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Beat.FM – Feel the Radio/DJ Beat while Exercising – A New App for iOS

Beat.FM your exercise radio and DJ ideal for running, jogging and workout  
Developer: Digital-Minds S.A.  
Price: $0.99   Download

Digital Minds has just released its brand new app: Beat.FM 1.0 for iOS. This app for iPhone and iPod touch features the best beats that play on the radio, plus beats from DJs all over the world! Beat.FM is your ideal companion for all kinds of exercises – running, jogging, cycling or even just to go for a walk, because it allows you to choose the rhythm that you want! Just select the number of beats per minute (BPM) according to your mood, or to the rhythm of the exercise that you are going to do. Feeling perky? Then, raise your “BPM” and channel all the energy of the beat that you’re listening to, to your exercise!

Don’t like the music your listening to? The main menu allows you, not only to choose the BPM, but also to change to the next/previous beat and you can even save your favorite music and listen to them later.

Beat.FM is also extremely interactive! It allows you to use Facebook and Twitter, in order to share with your friends, what you are listening to while exercising. Moreover, it also allows you to see the number of times your favorite music was played on the app by other users.

No matter what exercise you’re doing, YOU define YOUR RYTHM! With Beat.FM you feel the beat and overcome your limits!

Feature Highlights:
* Change of Beat (BPM – 30/300) with intervals of 30 BPM
* Swipe forward or back to change track or to go back to the beginning
* Edit your Favorites
* Music History
* Share Music through Facebook and Twitter
* Music’s Information (Artist, Song, Title, BPM and number of times heard)

Beat.FM 1.0 is available at 50% discount price of $0.99 USD during the launching week and it’s available for iOS in the App Store in the Music category.

“Beat.FM – Feel the Radio/DJ Beat while Exercising – A New App for iOS” originally appeared on AppCraver.com.

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Beat.FM – Feel the Radio/DJ Beat while Exercising – A New App for iOS

Beat.FM your exercise radio and DJ ideal for running, jogging and workout  
Developer: Digital-Minds S.A.  
Price: $0.99   Download

Digital Minds has just released its brand new app: Beat.FM 1.0 for iOS. This app for iPhone and iPod touch features the best beats that play on the radio, plus beats from DJs all over the world! Beat.FM is your ideal companion for all kinds of exercises – running, jogging, cycling or even just to go for a walk, because it allows you to choose the rhythm that you want! Just select the number of beats per minute (BPM) according to your mood, or to the rhythm of the exercise that you are going to do. Feeling perky? Then, raise your “BPM” and channel all the energy of the beat that you’re listening to, to your exercise!

Don’t like the music your listening to? The main menu allows you, not only to choose the BPM, but also to change to the next/previous beat and you can even save your favorite music and listen to them later.

Beat.FM is also extremely interactive! It allows you to use Facebook and Twitter, in order to share with your friends, what you are listening to while exercising. Moreover, it also allows you to see the number of times your favorite music was played on the app by other users.

No matter what exercise you’re doing, YOU define YOUR RYTHM! With Beat.FM you feel the beat and overcome your limits!

Feature Highlights:
* Change of Beat (BPM – 30/300) with intervals of 30 BPM
* Swipe forward or back to change track or to go back to the beginning
* Edit your Favorites
* Music History
* Share Music through Facebook and Twitter
* Music’s Information (Artist, Song, Title, BPM and number of times heard)

Beat.FM 1.0 is available at 50% discount price of $0.99 USD during the launching week and it’s available for iOS in the App Store in the Music category.

“Beat.FM – Feel the Radio/DJ Beat while Exercising – A New App for iOS” originally appeared on AppCraver.com.

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ZEN & TECH 53: Fitness month balance special

Georgia and Rene finish up Mobile Nations Fitness Month by talking about balance. Exercise, nutrition, and sleep are great, but how do you fit them into your hectic work, school, and family life? Find out!

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From the Editor’s Desk: Fitness month in full swing

Phil Nickinson

So Mobile Nations Fitness Month is in full swing, for better or worse. Better, because some of us need any help we can get to get off our asses and exercise, even just a little. Worse, because often is a pretty busy month for us, and 2013 has been no exception. I'm trying a Nike Fuel Band this year. The gamification is OK (reaching your Fuel Points goal is fine, I guess), but the bracelet is just plain rigid and uncomfortable. And at $160, it's expensive for what it does. Plus, no Android app, which is lame. 

