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16
Mar

Popcorn Chef : Minimalistic Design, Addictive Gameplay [Review]


Overview We often think that in order for a game to be interesting and captivating, there must be a complexity of gameplay, controls or something in the game. Popcorn Chef has captured

16
Mar

Buy one Samsung fast wireless charging pad and get another for free


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Samsung is offering a free fast wireless charging pad when you purchase one, meaning you get two for the price of one. The deal, which is a limited time offer, is great for anyone with one of Samsung’s latest phones, like the Galaxy S7. Since you are getting one for free, you can keep one at home and one in the office, allowing you to keep your phone charging quickly where ever you may be.

If you’re interested in this offer, you won’t want to wait too long. The deal runs now through March 19, and all you have to do is add one to your cart and the free one will be automatically added to your cart. Samsung’s fast charging wireless pad is more expensive than others at $69, but getting two for the price of one makes it easier to shell out the money.

See at Samsung

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16
Mar

Be King of the Sea with this week’s Wallpaper Wednesday


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Don’t let your home screen fall into a rut — switch out your wallpaper!

You don’t have to pull out a complex new theme like Deadpool to bring a breath of fresh air to your home screen. A new wallpaper can do wonders, and launchers like Action Launcher can re-theme your entire home screen around a good wallpaper. In our effort to help brighten your device — and maybe your day — we’re compiling some wallpapers for you to try out.

If you’ve got a wallpaper you use everywhere, share it in the comments below! We’re always looking for something new. Now get your wallpaper picker ready and see what’s in store this week.

Chain Links by obeyyourmaster

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We forge the chains we wear in life.

Chain Links is a mesmerizing wallpaper, and it can symbolize a few different things, depending on the eye of the beholder. The chains are all connected, just as we all are connected in mysterious ways. The chains take more than one shape, just as the chains on our own lives take different forms. They also remind me a bit of the Olympic rings, and we should start hyping ourselves up for Rio soon, shouldn’t we?

Chain Links by obeyyourmaster

The Magic by Catalin-Geani

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**We have slipped the surly bonds of Earth and touched the face of god…*

Sometimes in life we need a reminder that we’re just tiny pieces of a much later world. While The Magic can definitely put things in perspective, the breathtaking wonder in this spacescape doesn’t make us feel small. It just makes us wish that Spacex could take us up and let us see anything half this beautiful right now.

The Magic by Catalin-Geani

Someday by alicexz

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Out of the sea… wish I could be…

This breathtaking scene is warm, inviting, and captivating. It just makes you want to turn on the soundtrack, forget the hassle of the human world for a few minutes, and savor all the whatchamacallits and thingamabobs in your collection.

Someday by alicexz

The White Tree of Gondor by EchoLeader

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The beacons of Minas Tirith! The beacons are lit!

We may not be getting any more Lord of the Rings movies for a while, but that doesn’t mean we can’t wear our Tolkien love proudly. This wallpaper is refined enough to keep on a work phone, even, but your fellow book-loving co-workers will recognize it easily enough. Besides, how often do you find blue leather wallpapers?

iMORE ONLY: EchoLeader has done some stellar wallpapers in the past, and he often includes both regular and Parallax-optimized versions of his wallpapers.

The White Tree of Gondor by EchoLeader

King of Atlantis by thelincdesign

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Outrageous!!

That’s right, I picked an Aquaman wallpaper. You know why? Because Aquaman’s a badass. His skin is nearly impenetrable, he’s as physically strong as Superman, he rules a vast kingdom with a large army, can control massive predators like sharks and killer whales, and he’s got a trident. A trident! Yes, we’re gonna get a taste of the Zack Snyder universe’s Aquaman in a few weeks, but that’s grungy Aquaman. And Aquaman can be awesome without being grungy. On that note, I’m gonna go watch some Aquaman and Atom shenanigans in Batman Brave and the Bold.

King of Atlantis by thelincdesign

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16
Mar

NekTeck’s USB-C cables are just $5.99 at Amazon


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NekTeck is currently offering two of its USB-C cables for just $5.99 on Amazon and no coupon code is even needed. One of them is a braided USB 2.0 cable, while the other is a USB 3.1 cable. Whether you are looking for a longer cable to charge your new Nexus, or a spare to keep around the office, you won’t want to miss this deal. These cables are ‘Benson approved,’ so you won’t have to worry about the quality or them negatively affecting your phone.

