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28
Mar

Amazon shaves up to $40 off Kindle Fire HD tablets for limited time



Amazon on Friday announced a limited-time promotion which sees them slashing up to $40 off the Kindle Fire HD tablet. What’s more, the HD X models have their own discounts as well, with $30 off the 7-inch and $40 off the 8.9-inch version. What’s the reason for such a deep discount? Looks to be something related to the NCAA March Madness tournament. Whatever it is, we’ll take it! There’s no indication as to how long this one will last so hurry up and hop on the sale if you’re thinking about it. These sort of things tend to go quickly.

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28
Mar

The week’s best Android rumors: Motorola XPlay, Amazon Set-Top box, new Galaxy Tabs, and more



Motorola XPlay

Motorola are rumored to be launching their 6.3-inch phablet called the XPlay around Q3 2014. Reports indicate that Motorola have decided to drop the XPlay name, and may just be calling it the next Moto X. Specs are currently uncertain but speculation suggests the Moto XPlay will include a quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB RAM, and the Jelly Bean version of Android.

New Galaxy Tabs

Evidence has surfaced that suggests Samsung have dropped off a 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab to the FCC for approval to confirm recent reports that Samsung are working on a new tablet. The new device has a display diagonal size of 267.5 mm which equates to about 10.5 inches, with the device measuring about 9.7 inches by 6.94 inches. Further details are unknown at this point, but it seems Samsung are definitely working on a new tablet.

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Amazon Set-Top Box

With Amazon’s media event scheduled for next week, there are rumours that Amazon may be preparing a launch of their own dedicated set-top box to rival the Apple TV and Google Chromecast. It is expected that the set-top box may come bundled with a game controller and hook into Amazon’s Android App Store to provide gaming capability. The form factor of the media device is still up for debate, but it is expected to mimic the Chromecast.

Android 4.3

A new version of Android is rumored to be arriving in short order, or so says a new report. It’s a minor one, to be sure, and seems to center around the camera features.

New Droid

Another member of the Droid family could debut later this year, according to new chatter. Said to have a larger screen, it could feature next-gen Kevlar materials and come under the name of Droid Quantum.

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28
Mar

Cut the Rope 2 Finally Makes its Debut on Android


Cut the Rope 2 AndroidThe Cut the Rope franchise from ZeptoLab has always been a great series of games to help keep your wits about you during rough days. Over the years we have seen a multitude of iterations of the quick thinking, rope cutting, candy munching Om Nom puzzler.  He has graced pour devices in HD, in a Experiments edition and did a little time travelling in last hurra. Finally Zeptolab has brought a real sequel to the game out to the public with Cut the Rope 2.

Following the foot steps of the originals, you need to feed Om Nom candy. CTR2 brings in some new characters, the nommies, to help you along your quest for stars and candy. There are a total of 5 characters to learn about and utilize to crack the puzzles.

MEET OM NOM’S NEW FRIENDS, THE NOMMIES!

• Roto can carry Om Nom to the best candy catching locations
• Lick can make small bridges with his tongue to help Om Nom reach his goal
• Blue can lift Om Nom to new levels of candy hunting fun
• Toss can throw objects, including candy
• Boo can scare Om Nom to jump to new heights

Om Nom can even move around a bit this time around.

The game is free, but does sport in-app purchases and with it, some heavy hearts. You have will have to endure an energy bar in order to play. When the bar is empty, you either need to pony up some cash for some coinage to refill the bar, or kick back for a while and let it regenerate on its own. From what we gather in the Play Store comments, people aren’t to happy about the energy bar or the constant push for power-ups and hints that all cost you a little real word cash.

Don’t let the comments turn you away though, it is free, so we recommend you give it a try for yourself. I personally hate the whole ‘pay to play’ style model, but with little amount of time I actually spend playing any one game in a day, the 5 minutes to get another energy piece won’t bother me much. Really, it will give me another reason to stop playing and get something else done anyways. Hit the Google Play Button below to go to the Play Store and pick it up.


Get it on Google Play

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28
Mar

Microsoft Office Apps Top App Store Charts One Day After Release


Just a day after being released into the App Store, Microsoft’s new iPad Apps, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, appear to be quite popular with consumers, ranking as the top three free iPad apps in the App Store, with the redesigned Microsoft OneNote in the number four spot.

