Google Maps Adds Advanced Uber Functionality and More via Update

Google Maps Adds Advanced Uber Functionality and More via Update

Jan 17, 2017

Maps – Navigation & Transit is arguably the leading navigation utility on mobile; now, it is picking up some new features via an update rolling out now.

The one feature will be a boon to folks that use ride-sharing. Now, folks can book and complete Uber rides from within Maps.

Also, one can now see marked “best-of” establishments as noted by relevant publishers.

Lastly, the new build allows users to add a homescreen shortcut so that one can add contributions with a tap.

Maps remains free on the Play Store.

Linksys Smart Wi-fi Control App Adds Velop Compatibility

Linksys Smart Wi-fi Control App Adds Velop Compatibility

Jan 17, 2017

One of the coolest aspects of Linksys’ more recent products is the use of its companion mobile app to manage them. And now, the app adds support for the its own Velop mesh wi-fi system.

Per the changelog:

Adds support for Velop, a modular system of tri-band connection points that provide seamless, full-strength Wi-Fi for the whole family.

The app remains free.

Cross DJ Pro Receives Massive Price Slash

Cross DJ Pro Receives Massive Price Slash

Jan 17, 2017

Cross DJ Pro is a fun and engaging utility that allows everyone to channel their individual Jazzy Jeff. And now, the popular music mixing application is on sale.

For $0.10. As in 10 cents.

Yes, we definitely loved Cross DJ Pro when we checked it out a while back; we can’t wait to publish our updated review of it’s latest Ableton Link enabled latest build.

[via Slickdeals] [Our Cross DJ Pro Review]

Dawn of Titans Adds new Content via Update

Dawn of Titans Adds new Content via Update

Jan 14, 2017

Hit game Dawn of Titans received an update recently.

Ranger Titans are now available, as well as a new leaderboard event.

Per the changelog:

The Rangers have arrived!

Head to the Adventurers’ Guild to battle through new Campaigns with RANGER TITANS!

For the first time in Dawn of Titans you’ll be able to acquire and command Titans that wield a new arsenal of projectile weapons that introduce another layer of strategy for you to take into battle.

And prepare for the HUNTER’S MOON Leaderboard Event – reach the Bronze League to compete to win new Ranger Titans and exclusive Relic rewards!

Dawn of Titans was definitely a fun review for us; it remains free (with plenty of in-app purchase opportunities) on Google Play.

[via Google Play]

T-Mobile Visual Voicemail is Now Ready for Nougat

T-Mobile Visual Voicemail app, the voicemail utility for branded phones, is getting an update that, amongst other things, adds Nougat compatibility.

Per Google Play, the new build has improvements to the Unread Voicemail Widget as well as overall app stability fixes.

Our latest Visual Voicemail release adds support for Android Nougat, improves application stability, and continues to add to our Unread Voicemail Widget — just long press on your homescreen and search for “Visual Voicemail” under Widgets.

The app is free and built for T-Mobile subscribers.

Toodledo Tweaks Features and Clears Bugs via Update

Toodledo Tweaks Features and Clears Bugs via Update

Jan 5, 2017

Toodledo is a very well-respected cross-platform utility, and it’s Android port is getting freshened up.

Out the door (for 2017), Toodledo is getting saved search and custom ring tones, plus a WHOLE bunch of bug fixes.

Per Google Play:

WHAT’S NEW

+ Saved Search added!
+ Location alarms can have a custom ringtone
+ Fixed crash when sharing a task and then canceling share
+ Fixed bug where HTML formatting of note could be discarded
+ Fixed a bug where editing a note could not save the changes
+ Fixes a bug with syncing repeating subtasks properly
+ Fixed a bug with creating folders or contexts while offline and then syncing later
+ Fixed a bug with doing a search and then doing another search
+ Archived folders will be hidden now

Toodledo remains free on Google Play.

CES Update: New Smartphone Honor 6X is Unveiled

CES Update: New Smartphone Honor 6X is Unveiled

Jan 4, 2017

Honor has developed a bit of mindshare in Android land, and with good reason; no one appreciates getting a lot for relatively little like Android users. Devices like the Honor 5X looked to fulfil that premise.

