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Deezer update: lyrics you can read or sing-along to

Posted by wicked December - 20 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

With the continued popularity of Spotify (despite Taylor Swift’s break-up with them) and Google creating YouTube Music Key, competition in the music streaming service has never been tougher. Another competitor, Deezer, is stepping up its game in the latest update as it gives users the chance not just to listen to songs they like but sing-along to the ones they love with the new lyrics feature.

If you’re a true blue music lover, you will always have the urge to sing along to your favorite songs, but not all of them have clear cut lyrics. Deezer has partnered with LyricFind so that you have the option to look at the lyrics while you’re listening to a song. No more mishearing Starbucks lovers in a Taylor Swift song (yes, she’s on this music streaming service) or thinking Jennifer Lopez is expressing love for her puppy instead of her Papi.

You have the option to display the entire song at once, or if you feel like doing a little karaoke, you can view it in sing-along mode. Not all songs however have the lyrics already, only those that have a microphone icon will be able to display the words. But they are working on having this for all 35 million songs in their library. This feature is available in all of its platforms like smartphones, tablets and even desktops.

While some of the other music streaming services like Spotify can also do this through third-party apps. Deezer is probably the first to have it built-in to the app. This feature is available in both the free and premium services when you update your app. If you don’t have it yet on your device, you can download it from the Google Play Store.

Rovio updates Angry Birds Epic RPG with player vs player gameplay

Posted by wicked December - 20 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

Just when you thought Rovio is running out of ideas for Angry Birds, here comes another update for the Angry Birds Epic. We’re expecting this to be another epic game because it’s not your usual slingshot game and now it’s made even better. Why, it’s a role-playing game (RPG) that brings a new player vs player gameplay. Just gather three birds and try to defeat the other players.

The game is very different but the Angry Birds charm is still there. What makes this a winner is that it allows you to challenge your friends and family. This RPG adventure includes warriors sent to the Piggy Island and explore the tribal villages, tropical beaches, mysterious caves, and frosty mountains. Prepare the main characters, Red, Chuck, and Bomb to rival King Pig, Wiz Pig, and Prince Porky.

As with most RPGs, you can level up your characters with news weapons, potions, and weapons. You’ll be a legendary hero who will take down the pig warrior. With this latest update, you can now customize your team banner with powerful parts. The Player vs. Player Arena allows weekly leagues that allows you to win epic rewards. If you’re really a good player, strive to climb the ladder in the Arena Leagues and try to achieve the Diamond tier and prove you’re the best.

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Download Angry Birds Epic from the Google Play Store

VIA: Angry Birds Blog

Looney Tunes make a comeback on mobile devices with new game

Posted by wicked December - 20 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

While Looney Tunes is not that popular anymore compared to their heyday of the past few decades, there is still a certain generation that looks on the animated shorts and characters with nostalgia, and they still have an appeal to kids who didnt’ grow up on Bugs Bunny, the Road Runner, Tweety Bird and the others. A new Android game might just renew interest in the animated characters in an endless runner game with a slight twist to the usual ones of its type.

Looney Tunes Dash is not just a runner game but instead of running endlessly or until you die, you get to run, jump, slide, and smash your way to win. You can choose to play some of the most popular Looney Tunes characters, including Bugs, Tweety, Road Runner, Daffy Duck and get to escape classic “villains” like Wil E. Coyote, Sylvester the Cat, and Elmer Fudd. You get to collect coins, power-ups, special abilities to help you win the game you’re playing.

You also get to run in different “episodes” that are based on the actual original cartoons that you enjoyed as a kid. Even the music and moments are inspired by specific episodes and Jeff Bergman, the current voice talent behind such characters as Bugs, Elmer, Yosemite Sam, etc, also lends his voice to the game. And to contribute even more to the nostalgia trip, there are Looney Tunes Collectors Cards scattered across the game, which contain facts and trivia about your favorite animated shorts and characters.

You can download Looney Tunes Dash from the Google Play Store for free. There are several in-app purchases available so if you have kids borrowing your Android device to play the game, better disable the one click pay option.


