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2 years ago

Buying the Granny Smith game is the best buck you'll spend this week

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So imagine you're a sweet little granny, who wears roller skates and can use a cane like some sort of geriatric ninja. Add in a chubby little thief, who seems to have one goal in life -- to steal your apples. No, this isn't some bizarre M. Night Shyamalan film, it's a great new game from Mediocre. The same folks who brought us Sprinkle now have a new title, and I predict it will be an instant hit.

It's simple to play -- tap the right side to jump, and the left side to swing your cane and grab things overhead. You'll twist and turn through 36 levels where you get dirty with pigs, break through windows, and generally show some amazing parkour skills to get your apples before the thief does. It sounds simple to play because it is, and it sounds fun as hell because it is. 

If you're rocking a Tegra 3 device, it's even better. Granny Smith is fully Tegra optimized, with extra "breakables", scenery, and particle physics. That's not to say it doesn't play well on other devices, but you get that little bit of extra oompf from the Tegra. Be honest, that little bit of extra oompf is why we bought Tegra devices to start with.

Anyhoo, the game is live in Google Play and only costs a buck. Stop thinking about it and go buy it. When your battery is dead, you can come back and thank me. Video trailer is after the break.

More info at the TegraZone

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2 years ago

Amazon App Store comes to Europe

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Amazon have today announced they will launch their App Store in the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain giving European customers more options to purchase Android apps for their smartphones and tablets. As well as getting fast access to Amazons 'free app of the day' content will be localized and each countries app store will differ slightly.

Amazon will do their own app testing to ensure the quality of the product they are delivering. In addition, customers will be able to view recommendations and reviews before selecting the 1-click payment option. With sales of the Amazon Kindle Fire getting overshadowed by the Nexus 7 this looks likely to help Amazons market presence. Head over to www.amazon.co.uk/get-appstore to get access. You can check out the full press release below.

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2 years ago

PayPal updated with refreshed UI

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Although the previous version of the PayPal app was functional, it wasn't going to win any design awards. It was clearly something from a previous era -- one where phones had menu buttons to be specific. Luckily the latest version has undergone quite a bit of a makeover, following a few of the latest Android design guidelines for 4.x devices. Gone is the legacy menu button, replaced by an overflow settings button in the top action bar. The app now looks like it follows more of a "holo" UI, with separate tabs at the top of the app, but unfortunately looks can be deceiving and the only way to switch between tabs is to select them directly. It's understandable that each app will tailor the guidelines to their own needs though.

Overall, it's great to see another app developer putting in the time to update and follow the latest guidelines. The apps look and perform better, especially as a higher percentage of users move up to Android 4.0 and above. Hit the Google Play link above to download or update the app on your device.

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2 years ago

Google Now updated in the Google Play Store - Expands support for movies, sports and more

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For those of you making use of an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean device and wondering when Google Now might be updated with some new features, we now know. The latest update has gone live in the Google Play Store and is ready for download. The changelog is more so an expansion of features that already existed, though there is a few new things as well:

For Android 4.1+ (Jelly Bean) devices, this update to Google Now includes:

  • Movies - see movie showtimes and more
  • Public alerts - receive emergency messages such as storm warnings and earthquake alerts
  • Add favorite sports teams to follow in real time (from Settings)
  • Support for Korea

As some may have noticed, sports team access was there previously but it was never active, so now it is. Also, Public Alerts used to come through Google Maps, they'll now also come through Google Now. it's a nice update, so be sure to grab it.

Source: Android

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2 years ago

Falcon review - a sharp, customizable Twitter home screen widget

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Falcon is a really great homescreen widget for Twitter. It follows closely in line with the Android design guidelines while still having its own distinct style.  The widget is fully resizable and offers a handful of solid color choices and layouts. It still carries a beta tag, so Falcon is totally free, but still a work-in-progress.

The full complement of standard functions are available, including replying, retweeting (both native and quoted), favoriting, and sharing tweets via the system-wide menu. Conversations are threaded, though the tweets within the thread don’t have in-line reply/retweet/favorite controls, which is occasionally an issue.

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2 years ago

Cricket's Muve Music service will be bundled with all Android plans starting September 2nd

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Back in January, Cricket announced that its music service, Muve Music, surpassed 500,000 users. That number is about to increase as the wireless provider announced that the service will now come bundled with all of its Android plans.

