Microsoft Solitaire Collection Now Available for Android and iOS

Microsoft Solitaire Collection Now Available for Android and iOS
The mobile game comes with Xbox Live integration
Comes with FreeCell, Spider, Klondike, Tripeaks and Pyramid game modes
Complete daily challenges to earn badges and rewards
It is hard to argue the fact that classic games hold a special place in the hearts of millions of gamers around the world. When it comes to a game like Microsoft’s Solitaire, which has been shipped with almost every version of Windows since the 1990s, the bond becomes even more special. This is why Microsoft has given a reason to rejoice to gamers around the world as the company has finally brought its Solitaire game to both Android and iOS mobile platforms. Of course, the single-player card game was already available on both stores from different developers.

Microsoft Solitaire Collection is now available for free and can be downloaded from Google Play and the App Store. The mobile version of the app comes with five different game modes including FreeCell, Spider, Klondike, Tripeaks, and Pyramid.

Further, the game comes with Xbox Live integration that allows your progress to be saved in the cloud. This means that you can continue playing on another device with either Windows 10 or Android/iOS and even share your Xbox Live achievements with your friends and family. The completion of daily challenges within the game will help players earn badges and rewards.

The Redmond-based company has made the premium version of the app, which comes without any ads, game boosts, and double coins for daily challenges, free for a month on Android in order to celebrate the worldwide release of its mobile game. This special offer ends December 31.

Although there have been several solitaire games on mobile platforms for many years now, the loyal players to the original Microsoft game have finally got the mobile game for which they have awaited for years.

Tags: Microsoft Solitaire Collection, Gaming, Apps, Microsoft, Apple, Android


Nokia Invests In Camera Technology to Compete with Apple and Android

Nokia camera in smartphone

Nokia, the Finnish smartphone company, wants better cameras in its smartphones. Nokia Growth Partners, the manufacturer’s venture arm, is investing $20 million with other partners in California-based startup Pelican Images, which commercializes technology that improves on conventional camera technology including pixel size.

Bloomberg reported recently that Nokia hopes better cameras will help the competitively priced Lumia compete with rivals from Apple Inc. and those using the Android operating system.  Nokia shares have fallen more than 80 percent since the iPhone was introduced in 2007.  Nokia was once at or near the top of lists of most popular phones but now has just 3 percent market share.

Pelican Images offers thinner hardware, better image quality and more editing capabilities, according to the company. Here’s how the company describes its camera technology in a prepared release:

“Pelican Imaging’s computational camera technology provides depth mapping at every pixel, enabling ‘the perfect picture’ every time and allowing users to perform an unprecedented range of selective focus and edits, both pre- and post-capture. The camera itself is about 50% thinner than existing mobile cameras.”

Pelican’s technology is “at the cutting edge of mobile camera technologies,” asserts a spokesman for Nokia Growth Partners.  Nokia has bought or invested in other image-related technology companies in the past year. Those include  Sweden-based Scalado, as well as California-based InVisage Technologies Inc. and Singapore-based Heptagon.

Why small businesses should care about cameras

Small business owners and their teams are using cameras in phones for all sorts of things these days: customer service calls, impromptu shots to share on Facebook, and even marketing images of products for your online store or blog posts.

With the Web becoming more visual today, most of us need more images than ever.   Quality, cost and speed all have to be balanced when it comes to photography.  Images taken by a professional photographer are still going to be used for some purposes. For other purposes, an impromptu and informal shot taken by one of the team — perhaps at a customer site or in the field — may be in order.  For those kinds of shots, you want high quality images and practically-speaking, that requires a high-quality camera in a smartphone.

The Nokia Lumia line runs on Windows software, which also tends to be used in laptops and desktop computer systems used by small businesses.  Nokia often touts its cameras in its Lumia marketing materials today.

Lumia image credit: Nokia


Facebook Launches Events App for iPhone; Android Version Is ‘Coming Soon’

Facebook Launches Events App for iPhone; Android Version Is 'Coming Soon'


  • The app lets you browse for happenings based location or interest
  • Events is a stand-alone spin on a section at Facebook
  • More than 100 million people daily use Facebook’s events section

Facebook on Friday released a mobile app for finding local happenings to enjoy with friends.

The Events app tailored for iPhones (not available in India yet) hit Apple’s App Store, with a version “coming soon” for smartphones powered by Google-backed Androidsoftware, Facebook product manager Aditya Koolwal said in an online post.

Events is a stand-alone spin on a section at the leading online social network that lets people share plans for concerts, poetry slams, plays or other types of events they are interested in attending.

