Like a great many developers, Gameloft has resorted to rolling in-app purchases into most of its games. One notable exception to that de facto rule is the new installment of the Modern Combat series. These games have much more production value than any other mobile first-person shooter, but this is a genre that's notoriously hard to adapt to touchscreens. So, can a big production budget make Modern Combat 5: Blackout worth your time?
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The LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live both lack a light sensor to adjust screen brightness, which is kind of a pain. The Moto 360 is supposed to have have an ambient light sensor, but Display Brightness for Wear lets you fake the same functionality on the G Watch and Gear Live. It uses the time and your phone's location to determine how bright the watch should be, which is pretty clever.
Got an Android Wear device? If so, there's a mic on your wrist, so you might as well use it to keep track of all the insightful things that come tumbling out of your mouth. Or random craziness, whichever you're more prone to. Wear Audio Recorder lets you record voice notes from the watch, which are then pushed over to the phone.
Google added it's own version of Microsoft's "track changes" feature a few weeks back as part of its big I/O revamp of Drive. Starting today, Google Docs can import the tracked changes from a .docx file and load them up as Suggested Edits.
The venerable Nexus 5 is getting on in (phone) years, but the Google price for the 32GB is still $400. There's an eBay deal today offering the device for a mere $385, but that also includes free shipping and no tax (except in NY). That could easily save you another $40, depending on where you live.
The apparent Google Play summer sale seems to have petered out, so we're moving on to a new sales roundup, and there are a fair number of them too. Proceed and you will be rewarded with riches beyond your wildest dreams. Note: this does not constitute a guarantee. Android Police accepts no legal responsibility if your wildest dreams differ from those of Android Police and its subsidiaries.
Chrome Beta is sporting a new Material Design look now, but Mozilla's Firefox Beta is doing okay. In fact, it is getting an update to v32 with a number of changes that you might notice. Of course, there are also plenty of things going on behind the scenes that you'll never know about if you don't read the changelog.
Update 7/24/14: VentureBeat reports that the deal has finally gone through, though nothing official has been announced by either company just yet. The waiting game continues.
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Google has reportedly succeeded in securing the acquisition of the game streaming service Twitch. If the deal goes through, Twitch will apparently become part of YouTube. The sale price is being reported as an even $1 billion in cash, which works out to exactly one Instagram.
Android Wear is designed to keep you appraised of what's going on with your phone via notifications and cards, but that's not all it's good for. There are already a few apps that let you tweak settings on your phone, and now Wear Hotspot lets you toggle the hotspot functionality. It's actually a pretty good use of Wear.