Evernote Continues to Get Better with Another Update

Evernote Continues to Get Better with Another Update

Feb 28, 2015

Evernote seems to enjoy being one of the best note-taking tools on the market; it is getting yet another update:

Update includes:
– Improved formatting bar
– Ability to re-order reminders
– Improved camera for L devices
– Bug fixes

Evernote remains free (with optional in-app purchases) on the Play Store.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is Now Available for Amazon Fire TV

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is Now Available for Amazon Fire TV

Feb 28, 2015

The well-received Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is getting the Amazon Fire TV treatment; in other words, owners of the dual streaming/gaming set-top box can now play the game with controls specifically remapped for the Fire TV game controller.


An epic Star Wars role-playing experience with unique characters, creatures, vehicles and planets.
Learn to use the Force with over 40 different powers, plus build your own Lightsaber.
Adventure through iconic Star Wars locations, including Tatooine and the Wookiee homeworld Kashyyyk.
Choose your party from nine customizable Star Wars characters, including Twi’leks, Droids and Wookiees.
Travel to eight enormous worlds in your own starship, the Ebon Hawk.
A streamlined user interface custom-made for the touch screen helps immerse you in the action.
Full HID controller support for those gamers that prefer the original control scheme.
For the first time, Star WarsTM: Knights of the Old RepublicTM has achievements!

The game is available for $9.99 on the Amazon Appstore.

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[Check out our reviews of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Amazon Fire TV]

King of Thieves Launches as Amazon Appstore Exclusive

King of Thieves Launches as Amazon Appstore Exclusive

Feb 28, 2015

ZeptoLab has a new game out called King of Thieves.

Dodge traps and steal gold from other players in this unique mix of platformer and PVP multiplayer game. Introducing King of Thieves, the new game from the makers of award-winning Cut the Rope, loved by millions of players worldwide!

STEAL SHINY THINGS. Collect gold and gems from other players to become the wealthiest thief in the world!
DEFEND YOUR LOOT. Design your dungeons and watch other thieves getting into your traps. Muhaha!
CLAIM THE THRONE. Compete with other players worldwide, leaving your rivals on the bottom of leaderboards.
GET CRAFTY. Create new outfits for your character. The most nifty thieves should look really cool!
TRAVEL AND EXPLORE. Test your agility through 80 single-mode levels or dive into the underground world of user generated content.
CREATE AND JOIN GUILDS. Find reliable allies to stand against hostile guilds of thieves!

The game is available for free (with in app purchases) exclusively on the Amazon Appstore.

Runes of Camelot Review

Runes of Camelot Review

Feb 27, 2015

Camelot (of course) is our location and, of course, there ain’t no Camelot without Arthur. Amelia and Merlin are out to help the noble monarch save Camelot by thwarting the evil Morgana’s plans, and they do this with runes or special potions. To begin the game, one gets to choose a character, and each is said to have a unique storyline.

At its core, Runes of Camelot is a match-3 puzzle game. As such, the idea is to get a line of three or runes of the same color, horizontally or vertically. Getting three straight (via gesture swipe) dissolves the matched set, and they are replaced by pieces that fall from the top. The pieces are randomized, but any triples created from swaps also dissolve and are replaced. When a set of four pieces are formed, a diamond-looking rune with special powers is formed. These runes can be manipulated to create column shattering reactions that help finish levels. Regular matches yield special powers that are diverse and helpful in time crunches.

There are also a bunch of tricky pieces — blockers — that create havoc, and cannot be swapped. Working around them to drop them is an effective strategy, but easier said than done.

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And yes, the game is leveled. Success in one generally unlocks the subsequent one.

One thing that makes the game interesting is that it is more than a set of mini-games; it has few other quick hitters up its sleeve. This definitely helps with regards to monotony, as there are reaction games (tapping ravens) and symbol-matching exercises (mixing potions). I also like the different type of boards, with atypical gimmicks: irregular boards, hidden pieces, aforementioned blocker pieces, boss battles and more. I do believe that this is the one game where paying attention to the tutorial is a good idea.

The graphics are simple but decent, as is the sound.

All in all, I admittedly liked it a bit more than I thought I would. The boss battles are the perfect culminations, and everything ties together quite well.

