December 20, 2014

APPTEASERS: 15 great Android apps and games you should know about (August 15)

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APPTEASERS is a collection of apps and games that are new to Android, recently updated, discounted, etc. Whatever the case, we think they’re worth exploring and are willing to bet that many of you would enjoy a few of them.

We understand that we won’t get every single app that crosses our path but we hope to filter things a bit and pass them along to you, dear reader. What you’ll find below is a quick plug for apps and games, occasionally using the developer’s own words to describe the title.

Note that this column is not intended to be a list of “must have” apps but more of a random assortment of titles you might not already know about. No, these are not always new titles. Yes, they can be from big name developers and little indie teams as well.

Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ as we showcase different apps over on our social network streams.

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Middle Manager of Justice

What happens when you combine the mundane life of Office Space with goofy superheroes like The Incredibles? This game, that’s what. As the recently hired middle manager, your job is to hire the right team of heroes to take on evil-doers and ne’er-do-well types. Fun, cartoonish graphics and an increasingly involved story line make this one of our favorites to pick up this week. FREE

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Dots

The immensely popular game with a simple premise has come to Android after enjoying more than 5 million iOS installs. Details include two modes of playing – the traditional 60-second timed and a new 30-moves Move mode. Log in with social networks and play against your friends to see who gets a higher score!  FREE

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My Migraine Triggers

The makers of Excedrin Migraine have created a free tool to help track the various factors that could lead to migraine triggers. Chart your exercise, stress, eating habits, and more to see what might be the recurring reasons for those killer headaches. Another handy feature is the ability to share your information via email; send to the doctor ahead of your next visit.  FREE

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Yahoo! Weather

It’s not necessarily a new app for Android but the recent update is like a fresh coat of paint – this thing is sharp!  Simple approach with clean graphics, nice font selection, and photos that really pop, you’ll find all the standard weather stuff here. New home screen widgets make this app one to consider, regardless of what you’ve been using. FREE

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SportsManias

Follow your favorite sports teams with this new app that promises a “faster BleacherReport with ESPN quality”. All of your leagues are present, including NBA, MLB, NFL, NHL, NCAA, and multiple soccer leagues. Keep up to date with everything you need for your club with news, tweets, pictures, scores, standings, and more. FREE

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Givelify

Humanitarian types will love this free app which lets users give tithes, offerings and donations directly from their Android device.  Give whatever you want, whenever you want, to any church in the United States. Future updates will include the ability to give donations to non-profits. FREE

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ActiveNotifications

Like the idea of Motorola’s notification system for the 2013 line of devices but don’t want to replace your Android? Check out this handy utility which provides convenient notifications on your display without lighting up your entire screen. Missed calls, new messages, and more are in the free version, but the premium client unlocks a bunch of other features. FREE

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SimpleScan

Upload your photos and/or images of receipts to your favorite cloud services, like Dropbox, Google, Box, and Evernote. Create a free account and tie things up tightly with the SimpleScan Connect web service andor a  SimpleScan desktop scanner. FREE

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GrooveMixer

Become the next great music producer with this drum machine/beat makers. With 60-400bps and more than 250 patterns, you’ll also have some 808, 909, and Linn kits. Additional details include Step sequencer with 8 channels, unlimited song length, export as .WAV file, and more. FREE

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Animal Voyage

Embark on a quest to rescue animals from danger and bring them to you own personalized sanctuary. Explore the mysterious and fun island, decorate your sanctuary, and create the best animal kingdom around for your hippos, gorillas, bears, leopards, and rare creatures. FREE

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Catch the Candy

There’s a slew (20) of extra levels of fun in the two brand new level packs: Labyrinth and Kaleidoscope. The physics puzzle game now has 58 levels of bright, fun, addictive game play with 40 different achievements to unlock along the way. FREE

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Dreams Free 3D LWP

Dress up your homescreen of your Android with this hot, new live wallpaper with plenty of options. Details include sharp futuristic colors, the option to go with sepia or greyscale, automatic changing based on time of day, and various cameras. FREE

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Layar

Reimagined and redesigned, the augmented reality application looks better than everin the 8.0 release. Features, as always include browsing and viewing thousand of location-based layers for nearby restaurants, hotels, historical points of interest, banks, and more. Scan a link or magazine page and watch the advertisements spring to life! You can even make purchases directly from within the app. FREE

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Yapert

This interactive mobile magazine insures you don’t miss a single then when it comes to your favorite topics. Whether it’s fitness, fashion, sports, music, or something else, you’ll stay in the know with news and photos and push notifications. Need a place to start? Check out the trending topics! FREE

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Life360 Family Locator

Need to keep an eye on your family and friends? Here’s a great, free app that shows their whereabouts on a Google Map. Additionally, you’ll have group chat, private messaging, options to check-in, pinging, and safety zones. Perfect way to ease your loved one into additional responsibilities! FREE