Apple Airplay comes to Google TV via Airtight

I’m not sure how many iPad or iPhone owners have a Google TV or a Logitech Revue out there, but if you’re feeling left out with the lack of Airplay, then you might want to checkout Airtight. It’s available now in the Android Market for .99 cents. Don’t expect mirroring, but you will be able to stream videos and pictures to your Google TV or Logitech Revue from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. That’s of course if the videos are not DRM protected. As to music, it’s something they’re looking into.

It will be interesting to see if Apple takes any legal action against Airtight or makes any changes to their software to stop it from working, but for now check it out by hitting up one of the below links.

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Gameloft To Offer All Mobile Games For Just 99 Cents & A Chance To Win A Free LG Nitro HD

It seems that the elves over at Gameloft have a few post-Christmas surprises up their sleeves this year. According to a recent Twitter post, they will be offering ALL of their mobile games for just 99 cents in the Android Market (starting December 29th!) Not too shabby, right?

Also, while you wait for Thursday’s offering, you can head over to Facebook to enter into a sweepstakes for a chance to win a free LG Nitro HD on AT&T’s service and three games of your choosing! The winner will be announced on January 11th and all you need to do is like Gameloft and LG’s Facebook pages to enter.

So what are you waiting for? Hit the break for a link to view the Twitter post or enter the Facebook sweepstakes. Happy shopping and good luck!

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Trebuchet Launcher Alpha for Android 4.0.3 Now Available for Download [Courtesy of XDA]

Development for the Galaxy Nexus and ICS is booming right now and there are a plethora of goodies available for your testing pleasure. The developer who created the Trebuchet launcher that will be found in CM9, has tweaked the app a bit and released an alpha version for the public. While the Trebuchet launcher is based off the stock ICS launcher, XDA member and dev, nebkat, added some neat features and has plans to release more in the near future. Check out this description from the XDA thread:

Features

  • Custom number of Homescreens
  • Enable/Disable Persistent Search Bar
  • Separated Apps/Widgets in Drawer
  • Resize Any Widget
  • Show and Fade Scrolling Indicator in Homescreen and Drawer
  • Enable/Disable Auto-Rotate
  • Drawer Apps Sorting (Title, Install Date)

Planned Features

  • Infinite Scrolling
  • Dock (Custom pages and size)
  • Transition Effects (Homescreen and Drawer)
  • Backup and Restore

 

In order to run this launcher you must have Android 4.0.3 installed so those of you on 4.0.2 need to wait for the update to rollout or need to unlock and root your device first. From there, head over to the XDA forums to search for upgrade options. Jump past the break for more screenshots and download instructions.
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PowerAMP 2.0 Officially Released

Arguably the best music player in the game just got a major update. Max MP has updated its PowerAMP app to version 2.0 which includes a host of improvements and enhancements. In addition to Open GL-based cover art animation and the unique 10-band graphical EQ, the new update includes improved media/library scanning and visual themes support– including from 3rd parties. You can find the 15-day free trial version of this great music app in the Android Market today with the link and QR code below. After you’ve tested it out and decide you want more, the full version will run you a mere $4.99. It’s a small price to pay for not only one of the best music apps available, but one of the best apps for Android, period.

Max MP wants to celebrate the new version of PowerAMP in a big way too. They’ve created a new Twitter account to not only keep customers and fans updated with software developments, but they are also having giveaways and even free copies of PowerAMP. Make sure you show the PowerAMP team some love and follow their Twitter page which is @Poweramp2.

Android Market

Get Ice Cream Sandwich’s Face Unlock On Your Nexus S

If you haven’t received the ICS update yet for your Nexus S (GSM) and/or you’re on Sprint’s version of the device and wanting some ICS gimmicky love, we’ve got a treat for you.  Thanks to the Nexus S’s front facing VGA shooter, the device is now able to support ICS’s Face Unlock feature.  Thanks to our friends over at Android Central, all the necessary files have been extracted from the Galaxy Nexus and it’s working flawlessly on both versions of the Nexus S.  Ready to give it a go?  Be sure to point your browser to the respective version of the device you’re rocking and don’t forget to let us know how well it works in the comments below.

Sprint only: AOSP 4.0.3 for the Nexus S 4G
AOSP 4.0.3 for the GSM Nexus S

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A Must Have App For The Holidays: Calorie Counter by FatSecret

If you’re gearing up to head home for the holidays and want to get a heads up on what kind of a caloric intake you’re going to be partaking in then this is the app for you.  Calorie Counter by FatSecret, is a must have app to manage the kinds of food you’ll be stuffing your face with today.  It’s simple, intuitive and offers an aesthetically pleasing UI for navigating.  find nutritional info for all kinds of food fast, easy and on the go.  Keep track of all of your meals while also focusing on exercise and weight gain/loss.

