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3 years ago

Foursquare gets a new look in latest update

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Checking in's never been easier now that Foursquare's gotten itself a bit of an update. In addition to a redesign, it's got:

  • New redesign for titlebars and tabs, check in button added to titlebar.
  • Explore redesigned with specials and more.
  • Added support for managing Facebook and Twitter sharing from Settings page.
  • Venue photos gallery redesign.
  • Share photo with venue when checking in.
  • Added option to save photos to SD card from Settings page.
  • Viewing items in notification tray clears push notifications in notification manager.

Update now in the Android Market, or hit the download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Android App Review: Qello Concert Videos

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Now here's a sweet little app you fans of live music can enjoy. Qello is a rental service for live concert videos. Think of it as a sort of Youtube rental service for live music.

The listings are quite extensive. Alanis Morisette to All That Remains to Alice Cooper to Bob Dylan to Cypress Hill to Def Leppard to George Clinton. We could go on, and on, and on.

Let's talk rentals. This is where things differ slightly from the tablet and smartphone versions. On tablets, you pay $4.99 per concert and have access to it for 30 days. Smartphones have two options: $2.99 for seven days, or $4.99 for 30 days. We'd prefer to have the seven-day option on the tablet, too.

Audio quality is excellent. Video quality is watchable. Not as "HD" as the app might lead you to believe, but we can live with it.

Other items of note: You can preview a concert before you buy it. And purchasing is done through Android's in-app billing system, so you don't have to enter your credit card info again just to use Qello.

Download: Qello (tablets), (smartphones)

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3 years ago

Android Game Review: Racing Moto

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Here's a fun little time-waster that's floating around the Honeycomb apps list in the Android Market. Racing Moto is a very simple racing game. You've got a motorcycle and a need to go fast. Put a finger on the screen  and enable the boost feature, which makes you go really fast (relatively speaking) and ups the score multiplier. Avoid cars, avoid the walls.

So Racing Moto's not going to be one of those games you play hour after hour, day after day. But if you've got a few minutes and don't might the occasional sight of someone skidding across pavement, you could do worse, we suppose.

Racing Moto's free, with in-app advertising. Download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Youtube app updated to fix the last update

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The last Youtube update seem to bork things up a little bit? No worries. A new update has been pushed to update the old update. So as long as you've updated your update with this latest update, you should be good. Follow?

Here's the official changelog: "Bug fixes for some devices."

Everybody better now?

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3 years ago

Google App Inventor killed off with Google Labs, will live on as open-source code

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Some sad news tonight for your fans of the Google App Inventor project. With the demise of Google Labs, so, too, do we learn of the demise of App Inventor. This was a slick little tool that let anyone (theoretically) create an Android app, without having to actually now how to code anything. That's not to say it was easy -- yours truly made his way through the tutorials and did a sweet version of Wack a Mole with his daughter's likeness (it's a long story). But you still need a certain mind-set to really make use of it.

Anyhoo, according to a post last week on the Google Laps group (you'll note how this was killed off and nobody noticed for a few days), App Inventor's being phased out along with the rest of Google Labs, but it will live on as an open-source project.

The current App Inventor site will live on for the next three months. RIP, App Inventor. You were a good idea, but probably a little before your time. For a retrospective of Google App Inventor, check out the video after the break while we pour out 40 lines of code for our homies.

Source: Google Labs Group; via +Jason Howell

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3 years ago

Adobe Flash player for Android updated, brings security fixes and enhancements

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Adobe has updated the Flash player for Android to version 10.3.186.3, which fixes security issues and provides feature enhancements for certain phones and websites.  It's always recommended to update your Flash player, and this update is no different.  Besides the security enhancements we see every month or so, the specifics for this update are:

  • Enabled NEON optimizations for OMAP4 (Cortex A-9) based devices.
  • Corrected an issue on the Samsung Galaxy S where H.264 video at resolutions of 720p and below was not displayed.
  • Fixed an issue where app packaging would fail for Android Apps using Flash Player in WebView that set android:hardwareAcceleration to True in their AndroidManifest.xml.
  • Fixed a crash on the HTC EVO that some users encountered with specific video.
  • Fixed an issue that caused video frames to stop rendering on long streaming videos (> 1 hour) on some Motorola devices.
  • Fixed an issue where touch events were getting delayed with Kongregate.com games.
  • Fixed an issue where games on Kongregate.com freeze when users exit from Full-Screen mode.

