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Amazon brings cool new updates to the Cloud Player, including “scan and match”

by: Mike AndriciAugust 1, 2012

It’s no news that Amazon, Google, and Apple are all making huge efforts to keep up with each other in the various convergent markets that they are targeting as major players. But it sure is interesting to observe how each one of these tech giants is taking the necessary steps to catch up or get ahead. Today, I’m here to report on Amazon’s recently announced updates to their Cloud Player music streaming platform, updates that aren’t innovative, as we’ve seen all of them as being integrated in either Google’s Music or Apple’s iTunes.

The first update that Amazon brought to their Cloud Player is a “scan and match” technology that will allow users to scan their media libraries [...]

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Notification History: Record keeper of notification alerts

by: Ken EastAugust 1, 2012

Android’s latest version, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, is gaining momentum as updates have started to roll out onto devices, leaving users craving for the new and exciting eye-candy to check out. Speaking of eye-candy, sloppy notifications tend to sour the supposed-to-be-sweet Android experience. They wake you up late at night, disturb during your study hours or when you don’t expect them, and the worst, cause you to miss out on the important notifications for your apps. Notification History can save you from the hassle, keeping all your notification alerts sorted and easy to access.

Notification History, as its name suggests, simply provides you with a detailed [...]

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Best homescreen launcher apps for Android

by: Alvin YbañezAugust 1, 2012

If you compare an iPhone with another iPhone, you can see a lot of similarities. You can see similar square icons, the white or gray interface, the same search bar design, and the same virtual keyboard. Unless you gain special access to your phone, you cannot see a big difference between two iPhones.

On the other hand, when you compare two of the same Android devices, they may look identical on the outside but they can be different on the inside. If you have read our article about the best applications for customizing and personalizing your phone, the Google Play Store offers a variety of apps that allow you to customize and personalize your Android device. You can [...]

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My BMW Remote App to Launch on Android

by: J. Angelo RacomaAugust 1, 2012

This may be the most expensive Android app yet. Yes, it’s supposed to be free. But it requires a $2,150 car add-on to work. And that does not include the actual cost of the vehicle itself, which can set you back at least $50,000, depending on model and trim.

BMW launched the My BMW app for the iPhone in 2010, which enabled European iPhone junkies with Bimmers to remotely control their cars via BMW ConnectedDrive and BMW Assist. Functions include controlling the lights and locks, turning on the heater/air conditioning, locating the car’s position through map, and sounding the horn for easy [...]

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The end of notification spam? Google exerts tighter security and ad policy on Google Play

by: Bams SadewoAugust 1, 2012

With several cases of malware-ridden apps surfacing on Google Play, Google is updating its developer program policies to make the digital playground a somewhat safer place to hangout. In its own words, it is shaming “unhealthy behavior” shown by irresponsible developers that use deceptive app names and spammy notifications, among others.

Google is now restricting the use of names or icons that appear similar to existing system apps or existing products. This should help ensure that users won’t be duped into downloading a fake app like the imaginary Infinity Blade 2.

The list of “dangerous products” that won’t be allowed on Google Play is now laid out in greater [...]

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SubCell Jukebox: Playing shared music playlists over Wi-Fi

by: Carl ParkerAugust 1, 2012

Picture this: You’re at a friend’s party and your friend is using his/her phone to play music and to keep the party alive. You approach your friend so you can play a very cool song you’d like everyone to hear, but–yes, but–your friend is using a speaker or audio amplifier that your phone’s audio dock is not compatible with. So, you ask your friend if you can send the music file to his phone but it takes time for the file to fully transfer to your friend’s phone.

Have you ever wished for an app that would allow you to instantly share your favorite music, without the hassle of switching audio jacks or having to send the file? Your wish [...]

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Best compass apps for Android

by: Paul NuñalAugust 1, 2012

Whenever you go on a wild adventure or just a nature trek with your family in the woods, the most indispensable tool is the compass. Reading maps or navigating the woods wouldn’t be possible without a navigation instrument.

Today, the compass is no longer just a piece of physical equipment.  It can be virtually found anywhere as long as you have a smartphone in hand. And, what’s even better, almost everyone with a smartphone can know directions with the aid of a digital compass application.

Check out our list below and get to know some of the best compass apps for Android.

Super Compass

Getting yourself lost in the wilderness or the concrete [...]

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New Pictarine Android app unites all your photos from 11 different social networks

by: AdrianAugust 1, 2012

If the social networking bug got into you, chances are you might always be split up between different platforms and services. This is not only inconvenient, but it could also make you lose out on important events or miss your true friends’ online social involvement.

Fortunately, there are many tools that can help you choose what’s really important from all those different social networking services, or simply access everything from one place.

Such a tool is Pictarine, which aims to help you browse all your pictures and your friends’ online pictures in one place, now available for Android. Pictarine can connect to and pull photos from 11 major social networks, [...]

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Sentry: An Android app for automatic Wi-Fi toggle

by: Ken EastAugust 1, 2012

One of the culprits that rapidly drain an Android phone’s battery is the Wi-Fi, which, once activated, keeps on draining your precious battery power whether it gets a signal or not. The battery power that gets wasted for that function could have simply been used to give you more minutes to listen to your favorite music or make an important call.

You can deal with this problem by adjusting the screen brightness or simply by turning your Wi-Fi off. However, forgetting to turn it back on could possibly spell disaster; you’ll end up missing important emails or urgent notifications. You no longer need to worry since this classic dilemma now has a new practical [...]

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VLC Beta (NEON version): Foretaste of a better VLC Player for Android

by: Paul NuñalAugust 1, 2012

The very first beta of VLC Player for Android has just been released for devices sporting an ARMv7 CPU with NEON Support. The VLC Beta Player is intended for “power users,” allowing them to fully customize the player.

The VLC player is already a cross-platform application and can play almost any multimedia format. The application is not just limited to supporting local video and audio playback but also supports high quality online streams.

VLC Player for Android supports swipe gestures so you can control volume by swiping up and down the screen, multi-track audio, subtitles, changing aspect ratio, filtering audio tracks according to a users preference, album [...]

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