Prototype of the unreleased Nvidia Shield Portable 2 gaming tablet found in Canadian pawn shop

Pawn shops are a bit like casinos — 99 percent of the time there’s nothing to be gained from being a patron, but that one other percent is the reason why such establishments exist in the first place. And the following story is a classic take on the old “person unknowingly buys something which turns out to be rare and valuable” story.

You may remember the Nvidia Shield Portable (also known as the Nvidia Shield before it got renamed) as one of the results of the early ’10s smartphone gaming craze that also brought us failures like the Sony Ericsson Xperia …


Moto GamePad hands-on: Super-charge gaming with the new Moto Mod


Last year, Motorola opened the door on hardware expansion for its smartphones with the launch of the new Moto Z series, complete with support for Moto Mods add-ons. While we got a decent selection of Moto Mod options in that first batch, including some interesting ideas like a portable projector, a modular platform is going to live or die based on the amount of hardware support it sees; would Motorola be in this for the long haul?

The good news there is that the answer seems to be “very much yes,” and 2017 has already seen the launch of a bunch of new Moto Mods, including the brand-new …

New Samsung commercials present the Galaxy S8 as a perfect travel guide, excellent VR gaming device

It’s been two weeks since Samsung released the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, so the novelty surrounding the two phones has worn off a bit. But Samsung’s marketing machine marches on, and, with two brand new commercials released on YouTube, it’s making sure that potential customers know what the S8 series has to offer.

The first new commercial presents the Samsung Galaxy S8 as a perfect travel guide – after all, the smartphone can provide information on pretty much anything you need when travelling (as long as you’re connected to the internet, that is), and it also has a great photo camera. …

Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app let's you limit non-existent online gaming

The Nintendo Switch officially gets released tomorrow, but Nintendo is prepping by releasing the Switch Parental Controls app for both Android and iOS users. The app does much what you’d expect allowing parents to limit how long kids can play games on any given day, limit what age rating games can be and more. However, the video that accompanies the release is very interesting to say the least.

The video follows Bowser and Bowser Jr (Nintendo’s most famous father-son duo, surprisingly enough) as it discusses the features of the Switch Parental Controls app. If you don’t want …

The Flame in the Flood arrives today on PlayStation 4

When it was released last year, The Flame in the Flood garnered a lot of attention for its big name developers and unique take on the wilderness survival genre. Today, PlayStation 4 players who have been missing out the experience will finally get to take a trip up the game’s fictionalized Mississippi river and through a dystopic version of the American South.

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Announced last month, the PS4 version was ported by Curve Digital and arrives as The Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition, which includes Director Commentary from game studio Molasses Flood’s “team of AAA refugees,” a new dynamic theme, new system avatars and a few gameplay tweaks just for Sony’s console.

The studio’s experienced talent have some of the biggest titles in gaming under their collective belts — including BioShock Infinite, Halo and Rock Band — but The Flame in the Flood stands apart with its indie game ethos, crafting system and fast-moving exploration of a completely realized post-apocalyptic world. It doesn’t hurt that Chuck Ragan’s lively alt-country soundtrack was one of 2016’s best either.

The Flame in the Flood runs a reasonable $14.99 on PS4, but players will get a couple bucks off for the launch. And, of course, it’s still available for PC and Xbox One as well.

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The Top Gaming Apps and Cell Phone Accessories for a Samsung Galaxy S3 Smartphone

The Samsung is known for its great smart phone which is known for its new features. It is now possible to charge the phone from a distance of 2 meters through the wireless charger of this smart phone. In the market, this smart phone was an immediate hit. Millions and millions of people are going for it and the demand for the smart phone has been rising over the years. Even in future, there is a probability that it will continue to remain successful.

To ensure its success, the new Samsung Galaxy S 3 has now been introduced in the market. The Samsung Galaxy S III accessories are superior compared to the other phones. Speed and power are some of the essential features of this phone. There are 8 mega pixel resolutions for this phone. The phone is said to be the fastest phone to be manufactured and it is expected to be the first quad core phone today. The phone offers its customers with a 2 GB memory, which when compared to other phones, is two times bigger.

