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:
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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
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... [Read More]
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.
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.
Dec 04, 2013 - 10:39 AM - by dgstorm
Within the next few weeks/months the LG G Flex will probably be coming to a retailer near you. The global launch of the device is kicking off soon and is starting in Singapore and Hong Kong. Specifically, folks in Singapore can pre-order the device on December 8th, while customers in Hong Kong can order it directly on December 13th. Other "Key markets in Asia" will have the device by the end of the year. We don't yet have details about a rollout in any other markets just yet, but we will keep you in the loop when that info is shared. In the mean-time, above we found a cool pic of the P-OLED flexible display shown separated from the phone. Also, here's the full presser below,
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LG G FLEX BEGINS GLOBAL ROLLOUT WITH INTRODUCTION IN KEY ASIAN MARKETS
World’s First Curved, Flexing, Self-Healing Smartphone Available For The First Time Outside Korea
SEOUL, Dec. 4, 2013 — LG Electronics (LG) is introducing LG G Flex, the world’s first curved flexing smartphone, to the global market starting in Singapore and Hong Kong this week. Key markets in Asia will also announce the availability of this innovative device before the end of the year, soon to be followed by other regions.
The LG G Flex has captivated early adopters everywhere as the first smartphone curved to follow the contour of the human face, made possible with the implementation of the world’s first curved smartphone battery. With a durable plastic OLED (P-OLED) HD display, the G Flex also comes with a self-healing back cover that eliminates those day-to-day scratches, making it the first smartphone to incorporate such technology. These innovative features have earned LG’s latest smartphone significant praise and accolades from major media outlets worldwide.
Customers in Singapore will be able to place their pre-orders for LG G Flex beginning December 8. In Hong Kong, the device goes on sale starting December 13 and will be available through major carriers and leading electronics retailers.
The vertically curved G Flex is the latest device in LG’s premium G Series and incorporates proprietary innovations from other LG companies such as LG Display and LG Chem. The curved 6-inch Real RGB P-OLED display was developed specifically for the G Flex and is the largest of its kind in the world. The 3,500mAh curved battery from LG Chem was also developed with LG G Flex in mind and is also a world’s first.
Dec 04, 2013 - 10:23 AM - by dgstorm
Although Motorola really made a mess of things with their Cyber Monday deal for the Moto X a couple of days ago, they are making up for it later today. As we reported yesterday, today and next Monday you will get a new opportunity to get the Moto X at an off-contract price of just $350. The new promotion will start at 12PM ET, and is pretty simple. Motorola replaced the original direct sales system with a digital promo code reservation system. Here are the new details on how to take advantage:
With the reserved promo code you will basically get a $150 instant coupon off the purchase of either the 16GB or the 32GB version of the Moto X, resulting in a price of $349 or $399 respectively. Just in case this new reservation system is a bit complicated, Motorola also included a handy FAQ, which you can find here: Moto X New Cyber-Monday Deal FAQ
Reservations will open Wednesday at noon EST so you can get $150 off a 16GB or 32GB Moto X through Moto Maker without contract (Developer Editions excluded).
Remember, space is limited, but we will offer another opportunity on Monday 12/9 at noon EST as well.
On top of this deal, Motorola is also throwing in a 30% off promotion on select accessories. This will include cases, headphones and more. To use this offer you just need to apply the promo code “THANKS” on any valid accessory purchase. This deal will go on through Monday, December 9th, which is also the second day of the new Cyber-Monday offer.
UPDATE: Inventory has sold out. The special will go live again this coming Monday at noon Eastern (12/09/2013 at 12:00pm Eastern)
Here's the source link to check out this offer at NOON ET today: Moto X - Motorola - A Google Company
Hewlett Packard's all new Tegra 4-powered Android tablet line is now available at Best Buy and priced to sell. The HP Slate 7 Extreme and HP Slate 8 Pro can be had for $200 and $330, respectively, and are very promising tablets for the price tag. The HP Slate 8 Pro features a 7.98-inch display at 1600×1200 resolution, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front shooter, 1GB DDR3 RAM, 16GB on board Storage, micro SD card slot, micro HDMI out, Beats Audio, and of course the NVIDIA Tegra 4 A15 quad-core processor clocked at 1.8GHZ.
The HP Slate 7 Extreme is the Slate 8 Pro's little brother and comes with a 7-inch display sitting at a rez of 1280×800, 1GB DDR3 RAM, 16GB onboard storage, 5MP rear shooter, .3MP front facing camera, micro SD card slot, stereo speakers (facing front), and a 2mm-tip passive stylus. The Slate 7 Extreme is powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 4 A15 quad-core processor clocked at 1.6GHZ.
