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Android TV

Coming soon: Android TV

Coming this fall is Google’s latest effort at competing with Apple TV, Roku, and video game consoles: “Android TV.” Unlike previous efforts Google TV and Chromecast, Android TV will be an operating system rather than a specific set-top box brand name. Smart TV makers will be able to embed it into their sets, while third-party set-top box makers (Asus, etc.) can use the operating system. Similar to Android and Roku/Apple TV, it’ll come with an easy-to-use interface with support for Chromecast. It’ll also come with its…

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Comixology removes in-app purchasing from iOS apps

Yesterday, with zero advance notice, came some big comic news: Amazon stated that Comixology will drop in-app purchases for iOS users, to avoid Apple’s 30% cut of all in-app sales on any iOS app. The Android version will still allow in-app purchases, but not through Google Play’s system; Google also takes a 30% cut of sales from Android in-app sales. Android users will have to go through Paypal or Comixology’s own credit card system, which is what Comixology’s website uses. The new versions of Comixology’s…

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Merry Christmas 2013

To those of you who celebrate, merry Christmas! I thought I’d list some useful previous posts I’ve written, as well as other holiday highlights… I got a new Nexus 7/Nook/etc. for Christmas; what can I do with it? For those who’re giving/receiving an Android-based tablet or smartphone for the holiday, here’s my post on recommended Android apps. Where can I buy digital comics besides Comixology? For those looking to buy digital comics with said tablet, and don’t want to use Comixology, here’s my post on…

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Blu-ray vs. digital media stores: which option’s better for multiple mixed-OS devices?

Lately, I’ve been considering going to high definition for future movie and TV show purchases. Between the direction things are moving, my owning an HDTV set, and that the HD version of “Wreck-It Ralph” I’ve seen looks a lot better than my DVD version does, I figure it’s time to make the move. But what kind of HD videos? The current choices are Blu-ray and the various digital media stores, the latter dominated by iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play. I’ve written about Blu-ray in the…

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Android app review: Yahoo Weather

Yahoo!, the company that’s recently adopted a wide range of changes, ranging from buying Tumblr to changing its logo, is striving to make inroads into the mobile world. Besides their recently improved Flickr app, Yahoo’s also improved its Weather app. The new Yahoo Weather app makes use of Flickr images to provide within the app full-screen background images, depending on one’s city/location. Among the aspects of this app: A clean view and layout of weather information, including today’s high and low temperatures, hourly temperature forecasts,…

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Android 4.4 to be called… KitKat?

Earlier today, Google announced that it’s arranged a licensing deal with candy maker Nestle that’ll see Android 4.4 have the dessert-themed name… “KitKat.” Yes, after the candy bar. Google’s always chosen dessert-themed names for Android, as listed on this tie-in page, which also advertises Google Play/Android device prizes embedded in select Kit Kat wrappers. As for the spelling, it looks like the Android OS will be named “KitKat” (in camel case), while Google refers to the candy itself as “Kit Kat” (with a space). And…

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The Nexus 4 experience three months later

Several months back, I bought the Nexus 4 smartphone, which I spent much time pondering whether it’d be worth buying. My main concern was the various reports about the phone’s back glass cracking. While I posted an initial review, I thought I’d offer an update on how the phone’s going so far. T-Mobile plan I signed up with the $30/month T-Mobile plan, advertised on their website. The plan comes with 100 minutes plus 5GB of data. Data with T-Mobile works fine for me, even at…

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Android app review: OI Flashlight

While there’s tons of flashlight apps in the Google Play store, a lot of them ask for a high number of and/or odd permissions. While some of the permissions are presumably for advertising, others might be questionable at best. OI Flashlight is a flashlight app whose only permission it asks for is for the camera, and that’s in order to make use of the camera’s flash. No advertising, etc., and the app’s free. Features include whether or not to use the camera’s flash instead of…

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Android app review: Speedtest.net

A new app I’ve been using lately is SpeedTest.net. Based on and tied into the popular website of the same name, Speedtest.net is an app that lets you test your smartphone’s data connection speed. The app comes in versions for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. As its Google Play page description notes, Speedtest.net lets one test the server ping, upload, and download speeds. The settings allow one to choose whether to display speeds in kbps, mbps, or kb/s. There’s also an option to choose which…

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Anthony’s favorite Android apps guide

Since I’ve upgraded to a new phone recently (the pleasant to use Nexus 4), I thought I’d write about what apps I use on my Android smartphone and tablet. Note that my choice of favorite apps might be different from what others use; I’m not an Instagram or Pinterest user, for starters. Social Media Facebook: yes, I have this one on my devices. Google+: though Google+ is pre-installed, I’d install it on my own anyway. Google’s social media service is pretty nice compared to Facebook,…

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