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3 years ago

Another look at Dead Trigger 2 on NVIDIA Shield

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Our first look at Dead Trigger 2 at CES was great, and since then the game has come a long way. We met up with the guys from Madfinger Games at E3 for a walkthrough of a new gas station arena level.

Of course the zombie-infested first-person shooter is well-known for its excellent graphics, and they're now including dynamic reflections and shadows in addition the the already great water and lighting effects. Graphics aside, Madfinger emphasized that Dead Trigger 2 plays fundamentally differently than the original. For one, there won't be any premium-only weapons; you'll be able to get everything through a blueprint-based crafting system.

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3 years ago

NVIDIA Grid shows you can play Borderlands 2 on Ouya

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Back at CES, NVIDIA announced a cloud gaming solution called Grid, though it was mostly overshadowed by the Shield portable console. Luckily at E3 we got some time with one of the grid engineers, Chad Cooper, to talk about what Grid can do. Specifically, they were showing how the Android-powered Ouya game console could play big-boy games like Borderlands 2 thanks to their tech. 

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3 years ago

Candy Crush Saga for Android: Help, hints and cheats

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If Candy Crush is bleeding you dry, fear not - these tips can help you out 

Admit it: You're playing Candy Crush Saga. Or you know somebody who does. The Bejeweled clone has become a big of hit on iOS as well as Android, amassing more than 50 million total downloads on Google Play, with an average rating of 4.4 on some 1.2 million reviews.

Like the app or not, you can't deny those numbers.

And so Candy Crush has quickly become the latest and greatest timesuck, not to mention a money pit thanks to some devilishly good in-app purchases to get you through those tricky levels. Fortunately, our pals at iMore.com are damned wizards when it comes to Candy Crush Saga, offering up a number of tips and tricks that can keep the frustration at a minimum.

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3 years ago

Devil May Cry developer leaps into mobile with 80s-style beat-'em-up game

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At E3 2013, we got some time with Ninja Theory, who's been working on their first mobile title called Fightback. These guys made the latest Devil May Cry game, which is part of a well-respected console action series, so it was pretty exciting to see what they'd be able to do on Android.

Fightback is straightforward (but gorgeous) beat-em-up where players have to tap and swipe their way through waves of 80s-era goons within a limited timeframe. If things get tight, you can always bust out the guns to clear a wave, but depending on your weapon and upgrades, you'll have to wait on your reload time to use them again. 

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3 years ago

Press updated with Feedbin and Feed Wrangler support, interface changes

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Popular RSS reader Press rolled out an update on the Play Store today that added two new options for managing RSS feeds as well as new interface changes. Getting out in front of the planned Google Reader shutdown on July 1st, the latest update now supports both Feedbin and Feed Wrangler alongside the original Google Reader login option. Both of these options are paid ($2 per month for Feedbin, $19 per year for Feed Wrangler), but are a couple of the only viable options available as a Google Reader replacement at this point. Other leading options are Feedly, which Press indicates should be integrated before July 1st, and Fever, which is marked as "coming soon" to the app.

Press has also improved the interface, with better categorizing of feeds and some subtle changes to clean up the reading experience. The app is $2.99 in the Play Store and still stands as one of the best designed apps out there today. You can grab a download from the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

Google+ update rolling out with new notifications and other tweaks

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Notification sync comes to Google+

An updated notification interface is now rolling out to Google+ on the web and through the official Android app. First up, notification sync is coming to Google's social network, and reading or dismissing a notification on one device or platform will register the change across all platforms. (Google recently announced something similar for Cloud Messaging in Android at Google I/O.)

And the notification UI has been given a fresh coat of paint, too. A new bell icon makes it easier to see if there are any new notifications waiting, and notifications are grouped based on whether they've been read or not.

Google's also used this opportunity to roll out some new features and tweaks elsewhere in Google+.  For instance, it's now possible to delete photos from directly in the "photos" view. Reshares are now shown alongside comments and +1's in the post view. And the left-hand menu has been redesigned to fit with the new look seen in other Google apps, such as Gmail.

The new version of Google+ is being rolled out gradually on the web and Android. Shout out in the comments and let us know if you're seeing the update yet.

Source: +Balaji Srinivasan

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3 years ago

Google Play Music update brings faster downloads, better data controls

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We've found ourselves plenty impressed with Google Play Music of late, but one area of concern has been with mobile data usage. Looks like that's being addressed in the most recent update (version 5.0.1052J, for those of you keeping track), along with some other improvements. 

Of the greatest interest to us is the addition of "new settings for mobile network bandwidth usage." Taking a quick look at the updated app, you have now have a "Mobile networks stream quality" section in the settings with three options -- low, normal and high, and there's definitely a noticeable difference between the best and worst quality. 

As carriers keep pushing us away from unlimited data plans -- and they've been pushing a lot harder over the past year or so -- that's become a cause for concern when you're away from the relative comfort and safety of Wifi. Google says this new version also reduces overall data usage, which is a good thing.

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3 years ago

Google releases Cloud Print app for Android

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I don't often have to print documents, but when I do ...

Google Cloud Print is pretty handy, letting you print anything from anywhere using Chrome with your own computer and printer. With today's release of the official Android app, you can now print to your Cloud Print enabled printers straight from your Android devices.

