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2 years ago

Sony's PlayStation Now wants to be the Netflix of gaming

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Sony has brought a lot of cool stuff to CES 2014, including a look at its forthcoming PlayStation Now gaming service. The simplest way to describe what Sony's trying here; it wants to be the Netflix of gaming. 

The Gaikai guys have been on the show floor demonstrating how things will go. Initially Sony will be supporting PlayStation 3 games, which can be streamed to your PS4, PS Vita, PS3 and selected new Sony Bravia TVs. Beyond this, PS2 and PS One classic titles are also in consideration for future inclusion. But why are we so interested? Because one day, maybe in the distant future times, but one day for sure; Sony wants this on our smartphones and tablets. 

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2 years ago

WWE lays the smack down at CES with a 24/7 network for $9.99 a month

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"It's way over the top"

This year's keynotes at CES came to an epic conclusion tonight with the announcement of the WWE Network.

Yes, World Wrestling Entertainment, which has long existed as a mainstay of pay-per-view, is coming to the web. The service will consist of a 24/7 live streaming service of original content along with a massive on-demand library of past content. Also included is access to all pay-per-view shows past, present and future. Streaming will be available on WWE.com, apps for iOS, Android and Kindle, as well as on PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox, Roku — and at least one platform that Michelle Wilson, WWE Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer, was not allowed to mention.

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2 years ago

Carbon for Twitter finally runs into the token wall

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Well, it's finally happening. Carbon for Twitter, long one of our favorite Android Twitter apps, is finally running up against the token limit Twitter implemented some time ago. Developer M.Saleh Esmaeili dropped the bad news on Google+, meaning the app won't be able to accept new users once the last token is used up. 

That's the same issue just about every major third-party Twitter app has run into, including Falcon Pro and Tweet Lanes. Esmaeili says he won't muck about with API workarounds, so what we've got is what we've got. Esmaeili is looking ahead to his next projects, though. 

Unfortunately, for Carbon, however, we all knew this was coming.

Source: +M.Saleh Esmaeili

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2 years ago

Check out Gameloft's Brothers in Arms 3: Sons of War on #CESLive

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Touch optimized and free to play — coming soon from Gameloft

John P. and Simon Sage have a look at Brothers in Arms 3: Sons of War, a coming title from Gameloft. The game will be free to play with in-app purchases, and features excellent touch-control optimization.

From what we can see in the demo, this one should be great. Hopefully we have a chance to try it soon on some of the super hardware we know is coming.

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2 years ago

Yahoo acquires intelligent home screen replacement Aviate

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Yahoo has announced that they have acquired the "intelligent" replacement home screen application Aviate. The app, which is still in a private beta status, uses data and metrics of how and where you use your phone to decide what content to display. the result may or may not be as useful as setting your own shortcuts and widgets, but it certainly looks good. 

Yahoo says "We hope to make Aviate a central part of our Android-based experiences in 2014 (and beyond), and we are committed to continued innovation on the product." Hopefully, that means the app will soon lose it's beta tag. In the meantime, Yahoo says they will giving away 25,000 codes.

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2 years ago

Sony announces Lifelog application for Android

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From capturing to recommending Sony wants to inspire you

Sony has just announced their new and innovative way to keep track of your life through your device with the Lifelog application. With various applications available to capture your movements, achievements, and images from throughout the day the issue is that none of them do it all in one place. Sony hopes to change this by allowing you to capture your physical, social, and internet activities all in one location.

This information is great to have to look over, but Sony is actually going to take it one step further. Sony will be using the information that is captured by the application to help inspire you. Sorting through the information Sony will be able to help inspire you with ideas and recommendations of what to do in the future, based on what you have already done.

Working with partners for hardware and software Sony hopes that they are able to inspire your future through the data that they help collect for you.

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2 years ago

Live from NMX with BBM 2.0! Channels, voice calls, location sharing, and more!

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BBM for everybody hits version 2.0

We're not only at CESlive, we're at New Media Expo, and we're talking to Jeff Gadway about the brand new BBM 2.0 beta for Android. That includes BBM channels for broadcasting and interaction, voice calls for crystal clear audio, location sharing to let your contacts know where you are, but only for as long as you feel comfortable, and 100 new emoticons, 25 of which were chosen by the BBM users.

They're deservedly proud of the reliability of their "read" state, and of how they're working towards making a really great BBM experience that's also a really great Android experience.

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2 years ago

Fitbit announces syncing with more Android devices

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Syncing just got easier with more Android devices

Fitbit has just announced that their products will now sync with even more Android devices. Previously Fitbit devices only synced wirelessly with about 5 Android devices, all of them Samsung, so it was a bit inconvenient for many users. Today they have announced that they will be supporting 12 more Android devices.

