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Evernote Continues to Get Better with Another Update

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Evernote gets another update.

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Runes of Camelot Review

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Mythical matching in Arthur's backyard.

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Microsoft Outlook Preview Review

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Acompli is alive and well in Microsoft Office Preview, and sky is still the limit.

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Mythical matching in Arthur's backyard.

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Skylink Alarm System Hardware Review

Skylink Alarm System Hardware Review

Feb 25, 2015

In another life, I was involved in safety, and I remember how involved securing people and places could be. The physical system themselves could be confusing mazes of people and incompatible hardware. It was madness, and the people who were most in the dark tended to be the consumers themselves.

Thankfully, home automation in general (and, specifically in this case, Skylink Alarm System) gives the power back to the Everyday Person.

The Starter Kit review unit Skylink sent us was interestingly small, but packed quite a lot: a singular Internet Hub, one Keychain Remote, a Motion Sensor, power adapter, ethernet cable and a small cache of screws and such for optional mounting. Not included, but needed to set up are a total of seven (7) AAA and AA batteries. The idea is that the Hub acts as the brains, and the other pieces connect together to create a cloud-supported, user controlled safety and security network.

Setup is intuitive enough; after batteries are installed, the powered Hub gets connected to a modem. Then, with the help of the SkylinkNet Android application (which requires prior account creation), one can complete the setup of the Hub, and the overall system settings. Next, the sensors and included keychain can be paired and programmed with notification settings, chimes, names and more.
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Next, one gets to place the sensors where they need to me. yes, I probably enjoyed this way more than I should have. The included double-sided tape is especially useful here, and I was more or less able to test out the best location for the sensors continually.

I was impressed as to how similar it is to a conventional alarm system. Things like arming, disarming, delayed exit and such are all supported via the app and keychain. The Hub provides audio sound to accompany activity based on the status of the system. As an added benefit, the app can also be used to control Skylink home automation modules.

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I absolutely adore the fact that the setup is infinitely expandable/customizable; one can literally build to suit with extra pieces such as sensors, outdoor alarms, vibration sensors, silent alarms, and more. A system based on power and internet connectivity does have at least two potential flaws, and I like that the Hub incorporates battery backup to somewhat ameliorate that issue, along with the option of phone backup functionality. The app is fairly expansive (up to 100 sensors and controllers), and works well as a software bridge, while simultaneously providing backup control. I do think more documentation and more consistent app navigation is needed.

Put together, it is a much better DIY solution than I envisaged. No contracts here, but the flip here is that at the basic level, it’s all on the user. Still, how can one not be a fan of consumer control, especially with regards to home automation?

Juno Power Kaebo Micro-USB Cable Hardware Review

Juno Power Kaebo Micro-USB Cable Hardware Review

Feb 24, 2015

You got the device, and now you want to keep it alive to keep you happy. First thing you think of? It probably should be about the charging cable. Now, most devices do come with their charge cables, but what if one wants something a bit tougher, and one that can go from device to device, charging and syncing on the way?

That’s where the Juno Power Kaebo Charge and Sync Cable comes in.

The retail package Juno Power sent us highlights a piece that looks atypically interesting for a power cable. It’s mostly gray finishing is book-ended by expected silver tips; these tips are aluminum though for increased functionality. The main body is fairly different in look and feel, as it consists of a braided cloth exterior that works in gray. It comes across as different, but not necessarily flashy.

If this cable claims to be sturdy, it is definitely an attribute one could go to the bank with. The construction does seem to afford it a discernible degree of durability, and this was apparent in my unscientific testing. I did a series of impromptu miscellaneous things to it with my overly eager son… things that were inspired by things he has wrecked charging cables in the past: tug-of-war, jump rope and even imaginary wild mustang lassoing. None of the rough-housing seemed to affect the cable’s integrity.

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The cable looks to work as a charging cable, and also facilitates syncing data. I ran it in comparison to OEM cables we have, and there wasn’t a noticeable difference (with the exception of an HTC-supplied cable which seemed to charge a corresponding device faster). Sync-wise, I used it to pair a host of devices, from smartphones to wireless headsets to a smartpen, and it worked without a hitch via USB 2.0.

