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The Civilization games on PC have consistently been the gold standard for 4X strategy, and the abbreviated Revolution versions for iOS have been widely praised for successfully distilling that formula for a mobile device. We didn’t see the first Civ Rev on Android, but the sequel has just launched in the Play Store. Civilization Revolution 2 can be yours right now, but it comes with a hefty price tag.

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Civilization Revolution 2 is a turn-based strategy game that offers you the opportunity to build an empire outdoes all the others. You get to choose from a variety of historical leaders like Lincoln, Bismarck, Lenin, and more. Sadly, I don’t see Gandhi anywhere, who has been a Civilization staple for many years on the desktop side. By playing to your empire’s strengths, you can found new cities, build up an army, and develop new technologies that allow you to win in different ways.

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The gameplay has been sped up in Civ Rev 2 compared to the full Civilization games, and the graphics are more cartoony. This is a much more complex game than most of what you’ll find in the Play Store, and the price takes that into account. 2K Games is asking $14,99 for Civilization Revolution 2, but there are no in-app purchases.

Motorola’s been planning a soak test for select users of the Moto X 2014 Pure Edition for a little while now, and it looks like it’s officially beginning. Earlier this evening, a tipster shared a shot of the update prompt with us, confirming that the test is bringing Android 5.0 Lollipop to the handset, earlier than Google’s own OTAs for existing Nexus devices (besides the new Nexus 9 and unreleased Nexus 6). Motorola has itself uploaded release notes for the update, describing some of Lollipop’s new treats for Moto X users. Lock screen notifications, interruption control, screen pinning, and other features we’ve come to know appear to be in tow.

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With the rollout apparently just beginning, there’s not a lot we can say about Lollipop on the Moto X, but this is certainly exciting news for Moto owners, as it appears the manufacturer is wasting no time in getting updates ready and as the manufacturer of the Nexus 6, it’s probably fair to assume that Motorola is well-acquainted with Lollipop by now.

Update: It looks like Moto has pulled the Moto X release notes for the Lollipop soak test, but we’ve mirrored them below. But a similar set of notes for the Moto G is still up here. These notes have also been pulled for now.


Google’s newest Nexus phone went up for saleless than an hour from the time of this post, but has already sold out. It took less than 30 minutes for inventory to run out.

That includes both the Midnight Blue and Cloud White colors in both the 32 GB and 64 GB options.

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Still, if you’re looking to get your hands on the new phablet, it’s worth keeping an eye on the Google Play Store for when stock becomes available again – sometimes inventory gets updated throughout the day.


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Most watches don’t have much in the way of accessories beyond straps and winders. But then most watches don’t hold a ton of electronic guts, and most watches aren’t owned by gadget fans with an obsessive need to keep their toys in pristine condition. To fill that need, a merchant on the 3D printing marketplace Shapeways is selling custom-made bumper cases for the Moto 360. Yeah, really.

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Raelx” is offering the $8 cases in a variety of colors and styles. You can get a shorter one that covers only the circular edge of the Moto 360, leaving a thin band of metal visible around the screen, or a taller one that covers everything except the “flat tire” screen cutout. Gaps for the watch band and crown are included, and the cases come in a dozen colors each. The material is nylon plastic, and it’s clearly a 3D printed product – you can see the layering effect in some of the photos of the brighter cases. That said, for $8, they look perfectly reasonable as far as quality is concerned.

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You might scoff at the idea of a case for a watch, but I’m sure some of our readers are putting in their payment info now. And for the more fashion-conscious, these bumper cases are cheap enough that you could buy them just to add some color to the Moto 360, maybe matching it with straps or outfits. Hey, I’ve seen worse ideas for cases… most of them on Etsy. You can sure as Hell expect large-scale manufacturers to get in on the act when the iWatch comes to market.

Source: Raelx on Shapeways

Go to the Play Store on your Android device and look for Tiny Death Star, the Star Wars-themed version of Nimblebit’s smash hit casual game Tiny Tower, and you won’t find it. If that’s surprising, you’re not half as shocked as Nimblebit. According to a report from Pocket Gamer, Lucasfilm’s new owners at Disney decided to un-publish the game without even telling the developers their plans. Disney also pulled a Star Wars card game, Assault Team, though that me-too CCG title is hard to get upset about.

