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3 years ago

One week with Locket, the lockscreen app that pays to show you ads [Updated]

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Upate: Locket no longer pays users for ads. Instead, the company is saying that it is just pushing out relevantly curated content to users on their lockscreen to add value. You can read more about the changes on Locket's blog

Original story: Swipe in, cash out. That's in Locket's description on Google Play, and it pretty much sums up the idea behind the lockscreen app. In a nutshell, you install it on your phone and see an advertisement every time you wake your phone. In exchange, you get paid a little. Very little.

Sounds horrible, doesn't it? Who wants to see adverts every time you turn on your phone? Thing is, Locket's done a pretty good job here. We've been using it for a week now, and it's time to share a few findings. Maybe we're doing so from the comfort of a newly purchased yacht. Or maybe we've managed to scrounge up a little extra beer money.

Read on to find out.

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3 years ago

US Airways finally gets an Android app

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Attention frequent flyers: US Airways finally has an Android app. (We'll pause as we let the cheers in Charlotte, N.C., subside. Everybody done? Good.)

The app hits all the buttons you'd expect. It ties into your Dividend Miles account. You can see your itineraries and check into flights, as well as access your boarding pass wallet. You can check on your flight status and book new flights, and you also can get terminal maps and check on clubs in whatever airport you're headed to. If you've lost a bag, you can check on that through the app as well.

All in all, not a bad app — though we're ignoring the horrible placement of the settings button, which really needs to be in a proper overflow menu. And while we're on the subject, the legacy overflow menu (seen here with the dots on the bottom right) doesn't even work on HTC devices. Fortunately, all that's tucked in there is a Home button, My trips, Flight status, check in and "more," all of which is available on that main screen anyway. So you won't be able to get to it universally throughout the app on an HTC device, but neither is it missing.

We've got a few more screen shots after the break, and you can download it at the link above.

H/t to @airlineflyer

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3 years ago

VSCO Cam coming to Android, in private beta now

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Some exciting new for fans of mobile photography — VSCO Cam is coming to Android. Currently in private beta, it'll first see release on a few of the current high-end phones and should hit more Android 4.0-and-up devices after release.

What's the big deal about VSCO Cam? It's long been a must-have app for serious mobile photogs on iOS. Here's what our cousins at iMore.com had to say about it:

The thing I love so much about VSCO Cam is that is gracefully balances what we want and need to quickly edit with ease of use. When I'm out and about, I don't necessarily want to spend twenty minutes trying to learn how to use an app or applying filter upon filter before finally exporting to m  camera roll and sharing to whatever social services I'd like from there. I just want to share my memories as quickly as possible and tinker later if I feel the urge.

VSCO Cam lets you edit basic elements such as the temperature, exposure, contrast, cropping, and rotating natively. Along with that, you can apply a selection of gorgeous filters. If the ones that come for free aren't enough, you can also buy packs or individual filters that will be added to your library. Once you're done, you can instantly upload your photo to the social network of your choice including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Weibo, and via email.

VSCO Cam also is a favorite of our pal Martin Reisch — aka Safe Solvent — which frankly is about all the endorsement we need. Says Martin:

Primarily what I appreciate most about VSCOcam is the subtlety of it's filter system. The quality of images coming from mobile phones at this point no longer require the heavy handed filters that are built into Instagram and so that's where VSCOcam shines. The ability to slightly tweak a shot without ruining the details or overly crushing the blacks or bumping the saturation means that with a few taps, you've got an image that has mood, without losing the details.

No word on when, exactly, VSCO Cam will come out of beta. It's currently testing on the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4, and on the HTC One.

You can apply to be a beta tester at the link below.

More: VSCO Cam

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3 years ago

Zagat gets a new look on both the web and your smartphone

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Get the very best restaurants and nightspots right at your fingertips with the all new Zagat

It's been a while since Google did anything with the Zagat franchise they purchased back in 2011, but if you're a fan of the crowd-sourced restaurant rating application genre, you'll likely love what they've done with it. First off, everything is now 100-percent free, and a whole lot of people love free. Mostly though, it's the new modern look and feel they've created in their Android and iOS apps and the website. 

Bright, cheery and card-based, it still ties in to services like Google+ and Google Maps to keep you informed about the best places to get your grub on. With curated lists like Restaurants with the Best Food in Washington, D.C. (Obelisk in DuPont Circle has the best Italian west of Roma -- no lie) you'll have access to trusted opinions and ratings.

Zagat still only serves a handful of cities (Austin, Boston, Chicago, LA, NYC, Philly, San Francisco and DC) but if you're a local or plan on traveling, you should give this one a spin. Your stomach will thank you.

