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[GDC 2014] Google Releases Version 1.0 Of Cross-Platform ‘LiquidFun’ Physics Engine

AndroidDevelopers-ThumbLast December, Google announced LiquidFun, a cross-platform physics engine developers could use to create realistic gaming experiences. Now, as a part of Google Developer Day at this year’s Game Developers Conference, the company has released version 1.0 out into the wild. It’s also provided no shortage of videos demoing what the project is capable of.

LiquidFun is coded in C++ and based on Box2D, so developers can use it on any platform with a C++ compiler.

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BBM coming to Windows Phones this summer

BlackBerry is slowly, but surely covering all its bases in an effort to turn BBM into a cross-platform messaging monster. The quest to return the standard bearer to its former glory started with iOS and Android, but this summer it’ll be coming to Windows Phones as well. According to the Canadian company it will ship with all the same functionality as its counterparts on other OSes, including stickers and voice. More importantly though, BBM Groups (which allows you to chat with up to 50 people at once) and Channels will be included as BlackBerry works to fight off challenges from the likes of WhatsApp and Hangouts. Sadly that’s all the details we have for now, but hopefully Waterloo will lock down a release date sooner, rather than later.

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Vector 27: Embedded Android and the top tech trends of 2014!

Vector 27: Top tech trends of 2014!

Vector is our cross-platform news and analysis show where we bring you the biggest stories of the week with the best guests in the business. Today Ben Bajarin of TIME and Techpinions joins Rene to talk about the top tech trends of 2014, including 4K televisions, wearables and watches, embedded Android, Xbox One, and more!

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Vector 22: Don Melton on transcoding video

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Vector is our cross-platform, cross-site podcast where we talk about the technology that matters to all of us. In this episode, Don Melton, former Engineering Director of Internet Technologies at Apple, deep-dives into his non-browser-based passions: Blu-Ray, transcoding video, H.264, and managing massive amounts of media. Bottom line, if you want to get your videos onto your devices, and you're not afraid of command-lines or codecs, you're in for one hell of a ride. But, yeah: Warning: Contains extreme nerdery.

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Vector 19: Brian Klug on the new Nexus

Vector 19: Brian Klug on the new Nexus

Vector is our cross-platform analysis show focused on bringing you the biggest stories and best analysis in tech. Sadly, Phil Nickinson wasn't able to join us this week (soon!), but Brian Klug of AnandTech absolutely was and, after briefly wrapping up the Apple A7 talk from last time, we dove into the new Google Nexus 5 and what the future holds for mobile chipsets, displays, cameras, and more. Yeah, he starts describing high-density in arc light minutes again…!

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Aerena – Clash Of The Champions Coming Soon With Turn-Based, Cross-Platform Play

aerenaCross-platform play is a tricky beast, which is probably why it hasn’t been attempted by too many games. Aerena – Clash of the Champions, being developed by Cliffhanger Productions, is aiming to attempt their own take on cross-platform play by utilizing a turn-based strategy system which definitely levels the playing field over the platforms it aims to support which includes PC, Mac, Android , iOS and Browser.

aerenaThe theme of the game is described as “Tesla-meets-Dr. Frankenstein dieselpunk”, and although the game is still at the alpha stage, the game is looking amazing already. The game looks like it’s going to be carried out like a game of chess, but with guns, which will be carried out on live and AI players. You will construct your team of gladiators, customize them and pit them against your enemies to try and “outwit, outmaneuver, and outgun” them.

There’s currently no released date for Aerena – Clash of the Champions yet on any platform, but the game is available on Steam Early Access on PC; if you’re interested, or just want to check the trailer out, you can visit the Steam page here.

Who’s liking the look of Aerena – Clash of the Champions so far? I know I am. Let us know what you think in the comments.

 

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Ærena: Clash of Champions Available for Steam Early Access on PC, Coming Soon to Mobile

October 17, 2013 – Æther. First discovered in 1913, this rare and incredible source of power has become the lifeblood of a new world, fueling unprecedented technologies, militant regimes, and decades of devastating warfare.