I spent a couple days last week in San Francisco. Travel days are tough for getting any actual exercise. Up too early to catch a transcon flight, and arrive too late get any real walking in. (Of course, that's me making more excuses.) Being on the west coast usually means waking up a couple hours early, and this trip was no exception. So I fired up Ingress and went for a walk at 5:30 a.m. San Francisco is really nice that early in the morning. Plenty of city noise, but not crazy like New York. It also was my first time really playing Ingress in a metro area — and that makes all the difference in the world. That is, until I discovered there was a Level 8 of the other faction nearby who quickly undid the portals I'd claimed. Such is life for a lowly Level 3.

But it did get me out and walking, and helped me meet my Fuel Band goal for that day. So it's better than nothing. I'll be interesting to see just how much walking I end up doing at Mobile World Congress at the end of the month.

And now, a few more thoughts on the week that was …

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Mobile Nations fitness month week 1: Exercise!

It's February and you know what that means? Mobile Nations Fitness Month! That's when we all get together to get in shape, share tips and tricks and recipes for success, review amazing apps and accessories, give away great prizes, and have a ton of fun! This year we're doing it a little differently, though. We're doing weekly themes, and that means every week you'll have new and exciting challenges, and new chances to win!

Week 1: Exercise!

We want to get in shape and feel great! Exercise helps us in so many ways. It helps us lose weight, reduce stress, feel energized, and improve our self-image. Getting moving reduces the likelihood of diseases, and keeps us healthy and as we get older.

As part of fitness month, we'll be reviewing a bunch of great apps and accessories that can help motivate, track, and train us to exercise better and smarter. We'll also be doing a couple of cool contests.

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Cruzerlite releases new Bugdroid Circuit and Clone Army cases for the Nexus 4

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Well, that didn’t take long. We gave you guys a sneak peek at them over the weekend, and now it looks like Cruzerlite’s Bugdroid Circuit cases are finally available on their website. The cases feature Cruzerlite’s own unique one-of-a-kind design, with the world famous Bugdroid laser etched into the TPU material along with the circuitry background. The case offers a nice amount of protection and while it covers the bedazzled back of the Nexus 4 — maybe that’s a good thing? The flexible yet lightweight TPU material will protect your phone from most of life’s accidents — just please, exercise caution.

Also new to Cruzerlite’s store are their Androidified Clone Army cases for the Nexus 4. My personal favorite design from Cruzer, these cases feature a pattern of Androids along the back, letting the world know you’re a true Android freak… and there ain’t nothing wrong with that. If you hurry, you can snag one while they’re still on their cheap as part of Cruzerlite’s introductory sale. Normally $20, the cases can be yours for only $13 each. I guess the hardest part is figuring out which color you’ll want to get first.

Bugdroid Circuit Case $13

Androidified Clone Army Case $13

[Cruzerlite]

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Burn off that Thanksgiving dinner with these fun fitness apps

The dishes are piled in the sink, slim pickings are left on the dinner table, and family members have slunk off to the comfiest available furniture for a little post feast nap. If your Thanksgiving dinner has you popping the button of your pants, here is a selection of fitness apps for your Android device to help you trim down the calories.

Burn the Turkey with Noom

We featured the Burn the Turkey widget last year, but given its seasonal appropriateness we would be remiss to not include it in this list. The fun, interactive widget portrays your calorie intake in the form of its namesake bird. As the turkey whittles down to a mere carcass you know you are making progress toward your goal.

Burn the Turkey is an easy introduction to Noom Weight Loss Coach, an app which is required to run the widget. From the maker of CardioTrainer, the app intuitively tracks your diet and exercise. Both Noom Weight Loss and CardioTrainer make excellent editions to an arsenal of apps that can utilized in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Move Your Bot!

While were talking about the folks at Noom, it’s worth mentioning one last fun fitness app they offer in the Google Play Store. Move Your Bot! turns exercise into a game. The more effort you put out, the more energy your bot gets. Using Facebook you can pit your bot against friends. The most fit bot wins. If that’s you, not only do you get to rub it in your friends’ faces, but you can also feel satisfied with your improved level of fitness.

Zombies, Run!

You just stuffed your face with pumpkin pie, but you don’t want to be the next meal for a hoard of flesh-hungry zombies. So run! Zombies, Run! combines fitness training with an augmented reality experience in which the only way to escape from being the zombie equivalent of a stuffed turkey is to run. And we mean strap on some shoes and really run.

The story line is fed through headphones as you run around collecting supplies, outpacing zombies, and completing certain tasks. When you get back from your run you can build up your home base with what you have gathered, further protecting against the living dead. It’s like ZombiU, but real life. If there is one downside, it’s the app’s $7.99 pricing.

