Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Now Available at Best Buy for $249.99

If you have been wanting to pick up an Android 4.0 tablet at a relatively affordable price, then do I have some good news for you. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is now available at Best Buy for $249.99, which brings Ice Cream Sandwich in an easy-to-use 7″ design. The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 has a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, a microSD slot with support up to 32GB for expandable storage, and a 1024×600 resolution touchscreen. Best Buy is offering the titanium silver model that gives you a snazzy-looking device to browse the Web, play games, catch up on some reading, or video chat with friends and family. A VGA camera is included on the front for video chat duty, while a three megapixel camera is on the rear. Not exactly high specs, but then again this tablet should compete nicely with the Amazon Kindle Fire. If you are interested in picking up the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, then head over to the Best Buy website to order one with free shipping or stop by your local store.

Source: Best Buy

Samsung To Use NFC-Based Smartphones Instead Of Plastic ID Keycards At Its Headquarters

NFC is on of the more exciting technologies developed in recent years. We can do everything from making payments to sharing music, but now there’s yet another use for the technology: identification. Let me explain— Samsung is one of the world’s leading manufacturers that’s constantly looking for break the norm and try something new. Instead of using plastic ID keycards at its headquarters in Suwon, Sammy wants to have 40% of its employees get access to the facility by using NFC-equipped smartphones. That means to enter, employees would point their NFC-equipped device to the sensor instead of the plastic ID keycards. Very unusual, yet exciting indeed.

There are a few factors for why Sammy is trying this application of NFC out too. For starters, the development of Plastic ID cards are relatively cheap, however they are susceptible to being lost and stolen– so they’d have to be replaced immediately. While it’s ok once or twice, if the keycards are lost more frequently, the costs do add up in the end. It doesn’t help that companies such as Sammy have thousands of employees, so the costs of replacing cards grows even higher on a regular basis. However, employees are much less likely to forget, lose or drop their smartphones— meaning they’re less likely to lose their form of access to Sammy’s facility. So basically, Sammy saves a ton of money by using NFC instead of using plastic ID keycards

Sammy not only plans on using this system at its headquarters, but it also plans on implementing this at other locations later this year. With this, other companies should take notice and at the very least consider this very clever and innovative way of using NFC.

Source: Unwired View

Google Drive set to launch this week with 5GB for free and up to 100GB for fees

We’ve been hearing about Google Drive for a long time now. For a while it seemed like an urban legend, but we have proof of its existence from a leaked screenshot and a developers video. The only question is when will it drop? The latest rumor has it for today, but we are hoping it will at least be this week. Reuters is reporting that it could drop today as well. They confirmed what we broke, and that is that it will come with 5GB. As expected, you will have an option to purchase more for a fees. What those fees are, we don’t know yet, but Reuters is hearing that they will offer up to 100GB of storage.

It’s also unclear how Google will differentiate their service from competitors like Dropbox and Box. Will they be gambling on their name or some sort of improved integration with Android? I’m hoping they will announce some sort of app data backup service so people can easily save their game progress and play where they left off on other devices. Whenever Google Drive drops, we will be sure to let you know all the details. Stay tuned.

Source: reuters

HexDefense v2.2.3

Requirements: Android 2.2+
Overview: Explosive graphics and sound! The arcade intensity of tower defense on Android.

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★★ Featured on the front page of the Android Market! ★★

** HexDefense was designed to show off the outrageously powerful graphics chipsets in newer Android phones. If you have an older Android phone, download the free version and make sure it runs on your phone before buying the full version! You can lower the graphics quality by pressing the menu button from the app’s home screen and unchecking “Intense Graphics” in the settings. **

Navigate thirty-five challenging levels, building and upgrading towers to create mazes that leave enemy creeps marching to their death! With explosive OpenGL-based graphics and 3D stereo sound, HexDefense brings the arcade intensity of tower defense to Android like never before. Watch creeps explode and rockets fly across the hexagonal playing field as you defend your home tile against wave after wave of attackers. The game is fast and intense–easy to play, but very tough to master!

FEATURES:
– Classic ‘Open Field’ Tower Defense Gameplay
– Stunning Graphics, Particle Effects and Animations
– Fast, Arcade Action
– 35 Unique Levels, Each with it’s Own Challenges
– Seven Types of Creeps, Including Four Boss Creeps with Special Powers!
– Five Types of Towers with Four Upgrade Levels Each (You get 5 on levels 20+)
– High quality 3D Sound and Background Music
– Auto-saves Game if You Press Home or Receive a Call
– Easy to Play, Very Tough to Master!

