You can already organize fine dining excursions through a single app like OpenTable, but you still have to pull out your phone or wallet to pay when the night’s over. You won’t have to worry about the bill with Reserve’s new concierge service, though. The currently iOS-only platform lets you not only find and book tables based on your preferences, but automatically bills you after each meal (tip and all); you’ll be charged a $5 fee for the convenience, but that’s tiny in the world of haute cuisine. If your favorite eatery is busy, you can even offer to pay more than usual in hopes of securing a spot. Want to give it a whirl? You’ll have to eat in Boston, New York City or Los Angeles during the current beta testing phase, although San Franciscans will get to try it relatively soon.
The folks at Taco Bell know exactly who their audience is. The fast-food company has launched mobile ordering for customers wanting to speed-up the process. From within its app available in the Play Store, you can place an order and pick it up. That way, the food is waiting for you instead of it being the other way around. Taco Bell did not stop with straightforward ordering, though. The revamped app lets customers select exactly what the want in the way they want it. Once an order is complete, it can be saved for a later date. Taco Bell also bundled a rewards program for frequent customers.
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Amazon is doing everything they can to make their mark in the mobile market. Their unsuccessful Fire Phone most likely showed them they needed a new strategy, and that is provide the content they’ve worked hard to build to other platforms. So they have quietly placed their mobile app store in the Android Amazon app.
App Store within Amazon app
While you’ve always been able to download the Amazon App Store onto Android, it was a harder process of finding the download page, letting Android accept .apk from Unknown Sources, and then installing the Amazon App Store. You still need to allow installation of .apk from Unknown Sources, but the Amazon app makes it a much more seamless experience, taking you directly the page in your settings, and then pressing back and being done with the set up process. After that, you’re all set!
What’s interesting is this was evidently implemented way back on September 9th, with supposedly it being included in their announcement about access to Prime Instant Video. They’ve likely been quiet about it to avoid unnecessary attention from Google. Either way, hit the widget below to download the Amazon app to access the Amazon App Store from the list of “Departments”, in a category called “Apps & Games”.
Will you use the hidden App Store?
Via: The Next Web
Samsung promised an open platform when it purchased SmartThings, a startup that aims to make every household more intelligent with its products. So, despite the automation service already being present on iOS and Android, the most popular mobile operating systems, SmartThings is opening its doors to a fresh audience: Windows Phone 8. The SmartThings app is great for people looking to upgrade their home but that were, perhaps, hesitant to do so because of the ecosystem’s lack of support for Windows Phone handsets. Most home automations platforms have some sort of integration with iOS or Android from the get-go, leaving Windows Phone users out of options. As such, this is a great move by the Samsung-owned SmartThings. Once you download the app, you’ll be able to control SmartThings devices with ease — and if you haven’t invested yet, maybe now it’s the time to start thinking about creating your own Smart Home.
Source: Windows Phone
A while ago, you may remember rumours surfacing of an all new YouTube subscription service that would turn the video site into a more music focused orientation, allowing for offline and audio-only listening. Whilst such a service is still just a rumour, there is an interesting new app in the Google Play Store that attempts to do a similar thing.
FireTube is a new app that features a music player to listen to YouTube songs anytime, anywhere.
• Unlimited Music – Access to the largest database of music available.
• Background Play – Keep FireTube playing in the background with seamless playback.
• Discover Music – Search hot tracks to find popular music you may not have heard.
• Automatic Queue – Builds a playlist queue for you based on a song or artist.
• Sync Playlists – Syncs your playlist so you can access it from any Android device or Firefox browser.
• Import Playlists – Import your YouTube playlists to eliminate the need to create new playlists.
• Video Mode – Watch your favorite songs music video with a click of a button.
So if you’ve been looking for something to use YouTube more like a music repository and are not overly bothered about watching the videos, then check out FireTube – it’s free on the Google Play Store.
