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20
Aug
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Team Meat teases ‘A Voyeur for September’ a so-called live-action stealth game coming to Android



A Voyeur for SeptemberTeam Meat is best known as the studio behind Super Meat Boy, one of the most fast, frenetic, and frustrating platforming games to grace the gaming landscape in recent memory. While it was believed the two man team of Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes had been working on their next game, Mew-Genics, that project has been put on hold while they work on another game, A Voyeur for September. Team Meat describes the game as a “live-action stealth game” and the teaser trailer appears to adopt the perspective of someone spying on others. Check it out:

While it’s hard to infer anything from the teaser, it does seem like A Voyeur for September will be a bit of a departure for Team Meat’s generally absurdist games. The game is due to be shown at PAX Prime at the Indie Mega Booth and is said to be releasing on Android, iOS, PC and Linux. No word on release schedule, but you can tabs on the A Voyeur for September website for any updates, and there will definitely be more news come September 1st when PAX Prime begins.


Does A Voyeur for September look like a game you want to play? Let us know your thoughts on it in the comments below.

Source: Gamespot via Pocketgamer


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20
Aug
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Like Lamborghini’s? Like phones? Then the BQM Monza ‘Lamborghini phone’ is just the device for you



Lamborghini phoneThe feature phone, despite incredible technological advances by smartphones, has managed to stubbornly stick around. While you might think it’s just smartphones that get the bells and whistles, wait till you see the BQM Monza AKA the Lamborghini phone (above). Not just Lamborghini branded, the whole device is shaped like a toy car with the only thing absent a set of movable wheels. While it’s probably not going to be on anybody’s wishlist any time soon, the little kid inside me wants to see how fast it is going down my corridor.

The BQM Monza obviously isn’t going to be your first option when it comes to productivity, but it does have WhatsApp, two SIM slots, a microSD slot and has a very normal micro-USB charging port. The front of the phone, which is decorated with very subtly detailed parts (like the steering wheel inspired navigation buttons and Lamborghini badge shaped earpiece speaker) is made of plastic while the back of the phone is made of metal, furthering the comparison to a toy car. Unfortunately, the BQM Monza is only going to be sold in Russia. Shucks…


What do you think about the BQM Monza? Would you be interested in this Lamborghini phone? Let us know your thoughts.

Source: Mobile Review via Phone Arena


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20
Aug
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ASUS smartwatch teased in invite to IFA 2014 announcement event



ASUS smartwatchWe’ve heard rumours that ASUS is preparing a smartwatch for announcement at IFA 2014, but now it has been all but confirmed. The teaser seen above shows the very shadowy outline of what can only be the ASUS smartwatch as well as telling us to save the date, September 3rd. The teaser is rounded out by a quote from Lebanese poet, Khalil Gibran, who says “Time has been transformed, and we have changed,” presumably referring to ASUS’ new direction with wearables as well as the time keeping properties of a smartwatch.


Running Android Wear, the only additional information we can glean from the teaser is that the ASUS smartwatch will be a slightly form factor to the other Android Wear wearables launched this year. Not quite square, but not quite round, it looks like it will be of plastic construction. Despite this, ASUS has done amazing things with ‘cheap’ materials in the past, so we can’t wait to see the device when September 3rd rolls by.

Are you interested in what the ASUS smartwatch has to offer? Let us know your thoughts on it in the comments below.

Source: ASUS via Droid-life


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20
Aug
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Snapchat’s bringing disappearing news to your vanishing selfie stream


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Snapchat might be the go-to app for firing off self-destructing selfies, but there’s still one little issue CEO Evan Spiegel doesn’t seem to have locked up yet: how is it actually going to make money? In-app purchases? Location-centric stories? The Wall Street Journal just offered up an unsurprising possibility with a bit of a twist — the startup is apparently gearing up to launch a service called Snapchat Discovery that’ll bring ads and news to its users.

Yeah, really. Running ads seem like a no-brainer, but disappearing news is a curious twist on the original, dead-simple Snapchat formula. The Journal reports that the startup has been in talks with at least 12 content providers (including the Daily Mail’s Mail Online, for all your trashy gossip needs) to deliver articles and video news to the service, which could launch as soon as this November. If all this seems awfully unlike the Snapchat we know, well, that’s probably the point.

The app launched three years ago and was almost immediately derided — accurately or not — as a tool for scurrilous sexting. Along the way, though, Snapchat’s userbase continued to swell beyond the ranks of the young and bored to the point where even parents of original users were jumping on it. How does a startup keep growing when its core audience starts changing this dramatically? By doing exactly what Snapchat is reportedly doing now: giving us all other reasons to use it. Whether or not this crazy plan actually works is a totally different story, but we may not have to wait long to see how it all pans out.

