Adobe Photoshop Touch – Worth $9.99?

I used to own an old Windows Tablet that supported pen input, and being able to use Photoshop with a pen was fantastic. Ever since capacitive screen tablets have become popular, those of us who create graphical images have been clamoring for a powerful photo editing and drawing app that puts fingers to good use. The loss of pen input (Galaxy Note users notwithstanding) has made drawing on a tablet a bit tougher, and though you could never get as accurate with the tip of your finger as you can with the tip of a pen, the software could help make the touch experience better.

There have been many drawing apps for Android tablets, such as AutoDesk’s SketchBook Mobile, and Fresco. Though these apps are good in their own ways, to me they have always felt slightly lacking. This is probably because I have been using Adobe Photoshop since the early 90′s and have become accustomed to the way Adobe does things… layers, filter effects, selection tools, etc.

Last year, I had the opportunity to be part of the beta team for an Adobe tablet app codenamed “FunTa”, short for “Fun Tablet”. Yeah, I know, not the best name, but it was just a codename. This tablet app is what is now known as Adobe Photoshop Touch, part of Adobe’s Touch series of apps, which include Adobe Photoshop Touch, Adobe Collage, Adobe Debut, Adobe Ideas, Adobe Kuler, and Adobe Proto.

Before I get into the review, here’s a couple of sample drawings I created using the beta version of Photoshop Touch.


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Draw Something: This Social Drawing and Guessing Game is Highly Addicting

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When my sweetie told me about Draw Something I told her I’d check it out. After a few days of harassing me to get it I finally downloaded it and I haven’t looked back. Only having it for about a day I’ve been playing it nonstop and it’s pretty safe to say I’m addicted. Here’s why:

The game is quite simple in nature. You have a choice between three words that are of easy, medium and hard varieties. Each word gets a coin value. One for easy, two for medium and three coins for hard. You are then set with a simple palette of colors to draw out the word. Once you do, the other person then gets to watch you draw out the word, mess ups and all, as they are given a set of letters that for guessing the word. If they guess correctly you both get coins. The coins are then used to help you buy various features and add-ons. You can buy more colors to draw with or helpful bombs. The bombs allow you to choose new words to draw or remove erroneous letters not needed for guessing.
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HTC One X and One S ready for Pre-Order in the UK

We have some good news for UK Android fans itching to get their hands on HTC‘s, 4.7″ quad-core monster. UK high street retailer, phones4u has updated its website with the option to pre-order both the One X and One S from today.

2011 was a turbulent year for HTC and its own executive team would be the first to admit it. As the manufacturer of the first ever Android phone, the first ever Nexus device and ultra successful devices such as the Hero and Desire range, it must have been a bitter pill to swallow seeing Samsung take its place as the king of the Android hill. The Korean giant has produced two Nexus devices in a row and has seen its Galaxy line of devices sell like hotcakes across the world. 2012 may well be the year that HTC strikes back and the new ‘One’ range is certainly equipped to bring the fight.

If you’re ready to get a pre-order in then click the links below and be sure to tell us your thoughts on the HTC’s new range in the comments.

 

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Rock Some WiFi Tethering Without Root Thanks to FoxFi

I’ve always been a fan of WiFi tethering as I am sure most of you folks that have used it are too. However the one issue that we’ve had with WiFi tethering is that those of us who wanted this capability needed to either drop extra money a month for a tethering plan or we would have to root our devices to bypass that. Well that’s a thing of the past as the FoxFi brings wireless tethering capabilities to devices everywhere with no root required. That’s right folks those non-rooted folks who had to be tethered via USB cable can now enjoy the freedom of wireless tethering.

This can be done either through WiFi or Bluetooth. However while Bluetooth mode works on all devices WiFi mode only works on most Motorola and Samsung devices. I say most as the original Droid, Triumph, Samsung Admire as well as any HTC phone will have to tether through Bluetooth.

Hit the break below to find the Google Play Store Link or QR Code. As of right now the Atrix 2/4G isn’t supported and there is a bug with the Triumph that causes the app to crash but they are working on an update for that. HTC has a lock on WiFi hotspots so all you’ll get is Bluetooth mode. However that shouldn’t affect you folks too greatly. I recommend getting this app now before your respective carriers take it out of the store! Enjoy!


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Verizon Releases Update For LG Revolution, Casually Includes Verizon Remote Diagnostics Tool

 

Verizon has sent out a notification to LG Revolution owners highlighting an important update called VS910ZV8 has arrived. In addition to resolving minor bugs with the device, the update introduces a new virtual tool called Verizon Remote Diagnostics which aims to make maintenance of the phone a breeze. Verizon  specifically describes the Remote Diagnostics tool as a:

 

“New customer care solution to improve device issue diagnosis during customer support calls. When a customer calls into Verizon Wireless Customer Care, this solution, with the customer’s permission, allows support personnel to remotely view the user’s device for troubleshooting and application demonstrations.

The Remote Diagnostics tool is a very interesting concept. It essentially means that the RD tool will allow Verizon customer service to see a user’s device and literally gain remote control of it— naturally with your permission of course. Verizon, unlike Carrier IQ took the time to notify its customers of this potentially controversial application. So this in essence, should not a repeat of the whole Carrier IQ shenanigans we remember from late last year. If you own a Revolution smartphone, are you reluctant or OK with this diagnostic tool?

Hit the break to see the full details of the update along with the Verizon link for full details.


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[Leak] Oh Wait, Maybe This is the Samsung Galaxy S III?

