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TransitTimes+ App Adds Wheelchair Accessibility Details to Trip Planner

TransitTimes+, the ultimate public transit app for USA, Canada, Australia & New Zealand  
Developer: Quentin Zervaas  
Price: $2.99   Download

Zervaas Enterprises today is pleased to announce the addition of wheelchair accessibility information to TransitTimes+, its popular app for , iPad and Android that makes traveling by public transit faster and easier.

This innovative feature, currently available in select cities, gives wheelchair-bound users who take the subway, bus, or train a simple and convenient way to plan their trip. Now, riders know ahead of time exactly which stops are accessible, opening up new destinations and routes.

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Nokia Might be Heading to Android

I always wondered, out of all the OEM’s that are making phones out there, why Nokia has not made that leap to Android. They have their far share of Windows phones, and even though I am not really of fan of Windows phones, the Nokia versions are built for sexy-ness. Well it looks like Nokia might finally be heading over to our OS full of awesome, which I am sure Microsoft does not want to hear.

A job posting that was shown on LinkedIn by Nokia, has caught our attention that lead to beleive that Nokia might be joining forces with Android. Here is what they are looking for:

Principal Software Engineer, Embedded Linux Middleware at Nokia. Job will be to oversee the development of embedded Linux device software and hardware drivers for our exciting new products.

Embedded Linux is what is exciting us, because we all know that Android is based off of Linux kernel. It makes sense for Nokia to jump onto the Android party bus. Let’s face it, Windows phones might be unique, and run pretty well, but in the world of mobile it has a lot of work to do to keep their heads above water. Let us know what you guys think. Would you buy a Nokia Android phone?

Source: Android Community

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Numbers of stolen cell phones growing fast around the country

A new interesting fact is brewing is San Francisco, and it’s not even good news: cell phone-related robberies.

According to San Francisco police, mostly half of all robberies in San Francisco this year is cell-phone related and these are  happening frequently in busy transit lines of the City.

In a recent such incident, a thief snatched the smartphone of an unsuspecting victim and ran to the rear of the bus quickly. In another incident, a robber grabbed an iPhone from a bus rider while she was having a conversation on the phone.

Another example happened in Oakland, where Dan Kalb, a City Council candidate, was robbed by armed hooligans taking away his iPhone after attending a neighborhood anti-crime meeting.

“I thought he is going to shoot me” Dan Kalb said.

The incidents mentioned above are just but some of the wave of robberies  happening all around the country.

In New York City, police reports show that more than 40 percent of robberies targeted cell phones. And in Los Angeles, reports of cell phone robberies reached up to 27 percent  compared to a similar report a year ago.

San Francisco Police Capt Joe Garrity said that today’s cell phone robberies are the modern equivalent of the old purse-snatching. “A lot of younger folks seem to put their entire lives on these things that don’t come cheap,” he said.

High end smartphones that stores photos, music, private e-mails and bank account statements are the targets of these cell phone thieves. Law enforcement agencies and wireless carriers nationwide looking for solutions have spent millions of dollars in trying to contain the ever growing crime.

Police departments in both San Francisco and Oakland have launched an awareness campaign warning the residents to be wary of possible cell phone thieves. A transit ad campaign is used by both departments.

After a young chef from the Museum of Modern Art in New York was killed on the way home by robbers targeting his iPhone, the city’s police had started urging iPhone 5 owners to register their new devices with the department.

A more ambitious ordinance is being proposed in St. Louis to discourage thieves from cashing in on their prize. The said ordinance would require  anybody who resells cell phones to get secondhand dealers license. Resellers would also be required to get as many details as possible from a seller including, but not limited to, copy of a driver’s license, names, addresses, and even thumbprints.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said:  “It will take a national solution to make this problem go away.”

Experts are saying the yearly cell phone losses account to billions of dollars in total, although there is no clear figure on the number of mobiles stolen year after year.

That does not mean though that the problem has escaped the attention of lawmakers and regulators looking into the issue of bourgeoning  cell phone theft.

Last April, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer  and New York Police Commissioner  Ray Kelly  revealed that that  mobile carriers and the  Federal Communications Commission have  agreed to make a database to track stolen cell phones that were reported. They planned to begin by late 2013.

Schumer pushed a bill  called Mobile Device Theft Deterrence Act, proposing to give a sentence of five-year for those guilty of tampering the ID numbers of a reported stolen cell phone.  Supporters of the bill include the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association(CTIA).

Additionally, CTIA officials will be launching individual databases later this October to allow carriers to permanently disable a reported stolen cell phone. Such strategy had been introduced in Australia and has been working effectively for many years now.

Mobile carriers in the U.S. were previously allowed to disable only the SIM cards, which can be easily replaced. The strategy is apparently not effective as the black market for stolen cell phones have grown remarkably.

CTIA’s vice-president Chris Guttman-McCabe said that the main objective of creating the databases was to make stolen cell phones worthless.

“We want to dry up the aftermarket. Hopefully, there will be no sense in stealing a phone and a once valuable piece of hardware will essentially turn into useless metal,” he said.

