playing and get more points for wrecking stuff. Who knows, you can be the alpha goat after a few games or so.

An official trailer of the Goat Simulator Patch 1.1 was released a few months ago for the computer version. Simulation game features a completely new playable map, local splitscreen multiplayer, new game modes, goat wall-running, goat balancing on front legs, riding skateboards and bicycles.

Believe it or not, Goat Simulator is a popular game on PC. Coffee Stain Studios decided to release the game on mobile so you can be a goat anytime, anywhere. You can be the Repulsive Goat, Classy Goat, Shopping Goat, or Tornado Goat.

The $4.99 mobile app version is similar to a skating game but instead of riding a skateboard, the player is a goat causing so much destruction everywhere it goes. The mobile game really has no point. It just make your goat dreams a reality. Seriously? Seriously.

Goat madness? You got it.

Download Goat Simulator for Android from the Google Play Store

 

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Soda Drinker Pro brings augmented soda drinking to Google Cardboard and the Humble Mobile Bundle 7


Many of you are aware that the Humble Mobile Bundle 7 is well underway. If not, then you are missing out on a chance to grab The Tiny Bang Story, Color Zen Premium and Heroes of Loot for any donation amount you see fit to offer. It wouldn’t be Humble Bundle without a minimum purchase price to grab others though. The current price to match or beat is $4.08. Anything above that gives you Kingdom Rush Frontiers, Horn, Sorcery!, Alpha Wave and Swordigo. It will also give you a new one that was just added to the mix, Soda Drinker Pro.

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All of the titles are great, but this alert post is about the latest addition to the package, Soda Drinker Pro. Have you ever been stuck somewhere and just really wanted a soda but had no way to get your hands on one? Soda Drinker Pro gives you that ability, in a virtual world. Yes, this is a soda drinking augmented reality world we live in. Don’t laugh, it is a thirst quenching experience. Seriously, stop laughing. Watch the video first.


 

 

“This is better than life!” Ok, now you can laugh little. I like it. Talk about stepping outside of the box and creating something so unique that you know no one else out there is working on something similar. Who wouldn’t want a soda readily available? Now, where is Beer Drinker Pro? There is a free demo version of Soda Drinker available on the Play Store to help wet your pallet, links below. While you are at it though, you may as well head to the Humble Mobile Bundle and pick up all the titles while the price is low.



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[New Game] Alien Creeps TD a tower defense alien killing machine


Looking for a new tower defense game to kill the long work hours of Wednesday? Outplay Entertainment Ltd just released a new one that looks pretty good called Alien Creeps TD.

Alien Creeps TDThe title gives the gist of the game. It is a tower defense game that pits you against an age old alien invasion story line.  It brings over 50 insane challenges to complete, 25 explosive two minute rounds optimized for mobile, 60 achievements, 50 towers to use and upgrade, Heroes to deploy, reinforcements and airstrikes to share with your friends (via Facebook login. Not required to play though.)

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Unlike some of the other tower defense games I have played, this one has a bit more to it. You don’t really have the ability to place the towers where you want like you do in Field Runners. The Aliens have a pre-determined path and you can only build your towers on pre-determined bunker locations. You have to use your engineer between matches to upgrade your towers, which takes time or gems, once upgraded then you can use the energy collected killing aliens to upgrade during battle. During game play you have control of physical troops from infantry towers, as well as your heroes, air strikes and the Tesla tower. This small addition makes the lack of freedom in tower placement a non issue really. The audio is great and the animations are smooth so far and there seems to be some pretty good replay value with each mission having three levels to complete.


Alien Creeps TD is a free title for all Android devices, which does mean it offers up in-app purchases. Judging from the first bit of gameplay you should be able to play a large majority of the title without spending money. However, with some upgrades and other areas of the game drawing up “time until completion” you might end up dropping some cash to move things along faster.

Off topic: Doesn’t the commander look like General Monger from Monsters vs Aliens?

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Four New Motorola Apps for the New Moto X Hit the Play Store


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For those of you that were lucky enough to pre-order your New Moto X; Motorola decided to release four different apps into the Play Store to keep you updated and happy. We love it that OEMs are releasing their most crucial apps into the Play Store so we don’t have to wait for an OTA to show up to fix the bugs, or improve the app.


The four apps that you will find in the Play Store are Moto, Moto Actions, Moto Display, and Moto Sensor Services. The “Moto” app is just a guide for newbies that need help with their new device, which a lot of you probably won’t need. Moto Actions has to do with the 3D gestures we have seen in the videos, where you can answer calls or deny calls by the wave of you hand. Moto Display is of course what used to be called Active Display. Then finally the Motorola Sensor Services is there to keep the sensor firmware updated and hopefully bug free.

