Disney’s Club Penguin Releases Android App

Disney’s Club Penguin Releases Android App

Dec 19, 2014

Disney Interactive has released an Android app for its virtual world for kids Club Penguin.

The new app looks to bring the best of Club Penguin — games, exploration, social interaction and more — to kids in a mobile, safe manner. Kids can play games to earn virtual money, take part in parties that refresh every month, explore the entire virtual island, and adopt “puffles” amongst other activities.

Additionally, there is a premium tier that can be accessed via in-app purchase. This “membership” tier allows for extended features, like extra personalization and customization abilities.

It is pertinent to note that to mark the new release, Disney is offering a complimentary gifting month of membership (for friends) to folks that purchase a month.

One month of membership runs for $7.99, three months cost $19.99, and six months costs $39.99.

The app (sans membership) is free on the Play Store.

[Source: Disney Interactive Press Release]

Yahoo App Update Brings News and More to US Users

Yahoo App Update Brings News and More to US Users

Dec 19, 2014

Yahoo continues to improve on its mobile offerings, and its latest update to Yahoo for Android, underscores this.

The new version allows US-based users to get local news right from the app. According to the Tumblr post outlining the changes, users can get local news based on the areas they are currently in.

The new build also brings gestures in the in the manifestation of side-swiping as a means of navigation. Now users can move in a quicker fashion from one story or category to another.

Commenting has also been added to the latest build, allowing users of the app to engage with the stories and other users.

Yahoo! notes that this feature is the result of user feedback, so it definitely should be very well received.

The new app continues to be free, and is available on the Play Store.

[Source: Yahoo! Blogpost]

AR Health Series: Pear Sports System Hardware Review

AR Health Series: Pear Sports System Hardware Review

Dec 19, 2014

Being fit is gently moving on from being a pastime to being a habit of successful people. Of course, as the need to be healthy becomes more pervasive, it is natural to see more and more tools that have a mobile component. It makes sense… smartphones are the ubiquitous pocket companions.

The Pear System looks to bridge this gap, first by being a veritable heart rate measuring tool, and then by wirelessly connecting data via one’s Android device.

The review package Pear send to us highlights the system; the review packet contains the Pearl heart rate monitor, a chest strap, headphones and a carrying pouch. Most of th pieces are bathed or accented in bright blue. The HRM unit is diminutive, with the company logo tastefully stamped on the front. The back has two press-in buttons and the battery cover. The strap is black, with the press-in receptacles, and is adjustable and stretchy. The headphones look simple, but have interesting buds, and there is a button on the right ear. Finally, the carry pouch is light and zippered.

Setup is fairly easy; it involves getting the strap, and attaching the heart rate monitor onto it. The HRM has a bluetooth module, and this can be paired with Android devices via the associated Pear app. When working well, the headphones become an invaluable piece: they are quite comfortable, and transmit data over whatever sounds (like music) are going on the holding device. All together, it is a great idea; the strap is worn on the chest, headphones to ears, and the app records time of workouts, distance and calories.

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In practice, I thought the HRM unit worked well, mostly in step with other measurement tools. For runners, it’s nice that the app interfaces with partner apps like MapMyFitness and MyFitnessPal.

My gripes center around said app. Subsequent pairings were finicky, and I did catch crashes periodically.. Also, the app serves as a conduit to procure better plans and coaching, there are not a lot of free ones. I do like the in-ear stats, and the web portal.

When it’s all said and done, I honestly feel the Pear System is a decent option, and at $80 (per Amazon), the combination is not too pricey. I think it’s best value is for the fitness adherent willing to invest in the advanced tools that the system provides.

Total Domination – Reborn Arrives on Android

Total Domination – Reborn Arrives on Android

Dec 19, 2014

Plarium is back again — this time with new game Total Domination – Reborn, which is out now on Android. The game is a welcome Android standalone port of the Total Domination series.

The game is an MMO strategy game that brings designed warfare to handheld gameplay.

Per the press release, features include:

· Building Forces – Study technologies, stockpile weapons, and unlock powerful colonies, while building forces from over 30 Infantry, Armor Corps, Artillery, and Air Force units. Strengthen your troops and protect your sectors from invasions.

· Developing Strategy and Teamwork – A flexible and strategy-based format allows users to play according to their style – gamers can go it alone, or form alliances and clans with other sectors. Extra resources are earned by raiding other communities or by trading with other players.

· Immersive Storylines – A classic interface is familiar to long-time gamers, plus global in-game storyline developments introduce non-player opponents and new ways to work with or betray fellow commanders.

