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Google will take steps to address concerns raised by the European Commission about in-app purchases in mobile games and in particular about inadvertent purchases by children. By the end of September 2014, Android developers won’t be able to call apps available through Google Play with in-app purchases “free”; the default settings on Android will be changed so that payments are authorised prior to every in-app purchase, unless the consumer actively chooses to modify these settings; targeted guidelines will be developed for its Android developers to prevent direct exhortation to children as defined under EU law; and time-framed measures will be put in place to help monitor apparent breaches of EU consumer laws.
Google has not announced whether these changes to Google Play would be worldwide or contained only within Europe, or whether non-game apps with in-app purchases would also stop being described as “free.”
If you’re constantly cycling through an endless loop of homescreens just to look for one app that you can’t seem to find on your phone then you might want to give the Z Launcher a try. It’s an amazingly simple to use launcher that makes it super easy to find the almost anything on your device.
Z Launcher lets you write out letters right on the screen without using a keyboard and the app gives you a running list of apps, contacts and other content that you would typically use. The suggestion changes based on where you are and what you’re doing. It’s deceptively simple and intuitive to use, and with a self learning feature the suggestions presented by the app gets better the more you use it.
We’ve installed the app in our devices and while some may argue that other launchers can do more, we don’t think there’s anything out there that is as easy to use. It’s amazing that Nokia can come up with when the company is let off its leash, it’s sad though that, for the most part, Nokia is stuck with Microsoft.
The Z Launcher is available on limited pr-beta release here. Give it a try and let us know what you think.
If you’re looking to kill some time on you iPhone while being stuck in jam. You might want to check this game out.
Word Monsters is a fun, fast-paced social word game developed by Raketspel that’s something like Candy Crush and crossword puzzles combined. The object of the game is to look for words in stacks of letters as fast as you can. You can play with your friends and compete with players around the world as well. You can choose the theme of words you want to compete in, such as fruits, names, stuff that you can find in your fridge, or even more challenging stuff, like 80’s pop songs!
Word Monsters is available for free now on iOS.
Head on over to after the jump to see Word Monster in action.
Here’s an app where getting a high score could also mean instant death to your smartphone.
If you’re the kind that likes to live on the risky side of things then this app suits you perfectly. Send Me to Heaven (SMTH) is a reckless game and it challenges you to throw your expensive smartphone up in the air as high as you can in order to score points. The higher your throw the more points you get. Your score is then uploaded to a leaderboard so you can see how you fare against other cheap thrill seekers from around the world.
SMTH is currently available only for Android and its definitely not a game for butterfingers but if danger is your thing then the game is free for you to play. Google Play link here.
Google’s latest YouTube app for Android features the most comprehensive revamp since the app was released. The newest YouTube (version 5) brings a hugely improved user experience from an already intuitive application. Some of the notable improvements you get in the new YouTube:
We really like the new YouTube and if you’re a YouTube junkie, you’ll appreciate the many improvements as well. Unfortunately the app is being released in stages and as far as we can tell, Malaysia is still on the waiting list. But if you want to try the app now, here’s the link to the APK, download it from your phone and install. Let us know what you think of the new youTube. Have fun.
Sony has taken its “my Xperia” remote security service out of beta and it rolling it out in phases globally.
The “my Xperia” service is remote security app that can locate your Xperia smartphone and wipe the phone clean remotely if so required. The service has a few other nifty functions that you can activate remotely as well.
The app uses your Google ID and looks to be easy to use but Sony say timing and availability may vary by model, market and operator.
You can try out my Xperia here.
DiGi is inviting app developers and designers to participate in its HACK!@DGCFC Hackathon.The event is a brutal, 36-hour non-stop app creation marathon to see who is among the best code crackheads in Malaysia.
An initiative under the Application Development phase of DiGi’s ongoing Challenge for Change programme, the HACK!@DGCFC event is happening this weekend (5 to 7 April) from 4.30om onwards at DiGi’s headquarters in Shah Alam.
Educational talks and dev clinics will also be held in conjunction with the event. So even if you’re not in it to win it, you can still drop by for some quality brain feed as well. Some of the talks and clinics that will be featured at the event:
Head on over to after the jump for the official press release. Full details here.
Guess what, you can now add Nokia’s Here onto the list of alternative map/navigation applications for your iOS device.
Available for free on iTunes, Here brings Nokia’s mapping and navigation expertise to iOS and if you’re not a fan of Apple’s Maps, Here is a worthwhile replacement. Though, we have to say that we haven’t gotten a chance to fully test out the application yet but from what we’ve experience so far, Here is pretty decent.
The transitions and animation are not as fancy as Maps and you don’t get 3D view but Here makes up for it with greater ease of use, a public transport layer and offline viewing feature which allows you to save portions of the map onto your device for viewing without using a data connection. There is however a 10MB limit. So the bigger the map area you save, the less details you get.
You can download Nokia Here from iTunes, err…here.
Let us know what you think of the app.
This is not a new app but it’s something that we’ve just recently discovered and one that we thought is useful, awesome and amazing enough for us share it with you.
AirDroid is a simple to setup and easy to use application that allows you to manage your Android device wirelessly from the web browser on your computer. The app is a really great way to access stuff on your Android device. You can manage files and documents on your device’s micro SD card, you can drag and drop files to and from the device, and even access your contacts, call logs, emails, and a whole host of other things too. You can also text using the app as well as download and install apps on your device all wirelessly from the web browser of your choice on your computer.
The interface is pleasant and you don’t need to root your device to access most of the cool features of AirDroid. You don’t even have to install anything on your PC either. Just key in passcode or scan a QR code and you’re done.
This is something we really recommend you try out. Download the free app from Google Play here or just scan the QR code below.
Mobile data caps are a necessary evil. If network operators don’t impose caps, their networks will crash from the massive data load. When they do impose caps, subscribers cry foul. But that is the way it has to be, mobile networks can’t cope with data demand if operators continue offering buffet all-you-can-use data plans. We’ll just have to make do and make the most out of it.
Here’s a nifty app that helps you make the most out of your piddly mobile data caps.
The makers of Onavo claims that you can double or even triple your data usage when you use the app. Onavo routes and compresses pages that you want to access through cloud-based servers so that you use less data when downloading pages — by up to 80% says the developers.
Although Onavo would be great for daily for those on small data plans, the app is most useful when you’re roaming. As data roaming is typically charged on a pay-per-use plan, with Onavo, you would theoretically be using less data to use the same amount of internet.
It is a novel idea but it’s not without its downsides. Most obvious of which is privacy, while on Onavo, all your data traffic is routed through their servers, this means the people at Onavo can technically see what you’re surfing and read the emails that you’re sending. So if you’re doing some really P&C stuff, Onavo might not be for you.
Another downside is that Onavo doesn’t compress videos and it only works for data donwloads, not uploads. Also, because of the routing, some sites might take longer to load.
The app is available for free from the App Store and it supports iPad, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 running iOS 4.0 or later. iPod touch and iPhone 3G users are out of luck at the moment. iTunes link here.