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TomTom Spark brings music directly to your workout

Posted by wicked September - 5 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

It seems that music and fitness activities go together a lot. You hardly see anyone working out or doing any running, brisk walking, or other fitness regimen without their earphones or headphones on. A lot of wearables now are mostly connected to the user’s smartphone, so you still need to bring it along when you’re working out. But now a new line of wearables from TomTom called Spark have a built-in music storage so you can leave your phone at home.

The TomTom Sparks is still primarily a sports watch, but with the added appeal of having 3GB of internal storage, which means you can save at least 500 songs (depending on the file size and quality) directly on the device. It even comes preloaded with Running Trax, a 30-minute playlist curated by the Ministry of Sound that is meant to motivate and pump you up as you workout. However, if you don’t like dance music, then you should just load your own go-to music.

But apart from the music aspect, the wearable does the usual tracking thing, like your steps, active minutes, distance, calories burned, even your sleep duration, if you wear it while you’re sleeping. You can also set daily and weekly goals and track all your activities and progress through the TomTom MySports app, which can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.

The TomTom Spark line has different models, namely
- TomTom Spark GPS Fitness Watch
- TomTom Spark Cardio GPS Fitness Watch
- TomTom Spark Music GPS Fitness Watch
- TomTom Spark Cardio + Music GPS Fitness Watch
- TomTom Spark Music GPS Fitness Watch + Bluetooth® Headphones
- TomTom Spark Cardio + Music GPS Fitness Watch + Bluetooth® Headphones

Pricing for all models hasn’t been revealed yet, except for the TomTom Spark Cardio + Music GPS Fitness Watch which is 249 euros or around $277. Pre-order will start September 3, but all the other models will be available in stores by October.

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SOURCE: TomTom

VIA: SlashGear

BB-8 from Sphero now available for all Star Wars and droid fans

Posted by wicked September - 5 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

If you are buying (or are allowed to buy) just one Star Wars: The Force Awakens toy tie-in this year, then this new “ball droid” from Sphero is a very strong candidate to be that toy. You’ve seen the cute new droid named BB-8 from the movie trailers, and now you have the chance to own not just a lifeless replica, but a robot toy that seems like the real thing. It can be controlled, it can be autonomous, and it can even send out holographic messages, as if you were receiving secret messages from Princess Leia herself (or whoever are the new characters in the new movie).

Basically, the BB-8 is a remote-controlled robot that comes in a spherical form. Of course it isn’t as big as the actual movie droid character as it is just 11.4-cm tall and 7.3-cm wide. But in all other aspects, it’s just like the real thing. This is a partnership among Sphero, maker of “connected toys”, Lucasfilm, and Disney Consumer Products. It not only obeys your commands if you control it, it also adapts its personality to whatever it is that you’re trying to make it do. It can be playful, serious when on patrol mode, and listens and responds to its master, although if you can understand what it’s “saying” is another matter. And if you leave him idle for long, it will try and get your attention whatever way it can.

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BB-8 can be controlled by an app that has its own very special Star Wars theme of course. It can do three basic things. First, it will obey your commands through the app that controls it. You can set it to Patrol and it will move around autonomously and maybe even capture images that might surprise you. Lastly, it can create and view holographic recordings, which makes it one of the coolest toys ever.

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And because it is Force Friday (all Star Wars and pop culture fans should know what this is), BB-8 is now available for purchase through Apple Stores, Best Buy, and Sphero’s online stores. It will cost you just $149.99. But we wish you luck, since this will probably sell out within hours.

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SOURCE: Sphero
VIA: SlashGear

Bamboo Spark turns your handwritten notes into digital files

Posted by wicked September - 5 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

In an age where almost everything is being digitized or is already digitized, it is a fascinating phenomenon of sorts to see that more and more people are marrying analog and digital. Wacom, which has made its name in digital accessories, has come out with Bamboo Spark. They call it a “smart folio” as it is shaped like one, and is equipped with pen and paper that can turn your scribbles into a digital file and then through an app, you can manipulate or enhance the captured sketch or image.

