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Spacetime Studios In Giving Mood, Updates Arcane Legends MMORPG

‘Tis the season for giving. Arcane Legends’ developer is feeling a bit generous and wants to give owners of the recently released MMORPG an update just in time for all of that holiday downtime. We aren’t talking about just slapping some Santa hats on the characters either. To begin with, players will now see a level-cap of 21. Players will also be greeted with five new dungeons to explore, a new loot chest to unlock above level 16, and new achievements along with a weapons-type shakeup for each class. There are also numerous holiday-themed goodies but we’ll leave that for you to explore and find. You may want to jump on it though as the holiday-themed goodies end – you guessed it – when the holidays wind down.

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Spacetime Studios In Giving Mood, Updates Arcane Legends MMORPG

‘Tis the season for giving. Arcane Legends’ developer is feeling a bit generous and wants to give owners of the recently released MMORPG an update just in time for all of that holiday downtime. We aren’t talking about just slapping some Santa hats on the characters either. To begin with, players will now see a level-cap of 21. Players will also be greeted with five new dungeons to explore, a new loot chest to unlock above level 16, and new achievements along with a weapons-type shakeup for each class. There are also numerous holiday-themed goodies but we’ll leave that for you to explore and find. You may want to jump on it though as the holiday-themed goodies end – you guessed it – when the holidays wind down.

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Spacetime Studios In Giving Mood, Updates Arcane Legends MMORPG

‘Tis the season for giving. Arcane Legends’ developer is feeling a bit generous and wants to give owners of the recently released MMORPG an update just in time for all of that holiday downtime. We aren’t talking about just slapping some Santa hats on the characters either. To begin with, players will now see a level-cap of 21. Players will also be greeted with five new dungeons to explore, a new loot chest to unlock above level 16, and new achievements along with a weapons-type shakeup for each class. There are also numerous holiday-themed goodies but we’ll leave that for you to explore and find. You may want to jump on it though as the holiday-themed goodies end – you guessed it – when the holidays wind down.

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LG Optimus L-Series smartphones break 10 million units in sales

LG is puffing out its chest today with the announcement that its Optimus L smartphones have passed 10 million units in sales. The devices included in the Optimus L series are the Optimus L3, Optimus L5, Optimus L7 and the more recent Optimus L9. Screen sizes for the device range from 3.2 inches to 4.7 inches, so LG is hitting all different segments of the market.



LG cites its different design ideas for a large part of its success. LG says that its phone designs break the mold, and consumers are attracted to such design. Clearly, this is a small dig at the competition, which LG apparently feels make phones that are too similar. Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Mobile Communications Company, says that “while other manufacturers are putting all their eggs into a one-size-fits-all phone, our strategy is to develop mobile products for all types of customers according to their individual needs and lifestyles.”

It’s hard to argue with the results, as 10 million devices from one line is no small feat. Diversifying has certainly worked out LG, as they have phones for all different types of consumers. Not to mention the fact that LG makes the Nexus 4, which is a device carriers and Google cannot keep in stock.

LG’s Optimus L series of phones are available in 50 different markets nationwide, which almost certainly helped LG get that high number of units sold. LG also cites five specific design elements that it thinks have attracted users to its phone. According to LG, these are “Modern Square Style for a comfortable grip, Floating Mass Technology for a slimmer look, Seamless Layout for a more intuitive arrangement of keys, Harmonized Design Contrast utilizing metallic accents and Sensuous Slim Shape.”

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[New Game] EA Launches Monopoly Millionaire – ‘Risk It All In A Dash For A Million In Cash’

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EA and Hasbro, adding another entry to Monopoly’s long history, recently released another version of the classic board game – Monopoly Millionaire. If the name of the game isn’t descriptive enough, it’s a game of Monopoly where the first player to reach $1,000,000 wins.

To reach $1 million, players are encouraged to “trade properties on the sly, force powerful deals, and risk it all in a dash for a million in cash.” We are, of course, talking Monopoly cash here, but the concept is still fairly compelling for a mobile board game.

