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4 years ago

Google Wallet update lets you scan cards to enter them

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Google Wallet got itself a nice little update today that allows you to scan your credit card to enter some of its information, instead of worrying about hitting all those numbers yourself. You'll still have to add your name and CVV on your own.

Google also mentions the new Google Wallet Card in the changelog, as well as bugfixes and performance improvements.

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4 years ago

Zombie Tycoon II: Brainhov's Revenge now available for the Nvidia Shield on Google Play

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This PS3 port shows just how powerful Android and the Tegra 4 can be

If you picked up an Nvidia Shield it means one thing — you're a gamer. You might do other things on your Android, or maybe even have another device you use for messaging or social networking or web browsing, but you like to play serious games. Now you have another serious game to add to your list.

Zombie Tycoon II is a faithful PS3 port of the RTS game of the same name, and is designed for the Tegra 4 and devices with physical controls. For now, this means it's Shield-only. Hopefully, they can expand to other Tegra 4 tablets with a game controller, but right now you'll need that green and black clamshell to get your pop-culture zombies on. Do we like exclusives? No. But that doesn't mean that people with a Shield shouldn't have titles specially built for the device. Moving on.

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4 years ago

HBO Go Android app updated with Chromecast support

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OK, Chromecast fans. Add another supported app onto the list. HBO has just updated its HBO Go Android app to support Chromecast. 

And ... well, that's about it. Fire it up just like you would any other Chromecast stream, and you're watching HBO on your TV, through Chromecast. You'll still need an HBO subscription, of course. And some sort of Android device. And a Chromecast. But other than that, this is pure magic.

More: Chrome blog; Thanks, Matthew and Rob!

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4 years ago

Pocket updated to version 5, promises to be smarter and more dynamic

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Highlights, better app navigation, and an improved user experience make their way to Pocket's Android client

Pocket is the most popular save-it-for-later service out there. Over 1.5 million items get added daily, and the grand total of over 10 million users makes it the largest provider of it's type. People like to use it. I use it myself. Whenever I come across something on my phone that I just know would be better read on a tablet or computer, into Pocket it goes. It's handy like that. And with today's update to version 5.0, they say it's going to get better.

Anytime big changes come to an app with a slew of existing users, we tend to worry. People don't like change in their normal routine, if their normal routine serves them well. The good news is that Pocket's added some great additions, without doing anything that will force users to change their ways. Read through and see what I mean.

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4 years ago

Google Translate improving conversational translations, expanding language support

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New gesture support and improved language recognition from handwriting and images

The latest version of the Google Translate app is making it even easier to have conversations between languages. The latest update, which will begin rolling out to users today, makes it easier to converse with someone by just activating the app then turning the phone between two people. You now simply select the languages you'd like to translate between, tap the microphone and speak your sentence or phrase, and turn it to the other person.

Gesture support detects when you turn to the other person, and translates what you said, then prompts them to speak back to you. Once you get going back and forth, the experience will be much more conversational than before, hopefully lowering the boundaries of speaking to someone in another language.

For times when you want to translate written input, the latest update also expands handwriting input to Hebrew, Greek, Javanese and Esperanto. If you don't want to write, you can always capture text with your phone's camera and translate any selected portion if you'd like — now supporting Malay and Ukranian.

Source: Google Translate Blog

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4 years ago

Google Drive is getting another update, bringing tools to manage your files better

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Tools for power users are coming to Google Drive — are you using it yet?

The latest in a series of updates to Google Drive will bring user-facing tools to help manage and sort your files, according to +Google Drive. Rolling out "over the next few days" the update will feature like find and replace, inserting and managing tables, and named styles.

In addition, we'll be able to rename scans before upload, view your files in a two column layout on tablets, and sort by quota used for folks on a Google Apps account. 

Google is serious here. Pushing features from the desktop to the mobile version of Google Drive is a big deal for folks who want to be more productive with their Android phone or tablet. If you're a current user of Google Docs on the web for personal or business use, you'll find things are getting easier to manage while mobile. If you're not using Google Docs on the desktop, you now have a compelling reason to give it a try.

We imagine Google has more planned in this space. Bringing features like this to mobile — which is the area of technology that is expanding daily — will attract people away from other solutions that aren't as small-screen friendly. 

