Angry Birds Seasons: Cherry Blossom Festival! Update Hits Google Play

Ahh, is it that time of season already?  Rovio is keeping it going strong with their latest iteration to the Angry Birds franchise.  The company has updated their Spring version of the game, Cherry Blossom Festival in preparation for the upcoming season.  So, while we’re all still waiting for Angry Birds Space to hit the ground running on a device that is not the Galaxy Note, here’s a little something to take the edge off.  The Spring time app will offer the Cherry Blossom and Japanese themed game with fifteen standard levels and two bonus levels that are hidden.  And there doesn’t appear to be an intro to any new birds that we can see in case you were wondering.  They’re saving those for Angry Birds Space which we could see on or around March 22nd.  Fingers are crossed.  Feel free to leave a comment or two below and don’t forget to take some pigs and kick some names for us.  
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Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G headed to T-Mobile

 

The tech world is waiting with bated breath for the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy SIII but it appears Samsung isn’t quite finished with the current Galaxy line just yet. T-Mobile USA updated its online store today to include the Galaxy S Blaze 4G as ‘Coming Soon’

The Galaxy S Blaze 4G is a high-end Android phone powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core snapdragon processor and 1GB RAM. There’s a 5MP camera on the rear with autofocus and 720p HD recording, there’s also a 1.3MP front facing camera for video calls. The phone will come in 16GB and 32GB versions and Samsung haven’t yet confirmed as to whether or not it will ship with Android 4.0 ICS.

The Galaxy S Blaze 4G is expected to land in March priced at $149.99. Head on over to the T-Mobile website for further details.

 

source : T-Mobile

 

 

Tech Spec Wars: The New iPad vs. The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity

In case you missed it, or didn’t care enough to watch it, the new iPad was announced today. “The New iPad,” as it’s being called, is the successor to the iPad 2 and comes with a 2048×1536 Retina Display as well as LTE capabilities. Given that most of the other specs for the device are out as well it’s time to see how they stack up to the upcoming announced Transformer Pad Infinity. The folks from AnandTech also compared it to the iPad 2 to give you an idea of what’s changed exactly. So without further ado I present to you the Asus vs. Apple tablet showdown. Hit the break below to check them out and let us know what you think in the comments section below. Is The New iPad that exciting? Let us know!
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n7player Boasts Good Looks and Even Better Features

I am always a fan of trying new apps out. I am especially a fan of trying apps out that make the most used apps on my Nexus even better. Over the past few months I’ve come to rely on using my device as my daily driver for music listening and media viewing. As this continues to be the case I am finding that the various apps I’ve been using to be somewhat sluggish and clunky. I don’t know why but I feel like I stumble through them in a hap-hazard like manner. Well thanks to the n7player I no longer feel that way as it brings us a polished user interface and some decent features. They include:

  • - Innovative, fully multi-touch music albums plane
  • - Intuitive music catalog showing: albums, artists, genres etc
  • - 5 band graphic equalizer with presets, reverb effects, bass boost and sound virtualization (SRS/Dolby Surround, requires system version 2.3+)
  • - Automatic and manual album art download
  • - ID3 tags editor
  • - Filtered file browser
  • - Music widget
  • - Lockscreen widget with direct unlock option
While it may not boast all of the features as PowerAmp it still offers some impressive features. As of right now it’s in limited public beta so if you’re interested in trying it out and giving feedback then hit the break to find the Google Play link or QR code below. In my opinion, you won’t be sorry if you do. We also have for you a video that showcases some of these awesome features so check that out too. Enjoy!
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Norton Mobile Security now offered on select Samsung devices

Samsung is partnering with Norton by Symantec and will now offer Norton Mobile Security on select smartphones worldwide. Users will get a complimentary 90-day subscription that will have the following capabilities:

  • Remote Locate — Shows you the location of your smartphone so you can find if it’s lost or stolen.
  • Remote Lock — Lets you remotely lock your lost or stolen phone via the Internet or SMS to keep critical data safe and block unauthorized access.
  • Remote Wipe — Lets you remotely erase the data on your phone via SMS, blocking access to your private information. In addition, your phone is instantly locked if its SIM card is removed or replaced, so it can’t be used with another SIM card.
  • Anti-malware — Scans all files and application updates downloaded to your mobile phone and automatically detects and removes threats without slowing you down.
  • SD Card Scanning — Gives you the option of automatically scanning SD (Secure Digital) memory cards for threats when you plug them into mobile phone.
  • Automatic LiveUpdate — Automatically downloads and installs security updates keeping you a step ahead of cybercriminals.
The 90-day trial of Norton Mobile Security supports all Samsung Galaxy Android smartphones, including Galaxy S2 LTE, Galaxy S2, Galaxy Neo, Galaxy S Hoppin and Galaxy A. Users can download it from ‘Utility’ category in Samsung Apps or by searching for “Norton Mobile Security”  from within Samsung Apps.

