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Interesting article about ‘The App Gap’

The App Gap is the based on the idea that children are now learning from using apps, but that some children have easier access to smartphones and tablets than others. An article at Online Colleges discusses 15 facts about the App Gap and whether or not it is harmful to a child’s education.

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Kindle Fire is Amazon’s best selling product since launch

A press release from Amazon has announced that the Kindle Fire has been Amazon’s best selling product across the whole site since it was launched 8 weeks ago. Also, purchases of all Kindle products (including E Ink readers and the Fire) were up four times over what was purchased during last year’s Black Friday.

The Kindle Fire launch has clearly been successful for Amazon – fingers crossed it makes its way to the UK soon.

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Samsung Galaxy S2 advert makes fun of iPhone users

Samsung’s latest US advert for their Galaxy S2 handset takes a bit of a swipe at iPhone zealots. It shows them queuing for the latest iPhone when some S2 users walk past showing off ‘the next big thing’.

It’s all very light-hearted, and ends with the suggestion that the next big thing has already arrived. It’s a shame we don’t get adverts like this in the UK…

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Square Enix games coming to Android

The famed Japanese game studio Square Enix are to open their very own store selling games for Android. Upon launch on 1st December, it will be limited to one mobile phone carrier in Japan (KDDI) before being made available to users of other networks.

According to Andriasang, the Square Enix Market will include some of their famous games like Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest and Chaos Ring. Fingers crossed that they open the market up to the West soon and port Chrono Trigger!

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus now available in the UK

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus has been released in the UK, as announced by this tweet from @googlenexus. A UK-specific website has also been launched at www.google.co.uk/nexus.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus UK homepageFor now, the phone is only available at Phones4U on a contract with Orange or Vodafone, costing £59 with a £31/month line rental or for free with £41/month or £46/month line rentals.

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Amazon Kindle Fire reviews start appearing

Amazon’s Kindle Fire will be released in the US tomorrow (15th November), and reviews of the 7″ tablet have started appearing on a variety of websites. The concensus seems to be that the tablet is very good considering the price point ($199) but there’s still room for improvement. Here are links to a few in-depth reviews.

CNET: ‘Though it lacks the tech specs found on more-expensive Apple and Android tablets, the $199 Kindle Fire is an outstanding entertainment value that prizes simplicity over techno-wizardry.’

Mashable: ‘This is a highly polished device and collection of services … I think the Kindle Fire, despite its imperfections, is a winner, too.’

Gizmodo: ‘…the Fire is a wonderful IRL compliment to Amazon’s digital abundance. It’s a terrific, compact little friend, and—is this even saying anything?—the best Android tablet to date.’

The Verge: ‘…there’s no question that the Fire is a really terrific tablet for its price … It’s not perfect, but it’s a great start, and at $200, that may be all Amazon needs this holiday shopping season.’

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Adobe to stop development of Flash for mobile devices

An article posted yesterday on ZDNet exclusively reveals that Adobe plan to stop developing Flash for new mobile devices and browsers. ZDNet’s sources gave them the following announcement:

Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations. Some of our source code licensees may opt to continue working on and releasing their own implementations. We will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates.

Apparently, Adobe will now focus their efforts on mobile applications and HTML5.

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Ice Cream Sandwich for the Samsung Galaxy S?

As the owner of a Samsung Galaxy S, I’ve been waiting to hear if Samsung will officially port version 4 of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, to my phone. It seems as though I’m out of luck, as it has been announced that they’ll port it to the Galaxy S2 and the Nexus S but not for the original Galaxy S. However, work is underway on an unofficial port, with the first seeds of success unveiled by MUIU developers Galnet and Lttldvl.

Ice Cream Sandwich on the Samsung Galaxy SFor now, ICS isn’t usable as work is needed on the touch sensors and screen resolution, but this is a very promising first step. For more information, check out RootzWiki and the XDA forums.

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Duke Nukem 3D now available for Android phones

An Android port of the classic PC game Duke Nukem 3D has just been released on the Android Market. It’s currently available to download for 61p, which gets you the first episode of the game – the second and third episodes can be purchased from within the app for the same price.

Duke Nukem 3D on the Android MarketInitially, the game was released containing adverts – this proved controversial as it wasn’t mentioned in the product description, and most people would not expect to see adverts after paying for an app – within a free app, certainly, but not when you’ve paid for it. Thankfully the developers have seen sense and now removed the adverts.

Reviews of the game on Android are mixed – clearly touchscreens are not the ideal interface for a first person shooter – but as a dose of nostalgia for those who played the original you can’t really go far wrong.