Ravensword: Shadowlands hits the Play Store, offers a rich 3D world to explore with Tegra enhancements

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If you’ve been itching for a new game to play and happen to have a Tegra device, we’ve got a new game that’s going to consume hours of your free time for the next week or two. Ravensword: Shadowlands is a deep, engrossing RPG with a ton of features and polish. From an open 3D world to weapon and armor crafting to a lockpicking system, it’s a meticulously crafted game that is almost as if an Elder Scrolls game hit the mobile platform. And, if your phone or tablet sports a Tegra processor, you’re going to get even more graphical enhancements to make the game that much better.

The price tag is a little steep at $7, but with as many features as this game has, I’m sure your wallet can forgive you, just this once. And after spending over 300 hours in Skyrim, I think I’m definitely going to have to give this one a try. Who’s with me? Hit the break below to get your hands on the download.

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MetroPCS adds Huawei Premia 4G to stable of LTE devices

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Huawei and MetroPCS announced today the addition of the Huawei Premia 4G to MetroPCS’s portfolio of 4G LTE devices. The Premia 4G is a 4-inch device equipped with a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and a 5 MP camera. The device will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. MetroPCS will include their joyn by MetroPCS app on the devices to give customers the ability to make video calls or take advantage of WiFi calling.

MetroPCS is making the Premia 4G available for $149 with no contract. Check out more images and the full press release after the break. Read more

Verizon Messages update enables all devices for messages

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Verizon released an update to their Verizon Messages app today to help make messaging easier for their customers. The new update introduces an integrated messaging service that lets users send and receive messages from their phone, tablet or the web using their wireless phone number. The new update also adds an auto reply function and Verizon will save messages in the cloud for up to 90 days. Read more

LG E980 clears the FCC, could be Optimus G Pro for AT&T

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LG mentioned that the Optimus G Pro would be available in North America in the 2nd quarter of this year. It looks like we are one step closer to this promise being fulfilled as an LG phone with the model E980 stopped by the FCC for a little visit. ¬†Considering the Optimus G is the E970, I think it’s a lock that AT&T will be bringing this beast to it’s network soon. As a reminder, this phone sports a 5.5-inch 1080p display along with a quad-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU. We will let you know more as soon as we hear it.

source: FCC
via: Engadget

HTC One’s BlinkFeed highlighted in new promo video

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One of the more innovative features of Sense 5 is BlinkFeed, which aggregates all of your social media and general news content into one gorgeous tiled interface. In their latest promo video, HTC highlights BlinkFeed in a pretty unique way. The video begins showing a young woman on a train alone with her HTC One. Upon using BlinkFeed, the images on her BlinkFeed come to life, reading aloud her status updates from her social networks as well as various news stories she has added to it. Check out the video after the break.

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Featured Android App Review: XnRetro [Photography]

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People are taking more pictures than ever thanks to the growing popularity of smartphones, but it has also gotten quite popular to add effects to your shots. There are a number of apps that will give you this ability, but XnRetro is one that keeps things simple. All effects are based on making your images appear vintage-like. I don’t know about you, but vintage effects are my favorite. It has a certain class about it.

With XnRetro, you simply open the app and either take a new picture to work with or select a picture that’s stored on your phone or tablet. From there, you can either work with the entire picture or crop it. They give you predefined shapes such as a square and rectangle that you can resize. The next step will be to add the effect, and you will see various options at the bottom. I will start from the left. The first option allows you to fine tune the brightness, contrast, and saturation. The next option lets you select from up to 20 different Retro styles to apply to your picture. You can tap on each one to see how it will affect your picture. The third option lets you choose how much vignetting you want. As you increase it, the border of your picture will become more faded.The fourth option gives you another 15 effects to apply to your photo such as bokeh, glass, leak, and light. Last but not least, is the fifth option, which lets you add a frame. There are 26 frames to choose from including a couple that resemble older instant cameras.

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Adblock Plus Not Discouraged By Play Store Ban, Creates Easy Workaround

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Google has made it very clear they won’t allow ad-blocking apps in the Play Store¬†and one such app recently removed was Adblock Plus. The desktop version continues to move right along with almost 25 million users on Chrome and Firefox combined. Although Adblock Plus can no longer be installed through Google Play, they’ve made it available for any Android user to manually install. By going to “Settings, “Security” and selecting “Unknown Sources”, you can install the app on your phone or tablet. Automatic updates have been added to the latest version of Adblock Plus so users won’t have to deal with manually installing a new version every time one is released. How do you feel about ad-blockers? Should they be allowed in Google Play?

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Nexus 7 8GB Refurbished For $139 Plus Free Shipping, Expires Today

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If you’re in the market for a tablet,¬†1SaleADay is running a special deal. Today, March 21 only through 11:59 PM EST, you can get a refurbished 8GB Nexus 7 for just $139.99 with free shipping. While internal storage isn’t a strong suite, it comes with familiar specs: 1.2GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 7-inch 1280 x 800 display, 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera, and 4,325 mAh battery with up to nine hours of battery life. There’s always a chance stock could run out before the end of today so if you’re interested, probably wouldn’t hurt to get over there as soon as possible.

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Chrome World Wide Maze Turns Any Website Into 3D Game Synced To Your Phone

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Google has released a new experiment called Chrome World Wide Maze which turns any website into a 3D marble maze game. To get started, you’ll need Chrome on your phone (Android 4.0+ required) and sync it to Chrome on your desktop. Once synced, you can choose any website to “play” on. After you’ve picked a website, simply use your phone to control the ball and reach the goal. Chrome World Wide Maze utilizes your phone’s gyroscope to guide the ball and if you don’t want to use your phone, you can always just play on your desktop. Check out the video below to see the game in action.

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More information on which countries get which processor in Samsung Galaxy S 4

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Since Samsung announced their new Galaxy S 4 last week, with a release date scheduled for April 26th around the globe, many people have been trying to figure out which model will be available for purchase in their location. SamMobile has started to compile a list to aid those trying to figure out their options. The Galaxy S 4 will come with one of two processors. The GT-I9505 model is slated to be equipped with a Snapdragon 600 quad-core cpu clocked at 1.9 Ghz while the GT-I9500 will come with an Exynos 5 Octa processor running eight cores at 1.6 Ghz. It appears one of the main determinants for which model will be available has to do with the availability of LTE service, which the Exynos chip does not support.

You can check out the list after the break. Read more