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Jun

Whatcha Playing?: Dokuro by GungHo Online Entertainment



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Welcome back to another edition of “Whatcha Playin”, an article about me playing a game exclusively for one week and I tell you my deepest thoughts on it. For this week I got to enjoy a true gem, Dokuro by Gungho Online Entertainment.

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What the game is about
Dokuro is a 2d action platform puzzle game. A Dark Lord captures a lovely princess, and takes her back to his castle to make her his new bride. You play as a Dark Lord’s minion tasked to look over a captured princess. However after a change of heart you become her hero and try to escort her safely out of the Dark Lord’s castle.

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Who is this game for
This game is for those who enjoy puzzles that often include a quick response. The puzzles are often pick up and go, none that I encountered required too much time to solve. However this does not mean the game is not difficult. Many of time I made a fool of myself getting mad at myself and displayed a quite tantrum. The game has golden coins to collect in each stage to add to the difficulty of the game. This game also includes Boss battles that adds both action and puzzle solving to beat them.


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Final thoughts

I enjoyed playing this game, and at a later time will continue to enjoy it. The game feels as if you are playing an old silent movie that was drawn in chalk. It is a cute and whimsical game that won me over without trying. One of my main reasons why i enjoyed this game is of the story it tells. The story shows that it is not what we are but who we are that is all that matters. Another main reason why I like this game is it’s solid control, even though I personally hate touch buttons, the game still played great.

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Outro
In conclusion, if you want a game to fill in that waiting time on a line or at a doctors appointment this game is great for that and then some. Just remember when you’re in public places not to make a fool of youself.


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8
Jun

Moto 360 Spotted on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon



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The Moto 360, I feel, is going to take the tech community by storm, the question on all our minds is: when will it be made available? If last night’s Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon can tell us anything, is that it might be out pretty soon.


Joshua Topolsky, Editor Chief for The Verge, was a guest on Jimmy Fallon to show him the latest in technology goodies. Apparently Topolsky is a regular on Fallon, and last night, he showed off the Lytro camera and Sony’s new VR headset. Those were pretty spiffy pieces of technology, but a lot of us focused on what was wrapped around his wrist. Without even mentioned it, Topolsky was wearing the apparent Moto 360. It looks absolutely beautiful, and of course Topolsky couldn’t say anything about it, because he is obviously a tester. Check out the full video segment below, and let us know your thoughts about the Moto 360.

Source: Android Authority


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8
Jun

International Space Station beams a video back to Earth using lasers (video)


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In April, NASA sent special equipment to the ISS that’ll be able to test if laser beams can effectively transmit large amounts of data from space. Sounds like the project (called Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science) is going well thus far, because it successfully beamed a 27-second “Hello, World!” video back to Earth for the first time. The entire transmission lasted 148 seconds, but it took the system only 3.5 seconds to send each copy of the video clip to the project’s ground station at the Table Mountain Observatory in California. It would’ve taken the ISS’ radio waves-based technologies 10 minutes to do what OPALS did for less than two; the connection even reached a peak of 50 megabits per second.

To make that happen, the hardware on the ISS had to detect a beacon fired by the ground station before it can send signals over the laser beam back to the ground. That’s extremely difficult to do, as the ISS orbits the planet at 260 miles above ground, with a speed of 17,500mph — in fact, NASA compares the feat to shining a laser pointer to the tip of someone’s hair 30 feet away and keeping it at that point while they go around moving. The agency’s doing all these not just to provide the ISS a faster connection, though. OPALS is actually part of NASA’s efforts to find a better means of communication for future spacecraft right out of sci-fi flicks meant for real-life deep space exploration.

[Image credit: NASA]

Filed under: Misc, Alt

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Source: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

8
Jun

New film makes shatterproof phone screens a practical possibility


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Sure, the screen on your smartphone is likely scratch-resistant, but it still won’t survive a drop to the sidewalk. However, that could all change if University of Akron scientists get their shatterproof touchscreen film into shipping hardware. They’ve developed transparent electrodes that, when layered on polymer surfaces, are just as transparent as current technology (indium tin oxide) but much more durable. You can bend them over 1,000 times without breaking, and they also hold up against peeling.

More importantly, the technology is cheap. In fact, the university believes that it should be less expensive to make this film than the touchscreen tech in use today; you can simply mass-produce it in rolls. While there’s no firm production timetable, scientists fully expect their technology to hit stores in the future. Eventually, you won’t have to worry quite so much that your phone might slip out of your hands.

