We deserve better. It's a common refrain among video game developers who work with major publishers. Churning out the latest iteration of Call of Duty or Assassin's Creed takes its toll: inflated workweeks and 12-hour days, lists of notes and changes from the faceless entities of EA and Activision and the like, with simultaneous requests to pick up the pace — all the while making a tiny percentage of the game's profits, not knowing if there will be another job when the project ends.
"The publishing people all watch [a game] and then make passive, aesthetic appraisals of active, functional aspects of a game," wrote an anonymous developer, delivering a blistering attack of major game publishers. "This is because the bulk of execs can't and don't want to play or understand how games work." Read more...
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Admit it: You saw the headline and snickered. But this sh*t is real, man
Apps and handling your "business" go together like, well, nobody's business. For proof, look no further than the study that once found 16% of cellphones have poop on them. And, like all universal human truths, this one's even been immortalized in a song: Paul the Trombonist's catchy — and oh-so-aptly titled — "Playing With Your Phone While Sitting on the Toilet."
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But let's be real: Not just any app will do when you doo-doo, and that even goes for some of our favorites. Take Twitter, for example. Great app. Full of information, links and longreads. But getting sucked down that rabbit hole can be problematic, and not just because you'll be late to your next appointment — too much time on the pot can lead to hemorrhoids. And no one wants those Read more...
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When it comes to smartphone purchases, men and women want the same thing: not too expensive, intuitive features and holds a charge like a champ.
However, there are subtle differences between men and women's preferences in a new phone. According to a new Nielsen survey conducted in more than 58 countries, female respondents cared more about price, contract terms and camera capabilities; men gravitated toward attributes such as operating system, screen size and processor speed.
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The following chart, created by Statista, breaks down the male-female digital divide for mobile phone purchases. Read more...
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The video started off like any other high concept fashion video would: a beautiful woman in a scenic restaurant, a whispered narration reciting a poetic script, bacon raining down from the sky — wait a minute, bacon rain?
Image: Oscar Mayer
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Oscar Mayer announced this week that it will be releasing an alarm clock that wakes you up to the sounds and smells of bacon. Bacon lovers everywhere rejoiced while vegetarians threw up a little in their mouths. Either way, we were all a little weirded out.
However, nothing prepared us for LG's bizarre video promo for the new G Flex curved phone. It has since taken the ad down, but it featured one of the most nightmare-inducing hand prosthetics ever seen in a phone ad. Read more...
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AUSTIN, Texas — If you need any more proof that iBeacon is one of the hottest technology trends of 2014, look no further than this year's SXSW festival
The official SXSW mobile app is powered by iBeacon — Apple's name for the innovative Bluetooth LE (aka Bluetooth Smart) technology that allows two-way communication to take place between devices. We've seen iBeacon implementations in retail environments and at stadiums, but this is one of the first times we've seen iBeacon technology utilized at an event like SXSW.
See also: Will Apple's iBeacon Change the Way We Shop?
iOS users who download the official SXSW app can take advantage of iBeacon in select sessions and when picking up their badges. For instance, when the user is in the vicinity of the SXSW registration area, the user will get a notification containing their Registration QuickCode. Read more...
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The wireless price war is ongoing, but T-Mobile may have just shot itself in the foot. The so-called "un-carrier" is giving customers on its Simple Choice plan more data, although for those who like everything unlimited, the price just went up by $10 a month.
T-Mobile is overhauling its Simple Choice plan, which it launched a year ago when it did away with wireless contracts, into four different levels (there are currently three). While every plan includes unlimited talk, text and data, limits apply on how much of that data can travel on the carrier's high-speed 4G network, and how much can be used for tethering another device, such as a laptop. Read more...
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Samsung is the latest company with music on the brain
The manufacturer is going up against iTunes Radio, Pandora and Spotify with its newly-announced ad-free radio service called Milk Music. The service, which is powered by Slacker and includes a library of 13 million songs, is only available for download via the Google Play store if you have a Galaxy smartphone or tablet. Even if you have an Android device, you won't be able to download the app without a Samsung Galaxy-branded device.
