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TYLT RIBBN Car Charger Hardware Review

TYLT RIBBN Car Charger Hardware Review

Jul 15, 2015

As our use of mobile devices increases, so does the need to keep them powered. Portable chargers do the the trick, but one key concept is the ability to charge in vehicles.

TYLT has established a name in the power accessory segment, and with good reason. The units it puts out tend to straddle the fence between form and function quite admirably; it’s nice to have a piece that looks good, and, well, works. We recently had an opportunity to review its RIBBN 4.8A Car Charger.

We didn’t hesitate.

It utilizes TYLT’s flat cable design, which, with the rubberized finish, makes this piece quite flexible and stowable. It is pretty long as well (3 feet of primary cable), so it can be deployed quite far from the plug-in part itself. It incorporates an extra USB port, in essence creating a dual prong option that can source devices with different type of charging ports. The plugin portion is fairly long, which allows for it to be removed and reinserted quite easily. It mostly feels well constructed, with care placed in the melds, and it thrives being stored in cars in different weather conditions over time. We got the black piece to review, and it comes in other colors (which can be seen in the gallery at the very end of the article).

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One of the best aspects of this unit is the integrated functionality. First, the 2 amp charger just make sense. More devices need it, and those devices are quite mobile, so having an adapter that draw this is invaluable. Secondly, the extra USB outlet allows for one to use a USB cable of any length and just about any type (MiFi, micro-USB, mini-USB, etc), such that an extra mobile device can be attended to quite easily. In one instance, I was able to charge a device used in the back of the vehicle from the front. It spits out up to 2.4A per cable, which is plenty enough to keep most thirsty electronics satisfied; the flat cable is also useful, giving the main cable the ability to be used around corners without crinkling or tangles.

Altogether, it’s a sleek, atypical piece that fills a need properly, and manages to do just a bit more. It’s what we’ve come to expect from TYLT, and underscores why the company remains a serious player in the mobile accessories segment.

The TYLT RIBBN is available for 39.99 via TYLT’s website.

Update to Battle of Balls for Android adds VoIP

Update to Battle of Balls for Android adds VoIP

Jul 15, 2015

Superpop Studio have released an updated version of its circle based combat title Battle of Balls for Android – which allows you to talk to the game’s worldwide base of players.

The game itself tasks you – a ball – with eating the smaller balls in arenas until you grow big enough to eat the bigger opponents on the battlefield. You control your ball by using just one finger on the touchscreen, with there being several tactics you can use to survive – such as splitting yourself into two and employing a range of weapons.

Online play allows you to ball it up across the globe as the game is available worldwide, with this new update enabling you to send real-time voice messages using a low-cost prop.

This in practice makes teaming up with others all too easy – with rivalries being simple to cultivate as well.

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You can download Battle of the Balls for your Android device on the game’s official site now.

Be sure to keep up to date with any further updates made to the game by following its official Facebook and Twitter pages as well – and you can also read up more on the VoIP functionality by visiting the official site.

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

Amazon Appstore FAOTD: Paranormal Agency

Amazon Appstore FAOTD: Paranormal Agency

Jul 14, 2015

Today’s free app courtesy of the Amazon Appstore is Paranormal Agency.

Product Description
Detective Heather Mills has the amazing ability to see ghosts and other mysterious entities that are not visible to other people. When spooky ghosts and weird creatures start showing up in local homes, it’s up to Heather and her agency to get to the bottom of this macabre mystery and look for reasons behind recent poltergeist attacks on innocent citizens. Help Heather hunt for hidden items in locations all over the city and find out who is behind the attacks.

*Game available in: English, French, German

– More Than 50 Challenging Levels
– Five Different Types of Hidden Object Challenges
– Seven Unique Mini-Games
– Original Storyline
– Nearly Endless Hidden Object Fun

The game is usually priced at $1.99

Zoombinis to Launch on Android in August

Zoombinis to Launch on Android in August

Jul 14, 2015

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We’ve been keeping an eye out for Zoombinis, the classic educational game that was slated to arrive on Android this summer. Well; it looks like after a very successful Kickstarter campaign, it is due out on Google Play on August 6th.


