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3 years ago

Android Game Review: Muffin Knight

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Sometimes you just need to play a game that makes absolutely no sense. Something with a completely nonsensical, ludicrous plot that has simple mechanics and colorful graphics.

That game is Muffin Knight.

Writing this, I'm still not really sure what Muffin Knight is about. I've gathered that you play as a little warrior and collect muffins whilst either defeating or avoiding enemy animals. Downing a bad guy gets you some experience, and as you level up, you're able to upgrade any of the various warriors you've unlocked.

The actual muffin collecting is where the game takes a turn for the strange. Whenever you pick up a muffin, you turn into a different character that you've unlocked. The characters are all fundamentally similar (they can all jump, they all have an attack), but from there, it's up to you to know each character's speciality to survive and keep collecting muffins.

Collecting muffins gets you two things: new levels and new characters. For example, in my first playthrough, I unlocked a unicorn that poops out explosive rainbow mines. Yes, you read that correctly. You also start off with the knight, mage, archer, and gnome at the beginning of the game.

It's hard to say what exactly is so hypnotic about Muffin Knight. Is it the random chance of getting a character you've upgraded fully so you know you'll pwn whatever is barreling down on you? Maybe the fact you can play as a unicorn that poops out explosive rainbow mines? Perhaps it's the fact that when you fail to stop an enemy and they jump into a pit of flame (what? why would they do that?), they return on fire and run at double speed?

Regardless, Muffin Knight is fun. The controls are tight, the graphics are appealing and colorful, and the game is just neurotic and random enough to keep you from getting bored. Nearly endless entertainment is only $2.99, and we've got download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Mint.com Personal Finance app updated with new features

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Intuit's popular personal finance app Mint has been updated with a few new features, along with some security enhancements. You can now add transactions from your device, as well as view your available and current balances for each of your accounts. Mint also now supports Google Maps to change the location of your transaction, and Google Places to find a merchant when adding a transaction. You can grab the update from the Android Market after the break. 

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3 years ago

HTC Raider 4G heading to South Korea, could be the sibling of the Holiday

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This could be worth a trip to Asia. HTC introduced the Raider 4G this morning, a behemoth device available on South Korea's LTE network. It's Gingerbread-flavored with a 4.5-inch qHD IPS display, a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, a full 1 GB RAM, and both front and rear cameras, each capable of shooting up to 1080p video. If the Raider 4G looks familiar to you, it's because the device looks strikingly similar to the rumored HTC Holiday we caught a glimpse of earlier this month. The Holiday is said to be heading to AT&T's LTE network, though it isn't clear if all of the specs will match those of its apparent sibling. HTC's official announcment (translated from Korean) is available at the source link. 

Source: HTC (translated)

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3 years ago

AT&T's Galaxy S II will be available Oct. 2 for $199 on contract

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AT&T just announced on Twitter that its version of the Samsung Galaxy S II will be available Oct. 2 for $199 with a two-year contract and a minimum $15 data plan.

AT&T's version of the Galaxy S II differs slightly from Sprint's or T-Mobiles in that it's a (mere) 4.3-inch device. It's still got the same dual-core 1.2GHz processor though, and we're willing to bet it'll be another screamer. Full specs include:

  • 4G – HSPA+
  • Android (2.3 Gingerbread)
  • GSM Quad-band (850/900/1800/1900MHz)
  • UMTS Tri-band( 850/1900/2100MHz)
  • Screen: 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus
  • Processor: 1.2Ghz x 2 (dual core)
  • Camera: 8MP AF with LED flash + 2MP front
  • Video Record: 1080p Full HD
  • HDMI Out: HDMI via HDTV Smart Adapter with HDCP
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0
  • Battery: 1650mAh
  • Sensor: Motion UX, 6-axis gyroscope, proximity, light, noise (Audience A2220)

So you've got just a couple more weeks of waiting. In the meantime, check out our hands-on from the launch event earlier this month.