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Similar to how you would use an old radio dial to find stations, Milk Music lets you to move your finger over the touchscreen to tune between the stations. You can choose from about 200 curated stations — everything from pop hits ('80s, '90s, etc.) to jazz. You can star songs you like, add them to playlists and pick stations based on artists. A nice perk is that you don't have to sign up for an account or even log in via a social network to gain access Read more...
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For Apple users with a 4K resolution monitor, you're in luck: the next OS X Mavericks update for Macs will reportedly bring Retina support to the high-resolution displays.
While running on what's referred to as a pixel-doubled resolution, Macs can now intelligently scale resolution for 4K displays in the same way they do for the current Retina displays in the MacBook Pro line. Previously, Mac users with a 4K display could view content on the high-res display, but with irregular scaling on some elements (e.g., tiny icons).
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According to 9to5Mac, Apple rolled out its new OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 update to developers on Friday, with Retina scaling for 4K included. Mac users can set up their ultra-high-definition 4K displays to run the software at a pixel resolution (3,840 pixels) double what it is now, for a much sharper experience. Read more...
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If you’ve got a hankering for HTC’s 2013 flagship smartphone the HTC One, Amazon has a deal for you. The 32GB variant of the HTC One for use on Sprint and Verizon’s networks are only a penny when purchased through Amazon in conjunction with a new two-year contract. Verizon is offering the Black model of the HTC One, while Sprint’s offering is the classic Silver. AT&T customers can grab a Silver or Black HTC One for just $49.99. That’s a great deal for the awesome smartphone, being that Sprint, Verizon and AT&T are selling the device off-contact for $699.99. That’s a huge chunk of change. If you’re set on owning a HTC One, go for it, but keep in mind that HTC will soon be releasing the successor to the HTC One on March 25th, under the assumed name The All New HTC One. The device is set be unveiled at an event in New York and London on the 25th, and should hit the market in a month or so after release. While the All New HTC One won’t see a price drop for some time, it will more than likely make the price drop on the HTC One, so waiting for a few months until the dust settles could be a wise choice. Also keep in mind that purchasing a device through Amazon will bring another set of rules when it comes to switching carriers or upgrading your device. While the contract is purchased with Sprint, Amazon is subsidizing the device, and has the ability to charge you a $400 fee if you cancel your contract within 181 days from the contract beginning date. In other words, don’t purchase a device through Amazon unless you are ready to go the distance with your contract. (Check out Amazon’s policies here.) via: Android Geeks The post Amazon Offering HTC One on Verizon and Sprint for $0.01, AT&T for $49.99 With A Two-Year Contract appeared first on IntoMobile. Amazon Offering HTC One on Verizon and Sprint for $0.01, AT&T for $49.99 With A Two-Year Contract originally appeared on IntoMobile.com on 2014-03-06T19:07:49Z. FV1gMYsz9b5j
2013 marked the beginning of the Android gaming microconsole market, with OUYA making a splash with the company’s $99 Android powered gaming cube. OUYA wasn’t the only company to jump into the Android microconsole waters. Mad Catz, the company known for making gaming controllers and peripherals released the Mad Catz M.O.J.O., priced at $249 and touting a Tegra 4 processor and 2GB of RAM, as opposed to the OUYA’s Tegra 3 and 1GB of RAM. In an attempt to boost the appeal of the company’s MOJO microconsole, Mad Catz has dropped the price of the unit by $50 and is adding OUYA Everywhere support, allowing MOJO users to access the OUYA store, games and more. Aside from launching a low-cost Android microconsole, OUYA also but much effort into creating a store, or interface if you will, which focused on bringing normally tablet and smartphone optimized Android games to the TV. Mad Catz’s M.O.J.O. lacks this tailored gaming portal, running