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3 years ago

AppRiver's CipherPost Pro offers users secure, encrypted email

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Great, enterprise-grade encrypted e-mail is not a small thing to accomplish. In nearly every case, you're looking at special hardware, software and management to keep everyone's private email... well, private.  AppRiver is hoping to get around that by offering its own over-the-top secure encrypted email solution with an app its just released called CipherPost Pro.

Instead of running your own back-end security system, the idea of CipherPost Pro is that you can use any email provider you'd like, and simply pay a subscription fee to use this app's encryption system. Features you'd expect like mail tracking, data loss protection and MDM (Mobile Device Management) integration are all on board. CipherPost Pro is compliant with industry security standard such as HIPAA, PSQIA, PCI DSS, Sarbanes-Oxley and more.

You can take a look at CipherPost Pro in the Play Store at the link above.

Source: AppRiver (BusinessWIre)

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3 years ago

Cogs, Canabalt, Zen Bound 2 and more added to Android Humble Bundle

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If you haven't picked up on the charity-driven bundle of Android games that went live last week, maybe the addition of Cogs, Canabalt, Zen Bound 2, Swords & Soldiers HD, and Avadon: The Black Fortress will tempt you. Those that have got in on previous Humble Bundles will recognize these titles, though many of those announced initially with the Android Humble Bundle 4 aren't even on Google Play yet. Those first titles include Splice, Eufloria, Waking Mars, Machinarium, Crayon Physics Deluxe, and Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP. Waking Mars looks especially cool, but really, they're all fantastic games.

The catch with the new bonus games is that you have to pay more than the average donation price, which currently sits at $6.18. See, they have a pay-what-you-want structure here, and you get to pick how you want to split up your donation between devs, the Humble Bundle organizers, and charity. Where available, you'll also get Steam codes to play these games on your PC. There's also an Android app available to keep tabs on new bundles, get game updates, and download previous purchases. 

Head on over to Humble Bundle's site to get started. So, who's already got the bundle? What's your favorite game in it so far? 

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3 years ago

Google launches global augmented reality game Ingress, invite-only for now

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Google's Niantic Labs has launched Ingress, a new worldwide augmented reality game that will be primarily played with your mobile device. Back in September, they released an app called Field Trip, which aims to provide relevant information as you walk or drive around. Ingress is far more ambitious and involved than Field Trip.

It is a game that can be played by anyone with the app and will take quite a while. Not too much is known about the game, but what we do know is drawn from the vague video produced by Google above. It involves two groups, the Resistance, and the Enlightened. One group pushes back against 'the power' while the other seeks to use it to their advantage. 

A major aspect of the game will be using your phone while you're out and about, collecting power by walking certain routes or analyzing landmarks.

This sounds pretty interesting and ambitious. It's invite-only for now and Android-only for now, but Google plans to be on multiple platforms because they want as many players as possible.

To request an invite, hit up the source link, which is the main landing page for Ingress. If you're one of the lucky ones with an invite, there is also a link to the app in the Google Play Store.

Source: Ingress; via All Things D

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3 years ago

Amazon opens Cloud Drive to Japanese users

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Amazon this morning announced that its users in Japan now have access to its Cloud Drive service.

The company is inviting users to store their files on the Amazon cloud and is dangling 5 gigabytes of space for free. Extra space of 20 gigabytes cost ¥800 per year, similar to the $10 charged in the U.S.

The company first released a desktop app for cloud storage in May this year, and followed up with a photo app for Android devices at the start of this month.

Besides tying in all your devices, the idea is also for its Android-based Kindle Fire and Fire HD devices to be hooked up to your files, especially photos, so you can show your colleagues yet another picture of your adorable puppy.

The Cloud Drive Photos app is free in the Google Play Store and Amazon Appstore.

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3 years ago

Advanced search operators now work in GMail 4.2

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The GMail power users among us may be aware of some of the more advanced search operators that are at our disposal. Things like typing "from:david has:attachment" and getting relevant search results is a great feature for those of us with gigs upon gigs of mail waiting to be searched. These features are now part of the latest GMail app -- version 4.2 -- available on Android 4.2 devices.

