Millions of smartphones will be bought during the holidays and the new owners' urge to quickly fill them up with apps and games is a great monetary opportunity. That's why Google seems to be eager to cross off many of its carrier billing deals before the end of 2014. So after Saudi Arabia's STC and Indonesia's Indosat, direct billing is expanding to 7 new operators in Europe.
First of all, three new countries join the list with available carrier billing: Hungary with Telenor, Romania with Orange Romania, and Turkey with Turkcell. Read More
LG was fast to toot its own horn after being the first OEM to (sort of) push out a Lollipop update. That original OTA only went out to Poland, but now users of the international D855 model are getting their updates all across Europe.
CBS's sports offering has gotten a tweaked look along with some meaningful functionality enhancements in its latest update, making it among the best options for an all-purpose sports app. Most notably, you'll see that it has a new Material Design-esque interface. Dive in further and you'll find new and improved basketball play-by-play, customizable alerts, and more. Read More
Amazon is fond of comparison tables that show how capable the Fire TV is, but there's always been one glaring omission—HBO Go. The premium streaming service has been listed as "coming soon" for a long time, but today Amazon gets to add another checkbox as HBO Go comes to Fire TV.
It was a little behind the 2014 Nexus devices, but the venerable Nexus 5 is getting its update to Android 5.0.1 today. Along with that, there's a full factory image so you can flash your beloved 5-inch Nexus back to stock. Joy.
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Jules Vernes' novel Around the World in Eighty Days is an old book, and like most old books, it reads like one. You can pick it up and work through its pages if you're committed, but inkle, the creator of the Sorcery series, has made a modern-day adaptation that is much easier on the eyes. In this choose-your-own-adventure adaptation, you try to make the right decisions to successfully circumnavigate the globe as quickly as possible (but preferably in 80 days). Read More
Kids these days don't know how hard we had it way back when. You didn't use to get unlimited continues in games. If you died, you had to start over at the beginning of the game. Also, we walked 30 miles to school, uphill, both ways. The recent explosion of Roguelike games takes us back to those days of brutal boss battles and permadeath, and bit Dungeon II is a fine example of the genre. Read More
STC, the largest telecommunications company in Saudi Arabia (with well over 100 million subscribers across various Arab states), has launched support for Play Store carrier billing. Now people in the region can pay for goods by adding the fee to their next bill, rather than keeping a credit card on file. Customers can find the feature highlighted directly on the carrier's site.
You can access carrier billing by going to purchase an app and, when the payment window pops up, changing the method. Read More
The short version of this story is that Tse Ho Keung, holder of a patent that is currently within an inch of its life, has so far failed to get any traction in lawsuits against major tech companies (...and Blockbuster), and has resorted to threatening independent developers in a dual effort to either gain money or to avenge the name of his patent by forcibly eliciting amicus briefs and declaratory statements. Read More