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Intel Battery Optimizer Android app now cleans, too

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: 6 days, 13 hours ago

Intel has updated its Battery Optimizer Android smartphone and tablet app to now clean memory and storage in addition to optimizing battery life, thus boosting performance. Now dubbed the Battery Optimizer & Cleaner, the app will also "make recommendations on how to track mobile data usage."




In short, the idea is to be able to get the most out of your device and data.


The latest version is available now on the Google Play store.

iOS 9 now has Tweetbot 4 support on iPad and iPhone

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Currently set at 50% off ($4.99) for a limited time, Tweetbot 4 has now seen iOS 9 support. This application is useful for things such as syncing your timeline across all apple devices, muting users, hashtags, sources or keywords and more. The issue with this update is the forced purchase - no matter if you have Tweetbot 3 or not, you're still going to have to pony up the dollars.




Version 4 has added iPad support, landscape support on iPhone and iPad, split view multitasking, notification quick reply and more. Officially released on October 1, this version is iOS 9.0+ only, users looking for an older iOS supported version will need to look into Tweetbot 3.


Just a few days after release this app already has a 4.5-star rating across 733 reviews in total and if you're worried about space constraints this app checks in at a small 6.8MB. With the discount being upheld for a limited time only, you should pounce before the price goes up if this app interests you.

Amnesia creators latest game, SOMA, sells 92,000 copies in 10 days

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

SOMA was released on September 22 for the PlayStation 4 and PC, with Frictional Games announcing that it has sold 92,000 copies in the 10 days since its release.




92,000 might not sound like a lot, but Frictional Games isn't a gigantic studio, with the developer saying: "Our goal for SOMA's sales is 100,000 after a month" and it will meet that very easily. Frictional Games added: "The money that we've got from this will pretty much pay our company expenses for another two years. Sales are still going pretty strongly too, with a total of around 2,000 copies sold per day. This number is bound to drop over time, and it'll be interesting to see just how fast and where it stabilizes".


If we compare the sales of SOMA against Frictional's famous Amnesia: The Dark Descent, SOMA is doing extremely well. In its first week, Amnesia sold 20,000 copies while its sequel, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs sold 120,000 copies. Frictional added: "Our goal for SOMA's sales is 100,000 after a month, and at the current pace it should be able to reach pretty much exactly that with a few units to spare. However, this doesn't mean that we've come close to recouping all our costs. We need to sell almost three times that amount to do that. But given that it took us five years to make the project, there's no immediate stress to do so".

Showtime's new cable subscription-free app hits Android

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Showtime have some of the best shows on TV right now, with the likes of Homeland, Ray Donovan, and finished shows like the incredible Dexter (if you forgive that abysmal finale). But without a presence in the mobile world these days, you're not going to secure as many customers as your competition.




The company has just announced it is streaming Showtime to your Android device for $11 per month, without the need of a cable subscription. All you'll need is a credit card, a compatible device, and the new Showtime for Android app. Before this, the only way you could enjoy Showtime shows was by adding Showtime to Hulu, at $9 per month.


New users can even get a 30-day free trial when they download the app from the Google Play Store.

Valve updates Steam for Android, adds a bunch of new features

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

Valve has just pushed out an updated version of Steam for Android, which has reached v2.1. The new application adds a slew of new options and features for gamers on-the-go.




Steam for Android v2.1 includes the Community Market where you can buy, sell, and trade in-game items for titles like Counter-Strike and Team Fortress. Broadcasts is now a part of Steam for Android, where you can use the Twitch-like streaming service which is separated by game or uploader. The Game Hubs combine news, web posts, videos, screenshots and more for a game, now in Steam for Android.


Discussions and The Store are new to Steam for Android, joining the service with the new v2.1 patch. You can grab the new Steam for Android v2.1 from the Google Play Store.

Windows 10 Mail app updated with more personalization options

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

In case you don't know by now, the Windows 10 Mail app is fantastic, and becomes even moreso today with a new update. One of the key changes is one click switching between accounts. Before you would, annoyingly, be required to make two (doesn't get much more "first world problems" than that, huh?), but those days are over now.




Next is more personalisation options, allowing you to customize colours in the left pane and for email selection (you can pre-select from a list or add an image of your own to draw from), as well as switch between the previous light theme and a new dark theme.


It's possible other changes are hiding beneath the surface as well.

Google's new family plan for Google Play Music for $14.99 per month

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

In its continued fight against Apple and Spotify, Google has just announced its new family plan for Play Music. Google's family plan for Play Music costs $14.99 per month and allows for six different profiles so that each member of the family can have music recommendations based on their individual tastes.




Apple's Music family plan is also priced at $14.99, and also allows for six people in the family to join in on the fun. But Spotify on the other hand, provides just two accounts for $14.99 per month while $35 gives you access to six accounts. Google Play Music has opened up for business in 58 countries on both Android and iOS.


You can stream music from Google Play Music from your smartphone, tablet or PC to your Chromecast - even the new Chromecast Audio - and to your Android TV, and more.

Samsung's Milk Video service has bombed, will shut down in November

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Samsung's huge advertising push for its video service 'Milk Video' has done nothing for the South Korean giant, with the company announcing that Milk Video will disappear next month. The music service, Milk Music, will continue to live another day, though.




The company posted an updated Play Store app description, which was a pretty crummy way of letting the world know. Samsung said: "Thank you for using Samsung Milk Video. While we remain committed to providing premium entertainment services, we have decided to end support for the Samsung Milk Video app as of November 20, 2015. To continue enjoying streaming entertainment, please use the Samsung Milk Music app available at:".

Instagram surpasses 400 million users

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 24, 2015 1:37 am

Instagram hit their 300 million user milestone late last year, but they've added a huge 100 million users in the last 9 months to reach 400 million users in total now.




The photo-focused social network is an interesting beast, especially under the wing of Facebook. Instagram has noted that 75% of these active users are coming from outside of the United States, but can it continue this huge growth? Facebook acquired Instagram back in 2012 for $1 billion, but that deal feels like nothing when you consider the social network slapped down $19 billion to acquire WhatsApp in 2013.

Taxi lawsuit dismissed, told to compete technological advances, Uber

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 12, 2015 4:25 pm

With Yellow Cabs being combatant against the rise of Uber and other similar applications, a lawsuit was launched to have this method of transportation banned from use. However, Queens Supreme Court Justice Allan Weiss recently ruled that for-hire vehicles requested through an electronic medium may continue operate alongside Yellow Cabs - effectively ensuring Uber is safe to live another day.




Addressing the case at hand, the judge wrote that "any expectation that the medallion would function as a shield against the rapid technological advances of the modern world would not have been reasonable," adding "in this day and age, even with public utilities, investors must always be wary of new forms of competition arising from technological development."


The lawsuit was filed by four Queens credit unions who each have stakes in Taxi medallions. Their lawyer, Todd Higgins, told media that this ruling is "a stunning abdication of leadership and responsibility that will haunt New York City for years to come," adding "a catastrophe is unfolding, as an entire industry continues to be illegally destroyed, while elected officials allow it to happen on their watch."

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