Star Wars: Galactic Defense officially released on Android

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Earlier this year, Star Wars: Galactic Defense was announced as a tower defense games with elements from the Star Wars universe. The game has finally been released onto the Play Store as a free app with some in-app purchases.

The game lets you choose between siding with the Light or Dark side and offers some unique gameplay experiences on both ends, so there should be some replay value here. It’s still a tower defense game at its core, so if you’re a fan of tower defense games and Star Wars, you’ll probably want to pick this one up at least to try out.

Hit the break for the download and some screenshots.
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Google Camera update adds ability to take photo from Android Wear

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The new Google Camera app update that was released to the Play Store today includes a really neat new feature. You’re now able to remotely trigger the shutter via your Android Wear device to your phone. After you’ve remotely triggered it, you’ll receive a notification that will allow you to review the photo. The feature will make group photos a whole lot easier to take.

Download via the Play Store link past the break.


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Flipboard version 3.0 gets over 30,000 topics to follow

flipboard_app_iconThe newest version of Flipboard has been released to the Play Store, hyping over 30,000 topics to follow, from “action hero” to “zoology.” In addition, probably the biggest change is a full new user interface, with a new quick-access tab bar to navigate the app, simplified story collection and updated cover designs. The company says that over 70% of their users are now on smartphones, a big change for the app that was originally designed for tablets. 

The full list of new features:

  • Over 30,000 new topics to follow, powered by best stories across publishers and 10 million+ Flipboard magazines.
  • Start your day with The Daily Edition, with articles selected by our team at 7 a.m.
  • Follow people to stay up-to-date on what they’re collecting into their magazines.
  • New design, everywhere.
  • Phones only: New top tab bar to quickly navigate between your Flipboard, everything you’re following, search, notifications and your profile.

Source: Flipboard

Runtastic gets updated with Google Fit integration and new “advanced statistics” service

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Runtastic, the extremely popular fitness-tracking app, has today received a rather beefy update via the Play Store. The upgrade brings compatibility for Google’s recently-launched ‘Fit’ application, in addition to a new “advanced statistics” service, which allows users to monitor performance and progress by comparing current and past time periods.


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Samsung Gear S coming to the U.S. next week, Sprint November 7 and T-Mobile November 9

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Samsung just announced that the Gear S will be available in the U.S. starting next week. What separates this smartwatch from others is the curved AMOLED display as well as its 3G cellular connectivity. You will be able to find it Best Buy, as well as AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, And Verizon Wireless. Sprint and T-Mobile already reached out to let us know they will offer the device on November 7 and November 9 respectively.

Sprint will offer it for $0 down (plus tax) and 24 monthly payments of $16 ($384 excluding taxes). There is also a $10 monthly charge when adding it to the Sprint Family Share Pack. However, they will waive the fee if it’s added to any plan of 20 GB or more.


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ES File Explorer gets Chromecast support through plugin

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The ES App Group, makers of the popular ES File Explorer Manager, released the ES Chromecast Plugin app a couple of days ago. It works in conjunction with ES File Explorer, and it allows you to cast your videos and photos from your device, network shares, or even from other cloud services to your Chromecast.

This is strictly Beta so expect some choppiness and a few bugs. They are looking for feedback, but I am not sure this one will offer any more than the other like apps that are already available. However, if you are a heavy user of ES File Explorer, you might want to give it a try. And if you never tried the ES File Explorer Manager app itself, give it a shot. It’s a full featured app for exploring all the files on your device. We have download links for both apps below the break.


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[Deal] Spooktacular sale at Amazon offers $115 of apps and games for free

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To celebrate Halloween, the Amazon App Store is hosting a Spooktacular sale that offers 40 apps and games for free. That’s a $115 value. Some notables include Plex, Endomondo Sports Tracker PRO, World of Goo, and Plants vs Zombies. They also have a few Halloween themed offerings like V for Vampire, Amelia and Terror of the Night, and Zombie Gunship.

You have until Saturday to grab these. Hit the break for the full list of games and apps, and hit the link at the bottom to start downloading.


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Samsung planning smartphone overhaul after profits plunge in 3rd quarter, but is it too late?

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With the smartphone market shrinking, Samsung has been feeling the pinch. Profits for the 3rd quarter were the worst in three years (49% drop), and it can only continue to deteriorate unless drastic changes are made. Apple introduced iPhones with bigger displays, which was probably the biggest differentiating factor for the past couple of years. That, and the fact that cheaper phones were being launched in India and China, have made it difficult for the Korean tech giant.

During an earnings conference call, Samsung investor relations head Robert Yi said they were “not quick enough” to the changing market conditions. Now they seek more efficiency in their product portfolio, which can be translated to a lower number of handsets. Samsung has always offered more handsets than any company, but that needs to be changed immediately.


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Lenovo’s acquisition of Motorola is finally complete

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9 months ago, Google shocked the world by announcing they had sold Motorola to Lenovo for just under $3 billion. As per all deals like this, it takes time to pass through all the regulatory approvals, and today the deal is final. We can now officially refer to Motorola as a Lenovo company.

The plan is still to keep Motorola as a wholly-owned subsidiary, and their headquarters will remain in Chicago. Whether all 2,800 employees out of that headquarters are safe remains to be seen though. And if you remember, Google retained Motorola’s deep collection of patents.


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