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3 years ago

Android's Facebook app updated with bugfixes, design improvement

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The official Facebook app for Android just got itself a little update in the Android Market. Here's what's new in version 1.6.3:

  • Improved the design of the composer bar
  • Fixed a bug that made birthdays disappear
  • Fixed the Quick Contacts overlay in Friends
  • Fixed an issue that caused a crash on start after upgrade

Go get it now in the Android Market. We've got links after the break.

Thanks, isaiah32, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Tab Explorer

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You're floating on Cloud 9 at your new Xoom Tab 10.1 Thrive tablet purchase, but after a bit of messing around, you realize you need a file manager. How else can you make sure your Now That's What I Call Music (Vol. 1-9) collection makes it into the right place? Enter Tab Explorer.

Tab Explorer is pretty bare bones, but that's not to say it's bad. You don't need bells and whistles up the wazoo on your file manager, and for what it advertises, Tab Explorer delivers. You get a four-pane setup, and the deeper you go into a folder, for example, the more panels appear.

It's rather intuitive, pretty much like using ASTRO File Manager or Root Explorer on your phone, except you're afforded the luxury of seeing the location you just came from instead of a new folder taking up your entire screen.

There's also sorting options in the top-right corner of the screen, allowing you to sort by size, type, or name. You get a notification on-screen whenever you've chosen one, and if you want to use that same option, but reverse the order, pressing it again (or double-tapping it the first time) will get that result.

Tab Explorer also does picture and app sorting for you as well, and you can access either of those menus at the top of the screen. App sorting didn't do much for me, but it might be because I still don't have too many apps on my tablet. The picture viewing is cool because it lets you delete pictures straight off your device and also lets you rotate them without going into the gallery or a photo editor.

Tab Explorer comes in at $1.99, and while it's not as cheap (or free!) as some of it's competition, it's definitely a strong contender in the tablet file manager space. The developers also have a lite version on the Market that gives you full functionality for seven days, just so you can sample the delights before you invest.

As always, more pictures and download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

OpenFeint adds 230 games in past two months, holds 24 of top 100 spots in Android Market

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The folks at OpenFeint have sent out a press release that toots their own horn a bit, with very good reason.  The social gaming network is the largest of the bunch with 107 million users, and in just two months they have released 230 games -- 24 of which are in the top 100 list in the Android Market.  That's no small feat, especially when others are lagging behind and hiding behind cries of fragmentation instead of releasing new titles.  You can check out the list of the 24 best in the press release after the break.

In addition, the first portions of their next generation social gaming network with new player profiles, status updates, and player walls has started rolling out, and are now live on all 700 games for Android.  Sorry Apple fans, you'll have to wait until fall to see these features.  With Android massive global growth, it only makes sense to see developers and publishers focusing on the platform, and I predict this is a trend that will continue.  If you're a developer and are interested in using OpenFeint in your game, head to OpenFeint.com/Developers for more info, and be sure to drop us a line so we can check it out.  Read the full presser after the break.

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3 years ago

Paranormal Agency now available for Android

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After having launched some of their previous titles in the Android Market such as Supermarket Mania, Mahjong Artifacts, the folks from G5 entertainment have now gone ahead and launched one of their most popular titles there. Paranormal Agency has now landed and is available to all who like to dive into hidden object games. Paranormal Agency is available as a free download and supports In-App Purchase to unlock the full version. You can check out the full press release past the break or just skip on right to the download.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: The Marbians

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Android users love games. Especially physics-based games (if Angry Birds is any indication). But what are you to play after you've gotten three stars on every map in every season that's out thus far? You find a new game, like the Marbians.

The idea is simple enough: some aliens (see: Marbians) went and got themselves all crashed in Roswell, New Mexico circa 1947. Fortunately for everyone, they crash land in a box in someone's attic and want nothing more than to get home. That's where you come in.

The Marbians are trapped (live inside?) marbles, which makes it convenient enough for you to physics-bounce them around a level, collecting blue moon rocks and eventually bouncing them to their spaceship. You get one shot, and if you don't hit their UFO, you lose. The bottom-right corner of the screen has a restart button for times like this, so don't fret.

Like any physics-based game, you've got to play angles to your advantage, but despite the plethora of physics-based games out there, the Marbians still feels surprisingly fresh. Maybe it's the retro graphics or the old-timey feel, but the gameplay doesn't feel repetitive nor does it feel like a rehash of someone else's ideas.

Aside from just collecting moon rocks and flying away in UFOs, there's also trophies to collect (like the one I manage to snag in the video) and you can partner your game with your Facebook account, just to show your friends how much of a nerd you are good you are at this game. There's also more levels to play, but you need to unlock them by collecting more moon rocks. Such is life.

