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Last Day To Save: App Sale at the Google Play Store

Posted by Alan at 8:22 AM on September 2, 2012

This Labor Day weekend, Google has been holding a $0.99 sale on apps in their Play Store.  The sale is about to enter it’s final 24 hours, wrapping up on Labor Day, September 3rd.  The sale isn’t across the board, but is a select 18 apps that were picked for an unknown reason, but it’s certainly a good group.

The sale list covers the gamete of app types – there are games, camera apps, utilities and productivity apps.  All are regularly priced in the $1.99 to $3.99 range.  Camera aficoanados will want to grab Vignette, one of the premier picture taking apps on the market, while gamers will rejoice at getting a deal on the likes of Gangstar Rio: City of Saints and Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation.  For those looking for an alternative to Google Calendar, you may want to check out Business Calendar.

My recommendation though, is an app that I picked up over a year ago – Star Chart.  This is hands-down the best astronomy app available.  It uses your handset’s GPS to locate itself, the clock for timing, compass to know the direction it’s pointing and the accelerometer to tell it’s angle.  All of this information is translated in real-time to show the user a map of the sky in whatever direction the phone is pointed.  Want to know what that particularly bright point of light is?  Open Star Chart and point your phone at it and it will display the object and it’s name.

To view all of the deals just visit the End of Summer Sale section in the Google Play Store.

Don’t Delete that NBC Olympics App Yet…More Live Sports are Coming

Posted by Alan at 3:33 PM on September 1, 2012

NBC Sports Live Extra

I recently switched phones from a Motorola Android device to a brand new Samsung one and one of the apps I didn’t bother re-installing was the NBC Olympics.  After all, the games are over for another four years…or two depending on how you want to count it.  Now it looks as though I may want to revive that app because NBC has announced that it’s not dead and will be re-branded as NBC Sports Live Extra.

This update has now taken place on both the Android and iOS versions of the app.   The new content that will be streaming live through the app will come from events covered on NBC, NBCSports Network and the Golf Channel.  Before you get too excited, the app will still require users to authenticate, meaning they must prove they subscribe to a cable or satellite package that provides these channels.

It’s both good and bad news for users.  The app isn’t useless and, in fact, will be far from it, but these services are eventually going to have to learn to break away from the traditional models, which are proving every day to be more broken.  Perhaps NBC would be better served by charging a nominal monthly fee for use of the app rather than being beholden to the traditional home providers.  There’s little doubt that will eventually happen, but we aren’t there yet.

 

Tech Coming to the UK

Posted by Andrew at 5:06 AM on August 31, 2012

It’s a good time to be in a geek in the UK at the moment. Over the past week there’s been a raft of announcements for predominately US-based offerings making it across the pond so here’s a quick round up of the latest news.

NookBarnes and Noble are bringing the Nook to Britain and if the marketing is right, it could be hit. Public libraries are still popular and they offer ebooks in the .epub format, which the Amazon Kindle doesn’t support but the Nook does. Some shrewd money-saving marketing and the Nook could give the Kindle a run for its money. I have the original Nook which I’m hoping will be supported in the UK, despite it being no longer sold. Pricing for the current Nooks to be announced but Argos and John Lewis are on-board to sell the hardware.

Amazon rolled out its Android Appstore to UK residents and parts of Europe, presumably for the as-yet-unannounced launch of the Kindle Fire. Coming with the Amazon Appstore is the App of the Day, which will have some great apps for nothing so it’s worth keeping an eye out for those. I’ve installed Appstore on my tablets already and have downloaded a few apps – all looking cool so far.

If you are looking for a small tablet, I think UK readers will be spoilt for choice with the Nexus 7, Kindle Fire and Nook Color / Tablet all likely to be available soon.

AmazonLocal Finally, Groupon has some competition in the shape of AmazonLocal, offering similar group deals. At the moment it seems to be focussing on London with a few national offers. Presumably city or regional deals can’t be that far away. There’s a 2 hour flying lesson currently on offer for £99 which looks fun. (As an aside, I always thought Groupon was a rubbish name until someone pointed out it was like group-coupon. Duh!)

All round, it’s good news for geeks in the UK.

See Your Android App Updates with AppFeed.net

Posted by Alan at 10:25 AM on August 20, 2012

Most of us who have Android devices set automatic updates for our apps, which means we don’t have to worry about going to the trouble of installing each update manually.  That’s a great thing, but it has it’s drawbacks.  For instance, if you play a game that frequently updates by adding new levels, as the popular Angry Birds does, then you can miss those cool new levels.  After all, you don’t play those new levels unless you know they are there.  How can you tell what has updated?  Enter AppFeed.net.

You can sign into the service using your Google, Twitter or Facebook accounts.  Once logged in, you can click “My Feeds” and get an RSS feed that you can add to your reader of choice.  This will give you up-to-date information on what apps have received updates, so you can go play that new set of Angry Birds levels as soon as they are released.

Below you will find a gallery of screenshots of the setup process.  It’s a simple service written by someone who had a need and couldn’t find a suitable solution in the Google Play Store.

