Sonic CD Coming to Android Later this Year

by Harold Williams on
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Now this is some cool news! SEGA has announced they will be bringing its classic Sonic CD game to Android. SEGA says the game is coming to “mobile phones and consoles everywhere” later this year. This announcement also says the Japanese soundtrack will be included with this re-release, which is a good thing in my opinion. The re-release of Sonic CD will be making its public debut at the Microsoft booth at PAX Prime in Seattle, August 26–28, 2011.

“SEEEEGAAAAA!” OK, I’ve got that out of my systems now. Seriously though, this will be an awesome classic to check out on a mobile device. If you need to jolt your memory on this game you’ll find a video after the break (comparing the US and Japanese soundtrack). The full press release from SEGA is included as well for your reading pleasure while you listen to the soundtrack. I know I’m excited to check this out, are you?

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HTC Vigor is Bluetooth 3.0 certified

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The HTC Vigor is officially Bluetooth 3.0 certified, having just made its way through Bluetooth SIG. As we detailed in a previous post, the Vigor is rumored to sport a 4.3-inch 1280×720 resolution HD display, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon, 8MP camera, Sense 3.5, Beats audio, and Gingerbread 2.3.4. Those combined specs will no doubt make the Vigor a heavy hitter when it arrives on Verizon’s store shelves, which by the way, could be as early as October 5th.

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Xoom 4G LTE Upgrade Beginning – Government & Business users in “Pilot” group

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Emails are cropping up in Verizon Xoom owners’ inboxes, letting them know that the 4G upgrade process will begin next week! That is, if your Xoom is for business or government use. Other Xooms will come second. This initial upgrade group is being referred to as the “pilot” program.

The original upgrade process will remain unchanged. Your upgrade will be free of charge and will be initiated by an email from Motorola. You’ll also receive a pre-paid FedEx box to ship your Xoom in. Also, please keep in mind that you will want to back up all of your data before the send off, since it is likely the device will be wiped during the upgrade process.

Our friends from Droid Life have screenshots of the emails being sent out. Check them out here after the break!

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New Tegra-Optimized Game ‘Sprinkle’ Released, Kal-El Support Soon

by Justin Routhier on
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Fresh on the heels of NVIDIA’s announcement for their new Tegra Zone website, a new Tegra-optimized game called Sprinkle has been released. This game challenges users to solve brain-teasing puzzles by using a water cannon mounted on a crane to fight fires, spin wheels, activate traps and even use its power to move boulders and blocks of ice before the time and water run out.

The unique look of the game and its realistic water physics is surely a bargain at $1.99 in the Android Market and I will give you this little tip for free: Tap five fingers on the screen to unlock 46 levels of this puzzler. Concerning the forthcoming “Tegra 3” quad-core processor NVIDIA Kal-El, there will be an optimized version of Sparkle also.

Hit the break for the Android Market link and a QR code.

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Tegra Zone Launches New Website

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If you have a NVIDIA Tegra-powered mobile device and want to find the best games to reach the full potential of the that Tegra mobile processor, the NVIDIA Tegra Zone app is a must-have. To the delight of many, NVIDIA has now announced the launch of their new Tegra Zone website to give you access to the latest game news, reviews and release information right from your laptop or desktop too. You’ll also find high-resolution game screenshots, HD gameplay videos, game developer interviews, a community forum and the ability to share your favorite apps through your social networks.

In a comment aimed at game developers, they added that “with over 250,000 Android games in the Android Market, it can be a challenge to get your game noticed” and go on the direct these developers to their ‘Zone In’ section for an opportunity to have their games listed on the Tegra Zone site.

Tell us what you think of their new site. To the developers out there, how do you feel about the exposure the site may offer?

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Qik Video $5 Monthly Premium Subscription Adds New Features

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The Qik Video app that presents Skype software to help you stay connected through video chat, mail and share options is offering users a $4.99 monthly premium subscription with a new assortment of extra features including:

  • Unlimited video storage for as many videos as you want to save, playback, or share later.
  • Send/Receive videos in high definition and 3D on select mobile devices.
  • Qik Desktop enables video management from your computer by adding video from your gallery and syncing to your desktop. Plus you can automatically sync Qik videos from phone to desktop for editing and sharing.

To start streaming live videos with friends and family around the world, hit the break for the Android Market link or grab the QR code from our popular apps database.

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Cloud.tv Launches HD Widgets App For Honeycomb Tablets

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Cloud.tv’s HD Widgets app has hit the Android Market with heaps of sweet-looking and fully customizable widgets for your Honeycomb tablet. You name it: weather, clocks, utility setting switches, hundreds of configurations and more than a dozen backgrounds are included.

