If you’re like me, you’ve paid for a certain speed from you internet provider only to get a fraction of the promised bandwidth. The FCC is reminding those who control access to the interwebs to be honest and forthcoming with their advertised data with the Open Internet Transparency Rule. The decree requires providers to give you every bit of data on their broadband services needed to make “informed choices.” It also requires the disclosures to be “accurate and truthful,” covering network management (handling congestion, etc.), performance, terms of service, plan descriptions, pricing and fees. You know, to eliminate surprises down the road. Of course, spilling data on expected and actual speed figures are part of the lot as well. And the Commission urges you to keep a watchful eye on your service, reporting any discrepancies with advertised numbers. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s full statement on the matter awaits after the break.
“Consumers deserve to get the broadband service they pay for. After today, no broadband provider can claim they didn’t know we were watching to see that they disclose accurate information about the services they provide. The FCC’s transparency rule requires that consumers get the information they need to make informed choices about the broadband services they purchase. We expect providers to be fully transparent about the details of their services, and we will hold them accountable if they fall down on this obligation to consumers.”
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Are you an impulsive gamer? So impulsive that you can’t even wait to unlock your phone before you start playing? If so, LG is entirely willing to cater to that (frankly disconcerting) behavior. The company has just launched Puppy Pop, the first game designed to work with the G3′s QuickCircle case. It’s a clever demo of what that round case window allows, although it’s only a game in the loosest sense of the word. All you’re doing is matching as many puppy heads as you can before time runs out — it might do for a quick diversion at the bus stop, but it’s not hard to see this wearing thin over time. You can grab the app today if you’re curious, although you might want to wait for more substantial titles down the road — or better yet, unlock your G3 and make full use of the phone you paid for.
Source: LG Newsroom
It seems like every time we see Valve’s Steam Controller, it gets a little more traditional. First the company abandoned the gamepad’s ambitious touchscreen for eight buttons (a makeshift d-pad and the standard X, Y, B and A toggles) — now it seems to be trading in four of those for an analog stick. Both SteamDB and a user on the Facepunch forums pulled the above image the company’s latest Steam client beta, revealing a controller almost identical to the company’s current iteration save for the aforementioned change.
It’s not clear if the image is just a design or if Valve has actually produced prototypes of the new layout, but it’s not an unwelcome change: as innovative as the controller’s tactical pads are, we found they had a tendency to feel a little alien under the thumb. For most games an analog stick is a sufficient replacement for the d-pad it supplants, and it would also serve as an alternative control for folks who can’t stomach using the left touchapd for movement. While the nod to traditional controllers is nice, we hope Valve doesn’t slide too far into familiar territory — console gamepads already have that ground covered.
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For a limited time Republic Wireless is throwing in a free Chromecast with the purchase of a Moto X smartphone. Starting from yesterday, July 22 and running while supplies last, anyone who picks up a white or black 16GB Moto X will get the Google HDMI media device at no cost. The Moto X retails for $299 through Republic Wireless and can be paired with a number of rate plans that start as low as $5 per month.
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Sony’s next flagship, Xperia Z3 is definitely one of the most anticipated devices of 2014. We’ve seen it leak recently in a photo sized up next to the original Samsung Galaxy Note. It’s time to take a look at some alleged specs of this device.
@evleaks usually has some pretty solid information when it comes to leaks. According to the leaker Xperia Z3′s specs will look like this:
- Snapdragon 801 2.4GHz quad-core chip
- 3GB of RAM
- Adreno 330 GPU
- 5.15″ 1080p display
- 16GB of internal storage (with probable microSD expansion although the leak doesn’t mention that)
- 20.7MP main camera
- 2.1MP front-facing shooter
- Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS out of the box
To be quote honest this looks a lot like the current-gen Xperia flagship, the Z2 model. The only exceptions are the screen size, 5.15″ compared to the Z2′s 5.2″, clock speed of the processor which should be negligibly higher on the Z2 and the front-facing shooter which should be 2.1MP on the Z3 compared to the Z2′s 2.2MP.
