Zeptolab departs from puzzle genre with King of Thieves

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Chances are you have played Cut the Rope or at least have seen someone with the game. It is one of the games from Zeptolab. The developer has a history with the puzzle genre, but the next game to leave the studio will a departure from that. The upcoming game is King of Thieves and it brings together tower defense, platformer, and multiplayer elements. Not many details are disclosed, if any, but the trailer makes it clear that the design/graphics match that of Cut the Rope.

Hit the break for the teaser.


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Google and the NFL finally partner, highlight clips and more coming to YouTube

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The NFL can’t ignore Google and YouTube’s power anymore. A deal has been reached that brings highlight clips to YouTube in time for the Super Bowl and beyond.  It’s not just YouTube as Google search results will provide more detailed information on games, which include kickoff times as well as the networks airing the games.

Google will promote the NFL on YouTube and other places, but they will also share revenue from ads that appear with the highlight clips and search results with the NFL.


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Law enforcement in the U.S. feel threatened by Waze

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Law enforcement in the United States has expressed concern regarding the safety of police officers and users of Waze. The app, which was acquired by Google in 2013, allows users to report the location of accidents, construction, and police officers. Law enforcement is concerned with the latter of the three because of the opportunity Waze provides for users to closely watch police officers. Essentially, the problem is that Wazer users can stalk and act against them.


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[Deal] Get 101 4×6 photo prints from Snapfish delivered for $0.07 with the mobile app, plus get 100 prints each month for 12 months

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Printing photos might not be as popular as it used to be, but just the other day my wife was saying it would be nice to put together a photo album or two of our son. If you’re thinking of doing the same, you might want to check out this deal from Snapfish. Right now you can grab 101 (or possibly 156) 4×6 photo prints delivered to your house for only $0.07 (USA only). Not only that, you can grab 100 more 4×6 prints each and every month for 12 months.


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Plex migrates to one app, changes to in-app purchase model

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If you happened to stumble upon the Plex app in the Play Store today, you might have noticed that it’s Free and not the normal $4.99 price. No, Plex isn’t running a sale. They just changed their model in that the app will now offer in-app purchases, and there will no longer be the need for a separate app for Plex Pass members.

Up until today, Plex Pass members needed to download the Plex for Plex Pass app in order to enjoy the benefits of their membership, while basic Plex members needed to only download the basic Plex app. That has all changed today as all users only need to download the basic Plex app. If you’re a Plex Pass member, you will still get all the member benefits. All you have to do is log into your account, and the app will recognize your subscription status. The Plex for Plex Pass app is still in the Play Store, but it’s only there to notify (in the What’s New section) current users that they should start using the basic Plex app from now on.


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Flaw in Marriott app puts company back in the news and not in a good way

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Marriott has recently been in the tech news lately due to plans to block customers’ personal Wi-Fi hotspots when visiting one of the company’s properties. That move earned them a lot of negative press and pressure from the likes of the FCC and eventually caused them to reverse their course. Now it has been discovered that Marriott’s app for Android may have exposed customer data, including credit card information, to possible attack and pilfering ever since its launch in 2011. The flaw was discovered by Randy Westergren, a senior software developer with XDA-Developers, who also found a major hole in Verizon’s mobile app.
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Facebook Lite puts Facebook on a diet for low-specced phones

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With tech companies targeting mobile growth in developing markets with low-specced entry level devices, some of today’s apps may be a bit heavy around the waist to perform well on these devices. Facebook is one of these apps, and while the company was worked toward making the app faster and more responsive through an endless series of updates, the app can still struggle on lower-end devices. Facebook seems to know this because it’s released Facebook Lite, an app that comes in at 0.25 MB.


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Early Android employee says that Android and iOS likely to maintain status quo

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If you’re an Android owner, you’ve probably experienced an iPhone-owning friend or family member asking you about whether or not they should switch to Android. For me, this question has increased in frequency over the years as the youthful Android devices have matured and planted themselves more clearly in the limelight.

Interestingly enough, I used to have more to say software-wise about the differences between the fruits and the robots, but as Apple has done a decent job lately of catching up to Android, a lot of the convergence has eliminated some of my old arguments. Notifications in iOS are handled better and there are now quick settings. The interface is still a glorified app drawer, though.

At a recent event held to discuss the future of Android, Tom Moss echoed this sentiment and focused on the business sector. 
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WhatsApp Calls folder appears, could voice calling launch soon?

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A user of WhatsApp downloaded and installed an update from the app’s official site only to notice that something new has been added behind the scenes. Reddit user /u/akhilman78 posted the image above showing the WhatsApp Calls folder. The folder could belong to the highly-anticipated voice calling feature that WhatsApp promised almost one year ago. Being that the folder appeared via an update pushed directly from the site, a launch could be right around the corner.

Do you use WhatsApp? If so, let us know in the comments whether or not you are eager for voice calling.

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Here’s the only flashlight app you will ever need

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There are a zillion flashlight apps in Google Play, but I stumbled upon a really good one thanks to Ron Richards introducing it in the App Arena on TWIT TV’s All About Android show. It’s called Power Button Flashlight / Torch, and you’re probably already wondering what makes this better than any other flashlight app? A light is a light right? This one is all about how simple it is to turn on.

Turning on your flashlight is always a chore. You have to find the app, which is usually in the app drawer, and then you have to turn it on. Google has improved things by adding a built-in flashlight in Lollipop, while other manufacturers have offered the same. Still, you have to turn on your device, swipe down the notification panel, and press the flashlight icon. There has to be an even easier way right?


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