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Game Developer King Now Owns The Trademark On The Word 'Candy' In Games And Clothing [Update]

The US Patent and Trademark Office, in its infinite and infallible wisdom, has opted to approve a trademark filing from King, the developer of the wildly popular game Candy Crush Saga. King was seeking a trademark on the word 'candy' in the context of games and clothing (for some reason), and it appears the attorney who examined the request thought King had a sufficiently strong case, so here we are.

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27 Best (And 2 WTF) New Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (1/7/14 - 1/20/14)

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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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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Race Illegal: High Speed 3D

Today's roundup is presented by Race Illegal: High Speed 3D from HeroCraft.

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Sony Wises Up, Starts Blocking AnTuTu Benchmarking App (And Maybe Others) On Prototype Devices

One of the many vectors which delivers leaked information on upcoming phones is the device benchmark score. Many apps upload the results to online leaderboards for all to see. There's quite a bit of information to be gleaned from these online listings – basically the entire spec list. Now Sony is looking to plug this leak by blocking benchmarking apps.

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[Bonus Round] Galaxy Factions, Tank Riders 2, Bad Hotel, Small Fry, Sultans Of Rema, Neon Beat, And Ferris Mueller's Day Off

Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got an aspiring Starcraft clone, a sequel to a twin-stick favorite, an unconventional iOS pilgrim, a solid endless runner, a new Tin Man gamebook, an interesting take on Breakout, and a John Hughes-style adventure game.

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[New App] Udemy Brings On-The-Go Learning To Android, Just Make Sure You Bring Your Wallet

Okay, you've gotten yourself into quite a pickle – how can you live up to that New Year's resolution to learn [insert goal here] when you're so busy? Well, there's always Udemy, which just launched on Android. This is an online repository of courses that teach everything from statistics to "yoga detox," whatever that is.

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The app is arriving on Android after a successful stint on iOS.

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Friday App And Game Sales: Archangel, Swipe Dialer Pro, PinWar, And More

It's been a long week, and don't you deserve a treat? I mean, let's not get carried away – a moderately priced treat would probably be the best course of action. Some apps and games that happen to be on sale will do nicely.

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[New App] EA Posts Need For Speed Network Companion App On The Play Store

EA just loves its companion apps, and despite the fact that this one is two behind the release of 2013's Need For Speed Rivals, I'm sure that at least a few racing game fans will appreciate it. Need For Speed Network is a combination social network and second screen app for the aforesaid game, and it's compatible with PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC versions.

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NFS Network is basically an extension of the "Autolog" feature that's been a part of the franchise for years now.

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[New Game] Sony Releases Bentley's Hackpack, An Arcade-Themed Minigame Pack Inspired By A Sly Cooper Console Title

There's not a legitimate Sly Cooper game on Android yet, but you can get a tiny bit closer with a new game from Sony. Bentley's Hackpack is a collection of three minigames that originally launched last year on PSN alongside Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time for PS3 and Vita. Now you can get these minigames on Android.

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IMDb Launches A Google+ Community For Official Android App Beta Testing

Ever since Google launched the ability for developers to offer public beta testing directly through the Play Store, we've seen quite a few devs take this route and offer the hottest thing off the press for users to try out. The latest high-profiler to take advantage of this system is IMDb, which recently launched its first beta app through its Google+ Community.

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It doesn't appear that there's a lot of new features packed under the hood of the first beta release, likely because the company is still working towards getting the community set up before launching anything game-changing.

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[New App] Level Is A Financial Management App With Style To Spare

Saving money can be hard, but Level is here to help. No, it doesn't modify your behavior through aggressive negative reinforcement when you spend recklessly. However, it does link up to your bank account and help you track spending and build a plan. It's pretty too.

If you've ever set up a financial app like Mint, you'll be familiar with the process here. It can be a little bit of black magic to get things flagged correctly, but once you've pointed Level to all your income and bills, it tracks your spending and tells you how much breathing room you have.

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