Category Archives: Mobile

Now Android fans can play one of the greatest computer games ever on their tablets

Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition Android

Old-school RPG fans still get nostalgic when you bring up Baldur’s Gate, the classic Bioware D&D-based adventure that set the standard for computer RPGs when it was released all the way back in 1998. In fact, the Balur’s Gate series’s popularity has been so enduring that studio Beamdog has overhauled it with improved graphics and features while also adding touch controls to make it easy to play on tablets. Although Beamdog released its Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition for the iPad a while ago, the studio has finally gotten around to porting it to Android, and it’s now available on the Google Play store for $ 9.99. Although the iPad version of the overhauled Baldur’s Gate received mixed marks for its buggy controls, early reviews of the game over at Google Play are pretty strong, as it’s currently averaging a score of 4.5 stars based on 72 reviews.


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Ex-Microsoft engineer invents a new machine to help you brew the perfect batch of beer

PicoBrew Zymatic Home Brewing Machine

Home brewing is rewarding but it’s also often fraught with peril — if you don’t thoroughly sterilize all of your equipment or if you drop in the yeast while your wort is still hot, it can ruin hours of hard work. Bloomberg Businessweek has written a profile on former Windows engineer Bill Mitchell, who left Microsoft in 2010 to work full-time on PicoBrew, a startup that’s dedicated to take away as many potential pain points as possible for home brewers.

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Easter weekend flash sale offers PS3 and Vita games for $0.99

PS3 Vita Easter Flash Sale

U.S. PlayStation fans weren’t fortunate enough to receive a big Easter promotion like their European counterparts, but Sony is making up for it with a 99 cent flash sale this weekend, slashing prices on over 25 games on the PlayStation Network. Sony announced on the PlayStation Blog that the offer had officially gone live on Friday, featuring PlayStation 3Vita and PS2/PS1 Classics that will cost you less than a dollar to pick up. The full list follows below.

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HTC has a secret weapon for taking on Samsung, and it’s not what you think

HTC Camera Selfie Market

No matter how positive the reviews are for its products, HTC can’t seem to break out from behind the shadow of Samsung. Without a veritable army of devices flooding store shelves, it’s difficult for any phone maker to make an impact in the Android smartphone market. But HTC believes that by closing the gap on dedicated cameras, it can attract an even wider audience while trumping the competition.

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Designer puts iPhone 6 leaks to good use in gorgeous new 3D renders

iPhone 6 Images Design Features

Designer Martin Hajek, who earlier this year created iPhone 6 renders based on leaked purported sketches for Apple’s bigger smartphone, is back with a new set of images that also takes into account the most recent iPhone 6 leaks, including manufacturing molds and iPhone 6 case prototypes.

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Video: Incredible computerized glove lets you make music with the flick of a wrist

Mi.Mu Glove for Music

Wearable tech has a lot of promise, but the endless parade of smartwatches from every company with the means to create one has diluted the field. One of the more fascinating projects that exists far outside of this box is Imogen Heap’s Mi.Mu Glove, a musical tool that allows musicians to create music without confining themselves to a computer. By simply moving a gloved hand, the user can change countless aspects of the sound created with the Mi.Mu Glove, from the pitch and the volume to the instrument being emulated.

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Video: Awesome tiny wearable gadget could help the blind read

MIT FingerReader Wearable Gadget

FingerReader is the name of a wearable gadget that could help visually impaired people read printed text in books and even on electronic devices, thus opening up additional possibilities to them. Developed by MIT researchers, FingerReader wants to help the blind access more resources than what’s already available in braille format. TechCrunch reports that, according to a recent study from the Royal National Institute of the Blind in Britain cited by one of the researchers, in 2011 only 7% of books are available in large print, unabridged audio and braille.

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Scary Android malware uses Facebook to bypass two-factor authentication

Android malware targets Facebook users

Android users have yet another piece of malware to worry about. PC World points out a technique that is specifically targeting Facebook users who use mobile banking. On computers infected with this trojan, users will see a message when visiting Facebook’s website alerting them that “due to a rising number of attempts in order to gain unlawful access to the personal information of our users and to prevent corrupted page data to spread Facebook administration introduces new extra safety protection system.”

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Longtime iPhone devotee heaps praise on the Galaxy S5′s camera

iPhone 5s vs Galaxy S5 Camera

iPhone fans are fanatically loyal to their favorite device but they can also give credit where it’s due. iMore writer Allyson Kazmucha, who writes obsessively about how to get the most out of your iPhone and iPad, has conducted a very thorough camera shootout involving the iPhone 5s, the Galaxy S5 and the HTC One (M8). While Kazmucha typically found that the One (M8)’s new camera lagged behind the iPhone 5s’s camera in terms of quality, she couldn’t say the same thing about the Galaxy S5′s camera, which she said was in some ways superior to the iPhone 5s’s.

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This monster smartphone should fix all your Android battery life woes

5300mAh Smartphone Battery Philips W6618

The Philips W6618 is a monster smartphone that packs an impressive 5300mAh battery. The device was released earlier this week in China where it retails for 1,699 Yuan, or around $ 273, PhoneArena reports. The battery is non-removable and it offers a standby time of 66 days and talk time of 33 hours. Because the battery is so big, the phone is also slightly thicker than competitors, having a 11.6mm profile.

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