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New Game Radio Runner Arrives on Android

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A new game called Radio Runner lands on Google Play.

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MORTAL KOMBAT X Review

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The legendary console fighter lands on Android.

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Blaze for Twitter Review

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Another interesting multi-account twitter option.

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New Game Radio Runner Arrives on Android

New Game Radio Runner Arrives on Android

May 23, 2015

Developer Stolen Pad Studio has a new game out on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore; it is a platformer called Radio Runner.

With interesting music and twitch elements, it looks like a compelling game. Per the Google Play page:

Description
Radio Runner is a fast paced, rhythm-music platform game, totally addictive and incredibly hardcore with neon graphics and cool music. You will have to run between three platform switching them and jump to progress .Precise moves and fast decisions are extremly required to avoid the obstacles and dead-ends on your way. Collect all coins and finish the levels on fewer attempt possible.
Features
Stylish Neon graphics
5 challenging Levels
5 Funky tracks
Extremly addictive

Radio Run is completely free on on both stores.

Microids and Pendulo Studios Announce Upcoming Game Yesterday Origins

Microids and Pendulo Studios Announce Upcoming Game Yesterday Origins

May 23, 2015

Fans of point-and-click thriller Yesterday are in for a treat: Microids and Pendulo Studios are teaming up to develop a sequel named Yesterday Origins.

The new game will feature our protagonist John Yesterday, and will sport new graphics. Players won’t necessarily have to play the original adventure to enjoy the upcoming one.

“Yesterday Origins” is a new point & click adventure game in the highest tradition that echoes “Yesterday” released in 2012. It continues the adventures of the hero, John Yesterday, in the modern age simultaneously with the linked events of the Spanish Inquisition period.

The players will enjoy meeting again some of the first episode’s protagonists and elements. Nevertheless, it will also be possible to directly enter the universe created by Pendulo Studios with “Yesterday Origins” and without playing “Yesterday” before.

Pendulo Studios’ co-founder Felipe Gomez Pinilla is clearly amped and even a bit mysterious. “We are very excited to meet again with John Yesterday who has only delivered part of his secrets so far,” he says. “We still have several surprises in store for the fans…”

Microids VP Elliot Grassiano talks up the partnership. “For the past 30 years, Microïds has offered stories filled with poetic charm, thrills and plot twists through a long tradition of adventure games. Working along with one of the best studios in the past decade in this area, is particularly stimulating,” he says.

We had a chance to review the Android port of Yesterday, and liked it a great deal.

Yesterday Origins is due out in 2016; we’ll be waiting.

Impatiently.

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Amazon Appstore FAOTD: Amazing Emma

Amazon Appstore FAOTD: Amazing Emma

May 23, 2015

Today’s free app offering from the Amazon Appstore is Amazing Emma (courtesy of Socialin LLC); it looks to be a set of mini-games that are geared towards the young and the young at heart.

The game is available now for free, down from its regular price of $1.99.

Neposmart Camera Hardware Review

Neposmart Camera Hardware Review

May 23, 2015

The confluence of mobility and connected devices is alive and well, and home security is a big portion of this. Another minor problem are all those spare smartphones.

Neposmart a looks to zap these concerns with one solution: a connected camera that can be controlled and monitored from a smartphone.

The review package we received was a bit fuller than expected: the camera, ethernet cable, power adapter, mounting materials, documentation, bell wire and magnetic switch (the last two for intelligent garage setup).

The documentation provided is heavy with details, and gives several platform-specific sets of instructions. The basic idea is to connect the Neposmart camera physically to an internet ready source via ethernet cable, and then facilitate control via the companion Neposmart app, which is available on Google Play. In practice, it was fairly easy to get it all going; after downloading the app and finding the specific hardware, signing in (and changing the password for good measure), one needs to sign into local wifi, and then the the ethernet cable can be temporarily retired.

With that, one should get a live feed, and the fun stuff can then begin.

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The app is an interesting software hub; as noted, it’s primary purpose it to display the camera, but it also functions as part of the wireless setup, and can also physically control the camera; it’s possible to zoom, scroll up, down and sideways. In practice, there is some lag during movement operations, but nothing unmanageable.

One feature that is pretty interesting is the ability to set zones, such that one can get the device to focus on pre-assigned zones. It gives the unit a commercial flair, and after spending a career setting stuff up, I was surprised at how comprehensive the solution is.

The system is customizable, transferable and can be used in a number of ways. It breathes life into old devices (that can be used as handheld monitoring stations) and is easy to set up.

What’s not to love?

Google Maps Adds Full Navigation Support for Android Wear and More via Update

Google Maps Adds Full Navigation Support for Android Wear and More via Update

May 22, 2015

Google Maps is getting a pretty interesting update that, among other things, ups the functionality of the premier mobile navigation utility with Android Wear.

