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Mint Adds Calendar Interoperability via Update

Mint Adds Calendar Interoperability via Update

Mar 12, 2017

Mint: Budget, Bills, Finance is looking to become even more of an all-encompassing resource with its latest update.

Now, on the heel of adding bill management tweaks, the financial application allows users to pull the bills into their device calendars. All one has to do is go into settings and toggle on the functionality.

Per Google Play:

See your bills directly from your phone calendar. To activate the sync, go to Settings > Notifications > Device Calendar.

All the bills you have in Mint will appear in your phone calendar.

Mint remains free.

Dawn of Titans Update Brings Eternal Relics

Dawn of Titans Update Brings Eternal Relics

Mar 8, 2017

If you’re a fan of Dawn of Titans — we certainly are — you’ll probably like the current update, which tweaks the relics system.

Relics are collectible boosts in the game system, and are key when it comes to getting an edge in gameplay.

The new build also brings memory and bug fixes.

WHAT’S NEW

Titans rejoice! Relics are ETERNAL!

Keep your favorite Relics equipped and FORGE them to increase their POWER!

Also in this version:
– Performance improvements to make Dawn of Titans even faster!
– Minor bug fixes and memory optimizations.

See you on the battlefield!

The game is free to download; there are in-game cash opportunities.

[Our Dawn of Titans Review]

Companion Game to Upcoming Power Rangers Movie Set for March Release

Companion Game to Upcoming Power Rangers Movie Set for March Release

Mar 7, 2017

Yes, I admit it… the Kanye West track-lined trailer for the upcoming Power Rangers live action movie has me intrigued.

Just about as cool is that news that the movie is taking part in what is becoming a Hollywood norm: the release of a companion game to help create mindshare.

Power Rangers: Legacy Wars is coming out this month. It’s a head-to-head fighting game (like Street Fighter) that brings in a host of characters from the Power Rangers universe.

As the first video game to feature Power Rangers from Lionsgate’s highly anticipated feature film, Power Rangers: Legacy Wars is the first video game to feature iconic, fan-favorite Rangers and villains from Power Rangers’ 24-year history fighting alongside one another. In the game, the evil space witch Rita Repulsa corrupts the Morphin Grid from within, hoping to destroy the legacy of the Power Rangers forever. Players must take on Rita and the virtual Ranger clones and monsters she’s created by teaming up with Zordon and using Zeo Shards to gain power.

According to an announcement made at GDC, Power Rangers: Legacy Wars is due out on March 23rd… the day before the movie hits theaters.

Check out the artwork below, and then enjoy the trailer that has very interesting people playing the actual game.

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Tomb Raider on SHIELD TV: Essential Tips to Get You Started

Tomb Raider on SHIELD TV: Essential Tips to Get You Started

Mar 7, 2017



The award-winning reboot of Tomb Raider is now available to download on NVIDIA SHIELD TV, delivering one of Lara Croft’s most thrilling adventures to date. Developed by Crystal Dynamics and brought to SHIELD TV by Lightspeed Studios, the game allows players to travel the world and outwit dangerous mercenaries while uncovering all-new mysteries. To make the most of your time with the game, however, you’ll want to follow a few important strategies. The following tips will help you succeed during your adventure in Tomb Raider.



A Tale of Two Camps

Lara isn’t exactly on a camping trip, but she can use campsites to make her adventure go more smoothly. Though it might not be obvious at first, there are two separate types of camp. The first is the day camp, where Lara can improve her skills and equipment. Those are useful options, but you’ll need to find a base camp if you want to take advantage of an even more impressive resource: fast travel. You can use it to quickly warp from one discovered base camp to another, as if by magic, avoiding lots of unnecessary backtracking in the process. Look for new camps first, and then fill in the unknown regions around them once you know that a return trip won’t take as long.

