DuoLingo language learning app now available for Android

DuoLingo, the popular language learning app for iOS, has now launched for Android devices.

DuoLingo currently offers lessons for learning Spanish, German, French, Portugese and Italian. English can also be learned with Spanish, French, Italian or Portuguese as the base language. 

One of the main reasons for DuoLingo’s popularity on iOS is the way in which it gamifies the learning experience. The service is completely free and features no ads; it makes its money by providing a translation service, which is powered by its users. 

DuaLingo App

Interestingly, the creator of DuoLingo, Luis von Ahn, is the guy who created ReCAPTCHA, which helps to digitize books.  There’s a good TED Talk here that explains the business model for ReCAPTCHA and DuoLingo. It’s a funny presentation – we’ve all seen an inappropriate CAPTCHA or two. 

DuoLingo is currently available for Android smartphones with a tablet version of the app due to launch very soon.  

Apps you wish you knew about sooner–recommend yours

Be it an Android, iOS, BlackBerry or Windows Phone device there are countless apps that are available through the relevant marketplaces.

Unless you are super human, you could not possibly know about them all and what benefits they can bring.

Of course there are the very big and popular apps which are almost self explanatory, i.e Twitter, Facebook, G+, Instagram, Evernote and many more.

There are though countless smaller, less well known apps that do some very clever things or make your everyday life simpler.

You more than likely have become aware of certain apps, be it through websites, friends and family. If so, what apps are they, what do they do and why are they so great?

The 2 apps I like are CallTrack and SMS Backup+.

They are both simple apps that are very useful.  CallTrack logs a history of all made, received and missed calls in Google Calendar at the time they took place whilst SMS Backup+ keeps a copy of each text message within Gmail for me.

So what useful apps do you use and why?  Leave your comments below.

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Auto upload photos to Flickr–Android app

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The big news this morning is the flickr is now offering everyone 1 terabyte of FREE photo storage.

With a whopping 1 terabyte you can store an incredible 873,813 4 megapixel photos or 218,453 16 megapixel images. You can not deny that this is impressive.

So with so much storage how to make best use of it?

No doubt you use your Android phone for taking pictures. You may store the photos on the phone memory or an SD card, but do you back them up?

If you do not back them up, or do so at irregular intervals then why not take advantage of auto uploading.

Auto-uploading can backup your pictures to the cloud within minutes of taking picture or video on your phone. Meaning should you loose the phone, delete the image off your phone, there is always a copy online to access at any time.

Such auto-upload services can work over WiFi only or over a mobile data connection too, the choice is yours.

You may have heard that Dropbox offers such a feature, it works well (I use it all the time) but there is limited free storage. This means occasionally you need to go in and delete content.

Naturally flickr now seems the ideal option with so much storage. You will  probably only have to go in and delete or edit photos every year or less!

Flickr offer an Android app but that allows upload but you have to initiate the upload which is frustrating. It works well but you would have to keep doing uploads every so often.

The solution? A £1.99 app from Google Play Store called FlickrFolio.

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I have got to be honest I have been using it for only a imageshort period of time at the time of writing, but have tested it thoroughly in that time and all is working well.

You can set whether it uploads over WIFi or data connection or whether it uploads when the phone is charging or not.

It automatically uploads images as private so the whole world doesn’t see pictures unless you specifically ask it to.

You can too force it to upload older images you may have on your phone too as well as video.

We have all lost photos or data at some point and realise only after the event how important it was.  With this service there is no excuse and for just £1.99 this is a fantastic price.

I strongly encourage you to try this app and backup your valuable photos and videos now.

All you can eat app–unlimited app downloads for a flat monthly fee

Obtaining all the latest Android apps on your smartphone or tablet can become a really expensive exercise, especially if you want to just trial ‘full’ paid apps for longer than the 15 minute window offered by Google.

You only need to buy 3 or 4 apps a month and you could be easily spending in excess of £10 making app ownership potentially very expensive over the time.

Have you ever used Nexflix, Spotify, LoveFilm or Sony Music Unlimited?

