New Downloads Page Added!

We have added a brand new download page to Antics, you will find downloadable wallpapers that scroll, mp3’s for use in ringtones or notifications and a whole lot more.

Downloads Page

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Sky GO for ICS 4.0 Coming Soon (Again)

If you are Sky TV customer in the UK and were enjoying using the Sky GO application on your gingerbread android phone, then upgraded to ICS thinking that Sky had already taken the update into account, only to find that the GO service didn’t work on ICS! Sky did release an ICS compatible version by mistake it seems and some users were again able to use the service until Sky blocked access!  Hold tight the update should be out soon??

A post on the Sky help forums from an advisor states:

‘Hi ————,

Last week a Sky Go update for ICS was prematurely released.

We’ve had to recall this release as we are still experiencing bugs/stability issues within the app, and need to complete all necessary testing to make sure we continue to deliver our customers a high quality experience.

We realise that this will come as a disappointment to customers who’ve been looking forward to this update, and apologise for the error. We are working hard to resolve these issues, and will provide more details on launch dates as soon as possible.’

Galaxy SIII Coming To Europe May 29th

After watching the launch of the Samsung Galxy S III online from the comfort of my home, I have to say I am very impressed with the first look of this device. It doesn’t appear that Samsung have an official full Spec sheet listed online at the moment but I can share some of the known specs with you this evening!

  • 1.4Ghz Exynos 4212 Processor with a quad-core
  • 4.8″ AMOLED HD Display
  • 8Mp Camera (Not 12Mp As Rumoured)
  • 2100 mAh Battery
  • 8.6mm Thick – 133Grams Weight
  • Touchwiz Interface Upgraded

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Galaxy SIII Launch Imminent, Today 19:00BST

Samsung will launch the awaited Galaxy SIII model this evening at an event in London at Earls Court. Kick off is at 19:00 BST and if you are unable to attend the event in person you can watch a live stream online on ‘Samsung’s Facebook‘ page or by downloading the UNPACKED 2012 app from Google’s ‘Play Store’. If you download the app be aware you may be faced with a black screen and that is all, it doesn’t appear to be compatible with ICS 4.0 and Samsung have even updated it today in the hope of resolving the issue for many users.

 

The Galaxy SIII is expected to come with a 1.4GHz Exynos 4 quad-core processor, a 12 Megapixel camera, 4.8in HD display, Bluetooth 4.0 and access to a new cloud service (do we need one!) and of course the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich O/S.

Digitally Imported App Update v1.3

If like me you are a fan of electronic/dance music then you may have heard about the Digitally Imported Radio (DI) website/app before? DI is an audio streaming service both on the web and mobile, it caters for officianados of the dance music genre! The update today allows you to share what you are listening to via Facebook, Twitter and Email and also includes a sleep timer which i think is a very handy addition especially when you are listening to a Trance or Chillout station in bed!

   

3 new channels have also been added to the excellent lineup including Vocal Chillout, Cosmic Downtempo, and Deep Nu-Disco. You will also find stations for a lot of tastes including:

  • Trance
  • House
  • DJ Mixes
  • Drum ‘n’ Bass
  • Techno
  • and more…………….

Download from Google ‘Play Store

Twitter Updated 3.2.0, Gets Notifications!

The official Android app saw an important update today and currently sits at v3.2.0, whilst i’m not a massive user of Twitter i do dabble and get the blog posted to the Antics twitter account and, I have a personal account where I follow people of interest from all walks of life. The thing I like about Twitter is the short messages posted and not a whole epic drama written for all to snooze over!

The connect tab has been updated to show both interactions and mentions in one place, the discover tab now shows who your friends follow, when their lists are updated and which tweets are retweeted and faved. Possibl the biggest update comes in the form of push notifications when someone interacts or retweets you.

 

Download the update from the ‘Play Store’

 

 

Google Drive Goes Live – For Some!

Google have today released the long awaited ‘Google Drive’, a cloud storage service which allows users a 5Gb (FREE) account and options to upgrade to 25Gb, 100Gb or 1TB of data storage! Not all google users are able to access this service as yet, I have 3 gmail accounts and not 1 of them has the service available to me yet.

Check if it’s available for you ‘HERE

Download the app from the mobile Play Store in readiness of the full release, just search for ‘Google Drive’

More to follow…………………………………………………………

Facebook for Android Updated (Free SPAM Icons Anyone?)

Facebook for Android has seen an update in recent days and now sits at V1.09, the update see’s an increase in performance, short cuts and a few bug fixes.

 

Additional features include group messaging functionality alowing you to message a group of friends and also add friends to existing conversations. GPU rendering is also enabled giving you a smoother experience when scrolling the timeline.  Another inclusion in the update is the appearance of 2 new icosn on your app list, these icons allow you to get to facebook messenger quicker and also one which allows you to share photos to facebook with a couple of clicks.

