Android app

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

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 app …

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Udemy probably has lessons for anything you want to learn

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 or …

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

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 Time …

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

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. …

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Peterest – a photo sharing and pinning site for animal lovers

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 photos …

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Android App Spotlight: CyanDelta Updater – Incremental Cyanogen 10.1 nightlies

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 only …

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

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 and …

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Tasker app for Android on sale

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 sorts …

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Manipulate your Gmail from the Android notification bar

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 …

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Android Apps Spotlight: Remove that bloatware with Rom Cleaner

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 have …

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

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- …

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Android app spotlight : Friendcaster app for Facebook

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 little …

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