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1 month ago

Official Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game hits Play Store

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Just in time for the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, an official action game has just gone live in the Google Play Store. Players pick one of the four classic turtles, and use specific swipes and taps to lay the beat-down against Shredder's minions in a number of different ways.

Tapping the screen when an enemy is about to attack launches a counter, while upward swipes send baddies into the air, and horizontal ones deliver devastating attacks.

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1 month ago

Madefire finally brings its digital comic book reader and store to Android

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Madefire, a company that sells digital comics from DC, IDW, Dark Horse and other publishers, has finally released an app for Android devices via Google Play that could serve to give Amazon's ComiXology app a run for its money.

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1 month ago

Minnesota Vikings wearing Google Glass during camp

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Training camp for the Minnesota Vikings is underway, and while they're getting down to business, football fans will be able to enjoy a first-person view thanks to Google Glass. There aren't too many details just yet about how we'll be able to catch the show just yet.

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1 month ago

Chrome 37 beta for Android released with Material Design update and more

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chrome beta

Google has released the beta version of Chrome 37 for Android, which has some Material Design updates and more for the web browser.

The change log includes:

  • Material Design updates
  • Simplified sign-in
  • Lots of bug fixes and performance improvements!

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1 month ago

Xbox One SmartGlass beta updated with game purchase feature and more

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Microsoft has updated the Xbox One SmartGlass beta app for Android devices in the Google Play Store, adding a number of new features for people who also own the console, including a way to remotely purchase digital games for the Xbox One.

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1 month ago

Instagram may be working on one-touch photo messaging app called Bolt

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A few Instagram users have received notifications to download a free app from the developers called Bolt, which is described cryptically as a one-tap photo messenger. That sounds an awful lot like Snapchat, though we'll have to wait to see if that's the case. Unfortunately the download link pointed to a dead end and the notification was quickly removed.

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1 month ago

Google Voice can now handle website calls via Hangouts without Google+

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Google has just revealed that web surfers can make Google Voice calls via Hangouts without the need for a Google+ account, in the latest move towards an eventual merge of Google Voice and Hangouts.

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1 month ago

Top app, device and accessory sales for July 24, 2014

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Looking to gear up for the summer? We've got some new sales on Android devices, accessories, and apps that you may be interested in...

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1 month ago

HTC offloads its clock app to Google Play, is finally available

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HTC Clock app

HTC recently added its Clock to the list of apps it's moved into Google Play, and it looks like it's finally available for updating. (It had been floating around in Google Play for a few days but wasn't actually able to be updated for most folks.) Not sure if that's an offshoot of the Android 4.4.3 update the HTC One M8 is receiving, but the app quickly jumped from 5 to 10 downloads to the 5,000 to 1,000 range.

Snag it at the link above. And also be on the lookout for a HTC Service Pack update in Google Play as well.

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2 months ago

Flickr for Android review

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Flickr for Android

Flickr has been in the photo game for a looooooong time, and as you might expect, their Android app is very well done, even in a world rife with picture-sharing options.

At its core, Flickr lets you see all of your pictures uploaded to their service and see what your friends are posting. You can dive into detailed information on each photo, such as aperture, shutter speed, camera and lens model, category tags, license information, and location (if included). Auto-sync can easily make Flickr your go-to photo back-up option, especially with a full 1 TB of storage available for free.

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2 months ago

Google Maps rolling out new 'Explore' button to reveal tailored local info

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Google Maps Explore View

Google is adding a brand new way find out more about your surroundings in Google Maps with a new "Explore" feature. In the bottom right corner of the latest Google Maps app, you'll now notice a small location pin button next to the location button — tap it, and you'll be taken into the new Explore interface with information tailored to your location.

By default you'll see what's going on within a 5 minute walk and is relevant to the time of day and even the weather. You'll see events, restaurants, sightseeing locations, public transit information and more, powered by information from Zagat, your Google+ circles and of course Google's vast knowledge of local information. It's all very similar to what you'd expect to see from Google Now, but more on-demand based on when you hit the Explore button.

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2 months ago

Modern Combat 5 review - raising the bar for mobile action

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Modern Combat 5 for Android

Modern Combat 5 is the latest in a long series of high-quality first person shooter games from Gameloft. The whole Modern Combat series shamelessly riffs on popular shooter franchises like Call of Duty, and has been doing so well before official mobile counterparts for those games were made. Even now that Call of Duty has come to mobile, Modern Combat 5 still manages to give it a run for its money.

By and large, Modern Combat 5 is lock in step with Modern Combat 4. It boasts bar-setting graphics, rich multiplayer, familiar experience and achievement progression, a dazzling array of weapon customization, and top-notch voice acting. That's great and all, but there is one distinct difference in Modern Combat 5 which could easily stand as the sole selling point: there are zero in-app purchases.

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2 months ago

Modern Combat 5: Blackout blasts onto Google Play, no in-app purchases in sight

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The latest in Gameloft's Modern Combat series is now available in Google Play, and it's actually hitting a day earlier than we expected. Modern Combat 5: Blackout offers a new unified character progression system that ties together the single player and multiplayer games, along with four distinct character classes, new vehicles and improved visuals.

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2 months ago

Google Play Store now tells you when albums are in All Access

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All Access in Google Play

One of the many cool things to come from Google's Material Design update to the Play Store app, which now features big beautiful images and colorful icons when you select just about anything, is a huge deal for All Access subscribers. After this update hits your phone or tablet, you'll be able to check and see if an album is a part of your All Access subscription thanks to this single line toward the bottom of the page.

This is a huge step towards fixing the somewhat clumsy relationship Google has created between All Access and regular Album shopping on the Play Store. Previously, the lack of clarity could lead to accidental or unnecessary album purchases because there wasn't just an "add to Play Music" when you were subscribed to All Access. While that button still doesn't exist, because buying albums is still a cool thing to do sometimes, this new notification lets you know that all you need to do is search for the artist in the Play Music app in order to add their work to your existing playlists.

We're sure to be finding many more of these subtle little gems in the update Play Store, so be sure to sound off in the comments if you see something even cooler than this.

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2 months ago

PuppyPOP is the first game for the LG G3 Quick Circle case, because why not?

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If you've ever looked at your case-ensconced smartphone with its windowed flap and thought, "Man, if only I could play a game on this," then you should take heart in the fact that someone at LG thought that too. Just released into the Google Play Store is PuppyPOP, which is the first game that is designed to be played through the circular window on the LG G3's Quick Circle case.

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