Of course this sort of thing isn’t really magic. The digital pen included uses a technology that captures your strokes through the folio’s Electro Magnetic Resonance board. Then through Bluetooth, it beams your strokes through the Bamboo Spark app to your connected mobile device. All you need to do after you’ve finished writing down your notes or sketching your ideas, is to press that round button on the folio. So both physical and digital ink are captured for your convenience.

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The Bamboo Spark traditional ink pen has the same technology as the trusted Wacom digital pens. It can write on any standard A5 paper as the pen includes a special ink that allows this magic to happen. The Bamboo Spark app meanwhile lets you play around and manipulate the sketch or notes that you beamed into it. Or if you’ve been using Bamboo Paper, you can also use that app to fix your images. You can also export it to other multi-app and multi-platform apps like Evernote, Dropbox, etc.

There are three Bamboo Spark models, but all of them will have the same SRP of $159.95. Bamboo Spark with gadget pocket has space for your smartphone and business cards. Bamboo Spark with tablet sleeve obviously lets your tablet be close to your pen and paper. Bamboo Spark with snap-fit is especially made for iPad Air 2. All three have paper and the special digital pen. You would need to refill your pen’s ink after about three months of use. It will cost you $10 per pack of three. The Bamboo Spark starts shipping in October from electronic retailers.

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SOURCE: Wacom

Angel Sword, an RPG from 8-bit to 3D, but is it any better?

Posted by wicked September - 5 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

DVide Arts came out with “Angel Sword” in 2011 in a purely iOS release, but it wasn’t in this new format yet. What it was, was an 8-bit Zelda type RPG that was never warmly received in the platform. There were a lot of problems in the game design and gameplay that the game never really took off. Now DVide is almost re-releasing the game as a full 3D multiplayer RPG. The question is, will it work?

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From the trailer, we gather that you can pick to be either a “guardian” angel – white ones with white feathery wings – or a “dark” angel, with horns and bat wings. We suppose there are advantages and disadvantages for both, as not much of the storyline was revealed in the trailer video. See for yourself below.

The game description says that you won’t need an Internet connection to play the game, but there is a multiplayer co-op mode. Maybe that’s through wifi connectivity. There are a lot of weapons in the game, and it looks like you’re going to have to do some fighting. We hope to be clear if the storyline follows the old game or if it’s a completely new one.

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The game is on launch period discount today, so you can pick it up at USD$0.99, where normally it would probably cost you USD$2.99. If you want something new to try, pick up the game at the download link below.

DOWNLOAD: Google Play Store

Witness the disturbance unfold, fight a horde of foes in ‘Asdivine Dios’

Posted by wicked September - 4 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

I’m sure playing ‘Asdivine Dios’ will remind you of the early 2000′s when you’re glued to your computer screen playing an RPG title you’re so addicted to. In this day and age, be glad that you don’t need a big screen or powerful desktop to enjoy your favorite games because every title you can imagine, even the classic ones, can now be played on your phone or tablet. Here’s a not so new role playing game for you: Asdivine Dios. It’s a sequel to a previous game about some divine encounters–Asdivine Hearts.

Are you ready for a new adventure of divine proportions? That’s how game developer Kemco describes ‘Asdivine Dios’. And why not, there are many deities in different worlds but in a world known as Asdivine, there is life but is suddenly disrupted by unusual disturbances. Asdivine’s deity, Izayoi, has finally taken the mission to save his world. He’s willing to take on the challenge but unfortunately, he lost some divine powers along the way.

This adventure boasts of an impressive, original 2D artwork, fluid animations, character motion, and super effects. This mobile RPG features a series of exciting weapon creation, challenging battles, and treasure filled dungeons in an expansive world, following a charming story where players can improve skills and combine magic to win against the nemesis.

