Yahoo Email App gets Filter Functionality

Yahoo Email App gets Filter Functionality

Aug 31, 2014

Yahoo Email for Android now gives users the ability to manipulate filters directly from within the application. Now, one may create, update and edit filters on the fly via the app.

This enviable feature removes another barrier to completely mobilizing ones email habits; one does not have to get on the desktop to tweak filter settings.

Altogether, per the app page, the recent update adds:

- Enhanced links: Links are enhanced to be nice cards when you share a link while composing an email
- Updated settings: We’ve simplified settings to make it easier to customize your mailbox
- Filters: Create, update and delete email filters to help organize your mailbox
- Certified Yahoo badge: Email from Yahoo get a special icon so you know it’s from us

Yahoo Email is available for free on the Play Store.

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[Source: via Engadget]

Netflix Gets Update, Adds Improved Chromecast Compatibility

Netflix Gets Update, Adds Improved Chromecast Compatibility

Aug 31, 2014

Netflix had just updated the Android version of its streaming application; version 3.7.2 brings improved compatibility with Chromecast, allowing to app to be used better across connected devices.

Netflix continues to be one of the most popular sources of on-demand content, and its drive to acquire and/or produce original content has been a well-received. For those looking to mobilize content consumption, or to source entertainment via mobile devices, it is a great option.

The app — with the current update — is available for free (with subscription) on the Play Store. It is also available on the Amazon AppStore.

Pocket Gets Update

Pocket Gets Update

Aug 30, 2014

Pocket, the insanely popular web article curating app that allows users to clip interesting content for perusal later, has just received a big update.

Version 5.6.6 brings the ability for users to predetermine how much space Pocket uses to store data. This sounds like a great feature for folks that might have device storage concerns.

Additionally, a couple of fixes are listed. First, previously downloaded content is not properly discarded when archived or deleted. After this upgrade, Pocket will reclaim freed storage.

The second fix has to do with a crash that occurs when one tried to listen to some articles.

Lastly, there are some improvements, specifically the replacement of confirmation prompts during deletion with an undo toggle and an improved Evernote sharing process that includes images and rich text.

Pocket is available for free (with optional in-app purchases) on the Play Store.

Google Maps Gets Update, Adds Hindi Support, Android Wear Improvements and More

Google Maps Gets Update, Adds Hindi Support, Android Wear Improvements and More

Aug 29, 2014

Google Maps has just received an update today; per the update notes, the new update brings Hindi support to the app UI and actual voice navigation.

The update notes also underscore improved navigation notifications on Android Wear devices, which is definitely welcome with regards to the new batch of Android-based wearables that are coming on the scene.

Lastly, the update also brings the ubiquitous bug fixes.

Hindi support is definitely welcome; it allows Google Maps to be a useful tool to a whole lot more people in one of the fastest growing tech sectors in the world.

Google Maps and navigation continues to be one of the crown jewels of Google’s mobile arsenal. It boasts maps in 220 countries and territories, transit directions, live traffic, Street View, voice-guided GPS Navigation for walking, biking and driving, and more. The best feature, though, is that Google seems to understand that the mobile mapping space is very competitive (with HERE coming to select Android devices), and isn’t resting on its laurels.

Google Maps (along with the current update) is available for free on the Play Store.

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G5 Preps One-day App Giveaway and More

G5 Preps One-day App Giveaway and More

Aug 29, 2014

G5 is almost always in a giving mood, and next week is no different.

On September 1st, it will be making Abyss: the Wraiths of Eden for that day only on the Play Store and Amazon AppStore.

Also, from September 1st through 7th, Vampires: Todd and Jessica’s Story will go on sale for $0.99 on the Play Store and Amazon AppStore.

Game information and trailers from the games are below:

About the games:

Abyss: the Wraiths of Eden follows the story of a famed underwater explorer Robert Marceau who has disappeared under mysterious circumstances. His fiancé descends to the gloomy depths of the ocean to find him. Following the clues Robert left for her, our heroine discovers the lost underwater city of Eden. You’ll have to venture into the unknown and unsettling waters to investigate the sunken city, now controlled by demons.
Game trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VwuMZO-xdI.

Ever wanted to project yourself into someone else’s dream? Now you can! Plunge into Dream Catchers: The Beginning and catch dreams as they flow by.

