Wednesday, February 27, 2013

MWC 2013: ZTE Introduces Grand Memo with 5.7-Inch Large Screen

ZTE Grand Memo
ZTE Grand Memo
There has been a trend in the smartphone market when other manufacturers saw the great succeed of Samsung's 5.5-inch Galaxy Note 2. That's to say, displays of smartphones are becoming larger and larger. Let along Huawei's 6.1-inch Ascend Mate, another large-screen handset, the Grand Memo, has been shown at MWC 2013 recently. This monster is made by ZTE, another Chinese large phone manufacturer other than Huawei.

Running Android Jelly Bean, the ZTE Grand Memo comes up with a 5.7-inch display with 720 * 1280 pixels resolution and 258 ppi. It's quite regrettable that the display only supports 720p. The phone has 16 GB of internal storage but lacks microSD slot. It has 1 GB of RAM, too.

Moreover, for cameras and battery specs, the Grand Memo is equipped with a high-resolution 13.0 MP rear camera, which supports auto focus, Panorama and 1080p video recording. The front-facing camera has 1.0 MP. A large screen always means large power consumption, such a device is actually powered by a massive 3200 mAh battery.
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The processor issue of Grand Memo deserves to be mentioned. It was said the phone 
packs the latest and most high-end Snapdragon 800 processor, sourced from ZTE's press release at MWC. It was skeptical and really weird for a mid-end smartphone to have a top-level CPU. Finally it was found out that the device only comes up with a 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, not a 800 one --- ZTE made a serious mistake in its PR (as the pic shown below).
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The ZTE Grand Memo will be available in China next month, followed by European markets in April. It's unknown whether the phone will be sold in the U.S. or not, and pricing details are currently not available.

Despite lacking a 1080p display, it's still an enjoyment for watching movies and playing games with this device. As to the Flash playing issue, since Adobe Flash is no more supported on Android, to play Flash on ZTE Grand Memo, users can not only install 3rd party flash players on Google Play but also convert SWF files to video format.


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Monday, February 25, 2013

Free Download Flash Games: Ashes 2 Ashes Zombie Cricket

Ashes 2 Ashes
Ashes 2 Ashes
Ashes 2 Ashes: Zombie Cricket is an online flash game on Mousebreaker. It's so called this classic online arcade game has been played for over 15 million times. Now users can also find a FREE mobile version of the game on apple's app store.

The Aussie cricket team has arrived on our shores but they have been replaced by brain-hungry zombies. It's time to put your batting skills to the test over 5 days of test match action and to win the urn and fill it with their Ashes!
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Play flash game online

How to play:
  • Mouse click to swing your bat.
  • For best results hit it on the bounce.
  • Hit it nearer the sweet spot for the hardest hit!
  • Decapitate shots=4, explosive decapitation=6.
Note: If the game below is unable to load on the page, please feel free to play it here.


Download the flash game for free
Do you like killing zombies with a cricket bat? Actually besides playing Ashes 2 Ashes on your iOS devices or playing online, you also have another option: download and play it offline for free!

With the help of Moyea Free Flash Downloader, you're able to grab any SWF files (games, animations) from websites, store them in your computer folder and play them with browsers. Enjoy playing free download flash games anytime and anywhere!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Top 5 Video Sharing Apps for Your iPhone

Hey dude. How do you usually share personal videos online with friends? When you’re on a desktop/laptop, you can simply upload videos to YouTube and share them to every SNS site as you like. And how about the situation when you’re on the go with an iPhone/iPad/iPod touch? Or should I say how to share short videos with your mobile devices?

Today I've found some iOS apps for video sharing, especially for short videos that less than 30 seconds in length. Install one of the apps on your device, you can easily shoot videos, edit them with filters/soundtracks as well as share your masterpieces with friends!

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No.1 Vine
Price: Free
Rated: 17+
Requirements: Optimized for iPhone 5. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
Introduction: Vine is a new short video sharing app produced by Twitter. It allows users to capture and share short looping videos up to 6 seconds long. Videos could be posted on Vine, then share to Twitter and Facebook. Users are also able to find follow and interact with people.
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No.2 Viddy
Price: Free
Rated: 12+
Requirements: Optimized for iPhone 5. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
Introduction: Viddy is like a video version of Instagram. With advanced camera, filter and special effects, turn everyday moments into perfect 15-second movies on your iPhone. Then share it with your Viddy community and upload them to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and YouTube.
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No.3 Socialcam
Price: Free
Rated: 12+
Requirements: Optimized for iPhone 5. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
Introduction: Socialcam is another way to capture, share and view videos on iPhone. Different from Viddy, video length and storage on Socialcam are unlimited. Moreover, videos are stored in the cloud, users can watch them on any smartphone, computer or tablet.
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No.4 Facebook Poke
Price: Free
Rated: 4+
Requirements: Optimized for iPhone 5. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
Introduction: Firstly I was ready to recommend Snapchat, a more popular sharing app, but this one only supports photo sharing. So let’s talk about Poke instead. Poke is brought to you by Facebook. This app helps you poke your friends to share fun moments, include a message, a photo or a video. You can choose how long they can see your content.
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No.5 VJAM
Price: Free
Rated: 9+
Requirements: Optimized for iPhone 5. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
Introduction: VJAM's free app adds a soundtrack to your 30 second video clip (paid version for any length video). It’s the only video app that uses auto-editing to tailor your selected soundtrack to perfectly match your video’s length - with cutting edge patent-pending tech to get professional results. Choose from 11 free themes, which combines perfectly paired image filters and soundtracks, to better capture the mood of the moment.
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