I really like the construction. It feels tough without invoking the heft of medieval armor, and because of its build, it reacts well to being stuffed and loosely rolled up. Its length is a huge advantage as well; at about 5 feet, it can access power in and through tight spots, and its inherent flexibility comes into play in several ways.

In the end, a good look can not replace raw functionality and, at least in the beginning, the Kaebo Micro-USB Cable doesn’t make that mistake. For those on the standard mobile device charging port train, it’s a pretty decent stop option ($7.99 on Amazon).

LinkedIn Brings its Focused Networking Tool Connected to Android

LinkedIn Brings its Focused Networking Tool Connected to Android

Feb 24, 2015

In an effort to be even more relevant, LinkedIn recently released a new standalone application aimed at strengthening professional relationships on the Play Store.

The new app, called Connected, looks to enable users to hone in and be updated on personal and professional status changes. Formerly an iOS exclusive, the app is definitely a welcome addition on Android OS.

The new LinkedIn Connected app is a fast, easy, and smarter way to strengthen your professional relationships. Why is that important? Because most opportunities come from the people you already know, and fostering genuine relationships can help you be more successful. Connected gives you relevant updates about the people you know, so you can reach out when it matters most.
So invest in your connections today for opportunities tomorrow.
• Know when to reach out. Get notified about jobs changes, birthdays, work anniversaries, & more.
• Focus on the people who matter with relevant, timely updates.
• Make a great impression and start better conversations with pre-meeting intelligence.
• Build stronger relationships in just a few minutes a day.

LinkedIn Connected is free on the Play Store.

Uken Games Brings New Card Battler Titans to Google Play

Uken Games Brings New Card Battler Titans to Google Play

Feb 24, 2015

Titans is a new, real-time card battler, and it brings quite a lot to the table:

Titans is an epic fantasy card battler. Command an army of Titans crafted from materials like diamond, fire, and dark matter. Challenge other players in our Real-Time PVP Arena and become the most powerful alchemist in the realm!
• Quest through 15 map areas and collect RARE MATERIALS
• Craft over 100 visually-stunning TITAN CARDS and build your customized army
• FUSE two different Titans to craft a more powerful fusion Titan
• Discover every Titan’s unique LEADER and ACTIVE SKILL and unleash them against other alchemists
• Plan your Titan formations carefully to give you the edge in battle
• Collect TACTICS CARDS to change the flow of battle in our Real-Time PVP ARENA
• Featuring an immersive soundtrack produced by Maggie McLean
Your kingdom has been conquered by the armies of a war-hungry nation, but as a Master Alchemist of the highest order, you have the power to stop them. Your weapon is the Titan: an enormous, living creature formed from inanimate materials. With your knowledge of the material world, only you can create an army of Titans and lead them in battle against your enemies. But will you be able to defeat them before they discover the secrets of the Titans for themselves?

Titans is available for free (with in-app purchasing) on the Play Store.

[Source: Google Play Store]

Note-Taking Utility Evernote Receives Update, Gets Visual Refresh and More

Note-Taking Utility Evernote Receives Update, Gets Visual Refresh and More

Feb 23, 2015

In an extremely crowded virtual note-taking market, Evernote users can be comfortable in the knowledge that the app looks to continually get better.

It’s latest update brings more goodness to the popular app:

Visual refresh supporting Google’s Material Design principles, including a flatter look, bolder colors, and improved typography.
Customizable quick notes
– Long press to add or remove quick note options
Revamped navigation
– Simpler navigation drawer with direct access to shortcuts
Improved note editor and note view
– Cleaner layout and controls
Editable tags
– Support for renaming and deleting tags
Numerous bug fixes and enhancements
Tell us how we’re doing by rating the app

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

[Source: Google Play Page]

Robocop Review

Robocop Review

Feb 23, 2015

Poor old Robocop has had a bit of a curse when it comes to licensed products, particularity on the video gaming front. Does Glu capture what it means to be a nigh invinceable steel titan?

screenshot_2014-01-15-16-46-24Robocop’s gameplay is a bit like a dumbed down third person shooter. Hiding behind cover the player must pop out and spray down enemies that constantly filter into the area in front of them. Like any shooter timing your shots and taking cover from enemy fire is important. The player also must change cover shots to avoid sniper fire. A “scan” function can pinpoint weak points on enemies. Weak points either kill enemies nearly instantly when hit or disarm them. Disarming enemies allows you to arrest them which earns bonus resources.

