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Jan

Evernote shutting down support for BlackBerry 7 and PlayBook


For those of you who might still be using Evernote on your BlackBerry 7 device or BlackBerry PlayBook, Evernote has now announced they’ll be discontinuing support on those platforms while BlackBerry 10 support is still ongoing.

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20
Jan

NianticLabs ‘Field Trip’ app gets the Material Design treatment in complete overhaul update


Google has a slew of apps on the Play Store and other app stores around the technological ecosystem. Inside the Mountain View giant is a set of smaller, but equally wonderful, branches that do their own things. NianticLabs is one such group and while their first app, Field Trip, might not ring too many bells, […]

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20
Jan

Khan Academy brings its online course catalog to the iPad


The New York Times Schools For Tomorrow Conference

Despite having an iOS app for some time now, Khan Academy hasn’t offered the full range of course material on those mobile devices. With an update today, though, eager learners can access the company’s full range of courses on an iPad. The new version brings 150,000 exercises to the mobile device, with the opportunity to get instant feedback. Khan Academy’s iOS software got some slate-specific tools too, including handwriting recognition and a “friendly guide” that observes your response time to suggest activities that’ll help you get better at the tough questions. There aren’t any plans to bring the app to Android or Windows yet, as the e-learning provider says iPad is it’s most popular platform behind the desktop experience. However, folks with one of Apple’s tablets can nab the update from iTunes now.

[Photo credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The New York Times]

Filed under: Internet, Software

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Source: The Verge, iTunes

20
Jan

T-Mobile is attracting new customers and retaining existing ones


John Legere

Earlier this month, T-Mobile recapped 2014 and proved to everyone that consumers are very much aware of the carrier’s advantages. T-Mobile does trail behind the other carrier’s in a few areas such as size, but there is one area that no one else can beat. When it comes to attracting new customers and retaining existing ones, T-Mobile is the winner. Research firm Consumer Intelligence Partners (CIRP) discovered that the amount of consumers feeling won over by T-Mobile was much greater than by Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint. Among the big four carriers, T-Mobile’s percentage of new customers and retained customers was unrivaled.

Via: CNET

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20
Jan

‘123456’ Named 2014’s Worst Password of the Year


Despite the multitude of password management apps that are available, like 1Password and LastPass, many people continue to use easily guessable words and number strings to protect their sensitive information.

One of the most popular passwords in 2014, for example, was “123456,” according to a list of leaked 2014 passwords gathered by SplashData (via Re/code). The second most used password was “password,” followed by “12345,” “12345678,” and “qwerty.” Both “123456” and “password” have also been popular in past years, ranking as the top two most commonly used passwords in 2013.

Similar number strings were the sixth and seventh most popular 2014 passwords, followed by the words “baseball,” “football,” and “dragon.”

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“Passwords based on simple patterns on your keyboard remain popular despite how weak they are,” said Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData. “Any password using numbers alone should be avoided, especially sequences. As more websites require stronger passwords or combinations of letters and numbers, longer keyboard patterns are becoming common passwords, and they are still not secure.”

To get its list of the worst passwords in 2014, its fourth annual year of collecting password data, SplashData looked at more than 3.3 million passwords that were leaked across 2014. Passwords came primarily from users in North America and Western Europe.

Based on the data that it gathered, SplashData recommends against using keyboard sequences like “1qaz2wsx” or “qwertyuiop,” and it advises users not to use a favorite sport. Baseball and football made the top 10 list of most common passwords, while hockey, soccer, and golfer were in the top 100. Team-based passwords like Yankees, Eagles, Steelers, Rangers, and Lakers also made the top 100 list.

Birthdays and birth years are also not recommended, nor are names, with common monikers like Michael, Jennifer, Thomas, and Jordan listed within the top 50 most commonly used passwords. Swear words, phrases, hobbies, athletes, car brands, and film names were also heavily featured in SplashData’s top 100 list.

Using a password management app like SplashID, 1Password, or LastPass is highly recommended, to generate random passwords that are used for a single site and that are more secure than self-generated words, numbers, and phrases.