Zoombinis is developed in conjunction with the world class designers at FableVision Studios, an award-winning educational transmedia developer, along with Learning Games Network.

“Together we have recreated the Zoombinis adventure so that it can be shared with a whole new generation, in a touch screen format,” said David Libby, Director of Technology, TERC. “With the advances in technology since the Zoombinis first appeared in the ’90s, we were able to craft the perfect blend of problem solving with entertainment that can be enjoyed in mobile or classroom setting.”

Numbering in the hundreds, the Zoombinis need your help. The small blue creatures, each with distinct personalities and appearances, are all imprisoned by the evil Bloats who took over their home – and you need to help them reach the safety of Zoombiniville. Using logic, data analysis, pattern finding and problem solving skills, children and adults will face a series of increasingly difficult challenges set within entertaining environments such as Pizza Pass, Titanic Tattooed Toads and Mudball Wall. Help the Zoombinis travel in groups until all 400 of them are safe in Zoombiniville.

Per the press release, the game will cost $4.99.

Red Bull Launches Alert App to Folks “Beat the Snooze”

Red Bull Launches Alert App to Folks “Beat the Snooze”

Jul 14, 2015

Red Bull is helping folks start the day with a greater disregard of the snooze functionality on their alarms with the help of the new app. Dubbed the Red Bull Alert, it looks to motivate users to get out of bed faster with the use of themes, leaderboards and feedback.

Per the press release:

Key Features:

· Instant Feedback: Innovative Snooze and Dismiss interaction, instant feedback on the lock screen, motivational background images

· Detailed Stats: Set goals to motivate yourself, track your progress, detailed history data

· Alarm Themes: Choose from nine different sports themes (Snowboarding, Skateboarding, Surfing, Aerial Sports, FMX, Rally, Formula 1, BMX, and Mountain Biking) with exclusive wake-up sounds and amazing imagery

· Social Leaderboards: Compete with your friends, find out who wakes up first and fastest, and share through Facebook, Twitter and Google+

· Localized in 6 languages: German, English, French, Brazilian Portuguese, Turkish and Russian

For efficacy, the new app is available for free on Google Play for Android and Android Wear devices.

Yurei Ninja Review

Yurei Ninja Review

Jul 14, 2015

Welcome to Yurei Ninja, another game with the Bulkpix imprint.

The game is set much like Temple Run; it’s a leveled endless runner in the familiar three lane format. Our protagonist is a mystical ninja, decked out in what looks to be ninja attire, and handling ninja weapons. He’s got all the ninja moves, but most importantly, he really, really likes to run.

Revenge is a speedy endeavor.

Our running area is a creative environment, and pays homage to an imaginative cursed temple. The game artwork is vivid, yn1but not overly serious; a lot of the action depends on artistic perspective, and the developer employs this element quite well. The mood is somber, almost dark, and the animations are pretty smooth. The sound is sharp and even the howling has a creepy place. The portrait orientation works, and altogether, it is nice to behold.

All that looks to frame the action, and there is plenty of it. As with most three-laned runners of this type (and as underscored by the interactive tutorial that is part of the first level) there are obstacles to avoid. This can be accomplished by gesture swiping; up does jumping, to the left are right to make our runner hop to the corresponding lane, and down to invoke a slide. Easy to understand, and an endless runner staple. Where this game gets a bit more interesting is the addition of a few more elements. One are the enemy fighters that run towards the runner; because of the increased speed of of potential contact, one has to react faster.

But there is the option of combat, which is, well, cool. If in the same lane as an oncoming enemy, one can attack with a sword slash from close, or a thrown shuriken from further away. Also, there are moving traps, such that one has to react quickly to, say, a sliding wall of stakes or dropping debris, and the dangers increase the further one goes along.

As noted earlier, it’s leveled; there are objectives in each level… stuff like dispatching a set number of enemies, or surviving a set time period. Achievements have thresholds, and one earns stars for meeting them. Said stars can be used to unlock subsequent levels. Further, there are rubies which line the runway, and can they serve as in-game currency, for upgrading attributes and bonuses and the like.

