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Apr

Google Carboard transitions to an open source platform


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Google Cardboard, the virtual reality platform introduced at Google I/O 2014, now exists as an open source platform. Today, Google announced that it would begin to issue certifications to hardware from manufacturers that meet its criteria. The certification allows consumers to recognize that a particular Cardboard viewer is aligned with Google’s vision for the platform. Cardboard apps and games work perfectly with certified hardware.

Consumers and smaller manufacturers putting together their own Cardboard viewers are being helped, too. Define the key parameters and place a QR code on the Cardboard viewer. The official Google Cardboard app then recognizes the key parameters and tailors the experience for all apps and games.

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Cardboard users can expect to see new categories setup in the Play Store. Google created categories for Music and Video, Games, and Experiences.

Source: Google

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16
Apr

Any.do version 3.0 update brings Material Design, tablet support and much more


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Any.do, one of our favorite task managers here at Android Authority, has just gotten a huge update to version 3.0. Now live in the Google Play Store, the update brings a user interface refresh, easier navigation, new themes and much, much more.

Prior to the update, Any.do was arguably one of the most minimalistic applications available on Android, and somehow the Any.do team took it even further with this new update. It’s still incredibly intuitive and quick, and now offers up a ton of additional features. With version 3.0, you can now share lists, take advantage of two new list filters (Date and Priority) and even use the app on a tablet.

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For those interested in the full changelog, take a look below:

  • Material design upgrades throughout
  • New, more effective Navigation
  • List sharing is finally here!
  • Two brand new list filters (Date, Priority or original List)
  • Rich, bold new themes to fully customize your Any.do experience
  • Fully responsive tablet support
  • Custom default list option – choose any list to be your default
  • Brand new on-boarding experience

Even though the update to version 2.0 wasn’t all that long ago, we think users will still be incredibly happy with this new update. You can grab version 3.0 of Any.do from the Play Store link below.

Get it on Google Play



16
Apr

Amazon offering 26 paid apps and games for free today (April 16)


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Amazon is at it again, offering up a handful of normally paid apps and games for free today. This time around we find them giving away 26 titles worth more than $100 in overall value. Among those listed in the bundle are Plants vs. Zombies, Runtastic PRO, Amazing Alex Premium, Prince of Persia Classic, and Pudding Monsters HD. The best part is that you can pick and choose which ones you want; it’s not required that you install all of them.

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16
Apr

Google’s Android search now pulls content from apps you haven’t installed


Thanks to Google search on your Android phone, you can not only bring up search results from the web, but also content from apps that are installed on your phone. Soon, however, that capability will be extended to apps you haven’t downloaded at all. Google has announced today that thanks to its app indexing efforts, you may now start to see Play Store suggestions in your search results that’ll lead to relevant content. So, for example, say you’re searching for “Michelin star restaurants” on your phone. You’ll not only get the usual search results for that, but also see suggestions for apps like OpenTable or Yelp if you don’t already have them installed. If you do install them, the first thing you see when you launch them is a list of, yep, Michelin star restaurants in your area.

Rajan Patel, a principal engineer from Google, tells us that the company started to index content within apps almost two years ago. Developers would implement the app indexing API in their apps, which would then deliver the relevant deep link info to Google. “As of today, we’ve indexed over 30 billion deep links in apps,” says Patel. “We’re able now to understand and index the content of those deeplinks, and rank them organically on search results.” As you might imagine, plenty of apps have signed for Google’s app indexing already; they include Airbnb, Twitter, Yelp, OpenTable, Trulia, Pinterest and yes, Engadget as well. The app index is still smaller than Google’s web index, of course, but it should still be decent enough for you to find exactly what you’re searching for… as long as you have an Android phone.

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Source: Google

16
Apr

T-Mobile’s Legere steps up the rhetoric against idiotic overage charges


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The recent Twitter flap with Donald Trump must have really gotten John Legere’s hackles raised. However, the T-Mobile CEO decided to take out his wrath on his competitors through a new video he posted slamming them for their overage charge policies. The video comes a year after Legere challenged AT&T, Sprint and Verizon to abolish “predatory” overage charges.

As part of the challenge that Legere set forth, he created a petition on change.org calling on the carriers to change their ways. According to Legere, that petition has garnered approximately 200,000 signees, but he wants to push that number higher to get their attention. This latest step is needed because he says the other carriers did absolutely nothing after he called them out last time for the overage practices.

In Legere’s latest video, he blasts other carriers again for not changing their policies on overage charges. He specifically targets Verizon for pushing free streaming apps, like NFL games, and then charging consumers for using the very apps they are pushing them to use. He also notes that the other carriers are trying to create a climate of fear for consumers who end up buying larger data plans than they really need.

Legere is asking consumers to spread his latest message far and wide through social media. He promises that he will send a very public message to the other carriers, the form to be voted on publicly, if the 250,000 signature level is reached on the change.org petition.

You can check out Legere’s video message below. Just note that there is some mildly NSFW language depending on the environment you work in.

Click here to view the embedded video.

source: T-Mobile

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16
Apr

Square Enix puts Hitman GO on a $0.99 flash sale






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Square Enix is in a bit of a celebratory mood today. They are currently hosting a flash sale on Hitman GO for its first year anniversary. Typically the reinvented puzzle style game sets a would be player back $4.99. For a limited time, those of you that want in on the action can snag it for just $0.99.


