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3 years ago

Paypal for Android now lets you deposit checks with a picture

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PayPal's Android app has just given us one more reason to skip the line at the bank and play with our phones instead. You can now use your phone's camera to scan a check, and deposit it straight into your PayPal account. Not exactly a new technology, but cool to see it added to PayPal. The company says it's been "uploading a million dollars a month" (how cool does that sound?) with its iPhone app. And now you can do the same with Android. Leave it in your PayPal account, or transfer to your bank account. Your call.

Also new for the PayPal app: You can move it to the SD card, and use the "local" feature to find nearby business that accept PayPal as payment.

Download links are after the break.

Source: PayPal

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3 years ago

More Android Market security woes -- and a novel idea to fix them from Sophos

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Malicious files once again have found their way into the Android Market, with a set of applications being hijacked, reverse engineered with malicious code injected, and published alongside the legitimate applications.

Two thing need mention up front -- Google has already removed the apps from the Market, and this time around they only affected users in China, where they also originate from.  If you're reading this story, you probably are safe and never were at risk.  But this is still a big concern.  A set of bad guys (that's my safe-for-work version) were able to de-compile apps from a legit developer, put in some code that sends SMS messages to a Chinese subscription service, and then took some really ingenious steps to keep everything hidden from the user.  That's going to happen, because everything that's electronic and popular enough is a target.  The part that is concerning is that these are making their way into the Android Market.

Allow me to have a few hundred words with you about it, after the break.

Source: AegisLabs via Sophos; Thanks, Tony Bag o' Donuts!

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3 years ago

Dolphin Browser HD v5.0 Beta 1 goes public

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For many folks out there, the stock web browsing experience on Android isn't the best -- luckily, there are a lot of third-party web browsers to choose from. One that appeals to many is Dolphin Browser HD. Previously only available to a closed beta testing group, Dolphin Browser HD v5.0 Beta 1 is now available for all and has plenty of changes to it as noted on their blog:

  • Innovative UI changes: fresh tab color; more elegant and more modern settings interface, fantastic fluorescein effect of context menu as well as sub folder support.
  • Speed dial style new tab: access your favorite site easily, undo your previously closed tabs, and tell your most visited sites history at a glance.
  • Powerful bookmarks sidebar: all bookmark folders, quick menu to access feature settings.
  • Faster browsing experience and more stable performance: We have to admit Dolphin Browser HD v5.0 private beta is very unstable. However, we have fixed many random crash problems in this public beta version. Also, both launching speed and browsing speed get  optimized in this public beta version.

Give it a run through if you're looking for a new way to browse from your Android device. You can find the download link past the break.

Source: Dolphin Browser Blog

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3 years ago

Sonos for Android review

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I can remember, on at least two occasions, my father greeting me with a foot-long drill bit and a wild look in his eye. This would have been in the mid-1980s or so, and we were running speaker cable through walls, around beams, inside attics, from the laundry room across the house to the living room, and a couple points in between. Or maybe we were going through wallboard, insullation and the brick facade to put a couple speakers outside on the desk. Either way, it was dirty work, and very much not fun.

That was before the age of wireless. And that brings us to Sonos.

There are a million ways to run a music system in a house, and I've tried a good number of them. And Sonos has just about been the easiest, most enjoyable of them all. Android makes it even better, having recently released a controller application, turning any Android smartphone into a whole-house music remote control. Let's do the full review thing after the break, shall we?

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3 years ago

Slacker launches Premium Radio -- brings music on demand

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Slacker has announced Slacker Premium Radio, which adds a third level of service to the streaming radio giant's offerings.  Slacker Premium Radio brings on-demand access to the complete Slacker music library including individual songs, albums, artist radio stations and more. Now users have a choice between the free basic service, the $4.99 monthly subscription which brings more features like skipping tracks and gets rid of the ads, to the newest service which rings up at $9.99 monthly. 

Also coming with the updated app is Slacker station creator.  Using this, listeners have the ability create multi-artist stations, full of features to fine tune things to your liking.  Slacker Premium subscribers will be able to create single artist ad free stations, but the lower tiers of service are multi-artist only.

The full list of Premium features (from the press release):

  • Search, play and replay specific songs or entire albums
  • Create specific playlists on mobile and on the web
  • Off-line playback of stations, playlists and albums on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, Android and BlackBerry smartphones
  • Replay specific songs on programmed and custom stations
  • Browse and play "Favorite" songs, now collected in one location
  • Unlimited song skipping
  • Ad-free listening
  • Complete song lyrics
  • Browse Top Charts on all Slacker genre stations
  • “Peek Ahead” artist, album and song preview
  • Ability to skip forward and backward

And maybe the best news, a limited time, a free subscription to Slacker Premium Radio is available by visiting Slacker's Facebook page.  Check out the full press release and download link after the break.

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3 years ago

Cartoon Network Video app now on Android

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I love cartoons.  No, seriously, I'm like a big kid when it comes to some cartoons, and I've pretty much just been waiting for the Cartoon Network to release their Android app. Finally, it has arrived -- yes, Cartoon Network Video is free to download and features both full show episodes and clips streamed right to your Android smartphone.

In addition to being able to stream clips from such shows as Adventure Time, Regular Show, Ben 10, Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated, Destroy Build Destroy, and Generator Rex you can also pull up the Cartoon Network TV schedule so you know when to tune into any of you -- or your kids favorite shows.  Download link can be found past the break for all you cartoon fans out there.

Note that while you can install the CN app on a tablet, it looks pretty crappy. Stick to smartphones for now.