Source: @att
More in the AT&T Galaxy S II forums

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3 years ago

Barnes & Noble's NOOK line heading to RadioShack

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RadioShack announced today that it will carry Barnes & Noble's Android-powered NOOK Touch, NOOK Color, and NOOK accessories in stores and online beginning Oct. 3. Prices will match those at Barnes & Noble, with the NOOK Simple Touch at $139 and the NOOK Color at $249. With new modifications daily and active developer support, the NOOK line has turned into an affordable option for those seeking a basic Android-powered tablet. You can check out our reviews of the Touch and the Color to decide whether to add one to your RadioShack shopping list, right below that remote control car you've been eyeing up. Hit the break for the full press release.

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3 years ago

First look at the Archos G9 tablets

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ARCHOS has officially thrown its hat into the Honeycomb ring with its upcoming G9 line of tablets, and we got another sneak peek this week in New York's Times Square. The G9 line, according to ARCHOS Senior VP and General Manager Frédéric Balaÿ, is the fruit of the company's ongoing commitment to Android and Google, which started with the Android 1.5 Cupcake-flavored ARCHOS 7 Home Tablet back in early 2010. Balaÿ says that it is this history with Android, coupled with ARCHOS' over ten years experience in the tablet market, that gives the manufacturer a unique insight into how best to optimize both hardware and software to meet the users' needs. Hit the break for a closer look.

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3 years ago

Android Kids App: Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin now available

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From the same developer who brought us the excellent Android version of Beatrix Potter's "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" comes another Potter classic: "The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin." Just like with "Peter Rabbit," you can read the book yourself, or have the app read to you. The images are all interactive, and your child can tap each word to read along.

"The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin" is available in the Android Market for $3.04, and it's coming soon to the Barnes & Noble Nook Color. We've got download links and a promo video after the break.

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3 years ago

Verizon announces the entry-level LG Enlighten, available Sept. 29

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Verizon Wireless this morning announced the LG Enlighten, an entry-level Android smartphone. Specs include:

  •     Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  •     3.2-inch touch screen display (320 x 480)
  •     800 MHz processor for performance and multi-tasking
  •     Full QWERTY keyboard with large keys for easy typing
  •     Adobe® Flash® 10
  •     3G Mobile Hotspot allows users to share a data connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  •     Seven customizable home screens with shortcuts to apps, favorites and widgets
  •     Customizable apps menu
  •     3.2-megapixel autofocus camera and camcorder

The LG Enlighten will be available Sept. 29 for $79.99 after $50 rebate and two-year contract.

Source: Verizon

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3 years ago

Verizon lighting up more 4G LTE markets on Oct. 20

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Verizon has unleashed a bevy of press releases -- 16 in all, if you count one market getting two  releases -- announcing expansion of its 4G LTE network to some 22 markets, and the expansion of two others. That means if you have the HTC ThunderBolt, LG Revolution, Motorola Droid Bionic, Samsung Droid Charge or Verizon's LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, you'll be able to take advantage of the faster data speeds.

Starting Oct. 20 (or maybe even a day or so sooner if tradition continues), the following markets will see 4G LTE:

  • Fort Myers, Fla. (LTE currently is available in the airport)
  • Buffalo/Niagara, N.Y.
  • Sioux City, Iowa
  • Terre Haute, Ind.
  • Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Birmingham, Ala. (The footprint will also extend out I-65 North to Cullman, I-59 North to Springville, I-20 East to Moody, Highway 280 East to Harpersville, I-65 South to Calera, I-59 West to Bessemer and Highway 78 West to Jasper.)
  • Santa Fe, N.M.
  • Evansville, Ind.
  • Bloomington, Bedford and Mitchcell, Ind.
  • South Bend, Mishawaka, Granger, Elkhart, and Goshen, Ind.
  • Green Bay, Wis.
  • Modesto, Calif.
  • Stockton, Calif.
  • Hagerstown and Western Maryland
  • Expansion in Los Angeles and San Diego

If you're in or around any of those areas, get ready for some seriously fast data speeds. And maybe consider a spare battery -- that LTE likes the juice.

