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Superbrothers: Sword & Sorcery EP is celebrating its one year anniversary of release today. It is available at .99/1.99 for the iPhone/Universal versions. This game mixes a beautiful art style with amazing music and has a very meta-Zelda feel to it. If you haven’t already purchased this game, today would be a great time to do it.
Roku Remote for Android
Roku has released their official remote app for Android. It allows you to select which channel of content that you would like to access, and to control the Roku from your phone’s touchscreen in the same way that you would from the physical remote. If you have a Roku and an Android phone, you should definitely check this app out.
This version of Siri is kind of a douche, but the wannabe rocker from Apple’s latest commercial deserves it.
Google seems to be prepping Latitude to compete with Foursquare with the addition of leader boards. If this integrates well with Google+ and Facebook it could make a dent.
Chrome Beta for Android Impressions
Google recently released their Chrome browser for Android and I have been using it as my primary browser since. The first thing that I noticed was how attractive the app’s user interface was. This is one of the prettiest apps ever released by Google.
One of the browser’s biggest features is its ability to sync with the desktop version of Chrome and allow you to access the tabs open in it from your mobile device. This is a very handy feature if you are on your laptop/desktop and have to leave and want to finish reading an article from your phone. Chrome for Android also inherits many other elements from the desktop version. When you open a new tab you are greeted with a list of your most visited sites similar to the desktop version.
The flashiest new thing that was added was the card view for dealing with your open tabs. Next to the address bar is a button that will open all of your open tabs in card view. You can sort through your open tabs to select the one that you want and flick the card to the left or right to kill that tab. If you have multiple tabs open, you can also tap and hold on the left or right side of the screen and swipe to access the other tabs.
Now to the bad parts. The browser does not and will not support Flash. This isn’t a huge deal for many as most sites are moving toward mobile friendly HTML5, but there are still a number of sites and videos that are still only available if you have Flash. It is not the default browser for Android yet either as it still in Beta and only available for devices running Android 4.0 or newer.
Overall, this will continue to be my default browser and should only continue to get better as it receives new features and updates. If extensions and the Chrome app Store come to the mobile version, this could essentially kill Google’s Chrome OS. If you can run Android with native apps, and still be able to run full Chrome, you almost have a desktop OS that could be used for everything. If Motorola continues making their webtops to go along with their phones, it only seems to make sense that they would run Chrome as their browser. It will be interesting to see what will eventually come out of this.
Avid just released their semi-professional video editing app for the iPad, and included are some of my observations and comparisons to iMovie for the iPad.
Avid Studio offers a more complete package than any other video editing software that I have used on IOS or Android. It offers a precision trimming mode so that you can trim and shorten your clips much easier than in some desktop video editing apps. You can create a picture in picture effect by simply dropping a clip on top of another in the timeline. You can even layer multiple videos or photos in the timeline with some of the built in tools. You can have more than one track of audio, and there are title tools and transitions.
Avid studio is actually powerful enough to edit a serious project. It is currently $4.99 in the app store, but will be increasing to $7.99 next month. Comparing it to iMovie, I would say that at the same price, Avid Studio is the clear choice. It is more powerful, and should only see features added over time. You can even export projects from the iPad app to the desktop version. iMovie is much more basic, and is only the better choice for someone who only wants to piece clips together and throw in some music or titles. If you only want to put together some family videos in the easiest way possible, iMovie is your choice. In every other circumstance, Avid Studio is the clear winner.
If you want to tether your Android phone to your PC and use your mobile data connection to access the internet, try out this app. You won’t have to pay the extra fee the carriers require you to pay, just watch how much data you’re using if your data plan isn’t unlimited.