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Rovio Announces Transformer Version of Angry Birds with Autobirds & Deceptihogs

Jun 16, 2014 - 11:25 AM - by dgstorm

Even though Rovio recently released their new Angry Birds Epic turn-based RPG game to change things up with their beloved series, it looks like they still intend to milk the usual Angry Birds format for all it is worth. They just announced the Transformer version of Angry Birds. It comes complete with Autobirds and Deceptihogs.

Hey, they teamed up with LucasArts for the Star Wars Angry Birds... why not team up with Hasbro and to capitalize on the Transformer series too? I wonder what franchise they will team up with next... "Teenage Mutant Ninja Birds"?

Here's the full press release,

ROVIO AND HASBRO TEAM UP TO PRESENT TRANSFORMERS AND ANGRY BIRDS IN A BRAND-NEW MASH-UP! 16.06.2014

Exciting mash-up of two beloved entertainment brands will connect with fans across generations and multiple platforms.

Espoo, Finland, and Pawtucket R.I. -- June 16th 2014 -- Autobirds, assemble! Rovio Entertainment and Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) are teaming up again to bring together two of the world’s largest and most popular entertainment brands and their fans. Angry Birds Transformers will come to life in multiple forms, including a mobile game, consumer licensed goods and a product line from Hasbro.

“We’re really excited to combine the iconic Transformers universe with the quirky world of Angry Birds” said Blanca Juti, Chief Marketing Officer of Rovio. “This mash-up is going to appeal to those who grew up with the brand in the 80s, as well as fans of the brand today. People are going to love it!”
“Angry Birds Transformers provides fans worldwide with a fun, new story and characters, and innovative ways, like our TELEPODS platform, for consumers to engage with the brand” said John Frascotti, Chief Marketing Officer at Hasbro. “We collaborated with Rovio to create opportunities for kids and families to experience Autobirds and Deceptihogs across multiple formats and entertainment platforms, for a completely immersive branded experience.”

Later this year Hasbro will introduce a product line featuring TELEPODS technology which will enable fans to teleport their favorite Angry Birds Transformers characters into the game and gain unique powers. The Angry Birds Transformers franchise follows successful collaborations between Hasbro and Rovio including the Angry Birds Star Wars and Angry Birds Go! product lines, as well as the upcoming Angry Birds Stella TELEPODS line which will be available September 2014. In 2013, the companies announced an expanded licensing agreement making Hasbro its premier toy and game licensee. Hasbro and Rovio will reveal more exciting Angry Birds Transformers products and content throughout the next few weeks. Keep an eye on transformers.angrybirds.com for more info.

Rovio Entertainment and Hasbro, Inc. are participating in the 2014 Las Vegas Licensing Expo on June 17-19. Rovio proudly announces that it has been nominated in four categories in 2014 LIMA awards (Best Digital/New Media Program, Best Licensed Promotion, Best Digital/New Media Licensee and Overall Best Licensed Program) and the winners will be announced at the LIMA Opening Night Awards Ceremony on June 17th.

TELEPODS and Retoy are trademarks of Retoy, LLC, used under license.
PR and Media Contact
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Enhanced Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G3 Models with Snapdragon 805 and LTE-A Coming Soon

Jun 16, 2014 - 11:15 AM - by dgstorm

According to a new report from the Korean Times, both Samsung and LG plan to fight each other with more advanced flagship titans in their own home. The report indicates both companies are poised to launch more powerful versions of their flagship Galaxy S5 and G3 devices in South Korea. Both of these more advanced versions will include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor and Advanced-LTE modems capable of using the country's 225Mbps LTE network.

Here's a quote with a few more details...

Continue Reading @: Enhanced Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G3 Models with Snapdragon 805 and LTE-A Coming Soon
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Google Now Evolves Again; Can Now Check Your Gmail for Inferred Calendar Events

Jun 13, 2014 - 10:48 AM - by dgstorm

Google Now's relentless march toward self-awareness just took another evolutionary step recently. Those crafty Google engineers made the smartest software on the planet even smarter. A new feature has been implemented in Google Now for select testers which will allow Google Now to help remind you of calendar events you haven't even put in the calendar yet.

It does this by...

Continue Reading @: Google Now Evolves Again; Can Now Check Your Gmail for Inferred Calendar Events
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Details Supposedly Leak for One of Google I/O's Big Announcements

Jun 13, 2014 - 10:24 AM - by dgstorm

According to the latest reports, one of the big announcements from Google at their upcoming I/O conference will be related to a new health related platform. Supposedly, this new platform will be called Google Fit and will be designed to compete directly with Apple's Healthkit platforms (which was just announced for iOS 8) and Samsung's Sami Health (also recently unveiled).

Google's version will...

Continue Reading @: Details Supposedly Leak for One of Google I/O's Big Announcements
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Google Teases Android 5.0 in New Screenshots

Jun 12, 2014 - 11:02 AM - by dgstorm

This screenshot from a Google Tweet teases Android 5.0. I'll give you a few moments to look over the pic for you to figure out how this differentiates from current Android and how we know this is a tease for the next big version of Android. Go ahead... take a few minutes to ponder the larger version of the pic in the thread below.

