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Best cases for Honor 5X

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Best cases for Honor 5X

What are the best cases for the Honor 5X?

Whether you're looking for a simple, clear case or something a little flashier, the right case for your Honor 5X is out there. We went ahead and did the digging for you to find the best of the best cases you can get.

Lwang Nillkin Sparkle leather smart view window

Lwang Nillkin Sparkle leather smart view window

The Nillkin Sparkle case from Lwang comes in four colors, from the deep and subtle to the outstanding and vibrant. The hard plastic backing protects your phone while the leather flip cover protects your screen and gives you a little window into your notifications.

The clamshell design looks stylish and original. You get all-around protection for your Honor 5X with a finished, formal look that is suitable for work and play.

If you want the wallet look without any extra bulk, the Nillkin Sparkle case from Lwang is what you're looking for.

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DWay Armor Design with stand

 DWay Armor Design with stand

If you're the kind that's a little hard on your Honor 5X, your case needs to take extra care for you. The DWay Armor Design offers protection in six color varieties.

The dual-layer case will cradle your phone in spite of drops and bumps. The textured back and soft side bumpers give your Honor 5X a more rugged feel and look. If that's not enough, there's a built-in kickstand for hands-free viewing.

For a sturdier look and feel that will keep your Honor 5X extra safe, the DWay Armor Design is a solid choice.

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TUDIA Ultra Slim Full-Matte Arch case

TUDIA Ultra Slim Full-Matte Arch case

Not the flashy type? The case for your Honor 5X doesn't have to be an attention grabber. The four subtle colors of the TUDIA Ultra Slim case complement your phone without drawing attention to the device.

The TPU rubberized silicone case is soft, durable, and protective. Raised edges protect the screen from unfortunate encounters with hard surfaces, and the case gives you full access to all the phone's buttons and functions.

For a classic look that's a perfect match for the Honor 5X, get your hands on the TUDIA Ultra Slim Full-Matte Arch case.

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Spigen Liquid Crystal Ultra-Thin case

Spigen Liquid Crystal Ultra-Thin case

You're not stuck with only colorful cases to choose from; a clear case will show off the original hardware that makes the Honor 5X look so good. We like the Liquid Crystal case from Spigen.

The clear TPU case won't discolor over time, and you won't have to worry about smudges of fingerprints, either. A raised lip around the screen and camera cutout keep both sensitive areas protected from bumps, and the covered buttons keep their full functionality.

If you want to show off your Honor 5X the way it was intended to be seen, the Spigen Liquid Crystal Ultra-Thin case should be yours, all yours.

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Lwang Slim Fit Hybrid case

Lwang Slim Fit Hybrid case

Simple and straightforward, the second Lwang case on our list is the Slim Fit Hybrid, and its three color variations and reasonable price mean you could get one for each mood or outfit. Just sayin'.

The hard PC and flexible TPU combination add a nice grip to the slender Honor 5X, and the textured back surface prevents your phone from slipping off of smooth surfaces. There are precise cutouts for all the ports, buttons, and, of course, the camera lens.

Bonus feature: there are built-in air cushions in all four corners for a little extra drop protection. Sounds like a great deal to us.

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LK shock absorption hybrid case

LK shock absorption hybrid case

Let's say you like the look of Otterbox cases and you've been looking for that style to fit your Honor 5X. Look no further; we found a great plastic and silicone combination with the LK shock absorption hybrid case.

The soft bumper and anti-slip finish make it easy to keep a handle on your phone. The case is easy to snap on and off, and it's a snug fit. It's lightweight and gives you access to all the ports and buttons on your Honor 5X.

The six color combinations stand out and make your Honor 5X easy to find, and it's easy to see why the LK shock absorption hybrid case makes our list.

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Just in case

Which case are you using for your Honor 5X? Tell us all about it in the comments below, and give a shout if your case made our list!

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Best Android games with no in-app purchases

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Best Android games without in-app purchases

What are the best games with no in-app purchases?

There's something refreshing and low-stress about playing a mobile game without in-app purchases. Knowing that you're spending a couple of dollars to get an entire game that you can actually finish from beginning to end without being hounded to buy coins or gems or some other sort of in-app currency really makes the experience better.

(If you don't mind some in-app purchases, you should check out our roundup of the best Android games of the year!)

Here are the best Android games without those pesky IAPs!