 

 

GNC-2012-01-02 #734 Happy New Year

Posted by geeknews at 12:12 AM on January 3, 2012

Happy New Years everyone. I am really pumped up for an exciting 2012. Have you made your New Year Resolution? I made a few now the goal is to try and keep them. Several real nice support staff donations came in, thank you for your support. Lot’s of tech tonight.

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GNC-2011-12-29 #733 Soapbox Time!

Posted by geeknews at 1:18 AM on December 30, 2011

Happy New Year, this is an epic show. For those of you that are long time supporters of the show thank your for your continued and ongoing support. For the Haters well I can’t say what I really want to say.

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I Feel Stupid

Posted by Andrew at 7:25 AM on December 28, 2011

Windows Phone 7Over the break, there’s been a bit of discussion by some of the big names regarding the reasons why Windows Phone 7 handsets haven’t been flying off the shelves this holiday season. Charlie Kindel started the debate with “Windows Phone is Superior; Why Hasn’t It Taken Off?” and largely faults the relationship between the OEMs, Microsoft and the carriers.

MG Siegler responded with a fairly weak response largely citing the mantra of “too late and not enough apps” but as can be seen from today’s news of 50,000 apps in the Windows Phone Marketplace, the latter argument really isn’t that valid.

As usual, Robert Scoble hits the nail on the head. People buy Android or iOS because it’s a safe bet and they don’t want to look stupid or uncool by buying something else. Microsoft Windows Phone 7 and RIM’s Blackberries simply don’t have the gold-plated appeal of a sure-thing.

And he’s right. I was a big Palm fan and look how that turned out. I do feel stupid. After spending years waiting for Palm to move from PalmOS to WebOS and then HP promising to do big things. I bought in with a succession of Pre phones and pre-ordered a TouchPad. Maybe I shouldn’t be so shallow and have a less of an ego, because WebOS is a great operating system and even with the smaller app selection, it does 99% of what I need a phone to do. But when everyone else is, “Have you got this app and that app” on their Galaxy S IIs and iPhone 4Ss, you do feel a bit of a chump.

So thanks, HP. I feel stupid.

GNC-2011-12-15 #729 Task Saturation @ 195%

Posted by geeknews at 1:35 AM on December 16, 2011

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The Top 10 Android Apps Are Now $0.10 Each

Posted by Alan at 5:02 PM on December 6, 2011

The Android Market has officially exceeded 10 billion downloads.  Yes, you read that correctly.  That’s a whole lot of Angry Birds.  That’s not bad for a store that opened October 22, 2008, and had only 1 billion downloads just over a year ago in August of 2010.

To celebrate hitting the 10 billion download mark Google has announced a sale.  The top 10 most popular apps in the Android Market are all on sale right now for $0.10 each, and that includes some great games and other types of apps.  The list includes favorites like SoundHound, Asphalt 6: Adrenaline HD, Minecraft, Swiftkey X Keyboard, SketchBook Mobile, Paper Camera, and more.

Not surprisingly, the the deal is on for 10 days.  If you live in the U.K. then don’t worry, the deal is on for you as well.  The apps are going 10 pence across the Atlantic.  You can check it out here.

Spotify Now With Apps

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 7:51 PM on November 30, 2011

Spotify, the music service announced today that they are going to be adding apps to their service. I downloaded the beta version to try it out and to see if this is something that is big news today, but will be forgotten by next week or is it a game changer. I say it depends on whether they can get developers to create apps for the platform. They released the Spotify Api for Apps which allows third-party developers to create applications that can then be added to Spotify. However it is my understanding that the developer is paid nothing for placing their apps on Spotify, (other than the publicity), So I am not sure how many developers will want to develop for Spotify. Right now in the beta version there are 9 applications

Like Facebook when you click on the plus button next to an app it is added to your side bar under the Radio icon. Some like We are Hunted, Moodagent and Pitchfork are great for finding new songs and artist. Others like Tunewiki and Fuse give you information about the song or artist. The one that looked the most interesting to me is Sounddrop, you add a playlist to Soundrop and then share it with your friends, who can vote tracks up and down and add their own. I can see this becoming very popular, it reminds me a lot of Turntable FM. Although the fact it requires you to log into Facebook to use it is a definite negative, at least for me. Also at one point, Soundrop kept on asking me to log into Facebook, even though I was already logged in. I finally had to close and reopen Spotify to fix it. I not sure if the problem was with Spotify itself or Soundrop, this version of Spotify is still in beta and so problems like this are not unexpected. The one thing that was planned that did bothered me was with the Rolling Stone app. The Rolling Stone app recommends various albums, songs and playlists to play. There is also an option to read a review of the song or album, however if you want to read more than the first couple sentences of a review, you are taken out of Spotify and into the Rolling Stone Web site on a browser. I understand why Rolling Stone did it this way, but as a user I hate it.

I plan to use a lot of these apps within my Spotify account but I am not sure it is a game changer, like I said before it will depend on whether developers are willing to develop for the platform, but it has great potential.