“When you open Events, you can quickly catch up on new events your friends are interested in, recently-announced events by the Pages you like, and updates from events you’re already connected to,” Koolwal said.

More than 100 million people daily use Facebook’s events section to discover activities they can take part in with friends, according to Koolwal.The Events app lets people browse for happenings based on factors such as location or interest, and to explore potential outing options with the help of interactive maps.

Plans made in Events are organised on a calendar and shared back to Facebook friends.

California-based Facebook has been building a family of mobile applications to stay tuned into modern lifestyles in which smartphones are used to quickly connect and share with friends or colleagues.

Facebook has a mobile app for the social network, as well as Messenger and WhatsApp messaging programs that each claim more than a billion users.

Facebook also owns photo and video sharing app Instagram, which reported earlier this year that it topped 500 million users.

Tags: Facebook, Events from Facebook, Facebook Events, Apps

Android 6.0 Marshmallow Won’t Come With Dark Theme

Android 6.0 Marshmallow Won't Come With Dark Theme

Android 6.0 Marshmallow Won’t Come With Dark Theme
The Dark Theme, which Google quietly added as an experimental feature in the Android M Developer Preview, won’t make a cut to the final Android 6.0 Marshmallow build. The feature, which was left out of the second developer preview of the forthcoming Android version, isn’t on the cards for a public release.

If you were hoping to replace the regular Light Theme with the elegant-looking Dark Theme, that’s not going to be happening on the forthcoming Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. Responding to a user request to bring back the Dark Theme with several refinements, a Google engineer said that while the Dark Theme feature won’t be coming in Android 6.0 Marshmallow, it may come in future releases.

“Please bring back the Dark Theme In the Android M, this time with pitch Black colour applicable for displays like the notification centre, title bar & app drawer,” a user asked. “Thanks for the suggestion. Our development team has looked into this feature request. This will not be included in the M release. However, this may be considered for future releases,” the Googler responded.
The feature was seen in the demonstration at I/O developer conference earlier this year, and also was a part of the first developer preview of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. But the company quietly pulled it subsequent new developer preview. The Dark Theme could have been a useful addition and many users would have liked using it at night. You can, however, still look out for that feature on Google Play to see if any third-party app or launcher offers this functionality.

Android Marshmallow is latest major update for Google’s mobile operating system. It comes with a handful of interesting features and refinements including apps permission and built-in support for fingerprint scanner, and RAM manager.

Tags: Android, Android M, Google, Google Play, Marshmallow


Twitter for Android Finally Gets a Night Mode

Twitter for Android Finally Gets a Night Mode

Twitter for Android Finally Gets a Night Mode
The feature turns app’s theme to dark and is meant for use at night
The feature was being tested by alpha testers in May
The feature is currently available only for Android
After testing ‘Night Mode’ UI on Android in May, Twitter on Tuesday finally released the feature for its app on Google’s mobile platform. The Night Mode essentially changes the app from its regular theme to a darker one (midnight blue in colour) and makes it more comfortable to use at night. There’s no information about when the feature will be rolled out for iOS.

You can switch on the ‘Night Mode’ feature on Android in the top menu, where you’ll either see the navigation menu icon or your profile icon depending on the device you have – tap either of those, and then switch the Night Mode toggle on. Twitter made the announcement in tweet on Tuesday.

In May, we reported that the testing of the feature happened among a small number of alpha testers, as reported by a Twitter user running the v5.112.0-alpha.423 build. At the time, the UI was said to switch automatically at night time, and come back to the standard white background UI with black text in the day time.

However, as pointed out by The Verge, in the latest addition to the app, there is no automatic trigger that switches on the ‘Night Mode’ according to certain times of day or based on your phone display’s brightness.
Last month, the micro-blogging website rolled out an update that redesigned Android app based upon Google’s Material Design that makes use of grid-based layouts, has responsive animations and transitions, padding, and depth effects like lighting and shadows.

Recently, it was also revealed that Twitter-owned video clip-sharing website Vine’s entire source code was available for anyone to see till March, till an ethical hacker pointed out the flaw that allowed for the source code to be downloaded. The website then fixed the bug within 5 minutes following a demonstration by the hacker.