In our testing of a random sampling of the advanced search operators, they all seem to work just fine in the app. The results are found quickly, even for mail that isn't already downloaded locally, and it seems to bring back all of the same results that the desktop does. You can find a full list of the supported search operators at the source link below.

Source: GMail Support; Thanks, RonDon!

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3 years ago

Long overdue update to Blogger for Android now available

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It's been quite some time since the Blogger for Android app was updated with any substantial changes but now if you head on into the Google Play Store you'll find Google has finally given it a touch of love. There is some UI changes in effect that improve the overall look plus, it'll now sign you in automatically when you go to view a blog on the web. Other changes include additional language support, the capability to view a scheduled post time and as expected -- plenty of bug fixes. If you've got yourself a Blogger account that you're making use of, be sure to grab the new app and take it for a spin.

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3 years ago

Beautiful Clock Widgets app integrates with Android 4.2 lockscreen

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One of Android 4.2's forward-facing feature improvements was the lockscreen, which now has a system for integrating widgets of the users choice. In the stock shipping software, there's an anemic selection of stock widgets such as calendar and a world clock, but we know how many Android developers there are out there making great widgets. Beautiful Clock Widgets is one of the first to be updated with this functionality, and it has a great selection of customizable clock and weather widgets for the lockscreen.

It was only a matter of time before we saw more apps hitting that integrated their own widgets into the lockscreen, and we'll surely see more apps be updated with the functionality in the future. For now, go check out Beautiful Clock Widgets at the Play Store link above. It's free, and if you want to unlock more widgets you can get the paid version for just $1.29.

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3 years ago

Call of Duty Elite updated to support Black Ops II

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Unless you've been living in a cave for the last few days, you'll know that there's been an eagerly awaited release this Tuesday gone. This time we're of course not talking Nexus, but in fact referring to Call of Duty Black Ops II. One of the most eagerly anticipated gaming titles of the year, if you're a big online player you're already likely a member of Call of Duty Elite. The good news is that following the launch of Black Ops II, the Android Call of Duty Elite application has been updated to support the title. 

Elite now supports your career summary stats, recent matches, custom class editor and challenge tracker for Black Ops II. Additionally, theres a couple of additions not dedicated to the latest title. Clan HQ gives users the ability to search for and join clans, and Elite TV provides live streaming, multiplayer guides and "much more." The update is live in the Play Store now, so if you can tear yourself away from your console long enough, head on over and download a copy. 

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3 years ago

Square is now processing $10 billion in transactions annually

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Square is probably the most formidable opponent to Google's push for the use of Google Wallet in retail stores. Not unlike Google Wallet, Square requires both the user and the retailer to have a special equipment -- an app for the former, and hardware for the latter -- to make everything work. And while Google has been struggling to get its infrastructure in place, even with MasterCard's help, Square seems to be taking off as the niche payment system right now. Square has just announced that it is processing over $10 billion in payments annually, and has increased its rate of transactions by $2 billion just this month.

TechCrunch notes that the $10 billion number doesn't even include payments processed via Starbucks, which just penned a deal with Square to set up its processing system in 7,000 stores. Maybe some of this pressure can get Google thinking about its Wallet strategy going into the future.

Source: @Square; Via: TechCrunch

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3 years ago

Echofon for Android beta now available in Google Play

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Having been in public testing for a while, popular iOS Twitter client Echofon has now become available in the Google Play Store. We're still on the beta build though, it hasn't yet shed that tag. It doesn't -- on the face of it anyway -- appear to be further along in the build process than the beta version we previously looked at, but being available in the Play Store is the right way to get it onto devices. 

We're pretty spoiled for choice when it comes to Twitter clients, but despite being late to the party on Android, Echofon has a long standing reputation on that other platform. The developers, Naan Studio, also recently discontinued their desktop applications to concentrate solely on mobile. It's a well designed Twitter client that despite being in beta performs really nicely. The design is very much Android 4.x but is available for everything running Android 2.2 and up. 

