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Create Your Own Disease In Plague Inc (Review)

Plague Inc

Available On: Android, iOS

Price: Free, full game via micro transactions, $0.99 on iOS

Download: Google Play Store | iOS App Store

Plague Inc was created by developer Miniclip and is available on both Android and iOS through the Google Play Store and App Store, respectively. The bare bones gameplay is free, but if you want to take advantage of any of the larger features players will be directed to the Google Play Store or App Store where you will have to shell out $9.99 (albeit you can find other micro-transactions that will unlock the game for cheaper. The prices ultimately depend on what micro transaction you are looking at) to unlock those larger features. To my knowledge, Plague can be played on any iOS device along with any device running Android 2.1 or higher.

Plague Inc is interesting. You start the game by selecting the type of plague you are going to use (e.g. bacteria, disease, virus, nano-virus and etc). You then are able to choose your difficulty and give your disease a name. After that you are able to modify the genetic code, which essentially gives you a boost at the beginning of the game while some modifications of genetic code is fairly long-term. After you’ve done all of that, you start the game by selecting which country you want your disease to start out in. After that, you earn DNA points to help evolve your disease. You have the option to make it more deadly, more widespread, harder to cure and etc.

As for issues and bugs with the game, I was personally surprised to not run into any sort of bugs that stopped progression or erased your saved game file. From what I have found, progression halting bugs, game crashing bugs and saved game file bugs are all fairly common in mobile games. Plague Inc — it runs smooth, it plays smooth, the frame rate barely ever drops. Albeit that may have  a lot to deal with the extremely simple animations and graphics. Regardless, you are in for a smooth and clean experience after downloading Plague.

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In Plague, you look at the world map from a topdown perspective. I really liked the topdown camera view because I felt it was awesome to watch the disease I created swarm over the entire world map. There is almost a sense of excitement after the entirety of the United States, South America or Russia covered in your disease and only minutes later a notification pops up telling you that the countries that are covered in your disease are in anarchy and have stopped working on a cure. While developing a disease and spreading it across nations killing billions of people sound fairly twisted, dare I say that it is a lot of fun?

Another fun part about spreading your disease is that when it gets bad enough, doctors across the world are going to try and cure the disease. At that point, the game feels like a race against the clock, which makes it a huge challenge. As the cure progression meter reaches 70% and is getting closer to 100% you’re rushing to find what else you can do to deter it or kill off the doctors and scientists. That’s the point where you start to mess up though. The minute you stop thinking about strategy is the minute you start losing, which is a great aspect of the game, in my honest opinion.

The game’s controls are very easy and the UI is extremely clean. When purchasing abilities, transmissions and different symptoms things tend to feel a little cluttered at first, but as you play the game more its fairly easy to get used too.plague2

As for the games’ appeal, I don’t think everyone will like it, especially those who are all up in arms about violent video games at the moment. While the game isn’t visually violent, I’m sure most can catch the idea of what is going on after a pop up announces that the death toll is reaching 2 billion people.

Overall Plague is a great game, and it’s well worth the money. In terms of quality, it’s much better than most Android games you would find. You can definitely tell a lot of work went into this. My only complaint is that it needs better music, albeit a minor complaint.

If you’ve got the time to give Plague Inc a go, I highly suggest it. I’m sincerely impressed with Miniclip’s great job with Plague Inc. I’m excited to see what they’ll be developing next now.

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The Instagram – Twitter love affair looks like it’s on the rocks

Android Central

You may have noticed that Instagram pictures in your Twitter stream look worse than usual lately, with portions of the images cropped out or improperly scaled. This isn't a new hipster filter — it seems that Instagram has decided not to follow the rules and they have stopped using the "Twitter cards" integration. Twitter cards is the name for the fancy way Twitter has been rendering multimedia since their visual refresh, and when services (like Instagram) don't use it, things get a little ugly. Or uglier in this case.

Officially a part of Facebook, a few weeks back Instagram updated their web presence with a clear eye on keeping people engaged on their own site. Millions and millions use Instagram to share pictures, so it's a natural progression. Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom stated at the LeWeb conference in Paris, 

We want to direct users to where the content lives originally. Where do you go to interact with [an Instagram] image? We want that to be instagram.com because that’s a better user experience.