Playing as Agent 47, you will attempt to complete your missions in a turn based strategy style of gameplay. No running and gunning will be found in this title. At $4.99 it is a bit of stretch. While the graphics are nice and the gameplay challenging sometimes, it can get a bit dull after a while. For $0.99 it is a steal to have when you want to put your brain powers to work.

Go grab Hitman GO while you still can at the sale price.

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16
Apr

J.J. Abrams Wears Apple Watch During Star Wars Panel in Anaheim


Famous film director and producer J.J. Abrams is latest celebrity to be spotted with an Apple Watch, which he’s wearing right now during the Force Awakens Panel at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California. Abrams appears to be wearing a stainless steel Apple Watch with a blue band.

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Along with Abrams, several other celebrities have been seen wearing the Apple Watch. Pharrell Williams wore it on reality TV show The Voice, and both Katy Perry and Drake shared Instagram photos of themselves wearing gold Apple Watch Edition models. Yesterday, a photo surfaced of designer Karl Lagerfeld with a custom gold Apple Watch with matching gold Link Bracelet.


As the launch of the Apple Watch approaches, we’re likely to see it popping up on the wrists of other influencers, including celebrities, fashion designers, directors, and more.



16
Apr

Cyanogen releases official Cyanogen OS 12 update for Micromax Yureka


Cyanogen is now pushing out their take on Lollipop, Cyanogen OS 12, for the Micromax Yureka.

Starting today owners of the Micromax Yureka will be able to update their devices to the official Cyanogen OS 12, bringing Lollipop to their devices. Cyanogen OS 12 is the companies take on Android 5.0 Lollipop, with some customization of course.

16
Apr

Samsung Galaxy S6 Themes Store hands-on


One of the biggest changes in TouchWiz on the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge is Samsung’s all new themes store, which launched at the same time as the handset last Friday. As we covered earlier today, Samsung is now accepting submissions for third-party themes in the Themes store and we decided to take a look at what’s available to download right now.

The Galaxy S6 Theme Store follows the same design as Galaxy Apps but is quite sparse at the moment. New themes that have been added to the store this week include a Retro theme, a floral arrangement, a Molang and Pink theme and a super cool Lego Juniors Theme.

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The Theme Store comes with a new Peaceful moments category featuring themes such as Deer Dream, a Spring theme, an open-road Theme and a theme from kitchen and bathroom cabinet maker Hanssem. As mentioned, the store is rather sparse but the Spring and Deer Dream themes both look quite striking.

Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Camera Shootout

Another category in the store showcases drawings and illustrations and features a Pixel Art theme, a theme with a romantic merry-go round setting, a theme with a picnic setting and one to show Trivial daily life. The interesting thing about this category is that the themes and pictures are all hand-drawn (as opposed to being computer generated) and at first glance, the themes are stylish and unique.

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There are also a few other themes available to download, including “gorgeous themes with bright pink colours“, others that are colourful and inspiring (such as a Rio theme, a Brazil colours theme and a Forest theme) and a striking simple Purple theme. Sadly, Samsung’s black Galaxy S6 theme isn’t available to download yet.

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Arguably my favourite themes out of all of the ones available are the Avengers themes. Last month we saw a wishful concept of Avengers-themed Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones and whilst Samsung isn’t planning to make Avengers-themed devices — if you’re reading this Samsung, please make them. Pretty please? — the themes are a nice touch.

Changing themes on the Galaxy S6 is really simple as well. Simple choose your theme (including downloading if required – theme size varies but the Iron Man theme was 19MB), then tap Apply. Before you tap Apply, you can preview the theme and how it looks (although it’s stock images and not a preview of your setup). Applying the Iron Man theme took just a few seconds after which the entire look of the phone has been skinned.

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Allowing you to theme your phone and truly customise it is probably one of my favourite features on the Galaxy S6. Sure, there’s not a lot in the theme store at the moment but the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge have only been available a few days. Based on the additions so far, it seems the Theme store is definitely here to stay and we may see it come to Samsung’s other and future handsets.

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16
Apr

Pixels mobile game announced: features Frogger, PacMan, and other 80s gaming icons


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You’ve no doubt seen the trailers or at the very least heard about Pixels, an upcoming Sony Pictures movie starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, and sevearl other well known stars. Today Bandai Namco has announced it will be partnering with Sony to produce a free-to-play mobile game version of the upcoming film.

The game has you take on the role of the movies heroes, who are sent to stop the aliens that are using 80s gaming characters as their weapons of mass destruction. What makes the game really stand out is that it marks the first time that Frogger, Qbert, Pac-Man, and other iconic 80s game characters have starred in the same game together.

Not a lot of the game’s details are known just yet, though here’s part of the official statement from Bandai Namco, which gives a small taste of what we should expect:

With the Pixels mobile game, our goal is to capture the spirit of the movie and provide a new take on the popular tower defense genre of games. We have worked hard to reference some of the great action set pieces from the movie casting players in the role of the movie’s heroes, the Arcaders.

As for when the game will be released? There’s no set date yet, though it is expected to hit ahead of the July 24th launch of the movie. For those interested, you can check out the movie trailer below:

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