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Oct

Avoid the wrath of Zeus with Sisyphus Job (App Review)


There are a slew of various “endless runners” available on the Play Store nowadays. Of course everyone knows about the popular ones like Temple Run, Sonic Dash, and Subway Surfers, however there are still a lot of lesser-known games that are just as fun. We are taking a look at one of these options, by the name of Sisyphus Job.

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Overview

Sisyphus Job is an endless runner where you play as Sisyphus, the son of King Aeolus of Greece. You are trying to avoid the wrath of Zeus at all costs, while avoiding other obstacles that may pop up on your adventure.

Sisyphus, the one who defied the gods, put Death in chains so that no human needed to die. When Death was eventually liberated and it came time for Sisyphus himself to die, he concocted a deceit which let him escape from the underworld. Finally captured, the gods decided on his punishment for all eternity. He would have to push a boulder up a mountain, upon reaching the top, the boulder would roll down again, leaving Sisyphus to start over.

Setup

Setting up Sisyphus Job is pretty simple and straight-forward. Download the app for free from the Play Store, start ‘er up, and you’ll be thrust into the game. The first time you run through Sisyphus Job, you’ll be given a bit of a tutorial about how to avoid various items while you’re trying to keep your distance from a boulder. This boulder is what you’re trying to avoid, due to the fact that once you are caught, Sisyphus is rolled over and the game is over.

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The controls for Sisyphus Job are pretty basic. Tap the left part of the screen to slide, while tapping the right side will make Sisyphus jump. While you’re in the air, you can make Sisyphus perform front-flips, which will add to your total points for the run. You can do this by tapping and holding the screen while Sisyphus is in the air. The two special moves that are available in the game are a double jump and sprint. You need to collect stamina that will run out when used.

Gameplay

Throughout the game, you will come across various obstacles, and tools that will help save you from Zeus’ wrath. Sisyphus will need to collect coins and stamina that will provide a speed boost to distance yourself from the boulder. As you go through, and play more, the coins you collect will be able to be used within the store to upgrade the gear that Sisyphus is using. You can upgrade various pieces of your armor, each with different attributes.

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Once you’ve upgraded Sisyphus to the best of your abilities, use those features to try and avoid Zeus and anything that is thrown at you throughout your travels. As mentioned above, once the boulder rolls over you, the game is done, and you’re high score will register so that you can compete with others around the world.

What We Like

  • Able to upgrade equipment
  • Attractive to history buffs
  • Obstacles keep things spicy
  • Objectives to keep you working for the top score

What We Don’t

  • Nothing, this is a great game

While Sisyphus Job is a bit off the wall, and not as well known as the other games on the Play Store, it’s definitely worth checking out. Especially when you consider the fact that it’s free, so you really have nothing to lose. Hit the Play Store widget below to help Sisyphus avoid the wrath of Zeus, and let us know your high scores in the comments.

The post Avoid the wrath of Zeus with Sisyphus Job (App Review) appeared first on AndroidGuys.

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22
Oct

LG G Flex 2 now VERY affordable on eBay


The LG G Flex 2 was announced back at CES 2015 and hit US carriers later in the spring with a subtle curved 5.5 inch 1080p display and was one of the first phones to be powered by the Snapdragon 810 processor.

Now, the phone is being offered by eBay seller qualitysellz for a staggering $249.99 with FREE shipping. The seller has a 99.3% user feedback and has currently sold more than half of its remaining inventory. The item description is listed below:

“New: A brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item in its original packaging (where packaging is applicable). Packaging should be the same as what is found in a retail store, unless the item is handmade or was packaged by the manufacturer in non-retail packaging, such as an unprinted box or plastic bag. See the seller’s listing for full details.”

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The model being sold is the 32GB Platinum Silver model and the listing shows it is only compatible with AT&T as a carrier.

With such a low price, will you be picking up LG’s curved phone? Check out our review of the G Flex 2 first

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22
Oct

18.4 inch Galaxy View images leaked


Samsung has a very large tablet in the works for people in need of a much bigger screen. An FCC filing was released a couple weeks ago showing some of the tablet’s design including dual speakers on the back of the device, and the apparent mid-ranged specifications that would suggest this tablet to be relatively affordable.

Now, we have a ton of images finally showing the front-side of the device in leaked promotional images. The most obvious change in this tablet compared to Samsung’s other tablets, besides the size, is the lack of it’s classic physical home button that Samsung has used since the Galaxy S3. Samsung will use Android’s onscreen navigation keys instead for convenience purposes, seeing how large the tablet is.

These images also highlight the tablet’s foldable back cover that allows the tablet to stand upright. The back cover shows an area near the top that’s open, possibly allowing the tablet to be hung on a wall. It’s apparent that Samsung wants this device to act as a house-hold necessity, and inferring that the Galaxy View will act as a mobile TV in the house or an electronic photo frame. The tablet also has an HD front-facing camera for video calls capable of 1080p recording.

