Mac Tips: GarageBand: How to trim a track

By Chris Slate

Odds are, one of the first things you’ll try to do in GarageBand for Mac is trim a track. Good news: it’s super-duper easy, whether you want to chuck a chunk of audio or tweak a clip’s starting or stopping point.

First, click on the clip you’d like to edit (its frame will lighten to confirm your selection). If you want to cut the clip in two, click and drag the playhead to the spot you’d like to split it at and press Command + T. Voila — one clip becomes two! If one part is trash, highlight it and press the Delete key.

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Alternatively, you can click and drag the beginning or end of a clip to shorten or lengthen it. Just be sure to pull from the middle of the clip’s frame, since pulling from the top corner will loop the clip instead. (Pay attention to the icons your cursor changes to when hovering over those different areas.)

And that’s it! Now all you need is an amazing song or podcast to edit. Get to work!

BONUS TIP: To find the perfect place to trim, it helps to zoom in closer (using the slider in the upper-right corner) for a good look at the waveforms (those squiggly lines that represent a clip’s audio content).

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Android Wear watch faces get an interactive upgrade

By Cameron Faulkner

A new Android Wear update adds official support for interactive watch faces, allowing for even more at-a-glance information for you to digest on your smartwatch. Now, it can really show off its smarts.

The update brings with it a whole lot of possibilities for the interactive watch faces of tomorrow. But Google has plenty to choose from right now. Under Armour’s interactive watch face, for example, puts fitness info front and center. This will be perfect for folks who use their Android Wear devices mostly for working out, tracking steps and watching the calories burn away.

Bits (seen below) is one that’s a little more of a practical choice for everyone. It stylishly displays general information like the weather, calendar appointments, the date, e-mails and, of course, the time.


Strangely, the name of the update to Android’s watch OS is nowhere to be found on the announcement page. It’s no ground-shaking discovery, but the name Android Wear “v1.3” appears on the Bits app page.

The update is rolling out today, but should be widely available, according to Google, in the coming weeks.

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Instagram update makes it too easy to share your location

By Farrha Khan

Instagram’s latest update has removed the ability to choose which photos get uploaded to your Photo Map, with all photos now tagged with a location automatically added to your map.

The Photo Maps button allowed users to choose which geo-tagged photos, showing at times your exact location, they wanted to add to their maps and which they didn’t.

This was useful if you took a photo and tagged it, but didn’t want to share your exact location on the map because your profile was not set to private, allowing anyone can access your profile, Photo Maps, and potentially, your exact location at any given time.

This week’s app update has removed the ‘Add to Photomap’ button, and without giving much of a notice to users, all images tagged with a location will now be automatically added to your map.

“On Monday, we made a change to make it easier for people to add location to their photos. As part of this, we removed the option to ‘add to Photomap’ from the flow’,” an Instagram spokesperson told The Next Web, which spotted the change.

Instagram’s Photomap help page has also been updated to reflect the changes, but what is concerning is that many people may not realize that they’ll essentially be giving away their locations automatically now if they tag their photos with a location.

Of course, if you want to keep your images tagged, Instagram does let you remove photos from your Photomap, but it’s a bit of a lengthy process.

You’ll need to hop into the map through your profile page, hitting edit and then deselect the images you want removed (there is a Deselect All option). You finish up by selecting Done and Confirm.

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Apple gains ground on Samsung’s smartphone market share

By Juan Martinez

If you use a Samsung smartphone, you might soon be in the minority.

Apple is gaining ground on Samsung for global smartphone market share. Despite launching new S6 models this quarter, Samsung’s market share decreased to 21.9% compared with 26.2% during the same period in 2014, according to data from Gartner Research.

Conversely, Apple’s market share increased to 14.6% compared with 12.2% last year. Backed by a strong second quarter, during which iPhone sales increased 36% compared with last year, Apple is poised to gain even more ground after September, the month when it typically introduces new smartphones.

The iPhone 6S

The latest rumors indicate Apple will unveil the iPhone 6S on September 9 and put the device on sale on September 18.

The iPhone 6S is expected to be 4.7 inches, like previous iterations of the iPhone. Apple is also expected to debut a larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6S Plus option to compete with Samsung’s large-format Edge and Note devices.

Who else?

Huawei’s influence over the Chinese market increased this quarter. The company’s global market share increased to 7.8%, compared with 6% in 2014.

Lenovo’s market share decreased from 6.6% last year to 5% in 2015.