Source: Zagat

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3 years ago

Google Shopper app reaches its expiration date Aug. 30

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Google encourages Shopper users to instead use Google Search or its shopping webpage

Google Shopper, an app with over 10 million downloads that set out to help consumers find product information as well as organize shopping lists that were sharable with friends, is being shut down on Aug. 30. "Building a seamless shopping experience across all devices" is Google's reasoning behind the shut down, as they push for use of other products.

Shopper users are being directed towards other Google services to replace the Google Shopper functionalities, such as Google's search page, the Google Search app, and google.com/shopping. While these services do not offer a complete replacement for Google Shopper, they will allow users to compare prices, shop on mobile devices, find local products and reviews, and view product photos.

It seems consolidation is the theme around Mountain View lately.

Source: Google Commerce

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3 years ago

Apps of the Week: SuperSU, Magic 2014, Pony Creator and more!

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What are the AC editors and writers using on their Androids? 

It's that time of the week again, where everyone here at AC takes a look back and see what apps they were loving the most on their phones and tablets and Google TVs and Game Consoles and -- whew there's a lot of choice out there! We install and try a lot of apps, and always love to share the ones that catch our eye. The big favorites always end up on our list, but a lot of stuff you'd probably never find on your own does, too. Funny how a search company has such a difficult time sorting out apps, isn't it?

But I digress. We've got apps after the break, and you'll want to take a look at them.

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3 years ago

New Nexus 7 receives two updates at launch

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An initial update to build JWR66N and subsequent update to build JSS15J are available

Early adopters of Google's new Nexus 7 are being greeted with software updates right out of the box. The first update will automatically begin as soon as the tablet connects to WiFi for the first time, usually during the initial setup process. The tablet will shut down, boot into recovery, apply an update to bring the build number up to JWR66N, and bring the user back to the setup screen to continuing signing into a Google account.

The second update comes in a more traditional fashion: it is downloaded in the background, and then triggers a system update notification in the notification tray. Once the user accepts the update and it is applied, the build number becomes JSS15J. Both seem to be minor updates, most likely containing some system fine-tuning and bug fixes.

Now if Google would just post the factory images for this model.

More: Nexus 7 Q&A in the forums, Nexus 7 first impressions and video

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3 years ago

Cut the Rope updated with new 'Cheese Box' level pack

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Om Nom teams up with mice in 25 challenging new levels

Everyone's favorite little green critter gets some new levels to devour candy in, as Cut the Rope adds its latest level pack, "Cheese Box." As Om Nom continues his ever-hungry quest for candy, he is now joined by some new mousey friends, who can drag the sweets of interest from cheese hole to cheese hole, helping deliver them to On Nom's insatiable gullet.

There are 25 new levels set against the backdrop of cheese, all available now through the Google Play Store. The update is also coming to the Amazon App Store and NOOK in the coming days. Cost of admission for new players is $0.99 on the Play Store and through Amazon, with the NOOK version ringing up at $2.99.

Those interested in the Play Store version can follow the Play Store button link above.

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3 years ago

Google Hangouts gets a minor update with more emoji and butter

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More butter and emoji added to the recipe, still missing that dash of Google Voice that everyone wants.

Google Hangouts has received a relatively minor update today, bringing the app to version 1.1. Normally, we don't cover every little app update, but this time around the team have added a little bit of project butter to make the app smoother, and folks with older phones are going to be happy with that news. The full change log:

  • Added more emoji!
  • We added some butter to Hangouts to make it run faster and slicker.
  • Fixed a bunch of bugs.

We still all hope that Google can incorporate Google Voice or SMS messages into Hangouts, but no dice just yet. The last couple updates have had some interesting permissions, though. Hit the break to see what I mean, and grab the update from the Google Play link up top.

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3 years ago

Pioneer's AppRadio adds 16 more Android devices

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Additional models from Samsung, HTC, Motorola, and Sony get official compatibility

AppRadio Mode, a feature of recent Pioneer in-dash car receivers, is expanding its official compatibility list: 16 more Android devices now function with the companion app to allow the use of dozens of popular apps directly from the in-dash receiver screen. This brings the total number of compatible Android devices to over 40. In-car app compatibility just keeps getting better.

Compatible Pioneer models include AppRadio 3 and AppRadio 2 smartphone receivers, a DVD receiver, and select navigation receivers. A connection kit is required for AppRadio, which is sold separately. Some Samsung phones require an additional connection kit on top of the standard one, including the Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S3, and Galaxy S4.

