Featured Android App Review: Movie Twist [Entertainment]

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Have you ever sat down to watch a movie, but you didn’t have a clue what you wanted to watch? Well I have an app that will help you find that perfect movie to watch whether you’re alone, with your significant other, or with the family. All you have to do is grab Movie Twist from the Google Play Store. Movie Twist is the first real Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered movie search and exploration app. The app itself was created by Saguru and the AI platform was created by Expertmaker. It truly is mind boggling on how many ways there is to search using this app.

For starters, it will find similar movies based on another movie. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. The Explore option will let you find movies based on Loving, Humor, Violence, Thrilling, and Cleverness. Not only that, each category has a slider bar so you can set how much that category should play a role in the results. You can also select from 21 genres to include such as Action, Comedy, Family, Horror, Thriller, etc. Oh there’s still more as you can add a keyword such as an actor’s name and you can control some finer details like Pace, Sex, Drugs, and Ordinary. Last but not least, you can throw in what years you would like the movie to fall into as well as the minimum and maximum run times.


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Google Keep now available in the Play Store

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A couple of days ago, Google Keep was leaked and now it’s an official app in the Play Store. The tag line is “save what’s on your mind.” Google Keep allows you to quickly jot down a note or idea to be saved in your Google Drive account and synced across all your devices. You can even add a checklist or photo. If you can’t type it out, you can say it out loud, and Google will transcribe it. You can prioritize you notes and color code them via the home screen widget, and if you’re running Android 4.2+, you can see your notes via the lock screen widget.

You can access, edit, and create new notes on your desktop by going to http://drive.google.com/keep, and Google will allow you to do this directly from Google Drive in the coming weeks. Google Keep is available now in the Play Store for devices running Android 4.0 and higher. Hit the break for the video demo and download links.


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Contest: Win one of five Android Mountain View Mashers t-shirts from AndyLimited and TalkAndroid [Updated With Winners]

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The folks who brought you the Andy Exploded t-shirt is at it again. Mountain View Mashers pertains to a baseball team, or shall I say appleball team, that happens to be pretty close to Google headquarters. It’s the perfect tee to advertise your Android pride, and we have five to give to our awesome readers.

All you have to do is head over to our forum post and tell us your favorite baseball team. Don’t have a favorite team? Tell us you hate baseball then. Either way, you have until tomorrow, March 21 at noon EST to get your entry in. We will announce and email the winners later that day. Be sure to use a real email address for your username because you need to get back to us by Friday with your information in order to get in on the first production batch.

Click here to enterU.S. residents only

Click here to order the Mountain View Mashers t-shirt – Orders ship next week.

UPDATE:

Congratulations to the following winners:

bearddroid
RonD
cheetah90
elvietnameno
TurkeyCowboy

You will each receive an email shortly. Please respond with your address, phone, and t-shirt size by tomorrow March 22 to get in on the first batch.

Thank you all for playing and look for another TalkAndroid contest soon!!

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Samsung gives you a chance to win a Galaxy S 4 and a 55-inch Smart TV

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Samsung will probably sell at least 30 million Galaxy S 4′s, so why not give a few away as part of a sweepstakes? They actually have 52 to hand out and four grand prize winners will also receive a Samsung 55-inch Smart TV. It’s quite simple. All you have to do is hit the source link below and sign up for the latest email updates for the Galaxy S 4. There is one caveat, and that is you must be a U.S. resident.

They already handed out 15 phones, but they will give away 1 per day starting today through April 21. The four grand prize winners will be selected on April 22.

Good luck!!

source: Samsung

Xiaomi Mi-3 revealed with 5-inch 1080p display and Snapdragon 800 CPU

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Xiaomi makes some really nice phones, but unfortunately they are only available in China. Those of us stateside can only wonder what it would be like to use the new Xiaomi Mi-3 as it appears to be yet another winner for them. It resembles the HTC One, which is by far one of the best looking phones to date. As far as the specs, they didn’t skimp one bit: 5-inch 1080p display, 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, 13MP camera, 3,000mAh battery, and Android 5.0 with custom MIUI skin.

