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2 years ago

About those mobile graphics predictions - games like The Dark Meadow can't come soon enough

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Earlier, Phil talked a bit about the way mobile graphics are inching their way up towards full-blown console performance. NVIDIA, who is entrenched in gaming and graphic performance on all fronts, at their a little shin-dig in Seattle really wanted to wow us with numbers and slides and predictions. That's all well and good, but if you're like me, the talking only makes you want to see the product and evaluate it against all the hype.

I'll let others hash out the strengths and weaknesses of mobile gaming in relation to PC and console gaming. I'm that guy who bought Skyrim for the PC, but never had a chance to install it and play it yet. I also won't have time to fool with the Diablo III open beta this weekend. But I do have time to play games on my tablet, and I don't want to waste it playing crappy ones. Make it better, do it as fast as you can, and keep folks like me, who would rather play great games on a small screen while kicked back in a La-Z-Boy, all happy inside. That's why the thing I found most exciting about yesterday's little get together was the mention of two new Tegra Games -- Bounty Arms by Kerosene Games and The Dark Meadow from Phosphor studios. Seeing new titles optimized for the Tegra 3 gets me a little tingly, so I poked around the Internet a bit and found that Bounty Arms comes from the same developers who brought us BladeSlinger (which kicks a serious amount of ass), and a short preview of the THD optimized version of The Dark Meadow. These can't come soon enough. Hit the break to see the trailer and I think you'll agree.

Source: NVIDIA; The TegraZone

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2 years ago

Google+ SMS connectivity extended to 41 new countries

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When Google+ launched last summer, users in India and the United States were able to interact with their circles via SMS, however other territories have so far been left out of the text-based fun. That changes today, as Google+'s SMS features are rolled out to 41 new countries, mostly in the developing world --

Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bahrain, Benin, Cambodia, Cameroon, Congo (DRC), Cote D'Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia.

The idea is to allow G+ members to interact in places where standard voice and SMS coverage is available, but mobile data is not. By texting a particular number on a supported carrier, users can post to their stream, either publicly, or to a specific circle. Likewise, any responses are fed back by text message.

A list of networks supporting these new SMS features can be found over on the Google+ support page.

Source: Google India Blog

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2 years ago

Samsung S-Cloud rumored to be unveiled alongside new flagship phone

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With the May 3 Samsung Mobile Unpacked event less than two weeks away, we're starting to hear more about what the manufacturer may be unveiling alongside its next flagship. The latest rumor to hit is that Samsung is planning to launch its own cloud storage service, dubbed "S-Cloud" in tandem with the Galaxy S III in London on May 3.

According to Korean news site MK.co.kr, the "S-Cloud" service will offer upwards of 5GB of storage, with no restrictions on the types of content that can be uploaded. "Free and paid" entertainment content is also reported, including TV shows, movies and music. The move could put Samsung into competition with the rumored Google Drive service, expected to be launching soon, as well as more established players like Apple and Dropbox.

Whether Samsung announces a new cloud storage service, or just that other thing we're expecting to see on May 3, we'll be on the ground in London to bring you full coverage.

Source: MK, via: The Verge

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2 years ago

Wordpress for Android v2.1 enters public beta

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Wordpress for Android has been steadily improving over time, and the latest attempt has just been released into public beta. V2.1 promises some "totally radical stuff" -- their words, not ours. 

What is this totally radical stuff? To save us hunting for it, the developers have posted a handy changelog, which looks like this --

  • Autosave timer while editing posts. Every 60 seconds the post will be autosaved.
  • Edit comments! You can edit comments while on the go now.
  • You can now set the width for linked images.
  • All new WordPress.com reader. Navigating posts is much faster and you can add comments to posts that you are reading. You can also share the post to other Android apps!
  • Small improvements to the UI, most notably that the delete post button has been moved to a less prominent spot to prevent accidental taps on it.
  • Reliability improvements
  • Translation updates

The developers are really keen for people to test this out, and run those new features through the mill a bit. If you run a Wordpress blog, then hit up the source link below to get your hands on a copy.

Source: Wordpress

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2 years ago

500px arrives for Android - Enjoy some of the world's best photos

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Sure, Instragram is fun for casual photo taking and sharing but for those who seek out higher quality photos there is a new site that offers up some of the world's best photos. 500px. Now finally, 500px has released their Android app to the Google Play Store for all. No, it's not for snapping a pic on your device and sharing it with others but it does however; allow you to elegantly showcase your already uploaded photos, create slideshows, browse your friends' photos and your favourites all from within the app itself.