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Source: SamMobile 

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22
Oct

Elon Musk responds to Consumer Reports’ Tesla Model S downgrade


Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is good at looking on the bright side of things, from space travel to clean energy and even people getting fired. After Consumer Reports revoked its “recommended” rating for the Tesla Model S this week, noting a “worse-than-average overall problem rate,” Musk went on the optimistic offensive in a few tweets. Musk noted that the Consumer Reports reliability survey included “a lot of early production cars” with issues that have been fixed in newer models. He added, “97 of owners expect their next car to be a Tesla (the acid test).”

Source: @elonmusk

22
Oct

Facebook expands search to all 2 trillion of its posts



Facebook announced on Thursday that it will expand its search function to include every publically-available post in its archive, not just those of your friends and liked Pages. But this won’t simply be a firehose of information, Facebook will reportedly segregate and stack results depending on the source.

Via: TechCrunch

Source: Facebook

22
Oct

NASA’s Space Launch System inches even closer to flight


NASA has been toiling away on its heavy-lifting Space Launch System since around 2011, and now those rocket plans have taken another giant leap toward actual usability. The Administration announced earlier today that one of the SLS’s three main configurations has successfully gone through its critical design review phase, two months after the program turned in its official findings to an independent review board.

Source: NASA.gov

22
Oct

How Twitter helped make the ‘Archer’ pinball game a reality


Pinball FX creator Zen Studios released a bundle this week featuring tables from Archer, Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers and American Dad. The pack, called Balls of Glory, is available now across PS3, PS4, Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Windows 10, Steam, Android and iOS (whew). And all of this exists because of a tweet, as Zen Studios VP of Publishing Mel Kirk explains.

22
Oct

The Wirecutter’s best deals: Canon’s G7 X, Nikon binoculars, and more!


This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer’s guide to the best technology. Read their continuously updated list of deals at TheWirecutter.com.

You may have already seen Engadget posting reviews from our friends at The Wirecutter. Now, from time to time, we’ll also be publishing their recommended deals on some of their top picks. Read on, and strike while the iron is hot — some of these sales could expire mighty soon.

22
Oct

Apple Supports Anti-Bullying Campaign With New iOS 9.1 Emoji Symbol


In betas of iOS 9.1 and OS X 10.11.1, Apple added a mysterious emoji symbol consisting of an eye inside of a speech bubble. At the time, it was not clear what purpose the mystery emoji served, but as Wired points out, it’s Apple’s way of supporting an anti-bullying campaign launched today by the Ad Council.

The “I Am A Witness” digital anti-bullying campaign aims to empower teenagers to speak up whenever they see bullying, with the emoji Apple implemented serving as a way to show support for someone who is being bullied.


Two designers at ad agency Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, Angie Elko and Patrick Knowlton, came up with the eye-in-a-speech bubble symbol, and then the ad agency approached Apple to add it as an emoji to the Apple Keyboard. According to Goodby art director Hanna Wittmark, Apple was a fan of the symbol.

“When we first asked about bringing this emoji to the official Apple keyboard, they told us it would take at least a year or two to get it through and approved under Unicode,” says Wittmark. The company found a way to fast-track it, she says, by combining two existing emoji.

To create the new anti-bullying emoji, Apple combined the eye emoji with the left speech bubble emoji using what’s called a Zero Width Joiner, described on Emojipedia as a unicode character that’s able to join two or more characters together. It’s also used in emoji like the family, combining Man, Woman, Girl, and Boy emoji to create a single character emoji.

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The emoji is a key symbol in the campaign and is available on iPhones running iOS 9.1 and Macs running OS X 10.11.1. The dedicated “I Am A Witness” website asks teens to use the emoji or a specially created “I Am A Witness third-party keyboard to call out bullying.

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In addition to Apple, several other tech companies are also supporting the new campaign, including Adobe, Facebook, Google, YouTube, and Twitter, with each of these providing customized content on their respective platforms.


22
Oct

Sony will fix the touch input error on the Xperia Z5 Compact next week


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For the past couple of weeks, the Internet has been flooded with reports from Xperia Z5 Compact owners complaining that the touch input system on their handset has suddenly stopped functioning. Today, Sony acknowledged the issue by affirming that it is, in fact, a software-related problem, which it hopes to have fixed by Monday, October 26.

Here’s what Sony had to say on the matter:

“Sony Mobile is committed to providing the highest standards of product quality and customer service for all of our products. We are aware of reports of a limited number of customers experiencing touch input issues on their  Xperia Z5 Compact devices. By gathering information and analysing returned devices we have found the root cause and will release a new software to improve the user experience.”

Xperia Z5 Compact owners, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the update, which should start rolling out next Wednesday.

Source: Sony

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