Monthly Archives: August 2011

Destiny Planet View Lets You Find Wizards On The Moon In A Google Street View Interface

Sep 2nd AT 6:16 PM

destinythumbIf you're even remotely interested in high-end gaming, you've probably heard of Destiny, also known as "that shooting MMO game that's kinda like Halo from the people who made Halo." The marketing team for Destiny has decided to team up with Google to create an interesting way for excited players (or prospective players) to check out the environments of the game. It's called Destiny Planet View, and it blasts the Google Street View interface into the solar system for a look at some fictional alien worlds.

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Copper Sony Xperia Z3 Breaks Cover Along With E-Ink SmartBand Ahead Of Official Unveiling

Sep 2nd AT 6:10 PM

Xperia-Z3-Copper-crop-640x779The Sony leaks are not over yet—Xperia Blog has what appears to be a press shot of the Xperia Z3 in copper, as well as a glimpse of Sony's new SmartBand. With an e-ink screen, this accessory will probably get mega-long battery life.

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The alleged Z3 specs from the earlier leak are a little on the boring side, but more colors. Gold phones are almost a given these days, even though most of them end up looking gaudy and weird, but this copper finish actually looks rather handsome in the shots.

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Explore Destiny game locations with Planet View

Sep 2nd AT 6:07 PM

Exploring video game worlds can be an exciting feat. Especially in games like Destiny, filled with engrossing, futuristic views. Are you eagerly waiting for the September 9th Destiny release? You will be glad to learn you can get a very fun sneak peek before then.

Destiny Planet View has been created in collaboration with Bungie and Google Maps. The web app uses Google Maps’ technology to create an interactive experience in which one can navigate through Earth’s moon, Mars and Venus (game maps).

“While the experience only reveals a small slice of Destiny’s massive worlds, users will be able step through each area and discover useful lore, gameplay tips and even a few hidden real-world and in-game incentives along the way.” -Activision

The experience seems much like Google’s Street View. One can walk and look around the map at free will. There will be a plethora of images of warriors battling to death, from which you can get an idea of how the game will operate.


Information on all the types of soldiers is available with the click of a button. This can be seen as an interactive advertisement of sorts, as opposed to a navigating tool like Google Maps.

Regardless, it’s a fun teaser for those who are eagerly waiting to get their hands on the upcoming Destiny video game.

Destiny Planet View is available straight from the web by going to We know this title doesn’t lack demand, so go check it out.

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Zumper Helps Consumers Find Apartments And Homes For Rent More Easily

Sep 2nd AT 6:06 PM


Sometimes apartment hunting can be a loathsome and time consuming task, and while you can’t really do much to speed up and expedite the hunting process, you can at least make a great attempt to get rid of the loathsome part of it. While it isn’t the first app of its kind to delve into this particular space, a new app that just landed on the Play Store called Zumper can help would be new tenants search for, find, and apply for that perfect new place to call home. Gone are the old ways of trying to find a new apartment or home to rent or own. In this digital age, nearly everything can be done from an app on our smartphones and tablets, or through a website accessed through the browser on those devices.

Zumper is the Real Estate company behind the app, a startup aimed at making life easier for those looking for a new place to live. Initially they started by creating tools to help assist the professionals in the real estate business, but have since expanded their offerings to assist consumers as well. Probably the most arduous part of the apartment hunting experience has been filling out each and every application during the entire process. Zumper’s new app does away with this by letting users fill out the application and credit report one time and then keeping it stored for submission to brokers property managers when needed.

This saves consumers plenty of time by not having to fill out each and every form, which already makes the experience less daunting. It not only saves time though as it also saves the consumer some of their hard earned cash, something that can be put to much better use like say, saving it for future rent payments perhaps. To file each credit report(for each place users plan on applying to)the consumer only has to part with $10, and filling out the application is completely free of charge. The last apartment application I filled out cost me $50, and that was without the credit report. That was also a few years back. Suffice it to say Zumper is a wonderful looking app that can only get better with time. As it stands they have 500,000 active rental listings, which may seem small but that number should hopefully grow in the years to come. Surprisingly, I found it rather easy to use and found a good number of listings in my local  and surrounding areas.

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Sep 2nd AT 5:54 PM


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Tin Shot 2: Hit the Target, Get the Goods

Sep 2nd AT 5:38 PM

Price: Free
Rating: ****½ (4.5/5)
Tin Shot 2
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Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

There’s nothing quite like a game that’s wholly, unabashedly original to get your blood going. We think this is why we’re so dang fond of Tin Shot 2, from ATL Studio

Tin Shot 2 has a fun original off-kilter premise and the result is a bizarrely new, addictive game you have got to try.

In a lot of ways it reminds us of mobile classics like Fruit Ninja. And for that, we’re ever grateful—especially considering the free price tag. 

For our full review of Tin Shot 2, you need only slide down below the break! 

Concept and Gameplay

If you’ve ever been to a local fairground—or maybe it was just the not-so-well-off places we grew up—then you’ve seen the games where a stack of cans must be knocked over by a ball. Doing this wins you a prize, or in Tin Shot 2’s case, a lot of points.

If you’re unfamiliar with this concept, or even if you’ve played these kinds of games repeatedly, that’s exactly what you’ll find here with Tin Shot 2.

Users flick a ball toward a stack of cans, attempting to knock them all off their perches. It’s not as easy as it sounds, but Tin Shot 2 adds in a few additional items to make it more challenging. 