Interestingly, many cities with some of the highest rates of stolen mobiles also belong to FBI’s list of U.S. cities with the highest crime rates like Cleveland, Detroit, Oakland, and Newark.

source: yahoo

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Want to take a ‘Field Trip’ somewhere fun and exciting? Google does, offers up new app for just That

Field Trips were the highlight of school. Being involved in a few various arts programs and T.A.G., I got to take some pretty great trips and meet some pretty great people. Of course I used it as a great way to get out of school, have limited supervision and meet cute girls. Still, the experiences lasted a life time. Google has recently launched a new app to the play store with the help of NianticLabs called ‘Field Trip.’ While you won’t have to sit for hours on end inside a hot, stinky yellow bus, this new app is sure to offer up a good trip.

In a nut shell, once Field Trip is installed it will just kick it on your device. Using your GPS location, it will alert you with cards of interesting information about the area around you. Basically making your entire normal routine an actual Field Trip every day. After you install the app and open it once, you won’t have to go do anything ever again. It offers up the usual little bits of information about the app and three settings for the notifications. You can set it to Explore, which offers up frequent notifications about things around you. Feeling Lucky, which offers up occasional notifications and Off…. Which means no notifications.

  The app pulls data from highly regarded sources. For food and drinks, you get hits from Zagat, Thrillist, Food Network and Eater. Unique stores and products will be handled by Sunset, Cool Hunting, WeHeart, Inhabitat, and Remodelista. Toss in Atlas Obscura and Daily Secret to the mix for hidden gems for good measure. While they were at it, they also knew we loved our local music scene. Songkick and Flavorpill guide will help you out so you don’t walk by a show from your favorite local band and not know about it.

Seriously, this app is sounding better ad better the more we read about it. There is a lot more to this app that you will never have to touch. Like reading out loud things close to you while driving. Here, take a look at some highlights and a short video.

Highlights:

★ Discover thousands of interesting places/experiences that fall under the following categories: Architecture, Historic Places & Events, Lifestyle, Offers & Deals, Food Drinks & Fun, Movie Locations, Outdoor Art and Obscure Places of Interest around you.

★ Choose from three different modes to set frequency of Field Trip notifications. See “Field Trip” worthy places around you on a map, by tapping on cards in map view to pull up enthralling points of interest around you.

★ Go on a Field Trip while you drive. Field Trip can detect when you’re driving and automatically “talk” about interesting places and experience around you.

★ Capture the memory of a special place, by sharing a wondrous discovery through email and social networks such as Google+, Twitter and Facebook.

★ Wondering where the gem that you recently discovered is? Find your discovered field trip cards in the “recent’ section.

★ Field trip learns what you love. Thumbs up or down to tune the information discovery engine.

The app is built to work on Android 2.3 and up and weighs in pretty small at 2.9 MBs. Also note, it is optimized for smartphones, not tablets. We have a feeling the app will really shine in larger cities and places with historical value. I of course have nothing of interest near me. At least according to the sources they are using right now. Hopefully that expands a little. I will definitely keep it installed and crank up that notification alert to the max to see what shows up. I think it is going to be a lot of fun. It sure is smooth and clean.

If you want to get started with your ‘Field Trip’, then go a head and click or scan the QR Code below. Let us know if you find anything interesting near you that you never even knew about.

Application: Field Trip
Developer: NianticLabs@Google
Cost: FREE

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Nokia’s navigation system arrives to iOS and Android at $3.99

Garmin is bringing Nokia’s most acclaimed public transport and walking navigation service to iOS and Android. This would be really profitable for both Garmin and Nokia, as this is an amazing service and because I’m sure that most people who love to use maps on their mobile devices to get directions would also love to know how to walk to a destination.

The service is very advanced and accurate, for example, “The package also includes pedestrian navigation, which takes into account the lesser speed, and shows bridges, stairs and walkways, as well as offers shortcuts across the park, “ says Phone Arena. So you can imagine the level of complexity.

The service will be available for $2.99, for a limited period, and for $3.99 as the full version of the service, which I think is pretty affordable. The press release is after the break.

PRESS RELEASE

Garmin selects Nokia’s Transit and Pedestrian Content to power Urban Guidance

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Pedestrian and public transport routing around hundreds of the world’s leading cities

CHICAGO, Sept. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Nokia today announced that its Location & Commerce business is supplying its global Transit and Pedestrian Content (TaP) for Garmin’s new Urban Guidance function. Adding this premium feature to NAVIGON & Garmin branded navigation apps will give consumers a choice of generating directions not only for driving and walking but also for public transport. Urban Guidance will initially be available via In App Purchase for the following smartphones: NAVIGON for iOS, NAVIGON for Android and also Garmin StreetPilot Onboard for iPhone.

Pedestrian centric TaP enables orientation and navigation on foot and via public transport. It includes elements such as walkways, bridges, tunnels, crossings, passages and stairs and also powers pedestrian routing across squares, parks and other open spaces. The public transport data features railways, tram and bus lines, stops, stations and access points.

“Nokia’s Transit and Pedestrian Content allows us to take a step beyond the car and provide a very effective and relevant solution for navigating cities,” explained Joern Watzke, vice president mobile phone business at Garmin Wuerzburg GmBH. “People in cities lead very busy lives and need to find the best way to get where they are going whether driving, walking or taking the bus. Using this original, high quality content, we can offer our consumers the best possible urban routing experience.”