Rather than Chance and Community Chest cards, players will utilize Fortune or Millionaire Lifestyle Cards.

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Chestburster Arrives On Android, Lets A Baby Alien Violently Emerge From Your Chest Cavity With Augmented Reality

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If you always dreamed of reliving Kane’s experience in Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi horror flick Alien, now’s your chance. Chestburster uses a custom t-shirt and augmented reality to bring your own baby alien to life at the expense of your chest, minus the blood, guts, pain, and, you know, dying. Yes, it is as awesome as it sounds.

Badass, no? The companion app just landed in the Play Store for free today (you can’t see the goods without the app), but the shirt will set you back $30. A small price to pay for your own alien chest baby. <3

Update: I didn’t realize it initially, but you can also grab the image from here and put it basically anywhere you want.

Official Android Police t-shirts are now on sale, with over 25 designs to call yours.

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Review: Slotspot Goes Mobile on iPhone

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Developer: Blitzoo Games, Inc.  
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In case you haven’t heard, the casino is open and the slots are loose on the popular Facebook game Slotspot. To make it easy for slot fans to spin and play on the go, Blitzoo Games has released Slotspot for iPhone. Slotspot is a casino slots simulation complete with bonus games, multi-line payouts and plenty of opportunities to earn free coins. Slotspot has multiple machines, each with a different theme and challenging “adventures” that equate to game achievements to up the factor.

Slotspot offers three different “rooms,” each with four different-themed games ranging from swash buckling pirates to tasty treats. To start, only two games are unlocked – players must “level up” to unlock the other games for play. Players are given a coin stipend to open and can collect free coins from the treasure chest each day they play. Slotspot is obviously Facebook integrated and offers the chance to connect and play with friends for gifts and contests. (more…)

Finish reading “Slotspot Goes Mobile on iPhone” and see screenshots for the app on AppCraver.com.

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Google X Labs Working On Hoverboards and Wolverine Claws [Humor]

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No matter which OS you have tattooed across your chest, whether it’s “Team Android” or “Team iOS” I think we can all agree that working for Google definitely has its perks. Besides the fact that Google consistently tops the list of best companies to work for, Google just keeps coming up with all sorts of useful technologies and fun little doohickeys. I’ve said it many times before — it’s hard to not love Google.

Still, for all the great ideas Google has managed to come up with (Android, Google Glass, 100Mbps down Google Fiber network), there’s always seems to be a few that slip through the cracks (Wave, Buzz, etc.). I suppose that’s what prompted the boys at CollegeHumor to come up with this Google parody video highlighting the fact that maybe, just maybe… Google is too ambitious for its own good? Watch the video below and see if you agree.

So what do you guys think? Is Google really just full of crap? Did the video give you chuckle or make your blood boil? The way I see it, if Google can just deliver on Glass and that self-driving car they’ve been showing off — we’ll be good. Forever. Love you, Googs.


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How would you change the Droid RAZR Maxx?

How would you change the Droid RAZR Maxx

A common topic of discussion at Engadget towers is our editors love-hate relationship with Motorola’s Droid RAZR Maxx. The 8.9mm smartphone is beautifully slender, but it’s seriously hampered by a lackluster display, weak camera and the company’s gaudy skinning of Android. However, it has one saving grace that means it’s the go-to phone for more than one of the team here: its Battery. That 3,300mAh juice pack outlasts nearly every other smartphone in the pantheon, which makes it essential for long journeys or trade shows. But how about you out there? Can you overlook its flaws, or is there a complaint about this handset that you just have to get off your chest? Grab the candle and bang on… in the comments below, of course.

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How would you change the Droid RAZR Maxx? originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 29 Jul 2012 22:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Video: Nexus 7 Drop Test, Fully Functional Even After Being Dropped in Bathtub

Well, you knew it would come. A drop test of the new Nexus 7 tablet. For comparison, the folks over at SquareTrade decided to pit it against an iPad, and if you were buying a tablet for strength and perseverance, then it looks like you would only have to shell out $200. When dropped from chest height, [...]

