Amazon reverses course again, will now allow users to remove ads from the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD for $15

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Last week we heard that the new Kindle Fires will feature ads on the lock screen. We assumed they would probably offer a way to opt out, but Amazon said no. It looks like a lot of people complained and Amazon is doing the right thing by changing their mind to now allow users to opt out of such ads for $15.

“With Kindle Fire HD there will be a special offers opt-out option for $15,” an Amazon spokesperson told Ars Technica. “We know from our Kindle reader line that customers love our special offers and very few people choose to opt out. We’re happy to offer customers the choice.”

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HTC announces the One SC for China with an updated design

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At the beginning of the year, HTC promised us that they would release less phones this year, but for some reason they seem to be continuing the trend of offering many variants. We already heard about the One X+, now it’s time for the One SC. So far it looks like the One SC will only be for China. What makes this phone unique is the asymmetrical design on the back. As you can see in the image, the HTC logo is sideways and sits to the right in a ridged area. The Beats Audio logo is also sideways and to the bottom left. Last but not least, the camera lens is at the top left surrounded by a gray finish. I actually think it’s kind of cool, but unfortunately the specs aren’t impressing me all that much:

  • 4.3-inch WVGA (800 x 480) screen,
  • Dual-core 1.0GHz processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 4GB internal storage
  • microSD for up to 32GB of extra storage
  • 5MP rear camera f/2.0
  • 1800mAh battery
  • 8.85mm thick, 116g
  • Sense 4.0 on top of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

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HTC One X+ specs outed by XDA member

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We’ve been hearing about a possible follow up to the HTC One X, dubbed the HTC One X+ for a month or so now. Well an XDA developer with the Twitter account @Football4PDA tweeted the specs. He said that it will sport a Tegra 3+ AP37 1.6GHz quad-core / 1.7GHz single-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and 1800mAh battery. We can also expect it to come with Sense 4.5 on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Last but not least, it will be 9.3mm thick and weigh in at 129 grams. Although HTC’s event on September 19th will probably be a heavy dose of Windows Phones, it’s likely the One X+ will be exposed as well.

The other important thing to note is that the Tegra 3+ will make it compatible with LTE. That is something I’m excited about. What I’m not excited about is the battery size and that it’s only 1GB of RAM. Since none of this is official, I will await further judgement.

source: twitter
via: engadget

 

Featured Play Store Newbie: Million Dollar Adventure [Gaming-Casual]

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Nevosoft is at it again with their latest offering, Million Dollar Adventure. It’s about a girl named Sandra that has no memory of her past, but is given an opportunity to participate in a race around the world in which the grand prize is one million dollars.

When Sandra was little, she was in a car crash that killed her parents. She obviously survived, but her memory was damaged. She spent her childhood in an orphanage, but is living a normal life now. She receives an invitation to take part in the race I mentioned above, and since money was always a problem for her, she figured it was worth a shot. There’s one thing however, and that’s upon starting the race, she started encountering things that were related to her past, so she’s a little troubled. It’s your job to solve the mystery of her childhood and get the prize.

Features:

  • More than just hidden objects – find the clues, solve puzzles, play mini-games to unlock the adventure;
  • Original script with a mystery to solve;
  • A variety of classical mini-games and puzzles from all over the world;
  • Picturesque locations of famous tourist attractions;
  • Great graphics, music and voice overs
Million Dollar Adventure is Free to play, but you can unlock the full adventure with an in-app purchase. Check out their demo video and hit one of the download links below to get started.
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Contest: Win one of two Nexus 7 tablets or an ASUS Transformer Prime w/keyboard dock from NVIDIA and TalkAndroid [Updated with Winners]

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To celebrate the launch of Beach Buggy Blitz, NVIDIA gave us two Nexus 7 tablets along with an ASUS Transformer Prime and matching keyboard dock to give to three lucky readers.

To enter the giveaway just complete these four quick and easy steps:

  1. Follow @NVIDIA on Twitter
  2. Follow @TalkAndroid on Twitter
  3. Add TalkAndroid to your Google+ Circles
  4. Comment below and tell us what your favorite game is right now.

It couldn’t be any simpler. We will accept entries through this Sunday September 9th at 11:59pm EST. We will pick two random winners for each of the Nexus 7′s and then one random winner for the Transformer Prime w/keyboard dock. We will announce all three winners in this post and contact them through the email that is associated with their account.

