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4 years ago

Sony launches new PlayStation App in the Play Store for eager PS4 users

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Push games to your console, chat with friends and keep up with stats on the go

It's that time of year (decade, really) where folks can get their hands on next-generation consoles, and to match up with its PS4 launch Sony has just put a new PlayStation App in Google Play. For those who want to stay in the loop even when they're not at home playing, the PlayStation App lets you keep in the loop. Once connecting your accounts and your PS4, you can push games to your console at home, chat with your friends and keep up with all of your stats.

The app also opens up chances for second-screen features when games make them available, expanding gameplay possibilities. You can cut down on the clutter with system guides, manuals and the PlayStation Blog right at your fingertips as well. If you are eagerly awaiting your PS4 arrival, you can head to the Play Store and grab a download of the PlayStation app and be ready for when it arrives.

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4 years ago

Plague Inc. adds new CDC content, game features

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Speed runs, new events and news are all included

Ndemic Creation's infectious title Plague Inc. is receiving an update today that brings a whole bunch of new game content. The so-called "Mutation 6 warning" update includes a new game mode called "speed runs," which as it sounds has the single goal of seeing how fast you can kill the entire world. It also includes new CDC content — the Centers for Disease Control is now inside the game.

You'll also find a rebalanced NAZG achievement, new events and news with more back stories and other general performance and game improvements throughout. You can grab the latest version of Plague Inc. at the Play Store link above, if you're so inclined.

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod Installer hits the Play Store to help you flash your phone

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App still needs to be paired with a Windows component to install firmware

In its push to make installing its custom firmware easier for the average user, CyanogenMod has just launched its installer app in the Play Store. You'll need more than just the app to get through the process, however. After installing and going through a few basic instructions related to turning on USB debugging and the like, you'll be pointed to its get.cm website to download the desktop software to initiate the install.

You'll still need a Windows PC (running Vista or later) and a good USB cable to get your phone flashed with CyanogenMod, which adds another wrinkle of complication to the process. The combination of apps on your phone and computer should make it pretty simple though, provided your phone is on the list of compatible devices.

Although the app doesn't do a whole lot on its own, you can grab it from the Play Store if you're willing to also download the software on your PC and move through the process to bring CM to your device.

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4 years ago

Got KitKat and a Sony QX lens camera? Use Camera 360 for full support

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Sony's official app is not yet updated for KitKat, but your equipment still works fine

Folks with a Sony Cyber-shot QX lens camera and a Nexus 5 (or KitKat in an unofficial way on other phones) are finding out the hard way that Sony's PlayMemories Mobile application isn't working. It will connect, but it then immediately crashes — which isn't very helpful when you want to take some pictures with a better camera. Sony suggests that this might be possible right in the app description.

[Recommended operating environment]
OS version: Android 2.3 – 4.3
This application is not guaranteed to work on all Smartphones and Tablets.

The good news is there is an easy and free fix with the Camera 360 application. Not only that, but you'll also have a ton of great features that work right with your QX camera, including some very nicely done live effects. There is a reason Camera 360 has over 320,000 five-star ratings in Google Play. It's also my go-to camera app anytime I'm shooting with the QX-10 I have here.

We imagine that Sony will get things sorted in short order, but in the meantime your gear still will work as well (or better) than it ever did. Grab Camera 360 Ultimate from the Google Play link above.

Thanks, Aaron!

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4 years ago

Smugmug's Camera Awesome exits Android beta, now available for $2.99

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For those who are in search of the next great camera app — and let's face it, who isn't — it's time to take a look at Camera Awesome. The longtime favorite on iOS has been in beta on Android for some time now, and today it's available to all for $2.99.

First and foremost, you get a pretty darn good camera user interface. That's important because Camera Awesome is full of features and settings, and that they're easy to understand and manipulate is paramount.

Consider: You've got the usual shooting options — single, burst, panorama, timer, etc. But added to that is an option "big button" shutter (love it), interval shots and image stabilization. You can adjust white balance, ISO and exposure. There's facial recognition. Anti-shake mode. Four options to help you better compose your shots — thirds, golden, trisec and square. There's a leveler to help you keep things straight. And of course there's sharing to Smugmug.

If you're looking for a new, full-featured camera app, this is well worth a look for $3. Swing by Smugmug's blog for the list of supported devices.

