Featured Play Store Review: The Enchanted Kingdom – Elisa’s Adventure [Gaming-Casual]

Here’s yet another hidden object / puzzle game to throw at you. This one is from one of the leaders in this category, Herocraft. It’s called The Enchanted Kingdom: Elisa’s Adventure. Elisa is in line to inherit the kingdom of Arroyo, but in order to do that you will have help her learn to be a ruler and find the royal ruby. Elisa will get help from her sidekick named Maron, who will tell her everything she needs to do to accomplish her goal.

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Is the Aston Martin smartphone suitable for 007’s legacy?

Luxury smartphones branded with the name of expensive European car manufacturers is becoming a trend since Ferrari has one as well as Lamborghini. How about Aston Martin? The British car company that is most famous for being James Bond’s car of choice has decided to throw their grandiose markings upon a luxury phone. Can this phone live up to the legacy set forth by 007?

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Motorola and Intel unveil the RAZR i with Intel Inside and edge to edge 4.3-inch display

The new partnership between Motorola and Intel has officially begun. Motorola and Intel unveiled the RAZR i this morning in London. As we reported earlier, it’s essentially the DROID RAZR M, but with one major difference. The i signifies Intel Inside and it sports Intel’s latest 2GHz processor. What will this 2GHz chip give us? Obviously speed is going to be the main selling point and Motorola is touting that the camera will now load in less than one second and there’s a new burst shooting mode that yields 10 shots in less than one second. It’s also about battery life. The RAZR i sports the same 2000mAh battery that’s in the DROID RAZR M, but it will be more efficient. They are claiming that it will be “40 percent more powerful than the competition.” What is that competition? According to the press release it’s the iPhone 4S, which isn’t saying much, but I’m very pleased with the performance of the DROID RAZR M.

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Google+ Reaches 400 Million Total Users And 100 Million Active Users Per Month


Vic Gundotra announced today that Google+, in just one year, has hit the 400 million total user milestone. He also mentioned that Google’s social network has 100 million active users per month, including both Web and mobile users. It still has some catching up to do to reach Facebook’s 955 million active users per month, but it took Facebook much longer than a year to reach those numbers.

With Android activating over a million devices daily, Google+ only stands to keep growing, and that’s a good thing. Personally, I prefer Google’s UI over Facebook’s, and the overall user experience feels cleaner. But with so many people I know still on Facebook and not “upgraded” to G+, both social networks are still required. This is most likely true for most of us.

Do you use Google+? Exclusively, or in combination with Facebook? Give us your thoughts in the comments below.

source: vic gundotra on google+

SIM-free Sony Xperia T sales to be unrestricted

This past weekend we reported that customers looking to purchase a SIM-free Sony Xperia T off-contract in the UK could be in for a long wait. Today, Sony has managed to slightly clear things up, reiterating that the Xperia T will be available “within timescales previously announced through Vodafone, EE, O2, 3, Carphone Warehouse, Phones4U and Tesco.” Furthermore, Sony made it known that it would not be imposing restrictions on how the units are sold. This means the above retailers will be the ultimate deciders when it comes to whether or not SIM-free devices are actually sold.

In the past, Phones4U and Carphone Warehouse have offered SIM-free deals on the latest phones, which leads us to believe that they would do the same for Sony’s latest flagship. With the phone launching next week in the UK, it looks like we won’t have to wait much longer to find out.

Source: Android Central

LG officially launches the Optimus G: available in Korea next week, worldwide in October

While LG already announced its latest flagship last month, it was unclear when exactly the handset would be launching. Fear not, as the Korean manufacturer has just revealed that the Optimus G will be available in the company’s home country next week, followed by a full-scale launch in October.

To refresh your memory on just how powerful the Optimus G really is, the official specs are listed as:

  • 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor Quad-Core and LTE
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0
  • 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPS Plus (1280 x 768 pixels)
  • 32GB On Board Storage
  • 13.0MP or 8.0MP rear cameras (depends on region) / 1.3MP front
  • 2,100mAh Battery rated at: Talk time: 15 hours / Standby: 335 hours
  • 145g, 31.9 x 68.9 x 8.45mm
That’s not all, though. LG is touting its new “creative and engaging” UX, which is supposed to allow users to “live without boundaries”. While we’re not necessarily fond of any Android skins, LG’s new user interface offers some features that could potentially be productive and useful. One of which is called QSlide, an applet that allows users to open up two separate screens on the device that work completely independent of the other. There have also been some tweaks made to the camera utility to better suit the impressive 13-megapixel camera. For the full run-down, be sure to catch the official press release after the break.
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Dyzplastic previews five Android figurines from the upcoming Series 3 set

We are all eagerly anticipating the Dyzplastic Series 3 Android figurines. The first five are now revealed, which include 8-Ball Hustler, Escape Ape, Nexus, Intergalactic, and Barista Bot. The Intergalactic was created by Kano and would be very cool for any Beastie Boys fan. These collectibles are supposed to be released by the end of this quarter. Hit the break for full 360 degree views of each one.

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Rovio Releases Bad Piggies Trailer, A Spinoff To The Angry Birds Series

Rovio is adding to their Angry Birds franchise with the new spin off called Bad Piggies that will give fans of the series a chance to live life through the eyes of the pigs we are so often trying to hit. We knew the game was coming out on September 27th, but we didn’t know what the game would be about. Would the pigs enact some type of revenge on these birds or cook up some new recipes for the bird eggs? This was cleared up a bit with the newly released teaser.

In the teaser, we see the ever so hated pigs rolling and flying around in user designed contraptions to try and get through different levels stealing bird eggs. All of this clever and riveting gameplay is presented in a colorful, two-dimensional sidescrolling view— just like the original Angry Birds series. Without even playing it yet, this game looks like another hit for Rovio and a lot of wasted time for me. You’ll want to see how this game looks instead of reading about it, so hit the break to see the teaser.

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Scosche RHYTHM Armband now supports Android for the fitness minded

Readers who are into fitness and want to use their Android device to support their efforts have a new option available to them. Scosche has released their RHYTHM Armband accessory and related Android app to help fitness seekers improve their workouts.

At its core, the RHYTHM Armband monitors pulse and by extension, workout intensity. This is accomplished using a lightweight armband that you slip on your wrist and then pair with an Android device using Bluetooth. Once connected, the app starts collecting and recording workout data. If one is out running or cycling, the unit will provide a map and record the route. At the end of a workout, users can view a summary, save the record to a calendar view, and upload it to a special web site for later analysis.
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Kindle Fire HD 7 root method

As consumers start to get their hands on a new Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 device, some will certainly want to stretch the capabilities of their new tablet. They will be met with frustration if they decide to pursue a new bootloader as it appears Amazon has locked down the devices extra tight. XDA forum member kinfauns did some digging only to discover Amazon has employed some high security device techniques similar to Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tablet devices. Unlike a Nook, the Kindle Fire HD 7 does not have an SD card slot that can be used as an alternate boot device. Developers are exploring workarounds for this situation.

There is good news though on the root front. RootzWiki contributor jcase(OP) has determined Amazon failed to secure a known method for gaining root access on Ice Cream Sandwich devices. Using the Android SDK, it is only a matter of minutes to root the device. Just hit the source link for the instructions if you want to give it a try. Just remember though, you are responsible for what happens to your device if you root it and something goes wrong.

source: RootzWiki