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There are a number of security applications available for Android, such as WaveSecure and Lookout, which lock down your phone if it is lost or stolen, but few come close to being as secure and robust as Theft Aware 2.0.

We took a look at the application at the end of last year, and were thoroughly impressed by its ability to take advantage of rooted devices, installing itself into the system partition of your phone so that it isn't affected by even a full system wipe.

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Last Updated: July 31st, 2011

Did Asphalt 5 and Asphalt 6 not quite cut it for you when it comes to racing games on Android? Can I not tempt you with N.O.V.A. 2 either? Fear not! Gameloft is back with a new title, GT Racing: Academy Free+, which is available to download right now on the Android Market.

Although the title is free, you will probably have coughed up some money by the time you've finished playing.

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Last Updated: August 2nd, 2011

Android seems to have become infested with games that have a large amount of things in common: they all pay homage to an extremely-successful Xbox game, and have won the hearts of players the world around.

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Spirit plays a lot like Hyperlight, a game I've previously reviewed. The graphics are extremely similar in that they pay homage to Geometry Wars, and both take place on a flat, 2D plane.

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Popular home entertainment equipment manufacturer Onkyo is set to release its own Android app next month that will allow owners of any 2011 model network A/V receiver to wirelessly control them directly from their Android-powered smartphone. Using a wireless network as its means of connection, the app will also allow users to stream media stored locally on their Android phone, control the volume, select an input source, and more.

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An exact release date hasn't be announced as of yet, only that it will be "available in August."

[Onkyo Blog]

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Last Updated: August 2nd, 2011

 Usually, when video games and zombies cross paths, the latter end up being our enemies. Because of their slow, plodding and plentiful nature, target practice against zombies is a fun (and scary) endeavor. However, in Com2uS' newest title, you're put in a unique position: this time, you're trying to save a zombie from his untimely death.

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In Zombie Runaway you take control of a zombie who is running away (duh) from "evil" humans.

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Jul
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When I got my Galaxy Tab 10.1, one of the first apps I installed was Dolphin HD, and while it worked great, it still had that "phone" feel to it. Thankfully, the Dolphin Team has been hard at work prepping a version designed specifically for Android tablets (although, they're saying it's for "pads").

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Since this is a beta version, it's clear that it's based off of Dolphin HD, as some of the menus still retain the phone vibe.

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Jul
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Last Updated: August 2nd, 2011

Mech games are popular for a few reasons: everyone loves giant robots, and blowing things up while crushing the little guy underneath your armored boot can definitely be a satisfying sensation.

Today we have two games that are definitely worth your attention if you've enjoyed mech games in the past. More importantly, they're two different flavours of mech games: there's Death Cop for those of you who love the American-style Mechwarrior franchise, and for those who loved the fast-paced, anime style of Virtua ON or Zone of the Enders we have Destroy Gunners.

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Jul
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In a quiet update to the web Market, Google today rolled out these handy charts showing on each app page a 30-day history of installs. The charts can help gauge relative popularity of a given app throughout the last 30 days of its existence, but are relatively basic and not very practical.

Still, we'll take any addition to the Market that doesn't make it worse. I suppose it's actually kind of fun to see what effects new releases, updates, and promotional campaigns have on applications - for example, take a look at the chart of SwiftKey X, which recently went through a major revamp.

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Jul
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If you've visited Android Police over the past weekend, you've probably already seen my enthusiastic review of Total Commander for Android, which for me is replacing both ASTRO and Root Explorer going forward as the top Android file manager. Ad-free, $0, root support, dual panes, plugin support, and other advanced functions, which you can read about in the review, make Total Commander an easy choice for both novice and advanced users.

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Jul
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As if Amazon hasn't already helped make our mobile life easy enough, today it released AmazonFresh for Android into the Market. If you've never heard of AmazonFresh you're not alone, as I hadn't either. As it turns out, it's Amazon's take on grocery shopping, complete with fresh produce and home delivery.

The Android app looks to be a key companion to the website, offering many of the same features, including complete grocery listings, doorstep and attended home delivery, past purchase access, barcode search, order placement, and the ability to edit an order prior to delivery.