Coffee messaging app lets you text easily on Android Wear

Posted by wicked December - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

While smartwatches have made our communication and digital lives a little bit easier, it is still very limited, with most of the wearables just showing us notifications of incoming calls, messages or app activities. But acting on those notifications is not yet that great. Thank goodness for app developers because now, you can actually respond to messages without needing to take out your phone or looking silly talking to your watch with Coffee app for Android Wear.

The app says that it is the first messaging app that can use your smartwatch to respond to SMS communication so you can be responsive while you’re on the go, wherever you are. With just a few swipes or taps on your wearable, you will be able to send messages in a more “subtle manner” if you’re in a situation where taking out your phone is inconvenient or not socially acceptable.

Coffee has around 100 preset messages that you can use to respond to important communications you have to respond to at that moment. You can also customize a certain number of those messages if the preset ones do not match what you’re trying to say. You can also choose the vibrating patterns for certain contacts so that you can actually know who’s sending you messages.

While most of the Android Wear apps are just smartphone apps optimized for the wearable, Coffee is actually created from the ground up and conceptualized for smartwatches. You can download Coffee for free from the Google Play Store.



Minuum update: multiple languages at once, material design

Posted by wicked December - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

With the global community becoming smaller and more connected due to the Internet and digital technology, more and more people are becoming bilingual or even multi-lingual, in either business and/or in their personal lives. Sometimes, when communicating with other people, they even use two or more languages at the same time. Virtual keyboard Minuum is giving this kind of users an easier time by giving the app simultaneous multilingual capabilities.

Version 3.0.1 of Minuum now sports an experimental feature that allows you to use multiple languages simultaneously when typing on the virtual keyboard while using any app. When you type on the single row of letters (which is one of the unusual selling points of the app), you will receive recommendations from the multiple languages that you activated in the settings. The update will also show you a status bar for the other language packs that you’re adding so you know how much time is remaining for the download to finish.

The newest version of the app also has a Material Design make-over, to keep it looking at par with other Google apps and (if your smartphone is already updated or will soon) with Android 5.0 Lollipop. Other minor updates shown in the changelog includes option to enable bonus panel shortcut, better compound words prediction, quicker secondary character selection, and a fix for the fonts in the mini keyboard.

There are also new themes available in the in-app purchases for the Minuum store. You can either choose the free version of Minuum or upgrade to the full version for $3.99, which of course has more features.

VIA: Android Police

Square Enix lists popular games on sales

Posted by wicked December - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

After Bulkypix, here is another game developer studio offering greats deals of apps. Square Enix isn’t giving away free games though but most of the premium games that are so popular are now on sale. Fans of Final Fantasy (all versions!), Chrono Trigger, and Dragon Quest would be glad to know that the games are now discounted, at least, for this holiday season.

Square Enix’s bestseller is Final Fantasy are now up for grabs with a slightly lower price. The original Final Fantasy mobile game is only $2.99 with the recent versions listed at $7.99 each. Chrono Trigger is on sale for $4.99 while two Dragon Quest versions, II and VII, are available for $2.99 and $12.99.

Here is a complete list of the games Square Enix put on sale. (Click each link to download)

• Chrono Trigger, $4.99
• Dragon Quest II, $2.99
• Dragon Quest VIII, $12.99
• Final Fantasy, $3.99
• Final Fantasy II, $3.99
• Final Fantasy III, $7.99
Final Fantasy IV, $7.99
• Final Fantasy IV: After Years, $7.99
• Final Fantasy VI, $7.99
Final Fantasy V, $7.99
Final Fantasy Dimensions, $7.99

Most of the games are listed with a 50 % discount. I’m pretty sure Square Enix will be followed by other developers in offering discounts this Christmas.

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Download Square Enix games from the Google Play Store

VIA: Droid Gamers

Samsung shutting down ChatOn in all markets except in the US

Posted by wicked December - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Maybe you own a Samsung smartphone device and you noticed one of the apps there that keeps getting updated but you’ve never used it (but you can’t delete it out of there as well) – it’s called ChatOn, and it was supposed to be Samsung’s competition for iMessage, a Samsung-only messaging tool. But it never really caught on, and after many denials that the South Korean gadget giant was killing the app, they finally officially announced that they were ditching ChatOn.