I’m all for extra functionality but I would like the option to remove these icons from my device if I won’t use them, the only way to get rid of them is to hide the apps using a 3rd party launcher!!

Download the update from ‘Google Play Store

Fake Instagram Malware Threat!

Another fake app containing malware is doing the rounds now in the form of the massively popular camera app ‘Instagram’ which has only recently been ported to the Android platform in recent weeks.

 

Sophos revealed that the app has been listed on various websites for download and, seems to eminate from where most of the world’s other malware and mobile nastys come from, Russia! In tests run by Sophos the app didn’t even come close to emulating what the ‘real’ app does, it relies on the background sending of SMS to make the cyber criminals money.

Graham Cluley from Naked Security says, “Sophos products detect the malware as Andr/Boxer-F.

Android malware is becoming a bigger and bigger problem, of course. Just last week we reported on a bogus edition of the Angry Birds Space game that was being used in another attack.

It’s quite likely that whoever is behind this latest malware campaign is also using the names and images of other popular smartphone apps as bait.”

This is one reason i rarely download a popular app or game from anywhere other than Google Play

HTC One Series Gets Tivo Treatment (UK)

IF you are a user of the Virginmedia Tivo platform in the UK you may have spotted a prime time advert for the HTC One Series on the system!

If you haven’t spotted it, press ‘Home’ on your remote and select the HTC advert in the listings! Personally i think this is a fantastic idea to have a selective advertising platform where as a user you can choose what you want to be shown in advertising! the feature has a 5 min documentary, 60second advert and more!!

Angry Birds – Infected With Malware?

Have you ever used an unofficial App store for your android device? There are more sources for apps out there than just the Play Store, and some of these places aren’t as safe and respectable as we are led to believe.

Some version of Angry Birds – Space have been infected with a Trojan which allows cyber criminals to take full control of an infected device. The download is a fully functioning version of the hit game but also installs a malicious script which can be used to steal personal information such as banking details etc. The Trojan connects to a remote site and tries to install further malware on the device and can even be used in mass attacks on large corporations like Sony.

The download hasn’t been found on the Google Play Store but on other unofficial app stores, if the option to install apps from non market sources is ticked on your device within the security settings you can download and install from anywhere. Whilst the Play store isn’t a fortress against malware  and other malicious scripts it’s much more of a controlled environment than an unauthorised marketplace.

Graham Cluley writes on the ‘Naked Security‘ blog – “SophosLabs recently encountered malware-infected editions of the “Angry Birds Space” game which have been placed in unofficial Android app stores. Please note: The version of “Angry Birds Space” in the official Android market (recently renamed “Google Play”) is *not* affected.

The Trojan horse, which Sophos detects as Andr/KongFu-L, appears to be a fully-functional version of the popular smartphone game, but uses the GingerBreak exploit to gain root access to the device, and install malicious code.”

Google Currents Gets International Status

Google currents is an app which until a few days ago has only been available in the US. The app was first introduced on home soil in December last year but Google have now released a global version of the popular app, it’s seen as a rival to the massively downloaded app on the iOS platform ‘Flipboard’

  

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Galaxy SII users on Vodafone UK get a taste of ICS 4.0

Vodafone UK today released the ICS 4.0 update via the KIES software and connecting your device via USB to your computer. OTA updates are delayed until 17th April for whatever reason? According to Vodafone, Smasung delayed the updates themselves.

   

More over at Vodafone Blog

ICS 4.0 gets a further update, on HTC handsets at least!

If you own a HTC handset which is capable of running ICS 4.0 and have been lucky enough to update to the software recently you may find yourself having another update very soon. HTC have released an update which fixes a WiFi security issue on some devices.

‘HTC has developed a fix for a WiFi issue affecting some HTC devices. Most products have received this fix already through regular updates. However, some will need to have the fix manually loaded. ‘

For more information and a serial number checker to see if your device needs this update follow the link below………………..

http://www.htc.com/uk/help/wifi-security-fix/

Sky GO – Orange Mobile TV Issues ICS 4.0.3

UPDATE: At least for Orange mobile TV, try switching your browser to Dolphin HD and access the site, you should find it will work.

If any of you have updated to ICS 4.0.3 and are currently using the Sky GO application or Sky Sports Mobile TV from Orange you will no doubt find yourselves unable to access either service.

 

I’m not entirely sure what the incompatabilities are but ICS hasn’t exactly been a secret and vendors should work faster to make sure that apps/services are up to date with the lates O/S, an update will be winging it’s way to you shortly no doubt…………………..

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