Tags: Android, Mobiles, Twitter, Twitter Android App, Twitter Night Mode


Panasonic Eluga Tapp With Reliance Jio Support, Android for Work, Fingerprint Scanner Launched at Rs. 8,990

Panasonic Eluga Tapp With Reliance Jio Support, Android for Work, Fingerprint Scanner Launched at Rs. 8,990

Panasonic Eluga Tapp With Reliance Jio Support, Android for Work, Fingerprint Scanner Launched at Rs. 8,990
Android for Work lets you have separate work and home profiles
The smartphone comes with 4G VoLTE support
It sports a full-HD display and runs Android 6.0
After the P77, Panasonic has now launched the Eluga Tapp smartphone in India. The Panasonic Eluga Tapp is priced at Rs. 8,990, and is now available via major brand outlets across the country. The budget smartphone sports a fingerprint scanner, offers 4G VoLTE support, and integrates Android for Work feature to keep work apps and personal apps separate from one another, and keeps the data secure as well. This means that the personal apps cannot communicate with work apps or corporate accounts in any way, and vice versa.

As for the specifications, the Panasonic Eluga Tapp features a 5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS display. It is powered by 1.25GHz quad-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM. It offers 16GB of inbuilt storage which can be further expanded using the microSD card slot (up to 32GB). For photography, the Panasonic Eluga Tapp sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and a 5-megapixel front camera for selfies. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and supports dual-SIM slots (4G/3G + 2G). The smartphones packs a 2800mAh non-removable battery and weighs 138 grams.
The Panasonic Eluga Tapp measures 143x71x8.15mm, and is available in Champagne Gold and Silver Grey colour variants. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct, Global Positioning System (A-GPS), and FM Radio. Apart from the fingerprint sensor, the Panasonic Eluga Tapp also supports proximity, accelerometer, and ambient light sensor

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Candy Crush Creator Launches Live Multiplayer Card Game ‘Shuffle Cats’ for Android, iOS

Candy Crush Creator Launches Live Multiplayer Card Game 'Shuffle Cats' for Android, iOSCandy Crush Creator Launches Live Multiplayer Card Game ‘Shuffle Cats’ for Android, iOS
Shuffle Cats allows you to play rummy on mobile
It enables you to play with other players across the world in real-time
The game is created by Candy Crush maker King, the company behind the famous Candy Crush game on mobile, has now released a new game for Android and iOS users. Shuffle Cats is a live multiplayer card game that allows you to play rummy real-time with other players across regions.

Shuffle Cats brings the traditional card game rummy on smartphones. It allows players from across borders to play with each other (this means that the app will use data), and compete in the game of cards.

As the name suggests, the characters in the game are all inspired by the feline species, with names like ‘Montie’ to boast. Just like rummy, you’ve got to meld pairs or runs to win the game, and earn points to level up. Each player is rewarded with 1000 gems at first, and to go up each level, a player has to give up a stack of his gem treasure. Whichever player wins, takes the gems along with them, while the other loses his stack. Just like all games, as you level up, the game keeps getting harder and more competitive.

Each player also has a set of Lucky Charms that he can use to boost his chances against an opponent while playing a crucial game. Users can even interact with players using the live chat option inside the game.
Apart from this new Shuffle Cats game, the Candy Crush creator is also reportedly working on a mobile shooter game, and was even looking for employing people for the same.

Shuffle Cats is available for download for free on the App Store and Google Play. The game is 109MB in size on the App Store, and 61MB on Google Play. Shuffle Cats includes in-app purchases.

Tags: Shuffle Cats, Gaming, Apps, Shuffle Cats for Android, Shuffle Cats for iOS, Andorid, Apple


How to Get Google Play and Android Apps on Your Chromebook Right Now

How to Get Google Play and Android Apps on Your Chromebook Right Now


  • This method requires users to switch to the Canary canal
  • Toshiba Chromebook 2015 can find it in the developer channel as well
  • This method is very unstable

Google announced the arrival of Android apps on Chromebooks at I/O this year. However months later, only a handful of Chromebooks have received Google Play support, and Google is taking rather slow steps to make it available to all the compatible Chromebooks. Luckily, there is another cheat way to get Play Store to work on Chromebooks, and start using Android apps immediately.

Of course, before we begin to tell you the way, it is important to warn you that the method is unsafe. It requires you to use the Canary canal, which is extremely unstable. If the method backfires, it could cause some damage to your machine, and we recommend you to move forward at your own risk.

This method won’t work on all models, but should at least work on the 50 models that Google listed earlier in the year. If you have one of these laptops, and want Google Play installed immediately, enable developer mode on your Chromebook by pressing Esc+F5+Power. Then Press Ctrl+D and follow the instructions.

