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MAG Interactive has launched a completely revamped iOS version of “Ruzzle Adventure”

The Spinoff of the Acclaimed Word Game ‘Ruzzle’ Now With Completely New Levels, Rules and More! Press release: Stockholm, Sweden — June 14, 2017 — Swedish developer MAG Interactive today launched a completely revamped iOS version of their word game, Ruzzle Adventure, adding new level design, rules and more features. The perfect extension of the most played word game in… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!

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Inside Chinese “Click Farms”

A “click farm” is where fake ratings and rankings for mobile apps and social media posts are manipulated. Here’s a look inside.  Advertisement This footage was recently uploaded by Russian site English Russia.  It looks similar to the set-up shown in another click farm from 2015. (Note that similar “tables”have been available for purchase online in China.) At that time, Tech in Asia reported that China media surmised that the image showed a woman manipulating App Store rankings by downloading, installing, and then uninstalling apps over and over again to bump up its rankings. This certainly wouldn’t be unheard of, because Tech in Asia also reports that on popular Chinese e-commerce sites, there are ads for “App Store ranking manipulation” services. Advertisement Below are more photos that apparently show inside these click farms from iFeng, Tech Web, CZong News Info, Weibo and Duowan.  Tech In Asia explained that Apple is trying to prevent PC-based iPhone emulators, so the only way to get around that is manual labor.  Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Native Union Gives You Enough Bedside Cable To Not Hang Yourself

Commerce Content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and if you buy something through our posts, we may get a small share of the sale. Click here for more. Putting an extra-long charging cable by your bed and finding a solution for keeping that cable from falling on the floor are two of the best upgrades you can make to your in-bed device game. Native Union’s NIGHT Cable covers both. $40 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission $60 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission A 10 Foot USB Extension Cable Will Change Your Life Here’s one thing that you can buy for five bucks that’ll make your life instantly better: … Read more Needless to say, Lifehacker has 12 years of articles about how to keep your cables from falling, using sundries like binder clips, Sugru, or off-the-shelf options like Quirky Cordies. Similarly, the best Lightning cables are readily available in 10ft lengths for less than half the price of the NIGHT Cable. $20

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It Ain't Heavy, It's My Smartphone Dock

The following contest is scheduled for one fall. Making their way to the ring, weighing at least half a pound each: a bunch of smartphone docks. Grovemade’s iPhone Dock, pictured above, pairs walnut or maple with stainless steel to form a minimalist 1lb 8oz block for your phone to rest on. In case the weight isn’t enough, the base also uses “microsuction” to grip surfaces, ensuring this dock won’t be hanging on to your phone when you undock. The Grovemade Dock is BYO cable, and the internal cable management, while elegant, doesn’t really have space for a braided cable like the upgrade version of your favorite. There’s also no back support for larger devices, so this really isn’t a tablet friendly dock. Superlatives: Best-looking. $17 From amazon 4888 purchased by readersGizmodo Media Group may get a commission Elevation Lab’s Dock 3 is an Apple-esque single piece of aluminum. It weighs 1.4 pounds, and that combined with the “NanoPad” suction on the bottom means it’s not going anywhere. Available in black, red, silver, and blue. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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King Is Bringing Us More Bubble Witch with a Third Game Out Now

King’s bubble-popping extravaganza Bubble Witch Saga rides again with its third release that’s out now: Bubble Witch 3 Saga. It’s available via the Apple App Store, Google Play, Amazon App Store, and Facebook for you to snatch up right now for all your bubble-bursting pleasure. If you’ve ever played Bust-A-Move, you’ll be right at home here. The original Bubble Witch Saga and its sequel were puzzlers where you’re given one colored bubble after another to aim at even more bubbles suspended at the top of the screen. You need to match three or more of a kind to burst the bubbles and clear them from the play area. This is accomplished via precise aiming with the touch screen, and strategic bouncing of colored bubbles against the “walls” of the play area. If you play your cards right, you can collapse an entire cache of bubbles with a well-placed shot. They’ll rain down in a shower of color, and at the end of each level, they’ll randomly bounce into pots that collect them for points totally onto your score. Bubble Witch 3 Saga includes an older main character (Stella) who’s been possessed by READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!

