Tank Battles now available for Android


Earlier this week we reported on the discovery that Gameloft was working on a version of Tank Battles that would run on Android powered devices. It turns out that Gameloft was a lot closer to release than we might have guessed as Tank Battles is now available in the Google Play store. Tank Battles has been available on console and computer platforms and this version follows in that tradition, porting it over to mobile devices. Read more

Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Limited Edition to begin shipping internationally in December

CyanogenMod Oppo N1

The upcoming Oppo N1 will start shipping internationally this December, and one of its key features is that it will come with support to easily flash the CyanogenMod ROM. News also came in that there would be a limited edition version of the phone that would be pre-installed with CyanogenMod, and will be available at the same time as the regular variant.

A news release sent out today also mentioned that special features such as O-Touch and the O-Click Bluetooth remote will also be included. Elements of Oppo’s ColorOS will also be built in, with the ability to wake the phone by double-tapping its screen, much like LG’s “Knock-On” feature.

The limited edition variant will also come with some CyanogenMod extras, including a special edition case, stickers, and some other things. The best part of all this? The limited edition variant costs exactly the same as the standard version.

Anyone interested in picking one of these bad boys up?

Source: Oppo

Samsung now giving away up to $600-worth in freebies to tablet buyers in US

Samsung Rewards

If you weren’t sure whether you were going to buy that new Nexus 7 (or even a Nexus 8) or a Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition), there may now be a reason to sway you to the Samsung side of the debate.

Samsung is now giving away up to $600-worth in freebies to those who purchase a Samsung tablet in the United States— the list of tablets includes the Galaxy Note 8.0 Wi-Fi, Galaxy Tab 3 Wi-Fi, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Student Edition, Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition and finally, Galaxy Tab 3 Kids (and Samsung HomeSync).

Hit the break for a list of the freebies that Samsung is offering.

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Sprint, Amazon, and Best Buy offering Nexus 5 starting today


Canada saw a Nexus 5 release earlier today, but they aren’t the only lucky ones. As Sprint announced in their press release, it will be offering the Nexus 5 starting today for only $49.99 on contract (16GB) if you’re switching carriers and porting a number acorss. Amazon and Best Buy also are starting to sell the device today, but for the standard $149.99 price on a new contract.

Off-contract, you’ll be able to get it from Amazon for $499.99 or Best Buy for less at $449.99. It appears that Sprint is not offering the device off-contract, but that may change.

Sources: Amazon / Best Buy / Sprint

Asphalt 8 Now Free on Google Play


Asphalt 8 is widely regarded as one of the best racing games on Google Play, with intense gameplay and great graphics. Normally that kind of game comes at a price, but it was only $0.99 at launch. Now, however, Asphalt 8 is free to anyone who wants it, and they can get it straight from Google Play.

There are of course purchases that you can make within the app for new cars and things like that, but those are not required of you, and you could just as easily get away without spending a cent.

The idea behind making the game free was essentially that Gameloft, the creators of Asphalt 8, wanted everyone to be able to play, even those that thought that spending $0.99 on an app was too much. You can find the QR code and link to the app after the break.

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NVIDIA hopes new Tegra 4i chip will get them out of the gutter


Remember a couple of years ago when NVIDIA was all the rage with the Tegra 2? Well things haven’t gone so well for NVIDIA, and somehow Qualcomm stole the show. Even Texas Instruments couldn’t handle the mobile competition. I think NVIDIA’s problems started in 2011 with the DROID Bionic. The Bionic was introduced at CES in January of 2011 touting it’s prowess with the Tegra 2. It wasn’t until the fall of that the phone was finally released. Why? Motorola said they redesigned it, but there is no question it was as a result of LTE compatibility. The final phone was released with a Texas Instruments chipset. This debacle proved to be costly for Motorola, and obviously for NVIDIA.

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Moto X Developer Edition gets a price drop


I have no idea if the Moto X is proving to be successful for Motorola, but an early sign that it isn’t is the fact the prices are already dropping at the carrier level. Right now you can grab the phone on contract for $99 or under $500 off contract. Now Motorola has dropped the price of the Developer Edition by $100 bringing the price down to $549.99. I know a lot of people are down on the specs, but trust me, the Moto X is one of the best phones of the year.

The Developer Edition has an unlockable bootloader so you can tinker till your heart’s content. They offer a GSM or a Verizon version. The GSM version is compatible with either AT&T or T-Mobile. I should also point out that both models come with 32GB of storage. We have both phones linked below.

source: Motorola (AT&T or T-Mobile) / Motorola (Verizon)

Google Now could get exciting new features on November 13


According to Wired, Google Now should be getting exciting new features on November 13. One of the things I have found lacking with Google Now is that it doesn’t have the ability to control other apps. This new update will allow search inside other applications as well as the ability to launch them. So for example, searching for a restaurant could yield results from OpenTable and you could open the app via voice to make a reservation.

Conversations is another area. Right now you can ask multiple questions, but Google Now never asks you anything back. Google Now will start asking you questions, so if you say, “text Robert”, you might get a reply, “which Robert”, or did you mean “Robert Smith or Robert Nazarian?”

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Google Ranked 5th Most Valuable Brand According to Forbes


We all knew Google was an extremely valuable company, but many will be surprised to learn that Google is ranked the worlds 5th most valuable brand according to Forbes. The company, which started out as a simple search engine, was beaten to number 1 by companies Apple, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, and IBM.

Google currently is worth a whopping $47.3 billion, and it generated a very large sum of $13 billion before interest and taxes in 2012. Google only continues to grow in value as well and they continue to branch out into other areas of research and technology.

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Google barge to be a temporary technology exhibit space featuring “fish fin” sails

google_bargeYou know that mysterious barge of Google’s in California? Above is an artist’s rendering of what it might just look like. According to documents attained by the San Francisco Chronicle, the barge will eventually be a “50-foot-tall, 250-foot-long structure made of recycled shipping containers and surrounded by sails resembling fish fins.” It’s going to be a studio and a “temporary technology exhibit space” to drive tourism along the waterfront.

The barge will reportedly hold up to 1,000 visitors a day during monthlong visits at locations around San Fran, like Fort Mason, Angel Island, Redwood City, and Rosie the Riveter Historical National Park in Richmond. Eventually it will keep traveling, visiting San Diego and other West Coast ports. We can’t wait to see what the finished product will look like; it sounds exciting.

Source: The Verge