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3 years ago

Great Big War Game review - silly but strategic

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Great Big War Game launched this week, riding on the coattails of its highly successful predecessor Great Little War Game. The same turn-based hex grid warfare is there, along with classic strategic elements such as elevation, fog of war, resource management, and a wide variety of land, sea, and air units to command. 

Great Big War Game's biggest asset is its ridiculous spin on war. The campaign mode puts you in the shoes of an inept general who weathers a barrage of sarcasm from his subordinate all while trying to impress the sexy new lieutenant. Don't let the silliness fool you, though. Great Big War Game has a ton of tactical depth.

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3 years ago

Rdio updated with UI and playback improvements

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Looks as though the development team at Rdio had another few days to go ahead and work on their Android app. The latest update is now available in the Google Play Store and has quite a few bug fixes included with it. Most importantly, some playback issues have been resolved along with some UI improvements that will offer up a better in-app experience for those of you have a keen interest in what your friends are listening to these days:

  • New Releases is now a grid view
  • Improved buffering player UI when loading tracks
  • Jump to album from track in playlist
  • Can now view all extended search results
  • Clickable URLs in activity stream
  • Playlist editing improvements
  • UI Improvements
  • Bug fixes

If you had any issues with the previous version, now would be a great time to go ahead and grab the update. If you're new to Rdio, you'll find the link below to get yourself started. Keep in mind, it is a subscription based service so I've included the site link as well below in case you need some more information. Plus, free trials are available.

Download: Rdio for Android, Site: Rdio

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3 years ago

Auralux hits the Tegra Zone and Google Play today, it's an RTS game with style

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Wardrum Studios' Auralux is now available for Tegra devices on the Google Play store, and it's a new take on an old favorite. When we first saw the press announcement for Auralux, I knew I would enjoy this one, it combines real-time strategy with the modern look and feel you expect in 2012, and does it well. The premise of the game is ultra-simple. You have one type of unit, and you can tell them to move from your planet to a vacant or enemy planet. There are no buttons, or complicated actions involved, just select your troops and move them across the playing field. You start against two opponents, and you all have the same size base and same number of troops. The goal is to wipe the opposition off the map.

We've seen games of this type before, but they never looked or sounded this good. It's very minimalistic, yet detailed when you zoom in tight on an occupied zone. The catchy new-age soundtrack plays in the background without distracting you, which may not have been as "relaxing" as the game description claims, but there is definitely a more casual feel to this one until you get to the more difficult levels. You can take things slow, or enable speed mode for a fast-paced battle of wits. It's very fun, and very simple to play. I've been playing one of the insane difficulty levels for over 8 hours of gameplay (I may retreat, but I never quit!), but the normal levels can provide five minutes worth of entertainment at a time. Gameplay has been excellent and trouble-free on both the Nexus 7 and the HTC One X, and the easy controls make it enjoyable on both devices. It's an addicting little app, and well worth checking out.

To do that checking out, you'll need a Tegra device -- at least for a few weeks. The game is launching as a Tegra exclusive for the first few weeks and then will come to more Android and iOS devices afterwards. The Tegra exclusive Andromeda Pack from the in-game shop, where you've got plenty of action going on at once and a more complicated game layout, will remain afterwards. The app is free in Google Play, and has optional in-app purchases. Grab it at the link below, and check out the trailer and a handful of screenshots after the break.

Download Auralux from Google Play; Auralux on the Tegra Zone 

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3 years ago

Doodle Jump for Android updated with four new themes

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The classic endless jumping game Doodle Jump has recently been updated to include some of four additional themes that were previously available on iOS. It doesn't seem like there are any other major has been added; the last update fixed a sound glitch, before that it was a long time before we had seen any new features to Doodle Jump.

Although there are plenty of free Doodle Jump clones available on Android, there's a certain charm to the original that others can't quite match. It's an oldie, but a goodie. Get a-downloadin' at the link below. Any Doodle Jump veterans out there? What's your high score? 

Thanks tobi512!

Download: Doodle Jump ($0.99)

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3 years ago

Camera MX updated with new filters, video, geotagging, and more

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The Camera MX photography app for Android has been updated to version 2.0 with a bunch of new features, such as fresh effects, video handling, and geotagging. Here's the full feature list:

  • New effects: HDR, Tilt-shift, Little Planet, Color Glow, Kaleidoscope, Drawing
  • Customize effects
  • Textures, borders and picture effects
  • Record and trim videos
  • Random effect feature
  • Save effect combinations as templates
  • Design and add subtitles
  • Video support in the media manager
  • GPS map: pinpoint photo locations on map
  • Hide music folders

We're big fans of Camera MX, particularly since it's free and they offer a chunk of cloud storage. The usual sharing options to Facebook, Flickr and Twitter are there of course. 

Which photography apps are you guys using this summer? Any in particular leaping out at you? Does Camera MX have what you need, or is there anything more you're looking for?