The smart phone has plenty in store to offer. The phone is larger compared to Galaxy S2. It is 8.7 mm thick, it has a 4.8-inch screen and it is light weighing 133 grams. “Hyper Glaze” which is a new manufacturing process gives the smart phone that great look. It is extremely difficult to identify the seams existing between the screen and the phones body. It is the largest Samsung smart phone today apart from the Galaxy Note. Compared to previous smart phones, the new entries were aimed to include more features.

The smart phones is also famous because it offers the best gaming accessories. The gaming side of the smart phone offers a lot of potential. You can play N.V.A. 3 on the smart phone because this handset can handle a lot of things. This device also comprise of other famous games such as GTA 3 (Grand Theft Auto), Need for speed shift, shadow gun and mass effect infiltrator etc. Samsung Galaxy S III charger is a unique kind of charger in the sense that the phone uses a wireless charger. The phone uses the wireless charger technology and this makes it different from other phones.

Samsung Galaxy S III data cable is used when one wants to use the memory card and Bluetooth. It is very easy to use it. They facilitate fast rate to transfer. A user should always prefer buying a certified smart phone. There are various new level features and additional accessories that this smart phone includes.

By using “AllShare Cast Dongle”, the content from DLNA devices such as TV can be streamed from this device. Android is one of the latest features which has been included in this smart phone. In order to enjoy using the services of this latest introduction of mobile phone, the user should at least try it. This smart phone is definitely incredible. The accessories for Galaxy S III such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 stylish cases will keep your phone protected and add all of the necessary style it should have.

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Mobile Games Can Improve Numeracy Skills of Children

Smartphone and tablet-based games can help improve primary grade literacy and numeracy skills of children, a study has found.

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The study, conducted by Qualcomm Wireless Reach and Sesame Workshop in India (SWI) among school children of 5-8 years of age also said that use of games not only improved learning outcomes, but has a positive effect on teachers’ attitudes toward using digital technology for teaching and learning.

To carry out the study, SWI distributed Android tablets with 25 games preloaded to the schools. The games were designed in-house, and use characters from Seasame Street’s Indian format, called Galli Galli Sim Sim.

“The games are based on the same kind of educational content that we use for Galli Galli Sim Sim, and have the same familiar characters,” a SWI spokesperson told NDTV Gadgets. The making of the games, which was part-funded by Qualcom’s wireless reach initiative, was outsourced to game development studios. The games were designed to play smoothly on low-end Android hardware, and are available to download for free on Google Play.

The study covered over 4,500 children in 57 schools of Delhi and Bihar, and additionally among 40 children in an under resourced community in Delhi. Children of Class 1, 2 and 3 played various games related to identification of shapes, shadows, habitats, numbers and alphabets.

Research using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies was used to study the impact of introducing games in these diverse settings. After implementing the project on more than 4,500 children, improvement was reported in children exposed to tablet-based games, the study said.

“Amongst all children who played the games, girls showed 1.5 times more gains in numeracy than boys,” it said.

Teachers observed that the children’s engagement level in Maths and Hindi were higher when games were used in classrooms, it said adding teachers’ attitudes toward the use of multimedia in classrooms improved.

The study was part of ‘Play N Learn’ programme of Qualcomm Wireless Reach and SWI. Through this programme, the main goal was to generate evidence to support digital game-based learning for young children in India, it said. “The Wireless Reach Initiative focuses on issues like education, public safety, maternal health, and other similar areas,” explained Anirban Mukerji, Senior Manager Wireless Reach at Qualcomm.

“Sometimes that comes as direct investments in projects, at other times it’s about finding the right partners for a project, to empower people,” he added. “So in 2007, we developed a system to provide information to fishermen about windspeeds and the sea condition, in areas that were affected by the Tsunami. Here, we’re focusing on education amongst the underprivileged.”

Motorola Moto G is Waterproof and Customisable

Motorola has unveiled the latest update to its popular Moto G smartphone, offering the usual combination of low price and premium specs, but with added water-resistance and the ability to customise the device using Motorola’s Moto Maker service.