Ærena: Clash of Champions for PC is currently in alpha and available for Early Access on Steam. Future platforms include Android, iOS, and Mac.

In an alternate age of mad science and military marvel, a twisted reality of Tesla-meets-Dr. Frankenstein dieselpunk, when the insatiable lust for power has driven humanity to the edge of annihilation, Ærena is a game of tactical, turn-based strategy; a duel to the death in airborne arenas for the ultimate resource.

By purchasing a discounted Founder’s Package, players receive immedate access to Ærena: Clash of Champions on PC and additional content otherwise sold separately at launch:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/247830

Ærena: Clash of Champions features true cross-platform gameplay across desktops, mobile devices, and browsers. Whether playing solo or against live opponents, players can command their teams of gladiators to outwit, outmaneuver, and outgun their opponents from virtually anywhere.

In the deadly confines of the arena, every action is a tactical decision. But, there are no winning formulas. With the option to recruit new gladiators and customize the supporting abilities of your ship, your strategy is your own.

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- Tactical, turn-based battles against live players or AI.
- Build your perfect team with new gladiators.
- Customize your ship’s abilities with Æther Shells won in battle.
- Create private tournaments of friends, or compete in global competitions.
- PC, Mac, Android, iOS, all playing together. True cross-platform gameplay.

 

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Samsung Announces First Ever Developers Conference, Will be Held This Fall in SF

Today, Samsung started pre-registration for developers and attendees who want to attend to the first ever cross-platform and cross-product Samsung Developer Conference, taking place in October. Samsung is joining the likes of Google, Microsoft and Apple as companies who have conferences dedicated solely to the developers on their platforms. The multi-day conference is to take place [...]
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The Talk Mobile cross-platform hangout!

We're in Day 3 of apps week, and myself, Kevin, Rene, Dan and Marcus got together to chat a little more about apps and whether going cross-platform is a necessity. Check it out!

    

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WhatsApp reaches new daily message record of 27 billion

With the availability of cross-platform messaging apps, it seems many are looking towards those as opposed to sending messages through a carrier provided plan. One of those messaging apps is WhatsApp and it looks like they have recently set a new daily record. The company took to their official Twitter account and shared the news of having handled 27 billion messages in a 24 hour time period.

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The breakdown includes 17 billion messages as being received (outbound) and 10 billion as having been sent (inbound). This news comes as a decent step as compared to a report from April. In April, WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum talked about how they were seeing a combined 20 billion messages per day. This was coming from more than 200 million monthly active users.

At the time of the April (20 billion) number, Koum had that broken down as being 12 billion outbound and 8 billion inbound. WhatsApp currently has an Android app available as well as apps for other platforms to include iOS, BlackBerry and Windows Phone. The app is free for Android users. In addition, the first year of service is also free. After the first year however there will be a $0.99 per year charge to keep things going.

To sum up the features, WhatsApp will allow you to send and receive individual messages and also participate in group chats. Users are able to send plain text messages as well as image, video and voice notes. The app is also setup to use data (cellular or WiFi) when available and can even hold messages for those times when you turn your phone off or miss a notification.

Of course, while WhatsApp is seeing an increase in usage, there are plenty of other alternatives available. Google recently released Hangouts and BlackBerry is even expected to join in on the cross-platform messaging market fairly soon. While we have yet to see a firm release date for BBM for Android, that is expected to arrive sooner rather than later. That said, whichever option you choose, it is nice to not have to worry about carrier messaging fees and limits.

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Google+ Sign-In API improved with cross platform sign-in

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We're at Google I/O, where they just announced improvements to their Google+ Sign-In API, which is cross platform sign-in. What does that mean? If you find a cool website that you like (they demoed it with Fancy), you can sign in with Google+. If you do, you will automatically be asked if you would like to install the app on your Android device. If you say yes, the app will download and log you in automatically on your current device and other Android devices on your account. Very cool improvement to a good API. 