Doraemon Gadget Rush Review

Doraemon Gadget Rush Review

Feb 27, 2015

I’m totally oblivious to Doraemon. Other than seeing his cute blue face on a number of lunchboxes, backpacks and t-shirts, I have no idea what he or even it is about. So imagine my surprise when it turns out the Doraemon is actually a cyborg cat, sent from the future by a time-travelling scientist. Like The Terminator but only not.

Still, you don’t have to be a up on your Doraemon knowledge to be able to enjoy Doraemon Gadget Rush, all you have to do is be able to recognise when three tiles are of the same colour and are connected to each other. You then swipe the tiles and they disappear, you get points and more tiles drop onto the screen to replace them.DGR2

There’s a reason given for you to do this – it’s something about robots stealing gadgets and I think the robots are from the future as well, though I’m not sure. Naturally, the only way to defeat these thieving mechanoids is to try and get a high-score in the previously described tile-matching game.

To help you get as high a score as possible you can take characters and gadgets into each battle. The different characters you take into battle will offer you different perks, such as boost to score, extra time and bonuses for chaining together more tiles than 3. The same can said of the gadgets that you use as well, equipping one item to one character.

Similar to games like 10000000, Gadget Rush asks you to play the game over and over again but incentivises this with the awarding of experience points and coins at the end of each round. Levelled up characters and items will have stronger bonuses whilst coins can be used to buy buffs that can be used in future attempts to beat that high score.

This creates a loop of you wanting to beat your score, levelling up characters to make this more likely and then unlocking new items and characters that are better than their levelled up peers. It doesn’t hurt that the games presentation is kind on the eyes. Doraemon’s bright blue face is plastered all over this thing and everything’s beyond cute and cuddly. The music and little voice-clips that pop off when you do well don’t hurt either, even if it leaves such a sugary sweet taste that you risk diabetes every time you play.

Considering this is a game that many will write-off as ‘licensed rubbish’, Doraemon Gadget Rush is an incredibly solid puzzle game that has been built upon to include systems that reward and encourage continued play. The In-App-Purchases which are often egregious in most titles like are handled well and aren’t advertised in an intrusive or annoying way. A real pleasant surprise.

Checkpoint Champion gets major update!

Checkpoint Champion gets major update!

Feb 27, 2015

Checkpoint Champion, a addictive little driving game recently reviewed on AR by yours truly has received a major update. Included in the update is a new set of icy stages full of slidey fun, a new car, lots of new challenges and more. This makes a already great game even better.

The list of new features, direct from the app page:

What’s New
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NEW LOCATION! – Ice Lake
– Features 24 brand new challenges!
– Ice and Snow terrain!
NEW ARENA!
– With a surprise mix of checkpoints!
NEW CAR! – Britannia Micro
– Features a slower turning speed – great for beginners!
– 7 shiny new paint jobs to unlock!
OTHER IMPROVEMENTS
– Added immersive mode.
– Added an Event of the Day star counter.
– Improved performance on slower devices!
– Various small bug fixes and improvements.

Citymaps Launches on Android

Citymaps Launches on Android

Feb 27, 2015

Citymaps, the social mapping utility that helps users create “collaborative” tools, is making its presence on Android.


With Citymaps, you can easily find the places that matter most to you and your friends, get insider tips and see photos by following friends and tastemakers, and find amazing deals at between 50%-80% off on the best stuff to see, do, eat and buy — all in one place.
* GET MEANINGFUL RECOMMENDATIONS FROM FRIENDS AND TASTEMAKERS
Follow people with similar tastes and you’ll see all their tips appear on your map. When you leave tips, they’ll be visible to you and your followers. It makes finding someplace new to try a breeze.
* DISCOVER GREAT LOCAL DEALS
We pull in deals from all the major deal providers including Groupon and Travelzoo, giving you access to discounts at thousands of businesses across the country. Any business logo with the “$” sign is offering a deal. Make sure to check it out.
* ADD NEW PLACES TO THE MAP
Don’t see your favorite place on the map? No problem. You can now personalize your map by adding your favorite restaurants, bars, and stores as well as your favorite picnic spot or street art mural. Simply long-tap on the map and watch a “pin” drop to mark the spot.
* SEARCH LIKE A LOCAL
Easily filter the map to see the places you and your friends love. You can quickly search all your places (or your friends’ places) with 1-tap. Searching on Citymaps is the easiest way to know what’s good.
* MAKE MAPS, COLLECT PLACES
Maps are collections of places that matter to you (e.g., “My favorite NYC brunch spots”). Collect your favorite places and give your map a creative title to show off your local knowledge. Explore other people’s maps to discover new places.
* ADD PHOTOS TO PLACES
Now you can add your own photos to places. Photos live in your profile as well as each place. Just tap the photo icon next to “Drop a tip” when you tap a place on the map.
* QUICKLY SEE WHAT’S AROUND YOU
Our LOGO map means you’ll never be lost again, ever! And finding a place nearby? That just got a whole lot easier.