All done? Did you guess it? While there is not a single feature or graphic that is obviously different than Android 4.4.3, there is one almost too obvious clue which gives it away. The time shows 5:00PM. In the past there have been a multitude of occasions in which Google teased a glance at the next version of Android, and without fail, each time they did, the time matched the version of Android they were teasing.

When the Nexus 4 was introduced it displayed “4:20″ as the time, and came with Android 4.2. The OG Nexus 7 displayed “4:10″ in the clock and came with Android 4.1. And, the Galaxy Nexus indicated “4:00″ which reflected Android 4.0, etc. This time, it was an innocuous WorldCup Tweet teasing the new version of Android on a Nexus 5.

Of course, this could all be a coincidence. If you believe that, I have some beach-front property in New Mexico to sell you. Alternatively, this could be Google simply trolling us with a bit of fun...

What do you think?

Source: Twitter - @Google
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[Rumor] Android May Get a Major Redesign with a Unified Interface In the Future

Jun 12, 2014 - 10:45 AM - by dgstorm

Insider sources have supposedly shared secret details about Google's future plans for Android. According to this latest intel, Android will eventually evolve into something called Quantum Paper. This concept is basically a unified interface for all of their apps and services across all computing platforms. This includes their apps and services on Android, iOS, Windows Phone and any other platform.


The primary goal will make the user experience the same across any platform. The pic above shows off what is supposedly Gmail with the Quantum Paper concept. Here's a quote with a few more details,

Quantum Paper is about more than just Google apps. The new design language will be available to developers, and Google will encourage them to integrate the new elements into their own apps. Simply put, Google is trying to unify applications across the internet. It’s a bold venture, but right up Google’s alley. Quantum Paper will start showing up in Google apps first. You can already see some elements in the most recent version of Google+ for Android.
Intriguing. What do you guys think of this very Googley idea?

Source: Phandroid
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Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini Pictured and Specs Leaked

Jun 11, 2014 - 11:54 AM - by dgstorm

Several pics are leaked of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini. It looks pretty much as you would expect it to look... it is a smaller version of the Galaxy S5 flagship. Of course, it has lower end specs. In fact, one could hardly call this an S5 Mini. The specs are a bit middling:

  • 4.5-inch 720p Super AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 1.4GHz Exynos 3 Quad processor
  • 450GHz quad-core Mali-400 MP4 GPU
  • 1.5GB of RAM
  • 16GB of storage
  • 8-megapixel camera
  • 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera
  • LTE, Wi-Fi 801.11n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, IR, NFC, GPS
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Heart rate sensor
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat with TouchWiz
  • IP67 certification

Overall, we can't say these specs are bad. In fact, if the phone comes in an affordable price, this is a fairly good bargain for some folks. We will let you know those details when we have them. In the mean-time, check out the source link below for more pics.

Source: BGR
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Angry Birds EPIC, Rovio's Turn Based RPG, is Heading to Android & iOS June 12th

Jun 10, 2014 - 11:04 AM - by dgstorm

If you are a fan of the flavor/style elements of the Angry Birds series, then you might perk up at the above teaser video and this news. Previously we shared teasers regarding Rovio's next game in the Angry Birds universe. This time around the game takes the same characters and world, but the gameplay changes completely. Instead of a physics based action-puzzler, Angry Birds EPIC is a turn based RPG.

Of course, the game still revolves around the feud between the birds and the pigs, but this time it happens in a medieval fantasy world complete with swords and sorcery. For fans of this gaming genre and the Angry Birds theme, this is a welcome and refreshing change up for the series. It looks like game will be hitting Android and iOS devices on June 12th.

Source: Angry Birds EPIC
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[Rumor] Amazon May Be Gearing Up to Take On PayPal with New Payments Strategy

Jun 10, 2014 - 10:38 AM - by dgstorm

It looks like PayPal might have some stiff competition in the electronic payment market very soon. According to the latest rumint, Amazon is developing a new payments strategy that is poised to compete directly with PayPal. According to the report, Amazon is planning to introduce a new subscription-based payment system.

Just like PayPal, Amazon will collect a small fee for each transaction, but they plan to allow users to pay bills through this subscription system using their stored credit card information on Amazon's servers. Amazon basically wants to become the middleman, by offering the ability to pay bills and process transactions for both small and large companies.

Here's a quote with a few more details,

Amazon has been testing its payment service with a few startups, including mobile phone firm Ting. The main focus for the effort is subscription-based payment systems, though it could technically be applied to anything else. Like PayPal, Amazon collects a fee for each transaction.

In order for the payment system to get up and running, Amazon needs to partner with companies that will accept such transactions. It's not clear how many firms have so far signed on to the service.

Regardless, services like PayPal and Amazon's deliver some added security in an increasingly insecure world. By providing PayPal and Amazon payment buttons, otherwise unknown merchants can provide some security to customers who wouldn't want to share their credit cards with unknown firms.
Supposedly, Amazon plans to announce this new service as soon as next Monday. We will keep an eye out for anything official.

