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4 years ago

Gogo inflight Wifi coming to Canada next year

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We're more than a year out from when we actually need to write this post, but whatever. When it comes to Canada, our motto is better get while the gettin's good. (At least that's what our Canada motto would be, if we actually had one.)

Anyhoo. Gogo, the company that brings you that sweet, sweet Wifi in the sky here in the States, will begin work later this year to bring that same nectar over the Canadian skies. Work starts on the ground with the construction of cell sites later this year. The whole thing's expected to be up and running by the end of 2013. So, yeah. We're a little ahead of ourselves. There's no need yet to fire up the Gogo Android app anytime you cross the border.

But trust us, it's never too early to get excited about Wifi at 35,000 feet.

Source: Gogo

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4 years ago

Plume for Twitter updated with UI improvements and Facebook picture sharing

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One of the top Twitter clients on Android, Plume (formerly Touiteur), has received a notable update in the Google Play Store today. The UI has been streamlined and now follows a similar metaphor to that of the latest Google+ app, which has a hidden side panel with less-used functions such as search, favorites and trending topics. This is a good addition, as a vast majority of users will be happy with just seeing their timeline, mentions and direct messages on the main screen. It gives Plume a bit more of a minimalist look that a lot of people are looking for in a Twitter client right now. The latest update also changes the UI to "better support 7-inch tablets" -- which we're going to go ahead and translate to "updated for Nexus 7". 

Plume has also added two pieces of functionality in the way of automatic draft save/restore and Facebook picture uploading. Drafts are important if you accidentally hit the back button after straining over a perfectly crafted 140 character tweet, and the ability to upload photos to Facebook can help cut the friction when putting up posts, saving you that extra step of opening a different app for each network (we all know how painful the Facebook app can be).

If you haven't tried out Plume for Twitter before, it's been worth a look for a long time now and this update just makes it even better. You can grab it for free at the Google Play Store link above, then remove the ads for $4.99 if you're so inclined to do so. A couple screenshots of the updated phone UI can be found after the break.

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4 years ago

Official SkyDrive for Android app now available in the Google Play Store

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It wasn't any secret that Microsoft was working on an official SkyDrive for Android app. In fact, it wasn't all that long ago they let us know it would soon be here and now, if you head on over to the Google Play Store you'll find it readily available for download. It has all the features you'd expect but in case you need a run down:

  • Access all of your SkyDrive content including files shared with you.
  • View recently used documents.
  • Choose multiple photos or videos to upload from your phone.
  • Share your files and photos – send a link in email or in another app.
  • Open your SkyDrive files in other Android apps.
  • Manage your files – delete, or create new folders.

I've not really used SkyDrive in the past but now that there is an app for it, I'm more likely to go ahead and give it a try. Besides, who can really say now to free storage right? In total, Microsoft gives you 7GB for free so give it a go.

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4 years ago

Magisto arrives on Android, aims to take the frustration out of video editing

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There is a lot of devices out there with great cameras for taking video. Chances are, you've taken some videos on your device and now have a bunch just hanging around. I say hanging around because video editing sometimes isn't always easy to do nor is it all that fun really.

A new but well known app has now made its way to the Google Play Store and it aims to take some of the frustration of video editing for you. Just shoot and upload video from your device, choose a soundtrack and give your movie a title and the Magisto movie maker will automatically edit your movie for you.

  • Unprecedented AI Technology that analyzes and edits the best parts of your videos
  • Easily share to Facebook, Twitter, Email and even YouTube
  • Automatic video stabilization, filters, effects and transitions
  • Facial recognition detects the important people in your videos
  • Upload videos from your Gallery or use Magisto as a smart video camera
  • Add soundtracks from your device or from Magisto’s library of licensed music
  • Access your movies from any device

We've yet to give it a go here but if you're looking to learn more or see it in action, you can jump below to view the video as well as read the full press release from Magisto. If you're having great results with it, drop a comment and let us know.

