Monday, 10 February 2014

Humble Mobile Bundle 3 Updated With A Trio Of New Games For Moderate Spenders

The Humble Mobile Bundle 3 was launched last week with the debut of two big games on Android, Ridiculous Fishing and Swordigo. As is traditional with the Humble Bundle, paying above the average price gets you the full selection of games, as well as additional content in the future. Well, the future is now and Humble Bundle has added three more titles and soundtracks to the deal. 

The popular game Hundreds is in the new set, which if you're not aware, is a puzzle game that requires you to tap on floating circles to make them grow. The numeric value of the circles must add up to 100, hence the name. If you want something a little more action-oriented, there's Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor. In this title you play as a spider spinning webs in an abandoned mansion to catch food and discover secrets. Then there's Desert Bus, which simulates the 8-hour drive from LA to Las Vegas – yes, really. It's kind of a joke, but all the proceeds from this game go to charity. 

If you haven't gotten in on the bundle yet, and you want all nine games, you'll have to pay more than $5.26 (but that will change over time). Not a bad deal for a ton of great games. Anyone who already bought the full bundle should be able to grab the new games too.

KitKat's Share Dialog Can Forget To Give You A Choice Of Apps To Share To, Set Your Last Used App As The Default

One of the greatest features that sets Android apart from most of its mobile counterparts is the highly versatile sharing system that allows apps to declare themselves as targets for different types of media you might want to send from one app to another. All of this is accomplished with the familiar Sharing dialog, also known as the Chooser. Unfortunately, since people began using KitKat, a strange bug has turned up that may randomly cause your last chosen action to be reused automatically instead of allowing you to choose something different each time.
The behavior is basically identical to choosing the 'Always' button along with an action, which automatically bypasses the chooser each time it would normally appear. The problem: it happens after you've pressed the 'Just Once' button or double-tapped an activity. Once the bug kicks in, it's basically stuck. This video demonstrates the the bug.
The first thing you should know, this bug seems to happen entirely at random. I've spent hours - literally - trying to reproduce it with different apps and different actions in several combinations, but I can't seem to do it. On the other hand, quite a few people have hit it almost immediately, including a few people on the AP team. So far, nobody has identified a specific pattern of actions that can trigger the bug, but it seems particularly common with YouTube and Chrome. However, those apps may just be more visible because people share from them more frequently.
Solutions and Workarounds
We've got a couple of ways to deal with this bug, but neither of them are perfect. The easiest option is to simply clear your app preferences. This can be done by going to Settings -> Apps -> menu (top right) -> Reset app preferences. Unfortunately, this method isn't without some drawbacks. To begin with, this will clear all of the default actions that were legitimately set on purpose, plus changes made to App Ops permissions, disabled notifications, and disabled apps. All of that is a bit annoying if you've changed anything, but it's worse when you consider that this isn't a permanent fix. This just fixes the problem until it comes back, which may never happen, or it could return almost immediately.
For a longer lasting fix, there are 3rd-party replacements that stand in for the regular sharing dialog. Going with an alternate chooser may not be an ideal solution for everybody, but it should sidestep this bug until Google can provide a fix. The only app I've seen recommended is Andmade Share, but I've never used it and can't vouch for its quality.
Developers can get in on this, as well. It's possible to work around the issue in your apps with a few extra lines of code. The code used in this answer on StackOverflow will invoke the "Complete action with" dialog as long as there is no default app already set, which is precisely the behavior we want to see. Of course, this code won't be necessary once Google fixes the bug, but it wouldn't hurt to include it for your users if you already happen to have an update coming out.
Google has yet to acknowledge or respond to the AOSP Issue Tracker thread, but the bug certainly has drawn attention on a quite a few sites, so it probably won't be ignored. A non-Googler by the name of Keiji Ariyama has submitted a patch to AOSP that may be a suitable fix, but it's still awaiting review. Since this isn't a critical bug, we can probably expect a fix in the next OTA. Hopefully, the fixes described above will be suitable until the issue can be resolved more permanently.

