Adobe Flash Player is about to get 1,000 times faster

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Adobe Flash Player 11 has been in beta for what seems like forever, but starting next month, it will be official along with AIR 3. The new features will include accelerated 2D and 3D graphics, but the biggest news is that it will be 1,000 times faster than Flash Player 10 and AIR 2.

Other additions will include allowing developers to package AIR 3 along with their apps in a single install, HD video quality for multiple platforms, DRM for video rentals, and 64-bit support. Allowing developers to package AIR 3 with their apps makes it a lot easier for users in that they won’t have to download and install AIR separately.

“With this milestone release Adobe pushes the envelope of what is possible on the Web with a typical PC and opens up a new world of immersive, high-performance gaming experiences,” said Danny Winokur, vice president and general manager of Platform, Adobe.

Full press release and video after the break

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1987 classic R-Type is now available in the Android Market

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DotEmu SAS, a developer specializing in bringing retro games back to life, just released the 1987 classic R-Type in the Android Market. Your mission is to blast off and strike the evil Bydo Empire by piloting the R-9a Arrowhead.

R-Type was originally published in 1987 by Irem and was very popular on Amiga, Atari, Amstrad, Commodore 64, and desktops. This port includes all the features of the original game:

  • A large amount of items and powers-up to collect through various and sharpened sets.
  • Strong enemies and bosses at the end of each level (8 altogether).
  • The famous « charge shot » for more power!
  • Share your results with your friends with OpenFeint!
  • Optimized for Xperia PLAY

R-Type is available now in the Android Market for € 2.99 ($4.12). It is compatible with Android 2.1+ and screen resolutions of 480 x 320 and above.

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The KT SpiderPad is your dream Android phone, tablet, laptop, and gaming device all in one [Videos]

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You have to love Android for the simple fact that there are so many form factors available. Manufacturers are continuing to see a need to combine devices with docks like the Motorola LapDoc, the ASUS Padfone, and even the ASUS Transformer.

Korean Telecom unveiled the KT SpiderPad at the IFA Conference, which might be the coolest Android device(s) yet. For starters, the phone has a 4.5-inch display, a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB RAM, 16GB of storage, microHDMI, and microUSB. Things could stop there, and most of us would be impressed. What separates this from everything else is it pretty much does it all. It can become a tablet, gaming system, and a laptop using accessories. Check it out:

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Sony Xperia Play Receives Another Exclusive, FIFA 12

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And the good ol’ quality games just keep rolling in for Sony’s Xperia Play.  The rapidly popular gaming handset has managed to snatch up another exclusive game, EA’s new FIFA 12.  It’s been reported that the  game will hit the device early next year and rights will remain with it for at least a month after it’s released.  With exclusivity ending in February, it appears that the game will most likely be released or all to enjoy sometime in January.  As far as quality and improvement goes, all we know is that the game will support higher frame rates.  As we approach the release date, we’ll be sure to dig a little more on features and report back.  If you’re among the growing list of Xperia Play owners, you’ve got to be loving the caliber of gaming coming your way.  If this is any indication of the level of quality entertainment that’s to hit the device, you’re surely in for a treat.

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KG Dogfighting returns to the Android Market, Portion of proceeds will benefit animal rescue organizations

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In April, Dog Wars launched in the Android Market with a lot of expected controversy. It was removed and now it is back as KG Dogfighting, but the developer has promised that a portion of the proceeds will benefit animal rescue organizations.

This new version has been updated with advanced dog training levels, more items to train dogs with, and new guns for trainers to use in shootouts with “F.E.T.A.” — a fictional law enforcement agency.

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PS3 Sixaxis and dualshock 3 controllers now work with your Android phone or tablet

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An app called Sixaxis Controller is now in the market that lets you pair you PlayStation 3 Sixaxis or dualshock 3 controller to your Android phone or tablet. It allows you to use your controller with many of you favorite games and applications via wireless Bluetooth.

You will need to be rooted and unfortunately all devices are not supported. The app costs $1.65, but the developer has a free device compatibility checker to see if you phone or tablet is compatible before purchasing.

Features:

  • Up to four Sixaxis and DualShock 3 controllers supported at once
  • All 17 buttons on the controller can be mapped to any key press in Android
  • Analog sticks emulated as digital key presses

Android Market Link – Device Compatibility Checker

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AT&T and NGMOCO to Bring Social Gaming Network MOBAGE to AT&T Customers on Android

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We learned on Thursday that AT&T would be partnering with NGMOCO to bring a whole new social gaming experience to the Android platform. Mobage will serve as a centralized ‘hub’ where gamers can connect and discover new games, as well as communicate with fellow players.

Games are consistently among the most popular entertainment apps for smartphones,” said Ted Woodbery, vice president of Wireless Data, Voice and Ancillary Services, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “We are pleased to be the first U.S. wireless carrier to work with NGMOCO and look forward to giving our Android customers access to the rich Mobage gaming catalog later this year.

AT&T customers can find the app conveniently located in the Android Market, under ‘Mobage’, after its release. While the service is only in beta at this time, AT&T hopes to give users an easier way to find good high-quality and indie games, by providing a centralized place dedicated to just that. This author would love to see some better games on Android.

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OpenFeint gaming network adds 230 games in 2 months, owns 25% of top gaming spots on Android Market

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Who doesn’t love some great mobile gaming? Well, Openfeint does, and they continue to dominate the mobile gaming market. According to a press release by OpenFeint today, the company has released a whopping 230 new games, of which 24 hold top gaming spots of the 100 most popular in the Android Market. OpenFeint, in our opinion, is really going headlong into this niche market, and really taking it by storm.

This isn’t even considering the fact that their new social network has made its way into all 700 titles available for Android. If you’re a dev who wants to get in with OpenFeint on their latest endeavors, be sure to hit up openfient.com/developers (developers, developers, developers…) and submit it. Let us know your thoughts in the comments, and hit the break for the full press release.

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Preview: Gameloft’s Silent Ops [Video]

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Gameloft will be releasing Silent Ops soon and they have given us a trailer of what to expect. Silent Ops is a secret organization that protects us from invisible threats of the 21st Century. They employ the best agents, but it looks like a highly influential group intends to use advanced cloning to launch their own sinister plot which, of course, is a major threat to humanity.

No word on when it will be released, but if you want to guess the date, head over to their Facebook page and enter their upcoming contest. For now check out the trailer:

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Extent offers up all-you-can-eat gaming on your Android device for cheap

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Tired of paying out upwards of $5, even $10 for a good quality game? Also tired of lite versions of games that, while free, simply don’t quench that gaming thirst? Software company Extent think they have the answer, and they call it GameTanium Mobile.

The service offers up a buffet-style of gaming choices, following a very Netflix-esque profit model. For $4.99 / month, you can gobble up all the games available to you through the service, which (at the moment) is just over 75 options large. While most of the options seem to pertain mostly to extremely casual gamers (Treasures of Montezuma and Farm Frenzy), there are some racing games, even the fairly popular Parachute Panic.

The launch of the service takes place today. While you can get it as a standalone app / service through their website, the final goal of the company seems to be partnerships with carriers. Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments.

[via techcrunch]