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4 years ago

Nobex Radio review - a BlackBerry port with its work cut out

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Earlier this summer Nobex Radio made its way onto Android after establishing itself as pretty much the only radio streaming application for BlackBerry. For the low, low price of free, users had access to thousands of traditional radio stations through a categorized, searchable database. No matter what the station, Nobex provided a listing of the songs that have been played recently, allowing you to look back and share particularly good tunes that come up. For $3.99/month, users can get in on the premium service, which provides access to stations outside your country, skips pre-roll audio ads, and a handful of other features.

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4 years ago

Samsung introduces Drive Link driving companion app

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Samsung has just introduced the Drive Link app for its devices. The basic idea of Drive Link is to provide a safe user interface and portal to the most commonly used applications on your phone while driving -- navigation, hands-free calling and listening to music. For navigation, you get full access to the phone's GPS and mapping features, allowing you to speak destinations or pull them up from text messages. Full hands-free calling and text-to-speech message reading are available in several languages. The Music portal gives access to all media stored on the device. If you're looking to do more than all of that while driving, you're probably not staying very safe behind the wheel. Samsung also points out that a device with Drive Link installed can provide the services directly, or even connect to your car's current infotainment system with the MirrorLink protocol, a standard embraced by the Car Connectivity Consortium.

Drive link is making its debut on the international version of the Samsung Galaxy SIII (S3), with other devices coming later -- provided they are running Android 4.0 -- and will be available for download via Samsung Apps on your device in 21 countries worldwide, none of which is the good ol' U.S. of A.

Source: Samsung Official Global Blog

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4 years ago

SeaStorm for Android: How I'm watching Isaac

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There are a number of hurricane-tracking apps available for Android, but Treknologist pointed out one over the weekend that's become my go-to app. 

SeaStorm ($1.99) culls information from the National Hurricane Center's website. And while I normally wouldn't purchase an app that that merely repackages information from a website I could easily browse, it does so in an easy-to-read manner, works well on smartphones and tablets, and greatly lessens the amount of time it takes me to digest the latest updates.

Dive into an individual storm and you have quick looks at the tracking maps, wind speed estimates, storm surge graphics, satellite images and public advisories -- basically all the important, official information you need when tracking a storm.

This one will be staying on my phone through November.

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4 years ago

App.net app beta app Jive jibes into Hooha, now available on Google Play

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App.net is still in its infancy as a new version of Twitter that you have to pay to get into but lacks issues like cutting developers off at the knees, and now it's starting to grow some legs. There are a number of apps in various stages of beta development. One of those apps is (was) Jive, which is now available for free in Google Play.

The two screen shots you see above are pretty much it. You get timeline views, and you can post to your stream. Simple, but effective, but also without the scope that Twitter continues to dominate with.

But these things do have to start slowly. If you're getting into App.net, give Hooha a look-see.

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4 years ago

Heroes Call updated with new class, ditches premium currency

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Yet another free-to-play action-RPG, Heroes Call, has had a significant update.Topping the new feature list is a Shadow Assassin class, complete with her own signature special abilities. Here's a full changelog of the new features.

  • The Shadow Assassin emerges from darkness!
  • Take on the ultimate challenge and start a HARD MODE character.
  • You asked, we've delivered - gem currency removed - all purchases now made with gold. If you had gems, we've turned them into gold. Lots of gold.
  • Replay missions earns much more gold and gear.
  • Story missions now play out linearly and make more sense.

Ditching gems as a premium currency is a great step towards making in-app purchases less intrusive, though beyond the base class, each subsequent one can only be bought through IAPs. Heroes Call is so far the closest thing to Diablo that I've been able to find on mobile so far, and to that end, it's a pretty fun dungeon romp with lots of loot, violence and storyline. 

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4 years ago

Juggernaut: Revenge of the Sovering hacks and slashes into Google Play

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A great action-RPG by the name of Juggernaut: Revenge of the Sovering was ported to Android from iOS today. The free-to-play (with a side of in-app purchases) game pits fighters against a series of monsters in various fantasy-themed locales.