Fitbit has not hit all the devices, but they have added support for many of the most popular devices. If you own any of the Fitbit products, and one of these devices you will want to grab the app update now to gain wireless sync. We hope that Fitbit is able to accommodate even more devices in the future, and soon there will be no restrictions and users can easily sync regardless of device choices. See the list of new devices after the break.

Source: Fitbit

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2 years ago

Apps of the Week: Calendar Status, Tropica, Tweetings and more!

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See the apps we're using on a daily basis

After skipping a week of our regular column to highlight some of the best apps of the year from each of the Android Central editors, we're back onto a regular schedule with Apps of the Week. In this weekly column we show off a single app from each of the writers here at AC, along with a quick explanation of why you can find it on our devices.

While they may not always be the most popular, best selling or flashiest apps, if they're installed on our phones and tablets then there's reason to talk about it. Read along with us after the break and see if we can recommend an app or two for you to install on your own device.

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2 years ago

Bitspin, developer behind Timely alarm clock, 'joining Google'

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Timely quickly became one of our favorite alarm clocks on Android as much for its beautiful design as its functionality and simplicity. And the hard work appears to have paid off, as developer Bitspin has announced on its website that it is "joining Google."

Details of the deal were sparse Saturday morning — we've got an e-mail in requesting more information — with just three sentences on Bitspin's website. "We're thrilled to announce that Bitspin is joining Google, where we'll continue to do what we love: building great products that are delightful to use," the message begins.

The immediate impact on Timely appears to be minimal. 

"For new and existing users," Bitispin writes, "Timely will continue to work as it always has. Thanks to everyone who has downloaded our app and provided feedback along the way; we truly appreciate all your support."

Timely, which was updated on Friday with some bugfixes, has between 1 million and 5 million installs, according to its Google Play listing.

Update 10:26 p.m.: Google got back to us this evening but had no additional details to share regarding the "joining."

Source: Bitspin; Thanks, Greg, for the heads up!

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2 years ago

Pandora for Android update brings Alarm Clock feature

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Wake up to your favorite Pandora stations

Pandora has updated its Android app to finally give us the much-anticipated Alarm Clock feature. Pandora first announced the feature back in December, but unfortunately it was only available to iOS users at launch. Today it has updated the Android app to squash a couple bugs, make some enhancements and add the Alarm Clock feature for us all.

To set up the Alarm Clock all you have to do is launch the app, press the menu button in the top right corner and turn it on. You can then set a time for when you want to be woken up, select a station that will play, select how often you want it to repeat and adjust the snooze time frame and volume output. After saving the alarm there's nothing else you need to do, the application will begin playing the selected station at the time you want — pretty simple.

The update is now live in Google Play, so be sure to hit the link above and get to setting your alarms!

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2 years ago

Channels, Voice coming to BBM for Android

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A quick heads up to those of you rocking BBM on Android that a handful of new — and big — features are on the way, and currently in beta testing on BlackBerry's own Beta Zone. First and foremost is the addition of BBM Channels and BBM Voice. There's also improved file sharing, and more than 100 new emoticons.

Again, BlackBerry is running the beta out of its Beta Zone, and not through Google Play's excellent beta track, so you've got to be one of the chosen ones to get in on the action for now.

Source: CrackBerry

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2 years ago

Carbon for Twitter goes easy on our eyes with new font options

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Carbon for Twitter, which earlier this week got a long-awaited overhaul, has tweaked things yet again today and addressed one of our chief complaints. Switching to the Roboto font certainly kept things more HOLOYOLO, but not all variants of Roboto are easy on the eyes. To that end, there are now three options — Roboto condenced, regular and light. 

Good options to have, and a good response by the dev. The update's live in Google Play.

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2 years ago

Build the city of the future with 2020: My Country for Android

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Last week we brought news that Russian gaming giant Game Insight would be bringing its multiplayer combat game Tank Domination to Android early next year. That title will be the publisher’s most hardcore Android release to date. They’re actually best known for city building games.

The cream of Game Insight’s city building crop is 2020: My Country, a sequel to the original My Country. The new game carries over the original’s addictive mixture of serious simulation with free to play mechanics. It also throws in a futuristic touch, with hovercars and aliens populating the city. It’s surprisingly fun, if you like this type of game. Head past the break for our detailed review.

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2 years ago

Fly Delta app updated to help keep track of SkyMiles status

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Starting today, those of us who play the frequent flyer game on Delta Air Lines need to keep track of what we're spending in order to make status for 2015. And to that end, Delta has updated its Android app to also show your Medallion Qualification Dollars, aka MQDs. Want to keep status next year? You've got to spend, baby, spend, and not just hop cheap flights to nowhere.

Also new is more detailed profile information, and the requisite bugfixes and performance improvements.

And as a reminder, Delta, like other U.S. airlines, now lets you use your phone or tablet below 10,000 feet. Just don't try to make any calls, m'kay?

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