We hear that the Huawei imprint has just unveiled a new smartphone at the ongoing CES 2017.

Dubbed the Honor 6X, the phone is supposed to be a budget unit with worthy specs at a budget price.

Specs? It a 1920 x 1080p full HD display set in a 5.5 inch screen (that is itself part of a 5.9 x 3 x 0.3 inch frame), and weighs 5.71 ounces. Under the hood, it packs a Kirin 655 Octa-Core processor, and the American-bound variant has 32 GB ROM and 3 GB of RAM… plus external storage capability.

Then there is the camera; 12 MP in the rear and 8 MP up front. It has a 3340 mAh battery, and boasts 23 hours of talk time and 600 hours of standby time. It comes with skinned Android 6.0.

Metal body? Check. Fingerprint sensor? Yep.

We should note that yes, it has a headphone jack. Just sayin’.

Price? $249, and folks can begin to partake of this goodness on January 15th, via Best Buy, Newegg, Amazon and Hihonor.com/us.

Preorders start on January 4th. Honor will also be offering early bird specials and flash sale discounts.

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Happy New Year from G5: Tales from the Dragon Mountain: the Lair is on Sale!

Happy New Year from G5: Tales from the Dragon Mountain: the Lair is on Sale!

Jan 2, 2017

G5 is bringing in the new year with a sale: Tales from the Dragon Mountain: the Lair (also styled Tales of Dragon Mountain 2) is on sale for $0.99 on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

Follow Mina once again to find the lair of the evil spirit called Strix in this captivating sequel to the beloved hidden object adventure!
It has been years since brave Mina Lockheart defeated Lord Strix. But dark shadows are rising once again, and restless mythical creatures beseech Mina’s protection! Join Mina and her best friend Malik in their dangerous trip to turn up clues and locate Lord Strix’s lair. Meet different creatures along your journey, help them and have them help you. Hurry! Lord Strix and his ruthless army are getting stronger every minute!

● 63 fantasy scenes to explore
● 27 puzzling mini-games to play
● Five mysterious chapters to enjoy
● Three difficulty modes: casual, adventure, challenge
● 20 stone dragons to collect and unlock achievements
● Google Play game services/Amazon GameCircle support

The sale is on now, and runs through January 8th.

2016’s Top 5 Watched Pieces of Content on Samsung VR

2016’s Top 5 Watched Pieces of Content on Samsung VR

Jan 1, 2017

2016 was definitely the year of virtual reality, and Samsung blazed the trail. Wondering what the top pieces of content watched via the Samsung VR service in 2016 are?

Here ya go:

· Number 5: The Conjuring 2 – Experience Enfield VR 360 (from Warner Bros.): Walk through the house that renowned demonologists Lorraine and Ed Warren investigate, and experience true terror as you witness the paranormal spirits that haunt the Hodgson’s.

· Number 4: Six Flags | Twisted Colossus (from Samsung): Skip the long line and scream your head off on the Twisted Colossus roller coaster. Just make sure you’re sitting down for this ride!

· Number 3: Invisible | Trailer (from Condé Nast, Samsung and Jaunt): Preview the thrilling scripted supernatural drama from Bourne Identity director Doug Liman that follows a New York family with a mysterious secret that’s about to be exposed.

· Number 2: Six Flags | Tatsu (from Samsung): Feel the adrenaline rush as you hang off the steel flying ride that will have you twisting and turning. You don’t need wings to soar through these skies!

· Number 1: The Beginning (from Singularity Lab): Watch the incredible birth of our world – from the Big Bang to the rise of the oceans – through the lens of a time and space machine.

Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year!!!

Jan 1, 2017

We made it through 2016!

Here’s to a new year… new gadgets, more innovation and an ever-improving platform.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Stilo Stylus Hardware Review

Stilo Stylus Hardware Review

Dec 24, 2016

It’s true, we live in a touch-happy world. I do know this one bloke who believed that fingers would never supplant the glorious innovation known as a stylus. I…I mean… “he” was wrong, but, hey, I wouldn’t call it a comeback, because styli never really left.

Here’s to you, Note series and iPad Pro. Well done. Very well done.

