Rovio releases Angry Birds Transformers teaser trailer

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A little over a month ago, Rovio announced they were working with Hasbro for Angry Birds Transformers. It will not only include the game, but also consumer licensed goods and a new product line from Hasbro called TELEPODS. In celebration for Comic-Con, Rovio is giving us a sneak peak thanks to a teaser trailer.

They do not show any gameplay, but from the looks of it, it is some sort of an endless runner with a lot of missiles. It’s also likely the birds will team up with the piggies to fend off the Transformers. Hit the break for the official video.

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Gmail and Drive get more integration

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The latest Gmail mobile app update has added some much-needed basic functions that are present in the desktop version. For starters, Google Drive is now more efficiently integrated with Gmail, so that you can directly insert files into an email on your mobile device. You can also discern whether or not you’ve selected to share the file with the  email recipient and change the sharing settings before sending it. The latest features are available as an update on the Google Play Store. Links after the break.

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[APK Download] Chrome Beta for Android adds a little Android L Material Design

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A couple of days ago, the Play Store app was updated with Material Design, and now the Chrome Beta app gets a little lovin as well. It’s not full blown because the tabs don’t show up in the Android L recents like we saw at Google I/O, but there are other changes such as the tab switching interface, a bigger omnibar, and an action overflow menu.

You will also get a simplified sign in for multiple accounts along with other bug fixes. The version is 37.0.2063.39 and is rolling now. You can hit one of the Play Store links after the break, but if your device isn’t eligible yet, you can opt for the APK download link from XDA.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stealthily places a game in the Play Store

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On August 8, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise will see a movie reboot. To coincide with the release of the film, Nickelodeon has launched an official game. The app features all four of the TMNT crew as they fight through New York City in order to reclaim peace from the Foot Clan. There is a story mode alongside a special survival mode that tests your skill to see how long you can last while fending off enemies. This app does cost $3.99 and features in-app purchases, so do know that it may run up quite the tab.

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Amazon adds ‘hundreds of thousands of songs’ to Prime Music service

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We have literally no idea how Amazon’s Prime Music is  doing commercially, but it did recently add “hundreds of thousands of songs” and hundreds of playlists to the service.

The expanded availability of music is good for its current users, which can listen through their smartphones, computers, and Amazon’s cloud player.

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HTC’s clock app for Sense 6 hits the Play Store for easier updating

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If you’ve got a semi-new HTC phone, you might have noticed that HTC has started adding key Sense 6 apps to the Play Store so that it can roll out updates to users much easier than the usual OTA update process.

Today, HTC’s clock app for Sense 6 has appeared in the Play Store. This means that in the future, any software improvements to the clock app will be handled through the Play Store.

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You can now make Google Voice calls through Hangouts on your computer, all without a Google+ profile

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We already know that Google has been working for a while now on completely migrating the functions of Google Voice into Hangouts, so that it can merge most of its communication apps into one (besides Gmail).

We’re getting closer to that reality now, as Google has added support for making phone calls via Hangouts from the Google Voice website — and you don’t even need Google+.

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Google Maps gets new Explore feature to help you find points of interest nearby

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In addition to getting new ad extensions, Google Maps is getting a brand new Explore feature that’s going to make finding new locations and points of interest even easier.

Tapping the new Explore button at the bottom of Google Maps opens up a pane that displays different kinds of places to visit in your general location. After confirming your location, you can specify how close you’d like recommendations to be (within 10 minutes walking distance or 20 minutes driving distance, for example) and what time of day you’re interested in going, and Google populates the results based on that information. This keeps the feature from suggesting you head to a breakfast spot at 8 at night, or from recommending driving locations when you’re out and about on foot for the day. » Read the rest

Modern Combat 5: Blackout arrives in the Play Store one day early

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After being pirated prior to its official release, Modern Combat 5: Blackout is now available in the Play Store. It was originally scheduled for a July 24 release. Gameloft must have decided that it was not necessary to wait any longer for a game that was being pirated and gaining attention for the wrong reason. For those of you who are unaware, the Modern Combat series is a first person shooter that really pushes boundaries in terms of mobile gaming. The graphics and gameplay are widely applauded and that is what has Gameloft to keep making new installments.

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