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The best new Android games of August 2014

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Swing Copters for Android

Summer is winding down, but the Android games sure aren't. August saw a ton of really great Android games come to the Google Play Store, including the latest from the creator of Flappy Bird. We've got a few extremely twitchy Android games, and a few for the more casual gamers.

Good to go? Dig in for our top five Android games to hit the Google Play Store in August.

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1 hour ago

Tronsmart's new media box will support your shiny new 4K television

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Tronsmart has announced the Orion R28, a sweet new media hub running Android 4.4 KitKat and powered by a Cortex-A17 processor. As the product name suggests, the R28 is based on and around the Rockchip RK3288, a quad-core processor, accompanied by the ARM Mali-T764 GPU. This combination enables the device to handle 4K H.264 and 10bit H.265 video for some stunning images on today's TV sets. Overall, it's a handy little product for enthusiasts.

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Deal of the Day: BodyGuardz Anti-Glare ScreenGuardz for Samsung Galaxy S5

This Galaxy S5 screen protector is custom designed to fit perfectly on your display and is easy to apply, even for a newbie. The ultra-slim PET film reduces glare and fingerprints while providing a smooth touchscreen experience.

The BodyGuardz Anti-Glare ScreenGuardz are available for just $8.95; that's 44% off today only! Include 2 per package.

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2 hours ago

Super Meat Boy Forever to make a mark on mobile devices in 2015

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Super Meat Boy Forever, an all new game in the critically acclaimed indie platformer series, was announced this week for smartphones, tablets, and Windows for a release sometime in 2015.

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3 hours ago

How to see what Google thinks you like

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Google Ad Settings and how to tailor them to you

Google brings us wonderful services and the Android ecosystem, but let us remember that its primary function is as a search engine. And secondarily it's to sell ads — and targeted ads, at that. And there's nothing inherently wrong with that, as ads keep on the lights at Google and keep the lights on for many, many sites around the world wide web. And targeted ads help keep the stuff you'd never, ever spend money on away from your eyeballs.

But how does Google know what you want to see? How do those ads target you, and what does Google think you like? And how can you change it if they're wrong, or if you think they're wrong to do it in the first place?

Let's dive into the wonderful, wonderful world of ad optimization.

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15 hours ago

Galaxy Note 4 leaks in a strange blocky case

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With Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 event only days away, it seems inevitable that something else was going to leak before the main event. Here we see Samsung's stylus-friendly smartphone inside a security case to keep its identity a secret, but a handy screenshot from the device courtesy of our source clears up any confusion. This same blocky security case was seen recently in another Note 4 leak from the folks at TechTastic, but there's no doubt that when Samsung is ready for the big reveal the Note 4 will have shed this awkward casing in exchange for some more familiar looks.

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16 hours ago

Android Central 200: Galaxy Note 4, Motorola, IFA and more!

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Audio-only stream below

The next couple weeks are going to be crazy, between IFA at large, Samsung specifically, and more, finally, from Motorola. On this, our 200th official episode, we preview all the things.

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16 hours ago

Weekly sidebar poll results: What matters to you in a smartwatch?

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Smartwatches

Looking good matters

Back at the beginning of the week we asked you what mattered the most to you in a smartwatch. Maybe it matters most who made it, or what shape it is, or even how it feels when you wear it. Or maybe you just never are going to want one. All valid answers, but none were even close to being the popular choice.

That honor goes to how it looks. It makes sense — a watch is not a smartphone but a piece of jewelry. Functionality aside, nobody wants to wear something that looks hideous on their wrist and look at it hundreds of times a day. I sure don't, and voted accordingly. And 47.41-percent agree on one thing.

A watch has to look good if you want us to wear it.

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19 hours ago

Google Translate app gets phonetic support for more languages

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The Google Translate app has been updated with improved offline languages and expanded phonetic input support. The issue with entering text for some languages is simply that the characters aren't available, or are understandably buried, in our standard English QWERTY keyboards. To make things easier, Google Translate supports phonetic entry: type it in how it sounds, and Google will figure out what it is you're actually trying to say.

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20 hours ago

Back to school: The best Chromebooks to consider for college

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Back to School Chromebooks

You'll be surprised how much schoolwork you can get done on a Chromebook, and appreciate the cost savings at the same time

Chromebooks have proven to be an extremely valuable tool for schools teaching younger children that want to introduce them to technology, but they have also shown to be a great go-to machine for young adults heading away to college. Whether you're going to a big school on a full-time basis or are just getting started with a smaller program, you'd be surprised as to how much of your college work you can get done with an inexpensive Chromebook rather than a full-fledged laptop running Windows or OS X.

If your school is one making use of Google Apps for your .edu email address as well, Chromebooks can be even more of a no-brainer considering the deep integration with Google's services. And depending on your choice, you could stand to save a huge amount of money going with a Chromebook for your laptop rather one running any other operating system. Read along to see our picks for the best Chromebook to take to college this year.

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