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The 12 Best Games on the iPhone

You’ve got yourself an iPhone and you want to play some games on it. You might not want to just plunge into the App Store—it’s a jungle, full of deadly spiders, wild animals, and bad games. Here, let us help you. Advertisement Below, we’ve listed the 12 games we feel are a great starting point for iPhone gaming. You can also watch the video above for a rundown. Hitman games are famous for their open-ended sandboxes. At their best, they let you creep around a party or a museum, find your target, and creatively take them out. Hitman GO… doesn’t really do that. What it does do, however, is offer a bunch of smart, tightly designed puzzles that gradually become more complicated as you go, but are never too complicated to finish off in the space of a single bus ride. With its stripped down board-game aesthetic and abstract violence, it may not look much like a Hitman game, but it still manages to capture the series’ meticulous, satisfying nature. Advertisement A Good Match For: Hitman fans, puzzle fiends, people READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Save 25% on Nomad's Entire Innovative Line of Charging Accessories [Exclusive]

Nomad 25% off sitewide excluding Outlet with code KINJA25, free shipping, expires 10/9 | Photo via Lifehacker Nomad has become our favorite purveyor of beautiful, brilliant solutions for keeping your devices powered, and you save 25% on everything but their outlet section with code KINJA25. Not only are these the best prices every offered on most of these products (and will be for some time), but several of them have never been discounted before. The Leather Charging Wallet, available in slim or bifold style, packs an external battery pack right into a beautiful Horween leather wallet. The Key is a keychain-ready cable, so if you can find a USB port, you’ll have power, while the Carabiner is a charging cable that is a keychain. The RoadTrip builds an external battery right into your car charger. The PowerPack is an external battery pack with Tile built right in that we’ll be covering soon, and there are also iPhone 7 cases, and Apple Watch stands and straps thrown in for good measure. Tell us about your favorite Nomad products, or what you’ll be treating yourself to in the comments. Commerce Content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and if you buy something…

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BioWare Action RPG Jade Empire Now Available On iOS

A wondrous combination of martial arts action and BioWare storytelling, Jade Empire is a classic action RPG that could really use a sequel. Perhaps today’s release of Jade Empire: Special Edition on iOS is a step in that direction. Or not. Advertisement Aspyr Media, the folks behind the iOS version of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, have ported BioWare’s martial arts epic to touchscreen. For $9.99 players get the full game experience, with more than 40 hours of gameplay and—for the first time—achievements. Everybody loves achievements. For those of you unfamiliar with the game, it’s basically a standard BioWare RPG, with moral choices, rich characters, followers and plenty of deep storytelling, only with lots of kicking and punching. And in case you’re wondering how the action RPG controls on a touch screen, here’s an expert mode controls tutorial. We’re probably not getting a Jade Empire sequel any time soon, but at least the iOS release will mean new fans to commiserate with. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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What We Loved (And Hated) About Hit Dating Sim Mystic Messenger

Mystic Messenger Dating sim Mystic Messenger is blowing up, simulating the too-real experience of falling in love with mysterious people online. It’s a relatable otome (“maiden”) game in which, brilliantly, anime boys—and one girl—interact with you over a fake chatroom and text messages. Your character stumbles upon the fictional Mystic Messenger app under strange circumstances, and, over the course of 11 days, gets to know potential paramours online and offline. Mystic Messenger is brilliant, and there’s a lot to unpack about how its fake interface best shows each character’s flaws and charms. Advertisement On Friday, I wrote about how Mystic Messenger’s main mechanic was emotional labor, flattering the boys in the particular ways they require flattery. However, Kotaku writer Heather Alexandra has spent the last few weeks on her own Mystic Messenger quest. She’s come out of it with a unique take that, today, we explored in a chat together. Cecilia D’Anastasio: Let’s get started! Advertisement Heather Alexandra: Perhaps let’s begin with how we heard about the game, what drew us to it? Cecilia D’Anastasio: All the otome fans in my feeds were raving about Mystic Messenger for weeks, but mostly about the boys. That’s not a big hook for…

Adorn Your Desk in Walnut and Leather with Grovemade

Grovemade builds some of the most beautiful things you can put in your work space, fusing elements like leather and wood to raise your desk game to the next level- literally and figuratively. It starts with the Monitor Stand, Laptop Stand or MacBook Dock, and wood and leather Mouse Pad. From there you can add lights, succulent pots, even keyboard and magic trackpad trays. The juxtaposition of my high-end Logitech gaming gear with Grovemade’s natural components is something that will definitely end up on our new Instagram in short order. $149 From amazon 655 purchased by readersGizmodo Media Group may get a commission $81 From amazon 344 purchased by readersGizmodo Media Group may get a commission We’ll be taking a look at more from Grovemade like their new iPhone 7 cases and pocket knife in separate articles. Tell us what you’ll be putting on your desks in the comments. Commerce Content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and if you buy something through our posts, we may get a small share of the sale. Click here to learn more, and don’t forget to sign up for our email newsletter. We want your feedback. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!