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Google+ Sign-In API improved with cross platform sign-in

Google+ sign-in

We're at Google I/O, where they just announced improvements to their Google+ Sign-In API, which is cross platform sign-in. What does that mean? If you find a cool website that you like (they demoed it with Fancy), you can sign in with Google+. If you do, you will automatically be asked if you would like to install the app on your Android device. If you say yes, the app will download and log you in automatically on your current device and other Android devices on your account. Very cool improvement to a good API. 

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WhatsApp Beta comes with Holo interface

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Whatsapp is one of the best messaging apps online, and it is perhaps the most used app on my smartphone. The reason for its popularity is that it is a cross platform app. In many cases, it has replaced the regular SMS and telecom companies are reportedly losing a lot of money because of whatsapp.

There are several other cross platform messaging apps, and some of them may be even better than whatsapp, but whatsapp has just gone viral and all are using it. Also, your account ID is your phone number, so no more scratching head for selecting a user ID that’s already taken, or remembering that pesky BBM pin.

Whatsapp is a very popular app for Android devices, but despite its popularity, it’s a part of the depressingly huge collection of Android apps that share interface with their iOS counterparts, never aspiring to anything higher. The UI of course needs an upgrade desperately because the current interface has been there for a long time now. For those who have been waiting for folks at whatsapp to release a new version, the wait is over for Android users. WhatsApp has released a beta version of the popular app for Android, and the app has received a Holo-themed redesign, and if you are adventurous, you can grab it now!

The beta version of the app isn’t available on the playstore, and you will have to sideload it manually from WhatsApp website directly. It’s a free download and you can use the app for 1 year without spending a penny, post which you will be asked to pay $0.99 in order to continue using the service.

The new design conforms to the Holo design guidelines which rest of the phone interface also hopefully follows. Whatsapp has faced negative criticism regarding the security issues in the past. Previously, WhatsApp used to send all chats in plaintext, so basically anyone connected to the same Wi-Fi network can easily read the entire conversation you are making, including pictures and videos. The process of pulling the conversation out of air isn’t a tough one because there are apps such as WhatsAppSniffer which does the job very easily. WhatsAppSniffer is basically a packet sniffer which can pull out whatsapp data that belongs to other users on the same network, which isn’t exactly a good thing because there is no privacy and you may as well shout private conversations across the room.

According to whatsapp, the plaintext issue has been solved and the affected apps have been taken down from the Play Store. The exploit was definitely a major one, but what’s interesting is the fact that Whatsapp knew about the flaw much before they released a fix. They knew the flaw for over a year before they decided to carry out some modifications, which clearly shows how careless the developers are when it comes to security of user’s data.

What do you think of whatsapp beta for Android? Did you like it? Let us know using the comment form below.

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Nuance Wintermute hands-on: a cross-platform, cloud-based personal assistant

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It’s becoming increasingly clear that the next wave of mobile computing is going to be voice driven. Mobile assistants like Siri and Google Now are garnering plenty of media attention and earning legions of fans. Nuance, the company behind Dragon — often cited as the gold standard in voice recognition software — wants to make sure it doesn’t get left behind after pioneering the art of speaking to your computer. Dragon Mobile Assistant was the first step towards that goal, but it stuck primarily to searches and a few simple tasks. After leaving our stage here at CES, the company was nice enough to take us back to a suite where it demoed a project codenamed Wintermute. Besides throwing a bone to William Gibson fans, the project aims to make Nuance’s personal assistant truly personal and platform agnostic by building a profile of individual users in the cloud.

While clearly very much in the early stages, what we saw was none the less impressive. The mobile app, was able to easily recognize queries such as “what is the score of the Celtics game” and obey commands like “play music by the Rolling Stones.” Nuance even threw in a bit of snide, Siri-like personality — the assistant quipped about the rep being too young to listen to the Stones. That response was obviously triggered by the fact that the app knew Sean Brown, a senior manager at the company, was born well after the band’s hey day.

