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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Yelp

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Chances are, most of you have heard of (and probably used) Yelp. Whether it's been their initial online presence, their myriad phone apps, or just a friend raving about it, Yelp is the top dog in finding delicious eateries on-the-go.

Opening up the Android app, you'll notice six large, friendly looking icons to choose from. Nearby, Check-Ins, About Me, Bookmarks, Monocle, and Deals. A few of those are pretty self-explanatory, and one of them you just need to see to believe.

Nearby is going to use your cell phone's location (rough or precise, up to you) to show you a list of everything around you. It doesn't discriminate by style or genre, so if you're just curious to see what's delish, this is definitely the way to go. Check-Ins is Yelp's version of Foursqaure/Gowalla/Places/Latitude. You can check-in to bars, restaurants and what-have-you, but I'm not sure why. Yes, you can become mayor or king or top dog or iron chef (not really, on the last one), but maybe there's coupons involved.

Speaking of coupons, Deals is just that. If you want to know where you can save a buck, get something for free, or see what other promotions are going on, click on Deals and know you'll be saving some greenbacks.

About Me and Bookmarks both require that you have a Yelp account, and if you do, they'll prompt you to log in. This allows you to check-in and leave reviews (and ensures you get credit to your Yelp account, for what it's worth) and also lets you view your list of Bookmarks if you've got a hankering for one of your favorite places that you've conveniently forgotten the address of.

The thing that really does it for me (although it's usefulness is debatable) is Monocle. Monocle pulls you into an augmented reality environment, where, as you move your camera around, restaurants and such pop up on your screen, along with their rating, distance, and cost. I couldn't get a good screenshot without some wicked tearing, so just check it out for yourself.

There's also the standard search bar at the top of the page, and you choose to search a name or style either based on current location, but also anything else, like a city or a zip code. It's the simplest way, but it's how things got started and it still works.

So, if you like both 1.) food and 2.) saving money, Yelp should definitely be installed on your device. It's free, it's quick, and it's easy, plus, it's proven.

More screenshots and download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Swype featured in Museum of Modern Art exhibit

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We're big fans of Swype here at Android Central, and judging by its latest exhibit, so is the Museum of Modern Art. It's included the trace-based Android keyboard in a new interactive exhibit called "Talk to Me", which reflects on recent innovations in communications technology.

Congrats to the Swype team. Be sure to hit the source link to check out the online display for Swype.

Source: Swype at MoMA

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3 years ago

Trapster 3.0 released - Introduces New UI, widget and speed limit display

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It's been a while since we last a Trapster update but clearly they were hard at work while we waited. Today, they've gone ahead and released v3.0 to the masses and if you're a current Trapster user you should be pleased with the changes:

  • Speedomoter and Speed Limit Display - Trapster now displays your actual speed with the speed limit of the road you are currently traveling on. If you go 1 to 4 MPH over the speed limit, the “Your Speed” box will change to yellow. If you are driving 5+ MPH over the speed limit the “Your Speed” box changes to red, visually alerting you to slow down!
  • Trapster Widget - Now you can have Trapster on your home screen! This gives you the ability to quickly view and vote on traps, and also launch the Trapster application directly from the widget.
  • Terrain Maps - In addition to standard map and satellite view, you now have the ability to use Terrain maps, this will display elevation levels in much more detail.

You'll also find that Trapster has a new UI with a much cleaner look over previous versions, making it easier on the eyes and even easier to read when in use. The v3.0 update is available now, you'll find the download past the break.

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for July 23, 2011

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If you love applications but have a hard time finding new applications to install, you won't want to miss this. We bring you yet again some more of our favorite applications for this past week, so let's hit the break and take a look at what we got.

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3 years ago

Vipre Mobile security app for Android now in public beta testing

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From the folks who brought you Vipre Antivirus for Windows, Vipre Mobile for Android is now available for a public beta testing.  Along with the standard functions you would expect from a security application, Vipre offers a bit of parental controls and some unique methods to block messages containing phrases or words deemed undesirable.  Here's how they describe the features in a weekly newsletter sent out to current users of their PC software:

Antivirus: VIPRE Mobile's powerful Antivirus protects your data and privacy
from malicious software that can affect your Android device's normal
operation - or worse, steal or destroy personal information.

Antispam: Spam is not only annoying, it may contain malicious links. Antispam
stops texting spam from hitting your phone, blocking by content or by
specific phone numbers.

AppControl: You may want to show off your phone or maybe a friend needs to
make a call. But there are some applications that you just don't want anyone
else to run like personal email, or online financial programs. With
AppControl, you can control what applications can be run on your Android
device with or without permission.

Remote Locate: Ever want to know where your children are. With VIPRE Mobile
you can track their Android phone or device on a map from the VIPRE Mobile
website. You can even follow its location, showing you where it's been over a
period of time.

