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Dec

Google Play’s Change the Game is here to empower women in mobile gaming


In an effort to shed light on the underrepresentation of women in mobile gaming — within the industry, culture, and marketing — Android and Google Play are working to push forth impactful initiatives to help make a change. Next in the lineup is Change the Game — an interactive online experience that walks you through the relationship between women and mobile games in the United States.

Past initiatives have included Google’s series of summer camps called Girls Make Games, where young girls learned about programming and game design. Another was a mobile game development program, through which the winners were given all the resources needed to make their games a reality on Google Play.

Before launching Change the Game, product leads behind the initiative wanted to first learn more about the experiences and perceptions of female mobile players. With little research available on the subject, they partnered with gaming intelligence provider Newzoo to gather data and reach out to experts.

“It was really important for us to look at everything holistically. So, because there are so many different complex challenges when we’re talking about where we are right now, we wanted to be really careful that we weren’t drawing conclusions about women as a whole … rather, taking one step back and putting it in context of culture, and history of the industry,” Google product marketing manager Kate Brennan told Digital Trends.

The study found that not only do 65 percent of women in the U.S. play mobile games, but 43 percent of them play more than five days a week — compared to 38 percent of men. Most of the women that make up these statistics use mobile gaming as a way to relieve stress or as a form of entertainment and relaxation while at home.

Change the Game will act as a hub that hosts all of the information pertaining to women in mobile in gaming — from the research, to a short film, and specifically curated games on the Google Play Store. The data that’s currently available is only the first step, with plans on continuing to build and publish additional research on the site in the future.

When you arrive on the Change the Game website, you’ll see a link to “play the game.” Once you click on it, you’ll be brought to the interactive experience, where you’ll have an avatar to move through different worlds and learn about all the research that was found.

When you’re done playing and back on the landing page, there will be a link to the short film put together. It ultimately celebrates all types of women, and encourages viewers to be a part of the game — regardless of age, size, race, or sexual orientation.

There’s also collection of games that include female protagonists on Google Play’s Indie Corner. Ranging from Monument Valley 2 to Lumino City, each game puts the female front and center.

It’s no secret that women are commonly placed as secondary characters in gaming, which makes it tough for females to find a game to become invested in. While this initiative won’t be revolutionary in changing the mobile gaming industry as a whole, it’s definitely a step in the right direction.

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7
Dec

LG will sell only 300 ‘super premium’ Signature Edition smartphones


LG has launched a “super premium” version of the LG V30 under its “Signature” brand.

LG has previously only used the Signature branding on its TVs and fridges, and this marks the first time that we’ve seen this used on one of their smartphones. Priced at an eye-watering 2 million won ($1,800), the LG Signature Edition‘s price is higher than what you’d expect to pay for an iPhone X in Korea (1.63 million won), which we’d assume makes it a pretty tough sell.

According to the company’s post, the Signature Edition is made from the highest quality materials, akin to what you’d expect to find in the world’s finest watches. One of the materials is zirconium ceramic, and the company expects the ceramic body to keep the phone scratch-free for a long time. If it’s anything like the ceramic on the Essential Phone, it should do just that.

Customers have the option to have their name engraved on the back of the phone, for that truly unique smartphone. But if you’ve got your eye on one, you’d best your skates on — there are only 300 in existence, and stock won’t be replenished once those have been sold. It’s also available in black and white color variants, and with this little stock, make sure you’re happy with your choice.

Aside from the build materials, the innards of the phone are a copy of the LG V30. The Snapdragon 835 processor joins 6GB of RAM, a 6-inch OLED FullVision display, and 256GB of storage. As you’d hope, it’s running the latest Android 8.0 Oreo build, and comes with IP68 water-resistance. The camera that we loved in our LG V30 review is still here, and it comes with a free pair of B&O headphones in the box.

Despite some strong smartphones recently, LG has had an issue with their mobile division consistently failing to post a profit, and this move may be part of a “Hail Mary” play to revitalize the company’s place in the South Korean market following a reshuffle that saw the mobile section change focus and become more cost-effective. While the sale of a few hundred premium smartphones is unlikely to push the mobile division into profit, Thermopylae showed the impact that a determined 300 units can have. Perhaps LG is hoping for a similar reaction.

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7
Dec

Protect your iPhone 6 from spills, splashes with the best waterproof cases


It would have been nice if Apple had made the iPhone 6 or 6S and the 6 or 6S Plus waterproof, or at least water resistant. One of the most common culprits for smartphone damage is liquids. Phones get dunked in the toilet, dropped in puddles, and have drinks spilled all over them. You can take your chances, or you can shop for water resistant or waterproof iPhone 6 cases. These waterproof cases will fit the iPhone 6S, too.

