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2 years ago

Astraware releases Word Games exclusively for the B&N nook Color

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Astraware has released their new Word Games application, and are offering it exclusively on the Barnes & Noble store.  It's a suite of five word games, that share a 100,000 word dictionary.  The games calculate scores based not only on the letters used and the length of the words, but also how "interesting" or uncommon they are.  The games are:

  •  Shuffle - Make as many words as you can with the letters provided including the 5, 6 or 7 letter target word to unlock the next level. The more small words you get, the bigger your score. Use the Shuffle button to mix the letters up and help yourself spot more words!
  • Hexxed - Make words by tracing your finger through the tiles to make a chain within the hexagonal grid! Two play modes - limited tiles or limited time. Create long, interesting or unusual words to keep your word power score up and earn more tiles or time!
  • Wordsearch - Find all the listed words within the grid of letters, horizontally vertically, or diagonally! Play using the standard dictionary, or choose from over 20 special lists of themed words!
  • Gridlock - Make words by tracing your fingers through the letters to make a chain. As you make words this lights up the tiles. Light up the whole grid to level up! Use special tiles to boost your word power, score bonus points and more.
  • Spellmaster - Challenge your spelling skills against words of increasing difficulty. Choose the correct spelling from a choice of 4 words, 3 of which are misspelled!

Games of this nature should appeal to Nook Color buyers, and having it included in the on-device app store makes it easy for Nook Color users to download and enjoy them.  Word Games costs $4.99, and of course is available from the Nook Apps Store.  The full press release is after the break.

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2 years ago

Drawdle - Use your own doodles to solve physics puzzles!

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Youtube video link for mobile viewing

Sit around doodling a lot of pictures? If so, we have just the puzzle game for ya. Drawdle allows you to take your doodles, and turn them into awesome physics puzzles where you must solve the puzzles using your own doodles. The folks from One Side Software rolled by the Android Central forums to let us know the latest update is now currently available. In the latest version you get, HD graphics for tablets and new zooming and aiming features. If you're looking to have some fun with your doodles, give Drawdle a go -- you can thank us later. Download can be found past the break.

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2 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for August 13, 2011

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Apps are oh so much fun, and they make the Android experience so much better. If you have a hard time while searching the Android Market, you won't want to delay any further. Hit the jump and let's take a look at what we got this week for you.

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2 years ago

Android Game Review: Tank Hero

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

No self-respecting boy (and probably a few girls, too) has never thought about driving a tank. Closest most of us can get to doing it, though, is in a video game. And that brings us to Tank Hero. It's a cool little shooter -- you've got a tank, you need to destroy the other tanks. The maps (at least in the initial levels -- remind me a lot of the old Gauntlet game. (Speaking of which -- need that on Android, ASAP!) Anyhoo. You can unlock more maps as you progress through the campaigns. There's also survival and timed modes.

Gameplay is simple. There's a D-pad on the left with which you'll direct your tank. (You can also try a janky swiping control if you want.) Tap the enemy tanks to fire at them (and note how you can do bank shots off one wall). But that's where the trouble begins. If the tank's on the left side of the screen, it's an awkward reach with right hand. Or you have to let off the D-pad with your left hand. That's no good.

Otherwise, Tank Hero's a little slice of fun. And, even better -- it's free. Give it a whirl. Download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Sky Sports News finally comes to Android

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For sports fans, the long wait is finally at an end. The Sky Sports News app has landed on Android. It's been a long old wait, but with the English Premier League season about to begin, the timing is perfect.

It looks a lot like the iPhone equivalent, but that's not such a bad thing. Nothing complicated, simple well laid out menus with dedicated sections for individual sports. It also touts as providing exclusive video content, a latest news ticker, a customizable home screen, and the brand new Sky Sports News Radio service. 

The downside; Radio only works on Android versions 1.6 - 2.2. No indication as to why, and since I run 2.3.4, this portion of the app is unavailable to me to test. Shame. 

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2 years ago

Foursquare gets a new look in latest update

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Checking in's never been easier now that Foursquare's gotten itself a bit of an update. In addition to a redesign, it's got:

  • New redesign for titlebars and tabs, check in button added to titlebar.
  • Explore redesigned with specials and more.
  • Added support for managing Facebook and Twitter sharing from Settings page.
  • Venue photos gallery redesign.
  • Share photo with venue when checking in.
  • Added option to save photos to SD card from Settings page.
  • Viewing items in notification tray clears push notifications in notification manager.

Update now in the Android Market, or hit the download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Android App Review: Qello Concert Videos

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Now here's a sweet little app you fans of live music can enjoy. Qello is a rental service for live concert videos. Think of it as a sort of Youtube rental service for live music.

The listings are quite extensive. Alanis Morisette to All That Remains to Alice Cooper to Bob Dylan to Cypress Hill to Def Leppard to George Clinton. We could go on, and on, and on.

Let's talk rentals. This is where things differ slightly from the tablet and smartphone versions. On tablets, you pay $4.99 per concert and have access to it for 30 days. Smartphones have two options: $2.99 for seven days, or $4.99 for 30 days. We'd prefer to have the seven-day option on the tablet, too.

Audio quality is excellent. Video quality is watchable. Not as "HD" as the app might lead you to believe, but we can live with it.

Other items of note: You can preview a concert before you buy it. And purchasing is done through Android's in-app billing system, so you don't have to enter your credit card info again just to use Qello.

Download: Qello (tablets), (smartphones)

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2 years ago

Android Game Review: Racing Moto

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Here's a fun little time-waster that's floating around the Honeycomb apps list in the Android Market. Racing Moto is a very simple racing game. You've got a motorcycle and a need to go fast. Put a finger on the screen  and enable the boost feature, which makes you go really fast (relatively speaking) and ups the score multiplier. Avoid cars, avoid the walls.

So Racing Moto's not going to be one of those games you play hour after hour, day after day. But if you've got a few minutes and don't might the occasional sight of someone skidding across pavement, you could do worse, we suppose.

Racing Moto's free, with in-app advertising. Download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Youtube app updated to fix the last update

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The last Youtube update seem to bork things up a little bit? No worries. A new update has been pushed to update the old update. So as long as you've updated your update with this latest update, you should be good. Follow?

Here's the official changelog: "Bug fixes for some devices."

Everybody better now?

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2 years ago

Google App Inventor killed off with Google Labs, will live on as open-source code

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Some sad news tonight for your fans of the Google App Inventor project. With the demise of Google Labs, so, too, do we learn of the demise of App Inventor. This was a slick little tool that let anyone (theoretically) create an Android app, without having to actually now how to code anything. That's not to say it was easy -- yours truly made his way through the tutorials and did a sweet version of Wack a Mole with his daughter's likeness (it's a long story). But you still need a certain mind-set to really make use of it.

Anyhoo, according to a post last week on the Google Laps group (you'll note how this was killed off and nobody noticed for a few days), App Inventor's being phased out along with the rest of Google Labs, but it will live on as an open-source project.

The current App Inventor site will live on for the next three months. RIP, App Inventor. You were a good idea, but probably a little before your time. For a retrospective of Google App Inventor, check out the video after the break while we pour out 40 lines of code for our homies.

Source: Google Labs Group; via +Jason Howell

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