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4 years ago

CyanogenMod 7.0.2 brings host of bugfixes, support for OG Droid

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CyanogenModA quick heads up for all you CyanogenMod users -- CM7.0.1 CM 7.0.2 stable was just released, and it brings along a slew of bugfixes identified since CM7.0 hit. Here's the official word:

It’s been about two weeks since we rolled out the first stable version of CyanogenMod-7, and it unfortunately came with a few bugs. 7.0.1 brings many bugfixes, including GPS fixes for many devices, a handful a new features, and support for a few devices that weren’t quite ready in time for 7.0 (original Droid).

Hey, bugs happen. Nice to see 'em squashed quickly. Head on into ROM Manager or the CM forums and get your download on. [CyanogenMod]

Update: And CM7.0.1 was pulled and replaced by CM7.0.2, which fixes bugs in CM7.0.1. Follow that?

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: TweetComb - Proper Twitter for Honeycomb

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Believe it or not, we're several months into the life of Android 3.0, and we're just now seeing our first Honeycomb-optimized Twitter app. Brought to you by the developer of the Honeycomb-optimized Newsr RSS app (see our review here), TweetComb takes advantage of the "fragments" design feature in Honeycomb and actually makes use of the full tablet screen, unlike smartphone-based Twitter clients.

The gist: You've got three columns -- your timeline, mentions and direct messages. Scroll down to read through them. If you want to act on a tweet -- reply to the sender, retweet, mark as a favorite, etc. -- you tap and hold. You can refresh all the columns at once, or independently. Settings are tucked away in the Action Bar, just as they should be in Honeycomb. No extra menu button at the bottom for this app.

TweetComb is still very  Version 1.0. It doesn't yet have support for multiple accounts (a must for some of us), and the list of trending topics displayed neatly at the bottom doesn't actually do anything more than display the list of trending topics. But these are small niggles, and the developer's known for quickly pushing out updates.

Probably our biggest gripe right now is that TweetComb is $2.99 in the Android Market. There's no shortage of free Android Twitter apps, and you just know one of the major players -- TweetDeck, Seesmic, Twidroid, Plume, etc. -- will bring free versions of a Honeycomb-optimized Twitter app at some point. And if we were first out of the gate with a Honeycomb Twitter app, we'd give it away to bring in as many users as possible before the big boys show up. But for now, if you've gotta have some proper Twitter on a tablet, this is the way to go.

Download links are after the break, and there's more on TweetComb in the Android Central Forums.

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for April 23, 2011

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Gaming on an Android device is always a great way to pass some time and to have countless hours of fun while on the go. If you are into gaming, and love your Android device, be sure to check out some of our favorite Android games below.

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4 years ago

Dog Wars Android app is ruffling some users' fur -- and rightfully so

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Judging from our inbox this morning, more than a few of you have discovered the Dog Wars app. We'd been hoping it would slink back into the depths from which it slithered, but such is not to be the case.

Dog Wars, which some sort of horrific canine RPG, is doing its best to stoke the fires, announcing itself as "A GAME THAT WILL NEVER BE IN THE IPHONE APP STORE!!!" And you know what? Apple's App Store is better off for it. The developer, Kage Games, also wants you to know that "if you have a bug up your butt about the game concept, remember:"

  1. It is just A VIDEO GAME
  2. Perhaps one day we will make gerbil wars or beta fish wars for people who can't understand fantasy role play games
  3. Just because something is illegal in real life in certain countries, does not mean it is illegal to make a song, movie, or video game about it (looking at you XDA Developer Forums... deleting our beta testing thread and banning our account?!)
  4. Just go slingshot some virtual birds to kill some virtual pigs.
  5. Go complain to someone who cares about Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, Weed Farmer, Smoke a Bowl (these two are listed in the top 15 of casual games on Android Market) and maybe even Sierra's Leisure Suit Larry from 1987.
  6. This is listed as a HIGH MATURITY app, and does NOT violate the Terms of Use with the Google market in any way!!!

