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Deezer update: lyrics you can read or sing-along to

Posted by wicked December - 20 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

With the continued popularity of Spotify (despite Taylor Swift’s break-up with them) and Google creating YouTube Music Key, competition in the music streaming service has never been tougher. Another competitor, Deezer, is stepping up its game in the latest update as it gives users the chance not just to listen to songs they like but sing-along to the ones they love with the new lyrics feature.

If you’re a true blue music lover, you will always have the urge to sing along to your favorite songs, but not all of them have clear cut lyrics. Deezer has partnered with LyricFind so that you have the option to look at the lyrics while you’re listening to a song. No more mishearing Starbucks lovers in a Taylor Swift song (yes, she’s on this music streaming service) or thinking Jennifer Lopez is expressing love for her puppy instead of her Papi.

You have the option to display the entire song at once, or if you feel like doing a little karaoke, you can view it in sing-along mode. Not all songs however have the lyrics already, only those that have a microphone icon will be able to display the words. But they are working on having this for all 35 million songs in their library. This feature is available in all of its platforms like smartphones, tablets and even desktops.

While some of the other music streaming services like Spotify can also do this through third-party apps. Deezer is probably the first to have it built-in to the app. This feature is available in both the free and premium services when you update your app. If you don’t have it yet on your device, you can download it from the Google Play Store.

Coffee messaging app lets you text easily on Android Wear

Posted by wicked December - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

While smartwatches have made our communication and digital lives a little bit easier, it is still very limited, with most of the wearables just showing us notifications of incoming calls, messages or app activities. But acting on those notifications is not yet that great. Thank goodness for app developers because now, you can actually respond to messages without needing to take out your phone or looking silly talking to your watch with Coffee app for Android Wear.

The app says that it is the first messaging app that can use your smartwatch to respond to SMS communication so you can be responsive while you’re on the go, wherever you are. With just a few swipes or taps on your wearable, you will be able to send messages in a more “subtle manner” if you’re in a situation where taking out your phone is inconvenient or not socially acceptable.

Coffee has around 100 preset messages that you can use to respond to important communications you have to respond to at that moment. You can also customize a certain number of those messages if the preset ones do not match what you’re trying to say. You can also choose the vibrating patterns for certain contacts so that you can actually know who’s sending you messages.

While most of the Android Wear apps are just smartphone apps optimized for the wearable, Coffee is actually created from the ground up and conceptualized for smartwatches. You can download Coffee for free from the Google Play Store.

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SOURCE: Awear

Minuum update: multiple languages at once, material design

Posted by wicked December - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

With the global community becoming smaller and more connected due to the Internet and digital technology, more and more people are becoming bilingual or even multi-lingual, in either business and/or in their personal lives. Sometimes, when communicating with other people, they even use two or more languages at the same time. Virtual keyboard Minuum is giving this kind of users an easier time by giving the app simultaneous multilingual capabilities.

Version 3.0.1 of Minuum now sports an experimental feature that allows you to use multiple languages simultaneously when typing on the virtual keyboard while using any app. When you type on the single row of letters (which is one of the unusual selling points of the app), you will receive recommendations from the multiple languages that you activated in the settings. The update will also show you a status bar for the other language packs that you’re adding so you know how much time is remaining for the download to finish.

The newest version of the app also has a Material Design make-over, to keep it looking at par with other Google apps and (if your smartphone is already updated or will soon) with Android 5.0 Lollipop. Other minor updates shown in the changelog includes option to enable bonus panel shortcut, better compound words prediction, quicker secondary character selection, and a fix for the fonts in the mini keyboard.

There are also new themes available in the in-app purchases for the Minuum store. You can either choose the free version of Minuum or upgrade to the full version for $3.99, which of course has more features.

VIA: Android Police

Samsung shutting down ChatOn in all markets except in the US

Posted by wicked December - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Maybe you own a Samsung smartphone device and you noticed one of the apps there that keeps getting updated but you’ve never used it (but you can’t delete it out of there as well) – it’s called ChatOn, and it was supposed to be Samsung’s competition for iMessage, a Samsung-only messaging tool. But it never really caught on, and after many denials that the South Korean gadget giant was killing the app, they finally officially announced that they were ditching ChatOn.

Well, there’s a small caveat. The announcement was made in Korea, and it looked for a while like it was only going to get ditched in Korea, but Samsung has come out saying that starting on February 1, 2015, the ChatOn app will no longer be part of the manufacturer’s app ecosystem in all global markets except for the United States, where it will be retained.

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Why retain it in the US? The most probable reason is that it is the only market where the app has some sort of traction. Samsung is citing “changing market conditions” for the decision, but this seems contrary to the 100-million strong user base that they have claimed when asked about the app.

