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Dec 06, 2013 - 11:20 AM - by dgstorm
A new QWERTY slider Android smartphone has been tipped for T-Mobile. The ever-amazing @evleaks shared the above pic but few details regarding the new device. We do know it is called the LG Optimus F3Q. We suspect it will be a mid-range or budget device with middling specs. The current speculation suggests a WVGA display, 1GB of RAM, a dual-core processor and Android Jelly Bean. If we had to guess, the device will likely retail for $180-250 off contract, but nothing official has been confirmed yet.
What do you guys think? Even though this isn't a very appealing device, does it have you pining for the days of the OG Droid?
Dec 05, 2013 - 2:25 PM - by dgstorm
It's obvious this game is more like the old school PC game Pirates, than it is the current Assassin's Creed series. Regardless of this, if you are looking for an action game that will let you engage in 16th century naval warfare with some serious fun and action, then you should check this game out. Assassin's Creed: Pirates is now available for both iOS and Android. As you can see in the video above, as you progress in wealth by stealing booty from the wrecked hulls of your conquests, you can upgrade your ship and your crew to become an even more efficient Pirate. You can even learn new combat techniques, effectively leveling up your very own personal "Dread Pirate Roberts" as you play. Here's a quick description taken from the Google Play Store:
We aren't too sure how or why they are using the Assassin's Creed name for this game, other than it coincides with the flavor/story of the most current game in that series. We won't fault them for cashing in on the name a bit though because this game has some great visuals and packs in quite a bit of fun. The game... [Read More]
Become one of the most feared pirates of the Caribbean in this exclusive Assassin's Creed adventure on smartphones and tablets!
Play as Alonzo Batilla, a young and ambitious captain, a pirate eager to take on the fiercest of enemies...
Break all the rules, challenge empires and make your own fortune!
ENGAGE IN BRUTAL NAVAL COMBATS
Fight in real-time naval battles all over the Caribbean Sea.
Choose from a wide range of weapons to destroy your enemies and become a true pirate legend!
BUILD UP YOUR CREW AND YOUR SHIP
Acquire the most iconic boats of the Golden Age of Piracy; ranging from the smallest gunboat to the Man O’War floating fortress
Upgrade your vessel using the massive bounty plundered from your encounters
Recruit the finest crew members and learn more than 50 new pirating techniques to become a better captain and the true master of naval combat.
DISCOVER GROUNDBREAKING 3D VISUALS ON MOBILE AND TABLETS
Changing weather conditions directly impact the gameplay and redefine every landscape.
Beware of storms and of the treacherous fog that will conceal your enemies until the last moment!
Bask in the West-Indies sunshine, admire beautiful sunsets and sail through the night along breathtaking coastlines.
EXPLORE THE IMMENSITY OF THE CARRIBEAN
Sail throughout a vast array of islands as you explore a Caribbean huge map
Enjoy more than 50 story and side missions, search for nearly one hundred treasures and lost parchments and compete with your friends for the highest bounty.
EMBARK ON AN EPIC QUEST FOR A LEGENDARY TREASURE
Live an adventure that will reveal the truth about La Buse’s mysterious lost treasure.
Cross paths with Assassins and Templars and take part in their age-old struggle.
Meet the most notorious and colorful pirates of the era, including Sam Bellamy, Ben Hornigold and Blackbeard!
Assassin’s Creed Pirates is fully compatible with tablets.
Game available in: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Russian.
Dec 05, 2013 - 12:09 PM - by dgstorm
Today's smartphones have really come a long way with vibrant and colorful high resolution displays, but there's one area they still lack; in bright sunlight it can be next to impossible to read text on them. The YotaPhone was just announced and the unique design of this phone aims to fix that. The YotaPhone basically includes a secondary e-Ink reader display on the back of the device. This monochrome e-Ink display not only makes it easy to read in any lighting condition, it also simply makes it easier to simply read text since it appears just like a book, magazine or newspaper.
Both the main display and the e-Ink display are 4.3-inches. The regular LCD display has decent if not impressive specs with a 720p (1280 x 720) resolution. Here's a quick breakdown of the rest of the specs:
- Dual Display - One 4.3-inch Color LCD 720P & One 4.3-inch Monochrome e-Ink rear display
- 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4
- 2GB of RAM
- 13MP camera
- 1,800mAh battery
Here's a quote with some final details,
What do you guys think of this intriguing concept?
Developers will also be able to create apps for the second display using APIs from Yota Devices. The YotaPhone is available for pre-order in Austria, France, Spain, and Germany for €499 ($678) and will hit another 20 markets by the end of the 1st quarter 2014. It will also be available in Russia (Yota’s home market) starting tomorrow for a price of 19,990 Russian Rubles ($602).