Endomondo Sports Tracker

If zombies aren’t your thing but you still want a fun way to track your activity levels, Endomondo makes a great choice. Record your runs, bike rides, or pretty much any other outdoor activity and share the data with a social network of over 10 million users.

The app will read real-time pep talks from friends posting on your Endomondo profile, which might just be the motivation you need to get through a grueling hill climb or distance run. Or, if you choose, you can challenge them head-to-head in a race. Both free and pro versions are available from the Google Play Store.

Just the beginning…

These apps are a great way to work down that Thanksgiving gut, but they could just be the kick you need to get committed to fitness. With the smell of Christmas goose already in the air,  you’ll want to keep them handy for the after the next holiday banquet. Consider it an early start to that New Year’s resolution.


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ABSmatic 1.1 for iOS: Add Six-Pack Abs to Any Male or Female Photo

ABSmatic  
Developer: Appdicted LLC  
Price: $0.99   Download

Appdicted today is pleased to introduce ABSmatic 1.1 for iOS, their photo-retouching app that is absolutely guaranteed to create sculpted, sexy, six-pack abs without a single sit-up or any other exercise. Users simply shoot a frontal photo or open a previously taken photograph revealing the subject’s bare midriff, and then choose from one of 36 different kinds of abdominal muscles, which blends into the photo and appears completely realistic. Users can easily control the placement, size, opacity, mirroring, brightness, and contrast of the muscles, creating natural-looking definition. Completed photos can be saved to the Photo Library, printed, shared by email, or posted to Facebook, Tumblr, or Twitter.

Creating impressive looking abs, even under clothing, is easy with ABSmatic. Working in landscape orientation on the iPad or portrait orientation on the , the first step is choosing a photo. The user can shoot a live photo from within the app for retouching, open a previously saved pictured from the Photo Library, or practice on one of the included Sample photos. The second step is selecting from among the various abs available – 15 different styles for men and 21 for women. Scrolling down the right side of the screen, each group of abdominals is highly detailed with shadowing that brings out the muscle definition. Most include a small, round dark spot for the navel, which serves to help align the overlay.

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Finish reading “ABSmatic 1.1 for iOS: Add Six-Pack Abs to Any Male or Female Photo” and see screenshots for the app on AppCraver.com.

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Google merges Photos and Drive

Google is on a spree to merge many services into one and is planning to do so by consolidating the quantity of storage it offers across all services by merging into Google Drive. When Google launched GMail, it was an email service which offered a lot more free storage when compared to competing email services then. Storage is obviously very costly and Google cannot afford to give unlimited storage to each user for free. That’s pretty reasonable for a company which has millions of users under multiple products, and as a result, Google is growing stingier day by day when it comes to storage and hence it is going to combine the free storage offered for Google Drive and Photos.

Google launched Google Drive officially in late April. Google Drive is basically seen as an evolution of Google Docs. It’s a rebranding exercise per se, and that’s what we expected it to be in the first place. Google updated Docs with an all new desktop and mobile app for offline syncing of files. When Google launched Google Drive, it offered 5 gig of free space, and that didn’t include the 1 gig of free storage which Google was providing with Google Photos or Picasa, but according to the new revised policy, Google will no longer count the storage provided for Google Photos and Google Drive separately, which means the 5 gig free storage which Google was offering with Google Drive will now be shared with Picasa.

The change in policy can be seen positively as well as negatively. If a user makes use of Picasa very frequently, but does not use Google Drive as much, then there is a very good chance that he will be very happy because of the sudden increase of free space by 4 gigs. There are some users who don’t use Picasa at all, and such users won’t be affected by the policy change at all. On the downside, few users access both, Photos and Drive, and such users will be forced to buy additional storage at a premium.

As said before, storage is intrinsically costly and with the launch of Google Drive, Google has also changed its pricing policy for additional storage. Previously, 20 gigs used to cost $5 per year, but there have been slight changes in the pricing and now 25 gig will cost $5 per month.

Apart from this, there’s a major change brought with this spring cleaning which needs to be noted. According to the new policy, if the user has bought additional storage, the free storage (5 gig) will now be counted towards his total storage quota. Doing the math, if the user buys 100 gig plan, the total storage available to him will be 100 gig only and not 100+5+1 gig like it used to before, and yes, the additional storage can be used with both, Google Drive and Google Photos. According to Google, this approach will make it easier for users. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comment section below.