Smarter data and expanded choices enable the development of ground-breaking consumer experiences such as Urban Guidance – the first worldwide implementation of Nokia’s Transit and Pedestrian Content. Available for nearly 400 locations around the world, TaP supports a full range of functionality and is optimised for delivery across a variety of mobile platforms. It can be used as a foundation with other visual and rich content added to develop the ultimate pedestrian experience beyond the car.

“Through an in-depth understanding of the complexities of location, Nokia Location & Commerce continues to build products and services which help guide people seamlessly to their destinations,” added Bruno Bourguet, Senior Vice President Sales and Business Development, Nokia Location & Commerce. “With Transit and Pedestrian Content at its heart, Urban Guidance represents real added value for the consumer whether driving or walking and using public transport.”

Nokia will be exhibiting at the Mondial de l’Automobile show in Paris at Hall 3, booth #213

Nokia Location & Commerce demonstrates its ‘location’ leadership in the global automotive space via numerous OEM collaborations and comprehensive partner demonstrations at Mondial de l’Automobile. Delivering on the needs of the ever-connected consumer has long been a focus of the in-vehicle industry. The ability of Nokia L&C to serve the expectations of today’s ‘connected driver’ via fluid location-based products and services whether at home, walking in the city or in the car will be on full display and showcased to show how both customers and consumers alike benefit from smarter data and multi-screen, multi-modal choices.

About Nokia’s Location & Commerce Business

Nokia is a global leader in mobile communications whose products have become an integral part of the lives of people around the world. The company’s Location & Commerce business, including NAVTEQ® Maps products, the Nokia Location Platform as well as Nokia Maps, aims to build and monetize unique location experiences for great mobile products, as well as the navigation industry, the automotive market and government and business solutions. Begin to explore our capabilities at www.maps.nokia.com.

About Garmin Ltd.

The global leader in satellite navigation, Garmin Ltd. and its subsidiaries have designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation, communication and information devices and applications since 1989 – most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin’s products serve automotive, mobile, wireless, outdoor recreation, marine, aviation, and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit Garmin’s virtual pressroom at www.garmin.com/pressroom or contact the Media Relations department at 913 397 8200.

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Source: Phone Arena

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YouTube for Android update brings preloading to Froyo and Gingerbread, YouTube TV queuing

YouTube's Android app brings preloading to Froyo and Gingerbread, YouTube TV queuing

Just because your Android hardware hasn’t been upgraded to the most recent (or, next to the most recent) version of the OS doesn’t mean you have to miss new features. Google has shipped a new version of its YouTube app that brings the preloading feature we saw arrive on ICS and above devices back in June to Gingerbread and Froyo. You’ll still have to be online to watch preloaded videos from your subscriptions or watch later list, but they precache while you’re on WiFi and plugged in so you don’t have to wait through buffering to show someone Gangnam Style at the bus stop. Otherwise, the initial Watch page has changed slightly, there are more channels in the Channel Store and you can also queue up videos to play later on any YouTube-enabled TV (Google TV, PS3 etc.) device you’ve paired with your mobile.

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Qualcomm Introduces Quad-Core S4 Play Processors For Entry-Level Devices

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Low-end handsets are about to get a some additional horsepower with Qualcomm taking the time out today to announce their all new quad-core MSM8225Q and MSM8625Q processors, making their way into Qualcomm’s entry-level S4 Play processors tier. The new “Q” SoC’s are said to feature a higher bus bandwidth, as well as integrated mutlimode UMTS/CDMA modems (MSM8625Q) or just plain UMTS modem (MSM8225Q). HD video will also be a walk in the park, as will devices packing 720p displays making entry-level devices with HD resolution screens a reality. Yeah… wow.

Qualcomm said the new Q’s will be available by the end of the year, so expect entry-level handsets to start popping up with these processors in early 2013. The future for Android penny-pinchers just got a whole lot more exciting. Full press release can be found below.

Qualcomm Announces New Snapdragon S4 Play MSM8x25Q Processors with Quad-Core CPUs and Reference Design Counterpart for High-Volume Smartphones

- Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8x30 Platform to Support LTE -TDD/TD-SCDMA and All Three China Operators -

BEIJING, Sept. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced the addition of two new Snapdragon™ S4 mobile processors: the MSM8225Q and MSM8625Q. Both are members of the Snapdragon S4 Play processor tier, optimized specifically for a broad range of smartphone users seeking faster applications and better user experiences. Snapdragon S4 Play processors will now offer OEMs both dual-core and quad-core CPUs and performance for entry-level smartphones, with the more advanced version featuring higher bus bandwidth, larger screen resolution support, HD video and enhanced user experiences. Both processors will be ready for customer sampling by end of 2012 and are expected to be shipping in commercial devices in the first quarter of 2013.

The MSM8225Q and MSM8625Q processors incorporate quad-core CPUs and are the upgraded software compatible variants of the highly successful Snapdragon S4 Play MSM8225 and MSM8625 processors, which both feature dual-core CPUs and dual SIM support. The quad-core variants will support LPDDR2 memory, increasing the bus bandwidth for improved features such as 720p display and 720p video encode and decode. Snapdragon S4 Play MSM8625Q features Qualcomm’s integrated multimode UMTS/CDMA modem, and the MSM8225Q has an integrated UMTS modem. Both processors enable Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and FM connectivity using the Qualcomm Atheros AR6005 and WCN2243 chips.

