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2 years ago

Fuugo is here to aggregate your video and cure your boredom

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Fuugo is a new app to the Android Market and brings along with it some pretty cool features for digging out the best video on the web from various sources such as Youtube, Break, TEDTalks and more. You can save searches, make playlists and even download some videos when enabled for offline viewing.  As the developers describe it:

Fuugo Video is the ultimate video convergence application for tablets and smart phones. Fuugo aggregates various video content sources into one app. You’ll get news, music, nature, science, epic fails, whatever…You’ll get video recommendations from your friends and you’ll get great video recommendations from Fuugo!

You can Tweet your friends about your favorite clips and you’ll have a free video search and you’ll have a great related search! In addition, Fuugo allows you to generate your own playlists and you can download video content to go too.

Support for tablets is in place and the app overall does look great on device. Rather then having to go out and search in various places for a video -- Fuugo does manage to do what it implies, it can find the content you're looking for and when looking to waste a few mins it's great to have. You'll find some more screenshots past the break as well as the download link for it.

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2 years ago

Google Maps 5.12.0 now available - Adds live events for New York, San Francisco, Paris, Zurich, and London

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The latest Google Maps update is now available in the Android Market for download. Pushing the app to v5.12.0 there is one addition and one removal of a 'feature'. The additon comes by way of live events being added to the Places pages for New York, San Francisco, Paris, Zurich, and London, while the "Post to Twitter" has been removed from Places pages. The update is available now and you'll find the link past the break for you all.

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2 years ago

Android App Review: Adaptxt Beta

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Keyboards are a big deal on Android. Some let you swipe, other peck, but regardless of the method, they all have one thing in common: they're how you say anything on your phone. So imagine my excitement when I'm introduced to a new keyboard, promising more bacon never-before-seen levels of text prediction, all in a nice, shiny, new beta package.

I just had to try it out, and it is, in a word, meh. That's not to say it's terrible, but if you're perfectly content with your keyboard (be it Swype, SwiftKey X, SlideIT, or any of the other myriad of keyboards out there), you probably won't be switching over anytime soon.

First thing you've got to do after you've installed Adaptxt Beta is download a language pack. Not a huge deal, and it's not out of the ordinary. The language packs are called add-ons in Adaptxt, but nothing really prompts you to that. It's fairly self-evident because most of your options are greyed out, so go into the Add-on Manager and pick a language.

From there, there's not much to do. The settings menu is pretty barebones. You can enable or disable error correction, auto correction, and define the auto correction mode (which is set to medium by default). There's also an option for an extended character bubble and the interaction feedback settings.

So what's my beef with Adaptxt Beta? For one, I don't think it looks very good. The keys are smaller than on most of the other popular keyboards, the color scheme is unappealing, and the text prediction didn't blow my mind.

In fact, sometimes it feels like Adaptxt is less accurate at predicting than even the stock Android keyboard. Where other keyboards look like they try to make sense of what you're saying (for example, not tossing out seemingly random combinations of letters), Adaptxt Beta does just that. I get that it's trying to make sense of your current keystrokes. Still, it just muddies up the waters. Qua? Eva? Really?

On the upside, maybe we can chalk it up to the fact that it's in beta. Everyone gave Google a pass on their beta stuff, so I'll give KeyPoint Technologies the benefit of the doubt that they'll iron these little niggles out and continue to improve upon their product. At least it's free, right?

We've got download links and more pictures after the break.

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2 years ago

The last version of Adobe Flash you'll download for mobile (until the next bugfix that is)

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Here it is, folks, the last version of Adobe Flash Player for mobile. Final. Kaput. Only, not really. While Adobe has halted work on future versions, we're still likely -- very likely -- to see the odd bugfix here and there. So head on over to the Android Market and snag version 11.1.102.59, which has some security enhancements and bugfixes, including video streaming on the Samsung Galaxy S II and enabling 1080p video on upcoming Tegra 3 devices.

Source: Adobe

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2 years ago

Firefox for Android getting an overhaul to use native Java widgets and UI, will bring better performance

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Mozilla has decided to change the tools used to build the Firefox for Android client front end, and changes are in store.  In it's current iteration, Firefox uses XUL (a cross-platform toolkit used to design widgets and user interface elements), but will be switching to native Android elements written in Java.  This will bring more than just changes to the look and feel -- expect much faster load times and better performance, at the cost of some of the more complicated menus and options that are currently offered.  As you can see in the pictures above (ignore the custom font on the rooted device used by Mozilla for testing -- go root!), this will bring a UI that looks more like we're used to on Android apps, and will fit in much better once Ice Cream Sandwich rolls along.  Of coruse, the performance improvements are the big bonus, as well as (hopefully) a smaller file size.  All in all, it looks like the right way to go here from the user perspective.  Too many options can be a bad thing, and performance improvements are always welcome.  With Flash getting killed off, the Gecko rendering engine will start to look like a great option in the near future.

