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Apr 18, 2014 - 11:45 AM - by dgstorm
Unconfirmed reports indicated that Google may be planning to bring forth a sub-$100 Nexus smartphone sometime this year. The device will be designed for a mid-range category, yet will be extra affordable, sporting a MediaTek processor. So far, there has been no indication as to which manufacturer Google plans to have build this ultra-affordable smartphone.
The intel also doesn't specify any feature details regarding the device. It is highly likely that Google will offer a new Nexus 5 or perhaps a Nexus 6 smartphone. Which numeric moniker Google might give this rumored cheap Nexus phone remains a mystery. Perhaps we will know more at the yearly developers conference in late June, but we wouldn't bet on that.
We will keep you posted with more details if anything comes up.
Apr 18, 2014 - 11:23 AM - by dgstorm
Do you ever miss the days of classic RPGs on the PC? Do you have fond memories of the Baldur's Gate series from Black Isle Studios and wish you could relive some of that gaming magic? Even if you haven't played the Baldur's Gate D&D games on the PC, if you are a fan of that style of fantasy gaming, then you owe it to yourself to check out the newest thing to come to Android. Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition is now available for Android and can be found on the Google Play Store for $9.99. The price is a bit steep compared to the typical app/game for Android, but that price is really a bargain for the 100+ hours (including sidequests) of fun you will get from this immense and enjoyable game.
This isn't just a straight port of the game either. The "Enhanced Edition" moniker serves it well. Free-roam zooming, high-resolution fonts, and other UI tweaks breathe fresh life into the 16 year old game. On top of that, the Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition includes the two expansion packs (Tales of the Sword Coast and The Black Pits) built-in, and there is new content (some of which requires in-app purchase). Even if you never try out any of this extra paid content, you will be hard pressed to find a more enjoyable RPG experience on Android.
Here's a quote from the Google Play Store with a full game description,
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The dawn is especially cruel this morning...
For as long as you can remember, your view of the world has been limited to the heavily fortified walls of Candlekeep. Your foster father, Gorion, has done everything in his power to protect you and keep you out of harm’s way.
All of that is about to change. Forced to leave your home under mysterious circumstances, you find yourself drawn into a conflict that has the Sword Coast on the brink of war. An iron shortage of unknown origin threatens to plunge the city of Baldur’s Gate into conflict with Amn. Meanwhile, there is something else at work, far more sinister than you can even begin to fathom...
Since its release in 1998, this classic saga of mystery, intrigue, and adventure has set the standard for Dungeons & Dragons™ computer roleplaying games. Customize your hero’s traits and abilities, recruit a party of brave allies, and explore the far corners of the Sword Coast in your search for adventure, profit… and the truth.
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition contains the original 60-hour epic, as well as the following expansions:
* Tales of the Sword Coast: Explore the fabled Durlag’s Tower and more locations from the original Baldur’s Gate expansion.
* The Black Pits: You have been captured and forced to fight in Baeloth’s marvelous arena. A myriad of monsters await, as well as countless other adventurers who face the same fate. Maim, murder, and maul your way to freedom… if you can!
* Discover countless improvements we’ve made to the original game, including high-resolution fonts, an improved interface, dynamic zooming, and more!
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition also offers the following premium content available for purchase:
* Brothers Lost: Lend your aid to Rasaad yn
Apr 17, 2014 - 10:20 AM - by dgstorm
It's hard to disseminate all the info running rampant across the internet regarding the Heartbleed SSL vulnerability which has been the big media talk over the past week and a half. We mostly stayed away from the story to avoid spreading any "fear-mongering."
Still, that doesn't mean we don't want to offer some useful intel for you guys. We've been holding out so we could wait until much of the initial hype died down and something useful came along. The above infographic is precisely that. The cybersecurity experts at LWG Consulting have put together a handy infographic which gives details on which major websites/web-services we should change our passwords on ASAP. It also shows some websites that we can breathe easier about.
It's possible that this infographic isn't 100% exhaustive, but it should be a great starting reference. Many of the companies who own these websites are currently scrambling to fix the vulnerability. Some of them have already fixed the vulnerability, but the problem has been there for years, so it is best to change your password regardless.