A few of the one-star comments left in the Market:

  • "This represents the truly revolting world of dog fighting, dogs are still stolen daily for fights. Remove it now!" - Alex
  • "Hope you people get prison time for making this app." - devon
  • "This is pretty awful... Downloaded this just to say how very wrong this is, both in real life and in fantasy." - nonfinite

And a couple of e-mails we've received:

  • "This is so sick I can't believe it! Have you people learned nothing from
    Michael Vick???? Way to encourage this disgusting violence against innocent animals.....studies indicate that most serial killers who hurt animals move on to people. This is SICK. WTF android????!!!!!" - Diane
  • "I cannot believe that you as a leader in this industry would promote dog
    fighting with an app!! Dog wars should be removed from the android market! This is very disappointing for me and many others to see that Android would do this!" - Dawn

We're not sure if the 50,000-250,000 download mark is because people downloaded the free beta just to leave 1-star comments (let's hope so), or if it's really that popular (let's hope not). But we do know this: If we were Google, we'd probably find some sort of term of use that Kage Games has broken -- or invent a new one -- and fast, and get this sort of thing out of the Market.

Download links are not after the break. Here, however, is the the developer's e-mail address: pitboss@kagegames.com. Let 'em know how you feel. And tell 'em we sent ya.

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Better YouMail (beta)

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Everyone knows us Android users love the visual voicemail, but if YouMail Visual Voicemail leaves you wanting, then you're definitely going to want to check out Better YouMail.

Say the developers, Best IT Guys:

YouMail provides a public API for their service, so we decided to make our own app that used their service. You’ll notice that there is a heavy iPhone influence on the graphics, but there are also some features that other visual voicemail apps don’t have. We specifically designed the app to have the most streamlined layout, so that most of the common functions could be accessed with as few clicks as possible.

Let's examine some of these extra features after the break.

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4 years ago

How Stuff Works - The official app now available in the Android Market

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Like most folks around here, I like to know what makes things tick.  How they work, why they work and what stuff is needed to make them work. Luckily, there is now an official app for that from the folks over at How Stuff Works and Discovery that allows for on the go access to all their great content. The app itself is quite nice and overall feels rather polished -- meaning they took their time and did it right rather then just making some silly mobile link. Once the app is installed, you have the option to get push notifications for all the shows, videos and podcasts if you do so choose.

  • Stuff You Should Know: Josh and Chuck give fans permission to ponder.
  • Stuff You Missed in History Class: If you weren’t paying attention, Stuff You Missed in History Class has you covered.
  • BrainStuff: HowStuffWorks founder, Marshall Brain, shares quick nuggets of stuff that will make you smarter!
  • Stuff Mom Never Told You: SMNTY keeps listeners looped in on the stuff that mom forgot.
  • TechStuff: The perfect podcast for seasoned techies and novices alike, this show breaks it down in a way that comforts even the staunchest technophobe.
  • Stuff to Blow Your Mind: For the nerd in us all, this podcast will blow your mind.
  • CarStuff: HowStuffWorks.com goes behind the wheel and under the hood in this auto-enthusiasts favorite.

All the above content and more is featured within the app, so if you're a fan of How Stuff Works be sure to jump on past the break for the download and some more screenshots of it in action.

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4 years ago

Skyfire 4.0 released with new features, paid and free

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We mentioned last month that the folks at Skyfire were working on a big update that would bring a new set of features as well as a new pricing model, and today is the day it becomes available.  There was some talk about that pricing model, so let's get that cleared up right away.  All the features you currently use in Skyfire will remain free.  The pricing revolves around what they're calling CAAS (Compression As A Service).  It uses Google's new Android in-app purchasing to pay for "video cloud acceleration".  Pay a one time fee of $2.99 and Skyfire renders and compresses video content on their servers, which offers up a more mobile optimized experience and saves both data usage and battery life.  Now before you start grumbling, Skyfire also says the three million of you who currently use Skyfire are grandfathered in and there will be no charge.  In addition, users who download Skyfire 4.0 through the VCast apps section of the Market n your Verizon phones will also get the service free.  Now we can all grumble a little bit at content deals, but not too much.  $2.99 isn't a bad price at all if you need to watch your data usage.

Along with the improved cloud acceleration, some other changes come along, notably Groupon, Twitter and Google Reader support.  There's a few changes in the SkyBar as well -- check them out, along with some screencaps and the press release, after the break.

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: ESPN FLB

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It's baseball season, and for the many of us who play fantasy baseball, there has been an app missing from Android for quite some time that finally arrived recently: ESPN FLB (or Fantasy League Baseball). With this app, you can manage your ESPN fantasy baseball team on the go from any Android device.