Microsoft Word for iPad is ranked as the number five top grossing app, while Excel is ranked twelfth, indicating Microsoft’s downloads are raking in some cash in the form of Office 365 subscriptions, which are available within the apps as a $9.99/month or $99/year purchase. Users can also purchase Office 365 subscriptions outside of the app, however, which would not influence App Store charts.

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While Microsoft’s apps can be downloaded at no charge and allow documents to be viewed or presented, creating and editing documents requires an Office 365 subscription that also earns Apple a 30 percent cut of each in-app purchase, making the current success of the apps beneficial to both companies.

Microsoft Office apps for the iPad have been a long time coming, with Microsoft first indicating its intention to work on mobile Office apps in 2010. In early 2012, a prototype design of Office for iPad surfaced, but it wasn’t until Satya Nadella took over as CEO that the apps actually saw a release.

In the past, Microsoft has used the lack of Office productivity apps on the iPad as a main advertising point for its Surface Tablet, attempting to lure customers to the product on the strength of its popular productivity software. That strategy was largely unsuccessful, however, as the original Surface failed to catch on with consumers.

All three of Microsoft’s productivity apps can be downloaded from the App Store for free, with full functionality unlocked through an Office 365 subscription. While Office for iPad requires Office 365, Microsoft yesterday updated Microsoft Office Mobile for iPhone to both allow viewing and editing for free, no subscription required.

Microsoft Word for iPad [Direct Link]
Microsoft Excel for iPad [Direct Link]
Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad [Direct Link]
Microsoft Office Mobile for iPhone [Direct Link]

    



28
Mar

Cellphone deals of the week: 3.28.14


We’re smack-dab in the middle of the new phone-announcement season. While you’ll have to shell out quite a bit for the latest hardware, some previous models — including recent releases — are getting price cuts. Head on past the break to peruse the handful we’ve selected, catering to iOS, Android and Windows Phone sensibilities along the way.

If there are other hand-held devices that you’re after that we haven’t included here — join us and add them to your “Want” list. Every time there’s a price cut in the future, you’ll get an email alert!

HTC One (2013) Google Play Edition

Price: $499
Regular Price: $599
Engadget Score: 92 (Regular Model)
Buy: Google Play

With a new unskinned HTC One now available from Google, last year’s model is seeing a $100 discount. So if you’re after a pure Android experience on an unlocked handset, here’s a chance to nab up a phone that we’ve become quite smitten with since its release.

iPhone 5c

Price: Free (on-contract)
Regular Price: $50
Engadget Score: 87
Buy: Best Buy

If you don’t mind your 16GB iPhone sporting a coat of white, and you happen to be an AT&T customer, Best Buy is offering the iPhone 5c for free with a two-year agreement. Not sure if you should opt for the 5c over the 5s? Consult our Compare tool to see how they differ.

Nokia Lumia 1520

Price: $100 (on-contract)
Regular Price: $200
Engadget Score: 86
Buy: Amazon

Engadget Senior Mobile Editor Brad Molen touted the Lumia 1520 as “the best Windows Phone device yet” when we reviewed it back in November. The Nokia handset is seeing a pretty handsome discount on AT&T, for those willing to opt in for two years. And according to our Price History tool, this is on par with the lowest rate we’ve seen in the last 90 days.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Price: $150 (on-contract)
Regular Price: $300
Engadget Score: 87
Buy: Amazon

Folks who are Verizon faithful and prefer super-sized smartphones may want to have a look here. The Galaxy Note 3 now has a price tag of $150 on-contract with Big Red. For those keeping score at home, that’s half off the on-contract price when it arrived back in the fall. It’s also the lowest rate our Price History tool has tallied for the device over the past three months.

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28
Mar

Google mandates Android logo on device bootup screens


When we first booted up the new HTC One, we were greeted by a “Powered by Android” logo near the bottom of the screen; Samsung has done the same thing with the Galaxy S5. At first this may not seem like a very big deal, but thanks to some internal documents and verification from sources familiar with the matter, there may actually be a lot more to this simple logo than meets the eye. We’ve confirmed with sources that Google now requires that manufacturers add the “Powered by Android” logo to their splash screens in order to get certified for its Mobile Services.

