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3 years ago

Android App Review: The Soup

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Fans of the hit E! show The Soup will definitely want to check out the free Android app of the same name. If you're not familiar with it, the show features Joel McHale (who many know from Community), as he observes the best in pop culture.

The app is a great companion to the show. Once opened, you'll see the welcome page which consists of Joel McHale staring at you as a TV screen displays various options, such as Latest, Clips and Hall of Fame. Clicking on any of those will bring you to the main section of the app which contains all of the content. The tabs at the top are Clips, Latest, Hall of Fame and More. Clips contains some of the best scenes from recent shows, Latest has the newest clips available and Hall of Fame aggregates the best of. In the More tab, you can view the upcoming schedule, read about Joel McHale, share the app with friends, rate it and give feedback.

The Soup app is perfect for the dedicated fans of the hit E! show. It's a free app in the Android Market. Please find more screenshots and links to it after the break.

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3 years ago

Android App Review: Circuitry Live Wallpaper

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I'm not usually a big fan of live wallpapers, and it takes a pretty good one to make me want to use it.  It has to be subtle so I can still see the icons, shortcuts and widgets on my homescreen at a glance, easy on the battery, and not make my phone slow down.  Circuitry Live Wallpaper fits that bill.  I've got it in blue above for a better picture, but you have a choice of six different color schemes (including light grey on dark grey, greyscale FTW), and each is rendered pixel by pixel to be crisp on your screen and the whole thing has been optimized in a way that keeps my phone feeling snappy and lag-free.  The jury is still out on battery life, as I've only been using it for a day, but so far so good.  Add in the geek factor of circuitry coming to life on my homescreen, and I think I'll use this one for a while.  Circuitry Live Wallpaper is 99 cents in the Market, and your phone will need to be running Android 2.1 (and have Live Wallpapers enabled) to use it.  Hit the break for a video, download link and some screen shots.

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3 years ago

Android Central at CES 2012: Day 1 roundup

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3 years ago

Snapseed photo editor coming to Android

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During the NVIDIA presentation this evening at CES, Manuel Wille, developer of the popular iOS application Snapseed showed it off running on the ASUS Transformer Prime.  Powerful chips like the Tegra 3 means real-time photo editing works great on Android, and we're excited to see more of it showing up.  The application will be available in the Android Market soon (early 2012) for devices running Ice Cream Sandwich and have a Tegra 2 or Tegra 3 chip only, and cost $4.99.  A demo video, the full press release and some screenshots are after the break.

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3 years ago

Tunein Radio app now compatible with Ford SYNC; control over 50,000 stations with voice commands

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Just as we saw yesterday with the NPR Android app, the Tunein Radio app joins the growing list of applications that are compatible with Ford SYNC AppLink.  The TuneIn application allows people listen to more than 50,000 AM, FM, HD and Internet radio stations as well as more than 1 million on-demand programs.  All hands-free via Ford SYNC AppLink.  This is the future, folks.  No word on exactly when the Android app will be updated, but the iTunes app should go live soon, and we expect the Android app to follow shortly.  Hit the break for the full press release.

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3 years ago

Android Central at CES 2012: Day -1 roundup

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CES "officially" starts today, but that doesn't mean that we haven't already seen a ton of new Android stuff.  Traditionally, hardware vendors and other companies showing off their gear at CES take a day to have press conferences and presentations with all the media outlets in attendance, and it's always full of good stuff.  We saw phones, tablets, televisions, heck even a refrigerator or two.  Here's a quick list in case you missed any of it

Smartphone news

Tablet news

Other news

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3 years ago

Ford announces voice-controlled NPR Android app using SYNC AppLink technology

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Ford's SYNC system is pretty cool, and it just got a bit cooler with on-demand playlists and programming from NPR, all controlled via voice using SYNC AppLink.  NPR is the first major player to embrace the Internet-Enabled Car market, releasing a dedicated NPR News app.  The NPR News app lets users create playlists of stories and programs for later listening, and lets you pick a topic and hear the news without touching a thing.  With hands-free laws becoming prevalant, it's high time we see voice automated apps for the car.  We imagine this is a trend that will continue, and it's great to see NPR on board.  You can grab the updated NPR news app after the break, as well as read the official press release.

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3 years ago

Google+ bugfix update available for download now

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Google+ went and got itself an update today, bringing some important bug fixes to the table. The changelog reports that it "fixes crashes and problems loading in messenger." Hit the download links after the break to grab it for yourselves.

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3 years ago

TiVo announces TiVo App for Android

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If you own a TiVo and an Android device and have been waiting for the official TiVo app to arrive for Android, then the wait is now over.  TiVo has finally announced the full release of the Android app at CES 2012.