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New Windows Phone store lets you wear your ‘I heart WP’ on your sleeve

New Windows Phone store lets you wear your 'I heart WP' on your sleeve

So you love Windows Phone, but how can you let the world know? Until now, you’d either have to wave your object of desire around, or keep showing colleagues those “Smoked by Windows Phone” YouTube videos. Now, you can simply wear your alliance across your chest, or favorite beverage, thanks to a new CafePress store. Revealed in a Windowsteamblog post, the shop will let you grab mugs, t-shirts, stickers, magnets and more emblazoned with “I Heart Windows Phone” in icons. Not only that, in case all those soccer moms didn’t know which side of the fence you stood, you can clear up the doubt by snagging a bodysuit for your youngest. Credit card at the ready? Jump on that source link for the goods.

New Windows Phone store lets you wear your ‘I heart WP’ on your sleeve originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 10 Jun 2012 01:16:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Android Overload: See How An Accelerometer Works (Video), Jury Still Out on Google/Orcale Trial, and More

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Here in the Android Overload, we like to stash away all the stories that come past our desks from throughout the day. Think of it as an Android pirate chest or cookie jar. There’s always a few gems inside, but every now and then, you might come across an oatmeal cookie (I have no idea where I’m going with this analogy). Just check out dem links!

  • Plex will be directly integrated into future Sony-made Google TV hardware. [Engadget]
  • Blackboard updated for Android. Adds more features and support for Blackboard Connect 5. [Play Store Link]
  • Android developer says fragmentation issue is real, but “overblown.” [NickBradbury]
  • Handscent updated with bug fixes and better Sense 4.0 support. [Play Store Link]
  • Frontline investigates cellphone tower deaths. [Engadget]
  • HTC EVO V 4G now available for pre-order from Radioshack.
  • Facebook App Center to have “send to mobile” app installs. [Electronista]
  • eBay for Android updated. Adds push notifications and access to lists. [Play Store Link]
  • Jury’s still out on Google Oracle verdict. [Wired]
  • Rampage 6 is the newest underpowered toddler tablet. [Engadget]
  • Ever wondered how a smartphone accelerometer works? Now you know. [YouTube]
  • HTC explains why their clocks are always set to 10:08… sorta. [HTCBlog]
  • Samsung potentially has a serious issue with new nano SIMs. [Electronista]


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Google trial shows first revenue numbers from Android

As the Google and Oracle trail continues we just keep seeing loads of interesting information regarding Google — and more specifically Android. You could call this a treasure chest of information. While Google’s earning calls quarterly always discusses revenue company-wide, this is showing earnings and numbers specific to Android.

Now these numbers only represent Android and Google’s revenue from 2010, so things have clearly changed since then, not to mention many of these numbers are forecasts and predictions for that year. Looking over the data made available to the public from the case you can clearly see some interesting numbers. In 2010 there was around 20 million android devices in June, and by the end of 2010 they expected the numbers to double past 40 million. This would earn them about 278 million in revenue.

An interesting part of the findings also reveals that apps didn’t play a large role in their earnings, and probably still don’t. In 2010 Google made $158.9 million on ads and just a lowly $3.8 mil on app sales. The slides also forecast Android making Google almost 1 billion in 2012 from ads alone, but clearly we don’t have those numbers at this time.

Oracle recently announced that they figured Google is making around $10 million daily from Android in 2012, times that by 365 days a year and that will give you an idea — but that number came from Oracle and not Google. Similarly recent reports suggested Apple makes Google four times as much as Android does. Given the details released today Apple barely beat out Android in 2010, only be a few million with Android hitting 278m and Apple’s iPhone netting 281 million for that year. Interesting stuff, but there’s tons to break down so we are up to our neck in details.

It’s worth noting that Google predicted they’d earn around 1.5 billion from Google Music in 2012, and that would increase to 3.7b by 2013. I wonder if we’ll ever find out those actual numbers. For more details head to the source link below.

