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Samsung targets Android enterprise integration with Knox

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

Android was designed with open-source, open-market viability in mind – so it was, by design, low in “private sandbox” security features. This is something that makes the platform a very risky one for those in enterprise security. Enclosed architectures like BlackBerry OS and iOS have legitimate advantages here in one sense, but Samsung is belatedly trying to join the party with its KNOX B2B (business-to-business) apps.

Samsung is taking a tiered approach to KNOX, with a free downloadable “My KNOX” app for an enterprise with employees who use Samsung devices – the app is compatible only to the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Note 4 for now. Together with the app, there’s a two-level subscription service for device security – the first being KNOX Express.

KNOX Express offers basic security features, including KNOX Workspace which is a secured “sandboxed” container that keeps your enterprises data safe. It also features KNOX EMM, a cloud-based solution that makes it easy to deploy proprietary information and apps without the additional cost of taking devices into the office personally. All of this is upgraded when you try the KNOX Premium subscription.

KNOX Express starts out free for every device, but KNOX Premium charges USD$1.00 per device. BlackBerry and iOS are understandably ahead of the game in this market, but do tell us what you think about it. Would your business need something like this for Android devices?

SOURCE: Samsung
DOWNLOAD: Google Play Store

Tintag rechargeable item tracker hits Indiegogo

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

If you have ever lost something and spent lots of time searching your home or office for it when you were in a hurry, you know how helpful an item tracker can be. A new item tracker has turned up on Indiegogo and this device is called Tintag.

One major difference between the Tintag and other similar Bluetooth device trackers is that Tintag has a rechargeable battery. All you have to do to charge the battery inside the tracking device is place it on the charge base.

Each full battery charge will let the Tintag run for four months at a time. One tracking device can be connected to multiple phones allowing two people to search for an item, pet, or child at the same time. Tintag can also be used to find the smartphone it is paired to if you lose it.

Tintag has a 100m range in plain view of the smartphone it is paired with. The device is waterproof and the software supports Android devices. A Super Early Bird pack on Indiegogo will set you back $19 and gets you a Tintag, charger, and needed software. Estimated delivery is April 2015.

SOURCE: Indiegogo

LG G3 record-setting billboard is 250m long

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

LG has created a massive new billboard in Saudi Arabia to celebrate the new LG G3 smartphone. This billboard is as longer than two football fields at around 273 yards long. It has been certified by the Guinness World Records Association as being the longest billboard in the world.

The massive advertisement sits along a span of highway near the Riyadh International Airport. In the image, you can see floodlights every few feet along the entire span of the sign; it has to be incredibly bright at night.

LG expects the massive advertisement to be seen by around 20 million people during the year. Official measurements for the gigantic advertisement are 12m W x 250m L.

LG’s Saudi business head says LG “will become the face of the electronic industry greeting airport guests.” Airport visitors certainly won’t miss the giant sign.

SOURCE: Slashgear

daWindci Deluxe game floats onto Android

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

A new game has landed on the Android platform after being popular on iOS, it is called daWindci Deluxe. In the game players can paint wind, hurricanes, and lightning on the screen using their finger. The weather painted on the screen helps the player to control the direction of a hot air balloon flying on screen.

As the game progresses, the player will be able to explore a world full of magical equipment and inventions. Players can create their own hot air balloon from over 25 different designs. There are 50 expeditions to take in search of valuable items and puzzles.

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The Deluxe version of the game sells for $1.99. Players get full HD support with improved art. There are new free form wind drawing mechanics for a more intuitive experience. New particle effects in the game give it better textures.

The game is good for 5-8 hours of play and there are over 14 special tasks to tackle. The game is in version 1.1 right now and requires Android 2.3.3 or higher. It has only been installed 10-50 times so far.

SOURCE: Google Play

Pebble launches Firmware 2.5 with emoji support

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

Emojis are a popular way for people to show how they are feeling without having to type it out. Smartphone and tablet users have been texting emojis and using third party apps to send them for a long time now. Pebble has announced a new firmware has landed bringing the watch to firmware version 2.5.

The big thing in this firmware update is that it supports emojis allowing them to be seen on the Pebble screen. Along with support for emojis, the firmware update also brings with it a Pebble compass and iOS 8 compatibility. The magnetometer in Pebble devices can now be used in apps from third party developers to bring compass and wayfinding features.

Emoji support covers all popular emojis according to Pebble and support for more is coming. Several bug fixes and stability improvements have been added to this software update as well. Another thing that has returned to the Pebble Appstore is the DOMO watch face.

That watch face disappeared from the store and has returned with some new features. You can even set that watch face so it knows when it’s hot outside and he will sweat. At night, he will get tired and fall asleep. If you shake the watch, DOMO will get angry.

SOURCE: Pebble

Despicable Me Minion Rush updated with new levels

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

If you have seen either of the Despicable Me movies, you should be familiar with the minions. These little capsule shaped people are yellow and always doing something crazy. Game developer Gameloft has announced a new update for the Despicable Me Minion Rush game.

The game update brings a host of minor bug fixes. The biggest things to land in the new update are new areas to play. Players will get to run through Volcano Island from Despicable Me 2 complete with an active volcano.

Another new area in the update is a new Jelly Lab on Volcano Island. A new secret area is also available inside the volcano. Players can also play using a new costume called Boxer Minion.

Along with the bug fixes and new areas, the update also brings optimizations overall to make the game perform better. Gameloft specifically fixed the ability to claim event rewards, updated achievements, and progress claim screens. The ability to compete in random challenges has also been fixed.

SOURCE: Google Play

PayPal Here updated to support Android tablets

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

Several applications out there are designed to allow business owners to take credit card payments while they are out of the office and on the go. One of those applications is PayPal Here and it is designed to work with the PayPal card reader.

