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3 years ago

Dolphin Browser updated with sharing to other devices on Wi-Fi network

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Dolphin, a popular third-party browser for Android, updated today with new sharing options, including built-in Evernote clipping so you can reference pages later on through the cloud service, posting to Twitter and Facebook, and best of all, shunting web pages to other devices on your local Wi-Fi network. This includes mobile devices that also have Dolphin Connect-enabled apps installed, as well as desktop browsers that have the right plug-in. That plug-in also enables bookmark syncing, which is always handy. 

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3 years ago

Inaugural 2013 has some curious app permissions

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The Presidential Inauguration is next Monday, and I was all geared up to tell everyone about the Inaugural 2013 app from AT&T and PIC. It's a beautifully done application, has received rave reviews from the folks who have installed it and looks like it would be really helpful for anyone going to the festivities over the weekend as well as the Inauguration itself. But as Politico notes, there's a bit of a thing here -- according to the application's privacy policy it appears that the app is mining your data and sending it off to "candidates, organizations, groups or causes that we believe have similar political viewpoints, principles or objectives."

The election's over. But make no mistake, this is not a nonpartisan inauguration application. That's not to say it's not a fine app -- it is. And that's not to say it's evil -- it's not. But it belongs to the Presidential Inaugural Committee 2013, and so does any data it collects from you. If you're cool with that, then cool. It's just something to be aware of. 

I'm not a big conspiracy nut. I understand why apps ask for permissions like reading contact data or your phone's wake state, and it's usually always for a good reason. But this is a bit over the top for me. It may be normal for political groups to share supporter data with like-minded people, but that's just not good practice in a smartphone application. The data that Inaugural 2013 needs to help you get around and make the most of a weekend in the nation's capital just doesn't need to be going anywhere else.

So I'm going to advise everyone not to use the Inaugural 2013 app, and that's a shame. I'll keep looking for an alternative.

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3 years ago

Sony offering free PlayStation Mobile games for the next 6 weeks

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Sony is hoping to entice more users to take advantage of its PlayStation Mobile platform today by offering 6 weeks of free games from its PlayStation Store. Every 7 days for the next 6 weeks Sony will make one game from its PlayStation Store available for download free of charge, hoping that once the promotion ends more users will stick around and use its store. This promotion is only available in select countries -- Japan, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Spain and Australia to be exact -- leaving U.S. users out in the cold for now, but this at least shows that Sony is willing to put some marketing behind its storefront.

This offer will only be useful if you have a PlayStation Certified device, which unfortunately doesn't encompass that many phones at this point. There's a full list of compatible devices at the second source link below, but it's primarily just a listing of Sony phones with a few recent HTC models thrown in. If you're interested in the first game that will be offered, Samurai Beatdown, you can see its game trailer after the break.

Source: Sony Mobile; PlayStation Store

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3 years ago

MediaFire launches file sharing app, includes 50 GB of cloud storage

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MediaFire has launched their cloud storage app for Android today, offering new users 50 GB of storage for free. Files can be easily shared via e-mail, social networks, SMS, and just about any other avenue you could need. There are a whole bunch of subscription tiers if you need to host more files, or need more flexibility with your hosting. 

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3 years ago

Android developers invited to take part in 'BlackBerry 10 Last Chance Port-a-thon' this weekend

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Porting and running Android applications on BlackBerry hardware is nothing new. Since the inclusion of an Android App Player in PlayBook OS 2.0, Android developers have had an additional outlet to which they can distribute their creations with minimal time and effort. Indeed, we first got our Android eye on things a little under a year ago at BlackBerry Devcon Europe.

Things in the BlackBerry camp are starting to kick up through the gears of late -- they're having some kind of launch, if you hadn't heard -- and the final push to have apps on BlackBerry 10 at launch is upon us. Having held 2 previous "port-a-thons," the folks at RIM reached out to us with word of the final app-porting event before the big launch. All kinds of app developers are invited to take part, including of course Android developers.

There's cash up for grabs for those taking part too, with no need to wait until users start buying your BlackBerry 10 apps after launch. Each approved app will net the developer a cool $100, up to a maximum of 20 apps. So, if you've a whole portfolio of Android apps to port across, by our math that's a cool $2000 you could make this weekend. Not bad. Not to mention the repeated promises of success for app vendors on the BlackBerry platform. 

