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Flitchio smartphone case gives you tactile gaming controls via NFC

Gaming on a smartphone, especially with action or fighting games like Mortal Kombat, King of Fighters, and other such games, can be frustrating. Virtual gamepads just don’t do justice to gaming experience. Of course, many manufacturers and game developers will say, “It’s a smartphone – gaming on it is not the priority.” But the makers of Flitchio – a new smartphone case that gives you gaming controls – are saying this doesn’t have to be the case, and they are asking for crowdfunding support for their new product.

Ultimate Ears Roll is a quirky Bluetooth speaker with oomph

Of Bluetooth speaker choices, an Android user will not run out of those. There are hundreds of products to choose from out there. But if you’re really looking for quality, you will probably look to the better known brands – like JBL, Creative, Harman, and Bose. Ultimate Ears is vying to break into this group, initially with their Boom series of speakers, but this year with a quirky new product called UE Roll.

BitTorrent launches paid file sharing app, platform agnostic

So you’re at your friend’s wedding, happily snapping pictures and candid memories on your new LG G4 with the very nice camera. After the wedding, your friend asks if she could have a copy of your pictures, as their photographer forgot to take candid shots of the guests – and you have a lot of those, hundreds of photographs. Aside from remembering not to hire this particular wedding photographer, what do you do? How do you quickly and securely transfer hundreds of high resolution photos to your friend’s phone, which is unfortunately an iPhone 6? BitTorrent thinks it has the answer to these situations with the BitTorrent Shoot app.

Samsung phones vulnerable to keyboard app hack, 600M affected

If you bought a Samsung phone within the last 2 or 3 years, chances are you need Samsung to plug a vulnerability found within the pre-installed keyboard from 3rd party developer SwiftKey. With this pre-installed keyboard found in almost all Samsung devices produced between 2012 and now, the number of phones with this vulnerability is expected to be around 600 million units. Yes, it’s that bad.

Fairphone 2 is the modular phone you can get at sooner than Ara

What if you wanted to get your hands on a modular phone in a relatively shorter amount of time, rather than wait for Google’s Project Ara? Google did show a working prototype of its own modular smartphone project at Google I/O 2015, but the reality of the product going to market is still a ways off. Not so with the Fairphone 2. Not only is it modular (after a fashion), not only is it committed to non-“conflict” minerals, but you can actually get your hands on it soon.

Haier to peddle Android fridge in Asian markets

We still think somehow that the phrase the “Internet of things” is just a concept, not realizing that this concept is already in the here and now. Try explaining the concept to China-based consumer electronics outfit Haier and they’ll actually show you what the concept means – most probably through their new Haier AQUA smart refrigerator tentatively called the “DIGI Type 1”.

Humble Mobile Bundle brings 8 BulkyPix games

The guys at Humble Bundle are pretty committed to their cause, bringing gamers quality games at low costs and making oodles of money for charities as they do it. We see their commitment in the fact that there’s another Humble Mobile Bundle out, this time featuring at least eight games from game developer BulkyPix.

Two new upcoming games from EA, plus Torchlight for Android!

We’ve lined some upcoming games for you – two from EA and one hack-and-slash title that you should totally be excited for on Android. EA is coming up with “Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes” and “Minions Paradise”. The other title is Torchlight, that breakthrough RPG that brought hack-and-slash gaming to casual gamers.
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