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2 years ago

CNNMoney app now available in the Android Market

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If you are a fan of money -- which we know you are -- odds are that you have read a thing or two on CNNMoney, and who wouldn't enjoy having that information easily accessible while on the go? Today CNN launched CNNMoney into the Android market so you can now keep track of your favorite stocks, keep up with breaking alerts, and be in the loop of other financial happenings that are taking place all in real time. With a super slick, and elegant interface, and a price tag of free, there is no reason you shouldn't be hitting the break to check out the download links now!

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2 years ago

YouTube for Android reaches v2.3.4 - Adds + 1 button, Annotations and Watch Later queue

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The latest YouTube for Android is now rolling out to folks. This version, v2.3.4 now adds a +1 button to the mix and you can now add annotations as well. For videos you're not wanting to watch right away but rather when you get home on say your computer or Google TV -- there is now a watch later queue that has been added. Plus, if you upload videos from within the app you can now do so while editing the video info -- something that was bothersome in the past. You'll find update available now, in the Android Market and the link past the break for you all.

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2 years ago

Android Game Review: Star Diamonds Paradise

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

If you're looking for a slight deviation on the gameplay you'll find in Star Diamonds Capture, you need look no further than Star Diamonds Paradise. It's built much in the same way as its sister game, with a few differences.

You're still playing against a live opponent (and you'll need an internet connection to do so!), you're still trying to capture as many points on the board as you can, and you're still trying to fill your green bar up faster than your opponent.

Instead of the game being played on a grid, the jewels are laid out in rows with hexagonal backgrounds (which keeps them from lining up nicely). And instead of only being able to flip the spots two jewels are in, you're trying to draw lines between like jewels, chaining together ever longer combos to fill your bar more quickly.

Jewels you capture are still colored with your color (and your opponent's captures are colored their color), and you can still steal their captures, just like they can steal yours. Paradise introduces some cool powerups, like the dynamite and the honeycom honey bee.

If you get a nice chain (minimum of four, I think), you'll net yourself a nice stick of dynamite. If you chain through the dynamite, it'll explode, turning all of the spaces around it your color. It's a quick way to get a couple of spots on the cheap, and can help turn the tide in your favor.

The most powerful powerup is the honey bee. You've got to get a massive chain (nine or 10), and then this bouncing bee icon appears. When you chain through the bee, he makes a sadistic giggling noise while flying out in a circular fashion. Every space he flies over turns your color, and if you chain it in the middle of the board, you'll walk away with a serious chunk of the board.

When you're not in the game, there's the same menu in the top-right corner of the main menu (tap the Star Arcade logo) that'll show you your wins, losses, recent games, and points. There's also a buddies menu, simple settings menu, and in-app shop that hasn't been implemented.

I can only guess the points you get for winning will be applied in the in-app shop, but like I've said before, I wouldn't be surprised to see in-app purchases. For what? I couldn't even begin to guess (the game is so simple!), but it's the "cool" thing to do in apps these days, so don't be caught off guard if it goes there.

If you're looking for a fun, simple game that keeps things fresh (human opponents every round? Yes, please), and doesn't take too long to play, Star Diamonds Paradise is worth your time. It's only $1.99 in the Market, so get capturing today.

We've got download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Leaked screen shots show possible look into future of Google Music

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Spanish-language site TecnoDroidve, thanks to some "tricks and beginner's luck" apparently has stumled head-first into the phone-facing portion of how Google is expected to sell music. In a series of convincing screen shots, we get a sense of what is expected to be announced Wednesday in Los Angeles -- Android Market integration for a music-purchase service.

Graphically, things look about as you'd expect, in the vein of the Android Market and Google Music service that's been in beta for most of the year. It's not as sexy as what Microsoft's done with its Zune apps, but it does mix a fair amount of album art with easy-to-use buttons.

It also looks like there will be some free music, as well as a free song of the day, and there will be variable pricing for singles.

Couple more days to go before we find out for sure. In the meantime, hit the source link below for the entire gallery.

Source: TecnoDroidve (translated); via Android Police

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2 years ago

Android Game Review: Star Diamonds Capture

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

I'm trying to remember when our fascination with games that have jewels in them came about, but I really don't know. People seem to go bananas for Bejweled, and while this isn't that, it's in the same vein of games with jewels (and fun).

