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Apr 29, 2014 - 10:28 AM - by dgstorm
Andy the Android takes on a whole new meaning now. A new piece of software is available for both the PC and the Mac which offers seamless Android emulation on your desktop. Andy currently uses Android 4.2 Jelly Bean but the developers plan to continue updating Andy to the most current version of Android as soon as they can after updates roll out.
Andy is a standalone app and can even allow you to play your favorite Android games directly from your synced Google account. It even has some cool features like the ability to use your phone as a remote control when playing games. Here's a quote with the details on how to get it going,
The emulator isn't available on the Google Play Store just yet, but the APK can be downloaded from DropBox right now. Alternatively, you can download the app for free from the company's website: Andyroid.net.
Once you’ve installed the software, you’ll be asked to sign into your Google account as well as 1ClickSync in order to sync up Andy and the Android device you want to pair with your desktop.
If you want to use your phone or tablet in conjunction with your computer, the Andy app for Android devices will allow you to control the emulator from your mobile device. This is especially useful for games or apps that require the accelerometer or a touchscreen in order to function. ~ BGR
Apr 29, 2014 - 10:14 AM - by dgstorm
The above is a supposedly leaked image of the LG G3, courtesy of GSMArena.
Good news LG fans! Although there was no big press event from LG promising the new G3 smartphone, we have the next best thing. During their most recent quarterly earnings report, an LG exec let slip to investors that their LG G3 flagship will be launching by the end of May. They released a full press release which you can read at the source link below, although it doesn't include the statements from the exec.
The report also includes a great deal of good news for the company's financials. Apparently LG is doing a great job in both mobile and in TVs. In fact, LG posted record smartphone sales for themselves and they are predicting even higher revenues in the third quarter. It's great to see that Samsung and Apple aren't the only tech companies out there turning a profit and growing their business.
Not too long ago we shared a handy infographic which was designed to help us figure out if we should consider changing our passwords due to the Heartbleed SSL vulnerability. It detailed several online account types which were vulnerable, but it couldn't actually tell us if we were already a victim of the exploit. Luckily, there are some folks out there who are just as smart as the hackers who might try to exploit the bug.
These savvy security gurus have created a couple of web-site tools which can reportedly detect if your accounts have been compromised. They are remarkably simple to use too. You just have to head to the web-sites and enter in an email address which you have linked to any accounts you are worried about. In seconds the tool responds and shares which, if any, of your accounts have been compromised so you know which ones you should change the passwords for immediately.
The first is called haveibeenpwned.com. It will let you know if you have been "pwned" by the bad guys (for non-gamers, pwned is urban techno-speak for "owned" or "defeated"), so you can get your passwords changed.
The second one is called shouldichangemypassword.com. This one preforms a similar function and handles the process the same way. The main reason it is likely worth doing both is because they might access different data, so it would allow for a more well-round and comprehensive test of your accounts.
Although the bad guys will always be out there, hopefully, in the next five years we won't find another huge internet vulnerability like "Heartbleed." It's great to see there are folks trying to stem the tide of the Heartbleed.
originally written by dgstorm @ DroidForums
Apr 25, 2014 - 10:05 AM - by dgstorm
We have been hearing about the probability of an Android 4.4.3 update coming any day now, but it has yet to appear. For the most part it is rumored to be a slew of minor bug fixes. The latest intel adds a wrinkle to that theory. Supposedly, it will also include a UI overhaul for the phone dialer. Supposedly, this new dialer was spotted on a Nexus 5 that is owned by a Googler. Here's a quote with a brief description to go with the pic you see above,
We have to admit, here at HQ we like what we see. The phone dialer on the Nexus 5 isn't bad, but these new "upgrades" could be a marked improvement. What do you think?
The Android 4.4.3 Dialer app features a series of cards for each contact instead of a list. The cards have a colored background with the first initial of the name placed on them, but they can apparently also show a picture of the contact when one is assigned to it. Other elements in the screenshot include the top search bar and the bottom blue action bar.
There's no clue as to when this update will hit devices, but we are expecting it very soon.
Apr 25, 2014 - 9:52 AM - by dgstorm
Late yesterday afternoon, Vic Gundrotta, Senior Vice President for Social at Google, and the man primarily responsible for the creation and development of Google+, announced that he has left Google. After 8 years spearheading the development of social integration at Google, Gundrotta is moving on to other (as yet unnamed) opportunities.
Here's a brief snippet from his announcement via Google+...
Continue Reading @: Vic Gundotra, Lead Exec on Google+ and Google Social is Leaving Google
Apr 24, 2014 - 11:02 AM - by dgstorm
Tom Lantzsch, ARM's executive vice president of corporate strategy, recently had some intriguing predictions to share. He believes we will see 64-bit Android smartphones coming to market by Christmas of this year. Lantzsch points out that even if Google doesn't provide a 64-bit version of Android by that time, existing 32-bit code will still run more efficiently on the 64-bit architecture.