Bonus Round Rock Runners, Boson X, And An Alien With A Magnet


Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a runner game with some Portal inspiration, another runner that should please physics buffs, and a game that delivers exactly what it promises. Without further ado:

Rock Runners

If Portal and an endless runner had a baby, it would be Chillingo's Rock Runners. And that includes Portal's excellent physics - you're going to have to use gravity and momentum in this game to reach the end of the sci-fi platforming levels. It's not just a one trick pony, either, as demonstrated by creative use of swinging ledges and twitchy jumps. Graphics and sound look great, and there is a lot of personality in the characters and environments. International readers, here's the "rest of world" version.
Take control of an energetic, running, jumping, swinging runner in this hugely entertaining action platform game. Leap across puddles of radioactive goo, swing over gaps using your light-beam grapple, and zip through portals on your way to completing each stage. Sprint through over 140 levels, each one with it's own set of challenges to accomplish. Collect gems to unlock upgrades and new playable characters!
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Rock Runners
Rock Runners
503 ratings
by Chillingo
10,000 - 50,000 downloads
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Boson X

A unique premise can go a long way, and that's why this endless runner set in a particle accelerator is in this list. You play a tiny man who, for some reason, is trying to find particles at faster and faster speeds. Simple but attractive 3D graphics and a breakneck pace should please anyone who enjoys a challenge, and physics enthusiasts will get a kick out of the kooky story. The game costs two bucks on Android, but you can download it on Windows, Mac, or Linux for free.
Quantum jump from Planck to Planck and reach critical velocity in Boson X, a rotational runner from Mu & Heyo. Build up speed inside a massive particle accelerator and generate high-energy collisions to discover strange new particles. Use precise timing and fast reflexes to navigate a subatomic world where floors and ceilings don't exist. Will you be fast enough to find the elusive Boson X?
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Boson X
Boson X
761 ratings
by Ian MacLarty
5,000 - 10,000 downloads
Appears in a list of My APPs (2014)

An Alien with a Magnet

Combine the planet-hopping nature of Super Mario Galaxy, the odd physics of They Need To Be Fed, and the inexplicably explosive barrels of Donkey Kong Country, and you get An Alien With A Magnet. This simple 2D puzzler tasks you with finding the best route through an asteroid field littered with gems, occasionally using the titular magnet to cling to planetoids. Single-touch gameplay and 45 levels make this a perfect time-killer for quick and casual sessions.
Take control of our Alien and his spaceship and get him back to his home planet using just a magnet. Get ready to explore multiple galaxies using this magnet to orbit around colorful and unique planets to get to your goal. But beware of dark holes, challenging puzzles, multiple locks and asteroids blocking your path in space. Besides the adventure mode, you can also play an extra bonus mode which will keep you busy for even more hours of fun gameplay.
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An Alien with a Magnet
An Alien with a Magnet
10,828 ratings
by Rejected Games
100,000 - 500,000 downloads
Appears in a list of Daily Free Apps

The "OK Google" Hotword Jumps From Mobile To Desktop Chrome With New Google Extension (US Only)

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Google's voice search feature has been slowly but surely working its way into more mobile products recently. First the hotword came to the search app, then to the search results. The Moto X launched with always-on listening, and the Nexus 5 now has voice commands from anywhere on the homescreen or in the search app. Now the "OK Google" command is coming to the desktop via a new Google Chrome extension.
The extension is explicitly labeled as a beta, but it seems to work well. After installation you just have to allow it access to your microphone and get ready to start talking to your computer like a crazy person. The "OK Google" command will be picked up on the new tab page or on the actual Google search site (results included). Just like on mobile, the solid microphone icon in the search bar means voice search is ready, and the hollow icon means something has gone wrong.
You can use any of the usual Google voice search commands from the Knowledge Graph, but the newer phone features like conversation emails won't work, at least not yet. It does plug into reminders according to the video, but we haven't been able to get that working. Just like a phone, the PC will also read the results back to you if your volume is up. Something else you should also be aware of is that using the voice command with your PC might also trigger it on other devices. The Moto X on my desk seems happy to spring to life, even though it's supposed to listen for "OK Google now."
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It might be nice to have the listening feature available at all times when Chrome is open, rather than just on search and new tab pages, but this is a big step in the right direction. I've only seen the extension fail to start up voice search a handful of times after a lot of testing, so things look solid on my end.

