Google Play Movies & TV for iOS now lets you download and play videos offline

Google today updated its Google Play Movies & TV app for iOS with offline playback. You can download the new version now directly from Apple’s App Store. The addition means you can now download movies and TV shows to your device, and then watch the videos on the go, even when you don’t have an Internet connection. You still can’t buy content directly from the app, but that shouldn’t be too surprising if you remember that Apple takes a 30 percent cut of every sale on its platform. Google released the iOS app only earlier this year, though unlike its … Continue reading Google Play Movies & TV for iOS now lets you download and play videos offline

Protect your Android device from malware

Mobile malware is on the rise and your device could be at risk. These tips could help you stay safe and keep your personal information out of the hands of cybercriminals. The adoption rate of mobile devices continues to soar, with Android leading the way. The open-source operating system that is led by Google is now found on more than half of all smartphones. In fact, research firm Strategy Analytics found that 81.3 percent, or 204.4 million, of smartphones shipped in the third quarter of 2013 were powered by Android. This massive user base has caught the attention of cybercriminals, who have begun … Continue reading Protect your Android device from malware

CyanogenMod completes $23m funding round

Venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz and Chinese tech juggernaut Tencent have stumped up $23 million of Series B fund raising for the Android-based mobile operating system. CyanogenMod, the company behind the eponymous alternative open-source Android distribution that is based on the official releases of Android, has closed a round of Series B financing with venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) and Chinese internet giant Tencent. Writing on the CyanogenMod blog, co-founder Steve Kondik said that the funding would go towards keeping the lights on, new services, and having more devices run the Android alternative out of the box. The company’s CEO … Continue reading CyanogenMod completes $23m funding round

Google EnergySense leaks, points to home automation

There are a lot of exciting companies and technologies in the home automation arena right now, but there are still plenty of problems that need to be sorted out when it comes to unifying those ideas into a single thought. A quick look at a new project from Google called EnergySense may point to the Mountain View company finally tackling the issue themselves. During Google’s keynote presentation at their annual developers conference two years ago, several light bulbs and a small black sphere were brought on stage. Google demonstrated the beginnings of a smarter home where Android was the central command point. … Continue reading Google EnergySense leaks, points to home automation

Add a custom vacation responder in Gmail for Android

Gmail on Android now allows you to create a fully customized auto response directly from the app, for those times when you’re out of the office. (Credit: Jason Cipriani/CNET) Google on Wednesday announced Gmail version 4.7 for Android users. The new version, which is currently rolling out, adds the ability to edit your out of office response, send any file type (including ZIP files!), and the ability to print e-mails on devices running Android 4.4 KitKat. The process is now superconvenient and extremely easy to complete. In order to set up your out of office message, make sure you’ve downloaded … Continue reading Add a custom vacation responder in Gmail for Android

Japan Spotlight: Hey Big Spender! Japan Outspends US, Continues Its Meteoric Growth

Japan has surpassed the United States as the world’s largest spender on mobile apps. Data from App Annie, a mobile analytics firm, shows that mobile app revenue surged over the last year as more people moved from feature phones to smartphones.  Japan outspent the second-largest spender, the U.S., by about 10 percent.   One of the biggest reasons for the increase in app spending isn’t just smartphone penetration — which increased from 28 percent last year to 42 percent in 2013 — but Japan’s appetite for mobile games.   And don’t expect mobile app spending to slow anytime soon. The … Continue reading Japan Spotlight: Hey Big Spender! Japan Outspends US, Continues Its Meteoric Growth