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Google gives I/O 2013 Android app major update ahead of show opening next week

Google I/O is getting closer by the day and as a result we are learning more about the scheduled events, talks, and what new and exciting things we may see launched at the event. This morning Google pushed out an update to its I/O app for Android that includes some pretty cool features.


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Ahead of next week's show opening, this update provides some pretty awesome practical functionality for those who are both attending and not attending the conference. Once signed in with your Google+ account, the updated I/O app will determine if you are attending the conference or not, and will adjust information accordingly.


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Attendees will get venue Wi-Fi settings pushed to their mobile device, along with device synced schedules, a widget that displays upcoming scheduled events on the lock screen, NFC badge scanning and even a vector based map. Those not attending will see the Off-Site Attendee mode and will be able to watch live streams, which can be streamed to larger screens via the devices HDMI port. Google has also said that live streams will be available for all sessions for those not attending.

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Google Earth gets updated, now includes Street View and a new interface

Google Earth has been updated, reaching version 7.1.1 and with it, brings some serious changes. First off, we have Street View, letting you zoom right down to, well, street level.


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Google have also added some improved search functionality, have made directions allowing you to see a 3D view of transit, walking, bike and driving directions. The user interface has also seen a big improvement, now including a slide-out panel from the left.

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Bad Piggies on iOS gets updated, now has the ability to record and share in-game tricks

Rovio's Bad Piggies for iOS has been updated with new levels and features. For those who don't remember Bad Piggies, it's the spin off of Angry Birds which puts the pigs front and center. The player is tasked with building crazy contraptions to help the pigs reach the birds' eggs.


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This latest update brings with it 15 new levels. Additionally, Bad Piggies is now capable of recording your game play so that you can show off your best in-game tricks. A new suction cup gadget has been introduced along with a new spring-loaded boxing glove.


Finally, an all-new sandbox mode has been introduced. Rovio has yet to introduce their new Accounts feature that saves your progress to the cloud. We're sure that the feature isn't too far away from being introduced. The latest version of Bad Piggies is available in the App Store.

YouTube for Windows Phone 8 app 'completely redesigned'

Google has released an updated YouTube for Windows Phone 8 app. According to Google, the app has been "completely redesigned" to take full advantage of most Windows Phone 8 features. For users stuck on the older Windows Phone 7.x, Google says a version is in the works and will be released soon.


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The most notable change to the YouTube for Windows Phone 8 app is the ability to pin videos, channels, and playlists directly to the Start Screen. The full list of changes/features:


  • Pin any video, playlist, channel, and search queries to Live Tiles.
  • Manage your YouTube profile with your unique My YouTube page.
  • Manage your playlists, uploads, and video lists.
  • Find channels, videos, and playlists with the quick access search bar.
  • Share videos to your social networks, e-mail, and text messages.
  • Let your kids watch safe videos in Kid's Corner and keep their own profile


You can pick up the updated YouTube app directly from the Windows Phone Store. For those on Windows Phone 7.x, stay tuned to TweakTown as we'll let you know when your version is released.

Rovio introduces new "Account" feature, now save your Angry Birds progress and resume on any device

Today Rovio announced a new feature being added to its widely popular Angry Birds series that will allow users to create an account to save their in-game progress.


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While saving your games progress is something that Angry Birds has had since the beginning, this new feature will let users resume playing their game on any device that has Angry Birds on it. Rovio has also extended the account save process to its latest game, The Croods.


When you register, your game progress from the device will be saved to the cloud. If someone has already registered an account on that same device, it will ask you if you want to save the device's progress or not. If you choose not to save it, you will start the game as new, blank... When you sign in on a device for the first time, you will be asked if you want to add the scores, stars and feathers from that device to your account. If you say yes, the game progress from that device will be merged with the one already in the cloud.

Hulu Plus finally comes to Windows Phone 8, WP8 users can now get their TV fix while out and about

Windows Phone 8 users finally have access to Hulu Plus thanks to a new app released today. Now available in the Windows Phone Store, the official Hulu Plus app provides access to your favorite TV shows and movies next-day. The app, like on competing platforms, will require a Hulu Plus subscription for $8 per month.


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The Hulu Plus app fits right in with the Windows Phone modern styling, as you can see in the picture above. It can be pinned to Start for Live tile updates regarding new shows and films and is capable of updating your Lock screen wallpaper for updates. Like you would expect, the app features seamless transition between it and other devices. Start on one device and pick up where you were on another.


You can download Hulu Plus from the Windows Phone Store at source #2 below.

YouTube Capture for iOS gets updated, now includes Wi-Fi-only upload option

Google have updated their YouTube Capture for iOS app, which is a video sharing app for Apple's mobile OS. Google have pushed it up to version 1.3, which includes a bunch of colorless enhancements like faster startup times, an upload timer and HD previews of image enhancements.


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The biggest change YouTube Capture for iOS version 1.3 includes is the ability to flick on Wi-Fi-only sharing, which is great for those of us without unlimited mobile data plans. The new update is 28.3MB, and you can get it from the iTunes Store.

Instagram updated to version 3.5, includes account tagging, 'Photos of You' album

Instagram has been updated, reaching version 3.5 and now includes the new feature of photo tagging. You've been able to use hashtags up until now, but tagging your friends in your photos is a great new addition.


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You can take your picture, drop it, apply whichever filter you like best, then tap the tag button to select one or more friends in your photo. You can add any of your friends, as well as other accounts you follow such as a restaurant or business. The person who took the photo is the only one who can tag others, which will help with spam, thankfully.


If you're tagged in one of your friends' photos, it will turn up in your profile as "Photos of You", where you, or anyone else, can see them in one single spot.

Apple starts countdown to 50 billion app downloads, offers $10,000 gift card

Apple's App Store is getting close to hitting the 50 billion download mark and wants to celebrate. They've started another countdown, this time to 50 billion and will be awarding a $10,000 gift card to the person who manages to snag the 50 billionth app download.


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As part of the countdown, Apple has listed up some of the all time most downloaded free and paid apps, citing these apps as being what helped propel the App Store to such great heights. Interestingly enough, the top paid app is Apple's Pages and the top free app is Microsoft's Skype for iPad. Goes to show what we use these devices for the most.

Blockbuster launches iOS app, allows users to rent and stream movies

Blockbuster was acquired by Dish back in 2011 after filing for bankruptcy in 2010. The defunct movie rental company has had a desktop app, Smart TV app, and Android app since January and has now added an iOS app to the line up. The new app performs the same functions as the other currently available apps.


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Users are able to browse, rent, then stream movies from Blockbuster's catalog of almost 5,500 different movies. Pricing ranges from $2.99 all the way to $6.99 for new releases. You'll need a free account, which you can create through the app or on Blockbuster's On Demand website.


Blockbuster has some competition in the streaming market. Netflix is rather well established and Redbox has recently entered into the market. It's going to be an uphill battle, but definitely doable. The app is available from Apple's App Store.

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