[New Game] Ride ‘Em Rigby Is An Endless Runner From Cartoon Network Featuring Unicorns Riding Fast Cars

You probably didn’t wake up this morning thinking you need another endless runner in your life. I sure didn’t. But if you’re a Regular Show fan, then that alone may be enough reason to pay attention to Cartoon Network’s latest Android game. If not, then maybe you will be enticed by the unicorns riding fast cars. I mean, why wouldn’t you be?

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Now that I’ve piqued your interest, let’s go over the details (don’t worry, this is an endless runner, so there really isn’t much). You play as Rigby, who must hang on to Muscle Man for dear life as he speeds through the park on all fours. There are twenty levels filled with collectibles and power-ups (such as the unicorns). The controls are simple, and the difficulty ramps up as you go. More importantly, the game costs just 99 cents, and there are no in-app purchases. That alone sets Ride ‘Em Rigby apart from most endless runners.

That and unicorns in dragsters.

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Google Announces Project Tango, Mobile Platform That Allows Devices to Sense the World Around Us

Google is one of those companies that is continuously looking into the future and trying to predict what users will want next. It’s the bright minds in Mountain View that continuously surprise us with projects like Google Glass, self-driving cars, and Project Loon. Project Tango is the latest experiment announced by Google, showing just how ambitious Google can be when they get behind a new project. Project Tango might look like a bulky Android device, but as you see in the video below, it looks to do so much more than just be big.

To put it simply, Project Tango is seeking to put together a set of device components and algorithms that give mobile devices more awareness of their surroundings. Johnny Lee, lead of Project Tango, said “our devices today assume that our world ends at the edges of the screen,” and he wants to change that.

In their video released today, Project Tango is shown as a mobile device (running Android, of course) hooked up with a 4MP camera that works alongside a host of other sensors – such as a motion-tracking camera and depth sensors. It’s a lot of technology packed into that small white phone.

A few of the experiments Google shows off in its intro video is the ability to 3D map a phone’s environment, and then to place a virtual game level in that environment. It’s kind of like the games they created for Glass, but on super-sized steroids. They also showcase its ability to help people with visual impairments, as the phone makes over a quarter of a million 3D measurements every single second, then displays those measurements in real time for people to view.

As with most of their projects, Google has put the pieces of this project together, but is opening it up to software developers to figure out what to do with it. Project Tango is lining up developer units for people to put their minds together about what it would mean for a device to be able to track where it is in this world.

What kind of creation would you make with Project Tango in your hands?

 

Source: Droid Life

Google Play All Access Subscribers Begin Receiving Google Glass Invites

 

It wasn’t that long ago Google added support for Play Music within Glass, and, what with the release of the studio earbud accessory, it seemed only appropriate that Google celebrate in a manner befitting of music aficionados everywhere.

Today, Google Play Music All Access subscribers began receiving e-mail invitations to join the Google Glass Explorers program. The asking price of $1,500 hasn’t changed, unfortunately, but at least those who can afford Google’s heads-up computer finally have an opportunity to purchase it.

The expansion of the Explorers program can only mean one thing: Google’s ramping up production of Glass. They may not be a sign of imminent release, but especially big, recent Glass developments – including a massive software update and support for prescription glasses – signal exciting things to come.

 

 

Source: Droid Life

Here is LG’s Lifeband Touch, Probably Just Another Fitness Tracker

Wearables are the it thing of the tech world at the moment, in case you couldn’t tell already. From smartwatches to Google Glass to fitness trackers, everywhere you turn is a new option from both mega-companies and start-ups looking for support through outlets like Kickstarter. According to a picture posted by @evleaks, LG is about to enter the arena as well with a product called the Lifeband Touch.

Nothing else is known about the Lifeband Touch from this leaked photo, however, this looks almost identical to the Nike Fuelband-esque product that LG showed off at last year’s CES called the Smart Activity Tracker (SAT). The SAT was a fitness band with a touchscreen that tracked movement, connected to apps and TVs, had GPS, and tried its damnedest to get you fit. Well, it would have had LG actually released it. For whatever reason, the SAT never made its summer release time frame.

