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Flappy Bird developer gives the reason for taking the game down

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Flappy Bird gathered insane interest over the past few days. Initially developed in 2013, Flappy Bird has become one of the most popular titles in both Android Play Store and Apple App Store, generating millions of downloads. Its creator – Dong Nguyen – even promised Windows Phone port is coming too.

And then, just when we though the free game is certain to break records, the developer decided to remove Flappy Bird from all stores. Until today the reasons were unclear, but the speculations went crazy – from death threats to patent issues and lawsuits. Read more »

Verizon to start selling Nexus 7 (2013) on February 13

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Verizon just announced that the Nexus 7 with LTE will be available on its network this Thursday. No, there’s no new Nexus 7 tablet, this is the 2013 edition of the Google slate. It’s exactly the same device that went on sale in the US in September last year, just that now it has (finally!) received certification to use Verizon’s LTE.

There was some finger-pointing between Verizon, Google and Asus that ended with the carrier deciding to wait for Android KitKat update, citing issues with the Jelly Bean software. Read more »

Sony D6503 Sirius KitKat lockscreen UI leaks

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Yesterday, we saw some screenshots from the upcoming Sony D6503 ‘Sirius’ smartphone, said to unveil at the MWC 2014. The screenshots showed us the camera interface with the option to record videos in 4K and 1080p60 and stills in 20 and 15 megapixel.

Today, we have the screenshots of the lockscreen interface on the D6503. The lockscreen has been redesigned in KitKat to display the album art fullscreen but Sony is sticking to its own interface design, showing the album art in a tiny square next to the playback controls. One new addition is the progress bar to skip through the track and the addition of camera button at the bottom. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo hands-on

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The Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo has made its way into our office and we’re hard at work on the full review of Samsung’s latest budget large screen offering.

Did Samsung put enough under the hood of the Neo to make it a worthwhile investment for those looking for affordable big screen droids? Let’s take a look. Read more »

Google toying with cards-style YouTube Mobile browser UI

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If there’s one thing that persisted from Palm’s Web OS, it’s the “cards” feature that was so highly touted, and praised, from the now dead operating system.

It seems like Google is testing a cards-centric approach to their mobile YouTube web application. Big G is also playing with the idea of adding in a slide-out side drawer. Read more »

Now anyone can use Droid Zap

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Well anyone with an Android phone, that is. Motorola’s Droid Zap application used to be a Moto phone exclusive.

The problem was that it greatly restricted the number of users who could zap photos to anyone in a 1,000 foot radius. But not anymore. Read more »

New Google Play Newsstand widget gets “mini card” view

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Are you more of a headline kind of person, and don’t have the time to read entire news stories? Then Google Play Newsstand’s latest update should be right up your alley.

It features a “mini card” view that could save you lots of time while scrolling through your selected news. Read more »

Flappy Bird to fly away

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Love Flappy Bird? Well we’ve got some sad news: turns out the game’s developer, Dong Nguyen, is taking the popular new title down.

He tweeted the information, which indicates that the game will be pulled offline tomorrow. Read more »

Google Search for Android updated with a bunch of new features

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Google is rolling out an update to its Search app for Android bringing a bunch of cool new features and improvements.

One of the major novelties that come with the update is the ability of Google Now to let you know when you should leave for work, airport, events and dinner in order for you to get there on time. Read more »

Qualcomm launches Glance beta, an app that replaces your lock screen

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Qualcomm has released a new application named Snapdragon Glance, which is essentially an intelligent lock screen app that lets you to access a wide range of information very quickly.

Currently in Beta stage, Snapdragon Glance will allow you to view all the important notifications, see when your next appointment is, and check the weather forecast. You can also launch applications and contact people from your smartphone’s lock screen. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 hands-on

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 has made it to our office. It’s very slim, with the familiar faux-leather plastic on its back and packing an amazing 8.4″ display with 1600×2560 pixel resolution.

The Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 runs on the very capable Snapdragon 800 chipset with a quad-core 2.3GHz Krait 400 CPU, Adreno 330 graphics and 2GB of RAM. It comes with a great 8MP camera too – you can find the check quality link at the slate’s specs page and learn more about it. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 hands-on

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The growth spurt experience by smartphones has jumped to tablets too – the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 dwarfs the 7 and 10-inch Android tablets and is the biggest tablet we’ve had in our office.

How much do those couple of extra inches matter anyway? The Note Pro 12.2 screen has nearly 50% more surface area than a 10.1″ tablet. Read more »

iPad Mini and Galaxy S4 are the most fragile devices, study shows

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A recent study put a bunch of different pieces of tech to the test to see which of them would be the most likely to break. The top of that list? The iPad Mini.

Following close behind was the Samsung Galaxy S4. In fact, Apple and Samsung products dominated almost all of the list. Read more »

Mozilla launches EverythingMe-based Firefox Launcher for Android

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Today Mozilla unveiled its new launcher aimed at helping you find new apps, as well as those you may have downloaded but forgotten about.

Aptly named Firefox Launcher after the company’s popular web browser, the new homescreen replacement designed in conjunction with contextual computing startup EverythingMe highlights apps you may want based on your usage. Read more »

Google Maps 7.6 update brings a bunch of new features

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Maps 7.6 has just been made available for download, and we have a breakdown of all the new features and functionality it brings.

New updates in Google Maps 7.6 are Offers, Preferred Transit Modes, interface and icon changes, and new domains. For a more in-depth look at these features, join us after the jump. Read more »