If it’s drop protection or a new style you’re after, then check out our best iPhone 6S cases roundup. You may also want to upgrade to one of the best waterproof phones.

Pelican Marine Case ($20)

This is a really tough case from a trusted name in case technology. The Pelican Marine scores an IP68 rating, which means it can be submerged in water up to 6.6 feet for half an hour. It’s also very rugged, meeting military drop test standard 810G. The five-layer protection includes shock absorbing elastomers, a polycarbonate shell, and a built-in screen protector. This case also adds grip, Touch ID still works, and though it completely covers the iPhone 6S, Pelican has worked to ensure that the audio isn’t too distorted.

Available at:

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Dog & Bone Wetsuit Impact ($14+)

You’ll enjoy peace of mind with this case, even if your iPhone 6 or 6S is submerged in water. It has an IP68 rating, so it can survive under 6.6 feet of water for an hour. Bad weather and dirt are not a problem, either. The case improves grip and gives you solid military drop protection, should you manage to drop it. Like a lot of rugged cases with all-around protection, there are some issues with this one, but Dog & Bone has made significant improvements over its original waterproof case. Touch ID works better, and it’s easier to swipe from the sides or up from the bottom to open the Notification center. In case you’re wondering about the name, “dog and bone” is cockney rhyming slang for phone.

Available at:

Amazon

Catalyst Waterproof Case ($70)

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better option than this case from Catalyst, if you need something that can genuinely handle a dunk. This case is waterproof at up to 5 meters and boasts an IP68 rating. It also meets military standards for drop tests, so you can use your iPhone 6 outdoors with confidence, if it’s wrapped in one of these. Touch ID, buttons, and the touchscreen all work with the case on, and the ports are accessible via plugs, but not every cable is going to fit.

Available at:

Amazon

Lunatik Aquatik Case ($20)

The Lunatik Aquatik is one of the few, fully waterproof cases with a slim form factor, and a colorful design. This one is TouchID compatible and scores an IP68 rating, which means the case will, at minimum, protect your phone when submerged for up to 30 minutes in up to 3 feet of water. Lunatik has another, beefier case that’ll withstand higher impact falls, if it’s rugged protection you’re after.

Available at:

Amazon Lunatik

Lifeproof Fre Case ($30+)

One of the best waterproof iPhone 6 case manufacturers is Lifeproof (now owned by Otterbox), which has a reputation for delivering consistently dependable iPhone cases. The Fre has a scratch-resistant touchscreen cover and can also be submerged in up to 2 meters of water for up to an hour. For waterproof cases, Lifeproof is tough to beat on usability and style. You can pick this one up in a variety of different two-tone color combinations. It will also protect your iPhone 6 from snow, dirt, and drop damage.

Available at:

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Hitcase Pro for iPhone 6 ($62)

This case has a striking, angular look that adds serious bulk to your iPhone 6, but the Hitcase is designed to work in conjunction with a range of accessories, including lenses and different types of mounts. If you want to do some action filming, and use your iPhone 6 instead of a Go Pro, it could be worth a look. The case is very solid, offering waterproofing up to 33 feet (10 meters) and rugged drop protection. The hinge mechanism makes it easy to open and close. You can use your iPhone with the case on, but you’ll need to take it off, or use an adapter, for most chargers and headphones. You get the wide lens and “Railslide” mounting system with the case, though.

Available at:

Amazon Hitcase

Vansky Universal Waterproof Case ($8)

The unfortunate truth about the vast majority of waterproof cases, is that they negatively impact on usability. Technically, your iPhone 6 will work with the case on, but it’s going to be a little tougher to handle, a little less responsive, and slightly muffled. If you only need the waterproofing from time to time, you may be better served by a pouch design, like this one from Vansky. It’s a TPU pouch that will work with any smartphone. It has clear windows on either side, a secure locking mechanism up top, and an adjustable strap. The IPX8 rating means that it won’t provide any drop protection, but it will keep your iPhone dry up to depths of 100 feet (30 meters). You can also use your iPhone 6 in the pouch, but it’s definitely awkward.

