While there is no shortage of security apps on the Play Store, aeGis one stands out a bit for a few reasons. For starters, it's dead simple to use. Set up a specific trigger phrase and you can text your phone to lock the display, remotely wipe, find the address of, or sound an alarm from your phone. There's no web interface, unfortunately, but this app trades the elaborate suite of services of something like Avast for simplicity.
What's even cooler is this app is entirely open source. Built by a member of the CyanogenMod team as a side project, the entire codebase is available on Github here.
We've heard mixed reports about international availability of the HTC J Butterfly/Droid DNA beyond Japan and the U.S. (respectively). Today, HTC saw fit to announce some new countries. For starters, the device with the retina-melting display will be coming to China as the HTC Butterfly X920e in mid-December. Additionally, a 3G version of the device simply called the Butterfly will be released in international markets.
The Chinese version of the device will launch on China Unicom for ¥4,799 (roughly USD$770) and will come in three colors: brown, red, and white. It will carry the same specs as the other variants around the world:
1.5GHz Quad-core Snapdragon processor
5" SLCD3 1080p display
2GB of RAM
Outside of China, the device will launch internationally simply as the HTC Butterfly.
Update: It turns out someone jumped the gun on this one, and the game isn't actually available just yet - which is why so many users are getting the "validation error." Rockstar is aware of the issue and posted a statement on their official blog:
We’re aware that some users have attempted to download Vice City: 10th Anniversary Edition from the Google Play Store and have experienced validation errors. Just to be clear: the game is not available for Android devices just yet, and if you’re seeing it listed on the Store then this is an error, and you shouldn’t attempt to download it.
I have a confession to make: I'm usually not a big fan of anything I see as a "novelty" product. Sure, there are cool ideas, but I'm all about usefulness. Things that make life easier, more convenient, or just generally better. I think the DoorBot is one of those things.
The DoorBot, in short, is a W-Fi doorbell with one-way video and two-way chat. Here's how it works: someone rings your doorbell, which notifies you on your phone. You answer it like a call, thus activating the DoorBot's camera so you can see who's there. Then you're free to talk back and forth.
Ong Bak is a fine series of Thai martial arts movies that received plenty of critical and commercial success both in Thailand and around the world. Naturally, when a film about people kicking things and stuff getting punched makes it big, a game must be sure to follow. That game, Ong Bak Tri, is being built on the Unity3D engine for PC, consoles, and Android. The newly released gameplay trailer looks pretty fantastic for a mobile game.
Of course, the trailer seems to be showing gameplay that involves quick time events requiring a user to press a colored button that looks like they correspond to an Xbox 360 controller, so it's a little unclear if we can expect the graphics to look as nice on mobile as they do in this trailer.
Motorola has once again updated its device update page, clarifying the Jelly Bean situation for a number of pieces of hardware. The following notable devices have had their update schedules changed or more precisely laid out:
ATRIX HD: Jelly Bean rollout in Dec. 2012
XOOM LTE: Jelly Bean rollout in Q1 2013
Electrify M: Jelly Bean rollout in Q1 2013
RAZR HD (Canada): Jelly Bean rollout in Q1 2013
ATRIX HD (Canada): Jelly Bean rollout in Q1 2013
RAZR i: Jelly Bean rollout in Q1 2013
There have been changes for other regions, as well, and you can check them out on the software upgrade page, here.
If you've been waiting for the Top Gear Stunt School Revolution game to finally ditch its Amazon Appstore-only status, good news: it has. You can grab the game based on some of the wacky and oft ill-conceived and even more ill-executed challenges from the popular British TV show on the Play Store as of today. There's a free version, which doesn't have all the stunts unlocked, and a $0.99 Pro version that does (it also gives you more play points).
It's more fun than Jeremy Clarkson driving a couch. Probably more appealing to look at, too. There appears to be a special Christmas-themed Santa's Cadillac in this version, as well.
I'm not going to pretend to be a developer here, and I'll openly admit that the bulk of what IDEA 12 does is over my head. However, I do understand its importance and relevance. Still, for the sake of correctness, we'll keep this one short and sweet.
When it comes to Android app development, there's Eclipse, then there's IDEA. IDEA 12 is, naturally, the newest incarnation of the application, and it brings a slew of new stuff that developers can make use of:
New interface and "Darcula" theme
New compiler mode
Support for Java 8, Spring Framework, and Play 2.0 for Java and Scala
A redacted version of the HTC-Apple patent licensing agreement was published in the public record today as part of the Samsung v. Apple trial, and AllThingsD has a copy. It's 143 pages long (to be fair, only about a fifth of that is the actual settlement), so let me give you the skinny.
First, what has HTC agreed to? Well, it's actually not super complicated to distill down: basically, HTC can use Apple's functional software patents under the license, except those covered under an "anti-cloning" rule and which are part of the "distinct Apple user experience" - unless those features are part of the core Android OS that HTC does not control.
Ok - here's the deal. A Google Search update happened, which means it's teardown time. Normally I post about unreleased, work-in-progress stuff, but Google Now is so context dependent, that it's pretty much impossible for me to tell if something is implemented or not. The one thing I've learned from my months of using Now is that Google Now is in charge, and you're just along for the ride. So, for today's post, we're just going to shoot for "new things that didn't make it onto the 'What's New' list." If you can get them to show up, awesome. Send me a screenshot and I'll update.