YouTube 5.3.23 For Android Rolling Out With A Reorganized Navigation Menu, Better Searching, Tabs On Channels, And More [APK Download]

Google has been building up to something big with YouTube, as indicated by our recent APK teardowns. It looks like yet another version of the YouTube app is rolling out to devices all over the world, and we've got the file for you to check out. It's not a huge update at first glance, but maybe there's something beneath the surface.

What's New?

The first really obvious visual change is a slight reorganization of the slide-out navigation menu. If it wasn't pointed out to you, you might not even realize. What to Watch is now at the top of the list, followed by a link to your subscriptions. The drawer now only opens if you swipe from the edge, not just in the main app UI. The channels and My Subscriptions also have a new tabbed interface.
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The last version of YouTube we pulled apart has numerous references to background audio support and others have heard talk of a subscription music service. This APK appears to have some of the same things going on inside, but we're still working on the full APK Teardown. We will know more once we finish getting our hands dirty.
Update: The changelog is live:
  • Find videos, playlists and channels together in search results
  • Tabs on channel pages, for activity, videos and playlists
  • Various bug fixes and improvements, notably a fix for the Cast icon appearing over the player when Bluetooth is connected


Here's the new APK for you to install. You should be able to apply it right over top of the old app – there are no new permissions.
File name:
Version: 5.3.23
MD5: bb9dbfc73fa47688c75cd60ef1753b7d

2,939,773 ratings
by Google Inc.
500,000,000 - 1,000,000,000 downloads
Thanks, Ricky, Franco, and Charlie!

OmniROM Posts KitKat 4.4 Nightly Builds For 15 (Count 'Em, 15) Android Devices, Shows Off New Features

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When a new version of Android drops, it's Nexus this and Google Play that. But for a lot of advanced users (especially those who don't have the choice to go Nexus), custom ROMs are their first taste of the latest and greatest. In the tradition of independent developers and tinkerers delivering the goods, the relatively new OmniROM team has released nightly KitKat builds for no less than fifteen devices.
Here's the full list of phones and tablets:
  • Galaxy S II (i9100G)
  • Galaxy S II AT&T (SGH-i777)
  • Galaxy S III (i9300)
  • Galaxy S III LTE (i9305)
  • Galaxy Note (N7000)
  • Galaxy Note II (N7100)
  • Galaxy Note II LTE (t0lte)
  • Galaxy Note II LTE AT&T (t0lteatt)
  • Galaxy Note II LTE T-Mobile (t0ltetmo)
  • Nexus 4
  • Nexus 5
  • Nexus 7 2012 3G
  • Nexus 7 2012 WiFi
  • Nexus 7 2013 WiFi
  • Oppo Find 5
If you haven't heard of OmniROM, it's a new family of custom ROMs that's quickly gaining steam among Android power users and enthusiasts. Well-known developers Chainfire, Dees_Troy, and Xplodwild are on the dev team, and they aim to offer both a solid, compatible ROM and a host of custom features that aren't available on stock or AOSP builds. They're also striving to deliver nightly builds that are stable enough for end users to rely upon during the day, and they encourage bug reports (even on nightlies) to foster a more active community.
OmniROM also has unique features like flippable quick settings, multi-window and multi-workspace modes, and various visual tweaks available to end users. New features for the Android 4.4 build include a more discreet, non-obtrusive call notification, virtual stereo widening and a Bass Boost center frequency setting in DSP Manager, and per-app permission control in the Settings menu.

