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Sep

Icon packs that you must have on your Android device…Round Five


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As so many of you know I’m seriously addicted to icons. I have been collecting them for years now and have been doing it long before smartphones came along. I’ve got a very large collection of icons of icon packs that you can use to customize your computer OS, and of course now a decent collection since I’ve been using Android.

With that being said, I find it important to share icon packs that I enjoy with each of you. However, I mainly share them with you to support the developers who make them. Those guys and girls put a ton of hours into their work and I feel it’s important that we support them. Sure, it can get expensive to do that if you’re like me who has well over 7,000 icon packs, but pack by pack it’s cheap. Spending a dollar or two to support a developer who does what they do is well worth it, and it only encourages them do it more. So if you can, pick up an icon pack or two out of this post and help support these folks.

That’s right, I’m going to show you some of the newest, hottest, most amazing icon packs in the Google Play Store today that you need to have installed on your mobile device. These icons packs will make your phone scream with pleasure and will get everyone asking; “What awesome icon pack is that you’re using?”

You can check out some of our older posts on this same subject here: Android Icons You Must Have as well as my other three editions of this post here: Icon Packs You Must Have(Round One) here: Icon Packs You Must Have(Round Two) here: Icon Packs You Must Have(Round Three) and here: Icon Packs You Must Have(Round Four).

I’m sure you’re ready for me to quit rambling and to show you all the good stuff. So without further delay, let me show you some awesome icons that I feel are worthy for each and everyone of you to purchase, download and install on your phone to make it look totally kick ass.

NOTE: THIS ARTICLE IS SPREAD ACROSS SEVEN PAGES

Cherry G Pro by Dion Fananie  Cherry G Icon Banner

I’ve always had a thing for icons that look like glass or have a distinctive shine/gloss to them and Cherry G Pro by Dion Fananie is just that. There’s a lot of work that has gone into this set of icons and it shows as you can see in the image above as well as in my screenshot.

Square icons with rounded corners also makes these icons look like drops of water almost. You get 550+ highly detailed icons and updates are pretty regular. With the purchase you also get a few HD wallpapers that you can choose from that go along with the name of the theme and such. Plus you get full dashboard support, ability to request icons for any of yours that may not be themed, and icon masking support so that your icons have the same basic look throughout the homescreen and the app drawer.

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Crapcons by Harshit Dwivedi

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When I first heard the name Crapcons, like most everyone else I’m sure, I thought the worst. The worst as this being a set of icons that might be making fun of others or something along those lines. And to be honest, I never even really looked at them for quite some time. The name just kind of turned me off.

I kept seeing the name, over and over and finally decided to check them out. Much to my amazement, Crapcons by Harshit Dwivedi are a unique set of icons. They look like a young child was doodling and trying to draw icon apps. Now, this isn’t negative in any way. Actually, it’s something really cool and awesome. Almost reminds me of when my son was learning to draw. And since I can’t take his drawings and put them into icon format, Crapcons are as close as I can get.

Crapcons delivers 950+ icons, 10 HD wallpapers and much more. Needless to say, if you’re looking for something that’s totally different, take a look at Crapcons and pick your set up today via the widget below.

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15
Sep

Pirate Legends app review


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WARNING: CLICHE, OVER-USED PIRATE REFERENCES BELOW

Ahoy! I got my sea-legs ready to take on this app, because I knew how dangerous the tower defense waters can be. Many a time I have been overwhelmed by tower defense games and given up on the whole premise, but Pirate Legends seemed promising, so I gave it a go!

I’ll start off with the best thing about this game.. The graphics. Really, this game has some very beautiful graphics that add a lot to the gameplay. Every scene is very detailed and polished looking, and its obvious that was a main focus in the production of the app. They pulled it off well, and you’ll enjoy the perilous fights in a very well sculpted environment.

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The game itself is enjoyable, and easy to play if you’re used to tower defense games. It manages to get itself somewhat out of the typical tower defense genre with its boss battles, and “relic powers.” However, the game can seem rather tedious which is what kind of steers me away from tower defense games in the first place. Sure, it’s cool to see the kraken take out multiple enemy ships in one fell swoop, but it gets old and it takes awhile to move to the next relic power.

