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Electronic Arts releases Star Wars RPG game for smartphones

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: 11 hours, 47 mins ago

Released alongside a short press release, Electronic Arts has announced its latest app venture in the form of an Apple and Android compatible smartphone game called Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes.




This game urges users to "collect iconic characters from every corner of the Star Wars universe, build powerful teams, and craft cunning strategies to battle through memorable locations," being released as a free-to-play game through Google Play and the Apple App Store. With squads available for both light and dark sides of the force, Galaxy of Heroes has been produced by Capital Games. There's also a seemingly strong focus on strategy, with the press release further mentioning that each custom team can be constantly upgraded with new gear and loot won through battles.


As this is a free-to-play game, there must be some way for the companies involved to make a return, but that hasn't been highlighted just yet.

Skype iPhone, iPad 6.6 update integrates Maps, Calendar app functions

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: 1 day, 21 hours ago

Version 6.6 of Skype is out now for iPads and iPhones everywhere. With it comes some neat multitasking functionality that should make life a little easier.



Now within instant message windows you'll notice highlighted phone numbers, addresses, times, and dates. Tapping these will allow you to easily make a call, plan a trip via Apple Maps, and set up a calendar event, respectively. The events functionality is particularly impressive as it uses details from your conversation to set it up, and includes a link to the specific chat -- helpful if you need to remember details about it, or want to quickly make a call when the time comes.

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Sydney gives green tick to Uber

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: 2 days, 6 hours ago

While Uber drivers currently operate illegally within Australia due to the drivers being unlicensed to operate a commercial vehicle within their individual state, the state of New South Wales (home to Sydney) will be lifting this ban come December 2015.




Uber will now become legal to use for all drivers, but taxi ranks will be kept solely for the traditional transport industry, further seeing a fee given to all Uber drivers for the right to operate legally within New South Wales. In addition, reports claim that taxi plates will see a large drop due to the rise and legalization of Uber.


Uber drivers will also have to endure more state-sanctioned safety checks before they are given a green light for operation down under.

Google Hangouts update removes Google account requirement

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: 5 days, 4 hours ago

After last week's performance and quality update to Hangouts, Google has rolled out yet another big change to the video call service. As of this week, a Google account or sign in is no longer required to talk with others, or for them to talk with you.




Google says it wants "simple, easy access to meetings" and so they're breaking down the barriers. Now all that's required is clicking an invitation link, and you're in.

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Skype for Android update adds video message saving, and more

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: 6 days ago

Skype 6.11 is out on Android, and with it comes several neat new features, at least some of them in direct response to user feedback.




Added control over conversations is one. Now you can make use of delete, mark as read, or mute notifications functions for a given conversation by long tapping it. As well, you can search conversations, on top of contacts and group names.


Media gets some enhancements, too: video messages can be saved, and photos can be shared directly from your gallery. There are some other changes, but those are the most notable. If your phone hasn't updated Skype already, head to the Play Store and navigate to My Apps to do it manually.

Microsoft's Project Astoria 'not moving ahead as planned'

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Project Astoria was announced by Microsoft back in April as a tool with which developers could easily port their Android apps to Windows 10. Unfortunately, it's failed to gain much traction, and now re/code reports Microsoft is "not moving ahead with [it] as planned."




A rep wouldn't confirm the exact status of the project, but said, "The Astoria bridge is not ready yet, but other tools offer great options for developers. We're committed to offering developers many options to bring their apps to the Windows Platform."

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Beats Music shutdown imminent, Apple Music is better, says Apple

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Apple is shutting down its Beats Music service as of November 30. If you have a subscription, that will be canceled, but before that, you can move your picks and preferences over to the Apple Music service, which launched back in June.




Apple is essentially saying there's no need to fret, because Apple Music is way better anyway, at least in terms of its recommendations system, and the Beats 1 global radio station.

f.lux iOS download canned by Apple

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Screen dimming software f.lux is longer available for iOS, following a move by Apple. As the developer understood it, direct install courtesy of the Xcode 7 toolset was okay by Apple, but after they made it available as such, Apple indicated otherwise.




"f.lux cannot ship an iOS App using the Documented APIs, because the APIs we use are not there," the developer writes. "In the last 5 years, we have had numerous conversations with Apple about our product and what would be required to make it work with iOS. We respect Apple's products enormously, and we urge Apple to allow work like ours to continue through Documented APIs."

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Facebook's new 360-degree videos arrive on latest Facebook for iOS app

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

While Android users have been enjoying 360-degree videos on Facebook, iPhone users haven't been so happy - until now. The latest Facebook for iOS app now includes support for 360-degree videos on the largest social network in the world.




Starting today, the likes of ABC News, BuzzFeed, FrontLine, Nickelodeon and many more will be adding 360-degree video clips onto Facebook. Facebook has had to throw in some new features into the app to support 360-degree content creators, where the social network has launched a "microsite" designed to offer tips, tricks and more on how to create the 360-degree content.


There's also now an optional video upload setting for those Pages, with Page owners now having the ability to do some post-production additions to their 360-degree videos all within the app. Facebook has also teased that as of today, it will be testing 360-degree commercials from companies like AT&T, Corona, Nescafe, Ritz, Samsung and Walt Disney World.

New build overhauls Skype for Windows 10, available now

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

The Windows 10 November update releasing today includes the "Consumer Preview of Skype Integration". In other words, a new version of Skype with added Windows 10 integration.




The main changes in the preview are what looks like a design overhaul for an aesthetic in line with Windows 10 sensibilities, and the ability to quick reply via notification windows.


The new Skype is available now via Windows Update; mobile users will see it later this year.

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