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3 years ago

SEGA's Jet Set Radio coming to Android on November 29th

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Some of you weren't even alive when Jet Set Radio was released for the SEGA Dreamcast in June of 2000. That being said, if you've played Borderlands (or other cel-shaded graphics games) you can thank JSR for being one the pioneers of that style. Anyway, the game has been re-released in HD for Xbox Live, the Playstation Network, Windows, and like we reported earlier, is coming to Android. Granted, November 29th isn't exactly "this summer" like the original press release stated, but better late than never right?

While currently there has been no mention of price for Android (or iOS) it's currently $9.99 on Steam, so it's pretty safe to say it shouldn't cost more than that. If you'd like to check out more screenshots, head on over to their Flickr gallery.

source: SEGA

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3 years ago

Predators for Android review

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The Predators game launched on Google Play last week, offering fast-paced stealth action with a healthy dose of gore. Many familiar names from the 2010 movie show up, though you spend most of your time hunting humans rather than playing as them - after all, folks only really watch those flicks for glimpses of the hulking monsters, right?

Players take control of a predator alien through 31 stages and an unlockable challenge mode, using a variety of classic weaponry and technology to complete a selection of goals. Sometimes a level is as simple as collecting a certain number of heads, while others require players to survive multiple waves of humans on the hunt.

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3 years ago

Yes, text does look a bit different in Android 4.2

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Stronger text and improved kerning in the new version of Jelly Bean

Do things look a bit ... different ... since upgrading your Galaxy Nexus or Nexus 7 to Android 4.2? Turns out there's one change in the new version of Android that hasn't been documented at all until now. In the new version of Jelly Bean, Google's made some very subtle, but sweeping tweaks to the way text is rendered throughout the OS.

If you look closely at our animated GIF above, you'll see that text in 4.2 is slightly bolder with smoother edges and improved kerning (letter spacing). This applies throughout the UI, in emails, web pages and other applications.

We've spotted Google's new text rendering stuff on the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7, so it looks like it's a system-wide change, rather than a graphics tweak tied to any particular hardware. On the whole, this makes for slightly clearer on-screen text that's a little more pleasing to the eye. (And the improved kerning is sure to keep design geeks happy, too.)

We've got another GIF showing the differences in text rendering in 4.2 after the break.

Are there any other little tweaks you've noticed in 4.2? Let us know in the comments.

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3 years ago

Google Voice update fixes Android 4.2 compatibility

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When the final version of Android 4.2 rolled out to Nexus devices yesterday, Google Voice users noticed a nasty bit of incompatibility between the new software and the app. Whenever a new text message was created and a recipient added, the app would come crashing to a halt, preventing messages from being sent.

Fortunately Google's acted swiftly to address this issue, and a new version of the Google Voice app is available right now from the Google Play Store. The new version 0.4.2.66 fixes the issue, so your shiny new Nexus 4 (assuming you were able to pick one up) should be fully compatible with Google's telephony service.

You can grab the latest version of Google Voice for Android at the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

Expedia Android app updated with flight booking

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The Expedia travel app for Android has been updated so that you can book flights. Previously, Expedia only allowed hotel booking on mobile. The UI has a really nice fresh coat of paint, with some cool transitions and visual effects depending on how you're moving around the app. For example, the map within a hotel entry shifts perspective as you scroll up and down the page, while the image section gradually grows to fill the whole screen as you scroll upwards past the top. When idle, the home screen has both flight and hotel columns lazily drifting upwards, though they do so at different speeds to create a particularly eye-catching effect. 

It seems weird that the Expedia app didn't support flight booking before, since that's kind of what those guys do, but hey, at least it's here now. A dedicated tablet version as well as wider booking availability outside the U.S. are due shortly.

Have you ever booked a flight on your phone? When was the last time you used Expedia? Are there other services you prefer to use when planning travel?

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