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There are definitely other things I would have done differently. One of the main things I would change is the fact that you can only build towers where certain spots are reserved. I know that having too many towers would slow down the game with all the effects, but the towers can still be limited. The problem is that they are only allowing you to be partially strategic. They aren’t leaving the full power of strategy in your hands, and its somewhat disappointing.

All of that being said, the game is still very playable. In fact, I found it hard to draw myself away from Pirate Legends. With every new level I was drawn in. Its exciting to find out what the next enemy is, or what the new tower upgrade will be. All of this in its high-res shiny package. A fun game that’s also pleasing to the eye. Pirate Legends is definitely a well-rounded tower defense game that could still use a bit of tweaking. I still recommend it to all you land-lubbers though! Arrrrrrgh!

 


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15
Sep

Shazam adds immediate Google Play Music purchase option


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Shazam just got an awesome new feature that allows you to instantly purchase a Shazam’d track from the Google Play Store directly from your Android device.

Once your Shazam a song you’ll see a new button that will take you instantly to the Google Play Store where you’ll be able to purchase it and listen to it as part of your Google Music All Access subscription.

The update is out now, so hit the the link below to update Shazam now.


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15
Sep

Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime may have leaked


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It looks like a Vietnam-based website may have leaked details about the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime, along with images of the yet unreleased device.

According to Thegioididong.com, the Galaxy Grand Prime will feature a 5-inch display, 1.2-GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage.

There’s no details around the price, but the device is expected to go on sale in Vietnam around the October mark.

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15
Sep

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Models Popping Up in China, Vietnam Ahead of September 19 Launch


Though the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are not expected to be delivered to customers and released to stores until Friday, September 19, some devices have already begun showing up in Vietnam and China.

According to Dan Tri [Google Translate] an iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were spotted in a Red River restaurant in Vietnam by an AP reporter, who confirmed the legitimacy of the devices.

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The reporter is said to have tested features like Messages and Siri to confirm that the devices seen in Vietnam were real, and Dan Tri snapped several photos of the two phones. The images show off the size difference between the two models and how the devices fit into a pocket.

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Dan Tri also shares some details on the two new devices, suggesting that despite the size increase, the iPhone 6 Plus is comfortable to hold and feels like “a miniature mini iPad.” The cameras, though protruding, are not much of a hinderance, and two phones are “fast” and quick to open apps.

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iPhone 6 models have also appeared in China, with users on the MacX.cn forums sharing several photos of the devices.

Apple was unable to keep a tight rein on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus this year, with several parts leaking out ahead of the iPhone announcement. Enough parts leaked, in fact, that Feld & Volk was able to assemble a functional iPhone well ahead of release, and the weekend before Apple unveiled the two devices, a fully functional version of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 was shared by a Chinese user.

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The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be in retail stores beginning on Friday, September 19. Early pre-orders placed on September 12 will also begin arriving on that date, though a few lucky customers often get their devices delivered early due to shipping errors and the logistics of delivering hundreds of thousands of devices simultaneously.




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15
Sep

Macy’s Announces iBeacon Expansion, Support for Apple Pay [iOS Blog]


Macy’s today announced plans to expand its partnership with Shopkick, which will see more than 4000 shopBeacon devices installed in Macy’s stores across the United States by the end of September.

Macy’s and Shopkick originally teamed up in November of 2013 to roll out the first retail based iBeacons, allowing customers to access location-specific deals, discounts, and recommendations in the Shopkick app while in a Macy’s retail store. Customers will get these types of notifications in all Macy’s locations beginning this fall, and in early 2015, Macy’s will be able to offer discounts tailored by specific departments in each store.


Along with plans for an iBeacon expansion, Macy’s has also announced that both Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores will be some of the first retailers to support Apple Pay, Apple’s new mobile payment service. With Apple Pay, customers will be able to pay for purchases in stores using an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, or Apple Watch.

As announced on Sept. 9, 2014, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores will be among the first retailers to support the new Apple PayTM mobile payment system which will be available beginning this fall on new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus mobile devices, as well as on the newly unveiled Apple Watch. The convenience of mobile payment at the point-of-sale is becoming increasingly interesting to customers, and Apple Pay offers an opportunity to further simplify the point-of-sale process in Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores in an easy, secure and private manner. More details will be available in October, when the new service is scheduled to launch.

Macy’s has also announced several other plans for technological improvements across its retail stores, including revamped apps, same day delivery in select markets, new handheld point-of-sale devices, smart fitting rooms, and more.




