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4 years ago

Qik looking For T-Mobile G2 beta testers

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Have a shiny new G2 and an interest to help developers optimize their applications for your handset?

Qik, the popular video streaming application for Android, is seeking G2 owners to participate in a Beta to test their application for the device.  If you're interested in helping them bring their cross platform application to your device, shoot off an email to support@qik.com with "T-Mobile G2 Beta Test" as the subject line.  

Happy testing! Via [Facebook]

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4 years ago

Pulse update brings Facebook links, widgets

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 Pulse with Facebook Pulse widgets

Pulse, an elegant newsreader we have covered before, recently released a major new update bringing several new features. Native widgets (small and large versions versions visible above) and Facebook support are the big ones, but a redesigned UI is also a welcome change. The app will run you $.99 on the Android Market; check out the download links past the break.

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Oct. 28, 2010

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With the Android market breaking 100,000 applications, it is no wonder why finding the perfect application can be a difficult task. Many hours are spend, many batteries killed, all in the hunt of finding a great application. Check out some of our favorite applications with us after the jump. 

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4 years ago

Adobe releases security advisory for Flash

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Adobe Flash on Android

Adobe has announced another security advisory for Flash on Android, affecting all builds, including the current version of 10.1.95.2.  Additionally, the same advisory goes out to users on Windows, Mac, Solaris, and Linux for builds up to and including 10.1.85.3, and for Acrobat and Reader 9.4.

According to Adobe, "This vulnerability (CVE-2010-3654) could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. There are reports that this vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild against Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.x. Adobe is not currently aware of attacks targeting Adobe Flash Player." 

Adobe says it is already in the process of finalizing the fix, and will have it rolled out by Nov 9.  Should any real exploits for Flash on Android surface, we'll let you know.  [Adobe via PC Mag] Thanks evoinmypalm for the tip!

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4 years ago

Google Maps updated to Version 4.6 with search improvements

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Google Maps Update

Google Maps just got itself a little update in ye olde Android Market. And as you can see above, the changes are as follows: You can filter your search results by what's currently open, but neighborhood or by related searches. Also, you can browse the updated reviews section of Place Pages to read others' reviews.

OK, so not the sexiest of updates, but a fairly major one nonetheless. Have at it! [Google]

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: ChromeMarks browser bookmark sync

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ChromeMarks

Tap. Tap. Sync. It's that simple to get your browser bookmarks from Chrome to Android, thanks to ChromeMarks. It's really that easy. OK, it takes a couple more taps the first time around, giving your phone permission to sync with your Google account. But it's just about the easiest way we've found to get your bookmarks from your browser to your phone. And it even follows my crazy folder scheme, which helps keep my head in order. We've got a few more screen shots after the break, plus download links. It'll be the best $2.37 you spend today.

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: the Impossible Level Game

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The Impossible Level Game

Games in the Android Market are growing, both in number and in quality, by leaps and bounds, and now we have a top notch logic puzzle to waste countless hours on -- the Impossible Level Game.  The concept is simple enough, you do something unique to go on to the next level.  As you progress, that something gets harder, and harder AND HARDER!  The developers have a seriously twisted mind, and I love it.  No two levels are the same, or even close to the same, and some of them are pretty damn ridiculous, which makes for some great head-scratching gameplay. 

Ready for the best news?  Our pals at Hyperbees (check out their developers forum right here) are dropping the price for the next 24 hours, from £0.99 to £0.50.  Yes, you read it right, 50 pence -- about 75 shiny US pennies.  Now how are you going to say no to that?  We've got a video, and the Market links after the break.

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod 6.1 RC1 is here [video]

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Cyanogenmod

Exactly two months after the release of CyanogenMod 6, CyanogenMod 6.1 RC 1 is now live on the CyanogenMod website, and in the paid version of Rom Manager.

