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3 years ago

Cut the Rope sequel Experiments makes its way to Android

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Massively popular casual game Cut the Rope now has itself a sequel. The newest release from Zeptolab is titled Cut the Rope: Experiments, and has been available on iOS for a while.Now is our turn and it is available in the Google Play Store right now. 

The loveable Om-Nom returns from the first game, and this time is discovered by a mad scientist. Said scientist is determined to study Om-Nom's love of candy by conducting a series of experiments. 

Essentially what we get here though is more of the same -- cut rope, collect stars, deliver candy. But that's no bad thing. The original is so incredibly addictive that there would be little reason to change it up too much. There are new ways to interact and deliver the candy to our little green friend, which all fit within the experiments moniker the game carries. These include rope guns, suction cups, water and even rockets. After all what's a scientist without rockets? 

We're not short on gameplay either, with 125 new levels to play spread across 5 different categories. Experiments also comes with an element of social integration, with "hidden evidence" to be found for the Professor's photo album to share on Facebook

Cut the Rope: Experiments is available to download now from the Google Play Store and will set you back a very reasonable $0.99/£0.62. We've got the download links and the official trailer for you after the break.

Source: Google Play Store

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3 years ago

Reddit is Fun pulled from Google Play - here's why it probably happened

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The Android phone is for porn, but the Android Market Google Play store is not. Recently, the Reddit is Fun app was pulled from the Play store for inclusion of sexually explicit material, and the developer (rightfully) questioned things publicly. Of course, this started an outcry of epic proportions that in itself would be suitable for Reddit. Following suit, the rumblings of Google being unfair, and that they should pull every browser and other app that allowed access to the Internet began. That's how the Internet works -- it thrives on controversy and only works well when not all the facts are known. 

Turns out the developer talked to the appeals team for the Google Play store, and the Reddit is Fun app did violate some rules that apps like the default browser or a Twitter app did not. The default install of the app included direct recommended links to pornographic material on the main page of Reddit. You see, the filtering agent that decides what is shown on the home screen of the app had all the sub-categories enabled by default. Categories like "ass," "NSFW," "pornvids," "spaceporn," and all other sorts of unsavory material that many folks wouldn't want to see would show up as links. If Grandma picked up your phone, and had no idea the sort of things available on Reddit, all she would know is that it was "Fun" and click them.

Nobody wants Grandma to see MeatSpin. Nobody. (Ed. Note: Phil could have gone the rest of his life without seeing it, too. Seriously, search that NSFW little nugget at your own risk.)

The Reddit is Fun developer is aware how to correct the issue, and we'll likely see the app "back on the shelves" shortly. Of course that part of the story didn't get picked up with the same steam the original pulling of the app did, but that's the Internet for ya.

This time around, we understand why the app was pulled, and can't say we disagree with the act of pulling it. Google could have had a little better communication, but that's another story for another day. There is a big question left, though.

How does Google decide which apps get pulled?

There are several Reddit apps in the Play store, and they all link to the same material. There are apps for 4chan (if you don't know, you don't want to) that link to things far, far worse. Why did these apps not get pulled? We're not sure, but we imagine user reporting has a lot to do with it. We've reached out to Google for a better explanation how this all works, and if we get answers we'll be sure to pass them along. In the meantime, this controversy can be put to rest while we await the next one.

Source: Reddit

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3 years ago

Gameloft will optimize select titles for the upcoming LG Optimus 3D MAX

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Gameloft announced today that it has partnered with LG to optimize a number of its titles for the Korean manufacturer's upcoming Optimus 3D MAX smartphone. The following games will take advantage of the MAX's glasses-free 3D technology and will be available through LG Smart World upon the device's release:

  • Assassin’s Creed 3D
  • Dungeon Hunter 2 3D
  • James Cameron’s Avatar 3D
  • N.O.V.A. 2 – Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance 3D
  • Shrek Kart 3D
  • BackStab 3D 
  • Fishing Kings 3D 
  • Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus 3D
  • Shadow Guardian 3D 
  • Spider-Man: Total Mayhem 3D, Order & Chaos
  • Splinter Cell 3D

We got our hands on the Optimus 3D MAX back at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and while LG hasn't done much in terms of bumping the specs of its original Optimus 3D, it has added the ability to turn your plain old 2D apps into 3D ones. The titles above aren't so much simply converted as they are "optimized", so we're looking forward to seeing what Gameloft has done in terms of turning its titles into full-blown 3D experiences. Gameloft's announcement can be found after the break.

