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4 years ago

Preview: ngmoco's newest RPG, Skyfall


Plus, we've got 500 beta codes!

There aren’t many truly successful free-to-play RPGs out there for mobile. As a WoW addict, Spacetime Studios certainly holds my interest with mobile MMORPGs Pocket Legends and Star Legends, but I’ll admit there are time issues involved like any other MMORPG. You just can’t get things done without a larger chunk of time, and dungeon crawls require the muscle of at least 2-3 other people. That’s why I was so excited to check out a preview of Skyfall, ngmoco’s newest “social F2P RPG” that’s headed for the Android Market.

Let's take a walkthrough, shall we?

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4 years ago

Google reminds us App Inventor shutting down at end of year, download your projects now


Google overnight sent out e-mails reminding users of its expiring App Inventor that it will no longer support the project on Dec. 31, 2011. As you'll recall, App Inventor was a tool that allowed anyone with arguably no programming skills to create Android apps, though it certainly wasn't quite as easy as that sounds. Google's shutting things down but open-sourcing the project to MIT, and you can migrate your projects over if you want to keep them. Head to App Inventor and hit the "Download all projects" button and you'll get a handy zip file.

Full text of the e-mail's after the break.

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4 years ago

Nook for Android update adds Nook Newsstand


Just in case you've not already updated as of yet -- Barnes & Noble is now sending out emails letting everyone know Nook Newsstand has now been added to the Nook for Android app along with a brand new UI as well as some bug fixes:

  • NOOK Newsstand on smartphones
  • Personalized recommendations
  • Larger book and newsstand covers in your NOOK Library for easier browsing
  • Global lock orientation setting

The additions also suggest various other bug fixes have been put in place but don't call anything specific out. Though, if you are updateing make sure to note that versions prior to 2.7 to 3.0 requires sign-in & re-downloading items where as 2.7 and up do not. Since the update started rolling out last week, you might want to check the reviews first before upgrading to see how people are liking it as you may wish to stay on your current version.

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4 years ago

Joe Mobi launches for Android devices - Build a customized Android app for your Wordpress blog


If you run your own Wordpress blog, chances are you're using the Wordpress client to go ahead and access your blog on-the-go. But what if you could have your own, customized app built the way you wanted, branded and it had the capability to be shared with your readers. Would you use it? I'm sure a few of you out there would and that is exactly what Joe Mobi is offering.

While still running in beta status for now, the folks from Joe Mobi have gone ahead and launched their Android set up for Wordpress blog owners. Now, you can build a customized app for your blog and have it work on Android or BlackBerry devices. You can brand it with your own logo and icon, pick your own colors and more.

The service is free and when all is said and done you get a neatly packaged .apk to install for yourself and a link for which you can share with your readers. It's a pretty unique service and one I think a lot of people who run a Wordpress blog can make use of. You'll find their full press release past the break and you can hit the source link to get started on your own app today!

Source: Joe Mobi

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4 years ago

Android Mini App Review: PrettyPix HD


Ok -- I'll admit it, I am a huge sucker for changing wallpapers on any device I own, and I am an even bigger sucker for an extremely well designed wallpaper application. I have been known to spend hours searching for a new wallpaper to match my home screen configuration, and I tend to get bored looking at the average wallpaper applications. Meet PrettyPix HD, my new favorite wallpaper application.

Sure, you may be thinking that it is just another wallpaper application, but that's where you are wrong, this one does it with some serious style. From the first launch you will notice the layout is very clean, nice spacing between each wallpaper, and a very simple interface. Depending on your preference you can scroll through the pages, or sort by category, and once you find one you like and you click on it the image shows in the center of the screen, showing you the full image, and up top you have thumbnails of the wallpaper before and after it in the series.

The application, like most of the others, offers you the ability to save the wallpapers to your device, as well as share them with friends and family, as well as crop the wallpapers if you only want to use a particular section of it. With over 50,000 HD wallpapers, and a price tag of free, what is stopping you from hitting the break with us and checking out the download links?