· Continually Enhanced Experience – Frequent updates ensure the game stays fresh by offering new units, buildings, technologies, and defensive improvements for players.

Plarium Marketing Chief Gabi Shalel wants fans to appreciate the game. “Total Domination – Reborn has been designed with its own unique functionalities to offer the best mobile gameplay experience possible,” he says. “Long term fans of the game series and new players alike will appreciate the completely re-imagined interface design, new artwork, and a streamlined set of features.”

The game is available for free (with optional in-app purchasing) on the Play Store.

RunKeeper Gets Update, Adds Support for Sony Smartwatch 3 and More

RunKeeper Gets Update, Adds Support for Sony Smartwatch 3 and More

Dec 19, 2014

Fitness and running application RunKeeper is getting an update, and this new build looks to make it tie in with newer tools.

According to the app information page, the new update adds in formal support for Sony Smartwatch 3. Thus, SS3 owners need not take their smartphones on runs, as internal GPS keeps track of distance and the information is synced to the app later on.

The new update also add in support support for SMS Audio BioSport Earbuds; the app page notes that the built-in optical sensor continuously measures one’s heart rate while one listens to music during your a workout.

RunKeeper remains free (with optional in-app purchases) on the Play Store.

Evernote Tacks On Some Nice Premium Features in Latest Update

Evernote Tacks On Some Nice Premium Features in Latest Update

Dec 18, 2014

Evernote, the preeminent cloud-supported cross-platform note-taking application, is getting an update, and it’s an update that should make subscribers to its premium service quite happy.

Premium feature: Context
– Context surfaces notes, people, and articles related to what you’re working on.
– Evernote Premium subscribers get free, relevant content from sources such as The Wall Street Journal.
– Evernote does not share your account information with Context sources.
Business card scanning improvements
– Glare and card edge detection
– Ability to set default notebook
Miscellaneous improvements
Bug fixes

Evernote is free to use, and offers a suite of premium features via in-app purchase.

Google Opinion Rewards Gets Material Design Update

Google Opinion Rewards Gets Material Design Update

Dec 18, 2014

Google Opinion Rewards, the survey answering app from Google that rewards users with Google Play cash for answering surveys, is getting an update.

The update brings Material Design to the app.

Google Opinion Rewards remains free on the Play Store.

Point & Click Series AR-K Comes to Android

Point & Click Series AR-K Comes to Android

Dec 17, 2014

AR-K is now on Android courtesy of Gato Salvaje.

The game comes in two parts; an introductory, completely free Part 1 and further immersive, premium-priced Part 2.

From the press release:

AR-K comes to mobile platforms to create a classic adventure game experience that can be played on the go or on the couch. The game’s sleek 3D graphics pair with familiar point-and-click 2D navigation for a 2.5D experience that adventure fans can quickly pick up and play. The core appeal of AR-K lies in its attention-grabbing writing and challenging puzzles that create an intriguing world of mystery, humor, and suspense. The game’s story and dialog have been re-vamped by noted comic book writer Greg Rucka, gameplay puzzles have been refined with optional highlights to help identify important objects, and the game’s graphics have been optimized to shine on today’s high-powered mobile devices.

“AR-K brings classic adventure gaming to iOS and Android with mystery, humor, and romance—all wrapped in a modern 3D graphical presentation,” said Fernando Prieto, Managing Director of Gato Salvaje. “We have dedicated ourselves to create a compelling episodic adventure for fans of the genre to enjoy!”

In AR-K, players take on the role of former cop turned journalist Alicia as she struggles to solve the mystery of why she was framed for a theft, what happened in a hazy one-night stand with a mysterious stranger, and what is the secret of the powerful and unearthly Golden Sphere that has appeared in her life. All characters are fully voiced and Alicia is brought to life through the voice talents of Ash Sroka, widely known for her role as Tali Zorah in the Mass Effect Trilogy.

AR-K’s episodic story will be told over four chapters, with the remaining two chapters scheduled to arrive in 2015. Although each chapter builds upon the previous events, they can also be enjoyed individually as complete adventures with approximately four hours of gameplay each.

As noted, AR-K I is completely free, and AR-K II is priced at $2.99. Both are available on the Play Store.

The Secret Society Gets Winter Update

The Secret Society Gets Winter Update

Dec 17, 2014

G5 and MyTona are giving hidden mystery title The Secret Society a winter-themed update.