Features of the app include:

  • Schedule – Schedule one-time recordings and Season Pass® recordings from the device at home or on-the-go.
  • Get more from your shows and movies – Explore cast and crew and other recommendations of your favorite shows without interrupting the big screen.
  • Search – Search for TV shows, movies, actors or directors across both broadcast and broadband from providers such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and more.
  • Share comments with your friends – From within the TiVo App, comment and share your thoughts on your favorite programming on social networks such as Facebook or Twitter.
  • Gesture-based controls – Now you can take complete control of all recordings, even move forward and backward though a show with a simple tap or swipe.
  • Program Guide – Browse your full-screen TV program guide without interrupting TV viewing.
  • Guest Mode – If you don’t already have a TiVo DVR, you can still get the TiVo experience. Users can browse, search and scroll through program and channel guides and experience the simplicity of the TiVo interface.

The download is live in the Android Market right now. If you're interested in learning more, you'll find the full press release and download link past the break.

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3 years ago

Netflix finally goes live in the UK, download the Android app now

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What you see here folks is something that a lot of us in the UK have been waiting a long time for. Netflix is now finally live in the UK, and that of course means the Android offering is too.

Reports have been drifting across the interwebs over the last couple of days about PS3's in the UK mysteriously receiving a Netflix application but that signup wasn't yet possible. But now, you can head on over to Netflix.com right now and sign up for a one month free trial to the service which will cost just £5.99 a month thereafter to stream as much content as you like.

There seems to be a pretty decent selection of content at launch, and this is sure to only increase as time goes by. But for now, you get it free for a month so hit the download links after the break to see what all the fuss is about. It seems to be compatible with a wide range of Android 2.2 and up devices as well.

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3 years ago

Kaspersky Mobile Security Lite now available on the Android Market

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You see stories everywhere saying how insecure and malware ridden Android is, most of which are just sensationalism and FUD.  The fact is that Android is very much like Windows, where developers (and unsavory types) can write software that you install without it being poured over and approved.  This means some of it will be malware -- them's the breaks and there's not much that can be done about it.  Paranoid users will just not install any third party applications, savvy users will research every piece of code they install, and normal users can use a mobile security app like Kaspersky Lab's latest offering, Mobile Security Lite.

It has the malware scanning you hear so much about, but it also has some other -- possibly more important -- features baked in.  SMS and call filtering are a must have for some (including yours truly) and anti-theft tools are almost a must have when we keep so much personal information on our Android phones.  Kaspersky Mobile Security Lite offers both in addition to malware scanning, which makes it worth a second look.  Many of us use apps that block random callers and texts, and having a solution baked in to an all-in-one security app is a great idea.  Add in the ability to track your phone via GPS, and remote lock and wipe it when you find out it's not in your pocket or purse where it belongs, then make it free -- that's a recipe for success.

We're going to have a closer look at this one, and if you're looking for a mobile security solution you should as well.  Find the download link and press release after the break.

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3 years ago

Dropbox bugfix update available in the Market now

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Dropbox recently got a pretty big update and some nice ICS optimizations, but it seems there were some issues reported within the app. Today sees an update land in the Market for bug fixes and a fix for an issue surrounding some file types refusing to open. Hit the link after the break to grab the update. 

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3 years ago

Samsung bringing Airplay competitor SwipeIt to CES

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Love or hate Apple products, the AirPlay feature is an excellent way of sharing your mobile content on your TV. In a not overly surprising move, Samsung are keen to get in on this and are set to show of their SwipeIt application at CES

Operation is set to be as simple as Airplay. If you're watching something on your mobile device, hit a button and voila; it's on your TV. 

The application started being pushed out by Samsung on New Year's Day to all their internet connected TVs. The mobile application was pushed out to the Android Market a couple of days later, albeit very low key. The listing is referenced to MOVL who built it for Samsung. 

While Apple's alternative requires an all Apple lineup to utilise, SwipeIt will work with any Android device as our graphic below indicates. This is great news for anyone who owns a Samsung SmartTV but prefers a different brand of mobile device. Download links are after the break.

Source: @akumar overflow

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3 years ago

Ultimate Stopwatch & Timer hits v5.0, brings complete rewrite and new designs along

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We love to see Android applications get updated, and we love even more when they are completely re-written and redesigned. Ultimate Stopwatch & Timer has just received a huge update that brought a ton of new greatness to it like

  • New clean design
  • Action Bar on all versions (using ActionBarCompat)
  • Touch feedback on all elements
  • Light face for stopwatch, Dark face for countdown
  • Lap Times separated out
  • Built for Android 4.0 with support for versions 2.0+
  • Portrait / Landscape layouts for all sceen sizes including QVGA and Tablets

Beyond these additions they have also implimented a bunch of bug fixes for various issues that were reported from the users. Update should be hitting the market, so be sure to hit the break for download links.

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3 years ago

Redbox launches Kindle Fire app

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With the Amazon Kindle Fire making its way to plenty of consumers hands, a lot of companies are working on making their apps compatible with the Kindle Fire. Once such company that has completed the process is Redbox.

If you've not already grabbed the Kindle Fire optimized version, you can do so now from the Amazon app store -- Redbox for the Kindle Fire is optimized for the devices larger screen size and tablet gestures allowing you to view trailers, reserve movies & games with ease.

Source: Amazon App Store

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