Google Maps updated to show upcoming events


Google Maps now doesn’t only show you how to get where you want to go, but now it also shows you upcoming events happening at the location in question. Users can now search Google Maps for a particular venue, and find out exactly what’s happening at that venue in the next couple of days. This information is displayed under the venue’s address, phone number, and so on.

Source: +Google Maps

Larry Page may have been holding Motorola back from making a legitimate Google phone


When Google acquired Motorola way back when, people automatically assumed it would mean the company was ready to produce its very own Google phone. And according to a new report from The Information, that was exactly what Motorola set out to do. But there was only one problem — Larry Page. Google’s very own CEO was the man who turned down Motorola’s ambitious plan.

Crazy Taxi: City Rush coming later this year, SEGA makes the original free in the Play Store through March 19


Need more Crazy Taxi? SEGA is working on a new installment for the series, titled Crazy Taxi: City Rush. Being that the focus is solely on mobile platforms, SEGA can optimize the experience properly. Kenji Kanno, creator of Crazy Taxi, says that “We are delivering a truly fun game that captures everything our fans love about the original and infusing it with several new features to create an even more fantastic and memorable experience.” The graphics will be much more smooth and vibrant and the mechanics finely tuned.

But as you wait for City Rush to make its way to the Play Store, SEGA is making the original Crazy Taxi more appealing. From now through March 19 (Wednesday), Crazy Taxi can be downloaded for absolutely nothing.

Hit the break for Crazy Taxi: City Rush’s teaser trailer and download links for the original.

ZTE has elected to announce its Nubia X6 smartphone on March 25, same day as The All New HTC One


On March 25, HTC will not be the only company announcing its next flagship device. When the dust clears on that date, ZTE will have announced the Nubia X6. The ZTE Nubia development team has sent out press invites for an event in Beijing on March 25. While ZTE does not have a very large presence here in the United States, HTC is likely very frustrated since manufacturers typically respect one another and choose to space out announcement dates.

One thing we know for sure about this device is that it will have Optical Image Stabilization technology like the LG G2. Other than that, the Nubia X6 is believed to have a 5.5-inch or 6-inch QHD display and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor with either 2GB or 3GB of RAM. On the software side, ZTE is said to be using KitKat with a revamped software overlay.

Via: GizChina

Wikipad cuts $50 off its Android gaming tablet, drops to $199


Wikipad 7, a 7-inch Android gaming tablet, received a price discount of $50 in the U.S bringing the cost from $249 down to $199. The gaming tablet comes pre-installed with popular titles such as Shadowgun: Deadzone and Dead Trigger 2. Other territories will soon announce a similar discount later.

In addition, the company has also unveiled a new game control mapping tool that will boost your gaming experience. The tool will allow you to map the touchscreen game controls to the controller. The 7-inch Android 4.2 tablet can also be detached from the controller making it suitable for non-gaming purposes as well.

Read the full press release after the break.

Verizon Smart Rewards program may be ready to roll out nationwide


In the never-ending battle for customers, wireless companies have a few weapons in their arsenals. Recently we’ve seen an uptick in companies targeting other companies through advertising and occasionally through comments during press briefings. Verizon appears to be ready to use a new tool, the loyalty program, patterned after similar systems used in other market sectors. Rather than going after competitors’ customers, the Smart Rewards program is intended to help prevent current Verizon customers from looking elsewhere for service.

Sprint announces new prepaid plans called “Sprint Prepaid”


Today, Sprint announced a new Pre-Paid plan called “Sprint Prepaid” with cheaper plans but it comes with a disadvantage as well. It is a revamped version of the As You Go plan with new pricing as well as new devices; LTE Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, LTE Samsung Galaxy S III, and 3G Motorola Moto G, as well as the pre-owned Apple iPhone 4s.

Customers can choose from either two plans. The ‘Smart Plans’ costs $45 with unlimited talk time and text messages but no data plan (WiFi only data). On the other hand, the ‘Smart Plus’ cost $15 more with unlimited talk time, text messages and LTE data plan (2.5 GB data speed), though Sprint will limit video streaming to 3G speed.

