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Microsoft Solitaire lands on Android and iOS

Posted: 24 Nov 2016 08:52 AM PST

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Microsoft's Solitaire game, the one which comes with every Windows installation has been providing entertainment for people of all ages across the globe for years.

The game has been with us for over 25 years and now Microsoft is finally rolling out the official version for Android and iOS.

Naturally the Google Play Store is home to a lot of games that copy the Solitaire vibe and gameplay, but this time we're talking about the official Microsoft Solitaire app.

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You can find it for download right now by searching for "Microsoft Solitaire Collection". The app is free of charge, but those signing up before 31 December, 2016 will get to enjoy the Premium Edition for free.

After that users will have to pay $1.99 a month or $9.99 a year to remove those annoying ads and pop-ups.

The app features five different ways you can play Solitaire including Kondike, Spider, FreeCell, Pyramid and TriPeaks.

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Users are free to play with their friends, since the app can be synced with a user's Xbox Live account. Players can also set daily challenges, win awards and badges and score records.

You can go ahead and download the app from the Play Store and give it a go, if you feel like you want to relive the days of old.

[The Verge / Google Play Store]

The post Microsoft Solitaire lands on Android and iOS appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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Xiaomi Mi MIX Comes With Microsoft Office, Cortana Pre-Installed

Posted: 24 Nov 2016 08:52 AM PST

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The newly released Xiaomi Mi MIX edge-to-edge display phone has made it out into the hands of some customers, who are now revealing some interesting previously unknown facts about the phone.

German website Win Future has discovered that Xiaomi's gorgeous but fragile Mi MIX phone comes pre-installed with a bunch of Microsoft apps including the Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and …Cortana, Microsoft's own virtual assistant.

 

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The Xiaomi Mi MIX isn't actually the only Android phone that takes advantage of Cortana. A few months back, the OnePlus One and OnePlus 2 were also blessed with Cortana support via a software update.

Like usual, users have to say "Hey, Cortana" in order to have the virtual assistant at their disposal. Microsoft and Xiaomi signed an agreement back in June and now the US tech giant is bringing its services to one of the most cutting edge models produced by China's Apple.

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The Xiaomi Mi MIX features a 6.4-inch display with an impressive 91.3% screen-to-body ratio and FHD resolution (1080 x 1920 pixels). Power comes from a Snapdragon 821 working in combination with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.

On the photography front, users can take advantage of a 16MP main camera plus a 5MP selfie snapper. The device relies on a hefty 4,400 mAh battery for life, but given the large display it's not surprising.

[Win Future]

The post Xiaomi Mi MIX Comes With Microsoft Office, Cortana Pre-Installed appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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Glossy Black Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Leaks Out

Posted: 24 Nov 2016 08:52 AM PST

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Recently we told you that Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Blue Coral landed at Rogers. The carrier opened reservations for users interested in purchasing the Galaxy Note7-reminiscent device.

Well it seems that Samsung is looking to draw more attention on its Galaxy S7 edge premium phone. The Korean tech giant will be launching a new version of the phone soon enough.

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The Glossy Black Galaxy S7 edge made an appearance on Samsung China's Weibo account. As you can see the phone looks quite gorgeous, an apt attempt at offering an alternative for Apple's Jet Black phone.

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We're not sure whether the Glossy Black version will arrive in the US and Canada, or whether it will be limited to China or other Asian countries.

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The phone will probably have the same internals as the older Galaxy S7 edge versions, such like the Blue Coral model.

Keep checking back with us to see when the shiny phones hits retail.

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Samsung is hoping to attract more customers to the Galaxy S7 edge, even if it's a few months from unveiling its next-gen Galaxy S8 handset. The phone is expected to arrive with a new Snapdragon 830 and incorporate a virtual assistant akin to Apple's Siri.

[Android Authority]

The post Glossy Black Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Leaks Out appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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Google Pixel Users in Canada Get New Feature via Preview Update

Posted: 24 Nov 2016 08:32 AM PST

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Are you a Google Pixel or Pixel XL owner based in Canada? Then you better check your phone.

Users in the US have received the Android November security patch, but Canadian Pixel users have been treated to an additional update. It comes as build number "NPF26J"with Android 7.1 and brings "security updates and bug fixes".

We're dealing with a special status update here. Notice the "P" letter in the build number which indicates it is a Preview build which isn't usually sent out in the form of an OTA update.

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Anyway the update adds an interesting feature. It allows users to double-tap the screen or lift their device to quickly check notifications without turning on the entire display. This allows for battery life to be saved.

For the time being, we can't tell you whether users outside of Canada are also getting the update. However, the new feature does seem to work without obstruction, so if you see the update give it a go.

Or you can check your phone's Settings if your phone hasn't received a notification yet.

Google's Pixel and Pixel XL phones were unveiled not so long ago and are some of the few handsets that currently run Android 7.1 Nougat.