Dec 04, 2013 - 2:47 PM - by dgstorm
When Andy Rubin stepped down as head of the Android Division at Google earlier this year it came as a shock. At that time, they made it clear that he wasn't leaving the company, but was instead focusing on other projects for Google. The year is almost up and only now are we getting the details on just what Andy has been up to. It turns out, Mr. Rubin is still in charge of androids, just not the Google mobile OS variety. A new report from the New York Times indicates that Andy Rubin is now the head of Google's robotics division. He is working on developing more intelligent robotics for industrial based applications, right now, but his work could lead to other advancements.
Right now they are calling his work a "moonshot" which refers to the fact that it could take a decade before the results of his work are realized. Here's a quote from the NYT article with a few more details,
What do you guys think? Will Andy Rubin help to usher in a new era of automated prosperity or slavery to robotic overlords?
“Like any moonshot, you have to think of time as a factor,” Mr. Rubin said. “We need enough runway and a 10-year vision.”
Mr. Rubin, the 50-year-old Google executive in charge of the new effort, began his engineering career in robotics and has long had a well-known passion for building intelligent machines. Before joining Apple Computer, where he initially worked as a manufacturing engineer in the 1990s, he worked for the German manufacturing company Carl Zeiss as a robotics engineer.
“I have a history of making my hobbies into a career,” Mr. Rubin said in a telephone interview. “This is the world’s greatest job. Being an engineer and a tinkerer, you start thinking about what you would want to build for yourself.”
He used the example of a windshield wiper that has enough “intelligence” to operate when it rains, without human intervention, as a model for the kind of systems he is trying to create.
Dec 04, 2013 - 10:39 AM - by dgstorm
Within the next few weeks/months the LG G Flex will probably be coming to a retailer near you. The global launch of the device is kicking off soon and is starting in Singapore and Hong Kong. Specifically, folks in Singapore can pre-order the device on December 8th, while customers in Hong Kong can order it directly on December 13th. Other "Key markets in Asia" will have the device by the end of the year. We don't yet have details about a rollout in any other markets just yet, but we will keep you in the loop when that info is shared. In the mean-time, above we found a cool pic of the P-OLED flexible display shown separated from the phone. Also, here's the full presser below,
... [Read More]
LG G FLEX BEGINS GLOBAL ROLLOUT WITH INTRODUCTION IN KEY ASIAN MARKETS
World’s First Curved, Flexing, Self-Healing Smartphone Available For The First Time Outside Korea
SEOUL, Dec. 4, 2013 — LG Electronics (LG) is introducing LG G Flex, the world’s first curved flexing smartphone, to the global market starting in Singapore and Hong Kong this week. Key markets in Asia will also announce the availability of this innovative device before the end of the year, soon to be followed by other regions.
The LG G Flex has captivated early adopters everywhere as the first smartphone curved to follow the contour of the human face, made possible with the implementation of the world’s first curved smartphone battery. With a durable plastic OLED (P-OLED) HD display, the G Flex also comes with a self-healing back cover that eliminates those day-to-day scratches, making it the first smartphone to incorporate such technology. These innovative features have earned LG’s latest smartphone significant praise and accolades from major media outlets worldwide.
Customers in Singapore will be able to place their pre-orders for LG G Flex beginning December 8. In Hong Kong, the device goes on sale starting December 13 and will be available through major carriers and leading electronics retailers.
The vertically curved G Flex is the latest device in LG’s premium G Series and incorporates proprietary innovations from other LG companies such as LG Display and LG Chem. The curved 6-inch Real RGB P-OLED display was developed specifically for the G Flex and is the largest of its kind in the world. The 3,500mAh curved battery from LG Chem was also developed with LG G Flex in mind and is also a world’s first.
# # #
About LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company
The LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company is a global leader and innovator in mobile communications. With its breakthrough technologies and innovative designs, LG continues to establish a number of benchmarks in the smartphone market, while also helping create a better lifestyle for consumers by delivering a wholly enhanced smart-phone experience. As a leader in 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, LG continues its commitment to developing groundbreaking LTE technologies and fulfilling consumer demands with differentiated LTE devices of the highest quality, all of which are based on the
Hewlett Packard's all new Tegra 4-powered Android tablet line is now available at Best Buy and priced to sell. The HP Slate 7 Extreme and HP Slate 8 Pro can be had for $200 and $330, respectively, and are very promising tablets for the price tag. The HP Slate 8 Pro features a 7.98-inch display at 1600×1200 resolution, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front shooter, 1GB DDR3 RAM, 16GB on board Storage, micro SD card slot, micro HDMI out, Beats Audio, and of course the NVIDIA Tegra 4 A15 quad-core processor clocked at 1.8GHZ.
The HP Slate 7 Extreme is the Slate 8 Pro's little brother and comes with a 7-inch display sitting at a rez of 1280×800, 1GB DDR3 RAM, 16GB onboard storage, 5MP rear shooter, .3MP front facing camera, micro SD card slot, stereo speakers (facing front), and a 2mm-tip passive stylus. The Slate 7 Extreme is powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 4 A15 quad-core processor clocked at 1.6GHZ.