Additionally, everyone who submits 5 or more approved apps will be entered into a random draw to stand a chance at receiving one of 250 limited edition BlackBerry 10 devices. One entry is received for the first 5 apps, with an additional entry for each subsequent approved app. 

To register for the "BlackBerry 10 Last Chance Port-a-thon" hit up the link below where you'll find everything you need to know. There's a few steps to take ahead of time, such as requesting signing keys and register as a vendor for BlackBerry World. 

BlackBerry 10 will launch to the world on Jan. 30. Our sister site, Crackberry, is all over it as only they can -- to the point they have a launch campaign headquarters -- so you're going to want to keep it locked there in the coming weeks. 

More: Register for BlackBerry 10 Port-a-thon, Crackberry

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3 years ago

AT&T starting to push Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean update OTA

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After 6 weeks of availability only through Samsung Kies desktop software, the Jelly Bean update for AT&T's version of the Galaxy S3 is finally available over the air, as noted by the folks in our forums and confirmed to us by AT&T. (Engadget also has received separate confirmation.) Users were pretty confused as to why AT&T chose to only offer the Android 4.1 update via its desktop-based Kies program when it came out at the start of December, but the carrier has finally decided to make an OTA available for users that haven't updated -- and our guess would be a majority of users haven't. The update is still only available for download via a Wifi connection, but this is still a far better way to push out the update than with Kies. We're still scratching our heads wondering what AT&T was thinking the first time around.

Has your phone notified you of the update yet? Head to the forums and join in on the discussions with other users who woke up to a software update notification this morning.

Source: AT&T Galaxy S3 Forums

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3 years ago

The best calendar apps for Android

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We've amassed some of the most popular, polished Android calendar apps that Google Play has to offer.

For a lot of us, Android’s native calendar does the job - we can plonk in appointments, invite attendees, build different calendars, and have instant access to our schedule with home screen widgets. There are some mighty ambitious third-party apps that try to improve upon the built-in experience, though. In no particular order, here are a few that are worth taking a look at. 

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3 years ago

Instapaper updated with pagination, tilt scrolling, and more

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Instapaper for Android has been updated to version 1.2, bringing bug fixes, performance enhancements, and a couple new features. We're not sure which bugs and performance issues were addressed, but we do know which features were added.

Pagination allows you to scroll an entire page versus line by line. If you're used to this type of scrolling, it's quite nice in any app that's built for reading. It's now available in the settings menu for those who want to give it a shot. In addition, you can enable tilt scrolling, which is just what it sounds like -- tilt your device to scroll the page. If you're the type who likes gestures and such, this one is for you.

On the visual side, Instapaper now supports in-line footnotes, and a new sepia mode that should prove easy on your tired eyes, 

Probably the biggest new feature is actually called The Feature -- a section of curated, editor recommended articles. While not for everyone, often times it's nice to have a place where quality content is the norm. 

Grab the update from Google Play, or install Instapaper ($2.99; Android 2.3.3 or higher) from the link above.

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3 years ago

Dial directly from your home or lockscreen with Simple Dialer Widget

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Here's a great time-saving tip and way to show off the power of Android all in one -- use a widget to dial contacts directly from your homescreen. Widgets are one of the most powerful and customizable parts of Android, but most people relegate them to simply displaying weather or offering music playback toggles. With Simple Dialer Widget, you can put that homescreen space to good use by having a fully functioning phone dialer front and center on the phone.

The dialer works just as the proper dialer does, with a full call log and favorites list (although some of us are having issues with favorites) accessible with tabs on the widget. There's a crazy amount of customization available when you make the widget -- from colors to date format and text sizes -- as well as the ability to resize it to your liking. It also works on the lockscreen of devices running Android 4.2, which is a nice plus.

Interested in taking a look? Head to the Google Play Store link at the top of this post to grab a download of Simple Dialer Widget -- it's free and certainly worth a try.

