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3 years ago

Pinterest finally releases an official Android app

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Pinterest finally has an official Android app. The popular social network is currently in the middle of an event where they're showing off brand new mobile apps for their platform. The network that relies on users pinning items for their friends has grown enormously in the past year, which has contributed to the impatience users have felt about an official mobile app. We got a hands-on preview of the app back at Google I/O, but there was no release date at that time.

The official app looks a lot like the website and has been done really well. You see your tiled homepage with all of your friends' pins. You can search for items to pin yourself, re-pin someone else's, like a pin,  and comment on a pin as well. You can also find new friends to follow directly from the app. It's done very well and the app appears very fast in the small amount of time I've been playing with it.

Check it out for yourself at the Google Play Store link, and we've got screenshots after the break.

Source: Pinterest

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3 years ago

CoPilot Live review - a trunk-full of navigation features

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If you’re planning to squeeze in one more roadtrip before the summer dwindles out, you might be shopping around for GPS navigation apps. Google’s own Navigation for Android may do the trick, but is there still a market for traditional GPS nav apps? One of the many options available is CoPilot Live, and you might be surprised at how deep its functionality runs.

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3 years ago

Official SkyDrive for Android app announced, coming in a few weeks

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Although there is a few apps on the Google Play Store right now that have some SkyDrive integration, there isn't a Microsoft delivered solution available. At least not yet. Microsoft took the time to go ahead and update folks on their SkyDrive happenings and mobile applications were a part of those announcements with an Android version officially announced as coming:

Today, as part of making sure SkyDrive is available to all Windows customers, we’re excited to announce that an official SkyDrive app for Android phones will be available in just a few weeks. The Android app is similar to our mobile apps for Windows Phone and iOS and allows you to browse your SkyDrive, upload files to SkyDrive, as well as share SkyDrive files with “Send a link.” You'll also be able to open SkyDrive files from other apps, as well as upload, save, and share to SkyDrive from other apps.

If you're invested into the Microsoft way, it'll be great to finally have an official app for Android. We'll let you all know when it pops up for availability. Other news from Microsoft today may help some developers out there, they've gone ahead and changed some of the API's available. If you're looking to make your own SkyDrive app, something to look into.

Source: Inside SkyDrive

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3 years ago

EA's Origin platform coming to Android

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EA's Origin gaming platform is headed to Android, the company has revealed at the Gamescom show in Germany. Origin, which currently runs on PCs, will also reportedly launch on Mac, Facebook and Smart TVs.

Origin joins main rival Steam on Android, and it's likely that the Origin mobile app will take a on a similar form, allowing users to browse games and access community features without actually allowing titles to be played directly on the device.

No timeframe was given for the release of Origin on Android or any other new platforms, but as EA hopes to gain market share from Steam wherever possible, it'll no doubt want to exploit these new platforms as much as possible

Source: The Verge

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3 years ago

RealPlayer review - old-school media streaming goes 1.0 on Android

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RealPlayer’s Android app exits its lengthy beta today, and we got the chance to play around with the final product. Just like the beta, it handles all sorts of media types, including, audio, video, and images, though the user interface has been changed up a bit.

Beyond handling the usual stuff like playlists and track sorting by artist, genre, or album, RealPlayer brings a few extras to the table. One of them is track control from the lock screen. It does mean that you’ll have another lock screen to tap through when media is playing, but generally I didn’t find that much of a hassle. Wired headsets support pause/play with in-line controls, but not track skipping, while Bluetooth headsets are the opposite, able to skip tracks but not pause/play.

Read on for more, folks. More!

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3 years ago

Q&A with Molecube - developing apps with YouTube superstars

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Not long ago we checked out the Epic Meal Time game, but we wanted to get to know the guys behind it, and particularly how they managed to wrangle a deal with a huge, established YouTube brand. Molecube has been making game for a little while, but mostly for iOS. We get some of their impressions on that transition, as well as plans for the future. 

Hi Pierre, thanks for your time! I'm a big fan of the game. Care to give us a bit of background on Molecube?

Hey Simon, thank you for having me! Molecube is an indie mobile game development studio based in Quebec, Canada. We are a small group of six individuals trying to do what we love for a living since two years. We’ve developed five games in our lifetime: Binja, Monstruction, Monsieur Monsieur, Justin Mac Fart and our latest release, Epic Meal Time!

Similar to every indie studio, in the last few years we’ve tried to be noticed in this crazy market. We’ve tried numerous strategies at different levels, we have even tried to market our marketing failures and successes in something called the “Experiment” for Justin Mac Fart but even that wasn’t enough to get us noticed. I think we’ve finally got this done with Epic Meal Time. We are very thrilled about that.

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3 years ago

[NSFW] Planet Pron app knows how to do Android porn right

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This entire review is Not Safe For Work. Chances are, you'll click through anyway. I don't blame you. Just remember I told you so. 

