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3 years ago

'The Croods' game from Rovio and DreamWorks now available

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Right on schedule, Rovio has just released its latest game "The Croods" into the Play Store to coincide with the upcoming release of the DreamWorks movie. In the game you get to play as the characters of the movie, getting through your prehistoric world, hunting and gathering to survive. The gameplay will remind you a lot of recent casual RPG games, with "chores" (quests) to go on and an expanding world that you can manipulate. It'll be good fun for those who want to kill some time and play as the characters from the movie.

The game is free -- as is the case with recent Rovio titles -- and there are some in-app purchases to generate revenue, but that's usually the tradeoff when you have a free game with no ads. The Croods is available from the Play Store at the link at the top of this post if you're interested in giving it a try.

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3 years ago

Reviewing Humble Bundle 5: the overview

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Over the past week, we've been taking a look at each of the games available in the fifth iteration of the Humble Bundle. There are a lot of good new titles this time around -- and three old favorites that were just added in as a bonus -- so we wanted to give a wrap-up of the entire bundle. Facilitating all of these game downloads, installs and updates is a pivotal app that is worth mentioning as well -- the Humble Bundle for Android app.

Hang with us after the break for our final conclusions on the Humble Bundle 5.

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3 years ago

Mint Personal Finance updated with speed improvements, auto refresh

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The Mint.com app has received a solid update today with lots of background improvements and a couple of forward-facing fixes. One of the biggest improvements in this update is the ability to update in the background every 4 hours. While we'd prefer a customizable update schedule, background syncing is a big step in the right direction. The other improvements are all about speed -- Mint is claiming faster transaction downloads and overall load times, along with a quicker way to categorize transactions on the phone interface.

And the update wouldn't be complete without the nondescript "bugfixes" as well. You can grab a download of -- or update to -- the Mint Personal Finance app at the Play Store link above. 

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3 years ago

Conduit HD for Tegra devices review

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NVIDIA has been teaming up with game developers to make Tegra-optimized titles available for some time now, and today it is announcing another new release -- Conduit HD. If the name sounds familiar, it may be because it was first seen on the Wii console. But now it has come over to Android in its full glory, and is TegraZone exclusive at launch.

Hang with us after the break and see what Conduit HD is all about.

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3 years ago

Hands on with Chameleon Launcher for phones

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Whatever your own personal opinions on the birth of the Chameleon Launcher project, one thing remains the same. People are talking about it. As people talk, interest grows, and Chameleon certainly brought a whole new take to the custom launcher scene. Very much a widget-orientated UI, there's no denying that it could completely change the look and feel of your Android tablet. 

And that's the other thing of course. Initially Chameleon launched exclusively for Android tablets. Then, not all that long ago, we got a first glimpse at a phone version in early testing. Things have progressed well since then, and the finished product is here. Sort of. At the moment, Kickstarter backers and pre-order customers can snag a copy of the phone version of Chameleon, ahead of it going on general release soon. So, how well does it transition to the smaller screen? Let's find out. 

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3 years ago

Google is killing Google Reader on July 1, 2013

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As part of an annual "Spring Cleaning" post, Google casually has said that it is killing the Google Reader service effective July 1, 2013. Among the other Spring Cleaning casualties are some CalDAV API support cases, Google Building Maker, Google Cloud Connect and the Google Voice Blackberry app. The less-used services are pretty understandable cuts, but we're left a bit surprised by the quick cutoff of the Reader platform. Google's post had this much to say about it:

We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader. Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months.

Google Reader has become a platform for RSS aggregation for numerous apps and end-users alike and is a great option for reading lots of news feeds or keeping up on shows and podcasts. It's a big cut, and it will be interesting to see what (if anything) takes its place as a Google-operated RSS service. Apps like Google Currents can handle some of the news reading aspects, but power users know the best way to get some things done is with good ol' RSS.

Source: Official Google Blog

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3 years ago

'Value Pack' update for Optimus G Pro to bring eye-tracking software and more

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LG is planning to bring a "Value Pack" update with extra features to the recently announced Optimus G Pro as well as other high-end LG devices. This update will bring two headline features -- Smart Video and Dual Camera -- to the Optimus G Pro in the Korean market. Smart Video is eye-tracking software that will pause video playback when the phone recognizes that the user is looking away from the screen, and then resume when they look back. Dual Camera is an extension of the Dual Recording feature LG recently debuted, and will let the user take simultaneous pictures from the front and rear cameras.

In addition to these new features, the Value Pack will bring improvements to the QRemote app for increased functionality in controlling TVs. The home button LED will also receive an update with new software to more granularly control its flashing, and a new video camera feature will let users stop/start video but save to one continuous file.

LG hasn't specified which other "premium smartphones" will receive the Value Pack update, but we know that at minimum the Korean Optimus G Pro will receive it first starting next month.

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3 years ago

Reviewing Humble Bundle 5: Super Hexagon

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Super Hexagon has been out for a little while in the Play Store, and it's just as insanely difficult now as part of the Humble Bundle 5 as it was when it was released. The retro arcade styling and accompanying soundtrack keep you sucked into this game for hours, and we're completely fine with that. For some reason we enjoy playing a game that feels impossible to get a high score on.

This is the same Super Hexagon many of us know and love, but if you haven't yet seen it stick around after the break and see what it's all about.

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3 years ago

Vivid Games' Real Boxing now available for Tegra 3 devices

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Real Boxing.