You can grab them at the link below, and be sure to pick up a couple so you can have them laying around.

  • USB 2.0 A to C cable at Amazon
  • USB 3.1 A to C cable at Amazon

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16
Mar

You can now search for all the things in our Android apps!


Our Android apps just got a whole lot better — and we’re not done yet!

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We’ve reached a pretty major milestone in the life of the Android Central app — you can now search for stories. And for forum threads. And for individual posts. Basically you can search for all the things.

app-search.gif?itok=L44A84SAAnd if it seems like this has been a long time coming, well, it has. When you’re working with custom apps and custom back-ends and all the various parts that go into this sort of thing, it can take a little while. But that’s also why we’re super excited to finally roll this out. And it’s not just for our app — the entire fleet of Mobile Nations apps has been updated.

If it’s been a while since you’ve updated — and we know there are a lot of you out there who don’t keep your apps updated like you should — then you might find a few more new features have made their way into production. We’ve got a floating action button to make commenting easier than ever. We’ve got app invites — so you can tell all your friends to use our apps! And we’ve got a ton of fixes behind the scenes. So be sure to update now!

What’s next, you ask? Plenty. We’ve got more under-the-hood fixes that need to be done. Notifications are still in the works. Expect a decent redesign at some point. We’ll update the podcast playback controls. And, of course, we’ll have more cowbell. (Do we have any cowbell currently? Note to self: More cowbell.)

As always, thanks for giving our apps a shot. They’re a great way to experience everything all of the Mobile Nations sites have to offer. If you’ve yet to try our apps, give ’em a shot! And if you have a free minute, we’d love for you to leave a review in Google Play. We read every one of them and reply to many — like it or not.

Now go forth and search!

Download the Android Central App today!!!

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16
Mar

Watch Jerry and Russell talk VR!


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Two guys in the woods with a Samsung Gear VR. What could go wrong?

We know there are plenty of folks out there who have only scratched the surface when it comes to virtual reality. Google Cardboard is a great basic entry point for those who have tried it, and it’s one of those experiences that leaves you wondering why anyone would bother spending more for other experiences when phones are getting better and better every day.

Recently we got a whole bunch of the Mobile Nations family in one place at the same time for something other than writing about phones, and when we should have been relaxing in between group tasks some of us decided to expose as many new people as possible to more advanced forms of VR. For us here at Android Central, that meant Russell exposing Jerry to the Samsung Gear VR for the first time. Phil decided the conversation that followed needed to be recorded, and so here we are. Enjoy!

Samsung Gear VR

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  • Gear VR review
  • Five Gear VR games that shouldn’t be missed
  • Inside Samsung’s Gear VR web browser
  • Gear VR vs. Google Cardboard
  • Where to buy Gear VR

Amazon AT&T Best Buy Samsung

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16
Mar

Take aim with Concealed Carry, Glockmeister, and the best firearms apps for Android


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Apps to help you get the most out of your firearms

We’ve all heard the term “there’s an app for that” at this point, right? If you’ve been wondering about apps that involve firearms, then boy oh boy do we have you covered. We went looking for the best firearms apps available on the Google Play Store and found everything from in-depth wikis on multiple firearms, to concealed carry laws by state in the U.S., to Auction houses.

There are tons of firearm-related apps on the Google Play Store. We grabbed a few of the best and most informative apps to get you folks started.

Let’s see what Android has to offer in terms of firearms!

Concealed Carry

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Concealed Carry Weapon Laws is a really cut-and-dry app, without any pretty pictures to distract you. That’s because it serves a very real purpose — to keep you educated on what the concealed-carry laws are in the United States, on a state-by-state basis since each state issues concealed-carry permits differently. Some will allow you to bring your firearms just about anywhere while others will place limits on your armed movement. Knowing the law is never a bad thing, especially when a deadly weapon is involved.

The breakdown of each state’s laws is very clear and easy to read. It’s all set up in a format that highlights in green for areas where you can have your firearm legally concealed, and red for areas where you can’t. The information you get also includes whether that state issues concealed carry permits at all, and which other states will honor that permit. While there is a ton of information here, we have to stress that you should always check with local law enforcement if you are unsure about anything pertaining to your concealed carry permit in a new area.