The timing isn't all bad for Twitter either, who has been rumored to be building their own set of photo enhancements and filters. This would negate the need for any third party program to make pictures look horrible, as all the tools would be a part of Twitter. I can see this being a feature that only the "official" Twitter app can use, further locking folks into the official offering.

I've no idea how this will play out, but it's interesting to sit back and watch the drama unfold from an outsider position. I'll keep sharing my pictures on Google+ and watch these two slug it out.

Via: All Things D

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Arcane Legends Android MMO now available globally

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After a soft launch in Canada and Australia, Spacetime Studios' free Arcane Legends online game is now available to download in the U.S. I played around with it a fair bit, and it's got some great real-time hack-and-slash action, classic RPG progression, and all of the online multiplayer stuff you'd expect, like cooperating on quests, building guilds, and so on. 

If you do end up giving it a shot, we've got a little present for the warriors in the house: Lloyd's Might Arm of Will. It's got a frost particle effect, because we're super-cool. Or something. Look, just go to the STS Nexus button at the top menu bar of the starting home screen after you've made your character and gone through the tutorial, hit the Enter Promo Code button under the Offers tab, and punch in androidcentral111312. Blammo, instead swordage. 

Just be warned that the servers are getting hammered pretty hard, since it's launch day for these guys. Any fantasy MMO fans out there? Anyone put time into Gameloft's Order & Chaos? How does it compare? 

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Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II hitting Verizon for $129.99

Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere IIWe saw a couple months ago in a leaked Verizon roadmap that a successor to the original Samsung Stratosphere would be hitting Verizon. Its finally been officially announced, a little later than expected, as a logical progression from its predecessor. The Galaxy Stratosphere II is again decidedly mid-range, with a 1.2Ghz dual-core processor, 4-inch Super AMOLED screen, NFC, QWERTY keyboard and of course 4G LTE, all running on Android 4.0 with TouchWiz.

There's no specific availability just yet but we do know it'll be hitting for $129.99 (after $50 mail-in rebate) — which is an odd pricing scheme for Verizon — in "the coming weeks".

Source: Verizon Newsroom

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Apple features Montessori Letter Sounds now on available on iPhone

Montessori Letter Sounds HD  
Developer: Les Trois Elles  
Price: $2.99   Download

The Award Winning App Montessori Letter Sounds is currently featured in Apple’s New & Noteworthy. The app that used to be “iPad only” was updated last Thursday and is now compatible. Its beautiful graphics were enhanced for 5.

Montessori Letter Sounds is divided in 4 games: I spy, Letter Sounds, Mix & Match and Sound it out. When children first login, only two of the games are unlocked. To ensure a good learning progression, children have to earn by playing the sound games before they can move on to harder games.

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Writing Taught As A Progressive Critical Thinking Process

Essay Writing Workstation  
Developer: Niles Technology Group, Inc.  
Price: $24.99   Download

Niles Technology essay apps are the first apps to teach students the concept of Think First, Write Second where they approach writing as a critical thinking process. For the iPad and , Niles Apps methodically students step-by-step thru the development of their ideas, and students learn that a well-written essay is really the logical progression of tightly-woven ideas. Buy Niles Technology apps and get your students and children thinking and writing extra sharp.

“Students struggle with words and sentences when they write essays. However, in reality, they should be struggling with ideas,” says Michael A. Niles, president of Niles Technology Group. “It is disconcerting that so much emphasis is initially placed on formatting and the number of paragraphs and way too little on the actual thought process of writing. That is why our motto of ‘Think First, Write Second’ is the first thing we tell students, and the puzzled look on many faces tells us this is the first time they heard it put so bluntly. Students are equally surprised to learn that sentences come near the end of the writing process, not in the beginning or even the middle.”

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Sony tears apart Xperia Tablet S so we may feast on the tablet parts within

Android Central

Conducting teardowns on new devices is nothing new, we usually have the guys over at iFixit to thank for keeping our circuitry viewing habits fulfilled. However, in a slight break from the norm, Sony's engineers themselves have taken apart their latest Android tablet, the Xperia Tablet S, and consequently put it back together again. 

