July 28, 2014

APPTEASERS: 15 great Android apps and games you should know about (August 22)

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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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Timely

The best looking alarm clock/stopwatch/timer app we’ve ever laid eyes on, you’ll stare at the screen until you fall asleep. There are tons of options in the free version, but do consider purchasing the premium stuff. Both, however, do allow for customization across the board and beg for your touch. Beautiful on tablets, the app can even sync across the cloud to ensure you’re not going to miss appointments. FREE

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Biba

Mobile-first business app helps users stay in touch or reach each other instantly. Whether it’s a simple message or a conference call, you’ll be just a tap away from your colleagues. Works with Outlook and Google calendars and even appeals to IT professionals. FREE

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Chegg eTextbooks & Study Tools

The timing couldn’t be better for this helpful app for students headed back to school this season. Launching on Android and iOS this week, the free app lets users read their eTextbooks, access over 2.5 million guided solutions (step-by-step guides to help students understand and solve questions in their textbooks). Rent or buy your books at with amazing discounts of up to 80 percent off! FREE

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Todoist

One of our favorite apps for keeping to-do lists, tasks, and notes, Todoist has picked up some great new features. Be sure to check out the 2.0 release as it offers easier task adding, enhanced search capabilities, and a number of new Premium options. If for no other reason, you need to see the new design which falls right in line with some of the best on Android.  FREE

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Nextdoor

Get in touch and stay in touch with the folks living next door with this free application. Organizing a yard sale or neighborhood crime watch team? Let everyone know with one simple update. Other use cases might include finding and/or returning a lost animal, selling or giving away an old appliance or toy, or finding a new babysitter. FREE

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Swiftkey

One of the best keyboard replacement apps you’ll ever encounter, the new update brings about the Swiftkey Cloud integration. As was the case with the beta client, you can back up your language profiles, teach writing styles more efficiently, and even pull in trending words and phrases from social media. FREE

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Contra: Evolution

The arcade action of the 1988 NES title makes its way to Android this week and brings high quality graphics to an 8-bit classic. Everything is here from the old school title but it’s designed to play on your Android phone or tablet. Limited device compatibility means it might not be available for you yet, but we’re holding out for expanded support, namely the NVIDIA Shield. $.99

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Timetable

Get the school year started off on the right foot and stay organized with this beautiful and intuitive calendar app. Features sync across multiple devices, automatic muting during lessons, light and dark themes, searching, and much more. Works just as nicely on tablets and provides or list view or grid views.  FREE

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Astro Boy Dash

What happens when you combine the endless runner game mechanics of Temple Run with the  iconic cartoon robot from the 1950′s? You already know.  You’ve had enough of Prof. Ochanomizu’s shenanigans and you are in no hurry to go back. Take control of Astro Boy or Astro Girl and bolt through the city streets, avoiding capture, buildings and multiple obstacles. FREE

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Clinch

Create collaborative movies by combining and editing your own pictures and videos with those from around the world. Got a bunch of Instagram or Twitter pictures you’d like to show off in a new way? Combine them with music, add captions, and other great things or include some content from your friends as well! FREE

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Riptide GP2

One of our absolute favorite games to play on the NVIDIA Shield, this one will steal away hours of your life.  With some of the most realistic physics we’ve ever seen on mobile, you’ll find tons of levels, achievements, stunts, and racers to keep you coming back for more. Extra points awarded for being able to log in with Google+ so we can take on our friends across the globe. $2.99

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Excalibur: Knights of the King

Side-scrolling action MMORPG set in the realm of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table., you can play as either a Knight, an Assassin, a Wizard or (soon), an Archer. Can you help save Britain from falling into the wrong hands? FREE

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On Beyond Zebra

As the 44th Dr. Seuss title from Oceanhouse Media, this one takes children on an adventure beyond the end of the alphabet into a world of “Itch-a-pods” and “Glikkers. Features multiple reading modes including narration, audio sound effects, highlighting, and other intuitive details. These are great ways to get your child up and running with some good ol’ fashion classic stories from days gone by.  $3.99

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YTD Video Downloader

Download, convert, and play videos from various websites on your Android smartphone or tablet. Details include unlimited downloads queued, stats on video size, ETA for downloading, pause, resume, and cancel. Despite the rough and basic outward appearance this one gets the job done. FREE

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PlayKids TV

Offers hours of age-appropriate, educational shows and games which can be watched even when there’ no data connection. Take this one in the car ride with you and let the little one enjoy fun, engaging programming and games. Subscription is required but you get 7 days to try things out before making any commitments. FREE