1 month ago

Make the most of the daylight with the Sunrise Sunset Watch Face on Android Wear


Wearable technology has made our lives easier in a variety of ways, from making tasks easier to giving us the information we want at a glance. Now the information you can grab from your Smartwatch includes how much daylight you have left to you. The Sunrise Sunset Watch Face for Android Wear gives you all the info you'll need to get the most out of those daylight hours.

Let's take a look.

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1 month ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Triple Town, Motor Hero, SURE universal remote and more


Our weekly app picks

It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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1 month ago

'Ok Google' detection removed from Chrome for Windows, Mac and Linux


With the latest stable release of Chrome, version 46, Google has removed the always-listening feature that let users simply say "Ok Google" to start a voice search in the browser. Citing generally low user adoption, Google removed the feature from Chrome for Windows, Mac and Linux — it's sticking around, at least for now, on Chrome OS.

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1 month ago

5 Gear VR games that shouldn't be missed


When it comes to gaming on VR, a controller might seem counter intuitive. But there are plenty of games on the Oculus store that need a controller to play. We've gone through the store and found some of the best controller required games available. Whether you like shooting, horror, or even hack and slash, there is something here for you. Read on to see exactly why you want a controller to use with your Samsung Gear VR.

Read now: Check out 5 games you need a controller to play.

Protocol Zero

Protocol Zero is a really fun sneak and shoot style game. Your goal is to make it through each level killing enemies, and grabbing items of interest along the way. The city is war torn making stealth of the highest importance. The sound and visuals combined with the immersive 3D environment make it really fun.

The controls on this one work well for the most part but are a little bit clunky in some respects. The fact that you have to hit the controller to change your pov in a 3D VR headset is a bit weird, but you get used to it easily. Figuring out how to pick up items, or the way that everything works is a bit tricky at first but once you've figured it out everything works well. If you're a fan of games that require plenty of stealth and timing then this is the one to check out.

Protocol Zero is available for $4.99 on the Oculus store, or you can try out the demo for free.

Dread Halls

Dreadhalls is a horror survival game that does it's job of scaring you quite well. You wake up in a dungeon with nothing but a map that intially shows only the room you're in. From the moment you open this game up it is a dreadful vibe. The music and setting combine to mess with you and the feel of the game is claustrophobic. As you explore the dungeon you'll realize that there are other things in the darkness with you and your only option is to run and hide from them.

The controls are displayed right as you start playing and work pretty well. The graphics got a little bit choppy on us when turning corners but it actually added to the gameplay and creepy feel. This is easily one of the best VR games we've seen in the horror genre.

You can try out the Dreadhalls demo for free or the full game for $4.99.

Herobound: First Steps

If you were hoping for a hack and slash adventuring game for VR, then direct your attention to Herobound: First Steps. Your goal is to make it through the dungeons, slaying monsters and finding treasures along your way. You'll encounter beasties like moving blobs of goo, skeletons, and a green thing that definitely wants to eat you. It has the feel of a classic dungeon crawler, while including new features that take advantage of the 3D nature of the game.

The controls work well, and are definitely something that could only be done with a controller. You'll collect all sorts of gems — some of which are used to open special in game chests, containing loot you definitely want. Multiple weapons also keep things interesting, allowing you to add a degree of customization to how you clear each room. The game is really fun, and it's quite easy to fall into it for close to an hour — if not more. One of the few downsides is that it does have a tendency to heat your device up.

Herobound: First steps is available on the Oculus store for Free

Magic Man's Head Games

Magic Man's Head Games is a hack and slash style game that takes place in Adventure Time — yes that Adventure Time. You stumble upon Jake and Finn having a picnic and they befriend you which is when Magic Man shows up, turns you into a balloon and zips on out. Now you, Jake and Finn will need to hunt him down, battling animated sandwiches and small faeries along the way. You control Jake and Finn trying to track down Magic man, and fighting his minions along the way.

It's a hack and slash game that has you jumping and exploring the world you've previously only seen on television. The graphics can get a little wonky, but so long as you can freely spin in a circle you should be fine. This one is a ton of fun and has some great features like the original voice actors from Adventure Time voicing their respective characters within the game. The controls are easy to get the hang of and the story is at the very least amusing.

You can pick this one up for free on the Oculus store

Babel Rising 3D

Babel Rising 3D is a game in which you play a God punishing the mortals building heretical towers. There are both workers, and after a few levels you'll see priests who cast spells to protect the workers from your wrath. The workers try to wind their way up their tower in Babel, and you'll need to destroy them as they run. As the levels progress it gets far more difficult, and you'll be racing to catch up. Multiple types of levels keep the gameplay challenging and fun.

This game utilizes the combination of controller and VR headset really well, and it's a ton of fun to boot. There is a full campaign as well as several survival levels which open as you continue through the main story. Some of them are pure fantasy but there are also options like The Hanging Gardens. You've got a regular arsenal of magic to fire, along with special abilities which need to be powered up before they can be released, wreaking havoc on everything in their paths. This is definitely not a serious game, and that's what makes it fun.

