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2 years ago

Android Game Review: Office Jerk

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If you've ever worked in an office (even I have, once), you probably knew someone like this. Snarky, stuck up, and the consummate overachiever, the Office Jerk sits right in front of you and needs to be put in his place.

How to do it? By throwing things at him, of course. You can toss all sorts of things at him, ranging from harmless (a wadded up piece of paper) to downright deadly (a stick of TNT). How he manages to never succumb to any of this is beyond me, but I guess it's just that Employee of the Month kind of drive.

You get points for nailing the OJ in the head, and the calendar on your desk keeps track of your score. Different items get your different amounts of points (I think the cupcake and the egg are the highest) and your best streak is also totalled, as well.

There's an environmental factor to the game too, not unlike putt-putt golf. There's an arrow pointing either left or right and it's telling you the wind speed and direction. It's not from your desk fan (because you can throw that, too), so I assume it's from the air conditioning unit. At any rate, that's something you need to factor into your tosses, lest you break your streak.

While seemingly simple, Office Jerk feels like its got a lot to offer. It's quirky and there's a number of reactions you can elicit from your office building enemy. You can also aim for things far away from him just to see what happens (try the office door). At 99 cents, Office Jerk feels like a steal, especially for those days you come home from work and have to take out your frustrations on this digital coworker instead of your real ones.

Download links and more screenshots are after the break.

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2 years ago

Microsoft releases the Windows Azure Toolkit for Android

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Microsoft has released the Azure Toolkit for Android, providing an SDK and native libraries to support storage and authorization for its Windows Azure cloud-based development platform.  This will give Android developers a way to write applications that use the Windows Azure services, and will lead to more cross-platform apps that use the same data set.  Included with the toolkit is a sample application and unit tests, allowing developers to write and build everything using Eclipse with the standard Android SDK. 

Love it or hate it, Microsoft knows application development.  It also understands that an open platform model and cross-platform applications are not only good for business, but good for the consumer -- giving app developers a way to write an application for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 7 using well written and supported tools.  Windows Azure offers features that developers may want to explore, and not locking those devs to WP7 only apps is a smart move and a recipe for success. 

Source: Microsoft; Wade Wenger

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2 years ago

Reminder: Last chance to win a 3D phone with SpeedX 3D and Android Central!

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Update: Here's a quick reminder that there's just a few more hours left for you to win an LG Optimus 3D or HTC EVO 3D in our super-awesome contest, brought to you by HyperBees and SpeedX 3D. The contest closes as 5pm EST this evening, and the winner will walk away with a 3D phone of his or her choice.

All you have to do is prove your worth in Hyperbees' SpeedX 3D, an addictive tunnel racer that includes plenty of levels, challenge modes and full stereoscopic 3D support in the paid version. Here's how it works --

  • Download either the free or paid version of SpeedX 3D from the Android Market. If you already have SpeedX 3D, make sure you're on at least version 2.5.5.
  • Select "Play" and then "Contest" from the main menu and see how long you can race before being eliminated. The longer your run, the higher your score.
  • Compete against other players (top scores are available here).
  • There is no limit to the number of times you can attempt to improve your score, so keep trying!
  • The contest is open to readers worldwide and runs until Wednesday, 31 August at 5 PM EST.
  • Winners will be announced here on AC on Thursday, 1 September.

Join us after the jump for the QR code and Market download link for the free version, as well as the full contest rules.

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2 years ago

Google Voice updated, provides fix for delayed SMS and voicemail notifications

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The Google Voice app has been updated in the Android Market. The updated includes, among other enhancements, a new widget and a fix for delayed SMS and voicemail notifications.

Here is the full list of changes --

  • Does not require data connectivity for making calls to all numbers you previously called
  • Warns you when no data connectivity before you compose/send text messages
  • Fix for bug that required to click the voicemail play button twice
  • Fix for notifications delays for SMS and voicemails

There's also a new widget included with this update -- a larger Inbox widget displays your most recent text messages is available now. It's always great to see an update for Google Voice so head on to the Market to get the latest version, or use our links after the break.

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2 years ago

Android App Review: MobiReader Pro by DIOTEK Co

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While business cards may be slowly getting phased out due to people switching to electronic forms of spreading contact information, I don't know a single person that doesn't have a stack of them sitting around from various people and businesses. The problem though, is what to do with them once you get them. Who has time to sit down and manually enter them into their address book? I know I don't. MobiReader Pro is an app developed to help conquer that issue, as well as scan documents and create PDFs on the go.

This app is really easy to use. Simply choose Scan Business Card from the options carousel and snap a picture of the business card. MobiReader Pro scans the card, extracting the contact's name, area of business, company name, phone number email address, and postal address. You can choose to save this info in your phone's contacts, or just inside the app in the Business Card Holder. From within the application you can call the contact, view the business card image, and edit the details that were extracted. Another cool feature to the business card scanner is the inclusion of augmented reality. Choose this option and and you can see the location of the business based on the addresses of your scanned cards.

The second part of MobiReader Pro is the document scanner. Working much like the business card scanner, you choose this option and snap a picture of the document. Not only can you edit the text from the scan, you can save the document to a folder, convert into PDF, and upload to Google Docs. You can even translate the document into 54 different languages! And if you don't need the entire page, you can crop it down to a section, and use any of the above options on just that part.

