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

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 2, 2015 5:30 am

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: Oct 2, 2015 3:28 am

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: Oct 1, 2015 6:21 am

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: Sep 30, 2015 4:26 pm

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: Sep 30, 2015 9:36 am

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: Sep 29, 2015 11:35 am

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."

Continue reading 'Taxi lawsuit dismissed, told to compete technological advances, Uber' (full post)

Microsoft doubles its ownership of Android lock-screen apps

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 12, 2015 9:32 am

The recent investment of buying Double Labs, the creators of Echo Notification Lockscreen, has seen Microsoft gain ownership of two Android lock-screen apps. These apps allow users to alter lock-screen notifications and various other features, with this new purchase adding to Microsoft Garage's already-produced Next Lock Screen app, released in 2014.




Echo sets out to set up a new push notification system for users, enabling categorization of notifications and further controlling which ones will perform certain measures, like turning on the phone screen, or providing further notifications at a later time or different location. A possible application for Eco would involve disabling personal Facebook Messenger notifications so they don't annoy you whilst at work or turning off work email push notifications during at-home hours.


Microsoft's plan for acquiring Echo is reportedly due to CEO Satya Nadella's push towards making personalized computing experiences, wanting to further allow software to be modified to the tastes of each user.

Android app holds you ransom for $500, after snapping a photo of you

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 2:32 am

There's an Android app going around that is holding people ransom, but not before it snaps a picture of the user. Adult Player is a porn app that secretly takes a picture of the user through their front-facing camera, after which it locked the users device and demands $500 to unlock it again.




Adult Player has not been approved by Google Play, and can only be downloaded from a website. US security firm Zscaler says that Adult Player's ransom message sits on the smartphone's screen at all times, reappearing if the smartphone is rebooted. Zscaler said: "This ransomware acts as a porn app named 'Adult Player' and lures victims who assume it is a pornographic video player". Zscaler added: "When the victim starts using it, the app silently takes a photo of the victim, which is then displayed on the ransomware screen, along with the ransom message. The app demands a ransom of 500 USD".


Zscaler says this is the second porn-focused ransomware they've discovered and is particularly nasty as it pops up once a smartphone has been rebooted. It completely locks the user out of the own smartphone, forcing users to pay the $500 to remove the block from their smartphone. Adult Player can be removed, but Zscaler says that it is quite difficult to do so. The security firm added: "The ransomware is designed to stay stagnant on screen and does not allow the the victim to uninstall it. Rebooting the device does not work in such cases as ransomware app becomes active immediately after reboot, which leaves no scope for the victim to get into device "settings" and uninstall the ransomware".


If you, or anyone you know has installed Adult Player and need to get it off, Zscaler provides full instructions on how to remove it here.