Free to play games are often little more than cynical unending grabs at players' wallets. But every now and then a free to play game comes along that is actually fun for free and paying players alike.
Metal Slug Defense from SNK Playmore is one of those games. Just as Rhythm of Fighters adapted the KOF series into a mobile-friendly music game, this one turns the venerable Metal Slug series of run-and-gun shooters into a unique and addictive tower-defense game. Want to know which upgrades and units will help you beat the game? Then read our latest tips and tricks guide.
Motorola has updated the Moto Assist and Contextual Services applications today. The changes, which mean an update for all 2013 Moto phones, allow Home mode and Driving mode to be pushed to the budget-friendly Moto G and Moto E devices.
Google Now cards can offer a lot of information at a glance. This is how to make them work for you.
Google Now is much more than a Siri- or Cortana-like virtual assistant. It has cards that can let you receive a lot of information and process it quickly. They show up when they're needed, and they have very practical uses.
For example, I'm a very forgetful person. With that being the case, there are some cards that are very useful. I can receive reminders to call Mom back in a couple hours after studying for exams or finishing papers that are due soon (sorry, Mom). I also like the fact that I can set reminders to give my roommate cash for my portion of the Internet bill when I get back to my apartment. It can give me a rough estimate of where I parked my car, which is useful because I can spend a good chunk of time searching for it if left to my own devices.
Anyway, Google Now cards are neat and nifty. A lot of what information shows up depends on what information you give Google, which will admittedly cause some people to hesitate using the services, but please read on before deciding whether or not to use the service. Displayed information will also depend on settings enabled on your phone and even your location.
You can also see some cards when you're using the Chrome browser, but we'll be talking mostly about cards on Android devices here. Here we go!
From the mind of Chris Lacy, one of our favorite Aussie developers and the brains behind ActionLauncher, LinkBubble and others, comes HomeTube, a devilishly simple app that gives you a quick and easy way to babysit your kids with your Android devices.
HomeTube's sole purpose is to serve up kid-friendly YouTube videos in one place. It's technically a launcher, so you can fire it up, set it as the default on a secondary profile on a tablet and not worry too much about little Timmy getting into too much trouble. (Getting into the settings isn't all that difficult or hidden, though, so you'll want to keep a little supervision, probably.) Or you can just use it as a traditional app if you don't want to muck about with app defaults and what not.
Pony up a 99-cent in-app purchase and you can pick and choose from a bunch of categories — Curious George, Dora, cars, Peppa Pig, Spider-Man, to name a few. For parents of kids who live with their faces buried in YouTube, this is a no-brainer.
Motorola hasn't launched the new version of the Moto X yet, but the company has already made some changes to the Touchless Control app that it will use, renaming it the Moto Voice and adding in some features.
Fireproof Games has announced that their runaway hit puzzle game series, The Room, will be launching its third iteration this spring. There's not a ton of information to run on here, but the devs promise "to evolve the mysterious story and take puzzle solving to higher and weirder places than ever before."
The Federal Trade Commission has announced a settlement agreement with Google, for $19 million, in a complaint that claimed Google was billing parents unfairly for in-app purchases that were made by their children without the parent's consent.
Rovio has just launched its latest game in its long running Angry Birds physics-themed puzzle series for Android devices, via the Google Play Store, along with the Amazon Appstore for Kindle devices and the Nook tablets. The new title is Angry Birds Stella and yes, Stella is still plenty angry at the game's pig villains.
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