Carl Parker(349 posts)

We're all multi-talented and multi-faceted here, but, perhaps, Carl is the most multi-faceted in the bunch. Among Carl's many interests, Android holds a special place. He's particularly fond of reviewing Android apps and writing step-by-step guides for fellow Android fans.




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7 sizzling new Android apps of the week (October 26 issue)

by: Carl ParkerOctober 26, 2012

You just have to love app developers. They’re always hard at work breathing life to their ideas, getting them out of their heads, and onto our mobile devices.

Thanks to these little idea seeds, our lives are much easier. We don’t need to waste time waffling over getting this or that, or tossing and turning all night in bed, waiting for sleep to claim us. Apps also let us get ahead of our business competitors and keep us reminded of the things we need to do.

This week, we took a look at the menu in the Google Play Store kitchen and handpicked seven of the most interesting, most useful, or most promising new Android apps fresh out of the [...]

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AutomateIt: Automating actions according to rules and triggers

by: Carl ParkerOctober 26, 2012

Most of us depend on our smartphones for many of our day-to-day activities. We depend on our smartphones to wake us up or remind us of our tasks. We set them to silent mode when in a meeting or watching a movie. When boarding an airplane, we change them to flight-mode as instructed. Our smartphones are like assistants in all that we do.

Wouldn’t it be nice if our smartphones could remind us, send messages, turn on/off, or even change profiles and settings automatically? Won’t it be nice to be able to program your phone to do something at a set time so you can go on with what you’re doing?

AutomateIt!, an app developed by SmarterApps Ltd, can [...]

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Talk2Phone Desktop SMS: SMS, call notifications, and more from phone to Google Talk

by: Carl ParkerOctober 25, 2012

Imagine waking up twenty minutes before your shift and rushing to work after chugging some milk and cereal. In your hurry you end up stuffing your things inside your bag before trying to catch the next trip to your workplace.

Unless you have your phone around your neck or if you’re someone tied to Facebook or Twitter, you won’t really remember checking your phone especially when you have three pages worth of e-mails to reply to. You’ll find out later that you’ve had around ten missed calls and twenty-five messages from your boss, colleagues, partner, mother, and your landlord.

All those messages may have saved you from booking a meeting [...]

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Diskobolos: Survival game against bionic bugs

by: Carl ParkerOctober 25, 2012

Hello 80’s and 90’s kids! Let’s take a trip down to memory lane with an interestingly addictive game called Diskobolos, brought to us by Conquering Bytes. At first glance, you’d think that the game’s going to be like most of those shooting ping-pong type ones that loses its luster faster than you can finish your tea. Diskobolos is anything but that. It seems simple but is fairly challenging. The arena, bionic bugs, and level of difficulty change as you play longer.

Diskobolos is a survival game that would have made Charles Darwin proud. Instead of conquering levels, the aim of the game is to beat The List and make it to the top. [...]

 
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New and fresh Android apps of the week (October 20 issue)

by: Carl ParkerOctober 20, 2012

The days fly by quickly, especially among busy bees like us here at Android Authority.  Amidst the hustle and bustle of daily living, we stumble upon new gems for our Android phones and tablets, new and fresh apps with great potential for solving many of our daily lives’ problems great and small.

This third week of October, we share with you some of the new and fresh Android apps on the Google Play Store.  In this post, find out more about an app for

estimating how much you’d need spend if you lived in another place; scheduling sending of SMS messages; wiping your phone usage history and protecting your privacy; relaxing your brain by listening to [...]
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Janetter: New full-featured Twitter client with multi-account support

by: Carl ParkerOctober 18, 2012

Twitter is one of the most famous social networking and microblogging services in the world. Even though Twitter has its own official Android app, third-party developers have been making client apps for Twitter. Since such apps apps are usually limited, developers tend to add extra and interesting features to the apps. For example, some Twitter clients for Android allow sorting followers, adding filters, creating groups, or even to silencing (muting) some users without blocking or unfollowing them.

Recently, a newcomer to the Twitter client apps development scene has appeared in the form of Janetter, created by Jane, Inc. It also has versions for Windows and [...]

 
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Hill Climb Racing: Physics driving game starring Newton Bill

by: Carl ParkerOctober 18, 2012

Ever wondered how it feels to race up and down a hill at full speed, feeling the air on your face, and landing on the ground in the most epic way? True daredevils and thrill-seekers will definitely be excited to do this stunt, but for ordinary people, being a spectator will just be enough.

But, who says you just have to be watching and not feel the thrill and excitement firsthand? With Hill Climb Racing, you get to be a stunt driver, not in real life, but with the use of your Android device.

Hill Climb Racing follows the story of an aspiring uphill racer, Newton Bill. This is a physics-based driving game where you help Newton drive up and down a hill [...]

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FaceDropt: Auto-uploading photos to Facebook

by: Carl ParkerOctober 18, 2012

Facebook is undoubtedly one of the most popular social networking sites. People post status updates, upload media, and share photos every second. It’s no small wonder that a lot of Android app developers are creating apps geared towards Facebook.

Talking about uploading photos, Twitter has a lot of third-party apps that allow you to attach photos to your tweets. However, these third-party apps have their own sites to upload your images to, such as Twitpic, TweetPhoto, Pikchur, Yfrog or Lockerz.

In contrast, Facebook has similar third-party apps, although most of those apps tend to create new albums on your Facebook profile and then upload the images into [...]

 
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How to install Google Play Store on the Kindle Fire HD

by: Carl ParkerOctober 18, 2012

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD, as well as Amazon’s other tablets, are very good buys. The tablets take reading a notch higher, giving you a rather new experience in reading ebooks. The only thing that the tablets come short of, despite being an Android device, is that you can only download and install apps from Amazon’s Appstore.

Although that was the case, owners of the said tablets can now install apps from the Google Play Store, all thanks to the developer community.   XDA Developers member stopxwatch has provided a workaround that allows Kindle Fire owners to enjoy the ever-growing number of apps in the Google Play Store. Just a heads-up though, this guide [...]

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Fabrik: Simple ebook reader with Dropbox support

by: Carl ParkerOctober 17, 2012

Ebooks are portable digital versions of printed books. Being digital in form, such books are easy to carry around in one’s tablet or smartphone. There are millions of ebooks on the Web, and there are also numerous ebook reader apps for Android.

One new ebook reader app that we find worth checking out is Fabrik, created by XDA Developers member eirikrwu. It is a simple eBook reader that supports Dropbox accounts. This means that you can store your ebooks in the cloud via Dropbox, and Fabrik lets you access and read them wherever you are for as long as you have Internet connection.

When connecting the app to your Dropbox account, you just need to choose [...]

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