Babel Rising 3D is available on the Oculus store for $2.99

There are tons of great games to play on the Samsung Gear VR and as you can see some of the best ones require a controller to play. Whether you're looking to get scared silly, or just blow off steam by slashing through a dungeon there is a game here for you. Are any of these up your alley? Let us know in the comments!

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1 month ago

Update enabling Samsung Pay now hitting compatible Verizon phones

Samsung Pay

A mere 10 days after it announced support for the system, Verizon is rolling out updates to its latest Samsung devices that enable Samsung Pay. The update has just arrived on our own Galaxy S6, and if you have a GS6 edge, GS6 edge+ or Note 5 you should be seeing the same in short order via a standard system update.

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1 month ago

Introducing Version 2.0 of the Android Central App!


At long last, and with just the right amount of fanfare, we're thrilled to introduce you to Version 2.0 of the Android Central App! It's been a long time coming, we know, and there's a good bit to talk about. So let's just get to it, shall we?

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1 month ago

You can now give a gift subscription to Google Play Music


A new feature has popped up in Google Play Music, the ability to send a subscription to someone as a gift. With this, you are able to pay for your friends and family to use the service. Currently, Google is offering 1, 3 and 6 months options. The receiver of the gift subscription will gain all of the features that any paid member would, like the ability to save music for offline listening, the lack of ads and more, without having to pay for it.

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1 month ago

Android 6.0 Marshmallow OTA links for Nexus devices


As soon as a new Android update is announced, the hunt for OTA file links to the updates for Nexus devices begins — this time, it's Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Much to the annoyance of Nexus fans Google takes its time in rolling updates out slowly to devices, but once they're found these URLs give you a direct download of the update file that you can then sideload at your own pace. This time around, Google is also pushing out updates for various Android One devices as well, bringing them to the newest OS before other devices see their updates.

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1 month ago

5 games to try on the Samsung Gear VR


When it comes to VR, the place many of us jump to is asking about the games available.

We've gone through the Oculus store to find some of the best games available for the Samsung Gear VR. There is a decent selection of games to choose from, and not ones you're likely to be acquainted with yet. Here are some of the gems you may have been missing out on thus far.

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1 month ago

Motorola brings its stock email app to Google Play with tweaks and improvements


Motorola is at it again, bringing another one of its stock apps to the Google Play store. The latest to arrive on Google Play is the stock Moto Email app, making updates and feature improvements much easier to implement. Along with its arrival on Google Play, Motorola detailed quite a few updates and improvements in this version:

  • Disable sync while roaming
  • Progressive search capability for emails
  • Attach pictures from Camera in composer
  • Notifications for attachment download failures/cancellations
  • New option "Select All" for email operations
  • Customize peak time sync schedule
  • New option to choose number of emails to sync for POP account
  • New safe way of communicating with Google Gmail server using OAuth 2.0
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements.

This is just the latest stock app from Motorola's phones to make the jump from system level to Google Play, with the company previously moving its stock Camera, Gallery, and Moto Assist (among others) over as well. So if you're using a Motorola smartphone, you should start seeing more frequent updates and improvements to the Moto Email app now that it's broken free from the shackles of system updates. If you'd like to check out the latest update, you can do so on Google Play now. One thing to note, however, is that you may have to wait for your current app to automatically update before the Google Play version will show as compatible with your phone.

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1 month ago

Yahoo Mail app update for Android adds multiple mailbox support and more


Yahoo wants to get more people to use its long-running Yahoo Mail service; it's celebrating its 18th birthday this month. The company has revealed a major revamp of Yahoo Mail which includes an update for its Android app to introduce a new user interface, support for multiple mailbox accounts and more.

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1 month ago

YouTube Gaming update adds mobile gameplay live streaming and recording support and more


YouTube officially launched their YouTube Gaming app and service in September, and today, the Android version of the app was updated with a major new feature: the ability for smartphone owners to live steam and record gameplay direct from their devices.

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1 month ago

NPR One for Android gains MirrorLink compatibility


NPR One for Android has gained MirrorLink compatibility, offering users yet another way to listen while on the go. Through the use of a free app from MirrorLink, RockScout, you can now control how you listen to NPR One right from your dashboard.

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1 month ago

Microsoft's Skype for Business messaging app coming to Android soon


Microsoft is planning to officially launch its Skype for Business app for Android devices sometime later in 2015. The app, which replaces the old Lync 2013, has officially launched for the iPhone and iPad.

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1 month ago

Get your daily fix of webcomics with Comic Chameleon


Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, the popular webcomics app Comic Chameleon is now officially available on Android. Comic Chameleon will give you access to full archives of various comics, and doesn't charge on a per issue basis. Navigation of the app is all done with taps and swipes, moving you around with ease. You are able to share your favorite comics via email, to Twitter or Facebook, and the app also has a store tab for merchandise to purchase. The free app will give you access to over 130 different webcomic sources, some of which include:

  • The Perry Bible Fellowship
  • Poorly Drawn Lines
  • Questionable Content
  • Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal
  • Scenes from a Multiverse
  • Wondermark
  • XKCD

And if you're worried about the artists' end in all this, don't. Says Questionable Content's Jeph Jacques:

You can download Comic Chameleon from Google Play now.

Source: Chefs of the Future

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