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5 years ago

Wordpress for Android v2.1 enters public beta

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Wordpress for Android has been steadily improving over time, and the latest attempt has just been released into public beta. V2.1 promises some "totally radical stuff" -- their words, not ours. 

What is this totally radical stuff? To save us hunting for it, the developers have posted a handy changelog, which looks like this --

  • Autosave timer while editing posts. Every 60 seconds the post will be autosaved.
  • Edit comments! You can edit comments while on the go now.
  • You can now set the width for linked images.
  • All new WordPress.com reader. Navigating posts is much faster and you can add comments to posts that you are reading. You can also share the post to other Android apps!
  • Small improvements to the UI, most notably that the delete post button has been moved to a less prominent spot to prevent accidental taps on it.
  • Reliability improvements
  • Translation updates

The developers are really keen for people to test this out, and run those new features through the mill a bit. If you run a Wordpress blog, then hit up the source link below to get your hands on a copy.

Source: Wordpress

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5 years ago

500px arrives for Android - Enjoy some of the world's best photos

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Sure, Instragram is fun for casual photo taking and sharing but for those who seek out higher quality photos there is a new site that offers up some of the world's best photos. 500px. Now finally, 500px has released their Android app to the Google Play Store for all. No, it's not for snapping a pic on your device and sharing it with others but it does however; allow you to elegantly showcase your already uploaded photos, create slideshows, browse your friends' photos and your favourites all from within the app itself.

  • Browse Popular, Editors Choice, Upcoming and Fresh. Photos change in real-time, so come back often for a fresh dose of inspiration
  • Filter by categories (tap and hold the icons on the left)
  • Full search
  • View beautiful, full size photos without distractions
  • Login or sign up for a 500px account to see your photos, friends' photos and your favorites
  • Vote for photos, add to favorites, read and leave comments
  • View photo descriptions, EXIF information, and location
  • Share photos on Twitter, Facebook, or see them in browser
  • Create a slideshow for every photo stream

The app is full of features and especially looks great on tablets where you can set it up view photos like a photoframe. If you're into photography or just love to look at great photos, this is indeed one app you'll not want to miss. You'll find the download link past the break, if you're interested in learning more about 500px the site, you can hit the source link below.

Source: 500px, Thanks, stbxxl!

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5 years ago

Spotify for Android gets major overhaul, preview version now available

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Music streaming service Spotify has overhauled its Android app with a brand new look and a slew of new features. Firstly, the app's been redesigned with support for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and it's clear the developers have borrowed a little of Google's ICS design language for their new app. Facebook-style slide-out navigation is included, replacing the menu key based navigation of old. And high-resolution cover art and high-quality (320kbps) streaming have also been added, along with performance improvements throughout the app.

Spotify promises more features, including Last FM scrobbling and folder support, before the new version is finalized. Note that to try out the new app, you'll need to be signed up for a Spotify Premium subscription, and as it's a stand-alone apk file, you'll need to enable unknown sources to install it.

For the full list of changes, along with download info, check the source link.

Source: Spotify

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5 years ago

PlayStation Suite SDK open beta begins

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As promised, Sony has launched the public beta of its PlayStation Suite SDK, following on from the closed beta that's been available to select developers in the US, UK and Japan since last November. The program, which is available online now at playstation.com/pss, allows game developers to create games and apps optimized for the recently-launched PlayStation Vita handheld console, as well as PlayStation-certified Android devices. (These include the Xperia Play, Xperia Arc, Xperia S, Sony Tablets P and S, and others.)

The open beta available free of charge to all developers, but after the beta period's up Sony plans on charging a $99 annual fee for access to the finalized SDK. It's also worth mentioning that any games created using the beta SDK won't be available until after the open beta wraps up, though devs are free to test and debug their creations during the beta period.

Interested developers can sign up over at the source link -- here's hoping the project results in some great titles for Sony's line-up of Android phones and tablets.