An unknown disease struck your sister Mia, the students and other staff at school where she works – they fell asleep one by one and haven’t woken up. Now you have to investigate of this alarming situation. Search the premises for useful clues and hidden objects and resolve unbelievable tasks in both the real world and the dream world. Most importantly, wake Mia up and reveal the shocking truth about the Dream Catchers Order!
Game trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqZPTOSm0P0.

In Vampires: Todd & Jessica’s Story, you take on a role of a vampire who longs to be human again. Todd is in the middle of proposing to Jessica, his one true love, when he’s kidnapped. Worse, Todd discovers that his close friend Zack, a charismatic and dangerous vampire, has sinister plans for Jessica. Now this desperate young lover must find his fragile fiancée and protect her from a terrible fate. Explore eerie locations, meet mysterious yet friendly characters, collect useful objects and solve brain-teasing puzzles as you experience an immortal love story with bite!
Game trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZ7SXGdFHWE.

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Huawei Ascend Mate2 Now Available at Fry’s Online and In-store

Huawei Ascend Mate2 Now Available at Fry’s Online and In-store

Aug 29, 2014

Huawei has announced increased availability of its Ascend Mate2 4G LTE smartphone; now, it can be procured from Fry’s Electronics via the online portal and in physical stores.

This means that the device can be purchased at each of the 34 Fry’s stores in the US.

From the press release:

Consumers can now purchase the Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G LTE at all 34 Fry’s Electronics stores as well as on Frys.com in the United States. The device will be offered in both black and white colors, and will retail for $299 USD.

Since its launch, the Ascend Mate2 has received critical acclaim for its powerful quad-core 1.6 GHz processor and a long-lasting 3900mAh lithium polymer battery that lets you enjoy a half-day of web surfing on a single charge. Featuring unique power-saving technology that improves performance by more than 30 percent versus other smartphones in its class, a single charge can let you: stream three movies in a row, surf the web for 12 hours, talk for 25 hours, or listen to 100 hours of music.

With a large 6.1-inch, Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 IPS screen, and lightning-fast LTE Cat4 connectivity, the Mate2 is perfect for non-stop entertainment. The 13-megapixel BSI rear-facing camera, features a 2.0 aperture, making it easy to take crystal clear, professional-quality photos. Turn the phone around and its 5-megapixel front-facing camera, offers both panoramic mode and Auto Face Enhancement, so you get a wider view to help you create amazingly selfies and groufies.

To learn more about the Ascend Mate2, visit GetHuawei.com.

We had an opportunity to review the Mate2 recently, and mostly liked it. As noted, the device will retail for $299.

Samsung Galaxy Phones getting Nokia’s HERE Maps

Samsung Galaxy Phones getting Nokia’s HERE Maps

Aug 29, 2014

In the world of mobile mapping, Nokia’s HERE is probably the most well-regarded outside Google Maps; it is a well-designed application that brings value o devices it resides on. Now, select Android users can enjoy a new beta version.

More specifically, Samsung is taking advantage of a licensing deal and bringing HERE to Galaxy device users. HERE will offer offline functionality, walking, driving and public transportation options, Glympse compatibility in addition to standard turn-by-turn directions in supported locales.

Additionally, the app will pair with the upcoming Samsung Gear S Smartwatch.

For now, the announcement notes the program will be available for Galaxy devices; no specific Galaxy devices are explicitly excluded just yet.

According to Three Sixty, the official HERE blog, HERE will be available when the Samsung Gear S formally hits stores.

As noted, it is a free offering; no word on whether the app will find its way to other Android devices in the future.

[Source: Three Sixty HERE Blog via TechChrunch]

Topia World Builder Gets Big Update

Topia World Builder Gets Big Update

Aug 28, 2014

Topia, the benevolence game that allows folks to live vicariously through world building, has just received a big update. The game allows players to create and maintain intricate lands and manage livestock in a natural simulation environment.

Per the Google Play app page, Build 12 brings:

Herbivores can outnumber and kill a carnivore.
Poips now eat trees.
Shoals of fish.
Amphibious Broncodiles.
’3D’ gyro driven view motion where supported.
Day/Night cycle.
bugfixes:
Land creatures are less likely to wander into the sea.
Birds don’t get stuck and interact with the Landscape.
+many small fixes.

Altogether, it sounds as though the game engine has been refined with more logic. The day/night cycle will definitely help with realism.

We had an opportunity to review Topia a short while ago; it’s available on the Play Store for $1.99.

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WeTransfer Launches Android App

WeTransfer Launches Android App

Aug 28, 2014

After a successful trip on iOS, data transfer utility WeTransfer is now on Android.

