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2 years ago

Lightbox Photos now available in the Android Market

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Back during Google IO we were able to score the above video demo of Lightbox for Android, and it was pretty awesome. Moving forward to today, the app is now available in the Android Market for all download.

Similar to Color that was released not to long ago, LightBox for Android pulls in photos from all your social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare and synchronizes them with your device. It also allows you to share any images you have taken to those same social networks.

In addition to the synchronization options built-in, you also get a photo editor which allows you to select from different photo filters and adjust your images before sharing. Lightbox is available for both Android phones and tablets -- give it a run through and let us know what you all think in the comments. Download link can be found past the break.

Thanks, Taylor, for the tip!

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2 years ago

Lookout updates premium service with 'Safe Browsing' feature, announces partnership with Sprint

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Lookout has announced a new feature to their premium service, called Safe Browsing.  What it does is spread protection from malware beyond installed applications, and into your browser.  If you've ever used the Chrome browser, and spent any time on the Internet, you've surely seen sites blocked because of malware or phishing -- that's what the new Safe Browsing feature does.  I spent some time talking with Lookout's Marketing Director Alicia diVittorio, and Senior Software Engineer Anbu Anbalagapandian and got a little explanation of what to expect, and then spent a little time going through the paces and testing it out. 

First the technical details.  Safe Browsing sits idle in the background, listening for the "intent" (think of that as a command) to open a web URL through the browser.  It checks that URL, and if it comes back clean, it goes back to sleep.  If not, you get a message pop-up with a warning.  This means it works with website addresses from any source, including Twitter and Facebook.  Since the necessary evil of URL shorteners is now pretty commonplace, this is a pretty nice way to be sure you're going where you think your going.  In the usage department, it's simple.  Open Lookout, go into the settings, and turn it on.  If you stumble across a website that's acting a little suspicious, it tells you.  If not, it sits quietly out of the way.  Anbu told me they tested the battery life and performance impact, and found no issues at all.  While one day is hardly a perfect use case, I didn't notice any more wear and tear on the battery than normal, and saw no change in the way my phone performed, so my short test agrees. 

In addition to the new Safe Browsing feature, Lookout also announced that they are partnering with Sprint, making Lookout available directly from the Sprint Zone, and the Sprint tab in your phone's Android Market page.  This should make it much easier to find for those new to Android, and especially those new to smartphones and the most susceptible to the dirty tricks out there in the wilds of the web.

Safe Browsing is a premium feature.  We've went over the other premium features pretty well when they were released.  You need to look at what's offered, then decide if you need to go premium.  If you do need the pay services, it will cost you $2.99 per month, or $29.99 a year.  To celebrate the launch of Safe Browsing, Lookout is offering $5.00 off the price of the subscription for the next seven days.  Just use the code BESAFEAC when you purchase your subscription via the app and you'll save enough money for lunch.  You'll also wanna jump past the break and read the press release, watch a short video of Safe Browsing in action, and find the download link. 

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2 years ago

Starbucks for Android now serving in the Android Market

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Sweet mother of all things caffeinated -- the Starbucks Android app is finally in the Android Market. And it's everything our jittery hands could have dreamed of.

When you first launch the app, you'll be asked if you want to log in, sign up for an account, or continue without an account. We logged in (as any good over-paying coffee drinking would do) and then were greeted with the option to enter any Starbucks cards. Your phone will then display the card's barcode, which you can have scanned in a store to pay for your coffee. (Who needs NFC?)

You can also check your balance, add your credit card information and refill your Starbucks card that way, check your transaction history, find a store on Google Maps, track your Stars in the My Starbucks Rewards program, and basically do everything you'd expect to be able to do with a proper Starbucks Android app.

A couple of caveats: U.S. only, for now. And you can only have a card on one phone at a time. If you want to reload someone else's card, you'll need to do it from a proper browser.

That's it, folks. We're off for a triple vanilla latte (and maybe a cinnamon twist, if we're feeling saucy). Download links and screen shots are after the break!

Thanks, @ahdelo!

