Metal Slug Defense Released For Android & iOS [Review]

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Metal Slug is a Neo Geo (SNK based Arcade) game first released in April 1996, back when 16-bit wasn't fashionable, it was all we had. At the time of its release, the graphics on Metal Slug were as revered as Unreal Engine 4's 4k resolution demos today. The gameplay options were limited to top-down or side-scrollers, Metal Slug fell in the latter category being a run and gun game. Metal Slug brought an element of superior animation, violence, gore, a myriad of characters all layered with an element of serious goofiness that it became an instant classic. To this day, there are new games being released and old ones being rereleased (and equally appreciated) on virtually every platform. In order to confine to the realm of mobile gaming, SNK have released Metal Slug Defense available on iOS and Android for free. Let us take a look at how it fares in the new age.

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Cooliris For Android Puts Photos From 15 Cloud Services In One Place

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Let’s be honest, the default Gallery viewer that ships on stock Android feels basic. Even though it has all the pretty looks, you can view and delete images with it, and share photos with others, but, well, that’s about it and there’s nothing more you can do with it apart from all that. Imagine if you could combine all the images you have stored on multiple social network and cloud services, and access them under one roof? Well, that's now possible with Cooliris a new Gallery application that’s landed on Android devices nearly two years after its debut on iOS. This new app can aggregate all your photos across several social media platforms into one central location, allowing you to easily search for specific ones. Read More

Party Player Accepts Song Requests By SMS & Plays Them [Android]

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If you’re hosting a party and would like to get your friends involved with choosing what music to play  during the party  then Party Player is a new music application that lets you do just that. Available for free at Google Play, Party Player enables your smartphone receive song requests via text messages and play them from a temporary playlist which automatically fills up as more requests are generated. The app is amazingly smart; if your friends text a song or a word that appears in the title of more than one song, the app will send a text message to them asking them which song they want to play. The text message will list all songs that match the word and your friend can simply reply with the song number in that list to tell the app which one they want. For everyone, this is a simple text message interaction and no one needs an internet connection to make it work. Read More

Stand Alone Google Docs & Sheets Apps Now Available In Play Store

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Google Drive for a long time has existed as the one app to rule all the files saved to your Google Drive. Google has launched stand alone apps Google Docs and Google Sheets on the Play Store so that when you want to open a document or a spreadsheet, you can open them directly from their respective apps. The dedicated apps will show the files they support weeding out all other types and saving you the trouble of searching through them to get to your own files. Like the Google Drive app, you can open a document or sheet and edit it. Likewise, you can use the respective apps to create new documents or spreadsheets. The apps do not boast any new features; think of them as a way to always have your docs and sheets filtered and waiting for you when you launch them. Read More

Notify! Selectively View Notifications From Apps On Your Home & Lock Screen [Android]

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One of the key strengths of Android has always been the notifications system. It’s been around since the early days of the OS, but it took what felt like a lifetime for it to get any good. Unfortunately, some app developers seem to abuse it in order to spam you with promotional messages, advertisements, or pointless updates. While other times, there are a few notifications from apps that you just cannot afford to miss. If you want to put pivotal notification information right on your home screen or lock screen via a minimal widget that doesn’t bog down your device’s performance, Notify! is all you need. The simple app displays incoming notifications at any widget supported area and allows you to access them with a single screen tap. Read More

Adjust Notifications Volume Based On Sleep And Wake State [Android]

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When you are walking down the street withyour Android device residing in your purse or pocket, the notification volume should be loud enough to be heard over the other noise in your surroundings. But when you’re, let’s say, attending an important meeting, the loudness of the notification sound must not break the silence or interrupt the seriousness of the situation. There are apps like Tasker that let you automatically change volume according to different scenarios, but if you want a simpler solution that's also free, you can try Awake / Sleep Volume Adjuster. This free application by XDA Forum Member Sanryd automatically adjusts the volume based  on your phone’s sleep and awake states. Let’s find out how. Read More

How To Sync Browser Data Between Desktop And Android In Firefox 29

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Mozilla has finally launched Firefox 29, the latest version of the company’s massively popular web browser, for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android. With version 29, Mozilla has debuted the new Australis interface borrowing heavily from Google Chrome. But besides  that, Mozilla has also revamped the sync feature of the browser; the new sync feature is better than ever, and doesn’t now require you to store the pesky auto-generated authorization code (as in previous releases), but rather all your data is now synchronized via email and password through a Firefox Account. In this guide we’ll highlight the difference between the new and old sync methods, as well as show you how to sync data between desktop and Android in Firefox 29. Read More