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[New App] NeroKwik Wants To Be Your Cross-Platform Photo Manager/Sharing App

kwiktinyStart with a base of Google+’s Instant Upload, mix with about three cups of Instagram (sans filters, of course), add a dash of personal Pinterest and what you’ll get is a photo sharing app from Nero that serves 3-5 platforms. The company that you best know for including a free trial of something DVD-related on any computer you bought in the last decade has released a free Android app that automatically uploads any picture you take on your phone to its central servers and makes it available on any device you have the app installed on. It actually sounds pretty nifty.

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OpenFeint Shutting Down Their Doors On December 14th

Well isn’t this a surprise? OpenFeint seems to be closing their doors and shutting down their service starting on December 14th. OpenFeint was a cross-platform game platform that allowed developers to integrate leaderboards, achievements and the ability to compete against your friends. It seems that its competitor — Gree — is the one that is shutting down the platform. While all of this is going on, Gree is hoping that developers and users who once used OpenFeint would use their service instead. With it being one of the more popular platforms, it’s a high possibility, but there are plenty of other platforms out there as well. Regardless, I think I can speak for everyone when I say that there won’t be a lot of people sad to see OpenFeint shutdown.

Upon OpenFeint’s shutdown ”all OpenFeint network calls will be non-functional.” That, of course, means that nothing will be functional when OpenFeint shuts down on December 14th. Although, the actual shutdown date may be moved further past December 14th, but developers that have this platform integrated into their games are urged to put something else in place. All game information is said to be lost after shutdown, so there will be no getting it back. If developers are wanting to keep all of that information, Gree has advised developers to use their platform ahead of the December 14th shutdown date.

Keep in mind that this shutdown includes iOS users as well. Since it is a cross-platform service, it affects just about everybody in the mobile world that plays games with OpenFeint

Do you think OpenFeint closing is really a big thing despite how many games its integrated in? Are you a developer? Does this affect you in any huge way? Are there other platforms other than OpenFeint and Gree that you would suggest to other developers?

Sound off in the comments below!

source: Android Central

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OpenFeint gaming service closing its doors on December 14

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OpenFeint — the service that used to ask you if you didn't like fun if you ignored it — is closing its doors and discontinuing service as of December 14. The cross-platform game platform that allows you to chart scores on leaderboards, achievements and compete against friends is being shut down by owners Gree. At the same time, Gree is hoping that developers who utilized OpenFeint will transfer over to their own platform instead. 

As of shutdown "all OpenFeint network calls will be non-functional." In simple terms, it will cease to work. The actual end date may end up being later than December 14 but developers are urged to prepare for this date. All game information stored will be lost, and should developers wish to retain it migration to the Gree platform ahead of December 14 is advised. 

Source: OpenFeint via Joystiq

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Humble Bundle for Android 4 adds 5 more games to the Mix

Still haven’t pulled the trigger on the Humble Bundle for Android 4 yet? Why the heck not! It is a fantastic way to snag up a slew of great games that are cross platform for a really great price. Previously if you picked up the bundle, you were given 6 total titles. We were just alerted by the Humble Team that they have now added five more games to the mix to make the offer even better.

  • The RPG fantasy saga Avadon: The Black Fortress by Spiderweb Software
  • The indie parkour platformer Canabalt by Semi Secret Software
  • The 3D mechanical puzzle game Cogs by Lazy 8 Studios
  • The side-scrolling strategy rumblefest Swords & Soldiers HD by Ronimo Games and Two Tribes
  • The groundbreaking meditative puzzler Zen Bound 2 by Secret Exit

That makes a grand total of 11 games in all. The current price tag to snag all 11 is showing as $6.31. What savings are you looking at? Combine everything and the grand total at full price would be over $195. So a pretty substantial cut. Plus you get to help the devs and a charity. Of course it is recommended to spend a little more then the minimum amount. So far the numbers are showing 132,735 bundles purchased and over $837,000 in payments. Looks like Linux users spend a little more on average.