If you've got a custom recovery ready to go, head to the Downloads page below to get started. Most of the supported devices already have at least three or four nightly builds posted, and some have over a week of backlog. Even so, a backup is probably a good idea. (Don't forget your Gapps - this one's is from Paranoid Android KitKat, but has been reported as compatible.) According to the OmniROM blog post, more devices from Sony, HTC, and others are in active development.

The $50 Off Tablets Coupon Is Back At Staples For One Day Only, Good For Online Or Brick And Mortar Stores

The retail slugfest that is Black Friday is almost upon us, and several stores are eager to get in a few punches before the bell. That includes Staples, which is reviving its well-received $50 off tablets coupon from earlier this year. The coupon is valid online, in stores, or over the phone (people still shop over the phone?) but it will expire after today, November 27th.
Of course there are a few stipulations. First and foremost, the discount can only be applied to tablets with a regular price of $150 or more. The discount doesn't apply to Apple products, the Kindle Fire line (including the new HDX), the Microsoft Surface, plus this Acer Iconia A1 and this ASUS MemoPad ME102. I'm guessing that the Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon tablets are limited to certain prices by manufacturer agreements, and the other two are so low-margin that Staples needed to make the exception.
Even so there are plenty of notable tablets still available, including ASUS and Samsung models covering a wide gamut of prices and capabilities. The Nexus 7 2013 WiFi and LTE is offered at retail price, so the discount brings it down to $180, $220, and $300 for the 16GB, 32GB, and 32GB LTE models, respectively. The Nexus 10 32GB is already discounted by $100, so the final price after applying the coupon is $350 - not bad at all. The best deal to be had if you're not overly concerned with hardware is probably this brown Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, which is just $109.99 after the coupon discount.
Using the online coupon code 18702 is probably your best bet to score a discounted item - Staples retail stores tend to have pretty limited tablet stock. On the other hand, there's nothing stopping you from ordering one online and buying one in the store, or multiple stores for that matter. The link to Staples' coupon page below has the full-sized version for printing, but here's the tiny type just in case you wanted to see it.
Valid 11/27/13 online at®, by phone at 1-800-333-3330 or in Staples® U.S. stores. Discount applies to tablets regularly priced $149.99 or more. Includes clearance. Models vary by store. Not valid on kiosk orders. Excludes Apple® products and tablet item nos. 279977, 310576, 108945, 984032, 130407 and 306702.Limit one per customer. Cannot be combined with any other coupons. Each item purchased can only be discounted by one coupon, applied by cashier in the order received and prior to tax. Coupon not valid if purchased or sold and must be surrendered. No cash/credit back. Not valid on prior purchases or purchases made with Staples®Procurement or Convenience Cards.
Update: Staples is being somewhat inconsistent with its discounts - some tablets that are already discounted won't let you apply the coupon (like the Galaxy Tab 3) and some will (like the Nexus 10).
Source: Staples

Titanium Backup Updated To Support Android Runtime (ART) In KitKat

For a lot of users, Titanium Backup is one of the first Android apps they install on a new device or ROM. So it's no surprise that a few of them were dismayed when they tried to do so on the Nexus 5 (or one of a growing number of updated Android 4.4 devices) with the fancy new Android Runtime enabled, and found that Titanium would crash. The developer has updated the app to in short order, and it should now run in both ART and Dalvik.
If you haven't heard, ART is a new way for Android to run apps and cut down on compiler overhead, making them faster and more efficient. Unfortunately the process means that plenty of apps will need to be adjusted to be compatible with the new experimental runtime. For more information on ART and its benefits and drawbacks, check out our comprehensive introduction post.
If you haven't messed with ART thus far, you've got nothing to worry about - the update to the Titanium Backup app won't affect you, though the developer has also updated the translations. If you are on ART, you should now have access to Titanium's myriad features once again. If you're planning on flashing in preparation for a custom ROM, be aware that the common Gapps packages have not been made ART-compatible yet, so you might want to stick to official OTA builds for now.
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Titanium Backup ★ root
211,544 ratings
by Titanium Track
10,000,000 - 50,000,000 downloads

