The Economist | FinestAndroid.com

The EconomistThe Economist is a weekly international news and business publication, offering clear reporting, commentary and analysis on world current affairs, business, finance, science and technology, culture, society, media and the arts.

The Economist app is free to download and includes free access to the Editor’s picks, a weekly selection of articles chosen by editor-in-chief John Micklethwait. Digital and Print + Digital subscribers to The Economist receive access to the full contents of each edition. Print + Digital subscribers may need to activate full digital access. The prices of a digital and print subscription to The Economist can $5.99 per week.

  • Weekly delivery of The Economist in print
  • Full access to each week’s issue via The Economist apps for iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows 8, Chrome, BlackBerry and Kindle Fire
  • Full access to Economist.com and The Economist in audio

There is weekly, monthly, years or a 3-year subscription plan.

FEATURES

  • Each week’s issue available from 9pm London time each Thursday
  • Download each issue to your device to read without an internet connection
  • Switch easily between reading and listening with The Economist in audio
  • Store and access back issues
  • Purchase single issues in app
  • Subscribe from within the app for full access to The Economist on Android tablets, Android smartphones, the Chrome Web store and Economist.com
  • Share articles via e-mail, Twitter and Facebook

The Economist Group is a global organization and operates a strict privacy policy around the world. On Android, it operates on tablets and smartphones running Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean.

SUPPORT

Should you require any assistance using The Economist app please visit Economist.com for answers to frequently asked questions as well as ways to contact customer support.

Please note: The Economist on Android is only available in countries with access to paid Android apps through Google Play. Please visit economist.com/digital for a link to the Google Play site, where you can find more information on the countries in which Google offer their apps.

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User reviews: Users seem to have received The Economist app well on the mobile platform; most of the comments on the Play store are positive comments.

PayPal on the Galaxy S5 with FingerPrint support, Apps for Gear 2 & Gear Fit | FinestAndroid.com

Back at MWC 2014 Samsung announced that Galaxy S5’s Fingerprint scanner will not only be used to unlock the device but also will be used online for security purposes and authentication while making payments. Last Friday PayPal announced the availability of their fingerprint-based authentication system in 25 countries. It is the same day that S5 was launching globally, as planned by the Korean based company.

Users will simply swipe down on the home button on their S5 smartphone to authenticate PayPal payments on the mobile web, apps and in retail stores without needing to log in to their PayPal account every time. In other words, owners of S5 will have to forget about usernames & passwords if at all what they need is just to swipe a finger. Also, mobile phones are becoming more personalised as in such cases where fingerprint is required it may be hard to use someone’s phone to access such features. However, the old login option is still valid, so do not through as away your login details (Username & Password). Samsung’s S5 is the first Smartphone to incorporate the FIDO authentication standard that was developed by Google, Microsoft, MasterCard, and Lenovo; hopeful there rest will adobe this tech soon or latter.

John Lunn PayPal Developer Network:

Customers can use their finger to pay with PayPal from their new Samsung Galaxy S5 because the FIDO Ready software on the device securely communicates between the fingerprint sensor on their device and PayPal’s service in the cloud. The only information the device shares with PayPal is a unique encrypted key that allows PayPal to verify the identity of the customer without having to store any biometric information on PayPal’s servers”

PayPal has also created PayPal apps for the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit. The apps will be made available on Samsung’s Apps store. With the app users will be able to make payments from their smart watch (also known as fitness tracker), and access PayPal services like checking balance, and will also be receiving notifications when funds arrive to their accounts.

Minuum Keyboard Free | FinestAndroid.com

Minuum Keyboard FreeMinuum Keyboard Free is small and smart keyboard that lets you do more with your screen space. It’s the little keyboard for big fingers! It takes up less than half the screen space of regular keyboards while still allowing you to type delightfully fast and surprisingly sloppy.

Minuum arrived on Android last year as beta version, but now it’s out testing. It is downloadable via play store as a free app, usable until 30 days for free. If you like it you can  retain it after you exhaust your 30 day trial period by offering some $ through in-purchase.

