While it has been the game of choice for iOS users for a few weeks, Flappy Bird has been under the radar since launching in the Play Store last week. Now, however, the game is gaining steam. It has now racked up more than 1 million downloads and a 4.1 rating based 64,000+ user reviews.
The premise of the game is very simple. Tap the screen to keep your bird flapping as you move in-between pipes that are identical to those of the Super Mario franchise. If you enjoy extremely frustrating mobile games, Flappy Bird is for you.
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If you use Yahoo Mail, you should probably change your password. Yahoo announced on its Tumblr blog yesterday that the mail service that they were on the receiving end of yet another hacking attempt recently. “Recently, we identified a coordinated effort to gain unauthorized access to Yahoo Mail accounts,” Yahoo said on the blog. “Upon discovery, we took immediate action to protect our users, prompting them to reset passwords on impacted accounts.”
Users who aren’t prompted with having to choose a new password, can rest assured that they’re accounts weren’t on the receiving end of this attack, but even as such, they should probably change their passwords anyway.
Yahoo is working with federal law enforcement to apprehend the hackers responsible. According to the company, this wasn’t an attack on Yahoo directly, but rather, through a third party database. “The information sought in the attack seems to be names and email addresses from the affected accounts’ most recent sent emails,” wrote Yahoo.
To prevent being a victim of a similar hacking attempt, users are reminded that they should regularly change their passwords and avoid using similar passwords on multiple sites. While this won’t make users immune to being hacked, it will make it more difficult for hackers to access their accounts.
source: Yahoo on Tumblr
Samsung, as per the norm, has announced yet another color for some of its devices. This time the Galaxy S4 and the S4 mini get a brand new color. The “Black Edition”as it’s called, comes in, you guessed it, black. While the device already comes in black variety, this one comes sporting the faux leather back first introduced on the Note 3. Besides the new coat of paint and fancy back plating, they’re the same devices with the same specs. You’ll get the 1080p screen, quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM and 13 MP camera. The S4 mini still sports the Snapdragon 400, 4.3 inch screen and 8 MP camera.
The S4 and S4 mini will be priced at $660 and $460 respectively. The device is set to launch in Russia with no word on availability elsewhere. Given the way Samsung operates, we wouldn’t expect that the Black Edition to remain a Russian exclusive for long.
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Just like any manufacturer, Motorola already has devices in the works for the next couple of years. With the Lenovo purchase, many of you are probably wondering if things will change? The early word is no, and we know that at least for now, the lineup will remain intact through 2015. The only thing that could change is that one of Lenovo’s China plants could be added for production.
The 90 Neon, 97 Neon, and 101 Neon tablets have been announced by Archos and boy do they look awful on paper. The 90 Neon sports a 9-inch 800×480 screen, the 97 Neon will have a 9.7-inch screen with a 1024×768 resolution, and finally the 101 Neon will have a 10.1-inch screen with an odd resolution of 1024×600. Thankfully the internals do get better, although it still won’t make you want one. Each device dons a quad-core Cortex-A9 ARM chip of unidentified make clocked at 1.4GHz and 1GB of RAM.
These devices should be cheap and affordable, release dates are still to be determined.
The Desire brand by HTC is back and the first one has been accidentally leaked by HTC’s official European website for a couple of minutes before it was quickly taken down. The HTC Desire 310 will be a low range device and will sport a 1.3GHz MediaTek quad-core processor. Other specs include a 4.5-inch 480×854 touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera sans flash, a VGA front camera, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, dual-SIM support, 3G (no 4G here), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 2,000 mAh battery. The device will ship with Android 4.2.2 on board.
Yikes, talk about low range. If HTC plans on selling any of these, they need to make these cheaper than the already super low price of the Moto G, especially considering the high specs the G has. No word on when these become official, but I don’t see many being interested in this device.
Microsoft has announced that they are bringing their Bing Rewards program to Android and iOS with Windows Phone devices in the works, although one would think Microsoft would bring this to their WP’s first rather than their competitors? Either way, Android users can now take advantage of this if we wish.
What exactly is this? In Microsoft’s attempt to promote their Bing search. It’s the Rewards program lets users earn credits while using Bing on their devices (just go to bing.com/rewards on your device browser), and then redeem them for goods and other products. You can receive items such as gift cards from Amazon.com, Xbox Live, Fandango, and Starbucks, the chance to enter a sweepstakes.
Best Buy is once again offering store gift cards for customers that upgrade their device or port their numbers over to another carrier. This of course only pertains to Verizon, AT&T and Sprint as T-Mobile no longer does contracts. The great thing about this is you only have to register between February 2 and February 15th, and once you’ve registered you have until the end of the year (December 31) to upgrade and receive your $50 Best Buy gift card.
Any phone you’re eyeing right now? Or waiting for perhaps the successors to the Galaxy S 4 and HTC One?
source: Best Buy
Soak test invites have been sent to T-Mobile Moto X users and we can assume that it’s an update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The Moto X has been rather outstanding when it comes to updates so it’s great to see updates sent out this quickly. Let us know if you’ve been sent the same invite!
Samsung Poland recently announced the Galaxy Note 3 Neo, essentially a budget friendly Note 3. While it is deemed as a budget Note 3, the specs are much better than any other low, or even mid tier, device. The Neo comes in two formats, a 3G and LTE+ model. The LTE+ model offers a hexa-core processor consisting of two 1.7GHz Cortex-A15 cores and four 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 cores. The 3G (HSPA+ 21 Mbps) version will enjoy a quad-core 1.6GHz processor of unknown make.
As for software, both will come pre-installed with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and comes with all of the Note 3’s S-Pen features such as Air Command, S Note, and etc. Both devices will also feature a 5.5 inch 720p Super AMOLED display and the signature faux leather back stitching. Other specs include a 3,100mAh battery, 8MP rear camera/2MP front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM, IR, NFC, WiFi 802.11a/ac/b/g/n, 16GB internal storage and microSDXC capacity up to 64GB.
Certainly not too bad of a “budget” friendly device if you’re eyeing the Note 3. Sadly, Samsung plans on releasing these globally with the exception of the UK and US. Things may change on that front, but for now don’t expect it in those two areas.