Both tablets will ship with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Source: Best Buy HP Slate 7 Extreme / HP SLATE 8 Pro
Dec 03, 2013 - 11:36 AM - by dgstorm
When it rains it pours, and right now HTC is getting the whole sky dumped on them. After posting quarterly losses of $100 Million, the battered company is now being hit from another front, a UK court-room. Judge Richard Arnold in London recently issued a sales ban agains the HTC One Mini in the UK because it infringes against Nokia-held patents. What's even worse about this is that is sets a precedent which could issue a similar ban against the HTC One as well.
Right now the judge is holding off on an injunction against that device in order to give HTC enough time to appeal. Apparently, HTC's argument that the ruling would deal "considerable" harm to their company swayed the judge enough to give them some lee-way. We can't really call this much of a "silver-lining," because things are looking really bad for HTC, but at least it's better than nothing.
Dec 03, 2013 - 10:39 AM - by dgstorm
Google has been having a hard time keeping up with demand for the new Nexus 5 smartphone. It's not surprising considering how impressive the device is for the money. Right now, if you are ordering any of the models it will take a couple of weeks before the device even ships. There is one exception though. The 32GB white version of the Nexus 5 is the least popular option. Because of this it will actually ship in just 1-2 days according to the Google Play Store. If you were looking to grab one and get it before the Christmas holiday, this particular model might be your last opportunity to do that, as the others might cut things a bit too close.
Here's a link the Google Play Store to snap this up: https://play.google.com/store/device...s_5_white_32gb
Sound off and share which Nexus 5 you are most interested in.
Dec 02, 2013 - 3:33 PM - by dgstorm
Sometimes people think outside the box, but sometimes they think so far outside the box you can no longer see the box. A new idea from Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon's is a prefect example of this. He plans to develop flying remote-controlled drones which will eventually be used to help Amazon deliver most of the packages you purchase from them in 30 minutes or less.
Mr. Bezos announced this on 60 Minutes last night (Sunday, December 1st, 2013). In his interview he said, "Prime Air vehicles will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road today." Here's a quote from the Amazon official announcement below (followed by a link):
He admitted it will take a few years to implement, but is very doable. If the plan works out, we might one day see the skies darkened not with Terminator drones of doom, but instead with flying robot Santa Clauses. What do you guys think of this wild idea? Is Bezos crazy or just "crazy-like-a-fox?"
We're excited to share Prime Air — something the team has been working on in our next generation R&D lab.
The goal of this new delivery system is to get packages into customers' hands in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles.
Putting Prime Air into commercial use will take some number of years as we advance the technology and wait for the necessary FAA rules and regulations.
Check out this footage from a recent test flight.
Source: Amazon Prime Air
Nov 27, 2013 - 12:10 PM - by wicked
Good news folks! Motorola will be lowering the price of all off-contract Moto X smartphones by $150. The 16GB model will be just $349.99. The Cyber Monday discount is valid for all carriers, both 16GB and 32GB storage capacities, and the special Developer Editions available only via its website. Motorola warns that "supplies will be limited" and they'll be providing more details soon. Moto Maker customization is now available for all US carriers so you'll have plenty of color options if you do decide to take advantage of the sale.
The 16GB Moto X is currently priced at $499.99 off contract, so presumably it will be available for $349.99 on Cyber Monday. (The 32GB model should come in at a slightly higher $399.99.)
Don't miss this deal! - https://plus.google.com/+Motorola/posts/7pBuo1GaxKu
With Black Friday only a few days away we're sure folks are already being inundated with Black Friday deals, so we're going to pile yet another deal on your table. "Oh no they didn't!!" This should be a good one though, so it's worth giving the community a heads up. NVIDIA will be announcing a bundling deal this Thursday, November 28 at 9:00pm Pacific. What exactly that Black Friday deal will be is anyone's guess, but who wouldn't like to save some pennies on the NVIDIA Shield? *raises hand*
Be sure to check out their teaser page and leave a comment if you intend to pick one up.
NVIDIA Shield Teaser
Nov 26, 2013 - 2:29 PM - by wicked
Motorola's new handset the Moto G will hit U.S. carriers in January, but Motorola is making the phone available starting today for $179 on their website. Right now, they are only offering the unlocked GSM version (contract free) with an unlocked bootloader. The CDMA version will become available this January with carriers.
Moto G specs:
- 4.5-inch HD display – the sharpest in its class – that goes edge to edge so you can enjoy movies, photos, video chats and more.
- The newest Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 processor featuring a quad-core CPU for seamless multitasking and enjoying the web, videos and games, with all-day battery life.
- Android 4.3 Jellybean, the most up to date Android of any phone in its class, with a guaranteed upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat in the beginning of 2014.
- No skins to clutter or slow the experience and great performance with Google’s unbeatable mobile services such as Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps, Chrome and Hangouts.
- Stylish design with a comfortable curved back and 19 customization options, including interchangeable backs (coming soon) – Motorola Shells and Flip Shells in seven colors as well as Grip Shells in five colors.
The only downside to this device is that it doesn’t support LTE, but what do you want for $179 contract free?
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