This app is offered in two versions: a free and a premium. The free version will allow you to manage your rosters, including proposing and accepting trades and setting lineups while the premium offers additional content from ESPN. If you’re someone who just wants the app to manage your baseball roster, the free version will probably work just fine. If you want extra analysis and tips, you may want to spring for the premium version, which is $4.99. This article will mainly talk about the Premium version.

When you first open the app, you will see ESPN’s Fantasy Baseball homescreen. Once logged in, it will display your current matchup with up-to-date scoting to give you a quick glimpse as to how you’re doing. Underneath that box, recent headlines from around the baseball world are displayed. As you scroll down the page, there will be an array of options to choose from: Latest Headlines for a more indepth look at the news, MLB Scoreboard, which gives you scores from around the league, Video, which will display a clip of a major recent news story, Latest Tweets, which is essentially a list that compiles all of the baseball analysts’ Tweets at ESPN

Within the scoring box on top of the homepage, there are three options: League Home, myTeam and Scoreboard. Selecting League Home will bring you all of the latest news and transactions from around your specific league. myTeam will display your current roster, giving you the option to adjust your lineup accordingly and Scoreboard will show all the current scores in your league at the moment.

Other options within your League include: Manage DL, Standings, Players, Schedule, Message Board, League Settings and Waiver Order; all of which are pretty self explanatory. In the top right corner though is an button I really like. Once you click the button, you will be brought to your Activity Feed, where it will provide the most up-to-date news on players that currently reside on your roster in addition to players that are added or dropped in your league. It’s very handy and prevents you from having to go through each player’s news individually. You can narrow it down if you want to if you only want transactions or player updates displayed.

Overall, the app is very handy for managing your ESPN fantasy baseball team. It took a while, but there is finally a dedicated app from ESPN to help with your fantasy baseball season. Good luck!  More pics, and download links after the break.

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4 years ago

Seesmic for Android adds home screen shortcuts, translations, spam reports

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Seesmic for Android -- a certain Android Central editor's Twitter client of choice -- just updated to version 1.7 and brings along a few interesting additions. First and foremost is home screen shortcuts. You can now add direct links to individual Twitter streams. So, when I want to check to see your replies to @androidcentral, I no longer have to dive through the app to do so. Or you can add a shortcut to directly post to Facebook via Seesmic. Or you can add a shortcut to a list. Nice.

And almost as exciting is the addition of instant translations and automatic spam reporting. Double nice. Hit up the download links after the break to give it a go. [Seesmic]

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4 years ago

Skype fixes security holes, throws in 3G calling to make it up to us

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Fear not, people of Earth. Your weeklong national Skype nightmare is over. The essential communications app has plugged that security hole we didn't actually sweat too much over -- the one where some of your data, and your contacts data, was stored insecurely. And to show there are no hard feelings, tucked into this morning's update is "Calling over your 3G connection is available worldwide - now including the US."  This opens up 3G calling to everyone, not just Verizon customers like we've seen so far.

Now doesn't that make you feel better? Snag the update in the Android Market, and we've got download links after the break.

Update: And Skype's chimed in, saying on its security blog:

We have had no reported examples of any 3rd party malicious application misusing information from the Skype directory on Android devices and will continue to monitor closely. Please rest assured that we do take your privacy and security very seriously and we sincerely apologise for any concern this issue may have caused.

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Pinball HD for NVIDIA Tegra 2-optimized devices

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Here's another Tegra 2-optimized game that's coming down the pike. Pinball HD is, well, it's a pinball game. It's a pinball game with some extremely fluid and intricate graphics. But at the end of the day, it's a pinball game. And that's not a bad thing -- it's pinball's simplicity that's allowed it to span the decades.

Anyohoo. Pinball HD has a trio of tables, and those tables have story lines. Unfortunately in our review edition the story lines either were missing or unplayable in demo mode. But you'll get the idea.

We've gone back and forth on whether we prefer Pinball HD on a tablet or a phone. Obviously you'll get a different experience on a 10-inch device compared to a 4-inch device. But PinBall HD runs flawlessly on either, a testament to the Tegra 2 platform, and it's a game you should check out when it becomes available in the coming weeks.

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4 years ago

Evernote gets major update to v3.0, bringing better sharing, location support,

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Hey, you. Evernote fan. (We'll wait while most of you out there raise your hands.) Know this: Your favorite note-taking and syncing app just got a big update. Actually, it's a HUGE update. That's what Evernote tells us, anyway.

