A few months ago, a company called BlueStacks announced it would be developing software that allows user to run Android apps on a PC. To everyone’s surprise, BlueStacks has followed through, and the alpha version of the App Player for Windows is available as a free download. This hefty 116MB installer comes with 10 pre-loaded apps and the ability to install more.
As if relations between China and Google weren't already tense, it's being reported that the Chinese government has gone and blocked the Android Market in the mainland. There's no love lost between these two giant entities, though why exactly China has chosen to erect a firewall in five major provinces to block users from downloading Android apps is not yet known.
After Freddy Got Fingered, we really shouldn't be surprised at the junk Hollywood will cast on the silver screen. Yet somehow we're still a little shocked that Farmville is making the move from Facebook to the local cinema, or at least that's what IGN was able to extrapolate from a recent interview with Toy Story writers Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen.
In conjunction with the launch of Windows Phone 7.5 Microsoft has updated windowsphone.com. The new site includes a web-based Marketplace for Windows Phone that allows you to browse and purchase apps from any PC without the need for software.
We’re a couple of weeks into an NFL season that almost didn't happen, and between the offseason trades and injuries, it’s been difficult to keep up with all of the NFL action. Fortunately, this is a task perfectly suited to an Android tablet. Though many of you are probably making heavy use of some of the sports-related websites out there, we want to introduce you to an app that could be of great use to casual fans and fantasy fanatics alike.
Maybe we’re looking for leadership in the wrong places during these tough economic times. While politicians pound the pulpit and blather on about job creation, few of them are able to actually get anything done, regardless of party affiliation. On the other hand, a new report claims that one company is singlehandedly creating a crapload (approximately) of jobs and revenue. That company is Facebook. Is a Mark Zuckerberg 2012 campaign around the corner?
Microsoft intends to take a 30 percent cut of sales for apps developed for its touchy-feely Metro user interface in Windows 8, making it impossible not to draw comparisons with Apple's App Store business model. Apple makes a killing from user-developed apps by also helping themselves to nearly a third of all revenue, and Microsoft is setting itself up to similarly profit from Windows apps.
Flipboard set nerd hearts aflutter when it brought a magazine-like experience to news feeds on the iPad. Google apparently tried to buy the feisty young start up last year, but was rebuffed. Well, now the Big G is reportedly building its own Flipboard competitor called Propeller.
Google is pushing its cloud apps hard to government and business, and the Chrome OS platform relies entirely on these cloud services. So it was more than a little embarrassing when Google Docs went down for about half an hour today for all users. Those looking to get some work done were greeted with an unfriendly-looking 404 and nothing else.
Google placed its bets on a cloud computing-filled future with the Chromebook, a nifty little line that advance’s Google’s goal to have everybody’s data available anywhere, anytime. While it’s a wonderful concept, accessing the Web anywhere, anytime requires Internet access that’s available anywhere, anytime. Frankly, we’re not quite there yet. Google admitted this fact (and helped make Chrome OS and Google Apps a little more useful) with today’s announcement of the return of an offline mode for Gmail, Google Docs and Google Calendar.