Angry Birds Space claims the title of fastest growing mobile game

We all can hum the theme music by memory. We all have recently rediscovered our ancient, dormant skill of the slingshot and now have cravings for green ham and bacon. No, I’m not talking about Dr. Suess, but about one of the most recognized mobile games all over the world. Angry Birds by Rovio has captured the hearts of casual and hardcore gamers everywhere with their physics-based gameplay and over 300 levels of puzzle solving fun.

Rovio’s latest installment to the AB series, Angry Birds Space, was received with such excitement that the game is now being recognized as the fastest growing mobile game yet, scoring 50 million downloads within just 35 days. This is a huge deal for the developing team and will no doubt use this momentum to continue delivering quality updates and additional levels. My only question is when are they going to add multiplayer versus mode with online chat? That would be so cool!

source: rovio

Sony Xperia Play from Verizon Wireless receives new Software Update

 

A software update is now available for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. This latest version (4.0.2.E.0.57) brings many enhancements. Your device will be upgrading to Gingerbread 2.3.4, receiving some camera improvements, resolving a charging issue and more. Along with these fixes, on the downside you’ll also be getting a little more bloat, such as VZ Navigator updates, and Verizon Wireless Video on Demand. Guess you have to take the good with the not so good? See more details on the latest version below:

Applications

  • Verizon Wireless Video on Demand now comes preloaded.
  • Improved user experience and new delivery method of preloaded games.
  • When connected via Bluetooth®, the Music Player now supports Fast Forward and Rewind.
  • VZ Navigator® has been updated with the latest 3D map improvements.

Device Operation

  • Upgraded to Gingerbread 2.3.4 operating system.
  • A long-press of the power button will successfully capture a screen shot.
  • Charging issues forcing device to remain in landscape mode have been resolved.
  • Recommended contacts now populate correctly when using the dialpad.
  • Camera Improvements: Right trigger successfully captures a picture / Record video in 720p with continuous auto-focus.
  • Device is now enabled with the Wireless Emergency Alerting System.
  • Mobile Hotspot ID broadcast can be turned off to increase security

So if you’re ready to upgrade, and are into waiting for that notification icon alerting you, you can manually check for version 4.0.2.E.0.57. From the main screen do the following: Menu > Settings > Software Update > Update Now >Check for Updates.

source: verizon

 

 

Vodafone Offers The HTC One X And One S Smartphones For Free On-Contract… Until May 13th

If you live in the UK and are itching for one of HTC’s new beasts, you may want to venture over to your nearest Vodafone store today. The UK mobile carrier has reduced the on-contract prices for both the HTC One X and One S smartphones. The One X smartphone will be available for free on 2-year contracts of £36 or more which gets you a cool 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB of data. The One S smartphone will be available for free on 2-year contracts of £31 or more which gives you 300 minutes, unlimited texting and 500MB of data. Not too shabby at all I’d say.

Each phone are among the hottest Androids on the planet, so one has to wonder why they’re being listed for so low of a price. Perhaps it has to do with a certain announcement happening this week? Who knows and who cares— customers are just interested in deals on quality devices and you can bet that lots of folks will be interested in grabbing one of these devices now that they have a chance to get it at so low of a price. Naturally steals like this don’t last for long— Vodafone is offering both devices at their low, low prices for a short time only, which ends May 13th.

source: Vodafone HTC One X | Vodafone HTC One S

Global unbranded HTC One X gets another update, Three UK users get older update to improve battery performance

HTC is hard at work with updates to address certain bugs like intermittent WiFi disconnects for the HTC One X. They are pushing out update 1.29.401.7 to unbranded European One X’s right now. This is the second update since the release of the One X, so good job HTC. We are hearing this addresses the WiFI issue, but not sure what else. If your One X is unbranded, you can grab it now by hitting Settings/About/Software Updates. Let us know if you notice anything else.

For those of you with a Three branded One X, you are receiving version 1.28.771.9, which is based on the previous update that got pushed a couple of weeks ago. This may not sound right to you, but as you know it takes longer for carriers to release updates once released to unbranded units. A couple of weeks is actually pretty good. They’re promising better battery life with this update. Hopefully Three will have the latest update (from above) out in a couple of weeks as well.

source: androidcentral (1) (2)

 

The Survey Says… Most Americans Don’t Plan To Use Mobile Payment Systems

With the competition heating up in the mobile payment space (Google Wallet vs ISIS), one would think it’s something we’re all clamoring for. But a recent study from the University of California, Berkeley, concludes that Americans are not quite feeling the “pay with your phone” vibe yet. The study, funded by Nokia, surveyed 1,203 adult internet users in the U.S. and found that 74 percent say they do not plan on using a mobile payment system due to privacy concerns.

