[New Chromecast App] Class6ix brings personalized local and national news to your Chromecast


Class6ix has been around in the Play Store for a couple of weeks now, and I just got a chance to play with it. It’s touted as being your personal video news aggregator for both local and national stories. The best part of it is that it’s Chromecast compatible so you can quickly go through the stories that matter to you on the big screen.

Class6ix basically does all the work for you, but you do have some controls. You first create an account that includes your zip code for your location. The app will immediately assemble a bunch of news stories that include video. Sources include CNN, The AP, The Street, CNet, and others. Over time Class6ix will learn what news is important to you based on what you watch (from beginning to end) along with your location. You can quickly skip videos by tapping the skip button or swiping from right to left.

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[New Chromecast App] DrawCast lets your draw on your phone and TV at the same time


Do you like to draw or doodle occasionally? A new app called DrawCast, from Hillman Works, just hit the Google Play Store that lets you draw on your phone or tablet. No big deal right? There are tons of those kinds of apps. What makes DrawCast special is that it’s Chromecast compatible so you can see your drawings come to life on your big screen TV in real time.

Now don’t expect to do anything elaborate. You won’t find anything major as far as special tools or effects. I am sure the app will evolve over time, but for now, it’s a simple interface that is actually pretty cool once you’re connected to your Chromecast. As to lag, it’s minimal, but every few seconds, you might get a slight delay. The only thing that is glaringly missing is there is no way to save your works of art. That’s important for the kids if you know what I mean.

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Amazon to include competing services on upcoming TV box


Amazon reportedly will include apps from competing services when it launches its new set top TV box. The launch of an Amazon device to compete with hardware from Roku and others has been delayed since last year’s holiday season. At that time it was reported Amazon had struck a deal to include Netflix. The latest report indicates Hulu Plus has been added to the mix. In addition, support for the DIAL protocol is apparently in the works.

With the inclusion of the DIAL protocol, Amazon’s new device will be in a better position to compete with a device like the Google Chromecast that lets users launch streams from their smartphones and tablets. The device is expected to come with its own dedicated remote as well. Like other Amazon devices, the set top box is expected to be powered by a forked version of Android. This means Google apps, including YouTube, likely would not come loaded on the device.

Does the release of a device giving you access to Amazon’s Prime Instant Video, along with other potential streaming services, interest you?

source: Gigaom

Humble Mobile Bundle 4 adds three more games to the mix, brings the total to nine


Didn’t jump on Humble Mobile Bundle 4’s deal last week? Well now is your chance to get an even better deal and give some money to charity. Last time around there were four games that came with any donation and two if the donation exceeded the average. Now, three additional games have been thrown in to stir the pot for above average donators. Gunslugs, Color Sheep, and OLO are the newest entrants. At the time this post was published, the average donation was $3.71 and it seems to be creeping up over time.

Here is the full list of games:

  • Catan
  • Vector
  • Riptide GP2
  • Zombie Gunship
  • BADLAND Premium *above average donation
  • Breach & Clear *above average donation
  • OLO *above average donation
  • Color Sheep *above average donation
  • Gunslugs *above average donation

Hit the source link to donate.

Source: Humble Bundle

Dong Nguyen, creator of Flappy Bird, is considering bringing back his wildly popular game


Thought Flappy Bird was long gone? Think again. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Dong Nguyen said that the game may be making a return in the near future. When asked, Nguyen said “I’m considering it.” But due to the stress and addictiveness of the game, he clarified that it would have a warning urging users to “Please take a break.” Read more

Google Docs and Sheets get official add-ons in Chrome

Google docs and sheets add ons

Google is ramping up their productivity suite by bringing add-on extensions to Google Docs and Sheets. This means users will now be able to browse different extensions for Docs and Sheets that can do things like add a built-in bibliography to a paper, or create labels within a document, all through several third-party add-ons. These add-ons are synced through your Google account, so they’re carried across all of your documents automatically.

Currently, there’s just a handful of add-ons available, but Google expects that to increase pretty quickly. Among the first few available are Avery, an extension for making and printing labels, EasyBib, an easy way to create a bibliography for your paper, and Merge, which allows users to send customized emails from Docs. They’re pretty useful and you can start playing with them right away.

source: Google Drive Blog

Instagram receives a new update, brings a refreshed user interface and faster performance


Instagram, the world’s largest and most popular social networking, photo and video sharing service, released a new version (5.1) of its app that brings many new changes.

Among these changes is a revamped user interface bringing a more flatter look to the app. In addition, the developers have reduced the size of the app by half in order to increase the overall speed. In addition, navigating through the app is much easier now as the buttons have been re-arranged to be within easy reach of the user. Read more

HTC ‘Power To Give’ project helps cure Aids, Alzheimer’s Disease and Cancer through your smartphone


A few weeks ago, HTC announced the ‘Power To Give’ project which is aimed at utilizing the unused processing power of your smartphone to process data and solve scientific problems.

This means that when your phone is idle, you can put the unused processing power into good use by donating some of it to help support research aimed at finding a cure for AIDS, Alzheimer’s Disease, and cancer. All you have to do is to download the ‘HTC Power To Give’ application from the Play Store and join the cause. The app will only work when your phone is being charged and has a battery level of 85%. During the night, “your phone will join an enormous secure computing grid” which aids research projects around the world.

The company has also posted an infographic detailing how the project works along with a video. We have both as well as download links right after the break.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Android game will be released in April


Good news for all Spider-Man fans. Today, Gameloft released a trailer of its upcoming game, The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

While the movie will be available in theaters in May, Gameloft posted a 40-second trailer of the game on YouTube showing spider-man web-slinging through buildings and fighting off crimes and enemies. The company announced that the game will be coming to Android in April and like its predecessor, it is packed full of action and is an open-world adventure game. 

The company is yet to announce the full details of the game. Meanwhile, check out the trailer right after the break. Read more