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2 weeks ago

Perfect World is bringing its Torchlight PC action-RPG series to mobile devices

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Fans of the Torchlight PC game series will be able to play a new game made exclusively for mobile devices later this year.

More PC game franchises are making their way to mobile devices. This week, publisher Perfect World Entertainment revealed Torchlight Mobile, a new entry in the series that will be launched for smartphones and tablets later this year.

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2 weeks ago

Shield Android TV update brings 4K picture sharing, streaming improvements

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The first big maintenance release since launch makes fixes and adds features.

Software version 1.2 is hitting the new Shield Android TV now, and it tightens the screws on the software that came on the box at release. The new software is primarily made up of fixes, including improvements to SD card support, better streaming for Netflix and Google Play Movies, and firmware upgrades for the Shield Wireless Controller and Shield Remote.

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2 weeks ago

PC and console shooter franchise Payday is coming to mobile devices

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Mobile devices will be able to play a version of the hit Payday first person shooter series in the near future.

Fans of the Payday co-op shooter franchise on PC and consoles will be able to experience it on a smaller screen in the near future. It's main developer, Starbreeze Studios, has announced that it is working with a mobile-focused team, Cmune, to release an all-new game in the series that is specifically for mobile devices.

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2 weeks ago

Android 5.1.1 update now rolling out to T-Mobile Galaxy S6 and S6 edge

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T-Mobile's Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are now getting the Android 5.1.1 update, bringing several performance optimizations along with Guest Mode.

Although Guest Mode was available in AOSP builds of Android 5.0, Samsung did not include the feature in the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge. The issue is now being rectified with the rollout of Android 5.1.1.

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2 weeks ago

ARCHOS 50 Helium Plus and 55 Helium Plus heading to the U.K. in July

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Announced earlier this month, ARCHOS' budget 50 Helium Plus and 55 Helium Plus will be available in the U.K. from next month.

The 50 Helium Plus will be priced at £119, with the 55 Helium Plus coming in at £139. Both devices offer Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box and come with a MediaTek MT6735P SoC with a quad-core Cortex A53 clocked at 1GHz and a Mali T720 GPU.

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2 weeks ago

HTC: Merger with ASUS not in the cards

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HTC has denied allegations of an acquisition by ASUS, stating that it will continue to build "world-class" devices on its own.

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2 weeks ago

Fallout 4 Collector's Edition comes with a real Pip-Boy that you can strap onto your wrist

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During its E3 2015 keynote, Bethesda shed details on a limited edition of Fallout 4, which includes a real Pip-Boy you can wear on your hand.

The Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition comes with a housing that allows you to slot your phone, with a second-screen app — available for Android and iOS — creating an interface that lets you use the wearable as a fully-featured Pip-Boy. The collector's edition is now up for pre-order on Amazon for $119.99.

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2 weeks ago

Weekly poll results: Google and privacy

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Real discussion over privacy and user data is important — it's just a difficult thing to have.

We asked you last week what you thought about how Google handles our privacy. Specifically, if you think they (Google) care about your private data. Privacy is always a hot topic, and lately a barrage of misinformation and armchair speculation comparing the big tech companies and their policies has made things more newsworthy, and to be honest, has hurt any chance of real discussion. Remember kids, these companies exist only to make money. All of them.

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2 weeks ago

Optimizing your Periscope experience

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Periscope on computer, phone and tablet

We all like to have our options open, and like to choose what works best for us in a hectic, fast-paced world.

Social media isn't any different from our day to day lives in that way. There's a lot going on, and it's going on fast. We are given so many options that it becomes difficult to sift through everything and find precisely what we want or need. Which is why you have us. You already know about Periscope and what it's capable of, but if you've been enjoying the app, finding the perfect way to watch is really key. Which is why we spent some time finding the absolute best way to get the most out of your Periscope experience.

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2 weeks ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Final Kick, Office Lens, Water Your Body and more

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Our weekly app picks

It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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2 weeks ago

Using App Permissions in Android M

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Android M app permissions

Google is finally giving users more granular control over permissions in Android M, but it's probably going to be a rocky start.

We've long pondered what it might look like if Google decided to implement something that gave users more control over what individual apps are allowed to access on our devices, and at I/O this year it all became clear. Android M is going to allow users quite a bit of control over what information and hardware each app is allowed access to, and this new setup even includes a simplification of permission types into a few convenient categories.

While we know nothing about Android M is set in stone, a quick walkthrough of this new permission setup gives a reasonable look at what is coming in the next version of Android.

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2 weeks ago

TuneIn Radio on Android Auto brings the world's sounds to your car

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TuneIn Radio on Android Auto

Android Auto

TuneIn Radio is a longtime player in the Internet radio game. And while it might seem a little odd to be talking Internet radio in the car when we have access to millions of songs in various traditional music apps (not to mention satellite radio coming standard on just about anything new, and available in most aftermarket units), terrestrial radio isn't going anywhere anytime soon. And TuneIn — with its free version having been installed more than 100 million times from Google Play — brings the online component for that.

The use case is easy enough to figure out. Say you've got a favorite radio station from home, or even from other part of the world. TuneIn can bring it to you. Sports. News. Talk. Music. All there in one handy app. (I've used it locally for years with phones that don't have an FM tuner.) And more recently TuneIn has integration podcasts into its repertoire. So it's a perfect fit for Android Auto, really.

Let's take a quick look.

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2 weeks ago

From the Editor's Desk: Coffee and lists

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There's something about sitting on a porch with a cup of coffee that leads to brain dumps. Although that could be because I'm the only one in this house silly enough to be awake on a porch at 5:30 a.m. on a Sunday. Nobody's awake for waffles yet. (Mmmmmmmm. Waffles.)

So with that in mind, here's what's been on mine.

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2 weeks ago

Switch LG G4's Settings to list view

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Once you go list, you never go back.

Settings is an app that we rely on more than almost any other. You can replace a launcher if you don't like it, but the Settings app that came on your phone is the one you've got.

Settings is not an app the average user leisurely scrolls through while they're waiting for the bus. You get in, change what you need to, and get out. Settings is also an app that doesn't change that radically, either. Even for all of Samsung's UI tweaks, they left the Settings on the Samsung Galaxy S6 in one big list with some quick links at the top. Settings is the dependable old road you can take home, even while the rest of the neighborhood changes. The LG G4 turned that trusty old road into an ever-changing desert.

Here's how to get back to the road you know.

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2 weeks ago

Amazon Echo adds more IFTTT actions for sports scores, song requests

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A new software update for the Amazon Echo adds more IFTTT support for the connected speaker.

Amazon keeps adding features to its Amazon Echo connected speaker with a regular series of software updates. Today, the company emailed owners of the device informing them that it has added more support for IFTTT (IF This Then That) trigger actions.

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