Action RPG Evolution: Battle for Utopia launches on Google Play [Interview]

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Back in April, My.com released Evolution: Battle for Utopia on iOS devices. The game takes players to the planet of Utopia, which is inhabited by unwelcoming monsters. Players become stranded on the planet during an expedition, and must build a base and complete quests in order to survive in their new home. Now, a new set of gamers can get in on the fun, as Evolution has launched for free on Google Play for Android devices.

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Teen girl dies trying to chase down iPhone thieves

ios-7-activation-lock iphone theftAn iPhone robbery turned deadly when a girl died after sustaining injures trying to save her phone. The teenager, Rubi Rubio, was only 15. She was walking with her 7-year-old sister when a stranger approached the girls and asked for the time. He then took the phone away from Rubio by force. (more…)

Mind Candy targets an older audience with Moshling Rescue on iOS, Facebook [Interview]

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After developing successful properties for younger audiences, Moshi Monsters creator Mind Candy has expanded its target audience to include moms and dads with Moshling Rescue on iOS devices. Previously released on Facebook, the match-three game sees players completing levels by rescuing moshlings that have been trapped under the dirt and rubble from a volcanic eruption.

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Grand Cru’s Supernauts passes 1 million downloads in six days [Interview]

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Earlier this month, Helsinki-based mobile developer Grand Cru released Supernauts on iOS devices. The game, which asks players to rebuild Earth in outer space, was a fast success, passing over one million downloads in its first six days on the market.

Combining Minecraft-esque material collection and world-building with puzzle solving, Supernauts has clearly struck a chord with mobile gamers around the world. We had a chance to chat with Grand Cru Co-Founder and CEO Markus Pasula about the game’s early success, and what we can expect from the team, and Supernauts, going forward.

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TapZen aims for mobile domination with This Means War! on iOS

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Mobile developer TapZen has thrown down the gauntlet, bringing its first title, This Means War!, to iOS devices with a simple goal: to dominate the mid-core strategy games space on smartphones and tablets.

TapZen is comprised of industry veterans with ample experience in creating both hardcore console titles (like Gears or War and Halo) and social free-to-play experiences (like Empires & Allies). It’s that experience, says TapZen General Manager Amir Rahimi, that makes TapZen poised to take over the current market.

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Pixowl brings ‘Snake’-inspired Grub to iOS [Interview]


San Francisco-based Pixowl has launched “Grub,” its newest free-to-play game on iOS devices. Grub is the follow-up to the company’s popular Doodle Grub from 2011, and sees gamers completing gameplay levels inspired by the classic arcade game ‘Snake.’

Using tilt controls, users navigate environments with the titular worm character, collecting apples and killing enemies like hedgehogs and wolves. Each level has a different challenge, from reaching a high score or eating large amounts of fruit to reaching a specific size as Grub grows.

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Celebrate the World Cup one mobile app at a time

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The World Cup is here, and whether you’re a casual sports fan or a diehard fanatic, there are plenty of ways to celebrate your favorite teams, or the sport of soccer in general, on mobile this year. Here’s a look at some of the soccer-themed updates and completely new apps, that are ready for use on your favorite smartphone or tablet.

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Rovio’s Angry Birds Epic brings RPG fun to mobile

If you’re still in love with Angry Birds, but are tired of flinging them out of slingshots, you’ll probably love Angry Birds Epic, Rovio’s newest game in the franchise. Angry Birds Epic offers an RPG adventure to players on iOS and Android devices, starring franchise favorites like Red and Chuck.

In Angry Birds Epic, the pigs have stolen the birds’ eggs (again), and it’s up to Red to go after them, defeating a variety of pig types along the way. Players will recruit additional birds as they complete each level-based combat encounter, and in true RPG fashion, can collect new loot, weapons and more as they progress.

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Starbucks providing nationwide wireless charging for phones

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Starbucks announced that the company will eventually install Powermat wireless charging mats in all of its coffee and tea houses. Starbucks will begin the roll-out with San Francisco locations, including Teavana locations. Boston Starbucks customers have already been exposed to the products’ initial trial.

“From WiFi and the in-store Starbucks Digital Network to mobile payment and digital music downloads, we have always tried to anticipate our customers’ needs early in the adoption curve and provide a world-class solution. (more…)

Apple unveils iOS 8, its biggest release since the launch of the App Store

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Apple today unveiled its iOS 8 operating system, which includes new features for users, and new tools for developers to create better user experiences. In addition to new Messages features and and a focus on a more intuitive user experience, Apple has unveiled the iCloud Photo Library, Family Sharing, Apple’s QuickType keyboard, iCloud Drive, a new Health app, and more.

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