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[New Game] 2K Games Releases NBA 2K13, Invites Players To 'Enter The New Dynasty'

Bringing a new entry to the successful NBA 2KX franchise, 2K Games recently released NBA 2K13 to Google's Play Store. Like its predecessors, NBA 2K13 is built on the NBA 2K engine, with improved graphics and a new one-finger control option to give players "the ultimate NBA experience while on the go."

Besides the option to use 2K13's new one-finger control system, players can revel in some nostalgia while reliving some of the best performances "in NBA history, including Kobe Bryant's 81-point performance in 2006."

Players can also play through multiple NBA seasons with the same team in order to establish them as "a new dynasty," while enjoying a television-style presentation including full commentary.

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[Update: Street View And Movies, Too] Four Google Apps Updated: Wallet, Shopper, Play Music, And Drive

Google went on a minor update spree this afternoon, issuing revisions to four Google apps on the Play Store, including Play Music, Wallet, Drive, and Shopper. All four updates are relatively mundane, but here are the various changes.

Google Drive

Hidden in the old Drive changelog from the previous update (here) is a small note regarding gestures. The new version is 1.1.4.29.

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Google Shopper

Shopper has received the most substantial update of the four to v2.6, with changes to filtering options and search, as well as performance and stability improvements.

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2Checkout Mobile Arrives In The Play Store, Allows Users To Track Sales, Issue Refunds From Their Phone

For the uninitiated, 2Checkout is a web-based storefront service that allows users to both create an online checkout system for their products as well as handle merchant services like credit card payments. If you've ever tried to set up your own shop, you know how difficult it can be to get all the moving parts together. Now, 2Checkout is making it even easier with the release of its mobile app that will allow sellers to track sales, issue refunds, and even contact customers.

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If you're already a 2Checkout user, the company notes that your existing logins via the Back Office API won't work.

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PlayStation Mobile Opening Today For Certified Devices

Right on schedule, Sony's PlayStation Mobile is going live today, bringing PlayStation titles to certified devices and – of course – PS Vita.

While, at the moment, Sony's list of certified devices is limited primarily to Sony's own Android phones and tablets, more devices – including some from Fujitsu and Sharp – are expected to gain certification in the near future. HTC's One line is already on the list, with "details to be announced later on."

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[New Game] Hothead Games Releases Big Win Football – Customize, Compete, 'Go For The Big Win'

Encouraging players to "go for the big win," Hothead Games recently released Big Win Football to the Play Store. The makers of the artistic masterpiece that is Machinarium and the similarly sports-minded Big Win Soccer have added another entry to their catalogue of "Big Win" sports games, bringing the same customizable, competitive and unique gameplay dynamic to football fans, allowing them to create their own customized dream team, play against opponents online, and enhance player skills with game-changing boosts.

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One of the things that makes Big Win Football different from other football games, besides its Mii-like character style, is the ability to play big impact cards.

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Tip: Using WidgetLocker? It Has A Secret 'Experimental' Settings Menu, Too

Yesterday, we highlighted the hidden "labs" feature in Nova Launcher. Turns out that's not the only of TeslaCoil's apps with a secret menu - popular lockscreen replacement app WidgetLocker has a similar feature, except it's called "experimental." For all intents and purposes, though, it's the same thing.

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It's also activated the same way: simply head into WL's settings menu and hold volume down for 1-2 seconds. Just like with Nova, you'll see a toast notification to let you know that the new menu was successfully unlocked. To disable it, hold volume up for 1-2 seconds. Easy peasy.

Inside this hidden area, you'll find some pretty neat features, many of which are in place to reduce the likelihood of the stock lockscreen showing up instead of WidgetLocker's custom interface.

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Gmail Can Now Search Text Inside Of Your Attachments

Google is always finding ways to improve and enhance its services. Sometimes the updates are fairly major, while others a minor bump is enough to make a notable difference. The latter's the case with a new feature now available in GMail on the desktop, mobile site, and mobile app: the search function can now return results that include text inside of attachments.

Before today, you could only locate specific attachments by searching for the the filename or file type. Now, however, the search tool can also read text inside of DOC, PDF, PPT, and other Drive-associated files.

The one downside that we found is that it doesn't show you which attachment the data was located.

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[New App] Top Gear: Stunt School Revolution Revs Its Engines On Amazon's Appstore

Attention gearheads, the app you've been waiting for has arrived. It's clear right off the starting line that Top Gear: Stunt School Revolution is a driving game unlike the competition. This app was previously an iOS exclusive, but it's not in Google Play just yet. As of now, Android users will have to go to Amazon's Appstore to pick it up, but it's free.

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The new Top Gear game borrows the supercar vibe from the popular BBC TV show by placing you in interesting locations to pull off stunts and drive like mad. You can customize your car as much as you like by adding bigger engines, better tires, jet thrusters...

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Rayman Jungle Run Review: Possibly The Best Platformer On Android

Many of us waited with bated breath for Rayman Jungle Run to arrive in the Play Store late last month. Just when the wait was almost over, it was delayed. The game finally arrived a week later with all the platforming goodness you could ask for, so maybe the delay was worth it. All this precision jumping doesn't come free, though. Is the new Rayman worth a few dollars of your cash?

Gameplay

Rayman Jungle Run is split up into 40 regular stages, along with a few bonus levels. The first place of many that this game shows itself to be really well-made is with the level design.

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