Good Luck!!!

UPDATE

Congratulations to the following winners:

Nexus 7

Drew
Paul Ryan 

ASUS Transformer Prime  w/keyboard dock

Nicholas Salgado

I am sending each of you an email. Just get back to me with your info and we will ship it out right away.

 

 

Featured Play Store Review: Hands on with Beach Buggy Blitz [Racing]

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For those of you that own a Nexus 7 or any other Android device with a Tegra CPU, we have another great game for you. This one just came out today and it’s called Beach Buggy Blitz by Vector Unit. If you’re not familiar with Vector Unit, they are the ones who brought us Riptide GP and Shine Runner. From the name, it’s obvious that it’s about racing and the beach. This racer is what we call an “infinite racer.” This means you won’t find a bunch of different tracks. You simply race and explore until your time is up. The longer you race the more you see and the cooler it gets. There are a number of caves, volcanoes, jumps, and temples. As to obstacles, you won’t find a shortage here. You will have to deal with Tiki statues, grass shacks, giant crabs, lava monsters, and even rolling boulders as a result of erupting volcanoes.

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The new Kindle Fire is 40 percent faster and $40 cheaper

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Amazon unveiled new tablets today and the first one was an updated version of the Kindle Fire. You can’t complain when the specs go north and at the same time the price goes south. The additional hardware includes a faster processor that makes it 40 percent faster, an extra 512MB of RAM (total 1GB), a bigger battery, and a front-facing camera. Other than that, it’s still a 7-inch display. The best part of all of it is that it’s priced at $159, $40 cheaper than last year’s model. Pre-orders will start soon and it will be available on September 14th.

It continues to be a forked version of Android, but the market they are going after doesn’t care. I still prefer the Nexus 7, but what do you guys think?

 

DROID RAZR M unboxing and initial hands on review [Video]

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Motorola is going after the budget market with the DROID RAZR M, but this isn’t a low-end phone. The highlight of this phone is that it features an edge to edge 4.3-inch display with barely any bezel. This means the phone itself is smaller, but still gives you decent screen real estate. Let me show you what I mean. The DROID X had the same display size, but the dimensions of the phone were 5.02-inches by 2.58-inches. The DROID RAZR M comes in at 4.82-inches by 2.04-inches, and it’s also 1.6mm thinner. Another example is the The DROID Incredible 4G LTE, which is the same size physical size as the RAZR M, but the display is only 4-inches.

The DROID RAZR M display happens to be qHD (960 x 540), which is a little bit of a bummer, but for $99 you can’t complain. The rest of the specs include a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, microSD for up to 32GB of additional storage, 8MP rear camera, VGA front-facing camera, NFC, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Motorola promised it will receive the Jelly Bean update by the end of the year.

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Hands on With the DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD [Video]

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Motorola unveiled two special devices this afternoon in New York City. The flagship of the two by far is the DROID RAZR MAXX HD, which comes with an HD (1280 x 720) display. It has the same 3300mAh battery found on the original RAZR MAXX, but the screen size is bigger at 4.7-inches. Other notables are a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, and 2MP front camera. It will come with 32GB of storage and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Next up is the DROID RAZR HD, which is essentially the same phone, but with a smaller battery, 2530mAh. It will only be offered with 16GB of storage, but you will get your choice of white or black for the body. The RAZR MAXX HD on the other hand, will only be offered in black.

Motorola promises the Jelly Bean update for both devices by the end of the year. As far as availability and pricing, we were only told that they would be available before the holidays. For now, check out our hands on video below.

 

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Hands on with the DROID RAZR M [Video]

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Motorola just announced the DROID RAZR M smartphone and we immediately got some hands-on time with it. As you can see, the device is incredibly compact while in hand, yet the display really pops out thanks to the enormous real-estate available on the phone’s 4.3-inch screen. Also highlighted is Motorola’s Quick Settings access function, which aims to simplify a user’s settings on the phone. The other highlight is Ice Cream Sandwich operating in smooth, buttery fashion that’s complimented with the now default Chrome Browser and Amazon apps pre-loaded. All of those features are literally crammed into a compact manner of Corning Glass and Kevlar goodness.

For those of you itching to grab one of the hottest phones of the year, it’s available for pre-order today at 5:00pm either on Verizon’s website or in Verizon stores, but in the meantime, check out our hands-on video below to get a good feel of the full-screen phone.

 

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