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Now We're Talking - Today's Free Premium Amazon Appstore App Is The Excellent PicSay Pro (Normally $3.99)

Now We're Talking - Today's Free Premium Amazon Appstore App Is The Excellent PicSay Pro (Normally $3.99)

After a few days of relatively disappointing free premium apps of the day in the Amazon Appstore, today we have a real treat - the Pro version of a photo editing app PicSay. Before I go on, I must note that this is the only photo editing app I actually bought quite a while ago, after playing around with the free version. It's no wonder - the app has 4.8 stars and over 11,000 ratings in the Market.

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Epic Games Not Available On Android, We Have The Carriers To Thank

Epic Games Not Available On Android, We Have The Carriers To Thank

Gizmodo recently sat down with Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney for a talk about gaming, mobile platforms, and the Sony NGP. Naturally, one of the topics at hand was Android, and, more specifically, why there are no Epic titles for the platform.

Epic Games has been producing iOS games for some time using the Unreal Engine, which provides detailed graphics and better gameplay. However, as Android users, we have never had the opportunity to see these types of games on our devices, and there seems to be good reason for that.

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Photile Live Wallpaper Brings Your Existing Photos And Wallpapers To Life

Photile Live Wallpaper Brings Your Existing Photos And Wallpapers To Life

I have seen a lot of live wallpapers and, truth be told, I'm generally not that impressed most of the time. Every once in a while, though, one comes along that is just so nice that I want to share it with everyone. This is one of those times.

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Photile Live Wallpaper creates a LWP from any existing image. It adds a level of complexity to the images, while not overdoing it (a difficult task, I might add).

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Fring Brings Group Video Calling To Android, If You Can Get Into The Beta, That Is

Fring Brings Group Video Calling To Android, If You Can Get Into The Beta, That Is

I can't tell you the amount of times that I've been on a video call with someone and suddenly realized that there needed to be a third, or even fourth, person involved. Fortunately, the folks over at Fring are there to save the day... sort of.  You see, they have this great new feature called Group Video Calling, but it's in a limited beta right now.

All cynicism aside, this is a pretty cool feature for those that actually use video calling a lot.

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Fret Not, Sports Fans, The GO Dev Team Has Your Back - Meet GO Score

Fret Not, Sports Fans, The GO Dev Team Has Your Back - Meet GO Score

The same team that brought us GO SMS, GO Launcher, GO Weather, and a figurative myriad of other goodies are back again - this time with an offering for all the sports fans out there. The aptly titled GO Score brings almost real-time soccer and basketball scores to your mobile, with a multitude of others sports in the works.

GO Score offers some really outstanding features, such as user defined audio/vibration notifications, game analysis, current and past scores, odds from multiple sources, and live chat with no prior registration required.

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Download: Test Android Market Reveals New Versions Of Music, Gallery, Clock And Camera

Download: Test Android Market Reveals New Versions Of Music, Gallery, Clock And Camera

This probably isn't going to be nearly as exciting as the title might lead you to believe - though it's good news nonetheless.

Techfrom10's Samsung Galaxy S was accidentally given access to the test Android Market via an OTA update, and they stumbled upon some goodies while using it. The Market itself has undergone no noticeable changes aside from the addition of the "Content Rating" information publishers are now asked to include as part of their submissions to the Market, so there's not a lot to see on that end.

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Amazon Lets Us Double Dip Again - Backbreaker Football And Airport Mania Are Both Free Today In The Appstore

Amazon Lets Us Double Dip Again - Backbreaker Football And Airport Mania Are Both Free Today In The Appstore

If this is going to become a regular weekly event, then sign me up. Amazon's 1-premium-app-per-day deal got a bit of a split personality today, just like a week ago, and instead of one, two apps turned free until the clock strikes midnight. The apps, which are actually both games, are:

  • Airport Mania ($0.99 $0), in which you become an air traffic controller and which is rated remarkably high (4.5 stars, 47 reviews)

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  • Backbreaker Football ($2.99 $0), which is a 3D football crusher with 90 waves, 9 challenges, and 3 difficulty levels

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I must say, I like where this is going, though I can't shrug off a feeling that Amazon is just apologizing extra hard for the last 2 days today (the Angry Birds Rio dupe and the Talking Tom Cat were not exactly the crowd's favorites).

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Zipcar Is Working On An Android App, Car Rental Is Going To Get Even Easier

Zipcar Is Working On An Android App, Car Rental Is Going To Get Even Easier

According to its Twitter account, car rental company Zipcar appear to be working on an Android app. This is pretty good news for Android owners out there that use Zipcar for their transportation needs, as an iOS app has been available for quite some time.

That means you'll be able to find a Zipcar, book it, and unlock it - all with your Android phone. If you live in San Francisco or another big Zipcar town, you'll know just how useful this will be.

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PowerAMP Updated With App To SD, Dolby/SRS Support, Open API For Developers

PowerAMP Updated With App To SD, Dolby/SRS Support, Open API For Developers

The popular Android music player PowerAMP received an update this morning with new features and numerous bug fixes. Take a look at the change log below:

New:
- PowerAMP now has open API for 3rd party developers. Please check PowerAMP site for reference, samples, and complete Widget Pack sources
- PowerAMP now can be moved to SD card. You can still use PowerAMP widgets if you install PowerAMP Standard Widget Pack
- added Dolby/SRS support for HTC Desire HD (and few other HTC phones with Dolby/SRS) (Equalizer => DHD button)
- added song number/total counter (Settings => Look And Feel Tweaks => Show Track Counter)
- auto-advance option for queue (Settings => Auto-Advance Settings)
- PowerAMP now re-shuffles lists on repeat
- playlist/queue reordering can be now toggled on/off via special icon in list headers
- PowerAMP now shows embed lyrics from tags in its Album Art area.

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Android Developers Helplessly Fuming Over App Publishing Console Downtime - 4 Days And Counting

Android Developers Helplessly Fuming Over App Publishing Console Downtime - 4 Days And Counting

On March 31st, the Android Developer Console, which developers use to publish their apps to the Market, started experiencing issues that ranged from 404s and disappearing applications to missing statistics and apps that no longer obeyed.

As more and more panicking developers chimed in with similar experiences to multiple support threads, the only response from Google so far came from an employee named Ash back on the very first day, apologizing for the inconvenience and then shortly after announcing that all issues had been fixed.

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