Dyzplastic previews five Android figurines from the upcoming Series 3 set

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We are all eagerly anticipating the Dyzplastic Series 3 Android figurines. The first five are now revealed, which include 8-Ball Hustler, Escape Ape, Nexus, Intergalactic, and Barista Bot. The Intergalactic was created by Kano and would be very cool for any Beastie Boys fan. These collectibles are supposed to be released by the end of this quarter. Hit the break for full 360 degree views of each one.

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New universal root method promises to root most ICS and Jelly Bean devices

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XDA member Bin4ry recently posted his new root method that should be compatible with most ICS and Jelly Bean devices. He said in his post:

I made a small script which is able to root ICS/JB phones. It uses a remount timing issue in Androids “adb restore” service.
So normally it should work on nearly all ICS/JB devices, for some it won’t but the idea may work in a slightly modded version

It has been tested on the Nexus 7 as well as newer Sony Xperia devices.

Instructions

  1. Download file and extract it
  2. Double click the RunMe.bat and follow instructions

As always, if you want more information or to jump in on the conversation, hit up the source link.

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Kindle Fire HD shows its guts in iFixit teardown

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Who doesn’t like a nice teardown every now and then? Our friends at iFixit just did one on the Kindle Fire HD and found it to be as easy to repair as the Nexus 7. Based on a scale of 1 to 10, iFixit gave it a 7. Other notables were that the rear case was easy to open, the design is simplistic with fewer components, and the LCD and front glass will need to be replaced together since they are fused together. Hopefully you will never have to do this yourself, but if you find yourself in need or maybe the geek in you is just curious, hit the source link to find out more.

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Motorola DROID RAZR M review: small but large and cheap but powerful

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Recently Motorola unveiled three new members of the RAZR family. The DROID RAZR HD and the DROID RAZR HD MAXX are nice editions, but it’s rare that the highlight of an event such as this would be the budget phone. The DROID RAZR M is much smaller than the original RAZR, but packs the same 4.3-inch display since it’s edge to edge. That’s not even the best part. The best part of it is that it’s priced at $99 on contract. Can the DROID RAZR M compete with the big boys? Hit the break to find out and you can also check out our initial hands on review.

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Featured Play Store Newbie: Pirateville – The Enchanted Box [Gaming-Casual]

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There doesn’t seem to be a shortage of hidden object games as of late. It’s just a matter of picking what theme floats your boat. Nevosoft just released another one called Pirateville: The Enchanted Box, which is about a Pirate named Sharpshooter Jack. One day he found a mysterious ancient box, but it was locked. There has to be something important or valuable in it right? As he tries to figure out the secret behind this box, he will meet with spirits and become a psychic as well as escape from prison and learn his destiny. It’s up to you to figure out what’s inside the box. If you love hidden object games as well as some mystery and romance, this game will be right up your alley.

Features:

  • An incredible story of pirates, treasure and an ancient curse
  • Sixty-five challenging levels
  • Colorful locations and interesting quests
  • Challenging mini games
  • Amazing graphics and music

Pirateville: The Enchanted Box is Free so you have nothing to lose. Take a look at the quick demo video below and hit up one of the download links to get started.

 

 

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First iPhone 5 benchmark shows double the performance and faster than most Android devices

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Everybody has been waiting patiently for iPhone 5 benchmarks and it looks like we have our first one from Primate Labs’ GeekBench. Apple is touting the new A6 processor in the iPhone 5 to be twice as fast for general operations and graphics. In the latest score on GeekBench, it hit 1601, which is actually 2.5 times faster than the iPhone 4S (629) and about double that of the iPad 3 (766). The A6 is a dual-core that runs at 1.02GHz and the iPhone 5 sports 1GB of RAM as well.

How does it perform against Android devices? Well there were earlier reports stating that the iPhone 5 beat every Android device because the listed benchmarks showed all Android devices with scores lower than 1601. The best Android device was the Nexus 7 with a score of 1591 followed by the international quad-core Galaxy S III, which was 1560. Somehow things have changed as their main benchmarks page now has the international Galaxy S III with a score of 1628 and the Nexus 7 at 1604. In fact, it looks like they are updating their page every so often so things could change again.

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Featured Play Store Newbie: St John Ambulance First Aid [Health & Fitness]

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The very popular St John Ambulance First Aid app made its way to Android a few days ago. We hope you never experience an emergency situation, but in the event one does happen, the St John Ambulance app could be a life saver. It has been determined that nearly 150,000 people die in England and Wales where first aid could have given them a chance to live.

With St Johns Ambulance, you will find all the latest first aid advice and protocols for any emergency situation. You will get simple to read illustrated guides along with voice instructions. It should be noted that St Johns Ambulance is based solely upon UK protocols, and the service numbers will only be for the UK and European locations. It’s a free app that every Android user should install. Just hit one of the download links below.

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Contest: Win a Nexus 7 tablet, $50 Google Play gift card, or a $25 Google Gift Card courtesy of TalkAndroid and Poweramp [Updated with Winners]

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Our friends at Poweramp are celebrating their upcoming update, and they wanted to give our readers a chance to win some cool stuff. We’ve got a $25 Google Play gift card, a $50 Google Play gift card, and for the grand prize, a Nexus 7. All you have to do is comment below and tell us what new Poweramp feature you desire that would make it perfect. That’s actually a tough one since it’s already the best music app available now. You have until Sunday, September 16th at 11:59PM EST to get your entry in. On Monday, September 17th we will pick the winners at random starting with the $25 gift card, followed by the $50 gift card, and finally the Nexus 7. We will announce the winners here and send an email to the account associated with their username. Good luck!!!

I can’t imagine there are too many of you that haven’t tried Poweramp yet, but just in case, hit one of the download links below to find out what you’ve been missing.

UPDATE

Congratulations to the following winners

$25 Google Play Gift Card

cuezaireekaa

$50 Google Play Gift Card

Spyro Giannikas

Nexus 7

Rob Haltmeier

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

 

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Featured Play Store Review: Password Genie Data Protection [Productivity]

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Security is one of the major buzz words right now as it should be. When it comes to passwords, if you’re like me, you have a bunch of different logins for various sites on top of account numbers for various credit cards and other accounts. Wouldn’t it be great to have a safe place to store all of them? It would serve two purposes; first, it would make them easy to find, but second, and more importantly, it will allow you to use more stringent passwords. Since it’s so hard to remember a bunch of passwords, I know a lot of you end up using the same simple password over and over again. If a hacker can figure it out, they will have access to many sites, and I don’t have to tell you how bad that would be.

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