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Keeper password app adds auto-fill, cloud storage features

Posted by wicked July - 29 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Keeper Password Manager is a relatively popular password manager that has been around for 3 years now. The app’s developers have kinda announced some new features coming to the app around the middle of June, but are just now beginning to roll out said features – mainly an auto-fill feature that extends from web logins to mobile app logins, and a secure cloud storage system.

They’re calling the first feature the Keeper FastFill, an improvement to the app’s main password vault system. Theoretically, the app will fill out automatically login credentials that you’ve already used across supported devices and platforms. The cute addition is that it extends to your desktop logins (Keeper has a web app just for that) and it should automatically fill logins across your mobile and desktop work processes. That’s a nice feature to have, as users would expect the mobile app to be centered on the mobile platform only. The cross-platform jump is a huge boost to the app’s capabilities.

The other addition to the app is its cloud storage capabilities – they’re calling it the Keeper Secure File Storage. Aside from the normal backup usage for the cloud storage, this new feature also allows users to share encrypted data with other Keeper users. There is also a new camera mode for the app that encrypts and sends any images you snap with it to the cloud instead of storing them locally. But while the app is free, this feature will cost you – starting at USD$9.99 for 10GB of storage.

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These new features certainly add a little bit more sophistication to Keeper, which for the longest time has been treated as bloatware by AT&T subscribers who find it installed on their new phones for some time now. Now there might be an actual reason to keep the app instead of automatically uninstalling it. If you want to take Keeper for a spin, check out the source link.

SOURCE: Google Play Store

Beats 1.2.0 adds more customisation,verified badges

Posted by wicked July - 29 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

With the popularity of music streaming services like Pandora, Deezer and Spotify, Beats Music is like the late-blooming cousin trying to catch up with his peers. With the latest update to its Android app, version 1.2.0 seeks to add even more customisation to its service, as they know that curated and personalised playlists is the way to go when it comes to this market.

The Just for You recommendations in the app is pretty standard already, but sometimes you just wish that you can manually customize this feature (because you “accidentally” listened to a Justin Bieber song 10 times in a row and now it keeps recommending all these Bieber-clones and it just has to stop). The new Tune Your Taste feature just does that as you can add (and remove) specific genres and artists so that the recommendations will really be tailored to your actual preferences.

Sentence History lets you view the most recently played songs that you created from The Sentence feature. If you’re new to Beats Music, The Sentence is a neat feature from the app that creates a playlist based on, you guessed it, a sentence that you write, which can include a location, emotion, genre or some other cues for the app to choose certain music to fit that statement. The updated app also now includes verified badges for those Beats Music profiles that are considered “legit” (although what the criteria is, we don’t know).

Beats Music still has a long way to go though in terms of matching how Spotify and other music streaming apps have cornered the market. But with the recent approval from the European Commission of Apple’s acquisition of Beats, then expect Apple to step up the game even more. If you want to see if the recent update has made the app more attractive, download Beats Music from the Google Play Store.

Gestureworks Gameplay app turns Android devices into customisable controlpads

Posted by Tom July - 28 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Most PC games are all well and good with a keyboard and mouse combo, but some simply lose something without a gamepad (see Super Meat Boy, etc.).

Combining your tablet/phone with PC is the Gestureworks Gameplay app, which turns the handheld Android devices into virtual controllers.

This is a pretty nifty app, as it allows the virtual control pads to be customised to what fits you best, and further customised for specific games. The app is $15 on Steam, which is above average price for an app but much cheaper than a gamepad.

The only issue we can think of is latency  – let us know if you’ve used one and how you got on.

Via engadget

Swipify simplifies switching between apps on Android Wear

Posted by wicked July - 28 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Smartwatches have definitely made our digital lives more interesting, and maybe at times, simpler. However, it still has many limitations in terms of both hardware and software, so for now, it’s up to app developers to enhance how we’ll be able to use those devices. One such app is Swipify, which makes it easier to launch and switch between apps on the Android Wear platform.

