Vector Unit revs up Beach Buggy Racing in the Play Store

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Following a good amount of success with Beach Buggy Blitz, Vector Unit has released a sequel called Beach Buggy Racing. The off-road kart racing game takes players for a wild ride with plenty of tracks, explosions, and powerups to keep things interesting. It is a 3D game and the physics give an accurate feel when interacting with other objects.

Like its predeccessor, Beach Buggy Racing is free-to-play. When Android TV launches, Vector Unit says the game will be fully supported for big screens. For now, a phone or tablet connected to a television will do just fine. Beach Buggy Racing can split a television into four sections for multiplayer.

Hit the break for the video, gallery, and download links.


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Motorola’s VP of product management is leaving the company

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One of the faces of Motorola has been Punit Soni, the vice president of product management. Since Google took over the company, Soni has remained active in letting everyone know what great things Motorola has developed. He has been behind the company’s rebirth with the Moto X, Moto G, Moto E, and all of their unique software enhancements. Today, Punit Soni announced that he is leaving Motorola.


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Former Qualcomm executive takes the lead role of Google Fiber

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To take charge of its burgeoning internet and television service, Google has selected someone with expertise in operations for future expansion. Dennis Kish, a former Qualcomm executive, has been selected as the leader of Google Fiber. Kish has spent a number of years with Actel and ST-Ericsson as well. At Qualcomm, he was the senior vice president and general manager of the technology division.

Bringing in Kish shows that Google is dedicated to taking Google Fiber beyond an experimental project. Under this new leadership, he will be working on launching the service in additional locations across the country. Google Fiber is currently available in Kansas City, Provo, and soon to be Austin. At this point, there are nine metropolitan areas listed as candidates to be next.

Kish is replacing Milo Medin, who was largely behind Google Fiber’s launch. Medin will remain with Google by working on undisclosed projects.

Source: Digits (The Wall Street Journal)

Sling adds support for Chromecast to Slingplayer app

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Sling has announced the addition of support for Chromecast for owners of the Slingbox M1, 350 and SlingTV/500 via their Slingplayer app. For now, the updated app includes this feature in the iPhone, iPad and Android phone versions, although Sling indicates they will have support for Android tablets rolling out soon. Sling already supports other video streaming devices, like Roku and Apple TV.
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New Oppo N3 leak shows different design

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A couple days ago an image of the forthcoming Oppo N3 smartphone surfaced that showed a very unique design for the top edge of the device housing the camera and possibly some speakers. Today a new image has surfaced that shows a much more conservative design that is quite different when compared to the previously leaked image. This image shows the back of the device with the top edge taking a more traditional form for smartphones.


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AT&T pre-ordering open for Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and 10.5 with 4G LTE

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The Galaxy Tab S, regardless of which size, is a visually stunning tablet. Now, you can get the same tablet with a 4G LTE connection. AT&T is now taking pre-orders for the Samsung tablet in both 8.4- and 10.5-inch sizes.

The Galaxy Tab S 8.4 will be available in Charcoal Gray for $429 with a two-year contract or $529 without. With AT&T Next, customers can pay $26.50 per month for twenty months. The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 in the same color will cost $31.50 per month for twenty months; however, the two-year contract price is $529 or $629 outright.

The carrier will also offer a dedicated keyboard with a 50% discount when purchasing it with the tablet. AT&T will ship orders on September 23 and the tablets will be available online and at retail stores on September 26.

Hit the break for the full press release.


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Motorola launches Moto Maker in the United Kingdom

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Folks in the United Kingdom can now design their own Moto X (2014), but actually ordering is still not allowed. Motorola has launched Moto Maker over there with the option to email a design for future reference. The company labels the Moto X (2014) as “Coming Soon” and the price tag attached is £419.99 with different backs and storage options increasing that.

Source: Motorola

Samsung’s new Exynos 5433 is the first to use Cortex-A57/A53 cores

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The Galaxy Note 4 that will ship internationally has the new Exynos 5433 processor inside. While the device has not been marketed as a having 64-bit architecture behind it, it turns out that this Samsung SoC does support it. AnandTech found that the Exynos 5433 is indeed a 64-bit SoC with Cortex-A57 and A53 cores. This is all while using the big.LITTLE setup. The GPU paired with the Exynos 5433 is the Mali T760.

When Android L launches this fall, there is a chance that Samsung activates the Galaxy Note 4′s 64-bit capabilities.

Source: AnandTech

Microsoft’s new Universal Mobile Keyboard works with both Android and iOS

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Looking for a new Bluetooth keyboard for your Android tablet? You might want to consider the Universal Mobile Keyboard from Microsoft. That’s right you read that right….Microsoft. This one not only works with Windows, but it also works with Android and iOS too.

It might seem weird that Microsoft would offer a keyboard that works with Android, but if you think about the fact that they are pushing Office 365, it isn’t all that surprising. If you plan on using Office 365, you will need a keyboard if you want to be productive, and Microsoft figured they might as well join the party.


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Google’s Material Design takes home the Gold Prize at the User Experience Awards 2014

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Material Design was introduced at Google I/O, and we all  fell in love with it instantly. It’s by far the biggest visual change for Android since Ice Cream Sandwich.

The User Experience Awards 2014 took place last week and Google received the Gold Prize for the “Best Contribution to UX” category. Other Gold Prize winners included Volkswagen for Best Brand Experience and SAP Consumer Insight 365 for Best Enterprise Experience. The Grand Prize went to Virgin America for Most Significant Industry Evolution.

Congratulations Google!! Just in case you aren’t familiar with Material Design, we have a short video after the break.


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