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JuiceSSH now with Material Design, ready for Android Lollipop

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

JuiceSSH is probably the unanimous choice of server admins who have to do remote administration of SSH-enabled servers as their Android device SSH client. There are a bevy of features within the app that other clients just don’t have. And now, the developers are getting ready for the big Android 5.0 splash, as they pretty up their app with Material Design.

There’s no real reason to live in a cave these days, and so we’re pretty sure you’ve heard about Material Design, which is Android Lollipop’s chosen aesthetic theme and feel. Just recently, Google released an updated set of guidelines and its recommended color swatches for developers to be able to follow the Material Design look.

JuiceSSH is following that look with its new version, although the developers are cautious enough to do the update via staged rollout. That means that there will be some people who might not yet see a notification for an update. But there’s a way around that, too – click on the source link below and look for the download link for the updated APK that the devs posted at Reddit.

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As for issues, there are relatively few. One of those that the devs are monitoring are app crashes when using Android 4.2.1. If you are using this specific version, the developers of JuiceSSH are asking that you hold off on the update while they investigate the issue. Other than that, you can go ahead and either download the APK or check via the Google Play Store if an update has already reached you.

SOURCE: Reddit

Spotify Family gives discount for multiple accounts

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Listening to Spotify in all its unlimited access and ad-free glory is pretty much a requirement for most people these days (especially if you’re sick and tired of that Spotify guy’s voice) and it will not cost you an arm and a leg. But what if you have an entire household clamoring for their very own account? The expenses of paying for multiple subscriptions would then get to you. Your favorite music streaming service is trying to help you out with that by giving you big discounts with its Spotify Family package.

Now we know what you’re saying. Why should you need to get more than one account when you can just share? Well, you don’t really want your kids to know that you’re actually listening to their One Direction playlist right? And also, there is just a limited number of devices that will let you play music simultaneously. With Spotify Family, you can maintain up to five different accounts, with separate log-in details, personalized recommendations and their own playlists and saved music as well. All subscriptions will get the usual ad-free listening experience, offline access to music they’ve saved and full access to its catalog that currently has over 20 million songs, with 20,000 being added everyday.

With the advent of more and more music streaming services like Google’s All Access, Pandora, Deezer, and others, Spotify has to up its game in order to keep up with the competition. They’ve been experimenting with several ways to commercialize its service. One that they’ve recently adapted is to let those who watch their video adverts to the end get an additional 30 minutes of ad-free playback (obviously, for those just using the free service).

Those who have a regular Spotify premium account, which costs $9.99 per month, will get 50% discount when you add another subscription to your account. You can add as many as four more for each account, meaning you will only be paying $29.99 per month for five subscriptions, instead of $49.95. Spotify Family will roll out in the US first but will eventually be available globally in the next few weeks.

VIA: SlashGear

Bing Rewards program comes to Android

Posted by wicked October - 20 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

I thought rewards points are only for groceries, shops, credit cards, and plane tickets. I had no idea Microsoft has gone geeky about it too. The software giant has released the Bing Rewards app for Windows Phone devices earlier and now it has come to Android. This means more ways to get points for using Bing’s many services to exchange for prizes in the future. Actually, we’ve heard about this rewards program earlier this 2014 but no mention when it will be launched.

Anyone can earn credits simply by searching for stuff on Bing.com. Obviously, this is Microsoft’s smart way to get people to use the search engine. Use the points and credits to redeem rewards like gifts cards, Redbox movie rentals, and subscriptions to Hulu Plus and Xbox LIVE. You can even choose to donate your points to charities instead if you’re being generous or do some shopping at Amazon.com. If you’re in dire need of coffee, head on to Starbucks to redeem a cup of coffee.

Microsoft will be offering special deals daily so you’d be enticed to use the Bing app. With the app, you can check your status and see more ways how to get to the next level in earning points.

Microsoft says there really is no catch to earn rewards points. It’s just the company’s way of saying thank you for using the Bing search engine. Okay, now I have a reason to use Bing.

Search and earn. And then redeem. That’s what Microsoft wants us to do… (instead of actually making search results better.) Promo is only available in the US.

Download Bing Rewards app from the Google Play Store

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http://androidcommunity.com/bing-rewards-arrive-for-android-users-20140129/

Google’s My Tracks: Android Wear support, Drive sharing

Posted by wicked October - 20 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

The latest update for Google‘s tracking app My Tracks has brought with it a few major changes and improvements, particularly in the support for Android Wear smartwatches as well as the way you share your tracks with relevant people. Now your wearables running on Android’s platform for smartwatches can use the app to track how many steps you’ve made during the day or the distance you’ve run during your early morning workout.