PayPal Here uses an encrypted credit card reader that is backed by the PayPal fraud and risk management features. One of the biggest features of the newly updated app is that Android tablet users can now take payments using the app and card reader.

PayPal has verified that several tablets work with the card reader including the Asus Nexus 7 2013, Asus Nexus 10, Asus Transformer Pad TF300T, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Tab 2 7, Galaxy Tab 2 10, Galaxy Tab 3 10, Galaxy Tab 4 7, Galaxy Tab 4 10, Galaxy Tab Pro, and Sony Xperia Z tablet.

The app update landed this week and brings the app to version 2.3.0. Android 2.3.3 or higher is required. Google Play estimates that PayPal Here has been installed up to 5 million times.

SOURCE: Google Play

Mage Gauntlet arrives on Android

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

The young generation today seems to have all the good things geeky available for them. From smartphones to tablets to computers and smartwatches, a lot of cool gadgets are accessible too. Even when it comes to games, geeks and gamers now have more choices than ever before.

Action-RPG games may seem old school but such gave birth to more similar games. Strategy games like Clash of Clans and Star Wars Commander are full of actions and require the gamer to work fast and smart but within a certain 90’s twist ala Secret of Mana, Legend of Zelda, and Super Nintendo. To add to your future adventure, there’s the Mage Gauntlet that features a funny storyline, dangerous monsters, and eccentric characters. The game first became available on the App Store for the iOS but it’s now ready for Android users.

Throughout the game, you can customize your character’s strengths and weakness. The mobile game boasts of a satisfying command, as well as, smooth and responsive controls. There are many secrets to learn and enemies to fight especially when you unlock the Master Model after beating the game.

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The Mage Gauntlet game features 84 levels, 86 achievement, 110 hats, 19 pets, and some quick leveling and Dash and Charge moves. This classic-SNES-style Action-RPG from RocketCat Games is now available for download at the Google Play Store. Price is $2.99.

Amazon, Apple makes family sharing easy, Google misses out

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

With almost everyone owning a smartphone or tablet these days, these mobile devices have become more than just individual, private experiences but sometimes even familial ones. Realizing that families would sometimes want to manage their mobile experience as, well, a family, Amazon and Apple have revealed features in their new operating systems that makes all that not only easy but even more engaging as well.

Yesterday, Amazon announced the arrival of new Kindle Fire HD and HDX tablets, which came with an also brand new Fire OS 4, codenamed “Sangria”. Of the many new features that are arriving with this version, one is marked as still Coming Soon but is also probably the most interesting in this context. Amazon’s Family Library service does just what its name implies. It pools together the apps, games, audiobooks, books, and Prime Instant Video content that family members have purchased in order to make the available to each and every member of the family or device, without having to switch user accounts just to download them. It definitely makes sharing a lot easier, though Amazon has yet to detail the privacy features Family Library will, or should, have.

iOS 8′s new Family Sharing feature does the same but admittedly adds a few more touches that are definitely desirable for families. Aside from getting access to others’ music, movies, TV shows, books, and apps, you can also create a shared family album. But iOS 8 family sharing goes beyond media content. For example, you can have a shared family calendar. You can even locate each family member or their device, should the latter get lost, Of course, you can opt to remain hidden from that family map if you wish to (but better have a good excuse ready for Mom or Dad). And lastly, Apple might have finally solved the problem with “accidental” purchases made by kids. Family Sharing lets you set a single credit card for making iTunes purchases. It also lets you configure connected Apple IDs to ask permission before making a purchase, which you, as the parent, can allow or deny anywhere, any time.

Of course, here at Android Community, we root for Android naturally. Sadly, Google has been left out of the family party, at least for now. It has yet to implement any sort of family sharing feature in Google Play Store, much less curb in-app purchases beyond the simple password requirement. That said, there might still be hope. Android L, 5.0 or Lemon Meringue Pie, is expected to finally arrive next month. Google could very well be working on such a similar feature behind closed doors. Or hopefully it has been for some time now and isn’t just going to haphazardly slap on such a feature in such short a time just because its competitors have.

SOURCE: Amazon, Apple

Dolphin V11 brings new mobile browsing experience to Android

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

There are numerous web browsers for Android but only a few deliver fast mobile browsing. Dolphin, one of the best Mobile Web Browsers for Android, was recently updated with new features and some bug fixes. Its developer added a Search engine option and support for multiple-thread downloads.

Dolphin V11.2.3 has improved the Right-To-Left support to more interfaces. Big issues have been fixed as well, including error on inputting works on search box, emoticons not showing then posting on Facebook, and error in choosing file to upload on some websites. The problems of incorrect naming when downloading files and issues with Facebook have already been fixed too.

The mobile browser for Android can now do Gestures, allowing the user to access web by simply creating a gesture or symbol. The Sonar feature allows voice control to search, bookmark favorite sites, navigate, and share on social networks. With the One-tap Share, you can tweet, post to Facebook, and save files directly to Box or Evernote with a single tap. Meanwhile, Tabbed browsing allows you to toggle between screens as if you are browsing on a desktop.

Just like a desktop browser, Dolphin now allows Add-ons for different tasks. Such add-ons can enhance mobile Interner browsing. To save bookmarks and passwords, sync history, open tabs easily, there’s the Dolphin Connect feature. Other basic features include custom themes and wallpapers and adding your favorite sites to the home screen.

Still not convinced that the Dolphin for Android is worthy to be installed? The web browser app also allows WiFi Broadcast so you can share links with people on your WiFi network or are nearby.

Download Dolphin V11.2.3 from the Google Play Store.

SOURCE: Dolphin