In addition, Qualcomm also announced a single platform, the Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8930, that supports all China operators with UMTS, CDMA and TD-SCDMA. Furthermore, this single platform will support LTE-TDD and TD-SCDMA, targeting mid-tier smartphones for use in China. Announced in February 2011, this processor features dual-core CPUs and as the world’s first single-chip solution with an integrated LTE modem, it is designed to take LTE to high-volume smartphones. Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8930 with LTE-TDD and TD-SCDMA support will be ready for customer sampling by the end of 2012 and is expected to be shipping in commercial devices by the first quarter of 2013.

Qualcomm will also be releasing Qualcomm Reference Design (QRD) versions of all three processors. The QRD program includes comprehensive handset development platforms and an ecosystem program providing access to third-party providers of tested and verified hardware and software components so customers can rapidly deliver differentiated smartphones to budget conscious consumers. The Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and FM connectivity technologies have been pre-validated and tested with the QRD platform to provide reduced time-to-market. There have been more than 50 public QRD-based product launches to date in collaboration with more than 40 OEMs, and there are 100 designs in progress, including QRD-based smartphones enabled by these new Snapdragon S4 Play and Plus processors, which are also expected to be available by the first quarter of 2013.

“Our broad portfolio of Snapdragon S4 mobile processors delivers the optimal balance of features and performance for the high-volume smartphone segment,” said Cristiano Amon, senior vice president and co-president of mobile and computing products. “By offering both dual-core and quad-core CPU versions of the Snapdragon S4 Play processor, we are providing our OEM and operating partners a competitive and differentiated platform.”

The new Snapdragon S4 Play and Plus processors are designed specifically for high-volume smartphones, and they provide device manufacturers the ability to migrate their existing Snapdragon S1-based designs to S4 dual- and quad-core CPU-based designs. This capability is particularly useful for device manufacturers looking to efficiently expand their smartphone product lines with more advanced 3G/LTE smartphone products.


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Google Play 25-cent apps open post

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Google's service up 25-cent applications today to celebrate 25 billion downloads. Find a 25-cent app? Sing out in the comments and we'll list it here:

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Google Play 25-cent app sale already started

Google hit the 25 billion download mark in the Play Store, and to celebrate they are having a  25-cent sale on apps for five days. Here’s the list we have so far. Keep coming back to this post for more updates as we get them.

Google will also feature hot prices on 25 movies you must own, 25 banned books, 25 albums that changed the world and 25 of their top selling magazines. Stay tuned for more info on that as well.


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Google Maps on web and Android adds bus routing for Japan, guides teddy bears quickly (video)

Google Maps on web and Android adds bus routing for Japan, guides teddy bears quickly video

Virtually anyone who’s been to a Japanese city knows that subways and trains might be closely associated with their country, but also that they only form a part of the mass transit picture. With that in mind, Google has quietly rolled out an update to Google Maps data for Android and the web that supports bus navigation in Japan, including schedules. It’s a simple addition, but an important one for those who can’t always get to where they’re going on rails — like teddy bears, according to Google’s video. We just want to know who makes that kawaii case for the Galaxy Nexus.

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HeroCraft brings The Tiny Bang Story to all Android devices. Come get this amazing casual Puzzler

Gaming on Android, like any other platform, has a wide variety of styles available. Everything from FPS, Defense, MMORPG, and movie based games. There is literally everything under the sun. We all love games. HeroCraft creates quite a few games that many of you have spent countless hours playing, like Farm Frenzy, Majesty and Treasures of Montezuma 2. They are all great casual games and an easy way to kill a short bus ride or a long flight. Heck, even while sitting at the DMV, although I tend to stick to bloody games when I am there.

HeroCraft has just released another new casual puzzle game to the Play Store, entitled The Tiny Bang Story. Apparently it has been around for quite some time on the PC and is extremely popular and well-loved. It was also a Sony exclusive for quite a while too. The first set of images and screenshots reminded me of Cosmic Osmo from way back in my grade school days. Seriously, the little planet and spaceship on top of the house. Totally a Cosmic Osmo redo, but way better looking.

 The Tiny Bang Story places you on Tiny Planet. It was recently devastated by an asteroid strike. Your mission will be to help rebuild the planet and restore it to what it once was. The story line is set across five distinctly different chapters with over 30 challenging brain teasers. No in-game text leaves you free to roam and free to discover the magic and puzzles that await you. A nice touch is that everything you see is all hand drawn and done up by a computer. Check out a few more sceenshots and a short video of the game below.

 Looks pretty incredible and interactive. The game is suitable for all ages and we are willing to bet even the most advanced gamer will find some in this one. If you are interested in checking it out then feel free to click or scan the QR code below and have at it. Let us know what you think of it.

