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While iTunes has been available for Windows 8 in desktop mode for some time now, there still is no app for the Metro UI and things look like they will stay that way for a while into the future. Microsoft says it has rolled out the red carpet, but Apple has yet to walk down it.
"You shouldn't expect an iTunes app on Windows 8 any time soon," said Tami Reller, chief financial officer of Microsoft's Windows division. "ITunes is in high demand. The welcome mat has been laid out. It's not for lack of trying." This presents a major problem for Microsoft Surface RT users who cannot install or run any non-Microsoft desktop software.
Apple really has no incentive to build a Windows 8 iTunes app, as this would give users yet another reason to ditch their iPad's and switch to other non-Apple hardware. Apple is fine with coding desktop apps, but their Mac line is still a very niche market when you look at the big picture, while on the other hand, their iPad is the bestselling tablet by leaps and bounds.
Facebook's Home launcher is receiving an update today, bringing new features to the social networking-centric Android interface. Facebook also announced that Home has been installed nearly one million times since its launch. However, that's small fish compared to its one billion strong user base.
Facebook has said that they will not block users looking to sideload the app onto an unsupported device. This update is bringing with it fixes for bugs and some various new features. The new feature set include a "Dash Bar" that lists friends to allow for quickly starting a conversation and a "Dock" to hold your favorite apps.
This morning Netflix announced that it has updated its iOS app to version 4.1 and has implemented several new features. The updated app now includes Auto Play for TV shows, which will automatically start the next episode, when the one you are watching finishes.
Also included in the update is a new feature that brings recommendations directly into the video player by offering the top three recommendations on a screen after the current movie ends.
Netflix said that it has also enhanced the audio and added more second screen options to the app.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.