In Brief: Android stuff worth knowing (Aug 31)

[dropcap1 variation=”hotpink”]A[/dropcap1] new Kickstarter project called BERO is a 4” Google Android-inspired robot that runs on an open source app via Bluetooth.  Users can move the arms, head, make the robot dance to music and react to smartphone notifications.  Look for these to ship starting in November.  Get in on the project and fund development for as low as $5, you good deed doer.

[dropcap1 variation=”steelblue”]S[/dropcap1]kifta wants you to know that it could be your favorite college roommate.  Features include streaming music, videos and photos to various devices. Skifta also makes it possible to take the media that you store on your home computer and play it remotely to any of the millions of smart devices found in homes.

[dropcap1 variation=”mossgreen”]Y[/dropcap1]ahoo has unveiled a revamped 2012 Fantasy Football experience with new features.  Celebrate 15 years with the leading Fantasy Football experience and new features such as:

  • Managing Teams Across Devices: New performance-enhancing features on iPhone, iPad, and ConnectedTV include new trading and waiver options that allow players to instantly improve their teams on the go.
  • Play for Money, Play for Keeps: Fans can now compete in Pro Leagues for the chance to win up to $500, while keeper league players can now import traded draft picks from last season, set a keeper deadline, allow managers to declare keepers and approve and assign keepers to their drafts.

[dropcap1 variation=”wheat”]G[/dropcap1]ameloft is proud to announce that their N.O.V.A. 3 has joined Modern Combat 3 as the only mobile games in official competition on Major League Gaming’s servers.

[dropcap1 variation=”orange”]V[/dropcap1]otter is “Android’s first and best social voting app”. Users can cast a ballot on the on important issues, such as favorite movie, cats or dogs, Obama or Romney.

[dropcap1 variation=”coffee”]S[/dropcap1]ecurityCoverage claims that 2012 is the year of password theft.  Proof comes in the form of a slick infographic you see above.  According to them, online password theft has seen massive increases, 300% from 2011 to be exact.  Arm yourself with Password Genie.

[dropcap1 variation=”olive”]A[/dropcap1]ccuWeather released an update to its free AccuWeather for Android weather app that includes an even more informative home screen widget featuring severe weather notices, current and two-day forecasts for saved home locations, and a convenient time clock.

[dropcap1 variation=”mauve”]C[/dropcap1]hristmas creep is already setting in. Tune4Fun Elves is based on the old-school Simon game.

“Jamming with Elves is a cool memory game. Go as far as you can! Test your memory in a fun way! It’s simple and yet amusing and challenging: Each Elf sounds a note. Just follow the notes’ sequence, in the correct order, by touching the corresponding Elf.  Keep your eye on the clock! If you take too long, you loose, and if you touch the wrong Elf, you also loose. Go as far as you can, and see what level you can reach!”

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