Remember ‘Crazy Taxi’ Arcade Game?

So, I remember playing Crazy Taxi- in the mall arcade and in the theater arcade way back when and also on my Sega Genesis, -I think. Anyway, I’m obsessed right now with all the news and newest goodies from Google, Android, etc.. and I have always loved finding time to bring some nostalgia into my life – whichever form that may be. Those two together have just made a little portion of Mr. Famous even more the happy. If you didn’t know, Crazy Taxi has been available in the Google Play Store for awhile but it was like $4.99, -and screw that. But for the next few days, until 3/19/2014, the word ‘Free’ has been added to the game’s title. Why would they kick the price?

Well, first just hurry and grab the now-free Crazy Taxi from the Play Store, and I would suggest downloading and using an app backup utility (App Backup & Restore) so you will have a copy for future android devices and installs after the 100% off sale ends, and second, here’s why they kicked the price for a few days.. !!! 🙂

“Sega’s using this sale to draw attention to an upcoming entry in the franchise, Crazy Taxi: City Rush. That free-to-play title will introduce modern visuals, but it will also come with less desirable innovations, such as social network integration and in-game currency.” –[androidpolice.com]

Crazy Taxi: City Rush Announcement Trailer

SEGA TAKES TO THE STREETS IN CRAZY TAXI: CITY RUSH

Legendary Crazy Taxi Franchise Returns to Mobile Platforms with New Arcade Experience Full of Signature over-the-top Excitement and Action

SAN FRANCISCO – March 14, 2014 – SEGA Networks, Inc. is pleased to announce the newest game in one of the company’s most iconic franchises: Crazy Taxi™: City Rush. From Kenji Kanno, the creator of the original Crazy Taxi arcade smash hit and Hardlight Studios, one of SEGA’s top mobile developers comes a game reimagined for a new generation of mobile gamers. Crazy Taxi™: City Rush captures the spirit of the beloved Crazy Taxi series with one-touch, intuitive controls that make for a fun and frantic ride everyone can enjoy. In Crazy Taxi™: City Rush, there’s no mission too insane, no stunt too dangerous and no passenger too outrageous…nothing is safe!

Free to download and play for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices, Crazy Taxi™: City Rush was designed exclusively for mobile and will release globally later this year.

“I’m very excited to finally be able to share with you the first news of Crazy Taxi™: City Rush,” said Executive Producer and creator of the arcade original, Kenji Kanno. “We are delivering a truly fun game that captures everything our fans love about the original and infusing it with several new features to create an even more fantastic and memorable experience.”

Swipe to quickly change lanes, whip around corners, onto sidewalks and ramps to send your cab soaring through the air. Drive crazy through an all-new big city setting.

Crazy Taxi™: City Rush will launch with a wide variety of adrenaline-fueled missions, wild challenges – and unique areas to unlock, explore, and master as you progress through the campaign. Customize your cab to increase its power and visual appeal with a wide variety of over-the-top upgrades. Take your friends for a ride and blaze a trail through the city, sidewalks, and alleyways for special rewards.

“Creating a new game for our Crazy Taxi fans is extremely rewarding,” said Chris Olson, Senior Vice President of SEGA Networks. “City Rush embodies the spirit of Crazy Taxi with its signature frantic arcade action and crazy stunts and also delivers a new mobile experience with easy one touch controls and social features.”

Crazy Taxi™: City Rush has soft launched in limited global regions, with plans for a full global release later this year. More information will be released leading up to the game’s official launch.

As a special ‘thank you’ to longtime fans, SEGA is also pleased to announce that the first game, Crazy Taxi, is now free to download on the App Store and Google Play for a limited time.

For more information on Crazy Taxi™: City Rush, please visit the official Facebook, Twitter and YouTube page.

Android 4.2.2 Leaked for Galaxy S III

Exclusive: I9300XXUFME3 – Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean leaked firmware for the Galaxy S III – Download link included below.

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We of SamMobile would like to give you the latest I9300XXUFME3 – Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean test firmware for the Galaxy S III. Big Thanks to our insider who made this all possible.

Development on Android 4.2.2 update isn’t completely done yet. We do not know if Samsung will bring the new Galaxy S4 Camera features to the Galaxy S3. We expect Samsung to do this but we are not really sure if Samsung will do this with Android 4.2.2 or with 4.3 for the Galaxy S3.

Android 4.2.2 is still under testing phase by Samsung and they will release the official final Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S III in June. We wanted to give Samsung’s hardcore fans a sneak preview of what Samsung is up to at their dev center.

New enhancements in Android 4.2.2 update

– Android 4.2.2 – Build ID: JDQ39

– New S4 Lockscreen: Multiple Widgets, two Unlock effects (Ripple and Light), improved ripple effect than Android 4.1.2, ability to change clock size and set a personal message

– New Screen modes (From S4): Adapt Display and Professional Photo

– Daydream

– Driving mode

– Actionable notifications

– New Additions in Notification Center

– Completely revamped Settings UI (Tabbed interface – Exactly like the S4)

– Addition of Voice controls (Let’s you control various parts of the phone using voice commands – Galaxy S4 feature)

– Gallery modes have white background (When changing gallery modes to 3D the background changes to white)

– Full screen Samsung apps

– New S-Voice (from S4)

– New smart switch widget

– Found more? Tell us about them in the comments below!

WARNINGS

– This firmware will increase your binary counter but the current binary and system status will remain official.

– We have re-packaged this firmware from dump files.

– There is no modem in this firmware, so the Modem you will be using before flashing this firmware will remain the same.

– This is a pre-release firmware and not official from Samsung.

– We have fully tested this firmware and this firmware works perfectly as any other official firmware.

Firmware Details

Android Version: 4.2.2 – JDQ39 (Jelly Bean)

PDA: I9300XXUFME3

CSC: I9300OJKFME1

MODEM: N/A

Region: Middle East

Carrier: Branded

Changelist: 611730

Build Date: 8 May 2013

Download: I9300XXUFME3_I9300OJKFME1_ILO.zip

Flashing Instructions

– Unzip the file

– Open Odin 3.04 (already included in the firmware package)

– Restart phone in download mode (Press and hold Home + Power + Volume down buttons)

– Connect phone and wait until you get a blue sign in Odin

– Add I9300XXUFME3_I9300OJKFME1_HOME.tar.md5 to PDA

– Make sure re-partition is NOT ticked

– Start flash, sit back and wait a few minutes.

– If you encounter any issues with the firmware (Any FC, Bootloop etc)

– Boot into recovery mode (Home+power+vol up)

– Choose to wipe/factory reset. (THIS WILL ERASE ALL OF YOUR DATA INCLUDING YOUR INTERNAL SD CARD!)

– Then choose reboot and you should be good to go!

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