Thanks to our tipsters who sent this one in!

Source: CNET
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[Deal Alert] SanDisk Having a Monster 24 Hour Sale on Amazon; Several 70+% Off Items

Jun 09, 2014 - 11:26 AM - by dgstorm

The above title and picture do not do this sale justice. SanDisk must be having a big inventory blowout, because their sale on Amazon is crazy. It's for today only, (ends at midnight on June 9th, 2014), and includes a huge variety of all of their devices. Discounts range from 25% off to 79% off on microSD cards, USB Flash drives, and even SSD Internal Desktop Drives.

The Amazon ad claims up to 60% off, but they are really underselling some of these deals. Be sure to hit up the source link below to check out these stellar deals.


Source: Amazon
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Gameloft Brings 'Rival Knights' Jousting Simulator Game to Android & iOS

Jun 09, 2014 - 11:02 AM - by dgstorm

If you are into medieval fantasy games, then Gameloft's latest offering my entice you. It's called Rival Knights, and it's basically a knight jousting simulator game. It just showed up for iOS and Android, and is currently free. Of course, that means it comes with the dreaded "in-app" purchases, so keep that in mind. For the most part, you can get some casual enjoyment out of the game without spending any of your hard earned cash.

On top of excellent graphics, the game also features motion-capture animations and ragdoll physics. It even includes multiplayer so you can joust with your friends. Here's a description of the game from the company,

***A TALE OF STRENGTH AND STEEL***
Live the fantasy: Be a knight & joust your way to victory! Compete with thousands of other players in games of glory & adventure! This is the most intuitive, action-packed & visually stunning knight combat game on touch screens!

JOUST LIKE A KNIGHT!
√ Experience the thrill of fast-paced & highly addictive jousting for free
√ Sharpen your war skills with precision timing & aim
√ Battle ruthless foes & rival clans across 5 leagues to seize their castles & thrones
√ Embark on an adventure across the kingdom, become a champion & etch your name into history!

BONE-BREAKING ACTION
√ Motion-capture animations for knights & horses immerse you in battle like never before in a free game
√ Enjoy stunning, lifelike 3D graphics and dynamic camera angles
√ Compete in a breathtaking environment with changing weather conditions & time of day
√ Send rivals flying with real-time ragdoll physics & slow-motion effects

ARM YOURSELF FOR VICTORY
√ Unlock over 120 mounts, lances, armors, helms & more
√ Upgrade them at the Blacksmith to gain an edge over opponents
√ Use temporary boosts wisely to triumph in your adventure
√ Customize your crest to strike fear into your rivals

THROW DOWN THE GAUNTLET!
√ Challenge other players in asynchronous multiplayer games
√ Enter weekly PvP multiplayer tournaments for glory…
√ …and win King-sized rewards!
Will you ride to victory, or fall in battle?

These are troubled times for you & your people. Your kingdom is in debt, the king slain in war, no one has claimed the Champions' Thrones, & enemy clans are massing at the kingdom's borders.
Embark on an epic quest & get ready to battle your way through intense solo and multiplayer challenges in this free new jousting game. Journey from castle to castle in search of adventure & action.
Claim the Champions' Thrones with your friends. Become a legend of jousting, grab the tournament chest & save your kingdom from the hands of the awful Lord Cunnings.

Forget about fantasy MMO games, castle games & war games. If you are looking for a true fantasy adventure, this free game is for you. It features massive multiplayer online (MMO) tournaments, clans, epic knight battles, all set in a breathtaking medieval fantasy kingdom, for free.
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LG G3 Winning the Battery Life Contest, Despite Power Hungry Specs

Jun 09, 2014 - 10:48 AM - by dgstorm

The picture we have chosen above is rather appropriate. While the LG G3 is definitely not lying down when it comes to the features and specifications race, there is one way in which the phone is taking a nap, but that actually helps it beat its competitors. Apparently, the phone uses its energy so efficiently it is actually beating all of the big competitors at the moment in battery life tests, and this is despite the monster specs, like the 2K QHD display.


In fact, it beat the next closest competitor, the Samsung Galaxy S5, by 30 mins in PhoneArena's "real world-like" battery usage tests. Here's a quote from PhoneArena describing these results further,

You read that right -- despite the numerous arguments (and concerns) that the G3's super pixel-dense, 1440 x 2560 (QHD) resolution display caused, it would seem that LG was quite serious when it said that the optimizations it has implemented in both the screen and battery would ensure an industry-leading endurance.

For example, the LTPS panel dynamically tweaks variables such as frame rate when viewing static images, in order to arrive at a lower power draw in the longer term. As far as the user-replaceable, 3000 mAh juicer is concerned, LG claims to have replaced a lot of metal on the inside with graphite, and to have also implemented further, unspecified battery optimizations.
On top of the long lasting battery, there is another optimization that LG has made to the G3. According to their testing, it also charges faster than many of its competitors. It's amazing to see just how far LG has been pushing their technological evolution in recent months/years. They are obviously very serious about gaining ground against Samsung and Apple.
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