Tin Shot 2 Android Game

Tin Shot 2 Android Game

For instance, once you’ve mastered the art of stationary can knocking over, you’ll progress to hit moving targets. In a lot of ways, this game is more like bowling than it is a carnival attraction.

You’ll spend the majority of your time aiming things just-so in order to knock over all the cans at once. This nets you the most points, and boosts your ego a lot as well.

Doing these kinds of maneuvers repeatedly will even earn you a combo. 

In addition to the moving targets, users can also expect heaping helpings of radioactive, spring-loaded and exploding cans. You know, typical county fair stuff. 

Design and Graphics 

Usually when we see an arcade title that’s a little left-of-center like Tin Shot 2, the graphics aren’t typically that great. However, this app is definitely not a disappointment. The cans are oddly well shaded, and the controls are surprisingly robust.

There’s no wishy-washy physics engine to contend with here. Everything behaves like you’d expect it to, and the challenge lies in the stacks—not in your ability to fight with a poorly designed game. 

All in all, count Tin Shot 2 as a pleasant surprise. It may not win any awards this year, but it’s hardly what we’d call a stinker. 

Overall Value

It also helps Tin Shot 2’s case that it is totally free in the Google Play Store. For no money down, you can snag it today and get to knocking over those cans for prizes.

That’s one heck of a bargain, and considering how well put together this app is, we certainly think it’s worth it. 

Tin Shot 2 gets a full recommendation from us, as well as our hearty respect. We didn’t expect to like it this much, but we just do. And that’s a nifty thing. 

qrcode.24388325Tin Shot 2 requires Android 2.3 and up. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.

AndroidAppsReview’s Rating:****½ (4.5/5)

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ZoobhoyZoopreme theme

Sep 2nd AT 5:36 PM

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Try to Keep Up with Just Swipe Game

Sep 2nd AT 5:30 PM

Just Swipe Game

Sometimes, the simplest of games are the ones that end up being the most addictive and end up consuming inordinately large chunks of our time. This no doubt holds true over and over again, with various simple yet addictive titles like Flappy Bird and its clones, as well as many others. Another classic style of game involves timing various input events to when they are displayed onscreen. This includes games like Dance Dance Revolution, Guitar Hero, and so on. XDA Forum Member IDSprofile created something similar with his recently released game Just Swipe.

Just Swipe divides the screen into two sections: a command area up top that lets you know what you have to do, and an input area on the bottom, where you swipe to enter your input. The top shows players a stream of directional instructions corresponding to up, down, left, and right, and upon receiving a command, players must then swipe up, down, left, or right on the bottom of the screen to match. Just Swipe also offers nice animations, a pleasing soundtrack, and leaderboard support to challenge and compete with your friends.

If you’re looking for a fun game to pass the time and challenge friends, you may want to give Just Swipe a try. Head over to the Just Swipe Game Thread to get started.

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Sony’s Copper Xperia Z3 And Smartband With Alleged E-Ink Display Leak Out

Sep 2nd AT 5:29 PM



Sony’s IFA press event may still be about a day away, that doesn’t mean we can’t feast our eyes on some new stuff that they’ll likely be showing off at the event tomorrow. Thought to be there are a few highly anticipated devices from the Japanese company, like the new Xperia Z3, Z3 compact, Tablet Z3 compact and the new smartwatch 3 as well as a new smartband. There have already been a number of leaks of both the new Xperia Z3 and the Z3 compact(we saw some Z3 compact images leak out just yesterday)and today we seem to have stumbled upon some new leaks of both the Sony Xperia Z3 and the new smartband which they should be unveiling tomorrow.

The Smartband is what we’ll talk about first here as it’s probably the least obvious due to its small size compared to the giant Z3 right next to it, although it still easy to see. The smartband is black, and it seems to have a curved e-ink display on it which appears to be showing off the time as well as a possible step counter depicted by the image of a person walking. Sony’s last smartband had no display at all so this is quite an interesting change, perhaps they want an easier way for their users to interact with it, or at least see relative stats without having to pull out there phone that it’s connected to.

The other part of the image which is impossible to ignore, is the copper colored Xperia Z3 being used by the model that’s wearing the smartband. On the one side we can see the same pogo pin connectors that we pointed out on yesterday’s image leaks of the Z3 compact, likely meant for use with a charging dock. In all honesty there really isn’t anything new here to learn as we’ve seen leaked images that pointed out specific details like the camera and the phones open ports, design etc. before. The point of this image is just to advertise the Z3 in a copper color being made available and perhaps to tease the smartband before the event tomorrow. The phone looks rather nice, even it only has a few minor tweaks to the design, most notably the slightly more rounded edges of the device frame.

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Samsung SM-A500 makes another appearance online

Sep 2nd AT 5:24 PM


A few days ago the Samsung SM-A500 turned up on the Bluetooth SIG web site after getting its certification from that group. The device is part of a new series of phones from Samsung based on the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. A new sighting of the device on the GFXBench site gives us much more information about the SM-A500. According to the information on GFXBench, the SM-A500 will have a 4.8-inch screen running at 1280 x 720 resolution. That is slightly larger than the Galaxy Alpha’s 4.7-inch screen. The smartphone appears to be driven by a Snapgradon 410 processor running at 1.19 GHz. This is not the most powerful of processors, but it does come with support for 64-bit computing, so it should be able to tap into the benefits of Android L.

The SM-A500 as tested was equipped with 2 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory. The rear-facing camera is listed as a 12 MP unit while the front-facing camera is a 4.7 MP shooter.

Expect to see more of this device leak over the coming weeks, along with siblings SM-A300 and SM-A700.

source: GFXBench
via: phoneArena

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