4 years ago

Sony Walkman app updated on latest Xperia devices with new playlists, Music Unlimited features


Four new playlist types now included, including shared playlists from friends

A new version of the Sony Walkman app is rolling out to recent Xperia devices with changes to playlists and the Music Unlimited service. Along with a slight visual refresh, including a mini player at the bottom of the app, you now have access to new playlist types — Newly Added, Most Played, Shared Playlist and TrackID History playlists.

On the Music Unlimited service front, Sony has introduced 30 second track previews for everyone, along with free trial periods and offline playback support.

The update is rolling out globally to the Xperia Z1, Z Ultra, Z, ZL and Tablet Z. You won't find the app through the Play Store, but rather through the "software update" section of your device's settings.

Source: Sony

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4 years ago

Moto G's U.S. debut delayed by winter weather


Delayed orders will be upgraded to overnight shipping, Motorola says

Those of us in the U.S. who ordered a Moto G (erm, some of us ordered more than one) on launch day have been awaiting shipping notices this week. Looks like we've got another week to go. 

Motorola this evening sent out e-mails announcing a delay because of the winter storm that struck much of the U.S., including Moto's fulfillment center in Fort Worth, Texas. That's caused a delay in shipping.

The good news? Moto's upgrading everyone to free overnight shipping by Dec. 17, if not sooner. We've seen at least one e-mail that says Dec. 14.

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4 years ago

Grab Dayframe Prime for 99-cents if you're one of the first 1,000 buyers


Have complete control over your Dayframe images with Dayframe Prime

When Dayframe first launched in November, we hinted that a Prime version with more great features was on its way. It's landed today, and the developers have a special price for the first 1,000 installs at just 99-cents. Afterwards, the price will bump to $2.99 for a bit, then ramp to $4.99 when all the features are complete.

What features you ask? Well the current iteration includes:

  • Custom Playlists — Create and arrange playlists with as many photostreams you want
  • Advanced Screensaver Timer — Advanced screensaver timers let you decide when each playlist is shown. Create and save routine playlists for mornings, evenings, and days of the week while at home and work.
  • Brightness Timer — Use the Brightness timer to adjust your screen brightness for days and evenings.
  • App Timer — The App timer lets you routinely launch apps on schedule - handy for dedicated table top or regular bedside use. Rotate between Dayframe and an alarm clock, news feed, etc.
  • Local Weather

Future plans include syncing between devices, and Chromecast support.

It's a great way to show off pictures from juts about any location, and the Prime feature list is great. Jump on this while it's only a buck!

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4 years ago

Use the Holiday Vignettes Glassware to send holiday greetings


Spread a little holiday cheer with Google Glass

Holiday Vignettes is a simple little piece of Glassware that makes quite the impact. It's a set of overlays (six in total) you can pin to your Glass screen. When you take a picture and create a vignette while one is pinned, you have an instant and unique holiday greeting you can share right from your Google Glass

The overlays say things like Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year, so they're compatible with all cultures and beliefs. It's also really easy to use, and is a great way to share some seasons greetings. Hit the link below to send it to your Google Glass.

Source: Glass Vignettes; via: Glass Almanac

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4 years ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Transportation' winner!


Dozens of fantastic entries showing all modes of transportation

When we posted last week's photo contest we expected to see some variation in what folks called "transportation," but it seems we underestimated things. Along with beautiful shots out the window of commercial airliners and from the handlebars of bicycles, we saw so many great pictures that perfectly captured the prompt this week.

Although we found many great shots in the 150+ entries this week, we had to pick just one to win the prize, a Sony QX10 lens camera. Hit the break and see which one came out as our favorite this time around.

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4 years ago

Gmail update adds vacation auto responder, expands file attachment capabilities



Wireless printing directly from the app available for KitKat users

The latest update to the Gmail app is adding a few often-requested features. First up, just in time for holiday vacations, is a vacation auto responder that can be enabled right from the app — no more going to the web interface to get that set up when you're going to be off the grid for a while.