[Image credit: William Hook, Flickr]

Filed under: Cellphones, Displays, Science, Mobile

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Via: MD Connects

Source: University of Akron, ACS Nano

8
Jun

Angry Birds Space receives a huge update


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Rovio keeps on updating its Angry Birds Space game and this time Rovio is at it again in an ever bigger update dubbed “Beak Impact”.

The last big update was in September when it added 35 new levels to the game.

In the recent version 2.0 update, Rovio added 50 new levels to the game, which should be enough for all of you who love springing birds in the air. Levels are split into two parts along with some bonus levels and new mechanics such as gas tanks and asteroid showers.

If you’re interested, you can find out more details about it and download/update Angry Birds Space here, You can find more info regarding other Angry Birds games here.

SOURCE: Google Play


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8
Jun

AT&T giving out $50 on Google Play with new lines of service


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AT&T cooked up a pretty nice offer for those of you thinking of switching to the AT&T network or opening up a new line of service with the said carrier.

All you have to do is buy an Android device, smartphone or tablet, and you’ll get $50 of Google Play credit that you can spend on whatever you want. We don’t see a catch here, all devices are a go and it works with both “AT&T Next” and two-year agreements.

If you’re interested in the offerm you can find more information on AT&T’s website. The deal runs until July 17th.

SOURCE: AT&T
VIA: AndroidPolice


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8
Jun

New Galaxy Tab S images and details surface


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Sammy’s new Galaxy Tab S is expected to be revealed on June 12 and thanks to some new leaks, we now know a little bit more about the device.

The leaks show off a 10.5-inch device that will be just 6.6 mm thin and weigh 465 g, and have the same texture on the back of the device as seen on the Galaxy S5. Along with this info, we get a bit more of a look into the features of the device, which include a fingerprint scanner, Remote PC, Ultra Power Saving Mode, Download Booster and a feature that appears to allow the user to take incoming calls from their smartphone directly from their tablet.
The new Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is also expected to sport a 2560×1600 AMOLED screen, after Samsung had a brief fling with LCD panels in their Galaxy TabPRO and NotePRO tablets. Other than the screen, an 8MP camera is expected as well as Magazine UX UI and Android 4.4 KitKat.

Via SamMobile

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8
Jun

Project Tango Tablets Announced! Amazon Phone Unveiled June 18th! – The ManDroid Show



mandroid-project-tango Happy Saturday Android friends. Usually the ManDroid Show is up on Friday, but it just didn’t happen this week. Project Tango tablet kits were announced, and the technology that this project is going to introduce will blow our minds hoefully. The Amazon Phone that has been rumored since cell phones came into existence, will finally be unveiled to us on June 18th, in Seattle. Curious to see this 3D UI we have been hearing about. Enjoy the show! News Topics Project Tango Tablet kits Amazon Phone June 18th event Galaxy F rumors



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8
Jun

Weekends with Engadget: Apple’s developer conference, LG G3 review and more!


This week, we watched Apple announce iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, reviewed the LG G3, gave Cortana a psych eval and investigated the reality of life with autonomous cars. Read on for Engadget’s news highlights from the last seven days. Oh, and be sure to subscribe to our Flipboard magazine!

Apple reveals iOS 8 at WWDC, available for free this fall

This week at its 25th annual developers conference, Apple unveiled iOS 8, the newest version of its mobile operating system. Design-wise, it looks a lot like iOS 7, but there’s a bunch of brand new features under the hood, including a health app, widgets, and yes, third-party keyboard support!

LG G3 review: the company’s best phone yet

The G3 may only look like it’s made of metal, but we’re not holding any grudges. LG’s 5.5-inch handset has 10-hour battery life and top-shelf specs, not to mention the nicest display on the market. Assuming it’s not too pricey, the G3 could be one of the best Android phones available.

OS X Yosemite: Apple’s latest desktop operating system is free this fall

Apple’s next desktop operating system is called Yosemite, and will arrive as a free upgrade this fall. Besides getting a few slight UI adjustments, the OS gained a pumped-up version of Spotlight and Safari, as well as a new AirDrop feature that let’s you seamlessly transfer work between all of your Apple devices.