Minuum is always finding ways for you to enjoy your screen space through brand new bonus panels like emoji, cursor control, clipboard tools, search & share, and you can monitor your TYPING SPEED. The new auto-correction revolutionary feature looks for grammatical errors and corrects them for you.

Spend 15 seconds with the introductory tutorial and you’ll be able to start typing with Minuum—instantly. The more you type, the better Minuum gets.

Minuum Features

  • MORE SCREEN SPACE – Recover more than half of the touchscreen space you lose when using traditional virtual keyboards.
  • FAST SLOPPY TYPING – Type fast without worrying about precision, thanks to ridiculously smart auto-correction that learns as you type.
  • HELP FOR THE LARGE-FINGERED – Use key magnification for precise letter, number, and punctuation entry—very useful if you have large fingers.
  • FAMILIAR KEYBOARD LAYOUT – You already know how to type with Minuum—it’s just your familiar layout, minimized.
  • DIFFERENT ALPHABET ARRANGEMENTS – Choose from alternate keyboard layouts—such as “QWERTZ,” “AZERTY,” “A-Z.”
  • EXPANSION TO FULL-SIZED KEYBOARD – Press with two fingers on the keyboard to quickly switch between mini and full-size modes (useful for URLs and passwords).
  • SMART WORD PREDICTION – Speed up your typing via suggestions from a predictive engine that learns from your word list, word combinations, and language use patterns.
  • VOCABULARY CONTROL – Minuum learns from your vocabulary, and lets you delete words from your dictionary though a pop-up display.
  • RAPID GESTURE SHORTCUTS – Slide your fingers to the corners for quick, convenient access to all your features via pop-up keys.
  • VOICE TYPING – Enter text hands-free via Google Voice Typing for voice-to-text typing when performing other activities.
  • REAL MULTITASKING – If you’ve got split-screen capability, multitask more effectively as a result of extra screen space.
  • BETTER TEXT EDITING – Edit more efficiently using these bonus panels: cursor control, tools.
  • EASY CAPS – Quickly change capitalization of typed words using the shift key.

Minuum Screenshots:

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User reviews: Minuum android is well received. Users praise UI & TYPING SPEED.

 

 

LifeLog Sony | FinestAndroid.com

LifeLogLifeLog – the official Lifelog app from Sony!

With Lifelog Sony you can view information about your communications, entertainment and physical activities. You can also set activity goals and monitor your progress. The information compiled in Lifelog is collected partly using sensor technology in your Sony SmartBand SWR10 and partly via data gathered from various applications and sensors in your Android smartphone.

This app has been made available on the play store for free. The app varies with device so it will support most of android phones. If you would like to be keeping track activities on the go, you can try LifeLog. Its interface is colourful, intuitive, graphic and animated and lets you look back on any day to see how active you were, where you went and how you got there. You can also see what pictures you took, the music you listened to and how you were communicating that day. Life Bookmarks are special moments that you want save in detail.

The Lifelog app and SmartBand SWR10 are optimized for Xperia Z2 and initially compatible with other Xperia smartphones running Android 4.4; KitKat – new features and functionality will roll out over the coming weeks.

For your satisfaction and a complete Lifelog and SmartWear experience, Sony will recommend that your device is running Android 4.4; KitKat, has support for Bluetooth® 4.0 Low Energy and that you are using a SmartBand SWR10. SmartBand SWR10 is necessary if you want to accurately log sleep, physical activity (steps, walk, run) and spontaneous Life Bookmarks.

To use this app with SmartBand SWR10, you will need to install Smart Connect from Sony (pre-installed in Xperia™ smartphones).

If you have questions or would like to inquire more about this app, visit Sony Mobile blog and you will be up to date.

Here are Screenshots:

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User reviews: Please submit your comment on Google play store if you have installed this app. We would like to hear what comments you have in regard to this Sony’s Lifelog android app. Thank you!

FarmVille 2: Country Escape | FinestAndroid.com

FarmVille 2 Country EscapeFarmVille 2: Country Escape is the world’s most popular farming game. Now with all-new farming adventure; you can play anywhere online or offline.

