RTS title Battleplans will soon be found on Google Play

RTS title Battleplans will soon be found on Google Play

Jun 24, 2016

If you’ve happened upon formerly iOS-only title, Battleplans, and found yourself lamenting the fact that it wasn’t available for Android systems, today’s your lucky day – or at least, June 30th will be.

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The game offers up two phases of play, with its most immersive found in ‘Skulls’. This element encourages players to work through a selection of heroes to master their special abilities and reclaim land, whilst incorporating those all-important real-time aspects into gameplay.

The unique twist with this title comes in the fact that it centres predominantly on modern features, such as a new mobile-friendly mechanism and a focus on tactical movement, over traditional base building and resource grinding. The key to success is all in the precision, with a focus on intricacy despite the real-time elements.

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If players find themselves struggling against opponents out on the field, they can relive battles through the game’s handy video replay feature, allowing them work out their downfalls and learn from mistakes – big or small.

With new upgrades and content available from June 30th, we suggest you keep an eye out for this title. Brand new character Taigar the Huntress awaits, bringing with her a whole host of special abilities.

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.c4m.battleplans&hl=en

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Crowdfunding Spotlight: ODIN

Crowdfunding Spotlight: ODIN

Jun 26, 2014

Having a projector is a great luxury, but due to their large size and weight they are not exactly the easiest things to transport. Throw in some fragile bulbs and an expensive projector is not exactly something to throw in the back of a car for a weekend. There are a handful of portable projectors, but they are usually very limited in their capabilities and their picture quality can be generously deemed less than impressive. Plus, taking them somewhere also means bringing a laptop to plug into and for some that is also slightly inconveinent.

What if there was a way to cut out the middlemachine, and just load our media directly onto the projector? What if that same projector also had standard wireless capabilities as a modern smartphone? Finally, what if that same projector was further able to fit inside a rear pocket? Well, I am glad to announce that such a product does exist, and it looks as good in practice as it does on paper. This week, our Crowdfunding Spotlight shines on the ODIN; an Android smart projector that is essentially unlike anything I have ever seen before.

ODIN has a quad-core processor running Android KitKat as well as 16 GB of internal storage. Add in WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity and this essentially becomes a smartphone capable of projecting a 250″ display in a dark room. Further adding to the functionality are two USB ports and an HDMI port for connecting laptops and consoles. The included Android allows for steaming content from most any source to ensure that never again will there be a moment where Pretty in Pink cannot be displayed proudly for all to see.

For those who are less visually inclined and would just like to dance the night away; ODIN can do that as well. In addition to the typical full projector mode, there is a second Bluetooth speaker setting that shuts down the Android brain and projector and just uses the bluetooth and dual speakers to stream music from any Bluetooth phone.

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The one thing that gives me pause about this project is the fact that the battery does seem to be lacking, regardless of the fact that the act of running a projector is incredibly power intensive. It is only slated to provide two hours of performance, and even with an included power supply and replacement battery it does seem a bit short. To put it a different way; about two-thirds of the way through the first Lord of the Rings movie ODIN would be completely gassed and would need to have a fresh battery inserted.

ODIN has just under two weeks left and it still needs about $56,000 in funding. I find this project to be quite impressive, and assuming the actual performance is similar to what they show in their KickStarter video there is no reason that ODIN will not be an incredibly successful product some day.

The Company That Could Revolutionize TV Streaming is…WWE?!

The Company That Could Revolutionize TV Streaming is…WWE?!

Jan 9, 2014

The world’s leading provider of spandex-clad brawlers pretending to beat each other up, WWE, has announced at CES the WWE Network, with a key mobile component: the entire network will stream on mobile. Launching February 24th, the network will stream 24/7, featuring all 12 live pay-per-view events, encores of their TV series, on-demand content including classic matches from WWE, WCW, and ECW, along with original programming. The network will stream to browsers, consoles, and Android devices, including Kindle Fire.

