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[Bonus Round] Blown Away: First Try, Cavernaut, Don't Screw Up, Spin-Circle, And Space Jet

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 a unique platforming, a cave-based navigation game, a sarcastic take on Simon Says, a circular twitch game, and a space-based MOBA.

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PSA: If 'Touch To Search' Is Gone In Chrome For Android, Here's How To Bring It Back

Touch to Search, which enables users to highlight a single word or line of text in the mobile version of Chrome and instantly search for that text in Google, is pretty neat. It was introduced in the beta build of Chrome for Android version 38 way back in March of last year. But in the latest versions of the app (including the standard release), it's been curiously absent for many users.

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Holiday Play Store Deals Roundup [Updated Continuously]

'Tis the season to spend money on stuff for others, but what about you? What about your needs? It just so happens there are a ton of apps and games on sale for this holiday week, and we're going to keep track of all the best stuff. Check back as we'll be updating this post with new sales as we come across them.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon Offers Over $30 Of Appstore Apps And Games For Free, Including Lifeline, Last Horizon, And Goat Simulator MMO

There are probably quite a few new Amazon Kindle tablet owners poking through their brand new gadgets this morning, and to encourage new customers to check out what the Appstore offers, Amazon is giving some of its best games for free. A couple of its best games, anyway - the rest of today's 13 freebies are less than notable. But gamers will definitely want to grab textual space adventure Lifeline, atmospheric exploration game Last Horizon, and the zany fantasy-themed Goat Simulator MMO Simulator.

Here's the full list of currently free titles.

  1. 2Do ToDo List ($6.99)
  2. AVG AntiVirus PRO Android Security ($11.99)
  3. Batman: Arkham City Lockdown ($5.99)
  4. Bridge Constructor Playground ($2.62)
  5. Christmastry
  6. Explore Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood ($2.99)
  7. Goat Simulator MMO Simulator ($.99)
  8. Lifeline ($.99)
  9. Victor's Cold!!
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Activision Re-releases 'Call Of Duty Black Ops Zombies' Under A New Play Store Listing, Past Purchases Be Damned

Merry Christmas everyone! This jolly message comes to you courtesy of your beloved Activision Publishing developer who has decided to grab a few bucks from your stockings because you've been a bad kid this year and you deserve to be punished for liking Zombie games and causing virtual mayhem.

For some reason, Activision has decided to re-release Call Of Duty: Black Ops Zombies under a new listing on the Play Store. The first-person shooter that puts you at the line of defense against hordes of zombies dates back to 2012 when Liam called it "interesting" in his review. It has been stagnating on the Play Store with no updates since December 2013 with plenty of reviewers complaining about compatibility, bugs, and overall sluggishness.

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Official Kodi Remote 'Kore' Updated To v2.0 With PVR Support, New Animations, And More

Kodi (formerly XBMC) is a popular option for those who want to roll their own media center, and the official Kodi remote "Kore" plugs into the system perfectly. This app hit the Play Store earlier this year, shortly after the alpha and beta builds of Kodi did, and now Kore is getting a nice v2.0 update.

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YouTube Has A New Pseudo-Drawer For Subscriptions On Tablets

The YouTube app's hamburgerless layout has been with us for a while now, and while it's gotten a mixed bag of reactions, Google is still iterating on it slowly but surely. It seems like the latest development is a new layout on tablets for the subscription tab.

Previously, a strip of avatars lined the top of the content area, with blue dots to indicate whether the channel had a new video for you. In the new layout - which seems to be rolling out pretty quickly from the server-side judging from our inbox - subs have their own sort of pseudo-drawer on the left of the screen.

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OUYA Owners Get A $50 Discount On Razer's Forge TV Controller Bundle, Plus $10 Cortex Store Credit

The dream of OUYA was not to be. It turns out that overturning a decades-old industry by disrupting it with mobile hardware and open-source software is a tough row to hoe, and adding on a semi-exclusive game market (you know, that thing that consoles do that's already universally hated) wasn't the best opening move. So OUYA floundered in the maturing set-top box market until Razer snapped it up in the hopes of bolstering its own Forge TV, which had been on the market for months and was already known as the worst option in an extremely limited field.

Huh. Maybe they just wanted some company to commiserate with. 

In any case, the customers who bought and paid for OUYA hardware are getting a couple of dividends out of the deal.

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WSJ: Google Is Building Another Messaging Service... With Chatbots [And Blackjack, And Hookers]

Google, for all its skill in the realms of mobile search, advertising, email, and even operating systems, has never been particularly good at the social thing. Even now, I suspect, someone at Google is fuming at the notion that the company "isn't very good" at messaging or social networks and pointing animatedly at the tens of millions of Google+ and Hangouts users. The problem is and has always been that for whatever success Google has had in social and messaging platforms, it is constantly undercut by the actions of Google itself that say otherwise. There is near-yearly reworking, redesigning, or branching off of these products in ways that very strongly suggest they aren't getting the results Google's Alphabet overlords consider acceptable.

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NVIDIA Offering Free Fallout Shelter Goodies To SHIELD Tablet Owners

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