Full press release after the break:


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Samsung Galaxy S Advance Delayed Until The End Of The Month In The UK

Apparently, the absurdly priced Samsung Galaxy S Advanced has been delayed and we won’t be seeing it until sometime around the end of the month. The guys over at Clove are pointing towards a March 26th release.  Clove is offering the SIM-free device for a price of £354 ($557) which really isn’t much of a sale if you ask us.  Come to think of it, we’re not sure why this device is even on the market and we’re all wondering who’s going to fork over the serious cash for this “in-between” device when they could be getting a bigger and better devices at a cheaper price.  We’ll let you all decide.  Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.  In the meantime, check out the specs for device comparison.

Features of Samsung Galaxy S Advance I9070

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread with TouchWiz UI
  • 4.0” Super AMOLED display
  • 1GHz dual-core processor
  • 768MB RAM
  • 8GB Internal Storage
  • MicroSD card slot (Up to 32GB)
  • Wi-Fi, quad-band 3G, Bluetooth
  • GPS with Google Maps
  • Find My Mobile Service
source: Clove

U.S. Senator Asks FTC To Look Into Apple And Android Over Concerns About Private Information

U.S. senator Charles Schumer has requested that the Federal Trade Commision investigate reports that applications on both iOS and Android platforms are able to steal private photos and contacts and export them to their servers – without the user’s consent. Schumer is concerned about a New York Times report that iOS and Android apps can obtain access to the user’s private photos and contacts.

The senator says that it’s his understanding that the uses in question violate the terms of service of both Apple and Google platforms. “These uses go well beyond what a reasonable user understands himself to be consenting to when he allows an app to access data on the phone for purposes of the app’s functionality,” Schumer said in a letter to the FTC. Schumer also suggests that “smartphone makers should be required to put in place safety measures to ensure third party applications are not able to violate a user’s personal privacy by stealing photographs or data that the user did not consciously decide to make public”, and that phone manufacturers have an obligation to protect the private content of their customers.

This is an interesting allegation, and it’s definitely a little worrisome. Whether or not this holds a severe case I’m sure we’ll find out in the coming days and weeks. It’s common sense that only what the application needs or what you consent to relinquish to the application should be accessed and used, and only according to how you agree for that content to be used.

source: reuters

New Budget Friendly Tablet Takes Its Design Ques From A Woman’s Handbag

 

Cheap tablets seem to be all the craze lately as we have yet again another device making its way into the clutches of the budget friendly mind. Remember the Rhyme?  A handset from HTC that attempted to get in with the ladies?  Well, meet the Rhyme of the tablet market, the F8 series device was made by L-Y and aims to look like a woman’s purse or handbag.  The device has a 5-inch 800 X 480 res display sporting a 1.5 GHz Allwinner A 10 CPU.  Also under the hood you’ll find 512 MB’s of DDR3 RAM and a Mali 400 GPU.  All of your standards are there as well such as Bluetooth, Wifi and even 3G connectivity. The tab comes equipped with a 3500 mAh battery to keep you going all day long and will come running with everyone’s favorite OS version, ICS 4.0.  Wrap that up in a $94 package and you just might make a few sales.  Stay tuned to see just how well the device does.  Unfortunately, if you want one, you’ll either need to smuggle one out of China or move there yourself.  Choose wisely.  Feel free to let us know what you think of the devices in the comments below.

source: Shanzai

 

Huawei Vision U8850 Possibly Headed To North America

And Huawei continues its impressive 2012 rampage by giving its Vision U8850 smartphone an appearance here in North America. The phone has been available in select markets since the end of last year, but it was nowhere to be seen in North America until it made a subtle appearance at the Bluetooth SIG website recently. The unit looks to feature an HSDPA 850/1900MHz signal, so it would most likely be featured on AT&T’s sexy 3G network or on Rogers’/Telus/Bell if it’s headed for Canadian boundaries.

The Gingerbread-powered device could make a solid option for some with its decent specs too. You’ll find inside a 1GHz single-core Snapdragon processor, 3.7 inch WVGA display, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 5MP rear camera with 720p video recording, VGA front-facing camera, 512MB of RAM, 2GB of ROM, MicroSD card support, and a 1,400 mAh battery. No further news for now, but stay tuned with Talk Android for additional news as we hear it.

source: Bluetooth SIG
via: Unwired View

Samsung goes after Apple again with a new lawsuit filed in South Korea

The battle between Samsung and Apple doesn’t appear to be losing any steam as Samsung filed another lawsuit in South Korea claiming the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 infringes on three of its patents. The three patents are utility-based and involves methods of displaying data, the user interface, and short text messages.

If you’re into stats, so far Samsung and Apple’s battle royal has made it’s way to 10 different countries with over 30 cases. Pretty amazing when you consider Apple is a customer of Samsung.

source: reuters