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3 years ago

Falling Fred is one hell of a gory fun time

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This is simultaneously the best and worst app we've ever seen, pretty much combining two of our three biggest fears. (The third involves forgetting pants.)

Fred's falling. Don't let him get sliced. Or diced. Or smashed. Or lasered. Or any of the 30 things that can separate his head (or other parts) from his body. And look at for the wall, too.

Download links are after the break. Hope you've had lunch already.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: FriendCaster Tab beta for Honeycomb tablets

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For whatever reason, Facebook still has not released a Honeycomb-optimized version of its Android app. And we're kind of to the point where we don't care anymore, as third-party apps are doing the job nicely. Here we have Friendcaster, which currently is in beta for Honeycomb tablets.

Friendcaster has your basic Honeycomb design, which splits things up into columns or panes. On the far left you've got all the basic Facebook features -- News Feed, Profile, Friends, Photos, Check-ins, Messages, Groups, Events and Pages. Tap one, and they expand in the next column over. So you'll see your news feed. Or pictures, or messages, etc. Top on an individual update or photo, and they open in the next column over. Nice, simple design.

You've also got all the usual functions -- you can update your status, filter your stream, take a picture, upload a picture, refresh, see your notifications, or get app settings.

Our only real complaint in this beta is that there's a fat banner app that keeps popping up. We'll be more than happy to pay to get rid of it.

We've got download links after the break if you want to give it a go.

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3 years ago

Harry Potter books coming to Android in October via Pottermore and Google Books

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Calling all Muggles -- JK Rowling's Harry Potter series will finally be hitting e-readers this fall, and it'll be available on Android. There's a bit of a catch, as you'll actually be buying the books from the new Pottermore site in October. When you purchase, you'll have the option to save the book to your Google Books library. And from there, you can read on any Android smartphone or tablet (or any non-Android or iOS device that has a browser).

Google also announced that Google Checkout is the preferred third-party checkout for Pottermore. So if you've got an Android phone and have ever purchased an app from the Android Market, you're already set. More details are set to unfold leading up to the launch this fall.

Source: Google Books Blog

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3 years ago

Delta Air Lines updates its Android app -- view upgrade/standby list, change your seats

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Delta Air Lines' Android app just got a little update that brings a couple of cool features. If you're logged in, you can now view and change your seat assignments (provided there are any seats left), as well as view the standby/upgrade lists. It's not going to help you get to first class any quicker (you peasant), but it's another nice addition to a very nice mobile travel app.

More: See our Android air travel app roundup

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3 years ago

Lookout announces Mobile Threat Network, partnership with VCast app store

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Lookout has announced the creation of the "Mobile Threat Network" -- designed to automate the process of detection and analysis of applications that pose a threat to the end user's security.  Using a mobile security API, protection can be extended not only to the end user, but to the application market as well.  Verizon Wireless has gotten on board, and their VCast app store will use the mobile security API to connect with the Mobile Threat Network, the first such company to become involved.  We've seen how hard it can be to keep determined people from pushing malware laden applications to market, so we're glad to see any effort to fight against it.

The way it works, applications are scanned and analyzed, with suspicious apps identified.  After determining that an application is malicious, Lookout will protect your phone, and the new Mobile Threat Network keeps it from showing up at any market that participates -- like the VCast app store.  A fast and efficient way to scan applications and mark potential problem apps for a further investigation sounds like a great solution to a real problem.

It's a sad fact of life that an open market model will have malware.  We hate it as much as you do, but it's important that we recognize that it exists.  The vast majority of the applications available for the Android platform are perfectly safe to use, written by hard working developers, but one bad Apple can ruin the bunch.  Maybe you have the time and know-how to keep yourself safe from malware, but if you want the convenience and security of an automated system from the professionals, it's great that one exists.  For more details, read the press release after the break and hit the source link to read more.

Source: Lookout

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3 years ago

Netflix now available on 24 devices -- most tablets still excluded

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So, the good: Netflix has quietly added support for a slew of Android phones, bringing the total to 24. That's two dozen devices on which to stream movies to your heart's content -- including the upcoming Motorola Droid Bionic.