Worldwide smartphone sales increased 13.5% compared with the same quarter last year, with 330 million new devices sold during the four-month period.

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Hands-on review: Logitech ConferenceCam Connect

By Desire Athow

The webcam has come a long way over the last 20 years, since Connectix unveiled the black-and-white QuickCam in 1994, a model with a qVGA resolution (that’s a quarter of VGA) that cost a hundred bucks at launch. Connectix’s webcam business was acquired by Logitech in 1998.

While models have improved markedly since then, there are instances where a built-in webcam, of the sort that comes with your laptop or smartphone, simply isn’t good enough, especially for a small group of participants.

Sometimes, you need something that is not only better qualitatively speaking, but also more flexible and versatile. Enter the ConferenceCam Connect by Logitech, an integrated videoconferencing solution that brings together speakers, HD camera and video output (plus a nifty little remote control).

Wires are kept to a strict minimum with a totally wireless scenario entirely possible, using the on-board battery and any form of wireless communication (NFC, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi).

Logitech ConferenceCam Connect front


When the ConferenceCam was presented to the team at TechRadar, almost everyone was surprised by its shape. It looks like a gas canister of some sort, a cylindrical device that’s just under 770g, and one that can be comfortably held in the hand.

Removing the dockable, magnetising remote control that is attached to the upper part of the ConferenceCam reveals a full HD, tiltable camera with a Zeiss lens, 4X zoom, 90-degree field of view and a mechanical tilt wheel plus touch-capable volume buttons.

The remote control itself is powered by a coin battery and allows you to control the volume, zoom in and out, pan, tilt and make/end calls.

Logitech ConferenceCam Connect remote

Two omni-directional full duplex microphones are located in the front and at the back with acoustic echo and noise-cancellation technologies.

The lower part of the device is covered with a fabric that hides speakers which deliver 360-degree sound in a six-feet radius. The base contains a circular LED that turns blue when the device is on and when you are in a call, and red when the mic is muted.

The top of the device has four touch-sensitive icons – a wireless screen mirror mode, the on/off button, a Bluetooth mode and a videoconferencing mode.

At the back, you will find the NFC logo, a Kensington lock slot, a microUSB port, a full HDMI connector and a power socket. Accessories include a power supply unit and a separate USB cable.

Logitech ConferenceCam Connect top

Specification and usage

The ConferenceCam Connect performed admirably in normal office circumstances (i.e. with normal daylight or fluorescent light tubes). The fact that the unit contains the necessary hardware to encode video using H.264 UVC 1.5 with scalable video coding certainly helps.

The audio sounded a bit muffled at times but should be more than adequate in most scenarios.

As expected, it is compatible with Microsoft Skype for Business, Cisco Jabber and WebEx, and most other business-grade unified communication platforms, we suspect (Google Hangouts, GoToMeeting etc).

Connecting it to a Windows 10 PC proved to be a breeze via a USB port. We couldn’t however get our white-label smartphone to connect to the videoconferencing solution; the ConferenceCam Connect will, in theory, allow you to wirelessly mirror your tablet or smartphone to an HDMI-equipped monitor using Miracast.

Unfortunately, Apple devices are a no-no for now given that they use proprietary AirPlay technology, but you will be able to connect it to a Mac computer. Chromebooks should also work but we haven’t tested that.

Expect the ConferenceCam to last up to three hours in webcam or mirroring mode and up to 15 hours when using it as an audio device, sans video.

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Early verdict

This webcam is not only solidly built but also easy to use. You will need to consult the 12-page manual though, at least initially to understand the meaning of the icons. At just under £340 at the BT Shop, the ConferenceCam Connect doesn’t come cheap but it does fill a nice little niche that has been crying out for a solution that is elegant, sturdy, and offers both good audio and video performance.

Overall, it is a great device that suffers from only a few nagging issues. For starters, a 90-degree field of view is poor compared to what some smartphones offer. The Samsung Galaxy S6, for example, has a 120-degree FoV allowing for a large portion of any scene to be displayed.

The base could also be wider – because one expects the ConferenceCam Connect to be tethered most of the time, it is likely that wobbly tables combined with clumsy participants mean that the device, which has a rather high centre of gravity, is likely to topple over more frequently than others.

A pyramid shape, similar to Logitech’s venerable QuickCam Express, would have probably been a better choice, albeit one which isn’t as futuristic-looking as a cylindrical tube.

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Review: Olloclip Active

By Kevin Lee

Usage and verdict

The iPhone has proved itself to be an excellent little pocket camera, but what if you want to do something a bit more adventurous than the usual cat photo or selfie shot? That’s where the Olloclip Active comes in to give you a bit more flexibility with both wide-angle and telephoto lenses.