Source: PlayStation, SCEI

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5 years ago

Instagram update going out - Adds support for the Samsung Galaxy Y while addressing bugs for Froyo users

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The latest Instagram update is now rolling out to the masses. While it is a minor bug fix for most folks, if for some reason you still have a Android 2.2 Froyo device in your hands this will be one you'll want to grab. It addresses some bugs in certain devices running Froyo as well, adds support for the Samsung Galaxy Y. As always, you'll find the download past the break.

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5 years ago

PlayUp aims to make watching sports more social, introduces app for Android

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PlayUp is a new application for Android that wants to improve your sports watching experience by making it much more social.

Currently, if you're watching a live sporting event, you can text or send various messages to friends, but there hasn't been one unified app to aggregate everyone in.  With PlayUp, you can choose the sport and the specific game, gather with friends or just like-minded fans whom you've never met and start trash talking!

Here are all of the features of PlayUp:

• Free instant messaging around sport
• Live scores and stats for 25,000+ live games
• Invite friends from any social network
• Hangout and message in private with friends during the game
• Share posts with Facebook and Twitter
• Push notifications and friend alerts
• Join public discussions with other fans
• Make friends with like-minded sport fans

PlayUp is a great concept because if there's one thing about sports fans, it's that we're a passionate bunch who always have an opinion. To be able to talk to other people who share our interests right from our mobile device is a great feature. The app is free and available from the Google Play Store, please find links after the break.

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5 years ago

ZumoDrive going the way of the Dodo; get all your files before June 1

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Motorola has announced that they will be shutting down ZumoDrive, effective June 1, 2012. We're not too surprised here, as when Motorola bought out Zecter (ZumoDrive's parent company) they weren't shy about wanting the tech to integrate the streaming abilities with their own software. They've accomplished this, and also invite everyone (well, everyone with a Motorola phone or tablet) to move on over to MotoCast

You'll want to be sure to get all your data out of ZumoDrive before June 1, and they are making it fairly easy with the "ZumoDrive downloader tool", which you can run and suck everything out of the cloud and onto your computer hard drive. Data not downloaded by June 1 will be "securely erased" and gone forever, so this is something you'll want to take care of. 

If you are a ZumoDrive user, and have a Motorola device, you'll probably be best served jumping into MotoCast. For those who aren't using Motorola hardware, this may be a great opportunity to see what Google Drive is all about. See the official announcement after the break.

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5 years ago

Mobile Nations interview: Pocket developers

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The transformation of Read It Later to Pocket is complete, but a change of that size never comes easy. Behind the marketing team, the publicists, and the folks who count the beans you have the developers. Sure, their job isn't as glamorous as some, but in the end none of it could happen without their hard work, great ideas, and incredible luck -- writing great code is not easy.

Rene took a moment and spent some time with Nate and Max from Pocket's development team, who were gracious enough to tell us a bit about the ideas and execution behind Pocket. How a beautiful app (and make no mistake, Pocket is top-notch) transforms from ideas into pixels is interesting, and this one is a must-watch. Have a look, and if you haven't already tried Pocket the download links are after the break.

Thanks Nate and Max!

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5 years ago

Google Chrome for Android updated for better bookmarking, adds switch for mobile view

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Heads up, boys and girls. Android's Chrome browser (still in beta, natch) just got a pretty significant update. Here's what's new:

  • You can now request the desktop version of a website, in case you would rather not view the mobile version.
  • You can now add bookmarks as shortcuts on your home screen, so you can get to your favorite sites faster.
  • Choose your favorite apps to handle links opened in Chrome.
  • Have a proxy setup for Wi-Fi access? You can now use Chrome with the system proxy configured in Android settings.

Huzzah! Remember that Chrome is still only available for devices with Ice Cream Sandwich. We've got download links after the break if you need 'em.

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5 years ago

Read It Later, the "DVR for the web", is now Pocket

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Read It Later, the popular multi-platform "DVR for the web", is now Pocket, and is now available for free in the Google Play store. With a free account, Pocket will save the articles, photos, and videos of your choosing to your queue (or “pocket”), which is accessible from your phone, tablet or computer. The content you save is optimized in a layout that’s easy to read, and once you sync your pocket, it is available for offline viewing.