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[Video] Drop Test performed on the HTC One X

Nobody like to see their Android phone dropped……EVER! Although, sometime you have to sacrifice one to save many. Am I right? At the very least you’ll get a good idea of what to not do with your phone. After watching this video you’ll certainly take a little more care when picking up and setting down your phone no matter which one you own.

The video following the break performs a series of drop tests with the HTC One X.  

One from hip or pocket height as this is how many drops would occur. The next test was shoulder height for whatever reason. Maybe in hopes of a more action packed result. Finally dropping the HTC One X from chest height with the screen (Gorilla Glass) facing the ground. No spoiler here. You’ll have to watch the video and see the results of each test yourself.

 

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Panasonic shows off Eluga smartphone for Europe

Ready for a new entry in the manufacturer wars, Europe? Electronics giant Panasonic just announced that they’d be bringing their Eluga smartphone to the Eurozone sometime in 2012, making it the company’s first high-end Android phone to debut outside of Japan. They’re playing it close to the chest when it comes to specifications, but we do know the phone will be semi-ruggedized, and features a qHD display and NFC capability. Like some of Samsung’s late tablets, it’ll work as a remote control for Panasonic’s TV line.

Panasonic wasn’t even ready to divulge which version of Android the Beluga Eluga is running – though given the presence of a capacitive Menu button, our money’s on Gingerbread. If the final hardware looks anything like the spiffy renders, that screen is at least 4.3 inches. The design is sleek, if a little bland – an OLED display allows for tiny a tiny side bezel, and the front fascia’s sharp angles contrast nicely with the beveled sides going towards the back. Panasonic assures us that  it’s a slim, light phone, weighing in at 103 grams (3.6 ounces), and is resistant to water and dust.

Wit hardware and software info in short supply, pricing and availability is a mystery, beyond the fact that the phone is headed to Europe. With Mobile World Congress 2012 kicking off in exactly one week, it’s just about certain thet we’ll be seeing this baby in attendance. For now feast your eyes upon the gallery below for some Eluga renders, which may or may not be the final design of the phone.

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Murtazin: ‘Nokia Lumia 910 will arrive in May, pack 12MP camera’

Ah, Eldar Murtazin. Sometimes he’s (sort of) right, sometimes he’s wrong. But he managed to predict the Nokia-WinPho love-in ahead of any official announcement and that still counts for something, right? His latest missive concerns the news of the Lumia 900′s likely summer-time flight across the Atlantic. While it’s not going to tout the LTE radios of the American edition, Eldar’s more concerned about a phone that no-one’s yet heard of. Yes, the Lumia 910, which according to the thorn in Nokia’s side, will land in the old country sometime in May — ahead of the posited June launch for the Lumia 900 in the UK. Murtazin is keeping any other details close to his chest for now, aside from the tantalizing mention of a whopping 12 megapixel camera. We know that Nokia knows exactly how to craft a good cameraphone, but we’re keeping this rumor firmly in the maybe-could-be-possibly camp, right next to the salt mines.

Murtazin: ‘Nokia Lumia 910 will arrive in May, pack 12MP camera’ originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 24 Jan 2012 10:18:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Verizon reportedly trials VoLTE services in two cities, eyes nationwide rollout next year

Verizon’s Voice over LTE (VoLTE) platform has been in the works for a while now, and according to industry insiders, it’s about ready to hit the big time. Catharine Trebnick, an analyst at Northland Capital Markets, told Light Reading Mobile this week that the service has already launched on a trial basis in two cities, and that Big Red plans to roll it out on a nationwide level in 2013. According to Light Reading Mobile, Trebnick’s claims were later corroborated by a second, anonymous source. Verizon, as you may recall, had previously pegged 2012 for the commercial launch of its new platform, and could still achieve that goal with launches in select markets, before going live on a nationwide basis next year, as rumored. The company, however, is playing its cards close to the chest, saying in a statement that it’s “continuing to work on VoLTE and the services it brings, and will share any launch or availability plans in due course.”