Altogether, it’s a heady experience. Bosses, increased difficulty, RPG-ish leveling up and more. it’s easy to like and even get addicted to. Truth be told, we’ve seen runners. A lot. It takes a bit more to keep folks tuned in.

Yurei Ninja just might do it.

Amazon Appstore FAOTD: Choice of Robots

Amazon Appstore FAOTD: Choice of Robots

Jul 13, 2015

There’s still a bit of time to avail oneself of today’s Amazon free app: Choice of Robots.

Product Description
The robots you design will change the world! Will you show them the true meaning of love, or conquer Alaska with your robot army?

“Choice of Robots” is an epic 300,000-word interactive sci-fi novel by Kevin Gold, where your choices control the story. It’s entirely text-based—without graphics or sound effects—and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

Play out thirty years of your life as a brilliant robot maker, from graduate school near the present day to a future in which your robots have changed everything. Depending on your choices, your robots may be independent or obedient, clumsy or graceful, empathic or cold … and you yourself may live to an old age happily married or alone with only robots to comfort you.

Play as male or female, gay or straight, with nine characters to romance, four alternate climax chapters, and over seventy achievements to unlock.

The game is usually priced at $4.99.

G5’s Tales from the Dragon Mountain: the Strix Goes Free for Limited Time

G5’s Tales from the Dragon Mountain: the Strix Goes Free for Limited Time

Jul 13, 2015

Tales from the Dragon Mountain: the Strix is free — for a limited time — on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

Description

Free for a limited time! Don’t miss out!
Mina’s dreams about her grandmother Kate have become unbearable nightmares. Haunted by one dream of the grandma’s house in flames, Mina takes a trip to her family’s estate in Pozoj. And so began what turned into the greatest adventure of her life! Join Mina, searching Pozoj, solving dozens of puzzles, and meeting mythical creatures. Defeat the evil spirit called Strix in Tales from the Dragon Mountain: The Strix, a fun Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure game!
● 32 unique fantasy locations to explore
● 21 entertaining puzzles to solve
● Meet 10 mythical creatures in your search!
● 6 mysterious chapters
● Stunning graphics and a soothing soundtrack
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Game available in: English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

The sale lasts for one week only (July 13, 2015 through July 19, 2015).

Yurei Ninja Arrives on Google Play

Yurei Ninja Arrives on Google Play

Jul 13, 2015

Yurei Ninja is a new game from Fire Crackers and Bulkpix, and it’s now available on Google Play.

Description

Are you a worthy shinobi?
As a shadow in the night, smoke in the dust, slash your way to reach the heart of the cursed temple.
The enemy knows your ways and are as much trained in the art of hiding and surprise attacks.
Traps and deadly bosses will try to stop your quest, beat them all.
Yurei Ninja provide you the perfect amount of adrenaline with:

– Stunning environments
– Various enemies
– Intense run
– Deadly Weapons
– Epic bosses battles

The game is free to play, and we have a trailer below:

Booking.com Launches New Android Application

Booking.com Launches New Android Application

Jul 13, 2015

Booking.com has just released a new Android port for its services; the new app allows users to research, book and manage reservations right from their mobile devices.

Details (per the press release) are below:

· Booking Now can be tailored to each user’s unique profile filtering by personal preferences

· Automatically generates accommodations suggestions based on location

· Geo-location technology provides step-by-step directions to the door of each property

· Includes over 670,000 properties in more than 79,000 unique destinations

Booking.com Principal Designer Stuart Frisby cites the need for quick results with regards to mobile-empowered travelers. “We know there is a growing demand for instantaneous and on-the-move travel with almost half of worldwide reservations made within 48 hours being booked on a mobile device, a significant portion of these being on an Android,” he says. “We aim to really empower our consumers through technology, enabling them to book accommodation that’s just right for them, no matter the screen or device. Booking Now for Android really is the ideal on-the-go solution and travel ‘buddy’ for all Android users.”

