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Android Cut the Rope Free on Google Play

Cut the Rope is now Free on Google Play

Cut the Rope, catch a star, and feed Om Nom candy in this award-winning game!

A mysterious package has arrived, and the little monster inside has only one request… CANDY! Cut the ropes, release candy into Om Nom’s mouth, collect shiny gold stars, and unlock new levels.

Join millions of others who have enjoyed the outstanding physics, tricky levels, and colorful visuals of ZeptoLab’s critically acclaimed Cut the Rope.

Key Features
– Innovative gameplay mechanics
– Realistic physics
– Cute character
– Outstanding graphics

What is Ice Cream Sandwich??

Sticking with the “dessert” naming structure… Google’s latest Android software, 4.0, is called Ice Cream Sandwich.
(We got a sneak peak at ICS last year.)

Currently, RnD has an ICS phone in lab… We would love to show you pictures and videos, but, the manufacturers would string us up by our toenails….

What we can do… is let you know some of our favorite features of the 4.0 ICS phones.

SMOOTH INTERFACE… and EASE OF USE

The phone we are testing now does have a manufacturers “layer” or UI on top of it… And, in some cases, these layers slow down performance on their device.  Not in this case, 4.0 is very smooth… and it makes more sense than previous versions.  The buttons on the bottom have been trimmed to 3.  Back, Home, and Recent Apps.

The Recent Apps list makes multitasking simple.

Wait, where’s the menu key?

In some cases, holding down the “recent apps”  button in an application will launch the menu.  Otherwise, it’s located in the top right hand corner.

Settings?  

You’ll find that now in the notifications bar on the top.

LIFE TIMER… OR DATA AND TEXT MESSAGE COUNTER

With Illinois Valley Cellular, you won’t need to worry about data limitations or caps.  But, if you want to see how much data you’re usings, texts your’re sending and recieving… Check this out.

Data usage controls let you monitor total usage by network type and application and then set limits if needed.

Sync Outlook Calendar to Android with Google Apps Sync

A frequently asked question to the RnD department…

“How do I sync my Outlook Calendar with my Android phone’s calendar?”

Answer: Google Apps Sync

Google Apps Sync is a program that runs on your desktop.  It checks for changes to your calendar, then syncs it with Google.  And, does the same in reverse… It will check your phone for changes and sync it to your outlook calendar.

 

Watch:

BlackBerry also has a sync program for Outlook, read more here.

 

VIDEO: Android – Contacts Import

Make sure your contacts are all “synced” with your Google account.

If you’re adding a contact, make sure you save it as a Google contact, otherwise, if you reset your phone, or get a new android… Your contacts will not be there.

Here, I walk you through exporting your “phone” contacts and then importing them to Google.  (I’m using the Samsung Showcase i500 running Android 2.3)

*NOTE: if you have facebook synced into your contacts, remove the facebook contacts first, before the export.

Malware Mimicking Google+

Using Google + on your android?  Malware has popped up on devices as Google + that can steal your location and listen to your phone calls.  We got the scoop from Phandroid:

 The malicious code dubbed “Nickispy.C” was discovered by Trend Micro today and although it uses many of the same services as its previous versions, it learned a few new tricks this time around. Now, Nickispy.C goes incognito my calling itself Google++ using the same icon as the legit Google+ app for all of its services.

If given free reign over your phone, the app steals the usual text messages, GPS positions, call logs, and even goes as far as answering your calls allowing for the malware’s creator to listen in or record your most intimate conversations. Still unknown is if this malware made it into users’ devices through the Android Market or 3rd party app store or via the word wide web.

The good news? Well, the malware only effects Android 2.2 users thanks to the exploit being patched up in 2.3 that allows for an app to change the phone state without a user’s consent. The bad news? Android 2.2 is still found on around 74% of all Android devices. Damn. Even more reason to look forward to Android 2.3, right?

Coming soon:  Difference between Android 2.2 and 2.3 AND a sneak peak into “Ice Cream Sandwich.”