It’s time to throw yet another Galaxy S III leak/rumor on the ever growing pile of back-fence talk. This most recent image was supposedly leaked by a “respectable” (aka untrustworthy) Samsung employee who decided to share it with one of his good buddies. That good buddy then decided to share it with his good buddies on the world of Reddit which brings us to where we are now, buddies! According to the person who obtained this image there is even a little BS back story to go along with it:

I am using a throwaway and I’m not going to disclose ANY information about his job because it could jeopardize it. He sent me this picture (I know, he shouldn’t have used the flash but i guess we will take what we can get). Ok he gave me some specs as well. He said that it will possibly have two optional launchers, ICS with touchwiz overlay and vanilla ICS. They aren’t 100 percent sure if they will stick with touchwiz or have the dual launcher option. If they go dual, you will have the option of picking which one to use at startup, and you can change any time. He said it has a 4.7 inch screen that nearly takes up the whole phone, but some bezel space was needed for the camera, , speakers, mic, and so cases would fit on it. He said it WILL be HD and have a ceramic “micro arc oxidation” back.

He said the processor is a quad core exynos (spelling?) 4412. The screen is Super Amoled Plus with HD. The camera is a 12 megapixel with flash. 2 gigs of ram. And it is exactly 8 millimeters thick, and no bump this time around, just “smooth”. 2250 milla-amp/hour battery, but no wireless charging.

So what do you think? Real, fake? One thing that’s interesting is that it looks awfully similar to the ‘press render’ that was leaked by Edgar Murtazin, and its black version seen last week. At this point I really don’t know what to think but I was kinda starting to like the looks of yesterday’s ‘leaked’ GSIII over this one. This phone surely will not sit well with Apple and their desire to sue over the likeness to iProducts. I think Sammy would have learned their lesson by now. Thoughts?

source: Reddit

 

Sprint Galaxy Nexus Rumor: April 15th Release Date

We told you the Sprint Galaxy Nexus was one step closer after it passed through the FCC a couple of days ago. The latest rumor, which s4gru.com says comes from an inside source at Sprint, is that the carrier has decided to release the device on April 15th. That’s a Sunday, which would normally seem like an unlikely day for a phone’s release, but Sprint has been known to do Sunday releases in the past. Also, Sprint’s Galaxy Nexus contest ends on April 14th, along with a few promotions for older WiMax devices, giving some more credence to the rumor.

Other interesting details the source provided centers around the phone’s LTE capabilities. First, the phone will come set to 3G connectivity by default. This makes sense since Sprint’s LTE network will not be anywhere near fully rolled out. A toggle function will be available to switch between 3G and 4G. This can be seen as an advantage since the LTE radio can use more battery power than 3G. Verizon Galaxy Nexus users have been asking for an LTE toggle, so it would be nice to have it built-in by default.


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Cut the Rope: Experiments now available in Google Play Store

If you loved Cut the Rope as much as I did, you’ll want to head over to the Google Play Store and download the new Cut the Rope: Experiments. ZeptoLab has brought us some more candy-filled adventures for the adorable Om Nom.

There are 125 new experiments (or levels) with 5 new settings, and more to come. The level packs include Getting Started, Shooting the Candy, Sticky Steps, Rocket Science, and Bath Time. Things like rope guns, suction cups, rockets, and water will be part of the game play. There are some new characters, along with a new story line featuring commentary from the Professor. You can even find hidden evidence for the Professor’s photo album to share on Facebook or post Scoreloop achievements and leader boards to compare your progress to other rope cutters around the world.

The game was only available in a Kindle Fire edition on the Amazon App Store at first. But, it’s now available on the Play Store and the Amazon App Store for other Android devices, for $0.99. Check out the link below to download your copy.

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Another World 20th Anniversary Edition Now Available in the Google Play Store

A couple weeks ago we told you guys about the Another World 20th Anniversary Edition game and that it was heading to Android. Well the day has finally arrived and you retro gamers can now get your Lester on! Released just yesterday, Another World (aka. Out Of This World) is now available for $4.99 in the Google Play store. In case you have never heard of this game before, you play as young Lester, a physics researcher who is transported into another world populated by humanoid creatures. Your goal? To get out alive!

The developer says this game “has attained cult status among critics and sophisticated gamers alike for its cinematic effects in the graphics, sound and cut scenes”. Based on the demo video and knowing this was created in the 90′s I would have to agree, the graphics are pretty cool and it looks like a fun game to play on an Android device. It is even optimized for the Xperia Play. Now before the thought of 90′s graphics scare you away you should know that they have completly reworked the game so that it’s now in HD. It’s a huge advancement from the original! Jump past the break to check out the demo video, game features, and download links.
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[Leak] Another possible Galaxy S III press shot surfaces

The Galaxy S III has got to be the most anticipated phone right now. Remember the buzz for the Galaxy Nexus? Well things are heading in that direction all over again because it seems like every day brings a new rumor or leak. The latest one comes from Reddit which is a supposed press shot. This pic above is actually a brightened version of the original leak, which you can see by heading to the first source link below.

Lets first look at what this image shows us. It’s pretty thin, which is obviously what everyone is expecting anyway, but in looking at the side image (to the left), it appears that it has an elevated greyish/silver bezel to protect the screen. Speaking of the bezel, there really isn’t much of one. It appears to have a large speaker at the bottom which suggests stereo sound, and it also has a dedicated camera button. You will also notice the main front home button which suggests this would be the international version, but there could also be capacitive buttons to either side that are unlit.


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