Players execute attacks and spells through different gestures and swipes, but timing is absolutely critical to getting them through an opponent's defenses. There are a bunch of gameplay mechanisms in place for dodging different kinds of attacks, including fast tapping and pattern recall. The standard RPG elements are there too, namely upgrading gear, leveling up, and picking new class abilities. There's even a bit of Farmville-style resource collection, depending on which areas of the fantasy world you have under your control. 

The animation and graphics are really fantastic, and the gameplay is really quite unique. Check out the trailer for a taste. Download link is above; aside from IAPs, the only real downside is that the game takes up 440 MB. 

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4 years ago

Weather HD now available on Android

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One of the more popular weather apps on iOS, Weather HD, has finally come to Android. It provides all of the usual weather data you'd want -- current temperature / humidity / precipitation / wind, 7-day forecasts and a few other customizable odds and ends. What's nice about Weather HD is the interface. It's the simplicity of gray and white text on a nicely animated background image, which changes with the current weather conditions, that really helps set this apart from some of the cluttered and busy weather apps. Unfortunately, Weather HD doesn't include a widget, though we'd expect it to soon if they want to stay competitive with the other popular weather apps out there.

Weather HD is available in the Google Play Store at the link above. It'll set you back 99 cents, or is free with advertisements.

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4 years ago

Latest Dropbox beta adds 2-step verification

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Many of us use Dropbox in varying capacities (see what I did there?), and when we do, we often use it as crucial backup storage for data that's important to us. If it wasn't important, we probably wouldn't bother backing it up now would we? If you take your security seriously, and by now we hope you all do, you should be jumping for joy that Dropbox has added 2-step verification sign in to its latest betas.

The latest Dropbox beta follows the same principle that Google's 2-step verification does. In order to access your account you need two things: 1) something you know -- your password and 2) something you have -- your phone. And there's really no reason not to take security into your own hands and add that second level in order to help prevent the worst from happening. If you haven't already, go pick up the Dropbox app from the Google Play Store at the link above, and if you're interested in setting up 2-step verification for your account, see us after the break for a better in-depth explanation

Source: Dropbox forums; via The Verge

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4 years ago

Apps of the Week - Banana Republic, Bit.Trip Beat, Elixir 2 and more!

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We've got a roundup of fine app picks for this week. Some shopping, a little productivity, a few games and some reading are all on the agenda. So on this Saturday night, kick up your feet, have a nice beverage of your choice and download some new apps, will ya?

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4 years ago

Facebook Messenger update brings emoji and better photo sharing

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Anyone who uses the Facebook Messenger app knows it's actually a pretty good experience, which is a stark contrast from their main app. Today, Facebook continues to polish its Messenger service with a new update out in the Google Play Store. This latest update brings support for "emoji" -- those fun and sometimes bothersome looking smilies, better photo sharing straight from the app and a few UI cleanups. Tapping the plus sign on the left side of the text input box gives you a menu with common emoji used and gives options to choose a photo, take a photo or do an image search. Previously, the only way to share a photo was from another application via Android's built-in sharing system. Additionally, you can now link directly to the timeline of the person you're chatting with from the top of the chat window. All together, it's a nice little update that brings a lot of good functionality.

For someone who uses the Facebook Messenger app daily, these are welcome additions. If someone's on the fence and crazy for emoji, maybe this update will push them over to using the service. Hit the link above to get your update or check it out for the first time.

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4 years ago

Punch Hero review - free swipe-based boxing for Android

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Punch Hero is a free to play boxing game by Gamevil that recently launched on Android after spending a few months on iOS. The goofy anime art style belies a heated fighting game with sharp controls that rely on timing, aggression, and precision.

Using a series of swipes and taps, players bob and weave around competitors, delivering precise blows while dodging and protecting their own body. Things get a little crazy once you start getting decked out with robot fists, explosive rage-powered super-moves, and outlandish hairdos. Of course, in-app purchases can always speed up your acquisition of these items. Most of your progress will be through the arcade mode, though there’s also a Zombie Mode, where you have to knock out as many undead boxers as possible before going down yourself.

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