Clik Seamlessly Links Your Phone and Any Screen with a Browser

There are tons of remote apps on the market, but Clik takes this idea to a new level. Brought to you by the developers of Kik Messenger, Clik will sync any screen with a browser (a smart TV or a computer, for example) with your phone, and allows you to run Youtube videos on that screen remotely. It will run on 3G, 4G or WiFi. Right now, Clik is only syncing Youtube, but the future possibilities are many, including Hulu, Dropbox, Flickr, Netflix or Facebook.

Here’s how you get started: Download the Clik app onto your phone. Guide your browser on your media-playing device to www.clickthis.com. The website will show you a QR code that you scan with your phone. Voila, you’ll now be able to choose and control a Youtube video on your phone to play on your TV, computer or whatever device you’ve chosen. You can search for a particular clip, or browse categories. You’ll have the capability to play, stop, pause, fast forward, control the volume or place the video into your favorites.

Users have been reporting an instantaneous response between their phone and media player. Clik can be a godsend for those of us who have experienced the frustration of connecting devices from different manufacturers. The developers are looking for partners to expand this app to other content. That’s really where Clik shows huge potential, as Fred Wilson, managing partner at Union Square Ventures and investor in Kik, explains:

“The ability for highly personal mobile devices like phones to easily take control of computers, TVs, cars and other expensive and complex devices is one of the most important megatrends in technology right now. Clik’s approach to this problem is novel and slick, bordering on magic. You have to see it to believe it. It’s a game changer.”

Keep your eyes peeled for future expansions of this platform. Give the current version a try and let us know what you think!

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Facebook for Android receives small update

Long gone are the days where Facebook for Android seemed a poor relation to it’s iOS counterpart. It’s encouraging to see the good work continue as Zuckerberg and co. have a fresh update waiting for us in the Android Market.

The update appears to be a relatively minor one containing mainly bug fixes and optimisations. Curiously, the change-log lists notable new additions such as real-time push notifications, the ability to see friends tags on photos and access to Facebook games on your mobile. Those of you with a keen eye and a good memory will have noticed that it’s exactly the same change-log as the previous update.

Have you had a chance to play with the new app and more importantly have you discovered any additions or improvements? Be sure to let us know in the comments.

 

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Darth Maul Yourself For a Chance to Win a New LG Spectrum from Verizon

 

 

Want to win one of five LG Spectrums being given away by Verizon and LG in promotion of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace 3D? Rules are easy, simply download the free Darth Maul Me app from the Android Market, take a picture of yourself and use the app to Darth Maul yourself. Next, you must be following @verizonwireless on Twitter and you need to tweet that picture you just created with the app. You must include @verizonwireless and #DarthMaulMe in your tweet in order for your entry to be valid. The contest ends in 4 days (Feb. 19) and they will be randomly picking a winner every day (since it started yesterday there are only four left). The window of time for entry each day is from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  (EST), but you can enter as many times as you want within that period. Pretty easy. To get started, grab the free app from the Android Market, and if you want to read up on the full contest rules, go here. Good luck!

 

“We’ve added more devices to the bootloader unlocking tool on HTCdev” Touts HTC

Here’s an  announcement that always brings a smile to my face.  The wonderful folks over at HTC have just added yet again some new devices to their line-up of handsets with unlockable bootloaders.
We’ve added more devices to the bootloader unlocking tool on HTCdev, including the HTC Hero, Legend, Droid Eris, myTouch 3G, and myTouch 4G.
Time to unleash your brilliance. HTC is constantly pushing to create the ultimate experience for developers. Now you can access the tools you need to make great things happen. OpenSense SDK. HTC Sense…

So, what are you waiting for?  Hit the source link and get your booty unlocking party on.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  Feel free as well to hit up our new forums with any questions or issues you might have on a specific device.

source: HTCdev
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Amazon MP3 App Receives Update, Brings UI Overhaul and Tablet Optimization

For those of you who still refuse to use Google Music as your one stop place for streaming/purchasing/storing of your tunes, I guess Amazon MP3 would be your next best choice. The Amazon MP3 app has just received an needed update that brings a revamped, better looking UI, tablet optimization and a couple other minor adjustments. While I still feel that Google Music is much more appealing, this is definitely a step in the right direction.