Widely publicized data leaks across 2013 and 2014 seem to have spurred more people to choose stronger passwords, as the top 25 passwords represented just 2.2 percent of passwords exposed. Along with the well-known iCloud breach, many companies including Home Depot, Target, and Staples saw major data leaks.



20
Jan

Google wants the US’ wireless spectrum for balloon-based internet


Google's Project Loon

Google’s internet-by-air effort, Project Loon, isn’t necessarily limited to countries where data coverage is frequently spotty; it might be headed to the US, too. The search firm recently sent a letter to the FCC suggesting that potentially available high-frequency spectrum (above 24GHz) should be handy for providing “broadband access via airborne platforms” like balloons and drones, not just on-the-ground networking. In other words, it’s open to deploying Project Loon stateside beyond limited test runs.

This doesn’t amount to a launch roadmap, and Google isn’t commenting on the letter. However, the idea is technically feasible. Improvements to wireless technology have made ultra-wideband wireless useful for networking where it was previously restricted to very short-range uses, like PC peripherals. The FCC will still have to parcel out these frequencies before companies like Google can even consider using them. All the same, the letter hints at a future where rural Americans don’t have to lean on expensive satellite connections (or get lucky with cable, DSL and fiber rollouts) to receive high-speed internet access.

Filed under: Networking, Internet, Google

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Via: Wall Street Journal

Source: FCC (PDF)

20
Jan

Free Music: Google gives Mötley Crüe’s The Greatest Hits album as a freebie


There is something magical about bolstering you music collection for free, and legally. If you were an 80’s child, or grew up in the 80’s then Mötley Crüe most likely had some playtime in your life. I know they hit my CD collection back in the day right along Led Zeppelin and Van Halen. If you […]

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20
Jan

Gameloft announces Dungeon Hunter 5 for release later this year


Gameloft is constantly expanding their portfolio of titles for mobile gamers everywhere. They recently released Brothers in Arms 3 for the third-person style shooters out there and a match-3 puzzle adventure called Puzzle Pets is set for January 22nd. Now we get a brief look at the 5th installment of the Dungeon Hunter series from […]

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20
Jan

HP announces new Pro Slate 12, Pro Slate 8 and Pro Slate 10 EE along with Duet Pen


Earlier this morning HP held a webcast announcement for some products that will be joining their portfolio. Among the news a new set of slates will be making an appearance sporting Android 4.4 KitKat, of course. The big dog on the block will be the Pro Slate 12. As the name suggests, it will be […]

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20
Jan

11 best Android hack and slash games


soulcraft best hack and slash games for Android
Hack and slash games bring out the primal fun in video games. The simplicity of the button mashing and the satisfaction of mowing down hundreds of adversaries is one of the core experiences of early video games. The good news is that it can be had on Android with these awesome Android hack and slash games.


Dungeon Hunter 4 best Android hack and slash gamesDungeon Hunter 4

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
First on our list is Dungeon Hunter 4. It’s actually an RPG game but utilizes hack and slash mechanics much like you would see in a Diablo game. You can choose between four characters, each with their own set of skills and abilities. In true hack and slash form, there are hundreds upon hundreds of enemies and bosses for you to defeat. It also features PVP, online co-op, and plenty of stuff to do.
Get it on Google Play


Dungeon Quest best Android hack and slash gamesDungeon Quest

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Dungeon Quest is another action RPG that plays like a hack and slash game. The graphics are reminiscent of something like Dungeon Defenders on PC and the look and feel of the game is similar to Gauntlet Legends mixed with Diablo. There are 200 floors in the dungeon that you must conquer which amounts to a decent amount of game play. You can play as a rogue, wizard, or a warrior and there are specific sets of skills and items for each one. The game also features leaderboards so you can track your progress against friends.
Get it on Google Play


