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1 week ago

Travel through time with Fist of Awesome on Android TV

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If you've ever looked at a 2D side scrolling fighter game and wished there was a mode in which you could punch bears, your wish has been granted. You can now play a time traveling lumberjack tasked with saving the world by punching one bear right after another. We know, it sounds ridiculous, and it absolutely is. Even better, Fist of Awesome is available to be played on Android TV.

Fist of Awesome is the story of Tim, a Lumberjack who sort of falls into adventure. By adventure we mean that he loses his family, his house is set on fire, and he finds a single weapon against the evil bears and other fauna of ill intent — the Fist of Awesome.

This Fist is alive and aware, explaining that Tim is no longer where he was. In this world, Bears rule and they are not fans of humans. Tim must now travel through time punching bears in the face to fix the timelines. You travel through the woods, the city of Bearhattan, and a cave filled with dinosaurs and prehistoric bears in the year 10,000 B.C. Those are just the first few levels!

When you aren't punching bears, the game is filled with puns and jokes from Tim and the Fist alike. The rest of the gameplay is fairly standard 2D action. You combat your enemies by punching them, kicking them, using special powers, or flying leaps. The graphics are pixelated, but it really does just add to how over the top, ridiculous, and dare we say awesome this game really is.

At the end of each level, you'll get scored. You will get experience to go up levels, your score, the time it took to complete the level and your hit accuracy. Since throwing more punches can help you to up your chain bonuses, you really need to decide between accuracy or a killer chain. When you go up a level, you'll also be able to improve one of your traits. The traits are Health, Power, Speed, and Special. Special unlocks extra special powers aka new moves that your Fist will show you.

Fist of Awesome is the only game from I Fight Bears, and will easily consume a weekend if you sit down to play it. Whether you share Tim's newfound disdain for the furry monsters of the woods or you've had a bad day and need something silly, sitting down to travel through time as a lumberjack with a magical Fist of Awesome is a great choice. It's simple, fun, absurd, and absolutely worth the $3.99.

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1 week ago

LG G Watch R gets Wi-Fi with Android Wear update!

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The LG G Watch R will be gaining Wi-Fi functionality thanks to the recently-announced Android Wear update. With this, the watch will be able to communicate with your phone, even when the two don't have a direct Bluetooth connection. Wi-Fi functionality was enabled on many watches in the previous Android Wear update, but it is only just now coming to the G Watch R.

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1 week ago

Android Wear gets interactive watch faces to make it easier to stay connected on-the-go

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Android Wear gets interactive watch faces

The latest Android Wear update brings along with it interactive watch faces, which will make it even easier to stay connected on the go. Currently, users have to fumble around with their watch to try and see what the next event in their calendar is, or to launch an app, but that is all changing.

With the new functionality, developers can add additional information to watch faces that can be revealed with just a single tap.

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1 week ago

Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick can now access HBO Now

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In July, the HBO Internet cable TV service officially launched for Android along with Amazon's Fire tablets. Now the same service is available on Amazon's Fire TV set-top box and the Fire TV stick HDMI dongle.

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1 week ago

iHeartRadio's Chrome Extension lets you control what you are listening with ease

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iHeartRadio has released a Chrome Extension which makes it easier to control what you are listening to, without having to change what is on your screen. Often times when listening to music, if you don't like what you hear, you need to hunt down the app and then change the song. With the new Chrome Extension, you can quickly, and easily, access all of the players functions, including skip, thumbs up/down, favorites and more.

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1 week ago

How to take a scrolling screen capture on the Galaxy Note 5

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This got tucked into our larger post on how to take a screenshot on the Galaxy Note 5, but it's cool enough that it deserves a mention of its own. Using the "Screen write" function of Samsung's new software, you can do a "Scroll capture" of whatever you've got on your screen. Want to share an entire web page or vertically scrolling app? Not a problem. It takes just a few taps, and Samsung does a really nice job of stitching it all together for you.

Check it out.

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1 week ago

ASUS ZenPad tablets now available in the UK from a variety of retailers

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Customers in the UK who are looking to get their hands on ASUS' newest ZenPad tablets can now do so from a number of retailers both in-store and online. This year, ASUS announced a number of tablets with varying specs, and now 8 of the models are available for purchase in the UK, with prices starting at just £79.99. The tablets are available in 7, 8, and 10-inch models, with varying storage and other options.

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1 week ago

Bing for Android now allows users to access search data inside other apps

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Microsoft has updated the Bing search app for Android to give users a way to access its search and data information inside other apps. This new feature should allow users to access helpful information without having to leave, for example, Facebook or YouTube.

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1 week ago

Sony's latest SmartBand can monitor your heart rate and stress levels

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Sony has announced the SmartBand 2, with the fitness tracker now featuring a heart rate monitor that can check your pulse, and even your stress levels in conjunction with the accelerometer. While it does not feature a display, the SmartBand 2 does offer customizable LEDs that you can use to configure between calls, messages and emails. The SmartBand 2 is compatible with all Android smartphones running Android 4.4 and above, and iOS devices running iOS 8.2 and up.

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1 week ago

Honor 7i with 13MP flip camera, Snapdragon 616 now official in China

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The latest offering from Huawei's sub-brand is the Honor 7i, which features a 13MP flip camera that can rotate 180 degrees. The rotatable nature of the camera means that you can use it as a front-facing shooter to take selfies as well. Another interesting feature on the phone is a fingerprint sensor on the side, marking a departure from the more conventional use cases we've seen thus far.

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1 week ago

Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+ head to South Korea

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Samsung has launched the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ in South Korea, with the launch coinciding with the debut of Samsung Pay in the country. The Galaxy Note 5 will be sold in White Pearl, Black Sapphire and Gold Platinum color variants, while the Galaxy S6 edge+ will be available in Black Sapphire and Gold Platinum options.

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1 week ago

A look at the Moto app on the Moto G 2015

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Motorola has enabled some features from the Moto app for the new Moto G 2015. We first saw these "smart" — and fully disableable — features with the original Moto X, and they have been refined to work better with newer versions of Android. To Motorola's credit, the current version provides three simple, yet powerful functions that work well — even on the "lesser" hardware of the Moto G 2015.

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1 week ago

How to take a screenshot on the Galaxy Note 5

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Taking a screenshot on your phone is one of its most basic functions, but the Galaxy Note 5 has a trick up its sleeve that helps it go well beyond a standard one-screen capture. Though you still have two simple ways to take a regular full-screen screenshot to share or keep for yourself, there's also a new option called "scrolling capture" that lets you automatically stitch together multiple screenshots into a full scrollable and editable image.

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1 week ago

Samsung wants to take its patent fight with Apple to the Supreme Court

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Samsung is planning to take its ongoing tussle with Apple to the Supreme Court, according to recently filed court documents. Following a rejection by the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a decision that could see Samsung paying out hundreds of millions to Apple, Samsung is hoping to take its case to the highest court.

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1 week ago

Analysis claims the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has the best smartphone display yet

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Research firm DisplayMate, which regularly offers its opinions on the quality of smartphone and tablet displays, has conducted its usual, and extensive, series of tests on the recently announced Samsung Galaxy Note 5. The final result of those tests has the firm declaring that the display on Samsung's latest phone is the best one made for any smartphone yet.

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