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Paracable Micro USB Cable: the Last Charging Accessory You Might Buy

Paracable Micro USB Cable: the Last Charging Accessory You Might Buy

Oct 25, 2016

Even with the diversity of Android — some might say “chaos” — there is one enduring principle: standardization of peripherals. It’s comforting to know that when it’s all said and done, the micro USB cable that I use for my tablets, portable chargers, bluetooth keyboard, wireless speakers, etc can be used on my main device. incoming standard USB C notwithstanding, micro USB rules the roost.

Mobile device batteries are getting better by the cycle, but we still are only as good as our last charge, so at home and on the road, a good, sturdy cable is a must-have. Yes, cables can be had for next to nothing, but for the most part, you get what you pay for.

So, is it worth investing in Paracable Micro USB Cable? Let’s see.

The review pieces Paracable sent us reflect two versions of its retail offerings; we got to check out a 5-ft “Continuum” cable and a 3-ft “Magma” one. Both show the attention to design; charging cable housed in fabric with aluminum tipped ends. The fabric is brightly set, and almost makes the cable seem like a true accessory rather than a tool.


But more about that fabric. If you guessed that the brand name sorta-kinda references parachute-inspired paracord, you deserve a salute. Yes, this derives from lightweight nylon rope that has seen time in space; it a tough bit of tech. In practice, it gives the cable a tangible toughness, but with a reasonable degree of give, such that there is no stretch, but it is flexible enough to not be brittle.

As a charging conduit, these cables have two features that make them especially desirable: they are Qualcomm Quick Charge compatible, and they can output 2 amps; in real life, they do actually do the deed. Thus, most of the current flagships should be well served by this batch of cables.

When it’s all said and done, these go along way in their quest to be the last cables one needs to buy; at just under $18 for the 5-ft version (and under $16 for the 3.2 foot version), they are an investment, but if they last nearly as long as one hopes, they just might be worth it.

And yes, they make certified iOS cable too, if you’re into that sort of thing. Ha.

SkillTwins Football Game Review

SkillTwins Football Game Review

Oct 25, 2016

You don’t need to be an unabashed, bleary-eyed, hoarse-throated football (soccer) feen to enjoy the skilled sibling duo known the SkillTwins. You don’t really even need to like sports to be entranced by their otherworldly ball mastery, timing and synchronicity. Whether playing competitively or doing a choreographed routine, you invariably end the viewing thinking on one should be able to do the things those boys do with their feet.

And yes, I definitely am an unabashed, bleary-eyed, hoarse-throated football feen.

It’s especially cool to see a mobile game fashioned after the twins: SkillTwins Football Game allows those of us with somewhat less formidable ball control an opportunity to be SkillTwins, one handheld moment at a time.

Of course, the first thing to really see are the graphics. It is a bright, colorful affair, one that invokes summertime outdoors, with plenty of simulated effects. The animations are really what make the game tick, especially when one considers he subject matter: intricate ball moves. The footwork translates to onscreen poetry, insanely crazy put seemingly realistic.


The game employs different scenes, and the soccer-ish tools (mannequins, cones, etc) come across well. The little extras, like celebrations and celbratory flashes, add a bit of fun that help the game visuals.

The gameplay boils down to a leveled set of challenges; as to be expected, the action increases in difficulty as one goes on. the controls were a bit tricky, but the core idea is to follow the arrows, do tricks for bonuses, and finish with flair. he range, obstacles and end targets do get creative.

All in all, it is an engaging diversion, bringing soccer skills performance to a simple, doable level. The control mechanism feels a bit wonky at first, but as one progresses, it all begins to make sense, and the leveled presentation allows the game to be consumed at a reasonable pace.

Dream Catchers: The Beginning is on Sale for Limited Time

Dream Catchers: The Beginning is on Sale for Limited Time

Oct 24, 2016

G5 is no stranger to making some fun games… or providing them for free and/or at steep discounts. Now, Dream Catchers: The Beginning is on sale on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

Dream Catchers: The Beginning tells the eerily spooky story of Mia, a prep school teacher, and her brother, who sets out to find out what happened to her and the students she teaches.

In a story that is reminiscent of The Sleeping Beauty, the player looks to pick up clues, solve puzzles and find out why the ladies cannot be roused.

Ah… the perfect Halloween pastime?

The game comprises of 2 worlds, 12, mini-games, 77 levels, and also has achievements and can be played across Android devices via Google Play Game Services.

The game usually costs $4.99, but for a limited time, the full, unlocked game can be had for $0.99. You can’t tarry though; this price lasts only until October 30th. yes, the sale is also available on the iOS App Store.