Per the press release:

G5 Entertainment and MyTona are happy to bring a winter wonderland to The Secret Society® – Hidden Mystery with 1.12 update for Google Play, Kindle Fire and Fire Phone today. Download for free the latest version of The Secret Society and add a dash of joy to your favorite hidden object adventure right away – winter holiday decorations and a new charming avatar are included.

The 1.12 version brings with it two new locations that are awaiting your keen eye, 100 additional quests that are ready to challenge your inquisitive mind, and 16 new collections, ready to offer tons of specials for you. Magic will start when you gather enough Christmas ornaments, dancing elves, gingerbreads and candles – the Winter Street will be unlocked for your intense exploration. When you find Santa’s amulet, rest assured that new scenes will open faster and easier for you. Daily check-ins to the game, in addition to your regular bonuses, will give you holiday bonuses, like Christmas puddings, punches, candy canes and gingerbread houses! It’s too awesome to put it off any longer. Go check The Secret Society 1.12 now!

What’s New in Version 1.12:

Happy Holidays to all Secret Keepers!

Holiday magic is around the corner. Update your favorite hidden object adventure game to continue the endless adventures and prepare yourself for special gifts and wondrous surprises!

PYRAMID OF WONDER – collect 500 snowflakes to get this unique award that will give you loads of special items such as holiday balls, carrots, Cupid’s Arrows, pumpkins and more!
NEW LOCATIONS – plunge into the fascinating “Excavations” and “Winter Street” locations
NEW QUESTS – 100 new quests will keep you engaged for weeks!
NEW COLLECTIONS – 16 new collections, can you fill them all?
HOLIDAY TALISMAN – complete all holiday quests and the unique holiday talisman will increase your energy restoration!
NEW AVATAR – get a unique holiday avatar to make your game even more festive

The game is free (with in-app purchases) on the Play Store and Amazon Appstore.

[Source: G5 Press Release]

Bored Anita Comes to Android

Bored Anita Comes to Android

Dec 17, 2014

Bored Anita is the newest game from Taffimai, and it recently became available on Google Play.

Anita has a big problem: she does not know how to pass the time! All of her toys are at home, and all the amusements her friends have to offer seem so boring… The successful children’s writer Lodovica Cima is the author of this story written for younger readers who will love its circular nature. This tale can be used to learn how to count along with Anita and to introduce one of the most important themes for children: friendship. The bonus feature: the extremely colourful illustrations by Silvia Baroncelli, the winner of the Città del Sole Award 2013 and designer of the famous calendar for 2014. In addition, it has fun sounds, involving music, and simple, intuitive interactions, and voiceovers in four different languages!

Bored Anita is available for $4.98 on the Play Store.

Intuit’s Financial Management App Mint.com Gets Update

Intuit’s Financial Management App Mint.com Gets Update

Dec 16, 2014

Mint.com, the personal finance management app from financial powerhouse Intuit, is getting an update.

The update brings in several new tweaks and refinements. The app startup time is improved, as well as the data refresh speed. There is a “fresh new feel” to the app, and there is a new floating action button to help with the speedy creation manual transactions.

And of course, there is the standard batch of bug fixes.

Mint.com excels at being the Android version of the personal finance web portal; with it, users can keep abreast of their accounts across a large swathe of financial institutions that Mint.com can access. It also works as a ledger for and between said accounts, allowing users to balance the books as one would do on a traditional checkbook. Of course, the sync with the web portal is quite useful.

The app also features budgeting utilities, account alerts, bill reminders and more.

Mint.com is available for free on the Play Store.

[Source: Google Play App Page]

New RPG Exiles Due Out This Week on Google Play

New RPG Exiles Due Out This Week on Google Play

Dec 16, 2014

Crescent Moon is in a merry mood, as evidenced by the news that its new RPG game Exiles is due out this week. Yep, that’s right; according to information provided, Exiles will be available on Google Play on December 18th.

Exiles is the follow-up to hit game Ravensword: Shadowlands; the backstory has to do with figuring out a plot to enslave a struggling colony on a distant planet. As part of the Elite Enforcers, the player gets to live the tale via Android device.

Features:

– Explorer a huge and open world, full of alien hives, underground temples, caves a large colony with various interior locales.
– Choose up to 3 character classes
– Choose a Male or Female Character
– A large variety of weapons to use and upgrade
– Huge Alien creatures to fight
– Mechs and Hoverbikes available to ride around the massive landscape
– A dark story of government plots and conspiracy
– No IAP!
– Real-time Shadows on newer devices
– Full Night/Day System

We look forward to checking this one out.

[Source: Crescent Moon Informational Email]