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1 week ago

Run, jump, and squash bugs in Flyhunter Origins

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Nobody likes flies. I mean, David Cronenberg's movie The Fly, sure. But real flies, we instinctively want to swat them. When you hit one, it's just so satisfying. Why not make a game about hunting those pesky flies then?

Flyhunter Origins is a 3D platformer from Steel Wool Games and Ripstone in which a team of alien flyhunters travels through space collecting valuable insects. Something goes wrong on their ship, letting loose a cargo of bugs on the unsuspecting earth. With cartoon-quality story sequences (from actual Pixar animators) and plenty of bugs to squash, kids and platforming fans will want to give this paid game a look.

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1 week ago

Android 5.0 Lollipop review

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Lollipop is one of the biggest Android releases ever — Here's our take on it

With the new Android 5.0 Lollipop release, Google's OS enters its third era. The first saw the scrappy platform achieve early success on smartphones, with devices like the Droid series and the first Samsung Galaxy handsets, paving the way to later dominance of the category. The second era was characterized by the important Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich release, which introduced a new focus on design, including the "Holo" visual style, and also allowed Android to gain early traction on tablets.

And now we're seeing the most important Android release in at least three years. Though we're just now getting to use it on Nexus handsets, Lollipop is about much more than smartphones. It promises to establish Android in new device categories like TVs, cars and smartwatches — and eventually an Android runtime on Chromebooks will augment Google's desktop presence. In its third era, Android is no longer just a mobile OS — it's an everything OS. It's the new embedded Linux or embedded Windows — a ready-made, feature-rich, and now design-rich OS — and Google wants to bring it to every screen you use.

Nevertheless, mobile remains Android's bread and butter, and that's what we're going to focus on in this review. Appropriately, there are a bunch of really important new additions for traditional mobile devices like phones and tablets. Lollipop introduces Material Design, Matias Duarte and co's new design language for the whole of Google, along with improved battery life thanks to the "Project Volta" initiative, and a rethinking of the way Android devices handle notifications. And that's before you consider important under-the-hood tweaks like the new Android Runtime (ART). To put it simply, this is one of the biggest Android updates ever.

We'll dive deeper into the depths of Android 5.0 Lollipop in our full review of the OS. Join us after the break.

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1 week ago

Cricket Wireless has special prices for several Android phones starting Friday

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Cricket Wireless, the no-contract subsidiary carrier of AT&T, will have special prices for a number of Android phones starting on Friday and lasting until January 8. That includes selling the HTC Desire 510 for free (after mail-in rebate).

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1 week ago

Samsung Gear S comes to Canada tomorrow

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Following U.S. availability last week, those of us north of the border will be able to snag the 3G-ready Samsung Gear S watch starting tomorrow at Samsung brand stores, and other retailers throughout November. The pricetag sits at $399.99.

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1 week ago

Photo Editor by Aviary updated with creative cloud sync and $200 worth of free effects

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Aviary has today announced their biggest update since joining forces with Adobe, bring a much improved Photo Editor by Aviary app to Android and iOS. The photo editing app — which allows users to edit on the fly with tools like one-tap enhance, color balance, and stickers — today adds over $200 worth of effects for free as well as Creative Cloud sync.

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1 week ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for November 13

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Anybody shopping for Android apps, accessories, smartphones, or tablets will want to take a skim through these sales we've scrounged up from around the web. Every day, we comb through these sales to make sure they're fresh and accurate, and try to find a few more. Latest additions will be at the top of each list.

As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't included, let us know in the comments.

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1 week ago

Lollipop 5.0 available on NVIDIA Shield Tablet November 18

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Amid the rollout of the latest version of Android, Lollipop 5.0, NVIDIA's Shield Tablet devices are also being counted among the first devices ready for an upgrade. The Tablet will be getting the update next Tuesday, that is, November 18. Android 5.0 on the Shield hauls in the flat and smooth elements of Material Design, but there are a few updates to NVIDIA's own apps too.

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1 week ago

NVIDIA announces open preview for Grid, the Netflix of PC games

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Shield Tablet owners in North America will be able to try out Grid, a new service from NVIDIA that will offer free cloud access to some 20-odd PC games. Much like the remote play option currently available for tablet and portable users with their personal gaming rig, you'll be able to dig into some high-end titles from just about anywhere, only with Grid, NVIDIA's servers are the ones hosting the games.

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1 week ago

Green Box brings Half-Life 2: Episode 1 and other Valve classics to NVIDIA Shield

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Alongside today's announcements about Grid and Lollipop support for the Shield Tablet, NVIDIA is launching a bundle of Valve games called the Green Box. It will be immediately available to anybody buying a new 32 GB NVIDIA Shield Tablet, and includes the previously-launched Half-Life 2 and Portal, as well as a new addition, Half-Life 2: Episode 1.

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1 week ago

SwiftKey introduces Chinese language support in beta

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Popular keyboard app SwiftKey has introduced comprehensive Chinese language support as part of its latest beta. The new SwiftKey beta brings support for Simplified Chinese, Taiwan Traditional Chinese and Hong Kong Traditional Chinese through a host of new input methods:

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1 week ago

Galaxy Note Edge coming to the UK on November 28, pre-orders start tomorrow

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We haven't heard much about the launch of the Galaxy Note Edge since Clove announced it was starting pre-orders for the device back in September. We now have more information on the device, which according to the The Inquirer will be launching in the country on November 28.

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1 week ago

Moving from the iPhone to OnePlus One? There's a guide for that, too

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In light of Google releasing a handy switch guide for consumers jumping across to Android from iOS, OnePlus have published a small guide of their own to help get new customers started with their new CyanogenMod-powered smartphone. If you're making the switch from iOS to the OnePlus One, this guide may answer the majority of your questions.

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1 week ago

CyanogenMod 11 M12 rolls out, Lollipop-based CM12 nightlies hitting next month

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The team at Cyanogen Inc. pushed out what seems to be the final update in the Android 4.4.4 KitKat-based CyanogenMod 11 series, the M12. The highlight in the update is the incorporation of security patches against the POODLE vulnerability in SSLv3, along with improvements for multi-SIM users.

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1 week ago

XCOM: Enemy Within for Android brings more aliens than you can shake a plasma cannon at

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The sequel to classic strategy game XCOM: Enemy Unknown is now available in the Google Play Store. XCOM: Enemy Within features the same excellent turn-based gameplay and long-term squad progression, and lathers on new story, more aliens to blow up, more tech to research, and the ability to upgrade your troops with cybernetics and gene mods.

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1 week ago

This is Flow, Samsung's cross-device content sharing system

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Samsung Flow

Samsung Developer ConferenceSamsung brought out folks during its SDC 2014 keynote to cover a whole host of areas that the company is focusing on, and one of the more interesting ones for the Android crowd is a new sharing platform called Samsung Flow.

Landing somewhere between Apple's new Continuity features and our current system of manually sending content links between devices, Samsung Flow builds on Android's share and view intents to quickly hand off information between your nearby Samsung devices, including phones, tablets, televisions and even watches. Here's how it works.

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