@evleaks is usually extremely accurate with its leaks, so we’re taking this one rather seriously, although these specs look rather weird. We understand there’s no need to go higher with the specs at this point considering this device will work like a beast. We did however expect from Sony to bump them up a bit, considering everyone else is doing it. I guess we can applaud them for taking the high road considering there’s no need for any considerable spec bumps at this point.
It’s going to be interesting to see how will the Z3 sell if these specs are in fact accurate. At a first glance there’s really no need to trade in your Z2 for a Z3, but who knows what Sony has up its sleeve when it comes to this device. We’ll just have to wait and see, and I say it again, all this presuming these specifications are accurate.
What do you think?
Verizon on Wednesday confirmed the upcoming availability of the HTC One Remix. Known in other circles as the One Mini 2, the smartphone arrives tomorrow, July 24.
The HTC One Remix runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Sense 6 UI and features a 4.5-inch HD display, 13-megapixel rear camera, and 16GB internal storage. Additionally, the phone packs a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, microSD expansion for up to 128GB, and a 2100mAh battery. Like other recent Verizon smartphones, this one is XLTE ready.
The HTC One Remix will be available online and in retail stores starting for $99.99 with a new two-year service agreement.
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Fantastical 2 for the iPhone and the iPad were today updated to version 2.1, adding several new features to both mobile apps including a new Snooze feature, event invitation notifications, birthday notifications, and more.
The biggest new feature, Snooze, allows users push back notification times for calendar events or reminders using either preset times or custom set durations, a useful function when a notification pops up and needs to be paused until a later time.
Along with Snooze, the 2.1 update adds notifications for upcoming birthdays and event invitations, plus it’s possible to search for and add contacts and locations when creating new events. There are also new keyboard shortcuts enabled when using an external keyboard and several little tweaks have been added, such as improved calendar colors for the week view and an improved appearance for events that span multiple days. A complete list of changes can be found below:
– Snooze! Open a Fantastical event or reminder notification to see snooze options
– Search and add contacts or locations when creating a new event (tap the arrow in the location field)
– New event invitation notifications and app icon badge option
– Upcoming birthday notifications
– Setting to hide the event details location map
– Event preview when duplicating and moving items
– Keyboard shortcuts when using an external keyboard (open Settings > Help > Tips and Tricks for more info)
– Improved calendar colors in the week view
– Improved appearance for timed events that span multiple days in the week view
– Various fixes and improvements
To celebrate its 2.1 update, the Fantastical apps have been significantly discounted, dropping prices by up to 50 percent.
Our forum members are building a comprehensive list of all the apps that function in iOS 8 beta 4, which may be helpful for users who have installed the beta or who plan to install it. The list also includes apps that are known to be broken and apps that work but have specific issues.
Notable apps that fully work with the beta include 1Password, Dropbox, Deliveries, Google Chrome, Instagram, Pandora, Rdio, Tweetbot 3, and Vine. Other apps, like Facebook and Snapchat work as well, but have some issues with videos.
Popular apps that do not work with the beta at this point in time include Adobe Photoshop Touch, Camera+, Evernote, Google Docs/Drive, Infinity Blade 1-3, LastPass, Whatsapp, and YouTube.
It is not unusual for apps to malfunction with the introduction of new beta software, as developers often need to make multiple tweaks to accommodate new APIs and protocols. Apple’s extended beta testing periods are designed to give developers the time they need to get their apps working with the new operating system before it is released to the public.
The forum post that lists all of the working apps is a Wiki post editable by users who have made more than 25 posts on MacRumors, so iOS 8 users who know of other functional/broken apps in the beta are encouraged to contribute.
Tis the season for summer sale savings apparently. A whole host of games and apps showed up on sale yesterday such as Terraria, Worms 3 and a couple Final Fantasy games. Today a slew of other apps have been listed on sale that you might want to grab while you have the chance.
We have three games on sale from Electronics Arts today. First being the classic two-on-two fast paced tournament style basketball game NBA Jam. I can vividly remember spending countless hours playing this title back in the day. A more recent update back in MAy added in Google+ game activity as well as real-time online multiplayer. NBA Jam is on sale from the usual $4.99 to just $0.99. BOOMSHAKALAKA! Grab NBA Jam on the Play Store here.
