This week we’re having a peek at Echo Notifications, an app which takes over your Android device’s lock screen to make notifications simple. Once you install the app and activate it, you’ll have a lock screen that both looks plain and makes your life easier.
There’s little doubt now that Rovio’s Angry Birds franchise has convinced Hollywood that they’re an immortal brand name as Transformers steps up to the plate. Angry Birds Transformers, the next line of games and toys is called, a combination of Autobirds and Deceptihogs for the next film’s release.
Smartphones come in all varieties, and while some focus on dominating one sort of functionality more so than the rest, photography is a fairly solid feature that gets attention from makers across the board. Improvements are continually made in the realms of both software and hardware, and several smartphones have cropped up in recent times that take photography to the next level (the Lumia 1020, for example). If you don't have one of the latest and greatest handsets, however, that doesn't mean you can't boost your smartphone's photography ability to the next level.
In the wake of Apple’s purchase of Beats by Dre, Google has been tipped to be in talks to acquire the music streaming service Songza. While Google already has a streaming music service in its Google Play Music library and delivery system, the company may be looking for a way to compete with Apple’s oncoming integration of Beats Music curation into their music delivery system(s). Songza may be the answer Google needs.
This week we’re having a look at the latest iteration of the Next Issue app for digital magazines. What we’re seeing here is, at first, exactly what the nickname for Next Issue suggests: Netflix for magazines. Next Issue doesn’t work with video, of course, it works with a digital magazine format. This system works with an entirely different kind of media than Netflix, working therefor with an entirely different set of abilities.
There’s a new version of SmartGlass out there in the wild this week for mobile devices of all kinds. Both the Windows 8 (for tablets) universe will be seeing this update today as well as mobile devices running Windows Phone 8, Android, or iOS. This update brings a variety of TV-based updates to your device.
Kids accidentally racking up hundreds of dollars of iTunes and App Store purchases may be a thing of the past with iOS 8, with Apple adding Family Share to better interlink accounts of parents and children. Family Share for iOS 8 allows a group of people set as a family to share their apps and media bought from the App Store and iTunes across all of their devices, while the security to prevent unauthorized purchases has been boosted, too.
Earlier this month, WhatsApp was pulled from the Windows Phone app store over "technical issues," something that has carried on for the past couple weeks. Last week, Microsoft confirmed that it was working with WhatsApp to fix the problem, and now eight days later the wait has come to an end.
The game development environment Unreal Engine 4 has been ushered in with its first-ever implementation on Android. The game is known as Tappy Chicken, and it’s essentially a clone of Flappy Bird - with a chicken. This game was created by an artist by the name of Shane Caudle and is being shared by Epic Games to show how extremely easy Unreal Engine 4 makes developing games, even for someone who has never developed a game before.
When a user first attempts to download Secret from the Google Play app store, they’re informed of the data they’ll be sharing with the developers of said app. You’ll be sharing your GPS and network-based location, full network access, network connections, and the app will be sharing information with you from the internet. Very standard for an app that’s not based on secrecy.