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Incognito-enabled BitTorrent P2P chat client Bleep goes alpha on Android

September 18, 2014 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

Want to truly chat off the record? BitTorrent's Bleep is a chat client that features incognito mode, which sidesteps any form of registration or or info entry. Signing up is an option too, and can be done with an email or phone number. The Bleep alpha is now available for Windows, Mac and Android, which both support voice calls and text messages. Via ubergizmo

SwiftKey for iPhone and iPad launches on Wednesday

September 15, 2014 by Tom in App News with No Comments.

Wednesday September 17 will see the release of the popular Android keyboard app, Swiftkey, on iOS devices. Lauded as the best custom keyboard tool on the market, SwiftKey will make the transition to Apple iPhones and iPads, allowing a new degree of customisation - one Android users have already grown used to. SwiftKey Cloud will also be available, allowing personal dictionaries and preferences to be saved across devices. It can also trawl your emails, tweets, etc. to find out how you write and customise autocorrects to your style and quirks. Via slashgear

Adventurers wanted for new Android Humble Bundle

September 13, 2014 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

Humble Mobile Bundle 7 brings a slice of action to adventurers this time around, with the likes of Kingdom Rush Frontiers and Sorcery! on offer in the pay-what-you-want deal. The full list of Android games (so far, more will be added), is The Tiny Bang Story, Color Zen Premium, Heroes of Loot, and if you pay above the average (currently $4.05), Kingdom Rush Frontiers, Horn, and Sorcery!. Kingdom Rush Frontiers is worth the (self-named-)price alone - it's arguably the best tower defense game out there. Sorcery! is a winner too - it's from Steve Jackson, the man who made the Fighting Fantasy book series. The adventure begins at Humble Bundle

SimCity coming to mobile devices soon – expect caveats

September 10, 2014 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

EA has announced SimCity is coming to mobile. SimCity BuildIt will be released on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android. We all have a favourite version of SimCity, so the chance to have our own towns in our pockets should be an exciting one. This news, however, is marred by the series' recent history and the modern model of mobile gaming. Broken SimCity 4 aside, the series has been pretty solid. With this, however, all we can expect is a free-to-play game that is constantly clawing at your wallet for in-app purchases for town top-ups. Remember EA's mobile version of Theme Park, in which a roller-coaster will cost upward of $60? EA's sullied mobile output and practices point that this is another SimCity game to avoid. Let's all load up our emulators and run a SimCity 2000 ROM

Humble Bundle for Android Sega Special

August 23, 2014 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

Get your Sonic on with the latest Humble Bundle for mobile. Bundled into the pay-what-you-want deal is Sonic 4 Episode 1, ChuChu Rocket! and Virtua Tennis Challenge. For those who pay more than the average amount (currently $3.84 at time of writing), here's also Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, Sonic 4 Episode II, Crazy Taxi and more games yet to be announced. Sonic 4 was a better crack than previous years' efforts at making the hedgehog exciting again but it'd be great to see the original and Sonic 2 announced too. Via humblebundle

Flush your Android device and give it some space

August 20, 2014 by Tom in Android, Android News, App News with No Comments.

Limited storage causes constant warnings and reminders about low memory. For those tired of the messages, this comprehensive guide to freeing up space on Android devices could come in useful. From apps that cleanse to finding pesky hidden chunks of data, this set of top tips compiled by gizmodo should set your Android device up with some breathing space in no time. Via gizmodo

Tom Hanks launches typewriter passion project for iPad

August 20, 2014 by Tom in App News, Other Tablet, Software / OS with No Comments.

Hollywood star Tom Hanks loves typewriters. He can't get enough of the click-clacky manual machines. Not one to be outdone in the digital age, Hanks has launched Hanx Writer - a writing tool app for iPad that replicates classic typewriter tones and layouts. The app shot to number one in the App Store and is available for free but offers in-app purchases for additional features and themes. Hanks wrote about his love of typewriters in the New York Times last summer and thanks to the App Store, we can all share his passion. Via pocket-lint

Android Humble Bundle app steps out of ugly ducking beta to become a swan

August 15, 2014 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

We're big fans of Humble Bundle, the website that offers great pay-what-you-want bundles for PC, Mac, Steam and Android games, books, comics and soundtracks, as well as a nice store offering big discounts. The Humble Bundle Android app has left its shaky beta form and emerged as a nice, functional app that handily points tablets to the right applications for launching, unpacks zip files and more. The Humble Bundle app is now available in the Google Play Store. Via androidcommunity

Ramos i9S will sport a LeWa OS custom interface

August 14, 2014 by Tom in Android, App News, Ramos with No Comments.

The LeWa OS custom interface will find its way into the Ramos canon when the upcoming Ramos i9S tablet is shipped with LeWa preloaded. LeWa OS is a custom Android OS design made by Chinese company Lewa. By the looks of the screenshot, the interface is all about round edges and simple presentation. No details of the i9S have been released but we'll be on it as soon as they are. Via tablet-news

Want more distractions while you drive? Navdy’s dashboard display projects app data onto windscreens

August 6, 2014 by Tom in Accessories, Android, App News, Hardware News, Other with No Comments.

The next step of in-car tech will be windscreen projection, hopes Navdy's makers. The Navdy mounts on the dashboard and projects smartphone app data onto the windscreen. It'll have an IR camera for gesture control, WiFi and Bluetooth support, a dual-core processor running Android 4.4, and will voice commands for composing tweets, texts, calling, etc. It's available for pre-order for $299 and it'll cost $499 when it's released in 2015. Via pocket-lint  

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