by George Heymann

Google Play 49 cent premium app promotion launched today!

by George Heymann | @techeadlines

Google Play launched a special “Play 49 cents Apps” promotion today. The promotion features 25 premium apps for just 49 cents per app in celebration of the rebranded Android Market, Google Play.

Todays Featured apps include: (03/06/2012)


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Pure entertainment any where you want it to be, because its all simply here: Introducing Google Play

by George Heymann | @techeadlines

Google has rebranded the Android Market as Google Play. Google Play is the new integrated home for apps, books, movies and music accessible on Android device or on the Web. As part of the launch, Google Play replaces and extends the Android Market.

Google Play is built on the same infrastructure as Android Market according to a post by Kenneth Lui, Android Developer Ecosystem on Android Developers.

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GetJar announces Virtual Currency for Android

by George Heymann|@techeadlines

Brian Hickey GetJar Developer Relations

Brian Hickey GetJar Developer Relations spokesman announced “Virtual Currency for Android” in the latest developers newsletter. Virtual Currency is an expansion of the GetJar Gold Program (free premium apps) that will reward consumer loyalty and improve monetization across the Android ecosystem explained Hickey.

Consumers can earn GetJar Gold virtual currency by downloading supported Android apps, and can spend the virtual currency on Premium apps and in-app purchases. GetJar Gold claims that the virtual currency can be used with any Android apps from any app store, including GetJar, Android Market and Amazon.

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Quick Look: RingDimmer listens to ambient sound to automatically calculate and set ring volume for you.

by George Heymann|@techeadlines

RingDimmer is an Android ringer utility developed by Michael Pardo that listens to the ambient sound around you to calculate and automatically set the ring volume for you. This 99 cent utility immediately caught my attention as it would theoretically solve an issue with an inadvertently loud ringer in a quiet room that many of us have experienced.

I say theoretically because for me the program currently works better in theory than in practice. Although the program at times lowered the volume from the max volume setting to a more quiet volume. It’s still rings too loudly in most cases for my use. I would prefer to be able to set ring volume triggers for a given level of ambient noise rather than letting the program choosing the appropriate level.

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Temple Run to land on Android, Instagram coming to WP7? Motorola will perform live magic show to highlight RAZR MAXX battery life

Smartphone Briefs

By Chris Coleman|@PhoneKnack

The hit iOS game, Temple Run will be making its way to Android this year, says creator, Imangi Studios. The game developers took to their Facebook page  posting a simple status saying, “On a (Samsung) Galaxy not-so-far away. Temple Run Android coming February 2012. We’re so excited to announce this and appreciate all of our fans’ support across both platforms!” The post has accumulated over 1,000 comments and over 6,000 likes showing that Android users are more then ready for Temple Run to make the jump. Temple Run will be debuting in the Android market in February. Now all we need is for Instagram to reveal a set date to join the Android Market and we will be set for the year.

Bil Simser has been working on an unofficial  Instagram program for Windows Phone, titled Metrogram. If you do not know, Instagram is a popular photo app exclusively for the iOS (iPhone, iPod, iPad, etc) that allows you to take pictures and add filters to them. You can then share them with your Instagram followers as well as upload them to Twitter or Facebook. It is unknown if Instagram will accept the development of the Windows Phone app as Bil Simser’s Metrogram program is an unofficial version of the original Instagram application.

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Rim offers you a chance to win, EA gives football fans a reason to cheer and Emporia Telecom clicking with basic phone users.

Smartphone Briefs

By Chris Coleman|@PhoneKnack

Research In Motion (RIM), the brains behind the BlackBerry, is offering a contest that will shower a few lucky winners with some great prizes. From January 16th-27th, RIM is holding the JanuBerry contest which is a series of questions that will be posted on the @BlackBerry twitter page. To enter to win simply answer the question with the hashtag #JanuBerry, the 10th correct answer will be selected as the winner. Keep your eyes peeled to the @BlackBerry page as you can be the winner of BlackBerry phones, stickers, gloves and more. Good luck to all, and “may the force be with you.”

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Moneto prepaid NFC mobile wallet service compatible with Android and iPhone

by George Heymann|@techeadlines

Yesterday DeviceFidelity, Inc and Spring Card Systems LLC, announced Moneto a prepaid mobile wallet service utilizing Near Field Communications (NFC) in conjunction with MasterCard PayPass technology.

The innovative service enables NFC on previously incompatible smartphones by utilizing a custom Moneto microSD card for Android and a custom case for iPhone.

According to its press release “Users can fund their Moneto prepaid account through direct deposit, ACH transfer or cash/credit/debit card-enabled third-party money transfer services such as MoneyGram, Western Union, PayPal or GreenDot.

Moneto also comes with a companion prepaid MasterCard to give users the ability to access cash at ATMs and make online purchases, pay bills or shop at merchants that do not accept contactless payments. Moneto also enables card-to-card and wire-fund transfers from a secure internet portal accessible via”

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Motorola Triumph review

by George Heymann|@techeadlines

Looking for a mid-range Android smartphone that won’t break the bank? Then the Motorola Triumph deserves your consideration. This smartphone which retails for just under $300 off-contract is powerful enough to tempt those looking to save money on their cellular bills into using a prepaid phone and service.

The CDMA phone which is being offered by Virgin Mobile USA can be paired with one of its relatively inexpensive Beyond Talk plans. These Virgin Mobile plans all feature unlimited web, messaging and email. The $35 per month plan includes 300 anytime minutes, another $10 per month buys you 1200 anytime minutes and the $55 per month plan buys you unlimited minutes along with unlimited data.

The Triumph features a 1GHz processor, 4.1” (800×480) WVGA touchscreen, 5MP rear camera with a VGA front-facing camera, 720P HD camcorder with HDMI output, 3G connectivity, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, micro USB, Bluetooth 2.1 and full Android Market application support without any third party overlays like Motoblur. The Triumph includes 512 MB Ram and 2 GB of internal memory and includes a 2GB Micro-SD card which is expandable up to 32GB.

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Quick Look: Shush! Ringer Restorer for Android

by George Heymann|@techeadlines

Shush! Ringer Restorer by Public Object does one thing and does it very well. Once its activated Shush restores the ringer at a preset time and volume once you turn off the ringer using the volume button on your smartphone.

There are many situations we need to silence the ringer on our phones, work meetings, church, class or movies are good examples. I seldom remember to turn my phone off, I frequently forget to turn the ringer back on. This application fills that need and it does that in a very unobtrusive way.

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Gameloft ringing in the New Year with a .99 cent app sale for Android iOS, and Mac

by George Heymann|@techeadlines

If you love playing games, you’re really going to enjoy playing them for just .99 cents. Gameloft is offering a selection Android, iOS and Mac games on sale for a limited time.

The limited time offer includes 21 iOS games for iPhone, iPad or Mac. Not all of the selections are available on each platform. Some of the popular titles available for iPhone or iPad include Avatar, Iron Man 2, The Settlers, Assasin’s Creed, Gangstar Rio and 9MM. Some of the featured Mac titles include Real Golf 2011, Modern Combat, Asphalt 6, Nova 2 and Starfront.

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