Google Play Store update highlights tablet apps

Android has received a fair bit of criticism for it’s lack of apps designed specifically for the tablet form factor. While the latest Google Play Store update won’t solve the problem outright, it will definitely make it easier for tablet users to find apps tailored to their devices.

Hunger Games: Panem Run hits the Play Store

Arriving just in time for the movie release, a Catching Fire inspired game has arrived in the Google Play Store. The game, titled; The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Panen Run is an endless runner and will have you exploring the different districts of Panem. Now, while the movie has already arrived in theaters, the thought here is this game should hold you over — just in case you aren’t able to see the actual film until the weekend. Anyway, the release comes by way of Reliance Games and brings support for a wide variety of devices.

In Dumbest Possible Launch, Instagram’s Windows Phone App Leaves Out The Photo Taking

Okay Windows Phone and Instagram, what the hell? How is it possible that you’ve *finally* launched an official Instagram client for Windows Phone, but left out photo taking? Oh what’s that? You can import photos from your library you say. No big deal, right? Right. Unless your goal was not to make Windows Phone look like an app laggard. Which apparently it was, according to MS Windows Phone lead Joe Belfiore:We're all gonna look back on the end of 2014 as the ending of the app-gap for Windows Phone.

Google's new Chrome Experiment shows off the mobile web, and will fascinate Tolkien fans

If you're a fan of Middle Earth, web technologies, or mobile in general you have to check the latest Chrome Experiment out. It's an interactive map of Middle Earth — a place well-known to readers and viewers of The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings — built with just HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. It's magnificent. It's also just the beginning.Tapping and selecting a location from the map brings up another layer, with parallax scrolling, pinch-to-zoom, and great performance on the desktop, mobile and ChromeOS. Again, this is all built with standard web technologies.

Waze gets directions, finds a new home on Windows Phone

Today, Windows Phone users are finally treated to a new app and service that has been long in the making: Waze. First announced back in June, Waze has been undergoing a private (but detailed) beta testing period to ensure the highest quality. Although it was reported as having no ETA back in October, the app is finally ready for public release. That despite unfounded concerns that its new owners, Google, would cancel the project.

Microsoft Releases Xbox One SmartGlass App to Google Play

Microsoft launched the official Xbox One SmartGlass app to Google Play last night, allowing future owners of the next-gen console to utilize certain functions built right into the system. The SmartGlass app can act as a second screen for the Xbox One, enabling players to access additional content on their smartphone while playing their favorite games. You can also keep track of your friends and messages, all from within the app. The app also lets users take control of the console’s builtin DVR capability.

Video: HTC One Max Unboxing and Hands-on

This week, we finally got our hands on the leviathan known as the One Max from HTC. It is currently available from Sprint, running on the 4G LTE network, purchasable for the price of $149.99 on a two year agreement when porting your number to their network. To cut to the chase, this is the largest phone we have probably ever held. Not only is it massive, but given its metallic body, it is also extremely heavy to hold. It’s an incredibly unique experience, and we are pretty excited to put it through the paces.

Ubisoft's Uplay annoying you on your PC and phone

Everybody loves proprietary gaming platforms that make you sign in to play Far Cry, right? Hello? Well they're here to stay, whether you like them or not (thanks EA, Microsoft, Valve, and the rest of 'em) and Ubisoft is trying to make its proprietary service a little less awful with the official Uplay app.

2flicka updated: publish to Flickr with style

Fan of photography and upload some incredible shots to Flickr? You should be aware of 2flicka, the unofficial app already available for Windows Phone. We last looked at 2flicka when version 1.1 was pushed out for consumers to enjoy and today we can relay that 1.2 is now available. Slide on past the break to see what's new.The biggest addition is the auto-upload, which is highlighted as an experimental feature. As well as the ability to have photos uploaded automatically, there's a brand new dark theme.

Moto G versus Nokia Lumia 625

The budget smartphone space is an interesting place right now, and Motorola just made a big splash with the launch of the Moto G. It's a different take on the concept of a cheaper Android phone, where low cost doesn't equate to a sub-par experience. It currently stands pretty much alone in the Android space at the around £135-160, but it doesn't mean it's the only option. Nokia, once the juggernaut of the mobile phone world, now stands pretty tall in the budget category with some of their Windows Phone 8 devices.