As for those of you that already snagged the bundle, you will be given the 5 new titles at no extra cost. They will be immediately available via your download page.

If you have been holding off on buying the bundle, you better hurry. There is only one week left. Get yourself over to humblebundle.com now and get in on the action.

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Humble Bundle For Android 3 Available Now – 5 Cross-Platform Games For Charity

It’s that time again, indie gamers: the much-loved Humble Bundle has returned for a third go-round on Android. As before, you can name your own price for popular Android games Fieldrunners, Bit.Trip Beat, SpaceChem and Uplink, giving the cash to worthy non-profits Child’s Play, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, or a combination thereof. If you pay more than the average (currently just below $6) you get a bonus game, Spirits. All games include a free digital soundtrack and desktop versions for PC, Mac and Linux, with Steam integration for those who are so inclined.

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The games featured have enjoyed some notable success already: Fieldrunners is a staple of the tower defense genre, Bit.Trip Beat is an appropriately trippy mashup of Breakout-style nostalgia and rhythm gaming, SpaceChem brings pseudoscience and ambient puzzles together, and Uplink simulates “hacking” in text-based international espionage.

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PSA: Android Team Doesn’t Want Your Cross-Platform Apps Looking Like iOS or Windows Phone

If you haven’t cruised over to the Android Developers site in a while, I recommend that you do, as it has been completely overhauled and includes all sorts of fun information. The site is much more beautifully designed now, easy to navigate, and should help all developers create more fantastic Android apps going forward. But [...]

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Cross-platform Trojan found

It is a common belief that Macs are virus free and not affected by Virus at all, but it seems like all those myths have been proven wrong by a new variety of Trojan. Security scientists working at F-Secure have discovered a web exploit which apparently detects the operating system of the target computer and installs different Trojan specially tailored for that operating system.

Such a kind of attack was first seen on a Columbian transport website which was hacked. The malware is called as GetShell.A and works by asking the user to install a Java applet. Once the user authorizes the Java applet installation, Trojan downloader checks the user’s operating system so that it can pick the corresponding malware. The Java applet which you will be asked to download unsurprisingly won’t signed with a certificate.

F-Secure, which discovered the exploit first said that first, a Trojan-Downloader called Java/GetShell.A will be downloaded which runs a test to find out the particular operating system. The Trojan then proceeds to download the respective payloads for Windows, Mac or Linux. For Windows, the payload is Backdoor:W32/TES.A, for Mac it is Backdoor:OSX/TESrel.A, and for Linux it is found to be Backdoor:Linux/GetShell.A. The Trojan downloader has apparently been written using Social Engineer Toolkit (SET), an open-source and freely available Python tool that has been designed for penetration testing.

Talking of the nature of payloads, the Windows payload comes in the form of a shell code which then executes using shellcodeexec.binary, a SET module. For Mac, instead of connecting to a remote server in order to retrieve further shell code so that it opens up a reverse shell, the OS X binary file instantly opens up a reverse shell, and this is exploited by the attackers. For linux, the binaries remain same as OS X, however, it uses a different server to get the additional codes.

Karmina Aquino, a senior analyst with F-Secure said “All three files for the three different platforms behave the same way. They all connect to 186.87.69.249 to get additional code to execute. The ports are 8080, 8081, and 8082 for OSX, Linux and Windows, respectively.”

Though the script is built using Social Engineer Toolkit, its purpose doesn’t have anything to do with penetration testing remotely. All the three payloads serve the same purpose, connect to a Command and Control (C&C) server, which is localized at 186.87.69.249, and await further instructions. This process is typically found in situations where the hacker tries to download additional malware and execute it locally. According to F-Secure, which is monitoring the Comand and Control server, it hasn’t been serving any additional codes, however, the hacker can do that at any given time. It is amazing how the hackers have used Java, a platform which is known to have several loopholes, to create a cross platform bug.

