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2 years ago

Nascar.com launches their own Google TV app

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Nascar fans rejoice! Right out of the gates following the recent Google TV update announcement they have launched their own Nascar.com Live app into the market. 

Promising access to HD on demand content as well as all manner of information on your favourite drivers, teams and circuits the first racing app for Google TV is squarely aimed at enhancing the fans experience of watching Nascar racing. The apps "live mode" pairs up with the TV broadcasts picture-in-picture feature to bring you additional content while you watch. 

Check out the full press release and market link after the break. 

Source: Nascar.com

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2 years ago

Jolicloud aiming to bring all your cloud services under one Android application

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Gmail, Flickr, Dropbox, Picasa, are all massively popular cloud services, but all requiring their own applications to allow you to access your data. This is where Jolicloud, the portable desktop steps in, as they aim to bring their communal cloud access platform to the mobile space. 

For anyone not familiar, presently Jolicloud is basically a home for all your different cloud services, to be accessed from one place. The current offering is available as a web app, and also as an entire OS in the form of Joli OS. I've tried the OS, and while the range of cloud services that can plug into it is pretty wide, as a desktop OS there's no real need for it as Google Chrome has it covered for me. As a mobile offering, if done correctly, it becomes a whole different ball game. 

Task switching on Android is pretty simple, and slick in the case of Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich. The point remains though that you have to jump from your Gmail app, to your Dropbox app, and then over to your Flickr app. Jolicloud's principle is to remove task switching, and have everything accessible from one app, similar to the Flipboard social networking application. 

Currently still in beta in its early stages, there will soon be an Android application available for both phones and tablets that will provide access to the service over wifi and cellular data. There is no date as yet for the launch of the app, but applications for invites when the beta opens up can be found by hitting the source link below. 

Source: Jolicloud via The Mobile Indian

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2 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Oct 29, 2011

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With Halloween coming up so quickly we decided to treat you to a little bit of fun with a Halloween themed round up for this week! So, let's hit the break and take a look at some of our favorite Halloween flavored apps!

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2 years ago

Pure entering the UK music streaming market, Android app in tow

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The reign of Spotify as music subscription of choice in the UK market may be about to face its toughest challenge yet, as premium radio manufacturer Pure is ready to launch it's own service. Like Spotify, they're also bringing an Android application to market with them for all your music on the go needs. 

"The Lounge" service will work, like its competitors, on any web connected PC, Mac, their own range of Internet Radio's, and of course your Android devices. Costing just £5 per month though, it's half the price of a premium Spotify subscription. 7Digital have developed the backend to the service, whose biggest drawback prior to launch seems to be lack of offline caching. With UK mobile contracts being quite strict on data usage, streaming over 3G on the go may not last very long. 

As well as being able to search their massive catalogue of music, you will also be able to listen to your favourite web radio stations and podcasts on the go too, with this feature also supported in the Android application. 

Check out the Pure promo video after the jump. The service is expected to launch in December, with the Android application "coming soon."

Source: Pure Music via Gizmodo UK

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2 years ago

Dolphin Browser responds to allegations of data mining

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Several days ago we (and likely many others) were contacted about a potentially serious security issue with Dolphin Browser.  Apparently, quite a bit of information about your browsing session, including URL data for secure websites and search strings, was being forwarded to a remote server -- http://en.mywebzines.com.  We tore things apart and verified it, sure enough, it was happening and we were concerned.  Today the folks at Dolphin Browser have responded:

With roughly 300 Webzines supported at the moment, it was necessary for the client to check the current user URL against a database housing these 300 Webzine columns...None of these URLs have ever been stored by Dolphin, instead being used to cross-index if a Webzine for the current site exists. If it does, the current site is immediately converted to Webzine format; if not, it remains the standard mobile site. Again, none of this process is stored on the backend of our servers and we are deeply sorry that this was not made clear to our users from the beginning.