There is nothing wrong with Robocop’s gameplay. It is however kind of repetitive and the shooting action lacks any visceral impact. Enemies kind of fall over silently and your guns just don’t feel punchy. Fighting robot enemies is more fun since they explode when they die and come for you relentlessly.

Robocop features a familiar strengthening system where resources can be spent on boosting Robocop’s stats. Most of these upgrades are really minuscule, such as adding 1 health point or slight, slight increasing damage. The really annoying part of this is that periodically though the upgrade tree the player must spend large amounts of resources on Breakout nodes that unlock new breaches of abilities. These are quite common and have a chance to fail to unlock, wasting the resources you spent. This all but forces players to spend large amounts of their other resources to avoid the chance of the upgrade outright failing and wasting their stuff. This is a terrible idea.

Screenshot_2015-02-18-15-57-29Freemium is well and truly in play in Robocop. Weapons cost so much money in game that it will take months of play to afford even the weakest ones. For example, a basic shotgun costs about 3000 gold. That much money in in app purchases is $20. For one virtual weapon. One of the biggest insults is the constant begging to watch a video for currency. Watching a video awards one gold. One. Robocop is playable without spending money in a basic way, but if you want any cool weapons expect to pay and pay a lot

Robocop has more popups than any game I can quickly think of. It is needier than any girlfriend. Between levels there is an ad for another game that can’t be dismissed for a few seconds, another popup suggesting you buy a first aid kit or whatever, other ones telling you that you have enough resources for an upgrade and ones begging you to watch videos for extremely small amounts of resources. It also insists on constantly sending notifications. The sheer amount of interruptions makes playing Robocop infuriating.

Robocop is a somewhat playable but very annoying shooter with too many popups, ridiculous in app purchases and gameplay that gets dull rather quickly. It’s worth a look for fans.

Motorsport Manager Review

Motorsport Manager Review

Feb 23, 2015

Managers. We always think we can do better. Any form of manager who’s managing any type of team – we can do better. Especially when it comes to sports, people inherently feel like they know more than the people in charge.

It’s this feeling that Motorsport Manager taps into. For a start, you can forget the fact it’s ‘about’ motorsports. Whilst it may be slightly easier for you to get into the game if you do watch Formula 1 or IndyCar, even if you’re not interested in anything with 4-wheels (like me) you’ll still have a great time with Motorsport Manager.

To start with you have a pretty terrible team of mechanics, drivers that don’t know where the brakes are and your car is pretty crummy too. From this launchpad you’ve got to work your way across multiple racing leagues and build up a team that can rival McLaren.

The game is all menu driven so it’s a good thing that the UI is a thing of beauty. Everything is incredibly intuitive and whilst a basic tutorial helps out to begin with it’s not entirely necessary. The game is incredibly simple to play but don’t start thinking that this means the game itself is simple.MM3

Within Motorsport Manager you’re often spinning multiple plates. You have sponsors to keep happy, as they pay the wages. You’ve got drivers to keep an eye on, for obvious reasons they need to be performing well. Upgrading your HQ is a big consideration as this will allow you to build a better car. There are also lead engineers to be mindful of and the potential to set-up a driving academy so you can train up your own drivers from a young age. All of these elements require attention and financing, so you’ll need to juggle several needs at one time whilst also keeping an eye on the team’s bank balance.

You may have noticed that I’ve not even mentioned the racing yet. Don’t take that as a yellow flag because the racing is fantastic. There’s two steps to each race as you have to go through qualification followed by the race itself. Whilst you don’t have direct control over racers (this is a management game after all) you can provide instructions to your drivers.

Like with everything in this game, instructions you can provide are simple. During qualification you have to find the right setup for your car. You can tune your engine to focus on top speed or acceleration or somewhere in-between. You can also alter the aerodynamics to help on straights, cornering or leave it to be neutral also. This is important as getting a good time will put you in a strong starting position and it’s also key to find the right set-up for your car as this is what you take into race day.