Download: Camera MX (free)

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3 years ago

Telstra: HTC 'preparing' Jelly Bean updates for One XL and One S

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We haven't heard much from HTC on the subject of Android 4.1 updates of late. When Jelly Bean was first announced, the manufacturer said it was "reviewing the software" in order to determine which devices would be getting an update, but we've yet to see any definitive list of phones to be upgraded. However, it looks like owners of the One S and One XL (that's the international name for the Snapdragon S4-powered One X, with LTE) can rest easy, as Aussie carrier Telstra has indicated on its software updates page that both of these phones are due for Jelly Beans at a future date.

That's not even remotely surprising -- as flagship products that are less than three months old, the One S and One XL were pretty much dead certs to receive Jelly Bean anyway. And as for the international Tegra 3-based One X, we're sure that'll be on the Android 4.1 update path too, it's just not listed by Telstra as they don't sell it.

Unsurprisingly there's no ETA provided for these Jelly Bean update, though if we had to guess, we'd say they're probably months, not weeks away at this point. The final Jelly Bean source code was released just over a week ago, so HTC will need time to get its devices up to speed on the new version of Android.

In the meantime, be sure to check out our predictions about when your phone will get Jelly Bean.

Source: Telstra; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod 9 RC2 emerges with new devices, stability improvements

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As it rapidly approaches a final, stable release, CyanogenMod 9 has reached the second release candidate milestone, or RC2. CM9, based upon Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, supports dozens of devices, and the latest release candidate adds support for several high-profile Samsung phones and tablets --

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (all variants)
  • Samsung Galaxy SII on AT&T – Skyrocket
  • Samsung Galaxy SII on T-Mobile – Hercules
  • Samsung Galaxy Note on AT&T
  • Samsung Galaxy SIII – i9300 (International GSM model)

In addition, CyanogenMod lead Steve Kondik says the new release includes bug fixes and new translations, and stabilizes CM into "a product that you’d let your mom use." As for the full, final, stable version of CM9, Steve says should be "just around the corner." Once CM9's out the door, work on the next version, based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, should begin in earnest.

If you know what you're doing and want to skip straight to the download, check our linkage below.

Source: CyanogenMod.com

Download: get.cm

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3 years ago

Vodafone Australia halts Jelly Bean update, cites regulatory issues

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Uh oh. Seems all is not sweetness down under, with yesterday's news of an impending Jelly Bean update for the Nexus S from Vodafone Australia, today replaced with the news it has been pulled.

The Aussie carrier has put out a new statement on its blog, which reads something like this: 

Important news

We’ve just been advised that due to a software issue, the roll-out the of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update to Vodafone Australia customers has been delayed.

It’s been advised the software currently does not meet all the Australian regulatory requirements related to emergency calls.

At this stage, we don’t have any further information on when the roll-out will resume, but as soon as we do, we’ll let you know here on the blog.

We thank you for your understanding and appreciate your patience at this time.

While, understandably, eager Nexus S owners will take this as a bitter blow, regulatory requirements are just that. Requirements. At least Vodafone has been good enough to give their customers an actual, specific reason for the delay. 

Of course, this particular issue only applies in Australia. We had heard word from France too that an update for the Nexus S was in-bound, so we'll carry on keeping an eye out. This statement from Vodafone, while frustrating, does at least give a pretty clear indication that such an update does exist. Somewhere. 

Source: Vodafone Australia

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3 years ago

Be sure to check out AC on Google Currents with your new Nexus 7

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Google has made Currents part of Android with Jelly Bean, and anyone with a Nexus 7 or other Nexus device who's updated has it sitting in their app drawer. That's not a bad thing -- the Currents app really is a great way to read the news, especially on today's big-screen devices. Refer back to our full walkthrough and review for tips on getting it all set up, but be sure to subscribe to Android Central. You'll find us in the Science & Tech section -- we're the ones with over 450,000 subscribers. 

Once you've got everything added, you'll find Currents a well thought out and handy way to read the news your way. Whether you skim headlines or delve into every story, the content is provided in an easy to navigate way with all the media you get from the desktop version of a particular news story. We really dig it around here, and think you will, too.

If you're not rocking with a Jelly Bean device, have no fear -- it's available in the Google Play store for devices running Froyo or higher. You can find it at the link below.

Download Google Currents  from Google Play

 

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3 years ago

Google Music gets a major UI update

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Google Music has received a pretty major UI overhaul, which brings the interface on previous phones and tablets up to par with the version that ships with the Nexus 7. In short -- it's a great update. The Music app now has the same feeling that the Google+ app has, with plenty of big images and the trademark Google app look. The change log:

  • Now Playing queue that allows for queuing and reordering of currently playing music.
  • New UI for navigation with transport controls on the action bar.
  • New large album art view on Recent.
  • Playlist art is now constructed from album art of songs in the playlist.
  • Now Playing widget has album art and support for thumbs up.
  • Harder, better, faster, stronger.

