Green Throttle aiming to make your phone a game console

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We’re all aware that our devices are little beasts when it comes to processing power. The mobile gaming industry has definitely capitalized on the processing power of devices these days. It’s pretty amazing what we can play on our phones. Green Throttle wants to take it to the next level though. While there are a few ways to achieve what they’re doing currently, they’re looking to streamline the whole experience of using a Bluetooth controller, an HDMI-out cable, and a TV or monitor to play games console-style. Today, the team behind Guitar Hero, have made available a software development kit which will allow game developers to map game controls to their Bluetooth controllers and play the games on a larger TV or monitor.

Once it’s all hooked up and running, you’ll then have a game setup much like a console experience except the source is much smaller – and portable. There will be a few hurdles to jump in order for this to work long-term like developer buy-in, optimizing games for TV, and consumer acceptance but they’ll be releasing a few titles themselves so hopefully they’ll pave the way. Developers can pick up the bundle for $89.99 which includes everything you’ll need for testing your games. What do you think? Will Green Throttle gain some momentum and set the standard going forward? Also, tell us about your current Android device gaming setup.

source:  Green Throttle

Google leaks info hinting at upcoming Google Wallet Card

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More news this week about a physical card coming from Google to expand the functionality of the Google Wallet app. The latest leak was discovered on Google’s own web site in the help section for Google Wallet. On the page listing eligible devices, Google’s text indicated “Eligible devices for use with Google Wallet card” and then went on to note that any device running Android 2.3.3 or better could install the Google Wallet app to use with the new card. It appears Google has taken steps to scrub the page clean, but not before visitors were able to grab screenshots. » Read the rest

Battery life woes could be solved with crushed silicon

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Current smartphone batteries haven’t really changed much since the days of the first Android smartphone even though new, more power hungry, smartphones are being continuously released. Engineer Sibani Lisa Biswal and scientist Madhuri Thakur are aiming to change all this with batteries that can hold three times the charge in the same size as current batteries. Click through the break for more information.
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PowerA MOGA controller now available at AT&T for $49.99

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If you’re a mobile gamer, the PowerA MOGA controller just might be one of the best accessories available. It has already been available in stores like Best Buy, Walmart, Gamestop, and Toys  ”R” Us, but you can now find it in over 1,150 AT&T stores nationwide. So when you’re picking up your brand new Android phone this holiday season, you can pick up your MOGA at the same time for $49.99.

“AT&T has great Android smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S III and the HTC One X that are a perfect match for the MOGA Mobile Gaming System,” said Eric Bensussen, President of PowerA. “When holiday shoppers venture to AT&T stores to pick up these popular devices on their family’s wish list, they can also pair it with a MOGA and create a perfect gift for mobile gamers.”

For more information about the MOGA, make sure to check out our full review here.

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Radioshack Black Friday ads show up, free HTC One X or Samsung Galaxy S II anyone?

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The Holidays seem to come sooner each year and with them comes everyone favorite 5AM mall rampage known as Black Friday. For many of us, Black Friday is a chance to score a new phone at a reasonable price, and the latest leak of RadioShack’s Black Friday deals seem to promise just that.

So far the deals look to include an HTC One X for free with a new 2-year contract, as well as a Galaxy S III on Sprint for $50 or AT&T for $100. Other free phones include the Samsung Stratosphere 2 on Verizon, AT&T’s Galaxy SII Skyrocket, and Sprint’s Galaxy S II. Phones aren’t the only thing on sale either– all Zagg screen protectors are 25% off as well as many cases and headphones are marked down as well.

So, if you happen to be looking for a new phone or maybe just some extra accessories for your current device, this is definitely worth a look, especially when RadioShack is offering $10 store credit for every $50 spent.

Source: Blackfriday.com

DIY: Custom comic book case for Samsung Galaxy S III

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Is that boring solid-color or ubiquitously-designed plastic case just not cutting it anymore? Well, perhaps it’s time to recycle and outfit it with a custom comic book theme.

This do it yourself project stems from the same style of paper mache-like tactics you used in elementary art class. The process is fairly straightforward. Simply cut out your desired pieces of reading material and attach them to your case via Mod Podge application finish. After it sets, just apply some matte or glossy sealer (hair spray works) and, when dry, the end product is a beautiful super-hero themed case not like anything you’d find at an accessory retailer.

For an in-depth guide explaining how to DIY or to order your own customized case, hit the source links below.

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Nyko PlayPad and PlayPad Pro controllers now available at GameStop

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Back in June, Nyko and NVIDIA announced a joint project to bring wireless controllers to Android devices. I’ve been patiently awaiting the day until the controller’s release. According to GameStop’s website, it now looks like the day has arrived as you can pick up the PlayPad and PlayPad Pro for $39.99 each. Gaming on our devices these days has become a fairly large industry, and with games becoming increasingly more detailed and rivaling console games, it’ll only gain in popularity. » Read the rest

Mophie releases first non-iOS smartphone case for the Samsung Galaxy S III

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Smartphone cases are one of those things that folks either love or hate. I prefer my phone to roll naked. I just don’t like cases whatsoever. I don’t like the feel of them, the added bulk, weight, the look of them… I could go on and on.  I know, I know. You’re crazy to spend the money on a high-end device and not protect it with a case. Fact is, in owning three different smartphones over the span of the last three years, I’ve dropped my device a grand total of three times. Yes, I’m careful with my phones as one should be. It’s just not worth it for me to attach something to my phone that I don’t like in the first place. This new case might change all that for me however.

You may have heard of Mophie cases before. Up until now, they’ve dealt solely with iOS devices, and what makes this case different than others is that not only does it provide protection for your device, it boosts battery life also. I’m not talking about a few extra hours either. This case boosts battery life on the Galaxy S III by over 100% delivering over 2300 mAh worth of additional juice. That’s obviously a pretty big deal. Getting the additional juice will come at a price though, to the tune of $100. It will definitely make for a sweet stocking stuffer this holiday. Hit the break for the full presser. » Read the rest

Oakley releases Android powered Airwave ski goggles

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Oakley released a new pair of ski goggles called Airwave. For $599.95 you’ll be able to hit the slopes wearing goggles that can best be described as half Google Glass, half goggles and all Master Chief. All kidding aside, Oakley’s Airwave brings a lot of appealing features including maps, temperature, jump analytics, speed, playlists and friend location. Oakley said, “The information will appear unobtrusively, as though you’re looking at a 14-inch monitor from a distance of five feet.

The goggles will pair to the Android app via bluetooth and will display messages, calls and playlist information.  Version 0.9 of the Oakley Airwave app is now live in the Google Play Store, but shows limited functionality. The only options listed on the screen shot are Trip Viewer, Buddy Tracking, Music Player and Device Pairing. It will be interesting to see if future generations incorporate a camera or maybe the old sci-fi favorite “distress beacon.”

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Ubi voice-controlled Android device up for pre-sale

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The Ubi (short for ubiquitous computer) ended its successful Kickstarter campaign back in September but it’s not too late to pre-order. The company is accepting pre-orders at the discounted price of $219. The normal price will be $269 when it launches in April, 2013. If you can’t get enough of Robin, Iris and countless other voice activated assistance then you might want to jump on Ubi. They will even cut you a deal if purchasing multiple devices.

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