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Mobile battery life could be getting better

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There have been countless posts about the new importance battery life plays as a deciding factor in mobile electronics. Most smartphones today do pretty much the same basics, equivalent of the point A to point B reference commonly used. So one of the biggest differentiator has become battery life, after all what good are all the features if you can’t use them? Well it seems that some new breakthroughs mean mobile battery life could be getting better eventually. There are some things that are being held back by the constraints of battery life.Take for example Siri, the digital personal assistant on Apple’s iOS devices. Currently the assistant has to be activated with a key press because having the device listen for audio ques would cause horrible battery life. This is just one example of a feature that could be made exponentially better if battery life was removed from the eqaution as a concern. Well then the new advancements that have been made at the University of Illinois could have a very big impact in that area. The article “Small in size, big on power” explains how the microbatteries offer phenominal power in their small size. The article explains that, The …

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Why Google Glass is a perfect play by Google

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Google Glass is the best thing Google has done for many reasons. It is much more important than their Android OS and no one even knows it yet. Why google glass is a perfect play by Google begins with the fact that they have first mover advantage. But it goes far beyond that, it spiders into everything Google and that is why it can become their most important venture, if it is done right! Google Glass like iTunes has first mover advantage. There are no competitors in the market yet and what that does is allow Google to develop their 1.0 product and perfect it long before anyone gets a clue and joins the party. It is a huge advantage for them because when the device does become more popular and competitors appear Google will already have a huge head start. I compared it to iTunes because iTunes existed long before the iPhone, iPad, App store, etc. ever came about. It was just yet another media player. This afforded Apple the time to work on it, implement and get things working while having it work on Macs and Windows. Then when the mp3 craze hit and iPods became a craze …

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Family Feud & Friends Review for Android and iOS

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Family Feud & Friends is one of many family feud games, but this one allows you to compete directly with others. In the growing wave of social gaming, Family Feud & Friends is just another game that connects you with your Facebook friends for you to compare how much better you can figure out what the most popular answers are to survey questions. If you’re somehow unfamiliar with the game show, Family Feud is played by two teams or individuals competing against each other. In order to gain points, each person must figure out how the most popular answer to a random survey question. Each category has up to 100 points possible. The winner is then given an opportunity to compete in the fast money round, where they are given two opportunities to answer five different categories, and they win if they reach 200 points. In the aspect of emulating the game show, Family Feud & Friends does a near perfect job. The few modifications to the game are made to fit better on a video game. Though it does well here, it definitely isn’t the first Family Feud game to offer a good simulation. The key feature of the …

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Snapchat Review for Android and iOS

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Looking at the app description, Snapchat doesn’t seem like it has much of a purpose. It seems like a limited picture message app. For those who don’t have unlimited messaging (which is a pretty small market for smartphone users), this seems pretty useful, but why would the app be downloaded so much? What Snapchat does, is it allows you to take a picture on your phone and send it to a friend who also has Snapchat. The catch is that the picture only is visible for at most ten seconds once the picture is opened up. This seems kind of strange. Why would you allow the picture to only last for such a short time? Even after using the app, I don’t have an answer for it. Obviously it saves storage space whether on the phone or on a server, but it is a huge limiting factor for the app. Where Snapchat shines shines is it’s speed and reliability at sending photos. Often when sending an MMS message over my phone, it can take anywhere from 30 seconds to even 10 minutes to send a picture if my reception is bad. Snapchat is pretty quick though, with pictures being received …

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How to Setup Google Cloud Print on Android

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Generally, printing a document is a piece of cake. Open the appropriate application, load the file that has to be printed and click on “PRINT”.  However, this process gets a little tricky when it is an Android device, as one has to email or copy the particular file from the Android device to the PC in order to give it for print. Cloud Print makes printing easier again. What is Cloud Print? It is a service provided by Google which has many features. It can be used to print files from an Android device directly using a compatible printer and eliminating the involvement of the PC. This service can be used on a regular printer too but a few things have to be done to do so. First step is to make sure that the user uses the Google Chrome. Secondly, it has to be made sure that both the printer and the PC to which it is connected are switched on when it is required to print a document. The third step is to install the Cloud Print App. How to configure Chrome? Open the Chrome browser on the PC. Click on the menu button which is at the …

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MapMyRun Review for Android and iOS