Next is improvements to file attachments. Previously you were restricted to simply adding pictures or video from the menu of a new Gmail message, and now you can attach just about any kind of file you may have on your device. Attach documents, PDFs, .zip files and more right from the menu button.

Lastly, if you're a KitKat user with the latest app you'll find simple options to print emails directly from Gmail. Hit the overflow menu button and select "print," and you'll be given the new print dialog to send the message to your cloud print-enabled device

Source: +Gmail

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4 years ago

LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition unboxing and hands-on


The first true Google Play edition tablet from LG and Google

We've been using the LG G Pad 8.3 for a while now, and we've been excited to get a look at this one since Google announced it yesterday afternoon. LG makes one heck of a tablet, and their display technology is legendary, so what happens when you pair Google's Android with it should be really interesting.

So far, it has been. LG strays pretty far from the vanilla Android experience, so these two stop feeling the same the minute you turn them both on. The Google Play edition feels "darker", and pretty sparse. Designed to be fortified with applications from Google Play's app store, out-of-the-box Google Play devices seem bare-boned. That's a good thing for many, and an easy to overcome issue for everyone.

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4 years ago

Android 4.4.2 factory images now available for Nexus 4, 5, 7s and 10


A Google-sanctioned way to return to the latest stock build

Update: It looks like the broken links are now fixed. Go grab your factory images!

Original Story: Following tightly (as usual) behind the broad release of Android 4.4.2 over the air, full factory images of the latest build of Android for Nexus devices are now available. If you have a Nexus 4, 5, 7 (2012 and 2013) or 10, you now have a Google-sanctioned and supported way to return your phone or tablet to it's stock state on the latest firmware possible.

Now this isn't immediately as useful for many considering OTA update files are already available for these devices, but now if you're tinkering with things and need a wholesale reset back to stock, these images will come in handy. If you need a bit more guidance on how to apply these factory images, be sure to find your device in the forums for some great guides.

Source: Factory Images for Nexus Devices

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4 years ago

Chrome App Launcher now available for Mac


The Chrome App Launcher is an easy shortcut to all your Chrome apps

You've probably heard talk about Chrome desktop apps. It's something Google is trying that allows some Chrome apps or extensions to be used stand-alone in their own sandbox that run like any other desktop application would. The jury is still out on how effective or popular this will be, but it's something worth having a look at if you're a Chrome user on any platform.

To facilitate things — running stand-alone apps, but having to launch them from the browser defeats the purpose — Google has made the Chrome App Launcher available. On a Windows computer we can find it in the system tray, but on the Mac it will plop itself right into your dock. Once there, you can treat it like any other dock shortcut. You can dismiss it if you hate it, or set it to open automagically at login if you love it. Move it around, mistreat and abuse it. Just like any other app shortcut.

When you click on it, you'll see a list of all your chrome apps. Some of them, like Google play or Google+ will open in a regular browser window. Others, like Keep or Pocket, will open in their own window that can be minimized.

Getting things set-up is easy enough. Just point your Chrome browser at the "For your desktop" collection in the Chrome Web Store, and installing any of the apps will place the launcher in your dock. From there, it's all up to you.

Source: Google

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4 years ago

12 Days of Christmas giveaway day five: Win a Galaxy Tab 3 (7-inch) from AC and Sprint

On the fifth day of Christmas AC and Sprint gave to me ... A Samsung Galaxy Tab 3

The good people at Sprint have partnered with us to do something awesome for the holidays, and we're giving away a great Samsung phone or tablet every day for the next 12 days.

We've got a pile of great stuff, including the Galaxy Tab 3, the Note 3, the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S4 mini. Winning one is easy, but you'll need to follow the rules.

  • Leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win today's prize. Only one comment. 
  • We'll close the comments after 24 hours and pick a winner at random. 
  • Make sure the contact details you have entered when you signed up at AC are good, because that is how I will get in touch with you. 