Crashlands

This futuristic, story-driven crafting RPG is big on laughs, thoughtful gameplay, and FUN. Honestly, watch the trailer: it might just be the greatest of all time.

You play as Flux Dabes, a space-trucker who becomes stranded on an alien planet thanks to a jerk of an alien criminal called Hewgodooko. As you try to survive on this alien world, a plan for world domination slowly rears its ugly head and you become embroiled in the race to save the planet, all while trying to just retrieve your missing cargo and get your job done.

The crafting element comes into play as you defeat local wildlife, using their parts to create weaponry, furniture, health packs, and tons more. There are upwards of 468 different recipes for you to try, including a stem cell pack for replenishing your health (not even joking).

If you love a great RPG, and love to laugh even more, then Crashlands should be on the top of your list. It's worth the money. From a developer called Butterscotch Shenanigans, you really can't expect anything less.

Download: Crashlands ($4.99)

Leo's Fortune

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Who doesn't love an awesome platformer? Better yet, who doesn't love an awesome platformer with incredible graphics? Nobody, silly. Leo's Fortune is one of the most stunning platformers to ever grace Android.

You play as cute, mustachioed, green puffball Leopold on his quest to retrieve the gold that was so wrongfully stolen from him.

As you track down the cunning thief, you get to traverse gorgeous forests, barren deserts, pirate cities, and mountains, while solving physics-based puzzles and surviving terrible traps. As you follow the trail of gold, you unlock the mystery behind Leo's stolen riches.

Once you beat the game, you can unlock Hardcore Mode, wherein you attempt to beat the entire game without dying. You can also compete with friends in speed runs.

If you're into gorgeous-looking games with a fun story and consistently active gameplay, the award-winning Leo's Fortune is totally for you.

Download: Leo's Fortune ($4.99)

Grand Theft Auto

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If you're a console or PC fan of the Grand Theft Auto franchise, then why not extend your fandom to Android?

Rockstar Games has five great GTA titles for you to choose from and you really can't go wrong with any of them. Play through Liberty City Stories, San Andreas, Vice City, GTA III, and Chinatown Wars and get your shoot-'em-up, blow-'em-up, car-stealing fix on mobile!

Chinatown is your classic top-down GTA, while the other three are the third-person-shooters we've all come to love. On that note, these games are NOT for kids. The Mature rating in the Google Play Store isn't lying.

So, if you want full Grand Theft Auto games right on your phone, hit up the Google Play Store and go to town. Just remember that, since these are the full games you now and love, they will occupy a ton of space on your device.

Download: Grand Theft Auto ($4.99-$6.99)

Dumb Ways to Die

Dumb Ways to DieDumb Ways to Die

The title pretty much says it all, but whether it's the way each character dies or just the characters that are dumb is up to you entirely.

This game will frustrate you to no end, but in a fun, quirky, and always-entertaining fashion. You get to play 15 goofy mini-games, hoping to unlock all the characters and the ridiculous music video that started it all.

You'll have to contend with piranhas, snakes, platforms, bombs, and much more as you just try to keep some idiots alive (parents, you feel me?).

The best part of Dumb Ways to Die? It's FREE! Better yet, it's free and there aren't any in-app purchases. Download it now and prepare to be frustrated but laughing all the way through!

Parents, take note that this game is rated T for Teen, since it does contain some crude humor and blood.

Download: Dumb Ways to Die (Free)

Super Hexagon

Super HexagonSuper Hexagon

If you like a challenge, and I do mean an incredibly frustrating challenge, then give Super Hexagon a whirl and see just how patient you really are.

Gameplay is like every closing-door scene in an action movie where the opening gets smaller and smaller as the protagonists rush to escape, á la Indiana Jones.

Players have to navigate a triangle through a geometric maze of sorts that's spinning and continually collapsing into itself. If you hit a wall, that's the end; you have to start all over again.

The soundtrack is excellent and the three stages will keep you more than busy, especially as you unlock the near-impossible versions of each stage as you reach certain goals.

Download: Super Hexagon ($2.99)

Machinarium

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Enter a world set in a beautifully rendered, futuristic steampunk dystopia, where you play as Josef the robot, on a quest to save his girlfriend.

You'll have to solve a series of puzzles at each point in the game in order to advance to another part of the city, and you can even uncover easter egg back story scenes when you idle in certain areas.