While the security nerd inside of us still cringes a bit at this, it's a perfectly reasonable explanation.  It's also the best way to handle the situation -- Webzine is pretty cool, and we don't want to have to maintain that database of 300 supported sites on our devices.  This should have been presented to the user before using the Webzine feature, but Dolphin Browser isn't evil.  We're glad they took the time to explain the whole mess, and now we can go back to using it.  Read the concerns, and Dolphin's entire response at the source links.

More: XDA-DevelopersDolphin Browser blog

Thanks, CB!

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2 years ago

University of Phoenix Android app now available

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Going to class online is gaining in popularity, and many people rely on online schools like the University of Phoenix for their education. The University of Phoenix realizes many of us use smartphones daily, and they wanted to make things easier for their students, so they have developed an application that is now available on Android. Setting time aside to attend your class is one thing, but trying to keep up with class discussions, grade postsings and all the other jazz that goes with it is where it gets tricky, but this is where the app comes into play with features like:

  • Participate in online classroom discussion forums
  • Draft and post to discussion threads, and reply to your classmates’ posts
  • View, edit and save drafts of your discussion posts
  • View message flags, discussion questions and class announcements
  • Receive real-time alerts when grades are posted
  • Receive real-time alerts when your instructor posts new threads or responds to your messages

If you are currently attending University of Phoenix, or know someone who is, hit the break for download links to get this free application on your Android device today!

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2 years ago

Samsung bringing S-Pen SDK to developers in December

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During Thursday's presentation at the Samsung Galaxy Note World Tour event in London, the S-Pen stylus was extensively shown off including a local artist creating the image seen here. Further enhancing their commitment to the device, and that it isn't a mere gimmick they also announced that an SDK for it will be available from December. 

Samsung are obviously keen to push the technology, and to engage the third-party developers in taking advantage of the device. They also unveiled the first batch of third-party applications designed specifically for the Note -- Omnisketch, Comic Book and Sooner Workplace.

The first two are the creative, arty type of app that we're bound to see plenty of appearing for the Note. Sooner Workplace however is the first application to take advantage of the obvious enterprise use case for the Note, including collaboration on documents among it's features. 

If you haven't already, check out our hands on with the Galaxy Note during last nights European launch event.

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2 years ago

Google+ expands to Gapps

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Finally, Google has opened up Google+ to Gapps users. That means if your sole Google account (and we do realize there are some of you out there) is run through Google Apps, you can now use that account for Google+. You'll have the same features as everyone else, and the ability to share with everyone on your domain, even if you haven't added them all to a circle. Very cool.

Source: Google Enterprise blog

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2 years ago

Android Quick App: Open Sea

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Who hasn't dreamed of being Moses, parting the Red Sea, right? Just us? No matter. With Open Sea, that's exactly what you do. You're "Mo" (get it?), the "prophetic leader" who "urges people to flee across the sea ... by foot."

Gameplay's pretty simple. You've got several sections of sea you need to move out of the way. Tap, and begone! It does get a little trickier, with multiple groups of follwers making the trek, and mummies and other obstacles getting in the way. But you can strike back as well, and hopefully take a little less an 40 years to get things done.

Open Sea is available as an abreivated "lite" version or as a 99-cent download. We've got hands-on video and download links to the paid version after the break.

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2 years ago

Android Game Mini Review: Word Farm

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Word games are always a great way to pass some time along while getting to stimulate your brain a bit in the process. Word Farm is a great free application available in the Android market that allows you to spend countless hours connecting letters to form words. The concept of the game is quite simple, connect the letters on the board to form as many words as possible in the minute time frame that is given. 

The first few games are quite tough, it is a great challenge to connect the letters and form words, and submit them all while keeping your eye off the timer. After getting the hang of a few games I was moving through them much quicker, the score continued to rise and rise, and before I knew it a whole hour had passed. The game offers in app purchases which allow you to buy various power-ups and other items to help your score rise, and allow you to beat some of your friends in score.

For the ever so lovely price of free, there is really no reason to skip out on downloading this game and giving it a shot. So, get to downloading, and be sure to let us know your scores! Hit the break for a few more screen shots and the download links.

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