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Did you miss out on the Cyber-Wednesday promo Motorola was running for the Moto X? Stressed about missing out on your chance again this coming Monday, December 9? Well we have a great giveaway for you courtesy of our very own MotoXGirl. MotoXGirl was able to secure not one (1) or two (2) $150.00 off Coupons for the Moto X, but six (6)!! Yes that's right, SIX!
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Dec 05, 2013 - 3:11 PM - by dgstorm
It seems that Microsoft isn't fooling around anymore and is fed up with the NSA. Microsoft just joined Google and Yahoo in beefing up security against the U.S. National Security Agency. The Redmond based company just went into overdrive to increase end-to-end encryption for its data center Internet traffic after finding out that the NSA can now hack into major tech companies’ data centers.
Microsoft has taken things a step further by publicly calling out the U.S. Government and categorizing them as an “advanced persistent threat” to its customers’ security. This is the same designation Microsoft normally uses only “for foreign state-sponsored cyber terrorists.”
It's truly frightening and sad when our own government is lumped in with organizations/countries like Iran, Al Qaida and The Taliban.
It's obvious this game is more like the old school PC game Pirates, than it is the current Assassin's Creed series. Regardless of this, if you are looking for an action game that will let you engage in 16th century naval warfare with some serious fun and action, then you should check this game out. Assassin's Creed: Pirates is now available for both iOS and Android. As you can see in the video above, as you progress in wealth by stealing booty from the wrecked hulls of your conquests, you can upgrade your ship and your crew to become an even more efficient Pirate. You can even learn new combat techniques, effectively leveling up your very own personal "Dread Pirate Roberts" as you play. Here's a quick description taken from the Google Play Store:
We aren't too sure how or why they are using the Assassin's Creed name for this game, other than it coincides with the flavor/story of the most current game in that series. We won't fault them for cashing in on the name a bit though because this game has some great visuals and packs in quite a bit of fun. The game costs $4.99 currently. Below is a link to the Google Play Store to grab a copy for yourself.
Become one of the most feared pirates of the Caribbean in this exclusive Assassin's Creed adventure on smartphones and tablets!
Play as Alonzo Batilla, a young and ambitious captain, a pirate eager to take on the fiercest of enemies...
Break all the rules, challenge empires and make your own fortune!
ENGAGE IN BRUTAL NAVAL COMBATS
Fight in real-time naval battles all over the Caribbean Sea.
Choose from a wide range of weapons to destroy your enemies and become a true pirate legend!
BUILD UP YOUR CREW AND YOUR SHIP
Acquire the most iconic boats of the Golden Age of Piracy; ranging from the smallest gunboat to the Man O’War floating fortress
Upgrade your vessel using the massive bounty plundered from your encounters
Recruit the finest crew members and learn more than 50 new pirating techniques to become a better captain and the true master of naval combat.
DISCOVER GROUNDBREAKING 3D VISUALS ON MOBILE AND TABLETS
Changing weather conditions directly impact the gameplay and redefine every landscape.
Beware of storms and of the treacherous fog that will conceal your enemies until the last moment!
Bask in the West-Indies sunshine, admire beautiful sunsets and sail through the night along breathtaking coastlines.
EXPLORE THE IMMENSITY OF THE CARRIBEAN
Sail throughout a vast array of islands as you explore a Caribbean huge map
Enjoy more than 50 story and side missions, search for nearly one hundred treasures and lost parchments and compete with your friends for the highest bounty.
EMBARK ON AN EPIC QUEST FOR A LEGENDARY TREASURE
Live an adventure that will reveal the truth about La Buse’s mysterious lost treasure.
Cross paths with Assassins and Templars and take part in their age-old struggle.
Meet the most notorious and colorful pirates of the era, including Sam Bellamy, Ben Hornigold and Blackbeard!
Assassin’s Creed Pirates is fully compatible with tablets.
Game available in: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Russian.