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3 years ago

Looking to try a new keyboard? MessageEase may be worth a look

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YouTube Mobile Link

With a multitude of keyboards available for Android, there is a clear consensus that not everyone likes the same type of keyboards. Some prefer stock, some prefer something a little different. If you fall in the crowd who likes something a little different then MessageEase may be what you're looking for.

MessageEase has a rather unique layout, consisting of only nine keys. The concept behind it is that it helps minimize finger reach and maximizes efficiency when typing single-handed or with a single finger. The layout itself is user customizable by shape, size, color so you can adjust it for whatever works best for you.

MessageEase is available in the Google Play Store now for free. If the video above isn't enough info, you can jump past the break for the full press release announcement and download link.

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3 years ago

Draw Something [Android Game Review]

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

Drawing is a really funny thing. Most people fall into one of two categories: excellent or incredibly terrible. What better way to expose people and complicate the matters further than by forcing you to use your chubby fingers to draw crude, cave painting-like images with a friend, and then try to guess what the other person drew? Well, that seems to be the thinking at OMGPOP, because they made a little game called Draw Something that does just that, and it's all the rage these days.

The premise is ridiculously simple: pick a word from a list of three, try and draw it using different colors and brushes, then send it along to your friend and see if they can guess the correct word. Guessing is aided by the fact that your letter selection isn't infinite; on the contrary, you're only given a small handful of letters that aren't​ in your word, so as long as you can discern what you need, you'll be fine.

The three words you're given to choose from get increasingly more difficult, but the reward is also increased if your partner correctly guesses the word, too. There's a built-in incentive for trying to accumulate coins as fast as you can; coins can buy you precious bombs that eliminate letters not used in your word, or can buy you new colors to add to your palette.

You've got two options to create an account: login with your Facebook account or create a username. If you opt for the former, you can invite any of your friends from your friends list that is playing and start up a game. If you opt for the latter, you've got to add people by their username. In the sad event you don't have any friends to play with, you can also be matched with a random opponent, too, so you can still get your draw on. Either way, you can play against your friends on Android, or on iOS. Nice.

For a game with so simple a concept, Draw Something really strikes a chord with me (and everyone else, apparently). It's probably the social aspect, but there's something oddly rewarding about guessing correctly even though the drawing looked like something a pre-schooler would do. At any rate, it's fun as can be, so you might as well give it a shot. Missing, however, are notifications for when it's your turn. Booo.

Draw Something is 99 cents in the Google Play Store. We've got download links after the break.

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod team giving torrents a try for CM7.2-RC1 distribution

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One of the more awesome things about custom ROMs in general is the myriad possibilities for distribution. And, more specifically, apps like ROM Manager have made downloading and updating so simple that we do it without a second thought. But with as large as the CM community has become, the download crush becomes more profound every day. As such, the CM team is giving torrents another go for the CM7.2-RC1 release.

If you've been living under a rock the past several years, torrents are a distribution method in which files are split and shared by "seeders," with no one central download location.Yes, torrents (or torrentz, if you're one of the cool kids) often are used to share copyrighted material, so you often hear about them with a negative connotation. (We're not fans of stealing, either.) But this is a prime example of a legitimate use. And the more people who download and in turn seed the CM ROMs, the faster everyone else gets to download. Very much in the spirit of the custom ROM community, eh?

And, yes, there are torrent apps for Android, so you can still download directly to your device. (We like aTorrent, and there are others, too.) Hit up the link below for the full list of CyanogenMod 7.2-Release Candidate 1 torrents, and make sure you get the right one from your phone.

Download: CyanogenMod 7.2-RC1 torrents; more +Keyan Mobli

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3 years ago

Tripit gets significant redesign for Android tablets, phone version tweaked, too

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Tripit easily is our favorite app for frequent travelers, and it's just gotten an pretty significant update for tablets as well as phones.

On the larger screens, there's a new layout that includes interactive maps and multiscreen views. Trips and points accounts all share space on the main screen. There also are larger (and scrollable!) widgets available if you're running Android 3.0 and up.

On the phone side, the points accounts section has been redesigned -- your account details, status and activity all have their own collapsible sections -- and the app refreshes faster while using less data.

