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Dec

Oppo Teases Screen Resolution for the Oppo Find 7


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Oppo is at it once again with the teasing tweets. As you can see above, the Oppo Find 7 is going to have a beautiful display (as if you didn’t already know that), with a whopping 2560 x 1440, and 538 PPI. That is a lot of pixels in your pocket.

A week ago, Oppo tweeted out a similar tease, but the message was received by all just like it is here. The Oppo Find 7 will be the first phone to have a 2k display, but you can imagine that will be the standard for next year’s flagship phones. Hopefully these extra clear displays don’t wreak havoc on the batteries, but that will just mean the batteries will have more power to support these displays. Let us know if you are excited for the Oppo Find 7, or if you will just wait for the next awesomely displayed device to come around the bend.

Source: @Oppo

27
Dec

Netflix outage interrupts streaming in US, Canada and Latin America (update: fixed!)


As they do each year, the holidays have brought their usual assortment of family gatherings, overeating and service outages, including one tonight affecting Netflix. We’re able to play videos on some of our devices but not others, and users are flooding Twitter with reports that it’s out. The official support account tweeted that it’s aware of streaming issues on “all devices” throughout the US, Canada and Latin America. There’s no word on when service will be restored, but while we keep an eye on @Netflixhelps for updates, you can weigh the decision between actually talking to your family or trying out competition like Amazon Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus or Redbox Instant.

Update: Netflix support says the issues have been fixed, which indicates service has been restore much faster than it was during last year’s Christmas Eve outage.

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Source: Netflix CS (Twitter)

27
Dec

Internet Archive starts preserving classic game consoles on the web


Xevious on an Atari 2600 in the Console Living Room

Many gamers won’t load a console emulator for much more than a brief nostalgia kick. The Internet Archive has loftier goals, however. It’s expanding its Historical Software Collection to include the free-to-play Console Living Room beta, which recreates classic ’70s and ’80s systems on the web for the sake of the historical record. The initial library includes hundreds of games for the Astrocade, Atari 2600, Atari 7800, ColecoVision and Magnavox Odyssey. There are gaps in the catalog, and sound isn’t working; the CLR isn’t yet a match for a conventional software emulator, let alone the real thing. The Internet Archive promises to address both problems in the near future, though, and it shouldn’t be long before its collection delivers a complete vintage gaming experience… minus the old-fashioned tube TV.

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Via: Internet Archive Blogs

Source: Console Living Room

27
Dec

This homemade ‘3D printer’ spikes jello shots with infused designs (video)


Barista Bots, one of the most popular attractions at this year’s South by Southwest festival in Austin, printed scanned logos, smileys and other shapes atop comped lattes. Thirsty attendees with 20 minutes to spare for the queue walked away with a free coffee and a robot-extruded froth. The novelty will have surely worn off by next year’s SXSW, and we think we’ve stumbled upon the perfect replacement. It was born from a desire to turn otherwise ordinary gelatin shots into an original alcoholic treat — meet the 3D Jello Printer.

SpritesMods managed to accomplish this feat with a lot of creativity and a few recycled parts. They repurposed the stepper motors from discarded CD-ROM drives to move a syringe along the necessary axes, and used an old ejector mechanism to push down the plunger. An AVR microcontroller stores several different designs, which materialize in tiny jello shots using a cocktail of banana liquor, food coloring and a bit of corn starch to turn the liquid into a gel. SpritesMods is kind enough to help you get started with creating your own. Just dig up some choice e-waste and follow the tutorial — you’ll be mass producing the perfect New Year’s Eve consumable in no time.

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Via: Boing Boing

Source: SpritesMods

27
Dec

Samsung Releases their Infographic ‘Evolution of Display’


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Earlier today, we got an infographic from HTC that showed the long process of getting Android updates rolled out to your device. Now, we get Samsung and their infographic showing us the evolution of those pretty displays on our devices.

In 1988, the SH100 hit the shelves, and that was the beginning of the Samsung mobile journey. Fast-forward to 2002, when the first colored display Samsung phone came about, and I remember I had the first Nokia color display phone around that time. Samsung also tried to up their game by introducing a different kind of flip display in 2005. It wasn’t until 2009, when we got the beautiful AMOLED display on the SH-W850 model phones came out, which I remember looking pretty marvelous. This then gave birth to the Galaxy S line in 2010, and the rest is pretty much history. So check out the complete evolution of the Samsung display below. Let us know the first Samsung device you ever got.

Source: Android Authority

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27
Dec

Game Review – Ski Safari: Adventure Time


A great endless side-scroller that will really jump out to fans of Adventure Time

Much of the time, when a cartoon is turned into a phone game, the results aren’t always the best. That is definitely not the case with this Adventure Time game. Following the same principles as the original Ski Safari, this one is a must-have for any lover of the show.

The premise is simple – You play as Finn, and you are sliding down a mountain, away from an avalanche. Try not to run into rocks or land upside-down, otherwise you could get stuck in the snow. Most of the time, you’ll be riding on a slew of familiar characters like Jake, Ice King, LSP, Marceline, Princess Bubblegum, Rainicorn, Gunter, and many, many more.