Remote Wipe: If your device is ever lost or stolen, you can easily remotely
wipe its contents so that no one will be able to see your personal
information.

Remote Alarm: How many times have you asked "Where did I leave my phone?"
Just got to the VIPRE Mobile website and set the remote alarm and your device
will emit a very hearable and loud tone.

Backup: Maintain and protect your vital contacts, pictures, videos and other
personal items safe on our secure online servers. If your device is ever lost
(or you buy a new one and want to transfer your data), just click one button
to bring it all back. You can also backup your data to an SD card.

Monitoring: Parents can keep an eye on all your child's phone activities
including IM chats, websites visited, and call logs.

Anti-sexting: Block inappropriate texts of a sexual nature from being sent or
received. The online world is not always the safest place, keep your children
safe.

Anti-bullying: Cyberbullying has become epidemic and can cause potentially
painful emotional harassment to children. Our cyberbullying feature looks for
abusive bullying language in texts and blocks it.

Parental Controls: From the website you can easily enable or disable web
browsing, email, texting, phone calls or texting while driving, or simply set
time restrictions when it's appropriate to use these features.

I'm sure many parents out there will be interested in a bit more control over what their kids are doing with an Android smartphone, and it looks like Vipre is trying to fill that need.  As mentioned, the application is currently in an open beta, so like all other things beta there may be bugs.  If you're feeling brave and want to check it out, hit the source link for more details and a download (Android 2.2 or higher). 

Source: Vipre MobileThanks, Jimbo5000!

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3 years ago

GetGlue announces beta sign-ups for a new app

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I'm a big fan of GetGlue. It's the social media sharing site for couch potatoes! With apps for all kinds of devices, it's quickly become very popular, and is as easy to use as foursquare. Today GetGlue tweeted that they are working on a brand new app for Android, and that if you want in now, you've got to sign up for the beta. You can find the sign up page at the link below, or download the current version from the Android Market.

Sign up for the GetGlue beta; Source: GetGlue on Twitter

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3 years ago

Revive old software on your device with some emulators

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Looking to kick it old school and play some Contra on your Android device? There's an emulator for that. Since the release of Android, emulator apps have come and gone -- some pulled by Google, some just simply no longer supported any more by their developers. However, if you're looking to replace some of those that have disappeared you can check out some of the ones available from Marat Fayzullin.

  • iNES - iNES emulates classic NES and Famicom videogame consoles from Nintendo. It plays NES, Famicom, DiskSystem, and VS System games in a desktop window or full screen. Save game at any time and restart from that point later. You can also use GameGenie cheat codes, make screenshots and save game music in MIDI format.
  • MasterGear - The MasterGear emulates several 8bit videogame consoles from SEGA. It plays Master System, GameGear, Mark 2, Mark 3, SG1000, SC3000, and SF7000 games in a desktop window or full screen. You can save game at any time and restart from that point if you get killed, make screenshots, and even save game music in MIDI format to play it later.
  • VGB - VGB emulates Nintendo GameBoy handhelds and their accessories. It plays GameBoy, GameBoy Pocket, GameBoy Color, and Super GameBoy games in a window or full screen. VGB also supports the Pocket Printer, GameGenie cheat codes, and more. Please notice that VGB will not play GameBoy Advance games: you will need VGBA for that.
  • VGBA - VGBA emulates the Nintendo GameBoy Advance handheld. It plays GameBoy Advance games in a desktop window or full screen. Please notice that VGBA will not play classic GameBoy games: you will need VGB for that.

Marat has quite a few others available for more obscure systems as well, if you're looking to check them out you can hit the source link for more details and download links to all listed.

Source: KomKon

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Domino Run

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

We were all kids once (right?), and a staple of kid-dom was stacking up dominoes only to knock them down. Easy, dumb simple, clean fun. Now we're old and haggard, but there's an app out there that will not only keep your mind sharp, but also help you relive your younger days. For the kid in all of us, there is Domino Run.

Domino Run is pretty straightforward. You have dominoes you need to shuffle around to knock down a special blue domino, known as "the Finisher." Don't knock down the blue one, you lose. Oh, and did I mention you need to knock all of the other dominoes down before the Finisher falls? If you don't do that, you lose again.

Gameplay starts off simple, but gets progressively more difficult, adding mechanics like you dropping dominoes off of ledges to knock down other dominoes, or the introduction of the red domino, which I believe is called the Stopper. The challenges don't end there, as there's an entire list of uniquely powered dominoes that come in the later levels (that I didn't get to see in my time with the game).

Scoring is done medal-style, with gold, silver, and bronze medals being awarded to you based on moves spent and the time it took you to complete a level. The easiest way to game the system get gold medals on everything that I've found is to take your time plotting out a successful move, then immediately replay the level and use your plan as fast as you can. Instant gold medal!