Best Buy Offering Galaxy S4 On AT&T, Sprint, And Verizon For Free With Two-Year Contract Until November 30th


Now is a good time to pick up the Galaxy S4, in any color, and on any carrier. Best Buy is promoting an early Doorbuster deal that lets customers get the phone free with a two-year contract, including both new lines and upgrades. Interested buyers can take advantage of the offer at any Best Buy store or online.
While the phone is free, the activation is not. Of course, you will also still be saddled an expensive monthly bill for 24 months.
The deal was previously a 6 pm Thursday Doorbusters deal that has now been expanded to last for four days. The discount only applies to the 16GB model and represents a savings of $249. Meanwhile, the unlocked version remains steeply priced at $799.99. So no, they're not technically giving away free Galaxy S4s, but it's still a good deal. Have at it.
Early Doorbuster Deal – Free Samsung Galaxy S 4 Kicks Off Wednesday
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 will be FREE with a two year activation at all Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile specialty stores starting Wednesday, Nov. 27 through Saturday, Nov. 30. The offer will be available on starting at midnight tonight.
The promotion is one of Best Buy’s Thursday 6 p.m. doorbuster deals that is now being offered to consumers for four days.
A two-year activation is required on AT&T, Sprint or Verizon and the offer represents savings of up to $249.99. The promotion is available on all colors and is valid on the 16GB model.

Play Store Nexus 7 Now Comes With $25 In Google Play Credit, Offer Valid In US And Canada Only

Nexus7OfferChristmas is fast approaching, and if you were already considering picking up a Nexus 7 for a special someone, Google's offering a little something extra to sweeten the deal. For a limited time, both 16GB and 32GB Nexus 7s purchased from the Play Store will come with $25 in Google Play credit. That's not as appealing as saving $30 off a device, especially once taxes are taken into account, but it's still a nice way to fill a new purchase with content. How entertaining is a tablet with no additional apps, games, and other goodies, after all?
The offer expires on March 31st, so Christ
mas isn't the only holiday targeted here. I'm sure a lover would love to receive a Nexus 7 on Valentine's Day, and Google's doing its part to make that happen.
Customers will receive their Google Play credit in an email sent after the purchase is finalized, and it must be added to a Google Wallet account before the deal's expiration date. The tablet will also come with free shipping, though that part of the deal isn't new. A link to buy the Nexus 7 is available below. Enjoy.
Source: Google+

BLU Announces The Newest, Most Powerful Member Of The Life Series: Say Hello To The Life Pro [Hands On]


