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Kindle X-Ray finally makes it to Kindle Android client – but is it worth it?
December 12, 2014 | 4:00 pm

Android apps have been going through a slew of upgrades and retoolings since the debut of Android 5.0 Lollipop, and now it's the turn of the Amazon Kindle app, which has just updated to version 4.8.0. As per the Google Play Store blur, this brings, for the first time, Amazon's Kindle X-Ray functionality "for Books and Textbooks to look up places, characters and terms," as well as "push notifications from Kindle," "improved library search," "flashcard sets to review textbook material," and the usual "experience improvements and bug fixes."...

Google Play Books’ most self-referential release to date: A guide to being a successful Google app developer
November 8, 2014 | 2:32 pm

Google has conveniently levered off its own platform to deliver one of the most Google-friendly books you could possibly find on Google Play Books: The Secrets to App Success on Google Play: A guide to useful features, tips, and best practices that will help you grow a successful app business on Google Play. This handy guide aims to pretty much do what it says in the title, and is available for free download from Google Play Books. It's also very much directed to the business model architect rather than the coder, with much of its emphasis on making the app work...

Google Play Store Contains Over 700,000 Malicious Apps, says Trend Micro Report
August 19, 2013 | 3:39 pm

Google PlayBy Hammad Saleem Believe it or not, the Google Play Store contains hundreds of thousands of malicious applications that can infect your device. These are flaws in the system that must be rectified by the folks at Google. Recently, at Defcon, a researcher showed vulnerability in Google’s one-click authentication that may result in a loss of personal information. The researcher submitted a malicious application that was approved in the Google Play Store and stayed there even though it was a malicious app, which was also mentioned in the description of the application. Now, a quarterly report by Trend Micro (PDF link below) reveals that there are...

New Nexus 7 Release Date for U.K. Expected to be August 29
August 3, 2013 | 12:52 pm

Nexus 7By Hammad Saleem It's been over a week since Google unveiled its second generation Nexus 7. The device is available for sale in the U.S. through various retailers and the Google Play Store. But unfortunately, there'd been no official word from the company about the availability of the device in U.K., from the Play Store or anywhere else. One overseas retailer, however, EBuyer, has leaked the expected launch date on Twitter. According to Ebuyer, the expected launch date of the second-gen Nexus 7 appears to be Aug. 29. If you're one of those lucky users who pre-ordered your device through Ebuyer, you should...

Ematic launches kid-friendly FunTab Mini 2, a tiny but robust $70 tablet
June 21, 2013 | 12:30 pm

EmaticChildren-focused tablets very rarely come with top-notch specs and features in tow, but you can at least count on them to be cheap. In the case of Ematic’s latest, called FunTab Mini 2, really, really cheap. This slate is just $69.99 and is available already via Amazon and Tiger Direct, but be warned, if your kid knows the first thing about technology, he’ll kick your behind if you purchase it. Luckily, the Mini 2 is targeted mostly at very young children (as in aged seven or less), so there’s only a faint possibility you could get into trouble. Now, what does the...

Coming Soon: Google Play for Education
June 8, 2013 | 2:30 pm

Google Play From The Digital Shift comes the intriguing news that Google's app store is launching an education portal in a bid to gain traction in the schools. With Google Play for Education, coming this fall, schools will be able to purchase educational apps using money orders and other alternative methods, to push them to Nexus tablets in bulk to all devices, groupings of them, or to individual devices. They can also select from curated app lists to easily find content that interests them. At launch, the program will only work on Nexus tablets. That may change in the future. Speaking personally as an educator,...

7 Must-Have Apps For Your New Nook HD
May 12, 2013 | 1:43 pm

If you've taken advantage of the great sale on the Nook HD (ending today), or if you've had one for awhile and recently upgraded to add the Google Play Store, you might be wondering what apps to add. Here's my list of must-have apps, not available in the Nook App store. 1. Feedly With Google Reader going away this July, you'll need another way to keep track of your feeds. I've been using Feedly for awhile now, and it's an excellent Google Reader replacement. In some ways, I've grown to like it better. For example, I've found its integration with Pocket to...

Penguin Turns “The Pocket Scavenger” Into an Interactive Creativity App
May 8, 2013 | 4:44 pm

The Pocket Scavenger Until I opened an email this morning from a publicist at the Penguin Group (USA), who'd sent me a press release about the company's newest so-called "creativity app," The Pocket Scavenger, I was under the impression that I was at least somewhat tuned in to the world of Android apps. But apparently, not so much. Penguin, it seems, has been busy releasing quite an impressive suite of creativity apps lately, and like their latest, The Pocket Scavenger, many are based on the books of author, illustrator and self-described guerrilla artist Keri Smith. Smith writes books that are not only about creativity, but that actually encourage it...

Nook HD as an Android Tablet Contender: Part 2 — Nook HD vs. Nexus 7
May 6, 2013 | 5:24 pm

Yesterday, I wrote about the Nook HD mostly from a stock OS perspective. But I know the question you really wanted to have answered was this: "Does it work as an Android tablet?" After three days of using it, my answer is a cautious "yes." Because I still don't have a tablet case for it, I haven't run it through a typical work day. However, from my use in the house over the weekend, I can tell you that it's got potential. Let's start with what it can and can't do. Loading apps from Google Play is a breeze. When you install the...

Are you a Wired subscriber? Grab your free e-book.
May 6, 2013 | 12:35 pm

WiredWired magazine will be celebrating its 20th anniversary throughout the remainder of 2013, and as something of a celebration, the editorial team has put together Wired @20, an e-book consisting of what the editors consider to be "20 of the most important and mind-blowing stories from the [Wired] archives." Interestingly (and wisely, I'd say), the stories include "all-new epilogues that bring the articles up to date." So even if you've been reading Wired cover-to-cover from day one, you'll probably still find something of interest here. The anthology includes Evan Ratliff's absolutely masterful feature on how to vanish in the digital age, for instance. It also...

Nook HD as an Android Tablet Contender: Part 1 — The Stock Experience
May 5, 2013 | 2:30 pm

I've wanted a Nook HD from the moment they came out. The reviews of the hardware were great, but I swore after I sold my first tablet, a Nook Color, that I'd never buy another crippled device again. The Nook App store is just terrible, and while I tried to make my Nook Color work as a tablet (including buying an N2A card), it was never quite satisfying. I needed to boot to the card to have the apps I needed. But for reading, I've always preferred the stock Nook reader, so I spent too much time either being unhappy or booting...

Google Play celebrates its first birthday with a big sale
March 6, 2013 | 9:56 am

So it’s been a full year since Google’s Play Store went live (how time does fly,) and the Web-based media store is celebrating by offering deep discounts in all departments. Free tunes, apps, gift cards and cheap movies are only a few items that the service is advertising. You definitely don’t want to miss these deals. Starting today, you can redeem a free $15 gift card to use on your first purchase from Fancy, the crowd-curated gift shop. Also, ten percent off you next hotel booking from the Hotels.com app, a digital  $20 gift card for use with the Gyft app...