Google’s April Fool’s Joke So Epic They Debuted It a Day Early

A throw back to all of you out there that have experienced the frustrations and joys of owning Nintendo’s first console, the NES; Google has come out with a tool for you that will help you find places you need to go on your 8-bit system. They announced today that they will be releasing a Google Maps 8-bit cartridge for the NES. You can plug in your dial-up connection directly into the cartridge and you’ll see the world in 8-bit goodness. If you have problems with it a fix is as easy as blowing the dust out of the cartridge.

Rather than take my word for it you can check out the debut video for this awesome new product. If you can’t wait for the cartridge to be released though you can experience a trial version by pointing your browser to maps.google.com followed by clicking the quest option in the upper right hand corner. Check out the debut video for this awesome product after the break. While it may be a day early… April Fools
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TSF Shell Pro 3D Launcher Releasing in 8 Days, Start Your Drooling Now

Ice Cream Sandwich‘s launcher is a step up from any other launcher UI out there. There are even some that have taken its greatness even further, like Nova Launcher for instance. However back in December we wrote about a launcher that could make all other launchers feel like child’s play. That launcher, the TSF Shell Pro 3D Launcher. I’ve been drooling over it ever since we first touched upon the launcher. If you haven’t seen our initial article and have no idea why I am drooling over it then go check it out. I’ll wait. Back? Good, continuing on.

For those that have been and are now newly waiting for this to drop on the world we have good news for you. If the developer’s web site has anything to tell us we will see it in eight days. That’s right Leap Day, February 29th, the day we only see every four years, will be the day we see this launcher. If you still haven’t checked out our initial piece please, again, head here to do so. It has some amazing screenshots of TSF Shell PRO 3D in action. Otherwise, hit the break below to check out the original trailer in all its glory. I sure hope that it drops a week from tomorrow. How about you? 
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Tegra Zone Getting Borderlands 2 and Demolition Inc.

Tegra Zone, nVidia’s showcase for Tegra optimized games, will be offering Borderlands 2 and Demolition, Inc. At PDXLAN 19 in Dallas last week, Borderlands developer GearBox Software showed off Borderlands 2 running on a Tegra 3 tablet. Although juicy details for Borderlands 2 are scarce, it is currently scheduled for a release sometime around summer of this year, which could lay the groundwork for the first console-quality game released simultaneously for Android. The original Borderlands was a great game (I’ve only played it on PC) and with the Tegra 3′s PC-class GPU on board, I can only imagine how great BL2 will be once it’s released.

Demolition, Inc. will also be featured on Tegra Zone, an action strategy game where you play the role of a demolition worker. The game is designed to showcase the physics processing capabilities of Tegra devices. The game is scheduled for release sometime in March. Here are some of the features to expect:

  • Car and building physics are fully simulated. Everything is destructible and nothing is pre-animated
  • Use the endless possibilities of combining your tools and weapons to make devastating chain reactions
  • Use your tractor beam to take control of cars, place anti-gravity ramps to maximize damage, use the huge wrecking ball to make way
  • Three cities and 15 districts are awaiting to be demolished by you and lead to their true destination!
  • Compare your skills with those of your friends and the world-wide steam community
Sound interesting? Sure does. Hit the break for a couple of short preview videos.

Sky Go App Available Now in the UK, Only on Select Devices

At the end of January we told you about how the British television company Sky would be bringing those folks in the UK an app for watching TV on the go. Fast forward to now and that announcement has become a reality. Like we told you before it is only available on select HTC and Samsung devices with more being supported over time. With the app you will be able to watch up to 22 live channels based on your TV subscription. They include:

  • All 4 Sky Sports channels plus Sky Sports News and ESPN
  • All 11 Sky Movies channels
  • Sky Atlantic
  • Sky 1
  • Sky Living
  • Sky Arts 1
  • Sky News

If you live in the UK, have one of these devices, and are interested in downloading this app you can follow the Market link or QR code below. Some things to keep in mind though include the fact that this doesn’t work on Ice Cream Sandwich, or tablets yet, and if you are rooted don’t bother as you will be denied access. While we don’t expect Sky to ever allow root users to use the app (until developers get a hold of the app) we do expect to see ICS support in the future. If you meet these stringent requirements then head on over to the Market to get your taste of UK television on the go. Enjoy!

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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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Transfer Data to Your Android Phone With The Software Data Cable App, Free in the Android Market

Let me paint a quick scene for you. You have a file that you want to transfer over to your Android phone. You go into your laptop bag or backpack to get your trusty usb cable only to end up with zilch. We’ve all been there.  Well the free app Software Data Cable looks to rectify this situation by turning your phone into a networked storage device. This app allows you to browse the device from your computer cable free.