As Josef, you tap items to solve the puzzles and brain teasers, but in an interesting twist on the genre, you can only tap whatever's in Josef's reach.

There is no dialogue and aside from the odd tutorial, everything is devoid of language. Instead, pictographic thought bubbles let you know what's on Josef's mind to help you work your way through the game.

If you like a great adventure game with a fun story and great graphics, Machinarium should be your dystopic go-to.

Download: Machinarium ($4.99)

World of Goo

World of GooWorld of Goo

One of the best puzzlers of all time is available for Android and should be on your device now. World of Goo lets you build all sorts of structures out of balls of goo, creating buildings, vehicles, and even giant tongues and zeppelins.

You get to play through four chapters and an epilogue, each containing multiple levels, which differ from each other in graphics and music, so everything feels fresh as you try and get your goo balls to the exit.

There's even a bonus game within the game called World of Goo Corporation where in you endeavor to build the tallest tower you can, using the goo balls that you acquired throughout the game. You can compete with players from all around the world and the developer, 2D Boy, is constantly updating the height of the tallest tower and how many goo balls are being used.

This is a light and cheerful puzzler that's head-scratchingly fun and addictive.

Download: World of Goo ($4.99)

Freja and the Sequel

Freja and the SequelFreja and the Sequel

If you're into some out-there humor and a quirky interactive story game, Freja and the Sequel might be just what you're looking for. It's your classic point-and-click adventure turned upside down by "humor, horror, and surrealism."

Freja, a computer nerd, is forced, at gunpoint, to develop a sequel to a popular video game and as she creates it, she becomes more absorbed in her work until reality itself comes into question and things start to get hella weird.

Throughout the game, you'll meet weird characters while solving some pretty tough puzzles, all while being stalked by a shadowy creature that resembles Freja.

This is definitely not a game for kids, since it contains quite a bit of swearing, some horror elements, drug references, and some perverse humor.

If you're looking for a break from the run-of-the-mill mobile games you're used to, then check out Freja and the Sequel and prepare to be pleasantly weirded out.

Download: Freja and the Sequel (Free)

Five Nights at Freddy's 4

Five Night's at Freddy's 4Five Night's at Freddy's 4

The horror masterpiece Five Nights at Freddy's is on Android and it's ready to scare your pants off and back on and then off again. The fourth instalment of the wildly popular franchise is very involved and will keep you on your toes as you try not to be mauled by horribly disfigured animatronics come to life.

You play as a child whose role in the saga is only discovered at the end of the game. You must defend your bedroom from Freddy Fazbear, Chica, Bonnie, Foxy, and worse, as you just try to survive until morning.

You have to keep track of both bedroom doors, your bed behind you, and your closet, where Foxy likes to hide, jump out of, and murder you.

With just your flashlight to protect you, clench your butt through six in-game hours of torment and terror. If you startle easily, this isn't the game for you.

Download: Five Nights at Freddy's 4 ($2.99)

Prune

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If you've just been playing the horror-fest that is Five Nights at Freddy's 4, then you'll need a palate cleanser of the relaxing variety. Enter: Prune. This isn't your typical mobile game in a big way; this is a tribute to the beauty of trees and a calming lesson in the art of cultivation.

To start, you draw a line from the base, then your tree starts to sprout from that line. As time goes on, you have to trim certain branches off, which causes other parts of your tree to grow bigger and in other directions. At times, the sunlight will change and you'll have to shape your tree so that its branches can touch the golden rays.

This is just about as soothing as it gets for mobile gaming, bringing nature and technology together in a beautifully synergistic experience. Bask in zen and find your inner horticulturist while you gently grow your precious tree, branch by branch.

If you're looking for a calming experience to take you out of your world for a little while, then download Prune and chill out, man.

Download: Prune ($3.99)

Did we miss any great games devoid of IAPs?

Let us know if you've got any recommendations of your own in the comments below.

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7 hours ago

Pokémon Go: A beginner's guide

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Pokémon Go is here and we've got all the details to get you started.

If you haven't already heard, Pokémon Go is already the most popular mobile game of all time. It allows you to wander the world catching adorable pocket-sized monsters and finding awesome new landmarks around your city as you do so. There's a lot going on with this game, but we've put together a guide to get you started.

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9 hours ago

Best minimalist cases for Samsung Galaxy Note 5

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Best minimalist cases for Samsung Galaxy Note 5

What's the best thin, minimalist case for Galaxy Note 5?