The App Switcher allows you to easily go from one running app to another from anywhere when inside the Android Wear system. Right now, there is no easy way to do so whether through a button or through the built-in settings. With Swipify, all you have to do to switch between apps is to swipe from the right edge of the screen wherever you are on your smartwatch. You can also change your swipe edge position, either just the top edge or full edge if you want.

Meanwhile the App Launcher can start an app, again from anywhere in the system. To start the launcher, all you have to do is swipe from the left edge of the screen and it will show you a tray of the apps installed on your smartwatch. The app also has other functions like you can set it up that your watch screen is always on (if battery drainage is no problem for you). It can also give you quick access to changing some of your settings, like adjusting the watch’s brightness, checking your battery level and showing the RAM usage on your App Switcher screen.

Once you’ve downloaded the Swipify app from the Google Play Store on your Android smartphone, it will automatically install it to the smartwatch connected to your phone. Once installed, you need to launch the app from your smartwatch in order to be able to start using it. Swipify is still in beta version, so expect a few quick updates every now and then from the developer.

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Wear Mini Launcher gets an update and moves from Alpha to Beta

Posted by wicked July - 28 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Developer Nicolas Pomepuy has been quickly working to improve the Android Wear experience through a custom launcher, Wear Mini Launcher, for Wear-based devices. He already released an alpha version of the app for testers to try out and has been providing updates over the course of the past couple weeks. Now, the Wear Mini Launcher app has moved to the beta stage.

The new version moves the Wear Mini Launcher up to 2.0 and brings with it the ability to move the swipe-in activation gesture location. The update also includes new toggles for Tethering and Media volume.

Please note that in order to grab the beta version of the Wear Mini Launcher app, you have to join the Wear Mini Launcher community on Google+ using the source link below. If you are already a member of the community, you can jump straight to the Play Store listing for the new version using the links below. And if beta testing isn’t your thing, you can always opt for the main Play Store version.

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source: Wear Mini Launcher community

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Hit game Thomas Was Alone squares up on Android

Posted by Tom July - 28 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

If you’re against the anthropomorphism of animals in games, try Thomas Was Alone – an addictive platform puzzler that has a compelling and moving story about nothing but shapes.

The game has been out on all platforms in increments since its 2010 release, and now it’s available on Android. For a cracking story, excellent puzzles and lots of fun, Thomas Was Alone is a must-have.

The award-winning indie gem is worthy of its praise and the narration tops it off nicely. It’s out now at $3.99 (regular price $5.99).

Via androidcommunity

Creators of WordPress release “Selfies” app to Play Store

Posted by wicked July - 28 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Automattic, the company behind the creation of WordPress, has added an app to the Play Store called “Selfies.”

The app does pretty much what you’d expect it to. Nothing  too fancy, but its simplicity might be its strength.

“Selfies” lets users take selfies, caption and filter them, and share them into a stream that can be seen by other users. So basically it’s Instagram for selfies but with a much smaller user base. You can also react to other people’s selfies with your own selfies, adding a Snapchat-like feature to the app.

The chances that this app hits the big time and catches on with the masses is pretty low (considering the saturation of the selfies app market), but the app is still in its infancy, so we’ll see where it goes from here. Hit the break for the link to the app in the Play Store as well as a photo gallery of screenshots.

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nowPaper 2.0 now has Muzei extension, new wallpapers

Posted by wicked July - 28 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

nowPaper, a wallpaper collection app, has announced the release of version 2.0, which now includes support for live wallpaper app Muzei, and a collection of new designs that have been inspired by the landscapes and cities from Google Now’s backgrounds. Your Android devices can now sport these amazing-looking designs on your home screen, and you can even set them to reflect the time of day.

The wallpapers were created by designer Alex Pasquarella and have been inspired by those lovely images you see when you open Google Now, featuring well-known landscapes and cityscapes from all around North America, like the Rocky Mountains, Grand Canyon, San Diego, Toronto and many more. Each place has four different papers, representing the different times of the day: dawn, day, dusk and night.