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Source: Wall Street Journal

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19
Aug
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Sprint to offer ‘App Pass’, a subscriptions based all you can eat app Service



In the Sprint announcement this morning for the Sharp AQUOS Crystal there was an interesting section that out lined a “App all you want” with App Pass. I looked it over and moved along as it was separate to the device its self. In the simplest terms possible, it is a subscription based app store that is provided by a company called Mobiroo. Mobiroo has their own store front and offering that OEM’s, carriers and others like them can use on devices around the globe. Sprint is handling the bulk of the service, where as Mobiroo is just the company behind it all.

http://www.sprint.com/apppass

In the press release Sprint is sure to point out that the service is an exclusive to the carrier. Horray! More bloatware! Moving right along. The app will be called App Pass and will be pre-installed on all new Android devices going forward and becomes available August 29th. Current Android device owners with Sprint can find the app in the Sprint Zone app and grab it if they want to. App Pass will offer up a 14-day free trial prior to the activation of a monthly subscription. The subscription will set you back $4.99 a month, but lets you install any app you want from the hand-picked titles to install and use on up to two devices. The point being that the apps that you will have access too will include paid apps as well. Sprint mentions companies like Gameloft and Oceanhouse Media being involved. Knowing that many Gameloft games are $4.99 and up each, once could see the benefit of a subscription service vs one time purchases.

I am pretty apprehensive myself, but there is a little more to it that might make you lean towards giving it a run. Sprint will also be offering $5 per-month credit for customers to spend on in-app purchases. So, you pay $5 and they give you $5.

The official web page for App Pass, http://www.sprint.com/apppass, isn’t live yet, but it is in place.

Press release snippet details below, additional info at Mobiroo.com


“App All You Want” with App Pass
Exclusive to Sprint in the U.S., App Pass is a subscription service that allows customers to access a hand-selected catalog of premium apps and games for $4.99 per month – after a 14-day free trial. App Pass offers unlimited access to these apps and games across two devices, and additionally, customers are given a $5 credit each month to spend on in-app purchases.

“Many customers find value in premium apps, but hesitate to make the purchase without knowing more about the app,” said Wayne Ward, vice president-business and product development at Sprint. “With App Pass, Sprint makes it easier for our customers to ‘app all you want’ with a curated list of popular premium apps.”

App Pass will host a curated selection of apps and mobile games from some of the world’s top developers including Gameloft and Oceanhouse Media. Select titles from other developers include OfficeSuite 7 Pro, Camera Zoom FX, Minuum Keyboard, CamScanner and Color & Draw for Kids.

App Pass, powered by Mobiroo, which develops and manages app subscription platforms globally, will be pre-installed on all new Sprint Android devices beginning Aug. 29. App Pass can also be found under the “Apps” tab of the Sprint Zone app, on supported devices, for current Sprint customers using an Android phone. After the launch on Aug. 29, Sprint customers can visit www.sprint.com/apppass to learn more and download the app. New apps and games will be regularly added to the storefront.

To receive the 14-day free trial, customers will need to open the App Pass app and then register by tapping on the menu button, then selecting ‘My Account,’ tapping on the ‘Sign up now’ button on the Featured page or tapping on the ‘download’ button on an App Details page. App Pass will not be available on prepaid devices.

 


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19
Aug
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September 2nd is likely the day Meizu announces the Meizu MX4 after invites



Meizu MX4Meizu isn’t exactly a household name in most places around the world, but the Chinese manufacturer looks ready to make a splash come September 2nd when it’s expected to announce its latest flagship smartphone, the Meizu MX4. We’ve previously had a look at the company’s outgoing flagship, the MX3, and were pleasantly surprised with its performance and overall value; hopefully, the MX4 is more of the same. Meizu will be holding an event on September 2nd, at 2:30pm Beijing time and comes just a few days before the start of IFA 2014.

Rumours surrounding the MX4 say that there will be two variants of the device, the “standard” model with a 5-inch display and a “pro” version with a 5.5-inch display. The processors will also differ – a Exynos 5430 for the “standard”, Exynos 5433 for the “pro – and both will have 3GB RAM, a 20.7MP rear camera and a 8MP front camera. According to leaked photos, the MX4 is also going to have extremely then side bezels (as shown above). This all sounds very good, and the “standard” device is allegedly going to be sold for a very reasonable $406 USD, but it will have to be reasonably priced if it has any hope to go against the newly found might of home-grown competitor, Xiaomi.


Would you be interested in the Meizu MX4 if it had the specs listed above? Let us know your thoughts.

Source: Phone Arena (1), (2)


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19
Aug
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HTC officially announces the HTC Butterfly 2, a HTC One M8 with plastic surgery



HTC Butterfly 2Imagine a HTC One M8, and now cover it in plastic instead of aluminium. Voila: you now have the freshly announced HTC Butterfly 2. While this might well seem like an over-exaggeration, this is actually literally the case. Like the One M8, the Butterfly 2 has a 5-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz, 2GB RAM and available in 16GB and 32GB variants. The Butterfly 2 even incorporates the One M8′s iconic Duo Camera which enables users to create some striking – and adjustable – snaps with HTC‘s latest gimmick.

