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Angry Birds 2 and Angry Birds Pop Halloween-ified in new update

Posted by wicked October - 14 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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As expected, zombies and other sorts of undead creatures will be invading your Angry Bird mobile games as we celebrate Halloween in a few weeks. Both Angry Bird Pop and Angry Bird 2 will have new features and new levels that will get you in the mood for scary creatures or might turn you into a monster if you get frustrated by the pigs. Both updates are free and will only probably last until the season is over.

Angry Bird Pop, the bubble popping version of our favorite war between avians and swines, will be updated with The Popping Dead. It will bring 20 new levels of Halloween-themed fun, including the return of Red as a playable character. Your task is to get the candy back from the sweets-stealing pigs, and Red’s Rock Pop ability will help you achieve that goal faster. If you want to earn extra rewards, you can also collect special candy.


For Angry Birds 2, you’ll be getting an undead love story with Snotting Hill. Okay, it’s not really a love story but more like the continuation of the ongoing hate story between the two groups in Piggy Island. 20 levels will be added full of snot and slime to get you in the mood for Halloween.


You also get an additional feature wherein you can see how your friends are doing, Angry Birds-wise. You just click on their names and you can see their profile, including their birds’ levels, other stats, and their placement on the leaderboards. The updates for Angry Birds Pop and Angry Birds 2 are now available on the Google Play Store.

VIA: Droid Gamers

CloudPlayer now has support for Android Wear, Android Auto and AllPlay

Posted by wicked October - 14 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Gone are the days when your music players only had the ability to play the songs that are stored on your device. Now you have music streaming services where you don’t even need to have songs saved on your smartphone, tablet, or desktop. You also have apps like doubleTwist’s CloudPlayer that can play music stored on your cloud accounts. The latest update to this app brings support for Android Wear, Android Auto and AllPlay, all the better to have more options to control your music.

If you’re not familiar with CloudPlayer yet, it’s an app that can play both the actual songs on your device, as well as your music that’s stored on your most popular cloud apps like Dropbox, One Drive, and Google Drive. Version 1.0.9 of the app now brings you support for other platforms that can give you better control over where you want to playback your music. If you’re in a situation where controlling your music is more convenient on your wrist, then now you can do so through any smartwatch running on Android Wear.

If you’re driving and your vehicle is fitted out with Android Auto, then you can also use it to play your music using CloudPlayer. And with support for AllPlay, it also becomes the only music app that supports three streaming devices, including Chromecast and Airplay, out of the box. So this means you can stream your music to the recently released Chromecast Audio or AllPlay speakers, all through your cloud or local device.



You can download CloudPlayer for free from the Google Play Store. If you already have it, just check the page to update your app.

SOURCE: doubleTwist

Waze releases results of Global Driver Satisfaction Index 

Posted by wicked October - 14 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off


If you’re curious what are the driving conditions in other countries, traffic navigation app Waze has got you covered. They evaluated the driving experience of 50 million drivers in 32 countries, and including 167 metro areas. The results have now been released in the first ever Global Driver Satisfaction Index, considering six key factors that affect how satisfying or miserable they are in both driving and commuting. The Dutch came out with the best driving experience while Costa Rica has the worst.

They based the index on six key factors and asked the drivers to give a single numerical score from satisfying (10) to miserable (1). The Traffic Level (how often and how bad are the traffic jams); Road quality and infrastructure; Driver safety (number of accidents, road accidents, weather); Driver services (access to gas stations, good parking options); Socio-Economic (access to cars, increasing and decreasing gas prices); and last but definitely not the least for them, the “Wazeyness”, which is actually how good (or bad) the Waze community is in terms of helping fellow drivers.


Based on the results, it looks like the Netherlands, one of the most densely-populated countries in the world, is the best place to be a driver (among other things). In terms of cities, Phoenix, Arizona received the best scores when it comes to the best driving conditions in the world. The Netherlands also topped the “charts” when it comes to having the best traffic conditions, along with Slovakia, Sweden, and Czech Republic. The Philippines, Guatemala, and Venezuela are the bottom of the table, with Manila having “the worst traffic on earth” on a city level.

In terms of Wazeyness, which is probably the most important for them, Belgium is “the most Wazey country on Earth” because the smiley face is their most chosen Mood in the app, while Indonesia has the most stressed or unhappy emoticons in the app. You can read the full report on the source link below.


The Magellan eXplorist TRX7 is an Android-powered off-road navigation device

Posted by wicked October - 13 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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When you stick to the main roads and highways (like we do), Google Maps should be more than enough navigation help for you. But for the adventuring types – those who frequent trails and do off-road driving – they need a different level of GPS navigation help, those that give them more data about these lesser-travelled roads than Google Maps does. For that, there is the Magellan eXplorist TRX7.