On the one hand, it's a piece of shameless self promotion for Sony. But, on the other hand, there's something strangely compelling about viewing the components that make up some of our favorite gadgets and gizmos. Having gone hands on with the Xperia Tablet S in Berlin at IFA, the thinness of the device is noticeably impressive. Just as impressive is the technology that has been squeezed inside, such as a different battery to the previous Tablet S, that covers more surface area but is vastly thinner. 

There are a few comparisons drawn with the Tablet S, the predecessor to this device, and the differences are noticeable, especially given that the Tablet S was released only last year. The Tegra 3 powered Xperia Tablet S is a natural progression on the Tablet S, that maintains the same folded magazine style form factor of its predecessor. The design has been updated though and progressed with the use of metal on the exterior, and improved internals within. 

Given the splash proof nature of the Xperia Tablet S too, there seems to be a healthy amount of adhesive sealant. Getting in, the engineer said, took about 20 minutes. But, putting it all back together again one wonders whether some of that water resistance may have been lost. 

For the full run down, head on over to the source link below where you'll find a step-by-step run down of each and every component within the tablet. If you're in a little more of a hurry, check out the minute long version after the break. 

Source: Sony Blog

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Carphone Warehouse confirm release dates for the new Sony Xperia T & Xperia J

Android Central

We told you yesterday that Carphone Warehouse had opened up a pre-registration page on its website for the new Sony Xperia T which was announced at IFA this week. Some progression has now been made and release dates have now been sent out by the retailer for the Xperia T and Xperia J. If you are looking to pick up either of the new swanky Xperia smartphones you can do so on September 5th. Unfortunately, prices are not yet confirmed but I would imagine that we will be updated very soon. In addition, Sony's new Xperia tablet S has been priced and will set you back £329 for the WiFi version and £429 for the 3G variant. No date has been confirmed for its release.

Nice to see a short turnaround between announcement and availability. This we like.

Source: Carphone Warehouse

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Juggernaut: Revenge of Sovering Melds Traditional Turn-Based RPG’s With Modern Touch Screen Gaming

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Since the G1 days (that is a completely accurate description of an era), I’ve been expecting a surge of turn-based RPG titles to hit the Play Store running. But despite having touch-based controls on our smartphones that would perfectly compliment RPG gaming, titles have been few and far between. And that makes me a sad panda.

Maybe that’s why I was so hyped to see the fresh-off-the-Play-Store “Juggernaut: Revenge of Sovering” — a new to Android title from developer Mail.ru Games. The game blends traditional RPG exploration and leveling up, with 1-on-1 turn-based combat. Players will choose between 6 different character classes, 12 classes of armor, 4 schools of magic along with 12 fighting spells, and 30 levels of progression.

 

Instead of choosing a command and sitting back as your avatar executes it, combat is a lot more involved. Players are forced to tap, swipe and use combos to obliterate their opponents and combat stays fresh thanks to 3 in-fight minigames. If you really want to finish off your enemy, each character has their own “execution” moves that can be performed similar to fatalities ala Mortal Kombat. Don’t even get me started on the trailer which looks even better than the game sounds. Check it out below.

Promising over 30 hours of gameplay and gorgeous 3D artwork, Juggernaut: Revenge of Sovering is an instant download for Android gamers looking for their RPG fix. To get started on the 440MB download, head on over to the Play Store where the game can be downloaded free of charge.

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RAZR M 4G LTE leaks out full details, has 4.3-inch qHD display

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What we're seeing above are leaked images of the latest offering from Motorola and Verizon, the RAZR M 4G LTE. Coming out just ahead of Motorola's Sept. 5 event, the device seems like a logical progression from the original RAZR on Verizon, with a less distinguished camera hump and some familiar design features — like on-screen buttons — of recent Motorola devices. Other specs are as follows:

  • 4.3-inch 540×960 (qHD) Super AMOLED display
  • dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8MP rear camera, 3MP front camera
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

We'll be following the story and let you know when we get more information, such as pricing and release dates, as soon as they become available. 

