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2 years ago

My Fishing Companion for Android

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Like to fish? Love your Android phone?  Me, too.  I recently checked out My Fishing Companion and came away really pleased.  It tackles (pardon the pun) the problem apps designed for fishermen seem to all have in common -- nobody wants to enter info on a touchscreen phone while out fishing -- by allowing you to set everything up beforehand, and having a one-click solution for things like location and weather data.  Combined with a feature rich interface, and easy to manage lists and database for your catches, your gear, your places, and multimedia, it's one of the best outdoorsman's apps I've run across.

The full version of the app is $1.99, (Android 1.6 and higher) and it's well worth it.  But the free (lite) version has most of the functionality, and is a great way to check it out yourself.  We have the download links after the break, along with a video walkthrough and a handful of screenshots.

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2 years ago

Angry Birds hits 500,000,000 downloads

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What does it take for a game to hit a half-billion downloads? Here's how Angry Birds breaks it down.

  • No. 1 in 79 Countries
  • 266 billion levels plalyed
  • 400 billion birds shot
  • 44 billion stars collected
  • The equivalent of  200,000 years played
  • 300 million minutes played daily

Say what you will about the longevity of Angry Birds -- that's a bunch of downloads.

Download: Angry Birds for Android

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2 years ago

New Android Market pushing out with a few new settings

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Here's the latest version of the Android Market. Looks mostly like the Android Market you have now, but it's not. It's better. It's newer. And therefore better. And a fun fact about the Android Market: Once one person gets it, it can be pulled from the phone and shared. And that's what we've got here.

So what's better and newer in Build 3.3.11, you ask? So far as we can tell, it's mainly in the settings. You now have the option to tell all of your apps to automatically update, instead of checking a box on each on individually. (Bugdroid be praised for that one.) You can also tell the Market app to only update applications when you're connected to Wifi. Again, a good one.

And you can have it automatically add shortcuts to your homescreen, if you're into that. There are a few UI tweaks, too. Nothing major.

There's also some legalese regarding open-source licenses, which makes Jerry happy.

You can download it now, or just hang out and it'll push to you (assuming this isn't just a test build) when the time is right. Do note that apparently it's not playing nicely with Honeycomb tablets, and we're not exactly seeing our inbox clogged with people saying they've gotten this build (which is what usually happens). So if you sit this one out, we won't blame you one bit.

Source: Android Police

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2 years ago

Android Kids App: Scott's Submarine

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Here's a fun little Android kids app that takes things under the sea. Scott's Submarine is an interactive book that tells the story of two children, Scott and Aiko, and Scott's cat, Jazz, and their underwater adventures.

Each page has animation on it, but no so much that it's distracting. Every few pages you search for items, which gets a little more difficult as you work your way thorugh the story. And there are two levels of reading -- 2- to 3-year-olds, and 4 and up. The former uses smaller words for younger children, and the latter uses a more advanced vocabulary and longer sentences. The reader's accent could be a small issue for some children, however.

The 37-page story also got four languages -- English, French, Spanish and Japanese -- and costs $2.99. We've got download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Splashtop Pro released for businesses

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Now that Splashtop has its consumer Android remote desktop offerings on the market, they've now placed their efforts on the next logical customer -- businesses. Aiming for the enterprise market and looking for the love of IT Admins everywhere Splashtop Pro is now available and will help bring your desktop PC to your Android tablet or smartphone.

Splashtop Pro is the fastest way to enable mobile workforce. In 30 minutes, a company’s workforce is up and running with mobile tablets with full access to their apps and files on their computers,” said Mark Lee, CEO and co-founder of Splashtop. “We are excited to bring the ease of consumer apps to the corporate IT world, while supporting IT to centrally control and manage secure connectivity among devices.”

The services are available to IT Admins who can sign up for a Splashtop Pro account that supports 5-25 users on a 30-day free trial basis. After the trial though, it's $15 per person / per month for access or $149.99 per person / per year. For the full details you can hit the source link below.

Source: Splashtop

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2 years ago

Blue Angels app for Android

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Just in time for the final shows of the season, the Blue Angels -- the U.S. Navy's Flight Demonstraion Squadron -- finally has its own official Android application.

