Google back with another ad showing off Google Now

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Last month we saw Google release an ad that aired during the Grammys to show off Google Now and how it can be used in real life. While the last ad took us around the world for visits with several people, this latest ad takes place in one location and focuses on a father and daughter. The ad shows the melding of Google’s Voice Search with Google Now and how having the right information at the right time can be so important. Should anyone think the response is a little quick compared to your real life experiences with either of the Google products, you are not imagining things. Virtually hidden, Google has included a disclaimer indicating the sequence was shortened. Hit the break to view the ad.

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Mega Jump review: jumping for coins has never been so fun

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A simple game that features a cartoonish design, a cuddly monster as a main character and the simple premise of jumping over coins in order to get major air can’t be the blueprint for an addictive game… can it? Well friends— Mega Jump brings those three components and effectively combines each to be what has to be not only one of the most painfully underrated games available, but an addictive game as well to hit gamers’ hands. What’s an even bigger crime is the fact that while the game is incredibly challenging to say the least, the gameplay is simplistic enough to have casual to hardcore gamers picking up the game and playing immediately— and with a minimal learning curve too. Read on to see what the game is about and why it may be worth your time.

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Dead Zebra unveils the Lucky Cat series Android mini collectibles

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Dead Zebra just unveiled a new set of Android mini collectibles to burn yet another hole in your wallet. This time it’s the Lucky Cat Series by artist Shane Jessup. They might be adorable, but they will also “welcome wealth, prosperity, and protection into your home or business.” If that’s not enough, each mini figurine will feature an accessory and a swinging arm. There are a total of twelve mini figurines in the collection and they should become available later this month via the Dead Zebra website and retailers. Hit the break to see the entire collection.

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Featured Android Game Review: Robo5 [Brain & Puzzle]

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We have already covered a few games from Animoca, but a new one recently hit the Google Play Store called Robo5. This is a steampunk influenced puzzle game in which you play a robot in a strange decaying future world. Your job is to climb mountains of boxes and crates. Each level presents a different scenario, and you need to get to the top in order to advance to the next level. Climbing in itself sounds easy, but you will need some strategy in order to make it happen. For example, you may have to push or pull some boxes in order to actually continue to move. Some boxes might float and others will crumble. You will even find some boxes that transport you. There are actually 10 different types of boxes in all: floor, wood, metal, suspended, fragile, leaking, explosive, transporting, secret, and final.

Throw in the fact that you need to get to the top as fast as you can without running out of energy, and you have yourself a really cool and addictive game. You can gain energy by picking up energy packs, but ultimately you will be graded based on how long it took you as well as how many pieces you picked up. The star system is in play here, but you will need to achieve a certain amount of stars in order to open diaries, so the incentive is there to try to rack up as many as you can. Diaries aren’t fully explained, but it appears to be more of the same, just a lot harder. So much so that I spent a considerable amount of time solving the 1st diary, and you could hear my sighs in the neighboring states.

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Google Now Co-Creator Shares Insights Into The Innovative Feature

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Google Now is one of the best features of Jelly Bean, delivering accurate information in blazing fast speed. Recently, co-creator Baris Gultekin was interviewed by MemeBurn where they discussed the vision behind Google Now and its future. Google recognized that phones were getting smarter, more context-aware, and the goal was to give user’s the information they needed at the right time.

“We need to understand in what circumstance you need what type of information, and how we can give that information to you without you having to dig for it. That’s where we started. The types of things that we launched are [what you need in the moment] — you tend to check for weather in the morning so you know what to wear. You tend to check for traffic in the morning, so you know to avoid traffic and take the alternate route. That’s the high-level goal.” Read more

Disney’s Temple Run: Oz Transports You To The Yellow Brick Road

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Disney’s Oz: The Great And Powerful is out in theaters March 8th, and in anticipation, has released a new Android game called Temple Run: Oz. Inspired by Temple Run 2 and the upcoming Oz movie, the gameplay is simple. You play Oz and run through a magical land, outrunning crazy flying baboons while turning, sliding, and jumping to avoid obstacles or enemies.

From the Play Store description:

  • Stunning environments inspired by the film – explore them all.
  • Fly in a hot air balloon – earn even more coins.
  • Explore different locations in Oz – follow sign posts!
  • The environment changes as you run – test your reflexes.
  • Compete in weekly challenges – beat your friends! Read more

T-Mobile prepares advertising responses to AT&T in carrier spat

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Everyone loves a good fight it seems. T-Mobile and AT&T are doing their best to ensure followers of the companies are not disappointed. The latest round involves some ads T-Mobile is believed to be preparing in response to AT&T’s ads that ran last week. You may recall AT&T ran some full page ads in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today, claiming T-Mobile has twice as many dropped calls as AT&T and half the download speeds for data. According to TmoNews, proof prints of three different ads responding to AT&T have been submitted to T-Mobile for review and approval. Read more

Latest Google Chrome for Android Beta features data compression for quicker web browsing

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Not too long ago we heard about a web data compression feature Google was testing out. It was only available to Android 4.2 users, however, so not many of us got a chance to play with it. After some digging around in the source code for the latest Chrome browser, it turns out that Google has somewhat implemented the data compression feature into Chrome for anyone to try out.

It’s a little tricky to get to the setting, as there’s no actual UI for turning it on yet. In Chrome, type chrome://flags in the address bar, and from there you’ll be able to switch the flag on to start data compression. All HTTP websites you visit will then be sent to Google’s proxy server to be intelligently compressed and optimized for Chrome, then sent to your smartphone, speeding up the web loading process as well as consuming less data. Pretty handy trick if you’re dealing with a data cap from your carrier.

Hopefully we’ll see this feature make it into the stable release of Chrome before long.

source: Google Developers Blog

Low-range Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo slated for May launch

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To say that Samsung’s Galaxy lineup is ‘diverse’ is a huge understatement. More evidence of Samsung overtaking every level of the smartphone lineup is the soon-to-be-announced Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo. As the name suggests, this little fella will be pint-sized. It’ll come in two versions: with and without dual SIM capability. This new device is very similar to the Pocket Plus as well as last year’s Galaxy Pocket which raises a little bit of confusion.

The Pocket Neo is said to launch with a 3-inch display (320 x 240) with QVGA resolution and a 2 megapixel camera. Again, these vitals are not much different, if at all, from the Pocket Plus or last year’s Pocket for that matter aside from the 4.1 Jelly Bean OS. The only color offering rumored at launch for the Pocket Neo will be silver, at least initially. We’re thinking maybe since it’s very similar to the Pocket Plus, that maybe the Neo is being targeted in emerging markets.

source: SamMobile

Sprint Devices Soon Officially Compatible on Boost and Virgin Mobile Networks

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Sprint seems to be getting into the ‘green’ movement. The nation’s third largest carrier announced a new program they’re calling “Bring Your Own Sprint Device.” Their hope is to lessen the large amount of phones that get deposited into landfills each year by offering customers with idle Sprint phones the ability to use those devices on Virgin and Boost Mobile.

Along with the nod to the environment, this plan will also help budget conscious customers by offering more options on the pre-paid front. As to which Sprint phones will be compatible with Boost and Virgin? It hasn’t been announced as of yet, and there will definitely be a list of requirements that each device must meet. We’ll provide an update as soon as that official list of devices is published.

source:  Sprint