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Draw Something fever hits Android and iOS – 20 million downloads and counting

by: Bams SadewoMarch 14, 2012

As a game developer, you know you hit it big when your app has been downloaded 20 million times! You know that hit it “OMG! big” when your game reaches 20 million downloads in just five weeks. We’re talking about Draw Something, the game that induced owners of Android and iOS devices into a frenzied doodling state. Given that it only took five weeks for Draw Something to accumulate that huge number of downloads, it’s fair to say that OMGPOP (the maker of the app) is off to a good start this year, with the game ruling both the Google Play and the AppStore top charts.

Draw Something borrows elements from Pictionary, but adds enough twists to make it stand on [...]

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Gabriel Iglesias “Fluffy Guy” app hits the Android Market

by: Matthew SabatiniMarch 14, 2012

Looking for a good laugh? Then this app is definitely for you. The Fluffy Guy application for Android gives you exclusive and up to the minute access to Gabriel Iglesias.

Newest Update

The app was officially released towards the end of 2010 / beginning 2011. However, the newest update includes:

Performance improvements Bug fixes (Always a good thing, especially for Android) Facebook upgrade Foursquare upgrade Better graphics performance Add photos to any comment Ability to refresh more content Ability to load more content Offline Mode – the ability to download all content for offline viewing End date/time for events Email and SMS sharing (to show your [...]
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Surprise, the new iPad is only slightly better than the iPad2. Where does this leave Samsung?

by: Bogdan PetrovanMarch 14, 2012

Phew…the Apple hypesteria is starting to cool off. Just a few more days, the inevitable reports about people standing in endless lines to get the “new iPad”, and we’re done. For a while…

Anyway, the last days have brought unpleasant news for iFans, news that are, I must admit, music to my fanboyish ears.

First, some enterprising sports in Vietnam have got their hands on a new iPad and ran it through some benchmarks. And, the mother of all surprises, the new iPad, fitted with Apple’s new dual-core A5X chip, is only slightly better than the old iPad. True, the benchmark used, GeekBench, doesn’t test graphics performance, which is the strong suit that Apple [...]

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TalkOver App for Android: Facebook Chat Client for Better Chatting Control

by: Paul NuñalMarch 14, 2012

Socializing has become more interactive than ever before. If you’re an avid Facebook fanatic who just can’t steer away from actively socializing and getting updates from everyone on your friends list, then here’s a wonderful application that will add a new twist to the same old Facebook for Android application.

Introducing TalkOver for Android–a brand new way to communicate and interact with your Facebook buddies through real-time chat messages while giving you full control over your personalized chat groups. Being the owner of your own chat group gives you full control over who can join the group chat, what content should be displayed, and what general [...]

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Android IDE (AIDE) lets you develop Android apps without a PC

by: Mike AndriciMarch 13, 2012

Although the Android OS aims to be a self-contained mobile platform, most Android apps (even those that really suck) are developed by using the Eclipse SDK, on a PC. Up to this point, it was considered that mobile devices cannot harness enough processing power to compile code. With the emergence of quad-core processors, those premises were bound to change eventually.

And change they did, as the recently released Android IDE (AIDE for short) supplies Android users with a development package that grants access to code completion, refactoring , formatting, real-time error checking (fixing as well), and more, all at a click touch away. Simply put, AIDE is the first Android app [...]

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Marvel reveals augmented reality app, dubs it ‘Marvel AR’

by: Mike AndriciMarch 13, 2012

Marvel comic books are scheduled to make their complete appearance on mobile devices in June 2012, when Marvel will start offering those who purchase any super hero comic book (priced at $3.99) an exact digital-copy of the same book, available on both Android and iOS devices. Slightly late to the tablet show, Marvel has plans for a major impact (they call it the Marvel ReEvolution), with Marvel execs recently announcing that they will soon release an augmented reality app called Marvel AR. The (highly interesting) app was announced a couple of days back, at South by Southwest Interactive, the same event in Austin, Texas where Instagram for Android and Angry Birds Space were [...]

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Square Enix releases Android version of Final Fantasy III in Japan, US gets no love

by: Bams SadewoMarch 13, 2012

Countless gamers consider Final Fantasy III to be one the best iterations in the FF series, while the readers of the influential Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu even voted FF3 as the eighth-best video game of all time. Unfortunately, it was also a game that took decades to make it to US shore, with Square Enix porting the game to Nintendo 3DS in 2006. The 3D remake of FF3 from the Nintendo 3DS was then ported over to iOS in 2011. And now, the vaunted Japanese video game house Square Enix has released the official Android version of Final Fantasy III, but only in its home country.

That’s right, folks. The Final Fantasy III Android port is only available in Japan for [...]

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Privacy & Android – what you need to know. Tips, apps, & more

by: Matthew SabatiniMarch 13, 2012

Smartphone privacy has become one of the most intensely debated issues in the tech world. Most of us already back-up data, install anti-virus software on our computers, and lock our car doors. But why is it that our smartphones are going unprotected? If your device gets stolen or you accidentally download malicious applications, all your sensitive data is at risk. Texts, pictures, emails, and more could all fall in the wrong hands. Furthermore, even if you only download apparently safe and “reliable” apps, who can guarantee you that the developers are being completely honest about what they’re doing with your data?

But do not fret, wherever there is a [...]

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MakerDroid: from an Android device, directly to a 3D printer

by: Mike AndriciMarch 12, 2012

As the number of apps available on the Android platform has recently passed the 400k mark, one can notice that the functional diversity of those apps is nothing short of staggering. Ranging from video games to productivity apps and on to social networking apps, Android has become a platform for about any app you can think of, plus a few that you wouldn’t have imagined before actually bumping into them.

If you tend to disagree with my last sentence, hear this: a group of devs from Johnannesburg that go by the name of House 4 Hack have come up with a way to allow you to design a three dimensional model on your Android device, then print it with a 3D printer, without the need [...]

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Instagram For Android To Be Launched ‘Very Soon’

by: Mike AndriciMarch 12, 2012

Instagram, the insanely popular photo filtering & sharing app designated by Apple as the “iOS App of the year 2011” will soon also be available on Android smartphones, according to an announcement made at South by Southwest on Sunday by Instagram Co-Founder Kevin Systrom.

According to Systrom: “In some ways, it’s better than our iOS app. It’s crazy”. I honestly believe (and hope) that there won’t be any big differences between the iOS and the Android versions of the app, but I guess we’ll have to wait for Instagram to be released on Android to know for sure. Although no release date was announced for Instagram on Android, according to Systrom, the App is currently in its [...]

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