Pre-Order the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX From $229

Wed, 09/25/2013 - 23:55 -- Fred Straker

Amazon has stepped up its tablet game again, this time with the Kindle Fire HDX. Both the 7-inch and 8.9-inch HDX will feature 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processors, providing 3x the power of previous models. Not only is the main chip fast, but the Fire HDX sports an Adreno 330 graphics processor which delivers console quality gaming 4x faster than the previous Kindle Fire HD.

Kindle Fire HDX apps

Amazon didn't forget the Kindle's roots as an e-reader. When using a special low-power reading mode, battery life is extended up to a maximum of 17-18 hours. This mode automatically shuts down unused system components, consuming only enough power to display your new favorite book. Speaking of content, the Fire HDX has full access to the Amazon content ecosystem. Ongoing revenue from tablet users purchasing content means Amazon can keep HDX prices low.

Kingdom Rush Frontiers Coming to Android This Thursday

Sun, 09/22/2013 - 12:14 -- Marshall Walker

Ironhide Game Studios announced this weekend that Kingdom Rush: Frontiers will be available for Android devices on September 26, 2013. Android fans have been waiting for a Google Play release since June. The game was originally only launched for iOS devices, and was quickly followed by an update entitled Rising Tides featuring all new levels and characters. This did not sit well with Android fans, who thought Ironhide should release the game for other platforms before worrying about releasing bonus material for iOS users.

Kingdom Rush Frontiers AndroidThe original Kingdom Rush and its sequel are considered two of the best Tower Defense games released for mobile devices in the last few years. Kingdom Rush Frontiers is $3 for the regular version, and $5 for the HD version on the Apple App Store. It is safe to assume it will cost around the same amount from Google Play... And it is worth every penny!

Sony PlayStation 4 App Launching in November

Fri, 09/20/2013 - 02:16 -- Fred Straker

The PlayStation 4 will come to North America on November 15th, and with it Sony plans to launch a companion app for Android and iOS devices. Completely redesigned, the new PS4 app was first announced by Sony in February, with more details just revealed at the Tokyo Games Show. Access to the PlayStation Network from a phone or tablet is only the tip of the iceberg.

PS4 companion app

PS4 gamers can actually use their mobile devices as a second screen with certain games. Much like the PlayStation Vita, this feature makes it possible to use the app as a controller or view supplementary game content on mobile hardware. For example, a map could be displayed on your Android phone while completing a mission on the main TV.

Pre-Order the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 from T-Mobile

Thu, 09/19/2013 - 14:16 -- Alex Gardner

T-Mobile is now accepting pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The phablet is $199.99 down with $21 monthly payments for 24 months, for a total of $504. The Note 3 is expected to start shipping from T-Mobile on Wednesday, October 2nd.

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 3You can pre-order the Note 3 in either white or black directly from T-Mobile.com. Unfortunately, there is still no pre-order page for the Note 3 companion Galaxy Gear smartwatch, but it is expected to be available from T-Mobile on October 2nd too.

Moto X Developer Edition for Verizon Now Available

Wed, 09/18/2013 - 18:51 -- Alex Gardner

The 32GB Moto X Developer Edtion for Verizon is now available on Motorola.com. Motorola told Engadget that the GSM version (compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile) will be available on Friday, and that a Droid Maxx Developer Edition is also launching today.

Moto X Developer EditionMotorola previously released the bootloader unlock for both the Sprint and US Cellular models, which means all the individual carrier models will eventually be custom ROM-friendly.

BlackBerry Messenger App Will Be Available for Android and iOS This Weekend

Wed, 09/18/2013 - 16:34 -- Marshall Walker

There has been a lot of BlackBerry headlines this morning. The Wall Street Journal published a report today claiming BlackBerry will "slash its workforce by 40%" before the end of the year, but not all of the news has been bad. BlackBerry also announced today its new BlackBerry Z30 smartphone, and that its long awaited BlackBerry Messenger app will be available for Android on September 21 and iOS on September 22.

BlackBerry MessengerThe app has had a few problems getting out of the gate, like being hung up in Apple's app review process for over two weeks, but it is almost finally here. Here are some of the features you can expect from BBM when it arrives this weekend.

Where is the Grand Theft Auto 5 iFruit App for Android?

Tue, 09/17/2013 - 11:34 -- Sammy Snyder

Grand Theft Auto 5 is now officially available for the PlaySation 3 and Xbox 360, but where is the Android version of the companion app that Rockstar Games has been advertising? The "iFruit" app launched for iOS devices one day before the game's release, but once again Android and Windows users have been left out in the cold.

iFruit for AndroidiFruit allows users to build custom vehicles, stay updated on the latest GTA news, and take care of Franklin's dog Chop. Walking, feeding and playing with Chop through the app determines his mood within the console version of the game. Users can also earn credits to buy additional gear, and stay connected with friends through the Facebook parody LifeInvader. So it is a useful app that Android users will need to fully enjoy the game.

AT&T to Open Samsung Galaxy Gear Pre-Orders Tomorrow

Mon, 09/16/2013 - 15:41 -- Marshall Walker

AT&T will start accepting pre-orders for Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch at 12:01AM ET tomorrow, September 17th. The Notify Me page doesn't list a price, but the watch is expected to retail for $299.99.

AT&T Galaxy GearVerizon Wireless is selling a Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy Gear bundle for $599.98, and T-Mobile customers can nab the device for $199.99 down with 24 monthly payments of $21.

Plants vs. Zombies 2 Coming to Android Devices 'Later This Fall'

Thu, 09/12/2013 - 15:39 -- Alex Gardner

PopCap announced today that Plants vs. Zombies 2 has made its way to Android devices in China. The developer is currently testing the game in the Baidu app store, and says they're "one step closer to bringing the Android adaptation of Plants vs. Zombies 2 to the whole world!"

Plants vs. Zombies 2 Baidu App StorePopCap and EA originally announced that the sequel would only be available for iOS devices, but changed their minds after the game was released. The game skyrocketed to the top of the Apple App charts reaching nearly 25 million downloads in under two weeks.

Watch Governor Rick Perry Toss His iPhone 5 in Favor of a Moto X

Wed, 09/11/2013 - 18:49 -- Alex Gardner

Apple's iPhone 5s announcement unfortunately stole the spotlight from Motorola's Moto X factory dedication ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas on Tuesday. Motorola is really pushing the fact that its flagship handset is assembled in the U.S., and invited the press for an inside look at the factory. Engadget actually published a very thorough report of their experience, if you're interested.

The highlight of the event was when Governor Rick Perry threw his iPhone 5 away in favor of a Moto X. You can see the Governor spiking his iPhone at the 2:40 mark.

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