Source: Google Play Store - Assassin's Creed Pirates
Dec 05, 2013 - 2:06 PM - by dgstorm
Just a few months ago we shared a rumor that Samsung was working on a Samsung Galaxy F device which would be an even more premium device than their Galaxy S series. It hinted at higher-end materials such as a metal casing and more. Not long after that speculation in the industry suggested that the metal casing would simply come for the Galaxy S5 when Samsung announces it next year. In fact, just a couple days ago we shared a new report suggesting exactly that. Additionally, just yesterday new intel arrived regarding a high-end Samsung device with the model name SM-G900S. This new info indicated it may be the Galaxy S5.
It's another day and even more info has come to light. A new device with a similar model name has surfaced: the SM-G900F. The similarity between the two model names and our previous intel suggests that the next Galaxy S5 might actually come in two variants. One will likely be the usual plastic based device, and the other might be the Model F and will include the "premium" metal casing. Beyond these new details, the rest of the rumors regarding Samsung's "next big thing" are as follows:
- 2K display
- Samsung’s new 64-bit eight-core Exynos processor or a quad-core Snapdragon processor
- 16-megapixel camera with some intriguing new technology
- 3-4GB of RAM
- 4,000 mAh battery
- Android 4.4 KitKat
What do you guys think? Is this typical "pie in the sky" fantasy, or a plausible future direction for Samsung.
Dec 05, 2013 - 12:09 PM - by dgstorm
Today's smartphones have really come a long way with vibrant and colorful high resolution displays, but there's one area they still lack; in bright sunlight it can be next to impossible to read text on them. The YotaPhone was just announced and the unique design of this phone aims to fix that. The YotaPhone basically includes a secondary e-Ink reader display on the back of the device. This monochrome e-Ink display not only makes it easy to read in any lighting condition, it also simply makes it easier to simply read text since it appears just like a book, magazine or newspaper.
Both the main display and the e-Ink display are 4.3-inches. The regular LCD display has decent if not impressive specs with a 720p (1280 x 720) resolution. Here's a quick breakdown of the rest of the specs:
- Dual Display - One 4.3-inch Color LCD 720P & One 4.3-inch Monochrome e-Ink rear display
- 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4
- 2GB of RAM
- 13MP camera
- 1,800mAh battery
Here's a quote with some final details,
What do you guys think of this intriguing concept?
Developers will also be able to create apps for the second display using APIs from Yota Devices. The YotaPhone is available for pre-order in Austria, France, Spain, and Germany for €499 ($678) and will hit another 20 markets by the end of the 1st quarter 2014. It will also be available in Russia (Yota’s home market) starting tomorrow for a price of 19,990 Russian Rubles ($602).
Dec 05, 2013 - 10:42 AM - by dgstorm
Just yesterday we shared a story suggesting that a new version of KitKat (Android 4.4.1) might be coming soon. This intel has now been confirmed by Google themselves. Folks from The Verge held an interview with Dave Burke, Google's Director of Engineering for Android in which he shared the details of the soon to be released Android 4.4.1 KitKat. It turns out that it is actually coming to the Nexus 5 first and its primary focus is to improve the camera experience on the device.
In the interview, Burke revealed that this new camera update will focus on five primary enhancements for the Nexus 5 camera. Here's a quote with more of the details,
Based upon their experience with it, the editors at The Verge are much happier with the camera on the Nexus 5 after this update. They indicated there is still room for improvement, but the changes inspire greater confidence in the camera. The update should start rolling out within the next few days/weeks. The above shot was taken with the new Android 4.4.1 camera improvements on the Nexus 5. Hit up the source link below for several more comparison pics.
The changes break down in five categories, Burke says, autofocus first among them. Mixing speed and image quality requires a fragile balance, particularly in low light, and Android 4.4 skewed too far toward image quality. "There’s a tendency to say, 'oh, we have this cool thing that stabilizes, so lets make the shutter time longer, reduce the gain even longer, and get better shots.'" But while the Nexus 5's optical image stabilization allowed it to get better-than-average shots in low light, in good lighting it just made for frustratingly slow shooting speeds. By speeding up the framerate and increasing how quickly the camera can read its surroundings and fire a picture, Burke and his team improved the autofocus, the exposure, and the white balance. "You fix the motion blur," he says, "and make everything faster."