Also notable is new ability to receive audio traffic alerts during navigation, and traffic descriptions that help with pre-drive planning.

Officially, per Google Play, the updates are below:

What’s New
• Full screen Maps and navigation support for Android Wear. Know where you are and what’s around you with Google Maps at a glance of your wrist.
• Spoken traffic alerts in Navigation tell you about congestion and incidents on your route. Traffic descriptions give you a summary of traffic before you drive.
• New Transit directions when you’re in a city. Easily compare routes and see in next departures (available in certain cities).
• Bug Fixes

Google Maps is available for free on Google Play.

[Source: Google Play]

Chromecast App Receives Update

Chromecast App Receives Update

May 22, 2015

Chromecast is getting an update which is rolling out currently.

What’s New
– Redesigned devices view, showing devices as cards with backdrop and casting status
– Added setting to change backdrop speed
– Browse through history of backdrop images recently shown on your Chromecasts
– Improved reliability and performance of backdrop cards
– Improved multi-user and multi-Chromecast backdrop settings

We had an opportunity to review the Chromecast system when it first came out, and were (and still are) huge fans.

Chromecast is free (with the purchase of a Chromecast dongle) on Google Play.

Amazon Appstore FAOTD: Laserbreak Pro

Amazon Appstore FAOTD: Laserbreak Pro

May 22, 2015

Amazon Appstore has an interesting title for today’s Free App of the Day promotion: Lasebreak Pro from Apex Creative.

Laserbreak Pro is the fully unlocked version of Laserbreak including 90 amazing levels to entertain you for many hours.

Laserbreak is a highly Addictive, Challenging and Seriously Fun Experience that is captivating gamers around the globe.

Laserbreak is the most exciting and unique new puzzle game to hit the Android market.
Use the many awesome objects including TNT, balls, wormholes, elevators, magnets and more to direct your laser beam at the target. Smash, burn and blast your way to victory. The possibilities are endless!
Laser break features many amazing levels ranging from simple to incredibly challenging

Laserbreak Pro is usually priced at $0.99.

Logitech Keys-To-Go Bluetooth Keyboard Hardware Review

Logitech Keys-To-Go Bluetooth Keyboard Hardware Review

May 22, 2015

I feel pretty proficient on virtual keyboards, but every now and then, one needs a good portable keyboard to do the heavy lifting.

Enter Logitech. Enter Keys-To-Go Ultra-Portable Bluetooth Keyboard.

The review package Logitech sent us, which reflects the retail presentation, contains the keyboard, a hard grey plastic device stand, USB charging cable and documentation. The unit is light, almost shockingly so; the advertised size and weight definitely come across as a benefit when the keyboard is handled. The review unit came in bright blue, with whitish keys lettering and a tight, rubberized FabricSkin finish. The micro-USB charging port and a discrete power toggle are nestled on the side, and altogether, the piece feels quite durable. Officially, it comes in at 9.5 x 5.4 x 0.2 inches and 6.4 ounces.

If truth be told, I do prefer fuller sized “mobile” keyboards, but to be fair, this unit does allow for for a comfortable experience that doesn’t feel cramped. It incorporates most of the keys I’ve would want in a Windows-based keyboard: three rows for QWERTY arrangement, a number row with alternate “shift” symbols above that, and a row of quick access buttons above that. The bottom-most row of letters is cushioned by a prominent space bar, which is itself bookended by familiar arrow buttons and function keys and such. Tab, caps, shift and ALT keys all make an appearance, and mostly are where one would expect them to be.

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Pairing is intuitively easy; after ensuring the unit was charged, the bluetooth button ensures it can be discovered by a seeking mobile device. After pairing and setting up the target device on the stand, it was time to formally try it out.

The unit just works. I did do more finer-typing, but the keyboard is quite responsive; I didn’t discern any notable lag. I put it through the paces, and frankly, it competes well with bigger units. Now, not every button was geared towards Android devices, but an added bonus is the basic cross-platform functionality. Battery life? Close to the best I’ve used with regards to rechargeable keyboards.

Altogether, portability, useability and form (several colors to choose from) make it a fun and capable piece. I used it as a desk unit extensively, and love it on the go. Price-wise, it isn’t the cheapest $69.99 via Logitech), but the overall efficacy might make the price easier to swallow.

Amazon Game Studios Partners with WayForward Technologies to Release Til Morning’s Light for Fire Devices

Amazon Game Studios Partners with WayForward Technologies to Release Til Morning’s Light for Fire Devices

May 21, 2015

Amazon Game Studios and WayForward Technologies have a new game out for Fire devices called Til Morning’s Light.

At first glance, it looks like a fun exploration and mystery caper set in 3D. We can also glean a dark environment from the trailer and screen caps.