★★ Be sure to check out levels 20-35, which feature creep teleporters and the lightning tower! ★★

Recent changes:
Version 2.2 brings fifteen new levels you can unlock by playing or via in-app purchase! Levels 20 and above feature a new Lightning tower and creep teleporters that make things even more challenging.

Verson 2.2.1 makes the “touch offset” behavior optional. Show the menu and select settings to turn it off. This version also addresses crashing issues on several newer phones.

Version 2.2.2 fixes two tablet bugs: the “Continue Game” crash and the “disoriented creeps” bug. Enjoy!

Nova Launcher v1.1.1

Current Version: 1.1.1
Requires Android: 4.0 and up
Category: Personalization

V1.1.1 update:
(v1.1.1 fixes a startup FC introduced in 1.1 and other minor issues)
Custom app drawer tabs and folders (Prime)
Vertical scroll in app drawer
Configurable drawer transparency
Bulk add to desktop or folder
1×1 widgets in dock
Tablet optimizations (Dock, full screen app drawer)
System shortcuts for app drawer (Works with AOKP Navbar)
Activities shortcut
Many optimizations and bug fixes

Overview:
Highly customizable, performance driven, home screen replacement for Android 4.0+

Features include:
Custom Grid
Configure the rows and columns to fit all your app and widget needs.

Scrollable Dock
Keep all your favorite apps on the dock, with up to 7 icons per page and up to 3 pages.

Scroll Effects
Enjoy eye candy when scrolling your desktop and drawer. Effects include Cube and Cardstack and more for Prime users.

Infinite Scroll
Never be far from your favorite page, loop through your desktop continuously.

Folder Icons
You can chose a background, preview style or even replace the whole icon.

Backup/Restore
Export your settings and layout before a wipe to quickly get back up and running.

Nova Launcher Prime Features (Paid version)
Gestures
Quickly start Nova Actions or Apps from gestures on the desktop, such as pinching, swiping or two-finger swiping.

Hide Apps
Keep a clutter free drawer by hidding never used apps.

Dock Swipes
Get more use out of your dock apps by setting swipe-actions

Additional Scroll Effects

Permissions:
Root/Superuser: Widgets-in-drawer with previews is require Root due to Android framework limitations. Widgets will be displays in a list like Android 2.x if root is unavailable or denied.
INTERNET/ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE/ACCESS_WIFI_STATE: Optional & Anonymous error/usage reporting.
CALL_PHONE: Only used if you place a direct-dial shortcut on the homescreen.
Wallpaper/Vibrate/Status Bar : Standard Launcher functions
BIND_APPWIDGET: Only if installed as a system app or root. Required for adding widgets from app drawer.
WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE: Backup/restore and beta updates

Angry Gran v1.5.3

Current Version: 1.5.3
Requires Android: 2.1 and up
Category: Arcade & Action

V1.5.3 update:
version 1.2: crashing on alot of devices is fixed
Version 1.3: 3/1/2012 ; Fixed bugs reported by users (let us know is you spot any)
Version 1.5 PAUSE button added
Full instructions added
Mute sounds Added
MAJOR FIX OF CRASHING

Overview:
Angry Gran best Free Game

Angry Gran Best free Game has a Very Angry Granny who is know as the angry Bird Around the corner who like to bust up some riff raff!

Archery Star! v2.2

Current Version: 2.2
Requires Android: 2.1 and up
Category: Arcade & Action

V2.2 update:
Added Guest play.
Now, You can play without Facebook Login!
Added Retry chance on challenge mode
You don’t have to retry from first level.
Modified Classic mode item
1st. ‘Double Score to 7 arrows’
2nd. ‘Double Score to 15sec while’
Modified Center score
’30′ -> ’100′
Modified Game balance.
Game play improved
Fixed all login problem.

Overview:
The Best of Best 3D Archery Game ever!

Archery Contest in the gorgeous forest.
Play against with your friends.

** Updated 2.2 Version **

– Added Guest Login.
– Added Retry chance on challenge mode

– Modified Classic mode item
– Modified Challenge mode balance
– Modified Center score

– Fixed all login problem.
**FEATURE**
– Gorgeous and Beautiful Visuals!
– Customizing your character with lots of Items!
– Very Easy Control system and Game Play!
– Variety game play with COMBO-SYSTEM!

– Different Two Game modes(Holding Target, Moving Target)
– Ranking System
– A Wide Variety of shop stuff

* We provide ITEM BACKUP-SYSTEM. Don’t worry if you change your phone.

* ‘Facebook Friends Ranking’ is initializing once a week.
* When your phone run many application, If you purchase In-App item, Archery star can EXIT often. In this situation, just purchase again. Don’t worry.