Coming in at $99 or £89 (about AU$135), Olloclip says the Active was designed for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners with an active lifestyle. To this end, users can attach the ultra-wide angle lens for the “action camera” look as well as a larger field of view for panoramas. Conversely, flipping the Active lenses around will give you a bit more zoom.

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Just like all of Olloclip’s older attachable lenses, the Active is a double-ended accessory that you slip onto your iPhone with the aid of a non-included phone case. While you don’t need the special Olloclip case in order to perfectly line up the lenses with the iPhone’s camera, the added shell helps keep the Active firmly attached to the handset.

The case itself is nice enough, a tinted polycarbonate shell that still lets you see your phone while adding a protective and grippy rubber bumper around the edge. Most of your phone will be safely encased, bear in mind there’s a large window left open around the camera lens to accommodate the Active.

The only sore omission found on the case is a tripod mount. Without any mounting points, calling these lenses part of Olloclip’s Active line feels like a bit of a misnomer, as you can’t securely mount your smartphone to the front of a bike, helmet or other sports gear.

Aside from mounting a lens in front of the iPhone’s rear snapper, the Active is conveniently designed to cover the iPhone’s front iSight camera. This allows you to get more people into your selfie shot without relying on a sordid selfie stick. Alternatively, you could use the telephoto end to zoom into your nose hairs – if you so choose.

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Usage and handling

Using the Active lens system is pretty self-explanatory and intuitive. Slot your phone through the middle of the attachment, and you’re ready to go. In case the lenses don’t seem to be lining up perfectly with the iPhone 6’s rear camera, you may need to remove the plastic bumper inserted inside the accessory slot.

There’s also a few things you should note as to how the different focal lengths will affect your photos. For starters, the telephoto end will essentially magnify your field of view by a factor of 2x, giving you extra reach but at the same time making camera shake more noticeable. Any small movements you make while taking the photo will intensify and possibly leave you with a blurry picture.

With the wide-angle lens you’ll have to watch where you put your fingers. Because the lens increases your field of view to the point where you can see pretty much anything that’s right next to the lens, it’s easy to accidentally get your fingers in the shot – depending on how you’re holding the phone.

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Image quality

Expect the images you take with the Olloclip Active to look starkly different compared to those shot with a naked iPhone camera.

The wide-angle attachment will enlarge your entire field of view, letting you capture a wider scene, like the full height of a skyscraper.

However, this expanded frame comes with the consequence of adding plenty of distortion. For example, if you were take a snapshot of a brick wall it, would look almost pregnant with a bulging middle. With portraits of people, this can result in some goofy-looking proportions between giant heads, hands or whatever happens to be closer to the lens.

Other than the added distortion, both chromatic aberration (a green and red border that forms along the sharp edges of the subject) and purple fringing (a magenta outline that appears at dark and bright edges) are well controlled. Better yet, there’s no significant loss of sharpness or color depth when you throw on the wide-angle lens.

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The telephoto end of the Active is fairly straight forward and simply gives you 2x zoom on the iPhone. Unfortunately, this added reach noticeably degrades the quality of the images you can take. When in use, you’ll notice that your images are a tiny bit softer and lacking the deep contrast the iPhone’s default optics usually resolve.

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Final verdict

The Olloclip Active is a fun, simple way of adding a bit more flexibility for your “iPhoneography” habit, but it feels far from refined. While the wide-angle lens adds a bit of silliness through a new perspective to play with, the telephoto end of the Active feels like an afterthought that ends up dragging down the overall package.

Compared to other, more fully-featured systems, including Olloclip’s own 4-in-1 lens accessory bundle, the Active is overpriced at $99 or £89 (about AU$135). Especially when you consider that this price does not include the cost of Olloclip’s practically necessary $29 or £24 (about AU$39) iPhone case.

To this end, you might be better off spending your money on a different set of lens accessories from Moment, Photojojo and even the rest of Olloclip’s line up.

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You may never run out of battery life with the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Active

By Michelle Fitzsimmons

With the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 going on sale in the US Friday, it’s only fitting we’re already hearing rumors about the next version of the 5.7-inch phone.

Word comes from tipsters that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Active will arrive on AT&T in November. It’ll reportedly be a waterproof device with an IP68 rating, but even better than that will be its power supply.