This was hyped as a groundbreaking announcement, and it really is: a streaming-first network from what is a major entertainment organization is practically unheard of. The inclusion of the PPVs is a significant addition, and the cross-device capability is important. If this succeeds, it could be the catalyst for other robust streaming options, and possibly even the spark for the a la carte era of cable. The cost for WWE Network will run $9.99 per month with a 6-month commitment. The WWE Network app will be made available February 24th.

Baidu Browser Now Available In Different Languages

Baidu Browser Now Available In Different Languages

Dec 19, 2013

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Baidu, the Chinese analog to Google, is now going global, with a mobile browser now available in eleven languages. Baidu Browser features the proprietary T5 engine, multi-tab browsing, and user personalization features. It’s available for free from here: Baidu Browser on Google Play.

GTA: San Andreas To Smash On Android This December

GTA: San Andreas To Smash On Android This December

Nov 27, 2013

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Rockstar is releasing the first GTA game to be in San Andreas, appropriately entitled Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, for Android. They have actually announced that the game will have better graphics and engine than the original, and have a special control system, fit for mobiles. It’s going to be available on Google Play this December. Here is an official statement: Rockstar Games Website.

KickStarter Spotlight: Drone

KickStarter Spotlight: Drone

Oct 30, 2013

With the recent advent of incredibly legitimate games for the ever more powerful smartphone and tablet market there has been a certain clamor for a mobile physical controller to offset the only drawback to playing a game on a giant touchscreen. Some curse the consoles for making us so reliable on these contraptions, but the fact remains that we, as a gaming culture, have become entirely dependent on console-quality controllers. 4 face buttons, a D-pad, start/select, and 2 joysticks, triggers, and bumpers. This is the foundation we have built for ourselves. So, instead of fighting, it is definitely easier to pony up small sum for a quality mobile controller. Now, obviously because the design is fairly set, and the demand is so high, there are a lot of startups who are looking to design the first flagship, go-to mobile controller, and we have even covered a few here. One worth keeping an eye on, however, is called Drone, and it is produced by Evolution Controllers out in Microsoft’s backyard in Redmond, WA.

So what does Drone have that other similar product’s do not? Well, for starters it supports a lot more devices than simply smartphones and tablets, and the build quality looks to be top of the line. The Drone comes in 7 different colors, including a personal favorite, matte black, and sports an Xbox configuration with the joystick placement (also a preference of mine). Another thing the Drone has going for it is the fact that it is completely open source; meaning that developers simply need to make their firmware available for download an the controller is instantly compatible. This makes the Drone a comparatively safer purchase as it is essentially ‘future-proof’. The Drone is also incredibly portable, coming in at about 5″x2.5″x1″, and with over 17 hours of battery life this is definitely something that can withstand a week of train rides to work.

It is looking that the drone will retail for $60 which is on the high end of the scale but is a fair price considering its feature set and quality. First, the Drone needs to complete its funding goal which, as of writing, is unfulfilled. So head on over to their KickStarter page and help the Drone controller become the new standard for quality mobile controllers.

New Spotify Mobile App Review

New Spotify Mobile App Review

May 21, 2012

I’m going to start this app review by saying how much I love Spotify. I made the unfortunate mistake of getting Spotify Premium and now I am hopelessly addicted. For those who are not aware of what Spotify is, it is a service that allows the user to browse and listen to nearly every music track in existence. It is like owning the entire iTunes Store, but for free. Naturally there is a paid version that offers advanced features such as higher streaming rates, offline playback, mobile access, and ad-free listening. For subscribers of Premium, such as myself, one of the biggest advantages was being able to stream songs through Spotify onto any mobile device. Unfortunately, until now the Spotify app had been one of the most frustrating experiences on a smartphone since Facebook updated their Android app.

Now available on the Spotify website for download is a completely new app that bears no resemblance to the old clunker, and has been completely rebuilt from scratch. Because this is still in testing phase, it is not out on the Play Store but rather available for download as an .apk file to be manually installed. For any Spotify Premium user, I would definitely recommend giving it a shot, even for those who have never manually installed an application before.