Along with the new name, the update brings new content filters, more organizing tools, and faster syncing. Accounts are free, and your Read It Later account will work seamlessly with Pocket. Hit the break for the full presser and the Google Play link.

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5 years ago

Google Drive to launch next week with companion Android app?

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Google Drive has been one of those long rumored products that never seems to be released. Google has been steadily releasing increased functionality to Docs so that you can use it as a cloud drive, but there just isn't a desktop interface like the other competitors such as Dropbox.

That all may change next week. According to a variety of sources, including The Next Web and Techcrunch, Google is planning to launch Drive as early as next Tuesday.

Here are some details as to what the service may offer:

  • 5GB for free
  • Will work in desktop folders on Windows and Mac
  • Android and iOS apps will also be released

Sound compelling? I've used Docs for cloud storage for a variety of file types, but I do miss the ability to simply drop a file in a folder and have it sync. As much as I love Dropbox, Google Drive sounds as though it can offer more storage for cheaper. What will it take for you to switch from your cloud service of choice?

Source: The Next Web

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5 years ago

Google Maps updated with 'critical bug fix'

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We're not sure exactly what's involved in the 'critical bug' that's just been fixed in Google Maps for Android, but if you're a Maps user (and we're guessing most of you are), you'd best head to that apps list and get updating. The new Google Maps version 6.5.1 offers just a single bullet point in its change list -- "includes a critical bug fix." It seems whatever the issue is, it affects both tablets and phones alike, as we're seeing the update on our Honeycomb devices too.

Head to "My Apps" list in the Google Play Store to grab the new version of Maps. And be sure to shout out in the comments if you've noticed anything different in this new version.

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5 years ago

TeamViewer for Meetings updated with VoIP support

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The folks at Teamviewer have pushed out quite the update for their TeamViewer for Meetings app, bringing some minor bug fixes, full hardware acceleration for Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich tablets, and VoIP support. VoIP support on top of the already excellent Teleconferencing application really opens up things on a Wifi-only Android tablet, and better hardware acceleration support for those same tablets means a better -- and more productive -- user experience. 

TeamViewer's apps and servers (they make an awesome Remote Desktop-style product as well) are 100 percent free for normal, non-commercial users. The Windows server has the ability to host meetings used with the mobile application, but as of yet the Mac and Linux versions do not, offering only the remote control abilities. We've got a mess of links below, and TeamViewer's press release after the break.

More: TeamViewer

Download the TeamViewer for Meetings Android app

Download the TeamViewer for Remote Control Android app

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5 years ago

Temple Run updated with Twitter integration and numerous bug fixes

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With 10 Million people having now downloaded Temple Run for Android it has given the folks at Imagni Studios something to work on for the past little while and now, they've rolled out the latest update to address some bugs and features in the game. As noted in the change log, the latest release includes the following bug fixes:

  • Fixed a bug with scoring that was making it harder to get points
  • Fixed a bug that made the runner accelerate too fast
  • Fixed a bunch of other bugs and some spelling mistakes

In addition to all those fixes, you'll find the latest update also has Twitter integration so that you may get your humble brag on when you get an epically high score in the game. If you happen to find any remaining bugs, by all means forward them on to Imagni Studios. In the meantime though, you'll find the Temple Run download link beyond the break if you've yet to give it a go.

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5 years ago

Google Offers updated with refreshed UI, faster browsing and improved notification control

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Although Google Offers still remains limited to the U.S. a new update to the app has now landed. With this release Google seemingly worked on getting the UI in line with that of its other apps as it now sports a fresh new look, faster browsing plus, they've gone ahead and corrected a bug where disabling notifications wasn't working properly for some folks. In addition to all those improvements, Google now supports 40 cities and has signed up to 30 different partners sites to help give you some great offers. You can grab the download link past the break.

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