Download Concealed Carry Weapon Laws (Free)

Gunbroker.com

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If you’ve ever spent time searching for that perfect firearm to complete your collection, or have tried to find a buyer for a particular firearm, then this app is for you. Gunbroker.com is one of the world’s largest online auction houses for firearms and accessories. There are thousands of listings with everything from a 1953 Winchester model 94 to a Browning Buckmark Camper URX to choose from.

To bid or purchase anything you’ll need to create an account. Gunbroker.com also has a fantastic search function, allowing you to look up by seller name, UPC code, or category. One of the best parts of their search, by far, is that you can use it to find local firearms dealers close to home. These are always verified businesses, and will show you exactly on a map where they are in conjunction to you. For anyone who has moved to a new area and wants to find a reputable firearms dealer in their new neighborhood, this is a real boon.

Download Gunbroker.com (Free)

Glockmeister

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Glockmeister’s Build-a-GLOCK is an app that really goes above and beyond in some of its implementation. You can build a customized virtual Glock with all the add-ons you could want. The other features are far more interesting though, because they involve a mini-game that lets you disassemble and then reassemble the gun. It becomes educational, especially if you are introducing someone new to a firearm and want to explain how everything works.

The Build-a-GLOCK has a few flaws, primarily the size of the text on your screen. To really get the best experience out of the game, and to keep ads from taking over your screen when building a customized Glock, you definitely want to load this one up on your Android tablet. The mini-game side of things is really well done, allowing you to manipulate the firearm to clearly see just how everything fits together. It makes this app a great resource for education about firearms as well.

Download Glockmeister’s Build-a-GLOCK (Free)

Weaphones

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Weaphones is a firearm simulator game for your phone, that lets you access dozens of different firearms. Rather than a simulator where you’ll just mindlessly fire a gun, Weaphones aims to teach you how it works. You’ll see how each different firearm is loaded — and you can’t fire it until it is — along with how quickly they fire.

There are options to play with here as well. You can flip the firearm to a lefty grip, change the scale, or even get hints for reloading the firearm. If you just want to be able to fire a gun simulator you can also enable options like unlimited ammo, auto reload, and smoke effects. There are several different versions of the Weaphones simulator, in the free versions you get access to just a few weapons each day. If you want access to the full catalog you can just pick up the paid version of the same app.

Download Weaphones (Free)

iGunPro

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iGun Pro – The Original Gun App markets itself as the original gun app. This simulator gives you access to hundreds of different firearms — all of which can be fired, reloaded, and chambered. On top of being able to scope out these firearms up close, there is a full wiki on each one that gives you their history and origin.

To access every weapon in the arsenal of iGun Pro you’ll need to upgrade, but you get access to plenty of firearms with the free version of the app as well. Each firearm has a full menu. You can get information on the firearm that includes it’s origin and service history, or check out a wiki for more in depth information. In options you can enable slow motion when firing the firearm, as well as adjusting the recoil and shell speed. Each time you log in you’ll also earn coins which can be used to purchase more firearms within the app without spending real money — although as we mentioned, that is an option as well.

Download iGunPro (Free)

There are dozens of apps that concern firearms on the Google Play Store, and we barely scratched the surface with the ones we talked about today. So we want to know, is there a firearm app that we missed? Let us know about it in the comments below!

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16
Mar

The challenges of creating games for virtual reality


Virtual reality games are fun and immersive, but making them exciting and interesting can be a challenge. This is especially so for traditional game developers who have had to learn a new way of creating games that demand a whole new set of skills and user design. We had a chance to ask a few developers just what those challenges are at an Oculus Game Day event recently. Check out our video above to find just what they are and how they hope to get better at it.

16
Mar

Pope Francis is starting his own Instagram account


The Catholic church under Pope Francis is already quick to use the internet to spread its message, but it’s about to kick things up a notch: the Vatican has announced that the Pope will launch his own Instagram account, “Franciscus,” on March 19th. It’s not certain what he’ll be snapping, but it’s likely that it’ll take a different approach than the Vatican’s existing Instagram account. The big question is whether or not the Pope will take photos himself — it’d be great to see a few papal selfies as Lent winds to a close, but we won’t be shocked if it mostly amounts to others posting on his behalf.

Via: TechCrunch

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16
Mar

Best Apple Watch apps to streamline your family life


With plenty of apps available on iTunes these days, the Apple Watch can potentially revolutionise interactions by extending phone features to our wrist and making them more efficient. And beyond the situations early adopters took their phones through, a rigorous test of the latest and most useful apps, we feel, is how they can help you cope with a busy family life.

