Fieldrunners 2 comes to Android platform

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Tower defense fans will be happy to know that a sequel to one of the most popular tower defense games is now available in the Google Play Store. Fieldrunners 2 from Subatomic Studios gives players the opportunity to once again match wits with an enemy force while saving the world. The title boasts some of the best AI to be found in a Strategic-Action-Puzzle-Defense game to match the beautiful graphics. Subatomic Studios has packed some unique new features into the game, including a tower that shoots bee hives; trenches, bridges and tunnels; and a tower that will turn enemy combatants into barnyard animals. Subatomic estimates the game provides 20 or more hours of fun to complete the campaign against the invading fieldrunners.

Quad-core or Octa-core, it doesn’t matter says Samsung’s J.K. Shin

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How many of you think it matters how many cores the processor in your phone has? It doesn’t matter, or at least that is what the head of IT and Mobile Communications and co-CEO of Samsung J.K. Shin would like you to believe. While Europe and the U.S. will get the quad-core Snapdragon version of the Samsung Galaxy S 4, other markets will see the Exynos 5 octa-core variant. This decision has ruffled some feathers with consumers hoping to get their hands on the Exynos version here in the states without having to import it.

Verizon confirms Samsung Galaxy S 4 pre-orders will begin on April 25th

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While we have an idea of when other carriers will open up the pre-orders for what should be this year’s hottest smartphone, Verizon has finally come clean and announced when its customers can expect the Galaxy S 4 to arrive in its stores. Using its Twitter page, Big Red will officially start taking in pre-orders for the device from this Thursday, April 25th, with the store being available in stores from May 30th. The 16GB version of the smartphone certainly won’t come cheap as it’ll launch for a standard $200 or if you’re feeling lucky… $650 full price.

Let’s just hope that Verizon is able to keep up with demand because after all, we’re pretty sure it doesn’t want to be like other wireless carriers and let us down by delaying the smartphone’s launch.

source: Verizon Wireless Twitter I | II

How to make Animated GIFs and add sound to pictures on the Galaxy S 4

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Samsung introduced Animation Shot and Sound & Shot with the Galaxy S 4, which gives you more creativity with your photos. Animation Shot allows you to make an image that has movement in it. In other words, an animated GIF. The best part of it is that you can fine tune the duration as well as what parts of the image you want to actually show movement.

Sound & Shot is simply adding voice to a photo. Take a picture, but hold it for another eight seconds for an audio message such as, “We miss you Grammy” or “I love you Mommy.” Both are pretty cool, but with so many new features, it can be overwhelming sorting it all out. That’s why we created this hands on video showing you how to use both modes. In no time you will making some pretty cool animated GIFs and putting a smile on Grammy’s face.

Head on past the break to watch the video and don’t forget to check out all our Galaxy S 4 guides.

How to take a Drama Shot and Erase unwanted objects with the Samsung Galaxy S 4 camera

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Samsung continues to enhance their camera functionality with the Galaxy S 4, and Drama Shot and the Eraser are just the tip of the iceberg. Drama Shot allows you to take consecutive shots of something moving and put multiple images in one picture. For example, you could take a picture of a motorcyclist going over a jump, and the finished product might include five or six images of the jump itself.

Then there is Eraser mode, which lets you erase unwanted subjects from a photo. Say you are in a crowded park and trying to take a picture of the family. It’s hard to get a shot in which there isn’t somebody walking into the picture. With Eraser mode, you can easily remove these people. Both are fairly easy to use, but we put together a hands on tutorial of how they work so you can use them more effectively.

Skip on past the break to see the video and don’t forget to check out all our Samsung Galaxy S 4 guides.

Remember The Milk gets major update to version 3.0, adds tablet support

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The to do app with the funny name, Remember The Milk received a major update to the Android app today taking it up to version 3.0. The overhaul, codenamed “Tik-Tok,” brings a completely redesigned interface to the app that utilizes a “card stack” concept. Remember The Milk developers indicate this is similar to their iPhone or iPad versions, but you will probably find it also has a strong Android Holo-esque look and feel to it. In adopting some Android design guidelines, they also optimized the app to run on tablet devices while redesigning task and note views to make it easier to view and edit using taps and swipes. Among the improvements to the basic workings of the app, Remember The Milk makes it much easier to edit multiple tasks at one time and task completion or postponement is now accomplished using a tap and hold.

Acer adds the Liquid E2 to its smartphone lineup

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The Acer Liquid E2 is the follow up to the E1. The specs include, a 4.5-inch IPS display, Optional dual-SIM support, an 8MP rear camera with zero shutter lag, 2MP front camera, a microSD card slot, and the radios are WiFi Bluetooth, GPS, FM radio, and a 42 Mbps HSPA+. The picture suggests that it is running Android, what we don’t know is which version it is. The E1 came with Jelly Bean 4.1, so it would be safe to assume that this would be running the same or later.

The device has been announced for many parts of Europe;  Belgium, Netherlands, Ukraine, France, Spain, the UK, Italy, Germany, and Russia. No word on a trip across the pond for us yet though. If you live in any of the areas I mentioned you can get the device around the middle of May for €229 ($297.40). Let us know if you plan on picking one of these up. Or maybe you plan on waiting for something better, either way we would love to hear about it.

