August 22, 2014
Iron Tanks
Iron Tanks is a real-time online tank battle. The game sets apart from other similar games through its 3D design and plethora of futuristic tanks to choose from. "Iron Tanks" is one of the few games that offer unforgettable battles against real opponents in Sci-Fi vehicles. A good strategy helps you in the battle but it’s also important to upgrade your tank to be stronger, faster and deadlier.

Here are some of the features "Iron Tanks" will captivate you with:
• Real-time online battles against your friends or other opponents
• Realistic physics engine
• Wide selection of sci-fi tanks to play with
• Various upgrade modules to improve your combat machine
• Lots of camouflage and decal types
• Lots of world arenas
• Have a free-for-all, or join forces with your friends in team-based blitz battles

"Iron Tanks" allows you to practice your shooting skills while challenging friends to deadly matches. Best of all, the game is available for free on Google Play.
August 21, 2014
Swipe: Lock Screen News
Swipe is a personalized lock screen newsfeed app that lets you read news from popular sources without unlocking your smartphone.

Did you know that on average users turn on their phone screen 110 times per day? The first thing they see is a lock screen and since standard ones don’t offer valuable information we decided it’s time to change that. We created Swipe, a personalized news feed app for lock screens. Swipe will deliver the latest news from popular sources directly on your lock screen without you needing to unlock the smartphone.

Here’s what makes Swipe a great choice if you need a change for your lock screen:
- Choose the sources you want to follow and receive news from
- News items will show on your lock screen whenever you turn your screen on
- Incredibly easy usage, swipe up to read the full news, left to get more or right to unlock the phone
- Set up your own swipe pattern for unlocking the phone
- Android L ready design with unique design patterns

With Swipe all you need to do is choose your favorite news sources and you’ll get the latest updates on your lock screen. Best of all, Swipe is available for free on Google Play.
August 20, 2014
Elder Towers
Elder Towers is a deck-building RTS/RPG game heavily inspired by the old titles "Magic: the Gathering - Shandalar" and "Sacrifice".

Defying the common trend of casual simple gameplay on mobile, "Elder Towers" is instead aimed at hardcore gamers who would enjoy a serious strategy game. Elder Towers offers the strategical complexity of a deck-building collectible card game and translates the deep game mechanism into intuitive fast-paced gameplay with exciting visuals.

Features:
* TCG game mechanisms realized in real-time 3D environment
* Free-roaming single-player campaign
* Multiplayer duel
* 160 mind-boggling spells
* 104 summoned units, fully animated 3D characters
* 3 character classes with powerful class-specific feats
* Fast-paced gameplay designed for 5~10 minute matches

Like "Sacrifice", "Elder Towers" is a third-person view RTS where you summon creatures to fight for you and cast a variety of spells to support them. Just as in "Magic: the Gathering - Shandalar", the players are given a very limited set of spells at the beginning of the game and shall gradually collect more and better spells, summons, artifacts and special feats, as they brave through the free-roaming game world.

"Elder Towers" is released as a free-to-play game with most of the contents offered for free, including the full single-player campaign and cross-platform online duel. The game is now available on Google Play Store.
August 18, 2014
Customize Your Hover Notifications with xHover Xposed Module
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One of Android L’s most interesting features is its way of handling notifications, choosing to show a hovering dialog containing them, which you can interact with or swipe away. This allows you to view and interact with notifications without needing to pull down your notification shade and subsequently break your workflow.  However, the source code for this was found in Android 4.4 KitKat and a similar feature was developed by the ParanoidAndroid team and baked into their ROMs.


However, ParanoidAndroid’s Hover feature, despite its ahead-of-its-time nature, lacks any form of customization or tweaks to modify Hover’s attributes. XDA Senior Member xenon92 has a fix for this, in the form of his xHover Xposed module. This handy module allows you to customize several features of Hover, such as timeout, notification waiting evade notifications and more. And as you would expect from an Xposed module, installation is as simple as installing the module APK, enabling it in the Xposed installer, and then rebooting your device. From there, you have a nice GUI to control it all.


Head on over to the xHover Xposed module thread to get started with Hover customization or to view the xHover source code. Keep in mind that this requires the Xposed framework to run, but will run on any custom ROM that has Hover included.