All in all, a good update to an indispensable application for frequent travelers. We've got download links after the break if you need 'em.

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3 years ago

L.A. Noire for tablets now available through OnLive

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Rockstar has announced the availability of L.A. Noire: Touch Edition built specifically for tablet play via OnLive Desktop. If you're not familiar, have a look at our hands-on with OnLive, and see how it streams programs installed in a Windows 7 desktop environment to your tablet or smartphone. L.A. Noire is no exception, and what you'll be playing on your tablet is a natively installed Windows game, with controls optimized for the touch interface. 

Rockstar has optimized the award winning game to make controls and menus designed for tablet use, and it appears they have done a very nice job. It's the first time a game of this scope and complexity has been re-built this way, and it a good indicator of things to come. If you already have L.A. Noire, or L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition through OnLive, your game has already been updated with touch support. If you haven't tried it yet, you can rent or buy it through the OnLive Game System for as little as $5.99 /£3.99.

Of course you'll need the Android OnLive client, which is completely free and runs on any Android device with Gingerbread or higher installed. You can find the download link after the break.

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3 years ago

Winnipeg Jets release official app just as the playoff race heats up

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Official apps from NHL teams are being released on a staggered schedule. Last month, four more teams received apps, however, many fans were still left in the cold. The Winnipeg Jets have recently released their official app, which has to make fans up north incredibly happy. The franchise that was gone in Atlanta for so long has now returned, and the passionate fans up there can follow their team on-the-go with the The Winnipeg Jets App.

The features of the app include:

  • Jets interactive schedule and results
  • Up to date scores, stats and standings
  • News and Videos
  • Player cards, bios and stats
  • Game photos

The playoff races are heating up in the NHL, so the timing is good for the fans up in Winnipeg. Please find links to the free app after the break.

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3 years ago

Vlingo reminds us they offer a virtual assistant for anyone and everyone

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Since Apple unveiled Siri, everyone has jumped on the "virtual assistant" bandwagon. Take a solid set of voice actions, give it a cutesy name and claim it has some personality, and you have the next big thing. Vlingo has been at this game a while, since way back when Siri was just a gleam in some programmer's eye. Today, they show us that they can not only make a great cross-platform application, but they have one hell of a sense of humor.

This is how you should market every app -- with Grandma's who cheat at bingo and puppets who want to get "crunk" and forget each others names. Just watch it, you'll be glad you did. The download link is after the break if you haven't tried Vlingo yet.

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3 years ago

Humble Bundle 2 brings 5 more games - pay what you want

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Dunno what's better — the fact that you can get five new games (well, new to Android) and pay whatever you want, that you can designate where you want your contribution to go to (developers, charity or to Humble Bundle), or the preview video you see above. The answer, of course, is all of the above.

New in Humble Bundle 2 are Zen Bound 2, Canabalt, Cogs and Avadon: The Black Fortress (for tablets only). Plus, if you pay more than the average amount (which currently stands at $5.89), you'll get Swords & Soldiers thrown in for good measure. 

The whole thing's going down at the link below.

More: HumbleBundle.com

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3 years ago

Fitbit finally gets a proper Android app

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The folks at Fitbit over the weekend slipped an official Fitbit Android app into the Google Play Store. It doesn't take the place of the Fitbit tracker, but it does let you check your daily progress as well as set daily goals and record activities, all from your Android smartphone.

We've pulled back our Fitbit review to give this one a proper look, but for now we've got a slew of screenshots and download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Quell Reflect [Android Game Review]

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

If there's one thing Android isn't hurting for, it's puzzle games. Knowing that, I wouldn't be putting another puzzle game in front of you if it wasn't good. Great, even. And if there's one thing Quell Reflect is, it's a great puzzle game.

First thing, let's talk about Quell Reflect's aesthetic. When you're not in a game, the environment has this very old school, rustic look to it. Levels come in groups of four, and when you're on the level select screen, you'll notice that each batch of puzzles is assigned a year in the past, long, long ago. You're in what looks like a dank, stone basement, and there's vintage propaganda posters on the walls.

I'm not sure what it is, but I love it. It's unique and it definitely gives even something as simple as selecting a level a much cooler vibe.

In Quell Reflect, you're trying to fling a bubble around a world filled with obstacles, and collect pearls along the way. You advance to the next level once you've collected all the pearls, but the caveat is that once you've flung the bubble, the bubble is in motion until an outside force acts upon it (or, in layman's terms, it runs into a wall).

