Self-healing plastic could end cracked phone horror

Many of us know all too well the frustration that comes of buying a shiny new gadget, only to see it smashed into a thousand pieces soon after.

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Year 0 Tactics gives you some apocalyptic RTS game time

If you’re looking for a break from the medieval strategy games or the current day RTS (real time strategy) game apps that proliferate the Google Play Store, here’s some post-apocalyptic gaming action for you. From the title of the app itself – “Year 0 Tactics” – you will most likely get the idea of what it is about.

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The game is basically turn-based combat, like your Total War franchises. The timeline for the story is set in post-apocalyptic Year 0 universe, where the US government is trying to rebuild itself. Players will try to survive by controlling a band of marauders, building and defending your base while raiding other’s bases to get resources. Sounds familiar, right?

The raids happen in real-time, to real people on the receiving end of your raids, perpetuating a battling community – there is no single-player gameplay in the game. You will most likely play this game the way you play the highly successful Clash of Clans or Boom Beach.

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Year 0 Tactics is available to download free at the Google Play Store (check download link below), with some IAPs to get you a little bit ahead in the game. You are able to play the game totally without spending, of course.

DOWNLOAD: Google Play Store

Siegefall is a new strategy game from Gameloft, now out for Android

We’re seemingly stuck on the topic of strategy games today, and we have a new one out from Gameloft. It’s called “Siegefall”, made by the same team that put out the relatively successful Modern Combat series on mobile. This time, the team is trying their hand on the medieval strategy game niche, and we do hope they will be just as successful as they were with Modern Combat.

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Siegefall turned a lot of heads during E3 2015 because of the long campaign mode, almost unheard of in mobile games. Also, gaming blogs have been talking about how great the graphics for the game has been rendered. Great graphics plus long campaign mode? Sign us up!

The aim of players will be to control an army of specialized troops and try conquer regions on the game map. Sounds easy enough right? Depending on how you play, you can customize the slant and content of your army, from rogues, trolls, to heavily-armored knights. Players also control a hero unit – which is gigantic and more powerful than any other unit in your army.

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Apart from attacking, you will also need to deal with the business of getting resources, and defending your territory. You will need to build mines, sawmills and farms within your castle to keep your kingdom’s war effort running. So, pretty standard, but the game does sound enjoyable. Pick it up at the download link below.

DOWNLOAD: Google Play Store

New T-Mobile JUMP plan can change phones 3x a year

They say a person’s average attention span nowadays is just 8 seconds. And when it comes to gadgets, apparently T-Mobile thinks it’s 3 smartphones a year. The new JUMP On Demand plan being offered by the un-carrier allows users to trade-in their devices up to 3x a year, and without even paying a monthly fee. Sounds too good to be true right? Apparently, their flamboyant CEO John Legere doesn’t think so and will even convince you, with NSFW language to boot, that it is true indeed.

T-Mobile’s previous JUMP plan actually allowed you to swap phones within your contract without paying a major fee. Well, except that $10 a month charge, which if you’re not really into changing gadgets often, will be too much of an additional charge. But now, the upgraded JUMP On Demand plan will not require you to pay anything more, just turn in your now unwanted phone and get another one to suit your taste or needs.

What’s in it for T-Mobile? Well, at least now they get older, used devices which they can then resell as replacement or refurbished units. And if you think people won’t go for that sort of thing, well, for a reduced price, some would still probably do so. And even when you’ve turned in that older device, you will still pay the new fees that come with your newer chosen smartphone, and so it’s a win-win for everyone.

Of course not all smartphones will be part of the JUMP On Demand program. To view the full list, click on the source link below. Oh, and as for that NSFW (because of language of course) video, here you go.

VIA: SlashGear

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Insensi intros ILY Family Phone, perfect for kids and grandparents

There seems to be a growing trend of making the environment and things more secure for kids. Through the decades, the older generations have learned from their own experiences so they’re working hard to make a better future for the children. When it comes to technology, the adults and the children are lucky in this time and age because we have access to almost anything.

Adults are able to work and communicate wherever they are because of the Internet and the numerous mobile devices available. Kids are entertained by the phones and tablets loaded with educational apps and games. To strengthen relationships, we use these gadgets to connect with our friends and loved ones. On the downside, these same gadgets can be used to access “garbage” that are not beneficial to kids.

And so Insensi came up with this new Family Phone that offers a simple and safer way for family members to communicate. We’ve seen a number of kid-friendly tablets already like the Kurio, Polaroid Kids Tablet, Toys R Us’ Tabeo, and the Fuhu Nabi tablets. Even Google has joined the bandwagon by launching Designed for Families program for kid-friendly apps. But Insensi’s ILY Family Phone is expected to be a game-changer by making sure it is less technical for the grandparents and young children.

The ILY Family Phone is a special 8-inch touchscreen device that can be placed in any room of the house. It can be a landline phone alternative (because really, who still needs one?). Device only needs WiFi connection but unfortunately, you can’t find any web browser here so children have limited access to things that are not safe for them.

The ILY also comes with a companion ILY app that other family members can download on their own tablets or phones. With the app, you can video call your family anytime over the Internet. Features are really basic: voice call, video call, and instant messaging. You can personalize ILY for each member with custom colors and fave photos.  Device can also play music and  capture notes as special reminders or grocery lists.

ILY Family Phone from Insensi is now up for pre-order on ILY website. It will be available worlwide in the fall 2015. Price tag reads $199.

SOURCE: Isensi