Doing so is simple, just open the app and use Android's sharing menu to import whatever it is you want to print. In fact, the hardest part of it all is setting up your computer and printer to work with Google Cloud Print, and that's pretty easy

While most of us send files and documents through the Internet in this day and age, having an easy fall back to get paper copy is nice. Grab it from the Google Play link above.

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3 years ago

'Easy privacy' may be coming soon to CyanogenMod via Incognito Mode

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The new method would make it easy to hide your data from any application

Steve Kondik took to Google+ earlier today to talk about something new he's been working on called Run in Incognito Mode. Designed to help maintain control over your personal data, it's a per app command that will stop your phone from sending out data to an app that might ask for more than you're comfortable sharing.

We aren't providing ad-blocking or device info (IMEI) spoofing. This feature is designed explicitly to help protect your personal data, and it will remain as such.

So what exactly will Incognito Mode do? Of course we haven't seen it yet, but according to Kondik, the new flag will allow the software on your phone that delivers data (called content providers) to either return the "real" data, or a limited set of data using the following privacy features:

  • Return empty lists for contacts, calendar, browser history,and messages.
  • GPS will appear to always be disabled to the running application.
  • When an app is running incognito, a quick panel item is displayed in order to turn it off easily.
  • No fine-grained permissions controls as you saw in CM7. It's a single option available under application details.

In other words, with Incognito Mode turned on, an app like Facebook will be told that you have zero contacts, nothing in your calendar, no message history and no browser history. Your real contact list, calendar, messages list and browser history will remain unchanged, but the third party app will never know the difference. If the app queries for a location, it will be told that GPS is turned off. All of this will be easily toggled on and off in the quick panel.

No word on when to expect this feature, or even a promise that it will make it's way into CM. It sounds like a pretty easy way to keep your valuable data safe, though, and we hope to see it soon.

Source: +Steve Kondik

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3 years ago

Yes, a MySpace Android app is coming

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Some of you kids might have to ask your parents what MySpace was ...

MySpace is attempting to reinvent itself as a the space for music and video discovery, and today it took itself out of beta and is available for anyone willing to sign up for yet another space to discover music and video. 

"Millions of musicians, artists, filmmakers, designers and curators are making their way to the new Myspace," reads the tag line. "Start connecting with them and channel an ever-widening stream of culture, creativity and sound directly to your eyes and ears." 

So there's that. There's also an Android app "coming," MySpace says in an e-mail blast today. Assuming it's on par with the iOS app (currently available), you'll be able to create animated gifs and browse people and music and videos. So, hang tight.

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3 years ago

eBay updates item listing UI, home screen layout

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Proper scaling to larger tablet screens improves the experience

The official eBay app has just been updated in the Play Store with several improvements to both the main home screen and the item listing experience for devices of all sizes. The main view when you open the app has changed to be cleaner and more prominently display your recent searches near the top, with a similar interface for both tablets and phones. The item listing function has received a bit of an overhaul, with the ability to see a full preview of your listing before posting, access to draft listings between devices and a proper tablet UI that takes advantage of large screens.

eBay is also expanding the ability to list items through the app to Ireland, Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines. You can grab a download of the newly improved eBay app at the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

The Android Central app now available on the Amazon Appstore

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All the Android-powered devices without access to Google Play need love, too

Good news for folks with a Kindle Fire, or any other Android-based device that may not have access to Google Play -- The Android Central app is now available in the Amazon Appstore. It's the same AC app you know and love, for the same low price of free, and it will install right to your device like any of the other thousands of apps available from Amazon.

It's a great way to stay up-to-date with Android news, browse the forums or even catch the podcast. We're also continuously updating with new features so things keep getting better. If you love your Kindle as much as we love your Kindle, be sure to grab it!

Download The Android Central app from Amazon

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3 years ago

McAfee introduces 'Security Innovations' app to reduce device loss and theft

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Building on its history of making security applications that cover a broad range of use cases and features, McAfee released a new app called "McAfee Security Innovations" that aims specifically to help users not lose or have their device stolen. The app does so by working with the fact that users often have more than one device, letting them link the devices together to alert the user whenever the devices are more than 30 feet apart at any time. The so-called "Smart Perimeter" feature will set off an alarm if the devices become separated and let you track down whichever one is out of your possession.

The app also includes two more quick pieces of security by way of a safe QR code reader to check for malicious material before redirecting you to its content, as well as a "Data Vault" to lock specific data on the device with a PIN. McAfee Security Innovations is available for free in the Play Store at the link above.

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3 years ago

Have Verizon FiOS? Now you have streaming TV in an Android app

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Verizon today announced the availability of an Android app for its FiOS customers, allowing them to stream 75 channels of live TV, manage the DVR and watch FiOS video-on-demand. If you're at home, the app also will serve as a remote control for your box.

Verizon notes that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Note 10.1 are supported, as well as what we presume is the Galaxy Nexus and a few other phones for which, frankly, Verizon appears to have made up names. (Supports the "Nexus 1" and "Moto DroidX" Really?)

The app runs on Android 2.3.3 and up.

Source: Verizon

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3 years ago

Android Central App gets dark theme, font size options in Version 1.2!

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New font sizes, read/unread options also available in this latest update

It's a banner day for the official Android Central app! We've just released Version 1.2 with a few more heavily requested features, some bigfixes and your basic smorgasbord of awesomeness. 

If you've yet to experience the glory that is the Android Central app, go ahead and hit up that download button. We'll wait. Then join us after the break as we walk you through a couple of the new features including -- yes -- a move to the dark side.

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