Game is free to download but in-app purchases are offered. But if you don’t want to spend not even a cent, you can still enjoy the entire game. It’s up to how you’ll finish the challenges and go on with this divine adventure of a lifetime.

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Download RPG Asdivine Dios from the Google Play Store

Goat Sim gets multiplayer online version in Goat MMO Simulator

Posted by wicked September - 4 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

I can’t believe it’s almost a year since Coffee Stain Studios made our goat dreams a reality on Android. Even if it’s a premium app, there were still people crazy cool enough to pay for this game that lets you be a goat for a day or for as long as you can stay glued to the screen. The madness continued with a new city map being added and zombies were added to the craziness. We anticipated more fun would be added to the game and looks like it’s time for the next-generation Goat simulation to be experienced.

This Goat Simulator is such a success that a multiplayer online version needs to be developed and Coffee Stain Studios heard your bleats (that’s the sound a goat makes). This simulated MMO title includes five different classes for you to enjoy from Warrior to Rouge, Magician, Hunter, and Microwave. Together with your goat friends, complete dozens of quests and level up many times even up to 101. That’s how exciting this game can be–more levels, more challenges, and more fun.

Within Goat Simulator MMO, you’ll meet those dwarves and elves and maybe even Dumblebore the Grey in Twistram. You’ll be surprised at what or who you’ll meet in this game so you better decide if you’ll spend $4.99. If you haven’t played any goat simulator game before, now is the time.  I tell ya, it’s worth your five bucks.

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Download Goat Simulator MMO Simulator from the Google Play Store

Madfinger brings UNKILLED, new freemium zombie shooter

Posted by wicked September - 4 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

If you’ve been a fan of Madfinger’s highly successful Dead Trigger series and have been waiting for a refresh, the time to rejoice has come. You’ve probably been aching to release some pent up anger via a first-person shooter zombie game for a while now, so we are telling you that the new game “UNKILLED” is now live for Android devices.

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Madfinger has admittedly been a few months late with this release, but we should see that extra development time come out as a good thing in the game. UNKILLED’s similarities to Dead Trigger will be very obvious, especially to those who have played the earlier game. There’s high-end 3D graphics to ogle at, lots of undead, and great weapons to blast them with.

The developers say there are over 300 missions, which is nice. If true to form, you can expect these missions to be a tad short, because people will play this game on the go. UNKILLED should be compatible with external controllers, if you’re really serious about your gaming. Hopefully Madfinger makes this available for Android TV platforms.

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UNKILLED is free to play, and you can pick it up via the download link below. There will be an energy resource and in-app purchases. You will run out of energy in the game, which will make you either wait, or spend real money to buy more.

DOWNLOAD: Google Play Store

ZTE shows off Axon Elite at IFA 2015, now ready for global market

Posted by wicked September - 4 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

We have yet to see the ZTE Axon Mini, one the first phones to feature Force Touch, but here’s a premium smartphone from the company: the Axon Elite. This new model was recently announced at IFA 2015, about to set sail for Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America.

ZTE has been successful in both China and the US but the brand has yet to enter other international markets. Hopefully, this new Axon phone will help put ZTE in the map. And why wouldn’t it especially if it’s already known for the phones’ affordability and still with premium specs. The Axon is actually ZTE’s family of high-end Android phones so you can be sure this phone will impress.

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ZTE is putting up the Axon Elite on sale on eBay in the UK, Spain, Germany, Italy, and France starting September 24 for 419.99 Euros or 299.99 GBP. Phone will be available offline first in Germany via MediaMarkt. Other countries will soon follow: Mexico, Turkey, France, Spain, Thailand, Hong Kong, Russia, Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore.

What’s so good about this smartphone is the triple biometrics authentication options that include eye-scan, voice control, and fingerprint. All these together with the standard specs like 32GB on built-in storage, microSD card for expansion, Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass, and dual rear cameras among others.

