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2 weeks ago

Humble Mobile Bundle 6 adds three more Android games and revamps its app

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Last week, the Humble Bundle team launched their latest "pay what you want" deal for up to six Android games. This week, the team has added three more games to the mix and also revamped its Android app to boot.

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2 weeks ago

The best puzzle games for Android

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We're always poking around for great puzzle games on Android, and these are some of the very best available in the Google Play Store. You'll find a nice range of starkly abstract to friendly and cartoony, physics games and logic games, and just about everything else in between.

Of course, these are just our top ten puzzle games for Android; feel free to drop a comment and let us know what you're playing.

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2 weeks ago

HTC Zoe app released as beta — we've got a first look!

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HTC Zoe app

App provides a one-stop shop for sharing and remixing your video stories

HTC today is releasing its long-awaited Zoe app — used for sharing and letting your friends remix your video highlights — to Google Play in beta form. It's available for devices running Android 4.4, and not just HTC devices at that.

First, some background: Zoes were born in 2013 with the HTC One M7. They began as 5-second video clips that added a dimension to the Video Highlights HTC's gallery app would create, using photos, videos and Zoes to tell a story. (Samsung has done the same sort of thing on its phones in the past, and Google+ now does it on the server side, using your uploaded content.) Zoes also gave around 20 still images you could pick from. So they sort of were moving pictures, almost like animated GIFs, but not really.

With Sense 6 and the HTC One M8, Zoes changed a bit. They became a little more difficult to take, with the button for them moved off the main camera display. They also dropped the 5-second limit and require you to hold down the record button. Do it for more than a fives seconds or so and suddenly you're taking a traditional video, from which you can use whatever part you want in a video highlight. Same idea, we suppose, but that 5-second limit gave a better sense of context and purpose, much like Vine's time limit does. And the nomenclature became more muddied as well. Video Highlights are now Zoes, sort of.

HTC never did really get the sharing right, either. It initially tried an in-house Zoe Share site, but your content there would die out after six months, and it just never took off. But now, we have a proper Zoe app, which until today had lived as a stub app.

Let's take a quick look.

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2 weeks ago

Surgeon Simulator teaches bad medicine on Android

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Surgeon Simulator has made its debut in the Google Play Store today. Surgeon Simulator is a morbidly hilarious game where players have to perform life-saving operations with all the ineptitude that touch input has to offer.

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2 weeks ago

WWE SuperCard game for Android combines wrestling with card battles

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Publisher 2K Games, who currently own the rights to release video games based on World Wrestling Entertainment's properties, have just launched WWE SuperCard for Android, which is supposed to combined the hard hitting action of pro wrestlers with the rather nerdy world of collectible role playing card games.

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2 weeks ago

Top app, device and accessory sales for August 14, 2014

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Who doesn't like saving money? Here are some of the best deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets we've found today.

Feel free to drop a comment with any you find!

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2 weeks ago

Shazam restores Spotify integration

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After removing the ability to listen to tagged songs on Spotify in the UK, Germany, Mexico and Brazil earlier this year, Shazam has restored the feature in the latest update for Android and iOS.

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2 weeks ago

Tasker review: The thing you need to do all the things

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Tasker is a wonderful app to have in your toolbox

In an expanding market of automation apps, Tasker is still tops

Android is an enigmatic and wondrous ecosystem in which many, many things are possible. Unfortunately, many of those things aren't possible out of the box. That's where automation apps like Tasker come in.

Tasker helps our supposedly smart smartphones do more for themselves, and do more for us. Tasker is the duct tape that many of us use to bind apps and sensors together into many wacky inventions. Like duct tape it cannot fix everything, nor is it the easiest substance to work with, but almost every house has duct tape, and almost every serious Android user should have Tasker in their back pocket — or wherever they keep their phone.

Let's take a deeper dive into Tasker.

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2 weeks ago

Field Trip makes travel information conveniently available in Google Now

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Field Trip, the location-based information app by Google's Niantic Labs, has been updated with support for Google Now on Android phones and tablets. This means that when you show up at a new place all the interesting details about that place are ready and waiting for you to access, right in that convenient, card-based interface.

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2 weeks ago

Uber adds destination entry for riders, turn-by-turn navigation for drivers

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Uber has announced today that they've added two new features to their latest mobile app. Riders can now easily enter their destination into the rider app, and drivers can take advantage of turn-by-turn navigation within the driver app. Both are aimed to help make for a seamless, efficient ride for both driver and passenger.

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