In fact, apart from the plastic exterior, the only other differentiating factor of the Butterfly 2 is that it has only been announced for the South Asia region; the last time a Butterfly device was sold elsewhere, it was known as the HTC Droid DNA. There’s no word on how much the Butterfly 2 will end up costing, but presumably trading in aluminium for plastic would cut down the costs marginally. Perhaps interestingly, HTC has specified that the Butterfly 2 is IPX5 and IPX7 water resistant, something I believe was absent from the One M8′s official stat sheet (although it showed itself to have some native water resistance anyway).


What do you think about the HTC Butterfly 2? Is this a device that you would be interested in? Let us know your thoughts.

Source: HTC Blog (1), (2)


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18
Aug
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KitKat rollouts begin for the Sony Xperia M2 and M2 Dual



Ten days ago Sony announced that an Android 4.4, KitKat, update was available fro the Sony Xperia E1 and E1 dual. Pending location and carrier pushes, of course. At the end of that announcement they said that KitKat was on the way for the Sony Xperia M2 and Xperia M2 dual next. While they were all slated for a July release, a month late ins’t all that terrible.

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The changelog for what the update will bring looks pretty good, and very similar to previous Sony device updates.

  • Google’s Android 4.4; KitKat as standard – bringing performance & UI optimisation…
  • We’ve added our tweaked Status Bar and Quick Settings… now more intuitive and customisable (and pretty easy on the eye)… cleaned up to ensure you only get the notifications you really need
  • If you’ve got a Sony PlayStation 4, you might recognize our new user interface – we’ve added the same sleek launch animation and live wallpaper across the lock and home screens
  • Better storage choice – you now have the option to easily move applications from internal memory to SD card – we recognised the need to have more control over your content… as something particularly useful for devices with slightly less space
  • We’re also uplifting Sony’s entire native app portfolio to the latest versions – bringing tweaked / improved / current experiences for (to name but a few): Messaging, Smart Connect, TrackID, What’s New, and Battery STAMINA Mode, Sony’s Media apps: WALKMAN, Album and Movies
  • And proving pretty popular, now totalling over 2 million downloads (!) – our unique custom interface experience: “Xperia Themes”, with downloadable UI packs from Sony Select – skin up to 280 assets across your Xperia smartphone with a variety of styles…
  • Compatibility with our SmartWear Experience; SmartBand SWR10 and Lifelog app – enabling you to record social, physical and entertainment activities and have them all visualised in a beautiful interface… reminisce at that past, make the best of the present and plan for the future

As with any update like this, specific market timing and availability will be released independently. Unlike the previous announcement, Sony didn’t toss out any device names that are next up. If you happen to own a Xperia M2 or M2 Dual, eel free to check for the update on your device and/or through the Sony Companion app. Let us know if you see it and where you are located.

Source: Sony Blog


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18
Aug
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Invites indicate Huawei to announce new device at IFA 2014, likely the Huawei Ascend Mate 7



Huawei Ascend Mate 7We heard the rumours, but now it’s official: Huawei is going to be announcing something new on September 4th at IFA 2014. As per previous rumours and leaks, the device is expected to bear a “7″ in the name, and many media outlets have jumped on the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 name. This name implies that the device will be of the phablet form factor, and that matches the rumours for the device which apparently has a 6-inch display.

Huawei Ascend Mate 7The invite refers to the words “Touch” and “Feel”, accompanied by a fingerprint imprint; if the leaked pictures of the device are true, this imagery is surely referring to the fact the Mate 7 will incorporate a fingerprint scanner, like an increasing number of its competitors. We’re expecting the Mate 7 to also have a Huawei Kirin 920 processor, 5MP front camera, and 13MP rear camera. There are expected to be two variants of the device, one with 2GB RAM and Full HD display, and the other with 3GB RAM and a Quad HD display.


That’s what we’re expecting from the Huawei Ascend Mate 7; what do you hope to see from the device? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: mobilissimo.ro via Phone Arena


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18
Aug
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Hnnngh: The beautiful Sharp Aquos Crystal smartphones may be arriving at Sprint tomorrow



Sharp Aquos CrystalIf you thought your phone has thin bezels, the Sharp Aquos Crystal puts that and all other competition to shame. Sharp isn’t typically a company that you might associate with sexy smartphone design, but it looks like they’ve done it with their latest line of devices, including the Aquos Crystal and Aquos Crystal X. It’s been suggested today that at least one of these devices, the Aquos Crystal, will definitely be coming to America via Sprint, to be announced tomorrow at a Sprint event in New York City. Following this event, it’s alleged the device will be available for pre-order tomorrow, becoming available on August 29th.

Sharp Aquos CrystalThe Aquos Crystal is the more mid-range of the two devices, rocking a 5-inch 720p display, a LTE-capable Snapdragon 400, 1.5GB RAM, 8GB storage, 2,040mAh battery and Android 4.4.2; it looks well equipped to take on the Motorola Moto G, depending on the price. The Aquos Crystal X, on the other hand, is a bit more premium boasting a 5.5-inch 1080p display and Snapdragon 800. Pricing and exact availability of the devices has not been specified, but hopefully more details will be specified in the coming days.


What do you think about the Sharp Aquos Crystal smartphones? Let us know your thoughts about these truly bezel-less devices.

Source: SoftBank (1), (2), livedoor via Phone Arena


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