Calorie Counter is simple to use and has all the cool tools to help you succeed:

- A food diary to plan and keep track of what you’re eating.
- An exercise diary to record all the calories you burn.
- A barcode scanner and manual barcode input
- A quick pick to find calorie and nutrition info for your favorite foods, brands and restaurants.
- A diet calendar to see your calories consumed and burned.
- A weight tracker.
- A journal to record your progress.
- Recipes and meal ideas

The application offers “in-the-cloud” support and allows you to store and access all of your info online at anytime.  There’s also a fantastic widget with all pertinent info reflected directly on your home screen.  The dev promises there are “more goodies to come” so stay tuned and don’t forget to let us know what you think of the app in the comments below.  Hit the break for some more screen shots and to hit up the download links.  There’s also a QR code available if you need it.  
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Update, Mindjet Answers Concerns Over Buy-Out

You know, nothing gives us here at Talk Android greater satisfaction then writing a post and having comments from our readers to read as well. We encourage all our readers to comment on any post we put up. Whether you agree with us or not, (That’s what makes us better writers.) it is still important to hear your feedback. What makes it even better is when you get the attention of the company you are writing about.

Yesterday I wrote about Mindjet’s buy-out of Thinking Space Pro, and how a lot of customers weren’t too happy about this. I am more then pleased to say that Mindjet read my post, and answered my questions. In the comments section on the same day no less! Jascha Kaykas-Wolff the CMO of Mindjet had this to say:

Thank you for your passion for Thinking Space Pro. I wanted to let you know that we hear you and we understand you having some reservations; however, I’d like to take this opportunity to address your concerns.

We are sorry that you feel like this came as a surprise; unfortunately, we weren’t able to disclose acquisition information ahead of time. The good news is that we will continue to enhance the current app, and it will remain free. There will be optional subscriptions offered through it (e.g. Connect Business) in the future, but we want to assure you that the app itself is – and will remain – free.

In terms of future plans, we are happy to tell you that we’re working on cloud storage improvements, plus an integration with Mindjet Connect, our cloud-based product. Future updates will also make your maps more shareable, allowing you to take full advantage of the Android OS and be better connected with the Mindjet platform.

We’re incredibly excited about combining the ease of TSP with the power and resources of Mindjet to offer users the best of both worlds.
Have a great holiday and happy new year,

Jascha Kaykas-Wolff
CMO, Mindjet
@kaykas:twitter

For me this is an excellent way to regain some of the trust I had lost for them. He defiantly did put a few of my concerns to rest, and I appreciate his response, as well as how soon he did get it out. I  look forward to the new products he mentions. This is the kind of response I want to expect from a company, quick, clear, and down to business.

I would like to thank Mr. Kaykas-Wolff for reading our blog as well as giving our readers the answers we asked for. Let’s face it people, he didn’t have to read my post nor did he have to respond back to it either, but he did and I thank him for it. I will be keeping an eye on future developments from Mindjet.

You Can Now Track Santa on Your Android Phone With the New NORAD App

It’s that time of year again when all the good little boys and girls receive a visit from jolly ol’ Santa Clause during his yearly world wide giving spree. As long as you are on his good list, you might be interested  in tracking his whereabouts.

NORAD, the folks who have taken on the task of tracking Santa, have been doing so since 1955 and want to make it easier this year for us Android owners. The new app, NORAD, can be found in the Android Market and will allow you access to Santa’s flight path beginning on Christmas Eve. Once downloaded, you will notice a timer that, when reaches 0:00, means he has left the North Pole. From there you will be able to monitor his travel on the NORAD’s built in map.

In order to keep you and your children occupied while the timer is counting down, the NORAD app includes a cute little “Elf Toss” game for you added enjoyment. You can also find some educational that will give some real insight into NORAD’s broader mission (their duties go way beyond spying on bearded old men in red velvet suits). Jump past the break for a screenshot and links to the free download.

Remember, you can also search the word ‘Santa’ in Google Maps on Christmas eve for a glimpse at his location.
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Thinking Space Pro Is Now Mindjet Free, And Man Are We Pissed

 

Are you like me, and spent $5 on Thinking Space Pro (TSP), and now you see in the Android Market that it is no longer going to be supported or developed further because a company named Mindjet has bought out Thinking Space? If you are like me, then I bet you’re just as pissed off as I am about it too. We paid our $5 bucks to have all these features in Thinking Space Pro, only to find out that the company has been bought out, and their once paid app is now offered free under the name Mindjet for Android. If you want to hear the rest of my rant or leave a comment, read on past the break.
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Dropbox 2.0 Now Has Optimizations For Ice Cream Sandwich

The newest version of Dropbox is now available in the Android Market including optimizations for ICS. The new version’s design has been revamped along with new features added as well. If you have never used Dropbox before, after installing the app on your PC, any file you save in your dropbox will also save to your Android device letting you access and share them from anywhere. Hit up the break to see what’s new and links to download.


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