Contest: Win one of ten Password Genie subscriptions compliments of Security Coverage and TalkAndroid

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It’s time for another TalkAndroid contest and this one is brought to you by Security Coverage, the folks who brought us Password Genie. I recently reviewed Password Genie and found it to be one of the must have apps for your Android device. Security Coverage wants to give our awesome readers a chance to win a one year subscription to their incredible service. We have a total of 10 for a value of $5.99 each.

The rules:

  1. Head over to our forum post and reply by telling us anything you want. It could be a simple hello or maybe you want to tell us how much you love TalkAndroid.
  2. Like Password Genie on Facebook
  3. Like Password Genie on Twitter

You have until Thursday, September 20th at 11:59pm EST to accomplish the above items. On Friday, September 21st, we will pick 10 winners at random and notify them via the email account associated with their username. Good luck!!

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Featured Play Store Newbie: Pirateville – The Enchanted Box [Gaming-Casual]

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There doesn’t seem to be a shortage of hidden object games as of late. It’s just a matter of picking what theme floats your boat. Nevosoft just released another one called Pirateville: The Enchanted Box, which is about a Pirate named Sharpshooter Jack. One day he found a mysterious ancient box, but it was locked. There has to be something important or valuable in it right? As he tries to figure out the secret behind this box, he will meet with spirits and become a psychic as well as escape from prison and learn his destiny. It’s up to you to figure out what’s inside the box. If you love hidden object games as well as some mystery and romance, this game will be right up your alley.

Features:

  • An incredible story of pirates, treasure and an ancient curse
  • Sixty-five challenging levels
  • Colorful locations and interesting quests
  • Challenging mini games
  • Amazing graphics and music

Pirateville: The Enchanted Box is Free so you have nothing to lose. Take a look at the quick demo video below and hit up one of the download links to get started.

 

 

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Quick Rant: Android Portable Media Players Are Not Just A Waste Of Consumers’ Time And Money, But A Waste Of Time And Money From Android Manufacturers As Well

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As Android continues to grow as the preferred ecosystem among people worldwide, we are seeing an explosion of innovative and impressive devices. I’m not talking about an explosion of just smartphones either. We are seeing an explosion of devices designed to improve your TV, full-fledged gaming systems, innovative tablets and even a nifty camera or two. Now while those type of Android devices are impressive and all, there’s a type of Android device that I failed to mention and for good reason— Android portable media players or PMPs for short. Android PMPs are neither innovative nor impressive– compared to other Android counterparts. Generally speaking, Android manufacturers generate buzz and excitement for various products, yet consumers never hear anything about PMPs and see any real excitement or reason to talk about them. Knowing there’s no real push or excitement for PMPs, is it really important for Android fanatics or even the average consumer to go out and buy a PMP? More importantly, is it important for manufacturing giants like Samsung to continue churning out PMPs, despite there being no major push or excitement these devices? I will respectfully say no to both questions.

In the interest of full disclosure— even though I am an editor of this great Android website and have a great deal of passion for the Android ecosystem, I’m by no means an Android fanboy. I own numerous Apple products including an iPod Touch for my commutes on the New York City Subway or for use when working out. I love technology as a whole— but when it comes to having my personal media player on the go— music, video, pictures and gaming for example— I would rather use an Apple iPod Touch before using an Android PMP, without hesitation. The Apple iPod Touch has set the standard when it comes to managing a consumer’s personal media, while giving the same consumers items like an impressive display, abundant number of applications and plenty of accessories for starters. Android PMPs on the other hand often feature uninspired designs, horrendous features (i.e. lackluster displays or Gingerbread) and few, if any accessories available. Simply put, Android PMPs are a waste of money and resources for consumers and manufacturers and that’s why the average consumer should not even bother with Android PMPs. I’m sure many of you are interested in seeing my reasoning for my strong claim, so go ahead and jump past the break to see my thoughts in greater detail.

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Contest: Win a Nexus 7 tablet, $50 Google Play gift card, or a $25 Google Gift Card courtesy of TalkAndroid and Poweramp [Updated with Winners]

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Our friends at Poweramp are celebrating their upcoming update, and they wanted to give our readers a chance to win some cool stuff. We’ve got a $25 Google Play gift card, a $50 Google Play gift card, and for the grand prize, a Nexus 7. All you have to do is comment below and tell us what new Poweramp feature you desire that would make it perfect. That’s actually a tough one since it’s already the best music app available now. You have until Sunday, September 16th at 11:59PM EST to get your entry in. On Monday, September 17th we will pick the winners at random starting with the $25 gift card, followed by the $50 gift card, and finally the Nexus 7. We will announce the winners here and send an email to the account associated with their username. Good luck!!!

I can’t imagine there are too many of you that haven’t tried Poweramp yet, but just in case, hit one of the download links below to find out what you’ve been missing.

UPDATE

Congratulations to the following winners

$25 Google Play Gift Card

cuezaireekaa

$50 Google Play Gift Card

Spyro Giannikas

Nexus 7

Rob Haltmeier

Thank you all for playing and look for another contest soon!!

 

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Featured Play Store Newbie: LandGrabbers Strategy Game [Gaming-Casual]

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Nevosoft is quickly becoming one of the leaders of Android gaming. We’ve already covered a couple of their recent releases, but here’s another one to throw into the mix. It’s called LandGrabbers and it’s set in the Middle Ages when the Crusades were taking place. In this game you’re a brilliant military leader with your own set of troops. Can you conquer the world? This addictive game combines the elements of strategy, simulator, and resource management. There are 27 levels in all that that take place in settings like forests, deserts, and even on an iceberg.