Once you install Software Data Cable, you will be able to connect and browse through your device’s files and folders from any computer just as long as you are connected to the same network. Point your browser to the phone’s IP address and you can see the entire contents of your phone. Not only that but you can move, copy and delete files as you please.

For those of you who are in a pinch and without your usb cable with a need to copy over a file to your device then this free app is for you. Hit the break below to get access to the market link and QR code. If you don’t know how to use the QR code you can check out our handy guide here. Afterwards you can check the app out from your mobile device and never have to worry about leaving a cable at home again! 
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Google’s Drive Cloud Storage Service Nearing Launch

Step aside Dropbox. Google is close to launching its own cloud-storage service. Like its soon to be rival, Google’s Drive was created in response to the growth of internet-connected devices such as smartphones, tablets and media players.

Drive will take advantage of the rise in “cloud computing” by storing files like photos, documents and videos online. They will sit on Google’s servers and will be able to be accessed from any web-connected device. This will allow folks to easily share files with others. For example, if a person wanted to send an email containing a video shot from their smartphone, they could easily upload the video to through the Drive mobile app then email folks the link rather than the file itself.

Drive is one of a few recent attempts by the Search giant to gain lost ground from smaller internet start ups that are doing well in hot new areas. Others include their fledgling social network Google+, mobile article reading app Currents to take on Flipboard, and developed services that include buying business-reviews company Zagat to take on Yelp. 
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Google Chrome Beta Released for Android, Finally!

Google has finally release its long-wanted Chrome browser for Android roughly a few minutes ago. In order to run the app you must have Android 4.0 installed. It’s in beta right now so expect a few bugs and while we haven’t had a chance to play with it yet you can expect a review from us here in the next few days or so. According to Google the Android version has the following features:

- Browse fast with accelerated page loading, scrolling, and zooming,
- Search and navigate directly from the omnibox,
- Open and switch between unlimited tabs in an easy-to-view stack,
- Sign in to Chrome to sync your bookmarks and view tabs you have open on your computer,
- Send pages from desktop Chrome to your smartphone or tablet with one click and read them on the go, even if you’re offline,
- Browse privately in Incognito mode,

You can check to see if it is available in your country by going here. Hit the break below to for the QR code, market link and marketing video. It is certainly a great day for Android users and Chrome fans everywhere! Again, look for our review of the app shortly. Enjoy!
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Gameloft Live Brings Xbox Live Like Service Exclusively to Their Games

Gameloft has been known to create some pretty amazing mobile games. These games include Backstab, Order and Chaos, Modern Combat, N.O.V.A. and so on. Some folk would suggest that these games are inspired if not derived from some ever popular PC and console games that are quite popular themselves. Well it looks like Gameloft is taking the next step in emulating services by creating Gameloft Live.

Those familar with services like Xbox Live, Playstation Network, Games for Windows, Wii, and so on know that these companies attempt to make gaming more social with the creation of personal profiles with customizable avatars. It was only a matter of time that we would see this move head towards mobile shores. While yes Microsoft is bring Xbox Live to Android and iOS operating systems Gameloft is looking to create something distinctly mobile.

Gameloft told Nibletz that they will be releasing the program for Android users as a soft launch for the time being. Users will be able to create avatars, decorate living spaces and even go as far to purchase additional clothing for your avatar. Other features include:
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London Bus Checker Gives You Live Locations of Buses, Never Miss or Wait for a Bus Again

While I am certainly not one to use this app, as I live in the USA, those in London that ride public transportation may find this app to be quite useful. As the company puts it, the UK’s best-selling travel app has made its way to Android phones and you can instantly know when your bus will be arriving at any of London’s 20,000 bus stops. You can get the lite version of Buschecker by Fat Attitude LTD. which offers you a 30 day free trial of it’s full features. Otherwise you’ll be paying about $1.95 for all its features. They include:

MAIN FEATURES: 

  • Live, updated countdown display of bus arrivals.
  • Real-time GPS map of nearest bus stops.
  • Full route maps for all London Bus Routes – see exactly where your bus goes.
  • Service information – diversions/closures/cancellations.
  • Home screen widget – live arrivals for your favourite stops.
  • Tap on bus numbers to filter the list: see screenshots.
  • Details bus stop information – routes/map location/direction.
  • Map/route number display – find the right bus to get you home!

Hit the break below to get your free trial of what is considered one of the best apps for traveling by the likes of BBC Click, The Telegraph, Guardian Online, The Independent and Wired UK. While this app doesn’t work for me, I would certainly recommend anyone in or traveling to the UK in giving this a shot and letting us know what you think in the comment section below. Also if you’re interested you can check the video on it below. Enjoy!
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