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15
Sep

Apple Watch Already Facing Questions Concerning User Privacy


Though it won’t be released until early 2015, Apple’s new wearable device is already facing public scrutiny over privacy issues. Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen has sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook asking several questions about how the Apple Watch will operate and requesting a meeting with Apple representatives.

In the letter, Jepsen addresses several issues he has with the Apple Watch, and requests that Apple explains what data the device will collect and how the information will be stored, along with its policies on apps that access health information.

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In his letter, the Attorney General noted several areas of concern, including:

-Whether Apple will allow consumers to store personal and health information on Apple Watch itself and/or on its servers, and if so, how information will be safeguarded;

-If and how Apple will review application privacy policies to ensure that users’ health information is safeguarded;

-If and how Apple intends to enforce policies that require the rejection of applications that provide diagnoses, treatment advice, or control hardware designed to diagnose or treat medical conditions that do not provide written regulatory approval;

-What information Apple Watch and its applications will collect from users, and how Apple and application developers will obtain consent to collect and share such information from these individuals; and

-How Apple intends to monitor and enforce applications’ compliance with its guidelines concerning users’ health information.

Many of these questions actually seem to pertain more to Apple’s HealthKit APIs, and several of the answers are detailed in Apple’s Review Guidelines for developers that were updated in June.

In the document, Apple says that HealthKit information will not be stored in iCloud and that apps attempting to store health data in iCloud will be rejected. It also states that apps will not be able to share data with third parties without express user consent and that all apps that provide diagnoses or treatment advice will be rejected.

Introduced on September 9, the Apple Watch is designed to be both fashionable and functional, aiming to encourage its users to be more active. It includes an accelerometer and four lenses designed to monitor heart rate, with the information collected displayed in several accompanying fitness apps. The heart rate and fitness data will also likely integrate with the Health app in iOS 8, which is designed to aggregate health and fitness data from a wide range of devices that have taken advantage of the HealthKit API.




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15
Sep

Flipboard is ready to annoy you with video ads


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You may see Flipboard’s reading app as an oasis from an internet full of video services like YouTube, but it appears that you can’t quite escape those moving pictures. The magazine-like service is now rolling out full-page video ads in a pilot program; browse through major sections (such as News or Entertainment) starting today and you’ll see promo clips from the likes of Chrysler and Sony Pictures. If all goes according to plan, the pilot should expand on November 1st. It’s hard to cheer the arrival of more elaborate sales pitches, but look at this way: none of the ads will auto-play, so you won’t have to endure movie trailers and recycled TV commercials while you’re catching up on the day’s events.

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15
Sep

Macy’s will give you location-based discounts through your iPhone


Macy's iBeacon shopping during its trial phase

Macy’s experiments with location-sensitive shopping have apparently paid off — in the wake of a successful trial, the retail behemoth has unveiled plans to put iBeacons in all of its stores. Once they’re activated this fall, you can get discounts and other promos on your iPhone as you wander through the store; you only need to install the Macy’s app and keep Bluetooth turned on. There will only be regular deals at first, but an upgrade in the spring will offer department-specific discounts. You may get a special deal on a coat right as you’re swinging by the men’s or women’s clothing sections, for instance. You’re probably not going to go out of your way to shop at Macy’s just to see bargains appear on your mobile screen, but this could be a useful perk if you’re already a frequent customer.

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15
Sep

MIT’s electric Cheetah robot silently bounds across campus


We’ve seen MIT’s super-fast four legged Cheetah bot sprint on a treadmill many times, but it seems that the team at MIT is finally ready to let the thing outside. Now, quadrupedal bots traversing hill and dale are nothing new, but the Cheetah’s doing so using a new algorithm and without the benefit of an internal combustion engine or hydraulics. That algorithm determines the amount of force the bot’s custom high-torque electrical motors deliver, which in turn controls how fast the robot runs and how high it leaps. Using this force-based approach, the Cheetah is more stable and agile, according to the boffins at MIT, and it can maintain its balance as the speed of its gait increases. Not to mention that the electric motors are quiet, so instead of an exhaust note, you only hear the pitter patter of robot feet. This all adds up to a robot that can silently bound across uneven ground and even jump over obstacles. It’s not as fast as its furry namesake… yet, but you can hear from its creators and see its bounding baby steps in the video after the break.

[Image Credit: Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT]

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