Source: Engadget

 

 

 

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Juggernaut: Revenge of the Sovering crosses over to Android, brings more wonderful RPG style gaming to Us

Formerly only available for iOS, the popular MMORPG Juggernaut: Revenge of Sovering, has made its way to Android. This is the first Android title that Mail.ru Games has released for us, and boy does it look like a doozy.

Offer players 6 characters to choose from, all of which have unique skills, back stories and weapons. 12 Classes of armor, 4 schools of magic and 12 fighting spells to cast along with 30 levels of progression for each hero. Using various gesture controls like swiping an element design, tapping or combo-hit, you will battle your way through over 100 terrifying monsters. The graphics look stellar and the battles look intense. Offering up a little timing, and strategic game play style that is sure to keep a lover of turn based RPGs playing for hours.

Checkout a few screenshots and trailer below.

  Looks pretty slick right? We think so. If you want to give the game a whirl and see how you like it, then head on down to the handy little QR code below. As always, just click or scan it to head to the Play Store and pick it up. Be sure you have plenty of space and a good Wi-Fi connection a head of time though. The game will eat up a good 440mbs of space.

Application: Juggernaut: Revenge of the Sovering 
Developer: Mail.ru Games
Cost: FREE

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Samsung Galaxy S, II and III pitted against one another in DisplayMate shootout

Samsung Galaxy S, II and III pitted against one another in Display Mate shootout

Feeling nerdy? Good, because the folks at DisplayMate have put together quite the comparison of the three different AMOLED displays featured in the Samsung Galaxy S, II and III smartphones. While the study places an emphasis on quantitative measures — and thus leaves more subjective qualities out of the discussion — the comparison is nonetheless an insightful look into the progression of Samsung’s AMOLED display technology. Curiously, some elements remain unchanged, such as color gamut, which is 138 percent of the sRGB standard across all displays and is to blame for images that appear over-saturated. In terms of color temperature, DisplayMate reveals that while Samsung is trending closer to a white of natural daylight, even the Galaxy S III — which measures 7,900 K — is still far too bluish in comparison to an ideal 6,500 K.

Believe it or not, but there’s one area that DisplayMate suggests is subtly worsening over time, and that’s light reflection. The issue is nearly moot, however, as the 5 percent reflectance of the Galaxy S III is but a small shift from the previous iterations, and what’s more, this remains among the lowest reflectance in the industry. We’d be fools to try and summarize all of DisplayMate’s findings, but if you’re curious to learn more — and we hope you are — be sure to hit up the source link below.

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Samsung Galaxy S, II and III pitted against one another in DisplayMate shootout originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 12 Jul 2012 01:08:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Android Developers Soured by Multiple Flavors of Android

Ice Cream Sandwich, Ginger Bread and Jellybeans do taste sweet, don’t they? Well, it seems Android flavors are loved by the masses but soured by the developers.

According to a report, the multiple flavors of Android operating system and the incessant progression has created hindrances for developers. Most apps do not execute perfectly when the version of Android changes. With every new version, new class and system files would need to be created. There would be changes on how the data flows, how the events are triggered, how the data binds and how the data would be encapsulated.

There have always been issues with Android fragmentation. Instead of scooping ice-creams, Google serves them in a completely new dish. That’s where Apple’s iOS fares better. For example, if you develop an iOS application for iOS-3, the new iOS 5 is designed in such a way that it would work flawlessly even in iOS 5.

That is not the case with Android. Currently, the larger group of Android developers is working on Ginger Bread. An app developed for Ginger Bread won’t work particularly well in Ice Cream Sandwich or higher layer of Android OS. Developers do not expect upward compatibility, but Google should at least provide downward compatibility. In other words, an application developed for a lower version of Android should work glibly with higher version of Android OS.

Also many developers are finding it extremely time-consuming and difficult to update their app, every time Google releases a newer version of Android OS.

If this continues, Google would soon lose some of the elite App developers who would shift their focus to a more stable iOS model to render their services.

