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3 years ago

Samsung releases Slacker-powered Milk Music free for high-end Galaxy phones

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A premium ad-free radio service that doesn't cost a dime

In case you can't find what you need from other free Internet Radio services, Samsung has released Milk Music for the Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Mega and Galaxy S4 Mini.

Powered by Slacker, Milk Music features over 200 genre-based and curated stations, with 13 million songs. There is a strong ocus on discovery, including a "Spotlight" feature that offers a continus curated stream of hand-picked content by music influencers. Of course, you can also create your own station based on your favorite tracks and albums.

We'll dive in for a closer look with Milk Music, for now you can grab it from the Google Play link above if you have a compatible phone.

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3 years ago

Fitness tracker Endomondo gets a major update, adds Bluetooth LE, more features

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Endomondo today announced version 10.0 of its popular fitness application, adding a wealth of new features both on-screen and behind the scenes.

Let's break 'em down:

  • Bluetooth Low Energy — This is the big one, allowing for better connections to Bluetooth devices while conserving battery on your smartphone. Endomondo says some 200 beta testers helped get this one ready to go.
  • Better graphics for premium and pro users. (Note the ads on the free version you see here.)
  • A lock screen widget has been added, so you can peek at your stats without having to unlock your phone.
  • Proper Google+ sharing once your workout is over.
  • And all-new implementation of ANT+.
  • And a getting-started tutorial.

Definitely an update you'll want to get if you're a current Endomondo user. And if you're looking for a new fitness app, it's absolutely worth a try.

More: Endomondo blog

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3 years ago

Command a team of helpful zombies in Deadlings

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Polish gaming studio Artifex Mundi is best known for their hidden object games like the Nightmares from the Deep and Enigmatis series. But they also publish games from other studios, such as fellow Polish developer Nimbi.

The two companies have teamed up to produce Deadlings, which has just released on Android today. Instead of a hidden object adventure, Deadlings is a clever and whimsical puzzle game starring a bunch of surprisingly adorable zombies. Haven’t we all seen enough of the scary ones anyway?

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3 years ago

Vine doesn't want to be the source of porn on the internet, changes terms of service

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When you step into the playground, you follow the rules of the owner

Making a move towards keeping its service family-friendly for all, Vine is revising its rules and terms of service to completely ban the posting of "explicit sexual content." After reiterating that the Vine community and overall creativity of content has grown, it points out that a very small percentage of videos being posted are not a good fit for the community as a whole.

"For more than 99 percent of our users, this doesn’t really change anything. For the rest: we don’t have a problem with explicit sexual content on the Internet –– we just prefer not to be the source of it."

Says the succinct blog post, reminding folks that it has no problem inherently with the type of content, but that it can be better posted somewhere other than on Vine. Users will now have the option to report content if it is indeed explicit, and Vine even goes as far as to post a help article FAQ to let you know what it will consider explicit content when it comes to blocking and removing it from the service.

Although we can see a few people get upset over being censored online, it comes down to the point that if you agree to the terms of service of an app, you have to play by its rules. If you don't like it, there are plenty of other options out there.

Source: Vine

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3 years ago

Latest Google Text-to-Speech update enables high quality voices for US and UK English

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Portuguese and US Spanish added to the offline options, but are still the old low quality versions

Google's Text-to-Speech, the app that powers speech output on Android devices in a whole range of apps, was updated today to include higher-quality voice options for those who speak English. For those who have their phones set to U.S. English, you now have the option to download a "Female (high quality)" voice that takes up a nice 244MB chunk of space on your phone and replaces the standard 6.8MB package. For those using U.K. English, you'll have a new Male option that's just 3.7MB, along with a Female (high quality) 276MB and Male (high quality) that's 100MB.

If you don't mind using up the space, it's a few simple steps to download the new voice data for a better voice output experience. The Text-to-Speech options can be found in Settings > Language & input > Text-to-speech output. You can then tap the settings button and hit "Install voice data" to pull down the voice packages that are useful and relevant to you. The data will only download over Wifi by default, and you can hit the trash can next to each installed voice package to delete it if you don't want it taking up space any longer.

The Text-to-Speech update to version 3.0 also includes both Portuguese and U.S. Spanish as options, but they're still the standard quality voices at 4.5 and 6.8MB, respectively.

