QuickBooks Mobile update brings optimization for Android tablets

As a small-business owner myself, keeping track of expenditures and invoices can be a thoroughly maddening task. Without programs like QuickBooks, many of us would be completely lost trying to keep track of everything ourselves, or completely broke hiring someone else to keep track of them for us. With the arrival of Quickbooks Mobile’s latest update, we can keep track of our expenditures from our favorite 7 or 10-inch devices. The app features complete Holo themes and cross-device syncing so you will always have the latest information. Currently available for free as long as you have a QuickBooks subscription, I know it will be one of my most used apps in the near future. Hit the break for download links and full presser

Adobe Photoshop Touch updated to be optimized for 7-inch tablets

Adobe Photoshop Touch has updated their app and optimized it for 7-inch devices. The screen resolution of the device must meet the standards of 1024×600 for the optimization to take into effect. Other than that, here’s what you can also expect within the new update:

  • Optimized user interface for 7-inch devices (minimum screen resolution 1024×600)
  • Smoother brush strokes
  • Two new Effects: Lens Flare (under “&” menu) and Stamp Pattern
  • Improved grid layout for projects, tutorials, and images
  • New support for sharing to Facebook, Twitter, and other registered apps
  • Quick access to last 5 colors with new shortcut (drag down on Color)
  • Various bug fixes

The update brings the apps version to 1.4.1 and is available for $9.99 on the Google Play Store. Download links will be provided after the break!

Planet Hoth to be added to Angry Birds Star Wars in tomorrow’s update [Video]

Now that you have had a great deal of time to play it, how have you guys liked Angry Birds Star Wars? Was it what you expected? Either way, Rovio isn’t stopping and plans on updating the game even further. For tomorrow’s update, Rovio has brought forth Planet Hoth, and I’m sure this will make Star Wars fans happy. You can check out the mini teaser below and a download link after the break!

Amazon Appstore opens its doors in Japan

Two months ago Amazon began accepting submissions from developers for its up-and-coming Japanese Appstore launch. Today Amazon has flipped the switch and the Japanese branch of its Appstore is now available for any of our friends across the sea to get their download on. Japan has always been known for its love for technology, so if you’re a developer you may want to consider submitting your app to this newly opened market, as it could be a great source of additional revenue.

If you’d like to see the Japanese Appstore, or learn how to submit an app, hit our source link below.

Source: Amazon Japan

Google+ integration with Play Store user reviews is now live

We heard that this was coming so it shouldn’t be a shocker that it’s officially live. Starting today, in order to post a user review in the Google Play Store, you will have to sign into your Google+ profile. You can look at this as both good and bad. The good is that now people just can’t post any comment without being known, which is going to be great for developers. Each review will have the person’s full name as well as the profile picture if they have one. On the the flip side, this is just another area in which Google is trying to jam Google+ down everyone’s throats. If you’re wondering about older reviews, they will simply say “A Google User.” So what do you guys think? Better or worse? I am leaning towards better. I am already on Google+ anyway so it’s not a big deal for me, plus (no pun intended) it gives more credibility to the reviews.

AnTuTu Benchmark 3 now available on Play Store

It’s like Christmas morning a little early for fans of benchmarks. AnTuTu Benchmark 3 is now available on the Play Store. As we all know, smartphones have come a long way in the last 18 months. When single core phones were pretty much the norm 18 months ago, quad-core beasts now roam the wild. It’s only fitting that the benchmarks keep up.

I think we can all agree that four cores are better than one, but that only tells part of the story. Today’s phones have seen significant upgrades in graphics chips, and the latest AnTuTu benchmark app will give you those results while still comparing with other devices. The memory test has also gone through some changes to better test data flow. Additionally, better and more thorough tests of the 2D and 3D graphic capabilities are found in this latest version. When all of these updated tests come together, it’ll give you better test results that are more catered towards the latest devices. You can grab the app from the link below.