Excerpts from the announcement:

Erica Page is an ordinary teenage girl, just trying to fit in. She’s also trapped in a mansion haunted by a 200 year-old curse. You know, the normal stuff. Help her explore the huge, creepy, and not exactly empty mansion, and hopefully a way out.

There are clues to decipher, tools to collect, and puzzles to solve. If all else fails, Erica can beat the goo out of supernatural nasties with an arsenal of clubs, knives, and swords. Oh, did we forget to tell you? Erica has to escape by dawn, or she’ll become the next ghost in the mansion!

The game is available now on the Amazon Appstore for $6.99.

[Source: AGS Blogpost]

Root Explorer Gets Improved via Update

Root Explorer Gets Improved via Update

May 21, 2015

File management application Root Explorer is getting an update; the update brings the device management utility a few refinements.

Per Google Play, the update brings:

3.3.5
• Improved archive extraction to SD card in Lollipop
• Fix for problem opening text files in /data/misc
• Other miscellaneous fixes

We had a chance to review Root Explorer a short while back,and came away impressed with its design and overall efficacy.

The app is available for $3.99 on the Play Store; there is also a free variant called Explorer.

Mint: Finance, Budget & Money Gets an Update

Mint: Finance, Budget & Money Gets an Update

May 21, 2015

Intuit is hard at work improving its mobile money manager Mint, and a new update is rolling out now.

Per Google Play, the current update includes:

Weekly Summary Page:
See your top spending categories, where you made the most purchases and on what days you spent the most money all on a single page. Weekly summaries are available Sundays and will be sent via notifications.

Additional Improvements:
– Summary Page Notifications can be turned off from the Summary Page
– Layout improvements for Tablet
– Additional Material Design Improvements in Phone and Tablet
– Improved Card Management for Account Suggestions
– Squished Bugs

Mint is available for free on Google Play.

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[Source: Google Play]

MORTAL KOMBAT X Review

MORTAL KOMBAT X Review

May 21, 2015

Simply put, it’s Mortal Kombat X. Enough said.

There are two modes, Battle and Faction Wars, with a new one — Raiden Challenge — coming soon. It unfolds in a fairly logical manner; in the base form, one has a set of three fighters, and takes on three enemy fighters in a war of attrition. In Battle Mode (where I spent most of my time), the 3v3 paradigm is on full display.

The engaging aspect is obviously the stable of MK universe characters to pick from. Yes, originals like Sub-Zero and nemesis Scorpion are here, as are Cage and Kitana. There are some relative newbies too. D’Vorah, to say the least, is creepy. Combat is a matter of battling till the life bars go dry, and the side with a combatant(s) still standing wins the round. Attacking is effected by tapping and swiping, so battling is usually accompanied by a flurry of virtual screen action.

Within this battling system are a few more elements that add some depth. One can switch out fighters on the fly, such that if, in the middle of a match, one can pick another fighter that, say, matches up better with a particular opponent. Finishing a allows for allows one to get to the next, and yeah, there are bosses. Fatalities are present, and winning accrues payouts which can be used to improve individual fighters (an aspect that can be expedited with real cash).

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In Faction Mode, one can go toe-toe with other players online for prizes and leaderboard dominance.

It comes together well. The characterizations are gritty, and even the familiar folks are done up in a fashion that ups the menace factor. The fighting is great, if a bit one-dimensional, and the card elements are not overly pronounced during gameplay. The controls are okay, but still feel like something is missing in translation. That could be due to my console history with the title.

It’s a nice port, definite;y passable, and with enough console tie-ins (reward unlocking, hello?), it’s a great game for franchise fans and future fans alike.

WorldPenScan X Hardware Review

WorldPenScan X Hardware Review

May 21, 2015

WorldPenScan X is an interesting Kickstarted gadget that brings document scanning/OCR functionality and translation to folks on the go.

In hand, it’s not nearly as thin as (or much longer than) a regular ballpoint pen at 4.52 x 1.29 x 0.88 inches and under 2 ounces; it looks more like a mid-sized temporal thermometer. It’s mostly white, with a hard plastic finishing. The business end (which is initially hidden by a greyish cap) has the image capture hardware assembly, and tapers a bit.

Using the unit first entails pairing it to the host device via Bluetooth. This is accomplished by first downloading the companion WorldPenScan app off of Google Play, and configuring it to find the unit. After that, one has to select WorldPenScan as a current keyboard for it to work. When this is done, the app appears as a notebook-type interface.

Then it’s off to use the scanner. I tried it on several different types of text on different surfaces; boxes, books, flyers and the like. Holding the unit close to upright and dragging it along lines of text like one would use a highlighter is the basic idea, with the incorporated arrow helping the user to keep a straight path. If the scan is going a well, a green light shows at the end, and when the drag is stopped, the unit’s OCR kicks in and the translated text pops up in the app editor, along with a captured interpretation.

