08
Mar
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I don't know about you, but it's my dream that one day I can completely ditch my cable company for an a la carte solution where I only get the channels I actually want. I feel like we're edging that way at a snail's pace, even though most streaming channels still require cable service before they'll offer up shows on mobile.

The latest to join this trend is FOX, with its FOX NOW app.

07
Mar
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I readily admit that I'm not exactly on board with the notion that every Android app should conform to 'holo' aesthetics, or Android's 'design guidelines.' I think that such a view is inherently limiting to the creativity of developers, and ignores the fact that while there are many objectively bad ways to do software UI/UX, there are nearly as many good ways, too. And lest we forget: even Google doesn't always get these things right.

07
Mar
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In a post to its official blog today, the team behind Chameleon Launcher announced version 2.0, which simultaneously hit the Play Store. The update, which is – for now – only available to Kickstarter backers and pre-order customers, brings a handful of popularly requested features. Perhaps the biggest of these is optimization for the small screen. Yes, Chameleon is now specifically optimized to work on your smartphone as well as it does on your tablet.

07
Mar
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Hey, are you a DIRECTV customer? Do you own an Android tablet? Then I might have some good news for you: DIRECTV just released an app for tablets, and it does all sorts of awesome stuff. You can watch live TV (only some channels!) on your home network, and some (read: fewer) channels from anywhere with an internet connection. You can browse listings, set and control your DVR, and even change the channel on your set top box - this really is an app absolutely busting at the seams with great features.

07
Mar
fbpam

If you have a Facebook page for a group, business, or the like, then you should have Facebook Pages Manager installed. Otherwise, it's pretty difficult to do anything with that page while on-the-go. If you've already been using FBPM for a while, then you're probably familiar with its quirks, as well as its missing features. Facebook is looking to alleviate at least a bit of your frustration, as the company pushed a small update today that actually brings some fixes and adds new functionality to the app:

What's in this version:

• Turn push notifications on or off for each Page
• Upload a photo to a specific album
• Attach a photo to a status update
• Change profile and cover photos
• Save a shortcut to a Page on your phone's home screen
• Share links from other apps to Pages Manager

And in one fell swoop, Pages Manager becomes more useful.

06
Mar
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Update 3/6/13: Chrome Beta was just updated once again with fixes to short flings that used to decelerate too quickly, password sync, and last but not least - broken Nexus 7 compatibility:

Chrome Beta for Android has been updated to 26.0.1410.28. This release contains a few new fixes including:

  • 180205 - Short flings decelerate too quickly
  • 180396 - Allow Nexus 7 to update to Chrome 26
  • 180403 - Fix password sync for users upgrading from Chrome 25 (This fix will roll out over the next few days)

If you're using the beta channel of Chrome for Android, you're in for a treat today: Chrome for Android now supports password sync and autofill, two awesome features that should make your mobile browsing life a lot easier.

06
Mar
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Update: Twitter has removed the new detailed conversation view from the list of changes. We're not sure if that's because it's not there, or some other reason.

Twitter for Android was updated this afternoon with a few tweaks, bringing the app to version 3.8. Among the most notable changes is an enhanced conversation view, which now shows all replies (and related interactions) to a Tweet, whether going forward or backward in time.

06
Mar
su

A few days ago, Koush released his newly-updated Superuser app into the Play Store. At the time, he noted that it would be integrated into CyanogenMod nightlies in upcoming builds. As of the latest releases, the app is now the go-to for Su access on your device – but there's a kicker: if you go looking for it, you won't find it in the app tray.

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You see, CM decided to literally integrate the app into the system, so you'll actually find it in the Settings > Superuser section.

05
Mar
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The recent Chrome Beta for Android update was notable for including password and form sync, but it turns out there is another feature lurking beneath the surface, and it's potentially a big deal. Google has built in a data compression proxy for Chrome that can reduce bandwidth usage by up to 50% on mobile networks. You'll have to do a little digging through the Chrome flags, but it's relatively easy to switch to the fast lane.

05
Mar
socialcam

If you like the idea of Instagram but it's just not live enough for you, then Socialcam is the network for you. In a nutshell (a very large nutshell), it's like Instagram for video. The app, which was started by Justin.tv and then acquired by Autodesk, just got bumped to version 2.0, which brings several new features and a new UI to the app.:

Video filters
Front facing camera
Complete redesign
Tons of bug fixes
Works on newest Android phones

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So, what can you do from Socialcam?

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