Back in April, I said that BLU "is a company to keep an eye on moving forward." A few months later, I reviewed (and loved) my first BLU device: the Life Play. Since then I've also taken a look at the Life View – the company's take on a large-screened phone – which was also very impressive for the cost. I'm definitely a fan of what BLU is doing right now, and the company seems to be keeping a nice momentum with the Life series. It just officially announced the newest member of the family, the Life Pro (which it actually teased along with another device back in September). I was able to spend some time with a pre-production version of the Life Pro over the last week, and it's a sleek, sophisticated device.
  • Network: 2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE) 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, 3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps) 850/1900, 850/2100
  • Display: 5.0 inch HD 720 x 1280, with OGS and Full Lamination Scratch Resistant Touch Panel
  • Processor: MediaTek MT6589T Quad-Core 1.5GHz Cortex-A7 with PowerVR SGX544 GPU
  • OS: Android v4.2 Jelly Bean
  • Camera: Rear – 12.0 megapixel, BSI Sensor, autofocus with LED Flash, Video Record 1080p @ 30fps Front – 5.0 megapixel, BSI Sensor, Video Record 1080p @ 30fps; Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR, image stabilization
  • Connectivity: WiFi b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth v4.0, Hotspot, micro-USB, FM Radio
  • Sensor: Accelerometer, Proximity, Gyro
  • Memory: 16GB internal memory, 1GB RAM
  • Dimensions: 147 x 72.1 x 6.9mm, 158 grams
  • Battery: Li-Ion 2500mAh
In fact, the first thing that I noticed about the Pro is just how damn solid it feels. At just 6.9mm, it feels ultra svelte, and the all-aluminum exterior really gives it a premium feel. It's mostly black with a few chrome accents, which really pop and give it a very classy look. Where the Life Play is for those who want whimsical and fun, the Life Pro is definitely for those who want for a refined and polished look. At 165 grams it's a bit heavier than the Nexus 5 or Galaxy S4, but at the same time I'd actually say the materials used give it a higher-end feel than both.
The overall design is a little different than other devices I've used, in that the volume rocker and power button are both on the left side one just below the other. It's a little strange to adjust to at first, but I got used to it fairly quickly (and it's pretty rad to take screenshots with just one finger). That said, I did end up trying to turn the display on and off with the volume down key more times than I care to admit. It also uses a full-size SIM card, which is a little weird since most other devices use micro or nano at this point. Still, a minor complaint, and nothing that a SIM adapter can't fix in a snap.
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The Pro is a little more powerful than both the Play, View, and One, as it's sporting a 1.5GHz quad-core chip, as opposed to the 1.2GHz chip found in the other three Life devices. This seemingly slight bump in speed actually makes a tangible difference in snappiness, which helps affirm the Pro name. Unfortunately it still only has a single GB of RAM, but like other BLU devices that I've used, it doesn't necessarily affect performance. Still, 2GB would be nice – good thing BLU has one in the works.
Also keeping in line with BLU's other products, the Life Pro has an absolutely gorgeous display. For me, this was the standout feature of the Life Play and Life View, and it keeps going with the Life Pro. Despite being only 1280x800, it looks absolutely fantastic. Color reproduction is vibrant and immersive thanks to BLU's Infinite View and Nex Lens technologies, and everything really pops off the screen without being oversaturated.
The Life Pro's 12MP shooter is pretty much on par with the Life View, which I reviewed a few weeks ago. Color reproduction looks good, and it's capable of grabbing some pretty solid images, especially outdoors. Like most smartphone cameras, it's not the greatest indoors or in low-light, but it'll work in a pinch. The five megapixel front camera is also on par with the Life View, and comes in quite handy for snapping your next selfie.
On the software side, Blu has stuck with minimal modifications to stock Android 4.2.1, much like with the Life Play/One. It still has a very stock look and feel, with useful additions like lockscreen notifications, battery percentage, a reboot option in the power menu (seriously, Google – why isn't this a stock option by now?), and a few other little things here and there. It's clean and runs really well.
Like with most Blu phones, the cost is one of the main selling points of the Life Pro. At just $300 off contract, the Life Pro is quite the deal for anyone looking to buy outside of the Nexus line. Simply put, it's a low-cost phone that feels and performs like a high-cost device.
Overall, I'm quite impressed with the Life Pro. It's a solid entry into Blu's Life series, and definitely lives up the Pro name. The performance is slightly better than other Blu devices thanks to the 1.5GHz processor, the display is beautiful, and the build quality is solid. Give the $300 price tag, what's not to love?
The Life Pro has already started shipping to retailers like Amazon, and will be available in the coming weeks.
BLU Products announces addition to its flagship Life Series smartphone devices, introducing the new Life PRO.
New Life Series device is the thinnest 5.0” HD display smartphone available in the market at just 6.9mm
MIAMI, November 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- BLU Products, one of the fastest growing mobile phone manufacturers in the world announced today the BLU LIFE PRO - the latest member of the extremely popular BLU LIFE Series of smartphone devices delivering stunning design and premium build quality with flagship performance. The new BLU LIFE PRO, with an extremely slim and premium aluminum construction design of just 6.9mm, features upgraded performance over the previous LIFE SERIES devices with a faster Quad Core 1.5GHz processor, which integrates a power-efficient subsystem, along with a long-lasting 2,500mAh battery for incredible battery performance, despite its slim design.
“The BLU LIFE PRO is an accomplishment of engineering as much as one of design.” said Samuel Ohev-Zion, CEO of BLU Products. “Every detail and material - particularly the sleek aluminum enclosure - has been meticulously considered and refined. It’s made with a level of precision you’d expect from a finely crafted watch, not a smartphone.”
Photos and videos come to life with spectacular clarity and rich, natural color on the vivid 5.0 inch IPS HD display incorporated in the BLU LIFE PRO, along with OGS and Full Lamination technologies resulting in unparalleled viewing angles and eye-popping images for an incredible and brilliant viewing experience.
The BLU LIFE PRO delivers on excellent image capture quality even in adverse conditions such as low light, or no light with advanced camera technology, featuring dual BSI sensor cameras, incorporating a 12 mega pixel autofocus camera on the back with Full HD 1080p @ 30 fps video recording, along with a 5.0 mega pixel front camera with an extremely wide field of view for self-portraits.
The BLU LIFE PRO has started shipping to distributors and dealers throughout the United States, Brazil, and Mexico and will be available unlocked throughout several US Online Retail partners such as at $299.00 unlocked with GSM Quad Band and 4G HSPA+ 42Mbps connectivity, in addition to Jelly Bean v4.2 with future software updates available through over the air wireless update feature.