Today's prize is a Sprint Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.0 7-inch. It's an excellent light-weight Android tablet, and chock full of the features that make Samsung devices a favorite. Be sure to get your name in the hat for this one!

The 12 days of Christmas giveaway is brought to you by Sprint, and their truly unlimited plans.

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4 years ago

In pictures: The white Nexus 7


Like the black Nexus 7, only white

The white Nexus 7 is upon us, having been announced just yesterday alongside the two new Google Play edition devices. Today we've got our hands on the freshened-up version of Google and ASUS' 7-inch slate, which on the inside is the same tablet we've been using since the summer — a 1920x1200 display, 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage on this particular model. And yes, it's still running pure, unadulterated Android 4.4 KitKat.

On the outside things are just a little different. It's white, not black, with a slightly glossier, more reflective finish — most likely to prevent the device from picking up scuffs and marks. The difference is similar to the contrast between the white and black Nexus 5s — a different look and glossier texture on the white model. (And like that device, the front bezel around the screen remains black.)

We've got a hands-on photo gallery waiting after the break.

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4 years ago

Spotify on mobile goes free, replaces a paywall with shuffle play


Listen to artists or playlists at random for free

With an update to its app, Spotify has dropped the paid subscription requirement for using its music service on mobile. Although a free component was previously available to desktop users, a subset of features is now available on mobile as well. What you'll find in the free version of Spotify is what it calls "shuffle play."

That basically just means "radio," and with shuffle play you'll have the option to listen to your own (and shared) playlists, or a specific artist, in random order. This brings the free offering down to parity with something like Pandora, which offers effectively endless radio for free on mobile and the desktop.

Make no mistake, the free version of Spotify is clearly set up to upsell you to the paid version of the service — and we're okay with that, if you see the value in the app and service and want more, you can expect to pay.

Source: Spotify

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4 years ago

Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition unboxing and hands-on


The Sony Z Ultra loses the Xperia tag, but gains the 'Google experience'

A big phone or a small tablet? Neither? Both? It's the same Z Ultra we've seen before, with a little more Google in it. Big, bold, and waterproof, it's one we all were surprised to see when Google announced it

For fans of big phones — or small tablets with a phone on board — there is a lot to like here. As we saw with previous Google Play experience devices, you have Google's version of Android, with a few essential OEM customizations added on top. Additions like the X-Reality display software are great additions, and the combination makes for the best experience.

You've got everything Google as well. The Google applications we're used to seeing — minus the AOSP Gallery app, which has been fully replaced with Photos — including things like Google Earth and Google Currents are on board. The same goes for Google Wallet and the tap and pay function. The back of the Z Ultra says Sony, but you'll know you're holding a Google device in your hands.

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4 years ago

The best free Android racing games


Do you have the need for speed, but would rather not dole out the cash to get it? We get it - cars are expensive, and why pay for a game when you don’t have to? We’ve combed through Google Play for some of the best-looking white-knuckled racing games on Android that are completely free, barring the odd prompt for in-app purchases. These freemium racing games are all really good and offer a little something for everyone.

Pull on up to the starting line, and check out these outstanding free racing games for Android.

4 years ago

Android Device Manager app launches on Google Play


Like the web interface, the new app lets you remotely track and lock down your other Android devices

Google has launched a new Android app allowing users of the Android Device Manager feature to remotely track, ring, lock down or wipe their other devices. Not to be confused with the Google Play Services feature that launched a few months ago, the ADM app duplicates the functionality of the web interface, meaning you can track or control one phone or tablet using another — provided you've first enabled this feature in the Google Settings app.

If you've not yet set up remote locate or remote wipe on your target handset, you can send a notification to it through the Android Device Manager app on the second device. (Fun fact: select the device you're using the app on and it marks its location as "in your hand.")

To get started, grab the new Android Device Manager app from Google Play at the link above.

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