Don't hide the light of your beautiful Samsung Galaxy Note 5 behind a thick case. Let it shine with a minimalist cover that shows it off and protects it at the same time. Here are our favorites.

Samsung Glossy Cover

Samsung Glossy Cover

When you want to protect your Samsung Galaxy Note 5 from scratches, but you don't want to conceal the beautiful lines of your phone, you can't go wrong with the Glossy Cover from Samsung. Since it's made by Samsung, you know it will fit your phone to a tee.

You'll love how the Glossy Cover feels in your hands and the way it helps you grip the large and slippery Samsung Galaxy Note 5 — you'll also like the fact that this case protects it, while remaining unobtrusive; in fact, you might even swear you don't have a case on your phone at all.

The case itself is made of polycarbonate with a coating to prevent fingerprints and scratches. The plastic around the corners protects the most vulnerable parts of the phone and a see-through back lets you show off that attractive metallic finish. It's also compatible with Qi wireless charging.

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Ringke Fusion Crystal Clear case

Ringke Fusion Crystal Clear case

The Ringke fusion Crystal Clear case is a very thin yet protective case that shows off the Samsung Galaxy Note 5's shiny metallic finish.

It's a clear case that's got a TPU bumper that wraps around the vulnerable edges of the phone. To protect the ports from dust, this case features tabbed dust covers that are easily lifted off for full access.

A unique aspect of the Ringke Fusion Crystal Clear case is that it comes with a template from which you can create your own back cover. It's basically a cardboard cutout that allows you to cut photos to fit perfectly. Since the plastic cover is see-through, any design you create and insert will be visible — or you can just rock your attractive Samsung Galaxy Note 5 naked.

If you're looking for a minimalist case that shows off your device or lets you create your own back cover, then the Ringke Fusion Crystal Clear case is for you.

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Spigen Liquid Crystal case

Spigen Liquid Crystal case

The Spigen Liquid Crystal case is a flexible case that adds no bulk to the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 while still protecting it against bumps and scratches.

Made from flexible TPU, the Spigen Liquid Crystal case has a small raised lip surrounding the edges of the phone in the front and the camera lens in the back to protect these vulnerable areas from scratches.

Since the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is notoriously slippery to hold, you'll enjoy the fact that the Spigen Liquid Crystal case feels grippy, allowing you to feel confident that you won't drop that expensive tech on the floor while you're walking around..

There is one thing to be aware of about this and any other case made from clear TPU, and that is that it has the tendency to yellow over time.

If you want a bendable and minimalist case that doesn't add bulk, leaves your phone completely visible, and helps you maintain your grip on it, then give the Spigen Liquid Crystal case a try.

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Poetic Affinity case

Poetic Affinity  case

The Poetic Affinity case is designed to protect and enhance the appearance of your Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

Made from clear polycarbonate and soft TPU, the Poetic Affinity has patterned sides that make the phone easier to hold and keep it from slipping out of your hands.

The back is clear with a raised pattern that prevents scratches. The insides of the case have raised TPU ridges that help to minimize shocks, should you drop your phone on the ground and around the front edge of the phone is a raised bezel to prevent damage to the screen when you lay your phone face-down.

If you want a case with an attractive pattern that's also protective, then the Poetic Affinity case is a good choice.

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RhinoShield CrashGuard case

RhinoShield CrashGuard case

You can't get much more minimal than the RhinoShield CrashGuard case.

It's a bumper that wraps around the edges of your Samsung Galaxy Note 5 with a raised lip around the front edge to protect the screen. It weighs less than an ounce and is just 0.09mm thick, so yeah, it's really, really minimal.

However, don't let its barely there quality fool you. Believe it or not, the RhinoShield CrashGuard will protect your phone from drops of up to 11 feet. That's pretty crazy, especially for a minimalist case.

If you want a real minimalist case that is still protective, then the RhinoShield CrashGuard is definitely for you.

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Incipio Octane Pure Carrying case

Incipio Octane Pure Carrying case

The Incipio Octane Pure Carrying case is great for showing off the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 in all its shiny glory while still protecting it from getting banged up.

It's composed of a clear polycarbonate shell and a soft thermo-plastic urethane (TPU) bumper that protects the device from scratches and bumps without adding bulk. The TPU bumper comes in a colorful hot pink so that you can always find your phone, even in a dark room. It also looks nice and enhances the phone's metallic sheen.

