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Humble Mobile Bundle 11: Pay what you want Android bundle features Kingdom Rush Origins and Riddick

April 9, 2015 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

Kingdom Rush Origins, the third installment in the best tower defense series on mobile devices, Kingdom Rush, leads the latest Humble Mobile Bundle, which is back with its pay what you want scheme. For any amount you can get Bounden, Auro and Avernum: Escape from the Pit. Pay above the average price (which is never more than a few dollars) and get 80 Days, Kingdom Rush Origins (worth it for this alone) and Riddick: The Merc Files. More games will be announced soon, too. As usual each game is DRM free and proceeds go to charity and the developers as you see fit. Via androidauthority

Music streaming service Tidal reshuffles subscription plan options

April 2, 2015 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

Jumping on the attention it received after Jay Z got involved and the Spotify-shirking Taylor Swift allowed her music on, music streaming service Tidal has restructured its pricing plans with different offers for regular and lossless customers. While Tidal previously charged $19.99 per month for lossless quality streaming, it has now launched the half-price Tidal Premium service, which offers standard sound quality and high definition music videos for $9.99. Do you want your streamed music high quality or are you happy with standard? Let us know on the MP4 Nation forum. Via engadget

Microsoft moves in on Android with pre-installed Office, Skype and more

March 25, 2015 by Tom in Android, App News, Microsoft, Samsung with No Comments.

Microsoft has announced that 11 Android smartphone and tablet manufacturers will ship their devices pre-loaded with Microsoft apps, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype. Partnership companies include Samsung, Dell, TrekStor and Hipstreet. This means the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones will launch with hard to scrape off apps. Via liliputing

Humble Bundle 12 PC & Android launches with Shadowrun Returns, VVVVVV and many more

March 25, 2015 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

The excellent pay what you want Humble Bundle PC & Android 12 is now available and the basic pack features the games Tetrobot and Co., Titan Attacks!, The Inner World and the perfect platformer VVVVVV. Pay more than the average to unlock Costume Quest, Ironclad Tactics, Eufloria HD, Solar Flux and Toast Time. For $10 or more you get Shadowrun Returns and all of the above. As always proceeds are split between charity and the developers. This bundle's well worth it for VVVVV on its own, all the rest are a bonus. Via humblebundle

Amazon Prime Music “Prime Stations” for Pandora-esque music playback

March 25, 2015 by Tom in App News, Audio with No Comments.

The Amazon Prime Music streaming service has incorporated a Pandora-style playback service for its iOS amd Fire Tablet app, as well as for PC and Mac. Prime Stations is ad-free and has unlimited skips. This'll build upon users' Prime songs, playlists and albums, to create a stream of music suited to the user's parameters. The thumbs up/thumbs down controls are familiar and liked tracks can be added to your regular library. Stations are currently only split by genres. Via slashgear

MixRadio app to launch on iOS and Android – beta available

March 19, 2015 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

Free music streaming service MixRadio will soon launch on iOS and Android, and the beta is available now. Speaking at SXSW, MixRadio's Dean Pattrick talked up the "one button" user experience and the app's offline music access. We'll be publishing our verdict on MixRadio in an upcoming review - in the meantime check it out yourself by applying for beta versions below. iOS beta Android beta MixRadio was originally developed by Nokia and was in turn inherited by Microsoft and available only on Lumia devices. It was sold to Line in 2014. Via mobilegeeks

Memory Map app is the simplest way to keep track of space on Android devices

March 19, 2015 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

Space and data management isn't as simple as it could be on Android tablets and smartphones, resembling more the desktop computer model of file management. Memory Map is a nice looking app that changes that and displays space usage in a quick and user friendly way. The app is free but comes with ads, which can be paid away for a small fee. Memory Map is available now on the Google Play Store. Via androidheadlines

Nintendo to finally embrace smartphone gaming

March 18, 2015 by Tom in App News with No Comments.

Nintendo has always been an admirably and infuriatingly stubborn company, as anyone who's read the excellent Console Wars can attest. But now the Japanese firm has announced it will finally make its way into smartphone gaming via a partnership with Japanese game developer DeNA. This partnership will produce "new gaming applications featuring Nintendo IP...specifically for smart devices." Showing their true colours, however, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata followed up the announcement with "if you report that we will release Mario on smart devices, it would be a completely misleading statement." So it's business as usual in Nintendo - some divisions are pulling one way while others tug just as strongly in the other direction. We're looking forward to seeing what comes of th

Google Flight Search looks for what’s important: in-flight WiFi

March 14, 2015 by Tom in App News with No Comments.

Flights that offer WiFi in the sky are now flagged on Google Flight Search, meaning you can make sure it's always worth charging your smartphone, tablet and laptop before a flight. Google's Flight Search facility has been around since 2011 but this could be the thing that makes it stand out over other flight finders such as Skyskanner and Priceline. Other features Google Flights can find out include whether the seat has a power charger for devices and laptops. Via ubergizmo

“Siri, run Cortana” Microsoft’s voice assistant coming to iOS and Android

March 14, 2015 by Tom in Android, App News, Microsoft with No Comments.

Apple's Siri and Google Android's "OK Google" chatty helpers will soon be joined by Microsoft's Cortana. The voice assistant will be moving over in app form so it might not have full system access but will have a good crack at all the regular Cortana jobs such as searching online, calls, reminders and more. Cortana will soon be bolstered by Einstein, Microsoft's work-in-progress artificial intelligence system that'll "read and understand email", and more. Via liliputing

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