With Google teasing us about the next major release, codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich, of its popular mobile operating system fan sites and online forums are already brimming with speculation about what new features the latest incarnation of Android could contain. (more…)

We’ve all seen something related to dominoes at some point in our lives. Either we’ve played a game of dominoes or watched an epic show of colored dominoes falling, toppling each other in a chain reaction.

Developers at Shiny Eggs Studio have tried to reproduce the latter experience rather than the former; they have created a puzzle game that, for me at least, has walked me back down memory lane to being a seven-year-old kid, trying to create a swirly pattern out of some dominoes I had lying around the house. Read on to find out more about the game.

We’re immensely pleased to announce that, after months of waiting, a new member of the AppStorm network has landed: Windows.AppStorm!

Complimenting Mac.AppStorm, Web.AppStorm, iPhone.AppStorm, iPad.AppStorm, and Android.AppStorm, our new Windows site will be offering reviews and roundups covering the entire Windows ecosystem, including Windows Phone 7, and games, along with tips and tricks to get the most from Windows.

We’re incredibly excited to bring you excellent Windows content of the high quality you’ve come to expect from AppStorm – daily reviews, how-to’s, roundups, news, and opinion. Read on to find out the best way to get involved!

Go to Windows.AppStorm…

There are some interesting statistics in the world. The average Facebook user has 130 friends; the best selling movie of all time (adjusted for inflation) is Gone with the Wind; most Android users will pay between $3 and $5 for a game.

There are also numbers that change a lot more often, such as the statistic that a baby is born in the USA every eight seconds (Google’s results bring up different answers. This seems to be the most common). As we often use our devices to find information, one that can give us real time stats makes sense and can be a nice tool during conversations. That’s where World Counter comes in. (more…)

Hello readers of AppStorm! As you may know, from time to time we cross promote other Envato sites and services here on the AppStorm network. Well, today we launched a short-run Graphic Designer Bundle on our marketplaces, and it’s fantastic value – $500 of photos, images and Photoshop/Illustrator add-ons for just $20!

In the bundle are files from our long-running and highly popular GraphicRiver marketplace, and the newly launched PhotoDune marketplace for royalty free stock photos. It’s a fantastic deal with some great stuff in it. I should know, as I picked the files myself!! (more…)

Live365 is an interesting app that aims to bring you music and talk radio shared by “real people, powered by passion.” It sounds like one of these new social music services, but it’s a bit more professional than that. In order to broadcast a station on Live365, you have to pay. This takes the service a step above random people playing whatever they want, and brings a more professional selection of stations to listen to.

From the app description:

“Serious satellites and blah-FMs won’t play this music. Robot DJ’s pandering to the money can’t play this music. At Live365, thousands of DJs with something to say or something to play bring it 365 a year.”

Let’s take a look at how it holds up as an app… (more…)

We’ve all seen the futuristic sci-fic films that feature cool headsets or bionic eyes that enable someone to see live information around them. Perhaps the best known examples include Terminator, Robocop and Iron Man, who each have the ability to identify and analyse the environment around them, like the Terminator’s ability to identify that one particular punk’s garments would fit him perfectly – “Your clothes… give them to me, now”.

Augmented Reality apps have been available on the Android Market for some time, and I believe they represent one of the best things about smart phones; the ability to overlay the view through your camera with useful and fun information was one of the things that initially wowed me enough to buy my first Android. Now, there are some pitfalls in trying out AR apps. Some – let me tell you – are pretty awful. I’ve weeded these out, and below are what I consider the best currently available on the Android Market.

So, read on for a round-up of great AR apps and let your Android show you what it can do! It’s like the future… only ‘now’.

Android Police recently uncovered a large security flaw in some of HTC’s ‘forced-upon-you’ bolt-on software. Though the software doesn’t reveal personal details itself as such, other applications do have the ability to request information from this toolkit. This gives them access to some of your personal information including GPS locations and SMS data. Read on to learn more.

Last month, Darren Meehan wrote a couple of great opinion pieces explaining how you readers can help your fellow Android users, and the developers who make apps and ROMs for us.

He covered some great ideas, though I’m sure he would agree that there are even more ways, beyond what he could include in his articles and I what included in this poll.

A lot of Android users are fanatical about their choice of platform – though perhaps not to quite the same extent as the stereotypical Apple user – but beyond that, I think many people (particularly geeks) genuinely love Google and want to help their efforts however they can. It’s really cool to see such a lot of users contributing: some in small ways, some in big ones.

But let’s be clear: there’s no need to feel guilty if you’re not devoting time and money towards supporting Android. we’re not talking about a charitable organisation or a religious movement or a band of plucky young open-source developers trying to take a stand against The Man; Android is a profitable division of one of the most successful and well-known companies in the world. I wouldn’t suggest for a moment that you don’t deserve to call yourself an Android fan if the only option you can click is “I bought an Android device”. Be proud :)

I’m just curious, that’s all. How many of you like Android so much that you’ll spend your own effort to help it out? Vote in the poll and let’s find out.

We’ve all heard of Instagram, iOS’s great image sharing service. You take a picture, apply a filter, add a frame and a comment, and it will instantly post it to Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr. Pixlr-o-matic tries to give Android users an Instagram equivalent. It lacks the social capabilities of Instagram and Flickr, but the sheer number of filters and effects to add to your photos are mind-boggling.

Read on to find out more about this great application.

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