There are some occasions when a stylus can be an elegant, effective means of smartdevice navigation and/or usage, and Stilo 2A looks to be a contender in that space.

As epitomized by the review piece we received, it’s a sleek item, with an even heft and a black finish. At the “writing” end, there is a cover, and popping this off reveals the fine 1.99 mm nib. At the other end is a ridge for the cap to be stored while the pen is in use (kind of like how markers use), and there is a very subdued “on” button on the body. Stats-wise, it is 6.7 x 1.9 x 0.6 inches, and one can also get it in white, rose and gold.

The review package also includes a battery; this is installed through the back, which has a screw-on cover.

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When the battery is installed, it can be turned on by pressing the aforementioned button (this opens up the electrical signal to the tip); with cap off, we’re ready to go. In our testing, it worked very much like a pen, though it is a tad wider along the barrel than most ballpoints. It is still easy to hold, and feels good in hand; the unit works well to replicate taps and even gestures, and worked with every Android device we tested it on. The precision can be adjusted via the tip, and the battery didn’t conk out in the fortnight we tested it (we didn’t find a way to have a reading on battery). When not in use, the unit turns itself off.

Now, the interesting usage came when we used it with a recommended app that we tried before: MyScript. This is a replacement keyboard that we looked at a while back, and have used with other styli. As a handwriting utility, it is the perfect test bed for a precision stylus such as this. The Stilo 2A acquitted itself reasonably with it.

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We had to try drawing as well.

Once one gets used to the bore, handling the unit becomes easier. There was a teeny bit of lag with the drawing app we used, but not nearly so much as do make it uncomfortable to use. It truly feels like writing on a touchscreen. With regards to taping and dragging, it is very effective.

It’s probably different from the standard stylus most folks are use to, but its overall functionality helps it to possibly supplant options with thicker tips. It can be used as well as one’s finger, and probably better in some use cases.

Won’t call it a comeback… moreso a valid reminder of what can be better.

Can be.

Dawn of Titans Review

Dawn of Titans Review

Dec 24, 2016

Dawn of Titans has been making quite a stir of late; it’s only right that we took it for a spin.

We do get some fantasy back story: long, long ago, large behemoth beings called Titans roamed the earth, and helped protect it. Then, one of the Titans decided to, well, consolidate all that power. Yep, Almarand did what folks who are stronger than everyone else do: he took on the other Titans.

Korthan, the noble king of the Titans, took it upon himself to stop Almarand, and sacrificed himself to do so. As a result of that defeat, all Titans disappeared from the world.

Until now. Looks like the Titans are back.

The action opens via tutorial; here, we begin to see the lush fictional world that makes up Dawn of Titans. Aerial kingdoms, huge castles, medieval-type soldiers and more. The game employs deliberate animations, and the in-battle audio gets intense.

The game also incorporates a very hands-on tutorial. This guides the player along and through the games’s complex gameplay via visual highlighting and pop-up screens. The main goal? Gain stuff by force, and repel efforts by others to get yours.

Simple, no?

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It’s a pretty engaging saga which starts out with the player under siege from a powerful rival; at this time, you also find out from trusted advisors that Titans are not a myth; they are here, and hey, can be used to repel and beat the enemy. There is a process to select troops, train them and such. And there is battling. A lot of battling and raiding.

The battles are were strategy is of a premium. Having well trained, varied troops is great, but nothing beats a good plan. At first (with the help of the tutorial, fighting is a matter of mapping out troops and winning a war of attrition; secondarily to that, it is necessary to have the materials to train them with and move high enough XP-wise to unlock better troops and perks. Even when numerically outnumbered, it is possible to win a PvP battle via superior tactics.

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There are a lot of elements, and they are all interconnected. To, say, upgrade one’s base, there are pre-requisites that must be met. In this way, one grows somewhat evenly. As one goes on, other elements get opened up, like alliances, and the need to protect ones accumulated lands. Titans can be collected, and XP and VP are important measurements.

It is a pretty interesting game, with a lot of depth, and one that is hard to explain adequately in a review. For folks looking for quick sagas, this might not be great; it demands a good deal of involvement to be successful.

I sense a how-to coming up…