Eternity Warriors best Android hack and slash gamesEternity Warriors 3

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Eternity Warriors 4 is a seriously popular game with over five million installations. It’s billed as an MMORPG but has more than its fair share of hacking and slashing. It has more MMORPG elements than most with guilds, co-op, and PVP but at the root of it, you’re still playing as a character who is battling hoards of bad guys. There are four kingdoms to explore, three character classes, powerful abilities, and lots of fun to be had.
Get it on Google Play


hail to the king deathbat best Android hack and slash gamesHail to the King: Deathbat

[Price: $4.99 with in app purchases]
Hail to the King: Deathbat is a hack and slash game that is officially sanctioned by Avenged Sevenfold and they even did the soundtrack for it. Awesome soundtrack aside, the game also features some cursory RPG elements, massive levels, a nightmare mode for more hardcore players, and a creepy story line. It boasts 10-12 hours of game play which is apparently doubled if you decide to take on nightmare mode. It’s simple but fun and the soundtrack is pretty decent.
Get it on Google Play


inotia 4 best Android hack and slash gamesInotia 4

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
The Inotia series is a long time favorite of Android gamers because it’s been around for a long time. In Inotia 4, you can play as six different classes across 400 maps and you can even recruit mercenaries to help you along. Much like others on the list, this also has RPG elements so your character levels up and learns new abilities. The graphics are a bit more simple than other games but the button mashing and bad guy slaying is all still there.
Get it on Google Play


iron knights best Android hack and slash gamesIron Knights

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Iron Knights is a hack and slash game that gives you more of a hack and slash feel. There are RPG elements but the main focus here is duking it out with as many bad guys as humanly possible. The game features decent, colorful graphics, PVP mode, co-op mode, monster battle mode, and a whole bunch of loot. You can create parties of minions to summon to your aid whenever you need them and you can even summon your friends’ heroes if you need to.
Get it on Google Play


mage and minion best Android hack and slash gamesMage and Minions

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Mage and Minions is a hack and slash game with RPG elements and perhaps its best selling point is that it can be played totally offline. The story takes you from planet to planet as you battle Ragadam and his horde of evil minions. You’ll fight everything from skeletons to robots, alients, demons, and dragons. If you want something with a lot of variety and changes in scenery then this is probably your best bet. The game play mechanics are built for mobile which is always nice too.
Get it on Google Play


order & chaos online best Android hack and slash gamesOrder & Chaos Online

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Order & Chaos Online is one of the most popular MMORPG experiences available on Android. It has better character customization than most games and you can play with multiple characters. There are 2500 skills in total so the customization factor is really good. There is also hack and slash game play, PVP, co-op, and 1200 quests you can enjoy. You can even get mounts. It’s a huge game with a lot of bad guys and a lot to do.
Get it on Google Play


ravensword shadowlands best android hack and slash gamesRavensword: Shadowlands

[Price: $6.99 with no in app purchases]
Ravensword: Shadowlands is a bit older of a game but it’s still an inviting experience. It supports controllers which is for those who use hardware controllers. It also has decent graphics, a long story, and even some smaller things like the ability to change from first person to third person perspective. The combat system is a bit more involved than most and requires a block-then-strike style but there are still a ton of enemies for you to cut down.
Get it on Google Play


soulcraft 2 best Android hack and slash gamesSoulcraft 2

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Soulcraft 2 is the next iteration of the popular Soulcraft title from way back when. In this hack and slash title, you battle tons of beasts to save the world. You can also play online or totally offline. The choice is yours. You have seven characters to choose between and the developers have promised that two additional races will be added eventually. The hack and slash mechanics are pretty basic but really isn’t that what the genre is all about?
Get it on Google Play


zenonia 5 best Android hack and slash gamesZenonia 5

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
The Zenonia series joins the Inotia series as one of those game series that Android gamers have been playing for years. Zenonia 5 is the latest iteration and it features most of the fun of the prior titles. The graphics are a bit more simple than others but the mechanics for a good hack and slash are there and they’re solid. You can choose between four heroes and engage in both online and offline play including a PVP mode. There are also hundreds of side quests.
Get it on Google Play


Wrap up

If we missed any great Android hack and slash games, please let us know in the comments!

To see our complete list of Android apps and games lists, click here!

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