If you want a case that's colorful and protective, the Incipio Octane Pure Carrying case is the one you want.

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What are your favorites?

We've told you about the minimalist cases that we love, but how about you? Let us know in the comments below.

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9 hours ago

Howl at the moon with these wolfish wallpapers

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Don't let your home screen fall into a rut — switch out your wallpaper!

You don't have to pull out a complex new theme like Spider-Man to bring a breath of fresh air to your home screen. A new wallpaper can do wonders, and launchers like Action Launcher can re-theme your entire home screen around a good wallpaper. In our effort to help brighten your device — and maybe your day — we're compiling some wallpapers for you to try out.

If you've got a wallpaper you use everywhere, share it in the comments below! We're always looking for something new. Now get your wallpaper picker ready and see what's in store this week.

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10 hours ago

Square Enix's Mobius Final Fantasy is coming to the U.S. and we got a sneak preview!

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 a hands-on preview

Get your RPG fix on the go with Mobius Final Fantasy!

It's an exciting time for North American fans of the Final Fantasy franchise. While we eagerly awaiting the release of Final Fantasy XV on PS4 and Xbox One (due in late September), publisher Square Enix is providing the world with something to whet their appetite in the meanwhile with the International release of Mobius Final Fantasy on August 3. Released exclusively in Japan last summer, the free-to-play game was praised as one of the best Japanese mobile releases of 2015.

We were provided access to an early build of the North American version; here's our first impressions from playing through Chapter One: Blank Slate.

Story and visual style

Example of a cinematic sequence in Mobius Final Fantasy.Example of a cinematic sequence in Mobius Final Fantasy.

The story places you in the boots of Wol (or whatever you decide to name your character), a young man who wakes up with amnesia in Palamecia, a world currently under siege from the armies of "Chaos". Our protagonist is but one of countless "Blankers" who have arrived in this mysterious world with no recollection of their past lives. The story begins as you learn of a mysterious prophecy which foretells that one Blanker is destined to become the "Warrior of Light" and rise up to save Palamecia from darkness.

Square Enix decided on breaking the game's story into chapters, which were released on a semi-monthly basis in Japan over the course of a complete calendar year. We'd expect to see a similar schedule of story updates for the North American release.

Since development began in 2013, Square Enix's stated goal for Mobius Final Fantasy was to bring Triple-A console graphics to a mobile RPG experience — and it's a claim they stand by to this day. In a recent press release, they boast that Mobius Final Fantasy features "console-quality HD visuals that push the boundaries of the mobile platform."

Having played an admittedly early build of the game, the graphics aren't quite as groundbreaking as Square Enix would like to have us believe — or perhaps would have been if it were still 2013 — but they're absolutely impressive for a mobile game nonetheless. Changing the resolution settings to High certainly makes things sharper, but it's still a far cry from the quality we've seen from current-gen console releases — including the aforementioned Final Fantasy XV. Ultimately, it's a matter of hardware limitations more than anything else.

If you're hoping for the lengthy cinematic cutscenes synonymous with other Final Fantasy console titles, you're in for a bit of disappointment. The plot unfolds through quick conversations with characters, rendered using the in-game engine. This might turn off some hardcore fans who really enjoy the cinematic storytelling, but it also makes Mobius Final Fantasy more accessible for casual gamers looking for a decent pick-up-and-play mobile RPG experience.

Having played an early build of the game, the graphics aren't quite as groundbreaking as Square Enix would like to have us believe, but they're absolutely impressive for a mobile game.

Speaking of the hardcore fans, it's worth noting Mobius Final Fantasy was developed by producer Yoshinori Kitase and writer Kazushige Nojima — industry pros best known for their work on the iconic Final Fantasy VII and many other iconic Square Enix titles. As such, this ain't some quick cash grab mobile game for Square Enix; Mobius Final Fantasy is a full-fledged release for the storied franchise, and you will notice and appreciate the attention to detail and care that obviously went into the game.

Gameplay

Create multiple decks, which consist of job, ability and weapon cards.Ability cards are earned by winning battles.You must be strategic with your use of elemental orbs when battling larger enemies.