If you have any of the devices that are using Android Wear, namely, the Motorola 360, LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live, ASUS Zenwatch, the recently released Sony Smartwatch 3 and the upcoming LG G Watch R, then you’ll be able to use Google’s own tracking app to monitor your physical activity. However, it doesn’t mean that the app can be used on your smartwatch on its own, since none of the devices mentioned above have built-in GPS in their systems. Instead, you use it together with the phone that is connected to your smartwatch to start, pause, restart and stop the tracking activity. So it means when you’re walking or running, you don’t need to take out your smartphone just to control the app.

Another major change to the update is that you can now only share your tracks and progress through Google Drive, and not anymore to other apps. You can either make it public so everyone knows what a conscientious runner you are, or you can just choose to share your activities with the people you want to share it with. A work-around to sharing it through other apps is just copying the URL (make sure it’s not in private mode) and then pasting it on your Facebook or Twitter or wherever you want to announce it.

You can manually get the update through APK download if your device hasn’t yet updated it automatically. Or if you don’t have My Tracks yet but would like to use it now with your Android Wear smartwatch, you can get it from the Google Play Store for free.

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VIA: Android Police

CaughtU Pro lets you catch the thief, takes an intruder selfie

Posted by wicked October - 20 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Intruder Alert. Intruder Alert. Some people want similar security for their Android devices so they become less attractive to thieves. A new app called the CaughtU Pro will probably discourage snatching and theft because it takes photos of anyone who’s been trying to access your phone. It’s another security app that helps the owner to find his lost smartphone. If not, at least, have an idea who has his phone or who was last person who accessed it.

The CaughtU Pro is similar to the CM Securtiy, Theftie, TekTrak, and Lookout apps we’ve featured before. Like these apps, the CaughtU Pro will take photos of the intruder. This one though, sends you information about the location of the phone, position of the device, and a photo of the person who stole or found your phone.

The phone automatically tells the original owner if incorrect password has been entered on an Android device using GPS and the front camera. Getting information on the location of the phone or seeing a photo of someone who probably took your phone will be more helpful.

How does this work? Just like the previous similar apps we’ve seen, the app will automatically take a photo of the user once incorrect password has been entered. It’s up to you to decide how many times before a photo should be taken. To send you email, the device needs to be connected to the Internet. If it’s not connected to the Internet, the phone will turn on internet connection automatically once password is entered incorrectly. The app can also upload the photo of the the illegal user to Google Drive.

You can also choose to display warning information to contact you if smartphone has been found.

Download CaughtU Pro from Google Play Store

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Gmail 5.0 app wants all your email accounts in one place

Posted by wicked October - 20 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

One of the most popular apps that Google has is the Gmail app on the Android platform. The cool thing about Gmail is that not only can you access and use Gmail from the web app; you can also add other accounts to the email service and manage them all for the web interface.

Google is now talking a bit about Gmail 5.0, the latest version of the email app. The new version of the app is designed to handle all email with the Gmail app, just as you can from the desktop application. With the update, Gmail can handle email from accounts on Yahoo or Outlook among others.

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Switching between multiple accounts will be done using a simply drop down menu or using a swipe. The app is also getting new round icons and an updated overall look.

Among the updates to the look of the app are refreshed icons and more. Google has been updating all of its apps to go with the new material design philosophy and it’s finally Gmail’s turn. It’s unclear when Gmail 5.0 will launch.

SOURCE: Android Police

HyperDevBox new JRPG is called Record of Agarest War Zero

Posted by wicked October - 20 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Same time last year, HyperDevBox released the Record of Agarest War tactical RPG. One year later, the developer is releasing another version: the Record of Agarest Zero. It’s a new game for Android users who are into Japanese-style RPGs.

The game is priced at $14.99 in the US but for a limited time, HyperDevBox is listing it with a special introductory price of $8.99. It’s still pricey but I’m pretty sure there are Android gamers who would download the paid app. The game is popular in home video game consoles but it’s now ready to run on the Android platform.

The Record of Agarest Zero is set in the ancient times, long before the Record of Agarest War happened. The battle between the forces of light and the forces of darkness has long been going on. Centuries have passed and yet the conflict is still there between the nations. In attempt to put an end to war, the generals of the armies light sent out Sieghart. He’s the loyal servant believed to change the course of war. His mission is to gather components of a magical tool that will free the imprisoned blacksmith of the gods. The blacksmith must be freed because he’s the only one who can make magical artifacts to use for battle.

HyperDevBox has already released a number of Japanese games for Android. This game promises a lot of new things: more than 100 hours of gameplay packed in 1.GB of data, full 720p HD graphics, enhanced battle system, full touch interface support, as well as, Leaderboards and Achievements support. The game is also Xperia Play optimized and is compatible with MOGA controllers. As for gameplay, fans can expect full voice acted in Japanese, “Living Portraits” animated characters, Soul-Breeding System, and the Card Skill System that lets you customize your character’s weapon and skills.