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You begin on the Rock Candy Mountain, and you can unlock more levels like the Ice Kingdom and the Mystery Mountain. Actually, those are the only levels in the game. We would have liked to see more, but each level is pretty difficult to reach with the amount of coins that you earn, so you won’t get bored with each one too quickly.

You’re able to unlock new characters and outfits with the coins that you receive from your runs. There is, however, the ability to make some in-app purchases for more upgrades. So if your kids are unmonitored while playing this, you might need to check on them every once in awhile.

All in all, we love this game. There is a huge variety of characters to interact with to ensure that you don’t get bored. The music and sound effects remind us exactly of the show, and creates a very authentic experience. If you don’t mind spending 99 cents, we’d definitely urge you to pick this one up.

What we liked

  • Easy to learn
  • Characters are spot-on
  • Enough variety to ensure gameplay doesn’t become monotonous
  • Hey, it’s only 99 cents!

What could be improved

  • We would have liked to see more levels
  • Could be more challenging

The post Game Review – Ski Safari: Adventure Time appeared first on AndroidGuys.

27
Dec

HTC Releases a Detailed Infographic for ‘The Anatomy of the Android OS Update’


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Happens time and time again. New version of Android gets released to the community, and everyone starts asking when they will get it on their devices. If you are part of the Moto or Nexus family, you don’t have to wait long at all. If you are on any other OEM, well that is when your patience is put to the test. OEMs will do their very best to let their users know when they will get their juicy little updates. Sometimes they are right. Most times they are wrong. There is a whole science to updating your Android device, and HTC has released that formula in a pretty awesome looking infographic.

The infographic below is pretty long. Lot of people out there that are not familiar with how the development process works, just gets upset at the OEMs, even though those OEMs are trying their best to make sure they release a stable build for their devices. Hopefully this little infographic will shut some of the complainers up, but that would only be in a perfect world. When I get asked about updates for certain devices, and simply tell them to be patient, or to root their device.

So check out the entire HTC infographic by clicking the link below. You’ll head to the HTC.com page for the whole thing. Let us know what you think about it.

HTC Inforgraphic

27
Dec

9 Grid Launcher Wants to Simplify Your Homescreen


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Too much clutter happening on your homescreen? Well here is a launcher that will solve all your clutter problems. 9 Grid Launcher is a home replacement that gives you your favorite apps in a 3×3 grid, and that is about it.There are no widgets and no fancy customizations with this launcher, so it will not appeal to us Android enthusiasts. I will say this, however, if you have someone that just cannot grasp the Android OS, this launcher will simplify everything for them, so they will have a better experience.

You will still be able to download numerous themes from the Play Store for the launcher, so it still gives you customization options. Right now, 9 Grid Launcher is on sale for $0.99, coming down from a whopping $9.99 price tag. Very overpriced for a launcher that doesn’t really add much to the Android experience. If the developer is smart, he will keep the sales price as the regular price, because I cannot see anyone spending 10 bucks on a simple launcher. Check out the review video from Androidtap below to see it in action. Let us know if it appeals to you.

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27
Dec

Carrier site helps Americans watch out for data-hungry mobile apps


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American carriers warn you when you’re using a lot of data, but they don’t always tell you how to avoid that usage in the first place. Thankfully, they’re taking a more proactive stance with the launch of their Know My App site. The CTIA-run page shows the typical data consumption of popular mobile apps and compares it against capped US wireless plans. You’ll want to avoid using bandwidth-heavy apps like Netflix when away from WiFi, for instance, but miserly software like Candy Crush Saga is safe even with basic internet service. Know My App won’t be of much use to mobile veterans — or anyone holding on to unlimited data for dear life — but it could prove vital to newcomers who don’t yet know how to keep their wireless bills in check.

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Via: PCWorld

Source: Know My App

27
Dec

Confirmed: Oppo Find 7 to have a 5.5 Inch display with 538 PPI


Earlier this month, Oppo teased the upcoming Oppo Find 7 on their official Twitter account, and now they are back again with the teasing, and this time they are actually sharing some valuable information. We heard that Oppo Find 7 will be the first ever Android phone to feature a 2K display, and now it seems its true as Oppo confirmed it on their Facebook page that Find 7 will have a 5.5 inch display with 2560×1440 resolution and 538 PPI, and I guess that’s Oppo being true to their “#AlwaysImprove” hash-tag.

1545762_351410214999355_827330878_n-540x540The smartphone is expected to feature:

  • Snapdragon 805 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 13MP rear camera
  • 5MP front-facing camera
  • LTE
  • 4,000 mAh battery

Oppo is on the roll nowadays, as they also released the first ever phone to ship with CyanogenMod 10.2 with the CyanogenMod team. Find 7 seems like an excellent device, and we might see at the CES 2014. Are you looking forward to it?

Source: Oppo (Facebook)

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