Author Archives: Dave LeClair


Amazon launches in-app purchases and GameCircle for third-party developers

In-app purchases are a great way for app developers to make money. Amazon knows this, and they are making it easier for developers to implement in-app purchases into their apps on the Amazon App Store. They are also giving developers the ability to implement GameCircle into apps easier. This should help keep Amazon's features equal to other app stores out there.

13.3-inch Archos FamilyPad launches next month

Have you ever tried to have other people gather around your tablet to watch a video or view some other content? You probably know that a small seven or ten inch screen is not really made for sharing. Archos is looking to make the tablet sharable with its new, larger FamilyPad.

APK Teardown reveals new features coming to Google Play

It looks like some big changes are coming to Google Play. In an APK Teardown from the folks at Android Police, they discovered some pretty massive changes coming to the service. The first one involves a more heavy implementation of Google+. It looks you will have to have a Google+ account in order to leave app reviews on Google Play. This means when you leave a review, your name and photo will probably appear next to the review. It also looks like some tweaks are coming to the way you share apps, probably in form of sharing your reviews with Google+ circles.

Tablet maker Pandigital goes under — Will not honor warranties on devices

If you own a Pandgital budget tablet, you may be out of luck if something goes wrong with your device. Pandigital, the company that used to make tablets and other devices, has gone belly up. Officially, the company shut its door earlier this year, but rather than file for bankruptcy, all of its assets were signed over to creditors to pay off the companies large outstanding debts.

HTC CEO says Apple fee estimates are “outrageous”

When the news came out that Apple and HTC had come to a settlement, everyone was left wondering exactly what the terms of the settlement were. A report that seemed rock-solid came out saying that HTC was to pay Apple $6-$8 for each smartphone sold, and we thought that was the end of it. When asked about this number, HTC CEO Peter Chou said, according to Reuters, they were “baseless” and “very, very wrong.”

White Nexus 4 shows up for preorder at TalkTalk

Are you looking to grab a Nexus 4? Well let's be honest, finding one is easier said than done right now. TalkTalk in the UK is listing a white Nexus 4 on its website for preorder, and if the way the phone is selling currently is any indication, you will probably need to preorder if you actually want to get one of the devices in white for yourself.

Google Music signs deals with European music publishers

Google has reached licensing deals with representatives of European music publishers, artists and composers. This deal will give Google Music access to 5.5 million musical works. These songs span a total of 35 countries, which opens up a ton of options for Google. The deal with Armonia, the alliance of French, Italian and Spanish licensing groups, is considered the broadest of its kind.

LG Optimus G for AT&T and Sprint successfully unlocked

If you've been on the fence about grabbing an LG Optimus G because of concerns about the device being unlocked, you can stop worrying. The folks over at XDA-Developers have been hard at work, and they have figured out a method for unlocking both the AT&T and Sprint versions of the device. However, the unlock is a private beta, so for the time being, it is only being distributed to a selected group of testers.