New Features In Firefox 29 For Desktop & Android

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Firefox 29 is out and the update is a huge one for the browser and it’s users. The update finally brings the much talked about Australis theme to the stable channel and it was well worth the wait. Austalis isn’t just beautiful it’s also the most minimal that Firefox has ever been. Other new features on desktop and mobile include brand new customization options for the buttons that appear on the Menu Bar, Firefox Sync which is now set up exclusively through the Firefox Account, and new repositioned buttons for bookmarks have been added. Developers get new features too with the implementation of <input type="number"> and <input type="color"> on both desktop and Android. Additionally on Android new share options, and customization options for the home panels have been introduced. Read More

Get Hangouts To Recognize & Associate Phone Numbers With Contacts

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The new Google Hangouts app has merged SMS with IM conversations. That's great except for some users, the app now will not recognize when an SMS is received from an existing contact and will show the number it was received from. For an app that was meant to make text messaging and instant messaging easier, this complicates things. The good news here is that this is not a bug, I repeat, this is not a bug. It's because Hangouts is confused with the state of your contacts and is having trouble finding who the number belongs to. The problem is in fact with your contacts and here's how you can set things straight. Read More

Typist Lets You Find How Fast You Type On Your Android

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Typing has become an essential part to our modern lifestyle. It’s not possible to use most tech products available in the market today without any typing skills (smartphones, anyone?), and if you use your touchscreen phone or tablet for a lot of texting then you better be a fast typist or be ready to get left behind. But the question that remains is how fast your thumbs can move between those virtual keys? There are many desktop applications that let you measure your typing speed and finding your WMP (words per minute) rate. But now you can do that on your Android as well thanks to the new app called Typist. It carries a bunch of typing tests and allows you to find your typing speed by completing them in 1, 2 or 3 minutes. Read More

MultiWindow Sidebar Run Apps In Split-Screen View & Switch From Sidebar

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One of the most interesting features Samsung introduced with Galaxy S4 and Note 3 phones was MultiWindow Flashbar which enables using two apps simultaneously in split view mode. Many users have tried porting that feature to other phones from time to time, but no other developer has probably done a better job than XDA-Developers senior member zst123 with his MultiWindow Sidebar which enables you to quickly access selected number of apps from a vertical sidebar, as well as use more than one app in split view using Xposed framework modules. Read More

What Can I Do About The Can’t Connect To Camera Error On My Android

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I've been regularly using an Android phone as my primary phone for almost a month now, it's the Nexus 5 and it's given me an appreciation for larger screens. Among other features and apps that I love on the phone, the camera app is what I consider the crown jewel. It's amazing; great focus, that new blur feature is cool, and I'm able to take half-way decent photos that I never could before. One recurring error that I have been experiencing with the camera app is that sometimes when I launch it, it tells me 'Can't connect to camera'. Normally, switching to my home screen and back to the app would be enough to get rid of this error but it was yesterday when the error just wouldn't go away and I had to Google my problem. It seems the Can't connect to Camera error is quite common among Android users, particularly with Nexus 5 users. For Nexus 5 users, it seems to be consistent and has been acknowledged by Google as a bug which will be fixed in an update. The problem isn't unique for Nexus 5 handsets so here's what might be causing the error and what you can do about it. Read More

QuickCamera: Launch The Camera App With A Twist Of Your Wrist [Android]

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Among its many interesting features like Listening mode and Active Notifications, the Moto X phone by Google and Motorola sports a nifty and quick way to launch camera app by a simple wrist gesture. To quickly open the default camera app on the device, you can simply turn it twice like you’re shaking the phone and you’ll have the camera viewfinder in front of you in no time. This can prove extremely useful when capturing those fleeting moments without wasting time finding and launching the camera app. If you want to bring similar functionality to your own Android device regardless of its model, and provided it’s running Android 4.0 or above, QuickCamera is the way to go. Inspired by the Moto X feature mentioned above, it lets you launch camera with a wrist twist. Read More

GRE Vocab Lock Learn A New Word Every Time You Look At Your Phone [Android]

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Having a richer vocabulary of words in your arsenal is one of the most effective ways to improve your speaking and writing skills, but there are so many words in English that it sometimes get really difficult to know where to begin. A few Google queries may return various online resources to nourish your vocabulary, and while it does work if you opt for the proper techniques, there are a number of smartphone apps now that can help you accomplish the same. If you want to learn a new word everytime you pick up your Android then GRE Vocab Lock is worth giving a shot. It acts as a secondary lock screen for your device and lets you learn a new word every time you unlock it. It houses a comprehensive built in dictionary for Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and SAT students, but is just as helpful for anyone who wants to learn new English words with ease. Read More