The app is available for free on Google Play

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Deliveries Package Tracker Review

Deliveries Package Tracker Review

Jul 13, 2015

I love me some Google Now.

It’s one of those anchor apps I use on a daily basis, almost without thinking. Multitasking, hands-free operations, news… you name it. Still, one of the key ways I rely on it is to track packages. This is key in this line of work; we get review items in and out almost every day, going and coming from literally all parts of the globe. Google Now is a (sometimes) seamless bridge between information and access. Since we handle expensive equipment and devices, it really helps to when what arrives where.

But Google Now does treat package tracking in a finicky way when it wants to, and one big issue is that there isn’t a way to add packages that it didn’t originally pick up or removed on its own. While searching for a solution to this, I stumbled upon Deliveries Package Tracker. What this app looks to do is simple: provide a one-stop solution with regards to collating shipping information from a host of worldwide sources.

The UI is simple; it seems to avoid being too flashy, which is okay for what it purports to do. Upon opening the app, it’s fairly easy to see how it works: add a tracking number, tack on the source, and the app does the rest by pulling in data such that one gets movement information up to and including actual delivery.

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Data can be entered by scanning (using a separate bar code scanner app) and can be typed in manually; it is especially helpful to copy a tracking number from an email using Android OS’s built-in share functionality to get it directly into Deliveries; this works very well in my experience. The services natively supported form quite the expansive list, and it’s probably easier to find a service not supported. One gets USPS, Fedex, UPS, DHL, TNT and whole lot more to choose from.

The pro unlock kills the ads and opens up a few more features; a key one is the ability to link one’s account to Google, Amazon and eBay. With this, one can seamlessly track shipments coming in from those services.

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Some services can be especially difficult to work with; I found China Post to be truculent, but to be fair, that seems to be a function of the service. The need for a third-party bar code scanner sucks, but again, I can see where I’d prefer a thinner app anyway. The adjustable background update and multi-device sync are definitely valuable

All in all, it’s a pretty nifty app that does what it does well. Add this one to the indispensable list for folks who do even just the occasional online purchasing and shipping and/or receiving.

TMNT: ROOFTOP RUN Review

TMNT: ROOFTOP RUN Review

Jul 13, 2015

TMNT: ROOFTOP RUN brings us our favorite mutant amphibians… running. At the risk of name-dropping, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise is worth having a look at in almost any form.

After picking a particular turtle to unlock, one gets to start the game; it starts off as a sidescrolling platformer. The selected character runs from right or left, and, as to be expected, there are a lot of obstacles to overcome. A major one is makes sense, based on the location of this initial challenge (rooftops); there are gaps in the running area, and to navigate these, one has to tap to invoke a jump, while double-tapping creates a double jumping move that helps with greater height and distance.

There are other baddies; dark clothed characters intend upon doing our runner bodily harm. Tapping on them attacks them. The biggest enemy — which is recurrent through the game — is the Kraang ship, which hovers in the background just over our runner. This ship opens up a new element, in that if the runner loses energy (running into obstacles, etc) it reaches him, and beams him up, effectively ending the run.

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Making it to the end allows th player to get to vehicle mode. This is an interesting twist, as this changes the platformer to a three-lane runner for a spell. Here, the platforming protagonist hops into a a car and looks to avoid obstacles by swiping, while collecting the same energy orbs and keeping ahead of the Kraang ship. Basically, if one is able to run far enough, he/she is able to go back and forth between th two runnng senarios, with boss challenges thrown in for good measure. It comes together relatively well, using two play elements to counter and balance each other, and hopefully, this staves off boredom. For an action game, it’s a decent entry; the addition of combat and boss challenges also add to its allure.

But, ah, the elements are here are well done, and quite familiar. 

In the end, it’s worth a look-see, if only for the great characters and the groovy graphics. For folks looking for a quick rush, it holds its own.

Amazon Appstore FAOTD: factory balls

Amazon Appstore FAOTD: factory balls

Jul 11, 2015

Today’s Amazon Appstore FAOTD is factory balls; it is a game that tests mental dexterity, and it’s been offered free before.