The race itself is tense. You need to keep track of how your tires are doing as their tread will wear away. This a car with bald tires will slow down and is more likely to crash out. It’s therefore important that you time and plan your pit-stops according to how many laps are left and how your opponents are doing. Races are won and lost based on how well you execute the timing of your pit-stops. On top of this, dynamic weather will also come into play as will safety cars and mechanical faults. You’ve always got to be on your toes.

So in the end, Motorsport Manager is a fantastic title that’s intuitive to start with, has some basic systems but all builds up to something that’s incredibly compelling to play. Even if you’re not interested in motorsports, this is totally worth it.


FUEL iON Magnetic Wireless Charging System

FUEL iON Magnetic Wireless Charging System

Feb 23, 2015

So many devices… and so little, uh, battery time?

With all the unique devices out their, the one thing a lot of us would trade it all away for is probably extremely long battery life. Next best is probably an easier, wireless method of charging — and this something the FUEL iON Magnetic Wireless Charging System from Patriot promises to deliver via advertised neodymium technology.

The review package that Patriot sent to us was rated specifically for the Samsung Galaxy S5, and contained a white charging base, a back cover, micro-USB cable and documentation. The dock comes in hard plastic, with a logo on it; the case is grayish and the cable is stark white. In hand, the case feels decently constructed, and the dock unit has a decent heft without being too weighty.

Setting up is fairly intuitive. The powered cable goes into the dock, and the replacement cover goes on the device. At first the glance, one might be forgiven for wondering about the construction of the the dock; usually, one would expect a lip of sorts at the bottom, but with this one, the “back” tapers down into deliberate nothingness. This design paradigm hints at the major functionality of the system: magnetic charging.

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The replacement back has pins that line up the Galaxy S5’s charging ports. Almost hidden towards the top of the dock is a small, circular component; this piece is magnetic, and it allows the device to adhere to the dock via the matching component on the rear of the system back piece. And then — get this — the device gets charged by magnetic contact.

This product claims to be faster than Qi charging; in my decidedly unscientific experiments, I tried charging the same device for about 20% increase in battery, alternating between Qi charging system and the FUEL iON. This unit did best the Qi standard handily.

Aesthetically, the system looks good too. I am a simple guy, and enjoy simple things. I like that I can be fairly loose with placement, and the phone holds in place. It doesn’t occupy too much physical space, so it works well as a semi permanent permanent charging and storage solution. I used the system to consume media in landscape, and even as a casting holder. I especially like that the system is somewhat expandable with other portable accessories.

My biggest whine is that outside five or so Galaxy and iPhone devices, there aren’t any compatible cases for most Android devices. Still, it isn’t overly expensive (at $79.99 on Amazon), as it is comparably to regular inductive units.

All in all, it’s worth checking out, and not just for the unique nature; it is a solid solution.

Whitepages Unveils Redesigned Caller ID App for Android

Whitepages Unveils Redesigned Caller ID App for Android

Feb 20, 2015

Whitepages recently released a refresh of its Android application; dubbed Whitepages Caller ID & Block, the newly rebuilt version brings new features which include better call identification, social networking functionality and more.

Per the press release:

Whitepages today announced the launch of Whitepages Caller ID, a redesigned and refreshed update to the wildly popular Android app previously named Current Caller ID. Whitepages Caller ID, available in the Google Play Store, helps users manage their phone communications by identifying unknown callers by name. The new release adds enhanced communication features including identity control, real-time location and photo sharing, and Facebook and LinkedIn integration giving users the ability to personalize their outgoing calls.

Approximately four billion calls are made in the U.S. every day, making caller identification more important than ever. On average, 35 percent of calls to mobile phones come from phone numbers not in the recipient’s address book. Whitepages Caller ID fills in the gaps by identifying those unknown numbers. Taking advantage of Whitepages’ definitive database of more than 600 million phone numbers, including 250 million mobile phones, Whitepages Caller ID helps people make informed decisions about whether or not to answer an incoming call.

The decision to answer a call has become even more important as spam calls to mobile numbers continue to grow. Whitepages Caller ID provides app users with much needed context on unsolicited spam calls thanks to its state of the art phone reputation service and user-submitted reports. The robust spam protection has helped identify more than 10 million phone numbers making unwanted calls. Of those numbers reported as spam, 47% were identified as telemarketers, an alarming 29% flagged as scams or fraudulent calls, and 17% as debt collectors.