Available at:

Amazon

Bessmate Underwater Case ($22)

Let’s be honest, the big attraction with this case from Bessmate is the surprisingly low price tag. It matches the IP68 rating that most waterproof iPhone 6 cases carry, which means dips at up to 6.6 feet (2 meters) for up to an hour should not be a problem. This case also promises to offer good drop protection, keeping your iPhone 6 safe, even at falls from 6.6 feet. It has the typical array of problems: Firm button covers, some impact on sound and touch sensitivity, and the need to be perfectly aligned when closing to ensure it’s really waterproof. It also has a kickstand on the back, but it’s pretty flimsy. Ultimately, the iPhone 6 is perfectly usable with the case on, and this offering is great value compared to some of the competition.

Available at:

Amazon

Optrix Body Glove Kit ($27)

This is another waterproof case that’s designed to turn your iPhone 6 into an adventure camera that you can use in all weathers. It includes a thin shell for your iPhone 6 with a larger waterproof case that it slides into easily. It clamps shut securely and offers waterproofing in depths of up to 33 feet (10 meters). It also carries an IP68 rating, and it has been drop tested at up to 20 feet (6 meters). You can screw in a range of different lenses, but it only comes with the normal and wide-angle varieties. There are also various mounts available, so you can attach it to anything, from a surfboard to a bike. It’s bulky, but you can use your phone with the case on.

Available at:

Amazon

Seidio Obex Waterproof Case ($70)

This is a bulky case with a holster attachment, which could be ideal for anyone who works outdoors. It meets 810F military drop test standards, so it offers rugged protection. It also has an IP68 rating, which means it can handle splashes and submersion. The problem with this case is that it impacts on sound quality. It also makes the iPhone harder to use, though, sadly, that’s something you can say about most protective cases.

Available at:

Amazon

Alternative water resistance solutions

If you don’t want to stick your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6S in a chunky waterproof or water-resistant case or bag, then you might consider another approach. You could get your iPhone treated with a liquid repellent coating that could save it in the event of a splash, spill, or even a dunk.

There’s a service called Impervious that sells kits. The exterior spray kit will guard against splashes, spills, and rain ($30 for iPhone 6/6S or 6/6S Plus), but it won’t safeguard your phone from submersion.

Update: Updated pricing and links, and removed discontinued cases. 

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7
Dec

Visa wants to give you instant gratification via sensory feedback when you pay


The only thing you feel these days when you swipe your credit card might be a bit of trepidation about how shocking your bill may be at the end of the month. And the only thing you may hear is the clink-clink of coins as they empty out of your coffers. But now, you may be able to have a different sensory experience when you spend your hard-earned dollars. Visa is introducing a new suite of sensory branding that hopes to make the act of swiping that plastic even more exciting than it may already be. Because who doesn’t like a bit of instant gratification?

Debuting as part of the credit card company’s global advertising campaign celebrating the Olympic Winter Games, these new sound, animation, and haptic cues will let customers know when they’ve completed a transaction. Because sometimes, an alert from your bank or a shopping bag just isn’t enough.

Oddly enough, it seems like sensory feedback on a transaction is something customers actually want. According to consumer research conducted across eight countries, 81 percent of respondents said they would have “a more positive perception of merchants who used either sound or animation cues.” Apparently, haptic technology is advertising can incite feelings of happiness and excitement in consumers.

Ultimately, however, the rather gimmicky new cues are meant to make folks feel better about spending money — especially using Visa. The company also noted that 83 percent of survey respondents claimed “sound or animation cues positively impacted their perception of the Visa brand,” though it’s unclear as to why that may be the case. That said, if swiping a credit card were the same as poking the belly of a Tickle Me Elmo, we would be more inclined to swipe more frequently.

This isn’t the only innovation Visa is bringing about in anticipation of the Winter Olympics. The company has also debuted a number of wearable payment devices, including a pair of gloves, a few Olympic-branded stickers, and commemorative Olympic pins.

Visa’s sensory branding will be made available as a software development kit (SDK) on the Visa Developer Program and by way of the Visa Ready program for more robust integrations in 2018.

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7
Dec

Echo Compatible Devices for a New Amazon Echo Dot Owner


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An Echo Dot is the gateway drug of smart devices. There’s so much more out there to explore.

So you just gifted someone an Amazon Echo Dot. Good for you. Because it probably is the best $30 or $40 — the darn thing’s discounted all the time, don’tcha know — that you could spend on someone at this point. At least so far as tech stuff is concerned.

The next question is what you should get them next. Because an Echo Dot is just the start of this little smart connected voice assistant future. Sure, it works great on its own. But it works so much better when paired with something else that’s smart.

