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You Can Now Track Santa on Your Android Phone With the New NORAD App

It’s that time of year again when all the good little boys and girls receive a visit from jolly ol’ Santa Clause during his yearly world wide giving spree. As long as you are on his good list, you might be interested  in tracking his whereabouts.

NORAD, the folks who have taken on the task of tracking Santa, have been doing so since 1955 and want to make it easier this year for us Android owners. The new app, NORAD, can be found in the Android Market and will allow you access to Santa’s flight path beginning on Christmas Eve. Once downloaded, you will notice a timer that, when reaches 0:00, means he has left the North Pole. From there you will be able to monitor his travel on the NORAD’s built in map.

In order to keep you and your children occupied while the timer is counting down, the NORAD app includes a cute little “Elf Toss” game for you added enjoyment. You can also find some educational that will give some real insight into NORAD’s broader mission (their duties go way beyond spying on bearded old men in red velvet suits). Jump past the break for a screenshot and links to the free download.

Remember, you can also search the word ‘Santa’ in Google Maps on Christmas eve for a glimpse at his location. Read more

Dead on Arrival Makes its Way to the Android Market

After being in development for a quite a while, Dead on Arrival, has finally made its way into the Android Market. Although exclusive to Sony’s Xperia Play for the first month, some reports are showing compatibility with the Xperia Arc as well.

Dead on Arrival is a 3D, top-down zombie survival game that takes place inside a plague ridden hospital and is available as a free download from the Android Market. Gameplay limits you to one room until you earn enough cash to open other doors. You can earn cash by killing zombies or you can speed up the process by using real money to purchase in-app upgrades and remove advertisements. Some other gruesome features include:

  • Fast paced action survival shooter
  • Survive against massive waves of the undead!
  • Purchase loads of different weapons to defend yourself from the horde
  • Buy yourself some time by boarding up doors to keep the undead at bay
  • Unlock rooms to make space and find different weapons to finish the fight
  • Search for the “random box” and destroy your enemies with the most powerful guns!
  • Massive hospital level to explore and defend all by your lonesome
  • Tutorial level to help you get to grips with the gameplay
  • Full 3D action and gory effects in high detailed graphics perfect for all mobile devices!

One thing to note. The game is a hefty 47MB worth of zombie carnage so you may want to clear up some room on your device before you initiate the download. Jump past the break for download links, screenshots, trailer and press release.

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Dailymotion video streaming app arrives in the Android Market

I am sure by now you have heard of the Youtube alternative website called, Dailymotion. Well, I bet you didn’t know that they have turned all that great video watching experience into an Android app, did you?

The new app, Dailymotion, allows users to create an account and customize the dashboard to create a mashup of all their favorite videos and channels in one easy to locate spot. The app also plays back selected videos like a playlist would in iTunes and has continuous play. That means that once a selected video finishes playing, another related video or the next video on the channel or playlist will automatically begin, creating somewhat of an uninterrupted streaming video service.

The Daiymotion app is available now as a free download in the Android Market. Hit up one of the links below to check it out and jump past the break for a full press release. If you give it a spin, let us know in the comments how the experience stacks up against Youtube.

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Have You Ever Wanted to Use Your Android Device as a Universal Remote? You’re In Luck

Today, Griffin and Dijit announced Android support for their Beacon universal remote, allowing any Android device, tablet or smartphone, to serve as a universal remote for home theater equipment. The Beacon Universal Remote Control System is run through a free application found in the Android Market, the Beacon unit will run $69.99 – A hell of a lot cheaper than the Logitech Harmony remote.

Using both hardware and software, this universal remote utilizes a Bluetooth connection to transfer commands from your Android device to the Beacon, which sends the signal via IR. The Beacon is capable of transmitting IR signals to all of your home theater equipment: TV, DVD/Blu-ray player, amplifier, and set top box etc., making the need for multiple remotes unnecessary.

The Android App is freely available in the Android Market, but does require that your device is on Android 2.3.3 or higher. Some older devices may not be compatible, but most all Android tablets should fit the bill. Hit the Market link below to check out what Griffen and Dijit have cooked up. If it is something you digg, you may want to go find yourself the Griffin Beacon hardware unit. Looks pretty damn cool to me.

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DROID RAZR Wallpapers Available for Download

In light of our new DROID RAZR contest, I figured I would help you get even more excited by sharing the RAZR’s wallpapers with you. All of the images are really good quality and could make any device look stellar. There are about 26 wallpapers total so I am sure you will find something you like. The themes range from peaceful nature scenes to all-out colorful abstracts. The picture above is the one I am rocking on my device right now. Oh yeah, you didn’t think Moto would leave out the DROID themed ones did you? Those are there too.