In reference to the heightened pace of bringing 64-bit to the mobile market, he added,
"The architecture itself allows for more efficiency in the code. So, that means better battery life, quicker responsiveness, better features. There will be early adopters. The applications with the most need will certainly go first. And then the rest will come over time."
It seems that when Apple dropped the bomb-shell of a 64-bit processor coming in the iPhone 5S, it spurred the industry to leap forward. It's amazing how quickly mobile technology has evolved compared to PC technology. While mobile tech is still a few years behind current PC tech, the pace at which mobile tech has progressed easily exceeds how long it took for PCs to advance. This is especially true when you compare how quickly the two industries moved to 64-bit computing.
"Certainly, we've had big uptick in demand for mobile 64-bit products. We've seen this with our [Cortex] A53, a high-performance 64-bit mobile processor...we've been surprised at the pace that [64-bit] is now becoming mobile centric. Qualcomm, MediaTek, and Marvell are examples of public 64-bit disclosures."
Of course, you can't have one without the other, so it's only because of PCs that mobile even exists, so you could easily argue that mobile devices are just the natural evolution of PCs. Share your perspective.
Apr 23, 2014 - 9:58 AM - by dgstorm
True to their word, the folks at OnePlus have unveiled their first creation, the OnePlus One smartphone. It's an impressive feat of affordable engineering. We have the full skinny of specs, pricing and availability for you right here after you are done gazing at the images.
First let's take a gander at the specs:
- 5.5-inch JDI display with 1080p HD resolution
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core 2.5GHz chipset
- 3GB of LP-DDR3 RAM clocked at 1866MHz
- Between 16GB and 64GB of internal storage
- 13 megapixel Sony Exmor IMX 214 f/2.0 aperture sensor with 4K video recording and dual LED flash, 5 megapixel front sensor
- 3,100mAh lithium polymer battery
- dual-band WiFi AC, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS w/ GLONASS, NFC
- microUSB 2.0, multi-colored LED notification light and a 3.5mm headphone jack
- Android 4.4 KitKat with CyanogenMod 11S
- 152.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm, 162 g
Next, let's show off the pricing and availability dates. Here's the scoop on that,
$299/€269 for 16GB Silk White version
$349/€299 for 64GB Sandstone Black version
- Available in the following countries:
- Hong Kong
- United Kingdom
- United States
The details for getting your hands on the phone are a bit complicated. Since the company will only have a limited amount of them to sell, they are offering them on an invite only system. They are also offering a promo that can get you a One for just $1, if you are willing to smash your current smartphone. Here's a quote with some of the details,
There are some positives and negatives to consider here. Let's jump into the positive stuff first... look at that insanely good pricing! With these specs, that OFF CONTRACT price of $300 for the White and $350 for the black is just phenomenal. Also, it's a very good looking device with a powerful processor and a juicy 3GB of RAM. There's a lot to like about this phone and it could... [Read More]
The first 100 OnePlus Ones will be available starting April 25 through the company’s Smash promotion: users can apply to smash their existing phones in exchange for a One handset, which will cost just $1. Additionally, they’ll also receive OnePlus One purchase invitations for their friends. Interested buyers who will receive invites to buy the handset will be able to purchase it in mid to late May. Initially, the phone will come in two options, including Silk White and Sandstone Black, with additional StyleSwap covers to be launched later this year. Pricing details for the StyleSwap covers aren’t available at this time. ~BGR
Apr 22, 2014 - 10:41 AM - by dgstorm
Another User Agent Profile was spotted for the Sprint LG G3 (LG-LS990). This one is updated, yet most of the specs remain the same. The only differences are in the RAM and camera features. The new listing for RAM shows a downgrade from the previously stated 3GB to 2GB. On the plus side, the camera modules have both been upgraded. The rear camera has been bumped from...
Continue Reading @: Sprint's LG G3 Spotted Again in Updated UAP; Still Sports 2K Display & Snapdragon 800
Apr 21, 2014 - 10:35 AM - by dgstorm
So far, other than the specs and pricing which they revealed themselves, the folks at OnePlus have done a remarkable job at keeping the design of their new OnePlus One smartphone secret. Unfortunately for them, but happily for us, it didn't last. A slew of pics have leaked online showcasing the physical design, custom backplates, accessories, and CyanogenMod 11S OS for the phone.
The basic physical dimensions look...
Continue Reading@: Pics are Leaked for the OnePlus One Phone, Custom Backplates, & New CyanogenMod 11S
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,
... [Read More]
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.
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