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2 years ago

Kiloo partners with PapayaMobile, bringing their games to Android

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Kiloo, the folks behind the huge hit Frisbee Forever for iOS, will be partnering with PapayaMobile and launching their games on Android using the social gaming network.  Using Papaya's social SDK, Killo games will have access to features like news feeds, leaderboards, chat, achievements, and custom avatars.  There's also those 18 million existing Papaya users on Android, so it's easy to see the draw here.  For users like you and I, the best part of this mutually beneficial partnership is more quality games for the Android platform.  Everyone's a winner. 

We don't have all the details, but expect to see Kiloo games, starting with Frisbee Forever, in the Android Market sometime later in the year.  You can read the full press release after the break.

More information: PapayaMobile; Kiloo

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2 years ago

Strava launches free Android application for cyclists

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Riding a bike is one of my favorite pastimes -- my friends and I used to hop on our bikes and take off. But, sadly, at the end of the day none of us ever knew how far we went, how fast we went, or any other information about the ride. Previously I have driven the route that I rode to find out how far it was, but gone are those days as Strava has launched an application which solves all these issues.

Android owners can download this free application from the market and it will allow users to track their distance, speed, climb and much more in real time right from your device, no more uploading data to a computer to view it. Users can upload their information to the site to keep running records of their rides, but they can also compare and compete with others right from their device. So if you enjoy riding your bicycle and don't want to spend tons of money on a ride monitor, be sure to head to the market and download this today for free. Download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Android Quick App: Ninua (Beta)

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News apps and RSS readers are a dime a dozen. While the content and interface can vary from app to app, the basics are essentially the same. You choose your news sources and interesting topics, and let the app pull articles it thinks you'll like and display them in a phone-friendly format.  It's a great way to get a list of articles that you'll (hopefully) be interested in each morning.  But if we want to find out what articles our friends like, we have to go to Facebook, twitter, or go through our email for those rare "FWD" emails that don't include pictures of funny cat faces.

Ninua is a new Android application that hopes to make your daily news stream more social. While the app still has a few rough edges, it's now my go to news source on my phone.  Full impressions after the break.

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2 years ago

Samsung Fascinate receives minor software update

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It looks like owners of the Fascinate will start seeing a minor update pushed out to their devices soon.  The update seems to be rather small and the only two changes listed are:

  • Improved incoming call connectivity
  • Improvements to how OTA's are delivered to the device.

Several members in our forums apparently already have the update, so if you haven't received it yet, you should.  In the mean time, you can look at the official change log after the break. 

Source: Verizon; via Android Central Forums Thanks, Cort! 

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2 years ago

Swype 3.0 beta is Honeycomb optimized, improves predictive text and layout

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Update 2: It's back, folks! Get to downloading.

Swype has announced the latest beta (version 3.0 for those keeping score at home) and one of the big changes that come along with it is a special WXGA version designed for Honeycomb tablets, which features a movable and resizeable keyboard layout. 

Other changes include the way word correction is handled when you stop swyping and revert to tapping out the letters -- you can now mix and match and still keep word autocorrect and prediction intact.  The pop-up for word choice when multiple guesses are presented gets an improvement, too, now an easier to read horizontal bar is presented versus that annoying dialog that used to jump up.  To top it all off, it looks like the predictive text engine itself has seen a big overhaul, and should work much better.

We know that Swype isn't for everyone, especially when it comes to using it on a tablet.  That's fine -- different choices are one of the main strengths of the Android platform, and Swype certainly is a different choice.  For the huge numbers of you who love Swype, keep an eye on the source link (currently down for maintenance) and give it a whirl.  Also, check out a short demo video showing it in action, after the break.

Update:  If you've been refreshing the beta download page at Swype, you've probably seen the latest update on the status of this.  If not, here's the latest from Swype:

BETA DELAYED BECAUSE:

a) We forgot to buy vowels

b) Our beta build server crashed

c) Upper management kept accelerating the beta schedule

d) All of above !#@$!&

No word on when to expect it, we'll tell you as soon as we hear something.

 

Source: Swype via MobileCrunch

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2 years ago

Android Quick App: Phantom Probes

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2 years ago

Android Quick App: Chompy's Dodgeball

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Chompy's Dodgeball is a delightful romp in the world of fast-paced digital dodgeball, where it's man vs. beast vs. ninja vs. yeti in an epic, winner-take-all reminiscent of the movie Dodgeball (except for the beats and yeti).

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