Apr 16, 2014 - 12:21 PM - by dgstorm
Those wacky, "always outside the box" engineers at Google have just moved even closer toward cool future tech. Two Google patent applications have recently popped up which push the envelope just a tad. One is very cool in a very practical sense, while the other is cool because it's basically the manifestation of something found in a popular anime.
The first patent app of note today is a micro camera embedded in smart contact lenses. The idea of a micro-camera hidden in contact lenses can seem scary, but the point isn't to create a super-spy gadget, it's to help the visually impaired see better. Here's a quote with a brief description,
The first thing that comes to mind here is the ability to take photos using just your eyes. If the thought of people wearing Glass in large numbers freaks you out, this would be even worse, as there wouldn't be an unsightly piece of hardware attached to frames that at least provide somewhat of a heads up.
Naturally, that possibility isn't the point. This micro camera could potentially benefit people's lives. A blind person wearing these contacts could receive an alert if there are obstacles in the way. It could prompt them when it's safe to cross a street or recognize faces and inform them, through an audio cue generated by a smartphone or some other device, who's there.
This camera would apparently have the power to replace binoculars, giving people the ability to see farther by focusing in on distant objects more clearly. In this way they could theoretically improve eyesight, not unlike traditional contact lenses. ~ AndroidPolice
The other Google patent app of interest today is an compact Bluetooth headset and earphone version of Google Glass. It bears a striking resemblance to the Scouter in the anime series DragonBall Z. At first blush, we aren't sure what specific reason there would be to have a variant of the Google Glass like this, but it's intriguing in a "Sci-Fi" way regardless.
Sound off and let us know what you think of Google's potential future-tech!
Apr 16, 2014 - 10:52 AM - by dgstorm
Although static benchmarks are not a reliable source of information to truly gauge your experience with a smartphone, it can still be entertaining to see how well new devices perform in them. We found some benchmarks which supposedly confirm OnePlus' plans to build a premium and powerful device to take on the competition. Their new OnePlus One, which is set to be released very soon scored an impressive 38,179 AnTuTu benchmark.
By way of comparison...
Continue Reading @: OnePlus One Beats The Competition in AnTuTu Benchmarks; Including Galaxy S5
Apr 15, 2014 - 9:40 AM - by dgstorm
If you are one of the few out there who like the idea of the Google Glass wearable eyewear, and are looking forward to dropping $1,500 bucks to try them out, then today is your lucky day. For today only Google will be allowing anyone in the United States the opportunity to join the current Google Glass Explorer program and purchase the test product for $1,500 USD.
For your money you will receive...
Continue Reading @: For Today Only Anyone in the US Can Purchase a Google Glass
image represents the Lenovo K900
Here's a little bit of news about Lenovo and the launch of a new smartphone coming from the Chinese company. According to Android Headlines, Lenovo will announce at some point soon the Golden Warrior S8 Smartphone.
The device will reportedly come with a gold finish, 5.3-inch screen sitting at a resolution of 1,280x720 pixels, MediaTek MT6592 Octa-Core, 13-megapixel shooter, front-facing 5 megapixel camera, 16 GB on board storage with microSD support in tow. The smartphone will run on Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)--yes you read that right, no 4.4 KitKat. The handset will be pitched as a mid-tier handset and will be priced at a paltry $130.00 US Dollars or 'thereabouts'. Despite running Jellybean and the not so dazzling screen resolution, if the phone is priced sub $200.00 US it will be a steal.
It's not clear what Lenovo's launch plans might be for the Golden Warrior S8 since it hasn't yet been announced. Too see pics of the Golden Warrior S8 please visit AndroidHeadlines
Apr 10, 2014 - 2:54 PM - by dgstorm
Leave it up to the folks at Google to take Android to the next level for reliability and security. Google just announced their plans to extend their security services beyond Google Play and create a system for real-time continuous malware monitoring for Android. They will be evolving their "verify apps" service to take on the worthy task of finding and eliminating malware before you ever have to worry about it. Here's a quote from the Google blog with more of the details,
Source: Android Official Blog
Think about the ways your home is kept secure. You rely on structural security features—secure locks, a rock-hard foundation, strong windows and doors. You might also have an alarm or video camera to give you an extra layer of security, with a support team behind those tools making them more powerful, all but invisible until the moment you need them.