For Every Obstacle, an Approach
Along the way, you’ll come across piles of debris, wooden barricades, doors secured by rope, stouter metal barricades, and even the occasional cement wall. It’s up to you to find a way around them, but there are general solutions to each puzzling obstruction. Look no further than your inventory, which should include a torch or flaming arrows (good for debris), a shotgun (it makes quick work of weak wooden doors), a grenade launcher (explosives can destroy metal) and your rope arrow (because the best way to get past a cement wall is to find a way around it). If you can’t immediately find a way in, don’t fret: in many instances you’ll have the opportunity to revisit and gain entry into these locations later on in the game.

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A Girl and Her Gear
Lara is a resourceful hero, bringing along plenty of equipment that suits the dangerous life she leads. Many of her supplies prepare her for encounters with more than just abandoned ruins and unhelpful doors. She must also deal with a human element, and that means guns. The weapons she finds early in her adventure won’t be nearly as effective by the time her journey concludes, though, which also means lots of upgrades. As Lara finds scrap, she can use it to improve features such as ammo capacity and accuracy, allowing her to become a more lethal treasure hunter.

The Cover Story
Although Lara eventually gains the skills necessary to survive dangerous confrontations with the assorted goons that are working to make her life miserable, there’s no point in going in with guns blazing if it leads to her getting killed. Lara must use the surroundings to her advantage, ducking behind boxes, crates, and walls whenever they are available. She can always pop out for a minute and squeeze off a few rounds, but she’ll be thankful for the shelter when things get frantic. A little extra breathing time might be just what she needs to mount a successful counter-attack.

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Bow to the Pressure
In a lot of artwork for the new Tomb Raider, Lara is shown equipped with a bow and arrows. There is a reason for that: the bow is too useful to ignore. Lara can upgrade it, as she can the other weapons, but it’s a more versatile tool than is first evident. Rope arrows allow her to get around some of the obstacles noted above, plus she can pull some objects toward her and even create makeshift bridges over treacherous gaps. If you ever find yourself stuck, ask yourself what Lara would actually do in that situation (and keep in mind her fondness for that precious bow).

Tomb Raider is an unforgettably satisfying chapter in the series that has kept gamers enthralled for decades, and it’s a natural fit for SHIELD TV. Give it a shot today and discover the treasure you’ve been missing.

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

Subway Management Sim Mini Metro is on Sale

Subway Management Sim Mini Metro is on Sale

Mar 5, 2017

Mini Metro, an interesting subway system management simulator game from Playdigious, is currently on sale.

Right now, the game can be had for $1.99… or 60% off its regular price of $4.99.

Mini Metro is a game about designing a subway map for a growing city. Draw lines between stations and start your trains running. Keep your routes efficient by redrawing them as new stations open. Decide where to use your limited resources. How long can you keep the city moving?

● Random city growth so each game is unique
● Fifteen real-world cities to test your planning skills
● A variety of upgrades to tailor your network
● Normal mode for quick scored games, or Extreme for the ultimate challenge
● Compete against the world every day with the Daily Challenge
● Colorblind and night modes
● Responsive soundtrack created by your metro system, engineered by Disasterpeace

We don’t know when exactly the sale ends, so, as in all things discounted, hurry! Need some help deciding? We got you… check out the game trailer:

[via Slick Deals]

Puzzler Game Linia is Free for a Limited Time

Puzzler Game Linia is Free for a Limited Time

Mar 5, 2017

Black Robot Games has slashed the price of Liniadown to $0 (from $1.99). That’s right: the game is currently free.

Game details (per Google Play):

Linia is a colorful puzzle game that mixes a relaxing atmosphere with brain melting challenges. In Linia, you create color sequences by tracing a line connecting coloured shapes. Sounds easy enough, right? Not quite. Imagine when colors are running around, revolving, hiding, changing shape and doing everything they can to avoid being caught by your line. It will take skill and sense of rhythm to get the sequence right. Are you up for the challenge?

FEATURES

– Original puzzle gameplay
– More than 80 unique and colorful puzzle levels and…
– …new levels released with future updates
– Game progress saved to the cloud
– Achievements!
– A little surprise if you complete all levels

We don’t know how long it will be offered for free, so don’t tarry. Check out the trailer below:

[via Slickdeals]

Gmail Unveils Nougat and Exchange-Specific Changes

Gmail Unveils Nougat and Exchange-Specific Changes

Mar 2, 2017

Gmail for Android is getting an update.

