Reported Photos of Samsung Galaxy Alpha Leaked, Show Off Refined Design (Updated)

A few photos of Samsung’s reportedly upcoming Galaxy Alpha device have surfaced, showing off a quite refined hardware design. From the story the photos tell, the device will feature a metallic band around its outside, minor side bezel (plenty on top and bottom of the display, though), blackened backside with a slight texture added, frontside Home button, a large camera on the back, and it appears that the flash and heart rate monitor have been placed on the side of the camera.  (more…)

Modern Combat 5: Blackout Now Available on Google Play, $7 With No IAPs

Gameloft has published Modern Combat 5: Blackout to Google Play this afternoon, throwing players straight into the middle of warfare. Like console FPS titles, MC5: Blackout features a great campaign mode, as well as the ability to take your skills online with a multiplayer mode.

In campaign, you play as a hero who must save the world from cyber terrorists, using advanced weapons and technology to overcome countless bad guys with machine guns. In multiplayer, you choose between four customizable classes, picking off players with sniper rifles, assault rifles, SMGs, and more. If you play Call of Duty or Battlefield, you will feel right at home.  (more…)

Verizon LG G3 Hands-on

We have already posted up our full review of the LG G3 on AT&T, but since we have now received the same device on Verizon, we wanted to go over the differences between the two devices. While they both feature the same exact hardware, slight changes have been made in the amount of bloatware, plus minor UI tweaks have also been baked in on Big Red’s model.

Apps such as Hotels.com, Slacker Radio, and Clash of Clans have been added in, but the most notable software change is the addition of sliders for volume and brightness in the notification shade. AT&T’s model left these sliders out, which was actually one of our pain points while using the device. Sliders are not a complete deal breaker, but it is nice to have them for the sake of convenience.  (more…)

Forget Passwords and PINs, Use a Digital Tattoo to Unlock Your Moto X

According to research, users spend a lot of time during the day unlocking their smartphones. As Motorola so elegantly states in its newest video (shown above), your phone is a very personal extension of yourself, so the way you unlock it should be too.

With a new partnership between Moto and VivaLnk, people can now attach NFC-powered “digital tattoos” to themselves, allowing users to forget their pass codes and PIN passwords for unlocking their devices.  (more…)