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Jan

Slickwraps’ Natural Series lets you bring some Moto X flair to your Nexus 6


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Google’s Nexus 6 may offer a similar design language to Motorola’s Moto X (2nd Gen.), though the exclusion of Moto Maker support for Google’s giant handset makes the choice between the two smartphones a difficult one to make. If you want the big form factor of the Nexus 6, but still want to take advantage of the leather or wood backplates Moto Maker has to offer, you may want to try out a skin. Unlike customizing your device with Moto Maker, a smartphone skin easily goes on the device with the ability to be taken off at any time.

One company that’s trying to produce similar products to that of the leather and wood backplates is Slickwraps, and more specifically, the company’s recently-launched Natural Series. The Natural Series provides a premium leather or wood feel to the device without the need to have a Moto X. The series comes with four different options out of the gate: authentic bamboo, dark brown leather, tan leather and a football-style leather. All of the leather options are made from Horween leather (the same Motorola uses on their handsets) and are handmade in Andover, Kansas.

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Now, we know this won’t give your device the same feel that Moto Maker will provide, but this is the closest you can get without having the real thing. Each Natural Series wrap costs $24. Keep in mind that these skins will completely cover up the Motorola and Nexus logos on the back, so if you don’t want those covered up, you may want to pass on these. Additionally, Slickwraps offers Natural Series skins for many more devices, so pretty much anyone with a modern smartphone can try them out.

Do you want a skin for your device but don’t want to cover up the Nexus logo? We’d recommend dbrand Skins for the job, since they give you the option to cover up the logo, keep it showing or just show the ‘x’ in Nexus. dbrand Skins are significantly cheaper, though they don’t offer the same natural feeling that Slickwraps’ do.

If you’re interested in grabbing the Natural Series skins for your Nexus 6, head to the Slickwraps website here.



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22
Jan

Telltale’s Game of Thrones Episode 2 to debut in the Play Store February 5th


Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series has become one of the most riveting games on Android since its launch back in early December. Telltale Games has just announced that the second episode, entitled The Lost Lords, will debut in the Google Play Store on February 5th. The first episode of Game of Thrones is available in the Play Store for $4.99, and the second and third episodes are forecasted to be available for the same price.

Following the first episode, House Forrester is still in shambles and it’s your job to help the family survive by playing as Asher Forrester, Mira Forrester or Gared Tuttle. Here is the full description for the next episode:

House Forrester is in disarray. Their liege lord and his heir are dead, and Ironrath is occupied by Whitehill soldiers. The survival of the family depends upon those who are left. Placed at King’s Landing, the epicenter of intrigue, Mira Forrester must weigh her loyalty to Margaery Tyrell against the needs of her family, while choosing how to play the political games of Tyrion Lannister. One misstep could spell doom for Mira and her entire family. To the far north, Gared Tuttle finds that the wall and its crows hold little love for a squire from the Wolfswood, but finds kinship in the bastard son of Ned Stark. Gared must prove worthy of becoming a ranger in order to carry out the mission given him; one that is vital to the future of those he serves. To the east, Asher Forrester, the exiled son, is called back to Westeros to aid his family, but how can one man help when the Boltons rule the north with an iron fist? Meanwhile, an unexpected source of hope returns to the Forresters, but Ironrath is no place for the weak.

Additionally, the game will be available for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PC/Mac on February 3rd. The game will also launch on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One on February 4th. From the looks of the trailer attached above, The Lost Lords will be a worthy sequel to the first episode.



22
Jan

The Windows Central HoloLens forums are open for business!


It would be underselling it a great deal if we didn’t say that Microsoft HoloLens was one of the most surprising, stand out points of the Windows 10 event. After all, this isn’t just Windows 10, it’s Windows 10 on your head! It’s an exciting new frontier for Microsoft and personal computing in general and we want you to come and join the discussion in the Windows Central HoloLens forums!

22
Jan

When you are Verizon, you don’t follow the trends, you do whatever you want


Surprise! Verizon has no plans to bring Data Rollover, Data Stash or anything similar to their consumers. You are surprised, right? I didn’t think so. In a recent interview with CNET, Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo, shot down any thoughts anyone might have had about it being on the horizon. His actual comment was, “We’re a […]

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22
Jan

Blood Brothers 2 released for Android devices


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Over twenty-five million people played strategic role-playing game Blood Brothers. Today, those players can move on to the game’s sequel for an entirely new experience. Developer DeNA Corp. has released Blood Brothers 2 for Android Android and iOS devices. The game takes players back to Arnashia one hundred years after the events of its predecessor. A new regime has taken over power and players have to restore order in a world of disloyalty and chaos. Players must build custom armies and recruit enemies to build a strong enough force to be successful.

Blood Brothers 2 is free-to-play with in-app purchases to improve the overall experience and provide an advantage while playing.

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22
Jan

Verizon sweetens prepaid pot with more flexible data options




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Verizon today announced improved rate plans for its prepaid subscribers which include extra data and more flexible data pools. The $45 rate plan now comes with 1GB of data, up from the 500MB from before. Those who take advantage of the carrier’s Auto Pay service will receive an additional 500MB of data at no extra cost. Also included are unlimited calls and texting and unlimited text to Mexico and Canada.

Customers looking to add on extra data can now choose from the following options:

  • 500MB for $5 – 30 day expiration
  • 1GB for $10 – 90 day expiration
  • 3GB for $20 – 90 day expiration

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22
Jan

LG denies G Flex 2 and Snapdragon 810 overheating issues


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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 hasn’t even arrived in a commercial product yet, but that hasn’t stopped plenty of rumors and reports appearing which suggest that the new chip is suffering from overheating problems. The LG G Flex 2 will be one of the first devices powered by the new chip and has therefore landed itself in the center of the controversy, with performance throttling the most commonly reported issue.

