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2 years ago

Light Flow LED Control updated to v3.0.4, fixes for Jelly Bean included

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After the roll out of Light Flow LED Control v3.0, Google went ahead and introduced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. This introduced some changes that needed to be corrected within Light Flow LED Control and now we're seeing v3.0.4 roll out to correct those issues as well as a few others:

  • Jelly bean fix - this hopefully fixes most of the issues
  • Gmail switching off fix
  • Fix for several crashes which playing notification sounds
  • Fix for Motorola ICS calendar
  • Fix initialization settings so notifications are enabled correctly

If you've been having issues with Light Flow on your Jelly Bean device, go ahead and fire up the Google Play Store and grab the update. If you're new to Light Flow you'll find the download link below. Keep in mind, there is a free version available use as well in case you want to test it out before going all in.

Download: Paid, Free Thanks, eljedo!

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2 years ago

AAA Mobile folds together old discount, roadside, and map apps

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The American Automobile Association has updated their Android offering so that instead of a smattering of different apps, they're all pulled together under one roof. 

  • Road Service Request (app identifies location)
  • AAA member discounts
  • AAA Approved Auto Repair locator
  • Gas station locations and updated gas price information
  • Diamond Ratings for AAA Approved hotels and restaurants
  • Hotel booking capability powered by Travelocity
  • Listings for AAA Approved attractions and campgrounds
  • AAA branch office locations
  • TripTik® travel planning with interactive maps and directions
  • Instant battery replacement quotes
  • Electric vehicle charging station locations
  • Join AAA

I'm a little surprised that AAA hasn't been working with Ford AppLink and the equivalent competing dashboard app platforms for Chevrolet, BMW, and other car manufacturers. AAA obviously has a huge vested interested in being in the automotive app space, and plugging directly into a car's handsfree and dash system is the best way to go about it. 

Some of the features in AAA Mobile are locked down to AAA members, but the app itself is free - go ahead and check it out at the download link below. Which apps do you guys use while on the road? 

Source: AAA

Download: AAA Mobile

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2 years ago

Pocket gets ready for the Nexus 7 and Jelly Bean

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Pocket, previously known as Read it Later, has recently upgraded their bookmarking app for Android for Nexus 7 and Jelly Bean optimization. Here's the full feature list for Pocket 4.1.3. 

  • White flash/flicker when opening an article in the Dark Theme
  • Tile View not adjusting to rotation properly on tablets
  • Text selection issues in Jelly Bean
  • Long pressing a list item in Jelly Bean opened the article instead of showing actions
  • A crash when cancelling sharing
  • PNG image files were not downloading for offline use
  • Tag button no longer has jagged edges on some devices
  • Other minor issues and crashes

Between the desktop browser plug-in, story submission by e-mail, and polished mobile app, I'm a huge fan of Pocket. Of course it invariably turns into a giant pile of interesting stuff that you can never get around to reading, but at least you'll never be wanting for something to read when on the move. If you haven't had a chance to try it out, get downloading at the link below.  

Source: Pocket

Download: Pocket

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2 years ago

Hasbro and DeNA Team to roll out Transformers games worldwide

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If you happened to pick a Nexus 7 tablet and are enjoying your copy of Transformers: Dark of the moon we have more Transformers news to share with you all. Hasbro and DeNA Team have joined forces to bring multiple Transformers games to mobile devices worldwide.

“Our global platform has continued to thrive and grow, and we’re now investing in major entertainment IP,” said Neil Young, Director of DeNA and CEO of DeNA’s U.S. subsidiary ngmoco, LLC.  “TRANSFORMERS is a highly beloved brand, with dynamic characters that are universally cherished by fans. We are excited to bring the TRANSFORMERS world to life for mobile gamers.”
 
“DeNA is a proven global leader in mobile social games,” said Mark Blecher, GM and SVP, Hasbro Digital Media and Marketing. “We’re delighted to team-up with DeNA to offer a compelling TRANSFORMERS experience on the leading mobile platforms. DeNA’s innovative approach to mobile gaming is a great fit with the TRANSFORMERS brand.

Yeah, the press release announcing the deal is kind of boring given the fact they've yet to unleash any of those games but It will be a three year agreement between Hasbro and DeNA Team that is sure to please a lot of Transformers fans out there, myself included. The press release is below for you all the peruse though, oddly though Japan seems to of have been left off the availability list.

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2 years ago

Skype: 'Skype version 2.8 for Android not affected' by messaging bug

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While there was never any mention of the recently-reported (and rare) Skype messaging bug actually affecting Android, anyone who had any slight concerns can rest easy. While a fix is being rolled out, Skype has officially stated that Android users on Skype version 2.8 are OK. 

