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How to Set Default Browser for Wi-Fi/2G/3G and Websites w/ Browser Swap App

by: Brigitte NovabosJanuary 17, 2012

Running at optimum condition is any mobile device user’s nirvana. A lagging device or a slow connection is sure to ruin a nice day, or sour some moods, at least. Optimization is key and users are quick to search for ways to save as much bandwidth, memory, or disk space as they can.

It’s time to take control over your browsing experience. The new Browser Swap app enters the Android arena as a refreshing solution to managing your favorite sites and browser preferences. If you’ve always been irked at how you can’t seem to get a handle on your surfing experience, Browser Swap is a clever app that allows you to specify which sites open with which [...]

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How To use Your Android Device as an Extended Display for a PC w/ ScreenSlider App

by: Brigitte NovabosJanuary 17, 2012

If you’re looking to put more visual ooomph into your desktop setup for gaming or just needing more display screens as added workspace, it’s often easier to get yourself a new desktop monitor to add to your already impressive gadget collection.

But, tough economic times have forced tech enthusiasts to consider other solutions, and if you have an Android smartphone or tablet, you won’t need to look any further. With some help from ScreenSlider, a nifty Android app, you can use your Android device as a monitor display extension.

ScreenSlider allows you to view items that are currently running on your desktop monitor on your Android device, even [...]

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How to Broadcast Live Videos from Your Android Phone or Tablet

by: Brigitte NovabosJanuary 14, 2012

Want to show the world what’s going on in your little square footage of the world right as it happens? Need to report a historical event or just share a wonderful moment with your loved ones? Forget about recording video and uploading it to YouTube for viewing at a later time. With the new Ustream app, you can make live broadcasts right from your very own Android device.

Recent strides in technology have made HD video recording at 720p possible and with help from your 5-8-megapixel camera, the Ustream app (from the popular site of the same name) is all you need to jump into this hot trend.

The app is now configured to run on Honeycomb, although [...]

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Best Android App for Creating Mind Maps

by: Brigitte NovabosDecember 6, 2011

If you’re a person with big, stellar ideas, your mind’s wheels always seem to be a-turning. Having a pen and paper handy might have offered you some comfort, and the pen-and-paper tandem can be useful for when you just want to scribble down that fleeting, elusive thought, or for when you need a blank canvas to to help you jot things down and get organized or, well, for when you’re just plain bored and doodling offers some cheap entertainment.

But, how cool is it if your smartphone can do that for you, plus more? That can be made possible with the Android-based mind-mapping app called Thinking Space.

A nifty app in itself, Thinking Space’s simplistic and [...]

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Best Android Apps for Gardening and Landscaping

by: Brigitte NovabosNovember 28, 2011

Here’s a sweet treat for all you green thumbs and plant lovers out there: your Android phone or tablet may be able to help you with your gardening and landscaping projects.  We’ve been on the lookout for the best Android apps that will help gardeners make the most out of their time, money, and resources in making sure those well-loved gardens and plots are tended and healthy.

Let these helpful apps do the work for you so you can sit back and enjoy watching your garden grow. Take your pick!


If you’re into growing vegetables, you’ll find Gardenate to be handy, practical, and useful. It provides you with all the information you need to get started [...]

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Samsung Mishap Reveals Galaxy Nexus Buyers’ Email Adds

by: Brigitte NovabosNovember 25, 2011

When the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was first announced to be released in the U.K. through exclusive retailer Phones 4 U, buyers rushed to get their hands on this exciting new gadget, the first to showcase the latest version of the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

But, not everything went smoothly on release day, as can be expected. Aside from the initial criticism by owners about some bugs found on the device and that mess up which caused the retailer to sell a developer prototype instead of the regular handset to the first buyer, Samsung has leaked the email identities of the first 100 buyers with each other.

To drum up excitement on release day, the manufacturer [...]

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Android Malware Threats Grow Sixfold Since July

by: Brigitte NovabosNovember 16, 2011

A nearly sixfold increase in security threats such as spyware and viruses has been reported in the Android operating system since July, according to sources at Juniper Networks.  Most of these threats can be traced back to third-party applications that are not sold on Google’s Android Market, says a Bloomberg report.

“The open nature of the Android system makes it more susceptible to attack,” Dan Hoffman of Juniper said in an interview. “If it’s on a third-party site, Google can’t remove it.”

“It’s possible to find an infected ‘Angry Birds’ game available for download right next to a legitimate one,” said Danielle Hamel, a spokeswoman at [...]

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Most Moms Prefer Android Smartphones to iPhone [Infographic]

by: Brigitte NovabosNovember 14, 2011

Gone are the days of forgetting doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping lists, and daycare pick-up schedules. Today’s moms are smarter and more efficient than ever.

The Modern Mom now more heavily relies on smartphone technology in running the household, making sure needs are met, errands and chores are done, and each family member is taken care of.

And, the Android mobile OS is the preference among moms–with nearly 3 times as many users as the iPhone. Do we hear a woot? :)

A host of applications have also been developed with moms’ special needs in mind. To stay in touch with family members, we have the Life360 app at our disposal. To help [...]

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Survey: iPad Buyers Holding Off Purchases Because of Kindle Fire

by: Brigitte NovabosNovember 11, 2011

When the iPad was first introduced to the world, we were so amazed at how revolutionary it was we never thought anything else could beat it. It turns out that the iPad just might have met its match—the Amazon Kindle Fire.

To be released on November 16, the Amazon Kindle Fire is proving to be a tough contender when paired up with other up-and-coming tablets in the market under the $200 budget such as the Nook Tablet, but to have the Amazon Kindle Fire lure potential iPad buyers off the Apple ship is not an easy feat.

Recent research, however, provides proof of this. RBC Capital Markets and ChangeWave Research have conducted surveys indicating that potential [...]

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ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime Release Date Slides to December

by: Brigitte NovabosNovember 9, 2011

If you’ve marked November 9 on your calendars for the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime’s big release day, you’re going to have to wait it out a little longer, as the release date has been moved to a December date.

To console aggrieved fans out there who have eagerly waited for the release, the delay comes with a bonus: the ASUS Transformer Prime will natively run on Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich, and not Android 3.2 Honeycomb.

Sources note that Google, who is behind the Android mobile operating OS, has not been very supportive of Taiwan-based PC vendors in upgrading from Android 3.0 to Android 4.0. As such, more of these vendors are turning to a rival OS, Microsoft’s [...]

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