Verizon reportedly trials VoLTE services in two cities, eyes nationwide rollout next year originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 20 Jan 2012 15:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Newest Swype Beta Released in a Variety of Colors, Multiple Phones Supported Including Galaxy Nexus

  We here at DL love ourselves some Swype.  But you know what we love even more?  Themed Swype.  So, when we stumbled upon this treasure chest of different themes we just couldn’t resist sharing it.  For those who have troubles choosing which colors they want, don’t fret. There are enough choices to have a [...]

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T-Mobile Vivacity unveiled for the UK, appears to be an adopted ZTE handset

G’morning there good lady, and who might you be? Why, she’s the UK-bound T-Mobile Vivacity, which, while pretty likely to be a ZTE-born smartphone, is still keeping her specification cards close to its chest. We do know, however, that she’ll arrive with a 3.5-inch touchscreen and five megapixel camera on the back. A front-facing shooter, slightly larger body and a distinct lack of ZTE branding all help to differentiate the Vivacity from her sister, the previously announced (and US-destined) ZTE Score. We predict she probably won’t be a woman of expensive tastes, and we look forward to meeting her in the flesh next month. While T-Mobile may not have got the memo about phone naming, interested parties can stake their claim to more info at the sign-up link below.

T-Mobile Vivacity unveiled for the UK, appears to be an adopted ZTE handset originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 19 Nov 2011 13:43:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Buckeyes embed antennas in clothes, couture to improve radio reception?

We like what’s in our wardrobe to be multifunctional, and we’ve seen threads do double duty as keyboards, flashlights and even drum kits in our day. Now, researchers at Ohio State have come up with a way to turn the shirt on your back into an omnidirectional antenna to boost radio reception. To do so, they etched brass wires into plastic film to create flexible antennae, and stitched 4 of them into the shoulders, chest and back of a vest. Using a computer controller the size of a deck of cards clipped to the wearers belt, the system senses body movement and activates the appropriate antenna to get the best signal. You see, antennae don’t work so well when touching human skin — as any iPhone 4 owner can attest — and the multiple antenna system alleviates that problem while providing “significantly greater signal strength” than a standard antenna. The researchers see the technology having great appeal for the military, law enforcement, and emergency personnel, but here’s hoping they make a consumer version, too. It’d be nice to eliminate all those cell-service dead spots by simply donning a jacket, right?

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Buckeyes embed antennas in clothes, couture to improve radio reception? originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 23 Aug 2011 12:12:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Motorola Confident in Patent Strength, Could Be Google’s Biggest Ally

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Google and its manufacturing partners have been taking heat in the courts lately, facing patent litigation from the likes of Apple, Oracle, and Microsoft. While HTC and Samsung remain embattled, one company isn’t scared of potential lawsuits. It’s quite the opposite, actually, for Motorola. CEO Sanjay Jha did a bit of chest puffing at the mobile manufacturer’s recent Q2 earnings call, pointing to Moto’s deep patent portfolio focused on mobile handsets, 2G/3G technologies, and emerging 4G LTE innovations. Jha went so far as to suggest the patents could be used to “enhance shareholder value.”

Jha could be suggesting the company plans to due a bit of legal wrangling of their own, demanding licensing fees from others taking advantage of Motorola’s proprietary technologies. Perhaps he could be inferring the sale of some of Motorola’s patents to Google, a digital conglomerate not averse to buying a little protection (you may recall the recent acquisition of 1,000 patents from IBM). It could also be that Moto plans to sit on the patents, confident that their revenues will not be impacted by potential lawsuits. No matter how it plays out, Motorola is an important ally to Google and the Android OS in the fight over intellectual property. The manufacturer that brought Android from the depths and launched it to mainstream success could be a savior once again.