ZTE already listed the Axon Elite on several local eBay sites: Global (U.S. and Canada not included), United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Germany, and France

ZTE Axon Elite specifications:

• OS: Android 5.0.2 Lollipop
• Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with Adreno 430 GPU
• Display: 5.5-inch CGS (Continuous Grain Silicon) TFT LCD, 2.5D curved display, 1920 x 1080 FHD resolution
• Size: 154mm x 75mm x 9.3mm
• Battery: 3000 mAh, Quick Charge
• 3GB RAM
• 32GB internal storage
• 13MP rear camera
• 8MP front facing camera
• Security: Fingerprint scanner , Visit Mode, TrustZone, EyePrint ID, Voice Unlocking
• Connectivity: 3G/4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n

SOURCE: ZTE

CAT S30 rugged Android phone unveiled in Berlin

Posted by wicked September - 4 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

CAT Phones will always be known for producing the most rugged and kick-ass Android phones. The company makes affordable smartphones that can withstand even the harshest weather conditions and most extreme outdoor adventures. This week at the IFA event, CAT has introduced yet another rugged phone for you: the CAT S30–an obvious follow-up to the S40 revealed back in July and last year’s S50 model.

The CAT S30 is built to last. It’s been “made rugged” for the professionals who are tough, rough, and always on-the-go. It comes with an easy-grip casing so it won’t slip from your hand. Phone is made from a ‘shear strength material’ that is IP68 and Mil SPEC 810G certified. This device is perfect for those in challenging environments like constructions, industrial, mining, or in a military war zone.

What’s good about the CAT S30 is you can use it even with your gloves on. Specs are not as high but this one is really meant for basic smartphone use in challenging conditions. The 4.5-inch display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 screen is enough for you to access your favorite Android apps. Phone is drop-, water-, dust-, and shock-proof and boasts of its Wet-Finger Tracking Technology and Glove-On Working Technology. CAT S30 will be available this September for 329 euros ($367).

CAT S30 specifications:

• OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop
• Processor: Qualcomm MSM8909 Quad-core 1.1Ghz
• Display: Super bright 4.5-inch TN Type TFT, 480 x 854 pixe; resolution
• Size: 141.99mm x 72.74mm x 13.25mm
• Battery: 3000 mAh
• Weight: 181g
• 1GB RAM
• 16GB internal storage
• 5MP rear camera
• 2MP front facing camera
• Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Compass
• Connectivity: 3G/4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n

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SOURCE: CAT

LG Nexus 5X will be more expensive than the original

Posted by wicked September - 4 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

New Google Nexus phones are expected to launch this September 29 and we’re excited to see how LG will improve on the Nexus this time. This will be Huawei’s first time to release a Nexus device but not for LG who released a Nexus 5 a couple of years ago. This year’s Nexus phone is believed to be more expensive and will come with more premium specs.

We only have leaks and rumors for now and each day, more details about the next Nexus phones are leaked. A few months ago, we even said it might come with a 3D camera. We recently heard that the smartphone will be called the Nexus 5X this time.

We’re okay with the LG Nexus (2015) but ‘Nexus 5X’ is easier to say and remember. So far, we know this Nexus 5X will have a raised camera , dual LED flash, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C port, plastic back, and more. The Nexus 5X is said to come in white, light blue, and black models.

As for the pricing, Nexus 5X might be $50 more expensive than the original Nexus 5 probably at $399 for the 16GB version–if there will be an entry-level model.

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And since any leak or rumor is more than welcome before Google or LG makes an official announcement, a Google employee recently posted a selfie on Google+. So what’s the fuss, it’s just a selfie? You see, the LG Nexus is known as the “Bullhead” and the innocent selfie apparently showed a partial list of specs. This somehow confirms some of the things we’ve been talking about lately. I guess we’ll just have to wait for the official announcement.

VIA: Android Authority, TechTastic