The final option in MobiReader Pro is the Image to PDF converter. Quite handy when on the go, you can convert an image from your gallery, Business Card Holder, Document folder, or take a picture to convert. The finished PDF can be emailed, uploaded to Google Docs, or saved in the Document Folder.

I did some test scans of both business cards and documents with MobiReader Pro, and I was pretty pleased with the results. While most of the information was accurate, there was always some editing to be done. Still, even with editing, the app makes it much faster to get that information into your phone than entering it all manually. So if you're looking for an alternative to spending an afternoon going through that stack of business cards, or find yourself needing a quick way to scan documents on the go, check out MobiReader Pro. You can grab it on sale now for $3.99, regularly $12.99 in the Android Market.

Download links and more screenshots are after the break.

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2 years ago

Android App Review: Barcode Scanner

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This one's a classic, and with 10 to 50 million installs, it should be. Most of you have probably heard of it, but for those who haven't, it's called Barcode Scanner and you're going to want to get it.

Barcode Scanner is pretty straightforward. Open up the app, line up a barcode in between the rectangular viewfinder, and you're off to the races. If you're scanning traditional barcodes, Barcode Scanner will give you price comparisons on whatever product you're looking at as well as user reviews.

What really makes Barcode Scanner something you'll want to download is the fact it scans and reads QR codes. For those who don't know, QR codes are those black-and-white squares found at the end of all of our app reviews. They usually contain data like a text file, or in this case, a link to an app on the Market. Having Barcode Scanner at your disposal means you can just scan the code and get taken to the app in the Market, no searching necessary.

Barcode Scanner also has some cool sharing options. You can send information you scan to someone via a text message or you can share it on any number of networks you've downloaded on your phone. That includes email, bluetooth, or in my case, Google+. It's another simple and intuitive way to get the word out about something you scanned and makes it easy on others trying to access the same information.

Barcode Scanner is completely free to download and totally ad-free as well. It's a small app with no frills about it. You can scan barcodes (and QR codes) and that's about it.

If you've got an Android phone, you probably already have it, but in case you don't, download links and a few more screenshots are after the break.

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2 years ago

Android Wallpaper Review: Koi Live Wallpaper

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There's a live wallpaper for everyone, and if you're looking to be soothed by a tranquil, digital koi pond, then this is the one for you.

Koi Live Wallpaper does exactly what the name implies: puts up a koi pond with fish swimming around in it. At first glance it's just decent. The background image doesn't look quite right and the fish look a little too pixelated and on the foreground for it to settle correctly. Fortunately, once you actually select the wallpaper, it's harder to notice those details.

You're able to create ripples on the screen by tapping, although it doesn't do much (anything) to the fish. A double-tap drops some food flakes into the water and all the fish come out to eat some grub. It's a nice little bit of interactivity that at least offers some moments of entertainment.

One of the strongest parts of the wallpaper is its settings menu. The settings menu is only available if you buy the donate version, but it's pretty comprehensive. From the settings menu you can choose your ideal background, modify things like rain speed (if any), plants in the water (if any), and edit your fish.

The fish editing is probably the coolest single option, if only because it showcases how many different koi you can have, and you can edit their sizes, too. The wallpaper defaults you around six fish (and only two or three colors) when you first download, but I quickly changed that.

The Koi Live Wallpaper is free in the Android Market, or, if you've just gotta have access to the settings menu, 99 cents. We've got download links and more screenshots after the break.

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2 years ago

Epson iPrint application now available for Android

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Have an Epson wireless printer and want to be able to print from your Android device using it? You're in luck. The Epson iPrint application has a lot of the features you may be looking for an is now available for download.

Key Features:

  • Print, scan and share directly from an android smartphone or tablet
  • Print photos and web pages
  • Access and print online files from Box.net, Dropbox, and Evernote
  • Use the built-in Web browser to find and print a web page
  • Configure print options including paper size and type, number of copies and page range
  • Scan from an Epson all-in-one and share the file
  • Check your printer’s status and ink levels
  • Get help with a built-in FAQ section

Epson iPrint is compatible with Android OS 2.1 or later and is available for free worldwide on the Android Market. You'll find the download link past the break, as well as the full press release.

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2 years ago

Let's play some Football, Madden 12 out now!

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Just in time for the start of the regular season, the latest installment in the hugely popular Madden franchise arrives in the form of EA's Madden 12. You guys know the score -- all the official teams, over 2500 official players, this is once again being billed as the "ultimate football experience." 

It'll set you back £4.86 in the UK, which roughly translates to around $7 or $8 stateside. It only requires Android 2.1 and up, so what are you waiting for? 

Hit up the download link after the break!

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2 years ago

Mozilla working on a tablet specific version of Firefox, show a peek at the new UI

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If you have a Honeycomb tablet, I know you're aware of just how great some of the apps can look and feel.  It looks like Mozilla is aware as well, and are hard at work building a tablet specific version of Firefox Mobile.  Based on the same core code as the existing Firefox Mobile browser, the user interface looks to be receiving some very nice changes for the extra screen real estate that a tablet provides.  All the familiar features are there, including the awesomebar, and so far the biggest change looks to be the way tabs are shown and navigated.  In portrait mode, you'll have a button near the address bar that opens a menu of your running tabs, and in landscape, you'll have a persistent scrollable bar on the left with previews of each running tab.  We are pretty excited to see what the folks at Mozilla cook up next, as there's a space for the "perfect" web browser on a tablet that's still wide open.  You can see a few more pictures at the source link.

Source: Ian Barlow

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