Samsung’s Unicorn Apocalypse Exists, Available on Google Play


Earlier this year, Samsung highlighted a particularly cliche app in its advertisements for its Android-powered devices. That game, titled “Unicorn Apocalypse,” was thought to simply be a fairly humorous play on the obsession with both unicorns and apocalypses that is common in gamers.

Not so. It exists, and is available for free in Google Play. The game seems simple enough: control a unicorn through an apocalyptic setting, avoiding certain death from various enemies.

Clever marketing move, or the result of a massive marketing budget constrained by a shortage of creativity? You decide — but for the unicorn lovers who also enjoy a side of apocalypse, there’s this game. Yeah, apparently there’s now an app for that.

[Google Play]

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Here’s to the Crazy Ones: This Tattoo Could Make Telekinesis a Reality

This electronic tattoo could one day be used to fly aircraft.

This electronic tattoo could one day be used to fly aircraft.

Google Glass. Apple iWatch. Both of these products revolve around the idea of removing barriers, and bringing the computer closer to the user. Literally, wearable computing is about extending both the accessibility and the capabilities of computing to places that simply have been unreachable.

So let’s talk about an electronic tattoo. According to researchers, “temporary electronic tattoos could soon help people fly drones with only thought and talk seemingly telepathically without speech over smartphones.” Such a device would work by detecting electrical signals from the brain, and then transmitting it to a more powerful relay station that could actually decipher what the signals are intended to do.  (more…)

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The Chromebook Pixel: Weighing It Against Heavy Competition

Chromebook Pixel

A gradual shift towards cloud computing over the last number of years, ushered in by services such as Google Drive, iCloud and Microsoft SkyDrive, continues to make the days of physical storage further obsolete. Your immersive music libraries, photo galleries, movie collections and applications are becoming increasingly accessible from the web, rather than stored directly on your computer or other device.

Google, as the curator of several web-based services, is a forerunner in this transition towards the “post-PC era” once coined by the late Steve Jobs. A few years ago, the Mountain View-based corporation went one step further with the Chromebook. At the time, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt claimed that Chromebooks would essentially be inexpensive, throwaway notebooks. That mantra held true, until just days ago.  (more…)

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Google Announces I/O Developer Conference Dates

Google I:O 2013

Google has announced that its annual I/O developer conference will take place from May 15 to May 17, 2013. Registration will open on March 13 at 7:00 AM PDT, or GMT -7.

I/O is comparable to Apple’s WWDC, in that it is a conference for developers. Google typically makes private presentations to developers regarding products and services. In addition, I/O acts as a way for Google to announce new products or services, with various keynotes of varying size scheduled throughout the time of the conference.

Looking for more information? Google has set up a Google+ page for interested developers, and also suggests that developers interested in purchasing tickets should be sure to have both a Google+ and Google Wallet account ready.


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Google Glass Coming in 2013


Wearable computers like the much-rumored “iWatch” may be coming sooner than we think; CNET reports this morning that Google Glass will indeed be arriving “by the end of 2013.” Google had originally told Bloomberg that the headset was projected to be coming in 2014, but it appears that may no longer be the case. Even better, sources for CNET say that the device will be coming with the low, low, price tag of less than $1,500. (more…)

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Limited Time: Get a Free Nexus 4 On Contract With T-Mobile


This weekend, mobile provider T-Mobile is offering Google’s hot-selling Nexus 4 smartphone for free on a two-year contract. While a subsidized price isn’t really anything to be too excited about, since you will fork over a rather large sum of money by time your contract ends, it still beats the regular $199 price tag that T-Mobile sells the Android-powered handset for. Will you get a free Nexus 4 this weekend?

[The Verge]

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Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview Released for Nexus Devices

Ubuntu for Phones

Canonical released their Ubuntu Touch OS developer preview, which includes support for various Nexus devices. Those devices are:

  • Galaxy Nexus
  • Nexus 4
  • Nexus 7
  • Nexus 10

The preview release is not a finished product: there are rough edges, and almost certainly stability issues and bugs throughout the OS. However, Canonical’s latest attempt to find a niche in a mass market device may work. Nexus devices are very hackable, and attract a large enthusiast community (just check out XDA Developers or Rootzwiki for proof). Those enthusiast hackers are willing to flash new operating systems on to their devices to test, and may also be willing to code applications and such for Ubuntu’s latest OS.

So, Nexus owners of the world, are you interested in Ubuntu for your smartphone? Are you going to flash this on your device?


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Google Maps Can Now Be Integrated Into All Third-Party iOS Apps

Google Developers

A collective sigh of relief was exhaled when Google Maps returned to iOS on the App Store, due to the lackluster performance of Apple Maps, but Google at the time opted to seed the SDK to a select few developers only.

The Google Maps SDK for iOS has now been updated, fortunately, allowing all third-party app developers access to the tools required to integrate the mapping service into their App Store apps. It is available from the Google API Console.

The update also brings added support for ground overlays, gesture controls and geodesic polylines, reports Matthew Panzarino for The Next Web. A sample app is available for developers to test Google Maps implementation in their apps.

[The Next Web]

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Google Launches the Chromebook Pixel

Google today announced the Chromebook Pixel, the first laptop produced by the Internet Giant. Running Chrome OS, the laptop is powered by an Intel i5 processor, 4 GB of RAM, and an Intel HD 4000 graphics card. All of that silicon is used to power the 2560 x 1700 at 239 PPI display, which Google claims is the highest to ship on any laptop ever.

According to early reports, the display is fantastic, and matches that on Apple’s Retina MacBook Pro models. The display has the advantage of including a touch-sensitive digitizer, though scrolling performance was lacking slightly. (more…)

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Limited Time Only: T-Mobile Nexus 4 for $49

Nexus 4 Deal $49If you are in the market for a robust and adequately future-proof Android smart phone, T-Mobile has a deal you can’t miss! T-Mobile is selling the 16GB Nexus 4 for merely $49 with a new two-year contract. It is a web-only offer, and it will only last through Monday, February 18, 2013.

This is a great deal, considering the iPhone 4S is still on sale for $99. The iPhone 4S has older technology and it has a smaller screen. $49 for a Nexus 4 is a steal – ever since its release in November of last year, demand for the Nexus 4 has been stunning and has driven sales worldwide.

Realize that the version on the Play Store is unlocked and can be used on any carrier with the proper frequency support. This version will require the signing of a new contract, which many may be hesitant to do. However, the upfront savings may be worth it for some!


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