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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Hulu Adds Support For More Devices: Now Requires Two Hands To Count

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Software" @ 06:00 AM

"Three weeks ago, we announced our early rollout of Hulu Plus to six select Android smartphones. Today, we're pleased to announce we're adding four additional Android smartphones to our list of Hulu Plus-enabled devices, bringing the total to 10 supported devices."

The latest update to the Hulu app for Android adds support for four more Android devices. Hulu Plus subscribers may now enjoy watching their content on the HTC Evo 4G, HTC ThunderBolt, HTC myTouch 4G and G2 in addition to the previously supported Nexus One, Nexus S, HTC Inspire 4G, Motorola Droid II, Motorola Droid X, and the Motorola Atrix. And there was much rejoicing...

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Travel Off the Beaten Path With VZ Navigator and VZ Navigator Global From Verizon Wireless

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Software" @ 09:30 AM

Verizon Wireless has created two navigation apps called VZ Navigator and VZ Navigator Global. The VZ Navigator app is your guide within the country but VZ Global takes it, well, global so you can travel unfamiliar foreign territory. The apps contains voice turn-by-turn directions, accurate real highway signs (for you visual drivers like myself), integrated roadside assistance, traffic notifications and location sharing so your peeps will know exactly when you will arrive to the kegger! Pricing is dependent on which plan you select and they offer a "one day" plan for the VZ Navigator app which would be good for venturing out of your local area on summer vacation. Plus, Verizon is offering a free 30 day trial for VZ Navigator so you can try it before buying!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Hulu Plus Now Available For A Few Android Devices

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Software" @ 06:00 PM

"We've always said our mission is to provide the world's premium content to people when, how and where they want it. And we know that a lot of people want that content on their Android smartphones. We've been working hard to make that a reality, and today, we have begun our early rollout of the Hulu Plus application on Android smartphones."

Looks like Hulu is following in Netfix's footsteps by releasing their Android app to a whopping six devices. Yep, six. These devices are...... the Nexus One, Nexus S, HTC Inspire 4G, Motorola Droid II, Motorola Droid X, and the Motorola Atrix. So if you happen to be a Hulu Plus subscriber and happen to have one of these devices head over to the Android Market and get your Hulu on! The rest of you can go on waiting for Nexflix to be released for your device.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Cambridge University Wants Your Usage Data for Research

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 04:00 AM

"To participate in the research, all that you have to do is install Device Analyzer on your phone. The application collects usage statistics in the background while you use your phone. Personal identifiable data is stripped from the data that is collected and the data is periodically uploaded to the server at Cambridge University in the UK."

Over 1000 people have already downloaded and installed Device Analyzer on their Android device. What do you think about this? I actually think it's a cool idea and I'd love to see what can be learned by the data they collect. I would think it would be used, among other things, to improve the Android operating system by optimizing it for common usage scenarios. These days it seems to me that so many people are paranoid about their privacy. On one hand, we need to be wise and take some precautions to safeguard our personal data but on the other hand sometimes I wonder what people have to hide. Some of the things they plan to use the data they collect for are recommending phone plans and apps based on your current usage. They will also give you access to download and view your data at any time. You can even delete your data if you decide you're not comfortable with the program anymore. I'd love to heard what you think about this research project? Is it something you would take part in? Is this just asking for trouble, from a privacy standpoint, if you download and install this app? Have any of you tried it?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Customize your Browsing Experience with TamperMonkey

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 12:30 PM

"Android: Moving from the desktop, where you may have your favorite userscripts set up, to your Android phone, where you're missing all of them, can be painful. TamperMonkey is an Android browser that has full support for userscripts, and allows you to add and manage GreaseMonkey scripts to your Android device."

If you've used GreaseMonkey at all you're love this. TamperMonkey for Android, now in beta, will let you use your GreaseMonkey userscripts with your Android browser. Userscripts let you modify a web page as it loads every time it loads anyway you want that is possible with Javascript. You can create scripts to do all kinds of things like change the formatting of a page, highlight specific text, add and element, or remove an element. These userscripts can be applied to a specific web page or to a group like a domain or all pages. I'd love to hear some of the uses you come up with for TamperMonkey and how it saves you time on your Android device!