It’s naïve to say that Google’s Jellybean was not worth a release. However, Google needs to come up with a robust Android OS model which runs apps aimed at previous version of Android on the latest version of Android OS. There has to be compatibility and integrity, if it wants to survive against Apple in the app market.

What do you think should Google do? Stop making OS or start making stable OS?

Sink your thoughts in. We would love to hear.

 

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UK Samsung Galaxy S3 gets its first update

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is still relatively new and Samsung have issued its first upgrade for the device. Aside from stability improvements and updated radios, this update is a bit dry. We are never mad at progression, though, so we’re grateful nonetheless. Firmware LF2 seems to be available through Kies for the UK unlocked version only, but carriers should roll these out in a gingerly fashion on their own schedule. Give it a go if you meet the criteria. [via Android Central]


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Nook Simple Touch with front-lit eInk display launching soon?

Barnes & Noble looks to be bringing yet another progression in eInk technology to their Nook series of e-readers. An advertisement has surfaced that touts a Nook Simple Touch model with something called GlowLight, a cutesy name for describing a front-lit eInk display. Unlike traditional back-lit displays, GlowLight uses a lighting apparatus positioned above the main display to distribute light across its surface.

The image originates with The Digital Reader along with claims that the new Nook will launch very soon, quite possibly as early as today. We’d be surprised to see the new model launch with such short notice, but given that it looks only to be a modification of the existing Simple Touch coupled with the fact that B&N is already putting together an ad campaign a launch in the near future is conceivable.

[via BGR]


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Sega’s Phantasy Star Online 2 coming to Android later this year

Sega just announced that Phantasy Star Online 2 will be coming to the PC and PS Vita, but it will also be hitting Android and iOS. It will be a little different though as in it won’t have the same online cross-platform gameplay, but focus instead on social game elements, simpler controls, and character creation. Basically, the Android version can transfer data to either the PC or Vita version. The understanding is that you will be able to play the game on your Android device, but it will be solo gameplay, and the progression will transfer to the PC or Vita, which are the actual online games.

Phantasy Star Online 2 will be free to play and transaction based (freemium). The PC version will be out this summer and the Vita version will be out in early 2013. We are hearing that the Android version will release some time in between, which has a Winter release written all over it.

source: droidgamers

 


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Google patent indicates Kinect-style camera gesture control

Patents have become the bane of the mobile industry as of late, but they’re also one of the best ways to gauge where a company’s going, or at least what they’re investigating. The latest patent application to come out of Google centers on a series of finger motions above a smartphone, using the front-facing camera to interpret the user’s intent. So, yeah, it’s basically just like Microsoft’s Kinect technology on a tiny scale. The patent is oh-so-creatively titled “Use camera to augment input for portable electronic device”.

What could you use this for? Well, Google’s outlined a series of gestures that could advance photos in a gallery, which is a pretty short leap to any app that requires linear progression through a list. Again, if you think of the gesture itself (which isn’t actually defined in the patent application) as a swiping motion, it’s almost identical to going through menu items on the Xbox 360 Kinect. Other functions include double and single taps, hovering and holding patterns.

Google isn’t the first to try and use physical gestures with a phone, but it hasn’t really caught on. There’s no guarantee that the patents applied for here will be granted (though it’s pretty like) and there’s also no real indication that they’ll be used – large corporations have gotten in the habit of patenting every possible process available to them as a matter of course. obviously some one at Google is working with them, probably with Android in mind. Who knows when or if we’ll see this spring up… though I can’t help but think of the applications for a possible desktop mode or Google Glasses.

[via SlashGear]


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Montessori Letter Sounds HD for iPad is out

download app Montessori Letter Sounds HD
Developer: Les Trois Elles
Price: $4.99
Download from the App Store
User Ratings:
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Based on sound games, Montessori Letter Sounds HD uses the iPad to teach letter sounds to children using the Montessori Method. It offers children four steps, ensuring a real progression and getting them ready to read. Children from the age of 3 can start playing “I spy”. These games are fun to play and at the same time they develop children’s awareness of sounds in words. The “I spy” games included in this app can also be played at home, in the car…children love them and don’t realize how good they are for them!

