Joss Whedon fans, you might want to go grab some duct tape. Got it? Now roll about eight feet of it around your head, just in case it explodes with shiny rainbows at this next bit of news: there's an official Firefly game coming to Android. Not a fan project. Not some promotional minigame. A real title based on the cult classic sci-fi TV show and movie. That sound you're hearing now is a million Browncoats shouting with unrestrained glee.
Firefly Online was announced at Comic-Con San Diego, with a vague "2014" release date. It will be a joint venture from QMx (the guys that make all those cool spaceship toys and Star Trek combadges) and developer Spark Plug Games.
Widgets are an indispensible part of Android for many users, including yours truly. It's just too bad that they're so ugly - who wants to use a 1080p screen for looking at Twitter feeds or checking emails when you could stare at some fantastic wallpaper instead? All joking aside, Popup Widget is a pretty fantastic solution for those who prefer their homescreens without clutter.
It's a simple idea: instead of having a big, space-consuming widget sit there all the time, hide it in a shortcut. Tap the shortcut and the widget appears, then tap somewhere else so that it disappears.
Guys, we have good news for those who know how to read: Google Play Books is now available in a slew of new regions.
Update: we've confirmed Sweden too (thanks, Andre!)
So, what does this mean? It means that residents of the aforementioned countries can now purchase and read Play Books from the Play Store. That brings the total number of countries where Books is available to 26 – more than any other Play service (Movies, Music, etc.).
If you've ever been curious as to what Books may look like in other countries, you're in luck.
Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a long-overdue iOS port, a 2D game that will blow your mind with its insane graphics, an interesting take on Pac-Man, and a cutesy over-the-shoulder shooter. Without further ado:
Super Mega Worm
If Captain Planet and the Planeteers was less about environmental responsibility and more about a giant centipede eating people, and then someone made an NES game out of it, it might look a lot like Super Mega Worm.
I just want to get this out of the way up front: I love Simple. It's among one of the best new services I've used, and after careful consideration, it beat GoBank as my financial institution of choice. If you're a Simple customer also, great news: the app just got a lot better. Thanks to the bump up to v126.96.36.199, nearly all of the features of the website are now available in the app, including the following additions:
Block or unblock your Simple Visa® Card from the app.
View scheduled transfers for external accounts
Edit scheduled payments
New navigation drawer layout
Fix camera preview bugs affecting some devices
Numerous bug fixes and other improvements
The most notable among the new features is, of course, Goals.
If you use Evernote and OfficeSuite on your mobile device, today's update is one that should help unify your workload, even if only a little. As of the latest build, Evernote now supports OfficeSuite integration – you can view and edit your attached Office documents directly from Evernote. Easy peasy.
Past that, you can also add new reminders directly from the reminder list, which seems like a logical place to add new reminders from in the first place. The widget also got an incredibly useful makeover, which brings lockscreen support for Android 4.2+ devices, a new list view, and a quick reminders button.
Remember the latest Facebook beta update v3.5? The one that brought photo saving and got rid of the legacy menu button, among other things. Looks like there's another change we didn't spot - one that's roughly 3 years overdue.
Starting with v3.5, the Facebook app finally registers itself as one of the apps capable of opening facebook.com links, so that when you click on, say, a new comment email notification, Facebook is right there instead of all your installed browsers. Hallelujah.
The support is very limited so far - in fact, only links that start with facebook.com/n (n stands for notifications, presumably) are being handled at the moment.
Dateline: 1999. A 12-year-old Jeremiah Rice spends every cent of his allowance at the local Pizza Hut's dingy game room, trying to perfect an S-Class run on the brand new Crazy Taxi arcade unit. Another fourteen years have passed, and SEGA's ode to irresponsible driving isn't exactly the technical marvel it once was, but it's every bit as fun. And a single fiver will let you play as much as you want on Android.
Crazy Taxi is from a different age, before sedate casual games were the norm. It laughs at the idea of realism, driving by new features like bump-mapping and realistic physics engines, giving them the finger as it power drifts over a drawbridge.