Your goal is to collect all of the pearls in the least number of moves possible. The game gives you an idea of what that number is each level, in the top-left corner of the screen. If you manage to complete a level in that number of moves, you're awarded a hint token. Having never used a hint token, I can't be certain what they do, but if I had to guess, I'd say they give you a hint​ on where to fling your bubble.

I absolutely am in love with this game. The beginning levels are fairly straightforward, but new mechanics are quickly added in, like the side of the screen with no border. If there's no stones to stop the bubble, it flings off the edge of the screen and comes out on the opposite side, a la Pacman-in-the-tunnel. Soon after, spikes are introduced, and after that, stones that need to be pushed together in order to make them disappear.

From the moment you start playing, you'll be taken with how much detail has been put into this game. The soundtrack isn't a slouch, either. The music is both tranquil and ambient, almost in the vein of Osmos HD. It's beautiful, and if you've got the battery for it, I don't think anyone would ridicule you for leaving the game open just to have pretty music going in the background.

What else is there to say? This is a beautiful, polished, intriguing game. It'll have you scratching your head as you try to uncover the most efficient way to win a level and then quickly lull you back into serenity with it's pleasant interface and calming music. Truly, Quell Reflect is the real deal.

Quell Reflect is 99 cents in the Google Play Store. We've got download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Android quick app: Adele

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Adele won numerous awards at the Grammys about a month ago and with her official Android app, you can enjoy up-to-date info on the singer right from your pocket.

The app offers a lot for the huge or even casual Adele fan. When you open the app, you'll see changing pictures of Adele making up the background of the app and her name up top. The main options will be listed in green and with a simple swipe gesture, you'll be able to access the rest.

There are five options per page and I'll describe what each does:

  • News: Brings up an aggregated news feed, where you can see clips from her official website or her official Twitter feed
  • Music: Displays all of her music and allows you to preview each song
  • Videos: Allows you to view recent videos released by the singer. These consist of both music videos and live performances. For example, her recent show at Live at the Royal Albert Hall in London is included
  • Community: Allows you to interact with the Adele Fan Community, where people post comments and pictures
  • Live Shows: Displays information about future and past events. You can buy tickets to future performances or view photos and comments about past shows
  • About: Shows a short biography of the singer
  • Albums: Lists her albums to date, where you can view tracks and fan comments for specific albums
  • Photos: Displays several photos of the singer, which you can save and share if you wish
  • Favorites: Allows you to save data from the rest of the app in a simple list so it can easily be accessed
  • My Profile: If you're a huge Adele fan, you probably want to comment on albums or shows or post pictures. This is where you sign in, either with Twitter or Facebook, which allows you to leave posts
  • Top Users: Relating to the My Profile category, if you're posting a lot, you may find yourself rewarded by making the top users list. There are top users listed for all time, monthly, weekly and daily
  • Store: Brings you to her web store via the browser
  • Links: Displays links to Adele's official site, Facebook page and Twitter page
  • Mailing List: If you wish to receive mailings from Adele on future dates and music, you can sign up right from the app
  • Copyright: Self explanatory, just displays the copyright information

Overall, I'd say the official Adele app is really well done. I enjoy her music, but wouldn't call myself a big fan and I had a great experience exploring the app. The UI is something that definitely improves the experience. If you're a big Adele fan or just want to find out more information about the singer, check out the free app. Please find links and more screenshots after the break.

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3 years ago

Motorola Korea steps up customer service by offering remote LogMeIn Rescue assistance

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Motorola has amped up their customer service offerings in Korea.  Staring with the Motorola RAZR, customers seeking support will now be able to download LogMeIn ‘Rescue + Mobile for Motorola’ where Motorola representatives will be able to login and remotely control the devices of those needing assistance.

“These smart services will help us provide even better and more personal support to our customers in Korea,” said Chul-Jong Jung, president of Motorola Korea. “We are committed to customer satisfaction, and making sure that people can get support when they need it and where they need it is an important part of that.”

Rather trying to explain how to fix things, logging in remotely allows not only to address the issue faster but the actions are also visible to customer so that if it arise again, they'll know what to do in order to fix it themselves. Want to know more? The full press release is past the break.

Source: Motorola

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