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2 years ago

Android Wallpaper Review: Digital Hive Live Wallpaper

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I'm a huge fan of Honeycomb. I think Google developed something really cool with the TRON-like aesthetic, plus all of the bee-related imagery appeals to me. By default, I use the included hive wallpaper that's built into Honeycomb. Since I stumbled upon the Digital Hive Live Wallpaper, though, I'm not sure if I can ever go back.

Digital Hive Live Wallpaper looks just like the standard hive wallpaper, except now the hexagons hover in the air and sort of pulse up and down. If you touch one of the hexagons, it will respond to your touch and move accordingly. It's totally pointless, but a cool touch nonetheless.

On the wallpaper settings menu, you've got a number of settings to mess with and perfect your digital hive experience. The first setting is line quality, with two settings. If you're on a tablet or a high-end phone, you'll probably want to opt for the high quality. Otherwise, there's the standard quality.

Next are all of the color options. You're able to save three colors of your choosing, and then you can pick one of them to be the color source (the actual color of the shapes on the wallpaper). Choosing a color is easy as can be. All you do is pick the color spectrum you want to be in, then drag the little circle to your preferred shade.

There's also a "battery level" option for the color. If you pick this, your wallpaper will change colors depending on if your battery is full, at 50% (or less), or about to die. If you leave it alone, they'll be green, yellow, and red, respectively, but you can mess with those, too.

There's also options for motion (pulsing and whatnot), enabling touch response, and amplifying motion (which looks great on a tablet's full screen).

Performance-wise, I'd say there might be just the slightest bit of hang when moving from screen to screen, but that might just be my own paranoia about having a live wallpaper slow down my screen swiping. Overall, speed is mostly there, so I'm not sure if it's a combination of the floating shapes and the orientation moving along with each screen, but be aware.

Digital Hive Live Wallpaper goes for 99 cents in the Android Market. If you're as big a fan of the Honeycomb design as I am, it's something I'd definitely check out.

Download links and more pictures are after the break.

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2 years ago

Citrix GoToMeeting now available for more devices, comes preloaded on the Droid Bionic

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Back when the Motorola Droid 3 launched, one of the pre-loaded applications on the device was Citrix GoToMeeting along with Citrix Receiver. Now, Citrix has released the app to more Android devices in addition to their announcement of it also being pre-loaded on the upcoming Droid Bionic. (Just as it did on the Droid 3.)

These days, more people are leaving the confines of their offices and handling business on the go from their mobile devices. Citrix GoToMeeting allows you to attend those important meetings no matter where you are.

  • Quick session entry: Join meetings in seconds by clicking a link in an email or clicking the GoToMeeting icon and entering the meeting ID.
  • VoIP integrated audio: Quickly connect to audio through the Internet using the built-in mic and speakers.
  • Audio controls: Mute yourself to eliminate background noise while on the go.
  • Zoom in on meeting content: Zoom meeting content up to 200% by pinching the screen.
  • Portrait or landscape view: Flip your Android device to adjust your view of meeting content.
  • See who’s attending: View a list of meeting attendees.

The app is available now in the Android Market as a free download. You'll find the full press release and download link past the break should you need more info.

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2 years ago

Android Game Review: Destroy Gunners F

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Giant mechs have always held a special place in my heart. Be it the Megazord from Power Rangers (only the Mighty Morphin' variety), Xenogears, or even Gundam, giant robots have always been awesome. For us Android lovers, Destroy Gunners F looks to fill the mech-themed void on our platform with an imaginative and well designed game.

Destroy Gunners F thrusts you straight into battle, via the Score Attack or Extra Play options. There's no robot customization, no picking your decals, nothing. Pick a gameplay mode and you're put in the game's one robot model, outfitted with a number of weapon and an even larger number of adversaries that're trying to take you down.

Movement is controlled via the virtual joystick on the left side of the screen and firing is actually controlled by moving your finger on the screen. For example, if you want to lock on some missiles, drag the targeting circle over the bad guys, let it lock, and release to fire. The same is true with the other weapons, sans the locking on. Also, be aware you can't move and fire the cannon!

The left and right arrows on the right side of the screen are used to pan the camera around, so you can move the camera without using up vital ammunition. Tapping on the weapon button changes your equipped weapon, so you can always pick the right tool for the job. If it sounds like a bit much, don't worry. Everything flows really well, and being able to strafe so effectively while firing is implemented really well. To top it all off, you've also just a jet (jump) button, but it's placement seemed so awkward to me, I never really used it.

Because Destroy Gunners F only gives you the one robot, you're only really competing for the highest score. Score is affected by enemies destroyed, life remaining, time, etc. If you get bored trying to beat your own scores, Destroy Gunners F is OpenFeint enabled, so you can try and best other people's scores, too. As a matter of fact, there's a marquee at the bottom of the screen giving you someone's "score to beat" in each of the game modes.

