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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

Microsoft releases number pad-equipped keyboard for Android

February 28, 2015 by Tom in Android, App News, Microsoft with No Comments.

Numpad is the new keyboard made by Microsoft for Android devices. It was built for Excel but with a nifty number pad it can be used for anything that needs a lot of numerical data entry. It's not the most exciting development in tablet technology but it could sure come in handy. Via engadget

Google Play Music has room for 50,000 of your songs in the cloud

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

And it'll keep them there for free. Google Play Music has upgraded its free service to allow users to upload 50,000 songs, all of which will then be accessible to stream or download on demand to phones, tablets, computers or Chromecast. The upload limit has more than doubled from the previous 20,000, and is now twice as many as Apple's iTunes Match service. While this is a free service, a subscription service is also available and offers access to 30 million songs streamed on demand. We're yet to commit to a cloud back-up for key music so will give this a whirl and report back on the mp4nation forum. Via ubergizmo

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