We heard back in January that the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE would be headed to mobile carrier US cellular, the device is now available on US cellular and retails for $499.99 for the 16GB version of the tablet.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE comes with VoLTE support and features a 10.1 inch inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and it is powered by a quad core 1.4GHz Exynos 4412 processor.
I like a good dichotomy as much as the next person, which is why I decided to compare the shares of Yahoo with that of Apple over the recent time period.
That’s because in what amounts to a trading-places moment, despite their differences in focus, the pair have had almost polar opposite stock performances of late.
Yahoo, of course, is the famous Internet giant that has been trying to turn itself around for a very long time; Apple is the Silicon Valley phenom that has been wowing the sector for just as much time with endless innovative products.
Typically, that state of affairs has meant that Apple has enjoyed a rocket ship of a ride from Wall Street investors, while Yahoo has suffered. That’s certainly been true on a five-year basis, with Apple up 244 percent and Yahoo down 21 percent.
But in the last six months, it has been another story altogether. In that time, Apple has been sliding to its lowest price since September, down 35 percent. Meanwhile, Yahoo has surged nearly 50 percent in the time frame.
It’s the same story for the past three months, with Apple down 27 percent and Yahoo up 17 percent; and, the last month, with the Cupertino, Calif.-based device maker down 5 percent and the nearby Sunnyvale Internet portal up 11 percent.
It’s a classic story of hope, with investors counting on Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer to turn the tide at the long-suffering company, while they worry about Apple CEO Tim Cook’s ability to keep the hits coming fast and furious.
Perhaps most ironic? That part of Mayer’s appeal is her continued repetition of Yahoo’s mobile aspirations, although the results in that key arena are still negligible and decidedly nascent. Apple, despite the stock fall-off, still handily dominates mobile money-making and on a massive scale, although increasingly competitive Google Android devices continue to gain ground.
Atomic Robo Violent Science is the upcoming action-platformer game developed by Second Fiction. Look for the game to be first released on iOS devices with upcoming versions for Windows Surface and Android following.
Based on an episodic Graphic Novel called Atomic Robo, Violent Science is a culmination of the best features from classic retro platformers and the fast paced action running of Temple Run. Designed with Atomic Robo fans in mind but hoping to reach a new audience of gamers who enjoy a challenging mobile experience as well.
The story behind Violent Science revolves around Robo and his team of Action Scientists. Robo’s enemy Baron Von Helsingard, or Helsie for short is looking for an item of immense power. Robo must find it first in this comic adventure that will see our hero outsmart Helsie and lead him on a path of Violent Science.
Violent Science features a comic-style interface that allows the player access to 5 worlds spanning through 15 different levels. Upgrade your Robo and Action Scientist abilities such as the “Science Rifle” shot and “electro-magnetism” to collect in-game currency and power orbs. Users may also create a customized experience with in-game options and the “Play Mobi” feature to challenge friends and see where they rate on the leaderboard.
Atomic Robo: Violent Science will feature a “Chiptune” soundtrack featuring Virtual Boy and the up and coming electronic artist, Antiskill. Look for Violent Science in March with additional content to be added within a month or two.
Samsung recently announced their new Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet, and now Samsung has posted a video online of their Galaxy Note 8.0 presentation, which you can see below.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 features an 8 inch WXGA display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and it will come with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and also Samsung’s S Pen.
ZeptoLab CEO Misha Lyalin doesn’t play cards, except for bridge. His Moscow-based games company, though, is playing a more random card game.
“We’re fortunate enough that we got dealt an amazing card, and it’s called Cut the Rope,” Lyalin said of ZeptoLab’s hit series. “But we still have to build up everything else. With one card, you go into the game, and everybody has a hand, and you have nothing.”
That “everything else” includes two other games, Parachute Ninja and Pudding Monsters, which combined with Cut the Rope’s three titles have generated more than 300 million downloads across all platforms since 2010. The company also licenses enough merchandise to choke even Cut the Rope’s voracious star, Om Nom: Toys, apparel, food, board games, a digital comic book and an ongoing animated Web series.