Source: Official Google Blog

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Farmville 2 Launches On Facebook Today

Can someone shoot me? Please? It looks like Farmville 2 is launching today on Facebook and will be adding a number of new features to the social game’s formula. Thanks to Zynga we get to live through another year of torturous virtual farming and visits from your oh so helpful neighbors. Did we really need another Farmville, I mean really? In fact, does anyone really care about anymore? Is it still popular? Whatever the case, just because FarmVille 2 is launching, that does not mean that Zynga is throwing out the original FarmVille. They’ll continue to develop patches and content for the game so that their players will continuously be mesmerized by the thrill of farming up virtual veggies.

What I’ve found most interesting about this game though, is that Kotaku’s own Kirk Hamilton had a fairly lengthy interview/converstation with LeTourneau and director of design Wright Bagwell on how the game is supposed to reflect on Zynga’s core design philosophy (what disturbs me is that Hamilton wants to see what this game is all about because it looks “shiny”).

Some new features you’ll find in the “new” FarmVille includes more complex mechanics to keep your crops alive. One of those things is water; water is now required to keep your crops sustained until it’s time for harvest. It’s easily the most strategic and most difficult aspect of the game. One thing many players might find exciting as there is no more energy in the game. Now all your farm addicts can play all day long! Resources will still run out though, so you may want to use your hard-earned cash to pay for more (totally a waste of money in general). Crafting has also been added to the game, except it’s not as exciting as it sounds. If you’ve ever played FrontierVille (which, you probably have) you’ll see that the crafting system is very similar to what you’ll find in FrontierVille.

What will be interesting to see is if FarmVille will be making it to Android and iOS devices along with a lot of the other Zynga games that are somehow making it on to the two platforms. Of course, they probably don’t want to expand off of Facebook with this game as it’d seem like it would be really complicated to port it to Android and iOS. As you can probably tell, I’m really not bent on the idea of virtual farming. I mean, atleast you get some exercise in real life (unless left clicking all of the time counts as exercise).

Is anyone excited to see FarmVille 2? Have you tried it yet at all? Is it a stark difference from the original FarmVille? Or are you noticing a Game of Thrones-esque theme to the game? FarmVille meets Game of Thrones…man, that would definitely be quite an interesting game. I still think that this is just a waste of everyone’s time though.

Whatever the case, let us know your opinion in the comments below!

source: Kotaku

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Review: Skater Boy

App descriptions sometimes do not match the actual gaming experience. After all, the descriptions are there to entice people into downloading the app, especially for those who haven’t heard of the app before. When the Skater Boy app, however, describes itself as “easy but super fun,” it fully delivers on this promise.

Skater Boy lets users take on the role of a boy on a skateboard who has to skate through various environments and land safely after every jump. The game currently offers three terrains, including Town, Forest, and Cemetery. There are also 90 levels which have to be unlocked, and are said to be on the way.

Users are provided with two buttons on the bottom of the screen which they have to tap. Pressing the left button repeatedly allows them to accelerate, whereas the right one permits them to jump over the various obstacles in the game such as stairs, fire hydrants, wild pigs, and rocks. On the other hand, one should collect blue stars and trophies along the way as these add to the score.

Because the mechanics are quite easy but still challenging, unlocking levels can get pretty addictive. This is quite an exercise on the thumbs as you may find yourself continuously tapping the accelerate button to speed up the skating, just to further add to the excitement.

The graphics are cartoonish and are appropriate even for younger gamers. Meanwhile, the sound effects are quite amusing, especially the scream that follows once Skater Boy trips over an obstacle.

Skater Boy is by the same team that brought Android users Pool Mania, Yoo Ninja! Free, Jewels Deluxe, and Bubble Shoot.

While it is not as popular as many of today’s top free Android apps, Skater Boy has gotten, to date, between 10,000,000 to 50,000,000 installs. It has furthermore received 4.7 out of the 5-star rating on Google Play.

All in all, this app would be great for those who prefer games that are simple but still challenging.

Download it here.

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Review: Calorie Counter – Keep Track of What You Eat

Available On: Android, iOS

Price: Free

Download: Google Play | iTunes

Having a very difficult time to stay in shape or even staying committed to eating healthy? Or, are you having a hard time making sure you stay below a certain amount of calories or just curious as to how much you eat? The Calorie Counter app is the perfect app to watch your weight, exercise, calorie intake and a lot more. You can add your current weight and the goal of how much weight you want to lose.

One of the cool things about this app is that you don’t always need to manually enter what food you need. You can search Calorie Counter’s database for the food you ate for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner and then add it to your list. It’ll then add all the calories you ate and then add it to your profile. If you have a set amount of calories you plan on eating per day it will decrease the amount of calories from that total.