Source: Sprint

AT&T is merging Aio Wireless with Cricket Wireless, Cricket is the name that stays


After waiting on the acquisition of Leap Wireless to go through, AT&T has announced Aio Wireless will be merging with Cricket Wireless. Aio, which will be no more, is going to have its name evaporate and identify under the new Cricket brand. For customers of both Aio and Cricket, nothing will change at all. Their plans will remain the same and once Cricket stores start popping up across the country, shopping and customer service can be done there instead of online. As is with any large financial transaction, this one is going to take a little bit of time to complete.

Hit the break for an official introduction from the President of the new Cricket and the full press release.

OnePlus One design sketch leak shows what the device may look like


OnePlus has been extremely transparent with their upcoming smartphone, the OnePlus One. We know that it will have a 5.5-inch display while keeping the body smaller than Sony’s 5-inch Xperia Z1. Also, that 1080p display will feature some very strong technology to be more resistant to shattering. But something that has been missing from OnePlus is what the device will actually look like. OnePlus has only said it will have a very premium feel.

Black Edition Samsung Galaxy S 4 now available in UK


The Samsung Galaxy S 4 Black Edition was unveiled two months ago, and we got our first glance of it at the MWC. Today the public can get their hands on it, provided you live in the UK. Phones4U has the phone listed at £499.89 off contract, which is the same price as any other S4. The internals of the device are exactly the same as what you would expect from any S4.

Source: Phones4U


Google URL Shortener undergoes simplifying name change

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Yesterday, Thomas Devaux, the developer of Google URL Shortener, announced that he would be changing the name of his app to simply URL Shortener. Today’s Google Play update proves that is true. This is probably a move to prevent any legal action being taken against Google, considering how popular the service is becoming.

The app is pretty self explanatory – once installed, the application connects to your Google account and once you copy a link on your device, a button will appear asking if you want to shorten the URL. From there you can share the link to various social networks. If you haven’t already received the update, you can find a Play Store Link after the break.

Samsung’s S Band returns in new leak that fully exposes the Activity Tracker


Remember the Samsung Activity Tracker that passed through the FCC and Bluetooth SIG last week? It has returned due to a massive leak from SamMobile and the Activity Tracker carries the S Band name. The original S Band never made it to consumers after being announced initially as a Galaxy S 4 accessory. But now it seems that Samsung is moving closer to releasing the S Band to be compatible with their smartphones and poising the device as a competitor to Fitbit’s offerings or the Jawbone UP. The S Band differs from the Gear Fit in that this device is much more focused on fitness and lacks a display. All of the actual data is compiled and displayed on a smartphone.

Pre-orders for the Nokia X have reached one million in just four days in China


Regardless of the fact that the Nokia X isn’t even for sale yet, that’s not stopping it from being a successful and popular device. Well, at least in China. The device has reached one million pre-orders in just four days. With an expected launch of March 25, the same day the all new HTC One comes out, that number is only going to increase.

Even if we won’t see the device stateside, sometimes it’s easy to forget that we’re not the only market out there. With China holding the biggest smartphone owning pool of people in the world, it would make sense that companies are targeting that neck of the woods. Given its low-end specs, and accompanying price tag, it would also make sense as to why this device is selling quickly.

source: Nokia on Weibo
via: G for Games

Amazon’s set-top box controller leaks


Add this to yet another leak of the possibly forthcoming set-top box from Amazon. Today we see a leak involving the proposed gaming controller that will come with the box. Reminiscent of an old Xbox controller, the controller looks like it will handle more than just the gaming aspect of things.

From what we can see, the back, home and menu buttons add weight to the rumor that the device will come with Amazon’s flavor of Android on-board. Also,it looks like you’ll be able to play, pause, rewind and fast-forward right from the controller.

We have a few more images for you after the break. Enjoy!