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Anomaly 2 Review: An Incredible Game With A Few Bugs To Hammer Out

Humanity came out on top in the previous Anomaly games, but apparently that was just the beginning – a test invasion, if you will. The alien towers have returned with a vengeance in Anomaly 2 and the world is a little worse for wear. In fact, we kind of lost the war. This is the backdrop for Anomaly 2, which employs the same reverse tower defense gameplay that made the original games so much fun.

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Qualcomm Announces New 2.5Ghz Snapdragon 805 CPU And 40% More Powerful Adreno 420 GPU, Coming In 2014

Time, like an ever-rolling stream, bears all outdated hardware away. Qualcomm is pretty eager to top itself when it comes to ARM architectures, and to that end has announced its latest high-end CPU and GPU chips set to fill future smartphones and tablets. The Snapdragon 805 CPU and the new Adreno 420 GPU will be ready for mass-produced devices in the early half of 2014.

So what has Qualcomm done to make this new system-on-a-chip shine?

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A Hardware Modification Gives The Nexus 5's Underpowered Speaker A Little More Oomph

If you read our Nexus 5 Voltron-style review, you know that one of the Nexus 5's only real failings is its tiny, tinny speaker. To quote Mr. Ruddock: "It doesn't get very loud, the quality is pretty gag-worthy." A few XDA-Developers members decided to investigate the actual hardware on the speaker, leading Adam Outler to conclude that at least some units were affected by a manufacturing defect. He decided to fix this problem the XDA way: by cracking the phone open and poking holes in it.

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Dragon Strike Live Wallpaper Features Dragons Flying, Breathing Fire, And Fighting Humans Right On Your Homescreen

Sure, you could have stickmen run around stabbing each other on your homescreen or even watch as pixelated space ships blast one another out of the sky, but do you know what's more awesome than both options? Dragons. Nothing instills fear into the hearts of child and man alike like those abominable winged reptiles, and now Dragon Strike Live Wallpaper is available in the Play Store so that you can regularly see these majestic beasts in all their fire-breathing glory.

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[Leela Approves] The Full Android-Powered Neptune Pine Smartwatch Reaches $100K Funding Goal In One Day

"Smartwatch. Reinvented." declares the title on the Neptune Pine's Kickstarter page. Did we need them to be reinvented? Have smartwatches been around long enough to need a complete reboot? Simon Ian and his team think that they do, and at least 404 people agree with him - they've pledged a total of $118,245 CAD towards the smartwatch in just over one day.

The project's title is also strange in that it's a bit of throwback: instead of being a companion device a la the Galaxy Gear, Sony Smartwatch, or Pebble, the Pine is more like a tiny, full-fledged smartphone that lives on your wrist.

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Motorola Confirms Android 4.4 Updates For The Droid RAZR MAXX HD, Droid RAZR M, Atrix HD (What?), And More

Motorola is continuing its tradition of being transparent about which devices are on the docket for OTAs. The company's online tool has been updated to indicate several new devices will be joining the Android 4.4 fold.

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Amazon Appstore Client Finally Gets A Big Update From v5 to v7 – Includes New Design And Speed Improvements

Amazon's Android Appstore held great promise when it was announced, but the reality has often proven annoying to use. A big part of that was the terrible Appstore app that was used to install purchased content on a device. Today things are getting better in that department. The Amazon Appstore client has jumped from v5 to v7 and has gotten a complete UI overhaul in the process.

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The new UI is still recognizable as Amazon, but it looks more like the updated Kindle Fire tablets, and less like something designed explicitly to taunt you.

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Toshiba Excite 7 Review: There's Really No Reason This Tablet Should Even Exist

Toshiba pisses me off. It's a company that released one of my favorite Android tablets of all time (which is also subsequently abandoned after 4.1). When I know that a company is capable of putting out good gadgets but they continuously release garbage, it frustrates me. Announcement after announcement, I think this could be the one – this might just be the next good Toshiba device. And every single time, I'm disappointed.

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Pocket Updates To Version 5.0 With 'Highlights,' Enhanced User Experience

After its update to 5.0 on iOS about a week ago, Pocket has been upgraded for Android as well. I'm a long-time user of Pocket, and while my use case is probably different from the typical user's (there are probably only about 10 items in my list at any given time), it's clear to me that Pocket is always trying to find new ways to make simple save-and-read functionality better and more convenient.

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[New App] Ubisoft's Uplay Service Gets An Android App, So It Can Annoy You On Your PC And Phone At The Same Time

Everybody loves proprietary gaming platforms that make you sign in to play Far Cry, right? Hello? Well they're here to stay, whether you like them or not (thanks EA, Microsoft, Valve, and the rest of 'em) and Ubisoft is trying to make its proprietary service a little less awful with the official Uplay app. It's available now to gamers on the Play Store.

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Give Ubi some credit: at least the app looks good.

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