Mobius features the character development and depth we've come to expect from a Final Fantasy release, including a job system, multiple ways to upgrade and customize your character, and upgradable ability cards which you earn in battles. Each special ability is connected to one of six elements: Fire, Water, Earth, Wind, Light and Shadow. Each job class is tied to three of those elements, requiring you to swap them out depending on the types of enemies you expect to face.

Battling is truly the heart of Mobius Final Fantasy, and was developed to be played with one hand in portrait mode.

Elements are most effective against their opposing element, so for example a Water ability will be most effective against a Fire opponent and vice versa. You'll need to create and manage multiple decks, consisting of job, weapon and ability cards if you hope to fulfill the prophecy and save Palamecia.

Battling is truly the heart of Mobius Final Fantasy. Developed to be conveniently played with one hand with the phone held in portrait orientation, the battling system combines the turn-based combat system typically found in JRPGs with the familiar tap-and-slash combat mechanics found in many popular action games for mobile. Tap to launch a physical attack on an enemy, which in turn releases Element orbs used to charge up your special abilities.

Once you've collected enough orbs, you're able to use your special abilities to unleash more effective attacks on tougher enemies. There's a ton of strategy involved in properly managing your elements, as the proper Elemental ability is often required to break through the tougher defenses of bigger enemies. Alternatively, orbs can also be absorbed to heal, or raise your character's resistance to a specific element for a set number turns.

There's also a social element to the game, wherein you rent ability cards from other players. This aspect of the game is somewhat limited in the pre-release build of the game, but it will be curious to see how that aspect of the game pans out after August 3.

Pre-register for in-game rewards

Pre-registration is currently underway, and will continue up until the official launch of the game. Pre-registered players shall receive a number of in-game rewards to help them on their journey, as well as a push notification as soon as the game is available to download in their region. Currently, over 150,000 players have pre-registered to unlock bonus content such as a special card featuring fan favorite Yuna from FFX. There are more rewards available via pre-registration stretch goals.

Mobius Final Fantasy will be released in North America and International app stores on August 3, 2016.

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11 hours ago

Google begins rolling out Family Library, a new way to share your Google Play purchases with family

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Google has announced that its Family Library feature will now begin its rollout. The feature will allow families to share their apps, media and more between accounts without having to pay multiple times. Up to six family members will be able to share purchases from Google Play, like movies, TV shows, books, apps, games and more, and there is no fee to use the service.

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11 hours ago

Nextbit begins selling 'ember' red Robin, announces upcoming August update

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One of the most unique phones gets another great color choice.

After some not-so-subtle teasing, Nextbit has put a new color of the Robin, a bright red hue — matched with a black main body — called "ember," up for sale on its website immediately. The new color carries the same $299 price available previously, but this color is available in a very limited quantity on a first-come, first-served basis. One of the defining features of the Nextbit Robin is its design and standout color options, and the ember color just adds to it.

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11 hours ago

HERE Maps rebrands to HERE WeGo, adds new features

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HERE Maps, the mobile mapping app that was sold by Nokia to a group of car companies in late 2015, has released a major update for Android in the Google Play Store. It also includes a name change to HERE WeGo.

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13 hours ago

Save a massive 80% on these JBL on-ear headphones today!

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Newegg is currently offering the JBL Synchros S300 headphones for just $30, which happens to be an 80% savings. Normally priced at $149, this $120 discount makes theese professional sounding headphones way more affordable. These on-ear headphones have a removable cable that has a 3 button remote and mic in-line, and the ability to be collapsed to transport them without damaging them or worrying of a tangled cable.

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15 hours ago

Pokémon Go Plus accessory won't arrive until September

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Nintendo UK has announced that the Pokémon Go Plus accessory won't be arriving until September. The company confirmed the delay in a Twitter response, thanking trainers for their patience. The small device can be deployed by players for $34.99 to help them detect and catch Pokémon.

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15 hours ago

How to recover deleted text messages on Android

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How to recover deleted text messages on Android

How do I recover deleted text messages on Android?

Sure, there are many sites that claim to offer recovery services, but you'd need to be running a rooted device. As noted by AC's Jerry Hildebrand, Android has used TRIM on the internal storage since 2012, so deleted data is constantly being overwritten. Chances are, unless you acted immediately after deleting the messages, they will be gone forever, in short order.

But if you want to make sure you never lose texts again — whether by mistake or when switching over to a different device — here's how to do it, using an app appropriately called SMS Backup & Restore by Carbonite.

