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Have you happened to try typing in “Zerg Rush” in google lately?

Recently discovered, the creative minds at el goog have added a new easter egg to the popular search engine, this time based off of StarCraft 2.

When you type in “Zerg Rush” in a search you’re greeted with a page of attacking google “O”‘s that you can click on to destroy to try and save your search results. Once they are all gone you can share your highscores on google plus!

Pretty fun if you ask us, chalk one more up for google!

Try it

We all knew this day was coming, Bell’s exclusivity for the Galaxy Nexus has just about ended and Rogers, Fido and Telus are all set to release the Galaxy Nexus this Friday (January 13,2012)  and it looks like Telus is sweetening the deal by dropping the price to only $99.99 on a 3 year contract. Previously this phone has gone for $159.99 on a 3 year and we’re not sure of Rogers or Fido’s pricing yet, but we’ll keep you informed!!

Source: Mobilesyrup

Lots of crazy news is happening at the moment with CES in full swing, but there are a few choice bits of information that we really like to hear. Possibly the one of the biggest bits of news we’ve heard so far is that our very own Telus is going to be launching the Samsung Galaxy Note (5.3 inch Super AMOLED screen with its very own special S-Pen, dual core 1.5ghz processor, 1gb of ram) as well as they’ll be finally matching Rogers and Bell by launching their very own LTE network.

The Note itself is supposed to bridge the gap between Smartphones and Tablets and we’re very eager to get some hands on time with this device, but the fact that Telus will be launching LTE as well just makes this news even sweeter.

Who’s going to be holding out on getting the Galaxy Nexus (that Telus is releasing this coming Friday) for a Galaxy Note?

Take a look at one of Samsung’s commercials for the Note below.

 

 

Source: Engadget

So hot on the heels of some “leaked” images of the surely to be upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III that leaked last week (that were totally fake), are new rumours about the specs of possibly what will be Samsung’s next FlagShip phone.

The current Galaxy S and S II line have already shipped more than 30 million units world wide, so obviously Samsung is going to want to pack an extra punch with it’s 3rd iteration of its ever so popular device.

These specs are all to be taken with a grain of salt (leaked over on Korean site ETNews), let’s break down the rumours and see what we think is real or not.

Quad-core processor

-The Transformer Prime is the first tablet to be released with a Quad-core processor. It’s hit some Canadian shores and suffered a delay everywhere else. By the time this phone comes out, its possible everything will be hammered out and finalized so we can chalk this rumour up to a definitely possible, besides Samsung is going to want to stay ahead of the pack if they want to keep the Galaxy S line on top.

Super AMOLED Plus 720p Screen

So far there has been no word on an actual screen size for the phone, but we’d bet it’ll be something similar to the Galaxy Nexus (maybe they can lose the PenTile display by then), but I think this is a given for all their new high end smartphones.

Android OS 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with TouchWiz

This has to be the one spec we can bet our lives on this phone having. We already know Samsung is in the works cooking up some IceCream Sandwich goodness with TouchWiz for its other Galaxy S II line, the 3 would have to have this already included.

LTE-enabled

LTE is not a far stretch. It’s the way the mobile world is heading and considering Samsung already has LTE in the Galaxy Nexus (on Verizon) and in the Galaxy S II LTE I’m sure they’ll find a way to squeeze it into their new baby (hopefully they’ll have a way to keep the battery chugging along longer though by then!)

2GB of RAM

So far no phone has passed the 1GB of Ram spec. If the phone did indeed move up to a quad-core processor, I could see this being believable, although possibly somewhat unnecessary as 4.0 already adds a lot of control and improvements over the RAM, they may want to add this for more “console” style gaming that’s expected to hit phones soon.

Last but not least, our favourite:

3D Screen

Lg’s done it, HTC’s done it, and well, it’s probably about time for Samsung to do it. By far, of all the TV’s out there, we were most wowed by Samsung’s Smart TV’s and their stunning display of 3D, why not bring that fun to their mobile phones as well?

The hard part we have believing with this is that they’d be able to manage this with the current Super AMOLED HD screens that are currently out (otherwise why wouldn’t they have done it already?) Unless they were waiting for a couple other competitors to get it into the market, get people interested in it, and then hit the masses with a huge does of 3D all at once.

Besides, Galaxy S III, Galaxy S 3D? Seems like a pretty easy marketing campaign right there.

So all in all, out of all the rumours I’ve got to say we can seriously see a lot of them coming true if the cards fall into place.

Mobile World Congress is in February so we might see a reveal then, which means we may not have that long to wait after all!

Now the real question is, would you guys like it if they threw all this into one seriously powerful Superphone?

Let us know in the poll below!

Source: ETNews

Via: MobileSyrup

 

Merry Christmas everyone out there!

Just thought we’d share a fun little Easter Egg we found using GoSMS on Android this past holiday.

If someone texts you “Merry Christmas” and you open the message using GoSMS you’ll notice it will start to snow on your screen! So even if it’s not a white Christmas outside for you, you can still enjoy the Holiday spirit on your phone!!

If you aren’t lucky enough to have an Android Phone (or don’t want to use GoSMS) you won’t be left out of the winter fun as we found another fun Google Easter egg recently that lets you frost over your screen with snow when you google search “Let It Snow”. Once the page becomes completely frozen the search button even becomes a “Defrost” button!!