Farm at your own pace, whether you have 30 seconds or 30 minutes. Play with friends or on your own in our new Anonymous Mode: Facebook not required.  Join a Farm Co-Op to trade and share, and go on Farm Adventures to collect rare goods. Now, you can finally play FarmVille anytime on your mobile.

PCs FarmVille 2 is a version of Country Escape available on the web. This PC version is not similar to the mobile version. Players are free to enjoy both versions. That said, some rewards are available solely for people who enjoy both games, and they will be able to sync them between both titles. The sequel takes place in a coastal setting, so think of it as a vacation where you bring all of your work with you.

  • CRAFT a variety of baked gourmet goods like classic country apple pies
  • HARVEST unique coastal crops along with your favorite fruits and vegetables
  • DECORATE to your heart’s content as you customize your farm with your very own house
  • COLLECT hidden and rare treasures as you discover a new coastal farm
  • NURTURE and raise a wide variety of adorable farm animals
  • GARDEN by the beautiful blue ocean as you decorate your farm with flowers
  • EXPLORE a new FarmVille story filled with special farm adventures
  • BUILD a new lush, family farm by the coast so all your friends can visit
  • FISH with your fellow farmers and sell your catch at Pike’s Landing
  • TRADE and chat with friends or play anonymously with people from all over the world
  • ESCAPE to the coast and then connect to your Facebook farm to send free water
  • COMPETE with others as your Co-Op climbs the global rankings

ADDITIONAL DISCLOSURES

  • For specific information about how Zynga collects and uses personal or other data, please read our privacy policy at http://company.zynga.com/privacy/policy.
  • This game does permit a user to connect to social networks, such as Facebook, and as such players may come into contact with other people when playing this game.
  • The game is free to play, however in-app purchases are available for additional content and premium currency. In-app purchases range from $0.99 to $99.99.
  • You will be given the opportunity to participate in special offers, events, and programs from Zynga Inc and its partners.

Screenshots:

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User reviews: well receive on the play store.

The NFC TagInfo | FinestAndroid.com

NFC TagInfoThe NFC TagInfo application for Android reads meta information and data from contactless RFID and NFC transponders. It is an ideal tool for anyone who is curious about the information stored on their Near Field Communication tags.

NFC TagInfo is also the number one search result for «nfc» on Google Play (formerly Android Market).

With NFC TagInfo you can read pretty much the same information that is printed on the passport page. Fingerprints (or other sensitive information) usually cannot be read without extended authentication (at least for EU passports).

If there is the same information on the chip as it is printed in the passport, why is there a chip at all? Because the chip also contains a signature over the data, which allows (with some flaws) verification of the authenticity of the travel document.

Some countries, like Germany encode the phono in the passport with JPEG2000. As Android does not natively support JPEG2000, those photos cannot be displayed at the moment. However, we already have an unpublished version of NFC TagInfo that decodes JPEG2000 images and we are looking for ways to integrate this into one of the next releases.

The analysis tool is a must-have for NFC application developers on the Android platform. NFC TagInfo demonstrates the tag-reading capabilities of the Android API. Developers may use this tool to inspect and verify the information on their NFC and RFID tags.

Main features:

  • Read & visualize basic meta information on the tag
  • Read & visualize NDEF message data
  • Read & visualize raw data (in hexadecimal, ASCII and UTF-8 text encoding)
  • Read & visualize access conditions
  • Read & visualize electronic passport (eMRTD)
  • Save tag information to files

Supported NDEF records:

  • Text Record
  • URI Record
  • Smartposter Record
  • Generic Control Record
  • Signature Record
  • NFC Geo Record
  • Android Application Record
  • other records (basic support)

Supported tags for reading raw data and access conditions:

  • NFC Forum Type 1
  • NFC Forum Type 2 / MIFARE Ultralight (EV1) / NTAG
  • NFC Forum Type 3 / FeliCa Lite
  • my-d(TM) NFC / my-d(TM) move
  • MIFARE Classic
  • MIFARE DESFire
  • MIFARE DESFire EV1 (only limited support)
  • FeliCa
  • ISO/IEC 15693 (only limited support)
  • NFC Barcode