"Today’s Evernote for Android update is, in a word, HUGE. This is the first time that we have crammed this many great features into a single release of any Evernote product. We’ve added sharing, organizational features, improved text editing, security options, new views, a revamped widget, and tons more."

See? We weren't making that up. For those of you who prefer bullet points, here they are:

  • Browse and edit shared notebooks
  • Sharing to Facebook and other apps
  • Search and create notes within notebooks
  • Create and edit notebooks
  • Better support for notebook stacks
  • Maps and other location-based features
  • PIN locking
  • New widget
  • Better user interface

And so on and so forth. There's video of the update and download links after the break.

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Riptide GP for NVIDIA Tegra 2 devices

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NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chipset -- you know it on devices such as the Motorola Xoom, LG Optimus 2X and a wealth of other new top-end sets -- has quickly solidified its place as the go-to chipset for gaming on Android. And NVIDIA's been showcasing Tegra 2-optimized applications in its own TegraZone app.

One app that's been teased the past couple months is Riptide GP. It's a graphically beautiful racing game. You're on a souped-up Jet Ski on a slick man-made track. You compete against other riders and can perform tricks to earn pin-your-ears-back speed boosts. The graphics are pretty stunning considering you're on a mobile device. The game flies on a 4-inch screen, but it's on the larger ones (we used the Motorola Xoom) where it really shines.

The only problem is that gameplay is so fast you don't have much of a chance to appreciate the subtle shading in the water, or the landscape, or the giant Android robot banners. Have someone else play and peek over their shoulder. You'll see what we're talking about. 

But enough talk. Check out our demo of Riptide GP after the break.

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4 years ago

CNN app for Android phones

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iReports, breaking news, videos and photos round out
the CNN Android app arsenal

We knew CNN could make an Android app -- our headline "CNN's Android tablet app a model of how to present an overflow of news" on the Honeycomb app pretty well summed that up, if we do say so ourselves. But one thing that was missing was a companion application for smartphones. That hole has now been filled.

CNN just released its Android smartphone application. And it's just about the perfect mix of overkill of breaking news, video, still images -- and the all-important "iReport," or the ability to document news yourself and sent it in. (No, we will not call it "citizen journalism.")

The application is as intuitive as it is overwhelming. You're greeted with a host of news in a number of categories -- top stories, U.S., world, politics, justice, entertainment, tech, health, living, travel and opinion -- and those are just for CNN's Lindsay Lohan coverage. (Zing!)

You have easy access to CNN's treasure chest of videos, though you'll have to sit through a 5-second advertisement to watch them. There are ads embedded in the stories, too, but they're not intrusive.

There's also the ability to share stories via e-mail or through the usual social networking sites you might have linked to your phone, or you can go a step further and link them directly to the CNN application.

All in all, it's a great news app from a great news organization. Our only complaint thus far is that it took so long to get it. Check out our video review and grab the download links after the break.

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4 years ago

WordPress for Android updated to v1.4

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Give that WordPress powers some of the top blogs out there I'm pretty positive a few of you are also using it as your personal blogging platform as well. If you are -- then you should be pleased to know WordPress for Android just got a healthy update that corrects quite a few bugs and adds some new functionality. Now sitting at version 1.4 the following changes have been made within mobile app:

Post Scheduling - You can now easily set the publish date and time in the app when creating a post or page. The date can be set to the future which will set the post status to ‘Scheduled’ and publish on your blog when the time arrives. You can also edit existing posts and tweak the published date and time if desired.

Post Password - At the bottom of the post editor we’ve added a Post Password field to help protect your content. Simply enter a password here and the post will require that the password be entered for viewing on the blog when published. You can also add or remove a password from published posts as well.

HTTP Authentication Support - Is your self-hosted blog protected with an HTTP Authentication username and password? We’ve added support for entering the Authentication credentials in the blog settings so that you can manage your blog through the app. To access the Authentication settings, add a self-hosted blog to the app and select ‘Optional Settings’ in the setup area.

In addition to the new features, you'll find some crash bugs addressed and also when users comment, unapproved comments will now have a yellow tint to them -- making it more obvious from those of approved comments. And of course, as always -- WordPress remains Open source so if you find any other bugs or are looking to help out you can hit the developer blogs for more info. You'll find the download past the break -- or just fire up the Android Market if you have it already installed [WordPress]

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