App and hardware review: ‘Klick’

I love my gadgets, smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc, are great, v but the cheap little things that are unusual are what get me excited. So in comes Klick.

Klick is a 3.5mm ‘dust cap’ plug for your smartphone or tablet’s headphone jack, and works in conjunction with an app for Android.

Now, there are a few others, iKey, KeyCut, Quick Button (more listed below with Amazon links) and the most expensive, Pressy.

Pressy is almost $30 on Amazon and seems to have done clout since need the registration key from the product packaging to activate and even use the app.

Meaning it’s not cross compatible with other plugs even though they’re all basically the same hardware. However, the reviews are still around 2.5 of 5 stars with the same complaint of the item just not working.

Here is what it says about Klick on the app store, after translating it to English:

Quick button forAndroid devices is a smart shortcuts, just plug it into the headphone jack, you can quickly start favorite functions via the default gestures. Powerful, compact. To provide users with fast, free interactive experience. Try their hands smartphone. If you want to use a feature, you need to wake up the phone -> to unlock the phone -> to find the appropriate application -> click to open the Applications -> find the function you need. Complicated the whole process rather than directly, such inefficiencies have been far unable to meet the needs of people use mobile phones speed up. Fast button is also based on this consideration, giving a physical smart phone keys, from optimizing the completion of the fundamental human-computer interaction, and that the proceeds are simple and direct, fast intelligent thought.

The review, well, is short. Klick is great, that’s because my hardware works, but seems many people are receiving non working units, and generic knock offs.

www.helloklick.com/

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Amazon Appstore for Android – 31 Free Apps worth $100+ Right Now!

..Nope; no ‘Free App of The Day’… but how about 31 apps, free (retail $100+), for two days?

If you use an android device, you SHOULD know about the amazon app store. If you don’t know, Amazon Appstore for Android is awesome, but don’t look for it in the play store, its not available from Google’s play store, go to amazon.com/appstore and follow the steps

It’s convenient cuz its tied to your already existing amazon account; but that’s not the point, the best is the featured ‘Free App of the Day’, and randomly; on special occasions, and/or on holidays they do some crazy sh*t.

Today through tomorrow; Saturday, June 28th, they have a selection of Android apps ranging from games, utilities, and more, worth over $100 buckaroos all free; already on my phones and tablet ;] check it out: bit.ly/amazon-apps-100-offer

Facebook Chat Gone! (from mobile) [soon] – Messenger

Want To Facebook Chat On Mobile? Now You’ll Need Facebook Messenger

Facebook is furthering it’s multi-app strategy by requiring all users to install Facebook Messenger in order to chat on mobile.

A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to ReadWrite that users will start seeing notifications today describing the transition. Facebook mobile users will receive several notices before the change is fully implemented on both iOS and Android.

Facebook is eliminating messaging from the main Facebook mobile application because it is slow and doesn’t deliver the best messaging experience, according to the company.

This news was apparently a long time coming, however. Complaints as far back as fall 2013 call out Facebook’s unwanted attempts to force people to use Messenger.

Google (April Fools?) adds to Chrome & Maps apps

In the Android edition of Chrome app you’ll see this in the top of the menu:

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Which will use Google Translate to.. ‘translate’ to:

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And then it gets weirder…

Open the Android Google Maps app and find pokemon? Here…

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Microsoft Office Mobile now Free

Microsoft Office Mobile is now Free on the Android Google Play store, there is no 365 subscription needed – get it now: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.office.officehub

Microsoft Office Mobile

Microsoft Office Mobile

Description
Microsoft Office Mobile is the official Office companion optimized for your Android phone. You can access, view and edit your Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint documents from virtually anywhere. Documents look like the originals, thanks to support for charts, animations, SmartArt graphics and shapes. When you make quick edits or add comments to a document, the formatting and content remain intact.*

KEY FEATURES:
Access documents from virtually anywhere:
• Cloud – With your phone, you can access Office documents that are stored on OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, or SharePoint.
• Recent Documents – Office Mobile is cloud-connected. The documents you’ve recently viewed on your computer are readily available on your phone in the recent documents panel.
• Email Attachments – You can view and edit Office documents attached to email messages.*

Office documents look stunning: 
• Great-Looking Documents – Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents look great on your phone, thanks to support for charts, animations, SmartArt Graphics, and shapes.
• Optimized for phone – Word, Excel and PowerPoint have been optimized for the small screen of your phone.
• Resume Reading – When opening a Word document from OneDrive or OneDrive for Business on your phone, it automatically resumes at the place where you left off reading, even if you last viewed the document on your PC or tablet.
• Presentation Views – The Slide Navigator view in PowerPoint lets you browse slides faster, while speaker notes help you practice your presentation.

