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Cydia Substrate Now Available on Android

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 23:28 -- Fred Straker

Android fans with rooted devices now have a whole new way to customize their software and operating system thanks to the release of Cydia Substrate on Google Play. Cydia is commonly known as the iOS jailbreak app store. Cydia Substrate, in contrast, is a tool for developers to help them modify any software running on Android devices.
Cydia Substrate logo
While installing Cydia Substrate at this time won't do much for end users, it's likely that developers will release a multitude of tweaks and other customizations to the proprietary software running on many Android phones and tablets. In fact, the popular iOS theming app WinterBoard has already been released on Google Play by Saurik. Custom ROMs or custom launchers are not needed to implement themes, because the modifications are all handled by Cydia Substrate.

Carmageddon Now Available for Android Devices

Sat, 05/11/2013 - 15:34 -- Marshall Walker

The classic PC video game Carmageddon is now available for Android devices through Google Play. The game was produced by Stainless Games in 1997, and it was inspired by the 1975 cult classic Roger Corman film Death Race 2000.

Carmageddon

In Carmageddon, players must win races in a certain amount of time while also running over pedestrians, and trashing their competitor's cars for bonuses. The game has spawned two sequels, and was ported to the PlayStation, Nintendo 64 and Game Boy Color. The original Carmageddon release also caused a lot of controversy and was banned in several countries.

LG Optimus G Pro Now Available at AT&T

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 11:12 -- Sammy Snyder

Just a quick reminder, the LG Optimus G Pro is now available from AT&T for $200 on contract or $550 contract-free. The 5.5-inch flagship device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.7GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM, and features a 13MP full HD rear-facing camera, and a 2.1MP front-facing camera. It ships with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, QuickMemo, VuTalk and it is 4G LTE capable.

LG Optimus G Pro

The Optimus G Pro is available with 32GB of internal memory, with support for up to 64GB of expandable memory. Other features include: Bluetooth 4.0, mobile hotspot capabilities for up to 8 devices, NFC, and up to 15.5 hours of talk time thanks to its long-lasting 3,140 mAh battery.

Marvel Unlimited Now Available for Android

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 10:16 -- Marshall Walker

Marvel's digital subscription program is now available through Google Play for Android devices. Originally released for iOS, Marvel Unlimited gives users access to the Marvel archive, which spans over 70 years of comics. The official website also promises members-only deals on comic books and merchandise, plus the ability to download issues and read them offline.

Marvel Unlimited for Android

Users can pay $10 a month or $60 a year for access to over 13,000 comic books. The iOS app has mixed user reviews, with most users complaining about the app's performance and UI. Marvel did however address some UI problems and added the ability to read in full screen with its most recent iOS update.

AT&T Drops HTC First to $0.99

Wed, 05/08/2013 - 17:43 -- Alex Gardner

It looks like people are not wiling to pay $100 for a Facebook smartphone. AT&T has discounted the HTC First from $100 to $0.99. The HTC First is the original smartphone to ship with Facebook Home already installed. Home gives users easier access to the popular social network site, however, so does the free Facebook app. So why would people pay $100 for a subpar phone, when there are cheaper devices that can do basically the same thing?

HTC First

Facebook Home transforms your smartphone into a Facebook hub by putting your friends and family at the "heart of your phone". The Home interface adds your News Feed to your home screen, sends you Facebook related notifications, and allows you keep up with your Facebook conversations with its annoying chat heads feature. Simply put, it sounds like Facebook Home may give you a little too much Facebook all the time.

7-inch Kindle Fire HD Only $179 for Mother's Day [Deals]

Mon, 05/06/2013 - 16:39 -- Marshall Walker

Amazon is offering $20 off to anyone who wants to surprise their mother with a 7-inch Kindle Fire HD for Mother's Day. The sale brings the 16GB model down to $179, and the 32GB model to $209. You can take advantage of this deal by entering the promo code FIRE4MOM at checkout until May 12th.

Amazon Kindle Fire HD

The Kindle Fire HD sports a 1280x800 HD display, dual-driver stereo speakers and a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor with Imagination PowerVR 3D graphics. The Kindle Fire also includes free cloud storage for all Amazon content, and access to over 23 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, books, audiobooks, and popular apps. Mom can even stay connected with family and friends via Facebook, Twitter and email integration.

Samsung Announces New Dual SIM Smartphone

Mon, 05/06/2013 - 16:07 -- Sammy Snyder

Samsung announced today the Galaxy Core smartphone with dual SIM technology and a 1.2 GHz dual core processor. The 4.3-inch handset features 8GB of internal memory, 1GB of RAM and a microSD slot for memory expansion. The Galaxy Core sports a long-lasting 1,800mAh battery, a 5MP camera, and it ships with Motion UI, Smart Stay, Smart Alert and S Voice.

Samsung

Motion UI allows users to activate certain functions with "simple motion commands". Smart Stay saves battery life by powering down the device's display when a user looks away, and Smart Alert warns a user about missed calls when they pick up their phone. S Voice gives the Galaxy Core voice command functionality.

HTC Offering up to $350 for Old Smartphone Trade-Ins

Thu, 05/02/2013 - 15:27 -- Marshall Walker

HTC is looking to boost sales of its flagship One handset by offering up to $350 for trade-ins. The limited time offer begins today and ends on Sunday, May 5th. Smartphone users looking to nab a brand new HTC One can trade in their Apple, BlackBerry or Android device for a $100 to $350 prepaid Visa card.

HTC One Trade-InYou can head on over to HTC.com for all the details, fine print, and a complete list of devices they're accepting. You might also want to do a little shopping around before accepting HTC's offer. A third-party company like NextWorth may pay you a little bit more money for your old device, and you could just use the extra cash to pay for a new HTC One anyway.

LG Optimus G Pro Lands at AT&T on May 10th

Wed, 05/01/2013 - 16:28 -- Marshall Walker

The LG Optimus G Pro will be an AT&T exclusive for $200 on-contract starting on May 10. The new handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.7GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM, and features Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. The G Pro also boasts a 5.5" 1080p full HD IPS display, a 13MP full HD rear-facing camera, and a 2.1MP front-facing camera.

LG Optimus G Pro AT&T Exclusive

Other features include a long-lasting 3,140 mAh battery, VuTalk, QSlide 2.0, QuickRemote and Bluetooth 4.0. The LG Optimus G Pro will be available with 32GB of on-board storage, with support for up to 64GB of expandable memory.

Premium Samsung Galaxy S4 Cases Now Available

Wed, 05/01/2013 - 12:21 -- Sammy Snyder

If you're looking to add a little bling to your Samsung Galaxy S4, Case-Mate has launched its premium line of GS4 accessories. The new GS4 lineup includes the popular Silver Mother Of Pearl, Tortoiseshell, and many other elegant GS4 covers. The Case-Mate Premium line of GS4 accessories start at $50 and go all the way up to $150 depending on your taste.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Case

The Mother Of Pearl case has been a popular accessory for the iPhone 5 for quite some time. However, it's only currently available in Silver for the GS4. The Glam Rose Gold and Madison cases are geared towards fashion-forward women, and the Rosewood case is a popular choice for vintage automotive fans. There is also a Brushed Aluminum case in Black/Rose and in Gunmetal/Black for $50.

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