Letters are presented as sounds, they can be traced on a card, in a notebook or in the sand. The apps show children how to write a letter. Children can practice as much as they want, deleting the ones they don’t like and keeping a screenshot of the ones they are proud of.  (more…)

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Gameloft LIVE! Now available in the Market for all to get Involved

Last week we brought you a look at Gameloft LIVE! It is their newest iteration into the social gaming world of our lives. Filling the need for us to make our own avatars, track our gaming progression and see how we stack up against other players. In typical Gameloft fashion, after you download the 1.1 MB file you will be prompted to download another package totaling 230.99 MB. WiFi will be a good idea. After you get yourself all signed up and signed in, you will be ready to set up your avatar and all the other goodies available. Not to mention additional discounts on Gameloft games only available through your Gameloft LIVE! app. Looks like it should be a pretty good experience. You can bet Gameloft will be making enhancements and implementing new features and services to the app over time, so if you hate it now, just wait. It will get better.

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Feel free to snag the app below by clicking or scanning the QR code below.

Application: Gameloft LIVE!
Developer: Gameloft
Cost: FREE

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It’s okay to peek: phone size comparison tool reveals how your equipment stacks up

It's okay to peek: size comparison tool reveals how your phone stacks up

See any trend emerging here? Yes, we agree that Google’s phones are getting hotter with each generation, but that’s not the answer we’re looking for. Here’s a hint: if you examine the above image really closely, you might also discover a progression toward larger handsets. In all seriousness, the above comparison was generated by phone-size.com, a website that’s quite useful to study the relative proportions of different smartphones. But wait, it gets even better. At the top of the webpage, you’ll also find a toolbar to plug in the size and aspect ratio of your display. Once you jump through this minor hoop, the utility produces accurate, life-size depictions of the smartphones — go ahead and hold your slab up to the screen, it really works. Before you dive in, however, be sure to hop the break: we’ve put together an entertaining look at the Xperia Mini, Titan and Streak 5 that you won’t want to miss.

Continue reading It’s okay to peek: phone size comparison tool reveals how your equipment stacks up

It’s okay to peek: phone size comparison tool reveals how your equipment stacks up originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 26 Jan 2012 14:06:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Brother in Arms 2 Fights its Way into the Android Market

The hugely successful Game maker, Gameloft, has finally brought one of their more well-know hits to the Android Market. Brothers in Arms 2 just landed in the market and is available as a fermium game – free to download, but includes in-app purchases.

BIA2 is a first person shooter and is a WWII based game offering both single player story mode and online multiplayer for going to battle with friends. Throughout the game you build up and customize your weapons as well as unlock new era-similar ones, all the while gaining experience as you play. Speaking of gaining experience, you can use the in-app purchases to aid your progression, giving you the upper hand in battle.

Unfortunately BIA2 is not compatible with the DROID RAZR so I was unable to give it a test run. To check it out for yourself, hit up one of the links below and be sure to let us know what you think!

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Jump past the cut for some sweet looking screenshots!

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Donna and Carla plan to kick Belle out of the Nokia ball, promise not to be Symbian’s last dance

Nokia may have signed a pledge of mobile allegiance to Windows Phone, but that doesn’t mean its Symbian faithful have to play the part of the spurned lover. Espoo still sees a future for users of its other OS and plans to dish out the upgrades in two future steps, bearing such ’70s disco queen-from-BK names like Carla and Donna. Details of these purported updates leaked out at the company’s Developer’s Day in Mexico where a blurrycam slide outed the planned progression for Belle-operating handsets. So, what’s on deck? Well, Carla’ll be the first to hit, bringing an updated Browser (8.0 here), Dolby Surround Sound, NFC functionality and improved widgets, while Donna’s party plans were less than forthcoming, indicating that it’d be an exclusively dual-core phone affair. So, clear out some space on that Symbian dance card, these solid gold gals are looking for one last spin on the mobile dance floor.