pretty much any and all Android games and apps out of the box. While this feature surely appeals to some, it also makes picking up a controller and playing straight off a bit of a problem. With the addition of OUYA Everywhere, manufacturers can release Android microconsoles without having to worry about content delivery and optimization. The move is an interesting for OUYA, and will definitely bring more attention to Android microconsoles everywhere. Not only does OUYA offer games optimized for the TV, the company also encourages game makers to develop Android OUYA-centric games which are then added to OUYA’s store. That’s great for developers and players alike and opens up Android games to the gamepad and TV, not just touchscreens. OUYA Everywhere support will be added to the Mad Catz M.O.J.O. in the near future. via: Liliputing The post Mad Catz M.O.J.O. Android Microconsole Gets a Price Drop, Ouya Everywhere Support Incoming appeared first on IntoMobile. Mad Catz M.O.J.O. Android Microconsole Gets a Price Drop, Ouya Everywhere Support Incoming originally appeared on IntoMobile.com on 2014-03-06T19:49:29Z. FV1gMYsz9b5j
Just a few days ago, Google Play birthday deals were spotted on the Australian Google Play Store. Nothing was heard of birthday deals until today, when Google unleashed its torrent of deals upon us. The Google Play Store turns two today. Aww, isn’t that cute! Google is handing out deals on a plethera of content today, some of it free and some of it at a discounted price. Prince’s Let’s Go Crazy album is free, as well as “In Da Club” by 50 Cent and “I Love It” by Icona Pop. A number of movies and TV shows can be purchased at discounted prices, as well as e-books and almost the whole Dr.Seuss collection. Here’s a full list of what deals Google has for us today: Books Tartine by Elisabeth Prueitt: $3.03. Inside Game of Thrones by Bryan Cogman: $3.99 Grumpy Cat by Grumpy Books: $1.99 Sherlock Holmes Handbook by Ransom Riggs: $3.93 Marshmellow Madness by Shauna Sever: $3.03 Dr. Seuss Books Green Eggs and Ham: $.99 Oh, the Places You’ll Go!: $.99 The Cat in the Hat: $.99 Dr Seuss’s ABCs: $.99 One Fish Two Fish: $.99 Magazines (50% off annual subscriptions) Entertainment Weekly: $2.99 per month InStyle: $1.99 per month Every Day with Rachel Ray: $1.99 per month Family Circle: $1.99 per month Apps and Games QuizUp: Free The Sims FreePlay: 50% off Adopt a Toddler The Hunger Games Adventure: $5 in-game credit for free Badland: play any level as the Android mascot, get 50% off in-game items, and a new menu theme FIFA 14: participate in an exclusive tournament for a chance to win a Gold Players Premium Pack and 5,000 coins Heroes of Dragon Age: get an exclusive rare unit Royal Revolt 2: play as Android characters in exclusive levels Movies and TV Cupcake Wars Full Season 7: $.99 Star Trek: Into Darkness: $9.99 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: $6.99 Red 2: $3.99 Amazing Spider-Man: $7.99 World War Z: $3.99 Bad Grandpa: $3.99 The Great Gatsby: $3.99 The Dark Knight Rises: $6.99 Adventure Time Season 1, Episode 1: Free The Real Housewives of New Jersey Full Season 1: $4.99 The Real Housewives of New York City Seasons 1-4: $6.99 each Regular Show Season 8, Episode 1: Free Duck Dynasty Full Season 5: $9.99 Music Let’s Go Crazy by Prince: Free The Notorious BIG Greatest Hits: $3.99 “In Da Club” by 50 Cent: Free Bee Gees Saturday Night Fever: $3.99 “I Love It” by Icona Pop: Free Black Sabbath, Paranoid: $3.99 Jay-Z, The Blueprint: $3.99 Head on over to the Google Play Store and claim your deals while you still can! via: Phandroid The post Google Play’s Birthday Means Deals on Music, Movies, Books and More! appeared first on IntoMobile. Google Play’s Birthday Means Deals on Music, Movies, Books and More! originally appeared on IntoMobile.com on 2014-03-06T21:23:46Z. FV1gMYsz9b5j