Carriers Nix Cell Phone Kill Switch Over Profit Fears

U.S wireless network operators are not interested in allowing smartphone makers to install kill switches that would allow owners to deactivate their phones remotely if they become lost or stolen. 

Newsblur Android app updated with new viewing options

Google Reader may be dead, but RSS is alive and well. And to that end, the Android app for Newsblur received a hefty update this week.New in version 3.0 are a new story navigation pane and text view, and quick-and-easy forward and back buttons. Plus, you'll get a new logo, hidden comments, the ability to unsave stories, and the requisite bugfixes.

Gold HTC One on display tonight at Harvey Nichols in London

If you want to get up-close and personal with the 18 carat gold HTC One produced in partnership with Goldgenie and the MOBO awards, the device will be headed to London later today. HTC UK says the limited edition "real gold" HTC One will be on display alongside BassBuds earphones at high-end London department store Harvey Nichols from 6-10pm tonight.The gold HTC One is valued at $4,400 and one of just five in existence, though, so don't expect to take it home with you. Instead you can check out our hands-on video with the gold HTC One after the break to take a closer look.

Nokia 808, the Impressionist

The photos from the Nokia 808 PureView are often said to be less striking than those from the competition, whether it's a Lumia 1020, iPhone 5S or a Samsung Galaxy S4, however much purists would say that the 808's output is more 'natural'. One advantage the 808 has in its armoury is a Creative mode which lets users apply the saturation and sharpness, so beloved these days.

The Best Of Windows Phone: The Nokia Lumia 1520 [Review]

Really, this smartphone should come with a warning label: “Putting this device against your face to make a phone call will make you look ridiculous and is not practical in any way, shape or form.” The Lumia 1520 makes the iPhone 5S look like a child who is holding its mother’s hand walking through the circus. Nokia, perhaps, has gone over the deep end. We have been over this before. The “phablet” (a smartphone plus tablet) is a completely impractical device to use as a phone. It is difficult to carry around and seemingly just gets in the way of everything.

Leaked Verizon Black Friday ad stuffed with sales and freebies

Purported ad from the wireless carrier promises the Motorola Razr HD and Verizon Ellipsis 7-inch tablet for free on Black Friday.What appears to be the first of Verizon's Black Friday ad with deals for the Ellipsis 7 and the Motorola Razr HD.With Black Friday just a little over a week away, ads for the major shopping day have started to hit the Web. Verizon Wireless' Black Friday ad was just the latest to leak.The folks over at BlackFriday.com on Monday published Verizon's ad, showing free offers on the Motorola Razr HD and the Verizon Ellipsis 7-inch slate.

FreedomPop Targets Apple's iPhone After Connecting More Android Devices

In its path to undercut the likes of AT&T and Verizon with free, pre-paid plans, FreedomPop is moving to connect a wider range of phones, including, eventually, the iPhone.The low-cost wireless service is launching its new Bring Your Own Phone option on Tuesday, allowing anyone who has a phone with a Sprint SIM chip inside it to join its low-cost network, most likely appealing to Sprint users at the end of their contract or on a pre-paid plan. It is also selling its second phone, a refurbished batch of HTC Evo 4G’s, for $99 each.

Google And Microsoft Put Differences Aside To Fight Child Porn

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt is still assuring users and politicians in the UK that Google is working hard to combat the problem of child pornography—and he's also giving credit where credit is due to Microsoft.In a Daily Mail article, Schmidt outlined the steps Google is taking to rid its search engine results of exploitive images of children. These steps include deterrence, by showing warnings crafted from Google and other charities that will pop up anytime enters a search term seeking such images.Microsoft and Google are teaming up on the detection and removal steps.

T-Mobile's Sony Xperia Z Gets An Overdue Android 4.2 OTA Update

If you're using the T-Mobile variant of the slick Sony Xperia Z, check your notification tray - you might have a very welcome waiting for you. According to this T-Mobile support page, the Xperia Z is finally getting an over-the-air update. It's probably not what you were hoping for: the update brings the phone up to Android 4.2. You know, the version that's now over a year old. If it makes you feel any better, it's been only five months since the Android 4.2 update was sent to the international version of the Xperia Z.

Why Silicon Valley Funds Instagrams, Not Hyperloops

If you haven’t seen it in the news: it’s basically a giant tube that you sit inside of while you’re propelled hundreds of miles an hour to your destination.