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3 years ago

USAA Mobile adds Jelly Bean fixes and account funding options

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USAA continues to make improvements to its mobile banking and account management app today with several UI and bug fixes. An important fix was made to let users on Jelly Bean properly log in and use their PIN with the app, and another bug that kept users on Android 3.1 and higher from doing person-to-person transfers. USAA has also now added the ability to fund an account when you create one from the app -- an interesting feature -- by scanning a blank check from another bank. 

You may not be a USAA customer (yet) but the app is definitely worth a look if you are. You can grab a download at the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

Paypal update brings landscape support and payment preferences

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Everyone's favorite universal payment app, Paypal, has just been updated with a few nice features. First off, there's full landscape support in this update -- something we're surprised wasn't there before. You can also now set a payment preference for specific stores, so for example you can have one credit card set as a default when you pay Amazon, and another to pay Starbucks.

The changelog also notes that Paypal has improved the performance of check scanning, and users should see fewer issues. It has also increased security and a few UI bugfixes, stuff we'll never scoff at in an update. You can grab the app or an update at the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

Google Play Books updated with new 'Read Aloud' feature and pinch to zoom

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Google Play Books has just had an update pushed out into the Play Store, that brings with it among other features a new 'Read Aloud' function. The new feature allows for the listening of most flowing text books, and while it seems to do a pretty good job, it's not going to replace audiobooks anytime soon. Imagine sitting down to listen to your sat-nav read you a book and you've pretty much got the right idea. Don't take our word for it though, check out the sample after the break.

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3 years ago

Ask AC: How do you keep up with all the CyanogenMod updates?

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A question I get asked a lot involves updates to custom ROMs, and CyanogenMod in particular. How do we keep up with all the builds, all the updates and all the devices?

Here's a secret: We don't. Because we don't have to.

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3 years ago

Mysms now available in a tablet-optimized version

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Mysms, the popular cross-platform SMS application is now available in an Android tablet optimized version. With My SMS you can send and receive text messages on your Android device (as well as other popular platforms) or your desktop running Windows or Mac OS -- complete with desktop notifications. There are even versions that run inside Evernote, Chrome or Facebook. It's a full service SMS application for just about any screen in your house or office.

It's done by syncing from your phone (you use your number as a username) to the mysms cloud, and from there your messages get synced with all of your devices. It's something we have seen from other desktop SMS programs, but few offer this many connection options. Because it uses the cloud, you can send pictures and files as well. The tie in with Evernote makes media available for everyone, as well as provide SMS backup to your Evernote account. 

Maybe the best part is that messages are free to other mysms users, regardless of where you (or they) are in the world. You can send messages from your phone as normal, and be charged the normal rates, or use the mysms app on both ends and save a few bucks. The OS support makes this a real option if you have family or friends in other countries.

There's a reason a half-million people have downloaded mysms for Android, and now with a tablet version, there is even more of one. If you're not a Google Voice user (we had issues getting Google Voice to work with mysms) you really need to have a look. It's absolutely free, so grab it by clicking the ink above. There's a short video, a couple screenshots, and a press release after the break.

Update: There was bit of confusion on our end. The Phone and desktop applications are free, the tablet edition is available at an introductory price of $1.99.

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3 years ago

Google's Field Trip app now available in the UK

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Following on from some other recent Field Trip updates, the app is now available in the UK. Field Trip is a Google-created app designed to highlight local points of interest, popping up notifications while you're out and about, and allowing you to browse through nearby places on a map, or based on location.

Previously limited to the U.S., Field Trip's UK debut is the latest in a series of UK launches for previously U.S.-only Google products, such as Play Music and Play Magazines.

Right now the usefulness of Field Trip to Android phone owners in the UK will depend on where in the country they live. London is pretty well-documented, with cards for restaurants, venues, historical sites and other attractions clustered around the center of the capital. However other UK cities are looking much more sparse at the moment, so hopefully Google will continue fleshing things out in the weeks ahead.

Brits can grab the latest version of Field Trip for Android at the Google Play link above. You'll need Android 2.3 Gingerbread or higher to get in on the location-aware action.

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3 years ago

Tumblr for Android updated with tablet support

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Although Tumblr has had an Android app for what seems to be forever now they've never managed to offer up tablet optimized version for their users to make use of. Instead, folks were stuck using the phone app and while that wasn't all that bad, they've now finally gone ahead and released a tablet version. That's the big news but included with this release you'll also find some design updates as well as a new follow screen. You can grab the update from the Google Play store right now.

Source: Tumblr

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3 years ago

TeliportMe panorama app completely overhauled in latest update

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The photography app space is a crowded one, and increasingly so since Android 4.0 because of the improvements in the stock camera app. Even with Android brining its own panorama -- and now Photo Sphere -- features, a popular panorama app TeliportMe (aka Panorama app: 360) has stuck around. Today we're seeing the latest iteration of the app -- a version 3.0 update -- and it brings a complete overhaul of the UI from top to bottom, as well as some new features.

The new update brings a completely "holo" UI, integrating all of Google's design guidelines such as overflow menu buttons and standard navigation paradigms. Version 3.0 also brings a "stitch later" functionality, which lets you capture these full 360-degree panoramas when your battery is low, and do the processing of them later when you have more charge. TeliportMe is also working on building the community aspect of the app, letting you follow users and easily search for pictures by location or keyword. This is one area where the app is working to stand out from the crowd.

