5 Things I Hate About Android

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For everything Android does right, there are some things the platform can’t get right to save it’s life. I’ve been an Android user for years, and I still carry an Android device with me almost every day. After spending 6 months using both an iPhone and an Android smartphone I’ve settled on 5 things I […]

SoftMaker Office Mobile 2012 for Android Now In Public Beta

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A few months ago I wrote about the SoftMaker’s Office Suite for Android and how the document-editing app, TextMaker, provided a feature missing from every other Office suite for Android and iPad: true Track Changes functionality. While most people hope that Microsoft Office for iPad will solve this problem on iOS, SoftMaker has so far […]

iPhone and iPad Apps We Want On Android Smartphones and Tablets

We don’t need every app in the iTunes App Store to make the hop over to the Google Play Store, but there are a few that droid users clamor for more than most. Some we’re going to get in the near future, but others are still stubbornly sticking to iOS. Make some noise for your favorites in the comments.






6 Best Twitter Apps To Celebrate Twitter’s 6th Birthday

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Twitter turns six years old today. In dog years, the site is 37 years old, which matches how long it feels like Twitter has been in our lives. In that short time the site has become a way to share and spread news, organize revolutions, and overshare to a ridiculous degree. Twitter’s users generate over […]

New Angry Birds Space Trailer Reveals Little Yet Excites Us More

Angry Birds Space

We only have two more days until Angry Birds Space launches. (At this point, I’m not going to even try to avoid the puns.) Today Rovio posted another new trailer that is designed to tease more than anything. It features a few extra snippets of gameplay and a hint at the storyline around the beginning […]

Quick View: Tablified Market HD Only Shows Apps Made For Android Tablets

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Android tablet owners may be few compared to certain other, uh, fandoms, but those of us who do belong to this exclusive club enjoy our slates. However, when it comes to finding apps made specifically for larger screens and higher resolutions the Android Market Google Play Store isn’t the most helpful. There is a section […]

Apps with Ads Killing Android Phone Battery Life, But There’s Hope

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A research team at Purdue University and Microsoft found that ads lead to most power consumption in Android apps. During the course of the study the team discovered that ads account for up to 75 percent of battery usage in Android apps. To calculate how much battery life ads within apps use the team used an HTC […]

Amazon Appstore Celebrates One Year With Sales and Stats

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Though the Amazon Kindle Fire has only been available for four months, the Amazon Appstore is celebrating its first birthday this week. Amazon’s Android app store started one year ago with 4,000 apps, and now holds 31,000 apps. To celebrate the year, Amazon is putting some of those apps on sale, and released some numbers. […]

Get Your March Madness On With Slacker Radio And Other Sports Apps

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For those of you suffering from March Madness and can’t get to a TV, you can now listen to all of the NCAA Tournament games on your mobile device. Slacker Radio (iOS, Android) is broadcasting all 67 championship games. Beyond this, sports fans will also be able to listen to other games in the future, […]

Nook Comics Now Available On Android Tablets

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Barnes & Noble announced that the comic books available via Nook Comics are now available to customers with the Nook app on Android tablets. Previously only available to those with a Nook device (Color or Tablet), the bookseller is expanding the reader base to the thousands of customers with Android tablets (7 inches and up. […]

Why Android Needs Instagram (And Other Photo Filter Apps)

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At first I didn’t understand the appeal of Instagram even though I own a Lomo camera (that I haven’t used in years). Making your pictures look fuzzy and old? Now that I’ve started testing cameras on smartphones and tablets I’m starting to get it more. Even less than great images can look fine with some nice photo filters.






Top Android Apps Drop to $0.49 For Google Play Launch

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To celebrate the launch of Google Play, the united app, movies, music, and book store from Google, several Android apps have been put on sale. Google has put a total of 25 apps on sale for just $0.49 in its “Play Our Favorites” sale. Despite the name, the sale isn’t entirely about games. A lot […]

Android Apps Can Also Upload Photos Without Explicit Permission

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On the heels of iOS apps getting caught uploading user contacts and photos, Google’s Android operating system for phones and tablets is under fire for a similar vulnerability. As it turns out, if an Android app has access to the Internet, it can upload your photos without asking permission. According The New York Times Bits […]

Cloud Music Sniper App For Android Review

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Google Music is a great service, but many prefer other Android music players. Cloud Music Sniper can make offline Google Music tracks available to your favorite music apps in a few minutes. But it needs work to justify the price.