Star Diamonds Capture has a simple enough premise: Flip the spots two jewels are in, and while doing so, try to get three-of-a-kind in a vertical or horizontal line. When you do that, the jewels disappear, their background turns blue (your color), and your green score bar fills up.

The kicker? You're playing against a live opponent. Every time. So while you may think you're the master of scoring captures, you've got to contend with someone else's ingenuity trying to muddle your success (and always have an internet connection).

Also, you can steal squares captured by your opponent (as they can do to you), and as a result, the green score bar goes down. It's the easiest way to slow down your challenger's victory, and can seriously turn the tide of a match in a few moves.

You can also put together impressive combos, as falling jewels just happen to land in the perfect spot, but I'm not sure how predictable this is or if it's sheer luck. Regardless, it's the quickest way to win, and whenever you make your move, you'll anxiously wait to see if any more combos are coming your way.

When you're not in-game, you can check out your stats by hitting the Star Arcade logo in the top-right corner of the screen, like recent games, rank, and wins and losses. There's also a buddies list, a basic settings menu, and an in-app store that hasn't been implemented yet. I can only assume the points you earn from winning games will be spent in the shop, but I wouldn't be surprised to see in-app purchases, either, since those are all the rage these days.

Diamonds Capture is a pretty fun (albeit unoriginal) take on the three-of-a-kind jewel games, but the fact you're always facing off against a human opponent adds a great dynamic to the game. Diamonds Capture is 99 cents in the Android Market.

We've got download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Socialscope for Android - Now looking for alpha testers!

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When it comes to Twitter apps, there is plenty in the Android Market already but when it comes to integrated social apps -- those are not as plentiful. The built-in sharing options for Android are great but having one app to rule them all is arguably better.

So what if you could have Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and more built into one app? That's what Socialscope offers and after having been one of the better made apps on the BlackBerry pletform -- they've now announced their alpha for Android and you can get in on the action:

For the last few months we have been working night and day on something very special for Android users. Something totally new, totally different and totally awesome.

We’ve taken everything we’ve learned from our Blackberry app and reimagined Socialscope. This is more then just Twitter + Facebook…we’re designing a platform that integrates ALL your services.

So without any further ado, we are delighted to announce that a Alpha version of our Android app!

If you aren’t afraid of crashes are willing to provide constructive feedback and want to help us change the world sign-up to join the Alpha.

If you already have a Socialscope account signup for the Alpha here: http://getsocialscope.com/beta.php

If you don’t have an account request one and don’t forget to select Android as your device: http://www.getsocialscope.com

Socialscope is looking for a wide array of users and devices to test their app on, as you all know -- Android devices are plentiful and come in many form factors and screen resolutions and as such,  Socialscope is looking to ensure compatability for all users. You can hit the source link for more information, just remember -- it's an alpha. Give feedback in order to see improvements, though out of the gates it certainly feels like a beta.

Source: Socialscope

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2 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Nov 12, 2011

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Your device getting lonely, and begging for more applications to get installed on it? Well, no problem, hit the break with us for some of our favorite applications this week!

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2 years ago

Android Wallpaper Review: RLW Live Wallpaper Pro

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Let me be the first to say, yes, I know this app has a redundant name. It's called Rotating Live Wallpaper, but its full name is RLW Live Wallpaper Pro. So you've got LW Live Wallpaper, which essentially translates into Live Wallpaper Live Wallpaper, but I digress.

At first glance, RLW Live Wallpaper looks startlingly similar to Mystic Halo, but upon closer inspection you'll notice it's less TRON and more Honeycomb, actually. It looks like the stock Honeycomb clock widget if it got bloated and put on a few extra rings.

What RLW gets you is a series of circles that... rotate. You can have up to seven circles on the screen at once and control the rotation direction of each one individually. You can also mess with the size of the circle, so it'll take up as much (or as little) of the screen as you want.

Perhaps the best feature of RLW is the theming. It comes with five themes included, but there's also a slew of free ones in the Market. The developer was also kind enough to toss in a link with the template, so anyone can design a theme if they want to.

As far as performance goes, there's just the slightest hint of lag (we're talking nearly unnoticeable here) when scrolling from screen to screen on my tablet. On my phone, things are a bit better, but I'm not sure why.