Bridge Constructor Gets Limited-Time Halloween Update

Bridge Constructor Gets Limited-Time Halloween Update

Oct 24, 2016

Popular cross-platform construction simulation game Bridge Constructor is getting in on the Halloween spirit with a free update that is available now.

The new build brings five whole new “spooky and eerily exciting” levels to Pumpkinidad Island. Additionally, it introduces a new vehicle — Coach of the Dead — which is the heaviest auto that needs to be gotten over the constructed bridges.

Per the press release:

Seeing as it’s Halloween, we can’t go without some haunted castles, bats and cemeteries. Build bridges over seemingly endless valleys in the deepest, foggiest night, with a full moon hanging above. Make sure to build them strong enough for the heavy Coach of the Dead to be able to get across.

We certainly enjoyed Bridge Constructor when we took a look at it way back when.

Bridge Constructor is available for $1.99 (plus optional micro-transactions) on Google Play. Hurry, because this update won’t be available forever!


[Via Headup Press Release]

[Our Bridge Constructor Review]

Rodeo Stampede’s “Outback” Update is Here

Rodeo Stampede’s “Outback” Update is Here

Oct 24, 2016

Featherweight and Yodo1’s popular game Rodeo Stampede: Sky Zoo Safari is getting an update that is available now.

The refreshed build — dubbed the Outback Update — brings a whole new area to explore. The new area even packs in fire hazards which the player has to look to avoid.

Per the presser, the new area also brings in 49 new animals that can be ridden and collected, and we hear that Australia’s very own boogey animal, the drop bear, is one of them. Additionally, there are some fun Halloween-themed tweaks thrown in for good measure.


We certainly enjoyed Rodeo Stampede when we took it for a spin; it remains free (with optional in-app purchases) on the Play Store.

The new trailer is below:

[Our Rodeo Stampede Review]

Parallyzed Review

Parallyzed Review

Oct 21, 2016

Ah, you think you’re quick? Like a challenge? Parallyzed might be just the mobile tonic you need.

The developer is kind enough to give us some backstory… two sisters (Red and Blue), twins no less, similar on the outside, but with different personalities. Seemingly close, but in a momentary fit of madness, Red severely injured her sister by throwing her off a swing.

Devastated by grief and remorse, Red then focuses on reviving her sister from the resultant coma by using her new resolved ability to inhabit her sister’s mind.

In gaming terms, this translates to a dual (parallel) platform adventure, with two figures running left to right, gravity being discounted on the one. One sister is blue, one is red, and so the caper begins.

Visually, it is a simple affair, with dark colors holding sway. It plays in landscape, with about half the screen allocated to the running path of each sister. The animations are smooth, and the dark hues measured against the occasional deliberate splotches of color make for a nice contrast.


The intro tutorial run helps one get acquainted with the controls and gameplay; the first thing one learns is how to swap the sisters. there are several reasons to do this; one is to make it through a matching color bubble. Also, the sisters are of different heights, so an obstacle might me navigated easier b, say, the shorter sister. To be clearer, tapping on the one side of the screen accomplishes this swap.

Then, one learns how to jump by tapping on the left side of the screen. This is useful for, well, leaping over obstacles. Using both controls allows one to try to make way to the end of the runs. Then, it’s on to the next (harder) level.

There are goodies to collect, achievements to unlock, and the game mostly comes together quite well.

Get a preview of Oceans & Empires now, only on Android

Developer Joycity have just launched a preview build of its aquatic empire builder Oceans & Empires – and it’s available exclusively for Android devices.


The game tasks you with dominating the oceans by building an impenetrable island base and assembling a fearsome fleet of ships – and you must do this by battling, trading, and building alliances with other players online.

A hugely ambitious title boasting 60 cities to visit, a fully functioning economy (that fluctuates depending on the demand for certain items), and mesmerising real-time battles – Oceans & Empires looks to be one of the most detailed and in-depth mobile titles ever made.

It’s amazingly easy to check out the preview build too – all you have to do is search for “Oceans & Empires” on Google Play and you can’t miss it. Download this version of the game and you’ll even get your own special in-game item package.


If you’re interested in dominating the ocean waves act fast though – the preview build is only available until midnight PDT on the 28th of October (so that’s 8am on the 29th for those in the UK).

Oceans & Empires launching worldwide on Android and iOS soon, and you can stay up to date on all the latest developments with the game via its official Facebook page here.

You can download the preview version of Oceans & Empires right now on Google Play.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partner’s.

Samsung Kids Subscription Service Adds iHeartRadio Family

Samsung Kids Subscription Service Adds iHeartRadio Family

Oct 20, 2016

Samsung Kids, a family-oriented, kid-facing subscription service geared towards underscoring U.S. Common Core standards along with STEM education, is adding new content.

