Diversion, A 3D Platformer For Android

Here’s a game a little different to check out. Diversion is a 3D linear platformer in a hovering world. As the game moves your character forward, you’ll have to jump, swim, climb, and hang your way through the levels and all its obstacles.  The game’s controls only let you tap on the screen to perform an action, so it’s pretty straight forward. To interact and climb ledges for example, you simply need to jump up or down to them. For the most part you’ll need to grab stars, gems, and gem multipliers that you can use to get upgrades in the game. Starting out, you may find the game a little too simple, but give it time as the challenge level will increase as you go along. The graphics look great and I didn’t find any performance issues running this game on my Droid X.

There are 4 worlds, 100 levels, and over 200 characters to play through. As you progress through the levels you’ll find more obstacles and challenges await to be unlocked, so don’t be fooled by the first few easy levels that get you started. This is also an XPERIA PLAY optimized game and it recommended to play this on a newer device as it’s graphics intensive. Check out some of the gameplay below and grab it for free via the QR code our source link to the android market. Thanks Johnny L.

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Push Mr. Dismount Down The Stairs For Maximum Damage With Stair Dismount

If you’re bored today and need a new game to suck up some time, here’s an interesting and fun one for you. Stair Dismount is a 3D ragdoll simulation game where you try and dismount your dummy in different settings to damage him as much as possible. You’ll be throwing him down ramps, off towers, and down stairs trying to hurt him as much as possible (sound effects included). You’ll be selecting the area to push your dummy from and then selecting how hard you want to shove him. How can that not be fun right? I’ve put a ton of hours into this game trying to score the most points and it never seems to get old. It’s also a great looking game with a full 360 degree camera in the 3D world to see everything that’s going on. The only complaint I have, which is a small one, is the game is a little finicky telling the difference between trying to move the camera and selecting the dismount point on the dummy (that might just be me not doing it right though).

The game is free in the Android Market and you’ll have plenty of free levels and dummies to choose from (with more to purchase if you’re having a good time). You’ll even be able to put a face on your dummy from your photo gallery and take in game snapshots of your dummy’s destruction. Check out the trailer below and grab it for free via QR code or the source market link below. Happy dummy smashing! Thanks Johnny L.

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Quick Look at Today’s Free Amazon App: PrinterShare

Hey all you bargain hunters! Today Amazon is giving away the paid app, PrinterShare that usually runs for $12.99 and currently has a 4 1/2 star rating. PrinterShare allows for wireless printing from your mobile device or SD card in various ways and supports many forms of documents. With a fairly simple UI and ease of use, I was able to get this to work on my HP photosmart in no time. I highly recommend this app for your wireless printing needs.

Product Description:

Printing right from your smartphone

Print documents (DOC, DOCX, XLS, XSLX, PPT, PPTX, PDF, TXT) from your smartphone’s SD card and from Google Docs. Also print email from Gmail, photos from the SD card, contacts, agendas, SMS or MMS, call logs, and even web pages directly from your device to a printer right next to you or anywhere in the world.

Premium Features

Please note: This is the premium, unlocked version of PrinterShare Mobile Print. All the premium features are available, and no key is required.

Premium Features: nearby direct printing via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth without PC; nearby printing to PC or Mac shared printers; unlimited remote printing. You do not have to buy pages or have a subscription on the receiving computer (Mac or PC).

Nearby Printing: you can print to WiFi printers shared on your Local Area Network from your Android phone without having to install PrinterShare computer software. You don’t need to log in or sign up with the system for Nearby Printing. A wide variety of printers are supported.

Remote Printing over the Internet: make sure you’ve installed the PrinterShare software on the computer connected to the printer, just like when you print from computer to computer using PrinterShare, then just log in to your free account with your smartphone and find and select the printer you want to print to. In addition, from your mobile device you may look for printers shared by others, select one, and print on it.

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Droid Bionic Arena Scavenger Hunt Winners Page FINALLY Goes Live

While I was getting locked and loaded to rant about Verizon pulling down the Bionic Area page after the scavenger hunt AR game was over, I noticed Level 2 on the site is now open to see who has won (I was starting to think they were going to keep it a secret). They have listed the confirmed winners as well as the ones still pending approval.  There is also a stats page showing the total prizes that were found within the game, but more interesting, a link to download the game. There is a little note at the bottom that, though the game has concluded, to download it anyway to see what’s next. This hints they may do a scavenger hunt like this again in the future. Be sure to go check it out from the source link below.