Source: Verizon

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3 years ago

Archos 80 G9 Honeycomb tablet now available in the UK for £199

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We saw the first confirmation of US pricing for Archos' new Honeycomb tablets last week, and now the 8-inch version has an official price tag in the UK, too. Archos' British web store is offering the Archos 80 G9 -- that's the 8-inch version -- for a highly competitive £199.99. At the current exchange rate, that comes to $314, just $15 more than the US price, which is something of a rarity for tablets. It's also about half of what you'd expect to pay for a 10-inch Honeycomb tablet like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

In addition to the 8-inch display, the 80 G9 gives you a 1GHz dual-core OMAP4 CPU, 8GB of internal storage and Android 3.2. The product page doesn't say how much RAM the device ships with, but we heard at Archos' press event back in June that low-end models would have 512MB, compared to the usual gigabyte found in most Honeycomb tablets.

Find out more about the 80 G9 and its big brother, the 101 G9 in our hands-on report from Archos' London press event.

Source: Archos; via: Eurodroid

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3 years ago

Adobe goes 3D with Flash Player 11, AIR 3, coming in October

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Adobe's come quite a long way in a relatively short amount of time on Android -- just about every device released today has Flash Player or AIR on board, or it's one of the first apps you download. Adobe's just announced the next versions of its Flash Player and AIR frameworks, and things are going to get faster and become more immersive -- and they're going 3D.

Yes, the updated Adobe framework will allow for 3D Flash and AIR gaming, folks. And that's whether you're talking on a desktop computer, television or, in our case, Android smartphones. No more side-scrollers. We're talking console-quality gaming that Adobe says is 1,000 times faster than Flash Player 10 and AIR 2, and it can deliver a smooth 60 frames per second. (An added bonus is that Adobe AIR can be bundled with an Android application -- no more extra downloads.)

And that's just for the end user. There's tons more for developers, naturally. Check out these videos:


Zombie Tycoon
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And ease on past the break for more from the slide deck, and the full press release.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile bound Galaxy Tab Plus poses for unofficial photoshoot

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The back and forth that has kept Samsung's legal team busy clearly hasn't slowed down its design team, as tonight we're getting a first look at the T-Mobile bound Galaxy Tab Plus, yet another addition to Samsung's Galaxy tablet line. This 7-inch Honeycomb-powered follow up to the original Galaxy Tab isn't to be confused with the 7.7 inch model we saw at IFA: The Plus is noticeably heftier, likely the result of the internal 4G radio. No specs yet, nor a release date, and certainly no pricing, but sit tight. It looks to be a busy upcoming few months for Samsung, which they'll kick off on September 26 with the unveiling of the US version of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 in New York City. Hit the source link for a few more shots. 

Source: TmoNews

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3 years ago

Hulu Plus adds more device support to their Android app

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If you're rocking a device that in the past, wasn't supported by Hulu Plus then you'll want to check the list below. Hulu has updated their Android app today and the list of supported devices has grown by nine. Eight phones and one tablet. The new devices listed are:

That's it -- nine new devices in total supported by Hulu Plus, anyone going to be checking it out? The service does cost $7.99/mnth but students can get one month free when you sign up.

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3 years ago

Motorola XOOM Android 3.2.1 OTA update slowly rolling out

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We've recieved a few more tips about the Motorola XOOM WiFi and now, a 3G version receiving a mysterious 1.5MB OTA update that bumps the device up to software version HTK55D.

I've personally been checking for updates on my XOOM since early this morning with no love coming to my device. However, if you have a Motorola XOOM -- you might want to check for updates and see if you have one available while we poke around for some sort of change log. Also worth noting, MS -- who sent us the update image is running a 3G rooted with Tiamat's Moray ROM

Thanks, MS!

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3 years ago

Touchy touchscreens, Google Hangout experience [From the Forums]

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With the week off to a great start, we're going to keep rolling on. If you're looking for more action, make sure you check out the Android Central forums. In there, you'll find plenty of knowledgeable folks to help you out or to just simply discuss Android with. Make sure you stop by:

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