With the addition of a plug-in for Muzei, you’ll now be able to schedule the wallpapers to change depending on the time of day. You need to download both the Muzei and the nowPaper app so they will work together. To switch to the scheduled Google Now inspired wallpapers, you open muzei and then go to the customize menu. Choose the nowPaper extension and then go to the settings, where you can choose which location you want. You will be able to set the wallpapers at the following times: 6AM (dawn), 9AM (day), 6PM (dusk) and 9PM (night).

The designer is also allowing people to download the different design sets on his website. You can download Muzei for free on the Google Play Store, while nowPaper is available for just $0.99 there as well. Not a bad price to pay just to make your Android device look nicer four times a day.

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1Password to release new update, extends free trial

Posted by wicked July - 28 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

If you’re still not on board the 1Password bandwagon, you’re being given more time to explore the popular password manager for free, as they are extending the free trial until August 18. Developer Agile Bits will also releasing version 4.1 soon, which will add even more features to the first one launched just six weeks ago on the Android platform.

The password manager, which claims to be one of the most secure in the digital world as it uses a 256-bit AES “military grade” encryption, has long been a favourite of iOS and OS X users. And when finally it arrived for Android users just last June, the developers wanted the newbies to try it out for free for almost two months. The good news now is that they decided to extend the free trial for another 18 days to give others the chance to experience the app before deciding to “commit” to the freemium model.

The upcoming update v4.1 includes some new features, fixes and improvements on the app. Users can now create a new password vault on the app itself even without an existing account or vault. There are also now additional localised languages, including German, Spanish, Portuguese (European and Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, and Swedish and coming soon will be Chinese, Japanese, French, and Italian.

By August 19, 1Password for Android will switch to the freemium model, where users will be able to download it for free but in read-only format, then upgrade through a one-time in-app purchase of $9.99 to be able to edit, organise and create a new vault for your passwords. But for two weeks starting on the 19th, they are offering a 20% discount so you’ll be able to buy the Premium version for only $7.99. So if you haven’t yet started on your free trial, you can download 1Password from the Google Play Store now.

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SOURCE: 1Password

Selfies is a new social hub made just for selfies

Posted by wicked July - 28 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

If you’ve already had too much of the selfie generation, wait until Automattic gets its experimental social network out of the lab. The company, more popular for creations such as the WordPress blogging platform and the Gravatar avatar service, has very silently launched a new social network called Seflies that is focused on one thing and one thing alone: sharing selfies.

The app has been out for a week now and, given how high profile WordPress is, it’s a bit curious that there has been barely any word about it, either from media or from Automattic itself. In a sense, that was intended as Selfies is both still in an experimental stage of development and, at the same time, itself a sort of experiment, going beyond the company’s usual products. That said, its origin isn’t exactly that divorced from company’s roots. The app originally started as a Gravatar app for Android, which also explains why the company targeted Android first before iOS.

In terms of features, there isn’t really anything special about Selfies, at least not yet. You can take a selfie with the app, do a bit of very basic editing, and upload it. The selfie then becomes part of a public stream of never-ending self photos. Think of it like an instagram dedicated solely to selfies. While the photos are indeed available to the public, the only way to actually view them would be through the app. Users can also delete whatever they’ve posted in case they think that their photo is a bit too embarrassing or inappropriate. You can also respond or comment on other people’s selfies by posting a selfie of your own, which Automattic expects to create all sorts of fun and mayhem.

Automattic does have greater plans for Selfies, from something basic like being able to filter through the currently one and only public stream to more fine-tuned features like photo filters ala Instagram. There is even a plan on taking the app to iOS depending on how the Android app performs. Given that the app is only noted to have download nubmers between 500 to 1,000, it’s not exactly encouraging. Then again, our Internet is already over-saturated with selfies, as much as it is with cat pics. Do we really need to put up a shrine dedicated to it?

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Download: Selfies on Google Play Store
VIA: TechCrunch

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