It also needs to be noted that not all the themes look great on a tablet. While they're definitely great looking on a phone, certain themes look slightly grainy or pixelated when blown up to a full 10 inches. It's kind of hit or miss, so you'll have to cycle through your options to see what looks the best for you.

All in all, it's a pretty cool live wallpaper, even if the whole rotating circles thing has been done before. RLW Live Wallpaper Pro is 99 cents in the Android Market.

We've got a video, more screenshots, and download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Google Books updated, promising "better support for 7-inch tablets"

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Hot on the heels of Barnes and Nobles' latest update to the Nook for Android app, Google have followed suit with a little update to their own Google Books app. 

The changelog touts the ability to +1 a book while reading, in book search and landscape mode for flowing text on phones, and perhaps more interestingly promises better support for 7-inch tablets. 

With the impending launch of the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet, Google doesn't seem to want to be left out in the e-reading stakes. While there isn't a great deal of choice in the 7-inch tablet space as yet, it's still a nice feature to have included. Plus it'll work on your hacked Nook Color

Download links after the break.

 

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2 years ago

Android App Review: Minimal Reader Pro

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As we wait for the impending update to the Google Reader app, I took to looking for other cool ways to consume everything on my Reader feed. Through my journey in the Market, I discovered not an app, but a widget called Minimal Reader Pro.

Minimal Reader Pro is awesome because not only does it save you the hassle of opening an app (precious seconds are lost when opening apps!), it looks absolutely incredible while doing it.

Setting Minimal Reader Pro up is easy as π. Do your long-press, choose Minimal Reader Pro, and you'll be prompted to attach a Google Reader account. If you don't feel like syncing a Reader account, you can still use a custom feed URL, but it's suggested you go the Reader route.

Once you've got an account linked and synced, you can pick which particular feeds you want to view. If you want to see everything, you can do that. If not, you can cherry pick your most entertaining feeds from the Manage menu.

The Settings menu gives you some nifty options, like setting an age filter (when to stop showing something because it's too old), the ability to filter read news, turning off image loading, and setting your refresh rate, total entries on the widget, and maximum items per label. If it sounds like a lot, it's not overwhelming in the slightest and is pretty damn easy to work through, really.

The last panel (Display) is where you really get to make Minimal Reader Pro your own. There's three themes to pick from (Classic White, Dark Glass, and Ice Cream Sandwich), each with their own look. You can also turn the background on and off (a great option depending on the kind of wallpaper you have), turn on square corners, or mark items read while reading them.

You can also set the text size and alignment (nothing groundbreaking here), but it's nice that the developer thought to include it.

Now that your settings are all set up and your widget is on the screen, you can scroll up and down like in any menu, and tapping on a story opens it up to read. Unread stories are bolded, while storeis you've read are displayed with a regular font. You can mark all stories read by tapping the check mark on the far right, and if you touch the heart icon, you'll be shown a list of only your favorite articles.

The settings gear and refresh icon are obvious in their function, as is the "____ new" reading in the center of the widget.

All in all, Minimal Reader Pro is a really gorgeous way to consume any RSS feeds on your device. If you're keen on using widgets, are an avid Reader or RSS user, and want to use something that both looks great and gets the job done, look no farther than Minimal Reader Pro.

Minimal Reader Pro is $1.09 in the Android Market.

We've got download links and more pictures after the break.

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2 years ago

Fuugo is here to aggregate your video and cure your boredom

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Fuugo is a new app to the Android Market and brings along with it some pretty cool features for digging out the best video on the web from various sources such as Youtube, Break, TEDTalks and more. You can save searches, make playlists and even download some videos when enabled for offline viewing.  As the developers describe it:

Fuugo Video is the ultimate video convergence application for tablets and smart phones. Fuugo aggregates various video content sources into one app. You’ll get news, music, nature, science, epic fails, whatever…You’ll get video recommendations from your friends and you’ll get great video recommendations from Fuugo!

You can Tweet your friends about your favorite clips and you’ll have a free video search and you’ll have a great related search! In addition, Fuugo allows you to generate your own playlists and you can download video content to go too.