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for May 13, 2011

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We're fresh off of Google IO 2011, where we got a look at some favorite old applications, as well as some new ones. There's just so much to choose from these days, and that's a good thing. Let's hit the jump and take a look at some of our picks from this week.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Micronytes

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As long as I'm on a kick with games that make me think of movies, I've got to mention Micronytes. This is an absolutely incredible platformer that just reeks of Fantastic Voyage.

Instead of a blood clot in the brain, there are these (assumedly evil) green, anthropomorphized green blobs munching on all the tasty red stuff inside of an unnamed victim. How to defeat them? Send in some rotund, faceless gents in all white suits to eradicate the problem.

Join me after the break to see just how detailed this adventure becomes.

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3 years ago

Seesmic for Honeycomb gets a preview at Google IO

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Did our exclusive first look at the Seesmic Honeycomb Twitter client leave you hungry for more? No worries, folks. Our pal Stephanie (aka The LG Girl) snagged a look this week on the T-Mobile G-Slate during Google IO. And while the UI remains quite simple, it's all the special sauce Seesmic includes in its apps that has us refreshing the Android Market every couple of hours. Take a gander.

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3 years ago

B&N Nook app for Android updated with magazine support

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Barnes and Noble have updated the Nook app for Android, giving high resolution devices (read: tablets) support for magazines as well as a few bug fixes for the HTC Thunderbolt and Android 3.x (Honeycomb) devices.  It works nicely, and the additions have been made without cluttering or changing the user-friendly interface that the Nook app is famous for.

Open the updated app, and in the "shop" section you'll have the entry for magazines, where you can subscribe, manage subscriptions, or just download a single issue.  The prices are competitive (A National Geographic subscription runs $1.99 monthly) and the format works great for reading.  You select and download your current issue, tap to open and simply browse through just as if you had a paper copy in your hands.  When you want to read an article, you simply tap a button in the upper right corner and a new window opens with all the content.  It's a great way to skim the content and focus on the pictures, and then go back and read the articles at your leisure. The app itself is free, and runs on Android 2.1 or higher.  We've got a few more pictures and the download link after the break.

Thanks, Max for the tip!

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3 years ago

Netflix app initial hands-on and review

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Yes, you did read that headline correctly. Netflix has finally come to Android -- well, select Android devices that is. Everyone's favorite loving movie app just hit Android Market for those rocking the HTC Incredible, HTC Nexus One, HTC EVO 4G, HTC G2, and the very glossy Samsung Nexus S. The long awaited app was suppose to be a timed exclusive for the LG Revolution, but it looks like that exclusivity fell apart. Instead we got a very limited launch of the app. According to Netflix, the app would have been released on more devices but they were having "playback support" issues. We're sure that the Android team at Netflix is hard at work to bring the movie streaming app to more devices.

The app is very, very simple in design -- and that's a good thing. Too much fancy could make a heavy video app chug, and we don't need or want that. In fact the app only sports four tabs up top. The four tabs are: Home, Genres, Search, and Queue. There are no settings to change video size, quality, or audio. Hopping in and out of the tabs seemed quite fluid. And our long queue loaded our television and movies quite fast, too.

When loading up Toy Story 3 over Wi-Fi, we had no issue with buffering. Just a few quick seconds and we were enjoying Pixar's classic animation. Skipping through the movie can easily be done by tapping the screen and movie the virtual slider that appears. Again, we saw minimal buffering when hopping around the movie.

The Netflix app is something a lot of people have been waiting for, and we are super excited it's finally here. For those of you that don't have access to it just yet, hang tight. As for now, watch our very quick hands-on.

 

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3 years ago

First look at Lightbox for Android

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Who needs Instagram? Let the iPhone have it. We're holding out for Lightbox, which is coming soon to an Android phone near you. More than just a camera and effects app, it's a whole photography suite for your phone. It's your photos. It's your friends' photos. It's Facebook. It's Twitter. It's effects.

And it's coming soon at Android phones and tablets. We got a good look at it at Google IO. Give 'er a gander.

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3 years ago

Hands-on with Expedia Hotels for Android

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The power of Expedia meets the power of Android in the new Expedia Hotels app. Search and book hotels, right from your phone. OK, that's overly simplified. Here's what you can expect:

  • An interactive map view shows all hotels in the area, with a variety of sorting options.
  • Hotel ratings are provided by TripAdvisor®; the highest rated hotels are clearly marked.
  • For each hotel, amenities and details have been beautifully summarized, complete with a vivid display of hotel images.
  • Just four taps are required for a traveler to move from research to purchase.
  • Once booked, travelers can tap for directions to the hotel and share their confirmation via email.
  • The Android version of Expedia Hotels also features all-new Android-specific landscape views for flexibility on a wide range of Android devices.
  • The app is being released worldwide, with 20 local currencies supported.

We caught up with Mobiata, developer of Expedia Hotels, at Google IO. Check it out. And download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

First look at Flight Track for Honeycomb

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We've long expressed our love of FlightTrack, helping keep track of all our flights for the events we head to month after month. And it's nearly ready for Honeycomb tablets. We caught up with developer Mobiata at Google IO and gave it a whirl.

It's pretty simple, really. They've ramped up the user interface and optimized it for larger screens, incorporating the traditional phone view. Tap on a flight, and you'll see its info, as well as its rough flight path. Pretty slick, and something we can't wait to get our hands on.

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3 years ago

The new Android ADK sure can play a sweet tune

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Pop quiz: What's black and white, has 88 keys and makes beautiful music with Android? That'd be a piano -- and the new Android ADK. That's short for Accessory Development Kit, and it's the toolbox for the new set of open-source protocols that will let Android do new exciting things with just about any accessory imaginable.

And why not kick things off with some music? This setup from Miselu takes a piano and a MIDI controller and hooks it all up to a Motorola Xoom. You can manually play the piano via the Xoom, or just set the sucker on go and sit back and enjoy the party.

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