If you don’t know what healthy meals to make for your meal, Calorie Counter has a database full of recipes for you to try and use. This includes sugar free recipes, 300-400 calorie recipes and so on. There are tons of different options such as Low Cholesterol Recipes, Appetizers, Sauces and etc. Another cool thing that Calorie Counter can do is take photos of yourself and submit it into Calorie Counter in case you want to write up a testimonial or not.

If your looking to lose wait or just watch your calorie intake level, this is literally the perfect app to do that. Adding exercises is also a great way to keep track of daily routines. It really is a fast way to keep track of everything, you don’t have to sit down with a notebook and write all your exercise routines, daily caloric intake, recipes and etc. You can do it all right on your phone or tablet and it only takes about 2 minutes.

Calorie Counter also has an option to look at your most eaten foods,  in my case, there’s about 30 servings of coffee on their from the past week. I think I may just have an addiction.

It’s also important to note that Calorie Counter syncs your data online, so that means its required to have an account with them to use the app. No, it’s not a payment thing, it’s more of a easy way to add your data to a profile so you can also access all the info you need online if your phone is dead or its currently faster to just user the computer.

The only thing that this app really needs is a way to change portion sizes.

Overall, Calorie Counter by developer, Fatsecret, is a great, fast way to keep track of exercises and nutrition facts of the foods you eat. It’s also a great way to help with a diet if you don’t have the time to start exercising. The quality of the app is great, it’s very stable. I’ve never had it crash on me ever.

There are better Calorie Counters out there, but if you’re wanting to keep it simple, this is the perfect one.

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Endomondo Sports Tracker Updated To Version 8, Featuring New Ice Cream Sandwich-Flavored Redesign

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Endomondo, an extremely popular sports and exercise tracker got an update to version 8 today, bringing a handful of minor enhancements. Among these are improvements to routes, the option to like/dislike routes, and the addition and removal of favorite roots. More importantly though, version 8 brings a brand new UI, designed with Ice Cream Sandwich’s legendary style guide in mind. Check out some screenshots:

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What’s great about Endomondo’s new UI is not only that it enhances the UX greatly and makes the app as a whole "prettier," but that it brings the app’s design more into line with the Ice Cream Sandwich style guide, without making the mistake of following the idea that holo is everything.

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Unlocking, Rooting, and Installing Apps on the Nexus Q

The biggest question mark to come out of Google I/O is the Nexus Q. Trying to describe it to someone is an exercise in awkwardness at the very least. Google desicribes it as a “social streaming media player,” and once you see it working, it kind of makes sense. At $299 a pop, however, you have to wonder if this is more of a solution looking for a problem.

Personally, I like the concept, and once I update my router I should be able to give this thing a full review (seems like the Q is having issues with some routers and as luck would have it, mine is one of them). In any case, the idea is that anyone with an Android device, the Q app, and Play Store music or video content can easily add that content to the Q’s queue during a party, for example, and everyone gets to play DJ. That’s the social part. In its most basic form, it serves as simply a way to stream your Google Play content through your entertainment system, using your phone or tablet as a remote.

The important thing to realize, though, is that this is a Nexus device, meaning it is made for easy hacking, and to that end, some dev folks over at XDA Forums have put together a little guide on how to unlock, root, install and run apps on the Q itself, which requires pushing commands to it through a computer connected to the USB port since the Q has no real graphical user interface.

The hope is that devs will help expand the capabilities of the Q once new apps or ROMs can be cooked up. So there just might be an audience for this thing yet.

source: xda – rooting and unlocking | xda – installing apps


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Samsung Launches S Health App For Galaxy S III

When the Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung’s latest and flagship smartphone was launched a couple of months earlier, it had announced, along with a bunch of new features that Galaxy S III brings to users, it’s very own health monitoring application called S Health that would be a part of Samsung Galaxy S III. We did not see the app come as a pre installed app along with the Galaxy S III. But now, Samsung has officially launched the health monitoring app specifically for the Galaxy S III smartphone.

The S Health should not be confused as a fitness app such as Nike+ Fitness App, which helps you maintain your health by helping you in keeping track of your regular exercise routine and help you in maintaining it and keeps you motivated to maintain the exercise regime.
S Health on the other hand, as the name says, a health app. S Health also monitors your body but not actively but instead lets you monitor the state of your body. Using S Health, users will be able to keep their weight in check, their blood pressure level, their blood sugar level etc. The app obtains the data by syncing the data it with blood pressure monitors and blood glucose meters from Lifescan, Omron, and A&D.  The data is synced with these devices via Bluetooth or USB cable depending on the device from which it is obtaining the data.

