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3 days ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Hacked, Lux, Ticket to Ride and more

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Apps of the week

Check out the apps we're using this week

We're back with another round of weekly app recommendations so we can share the apps we love, the new apps we're trying, or the apps we think are worth taking a second look at. In other words, if we think it's interesting, we'll share it here.

Apps are a big part of the smartphone experience, and the Google Play store brings a huge number of them into the mix. Take a look at our picks, then be sure to share your favorites in the comments. We're all in this together!

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4 days ago

The best Android apps and games of the week: FIFA 15 Ultimate Team and more!

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The Google Play Store has been busy churning out some solid Android apps and games this week. Soccer, errr, football fans have an updated FIFA game to dig into, there's a great new strategy games from the Anomaly guys, and a smattering of utility apps to top it all off.

As always, we're eager to hear what you've found in the Play Store, but in the meantime, here are our top ten new Android apps and games of the week.

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5 days ago

The best board games for Android

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Best Android board games

Board games have been experiencing a renaissance in recent years, and it doesn't take a lot of digging in the Google Play Store to see it reflected on Android as well. We've put together our top ten board games for Android for the consideration of long-time board game fans and neophytes alike.

The vast majority of the Android board games on our list employ in-app purchases for expansions, and thanks to established physical games, they tend to be well-balanced and lots of fun.

So if you're having trouble getting everybody together under one roof or just don't have any more shelf space for another box, pick up your Android phone or tablet to grab these fantastic board games.

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5 days ago

Vine updated with video trimming and undo

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Vine for Android has seen several significant updates over the past few months, and the latest brings improved editing tools to the party. The app, now up to version 2.5.0 sees the following improvements:

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5 days ago

Get moving with Just Dance Now and your Android phone

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Just Dance Now recently launched for iOS and Android, which offers booty-shaking gameplay minus the console. Players use their smartphone as a motion controller, and any screen with browser access as the primary game display. You need to match up with the movements of the dancer on the TV, laptop, or tablet, and are scored based on how closely you mimic the movements. If you're feeling brave, you can share video clips of your sweet, sweet dance moves to social media.

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5 days ago

There's a reason you're seeing more Google on new Android phones — Google wrote the contracts that way

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If it seems like Google's apps and services have been becoming more prominent on newer Android phones, it's because they are, and Google's mandated it be so. While Android is technically an open source operating system, as the likes of Amazon have shown with their own complete customizations, the version that most of us see comes with stipulations from Google. Namely, if you want the flagship Google Play Store on the new smartphone you're building, you will do as Google demands.

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5 days ago

Pocket Casts' web-based podcast player in beta now!

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Pocket Casts Web

This one's been in the works for a while now, and we're finally allowed to give you a little peek. Pocket Casts — one of our favorite Android apps for listening to podcasts — is working on a web version. It syncs up with your Pocket Casts account (which we still would love to see have some single-sign-in action), and generally is as awesome as you'd expect.

The web player is in limited beta testing now, and you can get more info and sign up to possibly give it whirl here.

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5 days ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for September 26

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any discounts out in the world that isn't listed, let us know in the comments!

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6 days ago

CreditCards.com's new WalletUp app makes sure you get the most out of your purchases

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The number of different rewards credit cards out there is astounding, and CreditCards.com and Wallaby are hoping to help you manage it with a new app called WalletUp. Tapping into the services of both companies, WalletUp aims to make it simple to choose which credit card to use for each of the purchases you make every day to get the most rewards. Whether you're getting cash back on purchases of gas, travel points on flights or extra coupons from an online store, WalletUp will have you covered

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6 days ago

Ingress Missions let you create your own real-world treasure hunts

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Ingress users will soon get an awesome update, adding in new Ingress Missions. With the new update, players will be able to create their own missions (scavenger hunts) that include a start point, waypoints, and an end point. Missions will start at existing Ingess portals, but can include waypoints based on Field Trip locations.

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6 days ago

Two new Humble Bundle deals offer big savings on Android games

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The Humble Bundle team has not one but two new deals that it launched this week that will be of interest to Android gamers who want to save some big bucks on a bunch of titles.

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6 days ago

Fight for the forest in Animals vs Mutants

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Netmarble is South Korea's largest mobile game publisher, but they've never had much of a US presence – until now. The newly-formed Netmarble US has just released its first game: Animals vs. Mutants. It's available for free on both Android and iOS.

Sure, Animals vs. Mutants is a different name for a game. But not that long ago, you'd have said the same about Plants vs. Zombies. The concept is sound – an evil scientist has started experimenting on woodland critters, turning them into malicious mutants. Only the player can rescue the remaining animals, by fighting it out on foot and summoning animal helpers to aid in the battle.

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6 days ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for September 25

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any discounts out in the world that isn't listed, let us know in the comments!

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6 days ago

Get $165 worth of paid apps and games for free from Amazon's Appstore

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Amazon is giving away over $165 worth of paid content, which include apps like OfficeSuite Professional 7, SketchBook Pro and many more, through its Appstore on Android. The deal is not limited to apps, as there are games like * Threes!*, * Sonic 4 Episode II* and * Riptide GP2* on offer.

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6 days ago

NVIDIA Shield Portable gets 480MB update to fix auto-rotate and streaming issues

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The NVIDIA Shield Portable (you may know it as just "Shield") is picking up an update tonight that comes in at a hefty 480MB and fixes a variety of nagging bugs. After the update to your device you should see improvements in GameStream quality, a fix for a bug that made the Twitch icon disappear momentarily, a bad glitch that caused the screen to not auto-rotate and improvements to the gyro sensor.

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