Game of Thrones Ascent is now available on Android. Previously available only online and on the iPad, Ascent puts you in the role of a noble in Westeros, the setting of George R.R. Martin’s books. You can work with or plans schemes against other players as you plot your way to the top.
LG has some built in tools to help you string out your battery life a little further
All the major high end Android smartphones from this year have some way to try and extend your battery life when things get low, and the LG G3 is no exception. While it doesn’t go as far as something like the ultra power saving mode on the Samsung Galaxy S5, battery saver on the G3 can certainly help you to get more life when you’re running close to empty.
Let’s take a look at what it does and how you use it.
This case blends the perfect mixture of plastic and silicone into one streamlined design. These cases wrap all the way around your device for a snug, sure fit. The skin itself is completely stretch and tear resistant, yet the exterior’s smooth matte finish almost feels like a hard case.
Tieing in with the launch of the movie of the same name, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is available today on Android for $4.99 from the Google Play Store. Despite the tie in, Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon is an original storyline and falls into the ‘action role playing game’ genre.
In an email to Microsoft employees, CEO Satya Nadella announced that the software giant would trim its global workforce by 18,000 over the course of the year. The first batch of layoffs will begin later this year, and will see over 13,000 employees leaving the organization.
It has already been confirmed by Samsung that the Galaxy Note 4 will have an ultraviolet (UV) sensor, but there wasn’t much information available. Now, according to a report over on SamMobile, we have some idea as to what consumers can expect to see from the built-in functionality. The new component will integrate itself within Samsung’s S Health app, providing yet more personal data for the owner to take advantage of.
Is it gimmicky? Sure. It’s Samsung, the home of the smartphone heart-rate monitor, but it is cool at the same time.
The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is now available on Verizon’s LTE network. Customers can get Sony’s slim and waterproof new tablet for $599.99 up front. However, if you’re willing to sign a two-year contract, you can knock $100 off of the price, grabbing the Xperia Z2 Tablet for $499.99.
Google’s wearable OS also will shift over to the L release once ready
It was sort of a surprise — and a bit of a disappointment, to be perfectly honest — when Android Wear launched without a properly supported way to add custom watch faces to the likes of the LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live and, eventually, the Moto 360. We’ve talked a little bit about how custom watch faces were coming, however, and indeed they have — as standalone apps. But that obviously was a workaround, as there’s no real API available for custom watch faces.
Overnight, Wayne Piekarski, a senior developer advocate at Google, explained what’s up with custom watch faces on Android Wear. The short version is that, no, there’s not an official API yet, and watch faces are a little complicated because of the way they interact with the card stream and are contained inside another process. An API is coming, however, and we should see it along with the L release later this year.
And, yes, that (unsurprisingly) means Android Wear will be running L.
Custom watch faces are activities running inside another process. However, they have some special considerations due to interactions with the stream and always-on ambient mode–including using a shorter peek card, moving the status indicators for battery and mute, and rendering the faces differently in ambient mode. Right now, without an official API, making a really great watch face currently takes a fair bit of tweaking.
Three UK has announced that it is partnering with Virgin Media to provide its customers with free access to Virgin’s Wi-Fi network on the London Underground. Other carriers like EE, Vodafone and O2 have already made similar deals in the past.