So once you get your New Moto X make sure you have them all updated in the Play Store to keep your phone fresh.



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Starbucks Android App 2.7 Adds Digital Tips, ‘Shake To Pay,’ And A Homescreen Widget

unnamed (8)Before today, the official Starbucks app was perfectly serviceable – in fact, I’d say it was better than most retail apps. You can store pre-paid Starbucks cards in the app and pay with them, see your rewards for being a loyal customer, and find coffee shops with the built-in map (in case you can’t see one by turning your head from side to side). But today’s sizeable update from version 2.4 to 2.7 adds some neat stuff, most notably the ability to tip your coffee minion.

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Deal: Fundamentals of Android Programming for $19, It’s Time to Build Your Own Apps

Interested in creating your own apps? Don’t you want to be the person responsible for the next Flappy Bird or Goat Simulator? Thanks to a deal currently running in the Droid Life Deals section, you could be well on your way. For just $19 (regularly $99), you could learn and master the fundamentals of Android programming.

The program helps you learn to use all of the tools needed to make your own apps. It features 9.5 hours of content and over 105 lectures, including a video course. Topics include app components and APIs, creating a user interface, adding animations, and more.

  • Over 105 lectures and 9.5 hours of content
  • Learn The Skills Required To Build Apps For Android
  • No Programming Knowledge Required
  • Highly Detailed – Covers Everything You Need To Know
  • Receive A Certificate Of Completion

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Verizon to launch WiFi calling in 2015

Verizon_glass-A few carriers have announced plans for WiFi calling on their devices, and it looks like Verizon will follow suit. Unfortunately, the feature won’t be coming to the carrier anytime soon. Verizon’s Fran Shammo claims that Verizon still needs to do some of the technological legwork to make sure that WiFi calling is an acceptable experience, and since Verizon’s 3G coverage is one of the best around, they haven’t felt the need to urgently push WiFi calling. Still, they plan on deploying the feature at some point in the middle of 2015, which is almost a full year away.

In place of WiFi calling, Verizon has been hard at work rolling out VoLTE which offers a comparable experience to traditional 3G calling. There still aren’t many phones on Verizon’s network that support VoLTE or WiFi calling, so don’t expect a massive change overnight, even after Verizon allows WiFi calling next year.

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HP Slate 7 Beats Special Edition tablet now available for $250


HP has released a new slate recently with one of the longest device names I can recall, the HP Slate 7 Beats Special Edition. The name says it all. It is a 7-inch tablet by HP with Beats audio integrated, and prominently displayed on the front.

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The special edition tablet is a clear refresh of their Slate 7 Extreme. The tablet is sporting a 1280 x 800 resolution 7-inch screen with a pair of front facing Beats audio tuned speakers. The tablet is running Android 4.4.2 with a NVIDIA Tegra 4 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage (with an SD card slot). For photos you have a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front shooter. Powering the device is a 4,100 mAh battery that is rated at 9 hours. The Slate also offers an amplified headphone jack, HDMI out and a Stylus. Yes, there is a stylus too.



As for extra software and perks, HP worked out a deal for 25GB of Box storage for the rest of your life. There are also a number of HP specific apps like HP ePrint, Stylus Lab Write and HP Connected Photo powered by Snapfish. Don’t forget the pre-installed Tegra Zone for all those specially tuned Tegra optimized games and such.

The Slate 7 Beats edition comes in the vibrant red you see above as well as a traditional black. Cost wise you are looking at $250. Feel free to dig in a little deeper if you are interested over at HP’s site.

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MediaTek opens up kernel source for first batch of Android One devices

android_one_devicesWith the first batch of Android One devices on the way, MediaTek has released the kernel source code for the devices for developers to take advantage of. The source is available on Google’s Android repository.

Other OEMs that use MediaTek processors typically aren’t compliant with releasing source code for their hardware, so it’s nice to see the company bypassing the company and releasing this on their own. Hopefully we’ll see other companies follow suit.

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BitTorrent Publishes The Bleep Alpha Peer-To-Peer Chat And VoIP Client On The Play Store

unnamed (4)Android users have yet another option for data-only calls and text messages today, as BitTorrent Inc. posted an alpha version of its Bleep communication client to the Play Store. Bleep is designed to be an alternative to conventional calling and systems like Skype or WhatsApp, and requires no central server or service. Bleep has been invite-only since July, but now it’s ready to go public. Clients are also available for Windows and OS X computers.