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4 years ago

Dayframe comes out of beta, makes an already great slideshow app even better with KitKat support

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Paid 'prime' features expected before Thanksgiving

If you're a fan of great imagery — be it digital or traditional photography — and want to show it off on your Android device, don't bother reading any further. Just click the download link. Dayframe is that good.

The Dayframe app, from Cloud.tv, has just come out of public beta testing. And what was already an excellent slide show/photo frame app has been made even better with a quick update for Android 4.4 KitKat, which throws a more immersive display into the mix. We're talking full-frame photos, folks — the way they truly should be for an app of this sort.

The gist, if you're just joining us, is this: Dayframe displays images from any of a number of sources, including:

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Tumblr
  • Flickr
  • Dropbox
  • 500px
  • Google+
  • Twitter
  • Local photos from your device

Not a bad list. Actually, it's a damn good list. It'll show your photos, your friends' photos, strangers' photos — anyone you tell it to that it can access. 

And you can't beat the price of the app — free.

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4 years ago

BBC iPlayer Radio app updated with Playlister feature

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Regular iPlayer app also updated with KitKat fixes

The BBC has updated its iPlayer Radio app for Android with support for the Playlister feature. When listening to any BBC radio broadcast through the app, users can tap the "plus" icon to add the current track to their own custom playlist, which is saved to their BBC ID account. Playlists can later be exported to music services such as Deezer, Spotify and YouTube, and Playlister also allows listeners to discover new music by following BBC presenters' playlists.

The update is rolling out through Google Play today, and in related news the regular BBC iPlayer app has also been updated with compatibility fixes for the new Android 4.4 KitKat.

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4 years ago

Samsung's Pen.UP is a great social network for people who love to create digital art

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Whether you're sharing or just looking, Pen.UP is filled with great art from people just like you and me

The folks at Samsung love the S Pen on the Note series. If you've tried one, you can probably understand. It;s not a stylus, it an integral part of the device that can do some pretty wonderful things — including create some excellent digital art. 

To showcase all this great work, Samsung has set up a unique social network that features original work from people just like you and me. Open to folks with a Samsung Note 10.1, Samsung Note 8, Samsung Note 3, Samsung Note 2, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy S3, Pen.Up is a lot like Instagram for the pictures you draw instead of the pictures you take with a camera. It's a great idea, and it's filled with some of the best artwork from creative Android users you'll find anywhere.

It's also feature-rich. You can follow people, comment on their posts, even favorite their work to show how much you like it. Of course, they can do the same to you. Hashtags are supported (which is going to be important right very shortly — stay tuned) to make for easy sorting and searching, and built-in categories let you find just the sort of thing you're looking for. Submitting your own content is easy, but even if you're not artistic it's still a great place to find some really cool pictures.

I'm just getting settled into Pen.UP (we've been a little busy here at AC the past few weeks), but I'm really liking what I see. This is something I'll stay interested in, both by just looking as well as posting my own drawings from time to time. We've got a full walkthrough after the break to help explain it all a little better, and if the Pen.UP app isn't already installed on your Samsung device, you can grab it at the Google Play link above. 

I'll see you there, look for gbhil!

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4 years ago

Apps of the Week: Smart Voice Recorder, Meltdown, Rayman Fiesta Run and more!

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A healthy selection of app picks to check out this week

It's Saturday, and along with all of the other great things that come with the weekend we have the Apps of the Week column for you to enjoy. We take up this time slot every week to show off a collection of apps from the Android Central writers, each one showing off an app they've been using in the last week.

This week's collection is primarily made up of some great games, with a few different tools and other apps thrown in for good measure. Read along after the break and take a look at what we've picked out this week, you may just find an app or two that suit you as well.

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4 years ago

Quickoffice update brings closer integration with Google Drive

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Google purchased Quickoffice over the summer, but the popular productivity app isn't being put out to pasture just yet. In fact, Google's just given it an update that brings more integration into Google's own productivity suite, Google Drive.

With this update, when you have both GDrive and Quickoffice installed on one device — hardly out of the realm of possibility given that Quickoffice is a preload on many devices — Docs, Sheets and Slides (as in word, spreadsheets and presentations) will open up in Google Drive.