And that list is growing. In an interview with AllThingsD, Lyalin said ZeptoLab is planning four new games for this year: Two new Cut the Rope games and two completely original titles. The company is also working with Sony Pictures Television to develop a TV show, to start airing in 2014.
(Also coming soon to a TV near you: A half-hour animated TV series based on Zynga’s social game FarmVille, not to mention Rovio’s Angry Birds TV shorts, a few of which have already aired on Nickelodeon. Whether the new generation of videogame-related shows can live up to the artistic excellence of the “Super Mario Bros. Super Show” remains to be seen.)
The CEO declined to go into detail about the TV show, other than to say that it would be Cut the Rope-themed.
Lyalin said these sorts of licensed products are now a part of the expected path for game companies that have a hit on their hands.
And that’s telling. Once, the iconic games that were able to command extensive lines of merchandise were only available on a few devices approved by their publishers (think Mario on Nintendo’s consoles or Sonic on Sega’s). Now, stuffed Om Noms are both an extra revenue stream and a form of advertising for the Cut the Rope brand, which freely follows users across different devices and different operating systems.
However, Lyalin stressed the need to keep releasing new games above all else.
“We’re a gaming company, first and foremost,” he said. “That is where our strength is from.”
So, where are those games headed? With its fans primarily on mobile devices, ZeptoLab hasn’t yet tried to break into the troubled home-console market, but Lyalin said he hasn’t ruled it out. In particular, he said, Android-based game consoles (such as the forthcoming Ouya) are “a given,” since the company’s games are already on the Android OS.
His bigger philosophy, though, is refreshingly frank, if not terribly complex: A lot of platforms where ZeptoLab might go won’t survive. But, Lyalin said, if they can attract an audience in the short term and potentially expand Om Nom’s reach, then that’s enough.
Sony’s flagship Android smartphone, the Sony Xperia Z goes on sale this month, the device comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and now it looks like the Sony Xperia Z Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update will be released in March.
The guys over at Xperia Blog have a screenshot of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean for the Sony Xperia Z, and also some details on the release date, it looks like the update will be rolled out in Europe at the end of March.
The Google Nexus 4 has become a very popular Android smartphone, the handset has been hard to get hold of on Google Play due to more demand than the supply for the device.
Google sells a SIM free version of the Nexus 4 on Google Play, and the mobile carriers have also been selling the device, although it seems more expensive when you take into account the cost of the mobile contract, T-Mobile previously offered the Nexus 4 for $200 with a new 2 year contract
HTC will be introducing a number of new Android smartphones at their press event on the 19th of February, we know about the new HTC M7, and we saw some leaked photos of the HTC M4 earlier today.
Now we have some photos of another Android smartphone that HTC will launch, the HTC 603e, which will feature a 4.3 inch WVGA display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels.
Happy Super Bowl weekend! In case you missed them and are bored waiting for the kickoff, here are the top 10 stories on AllThingsD from the week of 1/28:
1.) Twitter Hacked; 250,000 User Accounts Potentially Compromised
2.) BlackBerry Reinvents Itself to Compete With All-Touch Smartphones
3.) HBO Go Is Coming to Apple TV. Why Isn’t Everything Coming to Apple TV?
4.) PSA: Unlocking Phones Without Carrier Permission Becomes Illegal on Saturday
5.) Time Inc. Braces for Layoffs This Week [Update: They happened -- here's the memo too]
6.) Twitter’s Vine App Doesn’t Have a Porn Problem. It Has a Porn Discovery Problem.
7.) iPhone Users Rack Up the Highest Carrier Bills
8.) Sales Talks Fell Through, So Ad Exchange AdBrite Shuts Down
9.) The Next Step for Computing: The Storage Fabric
10.) Apple Announces iPad Maxi