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The reality is that the marketing for ChatOn was never really spot on, and people didn’t realize that they had a good messaging service in their hands. The result – people didn’t really use the software preloaded on so many Samsung smartphones because tragically, they didn’t know what it was.

VIA: Engadget

Update to Secret brings chat and better anonymity

Posted by wicked December - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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I have a Secret to tell you. I’m sorry, that wasn’t funny, nor is the big update to the Secret app for Android a secret. With an overhaul of look and feel, the new Secret also offers communities, chat and better control of what friend info is displayed on your account.

Secret is a free app in the Google Play Store that has been allowing users to anonymously share their indiscretions and favorite tidbits of humor and suggestions to anyone that is willing to listen. Posting short anecdotes about their experiences, embarrassing or other, in all manor of unfiltered categories.

The new communities feature is a great way to narrow down your Secret relationships to like minded folk, or even to the same city, community, workplace or school. This remains separate to your friends’ posts, allowing you to, well, make new friends.

Chat is a great addition to the service, taking things from generally all public, to a more private experience. I don’t know the internal logistics myself, but I imagine that this could be a great tool for sharing secret messages between all the James Bonds of the world. And you too, of course.

The new look brings with it a better streamlined flow, this means that things should look better and work much faster.

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Finally, you now have greater control over your anonymity. Tying into your Facebook account has resulted in a potential exposure of your identity, with Secret showing off whether you not you have a relationship with another user. For what it is worth, this is what I find wrong with Secret, I use Google+ a lot, but have only an intimate relationship with my FB friends. If we show as connected, there is a good chance you can figure out who I am.

For this ‘flaw’ alone, the updated Secret is your new friend, allowing you to not only choose if your Facebook links will show on your profile, but also giving you control within each post to decide whether or not it should go to friends only, or to public without even your friends knowing it was you.

The update is rolling out now, but go ahead and grab a fresh and free copy of Secret from the Google Play Store.

Have any of these updated features overcome a barrier for you to use Secret?

Yahoo Weather app on Android now with animated effects

Posted by wicked December - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

There are a lot of weather apps available but nothing is as stunning as Yahoo Weather. I’ve tried a number of related apps but I would always go back to Yahoo because of the beautiful images. The app recently received an update with animated effects like fog, heat, lighting, frost, rain, and snow. All you need to do is look at the app and you’ll immediately know the weather outside. No need to open the windows because you’ll know what’s going on outside just by looking at your screen.

The Yahoo Weather app provides hourly, 5-day, and 10-day forecasts. Yahoo is known to provide the most accurate forecasts. What’s interesting is that the app shows Flickr photos that match the time, current condition, and even your location. Snowing outside? You might see falling snowflakes. Rainy or stormy? You might see the sky-splitting lightning flash across the screen. It’s like looking outside the window with all the animated effects.

Other important weather information include pressure, chance of precipitation, and wind. On the app, you can also browse interactive maps that show snow, radar, heat, and satellite. As usual, you can add up up to 20 cities and then view weather info of each location simply by swiping left to right.

These animated effects first came to iOS8 last September but Android is finally getting them. Instead of just seeing the weather information, you’ll see accurate weather effects on the screen.

Download Yahoo Weather from the Google Play Store

SOURCE: Yahoo

LiveBoot v1.00 available for rooted Android devices

Posted by wicked December - 18 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Chainfire has pulled the wraps off an all-new app for folks who like to root other devices called LiveBoot. The app is in version 1.00 right now and puts a logcat/dmesg boot animation on the screen of the device during boot to allow users to see what is going on with boot as it happens.

There are two versions of the app- the basic and the pro version. The pro version allows the boot information to be laid over the normal device boot screen as the smartphone boots. To use the app, the smartphone had to be rooted using SuperSU v2.40 or higher.

Chainfire says that Android 4.3 to 5.0 might work with the app, but it is mainly aimed at Android 5.0 users. The developer warns that users on Android 4.3 will likely run into issues and those issues will be fixed in “due time.”

The app is available on the Google Play store right now. It is a free download with a $2.49 in-app purchase option. Presumably, that is what it costs to update to the pro version. If you want to see exactly what the app does on a device, check out the video below.

SOURCE: +Chainfire

Tile App now available on Android to help forgetful people

Posted by wicked December - 18 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

A few months ago we talked about the Tile tag that will be the saviour of absent-minded people or those who just seem to always lose their stuff. The accompanying app that will make it easier for you to locate all these lost gadgets or umbrellas or wallets or handkerchiefs, are now available for your Android smartphones and tablets. Of course it will only work if you have one or more Tile tags so if you don’t have it yet, you can still read on and maybe you’ll get one afterwards.