They all work on a monthly subscription fee. You sign up, pay a fee each month and you can cancel your subscription at any point. Whilst you pay the fee you can use their services but cancel and the service access stops.

Mobiroo is a new service that works in exactly the same way; just in this case it is Android apps and not film or music.

Mobiroo can act as both a replacement or compliment to Google Play.

The Mobiroo service is focused on bringing quality apps rather than sheer quantity like the Google Play store, meaning with Mobiroo you see only the best apps based on user ratings, reviews and thorough quality assurance testing.

imageThere is one simple subscription option which is normally $4.99 but there is an introductory rate of $2.49.

The exact price in GBP will be calculated at the time of subscription, but is roughly £1.65 per month whilst at $2.49 per month.

There is a real potential to reduce your on-going costs with this service.

For peace of mind you can benefit form a 100% FREE, unlimited access, no obligation trial of the service for a full 14 days.

Take advantage of your no obligation FREE 14 DAY TRIAL NOW by downloading the Mobiroo .apk file for Android and start saving money on the best apps available for Android smartphones & tablets.

New Android app: PushBullet

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PushBullet is an app that solves a minor frustration that you will likely have suffered often as an Android user, but not found a good all-in-one solution to remedy: having data on your desktop that you want to push quickly to your mobile device. PushBullet enables you to easily push notes, addresses, lists and files straight from your computer to your handset and displays an alert in your notification bar for easy access.

This is by no means new in terms of functionality – Chrome to Phone, Pocket or the syncing of the Chrome app can push URLS/save web pages for easy access, Evernote can push notes, Google Drive could push lists and AirDroid/AirDroid 2 (public beta now available here) can be used to wirelessly transfer files – but PushBullet simplifies the process and provides one app for all four functions.

To use PushBullet, you need to download the app from the Play Store and register your device (you can sign up with your Google account), then register on the PushBullet website. It’s a seamless process and it’s only access to your email address that the app needs, not your entire Google account. Once you’ve completed the sign up process, visiting the PushBullet website will take you straight to the web interface, so a bookmarklet in your browser can help to make the process of sending data to your phone even quicker.

Screen Shot 2013 01 21 at 21 24 03Having tested the PushBullet service, it works nicely and lives up to the simplified process that it describes on the website. As with any cloud-based service, we would recommend against pushing any particularly sensitive files that you don’t want others to see.

Is it right for Google to snub Windows Phones?

Microsoft v Google – It is an ongoing battle

The current situation between Google and Windows devices is often referred to as “anti-competitive”, with the search giants making a very public decision not to produce applications that are supported on Windows phone’s. In fact, as far as we can see Google refuses to acknowledge that Windows even has a smartphone platform! Very few apps provided by Google will work on a Windows device, a basic Google search app is available, which is clearly an afterthought. In fact, you’re better off navigating to Google.com within Internet Explorer. The email client on a Windows device will support Gmail, Google contacts and Calendars but that’s your lot!

Windows must be feeling slightly left out when you consider that Google even manages to cooperate with iOS to a greater extent. Google gives preference to Android devices, for example Google+ was made available on Android a week prior iOS but no sign of it whatsoever appearing on a Windows phone. If this integration is possible then why does Google persistently choose to blank Microsoft’s smartphone platform? Many argue that Microsoft does not have a good app store and that the Windows devices are inferior. The fact that Microsoft’s share of the U.S smartphone market is only 4% may deter Google from allocating resources to incorporate the Windows platform.

The discussion as to whether Google should begin to incorporate Windows Phone’s is an ongoing one. A petition has been set up to persuade Google to make such changes which can be seen here, they claim that “It is discrimination against consumers if they are being forced to choose platforms based on eco-system support and not their choice.” and that “The rivalry between the vendors is their own and consumers shouldn’t be dragged into it.”.

However as a consumer whilst we want choice, we often buy into a particular OS for one reason or another, so is it fair that those who buy into one get a better experience than those who want the best of everything.

Imagine yourself in Google’s position.  If you were in charge would you roll out some of the best features on your Android devices to other platforms?!

What are your thoughts on this situation? Should Google acknowledge Microsoft as a player in the smartphone market? Or are they entitled to selectively share their services with who they like?