The alleged problem is not limited to LG’s new flexible smartphone though. Yesterday, reports suggested that Samsung, after testing the chip itself, would be opting to make wider use of its own brand of Exynos mobile SoCs, in order to reduce its dependence on Qualcomm’s overly-hot Snapdragon 810. However, some analysts believe that the issue may be overblown and others suggest that Samsung couldn’t ditch the 810 for its own Exynos line-up so quickly, even if the company wanted to.

Cowen analyst Timothy Arcuri noted that there had been an issue with the base layers in the Snapdragon 810, rather than the metal layers as previously rumored. Apparently, this issue had been fixed months ago, resulting in a slight delay in Qualcomm’s roadmap. BMO Capital Markets analyst Tim Long pointed out that use of Exynos chips in Samsung’s products had declined from 70 percent in 2012 to 20 percent in 2014, a situation that could not be reversed in just a few months. Instead, Samsung may end up deploying a similar strategy to previous years, with Exynos powered smartphones destined for Korea and Snapdragon devices appearing elsewhere.

“our best guess is that Samsung will likely launch the Galaxy S6 in Korea with its own Exynos but slightly delay shipments in other regions to accommodate Qualcomm’s delayed schedule.” – Timothy Arcuri, Cowen Group

Earlier today, LG vice president for mobile product planning, Woo Ram-chan, told reporters that the Snapdragon 810 is performing at “satisfactory” levels, based on the company’s own experience, and that the G Flex 2 was actually emitting less heat than other devices currently on the market. So, does this mean that the Snapdragon 810 is in the clear?

“I am very much aware of the various concerns in the market about the (Snapdragon) 810, but the chip’s performance is quite satisfactory,”

“I don’t understand why there is a issue over heat,” – LG VP, Woo Ram-chan

It is still hard to tell, given that “satisfactory” doesn’t lend us any indication as to LG’s initial expectations for the SoC. Even if the product isn’t overheating as such, it’s the performance throttling effects of the chip being pushed close to its thermal limits that have apparently caused the most concern. Then again, surely LG could have changed orders for some more Snapdragon 801s or 805s if there really was a massive flaw with the 810? Qualcomm may also have already fixed any problems in time for mass production, these concerns could simply be dating back to an old issue.

This certainly isn’t the launch run up that LG had planned for its first handset of the year. With only a few days to wait until the G Flex 2’s South Korean launch on January 30th, it won’t be long until these rumors are either confirmed or debunked.

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Jan

T-Mobile will give benefits to users who pay their bills on time for 12 consecutive months


T-Mobile has just announced their next step in the Un-carrier agenda, which aims to give benefits to customers who pay their bills on time. The new initiative is called Smartphone Equality, and allows users who pay their phone bill on time for a full year to get the same perks as customers with great credit scores. Oftentimes, carriers will introduce a ton of great promotions to get customers in the door, only to decline the customers because of their bad credit score. Now, even if a customer has poor credit, if they’ve paid their phone bill on time for 12 months, T-Mobile will ignore the credit score and give the customer the perks they deserve.

John Legere, the carrier’s CEO, explains:

 It’s a simpler, saner way to evaluate credit − our history with you. And it’s more effective. Because the simple truth is that our relationship with that customer is actually a better predictor of future behavior than their credit history.

So what are some of the benefits Smartphone Equality brings to the carrier? T-Mobile states that for qualified customers, benefits include low device pricing on smartphones and tablets, as well as zero down with no interest and no credit check. The carrier explains that there are more than 100 million American adults that don’t have a smartphone, so this new initiative aims to change that.

Smartphone Equality is available for any customer on a prepaid or postpaid plan.

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Jan

The Witcher Battle Arena exits beta and comes to Google Play


Fans of RPGs or MOBA-style games have probably heard of The Witcher series, which offers arena-based fighting gameplay set in the Witcher universe. Developers CD Projekt RED have just released The Witcher Battle Arena to the Google Play Store, following the recent release of The Witcher Adventure Game. Unlike the board game-style Adventure Game, Battle Arena is an RPG that allows players to control and fight against the game’s iconic characters in an arena setting.

When you first start up the game, you can instantly choose from a number of different characters, including Geralt of Rivia, Letho of Gulet, Philippa Eilhart, Zoltan Chivay, Eithné of Brokilon, The Operator, Golem, Saskia of Aedirn and Iorveth.

Here are all of the features the game brings:

  • Action packed gameplay – Short and intense matches that you can complete in less than 10 minutes –perfect for on-the-go gaming.
  • Solo and team play ready – Challenge your friends, team up against bots or try to beat our AI on your own (no internet connection required).
  • Hero progression – Each character offers unique skills and a different playing style – and you’ll unlock new skills as you play, opening up even more ways to crush your opponents. Try out various strategies as your heroes progress, pick your favorite mix of skills and hone your tactics in the arena.
  • Free gaming done right – You can unlock everything in the Battle Arena just by playing. You’ll gain access to new heroes and items as a fast and fun part of normal gameplay – no grinding or endless waiting required. If you ever want something right away, you can purchase it for a reasonable price.

The game can now be downloaded from the Google Play Store for free, with a few in-app purchases ranging from $.99 to $9.99.

Download The Witcher Battle Arena from the Google Play Store

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Dropbox for Windows Phone gets first update, Rudy Huyn revealed as its developer


The long awaited Dropbox app for Windows Phone launched late on Wednesday, but the app has already received its first update that adds Spanish to its languages. Also, famed Windows Phone app creator Rudy Huyn has revealed he is the developer of the newly universal Dropbox app for Windows Phone and Windows 8.1.

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