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4 years ago

Music mix favorite 8Tracks now on Android


We're playing around with the 8Tracks Android app this morning, getting our mix on and are pretty much enjoying the ad-supported service. The idea's simple enough: DJ's (that's you) make mixes of at least eight songs, which anyone can listen to. You can like and share individual mixes, follow DJs and be as social (or not) as you want.

It's a pretty diverse crowd, to be sure. And the service gets better the more you share, which makes sense for this sort of thing. You can also browse by tags -- sex mix anyone? -- which is a fun way for genre browsing. You'll need to either register with 8Tracks or log in with Facebook.

We've got more screen shots and download links asfter the break.

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4 years ago

Adobe makes it official: Adobe AIR now its focus for mobile, HTML5 takes over the web


Adobe this morning confirmed a ZDNet report that Flash Player would be going the way of the dinosaurs, marking a fairly major shift in the company's mobile strategy. Instead, Adobe will focus on AIR for cross-platform mobile applications, and to ramp up its contributions to HTML5 -- with which it also had been working all along.

Writes Danny Winokur, VP and GM of interactive development at Adobe:

HTML5 is now universally supported on major mobile devices, in some cases exclusively.  This makes HTML5 the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms. We are excited about this, and will continue our work with key players in the HTML community, including Google, Apple, Microsoft and RIM, to drive HTML5 innovation they can use to advance their mobile browsers.

Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores.  We will no longer continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configurations (chipset, browser, OS version, etc.) following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook.  We will of course continue to provide critical bug fixes and security updates for existing device configurations.  We will also allow our source code licensees to continue working on and release their own implementations.

So that's that. Flash Player will live on in the traditional browser space. But for our smartphones, HTML5 and the mobile web will rule.

Source: Adobe

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4 years ago

Adobe to stop new development on mobile Flash Player


In a briefing to certain people "close to the matter" Adobe has revealed plans to halt future development of the mobile Flash Player, says ZDNet.  According to the leaked document:

Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations. Some of our source code licensees may opt to continue working on and releasing their own implementations. We will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates.

Adobe will continue to support the current versions of mobile Flash Player, but their main focus will now be on HTML5 and embedded Flash or Air applications for mobile devices.  Flash for the desktop will still be actively developed.  The full announcement is expected sometime today.

What does this mean for those of us that already have Flash on our phones?  Not much.  Security patches and bug fixes will still be developed.  The real changes come when you consider new hardware architecture or new builds of Android.  These deceives won't be supported.  It's an interesting move, and we're curious to see how it plays out.

Source: ZDNet

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4 years ago

Atari's Greatest Hits now on your Android device!


Youtube link for mobile viewing

Ahh, Atari. Long before PlayStation, XBOX and Wii there was Atari. While many of the Atari franchise games have been re-released over the years, they've not quite may their way to Android. That all changed a few days ago with the release of Atari's Greatest Hits in the Android Market.

As a starter, you get Missile Command for free when you download the app and other classics such as Asteroids, Centipede, Gravatar and many others are supported through the in-app purchasing options as game packs. Each game pack will cost you $.99 or if you're looking to go all in, you can purchase all 100 games for $10. The full list is available in the Android Market.

Personally, I went with the $10 for 100 -- It's cheaper that way and you'll never have to worry about buying a game pack for $.99 and only getting one game you like but to each their own. If you dig old school gaming as much as I do, go ahead and jump past the break for the download. Be warned though, you may have to excuse yourself from any plans you made previously.

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4 years ago

Firefox 8 for Android live in the Market now


Firefox fans listen out, the latest version of Mozillas popular mobile browser, version 8.0, is now live in the Android Market. 

The update promises improved performance, along with the ability to add bookmarked sites to the home screen, and their master password function. This basically allows you to encrypt all your saved passwords with one master password for increased security.

Check the download links after the break.

More: Mozilla


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4 years ago

Android Kids App: Radio Disney


If you've got kids who love Disney music -- or, heck, if you do, too -- check out the Radio Disney app. It's a simple (and free) streaming service full of songs and and interviews via radio stations nationwide. You can mark stations as favorites, see what's been recently played, and send shout-outs through the app. It'll run in the background as well, so you can go about doing non-Disney things while you listen.

We've got download links after the break.

