Captain's log, stardate 45638.2. A scan of a long-lost pleasure cruise that exited Earth in the late twenty-first century has yielded some fascinating archaeological findings. In addition to a pair of primitive foot coverings that Commander Data identified as "Converse All-Stars," a complete and mint-condition collection of the classic mythological saga known as Animorphs, and a small, vibrating "Furby" that Mister Worf immediately eviscerated, we have discovered a piece of anachronistic human technology. Read More
ESPN's Fantasy Football app isn't new to these parts. It's been up and down the gridiron more than once over the years, and it has no problem handling pigskin. But it did need to sit out a few games while its developers cracked out a much needed redesign. The latest app, which has been knocked from version 3.x back down to 1.0, looks like something better fit to play in the KitKat era. Read More
Commandr expands on Google Now by giving its users the ability to toggle hardware switches and control music with simple voice commands. There isn't a standardized way for third-party developers to do such a thing, but that hasn't stopped this developer from coming up with a product worth watching. The original release was more cool than practical, but version 2.0 goes a long way towards correcting this.
Previously Commandr required users to say "Note to self" before every action, resulting in the very awkward, "OK Google, Note to self, turn off wifi." Now the middle bit is no longer required. Read More
There's always a game on somewhere, and keeping up with all of the action doesn't come cheap. Watching the big event often requires a cable subscription, regardless of whether a fan is trying to watch on their television or a mobile device. 120 Sports offers a bit of a respite from this difficult situation by letting people keep up with the latest goings on in the sports world without having to cough up a cent. Read More
CloudMagic was updated with Android Wear support just as the first watches were going home with I/O attendees. That was still v1, but now we're making the jump to the v5.0 branch, which seems a little dramatic. In fairness, there's a lot of new stuff.
Sometimes the name really does say it all. Calendar for Android Wear is a simplistic calendar that people with Android Wear watches can strap to their wrists. It shows the date, keeps track of events, and comes in one of five colors. The app doesn't do much else, but in this case, that's attractive.
The app's usefulness is limited out of the box, as users are restricted to a monthly view and must pay a single in-app purchase of roughly $2 to get access to the daily view with details. Read More
Android Wear apps are continuing to flow into the Play Store, but Wear Mini Launcher might be the most interesting one yet. This app places a slide-out app list on your smart watch, saving you from diving into the options to access things by touch. It was a little wonky at first, but already it's shaping up nicely after a few weekend updates.
Google updated its official Camera app with Wear support recently, but that just makes the watch into a shutter button with image review. Wear Camera Remote is a proof-of-concept app that streams the viewfinder to Android wear and works as a shutter.
It's Monday, and that means it's back to the rat races for a significant portion of the world's population. We can make it a little better by equipping you with some neat apps and games at reasonable prices. They're not going to alleviate the crushing burden of your responsibilities, but at least you can save some money.
When we first wrote about Quantum Paper (the internal name for the material in Material Design), we noted that Google was anticipating a series of updates to its own apps between the introduction and completion of the new design direction - updates which would bring the apps a bit closer to the new design style in a progressive fashion, so that the apps wouldn't undergo fundamental transformations overnight.
Looking back, it is now obvious that Google+ was our first taste of material design, followed by Google's editing apps like docs and sheets. Read More