Destroy Gunners F definitely has an Armored Core feel to it, for those who played that series back on the Playstation. The graphics are well done, the mech fighting and controls are tight, and the weapons palette is fairly varied, considering you can't customize anything. Best of all, it's free, so if you want to relive your mech-loving days, Destroy Gunners F is definitely worth checking out.

Download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Evernote updated to include better Skitch support, offline search and more

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Now that Skitch is a part of Evernote, we were wondering when we'd see some integration happening between the two apps and as luck would have it, Evernote already had a plan in effect. Available now in the Android Market is a freshly updated version of Evernote that includes better support for Skitch and deeply integrates the two applications. So what's new? Let's have a look:

  • Draw and Annotate with Skitch - When you create a note or edit an existing one, you’ll see Skitch’s heart logo in the toolbar. If you have Skitch installed (you really should if you don’t), then you’ll be taken into Skitch. In Skitch, you can draw and doodle, then send your sketch into Evernote by tapping the elephant icon in the top right.
  • Search when you’re offline - You can now search within your Evernote account when you don’t have a network connection. In the past, you were able to access certain notes offline, but searching for notes wasn’t possible. Now, Premium users can take entire notebooks offline and search within them. Free users can search within notes that they viewed or created on their Android device.
  • Slideshow View for images - Open a note, then tap on an image, photo or something you marked up in Skitch. This will open our new dedicated image viewing mode: Slideshow View. The image will take up the whole screen on a black background. Swipe left and right to view all the other images in that note. If your note contains an image and nothing else, then it will automatically open in Slideshow View.

The deeper integration with Skitch really shines when it comes to needing to annotate an already existing image. It's as easy as opening up that image, annotating it with Skitch and then saving it once again. That image will be saved with all the new annotations in place. Pretty awesome! Larger screened devices and tablets make use of this feature quite nicely, if you're looking to give it a shot -- the download link can be found past the break.

Source: Evernote Blog

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2 years ago

Android App Review: US Presidents

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Sometimes you just need to know about the U.S. presidents. Maybe you're in a history class. Maybe you like being the walking encyclopedia in your group of friends. Shoot, maybe you're just a patriotic citizen and it's something you've got to do, for you. Whatever the reason, there's an app for you, and it goes by the name of US Presidents.

US Presidents is pretty straightforward. You can view each president in chronological order, quiz yourself, look up presidents in a list (or search for them), or watch a "parade."

Pressing the "Learn" button at the top of the list pulls up the presidents, in order, one at a time. Think of it as a presidential flash card, if you will, with name, presidential number, birth and death place, and a portrait. The card also has political party, the dates he took and left office, their VP, and for fun, one trivia bit.

You can advance further into the list or backtrack using the left or right arrows at the top. Overall, simple and aesthetically pleasing.

The quiz option is pretty cool, as it lets you test your knowledge in a number of ways. You can test yourself on a president's full name, their VP, or their number, to name a few. Once the quiz has started, you're given four names to choose from. A counter up top keeps track of how much time has passed and how many questions you've answered correctly.

The Lookup option is exactly what you'd think it would be. You can either select a president from a long list or start typing a name in order to find exactly who you're looking for.

Last, there's the parade. The parade cracks me up because it's nothing more than a portrait of the president, their name, and the Stars and Stripes Forever by Sousa playing in the background.

Fortunately, for the aspiring history buff, US Presidents is free in the Android Market. If you're so inclined, download links and more pictures are after the break.

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2 years ago

Android App Review: ScreenCast & Screen Recorder

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Ed. note: Your phone must be rooted for this app to work.

Recording what's happening on your Android device's screen has always been a bit of an anomaly. There options were few and far between (one, two tops) and the frame rates you'd get from them weren't top-notch. Then, all of a sudden, like a beacon of hope and progress towards a better future, ScreenCast & Screen Recorder appeared.

ScreenCast & Screen Recorder is as simple to use as they come. Hit the big red record button on the main screen and you're good to go.

There also are a couple of settings in ScreenCast & Screen Recorder, like the ability to choose normal or high quality, pick the frames per second you want to record at, or define the default file name for your videos. It's pretty bare, but it doesn't need to be comprehensive. They are just screen recordings, after all.

There's also a built-in gallery where you can open and watch your videos, but be assured, everything still shows up in Android's gallery, too. Rounding it all out is the benchmark options, which stress tests your system to try and see what the maximum fps you can record at is.

ScreenCast & Screen Recorder doesn't do live streaming nor can it take screesnshots, but the developers says those are both features being worked on.

ScreenCast & Screen Recorder has both a free version and a paid version for $2.99. The free version is merely to let you see how the app works (and that it works at all) and only lets you record 30 seconds of video. Spring for the real thing and pay the three bucks. It's totally worth it.

