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Facebook Home Review

Facebook Home Review

Is your smartphone social? Facebook isn't convinced it is and so, in lieu of one true Facebook Phone, it wants to make over every Android smartphone in its image, courtesy of Facebook Home. The new launcher will start its spread on a select range of Android devices, as well as dedicated handsets like the HTC First, from April 12, but it demands a hefty commitment: gone is the usual, flexible Android homescreen, replaced by a new UI that puts sharing front and center. Walled garden or the place where social grows? Read on for the SlashGear review.

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Google Keep Review

Google Keep Review

With Google Keep you've got a note-taking interface created by the company to be a one-stop-shop inside Android. Like Google Now, this is another value-added element that will be present in most or all future Android devices, and it's tied to your Google account through Google Drive. If you head to https://drive.google.com/keep/ right this minute (and you're logged in to your Google account), you'll find an interface not unlike the one we're looking at today on an Android smartphone.

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The Conduit HD Android Tegra Enhanced Review

The Conduit HD Android Tegra Enhanced Review

It's time to bring out the big guns with The Conduit HD for Android, a game that's been boosted into the mobile space by the developers at High Voltage Software assisted by the Tegra team at NVIDIA. With this version of the game you'll be rolling out with everything you saw on the original Wii version and more - 9 mission of furious blasting of alien beasts from the comfort of your own smartphone or tablet! This game is out this week for Tegra-toting machines, here in the mobile universe for the first time!

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Real Boxing Android Tegra Enhanced Review

Real Boxing Android Tegra Enhanced Review

This week the folks at Vivid Games S.A. have unleashed the biggest, baddest face-flattening Android game to ever grace the likes of the NVIDIA TegraZone: Real Boxing! While this game has been available for iOS for some time, this edition of the game comes to Android as a Tegra exclusive - having been assisted by the NVIDIA developer crew in optimizing the game for their Tegra 3 (and above) processor, you'll not be able to get this game anywhere other than your T3-toting machine (at least at first).

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Alien VS Predator: Evolution Review

Alien VS Predator: Evolution Review

This week we've had a look at the epic beast of a game in Alien VS Predator: Evolution for mobile devices running iOS and Android. If you're a fan of 3rd-person controls rolling out some of the most impressively smooth graphics you've ever seen on your Android smartphone, tablet, iPad, or iPhone, you're in luck - Angry Mob Games and Fox Digital Entertainment have made a masterpiece. This game takes all the excellence delivered in past gameplay for games having these two monsters attempt to best each-other and delivers it in a mobile container - your first surprise is certain to be how your smartphone can run such gameplay.

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Simple iOS app Review: online-only banking made easy

Simple iOS app Review: online-only banking made easy

Online banking is becoming more prevalent nowadays, with many of the big banks offering their services for free online, but what about banks that only operate online? Would it be inconvenient? Maybe a little strange? A new service called Simple looks to revolutionize online banking by taking the entire banking experience online and giving users a clean and easy user interface. However, Simple isn’t a bank, but rather a service that operates under an actual bank -- in this case, Bancorp Bank. We ended up checking out the service for ourselves -- namely the iOS app -- to see what all the fuss is about.

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Tamagotchi L.I.F.E. app Review: too cute not to try

Tamagotchi L.I.F.E. app Review: too cute not to try

This week the folks at Sync Beatz have decided to revive the Tamagotchi craze with a 16th birthday present for the little toy creatures: an officially Bandai-licensed Android app! This app takes on the life of the original pocket toy, with your ability to work with the digital creature from your childhood in one of two modes: one looks like the original toy, the other utilizes your full Android smartphone display. Is it time to jump back in with the pixel-monster babysitting button-pusher once again?

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Mailbox Review: mobile email disconnects again

Mailbox Review: mobile email disconnects again

This weekend we've had the pleasure of trying out one of the most beautifully simple looking apps ever made for iOS: Mailbox. This app is made to make your email experience simple, striking first for the Gmail crowd who otherwise would be working with the built-in iOS mail app or the Google-made Gmail app (or Sparrow, also owned by Google). It's not easy entering this space successfully when the actual creator of the service you're trying to vampire has their own app on the market - let's talk about why Mailbox might do it - starting with the never-fails strategy called keeping a line outside.

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Star Trek Into Darkness app Review: dive in with Gimbal!

Star Trek Into Darkness app Review: dive in with Gimbal!

This week the folks at Paramount Pictures have released a very special app for the next blockbuster science fiction film in the Starfleet universe: Star Trek Into Darkness! This app is not just your everyday average movie companion app, it's a straight up scavenger hunt that uses the camera on your smartphone as well as the sensors you've got under the hood of your device to sent you out into the wild to collect a series of media bits as well as real physical location markers. This technology is made real with Qualcomm Labs' Gimbal technology and Qualcomm Vuforia augmented reality platform.

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Office 365 Home Premium Review

Office 365 Home Premium Review

This week the folks at Microsoft have introduced Office 2013 to the universe, complete with a cloud-connected user experience that takes the central word processing and document experience into the future. You'll be asked to work with SkyDrive as well as the full Office 365 package to store your files online at all times right out of the box - you don't have to, but the process you're working with here essentially says, "why not?"

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