Speed is a theme for the update, and the Nexus 5's camera really does feel faster across the board. The app launches a full second quicker than it did before the update, meaning you'll miss many fewer shots than before. There's also a new progress indicator in HDR+ mode, which makes the process, longer by necessity, feel a lot more straightforward. It's the first of what Burke says will be a series of interface changes, as Google tries to make Android cameras a little more controllable and obvious. Right now, nearly every setting is buried under layers of menus, and Burke says Google is working on undoing that.
Source: The Verge
Dec 04, 2013 - 2:48 PM - by dgstorm
When Andy Rubin stepped down as head of the Android Division at Google earlier this year it came as a shock. At that time, they made it clear that he wasn't leaving the company, but was instead focusing on other projects for Google. The year is almost up and only now are we getting the details on just what Andy has been up to. It turns out, Mr. Rubin is still in charge of androids, just not the Google mobile OS variety. A new report from the New York Times indicates that Andy Rubin is now the head of Google's robotics division. He is working on developing more intelligent robotics for industrial based applications, right now, but his work could lead to other advancements.
Right now they are calling his work a "moonshot" which refers to the fact that it could take a decade before the results of his work are realized. Here's a quote from the NYT article with a few more details,
What do you guys think? Will Andy Rubin help to usher in a new era of automated prosperity or slavery to robotic overlords?
“Like any moonshot, you have to think of time as a factor,” Mr. Rubin said. “We need enough runway and a 10-year vision.”
Mr. Rubin, the 50-year-old Google executive in charge of the new effort, began his engineering career in robotics and has long had a well-known passion for building intelligent machines. Before joining Apple Computer, where he initially worked as a manufacturing engineer in the 1990s, he worked for the German manufacturing company Carl Zeiss as a robotics engineer.
“I have a history of making my hobbies into a career,” Mr. Rubin said in a telephone interview. “This is the world’s greatest job. Being an engineer and a tinkerer, you start thinking about what you would want to build for yourself.”
He used the example of a windshield wiper that has enough “intelligence” to operate when it rains, without human intervention, as a model for the kind of systems he is trying to create.
Dec 04, 2013 - 11:12 AM - by dgstorm
We just found some benchmarks of a previously unknown Samsung device (Model SM-G900S) with very impressive specs. Could this be the Galaxy S5?
You might want a tissue to wipe the drool off your chin when you see some of the specs on this bad boy. Interestingly, the processor is "only" a Snapdragon 800 with the Adreno 300 GPU (although it is running at a blazing 2.5GHz). It's also important to note that this device is likely a prototype, so it could come with Snapdragon's next-gen 805 processor instead when it actually comes to market. Regardless of the speculation, the benchmarks were impressive, and here are the specs revealed by the benchmarks:
- 5+ Inch 2K (2560x1440 pixels screen resolution) 560ppi Super AMOLED Display
- Android 4.4 KitKat
- 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
Check out the source link below for all of the benchmark details.
Dec 04, 2013 - 10:54 AM - by dgstorm
There is an interesting new rumor floating around from last night. Apparently, we may soon see a new version of KitKat already. According to an Android modder named @LlabTooFeR on Twitter, a 4.4.1 version of Android KitKat will soon make its way to the Google Play Edition HTC One. If this is the case, then more than likely we will see it hit Nexus devices too.
We aren't too sure why Google would release a new version so quickly after the initial launch of KitKat, but we have seen some users reporting issues with Exchange on KitKat. Also, the Google Experience Launcher is currently exclusive to the Nexus 5. Perhaps this update addresses these and some other issues we are unaware of. For now we will categorize this as a rumor, but we will be on the lookout and let you know if we find out anything concrete.
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