Now, subscribers will have access to iHeartRadio’s kid-friendly stations.

According to the press release, Samsung Kids now includes kid-friendly stations like iHeartRadio Top 40 Countdown, iHeartCountry Family, Radio Disney Junior, the Alli Simpson Show, Kids Club Radio, Acoustic Time Out, Sing Alongs Radio, Kids Pop Radio and Lullabies Radio.

The app is especially designed to ensure that young people can easily navigate through it; besides the fun interface, it also includes parental controls to help parents manage what their children consume.

Samsung Kids comes stock on specific devices, and is also available for download on the Play Store and the Samsung-specific Galaxy Apps store. As noted, it is a subscription service.


[via Samsung Press Release]

Groove Planet Gets New Music, Boss Fights and More

Groove Planet Gets New Music, Boss Fights and More

Oct 20, 2016

Innovative music game Groove Planet is getting an update, courtesy of Animoca.

This update brings a bunch; we get new tracks, rhythm patterns and boss fights.

Per the presser:

BOSS FIGHTS: attacked by hostile alien motherships! Repel the assault using the power of YOUR music! Tap to the rhythm to fire a laser barrage at the mothership. Boost your firepower by using a song in a particular key or by tapping in special patterns. Unlock Boss Fights when you build a Microphone on your planetoid.

RHYTHM PATTERNS: 20 patterns will turn you into the ultimate rhythm master! Earn rewards by tapping harder/softer or faster/slower as required by the pattern you are following! Unlock Beat Patterns when you build a MIDI Controller on your planetoid.

The game remains free (with in-app purchases) on Google Play. Check out the new trailer:

Ubisoft Launches Movie-Based ‘Trolls: Crazy Party Forest!’ on Google Play

Ubisoft Launches Movie-Based ‘Trolls: Crazy Party Forest!’ on Google Play

Oct 20, 2016

Trolls is an upcoming DreamWorks animated movie, and now — as is becoming commonplace — we get to play with a companion game based on the movie. This one is called Trolls: Crazy Party Forest! and is being brought to market by Ubisoft.

This one allows players to create their own individual Troll villages, with interesting food crops and the like. There are movie elements to interact with and stuff to unlock.

One can also throw parties so as to recruit more creatures to one’s village; it also allows for play between friends.

Ubisoft Mobile Executive Director Michel Detoc doesn’t hide the team’s excitement with regards to working with DreamWorks.“Our team has been incredibly enthused to work with DreamWorks Animation on such an entertaining property,” he says. “We wanted to create a gaming experience that would immerse audiences into a colorful vibrant world where Troll happiness keeps the village alive, and feels entirely authentic to the IP. Each aspect of the game has been designed for players to enjoy ‘Trolltastic’ elements from crazy hair, amazing Troll talents and many possibilities to host unique themed-parties!”

Trolls: Crazy Party Forest! is available for free (with in-app purchases); check out the trailer:

Prepare yourself for an epic fantasy like no other in Arcane Online

A fearless hero is needed to save Eldine, where the balance of power between humans and spirits has been disrupted – are you up for the challenge?

Then don’t waste another second – download Arcane Online, the heroic free-to-play Online RPG built from the ground up for mobile.

Arcane Online is the latest release on Android and iOS from Japanese publisher Gala Inc, and offers the kinds of features and gameplay mechanics you might usually only expect from a desktop MMO.


So get ready to lose yourself in a vast open world of dark fantasy and magic, where evil creatures will put your courage and skills to the test.

Pick your perfect hero from a choice of a mighty warrior, a divine shaman, or a powerful mage – which you can fully customise by collecting up to 30 Avatar Cards. Not only that but you can also traverse Eldine with speed and style by collecting, feeding, and evolving your very own unique mounts.

If you ever get tired of fighting the good fight on your own you can even join a party of up to 3 other players for a range of PvE dungeons.


Your efforts won’t go unnoticed neither, because by completing the in-game achievements you’ll gain rewards – and you can also visit the Abyss to collect treasure chests that are bursting with rubies and gold.

All this no doubt sounds pretty good, so be sure to check out Arcane Online – available to download now from the App Store and Google Play.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partner’s.

Popup Widget 3 Gets Material Design via Update

Popup Widget 3 Gets Material Design via Update

Oct 19, 2016

Popular customization utility Popup Widget 3 (from ChYK) is getting an update that’s rolling out now.

One of the major new features adoption of Material Design; this allows the application to more naturally fit within Google’s design principles.

It also adds a new pop-up feature and new gesture option.

The full changelog can be found on Google Play; Popup Widget 3 costs $1.50.