Application: The Tiny Bang Story
Developer: HeroCraft Ltd
Cost: $2.99

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From the Editor’s Desk: Laboring away on Labor Day

Phil Nickinson

So today's the Labor Day holiday here in the states, which I'm told celebrates people who work by giving them a day off. It's also the unofficial end of summer (though here in Florida, that usually doesn't happen until sometime in October), and the signal that school's about to start for many. So with that, a few Labor Day thoughts:

  • Back to that school thing for a second. Kids are going to be walking to the bus stop. They're not paying attention to you. You're in a hurry, possibly with your own kids in the back seat. Leave your damn phone alone. If you still can't help yourself, there are a number of apps to treat you like a grade-schooler to lock it out while your car's moving. Sprint and AT&T have been champions of that for a while now. But above all, put down the phone.
  • Fun fact: There's an HTC One XC and One XT, Chinese variants, both. I didn't know that.
  • Alex and Richard killed it at the IFA conference in Berlin last week. (And I'm still a little jealous that I didn't go.) My highlights? No surprise, really — the Samsung Galaxy Camera and Galaxy Note 2. Can't wait to play with them. Catch up on all the IFA news here.
  • It's smartphone hell week this week. Or tech heaven, depending on how you look at it. We've got the Motorola-Verizon event in New York, the Amazon event in California, a Sony event in London, some other stuff going on, plus our pals at WP Central have a Nokia-Microsoft thing laid on. This is going to be a good (long) week.
  • Oh, and I'm in New York City this week on HTC's dime for the second Frequencies event, for some more candid conversation with some of the top names in tech journalism. (Seriously, it's humbling to be in this group). If you've got anything you want me to pass on, leave a note in the comments. (But, no, I won't be asking them about ICS for the Thunderbolt. HTC knows it's late.)
  • And believe it or not, this is just the start of an unusually busy fall season. We've got the fall CTIA event coming up in a little more than month. It's been renamed "MobileCon" (from "Apps & Enterprise"). Not sure if that'll make it any more worth the trip (last year was pretty slow), but, hey, it's the job. I also can already taste the tacos in San Diego. Nom.

That's enough for now. It's a holiday, after all. See y'all on the flip side.

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From the Editor’s Desk: Laboring away on Labor Day

Phil Nickinson

So today's the Labor Day holiday here in the states, which I'm told celebrates people who work by giving them a day off. It's also the unofficial end of summer (though here in Florida, that usually doesn't happen until sometime in October), and the signal that school's about to start for many. So with that, a few Labor Day thoughts:

  • Back to that school thing for a second. Kids are going to be walking to the bus stop. They're not paying attention to you. You're in a hurry, possibly with your own kids in the back seat. Leave your damn phone alone. If you still can't help yourself, there are a number of apps to treat you like a grade-schooler to lock it out while your car's moving. Sprint and AT&T have been champions of that for a while now. But above all, put down the phone.
  • Fun fact: There's an HTC One XC and One XT, Chinese variants, both. I didn't know that.
  • Alex and Richard killed it at the IFA conference in Berlin last week. (And I'm still a little jealous that I didn't go.) My highlights? No surprise, really — the Samsung Galaxy Camera and Galaxy Note 2. Can't wait to play with them. Catch up on all the IFA news here.
  • It's smartphone hell week this week. Or tech heaven, depending on how you look at it. We've got the Motorola-Verizon event in New York, the Amazon event in California, a Sony event in London, some other stuff going on, plus our pals at WP Central have a Nokia-Microsoft thing laid on. This is going to be a good (long) week.
  • Oh, and I'm in New York City this week on HTC's dime for the second Frequencies event, for some more candid conversation with some of the top names in tech journalism. (Seriously, it's humbling to be in this group). If you've got anything you want me to pass on, leave a note in the comments. (But, no, I won't be asking them about ICS for the Thunderbolt. HTC knows it's late.)
  • And believe it or not, this is just the start of an unusually busy fall season. We've got the fall CTIA event coming up in a little more than month. It's been renamed "MobileCon" (from "Apps & Enterprise"). Not sure if that'll make it any more worth the trip (last year was pretty slow), but, hey, it's the job. I also can already taste the tacos in San Diego. Nom.

That's enough for now. It's a holiday, after all. See y'all on the flip side.

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[New Game] Glu Mobile Returns To Ancient Rome With Blood & Glory: Legend

bgsmallWhat we do in life echoes in eternity. But what you do in between classes or on the bus home might not matter quite so much. Even so, you can squeeze in some fantasy-flavored gladiatorial combat with Glu Mobile’s latest high-profile title, Blood & Glory: Legend. The sequel to the original Blood & Glory expands with new stages and a new story, advanced via a motion comic-style cutscenes. Like most of Glu’s recent offerings, the game is free, but you can upgrade your appearance and weapons with in-app purchases.

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For the uninitiated, Blood & Glory combines 3D weapon-based combat in the style of Soul Calibur or God of War with speed ramp gameplay, making both the up-and-down pace and the controls more suited to a mobile device.

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GeForce GTX 660 Specs Released

The widely known graphics chip maker, Nvidia, has put into detail the specs for the upcoming GeForce GTX 660 graphics card over on its website. Surprisingly, this is a follow up with the 660Ti which will be OEM only. What does OEM only mean, exactly? It means that when you want to upgrade your PC, you won’t be able to buy this graphics card in shops, you’ll only be able to get this as part of a completely new PC.

Looking at the specs this graphics card has, I feel that its questionable to buy a whole new PC with this card.

A lot of us (aka geeks) were really holding onto hope that the GeForce GTX 660 would be a beautifully priced £200 graphics card based on the rumored GK107 processor, but in fact, that’s not what we got. It’s actually based on another version of the GK104 processor that powered both the GTX 670 and GTX 680 graphics cards (which are must more powerful than the GTX 660, if you hadn’t noticed). With this Graphics Card though, another batch of stream shaders have been turned off, thus leaving this graphics card running only 1156 cores at 832MHz, compared to the GTX 660 Ti’s 1344 cores sitting at 915MHz. It still does remain at the same 192bit memory bus.