On 29th July 2012, The Hackers Conference 2012 is going to take place where security Researchers namely Sina Hatef Matbue and Arash Shirkhorshidi are going to showcase a malware called “Graviton Malware” which they developed. They claim it to be a cross platform malware, similar to the one we are dealing with in this story. According to them, the purpose of Graviton is to become an artificial creature that can move between windows, mac and linux, while maintaining stealth all the time.

Graviton has been built using just C and assembly language. From Windows, it is able to transmit details like CPU details, Disk details, Memory usage, OS version, and user name back to the attacker. Also, it is able to download a file and execute, or open launch a shell to receive further commands in order to incur further damage. With these kinds of viruses being designed and spread, the fight against computer viruses seems to be only getting tougher every day.

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O2′s cross-platform chat app Tu Me hits Android

Telefonica, which we know here as the owner of mobile network O2, has launched an Android app called Tu Me, which offers users of phones across all UK networks a way to chat, send photos of cats, make excuses about not being on time and so on within a nice little app.

If you can convince someone else to install the Tu Me app you’re then able to make and send free calls and texts between the two you, using your phone’s data allowance or a wi-fi connection, plus Telefonica says it supports “HD sound” for voice calls.

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Clare, I’m busy. And I’ve told you not to use this number. Tu Me is free and on the Play Store here. It looks nice and was pretty well received on iOS last month.

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Samsung ChatON messaging app comes to Windows Phone, cross-platform party planned

Samsung ChatON messaging app comes to Windows Phone, crossplatform party planned

Continuing to (perhaps unintentionally) kick SMS messaging to the curb, Samsung’s taken another, admittedly smaller, chunk of the smartphone crowd, announcing its ChatON messaging app for Windows Phone. It has already claimed a place on Android, Bada, iOS, and BlackBerry devices, plus its own web-based client. Now the app’s finally ready to embrace those long-suffering Samsung-made Windows Phones — it’s apparently available to download from the phone-based marketplace. Unfortunately, the link has gone inert on the web store, so you’ll have to hit up the dedicated Samsung zone on your phone to grab the messaging service. Let’s hope Victoria Justice is still looking to party.

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appMobi Launches 1st Massively Cross Platform Game Developed Using HTML5

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Developer: AppMobi LLC
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Today appMobi released “Boom Town” simultaneously in the Apple App Store, Google Play (Android), and on Facebook, addressing a massive cross platform user base of over 1.5 billion end users with a single HTML5 game. Boom Town is an old west-themed combination game with the objective of building the biggest town possible before running out of space on the game board. The game demonstrates the power of HTML5 and appMobi’s industry-leading game development tools and cloud services.

Over the past two years appMobi has led the industry in bringing HTML5 to a place where it can compete on a level playing field with iOS and Android, and Boom Town is proof of this concept. Developed in just six weeks using the ImpactJs game engine and a single HTML5 code base, Boom Town is a “tour-de-force” of cross platform mobile game development. With appMobi’s cloud-based build system, the same code was built for each supported app store. appMobi will be demonstrating Boom Town on a variety of mobile devices at the E3 show, June 5-7 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, in booth 3246.

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Microsoft to launch cross-platform app that pushes media to Xbox 360? [Rumor]

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This might just be the most interesting Android-related news to have come out of Redmond in a long, long time: apparently, Microsoft is working on a cross-platform app called the Xbox Smart Glass, which will allow users to push media to their TV screens via the Xbox 360.

The rumor originated at The Examiner, where they claim a “Microsoft Confidential” presentation in the build up to E3 highlighted app. If it works sufficiently well, we can easily see quite a few people choosing the Xbox over Sony’s Playstation 3.

Anyone out there looking forward to this besides me?

