If you're into hidden object games, you are probably familiar with Artifex Mundi. This developer has a bunch of these titles in the Play Store, all of them with thousands of downloads/reviews and nearly perfect ratings. They're also rather pricey, but for the next two weeks you can get a good deal on the whole catelog from Artifex Mundi and contribute to charity thanks to the Humble Bundle.
Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.
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Expense IQ - Expense Manager
This week's roundup is brought to you by Expense IQ - Expense Manager from Handy Apps. This amazingly complete expense tracking system has a solid and colorful UI, and just about every possible checkbook, alert, and tracking feature you could want. Read More
Asus hasn't had much of a presence in the US phone market aside from a few unpleasant PadFones, but that's about to change with the ZenFone 2. This device was revealed at CES in January, but now the US variant is official. It's coming May 19th for $199-299, and you can pre-order it tomorrow.
Sometimes, we all just need a little space. On our phones, specifically. And by space, I mean gigabytes - more of them, ideally. So, that's why Avast came out with an app called GrimeFighter: a precision tool to fend off byte-encroachment caused by apps with out of control caching.
Have your mood-matching Spotify playlists eaten a 400MB hole in your pocket? Wipe 'em out. Don't need those cached maps of Thailand for that trip you took last summer anymore? Gone. Vignetted photo upon vignetted photo in Snapseed starting to pile up? Declare war on the selfie folder.
But any old cache cleaner app can do this stuff. Read More
tinyCam Monitor lets you view what's going on in front of your network or IP camera, cast the footage to a Chromecast, or keep tabs from an Android TV. It even supports Android Wear. Needless to say, the app does a thorough job of letting you use your Android device to keep an eye on things.
But what if you're not looking at any of these screens? In those instances, it would be nice to have a locally saved backup that you could watch at your leisure, one that you could also have lying around in case you ever need video to prove something. Read More
If you're a frequent ROM flasher (why does that sound mildly dirty?) and a OnePlus One owner, you might want to grab the latest build of TWRP. A Team Win developer says that it now supports Qualcomm's native encryption scheme in addition to Android's standard AOSP encryption. Why does this matter? According to Ethan "Dees Troy" Yonker and cited benchmarks, Qualcomm's encryption offers better performance when compared to Google's encryption applied to the same hardware.
...for slower encryption methods.
The hardware-based encryption offers an approximate 30% boost to read-write speeds over Android's software encryption, though it's still well below the performance of unencrypted flash storage. Read More
Connecting things to your phone using Bluetooth makes them smart. We know this buy now (by*, sorry, easy mistake). Tech companies have been feeding us this concept long enough for our bodies to digest it. And when they start to heat up from an adverse reaction, fortunately there's a smart gadget out there that can let us know. Blue Spark's TempTraq Bluetooth thermometer is now available for purchase. You can snag one for $25.
We've covered the TempTraq before, back when the product was still undergoing FDA review. Six months later, here we are. I should take this moment to point out that the TempTraq is hardly the first Bluetooth-connected thermometer. Read More
It seems like ages ago that Apple and Samsung finished duking it out in court over Samsung's "borrowing" from Apple's early iPhone designs. However, the $930 million judgement against Samsung was just the beginning of the legal tussle. This whole time the lawyers have still been racking up billable hours, and now a US appeals court has reversed a big chunk of the damages saying Apple's trademarks on the look of the original iPhone aren't valid.