Technology must sink or swim here by the delivery of genuine value to warrant the precious time and money invested in setting it up. As with any tech, the hardware may be beautiful but it’s only as good as its software.

Here therefore are five Apple Watch apps that have made a real difference to our family life – for a number of reasons – and why you should consider downloading them to your Watch too.

Apple

Workflow

Available here: iTunes

Workflow offers deep configurable access to all sorts of iPhone and Apple Watch features. The big benefit here is automation. Drag and drop a series of functions to line-up, manage and achieve everyday tasks at the press of a button.

On the Apple Watch, you can achieve all manner of things using just one tap on an action, from scheduling calendar events based on your current location, tracking expenses or quiz Google to translate a phrase.

Even a scenario as obscure as sending a text message to your spouse to let her know when you’ll be home when on a run is achievable. Simply tap a “Workflow Complication”, and it can automatically get your current location, calculate how far it is to get home and generate an estimated time of arrival based on your average running speed.

This can then be bundled into an iMessage to your wife’s contact number together with your current address. It can even add what what music you’re listening to. For example, “I’m at 17 Broadway Street, listening to Coldplay, and will be home in 21 minutes.”

The watch does all that work for you at the tap of a button, and it totally feels like the future.

AppleApple Watch Currency

Currency

Available here: iTunes

Whether you are travelling as a family or simply purchasing products from other territories, being able to quickly convert currency on your wrist is a godsend. You can customise the display settings such as text and flag size as well as row height.

It’s not a complicated addition to the Apple Watch but is another reason to keep your phone in your pocket and let the Watch do the work for you. This is even handier when shopping overseas as you don’t have to keep pulling your phone out to check the price. And of course this is all based on live exchange rates.

There’s a free version with ads or a Pro version that’s ad-free.

AppleApple Watch Sleep++

Sleep++

Available here: iTunes

The Apple Watch is a device perfectly suited to tracking how you sleep, and in a busy family life it’s important to get as much effective rest as you can. Sleep++ is an app you run on your Watch through the night and it records your movements. It charts how well you are sleeping.

Unlike some other apps, Sleep++ manages to avoid draining your battery too much in the process. The data is divided into different levels of sleep to give you a map of these periods through the night.

A nice touch is the option to include the sleep data in Apple’s Healthkit so that it can be accessed by other apps for a broader picture of your health and wellbeing.

We’d like the app to add tracking of your heart rate through the night as well as movement but perhaps this would drain the battery too much. As it stands this is a well designed app that will enable tired parents to make the most of the time in bed they have each night.

AppleApple Watch PCalc

PCalc

Available here: iTunes

This is a nice addition to the wrist of any parent for a number of reasons. Not only does it recall 1980’s Casio calculator wristwatches but it can be invaluable for helping with homework. Being able to tap out a quick sum on your wrist means you don’t have to reach for your phone when helping the children with their Maths.

It’s also useful when out and about and has some nice built-in features. The tip calculator may have more of a US audience in mind, but is still a helpful way to split the bill and include different levels of tips when eating out.

At £7.99 it might not be the cheapest calculator app but the combination of iPhone and Apple Watch features you get for your money make this an essential for families.

AppleApple Watch Fantastical 2

Fantastical 2

Available here: iTunes

Of course, keeping track of the comings and goings of family members is another important part of family life. While the built-in Apple Watch calendar is pretty good there’s simply no beating the streamlined interface and smart interactions of Fantastical 2.

This has long been a top rated iPhone calendar app and now provides access via an Apple Watch interface too. The Watch provides a variety of different views to important calendar information as well as a variety of ways to quickly add and update this information.

The overview display provides a colour-coded schedule of important events and reminders. Creating new reminders is easy by adding events that start with the words “reminder”, “to-do”, “task”, or “remind me to”.

This is designed to work in collaboration with the iPhone app and achieves this well. Setting up complex repeating events and reminders will still be something you do on the iPhone but once configured you can keep track of your family by simply raising your wrist.

Conclusion

Although many have said the Apple Watch is without a killer app, for families there are a number that make a big difference. Chief of these is the customisable automation of Workflow. It’s the sort of technology you didn’t know you needed – but once you’ve tried it it’s impossible to live without.

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