The app has too many changes to name, and every one of them is for the better. It is more stable than its predecessor as well as markedly faster. The styling has changed from a dreary dark gray and green to a white and lime combo that takes definite nods towards Google’s restyling of all their web services. The giant gray buttons are now replaced by simple, flat squares and rectangles, and the obtrusive ‘Now Playing’ tab is gone. The menu is accessed in the exact same way as in Facebook’s new app, and the two look so similar that I cannot tell specifically if there are any differences. Searching for a song is finally logical and the feeling of needing to outsmart the app just to find a song is mercifully gone. While the whole app revolves around the ‘Playlist’ feature, ‘What’s New’ makes an appearance and artist and album pages have been redesigned with giant cover photos adorning the header.

With the reincarnation of their Android app, Spotify has more than likely brought themselves Premium subscribers in droves. The argument to stay at Spotify Free and not upgrade to Premium just got a little bit harder to make.

Avoid Temptation With ZoomSafer Beta For Android

Avoid Temptation With ZoomSafer Beta For Android

Jan 6, 2011

It’s no secret that driving while distracted can have lethal consequences and it seems our beloved smartphones have aided in the recent influx of motor vehicle accidents. There is a huge campaign going on right now about the dangers of texting while driving and some states have enacted bans against the practice (well fines for the offense). In fact AT&T recently created a compelling video documenting the personal stories and consequences of texting while driving. If you haven’t seen the video, I strongly recommend you head over to the Happy New Year post and watch it.

E*Trade Mobile Pro Joins a New Market – Android

E*Trade Mobile Pro Joins a New Market – Android

Dec 27, 2010

Buy! Sell! Buy! Sell! This next app is for all the Gordon Gekkos and cute baby E*Traders of the world (I love those commercials). The stock market is a volatile playground and staying on top of things isn’t always an easy task. Having a tool to help you stay connected and current while on the go can make all the difference and that is why the people over at E*Trade Financial created their E*Trade Mobile Pro application. I’m happy to let you know that this app is now available for Android and can be downloaded for free via the Android Market.

Chase Mobile Banking App For Android

Chase Mobile Banking App For Android

Nov 22, 2010

Many Android users who do banking with Chase have been anxiously awaiting an app to help make banking on the go an easier experience, and now that wait is over. Chase finally released their finished product (which I’ve heard was worth the wait) and it is now available on the Android Market. I haven’t personally used the app only because of the fact that I am not a Chase customer but I’ll give you guys a look at some of the features offered:

Firefox 4 Beta Part 2

Firefox 4 Beta Part 2

Nov 12, 2010

It’s been less than a month and already Firefox 4 Beta has been bumped to level 2. This newer beta has slimmed down to 17MB and loads pages 40% faster than Beta 1. Firefox 4 Beta’s greatest strength comes in its ability to synchronize your Firefox history, bookmarks, open tabs, passwords and form data between your desktop and mobile (I’m hoping Gingerbread will bring us synchronization with chrome). On the flip side, lack of Flash support seems to be one of Firefox 4 Beta’s biggest pitfalls.

Androids Mobile Web Consumption Shares Continue to Rise

Androids Mobile Web Consumption Shares Continue to Rise

Sep 7, 2010

According to the latest published statistics by Quantcast, (a company that loves charts more than Ross Perot) Android continues to increase its share of the mobile web consumption market while Apples iOS cotinues to decline. The month of August brought with it Androids largest gain since November 2009 bringing its total mobile web market share to 25%.

The mobile web content leader is still Apple with a total of 56% but the way things are going I don’t think it will be long before Android levels out the playing field. This past year alone we have seen Android gain 18.6% while Apples iOS dropped it’s shares by 11.4%. So what does this all mean? Well, it means that the Android OS and the newest barrage of Android powered phones are just plain AWSOME!