We've got several screenshots of the new UI for you to check out after the break. If you're interested in trying out the new version, you can find it at the Google Play Store link at the top of this post.

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3 years ago

UberConference app now available on Android

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UberConference is launching an app today on Android (and iOS) that lets users quickly and easily set up conference calls from their cellphone. The app is focusing on ease of use, letting users simply select the contacts to be invited to the call and letting the app do the rest. UberConference will automatically send out dial-in details to contacts or even call out to them individually when the call is started.

The app also integrates to social networks, letting you view more information about the contacts -- via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ -- in the call while it is ongoing. The call screen even shows which contact is talking at that time so you don't get lost in a call that has several people involved.

The app is available now in the Google Play Store via the link above, and is free to boot.

Source: UberConference

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3 years ago

Dead Trigger 'Merry Christmas' update brings North Pole arena, new boss

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Dead Trigger is keeping in the holiday spirit of joy and cheer today by bringing a "Merry Christmas" update to its game. You'll continue to kill countless hordes of undead, but now they'll be festive with Santa hats on. This update brings a new North Pole arena, as well as a new boss named "Zanta." There's some holiday-agnostic updates as well, including a new grenade launcher, price discounts on upgrades and new story missions. There have even been some memory optimizations for low-end devices.

We'd venture to say most of us don't normally associate the holidays with killing zombies. But if that happens to be your cup of tea, go grab Dead Trigger at the Google Play link above and get to work.

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3 years ago

Google Play's 'surprise calendar countdown' starts today

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Google is kicking off a new promotion on Google Play starting today called "Surprises." This holiday-themed offering -- at least today -- is giving users that download an app a specific deal to go along with that app. This is kind of a mash-up of Google Play and Google Offers, another sign that Google is trying to integrate all of its different properties. There are lots of eyes on Google Play every day, so they have a good chance at success putting it on the front page of the Play Store.

Today's deal is a $35 gift certificate to put towards a hotel room when you download and use the app "Hotel Tonight." If you're interested in the app or deal, hit up the source link below.

Source: Google Play

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3 years ago

Applorer adds friends and groups to game discovery app

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Applorer, a free game discovery portal for Android, updated today with a whole bunch of new social features. Users can now see which titles their friends and other users have installed, create groups (dubbed circles, appropriately enough) for those with common interests to keep tabs on one another, and leave comments, mark favorites and share screenshots with the community at large. Applorer also provides tailored app recommendations based on what's installed on your device and what's popular among your friends. 

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3 years ago

Photo buffs - be sure to give Snapseed a good long look

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Like that old dog who is reluctant to learn new tricks, I may have written off the new Android Snapseed app a bit too soon. In our last podcast, I was quick to dismiss it as yet another hipster filter app, with controls that are too difficult to use on a phone. We all agreed that it's better on a tablet (and it still is -- real estate FTW) but after a bit of practice today -- inspired by Google Android engineer Tor Norbye -- I'm Loving it. With a capital L. 

Gesture based apps aren't really new, but most folks are used to controls and numbers being shown when editing photos. I know I am, but after actually trying it for a while, I've got the hang of it and can use the image adjustment tools that aren't grunge and other lo-fi dramatic effects. It's helpful for phones with less-than-stellar cameras like the Nexus 4, and really does a number when you're using something like the Galaxy S3 or One X.

Take a few and try it on some old pictures. Chances are you'll see what all the fuss is about and end up keeping it. Be sure to show them all off, and enter the photo contest with your result. Install it by clicking the link up top.

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3 years ago

Apps of the Week: Ski & Snow Report, Christmas Countdown, Holo Lamp and more!

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Welcome back to another edition of our Android Central app picks. We've only got a few more of these before the end of 2012, so we're hoping to make the most of 'em. It's the holiday season, so of course we've brought a couple of seasonal apps here -- with a few of our usual great picks thrown in as well. Stick around after the break and see how we did this week.

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3 years ago

Why Plume is still my Twitter client of choice

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It seems like there's a new wizz-bang fancy Twitter client released every week. Every single time you hear claims that it's the next best thing. Every once and a while those claims actually hold some merit, but it seems like more often than not these new clients just fade off into the ether and everyone goes back to their previous choice. For me, that choice is Plume and I've yet to find a client that can pull me away.

I've been using Plume exclusively since about February of this year, and it's only improved since then. After trying it out for about a week -- coming from the official Twitter app -- I paid $4.99 for the "Premium" version and never looked back. I initially chose Plume because not only did it ditch the legacy menu button, but also followed Android's new "holo" design guidelines extensively. There's something refreshing about apps that fit in nicely with the rest of the OS. Plume doesn't cut any corners in features or functionality to get "holo" either -- you have full customization of refresh, notifications (although not push, unfortunately), backgrounds, colors, display, URL shorteners, picture hosting and multiple accounts.

You also get three extremely functional widgets -- 2x1, 4x1 and 4x2 to 4x4 expandable. The largest is information dense and offers scrolling, tabs for tweets/mentions/messages and dedicated tweet/search keys. I interact with Plume through the widget a majority of the time, and it really is a joy to use. The developers are on top of updates for the widgets as well, offering an Android 4.2 lockscreen widget just days after the code released.

It's hard for me to consider using any other client when there's nothing I find in my use of Plume to drive me away. I'm not using it because it's the least broken out of the clients available -- I'm using it because I think it's the best available.

So what is your Twitter client of choice, and what has kept you from switching away? Let us know in the comments.

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