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Facebook Encourages Employees To Use Android Devices To “Droidfood” New Software

 

Well this is certainly a surprise. It’s no surprise Android is easily the fastest growing mobile platform in the world, but the largest social network in the world is encouraging its employees to jump on the Android bandwagon, if they haven’t already. Hot off the heels of its native app currently en route to devices everywhere, Facebook is enacting the process of “Droidfooding”: having its employees test out beta software before the masses do– an act that’s similar to the Dogfooding that Google does with its own employees. The hope is that the various Facebook employees will be able to use early builds of the newer generation software and identify any bugs or issues that may come up– a process called “Rage Shake”. Many of you may be wondering what Facebook’s reasoning is for encouraging its employees to use Android devices when testing out new software instead of iPhones, right? It’s quite simple actually: Androids offer the same straightforward user experience an iPhone does, while also offering much more flexibility in customizing the software.

Looking at the bigger picture, the various issues that may arise during the development of the Facebook apps should be fixed much more efficiently and quickly— meaning we should be seeing an improved Facebook experience on our Android devices much sooner than later.

source: Tech Crunch

Littlest Pet Shop comes to Android thanks to Gameloft

Gameloft has a new game out for folks who love cute, cuddly, adorable virtual pets with the release of Littlest Pet Shop. The Littlest Pet Shop toys are a popular item with the younger set where buyers try to collect a whole menagerie of animals. The actual toys do not have any “combat” or “game” system associated with them. They are only collectibles that kids can then play with using their imagination to guide them. Gameloft’s new title brings a little more structure as users can complete challenges, including simple things like caring for their pets, to unlock variations of the different animals. With 150 pets in the game and good attention to detail from Gameloft, the Littlest Pet Shop should keep little ones busy for some time.

Hit the break for some screenshots and a video as well as links to grab this free game.

Roundup of Google Play apps and game deals for Black Friday

While all the retailers are going crazy this Black Friday, it doesn’t mean there can’t be some great sales in the Google Play Store because some developers are putting their apps and games on sale. Many of them started yesterday and will run through the weekend. If you were thinking about grabbing any of these apps, don’t hesitate and grab them now or have the feeling of regret. Hit the break for the full list. We just updated the list to over 75 titles and the list is still not complete. There are a lot of sales out there so keep looking and searching.

QuickShot HD Camera app helps you capture those easy-to-miss moments

Has it ever happened to you? You know, a sweet or silly moment with your kids…or a cool, rare sports car driving by. You try to get out your phone to capture the moment, but by the time you fish it out of your pocket, unlock it, fumble to find the camera app, wait for it to load, focus and snap, the moment is long gone; forever lost. Isn’t there a better solution to capturing those hard to get shots?

Enter QuickShot HD. This awesome app is a super fast way to quickly capture those fleeting moments. Simply add an icon to your homescreen and the next time you see something you want to photograph, point your phone in that general direction and tap the icon. That’s it. The picture will then be saved to your gallery. You didn’t have to wait for the app to open, focus or even click the shutter button. It’s a one step process that will ensure you capture those easy-to-miss moments. Some of you might be thinking, “Ya right…how am I supposed to take a decent picture without seeing what I’m shooting?” Well, the developer of the app has you covered. There’s a second icon that you can add to your screen that will take multiple, continuous shots until you press the icon again, ensuring that you’ll get at least one good shot out of the few dozen snapped.

Orgarhythm THD released for Tegra 3 powered devices

More gaming news today for owners of Android devices. Acquire Corporation recently released a new title, Orgarhythm THD for Tegra 3 powered devices. Orgarhythm is a game that combines strategic thinking necessary to figure out your way through the different challenges with some “sensing” brain activity. The latter occurs as users have to figure out a tapping rhythm to employ to defeat enemies. The game play itself sets up the player as the God of Light battling the God of Darkness, with both sides deploying armies of elemental soldiers.

Aliens vs Predator: Evolution Android game surfaces again

Back in August, Fox Entertainment and game developer Angry Mob Games announced that they’d be teaming up to bring an Aliens vs. Predator (AVP) game to Android. Since that announcement, they’ve managed to release a Predator-only game, however we’ve yet to see the AVP game that they promised, until now. Today the dev team is showing off the eye-catching title. The game will utilize the Unity3D game engine, which if you’re familiar with the team’s recent Predator game, you know it’ll look pretty sweet. The game will be story based in which you’ll get the chance to play as both the Predator and an Alien. We were looking forward to seeing this game by the end of this year, however it’s now slated for the first quarter of 2013. Hit the break for the full list of game details.