Here’s where I’d start.

Wemo Mini

Just buy one of these, OK? Or buy three or more, which is what I just did. Because the Wemo Mini is just ridiculously useful at about $40. I’ve just strung some new lights outside. And while having them on a timer is fine, having them adjust themselves to kick on at sunset is even better.

If you do the Christmas tree thing, being able to turn it off and on via your voice is way better than sticking it on a dumb timer. Because now anybody in your house can turn things on and off, without needing to dive into an app.

It works great with Amazon Alexa. (And other voice assistants.) What more do you need, right?

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Philips Hue

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You want some smart lights. You might not know it yet, but you want them. Actually, you need them. And this is why: Sexy time.

Because you haven’t lived until you thought you were doing something cute and fun by turning all the bedroom lights red, and saving them to a scene.

And then having your kids ask why you would ever do such a thing.

These lights aren’t cheap — especially the ones that do color, coming in around $50 or $60 each. But they’re so worth it.

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Logitech Harmony

This is another one of those things that you might not realize you needed until you’ve got it. There’s just something spectacularly lazy about being able to turn on your TV with your voice. And control your TV with your voice. And more important (especially If you’ve got kids) be able to turn off the TV with your voice.

Logitech’s Harmony system has a bevy of remote controls at various price points. But it’s the hub that’s the brains of this operation and times in to Amazon Alexa. So you can spend a little. Or a lot. Whatever you’re comfortable with. The basic hub starts at about $85.

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VAUX portable battery and speaker

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I keep coming back to this guy because it’s just that useful. This is a portable speaker with a built-in battery, so you can unshackle your Echo Dot from the wall plug and take things outdoors for about $50. Or anywhere else keeping the Dot plugged in just isn’t practical.

Having an outdoor barbecue or hanging out at a fire pit? (It’s wintertime, so pick your poison.) It’s way easier to take the tunes with you in this form than it is to run a full speaker outside. Plus you get the added bonus of everything Alexa has built in.

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Another Echo Dot

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The Amazon Echo Dot is a lot like a potato chip. You shouldn’t eat one. Because eating electronics will make you very, very sick. And potato chips will make you wider.

You should, however, buy a second Echo Dot at $29. And maybe a third. Because you’ll quickly learn just how useful they are, and wish you had them scattered strategically throughout your home.

The good news is that they’re inexpensive, so you can make this dream a reality. Put an Echo Dot in the kitchen. Put one in the bathroom. In the garage.

The only limit is your imagination. And, uh, your Wi-Fi range.

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7
Dec

Some Google searches are now answered by selfie videos from celebrities


Available first on mobile with Mark Wahlberg, Gina Rodriguez, Seth MacFarlane, and others.

Google’s always testing out new features here and there for making its many services as great as can be, and the latest one has to do with its bread and butter, Google Search. In a blog post that was published on December 7, Product Manager Rami Banna announced that some searches on Google will now showcase selfie videos from your favorite celebrities.

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This is something that’s launching first on mobile, and when asking something such as “Can Will Ferrell really play the drums?”, you’ll see a video that you can play in which Will Ferrell answers that question directly through a selfie video. This is something that seems to have come completely out of left field, but after messing around with it for a couple minutes, it’s actually kind of fun.

You can pause a video once it starts by tapping on your screen, and swiping through the cards near the bottom or letting the video finish playing will take you to the next question.

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Celebrities that you’ll find video responses from include Priyanka Chopra, Will Ferrell, Tracee Ellis Ross, Gina Rodriguez, Kenan Thompson, Allison Williams, Nick Jonas, Mark Wahlberg, James Franco, Seth MacFarlane, Jonathan Yeo and Dominique Ansel.

The video responses don’t show up when asking questions via Google Assistant, but they work fine when searching through the main Google app.

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7
Dec

Best board games for Android


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What are the best board games for Android?

Board games have been experiencing a renaissance in recent years, and it doesn’t take a lot of digging in the Google Play Store to see it reflected on Android as well. If you’re having trouble getting everybody together under one roof or just don’t have any more shelf space for another box, pick up your Android phone or tablet to grab these fantastic board games.

We’ve put together the very best board games for Android for the consideration of long-time board game fans.It’s worth noting in advance that a vast majority of the Android board games on our list employ in-app purchases for expansions, and thanks to their established physical counterparts, they tend to be well-balanced and lots of fun.

