Sunday, October 13, 2013

Sprint taking pre-orders for LG G2, will arrive by November 8

Better late than never, right? Sprint has opened pre-orders for the LG G2, a phone that has been available from AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile since last month. $99 reserves your spot on the list of folks receiving the device on or before it becomes available in stores on November 8th.

Actually, Sprint is saying they will “do [their] best to get it to you before others get a glimpse,” which lacks an air of confidence normally associated with pre-order release dates. Mitigating expectations, we suppose.

If you act quickly, Sprint is supplying a free QuickWindow case for those pre-ordering the G2 (while supplies last). Or you could get the phone today from any of the aforementioned US carriers already stocking the handset. Chances are you won’t be disappointed.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Dragon Academy for Android Review

Match-three game Dragon Academy sets itself up as a sort of Hogwarts for dragons: contending that via match-three (or as they call it, “hatch-three”) play, you can train up your own little fire-breather. Although you do indeed spend the majority of your time matching three or more colored icons, the dragon evolution that's supposed to be the other gameplay headliner doesn't really amount to much. Even worse, Dragon Academy plays host to a variety of fun-blocking bugs.

Dragon Academy starts with a fairly confusing comic-book-style intro full of disjointed images that are often cut off by the game's display. The attempt at storytelling here, slight as it is, makes little sense. Fortunately, the game's name tells you all you need to know; the point is to take your cute little starter lizard named Melty, and help him gain access to dragon school. There's nothing particularly innovative about the gameplay here—in a nod to the game's theme, Melty is your main power-up and you charge him by matching icons the same color as he. Once he's charged, you can click him to sweep away whole rows of icons at once.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Sony Walkman NW-ZX1 and NW-F880 series unveiled, coming in October

Sony has just announced a handful of new devices to add to its growing collection of Android-powered music players. The premium NW-ZX1 MP3 player and three colorful variants of the NW-F880 series will be joining the ranks of the Sony’s new breed of players that combine the audio quality that the Walkman brand is known for with the versatility of the Android platform.

The NW-F880 is a continuation of Sony’s former F series and comes in three flavors based on the storage size: the 16 GB NW-F885, the 32 GB NW-F886, and the 64 GB NW-F887. The devices boasts of an audio quality of 24 bit/192 kHz for lossless audio formats such as FLAC and WAV, higher than that of CD-quality audio. The NW-F880 series also sports hardware buttons on the side of the device for playback controls, making it easy to use tz device without even looking at the screen. The 32 GB member of the series was announced earlier during IFA in Berlin as the Sony Walkman F886.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active with Snapdragon 800 set to launch in Korea next month

After seeing a version of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active with a Snapdragon 800 processor pop up in some benchmark testing, we are finally treated to some news about when the device may hit the market. Reports indicate the faster version of the ruggedized smartphone is set for an October launch on Korean carrier SK Telecom with an estimated price of 900,000 won ($840 USD).

Friday, August 16, 2013

Bleacher Report update adds full Fantasy Football team news and more

The NFL season is almost here, and we’re finally able to enjoy countless preseason games to hold us over. Whether you’re a fan of the NFL, NBA, or even Major League Soccer you probably should be using Bleacher Report. It’s one of the best apps on Android when it comes to getting the latest and greatest breaking news, reports, updates, and columns for sports.

I’ve been a huge fan of Bleacher Report for a long time, and their Team Stream by Bleacher Report app for Android is excellent. You can set alerts, choose news and alerts for each and every sport or team of your choice, and much more. Late last night another update rolled out, bringing version 2.0 to all, and you’ll want to get it if you enjoy Fantasy Football.

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch specs tip dual-core and 2MP camera

The reports and rumors surrounding Samsung‘s upcoming smartwatch have been coming in at a steady pace as of late. With multiple sources all claiming a device called the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch will be unveiled alongside the Galaxy Note III on September 4th at their Unpacked event. Today though some specs have leaked, and it sounds quite impressive.

We have no clue what Samsung is actually prepping, aside from some leaked patents that could still be years away. However, many believe their flexible AMOLED technology will finally be on display, and make the smartwatch actually pretty, fashionable, and usable. Take this all with a grain of Sammy salt though.
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Motorola DROID Ultra and MAXX shipping now, could arrive before the 20th

The impressive new Motorola DROID ULTRA and MAXX appear to be shipping already. When Moto announced pre-orders late last month alongside the August 20th release date we knew when it would arrive all along, unlike the HTC One, and now we’re hearing they’re shipping early. After ship dates slipped due to overwhelming demand, it appears a few of you could get the device as soon as tomorrow.

Earlier this week we saw the “ships by August 20th” status over at Verizon Wireless’ online shop move to the 27th, hinting at a possible delay or just sold out status online. We later confirmed with Verizon themselves the device will indeed arrive on the 20th. For those curious, that’s early next week.