Citymaps Founder and CEO Elliot Cohen mentions the importance of remembering places. “Citymaps 2.0 is our most significant update and provides users with a ‘one stop shop’ to create and discover social maps,” he says. “One out of every two people keep lists of places they want to remember – Citymaps makes it easier than ever to do this, and lets users take the information with them on-the-go.”

The app is available for free on the Play Store.

Buzz Killem Review

Buzz Killem Review

Feb 26, 2015

Action platformers almost always resonate; they are simple to learn, easy to enjoy and can be tweaked with several gameplay elements. With Buzz Killem (from industry strongman Noodlecake), we get some glorious graphics, easy-to-learn controls, arcade goodness and a lot of action.

Buzz Killem is a story of, well, going buck wild. It’s Rambo meets Independence Day. Buzz (action star’s Bill Killem’s dad) is a war vet who is brought back to confront an alien threat. Now, the kicker is tha Buzz has no compunction with regards to blasting away, and in the 2D environment that the game is set, all advantages are to be treasured.

And it is a simple but delightfully intense environment, with retro, chunky-ish graphics making up the core of the visuals. The animations further extend the old-school feel, with a bunch of staggered movements and jumpy animations. The controls are easy to understand, and are virtual in nature, allowing our here to travel in both directions, as well as the ability to jump (and double jump) over obstacles and up and across to aerial platforms. There is also a shooting button, which allow Buzz to use his firearm to dispatch enemies from relatively afar.

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The gameplay is fairly simple, and boils down to avoiding dangers and staying alive. Dropping boulders, boxes, reactive floating enemies, shooting creatures and more make their presences felt; there is even a rotating blade or two. The action comes together such that quick reactions are necessary to be successful. The game is split into missions, and the developer tosses in an achievement system too.

The interesting aspect is the diversity and unpredictability of the dangers; mistiming a jump can be lethal. this element comes together quite well. I also like the arcade elements: collectibles, boosts, coin collection and upgrades. Real money can be used, but doesn’t feel mandatory.

Buzz Killem a cool game, simple at heart with plenty of fun aspects. It’s almost impossible to not enjoy.

Conduct the war efforts from your phone when League of Angels – Fire Raiders launches globally soon

Just what your Android tablet or phone has been waiting for, a mobile version of Facebook action RPG, League of Angels, is set for a global launch soon.

In League of Angels – Fire Raiders the lands of Gaia are under assault from the Devil Prince and his invading Devil Army.

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It’s up to you and your avatar to take the battle to the very heart of his imposing fortress to put a stop to the invasion.

However, you won’t be alone as hundreds of angel heroes can be recruited into your army’s ranks to help fend off this deadly incursion.

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You’ll have to outfit your avatar and heroes with the very finest equipment Gaia has to offer and enhance it with socketable gems.

Customise your avatar to match your style of play as it levels up and becomes the greatest leader Gaia has ever witnessed.

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Cast powerful magic spells to reinforce your castle’s defences. This is your base of operations and must be defended at all costs.

There are guilds full of friendly players just waiting to be created or joined and equally as many enemies to be made in the local or cross-server arena wars.

League of Angels – Fire Raiders will be available for free when it launches on Google Play. Check back often on the official Facebook page for a release date and visit the official website for further information.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.

Buzz Killem Drops on Android Courtesy of Noodlecake

Buzz Killem Drops on Android Courtesy of Noodlecake

Feb 26, 2015

Noodlecake is going big with its latest release, and asking folks to “channel (their) inner Rambo” with Buzz Killem.

