When Google released Android Lollipop, one of the benefits was the virtual explosion of new APIs that app developers could tap into to bring new features to users. One of those new APIs is for the camera functions and provides the ability to tap into manual controls for camera hardware that supports the new options.
This means Android photographers can get a little bit closer to having their smartphone replicate the features and capabilities of a more traditional DSLR. A new app from GD Software, Manual Camera, is the first one to hit Google Play that appears to take full advantage of the new API and available controls.
Today a brand new completely free language learning resource and tool for translating the Internet (via real people, rather than automatically) has become publicly available. It’s called DuoLingo
Right now, you can learn English, French, German, Italian, Portugese, and Spanish, through the app. I’m sure they’ll add more “romantic” languages — yes, English and German are Germanic — as the program grows.
Vocabulary.com’s new app, available as of today, isn’t a mindless-borderline-embarrassing way to occupy yourself while commuting. Yes, it’s a time suck. But like reading the newspaper or watching documentaries, it’s the kind that makes you feel okay about your life choices, because it helps build vocabulary. As a writer, I can even professionally justify tapping away on my phone.
Edmodo is a secure, social learning platform for teachers, students, schools and districts. This app provides a safe and easy way for your class to connect and collaborate, share content and access homework, grades and school notices. The main goal is to help educators harness the power of social media to customize the classroom for each and every learner.
Before a student can create an Edmodo account, they will need a 6-digit group code from their teacher. Once they have their group code, they can visit Edmodo.com and select the “I’m a student” button. From here they can enter the group code provided by their teacher, complete the registration form and select “Sign up”.
Note: Students are not required to enter an email address to create an Edmodo account.
Edmodo is free for all teachers, students, schools and districts.
Google Play : Edmodo
Soundwave is a mobile-focused way to share what you’re listening to in real-time. Listen to a song on your device’s native music player on Spotify or Rdio, and it will add it to your profile, complete with cover art.
Discovery is currently the main thrust of what Soundwave is about. Users can follow one another and see each other’s activity in a feed as they listen to music. In most cases, you’ll be able to get an instant 30-second preview of songs that other people are listening to. Tap on any song and you can browse related content on YouTube and SoundCloud, or buy a download if you’re particularly moved by it.
If you find yourself wishing you could send large files or a large group of multiple files such as photographs to another user standing right in front of you without having to mess with e-mail or a bunch of texts, Superbeam could be just what you’re looking for. The app is easy to use with the user on the source phone choosing all the files they want to send to a friend in any app that supports sharing. The user then only needs to press the share button and select Superbeam.