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Xiaomi launches the Redmi 2A in China, a cheaper Redmi 2

If the Xiaomi Redmi 2 is the Chinese manufacturer’s entry level phone, then what do you say to a cheaper variant of an entry level phone? Well, that’s what the new Xiaomi Redmi 2A is – a poor man’s Redmi 2, if you will. Launched on the occasion of the fifth founding anniversary of Xiaomi in Beijing, it looks like the USD$45 billion-worth company is feeling a little magnanimous and presented the low-end market with a real treat.

MLB Manager 2015 is a baseball fan’s dream managing app

Have you ever known a sport so radically inclined to numbers and data as baseball? We know of none that come even close to the dedication of a baseball fan to knowing batting averages and number of pitches thrown by their team’s starting pitcher. Translate that into a game app and you get MLB Manager 2015, possibly a micromanager’s dream app because of the sheer number of things you can manage.

Plex for Android gets updated big time, version 4.0.1 now out

Plex has been one of the more solid media manager-slash-media streaming apps you could use for controlling your Chromecast stick or other such streaming devices. Plex offers a lot of features that most free apps just will not be able to match. So it’s good news that the Android app is finally getting a long-deserved update. This one will bump your Plex app version to 4.0.1, or somewhere thereabouts.

Kabam releases ‘Fast & Furious: Legacy’, game tie-in to movie

We’ll be seeing what is probably (hopefully?) the last “Fast and the Furious” movie soon as the 7th movie of the franchise rolls into theaters in around a week. We’ll also be seeing the last of Paul Walker (*tear*) together with the Fast and the Furious cast. To hype the movie some more, game dev outfit Kabam has just released “Fast & Furious: Legacy”, a follow up to their surprisingly successful “Fast & Furious 6: The Game” movie tie-in app.

Valve and HTC’s VIVE VR headset going out free to developers

As more and more people are jumping into the VR (virtual reality) bandwagon and the market becomes more and more saturated, companies are looking for ways to leverage their products more. HTC and Valve’s VIVE VR headset are certainly among the frontrunners of the VR race, considering the positive reviews they got after their MWC 2015 launch. Valve and HTC are now hoping to leverage on game and app developers, giving them a free taste of the VIVE headset.

Taichi Panda is a new action RPG for Android

So if you can’t call your game “Kung-Fu Panda” because obviously that name is already taken, but you want to still make an action game with a kick-butt panda as the lead character, well, by all means call it “Taichi Panda”. Wait, game developer Snail Games just did that. Oh well, then let’s see how the game pans out.

LG launches new midrange phones for global market

Korean phone manufacturer LG began the year by launching the quirky but beautiful LG G Flex 2, the first smartphone to come out with Qualcomm’s spanking new Snapdragon 810 processor. While waiting for the new flagship for the year – the LG G4 – the Korean manufacturer is still busy by pumping out new midrange options that should compete in that segment of the global market. Welcome the LG Magna, LG Spirit, LG Leon, and LG Joy – the first three with 3G and 4G variants.

Niantic Labs’ Ingress game to be turned by Google into a TV show

Well, moving to TV certainly seems like one of the options available for Google right now to make more money off the hit AR (augmented reality) game Ingress. The game was created by the mothership’s gaming studio, Niantic Labs, and has been one of the real hits that brought AR gaming into the public spotlight. The question is, how do you package the game for TV?

Bluetooth, WiFi certifications for possible new NVIDIA SHIELD portable

There have been gadgets certified by the Bluetooth SIG and the Wi-Fi Alliance that didn’t even see the light of day, but we’re hoping that this possible new portable gaming device from NVIDIA will be the SHIELD 2 gaming portable. There is very little information on these to certifications, but we can only hope that a new NVIDIA portable gaming handheld is on the way.
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