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.

Developer Warns Not to Upgrade Verizon Moto X if You Want to Root

Wed, 09/11/2013 - 11:24 -- Marshall Walker

The Verizon Wireless Moto X model has been rooted only a few days after Motorola added the US Cellular and Sprints versions to its Bootloader Unlock Program. Developer jcase (@TeamAndIRC) tweeted on Tuesday that he successfully achieved root on a Verizon Moto X belonging to @davekover.

Moto X Press ShotDave Kover told RootxWiki "that the root was disabled while the phone was still on, so there is still work to be done before permanent root can be achieved."

Case sent a second tweet warning Moto X owners not to accept any OTA updates if they want to root their devices in the future. It was also discovered that the root method will work on Verizon’s 2013 Droid lineup.

Sprint and US Cellular Moto X Bootloader Unlock Now Available

Mon, 09/09/2013 - 15:33 -- Alex Gardner

Both Sprint and US Cellular were late to the Moto X party, but they are also the only carriers to offer a fully unlockable bootloader. Motorola released the bootloader unlock method for both US Moto X models, plus a few Canadian and Latin American models, on Friday.

Moto X BootloaderAdventurous Moto X owners can now unlock their software and install custom ROMS, but don't forget, unlocking your Moto X will void the warranty. Motorola has also promised to release developer editions so AT&T and Verizon subscribers can get in on the fun, however like the T-Mobile Moto X, those models have yet to make an appearance.

Pre-Order the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

Fri, 09/06/2013 - 18:50 -- Marshall Walker

Both AT&T and Verizon are now accepting pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Verizon Wireless customers can pre-order the Note for $299.99 with a two-year contract, or they can nab both the Note and Galaxy Gear smartwatch as a bundle for $599.98. AT&T users can reserve their Note 3 now at ATT.com, but will have to wait for the Galaxy Gear watch because it is currently listed as "coming soon". T-Mobile has also announced that its Note 3 model will cost $199.99 with 24 monthly payments of $21, but the carrier has yet to open pre-orders.

Samsung Galaxy Note and GearAT&T says the Note 3 will begin shipping "around October 1st," while Verizon lists its shipping date as October 10th. The new Samsung handset is expected to land at T-Mobile on October 2nd. Both AT&T and T-Mobile mention Samsung's Galaxy Gear in their press releases, but only T-Mobile gives a release date of October 2nd. AT&T only says the watch will be available in the coming weeks.

Moto X Coming to Sprint Tomorrow

Thu, 09/05/2013 - 15:28 -- Alex Gardner

Sprint has announced that it will start offering the Moto X for $200 with a two-year contract starting tomorrow. New customers who switch their phone number to Sprint will be able to nab the flagship handset for only $100. Sprint is the third major US carrier to offer the device, after AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Now we are just waiting for US Cellular and T-Mobile to announce their Moto X launch dates.

Sprint Moto XSprint's Moto X model will only be available in woven black and woven white at launch, but the carrier promises Motomaker support is coming later this year. Sprint is also touting its My Way and My All-in rate plans with unlimited talk, text and data as a reason for people to choose them as their cellular provider. Sprint claims "smartphone customers can save $30 per month vs. Verizon's comparable plan with only 4GB of data."

Sony Wants to Convert Your Smartphone into a Camera

Wed, 09/04/2013 - 16:43 -- Penelope Wang

After many leaks and much hype, the Sony QX10 and QX100 lens-style cameras are official. These compact devices attach directly to Android and other smartphones, pairing with Wi-Fi and a custom app to snap high-quality photos. Dubbed PlayMemories, the app steps in to provide controls for the camera, which simply snaps to the handset with a spring clip.

DSC-QX10 with smartphone

The smartphone attachable cameras are zoom lens and sensor combinations unlike any other product on the market. They have built-in batteries, optical image stabilization, and minimal controls including shutter release and power buttons. Even though these lens cameras can be used independently from a smartphone, without the app there is no display and there are no advanced shooting options.

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