We have a similar approach to how we deliver security improvements in Android. As part of Android’s foundation, we built safeguards like application sandboxing, which confines apps, minimizing their ability to damage other parts of your phone. But just like your home, Google offers a built-in “service layer” (kind of like the phone equivalent of that alarm service for your home) to most every Android phone and tablet that’s constantly being strengthened, and it’s included for free. We’re adding to that service layer, further fortifying your Android phone or tablet.
Verify apps: now protecting you continually
Building on Verify apps, which already protects people when they’re installing apps outside of Google Play at the time of installation, we’re rolling out a new enhancement which will now continually check devices to make sure that all apps are behaving in a safe manner, even after installation. In the last year, the foundation of this service—Verify apps—has been used more than 4 billion times to check apps at the time of install. This enhancement will take that protection even further, using Android’s powerful app scanning system developed by the Android security and Safe Browsing teams.
Because potentially harmful applications are very rare, most people will never see a warning or any other indication that they have this additional layer of protection. But we do expect a small number of people to see warnings (which look similar to the existing Verify apps warnings) as a result of this new capability. The good news is that very few people have ever encountered this; in fact, we’ve found that fewer than 0.18% of installs in the last year occurred after someone received a warning that the app was potentially harmful.
Even though the risk is miniscule, we’re committed to making sure that the best available security protections are available to all Android users. This includes service-based protections such as Verify apps, as well as security features within the platform itself.
Apr 10, 2014 - 11:58 AM - by dgstorm
It looks like LG's take on Android for their upcoming G3 will hold some interesting surprises with a slightly revamped Optimus UI. A leaked pic surfaced and is purported to be the UI for their new flagship G3. The new look is obviously "flatter" than your typical Google OS, and suggests design tones similar to the new iOS 7.
Along with this supposedly leaked UI design, there is further intel/speculation from the source that the G3 will be very top-of-the-line, including a 2K (2560 x 1440 pixels) 5.5-inch display and Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 805 processor. This seems to go hand-in-hand with previous rumors of the device.
We will continue to look for any hints of the LG G3 and bring them to you ASAP.
Apr 10, 2014 - 11:17 AM - by dgstorm
The modular phone concept, Project Ara, has been in the media a great deal lately. Just yesterday we got word that a working prototype would be coming next month. Today's news suggests the Google project is ready to go to the next level. They just opened up Project Ara to developers and released the Module Developers Kit (MDK).
Furthermore, The Project Ara developer's conference will be...
Continue Reading @: Project Ara Now Open to Developer's and Google Releases Module Developers Kit (MDK)
Apr 08, 2014 - 9:57 AM - by dgstorm
The first unboxing video for the new OnePlus One has hit the web on YouTube. This one comes straight from the developers, and it features CyanogenMod's own Steve Kondik doing the heavy lifting in the video. Sadly, it's really more of a teaser, because it doesn't actually show the device... just the read and white packaging.
The final unveiling for the phone will happen on April 23rd. We already know the phone will cost...
Continue Reading @: OnePlus One Pseudo-Unboxing Video from CyanogenMod's Steve Kondik
Apr 07, 2014 - 4:18 PM - by dgstorm
Although it sounds like something out of Shadowrun novel, there is some new tech on the horizon which could make our worries about smart-device battery drain a thing of the past. An Israeli company named StoreDot just showed off a high-tech new prototype battery charger at Microsoft's Think Next event. This new battery charger utilizes Nanodots technology, which is essentially some of the newest nano-tech available.
Nanodots are bio-organic nanocrystals with superior energy storage capabilities, although commercial applications for them could eventually be seen in data storage, flexible displays, and imaging sensors. In this particular application...
Continue Reading @: Prototype Nano-Tech Charger Can Fully Recharge Your Cell Battery in Under a Minute
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