If you're an Android enthusiast, you've probably heard of CyanogenMod. If you're not, the newly incorporated company's leaders have big ideas on how to make sure you do.CyanogenMod recently flipped the switch from an Android Open Source Project (AOSP) enthusiast's dream to become a legitimate company with a team of 17 developers. Under the aegis of Boost co-founder Kirt McMaster as its chief executive, Cyanogen, Inc., has secured $7 million in Series A funding from Benchmark Capital to push it to become more than an fan project. The focus of Cyanogen's development will … Read more
On Tuesday, Mozilla released a major update to Firefox for Android, bringing over many of the sharing services from its older-brother desktop version.
Version 24 adds a Share menu that lets you add your most frequently-used sharing services like Facebook, Twitter, or e-mail for quick sharing. If you prefer a more physical approach, the new version also adds bump sharing, which lets you fist-bump your friends with other Android handsets to quickly send open tabs, news articles, or just about any page from the Web. This works via Near Field Communications technology so both devices must have an NFC chip.… Read more
Google Wallet has just expanded its coverage to virtually the entire world of Android phones.
Announced Tuesday by Google, the new Wallet app no longer is limited to phones outfitted with NFC. As a result, the app is compatible with any phone running Android 2.3 or higher.
The new version also allows you to securely send money to any US resident with an e-mail address. You can freely send money from your bank account or Google Wallet balance or pay a slight premium to tap into funds from a linked credit or debit card. After you've sent money … Read more
As the house band for author and counter-culture icon Ken Kesey's notorious acid tests, the Grateful Dead made music perfectly suited for mind-bending exploration. With the Mickey Hart Band, the Dead's longtime drummer and Grammy-winning percussionist Mickey Hart continues this fantastic voyage of discovery with his new album, "Superorganism," on which he transforms actual brain waves into music, with the aim of better understanding our brains, ourselves, and the world around us.
Download.com chatted with Hart, between tour dates, about turning brain waves into music therapy on "Superorganism," file sharing, whether spirituality and … Read more
On Thursday, Google rolled out some key features to enhance their Photos+ service, not only showcasing some powerful editing tools for users, but also leveraging their Native Client (NaCL) technology for Chrome.
Since buying out Nik Software's SnapSeed, Google's been hard at work incorporating their editing tools directly within Google+, and even Android. Earlier in the year, Google introduced 'Auto Awesome' for Android, which automatically analyzes each of your mobile photos and attempts to adjust them automatically.
Users can selectively adjust various levels of their photos, including brightness, contrast, saturation, and more all from within the app. It … Read more
Parental relationships can be quite complicated. For some of us, the same can be said about our relationship to software. Emmy & Grammy-nominated comedian and actress, Margaret Cho tackles the former (along with sex, politics, drugs, guns, ethnicity, and insanity) in her new aptly-titled show "Mother" -- and the latter in her day-to-day life.
As the comedian, best known for her TV work on Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva," NBC's "30 Rock," and VH1's "The Cho Show" and stand-up films "I'm the One That I Want," "… Read more
Introduced all the way back in Android 2.1, Live Wallpapers provide animated, and often interactive, backgrounds that range from minimalist to downright busy.
As Android has evolved over the years and become more power-efficient, developers have created increasingly more robust Live Wallpapers.
Thanks to advances in the platform, these eye-catching backgrounds now also sip your battery charge instead of chugging.
I've put together a small collection of my favorite Live Wallpaper apps for Android, some of which are free. The apps mentioned here are uniquely different from each other and represent some of the best available for the … Read more
When you think of the 1980s, certain catchphrases come to mind: "Where's the beef?" "I'll be back!" and "Everybody have fun tonight/Everybody Wang Chung tonight." Even if you're too young to get the final reference, you've probably heard it on a host of CBS shows like "Two and a Half Men," "How I Met Your Mother," "The Big Bang Theory," and many more programs and films. Wang Chung, whose most memorable singles include "Dance Hall Days," "To Live and Die … Read more
Formerly known as Read It Later, Pocket is one of the most popular apps on Android. It provides an easy way of saving news articles and other items to your account, so you can pick them up for reading at a more convenient time. And because it syncs your data with the cloud, you can even use it to pick up your reading on a different device. Pocket is short-term bookmarking at its finest, and now, it's coming to Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
One of Pocket's coolest features, which will absolutely be making its way to the … Read more
Sorry fanboys and girls, you're not getting Key Lime Pie after all.
In a surprise twist, Google announced that the next version of Google's operating system will be named KitKat in honor of the Hershey's (or Nestle) chocolate bar, instead of Key Lime Pie, which previous code numbers and images had led us to believe.
If a software company co-branding with a confectionery brand feels unprecedented, you'd be correct. Google tends to stick with generic names for its dessert-themed releases. The closest we've come to seeing another brand work with Android came in 2010 with … Read more