The MP3 app and MP3 Store were updated to look more similar to that of the newly updated Amazon Appstore and the kindle application. The new look is now adorned with white text on a grey backdrop with orange highlights as to better match the other Amazon apps. It appears this was an attempt to appeal new Kindle Fire owners, and a way to tidy up shop. Although I am still a Google fan through and through, I must admit it looks seemingly better after the update. To check it out for yourself, hit up the market link below.

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Google Wallet prepaid security flaw gets fixed, Brute-force issue remains

Last week we told you about the brute-force issue for rooted users with Google Wallet, which then followed by an issue for non-rooted users that left the prepaid card vulnerable. Google just announced the non-rooted prepaid issue has been resolved. Since this issue could be vulnerable to anyone, they felt a fix was necessary. If you remember, Google made a statement regarding the brut-force issue of which they said you shouldn’t root your phone or simply don’t use Google Wallet if you’re rooted. Unfortunately, if you like to root your phone, that isn’t going to make you happy. Plus, if your phone isn’t rooted, couldn’t a potential thief root your phone?

Either way, regardless if you’re rooted or not, you need to lock your phone. I know it makes it slower to to unlock your phone, but the only sure way to protect anything and everything (Google Wallet or otherwise) on your devices is to either use a lock code or pattern. Sure, there are remote wipes, but you may not even realize your phone is out of your possession until damage has been done.

Hit the break for the statement from Osama Bedier, Vice President, Google Wallet and Payments


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This Siri Competitor for Android Looks Utterly Awesome [Video]

 

Ever since Apple released Siri for iOS, Android developers have been coming out with their “Siri-killers”. We’ve seen Speaktoit Assistant, Cluzee, Iris, and even Google’s upcoming Project Majel, which promises to improve the current Voice Actions for Android. The latest is called utter! by XDA member brandall, and promises something a little different.

Through a video the developer posted on YouTube, we find out that utter! knows about and can use the apps already installed on your device. For example, when asked “search eBay Galaxy Nexus,” the app responds by displaying the results through the installed eBay app rather than opening a browser.  Of course, if the eBay app was not installed, utter! would indeed use eBay’s web site to return the results.


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SendTab Gets an Unofficial Android App

We realize not everyone who uses Android is completely caught up with Google. Some of us for instance prefer to use browsers like Firefox instead of Chrome. If you’re one of those people you may be missing out on Google’s Chrome To Phone app which lets you send your PC’s active browser page to all of your Android phones, tablets, and TVs instantly. Perhaps you should look into 2SendTab. SendTab is available as an extension for a range of browsers, officially and otherwise. So now you too can experience the awesomeness of Chrome To Phone, but wait, there’s more!

Those of you who currently use Chrome To Phone may even find reason to switch. When using Chrome To Phone, the page is sent to all of your devices with the app installed. 2SendTab one up’s this functionality by allowing you to choose which of your registered devices you intend to view the content on. Also, since it doesn’t depend on a Google account, you can register other devices such as family members and send them your active desktop page if you wish. Nice. It isn’t the prettiest but it gets the job done. Check it out on Android Market for FREE.

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Imo IM app receives Update, Brings Beta Voice Chat Feature and Improved UI

If you are anything like me, and rely on instant messaging services like Google Talk, Facebook Messenger, Jabber and even Skype, you may want to check out the imo app. Aside from releasing a new update today with an improved UI and the ability to make voice calls, imo can easily handle all of your instant messaging needs, in one easy to find place.

I downloaded imo for the first time today to see what all the hype was about and I am pleased to say that it works extremely well. Not only can you access all of your IM accounts from one sleek application, you can even access the new voice chat features found on Skype and Google Talk with today’s update. The update also brings a few bug fixes and reduced battery drain, something us LTE users can really appreciate. If you have yet to try out imo or just want to get today’s update, check out the market link below. There you can read up on the app and see how many accolades they have received recently. It’s worth giving it a go.

 

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