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Level Up! Dragon’s Quest V, The Witcher Battle Arena, and more

It's been a while since our last Level Up! games roundup, so let's dig right into the past weeks' highlights. Of course, we have a bunch of new games for you, including some from rather big franchises like Dragon Quest and The Witcher. Naturally, some updates are also waiting for the more comic games of Angry Birds and Goat Sim. We even have some sweet deals for those who want to go beyond simple game playing and dive into the world of game making. Welcome to 2015's first Level Up! digest.

AlarmPad update adds an easier way to set alarms

Android has its own alarm app and so do many OEMs but that hasn't stopped many from making their own spin on the app. One of those is AlarmPad, which features many addon features, including syncing alarms across devices and dismissing them using NFC tags. The app has just gotten a major update that not only imbues it with Material Design, it also adds a new and faster way to add a one-off alarm.

BBC revamps mobile news app

For UK residents (and even for some across the pond), BBC is probably the most widely-read and watched news network. And since studies have shown that news consumption is mostly done through mobile devices, of course, they had to have an app, which they launched back in 2010. 5 years later, they have now revamped their app, giving it a more personal touch and ensuring that it will work better on your smartphone and tablet.

WhatsApp update now “respects” priority mode for Lollipop devices

One of the new things that Android users can expect from the Android 5.0 Lollipop update is a mode called Priority which filters those you've marked as important and gives you alerts even when you are basically on silent or do not disturb mode. But popular messenger WhatsApp seemed to not be applying that mode previously, but a new update to the app has made all things right.

Motorola Migrate now with Material Design, contact transfers

Almost all apps on the Google Play Store continue with both design and feature updates as Android 5.0 Lollipop rolls out to various Android devices. If you're a new Motorola smartphone owner, then this updated app would be of necessity to you. Motorola Migrate now has a brand new visual design, as well as the ability to transfer contacts from your old device to your brand new smartphone.

TouchPal update: Material Design, more emojis

When chatting with your friends and loved ones on mobile devices, sometimes, words are not enough. Some emotions are better expressed through emojis. That's why it's handy to have an alternative keyboard that has both the traditional characters and then a pretty large number of emojis at the ready to express yourself. TouchPal is one of those apps, and the newest update brings more improved features to the virtual keyboard.

AirDroid receives another update, Android 5 support added

The official AirDroid 3 went out of beta before 2014 ended and the app recently received an update from its developer Sand Studio. The tool now has some new features: Android  5 support in AirMirror, notification blocking from any app on the computer, notification action support for Notification mirror, and dismiss notifications in the Android notification bar on computer, at least for those devices running Android 4.3.

WhatsCloud [ROOT] update brings improved power efficiency

The WhatsCloud Root app has been around for a while now and as the name implies, it requires root access to your device. The app is designed to allow you to message friends from your desktop or a tablet and is meant to be secure with 256-bit AES end-to-end encryption.

Parallels Access update: file manager, PC-to-PC remote access, S-Pen integration

For the average digital person, normally you work or study using not just one gadget, but most likely 3 (or more): a computer/laptop, a tablet and a smartphone. So cross-platform solutions are not just a want, but a must-have, if you work on various devices running on different platforms as well. One of those apps is Parallels Access, and the latest update will make it even easier to work and access files, wherever you may be, whatever gadget you may be working on.

Google Maps update: shareable maps, search and improvements

Google Maps is one of those products that people eagerly await for updates, especially those who rely on the app when driving or traveling to unfamiliar areas (we're looking at you, people who don't like asking for directions). The newest features added to the navigation app will mostly benefit those who are meeting other people at a certain place or if you're tired of explaining how to get to your place.
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