IFTTT Arrives On Google Play Store And Brings Android Channels

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IFTTT is possibly one of the best services ever created, ever. It's been helping people automate and connect web services for about three years and the IFTTT app for Android has finally arrived in the Google Play Store, almost a year after the iOS app (that was a long wait). The app is awesome, of course, but you need only think about how much more freedom you have with an Android and you realize that the app is going to be very powerful indeed. It comes with special Android channels that let you use phone functions in your recipes for actions such as getting a notification on your phone when it's about to rain. Here's our hands-on review of the app. Read More

Netflix Roulette Find A Random Movie Or TV Show To Watch, No Account Needed

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Every Friday night my sister and I have a ritual; we spend close to 2 hours looking for a good movie to watch, we find nothing, she gets tired and decides she'd rather sleep. No fun is had. Yes, we do this every Friday and if you watch movies a lot you know that you quickly run out of all the good ones and are then starved for something that's 'not bad' to watch. Some go to IMDb, some go through top ten or top 100 lists, while others take suggestions from Hulu or Netflix. Netflix Roulette is the brain child of Reddit user codeusasoft who got tired of top ten lists and other such lists that Netflix gives you. This simple little app which categorizes search by genre and will let you search either/or movies and TV series finds something random you can watch. The good thing is it has nothing to do with your Netflix account and it is not an analysis of what you've watched before, or what your viewing preferences are. It's just a random way to find something to watch and it can be used by anyone. There's also an Android app for Netflix Roulette. Read More

Flo Rates How Well You Drive, Helps You Improve [Android]

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How confident are you in your driving skills? Good driving can be summed up as avoiding traffic tickets, staying out of accidents, and following traffic rules but really if you didn’t do all that you'd get arrested or have your license revoked. At the very least you’d pay a fine. So if you’re really just following rules are you a good driver? Use Flo on your Android device to find out. It is a very interesting app that scores how you drive. You’re penalized for things such as hard breaking, hard acceleration, sharp turns. When you accelerate smoothly, take a smooth corner, or brake easy, the app gives you points. Your drive is divided into 1KM segments and you get rated for each segment. At the end of the segment, you can see how well you did. Flo lets you record several trips and then compare your driving over the week. Read More

Keep Alcohol Levels In Check With Blood Alcohol Finder [Android]

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Last week we reviewed Drink It Smart, an iOS app (worth $0.99) that estimates your blood alcohol level after you tell it how many drinks you’ve had. The app itself is extremely useful and we’ve found something similar in function but far richer in feature for Android; Blood Alcohol Finder. This app not only estimates your blood alcohol level but it also predicts where it will be at over a given timeline. The app lets you add a large variety of alcoholic drinks. If there is a special drink that you brew for yourself, the app lets you add it to the list of available drinks. The blood alcohol estimate is based on your gender and weight, and the number of drinks you’ve had. If you like to go out drinking with a group of friends, you can add a separate profile for everyone. This app features ads. Drink responsibly. Read More

Holo Label Widget Adds Text Labels To Your Home Screen [Android]

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Have you purchased a new Android device? Congratulations. Welcome to the club. By going Android, you’ve opted for raw functionality over simplicity. From deep customization to its over the top performance, everything about Google’s mobile OS is awesome. If you were previously using, let’s say an iOS device or Windows Phone, then one of the first things you will have noticed about the new platform is the home screen which you can add a lot of things to such as widgets, shortcuts, folders etc. But after adding so much stuff, organizing it all can get overwhelming at times and that's where the Holo Label Widget widget comes in. It aims to take care of this nuisance by putting labels over everything you place on your home screen. Think of labels as a way to name a group of apps without actually hiding them away in a folder where you can't see all the apps in it. The app does not require a rooted device. Read More

Nirsoft’s Wifi Collector Scans For & Gathers Wireless Network Information [Android]

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One of the quality software producers, Nirsoft, who has produced several hundred different portable applications for the Windows operating system, has now launched their first Android app called Wifi Collector. As its name implies, the app enables you to gather data about the wireless networks in your vicinity. But apart from that, it also determines its exact location coordinates via your device’s GPS, and exports the same to HTML, CSV, tab-determined, or Google Earth supported files. The app offers a simple and clean Holo-inspired UI and runs flawlessly even on low-end Android phones and tablets. Read More