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Details Supposedly Leak for One of Google I/O's Big Announcements

Jun 13, 2014 - 11:24 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...

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Google Teases Android 5.0 in New Screenshots

Jun 12, 2014 - 12:02 PM - 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 - 11:45 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 - 12:54 PM - 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 - 12:04 PM - 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 - 11:38 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 - 12:26 PM - 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 - 12:02 PM - 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,

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!

√ 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!

√ 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

√ 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

√ 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 - 11:48 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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Amazon May Launch Their 3D Smartphone June 18th; Uses 'Okao Vision' for 3D effects

Jun 06, 2014 - 10:57 AM - by dgstorm

According to industry intel, Amazon may be poised to launch their 3D Android-based smartphone as soon as June 18th. This rumor has a solid basis to back it up as well. Amazon themselves just released a teaser trailer in which users are introduced to the device. We don't get to see what they are looking at, but their surprised and impressed reactions suggest we might just be surprised by how cool Amazon's concept really turns out to be. In fact, the folks in the video even suggest that the features aren't just for show, but might actually be extra useful as well.

Luckily, further insider info suggests this new "wow" tech comes form Omron's Okao Vision face-sensing system. Here's a quote describing it,

The Amazon team reportedly customized the Japanese company's creation so that it can be used to show 3D effects on an ordinary LCD screen without special glasses. Instead of relying on accessories, the software depends on four front cameras embedded on the device's corners to track the user's face, as well as on the phone's accelerometer and gyroscope. For instance, if you tilt your face to one side, the interface shows you a hidden panel you wouldn't see if you look at the screen from another angle.

Besides being able to track faces, Okao Vision (or "Face Vision" in Japanese) can also recognize facial features and determine the user's gender and ethnicity, though we've yet to find out whether Amazon has also integrated those features.~ Engadget
It certainly appears that Amazon might be the Dark Horse of 2014 if they can really pull off something impressive and useful. We are definitely intrigued and will be watching out for any further hints of the June 18th release date.

Source: iPhoneForums.net
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Mantis Vision Shows off Elements of Google's Project Tango

Jun 06, 2014 - 10:46 AM - by dgstorm

Google's Project Tango might be a bit of a mystery to many of us in techland. Knowing that the concept is meant to give smartphones and tablets the ability to map their surroundings in 3D doesn't necessarily explain the benefit. A company called Mantis Vision has partnered with Google to use Mantis Vision's unique MV4D core platform. This software technology will help Project Tango realize its ultimate vision of a seamless 3D augmented reality right in our mobile devices. Even this relatively intriguing explanation doesn't actually do the concept justice though.

Luckily, Google's new partner on the project has created a video which perfectly illustrates the concept and just how amazing it will be. Once you get a glimpse of the direction they are planning to take this idea, you might just think this could be the next "killer app" to disrupt the mobile industry. It will be absolutely breathtaking if they can pull off what is shown in the video above. And best of all, this technology is being developed for use in other apps and software as well.

Here's Mantis Vision's press release regarding their partnership with Tango,

Mantis Vision’s MV4D Tapped as Core 3D Tech Behind Google’s Project Tango Tablets

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL–(Marketwired - June 05, 2014) - Mantis Vision, a developer of some of the world’s most advanced 3D enabling technologies, today confirmed that its MV4D technology platform will serve as the core 3D engine behind Google’s Project Tango. Mantis Vision provides the 3D sensing platform, consisting of flash projector hardware components and Mantis Vision’s core MV4D technology which includes structured light-based depth sensing algorithms.

Google’s new seven-inch tablet is the first mobile device released that will access the MV4D platform to easily capture, enrich and deliver quality 3D data at scale allowing Google developers to quickly build consumer and professional applications on top of the MV4D platform.

“3D represents a major paradigm shift for mobile. We haven’t seen a change this significant since the introduction of the camera-phone. MV4D allows developers to deliver 3D-enabled mobile devices and capabilities to the world,” said Amihai Loven, CEO, Mantis Vision. “This partnership with Google offers Mantis Vision the flexibility to expand quickly and strategically. It will fuel adoption and engagement directly with consumer audiences worldwide. Together, we are bringing 3D to the masses.”

MV4D is Mantis Vision’s highly-scalable 3D capture and processing platform that allows developers to integrate Mantis’ technology into new and existing applications with ease, to drive user-generated 3D content creation throughout the mobile ecosystem. MV4D’s combination of field-proven 3D imaging hardware and software and a soon-to-be released software development kit (SDK) will ultimately serve as the backbone of 3D-enabled mobile and tablet devices.

“We are excited about working with partners, such as Mantis Vision, as we push forward the hardware and software technologies for 3D sensing and motion tracking on mobile devices,” said Johnny Lee, Technical Product Lead at Google.

Since its inception, Mantis Vision has been dedicated
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Microsoft's SmartGlass App for Android/iOS Let's You Control Your TV Through Xbox One

Jun 05, 2014 - 3:17 PM - by dgstorm

The Xbox One SmartGlass app from Microsoft just had its cool factor ratcheted up several notches. You can basically use your Android or iOS device to control your TV through your Xbox One now. It includes a great many cool features. Here's a quote with the breakdown,

[quote]"Xbox One SmartGlass is the perfect companion app for your Xbox One, both in your living room and on the go. Connect and control your Xbox One. Stay connected with the games and gamers you like. Add a new dimension to your console entertainment with the mobile device you already own.
In the living room:
  • Navigate your Xbox One console using your device’s keyboard and touch
  • Control your media and set top box with the SmartGlass remote control
  • Browse the web on your TV using your mobile device
  • Enhance what you are watching or playing with SmartGlass companions
  • Increase performance with faster connections and reliability
  • In the living room and on the go:
  • Search, browse, and pin content to play on your Xbox One console
  • Track achievements, get game help, message friends, and watch game DVR clips

Note: This app requires an Xbox membership to sign in. Available for most Android 4.0+ smartphones, with WVGA screen resolution or higher, plus 7"" and 10"" Tablets "
It's great to see companies creating cross-platform software. It's a diverse technological world out there. We don't all want/use/like the same things. It makes more sense for a company to appeal to as broad an audience as possible.

Here are a couple of links to grab this free app for whichever platform you prefer:

Google Play Store
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