How to backup your SMS messages

The first thing you'll need to do is download the free SMS Backup & Restore app from the Google Play Store.

  1. Launch the Google Play Store from your home screen or app drawer.
  2. Tap the search bar and search for SMS Backup and Restore.
  3. Tap SMS Backup & Restore by Carbonite, which should be the top result.

    Launch the Google Play Store from your home screen or app drawer, Tap the search bar and search for SMS Backup and Restore, then tap the free SMS Backup and Restore app, which should be the top result

  4. Tap Install.
  5. Tap Accept.
  6. Tap Open once the app has been installed.

    Tap Install, Tap Accept, and then tap Open once the app has been installed.

  7. Tap Backup once the app has opened.
  8. Tap OK if you're fine with using a default folder on your device, or tap Custom Folder if you want to store your backups on a MicroSD card or in a specific folder on your phone.
  9. Tap the checkbox next to the things you want backed up, especially the text messages (it's why you're here, right?).

    Tap Backup once the app has opened, tap OK if you're fine with using a default folder on your device, or tap custom folder if you want to store your backups on a MicroSD card or a specific folder on your phone. Next, tap the checkbox next ot the things you want backed up, in particular text messages, because that's why you're here, right?

  10. Tap the checkbox next to Call Logs if you want them backed up.
  11. Tap the file name next to Text Messages if you want to re-title it yourself.
  12. Tap the checkboxes next to Include MMS Messages and/or Include Emojis/Special characters if you want those included in the backups.

    Tap the checkbox next to Call Logs if you want them backed up, tap filename next to Text Messages if you want to retitle it yourself, then tap the checkboxes next to Include MMS Messages and/or Include Emojis/Special characters if you want those included in the backups.

  13. Optionally, tap Selected Conversations Only if you only want specific text conversations backed up. A window will pop up that lets you select the specific convos you want backed up.
  14. Tap your choice between Local Backup only or Local Backup and Upload, which reveals options to upload to Google Drive, Dropbox, or to Email. To upload your backup, you'll need to install an Add-on for SMS Backup & Restore.
  15. Tap OK.

    Optionally, tap Selected Conversations Only if you only want specific text conversations backed up. A window will pop up that lets you select the specific convos you want backed up. Tap your choice between **Local Backup only** or **Local Backup and Upload**, which reveals options to upload to Google Drive, Dropbox, or to Email.  To upload your backup, you'll need to install an [Add-on for SMS Backup & Restore, tap OK.

If you decide to only back up your messages locally, you'll get a message warning that you risk losing your backups if you lose or damage your device. You'll also be warned that if you set backups to be stored in the default internal storage, you'll want to transfer them to an external storage device whenever you decide to switch phones.

Your text message conversations will now automatically be backed up to wherever you chose to back them up!

How to restore your SMS messages

Once you've got your SMS messages backed up (again, if you just found this article and didn't have your messages backed up somehow, you're essentially out of luck), you can restore them on a new device or on the same one.

  1. Launch SMS Backup & Restore from your home screen or app drawer.
  2. Tap Restore.
  3. Tap the checkboxes next to the backups you want to restore. Depending on what you chose to back up, you may have both call logs and SMS messages.

    Launch SMS Backup and Restore from your home screen or app drawer, Tap Restore, then check the boxes next to the backups you want to restore. Depending on what you chose to back up, you may have both call logs and SMS messages.

  4. Tap the arrow next to the SMS messages backups if you have multiple backups stored and want to restore a specific one.
  5. Tap Restore.
  6. Tap OK. This info box informs you that to restore your messages you'll need to temporarily set SMS Backup and Restore as your default messaging app.

    Tap the arrow next to the SMS messages backups if you have multiple backups stored and want to restore a specific one, tap restore, tap OK. This info box informs you that you need to restore your messages you'll need to temporarily set SMS Backup and Restore as your default messaging app.

  7. Tap Yes. Your messages and/or call logs will start restoring.
  8. Tap Close once the restore is completed.

    Tap **Yes**. Your messages and/or call logs will start restoring, then tap close once the restore is complete.

And there you have it! Your messages (and maybe even your call logs) have been restored! If you've decided to back up your data to a cloud service, you should also be able to restore your old messages onto a new phone by following the same steps. Since the data is stored in an XML file, it's compatible with any Android device, no matter the make or model.

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