Since the SAT had a touchscreen, and the Lifeband Touch includes the world “touch” and “band” in the name, I’d imagine this is a similar product only with a refined design. Gone is the clasp to hold it around your wrist, in is a big glowing button that will likely show you notifications or status depending on what the Lifeband Touch is doing. It’s tough to tell if this is coming at CES or not again this year, but press renders like these are usually a good indicator that something is about to happen.

Oh, and LG has reportedly said that no similar products called G Arch or G Health are in the pipeline, as was previously reported.

Below, we included a video of the Smart Activity Tracker from last year’s CES.

 

 

Source: Droid Life

Moto G in Verizon Retail Packaging Leaked, Could be Priced at Only $100 (Updated: With Release Date)

 

We have known that Verizon plans to bring the Moto G to its network sometime in Q1 of 2014 since November, but this afternoon, we are seeing that this device is turning into something much more than just a cheapy pre-paid phone. It’s actually not that bad – priced at $179, it features suitable specs for anyone who looks to score a phone off contract that won’t either a) snap in half due to cheap materials or b) suffer from poorly-made software and other issues. Either way, as a few folks are finding out, the Moto G is a great phone for the price.

Thanks to a new leak, the device has been spotted in apparent Verizon retail packaging. According to the leaker, the device might even come with an outrageously low price tag of just $100. Seriously, just a $100. That info is nowhere near confirmed, but if they happen to have their hands on the retail packaging already, then it’s quite possible that they know Verizon’s future plans of marketing the device for an insane price.

Regardless, if the Moto G is launched on Verizon for just $99, Moto and Verizon might see crazy sales taking place. Would you pick one up for $100?

UPDATE: Sources have told us that the device launches at Best Buy on January 9. That is the “hard street date.”

 

 

Source: Droid Life

Chromebooks Overtake MacBooks and Android Tablets in Sales to US Businesses

 

Chromebooks are the new MacBook. At least, that’s the takeaway from the NDP’s new data on technology purchases made by US businesses: of the 14.4 million computers sold to workplaces, 9.6 percent – around 1.3 million – were Chromebooks. That’s meteoric growth for Google-branded alternative laptops that, in 2012, represented as little as 0.2 percent of sales. This year’s share easily trounced Apple MacBook sales (1.8 percent), and even Android tablet orders (8.7).

Unsurprisingly, Windows notebooks dominated with a nearly 34.1 percent share of sales. The iPad, too, remains the most popular tablet for business at 15.8 percent. However, those numbers represent a decrease in demand from 2012, when notebooks and iPads made up 42.9 percent and 17.1 percent of purchases, respectively. It’s conceivable that, as quality Chromebooks decrease in price, those shares will continue to trend downward.

What’s your workplace setup like? Does your company use iPads, Chromebooks, MacBooks, or anything like that?

 

 

Source: Droid Life

Computer Glitch Automatically Enrolls Verizon Customers In Paperless Billing Option

 

Paper, that stack of compressed pulp, must hold some strange attraction, because it’s hard to fathom that, in a world of portable electronics and wireless connectivity, it remains the medium of choice for companies everywhere. Perhaps it’s the indelibleness of the printed word, or the ease of use; it’s arguably easier to delete or miss an e-mail than it is to overlook a sheet, and luddites need not learn a technology to access it.

Unfortunately for Verizon customers who upgraded their phone(s) over the holidays, they won’t have the pleasure of opening a physical letter this cycle: a computer glitch automatically enrolled many in the wireless carrier’s paperless billing option. The bug was confirmed by Verizon tech support, who says the company is working to resolve the issue.

Affected customers should receive a notification by mail. For those unable to change billing preferences through Verizon’s online portal, a trip to the local carrier store should do the trick.

 

 

 

Source: Droid Life