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‘Contra: Evolution’ now available on the Play Store

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We reviewed Contra: Evolution when it was released on iOS back in May. Now, developers Punchbox Studios have also released an Android version of the game on the Play Store for $0.99.

Contra: Evolution, as you can imagine, is an evolved version of the 1987 cult classic. The gameplay and even the general level design is nearly identical but the game has been given a solid shot in the arm with significantly updated visuals that are completely redrawn and not just running at a higher resolution like most ports. Read more »

Asphalt 8: Airborne launches on iOS and Android

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Gameloft’s next big release in the Asphalt series of racing games – Asphalt 8: Airborne – has finally been released on the App Store. The Android version of the game should be arriving shortly and even a Windows Phone 8 version is on the cards.

Update: Asphalt 8: Airborne is now available on Android devices too. You can find the links to download the popular racing game below. Read more »

Google Maps now supports real time Waze reports on Android and iOS

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Just two months after Google acquired the community-based traffic and navigation app Waze, the company’s Maps app now supports real time incident reports. The information will come directly from reports submitted by the Waze community, but the feature won’t be available everywhere.

At first users in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Switzerland, UK and the US will benefit from real time accident, construction, road closure and other reports submitted from Waze users. However, Google Maps isn’t the only app that benefits from the collaboration of the two companies. The Waze app has been updated as well. Read more »

‘Plants vs. Zombies’ for iOS game review

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The original Plants vs. Zombies was an enormous success. Initially released on Windows and Mac back in 2009, the game was later ported to iOS next year and several other platforms over the years, including the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo DS, Android, Windows Phone and even BlackBerry 10. It is one of the most popular tower defense games and also one of the most popular mobile games of all time.

The sequel to this smash hit comes four years after the original. However, the late release is not the only thing the ‘It’s about time’ tagline is referring to. The game travels through various time periods and lets you play in different locations. The new game also features some brand new plants, zombies, gameplay mechanics and game modes. So what are we waiting for? Let’s take a closer look at it. Read more »

Asphalt 8: Airborne coming to Android and iOS on August 22

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The latest entry into the popular Asphalt racing series for mobiles is coming next week.

Asphalt 8: Airborne will feature new maps with dynamic weather conditions, a new physics engine, and two new game modes. Read more »

Taiwanese music and movie star shows up with the alleged Apple iPhone 5C

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Rumors, leaks and photos of the Apple iPhone 5C, a more budget-oriented variation of the next iPhone 5, just keep on coming. The latest one comes from Taiwan, where a local singer and actor Jimmy Lin posed for the camera holding the phone.

If you don’t know who Mr. Lin is, he’s a very famous musician, actor and even a former race car driver from Taiwan. This gives the photo of him holding the iPhone 5C and then placing it next to an iPhone 5 a lot of credibility. Read more »

Canalys: Android tablet app selection inferior to iOS’s

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The latest report from independent analyst company Canalys indicates that some 30% of the top 50 tablet apps found on iOS do not have an Android equivalent in the Google Play Store.

A further 18% were not optimized for tablet use, offering smartphone interfaces blown up to tablet screen size. Read more »

It’s about time: Plants vs. Zombies 2 arrives on iOS

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One of the most popular games of all times recently announced a sequel after coming into existence nearly four years ago. Plants vs. Zombies 2 is supposed to be everything we loved about the original game made even better. The game has finally been released on iOS and is available for download on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Plants vs. Zombies 2 is essentially similar to the original game in terms of gameplay. This is still a tower defense game where you plant various plants with different attack and defense abilities to protect your territory from a zombie attack. Plants vs. Zombies 2 improves upon its predecessors by introducing new areas, new plants and new zombies. Read more »

Apple iPhone 5S leaked parts point to a dual LED flash

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Apple is tipped to unveil its next-generation iPhone and the much anticipated low-budget iPhone, on September 10. The two smartphones are reportedly going to be called iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, respectively, and have already stared in numerous leaks. The latest rumors, includes a few photos of the spare parts that are allegedly destined for the iPhone 5S and confirm the presence of a dual LED flash.

The leaked images show us the elongated hole for the flash that are widely used to house dual LED flash. The port is very small for the usual Xenon flash, so if the leaked images are to be trusted, the iPhone 5S will indeed come out with a dual LED flash. Read more »

Skype for iOS updated to v4.1, brings HD video calls and better in-call quality

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Skype pushed out an update for its iOS app, which brings only a few improvements the most important of which is support for HD video calling. It only works on the iPad 4, though.

Owners of other iGadgets also have reason update – the Skype v4.1 brings improvements to the call quality and stability. Also, the country code picker has been redesigned. Read more »

‘Pivvot’ for iOS game review

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Pivvot is a brand new game for iOS from developer Whitaker Trebella. The game focuses on minimal interaction with dead simple controls and delivers the complications through some seriously challenging gameplay. Add to that minimal visuals and a funky soundtrack and we may have a recipe for success. Let’s see how the game is in practice.

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Instagram 4.1 brings video import and automatic straightening

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Instagram has started rolling out the 4.1 update for its popular social networking app for iOS and Android. One of the key new features in this update is the ability to import videos from your library. 4.0 brought the ability to post videos but the videos had to be shot on the spot before uploading. This new feature lets you import and edit any previously shot video from your phone’s gallery.

Another addition is automatic straightening of shots. What this feature does is analyzes your images and automatically straightens them if it detects a tilt in the horizon. It also lets you manually adjust the image till you think it is perfectly level. This is an excellent tool to level your images after shooting if you think they are slightly tilted. As of now, this feature is only available on iOS. Read more »

Twitter for iOS and Android gets two-step authentication

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Twitter has updated their iOS and Android apps with a new form of two-step authentication. For those not aware, two-step authentication is where other than just using your password you have to approve a login request from another device before someone can log in to your account.

Twitter introduced two-step authentication a few months back for the web service but it is now available on the mobile apps as well. In this method, you no longer have to provide your mobile number for authorizing access to your account but the service instead sends push messages and in-app approval to authenticate a log in. Read more »

WhatsApp prioritizes voice messaging in latest update

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WhatsApp has started rolling out a new update across the various platforms that prioritizes the voice messaging feature of the service. This move probably comes after other messaging services have started incorporating and promoting their voice messaging feature.

To be clear, this is not a new feature even for WhatsApp as the functionality was always available. The only difference is that now it is prominently placed in the UI with the latest update. Now, you’ll see a microphone button instead of the Send button when no message is being typed in the message field. Press and hold this button and your message starts getting recorded. Slide left any time to cancel the recording. Read more »

IDC: Apple tablet share in Q2 falls to 32% as Android sales explode

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Market analysts IDC has released its report on tablet shipment numbers for the second quarter of this year. Although Apple retains top tablet spot and shipped more tablets than Samsung, ASUS, Lenovo and Acer combined it controls only 32% market share of the entire quarter.

Compared to Q2 of 2012 when Apple saw 60.3% market share of tablet shipments it saw a 14.1% drop in shipments year over year. Samsung saw an increase of 277%, Lenovo had its sales explode by 313.9% and ASUS extended its shipments by 120.3% with Apple the only one seeing a negative trend. Read more »