According to PhoneArena’s sources, the Note 5 Active will lug a whopping 4,100 mAh battery in its frame. That’s well above the Note 5’s still-impressive 3,000 mAh juicer as well as pretty much every other phone in the field (the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 has a 4,050 mAh battery).

The Galaxy S6 Active saw a sizable jump in battery over the Galaxy S6, so it’s not out of reach for the Note 5 Active to see a similar spec boost.

Of course the idea with an Active phone is durability, so while we’ve applauded the Note 5’s design improvements over the Note 4, we’ll likely see some rougher edges if the Note 5 Active comes to fruition.

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Updated: 50 best Android games 2015: our top picks

By Gary Cutlack and James Rogerson

Best Android games introduction

Best Android games

While the ‘free-to-play’ market has taken a bit of a beating of late due to gamers falling out of love with the use of in-app payments, the world of mobile gaming is still an exciting one.

Whether you want games that will last the length of a commute, or want to be lost in a port of GTA where you spend hours mowing down pedestrians and making money out of murder, there is a game on here for you.

This constantly updated list is a mixture of free and paid for games, and also that one in between – some in-app payments aren’t really that bad. Honest! If by the end you think we have missed something special off of the list, let us know and we will see if it is worthy of inclusion further down the line.

1. Lara Croft: Relic Run (free)

Lara Croft Relic Run

Just because it doesn’t don the name “Tomb Raider” doesn’t mean that this adventure isn’t worth plowing through. Similar to Temple Run, Lara Croft: Relic Run has Lara running endlessly through a procedurally-generated world.

Players can expect similar gameplay to other endless runners, except there are a few touches here that Tomb Raider fans will dig. Not only is Lara the best-looking endless runner character ever, she can parkour, shoot guns, run along walls and slide down the back of a tyrannosaurus rex. Need we say more?

2. Two Dots (free)

Dots 2

Dots was good, but the sequel Two Dots is even better, with more varied challenges, different modes of play, better bonuses, smoother animations and improved visuals.

The aim is the same though – connecting coloured dots into squares – and like the best mobile games, Dots Two combines a simple but addictive idea with a lot of polish.

3. The Simpsons Tapped Out (free)

The Simpsons Tapped Out

EA’s game based on the inhabitants of Springfield is surprising in a few ways. It’s free, which is quite the thing, plus, although what many would deride as a ‘freemium’ game, it’s more than possible to keep it going in the background, pottering away, slowly unlocking all of its content for free. Free-to-play done right, for once.

4. Angry Birds Space (free)

Angry Birds Space

Developer Rovio has done quite a lot of aggressive whoring of the Angry Birds franchise, but this space-based fork of the simplistic physics game series is really worth a try. For one, it introduces some new play concepts, with the planet-based levels requiring different tactics, plus the puzzles generally need a bit more of a thoughtful approach than the chuck-it-and-see of the originals.

5. Badland (free)


Has a bit of an ‘indie’ vibe about it this one, with Badland offering a weird, dark and gloomy world, in which you fly about in control of a… blob thing. Your blob gets bigger and smaller, splits into loads of mini clones, and generally baffles you about what might lie around the next corner. We like a bit of a surprise, and this is full of them.

6. Crazy Taxi City Rush (free)

Crazy Taxi City Rush

Crazy Taxi City Rush is another free game in which you need to put “free” in big quote marks, as it’s packed to bursting with subsequent in-app purchases to unlock features, buy customisations and, in a particularly shameless move, buy petrol for your taxi to continue playing after more than a handful of failed runs. Still, endure the cash-grab and it’s a pretty game, one that uses a new, simple, swipe-based control system to allow it all to work surprisingly well on a touchscreen.

7. Monument Valley (£2.49, $3.99, $AU4.90)

Monument Valley

A very, very pretty game, this. Monument Valley is based around the weird sort of impossible geometric shapes popularised by artist M. C. Escher, with its colourful maps bending and rotating in ways that appear to defy the laws of nature. You walk on walls, flip them, turn them into floors, avoid crows and marvel at how beautiful it all looks. A short game with only 10 multi-layered levels, but a joyful ride.

8. PewPew (free)


The developer calls this a “multidirectional shoot ’em up” presumably because describing it as a “Geometry Wars clone” might have got him in a bit of legal trouble. Regardless of its origin, it’s a superb shooter with some bizarre game modes and controls that work exceptionally well on touch devices.

