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Android app spotlight: X-plore

By: Dave Marcus
on Friday, June 7th, 2013
Posted in: Android related, News

X-plore by Lonely Cat Games is a file manager application for your Android, Windows or Symbian phone.  I tested it on an Android phone (Samsung Galaxy S3, latest OS build from Verizon).  The app is completely free with no timed trial or limited functionality. If you find the app useful, you can donate to the developers.Read More…

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A card-maker app for those who require a handwritten note

on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

I’ve tried Apple’s Cards app, and I liked the quality and the convenience of sending cards with that app.  Some people may find those cards too impersonal, because you can’t even add a handwritten signature line.  I think nowadays many people wouldn’t mind getting a card that was created on a computer and automatically mailedRead More…

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Trade or sell unwanted items with Bondsy

on Monday, May 20th, 2013

When you have unwanted items, you can always list them on Craigslist or eBay, but there’s always an element of uncertainty when dealing with absolute strangers.  With the Bondsy app, you can list your things so only your friends or friends of friends can see your listings.  You can choose to sell or trade yourRead More…

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Your child is an animator with the SquiggleFish app for iPad

on Monday, May 6th, 2013

The SquiggleFish iPad app combines drawing on paper and iPad apps to entertain your child.  Your child draws and colors a fish on a piece of plain paper, then uses the iPad’s camera to scan it in to the SquiggleFish app.  The app then animates the fish, making it seem to come to life.  It’sRead More…

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Here’s the Kid Mode for iOS devices that I mentioned earlier

on Friday, April 26th, 2013

In my  recent How to prevent your child from making in-app purchases on your iPad article, I mentioned that Apple should make it possible to restrict access to only certain apps for kids.  Little did I know that there was already a way to lock a user into only a single app.  Combine this feature with blockingRead More…

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Time Warner Cable nows makes some live programming on your iOS device available outside your home

on Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Time Warner Cable has long had an app that lets you use your iOS device as an extra TV screen, but you’ve been limited to using it only when connected to your home network.  According to a press release issued yesterday by TWC, some of that programming will now be available on your iOS deviceRead More…

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Twitter #Music

on Monday, April 15th, 2013
Posted in: News

There is news that Twitter will launch a new music service, but it appears to be invite only. If you take a peak at music.twitter.com, there is a holding page with the hashtag #music and the words “coming soon”. There is also a button to sign in – but when you do so, it doesn’tRead More…

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

on Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
Posted in: Articles, News

Every day, I see stories about some person contacting the media to complain Apple wouldn’t reimburse them for in-app purchases their kids made on an iPad.  You see people complaining about charges of a couple hundred dollars to well over $1000 made in a 10 minute period.  The latest story I’ve been seeing is aboutRead More…

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Google releases a new app – Keep

on Saturday, March 23rd, 2013
Posted in: Android related, News

The latest buzz from Google is a new app called Keep.  It is a note-taking application that mimics features from popular products such as Evernote and Springpad and lets you “keep” text notes, images, check lists, and voice notes.  It’s available on the Google Play store for Android devices at the above link.  I’ve installed it onRead More…

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Play pinball at home with the Duo Pinball controller

By: Ryan Chapman
on Sunday, March 10th, 2013

Pinball may be a game that is known to kids young and old, but it is a game that doesn’t port over to a touch screen very easily. Duo Games now has a controller that can be used with Gameprom’s free Pinball HD Collection app to bring life-like pinball to the iPad. Connecting via Bluetooth,Read More…

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Marvel Unlimited for iOS gives you access to thousands of comic books

on Friday, March 8th, 2013

With the Marvel Unlimited iOS app, you’ll have unlimited access to over 13,000 current and back issues that you can read on your iPad or iPhone at any time.  Above, you’ll see the cover of a Captain America issue that you can read for free.  Marvel Unlimited lets you browse and read issues online, storeRead More…

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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…

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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…

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Ubuntu on Phones preview now available

By: Paul Grunwald
on Friday, February 22nd, 2013

IOS and Android finally have some real competition! Ubuntu has announced that the Touch Developer Preview will be available at the Mobile World Congress. The first phone to be supported with Debian Linux derivative operating system will be the Nexus 4. Other phones will, including existing models, will be support later in 2013. Detailed informationRead More…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

Lovetrack – it’s not what you think…

on Sunday, January 27th, 2013

I love riding bikes. I rode bikes as a kid, like everyone else, but I started again as an adult when I hit my mid-50s and health problems started rising. I quickly became addicted. Due to global climate change and the push-back against car-dominated design, there’s a new interest in bicycling all over the countryRead More…

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Give your child unlimited access to age-appropriate books, games, and videos on your Kindle Fire

on Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Kids I’ve seen seem to be fascinated by tablet computers, and many of them want their own.  The problem with tablets and children is there isn’t a lot you can do to restrict what they can access with the tablet, and there’s a worldwide-web of things out there that you may not want them toRead More…

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Time Warner Cable iOS app adds access to On-Demand programming

on Saturday, December 15th, 2012

When it was first released, I reviewed the iOS app from Time Warner Cable that allowed you to watch selected channels from their programming lineup on your iOS device.  They’ve added some channels since the release, but the functions remained pretty much the same.  The most recent update added access to “thousands of free andRead More…

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Kids can get creative with the Crayola DigiTools for iPad

on Friday, October 19th, 2012

Griffin expands their line of kids’ accessories for the iPad with four Crayola DigiTools sets and downloadable apps.  With the 3-D Pack (blue, top left), kids use the included 3-D Tool and Digital Stamper to create art, even animated art, that seems to leap off the screen when viewed through the included glasses.  The AirbrushRead More…

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GoPro App available (finally)

on Saturday, October 13th, 2012

After a long wait, GoPro has finally released their app for controlling your GoPro via your smartphone or tablet with their WiFi BacPac. The current version of the app gives you full control of your camera settings and live previews. However, it’s still not all picture perfect.   The additional functions – like being able to shareRead More…

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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…