With the movie releasing this weekend, Monsters University game hits the Play Store

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With Pixar’s latest sure-to-be hit Monsters University releasing this weekend, Monsters University the game has already landed in the Google Play Store. The game costs $.99 and offers quite a bit of content for all ages to enjoy.

 

Catch Archie:
• Get a hold of Archie the Scare Pig, the squealing mascot of Monsters University’s rival school, Fear Tech, in this thrilling game!
• Chase Archie in 30 exciting stages, and tire him out to win each stage!
• Swipe to jump, slide, and dodge tricky obstacles throughout campus!

Toxicity Challenge:
• Compete in the first scare game event of the year, and put your agility skills to the test!
• Race against the clock, and run through the sewers before time runs out.
• Watch out for the stinging glow urchins that will sting and slow you down throughout all 30 stages!

Other Monstrous Features:
• Play as 3 of your favorite monsters: Mike, Sulley, and Squishy.
• Level up to unlock special power-ups!
• Find and collect Scare Cards featuring famous monsters.
• The Scare Games continue soon with FREE updates that will include more characters and new games based on the other events!

Links to the game right below!


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Samsung announces 5 new colors for their Galaxy S 4

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This one we definitely expected. With sales of Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 skyrocketing, it only made sense to offer more color options for the device. Today they announced 5 new colors for their beloved S 4: Blue Arctic, Purple Mirage, Red Aurora, Brown Autumn, and Pink Twilight.

As always, there’s no news as to when these colors will hit the states, although we do know that AT&T nabbed exclusive rights to the Red Aurora color just as they did with the Red Galaxy S 3.

Samsung announces the Ativ Q, a Windows and Android convertible laptop with an insane screen resolution

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If you were to talk about an insane amount of specs all crammed into one device, the Ativ Q would definitely be part of that list. Today Samsung announced their Ativ Q device and it sure packs a wallop. The Ativ Q is essentially a dual-booting device that can run both Windows and Android and sports a 13.3″ screen with a resolution of, wait for it, 3200 x 1800! To make things even better, it also has what I deem as some sort of convertible mode that changes it to a tablet mode, laptop mode, and an odd mode where it’s floating on top of the keyboard.


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Samsung targeting Photog-Enthusiasts with latest Galaxy Camera NX unveiling

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A week ago, several leaked shots of Samsung’s Galaxy Camera NX surfaced and gave us what to expect for today’s announcement. Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy Camera NX in an attempt to tap into the market of photography enthusiasts. The camera supports 13 different inter-changeable lenses. You won’t find any buttons on the back side as it sports a 4.8″ capacitive LCD touch-screen so it works more or less like a cell phone. If your’e familiar with Samsung’s Galaxy S 3 or Galaxy S 4 devices then the interface will be nothing new to you as it features Samsung’s TouchWiz UI alongside Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

If you’re interested in checking out the full press release alongside the full spec sheet, hit the break. Is this something you might be interested in? I’m curious to see if this gets any attention with amateur photographers out there, let me know!


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Facebook announces video on Instagram for Android and iOS

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For a few days, rumors have been flying around that video was coming to Instagram. Today Facebook officially announced it at a small press event. Obviously meant to compete with Vine, Instagram 4.0 allows users to record up to 15 seconds of video footage, apply a filter, and post on your profile among the other photos you have posted. They also introduced a new “Cinema” stabilization feature that improves the quality and reduces the shakiness of your videos, similar to the shake-reduction feature YouTube already has. 13 brand new filters were created for video on Instagram.

The glaring advantages that video on Instagram has over Vine is filters, the ability to delete and redo scenes in your video, and a longer 15 second maximum video length. The last time Facebook tried to capitalize on a trending app was Poke, designed to compete with Snapchat. That idea flopped, so it will be interesting to see if Instagram can successfully steal users away from Vine this time. With all the additional features Instagram 4.0 has, and Vine having a new, still buggy Android app, I think Facebook has a shot.

After the break is the Play Store download link. The update isn’t live yet, but should be any minute.
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Verizon sending out Samsung Galaxy S 3 update, hopefully addresses LTE connectivity issues

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Verizon began pushing out update VRBMF1 update to their variant of the Samsung Galaxy S 3 last night which will hopefully address connectivity issues that users were previously having with the device. Since there are currently no support documents that detail the changes in the update, we won’t know for sure until they release said documents or at least a statement about the update.

The update should be live for everyone with the device on Verizon, so go to Settings > About Phone > Software Update to get it. Let us know if that fixed your issues and if your LTE  connection stabilizes.

Source: Verizon

Qualcomm announces six variants of Snapdragon 200 processor for emerging markets in press release

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In a new press release by Qualcomm, they announced that the company has come out with 6 variants to their Snapdragon 200 processor, built for devices that won’t break the bank. It’s clear that Qualcomm is focusing their efforts here on emerging markets, and on consumers that don’t need higher-end devices, or simply can’t/won’t spend money on a higher-end device with a processor such as the Snapdragon 800.

The six variants feature Adreno 302, and will offer enough horsepower to perform all the standard tasks one would need a smart phone to do, on the networks people need them to be on. The configurations are complete with support for HSPA+ 21 and TD-SCDMA 3G networks, and will come in standard, Dual-SIM Dual-Standby, Dual-SIM Dual-Active and Tri-SIM Tri-Standby configurations. The chipset is made to be fully functional with Android, Firefox OS, and Windows Phone as well.

These chips won’t make their way to the western hemisphere, but they certainly are key to the company’s expansion and pushing technology to those that don’t have it yet. Check after the break for Qualcomm’s full press release on the matter. 
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‘Droid Combat – Mission Alpha’ officially released to Play Store, not likely linked to new device launch

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As the @DroidLanding Twitter account said it would, the ‘Droid Combat: Mission Alpha’ augmented reality application was released to the Play Store today. It looks pretty interesting and it’s a neat concept, and while the video mentions that there are “90 days until world domination occurs,” it’s unlikely that this means anything regarding a new phone. This “hint” (if you want to call it that) would place any kind of  new phone launch in late-September, which seems like a pretty far way from now— especially because the buzz from this game is not expected to last more than a month. But Verizon could always prove us wrong of course— after all, the last time they did something like this, the release of the Droid Bionic followed. Check out the link to the game in the Play Store after the break if you want to download this 50MB chunk of data to your device.
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LG and Qualcomm joint presser reveals Snapdragon 800 for Optimus G series phones

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Today, a press release by LG and Qualcomm confirmed that the successor to the LG Optimus G series devices will utilize Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors, the industry’s most advanced chipset at this time. This new addition will provide the device with stunning performance, rich graphics, and outstanding battery efficiency. The Snapdragon 800 processor is also designed to allow LTE to be even faster by maximizing spectrum bandwidth to increase data speeds and reduce latency. This is some pretty exciting news for the upcoming device— anyone thinking of going and grabbing one at launch? Check out the full presser after the break.
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NVIDIA drops price of Shield to $299

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The NVIDIA Shield seems pretty cool, but is it $349 cool? NVIDIA has been showing the device to many gamers recently at shows such as E3, and although they love the device, the feedback is that it would be a homerun if it were priced at $299. NVIDIA is the kind of company that listens and has officially dropped the price down to $299.

Don’t fret if you pre-ordered because you will get the new lower price as well. They also just officially announced that June 27 will be the official release day. Did you pre-order yet? If not, does this new price entice you a little more?

source; NVIDIA