The Magellan eXplorist TRX7 is a GPS car navigation module made by Powersports, and will be displayed at the AIMExpo in Orlando, Florida starting on Thursday. This nav module was designed with the off-roading enthusiast in mind. The module gives you more information about driver safety when driving these roads, and detailed 3D maps and community-generated trail data.

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What it is physically is robust, top say the least. You have the module encased in rugged weatherproof material, meeting IP67 dust and water resistance certification. You get a 7-inch LCD display, with WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, and is powered by a dual-core Cortex A9 processor. The whole device runs on Android 4.2. It has 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage and a microSD expansion slot.

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The focus on storage is so that the device can accommodate new maps for trails as they are developed. Right out of the box, you get data for over 44,000 trails, all with high resolution images and 3D terrain rendering. The Magellan eXplorist TRX7 will be available for USD$599.

SOURCE: Magellan

ZTE Nubia X8 images leaked, might have touch-sensitive buttons

Posted by wicked October - 13 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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ZTE is one of the few Chinese phone manufacturers in the market today that’s quite reliable when it comes to delivering Android smartphones. ZTE phones may not directly compete with the biggest device makers like Samsung or Apple but it certainly has a crowd-following. Thanks to the mobile phones introduced by the brand that remain to be affordable even with specs and features that are good enough.

By “good enough” we mean some specs can be found in high-end phones but cost is still low. ZTE’s next offering is this Nubia X8 which was rumored a few months ago. A teaser was shared over on Weibo, telling us the phone will launch this coming October 15. That’s only a couple of days from today so we’re not surprised that images are leaked prior to official launch.

What’s special about the ZTE Nubia X8 is that phone is believed to have touch-sensitive buttons particularly on the side used to control the volume. This idea is new for a smartphone but since several touch technologies like Force Touch and ClearForce are being introduced, it could just be the start of touch-sensitive buttons. If that’s the case then we can also say that this model will have a fingerprint sensor.

Looking at the images, the Nubia X8 smartphone seems to be bezel-less, making it quite attractive like the ZTE Nubia Z9. Interestingly, there’s a mention of a 4GB RAM so that puts it in the flagship category so we can’t say for sure if this is just mid-range or already considered premium.

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Samsung releases Game Tuner app, lets you adjust game graphics

Posted by wicked October - 13 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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If you own any of the latest premium flagship phones from Samsung, you’re not just lucky because you get to use Samsung Pay. On that Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, and Note 5 of yours, you can now adjust resolution scaling and maximum frame rate of games you know that drain your phone’s battery faster than normal. Yep, those smartphones have the best screen displays in the mobile industry today and admit it or not, those visuals and fluid graphics can drain the battery quickly and exhaust your processor.

Some of the more popular games played on those high-end Samsung Galaxy phone include Hearthstone which is played at 1080p. It’s up to you to change the graphics resolution to 2K (1440p actually) or even down to 480p. The latter may be okay if you want the game to load faster and you want to conserve your battery. With the new Game Tuner app, you can even adjust frame rate from 15fps to 60fps. If you can’t decide on what setting to choose, just select any of the preset modes available.

Samsung’s Game Tuner is one useful app for true blue gamers. Finally, an app that allows you to decide what frame rate or resolution is good enough for your geeky eyes. Full HD or high-resolution images are nice, no doubt about it, but you know, some machines can’t really handle them. If they can be rendered properly, chances are, phone battery will be drained quicker than you can finish the game.

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Download Game Tuner from the Google Play Store

VIA: Android Police

Access and edit PDFs easier with Dropbox sync with Adobe

Posted by wicked October - 13 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off


If you find it annoying that you have to make so many steps when you’re accessing and opening PDF files from and to your Dropbox and/or Adobe Acrobat Reader, then the latest news from these two tech brands will make you and your productivity brain cells happy. The two are partnering to help users have a seamless and easier time to both read and edit, save, and share PDF files, now on desktop, later on for mobile.

All you have to do to be able to enjoy this seamless integration is to add your Dropbox account to the latest version of Adobe Acrobat and Acrobat Reader desktop apps. After that, you can now open the PDFs stored in your Dropbox account from within the Adobe apps themselves. Any edits you make on the file, whether you highlight certain sections, electronically sign a contract, write comments, etc, will be automatically saved on your Dropbox. So no need to download, edit, and reupload once editing is finished.


Since the file is automatically saved on your Dropbox, you can easily share it with your collaborators without going through so many steps. Aside from opening a Dropbox file from your Acrobat program, you can also open a PDF file from your Dropbox, right click and open to the Adobe app that you want to use.

Sadly, this isn’t available yet for Android mobile devices. You’d have to wait a few more months as the Android integration will happen sometime 2016 with no specific month stated. Make sure your Adobe Acrobat Reader desktop app is updated to the latest version to be able to enjoy this integration.

SOURCE: Dropbox

Remix Mini is showing off, does all the things you need it to do

Posted by wicked October - 13 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off


If you’re like us – waiting for our Remix Mini to arrive from shipping – then this new video from Jide Technology (makers of the Remix Mini) does not help at all, and only accentuates the agony of waiting. But if you have little idea of what the Remix Mini can be, then this new video is for you.


