Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

02
Mar
andyroom

If you love Toy Story, you probably already jumped on the new game Smash It! If that's not enough Toy Story action for you (or your kid), Disney just pushed out a brand new live wallpaper that lets you explore Andy's bedroom. Appropriately enough, it's called Toy Story: Andy's Room. 

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It's more than just a live wall, though – it's packed with fun mini-games, including falling army men and darts.

01
Mar
cathat

"I will not buy them, Sam I am, I will not buy overpriced interactive books from the Play Store." If that's your version of a Seuss classic, then prepare yourself for all the green eggs and ham that you can handle: Oceanhouse Media has knocked the price of 35 different Dr. Seuss books down by 30-75%. For those who may not have made the association, that's over a month's worth of bed time stories for your little ones.

01
Mar
pocketcasts

A few days ago, podcatcher Pocket Casts got itself a nice overhaul. The update brought a new UI, tablet support, a ton of new features... everything that one could ask for in a podcatcher. Well, almost everything.

It was missing a widget.

A widget! Every player, reader, and nearly everything else in the entire world has a widget. Needless to say, users were a little bit upset. Nay, they were quite upset.

01
Mar
nexus81

As the old saying goes, "when it rains, it pours down binaries for Nexus devices." That old idiom is proven true once again today, as Google has just uploaded the latest batch of binaries to the Nexus Device download page.

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The binaries essentially contain the proprietary hardware drivers that you won't find in AOSP for their specific devices. This go around it's for Android 4.2.2 (build JDQ39) for all of the latest Nexus gadgets: the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 Wi-Fi, Nexus 7 3G, Nexus 10, GSM Galaxy Nexus, and VZW Galaxy Nexus.

28
Feb
smashit

Toy Story is probably one of the greatest digital films ever made. Kids enjoy the idea of toys coming to life when they aren't around, and adults get their share of subtle humor in the mix, too. Now the crew – Woody, Buzz, Rex, and more – are on your mobile device in a whimsical new game from Disney.

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The game, dubbed Toy Story: Smash It! puts a familiar twist on a mobile mainstay: the 3D break-the-blocks puzzler.

28
Feb
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In our lifetime, there have been many great battles. Mario vs. Bowser. Vampires vs. Werewolves.  Jason vs. Teenagers. Tyler Durden vs. Himself. 

While those may be the tales that define this era, there is one that lays alone in the shadows, covered in blood, and with a dedication to violence: Alien vs. Predator. And now you can define the outcome with Fox Digital's new game, AVP: Evolution.

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The Aliens, extra terrestrial beasts with a bloodlust only surpassed by their agility and speed, have been taken as slaves by the fearsome and technologically brutal Super Predators.

27
Feb
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"Updates for everyone!" she said, as the improvements seemingly fell from the sky. Suddenly, she realized the updates weren't actually for everyone, but rather Google's Field Trip app, as well as Play Books. While she was embarrassed at her initial mistake, no one actually appeared to notice as they all stared silently at their digital devices, exploring the new goodies bestowed upon them.

That's a small excerpt from a wonderful story about a girl and a pair of Google apps, which is ironically very appropriate for today, because both of those apps just happened to be updated.

27
Feb
1

Machinarium was one of my personal favorite games from 2012, and I've wanted to replay it for months now. Unfortunately, the Nexus 7 is my primary gaming device, and Machinarium hasn't been available for it since its release. Finally, after months of waiting (and numerous attempts to contact Hothead Games), Machinarium is officially available on the Nexus 7 thanks to an update today.

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That may not be the only new device added to the fold, though – Hothead didn't update the changelog, so it's hard to say what else the update brings along with it.

27
Feb
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Manufacturers are sticking Bluetooth into everything these days: washers, dryers, ovens, cars... even a basketball. Thanks to a company called 94Fifty, the smart basketball of the future is a thing that you'll actually be able to buy fairly soon.

The ball features internal sensors that monitor everything from your dribble strength, backspin, shot arc and speed, consistency, and how long you hold the ball with one hand while dribbling. It then sends all this info back to your Bluetooth-connected smartphone with the 94Fifty app, so you can see the results.

27
Feb
thumb

Google's Chrome browser for Android got itself a nice little update today that brings a couple of new features, as well as an improved overall experience:

Updates in this version of Chrome for Android include:
1. Improved scrolling performance
2. Increased responsiveness to pinch-zooming on pages
3. Faster interactive pages thanks to the latest version of the V8 javascript engine
4. Audio now continues to play while Chrome is in the background
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