In addition to receiving robust details about incoming calls, users can now control how they appear on outgoing calls by customizing their caller identity. The option to personalize one’s caller identity improves communication and can be done from within the Caller ID app or through a user’s account on Whitepages.com.

Other enhanced communication features include:
Location Sharing: Tag calls with a real-time location before or during the call to communicate exactly where you are.
Photo Sharing: Give others a better idea of what you’re talking about and attach a photo before or during a call without leaving the app.
Social Integration: Connect a Facebook or LinkedIn profile to customize your personal caller identity with a photo and description.
· New Look: A refreshed user interface offers quick access to all of Caller ID’s features with one tap.

The app is available for free on the Play Store.

[Sources: Whitepages Blogpost]

Heavyweight Pugilist Shannon Briggs Gets the Infinite Runner Treatment in Lets Go Champ

Heavyweight Pugilist Shannon Briggs Gets the Infinite Runner Treatment in Lets Go Champ

Feb 20, 2015

No one would dare call Shannon Briggs past his prime — at least not to his face. As former heavyweight boxing champion (and current comeback fighter), he’s literally traded blows with the best of ‘em: Vitali Klitschko, George Foreman, Lennox Lewis. Without hesitation, he is a bad man.

Now, that badness is available in a fun way to Android users via Google Play and Amazon Appstore in the personification of an infinite running game called Lets Go Champ.

Run with the peoples champion Shannon "The Cannon" Briggs in this fun and addictive runner game.
Can you help Shannon achieve his goal and unlock all the title belts!?
Test your skills as you run harbor side through this unique environment.
Tap left side to jump, tap right side to punch, collect coins and if you're lucky, get the cannon power up to shoot down some obstacles you come across.
FEATURES
World class graphics
All time great achievements
Memorable and motivating sound bites from the peoples champion himself
Share your knock out scores with your friends on Facebook and Twitter
Unlock new gear for Shannon to run in>

The game is available for free (with in-app purchasing) on (as noted) both the Play Store and Amazon Appstore.

Runes of Camelot Released on Google Play

Runes of Camelot Released on Google Play

Feb 20, 2015

FingerPunch Games has just released its Android debut, an interestingly-themed match 3 caper called Runes of Camelot.

Game Description:
Morgana is up to her old tricks and has cursed Camelot. As either Arthur or Merlin’s apprentice Amelia, you must thwart Morgana’s plans and save Avalon from her clutches. Spinning traditional match-3 gaming on its head and adding in several mini-games, boss battles and two fully written narratives for both characters, Runes of Camelot promises to offer players something different from the norm!

Runes of Camelot is a match 3 game that takes you on a magical journey through an Avalonian world. You can play as, either, Amelia (Merlin’s magical apprentice) or King Arthur himself. Together, you will battle you way through the mystical, and magical, lands of Camelot, using the Magic Runes to defeat Morgana and her evil henchmen who stand in your way.

Key features include:
*A Magical Match 3 Game – Full of Witches, Sorcerers, Knights and Goblins!
* Multiple Character Select – Play as King Arthur or Amelia, Merlin’s apprentice!
* Multiple Storyline – Your chosen character has their own storyline!
* 90 Level – 90 challenging and explosive levels!
* Special Weapons – Choose between 6 powerful weapons to defeat the spells!
* Boss Battles – Battle against powerful creatures, witches, knights and ogres!
* Mini-Games – Create potions that turn into special weapons and catch Ravens that turn into gold!
* Beautiful World – Travel through the Isle of Avalon, collecting the spell books pages and defeat your enemies!
* And much more!

The game is available in two flavors: a free version, and a premium version that costs $1.90. Both are available on the Play Store, and we look forward to formally taking this for a spin.

D-Link Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Camera Hardware Review

D-Link Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Camera Hardware Review

Feb 20, 2015

When it comes to a secure home, why no pull out all the stops? Connected cameras are a big part of home safety options, and devices made by D-Link — a company that can actually afford to name drop — are especially interesting. As such, we were eager to check out the D-Link Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Camera.

