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2 years ago

Tumblr support now available within Seesmic Ping

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When Seesmic took the covers off their new Ping application there was a few services missing, most notably Tumblr. Seesmic did note that Tumblr support would come later and if you've been making use of the app despite waiting for Tumblr support, you'll be pleased to know it has enabled. All together you can access Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Salesforce and Linkedin with Seesmic Ping and send updates to any of those destinations or any combination of those destinations as you see fit. There is no download required for this as it is a server side change but if you've yet to give it a try, you'll find the download link beyond the break.

Source: Seesmic

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2 years ago

IM+ for Android v6.2 now available in public beta

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If you don't mind being a beta tester for a while you can now get in on the latest IM+. A whole laundry list of features has been added along with a rather nice looking dark theme available for use. SHAPE Services has pegged this as v6.2 and has taken the time to address a lot of user feedback with it as well as including a whole slew of bug fixes for notifications, contact lists, favorite lists and much more. If you're looking to give it a shot for all your instant messaging needs, you hit the source link to grab the install file just keep in mind, it is a beta.

Source: SHAPE Services

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2 years ago

Google Currents receives update, includes increased speed support and is now available worldwide

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Google Currents (subscribe to AC on Google Currents!) has received a sizeable update that increases the speed of the app as well offers the app worldwide, which also widens the language support.

Here is the full change-log:

  • Sync speed - Dramatic (7X) performance boost
  • Instant online sync - No need to press "sync". Just open an edition for latest content
  • Offline reading - Choose favorite editions for offline images
  • International - Currents now available worldwide (in 44 languages)
  • Translate - Translate complete editions to your preferred language. (38 languages)
  • Trending - Local trending stories provided for US, FR, UK, DE, IT, ES, JP, AU

The increased speed will be welcomed. I love the look of Google Currents, but often find it to be slower than bringing up the actual website. With the 7x boost in speed as well as instant online sync, I think the experience will be much more fluid.

The app is free from the Google Play Store. Please find a link after the break.

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2 years ago

Springpad update offers a new way to collaborate, share notebooks and discover ideas

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It's been quite some time since we last heard from the folks at Springpad, though they do have a good reason for it. They've been working on Springpad v3.0 behind the scenes and now they're ready to show it off to the world. Springpad for the uninitiated, allows you to save notes, look up products, places, movies and more all while keeping things nice and organized for you  in the cloud with the ability to share it all with others. Version 3.0 of Springpad is taking things to the next level with some new feature additions:

  • Follow individual notebooks: by content and interest from friends and trusted sources
  • Flexible sharing options: make notebooks private or public; and co-curate or collaborate with others.
  • Enhanced filtering and organization: ability to tag, sort, and change views; find new notebooks via category and tag pages.
  • Automatic enhancements and alerts: useful information like show times, price comparison and reservation links; alerts provide updates, price drops and offers for saved items
  • Easy save options: new quick add bar; bookmarklet and browser extensions make searching and saving effortless.
  • Universal access: web, retina optimized iOS and Android phones and tablets; offline support is available on all devices for all personal notebooks.
  • Personalized notebooks: choose themes and accents

The app itself has been completely redesigned and in addition to all those noted changes, also includes a new explore feature that allows you to view content from other Springpad users who have found and shared interesting things from around the web. Check out the video above to get a better look and if you're looking for more info or the download link, you'll find it all past the break.

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2 years ago

Instagram updated, now works on the HTC One X, among other fixes

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Android's Instagram app just got an update. Included in the fixes -- among blanket better support for Tegra 3 devices -- is specific support the the HTC One X. So there's that. Here's the full changelog in Version 1.0.4:

  • Bug fixes for tablet users
  • Location for photo geotag is updated more often
  • Fixed Instagram photos not appearing in gallery
  • Better support for Nvidia Tegra 3 handsets/tablets
  • Increased device support for Instagram built-in camera and filters, including the HTC One X

So, there's that. Go tell your iOS friends.

Thanks, @madeincanon!

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2 years ago

Adobe Reader adds eSignatures capability - Electronically sign and send documents without printing or faxing

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Adobe has rolled out their latest improvement for their Adobe Reader application and it solves an issue that you may have ran into in the past. Adobe Reader now includes the Adobe Echosign feature for allowing you to sign, annotate and even request signatures on the go across all of their offerings be it on smartphone, tablet or desktop:

  • Ink Signature Tool – Users can electronically sign a document by hand-drawing their signature with their finger on a touchscreen.
  • Send for Signature – Users can connect to Adobe EchoSign to get others to sign documents electronically, enabling senders to track and manage the status of documents online. In addition, signed contracts are archived in the cloud, making it easy for users to retrieve documents from anywhere, at any time, via a Web browser.