[Phone Arena]

The post Google Pixel Users in Canada Get New Feature via Preview Update appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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Top 10 New Android Games This Week: Afterlife, Plantera

Posted: 24 Nov 2016 06:33 AM PST

Welcome back to Android Gaming Weekly, our weekly recap of new game releases. We still plan to cover upcoming releases and games we're playing, but this column is dedicated to new games that you can start playing right now. Check out our top picks and let us know in the comments section if you have any suggestions for next week's post.

Eisenhorn: XENOS

Description'Eisenhorn: XENOS' is an immersive, fully 3D adventure game, adapted from 'Xenos', the first book in Games Workshop's best-selling 'Eisenhorn' trilogy, written by award winning author Dan Abnett.

 

Afterlife

DescriptionInnumerable hosts of warriors representing the sides of Light, Darkness and Nature are coming together for a decisive battle. The unexplored and dangerous afterworld has been chosen to be their battlefield.

 

Hero Generations

DescriptionHero Generations is an innovative and award-winning Roguelike/4X Strategy game where every turn is one year of your life. It's been called "the offspring of Sid Meier's Civilization, Jason Rohrer's Passage, and The Legend of Zelda.

 

Re-Volt3

DescriptionEvery Finish Line Is The Beginning Of A New Race! Race. Repeat. Revolt3. Thrilling and Exciting!! Experience the new generation of the legendary RC car racing game Re-Volt3!

 


Deus Ex GO

DescriptionDeus Ex GO is a turn-based puzzle infiltration stealth game set in a stylized interpretation of the Deus Ex Universe. As covert agent Adam Jensen, you'll hack, use combat and augmentations to solve the most intricate puzzles of the entire GO series and unravel the conspiracy behind a terrorist plot.

 

Electromagnets

Description: Control 2 magnets at the same time, going through fast paced colorful geometry levels on the sound of electronic music. It is very reflex intensive and addictive. There are 4 available game modes which change when you go through portals. Each game mode has a different behavior of the magnets or ships.

 

Warcher Defenders

DescriptionFight for survival in this unique twist on Castle Defense!! Trigger special attacks to destroy the enemy hordes and protect your tower against tons of different boss encounters in this Old School, Retro Classic!

 

Plantera

Description: Get ready to go green and become a virtual farmer with Plantera, where you will have a virtual garden of your own. All your dreams of harvesting a beautiful orchard with hundreds of plants and trees have become a reality.

 

Time Locker

Description: TimeLocker! Insanely fun arcade game where when YOU stop, so does time. The speed of time in the game is controlled by the speed of your finger. Play with lots of different characters all with different abilities, and see how long you can survive in a world with lots of different types of animals that all move differently!

 

Pocket Guild

Description: Recruit members, take down bosses, and lead your guild to glory! – Choose your character. Create / manage your guild members. Obtain legendary characters. Over 260 unique hand crafted characters! Plan/run through unique dungeons.

 


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Google and Buzzfeed partner up to add a sticker pack to Allo, just in time for Thanksgiving

Posted: 24 Nov 2016 05:31 AM PST

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Scrolling through Buzzfeed articles is possibly the most mindless thing to do on the web - apart from aimlessly browsing Wikipedia - so it makes sense companies want to capitalize on the site's reputation. Google has done just that, adding a number of Buzzfeed stickers into Allo, just in time for Thanksgiving.

The stickers are by Buzzfeed illustrator Kevin Valente, and the pack is called "Getting Ready for the Weekend". Whether you're spending the time with family, going back home, or visiting old friends, Google wants to make sure you're prepared for the long weekend with the sticker pack.

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Google and Buzzfeed partner up to add a sticker pack to Allo, just in time for Thanksgiving was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Discount brings the Sony Xperia XA Ultra’s price below $300

Posted: 24 Nov 2016 05:28 AM PST

There are plenty of smartphones available with 6-inch displays these days, but most of them are ridiculously overpriced. The Sony Xperia XA Ultra was already cheaper than most, but Amazon has reduced the price of the device to just $299.99.

For that price, you get a 6-inch 1080p display, 21.5 MP main camera, 16MP selfie can, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD card slot (up to 256GB) and a Mediatek MT6755 Helio P10 SoC.

The Sony Xperia XA Ultra isn't going to outperform the new Pixel XL or the Huawei Mate 9, but that's perfectly fine. There are plenty of people who simply want a massive phone and don't really care about owning a phone that outperforms the competition while running benchmarks. Think of the Sony Xperia XA Ultra as the perfect device for your wife or teenage kids who have been bugging you for a new smartphone for the past few months.


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Amazon has slashed priced on the Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Tap by up to 31%

Posted: 24 Nov 2016 12:41 AM PST

If you've been waiting for the right time to buy one of Amazon's Alexa-infused speakers – that time has finally come. Amazon's Black Friday sale is in full swing with discounted priced on all three of Amazon's Echo products. The biggest discount has been applied to the mid-tier Echo Tap, but the prices on the original Echo and the Echo Dot have been slashed by at least 20% as well.

To get a better feel for what the Echo can do, check out our full review from PhoneDog.


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