The first six levels of the Marbians are free to play, and you can unlock the other 70 or so with an in-app purchase. I think that's a stellar move by the developers to give you a chance to see if you fancy the game without sweating bullets about the 15-minute refund window. You've got nothing to lose (except maybe some time on the trickier levels), but for those who're hooked, download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Kids App: The Going to Bed Book

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I think there's zero shame in admitting I'm actually pretty excited for this Android kids app. Chances are if you've had kids in the past 20 years or so, you've read them a book from Sandra Boynton. Blue Hat, Green Hat; Moo Baa La La La; Hippos Go Berserk; But Not The Hippopotamus.

And, of course, the Going to Bed Book, which is now available on Android. The app is exquisitely done by Loud Crow Interactive, going so far as to keep the feel of the original indestructible book, which you'll notice when you turn the page.

You can choose to have the book read to you -- narrated by Billy J. Kramer (the Cow Planet guy!) -- or you can read it yourself. Tapping on an individual word repeats it, which is great for teaching the young ones to recognize words. The characters on each page are interactive, with a couple of surprise (one of which we show you in the video above). There's also music that can be controlled via a slider on the first screen.

Will this replace reading actual physical books to your kids? Nah. There's the slobber factor, and I don't want anyone chewing on a $600 tablet. But it's still pretty darn cool, and well worth a quick $2. Download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Dex Mobile

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Whether constantly on the go in new areas that you are not familiar with, or just looking for a new place to dine or how expensive the gas around you is, many of us want access to all this information with one simple click. Dex Mobile is a rather new application that is available in the Android Market free of charge that allows users to collect all this information, and more with just one simple click.

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3 years ago

Even more Berenstain Bears titles headed to the Android Market

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It's posts like these that make me realize how old I am -- for better or worse. I remember reading Berenstain Bears books as a child and now times have changed so much that the books can now be downloaded and listened to, and followed along with on numerous devices. That said; you can expect more Berenstain Bears titles to start showing up in the Android Market as  OceanHouse Media and Harpers Collins have a new agreement in place to bring the Berenstain Bears books to the digital front:

“The Berenstain Bears omBooks continue to be one of our most beloved app series,” said Michel Kripalani, President of Oceanhouse Media. “It’s exciting to have the opportunity to expand the number of these treasured books in our omBook collection thanks to our wonderful partnership with HarperCollins Children’s Books.”

You can find the full press release after the break, or you can just head on over to the Android Market right now and grab some of the currently available titles.

Source: PRWeb

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3 years ago

Rdio updates its Android app ... for Ice Cream Sandwich compatibility

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Eagle-eyed Android Central reader @baynard17 pinged us on Twitter this morning to alert us to an update to Rdio's Android app. It's good to see the bugfixes and TELUS integration (Canadian carriers need love, too), plus support for gift cards.

But the really interesting bullet point is "Android 'Ice Cream Sandwich' support. We know Ice Cream Sandwich is coming in the fourth quarter this year -- Google announced it at its developer conference in May -- and that it'll bring the Android tablet and smartphone tracks back together. We've yet to see public release of the SDK, and likely won't for an other couple months. But it'd be of little surprise to us to learn that some developers already have it under an NDA, and Rdio's a good choice for that.

Does that mean ICS is imminent? Google said Q4, and we've got no reason to believe we'll see it sooner. (But it'd certainly be cool if we did.)

Thanks, @baynard17!

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3 years ago

Study shows that 'mobile threat activity' has risen significantly in past 6 months

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Based on information collected from more than 700,000 applications installed on more than 10 million devices, the folks at Lookout have released their first Mobile Threat Report.  This data shows that the threat of coming across malware has increased by as much as 250 percent in the past six months.  We want to make it clear that the huge majority of Android applications, both in the official Market as well as other sources, are completely legitimate and built by honest, hard working developers -- but malware, spyware, and various nasty bits of code are out there.  We've seen them out there, both real issues and overblown ones.

Now it is certainly in a company involved in mobile security's advantage to report this kind of situation, but it's always best to know exactly what we are facing out there in the wild internet.  That's where Lookout's Mobile Threat Report enters the picture, explaining the different types of security issues users are likely to come up against, and information about how to protect yourself against them.  Armed with this information, and a smattering of old fashioned common sense, you'll be better able to make the right decisions.  Hit the break to see Lookout's press release, and visit the source link to read the Mobile Threat Report in it's entirety.

Source: Lookout

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