Samsung's Gear VR is about to get some more media streaming options, as both Twitch and Netflix will be making their way to the headset. Following the announcement of an all-new Gear VR headset, it was announced that both Netflix and Twitch will be making their way to the Gear VR store this afternoon.
The team behind Truedialer have been trying to change the way we look at the one app most people don't really think about, and so far the results have been impressive. Truedialer replaces the outdated notion of a Caller ID with realtime information about interactions with spam numbers, relevant information for callers while the call is coming in, and a slick interface for replacing the dialer that came with your phone.
Today the Truedialer folks are leveraging their huge userbase to roll out a new live busy signal feature, making it so you know another Truedialer user is available before you place the call.
The new update to the Truedialer app keeps an eye on your current status, which you'll see reflected as a green dot when you're completely available. If your calendar has an event where you've indicated you don't want to be disturbed, or you've got No Interruptions enabled on your phone, that status light will be red. This status light can be seen by other Truedialer users with your number, so when they go to call you that indicator will appear next to your name as a clear warning you aren't around.
If you need to reach someone as soon as they are available, Truedialer has a button for that.
If you need to reach someone as soon as they are available, Truedialer has a button for that. You can now ask to be notified when someone's notification light goes from red to green, letting you know they are ready to receive calls.
If you're already a Truedialer user, expect this update to start rolling out today. After having used the app for a couple of days now, the new features work exactly as advertised. The only thing missing is some kind of filter, a way to make it so you appear available to a select group of friends and family when you aren't available to everyone else, but it's not as though the feature stops calls from coming in so it's not a huge need out of the box. If you've been looking for more out of your dialer or contacts manager, Truedialer is worth a closer look.
Samsung has just sent out an update to its Samsung Pay app (to version 1.3.1716) for those currently using the service in beta, adding a few useful interface improvements. Notably, the app has received some visual polish, which lines up well with its expansion out of beta in less than a week on September 28.
Facebook is adding support for 360-degree videos in its News Feed. The feature is rolling out first for web-based users along with the Facebook Android app, with iOS support due "in the coming months."
When something goes wrong with a 3D Printer that you can't immediately diagnose by looking at the mess of filament in a pile on your tray, crawling through forums is just about the last thing you want to do. You usually find the answer you need to get things back up and running, but the process can be frustrating. Global support for something like a 3D Printer isn't easy, even for a popular 3D Printer company like Ultimaker. To help address the need for support among novice users, the Ultimaker app now exists in the Google Play Store.
If you find yourself in need of a more direct helping hand, the app also includes contact information for your closest official Ultimaker support group.
As cool as it would be to have an app that plugged into your 3D Printer and fixed everything with a simple tap on your phone, the Ultimaker app is all about giving you the tools to diagnose any problems you may have with your printer. You scan the barcode on your 3D Printer, and the support documentation that follows is directly geared towards helping you sole whatever problems you might have.
For the most part, this support app is a distilled version of what you'd find in the Ultimaker forums, and covers just about everything you'd need to wiggle and push to solve most problems you'd encounter with an Ultimaker. If you find yourself in need of a more direct helping hand, the app also includes contact information for your closest official Ultimaker support group. Unfortunately, those aren't always particularly close yet so this feature may not be immediately helpful depending on where you live.
The new Ultimaker app is a fantastic tool for troubleshooting and making sure you can quickly get the spare parts you might need when something goes wrong, and for the small stuff is infinitely less frustrating than a forum crawl when everything seems ruined.
Samsung and Expedia have partnered together to put out a special version of the travel app which will bring some additional perks with it. Downloading the app will unlock perks such as additional user support with a dedicated support line for Galaxy customers and even exclusive member pricing. The Expedia for Samsung app is a great way for Samsung users to improve their booking experience for their upcoming trips.
Microsoft released Outlook Groups for Windows 10 Mobile and now the company has rolled out the app to both Android and iOS. Requiring an active Office 365 subscription, Outlook Groups enables you to communicate and engage with your team. It's possible to connect to work and school accounts to collaborate and take advantage of other unique features.
