21
Jun
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TouchType Ltd., the creators of what is arguably the best predictive keyboard available for Android, have just announced SwiftKey 3, along with a separate solution made specifically for medical professionals – SwiftKey Healthcare.

SwiftKey 3, which has – as of tonight – finally come out of beta, is on sale in celebration of its launch, available from the Play Store for just $1.99 today. SwiftKey Healthcare, for those wondering, is a new keyboard, pre-loaded with tons of medical terminology and tools to enhance medical note taking in the healthcare industry.

20
Jun
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Back at the announcement of the Galaxy S III, many people were quick to note that Samsung disclaimed the availability of the Exynos quad-core processor powering the beast as contingent on certain issues of geography. And then we learned that, for reals, the US versions of the Galaxy S III would be shipping with Snapdragon S4 dual-cores onboard - the MSM8960 chipset, to be precise.

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And that included T-Mobile's version, which many speculated (myself included) might be the only Exynos-packing Galaxy S III to make its way to the US of A.

20
Jun
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As much as we've talked about portable chargers, we've yet to come across one that I would call affordable (excluding the various deals we've found, of course). Satechi just changed all that, though; it released a 10k mAh power pack for $50. Fifty dollars! Considering I've reviewed portable chargers with half that capacity for nearly double the cost, I woudl say this one is a good deal right out of the gate.

20
Jun
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Looks like it's the time of the month for Verizon to flip its 4G LTE switch to 'on' in new markets. It seems that the rollout has been in hyperspeed lately, as more and more cities are getting their taste of the blazing fast 4G service; this time Big Red is giving it to 46 new markets:

  • Florence, AL
  • Harrison, AR
  • Yuba City/Marysville, CA
  • Panama City, FL
  • Carrolton, Gainesville, and Newnan, GA
  • Blackfoot, ID
  • Decatur/Effingham, Kankakee/Bradley-Bourbonnais, and La Salle/Peru/Ottawa, IL
  • Columbus and Michigan City/La Porte, IN
  • Greater Portland, ME
  • Greenville/Greenwood, Jackson, and Tunica, MS
  • Houghton and Traverse City, MI
  • Jefferson City, Lake of the Ozarks, and West Plains, MO
  • Binghamton, Elmira/Corning/Hornell, and Oneonta, NY
  • Burlington, Hickory/Lenoir, Jacksonville, and New Bern, NC
  • Bedford and Sharon/Farrell/Hermitage, PA
  • Anderson, Florence, and Greenwood, SC
  • Lufkin/Nacogdoches, Midland, San Angelo, and Waco, TX
  • Danville, VA
  • Ashland, KY
  • Huntington and Logan, WV
  • Fond du Lax, Janesville, Beloit, and Sheboygan, WI
  • Gillette, WY
  • The Lihue, HI (launched on June 11)

And expand in 22 existing markets:

  • Denver and Fort Collins/Loveland, CO
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Wilmington, DE
  • Daytona Beach, Gainesville, and West Palm Beach, FL
  • Hilo, HI
  • Boise/Nampa, ID
  • Chicagoland, IL
  • Lafayette, IN
  • Hammond, LA
  • Springfield, MO
  • Glens Falls and New York, NY
  • Charlotte/Gastonia and Greensville, Washington, NC
  • Indiana, PA
  • Hagerstown, MD
  • Chambersburg, PA
  • Sioux Falls, SD
  • Norfolk/Virginia Beach, VA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Appleton, Oshkosh, WI

Yay for 4G in more places!

20
Jun
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In the world of software keyboards, Swype has always been the odd man out. In this case, however, that's not necessarily a bad thing, because people who love Swype are emphatic about it. With the latest beta, Swype is now set to take on the entire world of software keyboards, as it has transformed into "four kinds of keyboard," thanks to Nuance.

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How is this a four-in-one option? Firstly, you have the traditional Swype method of, well...

20
Jun
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According to a press release just sent out by Amazon, the company's Appstore will be headed to Europe this summer as rumored, though only to five countries to start. The United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy will all be getting access to Amazon's Appstore in the coming months, and developers can head over to the App Distribution Portal to get started on certifying their apps for distribution in those countries right now.

19
Jun
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Whenever we find a game that's not a simple physics or tower defense game, it's a delight. Mystery Manor is a puzzle/adventure game that promises its game modes are "never ending." Which is quite a feat for a puzzle game. Outside of promises of infinity, the game looks positively fantastic. The artwork that has gone into this game is superb, and the style reminds us of old late 90s PC adventure games.

19
Jun
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Last Updated: June 24th, 2012

The Galaxy S III is a big deal. It's kind of hard to overstate it. Samsung is the biggest, baddest Android manufacturer out there, and this is their new flagship device for the next year.

Samsung is taking advantage of their newfound clout in the Android ecosystem: it's the first Android phone to escape the cellular carriers' meddling changes. Sammy managed to pulled off a unified launch across all the major US carriers - there will be no weird variants, and no names that sound like Street Fighter II sequels.

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Jun
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One of the coolest features of Google Maps is the ability to show live traffic patterns on major roadways. Now, Google is rolling out this feature to seven new countries, as well as expanding coverage in 19 others. The new countries in the inner circle are Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Mexico, Peru, Romania and South Africa. Exciting!

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As users of the service are no doubt aware, having your country or city covered doesn't necessarily mean every street is covered.

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Jun
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Last Updated: June 21st, 2012

Update: I've refined a few of my points in this article to focus less on the whole "how much it costs to make a video game" angle, because I'm not exactly an expert on project funding. I think the point I'm trying to illustrate about Kickstarter as a whole is now clearer, and articulated in a more generally-applicable manner.

Note: This piece is of tangential relation to Android (and it grew more tangential as I wrote it), but the game in question is a joint Kickstarter venture promising an Android game, M.U.L.E.

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