Overall, Domino Run is a fun, calming, throwback-to-an-older-day kind of game, and I dig it. There's both free and paid version in the Market, and the free version lets you play a full 20 levels, so it's not a bad deal. If you feel like taking the plunge into 70 levels of domino madness, the full version only sets you back a buck.

Download links to Domino Fun Run are after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Talk2All

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3 years ago

Bouncy Mouse - Cut the rope meets Angry Birds

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

A new game has popped up in the Android Central forums and after having been playing it for past few days now, we think you should check it out. Available for both Android smartphones and tablets for free, if you're a fan of Angry Birds and Cut The Rope -- Bouncy Mouse is the best of both. You get to shoot, sling, and fly Bouncy Mouse through 30 levels in 3 different Worlds that are superbly designed. The developer, Eric -- is looking for feedback on the game so if you decide to give it a shot, make sure you let him know how you like it. The download link can be found past the break.

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3 years ago

Android kids app: Winnie the Pooh - What's a Bear to Do

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Let's face it: If you want to properly review a kids' app, you've got to get a kid to do it. So we armed Daughter No. 1 with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the "Winnie the Pooh - What's a Bear to Do?" game. It's a simple premise: Pooh loves honey, and it's your job to help him find it by way of a few hidden honey pots. There are a smattering of puzzles to do, too, and they proved no match for a genius soon-to-be kindergartener.

The honey pots, on the other hand, took a little more doing, and there were a few tears shed (by the kid!) when they weren't all found on the first go. But as you can see in the video above, finishing the game doesn't end the fun, and it remains a nice babysitter entertaining. In only adult games could hold our attention like that.

"Winnie the Pooh - What's a Bear to Do?" runs $2.99 in the Android Market. Download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Google Music Manager now available for Linux

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Google has (finally) released the Music Manager PC client for Linux, meaning work-arounds like WINE are no longer necessary.  You can download pre-packaged binaries in either .rpm or .deb format, ready to install on many popular Linux systems.  This is a closed source project, so if you're not using a Linux distro that can parse a deb or rpm package, you'll have to convert it to your preferred package type with a program like Alien, or extract the archive and manually inspect the install script (I'll drop those ubergeek instructions after the break for those interested).

Along with official Linux support, Linux versions of Google Music Manager also support .ogg files, by transcoding them to 320kbps .mp3 files.  This is the same way it handles FLAC files, and while not perfect, we're not going to complain because any support is better than none.  Getting it installed is easy --  just fire up your web browser (on your Linux computer, of course) and head to music.google.com.  Once there, click the "add music" link, and download the client.  It seems pretty solid, and certainly better than using the (not an)emulated Windows version.

Source: GoogleThanks, Andrew!

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3 years ago

Microsoft releases API and tools to connect Messenger, SkyDrive, and Hotmail data to mobile apps

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Microsoft has released a set of tools and samples that now makes it a good bit easier to get users Windows Live data from Hotmail, SkyDrive, and Messenger for smartphone applications, including Android apps.  Developers will only need to enter the application name and language used, and then they will receive a client ID and secret token.  These are then used in your application to allow the user to sign in via the web, with no back-end needed for this from the developers.  Microsoft provides a working sample to view a user's SkyDrive photos, with more examples to follow.

Microsoft, as much as anyone, understands the open platform model.  It's been good to them over the years, and it's nice to see simple and effective methods to access user account data across mobile platforms. I hope some developers out there with the "next great idea" for a Windows Live app takes advantage of them.  Drop us a line if that sounds like you!

Source: Windows Live team blog

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3 years ago

Android Market now gives developers option for multiple APKs per app listing

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Here's an interesting little addition to the Android Market for developers: You can now upload multiple APK files for a single listing. That is, you can have one app name (and one package name), with multiple versions of the app file. Why do that? A dev could have one APK for tablets, and another for smartphones. Or one for one screen size, and one for another screen size. The Market keeps all of the same listing information -- screen shots, description, comments, etc. -- and aggregates stats and billing.

For most of you out there, you shouldn't notice a thing. But it's a nice addition for the folks working behind the scenes.

Source: Android Developers Blog

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3 years ago

Grab your overalls, Green Farm is now available in the Android Market

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If you're a fan of farming games, you'll be glad to hear that Green Farm by Gameloft is now available in the Android Market. That's right, you can raise crops, trees, and livestock, earn coins to buy seeds, animals, and buildings and even learn to make cheese or become a carpenter, all without getting your hands dirty. (Note to Green Farm online players: This farm doesn’t connect to your online farm, but you can build a new one on your mobile device.) You can grab Green Farm free in the Android Market, download links are after the break.

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