Once again we hope you all had a wonderful Holiday and we wish you all the best in the new year! Remember keep checking back as we’ll begin updating a lot more frequently again!

Google never ceases to amaze us here at eTechTour. Besides being a huge company that basically has their foot in every type of business there is, they still haven’t lost their sense of humour and fun and aren’t shy about sharing that with the world. In a recent discovery here, we found that El Goog has certain “power” search phrases that make fun things happen when you enter them in www.google.com.

So far we’ve only be able to find 2 (well 3 phrases but 2 do the same thing) but we’d love to hear if you can find more!! So, without further ado, here’s how to have some quick fun!

 

  1. Go to www.google.com
  2. Try typing in “tilt” or “askew”
  3. Hit enter
  4. Watch the fun
  5. Repeat with “do a barrel roll”
Hope you enjoyed that and leave us some comments! And if you find any more? Don’t forget to let us know! Happy friday everyone!

So amid all the insane phone news today, the Motorola RAZR (or Droid RAZR in the US) was announced by Motorola today, this sleek and sexy phone is made of KEVLAR fiber, Gorilla Glass and is INSANELY thin. It’s packing a 1.2GHz dual core processor and 1 GB of RAM. a 4.3inch screen with a Super AMOLED screen its sure to make any techy drool. It can record 1080p video and has an 8mp snapper attached (with the oh so well known motorola bump). Sadly it’s not running Ice Cream Sandwich but we know thats being saved for Sammy and el-Goog later tonight.

Despite all these wonderful specs, there’s more, Motorola has added SMART ACTIONS which allow you to customize profiles telling your phone when to do what allowing it to save battery when you’re at home or work or while it’s low on battery. It’s got government grade Security built in to keep all your information safe and the new big Cloud in the picture called MOTOCAST. This like most cloud storages that are ever so popular these days, promises to automagically upload and retrieve your information pictures, videos etc anytime you want and without having to really interact with the cloud!

The last bomb we want to drop is that this beast of a phone is going to be released before the holiday season, and will be coming to Canada exclusively from Rogers! Rogers is said to start pre-ordering it almost right away but at the time of writing this it wasn’t working yet. I’m sure it will be available through the device registration system soon.

Now who’s ready for the big Samsung/Google news at 10pm tonight? Keep it locked here and we’ll fill you in with all the details!

Source: Motorola

All things considered, this didn’t take too long to get up and going. Google announced that they would be competing with the likes of companies like Netflix by offering their own movie rental system through the Android market and well today, it has gone live for all!

You can now choose between a fairly solid selection of new and older movies ranging anywhere between $2.99 to $4.99 in price. Once you purchase it you have 30 days to watch the movie and once you start watching the movie you have 48 hours to complete watching it.

All the movies are nicely sorted into sections that you can browse at your convenience including categories like Staff picks and most rented. So far looks like a pretty cool service, so who’s going to give it a try? Let us know in the comments!

You can also check them out from the online market here.

Source: Android Market

 

So we all knew that this day was coming, the Samsung Galaxy S II will be available on both Bell and Virgin starting tomorrow morning, we already had confirmation of the price from Bell and Virgin has now decided to break their silence and release a quick email to everyone who had signed up for information about the Galaxy S II (that promised something special for signing up)

Well the facts are in, everyone who signed up for details on the Galaxy S II are able to purchase the phone NOW online only though. So you can order it one day early (while supplies last) as well they are offering free shipping and a 25 giftcard!

Not too bad for a little promo ontop of an amazing phone. We had heard rumours they would release a $30 6gb plan but so far no details matching that claim, but there is still time.

As for the prices they are exactly the same as Bell, $169.99 on a 3 year contract or the super tab, and $599.99 with no contract.

Who’s ordering one online now?

Source: Virgin Mobile

So we were lucky enough to be able to attend the Rogers/Samsung Infuse 4G Launch party last night and managed to grab a video of some key Rogers people (Raj) and Samsung people (Paul) talking about their partnership and what they’re hoping it will mean for both their countries.

They also dropped some pretty interesting tidbits of information like, Paul from Samsung mentioned

-Samsung Captivate was a phenomenal success and is still selling strong almost a year after launch

-Infuse 4G biggest SuperAMOLED Screen

-21mb/s 4G data speeds

-Infuse will be launching with Android 2.3 instead of Froyo which the States version currently 

The biggest thing we would mention is that Paul from Samsung said…

Just the begginning of some great Samsung phones coming to Rogers in the next 90 to 120 days that will surpass your excitement level

So which phones could he be talking about? We’ve known for a long time now that the Galaxy S II will be releasing in multiple different forms like the original yet we’ve heard no word of ANY releases except for Bell/Virgin which is tomorrow. Will the Galaxy S II be launching on Rogers within the next 3 months? Or could they possibly be talking about the Samsung Hercules or something similar?? Who knows, but we’ll be sure to keep our eyes out for any new news!

As a nice recap, the Samsung Infuse 4G has a huge 4.5-inch Super AMOLED display and packs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and a 1.2 GHz processor. A release date is not set yet, but I was able to squeeze out of the reps at the party that the launch for it would be announced within the next few days (accessories are already showing up in Rogers stores).
 

 

 

 

Until we know more info, check out the videos and a couple pictures, we’ll get a full review of the device up in a couple days.