Other notable findings include:

  • 96 percent of respondents are against any system which uses their phones to track them while they shop
  • 81 percent object to sharing their phone numbers or home addresses with a retailer during a mobile payment transaction
  • 51 percent object to sharing their email address with a retailer during a mobile payment transaction


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Glare-Free, Self-Cleaning, Water-Repellent Glass Of The Future From The Minds At MIT

How would you like your future smartphone screen to be completely glare-free, water-repellent, and self-cleaning? Researchers at MIT published a paper describing how they selectively removed parts of the glass to create microscopic cones, which apparently gives the glass the ability to resist fogging and glare. The MIT news site states the following:

“The new ‘multifunctional’ glass, based on surface nanotextures that produce an array of conical features, is self-cleaning and resists fogging and glare, the researchers say. Ultimately, they hope it can be made using an inexpensive manufacturing process that could be applied to optical devices, the screens of smartphones and televisions, solar panels, car windshields and even windows in buildings.”

The lack of glare or fog would make the glass nearly invisible. Also, water would literally just bead and bounce right off, taking any dust along with it, making it super easy to keep dust-free. Check out the video of water droplets  rolling off the glass after the break.


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Verizon’s Droid Does Campaign Back With a More Cozy Vibe

You remember back in 2009 when we started seeing the Droid Does commercial campaign? Remember how it called out the iPhone in what it couldn’t do? Remember how we just stopped seeing the Droid Does commercials? Well the point to this line of questioning is that the Droid Does Campaign is back but it’s much less edgier in its presentation than before. Given that Verizon sells both the iPhone and the Droid line nowadays it makes sense for Verizon to tone back the iPhone bashing.

So instead of the in-your-face campaign it once was, it’s now a more “warmth-of-a-cozy-fire” direction. If you don’t believe me you can hit the break below. There we have the new commercial for you that shows off the Droid 4, RAZR, and RAZR MAXX. We also have two of the older commercials too for the sake of comparison. Let us know what you think in the comments below. Is this new direction a nice breath of fresh air for the campaign or did you prefer the old anti-iPhone direction?


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Google Engineer Designs KegDroid, an Adruino-Powered Kegerator Activated by NFC

Many times when people are bored they turn to activities that can be rather uneventful or sometimes even deviant. In the case of Google engineer Paul Carff, his bout of boredom lead to a project that is neither deviant or uneventful and the term bad-ass definitely comes to mind. Meet KegDroid, aka “Betsy”, Carff’s automated kegerator that is controlled by a Motorola Xoom tablet and an NFC card.

KegDroid is essentially an Arduino-automated beer dispenser that that uses an NFC card to link to your Google account. Once linked up and as long as you are authorized, a special app pops up that allows you to pick from the two beers on tap and select the amount of brew to be poured. KegDroid is currently just a personal project that belongs to Carff but in the video he mentions that we would like to see it available around the world in the future. That means that we are stuck dreaming about owning such a cool toy for the time being. Jump past the break to see Carff’s full demo video and to see what could be in store for us in the future.
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Verizon Announces New Prepaid Unlimited Talk and Text Plan that Comes with 1GB of Data for $80

There is a new 3G prepaid plan arriving tomorrow that Verizon will be offering. It looks to be pretty good as it will feature unlimited talk and text with the added benefit of 1GB of data thrown in. You can get this all for $80 per month and no contract. Unlimited Mobile-to-mobile calls are inherent of the current prepaid plans but it’s suggested that Unlimited Talk will consist of being able to call any phone, anywhere. In the announcement Big Red also added some prepaid mobile broadband options to choose from. They include:

  • · $15 for 250 MB of data weekly
  • · $60 for 3 GB of data monthly
  • · $90 for 10 GB of data monthly
Hit the break below for the press release if you’re interested in reading more. While we will have to wait until tomorrow for this plan to go into effect, unlimited talk and text with a gig of data thrown in is not too shabby, although, it still doesn’t have Boost Mobile beat when it comes to unlimited prepaid plans.  Here’s hoping though that unlimited talk means being able to call anyone and everyone! Enjoy!