[via TheStreet]


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Increase your pull-ups, push-ups and more with Rittr Labs apps

Do you work out with your Android? I do. It’s my music player, my stopwatch, and even my data tracker. It comes with me to station to station, and so I’m always open to new fitness apps that I can use with it. Lately I came across some apps from the developer Rittr Labs, and I came away very impressed. They focus on pure strength maneuvers: push-ups, pull-ups, and squats. Those can be the most important exercises (though I prefer dips to push-ups), because they work multiple body parts. Moreover, they translate to the real world. There are instances were pushing or pulling yourself up can come in handy. Few situations, I think, require me to lift a 225-pound weight off my chest.

The apps couldn’t be easier to use. You download them and then follow the programs they lay out for you. I’ve seen other programs that supposedly can increase your push-ups and whatnot, but they’re very general. These apps take into account your own feedback, and so guide you along a personal path. It might take longer than the other programs, but you’ll get there more effectively, because you’re tailoring the programs to your own personal needs. Check out the Rittr Labs apps in the Market. If you’re into fitness and use your Android as a tool, these can add to your arsenal.

This post originated at AndGeeks.com – home to all things Android! Also a great source of info about Android Phones.

Increase your pull-ups, push-ups and more with Rittr Labs apps

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Android Quick App: Pinball HD for Tegra 2

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One of the first apps I downloaded on my tablet was the TegraZone, a special app browser developed by NVIDIA to showcase applications that were optimized for its Tegra II chipset.  Sure, I have my tower defense games and angry birds, but I wanted to see what an "optimized" game would look like on my Tab’s massive screen.

Pinball HD was published by NVIDIA to show off the graphics power of their Tegra 2 processor, and it shows.  The colors are vibrant and there are a ton of little animations shown in that seem to exist just because they make the game nicer to look at.  My favorite board is the Jungle, because if you can aim the ball just right, the Gorilla will pick it up and pound his chest before throwing it back on the board.  Each board has a special animation to fit the theme, but I like "Big Kong" the best.

As far as actual gameplay goes, it performs how you would expect it to.  You tap the right side of the screen to move the right toggle, and do the opposite for the left.  Response time was fast, and the sounds seemed in sync with what was happening on the screen.  One nice feature is that if you swipe with two fingers, the game will zoom out to show the entire board instead of following the ball with a camera.  I found it a lot easier to play this way, though others might enjoy the added detail that the camera view provides.

Much like a regular pinball game, I found myself greeted with the game over screen a lot faster than I expected, but this was due to my lack of skill more than any problems with the controls.  When a game ends, you’re given the option to input your name so that your score can be listed on your devices high score board as well as a leader board for other players who have the game installed.

Pinball HD is a fun game with great graphics and pretty addictive game play.  At $2.99, it’s also one of the least expensive optimized games for Tegra 2 devices.  If you’re looking for a great time waster, or if you’re training to be the next wizard, give Pinball HD a try.  Additional screenshots and download link after the break.

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iCard ECG brings heart monitoring to the iOS device of your choice (video)

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AliveCor’s iPhoneECG case was pretty sweet but, being a case, could only be strapped to an iPhone 4. Doctors content with their 3GS or patients who prefer to hug an iPad to their chest will be elated to hear the company is working on a more hardware-agnostic option for your iOS heart monitoring needs. The business card-sized iCard ECG mounts to the back of your iDevice using velcro and wirelessly feeds data from its electrodes to the AliveECG app. The app automatically records 30 seconds of your heart’s rhythmic pulse before uploading it to AliveCor’s servers for sharing with your doctors. The bad news? They’re still awaiting FDA approval, so you can’t run out and pick one up just yet. But, when it does hit shelves, it looks like you’ll have a choice of red or black — so you can make sure your medical accessories match your scrubs. Check out the video after the break.

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iCard ECG brings heart monitoring to the iOS device of your choice (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 20 Jun 2011 13:55:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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If you ever needed proof that Samsung Galaxy S II devs are geeks, here it is

Geeks and comic books are like peanut butter and jelly, they go together perfectly. Apparently, Paul O’Brian was digging around in the ROM of his Samsung Galaxy S II and came across the image below. Yep, that is our pal the Android bot having a bit of cosplay dressed as Ironman with the Flash symbol on his chest. The question is why is it in the ROM?