9. MC 5: Blackout (£4.99, $6.99,AU$8.99)

Modern Combat 5

We get moaned at a lot for putting too many silly, quirky little games about shapes and animals and organising letters of the alphabet in this list. So here’s one about men with guns shooting each other in 3D. Modern Combat 5 the latest in Gameloft’s mobile homage to grown-up home console FPS franchises, in which you gun about the place alone or in online multiplayer matches. Nice to see Gameloft offering everything in a one-off install here, rather than packing it with in-app purchases.

10. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (free)


If you’re not already familiar with Blizzard’s Hearthstone then consider this a warning: it gets very, very addictive. A card game from the makers of World of Warcraft, Hearthstone sees you building decks from won or purchased cards to then battle against friends and strangers. It’s a surprisingly complex game that demands meticulous strategy. You can play and enjoy without paying a penny, but there are options to buy booster packs and add-on quests should you want to.

11. Whale Trail Frenzy (free)

Whale Trail Frenzy

No one dies of disease in Whale Trail. It’s a sweet flying sim, which sees you float about in the clouds having a lovely time, collecting things, boosting and generally being quite happy about it. The cheery vibe is broken a bit when adverts and in-app purchase requests pop up, but it’s happy enough before the money men turn up.

12. Thomas Was Alone (£3.99, $5.99, $AUD9.99)

Thomas Was Alone

One of the PC “indie” world’s big name smashes has arrived on Android, with the existential platform game yours to… enjoy. Or at least attempt to understand. You could call Thomas Was Alone a “platform game” if you wanted to be mean and disrespectful, but it’s more about offering an atmospheric and thoughtful journey through an abstract world. A bit like a piece of art, but let’s not get into that debate here. I’m not being paid by the word.

13. Bad Piggies (free)

Bad Piggies

Angry Birds maker Rovio proves it’s not a one-trick bird-pony with this, a bizarre and quirky physics game. You have a toolbox at your disposal, used to build a flying and/or driving machine, which then has to trundle its way through a level. It’s silly, but at least attempts to shove out some new ideas.

14. Pocket Planes (free)

Pocket Planes

An extremely clever and enjoyable miniature strategy game that has you taking control of a small airline and attempting to ramp up customer numbers. It starts out with a few simple freight runs before you expand the fleet, open up new routes and generally get a bit panicked about how many people are depending on you for their holidays.

15. Radiant Defense (free)

Radiant Defense

The tower defense genre is heaving on Android, thanks to the poke and press play mechanics being ideally suited to touchscreen play. Radiant Defense is a great example of the simplified strategy concept, presenting its war action in a futuristic neon style that looks awesome on any phone with the grunt to do it justice.

16. Pocket League Story 2 (free)

Pocket League Story 2

Kariosoft’s made a big thing for itself by using its management style of game across various scenarios, with this sporting event being one of the best. You take control of a club, then stress about signings, money, tactics and more. It’s slightly robbed of some fun via a desire to use in-app purchases to squeeze money out of players, ironically mirroring the state of the game it takes inspiration from.

17. New Star Soccer (free)

New Star Soccer

A great football management game with a sense of humour. There’s some turn-based play, but it’s more about bringing together the off-pitch lifestyles of players with the crucial money matters of the football universe.

Like Pocket League Story there are some in-app cash demands, so prepare to be badgered for payments after you’ve progressed some way through.

18. Tiny Thief (free)

Tiny Thief

As accessible as it is charming, Tiny Thief is a perfect fit for mobile, with a simple tap used to both move and interact with objects as you navigate increasingly intricate levels trying to complete objectives (which as the name suggests usually involve stealing things), while staying hidden and solving puzzles.

The gameplay might be simple but the humour and imagination should keep a smile on your face for the duration. Better yet, you can play half the game for free…though the remaining levels will cost you.

19. Sonic Dash (free)

Sonic Dash

There is some arguing as to whether this is “free” as it’s rammed with in-app purchases, but there’s no dispute as to its quality. Sonic’s latest mobile game is, appropriately, an endless runner, with the hedgehog jumping left and right to avoid obstacles placed around its familiar green worlds.

20. Cut the Rope: Time Travel (free)

Cut The Rope: Time Travel

The weird little physics game is one of Android’s most popular franchises, with this update introducing a few new tricks and weapons. It’s the same sort of experience as its earlier chapters, though, with players swinging ropes to throw sweeties around its colourful screens. Masses of levels and a mid-to-high fun level.

21. QuizUp (free)


QuizUp is a staggeringly clever online pub quiz app, where you play with random strangers or friends. You can pick from a massive amount of categories, from riddles to sports through to Adventure Time, so you won’t be caught out by subjects you don’t know.

