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[Game Review] Fort Courage Is Another Solid Game Held Back By In-App Purchases

Real innovation is suddenly becoming depressingly rare in the mobile space: look no further than the army of Temple Run clones that have come out in the last few months. Sure, most are fun, and some even eclipse the original (see Agent Dash), but they're all copying game mechanics pretty shamelessly. In this environment, it's so refreshing to see something like Fort Courage: a new game that adds compelling and exciting elements to an old formula. It comes from Human Head Studios, developers of the celebrated Prey and its upcoming sequel. That being said, there are a few places where it's clear this console and PC developer needs some more mobile experience - a tendency to rely on pre-built tools, like the GREE platform, and taking the in-app purchase model to extremes are two examples.

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Apple Seeking $707 Million More In Damages On Top Of The $1 Billion It Already Won Against Samsung

After winning a $1.05 billion verdict against Samsung for alleged trade dress dilution and patent infringement, Apple has filed a motion with the presiding judge of the tech world's biggest trial requesting a massive increase in the initial jury award.

An additional $707 million has been tallied up by Apple's lawyers as being due to the company, and unfortunately, the logic here is sound. The jury in the case found Samsung willfully infringed Apple's design and software patents (meaning they should have known they were infringing, basically), and under US statute, this entitles Apple to an award of triple the amount of the actual damages resulting from infringement.

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New Kickstarter Project 'iMpulse Game Controller' Is A Multi-Functional Bluetooth Accessory That Fits On A Keychain

Anyone who reads this blog often knows my disdain for touch-controls on mobile games. There are a few titles out there that are intuitive enough, like NBA Jam, Dark Meadow, and Horn, but past that, most games are just awkward to play. Thus, if a game supports it, I usually use some sort of controller, be it Bluetooth or USB. While that's practical enough at home, large controllers are too cumbersome for gaming on-the-go. Enter a new Kickstarter project called the iMpulse Game Controller that's looking to change that.

As you can see, the iMpulse is a Bluetooth controller that's small enough to fit on a keychain.

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Didn't Catch The Motorola/Intel RAZR i Event? Watch It Now On YouTube

There's a good chance that the bulk of you completely missed the RAZR i announcement. Why? Because it was held in London and happened in the middle of the night for those of us in the US. Never fear, though, if you simply must see Moto talk up the RAZR i and all of its 2GHz glory, the full event is now available for streaming on YouTube.

Enough chatter - hit play to watch the magic.

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[The Android Police Podcast] Episode 28: Ermahgerd Erpl Mrps!

Welcome to the Android Police Podcast, Episode 28. Don't forget - the Android Police Podcast's live broadcast is every Thursday at 5PM PST (www.androidpolice.com/podcast).

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The Cast

  • Matthew Smith, Host
  • Bob Severns, Editor, A/V
  • Cameron Summerson, Co-host
  • David Ruddock, Co-host
  • Eric Ravenscraft, Co-host

THE OUTLINE

Carrier 411

Rumor Roundup

Code Google

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[Deal Alert] Droid RAZR M $50 With New Contract Or Upgrade From Wirefly

$99 is a good deal for a solid mid-range device like the Droid RAZR M. That makes $50 a steal. And that's how much you can now get it for at Wirelfy, regardless of whether signing a new contract or re-upping your existing dedication to Big Red.

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Specs:

  • 4.3" 540x960  display with "almost no borders" and Gorilla Glass
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB storage, microSD card slot
  • 4G LTE connectivity
  • 8MP rear shooter
  • NFC
  • 60.9 x 122.5 x 8.3; 126g
  • 2000mAh battery
  • Android 4.0.x

If you're feeling uncertain about this device, I suggest taking a look at Ron's review.

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CyanogenMod 10 Nightlies Now Rolling Out For The T-Mobile Galaxy Note

If you have a Galaxy Note on T-Mobile, you're probably worried about things like device updates, considering T-Mo basically ditched it after only a couple weeks of availability. Worry not, because the CyanogenMod team is here to save the day: just one week after the custom Jelly Bean build showed up for the AT&T and International versions of the Note, CM10 Nightlies are now available for T-Mo's variant of the device.

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Definition: A "nightly" is a bleeding edge release that is built on a daily basis, usually at night after a full day's worth of new code has been committed.
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Kindle Fire HD 7-Inch Review: "Real" Tablet Or Not, This Is The Future Of Digital Consumerism

Considering we're a little late to the game on our review of Amazon's newest Kindle Fire, you've probably skimmed through the thoughts of various blogs and news outlets, finding quips like "not a great general computing tablet," or "no match for the Nexus 7's / iPad's performance." And they're right.

The Fire HD is not a good "tablet" in the sense its competitors are (yet), and it's not really a match for the hardware horsepower of its Google-born arch-nemesis, the Nexus 7. But, like I said in my hands-on, comparing the Fire HD to the Nexus is just kind of a mismatch (though you'll read many comparisons in this review, because a lot people are interested in them).

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[Deal Alert] AT&T's HTC One X Now $20 For New Customers At Amazon Wireless

If you walk into AT&T right now to buy the HTC One X and sign a new agreement, you'll not only be overrun by people trying to get the new iPhone, but pay $100 for it. Here's a better idea: stay home, head over to Amazon Wireless, and get the same phone for just $20 (if you're opening a new AT&T account). You'll avoid the crowd, standing in line, and having to listen to some salesman tell you to buy some other phone that's not nearly as good. You know which one I'm talking about.

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Specs:

  • Processor: MSM8960 dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 at 1.5GHz
  • GPU: Adreno 225
  • Operating System: Android 4.0.3 with Sense 4.0
  • Display: 4.7" Super IPS LCD2 (720x1280, 312DPI)
  • Memory: 1GB RAM / 16GB internal (12GB usable - 2GB for apps, 10GB for storage)
  • Cameras: 8MP rear / 1.3MP front
  • Battery: 1800mAh, non-removable
  • Ports/Expandable Storage: microUSB port, HTC dock contacts / none
  • Thickness: 8.9mm / .35"
  • Weight: 130g / 4.6oz

Buy: White | Black

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[New Game] Noodlecake's Velocispider Successfully Combines Retro Arcade Action With A Robotic Dinosaur-Spider Hybrid

Noodlecake, the makers of Trainyard, HueBrix, and Continuity, have just made available their latest entry in the Play Store, Velocispider. Before continuing, I should explain that Velocispider's titular protagonist is a half dinosaur, half spider robot. Knowing that, the rest of the game's characters are relatively sensible.

The premise of the game is simple – you are a robot spider dinosaur with rare eggs to protect. The CEO of the Robot Seafood Corporation wants those eggs, and will send  thousands of enemies your way over the span of 20 levels. Gameplay is even simpler – Velocispider is a fixed-view shooter, in which our spider-dinosaur hero fires continuously upward as wave after wave of enemies approach.

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