Android

Beats Music update brings widget, social interaction

If you’ve been enjoying Beats Music, the music streaming service is about to get a lot better. An incoming update brings a much needed widget, and improves the way you track the listening habits of friends. Offline listening and downloads have also been fixed, according to the change log.  

Here’s why you shouldn’t try to find those hidden I/O tickets

If you really want to go to I/O, but don’t have the guts to wait the lottery out, it’s hunting season. Google has reportedly placed links to guaranteed I/O tickets throughout their Developer pages, which redirect to a strange page for signing up to attend I/O this year. It’s a very odd program, and one that could end up having a different effect than Google would like.  

Amazon Fire TV updated, Hulu and Crackle add voice search

Amazon updated their Fire TV today, bringing in additional channels for their lauded voice search feature. We’ll now get the pleasure of using Hulu Plus, Crackle, and Showtime Anytime by singing our commands into Amazon’s remote. The three join VEVO as the services outsid of Amazon to utilize the feature.  

Google’s Lens Blur vs. HTC’s UFocus

With the new Google Camera app, we gain a feature that’s become handy on the HTC One (M8). Lens Blur, or UFocus on the new One, gives us the chance to blur everything surrounding our focal point, creating a silhouette of sorts. Which is better, though — the dual-camera UFocus, or Google’s own Lens Blur? We go head-to-head to find out.

FarmVille 2: Country Escape arrives in the Play Store

Zynga has released the latest version of FarmVille. This one is called FarmVille 2: Country Escape and it is set in "an all new coastal location." Players will be growing crops, nurturing animals, collecting treasures, crafting goods and more. But perhaps key here -- this release is being pushed as a "new chapter of FarmVille on the go."

Google offering up dummy Glass units to prospective buyers

Interested in trying Glass on, but not willing to drop $1,500 for the opportunity? Unless you know someone with the nascent headwear, you won’t have much luck. If you previously let Google know you were interested in Glass, check your email — they may be reaching out.  
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