The new package takes effect September 2nd, so any Android plan purchased from Cricket after that will come with Muze Music.  It's a pretty good deal, especially considering the fact that the cheapest plans start at $50/month.

If you're a Cricket customer and have been considering Muve Music but haven't yet pulled the trigger, a good time to try it out is after Sept. 2. Full press release after the break.

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2 years ago

Audiobooks.com launches new Android app, offers all you can eat for a small fee

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If you dig audio books over their other physical and digital counterparts, then you might be interested to know audiobooks.com has now launched a new app for their customers. The app is available as a free download from the Google Play Store but in order to make full use of it, you'll need to sign up for a subscription.

Luckily, Audiobooks gives you a free trial to start off with offering an 'all you can eat' selection of audio books for 7 days wherein after that time, you'll be liable to pay $25/mnth. You can stream audio books from the app, your computer and more importantly there is a no hassle cancelation policy that goes along with it. Don't like it, cancel any time.

Learn more about Audiobooks.com

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2 years ago

Google Maps updated to v6.11.1, runs short on changelog information

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The latest Google Maps update has now appeared in the Google Play Store and shows the app has been bumped up to v6.11.1. After the last update, many HTC Rezound users had issues and were forced to downgrade to an earlier version so this might be a fix for that given Google hasn't really posted a changelog for it as of yet. In fact, it looks like they simply reworded the last one:

  • See borders of cities, postal codes, and more highlighted on search.
  • Browse a day-by-day display of where you've been using location history.
  • Improved transit information layer and added the ability to browse by mode of transportation.

If you happened to have any issues with the older build, go ahead and give this one a shot and see if there is any changes. We'll keep an eye on the changelog and see if Google adjusts it in anyway and update if necessary.

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2 years ago

TomTom coming to Android - possibly as soon as October

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When it comes to voice guided satellite navigation the one company that springs to mind for most people is TomTom, but sadly we haven't had any Android love - until now. Today at IFA in Berlin TomTom are previewing their long awaited Android version. Pricing and availability is yet to be confirmed but clearly it needs to be an attractive package to tempt us away from using Google's own solution, although Tom Tom will certainly have more features.

“We aim to make TomTom content and services available to as many devices and platforms as we can,” says Corinne Vigreux, Managing Director at TomTom. “Bringing TomTom navigation to Android smartphones is, therefore, a significant milestone for us.”

TomTom for Android will include the following features:

  • World-class navigation - The latest, most accurate TomTom maps available – with no need for a mobile signal or data plan.
  • Lifetime maps – Free updates that ensure access to the latest maps and fastest routes.
  • IQ Routes - Arrival times that drivers can rely on – at all times of day.
  • Advanced lane guidance – Gives drivers extra clarity when navigating difficult junctions.
  • Spoken street names – Makes turnings even clearer.
  • 2D / 3D driving view – The clearest display for the safest driving.
  • TomTom HD Traffic – Available as an in-app purchase. It’s the quickest way through traffic. Proven.
  • TomTom Speed Cameras – Available as an in-app purchase. Save money and drive safely with real-time mobile and fixed camera alerts.

We will of course bring your further TomTom news as we get it.

Source: Business Wire

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2 years ago

Astro file manager updates to v4 for Jelly Bean users

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One of the more popular file managers, Astro, has been updated to v4 today -- with a complete overhaul from a new icon to redesigned UI. The update is bittersweet however, because v4 is only available to Jelly Bean users right now. Devices on lower versions of Android will be stuck on v3.1.387 for now, but will hopefully be pushed up to v4 with the Jelly Bean users soon enough.

The UI redesign is certainly different from what Astro users are used to, but that being said it seems well designed and useful. On launch you're greeted with a new three-paned start screen offering a search box, folder options, locations and a list of recent files. Swiping left offers similar options as the start screen but with more granular settings control. Swiping to the right instead gives quick access to SDcard usage statistics, a task killer and application manager.

Hit the Google Play link above to download Astro, and be sure to have a look at the full press release after the break.

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2 years ago

Gogo inflight Wifi coming to Canada next year

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We're more than a year out from when we actually need to write this post, but whatever. When it comes to Canada, our motto is better get while the gettin's good. (At least that's what our Canada motto would be, if we actually had one.)

