When you step into the playground, you follow the rules of the owner
Making a move towards keeping its service family-friendly for all, Vine is revising its rules and terms of service to completely ban the posting of "explicit sexual content." After reiterating that the Vine community and overall creativity of content has grown, it points out that a very small percentage of videos being posted are not a good fit for the community as a whole.
"For more than 99 percent of our users, this doesn’t really change anything. For the rest: we don’t have a problem with explicit sexual content on the Internet –– we just prefer not to be the source of it."
Says the succinct blog post, reminding folks that it has no problem inherently with the type of content, but that it can be better posted somewhere other than on Vine. Users will now have the option to report content if it is indeed explicit, and Vine even goes as far as to post a help article FAQ to let you know what it will consider explicit content when it comes to blocking and removing it from the service.
Although we can see a few people get upset over being censored online, it comes down to the point that if you agree to the terms of service of an app, you have to play by its rules. If you don't like it, there are plenty of other options out there.
Portuguese and US Spanish added to the offline options, but are still the old low quality versions
Google's Text-to-Speech, the app that powers speech output on Android devices in a whole range of apps, was updated today to include higher-quality voice options for those who speak English. For those who have their phones set to U.S. English, you now have the option to download a "Female (high quality)" voice that takes up a nice 244MB chunk of space on your phone and replaces the standard 6.8MB package. For those using U.K. English, you'll have a new Male option that's just 3.7MB, along with a Female (high quality) 276MB and Male (high quality) that's 100MB.
If you don't mind using up the space, it's a few simple steps to download the new voice data for a better voice output experience. The Text-to-Speech options can be found in Settings > Language & input > Text-to-speech output. You can then tap the settings button and hit "Install voice data" to pull down the voice packages that are useful and relevant to you. The data will only download over Wifi by default, and you can hit the trash can next to each installed voice package to delete it if you don't want it taking up space any longer.
The Text-to-Speech update to version 3.0 also includes both Portuguese and U.S. Spanish as options, but they're still the standard quality voices at 4.5 and 6.8MB, respectively.
All the gravity bending goodness you know and love is now available for the NVIDIA Shield
You probably have played Rochard if your a gamer. Available originally for the PS3, the game quickly found its way to Steam and became a fan favorite. It's one of those games that you don't want to stop playing until you get to just one more checkpoint. Addiction, meet fun.
Today, Recoil Games has launched a pure Rochard port for Tegra 4 devices with controller support, like the Shield. It has the same side-scrolling action, the same great looking 3D scenery, the same great physics, and it rests right in the palm of your hands.
For a free to play game to truly stick around over the years, it needs lots of updates. That’s just what Electronic Arts has done with The Sims FreePlay, pushing out regular updates with new content every few months. Just last month, they released the Golden Age update which introduced teenage and senior citizen Sims to the game.
Next week, The Sims FreePlay will take things even further. The game’s next update adds Life Dreams for each Sim to work towards. And once they grow old enough, the Sims will even be able to die and leave behind a legacy for future Sim generations. It’s quite a big change for The Sims FreePlay, and Android Central has an exclusive preview video and details to help you prepare for the change.
Test your knowledge head-to-head on over 400 topics, including Android
QuizUp, the insanely popular trivia game on iOS, has made its way to Android in all its glory today. The game, if you haven't given it a try on the other platform yet, lets you go head-to-head with random opponents all around the world answering multiple-choice trivia questions on several topics. You can choose from books, movies, games, art, logos, history, sports and more — 414 in total at the moment — to build your score and rank yourself among your friends.
Along with the launch of the game on Android, there's even a new topic called "Android" you can play to test your knowledge of the platform. The Android release is also integrating with Google Play Games, which lets you track achievements and leaderboards seamleassly across devices. You can sign into the game with Google+ as well to make the entire experience seamless.
Trivia games appeal to a whole bunch of people out there, and QuizUp is poised to do well on Android if we had to guess. The game is free and can be downloaded from the Play Store link at the top of this post.
If you're a fan of awesome graphics, easy but challenging gameplay — and most of all just a good fun app — you've got to try Smash Hit. The idea is that you have a number of balls with which you'll hit objects in a sort of first-person shooter style. Physics are very much in effect here, and keep in mind that you've got a limited amount of ammo.
But hit a crystal and you get extra balls. Hit 10 (or more) crystals in a row and you'll get multiball, making things much easier. Crash into an obstacle and you lose 10 balls.
As the game progresses, crystals won't be quite so obvious, you have new obstacles to overcome, and overall gameplay begins to speed up. Be sure to turn up your speakers, too, as the music is synced to the gameplay and changes as you progress through the 50 rooms.
Smash Hit ties into Google Play Games (as any good game should). The game's completely playable in its free form, but a $1.99 in-app purchase adds the ability to restart from checkpoints, and provides cloud saves and statistics.
Some say he knows two facts about ducks, and that both of them are wrong
An endless runner isn't necessarily something we'd hope for from a game called Race The Stig, but thanks to the BBC it's what we've got. Released today for Android – and cross platform for iOS and Windows Phone – you put your helmet on, jump into one of the iconic cars from the TV show and try and out run The Stig. Need for Speed, this isn't.
The graphics are a little low-end, and being an endless runner there isn't much we haven't seen before. But, it's Top Gear, it's The Stig, so anyone who's seen the show will likely give it at least a try. Oh, and at some point in the game you get to race in Geoff, Top Gear's own take on the electric car – later known as the Hammerhead Eagle iThrust, or something.
One of the darkest and more interesting games we've played lately has got to be Badland, in which you fly around as a little furry (or is it pointy?) creature and attempt to create and rescue clones. (Just go with it.)
If you haven't played Badland, you've got to do so. We'll wait.
And with a recent update you can now play as a Bugdroid — that lovable Android robot mascot guy.
Batter up for the MLB season with a new monthly subscription rate
Spring Training is underway ahead of the start of the 2014 MLB season, and the official At Bat for Android just got a useful little update. Now, alongside the one off subscription payment of $19.99 for the season, you can choose to pay in smaller chunks of $2.99 per month for full access to the app.
For Baseball fans there's no better one-stop shop to follow the season right from Spring Training through to the World Series. MLB.tv subscribers still get free access to At Bat – so long as you're on the Premium tier – as well as being able to watch live video content and more. Snag the app at the Google Play link up top
As part of Square Enix's mobile sale, stealthy conspiracy shooter Deus Ex: The Fall is now available on Google Play for just $0.99, €0.99 or £0.99 depending on your locale. That's a significant cut from the launch price of $6.99, €5.99 or £4.99. The game is styled after Deus Ex: Human Revolution and puts players into the role of Ben Saxon, a former SAS mercenary augmented with cybernetic implants, as he uncovers a global conspiracy in the year 2027.
Square Enix's sale runs until March 10, and also includes Tomb Raider 1 and Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light on iOS.
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