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When smartphones were introduced to the world half a decade ago, fitness apps seemed to be all the craze. Although many developers tried, few managed to get a really solid fitness app that people would use for months on end. MapMyRun benefits from being established as a website first, with the app coming out to enhance the site features. MapMyRun is a fitness app that can be used by anybody, and it brings enough to the table to make it worth a download by anybody who loves to exercise. If you haven’t gone over to the website, it is definitely worth checking out. When you register, you can put in routes for walking, running, and biking. You’ll be able to see the distances with mile markers and elevation changes throughout the route. Then, once you download the app, all of the best features are opened up. MapMyRun will use your GPS to track not only your location, but also your speed and pace. If you happen to have a heart monitor, it will track your heart rate through the exercise as well. Once you start a route, the app will leave the GPS on constantly, which does make it drain the …

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CSR Racing Review for Android and iOS

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Drag racing games have been around forever on all platforms capable of gaming. Few games offer the total amount of depth seen in CSR Racing. The gameplay is relatively simple, and it seems fairly borrowed from most other drag racing games. You start each race by trying to get the RPM meter in the sweet spot to prevent tire spin. From then on, you are trying to time your shifts in order to get a maximum acceleration. Add in some NOS, and call it a day. Where CSR Racing initially enhances the game is with a simple story mode. Players can do quick races with earnings based on difficulty. They can do ladder races where the race gets progressively more difficult, or you can race Crew Battles until you ultimately win through to the next tier. The boss of each crew certainly loves his trash talk. Graphically, CSR Racing offers some impressive graphics, especially for mobile devices. It has a little bit of a frame rate struggle with older devices, but it still runs despite longer loading times. The graphics look close to something out of a current generation console. Audio seems to be pretty spot on, though the menu …

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HTC Releasing a Cheaper Version of HTC One

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Android users who want a top of the line phone but haven’t been a big fan of Samsung have been a bit out of luck over the past year or so. That changed last month when HTC released the HTC One. With their flagship phone getting a lot of positive buzz, HTC has reportedly decided to make a cheaper version that is more accessible to Android users, the HTC M4. The HTC One currently goes for about $200 with a new contract on most carriers. The original phone offered a quad core processor and two gigs of RAM, with a 4.7″ 1080p display. The base unit came with 16 GB of storage. It has been regarded as the one of the best phones on the market for Android users by many who have reviewed it. The HTC M4 will look nearly identical to the HTC One, but will offer a slightly more compact size. The phone will by 4.3″ with a 720p display. It’s likely that it will be made with plastic instead of aluminum for the body. The processor will be downsized for a quad core to a dual core of the same version, but it will hold onto …

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Floor Escape

Floor Escape Review for Android and iOS

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Puzzle games continue to be some of the most popular games on mobile platforms. Floor Escape is yet another puzzle game where a player is required to figure out some sort of puzzle in the room that will allow them to advance to the next floor. The premise is very simple. You are put in front of an elevator door, and your goal is to figure out how to get the door to open. The puzzles start out very simply, such as just pressing the button to call the elevator. Other puzzles require you to move objects. The most complicated puzzles involve some sort of combination of actions that need to be done. There are many similar games on the market right now, but Floor Escape has managed to become the most popular at this time. It offers some new ideas and new puzzles that other elevator escape games lacked. It also uses quite a few different items with different results, which allows for a more unique combination of puzzles. Despite these unique ideas, it often does feel like a rehashed game if you have played similar games. Graphically, Floor Escape stands up very well. All the items are pretty …

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4 Pics 1 Word Review for Android and iOS

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When Tetris came out several decades ago, it popularized the puzzle game genre. The genre has seen quite a bit of change over the years, with everything from Dr. Mario to Brain Age to Angry Birds. 4 Pics 1 Word is an extension of the puzzle genre that has gotten quite a bit of popularity over the past several weeks. The game is simple. Four pictures are displayed on the screen, and you’re given the length of the word. As you get words correct, you earn coins which can be used to help you out. You can get help by either deleting possible letters or by getting where certain letters fit in the answer. If you have ever played Draw Something, the user interface will immediately look familiar. The interface is basically a carbon copy but with a different color. You even have twelve possible letters to guess the word, making it a little bit more easy than if you had to type in the word on your own. The pictures are relatively easy to guess, which allows you to build up some confidence as you play. Occasionally though you’ll be hit by a confusing word where the pictures are …

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