All the data collected by S Health is now stored in your phone for easy analysis and for keeping track your health fluctuations. With all the previous health records stored by the app in your phone, it becomes very easy for the user to share the data with a doctor and also in maintaining stable health levels by setting personal goals.

The app will be available through the Samsung App Store soon in the US, South Korea, and five European countries.

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S Health application for the Samsung Galaxy S III now available

Android Central

Remember the S Health application that Samsung told us about back in May? Well, today sees it official launch so if you fancy keeping track of how your body is doing under the pressures of life you may want to check it out. You will of course need a Samsung device as the application can be found within Samsung's more services.

The application will allow users to enter information such as diet, exercise, medication etc, so keeping track of how your body is doing couldn't be easier.

In addition it will also integrate with other healthcare sensors via Bluetooth such as blood glucose meters, blood pressure monitors and body composition scales. Clever stuff.

You can read the full press release below:

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Tactus Technology prototype Android tablet shows off shapeshifting screen at SID 2012 (video)

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Typing with thumbs on glass can often prove to be as fruitful as talking to an actual wall. That is to say, both are an exercise in frustration. Yet, with smartphone adoption continuing to climb, that method of touchscreen input is only going to become more pervasive. Good thing, then, that companies like Tactus Technology are working on a scifi-seeming haptic solution that should catapult the wireless industry into true innovation and bring back some much needed tactile feedback. To spur this, the company’s crafted a prototype Android slate in conjunction with Touch Revolution, shown off at this week’s SID 2012, that shapeshifts from flatscreen to physical button layout and back as needed. The screen, which would reportedly add no extra thickness to future tablet or phone displays, makes use of microfluidic tech to make those disappearing UIs possible. So, forget about quad-cores and the 2GB RAM spec race, this is where those next-gen flagships ought to be headed. Click on past the break to marvel at a demo of this dynamic interface in action.

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Java portion of Android ported to C#

Here’s yet another Android project that leaves the question of “why” hanging while retorting with a resounding “why not?” A team of independent developers have created version of Android’s Java codebase that can run entirely in the older C# programming language, with no Java to be seen. At this point it’s more of a computer science exercise than anything else, but if certain megacorps get their way, it could be a viable alternative to standard Android.

This feat was accomplished by using a tool called Sharpen to translate Java code to c#. The net result is that you can use pure Android code on a machine running the team’s Mono virtual machine, and get the software to boot and run without any Java at all. Under the right conditions, the Mono virtual machine can far outpace Android’s default VM, Dalvik. The team calls their project XobotOS, and it’s available on GitHub.

Despite the obvious plus of not having to deal with Oracle’s Java patents, developers could code new apps and other software directly in C# for XobotOS. It’s not anywhere near being included on mobile hardware (retail or otherwise) yet, but the project shows promise. Oh, and if you’re a computer science major looking for a job, they’re hiring.

[via Slashdot]


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FitnessOne Boasts Custom Workout Builder

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Developer: BAY I 2.COM
Price: $0.99
Download from the App Store
User Ratings:
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Those of us with fitness-minded goals can get an App Store workout just trying to find the ideal fitness and nutrition app. There are a few that combine bits and pieces of fitness, nutrition and exercise information into one app, some are specifically tailored to working out with no focus on nutrition, while others are geared towards diet and weight loss, but offer little guidance for working out. And a select few do provide a more comprehensive collection of options that include both areas. The FitnessOne app by Bay 12.com is a fairly comprehensive fitness app that lets you build a workout customized to your needs and preferences. It’s not as sleek as some, but it does provide a huge variety of exercises, demonstrates them with video instruction, and gives users just enough tools to make a go of it. (more…)

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The Android Market Is Now Google Play – Integrating Apps, Games, Books, Music, And Movies

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Goodbye, Android Market, hello, Google Play. Just moments ago, Google let loose the re-branded Android content hub. What’s new? Actually, not all that much (yet).

The change in name is largely an exercise in product consolidation. Google Books, Google Music, Google Movies, and the Android Market are all now under the "Google Play" banner, in an attempt to bring all of Google’s content services to one place.

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Aside from the UI refresh, there’s really nothing new going on so far as we can tell. Google plans to roll out an updated version of the Market (Play) to Android 2.2+ …

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

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Elastic World Bounces Into Android Market

Monkey I-Brow Studios just released a unique physics-based puzzler titled Elastic World. The goal of this game is simple: hit the stars with the ball. But the way you actually accomplish that is by expanding and collapsing “jelly” shapes to make the ball bounce in different directions and heights. Sounds weird but is actually pretty quick to pick up. It ends up being an exercise in getting the timing just right as the ball bounces on your jelly shapes.

