When we think of tablet manufacturers, News Corp doesn't really come to mind off the bat. Yet, here we are. The international media conglomerate has announced plans for a branded Android tablet targeted at education called Amplify. The slate would come pre-loaded with Google Apps for Education, content from Common Sense Media, Merriam-Webster's Dictionary and a graphing calculator. Most of this can be acquired or supplemented on regular Android tablets, but having the system pre-built may make teachers' lives easier.
Two days ago, the White House announced its support for carrier unlocking handsets. The administration promised an FCC/NTIA investigation as well as a willingness to "work with Congress" on legislation to fix the problem. So, we can probably count on the President's support of the new Wireless Device Independence Act, introduced last night by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR). The bill, which is only three pages long, has a simple goal: amend the DMCA such that it explicitly allows the unlocking of cell phones, obviating the need for a tri-yearly exemption.
Well, we're little more than a week away from Samsung's Galaxy S IV Unpacked event in New York. You know what that means: rumors, leaks, and the like are all starting to pour in like mad. This go around we're seeing supposed screenshots from the U.S. version of the GSIV, which showed up on GSM.Israel.co.il. Sure, it's a curious place for a U.S. device to make its debut, but the shots are convincing nonetheless.
We heard rumors at the start of this week that Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S IV will feature eye tracking technology to scroll through pages as you read content, and now it looks as though those features could be heading to the Galaxy S III as well.
Screenshots published by SamMobile this morning, from a leaked version of Android 4.2.1 intended for the Galaxy S III, show the smart screen features in more detail, with some previously unseen additions.
Love 'em or hate 'em, successful franchises will keep coming back. This is especially true when they make for great movie crossovers like Temple Run: Brave and Angry Birds Star Wars. And now, the returning champion of endless runners is back with a new entry, Temple Run: Oz. This is, of course, a mash-up with Disney's new movie Oz the Great and Powerful, opening in theaters on March 8th.
The Play Store sale we spotted kicking off in Australia earlier today has started hitting the US this evening, marking the 1-year anniversary of the Play Store. The deals so far are mostly songs and various in-app purchase / offer discounts, but the splash page for the promotion indicates there will be even more deals as the week goes on.
Here are the deals so far.
- In-app: free $20 gift card at Fancy
- Free track: "Sweet Jane" by The Velvet Underground
- In-app: 10% off any Hotels.com purchase made in the app
- Free book: A Quest Of Heroes
- In-app: exclusive characters in Yumby Smash
- Movie: 50% off Kung Fu Panda
- In-app: free new world in Gnome Village
- Free TV: Breaking Bad pilot episode
- In-app: savings on in-app purchases in Royal Revolt
- Free track: "All My Friends" by LCD Soundsystem
- In-app: $20 in gift cards from Gyft
Yeah, it isn't our favorite Play Store promo, either - a lot of these are rehashes, and some of them barely qualify as 'deals' (who can't find the pilot episode of Breaking Bad for free?).
The recent Chrome Beta for Android update was notable for including password and form sync, but it turns out there is another feature lurking beneath the surface, and it's potentially a big deal. Google has built in a data compression proxy for Chrome that can reduce bandwidth usage by up to 50% on mobile networks. You'll have to do a little digging through the Chrome flags, but it's relatively easy to switch to the fast lane.
Thanks to some quick thinking of an enterprising xda-developers forum member loan92, who used his charm and boyish good looks to distract HTC employees from his sneaky actions at an event in Italy, we have eighteen beautiful wallpapers the company bundled with the upcoming One flagship.
For your convenience, I've mirrored them to an imgur gallery where they can be viewed using the widget below.
The original Worms landed on the Play Store way back in early 2011 (when it was still the Android Market), but the launch was far from perfect. Device compatibility was lacking, and force closes all too common. A while back, the game was actually removed from the Play Store.
In fact, it was the Worms franchise's new owner that requested it be taken down. According to Team 17 Digital, EA was "not supporting OS updates," and the company asked for the game to be removed because it "didn't want to damage the brand." Yikes.