[Examiner via Talk Android]


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GroupMe: The Best Group Messaging App Around

 

Let’s face it, we live in a world of internet-based communication. In fact, most of us tend to keep in contact with our friends and loved ones with messaging clients, especially if your friends and loved ones are spread out around the country or world. The most famed and successful international messaging client is no doubt the Blackberry Messenger by RIM, especially because it featured the popular group chat function. My friends and family aren’t particularly fond of the Android platform, so most of them are on either iPhones or Blackberries. That means unless we use some sort of cross platform IM client like AIM or Facebook messenger, we can’t communicate with each other in real time. Enter: GroupMe— one of the most important apps I use daily. This is not only the best group messaging client, it’s one of the best IM clients, period.

GroupMe works in a simple way. Once you install the app, it scans the contacts in your device in order to give you the ability to create “groups” or categories for certain people– no matter what the platform is. That means those of your contacts who are on an iOS device, Android, Blackberry or even a Windows Phone 7 can communicate with each other at the same time. Once that’s done, the group is given a unique identifier (a special phone number) and you as well as other members of that group will be able to communicate in a group chat in real time— no delays, no lag, all instant! In addition, the UI is seamless with features such as being able to share items like photos and your actual location on a map. It’s easy to transition from IM window to IM window and it’s fairly straightforward to edit and change your various groups. Oh and for those who are in the corporate world like I am— there’s a handy conference call feature that is available which allows any user to call the group’s phone number in order to open up an instant conference call among all the members of the group.

Sure there’s WhatsApp, KIK and other IM clients out there, but GroupMe trumps them all. It features a simple UI, allows for sharing of photos and user locations and features conference calls. It doesn’t get much better than this folks. It’s available for all Android 2.1+ devices now. So if you are one who is in constant communication with your friends and family, getting this app is a no brainer, so make sure you get it— now.

 

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Textie for Android brings unlimited cross-platform messaging to your phone

Textie for Android

Our pals at Borange today unleashed Textie for Android, bringing cross-platform text and picture messaging from the land of iOS (they've had something in the neighborhood of 1.6 million downloads from iTunes) to our beloved mobile platform. The port is pretty obvious — you'll see a lot of iOS-type buttons. Try to get over that, because what you've got is a simple and pretty powerful texting appliation that offers unlimited use. Features include:

  • Sends unlimited free messages to any Textie user, email address and most U.S. mobile phones
  • Sends high quality photos to other Textie users or to any email
  • Installs free on Android, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
  • Can be installed on multiple devices simultaneously
  • Naturally integrates with your existing address book contacts
  • Provides access to server-archived messages
  • Uses secure SSL for all connections
  • Uses battery-efficient Google C2DM Android push notifications

Textie's also done a great job of explaining in the Market listing all of the permissions it uses, so be sure to read that if you're worried about that sort of thing. We've got download links to the free Textie app after the break.

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Age Of Defenders Discounted In The Market – Cross Platform, Multiplayer TD Fun For Android Tablets

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The tablet-only, Age of Defenders, has been updated in the Android Market with fresh content and a newly reduced $.99 price tag. The sci-fi tower defense game focuses mainly on multiplayer and gives gamers the ability to battle other players, whether they’re on the iPad, Mac, Windows or Linux. How many times can you say that has been featured in an Android game?

Gameplay is pretty much what you’ve come to expect from the genre — defend your base using turrets outfitted with lasers and rocket launchers, from the onslaught of human controlled enemies attempting to bring you down. What’s ironic is Age of Defenders biggest claim to fame — online, cross platform multiplayer — seems to be its biggest drawback with users in the Market giving the title low ratings due to the inability to find other players to battle. Wouldn’t be such a big issue if you could actually play against a computer controlled AI but maybe that will come in a future update.

Here’s the full change log for what’s new in this version directly from the developer’s forum:

Changelog v.0.1.9

Gameplay:
- decreased basic income from 20 to 18
- increased income from parez from 6 to 7
- decreased build rate of suicide buggy by 20%
- decreased build rate of other units by 10%

Content:
- new Multiplayer map
- new player profile, number of played matches with statistics
- ability to look at other player’s profiles

Features:
- displayed the number of players in lobby when hosting a game
- chat moved, so you can chat when hosting a game
- in-game GUI made more intuitive – swipe your units directly to portals

Fixes:
- fixed the text next to upgrade in upgrade center

Known Issues:
- sometimes, no skill point will be awarded
- fixed issues with destroying towers which are being sold
- fixed parez being built again during leveling when being sold
- fixed an error after your connection drops

You can find Age of Defenders for 99 cents right now in the Android Market via the link below. If you guys have a chance to check it, let us know what you think in the comments.

