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Real-Time Strategy Classic Z: Steel Soldiers Loses Tegra Exclusivity, Now Available For Most Android 2.3+ Devices

It's been a good week for real-time strategy fans on Android. Yesterday a new game from the Anomaly developers was released, SPACECOM, and today gamers without access to NVIDIA-branded hardware can play Z: Steel Soldiers. If you don't recall, this Android port came out back in August of last year - about thirteen years after the original was released on the PC. It's a conventional real-time strategy game about robots killin' robots.

Z: Steel Soldiers can now be installed on any Android device running 2.3.3 or higher (or at least any of them that I've owned), so long as you've got $7 to put in the developers' jar.

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Feedly Rolling Out v27 With Google Now Integration, Power Search, And Better Auto-Complete [APK Download]

There's a new version of Feedly out there, but it looks like a staged rollout (currently a beta channel release). Normally that wouldn't be a huge deal, because it's just a feed reader. However, there's some cool stuff in the v27 update. This one adds Google Now integration, and we've got the APK below.

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Ready Contact List Goes Material In Big 2.0 Release, Gains Third-Party App Integration, Call Bubbles, And More

Ready is a third-party dialer that, from the beginning, has prided itself on being prettier than the one you're currently using. And for people where looks aren't enough, it consolidates various aspects of mobile communication into one place in order to improve the experience of actually making calls. You can know when you last talked, what was said in your last text, and when the next meeting is scheduled for all as you dial a person's number.

Now Ready has gone 2.0 after spending weeks in beta, and for this release, the developers have made the app Lollipop ready.

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NVIDIA Announces The New Tegra X1 Mobile Chipset With 256-Core Maxwell GPU

NVIDIA has been the first few pebbles of the landslide that is CES for the last few years, and 2015 is no different. To kick off the world's biggest consumer tech show, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang started with mobile. The company announced its successor to the Tegra K1 mobile processor, the Tegra X1. This chip includes an octa-core 64-bit CPU married to a 256-core GPU. And that second chip is the killer: it's based on the same architecture as the latest full-sized NVIDIA desktop graphics cards, Maxwell.

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While Huang was quick to point out the chip's fantastic graphical capabilities (without going into extreme detail), he also wanted to show off its video rendering prowess.

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CyanogenMod 12 Will Integrate Superuser Settings With The Privacy Guard System, No Separate SU App Necessary

Most of the news about CyanogenMod over the last month or so has been about Cyanogen Inc.'s very public spat with enthusiast manufacturer OnePlus. But believe it or don't, work continues on CyanogenMod 12, the custom ROM team's version of Android Lollipop. One of the more interesting changes to the new version was spotted over on the Android subreddit: starting with CM12, CyanogenMod will no longer require a separate app to manage root permissions.

You can see the relevant change over at the official CyanogenMod code review. "Superuser access doesn't require an app now, it's been tied to privacy guard," writes developer Ricardo Cerqueira, a prolific member of the CM team and one of Cyanogen, Inc.'s original employees.

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[APK Download] My Tracks 2.0.9 Update Brings Google Fit Integration, Becomes Far More Useful In The Process

For a long time, Google's My Tracks app was basically a niche app, if not just a novelty. However, the recent addition of Android Wear support started to get things to make more sense. Location tracking on a smart watch is more convenient and may render obsolete the GPS watches of yesteryear. With the new 2.0.9 update, My Tracks has Google Fit support, giving My Tracks some credibility as a fitness app.

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[Deal Alert] Newegg Offers The EVGA Tegra Note 7 For Just $129.99 ($70 Off)

Are you looking for a powerful little tablet for yourself, or perhaps a Christmas present? Then you might want to mosey on over to Newegg, where EVGA's model of the NVIDIA Tegra Note 7 reference hardware is currently on sale. You can pick one up for just $129.99, an impressive $70 off of the retail price. Newegg is also offering free economy shipping via its "super Eggsaver" option. Sorry, international readers: though Newegg has stores in a handful of other countries, it looks like this deal is limited to the US.

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The Tegra Note family of 7-inch tablets use the Tegra 4 processor, which is still a beast of a system (especially for gaming) more than a year after it debuted on the original SHIELD.

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Hangouts 2.3 Update Brings Remaining Google Voice Integration And A Big Visual Overhaul [APK Download]

We saw Google Voice integration go live last night, but it contained a number of issues which this update is expected to fix. Yet as exciting as this is, what's more immediately striking is the new visual redesign.

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With the amount of smudging this post required, I feel like I've been working on classified documents. The new version of Hangouts plasters your email address absolutely everywhere. It's not an issue when using the app, but it does make for some rather swirly screenshots.

Right out of the gate, the new UI is significantly greener. As Google prepares Hangouts for the next version of Android, it has made the app much more colorful, and the toolbar now has a vibrancy that it previously did not.

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Google Glass Updated To XE21.0 With Waze Integration And Speedier Google Now Updates

Just days after the Explorer Edition of Google's first wearable device made its way onto the US Play Store, the Glass development team is starting to roll out yet another in a long history of updates. This time we're looking at XE21.0, which appears to be on the smaller side based on the changelog. Only two noteworthy details made it onto the list: faster updates for Google Now cards and accident indicators during Navigation, provided by Waze.

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Despite so few changes, this update promises to address two features that haven't seen much improvement over the last several months. For quite some time, users have complained that updates to Google Now cards on Glass would lag behind a paired phone by several minutes, or even more than an hour.

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NVIDIA Makes The SHIELD Tablet Official: 8 Inches Of Tegra K1 Power Starting At $299, $399 For 32GB LTE Version

NVIDIA's SHIELD gadget is undeniably unique in the Android world, which might be why the company has decided to go with a more mainstream form factor for its second hardware foray. The SHIELD Tablet, as it's officially titled, was leaked hard last week, but NVIDIA made it official this morning. The 8-inch device features the latest Tegra K1 processor, a 1080p LCD screen, NVIDIA's GameStream software and other specialized apps, and an optional controller that's similar to the control pad on the original SHIELD.

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The SHIELD Tablet represents the best that NVIDIA has to offer in a mid-sized tablet form factor.

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