SWF to Facebook: How to Share Flash on Facebook?


How to upload flash files to Facebook
When we're surfing Internet, we are always attracted by different kinds of flash animations on the webpages, some of those are lovely, cool or funny. I also believe some of you are SNS masters who love to share your life styles on Facebook, twitter or other SNS sites with friends. Here comes a question: How can I share a flash animation, an e-card or even a flash game on Facebook?


There should be several ways to do the trick. In the past, users could embed flash files to Facebook Pages with an app called FBML. However, it's no longer available since June 2012. The FBML has been replaced by a new app named "Easy HTML - Static FBML". Try this new app if you're familiar with HTML as well as Chinese characters.
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This FBML app doesn't work any more

Well, let's get to the point. Here I'll introduce another method: Convert flash file to a Facebook suitable video, then upload it onto the Page. To do the conversion, we need a free download Flash to Facebook Converter. Steps are shown below.

Step 1 Download, install and open the Flash to Facebook Converter.

Step 2 Input flash file. On the interface of converter, click "Browse..." button and choose an option from the drop down menu. If the flash file is already stored on your computer, select "From Folder". If it's still embedded on a webpage, select "From Url". Multiple flash files conversion mode is supported as well.
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Import flash file
Step 3 Select output video format. On the converter, click "Export" tab and check the "Video" box. Then visit Facebook help center to know what kinds of video formats does Facebook support. As it says, "you'll have the best luck with the MP4 format", we may choose .mp4 as the output format. For example, we select "HD H.264 MPEG-4 AVC Video (*.mp4)" option from the "Style" drop-down menu.
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Select output video format
Step 4 To ensure the converted video can be uploaded and played smoothly on Facebook, we need to set the video parameters. On the "Export" tab, click Settings button, then a new "Profile" window pops up.

We have checked on Facebook help center in advance, it's said the best format to upload is H.264 video with AAC audio in MOV or MP4 format,and the larger edge of the video not exceeding 1280px. The setting of my video is like this:
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Parameters setting
Step 5 Click "Convert" tab to start conversion. On the preview screen, click "Play and Capture" and "Finish" buttons to start the process. When it's done, the converted MP4 video can be stored in a specific computer folder.
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Start conversion
Step 6 Simply upload the video to your Facebook Status or Page. It's just a piece of cake for you and me.
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Upload flash to my Page

This is how I share SWF to Facebook with my friends. If you have more convenient and efficient methods to do this job, please don't hesitate to share with everyone! Thanks!

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Monday, February 18, 2013

How to Play Flash on the 6.1-Inch Huawei Ascend Mate

Huawei Ascend Mate
Huawei Ascend Mate
How large is too large for a smartphone's display? Looking back on the CES 2013, you'll find some attractive large screen (5-inch and more) handsets: Sony Xperia Z, LG Optimus Vu 2, etc. Today we'll continually talk about another gigantic one: the 6.1-inch Huawei Ascend Mate.

The Huawei Ascend Mate will be sold in China firstly in this month, priced at $ 575 (about RMB 3583). This device comes up with a 6.1-inch screen, which is larger than Samsung Galaxy Note II's 5.5-inch one. However, the screen resolution is only in 720p. 


Detailed specifications from Huawei official website:

  • 6.1-inch HD IPS + 1280 x 720 LCD touchscreen with Corning Gorilla glass
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 1.5 GHz quad-core Hi-Silicon K3V2 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 8.0 MP rear-facing camera with HDR
  • 1.0 MP HD front-facing camera
  • 4050 mAh battery
Thought the Ascend Mate isn't equipped with a 1080p display, it's still suitable to play HD movies and games. Then how about playing SWF on Ascend Mate? Since Android and iOS platforms are no longer supported by Adobe Flash, user who want to play swf files on devices should look for alternatives. For Android geeks, currently they have two choices: install a flash player from Google Play, or convert flash to videos and play on their devices.