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When Google first launched the Moto G in November 2013, it was widely praised for its low price, quad-core processor and HD screen, offering a wallet-friendly alternative to some of the premium devices on the market at the time, like Apple’s iPhone 5c.
Less than a year later, Motorola updated the device with a bigger screen, better cameras and microSD storage expansion, and raised the price from £135 to £145.
Now the company has unveiled the third-generation Moto G – the first to be launched since Lenovo bought Motorola from Google for $2.9bn (£1.8bn) in 2014. The new Moto G runs Android Lollipop and has a 5-inch HD display, all-day battery life and built-in SD card support.
It also has a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera – both significant upgrades from last year’s model. The rear camera, for example, is the same camera module and sensor that Motorola put into the £499 Nexus 6 for Google.

“This is a great example of Motorola taking a high-end component and bringing it down to a value-tier customer, because taking pictures is so important to people,” said Steve Sinclair, vice president of product marketing for Motorola.
“We have taken a lot of heat on our image quality and the cameras on our smartphones in the last year or two, and we’ve really doubled down on the effort that we’ve put into it, so the images you’re getting out of these phones are on par or better than the phones that they’re competing with.”
The Moto G features IPX7-rated protection and Corning Gorilla Glass, protecting it from scrapes and scratches and allowing it to be submerged in up to a metre of water for 30 minutes.
It also boasts a number of enhancements that were previously only available on higher-end products like the Moto X, like “quick capture” that lets you twist the phone twice to launch the camera, and the ability to quickly check notifications without wasting battery power using “Moto display”.
The Moto G can also be customised with Motorola’s online design studio, known as Moto Maker, which allows customers to select their own covers, design “accents” and memory options. Moto Maker was previously only available for the Moto X.

“Moto G has been a runaway success in the UK,” said Marcus Frost, Motorola’s senior marketing director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
“We’ve seen good success with Moto X, probably because it’s the only device today that’s available on Moto Maker. That’s why it’s so exciting that we’re now extending that to Moto G – to a much larger price tier – and so many more consumers can now get their hands on the customisation that’s available.”
The Moto G is available in 8GB and 16GB storage options, costing £179 and £209 respectively. It can be purchased from operators such as Three, O2 and Vodafone, as well as retailers such as Dixons Carphone, Tesco Mobile, Argos and Amazon.
Moto has also updated its Moto X family with two new models – the Moto X Play for more active users and the Moto X Style for people who prefer a more luxury feel.
The Moto X Play features a 5.5-inch HD display, 21MP camera, up to 48-hour battery and a water-repellent design. It also has a 1.7GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, making it more than adequate for multitasking, streaming and gaming.

It also has support for Motorola’s quick-charging technology called “TurboPower”, which allows users to get hours of extra power from just a few minutes of charging. Motorola also sells replaceable backs, so users can change the cover without having to go through Moto Maker.
Meanwhile, the 5.7-inch Moto X Style offers the broadest range of customisation options. Users can choose from a variety of colours, as well as premium materials such as Saffiano leather and real wood. It also features stereo sound, a 21MP rear camera, and a 5MP front-facing camera featuring a wide angle lens and selfie flash.
The Moto X Play will be available in the UK for £299 from mid-August. The Moto X Style will be launched at a later date, with pricing yet been announced.

Gaming on Sony Xperia with DualShock 3

When Android smart phones first arrived, we were thrilled to see Quake 3 on mobile phone. Today, games on smart phones are looking better and better and our expectations grow higher. The only disadvantage is handling. So, what would you say if you could connect PlayStation’s DualShock 3 controller on Xperia smart phone?

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Yes, Sony added DualShock 3 support to its Xperia devices – Xperia SP, Xperia Z, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia ZL, Xperia Tablet Z i Z2 – to enable more console-like gaming experience on smart phones.

How to connect?
If you don’t have DualShock 3 controller with your PlayStation console already, you can buy it for $50 on Amazon (links below). To connect it with Xperia, you will also need OTG cable that costs around $3. First connection goes via cable (miniUSB to OTG [On The Go] cable and into Xperia smart phone) when initially connecting your mobile phone and your DualShock 3 controller. After this first cable connection, everything works wireless via Bluetooth link, as you can see on our video.

Gaming experience
With DualShock 3 controller you will get the best experience of gamin on mobile phone. It’s even better on tablet thanks to it’s big screen. Handling is more comfortable via DualShock controller, although some controls are mixed up from the way they work on PlayStation console. But it’s something you get used on after a while.

Regarding supported Android games – there are more than 300 of them. For the full list check Android Gamepad Games. Any game listed on Google Play with “Controller Support” is supported.

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