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‘Crossy Road’ for iOS game review

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Crossy Road is a new ‘endless arcade hopper’ from developer Hipster Whale. The game is based on the 8-bit arcade game Frogger but instead of ending on the other side of the screen Crossy Road is infinitely long.

The game basically involves crossing busy streets and avoiding being run over by the vehicles, or jumping into the water. The further you go without dying, the higher the score. The game has proven to be exceptionally addictive and it was hard to put it down to write this, so let’s get on with it. Read more »

Moto testing out the Lollipop update for Verizon’s Moto X (2014)

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Carriers don’t have the best reputation when it comes to the speed of software updates, however, Verizon may be on track to release Android 5.0 Lollipop for its Motorola Moto X (2014) soon.

Nothing is official yet, but Motorola has invited participants in its Motorola Feedback Network to take a new software version out for a spin. Read more »

Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro battery life test

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The Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro is the company’s 2014 flagship and it sports a sizable 6″ display with a QHD resolution in a very sleek and compact body. A phone this large also makes room for a large battery, and the Vibe Z2 Pro comes with a 4,000mAh juice pack.

In theory, this should give it serious power autonomy but a big battery can only get you so far. The phone’s internals include a Snapdragon 801 chipset with a quad-core 2.5GHz Krait 400 CPU and 3GB of RAM, which is no longer the latest, but still pretty good in terms of efficiency. Read more »

Samsung outs a quartet of new Galaxy Note 4 promo videos

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With the holiday shopping season poised to enter its most critical phase, Samsung unsurprisingly released a quartet of new Galaxy Note 4 promo videos. As expected, each of the clips focuses of a specific feature of the Korean company’s flagship phablet.

Three of the video clips are narrated by a little boy, who describes some his family member’s pre-Note 4 smartphone troubles. Read more »

Google Maps for Android updated, now offers tips about your destination

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Google is rolling out a new version of Google Maps for Android, bringing some new useful features to the most popular online mapping service. The update bumps the app version to 9.1, and comes just a few weeks after the version 9.0 was released.

The updated app will provide more information about destinations and alternate routes — it will display the current weather and time at the given location, along with some interesting facts about your destination, and will also let you know exactly how much time the alternate route will save. One of the significant additions in the new version is that the app will now respond audibly to your requests for showing or hiding traffic. Read more »

Jolla adds Australia and Canada to list of countries for Jolla Tablet

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Jolla recently started an Indigogo campaign for their upcoming tablet, which met with an incredible response, helping them achieve almost 300% of their initial target within a few days.

The company had originally decided upon China, Hong Kong, India, Norway, Russia, Switzerland, and United States as the countries that it will be shipping the tablet to. But after the overwhelming response, the company decided to ask people which other countries they would like to see the tablet being shipped to. After several votes, the company has decided to add Australia and Canada to the list. Read more »

The Motorola Nexus 6 sports an LED notification light, enabled via rooting

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The Motorola Nexus 6 sports the brilliant Ambient Display feature, which allows you to take a peek at ongoing notifications without unlocking the phone. However, a clever XDA Developers member found out that the phone sports another method of letting you know of a pending notification – a hidden LED light.

The LED light is situated right below the speaker grille on top. It requires root privileges to activate and currently it shows only red, green and blue colors. Members of the community are trying various ways to make the notification light display a combination of colors, too. Read more »

Microsoft takes another swing at Apple in a Siri vs. Cortana ad

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After repeatedly bashing the MacBook Air in its Surface 3 commercials, Microsoft released yet another ad that takes a swing at Apple. The holiday themed video puts Nokia Lumia 830 side by side with Apple iPhone 6 Plus in a battle of virtual assistants.

The clip consists of showcasing Cortana’s unique features via rhetorical questions towards Siri. Read more »

Alcatel OneTouch Flash pre-orders begin in India

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The Alcatel OneTouch Flash smartphone was officially announced in Thailand back in September, and now it’s made its way to India as well. In fact, the handset is already up for pre-order at Flipkart, the subcontinent’s biggest online retailer.

The OneTouch Flash is being offered in both grey and white, the pricing being the same in both cases – INR 9,999 (that means approximately $161 or €130 at the current exchange rates). Read more »

Customize your Adidas sneakers with the miZX FLUX app for iOS and Android

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The Adidas MiZX FLUX service allows you to create custom sneaker design and having it shipped to you. Now, the company has made it even easier to do so with its dedicated MiZX FLUX app for Android and iOS.

You just snap a photo of whatever you like to get printed, after selecting your gender, country and shoe size and then scale and adjust the photo to the shoe template. Then, you place an order, but it doesn’t come cheap. Read more »

Pebble gets an update and now supports notifications in 80 languages

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The Pebble smartwatch has been treated with a firmware update, which allows its e-paper display to show notifications in many more languages as now there’s full character support. The Android app also got a new version which allows any app to beam notifications to the Pebble.

Apart from the support for showing notifications in 80 languages, the Pebble can now end ongoing calls, which is definitely useful. General performance and reliability should also be enhanced. Read more »

Telltale releases trailer for upcoming ‘Game of Thrones’ game

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Telltale, makers of the popular Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us series of games, have been working on a new game. Based on the series ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ by George R. R. Martin, otherwise known as just ‘Game of Thrones’ due to the popularity of the TV show by HBO. The game itself is also called just ‘Game of Thrones’ and features many of the actors from the TV show providing their voice and likeness to the characters in the game.

As with the previous games they made, Game of Thrones will be a point and click adventure and in an episodic format, six, to be precise, and the first one is called ‘Iron from Ice’. The game is largely based on the fourth season of the TV show but features the House Forrestor, which is present in the later books but hasn’t yet been introduced in the TV show. You play as five of the characters in House Forrestor. Martin’s personal assistant Ty Corey Franck has partnered with the game developers for this game. Read more »

Jolla Tablet campaign crosses $1 million mark in its second day

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The Jolla Tablet campaign reached its (rather low) funding goal of $380,000 in a couple of hours and now in its second day it has already passed the $1 million mark. The campaign is going so well that the price keeps rising – the first 1,000 tablets went at $190, the current batch of 1,000 tablets is priced at $209.

And the price will keep rising, eventually reaching its estimated retail price of $250 – matching the metal-clad Nokia N1. Read more »

Android Lollipop’s encryption feature brings significant performance penalty

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One of the features in Android 5.0 Lollipop is encryption, which encrypts all your data and can only be decrypted when you unlock the phone using the passcode, making it unusable to someone without the passcode even if they can access the memory.

This feature is disabled by default on devices that got updated to Lollipop (such as the Nexus 5) and has to be enabled separately but the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9 come with it enabled by default (which cannot be disabled). Unfortunately, that may not be the best idea, as AnandTech’s tests have shown, the encryption feature has a severe performance penalty. Read more »

Motorola Camera and Gallery apps update brings new features and refreshed design

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Motorola released an update for its Camera app in the Google Play store. The latest version of the application brings Material Design and new features to users.

The new additions to the camera app’s already extensive repertoire of tricks include new three and ten-second timer options. Read more »