What exactly did the guy who put it there think it would be used for? Most importantly, are there any other little Easter Eggs hiding in there that we can pull out. I’d sort of like to see Android as the Incredible Hulk since the Hulk is green and all. We can pretend that this is Ironman from the first flick that wasn’t a total turd.

I like to see pics like this so we know the guys working on the hardware we like so much have a sense of humor. That might make cool wallpaper for your home screen if you are an Android using Ironman fan who happens to develop Flash content.

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[Interview] Jason Tyler Speaks About His First Book and More

I personally like to know what makes developers and community members tick. What got them to where they are today and anything else they want to get off their chest. We recently gave you all a chance to win a copy of his latest book, ” App Inventor for Android; Build Your Own Apps – No Experience Required.”  We were lucky enough to spend some time on the phone with Jason and ask him a few questions as well. I think you all might really enjoy what he had to say about a few things.

Q – Beyond Android, what do you do for your day job?

A – In my life beyond Android I am a high end tech instructor. I teach advanced high end topics to business people and businesses.  I Teach share point, MS Server 2008, linux, SCCM and pretty much any hot Microsoft product. In a nutshell if Microsoft has a certificate to earn, I have it.

Q – What was your first Android device and how did you end up with it?

A – The OG Droid was my starting point into Android. It’s my wife’s fault. I told her how much I wanted one after seeing a co-workers hacked G1. When it came time for upgrades on our account I leaned away due to price. Thankfully my wife knew how depressed I would be if I didn’t get it, so she made me pick it up. She snagged one with me.  I am still sporting it too, I also have Nexus One, but it mostly just sits on my desk collecting dust.

Q – What made you go the Android route in the first place?

A – This is meant in the most positive way possible, I feel the Android community has a total lack of respect for a beautiful piece of technology. Meaning that when Android came out more people asked what can I do with it then look just at what it does. Unlike iPhone users who just keep plugging away at what ever Apple wants to offer.

Q - How did you get involved in app inventor?

A – I spent a great deal of time in Eclipse and SDK attempting to write apps within the first 3 weeks of owning my Droid. It was very frustrating attempting to use and edit XML. Learning all the calls and libraries was not user friendly and learning what was going on was to large to attempt with out neglecting my family. I can’t spend forever learning, I have a life that takes priority to learning something for personal gain. Even knowing some JAVA programming it was to much of an undertaking. When Google announced App Inventor I jumped on the invitation list and waited, mostly impatiently, for my invite. During the long wait I spent a lot of time reading the forums about App Inventor and learning everything I could from what had been posted. I tried to direct people that were experiencing issues to other threads with solutions.  Once approved, I jumped into all examples and then started building my own apps. In the first 2 months or so I built around 150 apps. All the problems I had in the SDK started to make sense thanks to  App Inventor. It taught me things I was unable to grasp in the SDK originally, I was able to take those concepts learned in App Inventor and utilize theme in the SDK. This is such a great tool for anyone, the noob to the professional.

Q – What was the biggest hurdle in writing the book?

A – It was my first book. I can teach people all day long how to use something, but writing a book is a totally different experience. I’d spend a great deal of time writing a chapter and send it for approval, they would hack it all to pieces and send it back for me to fix. It was a very crazy experience to part of. Beyond the writer/publisher interaction my own personal hurdle was to choose what not to write. How do I get all the most important things down for people to understand and not fill the book with a hundred pages of stuff.

Q – Anything else you want to share with our readers?

A – All kinds of things. If you let me talk we will be here for hours. I suppose the more important things that I feel aren’t tied into the book directly, but into Android as a whole. I feel that somethings are made to appear or be difficult to help keep the so called “riffraff” out of realizing their potential. I think App Inventor could be considered a gateway drug. After you try it, you love it, but after a while its just not enough anymore and you move into Eclipse and the SDK and really become an addict. I also feel that the root of all evilness is based at the corporate level. All the CEO’s of the OEM’s and carriers sold their soles to the devil to increase profits and find ways to keep people emptying their pocket books.  Instead of spending time working with the community, they try and prevent it. It seems that is slowly changing with HTC now unlocking their bootloaders, but they will still find a way to convince you to drop another $500 in 3 months. They are all still evil in my mind. As far as apps and development is concerned, If we can eventually level the playing field it would bring more interesting and useful applications to us all. What I think we really need are more people asking, “how does an app work and how can I build one?” Once we get more people involved that have great ideas, the better off we will all be. App Inventor does just that, it let’s more people have access to learning the world of apps and how to create them. It is the Democratization of apps.