Built on Android 2.2.1, and packing all kinds of great features and enhancements, CM 6.1 RC1 is another step forward in the most infamous line of custom Android ROMs.  Don't let its release client status lead you to believe it's unusable, as that is far from the truth.  Anybody currently using CyanogenMod 6 is aware of its two largest drawbacks; the lack of 4G and HDMI functionality.  These two shortcomings aside, CM 6.1 RC1 is a very stable and functional ROM.

So what are you waiting for, oh rooted Android user?  Check out the changelog, start backing up your current ROM, and get downloading (Evo download link).  Once you've got it up and running, come and share your thoughts in the forums.

Join me after the break as I go over just a few of the new features you'll find in this update.

Update:  I should have clarified in this post.  CM 6.1 RC1 is only available on select devices at the moment.  To find out if your device is supported, you'll want to head over to the official CyanogenMod forums.  Their site is under heavy load right now, so it's running pretty far on the slow side.

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4 years ago

Hands on with the myTouch ROM port to the Evo 4G [video]

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Over the weekend I got my hands on a myTouch 4G ROM that has been ported over to the Evo 4G.  It's a rather functional port, but like Phil said in his video of the myTouch - Nexus One port, it's not something you'd want to use every day.  However, it was nice to get in some time with the new version of Sense UI -- something I really hope HTC releases for their current lineup of "next gen" devices.  So if you love getting your hands on new ROMs, or haven't given the new Sense UI a test drive yet, consider checking this one out.

The self-proclaimed mad scientist responsible for "Frankensteining" this ROM can be found over at XDA, so if you have any questions or comments regarding his work, you know where to find him.  [via XDA Developers]

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4 years ago

Aro proves the strength of Android's 'chaos,' says Scoble

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 Aro preview

Robert Scoble, a well-known tech pundit and current iPhone user, recently got a hands on demo with Aro, a new app in closed beta for Android. The app is a complete replacement for nearly all your communication apps: email,  SMS, phone, etc. By tapping into all your messages, the app is able to intelligently link names, places, and other data together. It is a pretty complicated process, and Scoble sums it up pretty well:

What does Aro do? If, say, Bill Gates sends Steve Jobs an email, copies me, and is talking about Larry Ellison, Larry’s name will have a little square around it. Click on that square and a new UI fans out, letting me see other info. It’s like Rapportive or Xobni, but done much better and for the mobile interface. It makes your phone much more productive than it would be otherwise and that’s why I feel it’s so important.

In addition to previewing the app, Scoble talks a bit about how this kind of app is simply not possible on the more closed iPhone. Apple actively prevents developers from changing the core experience of using the iPhone, even if those changes make the phone easier to use or offer more features. A perfect example is the Swype keyboard many Android users (myself included) have fallen in love with or WiFi syncing with iTunes. There are pros and cons to both approaches, but it seems the tables are tipping in Google's favor as of late.

Scoble has posted videos of his interviews and demos of both Sywpe and Aro, which can be found past the link. If you want to sign up for the closed beta of Aro, click on the "Aro" link. [Scobleizer, Aro]

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: pvz -- a Plants vs Zombies clone [video]

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pvz

We're all waiting for PopCap to get Plants vs. Zombies on Android, but developer lzn1007 goes a step further, and has released pvz -- a near-perfect clone.  Pvz has three modes, Day Mode, Night Mode, and Challenge, which correspond pretty closely to the original.  There's also two challenge modes, and they, too are essentially the same as the authorized version.  Speaking of the authorized version, I fully expect this one to get taken down for trademark or copyright issues.  I'll let the developers duke it out over those, I just wanna kill some zombies.

Fair warning -- the application asks for some permissions you're not going to care for, like location and phone state.  There's an online social-gamer component that goes through a Chinese service called WiYun (use Google Translate, link is in Chinese, and seems legit), but you can leave it disabled and play offline.  I tested it here with WiFi and mobile data disconnected and had no problems.  I also ran it through Lookout, which didn't find anything glaringly wrong.  When it's all said and done, I'm certain that enabling the online component means your submitting data to the developer, so use your own best judgment. There's a video, and download link (free, all versions of Android) after the break.

