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Darknet: the Gear VR game that makes you Mnemonic

Darknet: the Gear VR game that makes you Mnemonic

The creator of the game Auralux has returned to the scene with another aesthetically gorgeous title, this one made for Samsung Gear VR specifically. This game goes by the name "Darknet", and it summons the classic age of "hacker" understanding - namely that time in history when movies depicted hacking as a visually rich, 3D-like experience. This experience stems from films like Hackers, Tron, and Lawnmower Man. You'll think you've entered the retro-future, and you'll have brought your VR self to fight the good fight.

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Next Lock Screen for Android is Microsoft-made do-all

Next Lock Screen for Android is Microsoft-made do-all

This morning the folks at Microsoft Garage have released the newest version of Next Lock Screen. This is arguably the first time the lock screen has truly lived up to its promise - bringing you everything you need in terms of notifications - to your lockscreen with great ease. This update remains as free as the original release of Next Lock Screen, and is compatible with most smartphones released in the past several years. This app will require Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and up and is an official creation of the Microsoft Corporation.

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Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul releases YB messaging app based on catchphrase

Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul releases YB messaging app based on catchphrase

Let me start by saying that if you've haven't watched the amazing TV series Breaking Bad, you're probably not going to get what makes this new app so funny. Also, you should go and watch the show right away, it's really good. If you have seen the show, then get ready to download "YB," an app from Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul, based on his character Jesse Pinkman's catchphrase: "Yo, b****!"

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Google pulls piracy apps from Play Store

Google pulls piracy apps from Play Store

Following its recent changes to Search, Google has pulled a handful of piracy apps from the Play Store, citing violations of the company's Content Policy. The pulled apps are said to have offered optimized web experiences for using The Pirate Bay, and include the apps "The Pirate Bay Premium", "The Pirate Bay Proxy", "The Pirate Bay Mirror", and the "PirateApp". This is the latest Google effort to combat piracy and steer users towards legally obtained content.

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AirDroid 3 mini-Review

AirDroid 3 mini-Review

Blurring the lines between desktop and mobile devices for years now, the development team at Sand Studio have released AirDroid 3. AirDroid 3 is the biggest update to the AirDroid ecosystem since the beginning, this system allows you to have pop-up notifications from your phone appear on your desktop computer's home screen. SMS messages appear and are able to be replied to with a tap, and you'll be able to take and make calls from your desktop as well.

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Peggle Blast released: Android, iOS get Free(mium)

Peggle Blast released: Android, iOS get Free(mium)

This week the folks at EA Games have decided to release Peggle Blast, the first Peggle game made specifically for mobile devices. This app has been released for Android this afternoon, coming with a bit of gameplay very similar - but not the same as - previous Peggle game releases. This game is portrait-mode only (for now) and has a variety of in-game purchases instead of costing one price upfront. Join in then lose lives then buy more lives so you can keep on playing the game.

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Snapchat goes local with Geofilters

Snapchat goes local with Geofilters

Ever wonder what it'd be like to see Snapchat messages from those most local to you in the world? Too bad. Today Snapchat has revealed that they've been working on what would appear to be just such a feature - but it's not, really. They call it their Community Geofilter system, and it's hosted on their Community Geofilter site. Instead of allowing you to send snaps to those in your area, this system puts tiny pictures on top of your messages - like the word VEGAS if you're in Vegas.

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Nova Launcher updates with Android Lollipop’s worst feature

Nova Launcher updates with Android Lollipop’s worst feature

It's all good times and less-than-appealing aesthetics over at Nova Launcher this week as they give a bump up to version 3.3. Users of this Android launcher will find their latest update to bring on Android 5.0 Lollipop app drawer cards. Just the feature you wanted to make your Android device look like the newest devices on the block, despite the relative retro-nastiness it'll bring to your eyes in card-form. White backgrounds and super-bright icons, all yours, all right this minute in the newest update.

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Microsoft acquires Acompli: like Office for email

Microsoft acquires Acompli: like Office for email

This week the folks at Microsoft have announced that they've acquired Acompli. This company is one that focuses on email, specifically in the mobile universe. They suggest that because "more than half" of the emails you read are read on mobile devices first, that they demand a better experience on the go. To make a better experience, Microsoft decided they needed a new team to add to their already accomplished team of email app-makers. This is Acompli, and it's coming to more platforms than one.

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Apple Watch webpage updated with new Timekeeping, Connection, Health details

Apple Watch webpage updated with new Timekeeping, Connection, Health details

As the release of the Apple Watch draws near, Apple continues to update the product page on its website with additional details and information on its first smartwatch. Just over a week ago Apple offered new information to developers in the form of WatchKit, focusing on tidbits like the device's system font and screen resolution. Now there are three new sections that highlight features consumers will be more interested in, "Timekeeping," "New Ways to Connect," and "Health & Fitness."

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