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3 years ago

Disney Junior Sprint ID pack now available, keep kids entertained on the go

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If you've ever been a road trip with a child, then you know it's sometimes not always easy keeping them entertained, especially if it's a really long trip. To help parents deal with that, Sprint has now made available the Disney Junior Sprint ID pack. It's loaded up with content that kids are sure to love and well, maybe even some parents as well:

  • Disney Junior Games: Keep kids entertained and engaged with games from DisneyJunior.com featuring Jake and the Never Land Pirates – including Izzy’s Pirate Puzzles and Jake’s Treasure Hunt.
  • Disney Junior Facebook: Parents can get the latest tips, recipes and sneak peeks on what is happening on all of the Disney Junior Facebook pages.
  • Disney Junior Videos: Your child can watch select episodes of their favorite Disney Junior shows on demand. Full episodes of Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Doc McStuffins are among those available using the Sprint TV app.
  • Disney Junior Wallpaper: Customize your phone with wallpapers featuring your child’s favorite Disney Junior characters.

If you're a parent on the go and need something to keep the younguns calm, you can find the Disney Junior Sprint ID pack available for free on eligible plans and devices from Sprint. Full details are listed below in the press release for you all.

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

Neuroshima Hex review - not your robo-mama's board game

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Neuroshima Hex is a board game with a particularly unique sci-fi setting full of story, cyborgs, and strategy. It’s been on Android for a few months, but just recently enjoyed a much-needed stability update. The far future war game pits the scrappy armies of mankind against several factions, ranging from marauding mutants, well-equipped gangs, and the very mechanical menace that plunged the human race into anarchy hundreds of years ago.

The turn-based gameplay is a simple back-and-forth that’s punctuated by sparse (but dramatic combat), and a wide variety of units with special rules.

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3 years ago

Jot review - the simplest note-taking widget ever

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Jot is a simple, lightweight note-taking widget for Android that recently had a user interface overhaul. It is an absolutely pared-down set of widgets that very simply provide fast, clear access to a notepad from the home screen. You aren’t going to find a ton of fancy features here, but you will get fast, easy access to plain text.

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3 years ago

Q&A with WhitePages - making caller ID social

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WhitePages recently launched a new app that tied in a bunch of social networks to a contacts and caller ID app. With it all incoming calls from contacts show the latest status updates across Facebook and Twitter, most recent title from LinkedIn, and local weather and news. We shot a few questions to the development team about working on Android and take the oportunity to dig a bit deeper into Current Caller ID.

We all know about WhitePages, but can you tell us a bit about how you've been active in mobile historically?

WhitePages has been developing for the mobile world since 2008 and it has since become the fastest
growing part of our business with a top-50 mobile website and popular Android, iPhone, BlackBerry,
webOS and Windows 7 applications recently surpassing 8 million active monthly users. We have a top-
notch development and design team who are mobile experts across platforms and are regularly involved
in industry events such as Google I/O. Recently, we traveled to Barcelona to Mobile World Congress to
be featured in the Google booth with an early version of Current Caller ID. We’ve invested heavily in
mobile, and continue to see this as a growth opportunity for WhitePages.

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3 years ago

PolitiCards review - the unlikely mix of Android, politics, solitaire, and movie quotes

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PolitiCards recently launched on mobile, bringing the unlikely combination of political cartoons, movies, and solitaire to Android. Both sides of the American spectrum are amply represented, including Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Nancy Pelosi, Glenn Beck, and pundits like Arianna Huffington and Donald Trump also show up. The twist is that they’re all paired up with movies that roughly fit into their personality. It’s not every day you see Bill Clinton done up as The Big Lebowski.

Illustrations aside, PolitiCards offers nicely polished gameplay with smooth graphics and animations. 

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3 years ago

Apps of the Week - NFC Task Launcher, Pocket Casts and more!

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We know why you are here, you are in need of your weekly fix, right? Need some new apps to check out, something new to install and play around with instead of doing house work? We understand, so without any further delay let's hit the break and check out some of our favorites from this week!

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3 years ago

Yahoo Beyond Gold - yet another way to follow the Olympics

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With only a few days left in the Olympics, you may still be hunting around for the perfect way to follow the last few events. Yahoo has made an app called Beyond Gold with a stark, mobile friendly UI and lots of information pulled in from across their content network. We’ve got plenty of other apps for getting involved with London 2012, so be sure to check ‘em out while the games last.

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3 years ago

Flipboard for Android updated with improved navigation and in-app hints

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Flipboard for Android has already gone through several iterations since it first appeared on the Samsung Galaxy S III (Galaxy S3) back in May. This morning, Flipboard users are waking up to another update for the popular digital magazine app. The new version 1.9.6 of Flipboard includes improved navigation, in the form of dropdown menus when you tap on the name of the sections you're currently viewing.

In addition, there are some improvements to the way Google Reader feeds are handled, and in-app hints that highlight useful features you may not be aware of (similar to what you get when starting the ICS or Jelly Bean home screen launcher for the first time). The update also includes new shopping cart features for those using Guilt Taste through Flipboard.

And unsurprisingly, the official changelog also notes some "performance improvements and bug fixes," which are always welcome. If you're using Flipboard head to the Google Play Store app to update to version 1.9.6. If you've yet to give it a try, check out the Google Play link earlier in this post.

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