Download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Android App Review: Wunderlist

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On any given day I have what seems like a never ending list of things I need to get done, and keeping track of it all isn't easy. Wunderlist is a great solution for that ever present to-do list, especially if you use different devices throughout your day. Not only is there an Android app, but Wunderlist is also available for iPhone, iPad, PC, Mac, and even online so devices such as the BlackBerry PlayBook can utilize the program.

We first told you about Wunderlist a few months back. It's really easy to use, and has a great UI with customizable backgrounds. Simply enter your task and any notes you like, include a due date, set the reminder, and save. You can sort your tasks by list, today, overdue, starred, and more. Seamless and automatic syncing across all devices you have the app on, regardless of the platform, makes this app really convenient. Today Wunderlist has gotten even better, as the latest update is not only much faster and more stable, but now includes a widget and push notifications!

If you haven't checked out Wunderlist yet, now is a great time to do so. If you are already using Wunderlist with an account, sync one last time before you download the new version. If you have been using Wunderlist for Android without an account, you’ll have to create one. Once you have, sync before you download. And since this incredibly useful and well put-together app is free on all platforms, you have nothing to lose! No need to add this app to your to-do list, the download link is after the break so go get it now.

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2 years ago

Android Game Review: A Game With Balls

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It's not every day that you come across a game with a title that could be read so many different ways. I won't even go into the various ways to interpret it, but suffice it to say the name doesn't lie. Because epic and hilarious titles are so few and far between, I had to take it upon myself to check things out.

A Game With Balls (AGWB from here on in) is a simple if not hypnotic game, where all you do is control a cannon that shoots balls at things that're careening towards it, ushering in its demise. Your projectiles aren't explosive and the things you're shooting at don't explode. Rather, you just nudge them out of the way.

It's got that oft-used "physics game" feel to it, with your balls bouncing off the balls you're shooting at and those balls flying around knocking other balls off target. You can string together some impressive combos, if you've got enough foresight (or you're lucky), shooting a stream at one object only to have them all bounce off and knock another one off course.

You get points based off of how long you survive and how many balls you shoot. These points are in the form of, you guessed it, more balls, that you can then use to unlock one of the other four levels. There's also three difficulty levels to choose from, ranging from normal to insane.

The different levels all have the same game mechanics, but the color schemes and music change, offering a fresh-yet-familiar experience no matter what level you're on. The background music is incredible, too, sucking you into this semi-hypnotic trance as you try to protect your cannon.

AGWB is a totally rad buy, good for killing a few minutes in between classes or a few hours when you find yourself with nothing to do. Cool music, great visuals, and mad replayability are just a couple of reasons to be fine with spending 99 cents on this game.

Download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Android Game Review: Word Ball

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I think I've already established that I like me some words. Give me something that forces my noggin to make sense of a nebulous jumble of letters and I'm a happy man. Plus, maybe (hopefully!) it'll keep me from going senile when I'm old.

Because of this obsession with vocabulary and words, I bring you Word Ball. Word Ball is a game where you make words by tapping on letters in differently colored balls. Spell out something lengthy or use an uncommon letter and your word is worth more points.

You advance from level to level by hitting a point barrier. For example, you can't get out of level one until you've earned 100 points. Hit 100 and you're off to, you guessed it, level two. The kicker is that if you lollygag a bit too long, certain letters start to shrink and eventually disappear from the screen. (How are you supposed to spell kumquat now?)

The other challenge is keeping track of all your letters. Like I mentioned in the video, with so many colors floating around, during any kind of extended play period, I get a mad headache. I think that's just me, but it's something to be aware of. Your eyes are going to be scanning, nonstop, for the letters you need.

Overall, I think Word Ball is pretty darn cool. If you're looking to sharpen your wordionado skills, I'd this is definitely something to look at. Word Ball goes for 99 cents in the Android Market.

Download links can be found after the break.

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2 years ago

Android App Review: Cyanide & Happiness

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Cyanide & Happiness is pretty darn hilarious. From their nonsensical comics to their "no one has hair" drawing style, the crazy antics and social commentary never cease to make me chuckle. When I found out they had an Android app, I was all over that like white on rice.

As far as the app goes, it's pretty simple to navigate. Open it up and you're taken to the main home screen which displays the latest comic, latest news story, and latest short. Basically, if you're looking for the latest, home is the place to be.

There's also a comics tab for (you guessed it!) an entire archive of comics as well as a list for those you've denoted as your favorites. The shorts tab has all of their videos. Select a short and you'll be prompted to choose your browser or the YouTube app (provided you have the YouTube app installed), but since it's streaming from YouTube regardless, playback works well.

The last tab is news and it's where all the non-comic, non-shorts blurbs go. Everything is chronological, with the newest stuff up top. Tap an article and it full-screens, perfectly rendered for whatever your resolution is.

There's also a pretty bare options menu, but you should check it out for the "Seizure Mode." I'll leave it at that.

The Cyanide & Happiness app costs 99 cents in the Android Market. More pictures and download links are after the break.

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