In an official statement on their blog, alongside announcing a fix for all affected versions, they had the following to say specifically mentioning Android, and iOS versions of the app --

During further investigation, we confirmed that not all Skype products were affected by this error as originally reported. We can assure that users of Skype 5.9 for Windows, Skype 2.8 for Android and Skype 4.0 for IOS have not been affected.

So, while all is OK, if for some reason you've avoided updating to version 2.8, it's probably worth doing so to ensure you remain bug-free. 

Source: Skype

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2 years ago

Re-live the old, old days, as StyleTap brings Palm OS to Android, for a price

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Do you pine for the old, glory days of Palm OS? Still hanging onto that old Treo for dear life? Well, hang no longer. The guys over at StyleTap have brought their faithful Palm OS emulator to Android. If you want it though, be prepared, you're going to have to pay handsomely for it. $49.95 to be precise. There is a free 14-day trial, so at least you get to play with it before committing. It's compatible with Android devices running Eclair upwards, so pretty much everyone should be able to lay their hands on it. 

So, it's not going to be picked up by the casual user. Things have pretty much come full circle though now, with many current Android users starting out on Palm OS. StyleTap has done a pretty good job of keeping the platform alive over the years, bringing their emulator to Windows Mobile, Symbian, iOS and now Android. It isn't some half-baked attempt either, for all intents and purposes, this is Palm OS running on an Android device. 

For the full rundown, head on over to the StyleTap website where the app is available for download. Definitely give it a try if it's something you even think could bring an air of completeness to your mobile life. We're going to bow out to the experts on this one, so for a quick review of StyleTap, be sure to head over to our sister site, WebOS Nation, for the rundown. You'll also find the full press release after the break. 

Source: StyleTap, More: WebOS Nation

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2 years ago

Barnes & Noble launches Nook for Web, gives you 6 free books to try it out with

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Although somewhat late to the party, Barnes and Noble has today joined the ranks of online e-reading solutions, by launching Nook for Web. No sign-in, software download or Nook account is required to start reading. Books in the Nook store can be instantly sampled online, right within the web browser by clicking the "read instantly" button. Nook for Web is compatible with both PC and Mac, and with all the main internet browsers. 

We're promised support tablets and smartphones this Fall, but a quick trial using Chrome on a Galaxy Nexus, saw Nook for Web working just fine. It's not what you'd call user friendly though on a screen that size, but then it is designed for desktop browsers. 

As you would expect, it syncs your position in your books with your other Nook reading applications, but now finally Nook users can read at their desktop. Amazon and Kobo in particular have had desktop solutions for a while now. Late or not, Barnes and Noble is welcome to the party.

Oh, and for good measure, Barnes and Noble is throwing six free books into the bargain, until July 26. You'll find the full presser after the break, and hit the link below to go try it out.

More: Nook for Web

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2 years ago

Evernote updated for tablet interfaces

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Evernote 4.1 has been released with a bunch of great updates for Android tablets. A revamped UI takes advantage of all that screen real-estate with a left-hand pane for navigation and content pages on the right that are easy to swipe through. There's a new list view to make it easy to see notes by location, date, title, or tags. A solid addition for both Android phone and tablet users are sublists, which allow users to bump bulleted lists inwards additional levels.

Evernote is a top-notch cloud note-taking app that has recently been dabbling in a few other dedicated apps, like Skitch for project management, Hello for contact management, and Food for culinary bookkeeping. 

I've always been a fan of the app, even if it only gets used occasionally, and a lot of people swear by it. There are competitors like Springpad out there, but so far few have come close to what Evernote has to offer. The only real clincher is that if you're particularly busy, you'll probably need to sign up for a premium account. Get downloading below! Any big Evernote fans in the house?

Download: Evernote

Source: Evernote

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2 years ago

Tweet Lanes review - a new twist on twitter, but still a work in progress

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Tweet Lanes for Android fits in very nicely with ICS design, but is that enough?

Tweet Lanes launched on Android earlier this month and somehow managed to muscle its way into a plenty-crowded category of Twitter clients. There are a few things that Tweet Lanes does differently that immediately sets it apart from the norm.

The main thing is that all outgoing tweets are pumped through the same context-sensitive text box. no matter if you're starting a new tweet from scratch, replying, or retweeting. This is done by selecting which tweet (or tweets) you want want to interact with, and the top bar changes and bottom tweet box adjust accordingly. Secondly, Tweet Lanes can use a device's volume up and volume down keys to navigate through feeds. 

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2 years ago

HTC says Desire HD still getting ICS, refutes reports of update cancellation

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Last week some troubling news seemed to be emerging from Canadian carrier TELUS, which put out an update schedule suggesting that the Android 4.0 upgrade for the Desire HD had been canceled. The schedule indicated that the ICS update had been canned due to "poor device performance in testing," which didn't make a whole lot of sense given that we've seen ICS running on even less powerful phones like the Desire C in recent months.

