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The Android app for Belkin’s WeMo line of home automation products is now available

on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

I reviewed the Belkin WeMo Smart Home Automation Switch about a year ago, and at the time, you really needed an iOS device to control the products.  There was an Android app, but it was in beta, but Belkin announced late last month that the Android app is ready.  Just like with the iOS appRead More…


Udemy probably has lessons for anything you want to learn

on Friday, July 25th, 2014

What do you want to learn more about?  How to program or start your own business?  How to take better pictures, decorate a cake, play a musical instrument?  How to dance or do yoga?  Udemy can provide you with classes on all these subjects – and many more.  Udemy is an app for iPhone orRead More…


Control your child’s access to games and apps on their device from your device

on Friday, June 20th, 2014

If your child has his or her own Android phone or tablet, you might want to set some limits on exactly when they can access the apps on the device.  Using the DinnerTime parental controls app, you can set times during which the child cannot use any app on the tablet.  There’s a Dinner TimeRead More…


Android app spotlight: CCleaner

on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

By day I work at Cummins Inc. in the engineering application support group. Our main job is to help users all over the world with their application problems. We do a lot of troubleshooting, uninstalling and reinstalling of software. One of the tools in our tech arsenal is Piriform’s CCleaner, which cleans the gunk outRead More…


See a new color on your walls before buying a can of paint

on Friday, October 18th, 2013

After upteen years at the same address, my family will soon be moving into a almost time-capsule mid-century condo.  Moving has a lot of work and a lot of expense associated with it (and I’m not just talking about the mortgage, either), so I want to be sure I get things right the first time.Read More…


Peterest – a photo sharing and pinning site for animal lovers

on Friday, June 7th, 2013

You know about Pinterest, the website that Wikipedia defines as a “a pinboard-style, photo-sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, and hobbies.”  What if you’re only interested in sharing and collecting pet and animal photos?  With Peterest, you’ll be able to upload, manage, share, browse, and mark favorite photosRead More…


Android App Spotlight: CyanDelta Updater – Incremental Cyanogen 10.1 nightlies

on Monday, May 27th, 2013
Posted in: Android related, News

If like me your Android devices are rooted and running alternate ROMs  then you’ll be sick of downloading 200+MB files everytime an update comes out. If you’re running Cyanogen 10.1 nightlies then you’ll be downloaded these files, well, every night.  CyanDelta Updater is an app that does incremental downloads of your CM 10.1 nightly downloading onlyRead More…


Greenify *ROOT* Android app review

on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

I’m going to make a strange admission here for a gadgeteer:  I’m not really a power user on my phone or my tablet.  Though I use my devices for all sorts of things, though I love to play with alternate ROMs and want my devices to be fast and responsive, in the end I’m aRead More…

Inapp purchase

How to prevent your child from making in-app purchases on your Android device

on Thursday, April 4th, 2013

As a followup to Janet’s article about restricting in-app purchases on an iPad, here’s the guide to doing it on Android.  Like Janet, I’ve heard so many of my less technology-bent friends complain that they handed their Android device to say their nieces and nephews to play games and keep them busy, and lo andRead More…


Tasker app for Android on sale

on Friday, March 29th, 2013
Posted in: Android related

Julie mentioned this app in her article on using NFC tags and promised a followup review. Well at the moment it’s on sale on the Google Play Store for $1.99. That’s 69% off it’s normal price of $6.49. I’ve played with Tasker and it’s a fantastic and powerful program allowing you to automate and manipulate all sortsRead More…


Manipulate your Gmail from the Android notification bar

on Tuesday, March 19th, 2013
Posted in: Android related, News

Got the latest Gmail client for your Android 4.1.x (Jellybean) device yet? The new version allows you to choose if you want to archive or reply to a new email directly from your notification bar without having to open the client. Handy for short emails but not quite so good for longer ones I’ve beenRead More…


Android Apps Spotlight: Remove that bloatware with Rom Cleaner

on Sunday, March 3rd, 2013
Posted in: Android related, News

Whether it’s put there by your Telco or your device manufacturer, bloatware is a pain.  Utilities that you’ll never use are taking up valuable storage space and system resources.  If your device is rooted, you can manually remove a lot of this app-by-app.  But every time you get an update for the ROM, you’ll haveRead More…


Android Apps Spotlight: Siyah Kernel – dual boot your Samsung Galaxy S3

on Thursday, February 28th, 2013
Posted in: Android related, News

If you’re like me, your Android devices don’t stay stock for very long.  Sometimes my devices are rooted and have alternate ROMs on them before I’ve even fired it up for the first time. Siyah Kernel is an alternative kernel for the Samsung Galaxy S3 (and S2) that allows you to adjust things like CPU speed, under-Read More…