Save Time While Staying Secure with Delayed Lock

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 04:00 AM

"Adding a PIN, password, or pattern to your phone's lock screen can be great for security, but really annoying if you unlock your phone frequently. Delayed Lock turns off your pattern for a few minutes, so you don't have to swipe it every time you check your phone."

This app could be a great little time saver. If you use a secure lock screen and find it annoying when you need to unlock often you should really check out Delayed Lock by J4velin. It is very configurable and will let you set an amount of time that it will wait after the screen is locked before requiring your password or pattern to be entered. It has other options too, even letting you delay the password/pattern based on your location. Their is a free trial available but the full version is only $1.45. If you have an HTC device with Sense you already have some of its features. It apparently has a check box for you if you have Sense so it can extend your built in features. If this app helps you please let us know!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Read It Later Offers Free App, Includes Less Features

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Software" @ 02:00 PM

"Popular multiplatform web page/article archiver and offline viewer, Read It Later, came to Android roughly two and a half months ago with a $2.99 price tag. A free version of the app has just been released to the Android Market."

If you just can't part with $2.99, Read It Now's new free app may be for you. The free version works just like the paid app but it includes less features and limits the number of web pages you can download for reading later. It is a great way to test drive the app if you are unsure about purchasing it or you just don't need all the bells and whistles.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Zinio Brings Magazines to Android Tablets

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 10:00 AM

"Thousands of magazines that satisfy every passion and hobby, from Road & Track and Rolling Stone to Robb Report, ELLE and BlackBook are now available to Android users on the Zinio app in Google’s Android Market. Whether they are at home on their PCs and Macs, or on the road with their Apple or Android tablets and select smartphones, magazine lovers get the most from their magazines with Zinio."

Zinio has been putting magazines on iOS devices for a while. They've finally released a reader for Android! If you like reading any magazine and you have a Honeycomb tablet you may want to check this out. Zinio apparently offers almost any magazine you can think of. You can get the Zinio app for free in the Android Market. If you need some incentive, they're offering an issue from the top 24 magazines for free to get you started. The blurb above, from their press release, says Zinio works on "select smartphones" but I tried and couldn't install it (the Market wouldn't let me) on my Droid X. It looks like you're set as long as you have a Honeycomb Tablet. I'd love to hear how the reading experience is on a Honeycomb tablet with their app. Let us know if you try it out!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Want to Slim Down While Eating Out? Try the Fast Food Calorie Lookup

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 04:00 AM

"This app is simple and does one thing - it tells you the calorie counts for menu items at popular fast food restaurants. Pick your restaurant, pick your item, and you get the count!"

Fast Food Calorie Lookup is a quick, easy, and free app that lets you look up how many calories are in that Bacon Cheese Burger at Five Guys! Mmmmm, Five Guys...sorry. Anyway, it has the fast food places you see in the screen shot above. If it doesn't have one you want you can request it and the fast food place you ask for just may be added. To use the app just select a fast food restaurant and then you can either select an item from the second drop down box or you can search for it in the search list.

I mentioned it was "quick". By quick I mean instant! This is a very fast app. At least on my Droid X everything seemed to happen right away. I guess with a size of 41KB it's not going to be much of a hog but you can tell it's small and clean by how it runs. The only permission it uses is network access and I think that would be for the advertisements. As I said it is only 41KB so space shouldn't be a problem for anyone. Give it a try and let us know if it's a help to you! Our fearless leader Jon Westfall who made this app would love to know I'm sure!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Have you Bought an Android App Lately?

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 06:00 PM

"What Distimo discovered this time is that, for a variety of reasons, Android generates far fewer runaway hits. The most successful app in the Android Market, with more than 50 million downloads, is a Google freebie: Google Maps. Nothing else comes close."

This is an interesting article about how developers in general seem to have a much harder time selling apps on the Android Market than the Apple App Store. I don't disagree with their general conclusion or even doubt the different statistics they present but I do think there are a few additional points to consider that I think are note worthy and valuable even it they don't necessarily change the whole picture.