  • Browse Popular, Editors Choice, Upcoming and Fresh. Photos change in real-time, so come back often for a fresh dose of inspiration
  • Filter by categories (tap and hold the icons on the left)
  • Full search
  • View beautiful, full size photos without distractions
  • Login or sign up for a 500px account to see your photos, friends' photos and your favorites
  • Vote for photos, add to favorites, read and leave comments
  • View photo descriptions, EXIF information, and location
  • Share photos on Twitter, Facebook, or see them in browser
  • Create a slideshow for every photo stream

The app is full of features and especially looks great on tablets where you can set it up view photos like a photoframe. If you're into photography or just love to look at great photos, this is indeed one app you'll not want to miss. You'll find the download link past the break, if you're interested in learning more about 500px the site, you can hit the source link below.

Source: 500px, Thanks, stbxxl!

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2 years ago

Spotify for Android gets major overhaul, preview version now available

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Music streaming service Spotify has overhauled its Android app with a brand new look and a slew of new features. Firstly, the app's been redesigned with support for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and it's clear the developers have borrowed a little of Google's ICS design language for their new app. Facebook-style slide-out navigation is included, replacing the menu key based navigation of old. And high-resolution cover art and high-quality (320kbps) streaming have also been added, along with performance improvements throughout the app.

Spotify promises more features, including Last FM scrobbling and folder support, before the new version is finalized. Note that to try out the new app, you'll need to be signed up for a Spotify Premium subscription, and as it's a stand-alone apk file, you'll need to enable unknown sources to install it.

For the full list of changes, along with download info, check the source link.

Source: Spotify

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2 years ago

PlayStation Suite SDK open beta begins

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As promised, Sony has launched the public beta of its PlayStation Suite SDK, following on from the closed beta that's been available to select developers in the US, UK and Japan since last November. The program, which is available online now at playstation.com/pss, allows game developers to create games and apps optimized for the recently-launched PlayStation Vita handheld console, as well as PlayStation-certified Android devices. (These include the Xperia Play, Xperia Arc, Xperia S, Sony Tablets P and S, and others.)

The open beta available free of charge to all developers, but after the beta period's up Sony plans on charging a $99 annual fee for access to the finalized SDK. It's also worth mentioning that any games created using the beta SDK won't be available until after the open beta wraps up, though devs are free to test and debug their creations during the beta period.

Interested developers can sign up over at the source link -- here's hoping the project results in some great titles for Sony's line-up of Android phones and tablets.

Source: PlayStation, SCEI

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2 years ago

Instagram update going out - Adds support for the Samsung Galaxy Y while addressing bugs for Froyo users

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The latest Instagram update is now rolling out to the masses. While it is a minor bug fix for most folks, if for some reason you still have a Android 2.2 Froyo device in your hands this will be one you'll want to grab. It addresses some bugs in certain devices running Froyo as well, adds support for the Samsung Galaxy Y. As always, you'll find the download past the break.

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2 years ago

PlayUp aims to make watching sports more social, introduces app for Android

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PlayUp is a new application for Android that wants to improve your sports watching experience by making it much more social.

Currently, if you're watching a live sporting event, you can text or send various messages to friends, but there hasn't been one unified app to aggregate everyone in.  With PlayUp, you can choose the sport and the specific game, gather with friends or just like-minded fans whom you've never met and start trash talking!

Here are all of the features of PlayUp:

• Free instant messaging around sport
• Live scores and stats for 25,000+ live games
• Invite friends from any social network
• Hangout and message in private with friends during the game
• Share posts with Facebook and Twitter
• Push notifications and friend alerts
• Join public discussions with other fans
• Make friends with like-minded sport fans

PlayUp is a great concept because if there's one thing about sports fans, it's that we're a passionate bunch who always have an opinion. To be able to talk to other people who share our interests right from our mobile device is a great feature. The app is free and available from the Google Play Store, please find links after the break.

