Social media is all the rage these days. From Facebook rolling out their new layout, Google+ collecting members at a record rate, or Twitter doing whatever it does, seems like you can't click on a link or sign up for Spotify venture onto any part of the without someone's status, checkin, or tweet smacking you in the digital face.
ChannelCaster: Social News looks to further the concept of social in the news space by letting you follow sources you find interesting as well as browse and check out public channels other users have put together.
The whole interface of ChannelCaster feels reminiscient of some of the more eye-candy laden apps, like Pulse. All of your sources (or feeds or whatnot) are listed on your main screen and tapping one takes you to a Timeline-esque list of the most recent happenings from that source. It's a bit difficult to explain (and chaotic sounding), but it's actually quite cool.
You can even link up your Facebook and Twitter accounts to ChannelCaster and check on people's latest updates from within the app. From what I've gathered, it's read-only right now, so don't expect to update from within the app.
Honestly, ChannelCaster is something that just needs to be seen and experienced for you to truly get the effect of it. It's a very cool approach to news, and it's made by OneLouder Apps, the same developers who brought us FriendCaster and TweetCaster, so you know it's good.
Seriously, try it out. It's free, and I think you might just like it. For those who are about to rock, there's more pictures and download links after the break.
The last Google Goggles update brought the ability to scan images and search for things within those images on Google - the problem though, was the fact it only worked within Google Googles application and not the built-in camera app. The latest update rolled out today changes that and adds barcode services as well so that when you scan a barcode, the appropriate action is taken -- such as opening a url or sending a text message. Minor update overall but an update nonetheless. You'll find the download link past the break for you all.
Whether someone who is always flying around the country, like our very own Phil Nickinson, or just a casual traveler, we all know the pain that is had when searching for and comparing flights. Google hopes to make things easier for us with their latest application OnTheFly. The application allows users to compare flight costs, view an intuitive calendar which compares pricing for 30 days around your trip, and you can also view previous searches so you can keep an eye on pricing. While it does not allow you to book a trip through the application currently, you can price shop, and easily determine which deal is the best. Download links available after the break.
There's two things we love around these parts -- Android, and good beer. Untappd just minced the two together with a native Android app for their popular social drinking platform. With the native app, you'll be able to share photos with your check-ins, use the notification center to keep track of what and where your friends are drinking, and it's all done in an easy to navigate way.
While we don't condone doing anything silly while drinking a few beers, we do like to have fun while doing it. If you feel the same way, you can grab Untappd for free from the Android Market (link after the break, works with ALL versions of Android) and look for us there.
Alrighty, members of the Android nation. It's Friday, and that can mean only one thing: Big Android BBQ time in Austin, Texas. If you're making the trek to the great state of Texas (or are lucky enough to live here like me!), you must get this app.
What does it do? I'm not sure exactly. It promises free bacon, and I know I'm not the only member of the Android loyal who doesn't want to miss out on some free bacon. The kicker? It only works at the BBQ!
But hey, it's free and it promises you the opportunity of winning free stuff. Plus, look at the funny icon! It's a combination of the Cyanogen and ClockworkMod logo, and the Android is wearing a funny little chef hat! Priceless.
If you're getting your BBQ on this weekend (look for Phil and myself!), we've got download links after the break.
One of the many great things about the Android platform is that there is such a wide variety of keyboards to chose from, and many great developers behind them. The folks at SwiftKey X have been known for some amazing updates, and they have hit it out of the park, yet again. Their latest update brings a slew of new features, such as:
Blog and RSS learning, so you can personalize based on your previous posts;
A heatmap that shows how accurately you type on your keyboard (these insights are used by SwiftKey to make predictions more accurate);
A new stats panel that gives great insights into what SwiftKey is doing for you, which you can share with your friends;
Language layout switching for users who use different keyboard layouts (e.g. English/Russian users);
The reintroduction of the autocaps toggle for those who wish to always write in lower case.
In addition to all these new features, they have made many "improvements" better error reporting, instant language updates, and several others. They have also addressed some bugs that affected various users, greatly improving the overall experience. If you are a current SwiftKey X user be sure to grab the update, and if you don't currently use it now would be a great time to check it out. Download links after the break.
Update - Swiftkey is rolling this update out over the next day or two apparently, so keep your eye out for the update!
The latest Foursquare update for Android is now available for download in the Android Market. Nothing huge will be found here like previous versions where we got a whole new UI but lists is now included and that's been lacking on the Android front until now.
Lists for Android! Wooo!
Points for check-ins are now in the post check-in screen.
Connect your Twitter account via the Settings screen.
Sort Friends by Nearby or Worldwide on Friends screen. Hit the menu or list footer.
All of those things should help keep things more organized and functional for all you Foursquare users out there. You can jump past the break for the update link or just fire up the Android Market if you already have Foursqaure installed.
Since we're on the road so much, we're always on the lookout for a good postcard app. And an old favorite was just released for Andronid. Postcard on the Run has a great UI, with easy instructions and options to use pictures from the camera, your gallery or even Facebook. Pick the pic, and Postcard on the Run mails it anywhere in the world.
But what if you don't know the physical address? (That's a common problem in a lot of address books these days.) Postard on the Run has its "Postal Gopher." Just give it the e-mail address or cell phone number of the person you're trying to send to, and it'll contact them, then update your address book and send. Other options include cropping the photo, leaving a message, adding a real signature (as in sign with your finger) and even a GPS map of your location you're sending from. It's pretty slick.