Make quick edits and share*: 
• Documents Remain Intact – Formatting and content remain intact when you edit Word, Excel, or PowerPoint documents on your phone.
• Create – You can create new Word and Excel documents on your phone.
• Comments – You can review comments that have been made in Word and Excel documents on your phone and add your own comments.

* Sign in with a free Microsoft account to create, edit and save documents for home use. A qualifying Office 365 subscription is required to create, edit and save documents for business use. Qualifying plans include: Office 365 Small Business Premium, Office 365 Midsize Business, Office 365 Enterprise E3 and E4 (Enterprise and Government), Office 365 Education A3 and A4, and Office 365 ProPlus.

Requires a phone running Android OS 4.0 or later.

For more information, please visit http://www.office.com/mobile.

Keywords: 
Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Office, Microsoft Office, spreadsheet, presentation, Office 365, Office for Android

South Park – The Sick of Truth

BY LOU KESTEN, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MARCH 21, 2014

Remember when South Park debuted on Comedy Central in 1997? Remember how shocking the cursing, toilet humour and black comedy seemed?

Take that level of shock and multiply it by, oh, 20 and you’ll have some idea of what you should expect from South Park: The Stick of Truth, the new video game written by series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. (Ubisoft, for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, $59.99), Even fans of the theatrical South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut may be taken aback by the level of raunch on display here.

The curse words are un-bleeped. There’s a sex act that makes the notorious “Hot Coffee” scene in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas look like something off the Disney Channel. There’s a cringe-inducing scenario set in an abortion clinic. And more.

Like its cable TV counterpart, The Stick of Truth gleefully tackles issues such as gun control, racism, sexism and pedophilia. If you’re not a South Park fan, by all means avoid it. Even if you’re a fan, there are moments that will make you say “ick” — even as you’re laughing at the game’s audacity.

Your character is the new kid in town. Cartman, grand wizard of the Kingdom of Kupa Keep (yes, the KKK), invites you on a quest to recover the titular stick from a tribe of elves, led by Kyle and Stan.

The war between the two gangs evolves into something more dangerous, though, once aliens invade and unleash a plague of Nazi zombies. The ensuing romp reels in almost every character from the cartoon’s 17-year run, from regulars that include Kenny and Butters, to guest stars such as Mr. Hankey and Jesus.

The gameplay was designed by Obsidian Entertainment, the California studio known for role-playing games Fallout: New Vegas and Dungeon Siege III.

The Stick of Truth is RPG lite. You get to create the new kid from scratch, building from scores of facial features, clothing items and accessories. As the game progresses, you get more resilient armour and more dangerous weapons. And you learn increasingly effective magic spells that, true to form, typically involve flatulence.

Whenever you encounter an enemy, the screen switches to battle mode, in which you and one partner take turns attacking and casting spells at the bad guys. Most actions, whether offensive or defence, require pressing a button at a certain time to achieve maximum power. The combat recalls Nintendo’s Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi series, and demands more strategy than you might expect.

Those Nintendo franchises have produced some of the funniest games on the market, so perhaps there’s something about the turn-based RPG that lends itself to comedy. In any case, over the 12 hours I played The Stick of Truth, I found myself laughing dozens of times — sometimes at its broad slapstick, other times at more subtle gags.

For example, there are hundreds of collectible items hidden in South Park, and nearly every one has a joke attached. (The profane text accompanying Phil Collins’ Oscar indicates Parker and Stone are still bugged about losing the 1999 best original song trophy to him.)

Some of the targets are outdated — what have Al Gore and Rob Schneider done to anyone lately? But that could be the result of the game’s long, somewhat turbulent development history.

