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Fresh Android Apps for Aug. 8: Scottrade Mobile, Bloo Kid, Star Blitz

by Ian Black

Get a grip on the rollercoaster-like stock market with the fresh Scottrade Mobile. It provides streaming quotes every day there’s trading.

Enjoy the last weeks of summer with games featuring a little old (Bloo Kid) and a little new (Star Blitz).

Scottrade Mobile (Free)

Follow the market? It’s a good idea for anyone with investments in this volatile financial time.

This app from Scottrade provides free streaming quotes and is available for iOS, BlackBerry, and this Android version. The home screen provides overall measurements of the current day with a graph and details of major indices like the S&P 500. Touch “Get a Quote” to search on any symbol and display a time-based stock fluctuation chart and the latest news on that company.

Tap “Research” to bring up in-depth Scotttrade analysis or “Watch List” to create your own list of stock favorites to follow.

Bloo Kid (Free)

If you want to relive a little of the past, download this retro game immediately. Bloo Kid must rescue his girlfriend from an evil wizard, but, of course, he’ll first need to overcome a series of trials featuring monsters, canons, death traps, and big bosses in a familiar side-scrolling platform style.

Unlike some other recent retro games, this one does not add any modern twists. It’s a pure blast from the past, and you’ll most likely enjoy the nostalgia right down to the chiptune soundtrack.

Star Blitz (Free)

Like a summer blockbuster, this space game ratchets up the intensity a few notches with an aim to leave you breathless but smiling when you’re done. You’re in charge of defending Arelon Prime from an evil Xeno cluster of aliens. Your defense centers on a single powerful fighter craft which you can trick-out with a set of “shock and awe” weapons in order to even out the odds against an overwhelming alien force.

The weapons include lightning strike-like electron cannons, planet-melting tri-gun lasers, and super-smart homing missiles. The driving high-energy soundtrack completes the picture and will have you standing up out of your chair while you play.

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