First things first -- the Blue Angels app is $1.99, with proceeds going to the National Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. With that out of the way, the apps's a nice little portal into the Blue Angels, with show information (including maps), "news" (which is really just a Twitter feed) and then the meat of the matter. You get a roster and bios of the entire team (not just the pilots), info on the aircraft (including Fat Albert), and a list of all the manuevers the Blues (and, again, Fat Albert) do during a show. The maneuvers are the really slick part, with graphic showing the basic move. Video's just a touch away, however, and then you get a three-camera look at what it's like inside and outside the F/A-18. Very cool.

Our only real niggle here is that the app's a bit on the slow side, and be sure to not hit your phone's back button. But otherwise, it's a cool look into the Blues and the people who make them happen, and a nice way to support the Museum Foundation.

We've got screen shots, hands-on video and download links after the break.

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2 years ago

UK Android faithful reportedly receiving Sky Go in the coming months

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Sky Go is a big deal in the UK mobile world. Allowing its customers to watch their favourite TV content on demand through their computers and mobile devices including premium content, it's really a top grade service. At the moment, the mobile offering is exclusive to iOS. This though apparently may be about to change.

A spokesperson for the satellite TV company has told Techradar UK; "Sky Go on Android, it will be launching in the coming months." 

Sky Go currently has 1.6million users across the UK, which is impressive considering its relatively limited device coverage. Combined with the 2012 launch of Netflix on these shores, UK Android fans are finally approaching the sort of choice our American friends have on offer. 

Source: Techradar UK

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2 years ago

Duke Nukem 3D for Android now available; we go hands-on

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[Insert witty Duke Nukem soundboard item here]

He's back, baby. Duke Nukem 3D, the classic first-person shooter, is finally available on Android. It's everything you'd expect it to be, which is to say it's an extremely faithful port. If you've ever played Duke Nukem, you're right at home here. Same snide remarks, same point of view, same guns, same monsters.

Gameplay's fast -- almost too fast. The simple graphics don't allow much room for lag, which is good. But the screen's also pretty cluttered with buttons -- doubly so if you use dual-stick mode. But you can move the controls around, so that'll help some.

The game is a fairly big 27MB download. But for all those MBs, you only get one episode to play -- L.A. Meltdown. Lunar Apocalypse and Shrapnel City will each cost you another 99 cents. And that's on top of the ads that show up on the menus. Not a huge deal, but it's something to be aware of.

Otherwise, it's pretty straightforward. Not the best game we've seen on Android. But for 99 cents worth of nostalgia, it ain't bad.

Check out a few more screen shots, download links and our hands-on footage after the break.

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2 years ago

Google Reader website sees a major face-lift, new Android app expected soon

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If you use Google Reader to make all your RSS feeds a little more sane organized, be ready for a pleasant surprise.  Google has begun the rollout of the new look and feel for the reader website, and everyone should expect it by this evening.  Go on and hit F5 for a while, we'll wait (have to admit, I did just that).  The new look lines up with the rest of the updated Google service websites, including the black omnimagicbar across the top and your Google+ notifications baked right in to the upper left corner.

Speaking of Google+ and integration, the new Reader allows you to +1 and share stories right from the stream.  This is an easy way to share with friends, and should work much better than the previous friending, following, sharing, and comments methods, which have been removed in favor of the new integration.

It works the same as the +1 button does anywhere -- click it, and you're given the option to share it on Google+.  Type in your message, and the magic happens.

We're big users of both Google Reader and Google+ around these parts, and we're excited about the new look and the new + integration, but the last little tidbit Alan Green (Google software engineer) threw out on the official announcement is the best of them all -- expect a new Android app shortly.  Sweet.

Source: Google Reader blog

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2 years ago

Google+ for Android update now rolling out - UI changes and bug fixes aplenty

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Google+ is getting some love tonight. The latest version has just been pushed to the Android Market and should be showing up for most folks. If not, you'll just have to sit tight for a little while longer. This release -- created during the Ice Cream Sandwich developement brings a few changes to the table.

Most notably the UI and styling of the app is more in tune with how Android 4.0 looks and for those who loaded up the previously leaked version -- it will look familiar but others changes can be found within as well such as:

  • Battery life improvements
  • Navigation and performance improvements
  • Significant notifications improvements
  • Brand new posting UI
  • Several bug fixes
  • Support for Google Apps users
  • Ability to sign out
  • Add people to a circle from circle profiles

All in all, a nice update that will hopefully correct a lot of concerns some have had. You can fire up the Android Market or grab it from the link below, where you'll also find some more screenshots

Source: Ben Eidelston

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