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Final Fantasy: Record Keeper gets massive update

If you're the nostalgic type, Final Fantasy: Record Keeper might appeal to you, or maybe you've actually started playing it. The game allows players to re-live great moments in the Final Fantasy franchise. It's cute little game by developers Square Enix and DeNA that has actually gathered a bit of momentum, and now a big update is coming that will make the game better.

OnePlus 2 unboxing and hands on reveals premium feel

Our friends over at SlashGear got their hands on a real live OnePlus 2 smartphone very recently (we're still waiting for ours), and they posted some unboxing pics that we'd like to take part in. The OnePlus 2 is the second phone of that aggressive young upstart company based in China called OnePlus, who wowed the world before with the OnePlus One -- their first phone which had flagship specs but could be obtained at a price waaaay lower, albeit through an "invite only" system. Now we get to see what the OnePlus 2 looks like.

Google launches Android Experiments, a showcase of creative Android apps

After being rocked by that Alphabet news recently – which means Google is now a subsidiary of Alphabet (who woulda thunk it?) – the mothership seems to be taking time to focus on its core products, which includes Android, Google Search, and YouTube. Today we see what seems to be an invitation for creativity with Android, as Google launches “Android Experiments”, a website that compiles open source app development projects and showcases what is cool about the mobile platform.

Omate smart ring tells you when THAT person is calling

If you’ve been around mobile technology then you will know that the Omate smart ring isn’t the first of its kind around. There have been “smart rings” for just about any purpose you can think a ring will do, be it gestures for changing TV channels, measuring health data, or give your ring finger some vibrations to remind you that your phone has notifications. In this, the Omate smart ring differs uniquely because it only vibrates for that one person calling your phone.

Qualcomm outs Snapdragon 412, 212 for budget and midrange devices

Chipset manufacturer Qualcomm had to update their entry level and lower midrange chipsets last year because of the growth of 4G data connectivity. That meant even entry level and midrange devices were expected to have LTE connectivity. That demand resulted in the production of the Snapdragon 410 and 210 SoC’s (system-on-a-chip). Today we see those chipsets being updated with better features in the Snapdragon 412 and 212.

OnePlus 2 shipments to North America will be delayed

After the initial rush, seems that OnePlus now has to deal with the reality of getting their fabled new smartphone – the OnePlus 2 – to market and deal with the demand they themselves created and basked in the glory of. A few days back they were thanking consumers and feeling pretty happy with over 2 million orders in a span of just a week. Today, they’re announcing that shipments to North America will be delayed.

Google outs Vulkan API for better 3D graphics handling in Android

As more and more “high graphics” games flood the Google Play Store, developers are trying to balance out the look of their games – especially the ones that require 3D graphics rendering – with the hardware that’s available out there. To that point, any decent midrange phone from last year moving forward should be able to run these games, but Google has discovered that Android’s API for rendering 3D graphics content isn’t really up to speed.
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