Today we'll have to see "How to convert flash files and play them on Huawei Ascend Mate". As an old saying goes, "a handy tool makes a handy man", to convert swf files to videos, we need a handy tool called SWF to MP4 Converter.

The following process shows how we usually do the conversion.

Step 1 Download, install and launch SWF to MP4 Converter, a free download tool that helps you convert swf files to Huawei Ascend Mate suitable videos.

Step 2 Import flash file. On the main user interface, click "Browse..." button and choose "From Folder" option to import local swf file from your computer. You are also able to select "From Url" option to input an online flash file to the converter.
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Import SWF file
Step 3 Output format setting. Click "Export" tab and then check the "Video" box. Choose "HD H.264 MPEG-4 AVC Video (*.mp4)" option from the "Style" drop-down menu.
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Output format setting
Step 4 Now set the parameters of output video to ensure the video can be played on Ascend Mate perfectly. Click "Settings" button, a window named "Profile" pops up. Since the resolution of the phone is 1280 * 720 pixels, we set the video size as "1280 x 720", audio codec as "AAC" and video codec as "H.264". Click "OK" button to confirm.
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Parameters setting
Step 5 Start conversion by clicking the "Convert" tab. You can click "Play and Capture" and "Finish" buttons to start the process. When it's finished, you can simply transfer video to your smartphone. Enjoy playing swf on Huawei Ascend Mate!
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Start conversion


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Sunday, February 17, 2013

5 iOS Apps for Tracking NBA All Star Game 2013

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The NBA All-Star Weekend 2013 is being held now in Houston, Texas. Have you watched games in front of the TV, or you're lucky enough to watch them in Toyota Center? I know some of friends are too busy and inconvenient to watch games, here I've found some useful iPhone and iPad apps for tracking NBA All Star Game 2013 as well as NBA regular season games.



NBA All Star 2013 icon No.1 NBA All-Star 2013 (iPhone or iPad)
Price: Free
Rated: 4+
Requirements: iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
Introduction: The official NBA All-Star 2013 App is the ultimate guide to All-Star games. Keep up to date with event information, live scores, video and photos. Vote for your favorite players to win contests during the weekend and play predictive games.
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Price: Free ($4.99 for NBA Game Time Plus, $15.99 for League Pass Mobile)
Rated: 4+
Requirements: iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
Introduction: The Award winning NBA Game Time is the official app to follow the NBA wherever you are.
Note: Only NBA Game Time from Sprint brings you FREE unlimited live coverage of every NBA game. Sprint customers get exclusive access to live NBA games on the Sprint TV ESPN channel and free access to NBA Game Time Plus with live radio broadcasts, game video alerts and more. All FREE with an Unlimited data plan from Sprint. 
Key features:
  • Excitement Notifications. Get notified when a game gets exciting at crunch time.
  • Customizable Threshold Notifications. Get notified when a player or team you are interested in passes a threshold in a specific game.
  • Twitter streams for each game. Follow the social interaction of the game as it happens.
  • Game experience redesign.
  • Customize to feature your favorite team.
  • Watch highlights from around the league. 
  • Up to date news and info from around the league.
  • Game notification capabilities.
  • Play-by-play experience.
  • Stats, scores, and schedules for every NBA game.
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Price: $0.99
Rated: 4+
Requirements: Optimized for iPhone 5.Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
Introduction: Listen Live in the Background to Professional Basketball games!
Key features:
  • The most stations anywhere.
  • Designed for all iOS devices.
  • Automatic updates.
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Price: Free
Rated: 4+
Requirements: Optimized for iPhone 5.Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
Introduction: Yahoo! Sportacular is designed to give sports fans their scores, news and stats as quickly as possible in a clean, beautiful layout. Experience fast, personalized, and easy access to live scores and information on your favorite teams, players and leagues.
Key features:
  • Customize your alerts and get instant reminders for specific events, like game start, scoring plays, red-zone or close game situations.
  • Get coverage of sports action from NBA, MLB, NHL, NFL, MLS, NCAA, NASCAR and more.
  • Get coverage of Soccer and football games.
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No.5 WatchESPN
Price: Free
Rated: 4+
Requirements: Optimized for iPhone 5.Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
Introduction: Download the FREE WatchESPN app to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and get 24/7 access to live streaming feeds from ESPN channels. Stay connected to live sports and shows from ESPN - wherever and whenever you want them.
Key features:
  • Live streaming access to the top events from the ESPN family of networks, including: NBA Regular Season and Playoffs, MLB, tennis, college football and basketball, etc.
  • Up-to-the-minute news, highlights and analysis with live streaming access to your favorite ESPN shows, including: SportsCenter, SportsNation, etc.
  • Easy-to-use search functionality for locating your favorite teams, shows and events.
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