Its simple quiz rounds only take a couple of minutes to get through, plus there’s a seamless offline challenge option so you can mentally battle people who then take their turn later. It’s loaded with questions and constantly updated with new categories. A real treat.

22. Beach Buggy Blitz (free)

Beach Buggy Blitz

Offers something approaching big console quality on Android, in a game rammed with pretty worlds, loads of vehicles, power-ups, upgrades and more, plus the graphics engine can adapt to more powerful hardware and throws in more effects if you’re using something with a serious number of cores. There is some level of in-app purchasing on offer, but it’s mild and easily avoidable.

23. Voxel Rush (free)

Voxel Rush

A very pretty and minimalist racer, where the usual beach/mountain/lava environments have been binned in favour of bold slabs of colour. It’s stylish, motion controlled, ready for multiplayer action and integrates Google Play Game support for solo achievements and leaderboards.

24. Nightbird Trigger X (free)

Nightbird Trigger X

What the developer calls a “point shooting game,” Nightbird Trigger X is a one-button pony where your little man has to shoot a point in the screen to progress. But there’s stuff in the way. Annoying moving stuff, that means you score less and take longer if you can’t find the target with your first bullet. Simple, but free and a little bit original.

25. Re-Volt 2: Multiplayer (free)

Re-Volt 2

Old-ish people who played the original Re-Volt race series on the games hardware of yesteryear will be bang up for this, even though it looks a little rough around the edges. Re-Volt 2: Multiplayer is a refresh of the radio-controlled car racer, now updated with multiplayer options for the sociable modern player. Free to download and get going, with only some unlockables masked by an in-app purchase requirement.

26. Spaceteam (free)


This is bonkers. Spaceteam uses the Android hardware to the max to build a properly innovative multiplayer-only game, where between two and four players come together to shout exciting space terminology at each other while battling the control panel of an exploding ship. It’s very silly, like something that only came out on the Wii in Japan.

27. Toast Time (£1.99, US$2.99, AU$1.28)

Toast Time

If it needs pigeon-holing, Toast Time is best described as a combat platform game. Thing is, you’re only a toaster, and your weapon is… toast. So it’s sort of a toast-based physics simulation as well, with the kickback from the toast knocking the toaster around the screen and requiring constant compensation. Because there’s a clock that needs protecting and… it’s best you play it. It’s good.

28. Ridiculous Fishing (£1.99, US$2.99, AU$3.68)

Ridiculous Fishing

Quite possibly one of the best uses of the mobile phone accelerometer tech there’s ever been, this, with motion control sending your fishing line down to the depths of the sea while you avoid fish. Then, on the way up, it’s how you catch them. That’s when it goes ridiculous, as the fisherman chucks them up in the air — and you shoot them to bank the money. Silly, but a must play.

29. Super Hexagon (£1.99, US$2.99, AU$3.68)

Super Hexagon

Another mobile classic. Super Hexagon has two controls — rotate left and rotate right. That’s all you need to navigate the endless maze that spins out of the screen, in one of the mobile world’s hardest, coolest, best-sounding and most moreish games. We order you to buy it. You literally have to.

30. Threes! (£1.20, US$1.99, AU$2.40)


The sort of silly maths game you might’ve played in your head before mobile phones emerged to absorb all our thought processes, Threes! really does take less than 30 seconds to learn. You bash numbers about until they form multiples of three and disappear. That’s it. There are stacks of free clones available, but if you won’t spare the price of one massive bar of chocolate to pay for a lovely little game like this that’ll amuse you for week, you’re part of the problem and deserve to rot in a freemium hell where it costs 50p to do a wee.

31. Minecraft Pocket Edition (£4.99, US$6.99,


Minecraft Pocket Edition

The build ’em up phenomenon works brilliantly well on Android, thanks to the creator of the desktop original taking the time to do it justice. It’s a slimmed down interface you see here with on-screen buttons, but the basics are all in and the Survival and Creative modes are ready for play — as is multiplayer mode over Wi-Fi.

32. Heroes of Loot (£1.72, US$1.99, AU$3.30)

Heroes of Loot

The entire back catalogue of solo indie creator OrangePixel is worth exploring, but his latest is the best yet. It’s a stylish 2D dungeon explorer, with masses of quests, classes and secret areas to unlock. Plus it supports a wide range of Bluetooth controllers, for easier play if you’ve got a compatible lump of buttoned plastic.