Obviously we can’t tell you if the large performance drop is bearable or not because it all depends on how much systems that contain the GTX 660 will cost. If it’s fairly low and put into minimal computers, it’s probably worth it (instead of buying a new computer, save for a GTX 680 and throw that bad boy in your old machine, it’ll be like a brand new machine with just that addition!).

The GeForce GTX 660′s appearance really means that Nvidia still has a hole left to fill in its Kepler line up for a £200 set of cards to fill in. We’ll now probably be seeing a GT 660 (minus the x) alongside some GT 650s along with some others and so on pretty soon here. Honestly, this card really does not excite me one bit, the 680 is where all the power and performance is at, not this wimpy GTX 660 card! Of course, I’m sure we’ll be seeing a better card like the “780″ in the next year or so, but for now, the GTX 680 is one of the best cards you can get on the market right now while this GTX 660 card is rather…not so great or recommended.

Is anyone actually interested in this card or would you rather be getting something a bit more worth your hard earned cash? Let us know in the comments below!

source: PC Gamer

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Google set to release Google Maps app update, adds public transit improvements

On the Google Lat Long blog, Google Maps Software Engineer Christopher Van Der Westhuizen announced a pending update to the Google Maps for Android app. Over the years, Google has amassed a huge database of public transit information. They have now collected information on schedules from around the world covering over 1 million stops. The systems are located in over 500 cities, including places like New York City, London, Tokyo and Sydney. Today’s announcement includes improvements for accessing this data on mobile devices.

To improve access to this wealth of information for users on the go, Google is set to release an update to their Google Maps for Android app taking it up to version 6.10. For the public transit portion of the app, users can now select specific modes of transit (e.g. subway, train, bus) when the Transit Lines layer is turned on. This is especially helpful in areas where transit lines are concentrated or even overlapping and you only want to see one mode of transit. Google has also improved information on the layouts of transit stations. This is accessible by tapping on the name of a transit station.

Google has made some other improvements to the app. When selecting a region, such as a city, the borders of the region will now be highlighted on the map. Users who make use of the My Places features of Google Maps will find improvements to the layout of this section of the app. Finally, users can let Google start collecting location history data to quickly pull up information on locations they frequent.

source: Google Lat Long Blog
via: Droid Life


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Google Maps update brings improvements to Transit information

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Google Maps for Android has received a boost to version 6.10 today, bringing some pretty interesting improvments to the transit information in particular. In addition, Google is now boasting schedules for more than 1 million transit stops across the globe in nearly 500 cities. Impressive. 

The update brings some changes to the transit layer within the application. Now, a specific mode of public transport can be selected, and the others will be hidden. So, if you catch a lot of trains bus rarely use a bus, you can isolate the train routes and get rid of the buses. 

Station pages have also been tweaked to be more useful. They're accessed in the same way — a simple tap — but will show departure times, destination distances and lines serving that station. 

In addition to the transit improvements, the following features have also been squeezed in for good measure:

  • Now, whenever you search for a city or postal code, the borders of that region are highlighted.
  • Under My Places you’ll notice we’ve added new tabs, which will help you access all your information from a single place; from your saved maps for use offline to your starred places and Custom Maps created on your desktop.
  • If you enable Location History, you’ll be able to browse the places you’ve been on a daily basis with an updated Location History dashboard.

It's been said so many times before, but if you're an Android user, Google Maps is an essential application. 

More: Google Lat Long Blog

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Info on more than 1 million transit stops now in Google Maps, update coming soon

Google has made some exciting announcements regarding Google Maps. For starters, they’ve revealed that the service now has information for over 1 million transit stops around the world. Yay!

But with that great news also comes word of an impending update for the Google Maps application that everyone will want to get their hands on.

They’ve made changes to transit line layers so you can differentiate between train, bus, trams, or subways. This’ll help make sure users aren’t looking at the wrong lines for areas that overlap. They’ve also made the following changes:

In addition to these new transit features, we’ve updated region highlighting, My Places and Location History displays in Google Maps for Android:

  • Now, whenever you search for a city or postal code, the borders of that region are highlighted.
  • Under My Places you’ll notice we’ve added new tabs, which will help you access all your information from a single place; from your saved maps for use offline to your starred places and Custom Maps created on your desktop.
  • If you enable Location History, you’ll be able to browse the places you’ve been on a daily basis with an updated Location History dashboard.

Unfortunately, the app is not yet in the Google Play Store but Google says it will definitely be out sometime today. We’ll be looking out for version 6.10 once it does arrive. Head to Google’s lat long blog for more information.


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Poll: Are We Tired Of Angry Birds Yet?!

Angry Birds has been about the most successful game series for mobile. Everyone has played it. I am guilty of spending many hours flinging birds, myself. There are holiday versions, the regular game, the space iteration, and more. We have all gotten to know these birds very closely, but just when is it enough?

It is very hard to succeed in the gaming industry, and even the all-time giants are having trouble keeping game series successful after a long period of time (e.g. Final Fantasy). In the mobile world, the flow moves at a much quicker pace. Updates come more often, multiple sequels are released a year and even the phones get old in less than a year. As such, a game’s life is also much shorter. Could it be that the popular game, Angry Birds, has finally reached its end-of-life?