What you need to know about the ‘right to be forgotten’ on Google

Thanks to a recent case between Google and Europe’s biggest court, European users have the “right to be forgotten.” Read on as our own Matt Brian breaks down the ruling and what it means for you.

Here are a few lesser-known new features in iOS 8

This week, Apple unveiled a bunch of new features coming to iOS 8, but many of them didn’t make it to the spotlight. Read on as our own Brad Molen uncovers a few of the lesser-known but awesome additions to the mobile OS.

Apple attempts to conquer the connected home

Many companies have tried their hands at home automation and failed to stir things up. Android @ Home ring any bells? With its new HomeKit platform, Apple might have the market power to pull it off, but can it succeed?

Her name is Cortana. Her attitude is almost human.

Confident, caring, competent: these are just a few of the terms Microsoft’s Susan Hendrich uses to describe Cortana, the personal assistant with attitude. Read on as our own Brad Molen investigates the lovable AI’s development and the real-life personal assistants behind her demeanor.

An up close look at the giant gaming PC that’s also a desk

What you’re looking at is Lian Li’s DX-01: a sleek, glass-faced office desk that happens to have a high-powered PC stuffed inside. What’s more, you can buy it right now, starting at $990. That’s just for the empty case, though — you’ll have to get all the computer bits yourself.

What you need to know about self-driving cars

Self-driving cars have the potential to make our roadways safer and more efficient, but what does a world full of AI-controlled vehicles really look like? Read on as our own Sean Cooper explains the reality of life with autonomous cars.

Intel: Where we’re going, we don’t need cables

What do devices of the future look like? Intel believes they’ll be cordless, portless and won’t need any passwords. Read on as our own Dana Wollman investigates the company’s vision for 2015 and beyond.

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8
Jun

IN BRIEF: 5 Android related things you might have missed (June 7)


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Welcome back my Android friends it’s time for another “IN Brief”. Today we’re going to take a look at some news that you may have missed during the week.

There was a new version of fitness app Runtastic introduced this week. The update includes some great new features such as

  • Google Street View: This mode allows users to view a recap of their recently completed run in Google Street View along with panoramas of the places that they have passed.
  • “Challenge a Run”: This mode allows runners to compete with their past run times.
  • 2 New Story Runs: Alcatraz 2 and Weight Loss. These are interval based training modes that help your run to be a little more fun.
  • New feature presentation element: This helps users get familiar with the new functionalities in a more detailed, engaging way.

These new features are available now

 

Android optimization app Smart Booster has just received an updated look. Devoloped by ANTEK MOBILE this app allows you power users to do some rather cool tweaks to your device such as..

  • Smart RAM Booster
  • Fast Cache Cleaner
  • Quick SD Card Cleaner
  • Advanced Application Manager

SMART BOOSTER just recently reached the 5,000,000 installs milestone and in celebration the premium version of the app is on discount 30% off for one week.

 

The very popular game The Sandbox will be coming to the Android powered console OUYA this summer for free with in-game purchases. THE SANDBOX gives players the powere to create their own world pixel by pixel and offers features such as…

  • Total freedom to create your world, your way—freely place, erase, and replace elements to shape the environment as you see fit.
  • 150 dynamic elements to experiment with—combining elements creates new, and sometimes unexpected, results.
  • Hundreds of campaign levels to direct your world building—from making mud from water and soil to creating complex electrical circuits, campaign levels provide a smooth introduction to The Sandbox’s mechanics and an intense challenge once players get up to speed.
  • Play, rate, modify and upload your own created world in the Online Gallery, already featuring more than 750,000 players creations.
  • OUYA optimized controls—the touch control scheme has been carefully rebuilt for OUYA, bringing the world-building experience to life on the big screen.

 

Just when you thought you would never hear anymore about the classic Angry Birds franchise, developer ROVIO has announced that they will be spinning off the series with new addition “Angry Birds Stella”. This new addition to the Angry Birds franchise will have its own games, animation, books, consumer products & more. ROVIO will be releasing more information about the series at a later date but until then check out a few screens of the upcoming spin-off

 

 

Lastly we have some statistics on Android 4.4 KitKat’s market share. KitKat is now installed on 13.6 percent of all Android devices now. That’s a huge jump considering that only about 2.5 percent of Android devices were running KitKat as early as March of this year. While 13.6  percent is a big jump here’s hoping that more devices are moved to the latest version of Android as quick as possible.


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