The first part is aimed at devices with at least Android OS 7.1; Now, users can long press the icon and go directly into composition, or they can select an account or even create a shortcut.

Also, for Exchange Account users, one can view, create, or edit tasks.

Empire & Puzzles Launches on Google Play

Empire & Puzzles Launches on Google Play

Mar 2, 2017

Small Giant Games, the crew behind Oddwings Escape, just released a new game on Android called Empires & Puzzles: RPG Quest.

As the title hints, its heavy on RPG elements, and tosses in match-3, PvP and multiplayer online concepts for good measure.

The game boasts questing and great graphics as well.

Small Giant Games chief Timo Soininen talks about creating something simple. “We started with a clear vision that we want to create something that’s super easy to pick up and play, but that also surprises the players with unforeseen depth and a fresh take on familiar elements,” he says. “We’re already seeing strong indications that we succeeded in this goal, and are extremely excited to continue the journey with our community!”

The game is free (with ads) and has in-app purchases.

A look at the Nyrius ARIES Pro Wireless HDMI System

A look at the Nyrius ARIES Pro Wireless HDMI System

Feb 28, 2017

As we like to say, mobile accessories make the device; a smartphone is just a smartphone, but when paired with the right tool, it extends to something truly magical.

One major turn-off is the presence of unnecessary wire. More specifically, for all the good the HDMI standard has brought, those wires still get on my nerves. And I am also “tied” to something.

Ugh.

We recently got a chance to try out the Aries Pro Wireless HDMI system from Nyrius, which looks to make the wired HDMI experience a bit more of an option versus necessity.

Now that Chromebooks have (or are on the way to obtaining) access to the Play Store, the value of this piece is a mobile accessory jumped a bit.

But what exactly does it to? The two-piece solution allows one to wirelessly tether a source device to an output unit — like a projector or television.

The review package unveils the setup: a receiver portion, an HDMI plug-in transmitter and a few smaller accessories: a right-angle adapter and HDMI cable. For devices that have full HDMI (Type A) inputs, this device is ready to go in plug and play fashion.

Setup is fairly intuitive; the transmitter is plugged into an HDMI slot on the host device, and the receiver connects in the same way with the help of the HDMI cable. Simple as that, really, and you have the potential for screen mirroring.

And it works.

We first tried it with the Acer R11 Chromebook, a unit that has Google Play access, touchscreen and full HDMI out. After a few perfunctory adjustments in the device settings, I had the unit mirrored on a Sony TV quite easily.

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Just for kicks, we wanted to see how it would work with a properly equipped Android tablet. Thankfully, we had an RCA tablet, an ultra-affordable unit that has mini-HDMI output. Using a suitable adapter, we plugged in the transmitter (which was also tethered to a USB power). It worked just as well with as the Chromebook, even if the tethering made it a bit awkward.

And the practical uses were fairly far-reaching. Playing games was a biggie, and the right games with a bluetooth controller support made for an interesting solution: with the tablet or Chromebook beside me, I was able to play games on the screen with very little lag, creating a decent console-ish experience.

Similarly, it works well with consumer projectors that have HDMI functionality. In every situation, sound pipes through in step with visuals through the designated audio output device.

There are a few pauses here. One, the necessity for the plugin to be powered, as hinted at above; the setup isn’t the most mobile

Also, when it comes to playing games, it works best with bluetooth controllers, for obvious reasons. With that setup, one could leave the source device all connected up and to the side — but in range of the controller — so that the player can keep eyes on the larger screen.

All in all, it’s a great accessory, just about portable, if a bit of an investment (at $250). In the right hands, it’s invaluable.

Gunjack 2: End of Shift is on Sale

Gunjack 2: End of Shift is on Sale

Feb 28, 2017

For those with Daydream-compatible phones AND headsets, we have good news: VR adventure Gunjack 2: End of Shift is available for 50% off list price.