Donna and Carla plan to kick Belle out of the Nokia ball, promise not to be Symbian’s last dance originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 16 Nov 2011 18:06:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Is this the Samsung Galaxy S III? Further Details Leak on Samsung’s Next Flagship

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Today we were greeted with a rather surprising tip in our inbox. An anonymous source forwarded a snapshot of a slide supposedly shown as part of an internal presentation on smartphone evolution to carrier and retail representatives. The slide in particular detailed the progression of Samsung’s Galaxy S line, culminating in an image  of and some initial specs for the manufacturer’s next flagship device.

According to the image, the Galaxy S III will feature a dual-core 1.8GHz Exynos 4212 processor (no quad-core just yet), 2GB of RAM, a 12MP camera, and a 4.6-inch Super AMOLED Plus HD display. That screen technology would provide HD resolution without falling back on the PenTile technology found in Samsung’s current generation of HD displays. Our source noted that these particular displays are not fully baked at this point in time. The camera would deploy the W750 BSI CMOS sensor and the phone will feature LTE and NFC support. Unlike the upcoming Nexus Prime the Galaxy S III will not use a curved display and the design language of the phone will apparently differ from the current Galaxy S lineup to avoid future legal issues. The GS3 is said to be even thinner than the GS2. While the handset will run on the upcoming Android Ice Cream Sandwich build, it will reportedly retain four physical buttons.

It should be noted that this information is unconfirmed at this time, and we would be remiss to not point out a few obvious flaws in the actual image. The original Galaxy S is listed as shipping with an Exynos CPU and other typos can be found. Could this be a clever fake? It’s definitely possible. Take it with a grain of salt but the details seem pretty spot on in most respects.

[Thanks to our anonymous friend!]


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Motorola Droid Bionic Already Rooted, A Week Before Release

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Last week, a new vulnerability was discovered in the Droid 3 that finally allowed developers to achieve root access. Upon further investigation, it was concluded that this specific problem wasn’t exclusive to the D3, but could most likely be exploited on all Moto phones running Gingerbread. Once this was verified, the next progression in thought that came to mind was ‘what about the Droid Bionic?’ As found out by MyDroidWorld, the Bionic is indeed susceptible to this particular exploit, so early adopters concerned with gaining root can stand in line on September 8th with confidence. …

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Sony Rumored to be Working on a 4.7” “Superphone”

Sony has provided us with many new and exciting devices to drool over, but perhaps none are more exciting than the latest rumored “superphone”.

Rumor has it that Sony intends to a release a 3D-enabled device to compete with the likes of the HTC Evo 3D and LG Optimus 3D. Rumor also has it that this phone will sport a huge 4.7 inch, 1280×720 resolution screen! Now, we’re all for the rapid progression of technology, but is this supposed to be a phone or a tablet? Will they be one-in-the-same, some day?

It seems that the lines may be blurred, and what used to be the standard size is slowly growing. I don’t feel that I could use anything larger than 4.3” – I mean, how would it fit in your pocket? – but it’s nice to see manufacturers putting out new and innovative smartphones. Certainly the hardware on this device would have to be impressive. The display blows Apple’s “Retina” display out of the water, and the increased size likely leaves room for bigger, better components. I’m anxious to see where this goes, and how successful it will be.

Sony Rumored to be Working on a 4.7” “Superphone”


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Sensation and EVO 3D Plus Others Get S-Off Thanks to “Revolutionary”

We’ve mentioned before that, despite having a locked bootloader, development for the HTC Sensation and EVO 3D has progressed at a surprisingly rapid pace. That progression has reached a breakthrough. Through the culmination of efforts by developer groups unrEVOked and AlphaRev, S-OFF has been achieved for several newer HTC devices through a tool called Revolutionary. For those unfamiliar with S-OFF, it represents unlocking a device to enable modifications to elements in its system. In other words, for those looking to truly make your new HTC device your own, the moment is nigh. I say “nigh” simply because the Revolutionary tool is currently directed towards developers and Android users familiar with higher system functions. There’s still enough bugs and unknowns in the process to not release it to the general public. Still, the tool itself represents an impressive achievement and a big step in the development of some of our favorite phones. Click in after the break to see the group’s message, a full list of devices supported, and a link to the tool’s webpage. Here’s to the future! Read More…

Sensation and EVO 3D Plus Others Get S-Off Thanks to “Revolutionary”