Pingpad is an interesting new app that aims to make it easier to collaborate with anyone, whether it be family, friends, roommates or coworkers. Launching today, the app is a sort of social notes platform that allows you to quickly write up notes and lists in real-time to make working in groups that much easier.
It's certainly not the most exciting app in the world, but Google's stock Clock app is getting an update that brings along some handy new features. Included in the latest update is a setting for gradually increasing volume for alarms and timers, interactive alarm notifications on Android Wear, and more.
Action Launcher has received yet another sizable update, bumping it to version 3.6, which adds Quickfind, new transitions and a slew of other changes. With the update, icon packs can now use dynamic calendar icons, which would change your calendar icon each day with the proper date. If you are a fan of the new Google logo, you now have the option to use it on the Quickbar. You can use the colorful, a single colored, or even the old logo, dependent on your preference.
When it comes to Watch Faces for Android Wear there are plenty of options to choose from. What can be difficult is finding the right balance when it comes to giving you the information you want at a glance, and having a easy to read simplistic design. The Calendar Arc Watch Face is designed to quickly help you answer whether you've got something going on later today, thanks to a slick and simple UI.
The Calendar Arc Watch Face goes for a simple design, which can easily be enhanced through the customization options. The default face lacks numbers, and just has an hour, minute, and second hand in a black on white design. It could be any watch face. The real meat of this face is found in it's options, which are available through your phone.
One of the best features here is the ability to sync up with your calendar. You can select multiple calendars to sync up with your Smartwatch, helping to make sure you never forget an appointment due to a hectic day. Once you've synced up your calendar, any upcoming events will show up on the watch face in the form of blurs of color along the edge of your screen. It arcs over the watch, during the time of day that the event is occurring. It's a slick way to help you see not only that you have something on your schedule, but when it occurs during the day. To check on events, you can tap the screen and see what is scheduled for your day.
There are also three categories for your watch face settings; Visual options, Date settings, and Gauges. Most of the settings for the Calendar Arc Watch Face are a toggle on/off choice which makes them easy to adjust. In visual options you'll find options for the animation of the watch hands, a light or dark theme, and the option to show event names on the face. Date settings nets you the options to display weekday, day of the month, month, and year. The Gauges allow you to display the battery gauges for your smartphone and smartwatch.
The Calendar Arc Watch Face delivers an awesome at-a-glance experience. It's got tons of customization options, a great design and interface, and the fantastic integration with your calendar could be a huge deal for a lot of people. If you've been looking for something simple, but still stocked with options then this may be the watch face to check out. It's available now on The Google Play Store for $1.33 and certainly worth every penny.
Google is pushing out an update for the Gmail app on Android, which brings along the ability to unsubscribe from mailing lists, as well as block senders. You will now be able to accomplish both of these tasks from the Gmail app as well as from the web, with a few simple clicks.
The official Starbucks app for Android has picked up an update, which enables you to place an order and pay for said drink without speaking a word. It's now possible to grab a coffee from your local Starbucks in the US using nothing other than your smartphone.
Compressing pictures and videos always means a trade-off, but Opera Max makes saving on data pretty painless.
There are times when you want — no, you need — to save on data as much as possible. Other times you're fine sucking down the gigabytes just as fast as your operator or ISP can serve them up. And you're the only one who knows what you need when. And there are plenty of ways to save on data. Use airplane mode. Or just turn your phone off. That seems a bit drastic though.
Opera Max is one of those apps that's been around for what seems like forever, and we've yet to really take a look at it. That ends now. And it turns out it's devilishly simple. It's a VPN that tunnels data through its servers, compressing things where it can. That specifically means pictures and video, which make up the bulk of the big stuff your phones and tablets have to tackle.
But compressions always comes with a trade-off. So let's take a look and see if Opera Max is right for a full-time data management solution, or if it's something you'll want to use occasionally.
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