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Strangely, the Google Play Store web page for Tiny Death Star is still up, though it looks like every single device has been marked as incompatible, so you won’t be able to find the listing on any Android phone or tablet. The Star Wars Assault Team page is simply empty, unless you had the game installed previously.

Pocket Gamer has an unconfirmed source that says Disney decided to pull continuing support for both games in favor of Star Wars Commander, a recent release that apes Clash of Clans and other mobile free-to-play strategy games. Whether that’s true or not, it makes sense – the game’s pay-to-win structure is a potentially lucrative one if enough players hop on. Tiny Death Star was also free to play, but not quite as insistent when it came to “premium” upgrades. Nimblebit developer Ian Marsh assumed that Disney simply didn’t want to spend the money to maintain the game any longer, and added that Tiny Death Star had been “a significant source of revenue” for the company with four employees.


The ability to collect rent from tiny, pixelated bounty hunters is insignificant next to the earning power of Clash of Clans rip-offs.

Tiny Death Star should continue to function for those who currently have the game installed on their phones or tablets, but switching devices means you’ll lose access to it (unless you back up your APK or find another copy). The original Android version of Tiny Tower is published by Mobage, but Nimblebit’s other Android games, including Tiny Tower Vegas, Disco Zoo, Pocket Trains, and Nimble Quest, are all self-published. Presumably they’ll be the first to know if someone decides to unceremoniously yank them away from players.

Source: Pocket Gamer via Kotaku

Microsoft has updated Display settings app for Lumia Windows Phones 8 devices to version The update brings bug fixes and usability improvements to the display system on Lumia smartphones.

In last update Microsoft added Brightness Profile under Display Setting on new Lumia devices running newer Snapdragons chips. For instance, users running Lumia 630, 730, 830, 930 or Lumia 1520, will have a setting for Brightness Profile and another for Color Profile.

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This new Brightness Profile setting on Lumia Windows Phone allows users to adjust brightness level manually for each profile- High, Medium and Low with a slider mechanism. You can find it under Settings > Display > Brightness profile > Adjust.

What’s New:
  • Improved usability
  • Bug fixes

Windows Phone 8.1 users can force check the update by going to (Store > Settings > Check for updates) or just follow below link to download from Windows Phone Store

The exciting 1.4 update adds three new scenes, a new mini-game, 150 quests, 54 new items for eight different collections and social sharing feature to this top-notch hidden object adventure game!

San Francisco, California – September 26, 2014 The fresh 1.4 update of Letters From Nowhere™: A Hidden Object Mystery has arrived on Google Play and Kindle Fire today! In this exciting update, you will reveal more mysterious secrets of Hazewich, experience three new scenes, a new mini-game, 150 additional quests, 54 new items for eight different collections, social sharing, improvements and tweaks.

After updating this grade-A, hidden object adventure to its latest version, you will get to explore the Mansion Yard, the Dining Room and the Bathroom in its new location – the Sinister Mansion, and find new clues about the fog that covers your town. Collecting key items along the way is crucial for your progress, since the more collections you compile, the more hints and special tools you earn. If you are hunting for more challenges, this update will satisfy that wish as well – a new mini-game “Stone Puzzle” has been added for some intense entertainment. You’ll have to move tiles and put together pictures that become more difficult every time you succeed.

And now you’ll be rewarded for bragging too. Share your mastery with your Facebook or Twitter friends and get bonus stamps to progress even faster! Weeks of involving gaming experience are awaiting you with these additions. Check it out for yourself! Download the Letters From Nowhere: A Hidden Object Mystery 1.4 for FREE to your Android device now.

What’s New in Version 1.4:

  • MORE QUESTS MEANS WEEKS OF FUN – 150 exciting new quests will keep you on the tip of your toes. Do you have the skills to discover the truth behind the mysterious events?
  • EXPLORE FASCINATING NEW SCENES – Search three engaging scenes in a new location – the Mansion Yard, Dining Room and Bathroom. Unlock these scenes and share with your friends!
  • LOADS OF NEW ITEMS IN NEW COLLECTIONS – Track down 54 new items for eight different collections. Find them all and enjoy even more rewards!
  • TACKLE AN INTRIGUING MINI-GAME – Get ready for a challenging new mini-game called the Stone Puzzle!