They will begin open Alpha testing tomorrow, we'll be sure to have a look.

Source: Dknite's blog

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2 years ago

Homerun Battle 3D, root access, and poor communication leads to knee-jerk reactions

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Com2Us are the distributors and developers on a semi-popular game in the Android Market -- Homerun Battle 3D.  Recently, in order to try to kill the rampant cheating that goes on in the multi-player online games, they made a huge mistake.  Com2Us sent out an update that blocked anyone who had rooted their phone from playing.  As you can imagine, the uproar from people who had already spent $5 to buy the game (it's pretty well done, and this issue notwithstanding, probably worth the 5 bucks) and no longer could was instant, and loud.  We started getting reports about the issue, and started poking around to see what was up.

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2 years ago

Dailymotion Video Stream app announced for Android

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There is a lot of streaming video services out there these days aside from Youtube. One of the more popular ones is Dailymotion. While Dailymotion has had a web launcher app available for quite some time now, they've gone ahead and scrapped all previous versions and released Dailymotion Video Stream -- essentially, a full fledged Android app offering all of what you would expect.

A new UI is now in place, users can share videos with ease and make use of the new customizable dashboard. Plus, add channels, playlists and user search making it easier to find the content you really want.

Dailymotion Video Stream is available now in the Android Market, you'll find the download link and the full press release beyond the break. Give it go and feel free to leave some comments -- I've used the app in the past but always found it rather buggy and hopefully v2.0 will fix that.

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2 years ago

Boulder Dash on Android? Oh, hell, yes!

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It's 1984 all over again, folks, and not in the scary way. The original Boulder Dash has come to the Android Market, bringing with it not one but five games (four accessible via in-app upgrades). It's got all of the classic Boulder Dash creatures and features, original retro graphics for the last three cave backs (new graphics for the first two), and ties into OpenFeint so you can compete against your friends.

Boulder Dash for Android is 99 cents for a limited time; we've got download links and demo video after the break.

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2 years ago

Taptu announces three exclusive Nook Color apps -- Taptu Fashion, Taptu Food, and Taptu Lifestyle

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Taptu, the folks behind the popular news reader that lets you "DJ" your news, has announced three exclusive RSS feed apps for the Nook Color -- Taptu Fashion, Taptu Food, and Taptu Lifestyle.  Each comes pre-loaded with content, and have over 200,000 streams from major media publications, social media sites, websites and blogs to add into the mix and personalize each.  Taptu Fashion features content in the StreamStore from Fashionista, Jak & Jil, Nitrolicious and the Style Rookie, among others.  Taptu Food works the same way, including content from recipes and restaurant reviews to celebrity chef social media feeds with tasty content provided by sites such as Epicurious, Eater, Food Network and Saveur.  Taptu Lifestyle covers subjects such as parenting, do-it-yourself projects, travel, beauty, health and fitness, holiday entertaining and green living from popular sources like Jezebel, Parenting and Daily Candy

Taptu also allows you to sync feeds from Google Reader, and offers the inclusion of Facebook and Twitter timelines to make it a one-stop news outlet.  With support for tools like Instapaper and Read it Later, as well as dark and light themes to make for easy viewing, it's a well designed app that is worth far more than the asking price -- free.  You can find download links below, and after the break are pictures showing a bit more detail and the press release.

Download Taptu Fashion from the B&N store

Download Taptu Food from the B&N store

Download Taptu Lifestyle from the B&N store

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2 years ago

HD Widgets expanded for phones and 7-inch tablets

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The folks behind HD Widgets have expanded their sexy widget collection, and now include support for phones and 7-inch tablets.  On the phone side, support is now available for hdpi phones (like the Samsung Nexus S pictured above) and mdpi phones (like the LG Optimus One, also pictured).  Everything you love about HD Widgets for your Honeycomb tablet  still remains -- tons of customization options, colorful backgrounds, in-depth weather forecasts, and a bevy of widget sizes and configurations -- things have just been scaled for the smaller screen.  Having put them through the ringer on an assortment of devices ranging from the mundane to the exotic, the folks at Cloud.TV have done a great job.  Everything works as expected, looks great, and lets me know if I need to take an umbrella with me -- even on crazy SDK ports of Ice Cream SandwichJosh is hard at work with a worthy review of the new build, in the meantime you can grab it from the Android Market (devices running Android 2.1 and higher) for a measly $1.99 at the link after the break.

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