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Today, Google released an update to its Chrome for iOS application that brings forward a new design for iOS 7 and improves the full screen experience on Apple's iPad. The update further integrates the browser with other Google apps on the device allowing users to sign in to the apps by specifying which Google account you like sign in with.
Voice search has also been improved upon and now allows users to combine search terms to make searching faster. An example would be "What year did Bill Gates found Microsoft, and how old is he?" and Google will return both search results on a single page.
Additionally, relevant links in Chrome now open directly in Google Maps, Gmail, Google Drive, and even YouTube. This is convenient as it allows users to quickly access the more feature-rich Google apps over Apple's own solutions.
Ever since it has been out, Kamcord has been locked to iOS, until today that is. The game recording app maker has announced that it has an Android beta application out, which you can try out today!
If you were like me, and until very recently didn't know what Kamcord did in the gigantic, never-ending sea of applications did, it allows you to record your gaming moments and share them with the world. Right now, Kamcord has over one million videos that have been uploaded to its site from gamers all across the world. Kamcord is similar to Twitch, but is primarily focused on mobile gaming, which is exploding right now.
Jumping onto the Android bandwagon will see them grow like we have not seen before, thanks to the huge inroads that Google has done in Asian countries with Android. Android has over 60% of the smartphone OS market share in China and Japan, which should see Kamcord benefit greatly from. Kamcord co-founder, Kevin Wang, says: "Technically this represents a huge breakthrough. No one has been able to accomplish this until now because of the difficulties associated with recording performance in the Android environment."
Apple has finally released iTunes Radio 11.1, which actually includes iTunes Radio - probably one of the biggest, if not the biggest competitor to music streaming services such as Spotify, Rdio and Pandora.
iTunes Radio features 250 preset stations that are just like the "radio stations" that other music streaming services include which are based on artists, songs or genres. iTunes Radio is available ad-free if you have already subscribed to iTunes Match which costs $24.99 per month. iTunes Radio is also free, but there will be plenty of audio and visual ads splashed in front of your face and ears.
As a daily user of Feedly, I can only see this as a great thing - as Feedly has opened its doors to developers by opening up its brand new cloud API to anyone who is interested.
For the last six months, Feedly has had the help of over 50 developers to create an 'elastic programming interface' that lets developers create apps in less than a week. If you're an interested developer, you can do a bit of a clicky click with your mouse right here and check it out.
Earlier this week, YouTube announced that it plans to introduce a new feature in November that will add offline viewing to any videos that users add to their watch later list on their mobile device. Once downloaded to your device, the videos will be viewable for 48 hours, after which they will have to be re-downloaded.
YouTube did not specifically state how the service will work or if the feature would be exclusive to Android, or if it will be featured on the iOS version of the app as well. Either way, I feel that this is an excellent idea and I cannot wait to start downloading movies to watch while on long trips with spotty Internet service.
We have been hearing reports for months now that BlackBerry Messenger will be arriving on Android and iOS before the end of the summer, and we're not far away from those reports coming true. Today, a new report from the blog TeknoUp claims that BlackBerry will release BlackBerry Messenger on Android this coming Friday, September 20.
The leak appears to be credible as the blog has posted an entire schedule for the BBM rollout to both Android and iOS. BBM for Android is set to launch this Friday at 7 AM EST, the same time that the accompanying website, BBM.com, goes live. Then on the following Saturday, September 21, BBM for iOS 6 and iOS 7 will roll out again at 7AM EST. The leak also says that the app will be free and feature most of BBM's features we saw showcased earlier this year during the BlackBerry 10 launch event.
Today, Google pushed out a major update to Google Wallet for Android that greatly expands the app's availability on various Android-based smartphones. Google Wallet is now available for all devices running Android 2.3 or higher even if they don't feature NFC functionality.
This update comes after Google upgraded the functionality of Wallet to include direct money transfers similar to PayPal without the fees. Users can now transfer cash to anyone with an email address within the United States once the sender has linked his bank account to Google Wallet. Funds can also come from your existing Google Wallet balance, but if a Debit or Credit Card is used, extra fees may occur.
Google has also allowed loyalty cards from retailers to be added to Wallet by scanning or entering the barcode on the back of each card. The biggest change for Google Wallet, however, is that it is finally available on Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. Do you use Google wallet? I have used it a few times, but usually forget it is there and just swipe my card instead.
Have you ever wanted to record your dreams? I've thought about it a few times, but honestly the concept of recording my subconscious scares the heck out of me. If a new Kickstarter campaign has its way, we will all be able to record our dreams soon and upload them to what is being billed as the "world's largest dream database."
SHADOW is an app that acts much like an alarm clock that gradually wakes you up with escalating alarms. Once awake, the app will prompt you to record what you remember from your dreams in either audible or text forms. This information would be loaded into a private dream journal that will analyze and visualize your long-term dream patterns.
The end-user--or "Dreamer"--will have the option to keep their dreams private or share them with friends and family. Additionally, dreamers can push their dreams into the cloud to join an anonymous database that uses natural language processing algorithms and keyword recognition to help identify global dream patterns. While this technology is cool and definitely something we need to research, the last thing I would like to do when I wake up is record myself describing my dreams. Head over to the source below to find out more.
It looks like that A7 processor Apple is baking into each and every iPhone 5S is about to get used a helluva lot more. The Cupertino-based giant is now allowing app developers to submit 64-bit apps for the iPhone 5S. Developers with apps that work on both iOS 6 and iOS 7 will be limited to 32-bit for the time being, but the company is set to support a single app binary for both 32- and 64-bit apps rolling into October.
You can submit 64-bit apps for iOS 7 today that take advantage of the power of iPhone 5s. Xcode can build your app with both 32-bit and 64-bit binaries included so it works across all devices running iOS 7. If you wish to continue to support iOS 6 then you will need to build for 32-bit only. Next month we will be making changes that will allow you create a single app binary that supports 32-bit on iOS 6, as well as 32-bit and 64-bit on iOS 7.
Google continues its workout by updating its Drive app, which includes a UI change and a bunch of new features. First up, we have Google moving from the "holo dark" theme to "holo light", which will bring Drive to the same look as Gmail.
Next up we have a new bottom action bar which provides Drive users with the ability to upload, create and scan, and more. The "create" option lets you see a familiar menu where you can make new folders, documents and spreadsheets. The new bottom action bar replaces the old + button in the top action bar, and it also hides when you scroll down your documents list, freeing up precious pixels.
There's some new features to bed found in the spreadsheet editor, which lets you merge and lock cells, as well as new options to improve your scans. There are the usual bug fixes and small improvements here and there. You can grab Google Drive here, if your device hasn't already updated.