The changes are great, and the app now has a polish it lacked before. It's great to see the various teams at Google pushing out great updates for their Android apps. If you're a Google Music user (and you should be) this is one you won't want to miss. It's rolling out, including an update for the Nexus 7, via Google Play for devices running Android 2.2 or higher. Grab it at the link below.

Download Google Music from Google Play

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3 years ago

SwiftKey updated with Jelly Bean compatibility and bugfixes

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Another app getting an update today with some Jelly Bean compatibility is SwiftKey Keyboard. While it worked on Jelly Bean before, the update did introduce a few bugs and this release serves to squash those and a few others such as predictions not appearing in popups as well as some UI issues that were happening to some folks. You'll find the update waiting for you in the Google Play Store, download link below if you're new to the app.

Download: SwiftKey Keyboard

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3 years ago

Indie Gala offers Android games for charity donation

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Indie Gala has kicked off today, offering a bunch of Android games with a pay-what-you-want structure all in the name of charity. You can chose to split your payment between the indie app developers, the Indie Gala organizers, AbleGamers, a charity for vide game fans with disabilities, or the Italian Red Cross to support the recent earthquake Emilia. 

Out of the gate, participants get Ichi, The Lost Souls, and Battle Group. If you donate more than the average (currently $5.29), you also get Xelorians, Call of Cthulhu: Wasted Land, Little Stars for Little Wars 2. They'll even toss in a few PC games, like Cute Things Dying Violently, Spin Deluxe, Tiny Plumbers, the soundtrack to Little Stars for Little Wars 2, and an extra mystery gift to be unlocked next week.

Although the Indie Gala looks like a scrappier version of the Humble Bundle, it's still fully legit and has been doing fundraisers through the Steam PC gaming platform for awhile now. So far, they've sold 1665 bundles, and still have a week to go. Hit up the link below if you're interested in pitching in.

Source: Indie Gala

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3 years ago

Untappd - the best way to share your love of beer

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You can never have too many drinking buddies, and you'll find plenty online

Untappd recently updated their beer check-in app for Android and iOS with a bunch of the usual interface and performance enhancements, but also a new Discover tab to find out the best places to drink nearby. What better time to check out the one and only social network for brew enthusiasts?

The core function of Untappd is still there: share what you're drinking with friends. In addition to having its own social network complete with friending system, comments, five-star ratings, and virtual "cheers" to the check-ins of others, Untappd status updates can be shared with Facebook and Twitter as well. You can even attach your location and a picture if you're feeling fancy. If you can't find your beer, there's a submission form included in the mobile app which lets users create full profiles for others to check into. Once beers are in the database, breweries themselves can take over control, submit label art, and monitor engagement. 

 

Like most check-in apps, there are a bunch of badges to be earned - some limited-time, others for completing certain achievements. There's also a web component with a few additional functions, such as seeing the top-rated beers worldwide.

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3 years ago

Light Flow LED Control updated to v3.0.4, fixes for Jelly Bean included

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After the roll out of Light Flow LED Control v3.0, Google went ahead and introduced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. This introduced some changes that needed to be corrected within Light Flow LED Control and now we're seeing v3.0.4 roll out to correct those issues as well as a few others:

  • Jelly bean fix - this hopefully fixes most of the issues
  • Gmail switching off fix
  • Fix for several crashes which playing notification sounds
  • Fix for Motorola ICS calendar
  • Fix initialization settings so notifications are enabled correctly

If you've been having issues with Light Flow on your Jelly Bean device, go ahead and fire up the Google Play Store and grab the update. If you're new to Light Flow you'll find the download link below. Keep in mind, there is a free version available use as well in case you want to test it out before going all in.

Download: Paid, Free Thanks, eljedo!

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3 years ago

AAA Mobile folds together old discount, roadside, and map apps

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The American Automobile Association has updated their Android offering so that instead of a smattering of different apps, they're all pulled together under one roof. 

  • Road Service Request (app identifies location)
  • AAA member discounts
  • AAA Approved Auto Repair locator
  • Gas station locations and updated gas price information
  • Diamond Ratings for AAA Approved hotels and restaurants
  • Hotel booking capability powered by Travelocity
  • Listings for AAA Approved attractions and campgrounds
  • AAA branch office locations
  • TripTik® travel planning with interactive maps and directions
  • Instant battery replacement quotes
  • Electric vehicle charging station locations
  • Join AAA

I'm a little surprised that AAA hasn't been working with Ford AppLink and the equivalent competing dashboard app platforms for Chevrolet, BMW, and other car manufacturers. AAA obviously has a huge vested interested in being in the automotive app space, and plugging directly into a car's handsfree and dash system is the best way to go about it. 

Some of the features in AAA Mobile are locked down to AAA members, but the app itself is free - go ahead and check it out at the download link below. Which apps do you guys use while on the road? 

Source: AAA

Download: AAA Mobile

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