Charge up 'dem lightsabers, Angry Birds Star Wars II has a free content update with 32 new levels on Mustafar and Geonosis. Those are all in the new Revenge of the Pork chapter, but you'll also find 16 new Master Your Destiny stages for those of you rocking the Telepod toys.
Microsoft has released another update for its OneDrive app on Android smartphones. Version 2.9.3 introduces push notifications for shared files and folders – perfect for those who frequently collaborate with others – as well as usual fixes, optimizations and some other minor improvements.
The BBC has today released a new CBeebies pre-school app on iOS and Android featuring Sarah & Duck. Children will be able to fire up Sarah & Duck: Day at the Park on supported devices to immerse themselves with characters from the same world as the BAFTA award-winning TV show.
Update: It's live! Google Play edition HTC One M8 and M7 devices are now starting to receive the update to Android 5.0.1, build LRX22C, over the air. As always, it'll take sometime for the updates to reach every handset out there. For those wishing to manually apply the update through stock recovery, you'll find direct links to the over-the-air update packages, weighing in at around 500MB each, after the break.
Original story: After a long saga that has seen the Lollipop update for HTC's One M8 Google Play Edition teased, then delayed, the company's Product VP Mo Versi took to Twitter tonight to confirm that they have received technical approval from Google and will begin rolling the update out to GPe M8 owners starting Friday.
It looks like the first round of Fitbit Surge trackers are being offered up to a select few who signed up to receive notifications about the device's availability. We've gotten a tip from a reader who was able to order one of the wearables with a special promo code during an exclusive "limited release."
Senator Ron Wyden has introduced a bill that would prohibit the U.S. government from mandating backdoor access into the smartphones and computers of Americans. The bill comes after the FBI engaged in a standoff with tech giants like Apple and Google over the use of encryption software on newer phones. Law enforcement officials cite public safety as a concern and claim that having backdoor access could help in criminal investigations.
Developer Harebrained Schemes has just released the Android tablet version of its acclaimed PC cyberpunk RPG Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut. The game is available to download from the Google Play Store for $6.99. The game is the latest entry in the long-running Shadowrun franchise, which takes place in a near-future Earth where high technology has merged with magic.
Google will be rolling out a software update for its Play Store app, giving its digital storefront a Material Design makeover. For Material lovers, the Play Store will get full-height drawers, consistent visuals and scrolling in the My Apps section, real-time card shadows, and a new My Account page.
It appears that Facebook isn't ready to give up on its Snapchat competitor yet. The company announced version 2.0 of its Slingshot app today, which heralds a complete redesign of the way it works. The app essentially now works like Snapchat's 'stories' feature, with photos sticking around for 24 hours. The twist is that users can choose to respond to individuals photos from the story.
Verizon's Mike Haberman today detailed a number of improvements coming to the carrier's LTE network next year. In short, the carrier in red will be rolling out carrier aggregation, adding more coverage for VoLTE, and continuing to refarm its PCS spectrum for LTE.
The Gallery is gone, but that's probably a good thing
To put it lightly, Google has had a tough time communicating its photo handling strategy on Android. Depending on the Nexus or Google Play edition device you have and its OS version, you have the Gallery app, the Photos app, or sometimes both. Now with the Lollipop update hitting phones, Nexus 5 and Nexus 4 owners are noticing that their options have been trimmed down to one — Photos is now the default (and only) choice for photo handling.
So what does that mean? Well, mostly it just reduces confusion by giving you one default option rather than two.
After releasing a pair of commercials for the device earlier this week, Motorola is back again with a couple of new ads for the Moto 360. In the same vein as the previous releases, these two new ads have a little fun with the classic watch commercial format.
Literary adventure game 80 Days will soon be making its way to Android devices. The game takes the form of an interactive novel following the 80-day attempt of Phileas Fogg to go around the world. The game uses an art deco style and steampunk trappings in order to immerse the play in its world. The game will be available on the Google Play Store, as well as the Amazon Appstore on December 16.
Holiday shopping can be tough, we know. Finding the best gift for your loved ones can be a pain, but we're here to help. This is the Mobile Nations 2014 Holiday Gift Guide so we can help you find the perfect gift for every name on your list. And this doesn't have to be for just that special someone — it's perfectly okay to get a little something special for yourself too. You've earned it.
So as we roll into the biggest and craziest shopping and gift-giving season of the year, it's time to find out what should be on your wish list — and what's on everybody else's lists. So let's dive right in to the Mobile Nations 2014 Holiday Gift Guide for the very best gifts for everybody from the writer and the student to the home automator and the businessman.
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