Amazon hosting two day promotion full of free apps

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One of the major driving forces of the Amazon Appstore — when it was first released — was the free app of the day. In the beginning, Amazon sported useful apps that if you were on the ball, saved you hundreds of dollars in purchases. However as time progress, the quality of free apps per day as since declined. However every so often, Amazon has promotions that brings back the chance of getting those useful apps for free. Starting today, Amazon is holding a promotion, through tomorrow, offering about a $100/£100 worth of apps for free.

Some notable apps include Plex, Accuweather Premium, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and Splashtop Remote Desktop. Depending on whether you’re in the UK or the US, you have a few different apps to pick from, but for the most part they’re consistent. Hit the source to get to your respective deals.

source: Amazon (US), Amazon (UK)

Manage your channel with the new YouTube Creator Studio app

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Operating a YouTube channel from a mobile device can be pretty difficult. Until now, the only solution was to use the YouTube app. That changes today with Google’s release of the YouTube Creator Studio. This new app lets users track their channel’s statistics and respond to comments left by viewers. Users can also setup custom notifications. And, unsurprisingly, you can edit channel details to keep everything updated.

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T-Mobile adds speed-testing apps to data limit exemption

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Earlier this month as part of T-Mobile’s Uncarrier 6.0 announcement, the company indicated they were not going to count data generated by several music streaming services against customers’ data caps. Going a step further, the company has now announced it will also exempt speed-testing apps from the limits. T-Mobile uses network throttling restrictions on user data when customers exceed their monthly data limit in lieu of charging overage fees.

T-Mobile indicated the popular Ookla Speedtest.net app in particular would be exempt, but other similar apps would also be whitelisted. According to T-Mobile, their goal with this move is to show off the data speeds available on its network. Of course, by removing the throttling restriction on speed-testing apps, this means customers will not be able to measure how much T-Mobile has slowed down data speeds for traffic that is not exempted from the restrictions.

source: Fierce Wireless

Google makes it easy to check your phone for compatibility with Android Wear

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With the release of the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live yesterday and the Moto 360 coming soon, all powered by Android Wear, you may be ready to drop your money on one of these new smart watches. Before you do though, it might be worth the time to verify that your smartphone will work with Android Wear. According to Google all it takes is a phone running Android 4.3, so most new devices should be okay.

If you are not sure whether your specific phone is running Android 4.3 or is otherwise compatible, Google is making it easy to figure it out. Just fire up your browser on your smartphone and surf over to http://g.co/WearCheck. I will note that this only seemed to work with the stock browser on my phone and not the Chrome browser.

Runtastic will integrate with Android Wear, Google Glass, and Google Fit

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Runtastic has officially announced that they’ll be fully supporting all of Google’s upcoming wearable tech, including Android Wear, Google Glass, and the upcoming Google Fit service. Since the wearable market focuses very heavily on fitness tracking, it’s good to see one of the top fitness tracking services commit to the platform so early.

For Android Wear, you’ll be able to download Runtastic apps to do the traditional step counting, heart rate monitoring, etc. There will also be full integration of Android Wear’s voice features. On the backend of things, Runtastic will be one of the first developers to use Google Fit’s APIs to store user data. » Read the rest

Gameloft announces 9 titles have been optimized specifically for Android TV

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Android TV was one of the bigger announcements at I/O this year, especially if you’re into Android gaming. Not long after the keynote, Gameloft has announced that they have 9 of their best titles optimized specifically for Android TV.

These titles will see enhanced graphics for larger screens, adjusted gameplay controls that will likely work well with gamepads, and some extra features that will take advantage of Android TV’s capabilities.

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Google releases new Gmail API

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In response to developers looking for better ways to access Gmail from within their apps, Google announced a new Gmail API intended to serve as a replacement for the IMAP protocol. According to Google, while IMAP is great for standard email clients wanting to connect to an email server, the function is was designed for, it is no longer adequate for new features Gmail makes available or the way services have evolved. » Read the rest

Google releases Android TV Remote Control, Google Cast Receiver apps already

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You cannot even get your hands on an Android TV device until this fall, but you can download the Android TV Remote Control app. It is completely useless for now considering absolutely no one can take advantage of it. It features a simplistic design and color scheme. We know that much. Google also released the Google Cast Receiver app into the Play Store today. This turns an Android TV device into a Chromecast-like device by allowing users to Cast content.

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