  • Carcassonne
  • Cribbage with Grandpas
  • Pandemic: The Board Game
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Splendor
  • Catan
  • Shelter Free
  • Sea Battle 2
  • Mahjong: Beautiful Orient

Carcassonne

Carcassonne is a tile-based kingdom-building game in which players each take turns trying to complete roads, cities, and cloisters. Each turn, players also drop a limited number of their meeple onto those landmarks in an attempt to claim points once the feature has been completed. If you can’t fully enclose a city or finish a road by the end of the game, you can still get a few points. A handful of expansions are also available via in-app purchases.

Carcassonne is a polished adaptation of a classic board game and has just recently been re-released in 3D and it looks and plays better than ever! If you haven’t played it before now is the time to check it out!

  • Number of players: 1-6
  • Options to play: Solo, local multiplayer, online multiplayer

Download Carcassonne ($1.99 w/ IAPs)

Cribbage with Grandpas

Cribbage is a mix between a card game and a board game, so it totally belongs here too. Cribbage with Grandpas is just a really charming indie game that’s great for seasoned cribbage players along with people who are just learning the game. On top of just having a really clean and colorful design, Cribbage with Grandpas has gaming’s first build-a-Grandpa feature where you can create the perfect opponents and tweak their personality and playing style.

Check out my full review and then fall in love with this great game.

  • Number of players: 1
  • Options to play: Solo

Download: Cribbage with Grandpas ($2.99)

Pandemic: The Board Game

This mobile version of the popular strategic board game of the same name that provides a real challenge whether you’re playing alone or with friends. Your goal: Try to cure four contagious diseases from spreading and taking over the world.

You select your characters at the start of the game, with each character performing specific roles to help eradicate the diseases. Which characters you pick will have a big effect on your team’s ultimate success. This is a pass-and-play game to play with friends, and you’ll all have to work together and use your teams strategically if you want to win. There’s an in-app purchase available for expansions, which improves the replayability of this addictive and challenging game.

  • Number of players: 2-4, or solo if you play more than one role
  • Options to play: Solo, pass-and-play

Download: Pandemic: The Board Game ($4.99)

Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride gets players to build sprawling rail empires by gathering colored cars to connect cities. Every turn, a player gets to either pick two cars, claim a line by spending cars, or take on a new ticket, which challenges players to connect two cities before the first player runs out of cars. The farther these two cities are, the more victory points they’re worth, plus the player with the longest line gets an additional victory point bonus.

On the whole, Ticket to Ride is a fine combination of competition and construction. The in-app purchase grants you access to a new bundle of maps and boards, all of which are totally worth the price.

  • Number of players: 1-5
  • Options to play: Solo, Pass-and-play, local multiplayer, online multiplayer

Download Ticket to Ride ($6.99 w/ IAPs)

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Splendor

Splendor is a game that’s fast and easy to learn, but hard to master. You play as rich merchants during the Renaissance with the goal of earning 15 prestige points before your opponents. The game requires you to collect gems which are in turn spent on cards as you build out your empire.

The mobile version is a faithful adaptation of the tabletop version and lets you play pass-and-play style with friends, solo against the AI, or play online multiplayer matches. The game is fairly quick to play and a great game to play with the whole family.

  • Number of players: 2-4
  • Options to play: Solo mode, pass & play and online multiplayer

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Catan

Catan is not just a classic board game; it is the classic board game. Players harvest resources and connect their villages by roads, accumulating victory points along the way. It doesn’t sound like much, but between the inter-player trading (or scheming) and the cramped real estate, Catan can be a very tense game. Players also use their harvested resources to purchase cards which can provide them with useful resources. Pass-and-play multiplayer is available, as well as many of the original game’s expansions.

For a tense game of wheeling and dealing, check out Catan.

  • Number of players: 1-5
  • Options to play: Solo, pass-and-play, online multiplayer

Download Catan ($4.99)

Shelter Free

Shelter Free combines deck-building card games and castle defence strategy. You wake up to find that the world is overrun with zombies and you have to continuously fight them off in order to make your way out of the danger zone. You move through hazards, seeking cards to build and strengthen your deck, and duelling with zombies who have equally powerful card decks.

The graphic novel artwork style is enough to keep you coming back for more gameplay, but the storyline and intense card battles will keep you hooked for sure.

  • Number of players: 1
  • Options to play: Solo

Download Shelter Free (Free w/ IAPs)

Sea Battle 2

Don’t let anyone sink your battleship! This reimagining of the classic game lets you play against an AI, a random online opponent, or the person sitting next to you. It goes beyond mere battleships to include planes, radar, mines, submarines, and all the while you’re climbing the ranks from a lowly recruit to an admired admiral. Name your proud fleet, watch your scores on the global leaderboard, and use the in-app chat feature to discuss strategy.