The game gets progressively more challenging as you compete against the clock. The quicker you can hit the stars, the better you are ranked.

Apparently, and impressively, Elastic World was built over a 6 month period by one developer while working at his full-time job. The description in the Market reads:

Please support independent video game development! This is the result of six months of hard work (done alongside a full-time job). Please give it a good rating.

Unlike several other games, the collision detection and physics engine were made entirely from scratch.

Great work as I can see this becoming very addictive, and for only $0.99 (a free version is also available with 10 levels). Works on phones and tablets.

For your taste of gelatinous goodies, hit up the Market links or QR codes below.

source: droidgamers

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Chrome extension allows for downloading of Android apps from Market to desktop

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For those who know their way around the insides of an Android smartphone, pulling the apps off the device in their .apk form is a pretty trivial exercise. (We showed you how to do it many moons ago.) Now, thanks to a clever developer and a Chrome extension, you can download Android apps to your computer straight from the Android Market — no smartphone acting as a middle man.

The trick is to install redphx's APK Downloader Chrome extension, turn off SSL error notifications, and then set a cookie for your Android Market e-mail and device ID. (Which means you need to be giving that sort of info up to the dev's cookie.) From there, you go to an App in the Android Market, hit the icon that now appears in the Omnibar, and download away. We've tested it out, and things work as advertised.

All that said, we've got no idea how Google's going to feel about this, but we imagine the Android Market doesn't have this sort of download capability in the first place.

We've got some demo video after the break if you want to see what you're getting into.

Source: code kiếm cơm blogThanks, redphx!

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Mobile Nations Fitness Month: Old habits die hard

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Well, that was quicker than I expected. Here we are, mostly through February — Mobile Nations Fitness Month — and what started as two weeks of solid daily walking as slipped back into 16-hour days at a desk.

Why am I not surprised.

I know I'm not alone there — we've all started some sort of exercise regimen only to let life, work, school — the old routine — sneak back in. And you know what? All the gadgets in the world can't keep it from happening. (Or, in my case, all the gadgets in the world are the direct cause.) That one's totally on me.

But, wait. No it's not. Frankly, I'm very disappointed in all of you. Two weeks away, and not one "What happened to Phil?!?!?!" thread in our our Health and Fitness forums. Fine. I get it. I'm on my own here. Thanks for nothing.

So we've got a week to go in Mobile Nations Fitness Month. And this ain't gonna be easy — I head to Mobile World Congress on Friday. Here's what we're going to do:

  • I'm strapping the Fitbit back on. Let's see how far one walks at MWC, shall we? And perhaps there will be a contest around it.
  • From now through Feb. 29 (it's a leap year, yo!), anyone who posts in the Health and Fitness forums is entered to win an Acer Iconia Tab A200. (Anyone who posts "I'm only posting to enter to win!" is lame and will not win.)
  • If you see me sitting down somewhere, kick me in the rear and tell me to get my fat butt moving. Time's a wastin'.

So Mobile Nations Fitness Month isn't yet a bust. We've still got some time left. And perhaps we've all learned an important lesson. … … … Ah, right. The tech is fun, but it's not going to put in the miles for you.

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Mobile Nations Fitness Month: Getting my butt away from the desk

Mobile Nations Fitness Month

It's sounds like a gimmick, right? "Mobile Nations Fitness Month." Never mind that we picked the shortest month of the year to do it. Never mind that the last week of the month, we're going to spend upwards of 18 hours of travel sitting inside little metal sausages to get to Mobile World Congress and back. (Once we're there, however, we're going to walk our asses off through Barcelona.)

Gimmick or not, for the first time in a long, long time, I'm taking exercise a little more seriously. And I'm bringing my Android smartphone phone along for the ride. 

Hit the break to see what I'm doing to get my fat butt out of the office, onto the streets and, more important — what's I'm doing to keep it consistent.

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Nike Introduces the FuelBand as the Next Fitness Trend, Android Compatibility on the Way

The latest in active/exercise tech was introduced today by Nike. The product is called the Nike+ FuelBand and looks similar to those LiveStrong wrist bands that took the world by storm for an extended period of time, only it’s much more advanced. The idea behind it is similar to what you can find in FitBit, [...]