Well, there’s a small caveat. The announcement was made in Korea, and it looked for a while like it was only going to get ditched in Korea, but Samsung has come out saying that starting on February 1, 2015, the ChatOn app will no longer be part of the manufacturer’s app ecosystem in all global markets except for the United States, where it will be retained.


Why retain it in the US? The most probable reason is that it is the only market where the app has some sort of traction. Samsung is citing “changing market conditions” for the decision, but this seems contrary to the 100-million strong user base that they have claimed when asked about the app.


The reality is that the marketing for ChatOn was never really spot on, and people didn’t realize that they had a good messaging service in their hands. The result – people didn’t really use the software preloaded on so many Samsung smartphones because tragically, they didn’t know what it was.

VIA: Engadget

The NVIDIA SHIELD Holiday bundle has a bundle within the bundle

Posted by wicked December - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Yep, you heard us right. It’s a meme waiting to happen, but we’ll set that aside for a moment. What’s important is that you can now get the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet, the NVIDIA wireless game controller, and a bundle of games all for USD$399.

First you get a great gaming tablet, because that’s what the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet is – we’ve said it before, we’ll say it again, this is probably the best gaming tablet you can get out in the market today. Granted that you’ll have to pay premium for it, but that’s what it costs to have the best specs. It’s primed with the Tegra K1 processor, still one of the baddest mobile procs out there today.


Then you get the NVIDIA wireless mobile controller for all your gaming needs. And then NVIDIA put a bundle within the bundle – buyers of this holiday treat will get three classic Valve games: Portal, Half-Life 2, and Half-Life 2: Episode One, which we mentioned was optimized specifically for the SHIELD Tablet.

So, are you planning to splurge on something nice for yourself this holiday season? NVIDIA’s Holiday Bundle makes it difficult for it not to be part of your options for gaming.


Samsung Galaxy S6 rumored to have curved display on both sides

Posted by wicked December - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Some people think it funny putting out rumors like this – that Samsung’s next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S6, will have curved displays running on both sides. We’ll treat it like any other rumor we get – it’s possible, but we’ll have to wait on whether it will be probable or not.

The rumor goes that the Samsung Galaxy S6 will take the best things out of the Galaxy Note Edge and the new Samsung A Series – that it will have curved displays running on both its right and left edges, and that it will sport an aluminum shell. The Galaxy Note Edge, quirky though it may be, has been relatively well received. The A Series, on the other hand, has made it clear to the world that yes, Samsung can make metal-bound devices.

The logic behind the rumor is given more fuel by the flagging sales of the current flagship, the Galaxy S5, and that Samsung is looking for something new to amaze the global market and regain its place as the top smartphone seller bar none.


What do we say about it? Well, just because something could be done doesn’t mean it should be done, or that it will be done. Samsung is scheduled to unveil the Galaxy S6 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in March 2015. There are still a good 2 months where we’re sure more details about the Galaxy S6 will come out – and maybe put this funny rumor to rest. Or prove us wrong.


Gresso Regal Black Edition made from titanium packs 5.0-inch screen

Posted by wicked December - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Gresso has been making very expensive smartphones for years now and the company has added another new model to its high-end line. The smartphone is called the Gresso Regal Black Edition. The skeleton of the smartphone is titanium that is coated with black PVD and then features inserts made of shiny gold.

The good news with this Gresso device is that it actually packs some nice hardware inside. Typically, you are only paying for the looks of the Gresso device. The Regal Black Edition has a 5-inch screen and full HD resolution. It has 2GB of RAM and internal storage is 32GB.

The rear camera has 13MP resolution while the front is a 5MP snapper. One of the things this phone lacks is support for LTE. In this day and age, a device without LTE is annoying for most users. It’s unclear what processor is used, but it is a 1.5GHz quad-core unit.

The PVD coating over the Grade 5 titanium means that the case will resist scratches and is strong but light. The 18K gold insert can be had in yellow or white gold and has the Gresso name and the number of the device. Only 999 will be made at a price starting at $3000 with no insert and no PVD coating. The R1 and R3 models start at $5,000 with PVD and inserts.


SOURCE: SlashGear

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