Keep an eye out for the update, and you can always check via the Google Play link above.

Source: +Google Drive

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4 years ago

Opera 18 is updated to Chromium 31 and brings a new tablet UI

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A better tablet interface joins the features in the Opera browser, and a new blink engine should make the whole experience faster

Opera has updated their Android application today, and along with a bump to Chromium 31 for the internal browser engine brings an all-new tablet UI and a handful of bug fixes. The new tablet layout isn't just a scaled-up version of the phone app, the folks at Opera say they have tuned every element to take advantage of the larger screen size. Of course, things like off-road mode and the speed dial new tab page are still in place.

The full list of changes:

  • based on chromium 31
  • new UI for tablet devices
  • improvements in search engine list
  • new remote debugging feature (requires new permissions)
  • fixed issue with fullscreen video playback
  • fixed issue with HW back button on Discover
  • fixed issue with viewport size in new tab
  • fixed issue with keybord staying on screen
  • fixed issue with page reload when leaving text input in off-road pages
  • various stabilization and performance improvements

We know plenty of people are big fans of Opera and their business philosophy, and it looks like you'll have a great new version to use. You can grab it at the Google Play link above.

Source: Opera

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4 years ago

Google rolls Play Magazines and Currents into Play Newsstand

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New destination for newspaper, magazine and online content on Google Play

Google has today taken the wraps off Google Play Newsstand, its new app for consuming newspaper and magazine content on mobile devices. Newsstand combines Play Magazines and Google Currents, and is available as an update to the former on the Play Store from today.

For the first time users can subscribe to newspapers as well as magazines, with launch titles including The New York Times, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and Huffington Post. These join the range of magazines already available through the old Google Play Magazines app, as well as web-based content you may have subscribed to through Google Currents. The main "Read Now" section incorporates all this content into a scrolling card-based view, and you can view and manage individual subscriptions from the "My News" and "My Magazines" areas. It's also possible to save individual articles of interest and pin them to the "Bookmarks" section for quick access later on. And naturally, these are synchronized across all your devices.

So Newsstand is supposed to be your one-stop shop for written content on the web, whereas things were split between Currents and Play Magazines before. And the addition of leading newspapers to the mix is an important step for Google, to be sure.

Google says Play Newsstand will be available on devices in the U.S., Canada, UK and Australia as an update from Play Magazines in the next few days. Other countries can download it directly from Google Play. Check past the break for more screenshots and Google's introductory video.

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4 years ago

Xbox One SmartGlass app hits Google Play ahead of console release

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Be ready for the next generation of Xbox

Three days ahead of the retail launch of the latest Xbox, Microsoft has released a new version of its companion Xbox SmartGlass app. Just as before, the Xbox One SmartGlass app provides a second screen experience on your phone or tablet for the Xbox One in your house, giving you access to useful information on the content you're watching, your friends list, game achievements and much more.

You can also use the app to navigate the console's interface with the touchscreen, and enter text with the on-screen keyboard, which can often be drastically faster than using a standard game controller. You can grab a download of the Xbox One SmartGlass app at the Play Store link above, and stare at it solemnly as you wait for your Xbox One to arrive on Friday.

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4 years ago

Twitter adding search improvements and filters in latest update

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Filter results by category, media type and specific people

The latest version of Twitter is focused on helping you find information that matters with refinements to search. Now when opening up a search box and typing in a name, topic or hashtag you'll be given the option to view both "Top Tweets" and "All Tweets." You can also tap the settings-like button next to the search box to refine your search results to show just photos, videos, news and specific sets of people.

Search has always been an area that Twitter has needed work on, considering the crazy amount of data it needs to get through to get relevant information to you with just a keyword search. It looks like the latest version is moving towards making Twitter searches a bit more useful.

The new search features are already available in the latest Twitter Beta release, and are making their way to the wider masses through Google Play "soon" according to Twitter's blog post. You can check for the latest version at the Play Store link above.