Source: Unwired View

New study says market for phablets, “superphones” to reach 825 million units globally by 2018

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You have no doubt noticed a trend amongst most smartphone manufacturers to push the boundaries of screen size with several models on the market in the 5-inch or larger range. Samsung’s Galaxy Note series really pushed the market into this “phablet” sized range with its success, demonstrating there was a market for large devices. Transparency Market Research has published a new report that puts some numbers to what we seem to be seeing and predicts sales of phablets and superphones will reach 825 million units by 2018, generating $116.4 billion for manufacturers that jump into the market. Although North America has been the leader in the market to date, Asian Pacific markets like Korea, India and China are expected to experience the largest and fastest growth rates over the next five years.

Samsung Galaxy 4 camera overview and how to use the Dual Camera function

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The Samsung Galaxy S 4 added a slew of new features and a lot of them involve the camera. The camera software has a new look and a new navigating wheel to select one of the many camera modes. One of the coolest new features is the Dual Camera function, which lets you utilize both the front and back lens at the same time for both photos and videos. So if you’re taking a picture of your family, you can be included in the image as well. You can size the image from the front lens as well as move it around. You can even select from a number of themes such as a postage stamp or a heart. We put together a hands on tutorial showing you the new camera interface as well as how to use the Dual Camera function. Just hit the break to check it out and click here for our complete list Galaxy S 4 guides.

Update allows for offline viewing in Falcon Pro

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As far as Twitter apps go there are a plethora of them to be found in the Google Play Store. Falcon Pro is one of those apps that stands out from the rest, and it just got a little bit better. Falcon Pro allows you to check your Twitter feed just like the official Twitter app, however the UI makes it more appealing to some. You can check out our review here, to see what I mean.

Along the way Falcon Pro has had to make some sacrifices. I can’t think of any other developer that has had to raise his price to limit the amount of people using the app. Back in February, the developer of Falcon Pro Joaquim Vergès had to set the the price at $132.13, because Twitter wouldn’t raise their token limit of 100,00 users  an app can have, other then the official Twitter app. Here we are in April and Falcon Pro is doing just as well as it ever has. Last week we told you about an update that had partial offline support.

The new update brings full offline support, as well as added translation for Portuguese, Thai, Dutch, Catalan, Arabic, Chinese, Turkish, and Hungarian. Click on the Link below or grab the QR code below. Let us know what you think of Falcon Pro in the comments section.

MetroPCS shareholders give T-Mobile USA merger the green light

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Not too long ago, Deutsche Telekom sweetened the deal for shareholders in MetroPCS to try to grease the wheels of its proposed T-Mobile/MetroPCS merger. And, good news for both companies today, the shareholders in MetroPCS have approved that deal. While it won’t be finalized today, the deal will reportedly be completed by May 1st, so it shouldn’t take too much longer, especially since it’s already past the difficult regulatory approval stage.

T-Mobile has already put their foot on the gas trying to be competitive with some of the bigger carriers, so hopefully this merger will give them a little more ammunition.

source: Bloomberg

Sprint and T-Mobile both delay Galaxy S 4 retail launch

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Well, looks like HTC isn’t the only one who is going to experience supply problems with their flagship device this year. According to some emails sent out this morning, Sprint will not carry the Galaxy S 4 in retail stores this Saturday like originally planned, due to “unexpected inventory challenges from Samsung.”  The silver lining is that Sprint still expects to offer the device via online orders and phone sales, but if you were planning on waiting outside your local Sprint store when it opens, you’re out of luck.

And when it rains, it pours, of course, as T-Mobile has said they’ll have to push back their online availability of the device as well. Online availability is expected Monday, April 29th, with select stores to receive the handsets on May 8th and full retail availability by May 15th. Even with all of these delays, Sprint and T-Mobile will still likely have the S 4 on shelves before Verizon, though.

Featured Android Game Review: Blood Runner [Arcade & Action]

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If you’re looking for a new tunnel racing game, you might want to check out Blood Runner. There are plenty of these types of game available in the Play Store, but FlatCoder has created something unique. In this game you play a miniaturized criminal agent, but you won’t be racing in an apocalyptic or futuristic city. No, that’s for amateurs. In Blood Runner, you will be racing in the human body. Yup, you read that right. You will be racing inside the veins of the body, which means you will need to avoid obstacles like blood cells.

It’s your job to control the target host and your only link to the outside world is Clive from “the agency.” He will tell you what you need to do at each level such as plant a micro cam in the Cornea while the host is in REM sleep or drop an audio relay in the inner ear. There are 12 levels in all that will take you to just about every vein in the body, inside a cell nucleus, around the heart, the inner ear, the lungs, and so much more. You will have to avoid obstacles, but you will also be racing against time. Thankfully you will find some power ups that can give you more time or improve your health. You will also have a freeze weapon that you can use sparingly.

For the beginner: How to set the Galaxy S 4 to Easy Mode

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Smartphones are filled with so many features and options that even the tech savvy person has a hard time keeping up with it all. So you can imagine what a beginner or someone who is very uncomfortable with technology must feel like. Samsung has what’s called Easy Mode and it’s one of the most underrated features the Galaxy S 4 offers. It’s for the person who really wants things to be simple. Maybe your Mom, Dad, or Grandparent would like a phone such as the GS4, but just doesn’t want to deal with all the fuss.

This is exactly why Easy Mode was created. It’s already been available on the Galaxy S III, but Samsung has simplified it even more. Easy Mode only has three home screens. The main home screen has non removable widgets for the time, date, and weather. You will also find six apps to choose from that have much larger icons. The left home screen is dedicated to calling. You can select up to nine contacts to set as favorites and you can open the phone app, which includes the keypad, call logs, and contacts. The right home screen includes 9 apps that you can customize to whatever you want. You still have an app drawer as well, but all apps are spelled out and in alphabetical order. The settings menu is also simplified as well as the camera interface.