Via: ComputerWorld

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3 years ago

AT&T Galaxy Rugby Pro Jelly Bean OTA rolling out now

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AT&T is pushing out a Jelly Bean update to the Galaxy Rugby Pro (remember that one?) that should be hitting devices starting today. Running Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, this durable mid-range device usually wouldn't be considered for an update to Jelly Bean, so we're glad that Samsung and AT&T haven't forgotten about it. In addition to the regular host of Jelly Bean improvements -- like Google Now and Project Butter -- there are a couple of specific additions here. The update will bring a new camera UI with live filters and a pause/resume video recording option, a new "blocking mode" that lets you block calls, notifications and LED lights for a certain period of time, and new keyboard options with the inclusion of the Swype keyboard.

The update is rolling out OTA (Over The Air) starting today, but can only be downloaded over Wifi. If you're not near a Wifi connection, you can also sideload the update via Samsung Kies software if you're so inclined.

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

Of course there's a 'Lance Armstrong Doping' Android app

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Because think of all those AdSense dollars that would otherwise be going to waste if someone didn't aggregate this week's already overhyped Lance Armstrong news.

It's in Google Play if that's your thing.

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3 years ago

In Darkness: A poor-man's Resident Evil for just $1

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Like horror movies, zombies, puzzle games and first-person shooters? They're all rolled into "In Darkness" on Android. For $1 you're set loose in a dungeon sort of place, with a handgun, a submachine gun and a shotgun. First task: Find your way out of the first room. Only problem is that's when the zombies show up.

The graphics for In Darkness aren't the best in the world. The gameplay is pretty rudimentary, and I'm still not a fan of joystick controls. But for just a buck, In Darkness lets you simultaneously use your brain while relieving zombies of what's left of theirs. And who doesn't love that?

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3 years ago

How's the new Google Chrome Beta running for you?

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Right in the middle of CES last week, Google opened up the Chrome beta channel for Android, allowing adventurous phone and tablet owners to get a sneak peek at what's next from the mobile browser. The current beta -- which was actually updated just yesterday -- is based on the latest Google Chrome 25, a full seven versions ahead of the most recent stable release for Android. That means a couple of things -- firstly, many of the performance issues in the earlier Chrome releases have been ironed out -- and secondly, some new bugs have taken their place. That's why it's a beta, after all.

We've found that performance -- and bugginess -- in the new Chrome beta seem to vary from device to device, more so than the stable Chrome builds. In our experience it performs pretty well on the Nexus 4 and Samsung Exynos devices, but we've run into a few hiccups on Tegra 3 devices like the Nexus 7.

So we're interested to hear how you're getting on with the Chrome Beta, if you've taken to using it as your main mobile browser. Head on over to the comments section and let us know about your experiences with the app, and don't forget to tell us which phone or tablet you're using it on. Is it an improvement over the stable channel for you? Or is there still work to be done to bring it up to scratch on yoru device? Hit the comment link above and have your say.

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3 years ago

Clean Widgets receives complete overhaul in version 3.0 update

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Clean Widgets, a compilation of useful homescreen and lockscreen customizations, has received a quite notable update today to dramatically improve the look and experience of the app. The move up to a completely new point release -- version 3.0 -- brings a new design style that's cleaner with a new font and redone graphics all around. There's a new customization screen that lets you change the widget styles before placing it on the homescreen, offering very granular control. There are more improvements to be had under the hood as well, with a reduction in file size by almost 75-percent from the previous version.

There's a whole grouping of useful widgets included in the Clean Widgets app including clocks, battery monitors, toggle switches and more. Stick around after the break for a quick walkthrough of the app from the developer himself, and head to the Play Store link above if you're interested in picking up Clean Widgets for your own phone or tablet.

More: Lionfish Apps

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3 years ago

Audiobooks.com launches new subscription plans starting at $14.95 a month

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Audiobooks.com is today launching two new, affordable subscription plans for their customers to stream and download audiobooks from the service. The cheapest option starts at $14.95 a month, and for that you get to choose one of over 25,000 titles to listen to on your Android device as well as your computer. For $22.95 a month that gets upped to two audiobooks every month to listen to. Audiobooks says that their customers listen to one or two books per month on average, and so these new subscription plans offer them the most value for money. Both are less than the $25 a month plan previously offered for all-you-can-eat audiobooks, but do offer a little more flexibility.

Before committing any of your money though, Audiobooks.com offers a free 7-day trial of the service, giving potential new customers the chance to test drive the service before signing up. Grab a copy of the Android app from the Play Store link above, and you can catch the full press release after the break. 

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