29
Sep
giftcards
Last Updated: September 30th, 2014

Dear Android Police readers living in New Zealand, we have good news. Google Play gift cards are now going live in your area. This is broadly speaking, of course. We can't say whether cards will start appearing at the shop up the road, but Google has listed several retail partners that will carry them. Countdown, JB HI-FI, Noel Leeming, the Warehouse, and Warehouse Stationary have all made the list. You can head out to one right away to see if they're in stock, but you might want to check beforehand.

25
Sep
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Last Updated: September 26th, 2014

Sit down, Son. Let's have a talk. Your mother tells me you've been asking lots of questions about where babies come from. See, here's the—uh—here's how it works. When a man and a woman decide they're ready to have a kid, well, one has a penis, while the other has a vagina. When you put the two together, a bunch of little semen run from one and into the other. They then race to see which one will actually get to turn into a kid some day.

25
Sep
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For folks who like to stay on the cutting edge of technology (which I assume includes you, since you're reading an Android blog), thermostats and smoke alarms don't get much cooler than the Nest and Nest Protect. They're Internet-connected, which is great because reasons. They can talk to your mobile device, which is all any gadget really needs to do to be considered smart (since many of us do less talking on our smartphones these days, does that make us dumber?).

24
Sep
PlayBooks-Thumb

Google Play is filled with content, but the digital goods are available on a country by country basis. Today we've seen Google add four more to the list of nations with Play Books availability. They are Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Ukraine.

Play Books appears to still be in the process of rolling out, because as you can see in the screenshot for Ukraine below, the banner announcing availability has appeared, but the section hasn't yet shown up in the sidebar.

19
Sep
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BombSquad's premise revolves around sticking a large number of friends together in one match and having them blow one another up across numerous battlefields and various mini-games. The title contains a multitude of weapons such as your standard Bomberman-variety circular bomb, sticky ones that adhere themselves to opponents, ice bombs, land mines, TNT, and... boxing gloves. Okay, everything can't explode, but in the end, BombSquad sounds like a blast (pause for groans).

19
Sep
Nightthumb

The Nightmare Cooperative is the latest turn-based, roguelike game that really doesn't care about your feelings. When you die in this adventure, one that prides itself on being fiendishly difficult, your characters will stay dead. So before you commit to diving in, you might want to invest in a case for your phone.

The game comes from developer Lucky Frame, the same studio that produced Gentlemen and Bad Hotel. It first launched back in July for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

18
Sep
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Developers are understandably upset about the new requirement that they provide a publicly visible address for paid apps in Google Play, but another interesting (and much more positive) tidbit has surfaced in relation to that change. The developer of the GoneMAD Music Player contacted Google to ask about the new policy. In addition to confirming address requirement, Google support says the Play Store will also start listing in-app purchase price ranges.

18
Sep
Cards
Last Updated: September 19th, 2014

Google Play gift cards are now available at the bottom of the world. No, not Antarctica-look up a bit. There you go, South Africa. In the most southern of African nations, gift cards are starting to appear on store shelves in increments of R 150, R 250, and R 450. Residents can rush to their neighborhood shop and pick one up for the low price of, well, any of the three numbers I just listed.

18
Sep
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Google is set to institute a new policy in the Play Store, and it has some developers up in arms. A message in the developer console (seen below) has appeared asking developers to add a physical address to their account profile. For those offering paid apps and in-app purchases, this is mandatory as of September 30th. Failing to do so could result in Mountain View pulling the apps.

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18
Sep
2014-09-18 02_25_44-Devices on Google Play

You know what thermostats and smoke detectors need? They need touchscreens, and internet connectivity, and apps, and gesture recognition. The only way you're getting that is with Google's Nest thermostat and Nest Protect smoke/carbon monoxide detector. Now you can get them even if you're in France or Ireland.

WyzovUP

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