A special launch sale for this app is running in the market until September 1st for just 99 cents on tabs running 3.0 or higher. Additionally, Cloud.tv says a phone version of the app will be available in the coming weeks with new themes, options and more.

Hit the break for the Android Market link and QR Code along with a few screen shots.

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One-Click Root for Stock Gingerbread (Droid X, Droid 3, Droid X2, Cliq and Cliq 2) [From the Forums]

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Earlier today we reported XDA forum member dirbliss had successfully rooted the Motorola DROID 3. Now, thanks to Framework43, krazykrivda, and psouza4 over at rootzwiki, we have an uber simple one-click root method for stock Gingerbread. I have tested this out on my Droid X running 4.5.602 and everything went flawlessly. As per P3Droid, this method should work on the Droid 3, Droid X, Droid X2, Cliq and Cliq 2. Here’s how it goes down, but proceed at your own risk:

  • Motorola drivers need to be installed – 32bit here and 64bit here
  • Download and unzip ‘Droid 3 easy root script v7′ to your PC  from here
  • Turn on USB debugging on your phone by going to Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging(check box)
  • Plug phone into your computer and select “Charge Only” mode from your phone’s notification drop down (pull down your notification bar and tap USB connection to change).
  • Navigate to ‘Droid 3 easy root’ folder you unzipped to your PC and run ‘Click to root your Droid 3.bat’
  • Now just follow the instructions in the command window and unlock the phone after each reboot

No more SBFing back to Froyo on the Droid X! Thanks to everyone that set this up. Make sure to check the source link below for any updates.

WARNING for Droid X: Previously rooted DX owners who took an OTA update and then lost root should proceed with caution. This seems to only work flawlessly on SBF’d DX’s or fully factory stock ones(read: never been rooted). The problem is with getting Superuser installed because it is already on your phone from when you were rooted previously.

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Verizon Wireless And Intuit Team Up To Offer GoPayment, Allows Mobile Credit Card Processing For Small Businesses

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Looks like mobile payment systems are catching on pretty quickly and starting to become the norm around these parts.  We saw Square update their mobile application to support a slew of new features, offering a better mobile payment experience.  In recent news, Verizon Wireless and Intuit have announced that they’re teaming up to bring you a mobile payment solution as well.  The GoPayment service will focus on allowing mobile payment processing for small to medium sized business owners.  I personally hope this trend kicks off, as these companies and carriers are quickly recognizing the need.  We’re doing  more and more on or smartphones these days and it would be wise for companies to continue to acknowledge that by meeting the need.
Verizon Wireless and Intuit Inc. today announced a strategic alliance to give all small businesses – from the sole proprietor to a medium-sized business – the ability to process credit card payments on smartphones and tablets. The companies are now offering Intuit’sGoPayment app and pocket-sized credit card reader in Verizon Wireless’ 2,300 retail stores and business-to-business sales channels.
Hit the break for the full presser and screenshots.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  Just check with your nearest Verizon Wireless outlet on how to obtain the free pocket-sized credit card reader.  Then, when you’re ready, head on over to the Android Market for the download and give it a go.  There’s even a version for Tablet owners.     » Read the rest

Google+ updated with many improvements including resharing posts

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The Google+ app has been updated, and with a few improvements that most of us have been not so patiently waiting for. If you are a regular user of Google+ like I am you’ll find this a welcome update. There are a number of enhancements in this latest version of the G+ app that I personally have been fairly vocal about in various initial posts, replies to post, and feedback sent from the application. Occasionally, these thoughts have even been directed to the Lead Product Manager of Google+ Games and Mobile, Punit Soni. As a Google employee he is quite active on Google+, and has even on occasion responded to requests, questions and suggestions from the Google fans. All of which are always much appreciated by us as avid Google+ users.

Now to the recent changes to Google+:

  • Improved notifications reliability (definitely needed from the start)
  • “_add to circle” notifications shown in bulk
  • Share stream posts to individual people (this is huge, and has been requested for a very long time)
  • Clicking a +mention takes you to the person’s profile (also has been on my list of wanted features)
  • +mentions now autofill from your Circles (awesome!)
  • Stream no longer resets to top when screen is rotated (this used to annoy the heck out of me)
  • Nearby accuracy
  • Start a 1:1 huddle from a person’s profile or a group huddle from a circle profile
  • Hide 1:1 huddles
  • Clickable links in huddles
  • Improved autocomplete when adding a person to a huddle

If you haven’t yet, go directly to your Android Market app and update your copy of Google+. Otherwise if you don’t yet have the app hit the source link or QR code below and get it!

Now, if you don’t even have a Google+ account yet, head over to the Google+ Invite thread in the TalkAndroid forums and leave your email *or* you can send me a private message and I’ll get an invite sent out to you ASAP.

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