Source: Twitter Blog

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4 years ago

Dropbox updated with new notifications feed, sharing and payment options

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Dropbox adds useful additions to software everyone already loves

The Dropbox app has received a healthy little update this afternoon, adding a trio of small, but useful, features to everyone's (well, most everyone — you know who you are) favorite cloud storage service. A look at the change log is in order, and they were kind enough to include one.

  • New notifications feed for quick access to recent activity
  • Send photos and videos to contacts (adds contacts permission)
  • New payment options for Pro (adds camera permission)

You've still got that horrible iOS-styled icon that everyone seems to hate, but you also still have everything else you liked about Dropbox. After fiddling for a few minutes, the notifications feed gets 5-stars, the sharing of pictures to contacts gets 4-stars, and credit card scanning to pay for Dropbox Pro gets the highest marks i can give. Make it easy for people to pay for your services, and more people will pay for them.

You probably have the update waiting in your notification bar, as there is no trollout at play this time — everyone can has Dropbox today. If not, click the link up yonder to get hooked up.

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4 years ago

Uber adds PayPal payment processing, offering discount until Nov. 28

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Receive $15 off your first ride when paying with PayPal

Black car and taxi service Uber has just updated its app to now accept PayPal in addition to Google Wallet. The PayPal payment option is available in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and the U.S. at the moment, and gives you yet another way to pay for your car rides alongside Google Wallet and a traditional credit or debit card.

To encourage you to connect your PayPal account, Uber is also offering a one-time $15 discount on your first ride when paying with PayPal before November 28th — not a bad deal. You can download the latest version of the Uber app at the Play Store link above, and connect your PayPal account under "Payment" in the settings.

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4 years ago

Humble Mobile Bundle 3 is Android-only, offering 6 games for your charitable donation

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More games to come next week for those who donate over the average

The third iteration of the Humble Mobile Bundle is now available and accepting donations for a group of six Android-only games. As is the case each time, the donation model lets you pay what you want for the games below, with some of the proceeds going to developers and the rest going to a pair of great charities.

  • EPOCH
  • rymdkapsel
  • SpellTower
  • Swordigo (new to Android)

In addition to the above four games, if you donate over the average (currently just $4.58) you'll also receive two more games. You'll also have access to any additional games that are added to the Mobile Bundle 3 next week, as is often the case.

  • Ridiculous Fishing (new to Android)
  • Kingdom Rush

Head to the source link below and donate what you feel is appropriate to receive four or six great Android games.

Source: Humble Bundle

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4 years ago

Newsblur Android app updated with new viewing options

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Google Reader may be dead, but RSS is alive and well. And to that end, the Android app for Newsblur received a hefty update this week.

New in version 3.0 are a new story navigation pane and text view, and quick-and-easy forward and back buttons. Plus, you'll get a new logo, hidden comments, the ability to unsave stories, and the requisite bugfixes. 

Definitely worth a look if you're in search of a good RSS reader. 

More: Newsblur blog

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4 years ago

Google Play Music for iPhone reviewed

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Google's music streaming service arrives on iOS looking familiar, but missing a couple of features

Google Play Music finally arrived on the iOS App Store late last week, giving iPhone owners the opportunity to access Google's library of streaming music on their devices. Over at our sister site iMore they've been putting Google Play Music for iPhone through its paces, and they've found it closely matches the Android version in terms of playback and basic functionality, as well as looks. From iMore's Richard Devine:

"If you're a user of any of Google's other iOS applications then you'll feel immediately at home with this. It's attractive to look at, and very distinctively Google. The white cards on light gray background is clean and crisp with the Google Play Music signature orange highlights adding just the right splash of color. It's basically a carbon copy of Google's own Android app, and it's so incredibly silky smooth to navigate around. The sliding motion of the menu coming out from the side, the player view minimising, general scrolling up-and-down and side-to-side is all without flaw. I actually think it performs slightly better than the Android version. But it isn't the only Google app that could be said of."

However it isn't all smooth sailing — there's no in-app purchase support, which means you can't buy content or subscribe to All Access from within the app. That's likely due to Google not wanting to share a cut of profits with Apple. So listening to your existing stuff is easy to do, but if you want to buy more you'll need to fire up the web interface.

Check out iMore's full review for the lowdown on Google Play Music for iPhone.

More: Google Play Music for iPhone review

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