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Control Your CPU Parameters in Material Design Style
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Material Design is Google’s new UI metaphor for Android, which was presented for the first time during the Google I/O 2014 keynote. Developers are slowly adapting their applications to match these latest design instructions. However, this is naturally a slow process that is hindered by Android L preview SDK’s limited availability. Hopefully more applications will be updated to Material Designed aesthetics after the official Android L release.


One of the most popular applications to control your CPU parameters is No-frills CPU Control. Unfortunately XDA Recognized Developer hrkwho created this application has been inactive for some time and the application hasn’t been updated for over a year. XDA Recognized Themer TheArc took the publicly available sources and adapted them to match the Material Design look. The new app is now known as CPU Controls and offers basic options to control the hidden kernel settings. With this application, you can change the maximum and minimum frequency, governor, and I/O scheduler. CPU Controls will soon be expanded to have some under the hood features enabled, which weren’t introduced with the original No-Frills CPU Controls.


To change the hidden values in your kernel, the application needs a root access. You can find out how to root your device by checking our database! Your CPU can be controlled in a stylish manner. CPU Control gives you a way to do this within the confines of the Material Design aesthetic. You can get started by visiting the CPU Control application thread.


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August 17, 2014
Device Review: Nvidia SHIELD Tablet
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A little over a year ago, Nvidia decided to change the game–literally. The Nvidia SHIELD Portable was announced, released, and was very well received. Here we are, shortly following the announcement of a new, and epic, generation of mobile device processors, and Nvidia has officially released their next SHIELD installment, the Nvidia SHIELD Tablet.


Hardware

One of the chief complaints we saw with the original SHIELD Portable was the screen size and resolution. A 5” screen with 720p resolution was usable for most tasks, but could get to be a bit of a strain on the eyes after a while. Nvidia has attempted to address this with an 8”, 1920 x 1200 display (which is, by the way, quite nice).


Check out Jordan’s Video Review:


Hardware specifications:













































Processor NVIDIA® Tegra® K1 192 core Kepler GPU,2.2 GHz ARM Cortex A15 CPU
RAM 2GB
Display 8-inch 1920×1200 multi-touch Full HD display
Audio Front facing stereo speakers, dual bass reflex port with built-in microphone
Storage 32 GB (WiFi+4G LTE) / 16 GB (WiFi-only)
Wireless 802.11n 2×2 Mimo 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-FiBluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS / GLONASS
Connectivity WiFi+4G LTE or WiFi-only, Mini-HDMI, Micro-USB 2.0, MicroSD slot, 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack with microphone
Camera Front: 5MP HDR;Back: 5MP auto focus HDR
Stylus DirectStylus 2 with 3D Paint (Included)
Battery 19.75 Watt Hours

 


As you can probably imagine, with the Tegra K1 and 2GB of RAM, this thing eats up games for breakfast.



Accessories

As this latest SHIELD is a standalone tablet, if you want to interact with your games like you did on the SHIELD portable, you’ll need a controller. With most other devices, this means pairing a Bluetooth controller. This usually introduces a bit of latency, which could mean the difference between getting a headshot and BEING headshot.


With the SHIELD Tablet, Nvidia released the SHIELD controller, a WiFi-direct solution that promises lower latency and easier pairing. In practice, both of these claims appear to be true.


Additionally, a magnetic tablet cover is available that makes it simple to stand the tablet up on a flat surface so you can keep right on gaming with the wireless controller.


Software

As with the SHIELD Portable, the tablet comes with a version of Android KitKat (specifically, version 4.4.2) that is only minimally customized, adding in pieces and parts to make the controller and stylus work appropriately, as well as whatever’s necessary for game streaming and recording. This means that updates can, and should, come frequently, as they have with the original SHIELD.


This also means that rooting the device is quite painless, as you can see in the following video:


Audio

Sound is one place where the SHIELD Tablet really shines. With most Android devices, and especially most tablets, speakers come in the form of one or two small, tinny speakers at the bottom, or the back, of the device.


The SHIELD Tablet has front facing stereo speakers as well as bass reflex ports on the side, which makes for some truly decent sound quality. I rarely found myself bumping the volume over about 50%, because the speakers were just that loud, clear, and crisp sounding.