Considering that the new high quality voices are dozens of times larger in file size over the default ones, we can't say there's a dramatic improvement in the quality of the speach output in our testing. The voices are quieter and a bit less choppy, and the 200-something megabytes it'll cost you on your phone are probably still worth it. By default the voice packages will be updated automatically as new data becomes available. This is one you'll be glad you installed, but you won't be blown away by the quality just yet.

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3 years ago

Side scroller PS3 port Rochard now available for NVIDIA Shield

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All the gravity bending goodness you know and love is now available for the NVIDIA Shield

You probably have played Rochard if your a gamer. Available originally for the PS3, the game quickly found its way to Steam and became a fan favorite. It's one of those games that you don't want to stop playing until you get to just one more checkpoint. Addiction, meet fun.

Today, Recoil Games has launched a pure Rochard port for Tegra 4 devices with controller support, like the Shield. It has the same side-scrolling action, the same great looking 3D scenery, the same great physics, and it rests right in the palm of your hands.

And it's fun as hell.

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3 years ago

Exclusive: Death coming to The Sims FreePlay next week

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For a free to play game to truly stick around over the years, it needs lots of updates. That’s just what Electronic Arts has done with The Sims FreePlay, pushing out regular updates with new content every few months. Just last month, they released the Golden Age update which introduced teenage and senior citizen Sims to the game.

Next week, The Sims FreePlay will take things even further. The game’s next update adds Life Dreams for each Sim to work towards. And once they grow old enough, the Sims will even be able to die and leave behind a legacy for future Sim generations. It’s quite a big change for The Sims FreePlay, and Android Central has an exclusive preview video and details to help you prepare for the change.

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3 years ago

Head-to-head trivia game QuizUp lands on Android, integrates with Google Play Games

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Test your knowledge head-to-head on over 400 topics, including Android

QuizUp, the insanely popular trivia game on iOS, has made its way to Android in all its glory today. The game, if you haven't given it a try on the other platform yet, lets you go head-to-head with random opponents all around the world answering multiple-choice trivia questions on several topics. You can choose from books, movies, games, art, logos, history, sports and more — 414 in total at the moment — to build your score and rank yourself among your friends.

Along with the launch of the game on Android, there's even a new topic called "Android" you can play to test your knowledge of the platform. The Android release is also integrating with Google Play Games, which lets you track achievements and leaderboards seamleassly across devices. You can sign into the game with Google+ as well to make the entire experience seamless.

Trivia games appeal to a whole bunch of people out there, and QuizUp is poised to do well on Android if we had to guess. The game is free and can be downloaded from the Play Store link at the top of this post.

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3 years ago

Smash Hit — Stop what you're doing and try this game!

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If you're a fan of awesome graphics, easy but challenging gameplay — and most of all just a good fun app — you've got to try Smash Hit. The idea is that you have a number of balls with which you'll hit objects in a sort of first-person shooter style. Physics are very much in effect here, and keep in mind that you've got a limited amount of ammo.

But hit a crystal and you get extra balls. Hit 10 (or more) crystals in a row and you'll get multiball, making things much easier. Crash into an obstacle and you lose 10 balls.

As the game progresses, crystals won't be quite so obvious, you have new obstacles to overcome, and overall gameplay begins to speed up. Be sure to turn up your speakers, too, as the music is synced to the gameplay and changes as you progress through the 50 rooms.

Smash Hit ties into Google Play Games (as any good game should). The game's completely playable in its free form, but a $1.99 in-app purchase adds the ability to restart from checkpoints, and provides cloud saves and statistics.

Absolutely give Smash Hit a try.

h/t to Eric Richardson for this one!

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3 years ago

Top Gear: Race The Stig now available for Android

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Some say he knows two facts about ducks, and that both of them are wrong

An endless runner isn't necessarily something we'd hope for from a game called Race The Stig, but thanks to the BBC it's what we've got. Released today for Android – and cross platform for iOS and Windows Phone – you put your helmet on, jump into one of the iconic cars from the TV show and try and out run The Stig. Need for Speed, this isn't.

The graphics are a little low-end, and being an endless runner there isn't much we haven't seen before. But, it's Top Gear, it's The Stig, so anyone who's seen the show will likely give it at least a try. Oh, and at some point in the game you get to race in Geoff, Top Gear's own take on the electric car – later known as the Hammerhead Eagle iThrust, or something.