So the merging continues. We'll see how long it is before the Quickoffice name gets merged as well.

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4 years ago

Delta Air Lines app updated for Android 4.4 KitKat fixes, throws in UI tweaks for free

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A quick heads up for those of you who spend too much time in the air — or just enough to warrant having this app, anyway. Delta Air Lines has updated its aptly named Fly Delta app for Android 4.4 compatibility issues as well as some unnamed bugfixes. (Could be a placebo effect, but it almost seems a little faster, too.)

In addition, Detla's thrown in a small UI tweak — gone is the darker blue gradient, replaced by a different, flatter shade a blue. The legacy overflow menu button is still there, however — it'd be great to see that go. Otherwise, same old Delta app, though you can now use it from takeoff to landing.

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4 years ago

WatchESPN receives dramatic update with new interface and features

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On-demand highlights and news available even without cable subscription

What some would call a long-overdue update to the WatchESPN app has finally arrived, and it seems to have been worth the wait. While the previous version was certainly functional, it was far from attractive or a joy to use. The new version takes things to the next level, with a completely redesigned interface. You now have a new main interface with simple lists and sliding tabs to choose between live TV and other on-demand programming, as well as a new slide-in drawer.

You'll use that left drawer to switch between content on specific sports or channels, separated first by "featured" and then alphabetically and by channel. Streaming seems to kick in faster in our experience, and the app even properly hides all navigation elements to put the video in completely full screen on the Nexus 5 — a nice touch.

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4 years ago

Kingdom Conquest II now features classic Sega characters

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Altered Beast and Golden Axe characters return for a SEGA 25 year anniversary cameo

Sega’s Kingdom Conquest games are well-liked for their mixtures of action, strategy, and MMO gameplay.  The latest entry: Kingdom Conquest II features a variety of gameplay styles all thrown into a pot and cooked together. One of those styles involves collecting monster cards to send into battle against monsters in neighboring lands.

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis videogame console, SEGA has just released monster cards based on its classic franchises into Kingdom Conquest II. The special cards feature artwork and characters from Altered Beast and Golden Axe, two arcade hits.

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4 years ago

[Updated] Feedly backs off transition to Google+

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Twitter, Facebook and Wordpress login options also in testing

Updated 9:49 a.m.: Whoa. Feedly has announced that it's in fact not going to force users to Google+ and will keep traditional Google login. Here's its official update:

The fact that this changing is forcing users to create a Google+ profile and that Google+ is not available in some companies and on some Google Apps domains outweighs the benefit of being about to login more seamlessly across devices. So we are going to rollback this change later this afternoon - Friday 1:00pm PST. We will try to make it optional in the future for some users who like Google+. Thanks for the feedback.

Original post follows:

With the death of Google Reader earlier this year, Feedly emerged as one of the major players in RSS, and since its inception it's been using Google's OAuth authentication service to sign in users. With the gradual shift towards Google+ sign-in across Google properties however, Feedly is following suit and introducing G+ sign-in. The transition will take place "this week" on the web and "later this month" through the Feedly Android and iOS apps.

The move to Google+ sign in, Feedly says, allows for easier sign-in on mobile devices and opens up more sharing possibilities, on which it promises to divulge more over the next couple of weeks.

But if Google+ isn't for you, Feedly is also testing Twitter, Facebook and Wordpress login options, with the aim of rolling them out over the next seven weeks.

Source: Feedly Blog

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4 years ago

The Galaxy Note 3 Experience app shows you what using a Note is all about

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Get a deeper look into the many features of Samsung's latest Note

Ever been curious about using a Note device, but never given one a try? Well Samsung is hoping that an app in the Play Store called the Galaxy Note 3 Experience will help you discover all of its great features. You get a chance to watch some promo videos, and live interactive full-screen tutorials showing how features work on the Note 3 on whatever device you currently use.

Things like Air Command, Multi Window, Scrapbook and more are all on display, and they actually look pretty good considering that everything is just running in an app. You can also see how interactions work between the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear, although that implementation is a little clunky to our eyes.

The app also does you some good even if you already have made the choice to go with a Note 3. If you install it on your device, you'll get tutorials on all of the great features at your disposal that you may not have discovered on your own. If you're at all curious about the Note 3, you may want to take a look.

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