Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Google Gives App Access to 70 New Apps In Google Now

Back in January, Google announced initial support for forty third-party apps (including Runtastic, Zillow, Waze, and more) hooking into Google Now. Even if Google limited participation to hand-picked partners, the news was exciting - it marked Google's first publicly visible steps toward opening Now to users' favorite apps in ways that developers could control.
Google is still keeping details about developer participation close, but today 70 new apps have been added to the Google Now roster.
Some of the new partners include ABC News, Allrecipes, Jawbone, Runkeeper, Adidas, OpenTable, Zipcar, Spotify, TuneIn, and Feedly.
To see the full list of apps, head over to this Google page. To see some of the example cards of each, go here.
In order to let the new apps play nice with your phone, you will need the newest version of the Google app (4.5), which is rolling out slowly.
Here are a few other ways Now cards from your apps can help you out:
  • Get breaking news about the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake from ABC News, Circa, or feedly
  • Know when your pad thai is about to arrive with reminders from Eat24 that the food you ordered will soon be on your doorstep, or get inspired with the recipe of the day from Allrecipes
  • Keep your fitness goals front and center with gentle nudges from Runkeeper, Jawbone, or Adidas
  • And if you’re out to dinner, simply tap on a Now card to pay your bill with OpenTable

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Facebook Adds Free Video Calling To Messenger App

Video calling is now a part of Facebook Messenger, the social giant announced this morning. Available on both Android and iOS today in Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Laos, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, the UK, the US and Uruguay, you can call someone via video with the touch of a video icon at the top of your conversations.
Facebook Messenger is adding a feature that, if you didn't use it, you would expect to already have. With today's addition of video chat capability, it has parity with the desktop chat interface that has long supported this. As a server-side switch, you should have this available so long as you are using a reasonably new version of the app.

As you see in the image above, there is a camera icon at the top of the conversation that will initiate the video chat. You might also notice that Facebook is very proud that iOS and Android devices will be able to communicate with one another from the start. In terms of being able to request a video session, the app will be more or less platform-agnostic. The key to look for in terms of whether you can do it is the color of the icon. Gray means the recipient is not available, but blue means they are ready to roll (but still have to accept).
Calling, whether with voice only or video as well, is free. With that said, there is no better way to chew up your mobile data allowance, so use with care if you aren't connected to Wi-Fi. And if you weren't sure whether Facebook was all that serious about Messenger, here is some good evidence that they really want you using it for most of your communication.
Recently Facebook released its new dialer app -  Hello, A Dialer And Caller ID Replacement
While this feature clearly adds competition for Hangouts,Skype. Those who chat over Hangouts probably don't ever chat on Facebook. For many, though, Skype's only purpose is acting as a video chat platform for people with whom they are already Facebook friends. It's just redundant, now, if it wasn't already.

    Monday, April 27, 2015

    'Batman: Arkham Knight' trailer - New Faces in it

    Batman: Arkham Knight's cast of familiar faces grows with developer Rocksteady Studios' new "All Who Follow You" trailer. Can you name them all?

    Catwoman's there, putting the beatdown on an army of robo-baddies with her Batbuddy. Nightwing and Robin both show up as well, all grim faces and determined hero poses. There are also blink-and-you'll-miss-it looks at Commissioner Jim Gordon, his daughter Barbara (aka Oracle), and the vigilante Azrael.

    Also See- Call of Duty : Black Ops 3 Here's your first look at the new face of war

    The trailer's title suggests that Batman's assorted allies are all targets of the Arkham Knight, the game's primary villain. He pops up a few times here (his cape-less armor is a weaponized mockery of the Caped Crusader's own Batsuit), duking it out with Batman and commanding any army of gun-toting soldiers, tanks and drones. Two-Face and Scarecrow (that's him at the 50-second mark, right?) also make brief appearances.
    We'll see how all of these characters fit into Rocksteady's final Gotham City adventure when Batman: Arkham Knight comes to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on June 23.


    Call of Duty : Black Ops 3 Here's your first look at the new face of war

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is a dark, gritty future where a new breed of Black Ops soldier emerges and the lines are blurred between our own humanity and the cutting-edge military robotics that define the future of combat. Mechs. Transforming chaingun hands. Some kind of lethal firefly swarm. These are your new tools of destruction in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.
    Activision's debut trailer for 2015's new entry in the series, from developer Treyarch, is packed with surprising looks at the game's vision of future warfare. The tone was set last week when the publisher released a futurist-friendly teaser made up of mock newsreels that laid out the key historical moments leading into 2065.

    Here's the short version: The world has fractured around the rise of "modified humans," with superhuman wars waged between armies that are seemingly pulled from the pages of dystopian science fiction. In the new game's story, tensions rise all around the world when an Edward Snowden-like figure reveals the reality of off-the-books "black ops" missions.
    Call of Duty: Black Ops III launches for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 6.See you on November 6, the new Black Friday.Pre-order now and get access to the Multiplayer Beta. Learn more at:


    Facebook is Changing Its Notifications tab

    Facebook wants notifications to become much more than a perfunctory list of recent behavior, events and invitations.The current Facebook Notifications tab is simple and you get all the useful notifications like comments, likes, posts from close friends at a single place. But now, Facebook going for a different type of notifications tab.

    Facebook confirmed these plans to Mashable and said: “We are testing an updated Facebook Notifications tab that adds additional, relevant content about everything that might be helpful to know on a particular day.”

    There will be a new Facebook Notifications tab in your Facebook mobile app and will feature eight sections:
    Birthdays: Birthdays of friends in Facebook Notifications.
    Life Events: Events from your friends that happened today or recently.
    Events: Events you’ve joined
    Nearby Places: If you choose to turn on the location services, you will be shown info from nearby places
    News Shared Locally: Bunch of viral news from your neighborhood
    Trending Topics: Three trending topics of Facebook will be shown in your notifications.
    Nearby Friends: If your friend has opted to use this feature, you can know if he/she is nearby.
    Today in the Past: Posts from the same day as today in past.
    It’s not clear if users will be able to customize the amount of information displayed in these notifications tab. Many of the features mentioned regarding Facebook integration were already present in Facebook and few of them are new.

    Facebook has been adding new features to its social network lately and this is one of the most ambitious updates for mobile notifications. 

    Sunday, April 26, 2015

    Wrath Of Obama, The US President Teams Up With Putin To Destroy Lenin's Zombie Army

    Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin have attracted worldwide criticism for the actions of their respective administrations - Obama  and Putin you can say at least one thing in favor of them both: they haven't tapped into dimensions of eldritch power to raise a monstrous army of undead Soviet soldiers.

    Google Play store: Play Link

    In Wrath of Obama, the leaders of the United States and Russia join forces to oppose Vladimir Lenin. The OG Commie has risen out of Hell and has brought thousands of soldiers from the Soviet Union with him, intent on world domination. In a combination of top-down space shooter and lane-based strategy gameplay, you'll use both Obama (riding a horse and armed with a giant Smith & Wesson) and Putin (riding a bear and armed with a rocket-propelled grenade) hero units to take on the Red Dead Army.

    The satirical game actually has a story, made up mostly of laughably bad Photoshop stills and political impressions that are authentically awful. Wrath of Obama is a very reasonable $1.20 (or approximately 60 Rubles) in the Play Store, with no in-app purchases.



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