Polar M600 Android Wear 2.0 update coming soon with swimming, battery improvements

Polar M600 Android Wear 2.0 update coming soon with swimming, battery improvements

Polar M600 Android Wear 2.0 update coming soon with swimming, battery improvements

In case you missed the big news, Android Wear 2.0 is finally official and will debut on LG’s new Watch Sport and Watch Style. Of course, Google plans on rolling out the big 2.0 update to legacy watches too, and you can check out the full list of devices slated to receive the update right here.

One of my personal favorites, the Polar M600, is in line to receive Android Wear 2.0, and Polar has just announced the update is rolling out ‘soon’. While we don’t have an exact date and time for the rollout, Polar has given us a look at what improvements will arrive with the update.

Read More

Slang N’ Friendz is Ludacris’ new take on Words with Friends

Slang N’ Friendz is Ludacris’ new take on Words with Friends

Slang N’ Friendz is Ludacris’ new take on Words with Friends

If you love Scrabble (or, well, Words with Friends) but are constantly trying to use newer, hipper language, this game is for you. Ludacris, the famed rapper and actor, has just launched is new mobile game Slang N’ Friendz on Android in the Play Store.

Much like Words with Friends, Slang N’ Friendz pits you against either an AI or real online opponent. You get a bunch of random letters and have to place them on the virtual board. Unlike Words with Friends, though, Slang N’ Friendz lets you earn points by not only using “real” words but also slang words and terms that are not found in normal dictionaries. You are not limited to slang words that are used in our time; the app’s slang dictionary can accept words going back to the 1800s.

Read More

Ecrypted messaging app Signal tests “next gen” voice and video calling

Ecrypted messaging app Signal tests “next gen” voice and video calling

Ecrypted messaging app Signal tests “next gen” voice and video calling

In the latest Signal beta update, Open Whisper Systems has added an experimental voice and video calling feature to Edward Snowden approved Android app.

The change log doesn’t go into details about the new functionality, though Open Whisper is calling it “next generation voice and video calling,” which can only mean the company is aiming to bring the same high-level security its known for to the service.

Read More

Ecrypted messaging app Signal tests “next gen” voice and video calling

Ecrypted messaging app Signal tests “next gen” voice and video calling

Ecrypted messaging app Signal tests “next gen” voice and video calling

In the latest Signal beta update, Open Whisper Systems has added an experimental voice and video calling feature to Edward Snowden approved Android app.

The change log doesn’t go into details about the new functionality, though Open Whisper is calling it “next generation voice and video calling,” which can only mean the company is aiming to bring the same high-level security its known for to the service.

Read More

Facebook bringing ads to Messenger’s home screen

Facebook bringing ads to Messenger’s home screen

Facebook bringing ads to Messenger’s home screen

Messenger is a very popular messaging app, as it is used by over 1 billion people across the globe every month. That’s why Facebook wants to monetize it as much as possible, and that’s why it is now bringing ads to the app. The company recently announced that it is launching a small test in Australia and Thailand that will bring ads to the Messenger home screen. Luckily, these won’t show up in a conversation.

Users in Australia and Thailand will start seeing ads in the coming weeks, and if all goes well, Facebook will expand them globally sooner or later. But the company did state it hopes to learn a lot during the testing period, and that it will first make sure it can deliver the very best experience to advertisers and users before considering expanding to other markets.

Read More

Facebook bringing ads to Messenger’s home screen

Facebook bringing ads to Messenger’s home screen

Facebook bringing ads to Messenger’s home screen

Messenger is a very popular messaging app, as it is used by over 1 billion people across the globe every month. That’s why Facebook wants to monetize it as much as possible, and that’s why it is now bringing ads to the app. The company recently announced that it is launching a small test in Australia and Thailand that will bring ads to the Messenger home screen. Luckily, these won’t show up in a conversation.

Users in Australia and Thailand will start seeing ads in the coming weeks, and if all goes well, Facebook will expand them globally sooner or later. But the company did state it hopes to learn a lot during the testing period, and that it will first make sure it can deliver the very best experience to advertisers and users before considering expanding to other markets.

Read More

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links card game launches globally

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links card game launches globally

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links card game launches globally

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links mobile game was first released in Japan back in November 2016 and has been downloaded more than 9 million times so far. Konami, the game’s developer, is now bringing Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links to other markets across the globe as well.

According to the company’s press release, the game will first be launched in North America, Asia, and Oceania — where it should already be available — while the release in Europe, South America, and Africa will follow soon after. In total, it will be available in 150 countries and regions and will support 11 different languages.

Read More

Flipboard 4.0 completely redesigned for a more personalized experience

Flipboard 4.0 completely redesigned for a more personalized experience

Flipboard 4.0 completely redesigned for a more personalized experience

Flipboard, one of the most popular news aggregator apps on the market, has received a major update that brings a whole new design along with a few interesting features to the table. The biggest change is the introduction of the “Smart Magazine”, which changes the way you organize stories and topics you’re interested in.

In an official blog post, Flipboard gave us an example of how the new feature works. When you open up the app, simply swipe left to add your passion. If you pick a broad topic like photography, you can then dig a little deeper and choose what kind of photography you are most interested in (for example: street photography). After you have made your selection, simply press “Done” and Flipboard will automatically create a Smart Magazine just for you with stories relating to the topic you have chosen.

Read More

Google Voice gets a long-awaited revamp for Android and the web

Google Voice gets a long-awaited revamp for Android and the web

Google Voice gets a long-awaited revamp for Android and the web

After letting the cat out of the bag a few days ago, Google has officially revealed its major revamp for Google Voice. It’s been years since it has received an update, and this new version for Android, iOS and the web includes an all-new user interface, as well as a few other tweaks long-time Voice users will appreciate.

Read More

5 best moon phase apps and moon calendar apps for Android

5 best moon phase apps and moon calendar apps for Android

5 best moon phase apps and moon calendar apps for Android

A lot of people really like the moon. People stare it with telescopes, bands write songs and albums about it, and it’s one of the bastions of consistency. As it turns out, there are plenty of moon phase apps and moon calendar apps. They let you know when the moon is waxing or waning, full or new. As it turns out, it’s really difficult to mess up apps like this. Most of them have a 4.5 rating or higher in the Play Store. Still, we like a challenge, so here are the best moon phase apps and moon calendar apps for Android.


1Weather

Price: Free / $1.99
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
1Weather is among the best weather apps out there. It features a current temperature, daily forecast, ten day forecast a 12-week forecast, a weather radar, and plenty of other useful features. One of its more unique features is moon phases. The app tells you the phases of the moon as well as the next two phases and their dates. At the time of this writing, the app shows that it’s a new moon with the waxing crescent and quarter coming in the next 11 days. It’s not in-depth, but it’s a good app to kill two birds with one stone. Plus, it’s entirely free with ads or $1.99 for the no ad version.
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
Read More