FireChat is a bold new take on messaging as it does not require any internet connection

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It is just as bold as it seems. FireChat is a brand new messaging application available today in the Play Store and it takes a very different approach to connect users. Don’t have an WiFi connection? Fine. Don’t have a data connection? That’s fine, too. FireChat relies upon what developer Open Garden calls “mesh networking technology.” This technology uses nearby devices to communicate with one another. For optimal communication, the developer suggests withing 30 feet, but I have seen reports of a 100 foot boundary being capable.

What FireChat does is bring people in a particular area together. So at a sports bar, for example, everyone can be chatting away in a loud room. The developer is composed of a team of just 10 people and the app is already available on iOS. The release of FireChat in the Play Store is just another step toward bringing everyone together in one place.

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‘The Room 2′ launches in the Play Store

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The folks over at Fireproof Games are back with another edition of the “The Room” game.

Like it’s prequel, The Room 2 is a “physical puzzler, wrapped in a mystery game, inside a beautifully tactile 3D world.”

I’ve never played the prequel, but I have definitely thought about buying it before, especially because it has great reviews. The new game shouldn’t fall short of expectations either.

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Chromebook 11 re-appears in Play Store, overheating issues fixed

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Remember when Google and HP recalled the Chromebook 11 because of overheating charger issues? Well the device is back and better than ever with a (hopefully) perfectly working charger— you can get one now for $279, the same price it was being offered for before.

If you need a refresher on the specs, it packs an Exynos 5250 processor, 2GB RAM, a 1366 x 768 display.

Some extra information just came in as well— Best Buy has the Chromebook 11 with Verizon LTE connectivity listed online as well. This variant costs $379 with a potential $50 mail-in rebate. You can add it to a shared data plan for only $10 if you’re up for it.

Source: Play Store / Best Buy

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas carjacks its way into the Play Store

If you had a PlayStation 2 back in 2004, you probably owned a copy of Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Now, with mobile gaming becoming very popular, one of the best-selling games of all-time is now available in the Play Store for Android devices. Even if you have never played a GTA game, you know what they are about. In this one, you play as CJ Johnson travelling across the California-like state of San Andreas in the early 1990s. All of the usual features of the series are present and Rockstar Games has remastered the graphics to suit the power of today’s smartphones.

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MLB Franchise MVP now available in the Play Store

 

Major League Baseball has released a new app into the Play Store that puts you behind the plate to become the best player in the league. MLB Franchise MVP allows you to choose from more than 120 teams from Class A, Double-A, Triple A, and Major League baseball. Every position on the field is yours to take, ranking up along the way to enhance your skills. This is a free-to-play game; therefore, you don’t have to spend anything, but you’ll move along quicker once you spend a few bucks.

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Sega releases Sonic Dash in the Play Store, no price attached

After being available on iOS for quite some time, Sega has released Sonic Dash into the Play Store. In true Sonic fashion, he’s running; however, unlike other editions of the popular franchise, this one doesn’t have the hedgehog traveling from left to right. Sonic Dash is like Temple Run in that you are running forward, dodging enemies and obstacles that enter your path. It is free-to-play, so you can give this a whirl without having to pay anything.

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Final Fantasy IV: After Years available in the Play Store, costs $15.99

 

If you love RPGs, then you probably enjoy the Final Fantasy series. The original Final Fantasy IV was released twenty-two years ago, and After Years arrived for Japanese phones in 2008. Now the sequel is available on Android for just $15.99 in the Play Store. Of course the majority of mobile gamers won’t be seeking to purchase this game as it’s really meant for loyal Final Fantasy and RPG fans. There’s a big difference between dropping a dollar for something like Angry Birds and sixteen for a Final Fantasy port.

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Plants vs. Zombies 2 now available in the Play Store

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If you’re a fan of mobile gaming, then we have great news for you. Plants vs. Zombies 2 is now available in the Google Play Store! While they teased a launch for tomorrowPopCap has gone live with the game. The iOS version, just like the original, was released a few months ago before reaching Android and the Play Store. This time around, the wait has only been about two months.

In case you’re unaware of PvZ is, we’ll fill you in. It’s essentially a tower defense game in which you control, you guessed it, plants that are trying to stop hordes of zombies. The depth of PvZ 2 is quite incredible. Just like the original, there’s a ton of plants to unlock and control and there are just as many zombies to keep the game fresh. Also, this sequel is free-to-play, so you only pay for upgrades if necessary. If you’re interested in Plants vs Zombies 2, hit the break for download links.
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Google Places for Business released in the Play Store, manage your Places listing from your device

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Google’s newest self-made app in the Play Store is Google Places for Business. The app allows you to manage your Google Places page by being able to communicate through Google+. Posting hours, contact information, photos, and updates are all supported and will be sent directly to your business’ Google+ page. You can even see statistics for your page, allowing you to know how effective or ineffective your business has been on social media. Hit the break for screenshots and download links.
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Samsung releases PEN.UP in the Play Store, allows Note II and Note 3 owners to share S Pen artwork

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If you own a Galaxy Note II or about to buy a Galaxy Note 3, you might want to check out PEN.UP. This app is essentially a social network for S Pen creations. Categories range from animals to characters to food and more. Now you can not only share your works of art, you can check out what other Note owners are creating.

PEN.UP comes pre-installed on the Note 3, but if you have a Note II, you can download it now from the Play Store. Hit the break for screenshots and links.

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