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2 years ago

ZumoDrive going the way of the Dodo; get all your files before June 1

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Motorola has announced that they will be shutting down ZumoDrive, effective June 1, 2012. We're not too surprised here, as when Motorola bought out Zecter (ZumoDrive's parent company) they weren't shy about wanting the tech to integrate the streaming abilities with their own software. They've accomplished this, and also invite everyone (well, everyone with a Motorola phone or tablet) to move on over to MotoCast

You'll want to be sure to get all your data out of ZumoDrive before June 1, and they are making it fairly easy with the "ZumoDrive downloader tool", which you can run and suck everything out of the cloud and onto your computer hard drive. Data not downloaded by June 1 will be "securely erased" and gone forever, so this is something you'll want to take care of. 

If you are a ZumoDrive user, and have a Motorola device, you'll probably be best served jumping into MotoCast. For those who aren't using Motorola hardware, this may be a great opportunity to see what Google Drive is all about. See the official announcement after the break.

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2 years ago

Mobile Nations interview: Pocket developers

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The transformation of Read It Later to Pocket is complete, but a change of that size never comes easy. Behind the marketing team, the publicists, and the folks who count the beans you have the developers. Sure, their job isn't as glamorous as some, but in the end none of it could happen without their hard work, great ideas, and incredible luck -- writing great code is not easy.

Rene took a moment and spent some time with Nate and Max from Pocket's development team, who were gracious enough to tell us a bit about the ideas and execution behind Pocket. How a beautiful app (and make no mistake, Pocket is top-notch) transforms from ideas into pixels is interesting, and this one is a must-watch. Have a look, and if you haven't already tried Pocket the download links are after the break.

Thanks Nate and Max!

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2 years ago

Google Chrome for Android updated for better bookmarking, adds switch for mobile view

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Heads up, boys and girls. Android's Chrome browser (still in beta, natch) just got a pretty significant update. Here's what's new:

  • You can now request the desktop version of a website, in case you would rather not view the mobile version.
  • You can now add bookmarks as shortcuts on your home screen, so you can get to your favorite sites faster.
  • Choose your favorite apps to handle links opened in Chrome.
  • Have a proxy setup for Wi-Fi access? You can now use Chrome with the system proxy configured in Android settings.

Huzzah! Remember that Chrome is still only available for devices with Ice Cream Sandwich. We've got download links after the break if you need 'em.

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2 years ago

Read It Later, the "DVR for the web", is now Pocket

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Read It Later, the popular multi-platform "DVR for the web", is now Pocket, and is now available for free in the Google Play store. With a free account, Pocket will save the articles, photos, and videos of your choosing to your queue (or “pocket”), which is accessible from your phone, tablet or computer. The content you save is optimized in a layout that’s easy to read, and once you sync your pocket, it is available for offline viewing.

Along with the new name, the update brings new content filters, more organizing tools, and faster syncing. Accounts are free, and your Read It Later account will work seamlessly with Pocket. Hit the break for the full presser and the Google Play link.

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2 years ago

Google Drive to launch next week with companion Android app?

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Google Drive has been one of those long rumored products that never seems to be released. Google has been steadily releasing increased functionality to Docs so that you can use it as a cloud drive, but there just isn't a desktop interface like the other competitors such as Dropbox.

That all may change next week. According to a variety of sources, including The Next Web and Techcrunch, Google is planning to launch Drive as early as next Tuesday.

Here are some details as to what the service may offer:

  • 5GB for free
  • Will work in desktop folders on Windows and Mac
  • Android and iOS apps will also be released

Sound compelling? I've used Docs for cloud storage for a variety of file types, but I do miss the ability to simply drop a file in a folder and have it sync. As much as I love Dropbox, Google Drive sounds as though it can offer more storage for cheaper. What will it take for you to switch from your cloud service of choice?

Source: The Next Web

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2 years ago

Google Maps updated with 'critical bug fix'

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We're not sure exactly what's involved in the 'critical bug' that's just been fixed in Google Maps for Android, but if you're a Maps user (and we're guessing most of you are), you'd best head to that apps list and get updating. The new Google Maps version 6.5.1 offers just a single bullet point in its change list -- "includes a critical bug fix." It seems whatever the issue is, it affects both tablets and phones alike, as we're seeing the update on our Honeycomb devices too.

Head to "My Apps" list in the Google Play Store to grab the new version of Maps. And be sure to shout out in the comments if you've noticed anything different in this new version.

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