South Park has always been aware of video-game culture, and some of the funniest elements of The Stick of Truth play off familiar tropes from the likes of Call of Duty, Final Fantasy and Skyrim. A tremendous joke about Canada two-thirds of the way through is the cleverest twist I’ve seen in a AAA game in years. But even before then, this game is packed with so much comedy that you’ll forgive some uninspired gameplay.

Just don’t play in front of your kids. Or your parents.

Remember ‘Crazy Taxi’ Arcade Game?

So, I remember playing Crazy Taxi- in the mall arcade and in the theater arcade way back when and also on my Sega Genesis, -I think. Anyway, I’m obsessed right now with all the news and newest goodies from Google, Android, etc.. and I have always loved finding time to bring some nostalgia into my life – whichever form that may be. Those two together have just made a little portion of Mr. Famous even more the happy. If you didn’t know, Crazy Taxi has been available in the Google Play Store for awhile but it was like $4.99, -and screw that. But for the next few days, until 3/19/2014, the word ‘Free’ has been added to the game’s title. Why would they kick the price?

Well, first just hurry and grab the now-free Crazy Taxi from the Play Store, and I would suggest downloading and using an app backup utility (App Backup & Restore) so you will have a copy for future android devices and installs after the 100% off sale ends, and second, here’s why they kicked the price for a few days.. !!! 🙂

“Sega’s using this sale to draw attention to an upcoming entry in the franchise, Crazy Taxi: City Rush. That free-to-play title will introduce modern visuals, but it will also come with less desirable innovations, such as social network integration and in-game currency.” –[androidpolice.com]

Crazy Taxi: City Rush Announcement Trailer

SEGA TAKES TO THE STREETS IN CRAZY TAXI: CITY RUSH

Legendary Crazy Taxi Franchise Returns to Mobile Platforms with New Arcade Experience Full of Signature over-the-top Excitement and Action

SAN FRANCISCO – March 14, 2014 – SEGA Networks, Inc. is pleased to announce the newest game in one of the company’s most iconic franchises: Crazy Taxi™: City Rush. From Kenji Kanno, the creator of the original Crazy Taxi arcade smash hit and Hardlight Studios, one of SEGA’s top mobile developers comes a game reimagined for a new generation of mobile gamers. Crazy Taxi™: City Rush captures the spirit of the beloved Crazy Taxi series with one-touch, intuitive controls that make for a fun and frantic ride everyone can enjoy. In Crazy Taxi™: City Rush, there’s no mission too insane, no stunt too dangerous and no passenger too outrageous…nothing is safe!

Free to download and play for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices, Crazy Taxi™: City Rush was designed exclusively for mobile and will release globally later this year.

“I’m very excited to finally be able to share with you the first news of Crazy Taxi™: City Rush,” said Executive Producer and creator of the arcade original, Kenji Kanno. “We are delivering a truly fun game that captures everything our fans love about the original and infusing it with several new features to create an even more fantastic and memorable experience.”

Swipe to quickly change lanes, whip around corners, onto sidewalks and ramps to send your cab soaring through the air. Drive crazy through an all-new big city setting.

Crazy Taxi™: City Rush will launch with a wide variety of adrenaline-fueled missions, wild challenges – and unique areas to unlock, explore, and master as you progress through the campaign. Customize your cab to increase its power and visual appeal with a wide variety of over-the-top upgrades. Take your friends for a ride and blaze a trail through the city, sidewalks, and alleyways for special rewards.

“Creating a new game for our Crazy Taxi fans is extremely rewarding,” said Chris Olson, Senior Vice President of SEGA Networks. “City Rush embodies the spirit of Crazy Taxi with its signature frantic arcade action and crazy stunts and also delivers a new mobile experience with easy one touch controls and social features.”

Crazy Taxi™: City Rush has soft launched in limited global regions, with plans for a full global release later this year. More information will be released leading up to the game’s official launch.

As a special ‘thank you’ to longtime fans, SEGA is also pleased to announce that the first game, Crazy Taxi, is now free to download on the App Store and Google Play for a limited time.

For more information on Crazy Taxi™: City Rush, please visit the official Facebook, Twitter and YouTube page.