First up, what is the Remix Mini? Well, it’s an Android device that’s making a strong suggestion to be either your desktop workstation or your set top TV device. It is powered by a 1.2Ghz quad-core Allwinner Cortex-A53 processor, with a choice of either 1GB or 2GB of RAM (we went with 2GB, of course), and it set us back around USD$40. It has an Ethernet port, HDMI output, 2 USB ports for mouse and keyboard, and WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. But what does it do? Well, watch the video below.

As you can see, the Remix Mini will pretend to replace your desktop computer, and it will do a pretty good job, too. Don’t expect to be playing Call of Duty 4 on it, though. But for documents, internet browsing, and all the other simple stuff, it will do that with ease. It can also be your Android set top TV device, complete with Android gaming capabilities.


If you missed the Kickstarter campaign, worry not. The Remix Mini is set to come out anytime this month in retail stores, with prices at USD$30 for the 1GB version and USD$50 for the 2GB version. We’re still waiting for ours, but soon we’ll have it.

SOURCE: Jide Technology

Huawei Honor 7i renamed as ShotX in Europe, up for pre-order in Germany

Posted by wicked October - 13 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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We’re thankful to Huawei for all the “Honor” its been giving the mobile industry but sometimes, and just like any other OEMs today, the almost similar names can be a lot confusing. If Samsung has the Galaxy line, Huawei is known for the Honor lineup. Well sure, Huawei also has the Ascend series but the Honor sells more for being an affordable series.

A few months ago, we mentioned the Huawei Honor 7 would be coming to Europe very soon. It actually turned out to be the Honor 7i complete with a flip out camera module. The smartphone is indeed coming to Europe but under a different name. Phone will now be called as the Huawei ShotX.

No formal announcement has been made by the Chinese tech company yet but some German retailers are already taking orders for the new model. To review, the phone comes equipped with a 5.2-inch display screen, 1080 x 1920 FHD resolution, Snapdragon 616 SoC, octa-core 1.5GHz CPU, Adreno 405 GPU, 16GB built-in storage, microSD cart slot for expansion, 2GB RAM, and a 3100mAh battery.

The Huawei ShotX also boasts of 4G/LTE connectivity and a fingerprint scanner. These two are rapidly becoming standard features in smartphones so expect them on the new Huawei phone. Out of the box, the phone will run Huawei’s EMUI 3.1 and Android 5.1.1 already. Those who live in Germany can choose from among these three color variants: Polar White, Isle Blue, and Coastal Gold.

Huawei ShotX is already up for pre-order. Price tag reads $397 (349 euros) which makes it a mid to upper class range smartphone. Shipping will start in about a couple of weeks.

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Android Wear-powered ELE Watch sighted on Chinese online store

Posted by wicked October - 13 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Elephone is venturing into the smartwatch arena. Less than a month ago, some images of the ELE Watch were leaked. Not much information were presented to us but the wearable looks stylish and could very well rival the round smartwatches recently introduced in the market.

No official launch or announcement has been made yet but a product page was recently published by GearBest. The Chinese online retailer has listed a new smartwatch with an ‘Arrival Notice’ note. It’s one attention-grabber because of the $115 price tag which is the lowest we know so far among the round wearables we’ve featured. We all know how smartwatches can be pricey today so a model that affordable has a potential to become a bestseller.

A list of specs was even provided on the page. There’s a mention of ELEPHONE as the brand. Specs include a built-in MTK2601 chip from Mediatek, 4GB built-in storage, 512MB RAM, 1.5-inch TFT screen with 320 x 320 pixel resolution, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and a 400 mAh battery. Case and watch band are made of metal.

Smartwatch is compatible with Android Wear OS. Just like most watches today, the ELE Watch is dust- and waterproof as indicated by its IP67 rating. Wearable device can last up to 80 hours on a single charge which is about up to three full days.

The ELE Watch also allows Bluetooth calling so you can accept incoming calls right from your wrist. It features a heart rate monitor and remote control for music playback. So far, it looks like and functions like any other smartwatch we’ve seen and tried. The metal band can be swapped with other wrist band materials but we don’t know the exact band size yet.

The 512MB RAM and 4GB built-in storage is standard in current smartwatches. Languages available include English, German, Thai, Malay, Italian, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Arabic, Spanish, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Portuguese, and Turkish.

The ELE Watch may not have the more advanced specs and features but for its price, this Android watch is good enough for those who just want the basic smartwatch functions like notifications, Bluetooth calling, and heart rate tracking. This reminds us of the newest Asus ZenWatch that is priced at $150—another smartwatch that can become a bestseller and ready to rival the more expensive models like Moto 360, LG Watch Urbane, and Huawei Watch.

We’ll wait for ELEPHONE to make the official announcement. We have our eyes on this one.

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