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Xiaomi Mi Note launch day – company offers delivery via Uber

July 27, 2015 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

Today's the day - the Xiaomi Mi Note is out in Southeast Asia and to sweeten the deal, Xiaomi and 21st-century smartphone taxi service Uber have teamed up for swift delivery. In the available regions, a Xiaomi icon will be displayed on the Uber app and tapping it will get the phone bought and sent round with a speedy Uber driver. Via gizmodo

Pay what you want for a whole bunch of classic Neo Geo games for Android

July 22, 2015 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

The Humble Neo Geo Android Mobile Bundle collects some of the arcade-compatible system's most iconic games - all for the starting price of a dollar. The basic set comprises Garou: Mark of the Wolves, Blazing Star, The King of Fighters '97, Metal Slug 2 and Metal Slug X. If you pay above the average (currently $4.66) you also get Fatal Fury Special, Samurai Shodown II, Metal Slug 3 and more games which will be announced before the week is out. If you want to wear your retro love on your chest, a $29.99 bundle gets you the games and a 25th anniversary Metal Slug t-shirt made especially for this bundle. As usual a portion of proceeds go to charity. Check out the deal here.  

Gravity Screen for Android locks and unlocks devices automatically

July 8, 2015 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

Do you like tinkering with settings and gestures? Gravity Screen, a new app for Android devices, is the one for you. Gravity Screen is designed to allow lock and unlock solutions that work by setting the phone to lock and unlock when it's picked up or put down face up or down, or put in a pocket. An endlessly customizable app, it can also be programmed to stop dimming with a shake or wake up when it detects motion. The settings can be adjusted for angles and there's a comprehensive Q&A section in the app for fine-tuning. A free version is available now from the Play Store. Via gizmodo

Meet the dedicated Google TouchBot lag-checker

July 2, 2015 by Tom in Android, App News, Hardware News, Phone, Tablet with No Comments.

While the technology we carry in our pockets is just amazing - it’s easy to take it for granted and fly into a rage when touchscreen commands get a bit laggy for a few milliseconds. Rather than taking a step back and trying to get some perspective, we can rest assured that somewhere in the world Google has a robot tapping and swiping screens in a never-ending effort to eliminate this first world problem. The Chrome TouchBot is an OptoFidelity-made robot that is dedicated to gauging latency on Android and Chrome OS touchscreen devices. Its findings are recorded and hardware and software are adjusted accordingly. Via engadget

Fallout 4 special edition with working wearable Pip-Boy sells out in presale

June 22, 2015 by Tom in Accessories, Android, App News, Phone with No Comments.

Vault-dwellers, if you've not got your Pip-Boy ordered yet you're out of luck - the special edition of Fallout 4 that comes bundled with a working wrist wearable Pip-Boy has sold out. The special edition went on sale at $120 and includes a Pip-Boy that works with Android or iOS phones to display game functions and work as a real-time second screen for the game. For even the most cynically Fallout fan, this is a pretty cool product. As Bethesda's Todd Howard said at E3: ""As far as stupid gimmicks go, I chose the best f***ing one." As it's essentially just a holder for your phone though you can still get the live Pip-Boy action by downloading the Fallout 4 companion app for iOS and Android once the game is released on November 10. Via techradar

As well as Fallout 4, Bethesda releases Fallout Shelter mobile game for iOS and Android (soon)

June 15, 2015 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

As an added extra to the Fallout 4 hysteria, Bethesda also announced a new Fallout mobile game, Fallout Shelter. Free on iOS and coming soon to Android, Fallout Shelter is a vault building and management game that fits the similar mold as Tiny Tower and its ilk. While it's free to download there are the ever-present in-app purchases, but we've not got to that part yet as a quick try is still mired in tutorial pop-up. On first impressions it looks gorgeous, has a nice amount of humour and seems to be a detailed look at vault life. Via androidauthority

Pictoral chatting app LINE moves to music streaming with LINE MUSIC

June 12, 2015 by Tom in App News with No Comments.

Social network / chat app LINE is huge in Japan and famed for its endless fun and cute graphics. Now it's moving into audio streaming with the introduction of LINE MUSIC, which carries more than 1.5 million songs and will launch on both Android and iOS. J-Pop fans might like to seek it out as the selection may be more than the likes of Spotify carry. Also on LINE MUSIC is the regular selection of international music and classical, as well as anime themes and more. LINE MUSIC is set to up the amount of tracks to 30 million by next year. Music streams in high quality 320kbps with a good connection, and goes down to 64kbps on low quality. The focus is on sharing and music is integrated into chat screens. LINE MUSIC is currently available for free for two months, after w

Apple Music due at the end of the month – hits Android in the autumn

June 9, 2015 by Tom in Android, App News, Apple, Audio with No Comments.

Apple has finally lifted the lid on its music streaming service Apple Music, which will be available from June 30. The service will cost $10 a month and will be available to more than 100 countries and playable on iOS, Mac and Windows PCs. An Android version is due out in the fall. Are you happy with Spotify et al or will brand loyalty take you over to Apple for streaming? Via engadget

Humble Mobile Bundle 13 with silly walks and worms

June 5, 2015 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

The pay-what-you-want Humble Mobile Bundle 13 returns with another batch of DRM-free games for Android, including the Monty Python game The Ministry of Silly Walks and the classic Worms 3. The basic pack contains Timelines: Assault on America Premium edition, The Ministry of Silly Walks and Hellraid: The Escape. For those paying over the average ($3.20 at time of writing), there's also Puzzle Retreat, Worms 3, Twisty Hollow and more to be announced. As usual proceeds go to charity and the developers. Via humblebundle

Classic keyboard Korg M1 arrives on iPad

May 27, 2015 by Tom in App News, Audio with No Comments.

Korg has released an iOS app version of its classic Korg M1 synthesizer - the original of which was heard on countless records, including The Show Must Go On by Queen and Snap's Rhythm is a Dancer. There's nothing quite like the chunky sound of a classic synth, and Korg promises this app to be a "complete reproduction" of the mid-'80s to early-'90s keyboard, with the added extras of a Kaoss pad function and a whole load more effects. The app supports MIDI controllers such as Korg's compact keyboards. This is a quality piece of kit and the price reflects that: it's out now for $20/£15 on the App Store. Via engadget  

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