The app looks to streamline the ability of mobile device easiers to share and move media within the device; from the press release:

WeTransfer’s free file-transfer app comes to Android today, enabling people to share multiple files from their Android devices with ease.

The app’s functionality takes a lead from WeTransfer’s iOS app launched earlier this year, but also debuts a number of Android-only functions. As well as letting people share up to 10GB of multiple images and videos from their device, the Android app allows users to send pretty much any file from within the operating system through the file transfer functionality.

This incredibly versatile app includes a wide range of key features, including:

· Send any file: Android users will be able to use the “share” button anywhere in the OS to send the selected file(s);
· Transfer pause/resume: If a user wishes to pause a transfer they can do so at any time and resume it when convenient to provide greater control; and
· Contacts access: To send videos and photos, people will also have the ability to use their device’s address book for easy e-mail address selection.

Additional app features include:

· Instantly send multiple images by selecting the first image and double tapping on the last to select all the items in between
· Preview an image or video by tapping and holding it down
· Find images quickly by swiping with two fingers to jump between months
· Skip to the last image in the folder by swiping with three fingers
· Transfer up to 10GB at a time for free
· Have greater transfer control by receiving notifications highlighting a switch from Wi-Fi to 3G or 4G
· Log in to your Plus account by holding down the WeTransfer logo

In typical WeTransfer fashion, there is also no sign-up process to send files. Simplicity of use, and aesthetics of the user-experience, continues to be central to WeTransfer’s philosophy.

The app will also feature WeTransfer’s iconic background imagery designed specifically to fit smartphone screens, mirroring the online version.

Adriaan Trouwee, Head of Mobile at WeTransfer said: “We want to make it as easy as possible for people to send multiple photos or videos to each other from their phones or tablets.

“Say you go on holiday with friends, head to a festival or a great party, and you all take a whole load of photos. Now you can instantly share these moments whenever you want, without losing the quality of the images. Straight from your phone via WeTransfer, to the ones you shared these moments with.

“We’re making it as easy for people to send content they’ve created on their mobiles as it is via our website. And we’re making it a beautiful experience too. Already on iOS, and now on Android too.”

In addition to features available to everyone, ‘Plus’ account holders will also be able to store their transfers in their 50GB cloud storage, which they can later access via the web version of the service.

The app is available for free on the Play Store.

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Tap Tap Meteorite Makes it Way to Google Play Store

Tap Tap Meteorite Makes it Way to Google Play Store

Aug 28, 2014

Tap Tap Meteorite has just been released on Android, the fruit of three months of development. The Unity engine-based game is a tap-defense adventure that asks the player to defend his universe by destroying meteors.

From the press release:

In Tap Tap Meteorite the player protects the planets of our solar system, which are facing total destruction from crashing meteorites. It is the player’s job to destroy the never-ending waves of meteorites before they hit and demolish the planets.

With beautiful cartoon graphics, Tap Tap Meteorite features 10 different power ups, 4 unique planets (each with their own difficulty and secrets), global leaderboards, achievements and 2 different game modes. Protect Mercury, Earth and Mars from annihilation or relax playing Venus, the featured zen planet.

Tap Tap Meteorite creator Todd Hayes enjoyed making the game. “I had a blast developing the game, and so did the rest of the team,” he says. “There are tons of games out on the Play Store that have the user tap their screen to get a high score, so my game isn’t a new concept, but I do think it is unique.”

To make sure the game stands out, Hayes collaborated with an animator, a sound engineer and an artist to streamline production. Hayes also promises more levels (planets) depending on how the game does on the Play Store.

The game is truly free, with no in-app purchases at all. It is available for download here.

The game trailer is below.

Activision Releases Wipeout 2 on Android

Activision Releases Wipeout 2 on Android

Aug 28, 2014

… and like that, it’s time for the sequel!

Activision has just announced its new game Wipeout 2, is a sequel to the original Wipeout (which we recently reviewed), and is again based on the obstacle game show that shares its name.

The new game is currently available for free (with in-app purchases) on the Play Store.

Excerpts from the press release and the trailer are below:

It’s time for a new season of big red balls – Activision Publishing’s Wipeout 2 spills out on iOS, Android and Kindle Fire devices today, drenching gamers with massive content in a free mobile package.

Wipeout 2 is an action platforming game based on ABC’s comically entertaining obstacle course competition TV series, Wipeout. Players dodge and traverse environmental hazards and challenges to emerge triumphant at the end of each level as fast as possible; those who miss a jump or are knocked off fall hilariously to the murky waters below.

