I love LEGOs. The mix of the juvenile careless joy of playing and the brainiac excitement of building new things is a satisfying feeling. But LEGOs are now way past the colored bricks that we had when I was younger. There are mechanical pieces, more complicated designs, broader possibilities, and even programmable robots.
The latter is LEGO's MINDSTORMS set. It lets you build 5 different types of robots and then using computer connectivity or Bluetooth, you could make them do things. There's an app to control them, one to help you build the different robot types, and a cool puzzle game, but now MINDSTORMS can also be completely programmed from your Android tablet thanks to this app. Read More
Google quietly unveiled a new YouTube Music app when it rolled out YouTube Red last month, and we've been waiting ever since to see it become available in the Play Store. Well, today's the day. Google has officially announced its new YouTube app dedicated entirely to music. Read More
You want to become a rock hard slab of skin and muscle. I hear you, and I understand. Here's a pro-tip, you have a great fitness trainer already floating around in your pocket. Look at it. That flat, hard sheet of glass. That chiseled frame. Your phone is in great physical shape, and it knows just what to do to help you get there.
First, download Runtastic Results. This is the latest release from Runtastic, and those guys make good software for people who prefer the thought of training at home rather than going to the nearby gym. In the past we've covered their approach to running (go figure), riding bikes, and getting those six-pack abs. Read More
Android isn't all about fun and games. Sometimes you have to use that phone or tablet (but probably phone) for work. Before that, someone has to develop apps for use in a corporate environment. Google launched Android for Work earlier this year, and it's up to other folks to make the apps.
Well, Google has recently released an app to make that whole ordeal go by more smoothly. It's known simply as Test DPC. Read More
I have fond memories of playing Star Wars Battlefront over a decade ago. I was never the biggest Star Wars fan, but futuristic shooters and strategy games appealed to me, and Battlefront was both. You weren't just gunning down waves of rebel scum, you were attacking the right bases and deploying the best vehicles to crush the enemy's capacity to fight.
Star Wars Battlefront II arrived in 2005, only one year after the original's debut. The third non-mobile entry has taken ten times as long to get here, but it's scheduled to hit consoles and PCs this month. To get players ready to again hop inside an AT-AT, EA has released a companion app onto Google Play. Read More
The HTC One A9 comes with a 13MP camera that, like those found on the backs of other smartphones, is capable of shooting photos. To do so, tap the camera icon that's initially located on the right side of your dock. That little rectangle with a circle in it will fire up an app with the expected capture button, shooting modes, and settings. Said app is also available in the Play Store. Read More
One tool that I personally have always wanted on Android but have never actually seen is a live color picker. A floating tool that could grab pixel-specific color values from your screen without the need for screenshots or any other complication. Today it looks like my wish has been granted by embermitre with the release of Pixolor to the Play Store.
Pixolor is basically a floating eyedropper controlled by a persistent notification. You can hide or show the picker, zoom with it, and drag it around to get the hex value for the exact color you see on screen. It will also provide the nearest color from the material design palette and - inside the app - an entire palette based on that color. Read More
A truly useful piece of software? From Samsung? Color me surprised, too, but the company's new Game Tuner app is nothing short of incredibly handy for mobile gamers. As you may well know, playing visually-intensive games on your smartphone can demolish the battery fairly quickly. While most such games render at 1080p even on 2K displays like Samsung's, such resolutions can be big draws on both your remaining juice and your device's processor, causing throttling (and thus slowdowns) and excessive power drain. Samsung's new app lets you have a say in just how graphically hungry those games will be, allowing you to adjust maximum frame rate and resolution scaling. Read More
You're on the sideline and you want to go through what just happened again. You can't believe what your lineman just did, and you want a replay to show during the next time out, visit to the locker room, or practice. You have a phone, a tablet, and plenty of expensive hardware. You just need an app.
Try InstantReplay. This newly available Android app is aimed at the kind of people who stand on the sidelines or fill pressboxes, those who take what's happening on the football field very seriously. InstantReplay doesn't just record what's happening on the field and give you the option to instantly play it back, the app lets multiple devices connect to each other over Wi-Fi. Read More
I am many years removed from middle and high school, but in the adult world at least, it seems now is a much safer time to be a card collecting geek. But undoubtedly there are still guys who are too intimidated to spend their time playing Netrunner or Yu-Gi-Oh. Instead, they cloak their collector's impulse and stat obsession in a thin layer of NBA fandom. They get their card-battling fix from the MyNBA2K companion app 2K Games releases every twelve months.
MyNBA2K16 has gone live in the Play Store, and this year's addition brings new cards to collect, more ways to customize them, specialty bonuses, and other tweaks that enhance the core mechanic. Read More