First, Apple sells things at premium prices. Apple customers are used to paying and, often times, paying a lot for what they get. While one can argue that they are getting a premium product for the money the opposite can also be argued fairly easily I think. The bottom line here is Apple customers are often ready and willing to pay. Second, with iOS devices you have no choice of where to buy from. The Android Market is only one of many places to buy Android Apps. Stores like,, and the Amazon Appstore for Android are great examples of Android app stores that filter what they allow in their store keeping quality higher. Besides having less apps that are not worth your time this also provides some price competition as well as giving you other ways to find new apps. Third, I don't have good data to back this up but I think I have heard that advertisements in apps for Android are more developer friendly then they are on iOS. That could be some of the reason for the sales gap between the two platforms. Maybe programmers are happy with their ad revenue and Android. I heard a number of months ago that Rovio, the company behind Angry Birds, makes over $1,000,000 a month on advertising in Angry Birds for Android. Forth, there are benefits to the fact that anyone can create an app for Android and make it available to the consumer right away at no cost to them. Sure, you'll end up with some extra fluff that way but it also means that a developer won't need to jump through hoops to get out a critical update in a timely fashion.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic. I would especially be interested to here from any developers out there.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Always Ready for a House-call: WebMD for Android

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 06:00 PM

"Whether you're trying to figure out what's wrong with you (health-wise), locate a pharmacy or hospital, learning about drugs and treatments, or track your health problems, WebMD is an extremely comprehensive solution for all of those tasks."

The well known medical information site WebMD now has an app for Android. It loads to the main menu you see in the middle of the image above. To me, the most interesting feature was the "Symptom Checker", which is like a Google Body-lite. It has a "Body" view and a "List" view. These let you either select an area of the body by tapping or choosing the name of it from a list respectively. The "Body" view supports pinch-to-zoom and dragging as well as giving a "Flip" link at the lower left to see the other side. I looked a up a few things and thought it gave great information. It showed me some of the possible side-effects of a medication I take that I would have rather not known. I guess that means it's good! It seems to be a detailed reference, at least for a mobile app. It even shows photos of what a medication may look like.

I have a few other medical reference type apps that I've tried and right now I'm thinking this could replace them. It seems to combine what they have and add to it. Give it a try and let us know what you think! btw...the source said it was slow. I thought it ran great on my Droid X. It does have a splash screen that loads before the main menu but the app itself doesn't seem slow to me.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Cartoon Network Video App - To Download Or Not To Download?

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Software" @ 03:30 AM

"Get Cartoon Network any time with the Cartoon Network Video app for Android."

Cartoon Network programming has arrived to your phone with the Cartoon Network Video app. Now you can watch your favorite shows on the go via streaming video! But be aware, reports indicate that video quality lacks and most shows are kid friendly. And it's also been reported that even though it should, the app won't run on certain phones. But on the upside, it allows you to browse the CN tv schedule and Adult Swim shows may be available soon via a separate app. In the meantime or unless you are a die-hard Cartoon Network fan, it might be a good idea to skip this app until they get the kinks worked out!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Connection Checker Saves You Battery Power By Automatically Checking Your Connections

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Software" @ 09:30 AM

"Android: Try as we might, you can never avoid finicky Wi-Fi and low-signal areas. Connection checker will save your phone's battery (and a little bit of your sanity) by disconnecting crappy connections automatically."

Why doesn't this app come standard with all phones? You would think a built in connection tester would be a standard feature for a mobile phone that could potentially move through different areas with spotty data connections. Maybe phone developers neglect to include such feature because having your phone search for networks uses up the battery causing you to charge it more often and eventually replace the battery when it dies. Maybe it's their ploy to get you to buy a new battery faster which gives them your hard-earned money. Well, not anymore!

Install Connection Checker and it will automatically check for wi-fi and data connections then disconnect you if you have no signal saving you battery power (and hopefully your battery from frequent recharging). Plus, it will save you from having a drained battery if you forgot to disconnect your data connection before visiting friends in the boonies with no cell service (Yes, there are still areas without cell service. Trust me, I know!). The app is free or you can download a pro version for $1.74. Not too bad for something that should come with your phone anyways!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Trillion 5 Available For Free On All Platforms; Syncs Across Multiple Devices

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Software" @ 06:00 AM

"Trillian, the cross-platform, message-syncing IM client has made its service even better by releasing all their clients with Pro features for free with advertisements."

