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2 years ago

Android Game Review: Greedy Spiders

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I don't like bugs but I do like puzzles. I'm not particularly fond of spiders, either (too many eyes and legs for my taste), so the idea of depriving them of their meal seemed like a good enough premise to give a whirl. The result is many an hour lost and homework neglected.

Greedy Spiders is a turn-based puzzle game where you (as some omnipotent, web-cutting force) are trying to outwit a spider (presumably a greedy one) and keep him from his meal of winged insect. This is done by touching a slice of web to cut it away and therefore keep the spider from getting from place to place.

Webs are set up in what I can best describe as a connect-the-dot format. There are points that webs connect to and it's at these points the spider can pivot around, change directions, and the like. You also take turns with the spider, with your move always going first. You snip some web, the spider walks, you snip again, so on and so forth.

If your bug gets eaten, you lose. If you manage to save your bug(s) from the spider, though, you win and advance to the next level. You're rewarded with stars for completing a level, Angry Birds-style, with one star being the utmost minimum and three stars for totally spaking some spider heiny.

The game also ramps up in difficulty, starting you off with only one bug to save and one spider trying to eat it. As you continue through the levels, you'll be tasked with saving more than one bug (I'm at four right now) from one spider. Once you're all buttered up and comfortable, however, you'll have to start contending with more than one spider trying to eat more than one bug. That's where it gets a bit stressful.

To ease your pain in the later levels, sometimes you're rewarded with some powerful options and abilities, but they're limited. You can sometimes wield fire to burn large sections of web away, put a dummy bug on the web to distract and fool a spider, or even "invoke a supernatural power" to teleport your bug off the web. The last one kind of escapes me, but hey, it's at your disposal.

Greedy Spiders is a pretty fun game. The graphics are well done, it's smooth, and there's a lot of content to explore. Just when you think you've begun to get the hang of things, another variable is introduced, and you're back to square one, fighting for your bug's survival.

There's both a free version and a paid version of Greedy Spiders, with the paid version running 99 cents. The free version only has 64 of the 128 levels, so if you don't mind starting over, you could play through the first 64 to make sure you enjoy it before spending a buck to get the rest of the game. In my opinion, it's another in the line of quality pseudo-puzzle games on Android and is totally worth checking out.

For those hankering to stick it to some spiders, we've got download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Telus releases Gingerbread update for Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G

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Here's a jumpstart for your Monday morning: Telus has released the official Android 2.3 update for the Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G, which it says will bring all of the Gingerbread goodies we've come to love, plus some better battery life. The update is only available through Telus' website, so if you're checking your phone for an OTA, stop wasting your time. You'll need Samsung Kies, a Windows computer, and some patience, and Telus says that if you run into any problems you'll have to give Samsung Social Hub support a call. Hit the source link for instructions and all necessary files.

Source: Telus

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2 years ago

Pantech Breakout hits Verizon on Sept. 22

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Ladies and gentlemen, we've got a new horse in Verizon's 4G LTE stables. Welcome the Pantech Breakout (which we first told you about nearly a month ago) -- a 4-inch candybar smartphone that bosts Android 2.3, a 1GHz processor, 5MP camera (VGA front-facing camera), Wifi b/g/n, the aforementioned 4G LTE data -- and an affordable price tag. Available in stores and online starting Sept. 22, the Breakout is going for just $99.99 after two-year contract and $50 rebate. Voice and data plans start at $39.99 and $30 (for 2GB), respectively.

Source: Verizon

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2 years ago

Epic 4G Touch gets Touchstone mod

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Getting a Touchstone mod is a sort of smartphone rite of passage. If someone's going to take enough time and effort to hack Palm's inductive charger onto the phone, it's a sure sign it's a winner. We've previously seen it on the Epic 4G and EVO 4G, and such is the case with the Epic 4G Touch. Android Central Forums member darrenf has modded his E4GT to work with the Touchstone.

A couple of caveats, of course. This requires some fairly major surgey. And beacuse of the Epic 4G Touch's tight fit, the inductive coil is actually on the outside of the battery cover, so it'll need some cosmetic surgery as well. But, damn it, that looks pretty sweet.

Check out the excellent walkthrough and instructions at the link below.

Source: Epic 4G Touch Fourms

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2 years ago

Netflix renames DVD service to 'Qwikster,' streaming to stay 'Netflix'

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Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings this morning apologized for the confusion surrounding the splitting of the company's DVD and streaming services -- and for not better explaining the price increases involved.

The price increases stand, but the DVD side of the business is changing names. And thus Qwikster was born.

The long and the short of it is for DVDs, you'll go to Qwikster. For streaming on Android smartphones and tablets, you'll go to Netflix. Makes perfect sense.

It's all explained in the video above, and in Netflix's blog post -- and you've likely gotten an e-mail from Netflix mirroring all this.

Source: Netflix

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2 years ago

ROM review: MIUI for the Nexus S 4G

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Our pal digitalslacker is back, showing off a little MIUI action for the Nexus S 4G with another great ROM review.  Reader submitted reviews are pretty much the best way to get an in-depth look at how things run, especially when it's something as complicated and feature-packed as a full Android ROM.  Android tinkerers and hackers that use a specific phone tend to know it inside and out, and know how and where they can push things to the limit.  It's great when you guys take the time to share it with us, and the rest of the Android community.  Hit the jump, and see what digitalslacker thinks of MIUI on his Nexus S 4G.

Discuss MIUI for the Nexus S 4G in the forums

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2 years ago

Announcing the winners of the Tegra Madness giveaways!

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It sure was a big week for contests!  We gave away a bounty of great Tegra 2 powered Android devices of all shapes and sizes, and now it's time to announce the winners.  Thanks everyone for entering, and be on the lookout for more awesome contests here at AndroidCentral.  And now, without further ado, the winners:

A hearty congratulations to each of you, and we'll be getting your prizes out in the next day or two.  We hope you enjoy (and know you will!) the cool Android devices headed your way, and would love to see a picture or two once you get them and have them all set up!  We also want to thank the good folks at Nvidia for making the whole week of Tegra Madness possible.  Shout out your own congratulations in the comments.

 

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2 years ago

Notion Ink CEO 'confirms' Ice Cream Sandwich in Oct., OMAP as reference platform; says Adam will update in Nov.

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The CEO of Notion Ink, Rohan Shravan, has "outed" some more news about the Ice Cream Sandwich release.  Yes, this is the same fellow who told us about Gingerbread a few days in advance last time around (which is why we looked twice).  In a post at the Notion Ink blog about plans to improve the graphics performance of the Adam, Shravan says a couple really interesting things -- Google will be releasing Ice Cream Sandwich in late October, OMAP devices will be the preferred platform (and receive the update before Tegra devices), and the Notion Ink will have the Adam updated by November.

Additionally, the folks at Phone Arena have confirmed with Shravan that Google has already supplied OEMs with Ice Cream Sandwich, and that Notion Ink is not one of the manufacturers to be seeded with an early release of the source code. 

We're still going to be on the lookout for something a bit more official, and none of this news is really surprising -- it has been regurgitated across the Internet for the past few months.  We'll see Ice Cream Sandwich when it's ready, and if that means next month none of us will be complaining.

Source: Notion Ink; via Phone Arena

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