Everything is getting apps for mobile devices, and one of the biggest satellite TV providers are no exception to this. DirecTV’s mobile app, while allowing one to interact with their TV in many ways, including recording shows when away from home, but was lacking one serious feature: Using your mobile device as a remote control for DirecTV.
Unless you owned a device like the Samsung Galaxy S4, you did not have the ability to directly change the channels on your satellite. In the latest update however, DirecTV has added this coveted ability.
One has to be connected to the same WiFi network as the DirecTV receiver is however. Obviously, trying to control your dish from work will only serve to annoy your unemployed cousin who lives on your couch rent free.
Updates have rolled out for the PS3 and Android versions of Netflix recently, and it looks like an enterprising developer has snuck in a cleverly useful feature: the ability to remotely control the PS3 Netflix from Android. Launch the app from both devices, select something to watch on Android, and a prompt to choose which device to watch on will pop up. Choose PS3, and it will start playing the movie on there, with controls available on the Android device.
Of course, good luck getting through a whole TV episode or movie on Netflix before it disconnects because Sony puts out another software update for the PS3, which they do pretty much every half-hour.
Some users are reporting this feature not working. No matter, for rooted devices, BlueputDroid will turn an Android device into a Bluetooth keyboard that could then be used to navigate the PS3 menus if necessary.
Xbox 360 owners are out of luck at the moment, as it does not appear to work, and My Xbox Live still does not support remote Xbox controls like the iOS app does. Still, at least it doesn't require an update every time a bell chimes.
INC is the latest game from OrangePixel, continuing their run of retro-styled action-platformers. This goal in each level is to try and activate three boosters in order to open up the level gate. The game has a light storyline about futuristic mega-corporations taking over the world and replacing people with robots. As such, most enemies are either random goons dressed and armed to kill, or deadly robots of all shapes and sizes. Players can get stars for killing all enemies, activating all the boosters in underneath the time limit, and for finishing with extra health. Players also can earn experience from killing enemies that can be used to power up their main weapon.
INC is great for short pick up and play sessions; OrangePixel seems to have the pacing of their games down pat. The game features cloud-based saving through OpenFeint, so stars and experience can transfer between devices. I don’t just mean between iOS devices, either; even the Android version of the game can load up cloud saves. The OrangePixel pixel art style is well in effect here, and the balance of monochromatic characters and backgrounds works really well to give the game a distinct look. Remote controls are supported, from Joypad and iCade on iOS, to keyboard and Xperia Play support on Android.
The level-up system is very annoying, in that gaining points to level up is extremely slow, then a huge amount is lost on dying. Pretty much the only way to level up is to replay the early levels over and over again, so that dying in new levels won’t reduce the meter that much. It’s just an extremely poorly implemented and user-unfriendly element that should have been revised or scrapped entirely. A lot of boosters are hidden in the environment, and thus require the shooting of random blocks in order to discover them, which doesn’t feel all that fair.
INC is not perfect, but it’s another solid action-platformer from OrangePixel. Fans of games with cloud-based saves and remote control support will want to check this one out.