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Raywar: Pandemonium Is A Twin Stick Shooter That Does Its Very Best To Make Your Eyeballs Explode

Remember that brief period in the late 90s and early 2000s when every other console game came with a seizure warning? The developers of Raywar: Pandemonium might want to consider adding one to their game. Twin-stick shooters with "retro" graphic elements have begun to blend together since Geometry Wars typified the sub-genre, but this entry pushes the visual elements over the top with absolutely insane levels of lighting effects, on-screen enemies and pickups, and shiny, shiny explosions. Check out the video below, which hardly does the game justice.

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You Can Now Earn Money Taking Selfies — Time To Brush Up On Your Duck Faces, Fake Smiles, And Rock On Signs

I've been taking "selfies" for more than a decade. Back in 2005, we just called them photos, except we pointed the camera at ourselves instead of the world, and we felt a small but appropriate surge of vanity doing so. It was just fun. Then selfies became a thing, and now you can't take a photo of yourself without feeling like a self-centered 12 year old teenager bragging about his/her latest hairdo on Instagram. It's impossible to walk down the streets of some cities without seeing someone trying to lend you a selfie stick for a few bucks, or to go to a restaurant or pub without seeing a group of friends taking selfies together, or really to engage in any activity without having someone suggest taking a selfie...

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Hilton's HHonors App Gets Updated With New Digital Key To Let You Into Your Room

There are many things frequent travelers hate, like the long queues at the airports, the jet-lag, and the countless little annoyances in logistics when going from one country or state to another. Waiting at the hotel front desk when they're just about ready to collapse after a long trip isn't a positive feeling either. But they may not have to anymore, that is if they're staying at a Hilton hotel and they're HHonors members (membership is free apparently).

The app announced last month a new "Digital Key" feature. At the time, the option was limited to the iOS application, but it has now made its way to its Android counterpart.

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Khan Academy's Android App Is Out Of Beta And Available To Everyone

It's been merely a week since the official Khan Academy app was made available in Beta on Android. Now the app is ready to graduate to be visible to everyone on the Play Store, not just those that joined the Google+ beta community.

The app lets you browse Khan Academy's huge collection of educational videos and explanations on various topics ranging from math to science, history, economics, art, and more. Find something you want to study later on, while you're in the subway for example? You can bookmark it to be saved and available offline to you. And everything you do is synced between the app and the website.

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Woot Releases Its Official Android App In Beta

Boom! The Woot app is finally, officially, available on Android. How 'bout that? Boom! It's all about the website's exclusive offers and daily deals, in a sweet material design. Boom! There's even a cool navigation drawer and scrolling. Scrolling, you guys. Boom! If you're wondering about the explosion sound effects, you should watch the app's promo video below. Boom!

For a first legit try at an Android app, Woot really nailed most of the design and interactions.

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Free-To-Play Action RPG Eternity Warriors 4 Is Live In The Play Store

It's time to take up your sword (and wallet) to do battle with demons, sorcerers, and other generic fantasy foes with the fourth installment of the Eternity Warriors series. There are three different heroes to master, tons of loot to find, and yes, some things to buy. Such is the world we live in.

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Firefox Updated To v41 With Easy Multi-Provider Search From Address Bar, Ability To Search Your Saved Logins, Duplicate Bookmark Detection, And More

Mozilla advances another version in their rapid release cycle today, moving the stable version of Firefox for Android (and desktops) to v41. Unlike some other recent releases, this one has several goodies for regular users. These include a modification to in-browser search that makes it more like using the dedicated search bar in desktop Firefox, offering an easy tap-to-choose selection of different search providers.

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To be honest, I think this is a lot more useful on mobile than it is on the desktop. The moments, taps, and typing saved are a lot more precious when using your phone.

Another highlight is the ability to search your saved logins when there are no matches.

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Amazon Will Give You And Your Friends $5 Each For Using The Amazon Shopping App For The First Time (US Only)

What can you get for $5 on Amazon? How about a set of unicorn-themed temporary tattoos, or a Cydni Lauper compilation CD, or a potholder that looks like a Russian nesting doll? Any of these fine treasures can be yours for free, if you can convince one of your friends to buy something using the Amazon Shopping app for Android. Oh, and they'll get $5 too, just for being invited. Russian nesting doll potholders for everyone!

The latest update to the shopping app, version 5.9, says as much in the changelog.

Invite your friends to use the Amazon Shopping App.

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FIFA 16 Ultimate Team Is Now Available On Android, But Device Compatibility Is Strange

We don't see too much enthusiasm for soccer in the US. In fact, we call it soccer instead of football just to show how much we don't care what the rest of the world thinks. Classic America, right? At any rate, FIFA 16 Ultimate Team is out on Android, and I'm going to do my best to explain what it's all about.

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Starbucks Expands Mobile Order And Pay Functionality To Over 7,400 Stores Nationwide So Coffee Addicts All Over The US Can Avoid Waiting In Line

If you're ordering the same cup of coffee every morning at the same time every day, why are you waiting in line? Oh, right, until now Starbucks' Mobile Order and Pay was only available in select cities. Well, dear caffeine-driven productive member of society, the feature has now made its way from the Pacific Northwest to over 7,400 stores spread across the country.

Starbucks first began testing the ability to order remotely and pay in advance in Portland in December 2014. By this past summer, the company had expanded the feature to 3,400 additional stores across 17 states. Now it has completed its national rollout.

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