And, now, the bad: Except for the Lenovo K1 IdeaPad -- which kinda sorta isn't really on sale yet -- tablets are still nowhere to be found. No Motorola Xoom. No Galaxy Tab 10.1. Heck, no Galaxy Tab 7, either. No ASUS Transformer. No Toshiba Thrive. Odd, to say the least.

But, we'll take what we can get, we suppose. We've got download links for Netflix, plus the full list of supported devices, after the break.

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3 years ago

Google Maps adds more 3D buildings in more cities

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Google's just unwrapped more three-dimensional buildings in a number of cities worldwide, including London, Paris, Barcelona, Stockholm, Singapore, Lisbon, Boulder (Colo.) and 11 cities in South Africa. Those are in addition to New York City, Zurich, Milan and others.

You don't have to do anything -- the updated maps are all on Google's side. To view the 3D buildings, just make sure you're viewing things in map mode (not satellite), then zoom in and use two fingers to change the viewing angle.

And in case you're wondering, the image above is from the site of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Source: Google

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3 years ago

The best free backgammon apps on Android tablets

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One thing a 10-inch tablet is perfect for is playing Backgammon. If you've never played, it's an ancient game -- something like 5,000 years old, by some accounts that involves rolling dice and removing all of your pieces (or checkers) from the board. It's a good mix of strategy and luck, and it really doesn't take long to get the hang of it.

We've taken a look at some of the free backgammon games available in the Android Market, and gave them a go on a Honeycomb tablet. Check 'em out after the break.

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3 years ago

ComiXology out of beta, brings DC Comics to your Android device

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It's been more than half a year since ComiXology hit beta status. And now, just in time for the San Diego Comic-Con, ComiXology is out of beta and bringing countless comics to your Android device. The app itself is free in the Android Market; comic issues run from 99 cents to $2.99. There are more than 3,000 issues available from the DC Comics and Vertigo libraries.

Download links are after the break.

Source: ComiXology blog

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3 years ago

The Box Mobile Developer Challenge offering $25,000 and more for the best mobile apps

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Box is offering prizes ranging from $25,000 to free HP TouchPads for the developers who can build the best 10 mobile apps.  Between now and Sept. 9, Android, webOS, and iOS developers can submit their applications to the folks at box.net, who are looking for "the next generation of enterprise-grade mobile applications that will enable workers to be as productive in the field as they are in the office."

First prize is $25,000 US, second place walks away with $10,000 US, and the top ten all receive a free HP TouchPad.  In addition, the top two winners each get $5,000 in the InMobi ad network, and a chance to pitch their ideas to venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson, which is quite a nice prize as well.  If you're an application developer, and feel up to it, be sure to check it out -- and be sure let us know what you're working on when it's ready for us to have a peek.

Source: Box.net

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3 years ago

Blue Drone -- Android controlled R/C car looking for backers on Kickstarter

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Blue Drone is a Bluetooth controlled R/C car that can be controlled by any Android device running Android 2.0 and higher.  It's currently in its initial phase at Kickstarter, where the developer is looking for initial interest in order to justify the production costs.  If you're not familiar with Kickstarter, you can opt-in and support a new project, and if the funding goals are met you'll be charged and receive what you've paid for.  If the goal isn't met, you aren't charged and the project is left to seek funding elsewhere, or just fizzle away.

This one is way too cool to let that happen.  For a buy-in of $59, you'll get a scale model R/C car, and the app to control it from your Android phone or tablet via a Bluetooth connection.  The car is controlled via the touchscreen or uses the accelerometer for steering.  You'll get three hours use from a trio of AAA batteries, and the whole set-up has a 30 foot range.  Check the video above, this looks like loads of fun.  Hit the source link for more information.

Source: Kickstarter; Thanks, Steve!

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3 years ago

Dolphin Browser v6.0 now available, brings new Webzine feature along with it

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Current Dolphin Browser users awoke to a nice surprise this morning -- the release of Dolphin Browser v6.0.  The latest version of Dolphin brings some updated features and improves upon some of the already existing features such as gestures and add-ons. One new feature that sticks out is Webzine:

Dolphin brings out the beauty of the web and with Dolphin Webzine users can experience the web like never before. Web pages are cleanly displayed as a series of thumbnail images and users can scroll through web pages instantly using an intuitive touch interface, tapping on any thumbnail image to open the desired page.