The AppRadio app can be found through the Play Store link above, while the full press release and a list of the latest smartphones and their AppRadio-compatible OS versions can be found after the break.

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod Focal is CM's own full-featured camera app

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Panorama, PicSphere, filters and more make up a promising project 

The hype is over. Thirty-one seconds of slick video and a million guesses later, and we now know what CyanogenMod's "Nemesis" project was all about. Meet "Focal," the open-source CyanogenMod project's own camera app.

This actually is kind of a big deal given that camera apps are traditionally closed-source due to licensing reasons. And, in fact, it was only in March 2013 when DxO Labs filed DMCA violations with GitHub against a number of custom ROMs — including CyanogenMod — for allegedly using its code unlicensed.

And now there's CyanogenMod Focal.

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3 years ago

Hisense Sero 7 Pro gets maintenance update

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Software update P756.6.02.11.00 is 52.2 MB in size, contains under-the-hood changes

The Hisense Sero 7 Pro is receiving an over-the-air update, with a widespread rollout in full effect. The Android version stays the same in what appears to be a small maintenance update, 52.2 MB in size. While there doesn't appear to be an official change log just yet, Google Currents was added to the stock apps, and some more advanced users are reporting changes to a few drivers and the kernel.

It's good to see Hisense's support behind this tablet, as the company is relatively new to the Android market in the United States. Good, frequent updates are sure to build the product brand and keep customers coming back for more.

In case you missed it, be sure to check out the Sero 7 Pro full review. A screen shot of the "About tablet" screen can be found after the break.

Thanks, George, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Android 4.3 improves Photosphere alignment and exposure

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The Photo Sphere team has been hard at work correcting errors and fixing inconsistent colors

With yesterday's event came the official announcement of Android 4.3, and the incredibly fast push to get this latest OS version out to devices everywhere. There were many changes included in the newest incarnation of Jelly Bean, among those being improvements to the camera and its Photosphere feature.

Googler Evan Rapoport has detailed some of the changes that went into Android's 3D panoramic image capturing, the photo sphere. Those who have taken photo spheres in the past have probably noticed errors in the image, where portions were not aligned or missing. Alignment and stitching have been improved in Android 4.3, minimizing errors and making images much more consistent.

Consistency was also improved for colors, eliminating much of the past problems with gray areas and areas of high contrast. Exposure compensation now gives beautifully exposed photos, says Rapoport.

Be sure to check out the Photo Sphere forum for great examples of photo spheres or to post your own. And that Photosphere above? That's shot with the new improvements.

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3 years ago

OUYA retail system review

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Android software meets game console hardware in a quest to revolutionize gaming

Last year, a project for the Android-powered video game console "OUYA" (pronounced OOO-yah) was founded, using Kickstarter to raise funds for development costs. Originally asking for $950,000 from Kickstarter backers, the project raised over $8.5 million -- making it one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns in history. The people had spoken: this was a niche in the gaming market that needed to be filled.

After getting initial units into the hands of developers, the library of OUYA games began to grow. User feedback was taken from those with pre-release units, and hardware changes were made based on that feedback, showing thoughtfulness and desire by the OUYA team to do everything possible to make their console succeed.

Last month, OUYA launched at retail locations -- becoming available to the general public. With a price tag of only $99 and a library of downloadable games that are free or at least free to try, the self-proclaimed "OUYA Revolution" has begun. Does OUYA make good on its promises of revolution? Can it -- and should it -- be compared to consoles from Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo? How well does it function as an actual Android device? We have the full review.

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3 years ago

Gameloft's Asphalt 8: Airborne will be optimized for the new Nexus 7

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As seen during the Nexus 7 demo, Asphalt 8: Airborne will be awesome on the new tablet.

Gameloft has sent out a little press release on the heels of the Nexus 7 presentation, to let us know a little more about their upcoming title Asphalt 8: Airborne. The new title will be optimized for the second generation Nexus 7 when it's released, and thanks to Android 4.3's support for OpenGL ES 3.0, it should look marvelous.

Some of the features being baked into Asphalt 8 do sound really great. Here's the short list:

  • Brand new real physics engine
  • 180 events, 47 licensed cars, new game modes
  • Online simultaneous multiplayer action and asynchronous challenges, including friends and global leaderboards
  • Social features, including Facebook

In addition, Asphalt 8 will fully support Google Play Games features at launch. We don't yet have all the details, but we know it's scheduled to hit the streets August 8. If you're into racing games this looks like it will be a great one. See the full press release and a couple more screenshots after the break.

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