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PhoneGap v1.3 brings better cross-platform app coding to Windows Phone

Nitobi’s PhoneGap project helps app developers to code for multiple mobile OSs simultaneously, thanks to the open standard wonders of HTML5, JavaScript and CSS. It’s supported Windows Phone since the beginning, but v1.3 builds on that friendliness by opening up the API’s full feature set and hence every limb and organ of a Mango handset, from the compass right through to storage and notifications. New plug-ins yield extra goodies, like Live Tile updates, BingMaps Search and social networking integration. Plus, in the interests of fairness, the full list of improvements (at the source link) contains some nuggets for Android, iOS and BlackBerry coders too.

PhoneGap v1.3 brings better cross-platform app coding to Windows Phone originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 20 Dec 2011 11:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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[New App] Sincerely Ink Lets You Create And Send High Quality Holiday Cards Directly From Your Mobile Device

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This time of year brings many common traditions, one of which is to send out holiday greeting cards to friends and family. You could: go to the store, pick from what they have to offer, buy the one that sucks the least, take it home, fill each one out… you get the idea.

Or, you could just grab this new app from Sincerely Ink called "Holiday Cards," skip the store, and do it all from your mobile device. Which sounds easier? Thought so.

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So, here’s what you get: over thirty cards and illustrations to choose…

Official Android Police t-shirts are now on sale, with over 25 designs to call yours.

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[New App] Sincerely Ink Lets You Create And Send High Quality Holiday Cards Directly From Your Mobile Device was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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What does Adobe Air bring to the table?

I’m sure some of you, as I was, are confused about what exactly Adobe Air is and what it does. I installed it and then it wasn’t in my launcher… so initially I was a bit confused. I have to admit I haven’t kept up on flash development and the announcement from Adobe that they were going to stop developing Flash for Android took me by surprise. But now that I’ve done some digging I think this is going to be a positive and not a negative.

For one we will be able to have apps that are cross-platform and have the same interface (or at least very similar) from one device to another. For instance Conqu. Conqu is a task manager (your personal and project tasks, not Android’s). It requires Adobe Air to run on your pc and on your Android device. I don’t want to fully review this app, but it will be very handy for me keeping track of house-hold chores, car maintenance, the infamous Honey-Do list and other tasks that I tend to forget about easily. Another app that I tried out is a game called Aqualux. It’s just a simple puzzle game, but the graphics are very high quality and it ran extremely well with absolutely no lag what-so-ever. Tweetdeck is another desktop app that I hope gets written to Air for Android. I know there is already an apk for Tweetdeck, but it’s nowhere near as useful as the desktop app.

So why Air? Using Air, developers are able to make a desktop app, a tablet app, and a phone app all without lengthy development on each device. Once the app is written into air it’s easily transferred to each platform. This includes apps for both PC, Mac, Android, and iOS devices. If I was a developer I would be extremely excited about Air. I can write one program with a few variants to make it look good on phones, tabs and desktops and have it compatible on all of the major platforms immediately without further development.

Some people are worried that this will cause confusion in the Android Market as some devices will be Air compatible and others will not. But I don’t think it’s that big of a deal, as long as devs clearly mark apps with a message that says something like, “Requires Adobe Air.” A link to Air within the description would also be helpful so that acquiring Air would be a seamless experience.

So far I’m impressed with the Air experience as well as the concept. I think the future of Air is bright and will inspire some great apps and games.

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Click or scan the QR code below to download Adobe Air for Android.

Application: Adobe Air
Developer: Adobe
Cost: FREE

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