Yes, you read Android 5.0 right, but the bad news is that it won’t be available until the fall. We are expecting Android 5.0 to be unveiled at Google I/O in May so that’s expected. Priced at 1.999 CNY ($320), it’s a lock that it will be another hit for Xiaomi.

source: IT163
via: UnwiredView

 

Featured Android Game Review: Jetpack Jinx [Arcade & Action]

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Jetpack Jinx is one of those games that will appeal to everyone of all ages since it’s not complicated. In fact, it’s very easy to play, just not easy to conquer. Jetpack Jinx was created by BubbleGum Interactive and it’s a vertical scroller. The premise is that the mischievous Jinx has crash landed on a mysterious planet and he needs to get back to his starship before his boss, Lord Shadowbot, finds out he’s gone. Your job is to keep Jinx soaring as high as you can without running out of power in his jetpack. How do you do that you ask? You collect jewels, but it’s not that easy since you have to avoid falling enemies and hazards. If you don’t collect enough gems in time, you will head right back to the bottom to start over.


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HTC One component shortages are real, HTC ‘no longer a tier-one customer’ for component suppliers

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We already heard that the HTC One was going to have supply issues because of component shortages related to the UltraPixel camera, and shortly after, the phone was delayed by two weeks in the UK. According to the Wall Street Journal, several retailers have been informed of the delay, including Vodafone and Best Buy. Best Buy stated that the plan was for a release in the 3rd week of March, “but the date has been pushed back.”

HTC executives did confirm the UltraPixel was the culprit, but also mentioned some shortages with metal casings. Previous reports indicated a production issue, but now we are hearing the problem lies with last year’s dismal performance. “The company has a problem managing its component suppliers as it has changed its order forecasts drastically and frequently following last year’s unexpected slump in shipments,” said an HTC executive. “HTC has had difficulty in securing adequate camera components as it is no longer a tier-one customer.”


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Samsung confirms they are ‘working very hard’ on a smartwatch to take on Apple iWatch

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We had a good idea Samsung was working on a smartwatch, but the executive vice president of Samsung mobile business confirmed it. Lee Young Hee said, “We’ve been preparing the watch product for so long. We are working very hard to get ready for it. We are preparing products for the future, and the watch is definitely one of them.” With rumors that Apple is prepping their own, it behooves Samsung to get it out as soon as they can.

Smartwatches haven’t taken off yet as I think consumers are waiting for something from either Apple or Samsung to dive in. Right now, the rage is on the Pebble, but I’m still loving my WiMM One. Unfortunately it’s no longer supported, but it gives me everything I need, plus it offers the best options for customizing the watch face. I would suspect Samsung will unveil their watch at Unpacked Episode 2 in the late summer or early fall. Last year, they unveiled the Galaxy Camera along with the Note II, so I am going to go on record as saying they will unveil the watch along with the Galaxy Note III.

source: Bloomberg

Motorola ‘Ghost’ heading to all four major U.S. carriers, ‘Yeti’ and ‘Sasquatch’ to AT&T

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Last week we got word of a new Motorola device with the model number XT912A. We have heard that the Motorola “X” phone refers to more than one phone, so this could be just one variant. It showed up in the GLBenchmark database with the codename “Ghost”, and it will be a mid-range device with a 720p display and a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro. This one is rumored to be headed to all four major U.S. carriers, Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. It could wind up in the Google Play Store as well, but that’s just a hunch. Yes, this one is mid-range, but more than enough for the average consumer. If they can price this one right as in $199 to $249 off contract, it could be a hit.


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ASUS will launch an Intel-powered smartphone in June

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Since ASUS is already working with Intel on the FonePad, it’s no surprise that they could be prepping an Intel-powered smartphone for June. According to DigiTimes, it will sport the Intel Atom Z2580 processor (Clover Trail+), which has a 2GHz dual-core CPU. This one will compete with the Lenovo K900 as it will sport a display around 5 to 5.5-inches.

DigiTimes also mentioned that ASUS would have an updated Nexus 7 tablet for Google I/O, which further confirms what we heard in January.

source: DigiTimes