That means you can get the game for $6.49.

Everyone fights in New Eden. Some fight for power. Others for money. But out here, on the fringes of space, most fight simply to see another day. Far from the comforts of civilization, the vast mining rig, Kubera, is your home. As a turret operator charged with destroying waves of attackers, you stand united with your crew mates in the defense of the rig.

You are not a soldier, but a survivor, the scourge of would-be plunderers. With a formidable arsenal at your disposal, you will live the life of a Gunjack, protecting the Kubera, its precious cargo, and yourselves, from the bandits trying to blow the rig apart!

No word on how long this offer will hold, so get to it!

[via Slickdeals]

YouTube Announces Live TV Service

YouTube Announces Live TV Service

Feb 28, 2017

YouTube TV is here.

This interesting service might get the cable companies rethinking strategy.

The features:

– Live TV streaming from ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, regional sports networks and dozens of popular cable networks.

– A cloud DVR, with no storage limits.

– A service that works great on all your screens.

– YouTube Red Originals.

– Six accounts, one price.

– Half the cost of cable with zero commitments.

All available on all one’s screens… even mobile.

YouTube Live is on its way to be released in big cities first, with more to follow.

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Island Delta Review

Island Delta Review

Feb 28, 2017

It’s time to get to Island Delta.

The game itself is presented in expansive top-down view, such that the simple touch controls easily guide the characters through simulated roofless buildings. The color is well done, and the animations quite smooth.

The leading narrative is dastardly indeed. Zoe is our main protagonist, and she is working on an exciting mechanical development. Unfortunately for her, mad scientist Gunderson takes a shining to her invention, and steals it with the help of a lobbed grenade. Zoe embarks on a trip with trusted friend Baxter to Gunderson’s lair to retrieve her stuff.

Simple backstory aside, this one gyrates into action immediately; the game gives pointers in the early going to help move things along. You, the player, take charge of Zoe (who is armed with a nifty gravity tool), and then look to make it from Point A to Point B in a series of levels.

Now, as one would expect, making if from the starting point to the the exit of each level isn’t as easy as walking in a dainty, straight line; there are interesting obstacles in the way. These obstacles are fairly interesting and varied, ranging from human to humanoid to whimsically evil (weaponized crab-like robot for the win). At the risk of playing spoiler, I especially liked — despised, really — the rotating gun, because it added an interesting challenge.

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Through it all, the player is tasked with solving procedural puzzles, while collecting important data while avoiding and/or destroying sentries. The puzzles usually involve getting doors to open so as to move on, but might entail doubling back to get to something missed or recently unveiled.

The gameplay is simple, and the challenges competitive enough to keep interest piqued; it all comes together quite nicely.

As intuitive as the the touch controls are, this is definitely one game that I hope the developer does see fit to add gamepad support to; it could do fairly well casted to bigger screens.

For a one-time premium price, Island Delta just about feels like a seal. Rare in this day and age.

Stay Fabulous on the Road with WalkingRed

Stay Fabulous on the Road with WalkingRed

Feb 28, 2017

Not everyone has the ability to travel with an army of people dedicated to make them look good. Remember Sandra Bullock as Gracie Lou Freebush disembarking from the plane in Miss Congeniality?

Yes… that’s the life.

Now, there’s a new app that promises to allow you have that type of lifestyle: WalkingRed. The app serves as the mobile portal for WalkingRed.com.

Excerpts from the press release:

Most people don’t have the luxury of bringing their glam squad with them on their travels, much less even having one, but WalkingRed.com is making it easier than ever to feel like a celebrity while traveling! WalkingRed is the premier on demand mobile beauty and fitness service created to provide customers the star treatment at their convenience.


WalkingRed is equipped with a leading team of beauty and fitness professionals providing a variety of services across the industry. Every WalkingRed artist is fully qualified, insured and complies with high service standards. Each are screened and certified in person, are required to pass CRB checks, and must be fully insured.

