Welcome to the 139th episode of the Android Apps Weekly show! Here are the big headlines from the last week:
- Humble Mobile Bundle is back this week with perhaps its best offering ever. Some of the hit games available in this one are This War of Mine, Adventures of Poco Eco, Broken Sword 5 Episodes 1 and 2, and Goat Simulator Goat Z. You’ll have to pay $7 or more to get every game, but the total value of these games is well over $50. Definitely check this one out.
- The “paid apps for free” pirates have plead guilty to conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement. Their contributions to the piracy market cost developers an estimated $17 million. This is the first time mobile piracy has ever been prosecuted, but we won’t know how bad the sentence will be until August 1st.
- Researches have found over 272 million email accounts that have been compromised with the usernames and passwords available to practically anyone for about a dollar. The numbers are quite staggering and affect people using Mail.ru, Gmail, Yahoo, and Microsoft predominately. Just as a security measure, it’s probably a good idea to update your password sometime soon.
- Rockstar Games is having a sale on all of their Max Payne and Grand Theft Auto titles. This is an excellent time to pick up some of the better mobile games available today and you can get a few of them for up to 50% off. We don’t know how long the sale will last so grab it while you can!
- The rumor mill is circulating a story that YouTube may be creating a paid cable television service that’s slated for release in 2017. According to rumors, the service will be called Unplugged and it’s been in progress since 2012. Apparently, all that’s holding up the works is Google getting all the stations they want on the service on board.
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5217 is a new productivity application that tries to help you be more productive by giving you scheduled breaks between periods of productivity. The breakdown is essentially a 17 minute break for every 52 minutes of work which, according to a study done by The Muse, is supposed to give you the optimal mental agility to be as productive as possible. The app is simply done with copious amounts of Material Design. It’s only $0.99 and it has no in-app purchases.
[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Uncharted: Fortune Hunter is a puzzle game based off of the popular Uncharted video game franchise. It features Nathan Drake and you’ll be solving a variety of puzzles to help uncover long lost treasures. It’s a fairly typical puzzler with similar elements as puzzle-adventure games like Lara Croft GO. It features 200 puzzles that span six adventures so it’ll be a little while before you finish this one. It’s free to download and play, but it is suffering from some release day bugs.
The Rock Clock is a clock starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and it’s about as epic of an alarm clock as you can get. You can set alarms and be woken up by The Rock himself with one of the 25 ringtones that he helped record. The premise of the app is to get you up and motivated to start your day. Each day has a message from The Rock to help get you started. No, this alarm has no snooze feature because The Rock doesn’t like those. You can also set it up to wake up at the same time The Rock does which is entirely too early for me.
[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Battleborn Tap is a Freemium mobile game based on the Battleborn series. While it isn’t quite like its PC and console counterparts, it does feature a lot of the characters and elements from the original game. The mechanics are simple as you’ll spend most of your time tapping the screen to take down wave after wave of bad guys. There are things to collect, achievements, and a story line to play through. There is also exclusive content for people who own the game and have a SHiFT account.
With Google I/O 2016 just a couple of weeks away, the official application has been launched to help people get prepared. The app shows you the agenda for the entire event, including conference info, topics, speakers, and more. You can also watch the keynote live, sync your schedule between all of your devices, check out a conference map, and even check out videos from prior Google I/O events. If you’re in any way interested in Google I/O 2016, you should have this app.
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