Trillion 5 is releasing their pro features for free. The new version will be ad supported but it will be available for all platforms. The mobile IM app also syncs between all your devices so download it now and get chatting!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

See What Is Taking Up Space On Your Device With Grid Size File Manager

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Android Software" @ 09:00 AM

"The visual representation is clean and easy on the eyes, but items with smaller file sizes are too small to have labels. Unlike similar desktop software I've used before, though, that's quickly remedied with a simple pinch to zoom."

If you are a visual person, preferring to see boxes rather than numbers when determining what is taking up space on your device, here's an app for you. Not only can you see what is taking up space, but you can use this as a file manager as well.

There is an ad-supported free version, with the ad-free version costing $0.99 and it should work on any device. Let us know in the forum if you try it.

Tags: app, file manager

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Flame Free Lighter App Provides the Ultimate Concert Experience

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Software" @ 08:00 AM!5793992/use-an...-concert-ritual

"Back when everyone was smoking cigarettes wherever the hell they wanted, concertgoers apparently did this thing where they'd wave their lighters around during certain songs?"

As concert season quickly approaches, don't forget to download the Zippo Lighter app. Basically the app serves one purpose: to provide a safe, flame-less Zippo lighter for the ultimate concert experience. And if you really want, you can also flip the lighter on and off and customize it. Not much of an app, but it will add to your concert enjoyment, especially at smoke free venues!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Non-Verizon Skype for Android Finally Gets 3G Calling in the US

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 07:00 PM

"The new app, v1.0.0.983, brings the same 3G calling functionality as international users have been enjoying to the US, rather than limiting it to the Verizon version of the Skype app as has been the case until now."

Skype got in some hot water a few weeks ago for a security issue with their Android App. It made it easy for malicious apps to steal your private information. Who knows if this move is to help make up for that or if the timing is just a coincidence but 3G calling is what every non-Verizon Skype for Android user has been wanting since it's release and that feature is now available in the latest version. It still offers WiFi support as well but many should be happy to have 3G available as an option now. Do you use the 3G calling in Skype? How does it work for you?

Tags: app, voip, skype, android, 3g

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

NCSU Modifies Android To Include Privacy Mode

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Articles, Resources & Developer" @ 11:00 AM

"Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed software that helps Android smartphone users prevent their personal information from being stolen by hackers."

While it isn't an app you can download something like this should have really been in Android from the start. Researchers at North Carolina State University have managed to create a "privacy mode" for Android that would allow users to specify exactly how much and what information apps can get on a case by case basis. Who knows if we will ever see something like this included in Android by default or if custom ROMs will ever become available with this feature but I think something like this is desperately needed for Android. How careful are you with watching/controlling what data your apps have access to?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Call Your Facebook Friends for Free With JAJAH

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 07:00 AM!5791720/jajah-...riends-for-free

"It's a pretty smart idea since phone numbers can be a hassle to remember. Through the JaJah app you can see a list of all your friends who are logged into Facebook Chat. Tap the person you want to talk to and they'll get a IM with a link to a voice call."

This is a cool idea! The new JAJAH mobile app lets you call your Facebook friends for free without using their regular phone number or costing anything. The coolest thing about JAJAH is the person you call doesn't need a JAJAH account. You can use it to call a friend across the street or across the world. If they are on Facebook and available for chat JAJAH can send them a link to click that will connect them to your voice call. Is this a voice service you will try? Let us know how it works for you!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Update Released For Google Translate, Includes Three More Languages For Text To Speech

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Software" @ 09:30 AM

"Today we launched an update to Google Translate for Android that allows you to listen to translations in several more languages."

Google Translate has released an update for their app that includes three new languages for the text to speech feature: Korean, Japanese and Arabic. Also included in the update is improved speech quality to over 15 languages. Google Translate is a wonderful app for world travelers to have on hand or for anyone who would like to brush up on their foreign languages.

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