About the game:

Letters From Nowhere: A Hidden Object Mystery has its roots in the already successful and beloved Letters from Nowhere franchise. The new, free to play adventure takes the gamer on a very personal quest. Seven years have passed since your parents went missing and you left Hazewich. Upon your return you find that strange things are happening again. Witches are trying to conquer the town, and threatening secrets from the past keep surfacing! If that wasn’t enough, demons walk past you openly and scary symbols keep appearing in the morgue following enigmatic murders.

Are you ready to confront the overwhelming evil to save your old town … and maybe the whole world?

Letters From Nowhere: A Hidden Object Mystery is filled with excitement. The game offers you endless entertainment with over 760 quests, 35 hidden object scenes, nine different types of mini-games and upcoming free updates with loads of new content. Helpful tools vary – from the camera that shows hidden items placement for a few seconds, the pallet that turns words into pictures in the list of hidden objects, the timer that replenishes the time in the scene, a magic ball that reveals items when move over them, to the lantern that gives you wider view in dark scenes and the daily bonus that turns night into day if you don’t like to search in the dark. You’ll also have to collect stamps hidden in each scene that can restore your energy and black cats that unlock mirror, chalk, spot the difference, zodiac, talisman, find a pair, potion, stone and card puzzles. There is so much to do in Letters from Nowhere: A Hidden Object Mystery! Download it now and start your engrossing adventure!

Letters From Nowhere: A Hidden Object Mystery is developed by Awem Games and published on Android by G5 Entertainment.

Key Features:

  • Over 760 heart-pounding quests to fulfill
  • 35 eerie hidden object scenes to search
  • 78 collections to gather for bonuses and awards
  • Nine different types of mini-games to master
  • Regular free updates with loads of new content

Game trailers:
Letters From Nowhere™: A Hidden Object Mystery 1.4 Update for Google Play
Letters From Nowhere™: A Hidden Object Mystery 1.4 Update for Kindle Fire


When: Today, September 26, 2014

Five Features the Xperia Z3 has over the iPhone 6

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Apple this evening announced a number of new products including the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus (not forgetting the Apple Watch). Given pretty much every tech site has been covering the event and thoughts on the products over the last few hours, we won’t bore you with the details that you probably already know.

However, here are five features that the Xperia Z3 has over the iPhone 6. We’ve tried to be fair and not list Android-specific features, but if you can think of anymore let us know in the comments below. Sony has been trolling the event too, tweeting “Better than bigger.” Here’s some key reasons why we think that is the case (and we haven’t even touched the design, camera, battery life comparisons).

Five features the Xperia Z3 has over the iPhone 6

Display PPI: Apple led the way when it came to PPI pixel density when the iPhone 4 was first announced, but it has trailed Android flagship devices since then. The iPhone 6 doesn’t change this, which has a 4.7-inch (1334×750) IPS display giving 326 PPI. This compares to the Xperia Z3’s 5.2-inch (1080 x 1920) IPS display with 424 PPI pixel density. The Xperia Z2 brought one of the best ever displays to the Sony Xperia brand and it looks like the Z3 will continue to fly this flag.

Water proof: The Xperia Z3 has the highest level of dust & water resistance available with an IP rating of IP65/68. Sony says that you can use the phone while swimming in fresh water for up to 30 minutes up to a depth of 1.5 metres.

Stereo speakers / High-res audio: The Xperia Z3 has stereo speakers and also includes DSEE HX (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine), which allows you to upscale heavily compressed songs in AAC/MP3 to near High-Resolution sound quality.

4K video recording: The Xperia Z3 allows you to record at 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution, ideal for playback on a 4K TV or projector which are starting to hit the mainstream. The iPhone 6 is capable of 1080p HD video recording at 60 fps.

PS4 Remote Play: This feature will only appeal to gamers, but it is a neat one nonetheless. PS4 Remote Play allows you to stream games from your PlayStation 4 to your Xperia Z3 through your wireless network. What’s great is that games can be played with the DUALSHOCK®4 controller using a special mount, which means you can share the TV with the family without missing out on your gaming action.

Sony trolling the iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6 promo videos


Spotify will offer family subscription to all in the future. But from Monday to Telia customers subscribe for the subscription costs 199 dollars and involves five family members.

The requirement is that you either have fixed broadband from Telia or mobile subscription type Mobile Complete alternatively Max27.

Unfortunately there are no details about when the other citizens of the world can purchase it. Family subscriptions have been requested since Spotify launched, and it is strange that it has taken so long.

Source: Telia