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In practice, it is pretty interesting.

I did find it to be useful in several scenarios. Looking for and using attributable text, for instance, can be done on the go. Creating bullet points of underscored info from blocks of information is another use case, and even collecting previously highlighted data. It works as a translator too, which is pretty useful when on foreign isles. On mobile devices, one can switch back and forth between 22 languages, including English, Chinese, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Dutch and more. The end result is digitized text. It does barcodes, too.

My biggest gripe has to do with the relative rigidity of usage, as it the environment and the item have to be just right to get the most accurate scans. In our usage, I found good lighting and flat surfaces along with an upright device make for the best data capture experiences. The OCR can be temperamental at times, which makes editing a bit more involved. Having to toggle the app as a keyboard every single time is a bit of drag, but not overly so.

When one considers the ease of use in combination with the functionality, it’s quite easy to fall in love with this product. It has its quirks, but none so painfully present as to preclude effective usage. At $169.95 (on Amazon), it isn’t so expensive that one is tempted to keep it in a safe, either.

Finance App Count Gets New Features via Update

Finance App Count Gets New Features via Update

May 20, 2015

MobiGear has just updated its financial management app Count – easy finance manager; users get some nice, new features:

It seems that you missed new updates? We too. So we have a nice surprise for you – a new version with new features.
– You asked for partial debts repayments. Now you can do this — just choose it from the menu in detailed debt view.
– We enhanced currency operations. Now you can edit currency exchange rate in detailed record view.
– Budgets were upgraded too! You can now access old budgets & see how you did in previous periods.
– We improved PIN screen as you asked — no-one can spy on you now.

Count is an app that allows users to get a hold of their money situations, using productive features like geo-tagging and debt listing to help with management.

Count is available for free (with in-app purchases) on the Play Store.

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Crowdfunding Spotlight: Comet, an Android Phone that Floats

Crowdfunding Spotlight: Comet, an Android Phone that Floats

May 20, 2015

For folks like us that spend way too much time on Kickstarter, Indiegogo and the like, this should be interesting: we hear that we’ll soon be seeing Comet, an Android device that comes with water resistance and buoyancy as part of its core functionality set. It incorporates fins that pop out when the device hits water.

It’ll have Android Lollipop and will sport two 16 MP cameras (one each on front and back), a screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 and a 2.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with 4GB RAM.

It’ll come in two flavors: 16 GB and 32 GB.

Beyond that, the device also adds some features new to Android. According to the press release, the device will also pack a border of Turquoise LED lights that light up when a user receives a call or message, pre-installed messenger for communication, app-enabled ability to measure body temperature and gauge mood, and a quantum lock that utilizes 256-bit AES to encrypt voice communications.

The Comet is expected to cost between $300 – $375, and will be available on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint.

CometCore Chief Prashanth Raj Urs mentions reflecting users personalities and being able to take one’s device everywhere.“We developed Comet to be a phone that people could truly take anywhere,” he says. “We also wanted Comet to really reflect its users’ personalities, so we made it as customizable as possible- Comet is functionable, but it’s also a really fun phone to use.”

We admit it: we are intrigued. The hardware seems to be compelling enough, and the the buoyancy is more than a simple cherry on top. The advertised ability to use it on three of the major networks is definitely a plus. Other specifics (connectivity, expandable storage, etc) will help define the device if included.

Comet should be landing on Kickstarter soon, and we can’t wait to see how it does.

[Source: CometCore Press Release]

Special Enquiry Detail Goes Free on Google Play and Amazon Appstore

Special Enquiry Detail Goes Free on Google Play and Amazon Appstore

May 20, 2015

G5 Entetainment is giving away its popular hidden mystery thriller Special Enquiry Detail: The Hand that Feeds for free for limited time on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

Special Enquiry Detail: The Hand that Feeds is an intriguing tale of murder and corruption. In the game you follow two detectives, newly assigned to the SED, as they investigate the death of young Carmody Phelps. Nobody in her life, it seems, is above suspicion; her parents, her ex-boyfriend, even her best friend from school, all seem to be hiding something. You’ll follow detectives as they track down leads and process evidence. In addition to finding clues like Carmody’s diary and stray bullets, you’ll have to interview witnesses and suspects; make sure you pay attention to what they say, because you’ll need that information to solve puzzles later in the game.

The scenery in each of 30 locations is so realistic that even the most subtle nuances come to life: specks of dust, flies in the room and even coffee fuming in the Big Boss’ cup. Use items in your inventory in order to solve each of 25 puzzle mini games. Pay attention to what you are told – even the smallest detail could solve this murder!

This game can be played over and over: hidden evidence appears in alternate locations on consecutive play sessions. Completing all the 12 chapters unlocks the “Find All” mode, allowing you to return to all locations and explore them once again.

The promotion goes on until May 24, 2015.