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3 years ago

Badland now lets you play as a Bugdroid!

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One of the darkest and more interesting games we've played lately has got to be Badland, in which you fly around as a little furry (or is it pointy?) creature and attempt to create and rescue clones. (Just go with it.)

If you haven't played Badland, you've got to do so. We'll wait.

And with a recent update you can now play as a Bugdroid — that lovable Android robot mascot guy. 

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3 years ago

MLB At Bat gets new subscription model for 2014 season

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Batter up for the MLB season with a new monthly subscription rate

Spring Training is underway ahead of the start of the 2014 MLB season, and the official At Bat for Android just got a useful little update. Now, alongside the one off subscription payment of $19.99 for the season, you can choose to pay in smaller chunks of $2.99 per month for full access to the app.

For Baseball fans there's no better one-stop shop to follow the season right from Spring Training through to the World Series. MLB.tv subscribers still get free access to At Bat – so long as you're on the Premium tier – as well as being able to watch live video content and more. Snag the app at the Google Play link up top

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3 years ago

Deus Ex: The Fall available for 99 cents from today

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As part of Square Enix's mobile sale, stealthy conspiracy shooter Deus Ex: The Fall is now available on Google Play for just $0.99, €0.99 or £0.99 depending on your locale. That's a significant cut from the launch price of $6.99, €5.99 or £4.99. The game is styled after Deus Ex: Human Revolution and puts players into the role of Ben Saxon, a former SAS mercenary augmented with cybernetic implants, as he uncovers a global conspiracy in the year 2027.

Square Enix's sale runs until March 10, and also includes Tomb Raider 1 and Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light on iOS.

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3 years ago

Evernote introduces seamless handwriting integration on Android

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Notes seamlessly switch from handwriting to other inputs, work with stylus or finger

Notes can be made up for more than just inserted images and printed text, and that's why Evernote announced today that it is integrating full-blown handwriting input in the latest release of its app. Evernote points out that this isn't just another input method, but complete handwriting integration that makes it fit in with the rest of the content in your notes. You can switch quickly from typing to add in written commentary, annotations or equations and go right back to typing with a couple taps. Multiple colors and line thicknesses are available as well, and handwritten words are searchable just like printed text.

In its promotional materials Evernote shows off an awful lot of people using Galaxy Note phones and tablets with fine stylus input, but you'll be able to give a quick scrawl into your notes with your finger (or a capacitive stylus) on any device you'd like. Notes aren't saved any different when they have handwriting in them — everything is right in-line with the other text, images and audio of the note.

The latest update also improves the editing of notes that were created on other platforms, and makes the camera capture time quicker across the board. You can grab the latest Evernote app with these new features from the Play Store link at the top of this post.

Source: Evernote

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3 years ago

Motorola updates Touchless Control with new 'What's up' command to read notifications aloud

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Motorola Migrate also updated with two usability fixes to better control your data

Motorola's Touchless Control app, the brains behind the always-listening function in the Moto X and new Droids, is being updated today with an interesting new feature that reads your notifications aloud. Along with the other commands you have such as making calls and Google searches, you can now say "What's up" or "Read notifications" to have the phone read aloud your current notifications.

It may get a little overwhelming if you have a lot of notifications (like some of us), but if you're driving and just have to know what all that buzzing in your car dock is about, this could be a great tool. To start, the new command is available in U.S. English, Spanish and Italian, with several other languages wearing the beta tag in this release.

Another quick fix in this latest update is better "end-of-speech detection," which should help with those awkwardly-long pauses after giving a voice command to your phone. Motorola says this will help with both accuracy and response time with getting your command answered. Touchless control is only available for Motorola's most recent devices — the Moto X and Droid Mini, Ultra and Maxx — and your phone must also be updated to Android 4.4 KitKat to be compatible. If you meet the criteria, hit the Play Store link for a download of the latest Touchless Control version.

While you're at the Play Store updating apps, you may want to grab the updated Motorola Migrate as well. You now have an option to move over just certain data from one phone to another, as well as selectively pull contacts in from your phone's SIM card to your default Google account. You can find that in the Play Store as well right here.

Thanks, Ben!

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