Plants vs. Zombies is on Android! Free Today!

After years waiting folks, the day has finally arrived! No more icons, themes, or fake apps. Yes, the real 100% genuine Plants vs. Zombies is now available for download in the Amazon Appstore for Android. No longer must you be chained to your computer or iOS to protect your lawn from the undead onslaught. Free today, this app brings the full functionality of the other platforms to Android for the first time. Is it really that big a deal? It is to me, because it’s one less thing for iOS users to hold over my head. This plus Netflix makes me pretty dang happy I’ve stuck with my Android phone. Anyways, get the app yourself today just as soon as you can. It took about 10 minutes to download over my WiFi, so be sure to take that into account. I’ll be doing a full review later today over at TechHog.com, so be sure to check that out. For now, here’s some screenshots to get ya started.

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P.S. I’ll also be doing some digging to see if there’s anyway to transfer your status and achievements from other platforms so you don’t have to start over. I did just to get you some screenshots, but the overall feel is pretty much the same as other platforms. Totally worth it.

Rumor: Sprint + Google = Mobile Payments?

This just in! Sprint and Google almost finalized their marriage! Supposedly being announced sometime next week, the service would use Verifone hardware as well to let your Nexus S (or other NFC capable phone on Sprint, largely absent) act as a credit card. With the inclusion of a mobile data carrier, it stand to say that Sprint will be the only carrier offering this service as there’s not a hint of T-Mobile’s Nexus S to be found. What interests me most is if this becomes a carrier dependent service, something you sign up for (and possibly pay for) when you get a new contract. It would most likely be linked with a credit card/bank account that Sprint already has confirmed on file, but that’s just my speculation. Considering NFC is a new and upcoming technology I would be very sad to see it already shackled and balled like wireless tethering is. Of course this technology is worthless without a place to scan it, and only several markets will be available at launch, specifically the following:

  • New York
  • San Franciso
  • Los Angeles
  • Chicago
  • Washington, D.C.

Yeah that’s not too many. And considering it’s only available on one phone on one carrier, it seems the incredibly cool new technology Near Field Communication is off to a slow start here in the states. But, it’s a start nonetheless and I’m finding it awful hard to resist how Android friendly Sprint has become…

Leaked: Droid 3 Coming Q2?

Image via Technobuffalo.com

Oooh. That beautiful slab of black you see above is most likely the next in the heralded line of Droids from Motorola. Glossy black wrapped in chrome and sporting a great looking new 5 row keyboard, this beast of a phone has already been leaked. Yeah, I know my post about it is a little late and most certainly not exclusive, but I make up for it in original commentary. And my dashing good looks. Find out all my impressions, predictions, and fantastic wizardry with just a single click! Continue reading

Get your Google Music Beta Invite Yet? I DID!!!

Yessiree, the next statement is false. That last sentence was true. And also I got an exclusive invite to use Google’s Music Beta program! W00t w00t! What does that mean for you, dear reader? Well, not much really. Actually, it’s mostly just so I can rub it in that I got invited and you didn’t. Nana-nana-boo boo, stick your head in doodoo. Is that all spelled right? I’ll look it up later…

Actually it means you get to hear how my experience is going so far with it and (down the road) if you’re even gonna want to use it. Yes, it’s always cool to use something cutting edge. Like a knife, for example. But what if that new latest and greatest isn’t so great? Who cares if its new if it doesn’t work! Like the iPhone 4 for example. OH! That just happened! Anyway, I’d love to tell you how I’m enjoying it but unfortunately CableOne has a max upload of 1 Mbps which is in reality only 100kbps of actual throughput. Which means it will literally take days to upload all my music. Only ~3900 songs total and at about 15 hours into it I have 535 uploaded. I’ll keep you folks posted on the end result time, how the web based player works in Chrome, the Android app itself, and how it all works across my devices. Keep it tuned right here folks! (Just pretend it’s the 50’s and you have to get up to change the channel.)

You stay classy, World Wide Web.

P.S. Actually, one of my main reasons was to see just how many of you had gotten invites. Hit up the poll good fellows! (Using the term asexually of course)

PSA: This Blog is Rapture/Raptor Proof

Have no fear! Come hell or high water (or ravenous rampaging raptors) this blog shall press on! There was an alliteration and a pun in that last sentence, so I’m already off to a great start. Personally, this rapture business is all a bunch of bologna, but I’d just thought I’d let you know we’re gonna be ok. Also, I kinda wanted an excuse to photoshop the above image. It’s pretty late my time… Anyways, feel free to comment your plans for our last day here on Earth! I’ll still be here, looking forward to more great Android innovations, Droid 2/X ROMs, and all the stuff worth living for. Mostly bacon…

Food for thought.

Working on a Hackintosh, Any Hints?

Hey faithful readers! Anyone out there ever work on putting OS X on non Apple hardware? More commonly referred to as a “hackintosh”, I’m looking at creating my own and I’m having a bear of a time. I did manage to find this and they’ve been very helpful. I guess I’m mostly looking for reasons to continue pushing this till it’s 100% working. It’s proving to be a major PITA even on pretty generic Intel hardware. I’m trying it on my girlfriend’s Acer laptop, hoping the lower requirements for OS X will help her enjoy this beautiful two+ year old machine a little longer. Any hints, tips, tricks, links are welcome. No OS bashing though!!! Telling me to give up and go buy a Mac Book is not helpful. Unless you’re willing to foot the $2,000 bill. Then go ahead, I take donations. 🙂

Long Term ROM Review: Apex 2.0 “Beta”

Well guys I know its been a while, but life happens ya know? And one thing you can always count no matter what happens in life is that the world keeps spinning. Including the tech world! One of our favorite devs, Fabdroid/@bigxie has done just that and released the “beta” version of his Apex ROM for the Droid X and Droid 2. Now this isn’t like what most people think of when they hear “beta”. Like he says himself, it’s “beta” in the Google sense of the world. This is no doubt a daily driver ROM. I’ve been going back and forth with other ROMs based off of various (read: waaaay too many) different leaks of the Gingerbread build from Motorola. ZombieStomped, Liberty GB, Rubix BlurryBread all come to mind and none have left me properly satisfied. Granted Liberty isn’t finished yet and I’ll of course be giving it a fair shot when it’s got some polish and finish. But until now there hasn’t really been “that” ROM based off Gingerbread for our Droid 2. In fact, this is one of the few I’ve tried that’s being made for the Droid 2. Most of the ones I’ve flashed that get updated are actually Droid X ROMs and then having the DXtoD2GB.zip flash file on hand. But this Apex 2.0 has really come along and I think you’ll be very impressed with how it looks, feels, and performs.

Keep clicking if you want to find out more in my in depth review and whether it’s worth installing for you or not!  Continue reading