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NFC Transfers Coming to PayPal for Android [Video]

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PayPal has unveiled a new feature for their Android application which would allow one users to transfer money to another simply by bumping their phones up against one another. It’s natural progression for the service who’s been putting more and more focus on mobile than ever before. For now, the only Android phone with NFC capabilities – the Nexus S – is supported, but more will ber automatically supported as new devices with NFC chips come out. It’ll get a summer release but that’s the only window of time we were afforded. In the meantime, check out a demo video of it above. [PayPalMobileBeat]


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[APP] Video Tonez – Bring Some Music Video Love to Your Calls

There is no shortage of ring tones available for us to use. There is also no limit to what you can create on your own using apps like Ringdroid and others. Before music was a critical part of making our devices unique there was the addition adding photos, then came Facebook syncing to keep profile pictures changing. When will the customization ever stop? Never I hope. This application was the next logical step in progression.

Video Tonez by MUZ takes the custom ring tones to the next level. With this application you can set individual or default calls to play a clip from a music video when a call comes in. Talk about ridiculous.

Features:

* Over 1000 Music Video Music Ringtones
* Multiple search engines
* Create your own Videotone (Video Ringtone) and assign to specific contacts.
* Shuffle feature (long press allows you to setup playlist)
* Share your selections easily with friends via Twitter & Facebook
* Artist Video featured
* My Files (delete your videotonez)

To make life even cooler, you can take a video using your device and set it as the video tone too. I can only imagine how great that feature would be while a group of friends are out for the night. You can create a constant reminder of why you don’t go out with Tom anymore ever time he calls.

  It is a pretty cool app that is definitely worth your time to check out. After you install the app you will want to find some video tonez to use. Vringo is one of the largest market publishers offering video tones forFREEthat you can easily download and install. Below is a YouTube video of the app in action to help you get a better idea of how it works.

Click or Scan the QRCode below to find out more information about the VideoTonez by muz. You can also find out info and share the application with your friends on the AndroidSPIN App Site.

Summary and Downloads:

Application: VideoTonez by muz
Developer: MUZ
Cost: FREE

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New Game: Ball-Hop Bowling Replicates Skee-Ball To a T, Wasted Money Included

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Everyone who’s been to a midway knows the format of skee-ball; for a couple bucks you ramp some wooden balls into scoring targets in order to get tickets to exchange for prizes. A new game for Android, Ball-Hop Bowling, recreates the whole experience, rip-off and all.

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Maybe "rip-off" is a bit unfair: Ball-Hop Bowling is free, and gives you the "true" skee-ball experience without having to pay. However, if you’re looking for any type of progression in this game beyond the default table/ball, be prepared to shell out some cash, or at least hours of your time….

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T-Mobile Doubles HSPA+ Speeds in 47 Markets

Continuing with their HSPA+ progression T-Mobile has extended their 42Mbps download speeds to 47 markets, which more than doubles the current available. If you happen to own one of T-Mobile’s 4G devices, and live around these area, you may notice a slight speed increase due to this. The new service has been enabled in the following cities:

  • Akron, Ohio
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Allentown-Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Brownsville, Texas
  • Cape Coral, Florida
  • Canton, Ohio
  • Charleston-North Charleston, South Carolina
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Columbia, South Carolina
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • Florence, South Carolina
  • Fresno, California
  • Harrisburg-Carlisle, Pennsylvania
  • Hickory-Lenoir-Morgantown, North Carolina
  • Killeen, Texas
  • Lakeland, Florida
  • Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Las Cruces, New Mexico
  • Madera, California
  • McAllen, Texas
  • Merced, California
  • Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  • Napa, California
  • Palm Bay, Florida
  • Palm Coast, Florida
  • Panama City, Florida
  • Pueblo, Colorado
  • Reading, Pennsylvania
  • Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California
  • Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, California
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, California
  • Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, California
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Sarasota, Florida
  • Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
  • Sebastian, Florida
  • State College, Pennsylvania
  • Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia
  • Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Visalia-Porterville, California
  • Waco, Texas
  • York-Hanover, Pennsylvania

Source: Android Central via T-Mobile

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