Target has some great offers on Apple products, which begin this Sunday, March 9th. Not only is Target offering some discounts on Apple products, the company has extended its trade-in promotion which can net customers up to $150 in savings toward a new iPad mini with retina display or iPad Air when a working iPad 2 or newer is traded in. You can also get up to $50 toward a new iPhone 5C or 5S when trading in a working cellphone. Customers will receive a Target gift card for the amount that the traded-in cell phone is worth. Target’s trade-in deals are only available in-store, so you’ll have to get down to your local Target store to trade in that old device. Here are Target’s Apple deals: Target iPad Deals available March 9 – March 15 Get at least $150 towards the purchase of a new iPad with trade-in of a working iPad 2 or newer: iPad mini with Retina display Wi-Fi 16GB: $399 plus free $30 Target gift card iPad Air Wi-Fi 16GB: $499 plus free $30 Target gift card Target Mobile Deals available through March 22 Get an extra $50 off plus the value a used working cellphone that’s traded-in to use for the purchase of: iPhone 5c 16GB: $49.99 sale (with qualifying 2-year plan and data; Verizon, Sprint and AT&T) iPhone 5S 16GB: $149.99 sale (with qualifying 2-year plan and data; Verizon, Sprint and AT&T) The post Target Apple Deals – Savings on iPad Air, iPad mini, iPhone 5C and 5S Begin March 9th appeared first on IntoMobile. Target Apple Deals – Savings on iPad Air, iPad mini, iPhone 5C and 5S Begin March 9th originally appeared on IntoMobile.com on 2014-03-07T00:13:56Z. FV1gMYsz9b5j
According to a report from Italy, Asus is looking to add two new devices to its Transformer Pad series. This year we may see the TF103 and TF303 joining the line-up, the latter of which is a better product. The story goes on suggesting that the Taiwanese company will rely on Intel Bay Trail chip rather than NVIDIA Tegra 4 it used in its last flagship “transforming tablet.” Moreover, we should see the familiar 10.1-inch screen and QWERTY keyboard dock. Both the TF103 and TF303 will look the same, with former likely to have a slightly slower processor, less RAM or something of that sort. We would like to see the smaller Transformer Pad (8-inch, perhaps?) but I guess that’s not something Asus is looking to make at the moment. No word when these two will launch, but we’ll make sure you don’t miss a beat. Stay tuned… [Via: PhoneArena] The post Asus Transformer Pad TF103 and TF303 coming soon? appeared first on IntoMobile. Asus Transformer Pad TF103 and TF303 coming soon? originally appeared on IntoMobile.com on 2014-03-07T08:06:36Z. FV1gMYsz9b5j
Former Apple CEO John Sculley is apparently looking to enter the smartphone market and launch a new brand in India, BGR.in is reporting. The yet unnamed company will be led by Ajay Sharma, who was previously heading Micromax’s smartphone division and was also at one time HTC’s India head. Sharma will use his contacts from within the industry to make this a successful business, all while engaging some of its earlier colleagues from the two companies. The new company will mostly be selling smartphones though there could be few feature phones in their line-up, as well. The first device will hit the market in April this year, costing anywhere between Rs 5,000 ($82) and Rs 15,000 ($246). Singapore-based Inflexionpoint, where Sculley is one of the founding partners, will finance the new venture. It remains to be seen whether these guys have what it takes to compete in today’s landscape. India is a huge market, but all major brands are there and so are many local players. According to the latest IDC figures, smartphone shipments in India grew three times from 16.2 million in 2012 to 44 million in 2013… The post Former Apple CEO John Sculley to launch a smartphone company in India appeared first on IntoMobile. Former Apple CEO John Sculley to launch a smartphone company in India originally appeared on IntoMobile.com on 2014-03-07T08:18:01Z. FV1gMYsz9b5j
Nokia may have new devices to show us on April 19th, well-informed (to say the least) EVleaks is saying. At this point it’s unknown what will be announced at that time. However, since Microsoft will also launch Windows Phone 8.1 in April, chances are we’ll see the first Nokia smartphone(s) using this platform officially unveiled. Earlier we’ve heard that Finns will use Mobile World Congress to announce three new phones; Alas, that hasn’t happened and perhaps we see these three at the April event. The trio I’m talking about includes Lumia 630, Lumia 635 and Lumia 930. The first two are mid-range devices, one of which (Lumia 635) rocks dual-SIM capability. As for the Lumia 930, it should be successor to the popular Lumia 920 model. We expect to see the new phones dumping physical capacitive buttons for on-screen ones. That’s just one of the features Windows Phone 8.1 will bring to the table; there are also better notifications, support for other chips, and so on and on. The post Nokia to announce its Windows Phone 8.1 devices on April 19? appeared first on IntoMobile. Nokia to announce its Windows Phone 8.1 devices on April 19? originally appeared on IntoMobile.com on 2014-03-07T08:25:15Z. FV1gMYsz9b5j
