Thursday, May 19, 2016

SofaScore for Android updated with countdown to Euro and Copa America 2016.

Version 5.21 of SofaScore for Android is out in the store for fans eagerly awaiting two major competitions, namely Copa America and Euro 2016. I will be watching the latter closely, being a supporter of the German national team and I obviously firmly believe they will win this competition quite easily given their strong performance during the last world cup - ask Brazil. 

So, as I was saying, Sofascore is offering through this update a countdown to these two soccer competitions. You will be able to follow the competition and receive notifications onn your phone and watch. Besides the countdown, the apps also offers some news to keep you waiting until June 10 for Euro and June 4 for Copa America. The app also added manager profiles along with their performance statistics, complete team history and tactical formation.

Without further due, go into Google Play Store and download SofaScore for Android.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

New Discover Carousel added to Flipboard for Android.

Flipboard, the popular magazine-format mobile app for Android has been updated with a new Discover Carousel that will let users easily "explore editorially chosen packages about important stories and issues." The Discover Carousel can be found in the search tab. Flipboard also added another feature in this update that surfaces all community comments on an article throughout Flipboard.

With half a billion download in Google Play store only, Flipboard is definitely the news reader app you want to take a look at. Download it right here in the Store.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Scanning and annotation of documents comes to Evernote for Android.

Popular note-taking app Evernote just got better on Android in that users will now be able to easily scan any documents you throw at the apps camera. The latter will automatically determine the documents size, type and calibrates to take the best pic possible. Obviously Evernote will process the image so as to keep the part that is of interest to you and that includes cropping, adjusting contrast "for a clear and crisp digital rendering." Those scanned images are then stored temporarily in the phones gallery. Evernote does not say how long the scanned images remain there, but the app will let you upload the scans you want to Evernote with a simple upward swipe and in the format you choose. And there is more.

Evernote will let you annotate your images. Users will be able to draw on the document and even add text. A feature available for some time already on competing note-taking apps, but its great to see Evernote catch up. These features are available to every users of Evernote, but if you're premium user, there's more in store for you, like the ability to scan business cards and Evernote will pull the information into a business card note and save to the app. Premium subscribers will also be able to annotate PDF files attached to notes.

It's a whole lot of features that Evernote has made available in Google Play store. Check out the full change log below:
- Many enhancements to the editing experience
- Support for strikethrough, subscript, and superscript text styles
- Camera now automatically detects and captures business cards, documents, whiteboards, Post-it ® Notes and receipts
- Ability to mark up images and PDFs
- Select multiple notes at once
- ‘Trash’ can now be emptied
- Fixed many note display and note editing bugs
- Various bug fixes and stability improvements

Source: Evernote

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Google Slides gets Q&A feature and turns your mouse as a laser pointer.

Google is adding an excellent feature to Google Slides that will let presenters accept questions from their audience right on their computers, Android mobile devices and iOS devices. In order to start a Q&A session on an Android device, follow the steps in the help section. The link also provides step-by-step instructions for the PC and iOS device as well.

Check out the video below to see how the feature works:

As a bonus, Google is also turning your mouse into a laser pointer that can be used in slides on the web. Choose the laser pointer option from the toolbar, and a red dot will appear on the screen and move along with your mouse so your audience knows where to look.

The update is gradually rolling out in Google Play store.

Source: Google

Netflix introduces cellular data controls in its Android app.

This year Netflix went global making thousands of movies and TV shows available to the world. The company did not sleep on its laurels and enjoy the incoming stream of cash, instead they analyzed how much people are streaming on their devices and "what kind of mobile data plans they have". I use a monthly 1GB data plan and never used it to watch Netflix, but according to them and their study, if I enable their new tool to control how much data I use when streaming, I should be able to stream "about 3 hours of TV shows and movies per gigabyte of data." Netflix says that "In terms of bitrates, that currently amounts to about 600 Kilobits per second. Our testing found that, on cellular networks, this setting balances good video quality with lower data usage to help avoid exceeding data caps and incurring overage fees. If you have a mobile data plan with a higher data cap, you can adjust this setting to stream at higher bitrates."

In order to take advantage of this new feature and set your cellular data usage, select "App settings" from the menu and choose "Cellular Data Usage". From there, you can select a higher or lower data usage. Remember, the default is automatic and, as stated above, will let you stream 3 hours of TV shows and movies. Something I'll definitely try as soon as possible.

Update Netflix for Android in Google Pay store.

Microsoft updates Arrow Launcher with stronger Wunderlist integration and more.

Microsoft has updated its Arrow Launcher for Android today, offering a stronger Wunderlist integration which, according to the change log, displays "all lists" and set reminders. Now, I must say that I do not use any of these apps on my Nexus. I'm a fan of stock Android, so I obviously use Google Now and my favorite to-do list app is...I use none. 

Back to Arrow Launcher. Check out the full change log:

  • Stronger Wunderlist integration features - all lists are displayed; set reminders
  • Notification badge counts can now be displayed on the Apps page
  • Image preview for applicable text messages on the Recent page
  • Language support for German, Spanish, Turkish, Vietnamese, Polish, Italian, and Indonesian
  • More memory efficient than ever. We've also addressed some crash bugs.
Get Arrow Launcher in Google Play store.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

SofaScore brings info about TV channels broadcasting games within the app.

The folks behind SofaScore Live Scores added an interesting feature to the app that lets users find information about which TV channel is broadcasting the game, a feature that can be helpful and help avoid wasting time looking for the proper channel. This info can found right within the app in the match details. And if the app does not have the broadcast info for a game and you do, SofaScore will accept your contribution and share it with others so they don't miss the game. Sounds like a community in the making.

The matches tab now also provides "information about percentage of teams wins in relation to full time odds."

If you're a sport fan, head into Google Play store to download SofaScore Live Scores.

Opera ports ads blocking to its official Opera Mini web browser for Android.

It was back in April 8 that Opera introduced its ad blocking feature to the beta version of the browser for adventurous users to try and provide feedback. Since then, it seems the company is quite satisfied with the feedback and is today porting the feature to the official app for all to use and block those pesky ads. This feature is listed first in the change log, but of course there is more as per the change log below:

  • Ad blocker
  • New page-loading animations
  • Stop button in the bottom navigation bar 
  • Feature hints
  • News news feed layout
  • "Add to home screen" option in the address bar "+" menu
  • Installation and startup time improvements.
Get the update from Google Play store.

IMDB for Android joins the dark side with a dark theme.

"Welcome to the dark side" is how IMDB introduces the new dark theme feature for its app for android, a feature they have obliged to after receiving requests from users. This update comes after the app received the Material design a few weeks ago and if you're wondering what's the use of a black theme besides probably helping saving some battery life, it also lets you use your phone while your partner is sleeping by your side without you causing him/her to jump to the dark side of the force and attack your device as the light them interferes with his/her sleep. Sorry about that, it's May the Fourth, so I had to come up with something.

Other than the black theme, the app received some UI bugs fixes "around color, spacing, and icons". Some changes have been mad under the hood to get the app ready for future enhancements.

Download the update in Google Play store.