Prices vary from 99 cents to $1.69 per postcard sent (add 20 cents for international), and you can pay by credit card or PayPal. (We'd love to see in-app billing added so we don't have to enter our credit card -- again.)
We'll be giving this one a go this weekend from the Big Android BBQ, no doubt. Hit up the download links after the break.
Any woman can tell you, tracking your monthly cycle is not the most fun thing ever. Trying to plan around it can be a real pain, and let's just be honest, it's really not the easiest thing to stay on top of. We have enough going on in our daily lives without having to stop and try to calculate if today is an especially good day to get pregnant or if that spontaneous weekend trip is going to be hindered by mother nature. Intimity is a new app aimed to make it all effortless, so that with a glance at your screen, you can tell what your body is planning for you.
Getting started is pretty simple. Simply input a few dates and indicate if you are trying to get pregnant or not, and the app does the rest for you. The main screen shows the current date, the day of your cycle you're on, and if it's a fertile, not fertile, or ovulation day. It was funny to me that the picture of the girl changes depending on those circumstances; if you're not trying to conceive, on fertile days she's dressed very prim and proper, and on non-fertile days she's ready to party - and vice versa if you are trying to conceive. Options at the bottom of this screen take you to view a monthly calendar that is in the shape of a flower with many petals. Spin the flower to choose a date, and you can enter notes, weight, mood and other details. You can even view statistics about your cycles and be notified when it's time to take birth control.
All in all Intimity is a handy app that takes much of the guess work out of at least this aspect of being a woman. Whether you're trying to get pregnant, or trying NOT to get pregnant, this app can be a great tool to use. You can grab it in the Android Market for $1.35. Download links and screenshots are after the break!
Chances are your kid likes dragons and will also jump at the chance to say "firebottom." Why not combine the two with the children's book "The Ogglies - A Dragon Party for Firebottom." It's the latest in a nice little run of interactive children's books now available on Android. "Firebottom" also has puzzles and music thrown in, so you're not just reading the book.
It's on sale through Oct. 6 for around $2. We've got links and video after the break.
Searching for flights is a pain. Searching for flights with a chipmunk -- excuse us, Hipmunk -- is far less a pain. Yep, Hipmunk is now available for Android. With just a few taps, you can search and select flights, purchase on your phone's browser or (and this is our favorite part) start on the phone and finish on the computer.
Scheduling travel just got a lot easier on Android. Hipmunk's free, and we've got Market links after the break.
The folks at AppBrain (remember them?), those same fellows who brought the original web installer for Android to the masses, today unveiled the AppBrain Stream. It's a lot like Facebook style social networking, but geared towards, and all about, your Android apps. AppBrain has always been a great way to discover and share Android applications, but the new user streams and feeds really take it all to the next level. If you feel a bit overwhelmed by all the other great tools AppBrain gives us, like daily "hot" apps, personalized recommendations, app demographics, and shared user app lists, you're going to love this.
It's genuinely simple -- you now have a couple new entries on your AppBrain page that show your personalized stream of app-related news and events. You'll see things like messages from your friends when they install a new app (or uninstall an app), personalized recommendations for new apps based on what you're currently using, updates to apps you're running, even app reviews from your friends and discussion about them. You can "like", share or add commentary to each of these entries, just like you would at your favorite social networking site. You can also see just your activity in a dedicated list, to keep track of apps you're talking about.
There's no setup involved -- if you follow someone on AppBrain, you'll see their activity in your stream. The guys at AppBrain let us in a bit early to check it out, and I'll have to say -- this has real potential. No more relying on cryptic or less-than-helpful comments in the Market, or using a random Google search to try and find what your looking for. Like the staff picks on the official Android Market, it will be a great way to find new apps that fit you, with the added bonus of goofing off a bit with your friends. We've got a couple screenshots after the break, as well as a link to download AppBrain to your phone so you can join in. And as we've said before -- Google, just buy these guys already.
I've always enjoyed third-person shooter games and Gameloft has now made available 9MM in the Android Market. If you're into some pretend gang violence with a Scarface like tone to it then you'll likely dig 9MM -- as the story line goes:
You become John "Loose" Kannon, the leader of a special team of hardened cops that aren't afraid to bend the law to clean up the streets. But when they kill a local drug lord's brother and steal millions in cash, the theft makes Kannon's whole team the target of every gangster in the city. Now Kannon has only one option: Take down the gang leader that's hunting them, legally or not, before his team gets taken out first.
Original story? Not exactly. But the game looks to have some pretty awesome graphics and the soundtrack is pretty slick as well. You'll want to make sure you play this one with some headphones on though, or at least out of earshot of those who may find some of the NSFW language found within offensive. You'll find the NSFW video trailer, press release and download link past the break. Before you download though, check out the review left on the Android Market -- many are saying it is a fairly large download so keep that in mind.
You don't usually get sumpthin' for nothin', and the adage rings true with the latest update to Skype for Android. The good news: A baker's dozen devices have had video calling turned on, but at the price of having to put up with advertising. You can get around the ads (which show up for everyone, not just the new crop) if you've got Skype credits laying around, which we're betting most of you don't.
Anyhoo. Here's the list of phones that gained video calling:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (T-Mobile)
HTC Shooter (KDDI)
Sony Ericsson Xperia Live with Walkman
Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V
Acer Iconia Tablet (A500)
LG Optimus Black (landscape only)
LG Optimus 3D (landscape only)
LG Optimus 2x (landscape only)
Motorola Droid 3 (landscape only)
Motorola Bionic (landscape only)
A nice smattering, indeed. Download links are after the break.
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