33. Flight Control (£0.60, US$0.99, AU$1.20)

Flight Control

An exciting new genre all of its own when it appeared, Flight Control created the world of the top-down air traffic control simulator. Literally three million times more exciting than it sounds, it’s played by swiping 2D aeroplanes into runway landing slots, avoiding collisions and scoring for successful landings. Perfectly suited to touchscreen play.

34. Pac-Man Championship Edition (£2.60, US$3.99,


Pac-Man Championship Edition

Not just the same old Pac-Man that’s been emulated, re-released and cloned for the last 30 years. Pac-Man CE is a fresh reworking of the maze game, with jazzy graphics, scrolling mazes and pumping sounds updating the concept for the kids of today. And the dads of today. Anyone after a really smart puzzle game, in fact.

35. Game Dev Story (£1.60, US$2.50, AU$3.00)

Game Dev Story, Raiden Legacy, Division Cell

The “Story” that started Kairosoft’s domination of the simplistic business world sim, Game Dev Story sees you take charge of a software house and attempt to create a smash game. The sweet pixel-art characters then battle with the complexities of design and the stresses of arbitrary internet reviews from people who haven’t even played it (ahem), in the pursuit of a money-making smash.

36. Raiden Legacy (£4.45, US$4.99, AU$10.00)

Raiden Legacy

Quite possibly the greatest 2D shoot ’em up of all time, the Android conversion of Radien is every bit as impressive as the original. A choice of control schemes, display and difficulty settings make it a little more manageable on touchscreens, plus, seeing as this is the Legacy edition, you get Raiden, Raiden Fighters, Raiden Fighters 2 and Raiden Fighters Jet.

37. Fallout Shelter (free)


After making a splash on iOS, Fallout Shelter is now available on Android for all you Wasteland nuts. Create a vault and fill it with post-nuclear-war survivors, expanding your underground property, levelling up your dwellers, and sending them out to explore the surface left behind.

38. Football Manager Handheld 2014 (£6.99, US$9.99,


Football Manager Handheld 2014

Explodes through the usual Android game price ceiling by charging £6.99, but, in this case, it’s worth it. The full app offers a superb, stats-heavy mobile take on the classic management series, hardly skimping on any minute detail in the transition to mobile. Manage transfers, the media, match days and more in one of the sporting gamers’ must-get titles.

39. Canabalt HD (£1.99, US$2.99, AU$3.68)

Canabalt HD

The newer, slightly posher version of the original game, the one that pretty much invented the “endless runner” genre that now clogs up the gaming sections of the app stores of the world. You are a man. You run along rooftops to a techno soundtrack. That’s about it, only it’s much more enjoyable than it sounds.

40. Another World (£1.70, US$1.99, AU$3.49)

Another World

The classic 2D puzzle platformer that wowed the simpler folk of the 1990s with the very occasional bit of 3D, has arrived in perfect form on Android. This 20th anniversary edition has the original graphics plus the option of an HD refresh, but what’s really about is getting to play one of gaming’s most loved classics. On your phone. For a couple of quid. Madness.

41. GTA Vice City (£2.99, US$4.99, AU$5.53)

GTA: Vice City

Seem to remember people thought this was quite good. For the price of a pint (if you’re somewhere northern) you can own one of the largest and most highly-rated video games of all time, to pop in and out of on your mobile phone. On-screen controls are never going to suit a game like this, but they are at least fully customisable — so you can get it how you like it.

42. Terraria (£3.14, US$4.99, AU$5.70)


Sort of a Minecraft… platform… puzzle ’em up, Terraria players dig and mine and fight their way through randomly generated worlds. Resources make weapons and houses, weapons and houses mean you stay alive, plus there’s Wi-Fi multiplayer support that has it nearing parity with the version sold on desktops.

43. Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (£1.99, US$2.99, AU$3.68)

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Not the easiest thing to play using on-screen buttons, but the fact this exists at all is a marvel. It’s also a glorious conversion, with Sega finally taking the time to do the best Sonic justice. It’s been remastered into widescreen and supports a wide range of Bluetooth controllers so, even if you don’t yet own one, you’ll be able to enjoy it fully when you eventually do.

44. Osmos HD (£1.79, US$2.99, AU$3.45)

Osmos HD

A lovely little ambient puzzle thing, in which you play a cell thing and make it your business to absorb others. The residue you fire out makes you smaller, though, so efficient use of your biological systems is a must. It’s a chillout experience more than a game, with the surreal concept joined by some equally relaxing ambient music. A charmer.

