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2 years ago

SongPop review - the Draw Something of music trivia

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SongPop is quickly becoming one of the more popular social games available on Android by seriously testing musical knowledge. Players take turns trying to identify five tracks within a specific genre from a multiple-choice list. Points are awarded based on how quickly correct answers are supplied, and once both players have had a go, their results are compared and a winner declared. Things can be made a little bit easier by buying power-ups with coins earned through gameplay or in-app purchases. Those power-ups can knock out two of the options in a list. Coins can also unlock new playlists, expanding your horizon of challenges.

The asynchronous set-up is and in-app purchase model is similar to Draw Something, but after one round, you’ll see that SongPop is a very different beast.

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2 years ago

The Respawnables promises cartoony third-person shooting action

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​The Respawnables has recently been announced by Digital Legends, which will add a goofy twist to the usual class-based shooting game. The art is very similar to the cartoony style you'd see in Battlefield Heroes, and it looks like there's going to be just as many unlockables and customizability. While details are skimpy, it's a safe bet that this is going to be free-to-play with microtransactions available to buy virtual items, 

Three classes are highlighted in the teaser video below: a light scout, a balanced soldier, and a slow heavy weapons guy. There are a ton of weapons on display too, including dual pistols, sniper rifles, and miniguns. You probably won't be left hurting for selection. 

No word on a release date just yet, but I'm digging the style, and they get bonus points for poking fun at The Expendables. Anyone else willing to give this a shot?

Source: PocketGamer

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2 years ago

Are you ready for some football? Essential apps for the upcoming season

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The football season is upon us. Whether or not you’re a college fan, a pro fan or both, the excitement has been building and the first games are not that far away. The NFL has started preseason, but those games are pretty meaningless. To get you prepared for the upcoming seasons, we’ve compiled some of our favorite football apps, both for fantasy and not. There are many other apps, including some very good team-specific ones, but it would take quite a while to show off every team-focused app.

Nevertheless, onto the list:

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2 years ago

WWE launches first app, includes live second-screen experience for Monday Night Raw

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Wrestling fans, WWE has launched their first official app on Android today and is available in Google Play for free. For something about spandex-clad dudes pretending to beat the snot out of one another, there's actually a lot to the app.

There's a breaking news section for the latest updates in the ridiculous world of pro wrestling. There's also a ton of recent and archived wrestling videos available to stream. Wrestlers, divas, and legends all have their own bios, complete with biographies, milestones, photos, and links to their Twitter and Facebook pages. There's a full event schedule too if you want to buy tickets for the next time WWE comes to town, as well as a store to get kitted out with wrestling swag. For those that are really gung-ho about WWE, there's a bunch of community tools so you can talk shop in the forums from the app. 

The biggest thing the WWE app is offering is something called RAWactive, which allows fans to participate in live polls and get additional contextual information while Monday Night Raw is on. 

Any wrestling fans out there itching to catch up what's happening in WWE? I've got to admit to being a little inerested in checking out some of the classic videos. Yokozuna vs. Undertaker casket match really stands out for some reason, but what's your favorite wrestling moment of all time?

Via: TechCrunch

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2 years ago

Wikitude update adds image recognition, enables quick exchange rate checking

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Wikitude has updated their augmented reality platform to version 7.5 with tools for image recognition. To demo the new capabilities, they've added a feature to their app that can scan money and provide immediate information on exchange rates for the currency you're looking at. Wikitude 7.5 has a handful of other features for developers as well. 

  • HTML Drawables: it is easier to create complex visualizations of AR objects
  • Relative locations make it more comfortable to create AR content relative to the users location
  • A fully customizable AR radar
  • Sprite Animations, 3D Transformations and Animation Groups allow complex types of animations
  • Extension for Qualcomm Vuforia SDK for Image Recognition
  • Performance optimizations and bug fixes

I don't see Wikitude replacing Google Goggles any time soon, but image recognition and augmented reality are two features that really go hand-in-hand with one another, and if Wikitude can enable developers to explore both of those capabilities at once, then I'm all for it. Developers interested in trying out some of the new augmented reality tools can find the updated Wikitude SDK over here

How often do you use augmented reality apps compared to anything with image recognition? What's your most common use case for either one?

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2 years ago

Dead Trigger update adds new arenas, missions, weapons and more

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​Dead Trigger for Android has just been updated to version 1.5 with a whole lot of fresh content, including two new arenas (stadium of dead and deadly corridors), a new alien gun weapon, a laser turret and mini-morter, and a whole bunch of fresh tweaks. Here's the full changelog. 