The review unit D-Link sent us came in retail packaging; in the box, one gets the camera itself, a mounting bracket, ethernet cable, power cable, mounting paraphernalia and documentation. The camera itself is mostly white with black accents. Standing right-side up, it looks like a short lighthouse with a matching white antenna out the back. Dimensions-wise, it is 5.26 x 4.03 x 3.99 inches, and weighs 0.64 lbs.

The main unit has input slots for power and ethernet on the bottom back, as well as a WPS button and reset pinhole. On the front of the bottom there are two LEDs to signify power and WPS status. The unit also has embedded microphone, and advertises different video resolutions.

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Setting it up involves a computer (Mac or Windows), and downloading the installer and following the instructions. As the contents suggest, the camera can be set up in wired or wireless fashion, and the desktop utility helps to accomplish this. As soon as the wireless setup is complete, the companion mydlink Lite can be downloaded from the Play Store to control the app and manipulate device settings.

The app displays live video via the app; I was somewhat surprised by the clarity, which can be sharpened by manually adjusting the lens. It boasts three different resolution, and there is a distinct difference in them. The pan and tilt functionality is easily handled intuitively by gestures on the display. Camera shots can be acquired via the app as well. I did notice some lag in gesture operations though, but I found the voice quality to be clear.

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The app allows for event-triggered push notifications, and I also like the fact that firmware upgrades can be initiated from within the app. The app also controls other D-Link connected peripherals (like the recently reviewed Smart Plug), so its nice to have a one-stop point for such units.

Altogether, it’s a pretty nice option that is easy to use and appreciate. It works well in different scenarios and lighting conditions, and is a fantastic starting piece in any connected home setup.

Blood Brothers 2 Review

Blood Brothers 2 Review

Feb 20, 2015

We all know that most ‘free’ games are built around hooks. Hooks that get you to come back to the game once a day. Hooks that make you want to spend a little bit of money here, a little bit of money there. Hooks that make you want to know when the next update is coming.

Blood Brothers 2 knows exactly what it’s doing when it sets up all of these hooks right off the bat. To start with, Blood Brothers 2 is essentially a strategic card game where you can play through an extensive story mode or play online against human opponents.

The hooks come thick and fast. Firstly, with this being a card game, there are a TON of cards to unlock. You can claim three free cards every day, you can also spend a little money to buy some cards and you can also unlock cards through the story mode. There’s also a daily ‘log in’ bonus that will either be a piece of in-game currency or, you guessed it, a card.bb3

The card battling is fairly straight-forward, though does contain several layers. You place three cards onto the virtual table and opposite each card is an opponent’s card. Your card’s statistics are taken into account and the attacking team deals damage first followed by the defending team.

What’s important to note is that each card will either be a sword, mount or arrow type of card. Taking a leaf out of the ‘Rock-Paper-Scissors’ design guide, these three card types are weak and strong against each other. Sword beats mount. Mount beats arrow. Arrow beats sword. You get the idea.

This means you have to think about who you place your cards opposite. It also means you need to ensure you have a well balanced group of cards. You’ll also want to take into account that each card has a special move it can perform once it’s charged up. Some of these moves will deal a lot of damage to one opponent, some will deal damage to all opponents and some are random.

So the battles are simple enough to get to grips with but if you really want to dig into Blood Brothers 2’s systems there’s certainly room to. For those that stick with the game there’s loads of cards, potential to level up your best characters and items you can equip your best cards with too.

The story mode also has a strategic map element to it. On most levels of the story mode, you can take two or three groups of cards into battle. You then move the cards around a grid, ensuring that enemies on the grid don’t take over your base and also ensuring you complete your objective (which is usually ‘kill everyone’). What’s interesting about this element of the game is that whoever initiates a battle, done by ‘bumping’ into a rival, gets the upper hand of attacking first. Take into account that you get boosts to your chances of winning if you have adjacent friendly troops and you’ve got another strategic element to what started off as a very simple game.

Blood Brothers 2 starts off like any other card game and at first glance seems a little too simple to be worth bothering with. Stick with it and you’ll soon see that there’s hidden depth to the gameplay and with the constant updates the game’s receiving you’re never left with nothing to do. Well worth a try.

Milk Video Review

Milk Video Review

Feb 20, 2015

The internet is a wonderful place.

