Have you ever wished that your complex word processing software had a simple search function to let you know where the hell it put the word count? It does, and it's called Google. But say you don't want to pop out to another program to do so. That's the idea behind "Tell Me," a feature introduced into the latest versions of Microsoft's various Office programs. It's essentially just a search box with a few predictive tricks to help users find some of the less obvious features. Today it comes to the Android versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Read More
Square, the company that makes those little headphone jack credit card readers, would like you to use their services more. Of course they would - that's kind of the whole point of commerce. But at the moment merchants using Square are limited to the dedicated Square app, which by default is a sort of digital cash register. The company is hoping to expand itself a bit with its latest API, which allows developers to integrate Square payments into their independent Android apps. Read More
LINE, a messaging app popular in Asia, and growing in popularity in Europe and America, has passed 500 million downloads on the Play Store, joining an exclusive club which currently includes Dropbox, Instagram, and Skype.
LINE reportedly has 700 million users, according to estimates last year. Like many messaging apps, LINE can do voice calls and video chats, plus stickers and basic photo/video storage. Two of its key rivals, Messenger and WhatsApp, both owned by Facebook, have 900 million and 1 billion users (and both have over 1 billion downloads), so LINE still has a way to go until it achieves world domination, at least in the messaging space. Read More
I'm going to be perfectly honest: I avoid Skype like the plague, because its Windows client is legendarily awful. I actually install it and immediately uninstall it every time I need to talk to someone who only uses Skype. Perhaps the Skype Windows developer team should accept a little help from the mobile side, because the latest release looks really good, especially on tablets. The Skype blog announced a revamped tablet user interface in version 7.0 of the Android app. Read More
We've followed AmpMe's development ever since its release in October last year as a multi-device music streaming experience, and we've liked it more with each update, especially when it added local music as an audio source and then implemented an offline mode. This latest update, however, is definitely one of the most promising as it opens up the app to a whole slew of new music: AmpMe is adding YouTube as a music source. Yes, that YouTube. Yes, all of YouTube. This is HUGE.
Now when you start a new party in AmpMe, you can choose between SoundCloud, your local music, and YouTube. Read More
Slacker Radio's developers are no slackers when it comes to reinventing the app and redesigning it. Over the last three years, they've gone through one and then two major redesigns, and now they're ready for the third along with a major update to their audio catalogue. Read More
If you want to take in the sights and sounds of your destination while you vacation, Google and TripAdvisor have just the thing for you: playlists for popular travel spots on Play Music. And if you aren't yet a subscriber, those who download TripAdvisor now are eligible for a two-month free trial to Play Music's paid service.
To find a playlist, you don't have to do anything more than search for a city on TripAdvisor. A Play Music widget will appear with a music suggestion, if one exists.
Obviously, you can enjoy this feature even if your travel plans are more aspirational than realistic. Read More
Everyone likes a good deal. If you don't think you like a good deal, too bad. I said everyone, so you're lying to yourself about not liking deals. What made you like this? Maybe reading on and checking out some of these app and game sales will fix you. No promises, though. Read More
Google has continued improving Snapseed since it bought the app a while back, which is a refreshing departure from the usual way of things (looking at you Microsoft). Today, v2.5 of Snapseed is rolling out on Android and that other platform with a few notable changes. The official changelog isn't up yet, but the Snapseed G+ account has the details and a demo video. Read More
ES File Explorer has been going downhill for a while ever since it was bought out by a third-party. It's gotten more and more bloated, but the recent addition of a useless charging lock screen with ads was the last straw for many. We've since seen that same junk feature (a version of DU Battery Saver) worm its way into other apps, but at least the developers of ES have wised up and removed it. Read More