07
Nov
shopper

If you happen to be the type of person who buys things, then we have good news. In fact, you may even think it's great.

Google Shopper just got updated.

A little anticlimactic? Fine. It's still good news, though. Especially for those who like to spend money. Which is basically everyone.

So, what does this new update bring? All kinds of stuff. How do I know this, you ask? Because I looked at the changelog.

07
Nov
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As long as you're not being scammed with fake cashier's checks, eBay can be a great resource to get goods on the cheap. The eBay app hasn't always been the easiest to use, but the new update brings some solid improvements and makes it much easier to post items for sale.

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The full list of changes in version 2.1 are:

  • Streamlined listing flow makes it faster and easier to list your items:
  • Save multiple listing drafts so you can finish at your convenience
  • Calculated shipping now supported (domestic only)
  • More guidance and pre-populated fields to simplify the process
  • Saved search improvements
  • Improved shipment tracking information
  • Improved image handling

The eBay app now seems to have all the features you'd get on the website.

07
Nov
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If you think back to the browser redesign that came with Android 4.0, you might recall the quick controls feature – a circular popup controls you could trigger with a tap. TasKarou Launcher Overlay takes that same idea and makes it universal in Android. This app can give you access to settings, searches, apps, and more with just a flick.

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Quick controls in the old Android browser were never really a headline feature.

07
Nov
ouyathumb

Before we get started, let's clarify something: this information is probably not relevant to you, unless you work for a major game publisher. Today, Ouya announced that they have some more Dev Kits available for pre-order if you want to get early access to the Android-based gaming console. The price tag (and this is why it's not relevant for you) is sitting way up there at $800.

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For the cash, those purchasing the Dev Kit will receive one console, two controllers, and the OUYA Developer Kit.

07
Nov
amazonsantatiny

You know that scene in Miracle on 34th Street where it's proven in a court of law that Santa Claus exists and is present because a snarky lawyer dumped a bunch of mail on the judge's desk? Well, poor old St. Nick would probably have a much harder go of it proving that he is who he says he is in today's modern world, thanks to your newfangled technology that's all but viciously murdered the art of letter-writing.

07
Nov
officethumb

It seems the rumors can't stop flowing out of Redmond. Last month, a representative from a Microsoft subsidiary in Czech Republic claimed that Office would be coming to Android in 2013. While the company distanced itself from those remarks pretty quickly, that may simply be a smokescreen to cover leaks, like the kind the Verge picked up, including a few screenshots of Office running on iOS, and information on the release for our little green buddy.

07
Nov
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If you haven't played the Shadowgun: DeadZone beta yet, go do that. Well, if you have a tablet (or Galaxy Note), that is. It's pretty hard to play on a phone. But this is bar-none my current favorite game for Android, and I'm fragging away at it for probably an hour or so every day lately.

The game has been in open beta for around a month now, and after several patches, is apparently just about ready for prime time.

06
Nov
tbpro

How many times have you gone through this: download a new ROM, backup all your apps with Titanium, reboot into recovery, perform a nandroid backup, wipe, install new ROM, boot and set up, then restore all your apps and data. Yeah, it's crazy. And it takes forever.

What if you could cut that time by a solid 20 or 30 minutes? Thanks to a new feature just incorporated in Titanium Backup, you can.

06
Nov
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Just in time for Halloween election night, the original paranormal investigators are ready for another round on Android. But hold on, would-be busters: this ain't no ordinary mobile cash-in.  Ghostbusters: Paranormal Blast is an augmented reality mobile cash-in. The core gameplay is finding ghosts though your smartphone camera (AKA Ecto Goggles), zapping them with your handy dandy nuclear-powered Proton Pack until they're weak enough to catch in a regulation Ghost Trap.

06
Nov
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Generally speaking, I'm not a fan of live wallpapers. I love the idea, but in practice I've never found one that suits my taste and is compelling enough to stay on my device for more than a few minutes. That changed today with Cypher Cove's release of Audio Glow to the Play Store.

Audio Glow is actually a stand-alone app with a similarly named LWP companion which also launched today. The app is a music visualizer, which in itself is not so exciting.

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