Having now gained more than 8 million users worldwide on mobile devices in less then 15 months, the Dolphin team has a strong grasp of their goals being that they want to bring the best mobile browsing experience to the world.

To help with their vision, they've secured $10 Million in funding led by Sequoia Capital. The folks behind Dolphin, MoboTap -- will use the funding for rapid development of Dolphin helping make it better with each new version released. If you jump on past the break, you'll find their full press release as well as the download link to the new Dolphin browser.

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3 years ago

Disney publishes their first Android app -- Winnie the Pooh: What's a bear to do?

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Disney Publishing has released its first Android application, "Winnie the Pooh: What's a Bear to Do?".  It's an interactive children's book, starring one of the most loved characters of our childhood, that's sure to be a hit with any pint-sized Android lovers you have scurrying underfoot around the house.  It's more than just an eBook, though.  Features of the app include:

  • Read in any of 5 languages: English, French, German, Spanish, or Japanese!
  • Professional narration, sound effects, and Winnie the Pooh background music
  • Readers can record their voice or their child’s reading the story
  • Three reading modes to suit any reader’s mood: Read to Me, Use My Recording, and Auto Turn pages
  • Four interactive jigsaw puzzles
  • Tap ‘n’ Play surprises throughout the story – several new animated sequences added for Android
  • Pooh’s Cupboard matching game ties in to the story and reinforces color recognition
  • Visual Index allows readers to jump to their favorite page or puzzle

Disney's published a video (after the break) and I have to say, this looks very nicely done.  It's a name your child is sure to know and love, and time spent with a book (even of the application variety) certainly beats time spent in front of the television.  You can grab it from the Android Market (devices running 2.0 and higher) for $2.99.  The link as well as that video, is after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: GetGlue

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Social media has taken over the better portion of our life -- if not Twitter or Facebook, it's Foursquare telling our friends where we are. Or the new Google+. But if you're more the stay-at-home kind, GetGlue is perfect for you. GetGlue, a social networking site that allows users to share what they are thinking about, listening to, or watching, is a service that has taken off in the past few months, and it can kind of be addictive.

For folks like myself, who spend most of their days working from home, a lot of my day consists of listening to music, or having the TV playing various TV shows, so networks like Foursquare and Facebook places don't help me, since I am not leaving the house, but GetGlue allows me to share things with my friends, and get cool stickers in reward for sharing.

After launching the application you will notice a very user friendly user interface, giving you options to check in to things like television shows, movies, music, what they are thinking about or even if they are drinking wine. At the start of a new show or movie simply launch the application, search for the title, and check in for your very own chance to gain a new sticker. While checking in you can add a comment, and after checking in you are able to rate whether you enjoy it or not.

Whether sitting around with some friends and drinking some wine, or chatting about a celebrity, GetGlue allows you to check in to all these topics, giving you even more chances to gain some stickers. One of the coolest things about GetGlue is the stickers, and after you have unlocked 20 or more of them you can request to have physical copies of the stickers mailed to you from GetGlue, which is something you can't do with any other social network. So whether an avid lover of television shows or movies, or just the occasional watcher, this free application is sure to add some additional fun. Download links and more shots available after the break.

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3 years ago

Win a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 From SmrtGuard!

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Looking to win one of the hottest Android tablets out there? Of course you are -- and the folks from SmrtGuard are looking to give one away to one lucky Android Central reader. So how exactly can you win this Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1?

  • Download SmrtGuard Mobile Security on to your Android Smartphone, it's free.
  • Register and Activate to be automatically enter into the contest.

    Wait, what is SmrtGuard Mobile Security? You might be thinking you don’t need another app that scans your phone or backup your phone. SmrtGuard does a lot more that. Here goes, it Blocks Calls, SMS, Wireless backup/restore, remote ping, remote call forwarding, inform upon download of new app what risky permissions the downloaded app uses (aka SmrtAdvisor), SmrtGuard uninstall notification and lots more.

    Already a user of SmrtGuard, well, you are then automatically entered into the contest.

    Do it now, this is a limited time contest that ends on 07/22/11 midnight! Winner will be announced July 31st right here on AndroidCentral!

That's it.. easy right? We like easy contests. If you're looking for more info about SmrtGuard, you can hit up their website for further details. Good luck to all.

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