There’s a handy new app in the Play Store that does you the favor of backing up tons of your important information automatically, just in case something bad happens to the app you’re typing in before you can back it up yourself. Type Machine acts as a service that automatically records all of the text from whatever app you’re using, functioning as a pretty powerful “time machine” in case your app crashes or you just want a history of what you’ve typed in case you change your mind, like in an extremely long email. Read more
Waze just got a lot better. In an update issued earlier today, Waze will now sync with your device’s calendar to directly access the navigation app. Anything added to your calendar with a location will be added to Waze. When a calendar notification appears, tapping it will open up Waze and supply users with the best possible route to take. So if you have no idea where you are heading, Waze will automatically have the directions ready for when you leave.
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Another app has been updated in Google Play giving users the ability to play local content to their Chromecast devices. Bubblesoft has updated their BubbleUPnP app that functions as a control point, media renderer and media server. Unlike some other apps that make Chromecast support an in-app purchase, BubbleUPnP enables this feature for Chromecast natively supported formats MP3, AAC, Vorbis, MP4 and MKV (H264) and makes it unrestricted. Read more
The Google Search up keeps getting better and better. Now, when you request transit information, a plethora of it will be displayed. This includes schedules, fares, and a countdown to departures. If a train is delayed, an alert will be issued to keep you notified. So as you can see above, by asking for a train from New York to Boston, the app will offer all of the info needed.
Test it out for yourself and let us know if you like it!
Earlier today Facebook announced that an agreement had been reached for the social media giant to acquire WhatsApp, one of the most popular, fastest growing mobile messaging platforms. The deal includes a cash payment of $4B, the issuance of $12B worth of Facebook Class A common stock, and another $3B in restricted stock to be issued to WhatsApp employees. Combined, the new stockholders from WhatsApp will represent almost 8% of Facebook shareholders. Shortly after the announcement, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum held a conference call to provide additional details and insight into the deal. Read more
Still searching for some apps compatible with your Chromecast? GR8CTZ for Chromecast is a game that takes Street View images from Google Maps to quiz users on where the image was taken. As you can with Street View, rotating the viewpoint is allowed in order to better understand the setting. According to the app’s description in the Play Store, the images come from a total of 177 world cities. Users have three guesses and after two incorrect, the image switches to an iconic location. A great way to brush up on your geography in a group environment.
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Amazon Coins, Amazon’s digital currency, was originally only available on Kindle Fire devices. But today, Amazon made the Coins available to all Android users in the US, UK and Germany. You’ll need the latest version of the Amazon Appstore, and once you do, you can purchase the Coins, or download free apps to reach achievements to earn the Coins.
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With all of the wireless carriers battling for subscribers, many people may be tempted to give a new carrier a try. This could be for a variety of reasons, but probably anyone making a switch would like to know they will not regret a change due to poorer service compared to their current provider. Developer tawkon hopes to help with this situation with the release of the Glove app to help users find “a network that fits.” tawkon claims three out of four people could be getting better service than what they currently have. Read more
One of the biggest features we’re expecting Samsung to adopt in the Galaxy S5 is the fingerprint scanner. Everyone is pretty much expecting it’s going to happen, and we’ve even gotten some insight on what it’s going to be able to do, but the latest rumors point towards the S5 trying to do something that many companies have failed at; a mobile payment system.
Apparently, Samsung and PayPal are working together closely to try and create some type of wallet system that will become a standard for consumers and retail stores. Samsung already has a wallet app developed, although it’s limited by country availability (much like Google Wallet) so Samsung already has some of the foundation ready. Adding in a fingerprint scanner for security and PayPal for the heavy lifting on the money handling side of things could really be what Samsung needs to make something like this happen. Read more
With TuneIn Radio Pro, you can record radio and listen to it at a later time or date— but with today’s new update, you can save these sound files to an SD card to save yourself some internal storage. Pretty handy, right?
The app’s car mode also has a new look with an improved user interface. Alarm issues and other bugs were fixed, and the size of the Google Play logo in the app for purchasing music was reduced for convenience. Hit the break below for a link to the app in the Play Store. If you’re a first-timer, it’ll set you back only $3.99.