17
Dec
2012-12-18_02h24_33

Did you think that just because it was winter and all the major phone announcements had died down that Samsung was done releasing things? NOPE. Today, the Korean manufacturer released info on the brand new Galaxy Grand. Where "brand new" means "looks so much like the Note II that Samsung is probably suing itself for trade dress infringement." The phone will carry a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 5" 800x480 display, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of on board storage (expandable with a microSD card slot), a 2,100 mAh battery, and it ships with Jelly Bean (4.1.2)

갤럭시미니

Full specs in list form, for those who prefer it that way:

  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 5" 800x480 TFT LCD display
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB storage (expandable to 64GB via microSD
  • 2,100 mAh battery
  • HSPA+
  • Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean
  • Single- or dual-SIM models

On the spec sheet, it looks like a mid-range phone at best.

17
Dec
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What makes a developer great is a continued commitment to a great product, and Apex Launcher dev Android Does has it in spades. Their latest in a long line of updates adds a handful of features, most of which are designed to allow the app to more seamlessly integrate with Android 4.2. There's a new shortcut to the Quick Settings menu, as well as modifications to the shortcut selection screen for 4.2 devices.

17
Dec
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Since its launch, we've had bittersweet feelings about the Amazon Mobile app for Tablets. The app shows promise as a tablet-friendly shopping solution, but until now has suffered an extremely limited compatibility, only working with tablets running 4.1 and up and carrying a 1280x800 resolution.

An update to the app today, however, has changed all that. Along with a few bug fixes, the update (to version 5.50.1010 for those keeping count at home) brings support for devices in 7" or 10" form factors, with a variety of resolutions, and loosened OS requirements.

17
Dec
gavel

Breaking news coming out of California's Northern District Court tonight, as Judge Lucy Koh, who presided over the now-infamous Apple v. Samsung trial, has issued post-trial rulings on the parties' respective motions.

Jury Misconduct (Vel Hogan)

Judge Koh ruled that no jury misconduct occurred during the Apple v. Samsung trial, and that she would refuse to entertain the issue further. The judge will not even hold an evidentiary hearing on the matter, meaning Samsung failed in even at the most basic level in arguing its case for a new trial on account of Vel Hogan's alleged biases.

17
Dec
2012-12-17_19h43_19

I'd like to start this piece Peter Jackson style: with a longer-than-necessary flashback to provide background on this story. Back in the 90s, kids were all about two things: basketball and fighting games. We loved Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, Space Jam and Shaquille O'Neal. Or so the legends go. As a result, in 1994, some genius marketer aimed to put the two together to create Shaq Fu. It did not fare well.

17
Dec
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Here in the States digital jocks tend to obsess over the latest Madden or 2K titles. But pretty much everywhere else, it's all about the soccer action in FIFA. Electronic Arts is well aware of this, so they've bundled the EA Sports Football Club into the full versions of FIFA 2013. The Football Club is a combination fantasy league and digital marketplace. As of now, you don't even need to be playing the game to access it - the new Football Club app is available in both North American and worldwide flavors.

17
Dec
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Making its second entry to the Play Store (after Dark Nebula), Free Lunch Design brought Icy Tower 2 to Android today. Today's debut marks the first appearance of the Icy Tower title in the Play Store, meaning Android users can finally enjoy the extremely popular jumper on their mobile devices.

Some readers may question the noteworthiness of a jumping game – after all, the genre is a crowded one. What sets Icy Tower apart, though, is the fact that its gameplay manages to remain significantly more dynamic, action packed, and generally more fun than most other jumpers.

17
Dec
tumblrt

Have you heard the news? The official Tumblr app finally supports tablets! But only sort of. Still, technically, you can install the app on your tablet. But be prepared: it only works in portrait mode. You know what that means, right? Yep - it's still going to suck on your 10" slate. Look at the bright side, though: it looks great on 7" tablets!

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But really, there isn't much different between the phone app and the "tablet-optimized" version.

17
Dec
bwb

If you're a fan of Hothead's Big Win card-based sports games, then Christmas comes early for you this year: Big Win Basketball is here! Just like other games from the Big Win series, you start of with a certain number of cards - which give you players of all positions and a few "big impact" cards - and away you go. The more you play, the more cards you get; thus, advancing your team as much as possible.

17
Dec
chill

For decades, the majority of video games have been about non-stop action, encouraging players to stop on innocent turtles, shoot terrorists and generally go nuts. Sure, there's the odd strategy or puzzle game, but even those have an element of tension and urgency - it's part of what makes them fun. Game developers know how to push our mental buttons of risk and reward.

But in the last few years, we've seen a genre of games that stress just the opposite, relying on slow, measured gameplay that's relaxing rather than exciting, soothing rather than stressful.

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