Thanks, Kyle, for the suggestion! See more Android kids apps here

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4 years ago

Burn the Rope Worlds lands in the Android Market


The folks from Big Blue Bubble have now taken the wraps off their latest in the Burn The Rope series for Android. Burn The Rope Worlds is now available for download in the Android Market and with it, you'll get four new Worlds to explore including Jungle, Mechanical, Fantasy and Space. Those four new Worlds are in addition to the 100 new levels and new Endless Burn mini-game that has been added.

Endless Burn itself, has features 3 different levels of difficulty and can be played using different types flames. Burn The Rope Worlds is free and you'll find their press-release and download link past the break.

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4 years ago

IM+ v5.0 - Now optimized for Android tablets


If you're still maintaining multiple IM clients on your device, then you'll know how frustrating it can be at times having to keep them all in check. Luckily, there are some apps out there that combine all those platforms and one such app is IM+.

Coming in either a limited free version as well as a paid version, IM+ makes it easy to stay connected. IM+ and IM+ Pro have been updated most recently to address some bugs found in previous build but with the update -- also came quite a few additions as well:

  • Fully optimized for Android OS tablet computers
  • Support of native Android OS "Share" feature
  • IM+ widget allows to change status right from your Android home screen
  • Typing notifications
  • Upload your avatar right from IM+
  • Group chats for AOL/AIM/iChat and ICQ
  • Option to select a different notification for active chat
  • All chats are saved under Chats tab when IM+ is restarted/reconnected
  • Battery usage optimization

For a limited time, SHAPE Services has placed the app on sale in the Android Market. Normall $10, you can now pick up IM+ Pro for only $5 or if you're wishing to give it a go first, you can grab the free version and then decide. The free version download link can be found past the break for you all.

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4 years ago coming to Android; brings easy-to-implement cloud services for developers


Back where I come from, the world of webOS and the PreCentral Nation, has been a service used by more than a few great developers to bring easy-to-implement cloud services to their applications. According to a tweet sent out by the service provider, and our own conversations with the developer team, will soon no longer be exclusive to webOS - Android developers are going to get a bit of the sweet action as well.

While there is no set date for a release just yet, when Villo does finally land developers will be able to bring push-chat, gifts, leader-boards, user-profiles and quite a bit more to their existing applications with just a few hooks into Villo API's. This takes away the hassle developers have with building and maintaining their own cloud networks, and will soon pave the way for a completely streamlined cloud ecosystem across all platforms and all types of apps.

From a user's perspective, apps that hook into couldn't be simpler to use. Just as if you use your Google account to log into multiple services, app users will log into their account one time and have access to their profile, friends, chat rooms, gifts and leader-boards on any Villo-powered apps that they've installed. If developers choose to do so, they can even sync the data across multiple apps and devices so that users never lose what they were doing last (similar to how the Amazon Kindle app saves where you were reading last across devices).

Villo has already seen some nice success with webOS developers, having been used in games, sports apps and location-based apps (to name a few). When it does finally hit the Android Market, you can expect to see plenty of developers get involved. And to be completely honest, it's exciting to see a great team of developers come over to the land of the living and give Android some attention. Head to the website to find out more details and sign-up for developer access now; we'll let you know when it finally arrives in the Market, "soon".

Source:; Via: Twitter (@Villo)

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4 years ago

Vivid Entertainment announces their own Google TV channel [NSFW]


Well, not really sure what to say about this other then we all know the adult entertainment industry is seemingly always ahead of the curve when it comes to technology. VHS, DVD, HD, 3D and more, they've been into it all. Vivid Entertainment is no exception to that and now they've got their own Google TV channel to prove it.

"Vivid for Google TV gives our fans a new way to enjoy Vivid movies in high quality HD and with other benefits that provide a very appealing, highly enjoyable, and user friendly experience," said Steven Hirsch, co-founder and co-chairman of Vivid. "It is a central part of our making Vivid available everywhere concept, which gives fans unified access to our content through their personal computers, mobile devices, tablets, television sets and DVD players."

Can't really argue with an industry that wants to deliver their content to you considering most of the time, we're trying to convince other media outlets they should already be delivering it. If you're looking for more information, you can hit the NSFW source link below.

Source: Vivid; Thanks, Anon!

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