BBC D-Day's Last Heroes app commemorates 70th anniversary of landings

The BBC’s D-Day’s Last Heroes app is a sort of app recreation of and companion to its documentary about the historic WWII landings, combining original footage with new interviews filmed for the TV series in 2013. Maps and timelines help explain the events of June 1944, as survivors pop up to tell their stories about the battle.

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Men died so we can watch cat GIFs and moan at social media accounts that our internet isn’t going as fast as advertised. Thanks for the easy life, brave old men. Get the app here.

BBC 50 Years of Horizon celebrates science stuff on Android

The BBC has popped up a new app to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its Horizon science series. The Android app has a timeline of episodes dating back to the 1960s, also featuring a collection of interviews with presenters who offer their favourite moments from the programme and a few clips of the most interesting bits.

In slightly related news, stacks of old Horizon episodes are now up on iPlayer too, if you fancy a break from watching and tweeting about funny mobile phone adverts.

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The Google Play listing says the app is “Designed and fully optimised for iPad” which isn’t particularly clever. Whoever pasted that into the text field wants internally disciplining. Check it out here.

Vodafone Smart Tab 4 — 8-inch display for £125 on PAYG

Trying to flog us all tablets on subsidised data SIMs appear to be 2014’s Big Thing, with Vodafone joining EE in announcing an exclusive budget Android tablet for subscribers. It’s only a 3G tablet, though, so no superfast claims here.

The Vodafone Smart Tab 4 is an 8-inch model outputting at a resolution of 1280 x 800, powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core MediaTek chipset. Android 4.2.2 is the launch OS, with Vodafone HEADING YOU OFF AT THE PASS by claiming an update to the the 4.4 KitKat code is planned. Here it is:

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Adequate. Check it out over at Vodafone, where the Vodafone Smart Tab 4 is available outright for £125 or on a 2GB per month data contract for £29 plus a £20 monthly payment.

Random true/false gossip app Secret now on Android

Secret, the app that took the tech world by storm by generating an equal number of true and completely false rumours, is now on Android. The app offers the chance to say anything you like “free of judgment” by allowing users to remain entirely anonymous, although it’s also part social network, with people able to build up lists of like-minded anony-bots.

Rather oddly, though, it wants a phone number and to scan your contacts for “friends” to add. I don’t trust it. Here’s my secret on the left:

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It seems to be mostly populated by people posting morals and lies and jokes and things their dads said rather than useful or interesting points. Pass judgement yourself by downloading it from here.

EE Eagle — 8-inch Huawei-made tablet, for £199 on PAYG

The EE Eagle is a tablet that’s set to launch through the EE network on May 28th, when £199 will get you one with a PAYG SIM, or a monthly contract payment of £15 and a £49.99 upfront fee could get you the thing on a subsidised deal along with a 2GB monthly data allowance.

The Eagle is an 8-inch device running at 1280 x 800 resolution, powered by a quad-core processor of presumably Huaweian origin, with a 5MP camera and 16GB of onboard storage space inside. It looks quite pretty:

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And obviously it’s 4G-ready for using up your entire data allowance with a couple of hours of torrenting. The Huawei UI has really grown on us recently, too.

Sony Xperia Z 4.4 update now live

Some users in “selected markets” should soon start seeing their older Xperia Z phones prompting them to update, with Sony making its Android 4.4.2 or “KitKat” software available from today. Sony’s update changes the lock screen design, updates the status bar and notifications tabs to KitKat standard, fiddles with the supplied email and messaging app interfaces and more.

The upgraded software will also arrive on the Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR and Xperia Tablet Z models. Here’s one such device:

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The original Sony Z-Unit, from the olden days of early 2013. How things have not really changed very much since. Read more over on Sony’s blog.

Motorola Moto E – £89 4.3-inch budget Android phone

Motorola has announced a new mobile today, taking the hugely popular Moto G and scaling it down a little in order to sell it to MORE PEOPLE at a cheaper price. The result is the Moto E, a phone that arrives running Android 4.4 on an “up to” 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, outputting via a 4.3-inch display running at 540 x 960 resolution.

And while there’s only 4GB of onboard storage, Motorola’s stuck a microSD card slot on here. Lovely. The 5MP camera and lack of flash is not so awesome. The killer feature is its price, with Motorola expecting it to launch the Moto E for just £89 unlocked.

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Which is nice, although with the more capable Moto G only just managing a full-power smartphone experience for a tenner more, it’s hard to imagine that a slightly lower-spec device will be quite as popular. Maybe it’s for the kids.

Meanwhile, Motorola also announced a plan to launch a 4G/LTE version of the classic Moto G. That’ll cost £149 and will launch within weeks — and has been updated to include a microSD card slot too. Here’s the thing:

Introducing Moto E and Moto G with 4G: Smart phones priced for all

London, 13 May 2014 09:30AM. Motorola was the first company to bring consumers the cellular phone, the flip phone and a really, really thin feature phone.  Now we want to radically transform the mobile industry once again by making quality smartphones that can do great things, available to practically everyone. Read the full article »

Half-Life 2 out now on Android*

*Nvidia Shield.

Astonishing news on the game front has arrived today, with an Android conversion of PC legend Half-Life 2 now available. Sadly, through some Nvidia promotional business, it’s only for owners of the Nvidia Shield right now. But that’s sure to change in future, either officially or unofficially.

Here it is:

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If, by some amazing fluke of consumerism, you happen to own an Nvidia Shield, it could be yours for £5.99.

Huawei Ascend P7 – Android 4.4 on 5-inch, 1080p display

Huawei’s going into the premium HD five-incher world, with its Ascend P7 combining a 1.8Ghz quad-core Huawei chipset with 2GB of RAM and a full HD display. There’s a 13megapixel Sony sensor around the back of it, plus a high-res 8megapixel front-facing camera that builds upon that offered by last year’s Ascend P6.

The 2,500mAh battery compares well enough with its peers, plus the entry level storage option on the P7 is 16GB — and there’s an SD card slot on it too. Here she is, in a photograph we just took here at the launch event in Paris:

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What’s not so thrilling is seeing Huawei’s bonkers Emotion UI laid atop Android 4.4 here and the lack of the app drawer, but Huawei usually lets you turn off most of its customisations so perhaps it’ll be bearable. Not as amazingly innovative a phone as Huawei was suggesting, so as ever our enthusiasm levels will be determined by its eventual selling price.

"METAL SLUG, the pinnacle of 2D action-shooting on NEOGEO returns in a Tower Defense / Strategy game"

Says it all. Publisher SNK Playmore has released Metal Slug Defense on the Play Store, a game that takes the 2D art style of the classic shooters and shapes it into a modern mobile tower defence game. As well as solo play it offers “Online VS Battles” for those after a bit of multiplayer action, something that could be rather awesome. Could be. Here’s what it looks like:

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Metal Slug Defense is free to download but *sigh* offers in-app purchases. See how you get on with it here.

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