As I sit here learning about the new Angry Birds Space: Red Planet update that is to come in the Fall, I find myself much less excited than I used to be. After a minute I even said to myself: “Another one?”. Not to say that the game is not good for those quick bus trips or while waiting in line at the DMV. But a game like Angry Birds, while it can offer some variety, is very linear and repetitive. You throw birds at pigs and obstacles; that is it.

Personally, this franchise is starting to become rather stale. And it seems android fans over the web are starting to get tired of Angry Birds, as well. Mot as many users comment on Angry Birds articles (and that applies to other sites, as well), and such posts generally drive much less page views than ever. I have also seen much less people playing Angry Birds in “the wild.”

Who knows. Maybe it is time to let this one go, Rovio. Or at least make some major changes to it. But before reaching any conclusions, I would like to take into account the fact that I may simply be crazy. So we decided to throw this little poll at you and see what everyone else thinks. Are you done saving eggs, or do you have some more flinging to do?

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News: TransitTimes+ Adds Live Tracking for Buses in 11 Major Cities

TransitTimes+ trip planner, live tracking, maps & offline schedules  
Developer: Quentin Zervaas  
Price: $2.99   Download

Zervaas Enterprises announced today it added live vehicle tracking, , and official service alerts to its newly updated TransitTimes+ app for iPhone, iPad and Android, allowing commuters and travelers to quickly see when the next bus or train is arriving in real time and revolutionizing by making valuable trip planning data more easily accessible to riders.

The app now features transit schedules for over 50 cities, including 14 cities with vehicle positions and predictions that are continuously updated in real time.

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Finish reading “TransitTimes+ Adds Live Tracking for Buses in 11 Major Cities” and see screenshots for the app on AppCraver.com.

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Are You Heading To London For The Olympics? Here Are A Few Apps To Help You Get Around The City!

200px-London_Olympics_2012_logo.svg The 2012 Olympics are finally about to get underway this week, with the opening ceremony taking place at the Olympic Park at 9pm (British time) on Friday!

If you’re visiting London for the first time over the next few weeks to take it all in, finding your way around can be quite daunting. Fortunately, there are a number of apps which you can download to help you get from A to B, whether you want to use the tube, get around on a bus or cycle your way through the city.

Tube Map

However you move around London during the Olympics it’s going to be extremely busy, but for most journeys the tube might be the best way to go.

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Final Fantasy III makes its way to Android, Officially

We are sure that many of you out there are HUGE Final Fantasy fans. The series has been a huge success for a very long time. Keeping you from getting real work done and hogging the TV all night long. Finally, you can migrate to your bed, the train, the bus or the bathroom at work, and get your Final Fantasy fix. That’s right, developer SQUARE ENIX Co.,Ltd. has finally brought Final Fantasy III to our Android phones and tablets. Bring back a classic that many of you still love and play today on emulators across the country.

Square brought the game back to life with the 3D remastered glory they did when it was re-release in 2006 and even cleaned it up a bit more for Android. To add even more replay value, there are new story sequences added in just for us. If you thought you saw the entire FFIII story, you are wrong. They incorporated intuitive touch screen controls specifically tailored to Square Enix’s smartphone RPGs. The only thing we don’t see listed in their description is Xperia Play optimization. Seems like that would be a big selling point for the gamers. Take a gander at a few screenshots -

 Are you excited yet? Well, don’t let it over flow. While the game is available in the Play Store for Android 2.2 and up, the price tag is a staggering $15.99. That is a bit steep in our opinion, but for the die-hard FF fans and loyal customers, it is pocket change. Especially since it will let you relive some of your favorite gaming moments mobile. Still looking to pick it up? So are we, hit up the QR code below to begin your quest and waste the weekend away staring at your Android device.

Application: Final Fantasy III
Developer: SQUARE ENIX Co.,Ltd.
Cost: $15.99
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Via Androidpolice

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Google Now puts your search data to work

Google Now

One of the cooler things we're to see with Jelly Bean is Google Now. It's part search, part assistant, and part amazing. Imagine all the data that Google has aggregated about you (yes, that scary Google data that's shared across Google products with the new privacy policy) used to help you throughout your day. Need to catch the bus? Google Now will tell you when the next one is due and how long your ride will be when you get to the bus stop. Or sports scores for your favorite team, which you don't have to specify because Google already knows from your search data. Or traffic and rerouting based on destinations you've searched for.

Yes, it sounds pretty cool, and a little scary that it's able to use your data like it does. We're going to have to take a good look at it before we decide just how much we like it. And we will, a Jelly Bean rolls out.

Don't miss any of out Google I/O coverage!

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Because pulling out your phone is too much work, check out these jeans with transparent pockets!

Just when you think people can’t come up with weirder stuff, you run across mouth-opening concepts. Enter the next generation of jeans for tech enthusiasts. The Delta415 Wearcom jeans come to alleviate all your smartphone usage problems. These bad boys will let you use your smartphone without even pulling it out of your pocket.

The extraneous pair of pants feature a transparent pocket that is covered by a zipped piece of cloth. Upon unzipping the pocket, you will only find a transparent layer separating you from your precious smartphone. And what is even more interesting is that one can operate touchscreen devices through this transparent film.