Anyhoo. Gogo, the company that brings you that sweet, sweet Wifi in the sky here in the States, will begin work later this year to bring that same nectar over the Canadian skies. Work starts on the ground with the construction of cell sites later this year. The whole thing's expected to be up and running by the end of 2013. So, yeah. We're a little ahead of ourselves. There's no need yet to fire up the Gogo Android app anytime you cross the border.

But trust us, it's never too early to get excited about Wifi at 35,000 feet.

Source: Gogo

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2 years ago

Plume for Twitter updated with UI improvements and Facebook picture sharing

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One of the top Twitter clients on Android, Plume (formerly Touiteur), has received a notable update in the Google Play Store today. The UI has been streamlined and now follows a similar metaphor to that of the latest Google+ app, which has a hidden side panel with less-used functions such as search, favorites and trending topics. This is a good addition, as a vast majority of users will be happy with just seeing their timeline, mentions and direct messages on the main screen. It gives Plume a bit more of a minimalist look that a lot of people are looking for in a Twitter client right now. The latest update also changes the UI to "better support 7-inch tablets" -- which we're going to go ahead and translate to "updated for Nexus 7". 

Plume has also added two pieces of functionality in the way of automatic draft save/restore and Facebook picture uploading. Drafts are important if you accidentally hit the back button after straining over a perfectly crafted 140 character tweet, and the ability to upload photos to Facebook can help cut the friction when putting up posts, saving you that extra step of opening a different app for each network (we all know how painful the Facebook app can be).

If you haven't tried out Plume for Twitter before, it's been worth a look for a long time now and this update just makes it even better. You can grab it for free at the Google Play Store link above, then remove the ads for $4.99 if you're so inclined to do so. A couple screenshots of the updated phone UI can be found after the break.

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2 years ago

Official SkyDrive for Android app now available in the Google Play Store

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It wasn't any secret that Microsoft was working on an official SkyDrive for Android app. In fact, it wasn't all that long ago they let us know it would soon be here and now, if you head on over to the Google Play Store you'll find it readily available for download. It has all the features you'd expect but in case you need a run down:

  • Access all of your SkyDrive content including files shared with you.
  • View recently used documents.
  • Choose multiple photos or videos to upload from your phone.
  • Share your files and photos – send a link in email or in another app.
  • Open your SkyDrive files in other Android apps.
  • Manage your files – delete, or create new folders.

I've not really used SkyDrive in the past but now that there is an app for it, I'm more likely to go ahead and give it a try. Besides, who can really say now to free storage right? In total, Microsoft gives you 7GB for free so give it a go.

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2 years ago

Magisto arrives on Android, aims to take the frustration out of video editing

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There is a lot of devices out there with great cameras for taking video. Chances are, you've taken some videos on your device and now have a bunch just hanging around. I say hanging around because video editing sometimes isn't always easy to do nor is it all that fun really.

A new but well known app has now made its way to the Google Play Store and it aims to take some of the frustration of video editing for you. Just shoot and upload video from your device, choose a soundtrack and give your movie a title and the Magisto movie maker will automatically edit your movie for you.

  • Unprecedented AI Technology that analyzes and edits the best parts of your videos
  • Easily share to Facebook, Twitter, Email and even YouTube
  • Automatic video stabilization, filters, effects and transitions
  • Facial recognition detects the important people in your videos
  • Upload videos from your Gallery or use Magisto as a smart video camera
  • Add soundtracks from your device or from Magisto’s library of licensed music
  • Access your movies from any device

We've yet to give it a go here but if you're looking to learn more or see it in action, you can jump below to view the video as well as read the full press release from Magisto. If you're having great results with it, drop a comment and let us know.

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2 years ago

Nobex Radio review - a BlackBerry port with its work cut out

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Earlier this summer Nobex Radio made its way onto Android after establishing itself as pretty much the only radio streaming application for BlackBerry. For the low, low price of free, users had access to thousands of traditional radio stations through a categorized, searchable database. No matter what the station, Nobex provided a listing of the songs that have been played recently, allowing you to look back and share particularly good tunes that come up. For $3.99/month, users can get in on the premium service, which provides access to stations outside your country, skips pre-roll audio ads, and a handful of other features.

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