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Beach Buggy Racing has 12 tracks and multiple karts to choose

A new racing game has launched for Android gamers to check out and it’s called Beach Buggy Racing. The game is a follow-up to the popular kart racing game Beach Buggy Blitz and comes from developer Vector Unit. Players of the game will race karts in different off-road environments.

While driving the courses, gamers get the chance to pick up over 25 different powerups to improve their karts and help them win the race. The developers say that more powerups are coming to the game in the future.

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There are a number of different karts to choose from ranging from monster trucks and muscle cars to lunar rovers that players can drive. In all, there are 12 different tracks with hidden shortcuts to take advantage of.

Split screen multiplayer action is supported allowing for racing shoulder to shoulder with friends on Android TV or tablets/phones connected to a TV. Google Play Game Services are supported and multiple control methods are available. Beach Buggy Racing is a free download supported by in-app purchases.

SOURCE: Google Play

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No wood for OnePlus One as bamboo SwapStyle cover now canceled

OnePlus announced that the company has cancelled production of the bamboo StyleSwap cover for the OnePlus One phone. Originally created to give more flexibility and allow for customization of the affordable handset, similar to what Motorola Mobility offers for the Moto X, the cover proved too challenging to manufacture for OnePlus and the company has canceled its plans to mass produce the bamboo back shell.



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Alpha Wave, Soda Drinker Pro, And Swordigo Join Humble Mobile Bundle 7—And We’re Giving Away 10 Free Codes

HumbleBundle-ThumbThree more titles have made their way into Humble Mobile Bundle 7, packing more value into a pack of games that was already worth it for Kingdom Rush Frontiers alone. Now—in addition to that awesome game, Color Zen Premium, Heroes of Loot, Horn, and Sorcery—people who pay over the average can also get Alpha Wave, Soda Drinker Pro, and Swordigo. We’ve written up a review for that last one, so check it out if you don’t already have the game.

Alpha Wave, Soda Drinker Pro, And Swordigo Join Humble Mobile Bundle 7—And We’re Giving Away 10 Free Codes was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Four New Motorola Apps for the New Moto X Hit the Play Store


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For those of you that were lucky enough to pre-order your New Moto X; Motorola decided to release four different apps into the Play Store to keep you updated and happy. We love it that OEMs are releasing their most crucial apps into the Play Store so we don’t have to wait for an OTA to show up to fix the bugs, or improve the app.


The four apps that you will find in the Play Store are Moto, Moto Actions, Moto Display, and Moto Sensor Services. The “Moto” app is just a guide for newbies that need help with their new device, which a lot of you probably won’t need. Moto Actions has to do with the 3D gestures we have seen in the videos, where you can answer calls or deny calls by the wave of you hand. Moto Display is of course what used to be called Active Display. Then finally the Motorola Sensor Services is there to keep the sensor firmware updated and hopefully bug free.

So once you get your New Moto X make sure you have them all updated in the Play Store to keep your phone fresh.



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Wireless charging for Chromebooks? It could be on its way


Wireless charging for out tablets and smartphones is always a topic that people love to explore. You have the more standard Qi and Rezence platforms that have been implemented and used on a variety of devices. Some have the compatibility built-in, while others have become wireless charging compatible with cases and small adapter strips that go behind your devices back plate. Some companies, like Patriot with the Fuel iON, are even building out their own wireless charging systems for devices. Not all charging systems give you the same charge rate as directly plugging in your device, but it is certainly a bit more convenient when you are at your desk and are constantly up and down. Not to mention it saves unnecessary wear and tear on your charging port. Now it would seem that Chromebooks could one day be on the list for wireless charging compatible devices.

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Redditor basmith7‘s keen eye to details found a code commit that offers up a simple description that even us non coders can understand, “Enable inductive charging on Ryu.” Don’t go grabbing the credit card just yet though. Ryu isn’t the code name for a super fancy Chromebook, it is the code name of a development board used inside and is being worked on by Google/Chromium developers.


In my mind I can see a few various options that would be pretty beneficial to consumers. One would be a laptop stand system the you plug directly into the wall and place your Chromebook on top. Another would be a rubberized type pad that is plugged in and you simply place your Chromebook on top of it. That would be the better option for portability and universal use. I wouldn’t mind seeing a wireless battery brick or sorts as well.

This is all very early information and may not ever make it out of testing. However, it is nice to see that it is being tested in some capacity.

In addition to the inductive charging commit,  the Ryu board is also offering up additional references that features a light bar, Tegra chipset and reversible USB-C. Sounds like thee could be some backlit keyboards and a Tegra K1 mixed in there somewhere. At least that is where my mind wonders too.

What do you guys think? Would a wireless charging Chromebook be the bees knees or just another data point to add to your conversation?

Source: Reddit Via OMG! Chrome



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