Lego and Android go together like an open-source operating system and an infinitely variable building toy. Lego engineer GLHTurbo agrees, which is why he submitted this 205-piece Bugroid design to the Cuusoo platform, Lego's Kickstarter-like crowdsourced idea farm. Builder submit ideas, participants vote, and the projects that reach enough votes are considered for a retail Lego kit. The Bugdroid model passed the 10,000 vote threshold late Wednesday night.
The Lego corporation reviews 10,000+ vote submissions four times a year, and according to their Cuusoo video, only selects one project to become a reality. The Android mascot set is up against some stiff competition, so it's far from a done deal.
Earlier this week we reported that EA had finally ported the Simpsons-themed Sim City clone Tapped Out to Android. Unfortunately, they decided to hold off on a North American release in favor of a "rest of world" rollout, perhaps to iron out the bugs. Well good news, neighborinos: Tapped Out is now available to North America, and the device access issues seem to have been ironed out.
The Simpsons: Tapped Out starts with Homer predictably destroying Springfield via a manipulative fremium game, so the player has to re-assemble the town with familiar landmarks. 42 Evergeen Terrace, the Kwik-E-Mart, Moe's, the power plant, they're all here, as are the original television voice actors playing their parts.
Update: As we suspected, this really isn't official. In fact, it's a fan render that was published on The Verge's forums two and a half months ago. Mystery solved! (Thanks, c3vzn!)
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The closer spring gets, the more rumors we can expect to see about Samsung's next-Next Big Thing (TM). Today's alleged leak comes to us via Twitter, and let's not beat around the bush - this is almost certainly not the Galaxy S IV. We'll begin where any photo analysis starts: the pixels. Take a look at the USB port in particular.
RunKeeper is one of the top fitness apps in Google Play, and it just got a huge update to version 3.0. Not only does this version continue RunKeeper's trend toward a more modern Holo-inspired UI, it adds features that will make your experience better.
Here's what's new in this version of the app:
Visual redesign- Complete visual redesign from the ground up
In-activity splits- Shows your pace per mile/km or workout interval throughout the activity
‘Me’ tab- Central place in the app to view your goal progress, personal records, and activity tally over time
Audio cue improvements- More robust audio cues
Workout reminders- The ability to schedule your next workout when you finish the last one
RunKeeper is a solid way to keep track of your workouts, and provides you with gobs of data to dig through.
The majority of Android developers use Java to create their apps. While Java isn't the hardest programming language to learn, it's always best to get as many people developing as possible.... not that Android is hurting in that respect. Even so, a new way to create apps using Microsoft's familiar C# language is now available, by way of TallApplications BV's Dot42 - a tool that aims to accomplish this task without requiring something like mono.
The gist is simple: it's a compiler that will allow you to code apps in Visual Studio. You can use existing Android API libraries. There's even limited support for editing String and Menu resources in WYSIWIG.
The long-awaited Carbon for Twitter app landed on the Play Store a few days ago, but some were of the opinion that it wasn't quite finished yet. This happens in software development. Nothing to be worried about. What should cause worry is if problems persist for months or years at a time (*coughGoogleVoicecough*). On that note, it should be very encouraging that the developers have already rolled out an update that includes a variety of bug fixes.
Here is the complete list of changes:
Bug Fixes: - Notification bug that crashed after tapping - Repeat Notifications - Notification bug that crashed app when Avatar couldn't be loaded - Direct Messages Delete bug wasn't saving changes - Long press bug on Messages - Composition Screen Account Selector bug - User Profile Bio: tapping on Mentions & Hashtags bug.
The new app backup offering from ClockworkMod is one of the most impressive apps we've seen recently. It makes saving your app data a breeze, and it doesn't even require root. The initial release was good, but Koush has pushed an update that adds a few features and cleans up some errant bugs.
Here's the full list of changes:
Notification progress bars
External SD Card support
Fix battery drain bug in carbon server
Android sync works over wifi now, and allows APK sync
Temple Run (and others) Fix: Restores now support external files directory
Scheduled backups now notifies about any lock screen issues and no longer unnecessarily start the Carbon server
Create a .nomedia file per backup
Backup and restore confirm is now more reliable
Fixed issues on Asus tablets
Detect desktop backup password errors
Of particular interest here is the fix for battery drain while running the Carbon server.
A doctor did this. Before I get any deeper into this story, I want to point out that a person with the prefix "Dr." in front of his name—Dr. Christopher Culligan, a Canadian ER physician and instructor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, to be precise—is responsible for this mobile app that promises to infer a man's size based on a variety of factors. This criteria includes but is not limited to height, shoe size, butt size and whether the man is gay or straight. Seriously.
I can't believe I actually get to write these words, but of all the apps I've seen that promise to measure a man's member, this has to be the best.