Another EA title, Dead Space, is also up for grabs at a discount. I know this one has landed on a number of sales in the past, I even think it was part of a $0.10 or $0.25 sale at one point. While many of you already have it, there are thousands of new Android users added daily that might not. Now is a good time to grab the sci-fi horror masterpiece since it is on sale from $6.99 down to just $1.99. Get Dead Space on the Play Store here.
The third title we on sale from EA is one of their Monopoly variants, Monopoly Millionaire. The classic board game has been full of fun graphics and animations to add a little extra flare during your race to a million. The deal on this one is a little silly, but hey, a sale is a sale. Monopoly Millionaire is usually just $1, but EA apparently has good friends at Google and they have managed to bring it down to $0.50. Get it on the Play Store now.
Moving on to SNK Playmore we get another run at another classic game that has been brought to the new mobile age with The King of Fighters ’97. I know you spent many hours in-front of the SNK machines in the late 90′s playing this one, and probably Metal Slug, like I did. Maybe you had it for the Dreamcast? Hopefully we see the Metal Slug series and Samurai Showdown II make that summer sales cut at some point too. This fighting game is on sale from $3.99 down to $1.99. Grab it in the Play Store here.
Next we have one of Mediocres titles, Sprinkle Islands. This is the second, I do believe, installment of the popular water physics puzzle game Sprinkle. Using your trusty little fire truck, a limited supply of of water and your wits you have to put out the fires and save the island. The title is a lot of fun and pretty entertaining for all ages. Mediocres has placed Sprinkle Islands on sale from $1.99 down to $0.99. Snag it on the Play Store here.
Rounding out some of the bigger names in the game we also have Beautiful Widgets Pro from LevelUp Studios. This is a clock/weather widget app that has been around since the dawn of Android. It has landed on just about every app sale promotion that I can ever think of and they have had plenty of their own sales too. The widget app lets you take and create beautiful weather and clock widgets using a whole host of options from custom weather icons to clock fonts to background colors. The app also features a ton of toggle switches for various things like Wi-Fi and such. Although much of those are sort of useless to most since Android now handles those in the drop downs. LevelUp is a pretty good group of guys that regularly update and fix things in their apps. They also strive to add new functions and features as well. Beautiful Widgets Pro is usually $3.99 and is on sale for $0.99. You can snag it in the Play Store here.
There are a number of other titles on sale as well. Here is a list of the ones I see right now.
- Train Crisis Plus – on sale for $1.33 from $2.04 ( so says the app anyways.)
- Nightmares from the Deep Full – On sale for $2.99 from $4.99
- Dr. Panda’s Restaurant 2 – On sale for $0.99 from $2.99
- Knock-Knock – On sale for $2.99 from $3.99
- Temple Run: Oz – On sale or $0.99 from $1.99
- House of 1000 doors full – On sale for $0.99 from $2.99
- Toca Builders – On sale for $0.99 from $2.99
- Call of Atlantis (Full) – On sale for $0.99 from $2.99
- Cameringo – Effects Camera – On sale for $0.99 from $2.49
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Gameloft‘s highly anticipated first person shooter Modern Combat 5: Blackout has made its debut on the Play Store today. Unlike its predecessor MC5 is back to a regular ‘purchase it and be done’ style of game. Meaning you won’t be dropping cash on the game just so you can spend more cash in the game.
The new title brings 4 character classes that you can work to level up as you play. The classes are similar to most war game styled classes with Assault, Heavy, Recon and Sniper. You level up through single player and multiplayer with a traditional XP accumulation and unlock higher-tier weapons when you master the lower tier ones. Much like Battlefield 4, each weapon can also be customized with a variety of attachments to enhance your gaming experience. The multiplayer aspect of the title brings in Squad vs. Squad matches and you can squad and global chats.
From what I have seen over the last few weeks, Modern Combat 5: Blackout looks to be the best version to date. Be prepared for the premium title to carry the premium price tag of $6.99. It should be well worth the money, especially since there aren’t any in-app purchase tucked inside. The download is rather large so you might want to have Wi-Fi available before you pick it up. Also something else to note is that an internet connection is required to play the game. So says the description notes. I assume this is to verify and validate your copy to help prevent thievery, much like what went down over the weekend.
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