The security specific fixes are outlined by Adobe here, and you'll find the link to download or update after the break.

Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Greedy Spiders brings 8-legged strategy to Android

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

If you like Cut the Rope, it's time to give Greedy Spiders a try. It's a little more cerebral (and a little more creepy), trading Om Nom for spiders and flies.

The idea is this: There's a spider. There are flies. You need to cut the flies out of the web. But every time you cut a strand, the spider moves closer. So, you'll need to cut as few strands as possible, and do it in a way that keeps the spider from reaching the fly. Sound simple enough? It is ... at first.

Greedy Spiders has some nice graphics, and there's an ad-supported lite version in addition to a paid version. We've got free download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Android gets a dedicated Facebook messenger

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While the cool kids are off doing their group huddles on Google+, Facebook keeps plugging away, and a new dedicated group messing app apparently is in the works. Hardly a surprise, given that Facebook bought Beluga earlier this year. And judging from Facbeook's placeholder page for the mobile messenger, it's pretty much the same thing. Simple, easy to use group messaging.

So let's see. One app for IM. One app for Facebook. Another for Google+ huddles. Text messages. E-mail. That about cover it? 

Download links are after the break.

Source: Facebook, Facebook blog; Thanks, Milad!

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3 years ago

Android App Review: Weeds on Showtime

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Weeds is one of the most popular shows on TV today. The Showtime series that centers around a widowed mother who sells pot to provide for her sons now has an official Android app. With the app, fans of the show can enjoy a good experience on their mobile device.

When you first open the app, you’ll see four main tabs at the top as well as a scrolling home screen that displays the latest features. For example, you’ll see a picture of Mary-Louise Parker that contains an Animated Recap of the last episode. This is all under the Home tab.

The next tab, The Show, provides extensive information about all aspects of the series. You can read the premise for the current season, sift through an episode guide, see when the show will air on Showtime and view the main cast list with full biographical information.

The third tab, Videos, contains a full episode that users can view for free as well as various video clips to browse through such as interviews and short snippets from the season.

The final tab is the Photobooth option which offers the most user interaction. It allows consumers to insert a photo of their choosing into a Weeds-themed background which can then be shared with friends. Themes include: Mugshot, Case File, Passport, Baked, Jail, Subway, Photocopy and Airplane.

This app is perfect for the ultimate Weeds fan. If you haven’t gotten into the dark comedy yet, now is the time to start. The app is free from the Android Market and links to it can be found after the break along with more screenshots from the app.

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3 years ago

Android Wallpaper Review: Spring Zen HD

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Down here in Texas, the heat is so sweltering and the air so dry, everything is reduced to an unfortunate shade of brown. Fortunately, I can still see some green grass and lively nature in the Spring Zen HD live wallpaper.

Spring Zen HD is pretty simple at first glance, giving you a nest with eggs in it, falling leaves, a bench, and the occasional butterfly. Occasionally the whole scene pans around a bit, giving you a better look at the bench, leaves, and nest.

It runs incredibly smoothly and the graphics are fairly top-notch. Everything has a soft glow to it, and the colors are vibrant. The paid version also boasts a considerable settings menu.

The settings menu gives you two preconfigured themes: Sakura and Maple. Sakura is the pink-flowered one, Maple is a maple leafed one.

From there you can choose to randomize the entire scene every time you turn on your screen, or you can specify very criteria, like what tree type, bench type, or egg color. You can also toggle things such as a butterfly, falling flora, sun beams, and the river.

Overall, Spring Zen HD is a pretty, aesthetically pleasing live wallpaper that performs well. It only sets you back a dollar, and for those who don't want to pay, there's also a free version, but it lacks the settings menu entirely.

More screenshots and download links are after the break.

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