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4 years ago

Yahoo! Mail for Android requiring off-Market update [update -- Yahoo has fixed]

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Yahoo!

From the department of things that really suck: Yahoo! Mail for Android is prompting users to upgrade to version 1.2.0.  Normally we all love updates, but this time Yahoo is forcing users to download and install this update from outside the Android Market.  Users who fail to accept and install the update from mobildl.zenfs.com are unable to use Yahoo! Mail on their phones or tablets.  We've reached out to Yahoo for a response, especially since AT&T users are out in the cold -- unless they use the Android Central Sideload Wonder Machine that is -- and if they respond we'll update accordingly.

We get it -- Yahoo and Google are competitors.  But this only serves to alienate your users, Yahoo.  Here's hoping you care enough about them to get this righted. Thanks Matthew for the heads-up!

Update from Yahoo! Mail for Android's Market page:

"IMPORTANT! A pre-release alpha version update was accidentally published on OCT 25th. If you downloaded this broken non-market version, please remove from your device and reinstall 1.0.4 from the Market"

So there you go, it was all a slip of the finger, err mouse.  Uninstall and reinstall from the Market and you're set.  I take back all those evil thoughts.

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4 years ago

Hide yo kids - hide yo wives -- Antoine DodsonSex Offender Tracker app

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This is either the funniest thing you'll see today -- or it's the most offensive. But every so often an internet video goes so viral that the rest of the world simply cannot ignore it. And sometimes the stars, or subjects of these videos become so popular and so recognized, that they're launched into a some minor realm of celebrity status.  And that's exactly what has happened to Antoine Dodson.

Cautious parents will get what might be their first introduction to Augmented Reality with Sex Offender Tracker.  Published four days ago to the Android market, Sex Offender Tracker uses your device's camera, and GPS in conjunction with the compass to provide you with real-time data about your surroundings, and in this case, the residence of sex offenders.

Although anybody can dig through the online sex offender registry any time of day, some feel this app may be an invasion of privacy, saying this app makes it much too easy to locate the names and homes of registered sex offenders. Then there's the $1.99 price tag, which will put off a bunch of you, we know.

Watch Antoine Dodson do his thing, and get download links, after the jump. [via BGR]

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4 years ago

Adobe releases Max Companion app for next week's conference

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Adobe Max

Adobe is hosting its Adobe Max conference today through Wednesday in Los Angeles. It brings together designers, developers and business leaders to discuss the current state of technology and emerging trends. 

Adobe has also developed an app to help those attending be a little more organized. The app features:

  • Max Agenda
  • Detailed session information
  • Speaker list
  • A personalized Max schedule
  • Maps for all the venues
  • Updates news about Max sessions and social events
  • Max information, such as ATM locations, wireless shuttle service and more)

If you're on your way to Adobe Max or are already there, consider downloading the Max Companion app; it will make your life a lot easier. [Adobe via Twitter]

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: MyReminders

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All your reminders right in one scrollable widget. View and modify your list of reminders.

I am an extremely forgetful person. Several times throughout the day I need to leave small reminders or notes for myself. Whether it’s something I need to grab at the store when I get out of work, a band I want to check out, or a movie I’ve been meaning to watch, I always seem to have great difficulty remembering these things on my own.  Thanks to this handy little app, I no longer come home from work with a bunch of sticky notes in my pocket.

MyReminders by Brian Swartzfager is a perfect example of simple and useful.  There are many apps out there that allow you to jot down a quick note, or set a quick reminder, but with MyReminders, it’s all about the implementation. It gives you quick and easy access to all your notes right from its widget. From the home screen you can scroll through all your reminders, or add a new one to the top or bottom of the list. And this, for me, is what really makes MyReminders stand out. Read more about MyReminders, and check out some more screen shots after the jump.

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