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Oregon Scientific’s App In Sports watches sync with your phone, grab apps from it

One of the many new products we spotted at Oregon Scientific’s CES booth was the App In Sports range of watches. As the name suggests, these wearables can link up to your Android phone (via ANT+ wireless connection) to grab up to three app profiles, and the range of profiles available depend on the model of the watches due to their different sensors: for the RA900 (Expedition) you get cardio, weather, hiking and sleep; whereas the SE900 offers coach, running, workout and sleep. More profiles will be made available, though it’s not clear whether they’ll make it before or after the watches launch in a few months time. Either way, users will need to install the matching Android apps according to their watch models, but both apps can sync with the watches for exercise summary data (including heart rate, exercise time, distance and speed). Demo video after the break.

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A Must Have App For The Holidays: Calorie Counter by FatSecret

If you’re gearing up to head home for the holidays and want to get a heads up on what kind of a caloric intake you’re going to be partaking in then this is the app for you.  Calorie Counter by FatSecret, is a must have app to manage the kinds of food you’ll be stuffing your face with today.  It’s simple, intuitive and offers an aesthetically pleasing UI for navigating.  find nutritional info for all kinds of food fast, easy and on the go.  Keep track of all of your meals while also focusing on exercise and weight gain/loss.

Calorie Counter is simple to use and has all the cool tools to help you succeed:

- A food diary to plan and keep track of what you’re eating.
- An exercise diary to record all the calories you burn.
- A barcode scanner and manual barcode input
- A quick pick to find calorie and nutrition info for your favorite foods, brands and restaurants.
- A diet calendar to see your calories consumed and burned.
- A weight tracker.
- A journal to record your progress.
- Recipes and meal ideas

The application offers “in-the-cloud” support and allows you to store and access all of your info online at anytime.  There’s also a fantastic widget with all pertinent info reflected directly on your home screen.  The dev promises there are “more goodies to come” so stay tuned and don’t forget to let us know what you think of the app in the comments below.  Hit the break for some more screen shots and to hit up the download links.  There’s also a QR code available if you need it.  

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Three UK BENDS TIME to start its January Sale early

If you’ve still got a bit of Christmas present budget left to blow, there are a few slightly-better-than-before PAYG and contract deals about to go up on Three later this week, with the network is about to launch what it calls a January sale, shaving a few quid off a handful of Android models.

It’s taken £10 off the price of an HTC Explorer, for example, and removed £3 off the contract price of an Arc S. It’s more of a pre-Chrimbo PR exercise than a proper sale, to be fair…

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…but those are the models included in this promotion, if you’re keen on any of them. An Arc S on the “AYCE” data plan for £25 a month is the pick of that lot by a million miles. Rummage through Three’s updated prices here – these new prices kick in on December 22nd.

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  3. Galaxy Nexus upfront fees dropped by Phones4U

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Holiday gift guide: What to get the fitness nut

 

Android Central Gift Guide

With the holidays right around the corner, we're staring down the ugly double-barrel of gifts and the inevitable New Year's resolutions. Finding the right gifts for the fitness freak in your life can sometimes be a chore, but here at Android Central, we've got you covered.

And what about those folks who'll pledge to be more active and exercise more in the new year? Well, there's gifts for them on this list, too.

Join us after the break for the whole shakedown of what'll get yours (or their) blood pumping.

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Carrier IQ Gets Fishy with their Defense, Admits Data Collected but Downplays Privacy Issues

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“We’re on a fishing boat out at sea and we’re catching fish that are too small and they go back in. And they go back in for two reasons: One, the holes in the net don’t catch small fish, i.e. the filtering, and/or the fish is the wrong type and it gets thrown out of the boat, hopefully while it’s still alive.”

The above is not some sort of zen meditation exercise. It is the explanation offered by Carrier IQ VP of marketing Andrew Coward used to describe the way the analytics software works. Coward skillfully admits that Carrier IQ does log things such as key strokes and location data while downplaying the extent to which this information is leveraged. It’s a shame that he chose a fishing metaphor, as the concept doesn’t stray too far from the sort of phishing associated with malware known for stealing personal data…but I digress.

Coward goes on to explain how information that is not useful to the work that Carrier IQ is doing, such as regular every day text messages, is thrown out quickly. Carrier IQ does collect info on the number of successfully delivered texts from any one number (to monitor network reliability, assumedly), but that the contents of text messages are “never stored and never transmitted.” Likewise, key strokes are monitored for character combinations such as codes entered while speaking to tech support. These “earmarked” codes help with Carrier IQ’s diagnostics.

There is much more from Coward’s interview with The Register, a must-read for anyone who has been following the events of the past couple weeks. We’ll leave it up to the reader to decide if Carrier IQ’s defense checks out or if they are simply covering their tail.

[The Register via Engadget]


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