Most people likely won’t even notice the logo, nor will they care. However, making it a requirement on all devices running Google Mobile Services is just another indication that the software giant isn’t pleased with its mobile OS getting the bad end of the branding stick. Given how upset Google was at Samsung’s recent moves to add an excessive number of TouchWiz features to the Note Pro, it’s understandable that the company wants to ensure its name and branding still gets seen and recognized by end users. Google seems concerned that manufacturer branding efforts are making it hard for consumers to know what mobile OS truly powers their devices. This brand new requirement will likely affect not only new devices going forward, but any older devices that still receive updates.

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Source: Android Police, Geek

28
Mar

Swedish carrier hints at an HTC One M8 Mini, we feign surprise


HTC One M8 Mini listing on Telia's site

HTC has just released a new One smartphone, so it stands to reason that the company would give the One Mini a similar upgrade, wouldn’t it? Sure enough, there’s now a hint that such an update might be in the cards. Swedroid has spotted an “M8 mini” lurking in Swedish carrier Telia’s list of HD Voice-capable phones. While the entry has vanished (as have other HTC models), the provider explains that it changed the list to reflect the phones it has “right now” — not a confirmation of the tiny M8, but not exactly a denial, either. The listing didn’t include any details of the phone, and there’s no guarantee that it will launch soon, if it launches at all. However, HTC recently told us that its existing “product family strategy” has been working well; it would be shocking if the firm didn’t have something like a One M8 Mini in development.

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Via: Phandroid

Source: Swedroid (translated), Telia (translated)

28
Mar

Valve’s VR guru jumps ship to become Oculus’ head scientist


As it turns out, not everyone is bummed that Oculus VR will soon fall into Facebook’s gaping maw. Valve’s Michael Abrash — one of the most notable names in the company’s ambitious VR group — just announced that he’s joined Oculus as its new Chief Scientist. After long stints as a developer (he worked on Quake and Windows NT, among other things) and technical writer, Gabe Newell finally convinced Abrash to join Valve in 2011. It didn’t take long for him to start dishing out the good stuff, either. Since then he’s been tackling the difficulties of making VR truly work… and trying to deal with the very real possibility that VR would never be as pervasive or as meaningful as it could be. But now? He’s confident that VR can become “the Final Platform – the platform to end all platforms.” And it’s all because of Facebook.

“Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus means that VR is going to happen in all its glory,” Abrash wrote. “The resources and long-term commitment that Facebook brings gives Oculus the runway it needs to solve the hard problems of VR – and some of them are hard indeed.” While we may never get that Oculus-friendly version of Minecraft, at least one brilliant guy thinks we’re on the verge of something great. We’ll soon see how right he is.

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Via: TechCrunch

Source: Oculus VR Blog

28
Mar

Tesla toughens up the Model S’ underbody to prevent battery fires


Tesla Model S on tour

Tesla’s Model S may have a good safety record, but even two accident-related battery fires are too many for the perfection-obsessed (and image-conscious) automaker. Elon Musk has revealed that every Model S built from March 6th onward has both aluminum deflector plates and a titanium underbody shield, the combination of which should prevent battery punctures and deflect debris. Any existing owner can get the shields as a free upgrade, and Musk promises that all the extra metal won’t hurt performance in a meaningful way — you’ll lose 0.1 percent of range, he says. While the upgrade is unlikely to completely silence EV doubters, it might reassure Model S buyers who’d rather not lose their cars to detritus on the road.

[Image credit: Tesla, Flickr]

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Via: Jalopnik

Source: Tesla

28
Mar

Microsoft changes privacy policy to ban accessing users’ email


Several days ago, it was revealed that Microsoft once accessed a blogger’s email account without permission to uncover an employee who leaked source code. MS initially defended its actions, saying it was the quickest way to respond to a case of illegally distributed information, but it’s now responding with a policy change. In a blog post published today, the company’s General Counsel Brad Smith says that this will never happen again. He explains how the company will handle similar issues going forward:

Effective immediately, if we receive information indicating that someone is using our services to traffic in stolen intellectual or physical property from Microsoft, we will not inspect a customer’s private content ourselves. Instead, we will refer the matter to law enforcement if further action is required.

In short, the company will rely on formal legal processes should any leak situation happen in the future. It’s no doubt a good sign of progress, and Microsoft is also partnering with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and The Center for Democracy and Technology to further discuss consumer privacy issues.

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Via: TechCrunch

Source: Microsoft on the Issues

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