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Make Free WiFi Calls From Android Phone Or Tablet With Groove IP

The quest for making free calls over WiFi with an Android device is not a new topic, but if you’ve gone down this road you’re probably familiar with apps like sipdroid or csipsimple. If those two names are familiar then you also know you had to deal with Google Voice Callback, pbxes, or SIP accounts and possibly some other forwarding trickery to get the app to work. It’s possible that you’ve even tried to set these apps up and failed after not understanding exactly what needed to be done. Enter GrooVe IP, where all you need is a Google Voice account to get started. If you like simple and something that just “works” and works well, hit up the break for more.

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Phone Story – The Production of Smartphones, Uncensored

Phone Story has become a hot topic at the moment following its recent removal from the Apple App Store. Apple contacted the developer of the game explaining that they violated four rules for iOS app creation; its depictions of child abuse (code 15.2), objectionable or crude content (16.1) and promises to turn over a portion of the money to charity (21.1 and 21.2). Not to mention the fact that they probably felt the “Story” hit too close to home.

The game depicts a dark look at smartphone production, starting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where the mineral coltan is mined by children and prisoners of war. The app then follows the production process to a Chinese factory where workers are subjected to abuse, discrimination, inhumane conditions, and forced overtime, ultimately leading to suicides. Next the story presents us with the hordes of oblivious consumers bombarding what is no doubt meant to portray an Apple store. I’m sure they didn’t appreciate that. Finally the story ends up in Ghana, Japan, & China where obsolete “recycled” phones have ended up to be salvaged using methods harmful to people and our environment, and from there the cycle repeats itself.
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TouchPal keyboard for Android, free for a limited time (Video)

If I was a betting man and you had an Android phone, I would say that you have updated your keyboard from the stock version that came pre loaded. There are a few really great options for alternate keyboards in the Android Market to choose from. From simple replacements like SwiftKey X, That aim to reduce keystrokes via prediction, to more exotic ones like 8Pen , that rely on unorthodox sliding movements. Which do you choose?  I am sure by now you are asking yourself why not just use Swype? Well my friend, Swype doesn’t have the ability to predict the words you are slip sliding around. A fairly new app, TouchPal, just released out of Beta, ties both advantages together, making one extremely useful keyboard. With predictive sliding, this fresh idea comes with many features not found on other keyboards.  Hit the break for the full list and to check out some more screen shots and a video of the app in action.  
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Need A Simple Video Editor? Try VidTrim For Your On-The-Go Editing Needs

Sometimes you just want a simple video editor that allows you to do what you need to do both on your device and while on the go.  If that’s you, then you might want to check out VidTrim for Android.  The free application allows you to edit your videos with simplicity and ease all from the comfort of your wireless device.  The application is ad supported but has all of the same functionality minus a couple of features than the paid version, which will run you $2.82 on the Android Market.  So, if you’re ok with a few ads, then you’ve got yourself a little bargain here.  Hit the break for the full list of features and to check out another screen shot.  And as always, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.  If you’re ready for the download you can snatch it up here on our popular apps database where you’ll also find a QR code or you can grab it on the Android Market.  
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Adjust your screen brightness with the flick of a wrist

If you’re anything like me, and you have a 4G phone or you’re constantly on your phone,  you know battery life can suck these days. One common way to preserve battery life is to keep your screen brightness at a lower level. I realize that the auto brightness feature found on most Android phones is an answer to many, I find that sometimes the screen can still be unnecessarily bright. XDA member, Marinelli.Tv, has come up with a solution that I love and frequently recommend to those who complain about excessive battery drain. It may even impress your friends!

Brightness Motion Pro allows you to adjust your screen brightness with percentage increments by a simple flick of the wrist. Moving in a right hand motion will take you up a notch, moving to the left will take you down. To add to its effectiveness, the app even displays an icon in your notification panel informing you that it’s active, and includes your current percentage. The paid version, Brightness Motion Pro, is only $.99 for a limited time, and allows for more advanced features like, start up on boot, initiate auto brightness, brightness slider control, and more. There is also an ad-supported free version without all the bells and whistles for those who want to try it in its simplest form. Hit the link or QR code below to give this great idea a try, and be sure to let us know if you think it improves your battery life.  
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U.S. Patent System to get overhaul, Unfortunately not enough

The U.S. patent system will get its first major overhaul in 60 years. The senate voted 89-9 in approval of the America Invents Act, and President Obama said in his speech last night, “Today you passed reform that will speed up the outdated patent process so that entrepreneurs can turn a new idea into a new business as quickly as possible. That’s the kind of action we need.”

The goal is for streamlining the patent process, reduce costly legal battles, and provide the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office the funding it needs to process patent applications faster.

The United States is switching from the “first-to-invent” system to the “first-inventor-to-file” system which puts us in line with other industrialized countries.

Small investors are concerned as they feel they will now be at a disadvantage with big corporations. Supporters are concerned with costly lawsuits in which companies are arguing and trying to prove who the first inventor is.

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