The old-school graph paper design will take you right back to playing sneaky Battleship rounds during junior high study hall.

  • Number of players: 1-2
  • Options to play: Solo, pass-and-play, local multiplayer over Bluetooth, online multiplayer

Download Sea Battle 2 (Free w/ IAPs)

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Mahjong: Beautiful Orient

The 20 boards of Mahjong: Beautiful Orient feature beautiful backgrounds and a lovely soundtrack to listen to while you master Mahjong. The premise of the game is simple enough: match two tiles to remove them from the board. The boards increase in complexity as you advance, and you need to attain a preset minimum score to move on (not so simple now). Speed, accuracy, and a sharp eye are your must-have Mahjong tools.

If you love board games but you’d just rather play solo, Mahjong: Beautiful Orient is the game for you.

  • Number of players: 1
  • Options to play: Solo

Download Mahjong Beautiful Orient (Free w/ IAPs)

Your favorite Android board games?

Those are our picks, but there’s a lot of great games in the Google Play Store. Leave a comment with your favorite board game or board adaptations for Android!

Updated December 2017: There’s a new Carcassonne game that looks GREAT. Also added Splendor and Cribbage with Grandpas to our list.

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7
Dec

Amazon launches Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 tablets in Canada


Available starting today for $59.99 and $99.99, respectively.

The market for Android tablets isn’t nearly as popular as it was just a few short years back, but Amazon’s Fire series continues to offer the best tablets for people who don’t want to spend more than $200. The Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 are Amazon’s two most affordable tablet options, and starting today, December 7, are now available for purchase in Canada.

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The Fire 7 will set you back just $59.99 CAD, and for that price you’re getting a 7-inch 1024 x 600 IPS display, battery life that lasts up to 8 hours, and 8GB of storage that’s expandable up to 256GB with a microSD card. The big advantage of the Fire HD 8 is that it has an 8-inch 1280 x 800 HD display, up to 12 hours of battery life, and 16GB of storage that’s also expandable up to 256GB – all for just $99.99 CAD.

Both the Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 come with a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, VGA front-facing camera and 2MP rear shooter, dual-band Wi-Fi, and access to all of Amazon’s many services.

Neither the Fire 7 or Fire HD 8 will blow your socks off, but if you’ve been looking for a tablet and don’t want to spend any more than $100, these are now two of your best options.

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7
Dec

Everything you can do with the USB port on your Samsung Gear VR


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The USB Type C port on the matte black versoins of the Gear VR may seem hidden on the bottom of the device but you can do a lot with it.

On the 2016 and 2017 Gear VR there’s a USB Type C port so small and out of the way that you might not even know it was there unless someone told you. But that little USB Type port can do a variety of things to enhance your VR experience. Here are some of the best ways to take advantage of the port.

Read more at VRHeads!

7
Dec

Huawei Nova 2S unveiled with 18:9 display and dual front-facing cameras


The Nova 2S comes with a 6-inch 18:9 display, up to 6GB RAM, and a total of four cameras.

Over the past month, Huawei has announced the Mate 10/Mate 10 Pro, Honor View 10, and Honor 7X. As if that wasn’t enough, we now have the Huawei Nova 2S that was just announced in China. The Nova 2S is the successor to last year’s Nova and Nova Plus, and for a price of around $400 USD, there’s a lot of phone being offered here.

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Starting up front with the display, you’re looking at a 6-inch 2160 x 1080 screen with the trendy aspect ratio of 18:9. The bezels surrounding this screen are pretty slim, but Huawei still somehow managed to cram in a front-facing home button/fingerprint sensor. At the top of the phone is where you’ll find the Nova 2S’s front-facing cameras. There’s a 20MP main sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and secondary 2MP one backed up by an LED flash, so your selfies should look pretty incredible.

You’ll also find dual cameras around back, with the setup here consisting of a 16MP color sensor and 20MP monochrome one with an aperture of f/1.8.

Powering the Nova 2S is the Kirin 960 processor, 4 or 6GB RAM, and a 3,340 mAh battery. Other specs include 64 or 128GB of storage, dual-SIM and microSD card support, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.

You’ll be able to get the Nova 2S in Black, Gray, Red, Blue, and Rose Gold, and for 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, you’ll pay 2699 yuan (around $400 USD).

See at Huawei

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