Lenovo Tablets On Sale Through Corporate Perks Site

The ranks of Android tablets continue to swell, and for the first time Lenovo is making a play for some market share. Granted, it's coming in at the low end of the market, but the new Yoga tablets are on sale through the company's corporate perks site with some solid discounts. 

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The Lenovo Yoga 10 has a MediaTek 8125 quad-core Cortex-A7 processor, a 10-inch 1280x800 screen, 1GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. It's a pretty unremarkable tablet except for the cool multimode hinge. You can use it like a stand or just lay the device flat and have it tilted toward you. This device is $259 for 32GB right now, down from $339. The Yoga 8 has the same specs as the 10-inch, except for the smaller 8-inch 1280x800 panel. This one is $219 with 16GB of storage and $229 with 32GB.
When you hit the links below, you're going to be prompted for a code to access the perks site. Enter NJYPWWP and the page should load normally. At checkout, the page will tell you to input the code BETTERWAY to actually get the discount, which is a little unintuitive. The Lenovo site offers free standard shipping on most orders.

iHeartRadio Update Adds Side Menu, Notification And Lockscreen Controls, Program Alerts, And Talk Radio Features

If you're a regular user of the iHeartRadio service, there's a big update waiting for you in the Play Store. The most useful addition in the new version of the Android app is undoubtedly the expanded control options: you can now pause, play, or advance your streaming music on the lockscreen or the new notification. The notification is even expandable - are you watching this, Pandora?

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The user interface gets a fancy new slide-out menu, accessible from the main player and home screens. Six favorite stations can be selected (toggle them by tapping the "+" icon in the upper-right corner). iHeartRadio users can also set up notification alerts breaking news on local channels, new music and talk shows, local concerts, radio contests, or even new features for the app itself. And the developers aren't messing around: in addition to a general on/off setting for the alerts themselves, you can set them to ring or vibrate and assign quiet hours.
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Finally, iHeartRadio now features talk and news stations. I assume that it had access to at least some of the local talk radio stations before, but now they're more heavily featured with their own sub-section in the station selection menu, with full descriptions and station logos. "News and Talk" is lumped into one category, public radio stations get their own, and generalized sports stand alone. They're divided by local stations, major cities, and most popular. The app is compatible with all Android phones and tablets running Gingerbread or higher.

iHeartRadio – Internet Radio
iHeartRadio – Internet Radio
342,122 ratings
by Clear Channel Broadcasting, Inc.
10,000,000 - 50,000,000 downloads
Appears in a list of