A sequel to 2012’s mobile hit – Wipeout – Wipeout 2 ups the prize pool with 150 ridiculously themed obstacles across 135 new levels to dash, jump, crash and dive through. Contestants can choose from 10 playable characters, including the Zombie, Pirate and Popstar, which can be customized and upgraded with mighty abilities, including speed boosts, rewinds and teleportation. Special daily courses unlock a variety of equally special daily rewards, including coins and powerups to spring your experience forward, while social media leaderboards let you track bragging rights against friends and rivals.

Wipeout 2 is now available to download for free on the iTunes App Store, Google Play Store, and Amazon App Store.

[Source: Activision Press Release]

Jabra Announces New Fitness-Inspired Pulse Wireless Earbuds with Android Functionality

Jabra Announces New Fitness-Inspired Pulse Wireless Earbuds with Android Functionality

Aug 28, 2014

Jabra has just formally announced the Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless Earbuds, a new offering that has a built-in biometric heart rate monitor. It will feature real-time coaching, sound in Dolby Digital and will also have a companion app on the Play Store.

With this piece, Jabra continues their surge into the health and fitness wearables space. It will cost $199.

From the press release:

Take training to the next level and get the ultimate wireless workout with Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless, new earbuds – and an all-in-one training solution with Jabra Sport Life application – announced by Jabra today. Combining an in-ear biometric heart rate monitor, immersive Dolby® Digital sound and real-time voice coaching, Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless will inspire runners, cyclists, and exercisers of all types to beat their best performance. The Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless is currently available for pre-order on Jabra.com/sportpulse and will be available at Best Buy retail stores and BestBuy.com beginning late September.

Built-in Heart Rate Monitor and App: The Smart Way to Train

With a built-in intelligent app – Jabra Sport Life – exercisers will get the most out of their Sport Pulse Wireless earbuds, helping them plan, track and evaluate each workout. It has never been so easy to test fitness levels and aerobic capacity, adjust heart rate zone levels to optimize training, and set goals based on distance, time or calories burned.

“Jabra has a strong legacy of innovation in wearable technology and Sport Pulse Wireless is no exception,” said Darcy Clarkson, Senior Vice President at Jabra Consumer Solutions. “These are world’s first earbuds to have a built-in heart rate monitor, heralding the next generation of intelligent audio solutions for fitness fanatics that allows our customers to work out with the confidence of medical precision.”

Premium Sound, Completely Wireless Workout

Music is a big part of many peoples’ workouts, and the Sport Pulse Wireless is designed to fire up exercisers by listening to their favorite songs with a customizable sound experience and powerful, purpose-built speakers that deliver world-class wireless music performance. Personalised audio coaching provides feedback on your workout every step of the way, enabling music and training to be controlled from a single app.

As Tough as You Are

Encased in carbon fiber, Sport Pulse Wireless earbuds are built to take a pounding and are sweat- and storm-proof, so there is no excuse for missing a training session. Ergonomic Audio Response ScienceTM technology ensures a secure, comfortable fit that’s lightweight in a compact design so nothing gets in the way of exceeding training goals.

Track Workouts with Medical Accuracy

Jabra commissioned Campbell University in North Carolina to independently verify the performance of the heart rate monitor technology for fitness and active usage. The comprehensive trial included runners on a treadmill and simultaneously tested Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless against a medical electrocardiogram (ECG) machine. The results clearly showed an extraordinary accuracy with a 99.2% correlation, proving the advanced nature of Jabra’s in-ear heart rate technology.

“Jabra has created a single device that can provide accurate biometric information, both visually and audibly, within a piece of equipment that most exercisers are wearing anyway and eliminate the need for excess equipment,” concluded Jennifer Bunn, PhD, Assistant Professor and Director at Campbell University in the Department of Exercise Science.

The Next Generation of Jabra’s Sports Line

Sport Pulse Wireless earbuds continue Jabra’s tradition of global ‘firsts,’ building on a solid heritage of superior sound engineering. The earbuds represent the next generation in Jabra’s family of wireless audio solutions for people who are serious about exercising, complementing the award-winning Jabra Sport Rox Wireless and Sport Wireless+ earbuds.

We had an opportunity to review a couple of Jabra’s offerings in the past, and came away impressed. The Sports Pulse can be pre-ordered from its product page; as noted, it should be available in September.

[Source: Jabra Press Release]