To make the RPG more exciting, there’s the Fell Link feature that lets gamers the chance to unlock and change character costumes. There are also more than 400 enemies and characters and 50 different battle skills and magic spells. If you still have a lot of power, capture monsters to join your army.

If you’ve previously paid for the Record of Agarest War, you can also unlock the original game to include your characters and maps on this version.

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Download Record of Agarest Zero from the Google Play Store

FloatNote allows you to place reminders for people you call

Posted by wicked October - 18 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

There’s always that time when someone calls and you know you have to tell that person something important, but as we tend to do, we forget. FloatNote is an app that was created with that situation in mind, and admittedly, we need all the help we can get – evidence being the multitude of apps out there designed to remind us of things.

FloatNote is easy enough to figure out. You input a reminder for yourself about the person. The next time you make a call to that specific person, or when that person calls you, the note activates. As the name implies, the note you created “floats” as the call is ongoing, and deactivates when the call ends.

The video below shows how the simple app works. We’re not kidding, it is very simple. And what’s more, it’s aligned to the much-hyped Material Design of the upcoming Android 5.0 Lollipop. That’s a bit of foresight from the developers.

Check out the FloatNote app via the Google Play Store. The app is very logical. But the question we want to ask is that, are you able to work it into your daily use? Or is there an app that does this for you? Tell us about it in the comments section.

SOURCE: Google Play Store

SlideUP Launcher development takes an unusual Kickstarter turn

Posted by wicked October - 18 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Android will never have a dearth of app launchers and homescreen replacements. There are different kinds of different qualities, appealing to different tastes and different needs. SlideUP is yet another one of those vying for your attention, but admittedly, it is a curious one that, at the very least, deserves a second glance. Not only does it offer useful functionality, it seems to be trying out a slightly new way of development, at least as far as Android launchers go.

The basic interaction point of SlideUP is that strip at the bottom of every Android homescreen, usually devoted to app shortcuts. However, they are only that: app shortcuts. SlideUP literally extends those by providing a hidden panel that reveals itself when you swipe up from the relevant icon. Swiping up from the app launcher icon brings up your favorite set of apps while swiping up from the phone icon shows your chosen contacts. SlideUP calls this strip as “Smart Tape” and those “more than icons” as Tiles. At the moment, there are four tiles already provided, All Apps, Phone, Messages, and Camera but more are said to come, including Weather, Music Player, and Calendar. That, however, is where development takes a slightly unusual, and probably controversial turn.

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SlideUP, at least for now, doesn’t offer those Tiles for free. Or rather, it doesn’t offer the slots for those tiles for free. Like in some games where you have limited inventory slots, you can get more space by paying up. In normal apps, this would be through in-app purchases, but since the launcher is still in Kickstarter mode, those IAPs are transformed into pledges. Not stretch goals mind you. Just plain backer tiers. A basic $5 pledge gives you the launcher with those four basic slots. $10 adds one more and $20 gets you two. For a whooping $500, you can ask for a tile of your own choosing.

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This crossover of two different worlds, that of Android app development and Kickstarter, is quite unusual and may be taken both positively and negatively. If proven successful and popular, it could perhaps be used as a precursor for future app developers. On the other hand, it could also rub some in the wrong ways. SlideUP seems to already be quite done and the developer isn’t exactly forthcoming with what still needs to be done or to what ends the gathered money will be used to fund development. There also isn’t any mention of what will happen once the Kickstarter finishes, in particular if and how SlideUP will make an appearance in Google Play Store. There are, unfortunately, still some open questions and loose ends that SlideUP might need to address if it is to rake in more supporters to meet its $1,000 goal.

SOURCE: Kickstarter

Octagon promises frustrating fun

Posted by wicked October - 17 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

If you like games that require fast reflexes like Temple Run or Impossible Road a new game has launched that you will want to check out. The game is called Octagon and rather than having people that are running players control, this game has a ball rolling through a world that is constantly changing.

The floor moves beneath the player and you have to spin the world to dodge bumps, holes, and other obstacles. The game has classic and endless modes. In classic mode, each level lasts 60 seconds.

Octagon uses dynamic procedural graphics with a minimalistic look. The soundtrack for the game is original by someone named Sqeepo. There are no shortcuts or cheats, players only get as far as their reflexes take them.

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The game landed on Google Play earlier this month and is 18MB in size. It has been installed as many as 50,000 times so far and is on version 1.1.8. Android 4.0 or higher is required to play and while the game is free, in-app purchases are available.

SOURCE: Google Play

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