We’ve already heard that Samsung is looking to enter the smart glass market later this year with the rumored Galaxy Gear Glass debuting in September, during IFA in Berlin. While that’s still a rumor, we do think it makes perfect sense for the Korean giant to take this route. And now we have one patent application to show you what Korean engineers are working on. Instead of relying on voice input, Sammy is looking to use augmented reality technology, projecting keyboard and other UI elements on one’s hand. The camera will then follow user’s thumb/fingers to determine what he/she wanted to type or accomplish. This kind of UI is amazing, and could propel efficiencies across industries. Having attended last year’s InsideAR event in Munich, I’ve seen how different companies plan to utilize augmented reality technology. Just imagine a smart storage where workers inside big facilities are guided with a smart glass, telling them where they can find certain items. Powerful stuff. Samsung, on the other hand, seems to be looking at end-users rather than businesses for its Galaxy Glass. The filling with the World Intellectual Property Organization and South Korea’s Korean Intellectual Property Office shows how smart glass can be used for basic phone functions like calling and texting. Looks pretty darn sexy to me. Can’t wait to see it in action. [Via: SamMobile, GalaxyClub.nl] The post Samsung Glass to rock augmented reality keyboard? appeared first on IntoMobile. Samsung Glass to rock augmented reality keyboard? originally appeared on IntoMobile.com on 2014-03-07T08:37:06Z. FV1gMYsz9b5j
Good news for those of you with the original Galaxy Gear smart watch – you can now use it to get walking navigation with the TurnByTurn app. Relying on Nokia’s HERE Maps, the application must be started from a compatible Samsung Galaxy smartphone which will be used to make a route. After that part is done, your Galaxy Gear will take it from there, guiding you throughout the city. Don’t like looking at the screen all the time? NO problem, you can also rely on voice guidance though that part will require holding the wrist next to your ear (so you can actually hear something). Going forward, a Tizen version will be released to sing along newly announced Galaxy Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. We would guess this will be a short wait, but you never know… [Via: HERE Blog] The post Samsung Galaxy Gear gets HERE-powered walk navigation through TurnByTurn app appeared first on IntoMobile. Samsung Galaxy Gear gets HERE-powered walk navigation through TurnByTurn app originally appeared on IntoMobile.com on 2014-03-07T08:46:44Z. FV1gMYsz9b5j
Thus far, Huawei’s own chips were slower than competing products, notably those made by Qualcomm. That, however, could change soon with the upcoming Kirin 920 processor. A device using this chip has been caught at Antutu benchmarks from where we learn that it’s faster than Qualcomm’s newly announced Snapdragon 801. With its 37,363, the Kirin is trailing only three other processors, two NVIDIA Tegra K1 chips and the upcoming Snapdragon 805. That’s a rather impressive score for Huawei. Scrap that, that’s impressive score for any processor coming from a handset maker (rather than the company dedicated to making mobile chips). It is said that the Kirin 920 will rock eight cores, four power-efficient Cortex-A7 and four Cortex-A15, while supporting Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels) screens and 32-megapixel cameras. Chances are we’ll see the Kirin 920 debuting later this year, most likely in a device from Huawei’s Ascend D series. We’ll let you know when we hear something new on this… [Via: GizChina] The post Huawei’s octa-core Kirin 920 chip will be faster than Snapdragon 801! appeared first on IntoMobile. Huawei’s octa-core Kirin 920 chip will be faster than Snapdragon 801! originally appeared on IntoMobile.com on 2014-03-07T08:54:25Z. FV1gMYsz9b5j
Somehow, a game about space math ended up being one of the best and funniest titles available on iOS.
For at least a year now, there’s been talk of issues between Samsung and Google. In one of many statements that Android and Chrome boss Sundar Pichai gave during Mobile World Congress recently, […]