Here are a few more to give you an idea, hit the download link below to check them all out. All of the wallpapers are packaged nicely in a zip file thanks to our friends at Droid Life.

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Atari Greatest Hits Lands in the Android Market

If you enjoy playing retro arcade games from the comfort of, well… anywhere, then you are in luck! Atari Greatest Hits, the iOS smash hit, has already received over 3.5 million downloads in the App Store and is now available for download on Android devices, both tablets and smartphones.

Arriving in the Android Market with a 100 title catalogue, Atari Greatest Hits promises hours of old-school entertainment. The mother app is free to download and includes one free Atari game, Missile Command. If you want to add more titles to your collection they will run you $0.99 for a bundle of four or you have the option to buy all 25 packs for a mere $9.99. This is a great deal for that many titles but, one thing to keep in mind, the download is a hefty 42MB and may be a bit much for those of you who are low on storage. Some users are also reporting problems with the game controls, something that will most likely be addressed by the devs in the first update.

Within the app you will find all the great games from the 70’s and 80’s like Asteroids and Centipede, you’re bound to find ones that will bring back some great memories. I wont go on listing all the games here in this article, but you can head to the Android Market for the full low down. We have included screenshots, the Atari promo video, download links and the press release after the break, so be sure to check it out!

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A Quick Peek at Toon Ball – Free Game in The Android Market

We here at TalkAndoid are often approached by developers with hopes that we will review their latest apps. I recently looked at the growing list and thought I would randomly check one out. A game called Toon Ball caught my eye with its quirky art and goofy looking camel.

After downloading the game I noticed that the camel really has nothing to do with game play and is just used as background art (and, in my case, successful advertising!). The mission of the game is to get the ball to roll past obstacles and traps by altering the path it takes. Relying on gravity, the ball rolls from the starting point once you initiate movement by breaking a wooden block or other object that is keeping the ball at rest. As soon as it’s off and rolling you have to act quick in order to complete your next move to keep the momentum going. Once the ball is static you have to start the level over. Read more

Lemon App, The Sweetest Way To Manage All Of Your Purchases

If you are anything like me and have a super hectic, sometimes scatterbrain lifestyle, a little bit of organizational skills can go a long way. I find that unfortunately my finances are sometimes victim to neglect and I lose track of where and how much money I am spending. Recently I came across a free app in the Android Market called Lemon, it keeps track of how much money you spend and even keeps an image of your receipts. Instead of cramming a bunch of receipts in your wallet, just send them to Lemon where they will be instantly filed and organized for future reference. It’s that easy!

The Lemon app also provides a email address that you can enter when making online purchases. When a receipt is emailed after your purchase is complete, it automatically filters out the relevant purchasing data and sends it to your Lemon account for safe keeping. You can even snap a picture of your paper receipts with your Android phone as long as it has an auto focus camera. The app will then search for text within the image and makes them searchable via character recognition. Data is compiled into handy reports that keep you in tune with your finances and provides visual graphs that plot your spending habits.

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Quick Look At Today’s Free Amazon App: Word Game Pro

Word Game Pro is today’s free app download from the Amazon market. A game similar to Scrabble, Word Game Pro’s goal is to spell out words from the 7 tiles you have been randomly given. The game is timed and you get rewarded extra seconds for spelling back to back words without error. Before I started writing this article, I was just going to download the app to be sure I knew what I was talking about, an hour later I had to force myself to put down my phone so I could actually get some work done… It’s super addicting!

Word Game Pro adds some strategic spice to the familiar word game puzzle. The game centers on a mad scramble to construct words from a row of seven random letters, which change each round. Word Game Pro adds to the challenge by also letting you see letters that are about to come into play, offering you the chance to plan ahead–to develop a strategy.

Once the game starts up, you will notice that you are presented with the standard mix of seven letters. The points range from one to ten and you’ll start to gain additional points as you earn combos. Each successful word you create gives you another bonus combo point. The points keep piling up until you submit an incorrect word. Then, unfortunately, your combo bonus vanishes. With each fresh set of letters, you have new word prospects and the game automatically calculates how many words you can find with the maximum letters.

With a usual price of $2.89 you get a game loaded with hours of fun and for today only it’s free. Join us after the break for a couple screenshots and some links that will take you to your free download.

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