Calling all real estate tycoons: Game of Dice is back with a vengeance

Break out the confetti, because we’re celebrating Game of Dices’ one year anniversary.

Originally released in October last year, the game was an instant hit – ranking in Hong Kong’s list of the highest grossing apps of last year. Now after just one year, the game is a unique brand in Asia, and looks set to keep getting bigger and better.


Playing in either single or multiplayer mode, the aim of the game is to become the most powerful real estate mogul on the board. Making your way around the board, you’ll have to be both ruthless and cunning in order to outsmart and bankrupt your opponents.

Whilst Game of Dice is already jam packed with exciting content, the new update manages to bring even more excitement to the board with brand new features, like collecting time capsules to earn free items, gathering birthday candles to exchange for useful objects, and an all new dice Trump event.

But the fun doesn’t end there, as you’ll also get to try out the “Genius Showdown” map. Get to grips with the new content, including shortened match times that help to encourage faster, and more dynamic play, and a “Super Play” feature that increases more tolls on selected areas.


With so much to look forward to, it’s looking like the all new version of Game of Dice will have you entertained for hours on end.

Game of Dice is available to download on iOS and Android.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partner’s.

Halloween Comes to Tricky Test 2

Halloween Comes to Tricky Test 2

Oct 18, 2016

We’ve been keeping an eye on Tricky Test 2: Think Outside, the fun mind-bender from Orangenose Studio. And with good reason; the addictive game has a way of staying on the mind.

When we played around with the game, our biggest gripe was its length, but the developer has been continuously seeing to that,

Now, with the day of spookiness almost upon us, Tricky Test 2 is getting a seasonally-themed update: a special Halloween 2016 Edition.

And what does this bring? A whole new theme (with matching UI, icons and screens to help folks get into Halloween spirit) and 20 more questions — several of which are related to Halloween. Now, with the new questions, the game boasts a hundred levels.

The new build is due out October 19th; the game remains free (with in-app purchasing) on Google Play. While you wait, check out the new icon up top, and the banner promo below.


Misfit Unveils Phase, a Hybrid Smartwatch

Misfit Unveils Phase, a Hybrid Smartwatch

Oct 18, 2016

Misfit broke unto the health and fitness scene with the reputation of allowing functionality and style coexist in delightfully symbiotic way, and today, it looks like they are expanding on that premise with the introduction of Misfit Phase, a smartwatch with inherited fitness sensibilities.

The Phase tracks steps, distance moved and sleep pattern with the help of its 3-axis accelerometer; it works in alarms and notifications for calls, texts and more.

We hear the battery life is to die for:

Misfit Phase also works as a remote to connect with the world around you. Use Phase to control your music, take pictures with your phone, or advance slides in a presentation, all with the touch of a button. Misfit Phase automatically updates to reflect current time zone, and, like other Misfit products, features 6-month battery life and 50 meters water resistance.

Misfit general Manager Preston Moxcey is excited about the new product. “We’re thrilled to launch Misfit Phase, which employs Misfit’s energy efficient, miniaturized Bluetooth enabled technology in a traditional watch form factor,” he says. “Watches are the fashion-credible predecessor of wearable technology, and Misfit Phase showcases both the evolution of the wearable technology space and its convergence with the world of fashion accessories.”

The device will come in six different colors, with several options with regards to customization; it is slated for availability starting on November 7th, and will cost $175.

New, Affordable Acer Chromebook 15 Model Launches

New, Affordable Acer Chromebook 15 Model Launches

Oct 17, 2016

Acer has some of the best Chromebooks around, and its latest news should definitely be of interest: it has refreshed its Chromebook 15 line.

Better yet, the new model can be procured from leading retailers — including Walmart, today — starting at $199.

Just in time for the holiday season.

Impressive, when one considers the 15.6 inch screen (with 1366 x 768 resolution), advertised 12-hour battery life and promised Google Play support. It packs an Intel Celeron N3060 processor, built-in 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, SD card support… and 100 GB of Google Drive storage bundled in.

Amongst other features.

Acer America’s Mobility AVP Chris Chiang is enthusiastic about the device’s affordability. “The new Acer Chromebook 15 is going to be a big hit with holiday shoppers this year – it combines the most sought-after features – a large display and incredibly long battery life – at a price that makes it a desirable and affordable gift,” he says. “The Acer Chromebook 15 was a game-changer when it debuted in 2015 – and now we’re able to provide the winning combination of large display, long battery life and affordable price to even more customers.”

We’ve been playing with one of Acer’s 11-inch Chromebooks, and have been kept interested thus far.

As noted above, the CB3-532-C47C can be purchased at Walmart now.