45. Colin McRae Rally (£1.49, US$1.99, AU$2.80)

Colin McRae

Cars. Cars going round corners and sometimes down straight bits. That’s what you get here, in this nice looking recreation of the old PlayStation race favourite. On Android, Colin McRae lets users race four cars including Colin’s classic Ford Focus, cars you get to smash around 30 separate race stages. Based on the beloved Colin McRae Rally 2.0 from the PS2, you really can’t go wrong.

46. Broken Sword: Director’s Cut (£3.99, US$4.99,


Broken Sword: Director's Cut

This cult classic from an earlier wave of the big home consoles has been converted beautifully to Android, capturing the slightly odd and amusing adventure perfectly – and with an interface that really works on today’s touchscreens. It’s an “indie” game from before there were indie games, silly and with some excellent and challenging puzzles.

47. Worms 2: Armageddon (£2.99, US$4.99, AU$0.99)

Worms 2: Armageddon

Very old and very good, the Worms series led the way when it came to making strategy games fun. The comedy combat action is turn-based, with players alternating at having pop shots at each other with their weaponry. This slower pace means it’s ideal for online and local multiplayer, as the odd glitch doesn’t ruin the experience.

48. Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition (£6.99, US$9.99,


Best Android Games

The strategy titan has a hefty price tag attached to it on Android, but that’s OK as the immense challenge it contains is likely to burn for longer than the sun. The first Baldur’s game, this faithful reworking of the 1998 classic also includes several of the PC game’s post-release expansion packs, just in case the standard 60-hour marathon quest isn’t hardcore enough for you.

49. The Wolf Among Us (£9.59, $14.99, around


The Wolf Among Us

Telltale has made a name for itself with story-driven episodic games and The Wolf Among Us is one of its best. Essentially a hard boiled fairy tale, you control the big bad wolf as he hunts a murderer through the mean streets of Fabletown.

Don’t let the fairy tale setting fool you, this is a violent, mature game and it’s one where your decisions have consequences, impacting not only what the other characters think of you but also who lives and who dies. Episode One is free but the remaining four will set you back a steep £9.59 / $14.99 / around AU$18. Trust us though, you’ll want to see how this story ends.

50. The Banner Saga (£3.49, $4.99, around AU$5.99)

The Banner Saga

Large, deep games are still relatively rare on Android, but you can add one more to the list with The Banner Saga. This Viking-inspired tactical RPG gives you control of over 25 different characters across 7 different classes as you battle your way through beautiful hand drawn environments and make decisions both in and out of combat which affect the story.

There’s a lot to it, but its turn-based nature means controls are never a problem and you can take it at your own pace.

From: Updated: 50 best Android games 2015: our top picks

Google Photos has gone all Throwback Thursday on us

By Farrha Khan

Perfect for a Thursday announcement, Google’s latest update to its powerful Google Photos app will now let you ‘rediscover’ moments from your past.

On any given day, the opt-in feature will show you photos and videos that you took from the same time during previous years, similar to Facebook’s On This Day feature that was launched back in March.

“Photos help us reminisce about the things we’ve done, bringing back events from one, two, or even ten years ago,” Google said in its announcement.

Of course, the new feature will be private, and if you do choose to turn the feature on, there will be a new card in the Assistant view in the Google Photos app collating an album and collage of the images you took last year.

From there you’ll be able to share the photos or video through email and social media, or they can remain private for your own viewing.

The ‘Rediscover this day’ feature is available through web and the iOS app, with it set to roll out to Android soon.

  • Here are the pros and cons of Google’s new photo service

From: Google Photos has gone all Throwback Thursday on us

Project Ara was just kidding about that failed drop test

By Farrha Khan

It’s been a long week of dribbled information from Project Ara, and today is no exception with another series of tweets.

This time, Project Ara took to Twitter to say that it was joking yesterday when it posted “No more electropermanent magnets,” along with the hashtag #FailedTheDropTest.

The tweet led many, including us, to believe that this is why the handset’s launch was delayed until next year.

But today, the Project Ara team tweeted: “BTW #FailedTheDropTest was a joke. Didn’t fail. We have been configuring a new solution. It’s better too. #WorkingOnOurHumor”.

It now seems that the delay is due to Project Ara not only working on a new solution for how modules connect within the handset, but also due to it working on some of its components as well.

Project Ara posted two other tweets today as well, saying that it was also working on a better camera and a better battery life.

Either way, we’re happy to hear the Project Ara team is working on its humor as well.

  • Check out this old Project Ara prototype in action while we wait for more from Google

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