We all know life can be hectic at times. Keeping track of your family’s dentist appointments, movie nights, organizing dinners, parties, etc. can be tiresome, especially if you don’t have an efficient and easy way of keeping track of it all. If you aren’t already aware of this simple solution, allow me to introduce you to Google Calendar. » Read the rest
Not to be outdone by the competition, Tumblr rolled out their newly redesigned Android app today on the Google Play Store. The latest iteration brings with it some pretty amazing updates. The app, which is available immediately for download, has an all new “post anything” screen that lets users post:
- Text (with a single tap)
Advanced controls will also enable users to save drafts, queue posts, and customize tweets. Hit the break for a screenshot of the new “post anything” screen. » Read the rest
One of the more popular features of Android 4.2 is the Photo Sphere function in the camera app. While many users continue to wait for Android 4.2 to roll out to their device, they can only look on with envy as their friends with Nexus devices post Photo Spheres to Google+ or they stumble upon one on Google Maps. Meanwhile, Nexus owners are only able to share their Photo Spheres with those in their Google+ Circles, which may make it a challenge to compare work with others. Developer Jakub Kinst hopes to address these limitations with a new app, SphereShare.net, which is now available in the Google Play Store. » Read the rest
Ever been in one of those locations where your data service has disappeared, but you notice someone on another network chugging away? It would be nice if they could create a mobile hotspot that you could jump on to use instead of resorting to roaming or just doing without service. Later on you could return the favor to someone else. The Viral Spaces research group at MIT is hoping to address these types of situations with the creation of a new community-based P2P Wi-Fi tethering market running on an app they have dubbed Airmobs. » Read the rest
There’s a cool little feature that’s just been implemented in Google+. Whenever a user links to an app in the Play Store on G+, that post will have a direct download link that users can download the app from without being redirected to the Play Store page. Not a huge feature, but little things like that make the user experience that much better.
Google+ has done an excellent job of setting up new ways to share content with friends and family, from music, movies, and now applications. And with Google+ naturally growing in size, it’s great to see Google trying to help it along and adding new features for users.
Stalwart music tagging app Shazam continues to move into areas beyond music. You may have noticed the Shazam logo showing up on TV shows or during commercials. That was a sign that app users could use Shazam to get additional information about the show. Shazam is now expanding that capability to enable users to tag any show on any network. Using Shazam, users can pull up information about a TV show’s cast, what they are tweeting about, IMDB and Wikipedia entries, and more. The app also enables users to tweet out or share via Facebook. » Read the rest
Myxer Social Radio has made its way to Android platform and that should make a number of individuals giddy now that they’ll be able to share their favorite music with their Facebook family. The friend-focused social Internet radio app can be snatched up on the Android Market for free so you can get started on building your very own “listening rooms” where you and your friends can jam to the tune of over 12 million titles. While you’re listening you can also chat with your buddies in real time, share your listening habits and share with Facebook itself thanks to Myxer’s library features. You can also listen to your favorite tunes and collections on myxer.fm on a laptop or PC. Check out the video below of the app in action and don’t forget to let us know what you think of it in the comments below. In addition, we’ve added a QR code for your downloading convenience.
Every now and then a really interesting and useful app comes along. Kooaba Paperboy happens to be one of them. With Kooaba Paperboy, you take a picture of any article you are reading in a newspaper or magazine, and it will match the photo to the images in Kooaba’s extensive library of printed media or from NewspaperDirect’s inventory of over 2,000 digital newspaper replicas. From there, you will be able to share it via Twitter, Facebook, email, or archive it for later.
Paperboy has been around for a while, but it only supported 85 titles in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The big news is that they just started the second global rollout which includes hundreds of new titles from the US, UK, and Canada. Some of the bigger newspapers include USA Today, The New York Post, The LA Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Toronto Star, The Vancouver Sun, and many more. Later in the year, they will add Russian, Asian, and other European papers, as well as papers in Australia, New Zealand, and other countries. The complete list can be seen here. I was shocked at how extensive it was as a few of the local papers in my area are on the list as well.
Checkout the video demo, download links, and full press release after the break.
We have been hearing reports that Google is very close to unveiling some sort of music service that will allow the purchase of tunes along with a unique spin on sharing. Yesterday if you went to music.google.com on your Android device, you would get the above screen shot. It has been pulled so there is no sense in trying it now, but you will still see the link to “get Android app” if you don’t already have it on your device.
The “shop millions of songs” link didn’t work either, but the page’s source code revealed that it was a redirect to Https://market.android.com/music.
There’s no question we are close. Are you guys excited to finally have the ability to download music from Google?
On Wednesday, Andy Rubin, our fearless leader of Android, said that Google’s Music Store will offer some kind of special “twist” that will differentiate it from other music store competitors. When speaking to Business Insider, an anonymous record industry insider said the “twist” is a new sharing feature that allows Google Music users to share songs with others “on a limited basis.” Apparently, the catch is that once users purchase a song and share it with friends, the friends will only have a limited time until the sharing will expire, teasing them just enough to make them want their very own copy. This record industry insider also said that Google Music will allow users to “pin” songs to their device, essentially caching songs for play when no network connection is available.
This type of service reminds some people of the free version of Spotify, a music service that also allows users to share music but with the occasional advertisement sprinkled within. Like Spotify, Google must be paying major record labels a large sum of up-front cash to get these kind of rights, smaller indie labels are reportedly not getting any extra funds.
The record industry insider also said that Google Music will allow users to “pin” songs to their device, essentially caching songs for play when no network connection is available, but won’t have on-demand caching like that of other paid subscription music services. It is still unclear as to when Google will launch this new service, but rumors suggest it should arrive sometime this quarter.
[via Business Insider]