Screen

This is another area where the SHIELD Tablet shines. It’s easy to throw around numbers like 8” and 1920×1200, but it doesn’t do it justice. The colors are vivid, and the viewing angles are excellent.


Game Recording / Streaming

One new feature introduced with the SHIELD Tablet is the ability to record screencasts directly from the device, including the built-in camera and microphone. This really makes this device a unique experience, as far as I’m concerned.



I’ve only tested this functionality a few times, and it seems to be a bit hit-or-miss. It records at a strange resolution, 1728×1080, presumably because the native screen resolution is 1920×1200 instead of 1920×1080. Additionally, the audio can sometimes go wildly out of sync from the video. Rebooting the device seems to take care of that issue, but you don’t know about it until after the recording, so it’s safest to just reboot before you’re going to record anything.



The built-in microphone really isn’t all that bad. My initial tests made me think it might be, but as it turns out, if you’re using the wireless controller, it attempts to use the microphone in it instead, which IS a pretty rough microphone.


Built-in streaming to Twitch.tv is also supported, which is absolutely awesome. You have to turn the quality down before attempting it, but still, it’s an all-in-one game streaming solution.


The downside of all of this, as I hinted earlier, is some glitchiness in the software. I attempted to record gameplay of games like Half-Life 2, but if I tried to leave the camera turned on while doing so, the game would immediately crash. I believe most of these things will be fixed, in due time, with software upgrades.


Camera

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. This is a tablet. Please don’t use it as a camera.


That said, the pictures I took with the rear-facing camera were… well, not great. 5MP doesn’t go quite as far as it used to, so they were blurry and grainy. However, for the front-facing camera, while it’s still a bit grainy, it’s leaps and bounds better than a lot of other front-facing cameras, and given that its primary intention is to be used while streaming or recording games, it works extremely well for that!


Stylus

A stylus is not something you’d normally talk about with a tablet, but this is a bit of an exception. The stylus of the original Tegra Note has been revamped a bit for the SHIELD tablet, with excellent results. I’m no artist, but the stylus has been extremely easy to use and feels very sturdy and solid in the hand, allowing for fine-grained control.


Unfortunately, the stylus doesn’t appear to work with all other devices, though it DID work with the HP Slate 7 Extreme, which also uses Nvidia DirectStylus technology.


Battery Life

According to Nvidia, the battery in the tablet is 19.75 Watt hours. That should equate to about 5200 mAh, which is just above average for a tablet of this size. In practice, I usually don’t find myself sitting down with a device like this for more than a couple of hours at a time, so I regularly saw several days of battery life, but my gaming was probably lighter than average. With heavier usage, of course you’d be able to drain the battery in just a few hours, but that can be said of just about any device with any battery size.


Conclusion

As a “next step” in the SHIELD family, the new SHIELD tablet is definitely a very worthwhile addition. Excellent performance, interesting software additions, amazing sound quality make it a powerful combo, not just for gaming, but for everyday tasks, media consumption, and even a bit of artistry. With a price tag of $299/$399 (and even more if you want the wireless controller and magnetic device cover) it’s a bit on the steep side, but if you’re looking for a good all-around tablet, and an especially good gaming tablet, this is the one.


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Access Your Widgets in Any App with Flippr
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Almost all of us use widgets on daily basis. We use them to change the track in our favorite music player, read Emails, check our calendar, or check the weather forecast. It’s really hard to imagine Android without widget support.


Widgets with all their pros, have some cons as well. For example, they can typically be accessed only from the home screen. XDA Forum Member sreenisatish decided to change that. Inspired by Paranoid Android’s Halo, he made an app that allows the use of widgets in every app. Widgets can be accessed even in apps running in full screen mode. The most interesting part of Flippr is that you don’t have to exit any applications to use a widget. For example, you can change your music track while browsing the Internet with Chrome or playing Flappy Birds. Flippr uses a small bubble as a trigger, so all widgets are only one swipe away. Widgets can be organized into groups, so you can organize them to suit you best.


Manufacturer-specific widgets (Sony, Samsung, LG, HTC etc.) will not work properly with Flippr. You need to keep that in mind before deciding to try this application out.


You can enhance your Android functionality with Flippr. The Flippr application thread is the perfect place to get started.


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