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Since its creation, the Amazon Appstore stood apart, banned from being offered in the official store for Android apps, Google Play, until now… sort of. When Amazon recently updated its main Android app, it got a new “Apps & Games” department that duplicates the content found in the standalone Appstore app — effectively making it both unnecessary and obsolete. Naturally, because Amazon’s still delivering apps outside the confines of Google Play, you need to change your device’s security settings to accept downloads from unknown sources to install them. The change is a welcome one — reducing app clutter’s a good thing — and the convenience factor afforded by this consolidation should have Amazon selling more apps. Still, we’re pretty sure that’s not enough to make up for the Fire phone’s hit to the company’s bottom line.
The jury’s still out on Google’s new mobile approach to email, but that hasn’t stopped people from going a little batty over getting invited to use it (see also: Gmail, Google Wave). In case you were feeling a little weird about begging Google for an Inbox invite, though, you can now just beg your Inbox-using friends for one. Google has just started gracing users with three invites to spread among their needy peers — if they happen to see a golden ticket (we really need a new visual metaphor to that effect) in their Speed Dial menu, they can start spreading the love. Alas, Google isn’t letting the floodgates fully open just yet: if you got your invite from someone who didn’t get theirs straight from Mountain View, chances are you don’t have any invites of your own to share. Now we’re just waiting to see if a secondary market of Inbox invites springs up — what’s the Bitcoin-to-Inbox invite ratio these days?
If there’s one thing on-demand car startup Uber likes more than ferrying people around, it’s trying to grab people’s attention with kooky promo stunts. Uber for barbecue? Uber wedding packages? Pairing riders with attractive lady drivers? Been there, done that (for better or worse). Every once in a while though, Uber cooks up something genuinely useful and today is one of those days: if you live in Boston, Washington DC or New York City, you can order an on-demand flu shot for you and up to nine of your friends until 3PM Eastern.
No, really. You’ll have to punch the promo code “HEALTH” into the app, but once that’s done you can flag down a roaming nurse to either drop off a flu prevention kit or administer those shots. Uber refers to the day’s events as a pilot program flying under the UberHealth banner that could wind up marrying Uber’s logistical might with even more valuable health services, like bringing doctors straight to doorsteps. If that sounds a little familiar, you may be thinking of a New York startup called Pager (which is actually helping power today’s flu shot promo) that does something similar, and it’s not hard to imagine a frenzied MD responding to an in-app house call by jumping into a Uber some day down the road.
Anyway. Uber warns that high demand means you’ll probably have to be very patient, but hey — free flu shots! Why the hell not. Seeing as how we’re a bunch of cynical jerks, we feel compelled to remind you that Uber’s operations definitely aren’t all sunshine and roses. After all, Uber’s got a precarious little balancing act going on: it’s positioning itself to the people an valuable alternative to the traditional cab experience, and pissing off the drivers powering its success at the same time.
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A group of developers thought it would be fun to merge playground activities with mobile gaming — so they did. They’ve created a system called Hybrid Play that lets kids (or adults, no judgment here) control games on their phones with see-saws, swing sets and other playground toys. To transform these outdoor playsets into big controllers, kids will have to clip the Hybrid Play sensor (above) onto their slides and merry-go-rounds. This sensor (which is dust- impact- and water-resistant) is powered by an Arduino microcontoller and equipped with accelerometers, gyroscopes, infrared and Bluetooth. It transforms real-life movements into signals sent to your phone, which the app then converts into virtual action. By the way, the system’s iOS and Android apps will come loaded with a selection of games to choose from, but everyone can make their own, as it’s an open-source project.
The Hybrid Play team’s hoping to raise $140,000 via Indiegogo for hardware production, as well as for software and games development. Unfortunately, that means the earliest you can get a unit is in April 2015 (if you pledge at least $99 right now and only if the campaign reaches its goal), but you can already peek at the app and its games on Android.
Via: Engadget Spanish