If you regularly download apps for your smartphone or tablet, you have definitely experienced it: that moment when you find out the game you downloaded for free suddenly isn't. Welcome to the world of Freemium, where your initial download is only to get you interested, but where the real money is spent once you're already hooked on the game.Freemium explained The word freemium is a portmanteau of the words free and premium, implying you're getting a premium experience without paying a premium price. For users, it seems like the best of all worlds to get an … Read more
One of the Xbox One's most celebrated features is its cable box connectivity, allowing users to switch between television and gaming with a simple Kinect voice command. However, the interface is less than stellar, looking like...well, what most antiquated cable TV interfaces look like.
But the Verizon FiOS app, launching on Xbox One Tuesday and part of massive rollout of entertainment apps announced around launch, brings those cable benefits directly to the console, clean Xbox interface and all, by streaming television over the Internet.
This is a cool trick courtesy of Google: using the Google Search app on iOS or Android along with a special command leads to an unexpected response.
After launching Google Now on your Android device or Google's Search app on your iOS device, you simply launch a voice search (or you can type in the phrase) by saying, "OK, Google Now, let's go caroling."
In response, Google will provide you with a list of Christmas carols to choose from. Once you select one, you'll have the option to play the song, complete with lyrics and … Read more
Minecraft is one of the most widely used games around these days. So it was notable when the programmer who wrote it, Markus "Notch" Persson, embraced Google's Dart programming language for Web apps.
Apple on Monday released a free offer to those who have downloaded its 12 Days of Gifts app, giving consumers a free download of musical artist Lorde's "No Better" single. The offer also includes a music video for her breakout hit "Royals."
The 12 Days of Gifts app launched earlier this month with Apple promising that it'll give away 12 free gifts between December 26 and January 6. … Read more
Yahoo Weather, one of the more popular tools in the App Store for finding forecasts, has made its way to Apple's iPad.
Yahoo announced the change on Monday, noting that the application comes with the same design and feel as the iPhone version but has been optimized to work on the iPad's larger screen.
Yahoo's Weather app comes with high-resolution images behind its forecast data, making it a bit more visually friendly than other services. In addition, the app lists forecast data, current temperatures, and animations when scrolling through forecasts.
In addition to announcing its iPad app, … Read more
Do you feel that the gay community is all too often symbolized by shiny torsos with a body fat percentage below 3?
Do you sense that when you think of gay apps, the first that comes to mind is Grindr?
But what about gay taste? What about the gay sense of style?
This isn't the stuff of mere legend. The fine urban studies theorist Richard Florida has offered that cities thrive when they attract a dynamic gay population.
Some very clever Harvard types (are there any other kind?) believe that, when it comes to apps, the gay community hasn'… Read more
What Android 4.3 Jelly Bean giveth, Android 4.4.2 KitKat taketh away.
Google has removed the hidden feature App Ops from Android in its Android 4.4.2 KitKat update, claiming that the feature wasn't supposed to be available to the public in the first place. Google removed the feature because it was "experimental" and could break app functionality, reported the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
"The fact that [Android users] can not turn off app permissions is a Stygian hole in the Android security model, and a billion people's data is being sucked through,&… Read more
With tens of thousands of health-related apps on the market, and hundreds more popping up every day, consumers and health care providers alike are stuck with the monumental task of finding the best ones for their needs.
A new mobile health platform, released this week, has done the hard work for doctors, by classifying and evaluating more than 40,000 health-related apps on the iOS and Android platforms.
Developed by IMS Health, AppScript reviews each app's functionality, certifications, relevance, and peer and patient reviews. Physicians can then organize these apps based on the types of patients they see and … Read more
Cover has released its app for retooling the Android lock screen into a useful, adaptable launch pad for apps.
Cover brings a number of features to Android phones: it picks commonly used apps on your lock screen, changing them according to your location and time of day based on your usage patterns for work, home, or in between. It lets you slide the … Read more