To review, the Tile tag is a Bluetooth-powered tag that you can attach to anything that you always forget or has a tendency to get lost. For example, put one on your laptop (although how you can forget it is a mystery), your bag, or a precious umbrella. The Android app will connect to the tag using Bluetooth Low Energy and has two ways to connect with each other. If you lose that thing where your Tile tag is, the app will tell you when you’re getting hot (and by hot we mean near). You can also program your Tile to play a sound so you can easily locate your lost car keys or whatever it is you have misplaced.

Since the tile has no GPS, it will only work when your device is near your Tiled object. So what if you’re out of range? You can check out the last known location of the object from the app’s map and then hopefully, you can look around that area until you find it. The description also says you can ask the “helpful” Tile community to help you find what you’ve lost, although how that works exactly is not fully explained.

The Tile app is free from the Google Play Store but of course you need to buy a Tile tag if you don’t have one yet, which you can get for $25. There are also packages for when you want to buy more than one since you lose a lot of things. The app is optimized for use with the following devices: Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One, HTC One M8, LG Nexus 4, LG Nexus 5.

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Major Fleksy update brings virtual keyboard extensions to your phone

Posted by wicked December - 18 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Virtual keyboard apps have become an in thing for those dissatisfied with their device’s native typing pad. One of the most popular ones out there is Fleksy and we think they’re about to become even more popular with their biggest update to date, bringing keyboard extensions, including the (almost) always fun world of GIFs to your fingers. And if “extensions” sounds like such a boring feature, wait til you see what you can now do without leaving the app you’re currently typing on.

Probably one of the best extensions available with the latest update is their GIF extension, which makes them the first keyboard app to support this form of communication that has rivaled that of the emoji. Why use words to express yourself when you can now use meme-type GIFs to best say what you want to say? Another fun extension can turn your keyboard into an Android Launcher so that you can switch to any of your most-used apps from Fleksy itself. Other extensions include Editor/Cursor control, Number Row, Keyboard Shortcuts, Rainbow Key Pops (when you want your keyboard to colorfully pop everytime you type) and Invisible Keyboard (make your keyboard transparent!).

Fleksy gives you 3 free “slots” in your virtual keyboard so you can choose the 3 initial extensions you want to use. You can easily activate and deactivate the different extensions, depending on your mood or which you find most useful to you. If you want more slots, you will also be able to purchase additional ones in the Fleksy store. There are also new themes available, including Frozen (which rival SwiftKey also has), Hunger Games, and a Chameleon theme which changes the color of your keyboard depending on the app you’re using.

The update also brings an almost complete redesign because of the extensions and customizations. If you’re not yet a fan of Fleksy, you can try it out by downloading it for free from the Google Play Store. You can also buy themes and other features on their Fleksy store.

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SOURCE: Fleksy

Microsoft Xim 1.3 share your photos onto the bigscreen

Posted by wicked December - 18 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Picture sharing is a great way to communicate with your friends and family and is essentially the core of most social media today. Microsoft Xim is an app that lets you share your photos with friends and family through their own phone. Usually when you have a photo you’d like to share, your friends would gather around you to see. Now you don’t have to worry about the overcrowding, Xim hosts the pictures onto your friends’ phone and lets you browse through the pictures together. Today Xim has come out with a new update that lets you share photos from your phone to the big screen.

Xim 1.3 is the latest update to the app. The update lets you share photos onto the big screen via streaming devices like Xbox One, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV. The app connects through a wireless network and automatically detects those devices. You would simply select and connect. Your phone and big screen will swipe, pan and zoom synchronously. At the same time, you can invite your friends and family to contribute to the show by adding their own photos. The new app introduces a different experience and looks fun.

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One of the perks about Xim is that not everyone needs it. You only need to download the app if you are the one initiating the photo sharing. Everyone else just tags along for the ride. It’s simple enough in terms that you select the photos you want to share, invite friends and family to watch, and everyone watches. The app is cross platforms which means everyone can enjoy the app regardless of having an iPhone or Android phone. With the new update, you can broadcast the pictures onto the big screen TV for everyone to watch, instead of looking into their phones.

Another cool feature about Xim is that you don’t have to be in close proximity to a streaming device to share. You can have your friend be near a device and connect to it. Your friend would then load Xim and connect to you and now you can control the photo sharing through your friend’s phone by uploading your own pictures. Creators of the app – Microsoft Fuse Labs says that there’s more in store for Xim.

SOURCE: Microsoft
Download: Microsoft Xim App