As such, we reached out to HTC for comment, and an the manufacturer has informed us that ICS updates for the Desire HD, and the similarly-spec'd Desire S, are still on.

An HTC spokesperson told Android Central --

"We remain committed to providing customers with the latest software updates when possible. As such, we are pleased to confirm we are still on schedule to deliver an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade for both the HTC Desire HD and Desire S."

So there you go. The Desire HD may be approaching its second birthday, but at least it should see one more OS update before it's put out to pasture.

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2 years ago

Sonos Controller update expands support for all 7-inch and 10-inch tablets and adds landscape

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An update to the Sonos Controller app is available that expands its list of supported tablets and also adds support for landscape. Late last year, Sonos made the app available for tablets, but the selection was limited. It is now available on all 7-inch and 10-inch devices, which of course includes the recently released Nexus 7 (see our review).

In addition, Sonos has added landscape mode which was one of the most requested features, and also has added larger album artwork for your visual pleasure.

If you're a big Sonos user, this has to excite you. For the update, please find links to the free app after the break.

Source: Sonos

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2 years ago

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light released on Android, exclusive to Xperia for now

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The latest big name title to arrive on Android, is Square Enix's Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. Fans of the Tomb Raider series of games will feel right at home, and while Android is pretty much the last place for this title to show up -- it's even on the BlackBerry PlayBook already -- as always, big titles are welcome. 

The one, big, caveat at the moment though, is that the title is exclusive to Xperia devices for the time being. Playing a title such as this on an Xperia Play is sure to be an enjoyable experience, but for those of us without one of the supported Sony devices, we're just going to have to wait. There's no word at present on how long this exclusivity will last. 

The good news for Xperia owners, is that for now at least, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light can be had for the low low price of £0.99/$1.29. 

Download: Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

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2 years ago

Oscura review - spooky, simple, and challenging

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Earlier this month, an abstract Android title by MTV called Oscura slashed its price in half, and continues to rank highly among the top paid games in Google Play. Oscura has a minimal, silhouetted style that bears a striking similarity to an indie PC game Limbo, not that that's a bad thing - it suits mobile wonderfully.  

The premise is a little on the fairy tale side, yet doesn't stop the game from being tense or downright scary at times. There's a lighthouse that keeps dark creatures at bay. One day it explodes and the impish keeper, Oscura, has to run out, collect the scattered light shards and restore protection to the lands. Of course, with the lighthouse out of commission, it leaves the doors wide open for red-eyed monsters to roam freely, making Oscura's repair mission a fair bit more challenging. 

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2 years ago

IM+ updated for Android with a host of new features

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The popular cross platform instant messaging app IM+ from Shape Services has received a nice update today bringing some welcomed new features. I'm a big fan of the app, having used it on iOS, BlackBerry and Android over the last couple of years. With a host of integrated services, such as Skype, Gtalk and Facebook just to name a few, SMS may well be a thing of the past. IM+ also includes Beep, a free mobile to mobile in-app messenger. If you want to manage all your instant messaging clients in once place then IM+ gets my vote.

If you haven't tried IM+ before now may be a good time to do so.

New to version 6.3 are the following features:

  • Significantly improved battery life.
  • Message Queue: Outgoing messages are queued is network not available and will be sent upon reconnection.
  • New IM services: mig33, SINA Wiebo, Mamba.Ru and Fetion.
  • Option to set master password: App can not be launched without password being entered.
  • Contact list can now be grouped by accounts
  • Preview to links for images and video in chat window.
  • Option to expand/collapse chat groups in charts tab.
  • Option to import accounts and settings from IM+ to IM+ Pro.
  • Option to disable system notifications for AOL and AIM IM service.

Download: IM+

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2 years ago

Instagram updated with Nexus 7 support, Flickr sharing

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If you're among the lucky few to already be in possession of a Google Nexus 7, then you'll be pleased to see hear that the Instagram app for Android has been updated to support your new tablet. The latest version 1.1.7 of Instagram for Android is now fully functional on the Jelly Bean tablet, whereas before N7 owners were turned away with a compatibility message. Though the focus of Instagram on a tablet is on viewing, not creating content, you can also use the Nexus 7's 1.2MP front-facing camera to take your own mugshots and filter them to your heart's content.

In addition, the latest update includes the ability to share Instagram'd photos directly to Flickr as part of the sharing menu once you've saved your image. (Unfortunately there's still no native Google+ support right now, though our fingers remain crossed.)

Check the link below to download Instagram for Android from Google Play.

Download: Instagram for Android

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