THEY CAME IN PEACE. THEY’LL LEAVE IN PIECES.
Brought to you by the creators of the hit game Bill Killem! Buzz Killem is the story of a retired War Veteran called back into action after an Alien welcoming party greets Earth. And he is the father of famed action star Bill Killem.
Embark on missions of explosive proportions as you save America for the wrath of alien invaders! Visit usually peaceful and pleasant tourist spots like the Statue of Liberty and Grand Central Station and defend them from utter obliteration!
FEATURES
• Multiple Stages with a variety of missions to accomplish
• Smooth on-screen controls and platformer gameplay.
• Retro graphics, sound effects, and music!
• Tons of unlockables! New outfits, new guns, and new power-ups are yours for the taking!

The game is available for $0.99 (with in-app purchases) on Google Play and Amazon Appstore.

[Source: Noodlecake Press Release]

Google Announces New Initiative Google for Work

Google Announces New Initiative Google for Work

Feb 25, 2015

In the “not so shocking news of the day” category, Google is showing an especially increased interest in the mobile space with its announcement of Google for work.

According to a post on the aptly named Official Google for Work Blog, Google for Work looks to assist entities “bring more devices to work by securing, managing and innovating on the Android platform.”

The new initiative has four key components:

Work profiles – We’ve built on the default encryption, enhanced SELinux security enforcement and multi-user support in Android 5.0, Lollipop to create a dedicated work profile that isolates and protects work data. IT can deploy approved work apps right alongside their users’ personal apps knowing their sensitive data remains secured. People can use their personal apps knowing their employer only manages work data and won’t erase or view their personal content.
Android for Work app – For devices running Ice Cream Sandwich through Kitkat, or that don’t run work profiles natively, we’ve created the Android for Work app. The app, which delivers secure mail, calendar, contacts, documents, browsing and access to approved work apps, can be completely managed by IT.
Google Play for Work – Google Play for Work allows businesses to securely deploy and manage apps across all users running Android for Work, simplifying the process of distributing apps to employees and ensuring that IT approves every deployed app.
Built-in productivity tools – For everyday business tasks, we’ve created a suite of business apps for email, contacts and calendar, which supports both Exchange and Notes and provides document editing capabilities for documents, spreadsheets and presentations.

Google has also secured some big names with regards to partners; the list reads like a Who’s Who in mobile device management: BlackBerry, Box, SAP, Citrix, MobileIron, Salesforce, Adobe, Cisco, and more.

Our partners bring IT:

Consistent management – Enterprise mobility management (EMM) providers integrate with standardized management APIs to create a simple way to manage all Android devices, new and old, from one dashboard. All Android for Work capabilities are delivered through EMM partners, with more providers available soon.
Secure business apps – Software vendors and developers can create a single version of any Google Play app that can be securely deployed to any Android device without alterations or wrapping. And they can create standard management configurations that allow IT to apply policies per app.
Innovative devices – Android smartphone and tablet makers are a key part of the Android for Work program, as they create devices and experiences that add additional value for customers.

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We are looking forward to seeing how Google brings it all together in the near future.

[Source: Google for Work Blogpost]

Home Fitness Company Nautilus, Inc Introduces Google Fit Integration

Home Fitness Company Nautilus, Inc Introduces Google Fit Integration

Feb 25, 2015

Nautilus Inc, the company behind well known home fitness systems, announced today that its Bowflex Max Trainer will support Google Fit.

Nautilus, Inc. (NYSE: NLS), a leader in innovative home fitness equipment, announced today its Bowflex Max Trainer® will support Google Fit.

Google Fit is an open health-tracking platform designed for Android™, which collects and stores fitness data from different devices and apps in one location to provide users with a comprehensive view of their fitness activities. Now users can seamlessly sync their Bowflex Max Trainer® workouts with the Google Fit app and see how many calories they’ve burned, their heart rate, workout level, and time.

Compatibility with Google Fit follows closely on the heels of the company’s integration with Apple HealthKit, and is part of Nautilus, Inc.’s ongoing digital strategy to integrate with health and fitness platforms – including apps like MyFitnessPal – across all of its Bluetooth® Smart-enabled fitness equipment. This also reinforces the company’s commitment to innovation and the importance of providing users with their health data.

“Through its support of Google Fit, Nautilus, Inc. continues to lead the fitness equipment category by integrating with the latest offerings that give consumers the information they need to make decisions about their health,” said Rob Murdock, Vice President/General Manager of Nautilus, Inc. “Research shows that digital connectivity, and the ability to track progress, play a critical role in keeping people motivated and engaged.”

[Source: Nautilus Press Release]