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Surprise, surprise - Rovio's has issued the next major content update to Angry Birds Rio early! The Carnival update is now available on the Amazon Appstore (unfortunately that's the only place you can get it for now).

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Here's the basic changelog:

  • 15 levels in new world named Carnival Upheaval
  • Blue, the Macaw, can now be used alone.
  • The new hidden fruits are papaya (thanks to everyone who helped us figure this out)

Update: This update is in the Android Market now, too.

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Jun
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You know that music thing people like to listen to? Well, Yahoo! seems to think that it may be the way back into users' hearts, as it just released a music-identifying, brain-crawling, news-delivering music player for Android powered by Instinctiv. It's called Yahoo! Play, and it has some basic, run-of-the-mill features, but it also has some... interesting features. Let's take a look.

First up, it has a feature called Identify, which is basically a Shazam or SoundHound clone: it listens to the track in question, then tells you what it is.

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Jun
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Ah, Angry Birds... it seems like it was only yesterday that the beta version of AB landed in the Android Market. Those crazy birds have come so far in such a short amount of time, and now they're back again with the newest update to the series entitled Mine and Dine. We already showed you the teaser trailer for this update a little over a week ago, but it never hurts to see it again, so here it is:

This update takes to the underground to bring 15 all-new levels of bird-slinging action to your device.

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Jun
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Internet auctionhouse eBay has pushed an update to its official Android app today that brings a number of long-desired features, including a slew of seller features. You can now list an item from start-to-finish, and every thing in between, all without ever touching a computer.

Here's a look at the full changelog:

  • Selling on eBay is now supported (available in US and UK with support for more countries coming soon!)
  • Quickly list an item from start to finish on your phone and include up to 8 photos
  • Use the integrated barcode scanner from RedLaser to prefill item details when listing an item
  • Revise an item from your Active Selling list
  • Relist an item from your Unsold list
  • Sell one like this feature available when viewing a similar item on eBay
  • Schedule an auction to start immediately or choose a later date
  • End an active auction
  • Mark an item as shipped
  • Contact the buyer
  • Updated home screen
  • View your own feedback ratings and recent comments from eBay members
  • More options for refining your search results: condition, free shipping, location, completed listings and sold items only
  • Fix for issue that restricted bidding for users on specific carriers/devices
  • Other bug fixes and improvements

Unfortunately, as you can see, the new selling features are only available in the US and UK at the moment, with "support for more countries coming soon."

The listing in the Web Market hasn't been update as of right now, but you should be able to pull this update just fine from the Mobile Market or App Brain using the widget below.

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Jun
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Welcome to the weekly roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Market or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

This is the first part of the roundup, which features games only. Apps will come in a separate post soon.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the AppBrain widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

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Jun
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It has been several weeks since Nvidia first dropped the news that Galaxy On Fire 2 was coming to Tegra devices, and now it's finally here. Galaxy On Fire 2 THD takes mobile gaming to a whole new level with its amazing details and rich gameplay, offering a massive galaxy for its playground. Here are some of the main features:

Game Features:

  • A huge galaxy with over 20 solar systems and beautifully rendered planets
  • 100 unique 3D space stations and more than 30 customizable space ships
  • Unique reputation and diplomacy system
  • Story-based, mission-based and free gameplay
  • Complex trading system with over 170 different commodities of all kinds
  • High quality visuals and music, full voice acting (English) and 3D sound
  • Action Freeze™: 3D screenshot tool to save screenshots from any perspective and upload them to Facebook™
  • OpenFeint integration of leader boards, achievements and saved games
  • Supports up to full native 1280 x 800 pixels resolution

Tegra Features:

  • Heavily optimized to utilize the eight-core rendering power of Tegra’s GeForce GPU for console-gaming quality on mobile devices
  • All meshes re-created from scratch as if they were to be used for a proper console game
  • New details added to the design of each of the over 30 spaceships and 100 space stations
  • Carefully re-painted space background images and planets at 2048 x 2048 pixels resolution to ensure crystal clear game experience even on 10 inch tablets
  • Four times higher texture sizes on all in-game textures and four times higher polygon count on its spaceships, space stations, jump gates and asteroids compared to standard tablet versions
  • Sophisticated OpenGL ES 2.0 specular and displacement shaders on all in-game assets

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You can get Galaxy On Fire 2 THD free in the Android Market right now - but there's a catch.

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Jun
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Gingerbread-using DROID X owners, your handsets are excluded from the elite ranks of Netflix-compatible devices no more; a recent update to the official Netflix application added support for your 2.3-running phones. Unfortunately, the DROID X is the only Gingerbread handset (with the exception of the Nexus phones) currently compatible with the movie rental service - my EVO 4G, which received its official 2.3 update a few weeks ago, still can't access the app.

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Jun
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The Game

 When distilled down to its base values, Doodle God is a large logic puzzle based on matching. You're given four elements (earth, air, water, fire) at the start of the game and can combine them to make things. Combining fire and air gets you steam, fire with water alcohol (firewater, har har), and many others.

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From there, you can use the products of your matching to make other things, which is where the game gets most of its depth.

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Jun
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When it comes to browsers made for Honeycomb, there are a few out there - but when it comes to browsers designed only for 10-inch Honeycomb tablets, there is only one. I realize that basically all Honeycomb tablets are 10-inchers, but there are some smaller ones on the horizon, so we dare not install this browser on those. To avoid confusion, Maxthon appropriately named this new browser... are you ready? Maxthon Mobile For 10" Tablets.

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Jun
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Update: Don't install this app until it gets an update - it will turn your GPS on every 10 seconds to update your location info, and won't stop unless you Force Stop it from the Manage Applications screen. It was at 68% on my phone's battery usage menu after 6 hours of doing little with my phone aside from checking e-mail sporadically. Yuck.

Have you ever wanted an app that aggregates your favorite daily deal and special offer services into a single, location-based list?