Additional MIFARE Classic support:

  • View MIFARE application directory
  • View value blocks
  • Try authentication with typical authentication keys
  • You can setup your own authentication keys
  • In advanced mode: support for individual authentication keys per sector
  • In advanced mode: load & save keyset as XML-file
  • Additional MIFARE DESFire support:
  • Display data from Clipper cards
  • Display data from NORTIC cards
  • Display data from ORCA cards
  • ISO/IEC 14443 + ISO/IEC 7816-4 support:
  • Detect ePassport application
  • ePassport support:
  • View basic identity card data
  • View photo (JPEG2000 support using PassportImageDecoder service)
  • View raw data files
  • Tested with Austrian/Belgian/Dutch/UK/US passports
  • Certain passports (e.g. US passport booklet) can only be read while they are opened
  • In advanced mode: load & save keyset as XML-file

This app is available on Google play store for free. It requires Andrid versions 2.3.3 and up.

Screenshots:

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User reviews: The NFC TagInfo is well received on the mobile platform.

Syberia (Full) | FinestAndroid.com

SyberiaSyberia (Full) – Quality graphics adventure game.

Syberia is an exciting and long adventure with varied high quality graphics. It is a creation of Anuman; also the creators of Amerzone The Explorer’s Legacy; the Atlantis 2, 3, 4, &5; Aztec The Curse in the Heart of the City of Gold; Dracula 1, 2, 3 & 4; Dream Chamber; Egypt 2 & 3; Jules Verne’s Journey to the center of the moon and Jules Verne’s Mystery of the Nautilus. This games are all interesting and worth a look. You can find them all on Google play store.

In Syberia full version, you meet a young ambitious lawyer from New York by the name Kate Walker (her name suggests she is an adventure by the way ‘Walker!’). On her normal day walk she meets an old automaton factory hidden in the Alpine valleys, of which sounded a good deal to her so she took it as her first assignment thinking it is a fairly and straightforward one. She embarks on this new task without having second thought, but she did not realize that she had made a terrible mistake and this would turn her life into miseries.

She explores the whole of Europe, and Russia before encountering a host of incredible characters and locations in her attempt to track down Hans, the genius inventor – the final key to unlocking the secret of Syberia.

Her voyage across land and time throws all she values into question, while the deal she sets out to sign turns into a pact with destiny.

  • A gripping script that goes beyond your imagination
  • Rich and intriguing characters
  • Film-like camera angles, movements and framing
  • Original and creative puzzles
  • UAn incomparable and unique atmosphere

Syberia (Full) is a paid version going for $5.49 on the play store. It features the integral dubbing of characters in English, French, Italian, Spanish and German. Its installation requires a minimum of 2GB of storage space on your device. Also, you device should have at least Android version 3.0 or higher.

Screenshots:

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User reviews: The game has been receiving positive reviews on the play store. It is currently rating 4.3/5 star. Users appreciates its presences on Android.

 

Speed up Chrome for Mobile with a simple fix | FinestAndroid.com

Chrome browser AndroidChrome is the best internet brows around both on PCs and Mobile phones. However, Chrome for phones has not sometimes appeared to be sluggish while scrolling web pages. Especial on devices with less RAM, it could even be worse.  Chrome uses around 130 MB of RAM to perform normally. There is a way you can configure chrome for Mobile to make it faster and light.

As explained by reddit: it’s just a matter of few steps to make it faster.

 

  • Type chrome://flags into the URL bar in Chrome on your Android device
  • Find Maximum Tiles for Interest Area
  • From the dropdown, change it from default to 512
  • Tap on the Relaunch Now button

NB: Changing to 512 value from default is determined by your RAM capability. For devices with less RAM is advisable to select a lower value like 256 using that dropdown menu. By selecting of lower value for devices with less RAM save your device from “clogging up”.

You can try this tweak fix on you mobile if you have experiencing the same problem with your Chrome browser. Best luck.

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