I can see what you mean about letting you talk. (Laughs). I am sure many others feel the same way you do, I know I do. One final question.

Q – Do you have any plans to write another book?

A – Ahh, the follow up book question. It always comes at the end. I can only limit my answer to a simple “Yes I do”. I sadly can’t share what is in the works at this time, but if you guys love Android and App Inventor, you should be lining up at the book stores when the current project is completed.

No problem Jason we completely understand. Keep us posted with updates on the next book when you are finally allowed to let the cat out of the bag.

If you happened to miss it earlier, I have posted some information about the book along with a chance to win your own copy. Check it out!

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Radio Shack’s silent EVO 3D preorders start Tuesday

Radio Shack EVO 3D preorder

Here we go again, folks. First it was Best Buy with the not-so-secret silent preorders for the upcoming Sprint HTC EVO 3D (see our hands-on at CTIA), and now Radio Shack’s getting in on the game. Just like with Best Buy, Radio Shack’s not going to be openly promoting the preorders. But if you ask, they’ll gladly give you a $50 gift card along with the promise of an EVO 3D just as soon as it’s released.

And as for when it’s going to be released, seems nobody knows just yet (or at least Sprint is keeping it really close to the chest), which is the reason for all this super secret silent preorder stuff in the first place. For more on that, check out the rest of the images after the break.

Thanks, anon!


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AT&T & T-Mobile, Want To Add Your 2 Cents Worth? FCC Says Ok.

As you’re already aware, not everyone is happy with the AT&T&T-Mobile buy-out.  It appears that the FCC wants to know what you think about the whole acquisition, which is looking to be finalized about this time next year.  Have you had an opinion or thought on the matter?  The FCC has provided a place on their electronic comment filing page for you to chime in.  Now is the time to take advantage if you’ve been looking to get something off of your chest.  Head on over to their site via the source link and look for file number 147, proceeding number 11-65 and feel free to fire away in the comment box.  While you’re at it, paste that rant or blessing in our comments section first before pasting it over at their site.  We’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter.  Dan Hesse, there’s even a spot for you too my friend!  As a T-Mobile employee myself, I have much to say on the matter, but I think I’ll save that jazz for another post.  I’ll just suffice it to say this, I shiver at the thought of Android being solely left in the hands of AT&T.

I think our friend Zak Stinson, over at Android Police sums it up well as to what we should be worried about:

  • A lack of competition resulting from fewer, larger carriers may result in less innovation and increased prices.
  • Both carriers’ 4G HSPA+ bands are incompatible, risking loss of coverage for T-Mobile handsets once AT&T LTE starts rolling out
  • Only one major carrier will be buying GSM handsets, meaning they will have the lion’s share of control over the GSM devices that make it to the U.S. market

AT&T & T-Mobile, Want To Add Your 2 Cents Worth? FCC Says Ok.


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Guinness World Record app comes to Android

I would bet that you are all familiar with the Guinness World Records book and all the strange and weird records that the book lists for people to check out. The people behind that record book have made a new app that is available on Android and iOS devices called the Gamer’s Arcade Edition.

The app has five official record challenges to see if you can set your own record for the Gamer’s Edition of the record book. The five challenges in the app include Monkey Country, Mental Gears, Chest of Destruction, Hoover’s Hot Air Escape, Rupee Roulette, and Adventure Mode.

The top scores in all of the game will have a chance to be in the record book. That is pretty darn cool if you ask me. The app is on the Android Market as of today for 59p.

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