It’s all about the content. Meme videos. Music clips. Technological reviews. News analysis. Satire. And a whole, whole lot more.

Yep… it boils down to so much content, and so little time. Samsung’s Milk Video looks to be the bridge in the process, a service that pulls in video from a host of sources, and gets smarter as it goes.

Opening up the app the first time gives an idea of the breadth of offerings; off the bat, one gets to see an interesting swathe of options with regards to channels to pick from: Jimmy Kimmel Live, Laugh or Die, The Tonight Show, NBA, HuffPost Live, Engadget, Android Authority, VEVO and a whole lot more. The basic concept is to “follow” milk2channels, and said channels will then show up in the users feed.

Then in the feed, the channels are stacked upon each other vertically, and tapping on any video makes it play embedded in the feed. Switching to landscape allows the app user to consume video full-screen, which is a nice feature. Also, videos can be acted upon from the feed; long-pressing (or tapping the three-dot menu at the top right) a video gives one the options of saving a video, formally “liking” it, or even sharing using on-device utilities like email or social networks. To do any of these operations though, one must have a Samsung account, Google account or a Facebook account.

Altogether, it works well as an aggregator, with videos playing smoothly. Content providers continue to increase, and for music lovers, the presence of genre-specific VEVO channels is huge. Sadly, the ad-free goodness is restricted to owners of specific Samsung devices — no tablets — and as such, this is an unabashed exclusive directed at a specific set users. Still as an anchor service, it does resonate surprisingly well.

For folks who do a lot of video — and who doesn’t — it is a more than just an enjoyable diversion.

Classic Educational Puzzle Zoombinis Looks to See Revival on Android this Summer

Classic Educational Puzzle Zoombinis Looks to See Revival on Android this Summer

Feb 18, 2015

Zoombinis, the popular educational game from a while back, is looking to make comeback on — amongst other platforms — Android OS; it is set to be revealed this summer via Kickstarter funding.

The award-winning game tells the intriguing tale of the Zoombinis, small blue creatures with differing characteristics. Children and adults test their logical reasoning, data analysis, pattern finding, and problem solving skills as they help Zoombinis complete unique challenges, escape imprisonment from the evil Bloats, and reach the promised land of Zoombiniville. On their epic journey, they must face a series of increasingly difficult challenges, including Pizza Pass, Titanic Tattooed Toads and Mudball Wall. The Zoombinis travel in groups across multiple levels until all 625 blue creatures are saved.

Fans of the adorable Zoombini creatures can pledge their support for the game on the newly unveiled Kickstarter to expand future platform support. If successful, it will assure that the modern remake reaches an audience beyond the iPad and Android tablets to include PC, Mac and tablets of all sizes. The full Kickstarter campaign details and how the game is evolving are available at: https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/zoombinisgame

To pledge support, one can check out the funding page. We look forward to getting more details as they become available; in the meantime, we have a teaser trailer below:

[Source: Kickstarter Page and Press Release]

Almightree: The Last Dreamer Arrives on Android

Almightree: The Last Dreamer Arrives on Android

Feb 18, 2015

Award-winning puzzler Almightree: The Last Dreamer is now on Android, courtesy of Crescent Moon Games.

It was just a radiant day when the ground started to fall, houses and towers crumbled, and the world gone out of its order. You lose everything you have, everyone you love. Your only hope is the Almightree and its seedlings, mythical trees that believed have the power to keep the order of the world. But be watchful on your adventure, as you may find clues that maybe there are still others. Journey through an intense and puzzling world to awaken seedlings and finally majestic Almightree. To restore the balance of the world or even maybe bring back everything you hold dear.

FEATURE OVERVIEW
– Thrilling 3D puzzle platformer experience
– Discover the stunning world of the Almightree
– Conquer 100+ puzzles across 20 vast stages
– Over 6 unique puzzle features to overcome
– 40+ challenges to be completed
– Unlock 10+ mysterious illustrations about the hero
– Compelling cutscenes to narrate the story of Almightree
– Adjustable difficulty for personal gaming experience
– Compete score and earn achievements in Google Play game services
– Cloud save support through Google Play game services

The game is available for $1.99 on Google Play.