Via WMPoweruser & InformationWeek

Android receives much anticipated USB audio recording capability

USB Microphone options on Android

Audio professionals seeking an android USB audio recording solution have had their prayers answered. Audio recording and playback is now possible with minimal effort thanks to exTream, the creators of the app. “USB Audio Recorder PRO” utilises USB host functionality to transmit high quality audio, similar to using a Windows or Mac machine.  iOS users have enjoyed this feature for a while now, leaving the android market behind.

The app allows you to directly connect peripherals such as Yeti’s easy Blue series to create recordings that are saved as .wav files. Here is a full list of known compatibilities. You can then export the recordings to your desktop and even other apps on your phone or tablet! The creators have also provided a multi-track sequencing app allowing on-the-go mixing of tracks. So far the service has been well received on the Google Play Store with a 5 star rating.

We believe this app has potential for the future, licensing the technology to other developers would see a boom in professional audio recording apps. However for now the app is only available on Android devices at $4 or £2.44 (approx.) a pop in the Google Play Store.

Via Phandroid

Android apps ‘leak’ personal info

Millions of people using Android apps are at risk of having their personal data leaked, research indicates.

Scientists tested 13,500 Android apps and found almost 8% failed to protect bank account and social media logins.

By creating a fake wi-fi hotspot and using a specially created attack tool to spy on the data the apps sent via that route, the researchers were able to:

  • capture login details for online bank accounts, email services, social media sites and corporate networks
  • disable security programs or fool them into labelling secure apps as infected
  • inject computer code into the data stream that made apps carry out specific commands

Google has yet to comment on the research and its findings.

Read more @ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20025973

Source: BBC

Applorer: Find best FREE Games

Having trouble finding new games on Google Play?

Google Play is an ever expanding marketplace with the number of apps available now surpassing the 600,000 mark. Many of these apps are games, both free to play and premium. The choice is excellent, however finding something new or in a genre which you like can often be difficult. Also new indie developers can struggle to get their games noticed when the likes of Angry Birds and the ever growing number of PopCap, Zynga and Magma Mobile games sit forever in the top listings.

Enter Stream Media, the creators of Applorer. Applorer is designed to use a predictive system that collates information about your social activity to make suggestions on new games. Essentially the more of a certain type of game you play, the more of that type will be displayed to you. Applorer also has the ability to filter by around 20 categories including RPG, tower defense, FPS, casual etc. You can one touch install directly from the Applorer interface so you need not enter the Google Play store to get your game.

Applorer aims to solve these problems by going beyond the current “like / dislike” recommendation system, to develop a more accurate “predictive” system that suggests games based on users’ gameplay history, social activity and other data. This data will help us analyze patterns on what the consumer could possibly want to play next, so that we can recommend more relevant games to them.

Listed games are handpicked by Applorer’s editorial team and the ‘featured’ games change daily as opposed to on Google Play where marketing budgets can keep a big name game prominent for weeks.

Applorer provides notifications on updates for games you have installed and is linked to social media allowing you to log in via Facebook to share information about achievements, downloads and purchases. As an added bonus a built in manager ‘My Games’ scans your device for all installed games and allows you to launch from there – perfect for cleaning up your home screens as you can remove all the app shortcuts for games and just use Applorer. It even found a couple of games on my phone I’d forgotten I’d installed!

I’ve only had an evening for a quick play with Applorer but my initial impressions were very good. The interface is slick and it seems to do what it says on the tin. Installing a new game through Applorer was as simple as with Google Play and I’ve cleared up the clutter on the home screen I dedicate for games (which for someone who obsesses over the shortcut placement on my phone pleases me greatly). Read on below for an infographic by Stream Media highlighting the issues with finding games on Google Play. Because everyone loves infographics.

You can download Applorer for free on the Google Play store.

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InstaWifi out of beta, available in Play Store

Last month we previewed a great new app called InstaWifi, which enables you to connect to a WiFi network instantly by scanning a QR code or NFC tag. The good news is that the app has now been made available to download from the Google Play store, and it’s free. Click here to see our close up look at the app, or carry on reading for a video of the app in action.

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