Android app spotlight : Friendcaster app for Facebook

on Thursday, February 21st, 2013
Posted in: Android related, News

I’m not a big Facebook user, but these days it’s a bit of a necessary evil. In my opinion, the official Facebook app for Android is nothing short of atrocious. It appears just to be a different interface to the mobile web site. Friendcaster is an alternative client that makes using Facebook just that littleRead More…


Android app spotlight: LMT Launcher

on Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
Posted in: Android related, News

I often use my phone one-handed; however, with larger screens like like the 4.8″ screen on my Samsung Galaxy S3, my thumbs are just not long enough to be able to reach some Jelly Bean navigation keys on the other side of screen. . LMT Launcher is an alternative navigator which solves this issue, amongstRead More…


Android app spotlight: Dice Player

on Monday, February 11th, 2013
Posted in: Android related, News

There are so many video players for Android out there, but my favorite player is Dice Player. Besides playing every format I’ve thrown at it, Dice Player has a number of handy features, including the ability to adjust the audio sync speed, boost your audio up to 400%, and the ability to adjust the videoRead More…


Android app spotlight: Skip Soft Root Toolkit for Google Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy S3

on Friday, February 8th, 2013
Posted in: Android related, News

Got a Nexus 7 or a Samsung Galaxy S3? Read about all the advantages of rooting your device, but feel overwhelmed with all the information out there, and you’re scared you might brick your device?  XDA Developers member Mark Skippen has you covered with his toolkits for both the Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy S3Read More…


Android app spotlight: AdAway – block those annoying advertisements

on Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
Posted in: Android related, News

I’ll admit I’m an advertiser’s nightmare.  In all the years I’ve been on the Internet, I’ve probably clicked through on a handful of ads displayed.  I can watch the coolest ads on TV and at the end still not know what product brand they’re actually advertising, even after multiple viewings.  So why would I wantRead More…


Samsung Galaxy S3 Multi Window review

on Monday, February 4th, 2013

While most stock Android ROMs include features that can only be considered bloatware, once and a while a manufacturer comes up with an innovative and useful feature that they include into their OEM products. Samsung released their Multi Window on the Note 2, and the Multi Window utility is included with the release of theirRead More…


MightyText for Android – Text from your phone with your browser

on Saturday, November 24th, 2012
Posted in: Android related, News

Lets face it, your Android phone’s fine for texting once in a while, but the small screen and even the best virtual keyboards aren’t the ideal for long and frequent message exchanges.  MightyText  is an app that installs on your phone, and as long as your phone is connected to the internet and you’ve gotRead More…

GoPro Android

GoPro releases Android app (finally)

on Monday, November 12th, 2012

GoPro might have been a bit premature in announcing that they would be releasing iOS and Android clients for their Wifi Bacpac back at the end of last year. After many months  they finally released the iOS version recently but the Android app was still MIA.  Well good news for those Android fanbois out there it’s finally availableRead More…

Grease Monkey App Store 1

How to: Google Play Store Greasemonkey script – scroll your installed apps and filter your free/paid apps

on Saturday, October 27th, 2012

While the Google Play Store is evolving slowly, one of the biggest pains is the way that it displays all the apps installed on a device in a set of pages. If you have a look above, I’ve got eleven pages of apps installed on my Thinkpad Tablet. Reviewing my apps means clicking on theRead More…


Google Play Store Celebrating 25 Billion Downloads

on Thursday, September 27th, 2012

To celebrate 25 billion downloads, the Google Play Store is having a sale for the next 5 days: “Every day you’ll be able to choose from a collection of apps from some of the world’s top developers including Gameloft, Electronic Arts, Rovio, runtastic, Full Fat and more. And all for just 25 cents. “We’ll also be offeringRead More…


Let Your Smartphone Help Plan Your Leaf Peeping

on Friday, September 14th, 2012

Are you a leaf peeper?  Do you plan vacations and weekend trips with the sole purpose of gawking at the colorful fall foliage?  If you do, the Leaf Peeper app from Yankee Magazine can help you find the best fall displays.  The app lets you make foliage reports, called Peeps, about the conditions in yourRead More…


AirDroid for Android Review

on Monday, August 6th, 2012

One of the most painful things about owning a smartphone or a tablet is administering the device.  Even though Android doesn’t require any restrictive, proprietary iSoftware to do these functions, it can still be a long and convoluted process to download files or side-load apps to your device.  Normally this involves cables, SD cards, cloudRead More…