  • 2 new Arenas: STADIUM OF DEAD & DEADLY CORRIDORS
  • Reward for everyone who had purchased DEAD TRIGGER before the game became for free (ALIEN GUN, 25 GOLD, 10 CASINO CHIPS)
  • New story missions
  • New weapon: ALIEN GUN
  • New items: LASER TURRET & MINI-MORTAR
  • Improved gameplay of protect objects missions, players can repair damaged objects now
  • New tutorial for beginners
  • Improved MINIGUN and COLT-M4
  • Increased reward in the Arenas (Players can also win CASINO CHIPS)
  • More chance to win at the Casino (including items)
  • Auto-aim works better when more enemies nearby
  • Better ammo drops for everyone who use more than one weapon

This a beefy update to an already gorgeous game. Shortly after launch, this zombie shooter went free-to-play, making  their in-game currency buyable through in-app purchases, as well as adding a premium currency. it's a formula that has worked for a lot of developers, and with a game as polished as this getting such regular updates, I'm sure it'll do well for a long time to come. 

How much time have you guys pored into Dead Trigger? What's your favorite weapon?

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2 years ago

Sony begins Android 4.0 updates for Xperia P

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Sony Mobile has announced that it’s commencing the next phase of its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update roll-out for 2012 Xperia phones, starting with the Xperia P. ICS updates for the aluminum-shelled handset will start today, and continue “in the next few weeks in markets globally,” the manufacturer said on its official product blog.

The update will give the Xperia P a much needed bump up from the earlier Gingerbread-based firmware, and Sony’s offers a fairly substantial list of new features fro Xperia P owners in the new software --

  • New ways to experience your media with new media applications – “WALKMAN”, “Album” and “Movies”
  • Extended standby mode, increasing standby time by up to four times (depending on user-profile and data consumption)
  • Lock screen with improved functionality
  • Resizable widgets for improved personalization
  • Improved control of your mobile data consumption
  • Recent Apps button for a clear overview of your applications

As is always the case, some territories may get this update before others, and Sony points out that “in some cases” the ICS upgrade may only be available through its PC Companion app, rather than on the phone as an over-the-air update.

Looking ahead, Sony says the next phones due for ICS upgrades will be Xperias U, Sola and Go, promising updates “shortly.”

Source: Sony Xperia Product Blog

More: Sony Xperia P review

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2 years ago

Sky Sports TV released on Android, supporting few phones and no Jelly Bean

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We shouldn't be at all surprised by the lack of supported devices for this, after all, it's happened before with Sky. But, in any case, the Sky Sports TV app is now available in Google Play just in time for the start of the English Premier League season. An active Sky subscription isn't required to use it, Sky customers can already view the channels through the Sky Go app should their subscription allow. You do need to be in the UK or ROI though. Figures.

Instead, subscription for the application is set at £4.99 / €5.49 with no annual contract, and payments are directed through your Google Play account. Pretty reasonable, especially if you've an unlimited data plan to really put it to use with. 8 Sky Sports channels are included; Sky Sports 1-4, Sky Sports News, Sky News, ESPN, At The Races, and their new Sky Sports F1 channel. On the face of it, sounds like a really good offering. 

Then you look at device support, and as with the Sky Go launch, this is where it starts to go downhill. The list of supported devices isn't too depressing, but still omits the latest and greatest Android phone in the UK right now -- the Samsung Galaxy S3. Another issue is Jelly Bean compatibility. While the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is a supported device, Jelly Bean is not supported. And it force closes. In the UK, there is only the GSM Galaxy Nexus, which it's safe to say the vast majority of owners have now upgraded to Jelly Bean. Madness. 

The full list reads as follows: 

  • HTC Desire, HTC Desire S, HTC Desire HD, HTC Incredible, HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation XE, Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Galaxy S, Samsung Galaxy S II and Samsung Galaxy Note.

The Galaxy Note is a welcome addition, with that massive screen it's a match made in heaven. Just don't upgrade it to Jelly Bean if anything shows up any time soon. Oh, and if you're rooted, sorry. Right out of luck. For rights reasons the app will not work on rooted devices. 

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2 years ago

Google Voice Search adds 13 new languages

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International Voice Search users rejoice! Google's ever-evolving search service has been updated to add another 13 languages, bringing the total to an incredible 42 languages supported. The list of new languages should make a lot of European Android users happy. It includes Basque, Bulgarian, Catalan, European Portuguese, Finnish, Glacian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak and Swedish.

With this update, Google claims another 100 million people will be able to use the service in their native tongue. Voice Search can only get more accurate over time with additional users, as Google uses the search queries to improve the service. This is simply a cloud-side update, which means that no additional action should be required to start using the new languages -- outside of possibly changing the device's default language.

Source: Official Google Blog

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2 years ago

Bank of America update adds mobile check deposit

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Bank of America has finally updated its Android app to include a couple features that iOS users, as well as Android users with other banks (all the way back in late 2010, we might add), have enjoyed for a while now. The app has generally had a good and usable UI, but has lacked both mobile check deposits and notifications. We're happy to report that both of these features are now available and ready for download in the form of an update from the Play Store. Unfortunately, the tablet version of the app has yet to be updated with the same features.

Additional functionality is nice, but what we would really like to see is Bank of America choosing to follow Android style guidelines and remove the legacy menu button from the app. There's really no reason, almost a year after the release of Android 4.0, for any developer -- let alone one of this size -- to keep coding their app without an action bar and overflow settings button.

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