After the Chromebook boots, press Ctrl+D again to jump verification. Switch to Canary Canal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T, and type Shell in the command prompt. Then type ‘sudo su’ and then enter ‘update_engine_client -channel=canary-channel -update’ to switch to canary channel.

Again press Ctrl+Alt+T > Type Shell > Type sudo su > then ‘echo ‘-enable-arc’ > /usr/local/chrome_dev.conf > mount -o bind /usr/local/chrome_dev.conf /etc/chrome_dev.conf’. Now press Ctrl + Shift + Q two times to log out. After signing out, sign back in and restart your machine. After the reboot, the Chromebook should have the Google Play Store installed.

If you do not see it immediately, browse through the Settings menu to see if there is an option to enable Google Play. This process was posted by Google Plus users, and was first spotted by Chrome Story.

Justin Slatten on Google Plus also notes that Toshiba Chromebook 2015 users need not switch to the Canary canal, and can find Google Play on the developer channel as well. 9to5Google has done a full video with step by step instructions as well.

User can switch back to the stable Chrome OS channel anytime, by hitting Ctrl+Alt+T > Type Shell > Type sudo su > Enter following command: update_engine_client -channel=stable-channel -update > and then press space bar at boot.

Tags: Google, Chromebooks, PCs, Laptops, Google Play, Android Apps


Google Has Until October 31 to Reply to EU’s Android Antitrust Charges

Google Has Until October 31 to Reply to EU's Android Antitrust Charges


  • Google was accused of its Search and Android dominance
  • The initial date to respond to the charges was July 27
  • Google may lose around $7.4 billion as fine against charges

Alphabet’s Google has been given until the end of October, the fourth extension, to rebut EU antitrust charges that it uses its dominant Android mobile operating system to block competitors, the European Commission said on Monday.

The Commission in April said the US technology giant’s demand that mobile phone makers pre-install Google Search and the Google Chrome browser on their smartphones to access other Google apps harms consumers and competition.

The EU watchdog had initially set a July 27 deadline for Google to respond to the charges. This had been extended three times at the company’s request, with the previous deadline Sept. 20.

The new deadlines are October 31 for the Android case and October 26 and October 13 for cases relating to online search advertising and shopping.

In the shopping case, Google has been accused of favouring its shopping service over those of rivals in internet search results while the AdSense case centres on the company’s measures which block competitors in online search advertising.

“In each of these cases, Google asked for additional time to review the documents in the case file. In line with normal practice, the Commission analysed the reasons for the request and granted an extension allowing Google to fully exercise its rights of defence,” Commission spokesman Ricardo Cardoso said in an email.

The EU antitrust enforcer intends to hit the company with deterrent fines in the Android and shopping cases, according to charge sheets seen by Reuters.

Google can be fined up to $7.4 billion (roughly Rs. 49,684 crores), or 10 percent of its global turnover, for each case if found guilty of breaching EU rules.


Nexus 6 Users Start Receiving Android 7.0 Nougat Update, October Android Security Update Released

Nexus 6 Users Start Receiving Android 7.0 Nougat Update, October Android Security Update Released


  • The October security update resolves more than 40 issues
  • This security bulletin has two security patch level strings
  • Factory Images and OTA images are live

After promising the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 LTE devices would get the Android 7.0 Nougat update in “the coming weeks” in the middle of September, Google has finally made good on its promise – at least for the Nexus 6. The update was released alongside the monthly Android security update for Nexus and Pixel devices. According to the security bulletin, Google has released two security patch level strings, one on October 1 and the other on October 5. The first one is partial patch with few bug fixes, while the October 5 patch brings crucial fixes and is the final version.

In August, the Android 7.0 Nougat update was first released to Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C tablet, and Android One General Mobile 4G devices only; while the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 LTE were left out. However, Google has finally started rolling the Android Nougat update out to Nexus 6 users as well. The factory image and the OTA build are available on Google’s developer pages, while the OTA update should be rolling out soon. The update is about 860MB in size, and has the build number NBD90Z. The update carries the October security patch as well, reports Android Police.

This comes just hours before the big Google event. The tech giant is expected to unveil two new Pixel smartphones, alongside the first Android Nougat maintenance release. We expect the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones to run on Android Nougat 7.1 out-of-the-box, and this update will bring significant improvements along with it.

For now, we have the security patch releasing to all compatible Nexus and Pixel devices, and factory images and OTA images have gone live as well. Between the two patches Google has fixed more than 40 issues including over two-dozen high severity issues and five critical problems.

The security bulletin assures that OEM partners were notified about the issues, and source code patches for these issues will be released to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) repository in the next 48 hours.

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