Support for tablets is in place and the app overall does look great on device. Rather then having to go out and search in various places for a video -- Fuugo does manage to do what it implies, it can find the content you're looking for and when looking to waste a few mins it's great to have. You'll find some more screenshots past the break as well as the download link for it.

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2 years ago

Google Maps 5.12.0 now available - Adds live events for New York, San Francisco, Paris, Zurich, and London

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The latest Google Maps update is now available in the Android Market for download. Pushing the app to v5.12.0 there is one addition and one removal of a 'feature'. The additon comes by way of live events being added to the Places pages for New York, San Francisco, Paris, Zurich, and London, while the "Post to Twitter" has been removed from Places pages. The update is available now and you'll find the link past the break for you all.

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2 years ago

Android App Review: Adaptxt Beta

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Keyboards are a big deal on Android. Some let you swipe, other peck, but regardless of the method, they all have one thing in common: they're how you say anything on your phone. So imagine my excitement when I'm introduced to a new keyboard, promising more bacon never-before-seen levels of text prediction, all in a nice, shiny, new beta package.

I just had to try it out, and it is, in a word, meh. That's not to say it's terrible, but if you're perfectly content with your keyboard (be it Swype, SwiftKey X, SlideIT, or any of the other myriad of keyboards out there), you probably won't be switching over anytime soon.

First thing you've got to do after you've installed Adaptxt Beta is download a language pack. Not a huge deal, and it's not out of the ordinary. The language packs are called add-ons in Adaptxt, but nothing really prompts you to that. It's fairly self-evident because most of your options are greyed out, so go into the Add-on Manager and pick a language.

From there, there's not much to do. The settings menu is pretty barebones. You can enable or disable error correction, auto correction, and define the auto correction mode (which is set to medium by default). There's also an option for an extended character bubble and the interaction feedback settings.

So what's my beef with Adaptxt Beta? For one, I don't think it looks very good. The keys are smaller than on most of the other popular keyboards, the color scheme is unappealing, and the text prediction didn't blow my mind.

In fact, sometimes it feels like Adaptxt is less accurate at predicting than even the stock Android keyboard. Where other keyboards look like they try to make sense of what you're saying (for example, not tossing out seemingly random combinations of letters), Adaptxt Beta does just that. I get that it's trying to make sense of your current keystrokes. Still, it just muddies up the waters. Qua? Eva? Really?

On the upside, maybe we can chalk it up to the fact that it's in beta. Everyone gave Google a pass on their beta stuff, so I'll give KeyPoint Technologies the benefit of the doubt that they'll iron these little niggles out and continue to improve upon their product. At least it's free, right?

We've got download links and more pictures after the break.

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2 years ago

The last version of Adobe Flash you'll download for mobile (until the next bugfix that is)

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Here it is, folks, the last version of Adobe Flash Player for mobile. Final. Kaput. Only, not really. While Adobe has halted work on future versions, we're still likely -- very likely -- to see the odd bugfix here and there. So head on over to the Android Market and snag version 11.1.102.59, which has some security enhancements and bugfixes, including video streaming on the Samsung Galaxy S II and enabling 1080p video on upcoming Tegra 3 devices.

Source: Adobe

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2 years ago

Firefox for Android getting an overhaul to use native Java widgets and UI, will bring better performance

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Mozilla has decided to change the tools used to build the Firefox for Android client front end, and changes are in store.  In it's current iteration, Firefox uses XUL (a cross-platform toolkit used to design widgets and user interface elements), but will be switching to native Android elements written in Java.  This will bring more than just changes to the look and feel -- expect much faster load times and better performance, at the cost of some of the more complicated menus and options that are currently offered.  As you can see in the pictures above (ignore the custom font on the rooted device used by Mozilla for testing -- go root!), this will bring a UI that looks more like we're used to on Android apps, and will fit in much better once Ice Cream Sandwich rolls along.  Of coruse, the performance improvements are the big bonus, as well as (hopefully) a smaller file size.  All in all, it looks like the right way to go here from the user perspective.  Too many options can be a bad thing, and performance improvements are always welcome.  With Flash getting killed off, the Gecko rendering engine will start to look like a great option in the near future.

They will begin open Alpha testing tomorrow, we'll be sure to have a look.

Source: Dknite's blog

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