Skifta App from Qualcomm Turns Androids Into Media Remotes
Qualcomm Atheros, a subsidiary of Qualcomm, today announced a new Android application that turns smartphones into media remote controls. Skifta 1.0 lets Android smartphone users access and control their home- or cloud-based media via 3G or Wi-Fi. The software is DLNA certified and includes desktop plug-ins for Windows, Apple, and Linux computers. It includes a feature called the Channel Library, which lets it access content from Facebook Photos, Picasa, Flickr, Photobucket, Soma.fm, Napster, ShoutCast, Revision 3, TED Talks and more. The application is a free download from the Android Market.
Verizon Updates Cloud App with Smart Albums
Verizon Wireless has improved the Verizon Cloud app for Android devices with new features called Smart Albums and Print Shop. Smart Albums can automatically select the best photos and videos to create albums based on events and locations.
Google Releases Android TV App for iPhone
Google recently made a remote control app for Android TV available to the iPhone. The app allows iPhone owners to access and control their Android TV device.
Facebook to Require Moments App to Sync Photos
Facebook plans to stop uploading users' photos automatically unless they download and install the Facebook Moments app. Facebook has long offered to sync smartphone photos automatically in order to promote sharing.
Sony's PlayStation Video App Lets Android Devices Access Movies
Sony recently released the PlayStation Video application for Android devices. The app is essentially a portal to Sony's video content store and lets people watch movies or TV shows they've purchased or rented from Sony.
Facebook Messenger Takes a Shot at Snapchat with 'Days'
Facebook is updating its Messenger application with disappearing stories that behave similar to those of Snapchat and Instagram. The feature, called Messenger Day, lets people create short stories made up of photos and videos and then share them with their Facebook friends.