In addition to the Echosign feature being added, Adobe has also improved upon other features in the app as well such as annotation of documents, sticky note comments for PDF files and a new form fill option that allows you to fill out forms, save them and then forward them off to others. The full press release and download can be found past the break.

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2 years ago

POGO Games bring Poppit, Word Whomp and other favorites to Android

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If you have ever been bored on the computer and looked to kill some time, odds are you have stumbled across some of the POGO Games. Today the folks at EA have made some of the classics from POGO available on Android devices. Bringing titles like Poppit!, Word Whomp, Turbo 21, Sweet Tooth 2 to Android is a great thing.

In addition to access to these free games, you have the ability to unlock World Class Solitare, and if you are interested in joining Club POGO you will gain access to 40 more games, plus the removal of adds. If you want to get down with some of your computer classics, be sure to hit the break and download this today! 

Download: North America; rest of world

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2 years ago

Netflix update brings stability improvements and improved volume control UI

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Every ones favorite content streaming service, Netflix, has gone and pushed out a minor update to their Android application into the Google Play Store today.

It still isn't the app we all want it to be, but it gets the job done. Todays update brings with it promised stability improvements, along with a handful of fixes for some pesky bugs. We also get an improved UI for the volume control function. Probably not top of your list of priorities, but it's still nice they're working on it. Download links can be found after the break.

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2 years ago

ICQ changes gears to focus on mobile, releases new ICQ Messenger for Android

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Back in 1996 when Motorola was still building the Motorola StarTac, a PC based instant messaging program called ICQ was released. It eventually grew to over 100 million registered users but after a while, many other instant messaging programs showed up and ICQ sort of fell off. Now though, the company is making another strike at the mobile business having released a new ICQ for Android and a whole new set of features to go along with it:

  • Send and receive FREE unlimited messages.
  • Send photos to all your friends including ICQ, Facebook and Google Talk contacts. You can also share your location with all your friends.
  • Chat with Facebook, Google Talk, studiVZ, Mail.ru and AIM friends directly from your mobile phone using one single app.
  • Sign in with your mobile number – the ICQ app automatically finds phone contacts already in the network.
  • Get social feeds from ICQ, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.
  • Stay connected to ICQ simultaneously from any platform, whether it's mobile, PC, web or even tablets.
  • Enjoy offline mode - read received messages on ICQ and review chats even when there is no connection.
  • Get the new privacy and safety capabilities to help you avoid unwanted messages.

I'm not entirely sure if ICQ will ever reach the masses the way it did in the 1990's but the new messaging app does have a lot to offer, you'll find their full press release and download past the break.

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2 years ago

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit [Android Game Review]

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Before anyone can say anything, I know, I'm bad at racing games. I was bad at the ones you sat in at the arcades with an actual steering wheel, bad at ones on consoles with funny button configurations and control schemes, and I'm bad at ones that use accelerometer support to simulate a steering wheel, too.

Thing is, it was on sale I love you guys and gals, so I decided to bite the bullet, make a fool out of myself on video, and see what these newfangled touch racing games are all about. And that's exactly what I did.

Let's get the talk about the awesome graphics out of the way now. They're awesome (some of the best on Android, of course), but when your game is made by a huge studio that's used to producing AAA games, I'd expect nothing less. Still, racing (and subsequently crashing into everything in front of me) was still a visual treat, and that's to be commended.

Gameplay-wise, it's racing. Be default, automatic transmission is enabled, but you can switch to manual if you're feeling particularly skilled. The game starts you off with a little tutorial that teaches you how to do 180-degree turns easily and stuff, and let me say, had that not been there, I would have been even worse come recording time.

There's a couple of different options once you get out of the tutorial, like quick racing or playing through the career mode. Quick race is just what you'd think: you select some options based off of what you've got unlocked (what role you're playing, your vehicle, the time of day, etc.), and then you're off.

Career mode pits you against a computer-played adversary, whichever role you don't choose. You can pick between the cop and the street racer, and depending on which you choose, that tailors your mission objectives. More often than not, the cop is trying to catch the racer and the racer is trying to avoid being caught. Pretty straightforward stuff.

As you continue to race, you'll earn bounty (even if you lose), and after you collect so much bounty, you'll "level up" and unlock another, better car to use. Keep earning bounty and leveling up, and eventually you'll have the sweetest car in the game.

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit also has a bevy of in-game achievements, like drifting for 25 seconds or getting five roadblock hits. Each achievement seems to unlock another, better tier of the achievement (like drifting for 50 seconds), so there's plenty to work on while you race around the world unlocking cars and earning cash.

Sure, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit might not be the newest game out on Android, but that doesn't detract at all from how solid a game it is. Awesome graphics, tight controls, lots of missions and careers to play, and achievements all make it worthy of your time and money.

We've got download links after the break.

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