For now, WalkingRed is only available in the UK, but we hear it will be expanding its reach soon.

The app is free on Google Play.

Terra Tank Review

Terra Tank Review

Feb 28, 2017

We’ve been keeping an eye on Terra Tank, and now that it’s been officially unleashed on Google Play, we got our hands on it.

Yep.

Terra Tank does a good job of creating a visual pop. It makes use of several different backgrounds, and the animations manage to be relatively smooth. Flashes of color are especially potent, and these deliberate touches allow the gameplay to really come forth.

The action is taken in in top-down perspective, which allows the player to absorb the action in landscape orientation.

In practice, the game is quite easy to enjoy and get into. As noted, you control a terrestrial tank, and the core idea is to take on enemies that are approaching with hostile intentions. Additionally, the secondary goal is to pick up enough goodies to refuel the ship so as to be able to fly away.

To play, one needs to get acquainted with the controls. Two main ones rule the roost: a movement button and a directional shooting button; both are virtual in nature. Now, used in conjunction with each other, it’s possible to move around and shoot at incoming enemies in a complete circle.

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As soon as the action starts with the ship touching down, the tank is dispatched and one is simultaneously on the offensive and defensive. Beat back the attackers, and get fuel. As one goes on, there are power-ups to collect and so on, but the main idea is to finish the level by refueling the ship.

The game provides two difficulty levels.

Terra Tank is an enjoyable time waster, and maybe — just maybe — even more. The changing backgrounds blend well with the gameplay, and the simplistic concepts are quite becoming in practice. It doesn’t do too much, and it comes together well.

The one-time pricing is definitely a positive.

Mysterium: The Board Game Review

Mysterium: The Board Game Review

Feb 28, 2017

Digitized board games can be loads of fun, and are the perfect complement for an increasingly mobile existence. Few entities do it better than Asmodee, and the publishers ever-swelling stable of games is good for Android users.

It’s latest project is one we’ve been keeping an eye on for some time; Mysterium is an engaging board game in its own right, and we are eager to see how it translates to handheld.

The gameplay comes in a few flavors; at the onset, the game itself highly suggests for the player to get acquainted with Story Mode.

The game’s underlying story is set in Scotland in the 1920s. After numerous gruesome murders, someone is arrested, but after several more murders are committed, yet another perpetrator is apprehended.

Both claim no memory of the actual crime.

A local psychic is intent upon figuring out what otherworldly forces might be at play, and calls on a few psychic colleagues for assistance.

That is our setting, and the game proceeds thus.

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The visuals fit well. Graphically, the game isn’t overly serious, and is willing to use whimsical depictions to give characters life. It uses popups to help move the gameplay along, and there is an ethereal, almost ghostly feel to the game, which is entirely appropriate.

This a card game, and it involves making educated guesses based on communication from a ghost; as such, it incorporates murder mystery elements. One might be forgiven for seeing some parallels with Clue, but this one is very, very far from a clone. One looks to decipher things like location, tool, weapon etc, and to add to the challenge, there are time limits involved.

After some (hopefully) shrewd guessing, one gets to “solve” the case… and move on.

Not bad.

The game also includes solo play and a multiplayer option.

It comes together surprisingly well, and is great for short bursts or extended play periods. It is engaging enough to not need the physical game to create fans, and that’s saying a lot.

You can now share multiple media pieces in a single post on Instagram

You can now share multiple media pieces in a single post on Instagram

Feb 28, 2017

Instagram got an update that allows users to really get into sharing stuff — up to 10 photographs and video clips in a single post.

The new build also allows you to apply one filter to all the media in the post, or to use individual filters.

Per Google Play:

New: You can share up to 10 photos and videos in one post on Instagram.
* When uploading to your feed, you’ll see a new icon to select multiple photos and videos.
* Tap and hold to change the order.
* Apply a filter to everything at once or edit one by one.
* In feed, swipe through to see them all.
This feature will be rolling out globally over the next few weeks

The update will roll out over the next few weeks; Instagram is free on Google Play.