The objective of the game is to change the shape and colour of a white ball and match a picture pasted on the side of the open box, by using the ball with a set of different tools provided.

Can you produce the ball on the box in each level?

Drag and drop the ball over the tools or just tap the tools.

The game supports all Android screen sizes (phones and tablets) and was featured by Amazon!

Factory Balls is a bontegames game by Bart Bonte, the game you know from coolmath, hoodamath and many other gamesites, but completely redesigned for mobile with new graphics and many new levels.

The game is usually priced at $0.99.

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Nina Simone Tribute Album Free on Google Play

Nina Simone Tribute Album Free on Google Play

Jul 10, 2015

Fans of Nina Simone will be happy to learn that Google Play has a free tribute album, NINA REVISITED: A Tribute to Nina Simone (by various artists) available. For free. Right now.

This Google Play Deluxe Edition boasts 18 tracks, one attributed to Nina Simone herself; other artists listed include Lauryn Hill, Common, Usher, Mary J Blige and Ms Simone’s daughter, Lisa Simone, amongst others.

Purchased separately, the songs in the album would cost more than $23.00, so this is a pretty good acquisition by most standards.

Amazon Appstore FAOTD: 300 Classic Cake Recipes

Amazon Appstore FAOTD: 300 Classic Cake Recipes

Jul 10, 2015

Today’s Amazon Appstore FAOTD should appeal to those with a sweet tooth AND those that help satisfy them: 300 Classic Cake Recipes.

Product Description
Classic cake recipes!

Amazingly easy to use cooking app that features over 300 tested recipes for cakes, layer cakes and sheet cakes. The recipes are searchable by name and searchable by ingredient, allowing you to build an exciting menu around the food items that you have on hand.

This app also features a built in notepad that allows you to create a shopping list or even store your own recipes.

All recipes are in both USA Standard (teaspoon, cup, ounces, etc.) and also in metric weights (milliliter, grams, etc.).

This application is amazingly compact because it utilizes a miniature built-in database to store recipes. This means that you do not need internet access to use your app! This can be very handy if you are traveling or do not have good internet reception in your cooking area. Never wait again for pages to load! All recipes are instantly available for your browsing pleasure.

This application offers over 300 cake recipes that are all categorized within the main menu for easy navigation and access:

Tasty classic cake recipes such as Burnt Sugar Cake, Carrot Sheet Cake, Gingerbread Cake, Wedding Cake and many more.

Hearty chocolate cake recipes like Chocolate Ice Box Cake, Chocolate Raspberry Cake, Coffee Mocha Cake, Devils Food Cake and many more to choose from.

Exciting specialty cake recipes for Tres Leches Cake, Hawaiian Coconut Cake, Peanut Butter And Jelly Cake, Macaroon Cake, just to name a few.

Everyones favorite fruit and nut filled cake recipes like Dutch Apple Cake, Banana Layer Cake, Orange Cake, Pineapple Cake and others.

All in one searchable application.

The game is usually priced at $0.99.

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Cartoon Network Unveils Re-Designed Video App on Google Play and Amazon Appstore

Cartoon Network Unveils Re-Designed Video App on Google Play and Amazon Appstore

Jul 10, 2015

Cartoon Network has just released a refreshed Cartoon Network app for the young and young at heart. The new app brings new design, customization, and, according to the press release, “unique programming opportunities” like:

  • “See It First:” select full episodes that will be accessible on the app prior to their linear premieres;
  • Short-form content based on hit Cartoon Network original series including Adventure Time and Steven Universe that will be available exclusively on the app at launch and will continue to be added on a regular basis;
  • The app will also be home for original IP from Cartoon Network Studios’ renowned Shorts Program, bringing new and exclusive content from the best young artists.
  • Cartoon Network President and GM Christina Miller talks about strategy with regards to the rethought application. “Giving kids the best experience possible on all screens available is core to our strategy,” she says. “The new Cartoon Network app effortlessly blends choice, control and all their favorite shows in a fun and dynamic way to watch.”

    As noted, the new app is available on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

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