Get ready to rumble boxing fans, because Real Boxing is now available for Android devices running NVIDIA's Tegra 3 chip. A smash hit on iOS, Real Boxing has been updated for Android, and optimized for Tegra devices with enhanced textures, increased poly count and animations, per pixel specular effects and true depth of field.

And it really kicks ass. It's powered by the Unreal Engine which means very realistic looking graphics, fluid gameplay and animations, and a fully 3D immersive experience. You fight in four different arenas, and you can see the differences in the way they are laid out and how they look. Your opponents each have a unique fighting style, and their movement is ultra-lifelike because the movement was captured from professional boxers using real-life motion capture. Extras like career mode and character customization using different combinations of hair, skin, tattoos and clothing, and a gym where you can train your abilities really take things over the top and put you in the game. Simple on screen gestures are used for controls, with punches and defensive moves performed with just one finger or thumb. 

We've been playing with the press demo for a while on the Nexus 7 and the Transformer Prime, and I think our Moderator Team Leader and part-time game tester Kevin O'Quinn pretty much nailed it:

O. M. G.

It really is something special on Tegra 3 devices, and proof positive that wonderful things can be done with optimized software. It brings back that same "wow" factor we all had when we first saw a Tegra-optimized game. It's really that good looking, and playing. And it's going to get better. NVIDIA tells us that work is being done that will further optimize the game and assets to take advantage of the Tegra 4 and Project Shield. I know what I'm trying the minute I get my hands on a Tegra 4 powered device.

Real Boxing costs $4.99, and you can download it at the Google Play link above, and hit the break to see a handful of screenshots and the release trailer. We'll be taking a closer look at this one in the next few days.

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3 years ago

Humble Bundle 5 adds three more games to the list

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The Humble Bundle 5 has been out for a few days now, and after raising over $1 million in donations, the bundle is growing with three more games. The updated bundle adds the following three games, which were part of Humble Bundle 4:

  • Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP by Capybara Games
  • Splice by Cipher Prime Studios
  • Crayon Physics Deluxe by Klooingames

The titles are part of the "locked" portion of the bundle, which can be accessed by donating more than that average of previous donations. At the time of writing, the average sits at just $6.67. If you were to donate that amount or more, you'd receive nine DRM-free games in total. That's a heck of a deal and worth a look even if you just want a couple of them. If you haven't seen, we've been reviewing the games in Humble Bundle 5 and they've got quite the lineup here. You can learn more about the Humble Bundle 5 at the source link below.

Source: Humble Bundle

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3 years ago

Reviewing Humble Bundle 5: Dungeon Defenders Second Wave

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Dungeon Defenders has been out on Android for some time now. The latest update, "Second Wave" is available in the Play Store but also as part of the Humble Bundle 5 as one of the two games received for donating over the average amount. It's a big download, but there's a lot of content in this game to warrant the size. If you purchase it through Humble Bundle, you'll be receiving all available DLC (downloadable content) included as well which adds even more gameplay.

Stick around after the break for a quick refresher on the Dungeon Defenders series with a look at the Second Wave update.

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3 years ago

DoubleTwist launches Magic Radio streaming service, we go hands on

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doubleTwist needs little introduction really. Charting over 10 million downloads from the Google Play Store, it's without question one of the finest and most popular music players available on the Android platform. The ability to interact with Apple's iTunes and Airplay services provides a path many iTunes users rely upon to manage their music on their Android device with minimal fuss. Besides the iTunes integration, doubleTwist also offers -- albeit via in-app purchases -- a range of add-ons such as full podcast support, an equalizer and high quality artwork. 

Today, doubleTwist launches their latest add-on package, Magic Radio, their answer to a music streaming service. Subscriptions to Magic Radio cost just $3.99 per month through Google Wallet and come with a 7 day free trial, so you get a good chance to put it through its paces before committing your money. But, the music streaming space already has some heavy hitters with the like of Sony, Spotify and Rdio all having their own offerings. Does Magic Radio have enough to provide a compelling experience? We've been playing with it for a few days now, and the tl;dr version is this; It's really good. Well designed, well executed and pretty good value for money. However, the Magic Radio approach may not be for everyone. So, click on past the break and we'll take a look. 

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3 years ago

Nuance Dragon Mobile Assistant adds location sharing and hands-free texting

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Nuance has announced a handful of new features to their Dragon Mobile Assistant app, which launched just last fall. In addition to the usual stuff, like updating Facebook and Twitter, finding businesses, booking calendar appointments, and getting directions, Dragon Mobile Assistant can now share GPS coordinates with trusted contacts.

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3 years ago

Reviewing Humble Bundle 5: Beat Hazard Ultra

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Although a few of the games in Humble Bundle 5 are making their Android debut, Beat Hazard Ultra has been out on the Play Store for some time now. That doesn't mean that it isn't a worthwhile title though, as it still brings together the arcade shooter and music genres in an interesting way. The game will be different for every user too, because the gameplay changes based on your own local music collection.

Hang with us after the break to see a little bit more about Beat Hazard Ultra, one of the games in the Humble Bundle 5.

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3 years ago

Marvel Comics app now offering 700 free first issues

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Marvel has announced an awesome limited-time promo as a part of their SXSW presence. Anyone using the official Marvel Comics app for Android can download over 700 first issues for free. These #1 titles range from the classics to the more contemporary stuff. The frenzy over these issues is pretty amped, so your download speeds might not be so great right now. You'll still want to get in on this, because it wraps up at 11 PM Tuesday night. David Gabriel, one of the dudes from Marvel, commented on why they kicked off this promotion. 

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