Aside from using your phone in the rain, we really don’t see too much use for these. The feature seems like a luxury, or even a “gimmick.” We suppose it would be a cheater’s dream during a test, or convenient just for using it in the bus or any similar situation. But for $160, this pilot-pocket-inspired pants come at a very high price.

So what do you guys say? Would you get some of these? I can totally see Chris rocking these pants.

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[Source: Alphyn Via: Gizmodo]


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RIM takes responsibility for Australian ‘Wake Up’ protest

The world was a bit hasty in jumping to the conclusion that Samsung was behind a recent spontaneous protest that broke out outside of an Apple Store in Sydney, Australia. We were right in assuming that things seemed a bit too polished for the “Wake Up” campaign to be any sort of grassroots movement, what with the professionally printed signs, coordinated outfits, and decked out bus (not to mention an accompanying website). We just had the responsible party wrong.

BlackBerry maker RIM has admitted that they were behind the charade as part of a buildup to a May 7th reveal that “will aim to provoke conversation on what ‘being in business’ means to Australians.”  It just won’t be provoking any conversation about Samsung or their upcoming Galaxy S III. But hey, being mistaken for Samsung is a step in the right direction for RIM, right?

[via PCWorld]


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Shoot the Worm: nerve training game

download app Shoot the worm
Developer: karim benaddi
Price: free
Download from the App Store
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In the era of the “quick” games, or those simple games, that resemble 1980 arcades, but, restyled with new design and look, usually to be playd while waiting the bus or in the underground. Tecworks released his own. The graphics are professional illustrations by a comic cartoon designer, to let the player to feel himself injected into a sort of comic, and with this new style, the gamers invented a nice, tiny little world where worms, usually, go around dressed like humans, and hide between them, figuring out the way to make jokes and scare people. And the poor Mike, a simple boy that does the things that teen-agers usually do, like going to movie theater, to a fastwood, walking around with friends or relax with a walk…just find himself projected into this weird reality, when he find out that there are worms hidden between humans, he just can stand this crazy reality, and..whatever it happens in his dreams or in the reality, he suddenly find himself injected into a world where worms and humans, happens, show, and make crazy jokes. So he decide to pursue the objective in seeking all the hidden worms and take them off the world…

The gameplay:
With the accompaniment of great classics of music, 75 seconds on each level, infinite ammo, and the happening on worms between humans, are the elements that take the attention of the player.

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TransitTimes+ App Shows Offline Transit Trip Planning and Schedules

download app TransitTimes+
Developer: Quentin Zervaas
Price: $2.99
Download from the App Store
User Ratings:
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Zervaas Enterprises today is proud to announce its newly updated TransitTimes+ app for iPhone, iPad and Android, which adds transit schedules for 15 additional cities to its growing international list. The app now offers convenient bus, subway, ferry, train, and streetcar schedules for over 40 cities in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

Designed for both commuters and travelers, TransitTimes+ can quickly show when the next bus or subway is arriving. All data is stored offline so no internet connection is needed once downloaded.

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Google Maps Update Brings Newly-Designed Navigation Homescreen

Google Maps has gotten an update in the Google Play Store. Albeit small, it does add changes that might please you. Firstly, the Navigation home screen has gotten a redesign. Tabs for “starred” destinations, shortcuts, and destinations via contact addresses allow you to choose where you want to go faster. Another great feature is the ability to select which transit mode you want to look up directions for. You can choose between bus, subway, train or tram, or just search for any of them. Finally, map tiles now draw in higher quality. Find the update in the Play Store.


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[24 Hour Deal Alert] New Trent 5000mAh portable battery backup Pack on special for $29.99

While Android as a whole is slowly getting better and better with battery life, there are still many situations that the one in your device just isn’t enough. Those times where plugging your device in is just not an option. This could be on a plane, on a bus, hiking, camping or any other number of situations you find your self out of power. That is where portable battery backups can come into play. While there are many to choose from, none of them are on sale via Daily Steals right now.

Currently they have a New Trent 5,000 mAh battery backup pack on sale for only $30.00. Hard not to pick one of these up at that price, isn’t it. One can never have too much power available. We won’t drone on about he device since it is self explanatory, provides extra power to what ever device you need it to, plain and simple. Head to Daily Steals right now to get your order in before they are gone. And remember, the deal is only good for 24 hours, so you better step on it.

Via DailySteals

 

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Nokia Maps Officially Launched As Web-Based App

 

Nokia has officially released an interesting alternative to various map applications for Android devices called Nokia Maps. Using its Nokia Conversions blog site, Nokia highlights the the app is web browser-based, so by simply going to m.maps.nokia.com on your smartphone browser, you’ll find immediate a complete navigation system identical to that of Google Maps. That means you’ll find navigation for whether you’re driving, walking or even bus/train support— which is handy for folks like me who live out in the New York City area. In addition, you’ll see satellite views of maps, public transport routes and oh— live traffic view too. The web-based navigation app also includes support for audio as well which is supported for walking directions for the time being. By simply downloading a small file (2MB), you’ll find your standard voice giving the usual turn directions available as well.

Naturally Nokia Maps isn’t as detailed as what’s found in Google Maps yet, but it’s pretty solid for being not only being a newly released app, but a web-based one at that. If you’re on an Android 2.3+ device and feel like trying something new, give the app a try by heading on over to m.maps.nokia.com using your web browser.

source: Nokia Conversions
via: Slash Gear


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