Both tablets will ship with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Source: Best Buy HP Slate 7 Extreme / HP SLATE 8 Pro
Dec 03, 2013 - 11:36 AM - by dgstorm
When it rains it pours, and right now HTC is getting the whole sky dumped on them. After posting quarterly losses of $100 Million, the battered company is now being hit from another front, a UK court-room. Judge Richard Arnold in London recently issued a sales ban agains the HTC One Mini in the UK because it infringes against Nokia-held patents. What's even worse about this is that is sets a precedent which could issue a similar ban against the HTC One as well.
Right now the judge is holding off on an injunction against that device in order to give HTC enough time to appeal. Apparently, HTC's argument that the ruling would deal "considerable" harm to their company swayed the judge enough to give them some lee-way. We can't really call this much of a "silver-lining," because things are looking really bad for HTC, but at least it's better than nothing.
Dec 03, 2013 - 11:11 AM - by dgstorm
According to the latest intel, Samsung plans to offer a cheaper variant of the Galaxy Note 3 at Mobile World Congress in February of next year. This GNote3 "Lite" will supposedly have a slightly lower-end 5.5" or 5.7" display and an 8MP camera instead of the 13MP found in the "full" GNote3.
That's not the only "lite" device we can expect to see at the MWC event. Supposedly, Sammy is also working on a more affordable version of their Galaxy Grand. This device will likely come with a 5" 480x800 pixels display, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 5 MP camera, 1 GB of RAM and a 8 GB of internal memory, plus a 2100 mAh battery.
Both of these "lite" versions are likely meant to appeal to a budget-conscious crowd. At this time we don't have any details as to when and/or at what price these reduced-spec versions of these devices will debut, but as fast as this year has gone by, February doesn't look too far away. We will keep you updated.
Dec 03, 2013 - 10:39 AM - by dgstorm
Google has been having a hard time keeping up with demand for the new Nexus 5 smartphone. It's not surprising considering how impressive the device is for the money. Right now, if you are ordering any of the models it will take a couple of weeks before the device even ships. There is one exception though. The 32GB white version of the Nexus 5 is the least popular option. Because of this it will actually ship in just 1-2 days according to the Google Play Store. If you were looking to grab one and get it before the Christmas holiday, this particular model might be your last opportunity to do that, as the others might cut things a bit too close.
Here's a link the Google Play Store to snap this up: https://play.google.com/store/device...s_5_white_32gb
Sound off and share which Nexus 5 you are most interested in.
Dec 03, 2013 - 10:23 AM - by dgstorm
Earlier in the year we shared several rumors suggesting that the next Samsung flagship, the Galaxy S5 will come with a metal chassis. There were a few rumors which supposedly refuted this as well, but now the pendulum is swinging back. The most current intel not only seems to confirm a metal case for the SGS5, it also appears that the source of the metal chassis for the device will come from a reputable source, a company called Catcher. This is the same company which produced the case for the HTC One and the iPad Mini 2, so we can be confident it will be a quality product. Supposedly, Catcher is being tasked with making 10 to 30 million cases for the next Samsung super-phone, and is already in the 3rd phase of the design process.
On a separate note, we also have intel which suggests something not too surprising. It looks like Samsung will follow their same trend by offering the SGS5 with two different CPUs; one will have a Snapdragon and one will have the 64-bit Exynos. As we find out more details we will share them accordingly.
Along with this intel there is one other tidbit to report. Supposedly, Samsung is also working on a 20 MegaPixel camera for one of their devices in the future. There is no word on whether it will come to the SGS5, but we will likely know all the concrete details within just three months time. It's amazing how fast the year has passed.
Dec 03, 2013 - 9:46 AM - by dgstorm
It's no secret that Motorola's Moto X for $349 Off Contract Cyber Monday deal was an epic fail. The website got overloaded and crashed under the weight of consumer interest. Of course, Motorola was sorely embarrassed by this, and CEO Dennis Woodside even issued a formal apology, which you can read, here. More importantly than an apology, Motorola plans to make up for it.
They are going to have the same Moto X MotoMaker offer on Wednesday starting at 12 ET. They also plan to have the sale again next Monday the 9th. This means we will get twice the opportunities to grab one of these great deals. That's not a bad way to make up for it Motorola. Kudos!
Let's cross our fingers that their servers will be able to handle it this time...
Source: Motorola Twitter: (1) & (2)
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