Full features

  • 27 levels in 3 diverse locations
  • Unique level mapping design for deeper tactical capabilities
  • Three incredible enemy armies
  • Five types of buildings with different strategic features
  • Three difficulty levels that will challenge even experienced strategy experts
  • Gorgeous graphics and a catchy soundtrack create a medieval atmosphere

LandGrabbers was recognized as the Best Casual Game of 2011 at the Russian Game Developers Conference. Best of all it’s Free so check out the demo video and hit one of the download links below to get started.

 

 

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Featured Play Store Newbie: Million Dollar Adventure [Gaming-Casual]

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Nevosoft is at it again with their latest offering, Million Dollar Adventure. It’s about a girl named Sandra that has no memory of her past, but is given an opportunity to participate in a race around the world in which the grand prize is one million dollars.

When Sandra was little, she was in a car crash that killed her parents. She obviously survived, but her memory was damaged. She spent her childhood in an orphanage, but is living a normal life now. She receives an invitation to take part in the race I mentioned above, and since money was always a problem for her, she figured it was worth a shot. There’s one thing however, and that’s upon starting the race, she started encountering things that were related to her past, so she’s a little troubled. It’s your job to solve the mystery of her childhood and get the prize.

Features:

  • More than just hidden objects – find the clues, solve puzzles, play mini-games to unlock the adventure;
  • Original script with a mystery to solve;
  • A variety of classical mini-games and puzzles from all over the world;
  • Picturesque locations of famous tourist attractions;
  • Great graphics, music and voice overs
Million Dollar Adventure is Free to play, but you can unlock the full adventure with an in-app purchase. Check out their demo video and hit one of the download links below to get started.
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Contest: Win one of two Nexus 7 tablets or an ASUS Transformer Prime w/keyboard dock from NVIDIA and TalkAndroid [Updated with Winners]

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To celebrate the launch of Beach Buggy Blitz, NVIDIA gave us two Nexus 7 tablets along with an ASUS Transformer Prime and matching keyboard dock to give to three lucky readers.

To enter the giveaway just complete these four quick and easy steps:

  1. Follow @NVIDIA on Twitter
  2. Follow @TalkAndroid on Twitter
  3. Add TalkAndroid to your Google+ Circles
  4. Comment below and tell us what your favorite game is right now.

It couldn’t be any simpler. We will accept entries through this Sunday September 9th at 11:59pm EST. We will pick two random winners for each of the Nexus 7′s and then one random winner for the Transformer Prime w/keyboard dock. We will announce all three winners in this post and contact them through the email that is associated with their account.

Good Luck!!!

UPDATE

Congratulations to the following winners:

Nexus 7

Drew
Paul Ryan 

ASUS Transformer Prime  w/keyboard dock

Nicholas Salgado

I am sending each of you an email. Just get back to me with your info and we will ship it out right away.

 

 

Hands on With the DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD [Video]

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Motorola unveiled two special devices this afternoon in New York City. The flagship of the two by far is the DROID RAZR MAXX HD, which comes with an HD (1280 x 720) display. It has the same 3300mAh battery found on the original RAZR MAXX, but the screen size is bigger at 4.7-inches. Other notables are a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, and 2MP front camera. It will come with 32GB of storage and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Next up is the DROID RAZR HD, which is essentially the same phone, but with a smaller battery, 2530mAh. It will only be offered with 16GB of storage, but you will get your choice of white or black for the body. The RAZR MAXX HD on the other hand, will only be offered in black.

Motorola promises the Jelly Bean update for both devices by the end of the year. As far as availability and pricing, we were only told that they would be available before the holidays. For now, check out our hands on video below.

 

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Hands on with the DROID RAZR M [Video]

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Motorola just announced the DROID RAZR M smartphone and we immediately got some hands-on time with it. As you can see, the device is incredibly compact while in hand, yet the display really pops out thanks to the enormous real-estate available on the phone’s 4.3-inch screen. Also highlighted is Motorola’s Quick Settings access function, which aims to simplify a user’s settings on the phone. The other highlight is Ice Cream Sandwich operating in smooth, buttery fashion that’s complimented with the now default Chrome Browser and Amazon apps pre-loaded. All of those features are literally crammed into a compact manner of Corning Glass and Kevlar goodness.

For those of you itching to grab one of the hottest phones of the year, it’s available for pre-order today at 5:00pm either on Verizon’s website or in Verizon stores, but in the meantime, check out our hands-on video below to get a good feel of the full-screen phone.

 

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Featured Play Store Newbie: Magic Academy 2: Mystery Tower [Gaming-Casual]

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Magic Academy 2: Mystery Tower, by Nevosoft, is the follow up to the very popular Magic Academy: Hidden Castle. If you’re a Harry Potter fan or into enchanted legends, you will want to check this out. You play Irene, a young magician that would like to serve on the Magic Council of the Tirisfal Fortress. The problem is that a priceless treatise is missing and if it falls into the wrong hands, a demon that was banished long ago could be summoned from exile. So far the evidence points to your (Irene’s) sister. It’s up to you to start your investigation and find out who has been tempted by the ancient demon and has started negotiating with the powers of darkness.

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